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5 Steps to Achieving Your Goals

45 hours ago

If you’ve ever watched a TED talk or listened to any of your teachers in school, you’ll know that setting goals are the stepping stones to getting where you want to be in life. You watch o...

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Branding 101: What Makes a Brand Powerful

Mar 23

A powerful brand is more than just a great logo and a mission statement (although those certainly lay the groundwork for any brand.) We live in a time where competition rises up on every corner, and t...

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Swing, Batter! The Best MLB Promotions

Mar 16

Looking beyond the peanuts and Cracker Jacks, there are some creative new promotions heading to major league baseball stadiums this season!  The tradition of these MLB giveaways dates all the way...

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A Lunch That Packs a Punch

Mar 09

Description: 3 Section Lunch Container Industry: Healthcare What it was purchased for: A hospital was looking for a unique lunch packet for nurses, doctors, and anyone else employed at any of the ho...

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Case Study: Pull Up a Chair and Stay Awhile

Mar 02

Description: Foldable Chair Industry: Education/Sports What it was purchased for: A high school wanted to purchase an item they could resell to the parents in the spirit shop for fundraising dollars...

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6 Products Perfect for Pampering Mom on Mother's Day

Feb 24

Add your branding to these products and pamper moms everywhere on Mother’s Day with these promo products essential for rest, relaxation and promoting your brand!    1.  Woo...

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Case Study: Success on Campus

Feb 16

A large university needed a useful tool to promote its school app to students and faculty because it wanted to use the app to communicate important college news and upcoming events. Since most st...

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5 Unique Rainy-Day Promotional Products to Keep You Covered!

Feb 09

Unpredictable weather is a shared experience in life. No matter your age, geographical location, job, or personality, it will always rain. These unique and functional promotional products are sure to ...

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Case Study: A

Feb 02

Organization Tanning Salon Product Featured Polyester Lanyard Goal of Promotion To create new clients for salon Description of Case History A tanning salon wanted a creative way to give out a...

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8 Promo Products That Will Kick Start Your Goals

Jan 26

We all want to live healthier, sleep deeper, and work better. These motivational promotional products will help kickstart goals and increase your brand visibility! Exercise Band Let's get physical...

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Case Study: Life of the Mardi

Jan 19

 Market: HospitalityObjective: With their event scheduled close to Mardi Gras, event planners wanted to provide a themed goodie package for attendees with giveaways from event sponsors. The...

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Lanyards: Everything You Need to Know

Jan 12

When it's time to choose the perfect lanyard for your company or organization, you may not be aware of all the things to consider when purchasing your new supplies. Lanyards come in many different sty...

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Why You Should Buy USA-Made

Jan 04

During times of growing uncertainty in the global markets, customers are becoming more and more interested in purchasing American-made items. Buying American-made is about more than just patriotism &n...

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8 Paw-some Promotional Products for Dogs and Dog Lovers

Dec 28, 2019

Whether you work with animals or want to show that your business is pet-friendly, there are plenty of products that will win over every dog breed! Here are 8 of our favorite pet products.   Col...

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Case Study: Keeping Colds at Bay, One Spritz at a Time

Dec 21, 2019

  Keeping Colds at Bay, One Spritz at a Time Organization High School Product Featured Spray Hand Sanitizer Goal of Promotion To promote good health for the winter season Description of C...

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10 Luxurious Products for Your VIP Customers

Dec 14, 2019

Most people crave the feeling of class, power, and status that comes with enjoying luxury products. Those who claim they don’t, just haven't gotten a chance to experience it for free. So, what b...

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Case Study: Where Has Your Pen Been?

Dec 06, 2019

  Products Javalina Splash® Pen   Industry Technology   Application Contest   An internet company created a branded website for a promotion called “Where has yo...

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Drive Traffic with These 6 Trade Show Ideas

Nov 29, 2019

Tradeshows are important opportunities for your company to reach out to customers and prospects face-to-face and make lasting impressions. Make sure you’re prepared with the proper supplies to e...

