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  • Are Your Promo Products Doing Their Job?

    Are Your Promo Products Doing Their Job?Distributing promotional products is a smart strategy for your business. Give a logoed item to a happy customer, and you increase the chances of that person becoming a brand ambassador. When a happy customer wears your logoed cap, t-shirt or backpack, he becomes a walking billboard for your company. Give a logoed item to a prospective customer, and he will likely keep it for several months. Each time he sees it, thats another impression and repetition of your brands message. Which company will be top of mind when he is ready to make a purchase? Yours. How do you choose the best promotional product for your business? Consider the recipients and give them an item they will like and will use. Targeting office workers? Choose an item they will use at their desks pens, USB drives, note pads and mouse pads are items they will use repeatedly, each time reinforcing your brand message. Choose a level of quality and style that reflects your brand. Targeting golf enthusiasts? A polo shirt may be a better choice than a t-shirt. Targeting outdoors lovers? Backpacks, water bottles and sport socks are choices that come in a variety of styles and price points. An item of value and good quality cast the best light on your company. The tasteful design and placement of your logo and message is an important key to developing successful promo products. If your branding is too large or obtrusive, the item will not be used and youve defeated the purpose. The specialists at EmbroidMe Resource Centers welcome your questions and have suggestions and solutions at the ready. Allow us to be an extension of your marketing department by working with you to determine the best use of your promotional products budget. Well help put those products to work for your business!

  • What's Trending Promotional Products Industry 2015

    web-banners1With the new year underway, promotional marketing experts have spent January scouring the promotional products industry for the most innovative ways to promote your brand. Items that could be used every day and make your life easier are a big trend as marketers want to ensure their products serve to benefit their prospective customers and make a daily impression. Ever-popular items like pens, bags and cups appear with new innovations every year. For instance, bags with reflectors built in for safety are new this year, as are pens that can also be used as a stylus with touch devices. Even ceramic mugs with quirky additions like a chalkboard finish for writing notes on them are available. Every year, suppliers come up with creative solutions to liven up promo products. As usual, we saw a huge surge in the number of tech gadgets as well. Chargers, Bluetooth speakers and triple USB ports were in high demand. Multitasking items like wireless headphones are indicative of our modern on-the-go lifestyles. Now, with the number of smartphones booming, accessories and cases are also increasing in popularity every year. Items like phone wallets with stands, tastefully branded, are popping up everywhere. Wellness is a growing trend in promotional products. Water bottles are a big hit, especially those you can hold while you run, and some are even collapsible. Related to this trend are fruit infuser drops to flavor the recommended eight cups of water a day. Sunglasses are still as popular as always, featured in a variety of fun colors and stylish options. Customizing apparel is a mainstay of promotional marketing. Recognizing the longevity of promotional apparel items, marketers are opting into sublimation printing for brilliantly colored, long-lasting imagery that wont fade as the item goes through multiple wearings and washings. Video marketing is taking the promotional products industry by storm! Imagine opening a designer box of chocolates to find a promotional video inside what a way to make an impression! Logoed packaging in general, marketing in a box, is becoming a big trend. Were excited to see how these new trends play out through the year. What are your favorite new promotional products for 2015? Let us know in the comments.

  • Build Loyal Customers to Build Your Business

    silhouettesApril is International Customer Loyalty Month, but every month of the year should hold the same title. Sales training guru, Jeffrey Gitomer, says it best Customer satisfaction is worthless. Customer loyalty is priceless. Think about it. Would you rather have a satisfied customer or a loyal customer? Loyal customers are your brand advocates. Theyll refer your company to their friends, colleagues and business associates whenever they have the chance. Theyll tell people about the caring, individualized service, high-quality products and overall experience of making a purchase at your company. How do you create that Customer-Is-King experience at your business? Its not rocket science its just the little things:

    • Random Acts of Kindness, aka smiling and showing you care about each individual. A small touch of kindness can brighten someones day, and theyll remember you for it.
    • Ask customers questions. Ask their opinion about a new product at your business or an idea youre entertaining. Ask what your business can do better. Ask about their kids or recent vacation and show interest in the answers. Engage your customers.
    • Learn and remember their names. If you are fortunate enough to have customers who visit your business often, get to know them on a deeper level. They will love being an insider and will tout your business praises.
    • After the sale, a follow up call or thank you note shows you care. A birthday card or greeting is an unexpected, personal touch.

