The Bizz by AnyPromo.com

Business & marketing advice, news and features, design inspiration, and the art of gifting.

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!

Finish Your College Education on Starbucks

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.

Summer’s in full swing! We’ve just finished these Country Fair Jamboree shirts for the city of Montclair. Whatever the occasion, celebrate in custom style — #customshirts
Our featured company and tshirt of the week promotes the Angler Inn in Colorado, and if you can’t tell from the tag, these custom shirts were made in the USA —
The Deer Hunters are ready for their upcoming event - complete with these custom caps!

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