Organizations are shifting from in-person to virtual events and conferences to bring like-minded people and industry peers together. Because of the many benefits of virtual (or online) events, they are proving themselves to be a popular and effective tool for businesses in the future.
Not having valuable face-to-face interactions doesn’t mean you can’t still make an impression on your audience. In fact, it’s actually more important to provide value to your event attendees when your event goes from in-person to digital.
A meaningful, physical gift can make an impression and help your online event stand out from others. With the rise of remote and work-from-home individuals, high-tech gifts like wireless earbuds, or portable chargers and speakers are desirable as well as practical.
1. Make your gift memorable and personal. Instead of giving a product that looks like all others, make it unique with customization. Add your company logo, the event name, or even a catchy design.
2. Create a unique unboxing experience with a properly kitted package and a personal note. This can be the difference between a box that is put aside and a memorable gift.
3. And finally, have your gift arrive before the event to create excitement. That surprise-and-delight moment can build anticipation for your event and engage your audience in an ultra meaningful way.
When you need a complete gifting solution, let FUSION OF IDEAS be your one-stop shop. We can support you with everything from customizing your gift to packaging and delivering to your recipient’s doorsteps.
There’s no doubt that Apple AirPods, along with the new AirPods Pro, which launched in October 2019, continue to dominate in the tech gifts category over the 2019 corporate gifting season.
Even with the product shortage that consumers experienced this past holiday season, we helped countless businesses customize Apple AirPods and AirPods Pros for gifting opportunities.
Our proprietary UV proprietary printing process allows for high-quality, full-color graphics to be permanently bonded onto devices. Because it is a direct print, the artwork won’t peel, flake or fade. Additionally, many clients also leveraged using custom device sleeves and gift wrap to create a memorable unboxing experience.
Check out a few highlights from FUSION OF IDEAS’ 2019 corporate gifting program:
For more than a decade, we have committed to helping our clients create powerful brand experiences to mobilize and grow their businesses. We do this through our laser etch, full-color direct print and StealthArmor branding solutions, as well as custom device packaging.
Additionally, we are proud to hold the ‘Product Safety Aware’ status in PPAI’s Product Safety Awareness Program. This means we have met or exceeded the PPAI product safety training and education requirements.
Maintaining this status is an ongoing effort we are committed to. We are dedicated to continuing education on all matters related to product safety and compliance in an effort to increase the value in the service that we deliver.
Founded in 1903, PPAI has a long history of leadership in the development of training and education programs meant to enhance safety programs in the promotional products industry. The Association is the world’s largest and oldest not-for-profit trade association for the $18.5 billion promotional products industry and is the leading provider of promotional products safety and compliance training and education with more than 50-years of professional development and certification.
Gift-giving is an important part of the human experience. The act of giving helps define our relationships, strengthens our bonds and reinforces our feelings toward the recipient.
When it comes to giving business gifts, the results are the same: it builds and strengthens relationships with your employees, customers and vendors. It’s a way to recognize an employee who has met or exceeded his or her sales goal; thank a customer who has supported your business year-round; and show appreciation to a stakeholder who has invested in your company.
The holiday season is a great time to show your employees that they are an important asset to your business and recognize individuals who have achieved goals or milestones.
Studies reveal that 79 percent of people who quit their jobs cite ‘lack of appreciation’ as their reason for leaving. And a startling 65 of Americans in the workforce report that they weren’t recognized even once last year.
Feeling appreciated or being recognized has been proven to change an employee’s mentality from “My efforts will get me by,” to “I’m dedicated, committed and motivated to do my best at my job.”
It’s also important to remember that recognizing employees should be an ongoing effort and not limited only to the holiday season. Also, there are many ways for an employer to use corporate gifting to build up, fuel and recognize employees.
Showing customers your appreciation can greatly influence their loyalty and advocacy, which in turn leads to customer retention and increased sales. Keeping your customers happy is about making them feel like you care about them, valued and appreciated.
This is the foundation of a customer appreciation strategy.
While there are many ways to show appreciation to customers, corporate gifting is easy to implement as part of your customer appreciation strategy. If you take care of your customers, they will take care of your business.
Here are a few other ways to thank customers:
Offer a loyalty program with tiered rewards
Make a donation in their honor
Treat customers to a complimentary upgrade
Send a handwritten note.
The Power of Personalization
In today’s world, where the prevalence of personalization is so prominent in our daily lives, personalization should also play a part in a company’s corporate gifting strategy. One of the most popular ways to personalize, or customize, a gift is by adding your company logo or brand on the gifting product.
A business gift customized with your company logo can benefit both your employees and customers. Because your employees have a stronger emotional connection to your company and brand as they are a part of the daily business, branded gifts offer meaning and significance to your workforce.
For your customers, when a business gift that has value and use (versus a generic item) and it includes branding, nearly nine out of 10 recipients are able to remember the branding eight in 10 can recall messaging from at least one branded product they received (Source: Promotional Products Association International).
It is important to remember that a corporate gift should be carefully thought through. After all, it is an investment the company is making towards strengthening its relationship with clients, employees, investors and partners. When emotions are at the heart of the relationships between brands and consumers, they steer conscious decisions and drive unconscious decisions.
Motivation speakers and media moguls, Rachel and Dave Hollis of The Hollis Company, recently led the Rise Business Conference in Charleston, S.C., where more than 6,000 small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs gathered for three days of learning.
The conference’s VIP experience included a wealth of exclusive opportunities like a VIP lounge, professional headshots and preferred seating. VIP attendees were also welcomed with swag bags that included personalized Apple AirPods, customized by FUSION OF IDEAS.