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First Look: 15 Fresh And Exciting Promotional Products For 2015


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It’s January, which, in the promotional products industry, means it’s officially tradeshow season. Our team was in Orlando this week getting a jump on the year’s hottest trends at The ASI Show.

Next week, we’re off to Las Vegas to attend the promo industry’s premier event, The PPAI Expo.

So what does this mean to you, dear business owner or marketer?

It means that there are some seriously exciting things in store for you this year. If you want never-before-seen promos to give your marketing a jolt and cement your brand in the minds of your customers, we can help you do that.

Your ePromos rep is out there covering miles and miles of tradeshow floor, personally investigating the promotional products that have just hit the market. We’re scoping out the coolest, most innovative products – and we’re doing it all for you.

Is there something in particular you’re looking for? Let us know. You can see our top picks by following us on Twitter, and while you’re at it, be sure you’re following our Pinterest boards, too.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the promotional products that caught our eye at The ASI Show this year. (You can get your hands on these finds, too – just call your ePromos rep or click here to browse all our new additions.)

1. Essential oils.

custom essential oils

Everybody’s talking about essential oils. If your customers aren’t already using them, they’re probably curious about all the hype. Give them custom essential oils and position your brand as one that’s committed to health and wellness. They’re great for spas, massage therapists, or for any health-related campaign.

 

 2. Branded Taggie-style blankets.

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Can we get an aww? These vibrant blankets promote your brand and baby’s development of fine motor skills. They’re designed with textured, engaging tags around the border and your logo front and center. These super-soft blankets are perfect for hospitals, birthing centers, doulas, daycare centers, and the like. Parents will love you if you give them this blanket.

 

3. The coolest, cutest clocks.

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If you’re looking for the trendiest timepieces around, we found them for you. They’re called Lolli Clocks, and they’re the new must-have watches and clocks for 2015. They’re funky. They’re bright. And they’re a great way to keep your brand top of mind.

 

4. A rockin’ custom tumbler.

custom tumbler

Your customers probably already have a logo drinkware item or two. But they don’t have this. This acrylic cup is a refreshing new take on a tumbler with its unique twist-off top, straw, and handle. Thirsty for more ideas? Click here to browse hundreds of other eye-catching drinkware styles.

 

5. A soda can topper.

custom bottle top

Spring Break is just around the corner, and we can already see this promotional product being a huge hit. So, what is it exactly? It’s a nifty item that turns soda cans into bottles. Just pop it onto the top of your favorite canned beverage, and voila, you have an instant bottled drink. It makes a fun giveaway for Spring Break promos, company picnics, outdoor events, and more.

 

6. S’well-esque water bottles.

custom water bottles

Have you seen S’well water bottles – those super-fashionable, stainless steel, insulated drinking vessels? They’re everywhere right now, and the exciting news is that your brand can jump on the trend. Custom water bottles that are strikingly similar to the popular S’well bottles have hit the promotional products market. If you want drinkware that your customers will love receiving (and using), these bottles are so of-the-moment.

 

7. Bullet custom tumblers.

Bullet custom tumblers

Behold The Bullet: The newest thing in promotional tumblers. Coated metal gives each tumbler a silver, gold, or rose-tone look for an undeniably sleek, high-end promo. Need ideas on how to use tumblers? Click here and here to see how some of our clients have used them in promotional campaigns.

 

8. The Aqua Zinger.

custom Aqua Zinger

We’re all about adding some zing. So, what exactly is this? It’s the 2015 version of a fruit-infuser bottle. It’s fresh, new, and it’s something that your customers will be excited to try out. Here’s how it works: A bottom-mounted grinder allows users to grind ingredients (fruit, mint, cucumbers, and such) while keeping the pulp below and infusing the water with subtle, refreshing flavor. Add your logo, and you have an excellent promo – especially if you’re in the health and fitness market. Check out this video to see the Aqua Zinger in action.

 

9. A great new tech set.

custom tech set

If you want the latest in technology promos, check out this custom tech gift set. It includes all the hottest tech items on the market, and everything is packed inside a custom zippered case with your logo. People will always have a need for tech items – car chargers, earphones, power banks, and more – and this promo has it all. Your company will be adored for giving out something so incredibly useful.

