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Case Study: Real Modern Recognition

Jul 04

Market: FinanceProduct Use: Employee RecognitionPromotion: A wealth management firm selected the Samsonite Executive Computer Backpack as an employee recognition gift. At the company’s year-en...

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5 Environmentally-Friendly Promotional Products

Jun 27

How about that Earth, huh? She sure is something. Fortunately, there are plenty of people in the promotional products industry that feel the same way. In fact, we can offer you thousands of products t...

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How to be an Empathetic Leader and Still Get the Job Done

Jun 19

Empathy is the ability to feel the same emotions felt by someone else. This trait allows you to feel pain for a friend whose going through a divorce, or excitement for a sister who was recently propos...

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6 Promotional Products That Put Safety First

Jun 12

Whether it’s on a construction site, warehouse, or a laboratory, it’s always important to help your workers stay safe. Encourage your employees to make safe choices all year long with thes...

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You Can Bank on These 7 Promotional Products

Jun 05

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

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Imprint Everything: A Guide to Printing Methods

May 29

Once you’ve found the perfect promotional product for your business or organization, the next step is to emblazon it with your logo or message. Depending on the item, there may be multiple decor...

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School's in Session: 7 Essential Supplies for Students

May 22

Students are back in the classroom and parents are scrambling to purchase all of the necessary supplies on each teacher’s checklist. From three different types of pencils, calculators, and folde...

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

May 15

  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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Top 10 Promotional Product Ideas for the Construction Industry

May 08

Whether you’re working in the construction industry, cater to outdoor enthusiasts, or simply want to lead a company-wide safety session, having an array of timely, yet practical promotional prod...

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Let's Get Physical With These Activewear Promo Products

Apr 30

Activewear promotional products are a great option for company wellness programs, fitness centers, or any brand promoting an active lifestyle! Exercise is an important part of our overall wellness and...

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Case Study: Sometimes You Just Need to Vent

Apr 23

Description: Auto Air Vent Magnetic Phone MountIndustry: TechnologyWhat 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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5 Military Themed Promotional Products

Apr 16

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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Case Study: Boosting Trade Show Booth Traffic

Apr 09

The “Golden Lanyard” to Boosting Trade Show Booth Traffic   Organization: Health Care Organization   Product Featured: Cotton Water Bottle Strap   Goal of Promotion: D...

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Know Your Shades: 4 Types of Iconic Sunglasses

Apr 02

“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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Case Study: Let the Games Begin!

Mar 25

Product: Custom Malibu Sunglasses Industry: Automotive/Banking What it was purchased for: A car company wanted to find a product that would promote their brand at a local college BCS Bowl Games. Ho...

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6 Promotional Products to Fit Your Budget

Mar 18

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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How to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Mar 11

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: Keeping Colds at Bay, One Spritz at a Time

Mar 04

  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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Case Study: It's in the Bag

Feb 26

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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5 Promotional Products for Firemen and Fire Departments

Feb 18

  Firemen deserve a special kind of admiration. They spend their careers rushing into buildings while others are rushing out. Many departments require aid from the community, and that’s wh...

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Case Study: Recycle, Reuse, Read a Book!

Feb 11

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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Work Hard, Play Harder: 6 Promotional Products to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle

Feb 04

  Whether you’re playing a team sport, working out, running a marathon, or going to the game, these promotional products are built to fit any active lifestyle! Add your logo to any of thes...

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Case Study: Happy to Hang Around

Jan 28

Description: Standard Door Hangers Industry: Automotive What it was purchased for: A collision center wanted to increase the number of customer satisfaction survey responses and boost online appoint...

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5 Healthy Tips for Business Trips

Jan 21

So, you’re traveling for work again. There are only 365 days in the year, can you recall how many days you’ve been on the road? It doesn’t matter if you are traveling internationall...

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Case Study: Lunchtime Loot

Jan 14

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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10 Promotional Products for Healthy Living

Jan 06

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: Save the Date, Save the Day

Dec 30, 2019

Description: Trifold Calendars Industry: Banking What it was purchased for: A local bank wanted a way to thank their new customers with a promotional gift item that would have a high perceived value...

