Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Six Spooky Promotional Items Perfect for Halloween

As the leaves start to turn color and the air gets a bit more crisp, it's a sure sign that Halloween and all of its haunting fun is just around the corner. It's also a fun time to share your brand and promotional messages. To do that, here are our picks for promotional items are perfect for Halloween special events and all sorts of October fun.

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Pumpkin Carving Scoop

This double-edged serrated scoop allows for a speedy and mess free pumpkin carving experience. A reinforced curved handle assists by providing a firm and sturdy grip while removing heavy pulp and seeds. The cheery Jack-O-Lantern face supplies a festive touch. Your one color logo or message will be printed on the handle.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Promotional Items that Raise Awareness for Breast Cancer this October

Breast Cancer Awareness Month takes place annually during the month of October. According to the American Cancer Society, "Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. Currently, the average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 12%. This means there is a 1 in 8 chance she will develop breast cancer." (source: www.cancer.org)

Showing that your brand supports women's health by helping to raise awareness for this important cause with one of these perfectly branded pink promotional items.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Golf Sports Bundle

This popular breast cancer awareness golf sports bundle includes the 26 oz. Translucent Jogger Bottle, Spirit Rally Towel, and Ball Marker/Keepsake Token. It's a perfect all-in-one giveaway for golf outings, fundraisers, and fitness events! Your logo or marketing message will appear in one color on the water bottle, towel and ball marker.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Promotional Products Work - A Calendar Case Story!

I had a great story to share about how promotional products are worth the marketing investment because they work!

A customer that I have worked with over the past few years called me and was upset that her organization had been hit with a huge IT problem and their email program went down. Everyone in the office lost their contacts, past emails, etc. It was all gone, never to be recovered, and causing a huge amount of stress and disruption for the organization because they use their email program as the main way they access contact names and numbers.

My client said she was panicking because he had a rush order and she couldn't remember the name of my company to search online.
However, after panicking, she remembered that I send her a personalized desk calendar every year, that she likes and uses, so she was able to find the name and number for Newport Promotions right on her desk, and call to place the order.




I am thrilled to say that I was able to help her and glad that I spend MY marketing dollars in a way that helps people find me when they have a need.

Here are two takeaways from this experience:
  • People do still use printed calendars and refer to them daily, and
  • Promotional products do work to keep you top of mind when your customer is ready to call and purchase.
What are you doing to keep your company name in front your prospects and customers?

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Outdoor Promotional Gear to Showcase Your Brand

Your brand will be anything but camouflaged with these outdoor items! Add your logo or message to this high-quality gear, perfect for the outdoor aficionado, the nature-loving novice, and everyone in between.

From bags to wearable items, the camouflage pattern is instantly recognizable and will showcase a message that embraces the out-of-doors!

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Stainless Steel Tumbler with Clear Push Lid
Keep your patrons happy and hydrated with these cool looking tumblers. They are made with stainless steel, have a double wall vacuum insulation, and are BPA free. They also keep drinks hot for 4 hours and cold for 8 hours. Comes in Green Camouflage or Gray Marble background graphics. Add your one color logo for a unique looking promotional gift.

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Branded Urban Pack Backpack

This extra-large backpack is an on-the-go promotional item that is perfect for any outdoor adventure with its camouflage exterior, reflective strips for safety, and water-resistant material. it features an interior laptop pocket and three exterior pockets, including two for bottles and one for quick-access items. It's lightweight when empty and offers a large space on the front pocket for your logo. Available in four colors.

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RealTree® Edge® BIG UN' Camp Chair
With the RealTree® Edge® camo pattern and wide seat design, the Big UN' is up for anywhere you are willing to take it. Side winged supports, a heavy duty steel frame, two built-in cup holders, a heavily padded seat and back, and a durable bag make this a must-have outdoor item. Rated for up to 400 lbs. Your one color logo will be embroidered on the back pocket.

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RealTree XTRA® Camo Flex 16 Can Cooler
Make a statement with this Realtree® Camouflage Flex Cooler. This flex cooler is tough and the puff insulation stays cool for hours. This bag can hold 16 cans plus ice! Your company logo or marketing message can be embroidered or screen printed on the front pocket.

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Logoed Camo Hunting Cap

This hat comes in a variety of classic camouflage patterns so have fun choosing one. The price includes embroidery in one location for your logo or brand message - up to 10,000 stitches! At close to a $10 price point, this is a high impact item at a budget friendly price.

If you need more help with finding the perfect promotional item, please give me a call at 847-398-5500 or shoot me an email at dona.blunt@newportpros.com. I’d be happy to guide you to the best items for your budget and needs!

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Tariff Pricing and How it Could Affect your Promotional Products Budget


Our clients have been calling and asking how the new increased tariffs imposed on goods from China will affect prices for promotional products. We wanted to take a moment to share what we know about the categories of promotional products affected by these increased tariffs and what you can do to maximize or protect your promotional products budget.

The situation has been unfolding very rapidly, but here is what we know today: 

  • Tariffs on the existing $200 billion of Chinese imports will increase from 10% to 25% effective June 1st (for shipments made prior to May 10th). 

