There are written rules and unwritten rules that go with sending holiday cards both nationally and internationally. Several rules overlap when it comes to common sense and basic manners. When it comes to sending off international holiday cards for businesses- when is it okay to trust in basic translation or when to hire a professional translator to write those very important messages?
One very important rule of thumb- purchasing pre-made holiday cards with a message in the foreign language already printed on the cards is most likely written and spelled correctly. You can order these cards online from multiple locations and feel good about what message you are sending out.
Basic Business Holiday Card Etiquette
Maybe the most important thing you can do is pay attention to traditions and religions. If you are unsure if your client celebrates Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Christmas , send a Happy Holidays, Seasons Greetings or Winter Wishes
Make sure your list is up-to-date with correct names and addresses. If you do this on a regular basis. Not only will you save on postage by avoiding return to sender, you wont want to forget new clients that you will want to stay in contact.
Even though you may have 2000 holiday cards that you send out- be personal and sign each one. It makes a huge difference professionally and personally. Going a step further and writing a personal message can make the world of difference. Only make sure your message to foreign countries is properly translated.
Dont forget to include the staff or the spouse in the greeting portion of the card and always use proper titles.
All of these tips will ensure your dont embarrass your company as well theirs. To make sure your national and especially international cards are delivered in time, send them out early! Make a goal to have your cards out December 1st. When thinking if you should send anything besides a holiday-appropriate card, like sending chocolates, fruit cake or other edible packages, think about the shelf-life and how the food will be received. More than likely if you wanted to send smoked fish, tightly wrapped chocolates or canned nuts will always ensure that the food is fresh. Sending spoiled or stale food is much worse than not sending anything at all!