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Ways Businesses Use Promotional Magnets Effectively (With Examples)


Magnets are a go-to promotional premium – and with good cause. Universally useful, incredibly customizable and long-lasting, countless businesses are using these promotional products effectively and in new, unique ways.

That said, modern promotional magnets aren’t a one-size-fits-all – and neither are the businesses and industries using them. There are countless ways to use promotional magnets , including a variety of product types – think business card magnets, refrigerator magnets and more. And, for each custom style and finish, there’s a company utilizing these low-cost magnets to build consistent brand awareness and ensure their message is front-and-center. Some of our favorites?

#1. Local Vendors That Create a Useful Business Card

Business card magnets are some of the most popular promotional products for local businesses. These magnets are useful because they can include prominent contact information and be put on a local resident’s fridge or other highly visible magnetic surface.

20 MM Full Color Business Card Promotional MagnetAs portable as a business card, these 20 mm and 30 mm magnets pack a serious punch for businesses and recipients – unlike traditional business cards, your contact information is on-hand when your customers need it. That means, when their plumbing goes in the middle of the night, there’s no rummaging through wallets and bags, and no trying to remember recommendations. They’ll see your magnet and call you first.

Local businesses aren’t the only ones tapping into business card magnets. Travel companies with reservation lines, insurance brands with customer service hotlines, schools, universities or any business that deals with frequent consumer outreach can benefit from using these products. Include bold branding, a short message and a call-to-action and you’ve got a promotional piece that will always be visible to your core customers – and that’s powerful.

#2. Companies That Set Built-In Reminders

Calendars are a great way to keep customers in the know – and companies using promotional products are doing just that. For those who provide routine, ongoing services – think mechanics, exterminators, primary care physicians and dentists, for example – calendars can be an organic way to remind customers to schedule routine maintenance throughout the year. Often, these critical tasks are overlooked in the hustle and bustle of everyday life – and the chaos of customers’ smartphone calendars.Full Color BIC Promotional Calendar Magnet

Custom calendar magnets are always in a very visible location, be it on the fridge, a magnet door or other household hotspot. By populating your calendar with important reminders or dates – and including prominent contact information so customers can get in touch – you’ll be able to boost engagements, bookings and, overall, ensure your client base is in-the-know all year long. You can even customize the look and feel of your calendar magnets to ensure they stand out.

#3. Brands That Provide a Useful Giveaway

Sometimes it’s more than just a call-to-action and contact – other times just a logo will do the job. That’s where these fridge magnets come in. Designed to stick to a magnetic surface and clip onto photos, menus, coupons or other important information, the bold, colorful and fully customizable magnets do double duty – they announce your brand and can also include valuable info or offers which customers can choose to display or store away for future use.

While many businesses are adeptly using these products, some of the most common uses are for restaurants offering a magnet and menu – then customers don’t even need to open the fridge – the magnet offers up a quick, delicious solution. Other high impact uses include offering a series of coupons or monthly offer mailings that can be popped into the magnet – customers can grab and use anytime, without ever worrying about misplacing their latest deal.

Making Your Creative and Distribution Count

All of this said, creative layouts and use cases are just the beginning – it’s important to get the most bang for your magnetic buck by creating magnets people will want to pick up and use.

As we’ve seen over and over again, one of the best ways to do this is by aligning magnet content and creative with customers’ lifestyles, preferences and causes that matter. The following brands are perfect examples – each maximizes their magnet campaign with clever, compelling lifestyle-first content customers can latch on to and which, through their visible support, drives greater awareness and engagement…all from a single magnet.

The National Alliance of Mental Issues (NAMI) drummed up attention for mental health and, specifically, to eliminate the stigma surrounding these common conditions. Their clever creative called out for drivers to “Put the Brakes on Stigma” with a call out to #MentalHealthMatters, making it ideal to affix to a car. If it’s a cause you believe in, you’d likely be willing to grab a magnet and proudly declare your support to the world.

NAMI Bumper Sticker Promotional Magnet

Likewise, juice bar Raw Juce makes using their magnets a lifestyle choice. By adding one to your car, you’re telling everyone you’re health conscious and you sip local. It’s a smart way to drive added usage – and because Raw Juce leaves magnets next to the register, they’re easy for loyal customers to grab as they go.

Raw Juce Promotional Magnets Left at Checkout Counter

Orange Theory Fitness and Green Monkey Yoga have a similar approach, utilizing magnets to enable customers to tout their wellness-first lifestyle.

Orange Theory Fitness Cooper City Promotional Bumper Sticker Magnet

Similarly, Salt Life – a popular beach and surf brand – gives magnets and bumper stickers so followers and customers can proudly declare they’re living the Salt Life. Affix these magnets and you’re telling the public you’re an avid waterman, who lives and breathes all things ocean.

Salt Life Bumper Sticker

Pet Vet Animal Hospital in Deerfield Beach, FL, also encourages magnet users to proudly declare their affinity – in this case, for dogs. Magnets, which can double as bumper stickers, proudly declare “I Love My Dog” with a call out to the hospital’s phone number.

Pet Vet Animal Hospital Bumper Sticker Magnet

These lifestyle-driven creative executions and clever formats are just the beginning. There are countless uses for these in-demand promotional magnets and countless ways to integrate these low-cost, high-impact premiums into your marketing strategy. Get in touch to learn more and to start customizing your magnets now.


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4 Reasons Why Popcorn is the Ultimate Holiday Gift


Reasons Why Popcorn is the Ultimate GiftWe’ll just come right out and say it: This is THE BEST popcorn we’ve ever had. Ever. Ever.

It’s savory.
It’s sweet.
It’s melt-in-your-mouth good.

Even popping the lid on the 3-Way Gourmet Popcorn tin (which, BTW, has two gallons of popcorn in it) is enough to push taste buds into overdrive. And, no, it’s not an exaggeration. Because this is the exact same popcorn which flies off the shelves at luxury retailers and gourmet grocers.

This is THE popcorn – the popcorn that will spoil you and your clients for all other popcorns – F-o-r-e-v-e-r. This is the popcorn you want as your corporate holiday gift – provided you can snag enough bags before the seasonal crush.

Until then, we’ll keep tearing into our own bags, taking note of favorite flavors, colors and combinations. Here’s why…

#1. The Flavors are outrageous

Cookies & Cream? Sriracha? White & Dark Chocolate? White Cheddar Truffle? These aren’t just any flavors of popcorn. These are our wildest snacking fantasies come to life – and this is good. Very good. And these amazing flavors are a big reason this popcorn has won us and our clients over. They’re just plain fun. Who wouldn’t love to get a bag of cool, creative, delicious popcorn, delivered to their desk heading into the holidays? Exactly…

#2. And there are tons of them…

The 3 Way Popcorn TinSpeaking of those flavors, we offer our gourmet popcorn in nine flavors, plus the 3-Way tin which includes the classics – cheddar, caramel and old fashion butter. The single-pack custom gift bags are available in:

● Kettle Corn
● Peanut Butter Cup
● Sriracha
● Cheddar
● White & Dark Chocolate
● Cookies & Cream
● White Cheddar Truffle
● Chipotle
● White Cheddar

Our goal? Work through all nine flavors – which shouldn’t be too difficult. Do yourself and your clients a favor and opt for a few different flavor combos if you don’t go for the tin. This will allow you and your recipients to mix, match and find their ideal snack mix.

#3. Salty, sweet…enough said…

There’s just something about the salty/sweet combo that we can’t get enough of. The 3-Way tin is a slam dunk on that front, with two savory and one sweet option built in. But, with these smaller-sized custom gift bags, it’s easy to send a savory/sweet combo pack to a client. Some of our go-tos? Cheddar + Kettle Corn and White & Dark Chocolate + White Cheddar Truffle, for starters. We also love Cookies & Cream + Peanut Butter Cup. Yes, it’s more sweet + sweet, but the peanut butter gives it just enough salt to satisfy the cravings. In a word, YUM.

