The Paideia School uses promos for charity

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 It was a sea of white in late May for the Yonkers, NY-based Paideia School 15 annual charity event – a 1.5-mile walk followed by a spring carnival. With more than 500 elementary school students – and quite a few parents – decked out in crisp white T-shirts, the day-long event was designed to raise money to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. And that it did, in spades.

From sales of T-shirts, food and tickets to carnival games spread across the school’s playground following the walk – as well as donations and sponsorships of students for the walk – the school raised nearly $16,000 for its chosen charity of the year.

“It was really a great day that brought out the best in our school and in our community,” said Michael Shapiro, principal of Paideia School 15. “The purpose of the shirts was to demonstrate unity for the entire learning community.”

In fact, for some of the students the T-shirts even became a yearbook of sorts, as they had their friends sign the fronts, backs and sleeves. It was all-over imprinting at its most basic. The T-shirts also served a purpose to raise money, as the school sold about 100 additional shirts at $12-$15 apiece (advance sales got a discount) for a total of more than $1,000. Plus, the school gave its teachers and staff red shirts with the same imprints to help them stand out during the event.

“The fundraising aspect of the event really went great, and the T-shirts certainly helped to give the whole thing a celebratory feel,” Shapiro said. “Our impression of everything was very positive. It was a continuation of creating a culture based on the importance of civics and responsibilities.”

For more information about marketing your school or business contact the promotional experts at GSPS (GS Promo Source).  Your one stop shop for all things promotional.  The best prices, the best service and the best people!

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FOOTBALL TEAM SCORES EQUIPMENT THROUGH GOLF

Mission Viejo High School’s Diablo football team needed to raise money for new training and safety equipment and facilities, and they had a small timeframe to work with. Traditional fundraising efforts taking weeks or months weren’t the answer. The solution was to pump up the previous year’s fundraiser – the high school’s annual Diablo Classic Golf Tournament.

 

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California-based Mission Viejo chose one of South Orange County’s finest golf courses to host the event, and used the Diablo Classic website and a variety of online and personal communication efforts to advertise it. The tourney featured a round of golf plus lunch, dinner and opportunities to win Diablo-branded promotional gifts via hole-in-one contests and other on-course events. Prizes included branded golfers’ gift-packs featuring shoe bags, divot fixers and tee pouches. Diablo-branded thank-you gifts were also given to golfers to encourage them to donate to the football team.

Tournament participants and donors enjoyed the promotional gifts, and the branding helped keep the Diablos in mind well after the football season ended. The tournament itself was a success as the effort exceeded expectations, raising more than enough money to cover the season’s football needs.

Are you looking to raise money for your school or sports team?

Make sure to use innovative techniques to connect prospects to a school’s offerings to boost school enrollment or raise funds for teams. The best methods to do this use promotional products and a strong partnership with your distributor who can show you great ways to incorporate branded items into your campaign.

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ASK KRISTEN ~ COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS

Advertising specialties remain less expensive per impression than most other forms of advertising. The investment in ad specialties is modest, more targeted and allows for much greater levels of interaction with consumers than other forms of advertising.

As the chart on this page illustrates, promotional products have a lower cost-per-impression in the United States than prime-time television advertising, national magazine advertising and newspaper ads, and a similar CPI to radio and Internet advertising. Plus, while all of these other forms of advertising are often passive, advertising specialties allow for much more active interaction, such as storing valuable information on a USB drive or carrying groceries or other items around town in a promotional bag.

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Also, consider that when consumers receive advertising specialties, they are often the exact market segment the advertiser is trying to reach. Banks aren’t simply mailing out pens to consumers of all ages from all areas, whether or not they have a branch there. Rather, they are giving out the pens only to current or prospective customers in the geographic areas that they serve. This targeted approach to advertising is much more diffi cult, if not impossible, to achieve in other forms of mass market advertising.

More good news: The cost for advertising specialties is not expected to increase markedly in the next few years, making them a more stable, reliable and innovative way for advertisers to reach consumers.

Even more good news: Consider that the cost of producing a 30-second radio or television commercial is often out of reach for all but the biggest advertisers. Many would have their entire advertising budget eaten up before they even aired the commercial more than a few times. This isn’t true with advertising specialties. Companies from the smallest local businesses to the largest Fortune 100 companies have access to the best that the advertising specialty business has to offer.

Consider letting GS Promo Source (GSPS) help you manage your promotional/advertising campaign.  We believe you will be pleasantly surprised by the cost effectiveness of our services and excellence of our work.

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ASK KRISTEN ~ Unique Team Building Programs

UNIQUE TEAM BUILDING PROGRAMS

Want to take your teambuilding programs up a notch? Here are six unique programs along with sample destinations and promotional products to enhance your teambuilding experiences.