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Case Study: A Gift to Build a Dream On

Dec 23, 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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Case Study: Fun in the Sun

Dec 16, 2019

Product: Two-Tone Malibu Sunglasses Industry: Sports What it was purchased for: A major sports team was having difficulty keeping attendance up at weeknight games. They came up with the idea of doin...

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Here Are Our Votes For The Best Political Promotional Product Staples

Dec 08, 2019

Whether you are right or left, red or blue, or somewhere in the middle, if you’re in need of political promotional product staples, we've got some great candidates for you!   Yard Signs ...

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

Dec 01, 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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4 Ways to Improve Communication

Nov 24, 2019

Have you ever had this conversation before? Them: "How are you?" You: "Yes." Or have you ever been in a meeting and realized you zoned out halfway through? Or how about when you’re at the mo...

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5 Fail-Proof Ideas for Your Business Instagram

Nov 17, 2019

What generates over 95 million photos and videos each day, 4.2 billion likes daily and has 700 million active users? You guessed it – Instagram. This photo and video sharing social platform have...

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Case Study: Where Has Your Pen Been?

Nov 10, 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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Case Study: Guess the Flavor Lip Balm

Nov 02, 2019

    Guess the Flavor Lip Balm   Organization Health Insurance Organization Product Featured Lip Balm & Lip Balm Sleeve  Goal of Promotion Generating positive reinforce...

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How Promo Products Can Tell Your Brand's Story

Oct 26, 2019

Stories are powerful. From sharing stories around the campfire to writing fictional novels, storytelling has connected people together for thousands of years. But, have you ever considered storytelli...

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

Oct 19, 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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How to Manage the Workload of a Leader

Oct 12, 2019

We all have a superstar in the office. They’re the ones who get all their work done before the deadline, befriend everyone in the office, manage an entire team, and still make it to the gym ever...

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A Lunch That Packs a Punch

Oct 05, 2019

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: College Fair Giveaway

Sep 27, 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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7 Promo Products That Will Get the Party Started

Sep 20, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 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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The Best Promotional Products for Sports Fanatics

Aug 22, 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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5 Men's Wearable Promotional Products for the Office and Beyond

Aug 15, 2019

  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, 2019

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, 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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Cook Up a Storm With These 5 Promotional Products

Jul 25, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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

May 14, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 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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Drive Traffic with These 6 Trade Show Ideas

Apr 01, 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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5 Invaluable Marketing Books to Help Grow Your Brand

Mar 25, 2019

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, 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: Safety First

Mar 11, 2019

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, 2019

  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, 2019

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, 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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6 Promotional Products That Put the “Fun” in Fundraiser

Feb 09, 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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Why You Should Be Having More Fun at Work

Feb 02, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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, 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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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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WHAT’S YOUR TAGLINE?

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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THE NEXT BIG THING!

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

May 30, 2017

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, 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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WEDNESDAY MARKETING MINUTE

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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THAT MN WEATHER THOUGH…

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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MILLENNIALS: YOUR #TARGETMARKET

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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WHAT DOES IMPRINT SPACE MEAN?

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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#TBT WE’RE 20 YEARS OLD THIS YEAR!

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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I LEARN SOMETHING NEW IN THIS INDUSTRY EVERY DAY.

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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BECOME A CONNOISSEUR OF PENS!

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

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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#THROWBACKTHURSDAY!

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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HUMPDAY INSPIRATION – LEADERSHIP EDITION

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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NURSES WEEK IS MAY 6TH THROUGH MAY 12TH

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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DON’T BE AN INTERRUPTION – #HUMPDAY INSPIRATION

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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HOW DO YOU GROW YOUR BUSINESS? REFERRALS!

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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GET ’EM WHILE THEY’RE HOT! (OR COLD)

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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#TGIF

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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THE CLIMB

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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EARTH DAY IS SATURDAY, 4/22/17

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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TRENDING PRODUCTS

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, 2019

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, 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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Case Study: Look, Ma, No Hands!

Jun 12, 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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8 Promotional Products to Win Game Day

Jun 05, 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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