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We Love Hot/Cold Packs!

Seriously, we love these things! They even make great wrist rests! And their colors are super vibrant!

Is It gray or grey?

Is It gray or grey is one of the most common questions when it comes to misspellings in the English speaking world. How many times have you written out “gray” only to rub the “a” out of existence with your eraser and replace it with an “e”? We know many of our staff have done the same! 

The truth of the matter is is that both are correct! It’s all a matter of preference. While grAy is more often used in the United States, grEy is more often used in the United Kingdom. 

Interestingly enough though this only applies to grammar and spelling, as according to Cloford.com, Grey and Gray are two different color swatches! Most people in the US and UK think of grey as silver, while gray is thought of as the scale between black and white. 

                                   

According to an article by greyorgray.com the establishment of the difference in spelling between the UK spelling and the US spelling can be traced back to dictionaries from as early as 1867. In the UK “gray” was the championed spelling till the early twentieth century, when “gray” took its place as the common spelling. 

Meet Your Team!

Hey there Promobots! Welcome back for another week of our Meet Your Team series! This week we’re going to take you into the accounting office to meet one of our brilliant accountants, Sherry! One of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, Sherry is one of the many team members that make sure your order goes through processing smoothly! 
Name: Sherry
Title: Accountant
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Q: So lets start off easy Sherry, what is your favorite color?
A: My favorite color is blue! O(∩_∩)O~
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Q: What is your favorite quote and why?
A: My favorite quote “Tomorrow is another day.” I think it’s powerful, and  gives people hope and strength to fight for what they want.
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Q: Wow, that’s very inspirational! So what is your all time favorite food?
A: My favorite food is fish!
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Q: Pretty broad there! Where were you raised?
A: I was born and raised in China!
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Q: Moving here must have been quite a culture shock for you! What are a few of your Hobbies or skills? 
A: I like reading novels, watching movies, doing Yoga, swimming, hiking, and anything outdoors really! (*^__^*)
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Q: Whats one of your favorite movies/tv shows/video games? 
A: I have too many to just pick one! For TV shows: Friends, Everybody loves Ramond, and The Big Bang Theory. For my favorite Movies: Love Actually, Gone with the Wind, Pirates of Caribbean, The Mummy, and Die Hard. My list is longer but I don’t want to take up all your time!
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Q: Wow that is quite the list there, I bet you have a huge Netflix Queue! So, Sherry, it’s not secret in the office that you like emoticons, but which is your favorite?
A: Hmm….I think it’s got to be O(∩_∩)O~
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Well there you go folks! That’s our awesome accountant Sherry! Hope you enjoyed this weeks installment of Meet Your Team! Tune in next week for another team member! Stay frosty Promobots!

Tis the Season….FOR MUGS!

The holiday season is quickly approaching and with Christmas carols and snowy nights comes one of America’s favorite drinks, hot cocoa! And what better to drink your hot coco out of than an awesome promotional mug? But how do you make your mug really stand out against all the mugs you can find at your local Walmart? Well how about a few different, and mind blowing, imprinting techniques? Below we’ve listed a few of out favorite glassware artwork trickery methods that make for an awe inspiring cup of cocoa at night!

  • Custom Glow

One of our personal favorites is the custom glow! Give your cup that special touch with a hint of tint! With a partial glow, frosted glow (this authors favorite option), and a full body glow you have plenty of ways to customize your item. Simply pick a clear glass cup, your favorite color, and sit back and enjoy the beauty! Below you can find a few examples of what each option looks like! 

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Custom Glow

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Frosted Glow

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Full Glow

  • Sublimation

Want something in full color? Sublimation is the way to go! This option is only available for ceramic mugs but it allows you to place a full color image (like those family holiday greeting card photos!) smack-dab on the cup for all to see! Sublimation  uses  a special ink, transfer paper, heat and pressure on a specially coated mug to transfer your image directly on to it for a lasting, vibrant, look. Sublimation should only be used with white or lightly colored ceramic mugs and hand washed only to avoid fading. Take a look at some examples below!

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  • Disappearing ink

Another one of our favorite options! Disappearing ink is as cool as it sounds! Temperature controlled, as soon as the outside of the cup reaches 120 degrees the ink causes the imprint on your mug to change. The ink can be used to hide all or a portion of the non-changing ink so that it will become visible only after heat is applied. This method is only available on ceramic and porcelain items and only available in black. You can watch a video of this ink in action below!

                                       Disappearing ink!

 

Meet Your Team!

