Designing Your Business Card
How Effective is Your Business Card?
As well as providing vital contact information, your business card can say so much more; some of it without words.
The quality, feel and design of your card will give
the recipient an unwritten message that's as important as what you have
printed on it.
So what does your business card say about you? Does it portray your company accurately?
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It’s all too easy to try and cram too much into such a small space. Choosing the right size print is paramount; too small, and it makes it difficult to read; too big, and you can't include all the necessary information.
People buy people, so including your name adds that all important personal touch. Other essential information that clients look for are your contact details such as telephone number, email address and website.
Is the design attractive? Are they left wondering whether this person is a rocket scientist or a DJ? If you are a DJ specialising in a particular area, ensure your card is aimed at that target market. For example, if you are a wedding specialist, having a 'vinyl mixing' picture/design wouldn't fit in with your target market.
Using gradients on your background such as light to dark shades, either top to bottom, diagonally or centrally, adds depth and interest to the overall design. These can be achieved using photo or picture editing programs such as Publisher from Microsoft Office or Photoshop from Adobe.
Back of the card
If you leave the back of the card blank, there is room for a potential client to jot notes on your card. Some would argue that this is wasting good advertising space. You could utilise this to detail your services, explain your unique selling points or emphasise 'what's in it for me'. If you include all the necessary information, there should be no need for anyone to add additional notes.
Some people opt to include a calendar or appointment form on the back. The question to ask is, will it be useful and will it be used.
Alternatively, you could colour print the reverse with the same design as the front, thus giving room for more information and a further opportunity to sell your services without cluttering up the design. Quotes from client testimonials on the reverse can add valuable endorsements for your business.
A good quality card of at least 300gsm is essential with a finish of either silk or gloss depending on your personal preference.
What do you do with your business cards?
A perfectly worded and designed business card is about as useful as a radio microphone without a receiver if you leave them in the box or at home. As well as having them with you when you’re performing, always have some in your pocket when you’re out and about because you never know when, during a casual conversation, someone may mention they are having a party or getting married.
Your business cards are mini classified ads, so put them to work for you!