Corporate Christmas gifts – find the best presents for your clients

Corporate Christmas gifts need a lot of thought. That’s why we are already thinking about getting Christmas wrapped up – five months before the big day.

Spirus Marketing can take the stress out of your corporate Christmas by sourcing, packaging and sending beautiful branded presents to your valued customers.

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Bespoke chocolate advent calendars

Hexagon Chocolate advent calendar produced by Spirus 2015

Spreading some festive cheer, with wonderfully bespoke chocolate advent calendars.

Hexagon Consulting Ltd and Ten-25 Software Ltd (two valued and long-standing clients) both asked us to design and manufacture for them a bespoke chocolate advent calendar to distribute to their loyal and potential clients as a corporate Christmas gift.

Hexagon is an independent customs consultancy dedicated to helping UK businesses minimise the costs of importing non-EU goods, whereas Ten-25 Software is a company of trading software developers that designs profitable business systems specifically for timber merchants, builders’ merchants and plumbers’ merchants, as well as stockists, importers and agents.

To start the process, we first had to think of a design for each client. After discussing a number of options with Hexagon, some of which were shared with enormous scones and cups of tea present, Kevin and Sean finally settled on a football theme. Next, we had to think of a suitable strapline that a football scene for the front of the calendar could be based around. ‘There will be no customs penalties for Hexagon clients’ was the one chosen. We then put our heads together to decide on the illustration needed to accompany this. It was decided that a customs officer should be taking a dive in the box, trying to earn a last-ditch penalty against Hexagon to stop them losing the game. Kevin was to be the elf who had tackled the customs officer (clearly getting the ball, not the man), and Sean was to be Santa, dressed in a referee’s outfit, waving away the ludicrous claim from the customs officer. Hexagon 1, Customs nil! This artwork and strapline worked together excellently to create one unified concept. Hexagon were delighted with the final outcome.

Ten-25 Software calendar 2015 made by SpirusFor the Ten-25 Software calendar, Ian had already liaised with our copywriter to come up with an idea for a scene.
We then spoke to our graphic designer to figure out a way that each of Ian’s points could be pulled together to create one combined scene. In order to effectively explain the benefits of having Ten-25 Software, it was important to Ian that all of the processes his software can aid companies with were featured in the artwork, which is something we successfully achieved. The scene is of a timber yard, featuring elves wearing hi-vis jackets and hard hats (for health and safety, of course, and for humour!) Some of them are pushing logs into a magic machine that instantly turns them into wonderful wooden presents, while others are carrying timber and packing presents onto Santa’s sleigh. At the front, an elf is using the Ten-25 UniTrade 360 software app on his iPhone to scan the presents’ barcodes to count them (stock control). To coincide with this, the strapline, ‘Counting on a great Christmas’ was chosen. Again, this calendar is fun and perfectly portrays the company’s message, while spreading a large amount of Christmas cheer.

Once the two illustrations were complete, we then had to compile, write and send our graphic designer all of the statutory information for the backs of the boxes (including ingredients, allergy advice, a Christmas message for each company and contact details) to complete the design process.

It was then just a matter of making sure that they were checked and sent on time to the chocolate calendar manufacturers to coincide with the first production run.

The outcome of these projects was that both of our clients got a truly personalised and bespoke chocolate Christmas advent calendar that will effectively thank and remind existing customers of their businesses, while placing them firmly in the minds of potential clients.

They are advent calendars that speak loud and clear about what both companies can offer and are corporate gifts to be proud of.

case study: A perfect promotional gift for Ten-25 Software

We were asked by Ian Oldrey, the managing director of Ten-25 Software, to create a bespoke promotional gift for the Timber Trade Journal (TTJ) Awards. The aim of this gift was to spread awareness of the company, their software and to help launch the company’s new website, a dedicated space for those in the timber trade seeking trading software.

Ten-25 are software developers who, for over three decades, have been creating profitable business systems for merchants, stockists, importers and agents.

This year, to make it easier for the different types of merchants to find the specific information they need, and to show how Ten-25 specialise for each merchant sector, they decided to create a separate website for each one; the first of which is for timber merchants. That’s when the idea of a promotional gift was born.

