When birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays come around, many of us feel inclined to send a card to our friends and family. But we are then faced with an important decision: paper card via snail mail or eCard. Traditionalists swear by hand-written and/or homemade cards, but over the past decade, with advances in technology and new expectations of convenience, eCards have become increasingly popular. However, not everyone is so quick to choose the eCard route. Sending an online birthday or Christmas card often seems, at best, impersonal, and at worst, lazy. So how do we remedy these negative associations and continue enjoying the convenience of eCards? Follow these 7 tips to create personal, special eCards.
1) Include inside-jokes and funny anecdotes.
Remember your best friend’s last birthday when she walked into the bar with her skirt tucked into her underwear? Yeah, she does too. Wish her a happy birthday this year with a reminder of that night.
2) Use lots of personal pictures.
No one likes to look at a boring, monochromatic card. This holds true for eCards too. Make sure to use your own, high-quality photos to create a personal affect.
3) Try a group eCard.
Instead of sending your mom an eCard just from you, invite your siblings, aunts, and uncles to contribute to a joint card. She’ll appreciate the coordinated effort (easy as it may be) and will certainly feel loved. Obviously we’re biased at here at Kudoboard, but we think using our site makes the process super easy. So easy, in fact, that Kudoboard will allow even your Uncle Jerry to upload those weird YouTube videos he likes so much.
4) Tell the recipient why you appreciate him or her.
Everyone likes to hear how great they are, so spread the joy and let your friend/dad/girlfriend etc know why he/she matters.
5) Colors. Use them.
Nothing’s more appealing to the eye than a rainbow of vivid colors. Creating a bright, creative card will ensure that you capture your recipient’s attention.
6) Post meaningful/funny quotes.
Miss the sentimentality of paper cards and their gushy sayings? Pick a meaningful quote or two to up your emotional impact.
7) Schedule a timely delivery
Are you a little disorganized? Do you always end up scrambling to mail a card so it will arrive on time? Use Kudoboard’s calendar to pick a delivery date months in advance so you can create an eCard early and avoid the last-minute worrying.