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PROMO ITEMS HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR GUIDE DOGS

Most charity runs and walks have a ‘no dogs allowed’ policy. Not so at the Southwestern Guide Dogs walkathons, a series of walking events in Florida that raise money for the organization.

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“It’s wonderful to see people bringing their dogs to these events,” says Andy Kramer, the development director of the Palmetto, FL-based nonprofit that has trained hundreds of guide dogs. “You can’t help but see families with their dogs and not smile.”

At each of the nine events held during the summer, Kramer says, the organization’s guide dog trainers are also invited to bring their puppies and current trainee dogs to the event. The puppies, which Kramer calls “Goldadorables,” are a special cross breed of Labradors and Golden Retrievers. “This breed produces wonderful guide dogs that are able to form and nurture partnership with visually impaired individuals, facilitating their life’s journeys with mobility, independence and integrity,” he says.

Promotional items play a major part in the Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathons, starting with fundraising awards. “For example, if someone raises $100 for an event, they get a monogrammed T-shirt,” Kramer says, “$250 gets you a branded tumbler. In addition, every attending dog gets a logoed bandana and we also bring lots of branded promos from our gift shop, including hats, shirts and leashes, for sale at our events.”  GSPS has a huge variety of branded items for you to choose from.  Visit our website www.gspromosource.com 

This year’s events raised a whopping $835,000 for the charity – a new record.

The Guide Dog Walkathons are expanding to two new locations next year. “We’ve been able to grow new events in markets where we are not as well-known via grass roots fundraising campaigns that net us more friends and sponsors and help us provide more dogs to the visually impaired,” Kramer says. “Recently, Publix and Subaru came on board, which shows that success breeds success.”

Also on tap for the 2016 season: Participants will be invited to design the logoed T-shirts that will be used as event giveaways. “We work really hard to build excitement for these events each year, and the promotional products we incorporate really help do that,” Kramer says.

Need ideas for your promotion or event?  Call us!

 

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Variable Data Printing / Turn anything into a raffle prize!

How would you like to turn your next trade show giveaway into a business card or even a raffle ticket, and at no additional charge? Call and ask me how at 860.304.2899.

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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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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.

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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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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IDEA CENTER / Custom Branded RFID Security for your Credit Cards

 

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In December of 2013 Hackers stole more than 40 million credit card account numbers from Target.  In 2007, Hackers stole more than 45 million credit card account numbers.  Today, more and more Credit Cards contain a built in RFID Chip.

Check your wallet:

You might not know it, but you could have a credit or debit card that uses a tiny computer chip and a radio antenna to transmit account information from your card—even when you’re not shopping.

MasterCard uses “PayPass” to identify the cards. Chase bank coined the term “Blink.” Some contactless cards, which use a radio frequency identification, or RFID, chip, might simply have a symbol on the card consisting of four curved lines. An industry newsletter, The Nilson Report, says 35 million contactless chip cards are in circulation in the U.S.

The cards are touted as convenient, but they are also vulnerable to being skimmed without ever leaving your pocket. The information communicated from your card to a card reader can be enough to create a counterfeit card that can be successfully used to make an unauthorized purchase.

Protect Your  Assets:

The expansion of RFID technology has created several new opportunities for both promotion and protection.

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Promotion and Branding:

In the promotion arena, many consumers are being confronted with the realities of electronic-pick-pocketing as they are given credit and debit cards with RFID chips. News outlet after news outlet tells the story of how “wireless” pick-pocketing of unprotected credit and debit cards can leave consumers feeling helpless.

You can assist in this effort and build a solid brand bonus by providing protective RFID Sleeves for Credit and Debit Cards.

RFID Sleeves are an inexpensive way to protect your customers and prospects. Place brand information or even promotional text on the sleeves. Cards with RFID embedded chips are placed in the protective sleeves and tucked away in the wallet. Then your brand gets promotional announcements each time the card is pulled from the wallet for use.

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Protection of Business and Corporate Assets:

If your offices and facilities are protected using a tap and go card at the door, then much like the consumer card, this convenient access card can be wirelessly cloned and the bad guys don′t even have to break in. They just wait for an appropriate time and walk right in with their cloned card.

What could possibly be on their mind?

  • Mischief
  • Theft of supplies or inventories
  • Industrial espionage like placement of listening devices; taking of trade secrets or theft of competitive plans. Cell phone cameras are easy visual recorders.
  • Employee conflict

RFID Sleeves from GS Promo Source are an excellent way to secure and brand your organization.

Click here to visit our website and learn more about RFID Data Guards and Sleeves

 

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

Email: info@gspromosource.com

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IDEA CENTER / Clear bags for travel, corporate or sports events

 

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The Clear Bag!  Recent changes in security at airports and at sporting events make Clear Bags excellent gifts for your corporate customers, staff or clients.   Check out this NFL video explaining the new bag guidelines (click photo below).

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At GS Promo Source, we offer a wide variety of customized Clear Bags.  All can be printed in full color.  Contact our product specialists today to learn more.  These bags start at under $3.00!

 

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

Email: info@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