Using Custom Temporary Tattoos to Celebrate Milestones

Custom temporary tattoos have always been popular with the event organizers. In fact, they're probably the biggest market for fake tattoos. It's because they know that they're perfect as giveaways. Being giveaways, no one can really spend a lot of money for them. So they're looking for something that is very inexpensive. But they don't want something that looks cheap because they want to be associated with the best imagery possible. This is the reason why they usually look for the best temporary tattoo manufacturer that they can find. Even if the tattoos are inexpensive, they don't look cheap because of the great quality.

But there's another market that's slowly gaining on event organizers as the biggest market for custom temporary tattoos. This market is those who are celebrating milestones in life. So come to think of it, it's everyone. As individuals, we have several milestones in life. We graduate, get married and hopefully reach 50 or even 100 years old. These are just some examples of milestones that we experience in life. These are milestones that should be celebrated and a good way to celebrate them is with fake tattoos. A reliable temporary tattoo manufacturer can help you out.

Let's use weddings as an example. Why not give out custom temporary tattoos as giveaways? Your guests will be surprised in a good way that you're giving them something unique instead of the usual scented candles and the likes. It's the same with your 50th birthday as well. That is something that everyone should celebrate and the celebration should be fun. Using fake tattoos as giveaways is fun and that will reflect on your personality and the reason for the celebration as well. You just need to use a design that is fun and your temporary tattoo manufacturer can help you with that.

You could also be a business owner and you can also take advantage of custom temporary tattoos. If you've been in business for a long time, you probably have loyal customers. There are a lot of ways on how you can repay their loyalty and giving them free stuff is one of them. You can give out fake tattoos thanking them for their loyalty. In addition, you can also use them to celebrate a milestone in your business. For example, you should celebrate your 10th year in business because as you probably know, not all businesses last that long. So what better way to celebrate it than with loyal customers who helped you succeed? You can hold a small party and give out fake tattoos as giveaways. They should show your logo and the reason for the celebration. It can help you tell your customers that you're still going strong as a business.

If you're really think about it, you probably have an upcoming milestone in your life. Better yet, one of your loved ones might have a milestone coming up in one of their lives. So why not contact a temporary tattoo manufacturer to explore your options? You can check out the available custom temporary tattoos to see how you can use them to celebrate your milestone. You can create a customized one that is special and significant to you and those you are celebrating. Taking time to celebrate a milestone is a way of saying thanks. If you're going to celebrate it, you should be with people who helped you achieve that milestone. Giving them gifts like custom fake tattoos is a great way to thank them.

Customer Service Month - 5 Ways to Celebrate Your Customer's & Associate's Success

It is October and the beginning of the fourth quarter, which is news all in itself. It's the time of year to get prepared for the end-of-year business stuff; more about how to get ready for that next time. There is something much more important that happens this month and requires our immediate attention. It is Customer Service Month!

As CEO's, small business owners, entrepreneurs or mobile professionals this is a celebration we should all have at the fore front of our minds. And if we forgot, that's ok. Although Customer Service Week officially runs from October 1, 2007 - October 5, 2007, we being business owners get to make the decision on when we celebrate. We can celebrate our customers and associates any time in October. So you still have time to recognize those who are a part of your success.

What can you do to show Customer & Associate Appreciation?

*Share a FREE report. This can be a report that can help them learn, or they can offer it as a bonus and gift to their contacts. Help your clients pay it forward. Provide fun facts for associates that they can take home and share with their family.

*Send a Thank You Card. A simple card that shows them they are in your thoughts and you appreciate the time they take to be your customer. Give your associates the recognition they deserve and motivate them to continue positive behaviors.

*Send them articles relevant to their business. This shows your customers you care about their success and have product knowledge about their business. Share articles in your internal newsletter or via a memo that may be outside of business and of interest to your associates, such as family life, organization and saving money.

*Pick up the phone and call them. Ask them if there is anything they need; answer any questions they may have; work on building a connection and on your relationship with them. Have a brown bag lunch meeting, a town meeting, or a pizza, ice cream or pajama day with your associates in mind.

(If your database is too big to contact each customer, which by the way is not a bad problem to have, then send them a personalized email. You can do this efficiently and simply through a contact management system. For associates use your internal email system).

*Recognize them for the contributions they have made in your business by advertising them in your newsletter, website or blog. Associates like being employee of the month, a closer parking space, mention in the company newsletter, certificates of appreciation.

