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Five Uses for Nuckees that Make them the Perfect On-the-Go Promotional Product


We love the holidays – but the “hustle and bustle” is no joke. From shopping to cooking to wrapping (and wrapping and wrapping), there’s always something to do and somewhere to be. It’s a total crush, sure, but we wouldn’t have it any other way – and that’s why we’re loving December’s Product of the Month – Nuckees™.Nuckees phone grips are the best promotional item on the go

Scratching your head yet? Don’t – you’ve likely seen these go-anywhere, do-everything smartphone accessories. These small grips attach to the back of your device, making it easier to hold your phone, especially when you’re on the move – i.e., right now.

That, though, is just the beginning. Nuckees are a “must” this holiday season, and the perfect branded gift to give your clients, vendors and employees. Here are some other reasons we’re loving Nuckees…

#1. They’re the perfect holiday shopping companion

Make your list, check it twice, then always have the perfect grip on your must-gets with a Nuckees. With SnugHug Technology, it’s easy to attach a Nuckees to any device. Then, with a quick POP you’ve got a rock-solid grip – that means no risk your phone will slip, fall and crack this season. Because, let’s face it, a cracked screen can put a serious damper on any shopping session.

#2. They’re ideal for travel

Tray table down, Nuckees properly “popped,” headphones in and, instantly, you’ve got a private binge session at the ready. Because Nuckees have a four-way locking stand, you can quickly reposition your phone into a private, hands-free movie theater or arcade – or, even, hand off to your kids for those long rides to grandma’s house…

That, isn’t the only travel-friendly perk. Nuckees make it easy to wireless charge your phone on the go or attach your device to your dashboard before starting GPS mode. You’ll never get lost – and never have to take your eyes off the road again. Bonus.

#3. They’re a perfect sous chef/gift wrapping side kick

In that vein, why not pop out your Nuckees “stand,” queue up a YouTube how-to tutorial and get cooking or wrapping? With your hands free and your phone in an optimal viewing position, it’s simple to follow along with the pros and ensure your crème brûlée – or festive bows – are holiday-ready without the stress.

#4. They’re a mobile DJ station and caroling go-to

Heading to a holiday party? Again, it’s all about the four-way locking stand. Get your Nuckees stand into “ready” position, then click on your favorite playlist. Because the screen is visible, you can change tunes, swap players or, even let guests DJ with a quick click or two, without ever losing sight of your phone or what songs are coming up next.

#5. They’re redefining grab-and-go

And, of course, there’s the grab-and-go aspect – the original reason we’re all about Nuckees. Once “popped,” keeping a grip on your phone is easier than ever, even if you’re wearing gloves and even if you’re juggling the cookies, the gifts and everything in between. If a Nuckees can keep us from losing grips – and breaking our beloved smartphone during this go, go, go season – we’re all about it.

These gifts are the ultimate must-have this holiday season – and with your branding attached, you’ll get added eyes and be forever tied to that favorite gift. It’s a win/win, and a great way to help everyone on your wish list keep moving during these next few weeks, and beyond.


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Raise a Glass to November! 5 Reasons to Toast Our Latest Product of the Month


The holidays are fast-approaching – and if that’s not reason enough to raise an extra glass or two, we don’t know what is. That’s why we’re all about November’s Product of the Month: our always-in-demand Dual Wall Stemless Stainless-Steel Wine Tumbler .Our Wine Tumblers

There’s a reason this wine tumbler is such a popular promo piece – and lots of reasons we’re elevating it to POTM status this month. For starters…

#1. It’s Super On-trend

We’re in the midst of a vino revolution. The U.S. is officially the biggest wine-consuming nation in the world and your average customer is sipping on three gallons of wine per year. And, likely, much of that glass-raising is happening over the next few weeks.

In other words, this is the perfect time for a custom wine tumbler. No doubt your clients will get tons of use out of this tumbler, during the holiday season and beyond. For an even bigger impact, consider doubling up your gifting, even, and offering each client a pair of tumblers. After all, who wants to toast to anything alone?

