It’s official

Can you read this?

It’s official, receive a 3% postage discount when you apply a QR Code to your direct mail during July and August 2011.

Every little bit helps.

We can help you.

Prepare in advance.

Get the facts here.

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me:  Tell me a secret, I will keep it.


Making friends through social media.

Seth Godin - Poke the Box

Social media has opened new doors to new friends.

They are fellow bloggers.

We became friends because we took the time to comment on each others blogs.

Without commenting, it’s a one-way friendship.

Without commenting we remain just a blog hit statistic.

Saturday a surprise package arrived in the mail.

It was the newest book by Seth Godin in The Domino Project. (click here)

It came from Jeff Noel, the blog whisperer. (click here to read his 5-a-day blogs)

How did he know I would enjoy this book?

Because he reads my blogs and I read his.

Thank you Jeff Noel, I can’t wait to read this book of  “oxygen”.

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me:  I started blogging to share my thoughts.  Who cares?

The weather didn’t matter

Our Family

Our Family

Yesterday was a combined birthday party for my granddaughters Carly 1 and Reese 10.

Reese’s original party was respectfully cancelled due to the death of my brother-in-law.

The weather was absolutely horrible yesterday.

Rainy and unseasonable cold.

The atmosphere inside was warm, loving and lifelong memorable.

The weather outside just doesn’t matter when you’re surrounded by love inside.

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me:  Growing up, we did not have organized birthday parties every year.  

Published in: on May 15, 2011 at 6:58 am  Comments (4)  

QR Code – Saving postage?

QR Code (quick response)

Have you seen those new QR Codes (quick response)?

Are you curious what all the hype is about?

Keeping it simple, it is a code that is read by a mobile smart phone with the appropriate App and it will lead you directly to a companies ad, website, coupon, etc.

The USPS is proposing a 3% postage discount to all bulk mail (standard and first class) that displays the new QR Barcode (quick response) during the month of July and August 2011 (click here) for FAQ.

If you would like to do some direct mail in July or August and would like to incorporate the QR Code, contact us, we can help.

There are many different Apps that can read these codes.  I personally downloaded QuickMark. If  you have a smart phone and an App, read the above code and see where it leads you.

If you have an QR Code reader app that you really like, let me know in the comments.

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me:  I learn something new every day as long as I am paying attention!

Bulk Mail Service Tip #1 – Another Way to Save Postage


Don’t pay too much

Here’s another easy way to save on postage. Co-mingle your metered mail.

What is co-mingled mail?  Your mail is put with other mail and presorted before it goes to the post office, because of that process it costs less to mail.  Simple and easy.  Fill out two easy forms one time, meter at a lower rate and deliver to us, save postage.

True story:

Yesterday I received a newsletter mailed by a local non-profit.  They metered 64 cents postage.  

If they would allow us to co-mingle this mail they could have saved 22.6 cents per piece. 

Doing it yourself is not always the best decision.

If you meter your mail, if you have over 100 pieces and if you want to save postage, please contact us first.  (click here)

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me:   Learned to type on a manual typewriter.  What’s a manual typewriter you say?

What does good customer service look like?

As I walked up to the door I noticed that they close at 6:00.  It was 6:06 so I turned around to walk back to my car.

The owner rushed out to summon me back.  She said she was going to be staying late so I was welcome to come in and browse.

She didn’t have to do that.

Turned out it was opening day at their new location.

She was setting the tone for good customer service and I noticed.

I feel good customer service needs to be spotlighted.

**** The Closet Exchange, Valparaiso IN (new location in the Wiseway Plaza on US Hwy 30) ****

Have a wonder-filled day.

Donna Flanagin

Random me:  Looking forward to the return of Arctic Orange shakes at McDonalds.

Walt Disney – Vision

Walt Disney - Vision

Received this poster from someone I have actually never met.

I was the proud winner of his online contest.

He picked it out special for me.  Wow, think about that.

He didn’t have to do that,  yet he did.

He went way out of his way to be sure I was happy.

Is it an example of how he does business?

I bet it is.

We actually have something in common.

A passion for great customer service.

Check out his blog (click here).

Thank you, David!

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me: I wish I had some theatrical training.

Listen Up Non-Profits

Keeping it simple……

I had a non-profit customer today make the decision not to apply for non-profit status at the post office because she said they don’t mail often enough.

My suggestion to her was to apply anyway, it’s FREE.  IF YOU DIRECT MAIL, YOU SHOULD APPLY.

There is only a cost if you want your own permit, if you use a mail service you do not need your own permit.

Authorization number and permit number are two different things.

There is a lot of money to be saved in postage if you can qualify with the USPS as a non-profit organization.

I’m making it easy, link to application (Click Here)

Your authorization number can be used anywhere in the U.S. regardless of where you apply.

You must mail 200 pieces or 50 pounds of bulk mail per mailing.

No, you do not have to mail to only one zip code, you can mix it up any way you want.

You must mail at least once every 2 years to keep your authorization active.

You may not lend your authorization to another organization.

More questions? Contact me.

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Random me:  I have a horrible singing voice and that makes me sad.  I would love to be able to sing (beautifully).

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