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Business Gifts, More Popular Than Ever

by Susan Morgan on October 11, 2008


Now that the leaves are turning and the days are getting shorter, it’s time to be thinking about the holidays. You’re cringing and convinced I’m rushing things, but in truth all the fun and frivolity is less than three months away. 

If you’re thinking about giving business gifts this year, now’s the time to start planning. You’re not alone — this according to research PPAI has just completed with the help of Louisiana State University and Oregon-based Glenrich Business Studies on the business gift market. Figures from 1991 found that just 48% of businesses gave business gifts, but as of 2007 more than 80% are giving gifts.

Here are some of the reasons behind the choice to use business gifts…

  • To thank customers
  • To build goodwill
  • To develop business
  • To recognize employee performance or length of service
  • To generate referrals
  • To influence buying decisions
  • Because customers expect them

If you do decide to buy business giftsoffice and business accessories are popular items, as are gifts for the home. You want a gift that is a quality reflection of your business, and that will either appeal to the broadest range of people possible or that reflects what you know about your own customer’s interests. Some choose the gift based on the level of management (higher ups get more personalized, more costly gifts) within a customer organization.

The survey confirmed that buyers of business gifts do find they are an effective way to promote a business. A tangible item that conveys a message and a favorable image of your business that seems to linger in the recipient’s mind.

And in these days and this economy, such small gestures can truly go a long, long way.

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Creative, passionate and detailed, Susan brings 25-plus years professional writing experience to a variety of projects — get-noticed direct mail pieces, full line print catalogs, eye-catching color brochures and totally original. search engine friendly company blogs, web pages and online articles.

A lifelong love of storytelling has also produced a full-length novel (Out of the Ordinary published by booklocker in 2007). Susan continues to indulge her passion for fiction with a growing number of short stories (one an award winner in 2004, another in 2008) and finalizing a second novel.

In her spare time Susan enjoys gardening, studying astrology and tarot, being with family and friends and keeping up with politics and current events.

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