Things to consider when investing in staff uniforms

Between the warmer temperatures and freedom of holiday breaks from work and school, brick and mortar businesses notice an increase in foot traffic during these summer months. Other industries also observe a pre-Christmas business serge which welcome new customers into the database. Their lasting impression and experience with a business could be the difference between a one-off customer and one who returns. First impressions count and staff uniform appearance can be the difference between a professional first impression and one that’s not.

Staff uniforms must serve a dual purpose of functionality and professionalism so staff are comfortable and their job is not restricted, and appearance is top-notch.

Below are three things to consider when looking for a staff uniform for the summer.

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Consider Your Industry

When thinking about the uniforms or apparel requirements of your business take what type of work you are doing into consideration when purchasing. Working in different environments will naturally impact on the type of products required. If you’re unsure it’s best to speak with your local EmbroidMe store about options best suited for your business. Working in the outdoors, food industry, and flammable areas will each require different products in their own right.

Consider the Product Specifications

With a wealth of products available choice can quickly become overwhelming and deciphering the product codes can become confusing. Products have different feature ratings such as breathability and longevity so you’ll want to get this right to obtain the ‘perfect fit’ for your organisation.

Consider the Branding

Your industry and business will impact the type of uniform branding your organisation requires. For example, hospitality may require a high quality embroidered logo on the left chest to be easily recognised, while tradesmen might require a name, role, business logo on both the front and back of each garment so they’re easily identifiable.

EmbroidMe doesn’t only brand shirts but can supply them too, and often at a competitive rate! EmbroidMe is a network of branding solution companies specialising in branded clothing and promotional products. In fact, we’re New Zealand’s largest branded apparel group so we’re confident that we’ll be able to find the best solution for your business to Get Noticed.

For further advice on sourcing the right staff uniform talk to our team today and consider the points above before making your next purchase.

Summer clothing, uniforms, and apparel!

Summer is the season of sun, warmth, and holidays, and the good news is that it is only a few months away! Summer sees the longest days, the shortest nights, and offers prime conditions to enjoy all that the great outdoors have to offer. When the sky is blue, the sun is shining, and the wind is nowhere to be found these days are great to get out of the house and enjoy the beautiful country.

Summer is a great season to be active, get involved with a sport, or relax with family and friends. Motivation to get up and moving tends to increase over the summer months as weather improves.

To be comfortable outdoors you need quality clothing perfect for your kind of activity. At EmbroidMe, we supply and brand a huge range of summer clothing options. This includes t-shirts, polos, sports team uniforms, hospitality uniforms, and retail uniforms.

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// SUMMER SPORTS //

Sports teams need a uniform that is comfortable, durable, breathable, and well suited to their kind of sport. Hockey, tennis, rugby, cricket, athletics, soccer, basketball, badminton, lawn-bowls, rowing, and netball have those same requirements that the uniform needs to enhance their team, not be a hindrance. Talk to the friendly team at EmbroidMe about the right sports team uniform for your sports team.  We are the branded apparel specialists.

Corporate sports events are a great way to encourage staff to be active, promote the company as one that values health and well-being, and also a great way to market the business through branded tshirts and clothing.

School sports teams need to promote school pride and colours, while also being affordable, quality, and durable.

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// PERSONAL LEISURE //

Outdoor activities: To enjoy the outdoors it’s important to get the right apparel solution. Going to the park with the family, heading out on the boat or the golf course, or other recreational activities such as playing golf, out on the boat, at the beach or park, playing causal sports.

Smart casual: Enjoying a glass of wine or beer after work in a causal environment, or going out to a BBQ, staff work function – there’s many situations where smart casual clothing comes in handy. With no minimum orders and free quotes, contact us today to discuss quality summer casual attire in time for summer.

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// HOSPITALITY //

Summer retail uniforms: summer typically sees a greater number of retail sales and a higher volume of shoppers. It’s important that staff, whether full-time, part-time, or casual, provide customers with a great first impression, and are easily identified so customers know where to direct questions and enquiries. Boost sales this summer through quality first impressions, led by great staff uniforms.

Cafes & Restaurant Staff: People are typically more outgoing in the summer, and this ultimately impacts positively on traffic to cafes and restaurants. Requirements vary depending on the type of food outlet however all staff require being presentable and uniforms need to be easily cleaned.

Event Staff: Staff need to either be noticed so visitors know who to ask questions, or blend in to the behind the scenes and event operations. Either way, we have the perfect solution for your next event.

