Turtle Pins are a fantastic promo!

TURTLE PINS POPULAR WITH RESORT’S GUESTS

 La Playa Beach and Golf Resort, a boutique beachfront resort in Naples, FL, celebrates the endangered native Loggerhead Turtles. They encourage families to go green on a family philanthropic vacation aimed at discovering and conserving the delicate ecosystems and endangered wildlife of the region.

“Sea turtle preservation is the ultimate goal in our area, and we do our part by providing guests with the knowledge to help protect the turtles,” says David Martorana, director of sales and marketing at the resort.

La Playa partnered with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Sea Turtle Monitoring and Protection Project to educate guests on the sea turtles, which use the hotel’s beaches as a nesting area, and involve guests in efforts to protect the species. Guests at La Playa receive sea turtle pins at check-in, together with an information card about the Conservancy and what can be done to protect the turtles. Last year, about 17,000 promotional product pins were distributed.

“The sea turtle pins have been very popular with guests,” says Martorana. “It’s something that surprises and excites those who are staying with us for the first time, and is an added touch that returning guests look forward to receiving.” In addition, it’s a great souvenir that doesn’t require any packing.

La Playa also provides sea turtle coloring books for children at the resort’s restaurant, Baleen. Stuffed sea turtles are available for purchase in the resort boutique and in each guest room.

The resort also recently offered a package for one sea turtle season called the “Love Nesting” package. Guests who select this package when reserving will get luxury beachfront accommodations, a stuffed sea turtle and educational materials on arrival, and tickets to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Nature Center.

GSPS has a HUGE variety of promotional pins and gifts.  We can design and produce the perfect item for your next promotion.   Click (www.gspromosource.com) or call today!

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Bobbleheads / Not just toys!

BOBBLEHEADS DOMINATE MLB PROMO CALENDARS

Garden gnomes, soap dispensers, fedoras and replica championship rings are just a few of the new promotional items MLB teams will give away at ballparks this season. Still, the promo product that remains the most collectible and universally popular in stadiums is the bobblehead. In fact, there are more than 130 bobblehead promotional nights scheduled at MLB parks in 2015, featuring replicas of current players, broadcasters and movie characters.

“We give away a bobblehead, it automatically becomes a sellout,” Rick Schlesinger, COO of the Milwaukee Brewers, recently told ESPN. “Every year we think we might have exhausted the bobblehead craze here in Wisconsin, and it doesn’t happen.”

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For 2015, the Brewers have sold out multiple packages of promotional tickets – entitling fans to a bobblehead of Bob Uecker’s character from the film Major League and a bobblehead of catcher Jonathan Lucroy with a green light saber in his hand for Star Wars night. The Cincinnati Reds, meanwhile, have nine promotional bobblehead dates planned, and the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals each have eight. The Yankees are giving away four bobbleheads this year in the images of Masahiro Tanaka, Thurman Munson, Jacoby Ellsbury and Babe Ruth.

Bobblehead technology will also improve for 2015. The Brewers’ Uecker figurine has a chip in it that will belt out three phrases from Major League and the Cardinals’ Harry Caray bobblehead will also talk – a giveaway meant to honor the legendary voice of the rival Chicago Cubs.

The popularity of bobbleheads is far from a fad – plans were recently announced to open a National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee. The museum will host bobblehead events, autograph signings and mascot appearances, and it will include a bobblehead-themed restaurant. Alternatively, as an ongoing display, the Miami Marlins have a collection of about 600 baseball bobbleheads inside Marlins Park.

If bobbleheads aren’t what you’re looking for, though, MLB teams are offering quite a list of distinctive giveaways this year. A few top picks: Hisashi Iwakuma bear hats (Mariners) on April 25; BBQ branding irons (Twins) on May 25; and Star Wars-themed Death Star balls (Red Sox) on May 4 and R2D2 can coolers (Nationals) on July 19

Want a bobblehead designed for you?  Call us today 860-304-2899 or email kfeeney@gspromosource.com

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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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Facts about promotional outerwear

Did you know:

Jackets have the best advertiser recall of any promotional product? Amazingly, a whopping 95% of those who own logoed outerwear can recall the advertiser’s name.

