2016 in Promotional Products (Plus, a Look Ahead!)

It’s always fun to look back at the year and remember the successful promotion we helped clients create! And the winners are…

Promotional Products Superlatives for 2016

Favorite Promo: Commuter Kit for Mills County Medical Center. This fun little pouch includes a cell phone wallet with stand, a small hand sanitizer spray, and a pair of earbuds in a branded case — perfect for the teen-targeted event it was designed for!

Mill County Medical Clinic - Commuter Kit

Most Creative Promo: Wedding Planning Dial for Killeen Civic & Conference Center. What a great way to market to the bridal market! We recommended this item for a bridal event the center was hosting.

KCCC Wedding Planner Dial

Hottest Promo Item of the Year: Stainless Steel Tumblers for… well.. everyone! These are immensely popular and come in a variety of styles, lid colors, and imprint options.

Stainless Steel Tumblers

Best “Self-Promo”: Our branded canopy came in handy for a variety of events this year and we’re proud to show off just one of our outdoor display items.

Branded Canopy

What will be hot for 2017?

The hot color is GREEN – even the Pantone color of the year for 2017 is “Greenery”.
Green Promotional Products

 

Full color imprints are taking off, as suppliers make it easier, cheaper, and faster to get a beautiful full color imprint, the days of the lonely one-color imprint are numbered.

Super Media Clic Full Color Imprint

 

Tech products are still popular and will continue to grow, as marketers spend more to appeal to the up-and-coming Generation Z. This Powerbank Junior Padfolio includes a built-in powerbank to charge devices, and other tech-rich features (collapsible smartphone/tablet stand, tech pockets and loops), plus a good old fashioned spiral notebook.

Powerbank Padfolio

 

VR products are an emerging item for next year, too. You can brand all kinds of headsets for smartphones so users get the true virtual reality experience, while “augmented reality” items — which have special features when you look at them through your phone’s camera — are gaining traction as well.VR headsets

8 Gifts for Your Messy Co-worker (or the Office Neat Freak)

Need some ideas for the co-worker or friend who always has a clutter-covered desk, and just can’t seem to get it together? Or maybe your cube-mate is intensely tidy and appreciates gifts that help them stay that way. Here are 8 great ideas (and you can get them all from Perry Office Plus):

1. Stick-N-Find Bluetooth Location Trackers

Perfect for the person who misplaces everything! This set of 2 Bluetooth tracking tags use a free app to locate anything it’s attached to. Shop on perryop.com (SMD02218)

2. Grip-A-Strip Display Rail, 12 x 1 1/2, Aluminum Finish

This streamlined alternative to bulletin boards lets you display important papers, posters and other items up to 1/8″ thick, without the need of tacks, pins or tape that can get lost. Shop on perryop.com (AVT1025)

3. Bankers Box Premiere 6-Piece Organization Kit

This lightweight kit contains one eight-compartment sorter, one four-compartment organizer, one three-drawer organizer with bin and three magazine files. Made of corrugated cardboard with 60% recycled content. Shop now on perryop.com (FEL7647801)

4. Smead Project Organizer

This multi-pocket organizer includes pre-printed templates for optimal organization and project planning! Shop on perryop.com (SMD89200)

5. Dotz Cord Catcher

Keep charging cords from dropping behind desk or workstation. Holds up to four cords in two channel sizes. Weighted, non-stick silicone base grips to surface without leaving residue. Shop at perryop.com (PRBDCC40MCK)

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6. Monitor Riser

Puts your monitor at a comfortable height, plus it has a mini sorter and accessory tray on the top shelf (or you can use them separately). Shop at perryop.com (FEL8037401)

Justick Bulletin Board by Smead

7. Smead Justick Bulletin Board

With just 4 batteries, this bulletin board uses an electric charge to hold items — no pins or magnets, since you know, those get lost pretty easily. Watch the brief video on this great new line of products. Ask your Perry Office Plus rep about it today!

HON Flagship Mobile Pedestal with Seat Cushion Top

8. Mobile File Pedestal with Seat Cushion

Store, move, sit… Add the optional seat cushion top to the HON Flagship mobile pedestal and you’ve got a multi-purpose piece of furniture that will roll away under a worksurface, serve as an extra seat (or stacking area, for the stacking types), and has plenty of room to keep files and other items off your desk. Contact the Perry Office Plus Furniture team for a quote!

