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Golf season is finally here!   Leave a comment

As an avid golfer, I couldn’t be more excited that the snow is finally gone and the grass is finally green. It seems we are also getting some consistent warm weather too, which is nice.

With the advent of golf season, comes the golf outing season and we are beginning to receive requests from clients for ideas on player gifts for their events. As a golfer myself, I’m always on the lookout for new and different player gifts. The one thing that baffles me is how many outings give away items that aren’t very useful. I’m all about value, but value isn’t only about the low price. In this industry, value is about how long the items you give out are kept and used. It’s all about keeping your message in front of the recipient as long as possible and a quality product will meet that goal. That concept applies not only to golf outings but trade shows and other methods of using promotional products.

Some nice golf related ideas are divot tools with ball markers attached to them and we have some excellent options in a wide range of price points. Towels are always appreciated and we have a number of unique towel possibilities available along with a very clever towel holder that also has a ball marker attached to it.

Or how about an item that not only a golfer can use, but anyone else for that matter?   A water bottle that also doubles as a hot drink holder can be packed with imprinted tees, a small first aid kit and some snacks for a nice gift that can be used anywhere.

Speaking of tees, we have a supplier that has the ability to print inside the cup of the tee that the ball rests on. If you have a round or square logo icon, that can be a very effective way to promote your organization for a reasonable price. Tees can be packed in virtually any configuration too.

And there’s always apparel. From hats to shirts and outerwear, we have the major retail brands along with value priced garments that fit most any budget.

Don’t forget the awards for the winning teams or special events within the outing, like longest drive or closest to the pin.

After writing all of this, I think I’ll take a break and go hit some balls. My game needs work.

Enjoy the season!



Marketing Calendar – JULY 2014   Leave a comment

Marketing Calendar – JUNE 2014   Leave a comment

Entrepreneurs Do-It-Yourself Marketing Month
Smaller companies usually don’t have a marketing department, and that’s why your distributor partner is so important – especially in June. Use this month to take control of your marketing efforts and gain more business and exposure with local media and potential clients. Send press releases with company news along with a logoed item. The bulk in the envelope will ensure it’s opened. Use your social media like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to announce new hires. Hold rallies in local parks to publicize your firm’s community outreach efforts. We can help you pick appropriate logoed products.

Anniversary of First Drive-In Movie Theater
At their peak, there were 6,000 drive-in movie theaters in the U.S. Today there are about 600. That shouldn’t keep you from using tonight as a way to launch a community outreach program. Sponsor a local outdoor movie viewing party either on your company’s property or co-sponsor with the local community government. Provide games and prizes before the movie begins and serve attendees popcorn and soft drinks in logoed containers. Let us help you with the event, including all the giveaways you’ll need.

Friday The 13th
Paraskavedekatriaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th, but since this is the only one in 2014, don’t fear it – celebrate it! Throw a fun, mid-year, open house for your clients and potential customers. Decorate with black colors and “unlucky” themes like black cats, broken mirrors, etc. Don’t forget to include “Jason” and other memorabilia from the movie Friday the 13th. Give guests gift bags with logoed products and reasons why it’s unlucky to not do business with your firm.

Recess at Work Day
Nothing makes kids happier than when they hear that bell for recess. Have an employee-focused event today where having fun during “work recess” is the objective. Break out into departmental teams with logoed apparel and compete in classic schoolyard games like kick the can, tag, hopscotch, kickball and more. Offer prizes like trophies and other logoed goodies.

Companies Offer Promotional Freebies For Earth Day   Leave a comment

Major brands, including Starbucks, Disney and Wegmans, are using Earth Day to promote logoed eco-friendly items, like reusable drinkware and totes. Here’s a list, with media links, of some notable company promotions and giveaways in honor of Mother Earth.


What other companies do you know of that offer freebies for earth day?

Bag That Hangover   Leave a comment

San Francisco-based wine producer Cameron Hughes recently sponsored a booth at the Aspen Food and Wine Festival, a not-to-be-missed annual event for foodies, wine and culinary celebrities and industry leaders, held high up in the Rockies.

