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

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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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.

 

Adult Coloring Books: Your Next Marketing Campaign?

Adult Coloring Book with Imprint Space for Your Logo

This creative outlet is a powerful way to relieve stress and promote relaxation. Release your inner artist by adding your creative touch to 12 beautifully rendered designs, accompanied by inspirational messages. Click to see all the different editions to customize your campaign.

Kids’ coloring books with spaces for a logo have been available for years, but we are now seeing a vast array of books designed for the adult set, each designed to relieve stress and promote creativity. Some are even accompanied by inspirational messages.

From flowers, birds and animals, to intricate unique designs, these “grown-up” or adult coloring books are a wildly popular trend that has media reporting its stress-busting benefits. Retail versions have been listed as best-sellers on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Now you can get in on this trend by adding your logo to adult coloring books! Why?

  • Ability to engage and hold attention.
  • Promotes a healthy habit, relaxation, and creativity.
  • Wide audience and suitable in many different industries.
  • Used and kept for weeks, if not months.
  • Some people post their completed designs online.
  • Cost per impression is low when you weigh potential exposure against product price.

The main purpose of these coloring books is for relaxation, so they will fit into any campaign that is promoting mental health, wellness and relaxation.

  • Promoting healthy habits in health care
  • Assisted living center welcome gifts
  • Keeping minds active in Senior Centers
  • Encouragement in rehab programs
  • Recruiting for Colleges & Universities
  • Encouraging high school students to take a break from your phone
  • Fun for corporate team building seminars & workshops
  • Motivation for wellness programs
  • Build awareness for nonprofits or use as donor gifts
  • A perfect way for resorts and attractions to help patrons remember a vacation

You can even use these coloring books as part of a contest! For example, a wellness program focused on stress management could prompt participants to turn in their colored designs for prizes.

This unique promotional product is sure to light up the faces and pique the interest of your recipients. Contact me today to get some recommendations on the right coloring book for your campaign or event!

Debbie Yearwood, BASI
Promotional Consultant
Perry Office Plus
(254) 778-4755 x 112
promos@perryop.com

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3 Iconic Chairs that Inspired Modern Copies

We can’t help but notice some characteristics of these classic designs popping up in current office design.

Eames Lounge Chair

Released in 1956, Eames Lounge Chair was the first chair that Charles and Ray Eames designed for a high-end market. Examples of these furnishings are part of the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Our modern versions are definitely not “copies”, but there are enough similarities in the steel base style and segmented bodies to imagine they could be distant relations.

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Fauteuil Chair (aka “Louis” Chair)

Perhaps the most recognizable homage to this chair originally designed in the early 17th century France,  is the Ghost Chair by Philippe Stark.  We continue to see the more traditional style in formal office settings, but love Stark’s bold variation.

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Model 3107

This is one of the most copied chairs out there, and for good reason!  It was designed by Arne Jacobsen, using a new technique in which plywood could be bent in three dimensions. Over 5 million units have been produced exclusively by Fritz Hansen ever since its invention in 1955. It is THE most copied chair in the world. Such a versatile style.

3107

Want to give your office a classic look? Let our designers steer you in the right direction. Contact us today!

Special Report: 4 New Furniture Trends from NeoCon 2016

In June, the Perry Furniture team visited the NeoCon market in Chicago for North America’s most important design exposition and conference for commercial interiors. These are some of the trends that stood out to us this year and a few examples of each.

See something that interests you or a style you want to emulate? Call us for details: (254) 778-4755

1. Residential Furniture for Commercial Spaces

Get cozy at work with a more comfortable, laid back type of furniture. Modernize your office while maintaining a classic feel.

Bourne Collection from JSI

Bourne Collection from JSI

Hugh Dining collection by Grand Rapids

Hugh Dining collection by Grand Rapids

Tablo Chair paired with Grove Totem end table from Darran

Tablo Chair paired with Grove Totem end table from Darran

Ala chair by Cabot Wrenn

Ala chair by Cabot Wrenn

2. Flexible Seating

As office spaces are becoming more multi-functional, the chairs we use in them are following suit. Whether you’re working, meeting, eating, leaning, or thinking, these chairs can do it all, anywhere.

