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Have Barrels of Fun with these Barrel Shaped USB Memory Sticks

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

If you’re looking for promotional USB memory stick with a difference then these wooden USB barrels are a brilliant choice. They look great, they’re small enough to carry on a keyring and they’re narrow enough to plug easily into any spare USB port.

Just like their bigger counterparts they are manufactured from wood and metal and as such they are incredibly strong. The lid of the barrel has the USB connector (and the flash memory built into it) and is securely held in place by a screw mechanism. The metal caps that form the top and bottom of the USB barrel memory sticks are also magnetised. We’re not really sure why but it’s a feature that comes in handy for picking up small metal object like paper clips!

USB Barrels

USB Barrels from USB2U

The real beauty of these barrels is that they look great and because of their strength they work really well on a keyrings. Some standard models of USB flash drives simply aren’t up to the daily punishment of being attached to a set of keys but the barrels will easily withstand the punishment and arguably they’ll look better with a bit of age.

Lots of drink companies and drink related brands buy these USB barrels (including some of the best scotch whisky distilleries in the world) – of course they are a great fit with the brand of these companies and all they stand for but they are suitable for any brand. Let’s not forget of course over the centuries barrels have been used to store and transport a wide range of products including tea, coffee and other commodities so it’s pretty easy to articulate an argument to justify your brand being engraved on one of these barrels (assuming the design and build quality alone doesn’t do it for you)

Wooden USB Barrels

Wooden USB Barrels

Engraved or printed USB Barrels are available in a wide range of memory sizes starting at 128MB and going all the way up to 16GB. There are two choices of wood colour/finish available and they can be engraved or printed. It’s also possible to pre-load the barrels with data before they are distributed. The data loading can be done during the manufacturing process to save you the time and heartache of doing it yourself.

If you’d like to see what you companies logo might look like printed on one of our USB barrels just email us over your logo and our designers will work up some concepts for you free of charge and with no obligation.

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Branded USB Memory Sticks – It’s What We Do

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

If you’re looking for a supplier of branded USB memory sticks then please do add us to your short-list of possible suppliers. Branded USB memory sticks is what we do and we’ve been assembling, printing, engraving and data-loading them since we started the business back in 2002 (some 12 years ago!).

During this time we’ve supplied millions of USB sticks to tens of thousands of customers (large and small) and, the vast majority we’re delighted to say, stay with us and keep coming back for more. One of the most important aspects of any buyer/supplier relationship is “trust” and this is particularly true when you’re looking to buy a product that is customised to carry your brand and typically has to be delivered against an immovable “drop dead” date.

The point is that you need your USB supplier to deliver a good, high quality product that echoes all of the strengths and values that you have invested in your brand and importantly you you’re your supplier to delivery your USB sticks when you need them – no excuses.

We recognise of course that pricing is a major factor as well so the service and products we offer are priced to be amongst the most competitive you’ll find anywhere but importantly our prices are backed by a strong quality ethic, a determination to offer the service second to none and we also warrant our USB memory sticks for 10 years – so, if you have any problems with them (of any description) then we promise to replace them with new ones at our cost. This is not a hollow promise tossed out there by some company that is new to the market and feels they need to add this statement to compete with the more establish companies like USB2U- our promise is underpinned by our strong position in the market, our trading history and our financial stability.

For an indication of what our customers think of us take a look at the reviews we’ve received on TrustPilot – Trustpilot is an independent 3rd party review site that we’ve invited our customers to post to over the last 2 years. In this time we’re delighted that over 1,500 customers have taken time out of their busy schedules to review us and we’ve even more delighted that they’re rated our service as “Excellent” with an overall score of 9.7 out of 10!

So, if you’re looking for a trusted supplier of branded USB memory sticks give us a call – we’d love to hear from you.

USB2U - Trusted Supplier of Branded USB Memory Sticks

USB2U - Trusted Supplier of Branded USB Memory Sticks

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Show Off Your Branded USB Sticks in our Premium White Gift Boxes

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Although there are promising signs of recovery in the business markets at the moment it’s still tough. We might be on the path to economic recovery but we’re by no means there just yet. The UK seems better placed than most with the IMF expected today to announce an upgrade in the UK’s national output from 1.9% to 2.4%. This of course is a “forecast” but nevertheless it does seem to support the general consensus that things are on the turn.

