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Customer Care

Posted in Opinions & Comments, Promotional Gifts with tags , , , , , on July 27, 2016 by Richard

The world or Promotional Gifts is a busy one – full of quotes to clients, or prospective/new clients, looking for a price on all manner of corporate give-aways.

Getting to grips with how much an item is, is influenced by several factors: How many do you want, how many colours do you want me to print onto them, how many positions do you want me to print, and how quickly do you need them? Clients often don’t know the answers, they’re just checking ‘what if’s’, so we do our best, we quote, we check you’ve received the quote, the client asks for a sample, we send a sample, then we check they’ve received the sample, then we re-quote, then we check you’ve received everything, and then – it all goes quiet!!! Nothing – SILENCE.

So finding the right balance – of keeping in touch as opposed to pestering our clients is quite a challenge.

It’s a challenge that we work hard at, and frequently receive compliments about our ‘non pushy’ style – take a look at our ELVIS video, where the RT Promotions team re-worded an Elvis song to show our customers how much we care. You could say – All I needed to know about customer care I learnt from Elvis.


Three Great Give-Aways For A Boat Show

Posted in Promotional Gifts, Trade Shows with tags , , , , , , , on June 12, 2016 by Richard

What’s the best promotional gift for using as a give-away at a boat show?

Hands up how many of you said a ‘floating keyring’?

Floating keyrings are of course useful for anyone involved in boating – but it’s my guess that most of them will already have a floating keyring, so unless your option trumps the one they’ve already got, guess where your give-away is going?

My three suggestions – see below – are designed to make you think outside the box, and if nothing else, bring a smile to the recipients faces. Generally, when it comes to promotional gifts, putting a smile on their faces is half the battle in getting your product KEPT – that’s when the branding on it can kick in and start doing it’s job right?

So what are the three great give-aways for a boat show?

Give-Aways For A Boat Show

Give-Aways For A Boat Show



Number 1 – Bottle opener sunglasses
Everybody loves this idea, and it mixes the key ingredients of boating into one package – sun and relaxation

Bottle Opener Sunglasses

Bottle Opener Sunglasses













Number 2 – Magnetic Torch

It’s the middle of the night, you need to use the bathroom, but, turning on all the lights is going to get a load groan from your companions. DON’T stub your toe in the dark – that’ll cause even complaints – simply reach for the handy magnetic torch you were given at that boat show – it’s where you left it, on the door of the fridge.

Magnetic Torch

Magnetic Torch













Number 3 – Bottle Opener/Torch/Keyring
Well now we’re cooking. Combining elements of the other two suggestions – you now have a handy torch, and a bottle opener, all kept nice and handy on that bunch of keys.

Bottle opener and torch keyfob

Bottle opener and torch keyfob













Looking for something inspirational? Well – you can always try my companies website – RT Promotions – we’ve over 4,500 hand picked items on there for you to browse, or feel free to call me or email me at my offices (details are on the website). Some of the very best solutions come to those who take the time to chat, give me an understanding of your business and your potential clients, and let me come up with proposals to make you smile.

Be Different – Go ‘Techie’

Posted in Promotional Gifts with tags , , , , , on August 2, 2015 by Richard
Technology Based Promotional Gifts

Technology Based Promotional Gifts

If you do what you’ve always done – you’ll get what you’ve always got – or words to that effect.

I’m seeing a lot of interest in the luxury end of the promotional gifts market and thought I’d share my thoughts with you.
As the market recovers and the economy starts to move again we are seeing a lot of requests for technology related gifts and ideas for high income clients / VIP’s / top executives ….the sort of people who have “ everything “ as the saying goes!
Where once a “ Mont Blanc “ pen, high end crystal glass set or luxury set of leather luggage was the standard and accepted offering now with the change in consumer trends, customers are looking for more contemporary “must have – lifestyle gifts “ which reflect their daily usage of smart phones and tablets. Areas of particular interest in this area include portable power, audio devices and “pure gadgets”.

