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How Power Banks Can Help You in 2017

Posted by USB2U on 14th February 2017 | Permalink

We wrote an article last year explaining the difference in power bank sizes, and our handy infographic helped explain the difference between mAh sizes and what they can be used for. We’re now looking at the benefits of Power Banks and how they can help your business in 2017.

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With more and more promotional products being handed out to customers, the focus has now turned to the value of the product itself. According to recent research, a mass produced low value item actually denigrates your brand, with customers less likely to remember you as it fails to bring in the ‘wow’ factor amongst a sea of competitors. A high value product is said to speak volumes about how much you’re willing to invest in your own business, as well as the value you place on a relationship with your customers.

 

A higher value promotional product like a power bank will stand the test of time, will be used regularly (everyone needs to charge their phone!), and will increase brand visibility. The user is effectively becoming an advocate for your brand, showcasing to those around them that they’re happy to use your product.

 

One of the biggest trends for promotional products in 2017 is technology with a particular focus on power banks. Here’s some great stats we’ve found that show just how important a promotional power bank can be.

 

87% of consumers state they would keep a promotional power bank due to it’s usefulness.

60% of consumers said they’d do business with a company that gave them a power bank.

 

With this in mind, why not check our our fantastic range of promotional power banks? With 24 hour express service available, there’s bound to be something that suits your brand!

 

 

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Our Twisters Come In Any Combination of 2000!

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.

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5 Tips for Photographers to Grow Your Instagram

Posted by USB2U on 2nd February 2017 | Permalink

As a photographer you’ll probably be using Instagram on a regular basis, and if not then now’s the time to get started! Instagram now has over 300 million active users and more than 75 million of these use the app every day…that’s a lot of people to be showcasing your work to.

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So whether you’re a newby to Instagram or you’re a regular grammer, we’ve got some great tips on how to grow your following and increase engagement on your snaps.

 

1.Make Use of Hashtags

Hashtags are a great way to get your photos seen by a new audience, and Instagram has a handy tool that makes some suggestions for you as you start typing. Taken a photo of a delicious looking breakfast? In the comments section simply use the hashtag #breakfast and you’ll be given a bunch of other great suggestions (#breakfastinspiration, #breakfastinspo, #breakfastlover, #breakfastinbed to name a few). This works with any category of photos you might be uploading and will push your content out to thousands of likeminded people. Remember not to go overboard though! Instagram only lets you use 30 hashtags in one post and if you go over by one it will delete them all.

 

2. Post Regularly – but not too often!

Try to stick to one or two quality posts a day, posting too often could clog up your follower’s feeds and might cause them to unfollow.

 

3. Have Two Accounts

If you’re using Instagram purely to showcase your photography, then your followers will expect to see clean, bright images. Your family and friends will no doubt want to see the more personal photos (children, dogs, what you’ve been up to), so we’d suggest creating one professional account and a separate personal one for your nearest and dearest to follow. This will reduce the amount of follows/unfollows to your profile!

 

4. Engage!

Why not scroll through the hashtags that interest you and leave a comment on your favourite photos? Try not to be too generic with phrases like “great photo!” or “love this!” as they can appear a bit spammy. But a comment that shows you appreciate the photo will no doubt make the owner check out your profile too – and probably follow.

 

5. Use The Filters

The best thing about Instagram is the amount of filters available to transform your photos. We’ve done a bit of research and found out that filtered photos are 21% more likely to be viewed and 45% more likely to be commented on than unfiltered ones. There’s even data on which filters work best! Apparently you’ll get more likes from using a higher exposure, a warm temperature, and a higher contrast.

 

So they’re our top 5 tips for growing your following on Instagram. Got anymore ideas? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter, we’d love to hear from you, And don’t forget to look at our Photographer Gallery for inspiration!

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A Great Couple Of Days At The 2017 PPExpo!

Posted by USB2U on 27th January 2017 | Permalink

We’ve spent the last two days at the largest trade show in the industry and had a fantastic time!

The PPExpo was a brilliant success and we enjoyed catching up with lots of familiar faces, as well as meeting some new ones. We also got to show off the excellent range of PXK tech products, which we’re now proud to be the exclusive distributor of in the UK and Ireland – 2017 is going to be an exciting year!

A huge thanks to everyone that came to visit us at stand Z52 to say hi, we had a blast and we’re already looking forward to seeing everyone next January. If you didn’t manage to get to our stand, you can still browse the PXK range here, or why not take a look at our extensive range of tech gifts?

