Category Archives: Contests

How Premium Gifts can uplift Employees

Premium gifts serve the basic purpose of your standard gifts, to reward good behavior and encourage your employees to strive for more.  Encouraging this type of behavior will make your employees feel respected and appreciated.  It will also help determine who wants to develop their career for the long term. Here are some reasons to give your employees the not just gifts, but Premium Gifts!

Thank you gifts

Numerous studies have often said employees love when their manager tells them “good job!” A thank you gift can go a long way to improving employee morale. It doesn’t have to be over the top or too expensive either.  It just simply has to display how thankful you are to have them on your team.  Consider a pen and journal set with a special thank you message.

Top Performer Gifts

everyone knows the saying of “Show me the money” but sooner or later, your staff will want to be recognized as the top worker bee.  Reward the person, the department or the company who performs the best.  Maybe it’s a special coffee mug, stainless steel water bottle or portfolio for them to show off around the office.

Most Improved Gifts

Keep morale in the office high by showing you notice the people putting in effort, trying to develop their skills and taking on challenges they once hid from.

Consistent Award Gifts

They show up every day, rain or shine, with the same can-do attitude. They put out the “fires” at work and find ways to still make the office life enjoyable for the people around them.  Need them to work a little late and they have no problem.  They are your consistent performers who you cherish.  Show them why you love to have them in the office.  Deluxe Lunch bags or ice coolers that resemble them grabbing their “lunch pail” and hard hat for a great day of work is a gesture to show how much they are cherished by your organization.

Team Award

Did accounting figure out a way to save on spending?  Customer Service find ways to keep customers coming back for more?  Or maybe sales knocked their quota out the park?  Reward the departments that show the best results and let their team celebrate together. Its important to foster an environment of winning together and rewarding the victories.

The Power of Word of Mouth

Word of mouth marketing has been a proven tool in generating interest, traffic, awareness and ultimately . sales. But how has word of mouth marketing changed in the past few years? With the advent of the internet, information is literally at your fingertips in a matter of seconds. Wide searches and reviews can generate foot and internet traffic for retailers and businesses.

However, one of the most important advances has been the use of social media for businesses. Forrester analyst Augie Ray recently wrote Word of Mouth and Social Media: A Tale of Two Burger Joints. This article discusses how two wildly popular restaurants rose to success . one over the course of 10 years, and the other . in just one year. How did this happen, and how can we all learn from this success?

– Twitter and Facebook engagement . get followers and fans and talk to them.it.s a quick, informal and viral way to disseminate information
o Offer prizes for contests such as trivia, scavenger hunts, pop quizzes, and holidays
– Use social media for promotions to drive and retain loyalty
o Offer special deals, sales, or insider information to encourage your customers and
prospects to visit often and enjoy the site
– Create videos on YouTube . product, sales, events…the possibilities are growing every day!
Focus on time, not money.

Social media requires very little money to be successful, but it does require time. Devote time to creating interesting and compelling tweets and posts, and responding to your interactions. This type of activity fosters some of the most powerful word of mouth success available.

So get out there and be social . start with us!

Help Us Choose a Winner for Our Design Contest

national pen employee design contestA few months ago, we decided to have our first employee design contest. We have now chosen our 5 finalists and need help in determining a winner. The winner will be determined based on the number of orders the design gets.

Help us choose a winner! Order some pens with your favorite finalist design to cast your vote!

We thank you on behalf of our candidates!

Below are our designs submitted by our finalists, visit our Employee Design Contest page to buy pens with your favorite design.

Back in September 2008, we also launched our Contour Mania Contest asking you to help us create a new design for Our Contour Pen. We had a great response and saw many awesome and creative designs get submitted. In fact, the winning design we chose is even being sold on our website today!

Bottom Line: Contests are a great way to engage your customers!

Contour Mania Contest Winner

About 2 months ago, we had a contest for customers and others who were interested in helping us create a new design that would go on our Contour Pen. National Pen specializes in full-color designs ready-to-use on pens, mugs, magnets, key chains, and more. With a variety of industries and themes to choose from, we wanted our customers to help us develop one for universal use. The one we chose as the winner fits well for our business. Congratulations to Mark Brace and his winning design.

As a special gift to our participants, we also announced a few runner-ups where we really enjoyed the look and concept.

We really enjoyed reviewing everyone.s submission and thank you for your time and effort.