Portable power and the ability to stay connected and keep working when travelling is a critical business need and offers huge opportunity for the promotional marketer to keep their brand in view at all times. Power chargers which keep the latest smart phones and tablets connected is where the smart marketer is looking to invest their budget and reward / promote their brand with a key prospects / clients.
My advice when looking for such devices is to always choose better quality and don’t be tempted by devices which look too good to be true for the price – they are often unreliable and can disappoint or at worst damage the device which they were intended to support. Look for those with a 5V / 2.1A output and at least 5000 mAh battery capacity to make your client’s promotional gift “pack a punch” with their target audience.

Other items in hot demand are what could be described as “ pure gadgets “ such as “ pocket “ audio / visual projectors which can be quickly connected to a laptop, tablet or smart phone and provide both an instant entertainment solution and of course business presentation tool. A lot more useful and hence memorable than an executive pen….

Portable audio devices can make a very classy gift and are used widely amongst finance companies, automotive, software, banks and even sports teams to reward those target consumers that have everything or even as staff gifts instead of the traditional Christmas hamper.
These come now in every conceivable shape, size and sound quality, when looking for your client consider those with a min sound output of 4-5W if you want to impress the client.

Other popular ideas / incentives for VIP’s / conference gift include: “Virtual” Bluetooth Laser keyboards, retail branded (SONY / Philips / BOSE etc) high end headphones, Bluetooth luggage alarms, Worldwide USB travel charging hubs and even “Espresso” coffee machines.

Times are changing very fast and so is the taste for top end executive promotional gifts – don’t ignore the role technology has in the mix or your clients may start to shop elsewhere….

How’s It Hanging?

Posted in Promotional Gifts, Trade Shows with tags , , , , , , , on June 29, 2014 by Richard

So you’ve decided to purchase some balloons for your event.

Printing Onto Promotional Balloons

Printing Onto Promotional Balloons

Quantity required – tick.

Colour required – tick.

Message/image to be printed onto the balloon – tick.

That’s pretty much it isn’t it? Job done surely?

Well – not quite, there’s one very important decision you need to make to be sure the finished product is exactly as you require.

How are you going to ‘hang’ the balloons?

Are you going to hang them neck down, or neck up?

It seems obvious doesn’t it? But when we print promotional balloons for our clients, and ask them this question, so many of them don’t know – and best of all, they wonder why on earth we are asking them such a stupid question. The reason is to make sure that when we print their artwork onto each balloon, we do so the RIGHT WAY UP. We can’t assume that everyone is going to display their printed balloons ‘neck down’.  Balloons will only hang neck down if you fill them with helium, or, put the balloons onto a cup-stick. If we print onto the balloons assuming you will be filling them with helium, and you then inflate them manually, the result is that your message is upside down.

Balloons Printed The Wrong Way

Balloons Printed The Wrong Way

Printed Balloons are a great, FUN, way to promote your business or service offering. Just think about all those wonderful colours – there’s sure to be a few colours that will compliment your brand identity?

My top seven tips for printing onto promotional balloons are:

1: Why not choose a colour or selection of colours that represent your brand identity?

2: If, for example you were ordering 1,000 balloons, why not split your order buy buying 250 Red, 250 Blue, 250 Black and 250 Purple? If you keep your print colour onto all of them the same (white for example) there’ll be no extra charge – but the result will be so much more colourful and impactful.

3: Keep your costs down by only printing in ONE COLOUR onto each balloon.

4: Keep your costs down by only printing in ONE position onto each balloon.

5: Inflating your balloons with helium is fine and dandy, but have you considered the costs? If you’re planning on using them for an outside event in particular, why bother? They wobble and move and crash around almost as much when filled with air?

6:  If you are going to fill them with helium, then ask for ‘Heli-Valves’ to be fitted. They self-seal and come complete with a ribbon – saving you loads of time and effort on the day.

7: Balloons are great for giving away at trade shows, or county fairs – so consider putting a ‘teaser’ message onto them. Visit us on stand 229 for a surprise gift is sure to get noticed and bring more visitors to your stand.

Holding an event and want advice on how best to get your balloons printed? Call any of the team at RT Promotions – we’d love to help.

