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Business Cards Tip: Selling Something? Use Product Shots!

Using product shots on your business cards: Do you sell unique products or have an Etsy store? If so, consider using high-quality, professional-looking product shots on your Vistaprint business cards.

Here’s are a couple inspiring examples of business cards that feature photos of actual products:

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High-quality product shots on business cards

vistaprint promoThere are hundreds of design templates and design ideas out there for business cards because there are so many uses for them in every industry imaginable.

They are a great little marketing tool, and you can get business cards for pennies each, especially when you use a coupon for vistaprint.com.

If you sell actual products, consider featuring product shots on your business cards. Make sure that the photos are high-resolution and really sharp. If you have a friend who is an amateur or professional photographer, ask her for help, and maybe pay her in wine! 

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  • Vistaprint business cards: 500 for $10! – Click to view today’s promotion

Product shots can really communicate your style and brand better than type or stock photography, and as they say, “a picture tells a thousand words.”

This would be a great idea for a number of home-based businesses, or people who sell jewelry, apparel, accessories, or handmade goods. If you have an Etsy shop, these kinds of business cards might be really effective.

Put website and social media info on the back

social media info business cardsNot only are these business cards a good idea for networking and handing out in person, but you might even make sales just by leaving them around.

Anyone who sees beautiful or eye-catching products like these on business card might be inclined to pick one up and check out the website on their phone, or put a card in their pocket for later.

You can also consider printing matching products like vistaprint postcards or banners once you figure out the business card design.

If you sell your own products, you really need to invest time in social media getting fans, and updating them with new products and news.

Put a photo of your business cards on Instagram, and submit to Vistaprint!

Vistaprint highlights creative uses of their products every week, and they are seen by thousands of people. If you sell products nationally, this is a great way to get even more attention with the help of Vistaprint. That happens to be where I found these sample business cards, and I even checked out the website address on the back of the cards before featuring them on this site!

Skip Vistaprint’s cheapest options for business cards

Why go to the trouble of designing beautiful business cards only to print them on cheap paper like you’ll get with Vistaprint’s free business card promotion?

The quality of your business cards is a direct reflection of the quality of your products, so make sure you get sturdy, premium options, and consider upgrades like rounded corners, brilliant finishes, and premium cardstock.

*Want to actually feel the paper stock, and see the print-quality? You can request free samples from Vistaprint.

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Vistaprint Postcards: Coupons + My Real Review & Marketing Ideas

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Vistaprint Postcards – My Real Review + Today’s Best Coupon: If you are looking to use postcards as part of your marketing strategy, you might want to consider Vistaprint. They have some of the best pricing & highest quality custom postcards, and when you use a coupon you save significantly more.


Vistaprint Postcards for Marketing: My Own Review

I’m building an online shop to sell t-shirts and posters, and looking to stretch my advertising dollars wherever possible. So, I saw the recent promotion from Vistaprint offering 50 small (4×6) postcards at 25% off. This lowered the price to only $8 + shipping, so I had to give this a try!

Postcards for marketing: An important factor that led me to postcards in the first place is that I’m looking at a relatively small profit margin from any t-shirt sales that I make. If each sale nets $5 in profit, I have to be careful where I spend my money.

Postcards for Profit: The other use I’m getting out of these cheap little postcards is to print my artwork on them and resell them as small “prints.” The quality is good enough to do so, and while they only cost me a quarter each to print, I can resell them for $2 each. Not a bad profit margin!

*Tip: If you want to read more reviews, there are actually customer reviews under every popular product, including postcards, at Vistaprint.com. These aren’t filtered, either, as some of the reviews are negative.

50 Postcards for Under 20 Cents each!? Even Cheaper When You Buy More – My REVIEW

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In the last few years there has been a mad rush to spend advertising money online through sites like Google Adwords and Facebook. This is certainly understandable, as never before has technology allowed you to target niches of people online so quickly and easily. So, is there still a place in the marketing world for the barbarous relic that we call the postcard? Of course!

So, before Igo on, here’s my review: These look great and have me really excited about their potential uses. The annoying thing was that none of their postcard sizes (small, standard, or oversized) corresponded to the proportions of my design, so I had to take some off the top.

I chose a matte finish to make these postcards look vintage (the glossy finish would spoil that effect) and I chose small, 4×6 size so that they could fit in a standard frame. (more on that below)

You can cut the cost per piece in half pretty quickly if you are ordering a large number, but for my purposes I’m estimating their cost at about a quarter each, including shipping, as I’m only printing 50. Ok, I have these great cheap postcards, now let’s put them to use!

