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Sony dropped 8 million flower petals on a Costa Rican village to promote their new TV line.

(via npr)

It’s Finally Here: AnyPromo’s Semi-Annual Sale!

 

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Receive 12% off of your purchase of $250 or more, using the code “Semi-Annual12” at checkout now. Act QUICKLY because this sale ends in 48 hours. Visit www.anypromo.com

Get In My Belly — July Is National Ice Cream Month

Photo: Hector Sanchez

by Brittani Parker-Berdeguez

Ladies and gentlemen, we’re smack dab in the middle of National Ice Cream Month. I couldn’t believe it, either; there’s actually a month dedicated to everyone’s guilty pleasure! As I type this, I feel my stomach rumbling and my taste buds growing restless. Since this is an exciting month, I’ll share with you a delicious recipe from MyRecipes.com that is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. This recipe is for Buttermilk ice cream. 

What you’ll need:

  • 1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened to room temperature 
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (Vanilla Extract may be substituted)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Prep:

1. Process all ingredients in a blender 30 seconds or until very smooth. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.

2. Pour mixture into freezer container of a 1 1/2-qt. electric ice-cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. (Instructions and times may vary.)

3. Serve immediately, or transfer to an airtight container, and freeze up to 1 week.

If you want to be really adventurous, you can place a scoop or two between two big, soft chocolate chip cookies. Happy eatin’!

Ace Your Interview!

by Brittani Parker-Berdeguez

So, you’ve just graduated from college and you have your shiny new degree at your side. Now what? For most recent graduates (including myself), the job search ensues. If you were ahead of the curve, you would have begun that search at the beginning of your final school term. But sometimes, things happen and we’re unable to get that head start. When you finally land an interview, you find yourself like a chicken — without a head — because you know you have to perform, soon. Interviews can be completely nerve-racking but they don’t have to be. AnyPromo has got you covered.

1) As soon as you pull into the company’s parking lot, YOU’RE ON. Even though you haven’t stepped foot into the building, people are watching you. Not in a creepy, stalker way but in a let’s-see-the-whole-package way. They’re observing you to see if you’re someone they would want to represent their company. 

2) STAND when the interviewer walks into the room and be the first to SHAKE his/her hand. Be sure to make EYE CONTACT, too. This shows confidence, as well as respect. 

3) SILENCE your phone. One of the worst things that could happen right when you’re rounding third plate is your phone ringing or vibrating. A phone left on reeks of rude and the interviewer may mentally dismiss you. In addition, you don’t want anything to detract from your “self sell”.  

4) DRESS the part. You would be surprised how many people do not pay close enough attention to their physical appearance on interviews. I, myself, have seen people show up to interviews in the most wrinkled jeans and dingy flip flops. Dress professionally, unless the interviewer discourages it. You don’t have to make it a red carpet affair but dress like someone YOU would hire.

As I stated, earlier, I was in your shoes. But if you make sure you’re prepared, everything will go just fine. And always remember to be yourself!

Everyone Loves Screen Print!

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Any day is a great day for screen printing, wouldn’t you say? We have Paulo at the helm and he’s doing an awesome job!

Another Great Embroidery Job!

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Have Fun in Grad School, Fabian!

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Today is the day we say ‘goodbye’ to our lead graphic designer, Fabian. Fabian has been with AnyPromo for the last two and a half years. You know it wouldn’t have been a proper send off without food. Everyone brought in their favorite dishes and dessert to show their appreciation for Fabian’s work. Now, he is joining the ranks of many by attending graduate school; he will be pursuing a Master’s Degree in Graphic Design. Even though we’re a bit bummed he’s leaving, we’re happy that he’s moving forward with his career goals. 

Below are a few words from some of AnyPromo’s team:

Adam - “Thank you for the opportunity to work here!”

Kevin - “Thanks Fabian. Good luck on your next journey.”

David - “A super cool dude with great potential. His skills are through the roof.”

I believe I speak for everyone when I say he’ll be missed. We wish you all the best, Fabian!

3 Must-Have Favors for Your Wedding

by Brittani Parker-Berdeguez

1. Foam Fingers

(Photo Cred: http://goo.gl/awLD8Z)

Foam fingers are NOT just for Miley Cyrus, ladies and gentlemen. I’m sure you’ll use them as they were intended ( .__.)  These simple, yet, fun pieces are just what you need to take your wedding reception from regular to a full on party! The DJ who played my wedding told me he used them at his wedding and they were an absolute hit! And I believe him; I saw the pictures (including one of my brother doing the Tootsie Roll in the middle of the crowd). 




2. Mason Jars

Mason jars are also on trend for the wedding season. In fact, I incorporated them into my own wedding centerpieces. But they are also really cool to drink from. These would be a great item to personalize with your name and wedding date so each time your guest sips from it, they’ll be reminded of your spectacular day. 




3. Sunnies

Sunglasses are definitely a great choice for your wedding reception. They add a certain cool factor that everyone will appreciate. Wear them for the wedding party’s entrance into the reception or hand them out as a ‘Thank you’ to your guests. 

DIY - Sharpie Mug

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. 

You’ll need:

  • 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.

Meet Our New Team Member, Daniel!

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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!

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