There are three different options: a 7"h one with a built-in 20,000mAh battery (yes please), a 7"h one that's wired, and a larger 13"h one that's wired.
These 4-port charging stations will leave a lasting impression of lights and color, not to mention you may have saved someone's phone from dying. People will be "oooo-ing" and "ahhh-ing" at the beautiful light box display while their device is being charged.
There are three different options: a 7"h one with a built-in 20,000mAh battery (yes please), a 7"h one that's wired, and a larger 13"h one that's wired.
It's about that time of year again to start thinking about the holidays! If you are thinking of gifting people like employees, partners and clients, it's time to start to see what's out there and begin to narrow down the options. Feel free to reach out for the latest and greatest ideas!
Really though - please try to jump on the holiday gifts as soon as possible. Everyone and their mom will be trying to purchase holiday items come November and into December, and stock can completely run out. The worst thing would be to give out a gift you aren't happy about, only because it was the only thing there was enough stock of. The turnaround times can also be extended due to the volume of orders for the holidays, so try to plan early so we aren't needing to spend hundreds of extra dollars to expedite shipping or anything. Instead of adding even more stress to your holiday, plan early for that peace of mind! Trust me, it's worth it.
So back to the first part of the title of this post - yes, ugly Christmas sweaters. Yes, CUSTOM ugly Christmas sweaters. Not much to really explain, other than the fact that these custom knitted ugly Christmas sweaters might be the best everyone will be wearing at your company holiday party.
There's a solar eclipse happening on August 21st, and sun-gazers in the US will be able to view this (awesome!). There are a lot of companies that are producing 'solar eclipse glasses' to allow them to see this event without frying out their eyeballs ... the problem is that many of these items aren't actually safe as advertised.
NASA's standards for eclipse-viewing safety:
1) Have certification information with a designated ISO 12312-2 international standard
2) Have the manufacturer's name and address printed somewhere on the product
3) Not to be used if they are older than three years, or have scratched or wrinkled lenses
4) Do not use homemade filters or be substituted with ordinary sunglasses - not even very dark ones - because they are not safe for looking directly at the sun
Just be mindful of what's being purchased and be sure the above standards are all met ... "frying out your eyeballs" doesn't sound like much fun.
Using online surveys, 2016's research was done with over 100,000 consumers across the US. Consumers from every state were represented for the first time - expanding just beyond the major cities in suburban and rural America! Below shows more pointed, specific results that show the value of promotional products across America. Results from prior Ad Impressions studies were incorporated into these results to allow for a greater depth of analysis and statistics (thousands of in-person and online interviews have been conducted with business people and students in key cities around North America, Canada, Europe and Australia).
To see this study in full, see here for a direct link to the PDF.
US consumers were asked which promotional products they currently owned. Promotional items were defined as items that include pens, t-shirts, drinkware, calendars or any items that have an advertiser's logo on them (usually given away for free by companies to consumers).
You'll see that t-shirts are the items that is most often owned by promotional product recipients in the US, followed by drinkware, writing instruments and outerwear. All promotional products have strong ownership though, with one-quarter or more of recipients owning each.
Product Popularity Outside the US
Respondents were asked to rate up to three promotional items they had received in the last 12 months. Promotional items were defined as items that include pens, t-shirts, drinkware, calendars or any items that have an advertiser's logo on them (usually given away for free by companies to consumers).
Product Spotlight: T-SHIRTS
Product Spotlight: WRITING INSTRUMENTS
Product Spotlight: BAGS
Product Spotlight: CALENDARS
Product Spotlight: DESK ACCESSORIES
Product Spotlight: CAPS & HEADWEAR
Product Spotlight: DRINKWARE
Product Spotlight: USBs
Product Spotlight: HEALTH & SAFETY ITEMS
Product Spotlight: OUTERWEAR & FLEECE
Product Spotlight: UMBRELLAS
Product Spotlight: MOBILE POWER BANKS
Promotional Products that have the Biggest Impact on Opinions about the Advertiser (by state)
If you want to influence opinions, give away USB DRIVES
42% have a more favorable opinion of an advertiser if the promotional product they receive was ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
53% have a more favorable opinion of an advertiser if the promotional product they received was MADE IN THE USA
Staying Power - Promotional Products Don't Fade Away
Respondents were asked how long they keep an typical type of promotional item. Across all promotional products, the average was just over seven months. Some products, such as calendars, can stay around for about a year, while others, especially heath and safety products and writing instruments, last for about six months. Calendars, which have the longest staying power, are the one item used most often for reference purposes, such as referring to a name or phone number.
Promotional Products Are Passed Along
Consumers who receive promotional products will typically give them to someone else when they are finished with them, thus furthering the advertiser's reach. In the US and Canada, nearly two-thirds of promotional products that are not wanted are given away. In fact, in most countries, more than half of consumers report that they will give away a product that they are finished with rather than throw it out or file it away.
