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moo cardsI just got back from a trip to Budapest to see the Hungarian Forumula 1 Grand Prix. While we probably imbibed rather more booze than is advisable we had a great time exploring a fascinating city and of course the excitement of watching our boy Lewis do the business in the race itself.

What struck me most though was how friendly and interesting the people we met were. Despite our absolute lack of any other language but English, everyone we bumped into made conversation and not always about motor sport. So many of them had brilliant photographs, interesting stories, fascinating backgrounds, I would have loved to have stayed in touch.

I realised I had goofed not bringing along a set of blog cards.

My blog is my advertisement, I rarely go to networking events and my clients are spread around the world so actual business cards have never been a priority for me but now I realise cards need not be just for getting sales leads, and I am missing out not having a set. If you only put your personal blog address and email on there it would be an easy way to stay in touch and swap pictures.

My favourite cards are from Moo and they are perfect for this purpose. I first heard about them last year when they did a free offer for Flickr users. They are fun, beautifully printed on good quality stock and best of all if you are lucky you can get free packs just by being a member of associated web services. I have had free sets of both the pictorial Flickr mini cards and also textual ones. Once you run out of freebies or if the offer is not on they are still value as they are only $20 for 100. They even do postcards and sticker books.

Think about all the people you meet who you would like to keep in touch with.

A small, pretty, convenient card with your essential contact details and maybe your photograph. A recognisable face along with a URL that actually helps create more of a connection rather than a bland white business card that offers nothing. For relationship bloggers especially this seems an essential habit to get into. All stuff I knew, have discussed, and thought I understood, but I wonder why I have only just connected the dots!

I’m going to order a set now and make sure I am never without a set of blog cards.

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  1. Oh yes, in fact a large part of a business is cross media promotion and the two things we encourage client to have is same branded business cards and a blog. I’ve even toyed with the idea of specializing in a “blogs and business cards” specialization but we have already grown past that but I’ve still be thinking of making it a unique package we can offer. This post does remind me that I need to create or at least get some temp. cards for my new “teaching blog/site” that is not a part of my official business site.

  2. Oh yes, in fact a large part of a business is cross media promotion and the two things we encourage client to have is same branded business cards and a blog. I’ve even toyed with the idea of specializing in a “blogs and business cards” specialization but we have already grown past that but I’ve still be thinking of making it a unique package we can offer. This post does remind me that I need to create or at least get some temp. cards for my new “teaching blog/site” that is not a part of my official business site.

  3. I too find myself “scrambling” when I stumble into face to face networking functions and someone asks for my card.

    Thanks Chris! I too am going to order a box of business cards…. then the only trick will be to REMEMBER to bring them with me when I venture out into the “real” world!

  4. I too find myself “scrambling” when I stumble into face to face networking functions and someone asks for my card.

    Thanks Chris! I too am going to order a box of business cards…. then the only trick will be to REMEMBER to bring them with me when I venture out into the “real” world!

  5. Meredith says:

    If you want to advertise your blog, I recommend the BLOGGER CARDS from http://www.ooprint.com

    These cards are designed to promote your URL and even have a personalizable tag cloud!

  6. Meredith says:

    If you want to advertise your blog, I recommend the BLOGGER CARDS from http://www.ooprint.com

    These cards are designed to promote your URL and even have a personalizable tag cloud!

  7. @Patrick – I think that would be a great package and some nice differentiation :)

    @Kathy – Heh, yeah that is a small flaw in the plan, remembering has long been a problem of mine.

    @Meredith – The tag cloud is neat but the moo cards still appeal to me because of their unique size and shape plus the instant recall from having your photograph on there is nice too.

  8. @Patrick – I think that would be a great package and some nice differentiation :)

    @Kathy – Heh, yeah that is a small flaw in the plan, remembering has long been a problem of mine.

    @Meredith – The tag cloud is neat but the moo cards still appeal to me because of their unique size and shape plus the instant recall from having your photograph on there is nice too.

  9. Nathania Johnson says:

    I’m super jealous of your trip to Budapest. One of my goals in blogging and affiliate marketing is to have the freedom to travel to Europe – alot!

