Monday, August 3, 2015

Roundup of Business Cards from Instagram

We have a very active following on Instagram, whether it be designers, business folk, and just about anyone that understands the power of great images that are visually appealing and clear. From taking beautiful landscape shots, to visually appealing images of food, to photographing everyday items like your business cards and your business, Instagram can be applied to personal and business use alike.

GotPrint business cards

Molly, who started out at age 19, knows a thing or two about success and marketing. A self-made entrepreneur, she founded Venture Shorts with the focus of helping entrepreneurs take their businesses from startup to 6 figures. Having made her own success, she believes in the power of marketing in various ways. Whether it be traditional marketing methods such as handing out business cards to anyone she meets, or using Instagram to catch up with her fans, followers and her favorite printer (that's us), a combination of different marketing strategies has worked well for her.

"A lot of people say that business cards are outdated but I disagree. On a daily basis I am out and about getting coffee, or groceries, and people always ask me what I do for a living. When they do I hand them a card, let them know what I do, and tell them they can get free advice by checking out the website."

Above, Molly has photographed her business cards, which display a picture of her, along with her business name, as a way to ensure her name, face, and cards, are top of mind even after she hands her potential customers her cards. By connecting on social media, she ensures she's remembered.

GotPrint graphic design business cards

Next, we came across Ethan Fender's stylish business cards on Instagram. Who ever knew these little 2'' x 3.5'' cards could be so aesthetic?

A graphic designer from Ohio, Ethan is now the proud owner of his company, Courier Design Co. He's focusing on logo design and illustration in order to help passionate companies grow and increase their value. Courier Design Co. represents order, strength, consistency and unity. The goal is to turn clients into friends and for them to equally increase value for not just Courier Design Co, but for others.

When we asked him his thoughts on Instagram, he offered this insightful response:  "Instagram is an excellent program to showcase both a professional amount of work and some fun, relatable content. It's an open opportunity to help people from all across the planet."

GotPrint photographer business cards

Chris Fortunato, who can be found on Instagram @ChrisFortunatoPhoto, is a 22-year-old freelance photographer from Mesa, Arizona, who instantly fell in love with photography after taking photos with his aunt's Nikon DSLR. And he hasn't stopped or slowed down ever since! Taking every opportunity to learn different techniques as well as practice taking photographs to perfect his new passion, Chris also focuses on how to market himself using Instagram.

But that doesn't mean he doesn't need a set of business cards, either. Just take a look at this photograph of his cards that he sent us on the popular social media platform. By incorporating a combination of traditional marketing methods and social media, Chris hopes to turn his hobby into a business.

Are you on Instagram? Find us @GotPrint and send us your pictures and share your story with us!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Happy Summer!

Whether for personal use or for your business, summer's a great time for organizing an event. People are generally more likely to be out and about. So whether it be a networking event, a conference, a fundraiser, or a fun, social event, get the word out on the streets with custom invitations, postcards, flyers, event tickets and more. All from GotPrint.com!

GotPrint Summer

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Summertime - Time for Bookmark Marketing!

Summertime is a season where we see more and more bookmark orders. They're a great promotional item, as many people tend to not only use bookmarks for their reading, but keep them too, ensuring your contact info and marketing message is always visible. Take a look at these great bookmarks provided by our customer, Elizabeth Best.

GotPrint Bookmarks

Based in Scotland, Elizabeth currently works as a self-employed artist making custom plush toys, though what she really would love is to make writing a full-time vocation.

With the help of these bookmarks, she gets the word out about her book, The Naiad Chronicles - Vision, the first in a light-humored, high-fantasy quartet aimed at the teens / crossover market, written and published by Elizabeth herself.

The bookmarks feature the two main characters, Paolini (the grey chappie) and Ivy, who are both elves. Themes of the book include a respect and understanding of nature and the elves ability to adapt the world around them through song - this was then reflected in the tree-chairs the two have created for themselves.

GotPrint Bookmarks

The original artworks were painted in watercolor to promote the book's release, and they just happened to fit so nicely on the bookmark template that, for Elizabeth, it seemed sensible to use them.

The bookmarks will - one day - be available at book fairs and relevant fantasy festivals along with other prints and the books themselves. But for now, the book will be released on Amazon on the 20th of August 2015. 

More of Elizabeth's work - plush, watercolor, digital or anything else - can be found on her devaintArt page so do check her out!

GotPrint Bookmarks