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QLP Celebrates Four PPAI Technology Award Wins!

Hey, there, Quality Logo Products® fans! I’ve got some great news to share with you, the kind that puts an even bigger smile on my face than usual. And you see how I normally look, so you know this has to be a big deal!

Have you ever heard of PPAI? You might have, if you’ve read some of the super-informative blog posts our Content Team puts out. PPAI stands for Promotional Products Association International. It’s a trade organization for the promo product industry that provides companies (like Quality Logo Products®!) with professional development resources, networking opportunities, a sense of camaraderie, and all that good stuff.

One of PPAI’s biggest events happens every January in beautiful neon Las Vegas. (I know, right? VEGAS!) There, PPAI puts on its annual trade show, and as part of its trade show, it holds the PPAI Technology Awards. These awards go to promotional product companies that have done amazing things in the digital world, whether they made awesome videos or had neat-o websites, or just about anything else involving tech.

Well, guess what? Quality Logo Products® won not one, not two, but four 2016 PPAI Technology Awards! (Sorry, Number Three, I didn’t mean to skip ya. I just got so excited!)

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Quality Logo Products® went to bat in four different categories:

  • Blogs/Podcasts/Digital News: Our efforts to keep you up-to-date on everything you need to know about promo products (and marketing and business in general) paid off – the QLP blog was nominated in this category!
  • Social Media: Yup, even companies’ social media pages can win awards! We’re proud of all of our social media hubs, but in the end, it was our fabulous Pinterest page that was nominated for Best Social Media Page.
  • Video Content: You know that Quality Logo Products® has some top-notch product and informational videos on our YouTube channel, right? Well, for this category, we submitted our “How It’s Done: Promo Product Printing Video with QLP” video, which explains all the ways custom items can get decorated.
  • Web Content/Functionality: This category judged not only how creative and appealing our website is to customers but also how easy it is to use. Thanks to our specialized search functions, we figured we had a good chance with this one!

Take a look at that one more time. We were nominated in four categories. We won awards in four categories. Holy cow, four out of four, one hundred percent, an A+! I’ve never gotten an A+ in my life! Okay, so that’s mostly because I’m a stress ball and they didn’t expect too much of me in grad school. But it’s not because I didn’t want one!

And which place did we take in each category?


Three gold medal finishes and a silver! I never thought I’d be so happy to see something that’s golden yellow and isn’t my face. I’m so proud of our Content and Media Teams and their efforts to make shopping for promo products not only easy to understand, but fun, too!

It’s one thing to know you do good work. It’s another thing altogether when someone gives you an award for your work, you know? We’re so grateful for these awards, and we’d like to say thank you to PPAI and to our customers as well for, you know, keeping us in business and inspiring us to do more great things online.

We hope to keep innovating and to make it back to the PPAI Technology Awards next year. Now that would really put a smile on my face!

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Bubba is the Quality Logo Products mascot. He may have started out as "just a stress ball," but he's come a long way since the company's launch in 2003. Bubba has been immortalized in numerous vector artwork designs for internal and external promotions, and you can see him change outfits on the Quality Logo Products homepage whenever a holiday rolls around. Oh, and he thinks pants are for the birds. You can connect with Bubba on


  1. Jay


    I knew you guys at 1851 were good in the first place, but it’s great to be recognized by people in the industry that don’t work with you and say “yeah, looks great guys” just to appease you. Kidding! We all know how much ass you kick.

    Seriously though, the awards are well deserved and *possibly* overdue. QLP has worked very hard to get where we are and thanks to the people behind the scenes, we’re now getting awards for our efforts! I’m glad to hear you all got a trip to Vegas out of it too.


  2. Rondell Caraos

    This is awesome news! Congratulations Bubba and your Team behind you! 3 Golds and a Silver is something to totally brag about! I know that 1 Silver is probably bothering some of you… it shouldn’t. Hold your head up high… you’ll get the Gold next year! 🙂 I don’t know about you… but when I’m feeling down, I just watch one of QLP’s videos and laugh and learn something to get me back into the spirit! Go QLP, I’m a fan for life. I am not really on Pinterest, but now I want to check out our Award Winning Page… Pretty cool! That has a nice ring to it! Here are just 4 more reasons why this is one of the Best Places to Work! Great Job everybody!!!

  3. Stacy

    Congratulations Guys! Your hard work does not go un-noticed. I love the How it’s Made videos, very helpful to my new clients who are not familiar with the printing processes that we offer. I also find the videos helpful when a client wants to see the products in action before their sample arrives. Not to mention, most of them are pretty hilarious 🙂 Keep up the great work guys! Your awesome!

  4. Chase

    This is great to see! Our blogs, website, videos, and social media get plenty of love already but this is next level! QLP does such a fantastic job of staying hip and up with the tech times. It seems like almost every day we are implementing new tech features to make our customer’s lives easier, the website search filter comes to mind, mobile approvals, 360 images, in-depth-actually-fun explanations of the process anybody curious about can look into, the list just goes on… Congrats QLP, I’m ready for what’s next: View the website in 3D and have promo products in front of your face in 3D. Just kidding, that is hilarious to think about though…

  5. Kevin

    4 out of 4 rocks!!! Great job, kids! I have to say, the website is one of the easiest I’ve seen as far as ordering and finding items… just like it says, you can find anything 🙂 And the blogs/videos are so educational and funny at the same time! You guys make that content look so simple but I’m sure it isn’t… Your hard work has paid off! Congratulations!!!!!

  6. Erin

    Amazingly well-deserved victories for our outstanding content and media teams!!! You guys rock! The videos and information you guys create far exceeds any other company in the industry that I’ve seen and it’s great that you are getting the recognition you deserve for it! Congratulations team – way to represent!

  7. Anthony

    Woo!! Great job content team!! You guys rock and really show off our personality here at QLP! All the hard work of videos, blogs, social media and design work is paying off!! I do think that the Gold for the website should of been ours though! At least we have some extra motivation to hit that milestone for this year!! 😀 Congratulations team and keep up the awesome work!

  8. Matt

    So awesome! I mean obviously all of us over hear know how amazing our blog and content is it’s just nice to see that everyone else is starting to recognize it as well. Silver for the site functionality is outrageous. I wouldn’t worry about it at all especially with all of the updates I know are in the works! The three golds are a no brainer. Especially the gold for video content. All of our videos are hilarious and really effective. Duh. Anyway, Awesome job, guys!

  9. Ashley

    Fantastic work, 1851! Those awards are well deserved =] I know I might have a bias because I am a part of this amazing QLP family, but I think you guys deserve all four Gold Medal Finishes.

    I’m always impressed with the job you guys do at 1851. When you guys create content for the web that my customer can look at and even have some fun with, it helps all of us do a better job. 1851 helps lay the foundation that relays to our customers how fun and helpful we are as a promotional products company. Even though most of your content has a sillier tone, you can tell how professional you all are with your skill in creating engaging content. Thanks a ton, and congrats!!!

  10. keith

    Fantastic work you guys!

    We all know what an amazing job our content team does and it is great to see you all get the recognition you deserve. Everything that you guys do is all top notch. The posts are a great information and research tool for us and our customers. The videos are hilarious and helps let everyone know we have a sense of humor over here and will give our customers a more unique and run experience.

    Amazing job as always. Keep it up! We appreciate everything that you do!!

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