Independent Study

Other Things We Find Interesting!

Almost every school has an independent study course. It’s a course students can turn to when they want to learn more about the topics that regular classes don’t cover.

In our independent study course, you’ll learn all the weird and wonderful promotional product details that we just couldn’t fit into our other courses. We’ve got marketing tips, strange promotional product history, more information about USB technology than you ever thought possible, and lists of our favorite and not-so-favorite ads of all time!

The Syllabus

How to Make Homemade Stress Balls

You can make your own stress balls with colorful balloons and a few other supplies. Simply fill a balloon with rice, beans, or flours, tie a couple extra balloons over the top, and squeeze away all your worries!

20 of Our Most Unusual Promotional Items

Quirky, goofy, unusual, odd. These are the words we'd use to describe the products you’ll find in this lesson, all great for a non-traditional giveaway!

Top 10 Advertising Jingles

Did you know Bubba was briefly in his own boy band? You won’t find any of his band's music in this lesson, but you will find ten of the catchiest songs ever to make their way into commercials.

10 Best Slogans of All Time

If you’ve ever had to think of something memorable to print on your promotional items, you know how hard it is coming up with a great business slogan.

History of TV Ads

They might not be promotional products, but television commercials have been one of the most effective forms of advertising to date!

The Difference Between USB1 and USB2

Where would we be without USB technology? A lot of us would be sitting around, wondering how to charge our mobile devices, that's for sure.

Types of USB Flash Memory

Why are USB flash drives such popular giveaways? What is flash memory, anyway? Read on for the advantages of flash memory and flash drives.

How to Motivate Employees

Learn all the tips and tricks of how to keep your employees happy and motivated in the workplace.

Different Types of Portable Chargers

No matter the situation, we all have relied on our portable USB chargers to get us through the day. But how much do you really know about these battery savers?

What is Branding and Why is It Important?

Branding is defined as the promotion of a particular product or company by means of advertising and distinctive design. It is an important way to establish your business identity and set yourself apart from the competition.

The Truth About Made in the USA Products

Made in the USA products increase manufacturing jobs, reduce the carbon footprint, and cut down production costs in the United States. It’s difficult to label anything as completely American-made since parts can still be imported, but there’s a variety of companies, brands, and products that qualify.

How Reusable Water Bottles Impact the Environment and Your Health

You’re making a good choice drinking from a reusable water bottle. Not only does it help the ecosystem, but it also leads to cleaner, fresher drinking water.

How to Recycle Pens and Pencils

Even in this digital world, we still rely on writing utensils, like pens and pencils, to get through our day-to-day routines. That’s why it’s important to recycle them whenever possible. Unlike most items that are recyclable, you can’t toss pens, pencils, or markers into your recycling bin at home. In order to recycle writing utensils, you’ll have to rely on take-back programs or specific recycling plants.

Trade Show Etiquette for Presenters & Attendees

If you’re a presenter at a trade show, you should speak confidently about your products or services, use open body language, and most importantly, remember to smile. Attendees should follow the same rules of thumb, while also asking questions and posting pics on social media.

How to Make Your Own Tote Bag

Tote bags are pretty simple in design, and surprisingly, they can be fairly easy to make from old t-shirts. The materials needed to make your own t-shirt tote bag are everyday items most likely lying around your house. This method is perfect for beginners and you don’t even need a sewing machine!

How Cell Phones Affect Business & Advertising

In this day and age, advertising is all over our cell phone screens. It’s no surprise, really. We’ve gone from just texting and calling people to basically having a mini computer in our hands. If you’re a business owner, it makes sense to put your ads where people are going to see them, and in this digital world, that’s right on our phones.

Further Reading

The Anatomy of Pens and Pencils

Curious about the different parts of pens and pencils? Read here to find out more.