I rarely use my business card anymore. Is there any value for a consultant to have one anymore?
The business card is not what it once was. Years (decades) ago, the business card was the totality of your identity and contact information, and sometimes a little more information about you. Your name, address and phone number was everything needed to do business with you. For some, especially sole proprietors, it was your tiny corporate brochure. Times change.
The past few years have seen some changes. Many of us work more virtually than before, communicate by email, and often change job titles and employers almost as fast as we can print up new cards. We pass along our contact information as part of our email signature. Considering the sterile, information-only business card of the past, isn't it time to reconsider what a business card can do for you. Tip:
Rethink (outside the box) what your business card can do for you. Because it isn't as necessary fro contact information, use it to convey your brand, your image, your corporate or practice "theme." Consider more graphical or iconic representations or other ways to leave an impression, not just information. Also, think about multiple business cards for different uses - maybe one for contact info, one for specific practice areas.© 2011 Institute of Management Consultants USA