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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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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.

Looking for more tech ideas? Checkout the 5 Most Effective Giveaways for Tech Conferences.

 


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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


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.