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Ah-choo, Where Are My Promotional Tissues?

April showers bring May flowers. And what do May flowers bring? Allergies! At least if you live in Atlanta, they do.

Atlanta Allergy

[source: Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic]

I’d like to point out that a high pollen count is anywhere from 50-499 while extremely high is 500+. Did you catch the pollen count on April 11th? What??

According to a list compiled by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Atlanta only ranks as number 72 on the list.  71 cities that have more pollen than we do?  I can’t even imagine.  Our cars look like this in the spring…

Melissa's pollen picture

[photo credit: Melissa Rutledge]

And while that’s a pretty cool photo, that’s a LOT of pollen on that car’s windshield. So, since this type of pollen doesn’t even crack the Top 50, you must be wondering what the top ten cities are, right?

1. Jackson, MS
2. Knoxville, TN
3. Chattanooga, TN
4. McAllen, TX
5.  Louisville, KY
6.  Wichita, KS
7.  Dayton, OH
8.  Memphis, TN
9.  Oklahoma City, OK
10.  Baton Rouge, LA

With warmer temperatures come fun outdoor events.  Here in Atlanta, there’s an arts festival almost every weekend.  And while other companies are handing out t-shirts and sunglasses, why not cater toward your more allergic customers and customers-to-be.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a pair of promotional sunglasses as much as the next guy, but if I’m sneezing up a storm, I’m really going to be grateful to the company who provided me with promotional tissues.

Ah-choo!

Lee
Marketing Coordinator

Weekend Guide: Inman Park Festival, Taste of Marietta, Voices & Vibes Teen Festival and More!

Hello, local readers! Hot off the press is this week’s edition of our weekend guide, filled with the best things to do in and around Atlanta this Thursday through Sunday. As always, be sure to add anything we missed in the comments section. Enjoy your weekend!!

Inman Park Festival

Keep reading for more information about the Inman Park Festival, Taste of Marietta, Voices & Vibes Teen Festival and other exciting weekend events!

Pens for Lefties

If you’re left-handed, like I am, this is probably all too familiar:

Lefty Perk

[image source]

I have pretty terrible handwriting to begin with, add the lefty smudging, and it doesn’t make for a pretty thank you note. (Sorry to those of you who have actually received a thank you note from me!) So, with around 50 promotional pens on my desk, I set out on a mission. Find the pen the has the least amount of smudging when used by a left-handed person.

Custom Pens

So, I didn’t test all 50 of them, but I grabbed a sample and honestly had no clue which would come out on top.  The winner:

Eco-Green Paper Barrel Pen

The Eco-Green Paper Barrel Pen had the least amount of smudging out of all the pens that I tested out!  And just in time for Earth Day too, right?  It’s a sign!

Are you a lefty? Do you have a favorite pen that doesn’t smudge?

Lee
Marketing Coordinator

Weekend Guide: Dogwood Festival, Sweetwater 420 Fest, Inman Park Restaurant Week and More!

Hello, local readers! Hot off the press is this week’s edition of our weekend guide, filled with the best things to do in and around Atlanta this Thursday through Sunday. As always, be sure to add anything we missed in the comments section. Enjoy your weekend!!

Dogwood Festival

Keep reading for more information about the Dogwood Festival, Sweetwater 420 Fest, Inman Park Restaurant Week and other exciting weekend events!

Fan of the Month: Tempus, Inc.

We are happy to introduce you to our Fan of the Month for April: Tempus, Inc.

Tempus Logo
1.  Tell us a little more about your company:

We are Tempus, Inc., a corporate foreign exchange firm in Washington, DC, just three blocks from the White House. Tempus is a premier provider of foreign exchange and risk management services all varieties of businesses in the United States. During the last 13 years, Tempus has created a progressive and dynamic company that has earned its reputation for excellence in customer service and satisfaction. The philosophy is simple. Every business, regardless of size, is entitled to a few basic elements when dealing with a foreign exchange provider: personalized and professional service, competitive rates of exchange and fees and convenient and efficient delivery. Our website address is www.tempus-us.com

 

2.  What is your favorite promotional product?

My favorite promotional item is the all in one Pen/USB Drive/Stylus combo- although I have yet to find this product anywhere- Our rep from our marketing firm showed me one…. [editor note: Your Account Manager will gladly help you locate this or similar products!]

 

3. What kind of promotional products would you like to use in the future?

I would love to be able to us the all in one Pen/USB Drive/Stylus in the future!

 

4.  Tell us a fun fact about you or your company!

Most people are unaware that they are paying a 1-10% markup on their foreign currency (when you exchange US$ for any other currency)…. We can do it better and for less!

Thanks for working with Pinnacle.  We appreciate your business!  Look out for some fun goodies in the mail.

If you’d like to be a Fan of the Month, email lee@pinnaclepromotions.com

Where would you use your promotional sunscreen?

Have you checked out our Deal of the Month for April? It’s the SPF 30 Jumbo Sunscreen Tube.

Jumbo Sunscreen Tube

The weather in April is fickle. If you’re down in the South like we are, Mother Nature seemed to forget spring entirely and jumped from winter straight into summer with temps jumping from the 40 and 50s to the 80s with nothing in-between!  However, I know that some of you are still dealing with hail and snow so thoughts of summer rays are far from your mind.

