Promo USBs

November 1, 2013 09:41 by Jon

Today we received a delivery from one of our tech-y vendors.  Everyone loves free stuff, so we all gathered around the packages and began to open them.

WOW, there were USBs of all different shapes and sizes. There were slap bracelet USBs, little tiny doctor USBs, light up USBs, even little USBs that looked like an actual key!

One of the main things you think about when purchasing a promotional product is you want to be as unique as possible. You want to stay on everyone's mind. You want to be the one who makes someone else blog about how cool and unique your item is!

These guys take the cake, no matter what field you're in or what company you work for. You can personalize a USB drive into whatever you want! It might take a little more time than other items, but you can be sure it will pay dividends! 

Imagine you're a doctor handing these out to patients! 

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!

A Facebook Contest You're Going to Want to Enter

September 6, 2013 10:12 by Brandon

Trust me, you'll want to enter.

Today, Motivators unveiled what's probably the EASIEST Facebook sweepstakes ever. And it's for no dingy prize, either.

We're giving away a FREE Sony VAIO All-in-One PC. (Cue the oohs and ahhs!) Check out a photo of the computer and its specs below: 

To enter to win, all you have to do is click here, Like Motivators' Facebook Page and fill in your email address. Plus, if you share with your friends, you can receive BONUS entries!

It's a pretty sweet deal, huh? The contest ends Oct. 21, 2013, so enter to win now!

New Obsession

June 10, 2013 07:07 by Sam

A couple of weeks ago my friend was raving about this new app that she had called SNAPCHAT. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I decided to download it and give it a try.

After getting the hang of it, I was hooked. Actually, "fully-obsessed" would better describe it. I asked everyone to download it at work so we could keep in touch outside of work!

Now we find ourselves always snapping pictures of all the promotional products we see outside of work! Check out my printed mug, which I Snapchatted to my coworker!

How NOT to Handle Negative Feedback on Social Media

May 15, 2013 04:36 by Brandon

The golden rule for responding to negative customer feedback, whether in-person or online, is to acknowledge what the complainant has to say, and to do what you can to resolve the issue quickly (and quietly).

Far too many companies, however, choose to ignore feedback. For more on why that's an awful ideal, check out our friend Erik Johnson's article, "How to Respond to a Negative Post."

And then there those are businesses that lash out at clients who have less-than-positive things to say. (As you can imagine, this never goes over well.) Case in point: Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The restaurant was recently featured on the season finale of "Kitchen Nightmares," and ticked off host Gordon Ramsay so much that he felt they were beyond help and walked out. (That's never, ever happened before. Huge red flag.)

As if that wasn't enough negative publicity for Amy's Baking Company, after receiving a string of customer backlash yesterday via social media, owners Amy and Samy Bouzaglo went off the wall. Read this Huffington Post piece to see just how bad it got. (Warning: NSFW.)

And it gets worse. Later that day, the posts disappeared, and the owners claimed that they'd been hacked: 


The moral of the story is... well, there are a couple of morals to this story.

1. If you want customers to perceive your business as thriving and well-run, you probably shouldn't agree to appear on a TV show about how badly you need help.

2. Learn to suck up your pride and take good advice.

3. Own up to your mistakes.

4. Aim to make your customers happy. (Not throwing insults at them on Facebook is a good start.)

What other tips do you have for avoiding an Amy's Baking Company-esque PR disaster?

P.S. Need help repairing your brand's reputation? We've got a few promotional ideas we think you'll love...

Twitter Unveils #Music App

April 18, 2013 04:21 by Brandon

Although it was released last week to musicians, Twitter's new music app is officially available to all iPhone users today.

According to CNN, "Twitter's new app, which is separate from its primary social network, helps users find music based on the bands and artists they follow." It suggests artists a user might like, making it easy to discover new music. Plus, it even shows users what music the people they're following are listening to. (Look at a screenshot below, courtesy of Twitter.) 

So where does the music come from? The folks at Twitter say it's a mishmash of Spotify, Rdio and iTunes. In fact, iTunes previews will even play automatically within the app. Nice!

Twitter is clearly looking to expand its reach, first with Vine and now with #Music, both of which are separate from the main Twitter app.

High Sierra Plastic Noise Cancellation Headphones

It's time to whip out the headphones and start exploring new tunes!


4 Reasons I Already Love Spotify

March 28, 2013 05:21 by Brandon

My brother always gets me the best birthday presents. Case in point: This year, he bought me a three-month premium subscription to Spotify, a music streaming service that gives users access to literally any song they could want to listen to.

Let me explain the reasons I love Spotify already:

1. It boasts an impressive collection

With the exception of one song, I've so far been able to find everything I've searched for. My taste in music is fairly broad, but whether I want to listen to Kanye or Jack White or My Chemical Romance or Britney, it's there. That's pretty awesome.

2. It's easy to use

I'm not by any means technologically illiterate, but I admit that sometimes I need time to adjust to new platforms. However, both of the Spotify apps I use (desktop and iPhone) are very intuitive and easy to navigate. Even making playlists is simple!

