How to Say ‘Thanks’ in the 21st Century

I am a huge fan of sending/receiving snail mail, so don’t let me deter you from expressing your thanks the ‘old-fashioned way’. However, if you want to add to your gratitude repertoire, here are some suggestions of ways you can positively acknowledge a person or business publicly. These have all been made possible due to the digital age, and the benefit is that your positive endorsement will be publicly visible for a long time. Just think – your positive review can help steer more customers/opportunities toward the businesses/people you love! It is literally a gift that keeps on giving!

(Oh – and I fully intend to add to this list, so please use the comment section below if you notice that I’ve missed something)

  1. Write a recommendation on their Linkedin profile
  2. Visit their company page on Linkedin and review one of their products/services
  3. Write a review on their Google Places Page
  4. Post a positive shout-out on Twitter
  5. Write an update on the person’s Facebook wall (business page preferably).
  6. NEW – write a recommendation in the right hand side of their Facebook page (only on place pages).
  7. You can even go one step further and click the ‘video’ button on Facebook to record a thank-you video for all to watch.
  8. Tag the person or business page in a post on your Facebook page/profile when you publicly thank them.
  9. Create a video testimonial that can be uploaded to YouTube and embeded on their website
  10. “Like” their website through a social bookmarking site like StumbleUpon.
  11. Go to their Klout profile and give them a +K on a topic you know they’re an expert in (this is new)
  12. Write a review on a review site for their industry (e.x. TripAdvisor, UrbanSpoon)
  13. Write a tip at their location on Foursquare
  14. Write a review of their business on Yelp

Do you have something to add to this list? How do you show your gratitude in this digital age?

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Terri DaviesI’m a down-to-earth, technically savvy, modern marketing inspired designer, educator, and coach. I’ve been working online for nearly 10 years now, and early on realized I had a knack for spotting the remarkable aspects of a person or business bringing that online. I truly love what I do, and I am happiest when I am working with my team, making beautiful things for heart-centred entrepreneurs (especially when I'm doing that from my mobile office in a tropical country).View all posts by Terri Davies →

  1. Lowell Ann Fuglsang
    Lowell Ann Fuglsang07-29-2011

    I often use animated cards from

    • Terri Davies
      Terri Davies08-09-2011

      I’ve never used that site, but I will have to check it out. Thanks for the tip!

  2. JUHLi SELBy
    JUHLi SELBy08-01-2011

    Love this post Terri! A great list of ideas – thank you for sharing. Two more ideas to add to the list – the first one I know you are great at – take a photo of their business or you at the business or of their product/service to go along with the review or tweet. And another good one: #followfriday or #FF on Twitter

    • Terri Davies
      Terri Davies08-09-2011

      Yes, those are definitely great additions to the list. Thanks Juhli!

  3. Murray Kirk
    Murray Kirk08-01-2011

    Great post Terri! I’m going to use as many of your recommendations as possible as I too believe that a “thank you” is indeed the gift that keeps on giving. I try to blog about our clients whenever possible but your list shows me how much more I can be doing… Thank you!

    • Terri Davies
      Terri Davies08-09-2011

      It’s great to hear that you’re using the blog as a way to talk about your clients. That has the double benefit of showing how your products can be used, and recognizing/marketing your clients’ businesses. Nice!

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