#4. They’re the perfect size

The BEST Cookies and Cream PopcornThe tin is perfect for sharing – or not. But the custom gift bags are a great desk-side snack. Unwrap the ribbon and you’ve got just over two ounces of amazing gourmet popcorn at your fingertips – literally. It’s great for a post-lunch snack, great to bring to meetings and events as a “thank you” and great for those long road trips, plane trips and train trips during the holiday season. In other words, these popcorn packs will be a welcome holiday addition for your clients, scoring you tons of brownie points – or should we say “popcorn points” – all year long.

Do yourself a favor and grab a free sample or two, then get your orders in ASAP. There’s a reason luxury retailers and boutique grocers opt for this gourmet popcorn. Grab a bag and you’ll see why.


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5 Things to Consider When You’re Buying Reusable Straws


5 Things to Consider When Buying Reusable StrawsWe admit it – when we first made the leap and started using reusable straws as an alternative to plastic it was a big transition. It sounds silly, but since our juice box days, we’ve always just taken and tossed out disposable straws. They’re easy (and we like easy) but something about seeing that poor turtle with one stuck up his nose, made us think – we need to contribute to a change.  Businesses need to contribute to change. People need to contribute to change. We dove in here at ePromos, and no doubt, it’s been a game-changer. You just FEEL better knowing that you’re making a difference.

That said, WE KNOW – you’ve heard the stats, you understand the reasons to ditch plastic and, maybe, you have been kicking around the idea of incorporating reusable straws into your business. So, let’s skip the “why-it-matters” diatribe and jump right in to the “2.0” of it all – specifically, what to consider if you want to go all-in on reducing plastic waste and going with reusable straws.

Consider This: Paper vs. Steel

Stainless steel has quickly become the ubiquitous reusable straw, and with good cause. These go-anywhere, do-anything straws are super sturdy and work well in both hot and cold drinks. And, because they’re made of stainless steel, they can be tossed into a reusable baggy and toted around all day long without risk of bending, chipping or tearing.

Of course, there’s something to be said for paper – it’s NOT plastic, specifically. While you’re still tossing paper straws after a single use, they do disintegrate and are considered “recyclable”. But, if your purpose is to go the extra mile, re-use and make more of a statement, stainless steel might be a better option.

Consider This: Silicone/Steel vs. Steel/Steel

Still not sold on stainless? We get it – we’ve heard everything from a fear of chipping teeth to the fear of too-hot drinks burning sipper’s gums and lips. So, in this side-by-side example, consider the alternative. You could opt for a “true” stainless steel straw which, again, has become the standard on the reusable front, or a silicon-tipped option which softens the experience – literally. Either way you’ll get the same benefits, all in a compact and environmentally-friendly package.

Consider This: Straight vs. Bent

The age-old debate: straight versus bent straws. If you’re a kid or a kid at heart, this one’s a no-brainer – bendy straws are where it’s at. But let’s consider the pros and cons to each – because, believe it or not, there are tangible benefits to sipping straight or on a slant.

First, the bent or “bendy” straw. They were designed in the 1930s, with the express purpose of helping people who couldn’t belly up to the bar and bend their heads enough to sip from a straight straw.

That’s still the perk of the bendy straw – it’s easy to drink from almost any angle. But before you rule out the classic straight straw, consider this – bendies can be a bit shorter than straight straws, making it tougher to get that very last sip. With a longer, straighter straw, sucking up that last bit of milkshake/cold brew/green juice is easier, cleaner and more efficient.

Consider This: Length

Most straws range from about seven to 10 inches. The consideration? See the bendy versus straight debate, above. If straws are on the longer side it’s easier to get your sip on all the way to the bottom of the glass, can, or bottle. But, at the same time, a longer straw can be tougher to maneuver, especially if you’re shorter or tend to sit lower at your desk or table. Like the other considerations here, there’s no right or wrong – just what you and your clients prefer sipping-wise.

