Archive for July, 2013

International Friendship Day

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Today is the International Day of Friendship, a day established by the United Nations 2011. The day evolved from the idea that by building friendships between people around the world, especially the young, people would be brought closer together and peace between different nations and communities would be more likely. Today, organisations and governments around the world will hold activities and events to try to contribute to this.

We think that this is a lovely sentiment and we hope that, on some level, our cards play a role in bringing friends together due to the fact that they can be sent around the world with the click of a mouse. Why not use this day as an opportunity to tell a dear friend that you are thinking about them – our note ecards, thinking of you’ ecards and wise words ecards are perfect to send ‘just because’.

If you are doing something special to mark International Friendship Day then please feel free to comment below this post, email us at katie@katiescards.com, tweet us or Facebook us. We would love to hear from you!

Are you a procrastinator?

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Do you have a tendency to put things off until the last possible moment? Then this quote from Mark Twain is for you…

Mark Twain Ecard

Mark Twain Ecard

I think we all have the tendency to procrastinate from time to time … but is that so bad? Mark Twain didn’t seem to think so! You can view this ecard both on the Katie’s Cards website or on our Wise Words Pinterest board.

 

Some ‘wise words’ from Mark Twain

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Bring a little cheer to someone’s day by sending them a card with this lovely quote from Mark Twain on it. We’ve been adding to our Wise Words ecard category over the past few weeks and we’re delighted by how many of you have been sending and ‘pinning’ them.

Mark Twain quote ecard

Mark Twain quote ecard

You can view and send this ecard here on the Katie’s Cards website and you can also view it here on Pinterest. Have you got a favourite inspirational quote that gets you through tough times? We would love to hear from you if so. Comment below this post, email us at info@katiescards.com, write on our Facebook wall or tweet us on Twitter.

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy, who is third in line to the throne. Royal baby madness seems to have swept the nation (and indeed the world!) over the past few days and the Katie’s Cards office has been no different!

New Baby Ecard

New Baby Ecard

Do you know anyone else who had a baby yesterday? If so, then we have a selection of beautiful ‘new baby’ ecards perfect for you to send to the proud parents. You can view the collection here on the Katie’s Cards website.

New Coco Chanel Ecard!

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

We’re delighted to announce that we have a new ecard on the Katie’s Cards website! Following on from the success of our Audrey Hepburn quotation ecard, we thought it would be great to add another wonderful female style icon into the mix. Coco Chanel is one of the most eminent fashion icons ever and so it was only right that her quotation was sketched in beautiful calligraphy that looks as though it has been hand-stiched.

Coco Chanel Ecard

Coco Chanel Ecard

You can find this ecard here on the Katie’s Cards website and you can also view it on our Wise Words Pinterest board.

Celebrate. Empower. Appreciate.

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Here are some final reasons that Ecard Mint company ecards can work for your business on a number of levels. Use them to:

CELEBRATE major holidays and festivals, key company milestones and successes, staff achievements.

EMPOWER staff to send ecards to their contacts, making cards relevant and meaningful.

ANNOUNCE new products and services, special offers and company news to partners and customers.

INVITE or remind event guests in an original and attention-grabbing way.

APPRECIATE staff and colleagues for a job well done.

THANK customers for their custom, members for their subscription renewal, or partners for their service.

Get Social

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

While most businesses now understand the value of a social media presence, many are still struggling to build their audience. Experts advise that the ‘social’ in social media is all-important and that businesses must leave the ‘hard sell’ approach for other media and focus on what they can give their audience, such as interesting snippets or useful hints and tips.

Twitter Icon

Add social media buttons to your company ecards and allow your contacts to become Facebook fans and Twitter followers. If you’ve just delighted and entertained them with an ecard, this could be the perfect moment to inspire them to continue their connection with you … Head over to Ecard Mint to find out more.

Measurable Marketing

Friday, July 19th, 2013

One of the main benefits of using one of our business ecards to send your company’s greetings is that they double as a marketing tool. What’s more, you can easily access analytics about how many people your ecard reached and how they interacted with the information inside it.

Ecards are, therefore, much more than a simple greeting. They are an interactive marketing tool with measurable results that give you a clear indication of your return on investment. If you’d like to talk further about the potential uses of company ecards for your business, then please do not hesitate to get in touch by commenting below this post, emailing us at info@katiescards.com or telephoning us on 020 8274 2069.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Many of our previous corporate customers have used our ecards to demonstrate the social and ethical values held by their company. Sending Christmas communications via ecard can drastically cut costs and many companies choose to use this as an opportunity to state that they have made a donation to their favourite charity with their savings. Alternatively, if you have a specific charity you are raising money for, we can add a ‘donate’ button to your ecard so that recipients can choose to donate if they wish.

