Great news! We're excited to announce that for the fourth year in a row, Commotion Promotions, now powered by Halo Branded Solutions, has been named Advertising Specialty Institute's Best Places to Work in the promotional products industry. Even more impressive is that we made the TOP TEN list out of 90 ad specialties companies in the country. Companies were chosen for this award based on a detailed survey process taken by employees. Survey categories involved measuring 10 different areas with categories such as team effectiveness, employee loyalty, alignment with goals, trust with coworkers, etc. SO when you're working or talking with one of our team members at CP, you'll know that WE LOVE WHAT WE DO!
Women in business have come a long way over the years and are redefining traditional gender roles. Arizona is ranked 6th in the United States for the economic power of its women-owned business according to the American Express Open Report.
At Commotion Promotions, we've known the power and clout that women command. Arizona Business Magazine,in its most recent August issued named Karen Kravitz, Commotion Promotions President and Head of Conceptology as one of the 50th most influential women in Arizona business.
Commotion Promotions, now powered by Halo Branded Solutions has been recognized as one of the premier leaders in the promotional product industry since 1984. Karen is quoted in this month's issue of AZ Business as saying that her greatest accomplishment is "Celebrating 30 years of being in business and working with a talented, energetic and creative team."
For the past few years, technology pieces have been a super popular category in the promotional industry. This year, power banks seem to be one of the leading contenders in popularity.
These little battery chargers pack a serious punch for its size. But did you know that each power bank has a different mAh capacity? What exactly does mAh stand for? mAh stands for milli amp per hour and is used to measure how much of a charge a battery will hold. You might see some of our power banks with a mAh description. Here’s a breakdown of what it means:
2200 mAh- Fully charges iPhone 4/4S/5 and Nokia Lumia 920
4400 mAh- Fully charges what the 2200 mAh charges plus the Galaxy S3 and Note
5200 mAh- Fully charges every device mentioned above and charges an iPad mini and iPad 2 for 75%
Right now our Two-tone Power Bank which is 2200 mAh is a Power Buy special until the end of this month. Summer time is the best time to send these out to your clients as people are traveling and do not always have access to a charger. They’ll use these power banks and constantly see your imprinted information on it. Not only do they make great gifts, they are perfect for retail resale or company web stores and are great for every industry.
One of the hottest and most asked about promotional products this year has been our Cellphone iWallets. If you haven’t seen this item yet, get ready to be amazed! This little silicone pocket sticks on the back of your phone with 3m adhesive allowing you to carry business cards, credit cards, a driver’s license or any other small item. Because the adhesive is 3M, no sticky residue is left behind when removing this product.
So far, I’ve had my iWallet for a year and absolutely love it! It’s great for a night out on the town when all I need is my driver’s license, credit card and phone. I recently used it during a vacation to carry my hotel key and it didn’t even demagnetize the key. People always stop to compliment me on this little accessory and ask where they can get one. The best part? My wallet is still securely stuck to my phone 1 year later with no sign of wear and tear. The perfect promotional item to reach any audience every time they pick up their phone!
With its versatility to fit onto any mobile phone and an advertising space that has the potential for constant visibility, we can see why these little silicone wallets appeal to our customers. Not only that, the usefulness of this product is enough of an appeal alone. If you’re interested in this product and want us to help you figure out how you can fit it into your next marketing campaign, feel free to contact us!
- A guest blog by our Marketing Coordinator, Preja Tamang
With the Holidays just around the corner, what better time than now to show your customers just how much you care. Here are 6 great tips that are sure to not only impress, but also be the perfect way to have your customers coming back, time and time again.
Personalize your service: There’s nothing like receiving a gift meant just for you. Personalize your promotional items and be sure to have each customer feeling like a VIP. Did you know that we have an entire line of promotional items where we have the ability to personalize them with a name, initials or photograph for as little as .15 per piece! Choose from a myriad of promo items - writing instruments, bags, lunch coolers, desk accessories and more.
Send them a handwritten note: In the day and age of technological communication, a handwritten note is truly something outside the norm. Looking to thank a dedicated customer, try this technique and be sure to have your intended feeling extra appreciated. Need stationary? We can do that too. Ask your Brand Development Sales Director for help with all of your print needs.
Check in with customers: Websites like Opentable.com and Fandango.com do it so why not you? After a purchase, make a quick phone call and check in with your customer on satisfaction.
Sweat the small stuff: Whoever said don’t, clearly wasn’t looking to impress the customer. Any issue, big or small should be addressed and acknowledged. If your customer knows you can be relied upon to fix any problem, they’re much more likely to be coming back for more.
Recognize unique opportunities: Any opportunity that can open the doors for positive press should be considered. Whether it’s someone asking for a free gift, or a charity asking for a donation, it can only help your company’s fan base to acknowledge them from time to time. We’re doing our part to be involved with the community and help provide promo items for a worthy causes. Do you know about our ONE GOOD TURN PROJECT?
