The best way to get the highest return from your promotional product investment is picking products that you know your customers will love to use. Amplify your next campaign with a few desk essentials and you can be sure your customers will think of you often.

Basic items make great giveaways because of their practicality; pens, sticky notes, letter openers are all essential to office life. Office items have a long shelf life and deliver repeated brand impressions. If you know that the majority of your customers are working in an office, use this opportunity to forge relationships! Imprint your logo on some of these great office products!

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There is a reason that pens have withstood the test of time as a great promotional product. People cannot resist a good pen! With so many options to day for standard pens as well as highlighter pens and stylus pens, its no wonder why companies love putting their logo on them.
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Convenient health items like hand sanitizers and bandage holders are also great office promotional items! Help your customers be prepared for those unexpected paper cuts and messes, they’ll think of you when you have their back.

 

 

Office tools like letter openers and pencil sharpeners are always great to have around. Office workers who work in billing or receive lots of mail will love having a letter opener kicking around. Pencil sharpeners are great to keep in a drawer for those moments when you need a sharp pencil to be extra precise.

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USB Flash Drives are great storage devices that come in all different looks and sizes and are essential for office workers. These powerful gadgets will store all your data and make transporting it easy. Bonus: at Crestline, we ship flash drives free of charge.

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Wellness

Last week at Crestline, we celebrated a whole week of fun and wellness! The week was full of company wide events, healthy lunches and opportunities to learn about wellness. Some of our events included a 5k walk or run, a softball game, and other indoor events. We also had a wellness fair where employees were exposed to all of the great local health resources that exist within our community. Not only was the whole week a great time, it was also a great opportunity for associates to interact with others in different departments throughout the company, something we don’t always get the opportunity to do! 

Encouraging health and wellness in the workplace is something that can often be overlooked. At Crestline, we make it a point to put an emphasis on healthy practices so that our employees take it seriously and want to incorporate these practices into everyday life. We are always looking for more opportunities to encourage wellness and to support our staff in their health and wellness endeavors.

Why is this so important to us? We love serving our customers as efficiently and effectively as possible. A healthy workforce makes efficiency, productivity, and profitability possible. Not only is this great for us, but it is great for our customers too!

There are many benefits to implementing healthy practices in the workplace outside of productivity and efficiency. Promoting and organizing opportunities for employees to be healthy can also lead to increased self-esteem and self-determination that will not only influence them, but their families and those around them as well. In addition, providing opportunities for wellness can lead to stronger employee relationships in the work place.

 

 

Here are a few products you can give to your employees to get them excited about health and wellness at work!

Infuser bottle adds a healthy twist to your water!

Infuser bottle adds a healthy twist to your water!

Resistance Bands make for a great workout, even from your office!

Resistance Bands make for a great workout, even from your office!

Keep track of how many steps you take at work each day!

Keep track of how many steps you take at work each day!

Jump Ropes are a fun and easy way to get your heart pumping!

Jump Ropes are a fun and easy way to get your heart pumping!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy Lavoie, Employee Relations Manager

“Health Promotion in the Workplace.” Health Promotion in the Workplace. Labour Inspection & Occupational Safety & Health, 15 June 2009. Web. 11 Aug. 2014.

Back-to-school season brings out a lot of feelings; while many of the students are excited to be reunited with friends they haven’t seen in what seems like a lifetime, they are not always as excited to slip back into their routine. Having class all day and spending nights doing assignments is never as fun as getting lost in the oblivion that is Netflix. The educational institutions however feel much different about back-to-school season, although it is a busy and stressful time in itself, the anticipation of having full halls again warms them.

At Crestline we are all about making things easy for you; granted we can’t take away all the stress of making sure all the last minute maintenance is done, and we can’t put the worried parents at ease, what we can do is make sure that you are able to welcome your students back in style. We have what you need to make new students feel welcomed and make old students remember why they chose you over any other school.

 

We have compiled a list of awesome products that students are sure to love, share, and thank you for.

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The Detour Tech Sleeve is great for students to keep their tablets protected in between classes. The neoprene material is protective and can also be imprinted to give it a pop of color. The sleeve is large enough for an iPad, or like sized tablet.

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The Thunderbolt Charger is ideal for long days on the go. The power bank is suitable for Android or iPhone. It has the power to give your phone a boost and provide up to 8 hours of additional talk time. After a day of classes and extracurricular activities, it is likely that your student’s phone battery will be drained before they make it home. The thunderbolt charger allows them to stay in touch all day.

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The Libra Drawstring Backpack is perfect for carrying gym clothes or other athletic gear. Your students will never want to leave home without it! It’s stylish, comfortable to carry and eye-catching!

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This retractable highlighter is a staple study item! The convenient retractable tip keeps the ink fresh in between uses.

