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March 25, 2021
Molly Neises, MAS, Sales
Over the past year, we have all seen an increase in virtual events.  Chances are that many events will most likely remain virtual (at least for a while). The ease and convenience of virtual gatherings make them an optimal choice for companies trying to share a message or experience with a large group of people – while reducing travel, extended gatherings, and often expense. One of the downfalls of virtual events?  It takes creativity to build and deliver an experience that will be remembered long after going offline when the event has ended. Looking for a way to provide that experience?  Charcuterie gifts remain a hot commodity and a great option when looking to send virtual event attendees a gift to truly generate excitement.  They offer a wide variety of price points and tasty treats to make any recipient ready to dig in.  With branded cutting boards, there is a built-in reminder of an experience shared with friends, colleagues, or customers! Read on for a few recent case studies, showing the power of gourmet charcuterie gifts for virtual event promo:
March 11, 2021
Mikelti Metropulos, Sales
Over the last year, our world has changed drastically. Instead of going into the office every day, people are working from home. Events and meetings alike are getting canceled, including lunch, dinner, and coffee meetings.  Many people are itching to get back to face-to-face meetings, while the others are comfortable in all-virtual meetings. However, face-to-face meetings, in some form, are here to stay. As beneficial as using the virtual world has become this past year, there is simply no replacement for meeting in person for that connection you can only create in a face-to-face environment.  However, coffee meetings are still important, whether it is meeting over a video app like Zoom or Skype, or across a table!
February 25, 2021
Isaac Buttke, Contributor
It’s no secret that social media is an integral part of any marketing strategy; however, actually developing and executing a social media strategy can be a daunting task. Never fear: we’ve got a few tips to help make social media marketing easier this year.
February 12, 2021
Molly Neises, MAS, Sales
Like so many of us, I found myself a part of this amazing industry of promotional products by sheer happenstance.  Before starting my journey with Maple Ridge Farms over 12 years ago, I didn’t understand or acknowledge the existence of an industry that used actual products to promote or market brands, companies, and organizations, or events.  Sure, I had received imprinted pens, t-shirts, and the like, but I never gave much thought to where they came from.  I never stopped to think about someone choosing that product, the imprint placement, or the actual impact it was intended to have.  What was the “reason” it existed to begin with?  Who was their intended recipient?  What were they trying to accomplish with it?
January 28, 2021
Shana Gardner, CAS, Operations
Cheese is an amazing gift option for 2021.  Event gone virtual?  Send attendees a cheese board to replace the nosh they're missing from the in-person event.  Dinner meetings canceled?  Connect with a charcuterie tray to allow them to creatively customize their own dining experience.  Onboarding new employees?  Help them feel welcome with a gift that will leave a lasting impression.  The applications are limited only by your imagination.
January 21, 2021
Shana Gardner, CAS, Operations
2020 taught us a lot about ourselves as individuals, a company, and an industry.  Some were hard lessons, while others were uplifting, plumbing depths we didn't know we had.  It provided us an opportunity to recognize and overcome challenges both new and old.
November 4, 2020
Maple Ridge Farms Team
Just over forty years ago, we stumbled across the promotional products industry, and we’re so glad we did. What a journey it’s been! We’ve been inspired by our peers, made lifelong friendships, given back and grown tremendously. Over the years, we’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons, so we want to share them with you. Read on for five key do’s and five key don’ts to succeed in the industry we call home!
October 15, 2020
Stephanie Bishop, Contributor
How and where we work have an enormous impact on performing our duties, achieving our goals, and creating what each individual, business or organization deems as “success”. Just as in our homes and personal lives, our basic professional needs require accommodation to effectively function, and move forward, unfettered by distractions, annoyances, or negativity. A sort of “feng shui” approach to our workplace can dramatically improve our attitudes and satisfaction and facilitate a successful mindset.
October 8, 2020
Shana Gardner, CAS, Operations
Over Maple Ridge Farms’ 40+ years of business, we’ve become experts in providing stellar service—including extras you may not know that we offer.  One of those hidden gems is individual shipment.  Find out why individual shipping with us is as easy as 1-2-3, and how it can smooth your holiday gift-giving and allow you to focus on building relationships instead of stress over shipping.
September 28, 2020
Jamie Johnson, Sales
The last few months certainly have been uncharted territories for almost everyone.  We can look at this in many ways, but I like to think of it as freedom to be innovative, inspired, and compassionate.  September 17th, 2020 was the first day I traveled for work since March 13th and I can’t express the excitement I felt. To interact and see our customers has often been the main way of connecting and educating. I looked forward to engaging and listening to our customers in a one-on-one setting to take in what all of their challenges and triumphs have been.