Music to Our Ears: Premium Audio Brand Experiences

Voice assistant speakers from big-hitters like Apple, Sonos, JBL and Google have never been so smart. They know today’s headlines and weather and can answer trivia questions with a simple voice command. These speakers also play your chosen music over Bluetooth or wi-fi, and some can access music streaming services.

Because of their practicality, smart speakers are popular gift options for businesses as part of their corporate gifting and employee incentive programs.

We help companies to take their gifting up a notch with branding, packaging and deployment solutions. 

  • Branding: Adding your company logo or design on the product helps with brand recognition and exposure. FUSION OF IDEAS does this through direct color printing, laser etching or StealthArmor, a thin vinyl for a semi-permanent branding solution.
  • Custom Packaging: Packaging solutions such as a customized device sleeve that fits snuggly over the OEM box and custom gift wrap are also ways to make a gift stand out from others. A personalized insert tag with a note from the company leader or sender is another way to customize your gift and add a personal touch.
  • Deployment: Whether you need to send a gift to one or multiple recipients, FUSION OF IDEAS has you covered with our white-glove deployment service. We can ship individually to domestic and international locations without you having to touch a single device. 

And finally, check out our current favorite smart speakers.

Sonos Roam

Sonos Roam with direct UV color print
Sonos Roam with direct UV color print

Apple HomePod mini

Apple HomePod mini with direct UV color print on clear StealthArmor
Apple HomePod mini with direct UV color print on clear StealthArmor

Google Nest Audio

Google Nest Audio with direct UV color print and custom device sleeve
Google Nest Audio with direct UV color print and custom device sleeve

Sonos One

Sonos One with StealthArmor, thin, heat-bonded vinyl for a semi-permanent branding solution
Sonos One with StealthArmor, thin, heat-bonded vinyl for a semi-permanent branding solution

Bose Soundlink Revolve

Bose Soundlink Revolve with StealthArmor
Bose Soundlink Revolve with StealthArmor

Honor Students Surprised With Customized Apple AirPods at Their Doorsteps

Ahead of a special virtual event for the Golden Key Oxford Saïd 2021 Program, participants received a pleasant surprise at their doorsteps – a pair of customized Apple AirPods Pro. 

Meltwater, a global leader in the media and social intelligence market, and Golden Key International Honour Society, a non-profit, international academic honors organization, partnered to deliver custom-branded Apple AirPods Pro to recognize nearly 100 students across 10 states and 17 countries. 

“The branding of our event swag built the excitement for the program and made it that much more special,” said Courtney P. at Meltwater. “Participants were more engaged in the program because the experience of receiving the swag paved the way.”

Each set of AirPods Pro was personalized with the Meltwater logo on the device case and earbud stems. Its teal logo was directly printed on the device to create a long-tasting brand experience that is polished yet impactful. 

The earbuds are then wrapped in custom packaging that included a custom-designed device sleeve that snugly fits over the OEM box and customized gift wrap with the Meltwater and Golden Key logos. Packages were sent to each domestic and international recipient.

Courtney adds, “We’ve done some great swag throughout the years and this was among the best!”

Thank you, Meltwater and Golden Key, for allowing us to create this brand experience for the Golden Key Oxford Saïd 2021 Program. To learn how FUSION OF IDEAS can create brand experiences for your business or organization, visit fusionofideas.com/getstarted.

Continuing the Kidd’s Kids Tradition

For more than 25 years, Kidd’s Kids has taken children with life-threatening and life-altering conditions and their families on an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

For the ninth consecutive year, FUSION OF IDEAS has gratefully donated our app development and customization services to this amazing cause. Together with Best Buy and Microsoft, we provided and personally handed out customized Microsoft Surface laptops to each Kidd’s Kids family. Each laptop was personalized with trip information preloaded in the devices.

Customized Microsoft Surface laptops were presented to each Kidd's Kids family.
Customized Microsoft Surface laptops were presented to each Kidd’s Kids family.

The gift of technology is an impactful one for the families. The children use these devices for schoolwork as well as entertainment when they are in the hospital, and for some, who are nonverbal, technology devices are valuable communication tools.

