Hello from Cabo! I’m here for an incentive for a client and today is going to be a busy day.
Today is the main arrival day, we did have some early arrivers that are doing some activities and we have our welcome reception.
Something that seems to be coming up a lot lately is the subject of swag/giveaways. I did a Facebook Live this morning and you can check it out here.
I feel like there are two camps. One camp that wants everything logo’d and the other that only wants it on a few items. I’m in the latter camp.
Some of the best gifts I’ve received from hotels or companies don’t have a logo on it. Insert the gasp sounds – but it’s true. I received a pair of UGG moccasins from a Loews hotel event, a woven bowl (that is really cool – it sits on my dresser) from my Preferred Hotels contact, running shoes from a Marriott event. I use/wear these things all the time and you know what – I remember the event and who gave them to me. AND there are no logos on them!
As I mentioned, we’re in Cabo for this incentive and we could have shipped in logo’d beach bags for a multitude of suppliers that would have been nice, but not authentic to the destination. Instead, when we arrived, we went on the hunt for the most perfect beach bag that we knew everyone would love. We found it! They are absolutely perfect.
Yes – we did include a logo’d item – a towel for each person. We didn’t do the “typical” style of beach towel though. Instead we did the turkish towels with a small understated logo on them. They turned out so well.
For the pre-trip items, again…not everything needs to be branded directly on the item. Each person received a mini emergency kit and instead of spending the money to logo each item, YES – it does add to your budget, bellybands were created with the look and feel of the event. This is a great way to brand and save a little money too!
So what camp are you in when it comes to giveaways?