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5 Employee Engagement Event Ideas

We all know that employees are a company’s greatest asset.  They are the front line to your customers.  They represent your brand and can influence customers buying decisions.  Ensuring you have engaged and happy employees should be a top priority at every company.  Here are some fun event ideas to engage employees and improve employee morale.

1. Hold a tailgate.  Gather employees together for a company tailgate.  Employees should be encouraged to wear their favorite team jersey or t-shirt and participate in a little competition – cornhole, horseshoes, etc.  Hand out camp chairs for all employees to use at the event and take home.

2. Host a Spa Day.  Everyone could use a little relaxation during the work day.  Bring in a masseuse to give chair massages to employees.  Create a room for relaxation with soft music, cucumber water, and magazines, and encourage all employees to take a break from their day and enjoy some relaxation.  Be sure to hand out mini massagers or stress relievers to encourage ongoing stress relief.

3. Plan an Ice Cream Social.  Sometimes a little break in the day for some sweet treats and social interaction is all employees need to give them that extra burst of energy.  Create an ice cream bar at your office and let employees enjoy a bite together.  Hand out ice cream scoops to everyone to take home for their own ice cream social.

4. Create an employee scavenger hunt.  Either in your office or at another location.  Assemble teams of employees that may not normally work together.  Have each team come up with a team name and order T-shirts for team members.  There are lots of premade scavenger hunt ideas online.  Find one that works for your organization.

5. Get Crafty.  Whether it be around a hoilday (pumpkin decorating for Halloween, Easter Egg decorating for Easter), have periodic craft days where customers can unleash their creativity and have a little fun.  Have employees vote on the winners and hand out prizes to winners and to all who participated.

For other employee event ideas and suggestions on how to incorporate promotional items into your event, contact Promote it Cafe – http://www.promoteitcafe.com


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Ideas for Summer Client or Employee Meetings

Whether you are a sales person or account executive who meets regularly with customers for status meetings or to showcase new products or services, or you are a manager meeting with your team, you may need to infuse some energy in your approach.  Summertime is a great time to freshen up your meetings.  Here are some ideas to change things up and make your meetings memorable this summer.

1. Host an Ice Cream Social. An afternoon ice cream surprise is always a treat.  Whether you bring ice cream to your client’s location or do it at your office, it can be a fun an interactive experience.  Make sure to bring lots of toppings and take pictures of everyone’s creative sundaes.  Give out logo ice cream scoops to all in attendance.

Image2. Prepare a Picnic Presentation. Sometimes a little fresh air helps get the creative energy flowing and puts people in a good mood.  find a local park and host your meeting in the outdoors.  Many restaurants will prepare box lunches or picnic-like fare for your luncheon.  Give out Frisbees to everyone to throw around during a break and as a takeaway from the meeting.

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3. Engage in a Mid-Morning Walking Meeting.  Interspersing short movements and exercises throughout the workday can boost employee energy, engagement and activity.  A walking meeting is a great way to talk through ideas with a small group of people.  Take a brisk walk while talking through ideas, and don’t forget to huddle after to write down important ideas.  Give walkers pedometers to track their steps on your walk.

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4. Hold a Build Your Burger Bash.  Anytime you get people involved in your meeting, even if it is in the food, they are likely to be more engaged and interested in your topic.  Start your meeting with a build your burger session and have everyone name their burger.  Vote on the most creative idea.  Give out can coolies for your soda.

Image5. Have an Afternoon Iced Coffee and Tea Party.  Give employees or clients a mid-afternoon break and bring in flavored iced coffees and teas.  A little caffeine can help break everyone out of the afternoon slump.  Prepare some icebreaker ideas to start your meeting and give out tumblers for their iced beverages.

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For more ideas on creative meetings and promotional items, contact Promote It Cafe. 800-373-7890.


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Make the Most of your Golf Outing at Any Budget

The season has arrived for outdoor activities, summertime fun, and one of America’s favorite corporate sports, golf.  Over the past ten years, the occurrence of corporate golf outings has declined as budgets decreased and corporate spending was put to a halt.  However, we are finally seeing a rebuilding relationship between the golf industry and corporate America.  In 2011, promotional golf item sales were up 6%* and are continued to grow.  The one-on-one face time provided by golf outings and tournaments with clients, and the opportunity for employee teambuilding are valuable experiences that only golf can provide.

