Sunscreen SPF 30 Lotion Printed with your Logo

Sunscreen Summer and sun burns seem to always come together.  This summer let your clients know you care about them with sunscreen imprinted with your logo.  With a large imprint area on this 2 oz bottle you can keep your message in front of everyone who uses it.  This large imprint area sunscreen is SPF 30 with Aloe moisturizer and citrus scent.  Runs on smooth and moisturizes your skin.  It is a very inexpensive business gift that can be used all summer long.   Check out other summer ideas like lip balm, and first aid summer care kits too!

Christmas in July with EQP SAVINGS!

SAVE money when you place your Christmas in July holiday gift order before August 15! Don’t wait until you are smack in the middle of the holiday season to place your order, which could cause you to rush your decision, possibly not get the ship dates you want because they are already booked, products out of stock because others placed their order before you, or having to pay RUSH fee’s because the time got away from you.

CEShoppes® has thousands of gift ideas for your clients and your employees.  Giving gourmet cookies, logo chocolates or a tower of treats to a few people or a few hundred people is very easy! Place your order, give us your mailing list as the time gets closer to your ship date and we do all the work. We can even insert greeting cards, or logo items in with your personalized gifts and ship them directly to your recipients.

Christmas in July will offer you special savings too! Just place your holiday gift order no later than August 15, 2011 and Receive EQP on your entire order! If you are not sure what EQP stands for, it means that you order at least the minimum for the product you wish to order, and instead of paying that price, you pay the price from the last column. An example of this is shown on the official rules page at http://www.ceshoppes.com/ChristmasinJulyPromotionalSale.asp

Companies Use Promotional Items To Attract Graduates

As hiring is picking up in 2011, a new survey from ASI shows (Advertising Specialty Institute) that an increasing number of companies are using promotional products this year to court college graduates. The exclusive study from ASI shows that 56% of human resources professionals say promotional products imprinted with a company’s name or logo convey a positive image when distributed during job fairs and other recruiting efforts.

Of those surveyed, 55% say they use promotional pens in their recruiting efforts, and 41% use logoed items like T-shirts, calendars and high-tech accessories in conjunction with hiring. This enhanced use of ad specialty items in recruiting efforts comes as companies are increasing their rate of hiring recent college graduates. After several slow years, employers are actively recruiting on campuses again, and hiring is up 19.3% for 2011 college graduates compared to the Class of 2010, according to surveys by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, a research group.

When it comes to attracting top grads, unusual and useful branded items are essential to drive word-of-mouth conversation and branding exposure, said Jessica Miller-Merrell, CEO of Xceptional HR, a human resource consulting firm. “Companies need to bring their A game to job fairs, conferences and other events where they recruit and engage candidates,” said Miller-Merrell. “Items need to be original, interesting and applicable to the audience. Interactive giveaways are one of the most effective tools, as well as interesting and unusual pins and items that appeal to the audience.”

Be sure to check out some of the hottest logo items on http://ceshoppes.logomall.com

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month – Time for Sunscreen and Lip Balm

FlavoredLipBalm May is skin cancer awareness month which means suncreen and lip balm should be used every day. It also means company picnics, outdoor concerts, days at the beach, time for a cruise holiday and more fun in the sun. Keep your employees and customers protected at your next event with flavored lip balms and sunscreen. They will remember who is watching their back when they see your company logo or organization’s message on the label.

Remember, uunprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays in as little as 15 minutes. Yet it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure. CDC is an advisory member of the National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention , which has designated the Friday before Memorial Day “Don’t Fry Day ” to encourage sun safety awareness and to remind everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors. By handing out promotional sunscreen and custom logo lip balm at your next outing you will be not only helping to save your attendees from sunburn, you will get a little exposure too!

Visit http://www.CorporateGiftPromotions.com for more product ideas for staying safe in the sun.

“Texting Kills” Thumb Bands – Help Prevent Accidents

Remind new student drivers to turn off the phone until they are homeDid you know that if you are texting while driving you are 23 times more likely to get into a crash?  Wearing a simple thumb band that reads “Texting Kills” may save you from picking up your mobile and texting while on the road.  These ”Texting Kills” thumb bands are a simple and inexpensive idea that will help save lives.  Good for High Schools, trade shows, police and fire station events.  Keep passing the word on about how dangerous texting really is while driving! – Keep everyone safe, don’t text and drive – Jaime

Call CEShoppes for pricing and production time. (888) 249-0420

Imprinted Outdoor First Aid Safety Kits Are A Great Spring Promotion!

SafetyKit Spring is in the air, which means it is beach and fun in the sun time!  Why not treat your clients to an imprinted outdoor first aid kit – a gift anyone could use with helpful products for any outdoor occasion such as company picnics or retreats, family reunions, or a summer camp adventure.  I keep one of these first aid safety kits in the truck of my car, a tip I learned from my dad. The kit keeps me prepared for anything that comes at me or my son when we are out at play, or even at the beach.  The insect repellant is great for trips to the drive-in, or a hike in the woods too.

