Posted by USB2U on 29th June 2017 | Permalink
We’re getting towards that time of year again that children love and parents fear, as the academic year comes to a close in a couple of weeks time. It’s during this period that classes start to wind down and teachers start preparing their pupils to move on to different schools/colleges, which can be quite a daunting prospect. The main concern of teachers with pupils leaving school is to try and round off their overall experience in a positive way with many choosing to give out goodies ranging from the typical photos, cards and mugs, all the way to the classic class tea towel.
In recent years however, tech gifts have been the craze among many school leavers and teachers, due in part to their high quality and also because they are likely to be used more frequently. Adding a school logo or pupils’ name to any tech product also adds a personal touch which helps create a lasting impression.
Below we take a look at 5 Tech Gifts that are sure to help any teacher obtain that level of coolness with their class while also making them the envy of his or her fellow colleagues.
1. USB’s – The Classroom Commodity
The USB stick has been a staple item in most classrooms over the past decade. Beyond the fact that they are damn useful to store data onto, they also remain a highly customizable product which can be produced in a variety of shapes and sizes, the most popular of which has to be the classic Twister USB. With most USB sticks it’s pretty straightforward to print/engrave a custom logo, crest or even an individual name onto them, allowing for the creation of a truly personalised product. As well the data uploaded and stored on each stick could be anything that pupils might want to look at in the future, such as class pictures, videos or even old school projects.
2. Epic Earphones!
Earphones in general are a frequently used product among children. With younger children now having access to smartphones and tablets, it makes sense to give pupils something they would be able to use day to day thus the Epic Earphones. Aptly named due to their high quality sound as well as being comfortable to wear, these earphones make a great tech gift to handout. The case as well, comes with plenty of room for school logos and messages which again adds to the overall sentimental value.
3. Tiny Speakers, Big Sound
The film August Rush stated that music is all around us, all we have to do is listen, well in this instance you wouldn’t need to listen very hard, with 30 or so pupils blasting out music on the Rainbow Bluetooth Speaker. The chances are you’re bound to hear something even if it isn’t white noise. Despite its size the speaker produces a good quality sound whilst still being able to fit in most pockets. As well the trim colour which surrounds the branding on top, lights up when in use, making it even more fun to play with. If you’re thinking about ordering a batch of these I would suggest giving them out at the end of the day to avoid any lasting hearing loss.
4. Power banks with a Torch?
Power Banks continue to be a popular product among many smart phone owners, however they can be used to charge a variety of different devices via a USB lead and can be the perfect gift for any kid who wants to go out exploring all day without worrying about their device losing power. The Rainbow Torch Power Bank in particular is also fitted with a bright LED light with three different settings to choose from, all can be activated at a touch of a button which adds to the overall enjoyment. As with the other products there is also room for a school crest/logo to be added as well.
5. Share the Experience with Earphone Splitter’s
Audio Splitters make a great gift for school kids who like to show off the latest viral video or listen to music with friends without the desire to keep banging heads together. With the PXK Earbuds Splitter in particular, the suction cap can be used as a stand making it even easier for two of you to watch videos without lifting a finger. The Audio Splitter also makes a great little gift for any school children who are going off on holiday over the summer as well.
For more information about any of our tech products please visit our website or contact our sales team at [email protected]
Posted by USB2U on 16th March 2017 | Permalink
As a photographer, having an Instagram account and updating it regularly is pretty important. We touched on some ways to grow your Instagram following last month, but this month we’re focussing on the world of hashtags and how you can use them to boost your following, increase engagement, and get your photos in front of the right audience.
With 600 million active Instagram users per month it’s easy to get lost in a sea of beautifully filtered snaps. Without Hashtags, your photos are only going to be seen by your current followers, and even then, you might be buried so low in their feed that they don’t even manage to scroll to them.
Instagram changed their algorithm a while back, it now shows your feed in the order it thinks you want to see it, rather than being chronological. But Hashtags are still shown in chronological order, making them the ideal way to get your photos noticed. In a nutshell, hashtags are a way to tag your photo to make it appear in a pocket of other photos that have used the same tag, so it’s easy for other users to find images of a similar interest.
For example, if you’re a wedding photographer based in the UK and you’ve taken a snap of our gorgeous photography packaging, you can tag your photos with #ukwedding – by clicking that hashtag you’ll then be able to see all the other photos in the same group.
You’re allowed up to 30 hashtags per photo, so we thought we’d group together some of the best and most popular hashtags for you to try on your next post!
