Surprise - it’s September! To us it feels like this year has flown by, and it’s certainly not slowing down any time soon. At BOXFOX HQ September is a huge milestone because we’re in full on holiday prep mode. We’ve mastered the art of planning ahead (our holiday pre-packs come together in July), so if there’s one piece of advice we could tell our corporate clients it’s this: start thinking about your holiday gifting now. Here’s why:
This one seems a bit obvious, but with all the day-to-day minutiae it can be tempting to push off holiday planning to a time that feels more timely. However, that time usually means November, when teams are all low on bandwidth—including you. Lower bandwidth can often mean it’s harder to get things approved or solicit feedback from the people who matter. From a gifting perspective, starting early prevents the stress of shortened review timelines and even shorter project timelines. Not to mention, there's nothing more frustrating than when one of your favorite go-to products sells out. Save your future self a headache, and start planning today. If you’re not sure where to start, we can help!
Streamline across teams for more efficiency (and bigger budget)
A lot of our clients come to us because they want to present a comprehensive brand aesthetic and message to their clients, prospects, stakeholders or partners. They've learned that gifting in silos leads to a haphazard representation of what their company stands for. Planning early and looping in teams across your small, mid- or enterprise business is a win-win. Unifying under one pre-approved gift curation and bringing in all teams to purchase and distribute to their lists is easy, efficient, and at the end of the day will likely mean a higher conversion rate.
More time to get it right
Imagine a world where every deadline you receive is far enough in advance to give you the chance to do your best work. While that might not always be the case, during the holidays our fulfillment team welcomes a longer turnaround time because that means we can work with you and our vendors to get every detail right. From the proposal and hand-selected products, the customization and branding, and the quality control, packing and shipping. Giving your gifting suite the time it needs to come together beautifully is the most satisfying feeling in the world (oh, and did we mention less stress?)
You look like a rock star
Being proactive is the mark of a competent professional. Elevate your status to your boss by bringing a unique gifting idea to the table—early. When you get strategic with your gifting you don't just send a forgettable bottle of wine or foil wrapped fruit. You have the power to deliver a memorable experience, strategic message and easily trackable performance metric—every time. Reach out to us to request our Winter 2018 catalog to show your boss or team.
If you’ve been inspired to start your holiday planning and want to speak to a member of our Corporate Concierge team, we’d love to hear from you! Drop us a line @ firstname.lastname@example.org or request a BOXFOX Concierge account here.