The challenge for any business and it’s particularly true in challenging market conditions, is to continue to drive growth and stimulate sales. Although by no means the complete answer, promotional USB sticks used as part of a wider marketing campaign have been proven to drive brand and product awareness and to lift sales.

Of the millions of promotional and branded USB memory sticks that are given away each year the ones that look the best, create the biggest impact and generate the most positive feedback are either fully customised (bespoke 3D) models or those that are handed out in a good quality printed (or engraved) gift box.

USB-Gift-Boxes-Small-White

USB-Gift-Boxes-Small-White

Although everyone seems to love being given a freebie giveaway and USB sticks still rate of the most desired and popular promotional gift (source: BPMA survey 2012 when 45% of those asked said they would prefer to be given a USB stick in preference to any other promotional product) the challenge with so many being given away is to make yours stand out from the crowd. Getting creative with the design and commissioning a unique 3D custom USB is one way of doing this but custom models can take time (typically 4-6 weeks) and they are a little more expensive than “standard” models that are available in just 24hrs.

A less expensive option is to hand out your promotional USB sticks in a printed, engraved or personalised gift box. These come in a wide range of colours, shapes and sizes. Some look better engraved (the small wooden boxes) and some look better printed. At USB2U the box that is the most popular with our customers is our premium white glossy box – it’s popular because it’s white so it works with pretty much any brand, it has a really nice glossy, premium feel to it and it comes with a foam insert that can be laser cut to match any USB stick that it’s supplied with.

We’ve also added a smaller version of the Premium White USB gift box to our range – it’s available from today and we’ll be showcasing it at the forthcoming Photography Show 2014 (held at the NEC from the 1st -4th March).

USB Gift Boxes - Premium White Small

USB Gift Boxes - Premium White Small

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Promote Your Business in 2014 with USB Cards

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Promotional USB memory sticks USB cards of all shapes and sizes were incredibly popular last year and their on-going popularity in 2014 looks assured. It was only a couple of years ago that they were a niche product with most businesses and schools opting for the more traditional models like the “Twister” USB but when thinner versions of the cards were introduced all this changed.

The current USB cards are only 2mm thick (just marginally thicker than a standard bank card) and they come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. They can be printed in full colour on both sides of the card and because the “USB connector” is tucked away inside the card there is no cap to lose!

Of the different USB card shapes available the credit card option tends to be the most popular for two reasons:

  • It’s the largest of the USB cards and as such offers the most scope to get creative when it comes to design and print – there is lots of space to include things like strap lines, phone numbers, website addresses and postal addresses. It’s not unusual for the credit card versions to have a really impactful image on one side and for the reverse to be printed up with the company’s contact details (see the examples below).
  • It’s a shape we are used to carrying – pretty much everyone has a wallet or purse with bank card slots and these USB cards just slip straight into them! The credit card industry used to talk about the benefits of their brand have “share of wallet” and the same can be argued with these USB credit cards – how many times will your brand be seen if it’s carried around in a purse or wallet!
USB Credit Cards

USB Credt Card Collection

Other shapes available are; circles, squares, triangles, rectangles and ellipse (egg shaped) cards – all can be printed in full colour on both sides.

The different shapes of the cards allow you to get creative as well; we’ve used square cards for Durex and printed them to look like a condom pack, we’ve used the circle shaped USB cards and printed them to look like a poker chip, the rectangle shaped cards have been printed to look like a domino and the triangle cards have been made to look like a Toblerone!

USB Circle Cards - Costa Coffee

USB Circle Cards - Costa Coffee

Despite being only 2mm thick the USB cards are available in a wide range of memory sizes (128MB all the way up to 16GB). They’re only pennies more than a standard USB stick and they can be supplied (printed and data-loaded) in as little as 24hrs.

So, if you’re looking for something a little bit different to kick start your sales and marketing activities in 2014 then you might want to consider using a USB card.

