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30 Effective Business Card Marketing Tips

When it comes to marketing, sometimes all it takes is a little creative thinking to get a much larger return on your investment. There are many incredible ways to use your business cards besides just keeping them in your wallet and below is a great list of effective business card marketing tips. You will be amazed at how far a few thousand business cards can go when they are placed in the right location and given to the right people.

Many of the business card promotion tips below can be adjusted to fit any product or service. All you have to do is know your target audience, know your own business and think creatively! We hope this list will inspire you to make the most of your business cards.

Business Card Marketing Tips

  1. Ask or pay local restaurants to let you place business cards near the checkout counter
  2. Find other local businesses related to your product or service and leave cards at the counter
  3. Stick some of your business cards on college campus bulletin boards
  4. Create a viral video or photo that include your business card or create viral business card design
  5. Pay college students to hand out business cards on different local campuses
  6. Search for other public bulletin boards to leave your business cards on
  7. Place business cards in doors or mail boxes of local homes
  8. Partner with hotels to leave your cards in the hotel rooms of new residents
  9. Mail your business cards along with other direct mail pieces to a targeted mailing list
  10. Hire people to hand out business cards in high traffic areas such as in a city
  11. Give your cards out to family and friends so they can give them away when needed
  12. Network with other local business owners and exchange business cards
  13. Offer people a finders fee and give them business cards to pass out
  14. Hold a lottery with the lottery numbers printed on your business cards
  15. Print business cards as mini holiday greeting cards
  16. Mail business cards with promo codes that customers need to bring in to get a discount
  17. Create a street team and give members business cards and other promotion items to hand out
  18. Leave your business cards in public transportation such as on bus or train seats
  19. Don’t forget to leave cards at the bus stops and train stations before you hop on
  20. Get taxi drivers and companies to place a small holder with your business cards on the divider window of their cabs or on the seats
  21. Staple a business card to any invoice or estimates you send out
  22. Many neighborhoods have welcome wagons to greet new residents – see if you can include business cards for your service
  23. Apartment buildings often give new renters welcome sheets with a list of recommended services – get on that list and print out cards for them to give away
  24. Upload your business card design to online design galleries such as
  25. Post your business card design on classifieds such as
  26. Make sure everyone who works for you has standard or personalized business cards – personal cards can boost employee morale
  27. Give away business cards with every product you ship
  28. Attend community events, network there and hand out business cards
  29. Contact shopping centers and work out a deal so you can leave business cards on car windshields
  30. Partner with real estate agents and agencies to get your business cards to new home buyers

Have you thought of any more creative business card marketing tips? Please post them in the comments below so we can expand this list!


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8 thoughts on “30 Effective Business Card Marketing Tips

  1. Great article, I’ll certainly be implementing at least a few of these tips. One MAJOR point to keep in mind, DO NOT do (half) of #7… unless you like committing federal offenses (oops). It is illegal to open someone else’s mailbox. You CAN, however, tape them to mailboxes though. Opening it is considered tampering with mail.

  2. Thanks for sharing some creative marketing ideas. However, as a former Postal employee, I must remind you that it is still illegal for anyone other than a USPS letter carrier to place anything in a mailbox. Personally, I don’t agree with this law. However, the result of marketing on your own in this manner is often that upon finding unaurhorized material in the mail box the carrier will yank said materials out, often dumping them on the ground. Ouch. Sad but true.

  3. Although I would’ve desired if you went into a little bit more detail, I still got the essence of what you meant. I agree with it. It might not be a great idea, but it makes sense. Will definitely come back for more of this.

  4. Tip 7 is not legal at all. Placing adverts in or on mailboxes is a federal offense and leaving adverts on peoples property is considered vandalism and/or littering.

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