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Navigating the Trends: Influenced Travel and Lasting Luxury

Apr 16

Can you smell the sunscreen and hear the crash of waves? Spring has sprung, and with it comes the itch for adventure. A yearning to explore new destinations and create memories that last a lifetime...

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Pantone Picks ‘Peach Fuzz’ As The 2024 Color Of The Year

Dec 28, 2023

Pantone continues a warming trend with its 2024 Color of the Year, Peach Fuzz (PANTONE 13-1023), a “velvety gentle peach tone whose all-embracing spirit enriches mind, body, and soul,” ...

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The Facts Behind The Swag Wishlist

Dec 08, 2023

Wow, listen to this; 80% of people consider a gift from their employer to be meaningful, according to PPAI’s 2023 Holiday Gifting Survey. The online survey captured insights from a nationall...

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Give The Joy!

Aug 29, 2023

This holiday season, their favorite gifts will be from you! Create gifts they'll love with products that fit this year's biggest trends - gift from top retail brands, top tech gifts, new eco-friend...

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Style With Substance

Jul 12, 2023

Blue-collar workwear has been a favorite of subcultures from punk to hip-hop for half a century, but now it’s hotter than ever. Post-pandemic, people want to feel comfortable in and empowered...

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5 Favs For The Athletes

Dec 09, 2022

Athletic gear is in high demand with new year's resolutions just around the corner! Whether you're selecting swag for a company team, college league, race, or any other type of active event, bring ...

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Hot Gifts for Cold Weather

Oct 13, 2022

Can’t Beat Cozy Blankets Getting toasty by the fireplace, curling up on the couch, warming up after an epic snowball fight – the colder months are full of reasons to cozy up with your ...

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6 Awesome Apparel Gifts

Sep 07, 2022

Shorter days, changing leaves, that chill in the morning air – ready or not, fall is on the way. And with chilly weather approaching quickly, it’s time to break out the warmer wardrobe....

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The MVP (Most Versatile Present) Of Employee Gifts

Aug 03, 2022

Employee gifts; they've probably been on your mind for a while now! Branded drinkware is a popular choice for lots of reasons: It’s a versatile gift that comes in handy in the office, at home...

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Get Ahead for Holiday Gift Season

Jul 06, 2022

Gift season may be months away, but it’ll be here before you know it. And while the holidays are a busy time of year, they don’t have to be stressful. Getting an early start on your gi...

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The 4 Major Themes for Outdoor Gifting in 2022

Jun 03, 2022

Barbecues, bike trails, beach days or 5Ks – different ways to have fun, with one thing in common. More people are choosing to spend their free time outdoors, even if it’s no farther tha...

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Only the Best for Your Beverage

May 04, 2022

From morning coffee to evening cocktails – with lots of water in between – everyone uses drinkware daily. And whether they’re hitting the gym, the golf course or the great outdoor...

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Eco-Friendly Picks for the Outdoors

Apr 05, 2022

Spring has sprung, and everyone is eager to get outside again. That means more camping trips, trail hikes and picnics in the park. And as people spend more time enjoying the great outdoors, they&rs...

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Retail Brand Partners that Make a Difference for the Planet

Mar 10, 2022

The health of the planet is a big, complex challenge. That’s why we proudly partner with retail brands that share our commitment to sustainability. Whether they’re making eco-friendly p...

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A Happier, Healthier New Year

Feb 15, 2022

A new year is here, and that means people are shifting their focus to health and wellness. Whether it’s starting a fitness routine, making healthier food choices or simply making time to rela...

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How is Merch changing for 2022?

Jan 05, 2022

How is Merch changing for 2022? Back in the good old days when tradeshows was a season and corporate events were a happening thing, branded gifts had their heyday. Giveaways were distributed w...

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A Look Ahead: Event Season 2022

Dec 09, 2021

The holidays may be fast approaching, but event season is close behind. With so many tradeshows and conferences happening in January and February, it’s time to start planning. From outfitting...

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5 Gift Ideas For The Home

Oct 13, 2021

It’s that time of year: gift season! This year, gifts for the home are trending, from scented candles to cozy blankets. Get a closer look at a few of our favorites – and remember to o...

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Retail Appeal

Oct 08, 2021

Gift season is here and if you’re buying gifts for large groups of people, you’ll want something everyone can enjoy. Drinkware is an easy choice. There are no genders, one size fits all...

