It’s Sweet to Meet You

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Success means different things to different people. But one fact is universal: Real success is impossible without building relationships. Great relationships are the foundation of every great company.

Whether it’s with your employees, your current clientele or prospective clients… furthering the relationships within your business can foster significant results. And the best part? It’s fairly simple.

Add Value to Your Current Relationships:

A business cannot succeed without support from loyal clients. Every interaction between an employee and customer is a business opportunity. This is why it’s absolutely vital for you to actively maintain and develop your current business relationships.

Here’s one idea…

At Edventure, we’ve recently started what we’re calling our “Sweet-to-Meet-you program.” Designed to consistently deliver a reason for your sales exec’s to visit clients every month, the program offers 3,6, or 12 month options to deliver (personally or drop-ship) candy refills to replenish a branded jar each month.… providing both candy, an opportunity to see your clients face-to-face, supported with brand recognition by imprinting your logo on the jar.

Increase Business by Increasing Employee Engagement:

Did you know that only 32% of U.S workers were engaged in their jobs in 2016, compared to 31.5% the previous year?

Did you know that companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%?

Employee engagement has become a top issue on the minds of business leaders everywhere, directing us to an entirely new model of management. But what does employee engagement mean exactly?

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Well…

Take a look around your office… do your employees seem happy? Do they genuinely care about the business? Will they stick around when the going gets tough?

The answer depends on the extent to which employees feel passionate about their jobs, are committed to the organization, and put discretionary effort into their work…. or in other words the level of employee engagement taking place in your business.

Most managers are simply unaware of the lack of engagement taking place at their company. As a matter of fact, while 58% of managers feel they give enough feedback, 65% of employees said they wanted more feedback.

So how can you ensure you’re keeping your employees fully engaged? According to a recent employee engagement study conducted by marketing group 15Five, engagement levels went up dramatically when employees received feedback about their weaknesses, and even more so for feedback about strengths.

The perfect way to give positive feedback and show your employees that you’ve noticed their hard work is through the use of promotional products.

Reward Ideas:

Build New Relationships the Right Way:

Promotional products have been a popular choice for building brand recognition for many years… and for good reason!

The British Promotional Merchandise Association (BPMA) has conducted several surveys and done research that provides evidence that there is a direct correlation between promotional product advertising and an improvement in brand recognition and an increase in sales.

In addition to brand awareness and better sales, incorporating promotional products into your marketing yields measurable returns.. In fact, the ROO (Return on Objective) and ROI (Return on Investment) on promotional products delivered better results than radio and outdoor advertising, and is equal to TV and print. Check out our strategy Tradeshow Bait featuring an ROI calculator, and see for yourself how you can hook new clients.’

Make 2017 your best year year… starting with Edventure.

Call us at 312.440.1800 or email Team@EdventurePromotions.com and we’ll send you samples and help you increase your engagement!  

What If You Could Keep Your Clients in ‘Good Spirits’ All Year Long?

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The holiday season always sneaks up on us. Soon, we’ll be wrapping gifts, stringing lights, and singing along to festive tunes. Despite busy schedules, it is important for your business to take advantage of what the holiday season has to offer. The good news: it is not too late to start planning.

Customers are what make the wheels of your business turn. So no matter what type of business you have, it’s absolutely necessary for your clients to know their value to it. The key… build relationships with loyal customers. A simple way to start building these relationships? Corporate gifts.

However, for those who want to send customers a sincere gesture of appreciation this holiday season, that presents a challenge: how can you pick gifts that people won’t just appreciate, but that they’ll also love?

Don’t fret. We’re here to help. You’re not too late to be on time…

Forget Lame Corporate Gifts

When it comes to corporate gifting, the key is not simply to send anything, but rather to do so thoughtfully and strategically. Did you know 82% of corporate gift receivers keep products that are practical? Yes, you read it correctly, but I’ll repeat: they keep products that are PRACTICAL. This means that the amount of thought you put into your corporate gifts this season will directly impact your business, so it’s important that you start thinking about it as early as possible. If you aren’t already brainstorming, start now. And let us help you do so!

As someone with a severe allergy to clutter, most “corporate” gifts don’t do much for me. But a fun beverage accessory adds a special touch to any gathering, big or small. Whether your client’s preference is beer, wine, or something a bit harder, giving the gift of alcohol is great, yet usually short lived.

