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Where Can You Get Printed or Engraved Flash Drives Delivered in 24hrs

Posted by USB2U on 19th November 2014 | Permalink

Pfft – we spit in the eye of delivery promises of 6 days. If you need your flash drives printed, data-loaded and delivered quickly then quickly is what we do! We don’t mess around talking days we prefer to talk in terms of hours. So, if you find yourself (for whatever reason) of needing some last minute promotional drives then firstly don’t panic and secondly pick up the phone and call us (or submit a quick quote enquiry via our web site and we’ll get back to you in 15 mins or less).

We’re based in Northampton in the UK. We hold tens of thousands of different USB sticks in stock in a wide range of styles and memory capacities and we print or engrave IN-HOUSE. No outsourcing to a local printer, no restricting you to one type of product and limited memory size options – we always have stock and we control the process from start to finish using our own team and as a consequence we can (and frequently do) take orders in the afternoon for delivery the next day across the UK, Europe and the USA. Don’t believe us then check out the reviews from thousands of happy customers on Trustpilot (many of whom will make reference to how blown away they were with the speed at which we delivered their order). Here are just a few examples from the last few days:

Beyond the ordinary!

We needed some premium usb sticks in presentation boxes for an event. The production team were even able to make up x100 usb sticks and boxes within 5 hours! To meet our tight deadline – which is beyond what is advertised on their website. I am very grateful and they look superb.

Great service and very speedy turnaround

Very impressed with the service from USB2U. Within 24 hours we had our USBs – they look great, the process was very easy, and everyone we dealt with was extremely happy. We’ll definitely buy from them again.

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy !

The ordering process was very simple and the attention to detail excellent. It was an urgent requirement and the sticks arrived promptly.

So, if you have been challenged to find someone who you can trust to deliver a last minute requirement for USB memory sticks with your logo printed on them and with your data files pre-loaded onto them then please do get in touch. It doesn’t matter if your based in the UK, the USA or Timbuktu providing UPS deliver there on a next day service and providing you get in touch reasonably early in the day (ideally before 2pm) then we can normally help.

USB2U - Your Trusted Supplier of USB Memory Sticks

USB2U – Your Trusted Supplier of USB Memory Sticks

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New Home Sales Supported By USB Flash Drives

Posted by USB2U on 17th November 2014 | Permalink

Over the last couple of years it’s been interesting to see how many estate agents and builders have started using USB flash drives as a way of marketing their houses and new developments.

We’re not suggesting for a minute that this is part of a trend that will see all marketing of home move to flash drives in preference to traditional paper brochures, the web and the local newspaper but, they clearly do have a place in the mix of marketing options available. After all, we have to assume that where they have been used that they’ve been successful because in many cases the same agents and developers come back time and time again to place repeat orders.

Large national builders with lots of housing stock to move are using USB flash drives with their logo printed on as a “hand-out” or “give-away” in their shows homes or at prime sites where there is a good footfall of people that match the demographic of their target customer – think major housing developer with promotional staff handing out flash drives in the hundreds at the exit of Dockland light railway stations (which just happen to be adjacent to a development they are marketing!).

USB Sticks for Property Developers

USB Sticks for Property Developers

By pre-loading the flash drives with lots of interactive media including individual property details, prices, floor plans, video clips, links to their website and social media pages together with lot of information of the local area (amenities and schools etc.) the developers are able to impart lots of information quickly and relatively cheaply and they do so in a way that is easy to receive.

The real beauty of putting all of this on a flash drive rather than just printing it (apart from the obvious weight, costs and environmental benefits) is that people find it incredibly hard to throw them away – brochures that are handed out have a nasty habit of being stuffed in the next bin but flash drives, particularly those that have a reasonable amount of storage space on them are typically kept and used!

So rather than being an expensive marketing gimmick developers and agents have quickly learnt that used correctly and with the right amount of information pre-loaded onto them, that promotional USB sticks can be a strong addition to any sales and marketing program.

Arguably the same is true when selling any high value product but the housing market, and specifically the sector involved in the sale of new developments to your city types is one that has tapped into the opportunity with some gusto.

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Professional Photography USB Flash Drives – New Package Goes Live

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Never ones to let the grass grow green under our feet we’ve been busily working away on a range of new packages for the professional photography sector. Today we’re delighted to announce the launch of our Wooden USB Twister Stick and Wooden Flip Box bundle. More will follow over the course of the next few weeks!

