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Gearing Up For The Game Of The Year

January 20, 2015 11:59 am Published by

Can you feel that certain something in the air?
r_DS10328-10_SPRT_HDZ_FTBLL_FNATCDespite a year of scandals and shameful behavior, the NFL is as much a commercial success as ever. With winter having us firmly in hand, and massive TVs on sale everywhere there’s no doubt another Super Bowl is coming up. For the next few weeks just about everyone will be thinking, talking, eating and sleeping football, and this gives you ample opportunities to use football themed promotional products to build your business… to get noticed and remembered.
There are plenty of options…

You might give any of these items to customers/employees, or make them a “Gift with Purchase” given out in the buildup to Super Bowl Sunday. Either way, you’ll share a love for football and an important message about your business at the same time.

A Simple, Sincere, Thank You

November 24, 2014 10:58 am Published by

thank you noteIt’s been a while since we talked on the blog about the value of saying these all important words — thank you. Such a simple thing… only two little words. Not even that hard to say… but meaning them is a different matter. Delivered with sincerity these two words have the power to express more than gratitude, they recognize another person’s actions have done you a service. Do this on a regular basis and you’ll be amazed at the results.

Gifting Tip: Pretty Business Gift Packaging Matters

October 30, 2014 8:59 am Published by

The right business gift packaging does more for you then you might think. It’s a demonstration of time and effort that makes a good gift great, helps a ho-hum one seem special. Which is why we’re encouraging you all to give some thought to packaging the business gifts you plan to give this year. You’ve taken time to select something special… you’e waited while it was imprinted with your name and logo — why risk your investment of time and money by skimping on the packaging?
Paying attention to packaging a business gift shows the recipient (customer or employee) that you’ve gone “above and beyond” in your efforts. This sends a powerful message to everyone who gets your business gift this season. A message that nay business, large or small, needs to deliver over and over again.
As in the past, the pre-holiday season brings an excellent piece about packaging business gifts that you really need to check out. The use of quality packaging for such gifts is on the rise, most likely because we’re all looking for ways to make our gifts (and business) stand out, look sharp. Paying attention to how a business gift is packages is the final piece of the puzzle — it’s an easy (and affordable) way to present a business gift that ensures the  “WOW” factor, reinforce the good decision it was to do business (or work) with you, continue to build that special one on one relationship. (more…)

Can Promotional Products Deliver An Insult?

February 25, 2014 11:59 am Published by

Apparently the answer is a big, fat YES, if the product that bears your name somehow reinforces a stereotype that is offensive to a particular group. And does it in a very public way, a way sure not to be overlooked.
In this case, the example of inappropriate promotional products comes from the gifts given by bank Goldman Sachs, major sponsor of a recent Harvard event (WECode) aimed at women who are interested in computer science. The gifts in question are mirrors and nail files that bear the company logo. Yes, you read that right.
Was this a calculated slap in the face to women, or is it all an overreaction to a simple gift?

How Your Business Can Support The 2014 Olympics

January 24, 2014 11:50 am Published by

Once again the world is waiting for the start of the Olympic Games, set to begin February 6th on NBC. The games are to be held this year in Sochi, a place so precariously secure that some athletes are asking their families NOT to come. Yikes.
With that in mind, the games are still an event that draws a lot of popular attention, where we can see some incredible competition. This makes the games a great way to build connections between your business and the people around you. The competition and spirit remain and must never be overshadowed by hate.

Three Helpful Hints For Holiday Shopping

October 29, 2013 8:58 am Published by

Yes, it IS that time of year once again… Halloween is this week and the holidays are coming on fast. If you aren’t already, you’ll soon be seeing decorations in every retail establishment you visit. Cooking and baking will soon be underway and then there’s the shopping… lots of shopping.
While we can’t help you much with you personal gift giving, we have put together some hints on holiday business gift giving. Start by…

Promotional Products: What Doesn't Work, And What Does

October 2, 2013 1:35 pm Published by

Since the U.S. government isn’t working right now, it seems like a golden opportunity to talk about other things that don’t work… when it comes to using a promotional product for your business, that is. Multiple surveys have shown that promotional products get attention, get remembered and are more cost effective, than other forms of advertising — and you can rest assured that this will not stop working.
The only way these little powerhouses don’t do the job is if you ignore some basics. So here’s what we know does not work when it comes to promotional products
Not planning — choosing a quality promotional product isn’t a decision to be made on the spur of the moment. It calls for thought, understanding of your customer/prospective customer, a bit of careful research on suppliers and an investment of precious dollars.

Refrigerator Magnets Stick Around, Get Noticed

September 4, 2013 12:40 pm Published by

They’re affordable, useful and one of the most effective promotional tools out there — refrigerator magnets. We’ve mentioned them here before, but I just came across a segment from a CBS Sunday Morning, On the Enduring Attractions of Fridge Magnets and it reminded me what kind of power the simple refrigerator magnet really has. These magnets collect on that central point in the central room of most homes, and they hang there for a good long time.
Even experts find the kitchen a fascinating place. It’s certainly the busiest room in many homes. A place that tells you a lot about a family without words. Look around your own, or another’s and see if this isn’t true. As one of the central parts of a home, the kitchen gives clues about the people living there that they are making no effort to create. So a pretty honest view.
Here’s the video in case you’re curious. I totally agree with the idea of the fridge being sort of an art gallery of your family’s life… a visual history that creates itself in a way. Those magnets hold schedules, report cards, projects… they’re all there in the center of things. As the kids get older, the crayon covered papers go away, but the magnets stay and hold other things… team photos, mementos from a trip, awards and the like.

Still So Proud To Be An American

June 27, 2013 9:35 am Published by

Hard to believe that we’re already at the time of year when patriotism takes center stage. The 4th of July. Though certainly many things still divide us, it is this day when we stand united as Americans. Proud. Free.
All of us can agree that some Americans (our military and their families) do more than their share, while others (name your group of choice) shirk responsibilities or milk a lumbering, overgrown system for everything. It’s hard not to think that our founding fathers would be shocked and appalled at where we stand today. It’s a testament to their wisdom that our form of government continues to function in a world that they could never have imagined.
Criticize all you want. People in the rest of the world still want to come here. And then there’s the famous quote about democracy being the worst form of government there is, except all the others that have been tried.

Reusable Water Bottles: Keeping Trash Off The Beach

June 12, 2013 11:35 am Published by

Temps are rising, clouds are burning off, beaches are filling up and an ice cold beverage is looking pretty good about now. Before you quench your thirst with a drink from a single use water bottle, you might want to think about this — single use plastic bottles are the most prevalent type of waste on our beaches. What’s more, all those plastic water bottles aren’t about to decompose anytime soon… the process can take 700 years to begin and up to 1,000 years before that single water bottle you’re holding will decompose fully. Incinerated these bottles produce toxic fumes.
If that doesn’t get you to think about your bottled water use, there’s this…

  • tap water is subject to stricter regulations than bottled so it tends to be cleaner, therefore better for you.
  • tap water, in a reusable water bottle, is cheaper than buying bottled drinks as 90% of the cost is the bottle.
  • it takes 3 times the water to make a bottle than it does to fill a bottle.