Promotional Balloons

Promotional Balloons


Printed and Personalised Balloons

Printed and Personalised Balloons

How To Select The Right Promo Gift For Your Business

Posted in Memory Hook Ideas, Opinions & Comments, Promotional Gifts, Trade Shows with tags , , , , , on October 30, 2013 by Richard

It’s a common challenge that many business owners face – shall I go for the low-cost giveaway promotional pen, or the classier ones? Shall I go for those nice corporate coffee mugs I’ve been meaning to purchase, or, maybe those printed mousemats – they’re both items I’ve admired, but which will be most ‘effective’ for me right now?

It’s not easy is it? First of all there’s the budget. Every business, no matter how large or small, has a limit to what they can spend, and like it or not, the budget is usually the first thing that will determine ‘which’ promotional gift you ultimately select. Then there’s the ‘occasion’ they’re intended for. For example, purchasing items for a trade show where you may well be giving away hundred, if not thousands, of items to potential customers is quite a different prospect from purchasing corporate gifts for your pre-determined ‘top customers’ list – you know, those folk who are already engaging with you, and you wanted to give them something by way of a gesture, a ‘thank you’….. they’d be very different promotional items wouldn’t they?

So that’s where my business, RT Promotions, comes in. We do this kind of thing, all day and every day, and we know a thing or two about promo gifts. By talking to a promotional gift expert, you’ll be guided and assisted through the veritable minefield of ‘goodies’. Without our help – if you’re not careful, you could find yourself being attracted to all manner of frivolous items, and it’s our job, to keep you focussed.

We tend to do that by asking you a series of questions. So, aside from the glaringly obvious – what’s your budget, how many items do you need, when do you need them for, and most importantly – how many colours do you want us to print onto the item….. we ask you to keep reminding yourself of the following three questions:

  1. WHO – As in who are you giving them to? Some folk have a sense of humour, others don’t. Some folk will have certain expectations, whilst others will be grateful for anything!! The ‘who’ can make a big difference to how we select the best solution.
  2. HOW – Are you planning to post your promotional gifts? If you are, then the size and weight of the product will be an important factor, not to mention it’s fragility.
  3. FEEL – What do you want the recipient to ‘feel’ when they receive your corporate gift? We can show you things that’ll make them say ‘WOW’, but of course, that’ll often come at a price.

Talk to an expert – there’s nothing better than the feeling we get by helping a client make the right choice for their business.

The Power Behind the ‘Colours’ In Your Brand

Posted in Memory Hook Ideas, Promotional Gifts with tags , , , on March 24, 2013 by Richard

Ever noticed how folk are drawn to colours? Take your own feelings for example – there’s sure to be a colour palette that somehow ‘attracts’ you. Now take a moment to consider how those attractions could work to your benefit when it comes to your company branding…….

Working in the wonderful (and colourful) world of promotional gifts – I get to see real-life examples of how colour can play an important part in making promotional gifts effective. The number one thing you usually want your promotional give-away to do, is to be KEPT. The last thing you want is for it to be discarded, shoved into the bottom/junk drawer or given to the kids – you want it to be a ‘keeper’ – used by the recipient it will act as a constant reminder of your brand, message or service – like a little timebomb, ticking away and waiting to go off when the owner finally makes a decision to do something related to your business or service, and then EUREKA – thinks about contacting YOU.

Now, where was I? Oh yes, promotional pens……

The colourful world of promotional pens

The colourful world of promotional pens.

Whenever I have visitors to my company showroom facility, I used to give them a choice of pen to take away with them. Naturally, the pens were all branded with my company brand/logo and contact information (I think of them as my company business cards), and here’s the thing, they were all exactly the same, apart from one thing – they were arranged in a selection of colours: Red, Blue, Orange, Green, Purple, and Black, – the same pens, all printed and branded the same way, just with a different coloured base unit. And I discovered something almost primeval – I found that I was constantly topping up my display pen pots of Red, Blue Purple and Black, but hardly ever topping up the orange and green pots. Then I started to pay closer attention to ‘who’ was taking which colour pen. I found that women were drawn to the purple ones (often with little gasps of ‘Oh, what a lovely colour’), followed by the red coloured pens, whereas the men went for the Blue or Black, and occasionally the Red.

