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  • 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

    Continue reading

  • 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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  • Holiday Shipping Schedule for UPS

    UPS 2014 Shipping Holiday SchuduleThe last quarter of the year is chock-full with holidays, and some of them can cause delays when ordering products and having them shipped to you.

    This is certainly true for promotional products distributors. At Perfect Imprints, we deal with hundreds of factories all over the country on a daily basis and the holiday shipping schedule from UPS becomes critical to meet event dates. We are committed to making sure that you receive your items on time for your event date. Therefore, we do pay close attention to these UPS holidays and the shipping delays that they will cause. These holidays. The holidays that UPS is closed are listed below. It is important to realized that you may need to expedite the shipping method of your promotional items ordered in order to receive them by your in hands dates. Depending on the product that you choose, there may be other less expensive options, such as rush production instead of expedited shipping. On occasion, you may need BOTH rush production and expedited shipping to meet your date.

    A few important notations in the schedule charts below:

    • UPS will offer normal pickup and delivery on the day after Thanksgiving - new for 2014.
    • UPS will be offering Air Deliveries Only on the day after Christmas and on New Year's Eve. That means no UPS Ground or UPS Standard shipments will deliver on these two days.
    • UPS will offer UPS Ground pickup service on December 26.

     

    UPS Does NOT Ship on These Holidays (Plan for Delays)

    Holiday  Date
     Thanksgiving  November 27, 2014
     Christmas  December 25, 2014
     Day After Christmas*  December 26, 2014
     New Year's Eve**  December 31, 2014
     New Year's Day  January 1, 2015

    * Air Deliveries Only, Ground Pickup is Available, but no Ground deliveries.
    ** Air Deliveries Only. Next Day and 2 Day Pickups Only, No 3 Day Select or Ground Pickup.

    UPS DOES Ship on These Holidays (Normal Delivery)

    Holiday  Date
     Columbus Day  October 13, 2014
     Halloween  October 31, 2014
     Veteran's Day  November 11, 2014
     Hannukah  December 16, 2014
     Christmas Eve  December 24, 2014
     New Year's Eve**  December 25, 2014

    ** Air Deliveries Only. Next Day and 2 Day Pickups Only, No 3 Day Select or Ground Pickup.

  • Coffee Infographic

    What profession drinks the most coffee? Click to Enlarge

    In marketing and advertising industry, we are consistently dealing with deadlines. We have to make sure promotional items are delivered by a certain event. We have to create great graphic design with a short deadline. We have to create custom apparel for a giveaway or for new employees ASAP. Time is not usually on our side. That's why coffee is our friend! The caffeine helps us be more productive...up to a certain point. This infographic shows Marketing/PR Professionals are #2 on the list of the top 15 heaviest coffee drinkers and that is no shocker here at Perfect Imprints!

    So how can this graphic help you market your company? Well, obviously, now that you know who drinks the most coffee, you now know that a good quality coffee mug printed with your company logo is a great giveaway to any of the industries above in the infographic!

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  • Paul McCartney Demonstrates the Power of Promotional Items

    Many successful business have a firm understanding of the power of promotional products. However, there are many other businesses that don't truly grasp the real power of this advertising medium. To clearly show their full potentional, take a look at this quick 15 second video of Paul McCartney trying to catch a free custom t-shirt at an NBA game back in December. Obviously, this former Beatles member, has enough money to buy an entire screen printing t-shirt shop and shirt manufacturing facility, but he was still thoroughly disappointed about not getting this free promo!

    Promotional products ranked #8 out of the most top advertising mediums last year and if the same growth occurs this year as it did last year, it is predicted to take over the #6 spot. This is because promotional products work! People go crazy to get them. Did you see Paul McCartney in the video above? If the same logo that was printed on that t-shirt was printed on a magazine ad, cut out from the magazine, and thrown into the crowd, do you think he would react the same way? Of course not! Promotional products create excitement and have staying power; people keep them for years and use them frequently.

    When was the last time you cut out an advertisement from the newspaper and kept it on your desk for fun? 

    Do you record TV commercials so you can frequently re-watch them?

    Do you take pictures of billboards with advertisements so you can post them in your office or home?

    Do you get excited when you hear radio ads?

    Chances are, a big fat NO is your answer to all of the questions above.

    However, do you get excited when someone gives you a nice, high quality promotional pen or a colorful coffee mug? What about a nice beach bag or a t-shirt? Promotional products excite people and make your brand memorable! Businesses in the US spent over $19 billion on promotional items in 2013 and that figure is no fluke. The industry has been growing steadily for the past several years and because of the effectiveness of promotional products, it will continue to grow!

    Here is an infographic from Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) that sums it all up!

    Promotional Products Work

  • PPAI Code of Conduct

    PPAI Code of Conduct - Perfect ImprintsPerfect Imprints has proudly adopted the PPAI Code of Conduct as of 10/10/2013. Most responsible companies either adopt a code of conduct from one of their industry associations or create their own. We realize that several questions must arise from our clients as a result of this statement. Hopefully this will answer your questions.

