Tag: holiday

14 Dec 2018

Happy Christmas Jumper Day

Christmas Jumper Day was created in 2012 in the UK by children’s rights charity Save the Children. The aim of the event is to raise money by having people who are wearing festive knitwear on the day donate a minimum of £2 towards the organization. Ever since it started, the entire nation has thrown themselves into the festivities.

We celebrated today by wearing our “Christmas Jumpers” in the office. We even had a contest of girls vs. guys. Congratulations to Billy and Carisa on their wins!

30 Nov 2018
Christmas Gift

Crisp Experiences: Favorite Christmas Gifts

We asked everyone in the office what their favorite Christmas gift to date was, and here’s what they had to say:

 

“My favorite Christmas gift was an authentic personalized home Detroit Tigers jersey. My name and usual number are stitched on the back. My wife thought I didn’t like it because I never wore it. But actually, it is just too beautiful and pristine to wear. I’ll be keeping it so nice, it will outlive me.”

-David Calhoun, Email Marketing Manager

 

“It was December 25, 2017 when I received the best, most epic Christmas gift of my life. The present was cleverly wrapped in a sizable box to enhance the surprise; it was successful. I saved the gift for last, and when I finally tore the pretty patterned paper to shreds and sliced through the annoying box tape, I saw it. Time seemed to slow as I took hold of the handle, and as the braided leather fell – so did my mouth. There I stood, on top of the world, with a 12 ft. whip in my hand. My excitement couldn’t be contained; I immediately ran outside in the freezing cold, swung my gift through the air, and as it broke the sound barrier with a loud crack, I knew my life would never be the same again.”

-Jake Call, Lead UX Designer

 

“The best Christmas gift I ever got was old school Nintendo. I had waited years for it! I also believed in Santa for many years longer than I should have.”

-Joan Biddle, Content Developer

 

“The best Christmas gift I’ve ever received was my first car. It ended up turning out to be a lemon…but I was so excited when I first got it that I ran outside to see it and immediately slipped in some mud. And yes, it was all caught on video.”

-Hayley Tillery, Lead UI Designer

 

“My favorite Christmas gift is a two-part answer. My favorite material gift was definitely when I opened my Pioneer Home Stereo System. It was the 80’s and the popular time to blow out your windows with incredible wattage. It had a stereo tuner, 101 cd disc player, dual cassette deck, and 15-inch subwoofer speakers. You get the point. I still remember the excitement from getting it all put together. Comparable to this, however, was my first Christmas with my daughter. Will never forget hearing her wake up and then carrying her into the living room as her little face lit up with happiness as she saw the tree and gifts. That experience with her is easily what I consider a greatest Christmas gift.”

-Jason Harmon, HR and Content Director

 

“My very favorite Christmas gift was from December 2011. My parents (along with the help of my college fund) bought me a Macbook Pro! I had been wanting one for years and my dad surprised me by taking me to the Apple Store on the false pretense that he was getting his phone fixed. I was so surprised when the Apple employee approached me asking about which Macbook I wanted. I was very annoyingly impatient waiting another week before I could actually have it on Christmas.”

-Hannah Verret, Content Developer

 

“My favorite Christmas was from my now fiancé. We were both with my dad in Men’s Warehouse shopping for his birthday when she showed me a pair of striped socks that I suddenly became very interested in, but because I was low on money I gave up on the idea of getting them. Fast-forward two days later, she gives me a neatly wrapped box that not only had the striped socks in them, but an entire set that included socks, ties, a handkerchief and a wallet. It meant a lot to me because of the thoughtfulness of the gift and the person who gave the gift.”

-Lawrence Shaw, Multimedia Specialist

 

“My favorite Christmas gift was my first drum set. It was a complete surprise. My parents had set it up in the living room, and once it was set up, it was too large to wrap. So once I entered the living room, I was immediately blown away. It was great!”

-Billy Wilson, Media Buyer

 

“My favorite Christmas gift was receiving a PS2 after begging for one for 2yrs and having to watch my cousins get all of the new PS2 games and I couldn’t even ask to borrow them LOL! Was a glorious day for my gaming life. I had to save up my own money to get my first PS.”

