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Poll: Do you send end-of-year greetings/presents to your clients?
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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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A couple of the regulars Nov 23, 2010

Mostly I don't, but I do include the ones I've known a long time in a generic e-mail greeting that I send out.

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GeoS
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Indeed I do... Nov 23, 2010

Most of my clients are (really) long term ones. Over the years we developed more friendly relationships. It is only right to exchange cards or small gifts with them. After all, I talk with them on a daily basis, it wouldn't be nice to just forget them when business is over. Of course, gifts are not sent to new or once in a blue moon clients, they only get a greetings e-mail. So, whent time comes, I happily devote some of my time to write something nice to each one of them or wrap a small gift, after all they do the same for me.

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Sonia Hill
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I usually send Christmas cards to my regular clients, but not presents as that would be a bit expensive. I like to send actual cards as I think it's a bit more personal than a generic Christmas greeting sent by email.

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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and when I visit the one or two customers at the end of the year, I do take along a few goodies as well - but only in person.

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Chun Un  Identity Verified
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No, Nov 23, 2010

but some of them send me greetings

Most of my clients are agencies.


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Clients - yes. Customers - no. Nov 23, 2010



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MJ Barber  Identity Verified
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I don't even send them to my family Nov 23, 2010

... so my clients are dead out of luck.

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keelin feeney  Identity Verified
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Absolutely Nov 23, 2010

I send them an email to wish them a Happy Christmas, Happy Easter, Happy Holidays in summer etc. It is always more personalised than a generic one but it is an email, not a card and not a gift.

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Not usually, but Nov 23, 2010

... if I have to bill them around the end of the year I usually include a Christmas or New Year greeting along with the invoice, acknowledging our collaboration.

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Paula Ribeiro  Identity Verified
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I send a card to all the clients I worked with during the year!

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Anja Weggel  Identity Verified
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yes as pdf Nov 23, 2010

I send out christmas greetings via e-mail (usually a pdf). It is much more efficient (and cheaper) than sending out cards per snail mail.

[Edited at 2010-11-23 12:10 GMT]


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Petra Buric  Identity Verified
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other Nov 23, 2010

if I tell now they will be able to see my reply here... then it will be no surprise!

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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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Part of the routine Nov 23, 2010

I don't necessarily send out a greeting, but I make certain to mention holiday greetings in other emails at that time of year.

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xxxInterlangue
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A matter of courtesy! Nov 23, 2010

Always, for the New Year!
At least an email, thanking for the smooth collaboration in the previous year and hoping we can work together as efficiently during the next year.
We used to exchange snail mails but nowadays, most people in my network of agencies and colleagues donate the equivalent amount to an NGO that is mentioned in the email.

I receive a yearly present from at least one agency and am invited to a couple of New Year (and/or other) banquets.

Once in a while, any time during the year, I take a PM or two out for lunch, send flowers to the secretary on “secretary day” or their birthday… “Des petits cadeaux qui entretiennent l’amitié” Marketing my way.


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