Category Archives: Pens

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Penmanship lessons have been replaced by typing classes.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?

Promote in Style with Custom Stylus Pens

Stylus Paragon PenThe days of keys and buttons are diminishing as non-smartphones become a thing of the past. However, even the newest technology does not come without challenges. One struggle with smartphones can be the touchscreen. Large fingers, clumsy fingers, acrylic nails, and even poor eyesight all contribute to words with jumbled letters that leave the recipient playing decoder.

Most people have attempted to use the tip of a pen or pencil only to find that the sensors of the smartphone screens know better. Getting that perfect precision to accurately hit all the correct letters is near impossible, unless you use a stylus!

Traditional stylus’ tend to be small, thin and are easily lost. What is the point of having a stylus if you never have it on you when you need it? That is why you need to entice your prospective or current clients with a stylus pen combo.

The Colorama Deluxe Pen and Stylus and the Stylus Paragon Pen are optimal for their dual functionality: a stylus and a pen. This truly is a writing instrument that serves the most functional purposes, and therefore makes an excellent promotional product.

When giving your clients or employees a stylus pen, you aren’t just giving them a nifty product; you are relieving them of the headaches that come with smartphone typing. Sleek in design and branded with your logo, message, or contact information, the recipients will know who to thank!

It’s a Catch! Personalized NFL Products are Perfect for Team Pride

NFL LED Flashlight KeychainsAs the air begins to get a bit crisp in the mornings, and the leaves tint towards the warmer colors, we know that this annual climate change means one thing: football season! Pre-season has already kicked off, and football fans all over the country are already predicting Super Bowl probabilities of their most beloved teams. Weak players, strong players, new players and head coaching strategies are all components that fans analyze and use to build up anticipation for their favorite teams performance. The passion that America shares for professional and college level athletics is unsurpassed.

That is why at National Pen, we have decided that our wide range collection of customizable promotional items wouldn’t be complete without some NFL products. Whether you want to show your team pride with an NFL LED Flashlight Keychain  or simply bring some NFL essence to your everyday writing tasks with the NFL Squiggle Pen , National Pen has the NFL products you need to show team spirit this season. All of our NFL products can be found on our new sports products page!

And while these fan favorite pens can’t be branded with your business name or logo, they can be personalized with first and last names so you can show your loyal dedication to your team. Many of our NFL team products come in pink as well for our female fans!

Make your Marketing Colorful

Colored PensWhile you can say your message with words, you can also portray the feeling behind that message with different colors! Marketers and advertisers have been using the psychology of colors for a long time to help reinforce their brand image. Our new shop by colors pages organize all of our promotional items by the colors in which they are available so you can quickly narrow down your options by the feeling you are trying to portray. 

Our Shop Red page is perfect for those looking to portray energy, passion, desire, and confidence. Red can also stimulate an appetite; so for all of those restaurants and food businesses, red is for you! 

Our Shop Orange page is perfect for those adventurous ones full of enthusiasm! Orange has also been associated with giving off affordable and creative vibes.

We created the Shop Yellow page for those businesses looking to portray a happy and cheerful image. Yellow has been associated with being analytical, focused and having mental clarity. Time to make some good decisions!

Green gives off the vibes of nature, healing, and peace. Self-reliant and practical, having your promotional items in green is sure to impress. Check out our Shop Green page!

Want to Shop Blue? You must be looking to show honesty, trust and dependability. Blue is also a calming and peaceful color.

Purple is a royal color with creative and selfless connotations. Full of mystery and fantasy, our Shop Purple page just may be the right one for you!

Your logo along with the right supporting color will really give a coherent message to your clients or employees. It is important that whoever holds your promotional items has a full understanding of your company or organization and its values, and choosing the right color to support that is the first step!

