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Tech Giveaway Ideas: Bluetooth Technology Proves the Power of Connection


It’s been 10 years since Dr. Dre launched the Beats™ brand; a move that paved the way for a shift in pop culture and fashion. Loungewear and activewear, by brands such as Lululemon® and Nike®, became the norm for shopping dates, birthday parties and lunches on weekends. Brands such as FitBit®, Bose® and Bang & Olfsen® competed with Beats™ in the headphones and wireless space while at the same time, music streaming technology such as Spotify® and Pandora® gave consumers the ability to listen to what they wanted, when they wanted.

Isn’t that just amazing how technology can shift the paradigm? Bluetooth technology was formalized around 1997 and now, barely 20 years later, it’s everywhere!

Here at ePromos, we often get asked “What’s the difference between Wi-Fi & Bluetooth”? Before we give you some of our top tech giveaway ideas on how you can connect with customers using Bluetooth, let’s review:

Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Differences

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are often confused because both are used to transfer data wirelessly, but they’re actually very different. A common question most people have about Bluetooth technology is whether you need a Wi-Fi connection to pair Bluetooth devices.

A Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) is designed to transport large amounts of data between computers and the Internet, often over great distances. Coverage can range from a few feet to an entire airport. It can involve elaborate security and it generally uses higher power levels. Wi-Fi also connects multiple computers and devices over a wireless network. By far the most typical Wi-Fi scenario for consumers consists of a central base station (wireless router) installed by an Internet provider in a home or business. It sends out what might be thought of as invisible Internet “rays” around the house that can be tapped into by any laptop, smartphone or tablet within their range to get online.

Bluetooth communicates directly with a paired gadget, such as a cell phone to a Bluetooth Speaker, a computer to a Bluetooth mouse, or an iPad® to a Bluetooth keyboard. If both devices have Bluetooth technology, they will pair without wires and seamlessly without an Internet connection. Another good thing about Bluetooth technology is that it’s functional everywhere and anytime as long as you have a power source.

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are complementary technologies, not rivals, and you can easily use both together to make your electronic gadgets work more conveniently for you!

Bluetooth Pairing

Bluetooth is a direct device-to-device technology which requires two devices to be paired. Linking two devices is typically very easy when they are close to one another. No Wi-Fi connection is needed, and no password is needed. Bluetooth creates a 33-foot radius of wireless network, called a Personal Area Network (PAN) or piconet. The PAN radius is intentionally limited in order to keep power drainage to a minimum. People using portable devices appreciate that Bluetooth is battery friendly, which is one of the key reasons why it has become so essential in our mobile society. Please note: there are claims of a 200-foot range for Bluetooth, however in practice, the range is usually much less. In addition, walls, solid surfaces and electrical interference can reduce the advertised range.

Now that you have a better understanding of how it all works, here are some Bluetooth giveaway ideas to help you connect more with your target audience – whether they’re customers, colleagues, students or friends.

Bluetooth Technology Giveaways:

• Earbuds to encourage recipients to listen to their favorite podcast or audio book •Wireless Bluetooth earbud sets to encourage fitness
• Speakers in all shapes and sizes to play music – these are always a hit!
• Bluetooth drinkware for tailgating, playing golf or at the beach
• Keyboards to use with a laptop at the office or at home
• Unique giveaways to really stand out

Since wireless technology, regardless of the brand, has a high-perceived value, you don’t have to “break the bank” to make a favorable impression. Call us, the Promo Know-How People, to determine the right Bluetooth promotion for your brand, or for any of our other tech giveaway ideas.


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How To Keep Your Webcam Covered | ePromos


Webcams revolutionized the way we communicate. Now, you can hold a business meeting with someone overseas from the comfort of your office. The technology is so useful that almost every computer ships with a camera built in.

But webcams also pose a security risk. Since they’re everywhere, they present a tempting target to hackers who might want to spy on your business. If they get access, they could take pictures of you, your business, or even your family. Creepy, we know! But we have a stylish solution that helps to keep you secure.

