What is your favorite type of give away?

Andreas Springer _Actonic_
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Mar 07, 2023

Survey time! 📣

With lots of exciting events happening in-person again after COVID, what's your favorite giveaway of all time? Do you prefer practical, cute, cool or inventive freebies? What's most likely to grab your attention? Let me know in the comments!

And yes – I admit it – we're looking for items to give away at Team '23. Your chance to influence our decision. 😉

 

Best,
Andreas

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Peter Van de Voorde
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Mar 07, 2023

For me it's either something practical I can use in my daily work, or something cute I can give to my kids :)

And we're also looking for inspiration so I'm interested to see where this leads :)

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Mar 10, 2023

Yeah, the kids aspect is important. Shout out to @Craig Willson _AppFox_ from AppFox and their cute plush foxes! My son still has it. 😄

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Mar 10, 2023

This has made our day, thanks @Andreas Springer _Actonic_! It's great to hear your son still has his fox plush and there will be loads more on our stand at Team '23. We look forward to seeing you and Actonic team there :) 

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Mar 10, 2023

Same here – can't wait! 🤩

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Mar 07, 2023

Great question @Andreas Springer _Actonic_!

Generally what will grab my attention is anything I can add to the growing collection of things that occupy all my desk space, cute & cool is probably the best way to summarize it.

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Mar 10, 2023

So you are a collector, gotcha. :)

Practical is the way to go!  I'd rather have 1 quality item, than 3 doodads. 

Swag is fun, but I often resent "junk" given away (stress foam thingies! ugh!!!) because I find it wasteful and environmentally irresponsible. I do like shirts, but since vendors won't often carry XS unisex or Women's cut small, I don't get to use them 🙁 

Items I still use from swag I received at conferences: 

  • Phone clip-light (jamf)
  • Canvas bag (Snowflake)
  • Folding re-usage bags (Okta and Atlassian)
  • Bandana (Logitech and Watchguard)
  • keychain glasses screwdriver (don't recall / logo wore off, but I've had it for YEARS)
  • Insulated cups (slack and spiceworks ~ spiceworld)
  • Travel sanitizer with hook (I actually refill it so I can keep using it)

Things that end up at Goodwill right away or I try to avoid picking them up in general:

  • koozies
  • pens / highlighters
  • stress balls
  • pins
  • silicone bracelets
  • lanyards

 

Hope that helps 🤩

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Andreas Springer _Actonic_
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Mar 10, 2023

It does, thank you!

Good point on sustainable goodies. We have already ruled out some options exactly for this reason.

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Oh I love giveaways and swag!  Good swag is useful swag for sure! My favorites are stickers, and insulated go-mugs and canteens (however I do have a lot of those!) Consumable types of swag like lip balms, or sunscreen at the sunny events. T-shirts are a plus if you get a great illustrator to make something creative with the logo! One other useful freebie I remember was USB sticks back in the day, I don't use those very often anymore though.

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Mar 10, 2023

Thanks! I have to say, though, that from a vendor point of view, consumables are of course less desirable as they are used up eventually and when that happens any effect the branding might have had will be gone as well. 😉

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Mar 08, 2023

I'll cast another vote for consumable type swag like mints and lip balm. Also, a big fan of fun socks and journal/notebooks!

That glasses screwdriver one sounds like perfect swag! @Rosa M Fossi 

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oh yeah journals! Those are great too! AND SOCKS! I'll take any swag socks now.

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Andreas Springer _Actonic_
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Mar 10, 2023

Mints we already have to offer, yay! 😜

And socks – yes – they have been all the rage for years now. I wonder when that hype will end, but I have to agree – I'll take some as well when I see them. 😇

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Apr 05, 2023

Swag and goodies need to be practical. Notebooks are always good, pens depending on the quality, mugs or useful gadgets like a wireless charger, phone holder or card holder are nice.

Stickers can be nice, as long as they are appropriate for work. The rest will most likely end up in a land fill sooner or later. Let's try to avoid that.

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Apr 06, 2023

I agree 100%. No point in having something manufactured that will most likely be thrown away. 👎🏻

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My company just gave out branded sustainable fork-knife-spoon kits! Very handy/

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Apr 06, 2023

Oh, you mean like those pocket knife things for camping? Sweet!

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Apr 06, 2023 • edited

By the way, in addition to the usual pens, stickers and whatnot, for Team '23 we decided to give away small rechargeable ring lights which you can clip onto your device's camera, be it your laptop, tablet or phone.

For those nicely illuminated selfies and calls. :) Oh, and it can also double as a webcam cover to keep your privacy protected. How cool is that?

If you'd like to check them out, come by our booth #43. We're looking forward to meeting you. :)

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