HARRY POTTER FANS LOAD UP ON CURSED CHILD GIVEAWAYS

The release of the latest Harry Potter book once again cast a spell on thousands of the wizard’s biggest fans, who congregated in midnight parties across the country while dressing up in costume and angling for giveaways.

They all eagerly awaited the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which (long after the series was thought to be concluded) returns to the Potter universe to follow Harry as an adult and father of three children. The book is a printed script from the London play penned by Potter author J.K. Rowling and other collaborators. With anticipation sky high – it was the most pre-ordered book in Barnes & Noble history – publisher Scholastic chose to release the book at midnight on Sunday, July 31, as was traditionally done with Rowling’s other Potter titles.

Bookstores throughout the U.S. celebrated with midnight release parties that included costume and trivia contests, readings from the series and latest book, a Hogwartsian “Sorting Ceremony” and all manners of games and activities.

Included among them was a whole host of giveaways. New York-based Books of Wonder offered a bevy of free premiums, including a set of full-color prints of each book cover, a full-color holographic Harry Potter bookmark, a lightning bolt temporary tattoo and decals for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a side book in the Potter universe penned by Rowling that is being made into a movie. Any patron that purchased two or more Harry Potter hardcover titles that night also received a free full-color mug with images of Harry from the seven book covers. More Potter prizes – including bookmarks, keychains, posters and even a signed first U.S. printing of The Prisoner of Azkaban­ – were won by customers who bought the book and then drew from the “Books of Wonder Sorting Hat.”

Others joined in with the giveaways. Skylight Books in Los Angeles offered Harry Potter tattoos and pins. Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA, was transformed into “Hogwart’s Square,” with a movie screening, Harry Potter selfie stand and giveaways that included tattoos, decals and Wizard Glasses. Target even offered an exclusive poster for people who purchased the book.

“The announcement was that it was a play in script form, [and] we weren’t sure how it was going to be received,” Bryan Samsone, manager of Austin, TX-based BooPeople, told Entertainment Weekly. “But it became pretty apparent quickly after word came out that people still wanted to congregate together to celebrate Harry Potter, dress up, and relive all these memories that formed their childhood.”

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Let your promos go to the Dogs!

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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!

 

Tel: 860-304-2899

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The Paideia School uses promos for charity

T-SHIRTS HIGHLIGHT FUNDRAISER

 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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OFFICIAL SPONSOR / The Land Rover Muddy Chef Challenge

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GSPS (GS Promo Source) is proud to be the official sponsor for the 2015 Land Rover Muddy Chef Challenge.  The event is a three day gathering where Land Rover owners get together for fun, adventure and a world-class cooking challenge!  We are proud to be the premier sponsor and provider of Muddy Chef apparel and gear.   Visit www.muddychef.com for more information!

 

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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 ~ 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.

STAYING POWER OF PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS

Respondents were asked how long they keep a typical type of promotional item. Across all promotional products, the average was just over seven months. Some products such as calendars can stay around for about a year, while others, especially health and safety products and writing instruments, last for about six months. Calendars, which have the longest staying power, are the one item used most often for reference purposes, such as referring to a name or phone number.

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Oakley Sunglasses ~ Supercharge your corporate store or incentive program

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Great Oakley promotional products!  Supercharge your corporate gift giving or employee store programs!  These are just a few samples of great products that GSPS can brand for you!  CLICK HERE for more info.

Oakley Polarized Holbrook Sunglasses
Oakley HD Polarized -Minimized glare via technology that produces the best polarized lenses on the planet with greater than 99% polarization efficiency Optimized peripheral vision and side protection of 6 base lens curvature Optical precision and impact resistance meet or exceed Z87.1 optical and basic impact standards UV protection of Plutonite lens material that filters out 100% of UVA/ UVB/ UVC & harmful blue light up to 400nm Glare reduction and tuned light transmission of Iridium lens coating (optional) Frame: Durability and all-day comfort of lightweight, stress-resistant O Matter frame material Comfort and performance of Three-Point Fit that holds lenses in precise optical alignment

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Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ Sunglasses
Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ Sunglasses (Jet Black frame. Black Iridium Lens) – Oakley’s #1 selling style for the sportsman. Created for the active as well as the hardcore sportsman. This frame is built to be worn and used anywhere but designed to fit the athlete from weekend golfer to the extreme cyclist.

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Oakley Gas Can Sunglasses
Oakley Gas Can Sunglasses – Polished Black Frame. Grey Lens. High Definition Optics (HDO) lenses are cut from the curve of a single lens shield, then mounted in the frame to maintain the original, continuous contour. The look is so unique, we customized our corporate logo just for these sunglasses. Lightweight O Matter frame material offers premium comfort. Peripheral vision is maximized by XYZ Optics, an innovation that maintains visual clarity at all angles of view. Impact protection meets ANSI Z87.1 standards, and our Three-Point Fit retains the lenses in precise optical alignment. True metal icons sign this Oakley original.

