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Thursday, 04 August 2011
Just like technology itself, tech-related swag items are a constantly evolving category. Mousepads used to be a staple swag item for all sort of companies because it was assumed that anyone who used a computer needed a mousepad. The optical mouse killed the mousepad... then the tablet computer killed the mouse!

In fact many of the high-tech swag items that were a big deal a few years ago are less likely to impress these days. Everyone now has a USB hub, a screen duster, a laser pointer and probably more USB flash drives than they can use in a lifetime.

While your budget may not allow you to give away iPads or Kindles, the next best thing is the accessories that go with these popular new gadgets. Here are a few of my new favorites in the iPad Swag category:

iPad Stylus Pens are a new breed of pen, specially designed to work on all capacitive touch screens. One end is a regular ballpoint pen, the other is for use on touch-screen devices. You don't have to own a tablet computer to appreciate one of these - keep one handy to avoid germy touch-screens on ATMs and other public computers.
iPad Pen Stylus (item NLAHI-HTXNG)


iPad Stands
are another handy accessory that iPad or iPhone users will appreciate and use. Simple, functional and in the $10 range, they're a great swag idea if you want to keep your company logo visible on your recipient's desktop.

iPad Stand (item TMDGB-HMMEL)

iPad/Kindle Sleeves and Cases come in a wide variety of styles and materials with custom logo decoration. We offer a wide variety of iPad cases that are logo customized - too many to show here. Simply go to www.swagconnection.com and type "iPad Case" (no quote marks) in the Quick Search field for about 3 dozen choices.

Between cases and SLEEVES, I like sleeves better as a swag idea. Most devices come with cases, but sleeves are an accessory most people have to go out and buy. Sleeves are great for travel, and unlike cases they can be used with many different devices.

iPad Neoprene Sleeve (item ESUMI-HFVEG)


Griffin Elan iPad Sleeve (item JKWFF-HRRGN)

Ear Buds are one more tech-savvy swag idea to consider, especially if your budget doesn't allow for some of these higher priced items. Earbuds can be used with every mobile device out there and most people can use an extra pair or two (especially if they're cool!). Here are three I like in particular:

Volume-Adjusting Earbuds (item ZSZIJ-FQICD)


VOIP Retractable Earbuds with Microphone (item XSZIB-EJWWT)


Giftcor Earbuds in Wind-Up Case (item KLWKB-GGBJJ)

I hope that gives you some good ideas. If you want more like this, simply type the word IPAD into the Swag Connection search field for lots more to choose from... or contact me for ideas that will meet your specifications. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or if you're interested in ordering any of these items for your organization:

Email: diane@swagconnection.com   Phone: 866-247-4320 Toll Free 

Thanks for reading my blog & keep coming back for more swag ideas!

Diane Nudelman
The Swag Queen :)



 
 
 
 
 
Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 03:04 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Do you sometimes get the feeling that time is speeding up?

While I'm pretty sure there are still 24 hours in the day, it seems we're all packing longer "to-do" lists than ever before. One symptom of being too busy: forgetting to order swag for your events until the week before it's needed.

Procrastinators take heart - the swag industry is embracing your "gotta have it yesterday" demands by offering super-fast production on an ever wider variety of items at no extra cost. Here's a new option for those who need custom drinkware in a hurry:


ETS EXPRESS - COOL CUSTOM DRINKWARE in 24 HOURS



ETS Express of California is one of Swag Connection's top suppliers for water bottles, travel mugs, customized glassware and ceramic coffee cups. Our clients love their low order minimums, innovative product designs and excellent quality.

The ENTIRE ETS Express Product Line is now offered with FREE 24-hour production on orders for up to 3,000 pieces with a one-color custom imprint.



The drinkware is fabulous, but COOL, CUSTOMIZABLE STOCK ARTWORK DESIGNS are really what sets this line apart from a creative marketing standpoint. ETS has designed a wide variety of design templates that can be easily customized by changing colors and adding a logo or text. These templates enable your organization to create really cool-looking drinkware easily and affordably - without the added time and expense of hiring a graphic artist!

The last unique thing I want to mention today about our ETS Drinkware Line is their TOTAL BRANDING program. Here's a video where you can learn more about this unique program that offers custom-designed packaging to tie your logo drinkware to your company's other marketing materials for a TOTAL brand experience:

Total Branding from ETS Express on Vimeo.

As I've watched the swag industry evolve over the past decade, I'm convinced that what we're seeing at ETS Express is truly the future of our industry. The clients we work with who buy swag for their companies today are usually wearing lots of hats. They're busy, sophisticated buyers who want it all - lots of choices, fast turnaround, excellent product design, retail-level quality and a high degree of artwork customization. All of this, of course, must be delivered on time, with great service and at reasonable prices without a lot of 'hidden' charges.

