The festive season is here and while Marketing Managers are pouring over email distribution lists (and checking them twice), what are the hottest gifts you could slip into their Christmas stocking? Check out our top six gifts to buy for your Marketing Manager this Christmas - regardless of whether they’ve been naughty or nice.
1. New laptop bag
For the modern marketer, a new laptop bag can never go wrong. Marketers are usually very busy and quite often on the go - so transporting their laptop in style and safety is key! Whether you go for looks or utility, you should have a good judge of their character.
2. The gift of someone who will REALLY listen
No, it isn’t a lump of coal. It’s the Amazon Echo. The Echo started off as a music streaming system but it quickly evolved into a voice activated “smart home” device. By addressing it as “Alexa”, you can make lists, order an Uber, fire up the Smart TV with some Shortland Street, get some pizza, oh, and play music. The voice activation functionality has come a long way and is sensitive enough to detect users from across a room. The Echo comes in a rapidly expanding variety of models, including the Echo Dot, that has the same functionality as the Echo but is slightly more compact and affordable. Google Home is just as impressive, and, as you would expect, is always learning.
Consider getting one for your workplace. We’ve got one on the way to the Engaging Partners office for Christmas, and are anticipating a few clashes over who controls Alexa. “Alexa, play The Clash on Spotify.” “No, Alexa, play Vince Staples on Spotify.” “Alexa, no, play Beyoncé...” There will be no silent night for us.
Marketing is an ever-changing field. Savvy marketers know this, and they strive to stay up to date with the latest trends and best practices for their field of work.
3. The latest need-to-read marketing book
In order to help your busy marketing manager achieve this, look into the top rated marketing book being published in stores right now. As we write this article, a good current book example would be 'Contagious: Why Things Catch On' – by Jonah Berger.
4. Do they need an assistant?
If your busy Marketing Manager is in need of a phone upgrade, but you're wary of exploding Samsungs and bendy iPhones with cracked screens, how does this review sound... “The best phone on the planet, period.” - Wired. The Google Pixel is the newest high-end Android phone and comes with its very own Google Assistant that will book appointments, manage your files, entertain you, and it has the “highest rated smartphone camera ever.” And with Google Duo, you can video call on both Android & iOS. This is definitely a device to keep tabs on and would be a welcome Christmas surprise!
5. Feed their addiction. Their Netflix addiction
Most Marketing Managers need more leisure time and fewer 12-hour days. As much as an eight-hour binge of Stranger Things might be taking things a bit too far, at least they’re watching what they want, when they want, and on whatever device they want. The Google Chromecast Ultra is a stunning little device that streams in striking HD detail, all from the control of your phone. But the Chromecast isn’t the only product out there. Roku Streaming Sticks are a cheaper, portable alternative with a remote control so you can take it to a friend’s for movie night. The variety of streaming suppliers for streamcast devices is ever-expanding, with products perfect for today’s Netflix junkies.
6. Get them a device cleaner
Greasy fingerprints on your iPad and makeup smudges on the smartphone are headaches of the modern era. The Auto Mee S robot cleans tablets and smartphone screens. Place it on top, set it going and the screen will be cleaned faster than Santa can wolf down a cookie and a cup of milk. It autonomously moves around with sensors that detect the edge of the screen so it doesn’t fall off. Surely every Marketing Manager wants a robotic screen cleaner from their Secret Santa?
Those are our top six Santa sack gifts for the Marketing Manager who loves to keep up with the latest technology and gadgets. Don’t forget to subscribe to our Content Marketing newsletter to stay in the loop with the latest trends and insights in inbound and content marketing coming in 2021.