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Updated by Tea Silvestre on Dec 04, 2014
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40+ Ways to Show People How Much You Care

Customers, colleagues and vendors are invaluable. And they should be appreciated regularly and often (not just once at the end of a sale). Let's build a list of fun, creative and unique ways to say thank you to our clients and customers.

Send them a free copy of a business book you think they'll enjoy.

I happen to like this one..."Too many business books these days are 300-page snoozefests that leave the reader drowning in details, more confused than they were when they cracked the front cover. Tea's book isn't like that; it's interesting, engaging, and short enough that you can spend most of your time actually doing something.

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Host a client-only event and show your gratitude with a party atmosphere.

Host a client-only event and show your gratitude with a party atmosphere.

Take the opportunity to introduce folks to each other

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Promote your clients' awesome work via social media

Promote your clients' awesome work via social media

On your Facebook page, your G+ page, on LinkedIn and/or via Twitter

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Be their customer.

Be their customer.

If they offer a product or service that you want/need (and it's awesome), show them some love

Feature Preferred Customers on Your Website

At The Word Chef site, we have a weekly spotlight called The Hall of Fame and those folks are readers and/or colleagues who've been enthusiastically sharing our content and programs.

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Record a thank you video

Record a thank you video

This is great for folks who aren't even close to being in your time zone. Say hello and thank you via YouTube, then email them a link and wa~la!

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Send them on a scavenger hunt (if they enjoy that sort of thing). A client of ours, who happens to be a good friend a...

Send them on a scavenger hunt (if they enjoy that sort of thing). A client of ours, who happens to be a good friend a...

A client of ours, who happens to be a good friend and very excitable around Easter, had just renewed their contract with us and wanted to thank her in a personal way.

We sent a picnic basket to her address with a note inside, telling her that we had a surprise for her and to head to the town hall at 12:30pm for further details. Once there she found a note tied to a lamppost by the hall with a riddle for the next location.

3 locations later it sent her home - where a few of us were waiting with a hamper full of chocolate-y goodness!

Tom Roberts - Founder of So What? Media - http://www.sowhatmedia.co.uk/

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Refer your client to someone who needs their help

Refer your client to someone who needs their help
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Connect up two clients who would be great partners

Connect up two clients who would be great partners
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Forward a relevant magazine article or blog post to them with a note that you were thinking of them

Forward a relevant magazine article or blog post to them with a note that you were thinking of them
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Implement your customers' suggestions when it makes sense. And when you do, let the world know it was THEIR idea.

Implement your customers' suggestions when it makes sense. And when you do, let the world know it was THEIR idea.
Do a Giveaway on a Quarterly Basis

Do a giveaway once per quarter to recognize folks for their participation and patronage. Most recently, I raffled off a "bad-ass unicorn" t-shirt to those who sent in their biggest marketing questions. Those who didn't win, still got a small origami unicorn sent to them by mail. Their questions will be answered via blog posts on my website each month.

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Bake them something yummy -- a loaf of bread, some cupcakes -- it doesn't have to be fancy, just made with love.

Bake them something yummy -- a loaf of bread, some cupcakes -- it doesn't have to be fancy, just made with love.
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Write a positive review for them on LinkedIn or Yelp -- yes, touting *them* as a good customer!

Write a positive review for them on LinkedIn or Yelp -- yes, touting *them* as a good customer!
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Take out an ad in the paper (or on Facebook, or other online relevant online site) and share how fabulous your client...

Take out an ad in the paper (or on Facebook, or other online relevant online site) and share how fabulous your client...
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Handwritten thank you cards sent out as soon as the deal is "inked."

Handwritten thank you cards sent out as soon as the deal is "inked."
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Take them to Lunch

Take them to Lunch

Your best clients deserve your undivided attention at least once per year.

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Stop by the office with bagels and coffee

Stop by the office with bagels and coffee
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Send a birthday card. Include a gift card for iTunes or coffee.

Send a birthday card. Include a gift card for iTunes or coffee.
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Never combine a sales pitch (especially a discount/coupon) with something you're calling a gift. A gift is FREE. A ch...

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Promote your clients and their awesomeness to your other clients via your newsletter.

Promote your clients and their awesomeness to your other clients via your newsletter.
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Call them on the phone to say thank you (try to avoid their busy times of day, if possible). If they're not there, le...

Call them on the phone to say thank you (try to avoid their busy times of day, if possible). If they're not there, le...
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Give them a sneak peek at any new product or service ideas before you launch them. Let them test your new things out ...

Give them a sneak peek at any new product or service ideas before you launch them. Let them test your new things out ...
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Hold a monthly drawing where all the entries come from those who make a purchase.

Hold a monthly drawing where all the entries come from those who make a purchase.