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Recessionary incentives

Recessionary Incentives

Offering incentives is a powerful tool to survive a recession by keeping existing customers with you. Plus, incentives will allow you to reach new clients who will grow your business even in a down-economic cycle.

What businesses, especially small businesses, want to avoid is discounting the cost of their products or services to the point that it hurts the bottom line.

However, if your incentives are designed to attract customers to your business because they want what you have to offer, price will be less important than value.

For example, many of the major U.S. makers of large cars and vans have offered discounts and incentives on top of ever more generous rebates. Yet, the small fuel-efficient cars that come with fewer incentives are selling more, because more consumers consider them a better value in the wake of rapidly-rising gas prices.

In a recession, there are three practical and psychological factors at play that can be your cue to how you want to use incentives.

Hundreds of studies point to: – The practical issue of consumers having less disposable income,

– The practical issue of our over-stressed, time-starved society, and,

– The psychological issue of general worries about the future because of the uncertainties created by a weak economy.

So first ask yourself: What incentives can I provide that will address money, time and general consumer worries?

– Can you offer “money-saving” values versus price cuts?

– Is it time to focus on how your services or products can save time?

– How can you solve a problem? Can you promote your products or services as the answer to one or more consumer concerns, including general economic worries? Can you position your business as the trustworthy choice?

Here are practical incentives strategies for businesses of any size:

– Bundle up to create money-saving values as incentives. Cell phone and cable companies profited greatly by bundling their services. Revisit your products or services and ask: How can I re-package two or more and promote this new package as a “new, money-saving value” that will save consumers time?

– Use “value” language. The focus should be on the words “value,” “money-saving” and “time-saving” versus the words “cheap,” “discount,” and “bargain basement.” If you are faster, more reliable and more comprehensive than your competitors, you are a “money-saving” value. Why? Because time is money, and you save clients time.

– Offer a gift. Who doesn’t like presents? Gift cards have been one of the fastest growing sectors in the incentives category. A “gift” doesn’t have to come in the form of a gift card. A business can offer a gift of a special white paper or article that will be useful to the client, or a free hour of your services for “x” number of hours billed.

– Focus on free as an incentive. “Free” is a powerful calling card. Instead of slashing prices that you can’t afford to slash, focus on what you can “add” that is free. Offering free subscriptions to online e-newsletters that offer valuable, practical information. In this Information Age, information is money, so offer information free.

– Reward your true-blue clients. When money is tight, consumers go comparison-shopping. Firms that don’t pay attention to their true-blue clients can become vulnerable if they take these clients for granted. High-end retailers offer their high-spending customers special values such as by-invitation-only events or gift certificates. What by-invitation-only information or event can you provide to your true-blue clients?

– Reward your first-time customers. You also want to make your first-time customers your future true-blue clients. Offer incentives geared toward first-time customers.

– Partner up to offer perks. Another way to offer incentives without slashing your fees or incurring extra costs is to partner up. This is also a smart way to expand your client base. A financial services firm can partner up with a law firm to offer a free online or on-site seminar on law and money. Hotels partner with wholesalers to offer wine or cheese tastings. Choose a partner with a compatible client demographic.

– Don’t forget your employees. In a recession, don’t forget that your employees are cash-strapped, time-starved, worried consumers, too. Offering internal incentives, like setting aside a perk being offered to customers as an employee incentive works well. Offer a day off, which can enhance your bottom line by allowing employees to relax and re-energize. Then, they too, can survive the recession.

Promotional items: emerging trends

Promotional Items: Emerging Trends

Interview any sales person and he will tell you, one of that one of the easiest ways of increasing the sales for the company is by building relationships with people – and you can do this by generously distributing corporate promotional gift items. Promotional gifts can play a major part in helping build these budding relationships in a number of different ways. However it’s pretty obvious that a number exciting new trends are new trends are being observed in the field of promotional items. Here are a few of them

1. A grand business Opening

Why wait to promote your company, several months after its launch. Promote it right at the start. The moment you launch your company target the local customers with a promotional gifts campaign. Gift them something practical, and not the same boring items like promotional pens.

2. Thanks for the Referral

So if you have been able to get a customer to refer your business to a friend or associate, make sure you thank him for the effort. As Corporate apparel is in vogue. You can thank him with a rugby sweatshirt that marks him as the ambassador of your company

3. On Reaching an elusive Landmark

Most company’s have earmarked special days that they set aside for the company. These days commemorate occasions of success for that company. For example a yearly picnic to celebrate the successful launch of a new product. By sending corporate items to both clients and employees you are saying “Thanks, we couldn’t have done it without your help”

4. encouraging employees

The easiest way of brining in more business is by encouraging your employees. A happy batch of inspired employees will happily sweat it out for your company, and will do so without begrudging even their free time. So promote the spirit in your organization by gifting your employees, attractive promotional items. It will help foster emotions of goodwill and will ensure your company’s interests remain right on top of the list of your employee’s goals.

