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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!

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!

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! 

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 ;)

Baby bibs — the perfect giveaway for the adorable, photogenic lil ones (and snap happy parents)!
Here’s to making every day Earth Day! …

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


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.


    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!


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 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)


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.


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



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


27. Drinking happens… a lot. 


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How SoBe® Used Promotional Giveaways to Go Mainstream


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


    Our partner 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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