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Power Bank 101: Your Guide to Promotional Power Banks

With most people owning a smartphone, tablet, laptop or all of the above, portable chargers – aka “power banks” – have quickly become sought after tech gadgets. This hot techie accessory has many monikers – power bank, charger, emergency battery and power rock – just to name a few.

One can easily spend upwards of $40 purchasing a power bank at retail price. Be a lifesaver to your clients – give them the gift of power with a personalized portable charger! Engrave your logo onto a power bank, and they’ll think of your brand every time they plug their device into the emergency battery. And with everything from laser engraving to 1 color screen print and full color design, the different ways to prominently customize your logo are essentially endless!

Here are some of my favorite portable chargers – from basic to more high tech.

1. Jolt Mobile Phone Charger

The Jolt Charger is the classic type of power bank and the most popular among users. With this product, you’re able to charge a smartphone 100% (due to the 2200mAh battery) – providing up to 8 additional hours of talk time. This is an ideal battery to have in your purse or suitcase, and this gadget is reliable for someone who travels or is away from a power outlet most of the day.

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Jolt Mobile Phone Charger Item #7120-15

2. Portable Dual-Port Charger

If you’re looking for smartphone and tablet emergency batteries, I would recommend a dual port charger with a 7800 mAh battery. mAh (milliampere hour) is the determining measure for how much energy the battery will hold. This power bank can handle charging a smartphone AND a tablet to full battery with ease, and it also has 2 designated ports to allow the proper amps to the device at hand. My favorite one is the Portable Dual-Port Charger. Its digital battery indicator and cool laser logo customization illuminates your logo, making this power bank the ultimate luxury option. I like the idea of having one battery that can charge both!

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Portable Dual Port Charger Item #2635

If you’re looking for something that’s efficient, convenient AND multifunctional, then these next power banks are the ones for you:

3. Glow in the Dark Power Bank

Never lose sight of your portable charger again! With the Glow in the Dark Power Bank, now you can find it in your dark bag, purse or briefcase with ease. Not only is it easy to locate in your time of need, this little gadget also has enough power to charge you up for a whopping 8 hours of talk time!

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Glow in the Dark Powerbank Item #7120-43

4. Mobile Charger with LED Light

The Leeman NY Charger has an ultra-bright LED flashlight, and has been tested and certified by the UL (Underwriters Laboratory). This battery will charge smartphones 100% and tablets 70%- 100% based on the make and model, and it’s Lithiom-ion battery allows you to charge your device virtually anywhere.

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Mobile Charger with LED Light Item #PL-4449

Since most people today are so dependent on their smartphones and tablets, power banks and portable chargers have quickly become essential tools. Get your logo on one of these gadgets and not only will you be promoting your brand, but you’ll also be helping your client in their time of need!

Visit our power bank shop to browse other power bank options or to purchase any of the gadgets mentioned above.

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3 Surprising Things You Don’t Know About…Promotional Apparel

When shopping for promotional apparel, don’t make the mistake of missing out on 3 key factors that matter and should be part of your decision-making process.

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We interviewed our Sr. Merchandising Manager Megan McConnell and she shared her top 3 things that people need to know about purchasing promotional apparel.

Protection Factors

The trend of protection factors in fabrics also applies to promotional apparel. OSHA recommends your workforce be protected from UV Rays and monitor themselves for skin cancer regularly.

Many customizable items have fabric that is rated for UVA-blocking ingredients. Also, you can find micro-bacterial fabrics throughout promotional categories such as apparel and even home goods.

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Port Authority Ladies Tech Pique Polo

Port Authority Tech Pique Polo

Port Authority Tech Pique Polo

Quality Standards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has strict requirements for apparel labeled or sold as “Youth” apparel. The fabric must be labeled for origin of location, contents and safety issues like flammability. A hooded promotional sweatshirt labeled for “Youth” does not have drawstrings around the hood, per USCPSC guidelines.

Gildan Youth Heavy Blend Hood

Gildan Youth Heavy Blend Hood

Get a sample!

Pinnacle recommends you request an actual sample when purchasing promotional apparel or uniforms. This helps with both product use and sizing. With a sample in hand, you can see better how the embroidered image will look and you can get a feel for sizing in length and width. Looking for tall or extended sizes? Talk to your Account Manager for more information! Call us today at 800-351-4226.

When thinking about promotional apparel for your organization or your customers, think about these 3 surprising things that help guarantee the customized apparel you choose will help you to Make the right impression.™

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3 Must-Haves for a Killer Tradeshow Display

Tradeshow season is upon us! If you will be presenting at a tradeshow this season, you need to read this!