    When you have loyal customers, you have an army of brand ambassadors spreading goodwill about your business. Reward them with a gift that they will proudly use in public. Your brand logo, tastefully and prominently displayed on a pen, polo shirt, messenger bag or travel mug, will be used and visible for months. EmbroidMe specialists have the ideas, training and skills to help you bring your customer experience to a new level. Allow us to be an extension of your marketing department with unique, quality, branded items for your business.

    Revolve your world around the customer, and more customers will revolve around you. ~ Heather Williams

  • Maximize Your Networking Efforts with Promotional Products

    network_handshakeNetworking makes good business sense as broadening your contact base will lead to new ideas, new opportunities and new friends. Extroverted individuals seem to thrive in networking situations. If the gift of gab is one of your strengths, networking events are fun and exhilarating. But for some, going to a social gathering with the intent to strike up conversations with strangers can elicit feelings of apprehension and procrastination. One key to breaking the ice is a clever, branded giveaway item. Are you in the construction industry? A tape measure with your name, company and phone number is useful and appreciated. Medical professional? Hand sanitizer or lenscloth with your contact info is perfect. Technology business? Try a USB drive or phone charger. Or show your sense of humor with a funny stress reliever, branded of course! Imagine how memorable you and your company will be if you give a new contact a useful, interesting gift in addition to your business card. A pen, letter opener or sticky note pad with your name, phone number and email address will allow you to stand out from the crowd. The possibilities are endless, and in fact, could replace your business card at a networking event. A smart promotional product can deliver a personal touch and keep your name in front of the recipient. With more than 800,000 items from which to choose, EmbroidMe is the go-to promotional product provider -Call us today! Our specialists can help you determine an industry-associated product and assist with designing the text and logo to make you and your business the most recognized brand in your industry. Make 2015 the year to maximize your networking efforts. If you are a business owner, arm your team with a great giveaway item. If youre part of a team, convince your employer to take a new approach to networking with promotional products. Boost your business ahead of the competition with memorable networking giveaways.

  • EmbroidMe Store Owner Named Semi-Finalist in Microsoft Small Business Contest

    We are excited to announce the selection of EmbroidMe store owner, Maria Emma, as one of the semi-finalists in the Microsoft for Work Small Business Contest. The contest shows an appreciation of SMBs contribution to the economy. According to SBA, SMBs make up half of the national workforce and account for 54% of sales in the US. The call for SMB owners to share their stories works in recognition of their enterprising spirit and serves as an inspiration to others. See the video for the contest here. See Maria Emmas submission here. Click HERE and scroll down to find EmbroidMe and click the VOTE button! You can vote once per day, through your Facebook profile, until January 30th at midnight. After you vote, click the "Share on Facebook" and "Share on Twitter" buttons to spread the word! Show your support for Maria and the EmbroidMe brand by voting today and every day.

  • EmbroidMe Celebrates Earth Day's 45th Anniversary

    With increasing concerns about the environmental threats of climate change, species extinction and increased chemical exposure, communities across the United States are taking action for the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Building on the slogan A Billion Acts of Green®, the Earth Day Network is organizing campaigns to seek engagement around the world.

    The first Earth Day was conceived in 1970, by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin. After touring the devastation caused by a vast oil spill in the Santa Barbara, CA area, Senator Nelson saw the opportunity to bring government attention to man-made threats to the environment. The first day dedicated to Mother Earth was April 22, 1970; and with an estimated 20 million Americans participating, a new movement was launched.

    Over the last four decades, environmental awareness has become a global, year-round mission which has been supported by legislation in the United States, including the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.

