Your Smile is Your Logo

“Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after having an experience with you becomes your trademark”

Teresa sent me this quote today and I fell in love with it. Not only because it is more than true, but because the ladies of Grand Ideas know it all too well.

Grandee Ray started Grand Ideas back in 2001 and have touched the lives of many in the Charleston community. Her passion and dedication for this company drives and inspires the rest of us to work hard and have fun. She has an energy that cannot be touched and a warm heart and bright smile that lights up a room. She is truly an amazing woman to work for. It suits her well to run a creative self-promoting and branding company. The way that she leaves others feeling after having an experience with them has become her trademark.

Teresa Dunlap is not only the Director of Operations, but Grandee’s right hand woman. I have watched her almost predict what Grandee will do or say next and does an amazing job assisting her. Every one of our clients has fallen in love with Teresa and her charismatic personality makes it hard not to. Even on her bad days, Teresa gets her work done and makes sure the client is always satisfied.

This quote rings true to us here because Grandee and Teresa not only have the smile and personalities for this industry, but have a way of dealing with clients that is unmatched. They work hard and it’s not surprise why Grand Ideas is going on its 16th year of business.

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Keys To Improving Social Media Sharing

I recently read an article from Social Media Week about keys to improving social media sharing. The article discussed a lot about videos but I decided to take what I found most relevant to Grand Ideas. It also discussed the importance of keeping yourself inspired.

  1. Be Informative
  2. Define Brand Voice: Make sure your audience understands the company’s personality.
  3. Be Responsive: To be social, you need to respond when you are mentioned
  4. The Internet never sleeps. Automate posts to reach early birds, night owls, and different time zones.
  5. Be Direct: punchy posts get engagement.
  6. Be creative

If you want to remain productive and have ideas when you need them most, the stimuli you allow into your mind are important. Creativity is essentially the combining of existing bits of inspiration into something new, the quality and relevance of your inputs will often directly affect your creative output.

According to Todd Henry, founder of Accidental Creative, one common question is “where do you find inspiring stimuli” He says the answer is quite simple. I ask people I admire, “What’s inspiring you right now?” He asks anyone he finds interesting. It doesn’t matter if they’ve just met or are old friends. He says the best quality stimulus often come from the least expected place.

Take the time to INSPIRE yourself.

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Celebrating Your Employees is a Key to Success

The Importance of Rewarding Employees

Continuing along with the theme of the importance of gratitude and thanks from our last blog, this week weʼll be speaking about the importance of rewarding your employees beyond just salary compensation. At Grand Ideas we have realized throughout the years that rewarding oneʼs employees is nothing to be taken lightly, and it should be an integral part of any successful company.

The Facts

There have been many articles and studies conducted about the importance of this topic and itʼs astounding how much companies downplay the benefits that come from rewarding your employees, and keeping them in good spirits while on the job.
Rewarding employees is one of the easiest ways to boost not only company morale, but productivity as well. An article from entrepreneur.com states that appreciation and recognition are two of the most important components in a reward system, and further that “ [t]hese two elements rarely receive the attention they deserve from business owners, which is amazing because they’re the low-cost/high-return ingredients.” Another article from Forbes Magazine lists a number of inexpensive yet effective ways to honor your employees for performance and dedication to their job. At the top of the list? Simple thank you notes, and small gifts. This is where Grand Ideas can help.

How Grand Ideas Can Help You Reward Your Employees Effectively and Creatively

We understand the necessity of rewarding employees, and people that help your company grow and be the most successful it can be, and thatʼs why we dedicate a specific part of our company to awards and recognition. We believe that recognition and celebration of effort is the greatest motivator of positive individual or team performance. The options are limitless! Check out our awards/recognition page here for more specific gifts for your awesome employees! Below check out some of our most favorite/popular corporate gifts we’ve put together for clients in the past.

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As always, you can contact us on our website http://www.grandideas.net or on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/GrandIdeas
Or reach us via telephone at our office: 866.554.7263
We look forward to doing business with you!

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A Little Thanks Goes a Long Way

How Important is Saying ‘Thank You’ Anyways?

Grand IdeasWell, to be blunt: very. There are countless articles, blogs, and statistics out there that all say the same thing, and that is that saying “thank you” is an absolute must, especially in the business world. It is easy to get caught up in daily life, and only focusing on work, work, work, but it is essential to thank those people who make an effort to help you out, or make your daily life just a little bit easier or better. The Harvard Business Review released a blog article last year that details the importance of employees acknowledging each other through thanks, and the sub-conscious repercussions that happen if you don’t say that important phrase (you can read the entire entry here). This blog entry is just one of the many out there that focuses on the importance of a simple ‘thank you’ within the business world, specifically.

How Can Grand Ideas Help You Say Thanks?

At Grand Ideas, we work hard to know exactly what our customer’s needs are, and how to help them enhance their own businesses. We’ve made it our livelihood to learn what gifts are best for companies when they want to boost morale, or simply say ‘thank you’ to their employees, and/or their customers. Below we have a fantastic chart that displays why promotional gifts are so important, and how long they are generally kept.

Promotional Gift Chart, Grand IdeasPromotional Gift Chart, Grand IdeasAs you can see, usefulness is the most important part of a good promotional gift, and we are constantly striving to provide our customers with useful, and attractive gifts for whatever event/reason they may need. If it’s one thing we’ve learned, it is that people remember gifts, and more importantly the thought behind those gifts. Whether it’s pens, koozies, totes, coolers, corporate apparel, custom gift cards etc.  we are here to help!

