Last week, several members of the Crestline team traveled to PPAI Las Vegas, a fantastic tradeshow dedicated to the latest and greatest in the promotional products world. After several exciting days walking the PPAI floor (and several long nights at the blackjack table), I came away with an extensive list of hot new products and brand new designs that were ideal for a blog post. However, as I began writing on the way home, I realized that the true winners of the trip were the tried-and-true promotional products that expose your brand to a large audience through constant, everyday use. Don’t get me wrong, there were some fantastic new ideas at the show (hello, Bic® Britepix®!), but I’d like to tell you about the promo products that I found most beneficial on my trip.
Before I jump into my favorite items, let me disclose that I have access to quite a few promotional products (my better half won’t allow any more through the door), and the truth of the matter is, not all are created equally. That’s one of the reasons why it’s important to shop with a vendor that you trust; you’re not only buying a product, you’re buying confidence, reliability, and brand awareness. And, while we’ve all used our share of seemingly ink-less pens and tumblers that decide you should be wearing your coffee instead of drinking it, each of the items below are true winners in my book.
Air travel can be tricky these days. Unless you’ve got great carry-on luggage, you’re looking at a hefty bag fee and a nice half-hour wait at the baggage claim carousel when all you want to do is crash in the hotel room. In need of a good carry-on, I decided to give the Vintage Explorer Shoulder Bag a shot on this trip, and was more than impressed. It’s incredibly spacious, filled with handy pockets, and is stylish enough to look as good on the show floor as it was on the airplane. I’ll definitely be traveling with it again in the future.
If you’ve been following the news lately, you’ll know that the flu is making the rounds across the U.S. What’s a more likely place to pass that on than at a giant tradeshow? Because I didn’t want to risk being unhealthy for the Patriots game over the weekend (I can lose my voice myself, thank you very much), I decided to pack the Sani-Spray Pen. The most exciting feature of this item? Use it and it will help you stay healthy. No bells and whistles – it just works.
With the third and final item, you’re going to have to trust me. Yes, it looks absolutely ridiculous. Yes, your co-workers, friends, and even complete strangers may approach you and laugh as its being used. However, nothing, and I repeat, nothing, will do a better job of cleaning your smartphone or tablet screen than the Ultimate Screen Cleaner. I prefer to take notes on my tablet while traveling, and the Ultimate Screen Cleaner is the one accessory I can’t live without on the road. Also, because it reminds some people of a Muppet’s haircut, it makes for an excellent conversation starter as well.
– Mark, Crestline eCommerce