Today’s Top Trends in Promotional Products and B2b Swag is all about finding out about what is hot, cool and on the rise in popularity both at retail and for promo!

Promo Motive is an incredibly unique Supplier of Promotional Products. We Zig where others Zag. Here’s what make us different.

Firstly, we import direct from the factory to you, saving money and passing along the savings. Secondly. We only do cool. We don’t do dull and only offer amazing. No mugs, pens, hats or such here. As we like to say “We Do Weird Well”!

In our blog you will find articles and ideas on Today’s Top Trends in Promotional Products and B2b Swag. These include Fidget Cubes, POP phone grips, Fidget Sticks and several other creative ideas for tradeshows, B2b, ad specialty and promotional product marketing.

Custom Shaped Pop Phone

Everyone has heard of Pop Sockets but now there is a new kid in the game, custom shaped Pops.

Turn your clients logo or icon into a custom shaped phone and media stand.

Get your logo or event identity on a custom shaped pop socket style propring phone and media stand.

Min order 500 unit. Price upon request…email john@promocrunch.com

custom shaped popsockets

custom shaped popsockets

POP custom shaped pop socket phone grip style promotional pop out phone holder for tradeshows -

POP custom shaped pop socket phone grip style promotional pop out phone holder for tradeshows –

Looking for something a little more traditional?

Check out our POP’s media and phone grips and stands.

Pop phone stands are a huge hit with trade shows and promotional product distributors. Get Your Logo On It!

pop media stand for trade show and business marketing. Wholesale bulk promotional product aka swag

pop media stand for trade show and business marketing. Wholesale bulk promotional product aka swag

square popsocket style media stand for promo, tradeshow and b2b marketing swag. Ge

square popsocket style media stand for promo, tradeshow and b2b marketing swag. Ge

New Product New Year 2018

Each Year I go away for 14 days to recconect with new products and to refocus the business. This is 2018’s trip.

I have been in this business for a number of years and have learned that you need a break every year to focus on a bit of relaxation and most importantly new product.

I just got back Saturday from this place in La Manzanilla   

It is pretty special, and inexpensive (about $90 a day). Located in a small fishing village on Mexico’s Pacific coast about 4 hours south of Puerto Villarta.

Below are a few pics of my trip and a few new product ideas I took the time to photograph.

I’d like to thank all of you distributors for making my life a good one. We hope we can make your life happy and succesful as well in 2018.

John “Hopefully Happy” Graham

custom shaped popsocket for b2b marketing

custom shaped popsocket for b2b marketing

peepers eyeglass cleaning system for marketing and tradeshow swag

peepers eyeglass cleaning system for marketing and tradeshow swag

keysmart quick key key organizer for tradeshows

keysmart quick key key organizer for tradeshows

infinity cube for marketing and trade show logo

infinity cube for marketing and trade show logo

square pop phone grip and media stand

square pop phone grip and media stand

hi intensity mini tactical flash light

hi intensity mini tactical flash light

clip on wide angle smartphone camera lens

clip on wide angle smartphone camera lens

 

and of course…there are the pics of the place and the people……..

lamanzanilla beach

lamanzanilla beach

view from my Mexican office

view from my Mexican office

sunset

sunset

local crocs

local crocs

pop phone stand promotional products and trade show swag

If you’re paying set up fees you’re getting ripped off.

I am a long-time promotional products supplier and I am shocked that people are still charging and still paying for set-ups, run charges, color matches etc.

Stop it Now!

Let me let you in on a secret.

As a supplier of swag who sells to distributors I am going to tell you now that you should never, ever, pay for set ups, run charges etc. It is a scam.

Issue #1

When was the last time you bought blanks and decorated them yourselves? Never. You always want it logo’d!

Issue #2

If issue #1 is true then why don’t suppliers just price out the product with a logo on it? They already know you’re going to want it with a logo!

Issue #3

Here’s where the suppliers who charge will say, “well…there’s a cost difference for 1,2,3 or 4 colors.” I say Bullshit!

I tell you this, the cost difference is so small that if a supplier can’t charge you an all inclusive logo cost or better yet an all inclusive product with logo cost regardless of how many colors you need then they are not very informed or  are playing the game as seen in the next issue, #4.

Issue #4

Suppliers who charge run fees, color matching etc. do this for 2 reasons…..1 to make more money and 2 to make their product appear less expensive than it really is!

Issue #4

Confusion to the client. (yes I know I used 4 twice…thought I would confuse you) Not only are these charges unnecessarily extra but they are coded on idiotic numerals like a G! This is just confusing and a time-waster.

