Event In A Box Ideas for Your Upcoming Event

With COVID-19 still impacting the US and the globe, events are probably going to look a little different for a while. Gone are the tradeshows that take days to walk! Gone are the team-building death drops where you trust your co-workers to catch you falling backwards (okay, those were terrifying even without COVID!). And gone are large, in-person conferences full of energy, collaboration, and idea sharing (not to mention hugs, handshakes, and passing out goodies). So now what? Enter the world of virtual and limited contact events, and all that comes with it!


Many event organizers have shifted their events to an online format, whether that be Zoom, Google Meeting, Go-to Meetings, etc. These platforms have provided a fairly user-friendly way to engage “attendees” and sometimes even do “breakout sessions” so attendees can hone in on the topics that most interest them. Others have decided to do limited-contact events with lots of social distancing and limited personal interaction.
Either way you go, an important (and often highly anticipated) part of any event is the SWAG! People love walking away with something to remember the event by, whether that’s a tshirt, drinkware, or something as simple as a sticker. But with this new environment of social distancing and hyper-awareness of germs, how do you facilitate that? Enter: EVENT IN A BOX!


Getting the coveted swag into your attendees’ hands can happen in two ways: for fully virtual events, drop-ship a swag kit full of goodies to each registered attendee (or a selected number of them) OR for limited contact in-person events, hand out the swag kits at the beginning or end of the event to limit the need for hand-to-hand contact. Either way, we’ve got you covered, and here are some great ideas!

PRE-DESIGNED SWAG KITS


One of the easiest options would be a pre-curated swag kit, either in a box, bag, or some other functional packaging. This will typically consist of a few pre-selected items and offer an opportunity to logo each, including the packaging. Who doesn’t love an event tshirt? With the Hanes® T-Shirt And Sunglasses Combo Set With Custom Box, you can get a logoed shirt and sunglasses, packaged neatly in a custom box.

T shirt & Sunglasses coordinate with a custom printed box for your event to hand out or direct mail.

Or how about setting your attendees up for a successful meeting with a Conference at Home Kit , which includes everything they’ll need for a virtual conference, including a tumbler, notebook set and wireless earbuds!

This kit offers a choice of colors to coordinate with your virtual event logo or sponsor colors

Ever thought of doing a virtual lunch and learn? This Throwback Lunch Kit would be the perfect way to send a theme-related gift to your attendees. It includes retro tin lunchbox, collapsible bowl, and utensil kit with a carabiner. And the best part? When folks do return to the office, they’ll have something to remember you by, as this functional set will get used over and over again!

This fun retro lunch box provides a fun kit for a virtual lunch and learn.

This is just a tiny sampling of all the different pre-made kits that are available. We can suggest other options based on your budget, theme, needs, etc. And if we can’t find a pre-curated kit that fits, we can always do a custom kit!

CUSTOM KITS


As the heading implies, we can create custom kits that are tailored specifically to exactly what you need. Some applications of this might be:

– Virtual or limited contact tradeshows where you offer each sponsor/exhibitor the chance to include an item

– Virtual company meeting where you want very specific items included that tie in with the meeting theme

– When the other curated kits just aren’t conveying your message

The most visual part of the custom kits is the packaging, and we have LOTS of options for that. You could do a stock bag, such as the Glacier Tote Bag and fill it with all of your goodies.

Tote bags are a useful way to package your event swag, sponsor materials and print items.

A totally custom box, complete with grid insert and paper fill is another option for a retail-inspired look. This is especially nice when you have vibrant or intricate logos that really speak to your brand recognition. These boxes can be decorated on just the outside, or for a really special look, we can also decorate the inside.

Custom printed boxes allow for creativity in your packaging
To really capture attention and increase the perceived value, add a custom print on the inside of the box.

They come in a variety of stock shapes and sizes, or we can offer a custom sized box. And of course, there’s always the option to do just a plain, stock box, which does help to cut down on cost for projects with a tighter budget.


HYBRID KIT


So what if there’s a stock kit you like, but there’s an item or two you’d like to add? Not to worry! We can always start with one of the pre-designed kits and add to it. Some modifications may have to be made if the packaging isn’t large enough to accommodate the additional items, but together we can find a solution that works! Visit our Event Page for more ideas.

Whatever your needs, we’re sure we can help! Give us a call or email us to get started.

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A Decade of Swag

It is natural to reflect at the end/beginning of a year on what has transpired over the past year and how many changes have taken place. But when we are starting a whole new decade it is interesting to look back and see just how much has changed in 10 years. It’s a little overwhelming when you start listing them all-at least it was for me. Then I started thinking about all the changes to the business in the last 10 years- Wow. There have been so many that brought us to where we are today. But then (because I’m a total swag nerd), I started thinking about all the fun new swag that we have now that we didn’t have (or that wasn’t in our market yet) at the beginning of this decade.

There were a few fun things that were had a short lived 15 minutes of fame lifespan- such as selfie sticks and fidget spinners. Some things are better off left behind.

Webcam covers are a popular trade show and convention giveaway because of their usefulness, size and price point.

Mobile tech items have become hugely popular this decade. The first ipad came out in 2010 (seriously!). With the quickly increasing popularity of the ipad, phones developed into mini tablets with touch screens as well- which brought us such swag as stylus pens, microfiber cleaning cloths, and tablet cases. Tech giveaways became a top category and continues to develop at an astonishing rate. Pop Sockets, webcam covers, bluetooth speakers and power banks are all useful giveaway and promotional items because of their wide appeal to all demographics- did you have a need for any of these items 10 years ago? Not unless you were living with the Jetsons! A couple other tech related swag that the 2010s brought us were virtual reality glasses and RFID blocking items.

Mason jar replica cups, copper lined tumblers and bottles (inspired by Yeti) and BPA free plastic bottles were some of our most searched drinkware swag. This is one of those categories that definitely follows retail trends so we see a lot of changes and “new” products that fill specific needs, such as shaker bottles.

With concert arenas, college and NFL football stadiums as well as many large companies increasing security and limiting the size of bags allowed through security, clear bags have become a necessity. Many bags have been developed that meet NFL bag regulations and are available to brand with your logo.

Other fun and unique swag items we love that the decade brought us are pop-up lanterns (a must have for any home- a great item for any company with a message of safety or security), smash lights– convenient, small & easy to carry, hat & beanies with built in lights (why did it take so long to bring these to us?) , lots of fun animal themed paws n claws items that can work individually or grouped together for an ongoing promotion, reusable straws– paper, metal and silicone have popped up in the last few years , socks have become hugely popular with fun and funky designs, AND the ultimate why-didn’t-we -have-this-sooner item, inverted umbrellas.

While some items had been around and available for promo, advances in technology, printing or manufacturing made them more affordable and readily available. The cost of variable data printing decreased and the availability of options increased, making it a creative and personal way to market by adding each recipients name to print material or even swag items such as bottles or mugs. The same happened with full color and digital printing. This gives us so many more options to print images of products or equipment as well as logos with multiple colors at a much more affordable price.

Do you have a favorite swag item from the 2010s that we forgot to mention? Or maybe it is one you are glad to see being left in the last decade?

Let us know how we can help you get your marketing and promotions “with the times” and help you find the best, latest and greatest swag for THIS decade.

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