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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Trends that should stay in 2012

It's that time of year where we reflect on the trends and memes of the past year. There weren't any big surprises as far as trends go in the promotional products business this year. Tech gadgets, eco-friendly products, apparel, multi-functional products, kitchen items and wine accessories have reigned as top sellers for the past several years.

What's the one trend we hope continues through 2012? Eco-friendly products of course. Recyclable tote bags have really taken off because they are so useful and durable for any kind of shopping, moving or other task that requires lots of lugging around. The best part about eco-friendly products is that you don't even notice the difference in quality. Pens, sticky notes and even t-shirts can all be made with eco-friendly materials. Customers will certainly appreciate your effort to help keep them and the planet safe and healthy.

 In 2011, the food and manufacturing industries issued many recalls on everything from cantaloupe to baby formula to pet food and even cars so it's always a good idea to know the products you are purchasing are safe. 4AllPromos is passionate about providing quality products to our customer's. We make sure all our products are safe for children and pets and are made from only the best materials. 4AllPromos offers at 100% satisfaction guarantee on all our products because we are that confident that our customers will love the products they order.

Jump on the promotional products bandwagon in 2012 and see instant results. Promotional products are great marketing tools and they help get customers in the door and talking about your business and services.

Have a happy and healthy holiday season everyone! See you in 2012!

Monday, December 19, 2011

January is National Get Organized Month!

Start 2012 off right by getting organized. January has been dubbed National Get Organized Month. It's time to clean out your closets, basements and junk drawers!

4AllPromos has so many items to help you, your customers and clients stay organized. (Including:)

  • Desk accessories
  • Trunk organizers
  • Calendars
  • Pill sorters 
  • Tote bags, travel bags, laptop bags
  • Padfolios and portfolios
  • Sticky notes
Not sure where to start? Try the small projects first. It's amazing how great you'll feel after clearing out a junk drawers; it might even inspire you to get started on your closet? 

Need inspiration? Ask you're most organized friend to help or maybe your kids will want to help out during their winter break. It could be a fun, bonding experience! Maybe even throw a few bucks their way or a lunch to say thank you.

Don't forget to donate! If you are cleaning out your closet, attic or basement try and salvage items that can be donated to the local good will or consignment shops. You might even find a hidden gem or two to try selling online! 

Creative, custom imprinted and promotional products are a great way to inspire others around you to get organized. Call a product specialist toll-free at 1-866-732-3386 to find out what kinds of organizational products make sense for your business. 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Thrilled about throwbacks

I'm a child of the 1980's when toys were, in my opinion, at their best. I played with Barbie, Teddy Ruxbin, the Rubix cube, slap bracelets, Strawberry Shortcake and the Magic 8 Ball. Some of those toys managed to live on and some like the Rubix cube and the Magic 8 Ball are now available on as promotional products.

Bring nostalgia to your customers and clients with these unique custom imprinted gifts. These different products are sure to be used inside the office for years. Customers will appreciate your creativity when it comes to these kinds of gifts.

4AllPromos offers all kinds of unique promotional products from molded chocolate to foam fingers to lawn chairs and more. Visit the Wacky Ideas section to find out what other kinds of cool and unique products are available for custom imprinting.

4AllPromos is always adding new and exciting products to their website. Check with our product specialists about new and exciting products that are perfect for any event or special occasion.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

T-shirt tiiiimeee!

If you're up on your pop culture you will recognize the reference in the headline as one of the many comical taglines created by Jersey Shore favorites Pauly D and Vinny. T-shirts are one of the most popular promotional products of all time. Who doesn't love getting a free t-shirt at a sporting event, concert or trade show? Touristy stores get away with selling t-shirts for $25 or more. Giveaway a t-shirt at your next event and bring customer's in. Plus, t-shirts are great free advertising.

Want to spice up your t-shirt inventory. Try some of these creative and funny ideas to get people talking!

1. Put your slogan, logo or text upside down so passersby's have to tweak their neck to read the message. They might even ask you to spell it out for them. Or even better but the message in reverse so it appears correctly in a mirror.

2. Some printers can now use light sensitive ink so that the message only appears on the t-shirt in the dark!

3. Use a QR code. The quick response code is extremely popular with retailers. The codes can be scanned using most Smartphones and each code can be uniquely programmed to provide a special discount or deal to the customer who scans it!

4. Use bright colors. Tangerine Tango is the new 'it' color for 2012. Bright colors will attract younger, energetic patrons.

5. Go organic. Organic cotton is not much more expensive and your earth-friendly customers will enjoy the effort you made to save the planet!

Friday, December 09, 2011

Tangerine Tango takes of Over 2012!

This week the color aficionados at the Pantone Color Institute named Tangerine Tango the 'It' color of 2012. Brides, interior decorators, fashion designers and promotional product buyers can now get to work on their 2012 projects and designs. 

These orange-ish color is bright and cheery and will look good everywhere. In America the color orange is often associated joy, sunshine and the tropics. Orange call also represent enthusiasm, fascination,  happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement and stimulation. Orange is also a color that represents the Harvest and strength and endurance. Orange is attention grabbing and bold. Use orange to draw attention to your project, business or event! 

Call one of 4AllPromos product specialists to find out what apparel, drinkware, tote bags, pens and other accessories are available in this Pantone color! 

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

What's for dinner? Pizza perhaps....

Pizza doesn't have to be packed with calories. Making home made pizza is easy, fast, healthy and most important delicious.

