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A Shout-Out To The Winners Of ePromos’ 2015 Top Supplier Awards


It’s always fun going to The PPAI Expo, the promo industry’s largest and longest-running tradeshow. Our team was there in Las Vegas last week, scoping out all the hottest promo items for 2015, uncovering new trends, and keeping our finger on the pulse of all that’s new.

But that’s not all we were up to.

We were also there to give some major kudos to some of our supplier partners. We were there to bestow our annual Top Supplier Awards.

These awards showcase the very best in supplier partnerships. The companies and individuals who we honored this year are the ones who stood out from the pack and went above and beyond the call of duty.

Congrats are in order for:

  • Jane Rice: Inside Rep of the Year
  • Michelle Newhouse Weiss: Outside Rep of the Year
  • SnugZ: Supplier of the Year
  • PCNA: Elite Supplier of the Year

“The winners of our Top Supplier Awards demonstrated excellence and creativity time and again,” says Hope Binegar, ePromos’ Senior Supplier Relations Manager. “They created amazing products, they helped educate our staff on product benefits, and if we wanted to create something unique for our clients, they were there to discuss innovative options. These suppliers were true partners to the ePromos team.”

To our 2015 winners: Thank you for all your support. Let’s make it another great year.

Top Supplier Award

Hope Binegar (center) presents the Top Supplier Award to SnugZ.

 

Top Supplier Awards

PCNA receives the Elite Supplier of the Year award from Hope Binegar (left).

Check out our press release for more information on the Top Supplier Awards.


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The Promotional Products Video You Need To See: Should Have Called ePromos


Should Have Called ePromos

If you subscribe to our YouTube channel, you know we produce all kinds of promotional products videos. Most are educational. Some are amusing. And then there’s this standout gem of a corporate video: “Should Have Called ePromos.”

Go on and watch.

What did you think? Funny, right?

When we set out to produce this company video, we didn’t want it to be stuffy and un-fun. That’s not who we are.

We wanted to make our customers and potential customers smile and show them in an entertaining way that ePromos is the best choice.

Well, what makes ePromos so great? Let’s take a look.

We have promo know-how.

Too many marketers, and heck, even promotional products companies, flounder about when it comes to promo items. They don’t have a real understanding of the products or why they’re being used.

That’s not the case at ePromos. We have a team of expert Brand Consultants who have worked with tens of thousands of clients over the years. We know what works. And, just as important, we know what doesn’t work. We have that promo know-how you’re not going to find anywhere else.

We offer a 110% guarantee.

Many companies say they put the customer first, but it ends up being an empty statement. At ePromos, we stand behind what we do with a 110% satisfaction guarantee.

It’s simple. We want you to be completely happy with your promotional products, and to rest assured that you’ll have the right product with the right imprint at the right time. If you don’t, your order is on us.

Our prices can’t be beat.

You have a budget. We get that. That’s why we offer a low-price guarantee so you know you’re always getting the best deal. If you find a lower total price for product, set-up, imprinting – the whole deal – within 30 days of your purchase, we’ll credit you the difference. We’ll even give you 10% off your next order.

Our website makes your job easier.

When you’re on the hunt for promotional products, the task can seem daunting. There are literally thousands and thousands of promo items to pick from, and then you have to drill down into the personalization options. The possibilities are exciting, but it can also be overwhelming if you’ve never ordered promos.

When you click over to www.epromos.com, we make it simple for you. We have a powerful site search engine and filtering system that allows you to quickly and easily narrow down your choices. Need some expert help? You can live chat with one of our Brand Consultants.

In summary

You don’t want to be the person who doesn’t call ePromos. Your life may not spiral out of control like the example in our video. You may not lose your job and end up on the street washing windshields at stop signs. Or at least, we hope you don’t.

The point is: You’re better off working with a company that knows its stuff. A company that’ll be there for you.

We are that company. Work with us.

Got any questions or comments? We’d love to hear them. Leave a reply below this post.


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ePromos Once Again Declared A Top Workplace In The Promo Industry


counselor best places to work

Well, folks, we’ve done it again. We’ve earned ourselves a spot on Counselor magazine’s “Best Places to Work” list. This makes the fifth year in a row that ePromos has been named a top workplace in the promotional products industry. We rank 55 out of 90 companies selected for the list (and out of about 35,000 companies in the industry.)

Here’s the cool part about this accolade – it was decided by our very own employees.

Counselor, the b-to-b publication for the Advertising Specialty Institute, directly surveys employees of promotional marketing companies for the straight scoop on what it’s like working for those companies. Only the highest ranking businesses have a shot to make the annual list.

ePromos employees got real on some big issues in the workplace: team effectiveness, trust in leadership, overall job satisfaction, and more.

When the scores were tallied up, ePromos surged ahead of other companies in the promo industry. We’re the highest-ranking New York-based company to receive the honor.

So, what’s so compelling about ePromos? Why do people genuinely enjoy working here?