Leeds Atlas Headphones

3. It's social

When I first signed up for Spotify last week, it asked me to connect via Facebook. I don't often choose to sign up through a social network, but you can disable automatic posts to your Timeline, so I gave it a shot. The main benefit I've noticed is that you can follow your Facebook friends within the Spotify app. A lot of my friends are a lot cooler than me, so now I can take a peek at what they're listening to when I need new tunes in my ears. Plus, you can even follow brands and celebrities. Very cool!

4. I can access it from anywhere

Yesterday while working out, I opted to use my Spotify app for music over my iTunes library. I was worried because my cell phone doesn't usually have great service at my gym. In fact, I've had problems using Pandora there in the past. But Spotify worked flawlessly! I've only had trouble accessing the music library once -- and, to be fair, I was in a "No Service" zone at the time.

So if you're a music fanatic, go ahead and give Spotify a shot. Let me know what you think in the comments!

St. 'PADDY'S' Day!

March 15, 2013 09:34 by Jon

Much like many of my past blogs, this one is going to talk about how much exposure your brand can get at bars and restaurants. St Paddy's day is a perfect example. 

Everyone is Irish on St. Paddy's day and everyone wants to have a good time. What better way than by giving out promotional products that party goers will keep and use after the parties are over? All you basically have to do is throw it at them!

From the bartenders or the host or hostess, or even through raffles and drawings. These items will go home with the people, and if they are useful enough, be used again and again. Don't have a good idea of what to give out? Call one of the specialists at Motivators to help you out! We have over 50,000 promotional items to help people remember your business. We also have a very user friendly website to help filter your choices!

Users Can Now Share Netflix Choices on Facebook

March 13, 2013 04:11 by Brandon

Some people love sharing their every 'Like' on the social web. So Netflix's new partnership with Facebook is sure to make a lot of movie-enthusiasts happy.

Beginning today, Netflix users can choose to connect through Facebook to see their friends' activities, share their favorite content and leave comments. However, "Facebook and Netflix won't make the sharing mandatory," assures the Atlantic Wire. Subscribers who don't want to share information can opt out.

What's in it for Netflix? CEO Reed Hastings told Bloomberg that Facebook integration will help attract more users. "Our kids are way more social than us; their kids will be way more social than them. You tell your friends about what you watch and they'll watch much more of what we offer," he said.

Of course, not everyone will want to broadcast their every move on Netflix. (Am I the only one who's not exactly proud of his Instant Queue?) But the relationship can only help improve Netflix's brand exposure. So sit down, pour yourself a hot cup of tea and start sharing!

Do you think Netflix's partnership with Facebook's can help bring in new subscribers?

Why You Might Just Love the Updated News Feed

March 7, 2013 05:05 by Brandon

I've been a Facebook user since 2005, back when it was still called 'The Facebook.' I can remember a lot of the changes it's rolled out over the years, from apps to cover photos. And while we've learned to love (most of) these features, I can't help but notice that each time the social network unveils an update, the world goes nuts, at least for a few days.

So you might want to prepare for major backlash today, because Facebook is set to announce a revamped News Feed. (Oh, the horror!)

Luckily, I'm an optimistic guy; I like to focus on the silver lining. And guess what? The updated News Feed will actually be kind of cool! Let's take a look at some new features you can actually look forward to:

1. Customization

Facebook users have been complaining about their News Feed options (if you can call them that) for quite some time. In the past, you could only switch between "Top Stories" and "Most Recent." But according to the Chicago Tribune, "The redesign will reportedly give users new ways to catch up with what friends are doing, such as sorting through photos they share or music they are listening to." (Sounds a little bit like the new MySpace, huh?)

2. More photos

Who doesn't love pictures? While Facebook bought Instagram almost a full year ago, it hasn't really done much with user photos. CNN notes that images will likely be separated into its own feed.

3. Better ads

This one will appeal to marketers more than it will to every day users, but really better-looking advertisements are better for everyone. Tech Crunch reports that Facebook will likely increase "the size of images and stories shared by users," helping brands to stand out.

As of right now, most of these supposed updates are just rumors. But at 1:00 p.m. today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg will give us all the details.

What are you looking forward to most?

'Hipster Bulldog' is an Instagram Hit

February 28, 2013 05:17 by Brandon

This French bulldog is probably better-dressed than you.

Sonya Yu's puppy Trotter simply loves the camera, as evidenced by a hugely popular Instagram account dedicated to her many outfits. According to Yahoo! News, "The photogenic hipster [...] wears a range of outfits from a beret, moustache, top hat and pipe to high heels." Chic! Check out some of Yu's photos below: 

I couldn't help but notice that Trotter's clearly got a thing for promotional products. (All that San Francisco Giants apparel? Those Minnie Mouse ears? That sweet, Krispy Kreme hat!? Come on!)

See all of Trotter's looks by following @trotterpup on Instagram. (And while you're there, go ahead and give @Motivators a follow, too!)