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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.

The venerable stress ball makes an ideal promotional marketing gift for trade shows, and other big industry events, but it is also ideally suited for a variety of other purposes. The seven ideas above are just the tip of the iceberg – come up with some of your own and witness firsthand the flexibility and usefulness of these incredible little gifts.

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.

When you send summer-themed promotional gifts to clients and prospects you show that you care about them, and you make their life better – one beer can Koozie at a time. Best of all, investing in summer-themed promotional gifts serves to highlight your business or organization, and does so in a way that correlates good times over the summer with your business name. This positive brand recognition will help you to enhance market penetration and win new business.
A variety of gifts are available today that can help you to drive your business forward – and any promo items that tie-in a summer theme can truly make a lasting impact. Deliver a batch of customized zip-up bottle Koozies to your prospective clients and they’ll keep their favorite beverage cool while fondly gazing at your customized marketing message, or reward loyalty among your top clients by providing them with a customized rolling cooler case. Personalized silicone speakers with integrated phone stands can elevate the mood at any summer gathering, while a rechargeable power bank can keep the tunes coming for hours on end.
Fun, summer-themed games are also bound to be a hit with clients and prospects, so choose promo items like mini flyers, flexible flyers, and more to provide hours of entertainment. Keep your valued business contacts protected from the ravages of the sun by delivering a batch of customized lip balms in a variety of flavors, or send a personalized, screen printed baseball cap to provide shade from UV rays.

Marketing your business with summer-themed gifts is an incredible tactic that can keep your business name at the forefront of your industry. For special summer-themed gifts that are available today at factory direct prices, visit

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.

For every three new jobs that are created in the United States each year, two of them are the result of a small business owner hiring a job-seeker. Of all of the eligible workers in the U.S., greater than 50% either work for or own a small business . and that number is growing each year. But how can you set yourself apart from the rest of the crowd during this pro-business time of the year? The answer is, focus on what has made you so great, and ensure that as many people as possible know about you. Continue to perform with integrity, partner with and hire from your community to ensure that the economic impact of your business will be felt close to home, and do all that you can to help the nation recover economically. The byproduct of these activities is greater sales, enhanced revenues, and the ability to create even more jobs.

This National Small Business week, do more than just continue to perform at a high level . you.ll want to ensure that you market your business as effectively as possible to grow your company in an aggressive but sustained manner. Whether this means investing in social media marketing, revamping upcoming sales or marketing campaigns, or reaching out to prospective clients or existing customers by using promotional marketing gifts . do something to be different this week! For those who want to invest in promotional marketing gifts, turn to the leaders in the industry . National Pen.

To honor our small business owners and to help create additional buzz around any business or organization, we are featuring a Small Business Week coupon (coupon code: PROMO20) that allows for 20% off of National Pen brand products from May 4, 2015 to May 12, 2015. This will help business owners like you to increase the volume and frequency of promotional gift giving, while driving brand awareness and opening new opportunities for sales. This National Small Business Week, make sure that you are prepared to perform during the one week of the year that is dedicated to our nation.s entrepreneurs.

Custom Koozies: The Spring and Summer Must-Have Promotional Item

custom kooziesAs spring is here and summer approaches, the days of barbeques, pool parties and summer bashes are in abundance. During these warmer days, there.s nothing worse than having a cold beverage lose its crisp temperature because you didn.t want frostbite on your hands. Or possibly just a slow sipper and your drink acclimates to the surrounding temperature too quickly. Either way, keeping drinks cold is a long-time struggle that is in need of a solution. So if there.s nothing worse than drinking a less than ice-cold beverage. what.s better than being the person who can solve that problem? Not much!

Koozies are a great way to keep beverages cold. Whether you are fighting the warmth of hands or the warm air, Koozies are able to keep the internal temperature of the beverage longer, making it the must-have beverage accessory for those warmer days ahead. Would you like to be the company who offers a cool, promotional Koozie that keeps those beverages frosty cold?

At National Pen, we offer a variety of customizable Koozies. The Summit Collapsible Koozie Can Kooler is a no tear, can-sized Koozie that comes in a variety of colors. For the bottle holder, Pens offers a Collapsible Koozie bottle Kooler that holds any 16-20 ounce bottled beverage. Lastly, for those who like to be the one to bring the party, National Pen offers a Koozie Swirl Lunch Tote, which is great for keeping lunch or multiple beverages cool.

Just about every company utilizes promotional items for trade shows, employees or clients. Why not give these important recipients something they will value and use time after time? Giving your clients something they will use on a regular basis keeps your business name or message right in the front of their minds. So help your customers keep their beverages cold time after time this summer with custom Koozies. View all your options here:

Selfie Sticks: Pose for Success

Selfie Stick We know that your promotional products are a key component of your marketing plan. But here.s why you need to add a Selfie Stick to your repertoire of items.

Likes on Instagram and Facebook have become the ultimate signs of success. What started out as a teenaged fad is now a worldwide phenomenon, and the selfie movement shows no signs of slowing down. Selfies are the new way of documenting your life, showing off to social media what you are doing, with whom, and where. This new form of picture-taking spans further than personal use of sharing photos with friends, however. It has expanded to the business world, opening doors to new marketing strategies that appeal to the Millennial generation and creating unique, visual content.

From a marketing standpoint, selfie marketing is extremely organic. If a consumer posts a picture of themselves with a favorite item, tags the company, and #hashtags the product, their followers and friends see the “review” and generate interest. On a larger scale, well-known social media influencers (celebrities, popular bloggers) are able to endorse products through their high status. Are you wondering how to get in on this selfie-sensation? There are multiple steps you can take. First, you must create social media accounts for your company in order to be tagged and followed. Creating a unique hashtag for your company or product drums up recognition. When your customers take a selfie with your product, they can throw in the hashtag in the description. Lastly, be active in posting to your own social media accounts – post your own selfies!

What started off as an inventive woman attaching her camera to a stick has evolved into an easy way to get a high-quality photos, and is becoming a common photography tool. Having this hot new promotional item will show that your company is with current trends. And who knows? Maybe your company will go viral with #yourcompanyrocks because you are the ones offering the selfie stick.

Pack Your Bags, Find Some Sun!

UDJ - Budget Shopper TotePunxsutawney Phil has spoken, and we’re in for a long winter. After a winter that has already been quite abominable, this news may be less than welcome. In fact, there’s a warrant out for Punxsutawney’s arrest for the extra six weeks of winter. So, are you looking to escape the winter blues and cut this year’s Groundhog Day prediction short? Two words: Beach trip. What better way to leave the cold behind than soaking up the sun and playing in the ocean? Let’s pack ourbags,bathing suits, and sunscreen for a beachy getaway, where snow is nonexistent and surfers run rampant.

Now that you’ve escaped the clutches of Jack Frost nipping at your nose, fill your trip with tanning on the sand with your friends and yourBeach Buddies, all while having the ambient sounds of ocean waves and seagulls nearby. Forget asking if you want tobuild a snowman, and construct a sandcastle instead. And most importantly, be sure to pack your essentials: Sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses, a good read, and a tropical drink on hand to keep you hydrated!

Instead of huddling around a fireplace, gather around a bonfire. A favorite beach activity isgrilling,so bring some firewood, andingredients for hot dogs, burgers, and s’mores! Is grilling not your thing? Try packing apicnic bag, and having anintimate meal on your beach blanket next to the crashing waves. Though sun is fun, give your tan a break and try these activities under the stars!

The only things you can’t do on your vacation? Sledding, snowball fights, and layering your clothes. What are you waiting for? Adventure (and warmth) is waiting!

Also, be sure to check out our new bags and totes. Your customers . and you . will be more than eager to use these promotional items either on vacation or when the weather heats up in the spring!

Tax Season is Taxing. Reach Potential Customers in Need with Tax-Themed Promotional Items.

Spiral Flip PadThe start of the New Year always brings exciting things. Whether it.s a new set of goals and aspirations or the gradual shift to warmer weather, most people appear to begin the year refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to conquer the world with high spirits and a fresh mindset. However, there.s one thought that begins to linger in the back of everyone.s mind as soon as the holiday cheer wears off .the start of the ever-dreaded tax season.

Although taxpayers are given from the start of the year up until April 15 to complete this task, efforts to get all files and documents for tax returns in order can be time-consuming and incredibly frustrating. Unfortunately, it.s predicted that the 2015 tax season will be even more wearisome for taxpayers.

Luckily in this day and age, plenty of resources can be found online to answer questions that tax payers may run into while filing taxes. Software programs and services from a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) or tax preparer can also be highly beneficial to properly file taxes.

If a CPA or tax preparer looking to bring awareness to taxpayers about your expertise, as well as advertise your services over the next couple of months, check out National Pen.s collection of tax-themed promotional items!

Stress Relief in the Office with Stress Balls

Round Stress RelieverMost office desks include a computer, phone, sticky notes and. a stress ball. While many people view stress balls simply as office ornaments, there 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 emotional release of tension. Similar to how anger release is achieved by beating up a punching bag, stress balls are a physical way to alleviate 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 re-name 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!