Happy National Dog Day!

August 26, 2013 10:30 by Brandon

It's National Dog Day, a celebration that resonates with the Motivators staff. Why's that? Because many of us are proud of the furry bundles of joy we leave at home during the day.

National Dog Day was created in 2004 and is sponsored by big brands like Target, Disney and Crayola. Here's a brief description of the holiday, courtesy of its official website:

National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day - for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.

So this post is dedicated to a few of the pups we at Motivators love and adore.

1. Stacie's dog Brodie as a puppy: 

2. Brandon's pets, Charlie and Cody:

3. Samantha's bundles of joy, Lola and Peanut: 

4. Elyse's pup, Lily, rocking a Rolling Stones promotional t-shirt:

If I left your dog out, let me know and I'll add him or her to the list! Happy National Dog Day!

Late Nite Audio

July 29, 2013 04:25 by Laurie

Last night we went to Cedar Beach - The Beach Hut to hang out with family. There is a great playground, a fresh seafood shack, the beach, and live music! Both adults and kids love going on summer nights. Last night was especially fun because it was my uncle's birthday, and his band, Late Nite Audio, was playing at the Hut.

These guys are super talented and have been playing together for years. They play cover songs (The Beatles, Billy Joel, Rolling Stones) and really get the crowd going. Last summer when I saw them, while they sounded like one unit, they definitely didn't look like one. This time I was pleasantly surprised to see that they invested in matching promotional t-shirts! They were simple black shirts with white logo, but it completed the ensemble perfectly.

Now I need to talk to my uncle about ordering more imprinted items for his band(s). 

The World's Largest Promotional T-shirt

May 2, 2013 09:42 by Ali

So, I know I blogged about the Miami Heat last week, but I am sorry to say that this week they will be my topic of choice again (but, by default! I promise). When you live in the middle of the craze of this team, it is difficult to escape it so I have found myself embracing it.

Anyways, as I entered my gym yesterday morning, I noticed the two huge statues that were typically bare were now sporting Heat branded promotional t-shirts. Now, it is hard to tell by the picture just how large the statues are (I wish I was standing next to them), but they are ridiculously huge! Take a look: 

I will say that I did chuckle a bit at the creativity of it all, but it proves my point that the Heat is EVERYWHERE. I got a closer look and realized that these tanks appear to be actual shirts, so don’t think your eyes are deceiving you!

Being that the gym is located in the Four Seasons hotel, I appreciate that the Heat has found a way to get noticed, without overdoing it.

Or did they? After all, they did not throw beach balls and backpacks all over the place; they simply dressed the statues to represent their team. Undecided? Have an opinion? Let me know what you think!

Celebrating Wear Red Day

February 1, 2013 04:41 by Brandon

Today is Wear Red Day, an American Heart Association-sponsored nationwide awareness event that aims to bring attention to the prevalence of heart disease in American women.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), Wear Red Day was created to dispel common myths about heart disease. For example, the AHA found in 2003 that many women dismissed heart disease as an "older man's disease," even though it's the number one killer of women.

Custom Printed Heart Stress Reliever Keyring

The idea is simple: By donning something red (be it a t-shirt, vest or hat, etc.), you can help make more women aware of heart disease and its threat.

Think you can't make a difference? Think again. Since National Wear Red Day began 10 years ago, a lot has changed. Let's take a look at some statistics from the AHA:

1. 21% fewer women die from heart disease

2. 23% more women understand that heart disease is their number one threat

3. An increased understanding of heart disease in women specifically

So do something good today; put on something red. Remember, even the smallest act can make a big difference.

What Lasts Longer Than A T-Shirt?

January 7, 2013 08:20 by Adam

Recently, I spent some time with my dad cleaning out an old storage room. Each of us uses it to keep memories and things we just can't part to give away or throw away. It has been years since I had gone through what was in there. I noticed a repeating pattern of how I would keep a memory when I was younger. It was always a t-shirt.

I found a promotional t-shirt from my bar-mitzvah. I found a plethora of t-shirts from a trip to Israel. To me the most interesting t-shirt I found was from my 6th grade graduation. They gave one to every graduating student. In fact, on the back of it, it had listed the names of every single student.