The nesting, multi-purpose Flirt Chair from Arcadia

The nesting, multi-purpose Flirt Chair from Arcadia

The spine-based, impromptu Kozmic seating by National

The spine-based, impromptu Kozmic seating by National

3. Personal Spaces in the Open Office

While workplaces are opening up and becoming more collaborative with few private offices, there is still the occasional need for personal breaks and semi-private conversations. These new products can help offer some division without adding walls.

Reflect from Allsteel

Reflect from Allsteel

Co-op by Arcadia

Co-op by Arcadia

Co-op by Arcadia

Co-op by Arcadia

4. Clothing-Inspired Upholstery

Clothing textiles like wool, tweed, and soft-suiting type materials are the latest in upholstery trends, which can lend an element of familiarity and comfort to otherwise sterile work environments.

Kimono collection by Mayer

Kimono collection by Mayer

Tickled Herring & more by HBF Textiles

Tickled Herring & more by HBF Textiles


New & Notable!

 

Concinnity Desking from Hon

Concinnity Desking from Hon

This laminate series offers more storage options and design details than we’ve ever seen from Hon and we are excited about it. Concinnity blends distinctive design elements with a versatile collection of desk and storage components.

Equity

Equity from Neutral Posture

This system product has nearly unlimited options for fabric, colors and customization. Equity’s centerline modularity allows for simplified planning, spatial economy and design flexibility. The 90° and 120° planning provide added options for open plan layouts.

BuzziJungle

BuzziJungle

Can’t help but mention this wild new product: BuzziJungle really pushes the boundaries of the traditional meeting space. Various elements within the structure provide an opportunity for different interactions within the “jungle”. You can climb, lounge and meet in the elevated work-lounge space made from lacquered steel.

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3 Times Promotional Towels were the Right Marketing Decision

Why do marketers and business owners choose promotional towels for events, giveaways, client and employee gifts?
  • It’s a moving billboard.
  • A large imprint size gives maximum brand exposure.
  • Expose your company to a wide range of people beyond the recipient.
  • People keep and use towels for several years.

Here are 3 times that towels proved to be just the promotional product needed:

UH OH: A summer camp for youth and teenagers was unhappy with the response from campers to their imprinted items like water bottles and bracelets. Many of them would lose them before the end of camp.

Towel Time: When their Promotional Consultant helped them envision a nicer item that commemorated the camp, they increased their budget and chose a beach towel, which was a natural fit, since the camp included swimming multiple times each day. The towels turned into a commemorative piece with a new logo each year and campers were more likely to hold on to the towel and use it the rest of the summer. The added exposure for the camp has resulted in an increase in attendance each year.

Promotional Beach Towels

UH OH: A non-profit association that hosted multiple fundraising golf tournaments was frustrated their budget didn’t allow for high-quality giveaways for the golfers, and attendance was declining.

Towel Time: Rather than draining the budget, the group’s Promotional Consultant suggested that Golf Towel become a fundraiser. A new level of sponsorship included both a hole sponsorship and a towel sponsorship. The towel could have the logos of the sponsors printed on it. They selected a towel that features ‘edge to edge’ sublimation print so numerous logos would fit, with no limitations in color, gradient or half tones. They even used a picture of the 18th hole as a backdrop.

These high quality towels were used, kept, and re-used again. A first class, commemorative golf towel is now given to the golfers AND…an additional $2750 was raised for the event in the first year! The past 2 years, the first sponsorships sold were those that included the towel, and the tournament attendance has increased dramatically.

Promotional Golf Towels

UH OH: A large manufacturing plant gives their 700+ employees a summer gift each year, but the owner was clinging to the same typical gift of a wearable item, year after year.

Towel Time: Their Promotional Consultant finally convinced the owner to try giving his staff a nice beach towel, as she knew it would get him better brand exposure in public places and that they would be kept for years. They went with a classic luxurious beach towel with a carrying strap.

A month later, the owner of the company was with his family at the local lake. As he wandered the beach; he couldn’t believe his eyes. He saw not one, not two, but several of the company towels being used at the lake. He immediately grabbed his cell phone and texted his Consultant: “You were right! What incredible exposure for us!” Each year’s towel is now branded with a one-of-a-kind commemorative logo with and a different theme. What once was a typical gift, is now a “summer employee appreciation program”.

Promotional Towels

Want more information on the towel options available and which one is right for you?
Contact us today and get a custom quote — we’ll help you maximize your budget and make a real SPLASH!

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These are actual case studies provided by Terry Town.