Here’s another ‘gee whiz’ tech item that’s just hit the promo industry – it’s a device that backs up the SIM cards used to store data in cellphones and PDAs.
If you’re looking for a useful, different high-tech gift for under $10 this is something you should consider. Nearly everyone carries a cellphone or PDA and the majority of people never even think about backing up their SIM card until they lose a phone or the card somehow gets damaged. If it saves your prospect or client from losing their data, you’re a hero!
This device can also be used as a ‘remote database’ by others. For example, a salesperson might store their customer contact numbers in their cellphone because they’re on the road a lot. This device can be left at the office so staff can access needed information without calling to interrupt the salesperson and ask for phone numbers.
These are customized with your logo and are bound to become a topic of conversation with those you give them to. Surveys have shown that 70% of promo recipients will keep items if they consider them ‘useful’ – this is definitely one item they will hang on to, and the perceived value is much higher than the price of the item (between $8-$10 depending on quantity, the minimum order is 100 pcs.)
If this is an item you’re interested in ordering or learning more about, I’d be happy to help you if you don’t already have a good promo person to work with. To see more information about this item and pricing, here’s a link to our supplier’s website: http://stateoftheartpromo.com/SIM-1.html
Please feel free to give me a call or send me an e-mail if I can help you with this or any other promotional products: email@example.com
(or) 1-888-247-4320. Thanks for reading!
Polycarbonate bottles are really, really hot right now in the promo industry. It all began with the Nalgene (name-brand) sport bottle, which was originally marketed to backpackers and other outdoors people but became a huge hit with the general public.
Those original Nalgene bottles sold for upwards of $10 when they first came out, but their popularity spawned all kinds of imitators who came out with different styles and colors of bottles made from similar plastic (generically called polycarbonate plastic or ‘polycarb’ for short). There are different grades and thicknesses of polycarb plastic, however, and that’s something to be aware of.
By using a little thinner plastic, industry suppliers were able to get the price point on promo polycarb bottles down into the $4-$7 range. Recently, however, a ‘new generation’ of cheap polycarb bottles has hit the promo market with a price point in the $2-ish range.
These bottles look very tempting at this price… but there’s a catch. To produce them for this price, suppliers are using thinner plastic than before. These bottles will come with a little slip of paper inside warning they’re not dishwasher-safe, but let’s face it, most people just won’t take the time to hand-wash a giveaway water bottle. When these cheap polycarb bottles go into the dishwasher they have a tendency to warp at the bottom from the heat… and then they won’t stand upright anymore, making them pretty much useless. Not a good thing, especially if your logo is on that bottle.
These are the kinds of details I like to know about so I can give my clients the full scoop when they’re looking at different products… sometimes going with the cheapest thing available is a big mistake in the long run.
My favorite source for polycarb bottles is LCP Mugs in Idaho. They’re not widely known in our industry but they’re a ‘best kept secret’ out here on the West Coast. To see LCP’s line of high-quality (non warping) polycarb bottles you can check out their site: www.lcpmugs.com.
If you’re interested in ordering polycarb bottles for YOUR promotional advertising I would be happy to help you. Feel free to e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 866-247-4320. Thanks for reading & have a good day!
This is another new item for 2007 that’s very different and has a definite ‘wow’ factor. It’s a glass candle holder that looks like it’s a solid color when you first see it. Light and insert a tealight candle… and voila! The underlying 4-color process artwork appears as if by magic once the glass is warmed by the flame.
This is a great gift idea – the price point is a little too high for a give-away ($7.50/each with a minimum order of 144 pieces). It would make an excellent gift with purchase item for spas, salons, boutiques, furniture stores or fitness clubs.
Because you can use 4 color process artwork all around the outside of the candle holder, this is an item where you can get really creative with artwork. Use as a memento item for weddings, anniversaries, graduations or bar/bat mitzvahs… add a photo and event date to make a really nice keepsake for guests to take home.
One more thought – birthdays. If you currently have (or have considered) a birthday program for your better clients this would be a fantastic item to use. Have them printed with a fun birthday motif (plus a discreetly placed logo) and send them out as a birthday surprise. You could even design a new one each year so your clients build a collection over time.
As with all items on my blog, this can be ordered though my company (Advance Promotions) if you don’t already have a promotional consultant to work with. If I can be of help with this or other promotional items please contact me: email@example.com
This is another item I saw at the PPAI Expo that I think is worth writing about. It’s called the FlipPix Business Card and, as you can tell by the photo series above, it’s a really unique concept for printed materials.
If you want to see more detail about how this works, the supplier who has this product also has video on their website showing the product in action – I’m giving you the link below. In essense, this is an origami-like paper business card or printed piece that has several different views depending on how you fold it. It’s addictive, once you start playing with it. I’m seriously considering having my own cards done in the FlipPix format – it’s one of the coolest business cards I think I’ve ever seen (and it imparts much more information than a regular bizcard).
We are a dealer for Imcom’s product line, so if this is something you’re interested in please feel free to contact me (if you don’t already have a promo person to work with).
Another new product that created a lot of buzz at the PPAI Expo was custom labeled energy drinks. These drinks are a very popular category at retail, especially among the under-30 demographic. This is a great, upscale alternative to custom labeled bottled water for handing out at events like trade shows, conferences or sporting events like golf tournaments.
Unlike bottled water, energy drinks have a distinctive taste… and some are obviously better than others. The one I’m featuring here (from Custom Energy Drinks) tastes great – they were taste-testing it at their booth in Las Vegas and the folks I talked to agreed with me unanimously that this one tastes like it should. Tart, fizzy, slightly sweet. If you are in the market for this item and shopping the internet, I would definitely recommend you ask for samples and taste-test for yourself before committing. After all, the cool packaging doesn’t mean a thing if people make a face and spit the drink out!
The size, shape and look of these cans is very similar to Red Bull, and the cans are custom-printed right on the metal. No labels. The sky is the limit as far as designing your own custom can and they look really cool.
Minimum quantity: 576 cans and up. Not for everyone, I know, but for the right sort of company and marketing event this is a great item.
This company’s website is pretty devoid of information but they do have some cute flash animation that shows you what the custom cans look like. You can check it out at www.customenergydrinks.com
. For information, pricing, turnaround time and all that jazz just get in touch with me (or) your favorite local promotional products person.
Thanks for reading – I’ll be back next week with more ideas for you!
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