In the wake of tragedy, like the Christchurch terror attacks, people are racing to help. We need to be involved somehow to help ease the pain and make sense of this evil event. New Zealand is a country of caring people. “This is who we are.”
It can be overwhelming as to what one person can do. While purchasing a t-shirt or bag to spread a message or to honour those lost can be a powerful action when we all feel so helpless.
In the promotional products industry, we know the power of a simple T-shirt or branded bag to carry a message.
There are plenty of ways to get involved – whether attending a vigil, donating to one of the charities set up or by creating your own message on a T-shirt, bag or other product. Make a statement of support or sell items to donate to the victims’ charities.
In the wake of the Orlando shootings some of these organizations sold merchandise to give back to their community.
Orlando’s professional sports teams sold t-shirts at games and gave proceeds to the victims’ families.
Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda released a design of products that recited his Tony Award Speech message “Love is Love”
Ellen DeGeneres launched a T-shirt design touting love and kindness with proceeds going to the National Compassion Fund.
OMGI Yoga apparel created designs featuring 102 hearts representing each victim and gave profits to the National Centre for Victims of Crime.
We at Pipi Promotional products want to give back by donating a portion of our proceeds for any products used for fundraising or with supportive messages for this tragedy. We will donate to New Zealand Victim Support. www.pipipromo.co.nz
The first holiday parties may have evolved from Saturnalia, an ancient Roman festival in honour of the god Saturn, held 17 of December of the Julian calendar. Later in time these festivities extended with events through 23 December.They celebrated in a big way with sacrifices in the Roman Forum and community banquet feasts.There was gift-giving, continual partying, gambling and masters even provided table service for their slaves.
Some may say “not much has changed.”But, the holiday office party has evolved over the years, even the past decade to become a more casual affair.There is more focus on the employee and celebrating the end of the year and company successes.The team is rewarded for a job well done.
The use of promotional products is on the rise and gift giving is more personal.We are seeing branded technology gifts such as power banks and wireless charger, picnic baskets and coolers.Companies are also being creative with branding party favours such as wine bags and wine glasses.And the party theme is important with branded balloons, umbrellas and beach balls, T-shirts and caps to also celebrate summer.
The gesture of the gift is what counts to say “Thanks!”We have a range of branded or unbranded gift ideas from drink ware, pens, notebooks and bags to more high end corporate gifts.Let us know how we can help make your Office Party a hit this year. Check out these great ideas
With New Zealanders using over 1.6 billion single use plastic bags per year, companies have seen this as a great marketing opportunity to put their company logo and marketing message on reusable promotional bags.Pipi Promotional Products, a promo products company has seen a 75% increase in printed bags over the past 18 months through their online store www.pipipromo.co.nz.The supply of reusable shopping bags have been selling out with some styles even out of stock throughout New Zealand.Manufacturers have had a hard time keeping up with demand.
It’s no wonder companies are seeing this as a good investment, 80% of people use promotional products they receive. There are so many reusable bag materials to choose from; jute, cotton, recycled plastic, paper, bamboo and more.“It’s great to see all types of eco-friendly products being branded like reusable coffee cups, drinkware, recycled pens, pencils and notebooks.” says Kathy Wilson, owner of Pipi Promo.“Other countries such as Vanuatu and Australia have also been ordering from us who have a plastic ban, it’s a great way to help the environment and brand your business.” With the most recent New Zealand ban on single use plastic bags it is expected to see the bag and reusable products growth to continue for the promotional products industry.
Owners, Andrew and Kathy Wilson, from Papamoa Beach, worked in the promotional products industry in America for over 20 years.Andrew, a Kiwi, felt the New Zealand industry was lacking the technology people wanted to be able to make easy decisions when searching and buying promotional products online.Pipi makes it easy with search features where you can select by product category, colour, imprint method and price.
Pipi Promotional Products offers a range of promotional giveaway items such as pens, magnets, keytags, tools and more, plus a variety of drinkware, bags and hats for events.Corporate gifts, health and safety programs and trade show giveaways are hot right now.High tech products such as branded phone cases, power banks, head phones and accessories are new to the industry and very popular.
It’s that time of year. Students are looking forward to (and dare we say dreaming) of getting back to school. Whatever year they are in, your education institution can benefit from school promotional products. A great way to entice school spirit through constant brand exposure.
Fundraisers are also a great way to make money and build school loyalty. Parents, teachers and alumni are always eager to support their school and students while also getting a useful product.
Here is a list of some of the more popular promotional products for your school, club or organization.
There are many options to choose from. For an affordable option check out the Expo Calculator. A great simple calculator perfect for primary and intermediate aged kids. Also, good to use in class as prizes of giveaways or sell them to students.
Customized Eco Recycled Ruler
A large imprint area for your school branding. Ultra-useful and made of recycled material so all rulers are unique. Use one of the many recycled messages on it as well.
Promotional School Organiser
Give them something to carry all their stuff around in. A useful branded product for students of all ages.