Best Wedding Hashtags
#wedding #weddings #weddingphotographer #weddingphotography #weddingplans #weddingplanning #weddinginspiration #ukwedding #weddingidea #weddingideas #weddingphoto #weddingday #weddingfun #justmarried
Best Travel Hashtags
#travel #travelling #travelgram #travelphotography #travelblogger #travelersnotebook #travels #travelpic #travelics #travelbug #travelmore #holiday #travelblog #travellife #traveldiary #travelphoto #travelstagram
Best Pet Hashtags
#pets #petsofinstagram #petsagram #petstagram #petsofinsta #catsofinstagram #catstagram #catslover #catsagram #catsanddogs #cats #cat #dogs #dog #dogsofinstagram #dogsofinsta #dogstagram #dogsandpals #dogslover #dogselfie
Best Food Hashtags
#food #foodie #foodstyle #foodnetwork #foodprep #foodblogger #foodbloggers #foodstagram #foodbeast #foodandwine #foodforlife #foodinspo #foodstyling #foodshare #foodphoto #foodpassion #eatclean #instafeast #whatiate
Best Home Hashtags
#home #homedecor #homesweethome #homegoods #homestyling #homestyle #homeinspiration #homeinspo #homeliving #homeidea #homeideas #interior #interiordesign #interiors #interiordetails #interiorstyling #interior4all
Posted by USB2U on 27th February 2017 | Permalink
According to a study conducted by the British Promotional Merchandise Association back in 2012, the most popular promotional items amongst all customers are the handy USB drive and the traditional yet extremely useful pen.
We can see why. If we asked you the last time you actually purchased a pack of pens could you remember? Neither can we, our drawers are filled with freebies from various companies and events! Despite technology advancing, promotional pens have stood the test of time because we all need to use one near enough every day.
So with promotional USB drives now just as popular, we’ve incorporated the two with the super practical and innovative USB pen. They’re a great gift to add to goodie bags or to give out at conferences as they combine the two most popular items!
Not only that, you can pre-load data onto our stylish USB pens free of charge, which means as soon as your attendees or customers get home, they can plug the USB drive straight into their PC or Mac and be given brochures, presentations, or information on your company
We have a great range of USB pens on offer, from the classic corporate USB pen to the more premium executive USB Stylus, there’s something to suit all needs – we even have pens with a laser pointer incorporated into them!
Another great thing about the USB pen is that you can have your logo either printed or engraved onto them, and for that extra professional feel we can also supply you with tin boxes that can be branded too.
So if you’re looking to amalgamate the two most popular products into something great, why not contact us for a quote? We hold UK stock so can supply the USB pens straight to you (with data-loaded) in as little as 24 hours!
Posted by USB2U on 22nd February 2017 | Permalink
The Iron USB sticks are a great choice if you’re looking for a sleek USB flash drive with a minimal design and we’ve added three new innovative styles to this ever popular range!
Iron Hook Colour
We’ve injected colour into the popular Iron USB with 7 bright new shades to choose from! So whatever your brand colour, there’s bound to be something that matches. We also offer full colour printing and engraving on the Iron Hook Colour – the options are endless!
Iron 2 Hook
Minimal and innovative with no cap, the iron 2 hook is shock proof, dust proof, and even splash proof! It will attach to any keyring with the easy-to-use Snaplink key chain so you’ll never use your files, and it’s available in six different memory sizes from 1GB to 32GB.
The Iron Silicone is convenient for day to day use and includes 3 handy rings and a removable micro USB drive. It comes in 7 eye-catching colours to match your brand, and features a super rigid alloy shell that can be stylishly engraved with your company logo.
Each USB is large enough to be easily attached to a keyring or lanyard for practicality, and the contemporary design ensures they won’t weaken or fall off when attached! They’re the perfect choice for any campaign and can be branded on both the front and back. Each USB has a read speed of 18 MB/s and a write speed of up to 5MB/s.
Contact us today for a quote! We’ve got some great offers and there’s even a preferential discounted rate for trade resellers!
Posted by USB2U on 10th February 2017 | Permalink
Our most popular branded USB memory stick is now available in any combination of 2000 colours and sizes!
That’s right, the Twister USB has always been a hit with our customers thanks to the amount of colours and memory sizes on offer, but we’ve added to that in a big way. You can now choose from any combination of 22 vibrant body colours and 15 stunning clip colours all from UK stock.
The clip is the piece that “twists” or “rotates” (hence this particular memory stick’s name) to protect the USB, and previously they were only available in black, white or silver – but with 12 extra clip shades now available, there really is no limit when it comes to style!
What’s more, there are ten memory sizes available ranging from 128Mb to 64Gb. So no matter how big or small your requirements are, we’ll definitely have something for you in the twister usb range.
If you’re not sure which combination will work best with your logo, our designers will prepare a range of options for you to consider and we don’t charge for this service.
Still not sure? Just give our sales team a call and chat through your requirements and we can advise you on the best options for you.
Posted by USB2U on 3rd January 2017 | Permalink
We are excited to share the news with you that we now offer metal USB engraving for our customers on a UK express service.
At USB2U we are regularly developing our products and service offering for our customers. As part of this we have recently invested in new machinery that will enable us to offer a wider range of products on a shorter lead time and to control the production time and quality here in house at USB2U.
Our new engraving machine was purpose built for USB2U to ensure faster and sharper engraving results.
This new machine extends and complements our extensive finishing equipment. The method of finishing offers our customers a premium look and feel USBs, and a log lasting branding finish. And most importantly, it allows metal USBs engraved on express service!
Want to learn more?
