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Monday, February 28, 2011

The History of...Koozies


A beer jacket, beer sleeve, a cozy, a coozie or a koozie-no matter what you call it, the koozie is one of the most popular promotional product giveaways out there. For the sake of consistency, we'll refer to this beloved drink cooler as the koozie. How many of  you have a half dozen cookies stuffed in your junk drawer in your kitchen just in case you have a barbecue or party? I know I do.

Koozies are great giveaways because they help tailgaters, concert goers and picnic-ers keep their beverages frosty on a sweltering summer day and guests keep track of their beverage of choice.

The origin of this handy device is debatable. Some suggest the invention may have taken off during the 1989 world series between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants (seen as a boring match up by some). Steve Hummer, a writer for the Atlantic Journal suggested the series need a 'Koozie night' to entice fans to actually show up. The publication Newsday first advertised Koozies in 1991 as a giveaway at a Long Island Bar.

Nowadays, Koozies come in all kinds of colors, materials and even shapes. At 4AllPromos.com we have Koozies to fit cans, bottles, metallic Koozies and even Koozies shaped like jerseys. If you are planning a corporate outing, a summer baseball league or a family reunion picnic, Koozies make a great custom imprinted gift.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Promotional pets

People love their pets. In fact, 6 out of 10 Americans own some kind of pet. Doggy day care, obedience schools, large and small pet supplies stores and novelty shops makes millions of dollars off of pet-related products.

Nowadays, you can buy everything from boots to beds to diamond studded collars for your prized pet. Reality shows like Pit Boss and Caesar Milan's 'Dog Whisperer' are ratings gold. For many American's having a pet is like having a child.

What kinds of pets does your family have? Did you know Labrador Retrievers and Persian cats are the most popular breeds of house pets?

At 4AllPromos.com we know pets are important to our customers. In fact, many of us have dogs, cats and some of us even want to own an Alpaca Farm (Tracy!). Check out our Pet Store to see all the leashes, bowls and other accessories we have for your pets. Our Pet Store is great for dog/cat food companies rolling out a new line of food, obedience schools and of course doggy daycares-which are growing in popularity around the U.S.

Here are some of our top-selling pet products:
Our Pooch Pack Set has everything your little pup or kitty could need.



The Pet Waste Dispenser is great for dog parks and long walks! 


The Retractable Dog Leash is great for runners. The 10-foot retractable cord lets dogs run (almost) free. 

Check out our Facebook page to view our Pet Photo Gallery featuring all kinds of pet related products including stuffed animals, chip clips, magnets, pet shampoo, deodorizer, Frisbees, calendars, key chains and even luggage tags. 

No matter, what your business or project is we've got you and your pets covered (with promotional products). 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Can you use a QR code?



Barcodes were introduced to supermarkets in the mid- 1970's helping to streamline the inventory process. The small sequence of lines known as the barcode or a UPC (Universal Product Code) helps millions of business keep track of their products. Aside from the grocery store you will find barcodes in clothing stores, the post office and even on medical charts. 

The increasing popularity of smart phones marketing experts looked for ways to hawk their products and services conveniently through a mobile platform. Thus, the QR (Quick Response) code was born. You may have seen these fuzzy black and white squares on items like newspapers. If you have as smartphone you can download an app like Mobiletag (for the Blackberry) which allows you to scan this barcode with your phone. The barcode will then either send you phone to a website for the business or product programmed into the barcode or offer you a coupon of sorts for things like dinner, dance lessons, or twenty-percent off your purchase. 

Why should you use a QR card for your business you ask. Think about this:

-It's 'green' advertising. No printing fees here. In fact there are many free sites that allow you to format, download and embed your very own QR code. Try myqr.co for example. 

-It's creative. Conjure up some kind of marketing project with your code. Hold a contest, create a scavenger hunt and create suspense with your code. 

-Increase web traffic. This code can send shoppers directly to any area of your site. Use creative and curious prose in print to get visitors to check out your code. 

The best part about QR codes is they can go anywhere. They can be small or big. Put a code on your packaging, on a product, in your catalog or even on your business card. 

You never know when a QR code could pop up on a 4AllPromos.com product, Twitter or Facebook page or a catalog. Keep your eyes peeled. 

Friday, February 18, 2011

Cookin' with promo products


Cooking and food related shows have gained in popularity in the past decade or so. These shows aren't your typical Julia Child standing in the kitchen barking out ingredients types of shows. Reality shows like Top Chef, Man Versus Food and the Cake Boss have got America crazy for food.

Two things that help promotional products be successful are their fun factor and how useful they are. Beach balls, t-shirts, stress balls and foam fingers are all fun. However, items like coffee mugs, hats and pens are all very useful promotional products.

