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Technology: RFID Changing Promotional Products

Author’s note: When I originally wrote this blog post, it was purely informational. Currently, my daughter is on a spring break trip with her school to Peru. The idea of RFID-blocking gear just became VITALLY important to our family.

21st century technology is making a big impact on the promotional products industry. The need for RFID security is changing the internal workings of promotional products. RFID, Radio-frequency Identification, is the wireless use of radio frequency to access information and transfer data. If you have stayed in a hotel recently and used your card to “tap” into your room rather than sliding your card, you are using RFID technology.

RFID has launched a whole new type of crime in the form of hacking. Wired Magazine has covered the increase and ease of theft numerous times since this technology emerged into the market. “They can steal your smartcard, lift your passport, jack your car, even clone the chip in your arm. And you won’t feel a thing.” Now, RFID technology, and the ability to block the RFID signal, is making its way into customizable products as varied as wearables, gear and promotional bags.

Promotional product manufacturers and suppliers have worked together to provide marketing professionals with quality and RFID-safe products. Here are a few examples:

walletYou can customize the Travelpro Travelsmart Passport Wallet with your corporate logo. Developed with the airline travelers and professionals in mind, special RFID Technology encases belongings to protect them from ID theft. This deluxe Passport Wallet contains a flip up boarding pass holder, quick access passport pocket, three credit card slots, and a privacy mesh ID holder.

zebraNot only does the Zebra Convertible Computer Messenger Bag come with padded, scratch-resistant 10″ and 15″ tablet pockets for protecting your technology, but it also has a zippered pocket with RFID-blocking technology preventing unauthorized access to personal information.

Soon enough, RFID technology will be in wearables and gear. The ability to host a QR code on a branded tote bag has been around for a while. We’ll soon be able to insert an RFID patch into a customized reusable bag for a conference taking your swag bag to a whole new level by making it an entry ticket, attendance recorder, and participation tracker.

The possibilities are endless for the marriage of technology and promotional products!

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It’s Not Just Orchid, it’s Radiant Orchid: Pantone 2014 Color of the Year

If you work as a graphic designer or with graphic designers in any capacity, no doubt you are familiar with the Pantone Matching System, which is the standard color matching system across pretty much all industries.

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 2014 is Radiant Orchid.
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Last year’s color was green. Lots of things are green. Not all that many things are “radiant orchid.” Our team worked very hard to find promotional or customized marketing products around the office that are orchid. We found these two things that are close.

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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 radiant orchid?

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Promotional Product Hacks to Save Your Tradeshow

Promotional Product Hacks to Save Your Tradeshow

We know how difficult it is to plan, prepare, and execute a trade show and that you’re looking for tips and tricks to make it easier. Storage is in short supply at trade shows. So, how can you make the most of it? We suggest doubling up the uses of your promotional items so that you don’t have to remember quite so many things. Some people call these hacks. We call them “imaginative repurposing.”

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Silicone wristbands make handy rubber bands when you’re overwhelmed with loose pens or pencils and short on bundling methods. Not only are these handy customized wristbands going to be utilized over and over by tradeshow attendees (because you just gave them a new idea) but will also allow you to be organized at the same time.

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Reduce the number of office supplies that you need to take by leveraging your promotional items for your booth staff. These will be handy for your staff to jot down notes to hand to attendees. Branding and personal contact reminder all rolled up in one.

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Got a tablet or iPad to display but can’t get a new case or stand? Order the Leeds Windsor Reflections Promotional Jotters (Item 0550-66) and use it to double as a display stand.

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Cups are a great tradeshow promotional item because they are likely to be used again; they have a long “shelf life.” However, cups use up a lot of space, but really most of it is just air. So, how do you take advantage of this?
If you will be shipping your giveaway cups, use the cups for storage or stuff them full with other essentials that need to go to your trade show. This will reduce the number of boxes that you would need to ship and reduces clutter at the actual booth.

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Many booths will use music to create the ambiance within the booth. Think you need to take along extra speakers to be heard? Think again. If playing music from your phone, place your phone’s speaker inside one of those snazzy promotional cups to amplify the sound.

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Traveling with fragile tradeshow items and need cushioning to pack your valuables in? Have you ever thought of using a 1/4’ mouse pad, imprinted with your logo to cushion your precious delivery? Mouse pads come in all shapes, sizes, and thicknesses and can be used not only to ensure your mouse works correctly, but can be used to take up extra space in the box and absorb any shock that your shipping boxes may incur.

So, when you get ready to pack up your trade show tables, displays, and promotional items, recall these tips to save space, time, energy, and keep you organized. Well, at least make you look smart by knowing the hacks.

