Reflecting and unpacking I started pulling out fist fulls of business cards. Matter of fact there are a few I know I received but lost somewhere between hand off and unpacking. Bummer because some of the designs were cool.
Unpacking it got me thinking, I thought business cards were dead. I swear I caught the news report or RSS that the business card died gradual death during some trade show years ago. I guess not!
It seems now more than ever everyone I meet seems to have one or more cards with their contact details, and some of them don’t even own a business. It seems that cards are now just ‘contact details’ because we have so many ways for people to reach us. Not that long ago we just had to tell them our name and phone number.
Interestingly, people are opening up their social networks to everyone by creating connection point on their business card. I did this (see below) to help deepen connections and it’s paid off big time. Essentially, it lowers the time to be able to connect (it’s a pain to enter the contact information), it let’s people get more details about you and a better look at who you are thanks to the information you populated on your network and it gives us multiple avenues to communicate.
What do you think? Are business cards dead, or are they reinventing themselves?