The Christmas gift story begins with the desire to give to people who’ve helped you along the way this year. For smaller businesses this can be quickly seen to with a few crates of beer or chocolates off the supermarket shelf, but for businesses growing a brand, it’s time to sit down and think about your clients and how they will feel receiving a gift from you. The warm fuzzy feeling going on around giving has got to fit with your brand.
To make it simple, you shouldn’t pick gifts that conflict with your brand and what it stands for.
To make it simple, you shouldn’t pick gifts that conflict with your brand. If your brand is all about Health and Well-being, you probably wouldn’t select Chocolates and Wine. Why ever not? Because these foods are, sadly, associated with indulgence and excessive eating.
Selecting who to give to… We always recommend including your team members (whether they know about the Christmas gift idea or not, it will still be a surprise that they’re included in receiving it) along with your Top Customers and Top Suppliers. These 3 stakeholders, or whatever you like to call them, are supremely responsible for keeping your business up & running. Remember them, at least once a year.
And on this point, it doesn’t have to be at Christmas, some companies are now jogging the gift into January, to keep it separate from the overdose of gifting that comes at Christmas. That said you don’t want the gift to look as though it’s a last minute idea, or purchased only in the sale, and potentially lose impact.
Really your gift should epitomise your brand.
Are you known to be generous, crazy, funny, fast, innovative? Is your brand smart/sleek/chic and brilliantly mod or a steady/seclusive/mature/luxurious commodity?
Really your gift should epitomise your brand. For this you need to think about how others see your brand. Are you known to be generous, crazy, funny, fast, innovative? Is your brand smart/sleek/chic and brilliantly mod or a steady/seclusive/mature/luxurious commodity?
Then think about your customers, what gift is fitting for them personally (consider – would they actually use this?) and are there any gifts that would get turned away. Some companies do have strong gifting policies in place, preventing potential bribery in the form of “gifts” in exchange for contracts, even enforcing staff to return gifts or request that they are collected (making for an embarrassing phone call, instead of a pleasant thanks).
This is where the Mince pie pack has proved popular because it’s a fun and non-offensive office sharer, sits by the coffee machine and everyone gets one. (We firmly believe it beats most of the list below for originality and share-ability!)
Another thing, where we use the term “Top” Customer – this refers to people who have placed bigger orders with you. The gift should really be proportionate to orders placed. In the case of Customers or Suppliers, you need to be thinking about the contacts and companies where you want to strengthen the relationship for longevity. Which companies are core to your business, and which companies do you want to keep your brand front of mind into the future.
Back to the topic of “What to give”… Anyone can use Google, but we believe the Top favourites list is covered off well with the list below.
Top Christmas Giveaways for Corporate companies
- Phone charger
- Bobble hats
For more advice on promoting your brand through on-brand gifting (What to gift and What not to gift!), reach out to our team of expert advisers on 020 3011 0211, or via our Contact us page.
We’re recommending that you ask your top clients to tell you what you stand for.
By conducting a simple survey with our clients, we discovered that many of them didn’t know what else we did… (This was finding Number 1)
So we started including an abbreviated list at the foot of our monthly marketing idea-mails, below we’ll talk you through it visually*.
We also discovered that it is Sales Teams that LOVE us! (Finding Number 2)
Is that surprising, when we’re here to help Marketing teams, to stay loved by Sales; Win more and Get Results? (This then benefits both the Marketing and Sales teams.) In short, we do their job for them.
In short, we do the Sales job for them.
Branded Presentation of Goods for Promotion Sample Presentation, Product Launches
Packaging that works Magic for your Brand
New Client Welcome Packs so Sales teams can step out with confidence, making a great first impression
Onboarding packs, on-brand, perfect PR for HR
Unique sample presentation for the ultimate promotion of your brand
Send samples of your product straight to the Decision maker
Original and Creative promotional items never seen before
Products to talk about – say “Hello” and “Thank You” and generally Shout about you
Winning client confidence with outstanding quote presentation
Products that Win Projects
Innovative & unforgettable Helping our clients to get their point across, through innovative direct mail, an effective way to communicate your all-important Unique selling propositions
Time-critical and Time sensitive Promotions
We oversee fulfilment in-house ensuring that Mail reaches destination on the date designed
Physical Mail-Merge – We oversee fulfilment in-house
We work with you to ensure that your message is carried through
Get your message to the End User / Consumer
Ideas that Work & Win
Designed with the brand in mind we produce product packaging, for industrial, retail and OEM
Bringing your whole idea together in one box
Out-of-the-box Product Packaging ideas that Promise Off-the-shelf Sales
Not-so-standard Presentation Packaging
As unique as your brand
Not just shelf-packaging! But purpose built and designed to slide into the sock drawer
Make a big hit with Counter top displays and display cubes in a range of sizes, along with coin collecting boxes and leaflet dispensers
Keep Your Brand out there
Stay in control of your products – Keep things tidy when they are on display at your Distributors
Please take one
Product Packaging that becomes Display Packaging – Branding all the way
Raising awareness of forth coming events & offers
Easy off the stock options or branded for the Ultimate Customer Experience
Packaging to enhance the Unboxing Experience
We are the manufacturers of the Polysmart collection, the Overboard range and the Alusmart system.
