27Sep/18

8 Fun School Spirit Promotional Products to Show Your School Pride!

Get in the School Spirit with Promotional Products!

We all love to root for our favorite home team, represent our alma mater with pride, or show off our school colors!  Being a part of a school community is fun but the fun can be further enhanced with school spirit promotional items.  Whether you are preparing for ‘back-to-school,’ have a school spirit shop, a big homecoming game, athletic events, academic events, or just want to represent your school with pride every day, there are a wide array of promotional products that will excellently represent your school spirit.

Give Consumers What They Want & Foster School Loyalty with Promotional Products

School spirit promotional products never go out of style.  And, even if there are extras you can always give them away as a gesture of goodwill or reward for an achievement, or you could sell them in your school spirit shop! PPAI points out that smart young consumers (high school and college students, for example) are eager to be on trend while representing their school spirit during their school years and as alumni as well, “With more than 20 million students roaming U.S. college campuses this fall, building brand loyalty among them seems as easy as a course in underwater basketweaving. But the tastes and opinions of these savvy young consumers are as diverse as their backgrounds, so campaigns need to be thoughtful, targeted and on trend…Tote bags and backpacks, including inexpensive drawstring bags, are popular as well, she says. “Totes are used to carry stuff at events; backpacks are given out at orientation to carry books and laptops; drawstring bags are used to advertise events.” Rounding out the top three for Larick’s clients are portable drinkware options. “Disposable water bottles are being banned on many campuses we work with,” she says. “Students often carry water bottles and thermal coffee mugs around campus.” School spirit continues to live on for many alumni, particularly those who participated in campus organizations such as sports teams, fraternities and sororities.”  Custom school spirit promotional products will show off your school pride in style, provide traveling marketing opportunities for more people to learn about your school, serve many helpful purposes, and ultimately – they are a lot of fun!  

8 Fun School Spirit Promotional Products
  1. Drawstring Bag
      • Every kid can use a drawstring bag to tote their gym clothes, shoes, books, or other items!
  1. Cups or Tumblers
      • Everyone in the family will love having a custom school spirit cup or tumbler!
  1. Sports Ball
      • Whether you opt to customize a football, basketball, soccer ball, baseball or volleyball – custom school balls are great gifts! Give them to school athletic team members, students or families!
  1. Pens & Pencils
      • Pens and pencils are necessary school writing tools. They are also some of the most inexpensive promotional products! These budget-friendly school spirit promotional products are a great choice!
  1. Notebooks
      • Jot down class notes in style or just have a handy notebook at the ready with a custom logo notebook.
  1. Lanyards
      • Most schools today require student ID cards or badge.  A custom logo lanyard is not only spreading school spirit but a helpful accessory to promote school security!
  1. Hats
      • Hats are a staple in the promotional product industry, and for good reason – everybody loves a great hat!  It is the easiest and most convenient way to represent your favorite school while also keeping the sun out of your eyes!
  1. Stadium Seats or Cushions
      • Cheering on your school team can sometimes last hours but that doesn’t mean you have to be uncomfortable!  Sit on a customized school spirit stadium seat or cushion!

Connect the Dots Can Customize Your School Spirit Promotional Products!

At Connect the Dots Promotions, we recently had the opportunity to work with Scottsdale Christian Academy on their school spirit promotional products and we can’t wait to see them in action at their 2018 Homecoming football game! Go team go!

29Aug/18

10th Annual UMOM Walk to End Homelessness

Participating in the 10th Annual UMOM Walk to End Homelessness

UMOM New Day CenterAt Connect the Dots, we are all about creating a community of connection.  We love our clients and we love our community so any time we can bring them together in one way or another is a total win in our books.  A community of connection pulls everyone together for a more impactful outcome.  And, because we love our community and our clients, we are so proud to sponsor the 10th Annual UMOM Walk to End Homelessness.  We have volunteered with UMOM for many years and are proud to support this great organization in any way that we can.  And, not only will be participating in the event but we are going to be sponsoring a team in an effort to break a Guinness World Record!  

How You Can Be a Part of a Guinness World Record

UMOM Walk to End HomelessnessWe want as many people as possible to participate in the UMOM Walk to End Homelessness because we will be breaking the Guinness World Record for the Largest Thong Sandal Race. The current record is 1,346 participants and this year we will break that record at the Phoenix Zoo!  And, because we work to create a community of connection, one of our Connect the Dots Promotions Clients, McCarthy Building Co., has donated flip-flops for the event for teams to wear. We love when we can bring clients together and also support the community and make an effort to end homelessness!  

