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Friday, 13 November 2009

The Online Catalog Library is growing, with 3 more catalogs added this week in the Giveaway Swag category. Here's an introduction to those 3 catalog lines and why we like them:

American Greenwood (http://www.americangreenwood.com/)
Kind of a funny name, but American Greenwood is one of the original promotional product companies in America. They started out as a lapel button supplier and recently celebrated 100 years in business. Their product line still includes buttons, but it's expanded through the years to include a wide array of good quality giveaway items at very good prices.

Here's an item I chose from American Greenwood that's perfect for the holiday season:

#440500 - Custom Ornament $3.25/ea

These ornaments are classic, shatterproof & come gift-boxed as shown here. I've seen them in person and they look high-end, even though they're made of plastic. For the price they're a great giveaway swag idea for your end-of-year marketing. These also make a nice, inexpensive client holiday gift.

American Greenwood ships out of Chicago & earns "A" ratings in our industry for quality, service and on-time delivery. Production time is normally 7-10 days with rush service available.

Quickpoint (http://www.quickpoint.com/)
This is a smaller, more focused supplier with an excellent line of promo items you won't find anywhere else. Their site is easy to navigate and features a wider selection of American Made promotional products than the other lines I've highlighted. Quickpoint was among the first in the industry to offer biodegradable corn plastic promotional products. Their Zippy letter openers are a classic swag giveaway item that's still very popular, and their Safe Ad collection of anti-microbial promotional products is timely with growing concern about the swine flu.

Here's an item I like from Quickpoint's Safe-Ad Collection

#QP-SA6591 Antimicrobial Travel Tissue Dispenser $2.15

This American-made tissue dispenser is made with special anti-microbial plastic that lasts for the life of the product. It comes filled with your choice of Kleenex brand or Super-Soft brand tissues and is refillable. This is a great giveaway swag idea that people will appreciate and keep handy during cold & flu season!

Quickpoint ships from Missouri, with solid "A" ratings for product quality and on-time delivery. Their production time is 7-10 days but they offer 3-day production on many items at no extra charge.

HIT PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS (http://www.hitpromo.net)
Hit has a little bit of everything in their product line, and they run a lot of specials so it's a good place to check out if you're looking for deals. They have a huge selection of traditional giveaway swag items and their site is easy to shop by price or category. One thing I really like about Hit is their bright color palette. In an industry where so many items are limited to boring "corporate colors" Hit's selection of bright and colorful choices is a breath of fresh air.

Here's an item from Hit that's a good giveaway swag idea:

#41 Bottle Bag - $1.99

Simple, useful, bright and a little different... this Bottle Bag holds a 20-oz bottle, keeping drinks cold and hands dry. It features a drawstring cinch closure, belt loop & clip attachment. Nice swag idea for hospitality events or tradeshows - give them out with inexpensive bottled water from Costco for a low-priced marketing giveaway that looks like you spent much more!

Hit ships from Florida, with production time of 10-15 days on most items. They earn a solid "B" in our industry rankings for product quality and on-time delivery. Overall we've had very good experience on the client orders we've done with Hit, and I feel comfortable recommending their line to clients who are looking for good deals and have a good 3-4 week time horizon for their orders.

I hope this is helpful in giving you more places to look for good giveaway swag ideas. Next week I'll start introducing you to the product lines in our Business Gifts category - just in time for the holidays!

Be sure to bookmark our Online Catalog Library! Thanks for reading & keep coming back for more swag ideas!

 

Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 05:25 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, 03 November 2009

As promised last week, we've gotten started on the Online Catalog Library on Swagqueen.com.

In deciding exactly WHERE to begin, I figured we should start with our most-requested product category: giveaway-priced swag ideas for tradeshows and general marketing purposes. In this economy everyone's looking for cheap & creative ideas to stretch their marketing budgets!

On today's post, I'd like to introduce you to the first 3 catalogs in our Library - all in the Giveaway Swag category:

AP SPECIALTIES
I really love the AP Specialties online catalog when searching for swag ideas in a specific price range for my clients. Their site is set up in sections by price: Under $1, Under $2, and so on, with a good selection at each price point.

