Tip 2 – Promoting Your Business With Photographs – Business Cards

In our digital, electronic, Internet, instant update world, the humble business card is still one of your most valuable marketing tools you have.

A business card is the one marketing piece about your company that people will gladly take, and keep. They project your business’ image, and are a vital form of communication. Not having a card projects a lack of professionalism.

One time I was meeting with a CEO in his office. I asked for his card and he said he didn’t have one. None had ever been printed for himself or any of his senior staff. My perception of him and his company dropped a few points on the spot.

Business cards offer many positive features, including:

They’re easy to carry
Don’t need batteries
Can show photographs of art, personnel and products
Provide an easy source of contact and company information
You can drop in into a bowl by a cash register or event, and win all kinds of free things, including: a meal, dessert, toy, message, haircut and door prizes. Over the years I’ve won meals, a coffee maker, admission to amusement parks, jewelry and more. Wining will also result in free publicity for your business.
You can even win a drink at a bar by saying that you can cut a hole in your business card, and stick your entire head through it. If you’re skinny enough, you can fit your entire body through it. Try that with your smart phone app. See how it’s done at the end of this article.
Be sure to take your business cards with you everywhere you go. I never leave the house without them. I’ve passed cards out at concerts, coffee shops, in elevators and even three miles into a hike when I started talking with another hiker.

Don’t forget to use the back. Here you can have additional information, but don’t go crazy. Showing too many skills will look like you’ll do anything for a buck, and none of it well. If your business is hard to find, put a map here.

You have a tremendous amount of flexibility when designing a card. You are only limited by your imagination and budget.

Customization you can do includes:

Putting a photograph of you or your product on the card
Die cutting the card to make an interesting shape
Design it to be folded to display artwork, a pop-up cutout or some other feature
A pull tab, like in a kids book, to change the information seen on the card
Do a Google Images search for business cards, and you will see some truly amazing designs.

There are a lot of places to have your business cards printed. I use Vistaprint http://www.vistaprint.com to print my cards because they often have sales that let me order 250 cards while only paying for shipping.

Moo cards http://us.moo.com lets you submit up to 50 different images to be put on the back of your business cards. If you have 50 cards printed, then each image will be used once, for 100 cards each image is used twice, and so on. This gives you a huge number of images to choose from when handing out a card.

I know a photographer who did this, and it let him have a portfolio in his pocket. He fans the deck of business cards, and asks which photo they like best and that’s the card they get. You know they’ll hold onto that card.

For a manufacturer, put images of all of your products on the back of the cards. When someone asks about a specific product, you can give them a card with a photo of that product. They will easily remember who you are and why they have your card.

Create a business card that is exciting, highlights your products or services and lets clients easily find you. And don’t be afraid to use this little blank canvas to create a card that will shout your praises from the highest mountain.

Have Fun,

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Top 3 Things You Should Do Before Choosing Your Private Label Olive Oil Supplier

There are many reasons why people are ecstatic about creating their own product line of olive oil.

One reason is its growing market. As people become more aware of the benefits brought by it, the demand is steadily increasing. The fact that you can find olive oil as an ingredient in almost any healthy product, any entrepreneur would really be tempted to join the industry.

Another reason is passion. Health gurus and beauty bloggers are just a few of the people who love olive oil, and incorporating their passion into their business is never a bad idea, right?

So before you start choosing and calling your private label olive oil supplier, here are the top three most important things you should do first:

Study the Market

Regardless if you already own a business or are just starting up, you should study first your target marketplace.

Who would possibly buy it? Can your market afford to purchase extra virgin olive oil? The best customers are those who won’t mind paying a high price as long as the product is worth it. But this is not the only factor you should consider.

Price Competition

Knowing the current prices on the market will serve as your guideline in choosing the right supplier in terms of the pricing of bulk orders.

You can also determine how much profit you can gain, and how competitive you can be in the market. More importantly, since you are creating a privately labeled line, make sure that your price can compete with the branded ones.

Qualify the Suppliers

Truth is, the olive oil industry is quite a small niche, so you will want your product to stand out.

Basically, you can really stand out if you choose the right packaging. Packaging includes the style of the bottle, how much of it you want in a single bottle, and also, the creativeness of the whole packaging concept.

But the question is, can the manufacturer achieve this kind of packaging?

There are a lot of suppliers, but if you think that you can just pick the right one up easily, think again. The right supplier should, above all, catch up on your vision for your products.

For example, the best private label olive oil supplier are those who have sample packages ready but also welcomes their clients’ ideas and desired characteristics. There are even companies that will send a virtual sample for their clients to see how their order will look like. This kind of flexibility gives ultimate freedom for the clients to own their product.

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