Two slices of take-out pizza can equal close to 600 calories, but two slices of homemade pizza covered in vegetables and low fats meats can be as little as 300.

Use vegetables like peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, eggplant, broccoli, onions and olives and meats like turkey sausage or turkey bacon, hamburger, chicken, prosciutto and low fat cheeses to cram the pie full satisfying protein. A thin, whole wheat crust will also help curb calories and help you fill full.

Many grocery stores have started to sell dough in a bag ready to roll out. Assemble all the ingredients and pop your pizza in the oven for about 30 minutes or lightly brush olive oil on one side and place the dough on the grill for a gourmet grilled pizza.

Here are few healthy recipes from

Green Pizza
  • 1 pound prepared pizza dough, preferably whole-wheat
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 5 ounces arugula ,any tough stems removed, chopped (about 6 cups)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Black Bean Nacho Pizza
  • 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chopped jarred roasted red peppers
  • 1 medium clove garlic, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Yellow cornmeal, for dusting
  • 1 pound Easy Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough (recipe follows), or other prepared dough
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 medium plum tomatoes, diced
  • 4 medium scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped pitted ripe black olives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapeƱos

Eggplant Parmesan Pizza
  • Yellow cornmeal, for dusting
  • 1 pound Easy Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough, or other prepared dough (recipe follows)
  • 3/4 cup prepared marinara sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced medium clove garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup thinly shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, (see Tip)

Remember 4AllPromos sells all kinds of fun pizza cutters for the pizza enthusiast. Custom imprint a pizza cutter to giveaway at your pizza parlor or at your gourmet shop. 4AllPromos also has dozens of other kitchen utensils and tools for the homespun cook.

Monday, December 05, 2011

To gift or not to gift? The rules of international business

Nowadays so many businesses are doing business with companies and clients all over the world. As the holidays approach followed by the new year it might be a good idea to send gifts, cards and other thank yous to international comrades as well as more local ones.

However, it is important to research what gifts may be good and what gifts may be offensive when giving gifts to international clients. In some cultures giving gifts can be viewed as offensive. Below is a list of the countries where gifts are and are not accepted. It's also a good idea to look up international businesses etiquette such as greetings.

4AllPromos has many corporate gifts that are great ways to greet new clients and make a professional first impression.

Does your company do international business?

Countries in which a gift is expected:
- Europe – Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Ukraine
- Latin American – Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica
- Pacific Rim – China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea,
- Taiwan, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand
Countries in which a gift is not expected on the first visit, but would be expected on a subsequent visit:
- Europe – Portugal, Spain
- Latin American – Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama,
- Peru, Venezuela
- Pacific Rim – Malaysia, Singapore
- Scandinavia – Finland, Norway
Countries in which a gift is not expected, or gifts are less frequent exchanged:
- Africa
- Australia
- Europe - England, France, Hungary, Italy
- Latin America - Uruguay
- Scandinavia – Denmark
- Middle East – Pakistan, Saudi Arabia
- United States

For more information on where and how to shop for gifts for international clients, visit The International Business Center.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Postal prices rising...order light!

It’s no surprise that the United States Postal Service has raised mail rates for 2012.  Cost-cutting communication including such as e-mail and social media have drastically reduced the amount of snail mail delivered each year. The estimated 2.13 percent increase will take effect January 22, 2012. Many in the promotional products business are worried over this postal price hike effecting complimentary samples, catalogs and the delivery of bulky items such as paper goods, apparel and mugs. The promotional products company 4AllPromos in Essex, Ct is advising customers not to cut back on custom imprinted advertising product but to rather order lighters items that will cost less to ship. 4AllPromos has hundreds of fun, useful and creative lightweight promotional products for any business, school, event or special occasion.

Ordering items online can be fun and easy but sometimes the burden of shipping can change the mind of a prospective customer. Although the cost of shipping is often out of the merchandiser’s hands there are ways to curb the cost of shipping by offering ideas on smaller and lighter items that can be just as effective when it comes to advertising and promoting businesses, campaigns, products and events.

Tote bags are extremely light. It only costs around $20 to ship around a hundred bags. Tote bags have become extremely popular in the past several years as towns have begun to charge taxes on plastic bags and environmental activists have put the kibosh on shopping bags in some cities and towns across the United States. Tote bags can be used for grocery shopping, picking items up at the local farmers market and toting around almost anything. They are durable but light and serve as great traveling advertisement products.

Drawstring backpacks have also become quite popular among high school and college age students. These lightweight, simple bags are great for carry just a few books across campus or for storing a sports bottle and some gym clothes for practice or a gym session. Many schools have put limitations on how heavy student’s backpacks can be in order to combat issues like scoliosis and other back and posture related issues. Drawstring backpacks help lighten the load. These types of backpacks also come in every color of the rainbow, with zippers, Velcro, mesh pockets and even in fun shapes such as soccer balls or footballs. Show school spirit with these fun and affordable bags. 

Pens, pencils, highlighters and other writing utensils are also lightweight promotional products that won’t cost much to ship. Pens are long lasting and durable products. Custom imprint a website, slogan, or name on a pen to help promote a cause. Pens make a great giveaway and also a nice gift. 4AllPromos has pens for less than a dollar or executive pens that will really make an impression with an important client or partner.

Other lightweight promotional products include hand fans, golf tees, ice scrapers, Frisbees, beach balls and badge holders. 4AllPromos knowledgeable product specialist can be reached toll-free at 1-866-732-3386 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST to help calculate shipping and also offer ideas on other affordable and lightweight promotional products.