Monday, June 15, 2015

Last Week at HMC 6/7 - 6/13

It's the place to keep up with content from the week that was at Hasseman Marketing.  Let's jump into an exceptionally busy week.

Weekly Word:  Yes, we have the Weekly Word!  This week we talk about Values!  Do yours line up?

Voices I Listen Too:  This is one of highest read blogs we have ever put out.  Check out the voices that we listen to in business...and in life!

8 Ways to Get Your Work MOJO Back!  We all get in a rut sometimes!  Here are 8 Ways to get out!

ASI Radio:  ASI does a weekly radio show and this week Kirby Hasseman was the guest.  You can listen to him talk about video marketing, social and!

Delivering Marketing Joy:  On this week's episode we talk with Patrick Black about social marketing, blogging and more.  It's a good one and you can see it here.

The DMJ Podcast:  Speaking of Delivering Marketing Joy, we have had requests to turn the show into a podcast so you can listen to the interviews on the go.  It's a process, but it's one we have started!  Here are the first 15 episodes!  Enjoy!

The Cost of Bidding:  We all think of bidding as a process designed to save money.  But does it?  In this post we discuss how it costs you money!

Kirby is a Rising Star:  In the midst of this week, we also received news that Kirby was named as a Promotional Products Industry Rising Star.  Great news for Kirby!

As we said, it was a busy week!  It's time to get back at it this week!  Time to embrace the hustle!  Have a great week everyone!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Consider the Cost of Bidding

When creating a promotional campaign, you want a creative powerful promotion that will wow customers and affect human behavior.  That is what a great Promotional Products campaign can do...affect change.  The best campaigns can create an increase in direct mail opens, engagement on social media, create a safer work place or increase sales!

But in addition to making sure you create a campaign that "hits the mark," most organizations want to make sure they are getting a fair shake on price.  No one wants to over pay...and no one wants to be taken advantage of!   So many organizations create a bidding process to ensure the best price.  While this is understandable, in theory, it's important to consider the cost of such a campaign. 

Yes...there is a cost.

First, it's important to note that if the first part of this equation is NOT true (you have an effective promotional campaign), then the second part (the cost) really doesn't matter.  You are now just spending money to spend it.  No good would come from that...agreed?

So if you have a trusted promotional advisor (and if you don't, we can help!) then their job is to help you create those effective campaigns.  The best relationships like this are like partnerships.  You share the themes, goals, and budget with them (if you don't create them together) and they provide you ideas that help you reach those goals.  It's a win-win, because you get great ideas (hopefully) and they get the business.

But when you take their creative concepts and bid them out on the individual products, it's a different relationship entirely.  The relationship becomes entirely transactional.  That is fine (if that's what you want) but you start to rob yourself of the value of the advisor.

If you take their ideas and bid them out, they are not likely to bring you ideas again.  And if they do, they won't put the time and effort into them.  After all, you have told them (by your actions) that the ideas are not what you value.  So they may decide not to provide you ideas at all.

"Let me know when you decide what you want," they might say.  "Then we will be glad to provide a bid."

What does that mean, in dollars and cents?

Let's say your hourly rate is $15 per hour.  In order to get a creative and effective promotional campaign, you could easily spend a day looking for ideas.  Then you might spend another day going through bids to make sure they are accurate (and comparing apples to apples).  So that's two days of your time.  In most cases, pricing between competitive promotional distributors is going to be close.  So you might save a nickel per piece.  If you ordered 1000 of whatever promotional item you decide on, you have "saved" $50.  But you spent $240 to do it.

Of course this does not factor in your creativity.  It doesn't call to attention that a good partner is probably attending industry shows (and seeing the latest and greatest promotional items) and you are not.

But at the end of the day, you have lost a free, trusted, creative, outside source.  It's a choice.  And it's yours to make.  Of course if you don't have that trusted source, that's a different conversation.  But if you do, you might be wise not to drive them away.

So just ask yourself...what is your time worth?