This is an effective way of demonstrating that you are a good corporate citizen to your clients and business partners and giving back to the local community. If you’d like to talk further about these options with a member of our team, then don’t hesitate to get in touch either via email at info@katiescards.com or via telephone on 020 8274 5129.

Going green

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

One of the main benefits of sending company ecards is that they are the perfect way to demonstrate your corporate environmental responsibility. No resources are needed to make our company ecards and they do not need to travel by air, land or sea to be delivered. Therefore, they avoid excess fuel consumption and decrease your carbon footprint. Additionally, many offices are now choosing to go ‘paperless’ and sending ecards is a way of helping to achieve this.

Having a comprehensive environmental policy has become central to the way in which many companies are run and by sending ecards you are both helping the environment and are also making your customers and business partners aware of your green ethos.

To Christmas and beyond

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

One of the main reasons that we have decided to re-launch our company ecard service is so that we can provide a service that you can use all year round, not just at Christmas. Though we expect the winter holiday season to remain our busiest time, we hope that our customers will take advantage of our other company ecard categories too which will be available on the Ecard Mint website:

  • Birthday Ecards – Our new birthday ecard tool allows you to surprise your customers and employees with a personalised message on their birthday. We have a range of static and animated ecards for you to choose from and all can be adapted to include your company web address, logo and social media buttons. You can also schedule your birthday ecards to be sent at a pre-defined date: simply add the names and birth dates of your contacts into the online address book and voilà, you never have to worry about missing someone’s birthday again.
  • Thank You Ecards – Sending thank you ecards can help you retain loyal customers, make your employees feel valued and can help you build strong relationships with business partners. Because of the timely nature of ecards, you can send a thank you ecard soon after the event. Has an employee done an outstanding piece of work? Then why not show them that you recognise their hard work that same afternoon.
  • Hanukkah Ecards – We have a growing collection of Hanukkah ecards that you can customise to send to your employees and contacts to send your best wishes. Simply choose an animated or non-animated ecard and customise it to include your website, logo and a personal message.
  • New Year Ecards – The start of the year is the perfect time to re-connect with old contacts and to start making new ones. By sending one of our ‘happy new year’ ecards, you can do just that.
  • Event and Invitation Ecards – Holding a company event soon? Want to impress your guests? Then why not adapt one of our fabulous invitation ecards. Give your guests important information about the time and venue but also use it as a taste of what’s to come by adding some music to your ecard.

As with all our cards, if you don’t find anything suitable then get in touch and we’ll be happy to design a bespoke ecard with you. Feel free to comment on this post or email us at info@katiescards.com for further information.

Introducing … Ecard Mint

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Though Christmas feels very far away at the moment, here at Katie’s Cards we’re already preparing for the festive season. The December holiday season is our busiest time of year as we help companies around the world design and create business ecards that reflect their brand and allow them to connect with their customers, clients and employees. Last year was the busiest year yet for our company ecards and so we have decided that it’s time iron out any creases and improve the service that we can offer to big and small corporations alike.

Consequently, later this year we will be launching Ecard Mint – a more sophisticated, more flexible, more advanced website for our company ecards. Though the site isn’t fully up and running yet, we thought you might want to take a look at it … www.ecardmint.com.

Over the next seven days we will be using the Katie’s Cards blog to explain the main reasons why company ecards could work for you and your business. If you have any further queries about our company ecard service then please do not hesitate to get in touch by either commenting below this post or emailing us at info@katiescards.com.

Joyeux Quatorze Juillet!

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Today, Bastille Day will be celebrated in France and we would like to take this opportunity to wish the French a ‘Bonne fête’. The day begins with the largest and oldest military parade in Europe making its way down the Champs-Élysées, Paris. Other celebrations involve dances, huge fireworks displays and celebratory picnics.

Paris Fireworks

Paris Fireworks

If you’re celebrating today, we’d love to know how. Bonne fête!

Around the world in fifty weddings

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Here at Katie’s Cards, we’re enjoying the fact that wedding season is in full swing and our Facebook feed is constantly full of pictures of happy brides and grooms. Newlyweds Alex Pelling and Lisa Gant are, however, taking the meaning of ‘wedding season’ to a whole new level. The couple have, so far, had 34 weddings in 20 countries around the world! Though they don’t get legally married in each country, they are using the trip to experience the wedding ceremonies of different cultures.

