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ING Marathon and Swag Redemption

NYCING Internet-banking giant ING and their sponsorship of perhaps one of the largest sporting events took a big blow in 2012.

“Superstorm Sandy” landed on the upper east coast starting on October 22 through October 31st, 2012. Hurricane Sandy would become the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history. The ING New York City Marathon, which was scheduled to take place on November 4, went through a painful decision-making process that resulted in the full cancellation of the marathon only two days before the event.

With the cancellation, ING and the New York Road Runners club faced a hailstorm of criticism. Runners were upset the marathon was cancelled. Runners were upset the marathon was not cancelled sooner. Participants took to blogs and social sites to express their feelings. Race organizers faced a daunting PR challenge, but one not completely unique to events of this nature. What to do with all the race swag?

From t-shirts and clappers to the actual finishers medal, race organizers faced a difficult problem. In an effort to create goodwill among racers who couldn’t race and wanting to encourage people to sign-up for next year’s race they made an unprecedented decision. They would take every opportunity to get the gear to the 2012 registrants. When race entrants showed up to the 2013 expo to get their race bibs and promotional items, the 2012 registrants were directed to a location within the Javitz Center to receive the 2012 race shirt and their 2012 finisher’s medal.

Image byRobert Reese

Image by Robert Reese

The icing on the PR cake for ING and the NYRR came in the form of a poncho. In light of the events in Boston last year, race entrants were strongly discouraged from checking a bag at the race start for security reasons. Following the completion of the race, if a runner had not checked a bag they were directed to a special area of the race route. Upon exiting the official race area, runners were given a customized fleece-lined poncho.

The ING Marathon is not the first event to face a swag problem. Each year teams produce promotional items to acknowledge a sporting event that hasn’t happened yet. In the event that your team is playing in the big game, chances are the celebratory shirts and hats have already been printed. When the team loses, what to do with the promotional or marketing materials? Because of licensing agreements, most items are donated overseas.

The ING NYC Marathon organizers were able to heal some old wounds by giving 2012 runners their gear and medals. And, they were able to build good will with the 2013 by rewarding them for choosing the less convenient bag option. In this case, the ponchos went a long way towards swag redemption.

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Top 10 Uniforms as Halloween Costumes

We here at Pinnacle Promotions are in the branding business. We sell promotional items with your logo on them, branded marketing materials, and corporate gear and uniforms. So, when it comes to Halloween we can’t help but look at it through our “business” glasses. We have polled our team and developed the definitive “Top 10 Uniforms as Halloween Costumes” list. See if you agree!

10. Police Officer – Regular or S.W.A.T style.
9. Doctor – Regular or Zombified.
8. Nurse – Regular or Sultry. Nurses

7. Football player – Extra points for the consistent team branding throughout.
6. Football referee – Last year’s referee uniforms were made extra-special by the addition of black glasses and Hoover canes to represent the blind referee take on the replacement refs used by the NFL during the 2012 strike. The Immaculate Deception still ranks as the #1 Blown Call by a Ref (Replacement Ref) in the history of the NFL.
5. Sons of Anarchy patched-jacket – You want to be in the club, you gotta wear the cut. Is there a better-branded show on TV right now? Everything on that show has a SOA logo on it! Screen shot 2013-10-30 at 9.19.45 AM
4. Harry Potter school uniform – We particularly love the Hogwarts logo on the chest. Hogwarts
3. Super Mario Brothers – Always a party favorite and branded with the classic “M.”
2. NASCAR Driver – This ranks pretty high because the excessive branding on NASCAR driver uniforms just speaks to us!

And the #1 “Uniform as Halloween Costume” is…(drumroll please)

1. Superman – Is there better branding in Halloween costumes than the simple, chest-sized “S” on Clark Kent’s uniform for his “other” job?!?!?! “This is a job for Superman!”

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Tell us, did we miss anything? What is your favorite uniform as Halloween costume?

