I’m an avid reader and about a year ago, I read John Ruhlin’s book, “Giftology”.
It was a fine read with practical advice on corporate gift giving that’s not too self-serving.
A few months ago, I happened to get one of his emails since I had subscribed to his newsletter. Apparently, he hadn’t written in a while and he was out of sight, out of mind to me.
I decided to re-read his book since it’s a short read and gave me some fresh reminders.
Meanwhile, one of my client’s recently referred me to another client and I’m very grateful.
I’ve never met the woman in person and was trying to probe and get some ideas on what she liked to send her a thank you gift.
She wasn’t too revealing on her restaurant and shopping preferences which were fine.
I ended ordering a Cutco knife she can use on a daily basis with her name engraved on it.
I had it gift wrapped and sent to her home.
She loved it! Here’s part of her email response:
I received your surprise gift today. Thank you very much. It was a very kind and thoughtful personalized gesture. Your gift will be much used.
I don’t think what I did was anything that warranted more than a simple Thank You. Patti’s good work bore fruits. Nothing more.
- When you send a corporate or client thank you gift and you have it engraved, don’t put your company name on it. Put the person’s name instead. They’ll remember who gave it to you for the rest of their life.
- If you’re trying to break into an account and are having difficulties, send your prospect a knife with their name on it with a note saying something to the effect of: “Can we carve out some time to chat?”
I’m Ray Ruecker with Connect 5000!