Why You Should Print Die-Cut Business Cards

January 14, 2013

One of my good friends visited over the holidays, and we reflected on family life and our respective businesses – I, a writer; he, a plastic surgeon.  As a matter of course, we exchanged business cards, and I must admit I was struck at how professional his card looked, and at how well it matched his brand.  He designed the card himself, and though the layout was well-done and his logo, name, and contact information were prominent, they weren’t what made his card more compelling than any number of exceptional business card designs I’ve seen.  What set his business card apart was a die cut. borealis

Business card by Adam B Smith, MD, of Borealis Plastic Surgery

The die cut featured rounded corners on the upper left and bottom right, lending his business card an air of elegance, precision and beauty – in short, everything you’d want from a plastic surgeon.  I got to thinking about how a business card is more than a moniker with contact information, but a direct extension of one’s expertise and persona.  A compelling business card presages the customer experience. Consider your business card.  Does it incorporate a die cut?  If not, consider how a die cut might make your business card, and therefore your business, more attractive to prospective customers.  Avoid the urge to pick a die cut willy nilly, because “it looks cool.”  Rather, carefully select a die cut that enhances your brand image and suggests the fulfillment of customer expectations. Employing a die-cut business card as part of your strategic marketing and networking practices is especially pertinent to small businesses, which are challenged by the need to differentiate themselves from competitors against limited budgets.  Die-cut business cards represent a minimal investment that can have a huge impact on potential customers.  The question isn’t whether you should print die-cut business cards, but which die-cut shape best matches your brand and will help you achieve your sales goals.

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About Brian Morris

Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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