Day 1 at the 2017 Promotional Products Expo

The Magellan Promotions team hit the Promotional Products Association International Expo show today in Las Vegas, and we’re excited to be learning about all of the new and trending items that are coming to our industry in 2017. The aisles on the show floor are over six miles long – just think of how many promotional items that means we’ll be seeing! We’re excited to be seeing all of these items, and we can’t wait to bring them back to you over the coming weeks.

Here are a few of our favorites from the show today.

Julia with the 20oz. Contigo Byron

Julia’s Favorite: 20oz. Byron Contigo

If you’ve ever seen me around the office, you know it’s hard to catch me without my Contigo tumbler within arms reach. The Contigo that I use on a daily basis (of which I have at least four) is a 20oz. that I bought online.  Our industry has never had one large enough to satisfy my tea (and caffeine) addiction!

I’m so excited that in 2017 we are now able to offer a 20oz. version of the Contigo Byron!  It is a 25% increase in size over the original, with all of the benefits provided by the Contigo brand including a 6 hour heat retention and snapseal technology. For those of you who have customers who could use that extra boost of caffeine, this item is a must have gift!

You can find pricing and more information on the Contigo Byron here.

 

Michael with the Cell Phone Fan

Michael’s Favorite: Cell Phone Fan

Usable technology items are always a hot category in our industry, and the newest item in that category is the cell phone fan. We saw a few versions across the show floor today, but my favorite is the version you can see to the right.

This cell phone fan plugs into your cell phone through the battery port charger. It has adapters for both Apple and Android phones, so it works for everyone. It is also UL rated, meaning that it won’t harm your phone, and it has very little drain on your battery. You can run the fan for almost 10 hours without killing your battery.

The cell phone fan is perfect for outdoor events, or for people who just need a small fan at their desk.

 

Chuck with the Endurance Mug

Chuck’s Favorite: Endurance Stainless Steel Mug

I don’t drink my coffee quickly – I’m the type of person that will sip it slowly, and in the past I’ve even put it on a small heater to keep it warm, or had to keep putting it back in the microwave. As those of us who drink coffee every morning know, a ceramic mug will only keep your coffee warm for so long.

That’s why I love the Endurance mug. It’s a double-walled stainless tumbler, without a lid, that is short enough to fit under your Keurig. That means after you make your coffee, it will be warm (and drinkable) for longer than the traditional ceramic mug. You can now sip your coffee slowly, instead of slamming it! 

As an added benefit, you can print either a one color logo, a full color logo, or a 360 degree full color wrap. We’ve seen wrapped imprints on drinkware before, but 360 degree, full-color imprints are rare. Do you have an image or design that could wrap all the way around a mug to give to your clients? The endurance mug is the perfect solution to do just that!

We’re just getting started on the PPAI Expo! Stay tuned for more new products throughout the week! 

For more information on any of the above items, contact one of our Account Managers for more information and pricing! 

Promotional Version of the YETI Rambler

83261z0Last summer we told you about the Force Copper Vacuum Insulated Thermal Bottles, our version of the still-popular S’well bottles. The Force has continued to be popular with our clients, along with many other products that are promotional versions of retail products.

The newest product that follows this trend is the Glacier, our version of the Yeti Rambler.

At 30oz this tumbler is huge, and will easily hold a day’s worth of coffee. It is made of double walled stainless steel with a copper vacuum, so it will keep that coffee hot all day too. Want to keep water cold instead? It does that too – for up to 16 hours. It’s the best of both worlds!

With pricing as low as $14.99, the Glacier is less than half the cost of the Yeti Rambler. You can find pricing and more details about the Glacier here.

If you’re looking for a great gift for your clients or staff to keep your brand top of mind this holiday season, look no further than the Glacier! It’s less expensive, comes with your logo and works just as well!  Contact your Account Manager today for more information and pricing.

