7 Promo Products That Will Get the Party Started

2 days ago

Do you remember the birthday parties you went to when you were a kid? And the party favors you received at the end of the festivities? Sometimes, those parting gifts were the highlight of the party. B...

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9 Useful Apps for Sales & Marketing Professionals

Sep 13

Your phone’s ringing off the hook. You’ve got three meetings back to back. Emails are piling up in your inbox. And when you have a moment to book your next business trip, you wonder how yo...

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Case Study: Stick to the Schedule

Sep 06

Industry: Hospitality Personalization: A small sandwich shop wanted to increase their business during lunch hour. Their target market was people who worked near their restaurant. Method of Distribut...

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Case Study: What Does Your Phone Stand For?

Aug 30

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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The Best Promotional Products for Sports Fanatics

Aug 22

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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5 Men's Wearable Promotional Products for the Office and Beyond

Aug 15

  It’s fun giving out promotional products like fidget spinners and stress balls, but sometimes you need an option for the guy that likes to keep it a bit more professional. These business...

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7 Financial Products That Are a Great Investment

Aug 08

Finance-themed promotional products are a great marketing investment and help increase brand awareness and customer loyalty. These 7 products can be used as financial seminar gifts, banking giveaways,...

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Case Study: Raise Your Glass

Aug 01

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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Cook Up a Storm With These 5 Promotional Products

Jul 25

There are hundreds of cooking gadgets that claim to make people’s lives easier but many of them end up collecting dust in the junk drawer. We’ve found the best and most useful kitchen prod...

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Case Study: Keep Warm Buddy Set

Jul 18

Description: Keep Warm Buddy Set Industry: Education What it was purchased for: A local school was looking for a fundraiser item to help older kids raise money for an overnight camping trip. They ch...

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Customer Experience + Branding: The Relationship Goals of Marketing

Jul 11

Customer experience can make or break your company. How you and your employees treat customers directly reflects your brand’s values. But the truth is, positive customer experiences can be diffi...

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Branding 101: Let’s Talk Logos

Jul 03

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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6 High-Tech Promotional Products

May 29

It seems like there are new cutting-edge gadgets coming to market every day.  It’s getting hard to keep up with what is really going to make your life easier and what’s just hype. We&...

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7 Sources to Boost Your Creativity

May 21

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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Your Customers Won't Want to Remove These Promotional Products From Their Desks

May 14

At the end of the day, promotional products are really all about getting brands out in front of people to grow awareness and ultimately, increase sales! If you want to get strategic, there are a coupl...

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Cheers! Let’s Sell More Beer!

May 07

Description: Custom Wave Table Tent Industry: Hospitality What it was purchased for: A local brewery wanted an eye-catching promotional item to place on tables that would boost their alcohol sales, ...

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Case Study: Jot It Down

Apr 30

Description: Mini Flip Pad Jotter Industry: Financial What it was purchased for: An investment firm wanted to promote their new financial blog to their existing customers with a memorable branded it...

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8 Elegant & Engravable Promotional Products

Apr 23

The promotional products industry has become so successful for one reason: people like free stuff. It’s true! So, how do you know which of the millions of products you want to be associated with...

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3 Simple Ways to Boost Your Mood Right Now

Apr 16

Do you ever get a case of the Mondays…on a Thursday? We all get down sometimes, but that doesn’t mean we need to stay there. Whether someone said something that upset you, you’re st...

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Graphic Design Terms Everyone Should Know

Apr 08

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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Drive Traffic with These 6 Trade Show Ideas

Apr 01

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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5 Invaluable Marketing Books to Help Grow Your Brand

Mar 25

In the world of business, marketing trends are always evolving and it's easy to be overwhelmed. Sometimes you take one step forward only to be knocked two steps back. Luckily, there are endless resour...

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8 Paw-some Promotional Products for Dogs and Dog Lovers

Mar 18

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: Safety First

Mar 11

Product: Auto Safety Kit Industry: Banking What it was purchased for: As a gift to anyone who opened a new bank account for over $1,000.00. How it was distributed: The bank was looking for a brande...

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6 On-the-Go Products for Travelers

Mar 03

  Being prepared isn't just for the Scouts, it's good advice for anyone who lives life on the go! Add your logo to these hospitality and travel themed promotional products and your customers wil...

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What Millennials Want (And How to Work With Them)

Feb 24

Many people agree that there is a high demand to diversify the workforce with young specialists bearing fresh ideas and new perspectives. Furthermore, we need to prepare this growing generation for le...

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10 Promo Products for Auto-Lovers

Feb 17

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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6 Promotional Products That Put the “Fun” in Fundraiser

Feb 09

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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Why You Should Be Having More Fun at Work

Feb 02

In the past, the words “work” and “fun” were two very different concepts that could never be caught in the same sentence. The old school rationale taught us that if you are enj...

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Case Study: Getting Bent out of Shape for More Business

Jan 26

Product: Gel Stress Toy Client: Health Food Store What it was purchased for: As a gift to reward customers for spending over a certain amount. Why it worked: The gel stress toy which, unlike the fo...

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You Need More Cowbell

Jan 19

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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5 Corporate Gifts Your Clients Will Love

Jan 12

Corporate gifts are a great way to thank your clients for keeping you in business. When done right, they can also function as employee rewards/incentives. Here are a few of our favorite promotional pr...

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O Canada! 6 Promotional Products Made in Canada

Jan 05

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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9 Promotional Products for Tech Wizards

Dec 29, 2018

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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Case Study: Pull Up a Chair and Stay Awhile

Dec 21, 2018

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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Case Study: Raise Your Glass!

