It sounds a bit odd to blog about reading blogs, but that.s just what I am going to do. When you are running a small business it is extremely helpful to learn from your peers to see how you can adapt their practices to grow your business. Everyone is so busy, head down with the day to day details that you can miss great ways to improve some aspect of your business. Don.t recreate the wheel, designate some time daily or weekly to read what others in your industry are doing, or read marketing tips in fields that you might not be familiar with . learn about online marketing, outside resources you may need, new tools in your industry, or changing needs of your customers.
We’re in the final week of football seasonand what an exciting week it is! We can’t wait to see the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers face off in New Orleans this Sunday.
If you’re planning to watch the big game with friends, here are some great recipes to make planning your gathering a breeze.
Old Bay chickenwings – a Baltimore twist on a football favorite
Cioppino – A San Francisco favorite
Meatball rolls – easy finger food and less mess
Flu season has hit hard and early this year. Wreaking havoc on the majority of the US already with the worst yet to come. There are easy suggestions to avoid getting sick -we have heard them all before but soon forget. Wash your hands, avoid touching your face and mouth, and getting some moderate exercise. Also, It has been proven that exercise can strength your immune system so you stay healthy. Just remember, gyms are teeming in germs so bring hand sanitizer to protect yourself when you are there.
Check out the article from CNN . http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/09/health/us-flu-season/index.html?iref=allsearch
If you are looking for a product your customers would appreciate . Get them Hand Sanitizer with your name on it. http://www.pens.com/auto-and-home/hand-sanitizer-with-full-color-graphics/bsr
Small Business Saturday is almost here! This Saturday, November 24, marks the 3rd annual day that this event will be held. As small business owners, planning and developing ways to effectively enhance your business image is a vital process in attracting and procuring customers during this day.
Inform the Customer, Raise Awareness. Letting people know that Small Business Saturday is on November 24, or this Saturday, is crucial. Many people are aware of national events such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but being that Small Business Saturday is only in its third year, they still might be unaware. When customers come into your store during this week, let them know that the event is going to be going on this Saturday and find ways to raise awareness.
November 24, 2012 is a day dedicated towards showing our support for small business nationwide. Small Businesses create more jobs and opportunities than any other business in the nation.
With the support of American Express, last year over one hundred million people came together and dedicated their efforts shopping “small.”
National Pen recognizes that the majority of our customers are in fact small businesses. Whether you need promotional tools, items for giveaways, or products to highlight your small business, let us serve you with all your needs! Come visit us @National Pen
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!
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.
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.
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
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.