National Small Business Week 2014 – May 12th – 16th

Small Business WeekIn honor of National Small Business Week – help drive additional focus towards your small business by revamping your promotional marketing plan

In 1963, the Small Business Administration (SBA) began officially recognizing the incredibly powerful role that small businesses play in our economy by launching a National Small Business Week campaign. Often held during the spring, this week is dedicated to the entrepreneurs, leaders, and dreamers that so often comprise the ranks of small businesses in America.

According to the SBA: “Activities will include forums and panels discussing trends in small business, business innovation, financing, growth, matchmaking events, as well as networking opportunities and award ceremonies.”

Small businesses in the US provide 120 million jobs. That’s according to a recent Forbes article that highlights the importance of small businesses to the domestic economy. The SBA reports that between ’09 and ’11, small businesses were responsible for 67% of the new jobs added to the market. And, small businesses currently make up more than 99.7% of all employers in the US. More than half a million new small businesses are created each month in the US, and the method in which these businesses are starting is changing, too. In 2013 alone, more than $2.7-billion was raised for new business ventures via crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter!

While many small business owners find that there simply isn’t enough time in the day to think about things like National Small Business Week, this may be the perfect opportunity for business owners to truly reflect on the difference they’re making in the lives of their employees, customers, and stakeholders.

Over the past 51 years, the SBA has chosen one week out of the year to showcase incredible businesses – so why not use this as the impetus to solidify your marketing approach? With promotional products from National Pen, you’ll be able to increase your brand awareness, strengthen your market share, and create positive, lasting experiences for your clients, prospects, and business relationships. Just three years after the SBA began recognizing National Small Business Week, National Pen was officially created!

Choose from numerous marketing options, including customizable pens. Pens are available with your choice of logo or company imprint – perfect for supporting your marketing efforts during and after this small business focused timeframe. Choose from discounted ball point pens all the way up to more luxurious desk sets. Various promotional office supplies, drinkware, home and automotive gifts, stationery, bags, and more are available to reinforce your marketing activities and help you win more business. During National Small Business Week 2014, partner with National Pen to help you grow your business and gain market share. Your customers and employees will thank you!

Got Gravity? If Not, Well There’s the Space Pen

Translucent Squiggle PenThe Space Pen truly defies gravity – but how does it work?

During the heyday of the Space Race, NASA and the technology sector was challenged to create a pen that could write effectively in zero gravity. The private sector actually came through and invented it. The result of hundreds of hours of research, several prototypes, and the eventual real-world testing protocols of a zero gravity environment led to the creation of The Space Pen.

The old joke goes “The Americans spent millions of dollars creating a pen that can write in zero gravity. The Russians used a pencil.” While this is a lighthearted jest that pokes fun at the tenacious efforts made by American scientists to create the pen (versus the simple Russian solution), the fact is that pencils don’t really work in space. When astronauts use pencils, the fine graphite dust that is emitted while writing with a pencil finds its way into the inner workings of sensitive equipment. Zero gravity can also drive broken pencil tips into switchgear and other critical parts, too. Plus, documentation was neither neat nor permanent using pencils, so the need for a ballpoint pen that can write in a zero gravity environment was real.

The Space Pen, also known as the Fisher Space Pen (after creator Paul C. Fisher), is manufactured in Boulder, Nevada and has been used on many missions aboard the space shuttle and on the international space station. The pen uses a pressurized cartridge that takes standard ink refills – the former feature allows it to write at any angle and in a zero gravity. NASA reportedly purchased 400 of these specialized pens in 1967 for just $2.95 each! As one can imagine, the price for a Space Pen today is substantially higher.

The Space Pen is a marvel of engineering, and points to the fact that even a simple writing instrument can quite literally write its way into the pages of history. If you’re looking for a way to make a bigger splash with your clients and prospects, consider the power of a customizable pen. With a variety of choices at unbelievable price points, you’ll be able to more effectively market your brand with pens from National Pen. Contact us today at 1-866-900-PENS for more information!

The Frosty Grip Pen Makes a Cool Winter Giveaway!

Frosty Personalized PenFrosty Pens bring holiday cheer and real utility to your marketing efforts!

