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Social Media Traffic Consultants Internet Video MarketingAs you know by now CEShoppes opened a social media division last year called Social Media Traffic Consultants. We were encouraged to do so by so many of our friends and clients because they wanted to achieve the same success with their websites.

Social Media Traffic Consultants likes to stay on top of new products and marketing resources for businesses as they come out, and let business owners know about them when it makes sense.  One of the new products that we have been using actually generates traffic and additional sales from traditional advertising methods, like newspaper ads and mailers.  The program allows the business owner to put prospects and customers in an “automatic marketing follow up system” using a combination of SMS text, email, voice mail and traditional mail post cards.

Go see the NEW video here:

http://www.tampainternetmarketing.info/go/61626

This amazing program is rolling out across the country and now some big firms like Papa John’s and Ford are rolling a version of it out to their customers with a high level of success.  The amazing thing about this autopilot marketing program is there are packages to fit almost every budget.

You can check out a quick video on this amazing auto follow up program here:

http://www.tampainternetmarketing.info/go/61626

If there was ever a time to get incredibly committed to growing your business and doing it on autopilot- then you really have to watch this video.  Give us a call today if you want to put your follow up program on autopilot!

“Texting Kills” Thumb Bands – Help Prevent Accidents

Remind new student drivers to turn off the phone until they are homeDid you know that if you are texting while driving you are 23 times more likely to get into a crash?  Wearing a simple thumb band that reads “Texting Kills” may save you from picking up your mobile and texting while on the road.  These ”Texting Kills” thumb bands are a simple and inexpensive idea that will help save lives.  Good for High Schools, trade shows, police and fire station events.  Keep passing the word on about how dangerous texting really is while driving! – Keep everyone safe, don’t text and drive – Jaime

Call CEShoppes for pricing and production time. (888) 249-0420

5 Quick Ideas to Recognize and Reward Employees

According to a Maritz Research study, employees who participate in creative recognition programs at work are five times more likely to feel valued, 11 times more likely to feel committed and seven times more likely to stay in their jobs. Here are some great ideas you can try:

1.Verbalize It: Give your employees the thanks and appreciation they deserve by telling them how much you appreciate them verbally. Saying things like "great job" and "outstanding performance" can go a long way to boost productivity, especially if said in front of their peers.

2.Find time to say "Hello" to your employees: Look at your employees while talking to them, not through them when you pass them in the hall. By actually taking time to acknowledge them, ask how things are going and really listen to them will make employees feel more appreciated, and more respected.

3.Do something Unexpected and Fun: Take a Friday afternoon off to take the entire office bowling, or have an unexpected indoor "pool party." Spread sand around, play Caribbean music, spread out beach chairs and give employees logo beach towels and sun visors.

4. Send High Performers Back to School: Recognize key players by offering them in-house training, off-site seminars and college courses, advanced degree programs, certification courses, peer counseling sessions and advanced management training.

5.Use Scrapbooks to make a Retirement Memorable: Everyone can get in on the fun of gathering photos and memories, including customers or association members. Put it all in a large scrapbook and give it to the retiree or outgoing association President at a celebratory event as a special memento. Get creative and add captions and colorful paper.

Ideas from Ken Lloyd, an organizational behavior consultant and author of 151 Quick Ideas To Recognize And Reward Employees.

How to Create an Effective Social Media Marketing Strategy

Social Media is a very powerful way to connect with customers and prospects, but without a plan it can also easily turn in to a tremendous time drain. A Successful social media marketing strategy will clearly define your objectives and save time and effort. It can also have a positive impact on your ROI (Return on Investment). According to a recent report from R2Integrated, companies that profited or saw increased revenue from social media marketing were almost twice as likely to have a formal social media strategy.

Here are some tips for creating a successful social media marketing plan:

Set Specific Goals: Define your target audience and your objectives in marketing to them, such as building brand awareness, improving customer service and retention, and driving traffic to your website.

Do your homework: Determine where your audience spends its time online and the best methods for reaching them. Look at what’s working for your competition and research the best practices of other successful social marketers.

Set a Schedule: Create a calendar of when, where and what your company’s social media activities will be. Consider sharing how to info, product demonstrations, facility tours, case studies, exclusive promotions, and contests for gift packs of logo’d merchandise like T-shirts, travel mugs and laptop sleeves.

Go Public: Plan how to promote your efforts. One company for example, gave out sunglasses at a trade show and encouraged recipients to post photo’s of themselves wearing the glasses on facebook and Twitter. The most creative entry won a limited edition hat. Other companies distributed attention grabbing T-shirts and stickers with their twitter handles.