Wrapping up, we’d like to say thank YOU, our loyal customers for choosing us to help you with all of your promotional needs for so many years.
As always, you can contact us on our website http://www.grandideas.net or on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/GrandIdeas
Or reach us via telephone at our office: 866.554.7263
We look forward to doing business with you!

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“Old” Ways of Doing Business Go Far in New Market

Slowing Down the Fast Lane

In this new day and age, the Internet is a crucial component of any successful business, and while it is an incredible (and necessary) tool, there is something to be said for companies that implement more “traditional” ways of conducting business as well. At Grand Ideas, we want to make sure that there is always a personal connection to our clients and work hard to ensure that we’re not just another internet-based company without a face behind it.

Face Behind the Name: Who is Grand Ideas?

Before we get into who we are, we think it’s important to start with where we’re located. Our location has a huge impact on who we are as a company, and how we conduct business. Grand Ideas is located in the historic South Windermere neighborhood of West Ashley, South Carolina. 

Slowing Down the Fast Lane

In this new day and age, the Internet is a crucial component of any successful business, and while it is an incredible (and necessary) tool, there is something to be said for companies that implement more “traditional” ways of conducting business as well. At Grand Ideas, we want to make sure that there is always a personal connection to our clients and work hard to ensure that we’re not just another internet-based company without a face behind it.

Face Behind the Name: Who is Grand Ideas?

Before we get into who we are, we think it’s important to start with where we’re located. Our location has a huge impact on who we are as a company, and how we conduct business. Grand Ideas is located in the historic South Windermere neighborhood of West Ashley, South Carolina. 

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Map of the West Ashley Suburb of Charleston, SC.

More about South Windermere Neighborhood  

People in the real estate biz have noticed that the West Ashley suburb of Charleston has been getting a lot of attention recently from prospective buyers. More specifically, the South Windermere neighborhood has been particularly sought after…and we think we have a few reasons why. Sure there are the obvious amenities: the convenient shopping center, easy commute to downtown, and a growing number of restaurants coming to the area, but there’s a larger contributing factor at play. The classic, old-fashioned feeling of South Windermere is evident not only in the architecture, but also in the attitude of its residents. Personal connections are everything in this neighborhood, and we adapt the same attitude when we conduct business. 

Grand Ideas Compound

The specific Grand Ideas Compound was built in 1955, as were many others in the neighborhood. The house itself is a typical example of homes being built at the time, and has a great feeling to it. The “compound” also includes five huge live oaks, a koi pond, and a converted detached potting shed that is now Grandee’s private office. While the home is certainly private, being that it is located in South Windermere, means we are part of a very connected community. People actually know their neighbors here, and make a point to look out for one another. This plays an important role in how we conduct business at Grand Ideas. Getting to know our clients is everything, and we even do door-to-door deliveries for some of our clients! Just like the old milk man, or Charlie’s Chips, Teresa and Grandee delivered orders to two separate clients just this week. Just another example of how hands on we like to be with each and every one of our accounts. 

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 The Grand Ideas “Compound” in South Windermere, West Ashley, SC.

And we’ll end on a word from our fearless leader, Grandee: “We believe in valuable face-time with our customers; it helps us to understand your business before recommending ideas that offer the “AHA!” or “WOW!” factor. No other company offers such an innovative, specialized approach.”

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Grandee, and one of her past interns, Meredith Massey.

So, now that you know a little bit about us, and where we come from, we’d love to know more about y’all! You can of course contact us on our website:http://www.grandideas.net or on our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrandIdeas

Or reach us, the “old fashioned” way at: 866.554.7263

We look forward to doing business with you! 

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New Adult Wine Sippy Cups!

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Our new adult wine sippy cups have just arrived! These are a fun way to enjoy a glass of wine without the worry of spilling it on yourself. Take out on the boat or for a walk on the beach. These items are a great gift for the wine lover if your life. You can find these great items as well as others at the upcoming Charleston Wine and Food Festival. Grand Ideas will be there to provide you with any fun promotional items that you are looking for. We are the sole retailer for the Charleston Wine and Food Festival and take pride in having that title. Look out for us during the festival and remember to pick up all your favorite items for Spring!

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Spring is Here!

We have finally finished packaging a huge shipment! Around 7100 foldable Frisbee discs were recently stuffed to be shipped to six different energy cooperative organizations in the Midlands area. These serve as safe toys for children to play with and each have the name of their business as well as logo printed on the front. These different colored discs serve as great promotional gifts for any occasion. If you want to look at how you can receive these same discs for your own business go to our website at http://www.grandideas.net/. This is perfect for a corporate spring time outing or gifts for your employees or clients.

We have an enormous array of fun products perfect for the springtime that your company can enjoy. Here at Grand Ideas, we do a great job at taking your vision and turning it into a reality when it comes to creating promotional items for your corporation. As the weather begins to warm up, this reminds us that promotional items are a great way to endorse your company’s name. Whether it is a cooler, boater tote or even a koozie Grand Ideas can provide any item for your upcoming Spring event. Show your clients, employees and anyone else that your brand matters by sending them home with an item that they can use in the warm weather.

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