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How to Build Relationships Before, During & After the Holidays


From giving thanks, to giving gifts, to celebrating the new year, the entire holiday season is a time to spread delight! Giving gifts during the holiday season is about building long-term relationships with customers. It is not just putting your logo on a memento. Although it really is the thought that counts, put some careful thought into the gifts you are buying. When you want to show appreciation for individuals who have touched your business in the past year, look to our wonderland of ideas. Here you’ll find gifts to promote your business before, during and after the holiday season.

  • Before: A lot of spending occurs during the holidays. The trick is to get your customers to spend with you and not your competitors. Entice them with a branded gift-with-purchase.
  • During: The holidays are a popular time to advertise. So, it’s important to put thought into your marketing campaign. Share the joy and strengthen customer relationships by thanking customers with an impressive gift.
  • After: Bring your promotions into the new year to keep relationships strong. You want to appeal to the everyday emotions while also standing out from the crowd. There are fun gift options for home, the office and outdoor events that can showcase your brand.

Winter Wonderland of Inspiration

The seasons of giving are fast approaching. Let us help you find a gift your coworkers and customers will actually enjoy. Here are a few of those brilliant products to keep the momentum growing for customer acquisition and retention.

The best the 2017 holiday season has to offer:

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean the adventures cease. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate a gift to keep them warm and help them survive winter! You can encourage outdoor excursions from skiing the slopes, to tailgating, to enjoying the beauty of nature. Let your logo kick off winter exploration with a The North Face Jacket. This jacket is the ultimate mid-weight option for active outdoor adventures! To keep spreading the warmth throughout the year, ePromos also carries scarves and touch-screen gloves.

If you’re like many of us at ePromos, cooler weather means we move indoors and let our gourmet out. Let your logo make an appearance when customers take time during the snowfall to host a party, create a wine event or enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. To get you started in our gourmet promotional products, look at our Hot Chocolate on a Spoon. Delicious Belgian chocolate ensures your brand is noticed on a cold day. Clear the dining room table. Moving indoors also means it’s time for games, puzzles and artistic endeavors like grown-up coloring books. Fun times at home will leave a great impression on your brand.

Everyone has places to go. If your business wants to inspire the wanderlust in your customers, give away Pelican® Traveler Tumblers. They will encourage a year filled with warm beverages your customers can bring wherever the season takes them. Other ideas for traveling are emergency auto kits, charging accessories and travel alarm clocks.

Don’t dread shopping for gifts for your customers. It’s cold out, but the game is on. Customers will head to the stadium in your gift of warmth. This toasty Pom-Pom Beanie is as unique as you are and will give you the attention you desire! Hats are an appropriate gift for six months of chilly weather. To show appreciation, look for meaningful business gifts that will create lasting memories well into the new year. Some more personal ideas include photo frames, portfolios or desktop accessories.

Maybe your target market prefers to hunker down at home. If you are looking for a gift with a personal touch, a gift that will find its way home, give a gift of comfort. One idea is the Plaid Sherpa-Lined Blanket. This extraordinary blanket will hang around the homebody household for years to come. But, we have other gifts for the home like branded candles, night lights and essential oils too.

Have you found what you’re looking for? ePromos has thousands of unique products. These promotions will end your business year with a bang and cheer on a tremendous 2018!


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2017 Geek Gadget Gift Guide


Tech Promotional Items Gift Guide 2017 | ePromos

With the holidays fast approaching, you might start wondering, “What’s the best gift to give?” Whether you’re shopping for your customers, employees, prospects, family or friends, you want something they’ll love. Finding the perfect gift can take time, so it’s never too early to start looking.

The holidays are also a great time to wow your clients with something impressive! The right promotional gift can help you delight employees, strengthen business ties, or find new prospects. Use the season to spread good cheer, even as you celebrate your brand.

