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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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How To Use Promotional Products To Effectively Grow Your Business


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Congratulations! You made your dream come true – you finally opened your own business reflective of what you are truly passionate about. That takes guts! No more working for “the man,” you are the (wo)man!

This means that it is your sole responsibility to invest the time in making sure your business becomes all that you imagine it to be. Take your business to the next level of achievement with the perfect promotional products.

Promotional products should be specifically personalized for your business. Do not choose to hand out custom candies if you are a dentist office. Those two things do not correlate, which means that customers or potential clients will be confused on your real business focus.

When ordering products, you must think of yourself in your customers’ shoes. Would you understand why exactly you are choosing that product to represent your business? It seems simple enough but, picking the perfect product can be difficult. But hey, we’re here to help you. Our Brand Consultants are ready whenever you are to make sure the products you are purchasing will have a positive effect on your business.

Another key aspect to keep in mind while searching for the perfect product is to make sure the product you choose will set you apart from competitors. Do not get me wrong, a pen is a great promotional product because it’s passed from person to person, purse to purse, etc.

But, is anyone you know going to run up to their friends at lunch and say: “Guess what! That local gym over there just gave me this awesome pen!!”

No. They’re not. They are going to say: “Guess what! That local gym over there just gave me these awesome zipper style custom ear buds! I cannot wait to use them next time I work out there.”

Maybe you do not own a gym but, you get the point. You need a product that will wow the receiver, get them talking about your business, and give them something they will genuinely enjoy.

At ePromos, we are passionate about our work – so much that it does not even feel like work a majority of the time. We pride ourselves in working with, not for, companies that feel the same way as we do and establish more successful businesses. When you pick the perfect promotional product you will know it! It will be relevant to your business proposition, it will be something that sets you apart from your competitors, and it will be something people get excited to use.

All of us at ePromos know that when you are passionate about your work, it doesn’t even feel like work.

 


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5 Promotional Products Technology Companies Can Use For Marketing


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Think of your favorite website. Whether it is a music-sharing app or a new form of social media, you are on it at least once a day guaranteed. Over 35% of the world is active on the internet, and this number is growing quickly. With smartphones making the internet more accessible than ever, tech companies are breaking barriers and creating new products competing to push ahead of the game.

The public looks at the sites they use every day online and thinks to themselves, “Why didn’t I think of this!”

Well, truth is, it’s because tech companies are smarter than the rest of us. It’s true. One step ahead of the game as always, tech companies know what will trend and what will quickly fade into the background. So to make sure your tech business is as active in promotion as it is in breaking barriers, contact ePromos for any of our diverse technological promotional products. Getting your company name out there is just the first step in becoming the most powerful and most well-known in the field of technology. Let’s take a look at some promotional products technology companies can use to promote their brands.

 1.       Promotional Screen Cleaners

If your business specializes in apps or smartphones, there are so many great giveaways to leave a permanent mark in your valued customer’s memory of their favorite tech company. With every purchase, hand out an additional customer appreciation gift. Giveaways such as full color promotional screen cleaners are inexpensive gifts that will be greatly treasured and shared with others. Every day when people wipe off their phones, they will see your logo and be more inclined to talk about your business.

2.       Custom Cell Phone Charger With Earbuds

If your tech business is looking for a more unique giveaway, a 3-in-1 cell phone charger kit with earbuds that comes in an extremely convenient small case could be imprinted with your company logo or personal message. There is nothing worse than being on the road or at the office and knowing that your phone is about to die. This kit has a USB adapter as well as an adapter for the car that will allow you to plug your smartphone in wherever you are. On top of the two chargers, the comfortable earbuds allow complete silent to the outside world and total focus on your favorite music. Handing out these cases to valued customers shows that you appreciate their loyalty and know exactly their technology needs.

3.       5-in-1 Custom Charger Sets

Don’t you hate it when you are out with a friend and ask to borrow his or her charger only to realize you do not have the same phone? It is so inconvenient that all phones have different adapters but, one of the newest, most fun promotional products ePromos offers is the 5-in-1 custom charger set. Your customized set allows people to always have the right charging cord handy and gives opportunities for sharing with everyone. With your logo imprinted on the charging cords, anyone that gets their hands on this charging kit will know your brand for having that distinct product that came in handy in that time of need.

Maybe your company is not as focused on cell phones and is more music oriented. ePromos has the hottest products in music-sharing that are guaranteed to please.

