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4 Great Ways To Show Customer Appreciation

Where would we be without our customers? Certainly, we here at R&P Prints know how valuable our customers are, and we try and show it everyday with our competitive prices, unparalleled quality and dedication to customer service. But sometimes businesses require a louder way to show their appreciation, a more demonstrable form of saying ‘thank-you’ to the customers who’ve provided ongoing support.

That’s why, especially now that the holidays are around the corner, it’s a good time to start thinking about customer appreciation strategies. A successful customer appreciation idea should serve two – not necessarily exclusive – purposes: on the one hand, it should make the customer feel good about choosing your business over the competition, and on the other hand it should make an implicit pitch for their continued business.

With those two purposes in mind, let’s look at four tried-and-true ways your business can express its gratitude and help retain customers.

Custom Apparel

Yes, we are a bit biased here at R&P Prints. But we have just heard too many success stories from businesses that handed out branded, custom t shirts to their customers and received overwhelmingly positive responses, that we had to mention custom apparel. People love getting free clothing – especially t-shirts – and will proudly wear your logo on a piece of custom apparel. So not only does your customer get a token of your appreciation, but they also get a way to express their loyalty and satisfaction. It’s a total win-win.

We offer custom printed t shirts in Montreal and Toronto, Ottawa and Winning, and throughout Canada. Wherever your business resides, if you have customers in need of some appreciation, we’ve got your back!

A Points Card/Loyalty Program

It could be as simple as a punch card system, the kind you get at a coffee shop where your eleventh drink is free. Or it could be a more elaborate system, tied to a scanned loyalty card that assigns a point value to each purchase a customer makes, which can then be redeemed to buy things at your business. The main benefit here is that it encourages repeat patronage, since, for the customer, there is a goal and value in continuing to give you business.

An End Of The Year Party

These are especially popular with bars and restaurants wanting to show their appreciation for the so-called “regulars”, but the idea can be transposed onto any business really. The idea here is that you set aside a small portion of your annual profits to throw a party for your customers. It doesn’t matter that they’re regulars; what matters is that they show up, feel welcomed, and are encouraged to come and visit your business in the New Year. Some light catering, maybe a few drinks, and people will be smitten with your business. Oh, and don’t forget to check out bulk deals on custom t shirts so you can give a few out at the party!

The VIP Treatment

Another way you can show your appreciation is by treating your frequent customers like VIPs. All the previous ideas here – custom apparel, a loyalty card and a party – you can choose to make an exclusive perk for your most loyal customers. This doesn’t do much to encourage new business, but it does help retain business, which, according to some reputable studies, is more important. Finally, an inexpensive way to highlight your most loyal customers is through a customer profile, a picture and short bio of one of your long-time customers, prominently displayed in your business.

However you choose to show your appreciation, we hope that you will make use of our quality custom printed apparel. And just so we are totally clear: we absolutely appreciate your business!

Get In The Holiday Spirit By Giving Away Custom Shirts

Where did the time go? It seems like only yesterday, here on this blog, we were extolling the benefits of summer event apparel, and now look where we are: the holiday season is fast approaching. But the holiday season, short of being a slow season for custom apparel, is perhaps the best.

There are myriad reasons for ordering custom apparel, and in particular screen printed t-shirts, for this December, including for marketing and promotional campaigns, holiday work events and customer appreciation. In this article, we’ll break down some of the wonderful ways you can throw a t-shirt on the winter holidays, as well as offer a few fun design ideas.

Give us a call or shoot us an email before December to place a bulk order with our t shirt printing services in Toronto Montreal, Ottawa and all across Canada.

A Shirt Giveaway Makes The Perfect Holiday Marketing Campaign

We’ve talked before on this blog about how custom shirts are perfectly poised to market your business. But as a holiday refresher, let’s look at a few of the reasons why the humble shirt is such a powerful promotional tool:

  • They are inexpensive to produce, yet are received with a profoundly positive reaction.
  • Customers love receiving custom apparel, and will express that gratitude in new or continued patronage.
  • When a customer wears apparel branded with your business’ logo, they are effectively advertising your business to whomever sees them. In this way, promotional apparel is the marketing tool that keeps on giving!
  • When you choose quality custom screen printed apparel, as from R&P Prints, the shirts can last a long time, providing you with years of continued advertisement, and providing the wearer with years of comfort and style.

Order yourself some custom shirts and give them out free with certain purchases. Not only is it a great way to win over customers, but it also allows you to move certain products or promote certain services, which can be very beneficial around the holidays.

Giving Out T-Shirts Shows Your Customers You Appreciate Them

The holidays are all about giving, so there is no better time to express your customer appreciation. Thank loyal customers for a great year when you order custom t shirts in Montreal or Toronto, or wherever your business resides. As with a promotional campaign, giving out shirts as a customer appreciation token also has the added benefit of providing your business ongoing advertisement.

Jazz Up Your Corporate Event With Seasonal Apparel

Finally, do away with the buttoned up and boring company holiday parties. Try a few fun holiday design ideas, with funny slogans like, “Chill Out And Enjoy The Holidays”, “Gangsta Wrapper”, or Get Your Holly Jolly On”. You could also design your shirts to look like ugly Christmas sweaters. Giving out custom apparel at your company party or teambuilding event brings everyone closer together and gives employees a token of appreciation for their hard work during the year.

This holiday season, utilize the effective marketing power, the customer appreciation potential, and the event pizzazz of custom screen printed apparel. If you are interested in making this holiday season a memorable one for your business, contact us to learn more about our bulk screen printing services. It may still be fall, but it’s never too early to start thinking ahead!

