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Holiday time is a natural for gift-giving. Santa’s list may be a little bit easier to navigate, but have you had a chance to think about yours? Gift giving and list making doesn’t have to be complicated! Here are some of the folks who always make our list here at The Dunstan Group.
Your best clients. That’s an easy one. Your best clients are easy to work with, they respect your expertise — and the feeling is mutual. You’re never “selling” them; you’re helping them solve problems. You find yourself doing a little extra to make sure things are always “just right.”
The connectors. You know who they are. They’re the clients or friends who include you in every networking function, meet-and-greet, or event. And not because they need a wingman. They want you to benefit from the programming, meet new people, and expand your business or personal network.
The referral. No form of marketing is more effective than a reference from one client or friend to another. When someone thinks highly enough of the work you do that they’d make a recommendation or referral… well, we think that’s more than enough reason to say, “thanks.” Whether that referral leads to new business or not.
The long lost client. Chances are, we’ve all got such a client on our list. Maybe you’ve been working together for so long, the orders are on autopilot. Or, you don’t work together any longer— for whatever reason. There’s no better time to mend fences or renew a relationship than during the holidays.
Your biggest fans. They may not be your biggest clients, and may never be. But they’re always the first ones to talk it up about you, your business, and the work you do. You can’t buy honest-to-goodness rabid fans for your brand, but when you’ve got them, let them know you appreciate them.
So now you’ve got some ideas for how to make your list. When you’re ready for some great gift ideas, that’s when it’s time to give us a call here at The Dunstan Group.
One in a series of case studies highlighting creative projects, imaginative clients, and remarkable results.
American Inno, a division of the American City Business Journals, dedicated to connecting startups and the local tech industry via news, events, job listings, and more.
To design a unique and creative award for the American Inno “50 on Fire.” This award is presented at events nationwide to recognize “innovators, disruptors, and trailblazers” who think way outside the box. Bottom line, the standard engraved plaque has its place, but this isn’t it.
Taking some cues from The Masters and its ubiquitous green jacket, the Dunstan Group worked with Cat Francis at American Inno to select an appropriate piece that would not only make the winners feel awesome in the moment, but also generate a ton of social media buzz and some interoffice excitement. Enter, the VERY red “Inno Blazer!” These custom embroidered jackets are now a point of pride for the winners, and have been featured in articles and social media posts nationwide.
So far, we’ve awarded 50+ ‘Inno Blazers’ across 6 cities, and our honorees have gone crazy for the red jackets. Winners have had a blast wearing the coveted red blazers at the events and went crazy posting pictures on social media. Post events, the red blazers have lived on. We’ve seen them framed in offices, worn by employees of the month, decked out with added pieces of flare and worn around startup communities at other events. Thank you to the Dunstan Group for helping bring the red ‘Inno Blazers’ to life and to helping American Inno grow its brand!”
— Cat Francis,
National Marketing and Events Director, American Inno
Nothing spans the seasons like a sweater — especially around here. From a fall staple to a winter weather layer and back into spring again, there’s nothing better. And nothing provides long-lasting value like a branded piece that’s used over and over again, right? Here are some new favorites for fall from The Dunstan Group.
All this sweater talk has us thinking tailgate parties, s’mores, and fire pits with friends. Give us a call here at The Dunstan Group and let’s talk about your fall branding and marketing opportunities.
The season of giving isn’t confined to the holidays. There are plenty of reasons to celebrate success, reward achievement, say thank you, or show appreciation. Yes, it is the thought that counts; but a truly unique gift shows you really put some thought into it! We’ve already done some thinking on the subject. Here are some of our new favorites for Fall 2018 from us here at The Dunstan Group.
The Serenity 12 oz. Concrete Candle is as comfortable in a perfectly curated Instagram grid as it is positioned in your urban loft window. Overlooking that awe inspiring horizon, surrounded by clean, open spaces, it clarifies the mind and heightens the senses. Bet you can’t wait to get home to this one, right? Relax, unwind, and get ready to binge watch your favorite series.
