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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

13Feb/18

InfinityHR Creates a Branded Environment with Promotional Products

At Connect the Dots Promotions it is our pleasure to work with clients to strategically enhance their marketing campaigns.  We are fortunate to have many clients that are not only great to work with but with whom it is fun to collaborate on unique and exciting promotional products. We believe strongly in supporting local businesses which is why we are excited to share about a locally-based company – InfinityHR.

Connect the Dots Client Spotlight: InfinityHR

InfinityHR Branded EnvironmentInfinityHR provides clients of any size with an online employee benefits enrollment application.  What started as an employee benefits application has grown to include services that include HR solutions, hire to retire, and more – all in one location.  InfinityHR’s integrated solution for human capital management is a powerful and accessible HR software solutions tool.

InfinityHR Creates Branded Environment with Promotional Products

We recently had the pleasure of working with InfinityHR on their marketing and promotional products.  InfinityHR attended a trade show and their trade show display was exceptionally successful because they took advantage of what is known as creating a ‘branded environment.’  Today, many potential customers are inundated with marketing and advertising throughout every minute of their day – whether they realize it or not.  Because of that, businesses must take their promotional products, marketing, InfinityHR Branded Environment PopSocketand trade show displays to the next level to truly draw in a customer and grab their attention.  And, by creating a branded environment, once they are inside your trade show display, every moment of their experience will be an experience with your brand.  Forbes elaborates on why creating a branded environment complete with branded promotional products will attract today’s harder-to-reach clientele, “Millennials are happy to share their feelings about brands on social media and branded events are no exception. In fact, Splash found (and shared in Adweek) that 81% of millennials shared photos on social media at a branded event, 71% used the event’s hashtag, 67% followed the brand on social and 56% signed up for an email list. All of this interaction took place at a branded event where millennials received products such as bottles, t-shirts, hats, glasses, totes or pens. Although branded swag isn’t required for millennials to talk about their branded event experience on social, it does help when it comes to images. Give millennials something to wear and share and they will…Sometimes it can be as simple as having a really unique and cool branded item that millennials are bound to use and want to show off immediately. In this way, branded swag can masquerade as a free product.”

InfinityHR did an outstanding job creating a branded environment and providing clients with exciting and fun swag that they will want to use, wear, and show off!

InfinityHR Branded Interactive Game

InfinityHR Branded Environment Promotional Game

InfinityHR Branded PopSockets & Beverage Holders

InfinityHR Branded Environment PopSocket

InfinityHR Branded Beverage Holders and Pens

InfinityHR Branded Environment Beverage Holder Pens

InfinityHR’s trade show booth was fun, effective and the client interacted with their unique brand from the moment they walked in until the moment they left.  And, because they took fun branded promotional products with them, the interaction with InfinityHR’s brand is limitless.  If you are interested in learning more about creating a branded environment at an event or trade show or ordering exciting promotional products to attract potential products, Connect the Dots Promotions can help!  And, if you are in need of an outstanding application that assists you with employee benefits enrollment, HR solutions, hire to retire, or other services, contact InfinityHR!

30Jan/18

2018 PPAI Expo Recap – Connect the Dots Promotions

Connect the Dots at the 2018 PPAI ExpoAttending the 2018 PPAI Expo

The team at Connect the Dots Promotions was excited to attend the 2018 PPAI Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.  It was a fun and thrilling event, as always.  And, we are so excited to share what we saw and experienced.

If you are not familiar with the PPAI Expo, it is a promotional product industry expo.  PPAI Expo explains why the event is one of the industry’s largest events and the 2018 PPAI Expo attracted so many people, “In 2018 The PPAI Expo brought more than 12,000 distributors from nearly 4,000 companies together under one roof for the five-day event.The PPAI Expo features more than 1,200 exhibiting companies showcasing more than a quarter million products over 1,000,000 square feet of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, the fifth largest convention center in the U.S. Serving as the yearly launch pad for both suppliers and distributors, The PPAI Expo provided a forum for all to connect, experience new products, network and conduct strategic business meetings. Engaging all stakeholders in one venue, it remains the single most important event of the year for the promotional products industry worldwide.”

