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.


Keep Cool This Summer with These 5 Promotional Products

Summer Promotional Products That Keep You Cool!

The temperatures are warming up summer is upon us, and we all are just looking for ways to stay cool!  Summer is a fun season that should be welcomed with celebration.  The days are longer; we spend more time outside, and often host parties or barbecues.  Thus, with so many fun events and parties, and so much time spent outside, it is the ideal marketing opportunity.  There are summer promotional products that are perfectly suited for spending time outside and are a powerful tool for generating brand exposure.  At Connect the Dots Promotions, we can help you find the ideal summer promotional products for your marketing and branding needs.  Help employees and customers stay cool with these 5 great summer promotional products.

1.  Cooler

summer promotional products coolerA promotional cooler is always a popular marketing item. There are so many coolers from which to choose that there is a cooler ideally suited to any budget and style preference. Also, there are insulated coolers and bags for any occasion/use. A small insulated bag can function like a lunch bag, a larger insulated tote would be great for groceries or road trips, and a promotional rolling cooler is a showstopper.  Further, each time your custom-printed logo cooler is used, your branding will be seen. The user will be reminded of your generosity and others around will be impressed. A branded cooler is sure to create a favorable lasting impression.


2.  Koozie Kooler

summer promotional products Koozie KoolerNothing is more refreshing than a cold drink on a warm day. It can be hard to keep drinks cool, particularly when spending time outside.  Promotional Koozie Kooler to the rescue!  A branded Koozie Kooler can be used around a water bottle, can, glass bottle, and many other beverages to help insulate the beverage and maintain it’s coolness.  So, keep people happy with cool drinks this summer thanks to your branded Koozie Kooler!


3.  Cold/Warm Pack

summer promotional products cold/hot packMany people don’t think they need an cold pack or warm pack….until they do, and then they really wish they had one. A cold/warm pack is a small, portable, very economical promotional product that can be printed with your logo. No matter the season, a promotional cold/warm pack will always come in handy and when the user experiences relief, it will be your logo they see and are thankful for.


4.  Umbrella

summer promotional products umbrellaAn umbrella is an incredibly useful tool for the rain, but don’t forget that it can be used to protect you from the sun and keep you cool. And, because sun protection is incredibly important an umbrella something anyone can use, regardless of the climate in which they live.  There are many different size, color, and style umbrellas form which to chose. And, any style can be custom printed to showcase your logo.


5.  Misting Fan

summer promotional products misting fanA personal fan is a great way to keep cool, but a misting fan is a surefire way to stay cool and refreshed! Misting fans are ideal summer promotional products for outdoor events.  They provide a great amount of brand exposure in a convenient and useful package!  Further, they are a a very budget friendly marketing product.



Spring Is Here! Go Eco-Friendly with Your Promotional Products

For a unique way to market your brand this spring, go green and choose eco-friendly promotional products!  While “green marketing” is not something that is new, it has more than proven its worth.  Many people mistakenly think that consumers have moved past the novelty of green marketing. Companies assume people no longer really care if the products they purchase or receive are eco-friendly.  But, that could not be further from the truth.

Do People Care of Products are Eco-Friendly?

Nielsen, a company dedicated to tracking what consumers watch and buy, reports on how effective green marketing is today, “Fifty-five percent of global online consumers across 60 countries say they are willing to pay more for products and services provided by companies that are committed to positive social and environmental impact, according to a new study by Nielsen. The propensity to buy socially responsible brands is strongest in Asia-Pacific (64%), Latin America (63%) and Middle East/Africa (63%). The numbers for North America and Europe are 42 and 40 percent, respectively. “Consumers around the world are saying loud and clear that a brand’s social purpose is among the factors that influence purchase decisions,” said Amy Fenton, global leader of public development and sustainability, Nielsen. ‘This behavior is on the rise and it provides opportunities for meaningful impact in our communities, in addition to helping to grow share for brands.’”

Should You Go Green with Your Promotional Products?

People really do care about sustainability and eco-friendly products when making purchases with their own money. And if that is the case, they are sure to be impressed when they receive an eco-friendly promotional product.  By taking the step to go green with your logo marketing products, you will build additional goodwill and loyalty to your brand.  And, it is easy to find eco-friendly promotional products! Almost any product you can think of is probably available in an eco-friendly version. Below are 5 great eco-friendly promotional products to use in your next marketing campaign.


