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Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa is a promo expert with over four years of experience in the industry. She is the Lead Copywriter at Quality Logo Products and has had work published for the Promotional Products Association International and the Advertising Specialty Institute.

Industry Insights

15 Bar or Restaurant Promotional Items to Bring in Hungry Customers

Bar or Restaurant Promotional Items Napkin caddies Glasses Coasters Bottle openers Mints Oven mitts Reusable plastic cups Portable coolers Apparel Coffee mugs Drink flights Keychains Magnets Fortune cookies Sanitizer wipes Give everyone a mini stocking Volunteer as a company Gingerbread showdown Flex hours Schedule the…

Marketing & Branding

15 Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Trade Show for the First Time

Are you way over going virtual? Good news! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released new regulations in regards to social gatherings and public events. It’s now fair game to start planning events, and that includes outdoor trade shows. The idea of…

Promo History

The History of McDonald’s Toys: Happy Meals & Other Fun Merchandise

You are hard-pressed to find any kid from the 70’s to the early 2000’s who doesn’t have fond memories of going to McDonald’s. Those golden arches are associated with not just tasty nuggets, piping hot fries, and Shamrock Shakes, but also smiles and nostalgic feels.…

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Buying Guide & Design Tips: How to Customize Highlighters

The best part about back-to-school isn’t getting your class schedule or meeting your teachers. It’s all the fun shopping you get to do! The notebooks look fresh, the backpacks are clean, and those highlighters are super bright and colorful. People love highlighters, which is exactly…

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What Are the Different Types of Highlighters?

During back-to-school season, you see hundreds of highlighters at stores like Target and Walmart. It can be almost impossible to choose a pack, especially when you’re looking at so many bright, fun colors! This guide is here to make your shopping a little easier. You’ll…

Miscellaneous

What Are the Different Types of Hats?

Did you know that people used to work as milliners or hatters in the 1800s? That’s right – it was possible to make a living out of fixing and selling hats! Men often wore them as they commuted to and from work, so these trades…

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What Are Stadium Cups & How Can They Be Used?

Nothing’s better than a cool, refreshing drink, unless of course it’s poured in a fun, plastic stadium cup. It could come with a signature drink at a restaurant or with your expensive beer at a ball game, but no matter what, these souvenir cups are…

Miscellaneous

Does Hand Sanitizer Work on Any Surface Besides Skin?

Hand sanitizer is more popular now than ever before. With the spread of COVID-19 around the world, we are all being conscientious about hygiene and sanitation. This is a good thing since we come into contact with about 60,000 germs every single day. Bacteria is…

Marketing & Branding

What Are Pop-Up Shops and Do They Actually Work?

Back in the 80’s and 90’s, people actually liked advertising. They wanted to sing along to the jingles, watch the commercials, and see the cool Coca-Cola billboards down the highway. Nowadays, brands have to be sneakier to get their messages heard, whether it’s through targeted…

Marketing & Branding

5 Brands Pumpin’ Up the Jams with Spotify Playlists

It seems like there’s a Spotify playlist for just about everything – road trips, holiday parties, taking a bubble bath, ordering promotional products. So it only makes sense for your restaurant, store, boutique, or even insurance company to have a Spotify playlist of your own. …

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13 Inspiring Quotes From Adventure Time to Start Your Day

Children, hipsters, and many others are huge fans of the show Adventure Time. It’s a bonkers Cartoon Network original created by Pendleton Ward. Since its inception in April 2010, the show has caught on like wildfire with a wide variety of ages, from elementary students to…

How It's Made

What Chemicals Are in Highlighters & How Are They Made?

Science shows that certain smells trigger memories in our brain. For instance, grass may remind you of playing outside as a kid, or freshly baked cinnamon buns could bring flashbacks of working at Cinnabon as a teenager. Highlighters work the same way! Their chemical smell…

Promo History

When Was the Highlighter Invented? A History of Colorful Markers

Can you imagine how brutal it would be to read through stuffy textbooks without a highlighter? Even in your career, you likely use one to pull out the important stuff in paperwork and meeting notes. The highlighter is really an unsung hero, and it’s about…

Industry Insights

Buying Guide & Design Tips: How to Customize Sticky Notes

Plain, boring yellow sticky notes just aren’t very much fun. Sure, they get the job done, but they don’t have a ton of personality. That’s the beauty of custom sticky notes! An unusual shape, bright color, or eye-catching design can totally transform your notetaking. Here…

Miscellaneous

Are Post it Notes Recyclable? What To Do When You’re Done With Them

A sticky note isn’t like a journal or a photo album. You don’t hold onto it for years and look back at it in the future. Rather, it’s a piece of paper that’s designed for one-time use and temporary notes. So what do you do…

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20 Best Medical Promotional Items for Healthcare Workers

Best Medical Promotional Products Reusable face masks Hand sanitizer Syringe pens Coloring books Healthcare stress balls Clipboards Tri highlighters Portable drinkware Door opener keychains Stylus pens Forehead thermometers Jotter pads Bandages Hot & cold packs Lunch totes Retractable badge holders Wireless earbuds Pocket planners Sweatshirts…

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How Do You Recycle Your Old Electronics? Save the Planet & Make Room for New Technology

It’s out with the old and in with the new, especially when it comes to your tech devices. You always want the latest and greatest cell phones, televisions, laptops, headphones, and speakers. So what do you do with all those old gadgets when you’re done…

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What Are the Different Types of Lip Balms?