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A Big Impression

Sep 09, 2021

Whether the office holiday party is on or off this year, you can still boost morale while generating tons of brand impressions in the process. One surefire way to keep everyone's spirits high: Inve...

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Round-The-Clock Convenience

Jul 27, 2021

The typical employee lifestyle has evolved drastically over the last 18 months. For many, remote work has become the norm – at least on a hybrid basis. And as work and home lives remain tight...

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Get Fired Up! Our Best Ideas For Barbecue Season

Jul 08, 2021

You know what they say: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And if you’re lucky, there’s steak, ribs, wings and veggies too. Yep, it’s barbecue season. And now that p...

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It's Beach Season!

Jun 07, 2021

Summer is here, and people are excited to get out and enjoy the weather. As they spend more time outside, there are big opportunities in products that make the outdoors more fun and convenient. Whe...

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Pack Up And Go!

May 03, 2021

After a long winter – not to mention a full year in various stages of lockdown – people are eager to start traveling again. Whether they’re taking a road trip or hopping on a plan...

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Healthy Planet, Healthy Life

Apr 05, 2021

During this pandemic, people everywhere are shifting focus to the things that matter most, like their health. But to care for our own health isn't enough. We also must do our part to protect the pl...

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Reuniting With Mother Nature

Mar 25, 2021

Why More People Are Heading Outdoors Get ready for spring with some of our favorite items for the great outdoors! Shop Now

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Eco 101

Mar 01, 2021

​From wheat straw to recycled PET, here's the scoop on the unique stuff that makes up our Eco-Friendly products. Sustainability is more than a trend – it's a long-term shift in thinkin...

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Umbrella Myths Dispelled

Feb 16, 2021

Forget everything you thought you knew. :) Umbrellas are the perfect promo item. Think about it: One size fits all, it rains just about everywhere, and everybody uses them. If you're not taking ad...

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Perfect Onboarding Kits for Hybrid Staff

Feb 02, 2021

As the pandemic stretches into a second year, it'll continue to affect how and where people work. Onboarding, the approach to bringing on new hires that goes beyond a simple orientation day, is an ...

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By The Numbers: The Benefits Of Working From Home

Dec 30, 2020

​More Productivity And Less Stress – And That’s Just For Starters! Shop our Work from Home Collection for products to keep your employees productive and focused!

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Trending 2021: What's 'In' For The New Year

Dec 28, 2020

If the past year has taught us anything, perhaps it has been to expect the unexpected. Or better yet, have no expectations. But with the new year coming into view, we can’t help feeling a lit...

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A Natural Fit: Eco-Friendly Products For Healthy Lifestyles

Dec 22, 2020

How the pandemic produced a new trend! Hiking, biking, camping – even a brisk walk in the park. Between gym closures and people generally feeling stir crazy, the pandemic has driven interes...

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Anatomy Of The Perfect Winter Jacket

Dec 18, 2020

Brr… It's getting cold out there. Temps are dropping and winter is right around the corner, so naturally we're all looking for ways to stay warm. And since flights to Hawaii are expensive, w...

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Eco Gifts For Virtual Conferences And Tradeshows

Dec 13, 2020

January is about more than just trying to stick with New Year's resolutions. It's also a big month for conferences, tradeshows and sales meetings. Now that those events are moving to virtual platf...

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Boost Engagement At Your Virtual Party

Nov 20, 2020

This year, everyone is being forced to get creative for the holidays. Holiday gatherings may be going virtual, but you can still throw a party for the ages. In fact, getting everyone together (figu...

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Our Favorite Relaxing Swag to Reduce Stress in 2020

Jun 29, 2020

Maybe 2020 has been a blessing in disguise. The crazy busy world we lived in came to a stop. Then in the eerie, deafening silence we stood back bewildered, trying to grasp what to do next. Nowhe...

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2020 Promo Trends That Will Influence Your Marketing!

Jun 02, 2020

In the changing world of merch, it can be hard to stay on top of trends! We did you a little favor and put together the top 2020 trends we've seen so far. And by trends we don't mean a product that...

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10 Awesome At-Home Activities

Mar 19, 2020

Considering what's happening here and abroad, it looks like we'll all be spending more time at home! Concerts are being postponed, sporting events are being cancelled, theme parks are closing ...

