I was introduced to the services of MOO.com by my friend Andrew during a recent trip to New York City.
We were sitting in a bar talking about our respective websites when he whipped out one of his new business (mini) cards.
I was immediately struck by the smaller than normal dimensions, specifically 20mm x 70 mm (roughly 1/3 the size of a typical card).
On the front was a picture he had taken of a bicycle, the same he has on his blog header.
His name, occupation (artist, educator, producer), website, and phone number were on the back. My first impression when he showed me the card was, “cool, I want one!”
I had been tossing around the idea of buying a set of business cards or custom stickers for my trip to promote my website while traveling; however, I was faced with the reality of being a less than a stellar graphic artist.
Seeing the great quality of Andrew's cards, I realized my past travel photos would instantly fill the creative void I would face down the road.
Within a few days of returning home, I pulled up MOO's website to customize my first set of cards.
As he had informed me, you can order 100 MiniCards for $20, with the flexibility to choose a different image for each card.
MOO allows you to upload images through their site or access them via others, including Flickr.
As I had begun to use Flickr a few months ago, I selected that option, followed by the MiniCard size (versus a larger Notecard size available).
The instructions indicated the process was as simple as 1 – Choose, 2 – Crop, 3 – Personalize, and 4 – Purchase.
Once I had chosen the size, a page loaded with my Flickr photostream, I began the challenging process of deciding which of my fantastic images should represent me, my blog, and my future travels!
Once I had selected the lucky photos by (dragging and dropping them in a box), I moved on to the cropping stage.
The site makes this process easy. However, I did swap about 20% of my photos after seeing how they looked with the cropping.
You have to be judicious with only 1,400 square millimeters of space.
The personalization options include 3 fonts, 9 font colors, 12 small images for the backside (including your Flickr profile photo), and the ability to add a variety of info to each card (such as title, license, or camera details).
The final step is payment, and I was pleased to see the shipping was only $4.99, bringing the total cost to $24.98. The cards arrived within 2 weeks of my order.
The MOO experience is fun and lighthearted. It is filled with witty words from the company.
For example, when I tried to backtrack using browser navigation, the expected page didn't reload.
Instead, I received an error message which stated, “Oops, sorry, something untoward has occurred! An email has been sent to our hardworking developer bees.”
The British humor cracked me up, and you don't get the feeling they're trying too hard either. A filler info card which I received along with my set says, “Yay! You're our new best friend.”
Yes, MOO is my new best friend, and if you're looking for an easy, inexpensive, creative way to market yourself, your blog, or anything else, check out their printing services!
Dave is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Go Backpacking and Feastio. He's been to 66 countries and lived in Colombia and Peru. Read the full story of how he became a travel blogger.
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Thursday 7th of June 2012
Hmm I might need some of those for my new blog, stingytraveller.com
Saturday 30th of October 2010
I've been into blogging for quite some time and this is definitely a great post. I signed up for your newsletter, so please keep up the informative posts!
Good luck on your blog, and feel free to comment and subscribe to my blog as well when you get a chance. Also my blog is open to any guest posting and I would love if you would review some of my products I have and we could easily make each other some extra cash!
All the best, Dino Vedo
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Thursday 8th of July 2010
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Thursday 26th of April 2007
sounds like a great idea as an alternative to giving away postcards as gifts too.
Wednesday 25th of April 2007
Dave, this is exactly what I'm planning on doing. I haven't done the MOO experience, but I've heard great things about their service/product. What better way to stay in touch with cool folks you meet while traveling? Plus, for me, who the heck is going to remember how to spell vagabondish?
Very cool indeed!