When I started out in 2002, ETS Express was a supplier of ceramic coffee cups and glassware that didn't really stand out from other, similar product lines. They've grown to become an industry leader by correctly anticipating what swag buyers really want, which is more than just new products - they want new products faster with more customization.


Thanks for reading my blog today, and I welcome your comments. I also urge you to contact me personally if I can help you with swag ideas for your company!

Diane Nudelman, "The Swag Queen"
diane@swagconnection.com
866-247-4320 toll-free












 
Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 02:47 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
When looking for inspiration in any area of life, it can often be found in art.

Today I'm turning to the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) collection, which is one of the coolest gift lines we offer (as well as one that many people don't even know exists!).

These are swag ideas that truly fulfill our brand promise of "Cool Stuff + Your Logo"


Pop-Up Pencil Cup

This functional and whimsical Pencil Cup, designed by Paul Koh, was inspired by the classic drinking straw dispenser. Lift the red ball & the pencils rise and fan out for easy access. Your logo appears on the cup as shown, the MoMA logo and designer name are molded on the bottom of the stainless steel holder.


Box of X-Bands

These X-shaped rubber bands are simply genius, everyone should have a box of these! Featured in the museum's design collection, the X-Bands come in an assortment of four sizes and colors in a custom plastic container. The container is MoMA branded on top as shown, with your company logo custom screen-printed on the side of the container.


Stainless Steel Mirror

Sleek and simple, unique and personal, this is an excellent swag idea for brands that market to the female audience. This highly polished stainless steel compact mirror is unbreakable and comes in a citrus-colored leather like case. MoMA logo is die stamped on handle. This mirror also comes in a rectangular version (lime green or black case choice on that one). We customize this with a laser-engraved or screen printed logo on the back of the mirror.


Stainless Steel Coasters

If you're looking for a functional gift to impress even a C-level executive, consider these brushed nickel MoMA coasters. This set of six coasters features easy-to-grab handles & felt bottoms to protect furniture. Attractively presented in a laser-engraved tabletop holder. A discreet MoMA logo is laser engraved as shown next to the handle slot. 


The Peep Clock

This is not your ordinary wall clock. Designed by Noriyuki Shirasu, the black dots draw your eye to the numbers that display the current time, while the rest of the numbers on the clock face fade into the background. This clock is neutral enough to accent any office decor and subtly keeps your brand top-of-mind with daily logo exposure... in a very classy way.

WANT EVEN MORE MoMA SWAG IDEAS?
Follow This Link to the MoMA Collection on SwagConnection.com

I hope these ideas not only inspire you, but also show you that promotional swag can be so much more than the same old stuff. While I'm the first to admit these items are priced at a premium, they're also more impressive to your recipients. These are the kind of branded items that stand out and get your brand noticed, which is what really good swag is all about!

Thanks for reading & keep coming back for more swag ideas!

Diane Nudelman - "The Swag Queen" of Swag Connection

 
Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 04:28 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Friday, 11 February 2011
 Anymore it seems everyone I know has an iPhone. If you're looking for the next cool swag idea, iPhone accessories should be on your hotlist. With Verizon and other carriers rolling out their own iPhone service, there's going to be an ever-growing audience out there that can use tastefully branded iPhone accessories... like this new myPhone Case:




Up til now the silicone iPhone cases have been the only choice offered in the promotional products industry, and to me the translucency and sleek design of this new style is a welcome change. It's made of tough TPU plastic that protects their phone while subtly promoting your brand.

The minimum order quantity on this item with custom logo is 50 pieces, and they start at $4.50/ea + setup & shipping.

Click here to see more details, request a quote, or order this item with your logo on our site

Thanks for reading, more swag ideas coming soon!

Diane




Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 08:31 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Monday, 25 October 2010
 Here's a brand new swag idea I just ran across today & had to share with you. This customized high-tech gadget turns a box (or other hollow object) into a Portable Speaker:

Groovy Stick-On Portable Speaker

This has to be one of the more innovative swag ideas I've come across in recent months, and just in time for the holiday season. This little gadget, called a Groovy Stick-On Portable Speaker, is a pocket sized amplifier designed to work with portable audio players like iPods and MP3 music players.

One end plugs in to the headphone jack of the audio device. The other end has a sticky silicone-backed speaker that be stuck on to any hollow object (like a box or a cup) to instantly create an audio speaker with surprisingly good sound quality.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW A DEMO ON YOU TUBE

When not in use, it all tucks nicely together into a travel-sized unit that has a nicely sized area for your custom logo imprint. This promotional sound system can be powered via your computer's USB port or by 2 AAA batteries (included).



