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    Charlotte Pearce featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 with Inkpact

    Inkpact Featured In Forbes

     

    A couple of weeks ago it was the beginning of 2017. Our team sat together at Inkpact HQ, discussing the exciting plans which lay ahead of us and setting huge goals for the year.

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    Charlotte & Andrew celebrating their new partnership as co-founders

    Little did we know that just a fortnight later, our CEO Charlotte Pearce would be ranked amongst the brightest young entrepreneurs and leaders in Forbes 30 Under 30.

    In 2013 Charlotte came across a business who were looking for a way to increase attendance at an event they were running on a regular basis. She suggested that handwritten invites would be a great way to capture people’s attention. She offered to source a few people with beautiful handwriting to write the invites for them and delivered them directly to potential attendees. Shortly after the event, Charlotte got a call to let her know that it was a great success, and every single recipient had opened the handwritten envelopes, read the invitations and the business saw a 20% increase in ROI.

    In September 2014, Charlotte met Andrew Martin when they both landed places on the New Entrepreneurs Foundation programme. At this point there were too many businesses wanting to use Inkpact, so Andrew brought tech to the table and the two worked on a platform online to bring Inkpact to the masses.

    We now have a growing team, an awesome writer’s community aka the ‘Scribe Tribe’ who pen all of our personalised communication. We count UnileverMr & Mrs Smith and Moët Hennessy amongst many others using Inkpact to reach their customers in the most personal way.

    We’re now on a mission to help businesses big and small discover the gap between an email and meeting in person, so if you’d like to do the same; sign up here or say hello.

    Read the Forbes article: 30 Under 30 Europe 2017: Technology

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    The difference between email and letters – BBC News

    What role do postcards and letters play in this digital age? Some businesses think there is a gap in the market.

    Dhruti Shah from BBC News is as in love with handwritten communication as we are here at Inkpact. She’s recently written an article on the many ways businesses are using physical letters over emails in creative ways. She believes physical letters ‘give us a sense of reality’.

    Author Jon McGregor edits The Letters Page – a literary journal that only accepts handwritten submissions and pays £100 for those chosen for publication.

    He gave up email for an entire year, asking people to contact him via letter only in a bid to try to focus on his latest novel.

    “A lot of people actually just left me alone. A few people who did write to me and send me stuff by post – those communications actually developed into meaningful connections with other writers. It showed the difference between email and letters and the way you can forge a connection with someone,” he says.

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    Image copyright: THE LETTERS PAGE

    “When I started The Letters Page, it was interesting to see how many people shared that nostalgia for letters and letter writing. The envelope it comes in bears the traces of the journey, while the letter itself – the handwriting, the coffee stains, the doodles, the choices of paper – all of these are part of the message. When you get an email, you just get the words and that’s that.

    “I think people are looking back to letters and letter writing as a general reawakening of things which are hand-made or unique in some way and have a personal touch.”

    Read more: Sending a postcard from somewhere you’ve never been – BBC News

    Want us to send your handwritten communication so that you can keep a close connection with every customer? Talk to us: sam@inkpact.com

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    10 Brilliant Handwritten Letters To Santa (Love From The Famous)

    I’m completely addicted to reading the posts on Letters Live. If you haven’t heard of it, I’m excited for you. (If you like snooping through letters sent by famous celebs and great people throughout history…who doesn’t?)

    Letters Live is a live celebration of the enduring power of literary correspondence. Each show always features a completely different array of great performers, reading remarkable letters written over the centuries and from around the world. One of the joys of Letters Live is that one never knows who is going to take to the stage or what letter they are going to bring alive.

    Shaun Usher, the professional snooper and total genius behind Letters Live, asked some famous friends to write a letter to the one and only…Father Christmas. Some are hilarious, some are nostalgic and most are completely touching.

    Here’s our top ten favourites!
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    1. Benedict Cumberbatch longs for more magic for children going through rough times

    I feel a little sorry for you. And I guess I’ve done exactly what I said I wouldn’t… Asked you to help with adult problems and solve some of the greatest worries we have for our children. I promise to leave some extra port and mince pies for you! Lots of love Benedict x P.S. Please could I have that lightsaber now

    2. Jarvis Cocker doesn’t want a lot for Christmas.

    Blind faith, Personal wifi & network coverage “cold-spot” (dunno if this has been invented yet – but it ought to have been), Sheffield Wednesday season ticket, Cashmere underpants, Sexy glasses, Remote-control suitcase

    3. Russell Brand hilariously reveals more than most. As usual.

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    Are you real? And this annual gift giving bonanza that you’ve masterminded – what’s that all about? I’ve got some obvious questions around physics (rotund tum vs narrow chimney, travel time etc)

    4. Thandie Newton urges Santa to let Mrs Claus inspire the world with her presence this year.

    You wouldn’t be so jolly, energetic and kind without the presence of a woman in your life. She must be FANTASTIC. You must love her to bits.

