Seven Awesome Things You can Do with Stress Balls

stress ballStress balls are designed to induce relaxation and create a sense of peace – here are seven awesome things that you can do with stress balls to minimize anxiety, relax the body, and simply feel better

Most of us are familiar with stress balls. Whether you have one sitting on your desk right now, or you have seen them used in a comical sense among stressed out office workers on TV, there is no doubt that stress balls have arrived in offices across the world – and for good reason! Research shows that using a stress ball can actually enhance emotional stability and deliver significant physical benefits. Knowing this, make sure that you not only have stress balls in your office or workspace, but that you provide them for your customers or prospects to help them improve their sense of positive energy. Here are seven awesome things that you can do with stress balls today to create a better sense of well-being:
1. Tone your muscles: even if you aren’t experiencing stress or anxiety, simply squeezing a stress ball firmly in the hands can help to strengthen the muscles of the forearm, wrists, and hands in no time at all. You can do this practically anywhere – in the office, at home while watching TV, or even in the car.
2. Relax during meetings: many of us feel that our work weeks are nothing more than a series of meetings. If you find yourself getting tired, irritated, bored, or simply disinterested during one of your business meetings, consider using a stress ball to keep your hands occupied and your mind at peace.
3. Play an office game: just because you are at work doesn’t mean you can’t have a little bit of fun. Create an office game that involves tossing your stress ball around the room, earning points along the way for various achievements. Or, try to see how many times you can toss a stress ball back and forth before someone drops it. Whether you decide to do this when the boss is around – that is up to you!
4. Create promotional giveaway packages: if you are planning to market your business or organization at an upcoming large-scale event, like a tradeshow or conference, create preassembled stress reduction packages for your clients or prospects. These gift packs can include a custom stress ball, a back massager, and some custom candies – or anything else that you feel will bring a smile to someone’s face.
5. Play games with your kids: use your stress ball to play catch with your kids at home, without fear of punching a hole in your window glass or putting a bruise on someone’s nose. You can bring several of these home to let your kids learn to juggle without fear, or conduct some informal batting practice in the basement.
6. Massage your feet: during work hours, slip off your shoes under your desk and roll your feet on a couple of stress balls on the ground. This can stimulate acupressure points that provide calming benefits, as well as a boost to your creative thinking abilities.
7. Enhance communication at home: ask your kids or spouse how their day was, and then sit back and listen quietly until it is your time to hold the stress ball. This helps to encourage communication, while minimizing disruptions. more

Small Business Saturday 2015

small biz satSmall Business Saturday celebrates all that is unique and important about our domestic small businesses – and it has helped to shine a light on this key component of our economy since 2010. Promote your small business this November!

On November 27, 2010, American Express decided to launch a unique and focused campaign that encouraged individuals across the nation to support small, local businesses. The day became official in 2011, with a huge outpouring of support from government officials, business leaders, and more – all with the mission to help encourage greater patronage of small businesses in America. Between November 24 and November 25, 2012, research shows that just under 74 million people went out to shop at a small business. In 2013, 1,450 local organizations formed to lend support to Small Business Saturday – creating rallying groups called Neighborhood Champions. And in 2014, an estimated $14.3 billion was spent at small independent businesses on that year’s Small Business Saturday. The impact of this program has been far-reaching and has helped small businesses to increase their viability within their market – as well as their overall visibility. more

What is Your Office Personality?

Offices are often full of big personalities and quirky characters – take a customized personality quiz today and find out how you stack up against your peers!IMIQuiz_Slot

You know the type — they are consistently five minutes early to the morning conference call. They always have their reporting in on time, and they seem to work through their vacation days as if wearing a badge of honor. On the other end of the spectrum is that one office compatriot who takes great pleasure in being the office comedian. From planning birthday pranks to showing the latest goofy online video clip to dozens of your peers, there is always going to be “that guy.” These players are easy to spot, but one of the hardest assessments to make is one that requires a bit of self-reflection – specifically, where do you fit in? Until now, determining your role in the office has been a less-than-exact science. But now you can narrow it down and make a much clearer determination as to your office personality by taking a quick quiz that was created by the workplace experts at Once complete, you’ll know whether you’re a historian, politician, workaholic, or other unique character within the workplace. more

Brighten Up Your Summer Marketing with Promotional Sunglasses

If you are looking for the ideal promotional giveaway item, regardless of the industry in which you operate, you’ll want to consider adding a batch of promotional sunglasses to your marketing toolkit. Sunglasses are ideal because they combine all of the key attributes for any effective promotional gift – they are seriously useful, ideal for men and women and those of all ages, and they can sourced at factory-direct prices today. Plus, you can use personalized sunglasses to market your business or organization regardless of the time of year or the promotion you’re supporting.
Your customers will absolutely love your thoughtful gift, and we’re confident that they’ll adore wearing one of our unique and stylish choices. Best of all, you’ll have the ability to designate your choice of customized imprint. Include a personalized marketing message, a seasonal advertisement, your business contact information, address, or website, or simply your logo for an attractive, understated look. The majority of our sunglasses are sized to accommodate several lines of text – most permitting up to 25 characters per line so you can fit your entire message with ease. more

National Pen featured in Retail Touch Points

National Pen CEO and President, Dave Thompson, was interviewed by Retail Touch Points on the company’s decision to implement a new e-Commerce platform and the effect it has had on business.

