The Ultimate List of Free and Low Budget Marketing Ideas

With endless ways to market your business, advertising spend can get expensive! However, there are still many free and low-cost impactful marketing ideas that will boost your business and won’t break the bank.

We’ve come up with 20 impactful ideas, and divided the list into categories: online and offline marketing ideas. (more…)

Fun examples of company merch

When thinking about branded merchandise and promo products, you’re likely thinking about company logos printed on standard items such as water bottles, t-shirts, and stationery. However, some brands are releasing anything-but-boring items. These companies have nailed their branding, understand their audience, mixed in some fun, and are now serving up merchandise that generates buzz!

Take notes, because we’ve rounded up some of the best uses of promotional products we’ve seen!

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Employee welcome kit sample

Planning new employee welcome kits can be a fun but stressful challenge. You’ve browsed through dozens of sample kits and read our guide on how to create the perfect employee welcome package, but sometimes you need more concrete examples of what other companies have done. 

We’ve scoured the Internet, and here are some of the best employee welcome kits that we’ve found!  (more…)

Exercise equipment flat lay: reusable zero waste bottle, sneakers, head phones and smart watch toned blue

Hiring and onboarding new employees can be an exciting but stressful task—will the new employees like the coffee machine? Will they enjoy the company culture? How many onboarding meetings is too many meetings?

Employee welcome packages can reduce some of this stress and help successfully onboard new employees. The packages typically include necessities to help them succeed in their first weeks, as well as other fun items to help them feel more connected to the organization. Aside from the usual items, such as an employee handbook and branded stationery, fun items to consider adding include snacks, apparel, and even tech items!  (more…)

woman with sticky notes on wall in office with colleagues

When we take a closer look at some of the biggest brands in the world, how do they stand out against their competitors? What differs Coca-Cola from Pepsi when they are both sugary soft drinks? Well, much of it has to do with marketing and brand experience!

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The Ultimate List of Free and Low Budget Marketing Ideas

Posted by on Sep 14, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on The Ultimate List of Free and Low Budget Marketing Ideas

The Ultimate List of Free and Low Budget Marketing Ideas

With endless ways to market your business, advertising spend can get expensive! However, there are still many free and low-cost impactful marketing ideas that will boost your business and won’t break the bank. We’ve come up with 20 impactful ideas, and divided the list into categories: online and offline marketing ideas. Jump to offline marketing ideas Free and Low-Cost Online Marketing Ideas 1. Create a website Image source: FreePik Creating a great website has many advantages: ability to showcase your products/services, allows you to be searchable on Google, displays your business’ reviews and testimonials, makes the business look professional and legitimate, and many more!  In today’s world where 3.5 billion searches per day happen on Google, it is more important than ever to not only have a site, but a great site built with search optimization (SEO) practices and user experience in mind. Some common site builders (both free and paid) include: WordPress, Squarespace, Shopify Cost: Depends on website provider  2. Content marketing Blog posts, photos, whitepapers, infographics, videos, webinars, e-books, podcasts, case studies—you’d be surprised at how much content we consume daily!  Whether this content sits on your site, or on an industry publication, or other platforms, it’s important to create content that’s relevant and accessible for your audience so they can find and read it. As well, consider repurposing content—that blog post with stats you just published might be able to be turned into an infographic or video!  A general rule is to spend 20% of your time creating content and 80% promoting the content. Cost: Free 3. Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Youtube, etc.) Short-form video content is experiencing a huge surge in interest and engagement in 2021. 68% of marketers in 2020 have reported that video has a better return on investment than Google Ads. With huge opportunities for brands to build engagement and a following through both paid and organic posts, there are also other unique opportunities via social media, such as: influencer marketing (e.g. sending influencers product in exchange for a mention or review) building direct relationships with customers building an online community keeping tabs on competitors generating leads and boosting conversions running an online contest or giveaway, or giving coupons  branded hashtags  Typically, high quality useful or entertaining content does best.  Cost: Free 4. Email marketing Did you know that email marketing can generate $42 for every $1 spent? Sending emails is a great way to send communications (e.g. newsletters) to your subscribed audience about new products, sales, and other events.  Email signatures are another great place to mention ongoing promotions. When emailing customers or external companies, this is an opportunity to subtly encourage them to visit the site or anything else that’s linked in the signature.  Cost: Free (depending on number of subscribed users) 5. Online networking and contributing to online communities Joining a referral or professional networking group, either online or offline, can help establish a business in the community. As well, contributing to industry-relevant forums and groups can help businesses get a pulse on consumer trends and promote their business, when relevant.  Some great places to jump into community discussions and mention your brand include Reddit, Facebook groups, Quora, etc.  Cost: Free to low-cost (depending on professional group) 6. Online listings There are numerous opportunities to list your...

