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Ten Is the Magic Number for Professional Photographers

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Like lots of our competitors the minimum order for printed USB memory sticks has always been twenty five (25) but the feedback we were given at The Photography Show in Birmingham was so supportive of our “show offer” that we have now decided to reduce our minimum order quantities. From today all of the discounted USB bundles and packages of our USB2U photography web site have been had their minimum order quantities reduced to ten (10)!!

So, if you’re a professional photographer, wedding photographer or videographer and you’ve been thinking of making the switch from CD’s and DVD’s but you’ve been out off by the level of upfront commitment you needed to make to buy 25 USB sticks and boxes then this is going to be good news.

Starting today you can get yourself ten fully personalised USB sticks and ten personalised USB gift boxes to go with them for around £100! That includes all of the artwork set-up costs, the printing (or engraving), custom inserts for the USB sticks and delivery by Royal Mail Special Delivery.

You can choose from six different bundles including our very popular wooden USB sticks and wooden USB gift boxes or you might opt for our USB cards with the option of a leather wallet or a printed gift box.

Whichever “bundle” you choose you’ll be getting upgraded (high performance) USB sticks that we assemble specifically for professional photographers – these ensure a higher read/write speed, more read/ write cycles (a longer life) and they all come with a ten year warranty. We print/engrave all of our sticks in the UK so the lead time for any order is normally just a few days (depending on how busy we are).

The feedback from photographers to our range of bundles has been amazing:

A perfect job with perfect service

Having used simple DVDs to provide clients with high res files in the past I had it in the back of my mind that I should present them with something a little more refined. I’ve found that in USB2U, the customised memory sticks I’ve just received have blown me away and the feedback from clients just from posting an image of the sticks to facebook has been amazing. Don’t hesitate order some today! (Russell Lewis Photography)

A very efficient service from start to finish and great communications every step of the way.

I found USB2U very easy to deal with and they provided clear instructions and guidance where necessary – I had seen their website a year or so ago, but since the introduction of their ‘professional photographers’ section on their website, it has greatly improved my ability to present digital images to my clients and brings image and video presentation up to date. With quality in mind, the processing chips are uprated to make sure that my professional products are made to last. (Taylors Photographic)

Innovative stylish products, great quality with fast efficient and friendly service.

Had the chance to view the woodland style USB drives in wooden boxes at USB2U Stand at the Photography Show. Had been looking for a stylish way to present digital images to clients and this product is in a class of its own.  The little touches like the small magnets, to hold on the cap & sliding lid for the box, give that touch of class to what is a very elegant product. The team at USB2U where friendly, helpful and professional enabling the artwork processes to be achieved in a few hours and delivery was on time and as promised. A great experience all round (Andy Meany Photography )

USB2U Memory Sticks and Boxes for Taylors Photographic

USB2U Memory Sticks and Boxes for Taylors Photographic

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Ten Is the Magic Number for Professional Photographers

Promotional USB Memory Sticks – Looking Good In Leather

Monday, March 10th, 2014

The promotional USB memory stick market tends to be dominated by plastic and metal products but for those looking for something a little different there is always leather or wood.

Leather USB memory sticks are only marginally more expensive than standard plastic or metal counterparts but when you compare them in the flesh it’s a pretty easy decision to make to spend the extra cash. The price differential is typically only 20p – 30p per sticks! The leather versions are incredibly stylish, robust, and tactile and like most leather products they are warm to the touch and ooze quality.

Leather USB Memory Sticks

Leather USB Memory Sticks

If your company brand warrants marketing as a “prestige” or premium” brand then it’s definitely worth looking at the leather options (for example we currently supply them to Aston Marti and Maserati). Equally, if you’re looking for a promotional give-away or “thank you” gift for conference speakers or company executives then leather USB memory sticks will deliver the right level of sophisticated appreciation.

In terms of branding leather USB memory sticks are either embossed or printed with embossing being the most popular option. Embossing is more subtle. It won’t rug off and it will age with the leather but the downside with embossing is that the branding is subtle – it’s not going to jump out at you from the memory stick because there is no colour or printing involved. If you want immediate visual impact then printing is the way to go but do bear in mind that over time any print will fade and eventually it will rub off.