Issue #5

Some charges are real and should be charged. When there is a real cost and its a significant one, go ahead and charge it. On our custom shaped flash drives for instance we pay $80 to the factory in China for the mold. Guess what, we charge our customers $80. I think that’s fair.

Issue #6

Make it easy on the customer. I can’t tell you how many clients I have spoken with who say they spend about 20 minutes costing out a job! 20 Minutes! Are you nuts!

The costing of the job should take 1 minute, the other 19 minutes you should be selling something else, high-fiving the guy in the cubicle next to you or rooting around on YouTube. You should get from the supplier a price. one, all inclusive price, you then would do your mark up on it and send it to the end user. Badda bing badda boom, done!

And on that note ,if you are sending a quote to customers with run charges, color matches etc….How do you think they feel about that?

In closing, I am sure there will be some of those out there who think I am nuts on this issue and that it is ok for all of these ridiculous charges. To you I say the following………You are wrong!

 

Below is an example of how it should be. Coded on a C to include shipping to your door and 1,2, 3 or even 4 color process logo. No extra charges! How easy does that make it!

 

coded pop phone stand prices

coded pop phone stand prices

pop phone stand pop phone stand pop socket style media grip for trade shows and b2b marketing

pop phone stand pop phone stand pop socket style media grip for trade shows and b2b marketing

not set up fees on any promotional products

not set up fees on any promotional products

 

tonight la manzanilla

Highly unlikely but oddly very true!

As unlikely as it is that you will believe me but “its the god’s honest truth”…each year I do something unusual so I can refresh my head and to more importantly work on launching new ideas for you..! IT IS WORK!

 

This year..(and last) I am doing it at a beach…this time in a tiny Mexican town on the Pacific Coast……La Manzanilla.. (I have attached a couple of pics)

Also….(here’s the work part) I am launching 5 new ideas for your needs….attached are the pics of 2 of the ideas taken today…. What do you think? john@promocrunch.com

Also… the blog posts about each product can be linked to from below

Eyeglass cleaner

https://promomotive.com/2018/02/09/coming-for-spring-2018-new-promo-peepers-eyeglass-cleaning-system/

KeyQuick

https://promomotive.com/2018/02/09/coming-for-spring-2018-new-promo-keyquick/

 

CNY ends Feb 24th FYI

John “Hopelessly Happy” Graham

 

keysmart key system for trade show giveaway and promotional swag.

Coming for Spring 2018. New Promo KeyQuick

KeyQuick the smart key system for promotional products and trade show swag is revolutionizing the way we organize our keys.

The Ring is Dead, Long Live the KeyQuick!

keysmart key system for trade show giveaway and promotional swag.

keysmart key system for trade show giveaway and promotional swag.

 

Here’s a great video review of the Keysmart from Tech Ninja….This explains how it works….

This will be available March 5th and will go between $3 to $3.50 each. Including logo and all freight.

smart key keysmart for tradeshow logo and b2b marketing

smart key keysmart for tradeshow logo and b2b marketing

eye catching promo end user

Don’t get stuck in the repeat offender category as a promotional products seller.

Getting stuck in the repeat offender category as a promotional products seller is a recipe for sales didaster. Don’t be a repeat offender!

As a supplier of factory direct promotional products I am thrilled when I get a repeat order. It’s simple, easy and generally profitable. But it is also a dangerous slippery slope.

Too often the distributors I sell to in the ASI business rely so heavily on “repeats” that they miss the following facts.

  1. Their clients are looking for new ideas……they may in fact be looking to buy them from someone else as you are not offering them!
  2. If you do not offer the client new ideas and only take the “repeats” you may be incorrectly seen as being “boring and out of touch”.

So…in an effort to keep you in the trend loop, here are the top 5 new promo swag ideas as identified by marketers from around the world. Much of this research comes from the last 3 major industry trade shows.

Get your business logo on a square pop or phone pop socket for promo, tradeshow and b2b marketing swag. Get Your Logo on it.

Get your business logo on a square pop or phone popsocket for promo, tradeshow and b2b marketing swag. Get Your Logo on it.

pop socket style phone stand for trade show, promotional products ad specialty and b2b marketing

pop socket style phone stand for trade show, promotional products ad specialty and b2b marketing

custom socks logo socks promotional product swag

custom socks logo socks promotional product swag

fidget cube for tradeshow swag and promotional product marketing

fidget cube for tradeshow swag and promotional product marketing

Fidget Stick Promotional Product aka Mokuru Kururin for tradeshows, conferences and promotional product giveaway.