 

 

The New Reflections Locker Mirror has a magnetic back that makes it a convenient way for students to freshen up before or after classes. The imprint section on the bottom doubles as a clip that can hold small notes or photos making it a great way for students to personalize their space.

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Students are a powerful audience, get your brand in their hands.

Finding a promotional product that is sure to deliver your business return on investment is not always easy. We know that you understand your customer better than anyone else, but regardless, sometimes you need help finding an item that will properly grab their attention. At Crestline we specialize in pairing our customers with items that are perfect for the businesses goals whether it’s fundraising, promoting or rewarding your employee’s hard work.

Recently, a high school needed a promotional product for their educational and sporting events that could be purchased to help raise funds for the school’s sports teams. They found that the Camp Chair was a perfect fit for their needs. The camp chair is incredibly durable, easy to carry, and also provides an imprint area that was large enough for the schools name and mascot to be displayed proudly. The practicality and convenience of this product made it a huge hit with trending demand. Parents, students and community members were able to purchase the chairs and use them at all of the school events.

Not only did the school sell all of the chairs that they had ordered, but they did so in the first week!! The chairs were available in the school spirit store that was open during sporting events, this convenience drove the sales. The great quality and fun design kept the chair in high demand; the school has had to reorder several times to keep up with all of the requests.

The camp chair made this fundraiser successful because of its relevance to the cause and its unique appeal. If you are looking for the perfect item to use for your fundraiser or your next promotional event, the camp chair has the large imprint area you need to stand out and fun colors to grab your customer’s attention. Your brands exposure and ROI is limitless!

Our sales representatives are happy to be a resource for your business, if you are looking for help to find an item that will communicate your brands message or have questions about ordering, know that we are ready to serve you.camp chair

Fun-filled college functions–like orientation, parents & family weekend, sports games, and more–are happening throughout the year. With so many passionate students and fans participating, portable party equipment is a must!

To integrate into this college scene, a major beverage company used the Portable Party Cooler to help raise brand awareness for their products. These coolers, filled with different soda and flavored water brands, were distributed at various college functions throughout the country. Each cooler prominently featured the company’s logo, website, and even included discount coupons for a variety of products.

The Portable Party Coolers proved to be a huge success with college students and for the beverage company. Not only were the students able to sample the different beverages, with the coolers making their way around campus, the company’s brand received increased exposure to thousands of potential clients!

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It’s amazing what you can add your logo to! At Crestline, we offer pens, bags and water bottles, but the options can seem endless. Would you imagine you could imprint shoe horns? Or add your logo to lollipops?

Your options for promotional products are diverse and so are the options for adding art. Let’s say you have a round logo that includes a figure with some text below. The text is easy to read and the all of the details of the logo are sharp when printed on t-shirts.

If you decided to add custom printed pens to your order, there would be some major concerns about using the same imprint. The large logo that stretches across the t-shirts wouldn’t fit on the narrow barrel of a pen. The details would look like blotches and the text would be too small to make out. Simple shapes and large text, like the company name and a best phone number, would look much better on the pens.

The reverse is also true. We recommend imprints with simple shapes and text for a 4” x 6” magnet. You wouldn’t want to squish a bunch of information together in such a limited space. But with a beach towel, you have plenty of space to get creative and the logo can be seen from a distance.

Each product has its own imprint size and imprint method. And since we partner with dozens of suppliers across the country, your order of 3 items could be produced in 3 different states. These variables, along with the physical stopping, changing, and resetting of imprinting equipment between orders, are the reason behind the set up charge most products have.

This month, we’re offering some of our best sellers with a FREE setup. Save $90 on either the 6’ or 8’ table throw with a 1-color imprint. Or save $60 with a free setup on the Six Pack Cooler. Add some extra value to your order with these great discounts. See these sale items and more, discounted now through 5/30/14.

 

Earth Day BlogWe have come a long way from massive V-8 sedans, industry-causing air pollution, and the word “environment” appearing more frequently on school spelling bees than on the evening news. Today, we have greater innovation in environmental, industry, and recycling practices, and companies small and large have an added emphasis on sustainable practices – all culminating in a cleaner planet for the current and future generations.

At Crestline, we take our environmental footprint seriously, and are proud to offer a wide-array of eco-friendly promotional products that you can utilize for your brand’s next promotion or giveaway. You might have seen the increased use of personal grocery tote bags at your local store; why not make sure the next bags that consumers bring in have your brand’s logo and message on it? We offer a multitude of different options, and at a cost-effective price point and a large imprint area for your logo, you’ll get great exposure in a high-trafficked area.

Office supplies are not only commonly used, but commonly thrown away or lost in the day-to-day shuffle. Recycled pens, post-it pads, highlighters, and notebooks are a great way to get your office thinking “green” and a fantastic way to raise awareness for your brand, as these items are universally used in a variety of different settings.

