Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at 1:49 am
The power of a business card is immense even though it is such a small entity. Not only does it introduce an entrepreneur to the recipient, it also conveys a lot of characteristics of the owner of the card. Apart from highlighting the owner, business cards are useful in increasing sales prospects, maintaining contacts, and enhancing social networking of the entrepreneur.
One of the ways to increase a business is through leads and sales prospects. Often, entrepreneurs meet numerous potential customers during the day. However, few change over to customers and very few to regular customers.
The first step in this process is to give the first impression, the best impression. A well-designed business card is able to accomplish this task with ease. Out of many such sales initiations, few would graduate to become business deals.
Any business survives through important contacts and liaison meetings. For instance, there are businesses which generate profit by assembling various components from various companies. Maintaining contacts with these business partners is important. It is equally important to keep contacts who are related – although not directly – with the business.
The proper way of maintaining business contacts is through business cards. The cards make the entire process professional keeping in mind business etiquettes. For example, a business card can be referred to the concerned associates and third parties. The word goes around based on the facts written on the card.
Apart from maintaining contacts of related parties, there has to be network of other interested parties who can help in enhancing business prospects of a company. The media for instance, can help to highlight a new launch during a press conference or an interview.
It is necessary to keep such social networks active and strong. A business card helps to keep this network running smoothly. With the rise of Web 2.0 technology, social networking has increased greatly. Exchange of views, deals, etc has become quite common today. The online medium has made this facility possible.
There are sites that cater to a particular area of interest – say metallurgy. Experts, business associates, vendors, customers, and other interest parties need to log in to the site and participate in the forum.
Online business cards help to initiate these networking forums without any hassles. Surveys suggest that about 50 percent or more business prospects are created through online business cards.
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Apart from important liaison interactions, business cards help in many other ways too. An entrepreneur can use a business card to jot down important points in an impromptu meeting with a potential business partner.
A card can be further used as a coupon, discount offers, and promotional schemes to help in increasing sales. The card can also be used in informal networking get-togethers. A business card can look insignificant but it has a much greater impact on entrepreneurs. It serves its purpose in some way or the other at the opportune moment. Compared to its utility, the cost of cards is trivial. With a proper thinking and approach, business cards can be used to enhance business.
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