Now, maybe you saw that picture of Mark Zuckerberg’s computer with tape over the camera. In fact, you might already use a post-it note or sticker on your own webcam. Unfortunately, these low-tech solutions don’t last very long. If you’re not careful, the tape will wear out and fall off your camera. Over time, they’ll also leave a sticky residue that’s difficult to clean.

ePromos’ webcam covers are a sophisticated alternative. Our webcam covers are some of the thinnest on the market but still provide maximum protection.

Security Slide-Action Webcam Cover

It’s User-Friendly

At ePromos, we chose our webcam covers carefully, only selecting options that were user friendly. This promotional slide-action camera cover is so easy to install, anyone can do it!
1. Simply remove the tape that is covering the strong adhesive strip.
2. Position the cover over the webcam.
3. Press down firmly for a few seconds.
4. Slide open or closed with on simple finger movement.

Whenever you’re not using your camera, simply slide the cover closed and enjoy the peace of mind security brings. The plastic protects your office or home from prying eyes. Whenever you want to video chat with someone, slide open the cover and you’re ready to go!

Protects Your Camera Lens

Unlike a sticker or tape, the slide-action cover never comes in contact with your webcam’s lens. This means that, when you’re ready to use it, your webcam is as clean and scratch free as the day you bought it. In fact, an additional benefit of the webcam cover is to protect the camera lens from scratches. Made of high-grade durable plastic, these covers can last the life of your laptop or PC.

Ultra-thin hardware

Despite the slide-action design, these webcam covers feature an ultra-slim profile. This means that most people who use one can still close their laptop without any issues. The sleek design also makes them a perfect to cover the camera on your tablet and smart TV. The design even works with some cell phones!

Note: If a laptop does not close completely it can damage the screen. If the webcam cover prevents your laptop from closing, do not attempt to force the shell to close.

The Perfect Promotional Giveaway

These promotional camera covers are useful and affordable. More importantly, they offer the priceless gift of security. Perfect for tablets, laptops, desktops, or smart TV’s, they can be the perfect giveaway. Whether you’re at a tech conference, trade show, or have a booth at a college campus, everyone will love these webcam covers.

At ePromos, you can customize these slide-action covers with your company logo or name. Then, when your customers use them, your name appears directly above their screen. Your logo’s literally in their face, but they’ll love you for it because you gave them security and peace of mind.

Product Specifications

The approximate size of our webcam cover is 1.5”x5/8” and is available in gray, black or white. The imprint area is ¾”x1/4”, highlighting your one-color logo that is pad printed onto the webcam cover. Ask your Brand Consultant for more details.


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Cover Your Cam! Sliding Webcam Cover Secures Privacy


The first webcam ever created was at Cambridge University to help researchers feed their coffee habit. Seriously! In 1991, engineers pointed the first webcam at the coffee pot in the Computer Science Department. Then, anyone in the office could log in and see if fresh coffee was available. This way, they didn’t have to waste any time walking to the break room if there wasn’t coffee waiting.

Today, webcams are far more useful. In fact, you can find them on almost every laptop, tablet and phone. The tiny cameras allow you to capture video, or talk face to face with someone on the other side of the world. Unfortunately, the ability to record sound and video also makes them a tempting target.

If a hacker infects your PC with a virus, they might be able to turn your webcam on and off without your knowledge. They can even disable the green recording light so you’ll have no idea whether it’s recording. Once they activate the camera, they’ll be able to see and hear everything in the webcam’s field of vision. The exploit is so common that it has it’s own name: camfecting.

Webcam Covers Offer Security 

If webcams are such a security risk, how can you keep you and your family safe? Chances are your laptop and tablet have their camera’s built in so removing them isn’t an option. The best line of defense against would-be eavesdroppers is to cover your webcam.

When we say cover your webcam, we’re not talking about DIY solutions! Tape and post it notes lose their stickiness overtime, meaning you risk exposure. Once they fall off, you’re unprotected until you remember to replace the tape. In addition to being insecure, tape looks unprofessional.

The smarter solution is to use a webcam cover, like those available at ePromos.

