How to Create an Appealing Business Card and Eye-Catching Display

Hungry-Workshop-Happy-hemisphere-8-unique-business-cardsDid you know that the first business cards appeared in the 17th century? Only aristocratic “celebrities” had them until they grew in popularity as calling cards for home visits. That popularity is just as strong in modern times, though obviously more for professional use. Even with a surge in e-commerce where business identities are formed by web presence and social media, the business card still holds a solid place as a form of professional representation and recognition.

Think about it from a consumer standpoint and everyday face-to-face transactions. The mechanic, hair stylist, accountant, doctor, bank representative, real estate agent, furniture showroom salesperson…no wonder 10 billion business cards are printed annually in the US alone! That’s according to, which also points out that company sales increase by 2.5% for every 2,000 cards passed out. Quite a return on a relatively small investment when you think about it.

4-Tier Business Card Holder
4-Tier Business Card Holder

How do you make your card stand out? Technology offers unlimited creative designs with colors, graphics, and text fonts that make even traditional horizontal rectangular business cards eye-catching. Going off the grid with unique shapes also separates your card from the competition…say, in an oval. Or go taller with an increasingly popular vertical card design.

You also want to complement your artistic business card masterpiece with the proper showcase: Business Card Holders designed to enhance your name. The Acrylic Business Card Holder has been a staple product of Plastic Products Mfg (PPM) for decades and styles have grown over the years to accommodate both classic and more avant-garde approaches.

Counter Top Single Pocket High Back and Vertical Card Holders make ideal showcases for those unique business card shapes and styles. A Vertical Card Display definitely stands out on your desk and/or counter. There’s also a Glass Green Card Display that lends a classy touch to the décor.

Multi-Tiered Business Card Holders also combine function with stand-out design and stair step styling in clear or black acrylic. Multi-Pocket Business Card Holders deliver a spotlight of maximum exposure on a complete department or sales force, especially in high foot traffic areas and busy office centers as well as car dealerships. Wall Mount Business Card Holders with a central Sign Holder design can also be put to effective use at eye level in those same high traffic spots.

Of course, the largest concentration of personal business card transactions takes place at trade shows and kiosks. Both are perfect venues for two different Business Card Holder approaches. First, the basic Single Pocket Card Holders…able to take the hardest knocks and they travel well without taking much space. You can also make Single Card Holders stand out in black.

Then there’s the Combination Sign/Business Card Holder, a proven effective vehicle for halting foot traffic with a Top, Side, or Center Sign Holder, surrounded by six or eight pockets. Imagine the possibilities with gift cards in those pockets, and the promotion itself prominently displayed in the Sign Holder. The advantages of Sign Holders with Business Card Holders are as clear as acrylic and shows how it can be used even beyond the business card.

No matter which way you go, it’s obvious the business card is not going out of style anytime soon. Neither is the Business Card Holder that helps make it – and you – prosper. The possibilities shown here are just the beginning and you can find even more inspiration at Show your name in the best possible light with the experts in Business Card Holders at PPM!


New Computer Mount Name Plate Holders for National Clean Out Your Computer Day

New Computer Mount Name Plate Holders for National Clean Out Your Computer DayIf you think of computer cleaning in terms of air dusting keyboards and wiping down monitors, there are a few elements you might not be thinking about. National Clean Out Your Computer Day serves as a reminder about more comprehensive computer cleaning in ways that can help your machine run more efficiently all year long.

Always observed on the second Monday of February, this National Day is designated for internal cleaning and organizing of files and folders while deleting junk files, duplicates, old/obsolete files, and unused programs. Those older files and programs can clog up computer memory, slow down PCs, and create potential problems when downloading data you DO need.

The computer security experts at Norton have also offered a check list of cleaning essentials for National Clean Out Your Computer Day. Norton’s two-prong approach comprehensively covers hardware and how to carefully clean the exterior. The second area moves from the computer’s “body” to its “mind,” i.e. backing up data, updating or removing software, and making sure antivirus software is adequately protecting against malware.

