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It Takes a Village—Overcoming Cancer with Help from Family, Friends, and...

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, we’re sharing Jade’s story and reminding readers 40 and over to schedule their yearly mammogram or arrange other life-saving cancer screenings with their healthcare provider.

Jade Porter is a Senior Brand Manager with ePromos. Learn more about her journey to beat breast cancer and the support she received from her ePromos community along the way.

When Jade Porter was 38, her older sister received a breast cancer diagnosis. Wise to the power of preventative care, Jade immediately scheduled her own mammogram. When it came back clear, she shifted her focus entirely to supporting her sister through her illness. “I just assumed that it was going to be her journey,” Jade recalls, “and I wouldn’t get the same thing.”

A New Job and Her Own Diagnosis

Around the time of her sister’s diagnosis, Jade joined the ePromos community. Her 15 years of promotional product experience made her a valuable team member, but starting a new job meant new insurance. “I hadn’t gotten into the routine of getting a mammogram every year,” she explains. “I turned 40, and I started feeling really tired,” she shares. “That was my only symptom.”

Jade’s doctor immediately realized she was past due for her yearly mammogram. A scan revealed Stage II breast cancer on one side, with concern it had already begun to spread to the other.

Road to Recovery

Because Jade’s cancer had already started to spread, her treatment plan was aggressive and immediate. “I got diagnosed on a Tuesday and I started chemotherapy on a Thursday,” Jade says. After five months of chemotherapy and a few unexpected complications, she had only a four-week break before her double mastectomy. After that, she completed five weeks of radiation, which was then followed by four reconstructive surgeries. Jade describes the experience as “one year fighting the cancer, and then the next year was about fixing everything that broke in the process.”

It certainly hasn’t been easy. An allergy to one of her chemotherapy medications severely damaged Jade’s tear ducts, and despite two corrective surgeries, the issue has not been completely resolved. In addition, because Jade’s cancer is hormone-fed, she’s on a ten-year hormone treatment plan, which comes with its own side effects.

Still, Jade is bolstered by remaining cancer-free. “I’m four years clear this August,” she explains, “so that’s great.”

Support at Work and Home

Through it all, Jade notes she’s been fortunate to have consistent help and support from her family, friends, and work community.

At the time of her diagnosis, Jade was juggling a full parenting load in addition to her job. She and her husband each have one child from previous marriages and one son together. With a high schooler and a six-year-old in the house, their days were busy and full. But, Jade says, her husband was on it. “He was able to take quite a bit of time off and really step in to help.”

She also has a huge network of friends that swooped in to offer their assistance, including from a distance. “Some of them even flew in,” Jade recalls. “They stayed for a couple of days at a time and just helped with whatever I needed.”

Jade kept working through chemotherapy, which she credits in large part to help from a flexible and hands-on team. At the time of her diagnosis, Jade had only been with ePromos for about a year, but her work community stepped in seamlessly. 

Her sales assistant at the time, Laura, jumped right in and took charge of anything Jade couldn’t handle herself. “She was interacting with my clients directly…at times she was really doing my job as well as her own,” Jade says. When Jade had to be out for longer stretches, ePromos sales colleagues John and Paula also stepped in to help. The situation called for a community effort, which left a lasting, meaningful impression on Jade.

A Valuable Lesson—and a Cautionary Tale

Jade says her biggest takeaway from the experience is that getting a mammogram every year is essential, “Don’t let it slide,” she cautions, “that’s really important.” She points out that if she had gotten her mammogram a year earlier, she may have caught the cancer in Stage I and had less of a treatment ordeal. “If you delay a diagnosis and it does progress, the survival rates start to decline.”

She also points to confusion some have about the BRCA gene, also known as the breast cancer gene. Many women may learn they don’t have the BRCA mutation and feel a false sense of security. But, according to The National Breast Cancer Foundation, less than 10% of people diagnosed with breast cancer have a BRCA mutation.

Jade has also found that her cancer experience has helped her to decide what’s important and essential in her life. “I tend to streamline a lot more,” she says. “I’m more thoughtful in what I choose to do.”

This article was written in an effort to spread awareness and inspire others to see that challenges can in fact be overcome. Looking for some more inspiration? Kelly tells us all about her visual impairment and her experience with her guide dog, Robin.

Consider thinking outside the box to spread awareness. We always love innovative ideas, like this one, to really get people talking (and checking). Browse our breast cancer awareness theme here.


Thermometers: What Every Marketing Campaign Needs

Over the years, thermometers have evolved into a household staple, especially throughout the flu and cold season. And now, they’re even more common thanks to the current COVID-19 pandemic. A lot of businesses are even implementing mandatory temperature checks for all employees before they enter their workplace.