Magellan Promotions at NACAC 2016

It’s hard to believe that summer is already over and that fall is in full swing! But as sure proof that fall has begun, the Magellan Promotions team made their annual trip to the 2016 NACAC National Conference. We had a great few days in Columbus, and we’re already planning for what we have in store for 2017.

For those of you who weren’t able to attend NACAC this year, here are a few of our favorite products that we had on display:

Keyboard Sticker

Keyboard Sticker

Custom Keyboard Sticker

We know that we have told you about our keyboard sticker before, but it has been so popular that we can’t stop talking about it!

It’s a great item, with a lot of bang for your buck. Plus, it’s easy to use across your whole campus, not just in the Admissions department. Send it as a thank you to donors, to members of your staff, to alumni who visit at homecoming and more.

You can find more information, including pricing here.

Tassel Topper

Tassel Topper

Tassel Topper

Are you looking for a great item to send to your admitted students as part of an anti-melt campaign? Then look no further than the Tassel Topper!

The Tassel Topper can be decorated on one or both sides, and comes with sticky Velcro pieces so your future students can easily attach it to their mortarboard for their high school graduation.

Your students will be proud to show off your logo as they cross the stage as part of the Class of 2017!

Drinkware

Glacier Tumbler

The Glacier

One of the most popular categories in our industry this year has been drinkware – especially non-retail versions of retail products such as the S’well and the Yeti. Our versions are the H2Go Force and the Glacier.

We love both of these items because you get the retail quality, without the retail price tag. Both are double-wall, copper insulated so they’ll keep your hot drinks hot, and your cold drinks cold.

You’ll definitely catch people’s attention with either of these pieces as a gift!

 

These were just a few of our favorite items from NACAC. If you want to see what else we had on display, check out our NACAC Showroom. For quotes on any of these items, click here or reach out to one of our Account Managers.

We look forward to seeing you at NACAC 2017!

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring… and We’ve Got the Solution!

An umbrella makes a great promotional gift because everyone needs one, but who really wants to go out and buy one? You can also never have too many umbrellas – keep one in the car, one at the house, one at the office, and more!

A few weeks ago Peerless Umbrella, our go-to production partner for umbrellas, stopped by our office to tell us about what’s new and trending in umbrellas.

Read on to learn more about our favorite umbrellas!

 

The Rebel

The Rebel

What’s New – The Rebel

The newest addition to Peerless’ line is the most unique umbrella we’ve ever seen – the Rebel.

We’ve all been in the situation where it’s pouring rain as you’re running to your car, and you have to make a quick decision. Do I try to get my umbrella closed as I’m in the car and risk getting my car wet, or do I just get soaked and close it before I get in? The Rebel is the solution to your problem.

With an inverted design the Rebel closes away from you, keeping you dry as you get into your car or walk into a building.

Click the image to the right to see exactly how it works!

 

The Mojo

The Mojo

What’s Trending – Unique Use of Color

We all have seen the basic black umbrella or the standard two-tone umbrella, but are you looking for something that can make you stand out from the crowd?

We can help you do that! From a new twist on the two-tone umbrella to a black umbrella with full-color clouds on the interior, we have just what you need to make a unique statement for your brand.

Check out our favorite to the left – the Mojo comes in black or navy blue with accented internal hardware in a variety of colors.

 

A Custom Full Color Umbrella

A Custom Full Color Umbrella

What’s Trending – Full Color

Do you have a logo that’s too unique for a standard single-color print? How about a picture of a new building or location that you want to show off? We’ve got the solution – a full color umbrella!

Pick from folding, fashion or golf for the handle and frame, and an interior or exterior full color print. An added bonus? On some sizes and designs we’re able to print domestically, cutting almost two full months off of production time.

It is sure to make your stand out from the crowd on a rainy day!

 

For More Information

Would an umbrella be the perfect fit for a project you’re working on, or would you just like more information? Just let us know what you’re looking for, and we can present some options that will be the perfect accent for your next marketing campaign. We’re here to make your brand stand out from the crowd, rain or shine!