About the 10th Annual UMOM Walk to End Homelessness

UMOM Walk to End HomelessnessThe UMOM Walk to End Homelessness is a 1K race at the Phoenix Zoo that raises money and awareness for families, single women, and youth experiencing homelessness.  You can choose to participate in the event as an individual, as part of a team, or as a sponsor!

The UMOM Walk is September 22nd, 2018 at the Phoenix Zoo

Saturday, September 22, 2018, 

Phoenix Zoo

455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008

6:00 A.M. – Registration & Activities/Food Vendors Open

7:00 A.M. – Walk Begins

9:00 A.M. – Event Ends/Zoo Open to Event Attendees and the Public

Tickets – Each ticket includes a commemorative t-shirt and flip-flops and all-day access to the Phoenix Zoo on the day of the event

21Aug/18

Connect the Dots Promotions Has a New Office!

A New Office for Connect the Dots Promotions!

Arizona Promotional ProductsAt Connect the Dots Promotions, it is our priority to constantly look for ways to better serve our clients.  We want to provide our clients with the best experience and service and help them foster a community of connection in whatever industry in which they find themselves.  We recently moved to a new office location because we believe it will allow us to better serve our clients, and their promotional products needs, in every way possible!

 

Friendly Faces at Our New Arizona Promotional Products Office

Arizona Promotional ProductsWhile we may be in an exciting new office space, you will still walk in and see the same friendly faces of Connect the Dots! Karie Cowden is always ready to get creative and find new and unique ways to market your business, reward employees, or thank customers.  Also, if you need a little help thinking outside the box, just hop in our office hammock and let the inspiration strike! And, Marcie is always hard at work to make sure everything is on track for our clients!  Teamwork makes the dream work and our team is hard at work to make our client’s dreams work!

Work Hard & Be Nice to People

Arizona Promotional ProductsAt Connect the Dots Promotions, it is our mission to create a community of connection and to help our clients do the same.  We believe the best way to achieve that is always through hard work and positive attitude.  We have this little reminder in our kitchen to help us always stay focused on what is most important. You will always succeed when you work hard and are nice to people! 

Come Say Hi & See Our New Office

If we haven’t had a chance to meet in a while, or you just want to check out the new digs, we would love for you to come to our new office and say hi!  We will be happy to show you around the new office and help you with any of your promotional product needs!

Connect the Dots Promotions New Office:
3141 E. Beardsley Road, Suite 135 Phoenix, AZ 85050

06Aug/18

The 4th Quarter Is Coming- Time To Start Planning for Holiday Employee & Client Gifts

It’s Never Too Early to Plan Your 4th Quarter Employee & Client Promotional Product Gifts

4th Quarter MarketingIt may only be August but the 4th Quarter is almost here and that means it is time to start planning ahead!  Any companies give out gifts to their employees and clients during the 4th Quarter, often for the holidays, but as year-end gifts as well.  You might be thinking that it is way too early to be thinking about holiday and end-of-year gifts but if you start planning now it will make your marketing more effective and be more cost efficient as well.

Plan Ahead Maximizes Your Marketing Efforts

Planning ahead will not only give you peace of mind (though this should not be underestimated!), it will maximize your marketing efforts.  First, every single business will be ordering holiday and end-of-year promotional products during the 4th Quarter and that means it will take longer to fulfill those orders. Don’t get stuck at the last minute paying more for a promotional product that is not ideal for your business or marketing goals just because you are in a rush.  Plan and order your holiday promotional products in advance and you will have the exact promotional products you want when you need them.

Planning Ahead Maximizes Your Marketing Budget

4th Quarter MarketingAdditionally, by anticipating the type of promotional product(s) you would like to customize for employees or clients, you will have the ability to budget accordingly.  By planning ahead you do not have to worry about paying rush order fees or a supplier being unable to fulfill your order.  By the time the 4th Quarter rolls around, your annual budget may have shifted and you may either have more or less in your budget than you anticipated at the beginning of the year.  With enough advance, you can adjust and plan ahead to maximize any marketing budget.

