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WHAT’S YOUR TAGLINE?

Jun 16

How do you determine what your company stands for in just a couple words?  As a promotional product distributor, we put our customers’ logos on everything.  I really mean EVERYTHING! &...

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THE NEXT BIG THING!

Jun 07

Have you started considering what you might need to promote your brand this summer?  Fun Spinners are a HIT right now!  Check out this 3D version.  Your customers will be mesmerized and...

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN NAMED ONE OF THE FITTEST CITIES IN THE US!

May 30

According to www.usatoday.com, “The nation’s capital was closely followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul and Denver as the second- and third-fittest of the 50 metro areas, accordin...

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BE UNIQUE!

May 26

Sometimes we really “hit the nail on the head” with our drinkware.  We could hardly keep our Yeti mugs in supply when they first became popular. The popularity of our version of Sw...

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WEDNESDAY MARKETING MINUTE

May 24

Last week we had an inspiring presentation by Raining Rose, the Lip Balm Company.  They truly have an excellent marketing team and deliver some awesome ideas for growing your business.  ...

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THAT MN WEATHER THOUGH…

May 23

If you’re from Minnesota or the collective Midwestern part of the United States, this picture will speak for itself.  Poor little Elin started out her day wearing a cute summer dress on a n...

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MILLENNIALS: YOUR #TARGETMARKET

May 11

How are you trying to reach your target market?  On what are you spending your advertising and marketing budget?  Personally, I believe you want a well-rounded marketing plan that includes&n...

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WHAT DOES IMPRINT SPACE MEAN?

May 09

The imprint space is basically the size of your “ad space” on an object.  On a pen, this space is extremely small (1 3/4″ W x 1/2″ H).  A space this size can usually ...

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#TBT WE’RE 20 YEARS OLD THIS YEAR!

May 04

The year was 1997 and it was a lovely spring.  Pam says Corporate Recognition was born in the beginning of April.  Inspired by her previous employer, Black Forest in Owatonna, Pam and Ryan d...

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I LEARN SOMETHING NEW IN THIS INDUSTRY EVERY DAY.

May 02

Whether I’m learning a new procedure for order processing, acclimating to a new software system, or  learning where our products come from, I would safely say I learn 10 plus new things a d...

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BECOME A CONNOISSEUR OF PENS!

Apr 20

You should really consider the quality of pen you give out to customers.  The better the quality, the longer the pen will last.  The longer the pen lasts, the longer your customers will...

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I’M ON A BOAT! …WITH MY FLIPPY FLOPPIES.

Apr 19

It’s getting HOT out!  Even in Minnesota.  Have you put your winter coat in storage and pulled out your flip flops and sandals yet?  We have, and so have your employees and custom...

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#THROWBACKTHURSDAY!

Apr 13

(Kate Harthan being awarded by the Owatonna Business Women for the Young Careerist achievement)   Happy four year anniversary, Kate! You have been doing so much for Corporate Recognition these...

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HUMPDAY INSPIRATION – LEADERSHIP EDITION

Apr 12

Today Kate and I went to a webinar that was sponsored by Express Employment called “Refresh Leadership.”  The intention of the event was to teach us how to be better leaders, team pla...

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NURSES WEEK IS MAY 6TH THROUGH MAY 12TH

Apr 11

Do you remember the last time you were sick and had to go to the hospital?  Maybe you even had to stay overnight.  More than likely you spent more time with your nurse than you did the docto...

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Do your tattoos hop?

Apr 06

  Does your company have a mascot, animal associated with your logo, or just something cool in your branding?  Follow this link to view a quick video of how these work.  ...

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Guess what day it is???? HUMP DAY!

Apr 05

It's definitely Wednesday.  I missed all four of my alarms today, and was 15 minutes late to work.  And I'm not wearing makeup... How's your Wednesday?  If you're struggling on this lov...

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What's in YOUR napkin?

Apr 05

Here are some marketing ideas for this simple napkin! Reunions/graduation:  put the date of the event and your preferred image (logo for class reunion, for example) and list of names in the grad...

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Here's a little something to grow with your business!

Apr 04

Do you work with a lot of upcoming businesses?  Here's a neat marketing idea to show your support!  Give new customers, new business, or new employees a little something to GROW with their b...

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DON’T BE AN INTERRUPTION – #HUMPDAY INSPIRATION

Mar 29

We’ve hit midweek and sometimes people start to lose motivation.  Five o’clock on Friday is just in reach, and we want to start thinking about our weekend plans.  Let’s try...

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HOW DO YOU GROW YOUR BUSINESS? REFERRALS!

Mar 28

Coincidentally, right after we launched our referral campaign, I received a post card from our local BNI chapter.  There were two quotes: “FACT:  98% of businesses rely on referr...

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GET ’EM WHILE THEY’RE HOT! (OR COLD)

Mar 27

Everybody loves a Tervis tumbler!  They’re extremely durable and come with a lifetime warranty.  Dishwasher safe and can hold hot or cold liquids.  Get yours ON SALE with a full c...