Hey there Promobots! Welcome to another installment of your favorite series! This week we’re going over to the production side of Anypromo and introducing you to David! He’s the mastermind behind the embroidery work for all your apparel orders and you best bet he knows what he’s doing! From 3D effects for that pop you need to satin stitching for a silk smooth finish or that fill stitch to give you the fullness you’d expect, David is the guy to get it done and get it done fast! So let’s get to it! 
Name: David
Title: Production Assistant
Subtitle: David #1
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Q: What is your favorite color David?

A: Green.

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Q: Straight forward answers! What is your favorite quote and why?

A: Martin Luther King’s I have a Dream speech.

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Q: I’m sure that tops the list of quite a few people so you’re in good company! So what is your all time favorite food?

A: I have to go with sword fish.

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Q: That’s a bit exotic isn’t it? That raises the question, where were you raised?

A: I’ve been raised in a few different places, should I list them all?

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Q: No not all of them, we don’t wanna be here all day! Haha but tell us what has been your favorite place to live?

A: I don’t know if I can chose a favorite, as long as I can spend time with my family and friends, I’m happy where I’m at.

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Q: Family and friends can be the key to happiness for sure! How long have you been working for Anypromo?

A: I got hired on Halloween in 2013, so almost a year.

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Q: Must have been a pretty good Halloween day for you then! What are a few of your Hobbies or skills?

A: I like to go camping, hiking, and I love to write or read.

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Q: so what’s your favorite genre of book, to write or to read?

A:  My favorite genre is a tie between fantasy and science fiction, and I write the same kind of fiction as well.

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Q: Whats something about you that would surprise people?

A: I’m an Eagle scout.

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Q: Whats one of your favorite movies/tv shows/video games?

A: Lets go with dark victory for a movie, elementary for a show, and portal for a video game.

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Q: Well I think we can tell you like puzzles! Tell us a little bit about your life before coming to Anypromo.

A: before I worked at Anypromo, I was a senior in high school.

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Well another week, and again another employee! Man how many people do we employ here!! Looks like we’ll see you again next week, same day Promobots! Till then keep tuned for those deals and all the cool posts we make! 

Need a Stylus?

Ever had one of those days where you were so busy you tried to use your pen as a stylus? Maybe you you just wished that your pen could double as a stylus so you wouldn’t have to keep switching from pen to stylus and back while working on a project. Or maybe you find yourself in constant need of a screen cleaner at the end of the day. If you’ve ever thought about these things chances are your customer has too, and we have a solution for you! 

Introducing our extremely popular iWriter series! These ingenious ball point pens all come with a stylus tip perfect for use with any touch screen device you have at home or in the office. Make sure your customer remembers you every time they pull out their phone, ipad, or sit in front of their touch screen computer with your imprint emblazoned onto one of these combo pens. With rock bottom prices and more color and style choices than you could ask for you’ll get the most bang for your marketing buck with these! 

Meet your Team!

Another week, another awesome employee introduction! This week we have the Queen of Samples, Eugenia! If you ever need  to try it before you buy it, Eugenia is your team member of choice; she’ll have a sample at your door before you can open it! So without any delay lets break the ice, Pomobots!

Name: Eugenia

Title: Customer Care Rep

Subtitle: Queen of Samples

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Q: So Euenia, let’s start simple, what is your favorite color?

 
A: My favorite color is Purple.
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Q: Color of Royalty! Perfect for the Queen of samples! What is your all time favorite food?
A: Korean Noodles or known as (Ramyun) with a boiled egg and Kimchi.
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Q: Well that’s a bit of a unique taste, where were you raised? 
A: Sunny California!
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Q: Lost of California talent in this office! How long have you been working for any promo?
A: I have been working for Any promo for about 7 months.
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Q: What are a few of your Hobbies or skills? 
A: My hobbies are reading, cooking, and watching Korean Dramas :D (lol) 
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Q: Haha you’ll have to cook for the next office potluck! So Whats something about you that would surprise people? 
A: I listen to Korean Pop or everything hallyu, If you know what I am talking about high five to you :D
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Q: We’ll I certainly have no clue! Whats one of your favorite movies/tv shows/video games? .
A: My favorite movie is Frozen because I love watching and singing along with my nieces, my favorite TV-show is The Walking Dead, and my Favorite video game is the Assassin’s creed series. 
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Q: Snowmen, Zombies, and Assassins, oh my! So how about trying to describe yourself with one song?
A: Jesse J’s- Who you are.
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Q: Tell us a little bit about your life before coming to Anypromo. 