When searching for the perfect promotional giveaway item, you’ll want to consider a few key points. First, who is your target audience? Second, what is your budget and how many people do you want to reach? Third, is there a season or holiday-based theme that you can capitalize on to drive more business and more deeply connect with your business partners and prospects? One of the most effective promotional marketing tools you can employ is the customized writing pen. Now, National Pen is proud to offer the Frosty Grip Pen that offers a smooth, pleasing profile with a translucent barrel design and frosted clip. These pens fulfill the three key points above with ease!

While determining your target audience is important, it seems that everyone is happy to receive a customized pen. This makes the question of “who am I really targeting here?” a moot point. Pens are great for just about anyone – tradespeople, medical professionals, businessmen and women, almost everyone uses a pen on a daily, if not hourly, basis. From a budgetary standpoint you’ll want to consider how much you have to spend on promotional giveaway items and how many people you are trying to reach. Customized pens are available at extremely low prices, and your unit cost drops dramatically as your order size increases. The price per pen on a larger order can be nearly half of the price for smaller lots.

Right now is a terrific time to take advantage of the holiday season – with Frosty Grip pens from National Pen. These pens allow for up to four lines of customized information. You can display your logo, business information, company slogan – whatever you feel will help market your organization more effectively. The Frosty Grip pen combines a high-quality translucent barrel with a rubber grip surface and a frosted plastic clip. Available in either translucent purple, blue, red, or green, the Frosty Grip pen will make a tremendous impact on your customers and prospects.

Get a Free CD or Personalized Pen With Your Holiday Card Order!

Holiday Card with CDHoliday Cards Deliver a Powerful Marketing Message

The holidays are a time of year in which we reflect on the good things in life. For those who operate in the business world, it is a time to show appreciation for the mutually beneficial clients who help drive your bottom line – as well as the industry prospects who may become lucrative business affiliates down the road. While delivering lavish gifts and a flood of promotional items isn’t always a possibility for every group, few can argue that the upfront cost of a pack of customized holiday cards isn’t worth the investment. In fact, holiday cards are a tremendously affordable way of showing your clients and industry connections that you care deeply about your working relationship, so take the time to recognize this fact during the holiday season.

Free CD or personalized pen with each holiday card

A holiday card is a thoughtful way of telling your clients how much they mean to you. Now, you can help put them in the holiday spirit by sending a complimentary holiday-themed CD or personalized pen along with their card. Each holiday card through National Pen comes with either a customized 12-song holiday CD or a high quality personalized pen.  Pens are some of the best promotional giveaway items and the ability to include a custom pen with your holiday greeting card is a real benefit. The holiday CD is loaded with seasonal classics, like:

  • Here We Come A Caroling,
  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas,
  • Joy To The World
  • Hark The Herald Angels
  • The Holly And The Ivy
  • We Three Kings
  • Silent Night
  • Deck The Halls
  • Hallelujah Chorus
  • I Saw Three Ships
  • I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
  • Little Town of Bethlehem

Think about the marketing power of a thoughtful holiday card combined with a CD of holiday music that your customer or prospect can enjoy with their loved ones. This spreads positive correlative feelings towards your business and will help endear your company to those at all levels. Add in an elegant foil-lined mailing envelope and you have a truly classy and effective way of showing your clients that you really care. So spread some holiday cheer, and increase the effectiveness of your marketing efforts, with custom holiday cards from National Pen.

A Natural Hit: The Trinidad Bamboo Pen

Bamboo Personalized PenPens deliver your message every time – at a phenomenal value

The pen is the ultimate promotional giveaway item. While calendars, travel mugs, highlighters, and flashlights are terrific gifts that any marketing manager should stock up on, pens are a tremendously effective marketing tool in that they are relatively inexpensive, are highly useful in the real world, and last quite a long time. If you are looking to drive maximum market penetration for a minimal investment, pens deliver every time.