-Devan Dillard, Digital Media Strategist

 

“The best gift I ever received was a car. I felt completely privileged and humbled by such a big gift. I named it Frankie and we spent 14 years together. The gift meant so much to me because it meant my parents trusted me.”

-Kayla Pearce, Content Developer

 

“When I was a kid, there was this huge poster-sized photo hanging up in our house. It was of my father wearing his cowboy hat, making one of his notorious faces. I loved it because it embodied so much of who he was. My father was a terrific guy, and I looked up to him. He passed away in 2002, and the photo disappeared. I asked everyone in our family if they knew where it was so I could have it, but no one could find it. I was heartbroken over it. Years went by, and I had lost hope of ever seeing it again. Last Christmas, my family and I were celebrating the holiday at my aunt’s farmhouse in rural Iowa when my cousin Tim walked over and handed me a large present. Everyone gathered around us as I tore off the shiny foil wrapping paper, and saw my dad’s picture staring back at me. The same cowboy hat and goofy smile that I remembered from my childhood. I finally had my dad’s photo. Tim was cleaning out his attic and found it buried behind some boxes. I was so happy I nearly started sobbing right there on the sofa in front of everyone. Best Christmas present ever.”

-Carisa Wenstrom, Lead Multimedia Specialist and Director of People and Culture

 

“Everyday of the year, I struggle to behave well, so Santa will bring me my best present ever… and it it just being able to see my kids excitedly open their presents, bouncing around, randomly emitting high-pitched noises, and leaving behind a heaping mess every year on Christmas morning.”

-Aleksandra Kirievskaya, Junior Web Developer
21 Nov 2018

Happy Black Friday 2018!

The term “Black Friday” wasn’t originally coined talking about a holiday to shop, but to financial crisis. It started specifically about the crash of the U.S. gold market on September 24, 1869. On that Friday in September, the conspiracy finally unraveled, sending the stock market into free-fall and bankrupting everyone from Wall Street barons to farmers.

The most commonly repeated story behind the post-Thanksgiving shopping-related Black Friday tradition links it to retailers. As the story goes, after an entire year of operating at a loss stores would supposedly earn a profit on the day after Thanksgiving, because holiday shoppers blew so much money on discounted merchandise. Though it’s true that retail companies used to record losses in red and profits in black when doing their accounting, this version of Black Friday’s origin is the officially sanctioned—but inaccurate—story behind the tradition.

Don’t forget to spend extra time with your family and enjoy the holiday season!

19 Nov 2018
Marketing for Holidays

Tips for Marketing during the Holiday Season

Do you find yourself overwhelmed during the holiday season? Chances are that if you’re overwhelmed, so is your audience.

De-Stress the Holidays

As exciting as the holiday season is, it can be equally as stressful. Everyone is concerned about money, time, and keeping everything organized. The holiday season can be crazy and it’s important to not add to the overwhelming atmosphere. Be careful about adding another task to their holiday to-do list.

Try focusing on giving the audience some solutions to the holiday chaos. Simplicity is key. Guide the audience with content on how they can improve their holiday experience or keep things running smoothly while still enjoying themselves. Provide them with a five-minute solution, two-step fix, or other simple strategies to lighten the holiday load.

Use Nostalgia

The holiday season often focuses on nostalgia. Stick with the classic holiday figures and traditions to ease some of the typical stress. Add references to movies, characters, songs, etc to things that you’re doing. You can pull on their heartstrings with tradition and remind the target audience of their happy holiday memories.

Incorporate gentle, nostalgic themes in the content to easily connect with your audience.

Pick a Focus

The holiday season encompasses many celebrations, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Three Kings Day, the Winter Solstice, and more. Don’t dilute the content or the message of the brand by trying to incorporating them all. Instead, use certain phrases the can encompass them all by referring to it as the holiday season.

When decided how to approach the holiday season, it’s important to consider you brand. This might mean referring only to these events as “holidays” and putting your emphasis on time with family, food preparation, or meaningful gift-giving.

