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  • The Real Deal With Boss Tumblers

    Promotional Boss TumblersIt seems like someone is always waiting for the Boss to do something. Well in this case, we are still waiting for the Boss, but in this instance, it's the Boss Tumblers.

    These tumblers have become so popular that the factory has not been able to keep up with the demand. These are manufactured structurally like the Yeti Rambler tumblers. However, many people don't know that Yeti products are not available to the promotional products industry, so that means no bulk orders of Yeti products can be personalized with your company logo.

    That's why the popularity of Boss Tumblers has increased so much. These tumblers are the exact same construction; however, the pricing is much better than Yeti.

    We've had hundreds of inquiries about the Boss Tumblers, and it seems each time we call the factory, we are told a new expected date for inventory that keeps getting pushed later and later. The first time we called it was November. Then November turned into December. Now, the new date is "some time in January."

    Here's the scoop about Boss and why we are still waiting on inventory. Continue reading

  • 7 Staggering Facts About Promotional Products

    The world of marketing can be confusing and expensive. For example, which advertising methods are most effective for your business? Which options don't work for your business? These are two very important questions you must answer to best promote your business.

    In order to make sure you are spending your hard-earned money on the right marketing efforts, you must have a plan in place. According to research, promotional products should certainly be an integral part of your marketing strategy. If you don't believe it, check out these statistics below and decide for yourself.

    1. 2014 Promotional Product Industry Sales were over $20 billion and that number has been growing every year since 2009. I expect it will grow again once the numbers are in for 2015. There's a reason the industry continues to grow. It's because promotional products are the only marketing options that provide tangible goods to consumers. Billboards, newspaper ads, television commercial, radio ads, and online advertising don't offer a product that consumers can hold in their hands and actually use. While these can be beneficial forms of advertising, they aren't lasting like promotional products, which stay with the recipients for years.

    2014 Promotional Products Sales Continue reading

  • UPS Holiday Schedule 2015

    UPS Holiday Schedule 2015 for promotional productsWhen buying promotional products, shipping transit time is a critical factor. When timing is down to the day of your event, you must account for upcoming holidays when UPS doesn't make deliveries.

    Below you will find the UPS end of year 2015 holiday schedule, so you will know to add an extra day or two to your orders. This means, you must order a few days in advance if you are waiting until the last minute to order your promos.

    UPS Holiday Schedule 2015

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  • Perfect Imprints Business After Hours - August 20, 2015

    Do you like seafood gumbo? Beer? Wine? Burgers? Hot Dogs? Networking? Fun? 50's-60's Music?

    If so, you won't want to miss the Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on August 20, 2015, 5:30-7:30. It will be hosted by Perfect Imprints and Professional Computer Training and Services. Diamond Dan DJ Services will be spinning the best hits from the 50's and 60's.

    It's FREE to attend. There will be giveaways such as a 7" tablet, wireless mouse/keyboard sets, and the first 100 people through the door receive a bag of cool SWAG from Perfect Imprints, plus the drawstring bag itself is awesome! The other included promotional products are pretty cool too, so you will want to get here early!

    If you plan on coming, RSVP here so we make sure to have enough food.

    Business After Hours August 20, 2015 at Perfect Imprints

  • The Importance of Product Safety With Promotional Products

    In the same way that retail manufacturers should be concerned with product safety, so should promotional products manufacturers, distributors, and companies who use promos. In past news, there have been countless recalls in the retail & promotional products industry that caused devastating financial blows to all those involved in the transaction. While most of these incidents have been companies that contracted directly with China and other countries, no one is immune. That's why it is so important to take the precautions BEFORE you buy promotional products.

    To limit the chances of product safety issues for the promotional products that your company gives away, it's important to only buy products that have been tested to meet or exceed the regulatory standards that are legally required. However, product safety testing is just one of many components to make sure products are safe.

    The Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) is a non-profit, independent accrediting agency that specifically serves the promotional products industry. They formed in 2008 and to date have certified 34 out of the 4000+ suppliers in the industry.

    QCA is a voluntary program that manufacturers must choose to follow the accreditation process, which is based on 5 major pillars:

    • Product Safety
    • Product Quality
    • Supply Chain Security
    • Environmental Stewardship
    • Social Compliance

    Suppliers that meet these standards can become QCA certified. If you are concerned with product safety, then you should certainly buy promotional products manufactured by QCA-certified suppliers.

    Here's a short video about protecting your brand by buying QCA certified promos.

    This short documentary above shows the necessity of creating and distributing safe, reliable products and maintaining a compliant work environment within the promotional product industry.

    Note: If suppliers are NOT QCA-Certified, that doesn't necessarily mean their products are unsafe. The products that come to the U.S. market should at least meet minimum, legal requirements. If you are unsure, ask for testing results for the promos you want to buy and, of course, only purchase promotional products through reputable and trustworthy companies.