    5. Shaun Usher pours out his belief in the power of the pen.

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    I spend my days searching for, reading, and then compiling books of “letters of note”, to illustrate that the dying art of letter writing is worth breathing life into. To show that it really is worth the extra effort; that the very act of putting pen to paper, of taking things a little slower, can bring out the best in us and strengthen bonds.

    6. Ellie Bamber is just a big kid at heart. In glittery shoes.

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    I don’t really need much in the way of presents because being adult means you earn your own living and should I ever have the urge to go and buy a Frozen toy, I have the means to do so. That’s quite a nice feeling.

    7. Yann Martel longs to press the reset button on our current world.

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    I appeal to you. Father Christmas, please take this bruised and battered world, wrap it in gift-wrap paper, and return it to us so that we might open it up with the same sense of wonder and delight that children show when they open the gifts you bring them. Make this world once again the beautiful, marvellous present that it is.

    8. Matt Haig is full to the brim with Christmas spirit and belief in the miracle that is…you! (Aww.)

    we are here, and not as dung-beetles but as HUMANS with the power not only to believe in Father Christmas and to write letters and create ART but also the power to understand the most important thing of all: THAT WE ARE *ALIVE*

    9. Annie Lennox gets reflective.

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    The fact is, I only believed in you until I was about 6 years old, so once it dawned on me that you were the central figure in a collusion between parents and toy manufacturers all over the Western world, there seemed to be little point in writing to you anymore.

     

    10. Thom Yorke asks Santa to prioritise this year.

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    here it is mostly rain. not even jumper weather yet! but the christmas albums are already being played in the shops. that must be so embarrassing for you.


    Inkpact help the lives of others whilst truly connecting humans in business with the power of handwritten communication. Our writer community beautifully write communication for businesses of any size and help them to create unforgettable campaigns.

    This year, let’s write something personal in your Christmas cards: inkpact.com/christmas.

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    Source: LettersLive.com

    HANDWRITTEN BIRTHDAY LETTERS STORED SECRETLY FOR 18 YEARS.

    Handwritten birthday letters stored secretly for 18 years.

    Imagine getting a message from everyone who has ever loved you, for every year you were born. All in one go. Not just a message to say ‘happy birthday, we love you‘, but to read all the ways in which they loved you.

    Abby’s parents decided to start a birthday time capsule for their daughter since she was one year old. Instead of having lots of presents that a one year old couldn’t appreciate, they asked relatives to write messages to her, to be kept in a box until she was 18.

    Some of the letters were written from relatives that had sadly passed away.

    My grandpa always used a certain kind of stationery,” Abby said. “It was such a visceral reaction to seeing his handwriting and feeling the paper. It was like he was standing there next to me. We have always joked that the two of us are so similar that we share a bond no one else understands.

    In an emotional Facebook clip, you can see the power of the letter as Abby reads through them.

    What a way to #beunforgettable.

    MARION – For 17 years, Abby Van Metre’s birthday gift was kept secret. A box full of letters from relatives, some who died before Abby could read the messages, sat in an antique box on a shelf in her Marion home.

    Read more here.
    Source: Marion teen receives greatest birthday gift of all

    Want to be unforgettable with you own clients? We’ve created a service to create personalised handwritten communication at scale. So now you write to everyone that’s important, at the touch of a button. Real humans, real paper, real ink. 

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    No Time To write your Christmas Cards?

    You know how all your favourite top clients and partners are going to feel opening them…and you know how they’re going to feel if you don’t send them. But the time just isn’t there. Yes, I’m talking about the good ol’ Christmas card debate, and it seems everyone is sat in the same boat.

    Luckily, here at Inkpact have a writer’s community. So, this year we’re on hand to help you do something seriously savvy. It’s guaranteed to not only get you in the good books of everyone that matters to you, be it friends, family, clients or partners, but it will make you unforgettable this Christmas.

    Let our Inkpact elves deliver something unforgettable to all of those special ones. A completely personal, beautifully handwritten card from you. Your Christmas message, our writers. (Sorry, I mean ‘elves’.)

    You’ve until the 16th of December to place a personalised order at the click of a button. That’s currently just over 7 weeks away.

    Go on. Give yourself the gift of Christmas presence at the touch of a button & all you’ll have left to do, is decide what you’ll do with all those evenings you’ll now have free.

    Send an Inkpact now.

    Psst...if you have something else in mind, or have already sourced your Christmas cards design, send an email to sam@inkpact.com and we’ll get them handwritten for you too.