Telford, PA (PressExposure) July 13, 2009 -- Most companies are going to put a lot of thought into their business card printing. They will spend their time looking over different designs that create just the right image for them.
They will get their color business cards and eagerly hand them out to everyone else in an effort to get more business, but one thing they will also be doing is collecting other people's business cards at the same time.
What do you hope everyone else is going to do with your business card when you hand it to him or her? Do you want them to just throw it into a pile of papers on their desk, or do you hope that they diligently file it away for future use? Well, what are you doing with their business card?
Maintaining a strong network of leads and contacts is going to be important to any kind of business. The question you need to ask yourself is how you organize the color business cards you pick up from other people.
After getting back from anything that gives you a big pile of cards, the first thing you need to do is sort through them. When you first get back and everything is still fresh in your mind is the best time to organize the cards you have. Some of them you are just going to throw away while others need to be placed in a file for new leads with good potential.
How you organize the cards will be whatever works best for you. Maybe organizing them alphabetically will help you the most while others might like to organize things based on different industries and so on. The only thing you need to be sure of is that whatever system you use, you can easily follow it.
A big difference in organization from the days of old is the use of modern electrical means of keeping things together. A lot of people place most of the names they get into computer databases rather than bothering with a physical filing system. A system like this has different pros and cons you should be aware of.
One benefit is the easier ability to scroll through your information. The recent rise in small portable, digital assistants has led to the ability of keeping what amounts to thousands of business cards on hand at all times. You will never be without a person's information no matter where you are.
However, I would suggest keeping the cards in a separate physical filing system anyways due to the one potential downside to the electric means. Systems can crash and information can be lost quite easily. I have had my share of computers meltdowns for various reasons that take with them all of my information I needed.
So long as you have both an electronic filing system and a physical one, if your system does crash, you still have access to a lot of year's worth of information that could have been lost.
Ultimately, when it comes to business card printing, the thing you need to remember is to use a filing system that allows you to easily find contact information when you really need to. You are not the only one printing out color business cards. Just remember to treat other people's cards, as you want yours to be treated.