Cell Phone Number on Business Card?

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Do you put your cell number on cards?

I was curious because an agent in the office said she does not. She says that when she hands someone a card, she will personally write the cell number on back of it to make it more personal and to make them feel like your really putting effort towards them.  This plays into business psychology 101 - make your customer/client feel important. I'm sure there are some pitfalls to this, but this is just something different to try.

This makes a lot of sense to me.

Comments (17)

Delete Me Now Please
Kugluktuk, YN
I have my cell on my card.  If someone hand writes their cell phone on a business card then in conveys to me that their business card is out of date and incomplete.  Why would you give an out of date business card?  Too cheap?  I don't want a real estate pro who's cheap.  I understand the effect of hand writing something on the card, but I might keep the hand writing to things that are not prerequisites for a good business card. 
Oct 13, 2007 09:37 AM
Ashley Drake Gephart
Drake Intel Group - Albuquerque, NM
I'm with Rob on this one. I would figure you didn't have a cell phone when you got the cards so maybe you are new. Or for some reason you had to change it and are too cheap to buy new cards. A few other things would run through my head I am sure but none of them good.
Oct 13, 2007 09:40 AM
Amy Dawson, Vancouver, WA Realtor
Vancouver, WA
I've always heard it's better to have your cell number on there.  I could see it being more personal by handwriting it on, but I don't think it's going to make or break a deal.
Oct 13, 2007 09:43 AM
Mary Warren
Las Vegas, NV
I have one phone # on my business card...and that's my business line from home...I work from home, I forward my home-office # to my cell # when I leave...the office-office only has my home-office #, they need to contact me they call my home-office, I'm gone it's forwarded to my cell...I also have my cell # blocked so that no one can see who is calling.  That way NO ONE has my cell # (except my hubby) I've done this for several years and it works great!
Oct 13, 2007 09:46 AM
Melissa Grant
A Serendipity World - Greenbackville, VA
The Law of Attraction In Life & Business
I definitely put my cell number on my cards ! Wouldn't want any confusion with calls going into the office. Having your cell phone number on the card shows you are accessible !
Oct 13, 2007 09:47 AM
Robert Whitelaw
Whitelaw & Sons Real Estate Services - Morgan Hill, CA
Broker, CEO, Realtor , ePro

I currently have a number on my card that will ring all of my numbers at the same time. However, I do think that the idea behind this is a good one. So in my case, I could just write down my cell number - even tho dialing the number of my card will ring the cell phone as well.

I have to disagree with the other two comments.  In the course of the interaction, I would make clear that all the contact info is good, but at some opportune moment, I might want to say something like, "You know, let me give you an additional number I reserve just for my top clients" and jot down the number. I've never done this, but I know folks that do it regularly to make potential clients feel like their are special - like getting into the VIP lounge.

Oct 13, 2007 09:47 AM
Daniel Sundberg
Crystal Springs Real Estate - Kentwood, MI
I do have my cell phone number on my card.  I have one other cool feature too, my office phone forwards to my cell phone after 3 rings too.  A call not answered could mean a lead lost, as well as the paycheck that can follow.
Oct 13, 2007 09:57 AM
Marc Blasi
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

I'd rather have the number printed on the card - it's not worth taking the chance that you'll forget.

AND having all your info already on the card is much more efficient.

Oct 13, 2007 10:25 AM
Robert Huntsinger
Empire Realty - Upland, CA
Empire Realty Upland, CA - Full Service at a Discount

Put it on the cardddddd!  Write your home office number on the back.  My cards get passed around like pennies, I want people to call me ASAP.

 Take care!


Oct 13, 2007 10:31 AM
Jennifer Esposito
JenRan Realty, LLC - Woodstock, CT
You know, I was just having a similar discussion yesterday with my administrative assistant.  I'm thinking of changing the cards to have the office number and extensions only.  Once someone becomes a client, then yes, they get the personal touch of a cell number.  Two reasons for this 1) My cell will ring at my house if I don't answer (no service, phone is off etc.) this can be very early in the morning or very late at night. 2)The office number gets 'attached' to the brokerage, not each individual agent's cell number so it goes hand in hand with branding.  I get so aggravated if/when the newspaper puts a cell as the office phone number!
Oct 13, 2007 11:19 AM
Ronald Gillis
Southwest Florida Notaries (Mortgage Notary Signing Agent) - Port Charlotte, FL
CNSA Southwest Florida. Notaries, Port Charlotte, 941-7-NOTARY

I've heard both putting it on, and writing it on.  It does seem logical and 'special' to write, but I like already having it on there.  Many schools of thought on this one though!


Oct 13, 2007 11:34 AM
David Hood
Chino Valley Real Estate - Chino, CA
I have my cell phone number on my card.  I could see how hand writting your cell number has a personal touch. 
Oct 13, 2007 11:44 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County
I likewise have the number already on the card. I believe people expect it ti be there anyway.
Oct 13, 2007 01:16 PM
Darleen McCullen
Raleigh, NC
Broker - Raleigh, NC Real Estate
Yes, I have my cell number printed on my card. As others have indicated, I think that handwriting a mobile number on a card is tacky! And makes the card look outdated.
Oct 13, 2007 02:14 PM
Vita Strakhman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Upper Saddle River, NJ
Bergen county Realtor
I have my cell phone on my cards also; what happens, if she writes her cell phone # down, and the person misplaces that particular card?
Oct 13, 2007 02:34 PM
Nancy Brenner
Referral Associates of Georgia, Inc. - Roswell, GA
Roswell Georgia Real Estate Agent
If I want to personalise my business card, I can write a short note such as "It was nice meeting you and I look forward to seeing you again".  My cell number will always be printed on my card.
Oct 15, 2007 08:11 PM

I'm taking my cellphone number off my card, i'm tired of getting calls at inappropriate hours.  My extension on the compnay dials my cellphone but only during appropriate hours.


Oct 19, 2011 05:39 AM