Made from durable plastic, our custom webcam covers offer privacy from prying eyes. They also make great marketing tools, since you can add a custom logo to the cover that sits above your client’s screen. A small cover slides over the camera, an intuitive design that also keeps the lens protected from dust and scratches.

If you’re looking for a promotional item for your next event, webcam covers are a smart choice. Build brand loyalty by showing you care about security. In addition, your logo will be prominently features whenever they use their PC.

Add value to your gift by including other security best practices:

Set strong passwords. This is one of the best ways to protect your information online. Creating strong passwords can take some time, but it’s always worth it. After all, if you protect your devices, you protect the webcam too. Most external webcams have the option of requiring a password to function. Use this and set a strong password that is unique to the webcam.

Don’t click on links. Unless you’re expecting someone to send you a link, never click on them. One common hack occurs on facebook, where computers become infected after a user clicks on a controversial headline.

Don’t Agree To Install Unknown Software. If you do click on a link, or you get a popup asking you to install software, don’t. A virus might pretend to be a warning from an antivirus program telling you to install a “cleaner.” Another popular tactic is someone shares what looks like a file that asks you to install a new program to read it.

Install anti-virus software. A good start to protecting a computer is to install a first line of defense: anti-virus software. Think of this software as a security system for your business or your family.

Update software and firmware. Updates are important because they include fixes. Most hackers rely on outdated software as a way to access your webcam. These exploits become harder when you keep everything up to date.

Call the experts. If you think someone hacked your webcam, speak with an expert. A professional can scan your system and deal with any viruses they find.

Turn it off! Not even the best hacker in the world can see into your life if you power down your devices when they are not in use.

Don’t forget your mobile devices! Your cellphone and tablet have cameras too. Follow the same safety tips on these devices as you do on your regular PC.

In today’s digital world, security is something that everyone should care about. Webcam covers give clients, employees, and prospects a simple way to keep their personal information safe.

Keep your customers loyal by providing them with a safe, secure and private online presence, call ePromos at 877-377-6667.

 

 


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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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October’s Best Promotional Product


October Top Promotional Product of the Month

Put your logo in lights, literally. What more could you ask for? Introducing a 3-in-1 custom light-up pen where must-have technology meets a fantastic design. This unique pen is a bright new way to showcase your logo. As a giveaway, the pen is a promo classic! The Promotional Illuminated Curvaceous Stylus Pen is quickly becoming one of the most popular new pens on the market because of its multipurpose design. This slim, sleek tool functions as a writing instrument and tech accessory stylus as well as an illuminating billboard for your logo.

Top New Promotional Product: Illuminated Stylus Pen

These innovative pens feature an interior light that will have your brand shining bright. When customers push the capacitive stylus button, this light-up pen will brightly display your logo. One click and your laser-engraved logo imprint is lit up! By the way, capacitive is just a big word that means this stylus uses the same electrical properties as the human touch to detect the user’s touch, allowing much finer scrolling precision.

A stylus also reduces fingerprints on touch-screens, so it’s perfect for use on cellphones or tablets. These innovative pens work with cellphones including iPhones® and Androids™ as well as tablets such as the iPad®. This pen comes with a protective cap for the stylus, not only to safeguard the stylus, but also to prevent accidental light activation. A simple push of the soft stylus tip turns off the light. The light runs on one small lithium ion, non-replaceable battery. Please note that your logo will stand out on the pen whether it is illuminated or not.

To activate this novelty pen, simply push the side-action button. This precision ballpoint writing tool writes in SureWrite™ black ink. The click-action, medium-point tip is activated by a push button, retracting into the pen when not in use. Prospects and employees can take advantage of its ergonomic shape by grabbing the rubberized, textured grip for hours of writing comfort. And, if you want even more functionality, we have included a metal clip to keep the pen handy throughout the entire day. This pen can be securely fastened to a pocket, on a notebook or to a book cover or stack of papers.

This pen is made of plastic and has a shimmering metallic finish in five classic colors: metallic cobalt blue, metallic dark red, metallic black, chrome and silver. There is sure to be one that matches your brand. Its bright chrome accents give this pen an exclusive look. The total imprint area for your logo is 1.5”x0.25” on the 5.875″ barrel. And you have the option of imprinting on the front as well as the back!

