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Same-as-a-Stamp
Postcard

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Questions
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What is a Same-as-a-Stamp Postcard?

A distinctive mailpiece that EVERYONE can afford. Our goal? To keep the cost equal to or below the cost of First-Class postcard postage alone—at this writing, just 34 cents per piece. In other words, you send 250 postcards and the total cost is just $85.00 to print, produce, AND mail it.

Why so inexpensive?

We know how useful and effective postal mail is and believe that once you experience how easy it is to send mail without stamps or permits, without visiting the Post Office—that you'll discover even more reasons to send direct mail using Click2Mail.com.

Can I send less than 250 postcards?

To get the very lowest price, no. But there is a version of the same card that requires no minimum and only costs a little more (see No minimum, Single-sided Postcard below).

What are the postcard specifications?

Same-as-a-Stamp Postcard
  • > 3.5 by 5-inch, single-sided postcard
  • > Black and white printing on white matte paper (no bleed)
  • > 250 minimum to receive Same-as-a-Stamp promotional pricing,
  • > Click2Mail ad space on address side
No minimum, Single-sided Postcard
  • > 3.5 by 5-inch, single-sided postcard
  • > Black and white printing on white matte paper (no bleed)
  • > No-minimum, postage-plus-production pricing (the more you mail the more you save)
  • > No ad space on address side

Isn't 3.5 by 5-inches too small to mail?

Absolutely not. In fact, because it is the smallest mailpiece the Postal Service delivers, it may get a little extra attention. The Same-as-a-Stamp postcard is a very inexpensive way to get your message to your audience. And no envelope means your message MUST be read to be processed.

When will my postcard mail?

Choose the "Next Day" option in Mailing Online Pro and place your order before 8PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on a business day and your mailpiece will be in the United States Post Office's (USPS) mailstream the next business day. Orders placed after 8PM EST are mailed in two business days. Orders placed after 8PM EST on Saturday or a postal holiday are mailed on the next available mailing date, generally two business days.

Where do I get a mailing list?

You can use your own existing list, create one from your address book, or purchase a list online through Click2Mail.com. Any list created in a word processing, spreadsheet, or database program and saved in the CSV, TAB, MDB, XLS, or XLSX file formats is compatible with Click2Mail's Mailing Online Publisher. Need help finding, creating, or troubleshooting a list? Our experts are standing by at 1-866-665-2787 Monday-Friday, 9AM to 8PM EST.

Can I personalize my postcard for each recipient?

Yes. You can use "mail-merge" (a form of variable data) to personalize your postcard using information from your mailing list data file—a name, salutation, account number, dollar amount, appointment date, location, and so on. Mail-merge documents are prepared using the Mailing Online Pro Document Creator or by creating the document in Microsoft Word and modifying it once it is uploaded.

Can I extend the information/image off the edge of the card?

No. This postcard is classified as "no-bleed," meaning multiple cards are printed on a sheet and trimmed out one right next to the other. Though trimming is typically highly accurate, occasionally, a slight portion of the edge of one card ends up on the other. To avoid problems we recommend you leave a slight white border around the edge of your card. Technically, you can run non-essential information right up to the edge, but we recommend keeping critical information such as text .25 inches from the edge.

Is the Same-as-a-Stamp postcard glossy?

No. Unlike 4-color printing, a gloss (UV) coating over black and white printing sometimes produces an uneven, unpleasant result. For that reason we do not add a coating to Same-as-a-Stamp Postcards. Most of Click2Mail's full-sized, 4-color (full-color) postcards include a UV gloss coating option.

What if I need help?

There are three ways to get help at Click2Mail.com
  • 1. The Click2Mail Knowledgebase answers most general and how-to questions
  • 2. A program-specific Help Menu is available after you sign into your account
  • 3. Our experts are standing by at 1-866-665-2787 Monday-Friday, 9AM to 8PM EST.

How and
why to use it

How would you use a Same-as-a-Stamp postcard?

The Same-as-a-Stamp format is ideal for communicating a simple message and requesting a specific response. These examples demonstrate some of the ways to easily and economically promote your ideas, products, and services.