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How Promo Products Can Make a Lasting Impression

Nov 22, 2019

How would you describe your company in 30 seconds?  This common sales technique is known as an elevator pitch, and the goal is to captivate the attention of your potential clients and explain ho...

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Perk up Your Promotions With These 6 Coffee Products

Nov 15, 2019

Coffee enthusiasts will love these promotional products that look like they’re straight from the coffee shop! Millions of people drink coffee and tea every day, even multiple times a day which m...

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6 USA-Made Products Especially for Kids

Nov 08, 2019

Who didn’t enjoy getting to dig through the prize basket after a trip to the dentist or the bank? It’s a fact – children love giveaways. Get your brand, school, or organization in fr...

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Your Product Decorating Questions Answered

Nov 01, 2019

You encounter promo products every single day. You hold them, wear them, and maybe even smell them. But, did you know every one of these products goes through an extensive design process, whether that...

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Case Study: Look, Ma, No Hands!

Oct 24, 2019

Description: Auto Air Vent Magnetic Phone Mount Industry: Technology What it was purchased for: A technology business was looking for a giveaway item that was unique but also fit within their budget...

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Your Guide to Promotional Shirts

Oct 24, 2019

If you've ever run a 5k or attended a basketball game, chances are you've got a promotional shirt in your drawers somewhere. According to PPAI's 2019 Consumer Study, wearables are the #1 most popular ...

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Your Guide to Promotional Shirts

Oct 22, 2019

If you've ever run a 5k or attended a basketball game, chances are you've got a promotional shirt in your drawers somewhere. According to PPAI's 2019 Consumer Study, wearables are the #1 most popular ...

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Your Guide to Promotional Shirts

Oct 21, 2019

If you've ever run a 5k or attended a basketball game, chances are you've got a promotional shirt in your drawers somewhere. According to PPAI's 2019 Consumer Study, wearables are the #1 most popular ...

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Graphic Design Terms Everyone Should Know

Oct 17, 2019

It can be hard to communicate with a design team on a project when the designers speak their very own language. That’s why we have a rundown of words you may come across frequently that can save...

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Case Study: Financial Industry

Oct 10, 2019

  Products Javalina® Classic Pen   Industry Financial   Application Direct Mail   A local bank wanted to increase awareness of its low mortgage rates and decided to d...

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Case Study: It's in the Bag

Oct 02, 2019

Description Non-Woven Shopper Tote Bag Industry Bookstore What it was purchased for A large Metropolitan Community College Bookstore wanted to feature a reusable shopping bag to the students who ...

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Case Study: Raise Your Glass

Sep 25, 2019

The NY Yankees wanted to create special commemorative bottles to celebrate Derek Jeter’s accomplishments at Yankee Stadium. They chose 150 magnum-sized (1.5L) bottles with a special logo and Jet...

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Case Study: Inking Impressions

Sep 18, 2019

Portability and permanence are among the desirable traits sought in an effective promotional product. A company was looking for a unique self-promotion that incorporated these elements and decided on ...

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Case Study: A Gift to Build a Dream On

Sep 11, 2019

  Description: Medium Pillow Box Industry: Healthcare Personalization The pillow box was modeled after designs used at a charity golf tournament benefitting the hospital. Because children at ...

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10 Promo Products for Auto-Lovers

Sep 04, 2019

Grab your keys and prepare for a Bo Duke slide across the hood of your car. It’s time to take a look at 10 promo products for auto-lovers. For this list, we put together a travel-bag of gear wor...

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These Are the Tech-Savvy Promotional Products You Are Looking For

Aug 28, 2019

Technology advances exponentially. By the time you finish reading this article, you might be actually be reading it in some virtual reality café where Elvis is serving you a strawberry daiquiri...

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9 Promotional Products for Tech Wizards

Aug 20, 2019

Did you know that American consumers own, on average, at least three connected devices? Add your logo to these top tech accessories and your company will become a part of your customers’ daily l...

