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Touch Note is a site that lets you upload your photos with a single touch of your smartphone, then edit them into greeting cards or postcards. Once that is done, you get to type a fun message and let the company send them on their way. The company has received many awards including the Everline Future 50 business award, the BMA platinum nomination, and the UK 2015 Technology Fast 50 award, enhancing their growth and appeal.
Their site comes with an app you can use directly from your phone. With a smartphone you can take a photo, upload it instantly, write a message, type in the mailing information, and it is sent.
- Positive Reviews
They were featured in Forbes, Mashable, The Independent, Daily Mail, and Sky. Reviews speak for themselves, with almost four thousand reviews online, the average of which rates the company 4.7 stars out of 5.
- Add Things to Cards
For the cards, you get the option to add more than one photo to the front, or even pick from a variety of greetings like ‘thank you’ or ‘happy birthday’. Change the style, add captions, and pick different backgrounds for the prints.
- You Retain Rights
When you upload photos the site does not retain rights to them. You get your photos stored in your account so that you can re-use them on future orders, but that is it.
- Professional Use Too
Send professional or commercial cards from sales staff or to school teachers, and more.
- Better With Smartphone
If you do not have a smartphone, then the ease of use provided by the app is useless. You can still upload things from the website, but it takes a few more steps.
How It Works
Postcards are a popular way to tell someone you are thinking of them while on a vacation or visiting some place new. However, they can get costly, and then you add to that the time / money it takes to travel to the post office for stamps. Moreover, lots of people wish they could send something other than what is available at the local shop. Postcards, good postcards, can be difficult to find when traveling. Some people have to visit multiple shops before they find any, and when they do, they might not be high quality or of the sights you want. With so many people taking their own photos today with cameras or phones, high quality ones at that, it is now more appealing to send something you took yourself of whatever you saw.
You might have entered a cave or museum postcards of which do not exist, but you want to send the image you took to friends. Alternatively, you might want to send a photo with yourself in it, or your family without the hassle of replacing toner cartridges, finding the right paper, cutting, and mailing. With this site, you can convert your images directly into postcards. These are not the only thing you can do of course. Consider printing a large canvas print of your image, greeting cards to loved ones, or framed photos for your home.
How it's Different from Competitors
While there are many photo sharing sites out there, and many sites that let you order prints or special photo gifts, not many of them offer postcards. Those that do will simply send you the postcards. What makes this one stand out is that you are not just sending a print. You are actually sending a real postcard, and they can send it for you so you have no hassle on your end.
If you use a credit pack, you can actually save money on your orders. More importantly, unlike other websites which charge shipping based on location, you can send a postcard or greeting card using the credits and the price includes the postage anywhere in the world. Buying credits in packs saves you money all around. These credit packs last for one year, so you do not have to feel pressured to use them all at once.
How to Use (Step by Step)
- Create Membership
Create a membership. You do not need to pay to become a member, but you do need to register.
- Download App
Once you are a member, you can download the app onto your phone for easy use or just use their website.
- Upload Photos
Upload your photos.
Pick the ones you want to mail, then add a message and the mailing information.
Have the company send them out on your behalf.
If you order postcards or greeting cards, it will take 1-2 days to arrive in the UK, 2-5 for the US. It will take between 1-2 days for Germany, 3-5 for the rest of Europe, 2-4 for Australia, and 1-3 weeks for the rest of the world.
Tips & Tricks
Addresses are saved automatically on the site, so once you use it for a single order, the information remains there for other orders.
Photos have to be at least 432 x 306 pixels. If images are too small then they look grainy. Standard photos taken from cameras or phones are fine. Their maximum resolution is 300dpi.
Both Walmart and Target are popular for their photo section. Like many grocery stores or chain stores, there is a photo area that lets you upload your photos and then order printed things like pictures, canvass, or even t-shirts. However, their customer service is not the best, with lots of issues, busy lines, and machines that seem to always fail.
Ordering online is fine, but the sites can be difficult and options limited. Postcards are not one of the main options you can find. Instead, you can print cards or photos, but not fun postcards. Moreover, you cannot have them printed, stamped, and mailed for you.
The Shutterfly website is a great site for image sharing, but in recent years its expansion has caused other previously appealing aspects of the business to falter. Photo gifts that just have images or lettering on them have become their main selling point rather than photos. Postcards are not a popular option on their site, and they are often quite expensive. You might end up paying up to five dollars for a single postcard to be printed and mailed on your behalf from a photo you too.
To reduce costs, they can send things to you directly, but in any case the shipping times are rather extensive. Shipping overseas or to APO is even longer and you might honestly wait months for something to arrive. Worse, still, is that for some reason ordering regular prints or cards takes exponentially longer to complete compared to ordering a photo gift.
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