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OAKLEY WORKS PACK 25L
The Oakley Works Pack 25L offers the durable and compact construction that accommodates any adventure. Designed to keep computers secure and accessible with a dedicated laptop panel, this basic pack provides the versatile function and hauling capacity ideal for hybrid athletes who need to stay connected when they are on the go. Dedicated laptop panel with side access sleeve holds most 15 inch laptops and tablets. Optics holster on shoulder strap stores eyewear separately and safely. Expansion side pocket keeps water bottles accessible.

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Oakley Status 2.0
At 19″ H x 14″ W x 7″ D and 30L capacity, the Oakley Status 2.0 backpack is made of sturdy black 600D polyester material. The dual zipper dedicated panel fits most laptops. Also features front pocket organizer, zippered large main compartment, mesh pockets for computer peripherals, hard shell pocket for glasses and water bottle pockets. Perfect for athletic leagues and colleges.

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Oakley Large 85L Tech Sport Duffel
Oakley Large 85L Tech Sport Duffel – Front internal organizer pocket and wet/dry side pocket offer easy access to smaller items Specialized pockets store your phone and shoes separately Includes removable toiletry bag 85L Capacity

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Oakley Half Jacket 2.0 XL Sunglasses
Durability and all-day comfort of lightweight, stress-resistant O Matter frame material Comfort and performance of Three-Point Fit that holds the lenses in precise optical alignment Unobtainium components that increase grip when you sweat Metal icon accents. Interchangeable lens design to optimize performance in any environment High Definition Optics for clarity, visual fidelity and impact resistance that meets all ANSI Z87.1 standards

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$120.00 and up
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Oakley Small 55L Tech Sport Duffel
Oakley Small 55L Tech Sport Duffel (Black or Electric Blue). The 57L Small Sport Duffel is a great grab and go bag for athletes on their way to the gym or a spontaneous overnight adventure. Double handles and an Air Mesh shoulder strap offer versatile and comfortable carrying options, while an ample main compartment and multiple specialized pockets inside and out offer accessibility and organization. Specialized pockets store your phone and shoes separately. Wet/Dry pocket. Front internal organizer pocket. 55L Capacity

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OAKLEY Solid Sport Polo
100% polyester. Self-fabric collar and three-button placket. Set-in sleeves. Ellipse logo on left sleeve. Oakley icon on center back neck. Available in assorted colors.

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Oakley Hijinx Sunglasses
Oakley Hijinx sunglasses with Polished Black frames and G30 Black Iridium lens. Includes a special woven bag for cleaning and storage. Great for golf tournaments.

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Oakley Gascan Sunglasses, Crystal Black/Black Iridium
These Oakley Gascan Sunglasses have all the quality, endurance and superior style you have come to expect from Oakley. Black geometric frames, Black Iridium Plutonite lenses, and integrated hinges makes these the luxury sunglass of choice! 100% UVA, UVB, UVC and dangerous blue light protection. Oakley means endurance and quality and these Oakley Gascan Sunglasses are the lightweight proof of Oakley’s design prowess. Ships in an Oakley soft pouch.

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Oakley Gascan Sunglasses, Matte Black/Grey
These Oakley Gascan Sunglasses have all the quality, endurance and superior style you have come to expect from Oakley. Black geometric frames, gray Plutonite lenses, and integrated hinges makes these the luxury sunglass of choice! 100% UVA, UVB, UVC and dangerous blue light protection. Oakley means endurance and quality and these Oakley Gascan Sunglasses are the lightweight proof of Oakley’s design prowess. Ships in an Oakley soft pouch.

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Oakley Gascan Sunglasses, Polished White/Black Iridium
These Oakley Gascan sunglasses have all the quality, endurance and superior style you have come to expect from Oakley. Polished white geometric frames, black iridium lenses, and integrated hinges makes these the luxury sunglass of choice! 100% UVA, UVB, UVC and dangerous blue light protection. Oakley equals endurance and quality and these Oakley Gascan Sunglasses are the lightweight proof of Oakley’s design prowess.

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Oakley Gascan Sunglasses, Polished Black/Grey
These Oakley Gascan Sunglasses have all the quality, endurance and superior style you have come to expect from Oakley. Black geometric frames, gray Plutonite lenses, and integrated hinges makes these the luxury sunglass of choice! 100% UVA, UVB, UVC and dangerous blue light protection. Oakley means endurance and quality and these Oakley Gascan Sunglasses are the lightweight proof of Oakley’s design prowess.

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Oakley Whisker Sunglasses, Black/Black Iridium
Whisker eyewear from Oakley features the most advanced optics ever developed. Protect your eyes from harmful rays and impact, and enjoy a perfectly precise view and all-day comfort, thanks to Oakley’s C-5 frame, a fusion of five metal compounds that’s incredibly strong, flexible, and lightweight. Oakley’s Whisker eyewear has cool style that never looks stale. Ships in an Oakley soft case.

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Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ, Jet Black / Black Iridium Polarized
Sport pros demand the best, and Oakley has answered their challenge for decades. World-class athletes have driven Oakley to create innovative technology like these lenses with pristine optical clarity. Flak Jacket XLJ sunglasses take it to the next level with the latest in performance durability! Oakley quality with a brand new sporty look and superior performance! Ships in a hard case.

