04Oct/17

Promotional Products for Arizona Tutoring Company – Focus Tutoring

Client Spotlight on Arizona Tutoring Company – Focus Tutoring

Arizona Tutoring Company - Focus FoundationWorking with clients on their marketing campaigns and promotional products is always an exciting opportunity.  But, when we have the opportunity to work with clients that are serving and improving the community it is a more than an opportunity, it is a privilege.  At Connect the Dots Promotions, we love partnering with clients to collaborate on developing unique and exciting promotional products. Recently, we had the opportunity to work with Focus Tutoring on new promotional products.  Focus Tutoring is an Arizona tutoring company that connects skilled educators with youth in need.  Their vision is that when young people learn how to navigate education, they can navigate their future.

How Focus Tutoring Supports & Educates Arizona Youth

Arizona Tutoring Company - Custom Water TumblerFocus Tutoring recognizes an important need in Arizona – that over 38,000 children need the help of tutors.  Homeless children or children in foster care struggle to get the educational support they need.  That is where Focus Tutoring comes in.  Focus Foundation of Arizona works to match children in need with skilled educators.  Further, these educators help fill the gap of children’s educational needs through PSAT and ACT classes, test prep, subject tutoring, and skill support.  Focus Tutoring partners with organizations that assist homeless and foster youth.  And, you can support this great organization in two ways.  First, you can donate to their foundation to support ongoing efforts to educate.  And, you can partner with Focus Tutoring to help educate Arizona youth.

How Connect the Dots Created Custom Water Tumblers for Focus Tutoring

Arizona Tutoring Company - Custom Water TumblerAt Connect the Dots, we love what Focus Tutoring is all about and enjoyed creating unique promotional products for them.  We worked with them to develop custom water tumblers to serve as gifts for new partners.  They are able to give these tumblers out to individuals that join their team.  And, the gift serves two purposes – a thank you and promotional tool.  The Focus Tutoring logo is visible anywhere someone carries the water bottle.  This is an inexpensive way to expand marketing and brand recognition. Also, we always encourage clients to focus on promotional products that fit their niche. By doing so, you expand your brand culture and foster goodwill.  And, it is easy for tutors to carry their water to each client meeting so it is not only an attractive but practical promotional product.

We work hard to stay educated about the latest technology and trends in promotional products and the marketing industry.  If you have questions about how you can use promotional products for marketing and branding, Connect the Dots is here to help!  And, if you are interested in more information about how to support Arizona tutoring services, partner with Focus Tutoring!

 

 

20Sep/17

Connect the Dots Company Update – Karie Attends WBEC West

Connect the Dots Attends WBEC West

WBEC WESTIt has been an exciting few months (and year!) at Connect the Dots. Karie Cowden recently returned from WBEC West. WBEC has a vision to build, foster and develop competitive Women Business Enterprises. They also have a mission to create a network of informed, prepared, and engaged Women Business Enterprises. They do this through education, certifications, and targeted networking events. WBEC-West is a regional partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). They are an important facilitator of connections for women in business that help businesses realize their business potential. And, they provide unique and exciting enterprise networking and development opportunities.

WBEC West Networking and Education

WBEC West recently had their event at the Harrah’s Casino of Southern California in Rincon, CA. Karie met with 5 women-owned companies (WBE’s or Women Business Enterprises) to work together on projects and utilize the services that they provide. Additionally, Karie now has the privilege of serving on the Form for WBEC West for a 3 year term.  She will also be serving as an ambassador for other WBE’s that are newly certified. The WBEC West event was a great time to make connections, support other WBE’s, and get important education that will help Connect the Dots continue to flourish and thrive. One education opportunity that Karie took part in was a construction track.  This provided specialized education about the construction niche. The class on union vs. non-union shops was particularly interesting and informative.

WBEC Supplier of the Year

WBEC WESTIn addition to networking and education, Karie had the privilege of being nominated for Supplier of the Year for WBEC West. The event examined the delicate art of walking the tightrope of success. Although Karie did not win, she noted that it was an honor to be nominated. Karie also had the thrilling opportunity to present Connect the Dots to a group of 80 different contacts from different corporations.

At Connect the Dots, we prioritize continuing education and networking, particularly for women in business. It is a great way to expand business and growth while support other WBE’s. The WBEC West conference was an educational and exciting event and Karie Cowden looks forward to her continuing work with the organization. We will be sharing our new education and insight this fall with our clients.  Additionally, we are proud to supply clients with new, effective promotional products for the holiday season and 2018!

06Sep/17

Promotional Products & Marketing for Sluyk Family Dentistry

Client Spotlight: Sluyk Family Dentistry

Featuring clients is one of our favorite things to do at Connect the Dots Promotions.  Not only do we love our clients, but we love collaborating on fun and unique promotional products.  We believe strongly in supporting local businesses which is why we are excited to share about Scottsdale dentist, Sluyk Family Dentistry.  We love who Sluyk Family Dentistry is and the quality of service they provide to their patients.