Eco-Friendly Promotional Products:

Reusable Tote Bags
  • Eco-Friendly Promotional Product Tote BagTote bags are incredibly handy and are incredibly popular promotional items as a result. Use your tote bag for travel, to get groceries, to carry supplies, as a computer bag or anything else you can think of!  Reusable tote bags are already eco-friendly because they reduce the waste of disposable plastic bags but you can take it one step further and buy branded tote bags that are made from recycled materials!
Insulated Lunch Bags
  • Eco-Friendly Promotional Product Lunch BagJust like reusable tote bags, lunch bags cut down on waste and make packing your lunch convenient. Give the gift of convenience to employees and customers with insulated lunch bags made from recycled materials that are certain to be used time and time again.
Eco-Friendly Water Bottle
  • Eco-Friendly Promotional Product Water BottleReusable water bottles are, like lunch and tote bags, inherently “green” because they reduce the use of disposable plastic. But, not all water bottles are created equal. Some are made from materials that are not earth-friendly or health-friendly.  Choose water bottles that are made of materials that are more safe for health and made of recycled material.
Recycled Notebook
  • Green Promotional Product NotebookWe all know how handy a free notebook can be. But, traditional notebooks are not exactly “green” because of how many trees must be cut down.  Get a notebook that looks and functions the same, but is made of recycled materials.  It will show that you are an earth-conscious business while providing a useful tool and gift.
Eco-Friendly Pens
  • Eco-Friendly Promotional Product PenEveryone loves a free pen! It is no secret that pens are some of the most popular logo promotional products so why not order ones that are made of recycled or biodegradable materials. They will be just as effective but far more eco-friendly and will show off your company’s conservation efforts in a powerful way!

Get Creative with Promotional Products for Company Picnics

Appreciate Employees with Company Picnis

Company Picnic Promotional Products - Beach BallIt is that time of year that temperatures start to warm up and companies begin hosting picnics.  It is important to show employee appreciation at various times during the year.  When you give an employee an “attaboy” and host a fun event, you foster goodwill and a positive company environment.  While food and games are certainly a huge part of any company picnic, don’t forget to order fun promotional products too!  There are many company picnic promotional products from which to choose. Now is the time to get creative and order products that really reach out and say “thanks”!

A company picnic is a fun chance to get outside the office and connect on a different level with co-workers.  Because the purpose is to appreciate employees in a different setting, promotional products should be themed accordingly.  Branded mouse pads and USB drives are great gifts but they scream “office”. Now is the chance to think outside the box and get creative for your company event.  Doing so will show that you have gone the extra mile for your employees.  Your employees will be thrilled to take home something so fun and useful.  And, that promotional product will continuously remind them of the fun, morale-boosting experience they had at the company picnic.

Company Picnic Promotional Products

Company Picnic Promotional Products - Picnic BlanketThere are many different promotional products that are a perfect gift for a company picnic.  First, you could give out customized picnic blankets.  Not only will they be able to use them the day of, but again and again.  Each time they need a picnic blanket they will see your logo and be reminded of your generous gift.  Also, another great gift is promotional sunglasses.  They are an inexpensive way to provide something useful and fun.  Choose fun colors or creative styles and get the added bonus of a great photo-op for employees.  Further, insulated cooler bags or totes coordinate perfectly with company picnics and are very useful as a lunch bag, grocery tote, or just an extended car trip when you want to keep things cool.

And, don’t forget the kids!  If children are invited to the Company Picnic Promotional Products - Footballcompany picnic it can be a fun thing to have some children’s items.  Order promotional Frisbees, beach balls, footballs, sun hats, beach bucket with sand toys, kites or other child-friendly items.  The kids will have fun and you will really impress the parents.

Company Picnic Promotional Products - Folding ChairIn addition to promotional products that everyone will get, consider ordering a few larger promotional products that can be given out as prizes for contests or games during the event.  Larger items like promotional backpacks, customized BBQ sets, headphones, PopSockets, folding chairs are always coveted prizes.  Those larger items will motivate people to participate in games and contests and enhance the fun of the event.  Company Picnic Promotional Products - BBQ SetCompany picnics are a great team-building experience for everyone and it allows employees to get to know each other on a different level.  Reward employees for their hard work and foster goodwill with creative and fun company picnic promotional products.