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Corporate Holiday Gifts That Last All Year Long

When buying corporate holiday gifts it is ideal for the gift you are giving to have a long lasting impact.  You want your customers or clients to remember your company or organization throughout the year.  Here are some unique ideas to make sure your corporate holiday gifts last all year long.

1. Create your own Candy of the Month Club


Buy an imprinted candy jar and fill it with gourmet treats or candies, like the Visionsteel Apothecary Jar (pictured above).   Include a personalized note and let them know you plan to refill their jar throughout the year.  Mail or drop off new treats for national holidays, bizarre holidays, or anytime!  Some ideas are Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, National Candy Day (Nov 4th), National Gummy Worm Day (July 15th), and of course Halloween.  Don’t show up to your client without candy or a sweet treat in your hand… it’s inexpensive and yet brightens their day!
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Megan’s Product Pick of the Week: Touchscreen Spandex Gloves

It seems like everyone around me is on his or her ipad, droid, kindle…you name it! How did we survive without them for so long?

One of the hot gift ideas for 2012 are gloves that allow you to work on your devices! The Touchscreen Spandex Gloves are functional and fashionable. Now you can wait for the subway, hang out at the park; enjoy your daily activities outside in the elements without your hands freezing and be able to work your electronic gadgets at the same time!

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Corporate Stocking Stuffers: Products under $1

Here at Pinnacle Promotions we understand the mounting pressure that starts right on November 1st. Gone are the glory days of October when gift giving is choosing the most brightly packaged candy for easily pleased trick-or-treaters. Now you have to start thinking about the holidays and looking for corporate stocking stuffers can really start to take a toll on your end of the year budget. Never fear loyal blog readers! Here’s a quick and easy guide to finding lovable stocking stuffers, all at $1 or less.

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Megan’s Product Pick of the Week: PUMA Accessories

This week I am proud to announce the addition of PUMA to our website! I have bought PUMA merchandise for years. To me the brand stands for quality, innovative styling and fun. Here is a brief look at some the PUMA products you can personalize with your logo!!! Perfect timing for holiday gifts!


My favorite piece is the PUMA Chemistry Tote. Available in four fashionable colors, this is a great bag to bring to the gym or use for daily errand running.

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Personalizing Your Holiday Gifts

Are you looking to wow your clients or employees with a gift that shows them your gratitude? One of the hottest trends in gifting for 2012 is personalization! Who doesn’t enjoy seeing their name or initials on a gift? It can be as small as a pen with a laser engraved touch or as unique as a calendar with the recipients name in various monthly scenes 12 different times!

Every time the recipient uses their gift, they will think of you and how thoughtful you were. And chances are, they are more likely to keep that gift longer…so if you brand the item and personalize it with their initials, the impression factor is greater!

The possibilities are endless! Items that you can personalize include totes, writing instruments, fitness gear, blankets, technology cases and more! Contact your Account Team for more information on how to personalize your 2012 End of Year gifts.
Check out a few product picks that you can personalize:

Personalized Name Desk Calendar: This calendar is pretty amazing. Show your clients how fun you are by placing their name on a calendar! The recipient will see their name in 12 different settings…and your company logo will be featured in a four-color process design as well!

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Megan’s Product Pick of the Week: The Mod Wine Sleeve

With the holidays around the corner, I am starting to think about gifting. Can you believe it is September already? Before we know it we will be attending fun and festive parties and cozy gatherings. It also made me think of hostess gifts, ways to say thank you and gift giving in general.

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Corporate Holiday Gifts: Create A Smorgasbord for the Senses

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An article published on Inc.com last week, “How Cinnamon Smells Will Save Holiday Sales,” discusses techniques for marketers to leverage the five senses to boost holiday sales this season. While the article is geared toward brick-and-mortar stores, the recommendations can be carried over into businesses hosted online, as well as service providers, with some slight adjustments. In particular, the advice given by author Eric Markowitz can enhance corporate holiday gifts and lead to more memorable, meaningful brand associations among your target audience.

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