105 Emails

Are you an email Thank You note sender? Here’s something to think about:

Words of wisdom from the New York Times…..
“Corporate employees receive and send an average of 105 emails per working day, many of which are unnecessary. The most productive and least stressed workers are those who don’t check their mailboxes regularly.” (From The Week)

How much attention will your email Thank You note get? Will you get lost in the crowd?

Yes, email thank you’s are quick and free. But if you are a business person wanting to enhance customer loyalty, quick and free will be perceived as quick and free.
Consider this:

• People see paper thank you notes as having the proper weight and respect. They show real intent and are much more personal. They have the power to create connections between people.

• People who appreciate etiquette will see the email thank you as rude and thoughtless. Paper notes have the ‘good breeding’ factor.

• Paper notes will have a much bigger impact, especially in the business environment, i.e. they get noticed. Most people get so many emails that they don’t really notice them as they fly by. The paper note is still considered more “professional”.

• All people do not live online.

We want speed and convenience and we need the personal impact. The real issue is how to say “Thank you” when it really matters. Thankfully, there is new technology that gives us both the convenience and the personal touch. There are now smartphone apps that allow us to create and mail a real paper note (not a postcard!) in less than a minute. The paper note is mailed with a first class stamp almost immediately. The most sophisticated app of the genre provides a variety of fonts, and best of all, lets you sign your card right on the phone. These are not thank you letters, but short expressions of gratitude, perfect for sales call and interview followups, gifts and even friendly catch-ups. This class of thank you notes definitely helps to end the email vs paper note dilemma, providing an even higher level of convenience than email while making it a personal experience for the receiver. Check out ThankYouPro on the iTunes AppStore.

Business Etiquette: 5 Rules That Matter Now

Etiquette matters in business. Saying “thank you” has great value. Check out this great article from INC. magazine.


A lesson in gratitude from the whale

..The Whale … If you read a recent front page story of the San Francisco Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso and a line tugging in her mouth. A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands (outside the Golden Gate )and radioed an environmental group for help.

Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her. They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her. When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently around as she was thanking them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.

May you, and all those you love, be so blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you. And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude. I pass this on to you, my friends, in the same spirit.

Do you have a favorite story of gratitude? Please share it with us.


Go Crazy for Valentine’s Day!

Looking for a quick, easy, fun way to say “Happy Valentine’s Day” to your friends, family and even your honey? ThankYouPro is a great way to design custom Valentine cards with your own special message. We print, stuff, stamp and mail the cards, so no trips to the store, no hunting for stamps or waiting in line at the post office! You can be creative, crazy or loving with your own designs or photos.

Did you know that you can get free photos from many websites such as Morguefiles.com that you can use for ThankYouPro cards? Here are a couple we have used – and you can use them as well! You can also purchase photos from many sites such as istockphoto.com and Dreamstime.com. Make this a really fun Valentine’s Day!