Do you think a business card can have an impact on the customer number an on the sales?

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Hi,
I need opinions about that. My husband is trying to convince me that if I will send also a business card together with my handmade products it will increase the sales and my customers' number. I think that my product is already a kind of business card so why I should give them another one which the clients will throw away?
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  • Profile picture of the author Olea Olea
    I think your husband is right, but you have to think how would you like to do this. You need to design these business cards first
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  • Profile picture of the author animal44
    I'd tend to agree with hubby... And I'd add that a thank you card might have an even bigger impact...
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    Originally Posted by Yelena Nelly View Post

    Hi,
    I need opinions about that. My husband is trying to convince me that if I will send also a business card together with my handmade products it will increase the sales and my customers' number. I think that my product is already a kind of business card so why I should give them another one which the clients will throw away?


    Consider it branding like when buying a tshirt or sunglasses, they usually have a brand/tag/label attached to the product.



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  • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
    I also think he is right, I would also consider adding a loyalty aspect to the back as well, "As a loyal customer use this coupon code to save 10% off your next purchase". or similar / use it promote upcoming product launches "New line available this spring pre order now and save" or "As a loyal customer your Christmas savers coupon code is xyxz" and so on.
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    • Profile picture of the author imoonlight
      Originally Posted by tryinhere View Post

      I also think he is right, I would also consider adding a loyalty aspect to the back as well, "As a loyal customer use this coupon code to save 10% off your next purchase". or similar / use it promote upcoming product launches "New line available this spring pre order now and save" or "As a loyal customer your Christmas savers coupon code is xyxz" and so on.
      Customer loyalty is a rarity these days, so this is an ideal way to get and keep it. You never know -- your customer could pass the business card with the coupon code over to a friend who stops buy to admire the work you did for him or her. You could get a new customer from the referral.
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  • Profile picture of the author inshapehf7
    It is important to remember that marketing is a form of mind control. Anything that the customer can see has great value.

    "There's an old saying 'out of sight,out of mind'"

    The customer may choose to put the card in their purse or wallet, therefore allowing them to see the card every time they open it up.

    Any tool used to get the customer's attention is very useful.

    Remember it is all of the SMALL things that count
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    • Profile picture of the author Yelena Nelly
      Originally Posted by inshapehf7 View Post

      It is important to remember that marketing is a form of mind control. Anything that the customer can see has great value.

      "There's an old saying 'out of sight,out of mind'"

      The customer may choose to put the card in their purse or wallet, therefore allowing them to see the card every time they open it up.

      Any tool used to get the customer's attention is very useful.

      Remember it is all of the SMALL things that count
      Thanks, guys, you really convinced me. I will try to think of a logo and business card to share to my clients
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    • Profile picture of the author Yelena Nelly
      Originally Posted by Aly K View Post

      First of all if you have a business you should know that advertising is your best friend.Your husband gives you a precious advice. A business card is something that your customer can pass or share with your next potential customers. Well, yes, if you do handmade like clothes or stuff one may ask who did it for you. So your client says- Yelena made this for me. This is good because maybe the potential customer will ask for your contacts. But if he or she do not need now at the moment but the received a business card from your client, one day they will find it and will call you. Does this make sense? For being more practical I can recommend you a logo creation software whici you can use for trying to see what would you want to. Here you can try different designs and forms. Good luck and waiting for your business card soon to see it
      I thought of printing some kind of signs on the stuff..but yes. maybe you are right..
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  • Profile picture of the author misterme
    A business card is cold and passive. A thank-you note is warmer. A hand-written thank-you note warmer still. A hand-written thank-you note with a time-sensitive offer is proactive and no longer passive, which is better. A hand-written thank-you note with an time-sensitive offer related to or enhancing their previous purchase, even more so.
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      Originally Posted by misterme View Post

      A business card is cold and passive. A thank-you note is warmer. A hand-written thank-you note warmer still. A hand-written thank-you note with a time-sensitive offer is proactive and no longer passive, which is better. A hand-written thank-you note with an time-sensitive offer related to or enhancing their previous purchase, even more so.
      I can't read your writing.
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      • Profile picture of the author misterme
        Originally Posted by yukon View Post

        I can't read your writing.
        ...without learning something. Yes, I know.
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  • Profile picture of the author dilipcybex
    It will surely help if you send a decently designed business card. People who admire you products will save it, share it and promote your business if there is something that they can share with others.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    YES to a business card.....Last week I placed an order for $70 for printer ink. I was very happy with the 'off brand' I bought a few months ago...but no card and no ad in package so I have no idea what site I purchased from. The products themselves were unlabeled, too.

    If you want repeat sales put something in the package that I can hold on to, make a note on and FIND when I want to order again. Easy to keep a small card - not so easy to keep packaging.