Customer Service Month is about celebrating those that help us succeed. We can probably all agree that we do not succeed alone. From our families to our vendor relations, there are people that help us succeed and grow in our life and business. Take the moments needed, which is all it will take, to share with them how much you appreciate them being a part of your life. Result: You avoid the mistake of building your world on one-time transactions and replace the foundation with long-term relationships.

As business owners we can perform these types of gestures on a year round basis by having a Keep-In-Touch Program as part of our best business practices.

And don't forget those potential customers too. They can very easily become a part of your future business and these actions may be what makes or breaks their decision to do business with you, so don't forget those relationships. The list of how you can celebrate and appreciate goes on and on. Mark your calendars for next year and from now until then keep an on going list of ways you can celebrate your customer's and associates success.

Until the next time, keep your focus on the most important assets in your business; your family, customers, associates, strategic partners, vendors and you. Pay it forward by commenting and sharing what you are doing for Customer Service Month.

Virtual Customer Service Excellence Warrior and CEO, Roberta E. Eastman helps client driven; customer focused business owners, CEO’s and mobile professionals avoid the mistake of building their business on one-time transactions, replacing their business foundation with long-term relationships. Result: Improving the level of service you provide as a business from standard to Customer Service Excellence.

Celebrate Customer Service Week on a Budget

Customer Service Week, which occurs the first full week of October every year, is a fantastic way to reward front line customer service reps and to raise awareness throughout the rest of the company about the important role that customer service plays in the corporation's success.

Many of us have been fortunate enough to take part in past fabulous CS Week celebrations - lavish decorations, dinners, games, gifts, contests, award banquets, theme days, and all sorts of over the top reinforcement of the importance of our jobs.

We all recognize the importance of celebrating our successes in providing excellent service to our customers but how do we recognize employees in these difficult economic times when there may be no budget for these types of celebrations. With employees taking on more work to support their companies through this time it becomes even more important to thank them for their efforts.

Here is just a short list of low cost ideas that have been successful for other budget conscious customer service departments - but the possibilities are endless.

o Hype is free! Send emails - print posters - hand make banners - have senior executives make speeches. The more the better - create excitement.

o It's amazing what you can buy at a dollar store. Buy up a box full of silly items, useful items, coffee mugs, stuffed animals, candy - wrap each item and give them out as prizes. My first customer service department did this every year as a part of a contest. Each CSR was asked a company related question (some were silly like managers' middle names). Those who answered correctly won a prize. Every year this contest turned into a fun and rowdy challenge amongst teammates.

o CS departments love to eat. Have a pot luck and invite other managers and executives to participate. Conduct it in a meeting room where everyone can mingle and chat.

o Host an open house! Invite the rest of the company to come by CS and see what they do. Let them listen in to calls. Post photos and a biography of each CSR. Have some nibblies and drinks and create a power point presentation to play continuously that outlines facts about the department (calls per day, call per person... throw in fun things like the average age in the department or the most common birth sign in the department).

o Have a theme day! Declare it beach day and let people go crazy bringing decorations and appropriate clothing and games from home.

o Talk about stress relief. Have your HR department do a seminar on stress relief and work life balance. I've known companies that have found a local massage therapist that was willing to come in and do discounted chair massages as a way to drum up new business. Your employees will LOVE you.

o No money can buy what recognition and thanks can provide. Have your president or beloved senior manager write a personal heartfelt thank you message in a card or a certificate and give it out to each employee personally.

o Serve martinis! One company I know collected small amounts of money from managers and supervisors from their own pockets and bought the fixings for virgin cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. The managers dressed up in aprons and silly outfits and served the food and beverages to the CSR's at their desks.

o Small gifts can mean a lot. Buy everyone a dollar store mug and put it on their desk with a thank you note inside. Bigger spenders can also include a coffee gift card.

o Make a mess. A former workplace of mine raised donations of canned goods and supplies for a local food bank by offering employees the chance to throw a pie filled with whipped cream in the face of their manager. Five cans of food bought them one pie. Giving to those less fortunate makes everyone feel good.

o Be creative. A long, long time ago when I managed my first small customer service team I wrote a poem every Christmas in the form of T'was The Night Before Christmas including each CSR's name and something funny or notable about them. They looked forward to this every year and it remained on the bulletin board until the next holiday season. Try writing your own lyrics to a popular song. Be brave and have the managers sing it!

o Pass on praise. One by one have everyone in the team write one thing they like about someone on a piece of paper. This works best if everyone is in the room together and says what they like before writing it down. Better yet, have each person take turns standing in the front of the room while the rest each take turns saying what they like about them. Initially everyone will be embarrassed but some of the things they hear will remain with them a lifetime.