Do people still hand out physical business cards at events or is it all digital now?

i should have asked before ordering 50, lol

EDIT:

Thank you for all the replies, I’ve got the answer I need but I’ll add some more information just in case anyone wants to know.

  • I’m based in Europe and not Japan
  • I’m working as a videographer and trying to build a film company
  • I plan on doing more event coverage so I’ll bring them with to quickly hand out my contact details.
  • The card has the following: Busines name, my name, phone number, email, and website.
  • I had thought about adding my social media but couldn’t find a nice way to do it that matched the rest of the card.

EDIT 2: just now realised I didn’t complete the last sentence of the last bullet point

  • MudMan@fedia.io
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    For a while I stopped bringing cards to situations where a card would be a thing and instead I put a QR code on a widget on my phone’s lock screen and told people to just scan that to add my contact info.

    Results were… mixed? For a few people it was a cool conversation starter. Others fumbled a bit with what to do.

    One guy, though? He was NOT amused. Apparently he made a big point of collecting all of his connections’ cards in binders, and cataloguing them, both as bragging rights and a hobby. I may as well have walked into his house and peed on his stamp collection. It was very awkward.

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    I carry them because I’m a professional musician and I just get sick of spelling my name for people. It has my booking email, instagram, and phone number on it. Super handy.

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    Our company recently switched from paper to digital (popl).

    It’s incredibly clunky and frustrating having to explain to literally every new contact that we don’t have cards and they have to use their phone to share info.

    So, yes. Please keep paper cards a thing

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    Sure, if you deal with customer

    It’s still a nice way to get someone coordinates, like who is the sales person, or the tech support tech, or the researcher.

    If you go to conference/trade fairs people willstill exchange cards.

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    I handed out 4 just yesterday. I guess it depends on the kind of work you’re doing. I’m a home improvement contractor and people often ask if they can give my number to their friend/neighbour etc. so I just hand them few business cards to spread around.

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    It is about the act of giving that physical thing to someone, like a present.

    It helps with building a connection to people. It cannot be replaced by anything ‘digital’.

    (Even if everybody scans them or photographs them later, in order to bring the data into the digital address book LOL)

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    I do. People usually don’t have time to chat when i stop by so i drop a card and ask them to reach out. I get them at Staples. Dony remember the exact price - maybe about $40 for 500.

  • Monument@lemmy.sdf.org
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    I don’t need business cards, but I want to get some nice ones with just my name that I can write the information I want people to have.
    I guess it’s more of a calling card, really.

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    Yes. Not as important as they used to be, but they’re still highly useful in some situation. I use(d) them a lot in my current as well as my previous job. Long story short, these jobs involve showing up on site in the middle of nowhere, meeting someone who I’ve never met before. I then set up thingamajig A as well as fix thingamajig B. Before I leave I make sure to leave a card with my contact details in case they have questions or anything more is needed.

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    Yes. I work for a small company and we do give out business cards at events if someone asks or if we really hope they’ll follow up with us later. To me they often serve more as a helpful reminder more than a device to convey contact information.

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    Yes, giving someone a disposable card is still better than the awkwardness of tapping phones or whatever nonsense they do now.