The biggest bug bear for me, is I'm yet to find a company who offer a good quality and timely service. Admittedly, when I'm looking for branded items for events it's one of the last things I think of so am always cutting it fine with the turn around, although with the various companies I've tried I find I'm always chasing for samples and proofs, which just adds to the stress.
What I would find helpful, is if there was a technology where I could upload logos, text etc. in advance and see what it will look like before getting to enquiry/proof stage - like Vistaprint do, but better
Hi Louisa, sorry for the late reply on this one! Obviously not doing very well with the timeliness - haha!
This is one of the things that we struggle with too, there are only a few manufacturers in the UK set up with the scale to deliver in a few days - that's why we always recommend leaving enough time to get all the marketing materials together. We'd like to experiment with a few reminders if you have a regular event or set of events - maybe even a shared calendar where your supplier can get in touch so you have enough time to prepare it all!
Regarding uploading logos and text, this is something we're looking to do with Printkick however our first iteration is solving the pricing conundrum with the myriad of small UK manufacturers of merchandise and bring it all onto one platform.
I think one of the biggest problems in this space is lack of innovation. Event organisers are always looking for something new that will wow attendees, but there's not that much out there. I think using print-on-demand technologies to provide personalised gifts will be a growing trend.
Hey Belinda, yep we completely agree! Coming new into the industry, it was a shock to see how it still operates in the dark ages. There are lots of European upstarts delivering great experiences online, so hopefully we can rival that in the UK! We're also looking to promote the smaller, niche manufacturers (almost like a B2B version of Notonthehighstreet)
It would be really helpful if there was a "something different" or inspire me category - in a notonthehighstreet kind of way - where those not looking for the usual pen, bag, cap, stressball etc. can find something a bit different. This could be where the innovation comes in an perhaps suppliers could be challenged with that. Also perhaps products could be curated into lists for different audiences e.g. office based, outdoorsy, creatives, frequent travellers, on the road etc.
Hi Melissa, this is something we're totally looking into! The challenge right now is finding the right niche suppliers, and getting their product and pricing data in the right format so that you can have a brilliant ordering experience. There are a few unique craftspeople who I know would fit the bill, and we want to create a marketplace that includes them too!