Determine how you will track results: It’s important to monitor and analyze your efforts, but keep in mind that it can take some time to see measurable results. Finally, stay flexible. Your plan will help keep you focused, but also it is important to asses new tools that may come along and change tactics if something isn’t working.

We can give you some great ideas for promoting your company through social media and if your current website needs a check up we can do that too! Check out CEShoppes new division http://www.SocialMediaTrafficConsultants.com

8 Tips for More Efficient Networking

The word networking makes people cringe, but it is vital to business success. That's why we've put together some tips to hep make networking easier.

Set Goals, then do your research. What are your objectives for networking? Research different events and groups and focus your time on those with the attendees or members that are the best fit.

Be Open, Networking doesn't just take place at business events and through online sites like linked In or Plaxo – it should occur every day. The person you meet at the airport or the long-lost friend you run into at the grocery store may not need your services, but they may know someone who does.

Help Others, Effective networking involves building mutually beneficial relationships. Instead of handing out as many business cards as you can, focus on how you can assist the people you meet.

Know how others can help you, Be prepared to answer questions about the problems you need solved and your ideal customer.

Stand Out, Use eye-catching business cards with photos of your products or a list of your services or on the back. Or give a small reusable item instead of a business card, such as a pocket calculator, sticky note dispenser or magnet.

Volunteer, Volunteering for an organization or at an event is a low pressure, high visibility way to meet people.

Give a speech or lead a seminar, Most groups will happily accept your offer, and it is an excellent way to position yourself as an expert in your field.

Follow up quickly, Send your new contacts something useful that will remind them of you for years to come. This could be an e-book on a custom USB drive, a report or relevant article in an attractive binder, or a journal book, highlighter or pen.

We have a variety of products to support your networking efforts. Call for some great ideas today.

Corporate Italian Leather Luggage and Italian Leather Gifts


When you have a very prestigious speaker coming to visit or when a high-end executive comes to town you can impress them with your good taste by presenting them with an Italian leather briefcase monogrammed with their initials or debossed with your company logo and their full name.  Leather gifts make the perfect business gift. Corporate Italian leather gifts from the Canyon Outback line features fine vegetable tanned premium leather which comes in from overseas. These corporate gifts are made to the factory specs. Each Italian leather piece has a lacquered finish which gives them a very high perceived value.  This gorgeous leather is available in black, brown and cherry.

There are also multiple styles of meeting portfolios and meeting folders made from this prestigious Italian leather that are very cost effective but look like you spent a lot more than you really did. Leather corporate gifts are timeless. They will be used almost every day and your thoughtfulness will be remembered every time they open their briefcase.

One thing to know before ordering any type of leather gift is to ask for a returnable sample, but be prepared to pay for shipping. The sample leather piece will allow you to see firsthand how the leather looks and feels. You can also see how it is presented when shipped directly to your recipient.  If you are not familiar with the product line, a sample swatch of different types of leather available, preferably with a debossed imprint will make you feel comfortable knowing that the debossed logo will show up well and that the leather is what you expected.  In many cases, orders over 100 pieces will require a pre-production sample to be created to be approved by you before all the pieces of your order are debossed. If you have time, it is suggested not to waive this important part of the buying process.  At the very least, the corporate gift company that you work with should provide you an image proof for placement purposes.

If you liked this article and would like to know more about our Canyon Leather line and learn how you can save hundreds of dollars on your next Canyon Outback order please visit http://www.CorporateGiftPromotions.com/CanyonOutback

Custom Logo Printed Promotional First Aid Kits

And why they will help your customers remember you…

The most notable benefits of using Custom First Aid Kits to promote your business or organization are increased brand awareness, since quality first aid kits are kept longer than other promotional items and are often refilled and kept for continued use. Another benefit is the positive association of your company with the recipient, as first aid kits are associated with health and safety. 

Imprinted first aid kits come in all price ranges to fit almost every budget and they come in multiple styles and themes for client sector alignment such as outdoors kits, golf, sports, tradeshow, and automobile themed kits.

One of the most common promotional first aid kit styles is the General Purpose Promotional First Aid Kit, which can be decorated with your company logo or organization’s message. These kits usually contain items such as an ice pack, rubber gloves, 3×3 sterile gauze, bandage strips,  first aid burn cream,  alcohol wipes,  antiseptic wipes,  wet ones antibacterial wipes, tweezers and a first aid quick reference card. Depending on your budget, you can use the brand name version of many of these items, or go generic. You also can customize what goes in to each kit, allowing you to manage the cost of your custom kit.