If you want to drive home the message that your promotional pen is more than what you’d normally expect to see on the bottom of a tradeshow bag, our Trinidad Bamboo pen is the answer. Classically styled yet contemporary in overall design, the Trinidad Bamboo pen is crafted out of a harmonious blend of real bamboo wood and smooth, polished metal. It can be had with up to 30 characters of laser engraved logos, company names, or general information. This generous imprint area provides lots of real estate for you or your organization to deliver your message. The laser engraving is designed to last the lifetime of the pen.

More than a good looking pen, this promotional item is also environmentally responsible

Bamboo is a responsible and environmentally sound material to use for a writing pen for several reasons. First, it is extremely durable. Bamboo has a higher tensile strength than steel and is so hard it is frequently used in cutting boards! This delivers the message that your brand name or logo is paired with a virtually indestructible writing implement. Bamboo is also a “green,” eco-friendly wood that grows up to ten times faster than hardwoods. This means that bamboo is a smart and sustainable choice for a variety of uses – furniture, flooring, and – pens!

Your Trinidad Bamboo pen will send a message to prospective clients and regular customers alike that this is a pen worth keeping. Your logo or brand name can be in front of decision makers and key personnel for years, with a durable pen like our Bamboo model. If you are a marketing manager or are in charge of the promotional items for your organization, you won’t believe the pricing on this pen! With no upcharge for smaller orders, this pen is available for less than $1.50 each, no matter the order size! By combining economical pricing with an environmentally conscious material selection, the Trinidad Bamboo Pen delivers tremendous marketing power, for very little “green.”

Get Styling with Stylus Pens

Personalized Stylus PensThe popularity of touchscreen devices makes stylus pens a perfect promotional item

When it comes to promotional giveaway items, you can’t beat the simplicity, utility, and economy of a quality promotional pen. Pens are used every day, and it seems that you can’t have too many writing implements around the office, in your car, or at home. With the recent popularity of touchscreen devices – like smart phones, tablets, and sophisticated new laptops, a promotional stylus pen is an incredibly useful additional to your marketing kit. Stylus pens incorporate a soft, yet highly controllable end piece that makes accessing all of the functions of your smart device a snap. As phones become slimmer and more feature content is packed onto each page, it becomes increasingly difficult to text, type, or email using standard smart phone keyboards. A stylus helps increase the accuracy and speed at which you can interface with your smart phone – making the stylus a terrific modern day promotional gift.

What options are available in promotional stylus pens?

The savvy marketer will no doubt match the stylus pen to the target audience, but no matter who the end user is destined to be, stocking a variety of stylus pens will help you tailor your approach. Standard stylus pens are available for as little as 57-cents each and can arm your sales and marketing force with an economical and useful batch of promotional items that are sure to see use. Just think – with the amount we all use our smart phones and tablets on a daily basis, wouldn’t it be fantastic for your clients or prospects to see your company’s logo or name each time they send a text, email, or even dial their phone?

Upgrades to the standard stylus pen include:

Stylus pens with integral flashlights. These permit easier manipulation of the stylus in low light situations and even provide enough illumination to be used in an emergency. Can’t quite find the keyhole on your front door at night? Simply use your stylus penlight and you’ll be able to cut through the darkness. Laser engraving puts your company name or logo in the customer’s hands. Many of these pens are 3-in-1 units, combining a flashlight, a stylus, and a traditional pen all in one!

Stylus laser pen combos: Combining the benefits of a stylus with the usefulness of a laser pointer, these combo units deliver incredible perceived value and offer the ability to showcase themselves in high profile meeting rooms and boardrooms across the nation. Your logo will be seen by the decision makers of businesses across the nation.

Stylus companions with pens: These units conveniently attach to your smart phone, tablet, or laptop and guarantee that a stylus is always right at hand. Doubling as a pen, stylus companions are there when you need them most.

Other stylus pen options are available today and provide incredible utility for nearly any modern touchscreen user. With some models featuring integrated lasers, LED flashlights, or high quality pens, these units will provide a lasting and effective platform on which to market your business or organization.