Category Archives: Ecard Designs

All the latest ecard designs and updates about our newest categories all available to view via the Ecard Mint blog.

Our New Turkey Breakout Christmas Ecard is Almost Here!

It’s that time of the year again.

Our new Turkey Breakout e-greeting is almost ready.

Following on from our series of Turkey Breakout Company Christmas Ecards, this new animated is in the final stage of production and will be added to the site in early November.

Our corporate Thanksgiving e-card category is also home to seasonal variants of the Turkey Breakout series for US customers to send to employees, clients and business partners to celebrate the start of holiday season.

This series of ecards follows two hapless turkeys as they attempt to escape the fate of a prime spot on the Christmas dinner table.

The narrative of this design differs slightly from previous incarnations as the story meets back up with the turkeys after a successful breakout attempt. But even as free range poultry, these two are walking disaster areas.

Here’s the story in a nutshell:

On the run, the turkeys spy a couple of penguins skating gracefully across a lake. Impressed, they each don a pair of skates and decide to imitate their avian counterparts – with calamitous consequences.

If you’re eager to see the completed product, look out for our announcement of the new card on the Ecard Mint blog with a link to the animation.

Until then, take a look at the following design previews to get an idea of how our latest Xmas e card for business will look:

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The painted wintry backdrop of our new Turkey Breakout Christmas Card

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Artist sketch of a frame from the animation – Turkey Breakout

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Spoiler Alert – The Final Frame of the Turkey Breakout Company E Card

Dancing Elves – New Christmas Ecard for your Business

Taking the lead from Santa’s little helpers, at Ecard Mint we’re already getting ready for the Christmas rush. But, whilst the elves are tinkering with toys in the workshop we’ve been busy in our studio devising new corporate e cards ahead of the festive season.

Wish Good ‘Elf to Your Colleagues and Clients

Our latest company Christmas ecard creation is a quirky animation involving a troop of dancing elves as they merrily jig to a jazzy rendition of Jingle Bells, whilst revealing multi-lingual holiday messages:

Email Marketing for International Companies

We often get requests from users of our bespoke business ecard service for festive email cards which include greetings in several languages.

This addition to our range of business Christmas e cards is designed to give our international companies another option to send to their global contact list – either by customising through our simple ‘Do It Yourself’ online service or requesting further adaptations through our bespoke ecard contact form.

For more help sending your organisation’s annual corporate email card ahead of the Christmas rush, call us on +44 (0) 208 977 1122 or email [email protected].

Preview Our Latest Christmas and New Year E Cards

It seems ridiculous to be talking about Christmas at the start of September, let alone New Year. But at Ecard Mint we spend quite a bit of our time in the months leading up to these big annual events creating and adding new designs to our catalogue to ensure that we have a great range for businesses to choose from.

And so, whilst they might not be needed until the end of this year or the start of the next, we’re always eager to show you the newest tools in our arsenal of corporate ecards.

Below are three of our latest company e greetings for Christmas and New Year which are simple but professional static email cards for companies looking for something uncomplicated but eye-catching to pass on their best wishes to employees and customers:

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‘Glitter Stars’ Festive Best Wishes – Corporate Ecard for Christmas

Gold Glitter Star design with 'Best Wishes for 2015' greeting. New Year E Card for Business

‘Glitter Stars’ Best Wishes New Year Business E Card

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‘Calligraphy’ Happy New Year Company E Card

Customising your card is really easy to do and don’t forget that our simple online service lets you upload your logo and add a personal message to your e-greeting.

You can also use these designs as a basis for creating a bespoke card with us. Get in contact using our enquiry form, email [email protected] or call +44 (0)208 977 1122.

Are These the Most Clichéd Business Buzzwords Ever?

The other day we came across an article on Mashable which we shared through our Twitter page. The piece was all to do with determining some possible candidates for ‘The 12 Most Overused Business Buzzwords.’

The article highlighted 12 of the most clichéd phrases as chosen by 12 successful business founders with explanations as to why they’re mostly redundant and always fairly ridiculous.

12 Most Overused Marketing Buzzwords

The top 12 were:

  1. “Hit the ground running”
  2. “Visionary”
  3. “Think outside the box”
  4. “Innovate”
  5. “Influencers”
  6. “Pivot”
  7. “Paradigm shift”
  8. “Engagement”
  9. “Value add”
  10. “Pre-revenue”
  11. “Growth hacking”
  12. “Game Changer”

Recognise any? We have to admit we’re familiar with the majority of these, but some we’ve not had the misfortune to experience – “Growth hacking”, for example, sounds very messy and something you should only do after consultation with your doctor.

Buzzword Banter with Business Babble Ecards

We’ve long been aware of the influence of buzzwords in the marketing world and how there’s been a sort of backlash against the sometimes meaningless jargon adopted in place of straight-talking, no-nonsense meeting room dialogue.

It’s exactly the reason why we developed a range of company e cards designed to gently poke fun at this ludicrous phenomenon within the business world.

Behold, the Business Babble ecard:

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One of four of our Business Babble ecards

We’re pretty fond of these designs and we think we know the reason why.

We could say it’s because they’re ‘game changers’ or that these email greeting cards are ‘really pushing the envelope’ — that they’re ‘innovative’ and ‘value add’ to businesses through ‘engagement’.

But the real reason we think they work so well is because most people in the marketing realm at some time or another have been subject to (and have cringed at the mention of) at least a few of the phrases used.

The example shown is just one of four ecards available in the Business Babble range. You can find all four, plus more funny corporate ecards, in our humour category.

Corporate Ecards – A Boost for Your Business

Introducing Motivational Ecards

We’ve all heard that saying, ‘a picture can say a thousand words.’ But we think the right words alongside the right image can help you to express yourself clearly and provide the edge your employees need to succeed.

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Inspirational ecard: ‘It Always Seems Impossible Until It’s Done,’ Nelson Mandela

Recently, we unveiled our Motivational ecards for business use.

These Motivational company e cards utilise inspirational quotes such as: ‘Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm – Winston Churchill.’

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Motivate your troops with this motivational ecard

The category also includes brief but pertinent words of wisdom, such as, ‘Everything is Possible’ and ‘Make it Happen’.

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Help them climb mountains with the Everything is Possible – Motivational Company Ecard

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Reach for the stars – ‘Retro’ Make It Happen Motivational Ecard

The retro designs either incorporate an image which represents the phrase (the motivational message ‘Stay Focused’, for example, is displayed below a pair of bespectacled eyes) or use a trendy chalkboard background and font.

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Send a Clear Message – ‘Retro’ Stay Focused Corporate Ecard

This category expansion is part of our ongoing strategy to diversify the range of cards we have on offer on our website, beyond the usual and business Birthday cards.

We think that ecards can be used for so much more than just your annual corporate Christmas e card or Birthday greeting.

Our new motivational designs, in particular, have the potential to increase productivity in the workplace – giving staff and employees that extra boost to morale to help them achieve their goals.

In addition to choosing ready-made designs which can be customised with a logo and a personal message on behalf of your company, organisations can commission a bespoke business ecard for any purpose.

New Employee Designs from Ecard Mint

We’re very pleased to announce the addition of two ecard designs to launch our new Employee category within the animated branch of Ecard Mint. 

The ‘Congratulations on Your Promotion’ animations have been developed from the static ‘Team’ category of business ecards. Starring illustrated office characters drawn in a retro style, alongside the relevant greetings messages, the static company employee ecards have been created in consideration of a variety of workplace occasions – such as welcoming new staff members on board or saying a fond farewell to employees on their retirement.

At Ecard Mint, we always try and make our designs as versatile as possible, which is why our new designs feature one female and one male option to offer a more representative ecard for the newly promoted recipient.

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New Animated Employee Ecards – Design Previews

The new company e cards show employees as they jump for joy beside the ‘Congratulations on Your Promotion’ message and dance to the upbeat music playing in the background.

The addition of the new employee ecard category in the animated section of the site is all part of our plan to offer a diverse range of email marketing communications suitable for both internal and external use.

We think that these designs, in both static and animated Employee categories provide a really valuable opportunity for small and medium sized businesses to acknowledge and show their appreciation to exceptional members of staff, to keep their morale high and to ensure that the best people feel valued and happy in their organisation.

They encourage celebration of the important landmarks of the team member’s career within their company and help build better relationships between the employer and employee.

