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A Few of Our Favorite Things, Part 5

November 13, 2020

Molly’s Top Fall Guide Picks!


 
Our staff is beyond excited about our current fall guide, which is loaded up with the very best in giving. Over the course of several posts, we’ll be sharing their favorites with you. Share your favorites in the comments!
 

VP Marketing
Molly Beavers

 Aeroloft Collection (pg. 14): I really like this bag series. They are made of lightweight, water repellent nylon. I like that they are not bulky and feature many bells and whistles. The biggest BONUS is they both come with a zip organizer. It is unattached, and it is a great item to keep cords, keys, travel documents, personal items, and more. It has four pockets and makes a great accessory piece for the duffel or backpack.
 
Exclusive America Mug (pg. 5): This item is back by popular demand — a mug Made in the USA! It has the America eagle surrounded by “The United States” and “America” deep molded into the base. This is a great item to showcase a patriotic message. (more…)

Advertising,Marketing,Seasonal,Staff Picks — Molly Beavers @ 2:09 pm

A Few of Our Favorite Things, Part 4

November 5, 2020

Brenda’s Top Fall Guide Picks!


 
Our staff is beyond excited about our current fall guide, which is loaded up with the very best in giving. Over the course of several posts, we’ll be sharing their favorites with you. Share your favorites in the comments!
 

Sales Manager
Brenda Thurness

 8-Foot Dual Charging Cable with USB-C (pg. 6): USB-C is an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power on a single cable. This charging cable is compatible with Apple® 8-Pin, Micro-USB, and USB-type-C devices. The braided rope makes it durable. Has a Velcro strap to keep it rolled up, and it’s eight feet long, giving you ample length to stretch to those hard to reach outlets. I like this length because our couches have USB ports on the sides of them — so when I’m sitting on the couch, I can plug them in and still have plenty of cord to work with my phone while it’s charging. Available in black, blue or red. A good gift for companies to send to their employees working at home as a way of keeping in touch. It’s important that companies with employees working from home brand the offices of their employees — and this would fit nicely in a tuck box. You can story it with “Staying Connected” or “Keeping In Touch.”
 
What’s Pop’N Gourmet Popcorn Gift Set (pg. 9): This makes a great gift for about anyone with a microwave. It comes with Pop ’N Wow Carnival Classic Popcorn and two seasonings: white cheddar and kettle corn. My favorite feature is that it folds up flat for easy storage. This is a perfect company employee gift or a special occasion gift. Banks with branches could use as a donation gift. Local businesses are frequently approached for donations. A main office could buy 20 and put three or four in each branch for when someone asks for a donation. (more…)

Advertising,Marketing,Seasonal,Staff Picks — Brenda Thurness @ 8:55 am

A Few of Our Favorite Things, Part 3

October 28, 2020

Kristin’s Top Fall Guide Picks!


 
Our staff is beyond excited about our current fall guide, which is loaded up with the very best in giving. Over the course of several posts, we’ll be sharing their favorites with you. Share your favorites in the comments!
 

Kristin Nalan
Sales Development

 
Bamboo Soy Candle (pg. 3): I love candles in the winter. They add a soft touch of festivity to the atmosphere. Also, when the house has been closed up tight staving off the winter chill, I find it refreshing to light a scented candle. This candle has a bamboo lid — and the candle can be screened on the glass or lasered on the lid; there is also a laser personalization option. This soy candle comes with a vanilla scent. As certain scents can appeal to some and not others, I suggest getting a sample.
 
Custom Back Playing Cards with Custom Box (pg. 3): Playing cards can be used as a game or as a keepsake. I am a game player, and I especially like to use playing cards that come from an event that has special meaning to me. Playing cards are timeless and appeal to all ages. These cards are available with a custom box as shown in our fall gift guide; a plain tuck box with a clear window is also an option. (more…)

Advertising,Marketing,Seasonal,Staff Picks — Kristin Nalan @ 9:48 am

A Few of Our Favorite Things, Part 2

October 21, 2020

Erica’s Top Fall Guide Picks!


