One of my goals this year is to drink more water every day.
I instantly thought of drinking at least 8 glasses of 8 oz. water a day. It
turns out that the 8 glasses of water a day rule isn’t completely accurate.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “the “8 by 8” rule isn’t supported by hard
evidence, it remains popular because it’s easy to remember.” I agree, it’s
definitely easy to remember so I decided to stick to drinking at least 8
glasses of water a day.
Initially, I searched the Commotion Promotions sample room
for a regular 8oz. bottle I could use every day. But then one day, everyone at
our office received a lovely drawstring backpack with headphones, a sports
towel and a bottle all with our logo from one of our top suppliers to promote
their products! This tall, clear bottle had
a screw on lid and it was BPA free. It turns out that the bottle has the capacity
to hold 32oz. of liquid and all I needed to reach the “8 by 8” rule was drink
64 oz. a day. That’s only 2 full bottles of water a day! What an easy peasy way
to track my water intake.
It’s now been at least 3 months since I’ve started using our
32oz. Sport Bottle and I can honestly say I’ve been meeting my goal for
drinking more water. Sometimes I even drink more than 64oz. of water! I use
this bottle at home, the office, the gym and even take it to restaurants so I
make sure I’m on track. This bottle is basically a part of me now. What’s even
more awesome is that I get compliments on this bottle all the time and even get
asked where one can be purchased. I’ve even started to get a few of my
coworkers to use this bottle to track their water intake. So now I challenge
you to also start a healthy initiative in your office and maybe encourage your
employees or coworkers drink more water.
If you want to learn more about how much water you should be
drinking and the health benefits of water, click here to read
this great article by the Mayo Clinic.
Springtime is just around the corner and we all
know what that means…It’s time for Spring cleaning! And I’m not just talking about a little
dusting at home. I’m talking about cleaning
out the office.
But as much as this job is dreaded, did you know,
out of more than 1,000 office workers surveyed, nearly 82% feel that
organization improves their performance?
Also, for the same 1,000 workers, clutter such as bestrewn papers, food
containers, and even spare shoes has lead to many unprofessional situations in
which 47% of respondents said time was lost, 16% said they experienced
tardiness, and 14% said deadlines were missed.
So, with that said, the months of paperwork build
up, knotted computer cords, dust bunnies hiding in corners of the file room…it
all must go. Lucky for you, we’ve got
just the things to help your office out.
Check out these great electronics
organizers. Whether we’re talking power
cords, phones, or tablets, these two items are sure to help you organize both
yourself and your desk space.
Ever get the feeling that every person walking the trade
show floor has become a wandering, mindless zombie? You know the
ones….seemingly brain-dead, stimuli overloaded, shuffling down aisle after
Well here are a few tips to stop them dead in their tracks
and bring them back ALIVE and DYING to stop in your booth.
Develop a theme for your next booth. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive.
It just has to be related to your company or to your sales pitch. You can base
your theme on where your company is headquartered, say for example, Texas,
think western theme. Or you could tie
your theme into your sales pitch. Like
it takes less time to sign up to be an organ donor than it does to get a latte
made to order…Then have your trade show staff dressed as baristas and start
brewing those conversations
5 Senses – Visual, Sound, Smell, Taste and Touch – Each one of these can be
incorporated into your booth in order to stimulate attendees. Surprisingly, much of a trade show floor is
decorated with the ‘safe’ corporate colors – black, grey, beige. Sure, they might have a touch of red here and
there but if you want create a distinction for your brand, take advantage of
the eye’s strong attraction for color when you design your booth. Along with visual, think audio. Motion
can come in the form of a demonstration, bold videos playing in the background
or a sound related concept. For example,
if your product is made from ingredients found in the rain forest, have a rain
forest sound CD playing in the booth. The same holds true for smell. If you’re are launching a new product that
has an orange scent, consider using promotional items that can incorporate that
scent, like note paper, sniffy pencils and scratch and sniff stickers.Attendees are attracted not only to visual
and audio stimuli, but to tactile sensory ideas as well. Make the product that
you are offering available to touch whenever possible. People like to feel the weight and texture of
a product. Last but never least is taste. If you feed them, they will come. Yes, many times attendees will just stop by
to ‘grab’ whatever food treat you might be offering. But with a well trained and engaging booth
staff a conversation can be started to share more information about your
product of services, especially if you think outside the box and do more than a
bowl of candy. Consider custom shaped
chocolate lollipops or an imprinted coffee mug that you can fill right there on
Never let them leave empty
handed. Halt an otherwise passing trade
show zombie by appealing even louder to their never-forgotten
self-interest. Give them a fun, colorful, well intentioned, cool, useful
and appropriate imprinted promotional item that will appeal to their particular
needs. This is your chance to get them talking about what they are looking for
before they stash their swag into a bag and stagger on.
