Pingg Ecards

Pingg shut down in 2019, but there are plenty of other free ecard websites you can use instead.

Pingg is a free ecard website that enables videos, photos, custom messages, and other digital items to be sent as a virtual card to anyone’s email address.

Ecards are available for Christmas, various invitations, greetings, and many other occasions and events. The ecards now on used to be hosted at Celebrations, a sister website to Pingg.

Creating an Ecard

The Pingg homepage offers many different categories of ecards you can choose from, each with subsections to further organize the variety of ecards. On the left of the page, under the "Special Features" section, choose the "Free Designs" filter to show only the free ecards.

Select an ecard that you want to use, then choose "Send a Card," "Save-The-Date," or "Send a Digital Invitation with RSVPs" to begin customizing your ecard.

Click directly on the ecard to change the content, alignment, font type, and font color. Then continue down the page to fill out details like the ecard theme, event name, date and time, location, and a custom message.

Press the "Save & Continue" button, then log on to your free user account (if necessary). Your ecard will then be generated and saved to your account.

Sending an Ecard

Once logged in to your Pingg account, open your account dashboard page to view your ecards. Click the "Manage" button next to any ecard to send it for free. Enter email addresses in that section of the page to designate where it should be sent. You can import them from a CSV file, Gmail, Outlook email, and other sources. Choose the button called "Add to Guestlist" to add the addresses to your contact list. Finally, select "Save & Continue."

Next, you can choose a digital envelope for the ecard, as well as photos, videos, links, a registry, or even funding capabilities to accept money from your guests.

When complete, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Save & Continue."

You’ll have one more chance to edit the ecard or simply send it as is to the email addresses you provided.

Premium Memberships at Pingg

Although Pingg has many free ecards and invitations you can send, it also has a premium membership available. With this, you can send invitations to up to 2,500 guests, create ad-free greetings, create a custom web URL, and choose from premium designs.

Industry Shift

Hallmark is synonymous with the greeting card industry, but over a 10-year period from 2007 to 2017, its stock price dropped by more than 30 percent. That trend might be equally representative of the greeting card industry.

Part of the popularity of ecards—and sites like Pingg—is the convenience of sending cards digitally, but another driving force is price. Greeting cards typically cost anywhere from about $1 to as much as $5, plus the cost of the necessary postage if being mailed. While that's not a lot of money, it's still significantly more than the free options offered by Pingg or other sites.

With so many people carrying smartphones with them everywhere they go, ecards offer the opportunity to reach out instantly with a birthday message, or an anniversary greeting, or just to say hello.

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