Folding Drinking Straw is Hot at Trade Shows!

Folding Drinking Straw is Hot at Trade Shows!

As we move into the trade show season we are often asked “what will be the next hot idea that will keep them coming to our trade show both?”

Each year our team of trend experts researches and sources world-wide to find the latest in trending promotional product swag. Stuff that our clients gave get their logo on to hand out at trade shows, b2b marketing events and customer recognition initiatives.

Without a doubt one of our top 2 or 3 products for spring 2019 is the folding final drinking straw.

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Wholesale bulk logo folding reusable drinking straw. Final straw folding drinking straw for promotional marketing.

It all started on Kickstarter.

Final straw was a huge success on Kickstarter raising over 2 million dollars in its intial offering. This retail ready product sells for $25 which is obviously far too expensive to use as a trade show promotion.

Our bulk wholesale price is far more in line with the promotional product industry with minimum order price including shipping, free 4 color logo and all set up costs clocking in under $5.

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Wholesale bulk logo folding reusable drinking straw. Final straw folding drinking straw for promotional marketing.

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To find out how you can get this amazing promotional product, the folding drinking straw, for your next event email us or call

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Wholesale bulk logo folding reusable drinking straw. Final straw folding drinking straw for promotional marketing.

 

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Top Trending Promotional Products. Spring 2019.

The Top 3 Trending Promotional Products for 2019!

Promotional products are oftem maligned as being cheap and trashy however promotional products (aka swag) plays an important part in the business world’s overall marketing strategy.

Clocking in at 27 Billion US dollars per year the promotional product business is no slouch in the advertising game.

In fact, promotional swag occupies a critical link in the marketing paradign of business from the smallest mom and pop to the largest international conglomerates.

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Bulk promotional popsocket phone stands. Get your logo on it for less.

What is Swag?

Swag is basically any product that has the clients logo on it. This logo’d product is then usually given away to customers and potential customers in an effort to make “impressions on the client of their logo”.

It take 7 impressions to make an impression.

There is an adage in the marketing world that “it takes 7 impression to make an impression!” In short this means that your eyeballs need to see your logo 7 times or more to have it imprinted in their mind.

There is a certain Pavlovian response about branding and response. The big brands do this religouly while smaller brands with a “loosely defined” brand indentity do it less rigidly. This needs to change if you own or market a business and want to succeed.

All brands need to imprint on their customers and their potential customers if the want to survive. The imprinting of their brand makes the customer/potential customer think of them before they think of someone else or some other brand. It is that simple.

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Wholesale bulk logo folding reusable drinking straw. Final straw folding drinking straw for promotional marketing.

The role of Swag.

Swag’s role is simple. It is to give the buyer something inexpensive, that can have their logo on it that the recipient will look at at least 7 times , getting the much vaunted 7 impression to make 1 impression logic.

In the past the best things were items such as pens and paper products. These “evergreen products” are now on the way out of favor due to issues such a new digital lifestyle etc.

What is now hot in promo are products found to be trending at retail and found on sites like Kickstarter.

These new products may seem less functional than in the past promotional product ideas but that is because we do not all think like the new millenial mindset.

The first real product to take the swag world by storm in this new way was the fidget spinner. We sold millions of logo’d fidget spinners over the course of about 9 months and our customers were ecstatic. We were able to give them a treending product with their logo on it that EVERYONE wanted. The 7 imprint/1 impression idea was firmly made.

Fidget Spinners are now dead!

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Wholesale imprinted bulk popsocket phone stands. Get your logo on it.

So what is trending now?

Your smartphone is the next battleground for your eyeballs. Popsockets, Nuckees and a whole array of other stands, grips and non-digital phone accessories are hot.

Here are a few ideas……

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Bulk wholesale Nuckee phone stand and holder. Get your logo on a Nuckee for less.

 

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Bulk wholesale Nuckee phone stand and holder. Get your logo on a Nuckee for less.

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Bulk popsockets for business marketing. Wholesale factory direct promotional products. Get your logo on it for less.

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New Promo Ideas for Spring 2019

New Promo Ideas for Spring 2019.

In an effort to stay on point and on trend twice a year we do a new product launch of new and exciting promotional products for the tradeshow and b2b marketing world.

