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June 18th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Personalized Mobile Greeting Cards with Cleverbug

Somewhere between sending a $5 paper card (plus postage) and wishing your friend or loved one Happy Birthday via Facebook post, lies a better way.

As much as we would like to be thoughtful and personal and send a hand signed greeting card through the mail, many of us fall a little short on the planning and execution, and end up doing the Facebook post the day of the event. You can’t beat the price, but it’s a little cheesy for people you should make an effort for.

For that somewhere in between, there is Cleverbug. This app, by linking to your Facebook account (which you must do for it to work), allows you to send a personalized greeting card to your Facebook friends, using a photo from their page, and a greeting that you create using the app.

Cleverbug matches attributes of the recipient, i.e. male/female, friend/family, etc. and give you a selection of appropriate card designs. Add your personal touch and the end result is a unique card, delivered to them by mail.

Each card costs $2.99 but can be sent anywhere in the world. You have the option to let Cleverbug send the card or they will send it to you to mail yourself.

With your customized message, and the recipient’s photo, the result is actually more personal than a store bought card, and cheaper too. Cleverbug does the printing and mailing for you, saving you the trip to the store and the post office. A pretty convenient combination of technology with a very personal touch.

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

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September 6th, 2011 at 5:00 am

Elegant Greetings with Paperless Post

Don’t you just love the conveniences that the internet brings? I mean, how did we live before social networking, online shopping, electronic bill paying, email, and news surfing?

Well when it came to communicating, we did a lot of things in long hand, like sending greeting cards. Then we started communicating online. These days, I rely so much on the internet for so many things that used to require snail mail that I know I’m personally contributing to the demise of the postal system as well as the greeting card business.

My mom was, and some of my sisters are so good at sending cards and notes in the mail. I didn’t get that gene. I count on my gmail calendar to remind me of important dates, and because if it, I hardly ever forget a birthday. It’s just that I don’t often get to card stores and am usually too late to get them in the mail and delivered on time. (Not to mention the cost of the cards – does anyone else find them ridiculously expensive??) So ecards are a great solution for me, especially in a pinch.

There are different options available. Hallmark, AmericanGreetings, Bluemountain and Someecards are just a few. I’ve found though that sometimes the card options they offer just don’t have the right look and feel for my personality. I like funny, not goofy, smart, not sappy, witty, not mean or overly sarcastic. So it’s sometimes a challenge to find just the right card and you can’t always edit the card message itself.

So I was delighted to find paperlesspost.com. This website provides beautiful stationary with customization tools that enable you to create lovely greetings and notes. I’ve recently sent a get well card as well as a birthday card and was very pleased with how they looked. You have font choices so you can customize the greeting to not only say what you want, but also use the appropriate typeface. It even offers an envelope option, with gorgeous liner options to make the entire experience feel more like the real thing. It’s as close as you can get to a handwritten card, without having to actually write and stamp the envelope.

I don’t know about you but after all these years of typing just about everything, my handwriting has become embarrassingly awkward and it seems like I can’t even write the simplest greeting without making a mistake. Scratching out a misspelling or the wrong word is just so tacky.

Thank you Paperless Post, for giving me an elegant option for my email greetings. When you join, the first 25 stamps are free but the cost for stamps (for sending) and coins (for customizing) are very reasonable and between the savings on the cards as well as the postage, the subscription pays for itself very quickly.

There are tracking options and your cards are saved in your account so you have a history of sent and received cards. You can also print them if you want to save a hardcopy. I’m a fan.

You can also find Paula on LinkedInFacebook and Twitter @techsmart319. Feel free to reach out if you have questions.

 

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