We’re constantly developing our animated range to incorporate more of the versatile static categories for business use, which include Announcement, Invitation and Appreciation ecards – as well as the ever-popular business Christmas ecards and  corporate Birthday e cards.

Visitors to the site can preview and customise their chosen design before they sign up. Ecard Mint offer a ‘Pay As You Go’ payment option as well as Silver and Gold membership deals with discounts for users looking to send more than one ecard to employees, customers and clients.  

Sending Your First Ecard

Did You Know Ecard

Doing things for the first time is rarely easy. Doing them alongside the other twenty things you’re supposed to do before the end of the day is even harder.

As many people visiting the site might have concerns about sending their corporate e cards for the first time, we thought we’d take this opportunity to do a quick run-through of the process to help you on your way.

Follow these instructions in a separate window alongside your main browser to make the process even simpler.

Do I need an account?

First off we should say you don’t need an account to choose and customise an ecard. So feel free to have a play around and preview our designs without joining. If you fancy saving your design to edit at a later date, it’s free and quick to set up an account. All you need to do is go to the ‘My Account’ tab on the homepage and click the orange ‘Sign Up’ button.

Choose your ecard category

Our ecard designs are listed in categories related to special events or topics including Company Christmas ecards, Business Birthday Ecards as well as Moving and Thank You ecards. To find the appropriate greeting, go to the ‘Send an Ecard’ tab to the left of the Ecard Mint logo. Click it and a drop-down menu will appear. The categories are listed in two columns: static and animated. Click on the relevant category to begin browsing the designs.

Browse our range of ecards

Now for the fun bit! Click the green ‘View this Ecard’ button to preview as many cards as you like. Once the ecard you have chosen to view is displayed, you can click the grey ‘Back to Category’ button to go return or ‘Next’ to preview the designs one after another.

Customise your ecard

Once you’re satisfied that you found just the right ecard, click the orange ‘Customise this Ecard’ button beneath your chosen design. Here you can make the design your company’s own by uploading your logo, adding social buttons and a link to your website.

To add your own text to the greeting, click on the headline or personal message sections. Write your message and alter the text style, size, colour and position using the formatting options above.

When you click on the signature and logo boxes your file browser window will open, allowing you to find and select the files required.

Copy and paste your company web address into the box which appears when you ‘Click here to enter your website URL’.

Options for adding your social media accounts, the logo of your chosen charity if you’re making a donation, and to change your background colour can be found beneath with detailed instructions on how to add/change these features.

You can add to and edit as many or as little of these customisable options as you deem necessary for your greeting. To see how your finished design will appear to recipients, click on the green ‘Preview Ecard’ button at the bottom of the page.

Sign up or sign in

If you’ve already created an account with us, great! Here’s where you can sign in and continue through to the final stages of the process.

If you’re already signed in then you’ll completely miss out the sign in page.

If not, all you have to do here is add a few details: Your name, name of your company, email address, chosen password along with confirmation and country (to make sure payment appears in the right currency).

Once you’re signed in you can save your card for later or continue on to the next step.

Choose your mailing preferences

Now it’s time to choose your mailing preferences. When would you like your card to arrive? Do you want to send it? Or can we do that for you? You can also choose what the cover email will look like. If you’re sending the card yourself, the cover email will be created by you. If not, you can choose several options on the format and wording used when you send.

It’s at this stage that you can send a test email to make sure your card is just how you want it. This is sent free of charge, but the ecard will be watermarked.

Add your mailing list

Add your contacts one-by-one by adding your recipients name and email address to the table or import an existing mailing list. Simply save your current list as a .csv file and upload. Or you can download our free contacts list template which makes the process even easier – copy your list to this document and re-upload it to Ecard Mint.

Payment

You can either pay using a credit or debit card via Sage Pay or Paypal. Enter the details required, then click proceed.

Send your Ecard

Once your payment is processed your ecard is good to go! Monitor the performance of your email marketing communication by accessing Reports and Stats in your account to find out how many people have viewed it.

If you’re still having trouble, you can find more help topics and instructions here. Otherwise, please feel free to get in touch with us on +44 (0) 208 977 1122 or send us a query via our contact form.

Happy Sending!

 

Have Another Happy New Year

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Hot off the Ecard Mint Press comes the announcement that we’ll soon be adding a new ecard Chinese New Year category just in time for the vibrant and dynamic festival at the end of the month.

