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Holiday Card Advice: What NOT To Do

November 21, 2016

Whether you are looking to send out a paper card, e-card, gift, or another holiday greeting, it’s important to stand out of the crowd.   However, be aware that not all ‘stand-out’ options will give you or your business the kind of attention you hoped for.  From our team to yours, here are a few notable things to avoid while putting together your personal or office holiday greetings.



Auto-playing music (loudly or difficult to mute)


If you would like to add music to give ambiance to your e-greeting, we recommend music playing softly, and have a easily visible mute or pause button



Non-work-friendly images/content (political, religious, sexual)


Although this is a pretty well-known rule, there always seems to be a few that go a little overboard.  What may be funny to a particular person or generation may not go over so well with others.  Universally friendly humor, classy images, winter themes are always safe and can still be used in a unique way without alienating or offending recipients.



Obnoxious add-ins


Make sure any ‘bells and whistles’ have a purpose.  Interactive components can be a great success when applied correctly for your client or recipient base.



Overly used, generic, or tacky images

Have you seen 100 of this same card before?


Avoiding obnoxious and potentially-offensive material can sometimes feel limiting.  However, try not to fall into the trap of boring or overly-used cards.  Custom designs and unique ideas will make you or your business stand out.  Also, it shows thought and care in your greeting, which can stand out for a client that may receive 50 other generic cards.



Including unnecessary or unwanted gifts.

We’re looking at you, fruit cake and self-help books!


Sending gifts with your greeting? Food is always popular, but beware of allergies! Try to avoid nuts or other common allergens.  Usually chocolates, fruit, or nut-free pastries are safe.  Sending e-cards? Try including an exclusive discount for your product/service, or partner with another vendor to offer something great.



No glitter or glitter bombs…  I repeat, NO glitter bombs!


If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd, pop-up/interactive cards or metallic/bright papers will do the trick without making such a mess.



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Since a young age, Danielle has enjoyed working with a wide range of different people.  She has adapted this skill and passion into a career of working with clients to reach their goals.  She enjoys the opportunities and challenges that come with stepping out of her comfort zone to achieve something great.  Danielle is currently finishing her degree in Business Management at Cardinal Stritch University.

During the winter months, Danielle enjoys crafting, reading, and quality couch-time with her pets.  In the summer she is rarely indoors; between hiking, camping, renaissance festivals, and the dog park, sunscreen and water bottles are her constant companions.