The way to truly maximize the impact of any golf outing is to incorporate promotional items into the event.  Complementing a golf experience with branded merchandise ensures the goodwill and memory of the event will continue to make an impression long after the event is over.  Everyone from big budget corporate entities to smaller community businesses can use golf events to boost business and build their brand.  Regardless of an organization’s size or budget, there are promotional items at various price points that can enhance both an event and a brand.

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Below are some great ideas for promotional golf items at various price points.

Budget-Friendly (Under $5)
For those who truly need a budget-friendly item, there are value-priced options that can still make an impression.  Every golfer can use tees and divot tools on the green, and a water bottle or can coolie to help quench their thirst on the fairway.  These are inexpensive items that can be used as mass giveaways before, during, or after your event.

Conservative ($5-$10)

In the lower priced range, there are some options with a higher perceived value that can be given to event attendees as thank you for attending.  Consider giving a ditty bag with a thank you note inside or with drink tickets for a post-golf dinner or happy hour.  Or give out golf towels, bag tags or hats upon registration that attendees can use while on the course and take home after play is over.

Mid-Range ($10-$25)
Some of the most popular golf event items fall in the mid-range price arena. Apparel is always a great option, and it gives your brand much exposure.  Apparel can range from t-shirts to golf shirts, to windbreakers.  The most recent trend in golf apparel is moisture-wicking fabrics.  Coolers, duffels and shoe bags are also popular options.  They are useful, easy to transport, and can double as packaging for other event-related gifts.

Premium (Over $25)

Merchandise in the premium category can be used as attendee gifts, prizes or auction items, starting at $25 and ranging over the hundred dollar mark.  The most common premium giveaway is a golf umbrella. An extra golf umbrella can always come in handy and when you pull one out on a rainy day, you will definitely remember who gave it to you.  Other ideas include golf bags, premium golf balls and even watches.

As golf events become more popular, golf-related items will continue to evolve.  Whatever route you take with your next golf event, make sure your attendees don’t leave empty handed, and the items they leave with prominently showcase your logo.

Promote It Cafe has a great selection of promotional items for your next golf event. Contact sharee@promoteitcafe.com for ideas on how to incorporate promotional items into your golf event.

*PromoMarketing, March 2012


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Promotional Product Opportunities in April

Using promotional items as holiday gifts is a no-brainer.  Most companies say thank you to their customers at the end of the year with some type of a gift.  Looking for other opportunities throughout the year to differentiate your business will help you stand apart from the pack.

April is a great month to use promotional items boost your brand or communicate your message.  Below is a list of ideas and events to use in your April promotions.

Spring – The emergence of Spring, especially after a long winter is a time where peoples spirits lift and their mood lightens.  Capitalize on this feeling by sending out a “Happy Spring” item.  Umbrellas, hats, chairs and seat cushions are great items to go along with the season and get people thinking about outdoor activities.

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Stress Awareness Month – April is Stress Awareness Month.  As a business, it is important to showcase how your product or service will relieve the stress of your customers.  Choose a stress toy related to your industry (there are so many options), and send it out with a flyer on how working with you will reduce stress.

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National Humor Month – Showing your humorous side is definitely a way to engage customers.  National Humor Month is a perfect time to showcase your light side.  Create a humorous slogan and print it on T-Shirts or tote bags, or hand out a fun toy to your customers and tie it back to you brand.

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Earth Day (4/22) – Who isn’t concerned about the environment these days?  Earth Day is a great time to show your customers and employees that your business is committed to helping the environment.  Whatever activity you partake in on Earth Day, be sure to add a recycled or Eco-friendly product to the plan as a giveaway to participants.

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Administrative Professionals Day (4/23) – Administrative Professionals are the backbone to most businesses.  These are the people who answer the phone, keep the office in tact, and keep everyone on track so the business can run as planned.  Make sure to say thank you to those important people to your business with a unique desk item, a nice bag, a lunch cooler, or a hot new technology item.

Digital Photo FrameVisit www.promoteitcafe.com or call one of our product experts at 800-373-7890  to help you make April a successful promotional season for your business.