4 Reasons We Love Birthday Cards

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  • They’re personal – There are thousands upon thousands of different card designs to choose from. Do they adore teacup pigs? Do they have an obsession with motorcycles? Would they appreciate something funny, or something more serious? There is nothing better than picking up a card and knowing “This is the one, they’re going to love this!” Just like finding the perfect gift, finding the perfect card can be just as satisfying.
  • They’re thoughtful – If you are a business owner and you want to make your employees feel valued, a birthday card is an excellent way to do so. Taking the time to wish someone well on their special day shows that you care about your employees and their lives beyond work. Asking other employees to sign a birthday card is also a good way to foster better employee relations in the workplace.
  • They’re Sentimental –How often do you let people know what they really mean to you? Birthday cards are an excellent way to express how you really feel about someone. It is their special day, so there is no need to hold back – tell them about how much you appreciate them always being there for you, or how there is no one else you’d rather duo “Don’t Stop Believing” with at karaoke night. You can write something deep and heartfelt or include a couple of inside jokes while taking a stroll down memory lane.
  • They’re Lasting – Long after the confetti has settled and the gift cards have been spent, what will remain? The beloved birthday card! The same kind words that make someone feel special today will give that person the same feeling when they stumble upon the card years later. People never forget the way that you make them feel. Out of all of the gifts that you could choose to give someone, the birthday card is the one gift that will last forever.

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All companies want to put their best foot forward when sending Business Christmas Cards; the cards are chosen carefully, the best card stock, the best embossing and foil but if there are grammatical mistakes, all is ruined. Remember all of the times you receive an email or letter and the grammar is atrocious, your reaction is, “oh my, didn’t they read this before sending?” well proof reading also applies to Corporate Christmas Cards.
Here are five of the most common grammatical mistakes:

  • Season’s Greetings is correct not Seasons Greetings – use an apostrophe.
  • However, there is no apostrophe after a family’s last name for example, The Wards is correct The Ward’s is not.
  • Please write Happy New Year, not Happy New Year’s or Happy New Years, this even sounds wrong.
  • The word Christmas should always be capitalized, but the word merry should not be capitalized unless you are starting the line with the greeting “Merry Christmas.” If merry falls in the middle of a sentence, it should not be capitalized.
  • When writing a message in your Corporate Christmas Card please remember that it is correct to say “The Board of Directors and I wish you a…” not “The Board of Directors and me wish you a…”

Asking someone to proof read your Business Christmas Cards may seem silly but sending out the “wrong message” is even sillier.

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Brand The Holidays

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There is no place like home for the holidays. And why not make sure your company name and logo is in everyone’s home? Design Your Own holiday card and send it out to all your perspective clients, your employees and vendors. With a little in house graphical work you can really create something magical.

Your company name and logo is your identity. And let us face it Christmas is a magical time that everyone enjoys. Why not meld the two together this season and not only get good will out there…get YOU out there. Another thing you can do is take a company picture. Maybe everyone wearing some Santa hats, maybe some elves mixed in. Slap a little “Happy Holidays from” your company and you have a whimsical card that will get you on the side of someone’s cubicle all season long.

Keep in mind there are many other ways to do this. You can do a card that has a regular “Christmasy” type image on the front with some text that has your company name on it as well. Either way works just fine. The key is do not forget to tell everyone happy holidays and do not forget to tell them who is saying it to them.

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Tips On Creating Teamwork Synergy In The Workplace

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Teamwork is definitely the best work! Sometimes getting a team to come together regularly can be difficult with everyone’s conflicting schedules. Here are some tips on creating teamwork synergy in the workplace.

Set a time

Make sure there is a regular scheduled meeting time for the team to meet, and stick to this time. Very often, many teams set up the time but after a month or two, people start missing meetings or in general folks become lazy. A team can better stick to a set time if there is something to look forward to in the meeting. Perhaps host a giveaway or have some other incentive for being on time to the meeting and attending? Think outside the box a bit here.

Meet In person

Sometimes folks’ have to dial in if they are working from home. That’s OK, but what I think is not OK to people to conference in when they can just be in attendance. I’ve found that face to face conversations are the most productive conversations.

Everyone should bring something to the table

This should be established before teamwork is started. Set goals and assign specific tasks to individuals. Outside of one’s own tasks, make sure that everyone works on other aspect of a project or goal. This way, everyone is involved and synergy is flowing. Brainstorm together and help one another. Listening is a big part of this process.

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The Handshake & Business Card Move

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Are you a business owner, employer or someone in need of new clientele? Do you ever wonder how you can get your name out there? Now think about how many people you’ve shook hands with. All of those people should and could be walking around with your name and business card in their pockets or wallets. You need to promote your business to get business.

One way to become an expert business man or woman is by becoming an expert at the handshake and business card move. It’s time to get stocked on some business cards and start shaking some hands.

First things first, make your business cards pop. Create an eye-catching card so that people don’t instantly throw it away. Choose or build a design that would make people want to hold on to it. Advertisements and billboards are stuck in one place where people pass by without even glancing at them. Make your audience stare and study your business card and take it everywhere they go.

Now that you have your business cards prepared, be confident in handing them out. Approach a promising looking young man or woman and introduce yourself with a handshake. Build up a small conversation and mention what your line of work is. Convince them that one day they may need your expertise and hand over your business card. Be warm and friendly so that they will want to keep your card on hand.
Every person you hand off your business card to is a potential client/customer and a potential promoter of your business. They can take your name everywhere they go and hand over your business card for you to their friends and family.