Needless to say, thermometers are a must-have during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. People are likely to keep thermometers for a long period of time (since it’s a staple tool), so you’ll also benefit from long-term brand exposure.

We’ve rounded up some thermometer options you can use at your business or at home to keep your employees safe and show them you care.

Contactless Thermometers

touchless thermometer

Perhaps the most sanitary thermometers are the ones equipped with no-touch technology. And not only are they more effective at preventing germs from spreading, but they can also read a temperature in less than two seconds—a feature that comes in handy when taking a squirmy child’s temperature or if you want to get your employees screened quickly so they can get to work.

No-touch thermometers work by measuring the infrared energy that radiates from your forehead, and they’re incredibly accurate. One of our favorites is our Contactless Infrared Thermometer—if someone’s temperature is too high, it beeps instantly to notify you. Its accuracy eliminates any guesswork, so you’ll know for sure who has a fever and who doesn’t. You should definitely have this tool on hand to keep your workplace and your home 100% safe!

You can also try our other Contactless Thermometers. This one provides an instant, accurate temperature reading in less than half a second. How’s that for being efficient?

If you want a no-contact thermometer that’s a bit more compact, try our Slim Infrared No-Contact Thermometer. Its ultra-clear LED display allows you to read the temperature accurately and instantly, and the slim design makes it easy to use.

Brandable Thermometer Options

Looking to add your logo? Our Full-Color Reusable Forehead Thermometer is a wonderful option too. The thermometer is made from reusable paper, and it uses liquid crystals to read the temperature when placed on the forehead. Excellent for a return-to-work kit, a get-well-soon kit or even in a swag bag, this thermometer can read a person’s temperature quickly and accurately in a non-invasive way.

Another great option is our Forehead Thermometer. Imprint your business name or logo on the plastic hinged case, which conveniently carries the thermometer wherever you go.

With a Digital Thermometer you can customize the thermometer’s body color in either red or blue (there are translucent options too), and imprint your company’s name on the clear case.

Still want more? You can browse our entire thermometer inventory here. We’re dedicated to being here for you and your business every day—and especially during this pandemic. Have questions? Feel free to reach out to us and we will help you get the supplies you need to keep your business and your employees safe. Looking for more healthcare products? Here’s a piece to help guide you.


The Benefits of BZK Wipes for Your Brand

Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., retail stores and websites were already running out of alcohol-based sanitizing gels and wipes. Manufacturers and retailers are still struggling to meet consumer demand for these products.

However, these formulations aren’t the only ones that can help keep your customers, clients, and employees safe and germ-free. Another substance might be just as effective against disease-causing microorganisms, including bacteria and viruses, and it boasts some sought-after benefits as well. It’s called BZK, and it’s the key ingredient in one of our newest offerings at ePromos.

Benefits of BZK
What Is BZK?

German Nobel Laureate Gerhard Domagk first discovered Benzalkonium chloride, or BZK, in 1935. Soon, researchers recognized its properties as an effective disinfectant and antiseptic and by the mid-1940s, it was being incorporated into U.S. products.

Today, BZK is FDA-approved as an antiseptic and can be found in disinfecting and skin-prep solutions, as well as first-aid and other medical use products. It’s also commonly found in the products below, which you’ve likely heard of and may already be in your medicine cabinet:

  • Antibacterial wipes such as Wet Ones
  • Antiseptic towelettes (ones found in a first aid kit)
  • Some over-the-counter antiseptic nasal sprays
  • Personal hygiene and cosmetic products (such as shampoos, conditioners, body lotions, and ophthalmic solutions)
Advantages of BZK

One of the primary benefits of BZK is it doesn’t dry out human skin, so it can be used in moisturizing formulas. Additionally, when applied to a skin abrasion or scrape, BZK doesn’t sting the way alcohol does. That’s why it’s such a popular choice for first-aid products and disinfectants.

The National Sanitation Foundation rates BZK as NSF E3 Certified for safety, so it’s often used in  in a number of sensitive contexts, including food processing, restaurants, and food manufacturing

BZK contains no volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. These are chemicals off-gassed from solids or liquids. VOCs can cause or contribute to a number of negative health conditions for human beings, including aggravation of asthma; eye, nose and throat irritation; allergic skin reactions; and even damage to the central nervous system.

Is BZK Effective Against Coronavirus and Other Harmful Microorganisms?

BZK is an effective anti-microbial disinfectant. In one NIH study, it was found to have caused a significant reduction of the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. But, is it effective against the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19?

