Every weekday, you wake up and put on your khaki pants and button up shirt, ready to take on the corporate world. You kiss your significant other goodbye, and with a mug filled to the brim with coffee in hand, you’re in the vehicle and off to another day in the office.
He was so much in love that he wanted us to share his story with others, and so we were happy to do so. Here it goes, we hope that you all enjoy the story as much as we did.
You take sips of bitter liquid between red lights and waiting for commuter trains to pass on the steel, railroad tracks as you inch closer and closer to the building, and just as the sun is rising and shining bright, it reflects off the opaque, blue windows on the side of the building with ornate water fixtures in front that bubble out water. You park your car in the same spot every single day. You say “hello” to the same people every single day. You close the door to your office every single day, and you sit behind your desk to check your e-mail. Every single day.
You have a meeting with a client downtown in the city, and you have all the reports prepared to discuss with them. You’ve printed them out and placed them in a leather portfolio to show them how much they’ve helped your business grow, but also what your business has done for them. You’ll both laugh and exchange quick questions about each other’s children, but before they’re really listening back to your reply, you’re off again to another meeting with another client.
In another café across town, you meet with another well groomed businesswoman who barely replies to any of your questions. She’s eating her salad quickly, and in between bites with lettuce still flooding her teeth, she’s telling you that she appreciates the free meal, when you both know that wasn’t the intention of this meeting. You try to get it back on track, but she stutters through her her meal before you leave again.
You’re back in the office for the rest of the day, and you’ve been given an assignment by your boss to give a gift to the last few clients you’ve interacted with. Just let them know that you think they’re great, but what do you get them that’s not unprofessional or tacky? Do you get them an award that lets them know that you appreciate all the business you’ve done together? Do you get them a plaque that honors them to let them know that you’re astounded by the amount of work they give you? Do you get them a gift basket to let them know that you’re thinking of them and paying attention to the things that they like to eat during your business meetings?
You search online for hours. A card is too little, but anything more seems like a bit too much. How do you communicate to your clients that you appreciate all the work you’ve had the opportunity to complete with them without stepping outside the boundaries of your professional relationship? Stuffed animals are tacky and send the wrong message. Plaques are personalized, but they’re not personalized enough. Candy is generic and makes it seem like you’re not really paying attention.
Then you find a perfect marriage between all of these items: a photo turned into text. You can simply take an image of their company logo, your company logo or even a photo framing both, and write words of thanks into it. Let the client know that you’re thinking of them, and give concrete examples of times that their business has benefitted both of you. Spin it so that you’re able to show that you both mutually need each other for business while giving appreciation directly to this client.
You may think, isn’t a photo inappropriate? No! It’s much further from that. Photo-to-text is the perfect award, gift or recognition device for a business professional because while it can be used for personal relationships, it still lets your business partners know that you’re thinking of them. That you appreciate them. That you need their cooperation in business.
It’s easy, too! With our website, you can upload the image directly in a variety of different formats, and order the canvas in one of three sizes, but make sure you have it shipped directly to your address. Why would you want to miss the opportunity to deliver this great gift to one of your clients in person? After all, seeing your face (and words every day in their office now), will make them think of you more often for all of their business needs. You need to service the client in order to service your own business, so why do it with something as easy and affordable as a personalized canvas?
It arrives ready to hang right out of the box, so there’s no need to worry about how your client is going to fudge around with nails or screws. Instead, you’re able to sit with them again outside of the café and give them the gift wrapped with a nice bow. As they unwrap it and open it in front of you, they’ll smile and say, “Wow, thank you so much! No one has ever done this for me before.”
They may even get back on track to talking to you about their next upcoming project that they need your help with. All because of the photo-to-text. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to make sure that your boss is happy. No, not the one in the office. Remember: the client is your boss. If they’re happy, you will be, too.