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15 Amazing Examples of Branded Merch (Panera Bread, IKEA, Taco Bell, etc)

Posted by on Sep 9, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on 15 Amazing Examples of Branded Merch (Panera Bread, IKEA, Taco Bell, etc)

15 Amazing Examples of Branded Merch (Panera Bread, IKEA, Taco Bell, etc)

When thinking about branded merchandise and promo products, you’re likely thinking about company logos printed on standard items such as water bottles, t-shirts, and stationery. However, some brands are releasing anything-but-boring items. These companies have nailed their branding, understand their audience, mixed in some fun, and are now serving up merchandise that generates buzz! Take notes, because we’ve rounded up some of the best uses of promotional products we’ve seen! 1. Panera Bread’s ‘Swim Soups’ Collection Source: Panera Bread Swim Soups Inspired by a survey Panera released, which found that 70% of people stated that the hot weather did not stop them from eating soup, the restaurant chain released four soup-inspired swimwear styles and a “Bread Bowl” pool float. These items are fun and practical for poolside soup-sippin’, and given their sold-out status, we’d say these were a hit!  As well, we love the word play between “swimsuit” and “swim soup”. 2. Teletubbies Pride Month Merchandise Source: Teletubbies Love Pride Colourful Teletubbies. A catchphrase of “Big Hug”. Psychedelic backgrounds. Creating a Teletubbies Pride collection was inevitable. With 90’s inspired items such as bucket hats and fanny packs emblazoned with the Teletubbies colours, the collection embodies the Teletubbies’ “love who you are” and “big hugs, big love” spirit. Proceeds from the sales will go towards GLAAD, the LGBTQ+ media organization! 3. Portillo’s Pool Float Source: Portillo’s Portillo’s, an American fast casual restaurant chain known for their Chicago-style food, definitely had fun releasing this pool float inspired by their Italian Beef sandwich.  The chain also has other fun merchandise such as cheese fries-adorned socks, hot dog cufflinks, giardiniera print swimwear, with all sale proceeds going to their nonprofit organization supporting employees facing financial hardships. Selling branded products is a great way to raise funding for a non-profit or cause, as it gives consumers a tangible product to remember you by. 4. BarkBox NBA Boxes for Dogs Source: BarkBox For the furry basketball fans and their parents who want to represent their favourite team, BarkBox (a monthly subscription service providing dog products) developed six themed boxes in partnership with the NBA. Each box was based on a team, and contained a logo chew, a Buddy toy, and a bandana.  The teams are: The LA Lakers The Philadelphia 76ers The Milwaukee Bucks The Brooklyn Nets The Dallas Mavericks The Houston Rockets Pet promotional products are an often overlooked category of products, but they can be so impactful in creating a relationship between a brand and consumer! Here’s our guide to choosing the best pet promotional products. 5. IKEA Bucket Hats Source: IKEA IKEA, known for their iconic blue shopping bag, has other branded merchandise such as this blue bucket hat made from the same blue polypropylene material.  Bucket hats have made a comeback in 2020-2021, making them a great branding opportunity!  6. Taco Bell Puzzle Source: Instagram Jigsaw puzzle sales saw a huge uptick in sales in 2020 as people found ways to entertain themselves during stay-at-home order. Taco Bell released various puzzles last year, with some selling out, and many commenting on the solid quality of the puzzle pieces. Now that’s something to taco ‘bout! 7. ContentKing SEO Socks Source: ContentKing ContentKing, a marketing software company, gave away a free pair of socks to all participants of their SEO (search engine optimization)...

