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The Top Promotional Products Trends Of 2016


From custom tote bags, to drinkware, to apparel…there are so many options for promotional merchandise it could literally make your head spin.  While most companies are going to use promo item staples such as bags and pens, you don’t need to be boring.  If you take a look at companies like Google, their promo choices are never boring – ever! If you want to stand out, make a statement and kick your competition to the curb, you have to step up your game.  That is what working with ePromos is all about.

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Here is our most recent instalment of top trends to get you noticed and make your competition jealous. Inventors are constantly bringing us the latest concepts in branded giveaways and our merchandisers have their fingers on the pulse of leading-edge promotional products. Here is the Top 10 list shaping the 2016 promotional products landscape.

1. Inflatable Loungers:

You’re probably seeing these brightly colored custom inflatable loungers everywhere.  Also known as breeze bags, wind couches, beach sofas and air chairs. They are a retail sensation and now you can get them with your logo. Talk about impressing your clients. At home loungers are great outdoors or indoors: soccer games, movie nights, video gaming, sleepovers or instant  extra seating that looks cool. Many of our clients are saying recipients love them at the office as a fun piece of extra furniture. Portable, waterproof, durable, and easy…just gather some air, roll up the end and clip – it’s  ready to go in seconds. Unclip, rollup releasing the air and store in the drawstring bag. Your logo goes both on the lounger and the bag for great exposure.  Go make your mark with this trendsetting product.

Instant Inflatable Custom Lounger Bag

Click here to see our video on How to blow up an inflatable lounger.

2. Insulated Tumblers:

Two of the biggest names in drinkware have made a huge impact in retail. Everyone wants one! However, there is no need to spend $30-$50 per tumbler on a Yeti or Swell. ePromos has similar high quality custom tumblers and you don’t have to pay the high price tag for a brand name.  Depending on the drinkware you choose, these less expensive tumblers will also keep ice for more than 24 hours. Vacuum-sealed which means the temperature outside doesn’t conduct through to the liquid inside. Many of our items are sprayed internally with copper for extra insulation. Insulated tumblers have become increasingly popular for coffee and tea, too…keeping beverages hot long after a morning commute. In addition, you don’t have to settle for just the stainless steel color and smooth texture, ePromos brings some style in a wide range of textures and colors to match your company’s identity..

Stainless Steel Double Wall Custom Tumbler – 20 oz.

Stainless Steel Copper Insulated Custom Tumblers – 20 oz.

Stainless Steel Copper Insulated Custom Tumblers – 30 oz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Virtual Reality Goggles:

Virtual Reality Goggles are no longer a product of the future. Today your brand can exist on this futuristic product so anyone can experience VR and transport themselves anywhere in the world. Choose your favorite virtual reality app, slide a smartphone into these goggles (promoting your logo) and transform any cellphone into a virtual reality experience. Promote your brand at a low cost and you can order small quantities to make this cool giveaway even more affordable. You can even speak to our our Brand Consultants about making your very own VR application featuring your brand in the experience.

Cardboard Virtual Reality Custom Goggles

Cardboard Virtual Reality Custom Goggles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers:

Bluetooth technology is quickly making wired electronics a thing of the past. When customers need a bigger sound from their devices, you can gift  them a quality speaker imprinted with your logo – an item with high perceived value that people will appreciate. Our current selection of custom Bluetooth speakers features over 80 items in a wide variety of shapes with carry-along features such as carabiners, straps, clips or hooks to secure the speaker. We even have multifunction speakers that also serve as chargers and sell from brand names such as Brookstone and OrigAudio.

Waterproof Bluetooth Cube Custom Speakers

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5. The Heather Look

One of the most fashionable fabric trends this year has been heathered items. Traditionally custom apparel was the only promotional product where you found heather looks. Now this fashion favorite look of heather can be found in portfolios, lanyards, totes, caps, duffel bags and more. And, you’ll find colors beyond the traditional heather gray, we are using many base colors interwoven with white thread to produce muted shades to match your logo. Look for these hot new items at ePromos.com.

Striped Heather Custom Tote Bag – 18.25″w x 13.75″h x 4.25″d

Heathered Custom Lanyards w/Metal Crimp & Split Ring – .75″w

New Era Heather Melton Wool Unstructured Custom Caps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Drones

Remote Control Flying Drone Custom Toys

The newest and coolest trend up there, literally is Remote Control Flying Drones. You’ll be making a difference with your logo on a promotional drone that you know is going straight home and creating backyard bonding with the family. Gifts that allow for family bonding are always effective. Drones will be the main attraction as the top prize at any tradeshow booth – talk about a conversation starter! Giving a drone as a gift will be an effective advertising tool as well as keeping recipients buzzing while your brand is taken to new heights.

 

 

 

 

7. Fitness Bracelets

Personal fitness trackers are on the shelf at stores everywhere. ePromos offers brand name Fitbits with your logo and fortunately, we also have activity trackers  at much lower prices so you can get your name on recipient’s wrist daily! Imagine your logo on the trendiest fitness technology in the industry. These fitness-aware devices not only keep time, track distances and display calories burned, these good health promoters will show your company cares about wellness. Jump on this trend to make your business stand out from the rest.