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Your Brand Will Love These 2020 Trends

Feb 05, 2020

Every year trends come and go, some last years, some last just a couple months! At the beginning of every year, our team digs deep to scout out the newest products and trends. We crunched some data...

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Executive Business Gift Favorites: Luxury Promotional Products

Oct 29, 2019

When nothing but the best will do, we turn to our collection of Executive Business Gift Favorites! It is our go-to source for beautifully branded, high-end promotional products. Marketing with th...

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Signature Studio Cuisine: Top Kitchen Swag for Holiday 2019

Oct 15, 2019

It's no secret that kitchen products make excellent promotional items. What a great way to get your brand into the homes of each and every client in your target market! In fact, a study conducted...

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2019 Holidays: Trend Watch

Oct 01, 2019

There’s nothing like stumbling upon the oh-so-perfect gift! Something that makes your clients excited. Something that makes them happy. Something they’ll use over and over again. Someth...

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Our Top Travel Items to Promote Your Brand Wherever they Go

Sep 30, 2019

Travel items make great promotional giveaways, not only because they are always a useful gift but because they arguably make the most impressions of all promo items! By their very nature, they put...

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Eco-Friendly Promotional Products: Building Your Brand while Saving our Planet

Aug 13, 2019

Eco-friendly, environmentally conscience, going green....these terms are now common in our everyday language, used to describe efforts to reduce our carbon footprint on the planet. Did you know th...

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Interesting Finds: Unique Products to Grow your Brand

Jul 10, 2019

Shopping for swag? We've created our collection of Interesting Finds for products that will grab attention wherever they go! Not only are they eye-catching but useful too, ensuring they will be k...

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Useful Promotional Products Under $1

Jul 01, 2019

Selecting the right swag for your events is a difficult process, even more so when you are on a tight budget. When it comes to larger events with giveaways, those dollars just don't stretch very f...

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Minnesota Museum Has Sold 40,000 Branded Apparel Items Since 'Stranger Things' Hoodie Cameo

Jul 01, 2019

Everyone knows that television product placement can create a huge increase in brand exposure for a business, but what you might not know is just how influential a brief product spotlight can be! O...

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Metallics: A Simple Way to Gain Brand Exposure

Jun 27, 2019

"Not all that glitters is made of gold" they say. While this is true, there is no doubt it's eye-catching! Diamonds and gold have been attractive to the human race since the beginning of time, th...

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Custom Camping Gear for Summer 2019

May 20, 2019

Nothing brings a group of people together like partaking in outdoor activities as a team! Whether you're planning a retreat for your employees or hosting a function for your clients, camping could...

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The Top Summer Promo Items to Boost your Brand

May 15, 2019

Summer is approaching and with it all the outdoor events where you can gain major brand exposure! Whether it's a company outing to show employee appreciation or a campaign to meet existing or pote...

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The Perfect Employee Onboarding Process

May 02, 2019

The process of onboarding a new hire is not just a simple snap of a finger, but unfortunately, a lot of employers don’t put much into this stage of the hiring procedure at all! According to U...

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Signature Malibu Collection: Sustainable Wood Promo Items for Summer

Apr 26, 2019

Discover our Signature Malibu Collection, our all wooden collection of promo items designed specifically for summer. These sustainable wood products are your ticket in with environmentally friendl...

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The Hottest Hat Styles for Your Line of Swag

Apr 18, 2019

From the bowler to the boater and the flat cap to the fascinator, the love of hats is a tradition that dates back centuries! Thankfully modern technology has brought about more comfortable fabrics...

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The Best Promotional Items for Golf Season 2019

Apr 17, 2019

Golf, the age old sport loved by old and young alike, is another avenue to pursue as part of your marketing strategy - a very worthwhile one at that! Be it a company outing or golf event sponsorsh...

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Umbrellas : Top Promo Item for Spring

Mar 18, 2019

With warmer weather approaching, don't miss out on this prime real estate for your marketing campaign! An umbrella can seem like such a...well, average item....but with a little decoration from yo...

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Truths Told on the Three Biggest Promo Product Myths

Mar 04, 2019

Well, this can actually be true….BUT only when you’re passing out things that aren’t impressive, useful or memorable to the recipient. Decluttering has been on an upward trend in...

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Heathered Accessories: Hot Swag Trend Continues in 2019

Feb 27, 2019

Nothing new to the fashion industry, heathered fabrics have been nabbing attention for the past decade and they remain as popular as ever coming into 2019! New to this term? Heathered fabrics are...

