The 12 Days of Christmas EMT Style!

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Published on: September 19, 2017

You know the drill. It might be pumpkin spice everything at the moment, but all things pumpkin spice will soon giveway to all things peppermint mocha. And no, we’re not talking My Little Pony, although with all of the marketing tactics they are deploying lately, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Starbucks release a new Rainbow Dash drink in the near future.  While it might seem insignificant to some, this change in flavors signals the end of lazy summer days and the start of the race to the holiday season. Somehow in the fury of planning office holiday parties and doing the tasks necessary to wrap things up for the year, busy marketing executives sometimes forget about their need for employee gifts.  While it may seem early, we suggest that if you aren’t already having the holiday gift conversation with your clients, you should start now. In order to help you do this, we’ve got an unbranded flyer that you can download from our site, or customize and send right from our site.

Our traditional holiday themed items are limited to our domed ornaments. You can find these by clicking here. However, we also have some other items available that are sure to put a smile on the faces of all who receive them. To add holiday flair, just mix them with a little out-of-the-box thinking!

In no particular order we present to you, The 12 Days of Christmas – EMT Style!

  1. PromoLoops – These full color loops keep phones safe from costly drops and keep your marketing message visible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Check out the video to learn more!
  2. PitchFix – Clients who love golf will also love our PitchFix products. These retail tools can be branded and come with various packaging options.
  3. Purse Holders – Stop the spread of Bagteria and look great while doing it! These pateneted products offer a high perceived value with a price that’s easy on the budget!
  4. Lapel Pins – Lapel pins are great for recognizing years of service, or sending a message of gratitude. We have both stock and custom options available so you can choose from something we already have, or create your own. Pair with a custom package to give these tokens even more flair!
  5. Air Fresheners – Looking for a stocking stuffer or white elephant type item? Engage all the senses and incorporate creative messages into our full color, custom shaped air fresheners.
  6. Medallion Plates – When you need a higher end gift for the more traditional buyer, or desire a gift that might also serve as an award,  we’ve got just the right option for you. Medallion plates come in various sizes and can be personalized as well.  They are available in two-tone gold or silver, antique brass,  silver or copper finishes.
  7. Beverage Openers – What better way to spread holiday cheer than with a great looking product that helps open beer!?
  8. Poly Resin Sculptures – While this might not be something you’d think of instinctively, poly resin sculputures can be a unique way to commemorate something or someone. For a very traditional company, this is a great option to memorialize a founder or important figurehead.  However, for the non-traditional marketer, casting an object or something that lends itself toward humor and the less serious, could make this item a big hit for recipients.
  9. Bracelets and Pendants – We carry a full line of InspireRings products. Made of nickel, brass, or steel, these items have a retail look and feel.
  10. Key Tags – It may sound cheesy to have a key tag on a list of holiday gift giving ideas, but there is a reason so many gift shops stock them….People buy them! And these aren’t your plain jane key tags either.  Our key tags marry form and function. If the recipients keys are going anywhere, your logo is going with them!
  11. Challenge Coins – Commemorative and collectible, these inexpensive keepsake items are not only classy, they are an item that will be kept and admired for years.  Be sure to ask about our storage and display options!
  12. Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornaments – I know we already talked about Christmas oranments, but these deserve a special call out. What holiday party is complete without the ugly Christmas sweater?  We love this product so much we even wrote a blog post on it.

And there it is. The 12 days of Christmas EMT style!  When it comes down to it, every client has a unique need.  If one of our products can help you be your client’s holiday hero, please contact us right away.  Until then, enjoy that pumpkin spice latte, or Oreo cookie, or Twinkie, or whatever else it is they are flavoring with pumpkin spice. Talk to you soon!

What is a Challenge Coin?

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Published on: September 1, 2017

EMT produces thousands upon thousands of challenge coins each year. However, it wasn’t until two nights ago while watching an episode of Wahlburgers (and becoming increasingly hungry while doing so!) that I realized many people may not even know what a challenge coin is.