 
Our staff is beyond excited about our current fall guide, which is loaded up with the very best in giving. Over the course of several posts, we’ll be sharing their favorites with you. Share your favorites in the comments!
 

VP Sales Erica Kelley-Gogel

 I’ll start with the Bamboo Wireless Light Up Speaker (pg. 6) and the Crumbee™ Desktop Vacuum (pg. 7). I chose both of these items because people’s desks look a lot different today than they did six months ago. Whether people are working from home (at the kitchen table) or in the office (with a web camera and mic), people’s desks just look different. Not only that, they’re being utilized differently as well — and at different times throughout the day. The speaker is nice to have, as hearing out of a laptop or computer speaker can be harder to do — the sound just isn’t as good. The speaker helps with that and brightens up the space. If one is working later in the day, it provides just a bit of light. And the bamboo makes it eco-friendly.
 
Working at home or even in the office (with communal break room use discouraged), I would guess that many people, like me, are eating lunch or having snacks at their desk. I normally eat at my desk, so the Crumbee™ vacuum is just perfect! Helps to keep the desk area clean. Both are perfect gifts for employees still working from home and those who go into the office. It comes with a little brush for your keyboard or calculator. The speaker has a nice-sized imprint area, but the Crumbee™ provides for a full-color imprint on the full top of the item. (more…)

Advertising,Marketing,Seasonal,Staff Picks — Erica Kelley-Gogel, CAS @ 3:08 pm

A Few of Our Favorite Things, Part 1

October 19, 2020

Mel’s Top Fall Guide Picks!


 
Our staff is beyond excited about our current fall guide, which is loaded up with the very best in giving. Over the course of several posts, we’ll be sharing their favorites with you. Share your favorites in the comments!
 

Sales Manager Melanie Lamb


 Urban Peak® Trek Vacuum Camp Mug (pg. 5): This 14-ounce, double-walled, vacuum-insulated, stainless steel mug is perfect for your Keurig coffee maker. The lid features a push-on sip-through lid. The mug is available in white, navy, black, and grey, with a 2” x 2” imprint area that can be pad printed or laser engraved. Full-color printing available for an extra $1.00 each! This would make a great gift for employees working from home.
 
Drip Truly Wireless Earbuds and Charging Case (pg. 6): I use wireless ear buds all the time for meetings, to talk on the phone, or to listen to music. This is the style that I like the best. They don’t tend to fall out of your ears as other styles tend to do. I’ve tested these out and they are good. They work well doing Zoom meetings as well as listening to music from my phone or computer. I even placed and received calls. Again, these would be good for any company that has employees who are working from home or spend a lot of time in their car talking. (more…)

Advertising,Marketing,Seasonal,Staff Picks — Melanie Lamb @ 9:21 am

Help Incentivize with Award & Recognition Programs!

October 16, 2020

These past nine months of 2020 feel like they’ve been a rough couple of decades, don’t they? Now is a great time for your clients to show their employees some appreciation. Anything that shows they are recognized as valuable can make the difference for an employee who’s been giving it all they’ve got.

Recent studies done by Promotional Products Association International have shown that

Recognition Programs Work

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Marketing,Staff Appreciation — Molly Beavers @ 9:30 am

Personalization in an “Own It” market

October 14, 2020

It’s easy to understand why people love personalization. There’s just something about seeing your own name on a promotional product or marketing piece that makes you feel special. But there are real psychological factors behind our personalization preference. A study from the University of Texas attributes information overload and desire for control as two key factors. (more…)

Advertising,Marketing,Trends — Molly Beavers @ 9:30 am

Give the gift of YUM with Food Gifts!

October 9, 2020

The holidays are a time to celebrate your customers, associates, and employees who have contributed to your success. Food gifts draw attention, are affordable, and appeal to all people.

Food gifts are the #1 holiday business gift.

