The evolution of email, instant messaging and social media make "snail mail" communications like letters and note cards seem outdated and inefficient. However, with the effort it takes, the reception and impact it has far surpasses anything achieved by digital channels. Who doesn't like getting a card in the mail?
While emails are glanced at and quickly deleted, note cards communicate at a higher level and really engage your customers and recipients.
Note cards fit nicely into a broader, personalized marketing and communications strategy. Someone who takes the time to sit down and write out a personal "thank you" or other message on a note card is communicating to their recipient that they genuinely care. Anyone can pound out an email in a matter of seconds, without much thought or effort. But it is exactly that thought and effort put in to a personalized note card that communicates how much sincere interest you have. Position your company as a "high-touch" business that offers greater value.
Note cards work wonders as sales follow-ups or to thank prospects for finally signing on the dotted line. Hand written invitations to corporate events or store sales can boost attendance. You could use note cards as announcements for personal news like new children, new couples or business purposes like new locations.
To learn more, request a quote or get free samples, contact a PFL Print Advisor at 800-930-6040 or place an order online now!
Popular Uses for Note Cards
We recommend having custom note cards on-hand and available whenever the occasion arises for personalized communication, such as:
Note Card Sizes Specifications
Our standard note card size is a 4.25" x 5.5" folded card. The graphic design used can be either horizontal or vertical. This is slightly smaller than our standard greeting card which measures 5" x 7" (folded) and therefore reduces the note card cost. And unlike a greeting card, notecards generally have a blank inside - allowing you to personalize it with whatever message you need. A best-practice for the outside of a business notecard is to match your company's letterhead and business card look & feel. This should be generic enough to allow you to use your notecards for a variety of reasons or occasions.
As mentioned above, notecards are typically printed 4/0 (4-color outside over blank inside), but can easily be printed 4/1 or 4/4 if you would like to print any standard messages or logos, etc. on the inside of your cards.
Best Note Card Paper Stock
Since the purpose of a notecard is to write a personal message, make sure you print your note cards on writing-friendly paper. We recommend 100# Uncoated Cover paper. This bright, white smooth #1 grade cover stock is 14pt in thickness and matches the 70# text-weight stock that we use for letterhead and envelopes.
Other paper options that work well for note card printing include our 120# Gloss Cover and our 120# Dull/Matte Cover. Our dull/matte cover is a thick 14pt cover stock with a smooth, non-shiny coating that works well for photogrphic images. It is well suited for detailed, crisp printing without sacrificing the ability to easily write on the paper.
Design Tips for Custom Note Cards
Coming up with a design for your custom notecards should be fairly easy. Start with your business card and/or stationery look & feel and modify it to the notecard format, or get creative and use attractive images and graphic designs to catch peoples attention. Monogrammed and photographic note cards are also popular. You can use either a vertical or horizontal layout for different design styles and uses.
See some creative note card examples and designs
from our customer printed samples for lots of ideas for designing a great looking and effective note card for both business or personal use.
Note Card Templates
We have some handy design and layout templates for that you can download with Illustrator, EPS and PDF file formats, and include the bleed and cut lines for your reference. Just be sure you design your notecard all the way out to the edges of the template file, but any critical note card design element needs to fall inside the cut lines (indicated on the templates).
Note Card Printing Online
Notecard printing is surprisingly inexpensive (the printing cost is as low as 38¢ each - which includes blank envelopes and shipping for 500 cards). To get an easy price, try our InstaPrice™
tool located on our Notecard Ordering
page. We would also be happy to consult with you by phone on your notecard needs - just call 800-930-6040 now