An article by Mental Floss titled, “A Brief History of Challenge Coins” does an excellent job of discussing both the origin and evolution of challenge coins throughout time. Having been brought into existence by military organizations, the challenge coin has remained a way for different organizations to show their dedication to their members, and also a means by which those members to show their dedication to and pride for the organization and their specific rank within it.  Different coins signify different things. Often times the meaning of a specific coin is secretive and sometimes even unknown to lower ranking group members.

Aside from military organizations, challenge coins also play a large role in the gaming and souvenier industries.  These coins are usually very budget friendly to produce, but carry a high perceived value for gifiting or resale. Challenge coins are easy to transport and offer a unique way to display a logo and or message through a variety of different imprint methods.

Though typically 1 1/2″ to 2″ in size, challenge coins can be cast in all shapes and sizes.  In addition to the coin itself, there are a variety of options available to both protect and display challenge coins. These cases and stands add only a minimal additional cost to the item itself, while ensuring that the coin will retain both its finish and value for years to come.

Are you interested in discussing ways that a challenge coin could enhance your next recogition opportunity? If so, let’s connect!  To learn more, simply email ccustomercare@emteasy.com with the subject line: Requesting assistance with challenge coins, and someone will connect with you right away.

 

The Tale of the Ugly Christmas Sweater

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Published on: August 21, 2017

According to an article that was orginially posted on Complex, “Christmas-themed sweaters were first produced on a grand scale in the 1950s, when the Christmas holiday was becoming increasingly commercialized. Initially referred to as “Jingle Bell Sweaters,” the first-gen ugly sweaters saw decades of modest popularity. It wasn’t until the 1980s that the Christmas sweater gained mainstream adoration.”

As recently as 2015, consumers wishing to take part in Ugly Sweater Parties had no option but to scour second hand shops with the hopes of finding something that could be adorned with glitter, ornaments, garland and other holiday trinkets. However, fast forward to 2017 and, as we near the holidays, ugly Christmas sweaters will soon be seen on the racks of retail establishments everywhere. And, for those still wanting to create their own work of art, a simple google search will bring you to a Do it Yourself Ugly Sweater Kit.

Here at EMT we love that the ugly christmas sweater trend infuses a tremendous amount of fun into what has become somewhat of a pressure filled season of financial stress induced by obligatory gift giving. The ugly sweater party brings a sort of simplicity to the holidays and helps to create an enviorment of joyfulness, that when paired with just the right amount of eggnog, creates lasting memories instead of lasting credit card debt.

As a way to memorialize this occasion, we created Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornaments.  We have stock designs you can add your logo to, or for even more fun we’ve come up with a few unique ways to help get your employees and customers get in the holiday spirit:

  1. Hold an Ugly Christmas Sweater Coloring Contest – Print out coloring sheets to hand out to each employee of your company. Give them out with a deadline for return. Upon receiving all of the entries, post them online and give your customers an opportunity to vote on their favorite design.  Choose a winner and use that art as the design on your Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornament.  Mail the completed ornamnet out to clients with your holiday cards, post on social media, and hand out as a gift to each person in the company at your holiday party, giving the winner a special prize. Then, next year, do it again! Making it an annual thing means people will look forward to participating year after year.  What a simple, inexpensive way to boost morale and get employees engaged right? And, for even more fun, include your customers in on the design contest too!
  2. Have an Ugly Christmas Sweater Decorating Party –  In advance of your holiday party, get people together to decorate Christmas Sweaters. Have a contest and let company team members choose their favorite.  Turn the winning sweater into a graphic and use it as the design for the ornament. Proceed as detailed above in option #1.
  3. Make a scene – A winter scene that is! In addition to our sweater ornaments, we also have a Snowglobe Shaped Ornament.  Use one of four stock backgrounds, or get creative and design your own!
  4. Stick with tradition – Maybe you’d love to have a contest or do something really fun with your ornament design, but you just don’t have the time. That’s ok too!  Simply putting your logo and/or holiday message and the year on one of our more traditional ornaments is the perfect way to create a nice holiday collectible for your employees and clients that has a high perceived value without busting your budget.

Do you have additional ideas on creative ways to use our ornaments to make a big impression this holiday season? If so, please share them with us in the comments below! Ready to get something started before the hustle and bustle of the holidays is here? Please connect with us! And remember, however you choose to commemorate the holidays this year, and whichever holiday you are celebrating, remember to have a little fun while doing so. Life is much too short to sweat the small stuff.  Embrace it and enjoy it!