Please contact our team: [email protected]
Posted by USB2U on 12th December 2016 | Permalink
Chinese New Year is fast approaching so the time to plan your USB and Power Bank orders for January and February 2017 is now!
The celebrations for 2017 fall earlier than recent years have. This year the celebrations will take place (and factories & production closed) between 21st January – 8th February 2017. Therefore the cut-off date for standard orders placed is as early as 11th January to avoid delays.
Can’t order in time? Don’t fear! With our UK stock and in house printing facilities we are able to serve you seamlessly throughout this period.
We guarantee reliable delivery of USBs, Power Banks and other tech products – just get in touch with our friendly team here at USB2U.
We hold a large amount of UK stock!
Contact us on:
0800 008 7079
Chinese New Year
Posted by USB2U on 7th November 2016 | Permalink
Branded corporate gift sets are the perfect option for loyalty schemes, incentives and recognition. When they come in high quality and stylish packaging too, they really make your brand stand out. And that’s exactly what you want from your corporate gifts.
Technology gift sets are ideal if you are after gifts that bring instant value to the recipient. The usability of the products together with high quality packaging makes a perfect combination. The packaging itself is often kept somewhere safe either for storing the gifts or to use for other useful items. This helps your brand remain in front of the eyes of your target audience for a long time to come.
Gift sets appear more exclusive and luxurious than gifts given on their own. This is why at USB2U we offer our Rainbow range of technology products both individually as well as in a high quality gift sets. Printed with your logo or a chosen artwork the Rainbow gift sets are powerful business tools to increase your brand awareness.
The Rainbow gift sets are high quality branded technology gift sets available in beautiful tins and inserted inside black velvet foam. We currently offer four standard gift sets, however other product combinations are possible too.
See here the full range of individual Rainbow products
Note we hold UK stock of all of the items, and our products and the packaging are all printed and finished in house.
Get gifty with your customers and prospects this festive season!
Please contact our team to find out more or to request a sample. Email [email protected] or call free on: 0800 008 7079.
Are you a trade customer? See our online gift set brochure here.
Posted by USB2U on 17th October 2016 | Permalink
NAND* flash prices have been creeping up since the factories in China returned from their Golden Week National Holidays, and unfortunately for us and our customers, they are still on the rise. Industry experts predict that NAND flash prices will continue to rise in Q4 of 2016 due to severe supply shortages. This has a direct impact on the cost of branded USB sticks.
Whilst we do everything in our power to serve our customers with steady products and services there is one thing that is completely out of our hands: the cost of USB flash memory. Whilst we don’t know exactly what is causing the supply and demand issue, we have a strong suspicion that the big players in the smartphone industry, Samsung and Apple, could have something to do with it in the lead up to Christmas.
The cost of flash memory has always been something that fluctuates which is why we only hold our quotes for USB memory sticks for 24-72 hours on average. However over the past few years, pricing had been fairly static with only a slight change from week to week. In contrast over the past week, pricing has been changing on a daily basis, sometimes 2-3 times a day, so we have reduced our quote validity period down to a strict 24 hours.
The weakening of the pound since the EU referendum is another factor influencing the market and pricing levels. Since the vote to leave the European Union was announced, pricing has become even more unsteady and certainly unpredictable. This is due to the impact the vote result has had on the value of the pound and subsequently the dollar exchange rate.
Sometimes the fast changing USB flash pricing can take our customers by surprise, and we fully appreciate this. We always work hard to allow the best possible pricing for our customers, and hope that the market will start showing some stability in the New Year.
* The digital memory component that is used in a range of tech goods including smartphones and USB memory sticks.
Posted by USB2U on 7th September 2016 | Permalink
September is here, the evenings are drawing in and the summer wedding season is almost at its peak. Now that the hard work is done (or is just beginning for most professional photographers who have long nights ahead editing!) it’s time to think about how you will package your precious images before presenting them to the lucky newlyweds.
Wedding images look great printed and framed, but it’s impossible to print every single shot for your bride and groom. The solution? Digital. Branded USB sticks are the perfect accessory to your wedding package, offering your married couples the freedom of copying or printing their favourite pictures for family and friends.
But how can you create that ‘wow factor’ with logo branded USB sticks, like you can with a high quality album? It’s simple. Choose a unique style of USB and carefully select a matching box that complements your branding and your clients won’t forget you in a hurry. USB Boxes and other photography packaging solutions are the first thing your clients will see when they receive their images, so make sure you give them a great first impression with quality, luxury packaging.
Pastel Woodland USB and Pastel Box
Here at USB2U we offer a wide range of bespoke, wooden and leather USBs which work brilliantly for weddings and all come with a matching USB box. Following one of the hottest trends for summer weddings this year (pastel colours) we have recently launched a new range of pastel coloured Wooden USB sticks, available in white, baby pink, baby blue, lilac, yellow and teal. What’s more, we now offer these as a bundle with a matching pastel coloured USB box.
Not sure what colour to go for? Call us on 0800 0087079 or email [email protected] to discuss your options.