Go to the drugstore or grocery store, and you’ll see shelves upon shelves of lip balm. They’re all over the cosmetic department and come in tubes, containers, and even boxes. With so many options, it can be difficult to know which one to choose! You…

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Buying Guide & Design Tips: How to Customize Lip Balm

You want the guests at your event to have a good time, whether it’s a major work conference, wedding, or award ceremony. Aside from delicious desserts and free drinks, the way to win over the crowd is simple – goodie bags or favors! One of…

Miscellaneous

Does Lip Balm Work? Here’s Whether or Not You Need It

You can’t go on a first date, head outside in the winter, or spend a day at the beach without lip balm. No matter if you go with classic Chapstick or a Dr Pepper flavor, this beauty product is a must for any cosmetic bag!…

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What Are the Different Types of Headphones & Are They Harmful to Your Hearing?

The world is full of so many amazing songs, engaging podcasts, and interesting videos. You absolutely need a good pair of headphones or earbuds to consume all that content! The right pair, though, comes down to who you are and what you prefer. So what…

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What is the Future of Corporate Swag? How the COVID-19 Pandemic Will Change the Industry

The COVID-19 pandemic was a lifechanging experience for everyone. No person was unaffected by the crisis, whether it was experiencing the illness first hand, adjusting to e-learning, or switching to remote work. Another big change was in the professional world. Many businesses, from gyms to…

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A Guide to Bar Glasses: 46 Different Types of Drinkware Everybody Should Know

You grab a glass out of the kitchen cabinet without a lot of thought. Bar drinkware, like shot glasses, steins, flutes, and tumblers, is a whole different story. The right glass is a must for those who serve drinks!    Skip bartender school and pull…

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Top 10 Promotional Items of 2020: Trends & Bestsellers

Top 10 Promotional Products 2020 Face Masks Hand Sanitizer Antimicrobial Pens Door Opener Keychains Tote Bags Styluses Stress Balls Drawstring bags Coffee Mugs Koozies Usually at the end of the year, everyone’s talking about the best movies, most rockin’ concerts, and craziest pop culture moments.…

Marketing & Branding

25 Best Advent Calendars From Your Favorite Brands

The countdown to the holidays has officially begun! If you celebrate Christmas, you probably keep track of the days until December 25th. What better way than with a fun advent calendar? It turns out your favorite brands, from Lego to Jack Daniel’s, have some of…

Promo History

What is the History of the Red Solo Cup?

The red Solo cup has been the life of the party since the 1970s! You can drink booze, soda, water, and many other tasty beverages from these cheap, disposable cups. They really save the day when it comes to avoiding dishes after a gathering, whether…

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Buying Guide & Design Tips: How to Customize Sunscreen

It’s summer, and you might be looking for a new way to market your business. That’s where custom sunscreen can really come in handy. You can print your logo on each bottle, which means only the best kind of exposure from the sun! As a…

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10 Photo Mugs That Make Excellent Gifts for Any Occasion

Photo Mug Gift Ideas Glossy Photo Mug Magic Photo Mug Two Tone Mug To-Go Style Travel Mug Mug With Hot Cocoa Dye Sublimation Mug (White) Dye Sublimation Mug (Black) Mug With Accent Handle Wrap Around Mug Photo Coffee Tumbler Learn More About Mugs 10 Photo…

Miscellaneous

Why Should You Wear Sunscreen? The Importance for Every Skin Type

You’ve heard it a million times before. If you’re heading outside on a sunny day, you should absolutely wear sunscreen. The question is: Why? What is it about this lotion that makes it so critical to our health and well-being? Lately, there has been a…

Office Life

25 Corporate Gift Ideas That Will Boost Every Employee’s Mood This Year

Your employees have been under a lot of stress this year due to COVID-19,  We’re all still adjusting to lifestyle changes, whether it’s wearing a face mask, working from home, or not pulling your hair out over e-learning. And that’s the exact reason why you…

Promo History

The History of Sunscreen: Who Invented It and When?

