Are you a coffee drinker? Do you know any? If you fall into either category, you can appreciate this idea: the Sharpie mug. The Sharpie mug makes for a great gift or it can add a little pizazz to your cupboard. Personally, I like using festive mugs more than your run-of-the-mill plain ones; they simply make me happy :) Whether you’re looking for your next gift item or you’re an employer who would like to show gratitude for great staff, this mug is sure to be a hit!
Below is a tutorial on how to make a Sharpie mug.
- an oil-based Sharpie in any color you like
- a plain, white coffee mug
- a large cookie sheet
- creativity ;)
What does GREAT customer service mean at AnyPromo?
Friendship: It’s about building rapport with the customer. We want our customers to know they are important to us.
Satisfaction: There is nothing we won’t do to make our customers happy.
Accuracy: We like to get the order right the first time to ensure that we satisfy the customer, and gain their friendship.
by Brittani Parker-Berdeguez
We would like to welcome Daniel to the AnyPromo Customer Service team. When he’s not answering phone calls, Daniel is assisting customers via the Live Chat feature of our website.
Daniel has been gracious enough to give us a small glimpse into his life, by answering a few random questions.
AnyPromo: What are a few of your hobbies?
Daniel B: I’m a big writer; I love writing short stories! I’m also really big into the online game ‘League of Legends’, and I love to go camping and hiking on the weekends.
AP: Do you have any special talents? If so, what are they?
DB: My only special talent has to be being good at video games. I can pick up any game and play it like I’ve been playing for years in only a few hours.
AP: What is one thing people would not believe about you?
DB: Most people don’t believe that I’m the second oldest out of 12 kids!
AP: Where do you spend most of your time when you access the Internet?
DB: I’m usually on Facebook and Youtube but I also spend a lot of time listening to Radio Lab podcasts.
AP: If you could be a superhero, who would you be and why?
DB: I’d have to be the Wolverine. Not only do I get to keep my good looks for such a long time, but I also get my own line of movies, too!
What would you do if your employer told you that you could finish college on them? Sounds like a dream! However, for just over 100,000 Starbucks employees that dream is a reality. The colossal coffee chain’s CEO, Howard Schultz, explains why this is a great move to the New York Times saying, “I believe it will lower attrition, it’ll increase performance, it’ll attract and retain better people.” Starbucks has worked out an online program with Arizona State University, to help employees complete their undergraduate degrees. The prospective employees to benefit from this tuition-reimbursement plan are broken into two groups: those who have enough college credits to qualify as a junior or senior; and those who are considered a freshman or sophomore. The former group will be eligible for full reimbursement by Starbucks and the latter will be eligible for partial reimbursement.
Some working students may hit a snag in their education because of unforeseen occurrences, or just because college has become increasingly expensive. At one time, I was a working student, myself. I worked about 20-25 hours per week, while maintaining a full class load of 16-18 credits per quarter. Balancing work and classes can be a daunting task, especially when bills may be piling up. And something I encountered while working and attending school was lack of empathy from an employer. Starbucks is not only showing it cares about its employees’ education but it is also investing in it. Have you been waiting for a ‘catch?’ Well, there isn’t one. Unlike many employers, who send staff to school and require they remain with the company for X amount of years upon completion, Starbucks does not place such conditions on tuition assistance. With the economy in the position it is, having your employer behind you is a huge help. I’m certain Starbucks will receive a big return in terms of employee quality and retention.
AnyPromo Spotlight on: Brae’s Brown Bags
We love connecting with our customers and even moreso- finding out what drives their pursuits. We were recently inspired by a young man who is making a positive impact in his community.
Braeden, a 10-year old from Bear, Delaware started his charity last year after winning the 2013 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. He went on to attend the Kids’ State Dinner where he met the President and First Lady. ”Brae’s Brown Bags” or “3B” was his answer to the First Lady’s inquiry as to how he would pay the experience forward.
According to Brae’s Facebook Page, “Brae’s Brown Bags” was started to help homeless and low-income people have a means to obtain healthy snacks and water. Brae has handed out more than 1,200 brown bags which contain not only some healthy sustenance, a message from Brae and some information regarding local services and outreach, but now they include books for children.
This past April, Brae was celebrated at the 2014 Governor’s Youth Service Awards Banquet and has recently attended the Leadership Summit in Newark, DE and the Food Bank of Deleware Leadership Day. Amongst his other distinctions, Brae has written two grants and received awards for both. He aspires to become an archaeologist and a writer when he grows up.
If you’re in the area, Brae invites you to attend the “3B Summer Celebration” on August 23 in Newark, DE. (Invitation pictured).
We invite you to find out more information about Brae and his wonderful work, by visiting his website: http://braedenquinn.com/ and Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/braesbrownbags.
Thanks for your inspiring work, Brae! We can’t wait for what’s in store for you.