The Bizz by AnyPromo.com

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

Some of our team members were in attendance in Las Vegas, NV for the PPAI Expo and they’ve shared some of their promo finds (above).

#DIY Gifts & Giveaways: Origami-Heart Notes

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By Fausto Mendez

    If you’re a fan of #DIY crafts for personalized gifts, promotional giveaways and event supplies, you should consider adding a personal touch to your next gift, giveaway or event with gorgeous origami-heart notes. 

    We’re always looking for innovative ways to say “thanks” to special clients that deserve some extra attention, and promotional giveaways are great for that. But nothing says “thanks” like a #DIY gift from the heart. These special origami-heart notes are relatively easy to build, and the graphic below explains it very clearly (even if the instructions are in Chinese). 

    Though they appear to be envelopes, what you are looking at is actually the notes themselves. Even the heart is apart of the note sheet. You would write or print your note on the inside, of course.

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    You’ll need two separate sheets of paper in a square cut for this project. To maximize the marketing effect of this note, you should use a sheet of paper that features your company logo in a tasteful way. You can also add your logo to promotional mints or candy, and attach the mints or candy as a part of the gift. Thanks to Duitang for posting the image.


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Thank You, Illinois Retina Institute!

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By Fausto Mendez

    AnyPromo customers love to share stories of their shopping experiences with the company and its massive catalog of over 40,000 promotional products, marketing giveaways and event supplies. 

    Another day, another happy customer. We’re honored to serve the Illinois Retina Institute with a sizable box of low-cost but high-quality promotional pens that write “silky smooth”, like the more expensive pens on the market. Susanne was more than pleased with the build quality of the pen at its absurdly low price point.

"There are literally a thousand different pen choices on the market, so it seems like a needle in a haystack to find a good pen at a great price. As important as well is working with a company that actually provides customer service and for being a major online retailer, the service at AnyPromo.com feels like the store next door.

After ordering the VIVID pen along with a more expensive pen from another retailer, the VIVID pen, purchased for just .32 each, has the perfect grip, it comes in our logo blue, and writes fantastic, not too thin and not too thick.  It doesn’t leave blotches of ink, and can be held at any angle and still produces a silky smooth line of ink It’s not super lightweight like a cheap pen, but is just the perfect weight. I’m not embarrassed to give these pens out to our referring doctors who are used to being treated royally.”

Susanne Myers, the Illinois Retina Institute, SC

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27 Truths about Advertisers and Marketers (and the People that Work with Them)

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By Fausto Mendez

    The advertising and marketing industry is a stressful, fun and all-around weird place, but its inhabitants share a few common traits - even with their clients too.

    Below, we unpack a couple of our favorite’s from “27 Things Advertising People Know to Be True”, but we’ll start with our own original truth about advertisers: we sure do like memes, don’t we? Anyway, here’s our five favorites from the Buzzfeed post:

9. QR codes often disappoint us.

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20. Your friends and family in other industries assume your life resembles a Hollywood production.

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21. You’ll find a stereotype in every department.

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27. Drinking happens… a lot. 

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How SoBe® Used Promotional Giveaways to Go Mainstream

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By Fausto Mendez

    John Bello used promotional giveaways to grow his beverage brand, SoBe®, from a niche set of bottled drinks to a mainstream phenomenon that PepsiCo eventually bought out. Today, he’s building up new brands with strikingly similar marketing strategies. 

    Promotional giveaway campaigns work. Need proof? Just ask John Bello, founder of SoBe, which he sold for $370 million, and the architect of SoBe’s wildly successful promotional campaigns. How’d he do it?

Promotional Products 

    Bello leveraged the power of promotional products and a fascinating and unforgettable logo. Combine the two, and you have a series of high-quality promotional products branded with SoBe’s iconic lizard. Here’s how it went down.

    His team would deliver a box of promotional giveaways, such as keychains, to as many SoBe dealers as possible, and the SoBe dealers would hand out the branded products to SoBe customers. The SoBe customers are already fans of the product, and the iconic lizard logo is beautiful and striking enough that it can be appreciated on its own. So the giveaway has two main effects.

