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Bespoke Colour Coated Computer Mice for AkzoNobel

The Corporate Gift Brief

Our client AkzoNobel were opening a new office in Amsterdam and wanted to supply each member of staff with a special corporate gift. A wireless mouse that would have been coated with their Speciality Coatings paints. The colours were Pearl White and My Gold, which was the Colour of the Year 2016. Purpose of the campaign was to create a memorable gift to engage the staff with the Colour of the Year whilst celebrating the new premises.

The Challenge

Our client had very specific technical requirements for the mouse features.  It had to be wireless, with no software installation required. It also had to be constructed in a ‘two-part’ shape to enable the coating with both the Pearl White and My Gold and to be able to be supplied as separate components to facilitate the colour spraying of the mice.

They also wanted to see sample mice to ensure compatibility with their systems.  Delivery was required urgently as the new building was opening w/c 4th January and the mice were required pre-Christmas so that they could be placed on the desks ready for the first working day of 2016.The initial enquiry was received at the end of November leaving us with a short time period for sourcing, samples, production, shipping to AkzoNobel and spraying.

The Solution

Pro-Ad used their extensive worldwide sourcing service to source a mouse which met the technical requirements outlined by the client. Through discussions with our Far East factories we obtained a source that could not only supply the mouse but also spray it for us.  This saved the client time while ensuring that the mice were coated and assembled correctly.

Samples of the mouse were sent to Holland for testing and approval prior to the order being placed.  AkzoNobel then arranged for their paint to be sent to the factory in China with instructions for coating – the My Gold had two different matte topcoats whereas the Pearl White a high gloss topcoat.

As both production and spraying was taking place at the same source, the client was able to add a Compliment Card to each individual mouse box which allowed them to publically thank the Speciality Coatings Design Team for creating the Colour of the Year.

Delivery of the mice was made to two different addresses in Holland and via our dedicated worldwide shipping partners we arranged despatch direct from our Far East factory to both Amsterdam and Arnhem. We were also able to accommodate a late addition of mice to the order.

The Result

This campaign won Gold in the institute of Promotional Marketing COGS Award 2017 Promotional Merchandise Campaign of the Year


“Once again Pro-Ad went out of their way to create a unique product for us that was up to our quality standards and representative of brand values. Despite the challenging deadline for this project, Pro-Ad managed a smooth and flawless production and supply of our mice giving us peace of mind and provided us with an excellent product that was very well received by all our staff.”

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