What to Consider Before You Choose a Standing Desk

The benefits of a standing or height-adjustable worksurface have been touted for several years now, from increasing blood flow to even burning a few extra calories. But is it for you?

While studies have shown that breaking up a sedentary workday with standing does have benefits, the most important thing is to simply avoid any single position — sitting or standing — for long periods of time. A sit-to-stand workstation is certainly one way to keep this in check.

If you’re thinking of making the switch to standing or height-adjustable worksurface, here are a few things to consider:

Try before you buy.

We suggest a trial period before committing to standing desk. Prop up your monitors with whatever is available – or get a sample from Perry Office Plus! – and try it for several days before making an investment.

Adjustable or fixed?

A stationary, standing height desk with a tall chair allows for both sitting and standing without moving parts.

More or less movement?

If you don’t plan to switch from sitting to standing very often, you can save money with a hand-crank option, while a pneumatic or electric option may be a better solution for more frequent adjustments. Electric desks can also be preset to your custom height preferences.

Don’t forget the tech!

How will you adjust your monitors and keyboard? We suggest mounting your monitors so they can also be set to correct ergonomic height when you switch from sitting to standing. If you use a keyboard tray, this can be mounted as well.

Let us help!

We’ll assess your current work area, listening to your needs, help you select and even install the sit-to-stand solution that’s right for you. Our consultants can answer your questions and get you set up quickly and easily. Contact the Perry Furniture Team: (800) 234-6605 or furniture@perryop.com

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5 Types of Promotional Products to Help You “Own the Desk”

Is your target market the office-bound type? Put your brand in their line of sight for hours every day with the right desktop promotional item. Let’s go beyond the typical promotional pen and look at 5 kinds of branded products to keep in mind if you want eyes on your logo during the workday.

Desk Set1. Desk Accessories

A colorful desk set is a fun way to make sure your brand comes to mind at work. This modern desk set from Numo has multiple pieces and is imprintable on all items. Want something a little more classic? A simple Post-it dispenser will do the trick.

thinking putty2. Puzzles, Games, & Stress Relievers

Break through the promotional clutter and try something different. A game or puzzle that sits on the desk can be a fun departure from the typical promo.

Thinking Putty is a great stress reliever or brainstorm starter! It comes in 3 different sized tins and 30 different colors. Show your prospects you know how to think outside the box and help them solve problems.

For a more traditional puzzle, a Rubik’s Mini Twist-A-Snake has an element of nostalgia while keeping your brand front and center.

Stress relievers come in all shapes and sizes — if you can dream it up, there’s probably a stress ball for it.

motion notes3. Unique Paper Goods

Add a little fun to your typical sticky note with Motion Adhesive Notepads from BIC. They work like a flipbook, and feature a truck driving across the note, a plane taking off, or a golf putt.

A handy scratchpad is a great promotional item, but add lines and even checkboxes, and you’ve got a to-do list keeper that every office worker will appreciate!

Sonic Boom Speaker4. Tech Accessories

A Bluetooth speaker is a solid gift for anyone that likes some tunes while they work. The Sonic Boom Bluetooth Speaker has flashing LED lights that will brighten up any cubical. Phone stands are also great for desktops and this Clam Cell Stand is a classy option.

Tritan 12oz Tumbler5. Drinkware

Whether it’s a water bottle, soda can, coffee cup, or travel mug, there’s bound to be a beverage on most any desk, and that’s one more place for your brand to be! Drinkware is one of the most popular promotional products and will be kept for a long time, especially when it’s good quality, such as this 12oz Tritan tumbler. And don’t forget about coasters; Most people will keep a nice, absorbent stone or cork coaster handy for years.

 

Overwhelmed? Inspired? Either way, let’s get started on your next promotional project. Call us at 800.234.6605 or email promos@perryop.com. 

3 Keys to Encouraging Healthy Habits with Branded Products

Is your target audience a health-conscious crowd? Are you considering a wellness program to help improve the overall health of your staff? Branded products are a great way to make a connection with either audience. However, there are some important factors when choosing a promotional product for your health-focused campaign.

portion control lunch kit1. Make it useful.

The more useful the item, the more likely it is to be kept, used, and seen repeatedly. So increase your ROI with useful items like these:

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2. Choose something attractive.

Any promotional item is more desirable if it’s got a cool, trendy look.

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3. Don’t skimp on quality.

A throw-away item will end up just that, while a quality fitness product will have staying power.