Ian began by telling us that he wanted it to be a key-shaped flash drive with Ten-25’s logo printed on both sides. He had already spotted one he liked, so we looked into purchasing this. Unfortunately, it was going to take too long for the key to be printed and delivered due to the company being based in Asia, so we set about finding a suitable alternative that could be made and delivered within our time frame. It didn’t take us long to find one, and soon we had engraved flash drives on order! We went for a gloss-black key with a silver logo to give a stylish, sleek and professional look.

Next, to package them! The basic requirements were that they needed to display the name of Ten 25Ten-25 Software promo gift 1’s trading software, UniTrade 360 for Timber Merchants, as well as the URL for their new website. After finding a company that could produce high-quality, printed boxes in time to meet our deadlines, we discussed various colour options which we requested their art department created mock-ups of. In the end, we chose a black box, with gold foil text and the website logo in a matt, bronze foil. All that was left was to decide what to fill the box with to stop the flash drive rattling around and getting damaged. In our efforts to make the gift truly bespoke, a little quirky and personal to the timber trade, we chose a wood straw filler to complete the look.

Once all of these items arrived in our office, we spent time carefully piecing them together and packaging them into boxes to be sent to The Landmark Hotel in London, the location for the event. We were delighted with how they turned out and we felt as though we had met the brief of producing a fun, useful and desirable promotional gift that was delivered on time under a fairly strict timespan.

As a result of our hard work, at least 354 people in the timber trade received a promotional gift from Ten-25 at the TTJ Awards, spreading awareness of the company, its software and the new website.

If you think you would benefit from a similar promotional campaign, why not give us a call on 01638 741830 to discuss what we can do…


Ten-25 Software promo gift 4

A Corporate Party with a Difference

It’s not every day you turn 21, and our client The Learning Curve (TLC) wanted to make sure their celebrations were remembered.

The event took place on 13th September at their shiny new offices in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Events-guru Donna was on hand on the day to ensure everything went according to well-laid plan, allowing TLC to relax and enjoy entertaining their clients.

Guests were welcomed with rather fine coffee and fresh-baked pastries while they had a look around the new premises. Just before lunch we cracked open the bubbles and Colin, the MD, delivered his thank you speech. And as everyone knows that bubbles go supremely well with fish and chips, we’d arranged for a mobile van to turn up at 1pm to serve lunch, which went down a storm with the guests (one in particular, who went back for more!)

We’d handled everything for TLC from the initial Save the Date e-mails right through to tidying up; glossy invites, branded desktop calendars, logo helium balloons, branded cupcakes, catering hire equipment and of course, the catering – we even got hold of corporate coloured napkins and table cloths. Donna also sourced local Kent beer for the guests to take home, a finishing touch that was much appreciated. From grand designs to tiny detail, we always have it covered so our clients can get on with enjoying their day.

TLC were delighted with the party – and we can’t wait to see what we’ll be doing for their 30th

A Sweet Giveaway at an Exhibition

My client, ConsultingTools, had just launched a new website and wanted something for an exhibition that would make them stand out.  Jelly Babies were the obvious choice:

ConsultingTools had recently launched a new website and brochure.  Despite being in the people industry they had decided against using those standard office photos on their website and instead had other people related images like shadows, queues and jelly babies!

They wanted something to take to a forthcoming HR exhibition where they would be one of about 200 exhibitors.  They had a small stand and a very small budget, but they wanted to stand out.  We decided to use the jelly baby theme from their website and brochure as the focus and tasked us with creating a postcard with a small packet of jelly babies attached.

In addition to the postcards, which were handed out, there was a giant bowl of jelly babies on the stand for visitors to top up on.

The promotion was a definite success, and who better to explain than the client:

“Well I can safely the Jelly Babies went down a treat!  We had the whole of HRD talking about them and more importantly us!!  So much so someone referred to me as the “Jelly Baby” lady!!  I took this in a positive way!  They proved to be a really good conversation starter as everyone wants to share with you their favourite colour, how they like to eat the head/toes first etc….! A good job well done!”

Everyone just loves jelly babies!