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Computer Name Plate Holder


While giving your computer a day of much-needed and well-deserved (hopefully) attention and TLC, here’s something new to add: Style VNPT Computer Mount Name Plate Holders from Plastic Products Mfg. The clear rigid vinyl is practically indestructible and ideal for re-use. It attaches easily to a variety of monitor sizes, making Computer Mount Name Plate Holders especially desirable in open office concepts, call centers, and school and business campuses.

Designed primarily to showcase inserts 6” wide x 2” high, this new introduction also comes with a bonus. Quality heavy-gauge 67 lb white perforated card stock and user-friendly templates are included FREE, giving end users the capability to custom print individual name plates. From there, each Computer Mount Name Plate Holder handles identification durably and with universal appeal.

By the way, National Clean Out Your Computer Day is not a recent development in light of the latest discussions about hacking and privacy. It actually began in 2000…not long after the Y2K scare.


February’s American Heart Month…Spread the Word with Acrylic Sign Holders

heart health 1February is American Heart Month! For millions of Americans, awareness could be a pivotal, potentially life-saving event! Since heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, the medical community is banding together to get the word out about taking action and reducing risk through a healthier lifestyle.

President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the first American Heart Month in February 1964, when more than half the deaths in the U.S. were caused by cardiovascular disease. According to the American Heart Association, it’s still the leading cause of death globally at more than 17.3 million fatalities…a number that’s expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030.

The news is not all grim, however. Again, awareness campaigns and medical advances have made a huge difference along with taking preventable measures when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.

If you are in the medical field, now’s a perfect opportunity to spread the word throughout your facilities. Put your slicks, posters, and promotional literature in the spotlight with clear acrylic Sign Holders. Increasing awareness starts by capturing the eye and locking attention on the message. This premium thickness Sign Holder slants back to meet the eye in a material that delivers high visual acuity.

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Acrylic Sign Holder


Looking for other ways to get the word out? Why not include a segment on heart-healthy living in your newsletter? Maybe you can help host a community event and disseminate info about local health resources. Tweet about American Heart Month (and National Wear Red Day). Plus, the American Heart Association is glad to recruit members in the national movement supporting healthier communities.

February is the month for Sweethearts. Make it a month for STRONG hearts, too!

Name Plate Holders for 2019 Weddings and National Wedding Month

ballrooms-1-1024x682In case you didn’t know, February is National Wedding Month! And for good reason. February’s not only the month for Valentines, it’s also the most popular month of the year for wedding planners. Of course, the majority of ceremonies occur in June, August, and September, but now is when the question gets popped and the planning commences.

According to The Knot some creative new trends are capturing attention in 2019…like colorful smoke bomb exits and out-of-the-box venues, where ranches and greenhouses are replacing more traditional settings.

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Another key trend The Knot emphasizes is Fun, more specifically: Fantasy Fun! Where guests are served by impersonators and entertainers like Elvis, Magicians, and Palm Readers. Perfect for wedding photo-ops!

Here’s another way to personalize weddings even further. Start with name plates for guests, a great way to keep those all-important table assignment placements well-coordinated! Clear Acrylic Table Tents (Style NPF) and Slant Back Name Plate Holders stand firmly in place; Style NPS Series Name Plate Holders lend a classy, distinguished look to place settings. The latter two are available with colored borders in wedding silver/white.

Another detail that sets acrylic apart for 2019 weddings? Silk-screening and custom imprinting for the bride and groom’s special day…and that doesn’t just apply to Name Plate Holders. Acrylic Boxes for wedding cards are increasingly popular and eye-catching. Adding personal flair with custom imprinted text and colors helps create a certain allure in keeping with the wedding theme. Check out dimensions in Style PBS Donation/Suggestion Boxes. $_35

If you’re involved with pending wedding plans either professionally or personally, you know how important every visual detail needs to be. Now that it’s Nuptial Season and National Wedding Month, we hope these ideas have helped inspire you!