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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

10 things you need to know about: Sunscreen




Between 1973 and 2002, the mortality rate from melanoma increased by 65% in middle-aged men. This is partly due to the fact that men are less likely than women to go to a dermatologist to have their moles checked.
Sunscreen is important in helping to prevent skin cancer, but more is needed. Avoiding sunlight when it’s at its strongest, wearing long-sleeved apparel, and wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes are all important too.
Waiting until your sunburn hurts is way past the time to seek shade. A serious sunburn is painful now, but years down the road, it can actually lead to the development of skin cancer.
The Food and Drug Administration is considering capping SPF ratings at 50. Those high SPF (100+ SPF) and more expensive suntan lotions alone don’t provide the protection necessary to prevent skin damage. What’s more important is to provide complete coverage and maintain that coverage all during the time that you’re exposed to the sun’s rays.
You might think that SPF 100 would be twice as good as SPF 50. Wrong! SPF 50 blocks 98% of UV rays, while SPF 100 blocks 99% of UV rays. That’s a pretty petty difference in protection for the huge price difference that you’re likely to find between the two products. Oh, and the old SPF 30 that’s been around forever… it blocks 96.7% of the sun’s harmful rays! For the most part, the more expensive sun blocks are simply hype and advertising. Plus, you need to know how long you can stay in the sun while wearing sunscreen.

In reality, sunscreen should be your second, or even third, line of defense. The fact is, 4 out of 5 name-brand sunscreens offer inadequate protection.
 
Most people don’t realize that the proper amount of sunscreen for an adult full-body application is 2 to 3 tablespoons — or about one shot glass full. That means, an entire bottle of sunscreen will only last you a few outings! Remember, if you haven’t covered it, then it’s not protected from the sun. Be sure to wear a hat to protect the top of your head too.
 
Though sunscreen may help prevent or even reduce sunburn, it doesn’t necessarily protect you from skin cancer. Since you’re not burning, you may tend to stay out in the sun longer. That extended exposure may lead to skin cancer. On the other hand, without the use of sunscreen you would be more likely to seek shelter sooner.
Up to 80% of your total lifetime sun exposure is likely to take place before you reach the age of 18. Protecting young children will establish a pattern toward a healthy way of life that they will carry with them through adulthood.
Over 600 products carry the official seal, indicating they meet or exceed the minimum requirements set by the Foundation as to their effectiveness, moisture resistance, and skin irritation. This seal can also be found on such products as window film and sunglasses.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The 5 Must Have's for Summer Barbecues


We love summer, because it's time to relax and unwind outdoors and finally get some fresh air. Memorial Day, July Fourth and Labor Day are all great reason to host (or attend) a summer barbecue. When planning a barbecue it's important to take a headcount and plan seating, an easy and light menu and outdoor games or activities for guests. 4AllPromos has your summer covered with all kinds of outdoor related products that will make your barbecues fun, safe and easy to plan! Don't forget to include this 5 summer essentials to your barbecue or picnic:

1. Beach Chairs- Grab a seat somewhere in the soft, green, summer grass, take a load off and enjoy the weather. Fold up chairs allow guests to congregate where and with who they want. Plus they are lightweight and easy to store afterwards.

2. Corn Butterer- Corn on the cob is a yummy summer staple. Use our corn butter to evenly spread butter on your husk and pass it around to your guests.

3. Frisbee- Kids and adults will enjoy a game of frisbee after or before their burgers and hotdogs. Frisbees are easy to carry to your destination and will provide hours of entertainment. Also consider a bean bag toss, lawn darts or croquet for easy transport.

4. Chill and Grill Outdoor Kit- This great invention holds a grill and cold beverages at the same time. If you planning on camping or having a beach cookout this is a must have!

5. Sunscreen- Of course if you are going to be spending a good amount of time outside you should always lather up with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Now let's get summer started!

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Do's and Don'ts of Selecting a Promotional Product


Are you looking for a special product to promote your business, project or event? Are  you not sure what you should be looking for? Selecting a promotional product can be daunting because you can put your logo or company information on almost anything! Before selecting a useful promotional product for your business keep this list of Do's and Don't in mind. 

Do's of selecting a promotional product:
  • Do use eye-catching colors when you brand your promotional products
  • Do make sure these colors fit with your brand while still standing out
  • Do imprint your tagline, web address or other contact info for better impact
  • Do choose a freebie which can be used all year round
  • Do stick to top performers with highest CPI like bags, writing instrument and calendars



Don't's of selecting a promotional product:
  • Don’t choose a promo item that will be kept in a drawer or a cupboard
  • Don’t make your gift too personal – it is a corporate promotional product after all
  • Don’t have only one type of promotional item – have top performers as well as creative items
  • Don’t hand out cheap looking gifts – promotional items reflect your own reputation
  • Don’t make short lasting promotional products – the longer used, the better exposed
-Information courtesy of marketingbloom.com

Make sure you order your products with plenty of time to spare. Ordering weeks ahead of time ensures you aren't waiting for a last minute delivery and you can set up an assemble gift bags or items in time for the promotion. This also gives you time to send back or reorder items if you aren't happy the first time. Promotional products can take up to 3 weeks to receive. Planning is essential when selecting a promotional product because sometimes you don't know what you are in for. You also want to make sure you have enough products to give away. 