  • Make your holiday food gift-giving convenient.  Instead of sending an employee to a retail store or spending time on the internet trying to find the right gifts, you can purchase your business gifts from Bankers.
  • Keep it fresh! Fresher gifts taste better (and say something nice about the sender). Our gifts are packed to order just before the order is shipped, not made up many months in advance like so many gifts from mail-order and retail giants.
  • Promote your company’s brand on your gift! When your recipient opens their gift, the first thing they’ll see is your logo. Your logo or message is included on every gift.

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Connecting Through Promo

August 28, 2020

Members of the 185th Air Refueling Wing Civil Engineering Squadron, Iowa Air National Guard uses a skid loader to remove downed trees among downed power lines in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on August 18, 2020. High winds uprooted trees, caused wide spread structural damage and power outages throughout Southeast Iowa. — U.S. Air National Guard photo Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groo

 

On Monday, Aug. 10, a derecho (essentially an inland hurricane) barreled through the Midwest, leveling some of its worst damage, with sustained 100+ mph winds, as it passed over Eastern Iowa, including Iowa City, where Bankers HQ is located. We were largely spared — some staff were left without power at home, some lost trees, but our office is unscathed. We were lucky enough to keep power and internet service, although many in our city remained without for several days.

 

Just half an hour North of here, where a few of our suppliers are located, as well as several of our sales partners and customers, the situation is a lot more grim. The entire city of Cedar Rapids lost power. Many are still, two weeks later, without internet, and cell service is spotty. Lines at the few working gas stations were hours long that first week. Sales partners and customers across the state of Iowa have been affected to varying degrees by the wide swathe of the storm.

 

When friends and neighbors are facing devastation like that, it’s easy to feel helpless. It’s the same feeling we all feel, as a nation, as we trudge through month five of the COVID-19 pandemic. But feeling helpless, while entirely natural, gets us nowhere. I am a member of Delta Gamma sorority from my long-ago college years, and our motto is Do Good. I think of that motto frequently in these times of tragedy upon tragedy. It’s so simple, but it’s our best, and often only, choice. And one powerful way to do good is through promo.

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Branding,Marketing,Promotional Products — Genevieve Trainor @ 5:07 pm

Off We Go into the Wild Blue Yonder!

December 6, 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Wait, what? Are there holidays happening, too? No, I mean the Pantone Color of the Year announcement! Every year, the color mavens at the New Jersey-based Pantone Color Institute analyze trends and dive deep into art, culture, and lifestyle around the world to arrive at their pronouncement for Color of the Year, a hue that then goes on to spark its own trends and influence a multitude of different industries, including fashion, industrial design, and of course: promo!

Pantone made their 2020 announcement this year early evening of Dec. 4, right around the time when the normally softer sky deepens and darkens to just this shade: PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue. The elegant and emotive color of twilight will be everywhere we turn next year, and I for one couldn’t be happier! It’s just a titch lighter than our beloved Bankers blue, but we can forgive that.

In their announcement, Pantone calls the color “timeless and enduring.” Blue certainly has had a host of connotations over the years, from honesty and trust to calm and concentration. A 2012 University of Maryland study showed that 42 percent of men and 29 percent of women chose blue as their favorite color (the highest percentage of any color for both). Studies going as far back as 1941 have shown the same, a 2017 Artsy article claimed, going so far as to call it “the world’s favorite color.”

For Pantone’s part, they see it as both “reassuring” and “thought-provoking,” banking on their Classic Blue to “bring a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit.” They believe that it will resonate with “our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.”

Pantone Color Institute Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman doubles down on these ideas with her ode to Classic Blue: “We are living in a time that requires trust and faith,” the announcement quotes her. “It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on. Imbued with a deep resonance, Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.”

That’s a tall call for a color, but Classic Blue seems more than up to the task. And it’s certainly comforting to have both a clear vision and clear skies to look ahead to in 2020. Such a classic color also will be straightforward to find in products, making it easy to integrate into promo marketing programs right away.

And it’s perfect for the season. You can even get a head start on next year and have a “Blue Christmas” in a few weeks!

Marketing — Genevieve Trainor @ 1:45 pm

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