Don’t be a ZOMBIE – Genuine interest along
with a positive attitude by your booth staff will stop even the most hardened
zombie heart. SMILE and be engaging with
those attendees walking the dreaded zombie aisle death march. We’ve all been on
the other side of the booth and walked a show ourselves. It’s hard work. So it’s up to you and your staff to make it
fun and fresh.
WANT MORE TRADE SHOW IDEAS?
Need creative, budget friendly and trendsetting promos for your next
booth? Call or email us.
Have you ever been sitting at a sporting event when you’ve
suddenly wondered, “Where did the foam finger comes from?” Well if so, you’re in luck! Today, we take you on a journey of one
finger’s rise to fame and the No. 1 spot of sports devotion.
The foam finger, a symbol, not an object of obsession as so
many other items are, is the only product of its kind. An amplifier of devotion, it speaks of deep
connections between fan and team, as well as a little pompousness (if our team
is No. 1, then we’re better than yours).
The finger was born at a high school football pep rally in Texas back in
1977. An art teacher, Geral Frauss,
frustrated by the rambunctious crowd, decided to create a less rowdy form of
cheering by cutting out a large hand with fingers raised and knuckles showing
from a piece of cardboard. In games and
pep rallys to follow, students followed suit, until the team lost its season
and the era of the finger seemed to be over.
Not for long said the foam finger! A year later, when the University
of Texas played Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl, the very same art teacher
decided to test his entrepreneurial skills by cutting 400 hands from Masonite
with raised fingers, and another 200 hands to mimic UT’s famous Hook ‘em Horns
gesture. Half and hour after the doors
opened, all the hands had been sold.
As time moved forward, Fauss began to experiment with more
materials, realizing Masonite might not be the best in the case of a
brawl. After all, no foam finger was
going to keep the rowdy football fans from being, well rowdy. Finally, Fauss settled on polyurethane: it
was light, didn’t break, and could be compressed if needed. And with this decision, Spirit Industries was
born in 1979, just in time for the New Orleans Sugar Bowl game between the Tide
and the Lions.
The rest, as they say folks, is history. But one thing’s held true. The foam finger remains all that it
symbolizes, still No. 1 after all these years.
Join us in celebrating this famous promotional product’s
great history by showing off all the ways that your team, company, or
organization claims that coveted spot at the top with this selection of No.
The scores are in! Pantone has
officially launched its list of top colors for the coming season and the “new
black” is as far from its namesake as possible! A mixture of bright pastels
with a springy vibe, any of these new colors is sure to be a great,
eye-catching addition to any of your favorite promo items as that [Pop!] you’ve
been looking for!
But of course, picking out that
perfect color is not always easy.
Choosing the right color for your brand is more than just an artistic
selection; it’s a way to say something important about what your company does!
Sound like a challenge? We’ve got your back as usual. Check out these helpful
tips for choosing the best for your brand:
says something about emotions: When choosing what colors to incorporate in your
product, think about the feelings/thoughts/emotions that the color you choose
invokes. Aiming for cheery—go for the
“Lemon Zest”. Aiming for something more
serene—maybe the “Grayed Jade” or “Dusk Blue” is a better fit. Get the idea?
perfect color walks a line falling somewhere in between unique and
typical. In other words, standing out is
important, but standing out too much can be a detriment. When choosing a color, look at the colors
used in like products and then select a color that’s just a little different
from the norm. If your product usually
comes in blue, maybe try purple on for size.
it “real” is important: When choosing a color, pick one that feels
authentic. While many companies often
make the assumption that picking a popular color will resonate with sales,
rarely is this the case. Instead, pick a
color for that works with your brand.
After all, if a color doesn’t connect with your customers, it’ll likely
turn them off.
In short, whether a cool t-shirt,
a smart phone case, or a reusable hot/cold cup, a “Pop of Color, is just one of
the ways you can elevate your promo items to the next level. So throw out the black and bring on some color! Let US help YOU make the impact you’ve been
aiming for with these great product ideas that all come in a variety of colors.
It's scary out there. It seems easy to order a large quantity of a promotional item by yourself directly with some overseas manufacturer that you find on Google. Simply tell them what you need, how many, what color, maybe send a little picture, and get a cheap price back. Sounds great in theory. Even worse might be when you work with what you think is a promo company that has experience in producing overseas orders and offers up a low price but has never visited China, never met the suppliers, inspected the factories and in the end provides an item that is STOPPED BY CUSTOMS at the border because of a harmful chemical.
