What used to feel like a golden ticket to joining forces by a mere exchange of a card, now feels like an extra effort on top of connecting digitally. This networking phenomenon has got us asking: Are business cards still a thing?
The Business of Connecting
The world of business, networking, and connecting with others for work is one that is continually evolving on-demand, quite literally. The culture of connection has experienced updates with the integration of technology. People are more accessible today than ever before.
What Business Giants Have to Say About Business Cards
Having a business card used to be a staple necessity of getting yourself out there and being successful, but today we have LinkedIn, chat systems, online calendars, digital invites, etc. Does this mean that business cards are obsolete?
Those Against Them
Forbes Magazine argues that the concept of business cards is dead, and that simply connecting digitally on the spot is the way to go. They refer to business cards as a “supplement” whose information ends up being digitized anyway. Business cards have been replaced by more dynamic concepts that can provide more information like an interactive video card.
However, they do suggest that they are useful in some cases and particularly to be remembered, reflect brand and style, as well as empower those who carry them.
Those For Them
Business Matters stands firm that business cards are still relevant for adding a personal touch, making an impression, and being an organic form of connection that is not reliant on devices.
Your Take on Business Cards
It seems that there is a lot of room for debate on a case by case basis on whether or not business cards are appropriate or necessary. They may be more lucrative in certain fields or situations, but the debate continues to go strong.
We want to know what you think GR8 networkers. Are you still using business cards, and are they effective for you? Participate in the above poll to share your valuable opinion