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Three Ways to Create Amazing Business Cards

Business Cards Photo by Geraldine Lewa on Unsplash
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Business cards are still a valuable marketing tool, even in these days of LinkedIn and social media. When you’re designing your business card, put some thought into it. You want to be sure that the cards are working for you. Are your cards different than the norm? Do they channel your website or brand guideline? Do your business card answer questions, or raise them? Here are three ways to make sure you create fabulous business cards.

1. Make the Conscious Effort to be Different

You should know what the industry standard is for your profession. Some professions favor the effortless business look. Others, like artists or entertainment industry cards, need something eye-catching and experimental. Look through the cards you’ve collected (you have been networking, haven’t you?) and see what’s the same about them. Maybe they all have similar color schemes, rounded edges, or similar fonts. Find what seems to be very common. Then, make the conscious choice to step outside of those boundaries.

You should make sure that you’re not taking things to the point where they damage your card. You shouldn’t use a font that’s hard to read, even though it would be different. If it seems that most cards use a formal, serifed font, something sans serif could be a break for the eyes. If black and white dominate, consider a pop of color on your card. Take the expectations for your industry and tweak them until you have something that fits your vision and stands out from the crowd.

2. Channel Your Website

If you love your website, why not take it a step further? Typically, when you’re drafting a website, you finalize things like your brand style guide. Take that same branding and apply it to your card. Keep everything consistent with your online branding, including the font.  Even using the same brand colors works to connect your business cards to your website. As a result, it enforces your brand and clearly links your work with your online and in-person presence.

3. Give Them Almost Everything They Want

When someone looks at your business cards, they want to know who you are, what you do, and how to get a hold of you. These are straightforward goals. You should definitely make sure that you include all of that information. After all, if they have to do any extra work to find your phone number or email address, it would be easier for them to reach for someone else’s card. However, is there room on your card to raise a little more curiosity? A link to something important that you’ve done, for example, a gallery of your photographs, can create a little more interest in who you are and what you’re doing. Assuming your attention-getter is related to the business you do, it can drive someone’s interest in working with you.

Amazing business cards aren’t one size fits all. You have to know your industry, and how you can stand out in a crowd. That’s the most important thing to do. Once you have that, make sure that your card is doing more to get someone’s attention. If you’re stuck, just look at your branding as a style guide. You should find great inspiration there.

Four Keys to Creating the Perfect Brochure

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A brochure is a bite-sized introduction to your company, your event, or products and services you offer. It’s a quick way to bring someone up to speed on all that you have going on. That’s why it’s so important that when you create a brochure, you get it right the first time. Keep these four principles in mind while you’re designing, and your brochure will come out great every time.

Focus on Your Main Point

Brochures are small in size and need to contain only vital information. When creating one, it needs to have one clear goal. First, you want to identify the topic of your brochure and make every topic sentence clear. Next, eliminate any information that doesn’t support your main point. You’re writing something that’s supposed to compel the reader want more. It’s not an encyclopedia that answers every question and provides every fact.

Make Use of Negative Space

Brochures work best when they’re simple and elegant in design. When you’re paying to print a brochure, it’s tempting to want to make use of every inch of space. If you can’t cram it with text, it’s tempting to try to fill space with pictures, bright colors, or large, styled fonts. Resist temptation whenever possible! Your brochure won’t be effective if no one can read it.

Create a Multiuse Design

When you’re designing, try to create something that can withstand multiple printings. It should look good in full color (if you’re using pictures or charts), but also be easy to understand in black and white. Glossy paper, matte paper, it should be designed across boundaries. A best-case scenario with brochures is that you end up needing more of them. If you ever have to put in a rush order, it’s best if your requirements are flexible.

Stay True to Your Branding

A pamphlet is an extension of your business. No matter how small the expected circulation is, design it like it’s going to represent your brand to everyone. If your business has a signature font, use it. If there are specific style requirements that your company uses, don’t forget them for this brochure. To some of the people this brochure reaches, this will be your company’s first impression. You want to make it a great one!

