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China’s Golden Week- What you need to know

Posted by USB2U on 7th September 2017 | Permalink

As has been the case for many years now, China celebrates two key holidays each Autumn. The first is National Day which is held on the 1st of October and lasts for 7 days to commemorate the formation of the People’s Republic of China. This week long break is often referred to as Golden Week as pretty much all of China’s population are given time off work, with many people choosing to go travelling in the country. The second holiday is the Mid-Autumn festival which luckily this year falls on October 4th right in the middle of Golden Week.

 

What does this mean for USB2U?

Like many tech suppliers out there, certain product lines and tech components, such as flash drives for USB’s and Power Banks, are manufactured solely in China. Over Golden Week most manufacturing and distribution facilities start to slow down and eventually come to a halt, which consequently has a knock on effect for western companies. For USB2U in particular we are unable to necessarily get hold of certain products manufactured in China or able to outsource more complex print work over this period, meaning the lead times for deliveries will increase on select customer orders.

The weeks before and after Golden Week can be just as troublesome. Often there are price increases on certain goods as supply levels drop and production slows down, while the weeks after can often be off-set by factories playing catch up with processing orders!

USB Production

What steps do USB2U take to help?

In the lead up to the National Holidays, we will be stocking up on components and tech products ahead of time, ensuring that supply levels don’t run too low. This means that we can still provide a comprehensive range of products whilst delivering a seamless level of service that our customers have come to expect.

 

UK Stock

Furthermore to this USB2U has a range of promotional tech products available in UK stock which can be delivered in as little as 24 hours meaning that you can still order something last minute without any issues. Within the range we have everything from USB’s and Power Banks which remain popular choices among many; to  Speakers, Earphones, Wearable Tech and even Car Accessories ensuring there is still plenty on offer.

 

Our Advice

Whilst we endeavour to ensure it remains business as usual here at USB2U, we recommend that if you are thinking about placing an order within the next few weeks that you consider doing so on or before the 18th of September, to guarantee that your products are delivered on time. If you are unsure about whether or not your item will arrive on time or if you plan on ordering after the 18th-  then please get in touch with us through our online enquiries form or call us on 0800 008 7079 where we will be able to provide you with more information.

China National Holidays

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Congratulations Lorna from all of us at USB2U!

Posted by USB2U on 25th July 2017 | Permalink

A big congratulations to Lorna Preston from the whole team here at USB2U, for not only placing as a finalist for the “Photographer of the Year” but for also winning a top award at the Annual Newborn Photography Show. The show itself is the largest of its kind in Europe which is aimed specifically at photographers who specialise in newborn, maternity and child photographers. Lorna was nominated as a finalist for “Photographer Of The Year” in the Maternity category out of hundreds of applicants nationwide. Not only that, but Lorna also went on to win “Small Trader of the Year” for her impressive backdrops business! An outstanding achievement to say the least!

Lorna Preston Maternity Finalist

Lorna’s Entry for ‘Photographer of the Year 2017’ in the maternity category

Lorna Preston

Our very own Dawn was lucky enough to be sat on the same table as Lorna at the highly acclaimed Newborn Show Awards Dinner and was delighted to discover that Lorna was an existing customer from back in 2013! Lorna explained that because of a high minimum order quantity she had refrained from placing an order directly with us and had instead bought smaller quantities via our Etsy Page as she loved our products but just didn’t need 25 at a time. USB2U had previously received this feedback from various customers and we listened! As a result we now offer special bundle options for as little as 10 units which Lorna was ever so pleased about – so much so that she ordered then and there!

White Trinket Box- Lorna Preston

Here’s what Lorna had to say…

“As a customer of USB2U, I was delighted to discover that they now offer orders of 10 which is really helpful to a photographer like myself. Dawn, my contact, was great in advising what type of product would suit my brand and also which would show off my logo best. I’ve just taken delivery of my brand new trinket box order and I must say they are stunning – I almost don’t want to part with them! The attention to detail is fabulous (even down to the straw filling inside). I can’t wait to show them off to my clients which will no doubt fall in love with them too.”

Make sure to check out Lorna’s website-  www.lornasphotography.co.uk (currently having a makeover) and follow her on social media! 🙂 – Instagram- @lorna_preston                                                                                                                                                                                                              Facebook – @LornasPhotography

 

 

 

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Photographers! 3 Quick Ways to Improve Your Social Media Presence

Posted by USB2U on 7th April 2017 | Permalink

In previous posts we’ve looked at ways to help grow your Instagram following and listed the best hashtags to use for maximum engagement, so we thought it was about time we branched out to social media channels as a whole, as they’re all great for Photographers in their own way.