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The Best Lunch Containers to Promote your Brand

Feb 22, 2019

Good for the wallet, the waistline and the environment, bringing lunch from home has long been known for it's benefits over eating out. From humble beginnings as a brown paper bag, our lunch conta...

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What is Prop 65? Your Questions Answered

Feb 01, 2019

Don’t worry, Prop 65 isn’t something to fret over! We did a little behind-the-scenes work to figure out what it’s all about. If you live in California you’re probably famili...

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Custom Desk Accessories: Our Top Swag for 2019

Jan 25, 2019

What if it were possible to be in front of each of your clients every single day? Logic tells us it's physically impossible. So what can you do then....a body double? A stand-in? A twin? We reco...

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The Best Wellness Promotional Products for 2019

Jan 16, 2019

"Finish your veggies, take the stairs, drink water, exercise daily...", we've all heard these golden nuggets to leading a healthy life. Just as the doctor ordered, these healthy habits really do g...

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The Top Home & Kitchen Promotional Products to Boost your Brand

Nov 27, 2018

Often overlooked in the business world, home and kitchen items make exceptional promotional products! What better way to stay top of mind for your clients than to become a part of their everyday l...

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Understand Imprint Color Terms In Just 3 Minutes!

Nov 06, 2018

As you’re reading blogs and looking at promotional products online you’re probably nodding fervently as if you know what color terms we’re talking about, but maybe you really don&...

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Everything You Need To Know About Set Up Charges & Additional Fees When Ordering Promo Products

Nov 06, 2018

Is your head swirling with confusing terms or charges? It's okay.... a lot of our customers ask similar questions to the ones you're wondering about right now! Sometimes when you're ordering promo ...

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Our Top Winter Clothing Styles to Welcome Winter 2018

Oct 31, 2018

The season of giving will soon be upon us! That time of year to pamper your acquaintances with something thoughtful.....sounds like a prime opportunity to gain some brand exposure! :) Whether outf...

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5 Common Mistakes People Make When Ordering Drinkware (And How to Avoid Them!)

Oct 31, 2018

Drinkware is, without question, one of the most popular categories of promotional products because they're not only useful promo items, but they're also items that people use on a daily basis. And ...

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The Best Promotional Products for Winter 2018

Oct 23, 2018

As the temp outside dips below freezing, we are reminded that this beautiful autumn will come to an end. Soon Old Man Winter and Jack Frost will begin their antics, howling and swirling as they cr...

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Top Trends for Holiday Gifts in 2018

Oct 01, 2018

Ready to see what's new and what's hot for the holidays and all those year-end gift occasions? You've come to the right place. As summer comes to a close, the holiday season and year-end gift gi...

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Plaid is Rad this Holiday Season

Oct 01, 2018

It's fall which means one thing: time to break out the buffalo check! Not your 90s flannels or your grandmother's gingham - this is a contemporary take on the classic pattern. Cozy and welcoming,...

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Tech Items: The Future of Promotional Products

Sep 24, 2018

It shouldn't come as a surprise that technology is shaping the future of the world we live in, affecting all industries and our personal lives. This was a new era that began in the 90s (a product ...

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Our Top 20 Polo Shirts to Enhance your Brand

Sep 04, 2018

Promotional products are a proven method to increase brand awareness, but to get the most bang for your buck, you've got to make sure you are using the right products to appeal to your target audie...

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Bullware: Custom Barware for Fall

Aug 21, 2018

A great party starts with good company – but fun cocktails and tasty craft brews make it even better. No one can argue that! But what makes it better yet, is when your brand is the talk of t...

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16 Ways Color Affects Your Branding and Marketing

Aug 17, 2018

Substantial research shows why color matters in branding and how it plays an important role in how we experience marketing. These 16 facts give you a glimpse into how you can use color to your adva...

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Retail + Promotional = Great Things for your Brand

Jul 13, 2018

Retail brands have entered the promotional marketplace and we welcome them! This is nothing new but did you know marketing with these items could do so much for your brand? These brands are a...

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Tote Bags, the Unsung Hero

Jun 27, 2018

Branded totes have topped the charts as America's #1 promotional product! Simple yet hip, they have been a winner in the promotional marketplace from the beginning because they are extremely cost-...

