How we present a message or information is as important as the message or information itself. Our delivery has a significant impact on how it is received. We all aspire to effectively communicate but may not even be aware of how we are being perceived by others. Being conscious of what “other messages” we may be unknowingly emitting is something to be considered. How our communications are perceived can make an enormous difference in morale, providing a sense of employees and coworkers feeling acknowledged, valued, respected and achieving a desired action or goal.
October 3, 2019
Everyone knows about holiday stress—coordinating visits with family and friends, finding the perfect gifts for said friends and family, navigating crowds of shoppers who are also finding the perfect gifts for friends and family… But it’s easy to forget about holiday work stress, until you’re in the middle of it. I've learned first-hand some things about handling holiday work stress that I’d like to share:
September 5, 2019
The promotional products industry is a big family, and social media is our dining room table. The conversations are fast-paced, topics are plentiful, and the food is delicious. While we love meeting face-to-face with our valued distributor partners and their customers, social media has brought us closer together with continued conversation. Here’s how we get social on the Farm (and how you can too):
August 23, 2019
You’re proud of the products (and services) you offer, so you want other people to love them too. In today’s competitive marketplace, quality products aren’t enough. You need to connect with clients and potential customers on an emotional level through your marketing efforts, so they understand how they’ll benefit from your products.
August 8, 2019
These days everyone is busy, over-taxed, multi-tasking and sometimes stretched to personal capacity. There are always hundreds of details to tend to in our personal and business lives. Placing an order, whether for promotional products, or goods or services in any sector is one of those details.
July 10, 2019
Eas·ter egg an intentional inside joke, hidden message or image, or secret feature of a work Get to know Maple Ridge Farms’ new gifts for 2019 with an Easter egg hunt! Follow the clues at the link below to find gifts in the New section of MapleRidge.com. Each gift will have a word hidden in the specification bullets. Keep track of each word in the form to piece together a special phrase to submit.
June 26, 2019
We live in cheese heaven. Wisconsin produces over 600 types of world-class, award- winning, nutritious, delicious cheese! This is some of the best cheese in the world! Cheese is what Wisconsin does best and we wear our cheese hats with pride!
June 13, 2019
As part of the promotional products industry, we consistently hear the words “Surprise and Delight”. It’s popping up more and more at the center of marketing discussions. But when was the last time we took a moment to think about what that means? I know what I think, but I wanted a broader definition. So, I did some digging amongst resources both in and out of the promo industry. Let’s take a look at some of what makes up the Surprise and Delight approach...
May 30, 2019
Cookies were first commercially produced in late 1800s. Since then, cookies have become an enormous industry and a huge part of our culinary culture. The world can’t get enough of cookies!
May 16, 2019
We have spent the last few months scouring shows, the internet, and input from customers to come up with an exciting new line of products for 2019. At the Ridge this is a teamwork effort with input from purchasing, marketing, sales, art and production. We work hard to find a combination of new products that follow new trends, but fit the needs of the discerning business gift buyer. Here are some of the major trends in the food gift and gift packaging industry.
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