  • A Look At Periscope for the Promotional Products Industry

    Promotional Products Experts talk about Periscope and ways to use it for the IndustryOver the past few years, social media platforms have come and gone. Some get hot, then quickly plateau or completely fizzle out, while a few burst into the social scenes and continue to thrive. Social media presence has become a necessity for businesses to stay top of mind with their customer base and to gain new customers. This need to have a strong social media presence is certainly true with the promotional products industry.

    A new social media platform named Periscope released earlier this year and has Continue reading

  • My Former Life as a Paramedic

    Written by Patrick Black, CEO and President of Perfect Imprints.

    EMS - Paramedic - Promotional items for National EMS Week

    I often get asked how I got into the promotional products industry. So due to many requests, below is my story.

    My first career certainly wasn't CEO of Perfect Imprints. Once upon a time, in a former life, I was a paramedic and worked in Mississippi. I loved working in EMS. I lived and breathed EMS. I was extremely passionate about my job. I loved nearly everything about the job, especially the adrenaline rush of providing emergency medical care and aid to those in need. I loved the critical decisions that had to be made within seconds, with no time to waste. Decisiveness was a mandatory trait as a paramedic, which has proved to be a huge help with my current career in marketing and promotional products. Continue reading

  • New Promotional Products From the PPAI Expo 2015

    On this first day of the PPAI Expo 2015, we have gotten a sneak peak at some of the newest promotional items in the New Product Pavillion.

    On Tuesday, the New Product Pavillion will open displaying the newest and hottest promotional products for 2015, as well as some of the trending products from 2014. At that time, we will get a closer look at each of these items.

    We will share more details of those closer looks after visiting; however, in the meantime, here are are 48 of the most interesting and unique new products that will be showcased on Tuesday.

    If you see any that are of interest to you, please feel free to give us a call for more info.

    48 of Coolest New Promotional Products for 2015

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  • PPAI Expo 2015 Las Vegas

    PPAI Expo 2015 - Las Vegas Shot of the Mandalay Bay, where the PPAI Expo will be held from January 11-16.

    PPAI Expo...Here We Come.

    Some of the team members from Perfect Imprints have arrived in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay for the PPAI Expo 2015. While the trip from Fort Walton Beach, FL to Las Vegas, NV was long, we know from past experiences, the PPAI Expo is well worth the monetary and time investment.

    As we eagerly await the educational classes that begin tomorrow, we are systematically organizing our notes so we can get the most education sessions in about current marketing trends within the promotional products industry. We are also strategizing for the tradeshow in which thousands of our suppliers will be present showcasing the newest and trending promotional items.

    Now is a great time for YOU to let us know if you are looking for unique and new marketing items to brand and give out to your clients.

    Please feel free to post any requests on our Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or Instagram pages with the hashtags #findmypromos and we will thoroughly search the trade show floor for suggestions and reply to your requests with pictures of new and exciting products that match your requests.

    As always, we look to help you grow your business in 2015 through the innovative and creative use of promotional products! Viva Las Vegas!

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  • Perfect Imprints Attending the PPAI Expo 2015

    PPAI Expo 2015 - Las VegasOnce again, some of the staff from Perfect Imprints will be attending the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) Expo in Las Vegas. This is the largest and best show in the promotional products industry. From January 11-15, we will be providing live updates through our social media channels, so be sure you don't miss out. Follow, Add, and Like us below:

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    Reasons We Attend

    • New & Trending Promotional Items - Most of the major promotional product factories attend this show and introduce their new and hottest products.
    • New Apparel - Custom apparel is a large part of our industry and each year thousands of new styles are introduced. We like to see these styles first hand so we can help our clients stay hip with the latest fashions.
    • Continuing Education - We are serious about educating ourselves to better service our clients. Marketing is an ever-changing industry, so we like to stay current to help make our clients' campaigns even more successful.
    • New Factories - At this show, we often learn of new factories to add to our arsenal of over 4,000 existing factories. By knowing all the options, we can save our clients a lot of time searching for that perfect product.
    • Industry Networking - We are constantly making new partnerships, learning from others in the business, and watching our competitors to make sure our service tops all others.
    • Source Specific Products for Clients - Each year we have a list of odd and unique product requests that our clients are looking for and we can source those items. If you are in need of a specific product that is not an easy find, let us know and we will find it for you.
    • Build Relationships with Suppliers - You want a promotional products distributor that knows its suppliers well. This helps ensure a better experience all the way around, from production time to product quality.

    By attending the PPAI Expo and other shows, you can be certain that Perfect Imprints is equipped to properly serve its clients. This is just another one of the many commitments that we maintain to ensure the best possible customer experience. Be sure to follow our social media pages above for live updates during the shows, including sneak peaks at some of the hottest new promotional items!

    New Products Showcase

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