Personalized gifts for friends and familty


The holiday shopping rush is officially here and we’re happy to offer some fun gift ideas for kids, grandparents or special friends. You’ll get the same quality you expect from National Pen, but can purchase just a few special items personalized with your message.

Do you have a resident football or baseball fan? Put his or her name on one of our officially licensed NFL and MLB pens for a fun stocking stuffer. The NFL Monarch Metal Pen makes an impressive gift that’s easy on the wallet.


Kids will love seeing their name on a Disney pen or calendar. Choose designs from the latest movies like Toy Story and Cars, or stick with classic Mickey and Friends or Winnie the Pooh.

The Stick ‘em Up Photo Frame is a great option for your parents, grandparents or …read more

Get ready for Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 26, has been dubbed Small Business Saturday – a day all about supporting YOU. For the second year, US consumers will be encouraged to shop small and support the local businesses who continue to create jobs and boost our economy.Next weekend marks one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year so make sure you make the most of it. Check out tips on how to promote your business in the days leading up to this event and take advantage of the opportunity to put a lasting message in the hands of the new customers that come through your door. There’s still time to use our Rush service to purchase personalized gifts that ship in just 48 hours.Our tried and true Contour pen with bright full color designs is both …read more

Creative holiday gifts with a personal touch

Looking for an easy and memorable holiday gift? Here’s a unique way to say “thank you” without breaking the bank.Give your customers a personalized mug, a small plastic bag of hot chocolate mix, and a card with the recipe to make more hot chocolate mix.Here’s a great recipe to try:THE WORLD’S BEST HOT CHOCOLATE MIX6 Quarts Instant Dry Mix1 Small Bottle (11oz.) Powdered Coffee Creamer1 Pound Nestle Quick8 oz. Powered SugarMix all ingredients in a large bowl. Fill mug half-full with hot chocolate mix and add hot water. Stir to mix thoroughly. If desired top with Marshmallows or Whipped Cream. Enjoy.Mugs are a great promotional …read more

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 …read more

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 …read more

Summer Events – for fun…for business!

With summer officially upon us, the time for company outings, picnics, BBQs and get-togethers are in full-swing. Though you might think you don’t have the budget or even the staff to host such an event, don’t forget that these occasions don’t just serve as Fun in the Sun, but they also serve as a great way to generate awareness, leads and even sales!With budgets on everyone’s mind, there are ways your small business can host or participate in an event for you, your customers, and your employees! Join a community fair or outing – often times sponsorships are available at many levels and advertising is offered in return. You could sponsor T-shirts or Bags for the event, or even just volunteer to …read more

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 …read more

The Power of Word of Mouth

Word of mouth marketing has been a proven tool in generating interest, traffic, awareness and ultimately – sales. But how has word of mouth marketing changed in the past few years? With the advent of the internet, information is literally at your fingertips in a matter of seconds. Wide searches and reviews can generate foot and internet traffic for retailers and businesses.However, one of the most important advances has been the use of social media for businesses. Forrester analyst Augie Ray recently wrote Word of Mouth and Social Media: A Tale of Two Burger Joints. This article discusses how two wildly popular restaurants rose to success – one over the course of 10 years, and the other – in just one year. How did this …read more

Test Your Business!


When developing a marketing and sales strategy for your business, there are many avenues, ideas and programs to follow. It’s overwhelming at times – Do I focus on message? Do I need a new design? Is my website performing? It’s enough to make your head spin! However, one of the key pieces of advice any consultant, marketing guru or successful businessperson can give is to test, Test, TEST!
Justin Premick published an article about his case study regarding his email efforts and how effective they were. The focus of the case study was comparing text links to html buttons in an email. He was trying to discover which type of …read more

Sizing Up Your Competition

When formulating a marketing and sales plan, one of the best places to start is with your competition – what better way to get a feel for what is working, what you can do better, and how to set yourself apart? As Steve Strauss discusses in his article How to Research Your Competition, using marketing research and competitive analysis is key in understanding the market landscape.So just how should you research your competition?1. Start with their website – it should contain history, product or service positioning and other useful information.2. Do physical research – visit their store, call their customer service or purchase from them…what …read more