Friday, September 30, 2011
How many times do you go to look for pen and you can't find one? They are one of those things that are just never around when you need them to be. I keep a stash of pens in my car, in my purse, my kitchen and even in my coffee table. The Promotional Products Business magazine has an article out today that says orders for custom imprinted writing utensils has rising from about 8 percent to 9 percent from last year. By 2015 the writing utensil industry is project to be worth $19 billion. Pens, pencils and highlighters are affordable and convenient promotional products and they are an easy way to advertise.
There are so many different types of pens out there these days. There are click pens that are great to keep in your pocket or in a purse because they won't end up writing on anything. There are pens that come in red, green, blue or black ink and can be great for all the editors out there. There are sparkly pens, custom engraved pens and pens with decorations on top. A sharp, professional looking pen can also help people exude confidence in the workplace. Bring a professional pen along to sign a big contract or check! It seems like everyone is environmentally conscious these days and now pens can also be eco-friendly!
4AllPromos has pens for every occasion. Search our collection of writing utensils in the Pens, Highlighters & More category!
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Happy National Coffee Day! Coffee is the most widely consumed beverage in the world and the second most traded item in the world next to petroleum. The average American drinks about 3 cups of coffee a day. It's clear that people love their coffee and today there are so many different options when it comes to choosing your cup of caffeine. Coffee comes in hundreds of flavors, intensities and from many different countries. You can take your coffee black, with milk, with skim milk, with sugar with Splenda and the list goes on and on.
Coffee is also a very social drink. Coffee houses like Starbucks invite customers to come and hang out, drink some coffee, telecommute, meet up with colleagues or old friends. Churches and town organizations often hold breakfast meetings or coffee Klatches to encourage networking.
Coffee also has many health benefits. A new study out this week suggests that coffee can actually help women avoid depression. Coffee has also been shown to help dementia, diabetes and Parkinson's disease. Coffee is even supposed to help people have a better workout.
Coffee also makes a great promotional product. One can never have too many custom imprinted travel mugs from their favorite companies, non-profits or schools. Coffee gift sets complete with mugs and instant coffee or coffee beans make for a sophisticated corporate gift. Chocolate covered espresso beans are another favorite-and who can resist the combination of chocolate and coffee together!
4AllPromos has dozens of mugs that can be custom imprinted with your business, coffee Klatch, school or organization's name. Custom coffee related gifts will bring people together for conversation and fun.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Trying to quit smoking, work stressing you out, did you just have a new baby? There are so many things that can cause stress but there are also so many ways to relieve or reduce stress. According to the National Health Interview survey at least 75% of Americans experience 'some stress' every two weeks. Stress balls make a great giveaway- and they relieve stress and an affordable option for businesses, healthcare professionals, schools and many other industries.
It's important to get your stress under control as it can lead to so many health issues. Stress can cause contribute to heart disease, sleep problems, peptic ulcers, colds, headaches, fatigue, eating disorders, anxiety and more. Regular exercise, eating right, time with friends and family and work/life balance can all help ease stress and improve mental and physical health.
Stress balls have been around for ages and have been medically proven to not only relieve stress but improve coordination, prevent arthritis, prevent rheumatism, stimulate blood circulation and treat carpal-tunnel.
Consider stress balls for your next giveaway. 4AllPromos carries stress balls in all kinds of shapes including animals, cars, tools, hands and even people! Show your customer's you care about their health with a custom imprinted and unique stress ball!
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Red dresses made quite the statement at Sunday's Emmy Awards held in Los Angeles. Some of televisions best leading ladies made a splash with their bold red gowns and now everyone is talking about how red is all the rage.
Got a hot promotion or event coming up? Consider red giveaways or promotional products to grab the attention of your customers or guests.
Here are a few fun facts about what kind of effects or impact the color RED can have:
- Red increases enthusiasm
- Red stimulates energy and can increase blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat and pulse rate
- It encourages action and confidence
- It provides a sense of protection from fears and anxiety
- In Russia, red symbolizes beauty
- In China, Red is associated with good luck and fortune
- In Hindu red symbolizes joy, life, energy and creativity
What does RED symbolize for your or your brand? Think of the big brands around the world and what kinds of colors they use in their logos or names? Red is a big color for Target, Red Bull, McDonalds, Coca-Cola and the Red Cross.
