O&M Landscaping Taped Their Business Card to My Mailbox

O and M LandscapingI’m sure you’ve seen many things put in your mailbox in an effort for a company to promote their business like pamphlets, menus and enveloped mail. I recently saw one of the more unique approaches for self promotion: a business card taped to the mailbox.

O&M Landscaping was the culprit. Someone from that company went around house to house to scotch tape their card in an effort to get customers during the summer, presumably that business’s busy season.

Here’s why this is a good idea: this type of self promotion will surely get noticed, as opposed to putting it in the mailbox where it might not get grabbed.

It also cuts down on costs of other print advertising. This business card is well done since it presents the key info: the O&M Landscaping name, phone # and main services performed.

Here’s why this is a bad idea:

  • The tape could deface someone’s mailbox, which could anger someone who might be that particular.
  • The tape is very hard to separate from the card without damage being caused to the card, though this isn’t as bad since they only used a small piece at the top.
  • The card could very well fall off or get damaged due to weather conditions like the rain or high winds.
  • People might not notice if they’re on their phone or distracted with kids while just grabbing the mail. This card was taped to the front of the box and not on the top lid.

I’ve never used or knowingly met anyone from O&M Landscaping, so this is not a reflection of their work. This is just a look at the way they advertised their services.

Business Card Count: 35,969

Finding a Random Business Card at a Rest Stop in South Carolina

Cash Carry Wholesale Grocery North Charleston SCTaking long drives is something I enjoy doing with my free time. It helps me think, relax and end up at a fun destination.

This time, I found (what I feel may just be) my very first business card at a rest stop. I was driving back from Savannah, Georgia with my significant other and we needed a potty break and driver switch. I thought to myself, “wouldn’t it be funny if I found a business card at this rest stop?”

I laughed out loud when I saw the business card for Cash & Carry Wholesale Grocery located in North Charleston, South Carolina attached to a newspaper stand. I was curious as to what the heck a lone Cash & Carry Wholesale Grocery card was doing there.

I would assume it would be something the company may have done to spread the word to motivate road trip takers to stop at that store. But if you look at the map, the store is nowhere near the rest stop I-95.

Fortune BubblePlus, with a name like “wholesale”, it sounds like it’s a Costco-type store, so one might not have room for bulk shopping items when on a road trip. I’d definitely shop there if I was in the area based on the reviews and a unique product I saw promoted on their Facebook: Fortune Bubble.

It appears to be a gum that combines the fun of chewing gum with reading your fortune from a fortune cookie. Hopefully, it’s not fortune cookie-flavored gum… I’ve had a bad experience with rest stop gum when I was a kid getting a gumball that looked and tasted like an ear of corn.

But my favorite part is the mascot. I’d love to have a conversation with a character like that whose love is chewing gum.

I guess the fortune on the cover of the Fortune Bubble was right. “A pleasant surprise is in store for you.” Finding a business card at a rest stop sure was one.

Business Card Count: 35,898

Cool Business Card Concept: OTC Compliance, LLC

OTC Compliance

Sometimes, I get business cards that just tickle me. That’s the case for OTC Compliance, LLC. I would normally think that quality and regulatory compliance would be somewhat dull. But this business card is like a mullet… business in the front and party in the back.

On the front, there’s vital information including the OTC Compliance company logo, their mission statement and the contact info for an employee. The only thing missing is where the company is based out of… my research shows that they’re in Johns Creek, Georgia. Who’s John and why does he have a creek?

Moving on, the party in back looks similar to the back of over-the-counter drugs with some clever use of facts like the Active Ingredient, Uses, Warnings & Directions. It’s always fun to have something unique on your business card to stand out from the pack and I can’t recall seeing any other compliance company being so whimsical. Then again, I can’t recall any compliance company business cards in my collection… though I’m sure I’ve got them.

Business Card Count: 35,599

Hello Again: I Have 2 of Neal Diamond’s Business Cards

Neal Diamond Atlantic Chevy CadillacI have had Neal Diamond’s business cards for a little while. Neal Diamond the car salesman who I’ve never met before, not Neil Diamond the legendary singer who I’ve also never met before.

It’s cool that Atlantic Chevrolet Cadillac gives their salespeople business cards with different Chevy models on them like the Corvette and Tahoe. I guess it’s a psychological thing to give each shopper a different card depending on what they’re looking for.

That or the dealership features different cars at different times. Either way, I’ve never been to Atlantic Chevy Cadillac not have I never met Neal Diamond.

