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xmas cards..?

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by gabagoo, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

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    How many here send out Seasons Greetings cards to all your regular customers?

    What budget do you put towards the cards and possible gifts for your "A" clients?


    just curious if we go overboard on this stuff every year?


    Lastly, how many of us stock our personal bars with those bottles of booze that just never made it to all our customers? lol

    :bushmill::bushmill::bushmill::bushmill:ahhhhhh.... some single malt.... my companies gift to........................................................ME!!!!:clapping:
     
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  2. Foghorn12

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    This will only be my second year in business but I haven't done this yet. I keep thinking about it and it seems like a good thing to do. Maybe I'll send them out Monday.
     
  3. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

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    I send 100. Switched to postcards this year
     
  4. BigfishDM

    BigfishDM Merchant Member

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    I do cards for every client and then do nice gift baskets for my top 10 accounts.
     
  5. Marlene

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    we do cards and what makes it nice is they aren't the "really an advertisement" kind. each of us have people we have worked with or have continued to work with and each of us write out our own messages. I really like 99% of the people I get to work with and it's nice to send a personal message at the end of the year to them. we also give gifts to those who have spent a good deal of money with us, long time customers and such. we also send to suppliers and people we outsource to.

    I know I love it when someone drops off a little gift or takes the time to write a personal message in a card to me so I hope that when we do it, those who get them will feel the same.
     
  6. Charlie J

    Charlie J Very Active Member

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    First year we sent out about 60 xmas cards. Last year we sent out 180. This year we sent out about 250 xmas cards. We do a promotion, $10 off your next purchase. Usually helps out a little bit.
     
  7. john1

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    I sent out a few hundred last year and not one thank you or anything. So, guess what im doing this year? nothing
     
  8. iSign

    iSign Major Contributor

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    I get a lot of cards every year. I've never even thought of saying "thank you"... but I have thought I wish i had sent cards... I looked into it this year, thinking I'd send 500 to 1000, but i just couldn't afford it. Penny wise pound foolish I'm sure, and i still wish I did it, but I'm struggling to pay the mortgage, so "penny wise" is a hard emotion to overcome...
     
  9. WildWestDesigns

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    I only sent out for the ones that are more frequent in their accounts and I also have some type of discount attached to them as well. I would say about 50% of them said thank you and about 85% ordered from me this holiday.

    I would still send them out just to keep my business "fresh" in their mind. I don't really expect a thank you, it would be nice, but I really don't expect it. Their thank you is actually ordering from me again during the timeframe of that percentage off and to continue to do so after that % expired.

    I typically do nice postcards that I do the layout for and design work. Print them off and away they go.
     
  10. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

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    I sent out about 200 and any clients who gave me a hard time were wiped off the list.

    Now on the other hand, I have not received ANY cards from any of my suppliers... Shame on all of you as we are always a good account that pays on time everytime..

    One home builder we do work for asks not for gifts but a donation for the food bank, and whatever dollar amount we give they will match it. Now thats the holdiday spirit!!!
     
  11. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    To few of those around that's for sure.
     
  12. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

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    If I could afford to I would.. but my income is still way to radical.
     
  13. WILLIAMS

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    +1..... we mail custom designed/printed ones that basically wish happy holidays and a thank you for their business. No sales offer or discount- it's more of a piece to keep our name out there. We also carry the design over to our email blast that goes out to everyone on our email list.
     
  14. Pat Whatley

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    I sent out 50 "handmade, custom, watercolored" cards this year. I never heard a word about the cards I've bought and sent but I get tons of comments on the "handmade" cards.

    They're not really completely handmade. I create 10 different layouts on the computer using cartoony artwork, put them on the light table and trace them onto watercolor paper with different sized permanent markers, then fill in the color with watercolor washes. The message inside is personalized to each person instead of just the same generic message for each person.
     
  15. Bannerday

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    That's an very original idea. Can you post a picture of any of the cards?
     
  16. Pat Whatley

    Pat Whatley Major Contributor

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    I've got a few left at the shop, I'll post them when I get back Monday.
     
  17. Bannerday

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    Great. Look forward to seeing them.
     
  18. binki

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    We give gift cards to local restuarants to our top customers by volume and profit $. We do not give to anyone that would get in trouble for taking the gift or where the situation wouldn't look good, mostly government employees.
     
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