What We Saw at the 2018 PPAI Expo

2018 PPAI ExpoThis year there were new products and new branding ideas that will inspire us as we continue to serve our clients this year.  One big theme that we think is incredibly important is a holistic approach to branded material.  The idea behind it is that rather than ordering different, disjointed branded promotional products, you choose a holistic approach to branding for a more cohesive experience for the end user.

One of the best ways to successfully implement a holistic approach to branding is to anticipate the year ahead.  In doing so you can strategically plan your marketing calendar accordingly.  This will give you time to determine your marketing priorities and order your branded items in advance.  By planning in advance you will have time to develop different marketing concepts for both employees and customers. Finally, you can find ways to make them integrate into one cohesive marketing strategy.

In addition to holistic marketing, we saw some fun promotional products.  These could be great ways to recognize employees, use as loyalty incentives, or to give as gifts to clients/customers.

2018 PPAI Expo SpeakerFor your high-end client, as a loyalty incentive, or as a nice employee recognition gift, you cannot go wrong with custom branded speakers.

 

2018 PPAI Expo Boost Ball ChairWant to add a fun layer of branding to your branded environment at a trade show – why not order some custom inflatable boost balls for people to sit on while they experience your brand and products.

 

 

2018 PPAI ExpoReady to recognize a “rockstar” client or employee?  These custom made record-themed promotional products are a fun and exciting way to do so!

Final Thoughts on the 2018 PPAI Expo Experience

We always love attending the PPAI Expo and the 2018 PPAI Expo certainly did not disappoint.  There were so many new products and new ideas to experience at the Expo. And, best of all – we have brought that experience and inspiration home to our clients.  The PPAI Expo is also a great time to make industry connections, network, receive education, and more – and that is exactly what we did this year at the Expo.  We look forward to sharing what we learned with our clients throughout the year and can’t wait for the next PPAI Expo!

11Jan/18

Connect the Dots Is Attending the 2018 PPAI Expo

2018 PPAI Expo: January 15-18, 2018

2018 PPAI ExpoThe PPAI Expo 2018 is this weekend and Karie, Marcie, and Kim could not be more excited to attend this year’s event.  We always love attending this event because it is a great time to learn about the latest and most exciting promotional products, receive industry education, and enjoy a time connecting with other industry professionals.

This year, the PPAI Expo is going all out, “In 2018 The PPAI Expo brought more than 12,000 distributors from more than 4,500 companies together under one roof for the five-day event.The PPAI Expo features more than 1,200 exhibiting companies showcasing more than a quarter million products over 1,000,000 square feet of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, the fifth largest convention center in the U.S.”

2018 Promotional Products

We will be on the 2018 PPAI Expo floor on Tuesday and Wednesday. If you have heard of a product or marketing tool or are just looking for something in particular, let us know!  We will go “shopping” at the show just for you!

Attending the PPAI Expo 2018 is going to be a great time to see the newest promotional products and marketing tools.  Thousands of suppliers attend the event and bring products they want to highlight or that are a current trend.  There is over one million square feet of trade show exhibit hall and hundreds of products being showcased at the event including new promotional products, green promotional products, incentive promotional products. There is literally every promotional product you could want or need, for every industry! Additionally, there are also a wide array of promotional product price points for any marketing budget.

 

2018 PPAI Expo Education

In addition to looking at thousands of new 2018 promotional products, we will also be receiving education.  Monday will be a day filled with education for Connect the Dots.  There are many opportunities to gain industry knowledge and keynote luncheons with outstanding speakers.  It is always nice to gain additional industry insight from fellow marketing industry professionals.

The popular saying, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” will not be true of our trip to the 2018 PPAI Expo in Vegas. We are excited to bring back everything we learn at the PPAI Expo so that we can continue to provide our clients with the best service and promotional products available in 2018!

