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Are Business Cards Obsolete

Are Business Cards Obsolete

I don’t really care, but loyal reader Eric May does, and he asked me to post this question to see what kind or replies he’d receive. So have at it!

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

Comments: 10

  • November 10, 2011

    Thanks for that, Alan. I just wanted to ask your readers if their business cards are still a useful (albiet modest) “leave-behind” or are they superfluous in the smartphone/iPad era? Thanks for your comments. Eric

  • November 10, 2011

    I prefer an electronic business card. It’s easier to get into my Microsoft CRM contact management system. I like the iPhone bump app or attaching a vcard to an email.

    Second choice is paper.

  • michael cardus

    November 10, 2011

    Business cards are useful for sharing how people can get a hold of you.
    If you generate interest in your work, brand, self people with your card can find your website, call you and you can do the same.
    I don’t think they are obsolete.
    YET, I still find people in networking events that lead with their card and are insulted when I do not share mine. I usually don’t share my card because I know nothing about them, their business etc.. and sharing my card is a waste of both of our time.

  • Paul Evans

    November 10, 2011

    Even though I do not use business cards, I am amazed at the number of people who ask for one. Maybe it’s conditioning. Or maybe there are still those who actually follow-up because of a card. However, rarely have these people been buyers. 🙂

  • Alan Weiss

    November 10, 2011

    I personally loathe people who keep shoving cards at me, which I politely put in a pocket until I can throw them out, out of sight. If I don’t know you or your work and have expressed no interest in it, why on earth would I keep your card? And those who say, “Please refer me to people who need this,” are just loopy. How do I know you’re not an axe murderer?

    • Ian Brodie

      November 12, 2011

      I wonder if I got a card printed up with a job title of Axe Murderer whether anyone would notice?

  • Alan Weiss

    November 10, 2011

    Many people ask for a card to feign interest and get rid of you.

  • Jack Lovell

    November 11, 2011

    Do so when valid (i.e. give when asked and ask when interested in further contact).

    Bump is not ideal – Checking if the other person has it and then getting out phones and bumping, while OK in some instances, is a distraction in most cases.

    I don’t want to rely on my memory to remember an email address. I also don’t want to take time right then to write or type it or a phone number.

    So yes, useful with basic info – name, email and phone (no website assuming the domain in your email address is your website). Follow up emails with vCards each way is the polite thing to do – I certainly don’t want to actually type in all the details or even take the time to use a biz card reader.

  • November 11, 2011

    Business cards are not obsolete. While I don’t push them at people, when there’s a mutual interest in having each other’s contact information, I provide my business card and accept one in return.

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