Planning Ahead Let’s You Get Creative with Marketing

Also, planning a marketing calendar months in advance can feel like work but it makes it much easier to get creative with marketing.  Why not try giving your 4th Quarter promotional products to clients and employees at Halloween or Thanksgiving, rather than at the end of the year?  Sometimes an unexpected and creative promotional product can make all the difference in terms of impact and brand recognition.  And, you will stand out more from your competitors if you get more creative with your marketing efforts. There are so many ways to use promotional products creatively around fun holidays, as thank you’s, or for any other 4th Quarter event your business has planned.  If you need help planning your 4th Quarter promotional products or are looking for some unique and creative ways to market your brand, Connect the Dots Promotions can help you turn your 4th Quarter marketing into a success!

25Jun/18

High ROI on Promotional Products

What Type of ROI Can Promotional Products Offer?

When choosing marketing and promotional products, it is common to wonder what the ROI (return on investment) will be.  While this is understandable, there is no set formula for what works best in marketing.  It is impossible to predict what a promotional product’s “ROI” will be, particularly because in marketing there are different types of promotional product ROI.  To label a return on investment as only monetary would be significantly simplifying the impact that promotional products can have for your business.

What Exactly Constitutes ‘ROI’?

First, it is important to establish what ROI can mean for your business.  There is obviously monetary ROI – when a promotional product converts to a sale.  But, promotional products can also foster goodwill and enhance and extend your branding efforts.  Think about the marketing real estate of someone’s desk.  If someone sits at their desk every day then that is tremendous opportunity to market your brand if you can take up even a small portion of that real estate.  Calendars, notepads, mousepads, mugs, Bluetooth speakers, pens, and more that sit on everyone’s desks can be custom branded. Each time that person sits down at their desk they will see your logo.  This creates brand recognition/recall, fosters goodwill because they remember that you gave a gift, and may just be the reminder they need when they need your product or service to give you a call.  That is tremendous and diverse ROI!

Diversify Your Definition of ROI to See the True Potential of Promotional Products!

In addition to utilizing someone’s desk real estate, you can strategically use promotional products as creative marketing tools that create brand recognition and help you grow your social media presence.  Branded wearable promotional products are great to hand out at events.  You can encourage people to snap a pic and tag you so that they can win a prize.  Another fun way to increase social media engagement is to encourage people to snap a picture with your logo any time they see it.  For example, if they are out at the bank or a local restaurant and see your branded pen on the counter, they can take a picture of it and tag your social media profile to win a prize.  This enhances the ROI on a relatively small investment in a promotional pen and creates a grassroots marketing movement for your brand.  When discussing branded promotional product ROI, it is important to look at all the different ROI types and potential with any given item so that you can maximize your marketing budget!

10Jun/18

4 Kids Promotional Products You Should Customize for Marketing

All it takes is one look at advertising on television, apps and social media to see that promoting to kids is a good idea.  Any time you can gain favor with a child you will probably gain favor with their parents as well.  And, it is those parents that have the buying power.  Even if your brand is not necessarily geared towards children (or not even remotely), it is likely that a good percentage of your clients have children.  If you custom brand products specifically geared towards children, particularly products they are likely to use, it is just another effective way to keep your brand in front of clients and reinforce brand recall.  The more your brand is in front of clients the more likely they are to come to you the next time they need your product or service.  Additionally, if you host a kid-friendly event, run a school, daycare, gym, camp, or anything else where kids may be members, students or just participate, having branded products for children is always a good idea.  Below are 4 fun kids promotional products that would look great with your custom branding on them.

4 Kids Promotional Products You Should Customize for Marketing

  1. Color Changing Cups
      • These 17oz cups are fun, easy to customize, and are something every kid will want to use every day!  Think of the marketing potential of having this cup sit on your client’s table every day!  The cups change color when you put a cold beverage in them and your kids will be amazed at their coloring changing power!
  1. Stress YoYos
      • Fun and multi-purpose!  What more could you want in a promotional product?  They can be squeezed like a normal stress ball or they can be flung around like a bungee.  Kids (and adults!) love them and they look great with a logo printed on them.  They come in different athletic ball styles also they make a great gift for sporting events, field days, kids camps, etc.
  1. Youth Sunglasses
      • Everyone needs an extra pair of sunglasses and what is more fun for kids than a colorful pair of sunglasses?  These are great for any event, for medical or dental practices that see children, school events, fundraisers, fun runs, or any other event you can imagine.  They are in a smaller size to ensure they can fit a child’s head and serve as a great mobile marketing tool since your brand will travel with them wherever they are worn.
  1. Kites
      • Flying a kite is a favorite pastime for children for as long as anyone can remember.  What is better than grabbing kite on a windy day and watching it twirl around.  And, your brand will sore through the air, reminding the child and their parents of your generous, fun and unique gift while creating priceless memories.
24May/18