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Examples of the Best Employee Welcome Kits (Coursera, Salesforce, PWC, PepsiCo, etc.)

Posted by on Aug 24, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on Examples of the Best Employee Welcome Kits (Coursera, Salesforce, PWC, PepsiCo, etc.)

Examples of the Best Employee Welcome Kits (Coursera, Salesforce, PWC, PepsiCo, etc.)

Planning new employee welcome kits can be a fun but stressful challenge. You’ve browsed through dozens of sample kits and read our guide on how to create the perfect employee welcome package, but sometimes you need more concrete examples of what other companies have done.  We’ve scoured the Internet, and here are some of the best employee welcome kits that we’ve found!  Tech and Engineering Employee Welcome Kits 1. Coursera Source: LinkedIn Coursera, a massive open e-learning provider, has included several drinkware bottles in their kit, as well as a mask, baseball cap, snacks, a notebook, webcam cover, and an unexpectedly fun LED message board! 2. Dropbox Source: Behance File hosting service provider Dropbox provides a journal, pen, fun laptop decals, camp mug, a bag of coffee, and a welcome note to new employees. 3. Vimeo Source: Typelane Vimeo, a video platform, has a fun-filled employee welcome kit that includes a branded hat, bright notebook, drinkware, and a pillow! 4. Percolate Source: LinkedIn Percolate, a marketing software platform, includes a set of kraft notebooks, drinkware, a mousepad, pens, stickers, employee business cards, and jars of granola in its onboarding kit.  Other variants of the kit include a T-shirt, coffee mug, tote bag and Kindle. Why a Kindle? Noah Brier, the co-founder of Percolate, explains: “That’s linked to a core idea that we are a learning organization. It’s our responsibility to help encourage people to continue to read and make themselves better.” 5. AECOM Source: LinkedIn Fortune 500 engineering firm AECOM keeps it sleek and professional with their new employee kit. With items such as drinkware, a journal and pen, phone stand, and other apparel tucked inside a branded box, some of the items are also personalized with the employee’s name, making it extra special!  6. Salesforce Source: Medium Salesforce, the largest SaaS company in the world, keeps their employee onboarding kit fun and professional with books, stickers, a gift certificate, stationery, and a Nerf gun! 7. Shipsy Source: LinkedIn Shipsy, a logistics management platform, has the basics of any employee kit—a branded water bottle, journal, apparel, etc.  However, what is most impressive are the well-designed motivational postcards! Featuring logistics motivational themed quotes such as, “Always think outside the box” and “The best view comes after the hardest climb”, these are bound to be framed!  Marketing and Design Employee Welcome Kits 8. Ogilvy Source: Dieline Ogilvy’s bold and well-designed “induction box” was designed with David Ogilvy’s “8 creative habits” in mind, and contains a book authored by David Ogilvy, a beautiful A5 red notebook, pencil, USB, and an unconventional addition of a metal slinky.  Not bad for one of the world’s leading creative agencies! 9. Huge Inc Source: Moo  HUGE Inc’s playful onboarding kit includes tote bag, branded pencils, a gift card to a local coffee shop, and candy. The tote bags are designed by the agency’s employees, and some of the designs can be found here! 10. M&C Saatchi Performance Source: Digiday M&C Saatchi Performance is a global digital media agency, and their employee welcome kit is designed with the agency’s core values in mind (daring, original, fun, persistent, curious, diverse and straightforward). This is represented through the products chosen: camera tripod (fun) clay (original) grow-your-own-plant kit (persistence) multi-charger (diverse) playing cards (daring) customized map of local area (curious)...