Fidget Stick Promotional Product aka Mokuru Kururin for tradeshows, conferences and promotional product giveaway.

Square POP Phone Grips Slay at Trade Show

Square and Round POP phone grips are trending way up and were the absolute hit at recent Las Vegas Trade Show Conference.

Nothing is hotter at both retail and promotional these days than phone grips such as power brands, pop sockets, pop rings and POPs and the new square shape, POP SQ is perfect for b2b marketing logos.

According to the American Graphics Institute 63% of corporate logos are square or rectangular and in an effort to address this need the new square POPs are the perfect solution for tradeshows, corporate branding, promotional products and ad specialty.

All imprinted logo’s are up to a 4 color ( 4 c/p) digitallyprinted at no extra charge.

The 3M adhesive backing is washable and reusable.

Free Samples. You simply need to pay the shipping and provide a courier acct # (UPS or FedEx).

For more info call us at 1-888-908-1481 or email us here.

Distributor Suggested Retail Pricing below (40% discount)

coded pop phone stand prices socket pop prices for tradeshow, b2b, corporate, ad specialty, promotional product.

coded pop phone stand prices socket pop prices for tradeshow, b2b, corporate, ad specialty, promotional product.

Get your business logo on a square pop or phone socket for promo, tradeshow and b2b marketing swag. Get Your Logo on it.

Get your business logo on a square pop or phone socket for promo, tradeshow and b2b marketing swag. Get Your Logo on it.

pop socket phone stand for trade show, promotional products ad specialty and b2b marketing

pop socket phone stand for trade show, promotional products ad specialty and b2b marketing

Ben Baker marketing expert

Personal Branding. What is your personal brand

Personal Branding with Ben Baker.

I have a good friend in the business, one I have known for sometime, Ben Baker. Ben is one of those rare types that are actually insightful and forward thinking when it comes to the promotional product marketing world.

Here is Ben’s Story and Video

 

What differentiates us?  Take away all the marketing speak, all the hype and all broken promises in this business and you get us.   We have worked for our business to business clients for over 20 years to make them more valuable to their individual clients. We are not in this business for the awards or the glory.  We are here to actually make a difference. We dive deep into our client’s businesses to understand what they do, what they care about, who their clients are and why their clients should care about them. Only by understanding what differentiates them in their marketplace can we develop a brand story that is relevant and engaging to the right audience.

It is a process that takes time and trust from both sides.  

It’s about doing the real work to position you for the future, so that people listen to what you do, understand what you do, and care enough to want to engage. There is no magic wand. Success, to us, is about working beside you and producing the work that connects you with customers in a deep and significant way.

What do we do?   We work side by side with you, to design and execute your end-to-end brand strategy. We work with mid-sized companies to take their brand and their companies to the next level.  We help you tell your brand story, better, so that you can grow in an effective way and attract larger and more profitable clients. And in the end.  . .

We consult, we teach and we speak on brand, message, market, vision and value.  

Trust is everything. We work hard to earn your trust. Take the time to get to know us and ask us the hard questions. Satisfy yourself that we understand you, your objectives and your values

The philosophy is simple: reduce noise and increase focus. We want to equip you to find your best story and tell it better than ever before.

What is our process? We are experts at formulating the questions that engage your entire team. And, we apply our insights to land on the messages that will move your market.

We want to be your active partner in developing solutions that are specific to your requirements and creating messages that inspire.

No one is an expert in everything.  There are some things that require an outsider’s eyes and ears to create a brand that resonates. That’s why they call us. And, our team is designed like a great triage team: When we need expertise that’s outside of our core expertise, we tap into a network of close relationships we’ve cultivated and curated over the past 20 years. So you get the very best, matched to your specific needs.

When you bring us to the table your success is our success. We work with you to Create Your LIVING brand, one that truly represents who you are and who you want to become going forward.

Guiding Principles

  • Cut through the clutter and help you communicate effectively, to the right audience in the right way, so they want to engage
  • Treat every client’s work as if it was our own
  • Understand our client’s wants, needs and desires, and work with them to achieve their goals
  • Listen and understand before creating solutions
  • Build long-term relationships to achieve long term objectives
  • Create meaningful campaigns that achieve brand objectives and goals
  • Be a partner with our clients, not a vendor to our clients
  • Develop campaigns for your benefit, not our portfolio
  • Create solutions that will make our client’s competition wild with jealousy

The only award we want to win is your trust” – Ben Baker

Ben Baker

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ben@yourbrandmarketing.com