About the author
Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa is a promo expert with over three years of experience in the industry. Her passion for writing has led to a BA in English & Communications from Aurora University and work published for the Advertising Specialty Institute and The Bolingbrook Sun Times.

Industry Insight
15 Ways Your Business Can Use Branded Merch During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Just as we were slowly getting back on our feet from COVID-19, the media reported that cases are still on the rise in certain areas across the country. Yikes. Are you trying to get back to work safely, despite this news? It’s as easy as…

Marketing & Branding
14 Ways to Have a Grand Opening for Your Business During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a defining moment in our history. The entire country basically shut down, which made it tough for business owners of all sizes, but especially those who were opening their doors for the first time. Starting a new business in 2020…

Office Life
Stand for Small Coupon Offer: Expires December 2020

Small businesses like yours need resources, discounts, and more to stay afloat. This is especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused many businesses to shut down, from gyms and hair salons to restaurants and entertainment venues. We know times are tough, which is…

Miscellaneous
4 Color Palettes Used for the Hogwarts Houses in Harry Potter

The wizarding world of Harry Potter has transfixed audiences for years. There are books, movies, merchandise, and even theme parks, all centered around the magic that J.K. Rowling created. Nothing is more popular in the series, however, than those Hogwarts houses.  Fans take quizzes, either…

Promo History
Who Invented Drink Coasters?

Nothing is better than an ice cold drink. Scratch that – nothing’s better than an ice cold drink when it’s on a coaster. These little mats have been saving our coffee tables for over a century! Pour yourself a drink and read on! The full…

Industry Insight
9 Items That Should be in Your Marathon Run Swag Bag

You’re probably reading this because you’re hosting a marathon. It could be a charity run or a full-blown event with sponsors, vendors… the whole enchilada! The runners are clocking over 26 miles, so with that in mind, you should hook them up with branded items…

How It's Made
5 Ways You Can Make Scented Hand Sanitizer at Home

With the spread of COVID-19 all around the world, many products have simply flown off the shelves. The list includes random items, like Nintendo Switches and dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets, to hygiene essentials like toilet paper, and of course, hand sanitizer.  Are you having a hard…

Industry Insight
33 Stats About Personalized Gifts & Favors for Milestone Events

Weddings, birthdays, prom, graduations, baby showers… there are a ton of milestone events in one person’s lifetime. You can make these boring, run-of-the-mill moments, or you can celebrate how special they truly are with personalized gifts, favors, and decorations. Think about it! Your daughter is…

Company News
Bigger, Bolder, Better: The New Quality Logo Products® Website

In 2017, Sheryl Crow had this to say to the world…”A change would do you good. I think a change would do you good.” Unfortunately, the pop star isn’t here to sing about our new and improved website, but we’d like to think her words…

Office Life
80 Powerful Stats About Fundraisers & Donations

A good fundraiser has the power to make a huge difference. It doesn’t matter if it’s for your school, nonprofit, church, business, sports team, restaurant, or something else. You can get a ton of money coming in from online donations or with a fun community-involved…

Marketing & Branding
52 Stats About Trade Shows & Why They’re a Great Marketing Strategy

Trade shows have been around for hundreds of years, and for good reason. There’s something about meeting people face to face that can really encourage you to try something new. You can think of trade shows like the professional version of Comic Con. It’s the…

Miscellaneous
10 Awesome Gym Bags That Make it Easier to Exercise After Work

It’s not always easy to squeeze fitness into your day. After a long day of work, the couch and Netflix sound way more appealing than a sweaty, stinky gym. What if I were to tell you, though, that the right gym bag can be all…

Miscellaneous
7 Reasons Why Concerts Will Return After the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has literally brought new definition to the phrase “The day the music died.” Originally sung by Don McLean in the song “American Pie,” that lyric accurately describes life in the times of this pandemic. Live music has tragically died while we’re…

How It's Made
How to Make DIY Coasters If You Don’t Know How to Sew or Knit

As sad as it may be, we don’t all know how to sew or knit, so those articles and books that tell you how it easy it is to crochet coasters might just make your eyes glaze over. This one is for the folks who…

Industry Insight
How to Customize Your Lunch Bag

Lunch was everyone’s favorite subject in school. You’d sit down, dive into that PB&J, and show off your sweet lunch bag or box at the cafeteria table. That’s how it worked. Now as a ripe adult, the cool factor of having an awesome lunch bag…

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