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How to Protect Your Business From Hackers

Aug 13, 2019

Business owners have a lot to lose in the event of an unfortunate data breach. From intellectual property to customer lists to bank account numbers, hackers have their eyes set on the most invaluable ...

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Ain't Nobody Got Time for That: 5 Tips for Working Efficiently

Aug 06, 2019

No one ever got anywhere by doing the bare minimum. Your growth depends on you getting as much done in as little time as possible. The five tips below will help you accomplish as much as possible each...

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6 Promotional Products That Put the “Fun” in Fundraiser

Jul 30, 2019

Promotional products can help your fundraising event get donors in the giving spirit and maximize the amount of money you raise for charity. These 6 products for fundraisers show off your charitable c...

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Case Study: Raise Your Glass!

Jul 23, 2019

Objective A local brewery wanted an eye-catching promotional item to place on tables that would boost their alcohol sales and highlight their weekly specials while encouraging enrollment for their ta...

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Case Study: Sharper Students

Jul 16, 2019

Description: Pencil Sharpener Industry: Construction What it was purchased for: A shipyard in a major city harbor has advocates who go out to local schools to promote shipbuilding. These advoca...

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Case Study: What Does Your Phone Stand For?

Jul 09, 2019

Product: Phone Stand Industry: Financial What it was purchased for: A local financial institution needed a giveaway item for current and potential clients. It had to be useful to keep their name in ...

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Case Study: A New Way to Do Cross-Promotions

Jun 03, 2019

  Clever Meets Subtle: A New Way to Do Cross-Promotions Organization: Department Store Product Featured: Lanyard with Vinyl Pouch  Goal of Promotion: Promoting Store Sales Description o...

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Case Study: It’s a Date!

May 27, 2019

Description: Desk Calendar Industry: Insurance What it was purchased for: A local insurance agent wanted a way to connect with customers, and capture new leads, with a useful promotional item that w...

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4 Steps to #Winning Social Media

May 20, 2019

Social media is one of the fastest growing and ever-changing media platforms in existence. What began as an online community for the younger generations, now encompasses billions of people across the ...

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8 Promotional Products to Win Game Day

May 12, 2019

From Friday night lights, Saturday morning tailgating, to Sunday watch parties, show support for your team with some promotional products for the win! Touchscreen Gloves Add your logo to these tou...

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Know Your Shades: 4 Types of Iconic Sunglasses

May 05, 2019

“The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.” - Timbuk 3Sunglasses have been and always will be one of the most popular promotional products. Why? Because practically everyone wears...

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5 Promo Products That Are Bright, Light, and Ready to Excite

Apr 28, 2019

  Looking for some promotional products to outshine the competition? Need some LED magic to illuminate your brand? We’ve got you covered with this selection of super fun promotional produc...

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10 Must-Have Tech Products and Accessories

Apr 21, 2019

If you want to give your brand a modern and fresh new identity try throwing some cutting-edge tech gadgets into your marketing mix. The wave of wireless charging options, portable speakers, and wearab...

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Case Study: Rock out on the Run

Apr 13, 2019

Description: Earbuds With a Wristband Industry: Marathon What it was purchased for: A sponsor was looking for an item or items that runners/walkers could be given at the race that they could us...

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Case Study: Computer Repair At Your Fuzzy Fingertips

Apr 06, 2019

A computer repair store attended a local home show and wanted something useful but unique to attract attendees to their booth. They also wanted something that would keep their name top of mind when th...

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6 Promotional Products to Fit Your Budget

Mar 30, 2019

Branding: it’s something that every company needs but there can be a common misconception that you need a large budget to get started. That’s not the case! Branding and promoting your comp...

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The Best Promotional Products for Sports Fanatics

Mar 23, 2019

With football season right around the corner, people are gearing up to support their favorite teams.  Whether they’re grilling hot dogs at a tailgate or cheering in the stands, fans love we...

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How to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Mar 16, 2019

Do you ever find that no matter how hard you're working, you're not getting the results you want? You put in the long hours at the office, you answer every email, you skip lunch, and yet you're still ...