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How to Build the Perfect Employee Welcome Package

Posted by on Aug 17, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on How to Build the Perfect Employee Welcome Package

How to Build the Perfect Employee Welcome Package

Hiring and onboarding new employees can be an exciting but stressful task—will the new employees like the coffee machine? Will they enjoy the company culture? How many onboarding meetings is too many meetings? Employee welcome packages can reduce some of this stress and help successfully onboard new employees. The packages typically include necessities to help them succeed in their first weeks, as well as other fun items to help them feel more connected to the organization. Aside from the usual items, such as an employee handbook and branded stationery, fun items to consider adding include snacks, apparel, and even tech items!  Not only do they offer utilitarian benefits, employee welcome packages can hugely affect the new hires’ perception of the company. Which items are chosen and how they are presented can speak volumes about what the corporate culture is like and how employees are valued.  Here are some stats that’ll make you rethink the onboarding process: A strong onboarding process can improve new hire retention by 82% and productivity by 70%  A negative onboarding experience leads to employees being 2x as likely to look for other career opportunities  Up to 20% of employee turnover happens in the first 45 days Manager satisfaction increases by 20% when their employees have formal onboarding training  Regardless of your company brand and corporate culture, we’ve got ideas and products that will excite, inspire, and help retain new employees!  But First—a Company Analysis Welcome packages should reflect aspects of the company, such as: mission values industry corporate culture If you had to distill these elements into products, what would that look like? How do you want your employees to feel when they interact with the package?  For example, advertising giant Ogilvy & Mather is known for their iconic marketing campaigns rooted in creating engaging experiences. Their “Induction Box” is thoughtfully designed, embracing David Ogilvy’s concept of “8 Habits of Highly Creative Communities” to engage a different audience—employees.  The employee welcome kit is a visual representation of the 8 creative habits in action. The habits are: courage, idealism, curiosity, playfulness, candour, intuition, free-spiritedness, and persistence. Equipped with a copy of Ogilvy’s book, “The Eternal Pursuit of Unhappiness”, the box also comes with a branded notebook, metal slinky, pencil, USB, and other guides that encourages new employees to foster these 8 habits. (Source: Dieline) If you’re interested in learning more on how to build a brand experience, read our blog post outlining the 3 keys to creating an impactful brand experience!  The New Employee Onboarding Checklist Regardless of your company or industry, most onboarding processes/welcome kits have the same core administrative items: Employee handbook HR forms (e.g. financial/tax information, benefits forms, policies, confidentiality agreements) Guides (e.g. organizational chart, office map, parking map, health and safety) Employee related logins/passes (e.g. wifi passwords, parking card, keys/locks) Personalized note  Products for the Ultimate New Employee Welcome Package The perfect employee welcome box should be a blend of practical and “fun” products. Practical items will likely be used frequently and maybe even out-of-office, so choose high quality branded items that can sustain the wear and tear! Fun items add a more “human” touch to the stressful onboarding process, and can bring small moments of joy to employees.  Practical Items Office supplies (notebook, pens, highlighters, post it notes, folders, etc.) Water...

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3 Keys to Creating an Impactful Brand Experience

Posted by on Aug 10, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on 3 Keys to Creating an Impactful Brand Experience

