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How to Incorporate Smart Home Devices into Your Marketing


Once thought of as a luxury only for the elite, in recent years smart home technology has become more and more common. Gone are the days of rewiring your entire home; now it can be as simple as plugging in an outlet.

What is Smart Home Technology?

But what exactly are these smart home devices? Simply put, smart home devices allow you to access things like lights and electronics in your home or business from anywhere in the world using Wi-Fi. Everything from video doorbells and surveillance to thermostats, speakers and light switches can be controlled right from your phone or tablet. Some may even be linked to a virtual assistant such as Siri, Alexa or Google Home.

With smart outlet plugs you can remotely turn on and off lights as well as electronics. Open up the app to turn on your entryway light so you don’t have to walk into a dark house; flick the lights and off at random when you’re out of town; turn off the curling iron you remembered about after you’ve left the house; limit screen time by turning off TVs and wireless routers.

The applications are truly endless. Smart technology goes beyond just outlets to things such as doorbells, cameras and sensors, giving in to a whole new level of security and convenience.

And now this exciting technology is available for your marketing purposes! Put your brand name and logo on these devices to make a memorable gift for your most valued clients. There is something for everyone in our collection of smart home tech.

Introducing Branded Smart Home Options

Double Outlet Plugsmart double outlet
This Wi-Fi smart plug allows you to control any outlet-powered device from your smartphone or tablet. One smart plug gives you two outlets that are individually named and controlled using the app. They are also compatible with virtual assistants such as Amazon Alexa, Siri and Google Home.

Video Doorbell
smart video doorbellWith instant alerts on your mobile device, you’ll never miss someone at the door again. This smart video doorbell runs through your Wi-Fi to deliver a live video feed. It has a two-way microphone so you can converse with your visitor before you even get to the door. In addition, you have the ability to record the event on your phone, tablet or computer.

HD Camera
Smart home HD cameraIdeal for security as well as nanny/pet cam, this smart, high definition camera offers a built-in microphone for two-way communication, and its 24/7 live feed allows you to check it at any time from your phone, tablet or computer. The camera rotates 355 degrees right and left as well as 110 degrees up and down with a built-in motion detector that not only senses motion but also turns toward it.

Bluetooth Speaker + Alexavale bluetooth speaker with alexa
So much more than a speaker, this smart device allows you to control your playlist from your phone and tap into the power of the Amazon Alexa virtual assistant using either Wi-Fi or bluetooth connection. It offers up to five hours of playback time, a five Watt output for the speaker, micro USB charging cable and 3.5mm auxiliary cable. This speaker can also be paired with other Alexa-enabled products and controlled by the free app.

Outdoor Outletoutdoor smart double outlet
This outlet is compatible with indoor or outdoor use. It’s waterproof, so it’s completely safe outside in the elements allowing you to control security features, holiday decorations and patio lights from the comfort of your couch (or anywhere for that matter). The two outlets are individually named and individually controlled from your phone, tablet or virtual assistant.

Power Strip with USB Output10 plug smart power strip
This smart power strip offers all the protection of a standard power strip with built-in surge protection in addition to its smart features. There are four outlets and two USB ports that are all individually controlled from your smartphone or tablet and compatible with both Amazon Alexa as well as Google Home. Put up to 10 of these power strips on one app to allow you to control up to 50 electronics in your home or business simultaneously.

Smart Home Security Kitsmart home security kit
The only thing better than a security system for your home or business is a smart security system. This smart home kit includes a window or door sensor as well as a PIR motion sensor. When triggered, the sensors will send an alert to your phone and activate the included siren. Scheduling capabilities are controlled by the app on your smartphone, tablet, computer or virtual assistant.

Choosing the Right Branded Smart Home Device

The best smart home device for your business’s unique marketing plan is one that will resonate with your target audience and make a lasting impression. These items are best distributed as gifts.

Why gifts? Sending something small at least once a year keeps your business at the top of clients’ minds all year long. There are advantages and disadvantages to giving around the holiday season, but don’t limit your company’s gift-giving only to that one time of the year. By gifting at other times, your gift won’t simply become part of the white noise of the holidays; it will serve as an additional channel to help maintain business relationships throughout the year.

How to choose the best smart home device for gifting will depend most on your target audience and your budget. Smart technology items offer a range of functions, so be sure to choose something that will most benefit your clients and their needs. If security is at the forefront of your clients’ minds, a camera, doorbell or security kit might resonate best, while clients seeking simplicity and ease might best enjoy the power strip or outlet options.

Consider factors such as your industry, the intended use being for home or business, your clients’ personal preferences and lifestyles as well as what you hope to accomplish with your gift. Is it a referral gift, holiday gift, “thank you” gift or even employee gift… The reason for the gift can also help you determine the best branded smart home option to choose.

Whatever you choose, one thing is for sure… your gift will be used, appreciated and remembered!

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The PhoneBrella is the Ultimate Promotional Bluetooth Item. Here’s Why&...


The PhoneBrella is the Bluetooth® accessory you never knew you always needed. Forget fumbling to find your phone while holding an umbrella. With the PhoneBrella you have a hands-free solution to getting caught in the rain.

Bluetooth technology is an unstoppable force that is fueling both the retail and promotional worlds. Stay connected without being physically connected. Wireless is where it’s at. What better way to show your customers that you are keeping up with the latest trends?Our PhoneBrella

What is a PhoneBrella?

The PhoneBrella is a revolutionary product that features Bluetooth technology built into the handle of an umbrella. What does that mean exactly? Well, quite simply, it means your customers can sync their phones to answer calls or listen to music without struggling to hold both their umbrella and their phone.

How Does it Work?