Today’s exciting new package offering includes the ever popular capless “Twister” USB memory stick but instead of the body being made from plastic (like the vast majority of twister sticks in the market) the body in this package is made from an attractive light wood. To compliment it we’ve combined it with a matching light wood flip style gift box and to top the whole thing off every box is supplied in a black velvet style drawstring bag.

Wooden-USB-Twister-Package

Wooden-USB-Twister-Package for Professional Photographers

With prices starting from £6.70 per unit they’re not going to break the bank and this price includes the USB sticks, the gift box, the drawstring bags and delivery. There are no artwork set-up or origination charges to pay and our in-house design team will happily work with you on multiple iterations of mock-ups and samples to make sure you get exactly what you need (we don’t charge for design support unless we are re-drawing your artwork from scratch!)

The USB sticks are printed but the boxes can either be printed or engraved – you decide. There is no difference in the price whichever option you choose.

In putting these packages together for professional photographers our focus has not only been on who great they look but also on the quality of the core components. For example we don’t use standard “promotional grade” USB memory or controller chips in any of our bundles because we know that they’re simply not going to be up to the job. When you’ve moving lots of large, high quality images around you need a USB stick that is going to be up to the job, is reasonably quick and will survive over the years. For this reason we always supply upgraded memory and controller chips so when you are comparing prices do bear this in mind.

It’s not enough to simply look for “Grade A” products either because you can get Grade A promotional flash drives but these are likely to be much slower at handling data, they’ll typically have a shorter expected lifespan (they’ll support a smaller number of read/write cycles) and they may not be able to handle video footage! If you’re a professional photographer of videographer then your start point should really be a company that specialises in the supply of products to your sector and one that really understand your particular needs. Buy standard promotional Grade A products at your peril or at least understand the risks when you buy them and then think about whether you want to risk your hard won reputation with them.

At USB2U we’ve been around in the UK since 2002, we have dedicated account managers that only look after our photography clients, we invest heavily in new products specifically for this sector and we are a regular attendees at shows like the Photography Show at the NEC. But don’t take our work for it check out what other photographers are saying about us on TrustPilot.

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Data Loading onto USB Sticks – Boring, Boring, Boring!

Posted by USB2U on 12th November 2014 | Permalink

Someone has to do it but whoever gets the short straw is not going to be happy because there can be fewer more tedious and mind numbingly dull things in life than copying data onto hundreds of promotional USB memory sticks one at a time. Life’s just too short to be wasting it doing this.

Unfortunately if you’re buying USB sticks to giveaway then loading data onto them is just one of the things that has to be done. Given the core product is designed to store and carry data it’s a wasted opportunity if you don’t use the storage available to you to put something onto the sticks before you hand them out. With most promotional USB sticks now being 2GB, 4GB or 8GB there is after all loads of data storage space to play with!

USB Data Loading Machines

USB Data Loading Machines

Obvious candidates to load onto the flash drives are sales brochures, web links, product sheets, press releases, conference notes/slides, and videos. But, remember the more you load onto them the longer it’s going to take to sit and load each one!

Because putting data files onto any flash drive you hand out is a “no brainer” the simple solution is to get the company that supplies you with the USB sticks to load the data onto them for you before they are delivered. Most suppliers will pre-load up to several hundred megabytes of data free of charge – just check before you confirm your order.

If you’re expecting your supplier to do the data-loading for you then you will need to get organised and have your data ready. Don’t expect to be able to just drop the data on them the day before delivery is due because it’s unlikely to get done! Most suppliers will want the data with the order.

Companies that offer a data-loading service will usually use commercial and automatic USB data duplication equipment that costs thousands of pounds. Whilst expensive this kit not only allows them to load the USB stick quickly but they will be able to validate every stick to make sure its ok and they’ll be able to check the data loaded onto them has copied over correctly. These professional data-loading systems are rack mounted, they manage tens or hundreds of USB sticks at a time and the systems can be expanded to meet demand.

At USB2U we have invested in a number of professional data-loading machines which gives us the capacity to load thousands of USB sticks every day. It’s still a tedious job for someone to run these machines but it’s nowhere near as bad as having to load them one at a time on a PC!

