We had the good fortune of connecting with Rick Elmore and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rick, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
When I launched Simply Noted, I wanted to help business owners, marketers, and sales leads communicate with their clients, customers, and employees in an efficient and authentic way. Simply Noted is an automated handwritten letter company founded on the idea of making it easy to create simple, scalable, powerful, and meaningful real penwritten communication. My company combines technology with a personal touch, putting real pen and ink to paper to create beautifully crafted products for every occasion. Designs, handwriting samples, and pricing are available at simplynoted.com.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Businesses recognize that there is real value in handwritten communication and have successfully utilized this tactic to build relationships, show appreciation, and stand out from the competition. What many business, sales, and marketing leaders struggle with is the time it takes to sit down and write handwritten notes. That’s where Simply Noted comes in, to scale and automate the process. Some surveys say that handwritten communication receives up to a 99% open rate, while the average open rate for email marketing is 22.7%. Additionally, handwritten letters and cards tend to be rare and stand out, as the average American received only 10 pieces of personal mail in 2017. 

The response has been overwhelming, as our growth over the last year alone has shattered all of our previous projections. We just recently announced we have moved to a larger headquarters in Tempe, Arizona. Located at 5025 S Ash Street Tempe, AZ 85283 the new Simply Noted headquarters spans 3,000 square feet and will be able to produce more than 250,000 handwritten notes per month. Business has grown by more than 300% over the last twelve months, necessitating the need for a larger facility to meet increased demand. 

Our customers are thrilled with the products that we produce. No matter the industry, from nonprofit to real estate or finance to insurance, we’re proud to help our customers reach their goals and build their businesses.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When I have time I like spending time outdoors so Camelback Mountain, South Mountain and the Superstitions for some hiking and mountain biking. I would then take them to downtown Gilbert and Chandler for some nighttime fun.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First, I would like to thank my family for supporting me through this journey. They have believed in me from day 1 and have always been by my side through thick and thin. Next, I would like to thank my customers that have supported and trusted us with their business early on! Without you we would not be where we are today. I would also like to thank the University of Arizona, Eller MBA program and Arizona community. The idea of Simply Noted began during my time attending my MBA program and over the past 2 years the Arizona community has been very supportive.

Website: www.simplynoted.com
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rick-elmore-96b91230/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SimplyNoted1/?view_public_for=308874373097755

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