AD| Remember years ago when bloggers all had business cards? It was such a normal thing but I’ve not seen anyone talk about them for ages! I feel like in 2014-2016 there were loads of blog events and now there’s hardly any. I used to go to blog events all the time and meet other people and bloggers.
I would go to restaurants, special evenings where bloggers would try the food and drink. There would be events where multiple brands would be there giving out samples of their new products. I went to a murder mystery dinner once, rocket yoga, brunch, talks with successful bloggers, award ceremonies, UV bingo and more!
I’m not really sure what happened, but the events seemed to stop. Unless I stopped getting invited. Which is highly unlikely as I’m very cool. Amirite?
I guess when I moved to York I didn’t attend many events as they were mostly Leeds based. I also feel like my friends stopped blogging as much and we were all moving on with our lives in different directions. The younger crowd of bloggers were coming and things just tailed off.
Then COVID19 hit, which meant no more events. I did attend a webinar on weaning recently! But that’s the only event type thing I’ve been to since cocktail in a bar in York in around 2018.
Anyway, now things are getting back to normal, it’s likely events may start to trickle through again, so it’s time to start planning ahead.
How can bloggers use business cards
The most obvious way bloggers can use business cards is at events. The cardscanner.co makes it a fast business transaction and possible to convert the business card information into one format to another. There’s going to be lots of people there (hopefully if COVID allows)! If you start talking to a blogger or a brand, just hand over a business card so you can stay in touch. I can stop you from having to get your phone out to follow on Twitter. How many times have you done this and then forget their username by the time you’ve gotten home because you’ve had a few free glasses of prosecco? Plus that girl you met and a stupid blog name like skinnedcart-something or other.
Give to friends
Might sound silly, but friends loved my business cards when I had them last time!
It’s quite cool when you first tell a friend about your blog to give them one so they can check it out. Plus it may prompt them to tell others about your website!
Give to businesses
If you ever find yourself in a cute cafe and get talking to someone that works there, or the owner, give them your card. Especially if you are planning on doing a review of the place!
A lot of small businesses have had such a hard time lately, so it would be lovely to hand over your card and just say ‘I really enjoyed eating here today, I’ll be writing about this place on my blog so please feel free to check it out in the next couple of weeks’.
If you’re travelling around and meet people, just give them your card! It’s always good to keep in contact with others and I’m sure they’d love to see your posts about your holiday/visit.
If you are holding any giveaways on your blog where you are the one posting the prize, (sometimes if you’re working with a brand, they will post the prize to the giveaway winner) just slip a gift card in there. It can be a nice touch and make you more memorable to the winner.
What should you put on a business card for bloggers
You can put whatever you want on your business card, it really depends on what angle you are going for! You can add a funny little blurb about yourself, write about a few brands you’ve worked with, write about the topics you cover, write a small bio or even talk about your cat.
If you like to keep things simple, the minimum you should put is:
- email adress
- social media accounts
Things you may also want to include:
- short bio
- topics and niche
- photograph of you
- photo you are proud of
- your why
- contact number
I wouldn’t put statistics or things that could change on there as you will need a new set of business cards if you change your niche, or have your age on there! I prefer to keep it simple but you really can be creative and try to stand out if that’s what you wish.
Where can you get business cards from?
I got my double thick business cards from Aura Print. I got my cards designed for me, which was easier than I thought it would be!
In my brief, I told them what text I should like on the cards. I also showed them an example of a business card I liked and asked it to be similar to that. I sent an image that I’ve been using to advertise my blog and asked for that to be put on the back. One of the designers sent me a draft of the design which I really like! There was just a misspelling on my name which I asked to be changed and apart from that, I was off to print!
The cards arrived securely packaged and inside a plastic box for safekeeping. The quality of my blog business cards are really good! The cards are thick, textured paper and the images look good on them. I feel like they match my brand well and are exactly what I wanted.
Do you have business cards for your blogs?