Every time I go to a meeting someone hands me their business card and I have to explain I just don’t do them any more.
I’d much rather connect on Linkedin or via BBM then take a card. I just don’t see the point in the digital age of the things, however expensive the stock, or how well designed they are. To me they are as redundant as the fax numbers so often printed on them alongside someone’s direct dial. At a conference you can use a scanner to take details when someone visits your stand – which saves on collating all those cards and data entering them when you get back home. Why should different rules apply outside of the exhibition centre?
Linkedin means you get a lot more than their job title anyway – you can see where they have worked, who you might mutually know and get a more developed understanding of someone than any pocket sized card. I appreciate when you get a promotion it’s great to get that new card, but if like me you own your own company hierarchy is really not important any more.
They are also expensive, and ultimately disposable. I’d rather not use paper if I can help it (indeed we have paperless offices in both London and Edinburgh; we are a green new business agency) and business cards are no exception. I’m sure one pack equates to half a tree and I don’t want that sap on my hands just so someone can have a card which details my address details when they probably already have them or we can just swap emails via our phones.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not refusing to take your card! It’s business etiquette and I understand that – just don’t think I’m being cheap not giving you one back. I’m not, I’m just not into them.