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National Handwriting Day is “Write” Around the Corner!

As keyboards and touchscreens continue to dominate our daily lives, the handwritten word has become something of an artform

handwriting penFor almost forty years now, National Handwriting Day has been observed on the 23rd of every January – and it was originally created to firmly emphasize the importance of the handwritten word.

Imagine how the world changed in the 1970s, as the introduction of the microprocessor led to the adoption of early compact business computers in the workplace. Computers became a viable office tool in 1977, when the first purpose-built microcomputers came to market. Interestingly enough, this was the first year that we celebrated National Handwriting Day. Every year since 1977, individuals from around the nation have recognized this day as a celebration of all things handwritten.

Why January 23rd?

Ask someone for their “John Hancock” and they’ll likely know that you’re asking for their signature. Hancock is remembered for many achievements, but his stylish and oversized signature on the Declaration of Independence is probably his most famous mark on history. Since his signature is such a memorable mark on this historical document, the founders of National Handwriting Day decided that January 23rd – Hancock’s birthday, would be the ideal day to celebrate all things handwritten.

What’s so important about handwriting?

Though electronic means of communication have improved the speed and accuracy with which we communicate, there is no replacement for the written word when it comes to conveying emotion. You’d never see a husband typing up a Valentine’s card for his lovely spouse, as the care taken in crafting the words on the card is a part of the emotional message. And, there’s a reason why emoticons and other graphic icons have become so popular in electronic communications today – there is a real need to delineate emotion that cannot be extracted from an electronic message. Simply put, handwriting conveys emotion and character in ways that a typed message never could.

What does your handwriting say about you?

On National Handwriting Day, take a moment to analyze your own handwriting. After all, there is a lot that you can learn about yourself by investigating the way you swoop your “e’s,” how large you write your “I’s,” and whether you leave much space between words.

For an in-depth and intriguing look at some of the psychological factors that correlate to an individual’s handwriting sample, view this infographic from National Pen, entitled What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?

Support the handwritten word – and your business!

To effectively promote your business and drive greater awareness of your brand, consider promotional marketing gifts that combine real world utility with an affordable price point. Writing pens make incredibly effective gifts, as they will see frequent use, can be used by virtually anyone, and cost pennies on the dollar for each unit.

On National Handwriting Day, add a batch of customizable writing pens to your marketing toolkit and you’ll shine a spotlight on your brand and drive sales to your organization. To make it even easier, take advantage of National Pen’s promotional offer – 15% on all pens when you use coupon code 15OFFPENS. This National Handwriting Day, take your business to the next level by delivering high quality writing pens at discounted prices – only from National Pen.

Is Your Desk in Need of a Makeover? Try These Seven Personalized Office Items

NTAYou likely spend a lot of time at your desk, so consider today whether your workspace is in need of a serious makeover – if so, take a look at these personalized office items.

Think about the last time that somebody walked by your desk and said “wow that is a really neat…anything!” Chances are that your personal workspace is a utilitarian zone that is in need of a serious makeover – maybe it needs a touch of color or a host of new office items to increase the fun factor and make your life easier. Either way, consider the following seven personalized office items to add a touch of class, color, and usefulness to your workspace:

Custom desk calendar: if your old, marked up, and uninspiring desk calendar takes center stage on your work desk, you might want to consider replacing it with a new, full-color design. Custom calendars are available today with beautiful natural scenes, automotive themes, or virtually any type of graphics or images you are looking for.

Personalized notepad: take notes in style, increase your ability to stay organized, and maybe even add a touch of color to your desk by including a stack of custom notepads in your personal work area. You’ll find that taking notes or jotting down memos is made easier and more enjoyable when you have a top-quality notepad to work with.

Colorful magnets: you can use personalized magnets to help increase your organizational effectiveness, while at the same time adding a touch of color and style to your desk. From simple magnets with one or two word messages to full-color magnets that sport a custom image or relaxing design, personalized magnets are ideally suited for file cabinets, hutches, and other magnetic areas within your workstation.

Customized planners: keep organized and stay on top of your business by using a customized planner today. You are much more likely to actually complete calendar entries, take notes, and stay organized by having a personalized planner at your disposal. And, a top-quality planner will look right at home in a business meeting or a client get together – not just sitting on your desk.

Custom candy: add some fun to your desktop by including a bowl of customized candies that will provide a sweet retreat from the stresses of the day. Add a variety of custom candies and reward yourself for a job well done with a quick bite throughout the day.

Personalized phone speakers: since most of us have a smartphone sitting on our desk on any given day, take advantage of your built-in MP3 player by including a top-quality phone speaker to your workstation. Many of these are quite compact and will fit in seamlessly with your other desktop equipment.

Custom pens: one way to add a sense of uniformity and neatness to your desk is to include a batch of customized pens to your desk organizer. You will have something to write with that will bring a smile to your face with each stroke of the pen, and you’ll have the option of adding a splash of color to your desktop.

Dress-up your work area and organize your desktop today by including any of these personalized office items above. For more ideas visit http://www.pens.com/office.

The Art of Writing Love Letters This Valentine.s Day 2015

pink CTRPeople have been writing love letters for centuries. The time and effort needed to express your feelings and emotions poetically through words is 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, put down your phone and close your laptop. Take out a pen, and write a love letter. Start by jotting down some adjectives that come to mind when you think about your loved one. You can talk about your feelings, the goals you share in life and the great things that contributed to where you are today. Form these ideas into sentences. You may need to re-write it a few times until you get the flow just 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, sign your name with love, and seal it in an envelope. 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!

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.