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Bespoke Christmas Ecards for Business: A ‘How To’ Guide

With only just over a third of the year left to go, it’s around this time that companies wishing to send a bespoke ecard start to get in touch to discuss their requirements. Unlike our DIY company Christmas ecard service — where you can customise and arrange to be send your greeting in a matter of minutes — our bespoke ecards for Christmas take a little more planning and consideration.

So we thought we’d take this opportunity to give you a little bit of an introduction to the process and some more information of what we’ll need from you to make it happen.

Your Bespoke Ecard Brief

The most important thing about creating a great bespoke business e greeting is having a good brief. The more information you can provide us with, the better equipped we’ll be to create just the right design for you and your organisation.

First off, we need to know if you’d like your Christmas e card to be animated or static – when making this decision, it’s important to note that you can send a static ecard in the body of an email, but an animated ecard will be shown as a link which your recipients can click on to open up the card in their chosen browser.

Secondly, it’s time to choose whether you want us to work on an existing design from our range of corporate ecards or whether you’d like to commission a completely new idea from scratch. If you prefer the latter, let us know as much as you can about the kind of thing you’d like.

Thirdly, you’ll need to tell us what you want your message to say and if you’d like to include your logo and other bits, such as a link to your website or the logo of your company’s chosen charity if you’re making a donation this Christmas.

Finally, we need to know if you’d like your ecard to include music.

Once we’ve got all this information, we’ll be able to quote a price and timescale for the ecard’s completion, depending on the complexity of the design. We’ll require a 50% deposit to start work on your card. Then, when we’re nearing completion we’ll send you a link to your email greeting so you can let us know of any last minute changes needed.

And that’s it. All that’s left to do is send your card – which you can either do yourself or we can do on your company’s behalf.

Experienced Company Christmas Ecard Design

We’ve been responsible for creating unique corporate Christmas ecards for a wide range of companies, big and small. You can view some examples of our work on our bespoke company e cards page as well as commendations from past customers on our Testimonials page.

Send your brief for a custom made business Christmas e card to [email protected] or fill in our contact form to get the ball rolling.

Alternatively, you can call us on +44 (0) 208 977 1122 to discuss your brief in detail with one of our team.

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!