You'll find lots of cool swag ideas in the AP Specialties product line that are unique to their line. They do a great job of offering creative products at low price points. Here's an example what I mean. This is from their "Under $3.00" category and is a cool item I've never seen anywhere else:

CPP-2006 Printed Metallic Candy Take-Out

These shiny, metallic-finish 'take-out' boxes come filled with candies as shown, and the coolest part is that the CANDIES are custom-logo printed AS WELL AS the take-out box itself. For under $3.00, this is a creative swag idea that's impressive for the price & really puts the focus on your logo. If you like this idea, check out the rest of the AP Specialties online catalog... and remember - every item on their site can be purchased from Swag Connection.

I've had very good experience with our orders from AP Specialties and consider them one of our "preferred" catalog lines. Overall they are rated as "Above Average" by those in our industry for product quality, imprint quality & on-time delivery. Allow for production time of between 7-12 days, and all orders ship from California. They add new items to the line on a regular basis & you can often find great closeout deals on their site on discontinued items.

CROWN PRODUCTS
Crown Products uses the tagline "Whatever It Takes" and they really mean it. With consistently high industry rankings for quality, service & on-time delivery, I never have to worry about our clients being happy with their swag or missing an event date when we're working with Crown Products. They're definitely one of our top "go-to" suppliers when it comes to giveaway swag ideas.

Unlike AP Specialties, the Crown Products Online Catalog is arranged in sections by category instead of price. Overall I'd say their product selection is typical of what you expect to find in the promotinal products industry - you'll find the usual staple items like keychains, letter openers, inexpensive drinkware, pens, etc. Their prices are very good, and they offer free rush service on many of their items.

Here's an item that's typical of the of the "bread & butter" giveaway swag items offered by Crown Products:


Color Dome Keychain (Item #CDBCOKC)

These are a classic bottle opener keychain, but a little nicer than most. The full-color logo dome decoration gives them an updated look and allows you to get colorful with your custom imprint. They're priced at $1.05 with a minimum order of 250 pieces.

Bottom line - if you're looking for solid value and good quality in traditional promotional giveaways, Crown Products is a great place to look for swag ideas. Production time varies by item and can run anywhere from 3-12 days. They give a lot of product information on their website and have a decent & growing selection of eco-friendly promotional products as well. Located in Alabama, they're a good choice for our East Coast clients who need quick shipping to meet their event deadlines.

LANCO
Lanco Promotional Products online catalog
is the first one I go to when I have clients in a rush situation who need giveaway swag ideas. With consistently high quality and super-fast production times I know Lanco can get it done when other suppliers can't.

How fast is fast? How about 2 hours! With Lanco's 2-hour production option, we can place our client's order in the morning and have it ship out that afternoon. Of course you'll pay more for the super-rush, but it's nice to have it when you need it! They also offer 1-day and 3-day production on many items.

I'd say Lanco's product selection is fairly typical for our industry. It is extremely broad, however, and includes food items in addition to traditional promotional giveaways. Here's a giveaway swag idea from Lanco I particularly like - their "Velope" line, which includes these Gumvelopes:


Gumvelopes - Item SB1600

This is a full-color, full-bleed custom printed sleeve with a blister pack of sugar-free gum that slides in and out. It's a fantastic swag idea for tradeshows and events, with the greatest potential for visual impact of any item I can think of in the $2.00 & under price range.

Lanco's online catalog is easy to shop & arranged by category. They earn consistently high marks in our industry for their quality & on-time delivery. Based in New York, they're an excellent 'go-to' source for East Coast clients that are looking for swag ideas they can get in a hurry.

I hope you'll find these to be good resources for giveaway swag ideas, and you can now find links to these sites anytime you need them via our Online Catalog Library on Swagueen.com. All three of these suppliers sell ONLY through promotional product distributors like Swag Connection... so if you see items you like on these sites please order them through us.

Thanks for reading & keep coming back to find more places to look for great swag ideas!

Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 04:00 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
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