Of course, everyone on the tradeshow floor will have a booth contest, caricaturist, prize wheel or some other sort of entertainment. But, don’t forget about the basics. Do you have what it takes for a great tradeshow display?

Here are our picks to guarantee you have a killer tradeshow display!

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In a show with hundreds of vendors, grab the passers-by with an eye-popping display. But make sure it is something you can take down, put up, and travel with easily!
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Don’t go bare! A classy table drape and side banners add a simple elegance and buttoned-up look to any booth space.
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Attendees will remember you long after the show is over if you have unique, economical giveaways. Essentials include a reusable branded tote for carting away the show goodies, and a functional giveaway such as a promotional stylus pen or mini-journal.

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Economy Tote Bag

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Satin Stylus and Pen

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Spiral Jotter with Sticky Notes & Pen

Stay top-of-mind on the tradeshow floor, and long after your attendees have returned home. A powerfully branded display, with tables drapes and banners will reel in your audience. The perfect promotional giveaway item will help you make the right impression long after the show attendees leave your space.

Comment, and tell you your thoughts on tradeshow display must-haves!

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3 Surprising Things You Don’t Know About…Embroidery

Embroidery, as a process, goes back thousands of years. The earliest recorded embroidered garment dates back to 700 CE. Today, the embroidery process is completely digitized, though some of the foundations of embroidery are still key to the process as a whole.

Old Tools

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The use of the embroider hoop dates back to the beginning of the process. They were originally made of wood, bone or ivory. Today, they are made of wood or plastic. Even machines with multiple stations still require one hoop per station. Hoops are necessary to keep the fabric taut while working.

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Photo by Teunie

-Fabric
Thread or yarn is used in the embroidery process. Modern commercial embroidery thread is most often made of cotton or rayon, and available in unlimited color combinations.
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New Tools

-Computer design
“In 1980, Wilcom introduced the first computer graphics embroidery design system to run on a minicomputer. “
The ability to design a multi-colored image has come a long way, but it still the hardest art to set-up because it requires the highest minimum font sizes. Detail is limited because in embroidery you are using thread instead of ink, and are confined by the size of the thread.

-Computer machinery
Current embroidery machinery can run more than 55 heads at once with more than 25 colors at one time. Tajima and Barudan are two top embroidery machine manufacturers.

Photo from Tajima

Photo from Tajima

Method

-Process
The age-old process of pulling the fabric tight, setting it into a hoop and stitching into it, remains the same. However, the types of fabric and the speed of which determines the length of the process. The average logo contains approx. 8,000 stitches or less.

-Material
Embroidery is a sturdier, more substantial imprint process than screen-printing. You can embroider on most fabrics, from cotton to blends to full polyester or rayon. The favorite location for apparel, and the spot that receives the most impressions, is the front, left chest.

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Embroidery remains the second most popular imprint method for promotional apparel. The ability to customize embroider on a bucket hat or a polo shirt, a soft-side cooler or picnic blanket, allows the customer to be flexible in the promotional product choice, even when limited by design. Click for more information on other imprint methods. Contact us for more information about your logo and how we can embroider it on just about anything! 

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Pinnacle’s Top 14 of 2014

As we say goodbye to 2014, we want to take a look back at some of Pinnacle’s top moments of 2014.

1. 20th Birthday

Pinnacle Promotions celebrated our 20th birthday in July. We hosted a company celebration replete with songs, and food, and fun. 10538603_10152494339887383_3992781262570483818_n

2. Pinnacle’s Big Office Move

After 10 years in our previous location, we moved to a new, spectacular office space in February. We had to work around some pretty major weather delays, but eventually we arrived at our new digs with our pink crates and worked quickly to get settled in!10325568_10152471209487383_5870214058539602638_n

3. Holiday Gift Giving

Pinnacle Promotions Do Good Feel Good committee chose a foster family to adopt for the holidays. Our team shopped for Barbies and pjs and makeup for two sisters taken in with nothing but the clothes on their back just before the holidays. How fun it was to make a difference in the lives of these young ladies. Pinnacle team members donated more than $500 in gifts and gift cards for this family and these girls. 10846163_10152867507242383_361187609961176788_n

4. Pinnacle Promotions named #58 on ASI Counselor Magazine’s Best Places to Work 2014

For the fifth year, Pinnacle Promotions is named to ASI Counselor Magazine’s Best Places to Work. The family culture, continuing education training and career pathways, and flexible work schedules all contributed to the recognition in 2014.

