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Why Gift Presentation Matters

Why Gift Presentation Matters

In 1992 Daniel Howard, a marketing professor at Southern Methodist University, published a study that sought to determine if gift wrapping positively affects the recipient’s attitude toward possessing a gift. Like many psychological studies, there are often sleights that trick the participants into giving a more accurate response, and this one was no different. One of the experiments asked students to evaluate four different products in exchange for a free gift. Before leaving the room, the students were asked to rate the gift they received, which happened to be what the whole experiment was about. What did they receive? A sheepskin bicycle cover. What is even more interesting is that the students who received the bicycle cover that was wrapped rated the gift significantly higher than those who received the gift in a plastic bag. Another experiment tested the effect of the quality of wrapping paper on how the recipient perceived the gift. This yielded similar results. Even the gifts wrapped in cheap brown paper were rated higher than those not wrapped at all. 

2 Lessons We Should Learn From Chewy.com About Business Gifts

2 Lessons We Should Learn From Chewy.com About Business Gifts

When it comes to business-related gifts (client gifts, employee gifts, donor gifts, etc.), most people feel the need to give one around the classic milestones or holidays (Christmas, when the client signs up, an employee work anniversary, etc.). The downside of giving gifts within these typical milestones is that they are often expected. Furthermore, many of the recipients will be receiving gifts from other friends, partners, and organizations during these times. So, if you’re looking to make an impact on the individual and differentiate your brand, it will be more difficult during these “crowded moments” in the recipient’s life.

Kill the Widget

Widget [wij-it]: Something considered typical or representative, as of a manufacturer's products: “the widgets coming off the assembly line.”

We learned about widgets in business classes – a generic term used to describe a generic product.

It’s nothing personal, but Musser & Company it out to #KillTheWidget.

Because most people designing products today are solely focused on the aesthetics, functionality and marketability of a widget to the masses.

The problem is that a widget designed to appeal to the masses is not going blow away the C-level executive who spends 6-7 figures annually with your company. 

It is the strategic insights and design applied to a widget that turns it into a powerful communication tool.

Don’t send your clients widgets. They deserve better.

-Caleb Musser, President & Founder

David & Goliath (The Sports Version)

David & Goliath (The Sports Version)

Long before our handcrafted, laser-engraved Message Boxes, a cigar box helped me land a meeting I didn’t have a prayer of setting.

I was selling sponsorships at the time for a small NASCAR team, where I would refurbish old cigar boxes and send them with hand-written letters to prospective clients.

There was a large nutrition company I wanted to meet with about sponsoring our NASCAR driver. So I sent the CEO one of my souped-up cigar boxes.

It's Not About the Widget

It's Not About the Widget

Why is the Message Box the most powerful tactile communication tool in business?

It’s not because each box is hand-crafted and laser-engraved with American materials from start to finish.

Because it’s not about the “widget”.

It’s the ideas and design that go into each box to tell a story that rivets someone’s attention amidst their busy day. 

Conception, Iteration & Innovation

Conception, Iteration & Innovation

I launched Musser & Company in December of 2014 with $600 and a table saw in the garage. 

I couldn't afford to pay my laser vendor for more than one engraving per box, so the front of our Message Boxes I engraved by hand with a wood-burner from Hobby Lobby

The lids were designed with cheap parchment paper and some of the hand-crafted boxes themselves were questionable in integrity from my unsteady gluing hand.

Like many founders, to see some of our early products I built then is cringe-worthy, but makes our work today all the more special.