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05Nov/18

Holiday Promotional Products & Branded Year-End Gifts

holiday promotional productsIt has come to the time of year known as the ‘holiday season’ and with that, as well as the end of the calendar year, comes a lot of celebration.  Everyone enjoys being appreciated and rewarded for a year of hard work and customer loyalty.  First up on the holiday agenda is Thanksgiving and that reminds us that we have a lot to be thankful for.  Within the business world, we are thankful for our business, thankful for our employees, thankful for our customers, thankful for our friends and partners in our industry.  And, it is exactly that thankful spirit that we want to channel when we order holiday promotional products or year-end promotional products to give as gifts.

While there are promotional products for any budget, this is the time of year to really impress employees and customers with your thankfulness for the previous year and get them excited for the year to come.  Regardless of what holidays you celebrate, there is always something to celebrate this time of year, so we have broken down holiday promotional products into 3 primary categories to help you choose your end-of-year gifts.  The possibilities are endless so if you need help choosing or ordering your business holiday promotional products, Connect the Dots Promotions has the experience and knowledge you need to help you narrow down your choice and get your products ordered in time for the holiday season!

Holiday Promotional Products

Holiday Apparel Promotional Products
Promotional Jacket or Pullover
  • Everyone wants to be warm and cozy during the cold winter months and what better way to stay warm than with a cozy, branded jacket or pullover.  A custom branded jacket or pullover is not only functional and very useful but a great marketing tool because it will share your brand wherever the wearer goes.
Promotional Hat
      • Everyone needs a great hat and with a stylish branded hat, your employee or customer will be happy to represent your brand on their head!
Promotional T-Shirt
      • You can never have too many t-shirts and a branded t-shirt can be a handy promotional product.  You can encourage employees to wear their company shirt to work or company events and you can encourage customers to wear your shirt to your events or as part of a loyalty program.
Holiday Food Promotional Products
Promotional Chocolate, Popcorn, Nuts, Oh My!
      • It is pretty hard to go wrong giving someone a yummy treat! Whether you want to give a promotional food item to employees or customers, there is a myriad of options at a wide array of price points to accommodate any budget.  Food is always a crowd pleaser and they will remember who was so generous while they happily snack the day away!
Holiday Gadget Promotional Products
Promotional Tech
      • Everyone loves technology.  Anyone can always use a (or another!) PopSocket or portable Bluetooth speaker. You can print your brand right on it, a special message, a name or anything else you can think of and give the gift of technology this holiday season.
Promotional Water Bottle/Mug/Tumbler
      • Reusable water bottles, mugs, and tumblers are not only useful but eco-friendly.  They reduce waste and save money so they are already great, but once they are branded with your company logo, they will be even better because they will be a mobile marketing tool!
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!

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!

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!

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!

17May/17

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!
03Nov/16

Top 10 Corporate Holiday Gifts

As the year winds down, it is important to remember to thank employees for the past year of dedicated service and customers for the past year of patronage.  Corporate holiday gifts have become an anticipated ritual in the workplace because they bring a smile to everyone’s face and make people feel appreciated.  But, we know that they are not just a nice gesture, they also strengthen business relationships and boost company morale.

Rather than wait until the last minute and have to rush or pay to expedite freight, now is the time to find a special way to say, “thank you”!   We know that every business is different and we want to help you find the right gift that will leave a lasting impression.  At Connect the Dots Promotions, we have carefully curated a list of “Top 10 Corporate Holiday Gifts” to help our customers this holiday season. These holiday gifts are a fiscally responsible way to make your employees feel appreciated and valued while simultaneously promoting your brand.

Top 10 Corporate Holiday Gifts

  1. Travel Mugs

106677_1Whether you opt for a stainless tumbler or any other kind of insulated tumbler, everyone can appreciate having another place to keep their drinks warms or cool.  Not only are they useful, but they are an attractive way to promote your brand wherever your employee or customer brings their travel mug.

 

 

  1. Zippered Tote

106117_1A grocery tote is eco-friendly, very handy and comes in a variety of sizes and styles.  Upgrade to an insulated tote to help keep perishables cool and insulated.  Your employees will be sure to thank you for their useful holiday gifts that prominently display your company’s logo!

 

 

  1. Water Bottle

101041_1There are water bottles in every imaginable size, shape, color, and style you can imagine.  There are traditional water bottles, canteen-style water bottles, fruit infuser water bottles, plastic water bottles, stainless steel water bottles, and so much more!

 

 

  1. USB Drive

104786_1gb_1A USB drive or thumb drive makes bringing important files with you easy with a compact, branded case that is easy to throw in purse, briefcase or right in your pocket!  Make it even easier to never forget your USB drive and gift your employees or customers with a keychain USB!

 

 

  1. Padfolios

101683_1From subtle and sleek to bright and fun, there is a padfolio to meet your needs.  Your employees and customers need to write things down so why not gift them with a custom-branded padfolio in which to do so?

 

 

  1. Drawstring Backpack

108194_1Whether your employee or customer is headed to the gym, going for a hike, running to the store, or going on a trip, they are sure to reach for something to carry their things in.  By gifting thing with a promotional drawstring backpack they will not only have something to carry their things in, they will bring your brand with them wherever they go!

 

 

7.  Apparel

108592_1We carry a diverse selection of apparel in a variety of price points and styles for any climate.  During the cooler winter months your employees and customers will enjoy keeping warm with a promotional jacket or fleece vest with a stylish and subtle embossed or embroidered logo.

 

 

8.  Blanket

112997_1Carry-along blankets are incredibly popular and for good reason – everyone can use them.  Whether bringing them along to your child’s soccer game, toting them to a picnic, bringing them with you to an outdoor even to keep warm or packing them in the car for a trip, a carry-along blanket holiday gift will get a lot of use and be greatly appreciated by employees and customers alike.

 

 

9.  Planner or Calendar

103415_1A planner or calendar is a great, universally-appealing gift because everyone needs to keep track of their schedule.  While many people use their phones for some calendar-tracking, the traditional calendar is far from dead.  Many people appreciate having a calendar they can throw in their bag or sit on the desk so they can jot things down and see their schedule right in front of them.

 

10.  Pen

103860_1Who doesn’t love a nice, stylish pen?  Everyone loves a pen that writes well and with our promotional pens you can gift your employees and customers with something very useful while also promoting your brand.  And bonus, you will keep your business in the mind of employees and customers every time they use that pen, providing constant marketing!