Poll: Do you offer small presents to your favorite clients during the holidays?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you offer small presents to your favorite clients during the holidays?".

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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 15:21
Spanish to English
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No Dec 21, 2013

They are clients, after all, not friends, family or otherwise deserving causes. I do however remain largely available for my best clients during holiday periods, which I think is enough.

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 14:21
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Ditto Dec 21, 2013

neilmac wrote:

They are clients, after all, not friends, family or otherwise deserving causes. I do however remain largely available for my best clients during holiday periods, which I think is enough.


Is this whole client gifting thing even a good idea in the first place?


 

Diana Coada  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 14:21
Portuguese to English
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Email Dec 21, 2013

A short and friendly email is enough.

 

Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:21
English to Spanish
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I thought we were friends! Dec 21, 2013

Diana Coada, BA DPSI RPSI ACIL wrote:

A short and friendly email is enough.




Remind me not to be your client ever (hahahahah)


 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 15:21
Member (2003)
Danish to English
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Only greetings Dec 21, 2013

I do send greetings by mail. Some used to send 'real' Christmas cards, and I did too if I had time, but I inevitably missed some out.

Now I keep a list, but I can always get another mail off at the last minute!

It is a good opportunity to remind some clients 'I am still here' -- or will be in the New Year -- and remind others that I also have a life away from the computer, and am NOT here until the New Year icon_biggrin.gif

Greetings to everyone!

[Edited at 2013-12-21 10:43 GMT]


 

Sharon Toh, MITI MCIL
Singapore
Local time: 22:21
Member (2009)
Chinese to English
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Send greetings for keeping in touch with clients Dec 21, 2013

Christine Andersen wrote:

I do send greetings by mail. ...

It is a good opportunity to remind some clients 'I am still here' -- or will be in the New Year -- and remind others that I also have a life away from the computer, and am NOT here until the New Year icon_biggrin.gif


Same here. Just to add on: Experience so far has also been that some clients who have not contacted me for a long time would actually reply to my greetings emails with job requests.icon_smile.gif It makes me think that they have been reminded of my existence...

[Edited at 2013-12-21 11:50 GMT]


 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 15:21
Member (2009)
English to German
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No Dec 21, 2013

I only send personalized, individual e-cards. Yes, no mass-mailing.

This serves 2 purposes, for one it will make them smile (I hope), and secondly, it will remind them that I'm still hear and ready to work with them in the new year.icon_wink.gif


 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 15:21
Member (2006)
German to English
Yes, to some Dec 21, 2013

For my customers that have a really good relationship, I just send wine, I know their taste, otherwise I get pocket calenders printed and a pen to go along with it for all the others

 

LegalTransform  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 09:21
Member (2002)
Spanish to English
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I remember back in the 1990s when... Dec 21, 2013

translation agencies used to send translators gifts such as candies and treats from countries around the world, fruit baskets, mugs, pens and calenders with the company's logo, magazine subscriptions, etc.

Now we are just "Dear Linguist number 354:"


 

Jean Chao  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 06:21
English to Chinese
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Hear, hear--just did that Dec 21, 2013

Thayenga wrote:

I only send personalized, individual e-cards. Yes, no mass-mailing.

This serves 2 purposes, for one it will make them smile (I hope), and secondly, it will remind them that I'm still hear and ready to work with them in the new year.icon_wink.gif


I just sent out some individualized "thank you/holiday spirit" ecards to clients I'm looking forward to working with in the next year.

Thank you, Thayenga, for a great reminder.

Happy holidays.


 

Teresa Reinhardt  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 06:21
Member (2002)
German to English
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Conflict of interest Dec 21, 2013

Cards/greetings are fine, but in the US, (accepting) gifts might create a conflict of interest, and most companies have rules against that…

Now I want everyone to know that I don't have any such rulesicon_wink.gif Esp. against nice stuff (remember the Janis Joplin song about a certain German car….?)

Season's Greetings to All!
Teresa


 

Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 09:21
English to Spanish
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Conflict of interest II Dec 22, 2013

Teresa Reinhardt wrote:

Cards/greetings are fine, but in the US, (accepting) gifts might create a conflict of interest, and most companies have rules against that…

Now I want everyone to know that I don't have any such rulesicon_wink.gif Esp. against nice stuff (remember the Janis Joplin song about a certain German car….?)

Season's Greetings to All!
Teresa


That's quite a generalization with which facts disagree. Large U.S. corporations are subject to certain gift-accepting regulations, such as medical device makers giving gifts to doctors or surgeons, and U.S. government officials here and abroad are also subject to limits (US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, http://www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/fcpa/guide.pdf).

But the usual business gift (a nice card or a box of cookies) has to reach a maximum of $25 to be subject to IRS business gift regulations, and only if the company tries to make a tax deduction of such business gifts (IRS Publication 463 http://www.irs.gov/publications/p463/ch03.html).

As recently as early this year, I was receiving special gifts from a translation company after a particularly important project. So I think the small presents are a nice policy to have but varies from company to company.


 

Annie Sapucaia  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 09:21
Member (2011)
French to English
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Holidays are a good excuse for touching base Dec 23, 2013

Sharon Toh wrote:


Same here. Just to add on: Experience so far has also been that some clients who have not contacted me for a long time would actually reply to my greetings emails with job requests.icon_smile.gif It makes me think that they have been reminded of my existence...

[Edited at 2013-12-21 11:50 GMT]


Agreed. It's a good excuse to contact them and let them know you're still interested. I send cards in the mail with a few of my business cards tucked in there. icon_smile.gif


 


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