 

10. Juicebox chargers.

custom juicebox

They look like they belong in your kid’s lunch, and that’s what makes Juicebox chargers so unique. This promo is an instant attention-grabber. If you want to get people talking about your brand, this is the way to do it. You’ll also be giving customers something they can use. These chargers are compatible with any device to give an instant boost of power. They even include a novelty straw. How cute is that? Shop for it and other cool tech promos here.

 

11. A custom charger that looks like lipstick.

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Here’s a promo that’s pretty and powerful. It looks like a tube of lipstick, but it’s actually an external battery pack that holds 2500 mAh. If you’re marketing to women, this promotional product is handy and clever enough to generate some serious buzz for your brand. Order yours here.

 

12. A logo charger that talks to you.

logo charger

This custom audio car charger was a hit at The ASI Show. When you plug it in, it can be customized with a personal message from your company. A sample at the show played the familiar jingle: “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.” If you want to drive home a message or slogan, this charger is a clever way to do it. Here’s where you can browse for more ideas in custom logo chargers.


13. A multi-purpose cell phone accessory.

custom cell phone accessory

This custom cell phone accessory is a novel little gadget that makes an excellent (and affordable!) tech gift. At under two bucks a piece, this product is super functional. It acts as a wallet, stand, and cord wrap for earbuds. A great way to use it in your marketing? Mail it. It’s lightweight, and people love receiving a surprise in the mail.

 

14. A custom exercise band.

custom fitness band

With everyone still riding high on their New Year’s resolutions, a custom exercise band is a timely promotional giveaway. You can add your logo to a product called a Resistor Strip – an exercise band that offers a huge, full-color imprint and the option to be packaged with a 10-minute band workout card. We love this idea for gyms, rec centers, yoga studios, and the like.

 

15. A sports bottle with a hidden compartment.

custom sports bottles

Speaking of jumping on the fitness trend in the New Year, check out these custom sports bottles. They’re designed with a flip compartment for stashing earbuds or keys during or after a workout. These water bottles are perfect if you’re marketing to gym enthusiasts, runners, or cyclists, or if you’re planning a fitness-related campaign.

Let’s hear from you: What new promotional product do you want to add to your marketing in 2015?

 


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Sneak Peek: The Best New Promotional Products Of 2015


As we approach the New Year, your ePromos merchandising team is continually seeking out the best new promotional products for 2015. It’s the season for new launches, fresh ideas, and unique products to make lasting marketing impressions.

We’ve been talking to suppliers, researching trends, and culling through hundreds of innovative, creative ways to market your brand. Read on for 10 of the best picks for the upcoming year.

1. Custom Water Infuser Drops

custom water infuser drops

Flavored water infuser drops turn water into tasty fruit-flavored beverages. Each bottle will give you an average of 24 servings. That’s 24 unique impressions in every bottle! Similar to the popular MiO brand.

2. Scratch-Off Custom Desk Calendars

custom calendar

Kick off the year with a unique and interactive scratch-off calendar. Reveal interesting facts, tips, and motivations every day. Upon request, this calendar can be customized with your own personal messages. This promo provides fun all year long!

3. Corkcicle Custom Bottle Stoppers

custom bottle stopper

A new spin on your average bottle stopper, the Corkcicle keep wines chilled without watering them down. Simply freeze the Corkcicle before use. This item is designed to look like an icicle attached to a cork displaying your logo on top.

4. RoxBox Bluetooth Custom Speakers

 bluetooth custom speaker

This compact RoxBox speaker packs a big sound with exceptional sound quality. Powered with Bluetooth technology, this speaker can be used indoors and outdoors for up to five hours of listening enjoyment. The convenient carabineer hook allows for easy travel without the worry of losing the speaker. Available in four vibrant colors.

5. Custom Sunglasses Bottle Openers

 custom sunglasses

Nothing better than a two-in-one promo! Shade eyes from the sun and crack open a bottle with these two-in-one sunglasses. Combining both style and function has never been more fun. Choose from 12 fashion colors.

6. 3-In-1 Cell Phone Stand With Wallet

custom cell phone stand

This 3-in-1 cell phone stand with wallet takes the popular cell phone wallet to the next level. The u-shaped holder attached to the wallet snaps back to create a stand. The wallet adheres to the back of smartphones and easily fits credit cards, IDs and more. The stand also can be used to wrap and secure earbuds for tangle-free storage and safe keeping.