Priced at around $20 (with a minimum order quantity of 50 units) this box speaker creator is an interesting swag idea for marketers seeking to reach a hip, music-loving and technically savvy audience.

While corporate buyers of this item would naturally include companies in the music or entertainment industries, this item would also make a great employee gift or incentive item... especially for software, internet or gaming companies which typically have a younger work force. I could also see this as a great "Wrap Gift" for the cast and crew of movies or television productions.

You can see more details & current pricing on this item by clicking through to: Groovy Portable Speakers on SwagConnection.com.

INTERESTED IN ORDERING THIS SWAG ITEM WITH YOUR LOGO?

That's what we do & we'd be stoked to help you out. Lots of our clients find us through this blog. We can answer questions about this item, help you order a sample or suggest other swag ideas if you're looking for just the right thing.

Email: diane@swagconnection.com
Phone: 866-247-4320 (toll free, hours 8-5 pacific time)

Thanks for reading & keep coming back for new & innovative swag ideas!







 
Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 03:23 pm   |  Permalink   |  1 Comment  |  Email
Tuesday, 13 July 2010

High Tech meets Happy Hour:
USB Bottle Openers from Swag Connection


The iClick Milwaukee Drive

Here's a brand-new swag idea that just crossed my desk today, and what a fun item for summer! These all metal, heavy-duty USB Bottle Openers are fully-functioning USB Drives with your choice of 2GB, 4GB or 8GB of memory capacity.

While this isn't a drive for the extremely price-conscious, it has a lot going for it. Bottle openers have always been a very popular addition to people's keyrings, and this is designed for that. As most people handle their keys several times each day, the keyring is a prime location for your brand.

Usefulness is another huge factor when it comes to swag that is kept versus swag that's passed along. This USB Bottle opener serves two functions, making it superior to ordinary flash drives that can only be used for data storage. Plus it's got that 'fun factor' that sets it apart from ordinary flashdrives.

Not so long ago it was a big deal to get a promotional USB drive, as they were relatively expensive and few companies could afford to give them away. That's no longer the case. Today you can't assume that people are going to keep, use (or even remember) your ordinary custom-logo flashdrives - they've become ubiquitous. Stepping up to a cool drive like these is what smart marketers are doing to keep their branding fresh, memorable and top-of-mind (not to mention top-of-bottle!)

While this is an obvious choice for beer or soda companies, they're also a great swag idea for:

FAMILY REUNIONS
GRAND OPENINGS (get it?)
WEDDINGS
COLLEGES
RESORTS & HOTELS
GOLF TOURNAMENTS
SOFTWARE COMPANIES
EVENT PLANNERS

The minimum order is 50 drives, with turnaround time of betwen 2-3 weeks.

USB Memory Prices change weekly, so please contact us for a current quote:
Toll-Free - 866-247-4320
Diane@Swagconnection.com 

Thanks for reading & keep coming back for more new & unique swag ideas :)

 

Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 04:52 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Friday, 07 May 2010

Here's a cool, brand-new swag idea just in time for your Spring marketing:

Clear, Clever Folding Flower Vases with Custom Branding:


Swag Connection Item PRM-PL-4101

There's nothing like fresh flowers to brighten up someone's day, which is why I love this new Folding Vase. Introduced to the promotional industry early in 2010, this product won top place in two categories at this year's ASI Orlando Tradeshow - "Best Bang for Your Buck" and "Most Likely to Build A Buzz".

These clever little bud vases are made of soft, flexible PVC plastic. They fold flat for easy storage and form a vase when filled with water. They stand about 10-1/2" tall with a 5" bottom diameter when filled, and come with your choice of Black, Blue, Green, Red or yellow trim.

These folding vases are an ideal swag idea for:
Nursing or Retirement Homes
Florists & Nurseries
Real Estate  or Insurance Agents
Hospitals & Clinics
Cruise Lines
Restaurants
Hotels, Spas & Resorts
Special Event Table Decoration

These would also be a fun swag idea for tradeshows- set up a few of these folding vases on the table at your booth, then add water & flowers to demonstrate how they work. They'll add a festive springtime look to your display and make your booth seem more inviting to attendees.

These Flexi-Vases come packaged in a self-mailer envelope and would also be a great swag idea for direct mail campaigns. Priced at under $2/ea with a minimum order of 200 pieces, this is a unique and memorable way to promote your brand in a classy way.

INTERESTED IN FOLDING FLOWER VASES WITH YOUR CUSTOM LOGO?

This is just one of the thousands of swag ideas you'll find at Swag Connection.
Click here to view this item in more detail on our website or request a quote.