Dec 14, 2018

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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Improve Sales and Traffic

Dec 07, 2018

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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How to Make Resolutions You'll Actually Keep

Nov 30, 2018

As the new year rolls around, we are constantly writing out as many goals as we can think of. Unsurprisingly, these goals seem to fall short around mid-January. The only goals that are within your gra...

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25 Insane Facts About Promotional Products

Nov 23, 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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5 Out of the Box Promotional Products We Love…and You Will Too!

Nov 16, 2018

  We’ve all been stuck in the same rut while trying to come up with some original ideas to appeal to customers. Are you in need of some extra product inspiration? If so, here’s a lit...

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Case Study: A Hole in One Promotion

Nov 08, 2018

Product: Jumbo Cooler Bag Industry: Agriculture What it was purchased for: These bags were given out to participants in a company golf tournament. How it was distributed: All participants received ...

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Why You Need Promotional Products

Nov 01, 2018

In a world of ever-changing advertisement trends, there is one marketing solution that never grows old – promotional products. Studies show promotional products were ranked as the highest advert...

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6 Ways to Get More Done Every Day

Oct 25, 2018

From the moment you get to work in the morning, you’re probably planning all the things you intend to get done. By the time you head home, you may wonder how the day got away from you! We’...

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6 Promo Products for the Great Outdoors

Oct 18, 2018

A little branding goes a long way with these promo products perfect for the great outdoors! By adding your logo to these six sturdy items, your brand can be seen on hiking trails, huddled around a cam...

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Case Study: Computer Repair At Your Fuzzy Fingertips

Oct 11, 2018

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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5 Ways to Boost Employee Morale

Oct 03, 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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5 Awesome Recreational Wearables

Sep 26, 2018

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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Top 8 Promotional Products for Real Estate Professionals

Sep 19, 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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Graphic Design Terms Everyone Should Know

Sep 12, 2018

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 you f...

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10 Tweetable Quotes for Motivation

Sep 05, 2018

People love quotes. That’s probably why 30% of retweets on Twitter are quote-related. You can tap into that trend by posting engaging and entertaining quotes on your company’s account. How...

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Your Brand Is Your Business - Market It!

Aug 29, 2018

As a marketing professional, you understand better than anyone the importance of establishing a distinct brand presence for your company. People gravitate to those they identify with and can trust wit...

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Make Your 2018 Your Most Productive Year Yet!

Aug 22, 2018

Here you have it – a new year, a new, better you. Right? While we have faith that you’ll see your lofty ambitions and admirable goals through to 2019, statistics say a mere 8 percent of pe...

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How to Gain Inspiration in 5 Minutes

Aug 14, 2018

People demand a lot of creativity from professionals these days. We live in the era of media overload, where viral video marketing and colorful infographics have become accepted means of engaging an a...

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16 Ways Color Affects Your Branding and Marketing

Aug 07, 2018

Substantial research shows why color matters in branding and how it plays an important role in how we experience marketing. These 16 facts give you a glimpse into how you can use color to your advanta...

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7 Ways to Take Advantage of Your Lunch Break

Jul 31, 2018

Taking a lunch break is important. It’s a time when you can step away from your computer and have a little “me” time. Your lunch break should be a time when you can unplug and stop t...

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Appreciation Gift

Jul 24, 2018

A realtor wanted to give a thank-you gift to those who purchased a new home with them. They chose the LED Carbon Fiber Aluminum Flashlight. They printed their logo along with the tagline, "We wil...

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Advice for Getting the Most Out of a Business Trip

Jul 17, 2018

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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Boost Your Sales

Jul 10, 2018

A local winery at their annual fall festival was looking for a way to boost their sales on take-home bottles of wine. So, they gave away the imprinted Winged Corkscrew to anyone who purchased three bo...

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30 Quotes That Will Motivate You to Succeed

Jul 03, 2018

We all want to succeed in business and in life, but sometimes we could use an extra boost of motivation. Some of the most successful people we have ever known have failed many times before succeeding....

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4 Steps to #Winning Social Media

Jun 26, 2018

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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7 Promotional Products For Those On the Go

Jun 18, 2018

According to a 2016 AAA Foundation report, American drivers spend an average of more than 17,600 minutes behind the wheel each year. Now, imagine that someone is looking at products with your logo for...

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Jun 16, 2017

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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Jun 07, 2017

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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May 30, 2017

According to, “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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May 26, 2017

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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May 24, 2017

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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May 23, 2017

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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May 11, 2017

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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May 09, 2017

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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May 04, 2017

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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May 02, 2017

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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Apr 20, 2017

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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Apr 19, 2017

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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Apr 13, 2017

(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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Apr 12, 2017

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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Apr 11, 2017

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, 2017

  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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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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Mar 29, 2017

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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Mar 28, 2017

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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Mar 27, 2017

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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Mar 24, 2017

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, 2017

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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Mar 22, 2017

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, 2017

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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Mar 17, 2017

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, 2017

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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Mar 15, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

#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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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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5 Easy Ways to Achieve a Positive Outlook

Jun 26

One of the most powerful things you can do to set yourself up for success is practice the art of positive thinking. It's easy to let the struggles of everyday life control your attitude. But by practi...

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How to Protect Your Business From Hackers

Jun 19

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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Case Study: Look, Ma, No Hands!

Jun 12

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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8 Promotional Products to Win Game Day

Jun 05

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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