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// READY FOR CHRISTMAS? //

The holiday season boasts many celebrations and events such as Christmas, so it’s the perfect opportunity to thank staff, team members, clients, and customers for their hard work, loyalty, and efforts over the past year. What better way to do this than with branded and/or personalised promotional products. The final months of the year typically go by very quickly so take the stress out of the final few months and enquire today.

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Fitness and Wellness Promotional Products

More and more companies have realised that keeping employees healthy has a positive impact on their bottom lines. Some of the reasons companies have become attuned to their employees’ health and wellness include: health care cost savings, improved productivity and decreased sick leave.

This embrace of employee health and wellness has led to companies starting wellness programs to help employees stop smoking and lose weight, preventive health screenings, even on-site fitness centres. Offering your employees fitness-related promotional products is an excellent way to complement or jump-start your company’s wellness program.

EmbroidMe offers a wide variety of fitness-related promotional products that you can brand with your company’s design or logo, including:

  • Food and Fitness Journals – Journals that allow users to track daily exercise routines and food intake, including calories, fat grams and carbohydrates.
  • Fitness Towels – Customisable light, ultra-absorbent towels available in a variety of sizes, colours and materials such as microfiber or cotton.
  • Pedometers – EmbroidMe offers a range of pedometers, from those that just measure steps to those that measure steps, miles, kilometres and calories and include wireless technology that transfers data to a smartphone, tablet or computer.
  • Sports Bottles – Available in a variety of sizes, colours, designs and materials, these eco-friendly alternatives to non-reusable water bottles are sure to keep your employees and clients hydrated.

With custom promotional fitness and wellness products from EmbroidMe you can promote your brand while encouraging your employees and customers alike to embrace a healthy lifestyle.

Workwear Promotion

Health and safety laws are being discussed in parliament and will likely bring changes to legislation, so our focus over August and September is all about workwear. Workwear includes more than hi vis, in fact it incorporates retail, hospitality, and trades uniforms. Staff must be comfortable while at work and they require a uniform that perfectly caters for the industry they are in.

Give us a call today to discuss different workwear options to suit your business. Furthermore when you call us, ask about our special workwear offer as you may be eligible!

Visit our website for more information on workwear clothing or to find your nearest store!

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Workwear Promotion!

Health and safety laws are being discussed in parliament and will likely bring changes to legislation, so our focus over August and September is all about workwear. Workwear includes more than hi vis, in fact it incorporates retail, hospitality, and trades uniforms. Staff must be comfortable while at work and they require a uniform that perfectly caters for the industry they are in.

Give us a call today to discuss different workwear options to suit your business. Furthermore when you call us, ask about our special workwear offer as you may be eligible!

Visit our website for more information on workwear clothing or to find your nearest store!

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Common Misconceptions about Promotional Products

May 12There are a lot of misconceptions about promotional marketing and promotional products that can scare of SMBs that are new to this form of marketing.

Allow us to set the record straight on these common myths:

People Just Throw Them Out

Everyone has received some kind of item branded with a company’s logo and/or an organization’s message. A lot of people try to argue that these items are thrown away and forgotten, but a study by ASI shows that these items are actually held onto for an average of about six months. Once they are no longer kept by the owner, over half are passed on to another person, continuing the branding impression.

They Don’t Make an Impression

Given that people hold onto their promotional items for six months, it’s clear there’s an impression made. And, according to Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) research, 89% of consumers can recall the name of an advertiser whose promotional product they received within the last 24 months. However the kind of impression made is dependent on the type of product and promotional marketing campaign. There are products that are better for greater visibility such as promotional bags, branded apparel and logoed writing instruments that are seen by many wherever they travel and are easily passed on. Products that foster a deeper connection with their recipient include USB drives, wellness items – prized for their utility – and delicious edible marketing.

You Can’t Tell If They’re Effective

We know marketers love to track return on investment (ROI) – how can you tell if handing out a branded water bottle is even effective?