5. Thanks for Your Order

If someone has made a big purchase from your company don’t just thank by sending a mail or a card. Travel that extra length and thank him/her with an exciting promotional item that will spur him/her to make bigger purchases from your company.

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President obama and men’s watches: his quirky style

President Obama and Men’s Watches: His Quirky Style

President Obama is the man. He’s always on point and entertaining to watch and listen to whether he’s giving a press conference or appearing on a popular talk show like he did last night on the “Late Show” with Dave Letterman.

Although Obama has been on the “Late Show” five times before, this was his first appearance since becoming President, therefore everyone was tuned in to see what he would say and do. Of course he was cool and personable and I’m sure Letterman received some good ratings.

The public doesn’t just like to see and hear what Obama says and does; they also want to talk about and analyze what he wears. When it comes to what the President wears during his normal work day and frequent media appearances, it’s pretty much a standard outfit: dark suit, white shirt, blue tie and American flag pin on his lapel. The one way for him to make a fashion statement and express himself is by wearing a watch. President Obama is known to have a couple different men’s watches: a Rolex, a TAG Heuer and a Jorg Gray.

Each of these men’s watches makes a different statement: a Rolex is a Rolex, one of the most expensive brands of luxury watches ever, and the one which he was seen wearing when he was running for President. Ironically, or not, his then “competition” John McCain also wore a Rolex.

When still a Senator, Obama religiously wore a TAG Heuer Series 1500 Divers watch. This was his daily watch for about ten years and one which he still wears. TAG Heuer produces many sporty men’s watches that are not out of reach for the average American to own.

The Jorg Gray watch that Obama has also shown much loyalty to has received the most attention because before he wore it, no one had heard of it. Given to him as a gift him by one of the Secret Service agents protecting him when he was still a Senator, this is an inexpensive men’s watch that costs about $200 – $250.

Last night on the “Late Show” one could see that he was wearing a large sized watch but which one was it? People are tweeting that it was an Omega watch, or maybe a Rolex? My guess is that it was not a Rolex, as most men’s watches by Rolex seem to have a metal bracelet and the one he wore has a dark leather strap. Unless the President has recently gone out and bought an Omega watch, likelihood is, that it was either his trusty TAG or his often worn Jorg Gray.

With all this talk about what kind of men’s watch the President wears, what no one seems to be talking about is which hand he wears it on? Most people are right-handed so it’s common to see watches worn on left-hands, but as you may have noticed, Obama is left-handed, which would normally mean that he wears his watch on his right hand, but he doesn’t… he wears his watch on his left hand. A total quirk and something else that he will go down for aside from being one of the best Presidents this country as ever seen.

Prepaid credit cards and you

Prepaid credit cards and you

Information About Prepaid Credit Cards

If you happen to be looking for an easy way to shop online or to shop in stores without having to carry around cash a prepaid credit card could be your answer. They are available from Master Card, Visa, and American Express.

Prepaid credit card are just like using a gift card, they use the same idea. Before you can use your prepaid credit card you first need to make a down payment onto it. You decide how much money you want to put onto the card, while you buy things, withdrawal from ATMs, and pay bills, your balance declines. If at anytime you need to you can add more money to your prepaid credit card, you will have no bill coming in the mail monthly it is pay as you go.

This is good for anybody that does not want a monthly credit card bill. It is a great way for parents to give their children the funds that they need. A prepaid credit card is a good option for anybody that does not like to carry any cash on them.

If your prepaid credit card is stolen or if it is lost the company will replace the card. Another protection that you will have is against unauthorized use. You are the one that is in control of the amount of money available on your card. If you want to have the cash instead you can use your prepaid card at the ATM machine.

There are different plans with different fees. Prior to choosing any agreement first you should be certain that you understand what the agreement entitles. There will be a monthly transaction fee, and there may be other fees on the agreement like activation fee, withdrawal fees, and purchase fees. Every time there is a fee charge it will be deducted from your cards balance.

Be very sure to research all the prepaid credit card companies so you know what they all have to offer. You need to also read all fine print before you decide to sign anything to receive your prepaid credit card.

Plan your corporate events with eventus corporate

Plan Your Corporate Events With Eventus Corporate

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Our services are divided into various categories which makes it easy for you to choose the service you need. Categories including perfect location for your corporate events, conference venue, convention center, hotels and accommodation for your guests, unique venue activities ideas, complete range of audio/video equipment, list of entertainers, caterers, tips related to gifts or promo products, unique flower decoration, photographers and the best Florida events planner contacts. Eventus Corporate is a ALL IN ONE SOLUTION for your events anywhere in Florida.
In our site, vendors can sign up for free and get bulk orders for the various events happening in Florida for n-number of corporate. We make sure that you get the best service and you enjoy the event while our event planners work for you. Another important aspect of working with us that your events stay in your budget as you get affordable event planning tips, which gives the right value for money.
You can get handy tips for your events, one of them very important is making a “wish list” of all items you would like to include regardless of cost, and then highlight all items that you will definitely require. If you have left over funds after the essentials are taken care of then you can refer back to your wish list, and choose additional items that will add to your event.

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