Gift Cards Remain a Top Incentive Item

Survey: Gift Cards Remain A Top Incentive Item
The majority of U.S. businesses use gift cards to reward employees, company partners and customers, spending $22.7 billion annually, according to a new study released by the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF). Data shows 59% of U.S. companies employ non-cash award programs and 52% use gift cards, frequently incentivizing staff members.

“The economy over the past years has affected many things, but the research confirms that the use of gift cards in business is still very strong,” said Betty Weinkle, past president of the Incentive Gift Card Council. “We find that the convenience, variety and desirability of gift cards contribute to their ability to motivate, reward and recognize.”

Open prepaid cards (which can be used almost anywhere) and closed-loop cards (which are accepted by one vendor) are much more often used by businesses than restricted and virtual cards. About 70% use open cards, 54% use closed-loop, 14% use virtual and 12% use restricted cards, according to survey data. Large businesses are more likely to use a card provider that delivers different types of cards, while smaller firms are more likely to go directly to retailers for card purchases.

Survey respondents expect their future business spending on gift cards will either remain the same or increase, the IRF report said.

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**Republished from ASICentral.com / Promogram

Imprinted Outdoor First Aid Safety Kits Are A Great Spring Promotion!

SafetyKit Spring is in the air, which means it is beach and fun in the sun time!  Why not treat your clients to an imprinted outdoor first aid kit – a gift anyone could use with helpful products for any outdoor occasion such as company picnics or retreats, family reunions, or a summer camp adventure.  I keep one of these first aid safety kits in the truck of my car, a tip I learned from my dad. The kit keeps me prepared for anything that comes at me or my son when we are out at play, or even at the beach.  The insect repellant is great for trips to the drive-in, or a hike in the woods too.

Our first aid safety kits includes insect repellant, sun screen, band aids, lip moisturizer and much,  much more all placed in a fanny pack for easy carrying.  Add your logo and keep your name with them all season long. – Jaime

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

Does your Promotional Products Consultant understand Proposition 65? They should.

Proposition 65, also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, has been around for more than 20 years. It had not become widely know until August 2007, when Mattel, Inc., the world’s biggest toymaker, issued a toy recall for more than 20 million Chinese-made products. Then came the toothpaste recall, dog food recall, and the lunch bag recall for a high content of lead over the past few months. Proposition 65 was originally a health measure created to protect the people of California. Companies cannot discharge toxic chemicals into the states sources of drinking water, or expose people in the state to the toxic chemicals without prior warnings.

So What Does This Mean to You, the Purchaser of Promotional Items?

Purchasing products that are non-compliant, from a Promotional Consultant, who does not verify that the products being sold to you are socially compliant, and /or Proposition 65 compliant could jeopardize your company’s reputation. If your company purchases products for National Tradeshows and these products end up in California without the proper warning labels you could become liable for distributing a product without the warning information.  You should always let your promotional consultant know if the product that you are purchasing will be distributed in California at any time. The law says that if goods made, sold or distributed in California contain “significant levels” of any of the toxic chemicals provided in their annual list, the business selling, manufacturing or distributing these items MUST include a warning label when shipping the merchandise.

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