PPAI Promotional Products Work! Week

PPAI 2017 Promotional Products Work! Week is April 24-28th

PPAI Promotional Products Work! WeekPromotional Products Work! Week is dedicated to uniting the industry with one mission, one purpose, and one voice.  And, it is an opportunity for promotional products professionals everywhere to celebrate the power of promotional products.  In fact, when companies use these products, it generates immense marketing value.  PPAI (Promotional Products Association International) is focused on celebrating industry professionals that create “Advertising That Lives On.” Further, this week is all about creating awareness that custom logo products are a powerful and effective marketing and advertising medium.

Interestingly, what many businesses may not realize is that promotional products are an incredibly effective form of advertising.  These products should be an integral part of any marketing campaign.  And, branded products are not just making a big marketing impact, they are also very cost-effective.  Further, promotional products provide the opportunity to market your brand in a unique and personal way. We at Connect the Dots enjoy working closely with business to develop truly unique and exciting branded marketing product campaigns.

The Marketing Power Proof Is In the Statistics

Promotional Products Association International describes just how effective marketing with promotional products can be for a business, “A PPAI study revealed new insights into promotional products’ value and effectiveness. Of those surveyed who could recall receiving a promotional product in the previous 12 months, 88 percent could recall the name of the advertiser and 85 percent have done business with an advertiser as a result of receiving an item. Imagine being able to craft a message one time, and see that message spread to an audience of hundreds, thousands and even millions. Now imagine that message being delivered by a t-shirt, a pen or a beverage cup. Promotional products professionals work with Fortune 500 companies and top ad agencies to create experiences people love through a product they can actually use.”

Thus, the impact is incredibly significant!  And, it is because of this that we want everyone to know that promotional products really do work!

How Promotional Products Work

PPAI Promotional Products Work! Week

Connect the Dots wants to ensure that all of our clients know how influential these branded products can be.  Moreover, we encourage you to look at your marketing strategy and budget for areas where you can make a change.  Allow us to work with you to better allocate marketing funds to more effective methods, such as custom logo products.  In summary, Connect the Dots is excited to participate in PPAI Promotional Products Work! Week. We can’t wait to showcase the outstanding marketing power of promotional products – they really do work!



Celebrate Earth Day & Other Unique Holidays with Promotional Products!

Businesses love to celebrate major holidays and gift their employees or customers with something special.  They order promotional products to celebrate holidays such as Christmas, July 4th, National Employee Appreciation Day, or other anniversaries within the company.  And, while those gifts and signs of appreciation are great, every business is doing that!  At Connect the Dots, we believe when you want your business to stand out, make a memorable impact, and foster a unique company atmosphere, it is a great idea to choose some unusual or creative holidays to center your marketing and promotions around.  There are lots of other fun holidays that present a great opportunity for unique marketing!  Below are 5 unique holidays and creative promotional products that will set you apart from the crowd and help you make a big impact!

Creative Promotional Products for Unique Holidays:

Earth Day

Earth Day is on April 22nd, 2017 and there are many eco-friendly promotional products that would be perfect!

reusable shopping bagReusable Shopping Bags – Print reusable shopping bags with your custom branding for a useful promotional product gift.  Every time an employee or customer shops, they will see your business’ branding and remember your generous gift.  Further, everyone at the grocery store will see your branding & know you are a generous, eco-friendly company, so it is a great marketing tool.


travel mugTravel Mug or Reusable Water Bottle – Plastic or paper cups and water bottles are wasteful and bad for the environment.  Help your employees or customers go green with a useful travel mug or reusable water bottle.  Also, when you custom print them with your logo, you ensure your branding goes with them wherever they go!



National Sunglasses Day

National Sunglasses Day is June 27th, 2017 so don’t forget to protect those eyes! 

Tcreative promotional products sunglasseshere are many different promotional sunglasses products available.  Choose from various styles and colors and custom print them with your logo on the side!  You employees or customers will love receiving something so useful and unique!



National Relaxation Day

National Relaxation Day is August 15th, 2017 and what employee or customer couldn’t use a little relaxation? 

creative promotional products massagerThere are a multitude of options when it comes to relaxation-themed promotional products.  Custom branded stress balls, sleep masks, bath products, massagers, back scratchers, and more!