    "There is no better way to position a business as a leader than to take a proactive approach to a globally-recognized event such as Earth Day," said an Embroidme Representative. "EmbroidMe specialists can develop a promotional product for the 45th anniversary celebration that will extend the reach of any community's efforts."

    There are many opportunities to build a community program that targets a specific green initiative. Choose a location that needs beautifying or bring awareness to energy wastefulness. Focus on regional wildlife or recreational trails. Check local waterways or places to increase recycling efforts. Then, create a new slogan or join the A Billion Acts of Green® network, and support the campaign with promotional T-shirts, caps, water bottles, mugs or bags from EmbroidMe. Build a commitment to protect planet Earth.

    To learn more about Earth Day campaigns, visit https://www.earthday.org/takeaction/campaigns.html.

    About EmbroidMe

    With hundreds of Resource Centers around the world, EmbroidMe is the most comprehensive source for promotional apparel and advertising specialties, providing its promotional partners with full-service custom embroidery and screen-printing for apparel. For more information about and to view this and additional releases, visit the EmbroidMe News & Press Release section of embroidme.com. EmbroidMe's on-site specialists are ready to provide you with first-class service and products of the highest quality; just click EmbroidMe Locations to find the Resource Center nearest you.

  • EmbroidMe Offers Easy Ways to Boost Employee Morale

    professionalsIn many organizations, the team starts off strong, steaming full speed ahead into a new project. At some point, however, motivation may start to wane, and your staff will start to suffer from a loss of momentum. Boosting team morale is key to having employees that go the extra mile and give 100% to your organization. Opt for a Change of Scenery Don't let the doldrums of work life drag down your team. Small changes in the workplace can make a huge difference in giving your staff a new outlook. Order new chairs in vibrant colors or add in new plants to give your office life. A fresh coat of paint, a new coffee maker and even a change in lighting can go a long way in boosting employee morale. Thank Them Showing appreciation for your team does not have to involve an elaborate ceremony. Simply thanking them for their hard work and dedication can go a long way toward lifting spirits. Publicly recognize them at staff meetings and in front of company executives. Periodically host an event in which you give out awards and trophies to the top performers on your team. Not only will this motivate your winners, it will inspire the other team members to strive for excellence. Remind Them of Your Purpose If your company is a non-profit, engage your team with people they are helping. Let behind-the-scenes workers know that their accounting work, for example, makes it possible to carry out your charity's mission. For-profit companies can use this strategy as well. If your team is working on a new computer program or developing a marketing plan, let them see their work in action by showing them the finished product. Listen to Them Allow your staff to make suggestions about how to improve the workplace. People feel valued when their opinions are taken into consideration. Enact the changes they suggest and allow them to see real progress. Offer awards for the team members with the most innovative ideas. A desktop acrylic award is a great way to show your team members that their opinions are valued. Rewarding your staff is key to keeping them motivated and boosting morale. There are many ways that you can show them how much they are appreciated, from awards and trophies to custom apparel and more. EmbroidMe is the most trusted name is embroidered apparel, custom awards and diversified promotional products. Find an EmbroidMe resource center today.

  • State of the Industry: Promotional Products in 2014

    promo-productsIn its annual promotional products usage survey, the American Specialties Institute reports the growth of promotional products in 2014. The survey touts promotional items as a key component of any brands marketing strategy, finding they prove to be not only impactful, but cost-effective. Promotional giveaways were seen to be kept by prospects and customers for up to nine months, garnering logo impressions with every use. The result was a reported 85% recall factor of the brand name, with 36% of those individuals saying they are likely to support that company in the future. Popular promotional products in order of longevity:

    • Calendars (kept for 9 months)
    • Outerwear (7.3 months)
    • Drinkware (7.1 months)
    • Bags (6.8 months)
    • Desk/Office Accessories (6 months)
    • Shirts (5.8 months)
    • Health/Safety Items (5.5 months)
    • Writing Instruments (5.3 months)

