I haven’t really needed promo items or so I thought and most of what I do on this website is free or pretty cheap so I don’t have much money to spend on that kind of stuff anyways. Well, after years of getting these Vista Print emails for free business cards I decided to try them out. Why not. So I picked out a look and paid my shipping. After I became an “insider” I got an offer I couldn’t refuse again.
They called it “giving away the farm”. All kinds of free stuff for your business and you only paid the shipping. I got a t-shirt, a pen, lots of post cards, rack cards, fridge magnets, address labels, window decal and car magnet…for free. And I think there were other things too that I just didn’t want at the time. Cost me less than $20 for shipping. I am impressed. I was a bit disappointed with the quality of the fridge magnets but that may have been due to the design I picked. But overall, it was worth the $19 and change I paid.
Did I need this stuff? Do you?
Thats the big question, right? Well, it just so happens that yes, I do and you probably do to. It occurred to me that with Expos, craft shows, fairs, etc it would be worthwhile for me to have these items to hand out to the work from home women I would meet at these shows.
Halloween. If you pass out candy to the trick or treaters you can attach your biz card to packages of candy or hand them to the mom’s leading the troups around the neighborhood. Thanks to Heather at Freebies4Mom.com for sharing that tip!
Ebay & Trade Groups. I sell on Ebay on occasion and I’m part of an all woman trade group. That means I ship. I can stick my promo’s in the mail with the items I ship.
Gift baskets. If you do any of these for friends or family, you might want to stick something useful in there that just happens to have your company info on it.
The Lil Lambs Closet charity sale uses promotion items, churches use promotional items, bloggers use them and so on. These are just a few ways to use your promo items and get word out about your business, blog or whatever you are promoting!
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Thanks Tracy! I too did not want to put my home address on it but didn’t want to leave all that space blank. Thanks for the tips!
There’s no reason for them to know my home address or phone number and I wouldn’t recommend bloggers put that kind of info on their card either. The big reason for this of course is safety, especially if you blog about your life (think kid safety, etc).
What I did at Vista Print is put what my blog was about in the blank lines meant for the address, fax #, etc…my card says… Hall of Fame Moms…Promoting the WAHM online. Has my name as founder…mentions what I do…interviews, product reviews, money savers & more.
Then I have some cards w/ my email address and website url and I just ordered some other free biz cards from them that will NOT have my email address but will focus on my website. Anyone can contact me through my website so they don’t need my personal email.
Now, if I were using my website email, then I wouldn’t mind passing out my email on all my cards…maybe. But I still use my personal email so I really don’t want to just give those out to the trick or treaters, know what I mean 🙂 That is why I ordered more “free” biz cards without my email address on it.
I also ordered another “free” car magnet. So I can advertise my website from both sides of my van 😉
Thanks for the info Tracy! I’ve seen this advertised other places before but it’s always nice to get a recommendation from someone you trust.
What information did you include on your business card for your blog? Did you list your home address?
I have used Vista Print for 5-6 yrs now & always only order when the “deals” are sent! Great give aways to customers! Rose Banner @ Twice Is Nice Consignments Thanks!