With a range of regular and unique styles available for personalisation to improve your presentation, including ring binders, document wallets, portfolios and bespoke solutions to enable your business efficiency.
Document wallets – Sign Up takeaways
Branded Presentation Folders & Files
Going Global? Take your brand with you
Training tomorrow’s World with your Corporate Image
Bringing everything together for you & your client – We call it a Win-Win situation
To discuss your brand needs, call us on 020 3011 0211
You can’t beat sweet-treats for a branded giveaway, and the Sweetie Cube is no exception.
A quirky invention for maximising your marketing, these Sweetie Cubes appeal to kids & adults alike. The box relaxes to become like a tray when the lid is taken off, with all over space for branding.
The box becomes a tray when the lid is taken off
Boxes supplied made up and sweet wrappers can be brand-matched.
Reach out and discuss your brand-building giveaways
Phone 020 3011 0211
As we enter 2020, Consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of brands: Luxury, earthy or otherwise; with scrutiny of packaging being high on the agenda. First impressions count has never been truer.
They’re balancing their own values with sustainability, asking questions like: Will this product, service or luxury be available to generations to come? What is the long-term prognosis? Can this packaging be recycled or reused rather than wasted on rubbish heaps that we’re seeing in the news; or worst still, the scam of joining rubbish dumped off-shore.
Undoubtedly packaging still has it’s place: for Protection in delivery (delivering without damage), Presentation of the brand (for enhanced value, gaining an emotional connection and communicating with the consumer) and Security (so it reaches the consumer without being tampered with).
Balancing the protective packaging side of delivering products with over-protection and increased waste is an all-time belly ache for Packaging designers. Too much protection is seen as over-gilding and wastefully filling up our bins.
Presentation of the brand is all about making the core-values of the company align to the delivery of the product. Earthy products can’t come in plastic.
Security is going to depend very much on what, the weight, and how you’re delivering.
Whilst the large part of what we do is produced on paper that is FSC approved, we realise that for companies who promote sustainability and recycling as part of a strong core ethical belief, it is increasingly important for this to be crystal clear in all communication, not least in delivery to the consumer.
In brief, it is possible to produce Sustainable Presentation Packaging solutions for companies who promote and believe in a sustainable earth.
Are you looking to be more aligned for 2020? Reach out and Contact us
The #HARIBOShareTheScare Halloween box was a Spooktacular PR drop designed to showcase the frightfully good HARIBO range during the countdown to this hugely popular occasion.
With its creak and boo, it certainly delivered a hair raising smile this Halloween.
The HARIBOO box designed by HARIBO looked just like a trick or treat door. But, it was the inside that held all of the surprises this Halloween – with its ghostly creak and a delayed boo.
Just as you would imagine, the recipients reacted with a sweep of social content.
We’re all ready for our ‘Trick or Treat’ callers this Halloween thanks to Haribo – “We’ve got some Yummy little treats to hand out” – wrote Christine – Mummy of 3 Diaries; “Spooktastic delicious yummy sweets!” wrote ET (Eileen Teo from home), “My fave kind of PR packages!” wrote Con Con @Nagginsnnotions, “Thank you Haribo UK for our amazing #HARIBOShareTheScare box Bring on the Trick or treating!” – best Magazine on Facebook.
Have you got a product or service that you need to Share on Social? Don’t stay scared, step over and Contact us
From our family to yours… the Advent Calendar was made for Warburtons to dish out to PR teams.
Designed to take sliced white, wholemeal, pancakes and crumpets, within 5 compartments, the pack was baked to keep Warburtons front of mind through the busiest season of all.
Each pre-cut flap had room for a marketing message and within it lay the bread product, fresh from the bakery, and sealed to keep it fresh in delivery.
PR activity is enriched with creative presentation to inspire bloggers and journalists to comment and promote your products.
First and foremost, what is “onboarding”?
The action or process of integrating a new employee into an organisation
We frequently see great examples of onboarding, desks laid out in a welcome-fashion. On LinkedIn (home of head-hunters!) there are often updates with images, like those shown below, typically getting a high number of likes and comments.