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Our Top Backpacks & Messenger Bags to Boost your Brand

Jun 26, 2018

Treasured by outdoor enthusiasts and business professionals alike, backpacks and messenger bags are great items to consider adding to your line of swag. Used in everyday activities, quality bags w...

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Swag that will have Them Singing Your Tune

Jun 19, 2018 (a.k.a. instant mood improver), naturally enhancing the atmosphere of any gathering. Create an association of this enjoyable sensation to your brand by adding speakers to your line of...

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Drinkware: A Shark in the Sea of Swag

May 31, 2018

Why drinkware you ask? Drinkware hits that promotional sweet spot that is both effective for your company and useful for the recipient. It's ageless, it's genderless, it's usable all year around...

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Current Trends in Branded Swag You Need to Know About

May 29, 2018

With a large percentage of the target audience shifting to millennials and promotional items being more creative and exciting than ever before, we get this question a lot… “What ...

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Have you met? You'll be friends this summer...

May 14, 2018

Your comrade, your bestie, your pal....whatever endearing term you choose, we don't mind, we know you are going to love it! Created especially for you who need summer swag, our Summer Collection i...

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5 Out of the Box Promotional Products We Love…and You Will Too!

Apr 11, 2018

We’ve all been stuck in the same rut while trying to come up with some original ideas to appeal to customers. Are you in need of some extra product inspiration? If so, here’s a little ...

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Tips to Create Event Swag that Doesn't Get Thrown Away

Mar 23, 2018

While everyone loves gifts and basically anything that is free, relevant and useful promo items go an extra mile. When you are spending quite some part of your budget on the branded merchandise, yo...

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4 Reasons Direct Mail is More Powerful Than Ever!

Mar 21, 2018

We live in an age of digital information. This means that speed and ease of communication is now better than ever…it’s also opened the floodgates of digital advertisements. Every day w...

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Imprint Methods: Choosing the Best Option for Your Branded Swag

Mar 07, 2018

When creating custom branded swag, you’re presented with a number of different options. While being able to create something entirely unique is great for standing out from the crowd, it can a...

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Top Name Brand Promo Items for Millennials

Mar 05, 2018

Younger generations love name brand items. Whether they’re shopping for themselves or collecting swag from their favorite brands, high-end items are more likely to grab their attention. C...

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5 Benefits of Planning Ahead for Your Branded Swag

Mar 02, 2018

It’s no secret that branded swag gets people excited about your business! Whether you’re handing out items at a trade show or you’re hoping to give gift bags to a new hire, hav...

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How to Create Branded Swag that People Love

Feb 15, 2018

Branded promotional items are an awesome way to connect with your customers, show off your company, and reach new customers. When your customers are excited about your brand and the swag you’...

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How to Choose the Best Promo Items for Your Branded Swag

Feb 13, 2018

Selecting the right promotional item to give away to customers and clients is an overwhelming task. When you’re about to spend a significant portion of your marketing budget on a custom-brand...

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3 Key Advantages of Using Brand Name Products for your Swag and Promotions

Jan 30, 2018

When you’re creating a new giveaway campaign, a key rule is to ensure that your promotional products are valuable and useful to the recipients. Any time you invest in a product to hand out to...

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Simplifying Management of Custom Merchandise

Jan 02, 2018

CUBIK is a leader in robust company store platforms. These platforms will showcase, manage, and track all your promotional materials in one streamlined order system - yup, it's that simple! Our onl...

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Does it work? Why your campaign still needs branded SWAG

Nov 21, 2017

Does branded swag actually work? Wouldn’t it just be easier to just send out a mailing and do a social media campaign? Or perhaps, just have a booth at a show and give out business cards? ...

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Is a Company Shop Right for You? 5 Key Points to Consider

Nov 13, 2017

The topic of an online company shop comes up in most marketing departments as companies expand, evolve, and streamline their systems. While an online company shop can be a “no-brainer”...

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4 Ways a Company Web Store Can Increase Efficiency

Nov 13, 2017

If you are like most busy marketing teams, a lot of work and time goes into managing your company’s branded merchandise. With every request for marketing materials comes a slew of emails, ...

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Letter to the Editor

Sep 01, 2017

Letter to the Editor: Katrina 2005. Sandy 2012. Matthew 2016. Harvey 2017. The list goes on. The devastation of property and loss of life continues....

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