5. Pinnacle’s New Brand

January 3rd, 2014, Pinnacle introduced our new brand to the world in a huge unveiling!
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6. Atlanta Idea Expo ’14

Pinnacle hosted our first-ever Atlanta Idea Expo ’14. The event happened on September 17th, and was the first of its kind for Pinnacle. We invited area clients, and some clients from farther away, to spend the day at our new offices with vendors, free samples and a delicious lunch.
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7. Pinnacle’s New Website

In May, to match our new branding, Pinnacle launched our totally re-vamped website.
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8. PPAI Award Notification

PPAI, the national non-profit association for the promotional products industry, selected Pinnacle Promotions as a finalist for four awards: Image Awards – Branding, Image Award – Distributor Catalog, Image Award Technology Award – Ecommerce website, Technology Award – Social Media, Technology Award.
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9. Trustpilot honors Pinnacle Promotions

Trustpilot is an online-review platform for ecommerce businesses. Trustpilot boasts more than 7.5 million reviews on its site, representing businesses in more than 16 countries. Pinnacle Promotions uses Trustpilot for its customer review program. And, we were so very proud to accept the first-ever Trustpilot Customer Milestone Award. In July, Trustpilot recognized Pinnacle Promotions for collecting more than 500 reviews. Of those reviews, the majority are five-stars.

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Award from Trustpilot

10. Counselor Best Place to Work Road Tour

Counselor Magazine’s Andy Cohen, Mindy Jensen Ligos and C.J. Mittica stopped by Pinnacle Promotions to check out the new offices during the Counselor Magazine Best Places to Work Road Trip.
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11. World Cup Watching

Like many workplaces around the world, Pinnacle gathered in our new, large breakroom several afternoons in July to cheer the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team on through their journey at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. #USA #USA #USA
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12. Emory Winship

Each year, our team members join Emory University (we are alumni, they are a client) for their annual fundraising 5K race.
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13. Inc. 5000

Pinnacle makes the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing companies in 2014.
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14. Snowmaggedonpocalypse

The snow and ice storm that hit Atlanta in January and February not only shut down most of Georgia, but also slowed our office move. On the bright side, this past year we initiated an “always on” connection plan so that our offices are never really closed, moving forward.
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We can’t wait to see what 2015 brings to Pinnacle Promotions, and to all of you!

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Marsala is a “wine” choice for the Pantone Color of the Year 2015

The Pantone color matching system is the standard from which designers and graphic designers work for developing logos and brand guidelines. The color system is universal and allows for all areas to communicate in a color language that is fixed, and not left to interpretation.

Each year, Pantone chooses a “Color of the Year.” The color is decided upon at a secret Pantone meeting held in a European capital each year. The color is reportedly chosen in conjunction with many of the cultural influences that Pantone believes are relevant in our present lives. The color is meant to capture the spirit of the year.

Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015 is Marsala. It is a mix between red, rust, and burgundy.
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Beyonce’ has already sported the breakout color this year. And if Bey has done it, we can expect more stars to follow.

Last year’s color was radiant orchid. Not all that many things are radiant orchid. But, we saw it make big strides in items such as apparel and drinkware. {link to blog}

The challenge we see for Marsala will be finding the right mix between red, dark red and burgundy. And, which products will highlight this subtle hue the best. Will a pen simply appear to be dark red rather than Marsala? Will a matte-finish mug showcase the color better than a promotional glossy-finish mug because of the light glare from gloss? Perhaps branded apparel and imprinted bags will win the day for the unique qualities of Marsala.

To help our designers, idea-makers and customers get into the color of the year we created a Pinterest board.

What promotional items do you think will look best in Marsala?

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The 20 Year Old T-Shirt

What an amazing year we have had at Pinnacle! We had so many great moments. One of our highlights was the fact that Pinnacle Promotions celebrated our 20th birthday this year! We threw a party, we had personalized balloons, we had custom sunglasses, we gave the Pinnacle entire team promotional t-shirts. We held a contest and gave away an iPad in a branded tablet cover as a Grand Prize, and logo’d Bluetooth speakers as a First Place Prize. All of this to say, will any of these promotional products be around 20 years from now?

Turns out the answer might just be YES!

We love this article about a t-shirt that resurfaced after 20 years and the search to restore it to its original owner. The focus of the original story was donated clothes winding up for sale in third-world countries. We have written similar posts. As one commenter states below, “(I) can tell you that there’s no lost value on “bad” clothing donations.”

A journalist noticed one shirt in particular that had personal details on the front and a name on the tag in the back. The man who saw the shirt decided to track down its original owner. With a little social media and a lot of luck…here’s what happened:

“We Found This 20-Year-Old T-Shirt In Kenya. The Internet Found The Original Owner”

Courtesy of Gregory Werner/NPR

Courtesy of Gregory Werner/NPR

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Courtesy Jennifer Rasansky

The value of a promotional product never goes out of style. The average promotional item is kept for 6.6 months, according to the Advertising Specialty Institute’s Impression Study (link). And in this case, some are kept for more than 20 years! Look around; do you own a promotional product that you have had longer than 6 months, a year, 5 years, even 20 years? If so, snap a picture and post it to our Facebook wall at facebook.com/pinnaclepromotions.

