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Show Your True Colors: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

There may be no more recognizable promotional theme than the Awareness Ribbon. And, there may be no more recognizable monthly awareness campaign than October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The contemporary version of the Awareness Ribbon was first displayed by Penney Laingen in 1979. Penney’s husband was one of the 52 Americans held during the Iran Hostage crisis. Penney used yellow ribbons to decorate trees, and mailboxes, jacket lapels and shirts to encourage support and bring awareness to the American hostages.

Today, there are more than 50 recognized awareness ribbons. One of the most identifiable is the pink Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon. Since the Pink Ribbon Campaign began in 1992, the ribbon has appeared on countless merchandise items and promotional products. Through market saturation and awareness, hundreds of millions of dollars have been raised for breast cancer research.

Companies and organizations have joined the fight against breast cancer by adding the pink ribbon to their marketing items, corporate logo items and promotional products.

 

Delta Airlines Pink Plane to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Photo courtesy of Delta Airlines.

Photo courtesy of Delta Airlines.

Delta Airlines flies to the top of the category of companies supporting breast cancer awareness from the inside out. From the Delta Airlines “pink plane” to special awareness uniform pieces to special in-flight promotional food and amenities, Delta invites both employees and customers to experience and participate in the corporate campaign. http://onforb.es/17GcZXZ

 

No matter the size, here are just a few ways your company can make an impact for awareness:

• As a company, participate in a community event such as Relay for Life or Race for the Cure.
• Host a service day for an employee or family member dealing with breast cancer to do yard work, make meals, or complete tasks around their home.
• Hang a wreath in the office and allow team members to wrap a ribbon or hang a tag on it to represent a loved one or friend who has been affected by breast cancer.
• Have a T-Shirt day in the office. Provide company-logoed shirts or simply ask team members to wear pink shirts.
All of these simple activities can be the perfect opportunity to share important health tips, recommend other opportunities to help, or to raise money for a person or organization affected by this terrible disease.


 

Pinnacle Promotions

Trending Now: Festival Giveaways

With May fast approaching, we will be in the thick of outdoor events before we know it! Especially for us lucky ones in the South- we have already had a few fabulous weekends of “fun in the sun” activities! I went to the Dogwood Festival a few weekends back and saw a lot of promotional products in use!

Here are my picks for promotional swag to handout at your next outdoor event.

The Chillin Sunglasses:

A little different from your standard neon frames or aviators. Your brand will be seen as fun and hip.

 

 

Sunscreen with Carabiner:

Protect your potential clients from the sun with an SPF 30 sunscreen! They will thank you with their business!!

 

 

Non-Woven Tote Bag:

This good-looking tote will be much appreciated to the end user at an outdoor event. They can stuff all their promotional goodies in here. Your logo will travel thru the festival and beyond!

 

 

H2go Omega Filtered Water Bottle:

A water bottle with filter mechanism is thoughtful to the end user.  Give them piece of mind when they are refilling at the water station!

 

 

 BeachNik Combo Set:

A can cooler and cup holder!! Great for the beach or hanging out on the lawn at a concert or park! Forget about warm or spilled drinks!!

 

 

Tie-Dye Blanket:

A blanket or tarp is a great giveaway. This tie-dye one is fun and prefect for the festival season! Your brand will be spotted in style!

 

For more ideas on seasonal giveaways, visit our Outdoors category.

What are your favorite items ot bring to a festival?

Megan 

Merchandising Manager

 

Megan’s Product Pick of the Week: Scented Pens!

I see hundreds of pens a year. Some of them great, some not so great. I have become a little numb to the writing instrument category of promotional products. As a pen aficionado- I have my favorites and my go-to models when suggesting writing tools for various projects.

When the USA Snifty Pen came across my desk, I was brought back to my childhood! My favorite markers were scented, I used them all the time! Do you remeber those? My favorite was the mint scented ones. The Snifty pen has ten different scents to choose from! Each scent is actually infused into the rubber grip of the pen! Each of the pens scent color coordinates with the color accent grip and designer border wrap artwork. So fancy! And each pen is made in the USA! I am digging the Strawberry and Vanilla Cupcake models. Which one will be your favorite?

Check out the snifty pen and other out of the ordinary writing solutions here. 

