June 23, 2014

Business Cards For Blog Conferences

It never fails; as blog and social media conferences inch closer on our calendars, people start to panic a bit. They want to make sure they have everything they need to ensure the experience is all that it can be.

One of the things I read most about on Twitter and Facebook is the need for business cards. There are a flurry of questions:

How many business cards do I need?

What do I need to put on them; contact info, blog name, logo?

How do I carry them or organize them?

This post is going to help answer some of those questions and answer some helpful tips when it comes to business cards at blogging conferences.

How Many Business Cards Do I Order?

There is no wrong or right answer here; it really depends on the size of the conference you are going to. You won’t be giving your cards out to EVERYONE you meet, so it’s not essential to have the same amount of business cards as there are attendees. With that said, especially if you are attending the many parties held at conferences, you want to make sure you have a decent amount. You’ll be chatting with people in various settings and the ole’ “Want to exchange business cards?” line will work its way into conversations. In most cases though, 250-500 business cards should suffice. Don’t panic if you don’t have enough or run out. Just make sure to bring something extra, such as stock paper or note cards to jot down your 411 to pass out. It happens! (And if you order too many or don’t use all of yours up, that just means you are all set for the next blog conference!)

What do I put on my business cards?

Again, there is no right or wrong answer here (detecting a theme of personal preference in this post?). At a minimum, you want to include your blog name and a way for people to contact you. If you don’t feel comfortable listing your phone number or address, put your email address or at the very least, your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts. Some may think that blogging business cards aren’t truly a “business card” but that’s the wrong attitude to have! You are not only marketing your blog, but also marketing yourself. Even if you don’t intend to use your blog as a business, your card can encourage people to check out your blog and become your newest reader. So make sure your business card reflects you, your personality, and the theme of your blog.

Below are the examples of the business cards I made for Blissdom 2010. I included my logo on the front, used the same color scheme as my blog, and included a backside as well. One thing I suggest doing is adding a picture of yourself somewhere on the card, even if it’s small and off to the side. Ever gone house-hunting before and felt that after seeing a handful of houses, they all started to blur together? You will feel that way after meeting tons of bloggers also. Having a picture helps you remember who that person was and what your conversation was about. That’s also why I suggest including your Twitter name; many of us actually know each other by our Twitter names instead of our actual names!

(Front and Back of the card shown)

UnExperienced Mom business card

Unexperienced Mom business card

How do you organize or keep track of all the cards you receive?

Before I left for Blissdom, I created a binder with pages for notes, all of my travel details, and a few pockets for business cards. I labeled the pockets “Follow Up With,” “Blogs I Already Read,” and “Blogs I Need to Check Out.” In addition, I had a pocket for companies I networked with. During the conference hours, I tried my best to put the business cards in the appropriate pockets. Because the conference was a couple of days long and my binder wasn’t huge, I took the business cards out each night and put them into sandwich baggies with the same labels on them. This allowed me to keep them organized, but freed up the pockets to get more business cards the following day. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a fancy organizer, which is why the baggies worked perfectly.

Everyone has their own way of organizing themselves and the business cards, but this method worked really well for me!

As far as organizing your business cards to pass out, I just brought a bunch in some business card holders in my binder/bag and refilled them during the breaks or at night for the following day. Another cute idea I saw is to punch a hole in the corner of the cards and hang them on a plain keyring. Then you can just take one off and pass it around. Get creative to help yourself feel organized!

What special things can I do to make my business cards stand out?

I didn’t add any “frills” to my business cards, but there were plenty of others who did. There were business cards with candy attached or embellished with stickers. Then there were the crafty bloggers that created handmade treasures to display their business information. There was even one who made a luggage tag out of her business card. The creativity is endless! Especially if creativity reflects you and your blog, feel free to go with it and incorporate unique aspects into your business cards. It’s a great way for people to remember you!

For other tips on business cards and networking at blogging conferences in general, check out the posts in the networking and experiences categories. Also, if you’ve written a post about business cards, networking, or just have some tips, I’d love for you to share the link or tips here! The more information that’s out there, the more comfortable and confident we all feel.

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*Post originally posted in July 2010

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  1. I am definately planning on carrying 2 sets of baggies with me. One for my business cards as you can only get but so many in the slots of your purse and one for the incoming ones I receive. Once I get home i’ll sort it all I as I don’t imagine I’ll have to do it while at the conference.

  2. Traci says:

    Thanks for the info- perfectly timed as I’m headed to BlogHer in two weeks, and it will be my first time. Can’t wait to read all the other stuff on this site…what a great resource!

    • (Un)Experienced Mom says:

      So glad you found the site! And so glad it’s helpful. I continue to update resources on here all the time and will post on topics you all want to read about. Enjoy BlogHer and let us know your thoughts afterwards! ;-)

  3. Angela says:

    Also wanted to point out, those of you with smart phones can see if you can get the app called Google Goggles. With the app you take a picture of the card and it will pull all the information for you. Then you can group it for “BlogHer” or whatever conference your attending. Now you don’t have to worry about losing the cards you get! Last year at Type A Mom a lady lost her organizer and every card she got. The poor thing was beside herself over it. I plan on utilizing Google Goggles this year so that doesn’t happen to me!

    • (Un)Experienced Mom says:

      What a GREAT TIP! What is your Twitter handle? I’d love to highlight this tip on Twitter! ;-) Thanks so much!

  4. Nice article, great tip.

  5. ModernMom says:

    Such a great post! I’m not going to BlogHer. Sigh. But I am going to Blissdom Canada! Thanks for sharing:)

    • (Un)Experienced Mom says:

      Glad it could help. And don’t worry, I am not going to BlogHer either, so you’re not alone. ;-) Enjoy Blissdom Canada – loved my 1st experience with it and plan on going back to Blissdom every year if I can!

  6. I would add to try to include your most common pic/avatar that you use online on your card. It really helps people recognize who you are.

    Also, many of us have the lanyards on for conferences, you can fit a nice little bundle of cards in there usually to hand out. Then just refill from your larger stash as needed throughout the day.


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