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Advice For Buying Branded USB Memory Sticks During Chinese New Year

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Our advice on buying branded USB memory sticks during Chinese New Year is simple – don’t do it. Not only should you avoid trying to buy them during Chinese New Year but if you can, you should also avoid buying them just before and just after these particular holidays.

Almost without exception all USB memory sticks are manufactured in China so when China closes for a national holiday all production stops. In 2014, Chinese New Year (also known as the Spring Festival) starts early – the actual day is 31st January but factories and offices will start to close from around the 21st January and many won’t re-open until the 10th February!

So, for nearly 3 weeks NO USB sticks will be manufactured. In the run-up to the holidays the factories come under intense pressure to push through all orders before they close and on their return things are equally as chaotic as they try and deal with a 3 week backlog. It’s not just the closure of the factories that cause problems – in the rush before the holidays the International Courier services out of China and Hong Kong (UPS, Fedex, DHL etc.) get swamped and it’s not unusual for shipments to get “bumped” off overloaded flights. In summary chaos ensues.

The other big impact this extended holiday has on USB sticks is to push up prices – it’s a classic “supply and demand” scenario with too many customers trying to buy limited stock. Price increases of 10% – 20% are not unusual and for certain styles the price increases can be even higher.

Perhaps the biggest issue for any business looking to buy promotional USB memory sticks in early 2014 is uncertainty – uncertainty on price, uncertainty on availability and uncertainty on whether any order will actually arrive when it’s needed!

At USB2U we’ve lived through Chinese New Year for the last 11 years and we still carry the scars but fortunately we’ve learnt some valuable lessons along the way. Now we plan ahead, we encourage customers to buy early where they can, we load up with UK stock, we embargo all staff holidays, we set up overtime rotas for our in-house design and print teams and we generally prepare ourselves for a huge spike in demand for our UK “rush service” (we know from past experience that other suppliers will over promise and underestimate the impact of the Spring Festival and we often end up picking up the pieces).

Our core advice remains the same this year as it has been in all previous years – order you USB sticks now – you’ll get better prices, you’ll get your sticks for when you need them and you’ll won’t have to worry or stress about whether they are going to turn up on time.

Buying USB Memory Sticks During Chinese New Year

Buying USB Memory Sticks During Chinese New Year

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Pimp Up Your Branded USB Memory Sticks

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

We love our range of branded USB memory sticks and we think they look just great on their own but we understand that some people like their promotional products to be a little bit flashier, to have a bit more “bling” and to really make an impact when they’re handed out. If you fall into this category then here are a couple of simple things you might want to consider when you order you next batch if USB sticks:

Attach an Engraved Dog Tag to your USB sticks – these cute little metal dog tags are the latest addition to our range of accessories. We can engrave them with any message, web address, phone number or simply engrave your logo on the dog tag as well as the USB sticks – combine them with a lanyard and/or keyring to make a really stand-out package.

Pimp Up Your USB Sticks With an Engraved Dog Tag

Pimp Up Your USB Sticks With an Engraved Dog Tag

Print the standard white gift boxes they come in – most of our USB sticks are supplied in a free plain white gift box but these can be pimped-up for relatively little extra cost. Again, anything can be printed on them (front and back) including your contact details, your website address and/or your logo. For a relatively small extra cost your USB package will look tons better. There’s no impact on lead times because the white boxes are held in stock in the UK and they can be printed in just a few hours.

Printed White Gift Boxes for Your USB Sticks

Printed White Gift Boxes for Your USB Sticks

Add a lanyard (a simple neck-strap) – we have tens of thousands of these in stock in the UK in a wide range of colours and they work really well with any of our USB flash drives – ideally choose a colour that works well with one of the colours in your logo or compliments the colour of the USB drive – don’t just choose a boring black lanyard because it’s an easy decision.

Upgrade to a top-end premium gift box – we have a wide range of gift boxes including several wooden boxes that look great engraved or printed, some top quality white premium gift boxes that look stunning printed and several different versions of tins. All of them come with custom cut foam to hold your USB sticks in place (our wooden slider boxes come with a fine coconut coir inlay).

