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Holiday Gift Baskets of the Fall * Can Thanks and Giving come too soon? - Articles Surfing


Waiting until the last minute to recognize and thank your customers and business associates during the gift giving holiday season could be detrimental to your relationship. Early preparation and selecting the perfect gift are key components to conveying your holiday wishes while building upon your existing relationships.

Waiting until the last minute to recognize and thank your customers and business associates during the gift giving holiday season could be detrimental to your relationship. Early preparation and selecting the perfect gift are key components to conveying your holiday wishes while building upon your existing relationships.

Looking to beat your dreaded competition to the draw? Who will make the first move? Who will move too soon? Will your gesture be ducked or disallowed as simply another marketing ploy? If you*re trying to get the most bang for your buck, can you really afford to wait for the competition to shoot first? What if their shot is better placed? What if they use heavier ammunition? Questions that can haunt any business, big or small, who are looking to win the customer and ride off into the sunset with their prized bounty of fresh new sales for the coming season.

Likened to the rough and tumble of an old western, business today is hardly as romantic a venture. Nonetheless, smart businesses know that in order to win over the customer, they need to continue to tip their hats in the direction of what it is that best woos that customer. Thankfully, most snake oil peddlers and slight of hand dealers are still no match for the real thing. When a business is the genuine article, it still has a chance to rise above the dust stirred up by all those scoundrels whose intention it is to take without giving. A simple, thoughtful gesture in the form of a Gift Basket filled with appreciation and caring is still the best way to tell your customer that you*re aiming to earn and keep their business for years to come.

So when is it the best time for all of us *White Hats* to start sending out our Corporate Gifts? Holiday budgets being as tight as they are these days, when should we plan on actually putting our best boot forward to thank our customers for another great year? The answer is better arrived at when we more directly rephrase the question* When does our customer really want to hear that their business is appreciated? If your answer is *Mid November? Early December? Just before Christmas?*, then you should probably expect to have you thoughtful notions dashed beneath a pile of lesser gestures and probably much less worthy competitors. The truth of the matter is that a simple thank you carries too much weight to allow it to go unsaid for any amount of time at all.

In business, showing genuine appreciation is not just a gesture of goodwill; it's much more distinctly an opportunity to strengthen ties between partners and prosperity. Waiting for the mad rush of the season to send your message of appreciation could quite possibly ambush that message before it ever arrives. The good news is that there's a company on the horizon that has built it's reputation on helping businesses to get their message of appreciation delivered reliably every time.

When the time comes to show your appreciation to customers, clients and colleagues, whether you*re planning to send out Gift Baskets filled with summertime treats, Thanksgiving favorites, or Christmas holiday cheer, remember that it makes great sense to consider keeping your sights locked on the target. The businesses that have the greatest chance of besting the competition are the ones that focus their attention not only on the customers of yesterday and today, but are making certain that every customer remains their customer of tomorrow.

Submitted by:

Raymond Arthur

Raymond Arthur is a well-published on-line marketing expert in the area of corporate gift giving. You can view a sample of his gift giving articles on http://www.pro-gift-baskets.com.

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