12 Days of Christmas: Day Two


Day Two: Folded Christmas Cards + Two Free Designs

Today’s post, like many that will follow, can go three directions: personal, professional, or a blend of both. I’ll do my best to try to think of everything under the sun to help you, but you’re likely smarter than I am (and more creative) so feel free to take these ideas and run with them.

Let’s talk about Christmas Cards. Do you send out Christmas Cards? One thing I automatically think when I receive a Christmas card from a family is: “man, they’ve really got it together.” I mean, in the thick of everything that is going on this year, they were able to whip up a cute Christmas cards, address a stack of envelopes, buy a bucketload of stamps and get them out the door. The earlier I receive this card, the more impressed I am. Wouldn’t you like your clients to think that about you? Heck yeah! That’s why every year for the past 5 years (at least), I’ve sent a Christmas card to every single client.

(this Christmas Card is done on the super cool 5×5 tri-fold cards)

But remember, I’m doing this to make money, not blow it. So these Christmas cards include a rockin’ pic of my family and me (to show off mad skills), they include my logo (to drive home branding), and they also include a personal message. That’s the part that takes the longest! Thankfully, I have a wonderful business partner and fiancee who rocks at this. 🙂 I want my clients to feel special and thought of, and I want them to book me again next year. This is one of the beginning steps in that process.

MpixPro has introduced Luxe cards, which are pretty jaw-dropping, but I have other uses for those. For my Christmas card, I like the folded card that stands on its own so my clients can easily place it on their mantle with others. I also get the 5×7 so it stands out a bit for other, lesser cards. 😉 If $$ is an issue, you can go the smaller route, or even a 4×6 print route.

The same Christmas card is sent to my friends and family. Sure, I know it has my logo, but I don’t want them to forget that their job in helping me succeed is to constantly tell everyone they know about me. Oh, and don’t forget to send them to vendors! During the engagement/proposal season – December-February – I want to stay in my favorite vendors’ heads as much as possible! Throwing that logo on the front of the card will help you advertise if they display it in their place of business. That’s just smart.

Now, I promised free things. And here you go. Just leave a comment below and I’ll email you two free Christmas card designs (layered psd files)!

Happy 12 days of Christmas!
Dale

http://www.benfieldphotography.net
http://www.twitter.com/dalebenfield

32 Responses to “12 Days of Christmas: Day Two”

  1. April Curl says:

    Love the triflod christmas card

  2. Sarah says:

    You guys are the best!!! Thanks!

  3. jessica says:

    thanks for the info and card

  4. Michele says:

    Wow – great ideas! Thank you for the inspiring blog post!

  5. Erika says:

    Thanks for the great reminder! I stayed up late last night and finished mine! One luxe design and one 5×5 folded!

  6. Tami says:

    Thank you for the great ideas! Love it all:)

  7. Kevyn Bryant says:

    Hey love the greeting cards! Can I get those psds sent to my email as well.

  8. Jennifer Wakefield says:

    I love sending Christmas cards! I really need to get mine done. Maybe your templates will help!

    JennW

  9. Ally says:

    Yay! Thanks a bunch 🙂

  10. Thank you Dale! This reinforced my thoughts on sending Christmas cards to all vendors, family & clients too! And thanks for offering the two designs, I look forward to receiving them! rhonda@joehendricks.com

  11. Tara Adams says:

    Thanks SO much! Love reading these and getting new insight!!!

  12. Joe Barranco says:

    Cards look great. Looking forward to trying your free preset cards.

  13. Collette says:

    Thanks Dale, these cards are beautiful!

  14. Hey y’all! I’m not getting email addresses, so I thought I’d make it easy on ya… just go to this link and it should download my zipped file I made for you. I included two cards that didn’t have copywrited backgrounds. 🙂 Here’s the link: http://www.benfieldphotography.net/10Blog/mpixpro/giveaways.zip

  15. Thanks for the comments, by the way! I really appreciate it! And I hope you enjoy the rest in this cute little series!

    Thanks,
    Dale

  16. Karlynn says:

    Love this!! awesome

  17. You guys ROCK! I have recommended many graphic designers and photographers and they are ALWAYS impressed with the quality of your products and the expediency of delivery. Your customer service is also exceptional. I enjoyed talking with one of your salespeople at Photoshop World in Orlando. I have ordered many wall clings and constantly get compliments on them. These Christmas cards look fabulous – great idea to add the logo. Thanks!

  18. Dale,

    You know I love ya! These are great tips, and i love the book that meredith and your absolutely gorgeous daughter created! 🙂 Such a great idea that I might have to steal for my husband for fathers day 🙂

    Thanks for being so inspirational 🙂
    Katrina

  19. So Dale and Meredith, can you share your previous cards you sent to clients/family?

  20. Thanks, you’re the best!!

  21. Thanks for all these tips. They’re great!!

  22. Leanne says:

    I just found your blog here and and so so soooo excited! I have to go back and read and learn some things. Thank you so much!

  23. April Cowart says:

    Thanks for the great ideas!

  24. Rene Mason says:

    Love the tri-fold. Looking forward to your shares. Thank you!

  25. Megan says:

    Thanks for the post! Great ideas! I just finished designing my LAST card for my clients, and now it is time to think of mine! I am for sure doing the Luxe cards-they look awesome! Can’t wait to see the files you send 🙂

  26. AnnMarie says:

    Am I too late? Would love the freebies and I love Mpixpro!
    skuby1972@hotmail.com

  27. Michele says:

    These look GREAT! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!!!!

  28. Michelle says:

    Love the templates!

  29. Linda says:

    Loving your blog posts, great ideas. Wish I’d stumbled upon the blog sooner.

    Thanks so much!

  30. I would love some free designs! Thanks!

  31. Shawna says:

    Wonderful ideas! I’m really enjoying your series of posts! I’d love the free templates! Thanks!!!

  32. Dale says:

    for those who are “waiting” – read my earlier comment – I just posted a link to the download b/c I didn’t wanna collect all those emails. 🙂