‘Tis The Season For Hockey, So Get Your Custom Gear

After suffering through a long summer devoid of stick and ball sports on the television (with apologies to lacrosse and field hockey), the best thing about a Canadian winter is finally back. That’s right, Canada’s favourite pastime, hockey, is back on the TV, and therefore back in the public consciousness once again.

Whether you’re a Habs fan, a Leafs fan, a Flames fan, a Canucker, A Jet, A Sens fan or an Oiler, the one thing we have in common is an enduring love of the game. And concurrent with the NHL season are the other leagues, where, across Canada, thousands of people take to their local rinks to play hockey, whether part of their college, junior, semi-pro, pro or rec leagues.

If you’re a hockey player, regardless of how amateur or professional your team is, you know that what makes a great team even better is style. You can have the most winningest (OK, not a word…) team, but if the print job on your jerseys or warm-up tees is cracking and peeling, you’re going to look like, well, losers.

With that in mind, let’s look at how you and your team can come off the bench in style this winter. Through R&P Prints, you can order custom t shirts across Canada and even have screen printed jerseys, hoodies and hats made. Here are a few of the stellar products we offer:

Game Day Fleece Hoodie

For those light warm-ups and informal rink practices, we have the Game Day hoodie, a warm but breathable hooded sweatshirt. A great benefit of the Game Day is its sweat wicking properties, meaning that the material can take surface moisture from your body and wick it through the material where it can evaporate, leaving you dry. You can order your custom hoodies online easily when you visit the R&P Prints website, and ask about our current specials.

Endurance Pulse Crew Tee

This is the t-shirt you are going to wear on and off the ice. As much a way to advertise your team as it is a piece of sports apparel, the Endurance Pulse Crew tee looks fantastic with a logo printed on it. Like the Game Day hoodie, it is also moisture wicking and breathable, and it’s also tagless, because, let’s face it, no one wants an itchy neck when they’re winding up for a slap shot.

FlexFit Cool & Dry Sport Cap

Baseball caps, despite the fact that they have “baseball” right there in the name, have become such a part of hockey that you rarely see a post-game interview without one. Perhaps because it keeps contained all that sweaty hair. True to its name, the FlexFit Cool & Dry keeps your head cool and dry, which is important after a long practice or game. Now that’s a hat trick.

Big Dome Duffel Bag

All that gear can’t carry itself, unfortunately. Sneak in another opportunity to reinforce your team’s brand and logo when you order custom screen printed duffel bags. The Big Dome has a number of pockets, handles and straps to keep everything organized and to keep your shoulder comfortable. If you’re getting your custom shirts printed in Ottawa or Toronto, or anywhere else in Canada, chat with us about tacking on some duffel bags onto your order.

Even professional leagues benefit from some extra branding, so make sure you show off your team’s logo on all your sports apparel this winter. Visit us at R&P Prints to learn more, and make this hockey season a winner.

Planning Your Company’s Custom Apparel? Plan Ahead!

If you are in charge of ordering your business’ custom apparel, whether for promotional products or as uniforms, then first of all let us say: R&P Prints looks forward to doing business with you! Second of all, let us offer a small bit of advice. Whereas many companies place orders on an as-need basis, you can get better prices in bulk by ordering everything your business will need for the following year, all at once. And as an added bonus, you will have made your job this coming four quarters that much easier.

Whether you are looking for custom hats in Montreal, custom t shirts in Toronto or custom sweaters in Ottawa – to give but a few small examples – we here at R&P Prints have you covered. With that in mind, let’s dust off the old crystal ball and look into the future, giving you some ideas for the seasons to come.

Halloween Shirts

Especially for “customer facing” businesses, it is important to show that you can partake in a cultural holiday with good humour and style. So why not get in the spooky spirit with some custom Halloween uniforms, which don’t need to consist of much more than a Halloween-themed riff on a black t-shirt. Or, order Halloween-themed shirts as part of an October promotion – anything that shows you have a sense of play and humour here is a bonus!

Custom Winter Work Apparel

Making your employees’ uniforms seasonally appropriate not only exudes an air of professionalism, but it also boosts morale. Get your employees a screen printed or embroidered fleece jacket for those long Canadian winter months, or give them custom toques to wear. They will appreciate; your clients and customers will appreciate it; and best of all, when you order in bulk, it really isn’t expensive.

Christmas Party Shirts

The annual Christmas party is a big event, as it rounds out the year and gives everyone the opportunity to set new goals and aspirations for the year to come. What better way to liven the mood than with Christmas party shirts. If you already know what kind of event you will be throwing, incorporate that into the shirt design – or, for a general party slogan, go with something fun, like “Mingle All The Way”. Whatever the design, get all your custom t shirts in Montreal ,Toronto, Ottawa, and elsewhere in Canada, through R&P Prints.

Spring Giveaways

As the weather gets better, businesses will often start running promotions. May we suggest that one such promotion be an apparel giveaway? You have options here: you can give out t-shirts as promo merchandise, say at an event, or as part of a promotional sweepstakes prize. Or you could even give it to customers as an incentive for buying a certain service or product – “Get A Free Shirt With Your Next Oil Change”, for example.

Summer Event Tees

Finally, we come to next summer. We know it’s difficult to think about, seeing as this summer isn’t even over yet, but in the interest of planning ahead, you could consider ordering event tees for next year’s event. Event planning often takes the better part of a year anyways, so you might as well give thought to the branded apparel you will need. Your event staff will need branded t-shirts, and you might even want to give away branded shirts as a promotional product.

If you need a t shirt printing company in Ottawa , Vancouver, Halifax, Calgary (the list goes on!) then give R&P Prints a call. We can help you with your bulk orders for any season, distant or imminent.