I recently found a nice article at OPENforum written by Erica Swallow ( Twitter @ericaswallow )  pertaining to the inclusion of social media links on your business card. This is a comprehensive article with a number of really good examples, so after you read my summary go ahead and check out the whole thing for yourself at http://bit.ly/aGRACQ .

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Erica notes that more and more people are including social media links such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Yotube and others on their business cards. After all in web 3 point oh we want to meet people where they are not force them to meet us at the place of our choosing. In other words simply directing people to your website might not be enough. Ask them to meet you where they like to hang out.

As I have said time and again your business card is simply a convenient way to communicate your contact information so include as many points of contacts as it makes sense to do. Do you have images to share? Maybe it makes sense to direct folks to your Flickr account. Showing videos? Maybe your YouTube channel is the place you want them to go.

Curious whether your business cards are driving traffic to your website? I have heard of some people using bit.ly tiny.url or unique domain names that identify the link as coming only from their business card – – interesting approach.

So don’t be anti-social invite your face-to-face contacts to meet you on the web wherever they are most comfortable. After all it is called “social networking”.

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11 thoughts on “Business Card Social Media Links

  • July 22, 2010 at 10:39 am
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    This is definitely an interesting read. I added LinkedIn to my personal business cards for networking a couple years ago. I also added LinkedIn & VisualCV/resume links but had not really thought about Twitter and the rest. Sounds like a great idea!

  • July 22, 2010 at 12:54 pm
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    When I saw your blog name – I was worried that I would not understand what it was about!! I am so glad I visited your blog and read some of your guest articles. I found the articles interesting and informative. I network a lot in my day job but have kept my business card very simple. I will now change them to include LinkedIn and Twitter and also pass on the information to my colleagues.

  • July 23, 2010 at 8:32 am
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    Great information and I really hadn’t thought about including weblinks of any kind on my business cards. Come to think of it, I don’t know if I would allowed to (insurance company). For me this demonstrates the real face of change and how attitudes are going to need to catchup to what is actually happening out there.

    Cheers mate.

  • July 24, 2010 at 11:45 am
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    What a great idea. I hadn’t thought about including those extra links. I’ve been working on card designs recently. I will definitely include those other accounts now – it only makes sense to do so!

  • July 25, 2010 at 5:57 pm
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    Hi Reno,
    One tool to use for imprinting all your social media links on your business card is a great idea, I would suggest using http://xeesm.com, you can get your own account free and insert all your social media links in one place. It’s easy for people to follow you.

    It’s been working for me.

    Thanks Reno for all the wonderful things you to to help people.

  • July 26, 2010 at 3:38 am
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    Putting your online contacts onto your business cards is just plain good sense. Building traffic and presence does not stop when you leave the keyboard, and spreading your info around outside of the web is a good way to really increase your traffic. I tell people to slp their net address on everything they can; their car, their cards, fliers, mail, everything.

  • September 26, 2010 at 8:11 pm
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    Hi,
    very good idea to add social media links in business cards. Next time I need to reprint will add them.
    thanks,

  • December 15, 2010 at 11:43 am
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    where would we be without Business Cards? they are not only informative but great props too.
    However where are they? On our desks, in the draw or just stacked nice and tidy in the store room.
    Imagine if they were to be placed in front of potential clinets and customers every hour of the day; And what if we could get all this done for us free of charge?
    Now wouldn’t that be something?
    Cheers
    Beermatman
    http://www.beermatadvertising.com

  • March 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm
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    First time I’ve visited your website. I love it. Thanks for everything you do.

  • March 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm
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    I don’t comment, but after browsing through a few of the comments on this page Business Card to Business Blog » Business Card Social Media Links. I actually do have some questions for you if you tend not to mind. Could it be only me or does it give the impression like a few of the responses look like they are written by brain dead folks? 😛 And, if you are writing on additional online social sites, I’d like to keep up with you. Could you list of the complete urls of all your shared pages like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

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