Puh-lease!! Would a sticker like this one get you to pay an overdue account? Collection stickers are just the lazy man’s way of getting attention to an overdue account. They don’t work.
(If you ﬁnd that they work for you, then, please, continue to use them. But they have absolutely no emotional impact on the debtor, so they don’t normally work. I mean, would they affect you?)
A short hand-written note in red ink on the statement (or a copy of the invoice), however, does have an emotional impact on debtors. Especially if it’s been written by someone that does know the customer personally. It means that someone has taken the trouble to write on your statement. It’s personal. A simple phrase such as “Please contact me on receipt of this statement” is all that’s needed. Much, much more effective if you do have to use statements.
I saw a very funny collection sticker a while ago. It was so funny that the Partner in the Patent Attorney ﬁrm I was consulting to showed it to me. Then he took it home to show his wife.
Would a hand-written note on the statement have been taken home?……………………Nope
Would the one with a hand-written note on the statement be sent down to the Patent Attorneys Head Ofﬁce for payment?………………………Probably