Q: I need to get hold of some corporate gifts. They would need to be branded and reflect the type of business we are in - pharmaceuticals. What companies provide them?
A: Stress Planet (020 8297 4227) creates a selection of stress balls. Its Heart Man model can be branded with a one-colour print in one position for £1.12 each for a run of 1000. This will come down to 77p for a run of 10,000.
Q: I am looking for a company that can provide enough balloons to fill our hired marquee for our promotional bash. Can you suggest someone to contact?
A: Both B-Loony (0800 0688 588) and Events International (01724 282525) can assist. B-Loony offers standard balloons plus latex and foil versions all printable with your logo.
On the list
Q: Where can I get a list of IT and e-commerce suppliers for a marketing campaign?
A: Effective direct mail should raise awareness, create demand and maintain customer loyalty within your chosen business environment.
In a fragmented marketplace, DM enables you to address every one of your customers with a precision unrivalled by other methods. It is measurable, flexible and cost-efficient.
Publishers of computer titles have subscriber lists that they will often make available on a rental basis. One is Marketing's publisher Haymarket, which produces IT Training. It has details of about 450,000 names on its database. Haymarket Direct provides lists that can include data such as job title, business sector, purchasing responsibility and size of company.
The cost for basic rental is £175 per 1000, with additional selections charged at £5 per thousand each. Call 020 8267 4607.
Alternatively, Marketingfile.com on 01462 437 733 offers a list of corporate, technical and procurement executives within IT and telecoms companies across the world. It's also worth checking out Experian on 01753 583 311.
Q: We need to hire an agency to oversee a short-term project. Can you recommend any particular one?
A: It depends on the type of project you want them to conduct. Proactive Solutions (01480 435 855) is a through-the-line agency offering clients a brand support from a single source. It can be used as an extension to, or in place of, an in-house marketing function.
Hit the road
Q: I am looking for a company that provides advertising on the side of vans and buses. Ideally we would like one that uses a large video display as well as posters.
A: The Bus Business (07931 791 937) offers bespoke customisations of vehicles to be used in the sales promotion arena. They can supply vehicles from buses and coaches to a Rolls-Royce pick-up truck with an ice bath or a Thai tuk-tuk.
Also check out Freight Media (020 7706 8070), which has a mobile poster service. However, the police are strict about allowing video ads on the road because they distract drivers.
On the move
Q: Our mobile sales force spends a lot of time out and about on the roads of the UK, visiting different businesses. I would like all our staff to carry some form of portable information on our company and what we do. Do you have any suggestions?
A: BabyFlash & BabyFusion are a range of USB memory sticks for convenient data storage and exchange.
Available from BabyUSB (08707 606 961), simply plug the miniature memory stick into a computer's USB port and BabyUSB technology allows you to access the files on a variety of platforms, including Windows XP and Mac OS X.
You can even put all your office's files on a key ring and take it anywhere you go.
A BabyUSB can store the equivalent of 694 floppy disks. Its capacity is one gigabyte.
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