Here at BoxcoUK, where perfect presentation is really our thing, we regularly get asked for on-brand, onboarding sets, packed-perfect (and all’s well, when you have a staff onboarding budget and in-take of 80+ per year – but it doesn’t work out quite the same, when you’re averaging less than one new member a month). None-the-less it’s important to get it right, if you want to secure a loyal employee.
With this in mind, we’ve come up with an easy way of doing onboarding, that still looks great, alongside some content-ideas to help engage staff from the point they agree to join your team.
Obviously, you’re going to have your own ideas about what important elements are needed to make up the perfect onboarding pack, but we hope this helps.
In the run up – 4 Ways to engage
Thinking about the time between when the person agreed to come to you, and their start date (LinkedIn Talent Solutions calls this Pre-boarding). If this is a few months, you may want to think about engaging your client in a regular way during this time. Even an email would help. How much you put into this is down to you – think about the potential value of that staff member to your organisation, the value of securing them for the long-term, and whether you want to save them having second thoughts during that period and staying with their current employer or, worse case, looking elsewhere.
1.Your company strategy, culture, overview, brochure
Have they got this information from earlier interviews, or could these be part of your engagement programme, sent to the candidate in a structured way.
2.Were there any perks you discussed in the initial stages that you could elaborate on
Staff lunches, cars, company traditions, differing opening hours… e.g. early close Friday.
3. Explain what a typical day will be like
Add some humour, nothing to put them off but here’s your chance to mention when they might be expected to help out, which day the cleaner comes and when to avoid tripping over the hoover.
4. Overcoming the fear of first day – How will they get to work (do you need to send information about their car)
Do you need to let them know about where they should park, where staff are expected to hang their coats, put their bag, all the hum-drum things that are going to turn that first scary moment into an easier ride and a more enjoyable experience for both the new staff member and their colleagues.
Whether you send it ahead, or you put it on their desk (or both)… Why not “Invite them to join your family” – build a pack that appeals to their family situation, spouse, kids (whether you’ve taken an interest to find out will speak volumes) and gain a long-term commitment to your company. Clearly, for this, you’ve got to have a family to join, so you’ll need to think about setting this up with your existing staff ahead of pushing it out through HR.
Gifts you could include in your Onboarding pack
These are ideas that we’ve seen used in great onboarding packs. Pick the winners for your brand:
Chocolate Bar/Choc Orange
Something personalised with their own name (spelt correctly of course!)
“Onboarding in a Box”
The complete guide to Onboarding – Click below & print off
Look great, for less
OUR SUGGESTION is a pack of 12 Luxury gift boxes (we have these available in a range of colours), with a magnetic closure and coloured grosgrain ribbon. Pick a ribbon colour that works well with your brand, and possibly tissue paper, to hold the gifts, and add elegance.
CONTENTS Fill with gifts from the list above. No limits here.
GIFT TAG OR GREETINGS CARD You can add a gift tag made from a business card or compliment slip, or a greetings card, for a personal and welcoming touch.
Tel 020 3011 0211
Email your details with a best time to call, firstname.lastname@example.org
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The PEK is an ingenious presentation pack created from card folded around a foam centre. Very quick and easy to produce and very effective and modern in impact. An entry level presentation pack, with custom cut foam inlay, tuck in lock, and all-round branded card wrap.
Welcome New Club members, or to make new staff welcome.
An unforgettable presentation for house builders and property developers.
Good for events, and financial companies.
Are you unlocking the potential with a bespoke and branded Welcome pack?
Call today to discuss your requirements 02030110211
From first contact with you, clients need to feel your brand.
Give them a simple folder/handout/something tangible to walk away with, and you’ll be surprised how much people keep on to.
It feels warming for people who have made the effort to come to you, to then receive something in return, bedding in the start of a longer-term relationship.
Make sure to include how the client can access your product or service later – so often we think this part is ever so basic (“it’s all online”) but unless you spell it out, you leave room for hot potential clients to Google you/or your product and service, and find an alternative website to source from.
Simply include a print-off that has the contact details you hold for them, the client number automatically generated by your system, and maybe use this number for them to access your product or service later.
As long as your information feels worthwhile, and the delivery is carefully aligned to your brand values, then the number of clients returning is set to increase, and long after your system is set to retain data, and their original details.
To discuss your situation, why not contact the team here on 020 3011 0211
If you’re not that great at reading, the short answer to the question is “for creating 3-dimensional marketing pieces”.
At this point some people will think “Ok, cool. We don’t do anything 3-dimensional, only digital.” The same people use brown boxes to send stuff out. We’ll it’s not marketing is it? Enough said.
Our sweet spot comprises of Print, Packaging and Marketing experience.