There are lots of different models of leather USB memory sticks to choose from and all of them have been designed to allow you to attach the memory stick to a lanyard, key ring or belt loop. As they are premium products they really deserve giving away in a custom (printed) gift box – there are lots to choose from and most come with a custom cut foam insert that allows them to be shown off at their best.

Leather USB Flash Drives

Leather USB Flash Drives

If you do buy leather USB memory sticks (or any type of promotional USB stick for that matter) then don’t forget to take full advantage of the memory capacity on the stick and pre-load your sales brochures, presentation slides, media files etc. onto them before you hand them out! Equally, if the memory sticks are being purchased as a “thank you” it’s a nice idea to include a personalised thank you message on the stick – in other words to pre-load the a personalised thank you file onto the stick that is displayed to the recipient when the memory stick is used for the first time.

USB2U supply a wide range of leather USB sticks and printed USB gift boxes and they can pre-load your data file for you as well – make sure to them to your short list of potential suppliers.

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Promotional USB Memory Sticks – Looking Good In Leather

Printed and Promotional USB Sticks – A Roller Coaster Ride

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

No, this is not about the challenges of finding a reputable supplier of promotional USB memory sticks but instead it’s about the changes taking place at theme parks around the world and how USB sticks are now likely to be offered to you at the end of your rides/visit.

Visit any theme park and you’ll quickly discover that your picture is worth a small fortune (it has to be given the price you’re asked to pay for photos at the end of each ride).  Let’s face it when you visit a theme park it’s almost impossible to avoid having your photograph taken whilst you’re scared out of your wits on an extreme “thrill” ride or whilst you’re getting soaked on the log flumes and water slides

The savvy theme park operators know that these photos, as embarrassing as they are, make brilliant souvenirs and of course they’re a great reminder of a fun packed day spent with family and friends. As a parent “pester effect” at the end of each ride as you’re corralled though a gift shop and photo booth can be irritating but the photos are a great source of revenue to the theme park operators.

USB Sticks Enjoying a Day Out at a Theme Park

USB Sticks Enjoying a Day Out at a Theme Park

If you’re tempted to buy any of the photographs then there is the hassle of carrying them around with you all day (and keeping them dry and flat). Some theme parks have a facility where you can order them at the end of each ride and pick them up on your way out. Handy.

It’s been possible (from some of the theme parks) to buy a portfolio of photos at the end of your visit on a CD or DVD and recently, some of the larger and more “switched on” theme parks have introduced an option to buy the ride photographs on a printed USB memory stick. This is a great idea because it’s far easier and a lot more convenient to carry around a small USB flash drive with you as you go around the park. Then, at the end of each ride if you see a photo you like you can simply hand over your flash drive and get the images copied onto it! There’s even scope to combine an admission of “fast pass” wristband with a USB stick – a USB wristband!

The benefit of buying digital copies of the snaps is that they are easy to print off on your own colour printer and just as easy to upload to Social Networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr. Of course you can do this with your smart phone but it’s a bit tricky taking a “selfie” as rocket around a thrill ride and you’re pulling several “G’s” in a tight turn!

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Printed and Promotional USB Sticks – A Roller Coaster Ride

Promotional USB Sticks – Free Lanyards

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

If you’re looking to buy some promotional USB memory sticks during February and March 2014 then it’s definitely worth checking out the options available from USB2U.

Not only do they offer a huge range of USB sticks but they also have a wide range of gift boxes, lanyards, key-rings and engraved ‘dog tags” that can be used individually or together to make a fantastic promotional package. For a limited time the lanyards are free with any order of 100 or more USB Sticks (just quote FreeLanyards).

In addition to free lanyards you can also get up to 300MB of data pre-loaded onto your USB sticks at no extra cost – the only proviso is that you’re not ordering your USB sticks on their Express or Super Express service (24hrs – 72hr delivery service).

There are lots of different colours of lanyard to choose from and with around 100,000 in stock in the UK there are plenty to go around! If its something that might be of interest to you then speak to one of the sales team and get a quote that includes the free lanyards (and free data loads)!