Vistaprint: People Like Holding Things Including Postcards, Dollar Bills, & Coupons (And Baby Bunnies)

Here we are in the 21st Century, but still not lost in a world of virtual reality, or even virtual currencies. Even though digital money makes more sense than costly paper and metal currency, we still use it. Not only that, but the value of gold and silver has risen steadily since the invention and popularity of the internet.

This is because there is still great value in things that are tangible. Even though a Google ad serves a valuable purpose, it is not tangible, and disappears into the ether the moment you click, or move on to a different page.You’d also think that with the wide-spread use of of smartphones we could stop chopping down trees to print coupons, right?

Nope, people use those annoying coupon mailers you get every month because they are tangible. You just can’t replace that quality. Try petting a photo of a baby bunny on your iPhone… See, it’s not the same as the real thing!

So, let’s see how we can use this old-fashioned marketing medium in today’s digital world.

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Vistaprint Postcards: Tack Them Up, Mail Them, or Hand Them Out

(Not to be confused with “smack it up, flip it, rub it down!” lyrics for “Do Me, Baby”) Since I’m only printing 50 postcards and investing about $15 here (including shipping), I can’t afford to festoon entire cities with my postcards. But, let’s see if I can make that meager $15 a good investment.

First, I’m going to tack one of these postcards on every free bulletin board in town. There’s one at Starbucks, the local library, pizza place, and hardware store, which happens to be next to a PetSmart. I figure a lot of people will see these postcards, so ideally the web address of my online store would be prominent on the front.

That may have been my first mistake, but I did print the back of the postcard for an extra $2.25 as well, (see below) prominently showing my URL. In this case, I figure if someone likes the design on my postcard enough to take it off the bulletin board and home with them, they are at least going to check out my website. At a cost of about a quarter per postcard (the same price I was paying for a click from Google) this isn’t a bad option.

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Idea: Consider framing & Selling The 4×6 or 5×7 Sized Vistaprint Postcards of Your Art, Designs, or Photos

The postcards I had printed through vistaprint.com are nice enough to frame, or sell on their own. There is no annoying Vistaprint logo on the back, (like Shutterfly has) so, as a customer these look more like “small prints” than “postcards. At a cost of a quarter each, you have nice room for a profit margin, even if you sell them for $1 each.

If you are at a trade show or event, you can frame one or more of these postcards, as they are a standard 4×6” size.

If you print your artwork on them, it’s almost like a little handbill like the ones they used to give out for concerts. Add a cheap black (wood?) 4×6” or 5×7” frame from your local Michael’s store, and the framed postcard might only be a total investment of $5 or so.

Their oversized postcards are at a 8×5 x 5.5 size, so while they are great as a “print”, framing them may be annoying at this non-standard size.

I’ll bet that as an artist or photographer you could easily resell a framed postcard of your art or photos for $10 each! I imagine if you are paying to have a little space as an artist in a market somewhere this is actually a pretty good option for selling your designs. Vistaprint lets you choose the finish of the postcards, so you can decide on matte or glossy during the design / checkout process.

If you don’t want to resell these postcards, then at least display one of the framed ones for people to look at.

A small “postcard” of your design(s) would be a welcome, low cost addition to any Etsy store as well. Maybe your full-size prints are $20, but these can be added to an order for $2 each. Or, have a lot of them printed, and sell them as “postcards” in groups of 6 or more.

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Idea: Vistaprint Postcards as Leave Behinds

(that’s my attention-grabbing back of the postcards; you know, like everyone rallying for Chairman Meow?) I have a framed poster up at a local coffee shop, so I’m going to leave about 20 of these postcards on the little table next to where my artwork hangs, along with some of Vistaprint’s free business cards coupon. This way, people interested in my poster can take something tangible home with them to check out the URL. We all have short attention spans, so with a business card or postcard they won’t forget to go checkout my shop.

Once again, the postcards are about a quarter each, so I feel good that at least 1 in 20-30 people who takes one will buy something from my site. Actually, the investment looks better on paper for the cheap or free business cards, (only 3 cents each) so I can leave a hundred of those behind and feel even better. If you want to leave a stack of postcards somewhere, I suggest printing many more than 50 to bring the price per piece down. Otherwise, at 20 cents each your return on investment may be too low. Here’s some postcard design ideas on Pinterest.

Be sure to use a coupons or promo code towards postcards!