It was probably "real cool" in 6th Grade for us. Now, almost 20 years later (yikes!), it's real useful. Here in the days of Facebook it was a great tool to bring together old friends, people who I haven't spoken to in ages. It was even able to bring together OTHER people who hadn't spoken to each other in ages. 

It was fantastic foresight on the principal and teachers back then, to give us something that we could keep not just to remind us of when we were young but to also bring us together as we got older. 

Good job PS 169, and thanks! 

Fundraising for Newtown with Promo T-Shirts

January 4, 2013 04:29 by Brandon

What unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Dec. 14, 2012 will forever remain one of the most heartbreaking events in U.S. history. And while there's no way to go back and change what's happened, we can offer our support to those affected.

That's the idea behind a We Are Newtown, a scholarship fundraising project. According to its website, the organization aims to "help heal the community, rebuild our town, and contribute to its future." There are three ways to get involved:

  1. Donate

    Choose from four different amounts -- $20, $40, $50 or $100

  2. Download "We'll Be Alright"

    "We'll Be Alright," which can be downloaded for just 99 cents, is a song written and performed by current Newtown High School Students and alumni

  3. Purchase a t-shirt

    We Are Newtown promotional t-shirts featuring the organization's logo are available for $20 a piece


We Are Newtown's goal is to offer a $26,000 scholarship to graduating Newtown seniors each year. Will you lend a helping hand?

We Are Newtown Promotional T-Shirt

Fun at ad:tech New York!

November 9, 2012 04:39 by Brandon

Yesterday, my coworker Stacie and I traveled to New York City's Javits Center for ad:tech -- a digital marketing conference. Being a social media nerd, I was super-stoked for the big event. Not even the stupid nor'easter that hit the region Wednesday night into yesterday morning could stop me from getting into Manhattan for the exciting convention! 

ad:tech NY

Not only did Stacie and I get to meet reps from dozens of innovative social media, email marketing and analytics companies, but we also had the opportunity to attend several keynotes.

First, Mail Online editor Martin Clarke filled us in on the online newspaper's explosive growth. He told the audience that a focus on creating quality, "sticky" content is what makes Mail Online stand out: "At the end of the day, the content is much more important than the design."

Julie Marchant-Houle, VP Marketing and Global Portfolio Leader for Revlon

Keynotes were also delivered by Julie Marchant-Houle, VP Marketing and Global Portfolio Leader for Revlon, and other big names in marketing including Julie Roehm, Senior VP of Marketing for SAP and Stephanie Fierman of MediaCom.

And while I am a self-proclaimed social media addict, I also consider myself a promotional products enthusiast. I was beyond ecstatic when I noticed exhibitors passing out giveaways. Check out a few of my favorites: 


Promotional T-Shirt

Promotional Drawstring Backpack

Promotional Sunglasses

Area 55's Geinus #GangnamRoy Stunt

October 26, 2012 05:51 by Brandon

If you follow the Indiana Pacers, you're probably familiar with Area 55. The group -- hand-picked by NBA star Roy Hibbert -- comprises the wildest and craziest Pacers fans and aims to be the loudest section at every home game.

But how do Area 55 members show their support outside of Bankers Life Fieldhouse? Sometimes, they flash mob.

That's right; Area 55 members and Hibbert himself stopped traffic in Circle Centre Mall in Indianapolis, IN when they broke into dance to one of today's most popular songs, "Gangnam Style." Check it out:

In my opinion, the surprise performance was spot-on for a few reasons. First, the use of Psy's hit single made the flash mob relevant to everyone -- not just basketball fans. Second, the stunt gave Area 55 exposure outside of the arena. And finally, those unmistakable promotional t-shirts delivered a clear message: We're Area 55, and we're passionate about the Indiana Pacers.

Plus, Hibbert's Psy impression is uncanny.

What do you think? Is the performance cool or corny?

Why Style Matters

September 18, 2012 04:11 by Brandon

If you're reading this blog, you're probably already familiar with the power of promotional giveaways. Study after study tells us that when you hand out branded products, consumers are more likely to remember your company.

Apparel is the largest and best-selling category of promotional products. But there's a catch: People will only wear your custom fleece, polo, sweatshirt, etc. if they like it. It's got to be in-fashion, high-quality and attractive.

Just think about it. If your favorite coffee shop was giving away the ugliest t-shirt you've ever seen, would you wear it? You're probably not willing to walk around in a hideous top, no matter how much you love their double mocha latte with extra foam.

