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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

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

There is no hiding!

September 29, 2020

’Tis the season! Camouflage style products are all the rage every fall, and camo has continued to prove itself to be a timeless classic.

Originally known as hunter’s apparel, it’s now very popular in the fashion world as well as trendy in the retail world. We’re consistently offering and expanding our camo line of products. We are bringing continuity throughout these items so their styles have the same pattern, look and feel.

There are a lot of variations of camouflage patterns from the ever-popular Mossy Oak® & Realtree to military camo and digital camo. Now trending is the CamoHex pattern. Camouflage is not just for men, it’s for ladies too. We even offer pink camo and camo with neon accents!

The most popular items that we continue to see as top sellers are: caps, T-shirts, sweatshirts and jackets, drinkware, coolers, bags, and now masks.

Check out some of our camo items here! Ask your Bankers consultant to help you stand out from the crowd.

 

Fortune Favors the Bold

April 29, 2020

Rice Krispies advertisement from the 1940s. — public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

In the midst of quarantine and confusion, there’s a real temptation to look only forward—to tomorrow, next week, next year, when surely, everything will be “better,” or “back to normal,” or simply “safe,” whichever is your fantasy of choice. But a better tomorrow can’t come unless we pursue it with intention and wisdom, and to do that, we need to turn around and examine the lessons of the past.

Have we ever experienced a pandemic at the scale of this novel coronavirus? Not in most of our lifetimes, no. But that hardly means the past is devoid of clues for how to proceed, succeed, and thrive. Specifically, it’s valuable to look at times of past recession for inspiration in this era of perilous financial straits. How have companies approached various aspects of their business plans during previous periods of belt-tightening, and what tactics have worked better than others? (more…)

Advertising — Genevieve Trainor @ 1:14 pm

October is National Arts and Humanities Month

October 7, 2019


 

Every October since 1993, the U.S. has celebrated National Arts & Humanities Month, a perfect chance to think more deeply about the effects that participation in the arts and humanities have on us each as individuals. Part and parcel of that, of course, is the effect they have on professional lives! The arts, of course, are vital to personal development, but we’re here to talk about promo — and like so many other industries, the arts run on promo.
 
Here at Bankers, we have seen some fantastic orders for arts organizations. T-shirts for community theaters, for example. We’ve done holiday ornaments for dance companies. I’ve seen colored pencils branded for a university art museum that was breaking ground on a new location.
 

We’d like to send a big THANK YOU to our current customers in these fields, as well as an invitation to arts professionals to take a look at what we can offer. Our sales partners are creative professionals, too, dedicated not just to selling product on demand but to developing innovative solutions to your marketing needs and finding ways to bring your own wild ideas to fruition.
 

We love working with arts and humanities organizations — private or public, for profit or non-profit — because the nature of that work often leads to a deep understanding of the value of physical advertising! And we’ve found that arts orgs are willing to take interesting, creative risks. A publisher might want a unique product giveaway for readings, to tie in with an unusual book they’re promoting. A gallery may want unconventional rewards for donors to a capital campaign. A record label or band could be interested in something that dovetails with packaging or theme on an album.
 

We have a wide variety of items to make us your source for ALL things branded.
 

The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies lists the goals of National Arts and Humanities Month as:

  • create a national, state and local focus on the arts and humanities through the media;
  • encourage the active participation of individuals, as well as arts, humanities and other interested organizations nationwide;
  • provide an opportunity for federal, state and local business, government and civic leaders to declare their support for the arts and humanities; and
  • establish a highly visible vehicle for raising public awareness about the arts and humanities.

If you’re not part of an arts or humanities organization, we encourage you to take time this month to patronize your local theaters, galleries, or music venues (and remember that formalizing your support of the arts is both great publicity and an excellent co-branding opportunity!). If you are in the arts, Bankers is here to help you with all of your promotional needs this National Arts and Humanities Month!

Advertising — Genevieve Trainor @ 5:59 pm

National Handwriting Day

January 22, 2016

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Handwriting is a true art form. Sadly, due to our our heavy use of technology, its seldom appreciated these days. Here at Bankers, we want to celebrate the importance of handwriting. For children, learning how to write also helps teach them self-expression.  For adults, even in a world brimming with technology, handwriting remains a primary and very personal communication tool.  And… naturally… um… we sell branded pens. We heart pens! I mean really… who doesn’t have a *favorite* pen?!

I don’t know about you, but with all the typing I do, my handwriting has suffered. It’s always a good idea to keep such skills in check. Here are some steps I plan to take to improve my handwriting.

Handwriting is such a personal thing. We want to see yours! Enter to win some freebies by sending us a pic.

There is how to enter

  1. Write something cool on anything
  2. Comment on our Facebook post and #MyHandwriting
  3. Post on Facebook and #MyHandwriting
  4. Tag us on Twitter @BankersAdCo and #MyHandwriting

This new craze is the next best thing to meditation

January 14, 2016

It’s an unlikely past time, but coloring is a fantastic way to reduce stress, keep your mind sharp and release your creativity.EE6BA1C5-FB98-4678-92ED-8E2DD8B32286

Coloring allows you to relieve stress and unlock creativity you may have not known you had. As psychologist Antoni Martínez explains: “I recommend it as a relaxation technique. We can use it to enter a more creative, freer state. I recommend it in a quiet environment, even with chill music. Let the color and the lines flow.”

Here are some ways coloring can make you a happier person.

Improve concentration. Our concentration is often incredibly split between work, home, electronics etc. When you sit down and focus on one thing, like coloring, it improves your ability to focus elsewhere.

