October 28, 2007

Plannin' Ahead

Christmas. Holy Cow! It's just around the corner. What's a poor (and I do mean poor) sales rep to do? I need to do a little something for my customers but I cannot and WILL NOT take it out of my personal pocket this year. Nope. Not going down that road again.

So I've been racking my brain, trying to come up with something. I've got an idea and thought I'd throw it out to y'all to see what you think.

First - it's been a rough year for my customers. REALLY rough. I'm so grateful that they stuck it out that I just cannot express myself. So.....I really want to say Thank You.

However, there's no real budget for that. My company doesn't advertise. Or throw a lot of freebies out. We put the value in our product. It's the corporate policy and I actually think it's a good one. Just makes situations like this a bit.....tricky.

So.....for each of the stores I thought I'd make a huge goodie tray. I love to bake for the holidays. BUT I don't need all that stuff sitting around. So I thought I could do a tray of my favorites for every door on my list. Fudge, chocolate covered pretzels, mint meltaways, cookies - you know goodies. With a very nice holiday card.

Then, I want every sales person in every store to know I appreciate them. That they matter to me. Hell, without them, my product wouldn't be sold. So......I found these cool decks of cards in our store room. I thought I would wrap a deck for each rep and put a personal note on each package. I know, small, not terribly practical, but it's SOMETHING. It's more than a pad of paper or a pen. Plus....it's different.

What do you think? For me, the worst part will be the wrapping. I sooooo hate to wrap. But it would say Thank You and not break my bank.

Too cheesy? Chintzy? Or is it alright?

Posted by Tammi at October 28, 2007 06:30 AM | TrackBack

I like it because it's personal. Any corporate player can give out monogrammed whatever; it doesn't really involve them, does it? [Speaking from experience, here. ;>]

But if you bake goodies, wrap stuff yourself... they'll appreciate that on a deep level. It will touch them.
Then you can go in for the kill...

ROFL!!!!!! Just kidding!!!!

Posted by: pam at October 28, 2007 07:54 AM

A cheescake would be nice. Actually, a cheesecake calendar with a certain company rep in a flattering satin negligee- like this..


Well, that's what I'd want.

Posted by: og at October 28, 2007 08:00 AM

I think doing anything is a nice touch. Most people won't do squat.

Says alot about you Tammi. :) and that's a good thing.

Posted by: Chuck Adkins at October 28, 2007 08:00 AM


Posted by: Chuck Adkins at October 28, 2007 08:01 AM

Personally I don't think there is anything better than homemade. It takes time and energy to make a gift like that. It is so easy to go to a store and "purchase" something. When it is homemade it is from the heart.

Posted by: Lukie at October 28, 2007 07:23 PM
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