Visit 4AllPromos.com to view more than 15,000 promotional products including everything from sticky notes to stain remover to coolers and lunch boxes or apparel. There is a promotional product for everyone at 4AllPromos.com

Friday, May 20, 2011

Working on your fitness


Swimsuit season is on the horizon. It's time to get up and get moving. Spring and summer means sunshine and warm weather is the perfect time to get out and enjoy all that life has to offer. Warm weather also creates an up tick in outdoor events, road races, sporting events and plenty of recreational activities. Get your pedometers, sports bottles and towels ready and get in gear. You don't have to run or lift weights to burn calories there are so many low-impact but effective things you can do to burn calories. 

Here is a list of 10 easy things to this Spring and summer to keep fit:


Running: 846

Hiking: 384

Walking: 240 calories


Pilates: 240

Golfing: 288 (no cart!)

Stair climbing: 576

Jump roping: 640

Bicycling: 512

*based on a 145 pound person

Remember 4AllPromos has a plethora of outdoor items and sport related products to make your summer lots of fun. 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Coffee talk: Starbucks vs. Dunkin Donuts



I don't know about where you work but here in the 4AllPromos office coffee is what keeps us running. Many of us don't mumble a word until we can have our morning cup or four of Joe. Here in the office we have a Keurig machine where we can mix up our own coffee just the way we like it. However, Dunkin Donuts is within walking distance and Starbucks is within driving distance. So, we all have plenty of java at our disposal.

Why are we asking the almost age old question Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts? Well, 4AllPromos loves their customers especially the ones who come back again and again so we often reward repeat customer's with Starbucks gift cards. However, because coffee is such a passionate topic among employees and office debate broke out this week over which brand customer's might prefer. We can only guess but we want all of  you to chime in.

Obviously part of the problem is demographics as Dunkin Donuts tends to be mostly a New England chain. Starbucks seems to be more widespread and for those with deeper pockets and stronger caffeine addictions. There are 9,760 Dunkin Donuts stores worldwide whereas Starbucks has around 17,000 stores so in some aspects it is hard to make a comparison between the two.

We might be generalizing but there has been some discussion of letting customer's choose which card they want.

One study shows in a blind taste test more people selected Dunkin Donuts brand. However, some conclude this is because many Americans are not used to dark roasted coffee most commonly used by Starbucks.

Chime in and let us know what your pick is!




Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Shine some light on your business

Light up promotional products always gain attention. Whether it be light up key chains, flashlights, reflectors, book lights or even night lights there are many ways to shine the spotlight on your business, project or event. We here at 4AllPromos have found light up promo products to be extremely popular.

Recently, we received an order for flashlights for a Prom so students could put on their own light show on the dance floor! How clever is that! Plus, flashlights are useful household items to have stowed away in case of a storm or a trip to your basement or attic. Blinking lights or reflectors can be placed on anything to help draw attention to you. Try these kinds of lights on bicycles or roller blades.

What kind of light up promotions have you tried? Tweet or Facebook us with your ideas.

Check out just a few of our light up products. Don't see what you are looking for? Call one of our product specialists today at 866-732-3386 for help finding the right light up promotion for you!

Round blinking light with back clip 











Slim book light











The Brute Flashlight











Moonbeam Radio Lantern

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Have a safe summer!

Who doesn't love the summer sun? Summer is a time to kick back, unwind and enjoy the sun. However, we must not forget that our skin should always be protected from the harsh ultra violet rays all year but most importantly during the summer. Skin cancer is among one of the most frequently diagnosed forms of cancer in the United States. So, when you are planning your summer promotions and giveaways consider a few of the summertime products 4AllPromos has available:


What's the most important thing to have when your spending the day outdoors? Sunscreen! 4AllPromos has sunscreen in various forms including sticks, sprays, lotions and even towelettes and don't forget the SPF lip balm! Remember to reapply sunscreen every couple of hours and after swimming. 


Did you know that it is equally as important to protect your eyes from the sun? It's true UV and UB ray exposure can result in premature aging of the eyes and skin around the eyes. Sunglasses help protect your eyes not only from glare but from future vision problems and aging. 4AllPromos has many different types of sunglasses including those for the fashion conscious and athletic types. 



Do you do self screening for odd marks, moles or sunspots? You should; and don't forget to check  your scalp. The top of the head is one of the most commonly overlooked. It's important to protect your head from the sun. Hats can be stylish and functional and they also provide shade for your face and sometimes ears. Bandannas and straw hats also work for the sun but be sure to still use sunscreen as a precaution. 





For more information on how you can protect your skin and prevent skin cancer and premature aging, visit www.skincancer.org

Friday, May 06, 2011

Cool coolers

Coolers aren't what they used to be. I can remember my mom and dad lugging a clunky, hard plastic cooler to the beach most weekends. It was always the heaviest beach accessory. Today, and at 4AllPromos, coolers come in all shapes, styles, sizes, and materials. You don't have to lug a huge box full of ice everywhere you go. Many coolers come insulated and merely require an ice pack.