Release your inner creativity. Adults who color are more likely to approach problems with a clearer mind and find better and faster solutions.

It’s like meditation. When you color, your brain has the same reaction as when you meditate.A8B37FCF-3CFB-49C3-A9FE-1F800C915C7B

It improves your motor skills. You’ll be using a lot of hand-eye coordination.

Get rid of negativity. When you color, you focus on what you’re doing and you just sort of naturally release tension and unconscious negativity that you’re carrying around.

RESULT: An overall decrease in your anxiety and stress.

Ben Michaelis, a psychologist, says, “There is a long history of people coloring for mental health reasons. Carl Jung used to try to get his patients to color in mandalas at the turn of the last century, as a way of getting people to focus and allow the subconscious to let go. Now we know it has a lot of other stress-busting qualities as well.”

Having a cruddy day? Get out those crayons and colored pencils and start coloring! Check out our coloring book options here.

References:

http://www.the-open-mind.com

http://www.artthesystem.com

Its good to be Santa!

December 22, 2015

As we get closer to Christmas, it has me thinking about good ole Santa Claus. Jolly St. Nick has created one of the most famous and loved brands around the world. No matter your age or where you live, we all can’t wait for Santa to come. I think we can all learn a few things from the big guy, in my opinion he is a master marketer.Untitled design (1)

Santa has a solid brand, raving fans, is trustworthy and continues to grow his Christmas Empire! He isn’t just for children, every person likes to feel a little Christmas magic. Marketing Secrets from Santa Claus: Recognizable Brand Everyone knows who Santa is. People get excited when they think, hear or see Santa. They know what Santa stands for. Santa’s brand is recognizable all year long from his red suit, belly laugh, snow white beard, shiny black boots and his jolly “Ho, Ho, Ho!”. Santa’s message is known by all. What are you known for?

It’s important that your customers easily recognize you and your brand. Customers need to know what you do and who you are. Who doesn’t think of Santa and smile? He always surprises and delights us. Remember to find that “something extra” and leave your customers smiling.

Be Reliable –

Keep Promises Santa Claus is coming to town. Most of us wake up Christmas morning, year after year, to see what Santa has left for us. Every year, no matter what, Santa doesn’t let us down. It doesn’t matter where we are or what is happening in the world, Santa is there. Now is the time to ask ourselves – how reliable are we? Like expectant children on Christmas morning, our customers have high expectations of us and it’s our job to deliver. Remember – don’t do things halfway. Commit, be reliable and dedicate yourself or step away. Suggestion – make it a habit of asking your customers if they’ve ever been disappointed in your service. What areas can you improve upon, what services or products would they like you to offer?

Build Lists –

Santa’s making a list and checking it twice! He finds out who is naughty and nice. This reminds us that it’s always important to make a list of our clients. Do you have a naughty and nice list? Which clients are easy and fun to work with vs the clients that are difficult and never satisfied? By making a list and fully understanding each client, this will help you know which customers are the most profitable and should be focused on. Santa rewards for good behavior. Maybe you should too.

Sell More Than Your Product –

Santa sells more than just presents. He sells hope, cheer, happiness and the desire to be good. He inspires us all. In your branding efforts, you should be selling more than products. You have a whole bag of presents for your customers. Remember to let your customers know what’s in your big red bag. Most importantly….remember to sell you! Santa’s Team – Elves and 8 Reindeer Santa wouldn’t be Santa without his team. Do you think he would be able to read all those letters, be painstakingly reliable or jolly and bright if he didn’t have a team to help him with all his Christmas responsibilities? Of course not, that is what a great team behind you is all about. Bankers enjoys being part of your team.  No one ever built an empire alone…not even Santa. Be sure to use all of the branding resources we have available to help you prosper in the New Year. As we head into the New Year, think about Santa and learn from the best, implement the right tools and strategies and you will soon be creating your own world of magic.

Advertising,Holiday,Marketing,Seasonal — Molly Beavers @ 6:36 pm

Tradeshow Time | Increase your exposure at Tradeshows!

December 18, 2015

Trade shows and exhibitions provide businesses and organizations with a unique opportunity to see a large number of people, face-to-face in a short amount of time. It allows for personal interaction with their brand and to hear their story. Over the past few years, reports from the Center of Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) state attendees come to these events intending to buy. They found that 91% of visitors feel that they get more useful buying information by attending a show and that 75% buy as a result of the information gathered at the event.1 - Tradeshow quote image

Get started with a pre-show mailing. A recent study indicates that 76% of attendees plan their booth visits in advance. Don’t forget the promotional item as a gift for stopping by either. Booth traffic can increase up to 30% with a pre-show mailing offering a promotional item as a gift for stopping by.

Your staff at the show is the face of the company and will be the first impression of your brand. It’s important that your team has a brand conscious, professional look and an easily identifiable uniform.

Giveaways, traditionally a sample or a promotional item, are almost expected at trade shows. A relevant, unique and fun item can create a buzz around your customer’s booth.

After the event is where the money is made and, according to the CEIR, 80% of exhibitors do nothing. After investing in attending an event, it would be a tragedy to waste the effort and expense by not following up on the leads and contacts made. As your Bankers consultant to help you create a thank you package or mailer so you can “strike while the iron is hot”.

Remember, your consultant can help you with signage, displays, apparel (uniform), lanyards & badges, totes, giveaways and more. Browse ideas here.

Here’s to a successful Tradeshow Season!

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