Tips for Partnering with a Promotional Products Distributor

Finding a promotional products distributor to partner with your marketing department to assist you with your awards ceremony, trade show give-a-ways, and client gifts can sometimes be a daunting task. A trip through your local yellow pages or a search on-line can sometimes find you calling many businesses that either doesn’t answer their phone, or you end up talking to a representative that doesn’t know much about the products they are supposed to represent.  Here are a few tips to make finding a promotional products distributor that you can feel comfortable working with throughout your project and possibly one you come to rely on for all of your promotional and corporate gift needs each and every year.

  1.  Look for a distributor that answers their phone and can answer your questions confidently, or at least honestly assure you that they will find out the answer and follow up with your question.
  2. A good promotional products distributor will keep you in the loop at all times during the course of the order.  This does not mean they will email you every day to tell you how the order is going, but will send you emails at key times throughout your order. These would include:
    1. When they have received an order acknowledgment from you, and they provide you with an approximate time frame for when you can expect to see an image proof.
    2. Following up with you on questions about the order and make sure you provide art in the correct format or offer to send it out to be vectored (at a minimal cost of course).
    3. Contacting you once they have sent you a proof to let you know to be looking for it and follow up with you if you do not turn the approved proof back to them in a timely fashion.
    4. Providing you tracking the day after your order ships so you can track your package and see who signed for it, when it reaches your specified destination.

Other ways that a promotional products distributor may help you is their ability to show you a wide range of products to fit your project needs. There are so many different products in the market place and a good distributor will know and recommend products that they believe will work for your type of event, or tell you when a supplier is not a good fit, or has a bad reputation in the industry.

Many distributors have a catalog or website that showcases many different supplier lines. Promotional distributors usually do not get to select who is presented in the catalog because they purchase these catalogs from either their association or an affiliate agency where they may be a member.  It is up to the distributor to steer you away from the suppliers in the catalog that have a reputation for less than stellar quality and show you an alternative with a supplier they are confident will provide you with a quality product and deliver it to you in time for your event.

Employees will Appreciate this Gift: A Big Mouth Logo Cooler

Big Mouth Cooler Are you looking for an employee appreciation gift that can be used all year?  The Big Mouth Logo Cooler will get your message out and about on the town.  The cooler holds up to 12 cans, which is perfect for a boat or beach trip.  The large opening makes for easy loading. The Big Mouth Cooler offers an exclusive hard molded bottom and a watertight main compartment.  When you are done using the bag, it folds up small for easy storage.   These coolers come in three colors compatible with most logo’s: Red, Blue and Black.

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!

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.”

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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!

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Double Duty Golf Gift Ideas

Custom Gift of Golf Water Bottle Tees When planning a golf tournament where you decide on the golf gifts to present to your golfers, you want the give away to do double duty.  The logo golf gift needs to be something useful for your event and it should also be useful after the event is over so that your logo is seen every time the recipient uses your gift.

One great idea is the water bottle cooler. The water bottle cooler not only keeps a 16.9 oz. beverage of choice chilled, while out on the golf course, but it can also be used again and again for running, walking, sporting events, days at the beach and more. Your logo will be top of mind every time they take a sip.

Another great double duty golf gift ideas is our awesome 3 in 1 sunglass case with 2 golf balls and 10 tees.  The scratch-free stylish neoprene sunglasses case can be used over and over and the metal carabiner can be easily clipped on a golf bag.  Use this item for golf charity events and tournaments.

“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

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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 By Guest Writer – Jaime, Customer Service