    What is PPAI? This is the Promotional Products Association International. They are the oldest and largest non-profit industry trade association with history dating all the way back to 1904 when 12 promotional product manufacturers collectively agreed to form this industry trade association to be an advocate for promotional products companies. Today, PPAI has over 10,000 members that include promotional products distributors and manufacturers. Here is their Vision Statement: "The Promotional Products Association International advocates the power and value of promotional products in the marketing and advertising professions to ensure the success of its members and the global industry."

    What is the PPAI Code of Conduct? Below you can read the entire code and know that Perfect Imprints completely supports it and follows this with all of our business practices.

    PPAI CODE OF PRODUCT RESPONSIBILITY CONDUCT  

    OUR COMPANY’S COMMITMENT TO ETHICAL AND RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT
    Our Company believes we must not only meet the expectations of our customers and consumers, we must exceed those expectations. To that end, we have adopted standards for the safety, quality and integrity of our products and processes and we are committed to respecting the rights of individuals and protecting the environment. We are dedicated to complying with all applicable laws and to conduct business in an ethical and responsible manner.
    Product Safety 
    We will comply with all applicable laws and regulations regarding safety of products we sell. We will meet applicable recognized voluntary industry standards for our products and processes.
    No Abuse Of Labor 
    We will not use any form of forced labor, including indentured, prison, bonded or slave labor. We will not use physical or verbal harassment or abuse to discipline employees.
    No Child Labor 
    We will not use child labor. We will comply with all minimum age provisions of applicable laws and regulations.
    Freedom Of Association
    We respect the rights of employees to associate or organize without fear of reprisal or interference. If employees are represented by an organization recognized under law, we respect the right to bargain collectively.
    No Discrimination 
    We will not discriminate in hiring and employment practices on the basis of age, nationality, race, religion, social status, ethnic origin, gender or disability.
    Hours And Wages 
    We will comply with all applicable wage, work hours, hiring, benefits, and overtime laws and regulations.
    In the absence of law in a particular location relating to product safety, labor, employment, environment or working conditions, the spirit and intent of these policies shall be met.
    Workplace Conditions 
    We will provide a safe, healthy and secure workplace. We will abide by all applicable laws and regulations for safety and health. Proper sanitation, lighting, ventilation and fire safety protection will be provided.
    Environment 
    We abide by all applicable environmental laws and regulations. We will manage our environmental footprint to minimize the adverse impact on the environment. We will manage our energy, water and waste systems for maximum efficiency and minimal adverse impact on the environment.
    Subcontractors And Sources 
    We require all businesses that support our business as subcontractors, manufacturers or sources of goods to comply with all of the same policies stated in our Commitment to Ethical and Responsible Conduct Policy. All subcontractors and suppliers are required to comply with all applicable and national laws. We expect those businesses to develop and implement internal business procedures to ensure compliance with our policy.
    While this code of conduct is nothing new for Perfect Imprints, we support PPAI in this movement and we now have this Code of Conduct to abide by in writing.
  • Bagteria - 20 Percent of Women's Purses Contain More Bacteria Than A Toilet

    Bagteria (bᾰg-tēr-ē-a) Noun: A recent study in the UK showed that 20% of women's handbags contain more bacteria than the average toilet. The bacteria found included fecal bacteria, e. coli.

    Promotional Purse Holder to hang on tablesEeewww!

    Conditions in the US and the UK are similar, so it stands to reason that purses and handbags in the US are probably similar as far as the nast factor goes. So how can you combat this abundance of bacteria? Well, for starters, periodically wipe your purse with a mild disinfectant and washing your hands frequently.

    The other way you can help to reduce the amount of "bagteria" is to hang your purse from the table when you eat at restaurants to keep your bag off the ground. The use of purse hooks are great for this purpose. These promotional bag hooks also make a great promotional gifts for your customers, while helping them to be healthier and safer in the process!

  • Pantone Color of Spring 2014

    Each year color trends, which affects the majority of consumer purchases. These color trends include fashion, furniture, automobiles, website colors, and even promotional items. Pantone LLC is a system of color matching that many industry professional in the printing business use to ensure uniform colors from print to print. This company also comes out with the top colors of the year. Below are the top colors for the Spring of 2014 according to many of the leading fashion designers.

    Since these fashion colors do dictate what's popular and trendy, it's sometimes smart to keep these colors in mind with your marketing campaigns for the year so your ads and marketing material will make more of an impact. Check out the top men and women's colors for Spring 2014.

    WOMEN'S PANTONE COLORS SPRING 2014

    Women's Pantone Colors Spring 2014
    Photo Courtesy of Pantone LLC

    MEN'S PANTONE COLORS SPRING 2014

    Men's Pantone Colors Spring 2014
    Photo Courtesy of Pantone LLC

    Check out the complete PMS Color Chart.

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More About Perfect Imprints

PPAI Code of Conduct for Promotional Products Distributors
 
Check out the A+ Better Business Bureau rating for Perfect Imprints
Perfect Imprints is a proud member of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce
Perfect Imprints is an active member of the PPAI (Promotional Products Association International
Promotional Products Association of Florida (PPAF)