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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.

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?

When you hear the word “lighter,” do you picture a Zippo? Maybe your mind’s eye goes right to a classic BIC. Well, it’s time to broaden your horizons! There are many different lighters out there, and each is more unique that the last. From semi-automatic…

Industry Insights

How to Customize Your 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…

Industry Insights

How Do You Customize Your Lighters?

Are you struggling to find a gift for your candle-loving friend? Maybe you really want something cool to hand out as wedding favors. Either way, you can’t go wrong with a nice customized lighter, like a cool tie dye BIC or an engraved Zippo. If…

Office Life

How Do You Put on a Webcam Cover & Why Should You Use One?

You don’t want anyone spying on you, whether it be the government, nosy neighbors, or your co-workers! That’s exactly why you should put a cover or some other item over your computer’s webcam. Anyone who has seen “Mr. Robot” knows exactly why, but for those…

Office Life

11 Stress Balls for People Who Spend All Day Typing

Best Stress Balls for People Who Type A Lot Gel Bead Elongated Shape Weighted Building Blocks Tangled Super Soft Keychain Bounceable Screen Cleaner Computer Shaped Round Do you want to hear something that will make your hair curl? We spend about 2,080 hours a year…

Industry Insights

How to Customize Your Pencils

Okay, so maybe most of us are on a computer these days rather than writing anything by hand. Still, that shouldn’t stop you from customizing pencils for your next event. With the right creativity and stylish flair, these simple giveaways can be pretty cool and…

Marketing & Branding

33 Brand Names You Casually Use Without Even Realizing They’re Brand Names

There are brands out there that everyone knows and loves. Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Apple, Disney – these are the titans with merchandise sales, millions of dollars in revenue, and a legion of fans to show for it all. While these companies are undoubtably great, it takes…

Miscellaneous

Are Mints Good for You? The Many Uses of Mint Leaves & Peppermint Oil

You want to live the healthiest life you possibly can, right? That includes sleeping well, reducing stress, and of course, eating foods that are good for you. Mint can help you with all of the above, making it an essential part of your daily routine!…

How It's Made

How Do Lighters Work? The Magic of Handheld Flame

It takes a simple flick, and poof, just like that your lighter has a flame! You may wonder: well, how does that happen? Is it by magic or something else? Reach into your pocket, or the drawer in your kitchen, and pull out your lighter.…

Miscellaneous

What Are the Different Types of Mints? A Fresh Look at Spearmints, Peppermints, & More

Mint…it’s a word with so many meanings. You’ll find it used to describe the condition of coins and cars, but also the colors of bridesmaid dresses and paint colors. It’s even the name of a successful personal finance company! For most of us, though, “mint”…

Industry Insights

How to Customize Mints for a Wedding, Party, or Your Business

Do you have a party around the corner? How about a business to advertise? Well, then you’re going to love personalized breath mints! They make amazing favors or giveaways for a ton of situations. It’s the little things that count, after all! Let’s make sure…

How It's Made

How Are Breath Mints & Candy Canes Made?

Breath mints are small, underrated lifesavers (pun intended) that can help boost your confidence and make you feel like your freshest self. Let’s say you’ve got a big Friday ahead of you that includes a presentation at work and a hot date in the evening.…

Promo History

The History of Lighters: Who Invented Them and Why?

Think about a backyard barbeque, a candlelit bubble bath, or cigars with the boys at a bachelor party. What do all these things have in common? You need a lighter to make them happen! We learn about the history of presidents, battles, and crazy kings…

Miscellaneous

What is Antimicrobial vs. Antibacterial?

Our vocabulary has really expanded in 2020. We’ve learned all about coronavirus, respirators, quarantines, and so many other things that were never on our radars. You might also be hearing a ton of anti-words:  Antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic. What’s up with all of this?…

Miscellaneous

How to Do Fidget Spinner Tricks & Other Ways to Use Your Spinner

Move over hacky sack and yo-yo! The fidget spinner is the latest toy designed for sweet tricks, fun games, and better hand eye coordination. It guarantees endless fun, no matter what your age! You don’t have to be a pro athlete to do all the…

Industry Insights

How Do You Customize Your Bags? Drawstring Bags, Backpacks, Totes & More

It doesn’t matter if you’re grocery shopping, going to the beach, or traveling on vacation. Everyone needs a good bag from time to time. That’s exactly why you can’t go wrong with custom bags! There’s something special about a bag, whether it’s a backpack for…

Marketing & Branding

14 Companies With Golden Voices: Who Has the Best Voice Over?

Some people have voices that are made for voiceover work. You can listen to them talk about products as unglamorous as toilet paper, and somehow, it sounds so much cooler. The actors on this list have that “it” factor. They make you turn your heads,…

Miscellaneous

How to Store Your Lawn Chairs and Folding Chairs

The summer is over, and it’s time to put away your lawn furniture. You’ve already folded up that patio umbrella, cleaned out the grill, and closed the pool. All that’s left is getting those chairs ready for storage! You can do this without getting a…

Miscellaneous

How to Travel With Only Carry-on Luggage & Save on Baggage Fees

It’s time to call an Uber, head to the airport, and take to the skies! Before you can go on that business trip or dream vacation, however, you need to first get your bags all packed up and ready to go. You might be dreading…

Miscellaneous

What Are the Different Types of Disposable Gloves? What You Need to Know

You probably have a pair of winter gloves, but how about rubber gloves? In this day and age, with all of us dealing with COVID-19, it’s more common than ever before to see people wearing a pair on their hands. Unless you’re a medical expert,…

Industry Insights

What Are Drawstring Bags and What Are They Used For?