In today’s digital world, we’re all at least a little bit of a “tech geek.” This holiday season, surprise your tech-savvy market with promotional gifts they’ll love. We offer solutions for everyone from the picky tech geek who knows about everything to the nerd who always has the latest gizmo. Looking for something for a promotional giveaway? We have ideas for that too! Get gifts everyone will love at prices perfect for every marketing budget. Browse our top five tech picks that will make gift-giving fun again!

1. PopSockets

Number 1 on our Geek Gadget list is PopSockets. These multi-functional gifts are sure to impress any techie in your life. Not only are Popsockets a handy grip for all types of devices, they double as a media stand, allowing users to multitask in “hands-free” mode. You can also use these nifty gadgets to store your earbuds tangle-free. PopSockets make sharing easy! Put them under your favorite device to slide it across the table to someone else.

But be careful: playing with PopSockets is addictive! They are great stress busters and fun to fiddle with. Made from  polycarbonate, TPU and polyurethane, these promo items are easy to wash or clean. They even help protect your phone! The design acts as a barrier if your customers mistakenly put their phone on a wet vanity. Each PopSocket comes with PopTek Technology. A reusable adhesive pad uses residue-free gel to pair with a phone. You read that correctly! The pad is reusable and the gel leaves no sticky residue.

2. Security Slide Action Webcam Covers

Have a computer geek who cares about security? Surprise them with a Security Slide Action Webcam Cover. These tiny devices slide open and closed to cover the camera on any computer. Gift recipients with that extra peace of mind and privacy. These hot holiday apparatuses will definitely show customers that you care about their safety. Our Webcam Cover is made of durable plastic, and the strong adhesive makes sure it stays on.

3. Bluetooth Noise Canceling Headphones

There’s a lot of commotion and a lot of chatter all around us. Whether you’re outside or working in an office, everyone wants just a little peace and quiet. Our ePromos’ Bluetooth Noise Canceling Headphones offer a moment of serenity. Impress your elite customers with something they can use everyday. These headphones reduce ambient noise and give the wearer a quiet environment.

The sound quality is dynamic stereo sound with 10 hours of play time.  These headphones also have an integrated microphone with volume control  buttons. Compatible with most audio devices, including cellphones, users can take a call hands-free from up to 30 feet away! Each pair of premium promotion headphones comes with a zippered travel case. Inside, a mesh pocket keeps your charging and audio cords tangle free. We ship these headphones pre-packaged in a gift box, making them the perfect item for year-end giving!

4. Toddy Gear® Cell Phone Wallet and Cleaning Cloth

Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what to buy everyone on your list. So, take the worries out of this decision-making process with something almost everyone will love: the Toddy Gear® Cell Phone Wallet and Cleaning Cloth. Toddy Gear® is the next level of cool in tech world. Keep a cleaning cloth always within reach, thanks to a removable wallet that rests on the back of your phone. Remove and reattach the microfiber cloth easily, keeping any phone screen sparkling clean.  The silicone cell phone wallet attaches to your phone with strong 3M self-adhesive. The wallet uses an adhesive that can stick to any surface, without creating a sticky mess. Promotional phone wallets are perfect for holding credit cards, IDs, business cards, and more!

5. Bluetooth Speaker Knit Beanie

This final brand reminder made our Top 5 List because “baby it’s cold outside” this time of year. If you’re looking for something trendy to give out at your holiday party this year, the Bluetooth Speaker Knit Beanie might be it! This tech-savvy headwear seems to do it all. Yes, it’s a warm hat. But, it also has built-in Bluetooth technology that transmits up to 32 feet. This allows you to listen the game or walk to work with your playlist. It’s impressive six-eight hours of playback time will not let you down! And your embroidered logo will add an additional touch of sophistication.

All of these Geek Gadgets are an affordable way to carry your message out into the community you serve. If you’re still looking for some ideas, consider browsing our corporate gift selection by price, theme, industry, or even by color. These gifts will help ensure your company’s name stays top of mind long after the holidays are over.


