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3 Easy Steps on the Art of Writing Love Letters This Valentine’s Day 2015

People have been writing love letters for centuries. The time and effort needed to express your valentines dayfeelings and emotions poetically through words are almost more romantic than the words themselves. But in a new world of texting, have we lost the art of writing love letters? Limited by character count and time, we are in a time where “I <3 u” and ILY. need to convey the same message of love.  It seems as though something as real and complex as “passion” has been reduced to a few simple letters.

If you are looking for a simple and thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift follow these simple easy to do steps:

1. Disconnect to Connect:

What’s that mean?  Put down your phone and close your laptop. Remove distractions.  Whether it’s “work work work work work,” social media overload or simply just grumpy cat memes, set aside 10 productive minutes dedicated and focus to your loved one.  So, remove all distractions.

2. Grab your favorite pen …and paper too!

Like the good ole’ saying goes, “Look  good, feel good, do good.”  Grab a pen, preferably an awesome “National Pen” Contour Pen with a rubber grip and exclusive SmoothWrite® Ink, then get some paper.  Because nobody wants a love letter on the back of a receipt.  While you’re at it, maybe a few sheets since your first couple drafts will probably end up in the trash as you try to bring to life the right combination of magical words.

3. pink CTRReady… Set… Write!

Start by jotting down some adjectives that come to mind when you think about your loved one.  Then list out how she/he makes you feel?  The journey and goals you share in life and how they contributed to where you are today.  Convey these ideas into sentences. Did you get those extra pieces of paper?  Like I said, you may need to re-write it a few times until you get the flow just right.  Shakespear didn’t build Rome in a day?  Wait, is that right?  Don’t try to be perfect or anyone other than yourself.  Having if sound like you and reflect who you are as a person is part of the charm.


Write it on nice paper, maybe a notebook or journal you can reuse for future exchanges between you and your loved one.  Then sign your name with love, and if using paper, seal it in a nice envelope.  The suspense will make your love one cherish the experience of wondering what you wrote on the inside.  Clip it in our Heart Shaped Clip and hang it on the fridge for your loved one to find on Valentine’s Day.  You will have given one of the most thoughtful and romantic gifts of all time.

Also, consider that Valentine’s Day doesn’t stop with your loved one.  If you’re in business marketing, you can help your customers and employees enjoy the Valentine’s Day spirit with pens and other giveaway items in red or pink.  Everyone loves a gift from the heart!

3 Products to Help Keep New Year’s Resolutions

While 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, only a mere 8% follow through and completenew years resolutions their goals. By early February, even by mid-January, the appeal of a new year and a new beginning has already diminished as we slip back into the mundane routine of everyday life, the exact routine you resolved to break.

While it is unclear what differentiates the 8% successful participants from the 92% failures, we like to think that you have to set yourself proactively up for success and prepare yourself to succeed.

Did you know that increased exercising, being more organized, and drinking more water are among some of the top resolutions?   And fortunately for you, they are some of the easiest resolutions to prepare yourself for!

1.  Increase Excercise:

Having the right equipment is key. With our Exercise Kit, you will be making use of resistance bands and a step meter in no time. With your progress tracked in the step meter, you’ll be motivated to keep going!

2.  Looking for some organization help?

No problem! Our Non Woven 5. x 7. Endeavor Portfolio is equipped with a writing pad, elastic pen loop, a front pocket, an interior pocket, and seven card holders. Is organization your new middle name? It should be!

3.  Drinking more water is easy… when you love your water bottle.

Our 18 oz Water Jug is made from durable Tritan material, is BPA free, FDA approved, and able to hold liquids with temperatures from freezing to boiling. Available in nine fun colors, you.ll be looking for reasons to fill it up!

While we can’t promise that our News Year.s resolution products will land you in that 8% success rate, we can say that or products may be exactly what you, and your clients or employees need to stay motivated and keep strong!

Stress Relief in the Office with Stress Balls

stressballMost office desks include a computer, phone, sticky notes and a stress ball. While many people view stress balls simply as office ornaments, they really are both psychological and physiological reasons for using them as stressful situations present themselves.

The act of tightening a muscle group and then releasing that tension also translates into an emotional release of tension. Similar to how anger release is achieved by beating up a punching bag, stress balls are a physical way to alleviaRound Stress Relieverte stress and tension.