UBS-Draw-String-Bags

UBS-Draw-String-Bags

Put them all in Velvet Drawstring Bag – for that final touch of luxury why not hand them out in one of our little velvet drawstring bags!

If any of these have sparked your interest just give us a call for prices and options – all of the accessories listed above are held in the UK and can be personalised and delivered (with your USB sticks) in as little as 24hrs.

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C-Type USB Connectors Will Result in Slimmed Down USB Memory Sticks

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

The introduction of the USB standards in the mid-1990s revolutionised how peripherals connected and interacted with computers. It also saw the dawn of a range of new products of which the flag ship was the USB Flash Drive.

Over the past 15 years there has been little change to the physical appearance of the USB port / connection.

However, all this is about to change. The Promoter Group which is currently made up of representatives from Intel, HP, Microsoft, Renesas Electronics, ST-Ericsson and Texas Instruments, announce the new C-type USB.

The primary change will be the reduced in size of the USB port itself which will slim down considerably. It also has the added benefit of the connector being reversible. It means users of USBs will no longer have to worry which way round the port is facing when plugging into a device. How many times have you been caught out!

The change has come from consumer demand for thinner and sleeker products and as a response to Apple’s proprietary lightning cable.

So what will be the benefits?

  • A smaller size – the connector will be about the same size as the micro-USB format used by many smartphones and tablets
  • There will be greater support for power charging; allowing up to 100 watts
  • Data speed transfers of up to 10 Gbps, twice as much as is currently available.

The specification is due to be completed by mid-2014, and the first product on the market by 2016.

So what does this mean for the USB Flash drive, well in short it will continue to be around for some time yet. The benefit of having a portable, lightweight, fast data delivery and storage device will continue to a key driver for users. There are many other reasons for the current and future popularity of Branded USB memory sticks:

  1. Branded USB Memory sticks are a unique way to get a brand in front of an existing or potential ‘key’ customers.
  2. Branded USB Memory sticks are a great way to disseminate information to key customers, staff, or city analysts.  The data can be passive, so the user would need to click on the files, or interactive for a more immersive experience.
  3. Branded USB Memory sticks are excellent ‘keep sakes’ and with a high probability that users will save their own information on them. Making the USB a valued tool that has a high intrinsic value.
  4. The cost of USB Flash Memory has fallen dramatically over the past few years, so they have become a far more cost effective promotional item.
  5. The speed of delivery is now as little as 24hrs, which includes a logo print – so ideal for emergency use.
  6. Security and encryption technology is now well advanced to protect any sensitive information stored on the Branded Memory sticks.

So whilst the USB will slim down, the benefits will still be as large as ever.

Current Branded USB Memory Sticks Will Get Smaller

Current Branded USB Memory Sticks Will Get Smaller

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Branded USB Gives Hope To Traditional Christmas Cards

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

It will come as no surprise that the tradition of sending Christmas cards is in decline, with the total sent out this year expected to be down by over 140 million from five years ago.

One of the key factors cited for this decline is the average cost of a Christmas card which now stands at £1.50!
An important consequent of this decline is the loss of revenue for charities, who have historically found this a significant source of income.

It is unlikely that this decline will be arrested, unless the card itself moves into the 21st century. This is part covered with the growth of e-cards, but with so many emails being received, there is little perceived value and they are soon filed in the delete folder.

However, there is a technology that could breathe new life into the card market. It is the humble Branded USB Memory stick. For a little more that the price of a paper card, individuals, families and businesses can print a personalised message onto a USB memory stick, added photos, videos, letters, including links to social media site such as Facebook and so much more.

USB Memory Sticks - The New Christmas Card

USB Memory Sticks - The New Christmas Card

There are a range of memory sticks that could be used. The most popular are:

  • The Twister model which comes with a swivel action. The benefit of this model is that there is no cap to lose, it is robust and comes in a range of different colours. The metal clip can also be reprinted and replaced, so the opportunity to reuse for the following Christmas or other events.
  • USB Pen – as the name infers is it a combination USB and writing pen. These have a real wow factor, can be fully branded and a great keepsake. Ideal for children to take to school, college or university.
  • Finally, new wafer thin USB technology has allowed the development of a USB in the shape of a business card which is only 2mm thin. It can have a picture perfect image printed on to it and is light and cost effective to post.