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#TGIF

Mar 24

What are your plans this weekend?  Do you have a “nice little Saturday” planned? (Shout out to Old School – Will Ferrell) Maybe you’re hanging out with some friends or you...

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Save The Date - 3/22/2017

Mar 22

I just stumbled across an article highlighting ways to advertise with chocolate.  I thought this was a great idea for engaged couples or people thinking of clever Save The Date or Invitation idea...

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THE CLIMB

Mar 22

Follow the link above to view pricing on this recognition or achievement award.  Do you have employees that make the climb for you?  I used to work for a financial and insurance firm.  ...

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Tech Tuesday - 3/21/2017

Mar 21

Ever stay in a hotel or vacation rental and realize you had to bring your own forms of entertainment?  What if hotels had Bluetooth speakers in every room?  Or, at least offered them upon re...

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EARTH DAY IS SATURDAY, 4/22/17

Mar 17

What does your business do to give back to the corporate community, or the community in which your business thrives?  Here, at the office we try make an environmental impact regularly.  We r...

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#TBT - 3/16/2017

Mar 16

Kate and Pam have been working hard on our September 20th End User Showcase.  That’s right!  They’ve been hard at work on this from the start of January, even though it’s n...

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TRENDING PRODUCTS

Mar 15

This has been a VERY popular seller!  We can do this bottle in plastic or steel with several imprint options.  Click the image below to see for a description, or stop by the showroom. ...

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#TBT 3/9/17

Mar 09

Happy TBT!  Kate has finished up our memorial wall and it’s full of lots of memories.  My favorites being the frames of Pam and Ryan’s first orders and the first dollar made. &nb...

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#MotivationMonday 2/27/17

Feb 27

The last snow storm really motivated me to consider a vacation.  Here in Minnesota, we had temperatures in the upper 50 degrees for several days.  I thought spring was just around the corner...

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Marketing Ideas 2/24/17

Feb 24

Spring is coming!  Are you ready for the wet and rainy season?  More importantly, are your customers ready?  Show how thoughtful you are by providing some attention to detail.  Own...

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#TBT Baby Elin 2/23/17

Feb 23

Throwing it back to when little miss Elin was just a wee babe!  She will be two in just a few weeks.  She used to spend her time sleeping on our desks, or sleeping and eating in our laps. &n...

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#TechTuesday 2/21/2017

Feb 21

Today we’ll review a new powerbook!  Sleek and stylish and comes in 4 colors:  pink, gold, black and silver.  You can have your logo screen printed in color or laser engraved. &nb...

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#TBT 2/16/2017

Feb 16

We’re gearing up to host the Owatonna Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours on Tuesday, February 28th.  There is so much to be done!  This week, we finalized our food plans....

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#MotivationMonday 2/14/17 (just a day late)

Feb 14

Happy Valentines Day from all of us at Corporate Recognition!  We are celebrating by eating some chocolate and I’m wearing a pair of earrings with little red hearts.  Yesterday was a b...

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#TGIF 2/10/17

Feb 10

TGIF!  What do YOU have planned this weekend?  I might be doing a lot of traveling to visit some friends I haven’t seen in a while.  Maybe a little shopping and then grab some lun...

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#MotivationMonday 2/6/17

Feb 06

When you just can’t adult today.  Monday is tough   Originally posted on Award Professional

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Let’s review some products! 2/3/17

Feb 03

Recently Kate and Matt attended the PPAI show in Las Vegas.  We just had a meeting to discuss new products and trending items.  Some of the latest trends are the use of reflective artwork on...

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#TBT 2/2/17

Feb 02

Going through our box of memories I stumbled upon this list of compliments Pam received from a BNI meeting she attended when Corporate Recognition was still a young company.  She said they had to...

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Picture Day! 2/1/17

Feb 01

Today was picture day at work!  I had a my first professional photo taken in our art studio.  You will soon get to see me on all of our company and employee pictures.  I can’t wai...

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Heart Health Month is approaching. Are you ready? 1/27/17

Jan 27

This is just something to keep in mind.  Next week marks the beginning of February, which is Heart Health Month.  This is a great way to say thanks to customers!  What better way to sho...

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#TBT Vacation Days! 1/26/17

Jan 26

#TBT to our first vacation in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic back in 2013.  Since then, we have decided to take a yearly respite to a tropical paradise.  This year, we are in Costa Ric...

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Product Review Wednesday! 1/25/17

Jan 25

Today I’m going to write about a couple products.  The first is a power bank I found in our showroom.  Recently, My Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has been having poor battery life.  I cha...

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#TBT First Ribbon Cutting at our New Location 1/23/17

Jan 23

This year is going to be full momentous occasions for us at CorpRec!  The year 2017 marks our 20th business anniversary.  We are finally settled in to our new, third location.  Today, t...

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Product Review Wednesday! 1/19/17

Jan 19

I have recently started working at Corporate Recognition.  Part of my training is to play with and research our promotional marketing products.  There are thousands upon thousands of product...

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MLK Day on #MotivationMonday 1/16/17

Jan 16

Today we met to discuss the success we had in our previous year. During our meeting I was distracted by ideas for #MotivationMonday on our social media pages. Trying to imagine unique ways to make us ...

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