Let's start a movement

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"A gift from us!"

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Innkeepers, if you already have them, share them, post them online and blog it! Goprint.com and Staples.com are good resources for postcards in smaller denominations, like 250. 

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I had postcards in the rooms for the guests and told folks that I would post them.  And, sadly, there weren't many takers.  BUT, I didn't blog about it...that is a brilliant idea!  I love getting mail from friends in my mailbox that I can hold.  I recently sent flowers to a friend and got a "thank you" text.  I must say that was pretty disappointing....

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I still have your postcard on my bulletin board!

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Awwww....I'll never forget how you watched the dogwoods bloom here that March.  They were late this year...just bloomed this week! 

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Another great idea from JB!

 

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Got mine ordered!  Thanks again for posting.

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If everyone had a post card of some sort I could make a mock up header for innteractive inns. Just sayin'...or I can wait til next time to attempt it. Smiling

and WOULD YOU BELIEVE I just got this: 26 Ways to Use Visuals in Your Social Media Marketing  (see #3, but see all of them of course!)

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/26-tips-visual-social-media-marketing-strategy/ I am going to put this on its own, we should have to PAY FOR ADVICE THIS GOOD. Seriously, this is SUPER VALUABLE. 

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Joey Bloggs wrote:

and WOULD YOU BELIEVE I just got this: 26 Ways to Use Visuals in Your Social Media Marketing  (see #3, but see all of them of course!)

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/26-tips-visual-social-media-marketing-strategy/ I am going to put this on its own, we should have to PAY FOR ADVICE THIS GOOD. Seriously, this is SUPER VALUABLE. 

These are GREAT! Thanks for sharing!

A couple of things came to mind:

#1 I keep forgetting to add text to images. Need to kick myself.

#7 Why would anybody follow Coca cola or Oreo on Facebook? Who on earth has time for that?

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ing with it I did this several years ago with the recipe for Walnut Oatmeal Pancakes on the back and addressable. Just another idea for your postcards. I used postcards as stuffers for goodie bags with discount offers also. I did one for a Trike Rally using a photo of some guests with their trike and trailer they were pulling in our yard as they were getting ready to take off. They were thrilled that I used it.

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I like that idea - having a recipe on the back. 

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we have a rack in reception with our picture postcards in - sign says help yourself! i want people to post our marketing to other people! they are paying for my stamp to send my marketing to people who have never heard of us! is there anything better? plus the postcards were super cheap!

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Here in the UK Vistaprint frequently do free offers where you just pay the postage. I ordered some postcards just before Christmas as I was very impressed with the quality.

Will definately get some more printed for guests this season.

 

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We were just talking about this last night.  The Chamber has two styles of postcards that they make for people to take.  We were thinking of sending them as thank you postcards, but we should encourage guests to send them to loved ones.  It doesn't have our Inn name printed on it, but we can put a nice sticker on the back with our name on it.

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K9 wrote:

We were just talking about this last night.  The Chamber has two styles of postcards that they make for people to take.  We were thinking of sending them as thank you postcards, but we should encourage guests to send them to loved ones.  It doesn't have our Inn name printed on it, but we can put a nice sticker on the back with our name on it.

AMEN!

It is another way to personally reach out to the guests. I love that. I think it is really sweet. Other than innmates here on the forum, and I will state this again, sorry to be a broken record, but...I have never ever received a thank you from a B&B. I have stayed at plenty and you almost feel like it was "only for the money" that they had you there after you left. Knowhutimean?

Let's show a little hospitality, a local card with other places etc on it is way cool too! Wish we had some here, but they might just say "Go away!" on them. haha (as I just mentioned)

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Love this.  DH wanted to do this last year, will def get it going this year.  Thanks for posting this.  I am one of the dread the mail people...

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And I STILL get excited when I get something personal in the mail... like the day I got THIS card from JB... it made my day!

It is such a rare occasion these days for a guest to ask us where the PO is or ask if we could mail postcards for them.  It will be interesting to find out how many will take the time to address one and send it out.   What a great way to advertise - word of mouth with a little help!  

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copperhead wrote:

And I STILL get excited when I get something personal in the mail... like the day I got THIS card from JB... it made my day!

It is such a rare occasion these days for a guest to ask us where the PO is or ask if we could mail postcards for them.  It will be interesting to find out how many will take the time to address one and send it out.   What a great way to advertise - word of mouth with a little help!  

No one needs to ask with this movement. We stamp them. We post them.

When I bought some postcards in NYC I had to wander all over Manhattan to find a place to mail them, we finally saw a postal truck and gave them to the postal worker to mail for us. I know, SHOULD BE EASY! We had a place IN THE HOTEL to mail them, but we were out, and not in the hotel and wanted them to ship out asap.

And actually this is not the card I put in the rooms, that is a welcome card, I write on it to the guest, this is one for them to send out! So it has the proper b&w back for mailing, plus some more about us (top left like a normal post card).

See in Australia the post delivers and does not pick up, so it would be more work to do this down under. Not sure about Canada. (?)

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Love it. A couple of months ago our state senator was telling me that if people want to get his attention these days, mail him a handwritten letter. He gets so many e-mails and form letters, they just don't stand out. But send him a handwritten letter and he'll read every word!

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