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6 Easy Ways to Say Thank You

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Of all the powerful relationship building tools I can think of saying thank you is on the top of my list. Yet, we are all so busy and sometimes it is easy to forget this simple courtesy. Slow down and make sure you are saying thank you to the people who help you out. I like to look at my calendar from the previous day to remind me whom I met with, talked with or helped me in anyway and then I say thank you.

Of course we all know how to say thank you, but it is good to mix it up and be creative sometimes. Why? Because it is good to stand out and using different ways to thank people will do just that.

Here are 6 Easy Ways You Can Say Thank You Today:

1. Send them a handwritten thank you note – Wow, this will knock their socks off. People love receiving personal mail. A short note expressing your gratitude will do wonders. If you really want this person to remember you and to connect with you again in the future, this is a great method to make that happen. I reserve handwritten notes for people who have really gone above and beyond to help me out or whom I really feel the need to connect with on a deeper level.

2. Send an email – This is becoming a standard practice and is my number one way to say thank you. Email is quick efficient and easy to remember. I like to wait to send the thank you email; I use a 12-hour rule. The reason I wait to send a thank you email is that I want the person to feel it is heartfelt and thought out. Email is so easy and sending an email immediately after meeting someone gets it off your plate, but if that person is like me (has an iPhone and checks their email constantly) sending an email right away feels like it was an to do item, instead of a meaningful email. When you wait a few hours, you take the person by surprise, they feel like you were thinking about them and made an effort. It is a simple nuance, but important.

3. Tweet them – Yes you heard me, tweet them. Especially if this is a person you met on Twitter, or you know they use Twitter a lot. Now why would this be effective? Tweeting someone is equivalent to walking into a room full of people and announcing to everyone that you are so very thankful for that person and the contribution they have made to your business. Twitter is powerful and if they actively use it, this can be a great method. I recommend you send a follow up email too, but that will depend on your purpose. Sometimes a tweet is enough. Believe me I am a Twitter fanatic and it is really effective!

4. Phone Call  – Yes we live in an age where the phone is becoming less and less attractive, and I am not a phone person. Yet there are many people out there for whom the phone is still their first line of communication. Think about your contact and choose to use the phone if you know this is something they would appreciate. Oftentimes you will get a voicemail, at which point you can leave a simple message telling them thank you and you look forward to meeting again. I like to call and thank the host or hostess of an event or party I attended the day before. This is a great way to follow up and reach out to someone; it often leads to a great conversation and future connections.

5. Amazon.com – Yes I said it! Use the Internet to send a small gift of appreciation. It is so easy and effective. I like to send a book that I either mentioned to the person who helped me or that I think would be a perfect fit. I use this method when I want to make an impression, express deep gratitude for help this person may have offered or to connect at a much deeper level. Make sure you include a note expressing your gratitude – the gift is nice, but the note is essential.

6. Open your network and make a connection for the person. Saying thank you is awesome and saying it multiple times is just as flattering. When I meet someone who goes above and beyond to help me I keep my antennas up for him or her. When I run into someone who might be a good contact, I make sure to connect him or her. I make a lot of connections via email and I usually include to the person I am thanking something that indicates I appreciate the efforts they have helped me with and I hope that this new connection is valuable to them.

So there you have it, easy peasy ways you can express your gratitude. I know that most of this is nothing new, but hopefully it will remind all of us to express our gratitude daily. So tell me, what’s a great way you have been thanked or said thank you to someone?

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  • http://www.lorijacobwith.com Lori L. Jacobwith

    I love this list! Great ideas. Here's one more: Years ago I heard about a chapter of Girl Scouts that had a small group of their Daisy Girl Scouts (the really young ones!) bring a small bunch of daisy's directly to a few of their special donors offices. The flowers and personal attention were a huge hit. People in some offices wanted to learn how to “get” flowers from Girl Scouts too! Be creative and personal in acknowledgement can make a huge impact.

  • http://robertstanke.com/ Bob Stanke

    I send at least 3-5 personal notes via US Mail each week. Even if not to say thank you, but just “hi”.

  • http://www.socialnicole.com/ Nicole Harrison

    That is awesome Bob! I am jealous, I am not that good! I wish I was! You totally have the networking spirit! Thanks for sharing! BTW I love your blog on community, social media and digital strategy http://robertstanke.com/

  • http://www.socialnicole.com/ Nicole Harrison

    This is a really good way to say thank you to donors. You are right Lori, the more original you can be the better the thank you for the wonderful comment. I have enjoyed your blog for quite some time, I am adding a link here to a great post about making donor thank you calls for others to check out! http://lorijacobwith.com/2010/04/seven-tips-for

  • http://www.grandciel.com Kristin Maija Peterson

    Thanks for a great post, Nicole. How often we forget to say thank you and to think how easy it is to do. I love to practice your No. 1 Way. With all the junk mail and spam, it’s wonderful receiving a personal card from someone. I like to send a card made from a watercolor I’ve done, or cards with original photography taken by my photography friends. Send something unique and non-Hallmark.

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  • http://www.keithprivette.com/ @keithprivette

    I believe the more public the form of saying thank you the better. This only adds to the honesty, creditability and goodwill people have towards both people. I say thank you a lot on twitter, I appreciate all levels of effort! Personally even a simple RT or #FF on twitter deserves a sign of appreciation.

    Thank you for singling me out for comment. This shows me you value my perspective which, I really appreciate when folks want that to have a discussion. It was subtle and really meant a lot to me, so Thank You!

    I know we hold non-profits near and dear to our passionate side and saying thank you is so important in doing business as a non-profit. Because without donors or volunteers you have a mission! I think some non-profits get a little lost in the day to day running the business and keeping their programs alive, they forget this easy relationship building activity.

    Make 10 calls a week to your donors and volunteers just to say thank you……try it; See what happens. Do it out of the blue, unscripted and for not particular reason except for being a donor or a volunteer are the best! Let me know how it goes after 8 weeks (did your referrals increase, did you get more volunteer inquires, did you get new donors, did you have more third party fundraising offers, did you decrease costs of other marketing spend) all things you can track by tracking your actions.

  • http://picsiechick.blogspot.com/ PicsieChick

    What a lovely post! Gratitude is the lifeblood for our spirits. But its value is doubled when it is shared!

    I can add another suggestion – another lovely way to say thank you. Take a look through my site, find a photo you love and send it as an Art Card, or even a free e-card. (or a large print, if it's a really big thank you).

    And, if you do that, then I'll have a reason to thank You. Isn't life grand?

    Hugs and butterflies,
    ~T~

  • sarahjaneml

    Absolutely! Even a quick text to your close friends is good. :)

    • admin

      Yes, that is true, texting to friends and saying thank you is very valuable. Your closest friends end up being your biggest supporter and we all like to be thought of and thanked. Social tools like texting, twitter, facebook and even email make it so easy to simply say thank you for all you do! thanks for commenting Sarah!

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  • http://blog.suretomeet.com CliffAllen

    This is a great way to stay is touch with people without asking them for something.

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