19% of Dropped Cell Phones End Up in a Toilet

True story bro. Of the phones that are dropped and sustain damage in a year, one in five of these has water damage from falling into a toilet.  This is an alarming statistic in light of the fact that we live in an age where people would rather lose their wallet or purse than their mobile device.  What exactly do you do in that situation?!

We here at EMT have a preventative solution to this less than pleasant situation. This solution is called the PromoLoop!  Our PromoLoops come in three versions: The Petite Loop, Ninja Loop, and the Awareness Loop.   The three are different, but similar in design and exist for the sole purpose of saving cell phones from costly, or utterly disgusting, falls and drops.

One PromoLoop user picked up a Petite Loop at PPAI Expo this past year and recently sent us this photo with a caption that read, “In a restaurant bathroom with no purse. My credit card and ID are in my pocket, but I have nowhere to put my phone. PromoLoops to the rescue!”

In addition to being quite handy, the sublimated print method means that your brand message will be displayed in vibrant, full color. And, thanks to the fact that most people keep their phones with them day and night, users and the people they interact with will be exposed to your message nearly 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  There are very few products available in the industry that can boast that kind of exposure rate.

Still not convinced that PromoLoops are the right fit for your next promotion?  Consider the fact that PromoLoops can be used by people of all ages and are a great fit for almost every demographic.  You can also feel free to watch and share these videos. They do an incredible job of telling the PromoLoop story and helping to show your clients that for just about $2.00 or less, depending on quantity, they can purchase a small product that will make a big impression over, and over, and over again.

So…Are you ready to put PromoLoops to work for you?  If so, just email customercare@emteasy.com for pricing, samples, and/or virtuals. We’ll help you keep cell phones out of the toilet and keep your clients’ brands in everyone’s hand!

We Woke Up Early for THIS?!

Categories: Awards, Lapel Pins, Medals
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Published on: July 10, 2017

The trophy looks different for everyone. For some, it is an intangible. The trophy is simply the satisfaction of having achieved a goal or realized a dream. For most, however, a physical object is what they are after. But why? What’s so important about a statue of a generic shape on a pedestal or piece of metal fastened to a colored ribbon?

Like most tangible objects people tend to value in life, it’s not about the object. It’s about what the object represents. In the case of military medals and pins, these relatively small objects with what is usually very plain decoration often represent a lifetime of service, incredible bravery, and inhuman sacrifice. For Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, patches are given only when they are earned and serve as trophies for learning new skills and participating in certain experiences. Then there are runners who receive medals for finishing and/or winning races. People of all ages participate in one mile fun runs, 5ks, half and full marathons, mud runs, color runs, and even wine runs. There are also turkey trots, splash and dashes, Ragnar relays, and so many more. In any of these cases, the medals are a big deal!

Some of these medals are simple, and some are quite elaborate. Some are small, and others are quite large. Some are purely decorative, and some are actually functional, serving as bottle openers or even fidget spinners, and at the end of the day, some are simply more coveted than others. There is no mistaking the fact, however, that people love receiving them. More importantly, people love showing them off! Here’s why:

For runners, a finisher medal says so much more than I showed up on race day, started a race, and crossed a finish line. Whether the race is a short distance or a longer one, the race doesn’t start on race day. Instead, the race beging weeks, months, or, in the case of the larger marathons, years prior. Runners wake up early, spends hours a day training and can spend just as many hours recovering. They spend hundreds of dollars investing in footwear and gear, and often the same or more on race entry fees and travel. The level of preparation that goes into running a race and crossing a finish line is unparalleled. It requires patience, persistence, and discipline. Taking all of this into consideration, it’s now easy to see why runners value these pieces as they do. These medals represent a level of dedication and effort that very few are willing to put forth and when participants see the medal, a deep emotional connection that is made that extends far beyond metal and ribbon. If you are a race organizer, consider this your reminder that the pressure to produce a medal worth waking up early for, is on!

