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Small Business Saturday Tips

Small Business Saturday is almost here!  This Saturday, November 24, marks the 3rd annual day that this event will be held.  As small business owners, planning and developing ways to effectively enhance your business image is a vital process in attracting and procuring customers during this day.

Inform the Customer, Raise Awareness.  Letting people know that Small Business Saturday is on November 24, or this Saturday, is crucial.  Many people are aware of national events such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but being that Small Business Saturday is only in its third year, they still might be unaware.  When customers come into your store during this week, let them know that the event is going to be going on this Saturday and find ways to raise awareness.

Create Something Tangible.  Whether an advertisement, fliers, a storefront sign, or a creative display, let people know what Small Business Saturday is all about.  Tangible items and/or products better inform the community and provide them with added information needed in decision making processes.

Provide a Takeaway.  During this week leading up to the event and also on the day of, provide your customers with something that will allow them to remember YOU.  Takeaways allow customers to ingrain your business into the back of their minds and remember what you have to offer them.

Build Relationships.  Lasting relationships will not only benefit business success, but will also highlight your business proficiency and effectiveness for meeting needs.  Make the customer and community feel as though it is family.

So let us “shop small” and show support within our community by helping those who give so much to us!

 

Small Business Saturday!

November 24, 2012 is a day dedicated towards showing our support for small business nationwide.  Small Businesses create more jobs and opportunities than any other business in the nation.

With the support of American Express, last year over one hundred million people came together and dedicated their efforts shopping “small.”

 National Pen recognizes that the majority of our customers are in fact small businesses.  Whether you need promotional tools, items for giveaways, or products to highlight your small business, let us serve you with all your needs!  Come visit us @National Pen

Don’t Get Lost In The Dark!

With Daylight Savings coming up on November 4, make sure that you aren’t afraid of the dark!  Our LED Flashlight Key Chains are convenient, simple to use, and can help brighten any situation. They are great promotional gifts, and will help illuminate your marketing efforts!

  • Simple, efficient source of light
  • Fits conveniently on any key chain
  • Power to illuminate any dark place
  • Promotional value that lights up any relationship!

Do Your Part, Raise Awareness!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Breast Cancer has touched and afflicted the lives of many, and it is during this month that we all should take time to acknowledge this devastating disease.  Whether you are a fighter, survivor, or somebody that has been touched by the disease, we should all take part in raising awareness to promote hope, further inform those around us, and seek advancement in medicine for a cure.

How can one become involved?  There are many ways this October to become involved in the fight against Breast Cancer.  Whether through charitable acts, joining a fundraiser, or simply donning the pink ribbon to show your support, anyone has the power to raise awareness.  The most important factor in becoming involved with the cause is to show your support with kindness of heart and dedication.  You can find further information about National Breast Cancer Month at the National Breast Cancer Foundation: (http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month?gclid=CPejhoy71rICFad7QgodgEwAJA).  The website gives in-depth information about what the month entails and highlights possible ways to raise awareness and get involved.

National Pen and Breast Cancer Awareness!  We at National Pen extend our thoughts and respect to all of those who have been touched by this dreaded disease.  During this month, National Pen is dedicated towards informing those who follow us about the importance and significance of spreading awareness.  We are taking a first-hand approach through the products we offer (Breast Cancer Inspired!) and our involvement with those who share in our business activities.  Our Breast Cancer inspired products allow you, your business, consumers, and others to show support through actively raising awareness.  Help combat this disease and raise awareness through our products!

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Let us all remember to do our part the rest of this month in raising awareness.  Each day is another step forward, and through our support and recognition we can help raise hope to all!

Changing the shape of business cards

Watch what happens to a lot of business cards. Don’t let yours end up at the bottom of a stack, in a drawer, or worse – in the trash. Combine your business card with our best-selling Contour pen and your customers will be sure to keep your pen on (and in) hand!

Ordering your business card pens is easy. Just upload or send us your business card and we’ll take care of the rest.

For a free sample of your business card pen, go to http://www.freebusinesscardpen.com/.

Wanna be even more creative? Put your business card on a mug, magnet, or hand sanitizer spray.

How you can make small marketing dollars equal year-round advertising

One of the easiest ways to keep your message around month after month is with a promotional calendar. Calendars don’t get thrown in a drawer, they get coveted wall space, and they are a unique way to display your personalized message. Cost-effective and budget-friendly, calendars are a great way to show your customers and prospects you care. They make great holiday gifts and are the perfect way to generate goodwill and brand awareness at the same time!

We offer a variety of calendars and planners to fit your brand, your budget and your look!

Our most popular option, the Reflections Wall Calendar, offers style and stunning graphics for a fraction of what you would think.

For a touch of fun, choose the Mickey and Friends Wall Calendar with colorful Disney designs.

The Translucent Monthly Pocket Planner comes in vibrant colors and will help keep your ad message in the hands of your customers and prospects all year long!

The Bristol Deluxe Weekly Planner with a FREE pen is sure to impress everyone who receives this elegant planner.


No matter what your budget or your style, there is a calendar out there for keeping your business in view 12 months a year. Tell us what works best for you and your business!