3 Keys to Creating an Impactful Brand Experience

When we take a closer look at some of the biggest brands in the world, how do they stand out against their competitors? What differs Coca-Cola from Pepsi when they are both sugary soft drinks? Well, much of it has to do with marketing and brand experience! Taking a closer look at Coke, much of their marketing is focused on experiences. This focus is reflected in slogans such as “Open Happiness” and “Together Tastes Better”, which emphasize not the product itself, but the positive emotions associated with the context in which the product is consumed, e.g. social settings, fun everyday moments. As well, Coke’s campaigns ‘Share a Coke’ and “Coca-Cola’s New ‘Hug Machine’ were notable because they focused on users at different touchpoints, and unconventional but memorable events. Positive user experiences help build positive brand experiences, and is a reason for Coke’s dominance in the market. So how can any company build and leverage brand experience to generate brand awareness, revenue, and more? Let’s run through the basics. What is a brand experience?  Marty Neumeier, author of “The Dictionary of Brand”, defines brand experience as: “all the interactions people have with a product, service, or organization”. These interactions lead to the building of certain thoughts, feelings, reactions, and responses to a brand.  Here’s the challenge: these interactions can happen anywhere. Online on the brand’s website, social media platforms, through customer service representatives, and offline through in-store interactions with staff, the products/services, events, etc. Managing how customers perceive a brand is so important when we look at how vast and infinite the market is, and how different competitors approach customers.  Why is brand experience important?  Brand experience is important because it builds brand awareness, brand loyalty, and brand endurance. Positive experiences inspire and engage audiences to take action, and ultimately improves a brand’s competitiveness and longevity in the market.  Think about the negative brand experiences you have. Whether it was a poor customer experience, misaligned brand messaging or response, or a non-so-great product experience, you’ve likely stopped shopping with them since. Now imagine that on a larger scale—how many customers need to be lost before a company becomes unprofitable?  For companies who want to survive in the market long-term, creating positive and memorable experiences in the mind of the consumer is key to being chosen over competitors when completing the sale. How to create a strong and memorable brand experience Building a strong brand experience relies on a few foundational steps: consistent messaging, tailored touchpoints, and exceptional experiences.  1. Consistent Messaging and Storytelling A common misconception about marketing is that it pushes products onto consumers. Well, the reality is that marketing finds consumer challenges and provides solutions! Marketing is very customer-oriented—understanding what information matters to customers, what their challenges are, what their interests are, and any other relevant information to help customers achieve a goal.  Brand storytelling must then not only reflect the company’s mission, but also the customer’s story. To build trust, customers should be able to resonate with the company’s messaging, and this messaging must be consistent throughout the company’s mission statement, business decisions, marketing, storytelling, and other touchpoints. A consistent message is a strong message, and builds trust and credibility with consumers.  Case Study: How LinkedIn Boosted their Platform through Consistency  LinkedIn’s mission statement is “to connect...

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How to Choose the Right Products for an E-Commerce Store

Posted by on Aug 3, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on How to Choose the Right Products for an E-Commerce Store

How to Choose the Right Products for an E-Commerce Store

One of the services that we offer for our clients is building and supplying e-commerce stores with branded merchandise, and managing product fulfillment. It’s a great solution for businesses such as bands, schools, sports teams, franchises who might not have the capacity, or businesses who want to allow employees to shop for company merch on a reputable platform. We’ve worked with numerous companies across multiple industries to manage their e-commerce process! When working with clients, we want to ensure the site follows brand guidelines, and the products stocked are relevant with their audiences. Here are some of the questions we explore with clients during the process.  Product Selection Process for an E-Commerce Store Ultimately, marketing is about finding solutions for customers! Major considerations are made regarding the business’ target audience—key demographics, preferences, lifestyle, where they are located, what their major challenges/wants/needs are, etc.  As well, what is the level of quality and diversity in products that consumers expect from your brand? Is your brand known for its affordable apparel or premium goods? What profit margins are you aiming for? Looking at competitors—what products are they stocking and what are their best sellers? What gaps can you identify in the market that you can fulfil and add value to your brand with?  Leveraging Favourite and Popular Items Every business will have best sellers. If you’re a new business that is unsure, now’s the time to engage with your audience to find out what branded items they’d love to see! (Some options would be outreach via social media, email, survey, face-to-face conversations, etc.) Versatile products that consumers generally love include:  apparel such as t-shirts and sweatshirts,  accessories such as baseball caps and backpacks,  drinkware such as water bottles and mugs,  and miscellaneous products such as notebooks and pens As previously mentioned, it’s important to think about consumer genders, demographics, geographic location, budget, and what type of experience you want to create for them. For example, a younger consumer might respond more positively to an iridescent water bottle compared to an older individual!  Products pictured: Organic Cotton Tee |  Stainless steel tumbler | Ballcap For established businesses, some questions to ask would be:  Which products have the highest sales volume?  Can variations of the product be produced (e.g. new colour, size)?  Which products are the most profitable?  What products have customers responded positively to in the past and would like to see brought back?  These questions will also be key to think about when planning future products.  Introducing On Brand Products Promotional Merchandise has Classics. The Usuals. The Standards. Items that everyone will use and want in their daily life. The question is – how to you choose the right ones that represent your brand? What items aren’t currently being offered, but could be because they align with a company’s image or identity? For example, while Apple was known for their computers, branching out into tablets was acceptable because it aligned with Apple’s image as unparalleled in well-designed computers and electronics. Eyebrows would definitely be raised if they decided to launch shoes!  Thinking about your audience and buyer personas (aka profiles of your ideal customers) and your branding, here are some questions to consider: What does your brand stand for? What items can fall into your audience’s lifestyle?  If your business is...

