Monthly Archives: November 2014

25 Inspirational Business Quotes for the End of the 2014

250-Think BigAs you reflect on the successes and limitations you encountered within your small business in the last year, a little motivation may be necessary. In order to end 2014 on a positive note, here are some motivational business quotes that will make you feel better about this past year and help you gear up for the year to come:

  1. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” —Albert Einstein
  2. “If you’re not stubborn, you’ll give up on experiments too soon. And if you’re not flexible, you’ll pound your head against the wall and you won’t see a different solution to a problem you’re trying to solve.” — Jeff Bezos
  3. “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain
  4. “I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.” —Charlotte Bronte
  5. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” —Steve Jobs
  6. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.
  7. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” —e. e. cummings
  8. “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”— Winston Churchill
  9. “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.”— Henry Ford
  10. “The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”— Debbi Fields
  11. “Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.”— Chris Grosser
  12. “Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”—Lolly Daskal
  13. “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.”— Michael John Bobak
  14. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”— Bruce Lee
  15. “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.”— Diane Ackerman
  16. “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”— Wayne Dyer
  17. “One of the marks of successful people is they are action oriented. One of the marks of average people is they are talk oriented.” — Brian Tracy
  18. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” — Nelson Mandela
  19. “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers
  20. “To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goeth
  21. “The golden rule for every business man is this: Put yourself in your customer’s place.” – Orison Swett Marden
  22. “The absolute fundamental aim is to make money out of satisfying customers.” – John Egan
  23. “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”— John D. Rockefeller
  24. “There is only  one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.” – Sam Walton
  25. “So little done, so much to do.” – Cecil Rhodes

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Holiday Swag: What’s New and Trending?

The holidays are a busy time for most people as the year winds down and many rush to tie up loose ends. In the craziness of the last couple months of the year, it can be easy to forget about recognizing the customers who have been your loyal patrons throughout the year if you run a small business. Giving away customized freebies to your clients for the holiday season is a thoughtful gesture which the customer will most likely remember next time they are looking to purchase what your company offers. The holidays are fast approaching and time is quickly running out to order your end-of-the-year promotional giveaways. We have compiled a quick and impressive inventory of what holiday swag can work for your business, just in time for this December!

300x300-bowCustomized gifts for your customers are important around the holidays because although your clientele may see it as a simple present, it is actually still an advertisement for your company. Promotional freebies can serve as a simple “thank you” to your customers for their business or work to deepen your relationship with your clientele, as well as offer an effective means to keep your brand in the forefront of your customers’ memory and attention. What you decide to give your customer base is highly dependent on how many clients you have, as well as the budget you have allotted for your holiday swag items.

Below are a few popular categories when it comes to giving your clients something to remember you by at the end of the year:

Electronics

Electronics are often the most sought-after gifts when it comes to You won't understand, It's a technology thingfree items. If you have only a handful of long-time customers, splurge on something a little more valuable for them to show your appreciation for their continued support year after year. Portable chargers that can serve as backup power for a smartphone or other electronic devices are practical items that your customers will actually use. USB adapters that let users plug electronics into their car’s outlet or create an extra plug for outlets are useful gifts for any of your customers. Be sure to customize these devices by printing your company name or logo somewhere on the item so that your clients will be reminded of your business each time they reach for their electronic freebie.

Small Keepsakes/Items

Sometimes a gift doesn’t have to be elaborate for your customer to appreciate it. Personalized calendars are a utilized tool that can be hung up within a person’s office or home to serve as a constant reminder of your company’s hospitality. Collapsible bags, tote bags or water bottles can show your clients that your company is finding ways to be environmentally-friendly, while at the same time promoting your brand. Sleek business card holders engraved with your company’s logo or a micro-fiber cleaning cloth for a computer screen or smartphone can be a compact, practical gift that your customers will appreciate.

Food or Drink

300x300-champagneDelicious treats and drinks are welcomed with open arms by most people but once it is consumed, the client has nothing to remember your company by which is why it is important to include a customized coffee mug, glass or other keepsake item with edible gifts. Local food like preserved jams, olive oils or sweet treats can be unique gifts to give your clientele. Items like customized candy jars with your company logo filled with chocolates can be a great freebie because it will most likely be displayed in an office or conference room. For your best customers, invest in a bottle of good wine or a personalized wine tote as a celebration of your business relationship, and of the New Year. Cheese and fruit baskets can also make memorable presents, just be sure to include something that is personalized with your company information that your customers won’t discard.

For more information about this year’s popular holiday swag,Christmas Gingerbread Man and Woman on Plate Isolated check out the following article from USA Today called “Strategies: What’s Hot in Holiday Swag” here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/small%20business/2014/11/07/small-business-columnist-holiday-swag/18558037/.

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Preparing for the Retail Holiday Rush

The holidays are soon upon us and with the celebration of family and 550x550-Black-Friday-Blowout-Sale-Mock-Vinyl-Bannerfriends comes the increase in consumer spending. The discounted prices and incredible retail deals of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Gray Thursday, also known as Thanksgiving, will encourage people to flock in droves to their favorite stores in hopes of crossing some items off of their Christmas and holiday gift lists. The months of November and December are predictably the busiest months in the retail industry and have great potential for increased sales for jewelry stores, boutiques and shoe shops. With the influx of foot traffic in the forecast, are you and your sales staff prepared to make this retail holiday season the most successful one yet for your business?

