Blogger Tip: Business Card Book12:17 PM
Tip to my fellow beauty bloggers!
If you go to trade shows you'll be able to network with business owners, public relations people and other bloggers. I've mentioned it before that you should have two types of networking cards - one to give to business owners who are asking for your mailing address/phone number and one with just your social media/website. Well, what are YOU going to with THEIR business cards?
My suggestion get or make your own business card book. At trade shows or other events you're probably going to pick up lots of business cards from other people and take it from me you CAN lose those cards. From my trip back from IMATS LA 2013 TSA went through my luggage and not only lost my OCC Power Plant Lip Tar BUT also several of my business cards that were in a plastic bag! I should have taken my book with me on my trip to put those business cards in right away but I didn't. I made my book after my trip to CPNA in Vegas in 2012 and this book has become essentially my beauty insiders bible.
Sure you can buy a pretty and more professional business card holder but those are expensive and if you're just starting out with little money to burn it can be an ouch to your pocketbook. My own binder is a simple 1/2" black vinyl binder that I can customize. Cost: $1.49 (on sale). The business card inserts were under $4 for a package of 25 at Office Max. A "professional" one $25 and up. I've seen some that sell for about $10 however it didn't fit my needs due to the amount of cards I picked up from trade shows. Now that I'm more "established" I may pick up a "professional" looking one to carry with me at trade shows and keep my "bible" at home so I don't have to worry about losing it.
In my current binder I have a mix of business reps and other bloggers. I need to section it out so that I keep my fellow bloggers cards in a different section than business reps. But hey, with your binder set it up how you feel comfortable! :D Remember, what ever route you go it's important that you use it! Nothing worse than making contacts with a company you want to work with and not have their contact info! As soon as I get home or if I have time at the hotel I'll sit down and send the contact an email to thank them for their time.