Business Cards That Make Your Business Stick Out

One might ask how significant are business cards for the success of a business or what happens after one hands them out to prospective or current customers. It’s until one becomes an independent businessman or woman that one realizes how essential they are as part of marketing and networking tools. A good business card should always put creativity and artistic display at the core of everything. This is something that professional photographers and designers will always proffer to anyone who intends to design one. The cards should be exceptionally creative with inclusion of some unique features such as some portraits at the back of the card or an inspirational quote that will leave an indelible mark in the reader’s mind.

It’s always necessary to think of a card as a marketing tool from the onset. There are common mistakes that many business people make by making it a directory of contacts and poorly elucidating on the services they offer, and thus making the card lose the taste immediately after exchanging hands. Think of the impact that a card designed with high resolution with lucid and well cut out graphics and letters. The selling point of such a card will undoubtedly be high and will always bring out the rare Wow factor.

If one has a small business offering products to the market, it is always advisable to include a product picture at the back of the card while at the same time ensuring that the card professionally designed and are the type that one can hardly throw away. The best way to achieve this is to look for designers who print full color on both sides of the card. One can choose the best photos or choose from the color schemes and designs that they have in their numerous templates although using the available flexible templates usually works well. All one needs to remember is that creativity is the bench mark with which to measure whether the business card will stick out or not.

Building an Online Business – Four Keys to Success

There are many aspects of running a successful business. Here are four vital components to building a successful online business.

Education:
There is so much to learn about running an online business. No one knows it all in the beginning. Take the time to learn a new principle, and then apply it. Give it a try. See how it works. There are many great free resources online to help you learn the things you need to know. Spend part of every workday learning something new. Sign up for free newsletters and ezines (online newsletters). Many of them have great information on running a business. Find someone who has been successful and ask lots of questions. Having a mentor can smooth the road ahead.

Marketing:
Every day do something to drive traffic to your website. There are many methods of driving traffic to your website that are free or very low cost. Check into ezines. You can write articles for them or place ads in them for very little cost. This is a great way to find targeted customers for your business. Choose the ezine that your typical customer may be reading on a regular basis. If your ad is backed by an ezine that they trust, they are much more likely to trust your ad and buy from you. There are free ezine directories listed online, which will give you many different options to choose from.

There are classified ads online that are very inexpensive. You can do a press release. You can combine traditional methods of advertising (newspapers, direct mail, magazines, radio) with your online advertising to reach new customers. If you have the budget, Google AdWords is a great advertising method. After looking around for a little while at all the different traffic generating methods, pick one and really go after it to become an expert at that method of driving traffic to your website.

When you find something that works, do more of it. Keep doing it and increase how much and how often you do it.

Patience:
Once you have made a decision on a business, stick with it. Don’t give up in a few days or weeks. Work at it every day for a full six months. Then look back and decide if this is going to work for you. It takes time to build experience and knowledge and get some marketing going for your website. The amount of traffic you have your first week or two has nothing to do with your future traffic. With time, you will get better and better at driving traffic and turning visitors into sales.

Focus:
Don’t get distracted by the billions of offers out there. There will always be someone telling you that the grass is greener if you buy a different program. If you really believe your business idea is good and will work, give it a shot at success. Stick with it for at least six months.

With time, effort and patience, your dreams can come true. There are over 1.5 billion people on the Internet. The world is your customer pool. Think big. Dream big. Work hard and your dreams can come true!

Are You Putting Yourself Out of Business?

Have you heard either of these pieces of advice, “Do what you have always done and you’ll always get what you always got” and “More of what’s not working won’t help”?

The first one is no longer valid and the second one gets proven in the small business world everyday.

When it comes to marketing why does the first statement not work anymore? Simple, with all the changes that bombard our businesses, clientele and technology on a daily basis it is ludicrous to expect the same results. You see examples of businesses sticking to outdated and unimaginative approaches to marketing and then being surprised with declining results.

In a recent marketing analysis I did with a local business owner I did a very poor job of keeping a poker face. His business was now in such dire straits that they had gone from a fancy office with many employees to a few employees working from the kitchen table at home. His company had tried “cold calling” as their main strategy to build their business. The results were dismal.

What was the logical response to their poor results? You guessed it, they hired more people to cold call. They lost more than most small businesses will earn in the next 5 years. When I asked him why they would pour more money into something that was clearly not working he responded with, “We figured we just needed to get our name out there more and eventually things would take off!” The only thing that took off was their money and eventually their employees.

I’m not going to beat this fellow up because we are all guilty of hanging in too long with an ineffective strategy or two. That is why it is so important to be able to step back and evaluate your marketing efforts. Are they working? Are they cost effective? Are they getting you the results you want? If not, how long do you plan to continue using them before finding something better? How long can you afford to stick with something that isn’t working?