4.       Custom Bluetooth Speakers

The key to handing out successful giveaways or prizes is that they have to be something that people actually want and will use! A mini Bluetooth speaker with your logo laser engraved on it is sure to ring satisfactory to your ears and crank up the party. Don’t underestimate the speaker by its size; this compact, metal speaker exerts a clear sound that your customers can bring anywhere.

5.       Promotional Headphones

So maybe your customers aren’t into sharing. Well that’s okay; let them enjoy their music alone. The designs of the custom Atlas headphones are so in right now. Not only will your tech company be giving customers a product that is as cool and trendy as your business but, also, a product that works beautifully. Taking their new headphones with your logo imprinted on them on planes or using them at libraries is great exposure for your business as well.

Being a tech company isn’t easy. You are up against so much steady competition to be creating the newest online trends that benefit or entertain the public. Keep doing what you’re doing, and allow ePromos to tend to your marketing needs. We know we can help take your tech company to the next level.


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Promotional Product Ideas For A Walk, Run, Or Cycle Event


Are you organizing a walk, run, or cycling event? Need some promotional product ideas? You’re in the right spot. Whether it’s for a great cause or just some friendly competition, events like these are great for bringing the community together.

People of all ages, sizes and shapes come to participate or support loved ones. Whatever the nature of your business, walkathons, marathons, cycling events, and the like give you the perfect exposure – that is, if you’re active enough to have the perfect promotional products.

5 Perfect Promotional Product Ideas

1. Custom drawstring bags.

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Let’s start with the basic race necessity. Drawstring bags allow participants to keep all their valuables in one safe spot and are still comfortable enough to wear while being active. When the #1 racer is wearing your logo, others will have to chase after it.

2. Promotional t-shirts.

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Hand them out at the registration table before the race so everyone can wear your logo during the competition, or hand them out at the finish line as a congratulations gift. There’s nothing better than being so exhausted you feel you’re about to pass out and then being immediately resuscitated by an awesome new free t-shirt. Trust me – I’ve been there.

3. Logo sunscreen.

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It’s going to be a beautiful day out! Promote your image by protecting others’.

4. Custom water bottle.

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This is perfect for keeping athletes’ water ice cold all day and is a lot more eco-friendly than handing out disposable bottles of water. Stay hydrated people!

5. Promotional rally towel.

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Give these to the athletes to wipe their excellence (or, you know, sweat) on, or you can hand out the towels to spectators to swing around in the air as the athletes race past.

All of these promotional product ideas are perfect examples of giveaways that can be used over and over again. When athletes continuously use the water bottle at their gym or rock their awesome new t-shirt around town, you and your business will be right there with them. Keep your business active by putting your logo in the hands of the active.  


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10 Interesting Facts About The Promotional Products Industry


At $19.8 billion, the promotional products industry is at an all-time high, according to the 2013 PPAI Estimate Of Promotional Products Distributor Sales. The last time promotional products surpassed the $19 billion mark was 2007.

Marketers are seeing now, more than ever, that promotional items are one of the most powerful and effective forms of marketing. They put your brand directly into the hands of your target audience, and they can be used for all sorts of purposes: awareness, recognition, motivation, recruitment. You name it.

We’ve compiled 10 intriguing facts that you may not know about the promotional products industry. Take a look and get to know more about the power behind promos.

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9 Myths About Promotional Products – Busted


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There are always some interesting myths swirling around about promotional products. Some marketers can spot these myths from a mile away and don’t give them any consideration.

But others are quick to latch on to the misconceptions. They become wary about using promotional products. They doubt the effectiveness of promos and sometimes write them off altogether.

When marketers put stock in the myths they hear, they’re missing out. Big time. In this blog post, we shatter nine common myths about promotional products. Read on for the myths and why they’re busted.

Myth #1: People don’t really use promotional products.

Why it’s perpetuated:

There are so many branded items out in the world, people simply don’t have use for them all. They can’t possibly use all the logo tumblers, t-shirts, and tote bags that marketers fling their way. Right? Wrong.

Why this myth is busted:

People love free stuff. And we mean love it. Eighty-three percent of consumers like receiving a promotional product with an advertising message, according to Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), and 53% of consumers use a promotional item at least once a week or more.

So go ahead – give people what they want. Unleash the promos on them. Just make sure they’re useful to your audience and relevant to your brand. Read this blog post on the do’s and don’ts of using promotional products.

