Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Kirby or SendOutCards???

Our door bell rang a few minutes ago. It was a young man going door to door for Kirby. I quickly informed him that we already have a Kirby, which we do, and he thanked me for my time. As he was walking across the street I started praying for him. You see, I've done my time as a Kirby salesman so I could emphasize with what he was going through.

Before he could get away, I grabbed the new SendOutCards brochures that I had just received and walked out to meet him. I gave him a brochure and a business card with instructions on how to send a free card, and asked him to call me if Kirby didn't work out. He asked what it was about. I briefly told him and showed him a few cards.

I let him know that I used to sell Kirby's in college. 1week in training, 1 week riding along with others, 1 week on my own and then I turned in my machine. I asked him how long he had been with Kirby. His respone. Three days.

He said that he would give me a call. We will see.

The point of this?

Everyone needs a vacum cleaner. But they don't need one that does everything and that costs a pay check. (The reason we have one is that I learned a secret. It's a great shampoo system and you buy the 1990 series for a couple of hundred from the Kirby Repair Shop).

You have to filter through a lot of people to find someone who knows they have the need for a vacum cleaner that does everything, has the money and isn't afraid to let go of it. Also, while Kirby is a great product, the sales force has a bad reputation.

Everyone sends Greeting Cards. Sometimes we look for expensive cards, sometimes cheap ones. Sometimes we have time to brouse the Hallmark cards isle by isle, sometimes we don't.

SendOutCards is an elegant, and cost effective, solution to a real need. Whether you buy from my online store, a retail outlet that you need to drive to, or set up your own store is up to you. You are not locked in by a large committment, unlike the Kirby... Me, I buy most of my cards from my store because of the convenience, cost and creativity.

My hope is that this young man will check out the website, send a couple of free cards and give me a call. If he has the guts to try Kirby, he will be extremely successful at SendOutCards.

How about you? Want to give it a try? Email me at

Sunday, June 21, 2009

HOPE is in the Cards

There is a movement starting in America to spread HOPE in the midst of our current economic crisis. HOPE IS IN THE CARDS is the brainchild of Russ Haan. Russ is a regular guy. He's a small businessman with a family and many of the same problems that we all face today. But he also realized that he was blessed with a loving family, a home and health.

What makes Russ extraordinary is the vision he has to see America get through these times by spreading the message of hope rather than sow seeds of discontent.
In his own words:

"The premise is so simple:

What if every American sent just one letter or card of support to another American. What would happen? What would it do to our collective national spirit if the word HOPE was written on the back of every envelope?

You’d go to your mailbox and it would be filled with something besides bills and collections notices. It would contain HOPE. And better yet, you might even have a personal card or letter from someone saying THANK YOU or I BELIEVE IN YOU.

Those kinds of messages can do more than just make someone’s day brighter for a moment — they can change people’s lives.

So, I’ve decided to give this idea a try. You’re invited to join me. After all, we’ve absolutely nothing to lose, and absolutely everything to gain.

Please, spread the HOPE."

I've decided to join Russ and his movement in spreading the message of hope. SendOutCards has a very similar message. We believe in following the promptings of the heart to reach out and touch people with a heart-felt greeting card. We know the power of a card and the impact that this has on people. We've experienced it and have seen others experience it.

My goal is to send a card a day to encourage those I know or care about. With SendoutCards, this will cost me about $32 per month. Not a bad price to spread some cheer.

So, join Russ and I in spreading the message of hope. Look at what you have to be thankful for and help others to do the same.

If you would like to join us, here are a couple of links:

To learn more about HOPE IS IN THE CARDS and to let Russ know that you are on board and that her heard about it from me. Click here

To learn more about how you can send cards for about $1 per card, email me at


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Send a Postage-Paid Father's Day Card For Free!!

Yes, you read that correctly. For the next few days you will have the opportunity to send a FREE Father's Day card on me. There is still time to get the card in the mail, but you better not delay.

Send me an email at and I will walk you through the process of sending a card.

So, I encourage you to spend a few minutes and send a Father's Day card to your Father, Grandfather, Father-in-Law, Husband or even your favorite mentor. Heck, you can even send one to me. I'm a father.

Enjoy and Happy Father's Day!!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Nice Touch and the Vacation Thank You

My family and I were up in Seattle over Memorial weekend and visited an old friend. They have a beautiful home on a small lake. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves for the short time we were there.

As we left my wife mentioned that she had forgotten to take a Thank You gift, and that she had apologized to my friend's wife. I casually mentioned that we would send a Thank You gift when we got home.

We had taken some pictures of us around the campfire roasting marsh mellows and I created a personal Thank You card and ordered a box of candy through my SendOutCards account.

Here's a copy of the card I created:

This is just a small example of how you can use SendOutCards to reach out and touch your loved ones in a way that is unexpected and more personal.

If you would like to see how easy it is to create a card of your own send me an email and I'll walk you through it.

Until next time.