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Who Buys Promotional Items?The promotional items and associated gift industry is a growth sector with sales soaring in to the billions. Have you ever wondered who buys all these promotional items? If you guessed that the top buyers are big spending blue chip businesses and organizations who want to advertise and market their product lines, you'd be wrong. An industry study identified the top twenty-five industries that purchases promotional items and gifts by the amount spent. The results below might well surprise you. 25. The petroleum industry, including gas stations, oil distributors and refineries 24. The travel industry, including airlines, bus, trains, cruise lines and travel agencies 23. Food processors and beverage bottlers 22. Retailers and shopping malls 21. Pharmaceutical and chemical companies 20. Utilities like gas, electric and telephone companies 19. Telecommunications companies like cell phone and internet provide
China Makes Christmas For the Rest of the WorldChina is the world's biggest manufacturer of Christmas products. China exports nearly 2 billion US dollars worth of Christmas products per year with more than half going to the United States. Most of it comes from Shenzhen in South China's Guangdong province. There are over 3,000 factories in Shenzhen producing artificial Christmas trees. Christmas lights, ornaments and Christmas wreaths are also made here. These items are all made from plastic and metals. Shenzhen is on the coast about an hours drive from Hong Kong. Before 1985 most of these products were mass produced in Taiwan and Hong Kong where the labor was cheap and ports were easily accessible. Taiwan and Hong Kong were not under the strict communist rule of China. By 1985 Taiwan and Hong Kong had developed into huge exporters and their local labor costs had increased. They started looking for a place nearby to ship materials to for assembly by cheaper workers. At the same time China wa
Promotional USB Flash Drives - Buyer BewareWhen you think of the promotional USB flash drive industry what words come to mind? Deception, scandal, fraud? I am guessing no. However, for those looking to purchase customized USB drives those words may be closer to your reality than you think. Buyer beware, this is a perilous industry. The majority of USB drives come from China. Virtually no USB Wholesaler carries inventory. This means that they never physically see your product. Therefore, quality control is a serious issue and the possibility of receiving defective flash drives is pretty high. Below are some of the more common mistakes that wholesale USB consumers make and some advice that will help you avert these pitfalls: Penny Saver #1: Saving $100 can cost you $1000's! Do not put your brand in the hands of an untrustworthy USB provider. Problem #1: Buying low quality wholesale USB's can ruin your professional credibility! 90% of USB horror stories start right here.
Custom Promotional Items - Make Them WorkHow you can use Custom Promotional Items The best thing about custom promotional items is that you have a good amount of options. If you choose the wrong promo item, than you might do more harm than good. You have to be willing to spend more money on a product that will work instead of settling for a sub par promotional item. Your organization should pick a product that will work for it in a positive way. Say you work with school a lot, than try and pick something that schools can use to there benefit. Maybe binders? Custom Sweatbands for their schools basketball team? Maybe something for the professors to wear around. Once they have these they will be extremely appreciative and your company will get known throughout your community. The previous was an example of a small way in which you can use a promo item. A big example would be buying 20,000 headbands for New Years Eve in NYC. This unique promotional object would have your logo and a web ad
Promotional Items As Getaway EssentialsSome things never fail to invoke the inner traveler in us-bottled white sand from a beach in the Philippines; a map, perhaps; sunset photos from a country elsewhere. Promotional items that tap the adventurer in us are received happily. They allow us the chance to dream, to wish, to hope that one day soon we will be able to afford that getaway or have the time to spare. One particular Australian T-shirt brand has the tagline, "It's summer somewhere," which truly makes sense. If you're the owner or manager of a travel agency, a surf or beach shop, or a resort, who says you can't send out promotional items such as sunblock, a beach towel, or rubber slippers to clients and associates in the dead of winter? Who says anyone had to sulk just because they happened to be in the wrong location? If anything, these getaway-themed promotional items should be taken as symbolic of something to look forward to, literally like a ray of sunshine in dark s