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Myth #2: You can’t measure the ROI of promotional items.

Why it’s perpetuated:

It’s impossible to know if all of your branded swag is really working. You hand out hundreds (or thousands) of bottles of hand sanitizer at a tradeshow. You freely give out tote bags at a career fair. You’re up to your ears in promotional pens – and you’ve been giving them out for years.

You can’t keep track of all of these giveaways and pinpoint their value – or at least that’s how it might seem.

Why this myth is busted:

Promotional products are completely (and easily) trackable. You just have to take the time to do it. You’re measuring the ROI of your other marketing efforts – don’t let promotional items fall to the wayside because you’re unsure how to track their effectiveness.

Some simple ways to measure the ROI of promotional products include:

1. QR codes (or, at the very least, unique URLs).

Create a landing page for your promotion and print the URL or a QR code (here’s more on how to do this) on your promotional giveaways. Voila – you can now track the hits/leads/sales that came directly from the products. See how simple that was?

2. Phone numbers.

If you’d rather speak to prospects than drive them to a website, just put a twist on the first idea by printing a new phone number on your promotional products. It’s easy to measure how many calls came in as a result of the giveaways.

3. A solid CTA.

When it comes to tracking promotional products, a CTA (call-to-action) is a must. Why? Because a CTA makes it super simple to measure the effectiveness of your giveaways. Print an offer directly on your promotional products, and you can see the kind of traffic it generates.

Test out different offers on different products. Dunkin’ Donuts is offering 99-cent refills when coffee fans bring in its promo tumblers, but you can offer any perk – a BOGO offer when you bring in a promotional Frisbee, 10% off your next purchase by wearing a promotional cap in store, half-price manicure when you bring in a custom nail file. (That sounds nice, right?)

Make your CTA simple and appealing, and recipients will take you up on your offer.

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Myth #3: Promotional products are too expensive.

Why it’s perpetuated:

Many marketers get a little sweaty-palmed when it comes to budgets. They think: “I barely have any money to promote my business … how can I afford promotional products?” As a result, promos are sometimes seen as frivolous, unnecessary.

The thing is, though, it’s not about the products – it’s about researching, planning, managing, and tracking. You’re not just throwing money into a bunch of branded merchandise and hoping for the best – you’re making an investment in building your brand.

Why this myth is busted:

Promotional products are one of the most cost-effective forms of advertising. They have a lower cost-per-impression (CPI) in the U.S. than prime-time TV advertising, national magazine advertising, and newspaper ads, and they have a similar CPI to spot radio and online ads, according to the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI).

The average CPI of a promotional product is just $.005, according to ASI. For a small investment, you can get the same type of exposure as businesses with bigger budgets. Your marketing dollars go a whole lot further with promotional products than with other forms of media. If you think you don’t have the budget for promo items, just take a look at these sale items.

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Myth #4: Cheap is the way to go.

Why it’s perpetuated:

When it comes to promotional products, marketers sometimes have a one-track mind. All they want to do is get their logo in front of as many people as possible. To accomplish this, they seek out the cheapest products, never pausing to think about the impact on their brands.

Price should never be your only consideration. The products you choose are representative of your brand. Pick cheap promos, and that’s how your business will be viewed.

Why this myth is busted:

Cheaper is not always better. You’re purchasing branded merchandise – not a new phone plan. Promotional products make a lasting impression on recipients. More than three-quarters of people can recall the advertiser’s name on a promotional product they had received in the last 12 months, according to PPAI.

What you give people sticks in their minds. Do you want your brand to be associated with cheap throwaway items that will likely end up in the trash, or do you want people to associate your brand with useful, innovative promotional items that are relevant and targeted to their needs? Don’t go cheap just to save a few bucks up front. It doesn’t do anything to help your brand.

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Myth #5: It’s better to invest in mainstream media.

Why it’s perpetuated:

TV ads get all the glory. Just think about the buzz that Super Bowl spots generate. Don’t forget about radio spots and print ads. Marketers go to great lengths (read: invest heaps of money with ad agencies) to churn out ads in these old-school mediums.

Well, guess what. The tides have turned when it comes to traditional forms of advertising. Mainstream media is swiftly losing its appeal – and its effectiveness. PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts that traditional media advertising will decline by a 1.5% annual rate through 2017.

Why this myth is busted:

To get your message across today, you have to be personal. You must focus on the individual. Promotional products allow your brand to get so up close with customers that your logo is in the palm of their hands.

