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. http://www.corporategiftpromotions.com/productdetail.asp?Pcode=NWD-45017

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

Unique Tradeshow Item Give Away – DigiClean Microfiber Screen Cleaner

Don’t you hate how dirty your phone gets after you have been talking and texting all day?  The new DigiClean is a portable cleaner for any touch screen surface.  The best part about it is it sticks right to your phone or electronic device.  The larger one turns into a mouse pad for your laptop.  Your name is with your client every day when they use their phone or computer.   You can even customize the packaging.  This is by far one of the best items I have received from a trade show this year.  These are very inexpensive if you are on a budget.  – Guest Writer – Jaime in Customer Service





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5 Quick Ideas to Recognize and Reward Employees

According to a Maritz Research study, employees who participate in creative recognition programs at work are five times more likely to feel valued, 11 times more likely to feel committed and seven times more likely to stay in their jobs. Here are some great ideas you can try:

1.Verbalize It: Give your employees the thanks and appreciation they deserve by telling them how much you appreciate them verbally. Saying things like "great job" and "outstanding performance" can go a long way to boost productivity, especially if said in front of their peers.

2.Find time to say "Hello" to your employees: Look at your employees while talking to them, not through them when you pass them in the hall. By actually taking time to acknowledge them, ask how things are going and really listen to them will make employees feel more appreciated, and more respected.

3.Do something Unexpected and Fun: Take a Friday afternoon off to take the entire office bowling, or have an unexpected indoor "pool party." Spread sand around, play Caribbean music, spread out beach chairs and give employees logo beach towels and sun visors.

4. Send High Performers Back to School: Recognize key players by offering them in-house training, off-site seminars and college courses, advanced degree programs, certification courses, peer counseling sessions and advanced management training.

5.Use Scrapbooks to make a Retirement Memorable: Everyone can get in on the fun of gathering photos and memories, including customers or association members. Put it all in a large scrapbook and give it to the retiree or outgoing association President at a celebratory event as a special memento. Get creative and add captions and colorful paper.

Ideas from Ken Lloyd, an organizational behavior consultant and author of 151 Quick Ideas To Recognize And Reward Employees.

Highlights from the ASI Show

We had the most incredible three days. Saturday night was just part of getting to the ASI Show. We spent some time roaming around Universal City Walk with the kids and then came back to the hotel to eat Uno’s Pizza. – My absolute favorite pizza, of which I can only get when I am in Orlando or Daytona, because they don’t have any Uno’s in Tampa Bay.

The next day was education day. We had an outstanding instructor who cleared up some of the mysteries of Adobe Illustrator. Our 14 year old son was in the class and I was so proud when he began helping the ladies seated next to him follow along with the instructor.

There were actually two highlights to this show besides all the tradeshow booths. The Gala on Monday night at the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” was a muggle’s dreams come true!! It was such a magical evening. I almost cried when I entered the Hogwarts castle, as it was so unbelievable to be that close to the magic that made the Harry Potter series come alive. I felt just like I was a student there. The ride inside was absolutely magnificent. You really felt like you were in the forbidden forest with the spiders and flying on broomsticks with Harry and Ron – that is one attraction I can’t wait to go back to see.  

The second most incredible part of this tradeshow was the guest speaker on Tuesday morning. 1700 suppliers and distributors got up early to listen to a heartwarming, and sometimes heart wrenching talk given by Michael J. Fox. His journey through life has been nothing more than amazing and told with such humor and humility. His journey to help find a cure for Parkinson's disease  is truly amazing.

Hiring Trends Point Upward

Reprinted from ASI Promogram: Spurred by more private-sector and Census-related hiring, April employment in the U.S. grew at the fastest pace in four years with companies adding nearly 300,000 jobs. Government data also shows 121,000 more jobs were created in February and March than initial reports estimated. Additionally, with the rise in employment, private payrolls have now grown for four consecutive months, led by gains in the manufacturing and service sectors.

Separately, the latest Employment Trends Index provided by The Conference Board, a private research firm, rose to 94.7 in April, up from 93.9 in March. The index, which uses eight components to measure employment growth and predict the future job market, improved for the eighth straight month. Also, reflecting a new wave of spending, The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index rose more than five points in April, reaching 57.9. "Consumers' concerns about current business and labor market conditions eased again," said Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board's research center. "Looking ahead, continued job growth will be key in sustaining positive momentum."

