USB memory sticks have come a long way since their humble beginnings. When they were first seen on the market it cost a substantial amount to buy a measly 64MB. The flash drives were pretty rare but most often seen around IT technician’s necks; it was even more rare to see the technicians using the USB stick. Fortunately USBs have moved on from the characterless plastic casing and have become much more mainstream, accessible and fashionable.
USB Flip Card Mark II
At USB2U we sell one of the widest ranges of USB flash drives on the market. Some memory sticks, like the Rodeo flash drive have an extra quality look to them, other flash drives like the bottle opener USB are made to be multi-functional and some flash drives like the Battery USB try to disguise themselves as other things. However, a few USBs are quite bulky and couldn’t be comfortably carried around all the time. The Credit Card USB product range is not only functional and has a great surface for printing but they also allow very for easy transportation. At 2mm thick the credit cards can comfortably slot into a wallet, which makes them easy to take with you wherever you go.
The Credit Card USB range come in four different styles, Flip Mark I, Flip Mark II, Rotate and the Slide Metal Card. The cards functionalities differ slightly however, they all have a large area that allows for complete customised printing. The Flip Mark I, Flip Mark II and Rotate cards can have print on the complete surface area of the front and back which is great for images and complicated logos. Despite the size the cards are availablefrom the smallest memory size of 512MB up to the largest size of 16GB.
The impact of the large printing area and embossing (on the Slide Metal Card) available on the flash drives make them a great promotional tool. The functionality of the USB Credit Cards means that they can be used in every day life without having to be worn with a lanyard around the neck. To find out more about the USB Credit Card Flash Drives see the product page.
Custom USB Flash Drives are now firmly established as a key tool within the Promotion and Sales industry. Whether you have a sales event or show where you want a convenient way to distribute information about your products or services or perhaps a conference where you want to hand out the event information from the event branded memory sticks are the way to go.
In fact these incredibly useful gadgets can be used in many many ways including but not limited to:
- On-pack sales promotions
- Competition prizes
- Trade show “give-aways”
- Press Launches (and lunches)
- Product Launches
- Staff rewards and incentives
- Customer mailers
- Re-seller and partner fairs
The most popular style or shape of branded memory stick used for these activities tend to be “stick” shaped (not as in a stick from a tree but small, rectangular shaped flash “sticks”) but there are other options!
One of the key trends in 2010 is expected to be the move to a bespoke or truly custom shape that is unique to the customer using it. Examples would include custom USB disks in the shape of a car or truck to support the launch of a new vehicle or perhaps in the shape of a company logo or brand. Any 2-D or 3-D shape is now possible and bespoke memory sticks really do up the ante in terms of brand support, brand building and product recall.
But, custom memory sticks are not for everyone. If you are looking for something a little different, a little more sophisticated with the scope to support a complex logo or design then you might consider a branded credit card USB. These come in a variety of styles and types but they all adhere to the basic “form factor” of a credit card. Not only do they support a full colour, photo effect print but they can also be supplied in a complementary wallet or case. Costing just a little more than a standard branded memory stick they are certainly worthy of consideration particularly if your target audience is ABC1.
The small additional cost is worth it in terms of the visual impact and much greater perceived value. If you are interested then give us a ring or fill out the on-line enquiry form and we’ll get back to you with a tailored quotation. We also offer a free design and mock-up service to help you visualise the end product.