Consumers can skip past or tune out other forms of advertising. (Who actually sits through traditional commericals these days – unless it’s during the Super Bowl?)

But promotional products stick with them. Eighty-nine percent of consumers can recall the name of an advertiser on a promotional product they received in the last 24 months, according to PPAI research.

Customers can fill up that custom coffee mug every morning and be reminded of your bakery. They can slip on that promo t-shirt and think back to the fun times they had at the company retreat.

Promotional products are incredibly personal – and that’s something that mainstream media just can’t touch.

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Myth #6: All promotional products companies are the same.

Why it’s perpetuated:

Promotional products companies all do the same thing – they put logos on products, and then pass them on to customers for various campaigns. It doesn’t really matter which company you work with as long as you get the promos you need.

At first blush, that’s how it may seem.

But actually, not all promo companies are created equal. There are more than 23,000 promotional product distributors, according to PPAI, and they’re all different.

Why this myth is busted:

Many promo companies are small mom-and-pop shops or even one-person shops. They don’t have a dedicated art department, production department, or merchandising team. They’re doing it all themselves. As a result, there’s a good chance your promotional products won’t look as great as they could – or even arrive when you need them.

Not all promotional companies know promotional products, either. They don’t know the different factories producing the items, and they’ve never felt or used the products.

When selecting a promotional products vendor, think about it like a partnership. You want a specific person handling your order from start to finish. You want him or her to answer all of your questions and be there for you in a pinch. Here’s a good write-up on how to pick a promotional products company. Give it a read before choosing your promotional products partner.

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Myth #7: There’s nothing new in promotional products.

Why it’s perpetuated:

Considering that promotional products have been around for hundreds of years (the first commemorative buttons trace back to 1789 when George Washington was elected President), it’s easy to think that everything has been done before. That there’s nothing new and fresh.

Why this myth is busted:

Well, the reality is that promotional items are constantly evolving. Promotional products are a $19.83 billion industry, and every year, thousands of new products come to market. (Click here to get a look at some of the most innovative new items to hit the promotional marketing scene.)

The 53rd largest tradeshow in the United States is The PPAI Expo, which in January 2014, featured more than 1,400 exhibiting companies in 1.1 million square feet of exhibit space. Nothing new in promotional products? It’s quite the opposite.

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Myth #8: Promotional products won’t work for my business.

Why it’s perpetuated:

You like the idea of using promotional products, but you’re just not sure your business is cut out for them. You think they cost too much, they’re unoriginal, or any of the myths we’ve just busted above. It’s easy to doubt the effectiveness of promotional items – especially if you’ve never put them to work for your brand.

Why this myth is busted:

Promotional products can work for any brand and for any campaign – whether you want to drive tradeshow traffic, boost brand awareness, or achieve something else altogether. After receiving a promotional product, 85% of consumers do business with the advertiser, according to PPAI.

Promotional items also help you lock in new customers. Eleven percent of advertisers, according to PPAI research, increase their business even among those who hadn’t done business with them before.

It pays to use promotional products. They not only get your logo in front of your target audience, but they drive recipients to do business with your company. That’s powerful stuff.

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Myth #9: Promo items don’t last.

Why it’s perpetuated:

Promotional products sometimes get a bad rap for being cheap throwaway items. (Go back to myth #4 to review why cheaper isn’t better.) They no sooner get doled out than they’re dumped in the trash or shoved to the back of a drawer. At least, that’s what some marketers think.

Why this myth is busted:

Promo items get your brand long-lasting exposure – and the research backs it up. Data from ASI shows that the average amount of time people hang on to promotional products is 6.6 months. That’s more than half a year with your logo front and center.

Here’s a look at some promotional items and how long people keep them:

  • Calendars – 9 months
  • Outerwear – 7.3 months
  • Drinkware – 7.1 months
  • USB drives – 6.9 months
  • Bags – 6.8 months
  • Caps – 6 months
  • Desk/office accessories – 6 months
  • Shirts – 5.8 months
  • Healthy/safety – 5.5 months
  • Writing instruments – 5.3 months

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Did any of your beliefs about promotional products go out the window after reading this post? We hope so. Promotional products work – whether they’re used alone or integrated with other media. They get your name out there. They let people know who you are and what you stand for.

When you’re building your brand, that’s what it’s all about.

Are there any other promotional product myths you’d like us to debunk? Tell us in the comments below.