Monday, January 25, 2010

Smith and Warren Badges

We are a certified Smith and Warren badge reseller. Most of the work we have been doing is for the local fire departments. These great customers of ours have been purchasing service pins, and we are looking to help more of you.

If interested call or leave a comment!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Golf Tournament Planning continued

Now that you know who's running the show, it's time to do some dirty work. A budget is going to need to be developed and followed. A fine crafted budget takes a lot of stress out of the planning process and provides a roadmap to achievable objectives.

The budget process is where you decide on entry fees, sponsorship fees, and where you will play. The location of the event, catering, and selection of awards and prizes all affect the budget. Also, you will want to take into account the amount you want to donate, rather than whatevers left at the end. Having a fundraising goal can help bring sponsors on board and create a buzz in print and online media.

Another question that may get raised comes when you are trying to figure out the number of participants. On one hand you don't want to say no to someone who wants to play but you also don't want to be on the golf course for 6 or 7 hours.

Printed materials cost money as well. Try to get a printer to subsidize part of the cost in exchange for putting his name on them and being listed as the print sponsor, recognition at these events is at a premium because there is a guaranteed number of people looking at the sponsors business.

Once the budget is crafted you want to lay out an outline for each chairman to help them stay on task.


Friday, January 22, 2010

Golf Tournament Planning Step One

The first thing you need to decide before you even begin is the roles and responsibilities. Who will be responsible for what? You are going to want to create a committee to keep focus on the tournaments goals and will bring the golf outing together.

Typical Roles Needed Include:
  • Tournament Chairman- the person with the vision. Expected to lead and provide guidance to the golf tournament.
  • Honorary Chairman- Someone well known in the community to help draw golfers.
  • Vice Chairman, Sponsors- someone who can focus on getting sponsors for the event.
  • Vice Chairman, Event planning-
  • Vice Chairman, Awards and Prizes- this person will be in charge of getting awards and giveaways to not only the golfers but to the sponsors as well.
The committee chairman and the committee people will come from a variety of places, make sure they understand the objective and their place in the big picture. These people will be volunteering and should be recognized as such. Time is worth it's weight in gold and these people are as much as sponsor as the monetary donors, make sure they are recognized for it.

If you thought this tip was useful and have something to add or a question leave it in the comments and I will answer best I can. More tips to follow!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Golf Tournament Planning

We all know the golf tournament season is coming, and some of you might have already had your first meeting. Others may be thinking about starting up a golf tournament and not know where to start. While we don't think your first step should be planning the awards, we know that it shouldn't wait until the last meeting the night before your event either.

Bux-Mont Awards is here to help. One of our promotional products suppliers has put together a golf giveaways and awards catalog in print and online to help you with your golf tournament needs.


We will be publishing tips from the Tournament Planner here on this blog to help you with your golf tournament needs. Of course we hope that you will be thankful enough for the planning aid that you will want to try us for your tournaments awards and promotional products needs.

And if you can't wait for these posts you can also read over the full version here.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Blog feature product shopping

We will be rolling out a great new service in the next couple of days. When we do a product feature on our blog, we will be putting it into a shopping gadget that will be embedded on our blog. This will show up in the post for the featured product as well as on the side of the blog. This will enable those of you with a google account to easily purchase products right from this page!

Hopefully this helps make it easier for you to try Bux-Mont Awards for your trophy and recognition needs so you can see how great the products are this company has!



The featured product shopping gadget!


Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

We thank all those who are taking time out of their day today to serve others.

Skip the Mall, We engrave it all

We can engrave stuff that wasn't purchased here (most of the time.) A lot of people are surprised to learn that we engrave stuff. Like our name isn't Bux-Mont Awards & Engraving Services or we are just a trophy shop.

Thankfully we have a network of jewelers referring customers to us. Long time ago, the jewelers used to do their own engraving, but then it got to be too expensive and since we opened most have been referring peoples engraving needs to us.

Most local trophy shops have the ability to do this. We offer a lot of the same products as a typical mall engraving store, but we do it at a more affordable cost with higher quality. The quality is higher because we take care of our machines and take our time. The more affordable cost comes from not having to pay high mall rents.

