Summer Picks for Your Workspace by Team Perry

It’s definitely summer, and we’re ready for the beach — or some serious indoor AC time, depending on who you ask around here. So some Perry people have a few recommendations for enjoying the summer a little more at the office.

Vacay in the Workplace

“Here are some products to help bring summer vacation to the office. It’s as close as you can get to the beach when you are almost out of vacation days!” – Debbie Yearwood, Promotional Consultant

Freshen Your Desk

“These are cute—they come in a bunch of colors and they make your devices stand up!” – Lea Goates, Furniture Consultant

Check out the SAFCO Splash™ Multi-Colored Wood Desk Set in Wood Color or Blue Gray Color

Treat Yourself

“Clear the air with summer scents and treat yourself with snacks!” – Angie Batiste, Marketing Specialist

Colors of Summer

“I love these products that add a ‘Miami Beach’ vibe to your workspace and projects.” – Bonnie Johnson, Marketing Manager:

You can find all these and other great products on our website at perryop.com!

10 Ideas for Marketing Your Business at an Outdoor Event

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Here are some quick tips on getting some exposure for your brand, business, or organization at the next outdoor event:

1. Be VISIBLE! Razor flags [like this one] stand out in a crowded space and can be a great branding tool

2. Offer something immediately USEFUL like a hat, bottled water, or snack.

3. If it’s a warm day, make your guests more COMFORTABLE with a cooling towel, sunblock, sunglasses, bug spray, or hand sanitizer. This kit hits many notes >

4. If it’s a PET-FRIENDLY event, add a watering station for four-legged guests to entice pet parents into your space. Check out these other pet-related giveaway ideas >

5. Giveaways with a “HIGH PERCEIVED VALUE”, like T-shirts or tech items, are always coveted by attendees.

6. For evening outdoor events, a LIGHT-UP giveaway can make your space the cool place to be. This one is sound-activated, perfect for music events!

7. A unique GAME is always a hit — consider a Plinko-style drop game, golf putt, or cornhole hole game. There are a wide variety of booth games you can add a logo to!

8. Outdoor events are often more relaxed, so you can be SILLY and hand out goofy headwear or wacky promotional toys or Frisbee-style flyers.

9. Make sure your MESSAGE or BRAND is the focus of your space — your logo and website should be on every element. Here’s a way to add branding to your plain outdoor tent >

10. Incorporate a CALL TO ACTION on your giveaways. Adding a coupon or special offer to a promotional item makes it more likely to be kept.

BONUS TIP: Make your booth “viral” with an awesome photo opportunity! These cut-out banners make it easy for your visitors to snap a funny photo with your branding and share it with friends on social media, multiplying your exposure! Other cut-out options available, just ask us!

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Get a quote or more ideas from our Promotional Consultant today!
Email: promos@perryop.com
Call: (800) 234-6605 x 112
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Print This Post: Here’s How Using Paper Actually GROWS Trees (and Supports Our Economy)

Did you know, the average American uses nearly six trees worth of paper each year? And have you ever received an email with a note at the bottom, asking you to consider saving paper or “save a tree”, by not printing the email?

Yes, forests are vital to humans, filtering the water we drink and the air we breathe. Yes, forests are home to half the world’s species of animals. And yes deforestation and forest destruction is the second leading cause of carbon pollution.

Fortunately, paper is NOT the enemy of trees! And here’s why:

1. Most US forestland is privately managed and depends on DEMAND to continue operating.

More than half the forest land in the United States is owned and managed by some 11 million private forest owners. They provide over 90 percent of our domestically-produced forest products and support 2.4 million jobs primarily in rural communities.

If landowners can’t earn a living from these forests, they will sell the land off and/or convert it to farms, ranches or real estate development. Demand for forest products — including paper — means there’s an economical reason to keep preserve commercial forests.

You can learn more about private forest land on the US Forest Service website.

Who owns America’s forests? Forest ownership in the conterminous United States circa 2014: Distribution of seven ownership types – geospatial dataset. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Research Data Archive. https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2017-0007. Source: Hewes, J.H.; Butler, B.J.; Liknes, G.C. 2017.

2. Reputable manufacturers use materials from “responsibly managed forests”.

Look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo and/or the Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) logo on the paper products you buy to identify a product that uses responsibly sourced forest materials.

These certifications give consumers the option to choose forest products, like paper, that have been sourced in an environmentally-friendly, socially responsible, and economically viable manner.

3. Paper is the most recycled material in the US, perhaps the world!

Everyday use of paper makes it a recyclable product that keeps on giving. In fact, over 66 percent of all paper products were recycled in 2015, with a goal of reaching 70 percent by 2020.

