People that know me know I love to say..."Back in the day" (meaning: It happened a long time ago, but I don't have the exact year). Well, this did happen "back in the day" and I remember it clearly.
Each winter, I would have a Christmas party. It was a major blowout and the whole house would be packed.
Within my group of friends, I was the only one to have a party. They didn't have their own parties, they only came to mine. It was an odd situation and I finally stopped having them. Aren't people supposed to reciprocate? It's just good manners.
Anyway, I would send invitations and spend lots of time and money making sure I had everything perfect. For years, I had the Christmas party, people enjoyed it and then it was forgotten.
One time a friend brought his brother to the party. I had not met him before. A few days later, I received a thank you card in the mail from him. It was puzzling because at first when I looked at the envelope I had no idea who it was! I was happy at least one person had enjoyed all my hard efforts.
Out of all my friends, a virtual stranger had bothered to take the time to thank me. It made a lasting impression.
To this day, I have always remembered this.
How one small thank you card made an impact on how I think.
Why don't we send a card of gratitude for even a small kindness or just send one to someone having a hard time?
You never know how much it means sometimes to open the mailbox and find a greeting card. People need validation that they exist in the world. That they are doing the right thing or that you care.
Did you know that only 28% of emails are opened? Only 48% of letters? But 98% of old fashioned greeting cards are opened and read??
Shocking...huh? I just found this out recently.
About 6 months ago, I discovered a way to send cards of gratitude with a company called Send Out Cards. I always think I find just the right thing when I am supposed to.
What I loved about this online company was that it was the ultimate contact management system where I could send a real paper card that looks better than a Hallmark card. I can use my pictures and my own handwriting font and signatures. I can even send a gift! They have 15,000 cards to pick from too.
I think the reason now that people don't send cards is that it is time consuming and expensive. You have to drive to a store, pick one out, pay up to $5.00 for it, write in it, buy a stamp and put it on then find some way to mail it. To send a gift with it is more mind-boggling! It's not always EZ.
At send Out Cards it costs around a buck, takes about 5 minutes and they mail it for you.Even with a gift! Brainless...huh?
Anyway... just wanted to share something that has made my life and real estate business so much easier. Plus it's nice to send random cards to people that need a pat on the back. You never know who might remember your small kindness years down the road.
Think of your business for referrals and think of doing good in the world. People just want to know you care.
I set up a gift account so you can check out the cards or watch a video on how it works. Make a free card to see for yourself how great they are. Don't just take my word for it!
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*How One Greeting Card Made A Impact For 30 Years*
BTW - I was not paid by Send Out Cards to do a testimonial. I actually paid them to be able to use their fabulous service. Imagine that!!!