5 Tips to show your clients that you value them

Corporate Gift GivingIt’s early October and some stores are already adorned with festive decorations reminding us that it’s nearly time for the “season of giving”. This is a great time to make decisions about how you are going to thank clients that have supported your business this year. Presenting clients with a corporate gift is a great way to show that you have not only noted their support, but that you also value their relationship and loyalty.

Appreciation builds your brand, your relationships and ultimately, your business.

There’s a lot of advice out there on how corporate gifts can benefit your business. But today we’re keeping things simple with five homemade tips from the Soapbox team.

1. Show your heart

Choosing the most effective gift can be a little tricky. Even if you know your client well, you may not know their personal taste in gifts. You can side-step this problem by giving a gift related to a popular social or environmental cause. Apart from making a positive contribution to the cause, the gift will also contribute to your business’ image as a socially responsible business – a business with heart.

Rhino Bracelet

R6.50 from the sale of each bracelet is used in the protection and relocation of rhinos. RHINO FORCE supports the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) principle of trans location to save a species from extinction.

Our range of locally produced beaded bracelets is a great example of socially responsible gifts. Not only are the bracelets fashionable and affordable but proceeds from each sale goes towards local employment creation plus one of four worthy causes. The four bracelets available are:

  • Save the Rhino: helps raise awareness and funds for rhino conservation and relocation
  • Save the Earth: raises awareness and funds to conserve and protect our beautiful planet
  • Feed South Africa: helps feed the hearts, minds and tummies of poverty-stricken communities
  • I am Literacy: supports the improvement of literacy across SA

2. More than just a tokenBamboo Mousepad and Mouse set

Apart from giving a token gift that supports a good cause, you can also show that you business is environmentally aware by giving an eco-friendly gift.

Soapbox is continuously adding environmentally friendly gifts to our catalogue and our clients love them! The most popular items are those made of recycled materials or renewable energy sources such as the solar powered cell phone charger and bamboo computer accessories.

You can take this theme a step further by wrapping the gifts in newspaper or recycled paper with beautiful ribbon and a recycle symbol sticker to trim it off. This presentation will definitely make for a memorable gift and will inspire some conversation about the giver.

3. When it comes to class

When your goal is to really impress your client (or even a competitor), you’ll need to choose a gift with an extra touch of class.

In these cases you can never go wrong with high end designer gifts. We offer beautiful office or home ware ranges by local designers Carrol Boyes and Diana Carmichael. Or how about genuine leather travel bags from the Gary Player range. The options are endless and we are here to help you make the right choice.

4. Show appreciation throughout the year

Tokens of gratitude at appropriate times throughout the year show that you are aware of the relationships that make your business successful. No matter how big or small, these tokens show people how much you value them and their contributions on any day.

A business, like all individuals and families, has significant dates on their business calendar that can be used to show your appreciation to clients.  It could be the anniversary of your establishment, a special landmark in your relationship with the client or a milestone that signifies a success to your business. Mark these dates in the calendar and use them to acknowledge clients that helped you get to these points.

5. Plan ahead

Don’t forget to add a line item to your 2014 budget for appreciation. Take into account your acknowledgement plan for the next year and budget for each occasion. Planning ahead also gives you an opportunity to buy in bulk while the pre-festive season specials are available. Give us a call to find out how you can take advantage of bulk deals.

In fact we would like to help you with every aspect of your choice. There’s always a reason to give, but the wrong gift can cause more harm than good. Take the headache out of making the right choice by letting us help you with your selection – at no extra cost.

So with these five tips behind us, we leave you with one last surprise.

Stand a chance to win

One of our favourite suppliers, Barron, has released a holiday gift guide with exclusive ideas for the end of year season. Barron is giving Soapbox clients a chance to win a trip for two to Mauritius, as well as loads of other great prizes. All you need to do is ask us for a copy of the Barron Holiday Gift Guide. You can do this by emailing us at sales@soapboxpromo.co.za or give us a call on 012 804 0066. And then follow the instructions on the guide. Who knows – Santa may be bringing one of you an early Christmas gift this year.

And while you’re waiting to hear the results of the competition we can use our years of experience to help you source, fresh thoughtful and memorable gifts for your business.

After all, there is always joy in giving.

Your friends at Soapbox

Secretary Day: The horse does the work and the coachman gets tipped?..

Some call themselves administrative assistants while others prefer to be called administrative professionals. And every so often you meet someone who doesn’t mind to be called by the older title of secretary. But no one can deny that most of these roses, by any other name, would still be indispensible to their organisations.


The other day I overheard one assistant saying to another: “Accomplishing the impossible means only that the boss will add it to your regular duties.” (Sic).

Don’t worry ladies (and gentlemen), your day is coming – very soon.

At Soapbox we believe that next to excellence is the appreciation thereof. To all the bosses out there: Here are some tips on how to show more appreciation towards your right hand lady in the workplace.0544b

  • Show praise – No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks. Appreciate everything your assistants do for the business. Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise – they’re absolutely free and worth a fortune.
  • Ask Questions – Try to get to know your secretary, this will make them feel like you are interested in their lives outside of work too and make them feel valued and cared about.
  • Small gestures – everyone needs food, correct? When you run out to buy yourself something to eat, grab something for your secretary whether is peanuts or chocolates, everyone enjoys receiving something as it makes us feel special. It has been said that time is an illusion. For most assistants lunchtime is doubly so.
  • The extra mile – Your secretary goes the extra mile for you daily, try doing the same by decorating their table or office when it’s their birthday or when they have accomplished a personal or work related goal.
  • Gifts – small gifts show remarkable return on investment? An assistant who feels appreciated and acknowledged achieves more and has a better attitude. A good idea is to stock up on small gifts and periodically show your appreciation by giving a gift – don’t only wait for secretary day. If creative gift giving is not you thing, visit http://www.soapboxpromo.co.za and get a few ideas.

34766With that said, what does it take to be a good secretary? We looked at a few factors that make a good secretary, ensuring that your boss will appreciate your more.

  • Be punctual – Be on time for work, being late will obviously not impress your boss.
  • Expect the unexpected – Secretaries are second in line when it comes to knowing everything in the work environment, after the boss. Be prepared for any unexpected questions that your boss might need answers to, make sure you are always on track with goals and things happening within in the company.
  • Make your bosses diary your priority – Your boss has many other things to worry about so the probability of him/her forgetting something is a given. Ensure that you stay on top of your boss’s diary so that you can always remind them of any meetings or important tasks that need to be done.
  •  Pay Attention to detail – Listen to everything! If you find it difficult to remember certain things then try making notes.
  • Keep a secret will you – Your boss is likely to share a lot of confidential information with you regarding the company, thus confidentiality is a very important quality that is expected of a secretary.  Don’t share information that you know is not to be shared.
  • Be professional and LOOK professional – Since you are the first impression clients will get of your boss and your organisation, it is important to make a great first impression and then live up to that promise. Always wear clothes that speak of good taste and sophistication.

If you would like to spoil you secretary this Secretary’s Day contact Soapbox Promo & Gifts on 012 804 0066 or visit our website at www.soapboxpromo.co.za today!