A lot of reasons, actually, but perhaps the biggest (and most cherished) reason is that we have fun. It doesn’t feel like work when we head to the office or log on for the day. We work in a creative industry, and we’re proud to put our promo know-how to work for our customers.

We have fun in our individual jobs, and we also have fun as a team. Click through some of our Facebook photos and you’ll get a good idea of what it’s like working here. We have pizza lunches. We paint pottery. We even pack up and head to Mexico for incentive trips.

This is fun stuff – and it’s built right into the culture at ePromos. You can read more about our latest win in this press release, and if you’re pining to be part of our team, check out our job opportunities.


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How Nonprofits Can Get Free Promotional Products: Introducing ePromos For Good


ePromos for Good

Could your organization use some free promotional products? Well, here’s a new way to score those free promos: ePromos for Good. It’s ePromos’ new charity program, and any 501(c)(3), accredited school, or accredited religious organization is invited to apply.

Here’s how it works.

Each month, we’ll reward a different nonprofit with $500 in free promotional merchandise. The winning organization can use the promos as it sees fit – whether it’s thanking donors, recruiting volunteers, or getting the word out.

The organization will also get free exposure on ePromos’ social media channels and right here on our blog.

So, why are we doing this?

It’s simple, really. We want to help organizations that are doing good do better with the help of promotional products.

Learn more about ePromos for Good and fill out an application form for your organization.

Tell us: What would you do with $500 in free promotional products?


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Promotional Products, Outstanding People, And A Heaping Helping Of Creativity


I must say:  The promotional products industry is amazing! As I explain what I do to friends and family, I usually end the conversation with: “I get to play with toys!”

Our industry is led by incredibly talented people and overseen by Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) and Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI). Each year, these organizations release tons of interesting data.

In the next few months, ASI will be coming out with its 2014 State of the Industry report. The 2013 State of the Industry report is also jam-packed with useful information. It laid out 10 strategies for the promotional products industry.

I actually found the strategic article: “The Competitor You Can’t See” quite interesting.

With lines to ponder like: “[Name] agrees, but insists that the consultative sales model is far from waning in the ad specialty marketplace … You have customers who order and know exactly what they want … But a large majority of customers are looking for creative ideas.”

And …

“[Name] believes the tenor swings toward consulting … I believe that 90% of the people who are buying products want to feel they have an actual rep they’re dealing with because of the nature of the product.”

Photo via www.asipublications.com

Photo via www.asipublications.com

We are so misunderstood.  I believe people are still missing the point on at least what ePromos is and who we are as a company.

I had the opportunity to spend some time in our Minnesota office last week. The reason for my visit? Live up to a bet I made to the team. I ended up cooking and serving shrimp and grits – a Southern favorite (and now a St. Cloud, Minnesota, favorite).

hope at breakfast

That’s me on the left, serving up some good homestyle eats

If that wasn’t fun enough, I enjoyed talking and learning from the reps in the Minnesota office. The energy on the sales floor was higher than I have ever felt. We even had an impromptu contest that resulted in the best sales day for the dot com team in the history of ePromos.

Now if that doesn’t get a manager excited nothing will!

Being on the floor listening to the sales calls, I was hearing something like never before: a real creative buzz. Repeat customers calling in and asking for their personal rep, and the personal rep giving creative solutions to the customer’s needs.

I shared before that ePromos has a face, and it is serving up awesome creative ideas.

So go on thinking that we are just a turn and burn order-taking company, and we will continue dazzling customers with great value and creativity.

Man, I love my job!


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In The Promo Products Industry, Pens Are Great But The People Are Even Better


ePromos employees touring the BIC facility

Have you ever gotten caught up in your day and found yourself being downright mean to a colleague on the other end of the phone? I wish I could say that I wasn’t guilty of that very thing, but alas that is not the case. However, as a promo products professional, I have learned that people are much more important than promotional pens, and most times when you put people first, the sale and the relationship come.

In the last month I have had the opportunity to witness others putting people before pens. The first example was on a trip to visit one of ePromos’ largest suppliers: BIC Graphic. It’s always a learning experience when you see how the pens are manufactured and decorated, especially seeing how the newest techniques are accomplished. But what was even more impressive was seeing the president of the large supplier know the names and situations on most of the 700 employees.

We toured four buildings, each building with a different decoration method or product offering. In every building, he would stop, shake hands with his employees, call them by name and most times ask how they were doing. I believe that was one of the most impressive things on the tour. It was a great demonstration of “people are more important than pens.”

Another example is the team at ePromos. It is always unthinkable when you get the call that a serious accident has happened to someone the team holds in high regards. In this case, it was a supplier rep who had been hit by a drunk driver. Luckily, the supplier rep was able to walk away with just some aches and pains, but the team wanted to show they cared. ePromos took up a collection in honor of our friend and donated it to M.A.D.D. on his behalf.

The longer I am in the industry, the more you become family. Yes, you. My co-workers, suppliers and customers. It’s you that makes selling custom pens (that will get a ton of impressions – so buy some) so awesome.

Members of the ePromos team visiting a supplier: BIC Graphic

Members of the ePromos team visiting BIC Graphic