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Holiday Gifts for employees and for customers!

How can you show your appreciation for all the hard work your employees put forth all year? Or how much you appreciate your customers for being the integral part of you and your businesses success? Typically, many companies choose the holiday time at the end of the year to show their gratitude – either through holiday parties, company outings, employee gifts, or customer appreciation gifts.

But what is the ideal item or gesture? Often times business owners, especially small businesses struggle to find the balance between cost and quality. Budgets are tight, especially this year, and being able to express your gratitude without breaking the bank is a tightrope walk almost every business owner is familiar with.

The answer doesn’t have to be a compromise on either side though! With a little thought, many companies will find that they can offer a low-cost AND personal gift for everyone on their list! Personalized products offer the ability to show your customers and employees how much you care – adding that extra touch of class! Mugs, high-value pens, and calendars are the perfect way to give them a gift that will last – and remind them all year that you were thinking of them – so they think of you when it’s needed most! Filling a mug with candy or popcorn is a great way to dress up a simple gift. Putting a quality pen in a small stocking will add a bit of cheer! Calendars are always a great gift this time of year – just as last year’s calendars are running out!

No matter what you choose, it’s always the thought that counts – so make sure your gifts reflect just how much thought you put into your much-appreciated employees and customers. For more holiday ideas, click here.

Guarantee Your Sales!

Have you ever taken a plunge on a new product and realized it just wasn’t what you were hoping for? I know I have, and as a direct result, when I do my online shopping, I look for a guarantee. Though it might seem like a big risk as a small business, guarantees can actually pay you back with more sales, customer loyalty and buyer confidence.

When customers are looking for which product or service to choose, a guarantee might be the deciding factor – offering the risk-free purchase they desire.

Some of the other benefits of offering a guarantee are:

Customer Buying Confidence – offering a guarantee ensures customers they can purchase with you with no need to worry

Increased Sales – If someone is not 100% sure of their purchase, this might give them the final push they needed to complete the sale.

Give you a leg up on the competition – This can be a real differentiating point between you and your competitors – so use it in your advertisements and marketing!

Internal quality control – In order to make sure these guarantees don’t have to be used, this can create a way to ensure the best service and product you offer is consistently being delivered – a sort of check and balances for your internal team.

With a good product or service and a sound guarantee in place, you are sure to see sales skyrocket!

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Going Green – for your environment, for your business!

Being eco-friendly and saving our resources is not just an environmental issue. It’s also a great way to save dollars in your business, and reach out to your customer and client base. Some obvious benefits of following the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” adage are: saving our environment, reducing waste, and saving money.

But what are the not-so-obvious benefits?

Why not use your ad message in a “green” way – like putting your imprint on a Shopping Tote? Many stores encourage the use of re-usable shopping bags, and some even charge for bags or boxes. What a simple way to keep your name and message in view!


Many offices are also downsizing their disposable supplies – that means no more Styrofoam coffee cups for some. Put your message on their morning coffee mug and encourage business and saving the environment.


Use these simple products to have an additional (and eco-friendly) way to stay in touch with your customers, and show them you care them, AND the environment!


For more tips on green business tips, visit http://www.business.gov/expand/green-business/.


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Free to Try – Engaging Your Customers

If you are confident about your products and services, prove it. Businesses who believe in their products will stand by it and are convinced that if you tried it, you would come back again. This shows off a company that is bold, willing to take chances, and believes in what they offer.

Earlier this week, two popular fast food restaurants offered their version of flame grilled chicken to anyone who asked for FREE. The keyword here is FREE, KFC and El Pollo Loco both believed their product was better and they were willing to sacrifice the cost of the product to have people try their food – fully believing that if you tried it, you would see how great it is, and come back for more. KFC offered one piece of chicken while El Pollo Loco offered two pieces including two tortillas.

This type of head-to-head competition is great. It shows that these businesses are trying to put up a fight for themselves and are willing to take a risk to prove that they are the best. This also engages the customers. It makes people go out of their way to get your FREE item, try it, and then give their feedback. They’ll tell their friends, family, they’ll blog about it, post it on their Facebook, Twitter, or MySpace accounts resulting in a lot of Word of Mouth marketing.

Another company jumping into the scheme of this social media, word of mouth, creative marketing, is Ford. Ford created a social media contest to find 100 people from the US to try out their new Fiestas (a subcompact car that has been popular in Europe). They are hoping to stir up interest in the US with their Ford Fiesta Movement. The 100 were chosen from YouTube videos they submitted explaining why they should be chosen. They were also looking for people who were well connected in the social media realm: YouTube, Twitter, MySpace, etc. They wanted people who had many followers that would be able to hear about the experience these winners had with the cars. The 100 will get to drive the car for 6 months and go on monthly missions and then record their adventures in their social media realms for all to see.

This is a smart move for any business, getting connected with those who are the most connected. The great thing with social media these days is that you don’t have to wait to see what people are saying about your business and products. It is all at your fingertips. Businesses should consider taking more of a risky approach in their marketing to see what the return may be. If anything, you will create a lot of buzz around your business which leads to traffic and eventually conversions. Plus, people love FREE stuff.

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