We concentrate on ideas that bring eyeballs to your logo and catch the imagination. Each year we take these ideas to some exotic location to photograph. This year we went to the island of Montserrat.

  1. The POPZ phone grips. Popularized by such ideas as the Popsocket, Nuckee and a whole host of other great ways to get your logo on the clients smartphone.

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popz phone stand and pop socket style media grip promotional product

2. The folding reusable drinking straw. Save the planet, slurp like a pro.

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folding drinking straw tradeshow 8 promotional product

3. Folding silicone coffee cup. Get fun, get weird, get eyebals on your logo with a folding coffee cup.

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folding coffee cup promotional product tradeshow 8

4. Folding water bottle. Folding stuff is hot, hot hot. Get your logo on a folding water bottle.

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folding water bottle tradeshow8 promotional products

5. Custom Sunglasses. New to our little family the coolest in factory direct logo’d sunglasses.

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custom promotional sunglasses tradeshow 8

For more information on prices, availability and samples please email Sloan or call her at 1-888-908-6932

Americas Top 3 promotional products and tradeshow swag.

3 Great Tradeshow Ideas Under 2 Dollars

Tradeshow Giveaways Under $2 Are Hard To Find.

Here’s 3 ideas under 2 Bucks that will make it work.

Tradeshows are a great way to up your brand game but you need a way to engage the customer and to keep your brand front and foremost in their minds.

Its easy to get people to come to your booth if you’re giving away something expensive. For instance if you gave everyone at your booth a leather jacket with your logo on it you would have a line up around the block. You’d also go broke.

So the trick to getting people to come to your booth and to leave your booth with something they remember you by is to give them something with your logo on it that is cheap and cheerful, fun and fabulous, inexpensive and interesting.

Here are 3 great ideas under 2 bucks.

Pop socket style phone grip

Everyone has a smart phone, why not give them the trending pop socket style phone grip with your logo on it. 500 pieces is $1.90 each.

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pop out phone grips for your business logo or tradeshow giveaway

Silicone Phone Wallets

Keeping on with the theme that your customers smart phone is a great way to get your logo out there how about the Phone Wallet. 500 units is $1.48 each.

adhesive cell phone silicone wallet for logo

adhesive cell phone silicone wallet for logo

Key Smarter

Everyone has keys that jingle, jangle and get caught up in your pockets and tear your clothes. Is this the way anyone should live in the 21st Century? Get rid of the ring.

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promotional keysmart key system for your business logo

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You Should Market Your Brand This Way.

Embrace your inner geek. It will bump up your brand identity.

Getting geeky may be the solution to amp up your B2b marketing. It worked BIG TIME for Portland.

Promotional Products are a great way to better your brand image but often promo swag gets a bad rap. In fact, some of today’s less informed business to business marketers are of the opinion that the use of promo swag for marketing is an idea that is past its prime. I happen to strongly disagree.

In my expert opinion, it is not the idea or the effectiveness of using promotional swag to build your brand but there are 2 distinct problems with the current way promo is sold that affect their impact and usefulness in promoting your brand.

Point 1.

The first is the average mind-set and challenges of the local promotional products person (oh boy…here comes the hate mail). They are just not focused on what is trending and on point.

The average promo distributor has access to over 20,000 promo ideas, most of which have been around for decades and are a little tired and done to death. As well, the average age of the local ad specialty distributor is closing in on 58. This is a stat according to the Ad Specialty Institute (ASI).

This age is fine, I will be this age one day and some of our best friends are that age. The trouble comes with a willingness on the part of most 58 year olds and older to find ,embrace, understand and sell new trending ideas.

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“Most new trends come to life from some part of our world’s youth culture!”

It is very common for the local ad specialty distributors to only sell and promote ideas that they are familiar with. In fact, common terms used by promo veterans include , “he’s a pen and mug guy” or “I specialize in wearables”. These translate into, “I am only comfortable selling a pen or a mug because I understand that idea!” or  “I like to sell clothes with your logo on it..things like t-shirts and golf polo’s”.

My observation. New ideas and trends are almost universally found and promoted by a culture of youth. It has always been this way and I think it will likely always be this way.

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fidget cubes for your promotional marketing logo

Point 2.