Never place an order at vistaprint.com without looking for a good coupon or promotional link! There is currently an ongoing marketing sale on Vistaprint’s coupon page that applies a 25% discount towards any postcard order. There is also a site-wide promotion for new customers that offers 20% off + free shipping on postcards, on your first order. (free delivery requires a minimum order size)

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Vistaprint BANNERS Coupon + What I learned from Reviews

logo vistaprintVinyl banners from vistaprint.com: If you are looking to print custom signage of any kind, consider Vistaprint. They have become the most popular online printing service for small businesses and individuals because they are inexpensive and print quality products.

Here are coupons for vinyl banners for up to a 40% discount:


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Vinyl Banners; they get the job done!

Whether you want to advertize your business or are just throwing a massive party, there’s nothing quite like a banner. These eye-catching, beautiful forms of signage are the best way to grab people’s attention and really and truly make a statement.

When you’re looking to get a banner printed and designed, though, you might not know where to begin. There are just so many different places out there that say they offer great services, but how can you know who to trust, eh? If you haven’t heard of Vistaprint before now, maybe it’s time that you did. Here’s what you need to know:

Reviews: what people are saying about Vistaprint banners:

Well, rather than simply tell you about the many Vistaprint banner options, we thought it’d be much better to take a look at what some of the customers had to say about it all. After all, there are just so many happily satisfied customers online that it would be ludicrous not to hear them out! They’ve tried and tested them and here’s what they think of the Vistaprint banners.
Affordable printing for everyone

Without a doubt, one of the biggest selling points of Vistaprint is the fact that their banners are so very affordable. It’s no big secret that printing can sometimes cost a real fortune. If that worries you, take a look at this review.

“I had two large banners made to promote my Company Name at an event. They were extremely well made. I priced these elsewhere and not only were they more expensive, but the shipping was outrageous. Vistaprint did an exceptional job at a reasonable price!” – Customer review from: Velanari

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Designing vinyl banners: Vistaprint makes it simple

One of the things that troubles people time and time again is how they can ‘create’ their banners. After all, you may very well not be an expert in this field.

Small business guide to designing effective banners and signage – inc.com

That means that you will need guidance along the way when it comes to making the piece look just right. Luckily, that’s where Vistaprint comes into things. They help customers to make a banner that suits their needs in mere minutes. Here’s what a very satisfied customer had to say:

“Tried to buy a banner locally but it was going to take too long, went on your website and was easily able to create the banner I was looking for and get it as quickly as I needed for a very affordable price.” – Customer review: 3mrb

Once on the site, you will see that there are a whole load of options! That means that you should have absolutely no problem when it comes to creating a banner that suits your needs. Nothing could be easier!

Pre-designed banner templates by theme

So, you’re not a graphic designer (and can’t afford to pay one), what do you do? Well, one of the biggest advantages of the Vistaprint service is that you can use a pre-designed template or theme. Rather than messing around for hours and, frankly, doing an amatuer job, you can access a whole bank of themes that are certain to be ideal for your needs.

“It was SO easy to customize from a pre-designed theme making them look professionally designed, I’m thrilled! They will be hung throughout our wedding weekend at all of our events – the classiest wedding in town!” – Customer review from: FarrellFoundNeimo

When you choose a theme, you can upload pretty much whatever you want and create a banner that is unique as you are. It’s well worth taking a look through the various templates that are available. Of course, you don’t want to miss out on the one that is sure to be perfect for your banner!

Printed Banners: design rules to remember

Finally, when it comes to designing your banner with Vistaprint, there are some things that you need to remember. Designing banners needn’t be tricky; at least, not when you follow our help along the way. Here are the design rules that you have to know.

  • Choose eye-catching colors when designing signs or banners of any size
  • The bigger you make the banner, the better (Seriously!)
  • Upload high resolution images or the text / photos might be blurry
  • Preview and upload your banner design in the required color; CMYK or RGB. There may be an unexpected color shift if you don’t
  • Use one of Vistaprint’s banner templates to avoid unexpected cropping
  • Remember to contrast the tones for readability
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If you remember those three golden rules, you should have absolutely no problems whatsoever. Good luck creating the perfect banner!

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Is Vistaprint’s FREE Shipping Really Free + How Long Does it Take?

Vistaprint Free Shipping Promotions: Finding the best coupon for your unique order might involve comparing coupons, but here are the promotions usually available from Vistaprint that include free delivery:


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I Love the Smell of Free Shipping in the Morning!

logo vistaprintIf you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner you’ve no doubt used, or at least heard of Vistaprint. They have made a name for themselves catering to millions of Americans (and Vistaprint Canada!) who are looking for a lean and mean way to have marketing materials printed.