It also has the added benefit of allowing the user to utilise the Branded USB Memory stick for their own use, during and after the festivities. A win for the sender, the recipient, and charities if they choose to offer these.

With the UK greetings card market worth over £1.5b pa the opportunity for the USB Card is certainly one to watch.

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Branded USB Fairy Lights & USB Memory Sticks – An Awesome Combination

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Promotional USB memory sticks have always been a popular give-away no matter what the time of year it is. It doesn’t seem to matter how many USB sticks someone has already they always seem grateful to be given more which is just as well because millions are given away every year!

We’re seeing lots of companies buy USB sticks this year and sending them out with their logo printed on them but also pre-loading a seasonal greeting on the USB stick – this way when they are “plugged in” the Christmas greeting from the company giving them away can be viewed or played (lots of companies are getting very creative with video messages etc!). Providing you don’t make the logo or design printed on the USB stick too “Christmassy” then there is a much strong chance that they’ll have a life beyond Christmas giving any brand that’s printed on them lots of on-going exposure.

If you want to give away something a little bit different this Christmas then you might want to consider sending out some USB fairy lights to your customers. These are great fun, they don’t need any batteries, they plug into any spare USB port on a PC and typically they’re used to decorate a workstation or monitor. Whilst it’s challenging to brand the fairy lights with any logo the plain white box they are supplied in can be printed up with a seasonal message and we’ve also had a go at using our small “dog-tags” and clipping these to the fairy lights!

USB-Fairy-Lights

USB-Fairy-Lights

We’re currently sending out a set of USB fairy lights with every USB memory stick order we fulfil and we’ve had some lovely feedback from our customers many of whom have come to us and bought more of the USB lights to give to their own customers.

The ultimate package is a branded USB memory stick combined with a set of USB fairy lights – all delivered in a nicely printed presentation box – all for less than £5! We hold these in stock in the UK so it’s not too late to get your order in and if you need them in a hurry we can turn them around in as little as 24hrs!

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Emergency, Emergency Promotional USB Sticks Needed Tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

In the overall scheme of things struggling to find a supplier that can deliver your promotional USB memory sticks in a hurry is in the irritating and annoying category rather than career threatening. That is unless it’s something that you were asked to do weeks ago and you’ve just been putting it off or have simply forgotten about it – then it does have have the potential be career damaging.

Sometimes the need to find a USB supplier urgently can be as a result of being let down at the last minute by your normal supplier – problems with “customs and international carriers” are often cited as reasons why USB sticks are late and miss their promised delivery dates.

You can also find yourself in this dilemma because someone you thought someone else had it under control only to find out at the last minute that they had

emergencyUSB

emergencyUSB

nothing under control!

All the planning and preparation in the world can’t accommodate these little “bombs” when they happen but what you can do is try and factor in a little contingency in your plans. Granted, it’s not always easy and contingency has a nasty habit of just being “absorbed” into any project – it’s the nature of the beast!

Our advice if you do find yourself in desperate need for some branded USB memory sticks is – don’t panic!  At USB2U we pride ourselves on being the “4th Emergency Service” We regularly rescue customers from tight scrapes, save reputations and keep careers on track. The reason we can do this is because unlike our competitors we carry tens of thousands of  plain, unprinted USB sticks in the UK which we can print and get delivered in as little as 24hrs!!

Whilst we don’t carry the full range of USB sticks shown on our web site we do have around 20 different styles to choose from so there is bound to be something in our “rush range” that meets most customers’ needs. In addition to a wide range of USB sticks we also carry thousands of USB gift boxes, lanyards and keyrings all of which can be combined with our USB sticks.

So, if you do find yourself in a tight spot and you need some printed or engraved USB sticks in a hurry then just give us a call and speak to one of our experienced sales team – they’ll talk you though the options and our in-house designer will work with you to make sure we can deliver a promotional USB stick that not only gets you out of trouble but exceeds your expectations.

Printed-in-24hrs

Printed-in-24hrs

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