Are you wondering just how to make this happen? If so, let’s schedule a time to talk. When you’re preparing for our call, have answers to the following questions ready:

  • How many people will participate?
  • What is the demographic of the participants?
  • Are participants mostly local, or will distance travel be involved in getting to/from race?
  • Are you working within a set budget?
  • What have you done in years past, and what did people think/say?

These simple questions will help us to help you create the perfect race medal that will have finishers gleaming with pride in their Instagram posts, instead of posing like this, wondering why they got out of bed early this morning!

 

www.EMTEasy.com – We make race medals EASY!

Parks and Recs

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Published on: June 19, 2017

July is Parks and Recreation Month and the NRPA is working to get people to “discover the power of play and adventure.”

In an age where people spend such an exorbitant amount of time connected to technology, we want to help your clients and their brands promote this concept of play and helping people enjoy the great outdoors!

One way that people of all ages enjoy the great outdoors is bicycling.  We have an entire section of products dedicated solely to bicycling. The best thing about these products is that they aren’t just good for distance cyclists. These products can be used every day, by people of every age.  In addition, the ability to imprint in full cover on the entire surface of our helmet and seat covers means that your client can display messages and important reminders about bicycle and/or outdoor safety.  Printing messages in addition to a logo helps recipients relate to your brand and the values it represents.

Take a look at the flyer below and the products that we have available for your clients to brand.  Can we provide you with a sample or a mock-up?  If so, follow the link below the image to put in your request and one of our team members will get that done for you right away.

See something your clients will love? Order a sample today! Click here.

In Memory of Steve Weinstein

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Published on: June 7, 2017

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our founder, Steve Weinstein.  Steve succumbed to his decades-long battle with multiple illnesses on May 29, 2017.  Despite his illnesses, Steve was dedicated to the growth of EMT, its employees and his customers.

Steve’s knowledge and work ethic lives in his management team and employees.  Toward the end, he worked tirelessly to transition his role to his team, led by COO Phil Saks.

“While mourning the passing of our leader, we will honor him by continuing to move forward and grow the business just as Steve would have wanted. Every one of us at EMT is dedicated to continuing Steve’s business legacy and working with you to provide our quality products.”

We appreciate your continued business and support as we move forward.

Sincerely,
Phillip Saks, Chief Operating Officer

The Power of Promo

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Published on: May 30, 2017

Industry professionals are using the hashtag #powerofpromo, and for good reason! These often small products can make a big impact when used correctly.

We recently wrote a post on a patch we did for a self promotion campaign in alignment with our attendance at the PromoMarketing Power Meetings. This set of patches became coveted and meeting attendees were not only eager to perform the actions necessary to receive the patch, but as we are hearing, most of these patches made the trip home and were kept by the recipients. That’s a big deal!

Similarly, Catherine Graham of commonsku issued a challenge from the stage at skucon for the audience to write down three scary things they always wanted to do, but were too scared to do.   The challenge Catherine issued resonated with us so we decided to create something to send out to remind people of this challenge after this amazing conference. Our team developed a postcard mailer that was both visually stunning and also included something tactile, an adhesive patch with the words “Get Comfortable on the Edge” on it.  The patch was a simple, full color product that people could peel off and keep nearby as a reminder to do the things that scare them.  In addition the card included a very strong call to action, asking people to write down their three scary things and then go do them!

Some of these pieces ended up on commonsku and in other social media feeds, and are still showing up even now, almost half a year later.

One of these posts was from our friend and supporter, Charity Gibson, who posted not once, but twice.  The first photo she posted was right after the event and her three things were 1) Ride roller coasters at Six Flags, 2) Move out of State, and 3) Visit China.  In a follow-up post four months later, she posted this:

 

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Another memorable post was made by our friend Anna Henley of Spot Prints. She posted this photo and commentary:

 

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The thing I really love about posts like these are that promotional products have the ability to do so much more than just hold a logo.  A pin, a patch, or though we don’t sell them, even something as simple as branded pens, have the power to help brands share messages and tell their stories. Even more, these products have the power to help brands become a part of their clients’ stories.  When you find a way to do that, you win, and the prize is so much more than just a one-time transaction.   A win like this means you develop relationships, earn trust, and build loyalty.   THAT is the #powerofpromo!