Feel free to email me (sales@swagconnection.com) or give me a call toll-free (866-247-4320) if you have questions or would like to talk about ordering this item with your custom logo. I love to hear from my blog readers!

Thanks for reading - and if you know other people who are always looking for interesting swag ideas for their marketing, please tell them about my blog.

Diane Nudelman

 

Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 03:22 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Custom Laptop Sleeves make great business gifts. The problem is not all laptops are the same size - they can range anywhere from 12" to 17", which is ia pretty wide range. How do you decide which size to order?

Swag Connection has the solution - check out our CUSTOM LAPTOP SLEEVE with UNIVERSAL FIT:

This clever design eliminates the guesswork, it fits any size laptop computer perfectly. Made of 600d polyester with a soft, plush interior, this custom laptop sleeve is one of my favorite swag ideas for a computer-related business gift for under $20. Simply place the computer inside, secure it with the Velcro strap and buckle the flap closure for snug and secure fit every time.

An outside zippered pocket holds small accessories and the carry handle makes it easy to grab and go. This custom laptop sleeve comes decorated with your logo, which can be screen printed or embroidered depending on the look you prefer.

Computer laptop sleeves are a super-popular promotional item right now, and they give your logo excellent exposure because they're mobile by nature and have a nice large imprint area. This custom laptop sleeve would be a great business gift for employees, valued clients or other stakeholders in your business or non-profit.

This is also an item that could be used for what we call a "sticky promotion" where you deliver or mail out the laptop sleeve to a targeted audience, along with an offer they can respond to for a chance to win a laptop computer. This could be a fun way to kick off a sales contest internally or create excitement around a technology-related new product launch.

The minimum order quantity for this custom laptop sleeve is 48 pieces. Price ranges between $12.83-$17.36 depending on order quantity. Here's a link where you can see more details and pricing on our supplier's website: Goodhope Bags Universal Computer Sleeve

INTERESTED IN THIS SWAG IDEA FOR YOUR COMPANY?

Contact me at Swag Connection - 866-247-4320 or email me: sales@swagconnection.com

I love to hear from people who find me through the blog and will be more than happy to help you with an order for this or any other swag items you're interested in finding.

Thanks so much for reading & keep coming back for more swag ideas!

Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 06:11 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Seriously. A rugged, full size computer keyboard you can put your logo on... and PUT THROUGH THE DISHWASHER:

 

The Seal Shield dishwasher-safe line of keyboards was originally developed for use in the medical industry as a way to help stop the spread of germs in hospital settings. This is not a gimmick - they're full size, full function computer keyboards that are 100% waterproof.

I recently discovered these "dishwasher keyboards" are now available with custom corporate logo decoration in the promotional products industry. This is a great swag idea!

If you have any inkling at all of how germy and nasty the average office keyboard is (hint: much worse than a public toilet seat), your company should JUMP at the chance to convert your employee workstations to custom logo Seal Shield keyboards from Swag Connection. Not only do they cost about the same as ordinary keyboards ($35-$59 depending on style & quantity), they're a tangible way your company can prove it cares about employee health and well-being.

As a promotional business gift or incentive, this is a swag idea that's simply brilliant. Talk about a branded promotional gift that people will use and keep for years and years with daily logo exposure. If your company sells any sort of high-tech software or computer systems, thanking your customers for a nice order with a custom Seal Shield keyboard or two is a no-brainer.

We currently offer 3 styles of name-brand Seal Shield dishwasher-safe keyboards through industry supplier Logomark, as well as the waterproof, dishwasher-safe Seal Shield mouse. They can be ordered with or without your company's custom logo imprint.

INTERESTED IN ORDERING DISHWASHER SAFE SEAL SHIELD KEYBOARDS WITH YOUR LOGO?

Simply contact us here at Swag Connection to get started. We'll be happy to answer any questions you have and get your project started!

Phone: 866-247-4320
Email: Sales@Swagconnection.com

Thanks for reading & keep coming back for more great swag ideas!

 

 

Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 06:31 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, 02 February 2010

Here are 3 great new recycled swag items I absolutely love for 2010:

First off, check out this recycled notecard wheel:


Ecoswag Item ALX-1341

This is definitely one of those items you really need to see in person to fully appreciate. While fan-type jotter notepads like this are nothing new, this one is cooler than the rest. It's made of recycled material, with a sturdy, smooth cover that looks great with a black logo imprint as shown. The first page has a 3-year calendar, followed by 76 pages in 4 color-coded sections. The pages are thicker than a regular notepad, in fact they're more like index cards. Each card is lined and perforated along the left-hand side to tear out neatly. You can't see it in the photo, but there's an attached orange elastic privacy band that keeps the jotter neatly closed when not in use.

