A Simple Trick That Makes Your Business Card Memorable

american-psychoEveryone hands out business cards, then hopes those rectangular forms of communication leave a strong enough impression that the recipient will reach out after the meeting is over.

Some of those cards are incredibly creative and look like modern art. If you’re short on time or don’t have a big budget, however, there’s a much cheaper way to ensure your info stays in a person’s pocket — and out of the trash…

Write a Custom Note on Your Business Card

Yep. It’s that simple.

Why scribble a quick note? Because writing on a business card breathes life into your contact information. At a networking event, conference or convention, you end the day with a fat stack of business cards. Which ones stick around?

The one with a special, and personal, note.

The recipient feels like your card is different since it features actual hand-writing. With a personal touch, it’s tough to toss out right away. Think of the strategy as a ‘stationary guilt trip.’

What Do You Write on the Business Card?

You have several options, each of which takes just a few seconds to execute:

  • An additional phone number or email address
  • An extra little nugget based on your conversation
  • A Twitter handle not already listed
  • A Web site URL separate from the one already on the card

If you add a URL, the person will hopefully think: ‘When I get back to my computer, I am going to check out this site.’ At the very least, the site (and you) will be on the mind of the recipient as they shuffle through the business cards collected throughout the day.

So much power from such a little note.

One More Thing…

Be sure to add your short message in front of the person. Then, he or she will see you physically put pen to paper and remember your note each time he looks at your card.

Do you have any tops that will help make business cards memorable? Tell us in the comment section below!





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  • That is an interesting idea! When people hand me business cards, I try to always take a pen and jot something about them/the conversation/next steps on it so after an evening of networking I have something to stimulate my memory. It has helped when I get a random email months (or dare I say years) later and can find that card and recall the experience. I never thought about doing that for the other person! It could potentially be time consuming, but I am sure worthwhile to them.

    Thanks for the recommendation!

    Danielle Elizabeth Aaronson

  • TenshokuDr.

    Here in Japan business cards are a key part of doing business and no one would write on their business cards, it would seem unprofessional. I do make notes on other people’s cards (never in front of them – that would be a major faux pas) if I met them at a large event. I jot small notes after a networking event including the date, the event name, and a bit about what we spoke about. Then I put that in my LinkedIn notes or database once I enter that person in. This can be helpful later when reaching out to them.