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Best Pet Promotional Products For Pet Pawrents (2021)

Posted by on Jul 20, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on Best Pet Promotional Products For Pet Pawrents (2021)

Best Pet Promotional Products For Pet Pawrents (2021)

Whether furry, feathered, slimy, or scaly, pets can bring much joy to their owners. Unsurprisingly, pet ownership over the pandemic has soared as people spent more time at home, with animal companionship offering many mental and physical benefits such as social interaction and decreased stress. Overall, 55% of all Canadian households have a pet, with 18% of pet parents reporting that they had added a pet to their family over the pandemic.  Pet products tend to be heavily overlooked as promotional products outside of animal industries, but given the large percentage of pet owners, there is a tremendous opportunity to deliver thoughtful products that not only will be used, but will foster a stronger relationship with your brand! For example, for those in the food industry, adding dog treats in a snack subscription box specifically for those with dogs could go a long way! For those in the travel industry, a branded pet carrier bag can help dogs “travel” places. We’ve curated some pet promotional products, as well as staff picks, that are sure to impress pet parents and get pet tails wagging! Food and Drink For the dog days of summer (aka hot and humid weather during the summer months), keeping pets hydrated and well-fed on summer adventures is important to keep them healthy.  Vanessa’s Pick – Dog Bowl Bottle  “During hot summer walks, my dog (Mitty) will sometimes flop on the grass, pant, and refuse to move. Bringing a water bottle and small bowl for her to drink out of is a must for long walks to help her cool down. Having a portable water bottle and bowl combo has been super convenient for the both of us!” For dog parents who take their dog everywhere, this portable set ensures their pup stays hydrated during summer adventures! The 1L vacuum insulated bottle keeps water cold, and the bottom detaches from the bottle to use as a small bowl. For a food and drink set, this home pet kit contains a pet food scoop, 8″ food bowl, and reusable can lid—perfect for new pet parents, or for those looking for an extra set to bring to the cottage! Leashes Leashes are not only for dogs, but for adventurous cats as well! Retractable pet leashes allow the leash to extend, giving the pet more freedom to explore compared to fixed length leashes. With regular and retractable options available for customization, leashes are bound to be used often on daily walks around the neighbourhood! Jennifer’s Pick – Regular pet leash “My 1 year old cat Luna loves the outside but is confined to my balcony. But she’s getting a bit bored of it, and is ready to explore the great beyond – but I don’t want to let her out free. Dog leashes work great for cats too, especially if you have a harness to go with it.”   Products pictured: Regular pet leash | Retractable pet leash Toys and Accessories  Some pets may need more physical activity than others, but having a variety of toys available is helpful for them to fight boredom. These toys are pet-safe and customizable. Winston’s Pick – Tennis Ball With Thrower “My dog (Dakota) absolutely loves chasing tennis balls, and we go through them like crazy. An item I recommend to throw the balls...