Customers as Brand Ambassadors

    First, it makes the customer feel appreciated, and in the customer’s mind, it creates an association between those positive feelings and SoBe (and sometimes the store itself). That effect makes SoBe more memorable, so the customer is more likely purchase SoBe products in the future. The store owners tend to appreciate the free marketing as well. 

    Second, the customer would wear or use the promotional product in his or her day-to-day life, and the eye-catching lizard logo would attract others’ attention. As a result, the product becomes a conversation starter for the customer’s friends, family and acquaintances, and this introduces the brand to new fans.

Rinse & Repeat

    As Bello continued SoBe’s relentless promotional campaign, his effort slowly paid off as the brand grew to mainstream proportions, but he’s not one to take too many days off. After selling the company to PepsiCo, Bello launched a new beverage brand, and he’s using the same proven marketing strategies all over again. 

    In similar fashion, the new company’s logo is often sought for the mere fact that’s beautiful. “Part of the trick is having cool giveaways and a cooler logo,” says Marketing Officer Bruce Burke. The second half of the trick is getting those products into the hands of the target audience.

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Finished Work: Custom Notebook w/ Strap Closure and PVC Cover

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    Our partner AnyPromo.com is a promotional products retailer/supplier, and the company’s graphic artists love to show off their finished work. This is just another design of the many, many designs they finalize on a daily basis.

    L3 Technologies of of McAllen, TX is purchasing a fat stack of custom, high-quality, 5” x 7” notebooks featuring a strap closure. With the cloth bookmark, this 80-page notebook is the perfect note-taking companion for any professional, and the PVC cover will help the notebook last well beyond the lifespan of the notes inside the book. 

    Though these books may be used internally, they are also the perfect promotional giveaway for past clients, potential customers, loyal partners and generous vendors that take note-taking seriously. The recipient would appreciate the high-quality, long-lasting nature of the notebook, but more importantly, your company’s logo and message should be often viewed by the owner of the notebook and everyone around him or her. 

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#DIY Promotional Giveaway: “Thanks for your Commit-Mint” Gift Bag / Gift Basket

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By Fausto Mendez

    If you’re a fan of #DIY crafts for personalized gifts and promotional giveaways, you should consider adding a personal touch to your next giveaway with a “thank you” gift bag / gift basket that plays on the word “mint”.

    This project is an inexpensive bag or basket of mint candies and perhaps other goodies and gifts. The goal is to find some relevant words that end with “ment” or “mint”, such as: commitment, encouragement, involvement, investment, enjoyment, environment, development, meant, etc. The words should be related to the effort that the gift receiver did for you or with you.

    After you assemble your bag or basket of mint candies, you attach a note that plays on the word “mint”.

    For example, if you’d like to thank a client for being such a dedicated and pleasant customer, your note might say, “Thank you for your relentless commit-mint. I hope your involve-mint and invest-mint in our firm continues tomorrow and long into the future.” The more often you throw “mint” into the mix, the better the note.

    Beneath my Heart developed the concept with an excellent example of a thank you note that plays on the word “mint”; we suggest you check it out if you have an extra few minutes to spare.

    If you’re offering this gift within a business context, you can also use the opportunity as a promotion for your brand, product or organization. Depending on your situation, you should include product samples and/or a handful of promotional giveaways, customized with your logo and message. AnyPromo is the Web’s low-price leader for promotional products, and with a catalog of over 40,000 products, you WILL find the right product for your promotional campaign. From custom iPad cases to custom travel mugs, there’s a custom giveaway to fit fit any price point. 

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Check Out This Interactive Image of Obama’s 20lb bag of Promotional Gifts and Giveaways

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By Fausto Mendez

    The White House held a Correspondent’s Party with People & Time Magazine at the end of April, and as usual, businesses from all walks of life were eager to get their swag in front of the House’s top brass. 

    The above image of Obama’s 20lb swag bag from the Time/People WH Correspondent’s Party is making its way around the Web this week, courtesy of the Washington Post. There’s a ton of stuff to check out, and it might even give you ideas for your own promotional giveaway campaign. Hover your mouse over the image to reveal red markers (dots), and when your mouse hovers over the red markers, it reveals some basic details of the promotional giveaway. 

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