Monday, September 19, 2011
October is best known for Halloween but for the grownups October also means Oktoberfest. Traditionally Oktoberfest is 16 to 18 days beer festival held in Munich, Bavaria Germany. The festival includes traditional music and dancing, food and of course plenty of German beer! The German celebration attracts nearly 7 million people every year. America caught on to this thirsty tradition and many cities around the nation have begun celebrating Oktoberfest stateside.
If you are planning an Oktoberfest of your own this year check out 4AllPromos beer steins and our large selection of drinkware for your thirsty patrons. 4AllPromos also has a lot of other promotional products that can be useful to an Oktoberfest shindig including wooden nickels to be used as drink tokens, koozie to keep beers cool, fun Oktoberfest custom imprinted t-shirts and more. Call one of product specialists for more fun ideas.
While you're mulling over the best Oktoberfest swag here are a few fun facts about beer:
1. The ancient Babylonians were the first people to brew beer. They took it very seriously and if you were accused of making a bad batch they may have just decided to drown you in it.
2. In the Middle Ages clean drinking water was hard to come by so many people resorted to drinking beer instead.
3. Beer should be stored in an upright position to help minimize oxidation.
4. Prohibition lasted in the just shy of 14 years in the United States.
5. Beer is the second most popular beverage in the world coming in behind tea.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Recent research has indicated that chocolate is healthier than everyone once thought. The promotional product experts at 4AllPromos are celebrating by eating and selling custom imprinted chocolate. According to the British Journal of Medicine dark chocolate has similar benefits to that of exercise, lower blood pressure and cholesterol and helps fight diseases such as cancer. Consider chocolate as a gift, incentive or giveaway for clients, customers or guests and spread the word about the rewards of chocolate.
- Health experts have concluded that eating chocolate two or more times a week can help reduce the risk of cardiac mortality. Much of the chocolate produced today contains a higher content of cocoa the ingredient with the most health benefits.
- Chocolate is a rich source of magnesium a nutrient which helps regulate the digestive, neurological and cardiovascular systems.
- It contains many antioxidants which helps flush out free radicals in the body.
- Chocolate can lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol as much as 10 percent.
- The nutrients in chocolate can also help the body produce endorphins, chemicals that help produce happiness and pleasure, that can help to act as a natural anti-depressant.
- Chocolate helps fight cancer by reducing inflammation similar to foods such as red wine, blueberries, garlic and tea.
- Believe it or not chocolate also helps prevent tooth decay by eliminating the streptococcus mutans, bacteria found in the oral cavity that contributes to tooth decay.
So, there you have it, there are so many health benefits to eating chocolate in moderation and keeping it part of a well-balanced diet.
The best part about chocolate is that in comes in so many different forms including cocoa powder, chocolate candy and chocolate covered snacks. Get creative with chocolate gifts for clients, customers and guests. Winter is on its’ way and hot cocoa mix and a mug make a great holiday gift. School is back in session chocolate covered pretzels, raisins and graham crackers make yummy snacks. Boxes of custom imprinted chocolate are a popular wedding favor. Chocolate wrapped in colorful foils can be used to decorate tables at special events. Chocolate wrappers can also provide easy advertising for any business. Edible promotions are a safe bet.
The chocolate from 4AllPromos can come in almost any size or shape including cell phones, coins or dollar signs, keys, awareness ribbons, puzzle pieces, computers and more. Visit the Gourmet Food Gift Etc. section to view the large assortment of custom imprinted chocolate. Have an interesting request or event? Call one of 4AllPromos product specialists to discuss the best chocolate gift options.
Monday, September 12, 2011
4AllPromos is already prepared to stay germ free this season with an extensive supply of promotional products items including soap, antibacterial solution, antibacterial wipes and many other personal care items. As cold and flu season approaches it’s important to brush up on ways to avoid germs at school, work and home.
Use these 3 products to help fight germs all winter long:
SOAP: Make sure to wash hands with warm, soapy water frequently and before and after meals. The flu virus can spread by sharing drinks or even indirectly by touching the same surface as someone who is already infected. Hands should be washed for 20 seconds. Try singing happy birthday to help keep track of time. Use hand dryers or disposable paper towels to dry hands. 4AllPromos carries bars of soap, liquid soap, moisturizing soap and even soap sheets. All these products are great for doctor’s offices, school nurses, hospitals, day cares, nursing homes and other healthcare centers.
