Paperless Post reached out to me about trying their site, and TBH I’d never heard of them. I rarely host events, and when I do I usually use Facebook. I also prefer physical cards for birthdays and such, but after reading up on them and browsing their site, I said why not. They gave me 500 coins (roughly $50) to try it out. I didn’t immediately have any events or birthdays coming up (are any of you Leos?) so I mostly browsed and got familiar with the site. Off bat, I don’t like that you have to use a desktop computer or their app to edit the cards. Only flyers can be done on mobile web. I also didn’t see a section on mobile web for checking your coins or adding, so boo.
Certain cards and flyers are free, while others start at 2 coins. I decided my first foray would be the flyers since I do a lot on my phone and I didn’t want to download the app. It was pretty straightforward and easy to follow. I liked the options for sharing the link - email, text, WhatsApp, social media - it was all pretty much covered. You could choose to show or hide the guest list, and send follow up comments. It’s a neat and tidy event package that covers all your basics without too much fluff. I sent out my invites for an upcoming game night and waited. I had told my friends I was trying out a new invite system so they knew to look out for it. The consensus was that it was easy to RSVP, information was clear, and it was a breeze to add to their calendar.
I caved and downloaded the app. And immediately was annoyed because it wouldn’t accept my password - the same password I logged into the website with. sigh. I reset password and finally was able to get in. I was right that most of the features are in app and not mobile web. Whomp whomp. Using the app was ok for simple edits, but selecting text wasn’t easy and scrolling forever to choose options got tired. A few tweaks to make it more intuitive and user friendly could make it immensely better. Minor pet peeve - using the app caused my music to stop playing when I was on the phone. RSVP notifications are only on the app as well.
Logging on from the computer gave me full access to the site, and I was able to edit everything fairly easily. It’s all very straightforward and the UX is pretty good. If I had more serious events where I needed to track and handle RSVPs, I would definitely use Paperless Post. I just wish there were a few more abilities on mobile web so I don’t have to download yet another app.