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USB2U 10th Birthday Offer – Free Engraved Gift Boxes

Posted by USB2U on 4th October 2012 | Permalink

To celebrate our 10th Birthday we’re running a number of special offers and promotions throughout October. All of these will be announced on our Twitter and Facebook page so do remember to follow us and check out the latest deals before placing your order.

The offer today is for free engraved black flip boxes or metal presentation boxes. All you have to do to qualify is order 100 or more of our White 1GB Rodeo Leather USB flash drives. We carry these in stock so they are available on our rush service (24-48hrs delivery) or on our standard 7 day service.

For every USB memory stick you buy we’ll supply one engraved gift box or tin including the custom foam inserts. You can have the same logo engraved onto the boxes as the logo you print onto the USB leather drives or we can engrave something completely different – just supply us the artwork and we’ll do the rest!

The White Leather Rodeo USB drive is a super little drive that looks brilliant printed up (see the image below). Don’t forget we can also pre-load up to 200MB of data onto any USB stick you buy absolutely free of charge. 200MB is a huge amount of data so it’s more than enough for sales brochures, conference slides, speakers notes, media files etc.

The drives themselves look even better when handed out in a banded gift box rather than just handed out on their own – the overall package of leather USB drive coupled with a gift box is very much a premium solution but if you take advantage of this offer you’ll be making a saving of £1.25 for every engraved gift box or tin you claim.

If you’re interested just give one of our team a call or drop us an email – the offer does not appear on our standard quote form but there is a free form text box that you can refer to it in if you prefer to contact us this way.

USB2U Birthday Offer - Leather USB Flash Drives

USB2U Birthday Offer - Leather USB Flash Drives


Are We Falling Out of Love With The Branded Twister USB Memory Stick

Posted by USB2U on 10th November 2011 | Permalink

For years the humble Twister USB memory stick has been the preferred choice of the majority of people buying branded USB sticks for their business, school or university. It’s relatively small size, the wide range of colours it is available in coupled with the fact that it has no cap or lid to lose has made it a perennial favourite for years but is all this about to change.

Twister USB Memory Stick

Twister USB Memory Stick

Every year companies are giving away millions of USB sticks to help promote their products or services and as a result of this the Twister is in danger of becoming a victim of its own success because we’re all getting “twister fatigue”.

The dominance of the twister model has been compounded because most suppliers tend to carry the twister in stock to fulfil urgent/last minute requests thus in effect removing any choice from the buyer if they are short on time.

To give customers more choice some of the larger, more established suppliers have improved the lead times to bring in branded USB memory stick from their factories in China. In parallel with this they have added significantly to the range of USB sticks that can be printed, embossed or engraved.

These service enhancements now mean it’s possible to get a wide range of USB stick branded with a logo and delivered in around 7 –10 days, which tends to be fast enough for all but the “last minute” customers.

So customers with at least a week or more to their deadline are now becoming more discerning about the choice of USB memory stick they choose and the results are interesting. Whilst the Twister model still remains popular (old habits are hard to break) there has been a definite increase in demand for USB credit cards, leather USB flash drives and some of the more quirky shaped models like the round “sphere” model.

New and Popular USB Memory Sticks

New and Popular USB Memory Sticks

These models all have very different characteristics to the twister; the credit card is ultra thin (only 2mm thick) it fits into a standard wallet and it offers a huge print area making it ideal for complex graphics; the leather models are “top-end” products that are popular with photographers and companies selling into “high net-worth customers” and the more quirky products like the Sphere just help brands to stand out from the crowd – ideal at trade shows and fairs.

In terms of units sold this year the Twister model is still likely to be “top of the charts” but its dominance is certainly on the wane.


Leather Branded Flash Drives Add A Touch Of Class

Posted by USB2U on 14th June 2010 | Permalink

Branded flash drives are incredibly popular as promotional giveaways, at trade shows and as handouts to delegates’ seminars and conferences. The growth in their popularity has been driven by falling costs, clearly defined user benefits and their ability to offset the high cost of print and transportation of brochures, slides etc.

Leather Flash Drives

Leather Flash Drives

Coupled with this you can’t escape the fact that people just like being given them. Flash drives are after all very popular for storing and carrying the growing amounts of digital files that are now a part of every day life. Whether its photo’s, music files, video files, games, work or homework files everyone can find a use to put a flash memory stick to!

But what do you do it you’re target audience is high net worth individuals or senior executives from companies attending a seminar or maybe you’re launching a product that has a high-ticket price. Most flash drives are manufactured from plastic or a combination of plastic and metal and when they’re printed up they do look excellent but if you really want to go the extra mile then its worth considering leather USB flash drives.

Leather flash drives are available in a range of different styles albeit there are not as many options to choose from as the “standard” plastic/metal ranges but, the leather ones all look incredibly classy. Leather flash drives are embossed or engraved rather than printed. Where the logo is engraved into the leather it’s there for good irrespective of how much wear and tear the flash drive takes. A logo printed onto a standard flash drive can wear off after a while, particularly if the flash

Leather USB

Leather USB Sticks

drive is attached to a key ring, but leather versions just age gracefully!

From a cost perspective leather USB flash drives are just pennies more than their plastic or metal counterparts but this extra cost (albeit small) is more than repaid in terms of “wow” factor and the sheer quality of the finished product.

Its always difficult to convey the real benefit of leather flash drives versus plastic or metal off the page and whilst the photos go someway towards illustrating how good they are you really need to see them in the flesh to see the real difference. If you’ve not seen a leather memory stick then ask your supplier to send you one. Most good suppliers will carry samples of leather versions and will happily send them out for evaluation free of charge.


Looking Good In Leather – Branded Flash Drives

Posted by USB2U on 19th May 2010 | Permalink

There’s something about words leather and flash in the same sentence but here goes. The branded flash memory stick market tends to be dominated (perhaps dominated is not the right word either) by standard plastic and metal products but for those looking for something a little different there is always leather.

Leather USB flash drives do cost a little more money than their standard plastic or metal counterparts but boy is it worth spending the extra few pennies. The leather versions are incredibly stylish, robust, and tactile and like most leather products they are warm to the touch and ooze quality.

If you’ve got a brand that needs to project itself on a promotional product that is considered to be in the “Premier League” then a leather flash drive certainly fits the bill. Likewise if you need to arrange promotional give-aways or “thank you” gifts for conference speakers or company executives that have participated in a seminar or event then a leather flash drive will deliver the right level of sophisticated appreciation.

Leather USB

Leather USB flash drives are typically embossed or laser engraved with embossing being the most popular option. Laser engraving is more subtle and last longer simply because any brand is effectively cut into the leather so its never going to wear or rub off. The downside with laser engraving is that any branding does not jump out at you from the flash drive because there is no colour or printing involved.

There are several models of leather flash drives available and all incorporate a means to attach the flash drive to a lanyard, key ring or belt loop and all of them can be supplied in either a plain or printed gift box.

Don’t forget if you do order branded memory sticks to take full advantage of the memory capacity on the stick and pre-load your sales brochures, presentation slides, media files etc. If the memory sticks are being purchased as a “thank you” its always a nice idea to include a 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.

If you’d like to see what the leather sticks look like and feel like in the flesh then just give us a call and one of our team will sort this out for you.