SHRM’s Inaugural Swag Contest #SHRM16

Our search for the best swag—the “stuff we all get”—at the Society for Human Resource Management 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition netted a lot of contenders.

We skipped the standard buttons, stress balls and earbuds and went for the innovative, cute and delicious.

Read about the nominees:

  • AHC, a benefits communication agency, offers attendees the opportunity to take photos with a stand-up cutout of the Queen of England and actors resplendently dressed as the Queen’s Guard (soldiers charged with protecting Her Royal Highness in England).
  • CareerBuilder, a job board, lets attendees become presidential candidates with customized political campaign buttons complete with their photos.
  • Ceridian, a global human capital management tech company, will silk-screen T-shirts customized with HR slogans (which it is printing on the spot).
  • EBI, which offers pre-employment background checks, is giving away 1,600 prizes. Among them? GoPro video cameras, wireless JBL Flip 3 speakers, Mpow Macro Lenses and Starbucks gift cards to those who fill out a brief survey.
  • Globoforce, a social recognition company, offers attendees a nearly overwhelming choice of candy.
  • iCIMS, a software-as-a-service talent acquisition provider, has a T-shirt vending machine. A tweet—not money—activates the machine.
  • Namely, an HR software company with a wellness focus, won’t be outdone by candy, so it is giving away healthy trail mix.
  • Omaha Steaks, a purveyor of quality food gifts, offers attendees samples of steaks and ham.
  • Paramount Transportation Systems, a global moving company, has plush teddy bears by Gund.
  • Purchasing Power, a voluntary benefits provider, is giving away various kinds of brownies.
  • UniGroup, a global relocation company, is providing a caricature artist.
  • Walden University is offering a makeup artist and a professional photographer to shoot glamour shots it will then put on a thumb drive. It will even help place those shots on LinkedIn if necessary.

Voting ended June 21 at noon EDT.


Originally posted on SHRM Conference Today.




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