  • The 25% tariff impacts the product categories originally included in the 10% tariff regulations that were enacted last September 2018. The major categories relevant to promotional products are: Bags, Stationery products, and portions of Drinkware, Technology and other Accessory categories

  • The U.S. Trade Representative announced recently that the U.S. has begun the formal process to expand the 25% tariff to all other imports from China (i.e. those currently not subject to tariffs). 

  • This represents an additional $300+ billion of imports from China and would cover a large majority of promotional product categories. The public hearing and comment period end June 24th – so the expanded range of tariff categories would not be imposed until after that date.

How to combat these increased tariffs that impact your purchasing power? Here are some suggestions:

1. MOVE UP YOUR PURCHASE DATES: If you know you are having an event in July, August or later in the Fall and can purchase now, you should consider doing so. You may even want to purchase your year-end customer Holiday season gifts now, to lock in on lower pricing.

2. BUY NON-CHINA PRODUCTS: This may not be simple or easy in some of the affected product categories, but for example there are tote bags that are made in U.S. and others that are made in India, Vietnam and other countries not subject to the tariffs. Similarly, there are virtually no U.S. made garments, but many of the clothing imports are produced in countries other than China so you have options.

3. NOT ALL ITEMS ARE SUBJECT TO TARIFFS: Items that are already warehoused in the U.S. should not be affected by the tariff increase.

4. PRICES MAY NOT CHANGE IMMEDIATELY: Some factories are not planning to increase prices until July 1st (see point #1)

5. SWITCH PRODUCT CATEGORIES: See if you can switch to a different product category that is not currently subject to import tariffs.

Sound difficult or confusing? Give me a call at 847.398.5500 and I can steer you in the right direction to maximize your budget and consider the best options for your marketing objectives. But call soon to avoid any additional tariffs that could have budget implications.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Add to the Summer Fun with Promotional Products

Summer is finally here, offering a variety of outdoor activities for families, friends, and coworkers. Take advantage of the sunshine and summer fun to share your brand message. The gift of a useful item that will get used over and over all summer long is promotional gold.

One of the biggest trends among individuals right now is the idea that experiences matter. Sharing carefully chosen promotional items that will be useful to recipients at experiential events will share your brand message in a manner that will be memorable, appreciated, and visible.

Start off the summer season of fun the right way by placing an order for one of these amazing summer products.

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SiLiPINT™ Straight Up Pint Glass

This colorful pint glass is sure to provide vibrant and happy memories of your next summer event! The fact that the 100% silicone material will not break, crack, chip, fade or scratch is icing on the cake. They are easy to ship to your events and you don't have to worry about damaged or broken inventory. It's dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe and insulates both hot and cold. Pint glass includes a large imprint area for your one color logo or marketing message. It's a great promotional idea for teens.

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Good Value® Branded Captain's Chair

The summer season means watching sporting events, playing at picnics, hanging out in the yard, and tailgating with friends and family. Let your customers or employees attend these events in comfort and style with this branded folding chair promotional product. With a large area for your logo, two cup holders, and a carrying case, this item will be used again and again - showcasing your brand message all summer long! Available in 7 colors and with a large imprint area, your one color logo will stand out prominently!

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Good Value® Adventure Dry Sack 510

Fun in the summer sun often includes a trip to a lake, pool, or beach. This bag is the perfect way to keep belongings safe and dry during these wet and wild summer adventures. A new design for swag bags, this promotional product is a winner with all ages. Available in 4 colors, your one color logo will be prominently heat transferred onto the front of the polyester bag.

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Jam® Chill Out Bluetooth® Speaker

The Jam "Chill Out" delivers massive, crisp sound so you can liven up your party whether you're partying by the pool or hanging with friends. It offers the ability to stream music throughout the entire day. It will even survive a dusty music festival and can be submerged up to one meter for 30 minutes. The perfect promotional gift for VIP clients or prospects, your one color logo printed on the front of the speaker will stand out and be appreciated for a long, long time.

To select the summer item that will best represent your brand contact me at 847-398-5500 or dona.blunt@newportpros.com for a consultation or to place your next promotional product order!

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Monday, May 20, 2019

New Felt Finishes Provide a Fresh New Product Line

At the PPA Chicago New Products Showcase, I came across a lot of unique items at the show that I have been recommending to clients to grab attention and promote their brand. Here are some of the more unique, high-impact items that caught my eye that will be sure to catch your clients', propsects', or employees' attention. One of the hot new materials for products this year - Dye Sublimated Felt!

Laser-Engraved Dye-Sublimated Felt Products

Felt is a non-woven fabric composed of pressed fibers. It is ideal for laser cutting and engraving, making it a truly unique option for a promotional product that is sure to stand out. These items look rich and are a great choice for sharing your logo and brand message.

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Boxelder Felt Padfolio Promotional Product

This full-size padfolio will make your gift recipients look good in meetings while still providing a practical and necessary item. The cover is customizable with many color selections for the leather trim and stitching. Your logo or marketing message can be laser engraved on the front in one color. This year, give a useful and stylish item that represents your brand in a stylish way.