Consider This: Packaging vs. Package-free

The final piece of the puzzle: how you’ll package (or not package) your branded straws. Think about it – if you’re doing your part to curb waste and save the environment, you may consider opting OUT of elaborate packaging. Or, opt for packaging that does double-duty – a reusable straw with a case of some sort. Our customers seem to love bank bags to use for this purpose.  It’s a win for you (don’t you look generous…?), a win for your client who scores a bonus gift and a win for the environment. Really, what could be better since the reusable straw trend is here to stay.

Check out October’s Product of the Month. Contact an ePromos expert to learn more and explore your options now.


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10 Winning Strategies for Promoting Your Grocery Store


Grocery stores are a staple in any town – a traditional operation that most folks rely on for food and household items, whether a quick midweek pick-up or mega haul for the whole family. But the times, they are a’changing.

Technology has wedged itself into nearly every corner of business, and grocery stores aren’t excluded. It is essential to have a strong marketing strategy in place to promote your store against mounting competition, both locally and online. There are big shifts happening in the market (hello, Amazon’s Whole Foods acquisition).

Below, we discuss 10 winning strategies to market your grocery store. These ideas can be applied to any store, whether you are part of a large chain, an independent, local market or a niche, small grocer. As many groceries have seen firsthand, the market competition is stiff, and it’s easy to lose numbers – quickly.

Before Choosing a Promotional Strategy

When devising a marketing strategy for your store, it’s important to define your KPIs:

  • What’s your current baseline?
  • What kind of growth are you looking to get out of your strategy – i.e. how do you define success?
  • What are your goals centered around—revenue? Transactions? Foot traffic? Brand awareness?

Devise a strategy. Make a planLaying out these foundational pieces before launching new promotions will allow you to track growth and assess what’s working and what isn’t. Successful marketing strategies take time and money: two items no business wants to waste.

So you need a plan – where to begin? First, ask yourself what are the best marketing channels to reach your potential consumer? These questions will vary depending on your location, size, and target audience. For instance, a rural grocery store will likely choose a different path or tactics than an urban one. After all, both are likely aiming for the same goals!

Your plan should include long- and short-term strategies. For instance, you may quickly pull folks in with an amazing sale or deal on some popular products, but once the frenzy is over, will they stay?

Maybe, if you can also work in a longer-term plan, like creating a budding loyalty program that entices shoppers.

Marketing Strategies & Promotional Ideas for Grocery Stores

With all that in mind, we give you our 10 favorite ideas for marketing strategies and promotions, which can address a number of short and long-term goals:

Strategy #1: Social Media Outreach

Your customers are online a lot. Are you? If you are, what message are you sending your customers? AKA, are you… boring? Straightforward? Online but not engaged? Check out these major fast food brands, for instance, who are making a splash on social media. They’re witty, funny, engaging with customers, and staying relevant.

Social media posts might not seem like a big deal, but these small, daily reminders of in-store offerings are a great way to influence customers. As a grocery store, social media is a simple, cost-effective way to advertise what’s going on in your store – special deals, holiday hours, events – or even highlight staff to make customers feel like a part of your shop’s community.

Strategy #2: Get Local

Plastic straws are being banned around the U.S. Farmers markets are popping up in cities and small towns alike. This push towards sustainable, eco-friendly living is making its way into more and more households every day. As a grocery store, you can join the movement by offering local foods in stores, from fruits and veggies, to eggs, meats and cheeses –anything really that fits in your “local” parameter.

Utilize social media to spotlight these local offerings. For instance, is it blueberry season and you’ve just brought out perfectly plump, juicy pints of ‘em? Let your customers know!

Laminated-grocery-toteStrategy #3: Branded, Reusable Shopping Bags

In line with the sustainable movement, offering branded, reusable shopping bags is a must. More folks are ditching paper and plastic bags in favor of these eco-friendly options. Not only does this help the environment, but it helps to get eyes on your business logo when shoppers use their tote in other places around town. Don’t forget – the more bags are used, the less money you spend on plastic or brown bags.

Keep your grocery bags at check-out lanes where customers can easily see and buy them. You may also consider adding an incentive for folks using them, like these stores are already doing.