According to one expert, Dr. Sidney Bondurant (chief medical officer for Three Kings Corp., a business that manufactures BZK-based products), some BZK products his company has evaluated produce a longer-lasting antibacterial effect than similar alcohol-based products. In fact, BZK might go on killing up to 99.99% of bacteria for up to four hours after use. Alcohol-based rubs and wipes may only give up to ten minutes of protection.

Introducing ePromos Hand Wipes

At ePromos, we’re always on the lookout for the best and most effective promotional products for your brand, and that’s especially true when it comes to health and wellness products, such as disinfecting hand wipes.

These alcohol-free wipes include BZK as an active ingredient at a .13% concentration. They come in a resealable pouch with 15 gently scented wipes, each wipe sized 5.9″ x 7.8″ for convenient portability. A complete ingredient list is printed on the back of each pouch. You can have a full-color imprint of your logo and branding printed on the pouch as well.

Standard production time is currently 15 business days. However, due to extremely high demand, actual delivery dates and lead times may vary, so be sure to check with us when ordering to make sure your product will arrive in time for your needs.

These BZK wipes are the perfect solution to the hand-sanitizing problem, both during this pandemic and beyond. Show your clients, customers, employees, and colleagues how much they are valued by keeping them well. BZK wipes are a safe, effective, and affordable way to stay germ-free on the go.


The New “It” Accessory: Germ-Free Tools

Predicting the next hot gift or accessory trend is part art form, part data-science, and part luck, too. However, the current global health crisis and existing buying trends suggest one thing we’re fairly certain of: antimicrobial products are in demand right now, and they will be for some time to come.

Keep these products on your radar both now and in the future for your promotional marketing campaigns. Not only will you be seen as safety minded, but you’ll also be boosting your brand, which makes them great gifts for clients, customers and employees.

What Are Antimicrobials?

An antimicrobial is a substance, material or compound that helps inhibit the growth of any microorganism, such as bacterium, viruses, molds and mildew. By reducing or removing these disease-causing substances, antimicrobials help prevent illnesses and keep us healthy.

Some antimicrobials are manmade, while others are naturally occurring. When it comes to gifts and products, you’ll often find a mixture of the two.

Antimicrobial UV Light Tools

Do you know what the dirtiest item in your home is likely to be? If you said your toilet seat, guess again. The average cell phone has up to ten times more bacteria than most toilet seats, according to 2017 research from the University of Arizona.

Enter the UV Phone Sanitizer Box. A small durable box with a UV lamp inside, this tool is approximately 3.5″ x 6.7”. It can sanitize your cell phone, keys, or any other small gadgets. It also comes with a wireless charger. This tool makes the perfect gift for top-performing employees and special clients.

Germ-Free Utility Tools

One of the most creative product designs to result from our current global health crisis is a key-shaped utility tool to help reduce the spread of germs. Available in a number of colors, designs and style configurations, the basic concept is a multipurpose gadget with no moving parts (and thus nothing to get jammed or broken) which acts as an extension of the human hand. You can use these tools to press elevator buttons, operate card reader number pads and even open doors. They’ll even work as a stylus on touchpads at the ATM or on a cell phone screen.

With a variety of materials to choose from, including wood, acrylic and brass-coated zinc, you can select a design that resonates with your brand’s image and style. You can also select a long-lasting plastic design with a slim, compact profile that includes a full-color imprint of your logo.

Antimicrobial Office Supplies

Whether your team or clients are working from home or headed back into an office setting, antimicrobial office supplies will be a welcome gift to help keep them safe and well.

For example, antimicrobial mouse pads can be customized with a four-color logo. Pair it with one of these Clic® Stic® Antimicrobial imprinted pens in one of five color choices with blue, black or red ink. Whether you’re sharing writing utensils or telling customers to #keepthepen, these high-touch items make an ideal gift. Additionally, the antimicrobial lanyard will be a welcome addition to anyone who must display their identification or maintain easy access to security cards.

Antimicrobial Clothing

Coming soon to our site (but available now via phone) is an anti-microbial-T-shirt. Through the application of a long-lasting spray substance, the T-shirt fabric becomes germ-resistant and helps prevent bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms from attaching to the surface. Each application of the antimicrobial spray on the t-shirt fabric will last up to 25 washes, giving wearers an added layer of protection, especially during travel or at events where they may come in contact with a higher-than-average number of people.

Keep Them Safe and Show You Care

Showing your customers, clients, prospects and employees that your company sincerely cares about their welfare is an ideal way to express your core business values, advance brand awareness and keep your important stakeholders safe at the same time. Along with high-demand items like hand sanitizers and face masks, plan to incorporate these germ-free tools into your upcoming promo campaigns, events and holiday gift-giving plans.