08 Nov 2018
Cook Something Bold

Happy Cook Something Bold Day!

Cook Something Bold Day is an event that leaves little to the imagination. In other words, cooking something that breaks you out of  your shell. Don’t stick with your usual, safe recipes today. Try that recipe that you’ve been thinking about, but have been too nervous to take on. Cook Something Bold Day is intended to celebrate the use of herbs such as garlic and hot pepper to promote health and longevity.

The best way to recognize Cook Something Bold Day is by cooking something bold. By using a bit of imagination, you may even find that a surprisingly original dish can be created. When boldness is combined with innovation, the results are bound to be interesting!

Here’s a recipe for the popular dish, Jerk Chicken:

(Serves 6)

1 tbsp allspice berries
1 tbsp black peppercorns
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped
4 spring onions, chopped (use the white part and most of the green)
3 scotch bonnet chillies, finely chopped
1 tbsp dark brown sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp dark soy sauce
Juice of 1 lime
6 chicken legs (thigh with drumstick attached), skin-on (or 6 thighs and 6 drumsticks)

1. Pound the allspice and the peppercorns in a pestle and mortar to a powder, then add to a food processor along with the cinnamon, nutmeg, thyme, spring onions and chillies. Whizz to a purée, then stir in the sugar, salt, soy sauce and lime juice.

2. Pour the marinade into a bowl then add the chicken and massage it into the meat, making sure you get it underneath the skin. Cover and leave to marinate for at least 6 hours, or overnight.

3. Light a barbecue and allow it to cool to a medium heat – you should be able to hold your hand over the grill for 4 seconds without getting singed. Add the chicken and sear on both sides, then move to the edges of the barbecue, put the lid on the barbecue and cook for about 25 minutes, turning occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through. Alternatively, pre-heat the oven to 180C and then cook the chicken in a roasting tray covered with foil for about an hour, until cooked through. Heat a griddle pan on a high heat, and then sear the legs on both sides until charred and crisp. Serve with rice and peas, roasted sweet potato or cornbread fritters.

03 Sep 2018

Happy Labor Day!

What is Labor Day? It’s a creation of the labor movement that’s dedicated to the achievements of American workers. The first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York. In 1884 the first Monday in September was designated as the holiday.

Happy Labor Day from Crisp Marketing.

How do you celebrate your Labor Day?

16 Jan 2018

Holiday Office Party at Crisp Marketing!

A warm and memorable Holiday season has come and gone here at Crisp Marketing. The entire team came together for a big holiday throw-down luncheon complete with some delicious food from Germantown Commissary, yuletide-inspired cocktails, Secret Santa gift exchange, games, and a craft! Here’s some of our favorite memories we’d like to share with you:

Here’s one of the games we played – Santa Wrap! Prizes are wrapped up in cling wrap, and while the next person tried to roll doubles on the dice, the current player tried to unwrap the layers of cling wrap to get to the prizes! Once the second player rolls his doubles, it’s his turn!

This is another game we played – everyone had a Christmas scene described to them step by step, and they had to draw it on plates, sitting on top of their heads, without looking at it at any point and without taking their pen off the plate. The person who scored the most points based on what they drew correctly, won!

We even got a visit from Santa!

And at the end of the festivities, we all painted ornaments to take home and hang on our Christmas trees.

Happy Holidays to everyone from Crisp Marketing!

04 Dec 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from Crisp Marketing!

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Before everyone headed home to celebrate with their friends and families, we had a small holiday luncheon to bring everyone in the office together and thank them for a job well done!

03 Nov 2017

Happy Halloween from Crisp Marketing!

Hello Ghouls and Gals! We hope you all had an awesome Halloween! Per Crisp Marketing style, we celebrated to the max with an office luncheon party. The conference room was decked out, we enjoyed a sammich and veggie lunch (complete with Dragon Blood Punch), and we even had some fun games lined up like a Halloween Bake-Off, Trivia, and to close the festivities we painted and decorated pumpkins. Another awesome office party for the Crisp Marketing team! Happy Halloween everyone!

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