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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

National pick strawberries day with strawberries and cream day tomorrow.

Another obscure mention on today’s calendar is “National pick strawberries day”. Tomorrow is even better with “National strawberries and cream day”. Unfortunately its cold and raining today so not much picking going on  but if it’s nice where you are, pick your strawberries and then tomorrow eat them with lashings of cream and justify it because it is the national day for eating them!

It is strawberry season and it won’t be long until it is Wimbledon too, another opportunity to eat strawberries. If your a school, weight loss group or healthy eating campaign buy some fresh strawberries to make today or tomorrow extra special for your group. You could even make them into smoothies, ice cream or use them to top your cup cakes. I regularly drive through the countryside and enjoy picking strawberries, raspberries and gooseberries on a lovely summers day. They taste much nicer than the imported ones on a supermarket shelf as you only pick you can pick the luscious red ones. If you are a “pick your own” farm or greengrocer, strawberry themed promotional items will remind people of your fruit so they come back to you on a regular basis. Give summer a helping hand and encourage your customers with huge signs, images of strawberries, free samples,  strawberries and scones and a handy, take anywhere free strawberry themed gift, like this lovely soft keyring.

Yummy looking and useful too

Yummy looking and useful too

 

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Today is Be a MIllionaire day – I think we would all say yes to that!

Squeeze out the frustration of not being a millionaire today!

Squeeze out the frustration of not being a millionaire today!

So today is actually “Be a millionaire day”. I am sure lots of us would like to be a millionaire but how does that happen?

A win on the lottery? We could buy a ticket and hopefully get lucky. There have been many millionaires made by the national lottery, some have spent all their money in a hurry and regret it. Some of them have even carried on with their jobs, hardly bought anything and put it in a bank or suitable investment, keeping the same cars, house and lifestyle., knowing they have a substantial amount of rainy day money behind them. Then the rest of us would spend some, save some and maybe give some to our families and possibly even a charity too.

Another way to become a millionaire is to inherit the money or assets from a friend or relative. THis doesn’t happen to many people, but it’s a blessing if it does.

The final way to become a millionaire is to work at it. Come up with a simple idea that no one else has thought of before. Look back to Facebook’s success or more recently the online take away food ordering service, which was thought up as part of an Open University model on entrepreneurship.  The simple ideas are always the best, easy to understand, execute and easy to manage with plenty of scope to progress them.

If however your not a millionaire today, you could dream about what you would do if you were…

There are lots of promotional stress balls in finance and money related designs that could help ease the stress of not being a millionaire today. Call us on 0845 731 0301 for information.

 

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Creating a Customer Narrative with Promotional Products

Industries can be crowded and full of competition. Finding a way to stand out can be the most difficult part of your marketing strategy.

 

Narrative has become one of the best resources a company can use to keep their customers engaged. Telling a story is a great way to make your brand seem more human and interesting. If you allow customers to create experiences and their own stories around your brand and products, then you are already one step ahead.

 

In order to create a narrative for your company, the first step is to tell your story. When was your company founded? What are its key values? What challenges did you face during the first few years in business? Every business has an interesting background that must be made known so that people can connect with the product and understand the most basic principles of your business practices.

 

The other part of the process is giving your clients a chance to create a story with your brand. Promotional products are a good way to do this. In this day and age a business card loses its narrative value quickly. Perhaps your details will be added to a list of contacts, or people will look for you on social media but the card itself can be tossed in the rubbish bin. People know they can find your information online if they need it.

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A branded item usually has much more narrative potential. Not only will the client remember the trade show or business dinner where they received it, they will be reminded of your brand every time they see it.

 

They may even display a funny promotional stress ball on their desk and use it as an ice breaker with new clients, for example. The more creative you are with your giveaways, the more stories can be built around them, and the higher your engagement will be.

 

If in addition to a promotional product you also provide a great service or product, your customers can start generating thousands of stories around your brand; stories that are shared on social media or at the dinner table. Every time the narrative is shared and expanded upon, your customers will become more engaged and loyal to your brand.

 

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

The Psychology Behind Promotional Gifts

Our faces seem to light up when we hear the words “promotion”, “sale” and “free”. We all love special treatment and the pleasant surprise of being offered something we never expected.

 

This is why we tend to respond so positively to promotional gifts, if not by purchasing an item from the company then by developing a sense of gratitude or admiration for the brand. Promotional gifts are one of the oldest yet most effective form of advertising.