Go Underground: Groups can enjoy the spelunker experience by navigating through cave complexes using maps to reach designated destinations. In typical exploration sessions, each team member is assigned a role. Leaders are responsible for group well-being. Learning sessions promote communication skills and show how strategies can be improved as participants gain insights that can be integrated into work environments. Participants assist each other in unfamiliar situations that challenge comfort zones and bring cohesiveness into play to overcome fears. While the guides’ main roles are to ensure safety, they’re also on hand to interpret the cave’s natural history.

Promotional Gifts: logoed headlamps and flashlights, glow sticks, gloves and whistles.

Sample Destination: Moaning Cavern Park, Vallecito, CA, www.caverntours.com

Fly Through The Air: Flying trapeze teambuilding programs engender feelings of involvement and team spirit as your group reaches for the heights. Programs start with safety training before anyone sets foot on the trapeze. These activities produce aerial dynamics that bolster cooperation, efficiency and courage. The objective is to build team spirit and create new bonds to face the challenges of demanding business environments. Sessions usually rotate through challenge stations with increasing levels of difficulty and can be tailored to the groups’ time and budget.

Promotional Gifts: trapeze-shaped belt buckles, workout monitors, exercise clothes and headbands.

Sample Destination: Trapeze School New York, six U.S. locations, www.trapezeschool.com

 

Climb A Mountain: Rock climbing and rappelling programs are fantastic ways to create strong bonds and improve communication skills while setting and achieving goals. Courses teach the simplest forms of outdoor rock climbing and rappelling, emphasizing the skills of climbing knots, belaying, anchors and movement. These programs present teamwork as a natural solution to overcoming intense mental and physical challenges.

Promotional Gifts: carabineers, binoculars, climbing vests and hats.

Sample Destination: Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School, multiple Southeast locations,
www.foxmountainguides.com

Race A Yacht: These waterborne regattas are designed for sailors and non-sailors alike and physical condition is never an issue; it’s about fostering teamwork through a desire to win. Team members begin by practicing crew positions and learn to work together as a cohesive team; skills that will later prove valuable in business environments. Rating systems allow for handicapping so that all boats are judged equal at the finish. There’s plenty of action, tacking upwind, rounding the marks and running downwind. Before returning to the dock for the awards celebration, each team will have the duration of the regatta to pleasure sail and explore the waterway.

Promotional Gifts: boat bags, compasses, binoculars and nautical jewelry.

Sample Destination: Schooner Woodwind, Annapolis, MD, www.schoonerwoodwind.com

 

Build A House: Your team will learn building skills that improve communications and develop cooperation and camaraderie through interacting with coworkers from all levels of your corporate hierarchy. These efforts work to build morale and team spirit and forge bonds by working toward a common goal. In addition, the program fees provided to Habitat For Humanity are fully tax deductible. Habitat For Humanity can also provide access to their branding so that your company logo can be combined with Habitat’s to use as a powerful marketing tool. Best of all, it’s for a great cause.

Promotional Gifts: tape measures, calculators, tool kits, gloves, T-shirts and hats.

Sample Destination: Contact Habitat For Humanity to locate programs www.habitat.org

Join A Cattle Drive: Your group will learn cowboy management techniques when you send them on a cattle drive. Most cattle ranches are located in areas of natural beauty that offer scenic cattle work accompanied by spectacular vistas, including pine forests, alpine meadows and mountain lakes. Your teambuilding group will learn the organizational skills required to trail cattle and move herds across water and up and down hills; skills that will come in handy when it’s time for your staff to round up new customers.

Promotional Gifts: Western gear including logoed cowboy hats, jewelry and belt buckles.

Sample Destination: The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch, Shell, WY, www.thehideout.com

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Promotional USB Drives @ GREAT PRICES!

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Give them the power of the swivel with these unique USB swivel flash drives.
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Build your own drive by choosing body and swing colors. Each includes a keychain as well as free setup and measure 3 1/8” x 5/8” Add your brand in laser engraved or pad print imprinting for an effective promotional tool that they’re sure to appreciate. Due to memory chip market fluctuations please contact factory when placing order.
Call our dedicated team of promotional product experts today!  We don’t just sell you promo products, we solve your problems and are the idea specialists!  GSPS or GS Promo Source is your one stop shop for everything in the world of promotional items.

Go Green with these great promotional products from GSPS

 

Go GREEN with GS Promo Source and these great products!

 

Taking the time to use environmentally friendly promotional products brings green to your next promotion.  Saving the planet by selecting eco friendly items.  We offer a variety of green products that are great go green promotional items for your customers. By Promoting  cleaner and healthier world we are sending a message about conservation. We can make our footprint smaller.  GSPS offers everyday low prices to help make go green promotional items affordable. We have a large selection on everything you need to go green at home, work or at the office. Many of the go green promotional products reduce waste and save energy. We utilize the newest high impact business solutions to assist you in purchasing the best green supplies, pet products, non toxic, green home products and more.

