Wedding Season

October 23, 2013 11:04 by Meryem
      

Wedding season is almost over and I have two more weddings to attend before the end.

My close friends Arzu and Yigit are having their wedding this Sunday 10/27/2013. Of course it's a happy time, but a very stressful one as well.

I decided last minute to get a dress made, which I must say turned out real nice. This weekend we got together to wrap her wedding favors, which are the cutest things! We also made last-minute changes to her seating chart. Now everything is set for the big day.

The other wedding I am attending is 11/3/2013, and there will be no stressing for that one. I just have to get dressed, attend and party!

We Have a Winner!

October 23, 2013 11:03 by Brandon
      

Unless you've been totally ignoring Motivators' Facebook Page for the past month and a half (in which case, shame on you!), you know that we recently launched a contest to give away a free computer!

Well, we've finally selected a winner! Facebook user and Motivators fan Michelle Hall will soon receive a touchscreen all-in-one Sony PC, courtesy of Motivators.

Bummed you didn't win? Don't worry! Just stay tuned to our Facebook Page and keep an eye out for future contests and giveaways.

Plus, as a token of our appreciation to all who entered, we're offering a 5% off coupon code through this Friday, Oct. 25. Just use the code listed in this graphic: 

So go ahead, get started on your holiday shopping and business gifts. Order those Thanksgiving stress balls you've been eyeing. Order some new trade show giveaways in time for the next big event. But act quickly, because this offer's only good through Oct. 25!

Promotional Premiums

October 23, 2013 10:33 by Olha
      

The holidays, in my opinion, are a perfectionist's worst nightmare. All of the pressure and tension is on you to get the perfect gifts for your family, friends, co-workers, or employees.

The hottest products this season are tablets, so your first thought is, "Let's get tablet stands/cases as gifts!" The catch, however, is that tablets come in many shapes/sizes. This will make it hard to shop in bulk, especially for a larger group.

What to do? I have two words for you: PROMOTIONAL PREMIUMS! These gift cards/digital download cards are the perfect gift or incentive. You can cover every person under just one gift idea, with only a very small chance that someone will not be able to use a gift card as they please.

I also love that the shipping cost will not weigh down the cost of your items, making promotional premiums a great mailer!

Flu Season's Coming

October 22, 2013 06:18 by Sung
      

As we approach into November, the temperature will start to plummet. This is the time where I always end up getting sick. My body does not seem to like the transition from warm to cold. Getting sick is sometimes inevitable. I try to be proactive and carry my antibacterial spray everywhere I go; however, even that sometimes is not enough.

If you are in a region where winters are cold, Motivators' promotional health products are a fantastic way to promote your brand, and to let your clients know that you care about their wellbeing. We have a variety of styles to choose from including gels, sprays and wipes.

Fashion Trend

October 22, 2013 04:08 by Ozzie
      

I would like to think that I am someone who follows fashion trends closely, even if I don't implement them all (I like to know what is hot and what is NOT). Most of the time, I would rather dress how I feel comfortable and how I think I look good, so I admit certain trends are not for me! Of course, like every other female out there, I have my staple articles of clothing and accessories - the basic white tee, my favorite little black dress, dressy black pants, white dress shirt, and black pumps that I cannot do without.  I do like to add color to my wardrobe now and then, some blues and reds and browns, but as you can tell, it is all about black and white.

Recently, however, something has come over me. For some odd reason (I do not know why), I seem to have an obsession with this year's surprising fashion trend - camouflage! Yes, you heard me correctly. I said camo. And I am not just referring to when I am out in the woods, hiking, camping or hunting, I am talking about all the time! Just this weekend, I went to a few sporting good stores and realized how there are whole departments dedicated to just camouflage items. At one point, it felt like camo heaven. There were jackets, hats, bags, coolers, blankets, chairs, anything and everything you can think of - all in camouflage!

I know it is not normal to buy everyday wear in the hunting section of the sporting store, but I was so tempted to buy every piece of camouflage apparel and promotional cap in the store. My husband had to literally drag me out of there. To his surprise, the very next store we walked into, a major department store I might add, there was a whole display full of camo-wear. At this point, he realized it would be inevitable and finally convinced me to purchase a few camo apparel and accessories. Even though this is a very new trend for me, I love it and feel that it is a great accent to the rest of my wardrobe.

Promo Pieces Around The World: Italy

October 21, 2013 08:06 by Adam
      

Depending on whether you are reading this inside or outside of Motivators, you may or may not know that two weeks ago, on October 6, I married my longtime girlfriend / fiance Sara! It has been a very exciting time for both of us, as well as all of our family and friends. After over a year and half of wedding planning, and of course the wedding itself, it was time for the honeymoon.

We chose to travel throughout Italy for our honeymoon. We spent two weeks going all over, Rome - Florence - Venice and Lake Como. Now Sara, for those who don't know, is a Student Advisor at a local college. That means when Sara goes on a two week vacation, basically, there is not much in Italy to remind her of her job back at home. However, all my fellow promo people know, there is no escaping the swag world.