Sure, everyone likes getting a bottle of their favorite something during the holidays, but most of the time there’s no shortage of beverages being passed around. So in place of gifting actual alcohol, check out some of these accessories that your booze-loving customers can enjoy for countless nights.

Grabbing Booze By The Horns

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Talk about client engagement! What better way to keep the holiday spirit alive than by holding your very own beer tasting? With Bullware Beer Flight Kits, send your customers the gift of a good time. The kit includes four 250ml glasses and a wood serving paddle with chalkboard paint allowing for easy identification. With every new tasting, your brand will be front and center for everyone to see how thoughtful you are!ice

For the mixologist in everyone, gifting out specialty items to add a little extra to the mix is a lot simpler than you think. Sure, you could easily send your clients a bottle or two… But that’s just like any other weekend (well, uh, not for me, but for some people I know). For the holiday season, you want to invest in a gift that keeps on giving with gotta-have pieces to enhance drinks for cozy get-togethers among friends and more.

See anything you like? Well… we have a lot more where that came from!

Call 312-440-1800 or email us at team@edventurepromotions.com today and we’ll help you prepare for the holidays!

What If Giving Thanks Could Improve Your Business?

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Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is over, but giving thanks shouldn’t be. Thanksgiving provides us time to pause and really reflect on all the things we have to be thankful for in our lives. But the truth is, giving thanks shouldn’t be confined to just one season. By only focusing on the larger, less frequent events, you run the risk of overlooking daily blessings and ultimately end up missing opportunities to appreciate the richness of everyday life.

Did you know spending time each day focusing on gratitude can have a huge impact on your health and well-being throughout the year?

In fact, those who express gratitude are 25 percent happier, more optimistic, and better sleepers according to research from Robert Emmons, author of Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier.

Not only can thankfulness improve your health, but it will also impact your business!  Showing appreciation should be a regular year-long practice at any company. Expressing gratitude to clients, employees, the community and other stakeholders pays off for all sides, boosting happiness quotients and ROI.

According to a new study, companies with high levels of employee engagement grew year-to-year income by 19 percent, while businesses with disengaged employees fell by 33 percent.

That’s a fairly large return on something that’s essentially free. It’s not the monetary value here, but rather putting an emphasis on the appreciation factor. Thus, expressing your gratitude doesn’t require you to spend hundreds upon thousands of dollars. Instead, small businesses can find meaningful ways to show thanks to their key business partners, clients, and employees and build stronger relationships in the process.

Little Things Matter Most:

Often times, people assume that acknowledging the “small stuff” won’t amount to much. However, it is actually the micro choices which exponentially grow into macro results. Gratitude and ensuring people know you notice their contribution is no different.

As humans, we naturally respond positively to acknowledgement. And thus, through expressing gratitude to the people helping your business thrive, you are naturally guiding them to better performance.

One “ratio” worth mentioning is the 80/20 rule; and that is 80% of your business usually comes from 20% of your customers- so before you go chasing new customers, why not make sure you thank the current ones.

And finally, people will remember less of what you said and more of how you said it if delivered in a grateful way. People remember the feeling you gave them, not necessarily the words.

So how can you pay it forward?

For clients:

  • Send handwritten thank you letters accompanied by a personal touch (such as some delicious chocolate covered almonds or assorted nuts)
  • LISTEN attentively to your customers, do more asking than telling, and retain some of their personal details
  • Be respectful of their time
  • Send out reminder gifts to prospective and current clients.
  • Send sympathy, holiday and birthday cards & gifts
  • Focus on the small victories and events

For employees:

  • Always listen to their ideas and be grateful and appreciative.
  • Show gratitude when they successfully complete a task and share their accomplishments with the rest of the organization (one way to effectively do this….  Rewards highlighting their achievements)
  • Treat mistakes as learning opportunities
  • Host holiday parties and other events to increase employee engagement (don’t forget to incorporate corporate gifts into the mix)
  • Send out small gifts year-round to show gratitude… something as simple as their favorite candy or bluetooth speaker

Give The Gift of Life, Battery Life That is…

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How long could you live off the grid? And how much business would you lose if you did? Nowadays, phones are more important than ever. Not just that, but people are beginning to use multiple tech devices throughout the day. And nothing… literally nothing, is more annoying than a dead battery.