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9% of U.S. consumers own promotional outerwear. Those with household incomes over $100,000 are more likely to own promotional outerwear.

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Nearly half (48%) of all outerwear recipients say they were likely to do business with an advertiser after given a logoed jacket.

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Democrats are more likely to own a logoed jacket than members of any other political party!

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Call us today to see how GSPS can help EXPLODE your promotional products!  Tel: 860-304-2899.  Visit our website at www.gspromosource.com

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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,
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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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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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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.

GS Promo Source at Lime Rock Park Historic Races and Car Show

It’s customer appreciation day at Lime Rock Park.  Join GS Promo Source in our VIP cabana hillside.  We have reserved a 10×20 cabana that will be stocked with snacks and beverages.

 

 

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Ralph Lauren’s Collection:

 

These are the five cars here at Lime Rock Park, Aug. 29 – Sept. 1

As if you needed another reason to attend Lime Rock Park’s Historic Festival 32 over Labor Day weekend, Murray Smith, chairman of the event, has confirmed which cars from Ralph Lauren’s private collection will be displayed over the four-day Labor Day weekend that comprises historic and vintage racing competition surrounding a concours d’ elegance. Mr. Lauren’s private collection is spectacular — and it is a very rare event when cars of his are made available to the public at large.
At Lime Rock Park will be…

1953 Morgan Flat Rad
Ralph Lauren’ first car was a Morgan. This perfect example of a Morgan Flat Rad (radiator) is one of just 750 built and was purchased by Lauren in 1986.


1964 Ferrari 250 LM
The Ferrari 250 LM was introduced at the Paris Auto Show in October, 1963 to great fanfare. In the LM, Pinninfarina presented a great case-study in how form following function can be beautiful. Unable to obtain the necessary homologation for GT racing, the 250 LM raced in the prototype category; a 250LM won Le Mans in 1965. Between 1965 and 1968, chassis 6321 — 31 of 32 built — was campaigned extensively and successfully in 19 Australian racing events, winning 13. Among those victories was the Surfers Paradise 12 hours in 1966, co-driven by Andy Buchanan and a young driver just beginning a brilliant career… Jackie Stewart.

1929 Birkin Blower Bentley
The concept of the 4½ Liter, supercharged Bentleys (The Blower Cars) originated with Sir Henry ”Tim” Birkin, privileged son of a wealthy family whose resources allowed him to pursue his ambition of becoming a race car driver. Birkin developed a friendship with W.O. Bentley and given Birkin’s connections, Bentley realized that Birkin could help the struggling car maker (which was going bankrupt) to win important races. Birkin knew he would need a lot of power to compete with the supercharged Mercedes, Alfa and Bugatti racing cars of the time and came up with the idea of supercharging the then-fastest 4½ Liter Bentleys. Bentley, though skeptical, conceded and built 50 supercharged cars to qualify for the 1929 Le Mans 24 Hour race. Birkin built two ”works cars,” but neither finished. (A ”Speed Six” Bentley placed first, followed by 4½ Liter, non-supercharged Bentleys placing second, third and fourth.) With his money running low, Birkin convinced friend, noted socialite and horsewoman Dorothy Paget to help finance his team. Entering Le Mans again in 1930 with two Bentleys (#8 and #9) including chassis HR3976, which carries the Paget crest between the radiator cap and the Bentley badge, the Birkin cars did very well — while they lasted (the fastest race-lap, 6 minutes 48 seconds, was set by the 9 car). Birkin’s cars again failed to finish; HR3976, driven by Dr. Dudley Benjafield and Giulio Ramponi, completed 144 laps before it broke a piston. This car’s best finish was a second at the 1930 French Grand Prix (Pau) at the hands of Birkin. By the end of 1930 Paget’s patience with the Birkin team ran out; she cut off funding and the team closed up shop. HR 3976 was then sold to a Frenchman, racing at Le Mans in 1932 and 1933, again failing to finish either. This car was restored in 1990 by Traction Seabert of England with care given to not over-restore it but rather to maintain it in its ”as raced” condition. It is one of only two ”short chassis” (9′ 9 ½” ) Bentleys built.