Interested in learning more? Get in touch with questions or ideas as you make plans for your next promo campaign.


10 Places You Don’t Want to be Without Hand Sanitizer

As public places start to reopen, we all know how important it is to keep our hands clean—and since sinks and handwashing stations aren’t always accessible, alcohol-based hand sanitizers have fast become a must-have, and a recommendation by the CDC .

Our 16 oz. Hand Sanitizer is a Must-Have for All Desks

While we love how most businesses have stepped up cleanliness levels, we still wouldn’t go without our trusty hand sanitizer – and chances are, neither would your clients and customers. By providing branded hand sanitizer, you can help your audience protect themselves from the virus and promote your company every time they scrub up. The new normal should have every desk/home office equipped with an 8 oz. or 16 oz. bottle, whether it be at a bank, a law firm, a nail salon or the like.

Aside from stationary bottles, smaller more portable containers will be found in every purse, glove compartment and backpack. For added exposure, consider a carabiner option which can be clipped on to almost anything.

Here are 10 places your clients won’t be seen without it:

1. The ATM

ATMs are a fact of life—and, luckily, these handy machines are everywhere. But, think about how many people use those machines on a daily basis. In a word – gross! Enter branded hand sanitizer for the win.

2. Public Transportation

Ticket machines, handrails, doors and subway seats are crawling with who knows what. Public transportation isn’t the cleanest way to get around but often it’s the most practical. As more people start using public transportation again, it’s going to be crucial to have a bottle (or two…or 200) of hand sanitizer in their bags.

3. Grocery Stores

Most grocery stores are going above and beyond to ensure a sanitary shopping experience. But just think about all the opportunities for germs to be spread in a store. Shopping carts and boxes of cereal are all touched by a few different people before they reach your hands. Another customer might pick up multiple cartons of milk to check the expiration date before adding one to their cart. For peace of mind, hand sanitizer is a crucial grocery shopping companion in 2020.

4. Gyms

Unfortunately, people don’t always wipe down exercise equipment after they finish a workout. In other words, the treadmill touch screen and those 12-pound dumbbells might be crawling with germs…not to mention the doors, sinks, and restrooms your clients will probably use while at the gym. With hand sanitizer in your gym bag, you’re good to go.

5. The Office

There are so many places for germs to spread at the office. Elevator buttons, doorknobs, coffee machines, copiers…the list goes on and on and on. Leave a basket of custom-branded hand sanitizers in the reception area, pop a few in the bathrooms, break rooms and kitchens and leave them in employee hotspots and everyone will “thank you”.

6. The Car

While your car may be spotless—you may be the only person who uses it, even—between Starbucks pitstops, gas station visits and the constant in-and-out throughout the day, you’re likely bringing germs and bacteria into your car, onto your steering wheel and, from there, into your home or office. With some hand sanitizer in your glove compartment (or an 8 oz one in your cupholder), you’re good to go—and good to stay sanitized and safe.

7. Public Playground

Kids don’t have germs at the top of their minds. But their parents do.

Kids are total germ factories who seem to touch everything in their path—especially at a park. With a quick squirt or two of hand sanitizer pre- and post-slide, it’s easy to keep germs at bay.

8. Shopping Malls

Malls are another prime place for germs to spread. Door handles, food court tables and cash registers all come in contact with many different people. Your clients will gladly throw your branded hand sanitizer in their bags so they can keep their hands clean while they shop.

9. Restaurants

As we start dining in restaurants again, it’s important to stay safe and healthy. While we used to pick up menus without thinking twice, we’ll want to wash our hands after doing that now. And that’s not the only thing the whole world is touching. Ketchup bottles? Salt and pepper shakers? Napkin holders? Those surfaces can easily transmit germs between users. It’s going to be key to have hand sanitizer readily available to make eating out a safe experience.

10. Doctors’ Office Waiting Rooms

The last thing we want is to catch (or spread) something while going to see the doctor. But there are so many opportunities to do just that. You often have to use a pen to sign in and there are magazines to flip through as you wait. And your kids can’t NOT touch the toys—no matter how many times you grimace in horror. Hand sanitizer gives everyone an added level of protection while you’re waiting for a check up.

Let’s face it—not only will your client appreciate having hand sanitizer to stay healthy and combat germs and bacteria, but your company will also benefit from this must-have promotion. It’s been hard enough to find hand sanitizer on store shelves, so getting some delivered to their home or office is a quick way to garner mega attention. Layer in your full-color logo and you’ve got a sought-after premium your audience will grab for again and again, every single day.