This particular item currently only comes with the citrus-orange cover, but it really looks sharp and has a hip & modern vibe. Priced at under $4.00 this is a great swag idea to leave behind after sales calls or to give as a gift to clients or prospects.

Next, here's a similar item for keeping cards or photos:


Ecoswag Item ALX-1350

This is a smaller sized "wheel" with a recycled paperboard cover that contains 10 durable vinyl sleeves. It's perfect for keeping business cards, credit cards or even wallet-size photos! It can be hard to find swag ideas that will appeal to such a wide range of people, but this one works equally well for senior citizens, soccer moms or business people. You can barely see it, but this one also has an elastic band to keep it neatly closed when not in use.

Priced at $3 or less, this is one of my favorite "giveaway-priced" swag ideas for spring events and trade shows. This one does come in a choice of colors - Royal Blue, Black, Chocolate Brown or Orange.

Last but Not Least... a Recycled Password Keeper


Ecoswag Item #ALX-1342

For those who have too many logins and passwords to keep track of, this recycled Password Pad is a swag idea whose time has come. It's arranged in alphabetical order with sections for recording account names, password hints and passwords. Made of recycled material with a metal spiral binding & elastic privacy strap, this is a fantastic swag idea for creatively marketing your high tech company at events and conferences.

This item comes in Black, Brown or Royal Blue as shown. Also in the $3.00 and under price range, this is a unique and useful promotional item that many people have not yet seen.

INTERESTED IN THESE RECYCLED SWAG IDEAS FOR YOUR COMPANY?

Clicking the links below the photos will take you to these items on our ecoswag.com website where you'll find details and pricing. You can request a quote from the website, or simply call or email us for more information or to order a sample. (Ecoswag.com is a web division of Swag Connection).

Feel free to call us at 866-247-4320 (toll-free) or email us: sales@swagconnection.com

Thanks for reading & keep coming back for more great swag ideas for your creative marketing!

Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 06:38 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, 19 January 2010

I'm back in the office after attending the promotional product industry's biggest tradeshow last week (the PPAI Expo in Las Vegas). With over 2,000 catalog lines on display on the show floor, it was a great place to pick up new swag ideas to share with you for the year ahead. Here's one of my new favorite things:

Flexible Silicone Calculators


Bullet Line Item #SM3122

First of all, you need to know this is one of those swag items that is MUCH cooler in real life than it looks in the picture here. Much of this calculator's appeal is tactile, and I honestly didn't think it was all that cool when I first looked at it... until I picked it up and started playing with it!

The body of this silicone calculator is flat, and the number and function keys are raised to give it a 3-D effect. It's floppy and flexible, similar to those roll-up silicone computer keyboards you may have seen (but at a much lower price point). I ordered a sample so I could try it out  & I'm hooked - it works perfectly and it's so much cooler looking and more fun to use than my old traditional calculator. It's a great example of how the promotional product industry continues to innovate by putting a fresh new twist on items that have been around forever.

Here's the thing with promotional swag - and this especially applies to traditional swag ideas in the lower price ranges - you have to assume that most people already have a similar item at their home or office. Therefore, the name of the game is to give people something that's somehow better and more appealing so it will replace the item they already own... and become their new favorite. Once I got this silicone calculator, my old one (which I've used for years and works just fine) went straight to the back of the desk drawer. This is exactly what you want to happen, and I think this is one of those items that has a high probability of landing (and staying) on the desktop to give your logo daily exposure. Priced at under $4, with a minimum order of 150 pieces, this is a fun swag idea that can be handed out at events or easily mailed out.

Although similar silicone calculators can be found elsewhere, we source ours from the Bullet Line catalog. Their pricing is better AND they custom-imprint your order in 24 hours at no extra charge. Since they also offer shipping anywhere in the US in 3 days at ground rates, you can order these on Monday and have them in your hands by Friday... without paying expensive rush charges or expedited shipping costs. So if you tend to wait til the last minute to order your trade show swag, this (or anything from Bullet Line) is an excellent choice!

INTERESTED IN THIS SILICONE CALCULATOR WITH YOUR CUSTOM LOGO?

Feel free to check out this item on the Bullet Line website, where you'll find more details and pricing. When you're ready to order, just contact us here at Swag Connection:

Phone: 866-247-4320
Email: Sales@swagconnection.com

We love to hear from our blog readers, many of whom turn into clients. Please also feel free to post comments if you like this swag idea and want to share your thoughts on how it could be used in a creative marketing campaign.

Thanks for reading and keep coming back for more new swag ideas for 2010!

Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 06:24 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, 22 December 2009

It's the time of year when the new 2010 catalogs start arriving in the Swag Connection mailbox, and they're a great source for new swag ideas to share with my blog readers. As soon as I saw this Capri Computer Bag, I couldn't wait to tell you about it. Classy, feminine, affordable and airport-ready, this is my new favorite computer bag for the female executive:


Gemline #2604 Life In Motion Capri Computer Bag

This bag is the perfect size for travel - 16.25" x 12.5" - and it features eye-catching design as well as great functionality. It's made of easy to clean microfiber with simulated leather accents and features Gemline's "Viewpoint System" sleeve (shown in the photo below) with a detachable buckle for easy laptop security scanning.

This handy sleeve accomodates a laptop up to 14" and tucks easily into the main compartment:

Additionally, you'll find a zippered, padded compartment with a multi-function organizer to keep business accessories organized and protected. The 25" handles make it easy to carry this bag on your shoulder if needed, and the metal feet keep the bag stabilized when upright.

This bag is available from Swag Connection with your custom-embroidered logo in quantities of 12 or more. Priced at a little over $50, this would be a great incentive or reward for the high-performing women on your company's team.

INTERESTED IN THIS BAG WITH YOUR COMPANY LOGO?
Simply give us a call or start with an email for more details or an itemized price quote from Swag Connection:

By Phone: 866-247-4320 (toll-free)
By Email: Sales@Swagconnection.com

Thanks for reading & keep coming back for more great Swag Ideas in 2010!!

Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 06:36 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Looking for a tasteful, customized holiday business gift that's appropriate for EVERYONE?


We now offer CUSTOM-ETCHED BOTTLES
of premium Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar:

Custom Labeled Olive Oil

If you're the person in charge of deciding on your company's holiday gifts, you know how hard it can be to find something that's appropriate for everyone on your list. Wine is a popular gift, but problematic because some people don't drink for personal or religious reasons. Plus it can be a real hassle to ship due to state liquor laws. Since people's taste in wine varys greatly, even a very expensive bottle may not be appreciated by everyone who receives it.

Nuts, popcorn, candies and gift baskets of food are other popular choices, but they can be a problem for diabetics, folks on sodium-restricted diets (or those who are simply watching their weight). Also, the sheer popularity of food gifts makes it likely yours will be one of several your recipients will get this holiday season, which makes it hard to stand out from the crowd.

That's why I really like this new swag idea I came across recently - CUSTOM ETCHED bottles of premium Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar for the holidays. These quality, all-purpose condiments come with your choice of a custom-printed label as shown above, or a deep-etched bottle like this:


Custom Etched Balsamic Vinegar

Both olive oil and balsamic vinegar are natural, healthful, all-purpose gifts that are different enough to stand out from the crowd. The custom-etched bottles have a high-end look and feel, as well as plenty of room for your logo or artwork. Olive oil and vinegar are also consumed over time compared to snack-type gifts, which keeps your logo around long after the holiday season is over.

These custom etched bottles are from Etching Wines and Spirits, and sold exclusively through promotional products companies like Swag Connection. The minimum order quantity is a low 12 bottles, with prices in the $30-$40 range. To see a PDF with more information and pricing, click here.

For an extra-special touch, laser-branded wooden gift crates are a beautiful way to package your gift and make a lasting impression:


Custom Label Bottle in Matching Gift Crate

These custom-etched bottles could also be delivered in a reusable wine tote, like this inexpensive one from Ecoswag.com.

While this is a great swag idea for the holidays, it's also good for other times of year as well. These would be nice gifts to reward clients, donors or employees in nearly any type of business!

INTERESTED IN CUSTOM-ETCHED OIL & VINEGAR FOR YOUR COMPANY?

Simply contact us with questions or to get started on your project:
Sales@SwagConnection.com
Toll Free: 866-247-4320

Thanks for reading & keep coming back for more timely & appropriate swag ideas!

 

Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 03:42 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 08 September 2009
Do you love Sharpies like I love Sharpies?
 
If the answer is "yes", you'll be stoked to see the latest addition to the Sharpie family of permanent markers... the brand new Sharpie Pen, customized with YOUR logo:
 
Unlike any other brand of pen I can think of, Sharpies have an almost cult-like following. What started with the original Sharpie Permanent Marker years ago has morphed into an entire Sharpie product line, including Sharpie markers in mini sizes, retractable styles and fine-point models. While most Sharpies are sold at retail, the entire product line is also available with custom logo decoration through promotional product distributors like Swag Connection.
 