The Keyboard Sticker

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I bet many (if not all) of your incoming freshmen applied to your school through your website – most likely sitting at a computer. During the next four years of their lives, your students will spend countless hours on their computers – writing and researching papers, completing homework assignments and more. And that’s just the incoming class of 2020. Think about all the ways that your constituents use their computers – students writing papers, alumni making donations and faculty advising their students, just to name a few.

Since computers and technology are such an integral part of life today for your current and prospective students, alumni, faculty and more, what better way to keep your brand right in front of them than by using their own computers as a promotional item?

UW Keyboard Sticker

University of Wisconsin’s Keyboard Sticker

Our exclusively designed keyboard sticker is an inexpensive, engaging and unique way to do just that. You can customize any computer key with a ½” sticker, quickly making a keyboard the hard-to-miss advertisement for your institution.

These keyboard stickers have been a hit with many of our clients and they are the perfect way for you to reach out to current and perspective students, donors, alumni and more.

Many schools have used the same template, but do you want to switch it up? We can do that! Add more keys, make a bigger card, or even turn the keyboard sticker into a postcard. If you can design it, we can do it.

Email your Account Manager to discuss how the keyboard sticker could be the next great addition to your marketing platform.

2016 Top 10 Promotional Products for Colleges

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1. Popsocket

The What:
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First on our list is the PopSocket. We’re seeing a lot of in-hand phone holders pop up (no pun intended) and knew the PopSocket had to be on our list. Just stick it to the back of almost any mobile device to transform your phone. PopSockets “pop” whenever you need a grip, a stand, or an earbud-management system. We love these so much, Katie our Account Manager and Danielle our Marketing Manager currently have them on the back of their phones!

The Why: 

With a large imprint area and many color combinations, PopSockets makes the perfect gift for students, admitted events, welcome packs, and more!

2. The New Poncho

The What:

It’s time to upgrade your poncho’s! We know you’ve seen poncho’s before, but never ones like these. Tough, heavy-duty, adult PVC Poncho with roomy hood is exactly what we’ve been waiting for!

The Why:

The quality and retail-like appearance makes these poncho’s a go-to for games, event outings, welcome packs, and alumni!  11 rich color options, front and back imprint areas, and snap closures creates a unique poncho that will be kept and reused for many events and years to come!

3. Custom Packaging

The What:packaging

With the New Year comes a great way to customize your items even further. Now you can combine the power of promotional products with personalized packaging! Imagine taking a pair of promotional sunglasses and putting them in an individualized custom box. Custom packaging turns a gift into a true brand advocate, strengthening brand recognition, and adding perceived value! It’s also a great way to include more information to a promotional gift!

The Why:

Add organization to admitted events, alumni gatherings, and recognition ceremonies with custom boxes, sleeves, bindings, and more! With a retail-look, low prices, and low quantities custom packaging helps take your gifts to the next level.

 

4. Port and Company- Fan Favorite Tee

The What: PC450LPC450V

This 100% ring spun cotton tee is a softer, lighter, and more high end style of cotton that gives this a perfectly relaxed feel.  Coming in sizes S-6XL the Fan Favorite Tee features that heathered appearance that’s on our Top Trends list of 2016. Not to mention, this tee already comes in 31 genuine Collegiate and Professional Sports Team colors!

The Why:  

These tees are the premiere choice for volunteer days, admissions, and alumni events! The Fan Favorite is the perfect lived-in tee that’s sure to be worn again and again.  

5. Tattoo/Scratch-Off Postcards

The What:tatoo

Time to liven up your direct mailers by adding a custom tattoo or scratch-off! Choose from their hundreds of stock designs or create your own.  Available in the classic temporary, PrismFoil Metallic, Glow-in-the-Dark, Glitter, or Tear-Off.