#2. Doesn’t Discriminate

Red, white, rose, sparkling, sangria, mulled – this tumbler does not care. No matter the user’s wine preference, this tumbler keeps drinks at the perfect temperate whether that’s ice cold or not. Whenever someone takes a sip, their vino will be ready for action.

#3. Take it Anywhere, Anytime

From apple cider sangria for that post-Thanksgiving Dinner walk to hot mulled wine while caroling, your customers will love how easy to use and easy to carry this custom tumbler is. Because it’s stemless and stainless, it’s lightweight, and, again, keeps wine at the perfect temperature.

And, of course, once the weather picks back up, this tumbler is ideal for picnics, outdoor concerts and beach days – if there’s wine involved (or if wine could be involved…), this tumbler’s a must. With spill-resistant lids, it’s truly a go-anywhere, do-anything glass. Cheers to that.

#4. Never Smashes

Everyone loves a chic stemless wine glass. The only problem? They break. Even with careful use, after a while and a few too many toasts, fragile glasses tend to give – and that’s no good. But even with endless “cheers,” endless pours and endless uses, this stainless-steel tumbler will never crack, chip or cave – and that means tons of use and tons of added exposure for your brand.

#5. Promotes Good Health…

From better heart health to safeguarding from some cancers to preventing vision loss, there are tons of benefits to sipping on red wine daily. So, really, in giving your customers a wine tumbler or two, you’re indirectly supporting their heart health…right? Right! Another reason to raise a glass – or, in this case, a tumbler!

Learn more about November’s Product of the Month here , or get in touch to customize your order.

Love seeing our monthly picks? Here’s October’s in case you missed it.


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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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5 Perks That Make Our SpinSocket A Must-Have For Your Brand


You’ve seen PopSockets® – and, no doubt, you’ve seen kids performing handheld magic with their fidget spinners.

Our Custom SpinSocketOur September Product of the Month, the Full-Color SpinSocket Ring Custom Cell Phone Holder & Stand, marries these two must-haves into a powerhouse promo piece. It’s fun, it’s functional and it’s #trending – it’s, basically, the cronut of the mobile world.

That said, the cool factor isn’t the only reason we love this promo piece. The SpinSocket™ packs a serious punch powered by serious benefits:

#1. It’s an instant nerve-soother and anxiety reducer

Fidgeting can help combat moments of anxiety or nervousness. For many, there’s something about tapping, fiddling or even nail-biting that, in the moment soothes nerves – enter the fidget spinner.

By providing a fidget-focused outlet, pieces such as these encourage immediate relief with a tool designed solely to, well, fidget with. Beyond that, many like the built-in discretion. Instead of sitting around visibly picking or tapping, they’re simply playing with their fidget spinner – or, in this case, their SpinSocket.

#2. It stimulates focus

Research has shown fidget spinners’ movement can help people gain and maintain focus. Others have likened them to squeezing a stress ball which, for people with ADHD, can help steer attention back where it needs to be. Think about how many times you’ve sat in that team meeting, as it barrels into hour two. And, think about how great it would be to have something in the palm of your hands to get your head back in the game. Exactly.

#3. It adds a layer of functionality to your phone

Our smartphones aren’t just phones. They’re everything! PopSockets dig into that ubiquity, specifically on the entertainment front. Grab your phone, throw on a movie and pop out the stand so you, or even you and some friends, can watch, hands-free. Or, better yet, pop your stand out and let your kids watch without their little hands all over the screen – what parent wouldn’t be all over that?

#4. It’s like insurance – but cheaper

Ah, the dreaded screen smash. We all know it. We all hate it. And, when it happens, it costs us a fortune to deal with. And that insurance policy we should have bought when we got the upgrade? Yeah…we didn’t.

Enter the Spinsocket. While it won’t replace your cracked screen, it does make it harder to lose control of your device – and with that added control there’s a good chance you’ll avoid at least a few slips and spills.

#5. It’s an instant convo-starter

Yes, we said it wasn’t about the cool factor, and it’s not. That said, we’d be remiss not to include number five – this promo piece is an instant conversation starter. Expect to be stopped in the elevator, in the waiting room and in meetings as people will want to see cool PopSockets and fidget spinners, while wanting to share theirs. And, if your brand is all over that SpinSocket? Even better.