It made me realise how powerful colours could be in gaining your target market’s attention – and how a simple trick like using the colour of your pen, could turn your next promotional pen into a ‘keeper’.

My Top Ten Suggestions For Promotional Gifts This Christmas

Posted in Promotional Gifts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2012 by Richard

I thought it might be helpful if I showed you some of the more popular ideas that we offer for printed promotional gifts for Christmas – who knows, one of them might catch your attention. Maybe you’re gearing up for a Christmas staff party and are looking for something quirky to hand out, or perhaps you’d like to just add a smile to your customers faces by sending them ‘something’…. whatever your motivation, there’s always a solution I can find for you.

So, in the tradition of the Top 40 countdown, let’s take a look at the movers and shakers in the promotional gifts Christmas shopping lists…

Number Ten

Promotional Wall PlannersWall Planners

Always a popular item with office managers everywhere.
If you get this right, and the planner goes up on the wall, this is a promotional gift that just keeps giving.
We offer them in two different sizes (A1 or A2), You can choose from either a normal calendar year, or an academic year.
The colours and tints will be printed to compliment your corporate colours, so all you need to think about is what you want printed on the top and bottom of each one – easy!
Supplied flat packed and with prices kept the same as last year.

The minimum print run we offer is just 100 planners, and the pricing starts at £3.50 each.

Number Nine

Promotional Candle LightCandle Lights

You simply have to see these in action to appreciate how powerful they can be. I’ve walked into a corporate evening event, with the lights dimmed over the tables, and seen a wonderful asmospheric sight. Each table had ten of these candles strategically placed in the centre, all giving out that gently flickering candle effect, and best of all, the hosts’ logo was printed onto each one wishing the delegates a safe onward journey. I can tell you the guests on my table were all clambering to get their hands on one to take home – a promotional gift – rushing to get their hands on one!!!
Now imagine your guests giving the same reaction? It’s these little gestures that bring a smile to your staff or customers faces that ensure the gift is kept, re-used, and acts as a constant reminder of a great event/company.

The minimum print run we offer is just 100 candle lights, and the pricing starts at £3.75 each.

Number Eight

Promotional USB Memory SticksUSB Memory Sticks

My website has well over a hundred different styles and options for you to choose from, and this particular category of promotional gift has been on our ‘Best Seller’ lists for some time.
Now whilst this isn’t a gift specifically for Christmas – it’s just such a popular item that simply have to put it on our Top ten List – It’s certainly a gift that will be appreciated.

With pretty much all of the USB memory Sticks we have on offer, the minimum print run starts at just 50 units. Not bad eh?Pricing for USB Memory Sticks is dependent upon three factors: memory size required, print colours required, quantity required.

Contact us when you’ve found a design that you like, and we’ll give you our best price.

Number Seven

Christmas Sticky BugsChristmas Sticky Bugs

Yes I know, these aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but they ARE very popular, great fun, and pretty much guaranteed to bring a smile to the recipients face.
I’ve seen these sprinkled on table tops, a bit like wedding favours or confetti would be, but the difference is, these are picked up and kept. They each have a little ribbon that they sit on that carrys your logo and message. It could be as simple as ‘Seasons Greetings from (insert your name/logo here)’? Once again, these would work well at corporate events, or even around the office, but I’ve seen them given to sales reps to hand out when they travel around meeting their customers.

Available in several ‘Festive’ characters – there’s a Snowman Bug (as seen in this e-shot)  or the Angel BugReindeer Bug, or maybe the Santa Bug?

The minimum print run on any of the Sticky Festive Bugs is 250 units, with pricing starting at just 43p each – now that’s what I call a ‘low cost smile generator’.