Exercise items are great for giveaways and motivators for any weight loss campaign. We have eco-friendly water bottles, drawstring gym bags, and even form-fitting sweatshirts for those cooler morning runs! The most effecting promotional products will be those that offer noticeable imprint areas for your brand’s logo or message, and have a practical use. There is no better marriage of both of these attributes than everyday workout items.

Take part in this year’s Earth Day with high-quality eco-friendly products from Crestline. Not only will you feel good about promoting sustainable, practical products that offer high brand visibility and use, but you’ll also be connecting in the larger movement of environmental practices, thus connecting with a new, specialized, customer base in the process.

Finally the weather is starting to find a comfortable temperature above freezing. That means it’s almost time for those outdoor fundraisers you’ve been preparing for since the end of last year’s fundraisers.

Parades, 5K’s, and fairs are places you can spread your message and raise money for a specific cause. But one of the larger goals for the event is to stay top of mind with the people you reach. Contributions and volunteers are needed throughout the year to keep things moving forward, even after the booths are closed down and people have gone home at the end of the day.

There are ways for your message to go further, staying top of mind for months and even years.  And we’re here with the tools to make that happen. In the United States, 58% of people own branded products like pens, water bottles, and t-shirts. The trick is to find the best price on an item that will last, but also one that people will want to use often.

Our products are categorized for maximum efficiency. Shop the awareness items section for imprinted keychains, customized magnets, and personalized wristlets if you are interested in higher quantities that will be shared to large crowds of people.

For promotional giveaways that are more likely to be used frequently, you can stay within budget with logoed water bottles and tumblers or reusable grocery totes. The Bike and Sports Bottle has routinely performed as one of our best sellers for being both usable and affordable. Plus there are dozens of color combinations available between the bottle and the cap.

If you are considering doing a raffle, we have customizable products that can be used as prizes. If you aren’t considering a raffle, we still have great products you can gift to those that make larger donations or put in extra effort to make your event a success. For raffles, promotional t-shirts, baseball caps, drawstring bags and even camp chairs can be ordered in lower quantities. These are popular giveaways that are low cost, but make it easier for more people to walk away with something.

Our promotional products experts are here to provide ideas and help answer any questions you may have. We make it a point to make your event our own, taking extra care to maximize your imprint, offer the best, most appropriate options, and get everything to you ahead of your event.

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When you decide to use custom imprinted t-shirts for your next event, choose from the Hanes® apparel line to take your dollar further. We partnered with this trusted brand to offer box tops for schools in your community.

Here’s how it works. When you order Hanes® tees or hoodies, in either adult or youth sizes, you qualify for box tops. Just submit your invoice with the Hanes® Redemption Form through mail or email. In 3-4 weeks, you’ll receive an email confirming that the eBox Tops have been credited to the school of your choice. And that’s it! (Find the redemption form and mailing info here.)

You get quality apparel personalized with your imprint and you get to help out local schools. Use customized tees for family reunions, milestone birthdays and anniversaries, 5K’s, school events, summer camp programs, or any time you want your group to stand out from the crowd. Speak to our promotional products experts today and have your promotional tees in time for your big event.

 

The CFO and CEO want “Big Data”.

However, everyone needs actionable data including the CFO and CEO.

The problem lies in the little data. The little data is all the data that is floating all around your company unorganized including your duplicate customer records, your unmatched product numbers, and so on.

At Crestline, we have more data coming in today than ever before.  We are utilizing this data in exciting ways to better serve our customers.  Yet we still have room to improve in efficiency, data quality, and better understand the story behind the data.

Recently we implemented the Informatica Product Information Manager (PIM) which has been a huge success for our ability to deliver new products quickly to our customers through our web site and our print catalog.  In the first 3 months of 2014 using our new PIM, we’ve exceeded the total products added and updated through all of 2013!  We’ll be sharing our story at Informatica world May 12th in Las Vegas along with giving out some great giveaways from our fantastic selection of promotional products (including this cool new GAP STICK).

Beyond sharing our Informatica PIM success story, I’m most excited about the data governance track as we, like most people, can do a better job with our overall data governance.  Having a chance to engage with and hear success stories on data governance from expert practitioners will help deliver more value to our organization.

It will also be fun to hear legendary Ray Kurzweil paint a mind-boggling portrait of the future of humanity, but the real value is in the breakout sessions and networking.  Join me and hundreds of others as we descend on Las Vegas to get more from our data and use data to support our strategic initiatives.  If you do come, be sure to join me at my session “Best Practices for Product Information Management in E-Commerce” to get some great tips as well as perhaps a very cool promotional product.

To register for Informatica World, click here. To learn more about the conference and keynotes, click here.

Dale Denham, MAS+, is the promotional products industry’s top technologist and our Chief Information Officer.

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