The Nine Rules of Greeting Card Etiquette in the Business World

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You haven’t given out the first piece of Halloween candy yet, and you can’t even think about Thanksgiving dinner.  Nevertheless, it is not too soon to consider those holiday greeting cards–the ones you plan to send to your business clients and associates. Starting the process now will save you time and stress later. Here are my nine rules to guide you through the etiquette of holiday greeting cards in business.

1. Buy quality cards. Start with a high quality greeting card to show that you value your clients and colleagues.

2. Update your list. Make sure your list has current names and addresses.

3. Sign cards personally. Even if you have preprinted information on your card including your name, you need to add your personal signature and a brief handwritten message.

4. Hand write the address.  Don’t use computer-generated labels. They are impersonal and make your holiday wishes look like a mass mailing.

5. Consider whether to mail to the home or the business address. If you have a close relationship with the client or colleague, send the card to the home. If your relationship is more formal, mail it to the business address.

6. Use titles. Whether you are addressing the envelope to an individual or a couple, titles should always be used. It’s “Mr. John Doe,” not “John Doe,” or “Mr. and Mrs. John Doe,” rather that “John and Mary Doe.”

7. Be sensitive to religions. Find out which holiday the recipient observes. Don’t send a Christmas card to the person who observes Hanukkah.

8. Avoid the mail rush. Mail your business greeting cards in time to arrive for the designated holiday. If you find yourself addressing the envelopes on Super Bowl Sunday, keep the cards until next year and send out a note thanking people for their business during the previous year instead.

9. Don’t even think about sending an e-card in business.  You might save time and money, but you’ll lose the personal touch.

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3 thoughts on “The Nine Rules of Greeting Card Etiquette in the Business World

  1. Millie Hue

    Thanks for pointing out that we must consider the religion of the person when giving greeting cards. As you mentioned, this is because there are religions that don’t celebrate Christmas. I will keep that in mind when I buy greeting cards this year since I have been influenced by a blogger that I follow. She loves hoarding and sending cards during holidays, so I might do this to make the occasion extra special.

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  2. Lydia Ramsey

    Thank you, Maxwell, for taking the time to comment. You are right that business etiquette is the key to success. Using the right manners in business can help you outclass and outlast your competition. Happy Holidays!

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  3. Maxwell

    If you are planning to make a good impression for your business with those you work with. Then it is must to focus on business etiquettes. These etiquettes will help to boost your potential for success and also help to build your personal networking abilities.

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