So, If you’re on a tight budget, you’ll surely welcome the idea of having your printed materials shipped for free, in addition to any discount that you may be getting. Here are your best two options for getting your order shipped free from Vistaprint, (also listed above) but beware that they are shipped at 8-day “economy” speed.

New Customer Promotion: 20% Discount + Get Free Shipping on $50+ Orders

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8-day economy shipping? Not so speedy!

Online retailers covet new customers. In fact, they are willing to take a loss in the short term if it means a long term source of revenue.

This is really the idea behind cheap printers and razors for shaving. Companies are willing to sell you these items for less than they cost to produce because your value as a repeat customer is much larger. Using printers as an example, you probably will spend several times more on replacement ink over the years than you paid for the printer.

This is also why Vistaprint reserves their best promotions for first-time customers. In fact, they have an ongoing promotion for 20% off plus free shipping with code: FIRSTORDER (no relation to the evil First Order from Star Wars!) with the goal of acquiring new customers. After your first positive experience, they hope you’ll place many more orders in the future.

Free Shipping on $50+ Orders for Existing Customers

So, if you have an account, you won’t be eligible for the aforementioned promotion. But, if getting free delivery from VIstaprint is your highest priority, you still might be in luck.

As I write this there is a promo code with no expiration that gives existing customers free economy shipping on orders with a $50 minimum. Click here for the latest promo code.

You’ll definitely want to compare your order total from this code against at least one other, as you might find that this week’s deals ultimately get you a better price.

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Estimated Shipping Times for Vistaprint: How Long Does Free Standard Shipping Take?

Free delivery is always at their “economy speed,” so if you’re in a rush, opting for free delivery you might not be the best idea. Here’s a list of their estimated shipping times:

  • Express Shipping Speed: 3 business days
  • Standard Shipping Speed: 5 business days
  • Economy Shipping: 8 business days

*Delivery services include the amount of time it takes to process, print, dry, (ink) package and ship your order to you

I have personally used their free “economy” speed shipping several times and it has never taken more than 6 business days, but the shipping time depends on your location.

I think Vistaprint would rather you be pleasantly surprised at getting your order a day or two early than have customer service answer thousands of complaints that their orders were late!

What About Free Shipping With No Minimum Order? Good Luck!

Free delivery with no minimum order is probably not available. Back in the days when Vistaprint offered free business cards, they also had an occasional deal for free shipping with no minimum, but I haven’t seen it in ages. Usually the minimum order has to exceed $50 to ship free.

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Products That Take Longer to Ship

Vistaprint’s most popular products all fall under the quoted shipping times above, but here are some items that take longer to deliver:

  • Sample Kits: 14 business days
  • Personal Checks: 5-8 business days
  • Return Address Labels: 5-10 business days
  • Printed Bags: 7-16 business days

Remember, Free Delivery Might Not Be the Best Discount

Before placing any order at vistaprint.com, compare at least a couple of different promotions, as the extra minute of due diligence might save you a few dollars or more at checkout!

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Vistaprint Canvas Coupon: 25% Off + My Real Review

vistaprint coupon logo blueCoupons for Canvas Prints from Vistaprint.com – Not to be confused with their cheaper cousin, “mounted prints,” premium canvas prints from Vistaprint are a beautiful way to display your favorite photos as wall art. Use a coupon below for up to a 40% discount or free shipping:


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First Things First: Don’t Pay Full Price; Always Use a Coupon Towards Their Canvas Prints!

The Vistaprint.com website displays different pricing, depending on where you arrived from. For example, if you just type their URL in and go to the site, you’ll probably pay more than if you did a 20 second search for coupons.

There is always a promo code or coupon of some sort available that works site-wide, towards photo gifts, or specifically for canvas prints. For new customers you should consider the “20% off + Free shipping on $50+ promotion, and all customers should aim for at least a 25% discount off their regular price.

Simply clicking on a promotional link will usually apply the discount, and they usually notify you which promo code has been applied as soon as you arrive on their site from a promotional link or banner.

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Premium Canvas Prints From Vistaprint: My Review

Canvas prints are a way to show off or preserve your best photos and memories. After a two-week trip up the California coastline I had no shortage of candidates to print on canvas to remember our trip and some of the breath-taking views that we saw.

*Tip: Don’t be tempted to go for the cheaper, mounted prints, which are categorized under “canvas prints” but essentially printed on thicker paper stock, not canvas! 

So, here’s a review of my own experience and the final product:

Designing Your Canvas Print

First, have a large photo ready to upload, and choose a Size for Your Canvas Print: From 8×12 to 24×36“. You can print your canvas horizontally or vertically, but unlike other products, there are no design templates for canvas with borders or text. (you upload the complete design)

For the most accurate results, design your image in CMYK color mode, instead of RGB. If you have a photo-editing program like Photoshop, it’s easy to save your image in this color mode. A few reviews complain that the image printed darker than expected, which is probably due to color mode.

You can upload your image from a number of sources including Facebook or your image library if you’re a returning customer. Beware: If you do upload a photo from Facebook, make sure it is big enough!  Printing of all kinds should be done at high resolution CMYK; I recommend at least 150 dpi or more. If you have the ability to work with a 300 dpi image, go with that. That means any image less than about 2500 pixels wide won’t work on any size canvas. 

After you upload your image, you’ll see a preview screen like this:

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*Tip: Always upload a high resolution photo! After choosing one or more photos, I can’t stress enough the importance of using a high-resolution photo. These canvas prints are much larger than a common 5×7 prints and holiday cards, and you can’t get away with using small photos. 

If you are uploading a file from a phone or device, make sure that it’s the biggest version available. Any files showing a size less than 1mb are going to be too small.

Beware of the Safety line, and the sides of the canvas

Unlike designing and printing on a flat surface, (like posters) you have to account for your photo to wrap around the sides of the canvas. That big outer frame in the preview (shown with your photo at about 30% opacity)  is the part of your photo that will wrap around the edges or be trimmed away.

  • Never leave important parts of your photo to the margins (lighter) preview area: Anything displayed there will be wrapped around the sides of the canvas, and likely be wrapped around the sides.
  • Never leave white space in the margins of the preview area. If you do, you’ll likely get white space on the side(s) of your canvas! A number of negative reviews describe these white bands, and they are easily preventable!
  • If you see a small exclamation point / warning icon under your image in preview, click on it for a message. Most likely Vistaprint is telling you your image is not high enough resolution, and may print blurry, especially at the larger canvas sizes.

By clicking on the image, you’ll get a few simple design tools like crop, move, and rotate.

Final preview of your Canvas:

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You’ll once again notice the glaring reason that angry people go online writing bad reviews for Vistaprint’s canvas: you can’t see the sides on the final preview. Also, even when you click “view larger” it’s hard to see minute details, or whether your image could be blurry. (resolution too small) 

At this point you should see a discounted price from the coupon

Without the use of a promo code or discount, Vistaprint’s canvases are relatively expensive. Companies like Shutterfly (get promo codes) and Snapfish (get promo codes here) and even art to frames (get coupons) have raised the bar on canvas quality, and the prices have really come down. The retail price of my 16×24″ canvas is $93, which is too expensive. After applying a 20% off + free shipping promotion, the cost comes down to about $75, which is more competitive.

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Review: My canvas Shipped in 8 days, and looks really good!

As mentioned, the bar has been raised for custom-printed canvas online, so no major brands are printing poor quality. I notice that the photo is about a quarter inch or so off-center from the preview, which doesn’t matter for my landscape photo of the California coast. This might be an issue if you rely on text or people’s heads being near the edges of the canvas. Give yourself a little extra room to the edge so that you you have everything important with at least an inch or two of margin around the sides.

Print quality: The quality of the photo is really sharp! The colors look really vibrant, too. I uploaded my photo at 300 dpi, which means that the largest dimension of my file was a massive 7200 pixels wide! That’s a lot bigger than any Facebook or Instagram images, so be careful importing from there.

The canvas is wrapped around sides neatly and stapled for ‘a no frame’ look, which looks good on the wall. It also saves you from having to buy a nice 16×24″ frame for your print. The images are printed “full bleed,” which means that unless something went wrong during the design phase, you’ll see no white area at the edges.

Vistaprint is good, but not the best for printing on canvas

At the end of the day, I recommend Shutterfly for the best combination of price & quality for custom printed canvas, and like Vistaprint, you should always use a coupon! Good

Tip: If you are not happy with your canvas for any reason, write an honest & helpful, negative review on vistaprint.com, and they will likely credit your account with the purchase amount. Hopefully this is not the case, as Vistaprint has adjusted their online design process to fix the white space issue that was creating problems and garnering poor reviews.

– Review by Kevin M.

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Ready to Print Your Photo on Canvas? Design Ideas & Inspiration

Here are some neat canvas design ideas on pinterest including designing a collage of canvas prints, as well as some nice black and white inspiration for canvas from Shutterfly.

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