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Gifts of "Thanks" for Staff Leads to Enthusiastic Service to Your Customers

Leaving Las Vegas..literally...last week after attending our industry's biggest show, it was hard to ignore the change since last year. The mood was decidedly subdued. Clearly, this is not the best time ever for the advertising business as the relatively uncrowded show isles testified.

Restaurants with no waiting lines. Complaints from every taxi driver about how slow business is. Grumbling still going on about the big drop in attendance at the prior week's Consumer Electronics Show.

Our hotel, THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, gave us a $500 voucher to use if we'd come back. Mandalay Bay slipped notes under the room doors offering special rates if folks extended their stays. I would imagine other hotels were pulling out all the stops as well to get more business.

One thing that did stand out was how noticeably glad our hotel staff appeared to be that we were there. Not once did we encounter a grumpy THEhoteler...quite the contrary...they seemed genuinely happy that they had customers choosing to stay with them.

I couldn't help but think about our business and the comments I get every day from the one today from Lisa McBee of WICT suggesting that her MARCO rep, Eric, did such a good job that we should give him a raise and a promotion!

As we all know, if we don't take care of the troops, they will not take of our least not with the enthusiasm that will create the positive memorable experience we want all customers to have.

What does this have to do with promotional products? Well, as we all know, it's pretty hard to say "Thanks" to the staff too often. Little reminders of how much we appreciate what they do can go a long way.

Guess it's no surprise that right behind 'gifts to customers', the #1 use of promotional products, comes 'gifts for staff'. No surprise at all.

Posted by Dick Nelson on January 21, 2009 at 1:27 PM
Dick Nelson, MARCO CEO
Who gets to play at their hobby every day? Call me lucky I guess because in over 25 years I've never looked at my work as work. I've been blessed (or cursed depending on one's perspective) to have a place to spend my 'working hours' that even after all these years still intrigues me every single day.

I fell into the direct marketing of promotional products quite by accident in 1985 but what a lucky fall it has proven to be. Unbeknownst to me at the time, I had an affinity for numbers and the direct marketing business is full of, of course, it's called 'data' it was a good match from the start.

There have been a number of twists and turns over the years but I had the privilege to work with great teams of dedicated people who held and hold many of the same values I do...mainly that we want to treat everyone the way we want to be treated. Sometimes this is a lot easier to say than do but I know of no one who does it by themselves in business so getting the right team together and keeping them together is often a function of following this axiom...treating others fairly and well.

In my non-working life I play a bit of golf...okay, maybe quite a bit of golf...but more than half my golf is played with my wife who might possibly like the game more than I do! I enjoy reading...mostly fiction these days with an occasional business book or two thrown in the mix. And I don't get to see my daughter and granddaughters as much as I'd like since they live six hours away but our 18-month old grandson is just minutes away so we get to see the little guy weekly which is pretty cool. You can connect with me on Google+ or on LinkedIn. Cheers!
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