You know the feeling you get when you receive a hand-addressed envelope in the mail? It's likely the first thing you'll open because it stands out amidst the stack of ordinary mail you get on a daily basis. The envelope is more personal and more interesting. The fact that someone put pen to paper for you captures your attention.
Did you know that gratitude is good for your health? In fact, studies have linked gratitude to improved physical health, stronger social relationships, more positive emotional states, higher self-esteem, and even better sleep. For business owners and brand managers, the benefits of gratitude don’t stop there. Nearly 70% of businesses have lost a customer because they felt the company was indifferent to them. The simple act of expressing thankfulness to customers can make a big difference for retention—and for profits. But to nurture leads, retain customers, and earn referrals many brands make major thank you note mistakes. Here are seven to avoid:
Humans have been writing for over 5,000 years. From cuneiform and hieroglyphics to medieval manuscripts, our race has a long and storied love affair with the written word. But it wasn’t until 1440 AD that Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, and in turn, the first font. We’ve come a long way since the Renaissance, but written communication isn’t done evolving. In fact, one revolutionary form of writing is changing the way millions connect—digital handwriting. But what is digital handwriting and why is it unique?
With the upcoming holiday season starting to appear on marketers’ radar screens, a traditional idea from the past might be worth bringing back: sending handwritten thank you notes to loyal customers. But here’s a twist: Instead of waiting until after a sale has been made, those in the know are sending thank you’s as a pre-emptive move now. The idea is to jog previous customers’ memories about your business, and hopefully prompt them to make a return visit. It's a way to subtlely boost your marketing communications efforts and build goodwill at the same time.
Do you remember “instant pictures”, where a snapshot would come right out of a camera after you took a photo? How about vinyl record albums, that arrived in a 12” cardboard sleeve with some memorable art on the front? Remember when you would actually receive a handwritten business thank you note, following a transaction? To the delight of many, they’re all making a return.