Strategy #4: Offer Tastings

Are tastings samples? Essentially, yes. But we aren’t talking about the generic table set-up where a disinterested employee hawks cheese cubes between texting. Make these offerings feel more like an event. Create an attractive set-up. Make sure your employee is friendly, engaged, and put together (fresh uniform, no stains, ironed, etc.).

Host tastings them at the same times each week, or at the same time of the day, so that customers can plan their shopping trip around them. Have a fun theme and offer a greater variety of items than just one jar of salsa or type of cracker. Promote the events on your social media accounts to help get the word out, too. People love free stuff, even if it’s just a few bites of food – and will likely pick up the milk and cereal they just ran out of while they’re there to sample, too.

cooking demo with kidsStrategy #5: In-store Events

Tastings are a great way to introduce new products to customers, but how about revving up that spirit with an actual event? Maybe a cooking demo, “kiddie kitchen,” or a grouping of samples that coincide with an upcoming holiday or cultural event. Drawing folks into your store will mean you’ll not only improve foot traffic but capture unexpected/unintended sales from customers.

If you don’t have a lot of space in-store, try partnering with a local event space! You’ll get double the exposure in promotions and have the chance to align your business with another to help communicate your business’ vibe and values outside of the traditional storefront.

Strategy #6: Offer In-store Fruit and Beverages

Let’s face it, grocery shopping can feel like a chore. Don’t be offended – we’re all super busy these days!

Counter this by creating an atmosphere folks want to be in. Besides the obvious (clean, organized, with friendly and helpful employees), consider wowing your customers with a little treat. There’s already a bunch of stores doing the fruit thing, which, frankly, is pretty great for parents. And stores like Target and Whole Foods allow customers to buy their own meal or snack.

How about a small cup of tea or coffee for adults? The beverage will slow them down, allowing them more time to scan the aisles – which translates to buying more items.

Strategy #7: Offer Delivery

Sorry to bring this up again, but grocery shopping can be a nuisance many, especially in an age when people can buy groceries and everything else online. You and your staff must address the question: why not groceries? What will entice customers to continue to visit your store when they can find the same products on Amazon?

So many stores are already offering delivery as an option. Are you? If not, why? You can offer customers a great convenience – one they’ll gladly pay for, too. Whether you offer this service yourself or link up with a company like Instacart, your customers will appreciate having the option. Just make sure you promote it!

Strategy #8: Create a Loyalty Program

Loyalty programs are a fantastic way to earn repeat customers who will remain loyal to your store despite surrounding competition. You can forge relationships with these folks by offering an undeniably great loyalty program.

What will yours offer? The basic perks include exclusive, coupons, and even swag like that branded reusable grocery bag we mentioned. Maybe they save 10% on every purchase, receive a free food item each month or receive some other perk for referrals.

Everyone must buy groceries. Adding little bonuses for those who regularly shop at your store is a great way to bring folks in and keep them there.

Strategy #9: Build an Email List

Getting the chance to speak and engage with your customers outside of the store is a huge company win. This can be accomplished with social media, as mentioned above, but also on a more intimate scale using an email list.

It’s a great way to share social media-esque items in longer form (but not too long). You can email out recipes, cooking tips, highlight popular vendors you sell (including local farms!), list your weekly specials, and of course, offer coupons.

Email is a great way to replace the traditional weekly newspaper inserts, which most don’t receive anymore.

Strategy #10: Digitize Coupons

People still love deals, even if they’re no longer scouring newspaper inserts to clip coupons. Instead, digitize your coupons so they can be found and retrieved with a simple finger swipe on a smartphone. Having a few coupons to use just may make the difference between whether they pick up their groceries at your store or the one across town.

From joining healthy movements, like farm fresh food and reusable bags, to marrying your brick and mortar with technology via social media and email, the field is ripe for innovative strategies to promote your grocery store. We hope these marketing tips have got your wheels turning – and soon enough, customers flowing in the door!


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Using Promotional Products For Marketing Your Food Truck


food truck marketing ideas

Traveling kitchens, mobile canteens, grease trucks – whatever your city calls them, nothing is hotter right now in the catering business than food trucks. East to West Coast, Americans are loving getting their lunches via the quick and easily accessible truck right outside their office.

