EDCO Awards Issues Tips on Selecting Corporate Awards

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December marks start of corporate award buying season.

EDCO Specialties & Awards: Your Source for Trophy Awards
Economy sites don’t offer the quality craftsmanship, selection or customer service of a traditional manufacturer.

Now is the time that businesses start thinking about year-end employee awards, with the buying season for corporate awards peaking between December and March.

With that in mind, Fort Lauderdale trophy and awards manufacturer EDCO Awards & Specialties has developed a list of tips to assist companies with their corporate recognition award programs.

1.    Look for quality: Above all, it’s important to consider the quality of the product. “Anything can look good from a low-resolution photo on the Internet,” said Mike Szczesny, vice president of EDCO, but it’s important to find out the quality of the product being purchased. “A $35 corporate award, while perfectly suitable in a lot of situations, will not be of the same quality as an award that costs $135,” he said.
2.    Pay attention to details: Clarity, color, finish and weight all have meaning when shopping for corporate awards. The difference between a glass award and crystal award is the clarity of the material. A good quality glass or crystal, one-half to three-quarters inch thick will have some heft.
3.    Check out the newest designs:    While crystal awards come in a number of traditional designs, there are new innovations in style, materials and color that companies should consider prior to purchasing. New optic crystal awards combine optical glass, crystal, black glass or colored glass. Some of the contemporary crystal award styles feature traditional glass designs with vibrant colors like blue and red.
4.    Appreciate good engraving: The impact of a nice award can fall flat if it’s not engraved in a way most suitable for the material. Ask about the engraving method. Small trophy shops usually will laser engrave crystal, because they lack the wherewithal to purchase more expensive sand engraving machinery. But, for most crystal and glass awards, sand engraving offers a better outcome because of the deep and finely etched lines and accurate reproduction of intricate designs. Find out what method will be used and whether there are alternatives.
5.    Ask for help: It’s important to work with a trophy or awards vendor whose customer service department has in-depth knowledge of its product line. “Time is of the essence,” Szczesny said. Most companies will order their corporate awards 3-5 days before they need them, and we sometimes are asked about 24-hour turnaround. As a result, it’s important to speak with someone who understands how much time each step takes, what’s involved in the art design process and so on, to meet the deadline.”
6.    Buy from a manufacturer: Most local trophy shops lack expertise in the area of corporate awards, Szczesny said. Working directly with a manufacturer enables companies to ensure they’re getting the highest quality product for their budget in a timely manner.
7.    Talk to a person: When it comes to a corporate awards program, the outcome is too important to rely on a faceless, inexpensive Internet site. “Economy sites don’t offer the quality craftsmanship, selection or customer service of a traditional manufacturer,” Szczesny said.
EDCO recently re-launched its website with redesigned sections for its corporate awards, crystal awards and glass awards that feature multiple new products for this buying season. In addition to its extensive line of crystal and glass awards, the company offers a number of other engraved awards, including crystal vases, plaques, paper weights, pen sets, clock awards, desk name blocks and gavel awards.

For more information, visit EDCO’s complete corporate awards tip sheet or call 800-377-8646.

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