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Promotional USB Memory Sticks – European Resellers Wanted

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Are you looking to become a reseller of promotional USB Memory sticks? Perhaps your recent supplier terminated their re-seller program and left you unable to service your own clients (we know of one high profile name in the industry that has recently given notice to many of its international resellers because we’ve been approached by lots of them!)

Whatever your motive is we’d love to work with you. We’ve been at the forefront of the supply of branded flash drives for over 10 years now and today we’re one of the largest and most respected names in Europe.

We give all of our USB resellers the right tools and prices they need to win business and we’re incredibly respectful of the relationship they have with their client(s). Where we also differ is in the amount and range of stock we hold locally. This way instead of promising lead times of 1 or 2 weeks we can supply in days or hours if needed!

USB2U European Resellers Wanted

USB2U European Resellers Wanted

We print and engrave our USB sticks in house in Northampton in the UK and we use UPS to ship around the world on a next day service. So if you’re a partner in say Germany and you need printed USB sticks delivered tomorrow to Berlin then providing you have your artwork ready and we can get everything approved by 1-2pm then that should not be a problem!

We also have our own in-house design team which allows us to provide mock-ups, proofs and concepts within a matter of hours – if you want these delivered in your own “template” so you can simply pass these straight through to your clients then again this is not a problem.

At the heart of our business is a bunch of people who are passionate about branded and promotional memory sticks. This passion translates into a focus on delivering great customer service to all of our resellers and to their end customers. We know price and margins are important but we also know that we and our partners are judged on our collective ability to deliver on our promises and that just one failure can lead to the loss of the business and the relationship to a competitor. As you can see by the 2,500 reviews we’ve accumulated on Trustpilot we’re not in the habit of letting customers down!

Here’s what you get if you choose USB2U as your partner:

  • Named account manager who will look after you and get to understand your business and your requirements.
  • Competitive and discounted pricing.
  • 30-day trade terms (subject to credit application and approval).
  • Free design support, mock-ups and creative consultancy on bespoke USB jobs.
  • Artwork optionally delivered embedded in your own branded PDF client approval documents.
  • Free and approved use of our very large image catalogue.
  • Free origination.
  • Free pantone matching on a wide range of memory sticks.
  • Free sample packs.
  • Discounted data loading service.

If you’re interested in becoming a USB2U approved reseller then simply send an email to sebastian@usb2u.co.uk and we’ll get right back to you with details of how to get started.

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Custom USB Memory Sticks – Don’t Compromise

Posted by USB2U on 11th November 2014 | Permalink

For the last 4 years we’ve been predicting the day when fully customised USB sticks would eclipse the sale of printed promotional USB sticks but we might have been too optimistic in our forecast.

Whilst there has been an increase in demand for custom models they are still a long way from knocking the standard versions off their pedestal. It’s a surprise to us not least because the market in the USA has seen a significant growth in the sale of custom versions and we expected the UK and Europe to follow suit.

We’ve also seen unit prices tumble and historically high set up costs have been removed from all but the smallest orders (less than 100 pcs). Lead times have been cut to just a couple of weeks and the whole customer engagement process (the supply of CAD drawings, physical samples etc.) has been improved dramatically.

So why aren’t more customers buying or commissioning their “own design” USB sticks? We can only assume it’s because we’ve failed to get the message out about just how easy it is to and how competitively priced they are. In the UK we still tend associate “bespoke” and “custom” with expensive.

Equally there is a perception that anything “custom” made will have a long lead time and require lots of active involvement on the part of the customer to get it done – nothing could actually be further from the truth! At USB2U we take away all the pressure and stress. We design the USB sticks for you and we manage the whole production and delivery schedule for you. All you need to supply is the basic idea or concept (in as rough a format as you want).

Custom USB Memory Sticks

Custom USB Memory Sticks from USB2U

In our opinion you should definitely consider Custom USB Sticks for your next event or show. You’ll love them and you’re customer will appreciate the extra effort and thought you’ve put into them. Here’s a basic checklist to help you through what is a painless process anyway:

  1. Firstly be clear what a custom USB memory stick is. It is not a standard “factory owned” design that is printed with your brand or logo. A bespoke USB stick, just like a bespoke tailored suit, is manufactured specifically for you and you will “own” the finished design.
  2. Pretty much any 2-D or 3-D shape can be produced so don’t be afraid to ask for what might seem impossible.
  3. There are lots of different material and finishes to choose from with the most popular being plastic, PVC, ABS, Silicon, PET, rubber and wood. If you’re not sure what’s going to be best for you then leave it to us.
  4. Build in a week or two more for your order (that’s all) This will give us enough time to develop a few ideas for you, get your approval on the final design and then get your order sampled and manufactured.
  5. Choose a supplier that has experience of producing custom USB sticks and us ideally located in the same county as you!. There are plenty of companies around offering “standard printed sticks” but very few have any experience in bespoke flash drives and you will need a supplier that has in-house design support to help you develop the concepts you’re your flash drive and produce the 3-D drawing for the factory to work from.

