Red Ribbon Week and Other Ways to Support Substance Abuse Awareness

Red Ribbon Week and Other Ways to Support Substance Abuse Awareness Schools, public safety, healthcare, and other nonprofit organizations all do their part to raise awareness about alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse and its prevention. October is Substance Awareness Month and one such effort is The Red Ribbon Campaign™, which promotes Red Ribbon Week® in the last week of each October every year. The 2018 dates are October 23-31st. What is The Red Ribbon Campaign™ The Red Ribbon Campaign™ was launched in 1985 after the National Family Partnership gained knowledge of the serious drug trafficking problem in Mexico that was making its way to the U.S. It began as a way to encourage families and educators to talk to their children about substance abuse prevention. Specifically, the anti-drug campaign encourages people to wear red double-looped ribbons in order to show that they have taken the pledge to educate children and … Read More

How Your Organization Can Support Men’s Health this Movember

  What is Movember? Movember, also known as “No Shave November” is a month-long campaign to raise awareness for several serious issues that threaten men’s health and quality of life: prostate and testicular cancer, mental health issues, and suicide. Many men over the years have chosen to grow a mustache throughout the month of November as a way to show support for this important cause. The Movember Foundation facilitates the campaign and seeks to provide educational resources and to promote fundraising efforts to continue this mission. From healthcare practices to fitness facilities to places of employment, promotional products can be a very effective way to achieve this important goal of improving men’s physical and mental health. What are the Rules? There are several important rules to keep in mind when setting out to grow a mustache in support of the Movember cause: 1)   Choose a charity or team and register to begin your fundraising efforts. 2)   If you … Read More

Make Your Brand Message Travel with Promotional Products

There is a large demographic of people who travel for work each year and that number is growing. The US Department of Transportation reports that Americans take approximately 400 million long-distance business trips per year, which is more than one million business trips every day! This represents a huge opportunity for your brand, as providing promotional travel essentials to your employees not only gives them something helpful that they can use on their business trips, but also ensures that your logo and message will travel along with them.  Here are four categories of promotional travel items to get you started: Packing Essentials Luggage is the number one essential that anyone traveling for business will need. Consider a promotional suitcase, duffle bag or travel backpack. Whether it is a carry-on size, or a larger bag, choose the style and features that will best show off your logo and brand message. Adding a custom luggage tag is … Read More

How Qi Chargers Can Give Your Brand a Boost

          What are Qi Chargers? Qi chargers allow mobile phone users to charge wirelessly on contact by placing their devices on top of a Qi charging pad or station. Believe it or not, Qi “chee” wireless technology has been around for a few years, going unnoticed in electric toothbrushes and other consumer devices. First installed in some airports in 2014, Qi charging stations became available to Android Smartphone users at that time. When Apple added a Qi compatibility feature to the iPhone 8, Qi chargers really began to take off and are now among some of the most popular wireless chargers on the market. Now available on most newer Android models as well as iPhone 8 and newer models, Qi chargers are more popular than ever, allowing users to charge their mobile phones on contact. How do they work? Qi chargers work with something called induction … Read More

6 Uses for Promotional Stainless Steel Straws: A Great Alternative to Plastic

  In reaction to recent environmental and marine safety concerns, several restaurant and coffee chains and even some cities have banned the distribution of plastic straws. Luckily, there is an excellent, eco-friendly solution out there—reusable stainless steel straws. Promotional stainless steel straws are great for giving out to customers to keep and reuse, making them a great giveaway for them, and a great marketing tool for you! Here are some ideas on how to use stainless steel straws to promote your brand: 1) A Fun Customer Giveaway Provide reusable straws to customers at your restaurant or coffee shop as a fun and eco-friendly promotion and an incentive to come back for a future visit. Choose a color that complements your establishment’s logo and décor and offer one free straw with every beverage purchase for a great promotion! 2) A Party/Event Favor Use stainless steel straws as a memento for corporate parties, weddings … Read More

6 Uses for Promotional Pens: Find the Perfect Pen for Your Industry

Promotional pens are one of the most effective ways to market your organization or business because they are affordable, functional and of course, shareable! In fact, most people use pens daily. They are a great way to get your name, logo and even your contact information seen by a large number of potential customers. Here are 6 uses for promotional pens, by industry: Financial institutions: Many financial institutions offer clients pens to use when signing or filling out paperwork that they can then keep afterwards if they wish. Because of this, it is important for these types of businesses to acquire pens that work well for customers and clients, offer a sense of disposability, and don’t break the bank when purchasing high quantities. Luckily, the Easy Writer line checks all of those boxes. With a large selection to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect take away-pen. Education: With the … Read More

5 Ways To Use Promotional Products to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and promotional products are an important means for any kind of business to show their support for the cause, while raising funds for awareness, prevention and treatment. 1) Fundraising Promotional products are a great way to raise funds for breast cancer research, education, and future awareness efforts. Choosing a promotional item that people will find fun or useful, such as drinkware or a tech item, will make raising funds easier, and as a bonus, your logo will be on the item spreading the word about your organization as well as elevating the cause. 2) Education Use promotional products to educate people on risk factors, signs and symptoms, and early detection. Education is one of the best ways to increase the rate of early detection and connect those in need with resources in their community.  Promotional products such as magnets, calendars, and bags can help share the … Read More

Creating a Trade Show Timeline: A Checklist

  Whether this is your organization’s first time or one hundredth time attending a trade show event, staying on top of your to-dos and deadlines can seem overwhelming at times. Use this timeline planner to help keep you on track! 12  Months To Go: 1)   Set your expense budget and create goals and objectives for the event, such as increasing awareness for your brand, generating sales leads and creating a memorable experience for attendees. 2)   Collect and organize all contracts and information about your event, adding upcoming deadlines to your calendar. 3)   Begin the process of gathering information about your audience- who is expected to attend the trade show, what are their interests and what have been the most successful types of booths and giveaways in the past- the coordinators of the event can help you gather this information. 4)   Choose a spot for your booth as soon as possible, so you can reserve … Read More

6 Uses for Promotional Kits

  Kits are an affordable way to offer multiple items in one convenient bundle and are always well-received. The products that we choose to include in our kits are selected for their popularity and usefulness. Here are 6 ways to use promotional kits to spread goodwill in your business, school or organization: 1) Kits to Welcome Promotional lunch kits that include an insulated lunch bag and reusable cup are a great way to welcome new hires. Most employees pack a lunch, snacks and a drink to bring to work with them every day, and a branded lunch kit is a thoughtful and useful welcome gift idea. Try filling custom lunch bags with snacks, candy or a gift card. 2) Kits to Appreciate Employee Milestones There are a variety of kit options that can be given to employees and volunteers to show your appreciation for a job well done. We suggest one … Read More

5 Phone Accessories We Can’t Live Without

Why do tech accessories make such good giveaways? Statistics show that owners of smartphones check their phones an average of 150 times per day! Virtually every adult (and most kids over the age of 10) have a mobile phone and that’s why tech accessories are among the most popular (and effective) marketing tools out there. Our devices have become an extension of our everyday lives: they connect us to our work, our family and store a vast amount of information, important dates as well as keep us organized. Adding your company or organization’s name to a phone stand, tech pocket or other popular tech accessory is a great way to ensure that your name and message travels. Think of how many places our phones go with us every day, now imagine your brand name or logo gets seen by dozens of people in all of those places! Now, let’s get accessorizing … Read More

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