Irrespective of which colour you choose all of our USB lanyards come with a quick release mechanism that allows you to remove the USB stick from the lanyard without having to struggle to get the whole thing over your head! A small number of the USB sticks they sell don’t have an option to connect a lanyard

USB with Lanyards

USB with Lanyards

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Promotional USB Sticks – Free Lanyards

PostScript to the 5k USB Stick Scam

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Last week we posted an article about a company that approached us in a panic because the 5,000 USB sticks they had purchased direct from a “factory” in China were not working on any of their PC’s or Mac’s. They were dumbfounded because they thought they had done everything they could to make sure the factory they were dealing with was legitimate and that the USB sticks they’d ordered would be up to the job.

Not only had they taken the precaution of buying from a “Gold” supplier on a reputable Chinese supplier brokerage web site but they’d also insisted on being sent a sample of the USB sticks for testing before they committed to the final order of 5,000 and importantly before they agreed to pay for them!

The dialogue with the factory was good and the shipment of the sample was arranged promptly. The independent tests on the sample undertaken in the UK suggested everything was in order so they pushed ahead with the order for 5k USB memory sticks. Payment was wired to the suppliers’ bank account in China and three weeks later the USB sticks arrived – then the fun began!

When inserted into any PC a quick check of the “properties” of the USB sticks suggested they had 512MB of memory (the size they had ordered) but when they tried to use the memory and load content onto the USB sticks alarms bells started to ring – it looked like data was being transferred onto the USB stick but when it was taken out and re-inserted it had nothing on it! The same scenario was repeated with multiple samples from the 5k batch and irrespective of whether they used a PC or Mac and irrespective of how large the data was they tried to copy onto the stick nothing was on them when they were re-inserted!

All attempts to contact the supplier in China were met with silence. Panic set in.

Having been sent a couple of the samples our initial suspicion was that the USB sticks had no memory in them at all but having sent the samples to our factory in China they have discovered that the USB sticks do have a very, very tiny memory module and that this has been “masked” to look like a 512MB stick! The small memory module inside the sticks is normally used on “web keys” – its just large enough to carry a website URL and nothing else.

The “masking” of this memory to make it look like it has 512MB of storage is pre-meditated fraud. The supplier knew exactly what they were doing and they knew the 5,000 sticks they supplied were nothing like the original sample. The buyer had been duped and was now thousands of pounds out of pocket and without the USB sticks they so desperately needed for their event.

The simple moral of this story is that whilst it’s tempting to save a few pounds by buying direct from a factory in China it’s also incredibly risky and you’ll have no safety net or recourse – if it all goes wrong as it has in this scenario then don’t expect to recover your money or get replacement USB sticks.

At USB2U we’ve been supplying promotional USB memory sticks for the last 12 years and we don’t let our customers down.

USB2U - Your Trusted Supplier of USB Memory Sticks

USB2U - Your Trusted Supplier of USB Memory Sticks

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PostScript to the 5k USB Stick Scam

A Cautionary Tale – Buying USB Flash Drives Direct from China can be Very Expensive

Friday, February 7th, 2014

It’s incredibly tempting when you are looking to source promotional UBS Flash Drives to have a go at buying them direct from China.  In todays connected world with easy access to Chinese suppliers over the internet and via email it all seems so simple.

On the face of it all you need to do to save a few pounds is to find a Chinese supplier on a supplier directory website like Alibaba, ping off a few emails, agree what you want and confirm your order. You’ll then need pay for your order (up-front and in cleared funds to a bank account in China) before anything is produced and then you’ll need to wait for the order to arrive. Easy. What could possibly go wrong?

Well here’s a cautionary tale from a large(ish) UK marketing company that called us in a panic yesterday. We should stress that this is not the first time we’ve fielded such calls and it’s unlikely to be the last. Hopefully by publicising this issue we can help other businesses avoid the same pitfalls, anxiety and cost (loss)!

The 5,000 USB Stick Sting:

Business A decided to search for a Chinese supplier of promotional USB flash drives. Their online search led them to Alibaba and from there to a “Gold” supplier. Let’s call them “Supplier B”.

Supplier B responded to their enquiry quickly, professionally and they have a web site that suggests that they are a supplier to Sony, Kingston and other well-known brands. They also promote a 5 year warranty and have lots of images on their website of supposedly happy clients from around the world. They supplied a sample to Business A for testing and all was well. Business A then placed and order for 5,000 USB sticks and wired a payment to their Chinese bank account.