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Top 10 Holiday Business Gifts for Clients & Employees in 2017


Ready. Set. Give.

We’re here to take the guesswork out of holiday shopping for your potential and current customers. Each year we compile a list of our 10 best holiday products to help you with today’s “now trending” promotions.

Why Should I Invest in Promotional Holiday Business Gifts?

Handing out holiday business gifts helps promote loyalty and sends good cheer for the holiday season. Promotional products are often cheaper than other forms of advertising such as commercials and billboards. In fact, the average cost per impression of an ad specialty is seven-tenths of one cent (beat that expensive TV ad)! Promos have proven time and time again they are loved, used and even reused.

Gifting during the holiday season helps your company or organization rack up potential customers while leaving your current clients with the “warm and fuzzies.” It’s also a great way to demonstrate employee appreciation. Basically, it can make your brand look like a rock star.

How Does ePromos Pick the Best Office Holiday Gifts for 2017?

We’re so glad you asked! Our collection of top corporate gifts for the holidays is brought to you by our very own merchandising team in their infinite wisdom and experience. Based on current trends, historical data and insight of the industry’s leading suppliers, we’ve sifted through thousands of products to deliver the top 10 for 2017.

And here they are:

1. Copper Insulated Water Bottle
Reusable water bottles are perfect for the eco-conscious consumer. This tumbler is insulated with copper and lined with stainless steel to keep cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to six hours. Its trendy, sleek and durable design features double-wall vacuum insulation to prevent condensation while the screw-on lid helps prevent spills.

2. Soft-Touch Power Bank
Smartphones and tablets are amazing pieces of technology we just love. Their biggest flaw is the battery never seems to last long enough for our needs. Power banks such as these are the solution to this problem – a must-have for anyone on the go! Customers can keep track of the lithium battery’s life with a built-in capacity light. Its sleek design makes it easy to carry for the convenience of anytime charging out and about. Available in three metallic colors, this vibrant power bank is sure to get noticed. Plus, the gray, soft-touch strip on the end complements the large plastic imprint area calling attention to your logo. Charging cable included.

3. 3 Cubes of Gourmet Pretzels
Food gifts are always a big hit around the holidays. This beautiful presentation allows you complete customization – everything from the design of the sleeve on the box to the individual cubes and labels! And, with three different flavors of chocolate-covered pretzels as well as more “fill and cube” options available, your brand will be truly memorable this holiday season.

4. Tuscany™ Heathered Knit Beanie
Nothing keeps you cozy in the dead of winter like a beanie hat. Made of 100% acrylic knit, this beanie will impress not only with its warmth but also with your logo debossed on a classy, genuine leather patch. Its trendy, retail-inspired design will have your customers begging for more. One size fits most.

5. Carabiner Fidget Spinner
Fidget spinners are trending right now, which means everyone (of all ages) is sure to love this 2-in-1 gift! This “executive” fidget spinner is both a zinc alloy carabiner and a stress-relieving toy. The center disc is securely welded to provide optimal durability for two-minute spins.

6. Tremblant® Knit Jacket
Jackets are another winter favorite. The classic style of this knit jacket will please any of your customers with its comfort and warmth. This retail-inspired coat offers all of the great features they love at a fraction of the cost. Features include trendy thumb exits, an earbud port and a chest pocket – all in one affordable jacket.

7. Laptop Backpack
Timbuk2 does it again with this unique and stylish bag. Made of sturdy 400D polyester, it features a large main compartment, pockets galore, an internal organizer and an in-pocket key keeper. With a ventilated back panel and removable strap, it’s the ideal giveaway for both students and professionals.

8. Leather Journal
In this technology-driven age, hand-written notes are making a come-back, believe it or not. This hand-sewn, full-grain leather journal with 96 natural-lined pages comes in an individually packaged bag for a sophisticated look. Choose from 11 different waxed linen colors for the front cover “X.”