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Why Your Brand Needs Face Masks to Stay Relevant

For many people, it’s no longer just the phone-wallet-keys check before walking out the door—face masks are now a part of that lineup too. With COVID-19 cases reaching around 3.9 million worldwide, some states, such as New York and Hawaii, now require essential workers and some citizens to wear face coverings when they’re commuting and visiting essential businesses.

Needless to say, the demand for face masks has skyrocketed and it’s nearly impossible to find them in stores or online. As a result, people are putting their DIY skills to the test and fashioning masks out of anything they can find—and for some, wearing a mask has even become a way to express their personal style.

An Opportunity for Businesses
Lele Sadoughi masks with coordinating headbands
Designer Lele Sadoughi creates masks to coordinate well with her stylish headbands.

The rise in demand for face masks has created a lucrative business opportunity for many companies. Even non-medical companies like Disney and fashion brands such as Lele Sadoughi are rolling out limited-edition face masks. Harper’s Bazaar lists 16 Fashion Brands you can shop (retail) to support independent designers, and Forbes reports on brands that have pivoted to join the #millionmaskchallenge. These masks give their customers an opportunity to express their interests and fashion sense through these essential pieces of personal protective gear.

Since face masks are a part of of what we’ll get to know as our new normal, selling them to your customers is one of the best ways to increase revenue and stay relevant during these volatile times. That’s why we’ve rounded up a few of our reusable masks and mask accessories you can customize for your business.

Masks that Make a Statement
Our Colored Canvas Face Masks Shown In Peach, Cornflower and Mint-to-be

This Colored Canvas Face Mask is perfect for fashion and lifestyle brands to customize during the COVID-19 pandemic. It comes in 27 eye-catching colors, which will appeal to consumers looking for a more retro-feel alternative to the generic-looking medical face masks. These masks are made from canvas and only filter large particles, so they’re best for users who only need to wear masks during essential errands and in areas in which they can practice social distancing. You can also imprint these vividly-colored masks with your company’s logo or an uplifting message to make an even stronger brand statement.

Our Full Color Adjustable Face Mask
Our Full Color Adjustable Tripe-Layer Face Mask

Another wonderful option for fashion and lifestyle brands is the Adjustable Triple-Layer Face Mask – the entire surface area of this mask can be customized with full color, so you have the opportunity to get creative with the backdrop of your logo.

For those who have to wear masks for prolonged periods of time, comfort is critical. This mask is has three ear holes which allows this mask to fit nearly all face sizes comfortably. It’s constructed with two layers of polyester and one layer of filtering foam. Another option we’re loving? This full color mask with a step & repeat logo – you can’t go wrong!

Simple Yet Stylish Reusable Masks

If your business targets people who work in more professional environments, such as banks or corporate offices, your customers may be looking for masks that are stylish, but not flashy.

Our 100% Cotton Reusable Face Mask with Adjustable Straps

One of our more traditional-looking masks is the 100% Cotton Reusable Face Mask w/Adjustable Straps. These masks are washable, come in black and grey, and have toggle to adjust the ear loops for comfort and fit.

Another classic option is this USA made 100% cotton mask, which comes in black, navy and red. It’s sold in packages of 25 and can be purchased with or without a logo.

There are so many reusable mask options, some more fashion-forward than others. Still not sure what’s right for your brand? See the full-line here.

Mask Accessories
Our Ear Saver Mask Holder

If you wear a face mask on a daily basis, you know the straps can tug on your ears and make your head hurt after a while. Luckily, there are mask-wearing accessories popping up left and right that are designed to increase comfortability.

This Ear Saver Face Mask Holder will take the weight off the wearer’s ears, and instead distribute it across a small plastic piece that sits on the back of the head. This piece can be customized with your company’s logo and is a great little treasure to send out to your employees and clients.

Mask Buddy Pro Headband with buttons
Our Mask Buddy Pro Headband with Buttons

Another useful option great for both men and women are these Mask Buddy Pro Non-Slip Headbands with buttons. Also made in the USA, the entire headband can be imprinted so branding can be as busy or as understand as you’d like. Too thin for your taste? Here’s a thicker headband option that’s available as well.

Looking to add disposable masks to the mix as well? It’s always a good idea to have them on-hand and they pair well with these accessories.

When your logo is front and center, make sure it's on brand.

All in all, the important thing to remember is that when your logo is front and center, make sure it’s on brand. We are here to help, so don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can walk you through the many options you have for healthcare and branding.