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Tell me about the "Self-Printing card trick"
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Profile of MikeClay
I think I am just going to do mine where they say

"MY CARD" on the back so I can always just offer to give them my card
ok no I'm not but I got one like that once.. LOVED IT.. still have it and when I
teach on branding in marketing materials for local business groups that's one of the cards I show off..

I have just recently started a new company and am thinking about my new card's / logo / brand / identity and so on..

I love this part.. the foundation laying and building
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"Tell me about the "Self-Printing card trick""

It;s great, but I don't remember the name of the move or where I learned it. It's basically a paddle move with a card.
The general idea is I have my cards upside down in my card holder. I show the blank side once, then turn my hand over and show the same side again, as I slide it through my hand, so it looks like both sides are blank. I do this a few times and explain that I don't want to waste paper so I keep my cards blank until I need them. Then I run it through my hand once more, type the back of my hand like keyboard and the card comes out printed!
I'm sure someone know the name of the move, I think it's pretty standard. I started doing it more for fun than for magic per se, but like I said people really like it.
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Profile of SteveB
Here are two ideas fo the back of your card

1. Spell out some benefits of working with you
The back of your card is important advertising space fill it with
that will help sell you. Examples...

- 100% money back if your kids don't laugh like crazy
- Always arrives on time never leaves early
- Completely self contained show ZERO hassles for you

2. Offer something for free
You could offer a party planning checklist or a party tip e-book.
People download these all the time. You can write it in an evening
and it gives real value to the client. It will also direct people to
your website and you only give it to them if they give you a little
info. Trust me it works like crazy.

I don't like write on the back of business cards because it makes them really expensive scrap paper.

Hope some of that works for you.
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Two wishes...
I wish that you can edit a post after you send it.

I wish I could type as fast as I can think

Sorry for the type-o's
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Look for the "edit" icon / word at the top of your post that you just made. It's beside the other words in yellow, like "online", "quote", "PM", "profile", "report this post".

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I put an optical illusion on the back of mine works nicely
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Profile of HypnotizeAmerica
Why not something that brings you more business? Like a customer testimonial, a satisfaction guaranteed, or both!

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Why do we give business cards?
- To have more business and in return more funds
- Networking

My objective of giving the namecards to customers in based on the above and I want them to remember me for life. I must do something very unique and memorable for them to recall me in the future or remember me.

The front usually contains details about my company.
The back contains vision and mission of my company for professionalism and also manifest metaphysically into our daily life.
I use some of the principles explained in the DVD :
Jay Sankey Business Card Miracles.
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Here is one Café Link on Business Cards:

Here is the List I Posted:

I don't remember where I got it.

Things You Put On The Back Of A Business Card So It Becomes A Keepsake:

  • A Copy Of The FRONT Of Your Card
  • Acronyms
  • Acupressure Chart
  • Additional Locations
  • Admission Pass
  • Advertising Rates
  • Amortization Schedule
  • Appointment Times
  • Area Churches
  • Area Telephone Prefixes
  • Artwork
  • Automobile Accident Procedures
  • Awards Or Honors Received
  • Before/After Photos
  • Bible Verse
  • Biography
  • Biorhythm Chart
  • Birthdays & Anniversaries
  • BMI (Body Mass Index) Calculator
  • Body Measurements
  • Books/Articles Published
  • Branch Offices
  • Brand Names You Sell
  • Business Philosophy
  • Calendar
  • Calorie Or Fat Gram Counter
  • Calories Burned While Exercising
  • Car Care Checklist
  • Caricature
  • Cartoon
  • Charities You Support
  • Checklist Of Symptoms
  • Children's Developmental Milestones
  • Child's Immunization Record
  • City Offices (Health, Public Works, Utilities)
  • Class Schedule
  • Code Of Ethics
  • College Readiness Checklist
  • Color Wheel, Complementary Colors
  • Common HTML Tags
  • Common Misspellings
  • Company History
  • Comparison Chart
  • Contact Information For Local Government Agencies
  • Contact Information
  • Contest Rules
  • Copy Of Your Email Signature File
  • Cost-Cutting Ideas
  • Coupon Or Discount Offer
  • Courses You Teach
  • CPR Instructions
  • Credentials
  • Currency Conversion Rates
  • Definitions
  • Degrees Obtained
  • Dewey Decimal System
  • Disclaimer
  • Distributors
  • Emergency Phone Numbers
  • Emergency Preparedness Checklist
  • Employee Names
  • Energy-Saving Tips
  • Entertaining Or Useful Websites
  • Envelope Sizes
  • Fabric Care Instructions
  • Fabric Yardage Conversion Chart
  • Family Clothing Sizes
  • Favorite Quotation
  • Floor Plan
  • Flower Meanings
  • Food Group Pyramid
  • Foreign Language Phrases
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Fuller Description Of What You Do/Who You Do It For
  • Fun Places To Go In Town
  • Game (Tic-Tac-Toe, Hangman, Dot-To-Dot Picture)
  • Game Schedule For Local Sports Team
  • Goals
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Growth Chart
  • Guarantee
  • Heart Rate Chart
  • Hobbies
  • Hours Of Service
  • Household Safety Tips
  • How To Change A Tire
  • How To Jumpstart A Car
  • Humorous Anecdote
  • Image Of A Million-Dollar Bill
  • Ingredient Substitutions
  • Instructions For Heimlich Maneuver
  • Joke Or Riddle
  • Large Print Version Of Data On Front Of Card
  • List Of Emoticons
  • Loan Payment Information
  • Local Pharmacists
  • Major Clients
  • Meeting Schedule
  • Membership Card
  • Menu
  • Merchants Who Offer Related Services
  • Merchants Who'll Give Discount When Card Is Shown
  • Metric Conversion Chart
  • Mileage-Destination Chart
  • Mini-Resume
  • Mission Statement
  • Most Popular Products
  • Moving Checklist
  • Nail Sizes
  • National Holidays
  • Paint/Wallpaper Names, By Room
  • Periodic Table
  • Personal Medical Information
  • Pet Peeves
  • Phone Card
  • Phone Numbers For Time, Temperature, Weather
  • Photo
  • Planting Guide
  • Political Organizations
  • Prescriptions
  • Product Comparison Chart
  • Product Price List
  • Product Uses
  • Public Speaking Tips
  • Quantity Discount List
  • Reasons To Purchase NOW
  • Receipt
  • Recipe
  • Recommended Systems/Minimal Standards
  • Record Of Child's Height/Weight By Age
  • Reflexology Chart
  • Retirement Readiness Checklist
  • Return Or Refund Policy
  • Ring Sizes
  • Rubber-Stamped Design
  • Ruler
  • Rules And Regulations
  • Screw Sizes
  • Seal Of Approval
  • Song Lyrics
  • Stain Removal Guide
  • State/Country Elected Officials
  • Stress Relief Tips
  • Subscription Rates
  • Survey
  • Table Of Weights & Measures
  • Taxi Services
  • Temperature Zone Map
  • Ten Commandments
  • Ten Warning Signs Of Cancer
  • Terms And Conditions
  • Testimonial
  • Thought-Provoking Question ("Can You Afford College?")
  • Time Zone Chart
  • Tips Percentage Table
  • Tire Tread Depth Gauge
  • Toast Or Blessing
  • Toll-Free Phone Numbers For Airlines
  • Toll-Free Phone Numbers For Car Rental Agencies
  • Toll-Free Phone Numbers For Hotel Chains
  • Train Or Bus Schedules
  • Translation Of Your Card Into A Foreign Language
  • Trivia Related To Your Business Or Industry
  • U.S. Presidents
  • U.S. States And Capitols
  • Urls For Internet Search Engines
  • Vision Test
  • Weight Loss Record
  • Wind Chill Index
  • Wine List
  • Work Or Industry Experience
  • Your Signature
  • Zip/Postal Codes
  • Zodiac Signs

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After Dennis' post ... what's left to say ... Great List!

I like the testimonial idea ... people don't use them enough, and if they seem to be from real people, they can be quite effective ... I would never write an ad without one ...

Also the Free Offer, or Special offer is a great idea ... but most people put that on the face of their card too -

A referral-generator would be good ... I'm sure you've seen them, "The greatest compliment you can give me is to refer me to one of your friends." Or "By the way, if you know of anyone who might appreciate the ... blah blah blah" You get the idea.

Good luck, hope you find something you like.

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On 2009-10-01 10:18, Oscar999 wrote:
I like the testimonial idea ... people don't use them enough, and if they seem to be from real people, they can be quite effective ...

Seem to be? I'm hoping you didn't mean that as it reads.

An absolute certain way to lose business is to lie. If you use quotes / testimonials - they should be from real clients.
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Absolutely I did not mean it in the way you perceived.

What I meant was to be more effective they should have a ring of sincerity. So many testimonials you find on websites are dry and generic and could have been written by anybody, but real sincere testimonials stand out, because they generally have specifics or there's something about them that rings true.

I totally, wholeheartedly agree you should never lie. And I would never endorse such an action.

If somebody else has interpreted my post to mean that, I apologize right here and now.

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I put my face on the front. I put what I do, and how to contact me on the back. That about covers it.
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