Even though more and more business is being done on smartphones and tablets, there's still something about a well-designed business card. That simple slip of paper stock can become a memorable conversation starter, keep your name foremost in potential clients' minds, or display your products and talents.
One of the best examples of business cards done right is Moo, who recently released their social media solution: cards that incorporate your Facebook Timeline.
Moo, a digital print shop which has long been a favorite for its highly-customizable mini-sized business cards, has found a way to bring the best features of social media to physical business by taking the cover photo, basic profile and contact information from your Facebook Timeline and putting it on their classic thick paper stock with a matte laminate. The cards, which can be printed in full color on both sides, use Moo's Printfinity feature which allows you to pick a different image for each card. Each card can also be customized with a quote or slogan on the back side.
The result is a business card that doubles as a talking point, and because each image is customizable, triples as a way to display your portfolio or product. It's a stellar idea for photographers, designers, and small businesses with handmade goods like jewelry; you can display your talent while providing your website and contact info in a distinct way. Moo makes the process easy and effortlessly customizable; you can change the information displayed on the front and back of the card so these can also be used as party invitations, gift tags, moving announcements or note cards.
If you'd like to check out what your Timeline looks like on a business card, Moo makes it extremely simple. From your Facebook profile page, click on the "About" link under your basic info, then in the "Contact Info" box roll over the tiny business card icon (you should see it directly next to the words "Contact Info") and click the "Print Cards" link. Moo will walk you through the rest of the steps, allowing you to easily customize your cards.
Alternatively, you can also click the Make Cards for Me link on Moo's website. Either way, your first box of 50 cards is likely to be free; Moo's initial promotion of giving away 50-card bundles to the first 200,000 users shows no sign of slowing down despite intense demand. After that, it's $15 for 50, $30 for 100, $45 for 150 and $60 for 200.
(Images: Moo.com and Amber Bouman.)