Isn’t life funny? Back in the old days people wrote letters and sent them in the mail to keep in touch. Whaaat? Then the digital world happened and we were able to send cards online and our letters were replaced with email. With technology growing and our lives becoming more fast-paced, we were opting for quicker communication tools. For the most part, it worked. The only downside was that although the thought was still there, that personal touch became lost in the process.
Now that the generic online card sending novelty has worn off a bit, people are seeking out ways to combine the past and the present by using services that allow efficiency but still provide the personalization options.
Below is an excerpt from our eBook that gives you a few resources for sending personalized cards and invitations online…
Even with the convenience of our digital world, there’s still nothing like receiving a personally written card in the mail, but quite honestly, most of us don’t have the time. We’ve found a happy medium that we love. We use SendOutCards. This company lets you create cards online and even upload your own handwriting. It’s the coolest thing! We make cards online and then SendOutCards prints the cards and sends the hard copy to our chosen recipient. You can also choose gifts, candles, gift cards and more to be sent with your card, and they take care of it all for you. The reason we’re such big fans is that SendOutCards also doubles as a customer management system. When you send the card, your customer’s name address, birthday, anniversary, etc is saved in the built in address book. You are given the option to have reminders sent to you in advance of the occasions you’ve stored with your customer or friends’ contact information so that you can get a card created and sent. It works like a charm and it’s all self-contained!
Paperless Post is another site we use. At one time, it was 100% digital cards and invitations. The digital card would be emailed and upon opening it, the message would be displayed in really creative ways. Now, Paperless Post is offering actual paper cards. Sure, it goes against their name “Paperless” but it’s another great option to connect.
Invitations and Guest Tracking
You can also use Paperless Post for invitations and even to sell tickets for a larger than personal event. These invitations aren’t free but there are a couple of options that are free.
evite. It’s a long-time email/digital invitation website. You can send email invitations for anything from a small birthday party to an annual business event. Your “Yes,” “No,” and “Maybe” guests will be tracked, comments can be made, and reminders can be sent out. It’s a very simple site to use.
Equally as simple is Punchbowl which offers party invites (via email) as well as digital cards. Punchbowl partners with some bigger companies, so this site tends to lean toward a blog type of resource listing the top invites, trends and tips as well as offering email invitations and digital cards (for a fee).
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