But even if you’re dealing with a winter that just won’t quit, we’re well into spring and days spent outside at the pool or lake are closer than you think.  This sunscreen is perfect for sticking into your purse or bag so you can put it on when you need.  Since it comes in a tube and isn’t liquid-y, there’s no danger of it spilling.  Because there’s nothing more fun than reaching into your purse for some change and pulling out a glob of sunscreen-covered money, right?  (That needs the sarcasm font.)  With a tropical or coconut breeze scent, just the smell will remind you of being in your happy, sun-drenched place, wherever that may be.  (And for those of you who prefer your happy place to be scent-free, there’s that option too.)

Do you follow Pinnacle on Facebook?  If not, you should because not only do we post links to new items, sales and general fun stuff, but we also do giveaways from time to time and last week, we gave away 20 of these sunscreens to our Facebook fans.  For our giveaway, we asked where they would use their promotional sunscreen and here are some of the answers we received:

• For the beach rays

•  At the beach/lake/pool

• Sitting in [the] yard enjoying the sun

•  At the bleach (we hope this meant beach!!)

Where would you use your promotional sunscreen?  Aside from the beach, I’d use mine at a festival, concert, baseball game and road race.  Pretty much anytime I’m outside, this sunscreen is going to come in handy.  Lucky for me, I have one in my purse.

Lee
Marketing Coordinator

 

Weekend Guide: 23rd Annual Pet Parade, Alpharetta Arts Streetfest, Georgia Renaissance Festival and More!

Hello, local readers! Hot off the press is this week’s edition of our weekend guide, filled with the best things to do in and around Atlanta this Thursday through Sunday. As always, be sure to add anything we missed in the comments section. Enjoy your weekend!!

Atlanta Pet Parade

Keep reading for more information about the Final Four Big Dance Concert, International Pillow Fight Day, An Evening with Ira Glass and other exciting weekend events!

Promo Products for the Final Four

If you live in Atlanta, like I do, you’re probably pretty aware of what’s going on this weekend.  The NCAA Final Four Basketball Semi-Finals and Championship games are going down at the Georgia Dome.  Louisville will be playing Witchita State and Michigan will be playing Syracuse on Saturday night.  The winner of each game will play each other in the championship on Monday night.

In addition to the games themselves, there’s a ton of stuff going on around town.  If you read our weekend guide, you know that all weekend long will feature free concerts from bands like Dave Matthews and Sting.  Bracket Town, a 4-day family-friendly event inside the Georgia World Congress Center, will be your chance to meet coaches and former college basketball players, get autographs and participate in other sports activities.

While the official NCAA products are sold online at the NCAA Shop, I have a feeling that if you’re downtown this weekend, you’ll still see a lot of promotional products for sale, being given away or on people themselves.  Here’s what I predict we’ll see:

T- shirts

Promotional T-shirts

Obviously fans are going to wear t-shirts showing off the team they want to win.  That also goes for the concerts; fans will show off their favorite bands by donning their t-shirts.  There is also a 5K in the morning on Saturday and I’m sure they’ll give out t-shirts too.

Pens

Promotional Pens

Sounds weird for a basketball tournament, but hear me out.  At Bracket Town, kids (and adults for that matter) will have the opportunity to get autographs signed.  Props to the company that thought to get their logo imprinted on the pens that the athletes will be using to sign them.

Sunglasses

Promotional Sunglasses

At a huge event like this, handing out promotional sunglasses is a great way to get your brand logo out there and I predict that lots of companies will do just that.  With so many people outside listening to music and just hanging out, I bet custom sunglasses are going to be super popular.

If you’re going to any of the Final Four events (or any other festival-type thing), I’d love to hear what sort of promotional products you saw!

Lee
Marketing Coordinator

Weekend Guide: Final Four Big Dance Concert, International Pillow Fight Day, An Evening with Ira Glass and More!

Hello, local readers! Hot off the press is this week’s edition of our weekend guide, filled with the best things to do in and around Atlanta this Thursday through Sunday. As always, be sure to add anything we missed in the comments section. Enjoy your weekend!!

Final Four Big Dance Concert

 

Keep reading for more information about the Final Four Big Dance Concert, International Pillow Fight Day, An Evening with Ira Glass and other exciting weekend events!

Stress Relieving Promotional Products

I’m subscribed to a daily email from Greatist.com.  The emails focus on health related topics like exercise and healthy food and just healthy living in general.  Today’s email stuck out to me though because it was Entitled 23 Ways to Reduce Stress.  (I realize, upon writing this, that this blog post could be about the effectiveness of an email subject line, but alas, it’s about stress relief.  But a good idea for another post, no?)

There were 23 suggestions and as I read them, my promotional product mind kicked in and I thought to myself that there were definitely promotional products out there that could help with some of their suggestions.  Click on the pictures to see the products on our website.

• Yoga

On-the-Go Yoga Mat

• Aromatherapy

Mediation Wax Scented Candle

• Music

Speakerboxx

• Tea

Tea Strain-It

• Your pets

Natural dog treats in a tube

I could go on, but I don’t want to stress you out.  However, I encourage you to read the original article for some great tips.

Life can be stressful to us all, giving your customers or clients products to help them reduce that stress is something that will also be appreciated.

Lee
Marketing Coordinator

 

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