7. Custom Ice Cream Mixing Stations

custom ice cream station

This ice cream mixing station allows for gourmet ice cream at home. This set includes a marble slab, three dishes, two stainless steel mixing spades, and a bamboo base. Mix up fresh ingredients for homemade ice cream concoctions.

8. Custom Otterbox Smartphone Cases

custom otterbox cases

Smartphone cases from Otterbox are one of the best-selling smartphone cases in the retail market. Now we have them too! Otterbox cases protect smartphones from harmful damage. We offer four different styles to fit the iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 6 and the Galaxy S5.

9. Soda Bottle-Style Custom Water Bottles

custom water bottle

Get nostalgic with these vintage soda bottle-style water bottles. Top it off with one of our 12 brightly colored twist-off caps. These bottles are also BPA-free.

10. 4-In-1 Custom Charger Pen

custom charger pen

Multi-function at its best! All the tools you need are included in the 4-in-1 universal charger pen. This item includes a pen, stylus, USB connector and universal charging port. With a brushed metal finish for a sleek design, this item truly makes a statement.

Which promotional product are you most excited about giving in 2015? Leave a reply below.

 


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10 Unique Promotional Gifts Under $1


With the holidays fast approaching, there are so many options of distributing promotional products to spread some holiday cheer and show appreciation to your customers and employees. These holiday hand-outs are the perfect way to say thank you.

And here’s the really great part – they won’t bust your budget. Seriously. You can select from all kinds of promotional products that are under a buck. How’s that for budget-friendly?

Check out these 10 unique promotional gifts under $1:

1. Individually Wrapped Chocolate Chip Promo Cookies

custom cookies

“If you give a customer a cookie …” they will definitely ask for another. They will also remember your company for being so sweet. People love receiving edible gifts, and they will feel more positively about your business because of the gesture.

2. Translucent Stress Ball Promo Pen

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It can be a stressful time of year. Eliminate the stress for your customers while they make their shopping lists with this unique comfort grip pen.  A useful promo gift with a stress ball top will help keep them calm.

3. Wedge Custom Earbud Wrap

custom earbud wrap

Keep earbuds organized and tangle-free. Easily slips into pockets and bags. This earbud wrap eliminates the frustration of the cord getting tied up in other belongings. A great gift for the tech-savvy customer or employee.

4. Instant Promotional Hot Chocolate

promotional hot chocolate

Warm the heart and soul this holiday season with a cup of hot chocolate, the perfect pick me up! Your customers will be reminded of you as they reach for this tasty treat.  For extra promotion, add a bag of hot chocolate to a custom mug.

5. Well-Rounded Promotional Lip Balm

promotional lip balm

Keep lips protected during the harsh winter months. This well-rounded lip balm compares to the eos brand lip balm but at a fraction of the cost! A high-perceived value that recipients are sure to enjoy.

6. Season’s Greetings Promotional Crayons – Four Pack

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Add a pop of color to your promo this year.  A unique and fun item for child safety programs, family restaurants, and education programs.

7.  Star Acrylic Promotional Massager

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Treat your staff to a little rest and relaxation. They have worked hard all year, show them your appreciation with a gift that helps them unwind.

8. Promotional Coffee Sleeve

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Keep warm this winter with hot tea, coffee and cocoa. This sleeve protects the hand from hot liquids by easily slipping over paper or plastic cups.  A coffee sleeve makes for a fun and useful gift for your employees. These can also be a great giveaway as a thank-you to customers. Let your brand be carried anywhere they go.

9. Slice ‘N Serve-It Dessert Promotional Server

custom dessert server

Gifts for the home are useful items that put your logo in front of many people.  Your customers will be able to serve up some sweet treats for their guests while displaying your company name.

10. Happy New Year Logo Greeting Card & Magnetic Calendar

logo greeting card magnet

Gear up for the new year with this two-in-one promo. Wish everyone a “Happy New Year” with this greeting card and custom calendar magnet for 2015.

Get creative with your holiday gifts this year without breaking the bank. Customers and employees will feel appreciated and have a reminder of your company at the same time.

Tell us: What are some unique gifts you’ve used to get your brand out there?

 


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3 Quick Tips For The Perfect Selfie (And How To Score A Free Selfie Stick!)


custom selfie stick

It can be a real struggle taking a great selfie. How do you get the angle just right? And how do you look great while stretching your arm out to snap that awesome pic?