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Case Study: Charity Fundraiser

Mar 08, 2019

The organizer of a charity fundraiser wanted to add an element of fun and excitement to their door prize giveaways. As each guest arrived, they were given a Mardi Gras Jubilee pen and instructions to ...

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Case Study: Beach Balls? Bingo!

Mar 01, 2019

Description: Beach Ball Industry: Tourism What it was purchased for: The customer was looking for a low-cost, family-friendly summer giveaway item to promote their city's summer tourism program in t...

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5 Outside-the-Box Promotional Products for Your Next School Order

Feb 22, 2019

If you’ve ever placed an order for promotional products for a school, you have probably seen your fair share of t-shirts and baseball caps. And trust us, those are definitely important! Wearable...

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Case Study: 3D is the Key

Feb 15, 2019

A company was looking for unique items to commemorate the celebration of its 45th year in business. They wanted to incorporate a new logo that communicated the anniversary as well as the range of prod...

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Case Study: Resort Incentive Yields Oceans of Opportunity

Feb 08, 2019

A five-star resort that frequently hosts corporate events for Fortune 500 companies wanted to reach out to corporate guests to entice them to return for family vacations. The goal was for the guests t...

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6 Things You're Missing out on by Not Using Promotional Products

Jan 31, 2019

Promotional products aren't just for niche industry operations. Whether you are a small organization looking to grow your business, or an established company wanting to reach a new market, a product b...

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7 Sources to Boost Your Creativity

Jan 24, 2019

Feeling stumped? Uninspired? Fresh out of ideas? Thanks to the wonderful gift that is the World Wide Web, creative inspiration is just a few clicks away. These are some of our favorite sources to get ...

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Case Study: College Fair Giveaway

Jan 17, 2019

Description: 4" Mini Plush Buddies Frog with Shirt Industry: Education What it was purchased for: A community college was looking for a giveaway item to have at their booth for the upcoming college ...

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Case Study: Improve Sales and Traffic

Jan 10, 2019

A hotel wanted to promote its amenities to guests in a personable, yet non-intrusive manner. The goal was to encourage guests to utilize hotel amenities instead of going off-site to fulfill their need...

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8 Dental Products That Will Make You Smile

Jan 03, 2019

Promotional products are great for handing out after patient visits, at conferences and events, or to have available in your reception area. Here are our 8 favorite dental promotional products that he...

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5 Promotional Products That Will Have Your Clients Dreaming

Dec 27, 2018

There are a lot of branding opportunities that go unnoticed in a world of t-shirts and coffee mugs. In fact, there’s an entire industry that spends every waking hour thinking of ways to help you...

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Case Study: A Picture is Worth...a Nice Donation

Dec 19, 2018

Description: Folded Photograph Card Industry: Fundraising What it was purchased for: A historical preservation society needed invitations for their annual dinner. A board member donated their photog...

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3 Things Every Busy Professional Needs

Dec 12, 2018

If there’s one thing we never have enough of, it’s time. We haven’t quite figured out a way to freeze time yet, but we have found ways to save it. If you’re a busy professional...

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Case Study: Recycle, Reuse, Read a Book!

Dec 05, 2018

Product: Non-Woven Shopper Tote Bag Industry: Bookstore What it was purchased for: A large college bookstore wanted to feature a reusable shopping bag for students. The goal was to get the students ...

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5 Ways to Boost Employee Morale

Nov 28, 2018

When it comes to building a successful company culture, maintaining positive employee attitude is key. Not only are happy employees more productive, but your company is also more likely to attract and...

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Branding 101: Let’s Talk Logos

Nov 21, 2018

A logo is often a company’s first impression and it can impact a customer’s perception, purchase decisions and overall attitude toward your company. A logo is a symbol or graphic element t...

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Boost Branding

Nov 13, 2018

A local insurance agent wanted a way to connect with her customers and capture new leads with a useful promotional item that would also boost her personal branding and promote her services all year ro...

