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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

promotional pens

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

promotional crayons

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

promotional massagers

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

custom coffee sleeve

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.

 


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Top 10 Promotional Products Trends For 2014


One of the best spots to pinpoint promotional products trends is at The PPAI Expo in Las Vegas, the promo industry’s largest tradeshow and the country’s 53rd largest show, according to Trade Show Executive magazine.

Last week, ePromos had a team of more than 20 trendspotters traversing the aisles at The Expo, on the lookout for the latest trends in custom logo merchandise. We covered more than six miles of tradeshow aisles, got a look at 600 new product introductions, and saw the latest offerings at 3,300 booths.

So, what’s hot in promos this year?

Tech is a leading trend – from cell phone chargers to Beats-style headphones. There’s also a trend toward outdoor promos – from colorful sunglasses (which were offered by a surprising number of suppliers) to cool camo products that blend in with nature but help your brand stand out.

Here’s a look at the top 10 promotional products trends that will pump up your marketing in 2014:

1. Beats-style headphones

It’s no surprise that Beats-style headphones (made popular by Beats by Dr. Dre headphones) bumped their way to the top of our trends list – headphones were among the top-selling electronic gifts this past holiday season, accounting for 13 percent of the $8 billion in consumer electronic sales between November 24 and December 7, according to research firm NPD Group. Why the trend toward audio gear? Because for many, it’s an affordable luxury in a shaky economy. What’s popular at retail often shines in the promotional products market, and headphones were hot at this year’s show.

custom headphones

2. Custom cell phone chargers

No doubt some of the hottest items on the tradeshow floor were custom cell phone chargers. They were everywhere – and in every color and style imaginable. We spotted chargers in vibrant fluorescent hues (more on that trend later), car chargers with glowing logos, and handy portable chargers to power up smartphones and other USB devices when the power’s out or while you’re traveling.

custom cell phone chargers

 

custom car charger

 portable custom charger

 

3. Neon

Bright neon hues have been big in the fashion world for many seasons, and the trend has officially taken over the promotional products market. We saw the neon trend really take off in the drinkware category – especially in tumblers and cups with straws. For marketers wanting to make a bold impression, neon is a smart choice. It brings energy to promos, and the eye is immediately drawn to bright shades.

 custom tumblers

custom drinkware

 

4. Laser embellishments

Another standout trend at The Expo was laser embellishments – on everything from awards to apparel. Suppliers showcased a variety of sharp, hi-def patterns on a multitude of materials. The result? Designs and logos that last as long as the item itself. When you’re looking to do something distinctive with your promos, laser embellishments bring out the design to get your logo noticed.

 laser embellishment

5. Matte finish

Translucent is out, matte is in. Matte finishes were a major trend at the show this year, popping up primarily in drinkware. It gives products an intense shot of color, and it makes the logo stand out crisp and clear. Pair the matte finish with neon colors, and you have a recipe for an undeniably modern promotional campaign.

 matte finish

6. Camo

Camo was a running theme at the show, with suppliers offering up an array of camo products at all different price points. We spotted classic camo t-shirts made new with longer lengths and lighter-weight materials, and as for camo gear, hunters and outdoorsmen have their pick – everything is offered in camo this year. We saw cooler bags, thermoses, hydration packs, pocket knives, and even rubber duckies in a camo theme.

 camo custom bag

 

camo custom drinkware

 

7. Sunglasses

Promotional sunglasses are a huge trend again this year – they’re being carried by more and more suppliers. Neon wayfarers, with their boxy shape and thick, colorful frames, stole the spotlight, but we also saw classic aviators and novelty frames (how about a peace sign over the lens?). For marketers looking for a great spring or summer giveaway at an affordable price point, sunglasses are the way to go.

promotional sunglasses

 

custom sunglasses

 

8. Down-home drinkware

Custom drinkware in 2014 takes a casual twist – we’re talking Solo cup-style tumblers and mason jars. With color-coordinating lids, straws and handles, you can show off your brand in cool, laid-back style. This latest crop of drinkware is what you’d want to top off with sweet tea or lemonade – it’s perfect for company picnics and summer events.

 jar-style custom mug

mason jar style custom mug

 

9. Clear stadium bags

We’ve kept you up to date on plastic bag bans in the United States, and you likely already know about the NFL’s policy limiting the size and type of bags allowed into stadiums. Not surprisingly, clear custom stadium bags were a huge story at the show this year. There was no shortage of clear bags, and many also incorporated the neon trend with brightly hued handles.

 custom stadium bag

10. Cell phone accessories

Custom cell phone accessories – specifically cell phone wallets – were all the buzz on the tradeshow floor. Everyone had a variation of the cell phone wallet, that handy pocket that adheres right to the back of your phone. Other trendy accessories included phone cases and loungers. Think mobile for a modern promo in 2014.

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25 Ideas To Rev Up Your Marketing


Get ready to kick your marketing into high gear – we’ve compiled 25 of the biggest trends in promos into one Slideshare for easy browsing and shopping. If you want to promote your brand with the coolest, newest promotional products, check it out!