In fact, one of our first stops was in Rome at the Vatican Museum, home of the Sistine Chapel. Easily one of the last places I would expect to encounter anything from the promotional product world. However, right there, in the middle of a table, in the middle of one of the galleries was our 43013 Fun Lighter 5 Color Fun Highlighter. Thousands of miles from home, and even the Vatican sells some of our fantastic products. 

Just when I thought I had seen the last of promotional products in Italy, from Rome we ended up in Venice. Currently there they are creating a heavy push for tourism in the City of Water. That is where as a lucky tourist, I received this wonderfully branded drawstring backpack. Beautiful imprint, and perfect for day travels around Italy. 

It just goes to show you, no matter where you go. From the US to Europe and beyond, you just can't escape a good promotional product.

One More Week!

October 21, 2013 07:41 by Sam
      

This time next week I will be packing up and heading down to Florida.  I will be spending my Birthday in Disney World Florida.  I am very excited, and have finally begun packing.  I have acquired so many Promotional Luggage Items over the last couple of months, that I finally get to put to use!  My favorite one being being my Polytex Travel Document Case, which helps me organize all of my important wallet items! Can’t wait for this much needed Vacation!

Need An Idea?

October 21, 2013 03:58 by Laurie
      

Sometimes clients need some help with branding a product they need. The most common request I receive is the need for a four color process/digital imprint on an item.

I am the first to admit that we have a lot of stuff on our site and it can get a bit overwhelming. But we also have a fantastic filtering system that allows you to navigate different promotional ideas that might work for your imprinting needs. Searching through our "theme ideas" will allow you to see a clean breakdown of categories and imprint methods (epoxy dome/four color process).

With the advancement of four color process, customers are no longer limited to printing their art in a single color. Motivators offers items such as shirts, water bottles and lip balm with a digital or four color imprint. Customers can print gradients, multi-color, tight registration, or even a picture of themselves in clear detail.

So if you no longer want to be limited to a black imprint on a white item, browse around in our four color process theme!

$18,000 For An Old Promo Ad?!?!

October 18, 2013 05:58 by Jon
      

1920s Montauk poster expected to draw thousands at auction.

This is a cool story as it is, but to add a promotional idea aspect,  just makes it even better!  The article was in Newsday today and I'll sum it up for you!

There was a man in the 1920's name Carl Fisher who wanted to develop Montauk, much like he did with Miami beach a few years earlier.  He proposed a destination with "the most fabulous summer resort ever imagined in the Western world," with a yacht club, polo fields, glass-enclosed tennis courts and a half-mile-long ocean boardwalk.

Unfortunately, when the hotel was completed in 1927 a terrible storm hit one of Carl Fishers other projects.  Coupled with the great depression, the project went bankrupt in 1932.

The estimated 500-1000 posters were originally made to post alone rail lines to promote the project, but with the stock market crash, they were never distributed.

This is now considered a work of art from a rough time in our history.  But 18k??  This one isn't even in perfect condition! (the A+ condition poster that sold previously went for $26,000)  there's a large crease down the middle!  If you had 20 grand to spare would you pay it??

 

The Air We Breathe Is a Leading Cause of Cancer

October 18, 2013 04:58 by Brandon
      

You quit smoking, you've gone organic and you wear sunscreen every day. You're doing all the things you're supposed to in order to prevent cancer, right?

Unfortunately, there's one cancer-causer we can't do much about: the air.

Yesterday, the World Health Organization has officially declared air pollution a leading cause of cancer. Reuters reports that in some parts of the world, air pollution could pose as much a threat as second-hand tobacco smoke.

"Our conclusion is that this is a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths," International Agency for Research on Cancer director Dr. Christopher Wild said.

There are ways to fight air pollution. For example, some of our most popular eco-friendly products contain seeds. Here's a popular one:   

custom printed Wildflower Star Ornament

According to the American Chemical Society, "judicious placement of grass, climbing ivy and other plants in urban canyons can reduce the concentration at street level of NO2 by as much as 40 percent and PM by 60 percent," which is much more than previously thought.

How will you help fight air pollution?

Bachelorette Weekend

October 17, 2013 11:20 by Ali
      

So, I know it is a bit early, BUT my bachelorette party is this weekend! Since we are having a destination wedding in March, my friends decided we should spread out the vacations so they are all coming down to Miami this weekend!

My sister arrived this morning super early (yes I did pick her up at 5:15 a.m.), and one other friend gets in tonight. The rest of the girls get in tomorrow (I took the day off) and I am so excited to see what is in store this weekend.

I have a small idea of the places we are going and what we are doing but I can't wait for it to all unfold. With that being said, you can be sure that there will be a follow up blog next week with some branded bachelorette items! We will be spending tons of time on the beach so my fingers are crossed for beautiful weather and an amazing time with my girls!