We here at Bullpen Marketing, get multiple product requests everyday- from Waterford Crystal to golf balls and everything in between. Almost anything you can imagine putting your company’s logo on, we’ve probably been asked to do it.
Promotional giveaways tend to get repetitive and boring, so whether you’re looking for items for a tradeshow or any occasion for that matter, it’s important for your company to pass out something different. That way, your audience is sure to remember where they got the item from and what company gave it to them.
Over the past couple of months I’ve noticed a trend in the requests I’ve gotten for tradeshow giveaways- quite a few of our clients have requested items that are both eye-catching and fun. Lucky for them, we have just the answer- TOYS! Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re a fan of the Koozie, you’ll want to add this one to your collection of cool branded giveaways.
Stadium Cup Coolers are a great way to turn an ordinary stadium cup into an impressive branding tool at a price that won’t break your bank. They’re perfect for parties, tailgating, and corporate events.
Stadium Cup Coolers are made in the USA from 1/8” high-density open cell scuba foam. This means they’ll collapse conveniently, so you can put one in your pocket, slip one in your purse, or keep one in the car. They fit on most 16 oz. to 22 oz. Stadium and Solo Cups (and come in twenty colors).
Stadium Cup Coolers are printed flat, which means you can imprint on both sides and the bottom at the same price. Speaking of price, the minimum order requirement is 100 pieces. The pricing ranges from about 90 cents to $1.60 for a one-color imprint. If you add about 50 cents, you can create an awesome 4-color process design. Please click on the video above for a short and colorful presentation.
When I first heard about the Dot, I thought not. Who would put something on their phone that had no purpose? Then I received a sample of the Dot and thought I would give it a shot. I put one on my iPhone and it was hot. So hot in fact, that my two kids wanted Dots for their iPads. The Dot is a perfect place to brand your logo over and over throughout the day in a place where it won’t be missed. And while I thought it didn’t have a purpose, it actually does quite a bit:
The Dot quickly and easily identifies your personal gadgets.
• Makes your smartphone and tablets easy to use
• Gives your home button a tactile grip
• Patented 3M adhesive leaves no sticky residue
• Iconic logo area with full color imprint
• Comes attached to a fold-over card with one Dot visible, and a second Dot when the card is opened.
• Works on most brands of smartphone and tablet home buttons
• Optional custom imprinted card available for a little more
Brand your love and love your brand is our mantra. It’s what we do and it’s what we tell everyone to do. It’s all about doing “the right thing” for your customers time after time, again and again. When you show your customers that you care, the thought carries your brand a long way.
I recently became aware of a company that has a nifty little way of helping marketers brand with care. The company is called ReturnMoi and it positions itself as “Your Lost & Found Company” — (but what they offer a marketer is much more than that).
HERE’S HOW THE SERVICE WORKS:
You provide your customer with a branded lost and found tag for their keychain, luggage, or cell phone, etc. Your customers activate the unique ID number on the tag with their contact information at ReturnMoi.com. When customers visit the web site, Read the rest of this entry »
Every year, during the 2nd and 3rd week of March thousands of people from all over the world flock to Austin, TX for South by Southwest (SXSW)- an annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival. The week and a half long event is filled with lots of free film screenings, concerts, food, alcohol, and PROMOTIONS! It literally seems as though everywhere you look, there’s a different brand vying for your attention. I might even go as far as to consider SXSW the mecca of promotional items, events and experiential marketing.
Everyday, marketers around the world work to promote their products and services in unique, relevant and creative ways. Oftentimes, it isn’t coming up with the creative elements that marketers find difficult, it’s figuring out a way to reach their audience in a manner that doesn’t come off as too pushy or invasive, but even more importantly, is memorable. SXSW and similar events are the perfect opportunity for brands to reach a captive audience.
Below is a slide show of a handful of brands that stood out to me this past weekend at SXSW. Each of them took advantage of this casual and fun atmosphere and the opportunity to reach thousands of attendees. They are the epitome of creativeness.
3D printing was mentioned in the State of the Union address just this past February. It was stated as having “the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything.” Little did we know at that time “almost everything” even included promotional items!
Last year, little was known about the 3D printing technology. What it could produce was fascinating, but the relatively new technology came at a very steep price. However, it can now be found in the creation of lapel pins, charms and keyrings. 3D printing opens completely new dimensions in lapel pin products. For example, you can work with extruded designs, or go completely 3D with wild undercuts virtually impossible to traditional die-struck, cast or spin cast pins.
