The Last Straw

Starbucks’ new straw-less cold drink lids will be rolled out in Vancouver and Seattle this year.

We’ve seen a push in the last 10 years to reduce the use of wasteful and harmful disposable plastic products, such as shopping bags, utensils and bottles across Canada and the United States. Soon Seattle, San Francisco and Vancouver will be the first cities to implement bans on single-use plastic straws in the food service industry. They are being joined in this pledge to eliminate plastic straws by companies like Disney, Starbucks, Aramark and American Airlines.

Plastic is not biodegradable, and light plastic straws are easily blown from city streets into neighbouring ecosystems where they cause harm. Plastic straws cannot be recycled, and Americans alone use enough to wrap around the earth 25 times each day. While plastic straws are far from the worst problem facing the environment, their elimination would make a difference.

Between general public bans and the choices of private companies, what are straw-users to do? Durable reusable straws and single-use straws made of biodegradable material like paper are the top alternatives, and both provide different promotional branding opportunities.

The FinalStraw collapsible steel straw.

The most basic reusable steel straws often come with brand-able carrying cases, and extra detail can be added directly to the straw by etching or engraving. The FinalStraw is the world’s first collapsible reusable steel straw, and comes in a unique and very compact keychain carrying case. Both provide great opportunities to promote a brand or product, and at the same time say “we support the environment”.

Single-use straws currently used by the food service industry will be be replaced by biodegradable alternatives. These, too, provide a unique new opportunity for promotion that was not available with traditional straws.

While it’s unlikely that eliminating plastic straw use will save the earth, experts say that this could represent another key step in our changing behaviour and eliminating plastic waste. Furthermore the shift may provide simultaneous opportunities for marketing and demonstrating your company’s commitment to the environment.

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

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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Is WFB(ackyard) the new WFH? 4 Tips for Working Outside

Posted by on Jun 15, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on Is WFB(ackyard) the new WFH? 4 Tips for Working Outside

Is WFB(ackyard) the new WFH? 4 Tips for Working Outside

Many employees have embraced working remotely during the pandemic, and 65% of employees want to work remotely full-time post-pandemic. With many advantages, such as increased productivity, flexible scheduling, cost savings, not having to commute, better work/life balance, it makes sense why so many employees prefer remote or hybrid work options! However, remote work is not without its mental and physical challenges such as separation between life and work, finding space for a home office, minimizing distractions from family members or roommates, and self-managing to avoid unnecessary disruptions. If you’re struggling with some of the challenges above, it may be time to consider working outdoors. Working Outdoors Can Make You More Productive With summer finally here, it’s time to take advantage of the warm weather and green spaces available. Research has shown that simply looking outdoors or at green spaces can help boost productivity—imagine what working outside can do! Working outside not only boosts productivity, but also has numerous other benefits: Enhances mood Studies show people feel less tension after a walk in the park Boosts energy Being in nature makes people feel more alive; 20 minutes of fresh air provides energy equal to coffee Boosts creativity Being in nature can boost creative problem solving by 60% Reduces stress Spending time outside has similar effects on the brain and body as meditating Improves memory Studies have found that spending time in nature can help improve short-term memory  Improves focus Looking at greenery for short periods can improve focus as well as subsequent performance tasks. Pair this with minimizing phone notifications, and you’ll likely see productivity soar. Creates a work mindset “Commuting” to the backyard can get your mind ready for “office mode” and establish clearer lines between work and personal space. Having an office outdoors can also free up space for others inside the home.  4 Tips for Working From the Backyard  Before you head outside to get reports done, there are some things to consider and implement! 1) Finding the Perfect Spot A cool and shady spot outdoors is ideal, as direct sunlight device screens can cause glare, overheating of laptops, and drained batteries due to increased screen brightness. If you don’t have a shady area in your backyard, create some shade with either a patio umbrella, sun sail, or awning. For an all-season/semi permanent workspace, consider adding an office shed if you’ve got the space in your backyard. Unsurprisingly, in March 2020, sales of backyard sheds started rising due to the pandemic and need for remote work office spaces. 2) Minimize Noisy Distractions  While working outside means escaping family and roommate conversations, it can also present a new audio experience. Sounds of wildlife and pets, construction, and street traffic can be new and unplanned distractions. Consider wearing noise-cancelling headphones or to minimize these sounds. Products pictured: Wireless Noise Cancelling Ear Buds | Noise Cancellation Bluetooth Headphones 3) Replicate and Extend the Home Office Working outside can make you realise how many amenities we take for granted, such as air-conditioning, charging outlets, and high-speed internet! Here are some solutions to optimize your outdoor office life: Technology and Office Supplies Want to show off your garden during video calls? Make it a lag and stress-free experience with a wifi extender. A portable power bank or extension cord will also help power...