According to Pew Research, 30% of cell-phone owners describe their phones as something they can’t live without. Additionally, 67% of cell-phone owners check their phones for messages, alerts, or calls, even when they don’t notice it vibrating or ringing.

Phones, along with the rest of our favorite tech gadgets, have become embedded into our everyday lives. We constantly need them charged and ready to go – and when they’re not… things can get pretty frustrating.

As the holidays get closer and closer, so do the deadlines for holiday gifting. Every business knows, or at least should know, relationships matter. Building and maintaining relationships are what keep your company afloat and are absolutely essential to making sales. So this holiday season, let the people who support and patronize your business know how much you appreciate them. Start catering to your customers’ technology needs with custom power banks.

Not only are power banks compatible with every phone, whether it’s iPhone, Android, Motorola, HTC, etc., but you can also use them to charge GPS devices, iPad’s, and other tablets.

Turn a cool tech gift into a useful marketing tool. Every time recipients charge up their phone or tech device (so… most likely daily), they’ll be reminded of your business! Plus, power banks come in virtually all shapes, sizes, colors and patterns. You can design power banks to fit your brand and campaign perfectly, no matter what your end goal is.

Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Yes. They’re small, slim and sleek… but don’t let their size fool you, power banks are able to fully charge iPhones or other tech devices in the most convenient way possible. With the amount of time professionals spend on the road, in the air, and in hotel rooms, power banks are the perfect travel accessory – making them excellent executive gifts.

It’s one of the best ways to reinforce your innovative thinking. Remember the right product can help tell your story, and your story is what people will remember about your brand. Whether you’re looking for something simple and effective to get the job done or you’d prefer something with a bit more spark, Edventure has got you covered.

So… how can you make sure you truly get the best bang for your buck? Let us help you with that, I mean, it is our job.


power-banks1Sometimes, basic really is best. Both our
Aluminum Power Tube and our Double Flat Power Bank provide just the right amount of charge, and are small enough to take with you anywhere.

Looking for something with a bit more flare? Two-in-one power banks offer exactly that. This multi-function 2 watt aluminum power bank can charge your smartphone and doubles as a LED flashlight, for all your lighting needs.


powerbank2Charge your electronic device AND listen to music while on the go with
this rechargeable power bank and speaker. OR simultaneously charge both your tablet and smartphone, with the multi-functional 900 mAh power bank featuring a compact design perfect for those on the move!


speakerThe flat build on
this power bank allows for a large imprint area, and an easy fit for laptop cases, briefcases and purses. It also features an LED flashlight and power indicator lights,

Compact chargers, of all shapes and sizes, keep mobile devices powered up, whether they’re being used for streaming music, checking email, or watching video. So no matter what your customer is doing, your company will remain top of mind all day long.

 

Find out how much energy the battery in your device can store by clicking here.

Still not sure which power bank will work best for you? Call us today at 312.440.1800 or email us at team@edventurepromotions.com and we’ll send over some samples 🙂

 

What If Drinking Made You Smarter?

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You’re coming up to the end of another calendar year in the corporate world, but wait… don’t wrap things up quite yet. With the holiday season making its way into the spotlight, you want to make sure to choose the perfect corporate gifts. If you wait too long, you’ll end up with cheap branded mugs you just can’t seem to give away.

Nobody wants to be thought of as the company known for being cheap, impersonal, or completely off the mark. The items you choose to gift out this year will directly reflect you and your brand’s image. So, don’t simply send to send. Be thoughtful and think strategically. Your goal is to choose gifts that will keep your company top of mind, show that you care and reflect the recipient’s taste.

Yes. We know, choosing gifts is a stressful process. You run the risk of sending something that your clients will not utilize or like.

Luckily, there is one category of corporate gifts that is not only simple and useful, but also a crowd favorite… wine related gifts!

For the Wino in Everyone

When it comes to wine, we all know someone who is a total wacko. They refuse to drink anything cheap and take forever to choose a wine at restaurants; whereas others only know wine in two categories: red or white. Either way, the best strategy when it comes to booze related gifts is to skip the drinks altogether, and give them a wine tool or accessory instead. That way, nobody is left unhappy.

Whether you’re more carefree about your wine choices or a bit more particular, we have something for everyone.

Simply place your logo onto one of our stylish wine stoppers or openers, and ensure your customers are thinking of you year round. Or send your client a spirit companion, a clever bottle shaped tool that serves five unique functions: corkscrew, bottle opener, knife blade, serrated blade and magnifying glass for label reading. Both provide a perfect way to show those who do business with you that you appreciate them and want them to enjoy themselves.

