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How to Personalize Your Workspace

In order to truly break out from the faceless grey wall and common calendars and mugs of your workspace, you’ve got to get serious about immersing yourself into your own personalized zone withunique promotional desk accessories. Make sure you hit it from three angles: the practical, the constructive distractions, and the sentimental.

1. The Practical: Select an assembly of everyday practical pieces like magnet clips, binder flip clips,binders, and your pencilspens, and highlighters in your favorite color, or within your personal color scheme. Simply adding color to your whole set-up will add equal amounts of vibrancy for a more enjoyable work life. If you’re going for the classy look, a standing business card holder might be the perfect touch your desk is missing. Or, if you’re all about the leisure of life, especially when it comes with a little help from technology, there really is nothing better for the mind and posture than being able to lean back and type from a wireless bluetooth keyboard.

2. The Constructive Distractions: Key for many-a-desk-worker in clearing your mind, and taking a much-needed breather from work matters is the coffee break. Add to the coffee break experience with a personalized mug. Who knows? Maybe it will draw questions, building relationships with the office, improving culture, leading to better revenue. Or if you’re a Bob Cratchit type at a fingers-to-the-bone kind of job then you might need the larger coffee tumbler to keep you energized all day. You may also need to pick out your favorite stress relievers, and comforting stuffed animals for moral support.

3. The Sentimental: Surround yourself with your favorite team’s banners, your most-loved tv show poster, and frames filled with your loved ones. Get creative with it by finding fun places to put any pleasurable photograph. For example, framed notepad holders or calendars. A clock and frame combination with your significant other is a sweet way to think about them every time you check the time.

Want to make your mark on your workspace? Choose from an abundance of unique promotional products!

Show Your Customers Some Love This Valentine’s Day With Promo Giveaways They’ll Adore

Flowers, candy and stuffed toys are common Valentine’s day gifts, given by loved ones, friends and even acquaintances. Valentine’s day is always an ideal time to show appreciation for the people who make a difference in your life. For you, this may be customers, or employees. But how do you choose the right gifts for your budget, and that will show them that you care? Here’s a round up of some fabulous giveaways that will help you show the love!


Fun, useful and budget-friendly, Valentine-themed pens are a great giveaway for office staff, visitors, vendors and customers — anyone, really!

Tell someone how special they are with these decadent milk chocolate heart boxes filled with three truffles. These are lovely, delicious gifts that you just can’t go wrong with. Each box comes with your logo on a colorful, custom hang-tag.

Chocolate is almost always a big hit. For a smaller but no less sweet Valentine treat, these solid, foil-wrapped milk chocolate hearts make great giveaways.

Okay, so not everyone loves chocolate, and sometimes items that melt aren’t always the best option. That’s why these heart-shaped gel hot/cold packs are great promo giveaways. They can be put in the freezer for an ice pack, or placed in hot water for a warm compress. This is a great gift that people will use again and again.

Balloons are a fun and festive way to show appreciation and celebrate the holiday! These 18″ foil heart balloons are extra long-lasting and have your logo imprinted on the balloon.

Show your customers and employees that you want them to relax with these heart-shaped foam stress relievers! These are a fun little gift that make great giveaways at conventions and trade shows.

If you have questions about promo products or giveaway ideas, contact Promotion Pros and let us help you with your promo and giveaway needs!

Put Your Brand Front and Center at Any Event with a Tote Bag

Tote bags make great promotional giveaway items. While they can be pretty basic from one to another, the opportunity to be “the vendor” who provides the tote bag at an event guarantees your message/brand will be everywhere at the conference. The biggest benefit to tote bags is that no one wants to throw them away, and they are used long after the event itself has passed.


The Science of a Tote Bag

That’s right! There is a science behind choosing promotional products. According to ASI Central’s research, tote bags generate more impressions than any other promotional item (5,700+ on average). While writing instruments may be popular, where are they typically carried? In a pocket, in a purse, in the glove box of a car. But a tote bag is used throughout a conference, and later at home, the office, the gym, and around town. And additional good news – tote bags are popular across the generations. 57% of women aged 18 – 24 own a promotional bag, with an average for all women being just over 50%. This makes promotional bags one of the most popular giveaways in the U.S., and the one that provides the most impressions of the bag’s message.  ASI Central‘s study shows that promotional items are retained an average of 8 months. A bit shorter for health and safety, t-shirts, and writing instruments, a bit longer for calendars (for obvious reasons). But consider how and where the item is used, to understand the value of a tote bag.

If you’ve got an event coming up and are wondering what product will provide the biggest bang for your buck, consider a promotional carry-all bag as your item of choice. From cooler bags to cinch bagsto traditional shopping bags, you can showcase your logo, your event information, and even a brand message to let people know who you are and what they can expect if they do business with you. If you need help picking out the right bag for your company, give us a call. We’re happy to help with ideas, and options to meet your needs.

Small Business Giveaways – You Don’t Have to Break the Bank to Compete

If you’re a small business, and rely on your local community for income, you’re in luck. While it may seem that box stores, franchises and local chains have the competitive edge in brand recognition and advertising dollars, there is one way you can compete and get your name out there in a way that many times is just plain not cost effective for them.

