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Trend Alert: Best Promotional Items, Giveaways and Swag for 2017


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Trend Alert: Best Promotional Items, Giveaways and Swag for 2017

Recently, our staff from ePromos attended the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) Expo in Las Vegas. We had our eyes peeled for emerging trends and innovations in custom logo merchandise. This includes identifying the best-of-the-best products, and new decoration methods to help our customers’ brand look amazing and be effective with their marketing spend. ePromos helped you find the best promotional items in 2016 – now check out our top ten trends in promotional products for 2017 below!

1. Retail Appeal – Products Plucked from the Store Shelf

It’s referred to as the “retail effect”: the products you see on the shelves when you go shopping are now available as promotional products. Not only will you find popular brand names at ePromos, you’ll also find lower priced retail lookalikes that may better fit your budget. To garner more brand awareness, look to this latest trend. Retail-related products have a high perceived value and quality — and the quality of your product has never been more important. Even better, you can add to your logo to put your personal, unique touch on it. Take it one step further with retail packaging, which is a practical way to get more eyes on your logo! Aesthetically pleasing packaging will increase the perceived value of the gift you are giving.

 

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2. Refined Look of Copper

One of the biggest trends right now is copper. Try promotional products made entirely out of copper, or with copper accents and lining that adds to the performance of products. Copper used in drinkware adds insulation for extended thermal retention, keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for longer. Brand names to look for using the insulation qualities of copper are Grizzly®, and Pelican®. For the tasteful look of copper, check out our Copper Moscow Mule Mug, Copper-Insulated Tumbler to enhance the aesthetic of your at-home bar. Your customers will love Copper-Colored Water Bottles, which are a stylish piece to tote around the gym or town on a hot summer day. These trends are likely to remain for their fabulous look, their ability to fit any budget and their functionality.

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3. Matte Finish Credibility

Not all that glitters is gold! Look for products that have this aesthetic — sometimes called powder coated. It’s an elegant, soft matte look that everyone is loving! This look is a new trend in promotional products, and an original idea that will help you successfully promote your brand. A powder finish absorbs light rather than reflecting it, so this finish reduces highlights and you can see more of the branding. Customers with discerning taste will appreciate these items because with a powder polish, you get the appeal of a different texture. Many hot promotional items are getting a makeover with this trendy appearance.

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4. Bluetooth Earbuds Make Great Corporate Gifts

Today everyone is connected and dependent on gadgets, continually upgrading to current technology. That’s why useful technology products remain on our Top 10 list, especially Bluetooth-enabled products. Wireless earbuds allow the recipient to listen to their favorite music, book or podcast with cord-free convenience. Some features our collection of Bluetooth earbuds include: hours of playback time, volume control, built-in microphone, power switch, charging cable and earbuds easily pair with another device. Some of the best corporate gifts are ones that recipients can use both inside and outside of the office. New gear and gadgets are a valuable product that recipients will appreciate for a long time, keeping your brand on hand every day.

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5. Outdoor Inspired Promos

Some of the best giveaways are when you keep your client, customer or employee’s personal interests in mind. For nature lovers and adventurers that often head outdoors, gift promo products that fit well into a rugged environment. Even products that simply remind one of the great outdoors are slated to be extremely popular in 2017, as they were showcased at the Expo. If your customers and employees lean more toward the rugged side of recreation, you can effectively advertise to those enjoying activities and relaxation that are a bit more robust. Fishing excursions, field days, team building expeditions, camping and boat shows, sporting games and more are perfect events to reach those individuals with a passion for the outdoors. Forget your run-of-the-mill standard promo items – outdoor gear are unique corporate gifts that will be sure to impress. Gear up the people you most appreciate with binoculars, coolers, survival products, chairs, picnic blankets and more.