Check out a few of our most unique coolers great for games, tailgating, picnics, hiking or the beach!

The Rumble Seat is great for outdoor events or fishing on the dock. This light weight seat doubles as a cooler. How practical is that?










The Insulated Picnic/Shopper Basket is great for farmer's markets or a romantic picnic in the park. This durable basket has a zippered top to ensure your food stays fresh on the go.









The Combo Cooler is great for athletes or for mom's who are taking their kids to kick the ball around at the park or maybe toss the Frisbee with the dog. The mesh top holds all your recreation equipment. Keep all your stuff in one place!







The Koozie Party 12-Can Cooler is a must for tailgater's and for those outdoor barbecues. This cooler holds ice and folds up nicely for when the day is over. This handy cooler even zips up and has handles for easy transport!







Start planning your summertime outings and don't forget to pack the cooler!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

What is a hand fan anyway?



I don't know about your office but we have already turned the air conditioner at the 4AllPromos office. The muggy May weather has already started to get to us. I've heard some discussion in the office about an up-tick in sales of hand fans and I thought this might be a good chance to explain the history and even the modern practicality of this simple product. 4AllPromos has hand fans in many different shapes made of paper or plastic and they can be imprinted with almost any color or design. They are an affordable way to advertise anything!

Some of the earliest hand fans were thought to be in Asia where they were made of coveted materials such as tortoise shells or bamboo. There they pointed out social significance. Today in Asian countries they are used in traditional dress. When fans were sold and traded in Europe they became more mainstream and were used to keep bugs away and by more of the bourgeoisie. 

When I think of a hand fan, I typically think of a Geisha woman hiding her delicate, porcelain face behind a elegant shade in order to gain the attention of men. Or sometimes I think about women in churches in the south waving their hand fans in order to keep cool during a summer service. However, there are many places hand fans can be used including sporting events, rallies, auctions, open houses, races, outdoor festivals and events - you  name it.

The most valuable thing about hand fans is they are 'green' because they don't use electricity to power. You simply wave the fan and presto, an instant breeze! Hand these out at outdoor music festivals to keep music fans cool and promote your band, website or cause at the same time! Holding a an auction or your school or antique business? Create simple hand fans with your business name imprinted on them for bidders to use. Hand hands fans out at church services and clergy members can bring them back each week-how useful is that!

So, let's recap here are some good reasons to use a hand fan at your next event:

1. They keep  you cool.
2. They don't require electricity and hence they are 'green' promotional products.
3. They are great advertising and come in a variety of shapes and colors. Help reinforce your name or logo with customers.
4. They are reusable.
5. They are great at sporting events to help show team spirit! Imagine a whole stadium full of hand fans!

For a look at our hand fan collection, click here.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Made in the U.S.A.

Ford, Budweiser, Caterpillar are all well-known American brands that are manufactured right here in the United States, a rarity in the business world these days. Did you know 4AllPromos.com carries many items manufactured right here in the United States?


We now have the Made in the USA category on our website where you can find everything from fly swatters to screw drivers to magnets. Since the recession hit in 2007 it became increasingly important to buy locally and buy products made her in the United States to support our economy, jobs and products.


Your customer's will be pleased when you choose products made domestically because it shows you care about local business and the American economy. For more on our products made in the United States, call us toll free at 866-732-3386.


Here are some important reasons to buy domestically made products:


1. As the US manufacturing ability fades, future generations of US citizens will be unable to find relevant jobs. Buy American and help keep your friends and neighbors-and even yourself-earning a living wage.

2. Factories and money are shifting to countries not friendly to the USA or democracy. When you avoid imported goods in favor of American-made items, you help ensure that the United States doesn’t find its access to vital goods impacted by political conflict.

3. Lack of minimum wage, worker safety, or environmental pollution controls in many countries undermines the concept of “fair and free trade”. No Western nation can ultimately compete on price with a country willing to massively exploit and pollute its own people. When you buy only American-made products, you insist on a higher standard.


4. Foreign product safety standards are low. For example, poisonous levels of lead are in tens of millions of toys shipped to the USA. When you buy toys and other goods made in the USA, you can be confident that American consumer protection laws and safety standards are in place to protect your family.

5. The huge US trade deficit leads to massive, unsustainable borrowing from other countries. Debt isn’t good for you and it isn’t good for America.

6. The growing lack of USA ability to manufacture many products is strategically unsound. When you seek out American-made goods, you foster American independence.


7. Many countries have no minimum wage restrictions, or the minimum wage is outrageously low. When you choose products made in the USA, you contribute to the payment of an honest day’s wages for an honest day’s work.


8. US manufacturing processes are much cleaner for the environment than many other countries; many brands sold here are produced in countries using dangerous, heavily polluting processes. When you purchase American-made product, you know that you’re helping to keep the world a little cleaner for your children.


9. Jobs shipped abroad almost never return. When you buy goods made in the USA, you help keep the American economy growing.
10. Foreign labor standards allow unsafe worker conditions in many countries. When you buy American you support not only American manufacturers but also American workers, safe working conditions, and child labor laws.