October 9, 2013 08:49 by Meryem

Who knew October would be so such a busy month! Yes, Halloween and Breast Cancer Awareness month, but many other events also are happening for me in October. I have two weddings and two henna nights to attend all within October. Also this week at work, we are celebrating Customer Service Appreciation Week by dressing up each day of the week in different themes for spirit week. In honor of Customer Service Week, my friend ordered custom food baskets for her team at Investor Bank. My other friend received a personalized award from his job (see image below). Everyday seems to be full of excitement, cannot wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for me!

The Best Thing About Oktoberfest is This Souvenir

October 9, 2013 04:22 by Brandon

Over the weekend, I journeyed upstate with a few friends for Oktoberfest at Bear Mountain State Park. It was a great time -- beautiful weather, lots of traditional German foods (like potato pancakes, bratwurst and pierogies) and, of course, plenty of beer.

The line for beer was quite long, but the good thing was that you could purchase a 33 oz. mug filled with your favorite brew for just $25. In my opinion, the extra-large beer stein made the wait worthwhile. Check it out: 

You may be thinking $25 is a bit steep for some beer. But I got to take this beautiful mug home! It now sits in my kitchen and reminds me of all the fun I had at Bear Mountain with my friends.

Have you been to any Oktoberfest celebrations?

My Favorite Things-OCTOBER

September 30, 2013 04:06 by Laurie

Tomorrow is October! I love love love the Fall for so many reasons: the weather, food, football, Halloween, my wedding anniversary, and the breast cancer awareness walk. Lets discuss all of these topics shall we?

The Weather- Fresh, crisp air. Jeans and a light sweater here I come! Goodbye high electric bill from the AC being on!

Food- Hello crock pot meals! Delicious apple crisps, ciders, and Starbucks treats.

Football- Ummmm ok so the Giants are not doing so great (0-4) but my fantasy team is doing well (3-1)

Halloween- Now that I have kids Halloween is fun again! Abigail is going to be Sofia the First and Amelia a Lady Bug.

Wedding Anniversary- On October 3rd we will celebrate 4 years of marriage. Bought a house and had 2 far so good.

Breast Cancer Awareness Walk- A cause too near and dear to my heart. Bill and I are walking at Jones Beach to raise awareness. We have already raised $235.00! We hope to raise more by October 20th.

So that is my month in a small nutshell!


Garlic Everything!

September 27, 2013 09:57 by Stacie

I love, love, LOVE garlic. In fact, one of my favorite restaurants is The Stinking Rose in San Francisco. Their motto is, "we season our garlic with food." I'm thinking of putting the same sign in my kitchen.

An event I look forward to every fall is the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival. It's in Saugerties, NY, which is a quaint little town in the Catskill Mountains. I discovered this place when I was living in the Catskills for a few years after college. The small town I lived in offered no activities. I was about an hour from Albany, which had a few interesting things now and then, but I was looking for something different... When I heard about the garlic festival, I knew I had to check it out.

It was amazing! So amazing that I've gone back every year since. I've even traveled from New Hampshire and now from Long Island to go each year. And it's totally worth it. You can try samples of everything! Anything you can think of, they have it with garlic. They have the standard stuff like garlic dip, garlic bread, garlic cheese and garlic pickles, but I've also tried garlic donuts, garlic ice cream and chocolate-covered garlic. A-mazing. 

I can't wait for my garlic everything day tomorrow! To eat so much garlic that it starts oozing out of my pores... I just hope it stops by Monday...

Would You Tattoo a Brand's Logo on Your Body?

September 19, 2013 06:01 by Brandon

Yesterday, my friend (unfortunately) had to go to his local DMV. While waiting in one of its notoriously long lines, he noticed the guy in front of him had an unusual tattoo. Brace yourself -- this is kind of epic: 

Yep, that's the Panda Express logo smack dab in the middle of one man's calf!

You have to wonder what could motivate someone to permanently mark his leg with a Chinese fast food restaurant's branding. Is he the company's CEO? Does he just really like the food? Perhaps Panda Express paid him to do it, just like New York real estate firm Rapid Realty did for its employees in May? I have no idea.

All I know is that I'm happy he isn't me. Would you tattoo a brand's logo on your body?

Grease Burger Bar: Epic Burgers on Printed Buns

September 10, 2013 07:53 by Brandon

I can't go anywhere without running into promotional items. Sometimes they're fairly standard, like magnets and pens, but other times I'm completely blown away by the originality of the advertiser.

When I was in West Palm Beach, Fla. last week, I stopped at Grease Burger Bar, because, hey, I was on vacation. The place has an awesome look and vibe to it, plus I'd heard its burgers are, for lack of a better word, epic.