9. PopSocket Phone Grip & Stand
One of the hottest phone accessories will display your logo and allow people to talk hands-free because PopSockets give a grip to your phone. With so many uses it’s sure to gain your brand some recognition and thanks. Customers can use it as a media or video chat stand, texting, tablet or photo grip, and cord wrap – an all-in-one workhorse of a gadget.

10. Drawstring Bag Gift Set
This ePromos exclusive includes an infuser water bottle and lined notebook with pen all conveniently packaged in a heathered drawstring bag. The bag features a zippered pocket to keep valuables secure. The entire kit is available in a variety of colors to match your brand’s style. In addition, you can imprint each item in the gift set – all for just one low setup fee.

Now that ePromos has narrowed your search for the best office Christmas, Hanukah and holiday gifts for 2017, start your holiday-shopping engines, and let the giving begin!


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3 Must-Read Tips For Corporate Holiday Gifts


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You know the adage: It’s better to give than to receive. For businesses, this couldn’t be truer. More businesses are expected to give corporate holiday gifts this year than in the last six years thanks to a steadily improving economy.

Corporate holiday gifts aren’t just a nice gesture – they’re a smart way to strengthen business relationships and get things started on the right foot in the New Year.

Just look at the people on your gift list – your employees, customers, business partners. These are your company’s VIPs. These are the people who impact your revenue stream. It pays to show them some love during the holidays by giving them carefully selected corporate holiday gifts.

If scary visions of bags of money flying out the window are dancing in your head, don’t worry – you don’t have to spend a lot to show your appreciation. In fact, there’s really no hard-and-fast rule at all on how much you should spend on corporate gifts.

The most important thing, nearly all experienced gift-giving business owners would agree, is to give useful items that people actually want to receive.

The holiday season is in full swing, and your employees and customers likely expect a little something from your business. Here are three tips to keep in mind when giving corporate holiday gifts:

 1. Give an experience.

Sometimes the best gifts don’t come wrapped up with a bow – they’re ones that can be experienced. Show your employees and clients your appreciation by treating them to a special experience. Maybe it’s a dinner out or a visit to the spa. The idea is to give them something thoughtful that they can kick back and enjoy.

Ian Aronovich, president and co-founder of GovernmentAuctions.org, gives his employees movie passes for three free movies plus discounts on snacks.

“Seeing a movie in theaters nowadays is an expensive ordeal, so they make a nice treat,” he says. “It’s a great gift to get for your employees to thank them for their hard work and let them know that you appreciate them.”

Aronovich doesn’t give out generic movie passes, though. He gets his company logo stamped on the actual tickets themselves.

“By stamping the tickets,” he says, “it’s a friendly reminder that we’re looking out for them and their interests.”

It turns out many people actually keep their ticket stubs as mementos.So they get to enjoy the experience and have a lasting reminder of your business.

That’s the downside to gifting an experience – once it’s over, it’s over. There’s nothing tangible remaining. Your employees have watched the movie. Your clients have enjoyed that fancy dinner out. They don’t have a physical product to keep afterwards.

An experience is just that – an experience. But you can elevate it into something more permanent by doing what Aronovich has done.

Add your logo to those theater tickets and turn them into mementos of a great night out. Slip a restaurant gift card into a wine glass imprinted with your company logo. When you do this, your business is part of the immediate experience, and your logo sticks around long after the final credits and dessert wine.

 2. Useful gifts simply get more use.

Everybody loves receiving a gift that fills a need. If they find it helpful, they’ll keep it and use it. And, if your company logo is on the item, they will see your name each time they use it.

That’s Katya Constantine’s gift-giving philosophy. For holiday gifts, her company, DigiShopGirl Media, gives external phone batteries customized with the company logo.

“Our clients love these,” she says. “I always want to offer something that our clients will find useful.”