Some other promotional first aid kit styles are travel first aid kits, automotive, and golf  – which can include not only first aid items, but divot tools and tees, convention and tradeshow first aid kits, kits for disaster preparedness and cold weather promotional first aid kits.

So if you’re planning a special fundraiser, promotion, event, or giveaway and want to keep your business name and message in front of your customer year-round, a promotional first aid kit is the answer.

To help determine if custom logo First Aid Kits are right for your next promotion we would be happy to create a free virtual sample of any of our kits with your logo. For more information on this free service please visit: http://www.CorporateGiftPromotions.com/FirstAidKits

How To Save Money on Logo Chocolate Gifts

One of the questions we frequently hear is can the buyer keep the logo chocolate mold when buying company logo chocolates, because they paid the set up charge? The answer's that when you order chocolate from a catalog or internet site, the original chocolate molds have already been made by the factory and the master plates are already made. When you add your logo or text, a little plate, the dimensions of the logo or text is made to fit nicely in to the master plate and this is how your trademark or message is added to the chocolate. The chocolate mold plate, made with your emblem or message, wouldn't be helpful for any other purpose as it was only made to slot in to the master chocolate plate for the item you are ordering this time.

If you re-order again later on in the year or next year, the same chocolate item, your plate should be made available to use again without paying an extra set up fee.

But if you decide to go with a different piece of chocolate, something that will require your brand to be bigger or smaller in comparison to the piece already made or formed differently than the first to fit in your original mold, you quite likely will need to pay another set up charge. When you want a range of chocolate logo gifts in different price points you need to make use of combined quantity pricing.

When you choose more than one chocolate or candy and nut gift featuring the same size chocolate center-piece you can get a quantity discount. This way you may have different gifts at different price points for your workers and clients, but only pay for the set up charge one time.

(See TR24 and TR28, as well as TR8 and TR16. The SQ series also has the same size chocolate centerpiece as the item numbers mentioned above SQ4, SQ16, SQ32, SQ64 and you can also mix and match the FB16, FB36 and the FBTR.) Please note, that you will probably need to meet the minimum order for each size you select, but this will help you save money in the long run by not having to pay for multiple set up fees.

If this information was of interest to you, and would like to see that video that accompanies this article see our Chocolate Logo Combined Pricing Video

Best Chocolate when buying Corporate Logo Chocolate Gifts

As a company that sells logo chocolate corporate gifts all year long, we receive many questions about the taste of the chocolate and the chocolate shelf life.
We decided to put together a continuing series of short question and answer articles in regard to purchasing logo chocolate gifts.

A buyer asks, "What is the most preferred chocolate used when purchasing Corporate Chocolate Gifts"? 

ANSWER: The two preferred types of chocolate are fine Belgian Chocolate and Premium Swiss Chocolate.  Both are a higher grade of chocolate than found in the local supermarket and are also should be available as a Kosher Certified option.  You should be able to purchase all logo chocolate gifts in either milk or dark chocolate and sometimes white chocolate at no additional charge.
A buyer asks, "How long is the shelf life of the chocolate?"

ANSWER: All premium chocolate products should have a shelf life of over 1 year. It is not recommended to refrigerate chocolate, rather simply store the product at room temperature, not over 72 degrees, and keep away from direct sunlight and heating units. 

Some examples of the chocolate corporate gifts that are used for a variety of occasions would be: logo chocolate foil wrapped chocolate coins and foiled squares, chocolate business cards, chocolate wrapper bars and mini chocolate confection boxes make great tradeshow giveaways. 

Another great idea for marketing your business would be to give out full color logo chocolate wrapper bars, where you can include a coupon inside of the wrapper to promote special products or provide discounts to your customers. These would make great promotional give-always either in store or out on sales calls.

A great chocolate corporate gift would be the edible chocolate box- yes, you can eat the box. First, you take off the chocolate top and eat the truffles or confections inside. Then, you break apart the chocolate top and eat it too.  Finally, you break apart the bottom and sides of the box and share it with your co-workers.  If you have never eaten a chocolate box then you really should try it at least once. It is an experience that people will remember and talk about – so if you are looking for a corporate gift that provides the WOW Factor – this is it!

If this information was of interest to you, and would like to see that video that accompanies this article visit http://www.gourmetfoodgiftpeople.com/chocolate/ChocProductvideo.asp?Vcode=1006
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