This is at the grass routes of everything we do here, playing a smaller but still vital role.
Excellent quality print for all applications means we’ll advise you on what’s best for your brand and your project – from Litho to laminate, Digi-print to dogtooth, Flood-coat to flexo.
Maybe you’ve seen an effect you’d like?
When we say Packaging, we don’t just mean a warehouse full of brown boxes and bubble wrap.
We mean mostly Creative and mostly Cardboard solutions that promote.
(We’ve been using cardboard to create all sorts of things, including Presentation Packaging, since as far back as the early 1990s.)
It’s what we eat, drink, and breathe here. It’s probably the top reason why we don’t sell boring boxes, because everyone who works here has a role in Marketing.
Part of this sweet spot, is that we’re as concerned as your CFO that there’s a return on the marketing you do. Believe us, good marketing is great for organisations. Without it, they don’t survive.
We’ll try to promote your marketing message in everything we produce for your brand.
Where else can you find advice on print, packaging and marketing in one place?
To talk more, simply schedule an appointment
Are you being disappointed by long delivery times?
We’re happy to introduce our sister company, Kudos Giftwrap. Kudos has a stock range of Giftwrap & accessories available for all your gift packaging needs.
It’s an out of the box solution, to deliver your gifts to clients this Christmas.
We know that long lead times at this time of year (end November) means that some companies can’t have their corporate gifts wrapped and delivered in the way in which Marketing teams have designed them.
For a lastminute.com fix, try Kudos Giftwrap who have a range of giftwrapping solutions that look great, with short leadtimes on stock ranges.
Yes it is possible to produce Sustainable Presentation Packaging solutions for companies who promote and believe in a sustainable earth. That’s why we’ve produced giftwrap under our Kudos brand, so that companies can giftwrap without guilt this Christmas, using giftwrap aligned to core values. Whilst the large part of what we do is produced on paper that is FSC approved, we realise that for companies who promote sustainability and recycling as part of a strong core ethical belief, it is increasingly important for this to be crystal clear in all communication, not least in delivery to the customer.
Reach out to discuss your core values and how best to present your message for success now and into 2019. Best number for us is 020 3011 0211.
Jim Nash joined us in February on Sales, and Daniel Halms joined us in July running Warehouse Operations. Both have been invaluable team players. Jim has been round visiting a number of new and existing clients and Daniel has cleaned up our warehouse – now it shines (quite literally!).
Enter the 12-pack Mince Pie Promo… NEW PDF DOWNLOAD WITH ORDER INFO
To join our already popular 24-pack, you can now choose which size best suits your clientele.
Along with this change, we also have new dates for 2018 which bring delivery sooner (now 3rd week of November), giving you longer to deliver your Christmas gifts to your top clients and friends.
Why choose the 12-pack?
Why choose the 24-pack?
If you’re currently despatching products not only do you want the actual product to look great, but you also want it to arrive looking great. Transit packaging needs to protect your product and promote your brand.
Consider first how you would like your recipient to feel? Expectations vary depending on what the product is, and where it is received (B2B or B2C). Think about what else your customer will be receiving in their day to day, alongside of your products and consider: How will you wow?
Is the packaging recyclable – the big R is becoming more and more important – Is the packaging actually compostable? Then what will you use to take up any excess space inside, that will protect goods in transit. Can this be recycled? As our image suggests, tissue paper is one option. It’s unlikely that tissue paper alone will protect goods, but it’s good for brand building, and recyclable. There are other paper based box filler options, and for companies sending out large quantities of the same size product, then a smaller, more fitting box, can save the need of using extra packaging to protect goods.
Printed packaging – Yes or No? Do you want it to stand out during Transit – by adding a repeating logo or slogan, or with a design that means it will be recognisable along the way – there’s pros and cons to weigh up: Consider the likelihood of it being tampered with vs. Customers recognising it a glance, and finding your goods in a busy warehouse (different in a B2C situation). Remember branding inside the box, adds to the unboxing experience, particularly the use of colour, for extra wow.
How will you close your transit packaging? If it’s tape you’re using, this could be bespoke. What about branded labels? This has to be a cost effective option, especially for start-ups.
A peel and re-seal strip? This is making it very easy for customers to make returns, particularly in the B2C environment.
Alot of what we recognise is brown boxes, and grey plastic post bags. Breaking with the trend, MORI – the organically and ethically produced baby clothes company – ship in leading edge Brown Paper bags (bespoke of course), and they actively encourage recycling. Protectively delivering goods – conscientiously onbrand.
How will you pack your product for a memorable unboxing on-brand experience? Our team is onhand to discuss your brand requirements, or send us a message via contact us page