Well, the rumors were true. Not only does Grease boast a seriously impressive list of burgers (including "Burger from Hell," "Organic Burger" and "Brother from Another Mother Burger"), but it also transforms each bun into a promotional product! Check it out: 

It'll be the first to admit it was a very temporary promotional product (I sucked this monster down FAST), but it's a novel idea nonetheless.

What other restaurants add a custom imprint to their food?

I Couldn't Care Less About Shark Week

August 6, 2013 04:24 by Brandon

I couldn't care less about Shark Week, but I have to admit the Discovery Channel's promos are pretty great.

It all started with a faux-newscast, which began airing back in June. The seemingly jovial piece, which focuses on a very cute seal named Snuffy, is interrupted by -- you guessed it -- a shark attack. Watch it below:

Discovery also teamed up with ice cream parlor chain Coldstone Creamery to release some very cool promotional food. There's "Shark Week Frenzy," a special sundae that's filled with gummy sharks, and "This Cake Bites," a strikingly blue cake that's also very on-theme. 

Even TOMS Shoes is getting in on all the hype. Ad Age reports that the shoe company has released "limited-edition Shark Week-inspired shoes." Best of all, $5 from each pair sold is donated to ocean conservation organization Oceana. Furthermore, a child in need receives a new pair of shoes with each purchase.

Do I love Shark Week? Not even close. But Discovery is doing a heck of a job with its partnerships and promotions. Hear, hear!


August 2, 2013 08:44 by Jon

I never had the biggest sweet tooth.  My father owned a potato chip route, and with Bravos, Dipsys and pork rinds (yes I love pork rinds) at my disposal, cookies and cakes really didn't entice me. That was until I began working at Motivators!

Let's throw away the fact that it's someone birthday or wedding celebration or new baby party every other day! Let's start with the fact that our vendors also have promotional food that is amazing. There's gummies of every type, Oreo cookie popcorn, fresh baked cookies and the list goes on and on.


So the next time you need a gift or something to promote your brand how about a personalized s'mores kit, to leave a sweet taste in their mouth?

30 Days to Kickoff

August 1, 2013 10:32 by Ali

As most of you already know, I am a Hurricanes fan and have season tickets to watch the U at Sunlife Stadium. With that being said, yesterday marked 30 days to kickoff, and I am super excited to get my tailgate on (and watch the games, of course!). While last season was my first as an Alumni season ticket holder, I learned a few things, picked up some tips and tricks and am now on my way to throwing a top notch tailgate. What does a top notch tailgate include you may ask... well, for starters, you must have a tent. It doesn't have to be big, or fancy, or even green or orange (yes, mine is blue, it was on sale!), it just has to provide some shade. Those 12 o'clock games can be brutal, and we all need to get out of the sun once in a while. So, a tent is a must have. Next, would be the chairs. I won't say I spend all that much time sitting down, but, after being on your feet for hours on end, a nice promotional mesh folding chair never hurt anybody and I have found that someone always needs seat. The obviously items on the list will be: beer, chips, dip, other misc. snacks, jell-o shots (be careful!) and WATER! I don't think I have to remind you of the obvious things like the MUST HAVE orange and green swag. That can include anything from sunglasses, whistles, foam fingers, shirts, shorts, sweatbands, rally towels, and hats. So, keep up to date with my blogs, I can assure you that the tailgate of the century will take place when Miami plays UF. We have a bunch of friends coming to town and it is pretty much the biggest game of the year for us. Feel free to send your best tailgate suggestions my way!



A Hit for Cousins Week

July 31, 2013 06:41 by Laura

Every year my family gathers at Lake Lanier in Georgia to spend a week at my Dad's home. The event, now called "Cousins Week," is filled with boating, jet skiing, wave runners, tubing, swimming, food, and Texas Hold Em!

I always try to bring a gift for everyone, but with 26 people it can be a challenge to find an affordable gift that will please all. So I was thinking about it... what does everyone have? A cell phone! What does not mix with cell phones? Water! So I decided on a great promotional waterproof cell phone case.

They were a hit, and everyone who used one kept their phones safe and dry.  We were happy to find that not only could you operate the touch screen through the pouch, but you could also take a voice call!!  It's amazing when you can make everyone happy, no matter what their age, with one inexpensive gift.

Food Time

July 30, 2013 07:05 by Sung

I figured I'd dedicate this blog to all food lovers out there, since tomorrow our favorite food vendor will be coming into the office.

Last year they brought us lots of goodies such as chocolate covered pretzels, caramel popcorn, and various chocolates. I was so satisfied that when lunch time came I didn't really have much of an appetite. Giving out promotional food is idea for almost anyone.

So next time you are looking for gift ideas come check out our huge selection of food products.