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Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses, Polished Clear/Chrome Iridium
Oakley shades for your superstar lifestyle! Snowboarding superstar Shaun White worked closely with Oakley to create these classic, timeless Holbrook sunglasses. Inspired by screen heroes of the 1940s, 50s and 60s, these iconic sunglasses offer their own brand of defiance. 100% UV protection. Durability and all-day comfort are yours! Ships in an Oakley soft case.

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Oakley Polarized Hijinx Sunglasses, Polished Black/Grey
The look is fresh, clean, and uncomplicated. But Hijinx eyewear from Oakley features the most advanced optics developed to date. Protect your eyes from harmful rays and impact, and enjoy a perfectly precise view, thanks to the best eyewear technology on the planet. Step up to the best eyewear on the planet! Oakley’s Hijinx eyewear is a perfect match for your active life with the sophisticated style you crave. Ships in an Oakley soft case.

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Oakley Men’s Flak Jacket Sunglasses
FLAK JACKET features Oakley HYDROPHOBIC, a permanent lens coating that prevents rain and sweat from building up on the lens. The lenses feature the unbeatable clarity of Oakley’s HIGH DEFINITION OPTICS . Choose the nose pads that give you the best fit -two sizes are included. Oakley’s Three-Point Fit optimizes comfort and holds the lenses in precise optical alignment for superior clarity.

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OAKLEY WORKS PACK 30L
The Oakley Works Pack 30L is a comfortable and versatile way to haul your essentials on a weekend getaway, an action packed adventure or a jaunt to work through the city. The large top zip main compartment provides protection for electronics and other gear, while two optics storage options keep your eyewear easily accessible. Dedicated padded panel and sleeve holds most tablets and 15 inch laptops. Brushed optics pocket, optics holster on shoulder strap, side water bottle pocket and bottom vented expansion pocket offer specialized small item storage. Padded mesh back panel and shoulder straps provide comfort while carrying.

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Power banks and mobile device chargers

Did you know that GSPS offers 2,050 different kinds of power banks/ mobile device chargers? Let’s take a look at four great chargers. From ultra-compact credit card sized chargers to completely custom design chargers. Call Kristen or Eric today for pricing and great ideas!. Tel: 860-304-2899 or e-mail sales@gspromosource.com

The Zoom Power Anode (with MIT logo) offers the perfect solution for power as it incorporates both a power bank and AC charging adaptor into one piece. Simply open the prongs and use the style as an AC charging adaptor. The Anode will charge itself while plugged into a wall outlet. Unplug with a full charge and the Anode will act as a power device with 2,600 mAh at an output speed of 1 Amp. Power Supply can be monitored by pressing the power button when charger is plugged into a device or at rest.

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Credit Card Power Bank (with Walking Dead logo). 2900mAh grade A non-recycled battery, USB output and battery test button. Includes USB cord and 4 adapter tips. Use the adapter tips included or your devices own USB charging cable. Output 5 volts/1Amp.

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Everything falls into place with the Zoom Energy Box (with Stratton logo)! This convenient device contains a 5,600 mAh Lithium Ion battery and two charging points. You won’t have to search for a charging cable. This favor includes a USB recharging cable and an integrated Lightning adapter cable right in the product. Use the Lightning adapter to recharge your iPhone, iPad and iPod. Use the USB port to recharge USB to Micro USB products like Android tablets and smartphones!

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Design your own custom PVC powerbank charger. Great unique idea for the next promotion, your client will love to charge their devices with your custom designed logo powerbank! With your idea and our design team we will help re-create your idea into 2D or 3D project around our Universal powerbank chargers available in different shapes. Input: DC 5V / 600mA,Output: DC 5V / 1A, Capacity: 1800mAh/2000mAh/2200mAh

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Be sure to visit www.gspromosource.com!

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.

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.

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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Insulated Tumblers / IDEA CENTER

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Insulated Tumblers are an excellent gift that is a practical and useful way to reward your employees, customers, brand your organization or group or make your special event memorable.  Insulated Tumblers come in a variety of styles and sizes.  At GS Promo Source, we think these are some of the most cost effective and valuable added promos on the market.  Made of durable Acrylic, each Tumbler has a double wall construction so your drinks stay cooler or hotter longer.  The double wall also prevents condensation.  They are perfect for an active lifestyle both indoor and outdoor.  The perfect beverage holder all year long.  Available in single, double and four packs.  We can custom package and brand your boxes.  Call Kristen Feeney today at Tel:  (860) 664-0696 for more information.

Insulated Tumblers are perfect as:

  • Customer appreciation gifts
  • Employee recognition programs
  • Tournaments and sponsorship opportunities
  • Special events
  • Commemorative occasions
  • Sales incentive programs
  • Fundraising campaigns
  • Holiday gift-giving and more

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Insulated Tumbler Styles and Inserts from GS Promo Source

Insulated Tumblers come in single, two and four packs.  With customized boxes

 

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Email: info@gspromosource.com

 

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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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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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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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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

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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