Got any good hacks of your own? Let us know!

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“That’s a Tier 2 problem.” Ummmm…what?

“That’s a Tier 2 problem.” Ummmm…what?

My laptop was not working. I had no idea what was wrong with it. So, I took my computer to a store that sells that computer, and that computer only. Upon further inspection, the technician kindly let me know that I have a “Tier 2” problem. I asked, “What is a Tier 2 problem?” He answered, “About $250.” Ummmm…what?

Many industries have their own terms that are proprietary to the market or industry. The promotional products industry is no different. We have assembled a few of our favorite terms here that some customers may know, but these terms might not necessarily be household names. Not only will we define them for you, but we’ll do it in less than #sixwords!

Four-color process
: Your full-color-logo on something
Stock the closet: Your corporate stash of promo items
Setup charge: Charge to setup the imprinting machine
Imprint: Your logo or design for production
Vector: Points and lines that make shapes
Raster: Squares of pixels that make shapes
Pad print: Stamp your imprint on your item
Deboss: Elegant concave imprint on squishable item
Digitizing: Embroidered image becomes digital sewing file
PMS Color: Color number matching your brand guidelines (PMS LINK)
Run Charge: Charge per color for color printing
Flash Charge: White base for dark printing wearables

Any other terms you want us to explain in #sixwords? We’re here for you! Check out our FAQs for more information.

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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

Promotional t-shirts for a Color Run

I’m a runner, not a fast runner, but a runner none the less.  I’d say that I do about 5-10 races of varying distances each year.  I’m sort of competitive when I race.  While there’s no way that I’m ever going to win the race or anything even remotely close to that, I do like to beat my previous times.  That said, sometimes there are races that aren’t meant to be run for PRs.  They are just meant to be run for fun.  Have you heard of the newest trend in fun runs?  It’s a color run!

From my research, I gathered that the concept of a color run was first introduced by The Color Run™  in January of 2012 and the idea has soared in popularity ever since.  The blasts of color feel somewhat like powdered sugar and while they sort of wash off, I wouldn’t suggest wearing your Sunday best while running in one of these.  Fortunately, most races provide a white t-shirt for you to wear.

Emory University recently held a color run as part of their Think Pink Week.  Proceeds from the race benefitted the Winship Cancer Institution.  Participants were encouraged to wear their white Think Pink Week promotional t-shirts and they were doused with pink powder as they crossed the finish line.

Have you ever done a color run?  Tell us about it in the comments!

Lee
Marketing Coordinator

Merrell: The Pack

It all began in 1981 when Backpacker Magazine called Randy Merrell’s boots, “the most comfortable and functional boots in North America.” In the past 30 years, Merrell has become one of the top names in outdoor footwear and apparel.

Besides having great shoes and clothing, Merrell also has some great programs, including The Pack.

When you join The Pack, you join a virtual community of like-minded athletes who enjoy the outdoors as much as you do. According to their Facebook page, when you join The Pack, you get expert training tips, are able to upload your own pictures and videos, get how-to advice from Pack leaders, download healthy recipes, compete in challenges and lots more. In addition, members of The Pack also receive special promotional products.

 

By joining The Pack, you’re committing to a healthy and active lifestyle and by donning The Pack promotional products, you’re showing others that they too can be part of this awesome community (and get a cool shirt!)

Lee
Marketing Coordinator

Kim’s Promotional Product Pick of the Week: Promotional T-Shirts

So in short, I love this commercial.

How fun is this and what a great idea? Pick up a custom tee shirt for each state you visit. Or better yet, how about each city? Alright, alright. Not trying to get wild and crazy. But I am a fan. Not endorsing the car. I can’t vouch for that one. Although I did have a Civic once that we ran into the ground… But I digress.

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Friday’s Mega Millions Jackpot: Stores, News Stations, State Governments Are Real Winners

I shall never win at gambling... Who else tuned in for the 11 o’clock lottery drawing last Friday, hoping to match the winning numbers and instantly be entitled to millions upon millions of dollars?

With Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot totaling a record-breaking $640 million dollars, three lucky individuals holding winning tickets were not the only ones to wake up richer on Saturday morning. Along with several people who matched some, but not all, of the winning numbers, lottery retailers, state governments, and local news stations, profited from heightened ticket sales and increased publicity. According to reliable news sources, approximately 50% of Mega Millions sales are funneled back into prize payouts, while 35% land up in state coffers, and 15% finds itself in the hands of retailers who are responsible for ticket sales and lottery operating costs.

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