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Archives: October, 2012

TCMPiCorporate Gifts in the Time of Global Business

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Giving business gifts to international partners can be tricky. Knowing the basics of cultural traditions can go a long way toward ensuring your gift meets with approval.

Business gift giving customs vary so widely from country to country that even U.S. Presidents and globe-trotting executives have been caught in embarrassing situations. To avoid potentially awkward moments, take the time to learn a few pointers on giving corporate gifts in international relationships. Continued…

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TCMPiHoliday Corporate Gifts: How much is enough and how much is too much?

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When it comes to giving business gifts, there’s a fine line between creating goodwill and bad vibes.

If you’re expecting a resounding “Oh, thank you so much” response from everyone who gets a corporate gift from you this year, you may be in for a surprise. In the eyes of the receiver, a gift that seems “over the top” may be met with narrowed eyes and “What’s this all about?” attitude.  And a gift that seems puny may meet with “That’s all I get after all I’ve done for that company?”

So what’s a well-meaning company to do when it comes to budgeting for holiday business gifts?

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TCMPiBranded, Customized or Personalized: 3 Ways to Add Emotional Appeal to Corporate Gifts

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Adding a customized message or an individual’s name or even a company logo can add emotional value to a business gift far beyond its purchase price.

Put yourself in this scenario: You’ve worked long and hard all year. You know your company appreciates what you’ve done but now it’s the end of the year and, let’s face it, that time when you’ve come to expect a little extra acknowledgement of your contribution. Your VP calls you in, shakes your hand, tells you what a great contributor you are and hands you a gift wrapped box. Continued…

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TCMPiThink Pink: Corporate Gifts that “Give Back” for Breast Cancer Awareness

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Corporate gifts can do double duty: once as a thoughtful acknowledgement to an employee or business partner and once as a donation to the awareness and cure for breast cancer campaign.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and what could be more thoughtful than choosing a business gift that also gives back to a program that promotes research, diagnosis, treatment and survival of breast cancer? Even if you are not giving gifts this month (although who says “holiday” gifts have to be given during the holidays?), by choosing to “think pink” you can add emotional appeal when you select items made by companies that donate portions of their proceeds to this ever more meaningful campaign. Continued…

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TCMPi“Clapping Out” Steve Jobs

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JobsCharismatic genius, tyrannical boss, and a paradox of values, Steve Jobs is still confounding us as he continues to inspire us.

It’s been a year since Steve Jobs was “clapped out” at the end of his shift as Apple’s founder, visionary, and leader. Long a tradition at Apple Stores, being “clapped out” at the end of one’s shift is one of those seemingly small but powerful indicators of a company that not only values people as employees but honors them as human beings. Yet Jobs himself was as well known for insensitive tirades at Apple employees as for his pursuit of perfection. So how do we explain the dichotomy of Jobs and Apple: the man many were terrified to work for and the company that still causes current and past employees alike to “bleed in six colors” (a reference to the original rainbow of the Apple logo)? Continued…

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