Perfect Thank You Notes: advice and examples to grow your business.
Write the perfect notes to customers, partners, and friends.
It’s easy! Here are some examples:
Thank a Business Partner
Thank a Customer
Thank a Friend or Mentor
Why thank you notes?
New friends matter when you’re a small business owner. Well-written and timely thank you notes foster relationships. When someone gets a card in their mailbox, they smile. Why do you think people have “thank you cards” hung up around their desks? We need other people to be successful, so why not work to cultivate positive relationships? A thank you note can do that quickly and easily. According to a study by Emotion, thanking people makes them more likely to continue a relationship, which leads to more opportunities for you. Unlike marketing campaigns and website updates, showing gratitude is free. It’s good for new relationships, and winds up being good for you, as well. Gratitude helps us treasure good experiences, deal with conflict, and build better relationships. Remember: Focus on the thank you itself, not on the materials it’s written on or the potential sale you’ll get.
What every thank you note needs
How to start? With a greeting, of course! Make sure to use the recipient’s name to make the note more personal. Suggestions:
- Hi Steve,
- Dear Steve,
- Hello Steve,
A THANK YOU
Thanking is the point of a thank you note, so do it right. Be genuine and specific, no backhanded compliments or funny stuff. Suggestions:
- Thank you for helping me out with our 7 mile project. Your support made it happen.
- Thank you for being there for me to talk things through. Your insights and advice made me decide to pursue a business loan.
- Thank you for advice and for your generosity. Without it, I wouldn’t know where to start with social media marketing.
A PERSONAL TOUCH
A robot can write a thank you note, but it won’t be very meaningful. That’s why you need to pepper in personal touches. Show that you remember details about the recipient’s life (without being creepy!). This shows that you not only listened to them, but care about their well-being. Suggestions:
- I hope to see you at a Giants game this summer. I’ll let you know if I have tickets!
- Take good care of your knee. Hope you’re up and walking soon.
- Enjoy the sunshine in San Diego — I wish we could share a beer together at the beach.
- Good luck working on your new blogging project — sounds exciting and I know you’ll do great.
Now wrap it up! Close with a greeting that feels comfortable to you. Suggestions:
- Best Wishes,
- Thanks again,
- With gratitude,
- Keep in touch,
When to send thank you notes
Thank you notes can be sent at any time, but here are some common times that people send them:
- After an interview. Thank the person who interviewed you. Thank them for their time and for their explanations of the job.
- After a meeting. After an important meeting, thank the key players for attending and sharing their insights.
- After events. You often meet new people at events, so thank them for the pleasure of their company and for sharing information with you.
- Out of the blue. These are the best kinds of thank you notes — totally out of the blue!
- After a referral. If someone refers a new client or customer to you, take out a note card and pen a thank you note. This will show your gratitude and encourage that person to continue to refer people to you.
- During the holidays. The holidays are a great excuse to thank people for a great year together.
Frequently Asked Questions
It won’t take you long to write a thank you note. It will take 2-5 minutes per note.
You can always send an individual a note via their company address, and it’s easy to find company addresses on their websites. If you can’t find their address via the internet, send them an email and ask. It’s ok to mention you’re sending a surprise.
As short or long as you want, but you don’t need to write a lengthy note to be impactful. Short is sweet — we recommend about 50 words.
Nope, the thank you is what counts. Branded stationery is a nice touch, but it’s not necessary.
Don’t worry about it. Your handwriting is yours, so own it. If you think your writing is too hard to read, you can always ask someone else to write the note on your behalf.