On the sleek and comfortable handle of the umbrella you will find a large circle button that allows you to pick up and end phone calls. To get started, hold down the circle button until you hear it respond. Next, enable the Bluetooth settings on your phone to pair with the PhoneBrella. When the pairing is successful you will hear the umbrella speaker say “Bluetooth connected.”

The speaker and microphone are built right into the handle of the umbrella. Just like a Bluetooth device for your car, you’ll hear your phone ring from the speaker. To answer the phone call, press the circle button. When the call is over, press the circle button again to end the conversation.

The PhoneBrella also allows you to listen to music through the speaker on the handle. With the two triangular buttons (above and below the circle button) you can easily skip and repeat songs without going back into your phone.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

Aside from its awesome Bluetooth capabilities, the PhoneBrella also features an auto-open and auto-close feauture so you never have to struggle with a stubborn spring again. The large button with up/down arrows toward the top of the handle will release and expand the umbrella, and when you’re done it will also retract and collapse it quickly and efficiently.

When closed, the entire length measures 13.5″ making it easy to fit in a briefcase, purse or backpack. The PhoneBrella currently comes in three colors: black, grey and navy. The nylon canopy offers a 46″ arc for excellent coverage. And the sophisticated retail packaging brings it all together.

Screen print your logo on any panel or add additional imprint areas for maximum visibility.

Why is the PhoneBrella a Must-Have Bluetooth Accessory?

This unique product allows your customers to stay dry and use their phones while keeping one hand free. It’s so unique, in fact, the novelty in and of itself will have people talking about your brand.

The PhoneBrella appeals to a wide range of customers. Golf-related businesses can hand these out at tournaments, as they are sure to come in handy if there should be rain. City commuters using public transportation to get to the office often walk in the rain from subway platforms and train stations. Imagine how freeing it would be to give these customers a hand – literally – with the PhoneBrella. College students who have to walk across campus can also see the value in having this innovative Bluetooth accessory.

To top it all off, the PhoneBrella can actually send a reminder to your customers to take the umbrella whenever there is a high chance of rain! For an additional charge, your PhoneBrella can feature a hangtag for the Rain Alertz app attached to the handle. The hangtag provides instructions for how to download the Rain Alertz app for free using iTunes®, Google Play® or the Windows® Store.

Once downloaded, the customer is prompted to enter a unique code, which can be found on the hangtag. The code is tied to your customized alert message and branded five-day forecast, which will display on their smartphones when the chance of rain is 60% or higher. The alert works off the GPS in the phone so no matter where your customers travel, they will see your logo for a subtle reminder of your brand anytime there is a high chance of rain.

Make the PhoneBrella your newest promotional Bluetooth accessory today! Call us, the Promo Know-How People to incorporate this item into your marketing plan.

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6 Hot Tech Products You and Your Customers “Have to Have”


Who doesn’t want to run faster, jump higher and push just a little bit harder? Exactly. And in the business arena, the equivalent is getting all geared up with the latest and greatest technology – technology that enables you to drive your business forward.

The good news? The hottest tech products are also some of the most affordable and most intuitive – in other words, the perfect gift and perfect corporate premium to give your customers, employees and vendors anytime.New Year, New Tech Promos

#1. Nuckees™ Custom Phone Grip and Stand

Unless you’ve been living under a technology rock, chances are you’ve seen Nuckees (literally) popping up everywhere. The small circular grips attach to the back of your smartphone, then pop out to create a better grip or, even, a stand.

Once you’ve got your Nuckees in place you’ll be able to go from meeting to meeting without missing a beat – or dropping your phone. And when you’re ready to take a breath? That stand makes your phone the perfect private home theater, ideal for a PM or on-the-road binge session.

Our Wood Grain Custom Power Bank in Blue#2. Wood Grain Custom Power Bank

And to ensure you’re Nuckees-boosted phone doesn’t give out? This Wood Grain Custom Power Bank is the way to go. You’ll get an instant jolt from its 3000 mAh, and get your phone back up and running fast. Another perk: this one’s designed for on-the-move professionals, with a wrist strap to keep it close without ever letting it hit the ground.

#3. Budget Security Slide-Action Promotional Webcam Cover

With privacy and security top-of-mind, it’s good to give something that acknowledges your commitment to keeping things on the up-and-up. This slide-action webcam cover adheres to your computer, laptop, tablet or phone, protecting – and covering – the camera lens. Then, when it’s time to hop on a conference call, simply slide to show your face. It’s secure, it’s simple and it ensures only the right people are peeking in.

Our True Wireless Earbuds with Custom Metal Carry Case#4. True Wireless Earbuds with a Custom Metal Charging Case

Tune into those Nuckees-inspired binge sessions or listen to your favorite playlist without ever missing a beat – that’s what we love about these Bluetooth earbuds. Listen for three hours on a full charge, or use the built-in microphone to chat with colleagues or check in with the office. Then, store everything in this sleek, portable metal charging case and do it all over again.

#5. Bluetooth Speaker Custom Water Bottle

Stay hydrated and keep to the beat with this water-meets-music must-have. Perfect for the gym, AM jobs or, simply, kicking back at the park or beach, these water bottles hold either cold or hot drinks – and come complete with a built-in speaker to stream pump-it-up playlists, audio books or, really, anything else that gets you going.

Out Two Tone Wireless Promotional Charging Pad#6. Two-Tone Wireless Promotional Charging Pad

Because, really, you can’t have enough chargers around. These two-tone wireless charging pads utilize Qi technology to ensure a powerful charge fast. With a sleek finish and prominent logo, this charger is perfect for any home, office or waiting area, delivering up to three hours of charge time to virtually any handheld Qi-compatible device.

Get your hands on these must-have tech gifts now, and ensure you’re supercharged into 2019 and beyond. Contact ePromos to learn more and to place your tech order 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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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.


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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.