“It was the first time we attended the festival,” says Jessica Hughes, co-founder and chief marketing officer at Cameron Hughes. This year marked the company’s 10th anniversary as well as the 30th anniversary of the Aspen festival.

“We offered festival guests 12 different wines from around the world. HangoverBagSince we source wines globally, the wines hailed from Bordeaux to Napa, all under the Cameron Hughes label,” she says. “We are little people, and we wanted to have the greatest presence possible there.”

Wine trade tasting events are very intense; sometimes there can be 1,000 wines under one tent, Hughes notes, adding, “If we didn’t spit, we wouldn’t be able to get through the first hour.” Also, it’s easy to get inebriated more quickly in a location like Aspen due to its high elevation and lower oxygen levels. “You can get a ferocious hangover if you’re not careful,” says Hughes.

To combat the perils of tasting at high elevation, Cameron Hughes created a “wine-tasting survival kit” to promote its brand to event VIPs. The reusable red pouch, bearing the name of the winery and its website address, included such essentials as Aleve, teeth whitening strips, Emergen-C vitamins, breath mints, Blistex and Wet Ones.

The items were carefully thought out. For example, Blistex soothes the inevitable chapped lips that result from tasting red wine. Alka Seltzer helps tackle the acidity of wine tannins that can cause an upset stomach, and Emergen-C provides a vitamin infusion. “In the wine industry, we all take Aleve with Emergen-C in the evening, combined with a big glass of water. This guarantees no hangover,” Hughes says.

The versatile pouch had a hook and eye to attach to belt loops, and was small enough to fit into a back pocket. It also had a zipper piece that allowed it to be hung from a lanyard, worn by many attendees at the festival for identification. The pouch also contained a slit for credit cards and a license, and could be used as a wallet.

It was the first time the wine merchant had ever done a giveaway like this, and Hughes wanted the kit to be “smart, innovative and well thought out.” Cameron Hughes distributed 450 pouches to industry VIPs, and an additional 4,500 Chapsticks were distributed in the event’s registration bags, as well as at its booth. “People loved the pouches,” Hughes says. “Some said it was ‘genius,’ and the Chapsticks were also hugely popular.”

No Request Too Looney   Leave a comment

The State University of New York’s (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) had its work cut out when it took ownership of the Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC), an outdoor science and educational center, two years ago. “The AIC had no budget or staff. We had to incorporate it into our own educational outreach, using existing budget,” says Paul Hai, program coordinator at ESF’s Newcomb campus, where AIC is located. He knew some sort of creative fundraising was needed to support this newest addition to SUNY’s environmental education and outreach efforts.

Loon“I wanted to do something different and creative,” says Hai. He came up with the idea of a duck race, given the facility’s location on a stretch of Rich Lake, which formed a natural racecourse. Two bridges comprised a perfect start and finish line for the race, which would also help commemorate the Adirondacks’ history of spring log drives on the lake, which took place annually in the early 1800s to mid-1900s.

Rather than using typical rubber ducks, Hai wanted to float rubber loons, aquatic birds that are a beloved symbol of the Adirondacks. Also, he wanted the loons to be USA-made to further connect the event to the local environment. “Many people come to the Adirondacks just to see the loons,” Hai says. He never expected that it would be so difficult to find rubber versions. He was finally able to locate a promotional products company that could supply him with custom-made ducks.

The company delivered 1,000 rubber loons in time for the AIC’s maiden “Loon Drive,” held last year on Memorial Day. The AIC’s second loon drive kicked off summer again this past Memorial Day. “We were extremely happy with the finished product,” Hai says. “The loons helped us garner attention as a unique entity and helped to highlight that the AIC has a special mission of education and research. We are a nature center, tied to the local environment, and the loons fit in nicely and added to the uniqueness of the race.”

Umbrellas Reign at Cannes Film Festival   Leave a comment