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Holiday Promo Product Planning for Q4

Posted by on Jul 14, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on Holiday Promo Product Planning for Q4

“The best time to order holiday season products was Q2. The second best time is now.” – Promotional Marketing Proverb It’s been a frustrating year and a half of delayed shipments due to the pandemic, and you’ve likely felt the effects. Rising prices, supply and stock shortages, longer production times, reduced freight capacity, labour shortage, and increased online shopping has led to a massive backlog that’s expected to extend into 2022.  What does that mean for buying promotional merchandise for the holiday season? Whether your plans are for a small kit of gifts, or a large branded overseas order – problems are arising for both options. We interviewed Jennifer Carmichael, marketing manager at Boss Promotions with over 16 years of experience in the promotional products industry, to discuss some of the supply chain issues and shortages. Jennifer, what’s going on with the delays? “Never before has shipping from overseas been such a headache. Production times have been slower due to worker shortage, but things are improving in that area now. Shipping container shortages worldwide have created a huge backlog in shipping times and it’s not unusual for us to see our finished goods waiting 2-4 weeks before even getting onto a boat. And once it reaches the Canadian ports things aren’t much better, with backlogs with getting the containers onto trains and across the country.”   What’s the best approach for overseas orders? “Start talking to us NOW. Honestly, even when we commit to a certain timeline with our clients, at least 50% of the time something doesn’t go exactly as planned and we have to try our best with behind-the-scenes maneuvering to get orders to our clients on time. Whether that means paying extra to factories to work overtime or paying for expedited shipping, we try not to involve our clients in those occasional necessary steps – because we never pass on these additional costs to them. We try to always keep our promise of “No Surprise Costs”.” OVERSEAS PROMOTIONAL PRODUCT IDEAS Custom Knit – Whether you choose a whole “ugly” Christmas sweater, or go smaller with mittens or socks, nothing says the holidays quite like a snowflake design and funny expression to go with it! Get started on the design process today to make sure you have your goods with plenty of time to show them off all season long. Electronics – Looking to put a festive or personal brand spin on electronics such as speakers, earbuds or wireless chargers? You might be surprised at the low minimums we can present for items in your custom brand colour, or with a fun all-over decoration. DOMESTIC PROMOTIONAL PRODUCT IDEAS Because we rely on our trusted vendors for domestic orders, we have to rely on their supply chain – which of course is experiencing the same production and shipping woes as above. Traditional items like blankets, winter drinkware and wellness items will go very quickly! Products pictured: Heathered Fuzzy Fleece Blanket | Cork Ceramic Mug | Calm Gift Set Pandemic or no pandemic, the holiday season has always been extremely busy for retail and our vendors in the promotional industry. Compounded with the supply chain disruption, it’s best to plan for the holiday season as early as possible to get first pick on products, and to get products in time...

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Summer Food and Drink Gifts for Employees/Clients Under $15, $25, and $50

Posted by on Jun 29, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on Summer Food and Drink Gifts for Employees/Clients Under $15, $25, and $50