    It's smart marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jessica Ambos
    Business cards greatly affect people's perception of a product or a service. It connotes professionalism. It also lets your customers know that you are open for communication and you value their feedback even after the goods have been delivered. I once received a thank you card together with the product that I ordered with my name on it. The card in itself is generalized but when they wrote my name (which is handwritten by the way), it became personal. Nothing beats a business owner who is able to connect with their customers using a simple gesture like that. It tells me that I am valued and makes me want to order again.
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  • Another option would be if you include a catalog of your products. Show them what else you have in store and entice them to buy more.

    Another option is to maybe include a discount coupon or gift certificate on their next purchase =)
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  • Profile picture of the author dilipcybex
    Adding a catalogue is even better. The old offline and print advertising is still alive. You just have to explore it with the online marketing techniques.

    There are some food courts here which deliver food with their catalogue. Whenever we think of getting food again, we simply reach out to their brochure and look for our favourite item. A phone call is mostly followed after that.
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  • Profile picture of the author animal44
    Rather than a generic catalouge, do what Amazon does. Make some intelligent decisions based on what people have previously bought and offer them something they're highly likely to buy.

    Sending a generic catalouge, your "highly likely to buy" follow up product tends to get lost in the clutter...

    Someone buys a bicycle, they might be interested in a lawnmower, a computer, or a jet aircraft. but probably not..

    However, they are more likely to be interested in a helmet, a lycra suit, or a lighting kit.

    What's more, if you explain why they need the helmet, the lycra suit, or the lighting kit, they're even more likely to buy...
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  • Profile picture of the author umc
    Playing off what Animal said above, if you don't have those related things for sale find people that do and partner with them. Get a group of people cross promoting each other's stuff and it could be more sales for everyone. They would be promoting your stuff to their customers too. Just a thought.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Durham
    A business card is always valuable, but I would say that, if your business involves "face to face" sales;
    "Never give it to them , until the very end of your full presentation...", after rebuts and everything else...

    Otherwise, it can become an excuse for your prospect to have an easy out, saying; "Well, I have your card, let me think about it and call you back".

    There is usually no "Be Back Bus". In the interim they are usually sold, soon after , by a more aggressive person.

    After all, they wouldn't even have met with you , if they weren't in the market. Giving a business card too soon can kill their sense of urgency, and give them a reason not to "act now".

    Thats my only advice, other than "Yes", you should have one.
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  • Profile picture of the author MartinBuckley
    Hi Yelena,

    You say your product is already like a business card, so can you share what your product is to help us better understand, you got me curious now what your product is

    Thank you!

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  • Profile picture of the author autodidactwar
    Of course it makes you look so professional. The professional looks takes 80% or your change to get approval.
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  • Profile picture of the author cearionmarie
    Your product might already tell a lot of things about your business but having a business card along with is also a great idea. Your husband is right
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  • Profile picture of the author Bivhab
    I also think your husband is right. Your product is good but it will not work as a business card. If you send business card with your product then your customer will contact with you easily.
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  • Profile picture of the author deu12000
    My opinion is it doesn't matter if it increases your sales or not (because it most likely will). Business cards are so cheap and with a physical product you might as well send one, it doesn't increase shipping costs.


    Let's say your product costs $25 (which is a low cost product). A thousand business cards cost about $25 (and that's for a 2 sided, full color, glossy card). You don't think out of a thousand business cards that you send or distribute that at least one person will buy?


    Remember your business card doesn't have to be exclusively for people that buy from you, it could also be handed out to just about anyone whether they ask what you do or want your phone number.
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  • Profile picture of the author sana11
    Hi Yelena! 100% yes! Send your business card along with your product. Not all people throw it away. The "thank you" note mentioned here only adds to positive response to you and your product and most perspective future coming back to you... what came across my mind right now is also adding a kind of note that would stand out, be unique, would complete your product and probably might become your "signature card", .... - could be a part of thank you note, just my thoughts coming across my mind right now...
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  • Profile picture of the author geraldwhite
    A business card is a simple tool for sales or marketing. So Your business card is one of the best advertising tools for your business.
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  • Profile picture of the author RjMaan
    Yes, business card has a positive impact on your sale. It is sort of advertising your business and whenever your customer see your business card they start thinking of visiting again for purchasing.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    A few years ago I went to my 30 year high school reunion and I took plenty of business cards with me because I was prepared for any opportunity that came my way. A couple of months later, I was contacted by a teacher because my card was on their notice board. The teacher hired me to proofread the school reports for the entire high school. It was a huge job, made even harder because everything was hand written.

    I gave them a hefty quote and they accepted it. It took me approx a month to complete it all manually. They were very happy with the end result and even paid me a decent bonus for meeting their deadline.

    Considering the 500 cards I had done cost me $10 in total, I got great value from just one card. I always have cards in my wallet. For example, the other day I had an eye test and needed new glasses. The husband of the lady helping me in the store was made redundant in his job. I gave her a card and told her I do resumes and could help her husband prepare for applying for new jobs. I got a call the next day and I did his resume and he has already received a few calls for job interviews.

    If you have a business, you would be crazy to NOT have business cards with you 24/7/365 as a terrific marketing tool.

    That's my little rant. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    It could but connecting with an increasing # of folks hungry for your product boosts sales more than any other factor.
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