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Contest: Enter to Win Business Cards & Marketing Materials for Photographers

Even in the digital age, some traditional marketing materials are still needed.  One such item is business cards. Business cards are often the “piece you leave behind” that represents your company, your work, and your brand.  You need to make sure your cards make a statement and allows the recipient a way to connect with you later.

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Today’s contest is sponsored by Color Inc Pro Lab, an advertiser on the MCP Blog. They printed my business cards and sent me samples using a few different finishes: gloss, pearl and watercolor.  They are all really nice, but for my particular cards, I am in LOVE with the pearl finish.  It gives the cards an almost metallic look and they are just beautiful in person.

business cards for photographers

Do you need new business cards? Color Inc. is giving 4 lucky winners 250 double sided business cards in the finish of their choice.

To enter (you may do entry 1 or 1, 2, and 3 for more chances to win) -winners will be picked at random on Sunday, February 28th.

1. Leave a comment on the blog for this post (not on Facebook) – and answer the following for your 1st entry:

  • What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?
  • Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?

2. Post one of the following to Twitter and/or Facebook (and come back and comment to let us know you did for your 2nd entry):

  • What information should be on a business card? Win 2-sided business cards by commenting here: http://bit.ly/mcpcicontest
  • Do you think photographers should have pictures on business cards? Win 2-sided business cards by commenting here: http://bit.ly/mcpcicontest

3. Ask your blog readers what they think business cards should have on them, by doing a quick summary of this post and its questions; then link them here so they can comment. Come back here and leave a comment with a link to your blog post for your third entry.

And for those of you who want to order business cards now, Color Inc is doing a promo for 10% off through Sunday the 28th of February by using the code: biz10.

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176 Comments

  1. February 24, 2010 at 10:06 am —

    I’m a fan of simple – business name, name, website, email and phone. My first cards had photos, but unless you are ordering in small quantities and for a specific promo, I prefer cards with no photos. I used a photograph of my daughter for my first cards, ordered a gazillion and felt totally boxed in by the image – especially when I decided to focus on weddings!

  2. February 24, 2010 at 10:05 am —

    I retweeted the contest on my twitter account and on my facebook page.

  3. February 24, 2010 at 10:02 am —

    1. All the basic things; but the name should be prominent. Most of my marketing materials have just my business name. It’s nice for folks to see a real person attached, with a real first and last name.

    2. Yes! I think it’s a fun way to share an image, and sets the card apart from other business cards the client might have.

  4. February 24, 2010 at 9:58 am —

    * What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?

    I would say that the most important thing to have would be your contact information, especially your wensite so the client can see your work.

    * Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?

    I think that a business card could contain a couple photos at max, as long as they are not distracting. Personally though, I would rather see a cute design with the contact info and check out the pictures on the site.

  5. February 24, 2010 at 9:58 am —

    1. name, phone number & website
    2. yes, but not too many. just to give them a sense of your style so they want to see more!

  6. February 24, 2010 at 9:51 am —
  7. February 24, 2010 at 9:51 am —

    This day and time I think all that is really necessary is name, studio name, phone number and website. Addresses are no longer vital because you can get additional contact information from the website that most folks are going to check out if they are interested in you.

    Photographs on the card are great to show style and for a mini portfolio. That’s why double-sided cards are so wonderful. You can have the best of both worlds!

  8. February 24, 2010 at 9:40 am —

    Yes, I think it is important for photographers to have at least 1 image on their card that represents their style well. Although…..choosing that ONE photo is really hard!!! I would love to have the pearl cards too, pearl is my favorite finish for most items~

  9. February 24, 2010 at 9:28 am —

    Of course, contact information is vital. Website, email, etc. Also, what type of sessions you specialize in seems like a necessary piece of information.

    Yes, I think photographers should include at least one image. It gives the potential client a (tiny) sample of your work and makes the card more memorable/eye-catching.

  10. February 24, 2010 at 9:24 am —

    *What inf do you feel is important to have on a biz card for a photog?
    I feel the business name, phone number, website and location. If you biz name is not your name I would have your name somewhere, at least I think I would 🙂
    *Do you think photogs should have photos on their card? Why do you feel this way?
    Yes you want people to see your images and fall in love. that is why you want them to call you. if there isn’t at least one image your biz card might be easier to forget.

  11. Michelle Cahal
    February 24, 2010 at 9:19 am —

    Just tweeted too!

  12. Stephanie
    February 24, 2010 at 9:15 am —

    The logo, website, email and phone numbers.

    It would be nice to have a couple of images on the biz card. It would be like a mini portfolio!

  13. Michelle Cahal
    February 24, 2010 at 9:15 am —

    1. Along with all the usual info, I think a statement of intent is important. Something original to show that you can use your own head and ingenuity.

    2. I don’t think it matters whether or not there are photos on the business card. Putting one photo would seem to me that you’re going to ‘specialize’ in that type of photography (babies, flowers…). I could go either way though 🙂

  14. February 24, 2010 at 9:13 am —

    What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?

    Obviously your contact information, but I also feel its important to put what kind of photography you do. I get so sick of people asking me about weddings. I don’t do weddings, I have no intention of doing weddings! If I put “children’s photography” or something like that. People get the idea.

    * Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?

    That’s really up to the photographer. I personally have photos on mind, but I do kind of like the intrigue for a card without. It may get me to their website faster, but that could also backfire on you.

  15. Jeanine
    February 24, 2010 at 9:12 am —

    * What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer? Biz and Photog name, website, phone, email

    * Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way? Yes, you want to show off your stuff and I think they are more apt to keep the card and share it with others.

  16. February 24, 2010 at 9:10 am —

    The part of the country or region you serve or are based out of. For me it’s “Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois” I try to put this on my business cards, especially if you are meeting clients or colleagues from out of your area you want them to identify you, remember you much better than a phone number ever will.

    I think photos on a business card can’t hurt, as long as it isn’t distracting. If you’re in a meeting with other businesses, most likely your will stick out because you have a photo on yours.

  17. February 24, 2010 at 9:09 am —

    Just tweeted!

  18. February 24, 2010 at 9:09 am —

    i think the two most important things are a website, because they want to see your work, and an email address, because they will want to get ahold of you as soon as they see how fab your work is! the first thing when buying a product or service i want to see are visuals of whatever i’m buying. i will then contact the business if i am still interested.

    i think a small sampling should be on the business cards…if they don’t see something that grabs them immediately and sends them to your website, that business card will stay in the jeans pocket and go through the wash!

  19. February 24, 2010 at 9:08 am —

    * What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?

    That’s a great question. I would say…name (obviously), studio name, phone number and website.

    * Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?

    Yes, at least one. Or, at least a visual. I have seen some beautiful business cards that have a professionally created logo and I think that is fine as well. As long as it is part of your branding.

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