Corporate Gift: Bluetooth Keyboard Snap On iPad® Case

Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad

Wireless Bluetooth keyboard for iPad makes a great corporate gift when you add your logo.

If you are looking for a unique corporate gift that will not only remind the recipient of your company name, but also be used for the long term,  give the Bluetooth Keyboard Snap On iPad® Case. This item is an all in one Bluetooth enabled keyboard, case and stand for your iPad®. You simply slide you iPad® in to the stand for easy viewing and typing.  To create a unique corporate gift, add your logo to either the front lower panel in the center of the keyboard or to the front top panel of the keyboard in the center. The wireless keyboard charges using the included USB cable and offers up to 55 hours of usage on a single charge.

The keyboard snaps on to the iPad® keyboard screen and serves as a protective cover which also activates sleep mode to conserve battery power.   This logo corporate gift is perfect for the tech savvy professional on the go.  Features:  Full QWERTY keyboard, Compatible with iPad® 2, 3rd generation, iPad 4 and a Gift box is included.

For more information on this custom decorated Bluetooth keyboard Snap on iPad case visit www.CorporateGiftPromotions.com

Tips for Partnering with a Promotional Products Distributor

Finding a promotional products distributor to partner with your marketing department to assist you with your awards ceremony, trade show give-a-ways, and client gifts can sometimes be a daunting task. A trip through your local yellow pages or a search on-line can sometimes find you calling many businesses that either doesn’t answer their phone, or you end up talking to a representative that doesn’t know much about the products they are supposed to represent.  Here are a few tips to make finding a promotional products distributor that you can feel comfortable working with throughout your project and possibly one you come to rely on for all of your promotional and corporate gift needs each and every year.

  1.  Look for a distributor that answers their phone and can answer your questions confidently, or at least honestly assure you that they will find out the answer and follow up with your question.
  2. A good promotional products distributor will keep you in the loop at all times during the course of the order.  This does not mean they will email you every day to tell you how the order is going, but will send you emails at key times throughout your order. These would include:
    1. When they have received an order acknowledgment from you, and they provide you with an approximate time frame for when you can expect to see an image proof.
    2. Following up with you on questions about the order and make sure you provide art in the correct format or offer to send it out to be vectored (at a minimal cost of course).
    3. Contacting you once they have sent you a proof to let you know to be looking for it and follow up with you if you do not turn the approved proof back to them in a timely fashion.
    4. Providing you tracking the day after your order ships so you can track your package and see who signed for it, when it reaches your specified destination.

Other ways that a promotional products distributor may help you is their ability to show you a wide range of products to fit your project needs. There are so many different products in the market place and a good distributor will know and recommend products that they believe will work for your type of event, or tell you when a supplier is not a good fit, or has a bad reputation in the industry.

Many distributors have a catalog or website that showcases many different supplier lines. Promotional distributors usually do not get to select who is presented in the catalog because they purchase these catalogs from either their association or an affiliate agency where they may be a member.  It is up to the distributor to steer you away from the suppliers in the catalog that have a reputation for less than stellar quality and show you an alternative with a supplier they are confident will provide you with a quality product and deliver it to you in time for your event.

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

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.

Highlights from the ASI Show

We had the most incredible three days. Saturday night was just part of getting to the ASI Show. We spent some time roaming around Universal City Walk with the kids and then came back to the hotel to eat Uno’s Pizza. – My absolute favorite pizza, of which I can only get when I am in Orlando or Daytona, because they don’t have any Uno’s in Tampa Bay.

The next day was education day. We had an outstanding instructor who cleared up some of the mysteries of Adobe Illustrator. Our 14 year old son was in the class and I was so proud when he began helping the ladies seated next to him follow along with the instructor.

There were actually two highlights to this show besides all the tradeshow booths. The Gala on Monday night at the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” was a muggle’s dreams come true!! It was such a magical evening. I almost cried when I entered the Hogwarts castle, as it was so unbelievable to be that close to the magic that made the Harry Potter series come alive. I felt just like I was a student there. The ride inside was absolutely magnificent. You really felt like you were in the forbidden forest with the spiders and flying on broomsticks with Harry and Ron – that is one attraction I can’t wait to go back to see.  