18Dec/17

Happy Holidays from Connect the Dots Promotions

Happy Holidays!

Connect the Dots Value StatementAs 2017 comes to a close, we at Connect the Dots Promotions would like to wish our wonderful clients, vendors, and friends HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  2017 has bee a great year for Connect the Dots!  It has been filled with exciting marketing and promotional promotional product work, individual and team development, and a lot of fun!

 

Celebrating Our Connect the Dots Promotions Team

Connect the Dots Promotions is made up of a team of people with unique talents to help bring our clients the best possible service.  We are very thankful for Marcie, Kim, Marilyn, Christine, and Kevin.  They all contribute their time and talents to our creative and administrative process.  We are so thankful for our village. It simply would not work without all of these people.

 

 

We Are Growing!

Also, 2017 has been a year of team member growth at Connect the Dots. 2017 brought the addition of Kim Works to our team as a salesperson.  We could not be more thrilled to welcome Kim to the Connect the Dots team!

 

Celebrating 10 Years of Connect the Dots Promotions in 2018

2018 is almost here and we are looking forward to celebrating 10 years as a company at Connect the Dots Promotions.  We are incredibly proud to have served our clients with creative design and marketing, enthusiastic service, and outstanding promotional products for a entire decade!

 

Promotional Products Work

We know it because we see it daily but promotional products has continued to grow as an industry.  This is because promotional products provide clients with the unique opportunity to foster goodwill, boost company morale, promote a new product, and reinforce brand identity in a way that no other marketing can. Promotional products are an essential part of any marketing campaign and are useful for a wide array of occasions, holidays, and celebrations.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from Connect the Dots Promotions!

Happy HolidaysThis past year has been a great year for Connect the Dots Promotions thanks to our outstanding team and incredible clients.  We look forward to what 2018 holds and the opportunity to work with existing and new clients on their next marketing and/or promotional products campaigns!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

20Nov/17

Connect the Dots Value Statement

Connect the Dots Value StatementAt Connect the Dots Promotions we believe that it is important to have a clear and defined Value Statement because it helps us inform our decision-making and priorities as a business.  Additionally, it helps us communicate our business priorities and beliefs to our customers.  The Connect the Dots Value Statement is very important to us and is something we strive for in every client interaction.

Connect the Dots Promotions Value Statement:

We consult with clients to provide awesome products that create a memorable experience around your brand.

There are many ways to go about accomplishing a value statement.  We accomplish ours by prioritizing accountability, being a zealot for safety, and creating a culture of connections.

Accountability:

  • On Time-over the past 9 years we’ve not missed a deadline
  • Say It/Do It-Through our vendor management system-we provide proof dates, production times, and tracking so our clients save time and money
  • Integrate products to tell your story-We LISTEN and plus in the right product to get the message across

Zealot for Safety:

  • Product Safety-we continue our education and work with vendors that have undergone certification to ensure your brand is safe
  • Protect your brand-we pay attention to branding guidelines

Culture of Connections:

  • Clients-we don’t have transactions, we spend time building partnerships
  • Vendors/Suppliers-Over 3,000 suppliers our broad range allows you to get what you want when you need it
  • Community-We stay connected and believe in giving back
Connect the Dots Value Statment Provides Value to Clients

Connect the Dots Promotions has extensive experience working with businesses of all sizes, including major brands.  We use our years of marketing experience and branding knowledge to promote their brand, expand their marketing, and create exciting promotional products.  We are constantly receiving the latest industry education. This helps us stay current on the newest & most exciting promotional products as well as safety standard updates.  Also, we are a company that cares – we get to know you and your unique brand.  We work to understand your company culture and target audience.  When it comes to effective promotional products, we believe there are no cookie cutter solutions. Further, with an intimate understanding of your business, we can provide our clients with the best and most effective promotional products.  At Connect the Dots, we know that when we stay focused on maintain our Value Statement, we are capable of passing on tremendous value to our clients.