Remember to take your business cards, lots of them....

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Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty West CalBRE #01458572

My owner is a marketing & business consultant in San Diego.Apparently there are lots of Fall Festivals, Winter Home & Garden Shows, State Fairs, Halloween parties, Fright Houses, and similar events going on throughout the nation.

It's In The Cards!This is just a friendly reminder, then, to take lots of business cards with you whenever you go to a big event.

Feel free to leave a card on a table here and there, at vendor booths, anywhere and everywhere. Hand your card to the ticket taker with a friendly "And here's my card." You'll never find anyone who will respond, "Sorry. I don't take business cards."

Business cards only cost 1½¢ to 55¢ each, so stock up on them. It's your smallest advertisement, the least expensive, and the one that can provide the highest return on your investment.

Those business cards don't do any good sitting on your desk at home or back in the trunk or glove compartment of the car. I have received numerous Clients and sold my products and services in many industries over the decades by getting rid of business cards at such events.

A good business card book to read for all you readers is "It's In The Cards!" by Misner, Bailly, and Georgivich.

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Angie Francis
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Thanks for the nudge, Russell.  Back in the day when I took a Quick Start class the instructor suggested giving out AT LEAST 20 cards a day.  That's a good goal to strive for.  Unfortunately, I don't think I've ever given out as many as 20 in a day!

 

October 21, 2009 09:44 AM
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Hey, Brian - Since I don't smoke and don't allow smoking in my cars, I've always kept business cards in the ash tray. They fit perfectly and are convenient to get to.

Hey, Mary - Often when I work with someone who wants my help, the first thing I'll do is ask for a business card. That's when I find that they have an unopened box of business cards at home. ??????

Hey, Ashley - I carry both push pins, a stapler, and staples in my car. I have a large carrying container in the trunk that has all the necessities in it - extra business cards, tape, stapler, marketing brochures, etc.

Hey, Gary - Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Hey, Norma - That should be true, but I have seen some self-printed business cards that don't make the person look professional.

Hey, Leslie - It doesn't surprise me that a horse rider is prepared.

Hey, Mike - I've been in many BNI and Le Tip chapters in Houston, College Station, San Antonio, Detroit, Philadelphia, Tampa, Oakland, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, and probably a few others that I'm forgetting. Currently I'm not in a BNI chapter because I don't have the initiative to start one and the other chapters around me are full and too far away to make it feasible to get there.

Hey, Sally - Halloweed, huh? I'll have to go check on that and correct it. As soon as I finish the weed - LOL.

Hey, Dick and Dixie - I always leave a nice tip and a business card when I go out to eat. I have gotten business from that tactic.

Hey, Brian - I've heard that about business cards, but they are still in use here in San Diego.

Hey, Al and Peggy - I don't know because I've never been down to my last business card - LOL. When I reach the last box, I re-order.

Hey, Jim - Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Hey, Lee and Pamela - You're right, I'm not. You're also right to add those links if one is.

Hey, Liz - Glad I could help.

Hey, Angie - I've given out as many as 500 in one day, several times - Houston Rodeo, home & garden shows, etc.

October 21, 2009 10:25 AM
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Carra Riley
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Author, Speaker, Consultant, Carra Riley Inc.

Russel,

Great post. I couldn't agree more. You just never know when you'll meet someone that needs your services. I try to always have plenty of cards with me. I do have to say though, as social networking has become more and more popular, it's harder to remember the value and necessity of face to face networking. Thanks for the reminder.

Your friend in the Cosmic Cow Pie.

October 21, 2009 12:53 PM
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Judy Kincaid

Russel -- Thanks for the reminder to both order new cards and start giving them out everyday.  I am also going to order the book.

October 27, 2009 10:44 AM
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Kathy Opatka
Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches
RE/MAX CROSSROADS

Russ,

Thanks for the reminder! I'm driving to a seminar on Thursday and I'll be loaded with my cards! I love those referrals!

Kathy Opatka

October 27, 2009 10:21 AM
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