You wanted to open up a mechanic shop, a photography business or restaurant. You love working on cars. You can find the beauty of how light should reflect off the subject you are photographing. Your friends have been raving about your chef skills for years and you never have leftovers after a night in the kitchen because everyone eats it all like it’s their last meal. Whatever your skills are, you have now accomplished the dream of opening up your own business. Now to keep that dream alive, you realize, you have to sell that dream to investors for money, your coworkers to work hard and your customers because you need their consistent business.
Trade shows are where the connections happen, orders are written and first impressions can be the lasting impression. Make sure when you are representing your company or business you have these top promotional items to hand out at your booth. Many people will have unique items, but a promotional item that is unique and serves an immediate function will have you coming back to the office with the most business cards and leads!
Writing order on forms? Writing info on the back of business cards? Stylus pens for your touch screen device? Low cost promotional item? Someone ask you for a pen? We cn go on and on about the power of the pen, but the plain fact is promotional pens are a clear and consistent winner for promotional items you need to give away at a trade show.
Premium gifts serve the basic purpose of your standard gifts, to reward good behavior and encourage your employees to strive for more. Encouraging this type of behavior will make your employees feel respected and appreciated. It will also help determine who wants to develop their career for the long term. Here are some reasons to give your employees the not just gifts, but Premium Gifts!
Thank you gifts
Numerous studies have often said employees love when their manager tells them “good job!” A thank you gift can go a long way to improving employee morale. It doesn’t have to be over the top or too expensive either. It just simply has to display how thankful you are to have them on your team. Consider a pen and journal set with a special thank you message.
Sporting events are a great place to gain exposure for your brand. There you will find a diverse group of people in a relaxed environment, coming together for a common goal. An easy way to connect with them is to offer promotional items they can use at the game displaying your logo to go along with the positive feelings of the game itself.
Here are 5 winning promotional items to distribute at sporting events:
Start simple. Most people in the lead up to the big game, from pro to college football, often enjoy more of the pregame festivities than the game itself. Walking around in the tailgate section of a big game handing out can coolers for all the thirsty potential clients to keep their beverages nice and cool while keeping their hands dry.
With so many options to choose from, knowing which one to invest in can be excruciating. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of some of the options is the goal if this blog. Here you can find some basic options to choose from and great ways to use these drinkware choices.Coffee mugs: Full color vs. one-color
Ummmm Coffee! Who doesn’t love it and need it to get the day started. Coffee mugs are a great promotional item that you know will be used. Full color options give you the ability to display your logo the way it was meant to be. Also coffee mugs offer large decorating areas to enhance your brand and logo with cute and funny comments or decorations.Water bottle: Plastic vs. Stainless Steel
If your brand has anything to do with a life-style, water bottles can bring it to life. Healthy living, sustainable energy, green living or just out to display a positive refreshing message, water bottles deliver. Like a lot of things, timing is everything and January for New Year’s resolutions is a great time to be giving out your water bottles for all the new gym membership owners.
We’ve all been there, trying to open a new account, someone you’ve been prospecting for ages but just can’t seem to find the solution to closing the deal. You call, email, mail and sometimes you even fly across the country but can’t get it done! Sales are slow and you know if you can just get this one client, all the hard work will have been worth it. Well, a good sales person knows that if you can’t get in the front – back – side door, well then, change the venue.
In this blog, you’ll find the basics on how to have a successful happy hour to set the setting on closing the deal.
1 – How to ask – It’s simple. Just ask.
For some, asking a client out can be scary, and for others it the perk of the job. I often go with the basic “Hi XXXXX, I’ll be in town on this date, what’s a good bar or restaurant we can meet for happy hour? I’m buying!” It’s simple, straight to the point, provides a small sense of urgency with open ended response, plus the client knows he won’t be spending much money to go to his/her favorite watering hole or place they have been wanting to try.
Promo calendars represent the perfect gift to help you increase visibility for your brand
Marketing managers across the nation will tell you promotional marketing gifts truly do work to enhance the visibility and prominence of a brand within a specific industry. Whether these promo items are used at a tradeshow as a handout for customers and prospects, or they’re sent out to clients or prospective customers during a high-volume mailing campaign, promotional gifts work. And there are few promo gifts that are as effective as top quality promo calendars. Continue reading
Small Business Saturday is less than a month away. Are you ready?
It’s been several years now since American Express first promoted their newly-created Small Business Saturday (SBS), and it has now grown into a lucrative promotional opportunity for small business owners everywhere.
Sandwiched comfortably between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this relatively new “holiday” has made a lasting and sizeable impact on the number of individuals who choose to shop at small businesses instead of large retailers over this key shopping weekend.
In fact, according to CNBC, more than $14 billion has been spent each year, for the past few years, at local retailers on Small Business Saturday. To continue our series on preparing for Small Business Saturday, keep the following promotional tips in mind as the holiday nears:
5 Best Trade Show Swag Items
If you’ve ever attended a trade show or other large, industry-level event, you know that those little plastic bags the attendees are toting around probably contain more than just pamphlets and flyers. They’re often full of promotional giveaway products and trade show swag items that are handed out by exhibitors in order to provide a memorable link between the tradeshow, the exhibitor, and the attendee.
Consider the following gifts as some of the best trade show swag items to hand out to prospects and clients alike:
Trade Show Swag Item 1: Power Banks
Talk about effective swag. Power banks are coveted promo items because they can be used by virtually anyone in your industry. Long days on the trade show floor require an easy access solution to keep gadgets fully charged.
October is known for more than just Pumpkin Spice Coffee, Halloween, and sweet treats. For many, October is best known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) and many small businesses do an excellent job to help raise awareness for this great cause. With National Pen, we offer a large supply of promotional products that fit well into this category but deciding can sometimes be overwhelming with so many options to choose from.
Don’t worry, National Pen has you covered! View 5 top selling pink promotional items that can easily help you align your marketing goals with this great cause in October or for your year-round marketing plan.