51 Ways to Say Thank You – A Gigantic List (Bookmark It!)

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Exploring various ways to say thank you is not only a matter of good manners but also a strategy that fosters positive relationships and satisfaction. In the business context, where competition is fierce and customer loyalty is invaluable, expressing gratitude can make a significant difference.

Especially in times when gestures of appreciation are most impactful, recognizing individuals who contribute to a business’s success is crucial.

This article aims to provide a range of diverse and innovative ways to express thanks, tailored to different groups such as customers, clients, partners, suppliers, and all who have been integral to your business’s journey.

From personalized tokens of gratitude to public recognitions, these suggestions are designed to help you craft meaningful and memorable expressions of appreciation. Embracing such practices not only strengthens existing relationships but also helps in forging new ones.

By acknowledging the contributions of those involved in your business, you create an atmosphere of mutual respect and appreciation, fostering a positive brand image and encouraging ongoing support and collaboration.

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Types of Ways to Say Thank You for Businesses

We’ve compiled a checklist table that categorizes different types of ways to way thank you, suitable for any business. This table will help you quickly identify which type of ‘thank you’ strategy aligns best with your business needs and resources.

Whether it’s a personal gesture, a public acknowledgment, or a promotional act, you can find the right way to show appreciation to your customers, clients, and partners.

Strategy TypeExamples
Personalized GesturesHand-written thank you cards, Calling clients for lunch, Birthday gifts or cards, Personalized thank you messages on social media
Public AcknowledgmentPublicly thanking customers on social media, Highlighting customers in a blog post, Hosting a community party or event, Promoting partners on your website
Promotional ActsOffering free samples or discounts, Organizing contests or giveaways, Complimentary services like gift wrapping, Loyalty programs
Educational/Value-AddingFree eBooks or webinars, Hosting educational seminars, Sharing useful articles or resources
Client & Employee EngagementHosting meet-and-greet events, Inviting feedback on charity support, Employee referral programs
Digital AppreciationSending eCards, Online contests, Social media shout-outs, Offering virtual coffees via apps
Celebratory EventsHosting tasting events, Organizing happy hour outings, Sponsoring local meetups, Flash sales
Operational ExcellenceSimplifying internal processes, Improving customer interaction, Efficient handoffs between departments
Community InvolvementSupporting local causes, Promoting local issues on social media, Including a community bulletin board in business locations

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Creative Ways to Say Thank You

  • Send out hand-written Thank You cards to your top clients and be sure to make each one specific and personal.
  • Invite members of your community to a party at your local store or restaurant.
  • Offer free samples of your products to holiday shoppers.
  • Consultants, package your best advice together in a free eBook and give it away.
  • Hold an online contest to give away a free product or service to one (or more) of your most loyal customers.
  • Bakeries and coffee shops, host a free tasting event.
  • Award a shopping spree or free gift card to one of your customers and ask them to pay it forward by doing something nice for someone else.
  • Call up your best clients and take them to lunch – just because.
  • Send a discount to your customers on the anniversary of their first purchase from you.
  • If you have customers around the country (or the world), host a coffee meetup when you visit a new city and invite customers who live nearby.

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  • Publicly thank your customers individually on social media.
  • Let customers share their input on which charities you support over the holidays.
  • If you offer any membership based services, offer surprise upgrades for the highest membership level to a few of your lower-level subscribers.
  • Send a gift or card to your customers on their birthday or other dates that are important specifically to them.
  • Host a meet-and-greet event to offer customers the chance to get to know the people behind your business.
  • B2B businesses, send more business to your clients by giving them relevant referrals whenever possible.
  • When customers share suggestions, send them a personalized note letting them know how you implemented their feedback.
  • If you have customers who pay a regular monthly fee for your services, discount a small percentage off their fee for one month.
  • Send a gift card or discount code from one of your partner businesses to your customers.

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  • Host an after hours event like a reading or an open mic night.
  • Promote your partners or business clients with a quick shout out on social media.
  • Create a section of your website specifically to showcase your partners and business clients. Highlight different clients on your main page every week.
  • Send out some branded gifts like t-shirts or tote bags with your company logo.
  • Offer complimentary coffee and other treats in your entryway or waiting area.
  • Find a book that you think would be useful for your clients or partners and share it with them.
  • Reach out to customers on a regular basis just to make sure they’re satisfied with your products or services.
  • Highlight standout customers in a blog post or video on your website.
  • Share relevant articles or other resources from sources that aren’t your own with your customers on social media or via email.
  • Bloggers, offer free ad-space or sponsored posts to loyal readers who fit with your content.
  • Host educational seminars or online classes and invite your existing clients early.

  • Offer up your space for local groups or charity organizations when you’re not using it.
  • Sponsor local meetups or networking events to help your clients meet others in their industries.
  • When you launch a new product or service, publicly call for customers to help you name it. Give a prize or public shout out to the winner.
  • Create a video that says thank you to customers and shows them a behind the scenes look at your company.
  • Send individual thank you messages to customers who share your products or nice experiences about your business on social media.
  • Retailers, offer complimentary giftwrapping with purchases over the holidays.
  • Send a gift card or coffee via Starbucks’ mobile app to customers you can’t meet with for coffee in person.
  • Create a personalized eCard to send to your customers on holidays.
  • Plan a happy hour outing once a month and invite your clients, partners and employees out for an informal get together.
  • When a client mentions a unique hobby or interest, make a note of it and use that to pick out any future gifts, rather than just sending generic items.
  • Host a giveaway when you launch a new product or service, giving your best customers a chance to try it for free.
  • Send your clients a basket of their favorite baked goods or other snacks just to let them know how important they are to your business.

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  • Be open and honest with your customers when your business goes through any changes, good or bad.
  • Local businesses, include a bulletin board in your location that customers and community members can use to share information about local causes and events.
  • Use your social media accounts to promote or highlight important local issues and keep community members informed.
  • Send a free gift, along with a thank you note, to customers along with their purchase.
  • Offer a loyalty program that gives customers a discount or incentive for repeat purchases.
  • Send cards to people on holidays other than the major ones, especially if you have clients who don’t celebrate things like Christmas.
  • Hold a flash sale, just for an hour or two, to give deep discounts to customers who are ready to buy – now.
  • Pick up the phone and call your clients just to check in and see if there’s anything you can help them with.
  • Say thank you in person. Every time a customer does business with you, say “thank you.”

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Using the above creative ideas for ways to say thank you will not only demonstrate your appreciation but also deepen the connections with those who contribute to your business.

Implementing these strategies goes beyond mere transactional interactions; it fosters a culture of gratitude and acknowledgment. Remember, expressing thanks shouldn’t be an occasional gesture but a regular practice.

Regular expressions of gratitude help in building a positive and enduring relationship with clients, customers, partners, and suppliers. This consistent approach to showing appreciation reinforces your commitment to valuing the people who are integral to your business.

It’s about creating an environment where everyone feels recognized and valued for their contributions, which in turn can lead to increased loyalty, satisfaction, and even advocacy for your brand.

Integrating gratitude into your business ethos not only enhances your reputation but also contributes to a more positive and collaborative industry atmosphere.

Be sure to check out our gift giving guide for a slew of gift ideas as well!

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Annie Pilon Annie Pilon is a Senior Staff Writer for Small Business Trends and has been a member of the team for 12 years. Annie covers feature stories, community news and in-depth, expert-based guides. She has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College Chicago in Journalism and Marketing Communications.