Per an article in the LA Times on December 11th, more than 35,000 holiday-themed rubber ducks from China were detained by U.S. Customs officials at the Port of Los Angeles.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized the ducks --
dressed as snowmen, gingerbread men, penguins and reindeer -- which were
valued at $18,522, after determining they contained the chemical
excess of the limit which may be harmful to children.
Phthalates are used to make vinyl and
other plastics soft and flexible, the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security said in a statement. Consumer officials prohibit the
sale, distribution and import of any child's toy or child care item that contains
concentrations of more than 0.1% of phthalate.
We know where your DUCKS have been. We know that they're safe and when we produce an item whether it's made right here in the United States or overseas in one of our partner factories, you can be assured that your safe promotional item will not only make it over the border but that it won't be hazard to your customer or employees when you hand them out. We've been to China, seen the factories, and know our partners. We also know that you can be guaranteed a fair price for a quality product that is not produced using child labor or made in unsafe conditions.
At Commotion Promotions all of our promotional items are safety checked so we've got you covered. Don't go out there alone or with a distributor whose never done this before. Trust your next overseas promotional item project to us. Read more here.
Over the years, we’ve attended
countless numbers of trade shows all over the
nation. We’ve attended them both as an exhibitor and of course as attendees of the show. One thing we’ve noticed is that the
better the “swag”, the better the traffic at the booth. Two things we always
tell our clients about trade show giveaways – the first, items should either be
a targeted promotional item to help ‘tell your story’ or a truly unique item
and the second is that how you give the item out is equally as important as the
item itself. In other words, ask
yourself this, “how many people who take your giveaway are actually interested
in your business?” Sure, they’re now aware of your brand but what are some
actions you can take to move these potential customers down the marketing
At a recent tradeshow we exhibited
at, we met a great company called GER- Global Electronic Recycling who used the
power of their Social Media and their promotional products to interact with
their followers. They let tradeshow attendees know that they would receive a
special gift set of promotional items if they mentioned their “word of the day”
which was posted on their Facebook! Not only did this company gain more traffic
to their Facebook, but they’ve managed to meet with people who are interested
enough to take the time to look their business up. This eliminates most of the people at your
booth just for looking for “swag” which brings in people who want to
potentially learn and receive more information about your company.
So what are some great promotional
items you can include as a special gift or prize at your next tradeshow? Here
are a few of our favorite items that will make everyone like your page, retweet
your posts or endorse your LinkedIn profile:
Iconic, patented and just plain cute. The Gadget DOT™ makes using your smartphone home button easy.
When you pull your smartphone out of your pocket or bag, the tactile
grip instantly makes you aware of the direction your phone needs to be
in. When you use your smartphone as an alarm, the home button is quick
and easy to find when you are startled awake! Or use it on your tablet - IPad or the new IPad mini. This small round glossy domed promotional item simply sticks onto your gadget and only comes off when you want it to without leaving any sticky residue.
While the GADGET DOT doesn't have a big imprint area, it's perfect for those brands who have very recognizable logos and like techy items. We think it's perfect for flashing in at a retailer for a discount or to let people know that you are an alumni of a university. Even better, how about a way to show your support of your favorite charity or NFL football team. A very cool new tech promo item indeed and under a buck!
Forget juice bars or coffee houses. We just read that at Molecule, a “water cafe” in New York City’s East Village, patrons pay
$2.50 for a glass full of New York City tap water that has been passed through
a seven-stage filtration system. Patrons can complete their order with an option to add vitamin supplements to their H2O cocktails. MSN.com
While New Yorkers might think of themselves as a 'trendy bunch" (I can say that as a previous New Yorker, once removed (to Phoenix), water's healing properties have long been touted by the medical field for everyone. Why not make sure you're drinking the very best ...
Give them to your employees and clients alike. Our water filtration bottle is the bomb! Using the newest filtration
technology our Clean N Pure Bottle Omega H2O Go Water Filtration Bottle removes 99% percent of harmful
contaminants. This 16 oz double wall Tritan copolyester water bottle
with a coconut filter is made right here in the USA. Choose your
colors: Blue, Apple Green, Red, Orange, Hot Pink, Kelly Green,
Turquoise, Purple or Grey insert filters and attached drink straw. BPA
free. Pricing includes a one color imprint on the bottle.
Want to add Vitamins? We can help you with those too with our Vitamin Gum. These vitamin gumvelopes are the perfect item for everyone on the go. This patented idea is filled with 12 pieces of individual vitamin enhanced gum and available in two great tasting flavors - grape pomegranate or cinnamon. Pricing includes a full color design all over the packet.