Did you Forget the Cards?

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care... and you in your kerchief and him in his cap... something something about a nap... when all of a sudden there arose such a clatter!

It's you jumping out of bed and knocking stuff down because you realized you forgot to send out the cards! And then you calmed down and remembered that you were boycotting cards this year. Or maybe have decided to send cards after the New Year. Or maybe you have them but never got the guts to brave the crowds at the post office for stamps.

Whatever it is, if you haven't yet but really want to send out holiday greetings, there's still time. No, I swear!! You can still send loved ones a sweet message that's almost like sending a personalized card. More about the cards in a minute.

But first... a little love story.

I was hanging out on Twitter one day and saw someone share a cute picture of a baby. I've been following this account for a while, but hadn't really looked into what they do. I just liked the twitter stream and, every now and then, would click on something they were sharing. One day, I decided to click on the URL on the bio for more information about this Red Stamp company. I liked what I saw, so I downloaded the app.

A few hours later...

I had not only created and sent several greetings to people in my contacts list, I had made a couple of purchases. A few days later, I was hosting a party when the subject of cards came up. One girl had a nightmare story about custom cards that weren't coming in time to send. I shared the app with that friend and other guests, and after seeing a few of my creations, they decided to download it.

And THAT is why I love Twitter!

A representative is just out there, sharing. A curious follower (that would be me) clicks on a URL that was NOT shoved at me in an obnoxious way. I find an app I like. I share naturally (without being prompted or paid) when the subject related to the app comes up. Others download and share. Maybe they buy extras. Maybe the people they share it with do. Who knows? But that's how word of mouth on Twitter (and beyond) works.

This is a new story that I love to tell, especially to people that don't get why they should use Twitter for marketing. They ask question like "What's the ROI?" You can't measure this kind of amplification! That's the frustrating part. But those of us that have those personal connections off line sharing and using the things we find... we get it. So do the companies that invest in time on Twitter and other social spaces. They understand that this isn't a waste of time, but a great word-of-mouth tool that is going to generate sales... eventually.

Okay, so back to the notes I created.

[caption id="attachment_1071" align="aligncenter" width="209" caption="Emailed this to my sick daughter"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1072" align="aligncenter" width="209" caption="Texted this to my husband who was flying"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1073" align="aligncenter" width="209" caption="Emailed to my son who had a great week at school"][/caption]

There are some holiday themed ones in there, too. Many that have windows for you to add in pictures from your camera roll. So if you didn't get to send any cards out and still want to send a more creative greeting than a text that says "Happy Holidays", download Red Stamp and send a sweet note to your contacts. The app is free as are most of their card options. They do offer some design sets that you can purchase for a couple of dollars, if you want something even snazzier.

Oh, I almost forgot... they have a physical mailing option, too. It costs a little bit, but not very much for such a convenience. I haven't tried it out, but hope to soon.

If you check it out, leave me a comment to share your experience. And hey... send me a card, would ya? ;)