7 Innovative Ways to Thank Your Client during the Holidays
There’s nothing like thanking someone to make them want to be nice to you. It’s positive feedback, just like Pavlov would have used and works on anyone and everyone, including your clients. Saying thank you for their work, time and effort, during the holiday season is a great way to leave a good impression on them to ensure you are remembered when it comes time to hire someone in the new year.
And not only will it leave a good mark, but saying thank you is a great opportunity for giving your clients notice about when you’ll be closed for business, any specials you might have and when you’ll be back at work. With 2007 fast fading into the rear view mirror, it’s time to think about ways you can say thank you to your clients. Here are seven innovative ideas you might like to try:
1. Buy a Sheep … on Their Behalf
Do something good for the world on your client’s behalf and purchase something from Oxfam’s Unwrapped service. You can pay to have a poor farmer’s land irrigated, buy books for school children or invest in a fair trade coffee coop. Last year Cyan and I bought cows on behalf of our clients and named them after major projects we’d worked on. It was amusing, heart warming and something that gets your clients talking and mentioning your name at every christmas and new year party they go to.
2. Print some Custom Tshirts
Thanks to services like Cafepress, you can print out custom tees, hats, cups and all sorts of things for your clients. Add your brand or even better, add something quirky, clever or personable like a phrase (“Best Client Ever”, “I Give Great Briefs” …) and even if your client never wears it, they’ll appreciate the thought, the effort and the uniqueness.
3. Print some Postcards
Customized postcards make a great way to say thank you and happy holidays and with Cyan’s list of Six Clever Postcard Promotion Ideas you can easily use a service like Moo and some photos from Flickr or iStock to print out some gorgeous cards even if design isn’t in your skillset.
4. JibJab Them!
If you haven’t seen JibJab yet, it’s a highly amusing way to send an eCard. You paste someone’s head – yours, your client’s, your client’s boss’ – into a card and send them the ensuing animation.
5. Photoshop your Client into a Famous Movie Poster and Mail it to Them
Have some l33t photoshop skills? Just grab a photo of your client and photoshop them into a famous movie poster, alter the name to something humerous and email it to them with a holiday message. For a photographer I know – Marmaras Shoots, I once photoshopped his head into a Matrix poster and retitled it to the Marmartrix, which got a good response. It takes a little effort, but done with someone who appreciates a laugh will be worth the time.
6. Give a Laptop to a Child, Get a Laptop
The one laptop per child project has now officially launched and for $399 you’ll send a laptop to a needy child as well as one to your client’s less-needy child! The laptops are pretty cool, have everything from a web browser to an RSS reader and they run on Linux. The project has to be one of the most innovative charities I’ve seen in a long time.
7. Get an Engraved Item from Amazon … like a Silver Plated Yoyo
When it comes to gifts, even the most common place item is made extra cool with some customization. Amazon stocks products that come with a free engraving including a Engraved Silver Plated Yoyo for $14.95 or a Variety of Other Products.
Whatever you choose, make sure to include a message that thanks them for everything thats happened during the year, wishes them a great holiday season and is genuine and heart-felt. Remember you reap what you sew. Preparing now will help you in the new year.