Who Is Sluyk Family Dentistry?

Sluyk Family Dentistry works passionately to serve the members of our community with honesty, integrity, and compassion.  And those three driving missions are apparent the moment you step through the doors!  Scottsdale dentist Dr. Daniel Sluyk and a highly qualified, caring team of individuals run Sluyk Family Dentistry.  They strive to treat patients the way they would want to be treated if they were in the dentist’s chair.  Lasting, sustainable oral health is promoted because they provide such a high level of care.  Everything about the way Sluyk Family Dentistry operates facilitates long-term patient relationships based on trust, respect, and quality care.

Promotional Products for Sluyk Family Dentistry

We have had the pleasure of working with Sluyk Family Dentistry on a variety of promotional products.  First, we chose a highly appropriate promotional item with patients in mind – lip balm.  Sluyk Family Dentistry keeps custom branded lip balm at the front desk at all times for patients to take freely.  Not only does it go perfectly with the overall dentistry brand but it is very useful!  Excellent patient care will always be on a patient’s mind when they reach for their custom logo lip balm.  It is a great way to always keep your business name in front of your client base.

Additionally, we created logo sunglasses for Sluyk Family Dentistry.  Some patients like to wear sunglasses during treatment to shield their eyes from the bright dental light.  Dr. Sluyk and his team are able to hand branded sunglasses out to patients to use in office and take with them.  We live in the Valley of the Sun so sunglasses are always a handy item to have!  And, when a patient wears their sunglasses outside the dental office, they are a walking advertisement!  Sunglasses basically serve as free mobile marketing.  Useful promotional products encourage patients to actually use them and market your brand.  If patients use them they are more likely to not only return to your business but spread the word to others about your business.

It has been a pleasure working with Sluyk Family Dentistry and we look forward to designing promotional products for future marketing projects.  If you need a Scottsdale dentist or Phoenix dentist, you can do no better than Sluyk Family Dentistry.  To learn more about Sluyk Family Dentistry or schedule your next appointment and grab a lip balm or sunglasses of your own, visit their website HERE!

17Aug/17

Connect the Dots Partners with UMOM for the Walk for Homeless Families & Youth

Who UMOM Is

UMOM WalkAt Connect the Dots Promotions, we love working with businesses and organizations that give back to the community.  UMOM New Day Centers is located in Phoenix, Arizona and has a mission to prevent and end homelessness.  They do this using innovative strategies and housing solutions that meet the unique needs of each family and individual.  UMOM was founded in 1964 and has been providing outstanding a place of safe shelter and outstanding supportive services since.  And, with a priority of keeping families together, UMOM provides continuum care from an emergency shelter to transitional housing to permanent, affordable housing.  Founder and President of Connect the Dots Promotions, Karie Cowden, is a Co-Chair for the UMOM Walk for Homeless Families & Youth. This important annual event supports the mission of ending the cycle of homelessness in Maricopa County.

Participate and/or Sponsor the UMOM Walk for Homeless Families & Youth

UMOM WalkThere are a variety of ways to participate in the UMOM Walk for Homeless Families & Youth.  You can participate by simply walking in the event.  Also, you can sponsor the walk which is a great marketing opportunity for your business.  At Connect the Dots Promotions we work hard to literally “connect the dots” for our clients. So, that means reinforcing brand identity and facilitating synergistic marketing opportunities by connecting clients with great promotional opportunities.  And, in this case, it is not only a great chance to effectively market your brand but also an opportunity to support a great local organization.  Participation will get your company’s name out in the community.  Also, it will also present an opportunity to enjoy time with your staff.  Further, you will make a difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness with your tax-deductible sponsorship.

So, if you or someone you know is interested in participating in the walk, marketing their brand, or learning about diversified marketing opportunities, we encourage you to contact Connect the Dots Promotions. We would love to share about sponsorship opportunities with UMOM that will extend your brand’s recognition within the community.

UMOM Walk for Homeless Families & Youth Saturday, September 23, 2017
The Phoenix Zoo
Papago Park, 455 N Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008

02Aug/17

Christmas in August? Start Planning Your Holiday Marketing Campaign Now!

promotional holiday giftsTemperatures are hot outside but did you know that it is already time to be planning ahead for the holidays?  When strategically planned in advance, your marketing campaign will be well-executed and successful.  During the holidays, the mall isn’t the only crowded place.  Every business wants custom branded promotional holiday gifts or logo products at the end of the year.  This rush tends to lead to a lot of panic and rushed decision making. Also, you may potentially experience a delay in getting your items if production times are slow because of volume.  We may be used to instant gratification but if you want great custom holiday promotional products items don’t wait!  To give promotional gifts to employees or customers during the holidays, you need to start planning now.

