Here are a few tips to help you write the perfect professional thank you note. Write it ASAP It’s never too early to thank someone for his or her professional help, or for loyal and continued business.  If you are thanking someone for a job interview, you should mail the letter within 24 hours. Address the recipient by name Whenever possible, address your letter to a specific person, and refer to him or her again by name and/or title within the body of the letter.  If you can, refer to specific experiences or instances the person will remember.  You don’t want the letter to sound like a generic form you send to anybody and everybody. Use quality stationery E-mail has become increasingly acceptable in our society, but if you want to stand out from the crown, a hand-written note is the way to go.  Customized stationery or letterhead lends itself to the professional and memorable image you want to portray. Get to the point. Thank the person for their time, advice, or business.  Do not be overly dramatic or make grand gestures or promises you can’t keep.  You want to be sincere and succinct. Proofread! There are few things more...Read More
American Stationery understand the significance of creating an identity for your company, no matter what the size you want your integrity and professionalism to show. Since you can’t have face to face contact with all of your customers and colleagues your business stationery often times has to do this for you. If you want to send a professional looking letter, you might consider one of our custom letterhead choices like the Executive Stationery. There is a wide variety to choose from to help you send a professional, sophisticated message. For over 85 years businesses have used our Standard Stationery Box for their correspondence. It is available in ivory or white with a variety of ink colors and typestyles. No matter which one you choose, it’s sure to be a quality product for your business needs at a reasonable price. Our Top Quality Business Stationery is another good buy at up to 40% less than retail prices. Offered in white, ivory or grey 8.5" x 11" sheets it’s sure to be a hit with all of your business associates. Since nobody wants to spend a lot of time paying bills, try using our Self-Seal Privacy Envelopes. Available in two sizes their...Read More
What your Business Stationery should include One of the best ways to ensure that your business image is consistent across your entire suite of office and business stationery is to order it all from the same source. When you source all of your custom business stationery from one supplier, you can be certain of the quality and the consistency of your design across the full spectrum. When you are choosing a source for your business stationery, be certain that they can supply all of the pieces that you will need to put your business’ best face forward. A full suite of business stationery includes: Business cards Letterheads (including departmental letterheads) Envelopes in various sizes Invoices, receipts, purchase orders, shipping labels Internal-use forms (inventory, billing orders, supply request) Creating an image with your Business Stationery What impression do you want to convey about your brand? Here are some specific suggestions for paper and color choices that you might make for your company. Youthful, Creative and Hip — Choose bright, clear colors and rounded typefaces, smooth surfaced papers and glossy finishes Green and environmentally conscious — Keep it simple. Use unbleached and un-dyed paper with a rough, matte surface. Executive, Traditional and Formal...Read More
What you want your Business Stationery to say Of course, the message you want to send will vary depending on your company, but there are some constants that you want to convey. No matter what your business is, you want your business stationery to deliver the message that "we have really got it together and can get the job done." Coordinated business stationery delivers that message unequivocally. When everything from your business cards to your letter stationery to your invoices includes the same design elements, you subtly establish your company as truly professional. Branding is more than a logo There is more to a coordinated appearance than just putting your logo on everything. Every design element of every piece of stationery should coordinate to present a polished image that is unmistakably your own. Every time a customer or contact sees a piece of paper from your office, they should immediately recognize that it came from your office. That is what branding is all about — creating an impression and then making certain that every time your company is seen, it fits that image. That means that all of your stationery, from business cards to invoices to executive correspondence cards carries...Read More
When you are doing business, image is a vital part of your success. Whether you are a small, home-based business with just yourself as an employee or a huge multi-national company with thousands of workers, your business image is a key part of your ability to connect with clients and associates. These days, the popular term for it is ‘branding’. In the old days, business consultants called it what it is — building an image. Any business consultant will tell you that one of the vitally important tools in branding is your business stationery. Business stationery is more than just your letterhead, though your company’s official letterhead stationery is certainly important. The term stationery encompasses every bit of paper that your company uses in communicating with its customers and associates. That means letterhead, envelopes, invoices, shipping labels, calling cards, calendars and presentation folders — to name just a few. In order to make the best impression on prospective customers and business contacts, you need to first define your brand — and then make sure that every single piece of communication that leaves your office carries through on the theme. Coordinated office stationery and business stationery make it easy to keep...Read More
So far in our series, we’ve covered the basics: business letterhead, printed envelopes, business cards and correspondence cards. Now it’s time to look at things you might take for granted or that don’t come to mind as often. Your desk is probably chock full of sticky notes, jotters, calendars, and all the little things that make your office function day to day. Well, all those little day to day necessities come in a variety of styles and designs to match the ever evolving corporate cultures of today’s business world. Memo and Note Pads Not all business and office stationery is designed for outside correspondence. Memo pads and sticky notes, note cards and jotters make interoffice communication easier. Sticky notes printed with your name and company name are a contemporary solution for the times that you want to pass on a catalog or reference book and enclose a short note to call attention to certain sections or point out a few important bits of information… or just to say "Thought you’d find this interesting." Desktop Office Stationery Products Blotters, calendars, memo cubes and notepads are all important pieces of office stationery. Desk blotters and calendars printed with your company logo can...Read More
Aside from business letterhead and printed envelopes, your corporate stationery arsenal almost always includes business cards for corporate travel and industry conference exhibit halls. Business correspondence cards are less widely used, though their uses are probably the most diverse of any stationery that leaves your office. They can range from short, formal requests to a quick note to a colleague about fourth quarter performance. Either way, there are some new styles we think you should be aware of.Business Cards Business cards are among the most important pieces of business stationery a person will order. Traditional business cards follow a strict set of guidelines – engraved in black on white card stock, with the placement of contact details prescribed by business etiquette. If you have been collecting business cards lately, though, you will notice that traditional cards are in the minority these days. Full color printing, photo process printing and all over designs are among the newest styles in business cards. Some of the freshest contemporary business card designs feature bright color accents, your company logo and dark backgrounds. Business Correspondence Cards As we said before, for those times when you want to include a personal note with a business communication,...Read More
Most likely, two of the staple office supplies in your corporate stationery arsenal are business letterhead and printed envelopes. They are traditional cover sheets and matching envelopes imprinted with your company logo, name, title, etc. While most businesses are represented very well by this traditional approach, small changes to the layout of the text might bring about a more modern office stationery ensemble that more suitably fits the corporate culture of your office. Business Letterhead Your business letterhead is the most visible office stationery that your office will use. If is used for official correspondence with customers, business associates, the press and anyone else with whom you regularly do business. Generally, business letterhead has your company name printed at the top and contact details across the bottom. If your company desires a twist on this classic approach, turn the whole thing topsy-turvy. Some contemporary office stationery styles are printed along the side rather than the top. The biggest bonus to this modern approach is a change in the width and height of the printing area. Printed Envelopes You business may use printed envelopes in a number of different styles and sizes. The most common size, of course, is made to...Read More
Each correspondence and piece of paper that leaves an office provides a reflection of the company. What is your office stationery telling your customers and prospective customers about you and your office? You can modernize the impression you leave on your customers with some new styles in office stationery. We feel it is important to have a clear idea of what items are included under the basic heading of office stationery. Office stationery includes more than just the printed letterhead and envelopes on which you send out correspondence to your customers and associates. Other important pieces of office stationery are memo and notepads, business cards, portfolios, folders, address labels and printed envelopes. When choosing office stationery, it is important to choose high quality paper with printing that reflects your business. Our goal for next week is to go through each of these several office products in detail, describing how each one can be used for your small business or corporate office, and how each is vital to the image you put forth to your customers. Some of it will likely fall under common sense, but there might be some uses you have never thought of for some very common office...Read More
Have you ever found yourself digging into your purse to find a pen and some paper to write down your phone number for someone? Or have you experienced the awkward business card exchange when you don’t have one to offer? I think that the Initial Business Cards that American Stationery sells are ideal for everyone—whether you have a job or not. Presenting a professional yet unique card with your contact information on it makes a terrific and lasting impression on the recipient. My kids’ teachers meet dozens of parents during Open House, but they’ll have an easier time connecting me to my child and remembering me when I contact them the next time when they have my card. If you’re out looking for a job, having a business card to leave with the manager or your potential new boss communicates that you’re well prepared and serious about working for them. These Initial Business Cards are so affordable that they’d even be ideal for my daughter to give to a neighbor with young children interested in hiring her for babysitting jobs! There’s a numerous variety of purposes for business cards—and you won’t have to write your name and number on the...Read More
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