Illuminate Your Brand with a Light-Up Stylus Pen with Logo

This is the perfect stylus pen combo for your tech-savvy clients. Or, you can hand out these budget-friendly giveaways at a tradeshow, convention, conference or college fair. These multi-functional promotional pens will certainly make a long-lasting impression on everyone!

Light up promotional items are a hot trend — whether you’re looking for a unique trade show giveaway or for a pen at reception when clients are checking into your office. Call a Brand Consultant today and get this flashy promotional tool at the low price of $1.49 per pen. Best yet, ePromos also offers Free Shipping on this 3-in-1!


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Custom Power Banks: What You Need To Know


what to know about custom power banks

Custom power banks are everywhere – and for good reason. Smartphones, tablets, and other tech devices have become so important in our lives that people would rather have their tech gadgets than sex, alcohol, or caffeine.

Yes, it appears that technology trumps even the most primal of human activities and indulgences.

But what happens when these beloved tech items run out of power? Does everybody’s head explode?

No. Although it feels that way if your phone powers off and there’s not an outlet in sight. People either have to find a plug and recharge their device, or, if they’re smart, they have a power bank, an external battery pack that charges anywhere, anytime.

If you really want to win over your customers, custom power banks are the way to go. They’re fully customizable, they work with all kinds of phones, tablets, and other devices, and, most importantly when it comes to promotional gifts, they’re incredibly useful. Everybody needs power.

You should always give your customers something they can actually use – not something they’ll stuff into a drawer or closet to be forgotten. When your gift gets used, your logo gets seen. You know what that means – your company gets repeat exposure and stays at the forefront of customers’ minds.

Want to learn more about one of the most popular promotional technology gifts on the market? Read on to get answers to some of the biggest questions about power banks.

How do power banks work?

A portable power bank is an external battery in a sealed case with a specially designed circuit to control power flow. It has a USB cable which allows users to charge via a power source like a laptop. This electrical energy is then stored in the power bank for use when a phone or other tech device is running low on power.

Power banks are convenient to transport, too – they’re small enough to tuck into a pocket, purse, or backpack.

What’s mAh?

mAh stands for milli-ampere hour. It’s a measurement of how much energy a battery can store. The higher the mAh, the longer the power bank will be able to charge a device.

So, for example, a phone with a 1500 mAh battery can be fully charged once by a 1500 mAh power bank. A 5600 mAh battery gives 2-3.5 full charges to a phone and will charge an iPad about 40%.

Do power banks work with all phones?

Yes. Since power banks don’t have software, you don’t need to worry about platform compatibility. They’ll work with iPhones or Androids. And they’re not just for use exclusively with phones. If a tech device can be charged by a USB – think tablets, GPS systems, GoPros, portable speakers, and other items – it’ll work with a power bank.

How long does it take a power bank to charge a device?

Most power banks charge phones and other tech items at the same rate as a wall charger. So instead of being tethered to a wall outlet, users can resume their day while their phone charges.

How can I use power banks in my marketing efforts?

Custom-printed power banks are perfect for giving out at tech events, conferences, tradeshows, and more. Or, combine them with other tech items for a combo gift.

There’s really no limit to the applications for using power banks in a promotion. This is one of those promotional products that appeals to multiple demographics. Take a look at some of our promotional power banks.  The newest versions come with wireless earbuds; a nice addition! Can’t decide which to go with? Chat with one of ePromos’ Brand Consultants for expert guidance.

In Summary

Power banks solve one of the biggest issues of modern-day living: the need for power for all of our various tech gadgets. Whether your customers are getting on a plane, working outdoors, or heading to the beach, they’ll never have to sweat it when they get that dreaded 10% battery warning on their phones.

They just slide the convenient power bank (that they got from your business) into their pocket or purse, and they’re all set with a dependable source of back-up power. And since the power bank is customized with your logo, your brand gets a boost each time it’s used.

Is there something in particular you want to know about custom power banks? Ask us! Leave your question below. 

 

 

 

Note: This article has been updated on January 7, 2018 to include additional information.