Thursday, August 12, 2010

Moo Cards. this is not advertizing. this is information and adoration.

We buy these awesome cards from Moo Cards. They are little cards about 1 inch by 2 inches. What is really great about these cards and what everyone loves about them is the feel of them. They have this slick heavy feel about them. It's sort of sexy in a paper kind of way.

Added bonus? They have a funny name.

I order about 400 to 800 at a time and give them out like they were water. At $20 for 100 that is cheap advertising.

Here are some of my orders:

Most recent set:

This is the newest one. I had to doctor up the two at the bottom. They didn't fit in the little space provided. They were postcards sent to women suffrage members in the early 1900s. Somewhere, around 1905. The sixth one from the last is a snippet from a wine menu. It and it's Santa cousin (12th from the bottom) are my sleeper cards. The cards that I sneak in that makes everyone say; mmmmmm. Hey, we're a university! If we can put up pictures of naked guys we can have cards with Santa carrying a sack of wine away from a wall of wine barrels.

Second most recent set:
My favorites of this bunch are the cowboy (he is soooo Texas) and the little boy playing the violin. Though the armadillo isn't too bad either. The scary black dude? (#10 from the top) is Tom Blue, General Sam Houston's bodyguard, though I suspect he was called something else by Sam Houston. BTW, Sam Houston is the one before him. I take these images from collections from our digital library or from collections that will be on our digital library soon.

Third most recent set:
There's the little guy with the violin again. I just love him. Right next to him is the beer drinking gun wearing man. He's become our mascot. He pretty much sums up my management style. The rest of these are kind of boring. I hadn't really hit my quirky stride on ordering them at this point. I was still pretty new at my job and hadn't realized what I could get away with. Turns out; a lot!

This is the first set:

Totally uninspiring. All I can say is that I got better.

What I didn't post was a picture of the back of these cards. I have our web address, a sentence about finding images online and my name and email address. I use them for business cards more often than my regular business cards.

I've ordered about 2200 of these over the last year and have been really happy with my paper advertising efforts. Of course, the social media and the search engines actually produce more hits but these are so cool that I'll never give them up.

What's the best thing about Moo Cards is their excellent customer service and friendly emails. Here's the last one they sent me:


I'm Little MOO - the bit of software that will be managing your order with It will shortly be sent to Big MOO, our print machine who will print it for you in the next few days. I'll let you know when it's done and on its way to you.

If you've imported your images to MOO from another site, please make sure you don't remove or change the photos you've chosen from that site until this order has been printed, or some pictures may come out blank.

(If you've uploaded them directly to MOO, then there's no need to


I know I'm in good hands with Little Moo.

The informational selection of the week is over. Have I done history yet? No? Never fear I seem to get to it every week.



  1. I've heard a lot about Moo cards...I'm thinking about them. I just have no idea what I'd do with them. LOL

    And I always look forward to your "history lessons."

  2. Now, that is a business card I would keep!

  3. I have never heard of them.... thanks for sharing!

  4. Yep, I'm going with the Moo cards for the next conference. Although I did receive a couple, and they're awfully easy to lose. I might have to go with the full-size ones.

  5. That's a clever use of the Moo cards. Like Keely, I got a few at BlogHer and loved them but those are the ones that kept slipping out of my rubber banded stack.