Ashley, our Account Executive, gives us an up-close look:

Call us today to get your hands (and your BRAND) on September’s Product of the Month, the SpinSocket Ring Custom Cell Phone Holder & Stand.

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4 Reasons Why Wireless Chargers are the Ultimate Promotional Must-Have


Wireless-chargerChances are you’ve heard at least some buzz surrounding the latest generation of wireless QI chargers. Not only are these go-to chargers increasingly portable and versatile, but given their sleek look and wireless charging capabilities, consumers are scooping up these must-haves for home, office and on-the-go use.

So, what does all of this mean for your business? It’s simple — by branding and distributing this summer’s “it” product , you’ll be able to close out the season with a bang. Because, from where we sit, these chargers pack a more powerful punch than virtually any other branded premium in the marketplace. Here’s why:

#1. You CAN’T have just one…

Consider these chargers the Pringles® of the marketing world — you can’t have just one. We’re seeing consumers pop wireless chargers into convenient and high-traffic spots from their own bedsides, desks and cars to conference rooms, waiting rooms and reception areas. By having a wireless charger within arm’s reach at all times, your customers never have to worry about a low battery or being phone-less when they’re out pounding the pavement. And, for your business, that means more opportunities to be front-and-center, delivering a high-value service when customers need it most.

#2. You’re constantly engaging

Science Alert recommends consumers “plug in your phone whenever you can,” since smart phone batteries “are much happier if you charge them occasionally throughout the day…” It’s good advice and another good reason for your business to brand these wireless chargers. Think about it: consumers charging their phones throughout the day means constant, ongoing exposure to your brand and your brand message. Every time she “plugs in” she’ll catch a glimpse of your branding, deepening the relationship and tying you back to serious value — you did get her phone back up to 100%, after all.

Taking this a step further… think about that consistent interaction versus traditional digital and mail pieces. The average consumer spends two seconds with an email — it’s no contest. Even with a direct mail piece which, on average, has a 17-day lifespan, pales in comparison.

#3. There’s an expanded audience built in

Traditional phone chargers are one-notes — you can charge your phone but, likely, nothing else. Not so with our wireless QI chargers which can fuel iPhone® 8, iPhone X and most Samsung® cell phones, plus virtually any device with a compatible adapter. This instantly makes these chargers the perfect addition to any office or high-traffic setting — again, think waiting rooms, break rooms and reception areas. In other words, places lots of other people frequent — and places lots of other people will see your brand messaging.

With this added versatility, then, it’s easy to expand your reach with no added investment or engagement. It’s a win/win — your brand gets massive exposure without a massive incremental investment. And who knows? That client-of-a-client juicing up their phone on your wireless charger could drive a lucrative partnership in the not-too-distant future.

#4. They’re the hottest item on the market…

When Apple® rolled out QI charging for its iPhone 8 and iPhone X, the demand spiked and countless consumers were introduced to these powerhouse chargers for the very first time. The end result: you couldn’t miss the wireless QI chargers at CES this year, with consumers, media and tech influencers vying to get their hands on the latest and greatest. In short, everyone wants one of these chargers, and, with our custom branding opportunities, you’ll have the opportunity to be the business that delivers.

So, there you have it! Check out our Qi Wireless Custom Phone Charging Pad and call us to start planning your next campaign now!

 

 


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7 Ways to Boost Your Brand’s Perception Using Webcam Covers


It’s hard to find a device nowadays that doesn’t come equipped with a webcam. It’s pretty much the equivalent of stepping into a car that doesn’t have a CD player in it (not that the CD players are even used as much anymore) . In the business world, webcams are used daily for videoconferencing; in one’s personal life they’re used for nanny-cams, chatting with friends, connecting with family and checking in on one’s home. So, it’s scary to think about the hackers who can quite easily invade your computer and log right in to view life through your webcam.

Our Toddy Gear® SpySafe™ Webcam cover allows you to customize the packaging for an even bigger impactThe good news is that gone are the days of using post-it notes to protect yourself. Webcam covers have been selling off the shelves like hotcakes this season.