Two weeks later the 5,000 USB sticks arrived and they looked fine. The only problem is that none of the PC’s that they were plugged into recognised the USB stick. They tried other PC’s and Macs all with the same results. Panic began to set in. They called us and sent us some samples for testing.

Our tests confirmed what Business A had already suspected – they’d been scammed. The USB sticks “looked OK” but when taken apart there was no flash memory inside them so when we ran a battery of tests on the USB sticks it was no surprise to anyone that they failed them all!

The Chinese Supplier can’t be contacted, they are not responding to emails or phone calls – they only have a gmail account anyway! The net result is that Business A is now thousands of pounds out of pocket, has no USB sticks for its event and is hugely embarrassed by the whole situation.

There is little or no recourse open to Business A. It’s incredibly unlikely that any legal action against Supplier A could be taken or indeed be successful, the Chinese authorities are unlikely to be interested and the Chinese Embassy in London have historically proven unhelpful. It really is a case of “buyer beware”.

Our Advice on Buying Promotional USB Flash Drives is simple – buy locally, buy from a proven supplier, buy from a company that operates from a country that has laws and protection you can fall back on if things go wrong, check 3rd party review sites. Use simple tools like Google maps to make sure they are operating from a business premises and not a back-bedroom in a house, use credit reference agencies to check that they are financially sound (they only cost a few pounds) and don’t deal with companies that use free email accounts (Hotmail, gmail etc.) and only use mobile phone numbers! Use you common sense.

USB2U - A trusted UK Based Supplier of USB Flash Drives

USB2U - A trusted UK Based Supplier of USB Flash Drives

At USB2U we’ve been supplying USB sticks since 2002. We’re a UK registered company with 20 staff. We’re based in Northampton in the Midlands and we assemble and print the majority of the USB sticks we supply on-site in the UK. All of our USB sticks are supplied with a 10 year warranty and you pay nothing until your sticks are ready to be sent to you and for many customers we offer 30-day terms. We have over 1,400 reviews from genuine customers on Trustpilot where we have a score of 9.6 out of 10 and are ranked as “EXCELLENT”.  But, more fundamentally if anything goes wrong with your order we will guarantee to put it right – we take enormous pride in what we do and we want our customers to love their USB sticks. We can help if things go wrong but we’d much rather be your supplier of choice in the first place – trust us, it’s far less painful all round!

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A Cautionary Tale – Buying USB Flash Drives Direct from China can be Very Expensive

Come and See us at The Photography Show at the NEC 1-4 March

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

If you’re as a passionate about photography as we are about promotional USB memory sticks then you need to get yourself tickets to attend The Photography Show. It’s a brand new event and it’s open to anyone with an interest in photography. It’s taking place from 1-4 March 2014 at the NEX Birmingham.

For all details of opening times, how to get tickets and all the latest news on the show be sure to go to The Photography Show website and make sure you also sign up to their Twitter account for the very latest news.

USB2U at The Photography Show

USB2U at The Photography Show

We’ve had some much interest in our branded USB memory sticks and gift boxes that we’re going to be exhibiting at the show – we’re on Stand L1 – come and see us, we’ll have tons of give-aways and loads of show offers running throughout the 4 days the show is on. We’d love to meet you and get your feedback on our products and service.

We’re also running a very special competition every day that will see us giving away over £1,000 worth of our stunning wooden USB memory sticks and

wooden USB gift boxes – entry is open to everyone you just need to call by and enter the prize draw. We’ll post details of the winner at the end of the day on our Facebook and Twitter accounts – be sure to sign up and follow us!

If you can’t wait for the show then take a sneak peak at what we can do on our brand new mini-website. It’s dedicated to photographers and features a range of stunning high specification USB sticks and USB gift boxes. There’s are lots of gorgeous images of actual USB sticks we’re produced for professional photographers (you might even recognise and name or two) and we’ve also put together some discounted “bundles” that might be of interest.

USB2U Photographer offers

USB2U Photographer offers

More than anything we’ve tried really hard to pull together USB sticks and complimentary gift boxes that we know will appeal to your customers, there’s a strong focus on natural wood, eco-friendly box fillings and solutions that you simply can’t buy on the high street. From the feedback we’re getting we seem to have got the balance about right but we’re interested to hear what you think at the show.