Our clients are experiencing the ease and efficiency of using green products with the added benefit of supporting a new focus on responsible earth friendly practices.  We all can help with any go green promotion, eco-friendly, recycled products, products made from corn that are safe. Please browse our collection of environmentally friendly products that includes most items we use today from apparel to tote bags.We all can make a difference a little conserving at a time. Promotional Earth Friendly items benefits us all making our efforts of being aware of the world we live. Use eco friendly promotional items for your next giveaway. Our Eco friendly promotional items features biodegradable products, corn plastic, earth conserving products, eco-friendly candles, eco friendly drinkware, energy saving products, environmentally friendly pens, products made form recycled material, organic products, recycling awareness, solar powered products. So if you are searching for the perfect environmentally friendly promotional solution, we can help.

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Team Building Adventures!

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UNIQUE TEAM BUILDING PROGRAMS:

Want to take your teambuilding programs up a notch? Here are six unique programs along with sample destinations and promotional products to enhance your teambuilding experiences.  Our team at GS Promo Source (GSPS) can custom tailor your event or team building exercise to any adventure.  We are your destination for promotional products.  More than that, the professionals at GSPS provide SOLUTIONS to your problems.  Call us today at 860-304-2899

Go Underground: Groups can enjoy the spelunker experience by navigating through cave complexes using maps to reach designated destinations. In typical exploration sessions, each team member is assigned a role. Leaders are responsible for group well-being. Learning sessions promote communication skills and show how strategies can be improved as participants gain insights that can be integrated into work environments. Participants assist each other in unfamiliar situations that challenge comfort zones and bring cohesiveness into play to overcome fears. While the guides’ main roles are to ensure safety, they’re also on hand to interpret the cave’s natural history.

Promotional Gifts: logoed headlamps and flashlights, glow sticks, gloves and whistles.

Sample Destination: Moaning Cavern Park, Vallecito, CA, www.caverntours.com

 

Fly Through The Air: Flying trapeze teambuilding programs engender feelings of involvement and team spirit as your group reaches for the heights. Programs start with safety training before anyone sets foot on the trapeze. These activities produce aerial dynamics that bolster cooperation, efficiency and courage. The objective is to build team spirit and create new bonds to face the challenges of demanding business environments. Sessions usually rotate through challenge stations with increasing levels of difficulty and can be tailored to the groups’ time and budget.

Promotional Gifts: trapeze-shaped belt buckles, workout monitors, exercise clothes and headbands.

Sample Destination: Trapeze School New York, six U.S. locations, www.trapezeschool.com

 

Climb A Mountain: Rock climbing and rappelling programs are fantastic ways to create strong bonds and improve communication skills while setting and achieving goals. Courses teach the simplest forms of outdoor rock climbing and rappelling, emphasizing the skills of climbing knots, belaying, anchors and movement. These programs present teamwork as a natural solution to overcoming intense mental and physical challenges.

Promotional Gifts: carabineers, binoculars, climbing vests and hats.

Sample Destination: Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School, multiple Southeast locations,
www.foxmountainguides.com

 

Race A Yacht: These waterborne regattas are designed for sailors and non-sailors alike and physical condition is never an issue; it’s about fostering teamwork through a desire to win. Team members begin by practicing crew positions and learn to work together as a cohesive team; skills that will later prove valuable in business environments. Rating systems allow for handicapping so that all boats are judged equal at the finish. There’s plenty of action, tacking upwind, rounding the marks and running downwind. Before returning to the dock for the awards celebration, each team will have the duration of the regatta to pleasure sail and explore the waterway.

Promotional Gifts: boat bags, compasses, binoculars and nautical jewelry.

Sample Destination: Schooner Woodwind, Annapolis, MD, www.schoonerwoodwind.com

 

Build A House: Your team will learn building skills that improve communications and develop cooperation and camaraderie through interacting with coworkers from all levels of your corporate hierarchy. These efforts work to build morale and team spirit and forge bonds by working toward a common goal. In addition, the program fees provided to Habitat For Humanity are fully tax deductible. Habitat For Humanity can also provide access to their branding so that your company logo can be combined with Habitat’s to use as a powerful marketing tool. Best of all, it’s for a great cause.

Promotional Gifts: tape measures, calculators, tool kits, gloves, T-shirts and hats.

Sample Destination: Contact Habitat For Humanity to locate programs www.habitat.org

 

Join A Cattle Drive: Your group will learn cowboy management techniques when you send them on a cattle drive. Most cattle ranches are located in areas of natural beauty that offer scenic cattle work accompanied by spectacular vistas, including pine forests, alpine meadows and mountain lakes. Your teambuilding group will learn the organizational skills required to trail cattle and move herds across water and up and down hills; skills that will come in handy when it’s time for your staff to round up new customers.

Promotional Gifts: Western gear including logoed cowboy hats, jewelry and belt buckles.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month! – Think Pink in October!