The new Outlander gift set comes with a knitted beanie with debossed leather patch, full-color dye-sublimated socks and 8 oz. glass tumbler candle in a 8″ laser engraved wooden gift box with brown crinkle paper. It’s an incredible presentation and branding opportunity with a selection of scent options from our White Scented Candles. Choose from 6 domestic, USA Made, leather colors and customize to match your company logo to create something truly unique.
The all-new Brain Games set includes the engraved wooden word builder dice, engraved wooden cube puzzle, mini composition book and pencil with debossed leather sleeve. All wrapped up in a soft, muslin bag, it shows as well as it plays. As a desk or office shelf accessory, a game room addition, or just for fun— it’s sure to be a winner. Choose from 5 domestic, USA Made, leather colors to create something truly unique.
Our new Bailiwick set includes a debossed leather mini padfolio and debossed leather mouse pad, bundled together in a soft muslin bag. Choose from 6 domestic, USA Made, leather colors and then customize them to match your company logo with 11 Irish waxed linen accent stitching colors to create something truly unique. A guaranteed eye-catcher at the next meeting, or anywhere else you want to write in style.
We think this one should be called the “Type A,” but they didn’t ask us. The Control Freak set includes a leather cord organizer and leather earbud wrap with post closure, wrapped in a muslin bag. Choose from 6 domestic, USA Made, leather colors and customize to match your company logo with 11 Irish waxed linen accent stitching colors for a polished, one of a kind finish. The truly organized — or those who aspire to be — will love it!
And yes, there are loads of more great new gift ideas from The Dunstan Group. No matter what your reason for giving, we’ll help you make an impact.
The temps have yet to fall, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make like a Boy Scout and have your team prepared for the coming season. Outfit anyone for the sales floor, the worksite, trade shows — or anywhere else you want to your brand to stand out and be weather ready, too. Here are some favorite looks for fall from the team at The Dunstan Group.
When it’s time to layer up, the Jackson Half Zip from Cutter and Buck is your perfect partner. This breathable, moisture-wicking half-zip has a hidden zipper, raglan sleeves and a tailored fit. Tons of colors, too! This polyester and spandex pullover is works as a stand-alone layer for the gym our other active pursuits, or over a collared shirt for a look that’s business casual look that’s just right for fall. Raglan sleeves keep the keep the look sharp no matter the setting.
New for 2019 from The Dunstan Group and Cutter and Buck, it’s the Altitude Quilted Jacket. This cozy full zip jacket features heathered fleece with quilting and insulation, mesh lining and front zipper pockets. The Altitude Quilted Jacket is lightweight and machine washable. The drawcord hem and zip front pockets keep the look sleek and fashion forward. But at its core, this is one jacket that performs as good as it looks!
This highly breathable, performance stretch woven shell is one of Stormtech’s most popular styles. A simple design and classic look that includes a zippered exterior chest pocket and an attached, articulated hood for protection and warmth in cool to moderate weather conditions. This weather-ready shell features contrast reverse-taped zippers to keep the elements outside where they belong. Articulated cuffs and adjustable hem mean you’ll be ready for whatever is out there.
The perfect partner for those evening runs in low light, with a fashion-forward heathered design. This lightweight shell features an elasticized hood, cuffs and hem and reflective tape detail for added visibility. The Ozone Lightweight Shell features an elasticized hood, cuffs and hem, with Reflective Tape and chin saver zipper garage. Zippered pockets keep all your gear in place no matter how active the adventure.
The perfect mid-layer for those chilly fall days. The Tundra Sweater Fleece Jacket has ultra-soft brushed back fleece, double layered collar with the look of wool and the easy care of fleece. This 100% polyester fleece is machine washable and dries quickly, so it’s always moments away from “go time.” Zippered size pockets keep your gear close at hand— and your hands warm, too. The high, double layered fleece collar keeps the chill off your neck when the winds start to blow.
Yes! Every one of these options — and more — are available in a wide range of colors and sizes, and women’s-specific cuts, too.