1956 Jaguar XKSS
When it comes to performance, the Jaguar XKSS was in a league of its own, likely the world’s quickest and fastest production car in 1957. The XKSS was a road-going version of Jaguar’s incredibly successful D-Type race car; factory run D-Types won Le Mans in 1955, 1956 and 1957 while privateer D-Types won many other races, too. Jaguar was convinced by Briggs Cunningham that it could win in American SCCA production car racing, where the rules required 50 street-legal cars be built. So Jaguar changed the model number of 25 XKDs to XKSS, with 25 more to be built to meet the minimum 50. Turn signals, a larger windshield, bumpers and the like were installed. Unchanged from the competition D-Type was the engine (the 250-bhp dry-sump 3.4-liter straight-6), the rack-and-pinion steering and disc brakes. As the conversion work began on the first 25 XKDs, a fire at the Brown’s Lane factory in February 1957 destroyed nine of the cars — and all of the tooling. The 16 surviving XKSS were converted and delivered. Later, two original D-Types were returned to Jaguar and converted to XKSS specifications. One of those, XKD533, is the Ralph Lauren car, changed to an XKSS at the factory in 1958 for Pierre Chemin of France.

1959 Porsche RSK
Porsche’s first outright victory in a manufacturer’s championship came in the 1959 Targa Florio, as the new RSK led three other Porsches across the finish line for a clean sweep. This car, 718-009, was used for practice in that event and was sent into battle for the remainder of the season. The most significant race for 718-009 was the Tourist Trophy on the Goodwood Circuit in England on September 5, 1959. Porsche lay third in the points with 15 against Ferrari’s 18 and Aston Martin’s 16. Victory for any of the three would bring the crown. The drivers of 718-009 were Count Joakim ”Jo” Bonnier and Wolfgang  von Trips. Holding off the 3-litre Aston Martin driven by Stirling Moss proved an impossible challenge, but 718-009 headed Tony Brooks’ Ferrari — boasting an engine twice the size of the Porsche — into the last of the race’s six hours. Von Tripps broke the class-B sports car lap record four times, running 92.9 mph on the penultimate lap, and finished in second place, two seconds ahead of Brooks in the Ferrari; Aston Martin took the championship.

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Sir Stirling Moss & Lady Susie, 2014’s Honored Guests

Organizers of Lime Rock Park’s Historic Festival 32, Thursday, August 28 through Labor Day Monday, September 1, have announced that Sir Stirling Moss and wife Lady Susie are reprising their popular 2012 Festival visit and will be this year’s Honored Guests.
Festival Chairman Smith said, “It is no exaggeration to say that Sir Stirling and Susie immensely enjoyed their visit to Lime Rock Park two years ago and, well, he asked me if we would like them to come again. Of course, I couldn’t say ‘yes’ fast enough.”
Sir Stirling will drive demonstration laps Friday, Saturday and Monday in cars of particular import to his racing career, including the strong likelihood of the appearance of his 1953 Sebring 12 Hour-winning OSCA MT-4b, entered by Briggs Cunningham. Autograph sessions will be scheduled, too.
While Maserati is celebrating its 100th anniversary at various venues in 2014, Lime Rock will instead devote attention to the cars of the Maserati Brothers after they left their eponymous firm… OSCA. Little jewels which, driven by notables such as Giulio Cabianca, achieved extraordinary results. The Festival will also honor the notable engineer Carlo Abarth together with a large group of the cars he designed and campaigned at Cisitalia and Abarth. Reaction from enthusiastic owners of these delightful cars has been tremendous and Chairman Smith expects a record-breaking group of these cars racing and on show at “Sunday in the Park,” the Concours d’ Elegance integral to each year’ s Historic Festival.

Custom Embroidered Cap / What does $5.65 buy?

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What does $5.65 buy?  A huge value! That’s what!. A completely  custom embroidered cap for $5.65.  Our website www.gspromosource.com is jammed full of Caps (Baseball Caps, Hats, whatever you like to call them). In fact, we have over 7,219 Baseball Hats and 6,343 Caps!  Let’s say you have an event and a tight budget.  A favorite product of ours is item #1048  This hat comes WITH embroidery AND FREE digitizing!