The second problem with the current promotional product sales paradigm is the idea of being on point and on trend with emerging ideas and products. “It takes a lot of energy and intelligence to spot a trend before it becomes outdated”.

At Tradeshow 8 we have a small team of trend enthusiasts who spend hours each day combing through Kickstarter, Etsy, YouTube and dozens of other sites and blogs looking to spot the next trend. They are, to say the least, a unique group of peeps.

“It takes a lot of energy and intelligence to spot a trend before it becomes outdated”.

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folding stojo coffee cup for your business logo

What’s a Savvy B2b Marketer to Do?

Good question! In my opinion you have 2 choices. You could find the idea or product you want your logo on and then send that idea to your local promo distributor and ask them to find it and sell it to you. Or, you can make life simple and give us a call or email us an inquiry. Call- 1- 888-908-6932 or email [email protected]

Sam Allen

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Bumbershoot Music Festival Makes Sure Attendees Are Fully Charged

Seattle music festival considers giving out custom Bumbershoot power bank for every ticket sold!

Bumbershoot will help keep patrons fully charged for the labor day long weekend music festival by handing out a custom powerbank with every ticket. One of the worst problems with going to a music festival is running out of battery on your phone. All of a sudden you’ve lost your friends and have no phone to callanyone. Bumbershoot recognized this problem and wanted to do something about itfor their 48th annual festival.

The 2019 line up has not yet been released, but we are expecting to see some big names at this year’s event. Even better,attendees will leave the festival and will use their custom power banks when they’re back home, reminding everyone that this is the festival to be at if you live on the West Coast.

The custom power banks can hold a charge for hours on end and is a compact and convenient way to charge your phone in a pinch. The logo comes out clean every time and your customer service representatives are millennials who know what kind of promo gear this age group is looking for!

Call-1-888-908-6932  or email Sloan

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Easy DIY Importing from China to the USA are Over!

Easy DIY Importing from China to the USA are Over!

Prepare to get ready to be buried under paperwork, have your goods caught in customs and possibly returned to China, this will not be pretty.

We have been an importer from China to the US since 2005.

Back in 1992 (The Dark Ages), I was one of the first US importers to go directly to China (and other countries) to source finished goods for the North American and European markets.

My job was to be the head of the import hammer for a very large denim factory that produced goods for Levi’s, Lee, Wrangler plus our ad specialty division called ID Wear. At that time there was numerous tariffs, duties etc in place which made importing finished goods from China to the US very very dificult.

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get your logo on the coolest trade show and b2b promo swag.

Why did we have tarrifs in the first place?

Originally there were T&D (Tariffifs and Duties) in place to protect the American manufacturing market not because China was an economic threat, but because China was a Communist country and a global political threat.

As you will remember, China, in 1993 was just emerging from the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 3000 of their own citizens.

In 1993 their economy was just slightly ahead of Afghanistan/Pakistan region and just below that of Italy. See below.

“Since 1993 a lot has changed!”

china in 1993

china in 1993

During the Period 1993-2005

Sometime in the early 2000’s, China received “most favored nation status” from the USA. This basically meant we in the west no longer cared that they were/are Communist and instead we wanted to do business with them. Basically we all went crazy in an effort to do business with China….”It was Belly up to the bar boys lets make money, who cares if they’re Commies! ? ”

“As the years ticked by, 93, 96, 98, 2000 etc… all T&D’s slowly got to be less costly and required way less paperwork.”

This slow rollback of T&D was an intentional move by the US Gov’t to allow American manufacturers who made products for our domestic wholesale and retail markets (such as goods for the Promotional Products industry) to have a long time to get their factory’s more lean and competitive.

or…alternatively…to turn get those same American Manufactuers (circa 1993-2005) to become an American Importer of the same finished goods.

“Wanna read something interesting..? Check out the Fortune 500 TOP list of American Business in 1999, How many of these are long gone? Click Here” 

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get your business logo on amazing pop socket phone holders.

Meanwhile…

During this period (circa 1993-2005) virtually all of the large USA based promotional product factories that made everything at that time from molded custo products to keychains to lanyards, stainless steel waterbottles, clothing, et etc etc.. here in the USA, all but dissapeared.

