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Corporate Gifting Overview
What is Corporate Gifting?
167 Exceptional B2B Gift Ideas for the Holidays
Why is Corporate Gifting Important?
Corporate gifting is a valuable component of your overall customer acquisition and employee retention programs. The strong psychological motivation behind corporate gifting can move the needle for any of the above-mentioned applications, making potential customers more inclined to respond to the prospecting process, employees feel more engaged and connected to their company, and customers become more loyal to your brand and products.
Corporate Gifting Statistics
With 81% of people reading their mail daily, and 75% at least scanning their direct mail, the importance of corporate gifting becomes clear. These campaigns are over 20% more likely to drive top-ranking results, and 40% more likely to drive acquisition than campaigns that skip the direct mail approach.
Trends in Corporate Gifting
Trends suggest that corporate gifting practices will continue to grow in the new decade, with better personalization and automation efforts becoming high-priority in order to deliver up to 10x returns. And more departments will begin to utilize gifting and automation outside of the traditional sales and marketing users. Learn more about the importance of corporate gifting here.
Corporate Gifting Types
- Thank you gifts for attending an event.
- eGifts for downloading a piece of content.
- Marketing swag as gifts throughout the buyer journey
- Referral gifts for customers who share your product or service with friends.
The success of direct mail in this effort is clear, which is why 93% of marketers have at least considered using direct mail to reach out to their target customers or accounts. The results can be seen in better connection, response, and conversion from your recipients.
When sending marketing gifts, it also helps to pay attention to the industry or company type(s) you’ll be addressing with your send. For instance, personalizing by industry with some useful, nicely branded and unexpected goods can reap rewards (read: not a notebook or a koozie). You can also tailor your sends depending on whether your target is an SMB or an enterprise client, whether they are B2B or B2C, or even in a specialized field such as real estate or healthcare. Personalizing in this way can ramp up your response and your revenues over the long haul.
For sending ideas tailored to each of the industries and specialties listed above, check out more information by following this link.
Sales Prospecting Gifts
A sales prospecting gift worked into the customer journey can improve outcomes even when giving a token gift such as a gift card for, say, coffee or a free lunch. They solidify the connection begun when the prospect sought you out.
Some great ideas for these types of gifts include:
- A small, personalized item to make a connection or thank a new lead for their time.
- A coffee eGift card as a nice touch to accompany a call or a meeting.
- A swag item to strengthen the bond before or after a demo.
- A welcome package with a branded gift once a buyer closes a first sale.
- A renewal gift to thank a repeat customer for their continued patronage.
Personalization plays an important role in how the customer or prospect receives your gift. Personalizing based on their company, industry, role, region, or personal/professional interests can show that you’ve invested the time in getting to know them and showing their patronage has value beyond the bottom line.
If you’re interested in learning how to personalize your gifts, and get some great ideas for your next send, check out more information and tips here.
Personalized Gifts for Customers
Personalization is about the most important aspect of any send, whether to a customer, client, prospect, or employee. For customers, it shows that you both value their business, and that you take an interest in them as an individual (a powerful message in the age of pray-and-spray marketing tactics). Taking the time to personalize a gift based on their professional interests and affiliations, the products they use, or personal interests such as pets, sports, hobbies, alma mater and more can create a strong connection that resonates (and pays returns) for years to come.
These gifts don’t have to be just holiday sends: The fact is, there are many places through the customer journey that are perfect for making the connection through a handsomely packaged, well-personalized gift. For instance, sending something small during event registrations, in welcome packages, at renewals and milestones, for referrals or support follow-ups, and even “just because” can have a strong psychological impact. These gifts can be digital (such as eGift cards based on their interests), tangible (like tumblers, swag bags, and wellness kits), or even experience gifts like tickets to their favorite show.
For more info on nailing the perfect send for your customer, check out our full list of perfect occasions and send ideas here.
Corporate Gifts for Employees
Making an employee feel welcomed or valued is one of the first and best ways to ensure you enjoy a long, happy working relationship together. Unengaged employees don’t put their best foot forward, internally or in their interaction with customers and the wider world. Salary increases aren’t always the solution, either. A well-personalized gift can convey that you recognize and appreciate them on a personal level, both as hard-working employees and as individuals.
These gifts can help mark important occasions, such as personal milestones (baby or adoption, new house, new pet, or earning a degree), or professional milestones like years of service or a promotion. They can also be incentives or rewards for reaching a department or personal goal, earning a SPIFF, winning a contest, or recognizing someone in your organization who routinely goes the extra mile.
To get a complete guide to gifting for your best employees, check out all our tips and send ideas by following this link.
Unique Corporate Gift Ideas
The first step, of course, is good personalization. Ninety-six percent of digital marketers say that personalization advances customer relationships, and since recipients love receiving these items so much, they respond over 5x more often than the nearest direct marketing tactic, email.
There are many ways to make a splash with your send:
- Unique items, such as VR headsets, fun office and desk items, old-school nostalgic items like Polaroid cameras, or even an office-ready hammock!
- Branded items like coffee kits, luggage tags for the traveler, swag boxes to help your customer hit the beach or have a movie night.
- Digital items like the gift of Spotify, an eGift card for their favorite coffee fix, or a charitable gift made in their name.
Getting great information about your recipient from conversations you’ve had, connections you have in common,, web presence (blogs and presentations are great sources of info), or through their LinkedIn profile can kick off a unique and personalized send that lets them know you value their business and their individuality. Plus, they’ll never forget opening that perfectly personalized, unexpected gift (instead of the 200th branded notebook they received at a conference).
For more unique ideas that will be sure to leave a great impression, check out the guide here.
Corporate Gifting Laws
Sometimes, a specific law may prevent a recipient from accepting a gift (even something as benign as picking up the tab at lunch. For instance, the SEC establishes rules around the subject of gift-giving. Also, certain government entities and contractors are prohibited from accepting gifts in the course of their duties.
Beyond the strict letter of the law, any organizations have company policies on which items can be accepted and of what value. When planning a campaign, be sure to check in with both your own HR department and any potentially impacted recipients, to better understand what items they are allowed to accept and of what monetary value.
Being sure to keep gifts reasonable and within the law is the easiest way to ensure your gift can be accepted and appreciated. For full information on the laws and customs around gift-giving, check out our full report here.
Corporate Gifting Platform
There are several considerations when selecting a platform for corporate gifting that can greatly improve your experience, and ensure your investment is being met with the best possible returns. For more information on selecting the best gifting platform for your needs, information on due diligence tips and tricks can be found here.
No matter who your recipient is or what occasion you’re celebrating, there is always a perfect gift to send, and an optimal way to make all your sends happen on time, on budget, and with maximum impact. If you’d like to learn more about the power of a Sending Platform to transform your corporate gifting programs, reach out to learn more with a live demo.