When you take the time and make the investment to give corporate holiday gifts, you want to make sure the items are well-received.

Cell phone-related gifts are ideal since they are used constantly throughout the day. Ninety-one percent of adults have cell phones, according to Pew Research, which means that external phone batteries – also called powerbanks – make incredibly useful gifts. As a result, Constantine’s clients are more likely to hang on to the gift and use it throughout the year.

Of course, there’s always the chance that your customers and employees already have that really great gift you’re excited to give. Some of Constantine’s clients may have phone batteries already. That’s okay.

Think of your corporate gift like a shiny, new toy. If it’s attractive, functional, and the recipient finds it useful, it has a good shot at replacing the original item. It doesn’t matter if it’s a coffee mug or a phone accessory. People are fascinated with what’s new. It’s just human nature.

3. It’s okay to mix things up.

Many companies think they need to have a one-size-fits-all strategy with their gift-giving, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

If you want to delight your customers and employees, have some fun with your corporate holiday gifts. You don’t have to give the same items every year – and you don’t have to give everybody the same gift, either.

Kassy Perry, president and CEO of Perry Communications Group, gets creative with her holiday gifts by picking out a new theme each year and giving items around that theme. She’s given gifts such as portable grills, car emergency kits, stadium seats, beach towels, and blankets.

Her staff gets in on the action, too. Employees get their photo snapped participating in a holiday activity, and the photos go onto the company holiday card.

Perry has been doing this for 10 years and says: “It’s a blast! Our branded holiday gifts are a big deal to our clients and employees. It’s our major marketing tool each year, and we love doing it as much as our clients love receiving it.”

On deck for this year? Cell phone chargers customized with the company logo and website.

“Depending on the year, we’ll do a larger, more expensive gift for clients, and a smaller gift for our ‘friends and family.’ These are the people who might not be clients, but help contribute to our success,” she says.

You Give, You Get

When you give corporate holiday gifts, you get more out of it than you might think. You spread some holiday cheer, yes, but you also inspire the loyalty of the people who are most important to your business.

The holiday season is a time to show appreciation and to really wow your clients and employees. Give them something special now, and you’re setting the stage for a profitable, successful business relationship in the upcoming year. Here’s where to get the best custom holiday gifts of 2014.

And here are some closing words of wisdom for giving corporate holiday gifts:

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Tell us about your strategy for corporate holiday gifts. Leave a comment below this post!

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One Surprising Perk Of Using Promotional Caps


How many promotional caps do you own? If you’re like me, you can never have too many. Let me explain.

I was sitting in a Paul Mitchell Hair Salon with my 3-year-old, trying to get his hair cut. He hates the clippers so we can never get his hair trimmed. After spending $20 on a haircut that didn’t quite get the job done, I took the boy home and gave it a shot myself.

I was doing so well … until the guard came off the clippers.

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So here are the positives on this home hair cut:

1)      There are no family pictures anytime soon.

2)      He’s three, so he won’t remember mommy giving him a bad haircut.

3)      All things being considered, it didn’t look that bad.

4)      It will grow back quickly.

5)      There is always a cap! (It makes him look cute anyway.)

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Oh, how I wish I had been allowed to wear a cap back in the late 1980s.

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Check out our infographic that explains just how important caps can be to your marketing campaign … or your bad haircuts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Promotional Calendars: 7 Stats You Didn’t Know


You know the basics about promotional calendars. They keep your logo around for months on end, they’re perpetually useful, they’re offered in all kinds of sizes, styles, and designs, and so forth.

But did you know that calendars are the longest-lasting promotional items around? Or that they’re most popular with older consumers?

Take a look at our infographic with more useful tidbits about the promo that everyone loves to keep: the calendar.

Here’s a tip for you: Don’t wait until December to get in your calendar orders. Get started now so they’ll be ready to go long before 2015 rolls around. This way, you’ll have the best shot at securing your customers’ wall or desk space.

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