They’re be a few of us there for the 4 days but if you do stop by make sure you have a chat with Bethany – she looks after most of our photographers and her mum is a highly regarded professional photographer so she’s got the industry in her genes!

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Come and See us at The Photography Show at the NEC 1-4 March

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Personalised USB Flash Drive

Monday, January 27th, 2014

We’re only just over two weeks away from Valentine’s Day and for the old romantics amongst us it’s a time to express how we feel about the most import person in our lives. It’s also big business with spending on Valentine’s Day expected to top £1 billion this year!

This report by the Daily Telegraph last year predicted spending at £978 million so £1 billion a year on (and with the economy and feel good factor on the rise) is going to be easily achieved. Unsurprisingly the most popular gifts are flowers, chocolate and perfumes with men spending almost twice the amount of women (in terms of overall spend)!

What’s less well reported is that companies use this time of the year to engage in business marking using Valentine’s Day as a clever “excuse” to say how much they value and love their customers. Expect to see a mini explosion of Valentine’s Day competitions, website with a red theme, Valentines discounts and offers and marketing copy and adverts that seamlessly tie in with the whole Valentine’s Day vibe that’s about to hit us (whether we want it or not).

Not one to miss out on an opportunity we thought we better let our customers know that we can also offer a range of Valentine’s Day themed USB memory sticks. Unfortunately we don’t have any USB hearts in stock but we do have 24 other types of USB sticks that we can print or engrave with a heart and/or other appropriate message. We can also load your messages of thanks, appreciation and love of your customers onto the USB sticks for you. Better still we can pop them into some lovely printed gift boxes for you and wrap them all up with a pink ribbon!

Here’s a quick example of a heart printed onto one of our circle shaped USB Cards:

Valentine's Day USB Hearts

Valentine's Day USB Hearts

If you are interested in USB Cards for a Valentines themed marketing campaign then ideally don’t do the “bloke” thing and leave it till the last minute. Whilst we can turn orders around in just 24hrs we’re already very busy with Chinese New Year so a little extra time to get things “just perfect” for you would be appreciated.

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258 Million People on the Move during Chinese New Year but No USB Sticks

Friday, January 24th, 2014

The Chinese New Year National Holiday (The Year of the Horse) is almost upon us. Unlike our own New Year holidays where people typically take a day or two off in China it’s their big annual holiday and most workers take at least two weeks off work.

This extended break gives millions of workers from the cities the chance to travel home and be with their families in the provinces. The number of people on the move during the holiday is staggering (estimated by the BBC at 285 million) but what even more mind boggling is the distances they travel and the time it takes to complete their journeys – take a look at this photo blog post from the BBC – it helps put the occasional travel challenges we have in the UK into perspective!

The knock on impact of the extended holidays and factory and office closures is that pretty much nothing gets manufactured or shipped for a 2 – 3 week period. Our partner factory in Shenzhen closes this week-end and won’t start manufacturing USB memory sticks again for 2 weeks. It’s the same for most of our competitors as well because whoever they are the likelihood is that their partner factory will also be In Shenzhen, China and as a result it will also close.

What this means is that after today it will become increasingly difficult to get an order for USB memory sticks delivered much before mid-February! Forget the usual promise of 6 to 10 days because no one will be at the factory to produce and print them and even if they were none of the freight forwarding companies are working so they wouldn’t get shipped anywhere!

If you need printed or engraved USB memory sticks in a hurry your only option for the next couple of weeks is to find a local supplier that holds them in stock and is able to personalise them locally as well. There are a few companies that will hold the Black Twister (Capless) model in a range of different memory sizes but that’s about all.

At USB2U we’ve lived through the challenges of Chinese New Year lots of times so we now always ensure we carry lots of stock in the UK whilst it’s on. At the moment we are unique in being able to offer 24 different styles and designs of USB stick in a wide range of memory size. Most of these can be supplied in 24hrs on our rush service but do check because out print schedule can get full pretty quickly!

If you can’t find what you want it’s not the end of the world – at least you’re not on a 33 hour trip home just to be able to spend precious time with your family.

 

USB Memory Sticks from USB2U During Chinese New Year

USB Memory Sticks from USB2U During Chinese New Year

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258 Million People on the Move during Chinese New Year but No USB Sticks

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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