 

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You know how fans paint their faces in support for a football team during an important match? It is a sincere form of loyalty and admiration. The same can happen with your clients. By rewarding them with a simple gift or keepsake you can help them feel not only appreciated, but also as though they are part of something bigger and important. In return you can count on their faithfulness.

 

There are many adverts that use lines like “we will always be there” or “we are closer than you think”. With a promotional item you not only send this same message, but send your clients with a tangible memento of your company. You can in fact always be there with them.

 

Give them something that can be used everywhere and is more interesting than a simple notepad. It will prove that you are a modern company that is not intimidated by innovative ideas.

 

Stress balls are just one good idea for a promotional gift. They are fun and send the right message in the marketing world. Your clients will be able to keep them in the office or even in their homes, allowing them to keep your company in mind should they ever need your services.

 

Monday, March 9th, 2015

Using Stress Balls in Event Planning

A staff member found a broken pipe in one of the venue’s bathrooms, the truck that was meant to deliver decorations is stuck in traffic and there is a short circuit in the lighting. If any of these situations sound familiar to you, you may be working as an Event Manager. This profession can be quite stressful, as the circumstances can change within nanoseconds.

 

Even if everything else is falling apart, you can take heart knowing you have a great way to promote the brand you are working with throughout the event. Plan to offer a personalised stress ball to every person who visits your stand, and they will take the company logo with them wherever they go!

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It is important to look for bright ideas and focus on creating the “wow” factor during events, and stress balls can be just the ticket.

 

Events are a good opportunity for companies to give away promotional products, but it’s the fun and useful things that get the most attention. Stress balls have the potential to create the longest lasting memories of the business.

 

You can choose something that has to do with your client’s brand- a lorry for a delivery company, for example- or go for something entirely different.  The idea is to give something that won’t end up in the bin or lying around the office collecting dust. Some companies even opt for a stress ball keychain to make sure the ball can be easily carried from place to place.

 

Browse our site for a fun shape to personalise with your company logo. This is a great way to create a bond with potential and existing clients.

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Thursday, January 29th, 2015

The Importance of Branding

When you think of bread, what is the first name that comes to mind, – Hovis? How about ketchup, – Heinz? Chocolate, – Cadbury? Imagine that if every time someone thought of your product, your brand sprung to their minds.

 

Branded stress balls

 

When someone offers you a coke, would you like a Coca Cola Coke, or an Asda Price Cola? For many people the answer is Coca Cola – even when offered a choice between Coca Cola and Pepsi – why? Because clever branding has taught us, as a society, to believe Coca Cola is the best product, and that any else is just an imitation.

 

Branding is a tool that when used correctly can give you a monopoly of the market. Customers will even part with more money for the same product if it is from a brand they know and trust, or that is popular in the current market.

 

The key to creating a brand we can trust, is exposure – the more we see a logo, the more we trust the product, sometimes to a point that we don’t even realise it is marketing. For example Coca Cola’s use of a red Santa suit, rather than the green – simply because it complimented their brand – has caused the popularity of the red suit throughout the western world, even though they weren’t the first people to depict him in red.

 

Branding your products, gifts for your customers and even your office equipment can be the beginning of something huge for your company. Imagine if this Christmas you had sent branded mouse mats, stress balls or pens to all of your top clients – five days a week, 50 weeks a year, your clients would be looking at your name in the office, without realising that when someone asks for a recommendation of a particular product, your name will be the first that springs to mind.

 

Give us a call today to find out more about our branding services and how we can help more people know your brand.

 

 

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

We Want to Hear your Rugby Stories

Rugby Stress Balls

It’s Friday night, you and the boys are jumping on the bus to the local stadium. You arrive with enough time to have a drink in a local pub, before braving the cold air and stepping out into the dark for tonight’s game.

 

You arrive at the stands, cold beer in one hand, a warm hot dog in the other. Trying to understand the commentators muffled voice through the lively crowd and the winter hat keeping your ears from frostbite. Your team are losing again, but every freezing second is worth the 90 minutes of pure British fun, too many beers and laughs with your fellow fans.

 

You shout at the ref, at the players too and scream about how your new born nephew could do a better job, but you will never stop supporting – the sign of a true British rugby fan.

 

At Mikki’s Promotional, we are huge rugby fans – following the season from beginning to end and braving all weathers to faithfully support our teams – come win or lose. We want to know who you are supporting, and why? As well as your favourite rugby match story – whether it be your first match, your most memorable win or simply the game with that created the most passion in the crowd.

