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Tech Related Idea for High School Counselors

In one of our most popular posts, Top New Promotional Products for Colleges, we shared a few desk-related promotional ideas that could be given to high school counselors. Note pads, stone coasters, tech-stickers, pennants, and phone holders are just a few ideas that we include in our High School Counselors Showroom.  To keep on trend with new products in the industry, we wanted to spotlight a tech-related idea that high school counselors would find useful and fun.

Discover the Wedge Mobile Device Stand

The Wedge™ Mobile Device Stand is a fully customizable, colorful desk item that also can be used as a screen cleaner.  With 81% of all promotional products being kept because of usefulness, the Wedge will showcase your brand in a high-visibility work area for a long time.

 

 

 

The Wedge Mobile Device Stand and Cleaner

Helps keep device screens smudge free.

Side doubles as a screen cleaner.

The base can be used as a screen cleaner.

Artwork is printed on a single piece of fabric, offering a fully custom imprint area with full color dye sublimation for vibrant graphics. The base of the Wedge is available in standard grey or black, though other special edition colors are now available for an extra punch of color.  An antimicrobial coating prevents the buildup of mold, mildew, and odors. The fabric is 100% microfiber. It’s extremely soft and the entire item has a bean-bag like feel, so it’s easy to hold onto when cleaning a screen. The Wedge is handmade in the USA. Here’s a picture of the phone stand in use.

Mobile Device Stand in use

Colorful, multi-functional tech accessory will be appreciated by high school counselors

We recommend imprinting your brand name on the rounded, rectangle shape that is readily visible when the phone is in place for maximum exposure. In testing it out in our office, the Wedge held my phone at a comfortable angle, so it was both easy to read and touch the screen without sliding around my desk. Numerous colleagues are using the Wedge on their own desks because it’s such a functional and fun product.  It’s bound to be appreciated and will help keep your school top of mind with school counselors or other referral sources.

Link: View More Details and Pricing on the Wedge

Want more ideas? See our High School Counselors Showroom or contact us to discuss your recruitment plans.

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2014 Top New Promotional Products for Colleges

At Magellan Collegiate Promotions, we strive to share the latest and best promotional marketing ideas with our clients.  To stay on top of what’s new and trending, Owner Michael Wolaver and Account Manager Paige Wagner attended the industry’s largest trade show, the PPAI Expo in Las Vegas.  Here are the top new promotional products for schools and colleges to incorporate into branding, marketing, and recruitment efforts.

Trend: Sustainability 

Product: T-shirt made of Recycled Material

EarthSpun Eco Friendly Tshirt

EarthSpun Apparel Eco Friendly Tshirt

 

This high-quality t-shirt is made from recycled plastic bottles blended with recycled cotton. Additional apparel items are available in this same eco-friendly material, including a zip-up sweatshirt and women’s t-shirt.

Uses: staff apparel, student contests

Trend: Drinkware and Accessories

Product: Knit Acrylic Bottle Insulator

knitted bottle insulator

Bottle sweater keeps drinks cold and hands warm!

The next generation of insulated beverage holders has been upgraded to a fun, knit sweater material.  We fondly refer to this as a “beer sweater.”

Perfect for showcasing your logo, it comes in four different yarn colors. Acrylic yarn will keep hands warm when holding onto a cool beverage.

Uses: Alumni, events, athletics

Product: H2Go Mason Bottle

Look around Pinterest or in any home goods section of a store, and you’ll see mason jars! Anything from vases, light fixtures, mugs, or wine glasses are inspired by the classic mason jar.

mason bottle close up

25 oz. Mason Jar Water Bottle

The Mason Bottle comes in many colors

So many fun colors for your school!

This mason bottle can be imprinted on the side or top of the cover with a logo. In addition to the many colors pictured above, it is also available in a stainless steel finish.  Choose from single wall (featured) or double wall insulation.

Uses: Staff, Alumni, Student Contests, Admitted Student Days

Trend: See More Clearly 

Product: Clear Drawstring Backpack

More schools and sporting events are requiring clear bags for security reasons. Specifically the NFL updated their Stadium Bag Policy in 2013 as a way to improve stadium access.  The PGA will be adopting a similar policy. This clear drawstring backpack is an ideal solution for new security measures.

Clear drawstring bag

Clear drawstring bag

Paige and Michael also saw clear totes and backpacks in this trending category.

Uses: Athlectic Events, Prospective Students

Product: Clear Glasses

Custom imprinted sunglasses have been a hit on college campuses for some time.  The latest iteration of this is the clear glasses.  Paige noticed her college age relative sporting a pair of clear glasses recently, so it is a real-live trend.