Unique Promotional Giveaways, Every Small Business’s Friend

That’s right, your customers are your greatest asset, and can help you spread the word while thanking them for their business. From pens, to note pads, to calendars and more, thanking your customers with a branded gift they use daily, is a great way to spread the word. When customers are happy, they let their friends know. Who doesn’t want to be the “go to” person when someone is looking for a great hardware store, car guy, or salon? Those same people will also act as your spokesperson when they pull out their cell phone with a branded cover. Someone will ask about it and you’ve got yourself a referral.

Feet on the Street: You’re In Their Community, Let Them Know It

You’ve got the community edge; a direct connection with the people you do business with. You can make decisions based on that specific community’s need. Particularly harsh winter? Offer an ice scraper giveaway to get folks in the door. Summer heat hitting everyone in town? Offer water bottlesor fans at a local festival.  Use them as giveaways to sponsor a local ball team. You know your community’s needs right now, and you’re there with “feet on the street”, in the heart of things that matter to your customers and prospective customers. And you can act faster than some executive sitting at a desk in a remote corporate office.

With speedy turnaround we’re ready to help you select the perfect promotional items for your company/community. Give us a call next time you need to spread the word about your business. We’ve got a range of items to meet your needs, and your budget.

Take Our Pens, PLEASE!

Sportiva Retractable pen

Pens are great communicators. Didn’t you know? They’re the stealth weapons of promotional products. Banks joke about “breaking the chain” all the time, and we all know how tough it is to keep a good pen. A while back I bought new pens for my office and noticed that within a few weeks, they were residing on co-workers desks. How did that happen?

“Where did you get that pen?” I’d ask. No one remembered.

A few disappeared altogether. Perhaps road-tripping with my family’s missing socks? Not sure, but I’ve been thinking.

Pens as Billboards

That’s right! Pens are mini billboards for the companies they reflect. They speak subtly, but can really help to spread the word for a new company, or an old company. They’re even great at spreading goodwill within the community when used as part of a sponsorship or contribution to an organization or event.  After my experience with office pens, I started watching for pens in my daily routine.

At the office – We had a new vendor stop by. They gave the team some amazing stylus pens. The color alone made them stand out on a desk, and they were a great quality pen, too. Everyone remembered that vendor.

As a community donation – we support a “Stuff-the-Backpack” program. Donations of notebooks,  pencils, calculators, and other items are collected. We contribute hundreds of pens with a positive educational message. We’re not advertising to the kids, we’re supporting their efforts, but it’s a great way to contribute.

To support an event – Does your community have a fundraising walk? Are you part of a team that raises awareness? Pens are the perfect item to hand out when people are contributing to your team, or attending a kickoff event. It’s a simple thank you that will help them remember your cause/event.

Check your own desk, or your family collect-all drawer. You’ll no doubt find pens in there from a range of businesses. They’re a traditional promotional product everyone can use, and they remain in people’s hands (and desks) long after that initial contact.

Pens are effective promotional products, that turn your entire community into a platform to raise awareness, or a perfect spot for promotions for your business. Does the public mind? Not really. People are happy to spread the word about the companies they do business with. And everyone loves a good pen.

If your business is looking to spread the word to the community, give us a call. We’re available to help you select the unique promotional pen, or similar product to get your name out circulating in the community!  Call us today!

Rain, Sleet Or Snow: Keep Them Covered With These Top Winter Promotion Items

One of the best ways a business can serve their customers is to identify their needs and meet them. When you engage with your customers, go the extra mile and solve a problem or fill a need at the same time, you have a recipe for success!

Right now, the weather is cold, snowy, windy and icy across much of the country. People are trying to stay warm and dealing with typical cold weather issues, such as icy windshields, car trouble, power outages and just plain staying warm!

If you are planning on giving out seasonal promotional products this winter, consider giving quality branded items that people can use. Sometimes, having that much-needed item in the right place at the right time can make a huge difference, Here are some examples:

  • Gadget Charger/Power Bank — When the power goes out at home or you’re stuck on the road and you really need to make that phone call there is nothing more frustrating than realizing your phone is dead and you have no way to charge it. A power bank that allows you to charge your phone or other gadget is a lifeline in a situation like this. Simply keep a charged one handy and use it when you need it!
  • Vacuum Bottles — Keeping hot beverages hot during the morning commute is a high priority! Insulated vacuum bottles keep beverages fresh. They look great with your logo and get used all winter long.
  • Comeback Scarf — Staying warm is at the top of the list when it comes to winter priorities, so your customers and employees alike will appreciate these Comeback Scarves with hand warmers and your logo.
  • Auto Accessories — The roads are hazardous during rain, sleet and snow — but you’ve thought of everything when you give customers any of these branded promotional accessories. Ice scrapers, emergency kits and more come to the rescue — making you the hero!

Promotional products help increase brand recognition, generate leads and build relationships. They are win-win ways for you to market your business and offer an amazing ROI. For more information and answers to your questions, contact Promotion Pros today.