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Show your support for Breast Cancer Treatment and Research in October.  GS Promo Source (GSPS) offers more than 4,000 Breast Cancer related promotional items.  From scarves, to pens, to  bracelets to tote bags.  Be sure to visit our website www.gspromosource.com for the full list of items.  Or click this link to be taken directly to the “Think Pink” page!  For more information about Breast Cancer treatment and programs, please visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

 

Pocket Slider – Breast Cancer Awareness
Stay ahead with our Pocket Slider – Breast Cancer Awareness! Breast cancer affects one in four women, but with early treatment and diagnosis, many are cured. Keep up to date on exams, risk factors, mammograms and breast self-exams. This interactive slide chart operates just like a slide rule, just match up the bullet point and view information and tips in the cutout window. This item is available in Spanish!

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Breast Cancer Awareness Tin with Signature Peppermints
Filled with Signature Peppermints, this upscale pink round breast cancer awareness Snap-Top Tin comes printed with a 4-color process laminated decal or a 1-color direct imprint. Customize your logo including breast cancer awareness. Other fills: Signature Peppermints, Cinnamon Red Hots, Gum, Chocolate Littles, Sugar-Free Mints, or Colored Bullet Candy. Great promotional product to increase breast cancer awareness.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Tin with Signature Peppermin
Filled with Signature Peppermints, this upscale pink round breast cancer awareness Snap-Top Tin comes printed with a 4-color process laminated decal or a 1-color direct imprint. Customize your logo including breast cancer awareness. Other fills: Signature Peppermints, Cinnamon Red Hots, Gum, Chocolate Littles, Sugar-Free Mints, or Colored Bullet Candy. Great promotional product to increase breast cancer awareness.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Tin with Cinnamon Red Hots
Filled with Cinnamon Red Hots, this upscale pink round breast cancer awareness Snap-Top Tin comes printed with a 4-color process laminated decal or a 1-color direct imprint. Customize your logo including breast cancer awareness. Other fills: Signature Peppermints, Cinnamon Red Hots, Gum, Chocolate Littles, Sugar-Free Mints, or Colored Bullet Candy. Great promotional product to increase breast cancer awareness.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Tin with Cinnamon Red Hots
Filled with Cinnamon Red Hots, this upscale pink round breast cancer awareness Snap-Top Tin comes printed with a 4-color process laminated decal or a 1-color direct imprint. Customize your logo including breast cancer awareness. Other fills: Signature Peppermints, Cinnamon Red Hots, Gum, Chocolate Littles, Sugar-Free Mints, or Colored Bullet Candy. Great promotional product to increase breast cancer awareness.

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Breast Cancer Awareness 6″ Engineer Pocket Scale
We are proud to support Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. Show your organization’s support and affiliation for this worthy cause. The 6″ aluminum engineer pocket scale gives people a chance to show support everyday. We will donate 10% of the 1st column price to Breast Cancer Research. So even if you buy in large volumes to take advantage of the quantity discount, 10% will still be donated off of the highest price listed.

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Breast Cancer Awareness AlumiEraser
We are proud to support Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. Show your organization’s support and affiliation for this worthy cause. The aluminum sleek design AlumiEraser gives people a chance to show support everyday. We will donate 10% of the 1st column price to Breast Cancer Research. So even if you buy in large volumes to take advantage of the quantity discount, 10% will still be donated off of the highest price listed.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Large Rectangular Aluminum Key Tag
We are proud to support Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. Show your organization’s support and affiliation for this worthy cause. The large aluminum rectangular key tag gives people a chance to show support everyday. We will donate 10% of the 1st column price to Breast Cancer Research. So even if you buy in large volumes to take advantage of the quantity discount, 10% will still be donated off of the highest price listed.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Aluminum Business Card
We are proud to support Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. Show your organization’s support and affiliation for this worthy cause. The aluminum business card gives people a chance to show support everyday. We will donate 10% of the 1st column price to Breast Cancer Research. So even if you buy in large volumes to take advantage of the quantity discount, 10% will still be donated off of the highest price listed.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Aluminum Luggage Tag w/ Black Strap
We are proud to support Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. Show your organization’s support and affiliation for this worthy cause. The aluminum luggage tag with black strap gives people a chance to show support everyday. We will donate 10% of the 1st column price to Breast Cancer Research. So even if you buy in large volumes to take advantage of the quantity discount, 10% will still be donated off of the highest price listed.

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Breast Cancer Awareness 12″ Engineer Hollow Scale
We are proud to support Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. Show your organization’s support and affiliation for this worthy cause. The 12″ aluminum engineer hollow scale gives people a chance to show support everyday. We will donate 10% of the 1st column price to Breast Cancer Research. So even if you buy in large volumes to take advantage of the quantity discount, 10% will still be donated off of the highest price listed.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Aluminum Combination Key Tag
We are proud to support Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. Show your organization’s support and affiliation for this worthy cause. The combination gives people a chance to show support everyday. We will donate 10% of the 1st column price to Breast Cancer Research. So even if you buy in large volumes to take advantage of the quantity discount, 10% will still be donated off of the highest price listed.

