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5 Tips To Network With Your Business Cards

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Sending business cards with mailed correspondences is one of the easiest ways to network with them. This may seem like a strange method but how many do you get every time you open your mail? This is because companies know you will see their business cards and it is why you should use every letter, “thank you” note, bill and shipped package as a chance to distribute your own business card.

Here are four other business card networking tips use:

1. Use business cards for multiple purposes.

Ever ran into a friend you wanted to give your number so you jotted it down on a piece of paper? Why not use the back of your business card instead? He or she may not be looking for your services now, but the card may come in handy one day. Printing yearly calendars, inspirational quotes, conversion tables or even how-to tips relating to your services on the back can all help to make your cards more appealing.

2. Use business cards at networking functions or when introducing yourself to the prospects you meet on a daily basis.

By doing this you make sure that the people you think most likely to use your service have a way to get in touch with you at all times. Additionally, persons are likely to accept your card when it is offered within context because it has some amount of meaning.

3. See if places like your pharmacy or a store you shop at often would be willing to let you leave a few on the counter.

Ever seen flyers or pamphlet in little holders at your usual stores? Believe it or not they don’t all belong to someone working at the store. People use the option all the time because it means individuals they may never meet may see their business cards, take one and eventually call them when the need arises.

4. Post your business card on notice boards in high traffic areas.

Some notice boards are free for use while others require permission so always check before you start leaving business cards anywhere. Once you get an affirmation go ahead  post a few of your business cards at your local supermarket, school or library. Even restaurants and gyms are great options.

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Product Roadmap Design | Fundamental Planning Considerations

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Planning out a product roadmap design requires careful consideration of how ideas are to be incorporated into your plans in order to produce product lines that target the right markets. Here I’ll show you an end-to-end process for creating product roadmaps from scratch.

Product managers usually have the sole responsibility of administering and creating the product roadmap. The starting point is to bring together as many ideas as possible about new potential lines. This can incorporate new technologies, elements of your business development strategy, feature requests, target customer segments, etc. All employees should be able to contradict their own ideas matter which department they are in.

The major task of organizing these ideas should be done based on market capitalization. The reason for doing this is that you can then set out specific products that target each market. You can also research the potential return on investment for each target market (based on market size, potential penetration rates, competition, etc.). This analysis will immediately bring up several markets which are most desirable and should be focused on.

The product roadmap should then focus in on one or two lines with short-term goals for the specific markets. Long-term opportunities could also be included into your product roadmap but the real danger is that they will always be prone to changing in the long-term.

Collaboration with your architecture board/engineering teams should also be done to establish if there are any foundation components that can help reusability of initial product lines. This can prove to be profitable at later stages if variations on initial product lines can be made.

Your product roadmap should then be reviewed by your colleagues and peers and changes factored in. The product roadmap itself will change over time to include new technologies and markets that are identified. It is still however still the sole responsibility of the product manager (or sometimes the CTO) to administer and communicate all changes that are being made.

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SnaBiz – iPhone Business Card Application

SnaBiz Business Card Reader

SnaBiz – iPhone Business Card Application

If you have a lot of business cards or receive a lot of business cards weekly, that are not entered into an online contact database, your new iPhone has the ability to convert those business cards to iPhone contacts within minutes. SnaBiz is an iPhone application that you can purchase that will take a picture of any business card an recognize the text on the card. You select the fields that match the text recognized and everything is stored for you to sort, search, and contact later.

Snabiz utilizes the Tesseract OCR engine to recognize the text on your cards. This OCR recognition software is considered the most accurate available by many. The application is easy to use and takes photos of the cards with the built in iPhone camera. An additional lens for magnification might be helpful. Taking a photo is a three second process and recognizing the text on the card takes another 15 seconds. The text field assignment can be completed in as few as a 2 minutes depending on how quickly you can designate the destination of the text recognized.

 

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