Haven’t you noticed QR codes popping up on everything from direct mail to printed napkins at restaurants? Add a code to your printed koozies! The code can track your prospect back to the koozie you handed out at the green market on Saturday. The same goes for a unique URL. A special web address can lead to a landing page developed specifically for your koozie campaign, making tracking efforts a breeze.
Call-to-action (CTA): coupon code for a discount, a gift with purchase, BoGo, make them an offer! And then print it out along with your logo on your promotional products of choice. Customers will mention it and lead you back to the promotional item containing that offer.
Tracking number: nothing illustrates ROI like a phone call. Imprint a unique phone number on your products and you’ll know for sure they’re working for their money.
Too Expensive

Marketers want the most profitable form of marketing – that’s why they track and measure ROI. To understand what is getting them the best bang for their buck, they use a cost-per-impression metric (CPI). Promotional products are actually one of the most cost effective forms of advertising. According to the Advertising Specialty Institute, they have a CPI similar to spot ads on radio or online display, averaging $0.005 per impression. That’s a far better CPI than with prime-time TV and big-time print. The fluidity of these products means your marketing dollars can go a whole lot further.

Try to Get Them Cheap

This same study shows that people keep items they consider to be useful. Considering the length of time a promotional product is kept, wouldn’t you want it to be better quality so it will last long enough to leave a good impression instead of one of poor quality? There’s a difference between getting affordable products and “cheap” ones. Bang for your buck assumes there’s real value in your purchase, and for that, the item needs to last awhile. Do you want your company to be associated with a piece of junk, easily discarded? No. You want your brand’s imagery to appear on something that satisfies needs, innovative with a great look and feel – you want your branded item to leave your prospect thinking, “How thoughtful!”

Can’t Reach New Consumers

True, you think of promotional products as a way to cultivate customer loyalty but passing out products to prospects is known to be effective as well. In an ASI study, 31% of consumers said they would be likely to do business with a brand after receiving a logoed item – this likelihood increases according to the item itself. Apparel, USB drives and tote bags are big. Anything unique, designed with care is going to increase the likelihood you will win your way into their daily lives.

No New Products

Like any industry, promotional products are constantly evolving to keep up with the latest technology and trends. Every year thousands of new, innovative products are launched at the PPAI expo, which is one of the largest trade shows in the United States – we recently bogged about this year’s revelations here. Promotional products are a $19.83 billion industry, and it continues to grow every year.

All Promo Businesses Are the Same

There are two types of promo companies – you either have a mom and pop shop or a huge company that exists solely as an online store. What makes EmbroidMe stand out is they have combined the pluses of each dynamic. Each EmbroidMe store has at their disposal state-of-the-art technology, decades of experience in the industry and access to over 800,000 items from which to choose—while still delivering one-on-one quality customer service!

Contact your local EmbroidMe store to speak with a promotional marketing expert who will personally guide you in the development of your new promotional product campaign.

Get the Most from Your Marketing Spend ~ Branding Apparel, Uniforms, and Promotional Products

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When considering branding it’s easy to immediately think of large multi-national businesses. These businesses would have spent many years and dollars to become recognised in the marketplace for a particular product or service. It may seem like any small to medium enterprise (SME) wanting a strong brand must spend exorbitant capital to achieve this however this isn’t the case.

It can be natural for SME’s to disregard the need to build a brand as customer service and daily tasks can be more pressing. No matter what industry a business operates in, or its size, a reputable brand can achieve business growth as the company will be known in the industry and among its target audience.

It’s important to be realistic when building a brand and accommodate for the stage a business is in. It would be unreasonable for a start-up to try achieve the same level of branding as an international business that’s been operating for a century. That said, there are some fundamental branding principals that every business should consider as all organisations need to be actively marketing and seen in the marketplace.

Branded apparel, uniforms, and promotional products are easy and cost effective methods to build brand recognition among customers and prospects, and is a proven marketing method.

From a client’s perspective how do your staff present themselves? Cafes that don’t have a uniform, even just the same styled branded shirt, give a different impression than a team in professionally branded uniform apparel. Same can be said for trade’s people arriving on-site without any form of branding or company representation. A clearly visible brand gives credibility.

What makes a strong brand?

Consistency

A brand is more than just a logo on a letterhead. Strong brands are consistent, and are uniform across all business collateral. This is the same for staff appearance. By having a consistent uniform across staff, sports teams, or in retail and hospitality businesses it displays your organisation as professional.

Quality

Products have different life expectancies and some materials last longer than others. Does your branded apparel, uniforms, business shirts, jackets, or hi-vis clothing look tired, faded, or well-worn? Uniforms represent your business and speak volumes about your brand. EmbroidMe supplies and brands top quality apparel, uniforms, clothing, and promotional products so that your brand will be noticed and professional.