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Breast Cancer Awareness 6″ Architect Pocket Scale
We are proud to support Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. Show your organization’s support and affiliation for this worthy cause. The 6″ aluminum architect pocket scale gives people a chance to show support everyday. We will donate 10% of the 1st column price to Breast Cancer Research. So even if you buy in large volumes to take advantage of the quantity discount, 10% will still be donated off of the highest price listed.

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Breast Cancer Awareness 12″ Office Ruler – Aluminum
We are proud to support Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. Show your organization’s support and affiliation for this worthy cause. The 12″ two bevel aluminum office ruler gives people a chance to show support everyday. We will donate 10% of the 1st column price to Breast Cancer Research. So even if you buy in large volumes to take advantage of the quantity discount, 10% will still be donated off of the highest price listed.

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Breast Cancer Awareness 12″ Architect Hollow Scale
We are proud to support Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. Show your organization’s support and affiliation for this worthy cause. The 12″ aluminum architect hollow scale gives people a chance to show support everyday. We will donate 10% of the 1st column price to Breast Cancer Research. So even if you buy in large volumes to take advantage of the quantity discount, 10% will still be donated off of the highest price listed.

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Breast Cancer Awareness 12″ Desk Ruler
We are proud to support Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. Show your organization’s support and affiliation for this worthy cause. The 12″ desk ruler gives people a chance to show support everyday. We will donate 10% of the 1st column price to Breast Cancer Research. So even if you buy in large volumes to take advantage of the quantity discount, 10% will still be donated off of the highest price listed. Working together we can help put an end to breast cancer.

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Pocket Slider: Breast Cancer (Spanish)
Breast cancer affects one in four women, but with early treatment and diagnosis, many are cured. That is why the Pocket Slider: Breast Cancer Spanish version can be a very helpful handout! Keep up to date on exams, risk factors, mammogram’s and breast self-exams. This interactive slide chart is great for mailings, trade shows and take-along’s. The front of the product leaves room for you to imprint a personal message or your company name or logo!

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Pocket Slider: Breast Cancer
Breast cancer affects one in four women, but with early treatment and diagnosis, many are cured. That is why the Pocket Slider: Breast Cancer can be a very helpful handout! Keep up to date on exams, risk factors, mammogram’s and breast self-exams. This interactive slide chart is great for mailings, trade shows and take-along’s. The front of the product leaves room for you to imprint a personal message or your company name or logo!

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Breast Cancer Awareness 54″ Shoelaces
Show your dedication to the fight against Breast Cancer with a long-lasting item will be seen wherever recipients go. These adult male size shoelaces are 54″ long and especially designed for the cause. Perfect for charity walks or marathons these shoelaces can be printed with your company name and logo for a promotional souvenir that will spread awareness all year around. Ideal for Breast Cancer Awareness Month events every October.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Lanyard w/3 Day Service
Show your dedication to the fight against Breast Cancer with a long-lasting item that will stay in sight. These flat ribbed polyester lanyards are especially designed for the cause and make a great giveaway at charity walks or marathons. Breast Cancer Awareness Month takes place throughout October but with your name and logo printed on these lanyards you’ve got a promotional souvenir that will spread awareness all year round. 3 day service!

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Breast Cancer Awareness 45″ Shoelaces
Show your dedication to the fight against Breast Cancer with a long-lasting item will be seen wherever recipients go. These adult female size shoelaces are 45″ long and especially designed for the cause. Perfect for charity walks or marathons these shoelaces can be printed with your company name and logo for a promotional souvenir that will spread awareness all year around. Ideal for Breast Cancer Awareness Month events every October!

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Great promotional ideas! – Fall/Winter 2014 Newsletter

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ITS NO MYSTERY: PROMO PRODUCTS PUMP-UP SALES

Mysteryland, the longest running electronic dance music (EDM) festival in the world, made its U.S. debut over the Memorial Day weekend at the iconic Woodstock grounds in Bethel Woods, NY, by telling attendees to “take a trip down the rabbit hole.” Unlike the original Woodstock concert, attendance was strictly enforced and limited to 20,000, with ticket prices starting at $179, and VIP passes going for $299. According to The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch, the EDM market is estimated to be close to $20 billion and is growing by over 10% every year.

ID&T, the festival powerhouse behind Mysteryland, hosted top acts like Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Moby, Steve Aoki, Nervo, Showtek and Fedde Le Grand on the main stage. The Boat Stage, which catered to bass-hungry fans, featured Zomboy, Flosstradamus, Big Gigantic and Bro Safari. “Sunday School,” a mini festival within Mysteryland, offered three stages of the sounds of techno, tech-house and vinyl-only DJs. Hardstyle fans could throw their bodies to Coone, Noisecontrollers and Brennan Heart in the Q-Dance tent. If fans needed time to rest their feet (and ears), they could venture to the “Healing Garden” for yoga, meditation or aromatherapy. Among this eclectic mix of music, dance and art, there was also an abundance of fun branded promotional products.

