Branded gift and paper shopping bags are an effective and cost-efficient strategy to spread brand awareness. For starts, they’re practical in a way that a billboard or online advertisement can’t be yet achieve the same marketing goals – impressions – on a more personal scale.
A custom shopping bag also has surprisingly long-lasting power, as most customers will reuse a quality bag a few times. This only serves to further your reach. With an attractive, eye-catching logo or design, it’ll be used until it’s practically falling apart.
Customized shopping bags are a natural fit for a retail store, but they certainly have use beyond traditional brick and mortars. Professional trade shows and conventions, holiday parties, and other events where you’ll be handing out gifts are all occasions to increase your brand reach by using a customized shopping bag. Unlike whatever freebies you’ll be passing out, a shopping bag stays in view for passersby to see.
With over 20 years of service under our belt, ePromos is one of the top promotional product distributors in the world. Our credence is 110% satisfaction for every customer we partner with, from concept through product delivery.
Below, we’ll walk you through the process of designing a gift or paper bag with us online. Then we’ll give you a refresher on all the specialty services we offer for companies, organizations and nonprofits of all sizes and industries.
How-To Design Your Custom Shopping Bag
Step 1: Browse our selection of gift and paper shopping bags, right from the comfort of your office. No catalogs to sift through or phone calls to make (unless, of course, you’re into that). All 85 choices, from translucent frosted bags to glossy laminate finishes, are at your disposal as soon as you click on the link.
NOTE: We offer free samples for all gift bags. Once you decide which bag you like, request a free sample. We’ll even let you choose which color you’d it to come in. The bag will be imprinted with artwork selected at random, to give you an idea of how a logo/branding looks on it. We’ll ship it out to you right away, so you can see the product in person – we know you won’t be disappointed.
Step 2: Select a color. Some of our bags, such as the brown recycled kraft promotional bag, are only available in a single color, so no selection will need to be made. We recommend choosing one based on your artwork or messaging, as well as your brand personality.
Step 3: Select a quantity. Keep in mind, the more you order, the greater your savings will be per bag. When you enter the quantity needed, pricing will automatically adjust! Right on the product page you can see 1.) How much you’re paying per bag, 2.) The discount received, and 3.) The total cost for your order – all in an instant.
Step 4: Now comes the fun part: customization! At this step, you’ll be taken to a new window to choose ink colors, fonts, and any other visuals you’d like included. You can choose to add text, an image or both. You can type right into our text box and change the font, make it bigger, bold it, italicize it. All can be reviewed online in seconds flat.
For customers that prefer us to create a design or other artwork, there is also the option to click “Let us do it for you!” at this step. You can click on “Contact me” and continue to check out, and our design artists will get to work creating your dream branding.
Whichever option you choose at this step, you will have the option to send us “Special Instructions” where you can tell us anything you’d like to help us bring your vision to life.
If you experience any trouble with this step, you always have the option to click “Contact Me”. This allows you to finish checking out, and then connect with one of our design artists to discuss the best way to hand off your text and image for customization. Whether you choose to upload your text and image during Step 4 or ask to be contacted, you’ll receive an eProof mock up in 1-2 business hours for your review. We will never produce anything without your explicit approval of design.
Should you experience any confusion, please don’t hesitate to call or “Chat Now” with us. We have product specialists on standby to help sort out any issues you may face while placing your order.
Step 5: Click “Add to Cart”. At this step, you can review your order to ensure everything is correct. To make any changes, click “Update Customization” to go back to Step 4. When everything looks good, enter your zip code for an estimate of delivery date and shipping fees. You’ll have several options, from UPS Ground to Next Day Air Early.
If you need to rush your order, we can work with you to get it out the door as soon as possible. Please note, rush items may have limited availability in color options, but we’ll do our best to get you exactly what you want.
Step 6: Click “Proceed to Checkout”. Here, you’ll enter your shipping information and choose your shipping method. You’ll also have the opportunity to create an account at ePromos, which gives you $50 off your 1st order! Here you may also choose to use your own UPS account or request a “guaranteed delivery by” date. Once completed, you’ll be given an estimated delivery date as well as the total shipping charges. If you’re happy with those, click “Save and Continue”.
Step 7: Next, you’ll be prompted to either sign in or check out as a guest, and then add in your billing, shipping and payment information. Options here include using a credit card, purchase order, money check, or wire. You can also opt to “Save and Pay Later”. After filling out your preferred payment form, click “Save and Continue”.
Step 8: It’s time to review your order! You’ll want to pay extra attention that all information you’ve entered is correct, from bag style and quantity to shipping address and delivery. If anything is amiss, simply click “edit” to re-enter any information requiring updating. If everything is correct, click “Save”.
Step 9: This is your order confirmation page! You’ll be given an order number. A Brand Consultant will be in touch with you shortly to discuss next steps, as well as email you an eProof of your order to approve. Remember, we won’t begin producing your custom bags until you approve the eProof we send you.
Collaborating with ePromos Specialists
When you choose ePromos to produce your custom shopping bags, you’re not just ordering with us – you’re working alongside us (but don’t worry, we’ll do all the heavy lifting). We make every effort to ensure we’ve captured your vision. There are several ways to collaborate with our team, who is eager to get to work on your customized goods!
Logo Design – If your branding is still a work in progress, we can help to complete it! Our team of talented graphic designers will whip up 5 unique designs and 2 revisions for only $300 with any order. We’ll incorporate any ideas or special requests you might have into the design, too. If this is the route you’d like to go, when placing an order, simply click “Let us do it for you!”. Our team will contact you in 1-2 hours to get started on your brand-new custom design.
Artwork Services – Not in love with your current design? Let our graphic artists create a new one for you or polish up your existing material. We can work from rough sketches, a simple description, or through a quick conversation. Bonus: we offer free simple typesetting of your name and message.
Promotional Product Rush¬ – Need your order now? We know you’re probably freaking out, but we’ve got good news. We have over 4,000 products that can be shipped out in 1 business day, and shipping methods as early as Next Day Air Early. You’ll be paired with a Promotions Specialist who will handle all the logistics of getting your order out the door ASAP – and accurately!
Business Gift Packaging – Packaging can be a logistical nightmare for businesses, which is why we’re happy to provide it for our customers. Whether you need special embellishments or additional assembly, we can make it happen. We’re custom experts – let us take care of it for you!
Online Company Stores – Selling your own branded gear and apparel is a huge feat… and a lot of work. Let us shoulder the work by running your virtual store and supplying your custom products. We’ll take care of everything from inventory management to shipping, both which save you warehouse space and man-hours. You’ll receive regular up-to-date sales and inventory reports that outline what’s selling, and when it’s time to reorder. To get your online store started, send us an email at email@example.com.
Custom Merchandise – Need something you can’t find anywhere else? We’ve got you covered. We can work with overseas resources to get your hands on products no one else has. This is a fantastic way to make sure your promotional products stands out against the competition. All you need to do is shoot us an email to get started, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your ePromos custom shopping bags (and any of our products!) are designed to your every specification. We work hard to ensure every customer is a happy customer. We look forward to taking your shopping bags to the next level with our custom branding process. Start browsing our selection of paper gift bags or plastic gift bags today!