 

Send us in your rugby stories, via email or social media, as we follow the season. Our favourite will be selected as the season draws to the end, and shared with our readers and social media fans to enjoy.

 

In the meantime, why not explore our collection of rugby themed stress balls – perfect for taking out your frustration, discretely, on the bus on the way home! – Or for throwing at the TV, without causing any damage when you watch at home!

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

T’is the Season for Giving Christmas Stress Balls

Every business has its ups and downs, and depending on your product there are times of year when sales increase and decrease significantly. If you own a beachside resort, for example, then the summer is the season for you. If you sell cold medicine then you probably spend most of the year preparing for winter. There is, however, a special time where many businesses see a spike in sales: near Christmas.

People are searching for the perfect gift for their loved ones. They may even have additional disposable income due to a Christmas bonus or savings to spend at this time of year. It is a great time to promote new products or services, as so many people are actively shopping and looking for new and interesting things.

The shops tend to be quite busy, and it may be a good time to hand out a Christmas-y promotional item with every purchase. If you have an office or offer a certain service, the giving season may be the only excuse you need to add a little joy to each transaction. Join in the Christmas cheer!

If you don’t have face to face contact with your clients, you can also send them a gift as reward for their loyalty. We all like to receive presents, and sending a stress ball to your most valuable clients is just that; a nice Christmas present.

It shows your clients that they are important to you; that you have a genuine human interest in them. As a client it’s always nice to feel appreciated and sometimes a small article is all it takes. The same applies to employees- a small gift goes a long way.

Christmas is a wonderful time to promote business, create new clients and show appreciation for the people that are already an important part of your company’s success. Get in the spirit with Christmas stress balls!

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Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Relief, Relaxation and Your Brand

If you’re reading this article you may be looking for a way to relieve stress. But, what is stress? To put it simply, it’s that feeling of pressure and anxiety that we experience in the wake of situations we can’t really cope with at that particular moment.

The world of business (any business) is often full of stressful moments. Perhaps a client cannot pay their invoice on time and cash flow is tight, or a supplier is late with their delivery.

Your ability to react and adapt to these stressful situations can make or break a business; stress balls are great for providing a sense of relief when faced with stressful situations. Taking out frustration on a toy is of course much better than taking it out on the employees or on yourself.

If you think of this in terms of marketing and branding, if an object that has your brand on it is frequently associated with relief from daily business struggles, your clients may just equate your brand with stress relief.

You are essentially there for them during moments of frustration. If your logo and contact info are on that stress ball and you happen to offer a service they need, they may also contact you to begin a new business partnership.

As many can tell you, a second sale can be much easier than a first sale. In order to achieve that first sale your potential customers must be aware of your brand. This is why it is important to hand out promotional item and stress balls at events, and send your clients home with them after doing business.

It just makes sense – if someone gets a stress ball and then realises that the little robot stress ball he or she has been squeezing for the past couple of weeks also has information on a company that can help, the robot provides relief in more than one way.

Relief and relaxation are two great things to associate your brand with. They could help you attract new clients and encourage repeat business.

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Friday, November 28th, 2014

The Right Place and Time for Promotional Items

They say that when it comes to real estate it’s all about location, location and location. This is not only true for estate agents; it is also true for any kind of marketing strategy.

Location and timing are of utmost importance. Your name needs to be in front of your clients at the right place and the right time. This is one of the biggest advantages of a promotional item. They literally put your name, brand, and contact information in the hands of potential clients. If they receive them at a tradeshow and turn them into a desk toy, they may not call you for several months; but when they need your services, your name and information will be fresh in their minds.

The name of your business and your brand should reach as many people as possible in order to create new potential business opportunities. They should also always be in the hands of people that are already your clients to promote repeat business.

When you see someone handing out flyers in the streets, they have the right idea, however they often have the wrong location. Most people that are receiving the flyers are not potential customers, in fact most are just going to crumple them and throw them in the nearest bin. Your brand name is only powerful if it is in the hands of the right people, at the right place.

Take a good look at your brand and current customers to decide upon a place and time to distribute promotional products.

Tradeshows are one easy answer; you can also give a little something when closing a deal in order to keep your brand in the client’s mind. For every brand there is a special place, and if you find it and put your name there, you should start to see your business grow.

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