Number Six

Christmas Tree Tinned SweetsTin Of Yummy Sweets

Oh alright – it’s not really called a ‘Tin of Yummy Sweets’ – it’s correct name is ‘Christmas Tree Tinned Sweets’.
I love the look of this gift, and trust me – the sweets inside are yummilicious. The jelly beans are available in a range of 36 colours and flavours – so although we’re showing you red and white beans in our image, maybe you could find two or more colours to compliment your brand identity? If you’re happy for us to use the artwork as shown in the image, maybe adding your logo and a simple message, we wont even charge for the ‘Origination’ on this product.

With the minimum print run starting at just 50 units, and pricing from £11.50 each, this is one tasty gift.

Number Five

2013 Promotional Pocket Diaries2013 Pocket Diaries

Contrary to popular belief – diaries ARE NOT going out of fashion. Lots of my clients use them to promote their business very successfully.
Not everyone uses their phone, or an app, or their ‘Outlook’ function on their computer to control their diary, some folk still like to have a notebook with all the important stuff in, and so using a promotional pocket diary as a corporate gift is STILL relevant.
These small but useful pocket diaries come in a pretty big range of vinyl covers – maybe there’s one to compliment your corporate identity?
Like the wall planners – if you get this right, this is a gift that will be kept and used for the whole year!!!

Minimum print runs commence at just 250 diaries, and pricing from just 99p each!!!

Number Four

Desk Blotter CalendersDesk Blotter Calenders

We offer these desk blotter pads in two sizes, A3 and A2, but it’s the lower priced A3 one that’s most popular.
Consisting of 50 x sheets of 80gsm paper, glued along one edge so you tear off the top sheet when it’s full of scribbles.
We work with companies that ask us to print all manner of artwork onto these pads – and the pads are so big, you can let your creative juices run wild, but, at this time of year, why not print a calender along one edge of them? Need a hand with the design? We’ve got standard templates we can let you use, where we then colour code the artwork to your corporate style, and of course, any other additions like your logo, telephone number, web address, etc, etc can all be added.

The minimum print run starts at just fifty pads, but most folk buy at the more competitive quantity of 100 where the price per pad is £2.60.

Number Three

Christmas Card MousematChristmas Card Mousemat
This dual function mousemat sells all year round, usually for invitations to launch parties and events, but it’s also used as a greetings card.
The Christmas card part of the product is removeable, and so after you’ve got your seasons greetings over with – you then have a fully functioning mousemat for use all year round. Clever eh?It’s a great way of getting around the annual problem of ‘should we buy a Christmas card or not’?The minimum print run on this product is just 250 mousemats, and pricing starts at £2.50 each

Number Two

Quality Metal PensQuality Metal Pens

I’m often asked, “Have we left it too late to get a decent, quality pen”? – and the answer us usually ‘No’ – it’s in my nature to always find a soliution for my clients!!
The next question regarding quality metal pens is “Do I have to buy hundreds”? – and again, the answer is usually ‘No’.
The pen I’m showing you here is just one example of the hundreds available – it’s the Pierre Cardin Louvre Fountain Pen – a really nice pen to see and hold with some beautiful engraved detailing onto the barrel. The pen comes in it’s own velvet lined gift case, and of course, we engrave and personalise each pen for you. Should you wish, and at no extra cost, we can even engrave each pen with individual names.

The minimum quantity for this particular pen is really low – just 25 pens – and pricing at that quantity starts at £12.50 each.

Number One

Personalised Snow GlobesPersonalised Snow Globes

Your customers will love them!!! Just shake them up and watch the snow flakes fall – all with your own artwork in the background.
You can put anything you want into these seasonal giveaways – anything from a company logo with a message to a ‘team photo’ – they all work.
Best of all, I believe this is a gift that will be packed away with the Christmas decorations and brought out again, year after year, after year – now that’s what I call ‘effective’.

Minimim print runs are nice and low, starting at just 50 units with pricing from £6.00 each

Not Inspired By Anything?

Call us and lets have a chat. Many of our clients find it easier to tell us what they DON’T want, but that’s fine by us….. that’s what we’re here for.

Prices displayed include printing as stated, but not set-ups/originations or carriage costs.