The Sharpie PEN is the newest addition to the Sharpie product line, which makes it a timely swag idea for the fall trade show & conference season. We ordered a few samples to try out, and the best thing about the pen compared to other Sharpies is it doesn't bleed through paper like other Sharpies do. It has a super fine-tip point that writes really nicely, with a good-sized area for your logo, phone number, URL, etc.
Available with Black or Blue ink, the new Sharpie Pen is priced at under $2.00 and available with your custom imprint in quantities of 200 or more. This is a great giveaway swag idea for all sorts of companies because it has such wide appeal.
 
INTERESTED IN MORE INFO? Click here to view this item on the Sanford B2B Webite
 
INTERESTED IN ORDERING SHARPIE PENS WITH YOUR CUSTOM LOGO? We'd be happy to help you out! Give us a call at 866-247-4320, or email us: Sales@SwagConnection.com to get your order started.
 
Thanks for reading & keep coming back for new swag ideas!
Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 04:19 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, 23 July 2009

Here's a cool and useful swag idea for promotional campaigns targeted to a female audience:

Logo-Customized Purse Pal Handbag Hooks

My client & winemaking friend Kelley Styring of Insight Farm was one of the first to explore the connections between brands, women and what women carry in ther handbags. The results of her study were really quite fascinating - and are well presented in this article on CNN titled: The Power of the Purse. Did you know that 95% of women aged 18-64 carry a purse every day? Getting your brand connected with a woman's purse is one way to gain favorable daily exposure for your brand or cause.

Now there are lots of things you could give out that go into a purse - tins of breath mints, pens, lip balms, hand sanitizers and compact mirrors are popular swag choices - but they're also commonplace items most women already own, so they may not make much of an impression.

That's why I really like this Purse Pal handbag hook - it's a classy purse item that not many women currently own. It perches on the edge of a table or counter at restaurants and lounges and keeps a woman's purse in easy reach. The clever design rolls up as shown here when it's not in use, and the velvet gift bag is a nice touch that also keeps it from getting scratched up in the purse.

One of the other things I like about this as a marketing swag idea is that it has the potential to become a conversation piece when women get together socially. I know if I whipped one of these out to hang my bag when meeting the gals for cocktails it would certainly be noticed & commented on. Giving a smart little gadget like this is a great way to enhance your brand's image for a female audience.

INTERESTED IN PURSE PALS WITH YOUR CUSTOM LOGO?

I just started a "Diane's Top Picks" section on SwagConnection.com and added this item, so click the link to view product details and pricing online. This gift item comes from IMC-Miracles which is one of my favorite business gift lines here at Swag Connection. Anything you see on their website can be purchased through my company.

As always, feel free to give me a call or shoot me an email if you are interested in any of the swag ideas I feature on my blog. I love hearing from my blog readers and many of them have become clients over the years.

Phone: 866-247-4320
Email: Diane@Swagconnection.com

Thanks for reading & keep coming back for more cool & unusual swag ideas - Ciao!

 

 

Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 02:08 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, 09 June 2009
Here's a BRAND NEW swag item I guarantee you've NEVER seen before:

One Simple Strap solves one of modern life's more annoying problems.... unruly cords!

Before One Simple Strap:



After One Simple Strap:


If your target customers are people who travel with electronic devices (and who doesn't these days?) you can become their hero with this deceptively simple (but extremely useful) new swag item.

Developed by the brother of a friend of mine in response to his frustration with wily, tangly cords, the Simple Strap is exactly that - a simple but effective Velcro strap that adheres to pretty much any corded device. Custom-printed with your 1-color logo and packaged with instructions for use, this item sells for $2.49/ea - a great price point for corporate giveaways. Minimum order: 500 pieces

As far as I know I'm the first person in the promotional products industry to offer this item to my clients... so here's your big chance to be among the VERY FIRST to promote your brand with a unique and useful item that will be kept, talked about and appreciated by those who receive it.

There are some types of companies for whom this is an obvious fit - great "gift with purchase" item for any retailer who sells cellphones, chargers or electronic devices. Here are a few not-so-obvious ideas for using One Simple Strap in a marketing campaign:

-Financial Planners, CPAs, Attorneys or Insurance Companies: You're in the business of untangling your clients problems and simplifying complex problems. The Simple Strap is emblematic of what you offer your clients. Why not use it in a direct mail marketing campaign to promote your services?

-Hotels, Restaurants & Rental Car Companies: Your target market is travelers, and every traveler can use a Simple Strap or two. It's a great way to keep your brand top-of-mind when your clients are on the road.

-Roadside Assistance or RV/Boat/Car Repair Services:
Giving out One Simple Straps with your phone number or URL makes perfect sense. Your clients can tame their tangly cords - and keep your contact information handy when they're on the move and most likely to need your services.

INTERESTED IN ONE SIMPLE STRAP WITH YOUR CUSTOM IMPRINT?

