5 Keys to Gifting

5 Keys to Gifting This Holiday Season

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This is the time of year that our thoughts turn to gifting. Gifting can mean many things for businesses: either holiday gifts to customers that have done business within the past year, or gifting to recognize employee year-end achievements. Companies are starting to look at purposeful, appropriate gifts for the audience and for the season.

Recognition vs. Year End Gifting at this time of year falls into two main categories: Recognition and Year-End. Recognition gifting is usually based on merit awards or department/company profitability. Year-end gifting is that gift which is given to employees or customers to thank them for service or loyalty throughout the year. You need to start at the beginning and decide exactly what type of gifting you will be doing this season. And if you are like most people, our guess is that you will be doing both!

Seasonality The change of seasons affects the type of gifts you might be giving this time of year. It is time to update company uniforms, anyway. You may have already begun the switch from short-sleeved polo shirts to long-sleeved –polo shirts. You may have begun the switch from windbreaker to fleece-lined zippered jacket.

When gift giving, you can use this change in apparel to express your appreciation. Warm Fleece Jackets is a great seasonal piece that won’t break the bank and makes a functional, attractive vehicle for your logo.

Relevance

This one might seem obvious, but it is easy to miss the mark on providing relevant gifts for your employees and customers. Your high-travel sales team might not appreciate a tower of chocolate goodies  as much as a quality garment bag or travel document holder/wallet. The chocolate tower might be perfect for the supporting office personnel.

Price The season of awards and gifting can be an expensive one. Not because of the item itself necessarily, but because this is the time of year you are giving in volume. But, don’t let price influence you to not make the best decision possible. You can provide larger quantities of gifts without having to over-extend yourself. Gift for the home or desk accessories are always a nice treat. Our Corporate Gifts category offers a variety of options across several price points. And don’t forget, gifts given in trade or businesses are tax deductible in part or whole.

Make the right impression

Lastly, this is the gifting opportunity to help you make the right impression. You might be sending a gift to a customer who only orders from you once a year, and you want to use this gift to encourage repeat and increased business. You might be rewarding that employee who hit their sales goals for the first time ever, and this gift will help you reinforce a spirit of success. Either way, you can make the right impression with your gift initially and then get residual value from that gift all year long based on its usability and visibility in the life of the recipient.

However you plan to gift this year now is the time to start thinking about it. Your budget should include the actual gift, packaging and presentation, and fulfillment (packaging labor, shipping costs, etc.). Take a look at some good-better-best options. And, if you weren’t already thinking about gifting for recognition or year-end…maybe you should.

 

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Introducing Waterproof & Tear Resistant Printed Products

Looking for an excellent alternative to expensive plastic menu printing or flimsy paper menus? Waterproof Menu Printing offers our special Full Color Printing on Waterproof, Tear and Stain Resistant Paper.

Plastic menus have a very high minimum quantity and cost associated with them. Waterproof Menu Printing offers a similar durability with a much lower minimum and cost. If you are looking for menus that have that extra durability, Waterproof Menu Printing is the perfect choice. No lamination needed!

Our Menu Paper is innovative synthetic substrates that are specifically designed for outstanding high resolution imaging. Waterproof Menu paper is a new product that is perfect for Menu Printing. This product is durable, waterproof, tear resistant and stain resistant materials that offer the best characteristics of both paper and polyester.

With Waterproof Menu Printing you get products that are waterproof and tear resistant for excellent durability, but what is very unique about our product is that it also can handle print finishing processes such as saddle stitching, punching, and folding just like paper does.

In addition, our Waterproof paper is very stain resistant to common foods such as mustard, tea, and red wine. Thus, if you catch a stain within a reasonable time period you can fix the problem by washing the menu with soap and water. Because you won’t have to laminate for durability and protection from spills, there’s no need to send the menus out to a laminating company saving you time and money. Plus, you won’t have to worry about the inevitable delaminated scores, edges and corners that occur over time with laminated menus.