Think You Don’t Have the Budget for Promotional Holiday Gifts? Think Again!

promotional holiday giftsMany businesses think they don’t have the budget to do a gift during the holidays but that is a misconception.  Investing in promotional holiday gifts and a strong holiday marketing campaign can pay off big for your company, as the U.S. Small Business Administration points out, “According to a 2013 survey by Constant Contact, participating in holiday season marketing is a rewarding venture for small businesses, with 52 percent of respondents reporting that new customers attained during the holidays become repeat, loyal customers…Constant Contact also reports that only 31 percent of small businesses surveyed start planning for the holidays between two and three months in advance. Now this doesn’t mean that these businesses won’t be ready, but it’s more than likely that the campaigns and events that they run will be pretty generic. Without planning, these campaigns won’t take into account what’s worked well in the past (and I don’t mean gut feelings, but real, hard metrics). They also won’t allow much time for originality, no matter how creative you think you are.”  Often, if you plan ahead you are able to secure the best pricing and availability on your promotional holiday gifts.

Strategically Market Your Brand During the Holidays

promotional holiday giftsWhen you plan ahead, you can discuss you can carefully weigh your marketing options.  This will allow you to tailor a marketing campaign and promotional products to your brand and customers. There is more than simply celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah or the Holiday Season in general in December.  Get creative with your marketing and make a memorable impact!  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month so consider ordering promotional products to give to employees or survivors.  Halloween is in October and why not have a little fun with your promotional products?  Also, both Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving are in November and offer unique opportunities to promote your business. Avoid the headache of having your promotional items delayed or backordered because of the seasonal rush. Maximize your 2017 holiday marketing campaign and start planning for your promotional holiday gifts now!

26Jul/17

5 Fun & Effective Pet Promotional Products

When you are choosing promotional products you want to focus on products that will interest and intrigue people.  It can be hard to choose one product that will be useful for a wide array of people.  Pet promotional products are a great choice because many people have pets. The statistics show that tens of millions of people in the U.S. alone have at least 1 pet.  The ASPCA provides insight into just how many people have pets, “It’s estimated that 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats are owned in the United States. Approximately 44% of all households in the United States have a dog, and 35% have a cat.” There is a pet-themed holiday each month of the year so it is always a great time to appeal to pet lovers.  Promotional products have been proven to be a cost-efficient, effective marketing strategy.  Choosing pet-themed promotional products will make your brand truly stand out from the crowd.  Pet owners tend to be very passionate about their pets.  Showing people that you are a pet-friendly brand will appeal to a potential customer.  And, since they are likely to use the product they will be reminded of your brand on a regular basis.  Attract new clients in a unique ways with these 5 pet-themed promotional products.

5 Fun & Effective Pet Promotional Products

  1. Branded Tennis Ball
    • pet promotional products - tennis ballEvery dog loves to play fetch and many cats are very playful as well. A tennis ball is one of the many great and universally-friendly pet promotional products.  Further, a branded tennis ball is a great gift because it appeals to a diverse audience.  A branded tennis ball can be given to just about anyone, even if they don’t have pets!  Every time the recipient uses that tennis ball and has fun, they will be immediately reminded of your brand.
  2. Pet Bag Dispenser
    • pet promotional products - bag dispenserAll dogs have to go to the bathroom from time to time. If you go on a lot of walks with your dog, visit a dog park, or go on hikes, you might need to clean up after your dog goes to the bathroom in a public place.  Pet bag dispensers are convenient and discreet.  They often have a keychain attached so they can be added to someone’s keyring or attached to a backpack.  Every time a pet owner has to clean up after their dog, they will be thankful your brand was so generous with a pet promotional product.
  3. Portable Pet Food/Water Bowl
    • pet promotional products - portable dog bowlGetting out of the house with your pet can be a lot of fun but you also need to be prepared. Pets need food and water during walks or hikes or if you plan to be out for an extended period of time.  Choose from traditional pet food and water bowls or collapsible travel food and water bowls with your custom branding imprinted right on them.
  4. Branded Pet Toy
    • pet promotional products - branded pet toyDogs love to play with chew toys, ropes, Frisbees and other fun items for recreation. Every time a pet owner reaches for a toy for their pet, make sure it is a branded toy with your custom logo.  They will use it often and it will help create brand recognition in a subtle yet effective way.
  5. Promotional Leash
    • Pet Promotional Products - LeashIf you take your pet for walks like most owners do, you probably need a leash for safety. There are many different styles of promotional leashes that can be ordered with your custom branding.  Not only will a pet owner see your branding, but everywhere they walk your branding will be seen by others.
12Jul/17

Promotional Products and Spiritwear for Schools and Universities

Create School Spirit with Custom School Promotional Products and Spiritwear!