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'Tis the Season to Bring out Our Favorite Holiday Gift Ideas!

Nov 07, 2018

It’s that time again! The holidays are around the corner and you’re probably thinking about everything you need to do between now and the new year. For most of us, that includes client and...

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Case Study: Pillow Box

Nov 06, 2018

Objective A children's hospital wanted to send a thank you gift package to donors. They wanted patients to be able to add a personalized touch to the gift to connect donors better to the cause. Prod...

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5 Military Themed Promotional Products

Oct 30, 2018

We’ve got camouflage. We’ve got utility. We’ve got plenty of “olive drab” to go around. If you are looking for products that appeal to military personnel and their famili...

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10 Promotional Products for Healthy Living

Oct 23, 2018

We all strive to be our best selves, but sometimes it’s easier said than done. We can all make excuses to make unhealthy choices. Your niece has a birthday and it would seem rude to turn down th...

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Case Study: Plastics Make it Possible

Oct 16, 2018

Description: Oasis Recycled Bottle Pen Industry: Chemicals What it was purchased for: Trade Show Giveaways How it was distributed: A chemical company needed something to give away at a tradeshow. T...

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You Need More Cowbell

Oct 09, 2018

Description: Cowbell Industry: Sporting Events, Athletics What it was purchased for: A charity marathon coordinator wanted a giveaway that spectators could use to cheer on their runners. They chose ...

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25 Insane Facts About Promotional Products

Oct 01, 2018

You don’t have to work in the field of promotional products to notice the impact they can have on any organization’s marketing efforts. As the most effective medium of advertising across a...

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Top 8 Promotional Products for Real Estate Professionals

Sep 24, 2018

If you work in real estate, you know that your field generates billions of dollars in revenue per year in residential, commercial and industrial sectors. And you could pocket a good amount of that yie...

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5 Office Toys That Will Bring Your Brand Joy

Sep 17, 2018

  Look around your office and you will probably find that your coworkers’ desktops are riddled with a variety of knick-knacks, toys, puzzles, and stress balls. Office toys are a great way ...

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Lunchtime Loot

Sep 17, 2018

A restaurant supply company was planning its annual company picnic for employees and their families. Every year, the company gives employees a nice gift in the $10 range. This year, the company chose ...

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Contest

Feb 01, 2018

Universal Creative Concepts wants to reward creativity, resourcefulness & success with our 2018 Bragging Rights Contest! In today’s world of posts, tweets and snap chats, you know that prom...

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Success Story: Nintendo

Feb 23, 2018

Success stories are a great way to get inspiration and ideas for your company or organization. Customize the idea to fit your organization and leverage the experience and expertise of your Universal C...

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Bragging Rights Contest

Feb 13, 2018

Want to enter the 2018 Bragging Rights Contest but not sure how to start? Here is a simple outline to keep in mind when telling your story: The Situation: What was the event, campaign, contest or We...

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2017 Year in Review: Promotional Products Industry

Jan 15, 2018

Promotional Products Trends The Fidget Spinner Takeover   For everyone who works in the promotional products world, it was impossible to avoid all the fidget spinner headlines this year. Be ...

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5 Awesome Recreational Wearables

Jul 01, 2019

Did you know that wearables are the #1 best-received promotional product? Add your logo to these fresh wearables and make your brand a walking advertisement with innumerable impressions all year long!...

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Advice for Getting the Most Out of a Business Trip

Jun 24, 2019

Traveling for business can be a hectic experience if you approach your upcoming trip without any preparation. As with everything else in the world, there is an art to getting the most out of business ...

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O Canada! 6 Promotional Products Made in Canada

Jun 17, 2019

From sea to sea, Canada is a large and beautiful country that produces a wide range of products. There are so many Canadian-made products to choose from, but we worked hard to narrow it down to a shor...

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6 Things You're Missing Out on by Not Using Promotional Products

Jun 10, 2019

Promotional products aren’t just for niche industry operations. Whether you are a small organization looking to grow your business, or an established company wanting to reach a new market, a pro...

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