Clear lens glasses

Clear lens glasses are a new take on retro sunglasses

The glasses can be imprinted on the sides, as you can see on the purple pair pictured above. The glasses are UV blocking and have a cool, retro style that students will love.

Uses: event giveaway, campus tours

Trend: Good Looking Table Cover

Product: Full Color Spandex Table Throw

Traditional table covering can easily be folded, stuffed in a bag, and setup at the next event.  While ironing a table cover is not always possible, it’s common to see traditional throw or drape style covers look a little wrinkly.  Say good bye to wrinkles with this fitted, spandex material table throw.

Fitted Spandex Table Throw

Fitted Spandex Table Throw Features Full Color Wrap Imprint. Available in 4’, 6’, or 8’

The form-fitted design supplies an excellent canvas for a full color design on all sides. The back of the table covering can be open for easy access to materials stored under the table. It’s available in four, six, or eight feet lengths.

Uses: Campus events, college fairs, trade shows

Trend: Mail-friendly Items

Product: Custom Postcard Decal

Direct mail is alive and well! We often work on stickers, decals, or clings for our collegiate clients.

Custom Postcard Decal can be a cling or sticker

Custom Postcard Decal can be a cling or sticker

The custom postcard decal features a postcard on one side and decals on the other. Stickers are available in white or clear with an adhesive or static cling option. The featured size is 3-5.8″ x 6″ though other sizes are available.

Uses: Mailings through Admissions, Alumni Organization, Individual Schools (i.e. School of Business, College of Engineering)

Trend: Technology 

The segment of tech items in the promotional products industry is booming! Anything related to smartphones, power cords, chargers, speakers, and so on were prominently displayed across the show floor in Las Vegas.  Here are our five top tech picks for 2014:

Product: Microgrip Screen Cleaner

Similar to one of our most popular products, the DigiClean, the Microgrip Screen Cleaner also adheres to a phone and can be used again and again for screen cleaning. One new feature that differentiates it from the DigiClean is an outward facing sticky grip section to hold a phone in place.

Half grip, half screen cleaner for your phone

Half grip, half screen cleaner for your phone

Pictured above you can see that the design has two halves: 1/2 logo and 1/2 grip texture. It’s a new twist on a wildly popular phone screen cleaner!  A similar product that was recently introduced is the DigiGrip Screen Cleaner and Mobile Grip.

DigiGrips is another mobile phone grip and screen cleaner in one.

DigiGrips is another mobile phone grip and screen cleaner in one.  It comes pre-affixed to a postcard or marketing card for a larger messaging space and easy storage.

Uses: Events, campus tours, mailings

Product: Juice Box 2200

The Juice Box is a very trendy item that charges devices on the go. Such chargers are already available at retail.

 

Easily charge a tablet or phone from 0 – 100% battery power. Just plug in a device cable and charge away. Available in four colors.

 

Uses: Incentives, contests, scholarship recognition

Juice Box charges devices on the go

Juice Box charges devices on the go

 Product: Phone Wallet

This phone wallet has easily become one of Michael’s favorite new items.  He’s been using it for several months as his wallet on his iPhone.

Phone wallet keeps cards and ids snugly in place

Phone wallet keeps cards and ids snugly in place

It’s designed to work specifically with iPhones, but would easily adhere to other phones as well. Using a strong, 3M adhesive, the phone wallet is securely attached to the phone and snugly holds cards in place.  This could be used to replace a wallet or purse entirely, or simply lighten the amount of things carried in an existing wallet.

Uses: contests, mailing, event giveaway, campus tours

Product: Powerline Adapter Cable

No more carrying multiple cords with this 3 in 1 adapter power cord.  This useful item covers approximately 90% of all devices.

Useful 3 in 1 adapter power cord

Useful 3 in 1 adapter power cord

At one end is a standard USB connector that can be plugged into any AC or DC USB power adapter – or even your computer’s USB port providing 5 volts of recharging power. On the charging end of the cable you’ll find a nice large imprint area with three different connectors. Included: Apple 30pin connector (iPhone 3, 4, iPad 1,2, iPod), Apple Lightning connector (iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPad 4), and the universal microUSB connector.

Uses: Alumni, speaker gift, School of Business, Computer Science, Engineering (etc.) promotional item

Product: Mini Bluetooth Speaker

MyMusic Mini Bluetooth Speaker

Enjoy the convenience of listening to music from your phone without any cords.

Paige and Michael liked this small Bluetooth speaker, as it has excellent sound quality, and it’s convenient to listen to music without cables through your phone.

Uses: Speaker gift, contest

That wraps up an overview of our favorite new products for 2014.   Last year we also highlighted Top 10 Collegiate Promotional Products, and many of those products continue to be popular even today.  Which items were your favorites?  Do you have other preferred promotional products? Let us know!