With the cooking craze that is sweeping America you can bet that kitchen products are also a great, unique way to call attention to your business or project.

At 4AllPromos we have a large variety of kitchen utensils for everyday cooking or your special event.

Kitchen utensils make great giveaways at fairs, food shows, parades, demos, lectures or cooking classes or in your wine shop or restaurant.

Take a look at some of our unique products.

Pie and dessert server: http://www.4allpromos.com/s/p10523/supreme-pie-and-dessert-server.html





Kitchen tools can help your customers get creative with their cooking. It can also foster healthy and adventurous cooking. Attach recipes or cooking tips with your products to inspire your customers further. Or maybe even invite them to show you how they are using their products on your Facebook page or your blog. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lucky promotions


We all know what St. Patrick's day means in a America, for one day everyone is Irish. It's a fun day where most everyone gets decked out in their best Kelly green attire, eats bangers and mash, drinks green beer or whiskey and dances around to some bagpipe music.

The best part of St. Patrick's day is the attire, which of course is the farthest thing from traditional Irish threads. Instead you get green, shamrock shaped sunglasses, tall hats, Mardi Gras beads, funny t-shirts and whatever else you can think of related to leprechauns and Ireland.

St. Patrick's day promotions can be big business, especially if you own a restaurant or bar. There's only a month left to start planning your St. Patrick's Day event. What are you planning?

Monday, February 14, 2011

Chocolate is a good choice

Most everyone loves chocolate. Chocolate is of course one of the most popular gifts given on Valentine's Day but that doesn't mean you can't give chocolate anytime of the year. 

Chocolate makes a great giveaway for your business or event. You will attract crowds when  you offer up sweet treats. The great thing about chocolate is that it comes in all different shapes, sizes and colors. 

At 4AllPromos.com we carry chocolate in just about any shape you can imagine from cows and coins to shoes and shovels. We also carried chocolate covered goodies like graham crackers and pretzels.

These giveaways are great for weddings, award ceremonies, holidays or any other event you could be planning. 

Another great benefit of giving chocolate is the health benefits! Did you know chocolate is actually good for you. It's true. Here's why:

  • Chocolate is rich with potassium, magnesium, calcium and vitamins A, B, D and E.
  • Chocolate contains as much as 100 to 150 milligrams of caffeine or as much as found in a cup of regular coffee.  
  • The endorphins in chocolate act as natural opiates and help alleviate a bad mood and can reduce pain. 
  • Antioxidants in chocolate help protect the body from certain cancers and cardiovascular disease. 
  • Tryptophan, an amino acid found in chocolate, boost the production of serotonin a natural anti-depressant and stress reducer 
There are so many reasons to enjoy chocolate. So help you customers out by giving them a gift that's good for them! 

-Information provided by naturalwellbeing.com

Friday, February 11, 2011

Bizarre buys

Shirts, posters, water bottles, tote bags, key chains and calendars all make great giveaways; but sometimes you need a product with a little more edge to get customer's attention.

With more than 15,000 products available at 4AllPromos.com  you can bet we have some odd products. So if you're looking for a conversation starter, here are a few ideas. (Disclaimer-not all of these products work for everyone's business or promotional needs). 

Perhaps you own a trucking company or a moving business. There's our Transport Truck Desk Organizer Puzzle-

I'm not sure what you could do with a jar of knives, so suggestions are welcome. Maybe this is useful for a camp or a Boy Scout troop. 

It might look like a pen but it's so much more. If you're name is James Bond you might want this nifty pen/WiFi detector.
This bottle holder with a clip is a good accessory for rock climbers or gym enthusiasts.

This guitar shaped fly swatter will help you channel your inner Jimi Hendrix.

We'll feature odd products every now and then because trust me, there are way more than 5 to highlight. If you come across some odd promotional products yourself. Share them with us. We might be able to get our hands on some for your promotional needs.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

The history of....the foam finger

Do you ever wonder where some of your favorite promotional products come from? Maybe not but some of them make more sense than others. For example noisemakers and pom-poms both encourage and distract teams and encourage competition. Shirts, hats and other apparel help distinguish the home team from the visitors. I suppose neon, spandex body suits, body paint and most recently the cheese shaped bras to support the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl aspire to do the same thing.

There are so many ways to show solidarity for your team these days from armbands to temporary tattoos to bumper stickers or foam fingers.

The foam finger or foam hand (as it is referred to on 4AllPromos.com) is a top selling promotional item. You will find foam fingers at football, baseball, basketball and hockey games. Since 1978 the idea of the foam finger has caught on like wildfire. That year, Geral Fauss, an industrial arts teacher in the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District, constructed a plywood hand and painted it his school colors to support the football team who had made it to the state championships.