A: Before I came to this company I was a full time student and a volunteer with my school club. We help other students look and sound professional in the business world and work to be leaders in their industry.  Being a volunteer is a great part of my life, helping the people that are in need  is something that I love to do. Whether I participate in a walk to raise money, give food to the needy, or help clean a women’s shelter. Its very important to me and its something that will stay in my life for ever.

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Well Promobots, there you have it, another week, another team member! Hope you enjoyed meeting our Queen of Samples who’s got a heart of gold! We absolutely love having her in the office and I’m sure you’ll love working with her to get a sample of that absolutely-must have item! Tune in next week for another installment! 

What’s the best clothing for your workout?

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Have you ever had a problem with your work out shirt? Does it hold too much sweat? Does it end up getting a smell you cant get rid of? Maybe its just not the right fit? 

According to a report done by NPR (Found here: www.NPR.org/blog) those synthetic polyester blends you’ve been wearing? Yeah, those aren’t the way to go.

Though they may dry quickly, they are a favorite breeding ground for a few particular types of bacteria that love to make a stink of things. A particular nuisance is the fact that once these polyester breeding grounds take on an order its notoriously hard to get rid of it! 

So what do we recommend? Here are a few tips to choosing the right apparel for your spin class after work tonight!

  • Try a 50/50 blend of polyester and cotton. It still keeps you just as dry, and some brands even have dry-fit like blends that are made specifically for workouts. 
  • Bamboo blended clothing is naturally Antibacterial as well as super absorbent. Some studies show bamboo fiber is up to four times more absorbent than cotton. Bamboo fiber is also thermal regulating giving it excellent wicking properties as well as keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. 
  • Nylon blends are made of plastics so they don’t absorb any liquids, most sweat simply flows off the fabric so that it easily evaporates making for a great wicking fabric. 

So when it comes to picking out something to get the morning workout in make sure you pick something that’s right for you in comfort level, fit, and wicking level! Each persons preference may be drastically different but there are enough different products out there that we know you’ll find the right one for you! And if you’re looking for something for an upcoming event or race, why not let us at Anypromo.com assist you! 

Meet Your Team

Meet Your Team!

Today marks the start of our “Meet Your Team" series! As our Anypromo family grows larger and more talented, we’d like to let you get to know the people behind the website! Returning customers may already know some of your team by voice and email, but here’s a chance to get to know the real people you talk all the time! For all you new customers out there, here’s a chance to get to meet everyone of us friendly folks here at Anypromo before you order! Without further ado, lets start with the ever talented Robin!

Name: Robin

Title: Customer Satisfaction Manager

Subtitle: Office Mom (Seriously, she worries over anyone who has so much as a sniffle!)

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Q: So Robin, please tell us a bit about where were you raised.

A: A little country town in Michigan. One stop light and lots of farm land.

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Q: That’s pretty different from here in sunny* (see: hotter than your over on broil) Southern California, do you miss anything from back home?

A: Mostly the people and the White fluffy SNOW! :)

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Q: Not much snow around here these days is there! How long have you been working for Anypromo?

A: Only about 16 months, but it’s already a huge part of my family.

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Q: We’re glad to have you here too! What are a few of your Hobbies or skills?

A: I LOVE photography. It’s a chance to see life in a simpler form. On the weekends, I LOVE playing Lego’s with my son while we hang out on Saturday mornings! He is 2 now and he’s such a blast!

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Q: Mother and Philosopher all in one! No wonder you’re so good at your job! So tell us something else about you that would surprise people?

A: My husband and I have been together since we were 12 & 13 years old!

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Q:Wow that’s a really long time, congrats! Tell us what’s one of your favorite movies, TV shows, or video games? 

A: For movies it has to be Elf. I love Christmas and Will Ferrell… double bonus. For a TV Show it would be Grey’s Anatomy. I’m absolutely hooked. And as for a video game, that would be Wheel of fortune. It’s the only game I can beat my husband at. :)

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Q: I bet you could beat me at it too, haha. Now, if you were to describe yourself with one song, what song would that be?

A: This is so hard! I would say “Who I am” by Jessica Andrews. I use to sing this song when I was in my teens often at Karaoke and it still seems very fitting.

Well there you have it folks! That is our beloved office mother that keeps Anypromo going through the flu season with lots of cheer and tissues! She’s also our very dedicated Customer Satisfaction Rep, here to make sure every customer leaves with a smile on their face! I hope you’re all looking forward to meeting the rest of the team! Stay tuned for a new member every Wednesday Promobots! 

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!

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!

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

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