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High Tech, But Low Cost: Giving Webcams as Promotional Gifts

Aug 3, 2008
One of the cardinal rules about promotional items is to give your potential clients something they are going to use. The last thing you want is for an item associated with your corporation to sit unremembered in someone's desk drawer. Fortunately, one type of item is both useful and increasingly inexpensive.

More and more companies are choosing to give computer oriented promotional gifts. As businesses become more computer-oriented and computer accessories become more and more prominent, giving a computer accessory is a way to virtually guarantee that your brand name is in the client's sight at all times, associated with up-to-date practices, usefulness and convenience.

One such promotional item is a webcam, or web camera. This is a simple, small item that attaches to the computer and allows the user to transmit video images to other computers. They often come with speakers and microphones attached to help with the transmission of sound as well as video.

One of the benefits of webcams for your clients is that they can use it to deliver real-time image to their customers, and to connect with other customers and companies via websites. It can enable them to hold meetings even when someone cannot be present. Webcams can be programmed for different levels of light and with different levels of focus and zooming. It allows your clients to give immediate, real-time information to other team members, stockholders or customers.

Webcams vary greatly in price, beginning as low as $12.00. This is a very reasonable price for such useful computer equipment, especially if it has your brand in a visible place. You can get foldable webcams, which can be moved throughout the office for further range. There are also the classic spherical or "eye-shaped," cameras, which are very popular.

Another great thing about webcams is that they can be accompanied by several other useful computer accessories. You can get mice, computer brushes, mouse pads, USB accessories including flash drives, as well as wrist rests and other useful, necessary equipment.

One word of caution should be given if you decide to go with a webcam promotion. For all its usefulness and value, there are people who are not very technically savvy, and would not find a webcam a helpful item. However, this does not have to be a drawback for you, your company, or your promotion. Rather, it gives you the opportunity to assist them in setting up and using their new tool. In this way, not only have you given them an item they will soon find to be indispensable, but you have shown them other qualities that your business has: helpfulness, consideration, and competence. In addition to thinking of your company every time they see their new webcam, they will remember your personal touch and apply that positive impression to the rest of your future business dealings. Of course, your current clients may well be jealous of your new ones, so be sure to bring them on board with your promotion as well.
About the Author
Matt Franks is director of Fluid Branding, the UK's largest supplier of Promotional Webcams and other Promotional Products at www.fluidbranding.com. For Eco Friendly promotional products, including Recycled, Organic and Sustainable items visit www.ecoincentives.com
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