What should we be looking for when we are choosing the awards for our corporate presentations? Are there any things we could look out for, that may indicate good purchases? Buying awards for is going to be like buying anything else. You get what you pay for. That doesn't mean that there are not any "bargains" to be had, or products that are being sold are all over priced. However, crystal, quality crystal, is not cheap. High quality pewter and Nickel awards, also, are not going to be cheap either. The questions will be, what sort of impression to you want your awards to promote to both the recipients, and those who you are trying to impress enough to want to win next time? How do you want to protray your company to your staff?
Quality crystal awards are most common now for those looking for a high class, and also prestigious atmosphere to their presentation evening. There are plenty of companies that probably charge too much for what they are selling. Cut crystal tends to offer the best "look" and the impression of quality.
Pewter, used alot in tankards and goblets, are a safe bet. Presentation boxes can make a pewter tankard loo all the more impressive when they are presented. Polished pewter, to me, looks a lot better than dull unpolished pewter. You can get Nickel plated and stainless steel tankards and goblets, but these just don't seem to be as attractive as their pewter compatriots. You could always go for solid silver or gold products. The cost will obviously be a lot more expensive, but the value of that prodcuct in a presentation will be obvious to those winning it, and those who you are trying to impress enough to want to win next time themselves.
Having either the crystal or pewter awards engraved can sometimes make an ordinary product, that much more impressive. Company logos can be engraved, as can the names of the recipients. This personalises that product to the winner, and makes it a more personal affair for them too. Engraving costs can often be included in the price of the products, if you are ordering a big enough quantity, or are spending a particular amount. By engraving the award you can Taylor make the artwork being engraved, to reflect whatever image you are trying to portray for both your company, amongst your employees, and makes the award stand out as being unique.
My real feeling is that by paying for quality, and making sure that what you are having engraved on the products reflects the image of quality and achievement you are tring to portray, you will make your presentation special. By opting for crystal awards, you really cannot go wrong in trying to do this. Just seeing the light reflecting beautifully off the awards prior to them being presented, will show you what they can bring for you. No one is saying that you have to pay over the odds. But by opting for resin products, or even some glass trophies, your employees may get the feeling that their achievements are not valued that highly. This will not only effect moral, but portray the company in the wrong light. You can still set budgets per person, just make sure they are realistic, and not totally reflective of wanting to make the awards cheap, or not worthy of the efforts of those who have won them.