  • Admission/parking pass
  • Appointment reminder
  • Auction announcement
  • Coupon card
  • Discount offer
  • Donation receipt
  • Email followup
  • Event announcement
  • Holiday message
  • Legal reminder
  • Listing solicitation
  • Lost pet alert
  • Maintenance reminder
  • Membership card
  • Oversized business card
  • Political campaign
  • Product offer
  • Real estate offer
  • Recipe card
  • Sale announcement
  • Save the date notice
  • School notice
  • Service offer
  • Thank you card
  • Warranty upgrade offer

Why a postcard?

  • Postcards are easy. The easiest, least complex format to write and design.
  • Postcards are obvious. Your message and images are virtually certain to be seen.
  • Postcards are immediate. Orders placed by 8PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) are
    mailed the next business day.

Some examples

Question? Call Click2Mail.com Customer Support toll free at 866-665-2787 Mon-Fri,
9AM to 8PM EST.

How to
prepare your
Same-as-a-
stamp
document

It's quick and easy to load and process documents in your Click2Mail.com Mailing Online Pro account or to create them using the Mailing Online Pro Document Creator.

Documents can be prepared using any software program that can save a .PDF (Portable Document File) or that are saved in the Microsoft Word format. You’ll find templates for Adobe InDesign, Apple iWorks Pages, Microsoft Publisher, or Microsoft Word here:

Download a Same-as-a-Stamp Postcard template

Orders submitted to Click2Mail.com by 8PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) are processed, printed, and transported to the USPS the next business day. The mailpiece is delivered (or delivery is attempted), in most cases*, within 2 to 4 days.

For step-by-step instructions, download the Click2Mail.com How-to Guide (below). If you use postcards regularly or are planning a high-volume mailing, consider linking your internal systems directly to Click2Mail.com's mailstream through our SOAP and REST APIs.

We offer two different postcard layouts at this size:

Same-as-a-Stamp Postcard

  • > 3.5 by 5-inch, single-sided postcard
  • > Black and white printing on white matte paper (no bleed)
  • > Promotional pricing, 250 minimum
  • > Click2Mail ad space on address side
Download
this template

No minimum, Single-sided Postcard

  • > 3.5 by 5-inch, single-sided postcard
  • > Black and white printing on white matte paper (no bleed)
  • > No-minimum, postage-plus-production pricing (the more you mail the more you save)
  • > No ad space on address side
Download
this template

Download the Click2Mail.com How-to Guide

Download a Same-as-a-Stamp Postcard template
for Adobe InDesign, Apple iWorks Pages, Microsoft Publisher, or Microsoft Word

Question? Call Click2Mail.com Customer Support toll free at 866-665-2787 Mon-Fri, 9AM to 8PM EST.

About
Click2Mail.com

No stamps, no permits, no minimum quantities, no trips to the Post
Office — you compose your mailpiece, upload the file, and click to mail it.
All types of mailers, all types of delivery methods, and a set of powerful
integrated mail optimization tools.

Mail made easy

You've heard it all before: Improve quality. Automate processes. Reduce costs. What you might not have heard is how, over the last decade, Click2Mail has used those maxims to architect the most complete and accessible business mail outsourcing solution in the industry.

Whether you need a complete stand-alone alternative to an in-house mailing department or a way of adding new flexibility and mailing capabilities to your existing system—Click2Mail helps savvy organizations manage mail more efficiently in the reality of the here and now.

Formats

Postcards • Letters • Flyers • Reply Mail • Booklets

Delivery options

First-Class Mail®, Standard Mail®, Priority Mail®, Certified Mail™, International mail, Every Door Direct Mail — Retail®

Production options

  • Mailing Online: Click2Mail's flagship production platform
  • Mailing Online Pro: Our next generation system
  • Easy Letter Sender™: A streamlined letter and postcard interface
  • Email-to-Mail™: Send email and email attachments by postal mail
  • Every Door Direct Mail—Retail: Local marketing with NO mailing list
  • MailJack™: Use your program's "Print" feature to send U.S. Mail
  • SOAP & REST APIs: Customize and automate your interface

Resources

  • Mailing Lists: Buy a pinpointed mailing list
  • Design services: Professional design, marketing, and production

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