Usefulness is Key
Consumers want products that are, first and foremost, useful to them, especially when it comes to the more practical items such as writing instruments and USB drives. Here, usefulness outweighs attractiveness by at least five to one. However, that's not to say that attractiveness isn't important, especially if the item needs to be worn. For outerwear, attractiveness is a very close second to usefulness in reasons for keeping the product, with more than half of those who own outerwear reporting to keep it because it is attractive. If you want a consumer to use the product for reference, then calendars are the way to go. Apparel items, whether they be shirts, outerwear or hats, are cited as the most enjoyable to have.
How Many Items Do People Own?
Respondents were asked how many branded items they currently had in their homes and/or offices. As you'll see below, people in the US own an average of 9.8 promotional products. The number varies according to US region, country, gender, race, age and political affiliation.
Promotional Products Make an Impression
The average number of impressions each promotional product received was calculated. The number of impressions a product makes was derived from multiplying how long a recipient has the product to how many people they come in contact with each month while using it.
In the US, BAGS continued to generate the most impressions (5,772) of any item measured in the study. This is because bags are used often in public places where they can be seen by many people. Other items that deliver a large number of impressions are writing instruments, hats, outerwear and t-shirts.
While the exact ranking of impressions changes somewhat from location to location, the overall list of products generating the most impressions is consistent. Wearables consistently deliver a high number of impressions, and in the US, bags deliver the most impressions every year.
Items that create the fewest impressions tend to be those intended mostly for one person, such as health and safety items and USB drives. The value of these items is more in the connection they make with the user rather than the total number of impressions generated.
Promotional Products Are Cost-Effective
Promotional products remain less expensive per impression than most other forms of advertising. The investment in promotional products is modest, more targeted and allows for much greater levels of interaction with consumers than other forms of advertising.
As the chart below illustrates, promotional products have a lower cost per impression in the United States than prime-time television advertising, national magazine advertising and newspaper ads, and a similar CPI to radio and Internet advertising. Plus, while all of these other forms of advertising are often passive, advertising specialties allow for much more active interaction, such as storing valuable information on a USB drive or carrying groceries or other items around town in a promotional bag.
Also, consider that when consumers receive promotional products, they are often the exact market segment the advertiser is trying to reach. Banks aren’t simply mailing out pens to consumers of all ages from all areas, whether or not they have a branch there. Rather, they are giving out the pens only to current or prospective customers in the geographic areas that they serve. This targeted approach to advertising is much more difficult, if not impossible, to achieve in other forms of mass market advertising.
More good news: The cost for promotional products are not expected to increase markedly in the next few years, making them a more stable, reliable and innovative way for advertisers to reach consumers. Even more good news: Consider that the cost of producing a 30-second radio or television commercial is often out of reach for all but the biggest advertisers. Many would have their entire advertising budget eaten up before they even aired the commercial more than a few times. This isn’t true with promotional products. Companies from the smallest local businesses to the largest Fortune 100 companies have access to the best that the promotional products business has to offer.
Last One! Overall Opinion of Advertising Mediums
Works like a flag and a Post-It® Note combined! Each pad includes four 50-sheet sections (200 total page markers), on a 3" x 4" heavy backer. Imprint your logo and message in 1-4 colors! Made in the USA with globally sourced materials.
Earlier in the year, you may have heard how companies were using "locks" for phones during events and presentations - basically you can put your phone in a pouch or case that will lock so nobody can use their phones. Afterwards, the pouch or case is unlocked or you can walk out of a designated 'phone free zone' for it to unlock. These "locks" help create a phone-free/distraction-free environment.
An item like this can also be really useful for people who get easily distracted by their phones will driving! There will literally be no urge to check your phone while driving (yes, I will be getting one for myself). Maybe these should also be handed out to people who like to check their phones during movies...
This little polyester pouch has an RFID shielding inner liner that blocks all cell, WiFi and Bluetooth signals - that means no incoming phone calls, text messages and notifications while the phone is sealed inside the case. After removing the phone from the case, all voicemails, text messages and notifications will appear. Patent pending.
Custom shaped pillows are a great way to show off your logo, brand and/or product(s)! The ones shown below are 100% made in the USA and produced within 3-5 working days. Check out the below video to see how your pillows would be made.
Finally! A tumbler with ceramic lining! Ceramic doesn't make drinkware better or worse, it's more of personal preference; I'd personally prefer to drink from ceramics vs metal. Don't get me wrong, I've been using tumblers with metal linings but rejoiced when this ceramic one came out.
This ceramic lined tumbler is copper vacuum insulated and carries 20 oz. Available in Black, Blue or Silver.
(You would think that something that's copper vacuum insulated would insulate better than something that's vacuum insulated without copper, but there have been studies conducted that have proven that copper doesn't provide any extra insulation! Also, these things are copper plated, not full copper. Just some interesting info!)
Wearing your heart on your sleeve is not nearly as fun as wearing your drink on your wrist! Yes, this is a 4 oz flask that you can wear as a bracelet.