Make things right: Bottom line, if something goes wrong, fix it.! While customers definitely won’t come back again if you deliver a faulty product without acknowledgement, they actually are likely to come back if you work doubly as hard to make things right. To make sure that we get it right every time and that our customers are happy, at Commotion Promotions we have a You’ve GOTTA Love It Guarantee.
The scores are in with promotional industry’s
recent release of groundbreaking research that continue to show the high value
of utilizing promotional products as part of your company’s marketing plan.
In fact, the latest version of the Global
Advertising Specialties Impressions Study shows that as an ad medium, promo
items are actually more effective than television, magazines, and newspapers.
Long story short, promotional products are hugely beneficial in marketing your
company and luckily for you, we know just the place to get them (*hint* www.commotionpromotions.com)!
Still curious? Check out some of the facts
compiled during the study about ROI:
remember. Owners of ad specialties recall the
advertiser 86% of the time. Plus, the more interaction end-users have with the
items, the higher the recognition of the advertiser. This partly explains why apparel leads
the way in advertiser recall.
client gets more bang for his buck. Logoed bags tie
with writing instruments as having the lowest cost-per-impression of any
promotional item in the U.S. at one-tenth
of a penny.
don't throw them away. In the U.S., 63% of respondents said
if they receive a logoed item they don't want, they give it to someone else who
can use it. As awareness of recycling
in the U.S. has become more prevalent, so has the practice of passing along
specialties make a great impression. More than half the time
(53%), they leave a more favorable impression of the advertiser. This trend was
seen across all countries.
in Rome ... you're more likely to generate new business
through ad specialties. While over one-third (36%) of respondents globally said
they're more likely to do business with a company that's given them a logoed
team building can often seem difficult, the “secret” to making it work is to
keep things normal, and to avoid situations that feel invasive, awkward, or
forced. No need to assemble your team and ask everyone to share their greatest
fear, just keep it simple and foster an environment of togetherness. Still not sure what we mean? Check out the
helpful ideas below and your company will be on its way!
Sports make for superb outings that allow employees to work together and get
physical exercise; not to mention, a healthy sense of competition can actually
help people come together. Pick a
sport/activity that everyone can participate in and make sure not to pick
anything too difficult (you’re not looking to injure anyone!) Don’t forget
to hydrate when you take your team out –
Simple, casual trips such visiting a park or museum or going to a baseball game
can work wonders for your team. Fostering an environment where co-workers can
socialize and interact outside of the office allows people to actually create
“out of work” friendships and develop meaningful bonds with each other. Team
Jersey bags not only let your group have an easy way to carry their stuff, but
it allows your brand to shine. http://www.commotionpromotions.com/product/Cooler-Jersey-Bag-841.htm
development activities. Finally, a way to
make these workshops a little more fun!
Going to workshops as a group, gives employees an opportunity to stay up
to date with education and develop professional relationships in new
settings—all without the stigma of going it alone or the awkwardness of trying
to network solo. Desk tablets and journals are great ways for executive teams
and professionals to keep notes and jot down information. http://www.commotionpromotions.com/product/Color-Stripe-Padfolio-601.htm
Eating regularly with your team allows for casual conversation in a comfortable
environment, letting team members get to know each other outside of work. Furthermore, eating in many cultures is
actually less about food and more about the opportunity to sit down with others
(family, friends, etc.) and spend quality time together. Our Cutlery on the Go makes it easy to share
great meals - http://www.commotionpromotions.com/product/Cutlery-On-the-Go-797.htm
An ad agency in Tokyo has begun paying women $121 a day to wear stickers on their thighs, Quartz reports. And so far, women seem to have no problem with their new billboard status, as 3,000 have signed up to participate.
There are some rules: Each woman must have at least 20 friends on
social networking sites and they must post at least 2 photos of themselves at two different locations wearing the sticker.
The company also asks that the women wear miniskirts and long stocks to draw attention to the stickers.
Currently, the stickers have focused mainly on the movie "Ted" and the band Green Day.
Need Stickers for your next promotion? You don't need to put them on your thighs. Call us.
Summer is here and so are the reminders to lather up on
sunscreen. However, lately there has
been more of a concentration towards the topic of which sunscreen works the
best. Well we did our homework and are
ready to share some answers with you.
According to the Mayo
Clinic, there are two different types of sunscreen protection; one is a
chemical (organic) sunscreen and the other being a physical (inorganic) sunblock.
Chemical sunscreens absorb harmful UV rays. Whereas, a physical sunblock that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide acts as a shield from the sun
protecting you from both UVA and UVB rays. Also don’t forget to use sunscreen
all year long and on all skin surfaces including exposed scalp. And most
importantly, reapply every 2 hours!
Use this information as an opportunity to educate and
promote sun safety, especially during these hot summer months. We’ll even help
you get started with a promotional product. We’re currently offering a special
on our customizable Zinc Sunblock Stick for a limited time only. Click
here to get to the special. Now do
as the Hoff once did and get your lifeguard sunscreen nose on!
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.