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Show Me Your Business Card

Show Me Your Business Card

Business cards are going to go away someday – but not just yet. Everyone still uses them. When most business cards end up stuffed away in a desk drawer, how do you set yourself apart from the crowd? Take a look at these four unique business cards for some ideas. (And to be clear: I admire and respect Paul, Sally, David and Phil as great business people but I don’t own any of their stock and I don’t work for them).

Paul Travis: Maximize Real-Estate

At first glance, Paul’s card looks like just about any other business card you might receive from day-to-day.

Logo. Tag Line. Name and information. But wait…there is more. A lot more. Paul has done a fantastic job of maximizing 3.5×2 inch real estate. The card flips open once to reveal more information on Paul and the company…

And unfold once more for information on how VIVIFY can help your brand and bottom line.

Sally Hogshead: The power of simplicity. And a killer tagline.

Sally has taken the complete opposite approach of Paul with her stripped down business card. She plays up the uniqueness of her last name with a witty tagline – which I won’t ruin for you. Sally says it best herself…

Actually I have to repeat this because I love her humor: A hogshead is a barrel that holds 62 gallons. So what’s your last name, smartass?

Phil Gerbyshak: Utilize Social Media

Phil’s card is more reminiscent of a trading card than a business card – but the interactivity contained in this tiny piece of paper is wonderful.

See that QR code in the lower right corner? Scan that with your smart phone and it automatically loads a browser with his business card, options to connect with him on social networks, and the ability to share his card with friends/colleagues on Twitter and Facebook. How hard is your card working for you?

David Zach:  Tell a story about who you are

David’s business card stands out for a couple of reasons – namely its size, use of image and its ability to tell a story. “I’ve developed this sort of brand identity with the graphics – as a futurist with a past, as it were. Almost all of my graphics are illustrations from the 1920s & 30s,” David told me. “The cards reflect the use of those graphics in my slide deck. I try to make my slides and handouts look like they’d been created in that era. With this comes a subtle attempt to provide some comfort by connecting the future with the past and suggesting the future isn’t just about change, but also about tradition and continuity.”

What a beautiful integrated approach that encompasses, the man, the mission and the business at hand.

How are you utilizing your business card real estate? I’d love to see how you are setting yourself apart from your competition. Send in your business card and we will post them on the website for everyone to vote on their favorite! Please email you entries to

About Robert Jordan

Robert Jordan has been launching and growing companies and helping other entrepreneurs do the same for the past 20 years. He has authored book and audio series including How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America (RedFlash Press), featuring 45 leading company founders who've created $63 billion in value from scratch, and How They Did It Nightingale-Conant audio program . His startup, Online Access, the first Internet-coverage magazine, landed on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies. His newest endeavors are RedFlash, a strategy execution team, and The Association of Interim Executives, which champions interim management as its own global specialty. You can also find Robert on Google+ and Twitter. View all posts by Robert Jordan

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