This is one item you WON'T find anywhere else... so give us a call or shoot us an email if you're interested in getting a sample to try out or if you're interested in ordering this unique new item for your creative branding:

Phone: 866-247-4320
Email: Diane@Swagconnection.com

Thanks for reading & keep coming back for more great swag ideas!










Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 04:13 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, 28 May 2009

Here's a swag item that recently caught my eye - The Essential Accordion Jotter:

OK, I know what you're thinking... she's showing me just another one of those fancy Journal Books, which are nice, but certainly nothing new.

Wrong! Open it up and you'll see this is new, different & quite useful:

If you're looking for a fresh alternative to custom journals and notebooks, this Essential Accordion Jotter is a great choice. It's in the same price range, and it's an item that many people haven't seen before. Now don't get me wrong, I love journals and notebooks as business giveaway items. The problem with them is they're such a popular swag item that most people already have one (or more) already.

This accordion jotter is a nice size for taking notes (3.5" x 5.5") and comes with a refillable/removable jotter pad as shown. The 3 accordion pockets are great for all sorts of uses - keeping coupons, receipts, business cards or notes to self. There's an elastic pen loop built in to the middle (hard to see in the photo) and these can be ordered with the optional Modern Pen as shown. Extra refills are also available.

The cover is turned leatherette on a rigid paperboard backing, which combined with the flat elastic band closure gives this jotter a high-end, modern appeal. These are priced between $4-$6 depending on quantity, with a minimum order of 100 pieces with custom logo decoration.

IDEAS FOR USING THIS SWAG ITEM TO PROMOTE YOUR COMPANY OR CAUSE:

Accounting Firms: Perfect client gift for business owners who need to keep receipts & mileage logs

Banks: Great gift for new accounts, perfect size for keeping deposit receipts

Event Marketing: Slip a coupon, brochure or business card into the accordion pockets before the event for extra promotional power

Hospitals: This would be a great gift for new mothers - fill the accordion pockets with coupons for special offers for new moms gathered from local marketing partners.

Non-Profits: A nice gift for donors or volunteers that's classy & useful but not too spendy

Interested in The Essential Accordion Jotter with YOUR Custom Logo?

Here's a link to this item on our Supplier's website where you can see more details & pricing:

Click Here for Info

To Order - just give Swag Connection a call or send me an email to get started:

Phone: 866-247-4320
Email:
Diane@Swagconnection.com

Thanks for reading & keep coming back for more fresh & unique swag ideas!

 

 

 

Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 01:46 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Thursday, 30 April 2009

This Week's New Favorite Thing... The Convertible "Montezuma" Backpack from District Threads

The very first thing I must say is that the picture does not do it justice. This swag item is MUCH cooler in real life. I recently got a sample to try out (one advantage of being the Swag Queen) and it's the best laptop-compatible backpack I've ever owned.

Brand new for Spring 2009, this backpack's most innovative feature is that it easily converts from a backpack to a messenger bag so you can carry it whichever way is most comfortable for you. It's a nice size for travel with a padded, separate compartment specially designed for carrying a laptop computer up to 17" size. The roomy main compartment is also padded, as are the backpack straps and shoulder strap so it's super-comfy to carry, even when loaded with stuff. The bottom panel is rubberized to protect the contents from moisture. Even the hand-carry handle at the top of the bag is padded... you can tell the designers of this laptop backpack have put a lot of thought into every detail.

I especially love the multitude of organizing pockets that are built in to this pack. They're nicely sized and well-placed for easy access while keeping contents secure. It comes in basic black, or in the coffee-brown and black combo shown above (my fave). Your custom logo decoration can be added to the center front pocket with embroidery or screenprinting. My recommendation would be embroidery... it looks classier and will last longer, especially with heavy use.

The price? Around $40 each with logo embroidery, and a low minimum order quantity of a dozen packs.

These custom logo computer backpacks are a great swag idea for your company's Sales Team and Executives who travel with laptops for business. They'd be a nice addition to an employee rewards program or incentive prize to use in sales contests. Colleges could sell these in their bookstores or use them as an gift when recruiting new students or athletes to their programs. Computer retailers may want to consider these as an item to sell with a new laptop computer. I can also see these as a nice gift to express appreciation for non-profit donors, volunteers and Board members.

INTERESTED IN THE MONTEZUMA CONVERTIBLE BACKPACK AS A SWAG IDEA FOR YOUR LOGO?

You can see more specs and detailed information about this item by clicking here to view on our supplier's website. To order, contact us at Swag Connection:

Phone: 866-247-4320
Email: Sales@SwagConnection.com

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more great swag ideas!

Posted by: Diane Nudelman AT 02:24 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
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