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.

For More information on Gift Programs On-Line or Gift Booklet give CEShoppes® a call today 888.249.0420

**Republished from ASICentral.com / Promogram

Employees will Appreciate this Gift: A Big Mouth Logo Cooler

Big Mouth Cooler Are you looking for an employee appreciation gift that can be used all year?  The Big Mouth Logo Cooler will get your message out and about on the town.  The cooler holds up to 12 cans, which is perfect for a boat or beach trip.  The large opening makes for easy loading. The Big Mouth Cooler offers an exclusive hard molded bottom and a watertight main compartment.  When you are done using the bag, it folds up small for easy storage.   These coolers come in three colors compatible with most logo’s: Red, Blue and Black. http://www.corporategiftpromotions.com/productdetail.asp?Pcode=NWD-45017

Sunscreen SPF 30 Lotion Printed with your Logo

Sunscreen Summer and sun burns seem to always come together.  This summer let your clients know you care about them with sunscreen imprinted with your logo.  With a large imprint area on this 2 oz bottle you can keep your message in front of everyone who uses it.  This large imprint area sunscreen is SPF 30 with Aloe moisturizer and citrus scent.  Runs on smooth and moisturizes your skin.  It is a very inexpensive business gift that can be used all summer long.   Check out other summer ideas like lip balm, and first aid summer care kits too!

Christmas in July with EQP SAVINGS!

SAVE money when you place your Christmas in July holiday gift order before August 15! Don’t wait until you are smack in the middle of the holiday season to place your order, which could cause you to rush your decision, possibly not get the ship dates you want because they are already booked, products out of stock because others placed their order before you, or having to pay RUSH fee’s because the time got away from you.

CEShoppes® has thousands of gift ideas for your clients and your employees.  Giving gourmet cookies, logo chocolates or a tower of treats to a few people or a few hundred people is very easy! Place your order, give us your mailing list as the time gets closer to your ship date and we do all the work. We can even insert greeting cards, or logo items in with your personalized gifts and ship them directly to your recipients.

Christmas in July will offer you special savings too! Just place your holiday gift order no later than August 15, 2011 and Receive EQP on your entire order! If you are not sure what EQP stands for, it means that you order at least the minimum for the product you wish to order, and instead of paying that price, you pay the price from the last column. An example of this is shown on the official rules page at http://www.ceshoppes.com/ChristmasinJulyPromotionalSale.asp

Companies Use Promotional Items To Attract Graduates

As hiring is picking up in 2011, a new survey from ASI shows (Advertising Specialty Institute) that an increasing number of companies are using promotional products this year to court college graduates. The exclusive study from ASI shows that 56% of human resources professionals say promotional products imprinted with a company’s name or logo convey a positive image when distributed during job fairs and other recruiting efforts.

Of those surveyed, 55% say they use promotional pens in their recruiting efforts, and 41% use logoed items like T-shirts, calendars and high-tech accessories in conjunction with hiring. This enhanced use of ad specialty items in recruiting efforts comes as companies are increasing their rate of hiring recent college graduates. After several slow years, employers are actively recruiting on campuses again, and hiring is up 19.3% for 2011 college graduates compared to the Class of 2010, according to surveys by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, a research group.

When it comes to attracting top grads, unusual and useful branded items are essential to drive word-of-mouth conversation and branding exposure, said Jessica Miller-Merrell, CEO of Xceptional HR, a human resource consulting firm. “Companies need to bring their A game to job fairs, conferences and other events where they recruit and engage candidates,” said Miller-Merrell. “Items need to be original, interesting and applicable to the audience. Interactive giveaways are one of the most effective tools, as well as interesting and unusual pins and items that appeal to the audience.”

Be sure to check out some of the hottest logo items on http://ceshoppes.logomall.com

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month – Time for Sunscreen and Lip Balm

FlavoredLipBalm May is skin cancer awareness month which means suncreen and lip balm should be used every day. It also means company picnics, outdoor concerts, days at the beach, time for a cruise holiday and more fun in the sun. Keep your employees and customers protected at your next event with flavored lip balms and sunscreen. They will remember who is watching their back when they see your company logo or organization’s message on the label.

Remember, uunprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays in as little as 15 minutes. Yet it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure. CDC is an advisory member of the National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention , which has designated the Friday before Memorial Day “Don’t Fry Day ” to encourage sun safety awareness and to remind everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors. By handing out promotional sunscreen and custom logo lip balm at your next outing you will be not only helping to save your attendees from sunburn, you will get a little exposure too!

Visit http://www.CorporateGiftPromotions.com for more product ideas for staying safe in the sun.

Double Duty Golf Gift Ideas

Custom Gift of Golf Water Bottle Tees When planning a golf tournament where you decide on the golf gifts to present to your golfers, you want the give away to do double duty.  The logo golf gift needs to be something useful for your event and it should also be useful after the event is over so that your logo is seen every time the recipient uses your gift.

One great idea is the water bottle cooler. The water bottle cooler not only keeps a 16.9 oz. beverage of choice chilled, while out on the golf course, but it can also be used again and again for running, walking, sporting events, days at the beach and more. Your logo will be top of mind every time they take a sip.

Another great double duty golf gift ideas is our awesome 3 in 1 sunglass case with 2 golf balls and 10 tees.  The scratch-free stylish neoprene sunglasses case can be used over and over and the metal carabiner can be easily clipped on a golf bag.  Use this item for golf charity events and tournaments.

“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

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

Unique Beach Towel Cabana for a Quick Change Outdoors

Beach towels are a constant billboard and are a great gift for any person.  With our two biggest beach seasons on their way what better way to get your name in front of potential customers.  The Fast Owl Towel ™ serves three different and useful purposes.  It is a walking advertisement, it can be used as a cabana for changing, and a big towel to wrap around yourself or lay on.  This towel is a 35” x 54”, 14lb./doz., 100% cotton velour towel that includes custom cabana hardware.  With an imprint area of 24 x 46 this item would be ideal for company spring picnics, summer camps and family reunions. To See more Beach Towel Ideas Visit CorporateGiftPromotions.com- By Guest Writer – Jaime, Customer Service