Activity Tracker Custom Wristband w/ Clock

 

 

8. Mobile Chargers

Cell Phone Custom Chargers Accessory Kit

Today, cellphone battery life is a lifeline. Whether it’s personal or business, people rely on cell phones every day…so you can bet your audience will find a cool charger imprinted with your brand very useful. ePromos suggests this custom charging kit to show your clients you are there for them. The kit includes a USB car charger, a USB wall charger and 3-in-1 charging cables. At 2.1 amps of power these work with tablets and charge smartphones twice as fast as typical 1 amp chargers. That’s power at clients’ fingertips…and your brand is there, associated with being a lifesaver too!

 

 

9. Selfie Sticks

Yes, Selfie Sticks are still hot! Reach out to your customers and promote an easier way to take a selfie. Favorite moments will be captured while you promote your brand with an ePromos customized selfie stick. Travel with your audience and capture the good times with the perfect picture…your logo is alongside the fun too!

10. City Style Totes

The conservation movement is huge right now in the world but many bags lack style. Handing out an ePromos custom RuMe Tote Bag with your logo provides a high fashion on trend item that is practical and eco friendly. shows your company is environmentally aware. Customers opting for green-friendly commuting need an on-the-go carrying solution will love this bag! Imagine a lightweight bag that can fold up to fit in the palm of your hand, and is. But this durable enough to tote expands and can hold up to 50 pounds! Useful every day and ready to carry almost anything…anywhere. Here’s a link to many other on trend styles:

RuMe Classic Medium Custom Tote Bags – 15.5″w x 15.5″h x 4″d

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3 Brand Spanking New Items For Your Next Promotion!


Want to give your clients something fresh, creative, and unique? These promotional items are brand spanking new and ready to go to work for your brand!

There are lot of custom water bottles out there, but there aren’t many as classy and elegant as this new glass logo water bottle. For high-end campaigns or high-end customers, these stylish bottles are a head-turning choice that will make your clients say “wow!” Each bottle comes with a matching protective silicone sleeve to ensure a long lifetime of use.
This new Smilin’ Mood Dude Stress Ball is an example of what happens when you combine a few great ideas into one product. In this case we’ve got the popular Mood Dude™ brand, a stress ball, and color-changing mood material. The end result is an addictive desk toy that people won’t be able to put down! Great for reducing tension and stress in the workplace.

Just in time for summer, this custom cooler bag is set to revolutionize insulated cooler bag design! Instead of just packing your bag with ice and cramming drinks in, this bag has special icepack pockets for each can. The bag also features a secure zippered closure that will help keep your beverages ice cold for hours!

But wait, there’s more! To browse more new promos, check out our Hot & New collection!


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First Look: New Items at PPAI Expo 2012!


Happy Friday! As you may or may not know, the biggest tradeshow in the promotional products industry is currently underway in Las Vegas: The PPAI Expo. We’ve got our ePromos merchandising experts searching for the show’s most interesting new products, and the first photos are starting to trickle in! Below are just a few of the hundreds of new and unique items being showcased by top suppliers.

Stay tuned, in the coming days we’ll be taking a closer look at some of these promising new arrivals, as well as some not-so-promising ones!

USB drives in various fully-custom shapes.

Etched wine bottles - a great gift choice.

Filtered water bottles with a sleek design.

Attention-grabbing fluorescent luggage tags.

All kinds of interesting branded kitchenware from Oxo.

New LED mini-flashlights - unique design!

You can never have too many cool pen designs!

Fun desk toy - solar-powered flowers that wave!

Who needs a speaker dock when you have an iPhone megaphone!

Check back next week – many more to come!

 

 


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Sneak Peek: 3 of 2012’s Newest Promotional Products


Happy New Year! January is an exciting time for promotional products buyers, thanks to the influx of new styles, upgraded items, and never-before-seen promos that manufacturers unveil early on in the new year. If you’re tired of using pens (…or if you love pens but just want something new and improved), now is the time to find new and unique promotional items that will keep your brand visible and your customers happy and engaged. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the newest promotional products for 2012:

  1. Chunky Custom Embroidered Hat by Distinct Threads. While winter hats are nothing new, this stylish design from Distinct Threads certainly is! Perfect for cold winter weather, the thick “chunky” knit design, earflaps, and fleece lining will ensure your head is kept warm all season long! The biggest benefit of this embroidered hat is the modern style which makes it a great item for younger audiences that have a keen eye for fashionable promos.

  2. Ghirardelli Promotional Gift Set with Custom Thermos. Here’s another hot pick for cold weather – a brand new hot cocoa gift set from renowned chocolate maker Ghirardelli. This higher-end item makes an ideal employee reward or customer thank-you gift, and is sure to be a memorable offering. Imprint your company name and logo on the brushed stainless steel thermos for a gift experience they won’t soon forget!

  3. Stainless Steel Promotional Tumbler w/ Straw. Here’s a good example of a manufacturer improving on one of 2011’s most popular products. Originally available in acrylic only, this bestseller now comes in stainless steel for a higher-end look and feel. This tumbler features the same double-wall design and travel lid that people raved about last year, but now it looks so much better! If your brand image calls for something a little nicer than acrylic, you can’t go wrong here.


These are just a few of the hundreds of new promotional products that will be available in 2012. Stay tuned for more featured items and check back on ePromos.com early and often – we add dozens of new products every single week!