The second most incredible part of this tradeshow was the guest speaker on Tuesday morning. 1700 suppliers and distributors got up early to listen to a heartwarming, and sometimes heart wrenching talk given by Michael J. Fox. His journey through life has been nothing more than amazing and told with such humor and humility. His journey to help find a cure for Parkinson's disease  is truly amazing.

The Man Who Sold Hot Dogs

Recently, a vendor of ours who makes metal bookmarks, die cast pins, ornaments and more, sent us a simple reminder to keep on marketing no matter what is going on around you. In a very simple cardboard folder was a small metal bookmark, etched and painted with a man selling hot dogs out of a cart. It came with a printed message inside the card that leaves a very powerful message – the story goes like this:

 

There was a man who lived by the side of the road and sold hot dogs. He was hard of hearing, so he had no radio. He had trouble seeing, so he had no newspapers. But he sold good hot dogs. He put up signs on the side of the highway telling how good they were. He stood by the side of the road and cried “Buy a hot dog, mister” and people bought . . . and bought often. He used promotional products to compliment his advertising. He increased his meat and roll orders. He bought a bigger stove to take care of his trade. He finally got his son to come home from college and help him out. But then something happened.

 

His son said: “Father, haven’t you been listening to the radio? There’s a big depression coming on! The European situation is terrible. The domestic situation is even worse!”

 

That made the father think: “Well, my son has been to college, he reads the papers and he listens to the radio and he ought to know.” So the father cut down on meat and roll orders, took down the advertising signs, stopped using promotional products and no longer bothered to stand on the side of the road to sell his hotdogs. Sales fell fast, almost overnight.

 

 “You’re right son,” father said to the boy. “We certainly are in the middle of a great depression. There just isn’t any business. No one even comes by anymore!”

A Quick Reminder about CEShoppes Security Measures

Now that we are getting busier as businesses loosen up their spending I would like to take a minute to remind you that you should be careful with how you deliver your credit card to us, or anyone else you may be doing business with in the future.

 

CEShoppes has an encrypted fax number just for our customers. Your emails with sensitive credit card numbers can only be opened with a password by one of our authorized staff members. If you put your credit card information in an email (either scanning in our forms and then emailing them to us as an attachment, or actually typing it in your email), you are putting your number at risk.  There are many times an email from  a customer does not reach us for some reason or other (incorrectly typing in our email address, falls in to our Spam box, etc.). If you accidentally send your email to the wrong address or it gets redirected by unscrupulous people, you or your boss (if it is their card) will have to go through the hassle of cancelling the card and waiting for a new one – and this could also lead to the possibility of identity theft.

 

REMINDER: PLEASE fax your payment information to us through our encrypted fax. If you feel you would rather call and give us the number and then just send your signature on our order forms, we can do that too. We want your experience with CEShoppes to be a great one!!

Tradeshow a Success!

We were very productive last week at the tradeshow in Las Vegas. We found many new products for our customers. And many of you took advantage of our offer to help you find new ideas and products and we were glad to be of service!

 

It is so important to be armed before going to a tradeshow (especially of this magnitude – over 1400 booths). There was absolutely no way we could see every booth, so having a plan in advance made the show easier to navigate and really get down to business. We divided the show up in to 3 days. The first day we highlighted all of our top preferred vendors in pink, the second day we highlighted vendors we would like to see in yellow – These were vendors that might have ideas or products that would help YOU our customer's with your upcoming events, or they might have been someone we saw at the New Product Pavillion with products that we thought would be perfect for our product selection – and the 3rd day, we highlighted in blue those vendors that were recommended to us by other distributors, or those that sent us pre-show emails about products or services that might work for us as well and those that we may have breezed by on day 1 or 2 with products that looked interesting, but were not part of the original plan.  This breakdown and following the pattern, helped us to stay on track and not get caught up in trying to see all 1400 vendors whose products might not fit our corporate image.

I have to say the best piece of advice we received prior to attending the show was a list of items to take from Cliff Quicksell, an industry veteran and trainer – he suggested taking a FlipVideo to take video’s of vendor booths and products so that they could help us sell their products on our websites. It was FABULOUS!! By Monday, you should be able to see all the videos we took on www.CEShoppes.com/video