Make travelling to and from school easy. These are one of the most affordable, versatile and popular promotional items and a huge range to choose from. These bags are durable and come in a variety of colours to match your school. Also check out our huge range of backpacks.
Customized Drink Bottles
Encourage drinking more water and stay hydrated. A wide range of styles, materials such as PBA plastic and stainless steel. Mix and match colours, great for sports team as well. Trendy bottles with full wrap branding make great fundraising items.
Teachers Tote Bags
A desirable product for everyone but teachers especially love this one. The hottest trend when everyone is going plastic free. A branded bag will be around for years for future outing and shopping trips letting others see your branding as well. A real band for your branding dollar.
Pencil Sharpener and Eraser in one
Great for younger students and affordable enough to pass out to all students or at events with a learning message.
Eco Notebook and Pen
Students spend their days taking notes, so this is a product that is in constant demand. A perfect branded retail or fundraising item. Eco-friendly, this is a recycled cardboard product.
Another useful product that can be branded. Affordable enough for giveaways. A huge selected from one coloured to multi colours and matched with a pen.
Branded Sticky Notes Bookmark and Ruler
A multipurpose tool to help students keep track of important section of their work. A branded item that has an extremely affordable price tag as well.
Logo Pens or Pencils
When they don’t come prepared, sell them a branded pen of pencil. Large assortment of colours, styles, price ranges and branding options.
Branded Apparel – T-shirts, hats, caps and more
Everyone loves a branded t-shirt or cap. There is so much to choose from. Buckets hats, caps, beanies, scarves and even branded ties. Perfect for clubs, sports teams and organizations.
A branded item they will carry everywhere. It attaches to any phone and can carry money, cards, id etc. Great colours and very affordable.
This is just a taste of some of the more popular items for schools, students and fundraisers. If there is something specific you are looking for or need help with a promotional idea, let us know.
Whatever you call them, giveaways, swag, tchotchkes, every booth has them and attendees love to get them. When used correctly, they can entice people to your space, create leads and leave potential customer with a brand message long after the show is over.
Align your brand to the product. First, make sure that any product you choose has your brand message and or logo printed on it. If you are in the travel industry, select a clever travel product. If you are a builder, how about a multi-function tool or tape measure. If your booth has a theme, have products to match that idea. If you are running a specific campaign brand your promotional products for that purpose.
Make sure your team is branded. Not with just the ordinary polo shirt but try hats, caps, ties and scarves as well. Have a spinning wheel or dice game to attract attention and give some of these branded items away as premium gifts.
Giveaway products that make sense to your target audience. People want useful items that they will keep around and remind them of your message later. Sporty people like water bottles, towels, sunscreen. Business people like notebooks, pens, usb hubs etc.
Budget Promotional Products into the show cost. The idea is to rely a message, attract people to your booth and leave them with a lasting impression. You can have a few higher end products that you have contests or promotions attached to, have lead generating giveaways such as pens and more premium items for real prospects or sales.
Top 10 Promotional Giveaways
Phone wallets – Smartphone are part of us every day, everywhere. One of the most useful products is a lycra, plastic or neoprene phone wallet with a place to stash business cards, credit cards and money.
Reusable Drink Bottles – Metal are the most popular but there are tons of PBA free plastic and glass bottles also to choose from.
Reusable Tote Bags – The hottest trend when everyone is going plastic free. Not only will they carry around all the trade show goodies, they will be around for years for future outing and shopping trips letting others see your branding as well. A real bang for your branding dollar.
Lip Balm – This will get used around the busy trade show floor and you will be on the top of their mind every time they reach in their purse or pocket for this useful item.
USB Chargers – A high impact item as a giveaway but something everyone can use and will be impressed with.
T-shirts/caps – These are one of the most sought-after trade show giveaways. Amazingly affordable these days with your company branding. Great for a large or lengthy brand message. Worn for years to come.
Breath Mints – With all the talking that gets done at trade shows, the obvious products to brand are breath mints. These come in clever packaging some even reusable.
Food and drinks – Be hospitable and invite them in for a cuppa. Everyone loves a sweet or a coffee. Brand a variety of sweet treats and be clever with drinks such as coffee or tea by serving them in a branded cup they can keep.
Audio Devices – These are premium items meant for VIP’s but they will sure make an impact. You can also use these as gift with purchase or incentives for employees; whoever closes the most deals or get the most leads. Very popular are Bluetooth speakers, headphones and earplugs. These will get used right away and create long-lasting brand impact.
The Humble Pen – Finally, the most popular trade show giveaway. The options are endless with pens anymore. Try a pen stylus, multi- function pen, pen light or even a banner pen.
We know it is a hard decision to come up with just the right promotional items for your next trade show. But when done right, it can reap tremendous rewards in client engagement and recall.
If you need some clever ideas for your next trade show or even promotion, let us know we can suggest some ideas. firstname.lastname@example.org