4 Technology Promotional Products

Time after time it has been proven that promotional products are an effective marketing tool.  Decade after decade, promotional products work to foster goodwill, encourage patronage, reinforce branding, and market your business.  And while most promotional products are very effective (even many unexpected products), over the years, we have seen a myriad of promotional products that just don’t work.  When you invest in promotional products you want them to actually work and provide a good return on investment (regardless of what metric you use to measure ‘return’).  Often, promotional products that are effective are ones that get used on a regular basis.  And, one type of promotional product that is sure to get used frequently is a technology-driven promotional product.  At Connect the Dots Promotions, we are always excited to see new and exciting tech promotional products that we can share with clients who want to take their marketing to the next level.  Below are 4 cool technology promotional products that may help take your business marketing to the next level.

4 Technology Promotional Products

  1. Allocacoc PowerCube™ Original USB
      • technology promotional productsEveryone is carrying around at least one piece of technology at almost any given moment of the day.  And the rest of the day most everything we use is electronically-powered technology.  Because of that, we all need reliable, functional, efficient and effective means to power our technology.  ThePowerCube can be used as a standalone power source or the expand the PowerCube Extended or Extended USB.  Not only does it supply traditional outlets but USB ports as well.  This is a space-saver that, when custom branded, is sure to be not only useful but an effective marketing tool.
  1. Get Together™ Bluetooth® Speaker
      • technology promotional productsEveryone needs a portable, wireless bluetooth speaker.  It is practically a necessity and is incredibly useful for home use, office use, poolside, etc.  With exceptional Bluetooth reception, easily connect a wireless device even from a distance and enjoy music anywhere you are!  When customized everyone will be having a great time and will see your brand as the reason for enjoying high-quality music.
  1. Hive™ True Wireless Portable Surround Sound Speaker
      • technology promotional productsStand out from the marketing crowd and make a memorable impact with the Hive True Wireless speaker.  Not only does the Bluetooth pair with any mobile device from a 33 ft. Range, it provides 6 hours of playtime and can be combined with multiple other Hive devices for surround sound!  Further, it is wall-mountable for extreme convenience and efficiency.  Nobody will be able to forget your brand when you use the Hive True Wireless Portable Surround Sound Speaker.
  1. Onyt™ App-Enabled Smart Button
      • technology promotional productsWant convenience at the touch of a button?  Don’t we all!  Well, now you and your customers and employees can have it when you custom brand the Onyt!  Onyt is a wireless, app-controlled device that can be custom programmed in a large number of ways to control everyday tasks and make your life easier!  Once programmed, at the press of a button you can call a taxi, turn your stereo on, etc.!  
30Apr/18

Promotional Product Client Spotlight: Jean Briese – Arizona Motivational Speaker

Promotional Products Popsockets CoastersAt Connect the Dots Promotions, we love to shine a spotlight on some of our awesome customers and the exciting promotional products they have implemented in their marketing campaigns.  As a local, woman-owned company, we prioritize supporting local businesses and get particularly excited to showcase other women-owned businesses in Arizona. We recently had the pleasure of working with Jean Briese, a gifted communicator, business leader, sales coach, and life coach.

Jean Briese knows what it takes to succeed in business and life and so we consider it a particular honor that she recognizes the power of promotional products.  Jean ordered both coasters and POPSOCKETS as thank you gifts for her clients and also as follow up gifts with potential clients.

Don’t Just Give a Gift – Give a Branded Gift!

Jean understands the power of an excellent presentation and that goes for promotional products as well.  A gift is always better received in pretty packaging and the packaging represents an extension of your brand as well.  Custom promotional products like coasters and POPSOCKETS are things that are incredibly useful which means that they will provide great ROI since every time a client reaches for them, they will see your branding and be reminded of your generosity and excellent business.

A Personal Touch Makes a Big Impact

In today’s digital, highly automated era, a personal touch goes a long way.  Something as simple as a branded promotional product and a thank you note can have a big impact on a client’s impression of your business and ultimately, client retention.

Inspire, Imagine, Transform

Jean sets out to inspire you, help you imagine, and help you transform your life. If you are in need of high-quality sales coaching, life coaching, or a motivational speaker for your next event, we cannot recommend Jean Briese enough.