Some other products we offer you probably didn't know we have include but are not limited to the following:
  • Wedding Gifts
  • Wedding Invitations
  • Engraved Wine & Champagne glasses (also for weddings)
  • Best men, grooms, ushers, brides maids gifts, all of the engravable kind
  • Custom imprinted shirts
  • Custom imprinted tote bags (great mothers day gifts for grandparents, take your child's artwork and put it on a tote that Grandma can take around and show off. She will love it)
  • Custom imprinted mugs
  • and the list goes on....
Bux-Mont Awards will try to highlight some of these products on this blog and they are always on display in our showroom.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Local Sports News Coverage

Is it just me or is more attention being paid to local sports coverage in the papers. I heard on the news the other day that ESPN is going to start focusing on increasing it's local coverage with new channels to compete with comcast sportsnet among others.

I wonder if local high school sports is where the newspapers are going to find their new niche to call home while figuring out how to make money on the web. There are two good sites covering local news in this area: phillyburbs Bucks Mont sports now site and Rally: The Daily News & Inquirers online offerings. Both are good, but neither of them have won awards made by Bux-Mont Awards so how good could they be right? But they have some great writers and coverage of the local sports today.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Recognition programs for companies big and small

My wife and I were talking the other day about an employee that recently gave her two weeks, and I was saying how they needed an employee recognition program to help them retain their employees. She responded that being in a small dental office, they would just keep giving the same person an employee of the month plaque over and over.

That got me thinking a lot about small business and what they do to recognize achievements and how it is a very underdeveloped part of our business. Some small businesses get it, but a lot don't realize that there is more to recognition incentive programs than employee of the month plaques.

Even if you were to recognize someone monthly, you can easily create a plaque or recognition piece that sits in a prominent location in the office highlighting the persons achievements.

Contests could be held between employees that would reward them for exemplary service or commitment to employee loyalty and this could be in the form of gift cards to their favorite retailer or even a lunch out with the boss.

Monetary bonuses are nice and greatly appreciated by employees when they receive them, but they are quickly forgotten. These bonuses coupled with an effective recognition program set up by your favorite recognition specialist will ensure your employees are in your court come game time.

Leave your thoughts in the comments and look for more posts about recognizing corporate achievements.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Corporate Recognition

About.com's article on employee recognition is a good one. This is the one area where Bux-Mont Awards sales has fallen off. With the financial meltdown came fear. A fear that halted the stock market and a fear that skittered through the banks so fast it brought lending to a halt. This fear cost many people their jobs, and it cost many people their businesses and livelihoods.

While answers are waiting to be found a fear persists. People know that changes need to be made, and many are doing just that. Paying down credit cards, saving more, searching for greater and greater deals, peoples habits are changing.

But that doesn't change the fact that people need to be recognized. When business go through massive layoffs, or even small layoffs it fuels this fear I was just telling you about. This is a reason, in downturns in the economy, why you need to utilize recognition to show your employees appreciation.

Because it works.

Lets face it, businesses don't have the budgets anymore to give big bonuses, and in many cases they aren't giving bonsuses at all. Some have cut out their budgets for awards programs and others haven't been meeting their goals which doesn't warrant their traditional sales awards programs.

My advice to them: Do something different! Find a reason to recognize achievement. When done right (ask the professionals) it can have profound effects on your organization. People need meaning in their lives, and commitment to recognizing their achievements and giving them the meaning they seek in their jobs will get you an employee for life. These associations and bonds being formed will stay with the company and increase brand equity and bring greater increases in worth to the company.

It really works, and our being around for 20 years is a testament to that. We see the results first hand in the form of repeat customers and community feedback. It really is a neat thing to be a part of.

Leave a comment on your companies recognition program.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Goodbye Holidays

Hello 2010! We have jumped right into it and are having ourselves a very busy start to this exciting new year.

We have big plans ahead for this year and we are excited to share them all with you in the form of these blog posts.

As January hits full stride, our production people are readying orders for year end soccer banquets. If you have a year end awards and recognition banquet upcoming and have been getting the same drab trophies every year, maybe it's time for a change.