Designing the perfect brochure is a challenge. You want to follow your internal style guides, so it fits with your brand. You also want your brochure to look great in multiple styles of printing. Don’t overcrowd your work. Make sure that it focuses on a problem, service, or story that’s small enough to be conveyed effectively in a brochure’s limited space.

Why Small Batch Custom Printing is Essential

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In the world of business, having things in hand, like business cards and paper documents is still important. Further, many businesses require custom printed items many times throughout their work year. If you’ve ever ordered from a printing company, you’ve seen that the more you order, the cheaper it is. But what if you are a small business and you simply don’t require thousands of copies of your document? What if your startup is new and you need a small batch custom printing run when things are in flux. How can you avoid the high costs of low quantity printing?

Saving Money

Small batch custom printing gives small businesses the option to use professional printing services, at good prices, without committing to the high quantities. It can be frustrating to realize that for a little more money, you can quadruple your quantity. What if you simply don’t need that many? Small batch custom print jobs are typically done on equipment geared specifically for producing lower quantities. This means, that when you call to get an estimate, they are not pricing it with all extras that large quantity printing requires (plates, bleeds, etc). The digital machines typically used for smaller quantities print an amazing looking product while driving the savings down for the business.

Working with Experts

Some companies are tempted to simply buy or rent their own equipment to save money. While the money savings is debatable, depending on the printing needs, you must consider all the other resources doing your own printing will tie up. Printers spend extra time making sure the colors are perfect, the bleed is right and consulting with you for the highest quality work. Don’t sacrifice having an expert’s eye for printing in house, especially when small batch custom printing is an option. You still need a staff point person to be in charge and you will spend time tracking and stocking all the right paper for each individual project.

Extras to Consider

There are additional services that printing requires. For example, your job may require a special cut, fold, hole punch or even lamination. Handling this on your own takes time and money. Additionally, your number of items could be compromised. For instance, you could accidentally start punching holes in the wrong side of the paper or end up with a fold that is uneven. Professional printers have special equipment that can easily handle the extra steps involved in printing your job. Nothing feels better than knowing that a major part of your image and branding is being handled by an expert. You can submit your vision and receive a completed product completely ready, out-of-the-box. 

If you own a small business, small batch custom printing is essential for printing needs from business cards to folders to marketing materials. It gives you the quality of a higher batch custom job but without the commitment of paying for extra quantities. Additionally, you are freeing yourself up to focus on the aspect of building your business. This directly impacts your bottom line. There is absolutely no need to try to become a mini expert in everything or earn your true jack-of-all-trade title. With a printer that delivers high-quality small batch customer printing orders, your printing needs can be stress-free.

Three Traits your Business Cards Must Have

 

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Business cards are a lifeline in the day-to-day marketing of your business and services. Whether it be warm chatter and card exchanges amongst new friends on the golf course, or including one in a follow up thank you note to an existing client. Your card must have some basic elements in order to be an effective beacon of your business. In order to know if your business card is cutting it, you should ask yourself these three questions.

What Does it Look and Feel Like?

Is your card quality? This could be everything from the design choice to the card stock. Handing over your business card is a person’s first impression of you. It shows prospective clients your tastes, thoroughness and your willingness to put the additional time and money into something to get it right. Spend the extra money to make the paper high-quality stock so it’s easy to find in a wallet of flimsy cards. Take some time to thoughtfully think through your logo and design. Make sure the ink is high-quality. Be sure the finish communicates good taste and stands out among other business cards.

What Do You Do?

Your card must communicate what you do, plain and simple. If you met your client in a parking lot with a smashed windshield, explained you do glass repair and handed them your card, they might not necessarily remember you. Your card should stand alone outside of a face-to-face encounter. They may not use your glass company for that particular incident, but they’ll keep your card for a while. And when they find it again, do you think they are going to remember what a company with a name like Beckett and Sons really does? Your card must communicate for you when you are not there. If your company name doesn’t accurately communicate what you do, it’s no problem.  Just be sure you have a short descriptive sentence or tagline and a link to your website. People don’t want to guess, they want convenient help.