Share in the Celebration

Chinese New Year is such an important date in the Chinese calendar that we wanted to give our customers the opportunity to share in the celebrations with our static and animated company ecards. And China’s growth over the last decade has given businesses the incentive to pay more attention to what’s going on outside their own front door.

For example, you might be interested to know that on the world stage, China is the world’s fasting growing economy and overtook Japan in 2011 to become the second largest economy, leaving only America with a higher nominal gross domestic product (GDP). The country has also averaged an impressive yet consistent growth rate of 10% over the last 30 years.

Year of the Horse

In 2014, New Year falls on the 31 January and will mark the year of the horse in the Chinese zodiac. Festivities culminate in the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month.

Take a cheeky, sneaky peek at some of our new corporate e cards, below:

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Celebrate the Year of the Horse with Ecard Mint

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Chinese scroll design reads ‘Happy New Year’ in Cantonese

On top of our most popular categories, corporate Christmas e cards and Business Birthday cards, we’re constantly developing our range to provide more choice for a diverse global marketplace. Our goal is to give our customers the chance to cement good business relationships by sharing in the traditions and customs of international clients and partners.

So you can rely on the fact that in the next year will be investing more time in creating an even greater selection of ecards to incorporate and celebrate with even wider range of cultures and holidays.

Ecards as your key marketing strategy this Christmas

With Christmas comes the intrinsic nature of giving. This makes the seasonal period a hugely significant time for businesses and companies to connect and engage with employees, customers and stakeholders whilst efficiently marketing their business. Connecting, engaging and marketing all have a huge progressive impact on your business whilst your investment in sending ecards this Christmas, and the rest of the year, offers the potential to yield high returns. A simple, cost effective and timely way of achieving this is through use of ecards. With this is mind, we decided to highlight the ways ecards promote success in these areas;

The ability to boost customer loyalty

By sending ecards to customers this Christmas, you are offering a personal engagement and connection with the recipient whilst reinforcing your brand. This is met with appreciation and loyalty which can result in an increase the number of repeat purchases and/or subscription renewals.

Help build and maintain strong relationships

To build and maintain strong relationships between customers, stakeholders and staff is a fundamental necessity of any business, particularly small businesses. It has a significant impact on the success of a business due to a number of advantages. It builds trust and loyalty and can promote repeat purchases and subscription renewals within customers.

Increasing workplace motivation

Benefits to heightened workplace motivation include increased productivity, high quality of work, a persistent and creative drive and a stability of your work force, which is very important to your company reputation. Acknowledgement and recognition of staff as individuals and appreciating the hard work they do is met with increased workplace motivation. By sending an ecard to your staff this Christmas, you’re not only showing you care but giving recognition and appreciation.

Heighten brand awareness

Ecards are transported electronically and it is there electronic nature that allows them to provide a much fuller experience for the recipient than traditional greeting cards. With creative animations, custom made options and audio providing a memorable and engaging user experience, your customers and clients will associate the memorable experience with your brand. This reiterates your branding and creates lasting, heightened brand awareness.

Fundamentally, there is a huge potential in the use of ecards to businesses over the seasonal period. So with this is mind, we thought we’d give you a couple of previews of our Christmas ecards that will be available when the website launches.

Merry Christmas Ecard Mint Preview

Merry Christmas Ecard Mint Preview

Season's Greetings Ecard Mint Preview

Season’s Greetings Ecard Mint Preview

 

Ecard Mint Happy Birthday Ecard Preview

Sending birthday cards to staff, customers or business affiliates gives businesses an opportunity to acknowledge and engage with the recipient. This is beneficial in increasing morale and motivation through recognition, just one of many ways Ecard Mint can advantage you. Below are our Happy Birthday e card’s from the bare bones to the finalised design.

Ecard Mint Happy Birthday Initial Male Sketch

Ecard Mint Happy Birthday Initial Sketch

Finalised Male Design, Ecard Mint Preview

Finalised Design, Ecard Mint Preview

Woman Happy Birthday Ecard Mint Preview

Female Happy Birthday Ecard Mint Preview

These vibrant birthday ecards have been made in a male and female version to ensure that each card is appropriately engaging its recipient.