I wanted to create a way for anyone to easily turn their memories into a lasting keepsake for friends and family.
New York, NY (PRWEB) September 18, 2008
HazelMail, a new online service launching today, allows travelers, photo enthusiasts, and far-flung friends and family to instantly turn their photos into personalized postcards, and prints and mails them anywhere in the world.
To create a postcard, users simply upload a photo, enter a message and address, and pay a small, flat-rate $1.50 postage fee to have their postcard mailed to any destination. Travelers can also create a personal address book on HazelMail, making it easier for them to stay in touch with friends and family no matter where they are in the world.
To reduce cost and time, HazelMail utilizes a global network of printers located in North America, South America, Europe and Asia to print and deliver postcards closest to the recipient's destination.
By printing and delivering locally instead of using international airmail, HazelMail also helps reduce stress on the planet.
HazelMail was created by entrepreneur Michael Lato, who led business development at Fotolog (http://www.fotolog.com), the world's largest photo blogging service, from 2004 to 2007. It was inspired by his mother Hazel, who encouraged him to travel and share his experiences from an early age. Lato recently discovered that his mother kept every postcard he ever sent to her.
"Digital photos can be ephemeral, but a personalized postcard can last a lifetime," said Lato. "I wanted to create a way for anyone to easily turn their memories into a lasting keepsake for friends and family."
HazelMail has already proven popular with photo enthusiasts. It was first introduced in 2006 on Fotolog, where over 80 percent of first users of the service became repeat customers within 90 days.
Lato plans to build on HazelMail's success on Fotolog by partnering with other companies interested in generating revenue and integrating the service into their offerings. To learn more about HazelMail's affiliate program, go to http://www.hazelmail.com/registrationpartner.php.
HazelMail is currently available in five languages - English, French, Italian, Portugese and Spanish - for users around the globe. The company is based in Southern California. To make and send a postcard, go to http://www.hazelmail.com.