National Cookie Day

When you think of December holidays, National Cookie Day may not be the first thing that comes to mind but after you give the gift of cookies, it will certainly be memorable!

creative promotional products cookiesOrder custom cookie tins, baskets, boxes or more, in any flavor you can think of, for a delicious gift of appreciation.  It is a fun way to take employees and customers by surprise and, rather than doing the typical December holiday gift, make a memorable impact!


Happy Birthday Connect the Dots!


Happy birthday to Connect the Dots!  It is hard to believe but we have been in business for 9 years! And, what a 9 years it has been! We have loved having the opportunity to work with so many local and national clients across a range of industries.  We approach every project with a passion for what we do. Our goal is always to find marketing solutions to fit each business’ unique marketing objectives. The industry is constantly changing because technology and the hottest trends evolve over time.  Every customer has unique needs so each marketing campaign is highly individualized. But, one thing that always remains the same is the effectiveness of promotional products.  They are ideal for promoting a new product, fostering goodwill, and creating brand recognition.  Year after year, client after client, promotional products provide invaluable marketing impact.

Connect the Dots Clientele

It has been a great 9 years and we could not be more excited to celebrate what we have accomplished.  We have had the distinct pleasure of working with over 172 clients of all sizes and from across all industries.  We have worked with Fortune 500 companies and local community churches.   At Connect the Dots, we are always eager to come up with creative and effective solutions for a wide variety of marketing objectives.  Further, we are fortunate that our clients have been extremely satisfied.  So much so that we have fulfilled over 3,000 purchase orders!

Connect the Dots Achievements

In addition to working with wonderful clients, we are proud to have worked towards some important business designations.  First, we are a Women Business Enterprise. On August 15, 2014, we became certified as a Women Business Enterprise.  Additionally, on April 27, 2017, we will graduate from the Diversified Supplier Training (D-Step) program with APS.

Connect the Dots Volunteerism

Over the last 9 years, Connect the Dots has also been dedicated to volunteerism.  We have dedicated hundreds of hours to volunteering to help build a better community including working with UMOM and the Severson Sisters.  The last 9 years for Connect the Dots has been an exciting, challenging, creative and fun experience. We look forward to what the next 9 years hold for us as a business, for the existing and new clientele we will work with, and for the promotional products and marketing industry!  Connect the Dots would love to work with you on your next marketing and promotional products campaign.  Allow us to utilize our extensive experience to create effective and exciting promotional products for your business.



Client Spotlight: Emailage Promotional Products Campaign

Nothing feels better than a text from a client saying, “We love our promotional products!”  And, that is exactly what we received from Emailage!  Emailage is a new client who was referred to us and with whom we were fortunate to work recently.  Based locally in Chandler, AZ, they are a company with an incredibly fun atmosphere and a passion for what they do.  Emailage works with a variety of clients from all over the world.  Their mission is to provide products and solutions that make everyday email transactions easier, more efficient and more secure.  Emailage’s team is dedicated to providing its clients with a proactive approach to fraud strategy.  At Connect the Dots, we were very excited to work with Emailage on their promotional products campaign. We helped them create promotional products that would perfectly exemplify who they are as a brand and a business.

As we do with all clients, we worked closely with Emailage to design a variety of promotional products.  Those products included polo shirts, notebooks, bookmarks, and Popsockets. Notyet familiar with what Popsockets are?  Ask us about what they are and why we think they are a great promotional product option for any company!  Emailage wanted a selection of promotional products so that, as they meet with clients, they have options to pass out.  These kind of promotional products are incredibly useful.  It is highly likely that the client will actually use them in their day-to-day life. Thus, they will be influenced by Emailage’s branding in a positive way on a consistent basis.  We love all of our clients and especially enjoyed working with Emailage on their promotional products campaign.  If you haven’t had the chance, check out their website to learn more about what a great company they are!

Promotional Wearables

Promotional Products Polo Shirt



Anyone can use another polo shirt or pullover when it looks this good! Ensure that your logo gets seen by many with a stylish custom-branded polo shirt!





Promotional Notebooks

Promotional Products Notebook


This notebook is not only stylish but incredibly useful.  You know that whoever receives this notebook is sure to bring it with them wherever they go. Ultimately, that means they will bring your branding with them as well!





Promotional Popsockets

Promotional Products Popsocket

One of this year’s most popular promotional products is the Popsocket!  People are putting the Popsocket on their phones and raving about it’s features. It provides a better handheld position, better headset storage, and for mounting or resting their phones for ideal viewing.  These Emailage Popsockets are just so cool and effective!