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Friday Featured Product and GIVEAWAY! ~ Postcardly ~

21 Oct

** This Giveaway is now CLOSED.  Congratulations to Elizabeth O.! Winner of our 10 pack of Postcardlys giveaway!! 🙂

Last week I received the finished product for my most recent review, thanks to a little company called Postcardly!  I was so pleased with the end result, I decided to frame it and add it to my collection of family pictures.  You, on the other hand, are probably sitting there asking, “What exactly is she talking about?” Let me explain…

Postcardly can best be described as “a service that lets you use your email to send physical postcards via U.S. Mail.”  That’s it! Great, right?!  I thought so! Especially since I received an offer from Postcardly.com to do a review of their product and website shortly after welcoming home our newest addition to our family!  The idea of being able to send a picture of my choice to friends and relatives via U.S. Mail immediately caught my attention (I was thinking: instant birth anouncement and picture all rolled into one!).  I eagerly agreed to the review and after receiving a free trial of 10 postcards along with the information necessary to make things work, I got right to it — after finding the perfect picture of course! 😉   I decided to send just one, to myself, in order to see how the whole process panned out and, since these were to be birth announcements for our little girl, to see if the finished product was worth it.  I wasn’t disappointed!  Postcardly’s website was pretty easy to navigate, and as I mentioned before, the postcard I received was nice enough that I have it in a picture frame sitting in our living room. The font used for the “message” part of the postcard could have been a little more exciting and perhaps bigger in size, but it was cleanly typed and readible, so that is a plus.

Framed postcard I received from Postcardly

 Now that I shared with you about my Postcardly experience, let me tell you more about the company and how it works. Here is the information I was given, and that can also be found at Postcardly.com:

Postcardly is a new service that lets you send postcards using your email. When you send an email, Postcardly turn your message and attached photo into a real, hold-in-your-hand postcard, sent by U.S. Mail. You can send postcards from your phone, your computer, or anywhere you have email.

“We wanted to find an easier way to get pictures to our relatives that aren’t on email or Facebook,” says Tom Marshall, co-founder of the Seattle start-up. “People love getting the pictures they can hold in their hands, but printing and mailing pictures is a pain. But email is easy, and using Postcardly is just like using your email.”

While other services can turn digital photos into postcards, Postcardly has simplified the process by letting you send a postcard with a quick email—no app, no uploads. Just email. In fact, the only time you ever have to go to the Postcardly web site is to set up your account.

When people sign up, they create Postcardly email addresses that correspond to physical mailing addresses. It’s a one-time set up. After that, when you email grandma at, for example, grandma@postcardly.com, your grandma gets a postcard mailed to her house. You attach a photo to an email the way you normally would—then we print and mail your postcard with your attached photo on the front, and your words on the back.

The company, which has been beta testing since February, has received rave reviews from Postcardly testers. People have sent postcards of their kid’s first ski lift ride in Vail, their new puppy’s stick-chasing adventures on the Washington coast, and a family’s spring break in Finland. The company even got some unexpected feedback from college students, who love the idea of a “retro” paper postcard delivered by mail—but it’s even more fun because the postcard has a personal snapshot.
To learn more about Postcardly or to sign up, go to www.postcardly.com.

Key Points:

  • Create and send a postcard from a single email.
  • Send postcards from your phone, computer, or anywhere you have email.
  • No app, nothing to download.
  • 3-postcard FREE TRIAL available
  • Reasonable rate options to choose from:
    • $19.99 for 20 prepaid postcards
    • 5 postcards a month for $4.99/month, or 15 postcards a month for $9.99/month
    • additional postcards for 99 cents each    
    • price includes postage

And now for the FUN part!  The GIVEAWAY!!!

 Postcardly is allowing me to select one lucky reader of my Heartfelt Home Creations blog to receive a coupon code good for 10 FREE picture postcards to be sent out to the person/people of his or her choice!  All you need to do to enter for this Free offer is leave me a comment on this blog post stating what kind of picture postcard(s) you could send out to your family and friends if you won the free trial, along with a means for me to contact you if you are the winner of the Giveaway.  For example, I’m using my 10 free postcards from Postcardly to send out pictures of our baby girl in the form of a birth announcement postcard.  That’s it! Easy enough, right?  So don’t forget to leave a comment after this post, and be sure to share about this giveaway and about Postcardly.com with your family and friends!  I know I will be sharing about it on my HHC page on FB too!  The giveaway runs until 11:00 p.m. EST on October 31st. The winner will be chosen via random.org, and will be notified on November 1st. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner fails to respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck!!

You can find Postcardly on Facebook here, and Twitter here.

*Disclaimer:I was given this opportunity to review the product(s) offered by Postcardly.com in exchange for my honest review and opinion, which I have provided in this post.  I assure you that the opinions given in this review are my own and were in no way influenced by the company or contacts made. Also note that Facebook.com and Twitter.com had no affiliation with this review or giveaway.
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2 responses to “Friday Featured Product and GIVEAWAY! ~ Postcardly ~

  1. ElizabethO

    October 22, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    I’d use it send picture postcards of my kids to friends/relatives who don’t get on Facebook or email.

     

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