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Are business cards still worthwhile?

 

Here's a statement from Workforce.com that recently caught my attention: Business cards don't carry the same weight today as they did in the past, unless you're referring to how they weigh down the fishbowl at your local bistro from folks fishing for free lunches. True?

These days more of us are likely to connect via email or social media than by taking someone's business card and calling them. Yet, I have a stack of business cards sitting on my desk. I know I should do something with them, but that's just another to-do on my list.

For many of us, even in the digital age, meet-and-greets are important and getting someone's business card just seems like the logical result of a successful connection.

So, what's the next step?

I know there are scanners out there to put the cards into an electronic database but I find even that step to be time-consuming. A friend of mine recently hired someone to digitize all the business cards she accumulated at a recent conference. She said she did the time/cost equation and it made sense for her to outsource the job.

Recently,I read about a trend of people trading contact data by text. Even more, I've heard there's a new app that's coming out that will allow you to bump your smart phone against another person's and instantly swap electronic business cards. Wouldn't that be awesome?

I'd love to hear whether you think printed business cards are outdated and time consuming to organize. Do you prefer to get someone's name and friending them on Linked In or Facebook to communicate? Do you see a time in the near future when digital business cards are the only way to go?

 

 

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Richard Reep

Business cards are useful to take notes on, so the person can be remembered. They also remain a valuable "front door" to a person, because the business card design tells a lot about someone. The digital contact info is good for computers to talk to each other, so both are necessary.

martin alianelli

They are still worthwhile because, a business card just like speech, dress and demeanor, is another great professional qualifier that can tell a lot. Some cards are extremely pretentious while others are extremely ordinary; most just have the usual contact information others are full of information. My business cards, for example, bear the name of my company in front and, on the reverse, a brief summary mentioning my area of expertise, the industries and clients I serve, and my top accomplishment with each client. In my opinion, business cards might change in appearance, but as long as people need to meet face-to-face, it will still be nice to hand something to our interlocutor.

Rory Lee

The thought of card exchange is certainly something more of a tradition than anything. I think a good quality business card is part if the "first impression" process and necessary for our professional checklist, "do I want to do business with this person"? ... after that, then what? ... I have the card scan that I rarely use, and enough business cards to wall paper a building! Nonetheless, I am glad I have them! lol

JOSEPH MICHAEL GYULAY

Global Business etiquette begins with introductions and the exchange of calling cards. No excuses.

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Shay

Adding someone on a social media site is way better than having their business card. At least in most situations.

Gwen

Yes they are still worthwhile. I use business cards until now and it works. I talk to different people everyday and carrying a business card is very helpful. Here's a proof that business cards refuse to die. http://www.sbtelegram.com/2012/10/04/business-cards-refuse-to-die/

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I don't agree with the business card don't carry weight now. no doubt we are in digital age but i believe that technology never fulfill each and every thing. business cards are just like you carry your business in your pocket.

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