Kidd Kraddick founded Kidd’s Kids in 1991 with a dream to make a difference in the lives of children and their families who were dealing with life-altering conditions. The Irving, Texas-based organization has sent over 4,000 children and their families on a trip of a lifetime to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

The FUSION OF IDEAS team and families onsite to help present the laptops.
The FUSION OF IDEAS team and families onsite to help present the laptops.

Present Perfect: The Art of Corporate Gifting

A well-considered corporate gifting program can help celebrate employees for a job well done, establish and enhance your customer and vendor relationships, and promote activities that benefit the overall business. 

When choosing the perfect gift for your corporate gifting program this year, we put together our top three things to start thinking about before the flurry of activities hits the holiday season:

High-End or Budget? 

Even if you are the most generous person in the world, you are still operating a business within a budget. Whether you go luxury, conventional or somewhere in-between, don’t think you have to choose a high-end gift just because it costs more. Do it because you think that’s the gift the other person will appreciate. If luxury is the route you choose and budget is a concern, narrow your recipient list. 

There is an array of gifting options that fit budgets of all sizes. The hard part is finding one that speaks to your recipient.
There is an array of gifting options that fit budgets of all sizes. The hard part is finding one that speaks to your recipient.

Company Logo and Customization.

To logo or not to logo, that is the question. For many businesses, customized gifts keep the company name in the minds of recipients. When the item is practical and likely to be used every day – such as a calendar, pen, coffee mug, or tote bag – this amounts to free daily advertising. But there’s a tackiness quotient to consider. 

That being said, keep in mind that you can minimize the size of your logo and still have your brand printed but in a more subtle way. Second, customization does not have to come in the form of a logo. For example, you can personalize the gift by adding the recipient’s name. 

Adding your recipient's initials on their gift is a subtle and unique way to personalize the gift.
Adding your recipient’s initials on their gift is a subtle and unique way to personalize the gift.

Packaging.

We call this the unboxing experience. The unboxing experience triggers emotions and senses when the recipient opens the gift. The packaging, the gift wrap, the ribbon all matter. When done right, it can improve the way the recipient feels about the actual product because first impressions matter.

First impressions matter. A memorable unboxing experience can turn your gift from good to remarkable.
First impressions matter. A memorable unboxing experience can turn your gift from good to remarkable.

Hollywood Ready: This Gift Bundle Reaches the Stars

The high-octane action-thriller, John Wick 3, enjoyed a successful opening weekend that far exceeded critics’ expectations. In fact, the movie took the top spot at the box office only 10 days after its release in May. 

The cast and crew celebrated as the film was crowned most successful box office entry among the franchise. In addition to the esteem, the actors, producers and film crew received some remarkable gifts. Among them, a high-impact, fully customized tech bundle with the latest Apple devices:

Highly visual artwork from the movie is printed on the back of each iPad Pro. Inside the tablet is a designated app featuring the film’s images and videos.
Highly visual artwork from the movie is printed on the back of each iPad Pro. Inside the tablet is a designated app featuring the film’s images and videos.
Every iPad Smart Cover is personalized for each member of the film cast and crew.
Every iPad Smart Cover is personalized for each member of the film cast and crew.
The customized Apple Pencil is a replica of the gruesome tool as seen in the film.
The customized Apple Pencil is a replica of the gruesome tool as seen in the film.
The design of the Apple AirPods captures the essence of the movie.
The design of the Apple AirPods captures the essence of the movie.

Customized by FUSION OF IDEAS, each product was designed with stunning artwork from the movie exclusively for the recipient. And the movie’s key art pieces were used on the iPad Smart Covers. The vibrant artwork on each device is permanently printed and bonded with UV so it will not fade, chip or scratch. 

We also developed a dedicated John Wick 3 application for the iPad that housed posters, clips and images from the movie.

The film's posters, videos and images are loaded into the dedicated movie app.
The film’s posters, videos and images are loaded into the dedicated movie app.

The stunning cinematography of the movie helped deliver the striking images that were used to create this ultra-sleek gift experience. Ultimately, these gifts were presented to the film’s actors, producers and key members of the crew.