Summer Food and Drink Gifts for Employees/Clients Under $15, $25, and $50

Finding the right gift for your employees or clients can be a challenge, but when done well, it can have a major impact. One of the fastest growing gift categories is food gifts, expected to grow to $26 billion in 2024 despite disruptions from the pandemic. Packaged food is a convenient and universal gift–after all, who doesn’t enjoy chocolate or candy? As well, they are easy to ship, and bring joy to those who can’t be visited due to social distancing.  Of course, there are other questions to consider such as how much to spend, if the cost of each gift should be the same across all clients/employees, which products to choose, etc. Regardless of whatever your budget is, we’ve got summer-appropriate gift ideas that are sure to impress and be used! Jump to gifts under $25 Jump to gifts under $50 Employee and Client Gifts Under $15 1) S’mores Kit The Make Your Own S’mores Kit contains a milk chocolate bar, 6 marshmallows, and 6 graham crackers – everything campers need to make three hot, sweet S’mores. The Make Your Own S’mores Kit comes in an eye-catching campfire themed box with space for your logo. 2) Insulated Cup Enjoy your drink at any moment! This 12oz durable, double-wall 18/18 stainless steel vacuum construction with copper insulation, which allows your beverage to stay cold for 24 hours and hot for at least 6 hours. The construction also prevents condensation on the outside of the tumbler. Perfect accessory for wine. 3) Candy This is a yummy sweet and sour candy mix that can be customized with tropical candies and bright packaging.  4) Grow kit With summer finally here, it’s time to get growing! These kits come in a variety of flower, herb, and vegetable seed options for recipients to start a small garden. Basil is usually a favourite! 5) Drinking glass Ready for displaying summer cocktails! With the ability to customize the glasses, this is perfect for impromptu backyard hangouts and picnics.  6) Custom BBQ Sauce The label of this sweet barbecue sauce can be customized—add your company name to the label for a fun surprise! 7) Cocktail Rimming Salts and Sugars Sugar and salt are a decorative and flavourful way to garnish cocktails. The salts are perfect for margaritas and bloody marys, and the sugars great for chocolate and apple martinis! 8) Stainless Straw Kit with Cotton Pouch Being eco-friendly on-the-go has never been easier with this reusable straw that comes with its own carrying pouch and cleaning brush. Employee and Client Gifts Under $25 1) Ice cream kit Make it a legen-dairy summer with this ice cream kit. Containing oreo crumbs, candy pearls, sprinkles, waffle cones, and a generous bottle of chocolate sauce, this kit will elevate the ice cream experience! 2) Water bottle with fruit infuser Summer is a great time to enjoy herb or fruit infused water. This bottle makes water infusions happen on the go! 3) BBQ Set With Cooler Bag This cooler bag conveniently comes with a spatula and tongs for surprise summer BBQs. 4) Tek Explorer Picnic Blanket Rugged and versatile, with a water-resistant, PVC-coated exterior in strong and durable ripstop and a soft fleece interior, the Tek Explorer is perfect for taking on all of your outdoor adventures. Complete with a molded rubber...

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BossPro Summer Product Picks

Posted by on Jun 22, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on BossPro Summer Product Picks

BossPro Summer Product Picks

Finding the perfect summer product to wow your clients or employees can be tough! That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our staff’s tried-and-true product recommendations for your inspiration. Our Boss Summer Picks!   Angela – Beach Blanket with Hidden Storage “I love this round blanket because it’s super cute to sit around on with a couple friends or spacious for lying on at the beach! Packs up super easy and you can keep it in your bag for an impromptu picnic or park date!” Harris – Bean Bag Toss Game  “The summer is all about weekends at the cottage for me with friends and family, and we can play the Cornhole Bean Bag game for hours.” Helen – Wine Kuzie “Enjoying a cold drink on my patio after work is the perfect end to the day, and nothing keeps my Pinot Grigio at the perfect temperature like this wine glass with insulated koozie.” Izz – Lightweight Cooler Backpack “This backpack cooler is perfect for my adventurous summers. Keeping food and drinks cold is important for the end of a long hike when it is time to relax with a cold one!” Jaimie – Grow Kit “I love planting my own fresh mint for my go-to summer cocktails. Best part is that it is self watering so no green thumb required!!” Jennifer – Travel Mug with Straw “Hydration is top of mind for me, summer or not. This tumbler with straw is perfect for water, ice coffee, smoothies and even the occasional alcoholic beverage!” Jonathan – Lightweight Hats “I need something to cover my head for obvious reasons! I like Levelwear hats for breathability.” Matt – Waterproof Speaker “I really like branded speakers. Works for golf, beach, etc. This mini one with a carabiner clip is a good option. Small, portable, waterproof… everything a Floridian needs!” Vanessa – Mosquito Repellent Watch  “I do a lot of gardening during the summer, and have too many mosquito bites to prove it! Portable repellers have been a game changer, since I don’t have to deal with residues from mosquito sprays and lotions.” Victoria – Peshtemal Towels “Peshtemal wraps, or Turkish towels, are so versatile! It can be used as a shawl for heavy air-conditioning, a blanket at the park, and a towel at the beach or pool. And it rolls up really small in my bag when not in use.” Winston – Performance Polos “I’m a fan of the all over print polos for the golf course!” And there you have it! What were some of your favourite products? Looking for more summer gifting inspiration? Check out our summer catalogue! Ready to start gifting? Contact us to get it...

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