New Year means new exciting plans but this also gives us a perfect moment to take a look back at the year 2016. We are grateful to have introduced Message in a Bottle and Kiki to countless new households and families over the holidays. Now, we wanted to find out all the places where our books have been sent to and for which occasions.
Who are YOU?
So far, Kiki has travelled to 16 different countries and delivered the message in 5 different languages!
A book for children…
We have witnessed so many stories behind our parents, grandparent, aunts, uncles and friends. An army father who left for months of duty and wanted to leave something special behind to his son. Parents who wanted to tell their child that there’s nothing to fear when they will be moving houses. Christmas greetings and birthday wishes. Countless messages of love from expats living far from their families – nieces, nephews and even grandchildren.
…and for adults!
Message in a Bottle is surely a children’s book but we always had a thought that it would be a wonderful gift for adults too. To our delight, some of you had the same idea! You’ve shared with us, for example, that Message in a Bottle has been a Christmas present from a young man in love to his girlfriend, and even the 20th birthday gift from the closest friends of a certain young lady. Another thank you email we received was from very lovely lady who ordered the book well in advance to celebrate the Valentine’s Day!
We love being constantly surprised by all the creative ideas you come up with for your mysterious message in a bottle. One school class received their book with a message from their teacher stranded on a deserted island asking for help – now that’s immersive!
In January, we asked our very first customers to share their honest thoughts on Message in a Bottle. We were so happy to see such positive feedback!
Here are some of the results:
Here’s what you said when we asked you to describe Message in a Bottle in your own words:
Wow! But of course, we are always looking to make our book, website and service even better. So, can we improve anything?
You’re feedback left us humble and speechless. So that you don’t think that we’re painting a bit too rosy image, we got critique too.
One customer pointed out a bug in the ordering process (thank you!), and another suggested to allow modifying the shipping address after placing an order. One very important remark concerned the language of the personal message: for example, if you choose an English version of the book but write your message in Polish with polish alphabet, the special Polish characters don’t currently print correctly.
Thank you for all your feedback, and we are fully working on the improvements!
So what’s coming up?
We’re working at full steam and February will be full of news from Message in a Bottle.
The first (and much requested) one is already out: you can now order your own cuddly Kiki soft toy together with the book on our website! You can find Kiki toy on the Add more magic page after personalising your book.
Would you like to handwrite your message instead of a printed one? You will soon have this choice available on our website! You will also be able to choose to only add a picture and leave the rest of the message blank, and write the text at home.
We won’t give away all of our surprises just yet – stay tuned for more, and thank you for being part of Kiki’ adventures!