With the advent of technology, the business card has gone down in popularity. It used to be that meetings were held face-to-face, and were always started by exchanging cards between meeting attendees. Nowadays, many meetings are held via video conferencing, making business cards obsolete. Even though business card usage is down, they are certainly not out. In fact, there are many benefits to using a business card that can help to boost visibility for a company.
One benefit is that a business card can be customized, so you can leave a lasting impression on anyone who acquires one. This impression can have far-reaching affects as the card is handed from one person to the next. The more creative the card, the more memorable the business. A business card also sends a message to a potential customer that you are prepared and ready to do business. For example, if it came down to choosing to work with one company over the other, and one provided a business card with all the pertinent information, whereas the other scribbled the information on a sticky note, who would you want to do business with? The impression left by the business card is lasting and can provide great results.
Another benefit to a business card is that it can start conversations. When swapping information digitally, it is typically done quickly and with no real discussion. When swapping information via a business card, the design of the card itself can lead to a conversation that will have lasting affects on all partied involved. Business cards are also the most effective marketing tool. For example, if you are a vendor at a convention that has vendors from all across the country, it can be overwhelming for people to remember which product from which vendor impressed them the most. If you have a well-designed business card, it is much easier for people to associate your particular product with your business. And if the product is something that may be helpful to others, that card can be passed around, which then provides free marketing for the business.
Even though most people are digitally and technically savvy, there is something to be said for having a visual reminder that a well-designed business card provides.