Donation to charity with each card
TORONTO, July 16 /CNW/ - Imagine being able to mail your friends a
personalized postcard and have it delivered to their mailbox without ever
having to step into a store or post office. Then imagine the time you'll save
not having to find a store that sells postcards, choose the "best" generic
card and make your way to the post office to buy stamps.
Now backpackers and vacationers anywhere in the world can upload their
own photos from a computer to the popular ZoomAndGo travel web site and
generate personalized, printed postcards that are then mailed out, through the
postal service, to recipients. With every postcard sent, $0.20 is donated to
the charity of the sender's choice from a list on the site.
"It's a traditional postcard with a digital twist," explains Jonathan
Haldane, CEO and Founder of the site. "Whether you're on an adventure half way
across the world, or at a celebration in your own backyard, you can now create
a personalized postcard and have it in the mail within a matter of minutes.
What makes it unique is that a person uses their own picture, chooses a
handwriting style for their personal message, and then our proprietary online
system looks after the rest."
ZoomAndGo postcards are professionally printed and laminated real
postcards (4 1/4" x 6" or 10.8 cm x 15.25 cm) that are created online. Each
postcard costs US$1.99 for delivery destinations in North America and US$2.99
for delivery destinations everywhere else. Payment for cards, which includes
printing and delivery, is done through VISA, MasterCard or PayPal. Postcards
are usually delivered within five to seven days for Canada and the U.S. and
within seven to nine days for the rest of the world. As an added feature, all
addresses used to send the postcards through a ZoomAndGo account (free) are
kept in a secure database for future access.
"Postcards are fun to receive and they're fun to send. They're a quick,
easy way to say 'hey, look where I am' and share your experiences," says
Haldane. "And that's what ZoomAndGo is all about too. We've just made it
really easy to personalize the experience, make use of technology, and keep
the pop culture appeal of postcards booming."
ZoomAndGo.com, which has been described as "Facebook meets Frommers", is
critically acclaimed as one of the best social sites for exchanging reviews,
tips, photos and videos related to travel. With a library of more than 15,000
user generated videos and 75,000 vetted and geo-tagged photos, the site
provides honest, up to date and peer-reviewed points of view on thousands of
destinations, hotels and points of interest.
"What I'm especially proud of is the charity aspect of the cards," says
Haldane. "We have seven selected charities with whom we are associated. For
every postcard sent, $0.20 is donated to the charity of the sender's choice.
With our large number of users, we believe we can really make a significant
difference in improving this world we all share."
ZoomAndGo.com is a rich-media travel experience Web site featuring the
world's largest online collection of user generated hotel and destination
videos. ZoomAndGo has become a popular social hub for travellers with up to a
half million international visitors a month and more than 20,000 members. The
site offers reviews of hotels and lodging, attractions and points of interest,
and places from around the world. Content is collected from users in exchange
for cash which is then donated to the charity of the user's choice.
Contributors receive ten cents to one dollar for their content which is all
vetted by an independent ZoomAndGo team.
For further information:
For further information: Sree Nallamothu, ZoomAndGo.com, (416) 323-9449,
Cell: (416) 566-6818, firstname.lastname@example.org; Cathy Carter, CJC
Communications, (905) 338-0825, email@example.com