4. Forest owners actually grow trees faster than we can use them!

Increased demand has NOT depleted forests. The number of timberland acres has remained stable, increasing by about 3 percent. Total inventory has doubled because growth has outpaced harvests. There are more trees in America today than there were 100 years ago!

So maybe that email signature should read, “Need to print this? That’s ok. Paper is recyclable, and made primarily from renewable wood fiber resources. Please recycle this document when it completes its useful purpose.”

The Dirty Facts: Why Floor Mats Are an Essential Part of your Facility

Did you know that 80% of the dust, dirt and grime in public buildings are “tracked in” from the outside? Entrance floor mats are the primary defense against tracking in dirt and moisture. Here are the three things entrance and floor mats should do that make them important in your office:

1. Stop Dirt & Water at the Door and Store it for Removal

  • About 1 out of 5 of Americans are allergic to some component of dust. Dr. Robert Pumphrey, Washington D.C.
  • Dirt and dust cause nine out of ten computer systems failures. Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service
  • A buildup of .042 inches of dust on a heating or cooling system can decrease efficiency by 21%. Environmental Protection Agency

2. Minimize the Tracking of Soil and Water into the Facility

  • 3M Company estimates that without entrance matting, 1500 people can remove 42% of the finish from the floor.
  • 42% of consumers, when asked “What’s the first thing you look at when judging cleanliness?“, responded with “Floors”. CDI Research, 1991
  • 91% of shoppers select a store because of its appearance. Progressive Grocer

Shop wiper/scraper mats at perryop.com!

3. Provide a Safe Surface that is Slip Resistant and is not a Trip Hazard

  • Over 30% of worker injuries are slip-related. Wausau Insurance Company
  • The average cost of slip-related injury exceeds $12,000. Wausau Insurance Company
  • Falls are the second leading cause of accidental deaths and percentage-wise, it is growing 3 times faster than any other cause. National Safety Council
  • In the U.S. each year, an average of 7.75 claims per 1 million supermarket customers are filed due to slips and falls. Foodmarketing Institute

Bonus: Your floor mat can even be a promotional tool!

  • Put a logo at your entryway to reinforce your brand.
  • Create a strong visual impression for visitors.

Shop imprinted mats on promos.perryop.com!

Let Perry Office Plus point you to the floor mat, anti-fatigue mat, wiper scraper indoor outdoor mat that’s right for your front door, interior or facility. Call us at (800) 234-6605 today! We have been helping customers in the Temple, Belton, Killeen, Waco, and Bryan College Station Texas areas for nearly 100 years.

Paper Towels: Why they Beat Air Dryers, Hands Down, for Your Office Restrooms

There’s a debate over “air dryers versus paper towels” and we’re here to help set the record straight. While air powered hand dryers might make sense in ultra-large-scale applications — where it isn’t feasible to replace paper towel rolls fast enough to accommodate the crowd — in everyday businesses, a paper towel is the CLEAR winner for three simple reasons:

  1. More sanitary & effective
  2. Less mess
  3. Happier users

1. Paper towels are more sanitary & effective than dryers

While hand dryers were designed to reduce waste and be more sanitary, many studies have shown they can actually INCREASE the amount of bacteria on users’ hands. The Mayo Clinic found “hot air” dryers dispersed bacteria from hands and air, to within a radius of about three feet. “Jet air” dryers pushed contamination to nearly six feet. With paper towels, no bacteria dispersal was found.

Because the air inside of a jet dryer is not sterile, and with blasts of warm air up to 400 miles per hour, the research suggests that bacteria can be blown around the room, from hands to other people and surfaces.

Studies show that germs can be more easily transferred to and from wet hands, which is why drying hands after washing them is essential to staving off bacteria and limiting the spread of infection. Most people who have used an air dryer in a restroom can attest to it as a less effective drying method.

The Mayo Clinic recommends paper towels for use in locations where “hygiene is paramount, such as in hospitals and clinics.” It adds that providing paper towels may improve hand hygiene adherence among healthcare workers.

Blowing contaminated water and air around a room isn’t a great way to get hands clean.

2. Paper towels actually create less mess.

You might think paper towels would be a bigger mess because, well, once that trash can is full, those things are just everywhere… right? But it comes down to the lesser of two evils.

On one hand, you may have stray paper towels that need picking up, bagging, and removal. But how about the water that’s left all over the restroom from users who either choose not to use a dryer, or don’t find it effective? Wet floors are a slip hazard for your business.

And worse, some people will even resort to using wads of toilet paper to dry their hands when a dryer is the only option… and that can create even further problems and a huge difference in costs.

For an even more professional look, consider a countertop system like the Kleenex Reveal [shop on perryop.com].