At USB2U we LOVE working on custom USB projects so give us a call and chat through your ideas with us.

Custom USB Sticks - Sumo

Custom USB Sticks – Sumo

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Charitable Fund Raising with USB Memory Sticks

Posted by USB2U on 10th November 2014 | Permalink

If you’ve been co-opted onto your local fund raising committee and you’ve now been tasked to come up with ideas to raise funds for your local school, orchestra, drama group, playgroup or junior football team then the first of many challenges you’ll face is to generate lots of new ideas to ensure the money continues to flow in!

It’s never easy and with so many national causes understandably grabbing the headlines doing something that encourage support for your local charity is getting harder and harder. We’ve always been a nation of charitable “givers” but during times when we’re all feeling the pinch there is only so much money to go around.

In terms of ideas there plenty of “old favourites” to fall back on like quiz nights, car boot sales, hog-roasts, jumble sales, coffee mornings, sponsored events and scavenger hunts. But, most well established fund raising groups are likely to have tried these already and interest in running them again might meet with some resistance.

Creating your own fundraising blog or Facebook page dedicated to the cause will often help build and maintain interest in your charity – it’s a great way to keep people engaged and to keep them up to speed with how the fundraising is getting along. New charity oriented sites like JustGiving.com also create another well tried and trusted option and these have the added benefit of allowing people to donate on-line.

Fundraising Using USB Memory Sticks

Fundraising Using USB Memory Sticks

An idea for pushing the fundraising along and one that dovetails nicely into any Social Media activities you might have planned is to sell printed USB memory sticks.

As a concept it’s simple:

  • The USB memory sticks are printed or engraved with details of the fundraising challenge – this could include a logo, a date, a Just Giving website address or a phone number etc.
  • Pre-load the USB sticks with as much information as you can gather about the cause you’re raising money for. Ideally this should include background articles, video clips, details of what the money will be spent on, profiles of the people or teams involved and don’t forget to include links to any Blog or Facebook pages.
  • The finished printed USB memory sticks are then sold for a profit by whatever means is possible.

There are lot of suppliers of printed USB memory sticks in the UK and with lots of competition in the market you’ll be surprised at how cheap they are to buy. Typically you’ll need to order at least 100 to get a good discounted price but if you can you’ll find there is plenty of scope to sell them for a profit. Just one idea to add to your list of “ideas” under consideration.

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Custom USB Memory Sticks – Our Customers Love Them!

Posted by USB2U on 6th November 2014 | Permalink

Custom USB memory sticks are surging in popularity at the moment. There was a time when a printed USB stick was good enough but today custom (fully bespoke versions) are snapping at their heels in terms of popularity and numbers sold.

Every year tens of millions of promotional flash drives are given away by companies looking to promote their brand, to advertise their products or to disseminate large amounts information. With prices falling and memory capacities increasing the market shows no signs of slowing but there is a marked shift in buying patterns towards the fully customised models.

Of course when people talk about “custom USB memory sticks” they often mean standard “factory” designs that are printed, engraved or embossed but in our terminology a custom version is designed and manufactured to a customer’s specification. It’s a unique one-off product and the customer will own the finished design.

Custom-USB-Shapes

Custom-USB-Shapes

We typically make our custom sticks in a shape of a particular product or something that reflects the broad thrust of a client’s business. Products tend to be more popular which is why you’ll see lots of trucks, ships, tools and medical instruments! Anything is possible.

Custom USB flash drives can create a real buzz and generate lots of internet chatter and discussion on social networking sites so they are a great way get “viral” discussions going.

Don’t be put off by the costs! There is a real misconception that they are going to cost a fortune and there will be large upfront set-up fees and tooling costs. Relax – there aren’t. Providing you are ordering at least 100 pcs there should be no set-up or tooling cost and the unit cost for the custom sticks will only be marginally more than a stand (printed) stick!