Internationally, many nations are joining the U.S. in seeing slow, but steady economic growth in 2010. In the first quarter, the economies of Great Britain, Germany, France, Canada, Brazil, China and India all improved.

Good Bye February

February – Boy, has it been a hard, long month. With the U.S. covered in so much snow it has been like the world has come to a standstill. Less orders, less phone calls.  It has been a very wild ride for us here this month. We are hoping that March will be a more eventful month and that with the coming of Spring, our customers will start to think about engaging with their customers through the use of promotional items and corporate gifts. – I know that a lot of companies are feeling the same way. Each day I get an email from one of the organizations we belong to, and this month’s theme has been a “pep talk”.  Today’s email started out like this:  “Yes, there is magic in positive thinking.
The key to cultivating and maintaining a positive mental attitude is to take control of your thinking and avoid negative minded people. It's a challenging task to develop a calm, focused mind, but well worth the effort.”


If you think about this, it makes a lot of sense. Sometimes it is hard when so many negatives start coming at you at once. But if you just use the mindset that everything happens for a reason and use each set back as an opportunity for growth, in the end your attitude will get better and before you know it, your world will be rosy and bright. – Here is a thought that that same email left us with yesterday – and I like this thinking: The great inventor, Thomas A. Edison, was known for his positive mental attitude. In December 1914, the Edison Laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey, was almost entirely destroyed by fire.

 Edison lost $2 million in equipment and the records of much of his life's work. The morning after the fire, as the 67-year-old inventor walked among the ashes, he was anything but defeated. Looking around, he remarked, "There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start anew." Yes, there is magic in a positive attitude.

Catching up on my Reading

We had a very good weekend as far as work goes. When you are busy during the week, sometimes it is hard to catch up with all the things that need to be done to maintain multiple websites. I had the chance to read three Inc. magazines over the weekend. The latest, the May issue was full of useful information and a terrific article on Tony Hsieh, the Zappos.com CEO. His philosophy is to be happy and from that you can get your employees and your customers to buy in to that happiness. Sounds good in theory, but he has actually made it work for his company. Everyone who works there does so, not because of the huge wages he pays (because he doesn’t), or the free cafeteria food (lunch meat) but because they truly buy in to his whole happiness theory. It really was a very inspiring article.

There were a few other items in this month’s Inc. magazine that I could relate to as well. “Balancing Acts” by Meg Cadoux Hirshberg is an article that hits home. But, instead of my husband being the Entrepreneur, I am and brought him in to help with the business. Her story is the story of thousands of small business owners that struggle to keep their dreams alive while paying the bills and enjoying the finer things in life. I will continue to look forward to reading her monthly updates about the impact of entrepreneurial businesses on families.

If you get a minute to visit our facebook page, we would love it if you signed up as a fan. Or you can follow me on Twitter, and while you are there you can also follow Tony Hsieh. I do.

Celebrate Life’s Moments

Sometimes we forget in these “tighten the purse strings” times that life is still going on around us. There are birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate, safe work practices to reward and employees retiring.  Just as in death, life around us still continues and it is more important than ever before to recognize the individuals in our lives, employees, clients, family and friends who help us become who we are, increase our business and keep our heads above water.

Today, I got a “twitter” from a long time business coach. He just returned from a NYC tradeshow speaking engagement for our industry. Here is his “Tweet”: - Just got back from New York City & saw no signs of a recession. Restaurants were packed. People spending money and having fun. Where’s CNN?

The point is that too many of us are caught up in the bad press. We need to celebrate the moments that matter most to us. – Over the next couple of posts, I am going to talk about the different ways you can celebrate the moments with those that mean the most to you- whether it be your employees, your clients or your family.

It doesn’t take a lot of money to say “Happy Birthday!” – In our office we celebrate birthdays with lunch brought in from a local restaurant or pizza. I am not talking about a catered lunch, I am talking about passing around a menu and asking what each person would like and having our receptionist go out and pick it up. We take the next 45 minutes to an hour celebrating the birthday. The company usually gives a $25 gift card to a local restaurant, the movies or from our own Select-A-Gift program (Over 80 choices of brand name gifts per dollar category) and my favorite Lindt truffles in a gift bag filled with tissue. Everyone in the office gets to participate in the birthday celebration, and the person whose birthday it is, is made to feel special. 

In my next post, we will talk more about Select-A-Gift and how it can help you increase moral, build a safer team or say thank you.