One of the main sponsors of Mysteryland USA was Rekorderlig Cider from Sweden. Friendly Rekorderlig vendors decked out in red logoed polos happily offered free samples of their Strawberry-Lime, Berry or Pear flavored hard cider. They also gave soaked dancers Rekorderlig branded ponchos for the intermittent downpours throughout that Saturday afternoon. One of the promoters explained that the plastic pouch the ponchos came in could act as a waterproof case for cell phones.

A popular meeting place for separated friends was the prominent Rekorderlig hot-air balloon. One of the perks to visiting the hard cider vendor was the chance to win a balloon ride over the lush fields where, 45 years earlier, concertgoers danced to Hendrix, Santana, Joplin and other top acts.

On the trail to the main stage, attendees were greeted by another Rekorderlig booth that sold garland crowns for $20. Many of the female guests got in touch with their inner flower child and chose from a variety of colorful blossoms to be custom-fit around their heads, staying true to the Rekorderlig slogan, “Beautifully Swedish.”

Aside from Rekorderlig, there was a plethora of Mysteryland merchandise, which featured the Mysteryland and/or Woodstock ’69 logos on apparel, hats and headbands. Rookie campers were also able to buy blankets, sleeping bags and other outdoor necessities. Mysteryland offered “Holy Ground” campers their own camping survival kit, with a two-person tent, airbed and sleeping bags. Festival-goers were able to purchase unique meals and snacks from Smorgasburg Food Fest. Smorgasburg is a food market held every Saturday in the hipster Brooklyn town of Williamsburg, who partnered with Mysteryland to offer organic, vegan and other food options.

Mysteryland was one of the first “cashless” U.S. music festivals. Attendees were able to put money onto their logoed wristbands either online or at stations throughout the festival grounds. Their credit changed into “birdie bucks” to pay for food, beverages, merchandise or showers throughout the weekend. The leftover money was then refunded back onto the provided credit card. The birdie bucks wristbands allowed for quicker service in the long lines for showers and food.

 

With the help of sponsors such as Rekorderlig and many others, Mysteryland was able to successfully offer a mecca for fans of all EDM genres to come together to explore and dance in the historical grounds that inspired a revolution of music, fashion and a state of mind back in 1969. And with logoed keepsakes, the memories from Mysteryland are guaranteed to live on.

The Land Rover Muddy Chef Challenge – We are a proud sponsor!

GS Promo Source is proud to be a premier sponsor of The Land Rover Muddy Chef Challenge!  It’s a four day event that combines challenging off-road driving with vintage and modern Land Rovers and vehicle based gourmet cooking!  Hosted at historic Lime Rock Motorsports Park in Lakeville, CT.

Visit www.muddychef.com for more info!

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This week we are working on our own project.  GS Promo Source is a sponsor of  The Land Rover Muddy Chef Challenge @ Lime Rock Motorsports Park.  It’s a four day event that combines off-road driving and vehicle based gourmet cooking (think The Iron Chef meets The Great Race).

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For the event, we are creating a variety of promotional products. Including hats, event decals, t-shirts, outdoors/fly fishing type shirts and drinkware.

First up – Hats.  There are several styles of promotional hats.  The most affordable hat is what you would expect as a giveaway.  Usually, these are branded in a single location (usually an embroidery on the front of the cap) and that’s about it.

Photo: This is a cheap, giveaway hat.  It looks cheap and feels cheap.

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More upscale hats offer significantly more customizing.  Let’s look at a sample.

Starting with the front of the hat is a high quality, embroidered logo.  It’s expertly embroidered, colorful and large. The setup for digitizing the logo is free, and can be as many stitches as you want as long as it stays within the front two panels of the cap.

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Custom embroidery across the back of the cap.  GS Promo Source can also custom embroider not only the back of the cap, but the cap adjustment band.

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Product quality, feel and branding are further enhances by side of the cap embroidery.  Right side logo.

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Left side logo.

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Our caps can even have customized metal work on the cap buckle.  For The Muddy Chef Challenge, our hats will display a sponsor logo.  When you are branding and trying to stand out – these details make the difference.

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These seem like lots of options, but it doesn’t end there. You can also get embroidery on the top and even underneath the visor, customized sandwich, customized embroidered or woven back strap, customized inside taping and even a label with YOUR brand/logo on it. With our custom caps you are only limited by your imagination.

PHOTO: We love the branding on GrayGear’s hats.  Custom Tags.

 

 

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PHOTO: Custom logo on cap adjustment strap and custom skull tag.

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PHOTO: Custom logo tape and top button.  This is the Ferrari of hats.  Branding perfection!