 

50 Items to Imprint for Staff or Client Gifts

Stuck for ideas for a great gift for your top clients, hardworking staff, or valued team members? Whether it’s a milestone gift, or an end-of-year ‘thank you’, here are 50 things you can brand for your organization’s next gift-giving occasion.

5 Food Gift Ideas

1. Branded tin filled with treats

2. Baked goods with your logo on them

3. Branded chocolates (like these Bite Size Belgian Chocolate Squares)

4. Healthy snacks in branded bags (trail mix, nuts, granola, dried fruit)

fusion5. Get a basket of goodies from a local eatery and add a beautiful branded ribbon

 

5 Health & Wellness Gift Ideas

1. Branded fitness tracker

2. Lunch cooler

3. Fruit infuser water bottle

4. Gym bag

5. Salad container

 

5 Outdoor Gift Ideas

1. Multi-Tool

multitool2. Folding chair

3. Wind-proof golf umbrella

4. LED flashlight or lantern

5. Picnic basket

 

5 Executive & Luxury Gift Ideas

1. 20 oz Stainless steel vacuum insulated tumbler

2. Deluxe bath or beach towel

3. Custom adirondack chair

4. Set of branded golf balls

5. Stainless Steel Ice Cube Tray Set

 

10 Tech Gift Ideas

1. Perfect Tech Kit (10 tech accessories in a stylish case)

hub2. Power Bank

3. Bluetooth speaker

4. USB drive – unique & custom shapes available!

5. A handy USB hub with your logo

6. Set of quality earbuds

7. Stylus pen

8. On-the-go Tech Kit

9. Phone Soap Charger & Sanitizer

10. Microfiber cleaning cloth

 

10 Office Accessories

lunch1. Stylish desktop organizer

2. Cell phone stand

3. Perpetual calendar

4. Padfolio with your debossed logo

5. Classy glass candy jar – fill it yourself or add their favorite!

6. Stainless steel tumbler

7. Handy notebook

8. Sticky note dispenser

9. Desk calendar

10. Neoprene Lunch Bag

 

ornaments 10 Christmas & Holiday-Themed Gift Ideas

1. Christmas ornaments: Maybe one made of plantable seed paper?

2. Sweet & cozy hot chocolate kit

3. Christmas cards

5. This adorable “sweater mug”

6. Stuffed mascot

7. Plush embroidered blanket

8. Cookie cutters

9. Snowscape Card – make your own snow with this mailable kit!

10. Stocking – Stuff it full and give it away!

 

Overwhelmed? Inspired? Either way, let’s get started on your next gift. Call me at 800.234.6605 or email me at promos@perryop.com

Spotlight: Car Dealer’s New Construction Gets Designer-Style Furniture

The Perry Office Plus furniture team worked closely with an interior designer to select the style and finishes for this new construction at Cleo Bay Subaru in Killeen, Texas. The result is a cohesive, high-end look, perfect for a car dealership.

As a previous client, they brought us into the process early and selected their furniture prior to the building’s completion. As a result, the building’s millwork and countertops were selected to match the furniture, rather than trying to match the furniture to finishes already in place.

The reception station by Darran, with its frosted glass accents and WilsonArt solid surface reception top, offers a custom look at the entry. The client appreciated the attractive, easy to clean, non-porous solid surface material so much — as well as the wood finish on this piece — that they chose to use it throughout the built-in elements of the building.

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The varied heights of the reception top adds visual interest and creates and even more custom look.

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In the Sales and F&I offices, we selected JSI Vision veneer desking for a high-polish appearance. Glass tops were added to preserve the finish in a busy office environment. Encore Signal guest seating with coordinated wood backs complete the spaces.

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Each space utilizes different storage options, including lateral files and overhead storage.

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These JSI Solara chairs create a high-end conference area in a fabric coordinated with the room’s carpeting.

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In the Service area, Advisor Stations at an elevated height allow staff to stand or use a stool. The Allsteel Terrace tiled system provided the framework, with metal perforated tiles and a contrasting silver trim for a high-design aesthetic.

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A kids’ play area was outfitted with durable a maple table and chairs by TMC Furniture.

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HON Invitation Lounge seating with JSI side & coffee tables offers a place for Service customers to wait. Grand Rapids upholstered wood stools are perfect for the standing-height counter.

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In the back office, Allsteel Optimize cubicles offer plentiful storage and work surface.
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This entire building of furniture and seating was delivered and assembled by the Perry Office Plus furniture installation team.