ANTIBACTERIAL SPRAY AND LOTION: Antibacterial sprays or lotions come in handy when on the go. These sprays or lotions come in compact containers that are easily stored in purses, backpacks or even pockets. Children can take the lotion in their lunchboxes to use before heading back to class. Simply spray or squeeze a small amount into the palm and rub to disinfect hands. Use antibacterial lotion sparingly as it can have a strong smell.
ANTIBACTERIAL WIPES: Keep surfaces clean with wet wipes. Wipe of door handles, toys and desk with wipes to help prevent the spread of germs. Disinfectant wipes are great for traveling. Wipes are great for grocery stores, restaurants, sporting events, fairs and just to have around the house! Hand out wipes at your next messy event!
Start protecting yourself from cold and flus now. The Centers for Disease Control is predicting a flu season similar to last season. Get your shots today, drink plenty of water, exercise and eat healthy to keep your immune system strong.
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
School is in session, so we had to make a homework reference; but homework isn't just for students. Shoppers should do their homework too! Turns out most shoppers do!
An article in the Promotional Product Business magazine suggests that consumers do research on a product in between the time they see an advertisement and when they actually see the product in person. Experts suggest that shopping has 'Zero Moment of Truth' to it and consumers make up their mind by talking to friends, reading reviews and pondering the worthiness of their purchase.
Perhaps it is a sign of the times as consumers are now more cautious when making any purchases. Also, the influence of social media has also gotten people to rely on one another's opinions more than the past. Your Facebook friends may notice you like a specific brand or company and be more heavily influenced to buy from the same product or service. Some websites even use a widget to show visitors which of their Facebook friends 'Like' them.
How do we use this bit of knowledge in the promotional products world? Well first off, if you are doing your research and come across a competitor with a lower price on the product you want, let us know, we can price match! Also, if you are searching for a specific or creative product call one of our product specialists toll free and ask them to do some research and suggest some products. They have access to a whole database or products and some of them may not appear on our site but are available to order!
Research certainly pays off and it's good to think over a product before making a purchase. Let 4AllPromos know how we can help!
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Fall means fairs, festivals and food. Its harvest season for items like apples, corn and pumpkins and the promotional product experts at 4AllPromos has many ideas to keep its customer’s healthy this fall.
It’s true what they say, an apple a day can keep the doctor away. Research from the American Cancer Society suggests eating apples regularly can prevent colon, prostate and lung cancer. Apples contain antioxidants and a significant amount of fiber. Eating apples can also help with weight loss and lower the risk of heart disease. Apples are a popular ingredient at fall fairs and festivals. Apple crisp, apple fritters, apple donuts, apple pie or candy apples are just some of the ways to get a serving of the healthy fruit. Doctors, nutritionists, school nurses or teachers can help children and adults make healthy choices this fall by promoting the importance of apples with promotional products including sticky notes, jar openers, magnets or key chains.
Corn is another popular fall food staple. Corn on the cob, popcorn and kettle corn are just some of the delicious ways the popular vegetable. Corn is a good source of Vitamins B, C and E as well as the minerals magnesium, iron and Zinc. Corn is also a very good source of fiber and eating it regularly can help prevent colon cancer. Fair organizers can remind visitors about the healthy benefits of corn by packing popcorn in custom imprinted recyclable bags complete with nutritional facts. The Champion Corn Butterer evenly spread on a light serving of butter to help make corn on the cob even more appetizing. Add spices or seasoned butter to spice up the savory side dish.
Another popular fall fruit is the pumpkin. Pumpkins can be used for pies and soups. The seeds can be seasoned and roasted for a healthy snack as well. Pumpkins also contain a lot of fiber and pumpkin seed oil helps to maintain healthy blood vessels and tissue. Carve a pumpkin for Halloween and save the seeds or innards to make a healthy snack.
Stay healthy this fall with in season fruits and vegetables. Promote businesses and healthy habits with kitchen items such as measuring cups to help with portion control, vegetable peelers or graters, potholders or spatulas. Lunch containers with separate compartments also make great giveaways. Healthy snacks and lunches can fit neatly into the compact containers.
4AllPromos has plenty of promotional products for the fall. Stay active with products such as pedometers, stress balls, fribees, water bottles and more. Visit 4AllPromos.com to find the perfect promotional product for every fall, Halloween or healthy event.