Why? Because when you gift a webcam in any capacity – to a friend, to your team at work, as a thank you gift or as a referral gift – you’re showing the recipient you care about their safety. Webcam covers for home computers, laptops, mobile devices and tablets offer peace of mind. And, when your logo is imprinted on one of these useful devices, the name of your business will literally be viewed hundreds of times per day by all those individuals and companies who value privacy. It really is a win-win!

Here are 7 ways you can use webcam covers to boost the perception of your brand:

1. Send via direct mail

Direct mail isn’t dead! We don’t have to convince you about the effectiveness of direct mail… it has a proven track record. In fact, mailings are one of the most highly-targeted forms of marketing. Did you know, when using promo products as an incentive to respond, you are generating four times as many responses as a sales letter alone? The beauty of webcam covers for this purpose is they’re so lightweight they can fit easily and inexpensively into a letter. Or, consider affixing them to a postcard and creating a campaign around that! One stamp will get your promotion delivered.

2. Delight your customers

Go the extra mile to stand out from your competition. Surprise your customers with a useful gift such as a webcam cover to remind them of how much you value their business. It’s really that simple and will go a long way.

3. Thank your employees

Your employees are the number one asset of your company, and in many jobs, they’re at their computers all day. Thank them (and protect them) by giving them a tech-savvy gift. Even better – gift them with two – one to use at their work station, and one to use at home, showing you care about their safety both in and away from work.

4. Give them away at trade shows

Mining for new prospects is what trade shows are all about . . . exhibiting gets you face-to-face conversations with buyers. However, before those conversations can take place, you need a great giveaway to draw attendees to your booth. In today’s digital age, people are demanding technology-related items because they are so useful. So, giving away webcam covers (either prior to the event to entice people to your booth, or during the event to stand out from the crowd) makes a ton of sense. The best part – they’re travel-friendly! You can supply an entire tradeshow floor with gifts that were shipped in a small box!

5. Stock up for your travelling sales team

Whether your sales staff travels locally, nationally or globally, they are your frontline marketers. They will love the opportunity to provide gifts for the people they are meeting with on every trip. However, fitting gifts inside carry-on luggage is always an issue. These hardworking professionals deserve an “easy button” every now and then. Introduce them to a webcam cover giveaway that’s lightweight and small enough to bring on every trip. Clients will love the trendsetting gift they will truly find beneficial.

6. Tie your core values into a gift

Core values can help convert prospects in to customers, if conveyed clearly across all marketing touchpoints. A great way to start getting your customers and potential customers familiar with your core values is by demonstrating those values with promotional products. Webcam covers will give customers peace of mind – one of the most powerful things any company can offer. You’ll be keeping your clients safe with a personalized camera cover that will make a big impact.

7. Add the power of packaging

Custom packaging gives you the opportunity to tell your whole story while making a great first impression. Use the space to tie in the “why” and “how” people can benefit when working with you. Custom packaging, which is available on our featured webcam cover, increases the perceived value of a gift, and the likelihood they’ll remember who you are and what you’re about.

Are you looking for more ideas on how to use webcam covers to your advantage? Call us, the promo know-how people, for expert tips and tricks.

More about our featured webcam cover and why we love it:

A webcam cover is the simplest and most effective tool to prevent webcam hackers from spying. SpySafe™ webcam covers are unique because they are made of soft microfiber. The soft material allows your laptop to close seamlessly. It will stick to virtually any flat surface including plastic, glass and metal. They cover any camera lens on tablets, cell phones, laptops and computer monitors. They stay in place with a unique adhesive that ensures multi-use and no residue on the screen surface when you remove the webcam cover.

ePromos has two types of Toddy Gear® SpySafe™ Webcam Covers. The first is a customizable webcam cover on a backer card with SpySafe product information already on the presentation card. Or, if you want to customize your packaging for more impact (we love this option!), we suggest the webcam cover with personalized packaging. You can create your own packaging by fully customizing the card with a design created by you!

Ashley, our amazing Account Executive, gives you an up-close look at this item:

Call us, the Promo Know-How People, to talk through how we can fit in webcam covers into your next promotion.