Megan 

Merchandising Manager

Megan’s Product Pick of the Week: the Vanessa Bracelet & Stylus

Currently I am drawn toward promotional products that assist with technology. Everyday essentials such as iPad sleeves, Bluetooth enabled speakers, checkpoint friendly computer bags and battery power sticks help us make it thru our busy days. The smallest gadget, like a stylus helps the user navigate their tablet or smartphone without fumbling or making fingerprints on their screen.

And I have seen a lot of unique styluses out there. Models that have a screen cleaner embedded in the case, pen/stylus combos, and even a pen/stylus/highlighter combo! When I discovered the Vanessa bracelet/stylus I was wowed. A rubberized bracelet that has a stylus tip and that can triple as a bookmark? So cool!

The modern colors and sleek material are not to be ignored. My favorite is the green. Choose from 6 PMS shades to coordinate with your logo. This product would be unique and cost effective to mail to your favorite customers! They will be wearing your brand around town! Up to 3 colors can be screen printed on the center of the band.

Check out the Vanessa Stylus & Bracelet and our stylus offerings here.

Megan
Merchandising Manager

Trending Now: Trend #6 American Classic

This is the last post in our trend series. This year we are seeing a lot of products with a clean, polished, All American feeling. Think about yachting, being outdoors in the springtime, crisp clean fabrics, stripes, aviator sunglasses and easy styling. Primary colors come to mind- especially navy, red, yellow and kelly green. Don’t forget your natural tones like khaki and stone.
American classic will be a popular trend because your customers will be familiar with the styling of the product. And their brand will be quietly associated with clean, classic products that have a sense of familiarity to the end user. Tote bags, sunglasses, drinkware, cooler bags, button downs, and backpacks fall within this trend.
Here are some of my favorite American Classic products:

The Classic Rugby shirt:

 

 

 

Aviator Custom Sunglasses:

 

 

 

Port and Company All American Tee:

 

 

 

Game Day Cup:

 

 

 

Alternative Apparel Slouchy Pullover:

 

 

 

Nantucket Fashion Tote:

 

 

Check out our Pinterest board, featuring American Classic.

 

 

 

Megan
Merchandising Manager

Trending Now: Trend #4 American Utility

One of the most practical trends I am seeing in the promotional products market is “American Utility.” My definition of American Utility is a product that is stylish, yet functional. The item can have a rustic or rugged feel to it. Heavier weighted fabrics, like canvas are prevalent, and are used to make backpacks, uniforms, and outdoor gear. Hardware is a major element to this trend; tool kits, knives, flashlights and various accessories are big on functionality. Key colors include khaki, grey, black, olive green, navy and orange. Camouflage and denim are also important.

On a marketing note, who would not want to give a product that isn’t functional? Chances are the end user will think of you every time they reach for that multi-tool or Chillin Can Camo dispenser!
Here are some of my favorite American Utility discoveries.

Heritage Supply Duffel Bag- Check out the buffalo plaid lining!

 

Men’s and Ladies Straight Collar Chambray Shirts. Love the darker wash!

 

Fred & Friends i Pound Stylus- SO hilarious, but useful!

 

Alternative Apparel Eco Jersey Hoodie in Camo/True Orange- So hip!

Guzzy 22 oz. Filtered Water Bottle- A filtering system that reduces bacteria, heavy metals, parasites and more!

 

Check out our Pineterest boards too!

Megan
Merchandising Manager

Trending Now: Trend #2 New Sophistication

One of the major tones in promotional products for 2013 revolved around a refined, classic and streamlined style. A generous sampling of both apparel and hardgoods were blessed with chic design. When I mention the buzzwords “New Sophistication,” I envision the colors black, platinum and gold. I think of old Hollywood glamour- Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall and Elizabeth Taylor. “New Sophistication” also lends itself to the handsome sensibilities of Clark Gable and Paul Newman.

How does the trend carry over to promotional products? Think chrome finished writing implements, sleek black tablet cases, rhinestone accented sunglasses, brushed silver desk accessories or a tastefully blinged out tumbler. The looks are polished and professional- leaving a perfect impression to the end user.

Here are a few of the products that define “New Sophistication” to me.

Rutherford Blazer. Available in black and navy.

20 oz. Spirit Ice Tumbler with straw.

