Mary uses two Web based mailing services, Snailmailr (www.snailmailr.com) and The Mail Monster (www.themailmonster.com) to send letters. These companies send out individual letters; they are not mass mailing marketing services. She logs in, uploads a graphic of her letterhead, types the recipient's address, copies and pastes in her message and pays.
The services then print out the letter, and stuffs and mails it Snailmailr charges ninety-nine cents for each letter, including postage. The Mailmonster is free. Both services advertise themselves on their envelopes. The Mailmonster includes other ads too which is why they’re free.
For faxes, Mary uses three Web-based faxing services – efax (www.efax.com), FaxZERO (www.faxzero.com) and TPC Fax (http://www.tpc.int/faxbyemail.html). They’re different. eFax lets Mary upload a Word document and then sends it as a fax to her recipient’s fax machine. It costs $14 per month which allows 30 pages to be faxed. After that it’s ten cents per page. And faxes can be received too.
FaxZERO is a free service through which she can send up to two faxes a day (maximum three pages) at no charge or pay $1.99 for each additional fax (maximum 15 pages). TPC converts an email into a fax. No uploading. No attachments. Using this service is a bit trickier as you use a special format for the “send” line of the email. Not all fax machines can receive from this service. But for those that do it’s a simple and effective way to fax.
For calls? Mary uses Voiceshot (www.voiceshot.com) and DialMyCalls (www.dialmycalls.com). These let her record a message and then blasts out the message to a pre-defined list of people. Voiceshot charges twelve cents per successful call. DialMyCalls uses a credit system in which each credit can be as low as four-and-a-half cents per call, but you are charged whether the call successful or not.
Mary's point is that even in the world of social media people get their information from all sorts of different places, including mail and fax machines. So, she keeps sending letters and faxes and making phone calls. And it saves her money