Sure, distributing promotional items may be "just another form of advertising." But if you want your giveaways to reach the most number of people possible, it's important to make 'em look good.

So if you're thinking about handing out branded apparel, do it right. Check out some great looks for fall beloww. And don't hesitate to contact our experienced promotional consultants at (800) 525-9600 for more ideas!

promotional Next Level Apparel Fitted Short-Sleeve V-Neck Shirt

Next Level Apparel Fitted Short-Sleeve V-Neck Shirt for men 


promotional Next Level Apparel Ladies' Tri-Blend Long-Sleeve Scoop Tee

Next Level Apparel Ladies' Tri-Blend Long-Sleeve Scoop Tee for women 


promotional Carhartt Sandstone Arctic Traditional Jacket - Quilt Lined

Carhartt Quilt Lined Sandstone Arctic Traditional Jacket

Another Day in the City

July 6, 2012 05:41 by Dan

     So as some of you may know from my previous posts, I love New York City. Given the chance, I spend my free time in the "City That Never Sleeps." There is so much culture and diversity on that island of Manhattan, you are sure to always be entertained and amazed. Between the free theatre in the parks, to the extensive variety of museums, you are sure to see things in a new way and possibly learn a thing or two. So with that being said, it should be no surprise that I spent this past weekend in the city.

     Last year, as a birthday gift, I received a gift card from parents that entitled me to partake in excursions or adventures from a predetermined list. Finally getting time to do an excursion, I decided to stay local and find something that I can enjoy with my lovely lady. After perusing through the list, we settled on a lovely boat ride in the Hudson River. There was a few we could choose from, but the one we chose the Adirondack Schooner Sailing, located at the Chelsea Pier 62.

     The day couldn't have been more perfect. There was hardly a cloud in the sky, a lovely breeze blowing in, and the temperature was in the mid-eighties. We get to the pier just as they begin letting passengers aboard this mighty sea vessel. The boat looked absolutely stunning, with masts that had to be close to forty feet tall. As all forty of us board the boat, we begin to stake our spots. Just as the last one of us gets on, the captain welcomes us aboard, introduces us to his crewmates (both were wearing khaki shorts and promotional t-shirts with the sailing company's name on the left chest), and then began to back out of the pier and onto the open water.

     Even though the boat did have a motor, it was only used to get us to and from the dock. Since we had such a nice breeze, once we were out in the open waters, the sails came up and were off, heading south toward Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. It was nice that the drinks were complimentary as they were much appreciated as we sailed past the new Freedom Tower and past Governor's Island. The crew was knowledgeable and very accommondating, offering what they knew about landmarks to anyone who asked. As we made our way past the Statue of Liberty, the boat turned around, getting nice and close to the statue and Ellis Island, and we began heading back. The entire trip was a nice, relaxing, two hour excursion, which was one of the best ways to spend a day in the city. I recommend it to anyone looking to make a day in New York City.

Mmmmmmm Bacon

June 20, 2012 11:14 by Dan

     Yes, this is going to be a blog about bacon and all of its bacony delicious goodness. There's nothing better than waking up the porkified aroma or the sound it bacon sizzling and crackling in a pan of its own grease. You want to know what makes a B.L.T. so good? The B of course! Want to make that sandwich better? Add more bacon. Bacon is so good that it has amassed a cult following, leading to such items promotional t-shirts proclaiming ones love of bacon, to watches that resemble bacon, to even include a cologne with a bacon scent. However, I was unaware of the full reach of bacon until last weekend.

     I was out the Arches shopping complex out in Deer Park, NY, in a shop called It's Sugar to hopefully satisfy my sweet tooth. As I am looking through the aisles, I come across a section of what I can only describe as a bacon Valhalla. I  have never seen so many bacon flavored goodies before. They had everything you could think of "baconized." I saw things like bacon car fresheners, bacon flavored lollipops, bacon flavored toothpicks, bacon mints, gummy bacon, and the lists just goes on and on. I was in pork euphoria.


     Bacon has taken a life of its own. No more are the days of just a breakfast sidekick for bacon. It's a lifestyle. Bacon has become a part of mainstream culture in ways we couldn't have even imagined. Now if you don't mind, I must go back and enjoy my delicious bacon sundae.