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Best Promotional Items for 2021

Posted by on Jun 8, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on Best Promotional Items for 2021

Best Promotional Items for 2021

Choosing promotional items can be a challenge, especially in 2021. With millions of products to choose from to make an impression on prospective and current customers, the key is to think about current trends and practical products that people will want to use and keep! The top promotional products for 2021 are based on the impact of coronavirus (on tech, shopping habits, daily lifestyle, etc.) and on the continued emphasis of environmentally friendly products. Here are the best promotional items for 2021! Work from Home Products With employees continuing to work remotely, finding ways to keep the home office organized to maintain productivity can be a challenge!  Desk items (e.g. journals, desk organizers, mouse pads, etc.) and video conferencing tech have risen in demand over the past year, but so has technology such as noise cancelling Bluetooth headphones used to minimize background noise such as talkative pets (and roommates!). Products pictured: JBL Wireless Noise-cancelling Headphones | Wireless Charging Mouse Pad | Desk Organizer Return to the Office Items Transitioning back to the office can be a challenge. As some employees head back into the office, portable products such as reusable water bottles and lunch boxes are much needed, as well as office wear, and portable technology such as power banks and USBs to carry documents. Products pictured: Power bank | Lunch Container | Eco-friendly USB Personal Protection Products Demand for PPE products skyrocketed in 2020. The global market worth in 2019 was $52.43 billion USD, and $77.36 billion in 2020–a 47.5% increase!  57% of consumers reported that they were likely to do business with an advertiser who gave them a promo mask, making this a valuable opportunity to earn and build customer relationships. New products, such as no-touch tools, have also seen rising interest due to their ability to “touch” items while keeping germ free, such as using door handles and elevator buttons. Products pictured: No Touch Key | Cotton Reusable Face Masks Eco-Friendly Items The demand for sustainability continues to grow, with 46-49% of Americans and Canadians having a favorable opinion of an advertiser if the promo product they received was environmentally friendly. This is a great opportunity to not only earn positive customer sentiment, but also be more mindful of sustainability goals. Here’s our sustainability catalogue for eco-friendly product ideas! Exercise Items With gyms closed for most of 2020, home gym products (Peloton, fitness apps, etc.) saw drastic growth. This trend is expected to continue in 2021, making custom branded athletic apparel and gear a great way to help people reach their fitness goals and be part of their fitness journey.  Products pictured: Yoga Mat | Resistance Band | Joggers Thinking about starting a new project? Contact us to see how we can...

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What are Promotional Products? 4 Reasons Why You Need Them!

Posted by on May 31, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on What are Promotional Products? 4 Reasons Why You Need Them!

What are Promotional Products? 4 Reasons Why You Need Them!

We’ve answered some major questions you might have about promotional products and outlined some reasons you should consider using them for your next marketing campaign! What are promotional products? Promotional products are branded products used to promote a business or event. Some examples include pens, mugs, bags, or t-shirts customized with a company’s name or logo on it.  Promotional products can also be referred to as swag or freebies. If you’ve ever received a pen with a school’s logo on it, or a reusable water bottle with your company’s logo on it, you’ve received a promotional item!  How much is the promo product industry worth? In 2019, annual distributor revenue was $25.8 billion. For reference, Google, the largest digital ad seller, earned $103.73 billion in 2019 from ad revenue. However, unlike digital ads, promotional products are tangible and can be regularly used, and may have lower costs. Why are promotional items important? Promotional items have many advantages, such as increasing brand awareness, building brand loyalty, and providing an experience–all while being cost-effective! 1) Increases brand awareness  Did you know that a customized pen will generate 3000 impressions over its lifetime? As well, 57% of consumers who own promo products will keep some for more than 5 years. Not only are promo products impactful, but they also generate long term brand awareness.  This chart shows the average number of impressions/views each product generates across its lifetime: *Data taken from ASI’s 2020 Global Ad Impressions study Having a strong brand presence is key to a company’s growth, and printing your company’s logo on high-quality, useful, and well-designed merchandise communicates that your company is credible, understands quality, and is solution oriented. By creating quality products that will be used regularly by clients, your clients will also become brand ambassadors! 2) Builds brand loyalty 82% of people are likely to buy from brands they already have experience with! However, promo items can not only be used to strengthen relationships with customers, but also with employees. Beyond logoed pens and shirts, other branded products can include outerwear, golf balls, travel kits, gift sets, and many more items to show appreciation.  Branded items can increase morale among staff, help shape company culture, foster a sense of community, turn employees into brand ambassadors, and remind them about how important their work is to the overall company mission. Energized employees are engaged employees! 3) Provides an experience Promotional products provide an experience–while most ads are digital, promotional items can be touched and regularly used, making them more memorable and practical than a TV or internet ad.  Many people keep these products long-term due to product quality, utility, and design. This is an opportunity for brands to get creative and find quality products that represent their brand, and stand out! 4) Cost Effective Promotional products are one of the most impactful and cost-effective marketing solutions. For example, the cost per impression is less than 1/10th of a cent for a customized $1 pen. Compare that to online advertising, which has an average cost per thousand impressions at $3-$10. More Promotional Product Statistics Still not convinced? We have more statistics to prove that promo products are effective!  About 30 promotional products are kept in each household 85% of people recall the advertiser that gave them a shirt or hat,...

