Like business cards, compliments slips follow a simple, clear format. There are both corporate and Publishing versions. In both cases the division and individuals’ name and position can be placed in the bottom left corner. This is not printed as part of the pre-printed compliments slip and must be printed separately.
It used to be that we attached a business card to almost any and every correspondence that went out of our office. We would even use them to recognise holidays. Procedures have greatly changed over the years but the need to compliment a company or a person for a job well done continues to be something we certainly want to continue to do on a regular basis. As a result, the use of compliment slips has begun to be broadly accepted.
Compliment slips are used most often between companies, providers and customers of specific services or prime materials. They acknowledge the fact that you, or you and your organisation, appreciate the relationship which coexists between you and your customers and suppliers. The compliment slip should contain your company logo and address and phone numbers or, if being used personally, should contain your posting address.
A compliment slip is the finishing touch to every delivery. It’s a way of passing feedback or just saying thank you when anything more would be just overkill.
The key to a successful compliment slip design is in always remembering that it has a specific purpose. You want to keep your name continually in front of your existing clients so that they never forget your or your services to them. Of course you want them to remember you when you do well but, believe it or not, you want to make this contact even when you mess up. In fact, letting them know you made a mistake and that it won’t happen again is quite possibly an even more important message. No matter what you share with these important people, whether it’s a message of thanks, or a sincere apology, or even if it’s a simple delivery note, your compliment slip will be the perfect messenger.
There should always be an area on your compliment slips for you to leave a thoughtful personalised message directed at your intended recipient. This is where compliments slips can have their greatest effectiveness. The successful use of compliments slips will greatly enhance and improve customer or personal relations. They can also work as a vehicle to shed light on you and your company as a professional and efficient organisation, as well as a highly enlightened individual.
Whether it is in business or in your personal life, hopefully you always aim to forge positive relationships—and this is where compliment slips will come in the handiest. Repeat, loyal clientele have always been and will forever be the cornerstone of a successful business. You should be able to enjoy every one of those professional relationships which you work so very hard to develop. In doing so, more projects will arise between you, and be undertaken, and that will happen with the increasing trust you elicit all around. The results are without question satisfying, not only on a professional level but also on a truly personal level. Everyone on earth is naturally nourished in some way with regular, caring, genuinely-interested contact. Your compliment slips become your vehicle for this important bit of human interaction.
The design of your compliment slips can’t be underplayed, and will pay a key part in how well your message is received. Always keep it sincere and to the point. Quite simply, compliment slips help others get to know you in short bursts. Design tips:
From your logo design to your business card, from your letterhead to your compliment slips, these are all reminders of who you are as a business entity. They reinforce your overall brand identity and the trust that is being constantly developed. Recipient of your compliment slips will likely have already seen your logo and letterhead. It is vitally important that your compliment slip is consistent with your everyday corporate identity. You want to build your brand and generate confidence in your product or service offering. It will also increase trust in this very same way.
Your logo must be clear and easily identifiable. The address listing must reflect your letterhead style, and there must be sufficient white space included so that the sender is able to neatly write a personal note. With all this, the compliment slip will be the icing on the cake to your bespoke stationery set.
Always handwrite your message, and never leave that space blank. By sending a compliment slip, your point is to open up and keep open an important personal line of communication. Don’t do anything that may lead that communication to slip.
Aim to distribute a compliment slip with every single item you send out. If you work hard to make this a habit, it will always pay dividends in the long run.
Also use your compliment slips as a simple, effective way to informally keep in contact with your clients and customers. If you don’t have a letter’s worth of content to write but do want to let them know you’re thinking of them, you are saving valuable paper at the same time.
The compliment slip design often completes the full relationship circle with your clients, and depending on when you hear from them again, it may be your last calling card with them for some time. Endeavour to first leave a lasting impression, and then make it count, make it last and, on your end, make it ongoing.
The simplicity of a compliment slip makes it a great money saving idea for any business or company. As mentioned, just your name, address, phone number, website and web address suffice, as well as possibly your logo.
That minimalist design will allow you as a business to have additional compliment slips printed anytime of the year, making it easier to distribute the expense according to your financial agenda. This benefit broadens so that your company as an entity can print as many compliment slips as you want for each area or department, or have one single design for your entire company. You can also have different designs created just for a change, or have a custom-made design that will have your company standing out among all others.
Not only companies can benefit from using compliment slips. Individuals can also distribute them to maintain a positive attitude when giving a gift or sending a special greeting. There is no limit to the good will that can be generated by using compliment cards. Consider how you can use them—in your home or office, or both—and then just wait for the rewards.