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Love gift cards

Posted By: mammamt on 2007-08-13
In Reply to: Need bonus ideas! - Editor-in-Chief

I worked for a company who gave out visa gift cards, gift cards to local spas, gift cards to office supply stores, and to book stores.  I also think campany logo desk accessories are a great way to promote company loyalty.  You could have a choice of different things like mouse pads, mugs, and such for the smaller bonus. 

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credit cards (sm)
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Then, do not get any more credit cards,
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debit cards
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Here's the way these cards work...sm
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Business Cards

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Thanks for your feedback -

This is not true if you have multiple cards. sm
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Best of luck to you!

What do you think about sending out Christmas cards with
a business card inside to solicit for local accounts?  Tacky?  Different?  Original?  I've got a list of small locals I'd like to solicit but was waiting until after the new year.  Then I found a couple of boxes of Christmas cards that I bought on clearance last year.  Why not kill two birds with one stone?  Unclutter the Christmas box and send holiday greetings to potential clients?
E-cards are free from Hallmark (sm)
And they have a lot to choose from: funny, sappy, holidays, birthdays, whatever. I love to e-mail my friends e-cards and I love to get them too. Go to the Hallmark website and click on e-cards. You could send them to her daily or weekly or whatever.

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Cards that say donation to charity sm
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Does anyone send cards or anything to the office they work for? (sm)

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Those of you that are doing anything for the office you work out of, what are you doing?  Would love to "borrow" a really good idea.


Snail Mail Holiday Cards

Do you send Christmas cards or other holiday cards?  About how many do you send out?

I just wasn't sure because we get Christmas cards from people soliciting
business all the time. I get more solicitation Christmas cards than regular ones! We get the little sticky calendars from a couple of realtors, and we have no plans to sell our home for at least the next decade. We get cards from the video stores, lending institutions, and places we don't even do business at. Besides, it'd be kind of weird to send Christmas cards signed with my name when these people don't even know me from Adam.
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One of those radio financial guys said debit cards are the MOST dangerous to use.
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Washington Mutual offers Visa debit cards with
Medical trans versus credit cards, what I had happen
I have a credit card for a department store who has a bank (a big famous band, by the way collect for them). I always pay online, but I have had trouble with this bank in the past. I couldn't get online to pay so my payment was late. They had someone call me from overseas, he would not tell me where but wanted to collect my payment over the phone (I had already by them paid through my bank bill payer). He wanted my address, telephohne #(which he had, he called me), my banking information to collect the payment). I said no way, how do I even know you work for this bank and I can hardly understand you and dohn't want my personal information overseas. He stated, "what do you care, I don't even live in the united States." Duh, what did that mean.

So, what I am saying is, he already had my information, he just wanted me to verify it and he probably did work for the bank but I really resented them sending my financial information overseas and have somebody in another country want to collect a payment out of my bank account. The bank did not have my account # though.

But.... what is happening is like with these kids taking guns to school, we get so desensitized by TV with so many cops and robbers, knowing creditors will be calling if we forget or don't make a payment, we just blurt it out. I don't anymore just because of knowing what can happen. This guy could have cleared out my bank account and what legal means would the bank have to prosecute someone overseas? Fire him? I won't even give this bank my account # because they want to charge 10.00 over the phone but it is free on line so I refuse to pay them over the phone, so they do this.

Big business can pay for the lobbyists on Capitol Hill, big, big bucks to get legislature for them to be able to do business overseas and save tons of money. Our president is one of the biggest helpers to this. I'll bet his records don't go overseas.
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Thanks so much for any info you give me.

Business cards, flyers, brochures, intro letters (sm)

network, network, network, persistence and lots of luck.

Read The Independent Medical Transcriptionist by Donna Avila-Weil .... worth it's weight in gold!

The Red Cross just HANDED OUT $5 million worth of debit cards in Texas.
FEMA decided to mail them in 14 days if the people knew where they were going to be...couldn't possibly get them out faster...too much work...etc.