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Go Old School!

Go Old School!

Go Old School!

Everything these days seems to be online – yet how satisfying is it to put pen to paper, make your list and then cross stuff off?

Forget electronic sticky notes, online calendars or a list on a word doc. Go old school with a paper diary! Not only can you list your appointments you can draw out mind maps, insert a few comments, maybe doodle a little – and it’s all private.

Not only is paper faster (no hunting through google and outlook calendars) it requires no password, doesn’t ever run out of batteries or freeze up – and nothing ever gets mysteriously deleted…

It’s not just the ‘oldies’ that want a paper version – check out this interesting article from the UK Financial Times

At printing.com we offer a standard diary product however if you want something a little smarter that’s personalised to your business give your local studio a call. They’ll happily talk through your ideas and come up with a bespoke product that is all about ‘you’.

What better way to keep top of mind with clients, students and conference groups. They also make a great corporate gift – perfect for Christmas.

And in the words of a true poet –

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train. – Oscar Wilde
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Corporate Christmas Gifts – Bah Humbug

Corporate Christmas Gifts – Bah Humbug

Corporate Gifts – Bah Humbug!

Corporate Christmas Gifts

Christmas is just around the corner – if you listen carefully you can hear sleigh bells a jingling, but perhaps that’s the sound of the money in your pocket as you consider client Christmas presents? Here are five things to consider as you write your Christmas list.

Why buy Christmas presents for customers?

1. Remember the 80:20 rule? It’s a whole lot easier to retain existing clients than it is to attract new ones, so spend time and resources on keeping your customers. For bigger corporates receiving a Christmas present can be against the rules, but for many, it is seen as intended, a simple thank you. Take the time to buy your clients a gift. Add a little branding and make that gift a permanent reminder of your business/brand.

2. Your existing customers are your best source of referral – they like working with you and will feel happy to suggest your services/products to friends and colleagues.

What should you get them as a present?

3. Don’t go over the top – no one likes a show-off. Consider a mix of branded and non-branded products. For instance how about a non-branded beach towel in a branded chilly bin? Go too large and extravagant and your customers will only assume you’re trying to buy their business.

4. Think about buying presents that are useful either for your customer at home or in their work. This shows thought and also ensures your gift is regularly used and your name becomes associated with it.

Who should get what present?

5. Take a look at your customer database and apply some rules. It makes sense to reward your biggest customers with a certain spend, whilst others get a lesser amount spent on them.

Busy Busy

For many Christmas is a very busy time of year. It can be tricky to take these customers out as they simply do not have time! Better to purchase a gift than take up more of their time.

At printing.com we offer a number of Christmas gift ideas. The easiest way is to call your local studio, let them know your budget and then have them come up with some cool ideas – they’re a creative bunch, and frankly, this saves you having to cost it all out and think of ideas. Your local studio can provide any design, as well as oversee the logistics – it’s Christmas, you’re busy – let someone else play Santa.

However, if you enjoy getting stuck in and are a hands-on kind of person, here are a few product ideas that might inspire you.

Branded Pens   Branded Water Bottles  Branded Key Rings  Branded Mugs  See all Corporate Gifts

4 Reasons to Use a Reusable Water Bottle

4 Reasons to Use a Reusable Water Bottle

4 Reasons to Use a Reusable Water Bottle

Get a Reusable Water Bottle from printing.com

Keeping a reusable drink bottle on you is a great way to stay hydrated and contribute to helping save our planet. Each year 50 million water bottles are used, and from that only 23% are recycled. Not only that but drinking from a reusable drink bottle is also going to benefit you.

4 Reasons to Use a Reusable Water Bottle

1) Reduce waste with an eco water bottle
Like we mentioned above – 50 billion water bottles are used yearly. 17 million barrels of oil. And only 23% recycled. You do the math! Even if more people tried to recycle, 6 out of 7 plastic bottles used in the US are downcycled – broken down to be reused if possible, but still mostly left to degrade into watersheds and soil.

2) Save money with eco water bottles
The label on water bottles usually show mountain streams or fresh springs, but that doesn’t mean that that is where the water is actually coming from.
Only some bottled water comes from springs or groundwater sources. Sure, some companies filter or radiate the tap water with ultraviolet light before selling it to you at several thousand times the cost of tap water. Skip the unnecessary cost and save money by using an eco water bottle and filling up at home.

3) Protect your health by staying away from plastics and chemicals
Plastic isn’t just bad for the planet. It’s not good for you, either. Many studies show that polycarbonate plastic, a type of plastic used in many household and food products, gradually leaks a chemical called bisphenol-A (BPA) into the foods and liquids that are stored in containers made from this material.
The chemicals released by these plastics can alter hormones and have other potential health effects. Animals are also affected by the chemicals and can be permanently injured or die as a result of the poison.

4) Get an Indestructible, Leak-Proof, and Reliable Water Bottle
We’re passionate about the outdoors, so we made a rugged bottle out of stainless steel that can take a beating while keeping your drinks fresh. Buy a quality bottle once and it will last you a lifetime. The lid won’t strip at the screw point, a fault of other reusable water bottles.
Whether you want hot coffee in the mountains or ice cold water at the beach, we’ve got you covered! Our water bottles are double wall insulated – Hot stays hot, cold stays cold, and the outside of the bottle won’t condense or change temperature.

Branded drink bottles are also a great marketing tool. They can make a real impact as well as quench your customers thirst at the same time. Branded drink bottles would be an ideal promotional gift for the warmer months or if you’re sponsoring an event that involves getting active! Check out our range here!

Article from Tribe Tree. Read original article here

Check out our range of Reusable Water Bottles

Creating Efficiencies for NZ Businesses

Creating Efficiencies for NZ Businesses

Creating Efficiencies for NZ Businesses

David Reid Homes is an iconic New Zealand brand with a proud history of building beautifully crafted, innovative homes. Since 1993, they have had one goal: to create innovative homes that reflect personalities and the way people live their lives. Since then, they have grown to become a nationwide network of franchised branches and their core values and aspirations are still the same.

 

Pre-PDC
David Reid Homes is a franchised network consisting of 20 branches around NZ. Any print orders were historically sent individually to the main contact at National Office and from there she would manually place all of the orders for the franchises. The orders would then be sent directly to National Office which would result in having to courier each order to the correct location.

The PDC Solution
We took into consideration all that David Reid found difficult when ordering print MARKETING for their franchised network. We created templates to ensure their branding was consistent throughout. Then using our innovative print ordering software we created a solution that would ensure efficiencies throughout the franchise.

“From a design point of view, Printing.com’s online ordering eliminates the stress of handling frequent stationery updates and printing through our in-house studio.

Due to the nature of our business our franchises require stationery frequently, as they change address with every show home opening. Printing.com’s online ordering website is highly visual and (securely) personalised with our company templates.  The ordering process is logical, fool-proof and easy to follow.”  – Emma Main, Marketing Manager David Reid Homes (NZ) Ltd