Once you get the handshake and business card move down, the business cards do the work for you.

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Nothing is more joyful than welcoming a new baby into the family – and that includes the work family. Whether it’s a beloved employee or valued client, customer or colleague, a new baby is cause for celebration. The Gallery Collection has many beautiful Baby Congratulations cards to choose from to welcome that new bundle of joy. Here are a few of my favorites.

Baby Feet Congrats Card features a stunning photo of tiny toes peeking from a whisper-soft blanket, all gently tucked into the shape of a heart. This is one of my favorite cards and is sure bring on the smiles.

Another favorite is Colorful Baby Congrats, with BABY spelled out in soft colors, painted stripes and polka dots. It’s simple and a little whimsical and offers your congratulations with charm and fun.

Congrats Mobile is a lighthearted card featuring a trio of the cutest sheep you’ll ever see, all playing among the stars. It’s a bright, sweet card, wishing congrats and hinting at pleasant dreams.

Precious Footprints New Baby Card has a classic look, featuring a pair of tiny, gold foil footprints on a blue and pink-wrapped package. What better way to congratulate the new parents on their precious gift than with this timeless, gender-neutral card.

Another traditionally styled card, Baby Congrats Greeting Card hits the mark beautifully with color-washed pastels, playful blocks spelling out BABY, a multitude of stars and an enthusiastic ‘Congratulations’!

In a work environment it may be challenging to find the right way to celebrate something as personal as welcoming a new baby, but you can’t miss with any of the thoughtfully designed Baby Congratulations cards from the Gallery Collection.

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Why Your Office Needs All-Occasion Assortment Boxes

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The workplace can sometimes be a not-so-personal place. Do you know your co-workers’ last names, where they live, or even their birthdays? Last minute occasions seem to pop-up all too often in the office. Be sure to keep an all-occasion assortment box of greeting cards on hand. Here are a few instances that might happen spur of the moment in your office:
The last minute birthday: Discussing birthdays with your co-workers does not seem like a common conversation to have. Because of this, birthdays seem to pop up last minute all the time. On this instance, head over to the all-occasion assortment box and pick out an appropriate birthday card to have the office sign.
A sudden tragic event: There is no predicting when something tragic happens. A sympathy card can really help out in an instance like this one. Have the office send their condolences using a sympathy card from the assortment box.

A surprise anniversary: Just like birthdays, anniversaries are not something commonly known until the day of. Offer your congratulations through an anniversary card!
A case of the common cold: You have noticed that one of your co-workers has not shown up today, and later find out that they have come down with a cold. Send out a Get Well card or a Fine Note card where the office can write their own personal message.

With the all-occasion assortment box, your office will never miss any of the important occasions that pop up unannounced.

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Presentation Folders, sometimes referred to as Pocket Folders, are not only functional but they give companies an opportunity to stand apart from their competition.

Simple in concept but very powerful in the impact a quality folder can provide. Quality is key. When shopping for presentation folders you should consider the following:

  • Weight of the paper – A flimsy feeling to the paper will create a subtle yet negative impression of your business. Exactly the opposite of what you trying to create! Look for at least 100lb paper with a smooth or linen finish.
  • Printing vs Foil Stamping – Printed folders are everywhere. Why not consider standing out with having your folder stamped in a rich foil that showcases your logo.
  • Minimum Quantities – If you are trying out a company for the first time, you may want to place a smaller order to ensure you are satisfied with the quality before placing a larger one.
  • Pockets and Business Cards Slits – Think carefully about the intended use for the folder and make sure to choose one that meets your needs. Are you planning to include a business card? Materials that go in 2 pockets? These are the things you will need to think about prior to placing your order.
  • Information – Folders today can convey a lot of important information that is easy for your customers to reference by printing on the front, back and even the pockets of your folders. Consider printing things like your company name, slogan, hours of operations, address, important phone numbers and URL just to name a few!

Remember, you may only get one chance to make a positive impression on your clients. A quality foil stamped pocket folder with attention to detail can set you apart from your competitors. Don’t miss out!

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The Best Time To Mail Your Christmas Cards

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Christmas cards are an essential part of getting the full Christmas experience. Unlike gifts under the tree, cards are not only relevant on Christmas day but are also part of the buildup and excitement for the Christmas Season. Receiving lovely cards from our relatives, friends, and loved ones always is a welcoming surprise in the mail. So rightly, you want to send some nice cards back their way. The Gallery Collection has so many different designs to choose from including the Ornamental Ornament Christmas Card that features a beautiful photo of an ornament on the front. The Wintergreen Christmas Card, for the businesses out there sending holiday cards, is a heartwarming simple card that shows you care. Knowing when to send them out so they can be received on time for the full effect is crucial for anyone, maybe even more for businesses.

A good rule of thumb for delivery dates is any time after Thanksgiving but preferably within the first ten days of December. This way even if there are any problems with the postal service, like mail getting lost or mixed up,etc. you’ve sent it out early enough to avoid being late. Of course this all depends on where you are sending them and taking that into consideration by researching shipping times for that address. If the shipping time for example is 3 weeks or over, giving a 5-7 day buffer with delivery is a good countermeasure to take to ensure delivery on time. Here’s hoping you all send and receive your lovely Christmas cards from The Galley Collection this holiday season and Merry Christmas!

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