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!

Stay Positive!

October is Positivity Month. Looking for some ways to stay on top and be more efficient? Here are some ideas to manage energy and promote positivity:

The Power of a Good Night Sleep. While days generally consist of long hours at work followed by trying to complete tasks afterwards, many people underestimate just how important sleep plays in the energy that we have. According to the American Psychological Association, 40% of adults suffer from daytime sleepiness a few days a month, and another 20% suffer a few days a week as a result of their sleep habits. This reduces energy, well-being, and ultimately causes daily activities to hinder as a result. By aiming to average at least 8 hours of sleep a night, you will begin to feel better on a daily basis and operate at a higher level.

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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.

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Let Us Better Serve You!

This week is National Customer Service Week, and we at National Pen are always looking for ways to better extend excellent customer service to those who do business with us. Customer Service is highly important to our company because ensuring that our products fulfill your needs and wants is our top priority.

In any business, it is the company.s duty and responsibility to ensure satisfaction on all fronts. The customer is the main determinant of business prosperity and without the customer, there can be no business. Below are service highlights that have shaped National Pen Co. and our mission towards generating excellent customer service:

  • 100% Confidence and Full Year Guarantee: http://www.pens.com/guarantee-national-pen
  • Tried and True since 1966-over 46 years of business!
  • Consistently we rank in the Top 40 of promotional products
  • We are Top 5 in direct mailers of promotional products worldwide

Customer Care Center with many outlets for support: http://www.pens.com/customer-service-national-pen

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What’s a QR Code?

Do you know what a QR code is? If you answered no, you’re not alone. QR codeshave becomeapopularadvertising tool so let’s run through the basics.

What is a QR code?
A Quick Response (QR) code isa type of barcode. Shaped like a square, the code contains a pattern of black square dots and stores information for users to access when they scan the code using a mobile device.

Here’s an example of a QR code for an NFL promotion on Pens.com.

How do I read a QR code?
If your smartphone doesn’t already have a QR code reader installed, there areseveral free QR code readers that you can download. Check out the options in your AppStore or choose fromthis list. Hover your reader over the code andyou’ll see its contents in a few seconds.

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Catch Summer Games Fever!

Are you as excited about the Summer Games as we are? The amazing athletes in London are giving us something to cheer about as we head into the dog days of summer. In case you’ve missed out on the fun, here aresome our favorite moments so far:

Michael Phelps swimming his final race to win gold and retire as the most decorated Olympian of all time with a total of 22 medals, 18 gold.

– The Fab 5 taking gold in gymnastics for the first time since 1996.

Usain Boltsprinting100m to gold in just 9.63 seconds.Wow, that’s fast!

Gabby Douglas aka “The Flying squirrel”becoming the first black Olympic gold medalist in the all-around gymnastics competition.

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Are you keeping those New Year’s Resolutions?

Remember those elaborate plans you made for 2012 just a month or so ago? Right about now is when many plans are forgotten. Fortunately, February is National Time Management Month. This is the time torevisit your goalsand get organized so you stay on track all year.

Did you resolve to spend more time with your family, get to the gym more than once a month, or finish up a home project? The best way to stay committed to your goal is by making time for it.

Here are some tips for how to manage your time better:

1) Have a plan. Whether you use an online scheduler, a smart phone app, or a “black book” planner, you’ll do betterif you planyour day in advance.The simple actofwritingdown a task makes you more committed to completing it. Schedule more time than you think you’ll need in case you get interrupted or run into an unexpected issue.

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Lighten Up!

We have six more weeks until Daylight Savings Time starts and the days slowlyget longer. There are many benefits to getting that extra hour of light. Retailers get more traffic in their stores in the evening hours, you can get outside and enjoy a longer stroll with your pet, and for most of us, it just feels better to leave work when the sun is still out.

Until then, we have an array of great light products that will keep you and your customers out of the dark.

The Light Up Lumina Pen

With a sleek brass barrel and triangle grip, this pen is one of my favorites.I have taken it on vacation, on hikes and keep onein my glovebox.With one click, the gripper turns on a bright light. I love that it’s dual purpose – you never know when you’ll need a pen or a light! The LED Flashlight Keychain

Another dual purpose gift, this elegant keychain with lacquer finish contains a brilliant white LEDlight. This product is consistently a top-seller and we get rave reviews from both customers and recipients.

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Knowledge is Power

“Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.” – Peter Drucker

January 19 is Get to Know Your Customer Day. It seems like we should spend more than a day learning
about our customers, right? Customers are the key to your success so it’s important to get to know them as well as you can. Learn about their interests, needs, and challenges so you can offer the products and services that are best suited for them.

What are the best ways to do this?

Surveys: An easy way to learn about your customers is to just ask. There are plenty of easy-to-use online survey tools that you can use to collect feedback. Ask about their satisfaction, where you can improve, what needs are not currently met. The benefit of doing this online is that customers will speak candidly and let you know the good and the not so good. Also include some questions that can help build your relationship. Do they like to travel or play sports? Do they have kids? You may find you have more in common than just your business relationship.

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It’s National Thank Your Customers Week

The first week of January is usually a busy week for everyone. We set business and personal goals, get excited about the promises of a new year, and are often just taking time to catch up after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. This week is also National Thank Your Customers Week. As you begin 2012, remember to take a moment to thank those who supported your business in 2011. Everyone likes to feel appreciated.

Showing your appreciation can be as simple as writing a personal note to your best customers. Include a favorite inspirational quote to help set the tone for a great year. If you didn’t get a chance to give thank you gifts last month, here’s your chance. Personalized calendars are a timely option. You can also give gifts that support your customer’s resolutions for the New Year – a lunch bag to pack healthy meals, a duffle bag to take to the gym, or a new padfolio or business card holder to get organized.

However you choose to thank your customers, make sure they know you value them. Keep your message personal and memorable, and you’ll be off to a great start!

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