Posts tagged Promotional Items
Admints & Zagabor and Herbert Handcrafted Chocolates announced that they have teamed up to create a line of handcrafted chocolate bars for the holiday season. More than a dozen new flavors will be available.
According to Promo Marketing magazine, the top six flavors are:
- Café Espresso Bean
- Mint Cookie Crunch
- Peanut Butter Cup
- Raspberry Burst
- Salty Sea Shore Caramel
- Toffee Munchin’ Crunch
These six varieties will be in stock for standard production. An additional nine flavors, including Coconut and Smokin’ Chipotle, will be available with somewhat lengthier lead times.
Brett Hersh, president of Admints & Zagabor, told Promo Marketing Magazine that he expects to “raise the bar in chocolate promotions” with the new line of products.
Will you order promotional chocolates for the holiday season?
Did you order a few too many t-shirts for your event? If you’re stuck with leftovers after the fact, don’t trash them. Instead, do what the Knox County Romney Campaign in Tennessee did: donate them to charity.
According to Promo Marketing magazine, unused promotional shirts for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign were donated to The Orbit Village Project. “More than 200 of the school’s students received one of the shirts,” the magazine reports.
What other types of promotional items can you donate?
- Promotional pens & pencils are perfect for schools
- Bring extra branded toys to children’s hospitals
- Drop off food at your local food pantry
Congratulations are in order for Raining Rose’s Charles B. “Chuck” Hammond Jr., who has been named the 2013 Iowa Small Business Person of the Year.
The promotional items supplier CEO helped transform Raining Rose Inc. from a small company with just 12 employees to a large operation with more than 140 staff members.
According to Promo Marketing magazine, “As the 2013 Iowa Small Business Person of the Year, Hammond will represent Iowa at National Small Business Week ceremonies in Washington, D.C. June 16-22 where he will compete for the National Award.”
Congratulations to Hammond and the entire team at Raining Rose Inc.
Back in July, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) pushed major retailers like Amazon and Urban Outfitters to discontinue selling Buckyballs and other similar products that pose risk to children. Now, Australia is taking the idea one step further.
According to Compliance and Risks, high-powered magnets that are small and separable (like Buckyballs) have been banned in the land down under. So what’s the danger in these innocent-looking toys?
Click here for a CPSC video that explains just how hazardous the tiny yet strong magnets really are.
Does your promotional items company sell a similar product? If so, how will you make sure it meets health guidelines?
Days after Hurricane Sandy swept over the East Coast, companies continue to deal with the aftermath. The promotional items industry is no exception.
But thanks to organizations like the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) and the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), we have a fairly good idea of which businesses have been affected.
Some companies are already back up and running. They include (but are not limited to):
- Royal Apparel
- Chocolate Inn / Taylor & Grant
- Liqui-Mark Corp.
- Colemax Group LLC
- Admints & Zagabor
- Lanco Corp.
- Motivators Inc.
- Prime Line
Looking to get involved in one of the promotional items industry’s most important annual events? Now’s the time to prepare for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI)’s Legislative Education and Action Day (LEAD), which will take place in Washington D.C. April 10 – 11.
According to PPAI, “Each year, industry professionals travel to Washington D.C. to educate members of Congress about the effectiveness of promotional products and the strength of the industry in the U.S.” Check out PPAI’s latest video to find out why attending is so important — straight from other industry professionals:
Together, we can make a difference, so save the date and/or sign up today!
Greenwashing – spinning to make a company or product appear eco-friendly — has been prevalent for decades. And the promotional items industry is no stranger to this deceptive type of advertising.
But now the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s “Green Guides” will help ensure marketers make truthful statements about their products’ environmental attributes.
According to the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), “The Green Guides caution marketers not to make broad, unqualified claims that a product is ‘environmentally friendly’ or ‘eco-friendly’ because the FTC’s consumer perception study confirms that such claims are likely to suggest that the product has specific and far-reaching environmental benefits.”
The Green Guides cover degradable claims, certifications, and the use of the words “sustainable,” “natural” and “organic.”
While the Green Guides are not law, the FTC can take action against deceptive marketing.
Are your products as green as they appear?
They say there’s no such thing as bad publicity, right?
Last week, cable network BET sent a promotional package to CBS radio stations in Los Angeles. The box, which contained a promotional item to advertise the channel’s new talk show, “Don’t Sleep!” was said to be beeping when it arrived. The suspicious delivery spurred havoc at three radio stations owned by CBS.
The 27-story building was evacuated at approximately 10 a.m. PST, as a bomb squad was brought in to assess the situation. Radio reporter Pete Demetriou told Variety that the suspicious parcel was actually just a promotional alarm clock.
Still, Demetriou asserted, it was important to ”follow protocol” to ensure the safety of CBS staffers.
Whether or not you’re a fan of politics, there’s one thing everyone within the ad specialty industry can agree on: The conventions bring some really cool promotional items.
The Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) shared photos from the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. Let’s look at some of the best products:
Promotional drinkware at the Republican National Convention
Promotional t-shirts at the Republican National Convention
Custom water bottles at the Democratic National Convention
Promotional buttons at the Democratic National Convention
What do you think of the political promotional items? Any favorites?
“The board members are the ones that help to make the decisions that move this industry forward.” -Julia Wright, MAS, Wright Choice Promotions
Those within the promotional items industry have an important election coming up. Which Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) members will be voted onto the Board of Directors this year? It’s up to you!
According to PPAI, the election, which started today and will run through October 4, 2012, “is your opportunity to have a say on important issues.” Let’s take a look at this year’s nominees.
Tom Goos, Image Source, Inc.
Dave Regan, MAS, The Vernon Company
Eric Johnson, MAS, Halls & Company
Kim Newell, World Wide Lines, Inc.