    In the meantime, at my day job we need business cards for our cute little startup. I’ll be checking out Moo. Thanks for the tip!

  10. Nathania Johnson says:

    I’m super jealous of your trip to Budapest. One of my goals in blogging and affiliate marketing is to have the freedom to travel to Europe – alot!

    In the meantime, at my day job we need business cards for our cute little startup. I’ll be checking out Moo. Thanks for the tip!

  11. Yes travel is one of the most wonderful things about having an internet based role, freedom of time and flexible location is part of the benefits package :D

  12. Yes travel is one of the most wonderful things about having an internet based role, freedom of time and flexible location is part of the benefits package :D

  13. Oh wow. What a cool idea! Actually, these moo things are a great idea for offline marketing as well. If someone gave me one of those things, it would be hard to resist checking out their site!

    Mmmm… my mind is racing now… and that’s nothing to do with Formula 1 ;)

  14. Oh wow. What a cool idea! Actually, these moo things are a great idea for offline marketing as well. If someone gave me one of those things, it would be hard to resist checking out their site!

    Mmmm… my mind is racing now… and that’s nothing to do with Formula 1 ;)

  15. They are pretty cute, everyone I have given a card to hasn’t wanted to give it back. They are great for non-marketing ideas too because you can have numerous designs in one order, so as well as promoting your blog or your business, the flickr ones are great for proud parents and grandparents to carry round pics of the family :)

  16. They are pretty cute, everyone I have given a card to hasn’t wanted to give it back. They are great for non-marketing ideas too because you can have numerous designs in one order, so as well as promoting your blog or your business, the flickr ones are great for proud parents and grandparents to carry round pics of the family :)

  17. So far I am using different business cards for my different business contexts. Sometime it’s confusing to people. I am planning to print a blog card as well. I hope it will not add more confusions to people.

    Rajesh Shakya
    Helping technopreneurs to excel and lead their life!

  18. So far I am using different business cards for my different business contexts. Sometime it’s confusing to people. I am planning to print a blog card as well. I hope it will not add more confusions to people.

    Rajesh Shakya
    Helping technopreneurs to excel and lead their life!

  19. This is on my long list of “must-do”s. I don’t get out from behind the computer and out in front of new people much, but when I was blogging from the Creation music festival recently I realized what an oversight it was not to have brought business cards.

    Thanks for the tips. I’d love to be able to get some free, since the $$$ are not really rolling in. Or I’m not really rolling in $$$.

  20. This is on my long list of “must-do”s. I don’t get out from behind the computer and out in front of new people much, but when I was blogging from the Creation music festival recently I realized what an oversight it was not to have brought business cards.

    Thanks for the tips. I’d love to be able to get some free, since the $$$ are not really rolling in. Or I’m not really rolling in $$$.

  21. I’ve been intending to order business cards for a few of my blogs. Your post and the links are very helpful and motivating.

  22. I’ve been intending to order business cards for a few of my blogs. Your post and the links are very helpful and motivating.

  23. I’ve had a bunch of Moo cards in my camera pack since they were first announced. Very handy.

  24. I’ve had a bunch of Moo cards in my camera pack since they were first announced. Very handy.

  25. One of my main offline marketing methods for my blog is the use of business cards. But I do it with a slight twist.

    I printed up some cards with my blog’s web address and a little info about the blog. Then, whenever I’m in a bookstore or coffee shop, I always drop a few cards down for people to find – these locations are ideal since my blog is literature/writing related.

    I have no way of measuring how many hits my blog gets because of this, but I’m sure it’s been a few.

    Great post! Thanks!

  26. One of my main offline marketing methods for my blog is the use of business cards. But I do it with a slight twist.

    I printed up some cards with my blog’s web address and a little info about the blog. Then, whenever I’m in a bookstore or coffee shop, I always drop a few cards down for people to find – these locations are ideal since my blog is literature/writing related.

    I have no way of measuring how many hits my blog gets because of this, but I’m sure it’s been a few.

    Great post! Thanks!