We get it. Not every branding opportunity requires outfitting an entire stadium with your logo and colors. Sometimes, more intimate settings present you with the platform to make your presence known— and to make an impact on the audience, your clients, or team. Did you know? You can get branded merchandise and apparel in quantities as low as one unit! We’ve got options galore to make you (and your brand!) look like a hero. Here are some of our favorites at The Dunstan Group.
From mobile phones to laptops, and all sorts of electronics in between — every one of them needs to stay charged up. We’ve got a range of sizes for most any device that’ll keep them juiced about your brand.
Not only do these wireless, Bluetooth speakers produce amazing sound quality, they’re just the right size to look great on a tabletop or shelf. With a huge imprint area, they’ll represent even when the music isn’t pumping.
Want to recognize someone special, a job well done, or an incredible achievement? Say it with a custom-made award produced just for them— or the whole team.
From banners, tents, and table throws, we’ll have you looking like a pro no matter where you need to set up shop. And yes, we do stand-up and tabletop displays, too!
Not outfitting an army? No problem! Your team can represent your brand and colors, no matter how large or small. Whether they’re in the field, on the showroom floor, or out and about, they’ll look like they mean business.
Didn’t see what you’re looking for in this short list? Let us do the homework for you. Call or stop by The Dunstan Group showroom and let’s find out more about your next project.
First, a big “thank you” to everyone who bought a ticket, made a donation, won an auction item, or volunteered for this year’s Pink to Drink. Because of you, this good time for a great cause was again a huge success. It’s no small feat putting on Charlotte’s biggest block party, but stroking that check to the 24 Foundation makes it more than worth the effort. This year, The Dunstan Group, Team LIBSTRONG, Team AmWins, and Team Reeb presented a check for $37,713.90. Again, thank you all!
Yes, the party’s over — for now — but the fight against cancer isn’t yet. The Dunstan Group rides again this weekend in the annual 24 Hours of Booty, with the hopes of helping reach the event goal of $1.8 million for cancer navigation services. And yes, there’s still time to donate. https://events.24foundation.org/fundraiser/1424699
This article originally appeared on Pink to Drink’s website.
Just when you think Charlotte can’t be any more generous, there’s this: Thanks to event ticket sales and a new online auction, the 2018 Pink to Drink event raised $37,713.90 for cancer navigation and support services.
The three teams behind South End’s biggest block party — Team AmWINS, Team LIBSTRONG/Drew’s Crew, and Team Reeb — went all out for the 5th annual event. The party turned LoSo into a sea of pink as fun-seekers crowded Sugar Creek Brewing Co., The Broken Spoke, Queen Park Social, and The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery for food, drinks, and good entertainment for a great cause.
It was an incredible feeling as the three sponsoring teams handed over their biggest check yet at the 24 Foundation’s Jersey Awards Celebration.
“It’s amazing what our community can do when they see a need and want to help,” said Scott Dunstan, owner and president of The Dunstan Group, and a Pink to Drink founding member. Dunstan has ridden in the 24 Hours of Booty and supported the 24 Foundation for several years as a fundraiser and sponsor.
“Pink to Drink has helped challenge other people to do big things, too,” said Josh Jones, Pink to Drink co-founder and Team LIBSTRONG captain. “Tell your story,” he reminded the Jersey Awards crowd. “The more you tell it, the more people you invite in, because we’re all in this together.”
That night in 2014 was a surprise success, with more than 300 tickets sold. In 2017, Pink to Drink sold more than 600 tickets and raised $35,800. Sponsorship has grown too, with four participating venues and food from ROOTS Catering.
“Pink to Drink encapsulates what 24 Foundation is all about,” said Spencer Lueders, founder of the 24 Foundation. “Incredible storytelling, demonstrable passion for the mission, and heartfelt community support. Their collective efforts are inspiring and have made a real impact on 24 Foundation and this community.” Funds raised support organizations dedicated to cancer navigation and survivorship.
This year’s 24 Hours of Booty event is Friday and Saturday, July 27-28. More than 1,200 cyclists and walkers will circle Myers Parks’ “Booty Loop” for 24 hours, with a goal of raising $1.8 million for cancer navigation. For more information on the 24 Foundation, check them out at 24Foundation.org.