The holidays are right around the corner. Many businesses use this time of year to show their thanks to loyal customers by sending out holiday cards or gifts. This is a wonderful idea! But maybe you struggle actually getting it done every year.
Sending out holiday cards is probably not a normal part of your business. It’s easy to procrastinate this task. Sometimes it’s hard to justify writing a few hundred cards by hand when your team has a bunch of other things to do. After all, the holidays is the busiest time of the year for many businesses.
Technology is Santa’s Helper
There’s good news! You don’t have to run out to the store, buy a stack of holiday cards and then spend your weekend filling them all out. There are plenty of apps that will help you send your cards this year. You can even find apps that will use your own handwriting, for that extra personal touch.
Here are a few that you might want to try out this year:
Felt is an iPhone and iPad app that helps you design beautiful cards. Add the personal touch of your own handwriting and your own photos. One unique thing about these cards is that they are square.
Felt has an easy to use interface that makes it easy to write your note with your finger or a stylus, right on your device.
Felt prints your personalized cards on high-quality paper and sends them out first class in custom kraft paper envelopes within 24 hours. These square cards are sure to stand out amongst a pile of rectangular holiday cards.
Handwrytten is a web app that takes a different approach. Instead of using your own handwriting, you type in your message, select a writing style and a robot literally writes out the message for you (with a pen and all).
Handwrytten has a bunch of beautiful holiday cards to choose from. With handwritten notes starting at just $3, it’s a great option if you want to automate your holiday cards but maintain that handwritten look and feel.
Bond offers a way to send elegant handwritten notecards. You can choose from one of their pre-designed cards, or you can set up a company notecard with your own logo.
Not only can you choose from several handwriting styles (which are then written in pen by a robot), you can also add your own signature from your phone.
Bond also has a phone app in beta that enables you to send handwritten notes on bespoke stationery right from your phone.
Inkly is another mobile app that makes it easy for you to send personalized, handwritten cards.
This app does something unique, using your own handwritten note and printing it on the card. You just write out the note on a piece of paper, take a picture of it, and they will do the rest.
Inkly also lets you customize your holiday cards with your own images. This is a great way to share your company photo and a handwritten note with your customers.
Postable offers a variety of artist-designed cards for all occasions. You can type in your message on their site and choose from a variety of fonts, including their patented smart handwriting fonts.
They also have solutions just for business, including custom stationery with your logo printed on it. While that’s cool, even cooler is their automated cards service, which can trigger cards to be sent automatically (thus the name).
SendOutCards not only lets you send out holiday cards with a personal message from their website, they give you the option to add a gift.
This can be great for those extra special customers and for employee appreciation.
They also have a cool reminder feature that will let you know when it’s time to send your contacts a card. Set this up before the holidays get too busy, and you’ll be able to send out those cards with just a few clicks.
Don’t Let Holiday Cards Get the Best of You This Year
Try these apps this year to alleviate some of your holiday stress. And don’t forget to use Batchbook to grab a list of loyal customers, employees, vendors, donors, etc. to mail to.