The Promotions Arena

Printed Tote Bags for Trade Shows

photograph of a printed tote bagPromotional Tote Bags are without doubt one of the most effective means of marketing at a trade show or conference – the items you giveaway at your stand will serve their purpose when the recipients return to their desks but for the duration of the show, a portable advertising banner, given en-masse, will spread your word like no other. Continue reading

Start the BBQ!

Printed Pens…Again!

picture of banner printed pensHere we go again! If I’ve written once about printed pens, I’ve written a dozen times about them! Or is that the case? You see, as a promotional product, pens are so numerous and diverse, and by extension, no two blog articles could ever be the same. No two recipient offices could be the same – one of our clients chose a banner printed pen (the body of the pen contains a furled banner on which is printed all your important messages) and delivered it to two sets of his customers. Continue reading

Part of Being Human

De-Stress with Anti Stress Toys

picture of a Samford Tennis Club promotional anti stress ballI’ve always regarded stress as a normal and essential part of being human, as though that constant hum in the background is needed to maintain one’s sense of awareness.
We all experience it to some extent – if you didn’t, you’d be dead to the world…. Continue reading

Are you a “Sheep”?

Printed T Shirts – Preferably Cotton, not Wool

picture of a crazy printed t shirt In a world of mass-production and consumption, there is a growing trend towards bespoke designs and individual expressionism – sound wanky? Perhaps but are you yourself a “sheep”? Are you so indoctrinated by societal pressure that you wear the prescribed suit and tie to work, jeans and nike t shirt at home, whilst walking the labrador with 2.2 kids in tow around your standard suburban estate flocked with Ford Falcons and Commodores? Continue reading

The Upside for Dogs

Make Your Mark with Branded Pens

Picture of Two Promotional PensIt’s a rather depressing fact that as human beings we don’t live terribly long lives….and if you were a dog, good luck if you get 12 years. The upside for dogs is being unaware of their impending doom – every day like the last till it all slows down and you can’t hear or see and taste as well as before, joints get sore, tail don’t wag as much… Continue reading

On the Water

Promotional Water – Whatever Next?!

image of promotional custom waterIt’s always intriguing when someone takes a pre-existing product or service and twists it into an essential, must-have solution to our crappy lives.

Whereas before we didn’t have need for coffee on-tap, automatic coffee machines are the latest kitchen necessity. In the past, we used to have conversation, now families can sit quietly in the same room and concentrate on their own self-swiping research – last night I window shopped for a car, my wife was caught in message banter with her sister and my children were absorbed in a virtual reality game on the planet Zorg where parental intrusion was forbidden. All quiet, no need for discourse – except we didn’t need electronic aides in the past – newspapers, phones and books provided all of that. Continue reading

Save 10c Every Shop!

Promotional Calico Bags for Savings at the Till

picture of promo calico bagsLike most folks I meet, I sometimes fall into the trap of wearing blinkers and regarding objects around me as fit for one purpose only. A car gets you from A to B, an orange is for peeling and eating, and a napkin is for wiping your mouth. These items actually have other uses than their primary purpose and it’s symptomatic of our lazy, spoon fed society that we can’t see secondary and further uses for everyday items. I’m not suggesting you live in your car, play football with an orange or insulate yourself on cold nights with a box of napkins. Continue reading

Under a Dark Blue Haze

Blow up a Promotional Balloon or Two

promo balloons pictureT’is the Season for Office Parties soon. And also trade show time. The one thing I like to promote is getting as much bang-per-buck from every promotional item. If you’re buying promotional balloons for a trade show or event, you certainly don’t want to under-cater. Then, what do you do with the leftovers? Throw a party! Well, not immediately but a glut of promo balloons makes for an ideal party booster, especially when colleagues’ kids are in tow. Continue reading

In the Olden Days

Promotional Plastic Pens for a New Generation

picture of a promotional plastic penMy daughter asked me yesterday if pens were around when I was a boy…”in the olden days”… That cracked me up – the perception of time and place, and how children have very little concept of where they are in the Universe and of what occurred before them. Continue reading