3. Paper towels give users a better experience.

It would seem that users have caught on to the above facts, since a Cintas survey in 2017 found that nearly seven in 10 U.S. adults prefer paper towels over air dryers in public restrooms. Of the reasons cited most often, respondents said paper towels dry hands better  (70%) and faster (69%), give something to open the restroom door with (52%), and that air dryers blow bacteria (24%) and are too loud (22%).

Imagine being a guest in your establishment. Whether it’s a restaurant or healthcare environment, where cleanliness is always top of mind, or an office building where you want to make staff and guests feel welcomed and comfortable, a paper towel will never offend or leave them dissatisfied. Image is everything and the presentation of your restroom speaks volumes about your organization.

If effectiveness and cleanliness don’t convince you, perhaps your users will. Paper towels are what the people want!

Shop the Perry Office Plus website for a wide variety of towels to suit your needs. And ask us about our dispenser program! Call for details (800) 234-6605 or reach out online at perryop.com/contactus

Branded Cleaning Products that will Promote Your Business for the Next Six Months

Health & safety promotional products are statistically kept by the recipient for six months. That’s six months of brand exposure for your business while being associated with a helpful, healthful item. These items are appreciated by germaphobes, parents, busy travellers, and professionals of all ages.

Here are three categories of cleaning and hygiene products that make great imprinted gifts and giveaways.

Household Tools

From a useful dish or veggie scrubber, to a handy duster, household and kitchen cleaning tools are popular advertising. Farmers markets love these, and tech and security companies can show clients how they can “scrub” data or “clean up” a network.

We love this Frizzy Hand Duster for a fun gift in bright colors. It’s a fun promo for professional organizers or cleaning companies. Even an accountant can help you “dust off the books” for a clean tax season!

You can even bundle items together for a real impact. The Clean Up Kit comes with a duster, scrubber, apron, and tote bag — all with your logo printed on them.

Tech Cleaners

You’ve probably heard about the studies that show our cell phones and devices are filthy and covered in germs like E. coli, influenza, and MRSA. Help your prospects and customers keep germs at bay with a handy promotional tech tool, such as phone sanitizer spray. A perfect giveaway for health professionals, tech companies, or sales teams.

For quick wipes, a full-color microfiber cleaning cloth is a great way to make a splash — you can make yours a map, a calendar of events, or just a beautiful photo. For on-the-go types, get a cloth kept in a convenient key tag.

At the office, a keyboard brush can be a handy tool and a way to remind your customers you’ll help sweep away their problems.

For intense cleaning power, a UV phone sanitizer makes a great high-end gift for your heavy tech users. It makes the perfect thank-you gift for top clients, sales reps, and partners.

Personal Items

Promotional personal hygiene and cleaning items are handy tools for almost anyone in your audience. Health professionals, eye care providers, and even laundry services can use these giveaways!

A simple lens cleaner spray is unique and helpful. A stain remover pen is something people will keep at the office or in the car.

Hand soap sheets are perfect for camping, hiking, and travelling — they create suds when mixed with water, without the hassle of a liquid — perfect for frequent flyers!

 

Need more ideas for putting a polish on your next promotion or event? With thousands of items available, our Promotional Consultant can provide recommendations that meet your timeline, budget, and audience. Contact us today: (800) 234-6605 or promos@perryop.com

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5 Promotional Product Trends for 2018

Our marketing team recently attended the largest promotional products trade shows in the state of Texas, and returned with a ton of ideas, samples, and trends to watch.

Here are the 5 that stood out:

1. Everyday promotional items get a texture makeover.

From denim-wrapped journals, to quilted tote bags and ultra-soft T-shirts, texture is the name of the game this year. We even saw hats with the feel of a jersey T-shirt!

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Jersey knit caps have a unique, soft texture.

Inexpensive non-woven totes get a makeover with debossing and quilted textures.

2. Customization helps create a one-of-a-kind gift.

Being able to add individual names to a variety of items gives a personal touch that’s great for new hires, customer gifts, and more.

A variety of items are available for individual customization for an extra personal touch!

3. All-over print and dye sublimation give products a splashy, retail look.

You can print nearly anything on almost any material these days. From flashy backpacks with an edge-to-edge design, to caps with printing on the underside of the bill… it’s all up to you how you want your promotional items to look!

4. Augmented reality makes your branding interactive.

Items like customizable temporary tattoos, paper coasters, and more are available to create a fun experience for recipients. Check out this video to see them come to life!

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5. Trendy colors take over.

Jewel tones and neon colors in particular were noticeable across many types of products.

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These are all exciting promotional product trends you can incorporate into your 2018 marketing and advertising. Promotional Consultant Debbie Yearwood can help you find just the right item or help you create a program that fits your needs and budget. Call or email today! (800) 234-6605 / promos@perryop.com