'Save the Date' ecard

‘Save the Date’ ecard

So far, they have had weddings in the UK, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii and Peru (to name but a few)… and they’re only just getting started. To read their full story, simply click here. If you’re planning a wedding then take a look at our Save the Date ecards for a cost-effective, unique, environmentally-friendly way to let your guests know when you’re big day is taking place.

Eco-friendly Weddings

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

A while ago a member of our marketing team, Amy, wrote a guest post on the wonderful Dotty Vintage Wedding blog in which she discussed some of the ways one can make their wedding eco-friendly without breaking the bank. From creating homemade favours, to choosing seasonal and local flowers to, of course, sending electronic ‘save the date’ cards instead of printed ones, there are lots of fun and creative ways in which one can have a wedding which (literally) won’t cost the earth.

Vintage 'save the date' ecard

Vintage ‘Save the Date’ Ecard

Since wedding season is now in full swing, we would love to hear from you if you are having a wedding with a ‘green’ conscience this summer. If you’d like to get in touch, you can comment beneath this post, email us at info@katiescards.com, tweet us or Facebook us.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the RHS brings you… ugly flowers

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Here at Katie’s Cards, we generally love all things floral. From big blooming bouquets to the subtle scent of an English rose, we are constantly pinning floral images on Pinterest,  using flowers as inspiration for our ecards and filling the office with daffodils and other hand-picked treats. Recently, however, the lovely people at the RHS conducted a poll of the ugliest plant species they could find and the results are, well, peculiar.

gardening ecard

Our more aesthetically pleasing floral ecard

From the rafflesia arnoldii – famous for emitting the smell of rotting flesh (!) – to the raoulia eximia from New Zealand which looks like a grazing sheep from a distance, you can view all the weird and the wonderful contenders here on the Interflora blog.

Pinterest News!

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Since April, we have been creating ‘wise words’ ecards and we’ve been delighted with how well they have been received. Our wise words are simply designed static images which feature inspirational quotations from eminent individuals such as Thoreau, Elison and Aristotle.

Audrey Hepburn E Card

Audrey Hepburn E Card

We had started to see more and more images featuring quotations across the internet, particularly on Pinterest, and so we decided to make some of our own: the response couldn’t have been better! Our Audrey Hepburn quote ecard (pictured above) has proved to be the most popular so far and has been shared 43 times on Pinterest! To view the rest of the Wise Words collection, simply click here.

New George Eliot Ecard

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Recently, we’ve been adding more ecards to our Wise Words collection. This George Eliot ecard is one of the newest additions. Eliot was a female author who used a male pen name in the hope that her work would be taken seriously and she wrote a number of successful novels in the late 1800s including the classic, Middlemarch.

George Eliot Ecard

George Eliot Ecard

You can find this ecard here on the Katie’s Cards website and can also find it on our ‘Wise Words’ Pinterest board.

It’s only two days until Ramadan begins

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

It’s only two days until the Islamic festival of Ramadan. Why not send one of Katie’s Cards Ramadan e cards to your family and friends to mark this special time? Muslims across the world will mark Ramadan, which is the fourth of the five pillars of Islam, by fasting, praying more and reading the Qur’an.

Ramadan Ecard

Ramadan Ecard

To view our full collection of Ramadan e cards on the Katie’s Cards website, click here.

It’s six months until Christmas!

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Here at Katie’s Cards, whilst everyone else is thinking about barbecues, sunshine and spending the evenings dining al fresco, our minds have already turned to Christmas! It won’t be long until the Katie’s Cards office is filled with the sounds of Christmas music (as we start to make some new festive ecards) and we’re starting to get inspired by all things ‘Christmas.’

If you’re feeling like getting into the Christmas spirit then contact us today about designing your company Christmas ecard. We would love to work with you to design a bespoke ecard that reflects your company’s product, brand and ethos and the more time we have to do it, the better. Though we aim to keep to a short lead time, even during the busy Christmas months, why not get the (snow)ball rolling now and lessen the stress during the busy Christmas months?

Alternatively, you can simply adapt one of our existing company Christmas ecards to include your logo, personal message and website address and can schedule it to be sent at a date closer to Christmas – no last minute scrambles to get together address lists, no panics about your cards arriving on time and the potential for your Christmas message to go viral.

If you’d like some more information then you can either visit our website, or you can give the Katie’s Cards office a call on 020 8274 2069. We would love to hear from you!