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Business Cards are Dirty... So why are you still using them?

Social distancing has affected how we interact in business. How often have you elbow, or fist-bumped your client instead of offering a traditional handshake? With one-on-one norms disrupted, how can we expect that the age-old tradition of handing out a dog-eared business card from your wallet or purse to remain in fashion? It isn't.

Get your own dynamic, contact-free, Digital vCard, and burn those outdated cards. How outdated are business cards?

The earliest examples of business cards were called "Visiting Cards," first appearing in China in the 15th Century. These were essentially small cards that people would carry around with them, describing who they were, and what they did. important they were. If a person wanted to meet with someone, they would send a visiting card as a request to get together. Visiting cards were also used them when visiting an elite establishments in order to prove credentials before they were invited in.

These early business cards were all the rage, until they fell out of favor during the Great Plague of London, from 1665-1666. The Black Death's last major outbreak in Great Britain caused a mass exodus from London, led by King Charles II. The plague started in April 1665 and spread rapidly through the hot summer months. Fleas from plague-infected rodents were one of the main causes of transmission. No reliable data is available regarding the rate of 'Visiting Card' transmitted disease during this time.

By the middle of the 17th Century, a version of the business cards had reached the European elite. These were the size of a modern day playing card and were engraved, embossed and frequently included gold elements. Very specific etiquette surrounded the usage of these cards and they were used for all manner of social interactions, from business dealings to dating.

Visiting card usage dropped again during the Great Plague of Marseille: 1720-1723, when people were encouraged to socially distance themselves.

According to the CDC update, the risk of surface, or fomite, transmission of the disease is low compared with direct contact, droplet transmission, or airborne transmission. So if the risk of business-card disease transmission, why are clients so jittery regarding 'use a clean pen,' 'sanitize first,' and 'please don't touch?'

"The signs are everywhere," says Chunjie Zhang, Associate Professor of German at the University of California, Davis. "During one of my daily walks with my toddler, when we passed his favorite playground, I noticed a new sign warning that the coronavirus survives on all kinds of surfaces and that we should no longer use the playground. Since then, I’ve taken great pains to prevent him from touching things."

The fear may be overstated, however, the perception remains. So why don't you avoid the stigma associated with passing on germs with an innovative digital business card instead?

With a digital vCard from, you can:

• Text directly to your customer's cell phone.

• Customers add you to their contacts with one click!

• Your Digital vCard features your new, certified, and pre-owned inventory.

• Click-to-call functionality, credit application, and trade appraisal links.

• Customers can forward to their friends to take advantage of your referral program.

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