Bux-Mont Awards
offers the widest selection of awards out there. Specializing in creating a unique custom award for you at a standard trophy cost.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Soccer Trophy Dude Awards

Someone asked what trophy dudes were the other day, and while they are hard to explain, they are undoubtedly the coolest thing to hit the trophy market in sometime. There hasn't been a trophy this well received since the children wanted the second place tournament trophies because they were the bobble heads and first place was a bigger heavier trophy!

So without further ado, check out our soccer trophy dudes!
This trophy figure coupled with the new spinning riser is a great way to recognize childrens travel tournament winners, and also youth league champions. Give the children these and watch their eyes light up with joy! Plenty of moving parts to play with and enjoy for countless hours.

They will truly appreciate the hard work they put into the season with these trophies!

Leave questions and trophy dudes stories in the comments section!

Call Bux-Mont Awards with any questions at 215.257.5432


or order now!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Soccer Awards

Soccer banquets are coming together. We have gotten a number of orders in for the year end banquets most soccer clubs have, and want to let everyone know now is the time to put your trophy orders in.

We ask 2 weeks production time on our products and time is running out to get your orders in on time. We would like the opportunity to show you how good we can be, and how we are the right fit for you. So please visit our showroom, visit our website, or call to see exactly what we can do for you.

We find solutions to those awards problems you have. We work with you to create a unique custom award that satisfies the needs of your club. Helping you recognize your childrens achievements to keep them motivated and working towards building a healthy future is our number one aim.

Whether it's one team or a whole league, Bux-Mont Awards works with our customers to find the exact right product. We have the right colors, sizes, shapes and types of trophies to meet your needs.

Please give us a call and give us the opportunity to help you meet your needs. We are ready to earn your business!

Monday, January 4, 2010

2009 People's Choice Awards: January 7 | The News is NowPublic.com



The 2009 People's Choice Awards will take place this Wednesday at 7:00 PM. The event will take place at the Nokia center in LA.

Our competitor Waterford designed a new trophy for them this year. An elegant glass design with Waterford Flutes going to all the nominees. Hope everyone enjoys!


of course we can do anything they can do better, and Bux-Mont Awards has many great glass suppliers that will argue against Waterford being second to none. They provide us the ability to offer you the very finest awards in genuine lead crystal!

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Bux-Mont Awards has a nice following on it's facebook page. Check it out for special Sellersville events and Bux-Mont Awards news, as well as specials, updates and new product info.



Saturday, January 2, 2010

promopros.com

Bux-Mont Awards started as an awards and engraving store, but as the years have moved on we have expanded our services to be a full scale provider of recognition services.

Many of you are wondering what that even means and this blog is here to help you with that somewhat. Recognition can be thought of as incentives, as promotions, and as an identification. We do all of that.

We sell brand recognition aides, otherwise known as promotional products. We sell products that companies can put their names on to help bring their brand to the forefront of their customers mind. With these products we help create connections between brands and their customers that will help these brands grow and become worth more.

We have a website specifically designed for this recognition niche: promopros.com. Promopros.com is here to give you a place to research imprintable promotional products for your business or brand. We have professionals here to help you create a plan for these promotional products to maximize their effectiveness.

This is one form of recognition that help many in the Bucks and Montgomery counties with and we are looking forward to helping more meet their promotional products needs with this website. We know that not all our customers need awards and that some just want a space to find their promotional products. Promopros.com is for you.

Friday, January 1, 2010

January Awards

There is lots to be done with awards in January, and for those of you doing your awards ceremonies in January, we are looking forward to helping you. For those of you who need there orders for January, we need to hear from you soon, because our production schedule fills quickly at this time of the year, and while we don't say know, we reserve the right to publicly flog you.

Alright no flogging but please give us as much time as you can for production. We are looking to help more of you this year, so if you are unsure of how your company can utilize awards for recognizing achievements, we are here to help you.

From service to sales, and beyond recognition opportunities provide you with ways to show people they are appreciated and keep them motivated to get the job done.

Happy Winter!

Happy New Years

Happy 2010, we are looking forward to you being a productive year for many! Let's hope our hard work pays off. And if you find organization out there while your ringing in the new Years, please send it my way, you are one of my resolutions and I will be searching for you!!!

Be safe and happy!

Congratulations on your hard work, keep it up, it is something to take pride in!