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

Our 2020 Corporate Gift Guide is Here!

As we enter the last quarter of 2020, business leaders may be reflecting on the past year and thinking of ways to express gratitude for relationships that have sustained them. The holidays are golden opportunities for businesses to creatively demonstrate their appreciation to employees and customers through corporate gifting

We believe in the power of a meaningful and thoughtful gift. A gift to a client or employee that appears to be purchased last-minute or as an after-thought can be set aside or quickly forgotten. But a premium gift that is personalized with artwork and a personal greeting, and set inside a beautifully crafted package, is one worth giving.

This is why we put together our 2020 Corporate Gift Guide. We gathered this year’s hottest and most popular tech devices and accessories and put them into one easy-to-view catalog. We believe in creating memorable gifting experiences and want to inspire you to think bigger and gift better this holiday season. 

In addition to hardware customization and personalization, we create memorable unboxing experiences through custom packaging and customized insert cards. Individual shipping is also available to bring the gift right to the recipient’s doorstep. 

Highlights from this year’s gift guide include:

PhoneSoap3 Smartphone UV Sanitizer

PhoneSoap3 Smartphone UV Sanitizer

Powerbeats High-Performance Wireless Earphones by Beats

Powerbeats High-Performance Wireless Earphones by Beats

LumeCube Video Conference Lighting

LumeCube Video Conference Lighting

DJI Osmo Mobile3 Gimbal

DJI Osmo Mobile3 Gimbal

Download the complete gift guide and see other innovative ideas at www.fusionofideas.com/gifting. As always, we offer complimentary digital renderings that show what your company logo or artwork looks like on the device(s) of your choice. Let FUSION OF IDEAS help you finish the year on a high note with a memorable gifting program.

Corporate Gifting for the 2020 Holiday Season

As the 2020 holiday season approaches, companies may be thinking about how they will be connecting and showing appreciation to employees and clients in meaningful ways.

Large celebrations and holiday events have become challenging due to the pandemic. And some of the more traditional holiday gifts may not fit the bill. 

One way of giving employees recognition and showing customer appreciation is a premium gift that is timeless, meaningful and practical. 

The benefit of a good gift

When you think of the last time you received a gift you loved, you probably gleamed with excitement. You couldn’t wait to show or share it with others. If it was an item you can wear or use, you probably took the product out to try it on or use it. You felt appreciated, thought of, and most importantly, special.

Conversely, as the person giving the gift, there is a great sense of satisfaction when you see the expression on the face of someone you’ve given a great gift to. The way that the recipient reacts to your gift reinforces the appreciation you intended to give.

When it comes to business gifts, the product(s) you choose for your corporate gifting strategy represents how you want your company to be perceived. According to a 2019 Business Gift Satisfaction Survey by Knack, corporate gifts can support – or hurt – business growth. Specifically, 57 percent of respondents in the survey said that “gifts can impact their opinion of a business both positively and negatively.” 

The benefit of a good gift is the value it brings, to the recipient and to the relationship. It strengthens the relationship between the gifter and the recipient, as it demonstrates thoughtfulness and the importance of the relationship to the gifter.

The value in a tech gift

Tech products are no longer just for gadget geeks. Technology has become a part of our everyday lives, at work, at home and in school. Furthermore, tech accessories – such as wireless chargers, phone accessories and speakers – are just as popular since they power and enhance the many devices we use.

The value for companies in choosing technology as a gift is that it is practical and it can be used year-round. Tech products are the new go-to corporate gifts with more employees working from home and relying on technology for work and home.

What matters are the details

The first thing your recipient sees when receiving your gift isn’t the gift itself; it’s the wrapping. A  great gift deserves a  great presentation. Thoughtful gifters pay attention to details, including how their gifts are wrapped. The unboxing experience creates the first impression and it is just as important as the gift itself.

Another detail not to be overlooked is personalization. Personalization comes in different forms – a handwritten note, a personalized tag to the recipient or even customized packaging. These details are all important in creating the overall gifting experience.

Consumers gravitate toward brands they associate with positive emotions and memories. When they have a positive experience, consumers develop a deeper connection with the brand, which helps to increase brand credibility, loyalty and value. 

At the end of the day, gifting is an opportunity to let a person know you have thought about them and how much you appreciate them. The practice of thoughtful giving offers a wealth of benefits, particularly when it is practical and personal.

Tech Accessories on the Rise

While advanced technology and cool gadgets often take the spotlight, tech accessories – such as wireless chargers, phone accessories and speakers – are growing in the marketplace while quietly improving the lives of mobile device consumers.

The adoption of mobile devices worldwide is driving the global tech accessories market to grow to more than $100M by 2023, according to Research Nester, a leading service provider for strategic market research and consulting. 

The demand for personalization of tech accessories reflects the growth in this product category. Here are three accessory types that FUSION OF IDEAS’ clients are creating brand experiences for.

Wireless chargers 

The vast majority of Americans – 96 percent – now own a mobile device of some kind. Aside from its practicality, wireless chargers are growing in popularity because you don’t have to worry about the possible mess from tangled cords.

L to R: Nimble wireless charging pad, Insigna wireless charger
L to R: Nimble wireless charging pad, Insigna wireless charger
Mophie Dual wireless charging pad
Mophie Dual wireless charging pad

Battery packs

Battery packs give you the freedom to power up on the go. Its shape lends itself to be the perfect canvas to brand it with a company logo or design, adding a touch of personalization to the device.

L to R: Mophie Powerstation universal battery pack, Nimble portable charger, Insigna portable charger
L to R: Mophie Powerstation universal battery pack, Nimble portable charger, Insigna portable charger
PocketJuice Slim Pro portable charger
PocketJuice Slim Pro portable charger

Bluetooth/wireless speakers

Bluetooth and wireless speakers let you bring your favorite music, podcasts and audiobooks with you anywhere you go. Customization takes it up a notch for a unique business gifting experience.  

JBL Charge 4 portable Bluetooth speaker
JBL Charge 4 portable Bluetooth speaker
L to R: Bose Soundlink Revolve speaker, UE Boom 2 speaker
L to R: Bose Soundlink Revolve speaker, UE Boom 2 speaker