Like acupuncture, stimulation of the nerves in your hands triggers the limbic system in your brain, which is the part of the brain related to emotion and motivation. Stimulating this region can increase productivity and improve your overall mood.

Have you ever heard people recommending exercise to boost your mood? Physical movement releases endorphins which promote a positive mood balance. Even if the physical movement is small, such as squeezing a stress ball, the endorphin release occurs and the benefits are helpful. Using a stress ball can also serve as a mental distraction from a stressful situation you are dealing with.

Shall we rename them to be called health balls? Stress balls serve other health benefits too! From improved circulation to strengthening your hand muscles against carpel tunnel syndrome, stress balls are beneficial for just about anyone.

National Pen offers a variety of stress balls in a bunch of different shapes, colors and sizes so that you can give your employees or customers something that they will truly hold on to!

The Importance of Company Reviews . Including National Pen!

Trust Pilot reviewHave you ever gotten an email asking you to review or rate a recent product you’ve purchased?  Perhaps you have even gotten one from us asking you for a National Pen Company review! It seems as though star ratings and customer reviews are gaining popularity among both retailers and consumers, mostly because reviews have gained substantial credibility among consumers. But why?

Benefits of Company and Product Reviews — Consumers want to know an honest assessment of the product.

Any company, with the desire to sell a product of service, will advertise their product at its best. The commercial or advertisement will show the new product functioning to full capacity exceeding expectations. Consumers are enticed by this, but most are smarter than their initial impulse to buy.

They want to know what to expect at its worst, and they look to other consumers to openly share their experience. Reviews and ratings allow customers to provide their opinions of companies and their products, just as National Pen customers review their experience of our company and products.

Strive for Perfection

While it is nearly impossible to completely satisfy 100% of customers, most companies have embraced consumer reviews and increased customer service efforts to match the goal of consumer satisfaction.   Listening to reviews can teach different departments about the customer they serve and who they want to serve.  Product Development can figure out what they are missing and hitting on from a product standpoint.  Marketing can figure out who is using the product and customer service can offer solutions on how others have been satisfied using your product or service.  Sharing experiences help your company and your customers.  It’s a win-win for customers!

National Pen Company Reviews

We, like most companies, use reviews to work on and improve products, as well as share information so that you, as the consumer, can make the best purchasing decision. reviews are a great way to get a feel for the products and service we deliver our customers.

While we are pretty sure you will love our promotional items, we.ll let you check out our National Pen Company reviews for yourself at!CLRFamily_FBBanner

Funny White Elephant Gift Ideas for the Office . NEW Infographic!

Tis the season for White Elephant gift exchanges, and work is no exception! If your office has decided to exchange White Elephant gifts this year, you may be on the hunt for one-of-a-kind, funny gift ideas to make for the best year yet. Whether you are looking for nifty gadgets, silly office items, or embarrassing gifts that make for priceless coworker expressions, you can find some fun options in the NEW infographic Funny White Elephant Gift Ideas for the Office by National Pen.

From the Pillow Tie to the Shark Stapler to the Flask Scarf, this infographic displays some practical and yet funny White Elephant gifts. It also goes through a brief history of the White Elephant and how the game came to be. And, for those who need a refresher on how the game as played, as it’s likely to have been a year since your office last played, we list the most common set of rules.

Many offices choose the White Elephant, a fun, light-hearted gift exchange, for good reason. Celebrating the holiday cheer in an office setting isn’t always easy. Buying gifts for all your coworkers is expensive, and leaving some people out just doesn’t seem in line with the giving season. Also, Secret Santa gift exchanges can be difficult if employees aren’t well acquainted with each other.

Whether you already have a White Elephant gift exchange organized or are looking to initiate office holiday festivities, this infographic should give you funny office gift ideas to get the snowball rolling!

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If you’re looking for holiday gifts for clients, check out our promotional business gifts! From pens to flashlight keychains, mugs to wine glasses, bottle chillers to wine bottle bags, we have variety for you to pick from! Visit

Plan a Successful Tradeshow in 16 Simple Steps [Infographic]

It isn’t often that a vendor is reached out to by thousands of people who are directly interested in their product or service. In fact, companies wish to find themselves in such situations. Millions of dollars are spent every year in marketing efforts to reach potential customers. Internet marketing, email marketing, and advertisements are just a few of the ways that businesses all over are trying to reach their customers in the comfort of their own home or day to day life.

Tradeshows are that rare occurrence of casting your net into a huge school of fish. Because the shows are usually industry specific, the attenders are genuinely interested in your product or service! But here is the real catch, there are many different vendors exhibiting at tradeshows all competing for your business; this is why your tradeshow presence and preparation are so important to a successful tradeshow.

It isn’t particularly hard to stand out from the crowd, but it is extremely important to take the necessary measures to make sure that you do. This infographic “16 Steps to Tradeshow Success” goes through a brief timeline of how you should prepare. If you want to read more in depth and learn some more tips and tricks, be sure to check out our just-launched eBook on Tradeshow Success!

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eBook: How to Maximize Your Tradeshow Experience

eBook: How to Maximize Your Tradeshow Experience

Trade shows are a wonderful way to gain exposure to prospective customers or clients at an industry focused event. Those exhibiting and attending are usually intensive around one subject or industry such as technology, home improvement, and medical.

Whether you are a tradeshow newbie, you’ve gone to a tradeshow and wish it had gone better, or maybe it went great, and you just want to make it even greater, this free ebook download is for you!

Included eBook Features

This ebook is a one-year planning guide of how to be a successful exhibitor at a trade show. Having a guide like this will ensure that every deadline is met, your staff is prepared, and that you are completely ready for the big day. From travel accommodations to ordering your promotional items, this guide lays out all of the steps you need to take in a timeline format so all you have to worry about is doing your best.

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3 Ways to Boost Small Business Saturday in Your Favor

lpg paragon penLike the quote says, “Build your own dream or someone else will hire you to build their’s.”

It’s not easy to break out of the mold, quit the typical 9-5 desk job, and start your own business.  As many risks and fears, there are associated with starting your own business, there are far more gratification and satisfaction.

In general, people want to support small businesses. But when it comes down to price, small businesses, as you well know, have a hard time competing with your industries big players.

Fortunately, Small Business Saturday has gained a lot of growth, recognition, and participation over the past few years. This year you need to take advantage of everything this specially designated day has to offer your small business.

FIRST – Social Media

Use Social Media to get involved in small business groups and list in small business directories. Use social media to advertise your small business Saturday offerings. Maybe host a coffee or wine event at your store on Saturday morning or evening, or maybe it is an early morning discount.

SECOND – Stage

Make your store holiday fabulous. From Christmas music to decorations, that time between Thanksgiving and the December holidays is short – it is important to join in the festivities.  Embrace the spirit of holidays to invite customers into your establishment and engage with the atmosphere.

THIRD – Incentives for Repeat Customers

Have a special for return customers. Maybe offer 50% off one item next time they visit the store, or even if it’s 10% off their entire purchase, having this added special is bound to have customers return. Feeling creative? Put your special for repeat customers on a business promotional item. Have the Deal or Special printed on our Paragon Pen or other best-selling products!

Is Handwriting Good for the Brain? Why Pens are Like the New Keyboard

Penmanship lessons have been replaced by typing classes. High schools and colleges now permit laptops in almost all classrooms. Those attending business meetings are hidden by the backs of their screens. While typing may appear to be more efficient and useful, studies show that traditional pen and paper writing is well worth the extra effort.

Writing by hand in children

People invest in baby Einstein and other programs to help their children.s learning process begin at such an early age. People care about the success of their children. But a simple pen and paper could be doing more than all of these computerized learning programs. Children who write by hand have better letter recognition which is the strongest predictor of reading ability.

Writing by hand in adolescence

As children reach the email, instant messaging, and social media age, they become much more comfortable with typing as opposed to writing. But studies show that students who actually wrote out their notes were able to better answer conceptual questions on the material than those who typed their notes.

Writing by hand in adults

As individuals progress out of college and into the full-time work life, desk jobs and meetings are full of computers. But have you ever found that you struggle with your ability to craft sentences or write really compelling work? Research shows adults are better at writing prose (both typing and hand written) when they are faster at handwriting.

All in all, it.s in your children.s best interest to encourage handwritten notes once in a while as they are also learning to type. As adults, stretch your brain a little and try hand-written notes or journaling. To give yourself or your child an extra push to reach for that writing instrument, try a personalized pencil or pen!

Also, did you know your handwriting can possibly tell you a little bit about yourself? Check out our infographic, What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?