Keep your eyes peeled for the winner of our giveaway, you could be the lucky winner of 20 FREE Rainbow Power Banks branded with your logo!

USB2U at the PPE Expo

 

 

 

 

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Plan ahead – Chinese New Year falls early in 2017!

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:

[email protected]

0800 008 7079

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Chinese New Year

 

 

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Luxury technology gift sets

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.

Rainbow tech gift set by USB2U

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On USB pricing instability

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.

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Top 5 tips to troubleshoot your USB stick

Posted by USB2U on 7th October 2016 | Permalink

Troubleshooting your USB stick plugged into a Mac

What to do when your USB stick just won’t work.

We’ve all been there. You desperately need to back up a wedding album or a set of photos for a client, and your USB stick decides to stop working properly. There is nothing more frustrating, especially when you’re in a hurry to get that special USB stick out to a client who is waiting for their precious wedding photos…

So what can you do to get around this issue? We’ve put together our top 5 tips on how to fix some basic errors that can occur with all branded USB sticks:

  1. Check that the USB stick is plugged in the correct way around. This may seem a bit obvious, but some of our branded USB sticks such as the USB Card can actually be inserted into the port upside down in error. Double check that the USB connector is plugged in the correct way up.
  2. Try formatting the USB device and loading the images again. A bit like turning it off and on again, formatting a USB stick is always our first port of call if things aren’t running smoothly. On a PC, right click on the device and select ‘quick format’, on a Mac go to Disk Utility and navigate to formatting through there. Once you’ve done this try loading your images again. Fingers crossed you will be running at lightning speed again in no time.
  3. Try loading the data up on another device or USB port. Sometimes, USB ports stop working properly so it’s always best to eject the USB safely and try a port either on another computer altogether or on another location on your current device
  4. Restart your PC or Mac. If formatting and different ports fail to work, it could be a hardware issue. Try restarting your device and then beginning the image transfer process again
  5. Call your USB supplier for technical support. If all else fails, the device itself could need replacing. All good USB suppliers should have in house technical support to speak to over the phone and a substantial warranty period to cover you should the USB stick need replacing.

As with any electronic device, branded USB sticks are never 100% fool proof and from time to time, things can go wrong.

Here at USB2U we recognize your need for high quality, reliable products and as such we offer a full 10 year warranty on all of our USB sticks. Your dedicated account manager is only ever a phone call away and will support you 100% should anything go wrong.

Our promise to you is that we won’t leave you empty handed. We stand behind our products and promise to never let you down when things go wrong.

Need help with your branded USB sticks? Call USB2U now on 0800 008 7079 or email [email protected] and one of our friendly account managers will be more than happy to help.

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Phew – now THAT was a trade show. Thanks, BPMA!

Posted by USB2U on 16th September 2016 | Permalink

We have just returned from the BPMA show (an annual trade only exhibition organised by the British Promotional Merchandise Association) and WOW were we blown away. This year the show took place at the impressive location of Silverstone in Northamptonshire and among the super cars were super suppliers and leading distributors in the promotional products industry.

Sebastian La Porta, Managing Director of USB2U, said: ‘We are extremely pleased to have exhibited at the BPMA Show this year. Throughout the show we had the opportunity to talk to many distributors about our products and services, and we made some new valuable connections. It was most definitely a day well spent for us.’

USB2U's busy stand at the BPMA show

Team USB2U in Action!

The trade show was exclusive to BPMA members only so visitors knew that those exhibiting promo products were the cream of the crop in terms of merchandise trade suppliers. The British promotional industry is vibrant and innovative and it was great to see so many companies attend and showcase their latest products.

So what was new from USB2U? Our Rainbow Range of branded technology products went down an absolute storm and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of these products fly out the door very soon.

The Winning Formula - USB2U's Top Products Entry for the BPMA Show 2016

The Winning Formula – USB2U’s Top Product Entry for the BPMA Show 2016

Finally, we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to visit our stand! We were absolutely delighted to meet so many new faces – and catch up with some more familiar ones – and also to receive such great feedback on our new branded technology products.

Here’s to the 2017 show!

Nat and Seb from USB2U working hard on the stand at the BPMA show

Natalie and Sebastian seem to be having too much fun at the 2016 BPMA Show!

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Summer Weddings All Wrapped Up

Posted by USB2U on 7th September 2016 | Permalink

Pink Wooden USB and Box

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 blue wooden USB and matching box

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.

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