  27. i only know cafepress.com. thank you for the tips

  28. i only know cafepress.com. thank you for the tips

  29. I actually have two business cards – one for my freelance copywrting/bloggin business and one that’s a list of all my blogs. I call these my blogevangalist cards, because I offer people a free 30 minute consultation on how blogging can help their business or cause.

    I get my cards at VistaPrint.com. Since just about everyone uses VistaPrint, I tweak the designs a lot so they stand out. Plus they’re super cheap. I do love the Moo cards. I got oodles of them at BlogHer from other bloggers.

  30. I actually have two business cards – one for my freelance copywrting/bloggin business and one that’s a list of all my blogs. I call these my blogevangalist cards, because I offer people a free 30 minute consultation on how blogging can help their business or cause.

    I get my cards at VistaPrint.com. Since just about everyone uses VistaPrint, I tweak the designs a lot so they stand out. Plus they’re super cheap. I do love the Moo cards. I got oodles of them at BlogHer from other bloggers.

  31. While I’ve seen the idea before, this is the perfect reminder as we plan for a 3 week trip coming up in a few months; I should order some cards right now. Thanks!

  32. While I’ve seen the idea before, this is the perfect reminder as we plan for a 3 week trip coming up in a few months; I should order some cards right now. Thanks!

  33. I was recently at a restuarant, and under the glass that was the table, people had written on napkins and some people business cards advertising ect. If I had a business card, I would have slipped that under the glass, but I didn’t. What I did though was write my blog site address on the back of another business card though :-D

  34. I was recently at a restuarant, and under the glass that was the table, people had written on napkins and some people business cards advertising ect. If I had a business card, I would have slipped that under the glass, but I didn’t. What I did though was write my blog site address on the back of another business card though :-D

  35. Blog cards? This reminds me of the QSL cards of old…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QSL_card

  36. Blog cards? This reminds me of the QSL cards of old…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QSL_card

  37. Why, of course – and of the Moo variety, I might add.

    They are still quite unheard of, so in addition to being small, slick and high-quality they also have a novelty value.

    (I’ve also been planning to see the Hungaroring GP for a while now:)

  38. Why, of course – and of the Moo variety, I might add.

    They are still quite unheard of, so in addition to being small, slick and high-quality they also have a novelty value.

    (I’ve also been planning to see the Hungaroring GP for a while now:)

  39. Hey Chris, yeah, Moo cards are awesome, my first set is almost exhausted and I’m planning to order another soon.

    The quality is excellent and everyone just

    Another great promotional item from Moo are the Moo stickers. I just got my first set and they’re a great conversation starter. I’ll be giving some of my dogs to my Vet :-)

  40. Hey Chris, yeah, Moo cards are awesome, my first set is almost exhausted and I’m planning to order another soon.

    The quality is excellent and everyone just

    Another great promotional item from Moo are the Moo stickers. I just got my first set and they’re a great conversation starter. I’ll be giving some of my dogs to my Vet :-)

  41. I use business cards for my business..

    Business or blog cards are probably better and more effective than a lot of SEO that goes on.

  42. I use business cards for my business..

    Business or blog cards are probably better and more effective than a lot of SEO that goes on.

  43. I hardly ever leave home without my MOO cards. Their form factor is so unusual that they instantly make an impression.

  44. I hardly ever leave home without my MOO cards. Their form factor is so unusual that they instantly make an impression.

  45. I live in China and everyone has a business card here, even if they have a ‘normal’ job (which we wouldn’t have a business card for in the west).

    I’m thinking I will eventually get a business card for my blog, especially if I expand my web development stuff. I hadn’t heard of Moo so thanks – I’ll check them out (although if I’m still living in China when the time comes, I’ll probably get it done locally).

  46. I live in China and everyone has a business card here, even if they have a ‘normal’ job (which we wouldn’t have a business card for in the west).

    I’m thinking I will eventually get a business card for my blog, especially if I expand my web development stuff. I hadn’t heard of Moo so thanks – I’ll check them out (although if I’m still living in China when the time comes, I’ll probably get it done locally).