Our Waterproof Paper is foldable. Even the 10, 11 and 12 mil cover weight calipers can be scored and folded. This is very different than most other products, and a great feature for printing menus. The velvety soft feel of our paper is truly unique; add full color images and graphics to make your menu act as a unique branding tool.

Our Waterproof Menu Printing is available in four calipers; 7.5 mil, 10 mil, 11 mil and 12 mil, allowing you to print both inside pages and covers of menus. The 7.5 mil caliper for the pages and 10, 11 or 12 mil caliper for the cover of booklet style menus. The Rigid stock is perfect for flat menus and cards. The Soft stock is perfect for menus that need to be folded.

So whether it’s a saddle stitched multiple page menu, or a finished 8.5 x 11 folded menu, or simple flat menus our Waterproof Menus Printing is the new choice for business owners who are looking for a professional look at a very affordable price.

 

How To Design a Profitable Postcard

How To Design a Profitable Postcard

In this high-tech business world, postcards may not be the first marketing vehicle that comes to mind when planning a lead generation campaign. That’s really too bad since with just a few proven tips you can create powerful marketing postcards that are almost guaranteed to deliver a good response and at a fraction of the cost of high-tech marketing methods.

1. Make an impression

How many of you have looked forward to receiving a postcard from friends or relatives? The compelling picture on the front makes you immediately turn it over to read. Why not incorporate an image-style postcard on the front of your postcard with a “wish you were here” or “wish you had this” feature on the card? Since postcards are available in a variety of sizes from 4-inch by 6-inch, 6-inch by 9-inch or 5.5-inch by 8.5-inch and more, and they are available on many different paperweights, you can explore this theme to develop a warm reception to your postcard.

2. Get to the point

Postcards deliver an instant “read now” quality. In order to attract your customer’s interest, get right to the point with your main statement, which should be your biggest benefit or a distinctive advantage. You need to capture interest immediately in order to maintain the “read now” advantage. If possible, customize the postcard with customer’s name, pet’s name, free offer on products like prefer … anything that provides you with an edge and makes the customer feel like you already know them.

3. Do the right thing

Marketing postcards are most effective when they are used to generate website traffic, phone calls or sales leads. They are less effective for closing sales because they do not provide enough space for a detailed sales message. Please don’t try to include one. It will destroy the personal nature of your message. Instead, focus on persuading the reader to visit your website, call you or some other action.

4. Be clear and actionable

You have just a few seconds to capture the reader’s attention and convince them to take the action you want. So keep the message brief and easily understood. If you are using sentences, keep them short and make sure there are lines in between. You don’t want to overwhelm your reader. Better yet, see if you can reduce the sentences into short bullet points to get your message across quickly. The litmus test is whether you can understand the message with just a brief glance. Test out your message with someone whose opinion you trust.

5. Act now

You know how much people love to procrastinate. In fact, there were more than 1,300 + books listed on Amazon.com in regards to procrastination. You have to give your reader a reason to respond now. The best methods include offering a discounted price for a limited time, a special bonus for the first 100 respondents or some other offer if they respond before a certain deadline.

Postcards might not be a high-tech innovation but, if done right, they have enough gadgets to produce results.

 

For help designing a great postcard check out the thousands of design templates we have to offer. 

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Cool Promotional Products: 10 Benefits for your Business

Promotional Products: 10 Benefits for your Business

 

10 According to a recent study, 76.1% of respondents could recall the advertiser’s name on a promotional product that they had received in the past 12 months. In addition, 75.4% of respondents said they kept their logo product because it was useful.

9 Whether you call them SWAG (stuff we all get), promotional products, advertising specialties, or trinkets, promotional products are the only medium that engages all five senses. Your customers can see, hear, touch, taste and even smell them.

8 Open New Accounts – Stimulate interest and action during your off-season to avoid stagnant accounts and backward slide!

7 Promote New Facilities – Use a promotional product to notify existing and prospective customers of your new locations.

6 Motivate Employees – Don’t forget the reason your company is successful – employees need motivation, just like your customers! Help grow a healthy and positive work environment using higher-end promotional products as a ‘thank you’ gift or incentive to meet safety goals or a sales achievement.

5 Change Your Company or Product Name – Don’t lose out on this opportunity to keep everyone informed about changes in your company. Put a reminder in front of them that they’ll hang on to for years to come.

4 Develop Tradeshow Traffic – Skip the candy and think out of the box at your next meeting, convention, or tradeshow with a unique promotional product. Visitors will be swarming your booth for a piece of the action!

3 Improve Customer Relationships – Each customer wants to know you appreciate their business, why not give them a solid gift to hold in their hand to make them sure?

2 Start Conversations – Searching for new business? Snazzy promotional products will get you in the door. Make it unique and personal to be certain you are not forgotten.

1 Brand Building – If your name is forgotten, you’re in big trouble. Create a continuous presence with promotional products that promote your brand. They are the perfect solution to boredom with standard advertising.

Make promotional products from CoolMarketing.US is  an integral part of your marketing mix and watch clients grab onto your message. Our website offers a great selection of promotional products. Get your creative juices flowing, and check it out here! www.coolmarketing.us

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Cost Effective Ways to Market Your Business

Cost Effective Ways to Market Your Business

 

Many small businesses struggle with the investment required to distribute marketing materials. Though they know every marketing effort should be considered an investment with an expected return, limited budgets mean they can’t risk the entire business by hinging it on the success of any given campaign.

Marketing distribution is one of the biggest barriers to small business success. Sure, you can print postcards cheap, but you’ll still have to pay postage to deliver them to your target audience. Fortunately, several marketing tools can be distributed without postage costs. When you employ these marketing tools, you only need to invest a bit of your time to reach a potentially-enormous number of people.

By taking a little time to distribute your own marketing materials, you can save money and increase your return on investment, helping to ensure your marketing campaign yields outstanding profits. Here are five marketing tools you can distribute on your own.

Printing business cards is a must if you want to have a powerful business networking presence, but not all business cards are created equal. In fact, after networking events most business cards end up thrown in the trash. Turn the back of your business card into a coupon or coupon code. Make it time-limited to motivate fast response. If your offer is good enough, qualified prospects will want to take advantage of it before your expiration date.

Flyers are mini-posters, perfect for community bulletin boards and to hand directly to passers-by, such as with club card flyers. Since they’re smaller, flyers aren’t quite as attention-getting as posters; however, they’re able to be placed nearly anywhere, which gives them greater reach. Blanket your community with flyers, and you’ll get the message out cheap and easy.

Door hanger marketing is the perfect way to pack the punch of a postcard with none of the postage fees. In fact, door hangers can be even more powerful since they’re placed directly on door knobs and not in mailboxes with the rest of the mail. You can distribute door hangers to selected neighborhoods that meet your target demographics.

The best promotional products are going to be ones that people use every day. Sticky pads, note pads, and pens are the most effective promotional products for most businesses. People need them, use them daily, and they are relatively cheap. Unless you have something very unique that people will use very often, or you have a budget that allows you to purchase really cool promo products like USB memory cards, go with pens, notepads, and sticky pads.

In order to effectively attract customers, business owners need to make a statement that can help differentiate them from their competitors. Waterproof Menus and Waterproof Paper Products let’s customers know that you are a true professional. Window Clings and Peel & Stick Postcards help business owners reach potential customers and retain their current customers.

Windows and glass doors are not the only valuable piece of real estate in the business and restaurant. Every wall offers an opportunity to tastefully communicate with customers. Business owners now have a great new way to make their company unique and do promotions that suit them best. All it takes is to unleash their passion and creativity and the right professional commercial printer.

Using these cost effective marketing ideas will be sure to boost your sales and bring more customers to your business. These are just a few ways to embrace the heat of the summer and draw customers to your business. WePrintQuick.com is here to help.

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