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We are very excited to be a sponsor of the Muddy Chef Challenge (www.muddychef.com).  If you are an existing GS Promo Source customer and would like to join us at Lime Rock Park please contact Kristen or send an e-mail to info@muddychef.com  We would love to have our clients judge the food challenge, take a ride in a vintage Land Rover, and enjoy a tour of historic Lime Rock Motorsports Park!

 

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Tel:  (860) 664-0696  /  Fax:  (860) 664-0649

Email: info@gspromosource.com

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IDEA CENTER / clear highlighter?

What a great promotional idea?  A highlighter pen with a clear tip!  The perfect promo!

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The Uni Promark View highlighter has a big window tip that provides a sneak peek of the text you are about to highlight. You will no longer accidentally highlight the beginning of a sentence that isn’t highlight-worthy. The window is approximately 7 mm x 7 mm, and the tip draws lines that are 5 mm wide. The cap can be pulled off or comes off even more easily with a slight twist. With a simple and aesthetically-pleasing design, the pen fits into any office or classroom setting.

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EVENTS / The Run of The Dead

GS Promo Source was a proud sponsor and participant at the first RUN OF THE DEAD 5k trail race.  Hundreds of runners participated in the event as either “humans” or “zombies”

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Need promotional products for your Zombies?  Call GS Promo Source today!

zombie hotline: 860.304.2899

Kristen Larcom Feeney | GS Promo Source, LLC |Direct: 860.304.2899 | Email:info@gspromosource.com | Web: www.gsPromoSource.com

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ASK KRISTEN / why not DIY?

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 DIYDo It Yourself.

If you’ve watched enough TV it’s easy to be seduced by online companies that offer DIY promotional products.  They say it’s as easy as putting in your logo, selecting a product type and submitting payment.  In this week’s “ASK KRISTEN” we offer our thoughts on DIY promos.

 

Is it?
What are the potential pitfalls?
Why don’t clients want a DIY promo supplier?

Kristen’s Answer:

Most clients are specialists, in their own respective fields be it accounting, manufacturing, banking, etc. It is really easy to spend hours trying to find the perfect promotion for an event or occasion, and although the product looks okay on the web it could be the wrong product for many reasons (i.e. poor supplier, bad quality product, shipping from too far away, inability to meet deadlines, disinteresting to your end-user etc.).

The primary reason to use a promotional products EXPERT is that they spend all day immersed in THEIR business (just like you). They know all about the coolest/newest products. They are familiar with the very best suppliers who meet their deadlines, carry the highest quality products and that have the best imprint quality. They are constantly working with different industries and understand what your end-user will respond too.

Finally they SAVE YOU TIME and therefor MONEY. So next time you have a need for promotional items, be it for a promotion, tradeshow, event, new product launch etc. don’t bother spending hours surfing the web, call GS PROMO SOURCE, LLC at 860-304-2899 and put us to work for you!

Kristen Larcom Feeney | GS Promo Source, LLC |Direct: 860.304.2899 | Email:info@gspromosource.com | Web: www.gsPromoSource.com

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ASK KRISTEN / what is your favorite b2b gift?

I have so many B2B gifts that I like and use. When I’m dealing with a B2B client I always keep in mind that they are most likely sitting in front of their computer at some point during the day – what’s the best way to get right up on their monitor and stay in front of them indefinitely.

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KlipNotes® – Just For You

Is this you?

Messy
Unorganized
Cluttered

Then this product is just for you:

Clean up that mess
Unclutter space
Display pictures & postcards
Organize notes and small items

Adheres to:

Computer monitor
Refrigerator door
Mirror
School locker

Klipnotes BKLPNOTES

Kristen Larcom Feeney | GS Promo Source, LLC |Direct: 860.304.2899 | Email: info@gspromosource.com | Web: www.gsPromoSource.com

ASK KRISTEN / what is your favorite promotional product and why?

Wow! That is a tough one, but I would have to say lip Balm. Why lip balm?

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  • Because everyone carries a lip balm in their pocket or purse and uses it multiple times throughout the day giving your company maximum exposure.
  • Lip balm is great for any season. – Our lip balm has SPF 15 offering your lips protection on a hot sunny day and natural ingredients like Vitamin E and Aloe Vera help to soothe and protect your lips from the cold and wind.
  • Our lip balm offers a generous, full-color digital imprint area and comes in 18 amazing flavors (my favorite is apple). If you get 2,500 or more you can even get a custom flavor.
  • And, lip balm is AFFORDABLE, costing as low as $0.63 each plus setup and shipping.

Lip Balm is great for any market, but here are some ideas for you to get started:

  • Dentists
  • Dermatologists
  • Outdoor Festivals
  • Doctors
  • Liquor/Alcohol
  • Golf Outings/Clubhouses
  • Banks
  • Store Openings
  • Tradeshows
  • Chiropractors
  • Spas & Salons
  • Boat Shows
  • Ski Resorts
  • Runs & Races
  • Fundraisers
  • Real Estate Agents
  • College Recruiting
  • Weddings
  • Hospitals
  • Insurance Agents
  • Fairs

Did you know that if you order lip balm today you could have it in as little as a week?

