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My business card must change it's face!

I've often handed over my business card this year feeling it just didn't serve the purpose I wanted it to serve. Going online to order new custom business cards I learned that other people are running into this very same thought. It leads me to the concept of the business cards for social media users. And so I begin my quest of plea to Better Homes and Gardens for a template designed for me to add some of the following information:

The reasoning behind this is, every time I've handed out my card it's been to someone I'd like to invite to get to know me better.  I've found myself trying to handwrite my social media destinations, or some words to google about me so they can look me up. At a listing appointment recently I found myself doing the same thing.

I'd like a card that can send people to places where they can find me. They will have access to any of my contact information by doing so. It would be great if a new template could be designed for the Better Homes and Gardens agents can order these cards:)

 

 

Comment balloon 18 commentsStephanie Jacques • June 29 2009 09:58AM

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I just ordered new cards because I needed my DRE license on their now.

I totally forgot to add the social media info.

Looks like I'll have to find a use for 500 business cards so I can re-order.

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (800) 591-6121 (Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes) about 9 years ago

Good post. One of the problems with too much on cards is that the print becomes difficult to read for seniors. A pocket magnifying glass could be a good drop by gift.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) about 9 years ago

Never thought of adding social media info on business cards......

Posted by Irene Tron about 9 years ago

I have seen some cards that are actually mini CD's and I am thinking about going that route. So I would have 2 kinds. The kind you put in fishbowls at events and then the onese, CD's that you give prospects

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros (AllMountainRealty.com) about 9 years ago

I would think that the back side of the business card would be a great place for social networ information.  This way we would not be cluttering up the front of the card to the point that it was hard to read.

Posted by Cherry Wings Realty, Your Traverse City Michigan Realtor (Cherry Wings Realty) about 9 years ago

I know someone who uses the back print option to put all that so the front stays uncluttered.

Posted by Monika Depalo, REAL ESTATE Agent/Stager (GAFF'S REFERRAL'S INC.) about 9 years ago

Stephanie, This is a great idea. My sense is that the size of a business card would need to increase or people may not be able to read it.  I like the idea of getting contact info from others and sending an email or inviting them directly from the social network.  Either way - we all find ways that work for us.  Good luck. Thanks for your post.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 9 years ago

I use the back of my card for ancillary information. Why don't you have a traditional card on one side and social media contacts on teh back?

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Just shows the significant changes that social media marketing has brought to the table.   You're right, the old style contact numbers are no longer reflecting who we are, as business people.

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) about 9 years ago

The number one problem with business cards ..... Realtors design them themselves. Hire a graphic designer and use both sides of the card.

Posted by Bob Dunn (Sutton Group West Coast Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi there,

Ditto on using both sides of your card if you want to provide all that info. BTW, just ordered new ones myself. As others said in CA we are now required to have our r.e. license # on almost everything.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) about 9 years ago

We have included some of the social media info and blog on our cards now for awhile. It does look cluttered and hard to read (it's on the back). ~Rita

Posted by Brian Burke, Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate (Kenna Real Estate) about 9 years ago

I really like the idea of putting that type of information on the back. I never would have thought of including all that but it is brilliant! thanks for a great idea - and I need new cards soon anyway!

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) about 9 years ago

Thanks for the input. I think having social media info on the back would work. or at least having one or two of them so that it's not cluttered. You don't really need to go far online before you run into someone's profile.

Something like "web profile" or "Follow me on Twitter" and then one link would suffice.

 

Thanks!

Posted by Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine (Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group) about 9 years ago

I don't like business cards with too much information.  I really hate the ones that have 3-4 phone numbers on them.  Get a 1-number where you want all your calls to go to, and be done with it.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 9 years ago

Your post read my mind!  I was just telling my husband the other day I wanted to freshin up our cards... :)

Cheron Lange

Posted by Michael and Cheron Lange, Associate Broker, GRI (Solutions Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Looking for a truly unique business card that will drive traffic not only to your website, but all of your social networking sites?  Check out www.realestatemediadesign.com!

Posted by David Bernat about 9 years ago

I prefer people reach me on my cell, rather than at the office. This is a job where we are constantly moving and not necessarily likely to answer our office line as quickly as our cell.

Posted by Stephanie Jacques, Stephanie Jacques Kleine (Better Homes and Gardens The Masiello Group) about 9 years ago

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