Ogio Pearl Polo

Callaway Chamberlain Ballpoint Pen

Brookstone Women’s Amenity Case

Palmdale Polarized Sunglasses

Check our pinboard on this trending topic too. If you would like more info on this 2013 trend, please give us a call!

 

I hope the products above inspire you.

Megan
Merchandising Manager

Megan’s Trend Spotting: Unique Promotional Sunglasses

Even though it is February, I have the need to seek out warm weather products. One of the major trends last year in promotional products was sunglasses. I have a feeling this year will be the same- I spotted a few new styles for 2013. Don’t get me wrong- these puppies were on fire in 2012 and are a great choice for a giveaway! However, here are a few new selections for 2013.

Folding Malibu Sunglasses: An update on last years winner- they are foldable!!! Great colors available and upgrade with a velvet carrying pouch.

Lucy Sunglasses : These shades are SO glam! I love the rhinestone details. This would be a great giveaway at a women’s conference.

 

Martin Sunglasses: This style is so sleek and modern. The recipient would definitely feel like a celebrity…Kanye anyone? And this style is so cool it is unisex.

 

Retro Specs: So fun and unique! Imaging YOUR brand on the lenses of these sunnies!

Palmdale Polarized Sunglasses: A little bit pricier- but these lenses give 100% UVA/UVB protection and UV400 too! And you can decorate both temples and the lens!

Using promotional sunglasses as a giveaway at your next event is smart and fun. What a thoughtful way to help the end user have comfortable vision and help protect their eyes and the delicate skin surrounding the eye. They will thank you every time they reach for that pair- who knows, they might just become their favorite!

Check out our entire assortment of sunnies here. 

Megan

Merchandising Manager

Megan’s Trend Spotting: Shades of Green and Blue

It has been a busy month for the Merchandising Department at Pinnacle Promotions. First, a few of us attended the PPAI Expo in Las Vegas; the new products for 2013 are amazing! We are working now to add our favorites to the website. And personally, I was also able to attend the Atlanta Apparel Show at AmericasMart last week. This show focused on 2013 Women’s apparel and accessories. I was able to use this retail outlet to trend forecast for our promotional apparel market.

Entrance to the January 2013 Atlanta Apparel Show

One of the big trends I saw at both shows was the use of color. Shades of green and blue were very prevalent in many collections. As you may have seen in Lee’s post, Emerald Green is the Pantone color for 2013.

 

Bella + Canvas PPAI Expo Las Vegas 2013

I was happy to see these two colors dominate the offerings at the Apparel show as well as at the PPAI Expo. Both colors are easy for most complexions to wear. And with various shades available, it will be easy to find one to suit your brand. Here are my favorite women’s fashions in green and blue.

The Serena Blouse: Beautiful vertical pleats along the front and back, creating a flattering fit. Shown in Vivid Jade.

The Women’s Flowy Simple V-Neck Tee.   With fashion forward details, this drop sleeve tee has a relaxed fit and super soft hand. Shown here in Blue Marble.

Alternative Apparel Meegs Eco Jersey Ugly Stripe Tank: Stripes look fresh in green and chocolate. This tank is made from a polyester/cotton/rayon blend, has a flattering rounded bottom and racerback. Shown in Eco True Avocado/Eco True Brown Stripe.

The Emma Pullover. Perfect corporate casual 3/4 sleeve sweater. Featuring 3 button plackets along the front shoulders and subtle puff sleeves. Pictured above in Pacific Blue.

Port Authority Ladies Crosshatch Ruffle Blouse:  Feminine details like ruffled placket and front and back darts make this shirt a winner. Shown above in Chambray Blue. Also available in Deep Blue.

And I had to throw in one accessory. I am loving the Lexi Wristlet! Shown here in Turquoise, this case will accomodate a smartphone, credit cards and more. Perfect for running errands or a night on the town!

If you see something you like, feel free to contact us! Stay tuned for more Trend Spotting posts in the weeks to come!

Megan

Merchandising Manager

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend Guide: Sip, Swirl & Twirl, Atlanta Winter Beerfest, Honda Battle of the Bands 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!!

Sip, Swirl and Twirl

Keep reading for more information about Sip, Swirl & Twirl, the Atlanta Winter Beerfest, Honda Battle of the Bands and other exciting weekend events!

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