Give a SMILE, and then some!
iGiveASmile is a free iPhone app. Shop a diverse line of artist illustrated greeting cards, ideal for social media messaging. Buy once, use forever! Build your own quiver of visual one-liners ready when you are.
Pick a card, choose or write a clever message. Share! Buy a card once for $1 and you own it for infinite sending. Collect a virtual drawer full of great, funny, quick and easy to send illustrated messages for all occasions. Write your own copy, make your friends laugh. Warning! These smiles are contagious.
MEET THE ARTIST
These illustrated greetings for all occasions come from the hand of renowned sculptor/illustrator Gail Folwell. Meet the Trailheads, Pinheads and friends. Make your big adventures come to life in the virtual world.
iGIVEaSmile is the instant gratification cyber world greeting. Illustrated messaging at your fingertips.
Share with text, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, snapchat and more! These cards will give you and your friends many reasons to laugh. (We're considering a download to print option too! pending)
HOW THE APP WORKS
Step 1: Choose your occasion.
Step 2: Scroll choices and pick a card.
Step 3: Choose the scripted messages or write your own.
Step 4: Buy that card for $1, or the whole set (7-10 cards in a set) for $4. You can use every card you purchase as many times as you’d like forever! And you can still customize the copy every time.
Step 5: Share! with a click. On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or text at the touch of a button! IMAGES
OUR NEW REALITY
Virtual Greetings Card Industry Statistics & Market Size: Revenue $261m, Annual Growth 2.5%
The Online Greeting Card Sales industry is expanding rapidly as consumers shift to online shopping and e-cards. An increasing number of broadband and mobile internet connections has helped facilitate consumer access to online greeting card retailers. Additionally, the industry provides consumers with convenient and often more affordable alternatives to brick-and-mortar greeting card retailers… (IBISWorld)
Current Paper Greetings statistics :
Americans purchase approximately 6.5 billion greeting cards each year. Annual retail sales of greeting cards are estimated between $7 and $8 billion. (GreetingCard.org)
SPECIAL ALERT! GIVEaSmile, everyday ... but you still have to send mom a card on mothers's day ... in the mail too ... sealed with a kiss! ; )
WHY I'M RAISING FUNDS
The art is done, the graphics for the app designed. The technical coding and app build is well underway. The iGIVEaSmile app is being built by Media Systems, Chicago. The web site is Acorn Computer Solutions, this cool video and marketing is by Post Digital Ginger and translations into 7 languages are in the works. I have 50 cards in the app already, plenty more on deck, many exceptional artist friends to grow the line with and two more iGIVEaSmile apps on the boards. Funds raised through Kickstarter will cover the last of the iGIVEaSmile 'Greetings' expenses and launch of the application, give us a leg up on the next iteration of iGIVEaSmile, 'thoughts', a line of beautiful cards, paintings and photographs with thoughtful prose for more poignant moments you want to respond to or inspire, designed with virtual and/or download to print versions ... the tactile way, for those special occasions, or for the retro inclined, or for mom (send with flowers).
Risks and challenges
What risks?!! I'm already all in. Everyone likes to get cards! With you, our first believers, we start sending smiles!! Spreading the word is the hardest part. the iGIVEaSmile logo is discreetly labelled on each card. Send smiles, help us go viral. I'll add more occasions, easter, anniversary, sympathy … tell me what you want. Great card choices at your fingertips, adding to the happy factor in our lives and knowing that YOU like the cards is the most important feedback. A little capital will give us the last push and a Kickstart onto your phone - and virtually, make someone smile.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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