It may feel like summer has just begun but it’s already time to start thinking about your “back to school”! And we don’t just mean school supplies, we mean school marketing.  Every type of school or any size needs promotional products to encourage school spirit.  There are many different kinds of school spiritwear and school promotional products.  These products pump students, parents, and school sports fans for the new school year!  Promotional products and spiritwear generate school spirit, goodwill, excitement, loyalty, and more!  Sell your school promotional products and spiritwear in the school shop. And, give your custom promotional products away for exciting promotions or to alumni and donors as a gift for donations!

school promotional products apparelThere are certain school promotional products and spiritwear that are great for any type of school.  For example, t-shirts are a great promotional item for any school. They can help entice parents to join an elementary school PTO or PTA which all schools need. And, promotional apparel is great for teenagers in high school or young adults in college.  Parents are always proud to represent their child’s school so a school cannot go wrong ordering school t-shirts.  Additionally, promotional pens are useful for any school because people always need pens!  And, as an added bonus, if the pens get left somewhere it will help promote the school to new people!  To continue, bookmarks make a great promotional product because they are inexpensive yet useful.

school promotional products stadium seatThere are many promotional products or spiritwear items that work well for high schools or colleges (though many would still be great for elementary schools as well!).  If your school has an athletic program, great spiritwear is a must!  Hats, t-shirts, and sweatshirts are some of the most popular.  But, don’t forget the fans and tailgating crowd!  Custom printed logo folding chairs, seat cushions, umbrellas, misting fans, water bottles, or coolers are sure to be crowd-pleasers.

Additionally, when ordering promotional products for high schools or universities it is a great idea to stock the school shop with many “school staples.”  These can include promotional notebooks, logo pens, calculators, rulers, tote bags, backpacks, highlighters, sticky notes, staplers, flash drives, coffee mugs, and more!  Every student needs many or all of these things so why not provide them an opportunity to purchase them with your school’s logo on them or give them out as gifts to students!

school promotional products earbudsFinally, promotional products and spiritwear do not have to be all serious or studious, have some fun!  Some fun promotional products for schools or universities include logo sunglasses, footballs, Frisbees, headphones/earbuds, stress ball, mascot plushes, or phone charger/power bank.  Seeing students wear spiritwear or use custom promotional products creates an atmosphere of loyalty, fun, and excitement.  Prospective students will want to be a part of that kind of community, donors will want to give donations, students will feel like they are part of something fun and exciting, and parents will want to participate.  Contact Connect the Dots to order your school or university promotional products now to be prepared for the new school year!

21Jun/17

5 Fun & Effective Patriotic Promotional Products

July 4th is just around the corner and it is a great time to celebrate with patriotic pride!  Now is the time to be inventive and celebrate the nation’s birthday with a creative marketing campaign.  Centering your marketing campaign around a holiday is a great way to remind customers about our business.  So, if you have any special offers or sales, use July 4th promotional products to draw attention to them!  Additionally, if your business celebrates the 4th of July as a company, you can foster goodwill among employees with special July 4th patriotic promotional products.  Celebrate Independent Day in style with these 5 patriotic promotional products.

5 Fun & Effective Patriotic Promotional Products

1.  Fireworks Glasses

If you have not seen fireworks glasses yet, you are missing out!  They are fun for kids and adults of all ages!  Fireworks glasses have specially treated holographic lenses that break light into a spectrum.  They are a fun way to enhance fireworks viewing and make a great promotional product for any company.  And, fireworks glasses are not just for the 4th of July!  They can be used for electronic dance parties, light shows, and holiday celebrations – check out your Christmas tree and see it sparkle with these cool glasses!  Fireworks glasses are the ultimate patriotic promotional products.

2.  Patriotic Beach Ball

The summer is a great time for fun in the sun and water! Many people are either headed to the beach or to the pool.  Promote your business and celebrate the 4th of July with a patriotic beach ball.  They are not only fun, they are effective marketing tools because it is likely they will get used a lot!

3.  American Flag Glasses

Everyone can use an extra pair of sunglasses to block out the bright summer light.  Celebrate July 4th in style with patriotic sunglasses.  They will show off American pride as well as market your brand’s logo wherever they go.  So, don’t forget to order your patriotic sunglasses for your marketing campaign!

4.  American Flag Stress Ball

No matter the time of year, we all encounter stress in our daily lives.  A stress ball is a time-tested promotional product.  They are popular because they get used and help market your brand in a positive way.  An American Flag stress ball is a great gift because it can be used to toss around or squeezed for stress.  And, a patriotic stress ball is sure to be a hit with employees and customers!

5.  Patriotic Pen

You can never have too many pens.  Pens are some of the most popular promotional products because they do such a great marketing job.  Also, pens get left places or given to people and each time it spreads your branding to a new customer.  People will use your pen and be reminded of your business.  A patriotic pen is a fun and economical way to market your brand for July 4th.