 

Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is

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Published on: May 16, 2017

In a recent industry webinar it was said that as promotional products professionals, we should be our own best case studies. Sometimes in the race to sell promotional products, we forget that they are the most effective means by which to build our brand, retain current clients, and help to bring on new ones.

This got us thinking, so we decided to put our money where our mouth is!

At EMT, we have a myriad of different items available that range from personal protection and golf items to a variety of pins and patches. As a major marketing initiative, we have spent the last few years attending various PromoMarketing Power Meetings. We recently decided to get a little more strategic with the merchandise we leave behind at these meetings, and to do it in a way that really showcases not only the power of promotional products, but who we are as a company.

Who are we?

Along with being known for creating highly effective campaigns for clients that utilize both the items detailed above that we stock and also very often creating custom pieces, EMT employs a balanced culture of professionalism mixed with just the right about of envelope pushing. We are real people who, just like you, want to come to work everyday and enjoy what we do. We are sales and service people, but we are also coffee drinkers and beer drinkers. We are hard working individuals that can’t help but stand a little taller when we are commended for a job well done, and we also appreciate having a little humor infused in our days.

Playing off of these concepts when creating our new PowerMeeting leave behinds, our team came up with these. Introducing EMT Made, limited edition, PromoMarketing Power Meeting Adult Merit Badges.

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We are only a couple of meetings in on our second day in San Juan, Puerto Rico, but already people are smiling when they receive them, laughing at the different sayings, proudly wearing and taking photographs of them, and vying at a chance to earn them. If there was one word that could be used to describe the effectiveness of this campaign, it would be: SUCCESS!

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Which badge in this series is your personal favorite? Do you have any events coming up that could benefit from a similar initiative? Let us brainstorm with you! Connect with us by emailing customercare@emteasy.com and we’ll get to work.

Custom projects that make you look like a total super hero? EMT makes it easy!

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!

The 2004 data from the National Crime Prevention Council estimates that there are 21.1 violent crime incidents per 1,000 people and 4.3 assault incidents per 1,000 people in the United States each year. With the proper preparedness and protection, however, many of these crimes can be prevented!

What does preparedness look like? After being aware of your surroundings, preparedness means having items on hand that are easily accessible in the event of an attack. EMT has a full line of personal protection products to help assist with preparedness. While our products can’t guarantee your safety, having personal protection items ready in the event of an emergency can significantly improve your chances of overcoming an assault.

Let’s take a look at the products we offer so you can see which might be a good fit for your client’s needs:

Item #PS750 – .5 oz Pepper Spray

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    Pepper Spray is Non-lethal self-defense that contains oleoresin capsicum from cayenne pepper. It irritates skin & closes eyes, temporarily disabling assailants. This product has a 6 ft range with provides protection at a safe distance and 2-year shelf life.  Also available is our item #PS751, which is .5 oz Pepper Spray on a key ring, and our #PS1056 which is Pepper Spray concealed in a lip stick container. This item provides both safety and style!

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Item #GA-P-W, #GA-P-B, and #GA-L-B – Guardian Angel Key Ring

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The Guardian Angel Keyring comes in black or white with two different imprint methods available, thus the different item numbers.  This is an intuitive, non-lethal self-protection device that is to be used at close range and concentrates striking force to deter attackers.  It’s contoured to fit most hands, has a convenient key ring attachment, and is made of rigid ABS plastic.

Finally, EMT offers you three different stun gun options.

The first is item #SG-328. This is a form of Non-Lethal Self Defense in a pink lipstick style case.  It includes a charger and delivers a low amperage, high voltage shock to disables assailant.  
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We also offer item #SG-105 and #SG-800. These items deliver a slightly higher output and both include a charger and carrying case.

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Please note that stun guns are not legal/cannot be shipped to Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and the following cities: Annapolis, MD, Baltimore, MD, Baltimore County, MD, District of Columbia and Philadelphia, PA.

At the end of the day, only you and you customer can determine which personal protection items are right for them and their brand.  When you decide to move forward in doing so, keep EMT in mind. We make branding personal protection items easy!

For more information and resources on crime prevention in general, visit www.ncpc.org and for more information on the products featured in this post, or additional branded products available through EMT, visit www.emteasy.com.

 

 

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