Keeping your wine fresh is a priority, but it’s not always the easiest thing to do once the bottle has already been opened. These brightly colored wine bottle stoppers make an airtight seal and keep wine tasting almost as amazing as the day it was opened. Plus, they fit any bottle and are dishwasher safe.

corkkkkSometimes an invention comes along that’s so simple and sensible, you wonder why it took so damn long. The Corkcicle is one of those items. It’s designed to keep white wine perfectly chilled, every time. Simply freeze The Corkcicle prior to use to maintain its temperature for chilled whites and even bring those heavier room temperature reds down to more suitable drinking temperatures. It even doubles as a bottle stopper!

For busy professionals always on the go, try out this stemless wine tumbler that easily fits into your hand with insulation and material that keeps your wine chilled longer than glass or crystal. It’s the perfect wine ‘glass’ for camping, bonfires, and other outdoor events!

Still not impressed? Check out this amazing Wine Connoisseur 4 Piece Gift Set by Brookstone, the winerultimate gift for every wino. With Beverage Tasting Institute approved Aero that breathes wine in under 30 seconds, an easy to use foil cutter, aerating stems for bottles or glasses, a wine stopper preserver plus more, this set has it all and is sure to sway your clients.

Check out our shop for more wine related gifts, perfect for keeping your business relationships strong during the holidays.

Contact us at 312.440.1800 or email team@edventurepromotions.com and we’d love to send over some samples to figure out what fits your specific needs!

Sweeten Your Sales

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Once you gain a client, you want to keep that client right? For many, this isn’t the easiest thing. It takes strategy, organization, and drive to manage these relationships to ensure that your client comes back to you time and time again.

According to the Harvard Business School, increasing customer retention rates by 5 percent increases profits by 25 to 95 percent. Even the lower of that number is considerable, and well worth striving for.

As we approach the holiday season, there is one easy and effective way to raise your retention rates: corporate gifts. This brings us to a whole new issue… what the hell are you supposed to buy? Just as with any other business decision, choosing the right corporate gift is all about strategy. You must choose something that will be appreciated, utilized and remembered by your client.

Edventure is about to make gift-giving deliciously simple.

To really tickle your customers taste buds, send them something they can consume.

In general, food is an ideal gift for almost all promotional applications, particularly in the fourth quarter. It’s clearly a universal need. Everybody needs food, everybody enjoys food. Not only does it contain mass appeal, but it has a high perceived value AND it’s satisfying.

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, everything… and we mean everything… involves food. During the holiday season, food gifts bring happiness and a sense of calming to a usual hectic time. Treats such as fresh-baked cookies tap into the senses – taste, smell, sight, bringing back memories of good times and holiday cheer.

Whether you’re a man, woman, young or old, they provide a non-gender specific gift that creates goodwill. Food gifts satisfy a diverse audience and therefore make perfect gifts for your clients and business partners. When they’re enjoyed one holiday, they’re pretty much expected the next, making food related gifts a renewable program year to year.

The Season of Sharing

Begin the holiday season early this year, food gifts pair perfectly with the tastes of thanksgiving. This year along with Christmas cheer, send November gratitude.

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Reward those who deserve it most with this wide array of gourmet favorites. Overflowing with delicious treats, this gift has something for everyone to share. It’s a gift they’ll enjoy at once and remember throughout the year.

Sometimes, small treats make a big impact, and these certainly will.  Packed with 6 Oreo cookies, covered in milk, white and dark chocolate, into a silver gift box, foil stamped with your logo ororeos promotional message in one of four colors and finished with a matching satin ribbon.


Paint an image your clients will never forget with this creative marketing solution or if you’re more into variety, send them this tower, featuring three boxes filled with
almondsChocolate Covered Pretzels, fresh baked large Chocolate Chip Cookies and gourmet Pistachios. A perfect gift for a deserving client that shows your appreciation!


Looking for something a bit healthier, but that still satisfies your sweet tooth?
Chocolate covered almonds are the way to go. Salty, nutty, and chocolatey… can’t get much better than that.

 

The best thing about edible gifts is that they have application across all markets.

Call us at 312.440.1800 or email team@edventurepromotions.com and we’ll send you some delicious samples that’ll guarantee you’ll be remembered.