I can now strike off getting some new business cards for TBEX Athens 2014 from my to-do list. There is just over a month to go until I visit the Athens travel bloggers conference in October, and they arrived today. Having attended last years European event in Dublin, I know that taking along a good supply of business cards is one of the most important things to do. They provide a quick, simple, and professional way for attendees to swap details with one another, and make networking that much easier.
Why I Needed New Business Cards for TBEX Athens 2014
I did, in fact, have quite a few cards left over from last year, but I decided to get some new ones for Athens. The reason for this, was that over the last year, I have been steadily focusing Daves Travel Pages on the bicycle touring niche, and I wanted the new cards to show this. After all, the point of taking the cards is so that fellow bloggers and other representatives from the travel industry get an instant idea of what I am all about. My last batch of cards didn't quite do that well enough.
I was initially in two minds as to if I should design a card which I could also take away with me when I leave on the RTW bicycle tour May 2015. In the end though, I opted to go for a design which was specific to travel blogging conventions of this nature. (One design would be unable to do both. The purpose of the TBEX convention cards is sell my brand to prospective partners, and connect with travel bloggers who may look at the card after a few weeks, and wonder who I was and what I was about. Having as much relevant information on the card as possible without overdoing it is ideal then. The purpose of a card to take on the RTW cycling tour would serve as part momento, part information to give to people I met on the road. They would already know what I was about (they would have met me whilst I was on my bike after all!). This card I will design a little simpler looking).
With that decision made, I ordered my new business cards for TBEX Athens 2014 through Vistaprint. For 20 pounds I ended up with 250 decent quality cards with print on both sides. (The other online company I considered was Moo, and although I have yet to use them myself, I have only heard positive things about them). Overall, I am pretty happy with the way the cards look, and I hope they get my message across at the travel bloggers event. I am particularly impressed with how the back of the card looks, and I will be using that for my RTW cycling tour cards.
So, with new business cards for TBEX Athens 2014 now sorted out, its time to carry on down the to-do list. Apart from sorting out my schedule, buying some clothes and working out how to get to the airport, I also need to sort out a press pack. Don't know what one of those is? Come back next week, as there will be a blog post all about it!