|A picture I took at Petit Tabac in the Tobago Cays.|
We get a lot of emails from companies that want us to promote their stuff. I have said before that we are very selective about this, turning down probably 98% of these offers, regardless of financial gain. But every now and then a company or product graces my inbox and I think "now that is an awesome idea" and I get really excited to share it with you guys. And if I get really excited about sharing something with you all, I know that I'm doing the right thing.
Such was the case when we were contacted by Lettr, an innovative postcard company that is making it their mission to bring more than bills and catalogues to the mailboxes of people all over the world. No need for a pen, no need for paper -- just upload a photo, type a message and they'll take care of the rest.
I created and uploaded the photo above to test it out (and send myself a little bit of sunshine) and five days later*, this is what arrived in the mail:
Pretty neat, right? The blurred out section at the bottom is actually a map with a pin on the location where the postcard was sent. A nice little touch. The postcard is just like any other postcard in size, stock and feel - but even better, because it's totally personal and a one of a kind.
The whole process to create the card took about 10 minutes, and that's only because I got creative. Here's how it works:
First, I did a little photo editing to my image, adding a border and some text. You don't have to get as creative as I did - you can simply upload a photo. Or you can get really creative and add all sorts of bells and whistles using your favorite photo editor like Photoshop, Pixlemator, Lightroom ...etc (Lettr has no photo editing tools built-in, fyi). It's up to you. When the image was ready, upload it to the site.
Next, write a nice note, virtually sign the postcard (not going to lie, that part is a little tricky with a mouse and cursor, but better than nothing!) and fill out the recipient's mailing address.
Pay $1.99 via PayPal or credit card, click "mail postcard" and your original postcard in on the way to brighten someones day!
Simple, easy and fun. A pretty good recipe if you ask me. There are so many ways you could use this service, whether you are a roving gypsy or a homebody; you could send an uplifting picture with a nice quote to someone who needs a pick me up, a photo kiss to a long-distance loved one, a funny picture to your grandkids, or just a nice scenic snapshot from your travels - the possibilities are really endless.
* The time took longer this week due to the high demand of Valentines Day. Typical turn-around time is 3-4 days.
Full disclosure: I received a free postcard code to send one to myself to test out the product and service and we are affiliates of Lettr.