“What has surprised us most is that we thought our new e-Commerce customers would be more transactional than loyal. But we’ve found that retention is higher than normal; average annual spend is outside normal; and we’re attracting a new, different type of customer.”

Read here.

The Power of Summer-Themed Promotional Gifts

30ReasonstoLoveSummer_2014_SlotWith so many promotional gifts available today that are geared towards fun in the summer sun, you’ll add serious marketing power to your promotional arsenal when you focus on summer-themed gifts!

When it comes to finding the absolute best promotional gifts on the market today, ensure that you source items that combine real-world utility, a reasonable price point, and long-term durability. To add even greater potency to your suite of offerings, consider adding several variants that tag on to a seasonal theme. We’re right in the swing of summer right now, so take the time to add summer-themed gifts to your marketing toolkit and you’ll fare better when it comes to targeting the key players within your industry.
Give your customers and prospective clients even more reason to love this season with incredibly enticing promotional gifts that can make summer even better. From gifts that enhance backyard BBQs to those that make days at the beach even more pleasant, you’ll delight the lucky recipients in your industry, while reinforcing the importance of your mutually beneficial relationship. more

National Pen featured in Entrepreneur Magazine

National Pen President and CEO, Dave Thompson, contributed a piece to Entrepreneur Magazine regarding how to expand your custom’s lifetime value.

Thompson states that the lifetime value of a client can be determined by something as simple as what month they actually become a patron. When they become a patron determines whether or not the company has the opportunity to capture sales in the off-season, when these patrons would not normally make purchases. Even though this concept sounds simple, most companies do not follow it as frequently because they get caught up in the factor of the cost-per-customer acquisition that may be higher during the off-season. The main point of Thompson’s article is that going the extra mile and spending a little bit more in the short-term to acquire customer purchases in the off-season is what yields a greater lifetime customer value. more

Are You Prepared to Capitalize on National Small Business Week 2015?

Small Business WeekNational Small Business week is the ideal time to drive additional activities that can highlight your company or organization. What do you have planned?

Each year, for the past 52 years, the President of the United States has delivered an official proclamation around National Small Business week . specifically focusing on the contributions that are made each day by our nation.s small business owners. Our national entrepreneurial spirit is a large part of what makes America great, and it is important to take time each year to spotlight the innovators, growth agents, and leaders of our critically important small businesses in order to ensure that these businesses are supported and given every opportunity for growth. This year, take the time to revisit why our small businesses are so vital to our nation . and re-analyze how you can capitalize on this exciting time of year when all eyes are on the men and women who truly make our nation great. more

Office Jargon Infographic: Low-Hanging Fruit Meaning & More

“Drill down to the root of any issue with a high-level and outside-the-box look at the proliferation of office jargon in today’s modern workplace.” This sentence contains no fewer than four separate examples of how office jargon has become so pervasive in workplaces across the nation. It is simply too easy to adopt so many of today’s catchy sayings and clever phrases . from low-hanging fruit to top of the funnel. Those who do so are occasionally able to create new, trendy marketing jargon that speaks to the nation. The infographic below provides a high-level look at some of the most common office jargon meanings and insights that have really “moved the needle” in recent times. Oh wow, there we go again! more

Honor Earth Day this Month with Eco-Friendly Promotional Products

Eco - Friendly Realizing that natural resources are a limited supply comes with two responses: ignore or adapt. Some people feel as though resource bottlenecks won.t happen in their lifetime, so they continue with their daily lives as if resources are endless. Others take a more considerate, realistic approach and start to implement ways to help slow down the consumption. Once we realized that natural resources are a limited luxury, some businesses and individuals decided to switch to a more sustainable life.

Sustainability comes in different degrees. Some make significant lifestyle changes by buying electric vehicles or installing solar panels for their homes. Others make smaller day-to-day decisions such as switching from disposable items or recycling cans and paper. Some companies only source to or order from ecologically conscious businesses. Doing so both reduces their own carbon footprint as well as builds rapport with customers who find those choices to be important. more