Recently released reports point to an even better holiday season than last year in terms of retail sales. Though the percentage of the projected sales increase ranges, most reports forecast about a three to four percent jump in sales; Synchrony Financial predicted a 3.5% increase (https://www.synchronyfinancial.com/holiday-sales-forecast-release-final.pdf) while the National Retail Federation projected a staggering 4.1% increase (https://nrf.com/media/press-releases/optimism-shines-national-retail-federation-forecasts-holiday-sales-increase-41) this holiday season. The National Retail Federation, or RNF, states that during the months of November and December of last year there was an increase of 3.1%, which would make 2014 the first year since 2011 that sales would increase more than 4% if their projected sales are accurate.

Will you and your staff be prepared for the increase in traffic and potential sales within your retail store? Providing your staff with the proper tools this holiday season will help them better serve your customers and make your clientele’s overall experience enjoyable. Equipping your staff with an electronic tablet or smart phone gives them instant access to the internet to look up your competitor’s pricing and items. This ensures your staff is knowledgeable and can answer consumers’ questions at a moment’s notice. Many individuals browse the web to compare pricing and products before ever setting foot in an actual retail store. Tablets and smartphones give your staff the resources they need to look up information about your company’s products, warranties and item availability, as well as that of your competitors. The electronic devices can also be used during lulls in the selling period to train your staff, especially your seasonal holiday hires.

550x550-Terry's-Toys-Action-Figures-Mercury-Banner-Kit-MOCKOnce your staff is equipped with the right tools to help assist customers during the rush of the holiday season, make sure your store is equipped with the proper tools as well. Printed signage and banners can make the shopping experience more convenient for your clientele. Ceiling banner hangers can direct guests to a featured promotional space within your store or simply point out where items are located within your facility for a quick and easy shopping trip on Gray Thursday or Black Friday. Window hangers can also promote a “Half Off” or “Buy One, Get One Free” message directly on your storefront window to grab the attention of passersby. Encourage your customers to make last-minute purchases at the registers of your store with small table top displays. The compact banners can promote a small accessory like sunglasses or jewelry at your point-of-purchase area or encourage customers to spend a certain amount in order to receive a complimentary item like a keepsake or gift card.

Friendly competition and cash incentives are a great way to boost morale among your employees during the craziness of the holiday season. Offer both individual and group bonuses to your staff to help them stay motivated and encourage increased sales. For more ways on how to ensure you and your staff are more than ready for the hustle and bustle of the next couple months, check out Small Business Trend’s recent article “Are Your Salespeople Ready for the 2014 Retail Holiday Season?” here: http://smallbiztrends.com/2014/08/2014-retail-holiday-trends-guide.html.550x550-Free-Ornament-11.75-x-21-Table-Top

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Market Holiday Charity Events with Low-Cost Signage

This upcoming holiday season, which begins around Thanksgiving and lasts until Christmas, is a time to be thankful for what you have and pull close to loved ones like family and friends. The season of giving enables many non-profit organizations to hold successful fundraisers for their special cause, with many people looking to give back to their community and those less fortunate. Organizations like soup kitchens, homeless shelters, halfway houses and community or religious based charity groups often hold fundraisers like pancake breakfasts, Chinese raffle dinners, craft fairs and bake sales to raise funds, as well as awareness, for their particular cause. In order for these charity functions to be successful, effective promotional measures like printed banners and signs must be used around the community and within the group’s facility.550x550-Happy-Thanksgiving-Mock-Vinyl-Banner

Thanksgiving, as well as Christmas, is a day in which many people give their time, effort and money to help support causes they believe in. It is a Thanksgiving Day tradition in many households to volunteer at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter. Welcome visitors to your charity facility on that special day with an affordable vinyl or mesh banner hung on the front of your building or on a nearby fence. Direct volunteers to where available parking is, as well as the location of your entrance, with double-sided A-frame poster stands outside. Show your organization’s gratitude for your country’s veterans and military with a simple “Thank You” sign. A cheerful “Happy Thanksgiving” banner can make the atmosphere at your fundraiser or non-profit facility more festive and welcoming.

Non-profit and charity organizations are often limited in their marketing initiatives because of the budget with which they have to purchase promotional materials. Inexpensive and reusable printed banners and displays are necessary to help spread the word about an upcoming charity event when funds are limited. Decorating the inside of the event facility, as well as the outside, is possible on a tight budget with cheap vinyl banners, flags and banner stands.

To effectively promote an upcoming charity function or fundraiser this Thanksgiving or Christmas, check out the following list of impressive low-cost signage options:125x125-TRT-Soup-Kitchen-Table-Top-Display-Mock

550x550-Woman-of-Charities-Bake-Sale-X-FrameMesh and vinyl banners are two of the most economical display options available and can be purchased in custom sizes to suit any display space. Simply hang the indoor/outdoor banner with rope or hooks connected to grommets for an instant promotional tool to welcome guests to your fundraiser or thank the event’s patrons for their support. To easily and affordably decorate the inside of your charity event space, add free-standing X-Frame Banner Stands and Economy Retractable Banner Stands. For an instant photo backdrop at the entrance of your fundraiser, exhibit a Large Adjustable Banner Display with a step-and-repeat pattern of your company logo for a memorable activity at your function.

To help garner interest in your non-profit group and upcoming charity events, let TRT Banners provide you with incredibly low-priced signage, complete with vibrant full-color graphics and a 48 hour turnaround time after proof approval. Eye-catching printed banners and displays can make your next fundraiser an undeniable success at a cost that won’t break your budget so contact TRT Banners today!