Break out the swimming gear and the cooler full of cold drinks! The sun is shining, and it’s time to get outside and enjoy the weather. Don’t forget to grab a good bottle of sunscreen before you head out the door. You may end up…

Miscellaneous

31 Funny Wine Glass Sayings That Everyone is Sure to Love

Do you have a wedding around the corner and need cute favors? Is your winery holding a sampling or tour? Maybe you’re looking for some nice holiday gifts for your entire office. No matter what, wine glasses or tumblers are the way to go, especially…

Industry Insights

10 Cheap Promotional Items That People Will Actually Be Excited to Receive

Do you have a marketing budget? Well, then you’re probably looking for cheap promotional items! You may not be spending a ton of money on swag, but that doesn’t mean it should be garbage. That’s where these ideas come in handy! Win over the crowd…

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10 Unique Hand Sanitizer Giveaways That Bring Personality to Germ-Fighting

Unique Hand Sanitizer Giveaways Credit Card Shaped Sanitizer Dual Pen & Sanitizer Hand Sanitizer With Uniform Tie Dye Hand Sanitizer Character Sanitizer Sprays Blueberry Hand Sanitizer Hand Shaped Sanitizer Heart Shaped Sanitizer Multicolor Bead Sanitizer Round Sanitizer Bottle Learn More About Hand Sanitizer 10 Unique…

Marketing & Branding

From Coca-Cola to Disney: Here’s How 15 Top Brands Have Responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Brands With Interesting Responses to COVID-19 Coca-Cola Nike Airbnb McDonald’s Disney Apple Google Amazon Taco Bell Gap Inc. Starbucks Audible Netflix Anheuser-Busch Verizon Wireless The COVID-19 pandemic has really changed the business world. Some places were forced to board up their windows, while others like…

How It's Made

How to Make a Fidget Spinner: 4 Easy Methods & A Few Extra Tips and Tricks

Are you feeling crafty? Well, then get the art supplies ready because it’s time to make your very own fidget spinner! Your kids will love it, and you won’t have to shell out any money on something new. It’s a win-win! Now the question is,…

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Buying Guide & Design Tips: How to Customize Fidget Spinners

Fidget spinners may have had their heyday in 2017, but don’t count these whirling toys out just yet! A good design, and maybe a bright color, is all it takes to make yours seem new and cool once again. All trends circle back eventually, right?…

Miscellaneous

10 Friendsgiving Ideas to Try If You Can’t All Get Together

It’s not always easy to get everyone together for the holidays. In the case of 2020, it was downright impossible with the spread of COVID-19. Still, let’s not forget that Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful. The year may have been kind of “blah,”…

Miscellaneous

Can You Recycle Lighters? How to Dispose of Them Properly

Learn More About Lighters Can You Recycle Lighters? How to Dispose of Them Properly   Learn More About Lighters Can You Recycle Lighters? How to Dispose of Them Properly What Are the Different Types of Lighters? How Do You Customize Your Lighters? How Do Lighters…

Office Life

12 Audiobooks to Listen to While You Work

It can get super busy during the day, and try as you may, it can be downright impossible to sit down and enjoy a good book. Between work, exercise, kids, and other duties, it’s really tough to find the free time to read. That’s the…

Miscellaneous

What is the Science of Wireless Speakers? How Do They Work?

Picture the speakers you use to play your music or watch TV. Or think about the Alexa or Google Home you talk to every single day. You probably use some kind of portable speaker all the time, but have you ever thought about how it…

Industry Insights

10 Affordable Halloween Giveaways or Favors for Your Next Spooky Event

Inexpensive Halloween Giveaway Ideas Goody bags filled with candy Scented candles Campfire mugs Homemade jam in mason jars Spooky stress balls Mini lanterns or flashlights Touchscreen gloves Apple or pumpkin lip balm Paper bags or tins of popcorn Safety lights or neon bracelets Halloween is…

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How to Fix a Fidget Spinner: What to Do If It’s Loud, Cracked, or Just Not Spinning

Do you have a few fidget spinners that are wobbly, noisy, or no longer spinning? Good news! You don’t have to dump them off at Goodwill and forget about them. It’s super easy to fix your fidget spinner with just a little time and patience.…

How It's Made

How Much Weight Can Folding Chairs Support & What Do You Do If They Break?

People come in all shapes and sizes. It’s something society as a whole seems to forget, but at the very least, we should all be able to sit comfortably in our favorite lawn and camping chairs. After all, what’s better than soaking up the sun?…

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How to Clean Lawn Chairs, Camping Chairs, & Folding Chairs

Your outdoor chairs are dragged around to all kinds of places – dusty baseball fields, camping trips, beaches, and outdoor concerts. They also spend their off-time sitting around inside of your garage, shed, or basement. It’s no wonder they get really dirty, really fast! Before…

Marketing & Branding

5 Horror Movie Marketing Tactics You Can Steal for Your Brand

Horror movies claw into our minds to exploit our worst fears. Ghosts, zombies, monsters, clowns, girls with long black hair, gremlins… the good ones are hard to shake, no matter how hard we try. You want the same thing for your business, right? Sure, you…

Miscellaneous

What Are the Different Types of Lighters?

Learn More About Lighters What Are the Different Types of Lighters?   Learn More About Lighters Can You Recycle Lighters? How to Dispose of Them Properly What Are the Different Types of Lighters? How Do You Customize Your Lighters? How Do Lighters Work? The Magic…

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Buying Guide & Design Tips for Custom Lawn Chairs

You could buy your outdoor furniture from stores like IKEA or Wayfair. If you’re thrifty, you might even get some tables and chairs from secondhand stores or antique shops. It may have never crossed your mind, however, to customize lawn chairs instead! Do you need…

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