The Why:TattoosToPostcards

Temporary tattoos and scratch off’s are an interactive way for students to show their support at admitted events, sports outings, welcome week, and more!

6. Emoji Stress Balls

The What:littleballs

Nothing’s more relevant than emoji’s right now. Emoji’s are so popular 2015’s Word of the Year was “  ” We’re staying on trend with these new Emoji stress balls! All of our
favorite emoji’s made the cut: Yikes, ILY, Wink Wink, Happy Face, and LOL.

 

The Why:

 

Emoji stress balls delight at admitted events, in Finals Survival Kits, and at departmental giveaways. If you’re looking for
something on trend that student’s will not only recognize, appreciate, and keep then these are the ones for you!

 

7. Printed Cables

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Bring brand recognition to students and faculties everyday lives with the all new Micro-USB to USB Cables. Phones aren’t leaving our hands anytime soon and unfortunately in 2016 our phones still need to be charged. Why not add your brand to an everyday much needed item? One of a kind, full-color, photo-quality imprinted cables highlights their precision, color, and high-definition detail on both sides. Compatible with all micro-USB ports including Apple®.

The Why:

This charging cord will stand out from the crowd and be the ultra-modern promotional gift that you’ll be thanked for! Great for admitted events, welcome gifts, alumni events, and more!

8. Plantable Paper

The What:

Being eco-friendly is always a positive that’s why we added plantable paper to our top 10 list!  Good old fashion paper can be replaced with all-natural seed paper to create endless promotional products!

The Why:

Bookmarks, coasters, coupons, postcards, greeting cards, letters, business cards , event invitations, and more!  Adding eco-friendly materials to an everyday item creates memorability and helps our planet stay green!

9. Keyboard Sticker

The What:  keyboard sticker for your college

This is the perfect way for your students to show their support and school colors! The vinyl ultra-removable keyboard sticker offers brilliant digital color and durable material.

The Why:

These are a fun and interactive item that we’re excited to feature this year! Individualize your departments by adding a custom keyboard sticker to computers or hand them out at admitted events!

10. Promotional Books

The What:
books

Did you ever think a published book could be a promotional product? Well now it can be! This unique product actually allows you to customize published books on the market.  Everything from the Giving Tree to The College Dorm Survival Guide is available for customization.  Modifications like a cover imprint, a page insert, a full color wrap, and custom book jacket are all possible with The Book Company.

 

The Why:

First of all, this is just cool! Have you ever seen anything like it?  Books make incredible promotional items because books are kept, read, shared, and even displayed; never thrown away! We love the idea of books for welcome packs, scholarship events, recognition events, and even giveaways.

 

 

2016 Top 10 Promotional Products for Businesses

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1. EOS Lip Balm

What is it?:

EOS has come to the promotional products world and we couldn’t be more excited! These uniquely spherical lip balms made their explosive start in the retail world and their growth has only accelerated. Not only do we love the duo packaging option pictured above, we love EOS’s quality. Containing an antioxidant-rich formula featuring vitamin E and soothing shea butter, EOS keeps lips soft and moisturized throughout the work day.

Why we love it?:

Nothing says thank you like an EOS Lip Balm. Consider these for employee appreciation, administrative professionals, or even health focused events.  With 8 color and flavor options EOS’ take on the classic Lip Balm makes a great promotional gift with a large imprint area!

 

 

2. Phone Port

What is it?: phoneport

This all new phone port is exactly what we’ve all been waiting for. With a simplistic and clean design it not only charges one phone, it can charge 4 at once. The twist on the modern phone port upgrades the use-ability, imprint area, and memorability of this great gift!

Why we love it?:

Phone ports are great simply because everyone has a phone! They’re forever useful; but this port takes it to the next level. These are the perfect gifts to welcome new employees, staff giveaways, and even incentive programs.