How Do People Get in Touch With You?

This may seem like a no brainer, but think about how many times you are offered a card with missing or out of date information. When you hand someone a card, you want them to get in touch with you. Therefore, you should provide the information on how to do that. Include a phone number, email address and any other ways you’d like for people to contact you. Another important thing to note, you need to make sure you are responding to those methods. Make sure the forms people are filling out on your website are notifying you in your email. Double check your voicemail or phone tree to make sure it’s clear to follow and not stressful to the potential client. Your business card should be the most accurate key to getting others to contact you for work.

In a world where everyone is focused on going paperless, business cards are still a relevant and important marketing tool. In order for them to be successful, however, you must first make sure your design and information is something helpful for the person you are handing it to. There are wonderful ways to cut corners and save costs. But, you always want to invest in anything that will be someone’s first impression of you and your company. Purchase quality and make sure you are not leaving your customers guessing.  

Why Vinyl Banners are Perfect for Weddings

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With summer comes summer weddings. The warm months conjure up images of a romantic outdoor wedding, filled with the smell of flowers and hopefully enough of a breeze to make it comfortable. A custom printed vinyl banner is a great way to show guests the right way to go, commemorate the venue, and make sure that your message is clear no matter what the weather is. Your vinyl banner can be printed in your wedding colors, allowing it to keep to the theme.

Weather Resistant

Vinyl banners are resistant to weather conditions. While most outdoor weddings are supposed to be sunny, you never know when a sudden thunderstorm will change plans. In the event that conditions are less than ideal, you want banners that will hold up to rain and wind. Vinyl banners will still look great at the end of a hard day or wedding weekend, making them perfect for outdoor weddings.

Bold Enough to Catch the Eye

Vinyl banners that are tied tightly stay crisp all day. They’ll be able to stand out from any background, whether they’re strung between trees or tied to the side of a building. Vinyl banners can also be customized with pictures and text that fit the wedding itself. A custom printed vinyl banner is fully customizable. It can be made in the wedding colors, making it perfect for theme weddings. Vinyl banners are a great way to get your guests to where they’re supposed to be—and no excuses!

Available on Short Notice

When planning a wedding, something always slips through the cracks. If you forgot to get banners printed, don’t panic. Custom printed vinyl banners are quick to make. Place an order ASAP, but a few days’ notice should be enough to tackle a small order of banners. If you’re willing to pay a rush fee, you can get your custom printed vinyl banners even earlier. Nothing. about a wedding would be forgotten in a perfect world. Even so, there are worse things to slip your mind than vinyl banners.

An outdoor wedding is often very beautiful, and always very meaningful. Custom printed vinyl banners are a great addition to any outdoor wedding. They’re versatile, sturdy, and quick to make. Your guests will be able to find where they should go, and your decorations will definitely match the theme of your wedding.

Why a Creative’s Business Card Needs to Pop

 

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Creatives always have to hustle. No matter what branch of creativity you’re in, there’s a lot of competition for your job. Therefore, if you want to do more than get your foot in the door, you have to start every interaction off on the right foot. The best way to do that is to get business cards that pop. From background design to painted edge cards, a business card that bucks trends will put you front and center in the Rolodex.

Showcase your style

When you design your business card, you really design a tiny advertisement for yourself. If you’re an accountant, it’s fine to make this something that everyone could use and have. Conformity is a bonus. But, when you’re a creative, you need to give your business card a little bit of what makes you unique. You should pick a business card that fits the style that you like to create. Don’t pick a card that doesn’t remind you of your work. You need to be your authentic self in your cards so people know what you are when they look at your card.

Stand out in a tough industry

Business cards that pop put your best foot forward. It’s not just about making sure your card looks “you”. It’s about making sure your card is likely to stand out against the competition. Don’t opt for something that you see everyone else going for. Find a trend that hasn’t taken off yet, or make your own. There will always be competition for creatives. Whether you’re designing, dancing, singing, painting, sculpting, or anything else, there’s going to be someone coming up behind you who wants your jobs. Standing out in a tough industry is how you stay ahead.

