Archive for May, 2014

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Supervet on Channel 4, brave, takes risks and believes in his team and the animals.

The Supervet series on Channel 4, features Noel Fitzpatrick and his team of dedicated vetinary visionaries. The team deal with referrals from all over the country that local vets cannot help. A lot of these animals have complex fractures that require pins, plates and sometimes external fixaters. Last nights episodes featured Jasper, a beautiful staffordshire terrier puppy that had birth and growth defects. His elbows on the front legs had never been “in the socket”, and the leg bones were growing at different rates. Not only did he have a series of complex, difficult and lengthy operations, he also had a cardiac arrest due to an anaesthetic beforehis second op. Jasper had nearly 150 physio sessions, nearly 50 hydrotherapy sessions and over 2 months in the purpose built, state of the art clinic. Against the odds, Jasper, a black cat, a beautiful labrador and a pot bellied pig escaped being youthanised and were saved by the “bionic vet”.

Britain is a nation of animal lovers, this programme proves there are owners prepared to pay to save their pet, most of the them are insured, but insurance only goes up to a maximum amount, the owner is then liable for the remainder. The animals themselves, were brave and aided their own recovery with their determination. The vets were also emotionally involved, this clinic is the last chance for these much loved pets.

Promote your charity, business, company or service using an animal theme. We have stressballs in every shape and size, coasters, mouse mats, glasses, mugs, clothing, pencil cases etc.. that can be printed with your animal designs and your logo to attract your clients. People often like people, that like animals, show your company as animal friendly and win new clients. Go to www.mikkis.co.uk for inspiration.

 

 

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Football world Cup – everybody is going football theme crazy!

promotional-stress-ballsThe football world cup in Brazil starts in 28 days! The excitement is building and everyone is going football crazy! Lots of companies are looking at football themed promotional items to promote their company, club, charity, event or organisation. England are in group D with Uruguay, Costa Rica and Italy, a tough group but with grit, determination and skill England can do it! England are ranked 11th in the official FIFA rankings, our first match is against Italy on the 14th of June, Italy are ranked 9th, the four time winners will certainly put up a good fight and play well.

There is time to make your football themed order for promotional items still, with nearly a month to go but you will need to be quick, as products are in demand and production slots are being booked. The things that are available in football themes and can be printed with your logo or details are:

  • Football stress ball keyrings – your logo will be seen by many every day
  • Football shaped stress balls and football player stressball, a classic stress relieving product
  • Rulers with footballs themed printing
  • Football themed coasters showcasing your brand
  • Counter mats and mouse mats with your football themed print
  • Mugs that can reveal a football when hot liquid is put inside, your company brand will be visible all the time
  • Bar runners with a football design

Most things we create we can do with a footballs twist, why not make sure your company gets noticed amid the world cup excitement, call us on 0800 731 0301 or go to www.mikkis.co.uk.

 

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

The economy is improving, business can start buying promotional items to grow their customer base.

If someone goes to an exhibition or event, they love to have “freebies” from the different companies and organisations that are at the event. In the last few years these branded promotional gifts have been on the decline due to negative economic factors and reduced cashflow. Happily the economy is looking healthier and continuing to get better and here at Mikkis we have seen companies now starting to spend more again on promotional gifts. Feedback tells us they have noticed the reduced new client numbers after an event and want to start growing again. Events are very expensive and it is important to make the most of them!

There is a vast range of promotional items out there too. It is wise to combine different types of marketing gifts as they have different product life cycles. For example, a pen or a pencil can be low cost and last a long time. A mouse mat that includes a calendar is very useful and will last a whole year. A sticker or badge is good for immediate promotion and brand recognition but has a shorter lifespan, they do instantly encourage people over to your exhibition stand though. However the very cost effective fridge magnet can last for years and be seen by all the family and visitors to the home. Bags that are branded could be used each time a shoppng trip happens. Executive gifts like leather document holders will last for years and although much more expensive, exude quality and will keep your brand alive much longer and do provide value for money.

If you want help with your promotions, we have many years experience and thousands of different products to choose from. Look on www.mikkis.co.uk for inspiration.

 

Friday, May 9th, 2014

GCSE and A-Level exams starting now for thousands of school and college students.

This is the time of year students in years 11, 12 and 13 dread the most! Exam time. Some children do anything upward of 6 GCSE’s with students in grammer, selective and private schools doing as many as 14 or 15 GCSE’s. At AS level anything from 2 to 5 subjects and often one is dropped for A level the following year. This is a very stressful time for everyone. Schools and parents worry are the students doing enough revision and taking it seriously enough, the students feel stressed and are torn between studying and wanting to enjoy the nice weather coming and finding time for some work or hobbies.

