Monday, December 19, 2011

Making Thank You Notes Easier


Here's a Free Business Idea
We need a link between popular online retailers that feature gift registries (like Target.com and BabiesRUs.com) and popular online photo stores (like Snapfish.com and Shutterfly.com) in order to make writing thank you notes easier after big celebrations like weddings and baby showers.

Babies R Us already has a list of nearly every item that you will receive at your baby shower. And you have a list of every person invited to the baby shower, including addresses. Those two lists should be easily linked with an app or a website. After the shower, choose a thank you note template, identify what gift each person gave you, add a picture of your new baby, and have your personalized thank you notes mailed on your behalf. Your thank you note could be completely customized:
 

Dear [insert name],  
Thank you for helping me celebrate the impending arrival of our [son/daughter/child]. We are very excited to welcome our little one into the world. We really appreciate the [insert name of gift] that you gave us and we know we will get a lot of use out of it. We can't wait for you to meet our [son/daughter/child].   
Love, [insert name]
How to Make Money with this Idea 
A photo card normally costs around $0.30 to print online. A stamp costs $0.44. If you write an application for thank you notes and charge $1.00 per note, there's $0.26 to be made on each card. Ask any new mom or recently married bride if she'd be willing to pay an additional $0.26 to write, address, and mail each thank you note and I'd bet 9 out of 10 would jump at that chance.

Add This To Your To-Do List
As more and more consumer information is stored online, it's only natural that applications like the one I've described here start popping up. If you happen to write the application I've described, I'll help you market it. Just shoot me an email.

There's never a lack of ideas.


PS While I think this idea fulfills a huge need, I still think hand-written thank you notes are best. But sometimes we just don't have the time.