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The Importance of Toys

The average workplace desk has 2.3 toys. Of the desks surveyed, the most popular office toy: The branded Rubik’s cube.

Toys are fun! Toys make you laugh! Toys can make you feel like a kid again! Toys can turn a difficult workday into a positive and even productive day! Putting your logo on a toy can create an instant connection between you and happiness for your audience. Here is a list of some of the logo’d toys we saw in our survey and fun ways to use them.

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Our clients created this super-fun video for their branded Popper.
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The branded Yo-Yo is part brander’s dream and part classic childhood toy. Put your logo on this Yo-Yo and take the dog for a walk.

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Born in 1981, Rubik’s cube becomes an instant hit among geeks and non-geeks alike. It is a staple of our childhood, that has been updated for today’s branding marketing. You can put most any logo on the red, yellow, white and blue squares of the cube we all know and love. Even if we can’t all solve the Rubik’s cube.

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SPLAT! ‘Nuff said.

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To play with by yourself or your coworkers. The promotional hacky sack can provide hours of unproductive fun. And someday, if you practice really hard, you too can become as amazing as Evan Lovely. You, and your brand, can both be winners!

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Who can forget the classic television commercial? Wax nostalgia with this colorful and fun promotional spring. Keep visitors entertained at your booth, also works great as a fun gift to loyal customers.

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The flying disc is perfect for the employee lunch break or your school’s field day. Your logo on one of these can take your brand above the crowd and put smiles on faces. You might not be as good at this as Brodie Smith, but spend a few lunch hours and “brainstorming meetings” with an imprinted flying disc and you might make a few trick shots of your own!

Do you have a promotional toy at your desk? Do you use toys as giveaways for your tradeshow booth? Snap a pic and share it with us on our Facebook wall!

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8 Must-dos for the Corporate Tailgating Event

Auburn or Alabama?
Bears or Packers?
College football of NFL?
Gas grill or charcoal grill?
Hot dogs or Brats?
Group section seating or corporate suite?

Corporate picnics were good in the summer, but this is football season! And, it is football-tailgating season. So no matter what team your organization roots for, tailgating and attending a fall football game is always a fun corporate event and great for team building…as long as your team wins!

We polled our account teams and some of our customers and here are our picks for the top must-dos for the corporate tailgating event:

1. Keep the drinks cold!
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2. Clean up after yourself!
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3. Support your team!
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4. Keep the fans warm!
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6. Stay connected!
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7. Stay safe!
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8. Be loud!
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Check out our Pinterest boards for tailgating: Top Picks for the Total Tailgating Party and Megan’s Tailgating Must Haves for 2014.

We want to see your pictures! If your organization does some tailgating this season, share your pics with us of your team supporting your team! Post them to our Facebook wall.

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Atlanta Idea Expo ‘14

“This was great! Got some ideas for future promotional items that I wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.”

This is just one of the quotes from people who attended Pinnacle Promotions Atlanta Idea Expo ’14. The event happened on September 17th, and was the first of its kind for Pinnacle. We invited area clients, and some clients from farther away, to spend the day at our new offices.

We invited 12 vendors to bring their best presentations, samples and ideas to share with our customers. Guests moved through the offices with a passport, showing destinations and directions for experiencing what each vendor had to offer. At the end of the day, we invited our guests to sign the back of their passport and drop it in a drawing for an iPad. Just for attending, guests were entered to win any number of prizes throughout the day including compu-backpacks, men’s and women’s all-weather apparel and even a golf bag.

Throughout the day, guests were welcome to stop at any one of the five educational sessions. Session topics included Holiday Gifts, Apparel, Case Studies, Company Stores and Social Media. The Apparel and Social Media sessions proved to be the most popular among the attendees. Ideas were flowing fast and fierce!

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Guests left Pinnacle with goody bags full of samples and new information about smart products that they can use to promote their brand. They were able to complete sample request cards to get specific samples sent to them at their office for a closer look. They were able to leave with the experience of having spent the day with their co-workers or Pinnacle account teams. And, they were able to leave Pinnacle Promotions with sneak peeks into what promotional items are new and unique for 2015 as well as great ideas for ways to use popular branded items to gear up their team, reward employees or expand their audience.

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If you attended the event at our offices, please stop by our Google+ local page and leave a review about your experience!
And, stay tuned for news and information about our next great event!

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