4 Essentials for Effective Rack Cards

Rack cards have a lot to offer your business. Though smaller than brochures and flyers, rack cards can convey information at a glance in a variety of locations, from neighboring stores to hotels to information centers. With a rack card, you can pique the interest of potential customers without spending a fortune in printing.

However, rack cards have limited space for you to work with: usually 3.5 in. x 8.5 in. or 4 in. x 9 in. Although you may feel tempted to cram as much information as you can in that space, your cards will work more effectively if you can quickly communicate your key points and ideas in seconds.

So what essentials should you include on your card if you want to make the most of your space?

  1. Eye-Catching Photos, Phrases, and Slogans

Rack cards, as you already know from the name, display on a rack or postcard carousel near check-out stands or store corners. As your card will sit near dozens (or possibly hundreds) of other cards for competing companies, getting people to pick up and read your card will be your greatest challenge.

If you want your card to stand out in the crowd, choose colors, images, and text that grab attention. High-resolution graphics most often draw people in, but your memorable headline or slogan will keep them reading.

As you assemble possible photos for your rack card, keep in mind that many racks only display one third or one fourth of the cards. You’ll want your most engaging concepts near the top and minor details near the bottom. And don’t forget to place images and information on both sides of your rack card! The top of the backside needs to hold its own in case someone places the cards in the rack backwards.

  1. Benefits, Features, and Incentives

Once you have your reader’s attention, you must demonstrate what makes you, your product, or your service special. While you don’t want to fill your entire card with paragraph after paragraph of proven benefits, you should briefly discuss what your customers can expect when they come to you.

Pick a few of your most enticing points and focus on them. If you have coupons, discounts, promotions, or other incentives, print them on your card to encourage readers to hold onto your card and use it as soon as they can. When customers bring your card in to enjoy a good deal, you can monitor the results of your rack cards to see how they compare to the rest of your marketing campaign.

  1. Calls to Action

If your readers feel interested in what you have to offer, you’ll need to provide a way for them to follow up on the issue. A call to action will let readers know what they can do to cash in on your latest promotion, invest in your latest venture, or participate in your available programs.

In a prominent place on your card, tell readers to call your company, stop by your store, or check out your website. An easy-to-scan QR code could allow readers to use their phones right then and there to learn more about you or your business.

  1. Company Name, Logo, and Contact Information

Your call to action should include some way for customers to contact you, such as your phone number or website. However, you don’t want to place all of your eggs in one basket, so to speak, lest you alienate potential customers. If a user doesn’t have a smartphone, you need more than just your QR code. Or if you have a new store location, you’ll want more than just your address.

Wherever possible, include additional ways for customers to remember you and your location. For example, you could include:

  • Open business hours
  • Current specials
  • Maps to your store
  • Alternative phone numbers
  • Key email addresses
  • Fax numbers

Provide the information that will most help clients reach out to you.

Talk to a Marketing Advisor for Tips

These basic features will help your rack card capture customer attention while encouraging readers to seek out your product, service, or company. However, you may struggle to find the perfect balance between all four rack card essentials on your own.

If you need help with your rack card, contact Ed McMasters at ed@nullfusionwrx.com and receive a free expert evaluation of your current rack card, as well as recommendations for a revised version. We’ll ensure that your rack card looks great without sacrificing important details.