The short answer is "absolutely yes".
Business cards are definitely still needed in 2013 and likely for years to come. They are a quick and easy way to exchange contact information, provide an option for writing a quick note to oneself and a visual reminder of the contact via the company logo and possibly photo of the person who handed you their card.
Of course there are industries and age groups where contact information is shared instantly via the use of smart phones. However, it is my belief that these are still in the minority. I attend networking and other business meetings on a regular basis and having something tangible is still the norm.
That does not mean the cards have to be expensive or elaborate. There are plenty of ways to create your own cards using templates from such companies as Vistaprint.
It is my view that anyone who owns a business or works in sales needs to carry business cards when attending any business or business-related networking function. I would even suggest to have several business cards with you at social events. You never know whom you might meet at a party, dinner with friends or sports event.
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Heike Heemann, LinkedIn and career coach, brings over 20 years of business experience to her blog.