For any questions or samples of these products, please feel free to contact us.

 

 

A Tech Item that Sticks Around

Did you know 81% of all promotional items are kept because of usefulness? This statistic directly ties to our most popular promotional tech item for students – the DigiClean – that can be used again and again to clean screens of electronic devices.

We have written about the DigiClean in the past, but as we have continued to work with schools on this product, we continue to learn more about why it is such an outstanding product.  This blog post highlights DigiClean’s key differentiating features and includes actual product reviews from our clients.

Reminder How it Works
As described in the DigiClean Phenomenom, it is safe and easy to use. Watch the video below for a demonstration.

DigiClean Plus Benefits

You’ll notice that we primarily sell the DigiClean Plus simply because it is the best device screen cleaner available on the market. Several key features make the DigiClean Plus a superior product:

  1. Aggressive adhesive can attach to any surface.  Some phones or cases have a matte finish or are rubberized. DigiClean Plus easily adheres to ALL mobile phones and almost all cases. According to the manufacturer’s video, the DigiClean original, a step down from the Plus Series, only adheres to 75% of mobile phones and 60% of smartphone cases, leaving the question: how important is it to have your branded promotional items work and be used? The newly released DigiClean Xtra has improved upon the original adhesive, but still remains a value-priced “good” but not best option.
  2. Two-sided imprint – DigiClean Plus uses a clear adhesive, so you can imprint on both sides with full color graphics.
  3. Anti-bacterial and Anti-microbial – prevents the growth of bacteria on the micro-fiber cloth.
  4. Long lasting. We have enjoyed using the DigiClean Plus on our own phones. Michael has frequently promoted and demonstrated how the DigiClean works on his iPhone. With heavy use, the DigiClean Plus has lasted Michael for one year.
  5. Included marketing postcard.  For no additional charge, clients can choose to have the final DigiClean adhered to either a 3.5″x6 marketing postcard  or a 2″x3.5″ business card, giving additional space for custom messaging, tracking URLs, or social media sites. This is preferred to other lower-cost screen cleaner products that come individually packaged in a plastic bag or bulk packaged in one large plastic bag. The postcard or business card make it easier to handout, store, and track the effectiveness of DigiCleans.
Digi Clean

Example of 3.5″x5″ included full color marketing post card with product instructions on back, and Digi Clean front and back.

Recent Product Reviews
Our customers have been kind enough to share their positive feedback on their DigiClean Plus orders. The consensus seems to be that Digi Clean is a great, high quality product that definitely has a “cool” factor.

DigiClean Plus – P+ Series (Pad) 5.0/5.0

Great Product

Our customers love them. Everything about these was awesome; the printing is beautiful on both the cleaner and the card, they stick like magic, and clean screens very well. They are our favorite promotional giveaway. Magellan did a wonderful job with the layout and turnaround time.

 

DigiClean Plus – B+ Series (Medium) 4.0/5.0

Great Product for the cost

Beware of knockoffs of this brand and type of product. I have tried other versions that are cheaper, but am glad I finally made the right call to go with Magellan and this specific product. You get what you pay for, and other companies’ version of this product is cheaper for a reason – the quality simply is not there. So while I wish this product could be cheaper, it is a good value for what you pay. The quality is high and the presentation of the product is excellent – it comes on its own “business card” with customize-able text. Other brands I have tried were delivered in a giant zip lock bag all jumbled together and sometimes stuck together. I highly recommend this specific version of a cell phone screen cleaner pad.

 

DigiClean Plus S+ Series Small 4.0/5.0

Cool, New, Hip Product

After the first minute of confusion when people pick it up and ask “What is this?” They really fall for this product. It is new and current and a great way of promoting our brand while making it a fun accessory for your smart phone.

The DigiClean remains sticky but it starts fraying around the edges. So that is my only concern is how long it can go before the fraying makes it unusable.

Overall I am very happy with this product and am very happy that there are directions for people on the backside.

Available Shapes and Sizes

Sizes range from small screen cleaners (I-Series and S-Series), standard to medium (A-Series and B-Series) and up to larger tablet or notebook cleaners (T-Series and P-Series). Numerous shapes, including squares, circles, heart, t-shirt, football, oval, and teddy bear, are available.

DigiClean Template

Artwork instructions and templates are included for both the DigiClean screen cleaner itself and the included business card or marketing card.  Please click on the links below to download the template.

DigiClean-Template-2×3.5-Business-Card

DigiClean-Template-3.5×6-Marketing-Card

Want to learn more about DigiClean? Read our case study, visit our DigiClean Product Showroom, or feel free to contact us.