Today for many is the last day of full time school as study leave commences. This allows students to study and revise, at home or at school if they wish and prepare for their exams. GCSE’s started this week for a couple of examing boards but the majority start next week. AS and A levels are not quite starting yet but soon. Students will already have applied for college, 6th form and university places and received their conditional offers, all now depends on the grades! The students are under lots of pressure from parents, offer letters, their schools and colleges and primarily from themselves.

The rules are strict about what you can take into an exam room. If you are a college, 6th form, University or service wanting to appeal to potential students, why not give them an exam kit printed with your details and logo. For example, the kind of pens, pencils and rulers in a see through pencil case, branded with your logo! Advertising for your educational establishment and an easy way for the students to get their exam tools right and organised, all in one go. If you want to talk more about this or any other promotional items, please call us at Mikkis on 0800 731 0301, email us at sales@mikkis.co.uk, or look at www.mikkis.co.uk.

 

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Pinnochio Rex – new type of dinosaur discovered!

In China they found a skeleton, on a construction site,  that looked related to the Tyrannosaurus rex, it is 9 metres long and has a longer snout with a row of horns on top, making him look different to the other tyrannosaurs.

It was sent to Edinburgh University to be  identified by scientists. Dr Steve Brusatte said “this is the slam dunk we needed – the long-snouted tyrannosaurs were real”
The official name is Qianzhousaurus sinensis, the nickname Pinnochio rex was given because of the extra long nose!  The skeleton is 66 million years old. Pinnochio may have been faster and more stealthy than the other dinosaurs like him.

It is always really exciting to have new species of animal and dinosaurs identified. Under the surface of the earth there are probably still quite a few yet to be discovered. There are some amazing natural history museums around the UK, where we can see many different skeletons and learn about the creatures past and present. The London museum has 60 million life science specimens, many of these are exhibited. The specimens are flora, fauna, fossil, mineral, insects, dinosaur, human and animal.

If you want to own part of our natural history, there are fossil shops in coastal areas where fossils are prevalent, such as Lyme Regis in the centre of the Jurrasic Coast, in Dorset.
To promote your fossil shop, museum or Jurrasic coast tours, why not use promtional marketing gifts such as pens, mugs, fridge magnets, stress balls and bags. go to www.mikkis.com for inspiration.

 

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Facebook, friend or Foe to companies?

wow-mugsFacebook is a 21st century phenomenon. It has allowed people to connect quickly and easily, to a vast circle of friends and  acquaintances throughout the world. Facebook is now also a recognised place for companies large and small, national, international and local to promote their products and activities. Charities are thriving with the use of facebook, daily updates, features of pets needing homes and fundraising days such as “Prince Fluffy Kareems” give a dollar day, (an egyptian horse rescue), are free to advertise, reach thousands of people instantly and  generate a lot of money quickly.

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For businesses however, Facebook can be a mixed blessing. There is little or no control over what people write or post to your page, (moderation takes time). There is a lot of swearing on facebook and innapropriate words in peoples facebook “title”. These litter your wall and take the companies immediate image, out of the control of the company. If you are a child based charity, service or business it is important your image is “clean” and wholesome. Many compaies don’t want to be associated with politicial views and there are many opinions bandied about facebook that would be considered “non p-c”.

For some of these more “sensitive” companies and charities, Facebook campaigns may not be the right way to attract new clients. In these isntances it may be better to rely on tried and trusted promotional products that give constant brand reminders, are useful, have a long life and are cost effective too.

To view our entire promotional range, log on to www.mikkis.co.uk or call us for expert advise on 01255 225301, we are always happy to help get your company, charity, club or service noticed.

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Friday, May 2nd, 2014

NFC mats, something new in the promotional market.

nfc-mats-group[1]NFC tags are tiny little microchips that can be built into coasters, bars runners, mouse mats and counter mats. When you put your phone close to the tag in the NFC mat it makes the “item” pop up on your screen. This “item” could be a phone number for a taxi company, a website for a paint supplier, a promotional code for a store or restaurant or anything else that would prove just a useful!

This tag makes the mat, coaster or runner interactive at a small cost. Imagine a taxi company creating some coasters or bar runners, your client has a few drinks, needs a taxi home and it’s so easy to hover their phone and press call, why would they find another number?

A company at an exhibition might use NFC tags in their mouse mat give aways, the prospecitive clients can then hover their phone and be taken straight to the website or given a discount code or incentive to buy a product in store.

Imagine a large DIY store that has counter mats full of product information. You could create a NFC taged counter mat, hosting several different tags to give different information about products such as paint or furniture dimensions, straight to the phone.

If you are a charity, the mat could advertise your charity and the NFC tag could take the phone owner straight to your donation page? How easy is that for the person to donate with limited effort?

The possibilities are endless with NFC tags. How could they benefit your club, organisation, charity or company?

To find out more, see www.mikkis.co.uk or call 0800 731 0301.