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Falling for Four Fun, New Products

We recently attended a show that highlighted the latest promotional products. We especially fell for four new products that really seem to be on-trend.

Mason Bottle

Maybe we can blame it on Pinterest because we are seeing Mason jars almost everywhere.  The first promotional item is a fun, mason jar-like BPA-free, beverage container that comes in nine different colors.  It is made of acrylic, so it is more affordable and durable than a glass mason jar.

mason bottle

25 oz. Mason Jar Bottle

Re-usable Red Solo Cup

Whenever anyone sees this product for the first time, they can’t help but pick it up and say, “Wow, that’s fun!” The all new CUP is inspired by the Red Solo Cup (and I am hearing Toby Keith’s song in my head), arguably one of the most popular cups of all time.  This cup is much more durable and greener than the disposable solo cups with a double-walled, insulated construction. It is re-usable and ideal for tailgating, picnics, or alumni celebrations! Available in nine different colors, The Cup is BPA free, USA made, and holds 16 oz. of your preferred drink.  An optional white lid is also available.

re-usable red solo cup

16 oz. The Cup – available in nine colors

Felt-tip Stylus Pen

We’ve seen other stylus pens with rubber tips, but we really like this one because it has a new and different felt-tip stylus. It is extremely easy to use, smoothly sliding across the surface of mobile devices. With the upscale look and great performance, we think this is one technology product that will be a big hit.

felt tip stylus pen

Fiber-tip Stylus Pen

Aqua Pearls Hot / Cold Pack

This is an aqua gel bead therapy pack that is both microwave- and freezer-safe for a hot or cold pack. This is a useful health and wellness item in fun new colors at an affordable price point. It would be ideal for promoting recreational sports, intramural sports, or even stress relief during finals week.

hot / cold pack

Aqua Pearls Hot / Cold Pack  7.5″ x 4.5″

What do you think of these new products? Do you have a favorite?  Contact us for more information.

Customize your own Mug for Long-lasting Promotion

How would you like a mug that can feature your brand, while leaving space for your customer’s own personalization?  We LOVE this idea for so many reasons:

1. Students are more likely to use a promotional product if it is targeted and useful. Students and coffee on campus are often synonymous, and bringing your own mug is becoming commonplace (and promotes eco-friendly behavior!).

2. Members Gen Y and Gen Z are considered “All About Me” generations, so they would wholeheartedly embrace an opportunity to customize their mug.

3. Beverage containers are a long-lasting endorsement that students will use on a daily basis.

The EVO Tumbler

We first learned about the EVO from one of our top suppliers. In the video below, Paul Rizzo demonstrates how it works.

 

Branding options

Choose from the EVO colors below and place your logo on the outer, clear shell.  As mentioned in the video, you can also design full-color paper inserts.

the EVO available in 10 different colors

The EVO tumbler is available in so many vibrant colors!

Evo green

Here’s a green tumbler with a logo on the outer shell that is currently posted on our website.

I did a test-run in the office with a sample white EVO mug.  I visited inserts2go.com to download a template of my choice (Word, Adobe Acrobat, or Adobe Illustrator).  Each option provided comprehensive, easy to follow instructions.

EVO-parts

The EVO mug dis-assembled: clear outer shell, white core, and lid.

Using the Word template and some imagery, I created a fun, bright future design, cutting it out on the provided guidelines and easily inserting it between the clear outer shell and inner core of the mug.  Here’s my finished product:

EVO

My own EVO design

Final Recommendations
1. Print your logo on the outside of the EVO tumbler, so your brand will be promoted regardless of what is placed on the inside.

 

2. Consider pre-printing your own design inside in a larger quantity.  Imagine having a full-color scene from campus inserted in this mug.

 

3. For targeting specific students, you could print or handwrite his or her name on top of the pre-printed color image.  A dry erase marker can also be used on the outside and easily wiped off.

 

This is truly a customized and memorable promotional item that we think could be very effective.

 

5 Ways to be Green at Work

At Magellan Promotions, we strongly believe in being stewards of the environment.  The responsibility of caring for our planet can easily be transferred to our own office environment.

In honor of Earth Day, we wanted to share a few ways to be eco-friendly at work.

1. Monitor and buy energy efficient equipment – The electricity that powers our office is from 100% renewable energy!  We also use compact fluorescent lights.

2. Bring your own cup – Bringing your own cup, coffee mug, or water bottle with you daily can have a BIG environmental impact when you consider how many paper, plastic, and Styrofoam cups or bottles are tossed every day! Billions of drink containers are disposed annually MINUS THIS ONE! Be part of the solution.We designed this logo to help promote bringing your own beverage container.  Many of our clients have placed their brand on one side of the mug and our custom-designed minus one logo on the opposite side. This is powerful promotion – especially when you consider how frequently you use your favorite mug.

Two environmentally friendly drinkware products that we love are the Eco-Pint glass – made from bamboo fiber and the Coffee Cup Insulator for days when you somehow forget your travel mug! At a recent trip to the coffee shop, I was even asked if I needed a java jacket. I did at the time, though it would be very convenient to simply leave your own coffee cup insulator in your car or work bag.

3. Think before printing and RECYCLE!  – I have often seen “Think before you print this page” in email signatures, and it really does make me pause to consider if I really need a hard copy.  In many cases, the answer is NO.  You can also use printed paper that is no longer needed as scrap paper.  When its use is completely exhausted, be sure to dispose of it in the proper recycling containers.

4. Reduce your carbon footprint – consider carpooling, using public transportation, riding a bike or walking to work.  Our office is conveniently located to give our employees several “green” commuting options.

5. Buy Eco-friendly – MANY products available are now produced using environmentally friendly processes.  This trend has also reached the promotional products industry with more and more products being made with eco-friendly materials including recycled, biodegradable, bamboo or organic material.  Check out almost 200 eco-friendly products including eco-friendly pens on our online catalog.  Buying eco-friendly promotional products can help align your marketing efforts with your brand and corporate identity.  With customers becoming more eco-conscious, this may be a trend to consider following for your upcoming efforts.

How often do you bring your own beverage container?  How are you being green at work or home on Earth Day this year?