You don’t always need a bulky backpack or purse weighing you down. Sometimes you want a lightweight bag for only the items you absolutely have to carry. That’s the beauty of a drawstring bag! Drawstring bags are unsung heroes, and it’s about time to pay…

Industry Insights

How Can You Customize Thermometers? Design Tips & Tricks

You can add a custom design to a lot of things – pens, water bottles, t-shirts, and even dog treats. During a crazy time like the COVID-19 pandemic, you can even add your design to medical supplies like face masks and thermometers! It may seem…

Miscellaneous

What Are the Different Types of Thermometers? What You Can Use to Check Your Temperature

You might think about fevers when you picture a thermometer, but they can be used for so much more. These little wonders can tell the temperature of a computer, pool, refrigerator, and even an entire building! With all of these uses, it’s no surprise that…

Marketing & Branding

What is a Tchotchke & Where Does the Word Come From?

Have you seen the word “tchotchke” before? At first glance, it kind of looks like a weird jumble of letters. You might even think it’s spelled “chachki.” Well, here’s the thing – this is a real word with a place in the Merriam-Webster dictionary and…

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How Do You Use a Thermometer? The Right Way to Take Temperature

A thermometer is one of those things you don’t always think about, but you’re happy to have one on hand when it’s needed. It’s great for cooking, keeping your house at the right temperature, and of course, checking to make sure you don’t have a…

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What Are Sneeze Guards and How Do They Work?

It’s fitting that it’s 2020 because this has been a year where we are really seeing things a lot more clearly for the first time. One of the biggest eye-openers was the COVID-19 pandemic. This widespread virus changed life as we know it – face…

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How Do You Choose the Right Face Mask? Tips for Staying Safe & Stylish

It’s a strange adjustment for us all, but while pandemics like COVID-19 are affecting our communities, we absolutely have to wear face masks! This simple cotton accessory has the power to slow down the spread of viruses, bacteria, and germs. You should choose a face…

How It's Made

What is Waterless Hand Sanitizer & Does it Work?

Do you not have easy access to soap and water? Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content should be your best friend! In fact, it’s been approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be an effective way to fight germs.…

Miscellaneous

61 Teacher Appreciation Sayings & Quotes to Start the School Year

Teacher appreciation shouldn’t be just a day or week. It should last the entire school year! Whether it’s elementary, college, high school, or preschool, teachers rock and deserve something special! Do you want to get custom gifts for your teachers, or even the entire school…

Miscellaneous

How Effective Are Face Masks & Do They Actually Prevent the Spread of Viruses?

The COVID-19 pandemic totally changed the world as we know it. Restaurants closed up shop, toilet paper went missing from shelves, and face masks became the new must-have item for not only medical professionals, but also society as a whole. So the real question is……

Industry Insights

A Guide to Face Shields: Here’s Everything You Need to Know

2020 has made us think about words and phrases we’ve never thought about before…PPE, coronavirus, respirator, pandemic, shelter-in-place… public health has never been on the tip of so many people’s tongues. Perhaps one of the biggest buzzwords these days is “face masks,” but let’s not…

Miscellaneous

How Long Do Lunch Bags Stay Cold & Do They Have to Go in the Refrigerator?

You likely bring a lunch to work or school every day, so it’s important that all the food inside your lunch bag stays nice and cold. After all, who wants to take a bite of lukewarm yogurt or find a rotten ham sandwich waiting inside?…

Miscellaneous

10 Ways to Celebrate Back-to-School During the Pandemic

School’s out for the summer. School’s out… forever? In 1972, rockstar Alice Cooper sang those lyrics, and they seem to have an eerie amount of truth behind them these days. Classes might not be back in session for a while due to the coronavirus (COVID-19)…

Industry Insights

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

What is Die Cutting and What is it Used to Make?

Does die cutting make you think of a hair salon? Well, think again! This process is actually used to make all kinds of things you know and love, like stickers, coasters, and even the shoes on your feet. If you’ve got a few minutes, read…

Office Life

How to Clean Your Lunch Box or Insulated Lunch Bag

Do you bring your lunch to work every day? If so, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is you’re doing the right thing for your health and budget. The bad news is your lunch bag might be getting, well, kind of gross.…

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 Insights

How Do You Customize Your Drink Coasters?

You absolutely can’t go wrong customizing coasters as gifts or giveaways. Nothing’s better than an ice cold drink at the end of a long day, so these little mats are sure to be used time and time again. So now you know why you should…

Industry Insights

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 Insights

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…

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