Poll: Do you send out season's greetings to your clients?
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Nov 28, 2013

This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you send out season's greetings to your clients?".

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Japanese to English
Yes Nov 28, 2013

But only to certain customers

Because paying your respects at cetain times during the year is part of the culture over here in Japan.
So, if you have Japanese customers/clients, I'd recommend you doing so since it would be kind of unexpected from an overseas vendor. They'd like that and they'd be more likely to remember you when jobs crop up. Yo ho ho

HTH


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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E-mail only Nov 28, 2013

If by "send" you meant a card in the mail, I rarely do that for anyone any more. But I do send e-mail messages to the clients I'm regularly in touch with.

Speaking of holiday greetings, now that I write a blog, I think my annual letter is going to disappear.


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Nicole Schroth  Identity Verified
Germany
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e-mails to only a few Nov 28, 2013

I send personal e-mails to some of my clients. Impersonal, circular mails are not for me. I hate receiving them, and I refuse to send them.

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Chris E  Identity Verified
Spain
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...and bottles of wine, too! Nov 28, 2013

The hamper-style "lote" is very traditional here in Spain, so it always helps to keep repeat clients sweet by offering a token of my appreciation.

I think I need to find a cheap way of importing cases of British wine - that would be memorable!

Bon nadal,
C.

[Edited at 2013-11-28 09:00 GMT]


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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Only to certain clients Nov 28, 2013

Same answer as last year:

http://www.proz.com/polls/1852


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Constanze Deus-Konrad
Germany
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Merry Christmas! Nov 28, 2013

I don't send "season's greetings" but I wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to some good clients per snail mail, sometimes with a small gift.

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Simon Chiassai  Identity Verified
France
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planning on doing it Nov 28, 2013

I'll try sending cards and I'll see if the amount of work is worth the exposure.

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M. Anna Kańduła  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 18:47
English to Polish
No Nov 28, 2013

Different cultures, different customs, different seasons and greetings. "Season greetings" is ridiculously general and meaningless, and I do not know what religions in which cultures my clients belong to, to be more specific.

I plan to send New Year greetings this year, though, since it is quite "international".


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Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
Canada
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not formally Nov 28, 2013

I don't send out a mass greeting, but I'll wish my clients a merry xmas/happy holidays when I correspond with them.
A few of them send out formal mass emails and in their case I'll sometimes send back a greeting in response.


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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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German to English
Yes Nov 28, 2013

And some of them even get a little present as well, but only those ones that have been good.....

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Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
United States
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No, but... Nov 28, 2013

Maybe this year.

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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I've already started in a way Nov 28, 2013

The idea of attaching extra 'stamps' or seals to letters and greetings sent by post, and thus making a small contribution to a good cause, originated in Denmark in 1903. A post-office official started collecting money this way, and homes were set up for children suffering from tuberculosis. It was a very serious disease then - and still is without modern treatment.

A lot has changed since then, but the homes still help children, often with eating disorders complicated by family problems or mobbing and difficulties at school. Although the old seals are still going strong, and prettier than ever this year, it is also possible to buy a seal to attach to e-mails, and to send electronic cards for a small contribution to the children's homes.

And of course, there are hundreds of other charities that sell seals at this time of year. I have the seal and a little greeting on all my mails until the end of December.

But I do send actual greetings to a lot of my clients, usually electronically.

Many send greetings to me too. I thank them for the year's business and tell them when I will be taking a Christmas break ... and of course remind them when I will be back for business in the New Year. Some of them get a personal greeting too.


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DianeGM  Identity Verified
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Electronically, yes Nov 29, 2013

I do send Christmas or New Year Cards depending on when I have the time, electronically, to certain clients. I never send real cards or gifts anyone.

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