3. The Tile

What is it?:

The Tile is a new product perfect for forgetful minds. This device fits perfectly on your key ring and works to track your most needed daily items. Simply attach a Tile to an item, use The Tile App on your phone to locate it, and within seconds the Tile is chirping with sound to help you on your quest!  Need to find your phone?  Press the Tile to loudly ring your lost phone; it’ll even switch it off of silent mode in order to ring!

     The best part of the product is the app works to create a network of all Tile users across the world. That means if you’ve lost your phone at an airport or even another county, The Tile App will connect with other users Tile’s to help search for yours!

Why we love it?:

Amazing right? We think so! Imagine a promotional gift like this one. Not only is this just extremely helpful, but it’s something that will be kept and used every day. When you include a company logo the value simply increases with more use. We think these are perfect gifts for administrative professional’s day, incentive programs, and giveaways!

4. Tech Trap

What is it?:

Let’s face it, we love our gadgets. Phones, laptops, tablets, headphones, speakers, etc.  and not to mention all of the cords to go with them! Well that’s where the Gird-It steps in. Organizing tech becomes a breeze with Grid-It’s unique weave of rubberized elastic bands perfect for holding personal objects firmly in place.  This “tech trap” is designed to provide an endless configuration of objects, digital devices, and personal effects; making this a universally useful item.

Why we love it?: customized grids

Our gadgets aren’t going away any time soon which makes this the perfect promotional gift! Your staff, engineers, designers, and everyone else will thank you for the added organization in their lives! Useful, modern, trending, personal, and a daily use item makes the Grid-It a true top 10!

 

5. Promotional Books

What is it?: books

Did you ever think a published book could be a promotional product? Well now it can be! This unique product actually allows you to customize published books on the market.  Everything from the Giving Tree to The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook is available for customization.  Modifications like a cover imprint, a page insert, a full color wrap, and custom book jacket are all possible with The Book Company.

Why we love it?:

First of all, this is just cool! Have you ever seen anything like it?  Books make incredible promotional items because books are kept, read, shared, and even displayed; never thrown away! We love books for recognition, business outreach, employee appreciate, and even giveaways. When you give the gift of reading; your clients won’t be disappointed!

 

6. Kitted Sets

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An easy way to bring your promotional gifts to the next level would be to “kit” them. To “kit” is an industry term we use to describe more than one item being bundled together in one gift.

 

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This is your one stop shop for a promotional gift. Everything from hats & t-shirts, water bottles, bags and water bottles, tech gear, and more can be kitted together! Kitted items make the perfect gifts for office incentive programs, health days, acknowledgement gifts, and more!

 

 

7. Plantable Paper

What is it?:plantable

 

Being eco-friendly is always a positive that’s why we added plantable paper to our top 10 list!  Good old fashion paper can be replaced with all-natural seed paper to create memorability and helps our planet stay green!

 

Why we love it?:

Greeting cards, letters, business cards, coasters, event invitations, and more! The possibilities are endless!

 

 

8. The Galagalaplate

What is it?:

Haven’t we all been to an event where we’re trying to hold an appetizer plate, a drink, and still have a free hand to golf, shake hands, or converse?
Well The Gala puts us all to shame with its simple yet effective design. No more balancing cheese and crackers on top of your drink as you make introductions. This single-finger plate allows the beverage to easily nestle alongside it as it’s held in place by the user’s index finger.

 

Why we love it?:

This is truly the ultimate cocktail plate to make the attendees of your next event mingle with ease! With a large imprint area and high quality heavyweight plastic there’s no doubt these will be a hit and make a lasting impression!

 

 

9.Wooden Desk Gifts

What is it?woodendesk

No wood grain isn’t coming back (at least we hope not) but what is coming back is wood.  That’s why we’ve included a few of the brand new wooden desk items of 2016. Wood has a high perceived value and is a relatively inexpensive material making these gifts a unique and affordable option.