So if you’re utilising Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest and Instagram, these 3 quick and easy tips will improve your social media presence and in turn will increase engagement on your pages!

USB2U Instagram Page

1. Make Your Images & Profile Name Consistent on all channels

If you have accounts across a number of Social Media channels, then it’s best to keep the same name (or handle) throughout. Using your business or company name consistently across all social media is not only great for brand recognition, it’ll make sure your customers and potential clients remember you!  If someone else has already got in their first and your name has been taken, try and keep things as similar as possible for brand awareness and definitely make sure your profile image is the same across all mediums.

 

2. Update your cover photo

As a photographer, your cover photo is one of the best places to showcase your work on your Twitter and Facebook profiles, they’re also the first thing people see when they visit your page so it’s best to make a good impression!Using an irrelevant or even worse, no cover photo is such a wasted opportunity so getting the best picture and the right size is key. What is the best size? The recommended dimensions for Twitter are 1500x500px, and for Facebook the perfect cover photo would be 830x315px, so get snapping!

 

3. Keep Your Bio relevant

 Much like your cover photo, your bio is one of the first places potential new clients will head to in order to find out more information about you, so make sure it contains everything you need them to know! You’d be surprised at how many photographers have information in their bio that isn’t relevant to their customers. So try adding things such as your speciality, your location, your contact details, and if you can – a link to your website.

Twitter and Instagram both have quite a limited character count for your bio, at 160 and 150 characters, so you really need to make sure you pack in a punch quickly! Try and get in all the relevant information, but also inject a bit of personality in there!

 On Facebook pages, it gives you the options for both a short and long description – make sure you’re using them both!

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The Photographer’s Guide To Instagram Hashtags

Posted by USB2U on 16th March 2017 | Permalink

As a photographer, having an Instagram account and updating it regularly is pretty important. We touched on some ways to grow your Instagram following last month, but this month we’re focussing on the world of hashtags and how you can use them to boost your following, increase engagement, and get your photos in front of the right audience.

Instagram feed of photography packaging
 

With 600 million active Instagram users per month it’s easy to get lost in a sea of beautifully filtered snaps. Without Hashtags, your photos are only going to be seen by your current followers, and even then, you might be buried so low in their feed that they don’t even manage to scroll to them.

Instagram changed their algorithm a while back, it now shows your feed in the order it thinks you want to see it, rather than being chronological. But Hashtags are still shown in chronological order, making them the ideal way to get your photos noticed. In a nutshell, hashtags are a way to tag your photo to make it appear in a pocket of other photos that have used the same tag, so it’s easy for other users to find images of a similar interest.

For example, if you’re a wedding photographer based in the UK and you’ve taken a snap of our gorgeous photography packaging, you can tag your photos with #ukwedding – by clicking that hashtag you’ll then be able to see all the other photos in the same group.

You’re allowed up to 30 hashtags per photo, so we thought we’d group together some of the best and most popular hashtags for you to try on your next post!

Best Wedding Hashtags

#wedding #weddings #weddingphotographer #weddingphotography #weddingplans #weddingplanning #weddinginspiration #ukwedding #weddingidea #weddingideas #weddingphoto #weddingday #weddingfun #justmarried

 

Best Travel Hashtags

#travel #travelling #travelgram #travelphotography #travelblogger #travelersnotebook #travels #travelpic #travelics #travelbug #travelmore #holiday #travelblog #travellife #traveldiary #travelphoto #travelstagram

 

Best Pet Hashtags

#pets #petsofinstagram #petsagram #petstagram #petsofinsta #catsofinstagram #catstagram #catslover #catsagram #catsanddogs #cats #cat #dogs #dog #dogsofinstagram #dogsofinsta #dogstagram #dogsandpals #dogslover #dogselfie

 

Best Food Hashtags

#food #foodie #foodstyle #foodnetwork #foodprep #foodblogger #foodbloggers #foodstagram #foodbeast #foodandwine #foodforlife #foodinspo #foodstyling #foodshare #foodphoto #foodpassion #eatclean #instafeast #whatiate

 

Best Home Hashtags

#home #homedecor #homesweethome #homegoods #homestyling #homestyle #homeinspiration #homeinspo #homeliving #homeidea #homeideas #interior #interiordesign #interiors #interiordetails #interiorstyling #interior4all

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Why do I need vector artwork for print?

Posted by USB2U on 1st March 2017 | Permalink

If you work in a creative industry like us and are dealing with logos and brands on a daily basis, you will be familiar with AI and EPS file formats for logos. But why do we ask for these files when it comes to printing onto our range of USBs as well as their packaging?

A Vector file type is either .eps, .ai, .pdf and .swf, and you’d need to set up your artwork as a vector graphic to start with before saving them in these formats – you couldn’t, for example, open a JPEG and re save it as a .swf.

So why don’t we use JPEGs? JPEGs are typically low resolution files and they’re mainly used for websites because the smaller file size helps load the pages quickly. They might look ok to the eye but once you zoom in or try to print from them you’re likely to end up with poor, blurred results.

Take a look at the images below and it’s easy to see why Vector artwork is preferred over a JPEG, the images are much sharper, crisper, and look loads better printed onto USBs!

 

The print quality difference between a logo in jpeg format and a logo in EPS vector format

Spot the difference – jpeg or vector artwork?

USB2U show the difference between vector and jpeg artwork engraved on wood

Crisp or fuzzy logo? We know which we prefer…

 

If you’re still a bit unsure then you can always ask your design team to supply you with vector artwork, or you could take a look at our artwork guidelines for a detailed overview of Vector and Raster graphics.

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3 New Designs Added To The Iron USB Range

Posted by USB2U on 22nd February 2017 | Permalink

The Iron USB sticks are a great choice if you’re looking for a sleek USB flash drive with a minimal design and we’ve added three new innovative styles to this ever popular range!

Iron Hook Colour

iron hook colour USB
We’ve injected colour into the popular Iron USB with 7 bright new shades to choose from! So whatever your brand colour, there’s bound to be something that matches. We also offer full colour printing and engraving on the Iron Hook Colour – the options are endless!

Iron 2 Hook


Minimal and innovative with no cap, the iron 2 hook is shock proof, dust proof, and even splash proof! It will attach to any keyring with the easy-to-use Snaplink key chain so you’ll never use your files, and it’s available in six different memory sizes from 1GB to 32GB.

 

Iron Silicone

iron silicon USB
The Iron Silicone is convenient for day to day use and includes 3 handy rings and a removable micro USB drive. It comes in 7 eye-catching colours to match your brand, and features a super rigid alloy shell that can be stylishly engraved with your company logo.

 

Each USB is large enough to be easily attached to a keyring or lanyard for practicality, and the contemporary design ensures they won’t weaken or fall off when attached! They’re the perfect choice for any campaign and can be branded on both the front and back. Each USB has a read speed of 18 MB/s and a write speed of up to 5MB/s.

 

Contact us today for a quote! We’ve got some great offers and there’s even a preferential discounted rate for trade resellers!

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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.

promotional power bank

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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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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PXK products now available exclusively from USB2U

Posted by USB2U on 13th January 2017 | Permalink

It is with great excitement that we are announcing our partnership with leading European promotional tech products company, Pixika. This makes us the exclusive supplier for all PXK design products in the UK and Ireland.

USB2U offering Pixika products in the UK

USB2U and Pixika partnership- branded tech products now within easy reach with our UK stock!

We will be supplying both new and existing trade customers with some fabulously priced PXK branded technology products with many added benefits from buying from a UK based company:

  • We hold stock of PXK products in the UK to guarantee fast delivery
  • We offer free origination, data upload & delivery
  • The partnership will have a positive impact on pricing as the most active resellers will have access to exclusive benefits, offers and trade pricing.

Sebastian La Porta, Managing Director of USB2U, says:

“With many years of experience in the branded promotional products industry we are well positioned to take PXK’s product range and make it an even greater success in the UK. Our friendly, local sales and after sales support team combined with our in house printing and laser engraving facilities will enable us to provide our resellers with outstanding service.”

USB2U branded tech experts logo usb2u_iron_flash_07_lpxk-design-logo

Trendy products by PXK such as the Iron USB range, high performance Power Banks, connection devices, car accessories, travel adapters – will all now be within easy reach for Distributors in UK and Ireland with USB2U’s vast amount of UK stock.

See the full range of PXK products from USB2U here.

Call us on +44 1604 685 040 to find out more, or email [email protected]

 

 

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