Design elements to pay attention to

When you’re designing your card, consider more than just the font. Changing your font can help you stand out, but there are only a few options that are legible and interesting. For a bigger impact, consider the visual elements beyond font and spacing. Having a subtle background texture or design is a great way for your business card to stand out of the pack. Additionally, painted edge cards are a great way to pop without seeming too pushy. Painted edge cards bring color to the edges of your business cards for a unique look.

Your business card needs to pop if you want to succeed in a creative field. With everyone hungry for jobs, presenting your own style in your card can help you get picked over someone else. Don’t just think about font and spacing when designing your card. Add flair with painted edge cards, or a subtle background pattern. Your cards will definitely stand out from the deck.

Four Classic Business Card Mistakes

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Business cards are, even in modern technological society, the best way to network. Your business card is the first thing a client will see, and it is important to make this impression count. Below are four classic business card mistakes and methods to avoid them.

Too Many Details

In an effort to perfect your business card, you may be tempted to squeeze tons of information into a small space. In most cases, this just makes your card difficult to read. You can avoid this classic business card mistake by following the “less is more” rule. It is always better to sacrifice the amount of content for readability. Your client can always fill in the gaps by contacting you or going to your website.

Leaving Out Social Media

In an effort to reduce the text on your card, you may think of leaving out your social media information. This is a mistake. In an increasingly digital business environment, connecting on social media can make or break a business connection. Potential clients are likely to follow your company on Twitter or connect with you on LinkedIn than to become a customer right away. Give those you meet easy access to keep up with your business by putting your social media information right on your business card.

Being Too Creative

Another classic business card mistake is being too imaginative with your business card design. It is tempting to be overly creative in order to stand out. However, doing so can look gimmicky or make your card difficult to read. Instead, air on the side of simplicity in your design. Stick to the tone of your company’s brand. It’s always better to be traditional and usable than avant-garde and unreadable.

Not Using Your Card

Business cards can only do so much by sitting in your pocket. A classic business card mistake is to spend a great deal of time designing business cards, only to have them gather dust. This may seem like it should go without saying, but it is worth reminding yourself and your co-workers. Use your business card wisely and often to get the most out of it.

Business cards are essential to your business. These classic business card mistakes can be the difference between design success and failure. Plan your cards carefully and watch out for these common mistakes in order to get the most out of this networking tool.

 

How Custom Notepads Can Keep Your Seminar

 

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Custom notepads are a great attendance gift for seminars and conferences. Issuing a custom notepad to participants is a key way to get them excited about the work you’re going to do. It reminds participants why they chose to be here. You can ensure they remember the key portions of your presentation by including key points in the notepad art. It also reduces the shuffling and searching that’s par for the course of seminars. Everyone is prepared to take notes and focus.

Remind people why they’re there

When you hand attendees their gift packs, you’re really handing them their purpose in a physical item. They may have signed up for your seminar for different reasons, but these reasons are not tangible. A notepad is. When they look at a notepad with your art and/or message on the pages, they remember the intangible reasons they signed up for this conference. Consequently, you increase their connection and their engagement with a physical token.

Include a key point in the art

If there’s one thing that people should take away from your seminar, what is it? Can you boil it down to one quote, phrase, or sentence? A simple quote that calls to mind your broader points is perfect for this. Acronyms, for example, can support a huge idea in a small place. Custom notepads give you a canvas to impress your ideas on again. Take advantage of this opportunity. Choose an image that fits the space and carries impact.

No one comes unprepared

Handing out custom notepads (and maybe a pen) serves a purpose beyond self-promotion. You give everyone the tools they need to succeed. Yes, everyone should bring note-taking equipment to a seminar. Unfortunately, no one is perfect; so, out of a spirit of compassion let’s gloss over that. The fact is that many people are actually distracted when they try to take notes. A laptop or tablet is actually a distraction box waiting to spring its trap. Halfway through the seminar, they get hungry, distracted, or bored. They have to answer a quick email. Then they have to browse Amazon. Then everyone around them is distracted, watching them scroll through the sales. Instead, you can offer them at least a strong indication that ink and paper are good enough for notes today.

Custom notepads give you a chance to connect with your audience. You can offer them a less distracting way to take notes. At the same time, you can ensure that the core concepts of your seminar stick in their minds. Everything else aside, custom notepads are a tangible reminder of the intangible knowledge they’re coming to get from you.

Banners VS Banner Stands

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One of the biggest questions of the trade show circuit revolves around whether to use banners or banner stands. While banner stands often give you versatility, they also tend to make transportation difficult. While both banners and banner stands are good options for your next event, banners are typically available on shorter notice. When making your decision, it usually comes down to what you need from your signs.

Banners need to be attached to something

Banners are a great way to draw attention in a crowd. The only downside is that they have to be attached to a wall, or something else. If you don’t have a banner stand available, you have to make one of your own. How easy this is largely depends on the layout of your trade show or booth. Sometimes it’s easy, but more often than not you have to wrap your banner around something. Turning the corner cuts off part of your message and won’t help you make your best first impression.

Banner stands are more difficult to transport

Bringing your own banner stand allows you to set up your banner anywhere and in different conditions. On the other hand, banner stands themselves can be difficult to transport. While finding banner stands that are built to be light and portable is possible, you usually have to ask your print shop. Default stands often prove difficult to carry, pack, and set up. However, you don’t need to make special provisions for your banner if you stick to the default banner. Sometimes you only need it for one location, or you can choose  your ideal locations. This makes it easy to ensure that hanging your banner is easy.

Banners can be made on short notice

Getting a banner on short notice is easy. Getting a banner stand? Much harder. It’s easier to print a banner than to order a banner stand. If you find yourself in a bind and you need a banner right away, you can’t assume that you can get a banner stand on short notice.

Banner stands help make your tradeshow set up easier. For example, you don’t have to cherry pick your booth locations to ensure you have a place to hang your regular banner. Banner stands allow you to set up your banner anywhere, as long as there’s room . Without one you have to rely on hanging it from your booth or a wall. On the other hand, banner stands can be difficult to get on short notice. They can also be difficult to transport. If you’re going to be moving it around a lot, it may be better to skip the banner stand.

Three Fun Save the Date Options that Stand Out

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You have a special event coming up, and you need to let everyone know so they can make plans ahead of time.  Most people send a postcard in the mail as the standard way to let someone know that they should keep a certain date open, especially if it’s a year or more in advance. While it gets the job done, it’s not always the best way to go do it. Your special day is unique, and you should have  “save the date” options as unique as you are. With our “save the date options” your day will not be forgotten, and the festive feeling can get started early!

1. Magnet notifications

Magnet notifications are growing in popularity. The idea is that the magnetic, sticky save the date options stay at the front of the recipient’s mind long after the wedding is over. Magnets can hang on the fridge or a notice/mood board for a long time. They’ll be right there every time you get a snack or plan your dates. Plus, they’re a little sturdier than a postcard!

2. Sticker prints

A sticker booklet is a fun way to let people the save the date again and again. Unlike other save the date options, stickers let you choose a variety of designs. You can send a small pack of five or six stickers per invite. The recipients could apply the stickers to multiple calendars, or a photo album, or something else. The creativity is limited only by their imagination, and your sticker collection. You can choose multiple photos or a simple text to remind them that that date is going down in history as the best day ever.

3. Custom buttons

Custom buttons are a bold statement. Not everyone wants to give people the chance to wear their special day on their clothes. If you’re a creative person with a creative community, however, it can be a great way to let everyone rock your wedding date in style. Make the button a unifying accessory at the wedding. Who uses them as jewelry? Who pins them to frock or lapel? Just be sure that you order a few more than you need. You know that creative people in a rush are going to forget one or two at home!

Save the date options are plentiful with Guru Printers. While a standard postcard works for some, there are so many options for you. If you’re creative and into fashion (and so is your circle), then opt for a custom button that declares the permanence of your affections. Sticker prints let you send out multiple reminders for multiple surfaces. Even a magnet is more permanent than a postcard!