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6. Go for Full-Color Full-Wrap Printing for One of the Best Promotional Giveaways

Endless printing will spice up your marketing efforts. To wonderfully represent your brand, try the newest way to create stunning full-color images that wrap 365 degrees around your product. The illusion created is that the image has no beginning and no end. ePromos offers this unique option, so you can design your promotional products with artwork that wraps around the entire cylinder-shape of tumblers, bottles, glasses and more. Full-wrap printing creates an opportunity to expand on your overall marketing communication by using imagery that is seen no matter which way the product is turned. You can tell more of your story both visually and with text using this exciting new decoration method of printing. This seamless and continuous 360-degree design will change the way people are looking at your logo.

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7. Smart Technology

Considering how everyone today is connected and dependent on gadgets, the trend of giving away Technology items is here to stay. In 2017, technology is still strong trend and “smart tech” is the favorite for B2B marketing. Technology that comes in handy when people least expect it reflects well on your brand. For useful items at work, home, play and information, look to the favorites: Power Banks, Bluetooth Earbuds, USB Drives, Stylus Pens and Bluetooth Speakers. You can plan on the tech trend to remain a trend because they are becoming more cost effective and “smarter” by the day. You can guarantee your brand will be seen because these products have the potential to be used on a daily basis. Virtual Reality is still hot for a smart tech gift. Hand out these goggles and you’ll transport your customers to anywhere in the world. You can speak to one of our Brand Consultants about making your very own VR application featuring your brand! If you’re looking for one of the best trade show giveaways, look no further. Attendees will flock to your booth for quality smart tech gadgets.

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8. Soft-Sided Special

The next big trend that is sure to build a stronger relationship with customers and show your appreciation to employees is a soft-sided backpack. One of the best in the world is Engel…a legend in reliability®! These rugged 23-quart personal carrying coolers can be a backpack or a tote and they have an endless amount of quality features. First, this cooler keeps anything cooler longer with one-inch thick foam insulation. Its interior radiant barrier liner reflects the sun’s long-wave heat radiation to further enhance the backpack cooler’s cooling capabilities. Under typical conditions, the backpack cooler will hold ice for up to three days. In addition, the liner is removable so you can get food easier and clean the bag. Made of 500D tear-resistant polyester, these totes can carry almost anything you want to keep cold. Plus, the waterproof TPE coating easily cleans up after any adventure. The reinforced bottom is flat with non-skid feet. These backpacks are unique gifts for employees, and a thoughtful way to remind them you care about easing their commute and making their lunch breaks more convenient. These backpacks are available in white or Realtree Camouflage for an additional fee. You also get to co-brand with a brand of excellence — Engle® is printed on the front pocket.

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9. A Neon Touch

We love electric bright colors and we’re happy to see that neon-colored promotional products are still a hot trend. No matter what product you want to promote your business, there are options that feature this neon trend and style to make your company stand out it a crowd. We encourage you to jump on the trend with bright fluorescent-colored pens, ceramic mugs, sunglasses, markers, drinkware, t-shirts, caps and other apparel. Brighten up your employee’s or client’s day with any one of these stand-out items.

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10. Trendy Cork Elements

If you’re looking for cool giveaways and swag ideas, there was a ton of buzz at the show for Cork. Cork is the emerging trend of the year and one that is likely to remain in high demand in 2017. The great attributes of cork make it appropriate for promotional products. Cork is eco-friendly, durable, anti-microbial, doesn’t absorb moisture, and the shades of cork display beautifully. If you’re dying for an upscale look, check out our dyed cork custom merchandise. Uncork your imagination because your logo could be on drinkware, journals, USB drives, pouches and more. We offer a variety of cork-accented products at different price points, so this trend fits into any marketing budget.

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Take a tour of our promotional products to see all the products taking off in 2017. Choose any of these trendy products, and it’ll be a unique trade show giveaway that will certainly attract people to your booth. Whether you’re looking for a memorable, unique client gift, or want to get your brand name out there with personalized promotional products — you’ll find affordable, unique, colorful and universal ideas for your customers at ePromos. Shop our selection of 2017’s hottest, trendiest products today!


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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.

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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.

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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!