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This cap is made of 100% washed cotton twill. 6 panel, low profile. Unstructured crown and pre-curved visor. Adjustable self-material strap with sliding buckle.  This cap is available in a variety of colors.  For imprint information click here

 For our minimum order of 144 pieces, we offer free digitizing and free embroidery of up to 7000 stitches!  Shop around, you won’t find a better deal.  Great prices and personal customer service are just another way GS Promo Source is unique.

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How good is the quality of the embroidery?

We just did an order for Block Island Cigar.  Their logo is extremely detailed.  As you can see below the stitch out sample is absolutely amazing.  Sharp, crisp and detailed.  Call our product experts today at 860-304-2899.  Let us help you brand your product or business.

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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 / Brew Cup

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The Brew Cup!  Serve up a classy beer in a stainless steel cup.  Safe and unbreakable.  Ideal for Tailgate parties, Camping, BBQ’s, Poolside, Beach, Outdoor, Parties and Sporting Events.

Virtually indestructible, totally practical, stackable and eco-friendly.

Dishwasher proof, 100% BPA free.

Two color imprint or optional diamond engraving.

 

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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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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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ASK KRISTEN / what is your organization planning for breast cancer awareness month?

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. What products would you suggest to raise awareness among your employees/clients?

I have several products that I LOVE for Breast Cancer Awareness Month! You can either give them out to increase awareness or sell them and donate the proceeds to your favorite Breast Cancer charity.

1. Silicone Awareness Bracelets are a great and very inexpensive item to hand out to your all of your employees and clients – prevention and early detection save lives. They are great items to give out to remind your employees (or their significant other) to get an annual mammogram.

 

2. 16 oz. Carnival Cups are a great reward for employees (or their spouses) that went for their annual mammogram. Early detection is key when it comes to breast cancer. Giving out these cups as a great reward lets employees and their families know that you care WHILE also bringing down your healthcare costs.

 

3. Awareness Ribbon Key holder. Many people drive their cars to and from work (or at least to and from somewhere at least once a day), ensuring that your message is in front of your employee or client,
reminding them that you care about them and their health several times per day.

 

4. Neoprene Lunch Bag. Whether healthy or sick you’ve gotta eat, and so do your employees or clients. A neoprene lunch bag is not only attractive and durable; it keeps the message of breast cancer awareness, early detection/prevention and working for a cure in front of them and everyone they eat with on a daily basis.

 

5. Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirt . Lastly, but not least, a Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirt. Let us customize t-shirts especially for you and your business. We have many different Breast Cancer Awareness slogans that are both funny and attention-getting. My favorite was one we did for a ladies softball team that said “Don’t Let Breast Cancer Steal Second Base”. They sold them for $25 each raising over $2,000 for breast cancer research.

 

Would you like us to put together a Breast Cancer Awareness Program for your company and/or clients? Or, would you like to raise some money for your favorite breast cancer research center or charity? We offer so many great items that would work well for you including, mugs, tumblers, pens, bags, totes, stress relievers, etc.

Call GS PROMO SOURCE, LLC anytime for terrific ideas and products that you can use to promote your company, keep your employees/clients healthy or just to spread the word about Breast Cancer prevention, early detection and awareness in your local community in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at 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 / closeout promotional products?

What are your thoughts on closeouts?

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Clients have called me on many occasions looking for closeout DEALS on promotional products and apparel. Closeout promotional items are usually offered at a discount (and sometimes a DEEP discount), which can be very exciting to someone on budget. Once in a while we get LUCKY, but unfortunately closeouts usually don’t work out for several reasons:

  1. Many items go into closeout because they are “old hat” or just unpopular. Even at a discount these items will most likely NOT appeal to your customer long term if at all.
  2. Some items are discontinued due to product flaws, or they have improved the initial product. These items look and sound great, but they may not function properly or as well as the new version.
  3. Some companies stop offering certain items because their inventory is very low and they have decided not to reorder. Often, by the time you find these closeouts they are already sold out, which can be very disappointing.
  4. When it comes to “children’s” items, meant for children under 12, many items go on closeout because due to new laws they are no longer deemed safe for children. These are never a good idea because if they get into the hands of children under 12 AND have your name on them AND a child gets injured you and your company could be liable.

If you want some new, creative, functional, cutting edge and affordably-priced ideas – Call us today at 860-304-2899.

Like us on Facebook or follow our blog and we’ll give you a FREE setup on your first order.

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 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