    The most popular reason (given by 77% of individuals surveyed) for keeping a promotional item was its usefulness. Others cited an items attractiveness or stated it was simply enjoyable to have. Promotional items that arent kept are often, according to 63% of respondents, given away to another person; thereby continuing to promote brand awareness and prove a valuable investment. In a cost analysis of promotional products vs. other advertising media, the average cost of promotional products was a measly $0.005/unit. The resulting cost-per-impression is about the same as spot radio ads and is even lower than running ads in prime time television or print. This illustrates how giving away items featuring their logo is a cost effective marketing solution for small businesses as well as large corporations. Our predictions for promotional product trends in 2015 include a continuing surge in demand for custom tech gear and staple merchandise, such as sunglasses and eco-friendly bags. A few standout products in 2014 were flame-retardant gear, plastic wine glasses and etched wine glasses for fabulous customer appreciation gifts. We expect to see more recycled items produced and continued growth of green initiatives, as well as rechargeable batteries, stress relievers and the ever-popular custom pencils. Its been a great year in promotional marketing! Stay tuned for our review of the latest roll-outs after the convention in January.

  • Celebrate a Great Year with Business Gifts

    business gifts Your logo can be embossed on a leather-bound agenda or engraved on an executive's pen for business gifts
    Family and friends aside, who are the people you appreciate the most? Your clients, of course! The holidays are a perfect time to say thank you and strengthen your relationship. Set aside some time to determine the most clever and creative gift for your clients. Its the thought that counts, so choose a present that is delightful and memorable. Include your logo or company message, but remember to keep it discreet and tasteful. This is not the time to be actively promoting your company. When selecting a gift for your corporate clients, choose carefully. Consider unique items, such as on-the-go phone chargers or upscale luggage tags, which will be used outside the office environment. Consider handy items such as kitchen gadgets or writing instruments that will be used again and again. Consider timeless favorites like calendars, with daydream inspiring vacation photography. With a range of exceptional gift ideas in stock and the resources to find a perfect custom item, our specialists will work with you to select the right gift and tastefully add your companys holiday message. Depending on the size of your shopping list and your budget, EmbroidMes unique 8-step process will help you determine the perfect present. What about the other most appreciated people your team? EmbroidMe has thousands of ideas to show them how much you care. Tote bags, backpacks, cozy throws or socks, flash drives or chocolates are a few popular holiday gifts. Remember that a pretty package is just as important as whats inside. Use the opportunity to add a customized holiday card with a personal message. Your gift will be remembered throughout the year.

  • Prepare for Next Year's Business Conventions

    The key to a successful business convention is preparation. The beginning of the year is convention season - so start planning now! Make the most out of your next convention and get the best value for your branding investment by following a few simple tips from the promotional marketing experts at EmbroidMe. Research in Advance Do a little homework and get some insider information about the convention attendees. Find out what the industry professionals are saying about the event. You may be able to find out information that will make great talking points with key players in your industry. Keep up-to-date on industry blogs and news to be able to keep up with conversations. Outfit Your Team A convention is your company's time to shine. Represent your company well with embroidered business shirts that feature your company's logo or slogan. Not only will this make your company look more professional, it will leave a lasting impression with everyone you meet. Golf shirts, woven shirts and blazers make excellent custom apparel choices for your next convention. Get Business Cards This should be a no-brainer, but many people find themselves at conferences without any business cards. You will be meeting hundreds or thousands of potential contacts. Make sure that you can exchange information with them easily. Bring more business cards than you think you will need. Keep a small business card holder on hand to collect business cards from other attendees. Prepare Your Elevator Pitch An elevator pitch is a 15 second script that tells people what your company is about. It should be short enough that you can pitch it in the time that you ride in an elevator. Make sure to include information about what your company does, how you deliver your products and how you can be contacted. Select Your Sessions Some business conventions offer informational sessions that you can select in advance. It is helpful to go through and review the session outline before you arrive. Plan your day around your sessions to maximize your time at the event. If you need to register, do so as quickly as possible because the best sessions fill up quickly. Finding the best business shirts to outfit your team is critical to business success. EmbroidMe is the industry leader in printed and embroidered garments with over a decade of experience. Find an EmbroidMe Resource Center and outfit your team today.

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