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Employee Engagement: Virtual Summer Activities

Posted by on May 20, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on Employee Engagement: Virtual Summer Activities

Employee Engagement: Virtual Summer Activities

While in-person events may be cancelled for another summer due to COVID-19, there are still many ways to engage remote employees!  In honour of the first long weekend and unofficial start to summer, we’re turning some traditional summer events into virtual ones that combine learning and fun to bring employees together. Employee Engagement: Virtual Summer Activities Virtual Pride Celebrations June is Pride month, with endless opportunities to celebrate LGBTQ2S+ communities. There are many opportunities to celebrate virtually via education and entertainment, such as through: Developing Pride month trivia  Creating a collaborative Pride Spotify playlist LGBTQ+ lunch and learn featuring guest speakers Watch party featuring documentaries/movies with LGBTQ themes  Charity donations to organizations providing support to LGBTQ communities Creating Pride backgrounds for video calls Bonus: if your organization hasn’t already, Pride month is the perfect time to consider implementing gender pronouns in places such as email signatures Here are some ways to show Pride spirit with some merchandise! Products pictured: Pride fan | rainbow masks | rainbow popcorn For more Pride merchandise ideas, shop our 2021 Pride Catalogue. Virtual Company Picnics While company picnics are missed, they can be replicated at home with DIY cooking kits. They can be easily customized according to dietary restrictions and by theme, such as BBQ, Italian, and Mexican cuisine. Employees can gather via a video conference and enjoy their lunch together! Alternatively, a virtual cooking class can be set up, with ingredient kits sent to employees. Employees can follow along to create their lunch!   Products pictured: BBQ Gourmet Kit | Mexican Gourmet Kit | Italian Gourmet Kit Virtual Company Retreat Showing appreciation for employees goes a long way–in fact, 82% of employees consider recognition an important part of their happiness at work. While corporate retreats have been put on pause, virtual retreats and company gatherings are still important to allow employees to disconnect from work and build relationships with each other. Some fun activities for a virtual retreat include: Creating an employee slideshow Themed virtual hangout rooms (e.g. sports fans, pet parents, cooking enthusiasts) Online office games (e.g. via Jackbox Games, trivia, murder mystery) Happy hour Holding an employee awards ceremony (e.g. having categories such as “been in the most meetings”, “best Zoom backgrounds”) Here are some product ideas to get employees excited: Products pictured: S’mores kit | employee appreciation kit | stay at home kit Virtual Marathons Many marathons for walks, runs, and cycling have moved online, giving participants the flexibility to complete them anywhere, anytime. While teams may have traditionally gathered together on race day and developed camaraderie, there are still many ways to get remote employees engaged and excited for these events! Here are some ideas: Create new award categories (e.g. earliest start, best selfie, etc.) Share employee progress via social media or internal communication platforms Spotlight members through interviews Matching charitable donations (for marathons with a charitable component) Showing appreciation for participants through celebratory kits/goodie bags In need of some goodie bag ideas? We’ve gathered some: Products pictured: Healthy snacks kit | runner’s gift set Virtual Golf Tournaments The opening of golf courses may vary based on local COVID restrictions, but there are many ways and ideas to host a virtual golf event.  Ideas include: Hold the tournament over a date range and set up booking slots For local...

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Boss Promotions 30th Anniversary

Posted by on May 17, 2021 in Blog | Comments Off on Boss Promotions 30th Anniversary

Boss Promotions 30th Anniversary

On May 17th, 1991, an 18-year old Jonathan Gillingham started a business selling T-Shirts at lacrosse events. Originally called “Hey Boss” because he enjoyed how it sounded when he answered the phone, it quickly became a more professional “Boss Promotions” once he realized he could expand beyond T-shirts and sports. Over the years the company has grown to 20+ employees, bigger buildings, and an ever growing array of services and promotional solutions. We can’t wait to see what the next 30 years has in store! What were you doing in 1991? Were you even born? Were you watching some of these movies? Were you watching some of these tv shows? Were you listening to any of these 90s tunes? Were you wearing any of this fashion back in the 90s? Are you wearing it...

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