Food trucks are no longer that greasy, roach coach you pass by and wonder what type of meat they are actually serving in their sandwiches. Now, in 2014, food trucks are changing to attract new, loyal customers.

In 2011, a law passed that allowed food trucks to apply for liquor licenses. This became a huge step in the evolution of food truck dining and opened yet another door for economic growth in the food truck business.

If your food truck is serving alcohol, a great customer giveaway is a key chain bottle opener. These custom key chains can be printed with your logo or personal message for the local community to carry with them at all times. No matter where a person is going, they will need their keys, meaning your food truck advertisement will be going with them.

Whether your food truck specializes in Philly cheesesteaks, macaroons, or grits, no one will even know that unless you promote your business correctly. A recent poll stated that 23% of people surveyed follow a food truck in their area on social media. Twitter is the easiest way for you to connect with your community customers. So, if your truck is does not have an account, create one now! Then, hand out promotional products to let people know about it.

It takes a few months to build up a truly successful account so pass out promotional stickers to all your customers to help gain exposure. Print your logo on them with your Twitter address located on the bottom. These stickers can be put anywhere from cars to laptops on college campuses, giving your traveling truck maximum exposure.

You can even have Twitter contests. Use hashtags to get your business trending, give discounts to new followers or customers that share a picture of their lunch. Have fun with it! The more you enjoy promoting your business, the more enthusiastic the public will be to join in.

I’m sure food trucks remind some people of that bland hot dog cart on the sidewalk corner but, many food trucks today specialize in gourmet foods that make your mouth water by just reading the menu. Just take a look at the top 10 food trucks in New York City. They’re serving up all kinds of mouthwatering fare. Date-lime banana smoothies. Pickled mango chutney. Spicy feta dip. This is all great stuff that should be promoted.

When you’ve picked the perfect spot for the day, tweeted your followers your location, and prepped the food, the last thing to do is put your promotional pop-up poster board outside presenting the day’s menu and open for business.

Food is something that brings strangers together. It doesn’t matter what language you speak, people will connect over a great bite to eat and a fun environment. Always have music playing that will attract customers and make sure to never work without a smile. Create an atmosphere around the truck that gets people excited to come back, not only for your amazing creations, but for the unique service.


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Coffee Promotional Products That Will Perk Up Any Coffee Lover


If you want to hear about coffee promotional products, you’re in the right spot. But first, a quick back story.

Fourteen years ago this month (June), I married my best friend. I won’t bore you this time with the romantic tale, but I will tell you I tried to be the super wife in the beginning.

I would get up with my hubby at 4:45 every morning, fix a full breakfast, and make his lunch. I thought I was doing so well until after a few weeks in, he lovingly turned to me and said, “It might be best for our marriage if you stayed in bed.”

I pressed, “Is it my cooking?”

It wasn’t. (It’s awesome. Just ask our Minnesota crew.) I wasn’t a morning person then, and after 14 years, I’m still not.

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Of course there are several solutions to the chronic anti-morning person, but none bigger than the $100 billion commodity coffee industry (second only to oil).

Oh coffee, that sweet nectar that brings me to life every morning.

Believe it or not, I am the only coffee drinker in the house. (My husband doesn’t eat chocolate either … the things you find out after you are married!) But my husband knows me well. He gave me one of my favorite anniversary presents a few years ago – a Keurig machine. (Yes, ladies, he’s a keeper.)

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So what does all of this have to do with ePromos and promotional products? Well, with coffee being the second largest commodity market, there is a major opportunity to be in front of your customers.

One way to do this (that’s very near and dear to my heart) is the Tervis Tumbler. These great mugs can be decorated in so many creative ways, and they bring co-branding to a whole new level.

Since I am a Keurig fanatic, I’d like to introduce you to some of our newest products: the custom K-Cup and the K-Cup case.

custom Keurig cups

Your options are endless when it comes to marketing to coffee drinkers such as me. Disposable cups, coffee sleeves, endless mug choices and more.

What coffee item can you not live without? Share on ePromos’ Facebook page.