Backpacks traded for beach bags, pantsuits swapped for swim suits, and short dark days turn into long sunny ones. There’s something about the start of the most beloved season of the year, that makes everyone want to grab their flip flops and head for the fun. For many of us…our daily routine doesn't change all that much in the Summer—being that "true summer" (including a real break) is reserved for those too young to know how good they’ve got it. :) But the mood shift is something we all get to enjoy….And enjoy we will.
Some businesses love to dig deep into the numbers. We love it too. (Candy numbers…that is.) And with 3 years of experience behind us, we feel confident about reporting results that many people might find a bit surprising (...or at least mouth watering.)
Since the receiver is choosing their favorites—our insider information is coming directly from proverbial "horses mouth”. And we can tell you one thing for sure…...the horse has got a major sweet tooth! :)
We looked closely at data collected from a random sample of our orders from Q1 (January- March), allowing for certain essential variants and variables (kinda :)). We wanted to provide the purest--and the sweetest, results possible.
And what did we find? (drumroll here……..)
Our most popular candy since the start of 2016? Swedish fish. They take 1st prize by a very, (very) large margin.
When the swedish fish factor was taken out of the equation, we found that the current favorites are as follows:
Women's top pick? Gummy peach rings.
Men’s favorite? Reeses pieces.
Kids choice? Number 1, top choice was rainbow belts.
As it turns out, it doesn’t take all that much to keep employees in their “sweet spot”. Glassdoor (an online career site) found that 80 % of employees are motivated to work harder when their boss shared a little sugar (a.k.a. showed appreciation for their work).
In addition, bosses who express gratitude help keep workers from looking elsewhere for their kudos (and their paychecks).
So what might do the trick...keeping an employee feeling satisfied, with their loyalty intact? A little goes a long way, as findings suggest that it doesn’t take all that much to go from “nah" to “yah". In fact, 46 % of employees would feel more appreciated if their boss gave them an unexpected treat, including such things as a snack or a "thank you" note (pssst…. Sugarwish is both!). Sweet!
Secret Santa (the tradition of giving a little gift to someone... and letting “the guy in the big red suit" take the credit) has become as much of a sign of the season as snowball fights and hot cocoa.
So what’s all the hype? We think it has to do with the fact that receiving (or giving) a Secret Santa gift is one of the few ways that grown-ups are able to get in on the “magic” of the holidays too.
Secret Santa’s have a way of making everyone feel included and invited to join in on the fun this time of year (...as only something sent from the North Pole and wrapped by elves can do.) Makes us wanna send one right now.
A great gift can lead to new business, greater employee satisfaction, stronger relationships and more. Gifting is no longer a once a year, holiday time acknowledgement. Gifts can be used for anything from business branding and incentivizing employees, to building closer relationships with clients and partners.
Below are a few Corporate Gifting Guidelines to help you “bring more to the table”.
1) Your gift is a reflection of you.
Everyone wants to make a great first impression. And we’ve found that packaging is as important, to most people, as what’s inside. The initial impression will stay with them long after the gifts is gone, so be sure your gift is “dressed to impress”.
2) Timing is everything.
If you are going to send a gesture of thanks, kudos or congratulations, it should be sent right away. Congratulations that comes a week or two after they got their big “win" will feel like an afterthought. Gifts that can be sent instantly (when you realize that you need to acknowledge “that special person” --today!!), can make you look like you are totally on the ball—even when you‘re totally not.
3) Never underestimate the power of a good experience.
The more fun you can make the gift for the receiver, the more memorable, and appreciated, it will be. The experience that the gift provides is as important as the gift (or, dare we say, even more important). What is said about people-- can also be said for gifting. Be fun, and rest assured, you will be remembered. :)
4) Know your customer—or at least make them feel like you do.
They key to a great gift is when your receiver thinks “Wow! She really knows me.” If they think you know what they want, or more importantly, If they think you care what they want—it can make all the difference. The more you can customize a gift (or better yet, let them customize it so they get exactly what they like) the more of a perfect fit, and a better gift it will be.
Spreading Halloween cheer, one sweet surprise at a time. Who would have guessed that the spookiest holiday of the year would inspire so much sweetness? Boo-ing is a tradition of giving a “little something” (often anonymously) just to lift another’s “spirits”. It’s done everywhere, from small towns to big cities, and is the perfect way to stir up the excitement of the season. Boo-ing is gift giving at its finest---done with the sole purpose of spreading a little “happy” to someone else. And it’s contagious. As soon as you’ve been Boo’d there is this “hot potato” like feeling that makes you want to Boo someone too. Boo given. Boo received. Boo given. Boo received. And so it goes. Ready? Set? Get them before they get you. :) Send one now with our new Boo eCard!