Custom USB Memory Sticks - Shapes

Custom USB Memory Sticks – Shapes

The only downside is the lead-time which can be anything up to 6 weeks albeit 3-4 weeks is more typical. The lead time is longer simply to allow for the design and approval process so if you do want to use a custom USB stick then you need to plan ahead.

Don’t worry if you don’t have artwork or a specific design in mind. We have our own team of in-house designers who enjoy a challenge and they’ll happily work with you on developing ideas and concepts for you to consider. Hopefully the images shown here and on our Pinterest pages will help to inspire you.

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Promotional USB Flash Drives – Do You Box

Posted by USB2U on 30th October 2014 | Permalink

Having been around for 10 years some people have already suggested that promotional USB flash drives are past their sell by date and the market is in decline. In reality nothing could be further from the truth. Continued falls in the price of flash drives coupled with high levels of competition in the market have actually driven sales up over the past few years and the appetite for promotional flash drives continues unabated.

Companies, schools and universities are increasingly finding novel ways to use their flash drives. The relatively cheap access to gigabytes of data storage is fuelling their creativity. If you’re given a promotional flash drive today then expect, in most cases, for it to be crammed full of media files, data files, product sheets, social media links and so on. If you’re the company buying promotional drives then you’re in for a pleasant surprise when you discover how much £2 – £3 per stick will buy you! (Certainly compared to just 2 -3 years ago)

With costs of the core product falling its perhaps no surprise that more and more people are spending an extra 20p – 40p to get a printed gift box to go with them. And don’t think for this trivial amount of money you’re going to get something tacky because you’re not – surprisingly this will buy you a plastic magnet box printed with your logo and supplied with a custom fit foam insert to fit snuggly around your drives!

If your USB flash drives are going into a media pack or just handed out at a trade show or sales event then a gift box might be overkill but if you’re handing them out as a “thank you”, perhaps to delegates or speakers at a conference then they are better given away in a gift box.

Bear in mind that the large, flat surface offered by the box gives you lots of scope to print larger and more complex images than you can typically print on the flash drive itself. So if you’re want to reinforce your marketing strap-line or perhaps print out your phone number and website then doing it on one side of the box is a great option.

If you are interested in getting some gift boxes for your branded USB flash drives its worth keeping an eye out for any special offers from USB drive suppliers. In a highly competitive market it’s common for suppliers to occasionally offer “free” printed gift boxes with orders of a certain quantity.

Promotional USB Flash Drive Gift Boxes

Promotional USB Flash Drive Gift Boxes

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Flash, Bang Wallop what a USB Stick

Posted by USB2U on 29th October 2014 | Permalink

One of the great things about going to an organised party is the growth in the use of Photo booths. Whether it’s a wedding an office Christmas party, an “off-site” works bash/sales gathering or a children’s party then don’t be surprised to when you turn up to find a Photo Booth.

Originally these types of booths were confined to the dark corners of bus and railway stations. They were the sort of place you’d go to get a passport photo taken on the cheap and whilst you might mess around in them with your mates it was a stretch to ever see them being used the way they are today.

Don’t think drab grey box sitting in the corner of the room either. No, todays photo booths are big bold and bright and are often branded in the colours of the company hiring them (if it’s a corporate bash) – they’re there to inject some fun, some humour and levity into the proceedings and to encourage people to get together and “bond” in front of the camera – often helped on with ample supplies of dressing up props and drink!

The photographs produced by the booths might not win any awards in terms of composition, style and setting but what they will do is supply photos that will give everyone a bit of a laugh and something to talk about around the table. They’re great fun and with prices to hire them starting at only a few hundred pounds they’re definitely worth looking at if you’ve got an event coming up in the near future.

If you want a Photo Booth but don’t want the hassle or worry of organising it then there are lots of companies that will take care of everything for you including encouraging participation and usage of the booth on the day. A good place to start is www.photobooth4you.co.uk

The photos from your “shoot” will typically be delivered on a classic print strip or 8” x 6” photo but increasingly Photo Booth companies are now offering digital copies of the photos on branded or custom USB memory sticks. These are not only great mementos but they make uploading the images onto your Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest pages really easy!

If you’re a Photo Booth operator and you’re looking to offer your clients a branded USB memory stick option then please give us a call. We’d love to work with you.

USB Sticks for Photo Booths

USB Sticks for Photo Booths

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