Kristen Larcom Feeney | GS Promo Source, LLC |Direct: 860.304.2899 | Email: info@gspromosource.com | Web: www.gsPromoSource.com

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ASK KRISTEN– what is your favorite promo for female customers?

What is your favorite promotional product for female customers and prospects?

That’s a great question. There are many different items I give out to ladies depending on the situation, but my absolute FAVORITE for COLD SALES CALLS is a full-color emery board business card. I always hand the female “gatekeeper” one or two (for her and any female marketing reps) along with a regular paper business card. It is a fantastic conversation starter because as soon as they feel the texture of it they start talking!

PHOTO: Sample Emery Board – full color imprint

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Business card shaped emery boards are very inexpensive (close to the same price as a regular business card), and  REALLY ladies – who’s going to throw away a nail file — I’m ALWAYS looking for one!

I have also given these to HR administrators, CPA’s, insurance companies, mortgage originators, real estate agents, non-profit groups, etc. I usually enclose them into thank you notes or invoices as well (no, they don’t raise the postage rates), even if a man opens it his interest is usually piqued, and most of the time, he passes it on.

Think about adding these full-color emery board business cards to your next promotional campaign – just think, not only will they keep your “business card” on hand – they will be eternally grateful to you because you saved their nail.

Kristen Larcom Feeney | GS Promo Source, LLC |Direct: 860.304.2899 | Email: info@gspromosource.com | Web: www.gsPromoSource.com

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ASK KRISTEN / what makes a good pen?

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What key things should buyers look for in a promotional pen?

It is always great to promote your company with a quality brand pen (i.e. Bic, Sharpie, Paper Mate, and even Parker or Waterman if your budget provides for that type of expenditure), but I have to say WRITE OUT!!  Write out is how long your pen will write until you run out of ink. Usually when it is a less expensive or low end pen the write out is minimal and it dries up quickly, along with its ability to continue promoting your business. An average pen write out is approximately 0.60 miles, BUT the Bic Clic Stic has a 1.2 MILE write out, coupled with multiple ink color choices, versatility (many different barrel and trim choices), AND even choice of a fine of medium point tip. An average promotional pen has 8 different users. The longer your write out, the longer your pen will be around to spread the word re your terrific company and the products and services you offer.

Why is value shopping not a good idea when buying pens?

When you go value shopping all you are doing is finding someone that is treating you as a single-transaction client. They just want your money and quite frankly are not interested in the results achieved (either positive or negative) from your promotional pen investment. Someone who has cut their margin to a bare minimum is not interested in finding out 1. What you need to accomplish, 2. What color your pen or imprint should be for maximum impact, or 3. How long your pens will last – – they are interested in spending as little time with you as possible. This makes their helping you to accomplish any goals or come up with actual products that could be better for you impossible.

What brands do you like and why?

That’s a tough question, and quite frankly it really depends on how you plan to use your pens. So, here goes…

Human Resources – To recruit the best new employees or to reward an existing employee for undertaking a rigorous training course or continually going above and beyond their duties or quotas I prefer Parker or Waterman Writing Instruments – a very high-quality valuable pen that can be ordered at low quantities and is refillable. This high-end reward will be kept and appreciated my your employee for years to come and remind them of how much you appreciate them going that extra-mile for you every day.

Referral thank you gifts – I like to hand out an engraved pen and debossed padfolio thanking them for helping me “write more business”. I usually these very nice yet affordable pen/padfolio sets from Leeds which is my go-to source for business gifts.

IT – when trying to reach IT based professionals, end-users I like pens with a built in flash drive or stylus. For trade shows I usually use the Bullet stylus pen (less than 0.50 each). For valued client thank you gifts or new-hires I usually get a higher end piece from Leeds as well.

Contractors, Golfers Teachers, or pretty much anybody – I LOVE Sharpies. They are made in the USA, have a 5-year shelf life if the cap is on, are highly customizable and are great for sporting events and tournaments for signing autographs or marking golf balls.

Real Estate/Mortgage – I LOVE BIC!! It has a long write-out, a HUGE imprint area, a strong brand identity and unbelievable versatility — mix and match barrel and trim colors coupled with up to a 4-color imprint makes this a great choice every time. They are low cost, but high-quality and are the perfect pen to roam around for a VERY long time with your name and brand message!

Of course, there are also some terrific generic pens out there as well. If you have an event, tradeshow or anything else coming up, just give me a call and I’ll help you find the very best pen for your needs while helping you remain within your budget.

Call Kristen or any of our promotional product experts at:

860.664.0696

or via e-mail at info@gspromosource.com