Small Business Holiday Greetings
The custom of sending greeting cards can be traced back to the ancient Chinese, who exchanged messages of good will for the new year, as noted by the Greeting Card Association. The early Egyptians shared greetings on papyrus scrolls. The first published Christmas cards appeared in London in 1843, when Sir Henry Cole hired the artist John Calcott Horsley to design a card that could be sent to friends.
Holiday cards for businesses should include:
- Logo and slogan or tagline
- Contact information
- Social media profiles
- Website address
Your greeting should be generic to avoid offending anyone’s beliefs but you do want to stand out in the pile of messages your customers and prospects receive. Ruff Haus Design has some advice on crafting holiday sentiments:
- Save time by ordering pre-printed cards. Standard greetings are okay, but sign cards and, if possible, address them by hand.
- Tailor your approach. You should spend more time adding a personal note for the best customers.
- Leverage email. It is acceptable to send email greetings, although it is better to make the salutation specific to the person rather than “Dear Customer”.
Some examples of wording that businesses can use are as follows: