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The Promo Item That Gets Exposure 365 Days Of The Year

custom calendarYou have been wracking your brain trying to determine where you should focus your promotional giveaway budget for the year. Promotional items are supposed to be, well, promotional, and you want to make sure you choose an item that is going to be seen, be used and get the exposure needed to keep your business top-of-mind all year long.

So what is the answer?

The answer is calendars. Yes, the one thing that is virtually guaranteed to get exposure for your company 365 days of the year. Think about it. Calendars are used every single day.

The average home has at least 3 calendars in it. So if you are concerned that people will already have a calendar, don’t be. People have calendars in their kitchens, bedrooms, home offices, etc.

People use calendars to keep track of appointments, holidays, to-do lists and more. Calendars are an indispensable item that anyone and everyone uses.  It makes sense that if your company logo and contact information are on the calendar, your customers will be more likely to think of you when they need products or services that you offer.

Another good thing about calendars is the sheer variety of themes. There is a calendar to suit every taste, hobby and passion. It is important when selecting promo calendars to keep your target audience in mind. What would the majority of your customers relate with or find interesting or entertaining? Err on the conservative side any time there is a question.

When planning your promo giveaway for the upcoming year, remember that calendars are something used by nearly every one, every day. For more information on promotional products contact us today.

Top 5 Ideas For Promo Gifts That Wow!

activity trackerPromotional gifts have at times had the reputation of being boring or predictable. And while most everyone will appreciate a useful gift, they won’t necessarily be brimming over with excitement for it. This year, why not stray from some of the typical promo gifts like notepads, pens and water bottles and give branded gifts that will truly surprise the receiver. Here are five ideas to get you inspired:

1.  Today it is all about wearable tech. A Bandit activity tracker will collect activity data on steps taken, calories burned and distance traveled. It can even track sleep duration and quality. The Bandit is compatible with either an Android or iOS app and makes a truly memorable gift for anyone.

2. For that extra special gift for a loyal customer or employee, the Burk’s Bay Leather Computer Backpack is definitely a “wow” gift! This bag features premium leather, padded pockets and an ergonomic padded shoulderstrap.

3. The RoxBox 7″ Mini-Twist Bluetooth speaker makes an awesome gift for listening to music anywhere, anytime. This is a great gift for the younger client or employee who loves their gadgets.

4. Festive promo gifts that are great for all-around giving don’t have to be fancy, but they can be fun and thoughtful and far from boring. This Hot Chocolate On A Spoon Gift Set is a decadent spin on a holiday staple.

5. A great stocking stuffer for anyone with a mobile phone, tablet or MP3 player is this Quad Power Pack. This is a perfect, tech-forward gift suitable for just about anyone.

This year, give gifts that will be remembered, not shoved in the back of a desk drawer or cupboard. No matter who you are giving gifts to, Promotion Pros has you covered with high-quality, stylish gifts to take you through the holidays and beyond. Contact us for more information.

5 Promo Gifts For People Who Love Gadgets

Power PackWe love our gadgets, don’t we? These days most people have their phone or tablet glued to their face a good portion of the time. It is how we listen to music, watch movies, play games, get from point A to point B without getting lost and of course, how we communicate with others. So, it makes sense that when it comes time for gift-giving, you would want to give products that are relevant and will delight the receiver. Here are five gifts that just about anyone would love to get:

1. When the weather gets rough, it isn’t time to put away your phone or tablet because you have theHurricane Weather Proof Electronics Bag. That’s right, you can use your gadget with confidence because it isn’t going to get damaged in the storm. Even if your phone is in a backpack or a purse it can still get wet, so this is a perfect gift.

2. It is frustrating to try watching a movie or reading a page when you have to keep holding your device upright. With The Wedge Mobile Device Stand, this is no longer a problem.

3. Battery dead because you left the car on to keep charging your phone? That’s a problem. But with the Lumina Jump Starter/Power Pack you will be good to go in no time!

4. Who doesn’t love a good selfie? With a Selfie-Stick you can get vacation photos without having to ask a stranger to do it for you! No more group photos with one of you missing!

5. Finally, the RoxBox Duet Bluetooth Speaker allows you to listen to your favorite tunes anywhere. This way, you don’t need headphones or to rely on your phone’s speakers. Play your music so everyone can enjoy it!

Whether you are looking for gifts for clients or employees, these gadget-friendly gifts have the ‘Wow’ factor you are looking for. People love gifts that they can use in their daily lives, that are also fun. Promotion Pros is one-stop shopping for all your promotional gift needs, contact us today!

How to Differentiate Your Small Business

Mop Topper Stylus PenOne of the toughest things to do when starting and growing your small business is figuring out how to stand out among the competition. Whether you are just starting out or have realized that you simply need to come up with a new strategy, there are a lot of ways you can differentiate your company. One of these ways is to incorporate promotional products in your marketing plan. You can use promotional products in a variety of ways and they can really set your small business apart from others in the same space.

Design Something That Draws Attention

When creating your marketing and promotional materials, you want to create something that demands attention. If you do nothave design skills, it is worth the money to hire someone to do that for you. If the design catches your eye, then it is likely to get the attention from other individuals as well. This is all part of creating your brand identity and creating something that is more visible in the market. The more people that see your design and are drawn to it, the more success you will have with setting yourself apart from our competition, both big and small.

Choose Innovative Promotional Products

Most companies stick with promo items that they are familiar with but to really stand out, you need to do something a bit different and innovative. A great idea to implement would be business card magnets. Everyone is familiar with business cards and they are a necessity in the marketing and promotional package but you can do better than that. With a business card magnet, you can not only hand out business cards wherever you go, but people will be more likely to hold onto them and stick them on their fridge. This may not result in an immediate boost in sales but when the time is right, they will call you simply because the reminder is staring them in the face instead of getting lost. Some other promotional products that you could consider include business card holders, floor displays, document holders, notebooks, and retractable banner stands.

Implementing Branding Strategies

Even with the right promotional product and the innovative design, all of it will mean nothing without the right branding strategy and marketing strategy to get it in the eye of consumers. To really stand out, you will need to continuously work on your marketing and branding strategies. Become the business that people not only know about, but want to work with. For help with promotional products or development of your branding strategies, you can always ask the professionals like those atPromotion Pros.

Helping Employees Stay Healthy And Productive During Flu Season

Every year, millions of dollars are lost to employee illness. Absences, loss of productivity, missed deadlines and poor performance due to illness are major headache during the cold and flu season. Since so much time is spent in the workplace, and since this is where many illnesses spread, it makes sense to make prevention a priority.

Employers can help protect their employees and their businesses by proactively encouraging employees to take extra precautions this time of year. Just a few simple steps can make a difference.

Basic Illness Prevention

Healthy hand washing and sanitizing habits can help significantly reduce the instance of illness in your facility. Hands should be washed after touching the eyes, nose, mouth, etc., after sneezing and after blowing the nose. Hand sanitizer should be kept nearby at all times. Germs collect on surfaces such as doorknobs, telephones, light switches, keyboards and machinery that is handled day in and day out. Employees can encourage these healthy habits by providing employees with promotional mini hand sanitizers.

Keeping plenty of tissues handy is another way to help prevent the spread of illness. Be sure that there is a box of promotional tissues on every desk!

Exercise And Wellness

There’s more to preventing illness than just reducing the spread of germs. Staying healthy means living healthy. Encouraging employees to take better care of themselves not only makes for a happier workplace, it also makes for a more productive one. Here are some healthy lifestyle habits that can boost the immune system and fend off sickness.

  • Drink plenty of water. Dehydration is a problem during the winter months and most people don’t realize it. Carrying a bottle of water with you at all times reminds you to get enough to drink. To make that water even healthier, employers can offer promotional juice infuser bottles to encourage employees to increase their intake of vitamin C rich fruits.
  • Exercise is a proven immune booster and it helps keep energy levels up during the cold winter months. Encourage fitness habits in your organization with pedometers. Walking is an exercise that can be done every day. Keeping track of steps can increase motivation and a sense of accomplishment.

Help keep your employees happy and healthy this cold and flu season by encouraging healthy habits in the workplace and providing them with the tools they need to do it. Promotion Pros is your source for branded health and wellness products year round. Contact us to find out more.

Planning for a Company Fall Outing

Planning for a Company Fall Outing

Fall is here, and while we might be missing the carefree fun of summer, there are a myriad of fun things to do in the fall that make this season truly special. This is the time to embrace crisp weather, spicy fall smells, warm sweaters and blankets and of course, sports!

It is also a time for fun fall gatherings. If you are looking for a way to bring your team together, nothing beats a company tailgate outing. Good food, beverages, team spirit and camaraderie can all combine to boost spirits and bring people together. A corporate tailgate party can be tough to pull off though, so here are some organizational tips, as well as tips on branding and spreading the word about your organization.

How Hosting A Company Tailgate Outing Can Benefit Your Small Business

Aside from being fun, hosting events such as tailgate parties can do a lot for your business. From client incentives to lead generation to morale and teamwork boosting, a company tailgate event is one case where you can truly mix business with pleasure.  Any company event, big or small is an opportunity for marketing and promoting your business.

Events help build company culture and when done properly can generate interest and attention for your business. Today, getting the attention of prospective clients and customers is increasingly difficult, so never pass up an opportunity to be visible!

 

Getting The Word Out About Your Event

You want to generate excitement for the event, so discussing it on your blog and social media channels is a must.  This is a great way to show the lighter side of your organization. Posting photos and video of your event afterward is a great way to add a fun, human touch to your website, social media and blog.

Branding Effectively

We believe that any occasion should be seen as an opportunity for your organization to gain exposure and build relationships. Getting your brand out there is important. Promotional products for fall are an ideal way to get exposure for your business while enjoying the seasonal festivities. Some examples can include fall apparel such as sweaters or a scarf. A booster blanket is ideal for your tailgate party, and can also accompany you into the stadium to enjoy the game. Branded fall apparel is just one more way to bring your team together in a warm, fashionable way.

Promotion Pros is a leader in promotional gifts and apparel for your business. Contact Us to learn more about our promotional products for fall and how they can help your business.