Easy. You grab a selfie stick.

If you haven’t heard about selfie sticks, they’re extendable monopods that hold smartphones and lightweight cameras. Just attach your photo-taking device, jut it out in front of you (they extend from 11 inches to 3.5 feet in length), and press the button on the handle to snap the photo at the ideal moment.

It’s also great for recording videos – just start the recording manually. You can extend the monopole and capture excellent video above the crowd. Click here to see how easy it is to use.

Check out ePromos’ selfie sticks. They fit all popular phones and connect to Bluetooth (Android 3.0 and iOS4 or later). Your logo gets seen with every snap of a selfie thanks to a full-color custom label.

Don’t want to use it with a smartphone?  Remove the smartphone holder and attach any lightweight point-and-shoot camera to its ¼-inch tripod screw.

You can get one of these selfie sticks for free. ePromos is including a free selfie stick in orders over $750. If you’re already thinking about ordering some promos, here’s your chance at a great freebie that’s everybody’s favorite new smartphone accessory.

It’s All About The Selfie

Selfie sticks are having a major moment right now. That’s because we’re living in the age of the selfie. Selfies have become such a cultural phenomenon that Oxford officially named “selfie” the word of the year in 2013.

The PEW Research Center reports that 91% of teenagers have taken a selfie. Among people age 18-24, selfies account for 30% of all the photos they take.

So, why all the selfies? Are we really that obsessed with ourselves?

Sort of.

The fact is that we’re hardwired to feel noticed and appreciated. We want to be recognized by others, and oftentimes, getting a few likes on the selfies we post on Instagram or Facebook is just the thing to fill this basic human need.

With so much riding on snapping the perfect selfie, it’s no wonder people love selfie sticks. They really do help users get the perfect shot.

Selfies simply turn out better when the camera is farther away from the body. Users can get more background in the shot and squeeze more friends into the photo.

And as long as the selfie stick isn’t a part of the picture, nobody has to know that it was a selfie at all. For all their Instagram followers know, a friend actually snapped that photo.

Even with the convenience of the selfie stick, taking the perfect selfie is an art. Here are three simple tips to make your next one as glorious as it can be:

1. Use Natural Light

When taking a selfie, don’t use your phone’s built-in flash. It’s too harsh. It’s also distracting. Instead, snap your selfies outside or near a window to make use of all that gorgeous natural light.

2. Know Your Good (And Bad) Angles

Say your bangs look amazing when you’re gazing off to the left. Or your smile is most dazzling when you tilt your head just so. When you’re your own photographer, it’s easy to play up on your good points. You can also follow A-listers’ rules for great photographs: stick your neck out a little to get rid of any double-chin issues, and tilt your face down a little to appear instantly slimmer.

3. Do Some Staging

People won’t just be looking at your face – they’ll also see what’s around you. Not every setting is ideal for snapping a selfie. Bathrooms, messy kitchens, boring parking lots. These aren’t the best locations for a selfie. Try to find an interesting background. This makes the photo instantly more appealing.

If you want to take your selfies to the next level, grab a selfie stick and follow the three tips we listed above. You’ll be on your way to more likes in no time.

And from a marketing standpoint, the selfie stick is the trendiest new way to promote your brand. It gets your logo in front of selfie snappers in an undeniably cool (and useful) way. Who knows if the monopod will be a long-term trend. But for now, ePromos is going to have some fun and take some selfies! Join the fun and get yours here.

selfie stick

Cheese! See how easy it is to use?

 

Show us your selfies! Post your selfie to our Facebook page and we’ll send you a special prize.


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5 Clever New Ways To Promote Your Brand


5 just released promotional products

So, you want to promote your brand. And, you want to do it in a fresh, compelling way. You’re not alone. Our customers often ask us to point out what’s new. They’re looking for those never-before-seen promos to really wow their audience.

Well, have we got some ideas for any marketer looking for the latest in promotional giveaways.

Allow us to serve up five creative items to get your brand seen and remembered. Promos stick in people’s minds – especially those giveaways that are a mix of unique and useful all rolled into one.

Here’s a selection of some of our newly released promotional items. Want to see more? Click here to shop our full collection of hot and new promotional products.