The plywood creation quickly morphed into a more a foam material and caught the attention of a sport merchandiser who took Fauss idea to the next level by introducing the foam hand at the Cotton Bowl when the University of Texas played Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl.

Ever since the foam fingers has made appearances at many if not most sporting events. Nowadays, the foam hand comes in different variations besides the traditional 'number 1' pose. Check out 4AllPromos.com to see our large array of foam hands.

Foams hands always get a chuckle out of the crowd and a are a great way to tell your team they're #1!

Stay tuned for more 'The history of' segments on our blog.

-Emily
Web Analyst

Monday, February 07, 2011

All that advertising

The results are in an many media outlets are buzzing about the best and the worst of the 66 national Super Bowl commercials. It is said that Super Bowl commercials cost about $100,000 a second; so do you think all their dollars were worth it this year? As a fair weather fan who admits to only watching the Super Bowl for the commercials and the halftime show I'd like to sum up some of the best, worst and weirdest.

Let's go in ascending order to make it more interesting:

Weirdest

Doritos, 'Finger Licker, Pants Sniffer'. This is just creepy. 

(I'm going to give second runner up to the GoDaddy.co commercial featuring Joan Rivers)




Worst
Groupon, "Tibet". Let's be honest it's a little insensitive.



Drum roll please.....BEST
Audi, "Release the Hounds." I like this one because it has all the elements timeliness, humor, action, a celebrity appearance and a good catchline, 'Escape the confines of luxury.' This also, got a big laugh from the Super Bowl party.

And for good measure...
Funniest- Bridgestone, "Reply All". And there is a moral to the story.
I'm going to give runner up to Doritos, "House Sitting". This one got a big laugh at the Super Bowl party I was at.

Lamest- Kia Optima, "One Epic Ride." They pulled out all the big guns for a Kia?!

Innovative- The Daily, "America, Meet the Daily." This is exciting.

Best Use of Animals- Bud Light, "Dog Sitter"

Best Celebrity Appearance- Snickers, "Logging." Not as good as last year's Betty White version but I think we all liked seeing Rosanne get clocked by a log.

Don't agree with my picks? Tweet, Facebook us or leave a comment on our blog!

-Emily
Web Analyst

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Lots of things for Spring's activities


I don't know about you but I have Spring fever! All this snow is getting to be a bit much, so today (Groundhog Day) we are going to think warm happy thoughts.

As warm weather approaches  so do Spring sports, festivals and other outdoor activities. It's never too early to start planning your event. 4AllPromos has all kinds of fun ideas for springtime promotions including colorful toys and recreational items, clothing, outdoor items and more.

Promotional material is very important for grassroots or non-profit organizations. Maybe you are planning a fair or expo for your cause in the spring. Maybe give away tote bags, stress balls, lip balm or awareness bracelets to help create buzz about your message.

There are many promotional products for both athletes and spectators. Athletes can show their team spirit with drawstring backpacks, sport bottles, t-shirts, shorts and other apparel or even bumper stickers or antenna balls. Moms, dads, grandparents and friends can cheer on their favorite player sitting in custom imprinted beach chairs, or on towels or blankets with their schools logo or even under a custom imprinted umbrella.

Starting a seasonal business once the warm weather hits try some fun and useful promotional products like sunglasses, frisbees, beach balls, spray fans or even flip flops. Tourist love to collect promotional products on their travels.

Get in the Spring spirit and start brainstorming for your special event. Let 4AllPromos know if we can help you get started. Don't have a logo our talented graphic artists are available to help!

Spring is in the air....

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

We got team spirit, how about you?


How many team jerseys, mugs, key chain pennants or koozies do you have? Too many to count? It is estimated that Americans spend up to $20 billion on sport or team spirit merchandise a year.

Jerseys, t-shirts, hats and sweatshirts are among some of the most popular and well-worn team spirit items. Many people have superstitions, which require them to wear their favorite teams logo during all games or at least the very important ones.

Oftentimes, sports paraphernalia can be very expensive. Professional sports teams sell simple items like hats and shirts for more than $40 a pop. Championship teams can sell their items at a premium. You can bet items being sold at the Super Bowl this weekend will be outrageous.

However, there are many inexpensive ways to show your team spirit. Little items such as car magnets, bumper stickers, key chains, temporary tattoos, pennants or foam fingers can still show people you are a fanatic.

4AllPromos can print your team logo on any of our 15,000 products. Support your high school team, intramural group, American Legion champions or your bowling league!

We'd also love to see your team spirit photos. Upload them on Facebook or e-mail me, Emily, at emily@4allpromos.com and we'll include them in our e-newletters and on our Facebook page. Show us what you order from 4AllPromos and how happy it's made the team and their fans!