These fidget spinners and fidget cubes are so far the hot ticket items of the year. Not to mention the various articles you can find online regarding why we fidget and the benefits of having a tool to relieve the fidgeting, these things are just fun to have! There are various versions of the spinner like the plastic ones typically seen, metal, glow-in-the-dark, and light-up with LED lights. There are a few versions of the cube and there's even a 12-sided version.
Please be fully aware that there are different quality spinners out there in the market! Some spin, click, and generally feel better (lightweight vs heavier) than others do (you get what you pay for), so I suggest testing out samples prior to ordering or request for the higher quality spinners. Remember we can always go overseas to make these custom - custom color matching and/or custom packaging :)
Or you can always get the original fidget reliever:
How awesome that we're able to customize a t-shirt pocket! Extra soft 100% polyester jersey is sublimated (full color) and then cut/sewn onto the t-shirt!
We can also add screen printing - this can happen before the pocket is cut/sewn on the t-shirt or afterwards (the below image shows printing after sewing the pocket on).
This rechargeable selfie light easily fits on all smartphones and adds an even, soft light to all of your selfie images! Three different light settings to choose from to get the right glow. Get ready to take a fab photo of yourself ;)
Ok so this is a new twist on table covers that actually made me want to look into this more. You have your normal table cover that drapes over 3 or 4 sides or the ones that are more fitted, but this one crisscrosses and stays secure due to sewn in leg pockets. There's a 6ft or 8ft option, and these fit three different table leg types (see image below - who know there were table leg types?). A huge advantage of this item is how you can put one color on top then swap it the other way and put the other color on top to completely change the look of your display, using the SAME cover! There are 50 colors to choose from or we can do dye sublimation!
I'm sure you've heard of these American-Made journals, but if not, let me introduce you to Shinola. Shinola is a Detroit-based American luxury lifestyle brand with retail stores worldwide. They partner with specific American manufactures to make more than just journals --- we're talking watches, leather goods, bikes, jewelry, etc ... they are also opening up a hotel in 2018! --- with the goal to bring manufacturing jobs back to Detroit and this country. Their obsession with quality and craftsmanship is what sets them apart from other companies, as Shinola goods are made to last you for years to come.
Check out their custom journals below - all American-made and made from all US-sourced components. Shinola journals are manufactured to exacting specifications using domestic, sustainably-cultivated sources for its paper, and I don't want to forget to mention the Smyth sewn, lay-flat binding that's super awesome ;) These journals come in two different cover options (linen hardcover or linen softcover) and in three different sizes (Small-3.75x5.5-, Medium-5.25x8.25- and Large-7x9).
Custom mailer boxes are perfect when needing to send items out! Being able to print directly on the box adds a little extra touch of branding that everyone can appreciate (not to mention all of the brand impressions the box will get.) Perfect for account-based marketing ;)
Rumors are swirling that the new iPhone will be ditching the lightning port in favor of the USB-C port Apple has been using more and more. What does that mean exactly? That means the accessories being purchased for iPhones will all need to change if the new iPhone has a USB-C port instead. When the iPhone 7 got rid of its headphone jack, companies had to switch to Bluetooth and that Lightning port became the input for headphones. If the USB-C comes into play instead, companies will need to develop USB-C headphones and push development of wireless headphones. Time to start looking into Bluetooth technology and USB-C items! Lenovo and Asus are also implementing USB-C connections in their products, so it's not only Apple making this switch.
These charging cables can be printed in full color on both sides! How cool! You have the option to include an MFI Apple certified lighting tip so the Micro USB cable can be converted to an Apple charging cable. The Apple tip comes in a silicon sleeve that tethers the tip of the cable for safe keeping.
This pairs up perfectly with the HawkEye - keep scrolling down to a previous post ;)
Why wouldn't you want to customize some shoes? Along with those Converse options, we can go with these shoes that kind of look like Vans: SoulKix. These can be totally customized using full color process direct printing - we can do mirror images, split screen images or print separate images on each foot. All black, all white or black and white shoe colors available. Most children and adult sizes are available and the minimum starts at 10 units! Coming March 2017 - soon!
An added little glow to one of everyone's favorite staples - meet J America's Glow Full-Zip Hoodie. This thing is battery powered (batteries not included - two AA batteries needed for operation) and has three light up settings. The hoodie itself comes in black and you have light color choices between electric blue, electric red, ice blue or neon green. Just be sure to hand wash and hang dry this thing, or else this hoodie won't be able to glow and outshine all the other non-glow hoodies out there.
Keep an eye on your charging cable! This item is a small adapter that attaches to any USB cable to keep an eye on your charging cable and anything connected to it. At the airport or at a little coffee shop? There's a security alarm that activates an audio alert if your device becomes unplugged from your charging source. A reminder alert is also included; an alarm activates to prevent you from leaving your charging cable behind in a hotel room or other area while traveling. Genius! A must have for all the travelers and globetrotters out there!
Scroll up to check the branded cable out ;)