Heck, I’ve never met Neil Diamond either. I honestly don’t know much about the singer, except that he had a cameo in Saving Silverman to help create a happy ending.

I also know his song “Red, Red Wine” was a bigger hit when done by UB40 to the point that he uses their reggae beat when singing the song live. I can rock out to some “Red, Red Wine” once in a while.

I’d never see Neil Diamond in a concert nor would I keep his song on the radio if it was playing through. Unless it’s “Red, Red Wine” sung by UB40… then that’s perfectly acceptable… if I’m in the mood for it… and there’s nothing else better on my SiriusXM satellite radio.

Business Card Count: 35,036

Business Card Redesign: Peter’s Diner in Amityville NY

Peters Diner Amityville NYI’ve seen plenty of diners have business cards that showcases the classic diner look of the building’s outside. That was the case for Peter’s Diner in Amityville, New York (on Long Island, and yes from Amityville Horror).

Key word is was. I don’t recall when I got the original Peter’s Diner business card above, but I just recently got the new one over the holidays. I really like it when business cards stand out and seeing the actual exterior of a restaurant.

That’s why I was a bit miffed that they exchanged the classic look with the old-school font for a generic black business card with a knife, fork and plate. Not even a napkin, unless you count the Peter’s Diner banner across the middle.

Then, I took a look and realized that the addresses and phone numbers were different. I Googled to see if there was a fire in the old location or something, but nothing came up except for inconsistent online citations. I guess that explains the need for a redesign if the diner is now in a different building.

I definitely prefer the first card and would recommend that they take a picture of the new diner exterior and do it up like they used to. Unless the new diner building is uglier… in that case, I guess #2 is a-okay.

Please note I’ve never eaten here. This is strictly about the business card redesign.

Business Card Count: 34,305

I Recently Got Jordan Knight’s Business Card

Jordan Knight Hobbs TavernIt’s time for another edition of celebrity business card psych out! Think of this as a Rick Roll, except slightly less dated than “Never Give You Up”… it’s Jordan Knight!

I highly doubt the pop singer and New Kid on the Block is now an Event Coordinator at Hobbs Tavern up in New Hampshire… hey, it could be! But I wanted to share my opinion of Jordan Knight, the singer & not the West Ossipee area resident.

My first memory of Knight was his later solo work back when I was a wee teenager watching TRL. Yes, even I was like every other “normal” teenager for a brief run until I stopped caring about Say What? Karaoke and those type of shows to watch reruns of Law and Order.

Much better choice. I remember not being into the whole boy band scene just because it wasn’t type of music: I enjoyed the harder rock MTV played. I decided to take a fresh ear and listen to Jordan Knight’s big single Give It To You.

Listening back to it today, I can tell why I wasn’t a fan even then. It seems second rate to what groups like the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC were producing and a bit of a step (pun intended) off from what he was doing with New Kids on the Block. Or at least Step by Step since that’s the only NKOTB song that is somewhat tolerable.

I heard a couple more decent songs on my satellite radio, but nothing that wouldn’t prevent me from changing the channel to something better like actual 80s music. Ahhhhhh.

Business Card Count: 34,010

I Just Got Another Elusive X Business Card

Xclusive Auto Body Perth Amboy NJWhen it comes to business cards, not all letters are treated equally. It would be shocking to know that X is the rarest letter to get (meaning companies or people’s names starting with an X). In fact, Xclusive Auto Body is just the 16th X business card that I’ve ever gotten.

I’m not sure if it’s because companies are afraid to use the letter X at the beginning of words or if it’s just a consequence of X not often being a starting letter in the English language.

Here are all of the X business cards I have in my collection:

  • Xanadu at Jackalope Santa FeXanadu at Jackalope in Santa Fe, a southwest-style furniture store and the 17th X business card I received while seeing family for the holidays in 2016
  • X-berg-Tag, an exhibition/tour offered at the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Museum in Berlin which I got during my visit to the city in 2005
  • Xcalibur Band, a classic rock and blues group based in Middletown NY
  • The aforementioned Xclusive Auto Body in Perth Amboy NJ
  • Laura Xenakis, a Licensed Real Estate Agent at Argyle Realty (the 1st-ever X business card I remember receiving)
  • Xfinity WiFi, which is available for free at the Monmouth Mall in NJ
  • Xincon America, a trade school located in Edison NJ
  • The Xios clothing store location at the South Shore Mall in Bay Shore NY
  • XLab, a special group of exercise classes offered at Work Out World
  • Xplore Scuba of Fort Mill SC is the 18th X business card I’ve received, which I got from my great Uncle Joey in a big pile I got
  • The Xpressions adult store locations in Lindenhurst and Oakdale NY
  • X-Press Mobile, a cell phone store in Montreal
  • X-Treme Limousine Service based in Hauppauge NY
  • Dr. Zuhui Xu, an acupuncture or herbal medicine specialist at Massage on the Run on Long Island
  • Ken Xue, a [INSERT Chinese symbols here] at high-end tourism company CAT International Inc.
  • Vivian Xue, Manager at Gemstones of Africa (located in NYC and LA)
  • XXXV Gentleman’s Club in Sayreville NJ

After taking a look, it’s a combinations words that don’t normally start with an X but now do to stand out, international names and adult-oriented establishments. I think X business cards will be hard to come by for me unless I visit an adult convention or walk around a Chinese (or other Asian culture) neighborhood, neither of which is on my immediate agenda.

For now, the X business card will still be my Holy Grail to add to my collection.

Business Card Count: 33,936

Politics Brings Out the Genuineness & Weirdness in People

Hillary Clinton Donald TrumpPolitics are always a controversial topic that brings out the most opinionated thoughts that people have… along with religion of course. But this year’s Presidential election seems to be the most heavily criticized in my memory because of the qualifications (or lack thereof) of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

I have to say that I don’t vote and it seems like this election more than any shows that my vote really doesn’t matter. Either way, we get a candidate that half the country is unhappy with for reasons that vary and I don’t understand.

In short, politics brings out the weirdness in people and makes them nuts.

Run Against BushLet me use this Run Against Bush business card I found a long time ago as an example. Run Against Bush was started by a group of citizens (like you and I, except they have an interest in politics) who put together runs and other activities to get former president George W. Bush out of office.

I’m not judging the credibility of this coalition or anything, but people will find both creative and not-so-creative ways to air their political views though it seems like the Constitution helped their mission come to fruition. At least Run Against Bush is less annoying than Facebook.

Going to the Run Against Bush website now, it’s doing some pretty shady link building that’s very outdated SEO. I suppose that’s one way of showing your freedom of speech: by linking to shady websites in ways I used to at my internship in 2006.

Business Card Count: 33,709

All Towns Should Have a Business Card, But These Ones Actually Do

I haven’t done a category blog post in a while, but it’s time to do another one. I have business cards from many towns, but very few of towns themselves. With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the town business cards I’ve got.

Media Pennsylvania

Media, Pennsylvania

The first town business card I ever collected is from Media PA, a town in Delaware County that’s a few miles outside of Philly. My uncle lived there at one time and my family & I went to visit him when I was younger. I remember it being a nice area and enjoying my vacation.

The card may only mention the town’s website, but a website is a gateway to seeing everything involved in the town. Or perhaps not, as I see this when I go to the current URL on the Media business card.

Media PA

Port Moody BCPort Moody British ColumbiaPort Moody, British Columbia

I received the business card for Port Moody BC from my aunt and uncle who visited there on vacation. This is a more detailed card than the one above because it folds out, as seen to the right.

When you fold the card out, you can see the tourist attractions to see in Port Moody such as a variety of parks, a trail and a historic centre. It looks like a beautiful place in metro Vancouver that I’d love to visit sometime because of its natural beauty.

Port Moody Map

Business Card Count: 33,368

If You Say You’re Going to Asbury, You’re Probably Wrong

Bill Jelliffe Asbury NJAsbury Park is a popular destination in New Jersey because of the beaches, restaurants and nightlife. People even call it Asbury for short and I’ve heard it from friends & coworkers since saying Park takes too long or people know where you’re going. Or do they?

I went to a double-state town a couple of months ago (Washington, New Jersey) and saw a sign for Asbury. I knew I drove 78 West and I knew was in Warren County, not Monmouth.

Asbury is a whole different world than Asbury Park, as evidenced by the business card I got at a local Quick Chek. I don’t think you would find many corn fields down by the boardwalk. It’s weird that Asbury and Asbury Park are so far away from one another because of the similarities in their names.

There might a park in Asbury, but it’s not Asbury Park. One thing is for sure though… I’m hungry for some corn on the cob with butter and a little salt.

Asbury vs Asbury Park NJ

Business Card Count: 32,816