This innovative new process allows these lapel pins to be made right here in the USA. The turn around time is less than 10 days with minimums starting at only 50 pieces. Not to mention the most important fact—they can be three dimensional! And, because the items are printed instead of cast, there are no casting or tooling charges. This process is ideal for custom shape pins with distinct logos or designs. This process is not at all recommended with designs that contain small text nor is it intended for children. Call us at 713.652.2030 or email us today for a quote.
Today—lapel pins— tomorrow…I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Speaking of seeing, check out the gallery below of 3D pin examples.
The answer is: It doesn’t matter! Proceed to party anyways!
For those that like to party, there are some new promo items that have hit the market just for you.
First up: The durable double-wall Eastman Tritan cup. This little beauty is 16 ounces of fun—unless it’s empty—and comes in the recognizable shade of “Red Solo Cup.” Not a fan of the red? Well it also comes in black, blue, navy, orange, green, purple and clear. This item is great for all of your events: barbecues, festivals, tailgating, golf tournaments…the list is endless. Minimum quantities start as low as 48 pieces with a price as low as $4.98 a pop! There’s even a version with a screw-on lid perfect for sipping your hot (Irish) coffee. The lid version available for as low as $5.48.
Next item lining up for a party: The “Twist n’ Shot™.”
This 2 ounce plastic cup is fitted with a removable twist mechanism that allows you to carve out your jello for easy release straight into your gullet. Brilliant—right? Well, I thought so. Choose from clear, solid red or black cups with red, pink, yellow, blue, orange, white or green twists. These little guys have a minimum quantity of 250 with prices as low as $0.90.
I’m often asked if there are any promos that are still made in the USA anymore. While the perception is that most products are made in China, there are a significant amount of items made on our own turf. Products made in the USA give you the assurance that your marketing dollars are recycling through our economy and creating more jobs for Americans. Here are 5 of my favorite partners who produce their products in the USA – there are certainly more – call us if you’re interested in USA product ideas.
Marketing experts that are serious about their brand standards, can probably rattle off their Pantone colors (both coated and uncoated versions) without even a second of thought. Color is a crucial component of your logo and brand and should be respected as such.
People can have the same emotional response to a brand’s color as much as to the brand itself. And if it’s a color that’s engrained into someone’s understanding or memory, the name of the color (versus seeing the color swatch itself) is enough to elicit a response. Take “Tiffany Blue” for example. For those who have hoped for or have been lucky enough to receive a little blue box from this jewelry store, can envision that color the moment that they hear it. Another example that’s a bit more local is “Aggie Maroon.” I’m willing to bet that past, current and future A&M students, parents and faculty and accurately conjure up the color in their heads—as well as the emotions associated with their alma mater, “We’ve got to fight for maroon and white.”
I grew up on a golf course in Pennsylvania playing at least 18 holes per day in the summer. I also worked on a greens crew in the summer to help support my way through college. Those were good times and one of the silly things that I’ve never forgotten was how many golf balls I found by the end of the summer ⎯ we’re talking hundreds. In case you’re wondering, most golf balls are lost in bushes, woods, and ponds.
This brings me to my first point. Placing a logo on a golf ball is a popular thing. Let’s face it; you can’t play golf without a golf ball. But if you’re a small company and you’re forced to spend every marketing dollar as if it were your last, consider this. A golf ball will last a skilled golfer about 18 holes on a good day. When we’re talking about an average golfer, your golf ball might last for only minutes. That’s simply not a good branding investment if you’re a small company.
This brings me to my second point. For about the same price as a sleeve of Titlelist golf balls (3 balls), you can brand your company’s logo on a handsome two-color golf glove with a magnetic ball marker. Depending on how often you play golf and the climate, the glove could last one year or longer. Some of my best friends are still avid golfers and they swear by the convenience of having a magnetic ball marker attached to the glove. In a perfect world, promotional products should be used for a long time and serve as an ongoing reminder of your brand. This is even more important for companies with smaller marketing budgets.
This brings me to my last point. Without question, golf balls are convenient giveaways at a tournament because you never have to worry about size. But here’s something else to consider. The G-Flex cabretta leather glove combines breathable and flexible CoolMax material with a “3 size fits all.” So, you only have to worry about three sizes: (S-M, M-L, and XL-XXL). This glove and magnetic ball marker is a perfect offering for any golf tournament and it will score well with your customers. The minimum is 150 gloves and the price is around $21. Set up charges apply.
Bullpen is a marketing services and promotional products firm. We can put your logo on just about anything. However, promotion is more than just printing your logo. There’s a strategy to picking the right products to promote your business. We design and distribute impressive executive gifts, clothing, organic teas and food items, desk toys, pens-turned-USB-drive, and more!