Clarity

A small logo on a letterhead or in the office’s reception alone doesn’t build a strong and credible brand. A brand needs to be seen. Brands need to be clear and visible. When it comes to branding careful consideration should be taken to think about style, design, and colours. EmbroidMe supplies a huge range of products in various styles, colours, and designs, so that branded apparel and uniforms builds your brand.

Across April and May EmbroidMe are offering a free branding consultation to assist organisations get the most from their marketing spend and build a strong brand. Better yet, each consultation meeting goes into the draw to win $150 store credit to help get them started!

This branding consultation provides an opportunity to explore marketing objectives, specifically on branded apparel, uniforms, and promotional products, and find the best branding options for the business.

EmbroidMe have years of branding experience and have partnered with many organisations to help them achieve their marketing goals and branding requirements.

EmbroidMe can bring product samples to you and advice on what best practices for your business.  Invest time in a branding meeting this April and May and let us partner with you to develop the best branding solution possible.

Click here to select your nearest store and to arrange a time to meet with them.

Build Your Brand ~ Uniforms, Apparel, Promotional Products

We now live in a crowded marketplace which is saturated with marketing collateral making it hard for marketers and organisations to stand out from the crowd. Market cut-through is achieved through brand consistency in key areas including branded apparel, uniforms, and promotional products.

We supply and brand an extensive list of products and reading through lengthy catalogues can be time-consuming. Over April and May we’re offering a free branding consultation to work with you to maximise your marketing spend to ‘Build Your Brand’, and all businesses that attend a free consultation will go into the draw to win $150 of store credit.

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Finding the Best Customised Clothing for Your Organization ~ Uniforms, Team, Corporate

Stocking your gift shop or boutique with customized clothing is a great way to increase profits, attract attention and boost sales. Customized or custom apparel make an excellent addition to your existing product line and can keep your customers coming again and again. Custom clothing is also great for companies, sports teams and academic organisations such as schools, and tertiary providers.

Custom Team Apparel

One form of popular customised clothing is team apparel. Outfit the team in your colors and print your logo or symbol on the front with players’ names and numbers on the back. You can get as creative as you want with custom team apparel, imprinting items like small graphics, slogans and custom lettering. The sky is the limit when it comes to customisable clothing for your sports team. And of course, team supporters will want shirts and hats as well!

Corporate Apparel

Whether you are planning a uniform program for your office staff or simply want to provide incentives to your sales staff, there is no better choice than customised clothing. Windbreakers, embroidered polos and fleece jackets with your company’s logo can make cost-effective gifts to inspire your sales force. Custom uniforms will help boost your team’s image, encourage healthy competition and increase camaraderie. Custom corporate apparel comes in a variety of styles to fit your company’s needs.

Companies, organisations and retailers have trusted the specialists at EmbroidMe for over a decade. Our network of stores operate in eight locations nationwide and are partnered with various locations abroad. These specialists can assist in identifying and customising products that meet your needs.

EmbroidMe offers diversified promotional products, custom embroidery and screen printing. Whether you are looking for customised clothing, branded accessories or apparel, you can find it at EmbroidMe. Contact your local store for a custom quote today.

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Are Your Promotional Products Doing Their Job?

business giftsDistributing promotional products is a smart strategy for your business. Give a logoed item to a happy customer and you increase the chances of that person becoming a brand ambassador. When a happy customer wears your logoed cap, t-shirt or backpack, he becomes a walking billboard for your company.

Give a logoed item to a prospective customer and they will likely keep it for several months. Each time they see it, that’s another impression and repetition of your brand’s message. Which company will be top of mind when they are ready to make a purchase? Yours.

How do you choose the best promotional product for your business?

Consider the recipients and give them an item they will like and will use. Targeting office workers? Choose an item they will use at their desks – pens, USB drives, note pads and mouse pads are items they will use repeatedly, each time reinforcing your brand message.

Choose a level of quality and style that reflects your brand. Targeting golf enthusiasts? A polo shirt may be a better choice than a t-shirt. Targeting outdoors lovers? Backpacks, water bottles and sport socks are choices that come in a variety of styles and price points. An item of value and good quality cast the best light on your company.

The tasteful design and placement of your logo and message is an important key to developing successful promo products. If your branding is too large or obtrusive, the item will not be used and you’ve defeated the purpose.

The specialists at EmbroidMe welcome your questions and have suggestions and solutions at the ready. Allow us to be an extension of your marketing department by working with you to determine the best use of your promotional products budget. We’ll help put those products to work for your business!

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