Our first aid safety kits includes insect repellant, sun screen, band aids, lip moisturizer and much,  much more all placed in a fanny pack for easy carrying.  Add your logo and keep your name with them all season long. – Jaime

Unique Beach Towel Cabana for a Quick Change Outdoors

Beach towels are a constant billboard and are a great gift for any person.  With our two biggest beach seasons on their way what better way to get your name in front of potential customers.  The Fast Owl Towel ™ serves three different and useful purposes.  It is a walking advertisement, it can be used as a cabana for changing, and a big towel to wrap around yourself or lay on.  This towel is a 35” x 54”, 14lb./doz., 100% cotton velour towel that includes custom cabana hardware.  With an imprint area of 24 x 46 this item would be ideal for company spring picnics, summer camps and family reunions. To See more Beach Towel Ideas Visit CorporateGiftPromotions.com- By Guest Writer – Jaime, Customer Service

Custom Logo Full Color Beach Towels

Fiber Reactive Custom beach towelsHave you seen those big full color beach towels at your local retailer? They are the huge beach towels with edge to edge color. Wouldn’t that be a great big area for you to put your logo? Think about it, when was the last time you threw a beach towel away?

When it comes to purchasing promotional towels, the more you know about the different types of towels available to you for promotional use, the better prepared you are to make a decision on the type of towel that will best fit your next event.

Fiber reactive beach towels are the type of towels you see at concerts and stadiums, in the big box stores and other types of fun events. They are usually full color and the ink is end to end, meaning you don’t have any pesky white borders around your towel, like you would see on regular screen printed beach towels.

The upside to Fiber reactive beach towels is that the process starts with a white towel and the color is dyed right in to the towel which allows you the vibrant colors, and the “soft to the touch” feeling that screen printing cannot give you when trying to cover a white towel with huge areas of color.
The down side to fiber reactive beach towels is that you need to have a larger lead time. Normal production runs anywhere from 90–120 days as they are printed overseas, and depending on the complexity of the project and the price, you may need to order anywhere from 600- 5000 towels.
Something interesting that can be done with fiber reactive beach towels is that after you have them produced, and have been shipped back stateside, you can “name drop” on the towels with a much lower minimum quantity. So, say you have a beach towel that you produce with the map of your town, and you have 5 locations that will be selling these same beach towels, you can “Drop in the name” of the location that will be selling the beach towels in batches, so that each locations has their own name on the towel and it now looks like the towel was produced for that location.

Another type of beach towel is a woven jacquard beach towels. These towels are similar to fiber reactive in that you can still have edge to edge color. However, woven towels are more costly than fiber reactive, but take less time to produce and have a much lower minimum. They are produced at the manufacturing level, as the logo or design is actually woven in to the towels as the towel is made. They have the look and feel of a thin blanket and are usually given as gifts, rather than as a promotion.

The upside to woven jacquard beach towels is that you can start with a simple design and a tweed effect can be added to letters or the design. Special borders can be added to the towels as well. These high end beach towels can be produced in approximately 6 weeks and can be fully personalized with an individual’s name. The minimum order is much smaller than a fiber reactive run of towels, and sometimes less than a batch of screen printed towels depending on weights and design.

For both the fiber reactive and the woven jacquards, many factory lines will have a group of stock designs for that full color look and feel. You can embroider your logo into a woven jacquard or screen print your logo on to the stock fiber reactive to make the stock design look like it is your own creation.

If this information on custom printed beach towels was of interest to you, please visit http://www.corporategiftpromotions.com/BeachTowels

How to Create an Effective Social Media Marketing Strategy

Social Media is a very powerful way to connect with customers and prospects, but without a plan it can also easily turn in to a tremendous time drain. A Successful social media marketing strategy will clearly define your objectives and save time and effort. It can also have a positive impact on your ROI (Return on Investment). According to a recent report from R2Integrated, companies that profited or saw increased revenue from social media marketing were almost twice as likely to have a formal social media strategy.

Here are some tips for creating a successful social media marketing plan:

Set Specific Goals: Define your target audience and your objectives in marketing to them, such as building brand awareness, improving customer service and retention, and driving traffic to your website.

Do your homework: Determine where your audience spends its time online and the best methods for reaching them. Look at what’s working for your competition and research the best practices of other successful social marketers.

Set a Schedule: Create a calendar of when, where and what your company’s social media activities will be. Consider sharing how to info, product demonstrations, facility tours, case studies, exclusive promotions, and contests for gift packs of logo’d merchandise like T-shirts, travel mugs and laptop sleeves.

Go Public: Plan how to promote your efforts. One company for example, gave out sunglasses at a trade show and encouraged recipients to post photo’s of themselves wearing the glasses on facebook and Twitter. The most creative entry won a limited edition hat. Other companies distributed attention grabbing T-shirts and stickers with their twitter handles.

Determine how you will track results: It’s important to monitor and analyze your efforts, but keep in mind that it can take some time to see measurable results. Finally, stay flexible. Your plan will help keep you focused, but also it is important to asses new tools that may come along and change tactics if something isn’t working.

We can give you some great ideas for promoting your company through social media and if your current website needs a check up we can do that too! Check out CEShoppes new division http://www.SocialMediaTrafficConsultants.com