Why we love it?:

Wooden desk gifts are a great way to welcome new employees, recognize years of service, and ensure your brand is always top of mind!

 

10. The Force

What is it?

Do these look familiar? If they do you’re probably familiar with the brand Swell that’s taking the retail world by storm! We’re staying on trend with our industries version, The Force! Double walled, stainless steel, thermal, with copper vacuum insulation available in sizes 34, 26, and 17 ounces.

 

Why we love it?:

We are seeing these bottles everywhere! They’re trendy, extremely useful and features a huge customizable imprint area. Perfect for health focused events/days, employee incentive programs, and holiday gifts!

 

 

 

 

Custom Mascot Promotional Ideas

Who wouldn’t love to receive a school’s mascot in a toy or stress reliever form? These are two custom mascot promotional ideas that we love!

Custom Toy Mascot

One of our favorite promotional items from the PPAI Expo was the custom building toy mascot, shown below as Flo from Progressive. Picture your school’s mascot as a toy figure. Wouldn’t that be awesome?!

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LEGO figure – a really fun promotional idea for a school mascot

Here is another example with the Iowa State mascot.

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Cy the Cardinal, looking rather cute.

In just about 90 days our vendor can create the likeness of your mascot in building toy form! Custom orders require a quantity of 15,000 pieces and an up front deposit of 50% of the total project cost. If that quantity sounds a bit high, consider working across campus departments to share the supply of figures. A mascot is a long lasting, enduring symbol of your school, so buying a large quantity of a popular item is a safe marketing investment. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact us.

Stress Reliever Mascot

Similarly, a custom shaped stress reliever can be created in the shape of a mascot. Here are just a few stress reliever shapes that were showcased at one of our events.

stress balls in custom shapes

Custom shaped stress relievers include Vice President Biden and President Obama in the upper right corner.

To create your own custom stress reliever mascot, only 1000 pieces are needed to meet the minimum quantity.  Once a desired size is specified, our partner can provide a quote to create the custom mold. From start to finish, the turnaround time is about four to five months.

Custom Shape Mascots

Both of these custom mascot promotional products are very cool and are bound to be hits with anyone who is lucky enough to receive them.  With a little advance planning and working across departments if needed, you can create a customized and fun way to share your mascot and school with prospective students, current students, staff, and alumni.

“Awh Cute” Promotional Products

Sometimes you see something so cute that it just makes you say, “Awh cute.”

Plain and simple.

We have a few promotional items that fall under the “awh cute” category! Look at these pictures and see if you agree:

stuffed gray wolf for Loyola First Year Experience

We partnered with Loyola First Year Experience to create this adorable gray wolf.  Additional animals are available. You can dress your school’s little critter with either a bandanna or a t-shirt.

Hank puppy MSOE

For Milwaukee School of Engineering’s baseball themed promotional items last year, we created a Hank-inspired puppy for its Housing Department (the stray dog that the Brewers found at Spring Training).  Interestingly enough, Hank also won Dog of the Year!

Both the Loyola wolf and MSOE puppy are two examples of cute, fun promotional products that recipients are sure to love.

To search for more stuffed animal options, view this product search, or contact us for more details!

A “Key” Way to Show School Spirit

We LOVE discovering new and creative ideas for our clients. In some cases, we even create a custom item to fit client’s needs.

This was the case for one recent project for the College of Engineering Alumni Office at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  This definitely was a unique application for a tiny, keyboard key sized sticker.  It is an affordable, fun, and one “key” way to promote school spirit and overall love for your alma mater at a workplace or home office.

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Jazz up your W key with this Wisconsin crest sticker!

We think this item will really catch on and have since created another one for the University of Minnesota Law School.

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Another keyboard sticker we recently created.

Suggested uses: handout at alumni events, direct mail, admitted student mailings

What do you think of the custom keyboard sticker?  Let us know in the comments below or contact us for more information!

View product details and pricing HERE.

For more sticker options, check out the posts below: