3 Tips On The Perfect Corporate Gift

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One of the reasons I love Delivering Marketing Joy is, I not only get to ask some of the smartest people in business a few questions each week, but they get to ask me one.  We structure it this way so it’s more of a discussion.

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I love this because these thoughtful leaders often ask me questions that I have not answered before.  Or, more likely, they ask them in different ways that make me think differently.

This happened to today.

The show we recorded will not air for a few weeks, but the question is incredibly timely, so I wanted to share it here.  I was asked: “What are 3 things to think about when getting a corporate branded gift to make sure it is on the mark?”  Though I get asked about corporate gifts a lot, this was a different way of looking at it.  So I wanted to share my answer.  Oh…and of course you need to think about how much you want to spend…and how many you want to give.  But so many people don’t go any deeper than that!  So here is a little different thought process.

Many of us have heard the term “Who?  What?  Where?”  These are the questions you need to answer when telling a story.  They are also the things you want your clients to remember…right? But when creating a corporate gift you want to answer “Who?  Where?  What?”  Same questions, but in a specifically different order.

Who:  When creating the perfect gift, you want to think hard about WHO you are giving it to?  What do they look like?  What are they interested in?  Are they predominately female, young, old, techy, office, etc.  Who are they really?

Where:  Next I like to consider WHERE I would like them to enjoy the gift.  Do I want to occupy space on their desk?  Are they in the office (and do they need to share)?  Do I want them to use these in their home?  Where do I want them to enjoy the gift?

What:  Only after I get the first two figured out do I roll to WHAT I want to give them.  Once I know the WHO and the WHERE, this can come together quickly.  If they are a young tech-friendly crowd and I want them to use them in the office, maybe I like the idea of bluetooth headphones.   You get the idea.  Go through this process and you might find just the perfect gift that they might NOT get for themselves.

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Written by: Kirby Hasseman

Kirby Hasseman is the CEO of Hasseman Marketing & Communications. Kirby hosts a weekly Web show called Delivering Marketing Joy where he interviews business leaders from around the country. Kirby has published four books. His most recent is “Fan of Happy.” His book, called "Delivering Marketing Joy" is about doing “promo right” and is perfect for people in the industry and customers. He also wrote “Think Big For Small Business” and “Give Your Way to Success. All are available on Amazon.