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Tips For International Corporate Gift Giving

Aug 19, 2008
When you have a business, you will find that it's more than replying to emails, shaking the hands of people, and calling people back. A business is a group of people that are interacting together, and chances are you going to want to give out gifts. That is why you have to look for the right printed corporate gifts to give out to clients and employees.

There are a few reasons why people give out promotional corporate gifts. When people give out gifts, they are doing it for one of the following reasons:

Maintaining a good rapport with a client
Increasing loyalty with a customer
Stimulating referrals

When you give someone a corporate gift and it's done right, you will find that the customer or client will be pleased. But if it's done wrong, you are going to find that you are alienating clients, making a bad situation worse, or losing respecting that your peers have for you.

Here are some things that you should remember when you are choosing printed corporate gifts:

1. Although it's appropriate to have the logo on your gifts, but it's important to keep it small so that people don't think it's a blatant piece of advertising. This is something that important in Japan.

2. Another good thing to keep in mind that you shouldn't give out gifts that are considered intimate such as lingerie or perfume. That is frowned upon and can send the wrong message to someone.

3. Always include a card with your gift, because it makes people feel secure knowing who sent the card. Due to the security problems and risks that the world has been going through recently, a gift that has no sender identified could make people nervous.

4. When a bouquet of flowers is being sent from a man to a woman, the flowers should be mixed, but not roses. Roses could send the wrong type of message to the recipient.

5. Before you send out a promotional corporate gift to someone, familiarize yourself with your client's country of origin and what the customs are so that you don't make a bad mistake. Here are some things to help you get started:

a. When you are giving someone from Japan a gift, let the know and give it to him or her at your visit's conclusion. The gift will be opened later.

b. When you are doing business in China, the gift should be one for the group. They do not gifts with a logo, because that shows that it's a business gift. Don't give them clocks, because the Chinese word for death is similar to the word for clock.

c. If you are going to be dealing with client who are Muslim, you should avoid a gift of alcohol or leather. Don't give a gift to an Arab colleague's wife or ask about her.

d. When meeting with someone in a Latin American country, gifts aren't expected at your first meeting.

e. Gift giving isn't expected in the United States, Europe, Australia or Canada, but people are pleasantly surprised when they receive one. Giving someone a gift that is related to their hobby or their business is appropriate.

These are just a few things to remember when you are dealing with people from other countries. When you remember these, you will find that things go smoother.
About the Author
Miles Lovegrove is director of Fluid Branding, the UK's largest supplier of Promotional Corporate gift 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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