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4 Reasons it’s all About Laser Engraving This Year


No doubt you’ve seen the latest and greatest stainless steel water bottles and sports bottles etched with a big, bold company name or logo. Whether it’s a lux fitness boutique, high end wellness brand or, even, a major fashion label, these engraved bottles have become the ultimate status symbol – they’re chic, versatile, good for the environment and, with this added etching, have an even sleeker and more upscale look that brands and consumers can’t get enough of.

Us included. So, we’re getting in on the action, just in time for the New Year gifting season.

 

Here are four reasons why we’re loving these bottles:

#1. They’re cool.

Everyone wants one – and the top brands out there know it. Laser engraved bottles and tumblers have fast emerged as one of the hottest promotional items in the market, and in-the-know brands are snatching them up. We’re seeing them everywhere from luxury real estate offices to posh fitness studios to small businesses and startups, media brands, retailers and more. They’re cool, they’re in-demand and they’re super versatile – it’s a winning combination.

Laser Engraved Bottle with Personalization#2. They’re super personal.

We innately crave personalized experiences – gifts included. When you hand your client an engraved bottle or tumbler that’s custom to them, they feel like they’re getting something special that no one else has.

While that jolt of happiness is a plus, it’s just the beginning. When someone feels they’re getting a custom gift, they instantly feel more in control and more engaged. That’s powerful – and that can drive the recipient to be more successful as a result. Think about it for a minute – you’re giving your client an engraved bottle and setting them up for more success in the year ahead. Talk about a serious bonus…

#3. They’re the ultimate “kick start the New Year” gift.

Put it all together and it’s no surprise this engraved drinkware collection is already a top seller for us – and we’ve only offered it on these bottles for just under a month. Consider gifting these as a “fresh start” to the New Year. Promote staying healthy and hydrated in the office while, at the same time, encouraging an eco-friendly workplace. Did you know we now consume over one million plastic bottles per minute? These water bottles offer a great opportunity to counteract that.

#4. They’re a great way to get the word out.

And, of course, there’s the benefit to your business. Because these bottles are so sought-after and so portable, yours will no doubt pop up everywhere from boardrooms to conferences to carpools. With more customer usage – and more people asking, “hey, where’d you get that bottle?” – you’ll get more exposure for your brand and your messaging. That’s always a plus.

And for a Bonus #5. We’re offering SPECIAL Beginning of the Year pricing…

Need another reason to start engraving? We’ve got it: for a limited time, we’re now offering a low-cost, high-value engraving option on five popular pieces from our drinkware collection. For a $1.50 run charge and $60 set up fee, add custom engraving (your customers name, for example):

It’s the ultimate gift at the ultimate price – get in touch to learn more, to request a sample and to get your orders in now.

Cheers to a happy, healthy, hydrated New Year!


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First Look: Top Promotional Product Trends of 2019


Today was an exciting day in the Promo world – The first trade show of the year, hosted by ASI, in Orlando, FL. We walked the aisles to scout out the hottest and newest promotional product trends to bring back so you can be the first to deliver these gems to your clients. The early bird gets the worm, after all. Here’s a first look;  Trust us, you won’t want to miss this.

The “Glam” Trend

Colors like gold, silver, iridescent and rose-gold made a widespread appearance this year. These items, with their Hollywood-inspired brilliance, were seen on metallic trimmed totes, lip-balm, Koozies® and drinkware.

A group of Metallic Promos

Also notable within this category were upscale-looking pieces such as these sunglasses and quilted tumbler.

Chanel-Like Quilted Tumbler, Upscale Glasses

The Safety Trend

Safety has been, and should always be, a priority, but safety items are rarely top of mind when selecting a corporate gift. This flashlight is something that anyone who drives a car should have, therefore making it not only a useful gift, but one that will be remembered for years to come. Equipped with a flashlight, magnet, glass breaker and seat-belt cutter, this potential life-saving item can be stored in a dashboard for easy access in case of an emergency.

Safety Flashlight

Also topping the charts – reflective gear in all shapes and sizes. We love this backpack –  shown below is what it looks like in daytime (on the left) and night-time (on the right).

Reflective Backpack

The Wireless-Charging Trend

Introduced in 2018, the wireless charge trend is far from over. Our favorite must-have item? This 2-in-1 wireless charging portfolio, a fantastic choice for financial companies, lawyers and tech conferences, just to name a few. Why do we love it so much? Among other features, it comes with a built-in phone stand and a USB dock to cater to those recipients whose phones are not wireless charge compatible.

Our 2-in-1 Wireless Charging Portfolio

The Give-Back Trend

Also tied into “Cause Marketing” is the idea of people choosing to invest in products or businesses that give back in some way. Social responsibility matters to people, and we’re thrilled this phenomenon has extended to the promotional products world. Last year, we introduced you to Basecamp® , a leading outdoor brand supported by Dan Nevins. This year, we’re inspired by a company called Woodchuck® who offer USA-made items made of Cedar, Walnut or Mahogany. Woodchuck plants a tree each time an order is placed. Not impressed? Wait until you receive your order. A custom code will be included on a card which allows you to track your exact tree.

Woodchuck Items

The Retail-Inspired Trend

Still consider promotional products to be cheap swag? Think again. These beach resort-like bags have us swooning, and there’s ALOT more where this is coming from (at a fraction of the price of buying these beauties retail). The main takeaway? Don’t settle for the items you’ve ordered time and time again. 2019 is all about touting branded promos that look as if they came off the shelf of your favorite retailer.

Beach Resort Inspired Bags

The “Spending More Time Outdoors” Trend

Custom folding chairs, cooler bags, fleece blankets, and camping accessories are all the hype this year, many in deep rich colors and Tartan and Gingham patterns. Our top outside-the-box picks? The first, this 64 oz. Manna® Stack Growler, which comes with 4 stainless steel cups and keeps liquids cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. It basically screams “Go plan a camping trip (and don’t forget the soup!)”.

Manna Stack Growler

The second item that caught our attention was this fold-able solar power charger. Any tech-lover or tech-addict (Nomophobia, anyone?) will appreciate this giveaway, as it uses the sun to charge your clients (many) devices. Encourage them to keep one in their car, another in their luggage, and one at home (just in case the power goes out!).

Our Solar Power Charger

The Modern Trend

Modern textures, colors, wood-tones and marbles are – literally – everywhere (and we’re loving it). Consider adding a product with a high-end look and feel to your marketing mix this year.

2019 Marble Look and Feel

 

There you have it, folks! A fresh look at some of the hottest promotional product trends for 2019. Love these items and can’t wait to have them? Get in touch. We’re proud to be your trusted partner for all things promo. Stay tuned for takeaways from our next big show, the PPAI Expo, in Las Vegas later this month.

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