Along with the US promo factories closings we also lost all the skilled laborers who made these goods. They either retired or went on to a new career.

“In short…Most people who worked in American factories from 1993-2005 are now doing something completely different. They are working elsewhere, the unemployment rate today is at historic lows, they have to be”

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paper tyvek wallet for your promo logo

My Story

Our denim factory employed nearly 400 denim sewers and cutters. Since 2006 it is fully closed.

These skilled positions often employed multi-generations of the same family (mostly immigrants) all working at low wages. We paid low wages so that the jeans and denim goods we made were affordable to the American consumer. If we paid more we were not competitive and they went to Turkey, Eastern Europe, Asia..etc.

 

“It is now almost 2019, these formerly skilled low wage domestic factory workers have not laid denim to Juki in 14 years. They no longer are skilled in that field of manufacturing and are making more money”

 

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fidget cubes for your promotional marketing logo

Think About It This Way. If I could open a jeans factory and hire them all back at their old jobs they would A) not know what to do as they have long lost those skills or B) Have succesfully gone on to other careers.

“My best guess is that if you are directly importing as of January 1. 2019 you should expect paperwork, more paperwork, money, extra costs and assorted other BS. T&D, they’re back!”

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mini tactical super bright flashlight for your logo

How do I know?

I have imported since 1993 and during the period 93/2005 we had to fill in HS codes, arrange to pay duties and brokerage everytime we imported a sample or a boatload of goods (read more) 

The paperwork was the worst as in1993 there were over 14,000 of these codes each one specifically link to a specific product. Each code triggering a different tax/duty rate.

Think of it this way, a 100% stainless steel waterbottle is one code (ie HS 18112XXXX) and has a tariff rate as of January 2019 of 25%.

However a plastic lined stainless steel waterbottle (75% stainless steel, 25% plastic) has a different HS code (ie.HS 18332XXX)…this code has a lower tariff/duty of 12% as of January. If you don’t know the new codes you will likely pay the highest tax, not the correct tax!

 

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There are 3 main problems that you need to be on the lookout for as a Distributor.

  1. Be very very careful to do your paperwork properly as part of problem is now with the  US Customs end of the process. US Custom agents who have not dealt with T&D’s since 2005 (or who never dealt with them if they have been hired since 2005) now have to deal with over 12,000 NEW HS Codes that help them determine the cost/tax to charge you.
  2. As well, on the Chinese factory side, the people there have never had to deal with HS codes etc. The current paperwork is dead simple. The new paperwork is not.
  3. Promo suppliers in the US now have a golden opportunity to raise all of their inventory product prices for 2019 to their highest level and simply blame it all on the new Tarrifs & Duties.

 

“I expect that the promo companies that import and warehouse goods in the States will raise their prices to the highest possible amount in a profit grab and blame it all on the new Tariffs!”

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bottle cap shooter for your logo or promotional marketing

What do we see happening now?

As a direct promo supplier/importer, we are already seeing a growing storm of problems, barriers. Thankfully, we have prepared for this eventuality as we saw this possibly coming over the past 12 months.

We are already seeing US customs requiring more precise documents, accurate HS coding and tons of paperwork. So much so that we have hired 2 extra people, one here in the USA and one in China to deal specifically with these issues.

Prices are going to go up, get used to it!

Unfortunately there are NO DOMESTIC manufacturers to take up the slack and fill in the supply chain as prices and products from China go up as a result of the new tax.

No USA factories are coming to rescue.

 

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custom wholesale bulk logo knit socks for promotional product giveaway

Think about TV’sTV’s have not been made in America for over 20 years.

In 2019, no business investor/entrepreneur in their right mind will ever start a USA made TV factory here. Why you ask?

Firstly way too much capital outlay,  Secondly, no skilled workforce!

TV’s and just about everything else are not about to be manufactured here!

The bit above about TV’s can be applied to tons of other industries, many that affect our promo business.

T shirts, wearables, backpacks, tools, coffee mugs etc etc are NOT GOING TO BE MADE IN THE USA and even if were to make them THEY WILL STILL BE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE IMPORT INCLUDING T&D, BY A LONGSHOT.

The occasional importer is doomed. Do you do your own importing?

If all of this is confusing better call Sloan

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Factory Direct Promotional Swag.
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