I presented to one of our long-term clients yesterday, with creative ideas for a reward/engagement piece for their staff for the company’s 15th birthday. They had a decent budget, so we put together an elaborate presentation with ideas for how to reward their employees. Turns out, we weren’t so appreciated.
Me: (after presenting for over twenty minutes) So, what do you think?
Client: You know what would be really good? Is if we put a party hat on everyone’s desk in the morning and had a table with some cake on it!
Me: Well, we can certainly help you with something like that, but that’s probably something your office team could pull together themselves. What do you think about the bigger ideas?
Client: …I’m not giving feedback right now. I’m waiting to see what the other agency comes back with.
Wow. News to us. My account guy nearly puked.