1. Large camouflage trunk logo caddy

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Here’s a way to win over the heart of any outdoor enthusiast. This custom camo caddy has everything hunters and sportsmen need for transporting the essentials. When they pop the trunk and tote it around, your logo is right there.

 

2. Plastic shatterproof customized wine glass

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Summertime is prime time for picnics, festivals, and concerts, and you know what that calls for – wine! But since glass is just so darn fragile, serve the spirits in plastic instead. These shatterproof wine glasses are BPA-free, customized with your logo, and perfectly chic for your next event. (Oh, and they’re reusable too.)

 

3. Mini angry mood wobbler custom stress balls

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Want to get customers fired up about your brand? This logo stress reliever will do it. You can’t help but grab this peeved promo and give it a squeeze. Not into the angry face? Pick from four other moods to best suit your company or campaign.

 

4. Full-color single promotional coffee pods

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About 83% of U.S. adults drink coffee daily, according to USA Today. Your customers are likely reaching for a cup, and these custom coffee pods will make their morning. They’re individually labeled with your company logo, and work with single-serve coffee brewers. You can also get more of the branded brew with our coffee pod packs – each one includes 18 pods.

  

5. Full-color 5-in-1 custom charger cord set

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Everybody loves tech promos. This one’s especially handy because it allows users to charge multiple devices at once. They don’t have to worry about tangled up cords or not having the right one – it’s all right there in a colorful, convenient charger cord set that’s printed with your full-color logo.

New promos are always exciting. People love getting their hands on items they haven’t seen before. Indulge them while getting your brand come nice exposure.

What new products would you pick to promote your brand? Tell us your favorites in the comments!

 

 


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Trend Alert: Down-Home Custom Drinkware


Down-home custom drinkware styles – think Mason jars and other Southern-style favorites – have surged ahead of the drinkware frontrunner from last year: red Solo cup-style tumblers.

Rather than custom drinkware with a party vibe, the trend now is all about casual, laid-back mugs and tumblers that people are comfortable sipping from anytime. (And they’re just so fitting for sweet tea and lemonade – the beverages that define summer.)

Why the shift toward down-home styles? ePromos’ Hope Binegar, Senior Supplier Relations Manager, says it’s because people crave simplicity and familiarity.

“Mason jars have an old-school charm to them, and people find that appealing,” she says. “There’s nothing stuffy or fancy about them. People feel comfortable using them wherever they are. Down-home drinkware works in so many settings – from the office to weddings to relaxing poolside.”

How To Use Down-Home Styles

Down-home drinkware has been popular on the wedding scene for years, with couples using them in all sorts of creative, rustic ways: water or wine glasses, vases or vessels for dessert (banana pudding for the brides and grooms who really want to give their wedding a down-home feel).

And, of course, you can’t go shopping without seeing a colorful assortment of Mason jars bedecking store shelves. While once used for canning, people now use them for gifting, crafts, home décor, and more.

Your brand can jump on the down-home promotional drinkware trend, too.

Mason jar-style mugs and tumblers are perfect for corporate events when you’re looking for an on-trend giveaway, and you can also use them as retail items or souvenirs.

Do you own a restaurant or bar? Serve up beverages in down-home styles to give a little country kick to your establishment. They’re a trendy way for customers to sip anything from sangria to iced tea.

You can add your logo to down-home drinkware for any kind of promotion or event: company picnics, tailgate parties, county fairs, festivals, concerts, and more.

Here’s a look at four promotional products to refresh your brand with the coolest trend in drinkware: down-home styles.

Southern jar-style custom mug

Notice the double-wall design of the Southern Jar-Style Custom Mug. This means drinks stay colder longer, and there’s no condensation. It’s eye-catching with a color-coordinating inner wall, handle, lid and straw.

 

Mason jar imprinted mug with matching straw

Make a splash in vibrant blue, green or red, or get the Mason Jar-Style Imprinted Mug With Matching Straw in clear – perfect for keeping an eye on beverage levels.

 

Mason jar custom tumbler

The Mason Jar Custom Tumbler With Matching Straw is right on trend with a colored, screw-on lid. It’s the perfect addition to company picnics and corporate events.

 

Mason jar-style ceramic custom mug

For a stylish twist on the classic Mason jar, opt for the Mason Jar-Style Ceramic Custom Mug. Its glossy finish (in white or black) makes your logo pop.