Monday, November 16, 2009

20% off End Quantity Pricing on Drinkware and Writing Instruments

Wow, it really is winter around here. Snow falling (and melting) and it's COLD!

This is a great winter deal from one of my preferred suppliers (preferred suppliers are given this status based on quality of products, quality of service, on-time production and overall customer satisfaction). 20% off end quantity pricing! What that means is that even if you aren't ordering the highest quantity you still get 20% off that price! The special applies to drinkware, pens and pencils. Call me today to take advantage of this great deal. Orders must be placed by December 18th, 2009.

Happy Winter!
- Michelle

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Food Gifts for the Holidays

Food gifts remain to be one of the top promotional items for the holidays.

There are hundreds of food gifts available. Here's one of our most popular corporate gifts. It's great for vendor's and customer's offices. Your brand isn't just seen by the recipient, but everyone who passes by!

Here’s something for everyone!
What could be better for sharing at the office or at home? Open this wooden chest (8" x 8" x 3") and savor the incredible goodness packed inside. Five-ounces of fresh-roasted Jumbo Cashews (only the biggest and the best); half-pound boxes of cool, refreshing Chocolate Gourmet Mints and naturally sweet Chocolate Covered Raisins; and seven-ounces of mammoth Chocolate Covered Almonds. The wooden chest with your imprint will generate goodwill long after the tasty contents are enjoyed.

Item No.12-4748-9596-479480+
  • Ship Weight: 4 lbs. each — 6 units/case
  • Wooden Chest Dimensions: 8" x 8" x 3"
  • Imprint Area: 4" x 2" Artwork Requirements
  • Price includes firebranded imprint on lid.
  • Gift cards available Options and Prices
  • Individual mailing cartons included at no charge
  • FOB Wisconsin factory (3C)
  • Individual shipment directly to recipients is available Options and Prices
  • Maximum Size for Customer Supplied Enclosure Cards: 7" x 7"
Production Time: 5 working days from artwork approval.

Calendars - Cost Effective Promotional Advertising

How Often Do People Look at Calendars?

A promotional calendar remains one of the most cost effective forms of advertising. On average, a person looks at a calendar 12 times a day, 84 times a week.

After 365 days, your brand is seen 4,380 times!

What calendar is best for your business?

Desk calendar, wall calendar, magnetic calendar? Calendars make a great, cost effective holiday gift that is used and appreciated. For as little as $1-$2, your brand can make a lasting impression for over a year!

Also, any calendars in the Newton Idea Catalog are an additional 10% off through the month of November, 2009.

Call me today to take advantage of this great promotional product and special!

- Michelle 801.592.1101

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Best deal on Lip Balm - Ever

Seriously. I have never seen pricing for lip balm this low. The supplier that I typically recommend based on quality and customer service - their lowest price is $1.18 each for 250 quantity.

Humphrey line (also a very reputable company) is offering lip balm for below end quantity pricing. For 250 quantity, you can get one color imprinted lip balm for $.80 each! Wow. Never seen it like that.

This is a great promotional item. I use lip balm for my own giveaways, and love it. One of my other customers never runs out of imprinted lip balm because they have customers who come in asking for it!

Call me for details on how you can take advantage of this great offer. I can email you the flyer if you'd like to see the rest of the details, on part of the flyer is shown above. (Standard shipping, tax and screen charges apply.)

And don't forget about getting your holiday cards before the month runs out to save an additional 10% (see post below).


Michelle (801.592.1101)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Holiday Cards Extra 10% off through October

I can't believe that October is here. The season is changing here in Utah. We're wearing long sleeves and turning our heater on at night!

Now is the time of year when I'm working with clients all over the U.S. to find the PERFECT holiday gift or card to thank employees and clients for a wonderful year.

According to Hallmark, customers are 66% more likely to buy from a company or vendor that sent them a holiday card. Can you afford to loose on this business? What's great about the holiday cards you get from Doodads is that you can customize the message and/or add a company logo.

Times are tough. They are tough for homes and companies alike. I'm finding a trend that businesses are turning to Holiday Cards to let customers know that they are thinking of them during the season. They are sometimes cheaper than a tangible gift, but still sends the message "I care about the business relationship we've grown over the year".

The important thing is that you do something. You don't have to spend a lot of money to say thank you at this time of year.

Oh, and one more thing. ALL holiday card purchases made before October 30th will receive and additional 10% off Doodads already lower prices. (Call me to see the card options available!)

Let me know how I can help you find a way to celebrate and thank your clients, customers and employees for the holidays, give me a call!

Happy Holidays,


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Special on Imprinted T-Shirts

One of my top suppliers is offering even greater discounts through the end of the year on imprinted T-Shirts. I know you can't see all the pricing and details in the attached, but call or email me and I'll send you the pdf. For 24 quantity, cost is $5.40 each (white) or $7.30 each (colors) and the per unit cost goes down for quantities of 48, 72 and so on. Price includes a one color one location imprint (more can be added). It's a great deal and a great idea for family reunions, trade show giveaways holiday gifts for clients and employees or rolling out a new product. Give me a call to take advantage of this and other great ideas!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

10 Year Anniversary Special - Polycarbonate Waterbottles 57% OFF!

We want to celebrate 10 years in business by providing you so unbelieveable specials. Check this out:

Polly 32 oz.

This sturdy, polycarobnate, 32 ounce bottle is perfect for travel, sports and camping! That's why this great product at an incredibly low price is great for holiday gifts for clients and employees, promote a new release of a product, or to say "thank you" for a job well done! The attached screw-off lid with loop makes it easy to clip to bags. Plus the Polly will not transfer the taste or smell of plastic to your beverage.
Set Up Charge $50.00
Production Time: 5 busines days (from art approval)
Imprint Area: Screen Print on one side: 3" w by 1 1/4" h
Colors available for this promotion: Blue, Green, Orange and Red
Minimum Quantity: 72
Cost $1.99 each (Regular Price $4.79 each - that's 57% off for Doodads Customers)
Price good while supplies last. Limited quantities set aside for this promotion.
Give me a call to place your order today: 801.592.1101

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Canvas Bags + More at Incredible Prices

We're celebrating 10 years in business and we've got specials lined up for the next month. Need a canvas bag for an event or employee party, look no further! For $1.64 each (you save 42%) and you only need a minimum quantity of 100! AND TO MAKE IT BETTER set up for one color art is FREE!

For questions on these or other products on sale, give me a ring!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

This is SO cool - Imprinted Fla-Vor-Ice

Okay, so this is the coolest new promotional product that I have seen cross my desk in a long time.  The idea of this just makes me giddy.  Summer party for clients and employees?  Exhibiting at a fair?  Passers by will love you for something cool and refreshing on a hot day.

Call me if you have questions or to place your order!  

Happy Summer!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Third Quarter Promotions

The new third quarter promotions brochure is available! This mini catalog comes out four times per year to introduce you to some new products, some seasonal items and some old favorites at discounted prices. You can see what products are available by clicking on the image above or going here.

As always, I'm here to help you find the right product for your business. If you know you want something, but don't know what, give me a call and I'll put together a custom quote for you. With 850,000 products we're sure to find something unique for your business.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Sanford's U Pick Promotion

I realize this picture is hard to see, but if you are interested in this promotion, email me and I'll send you the details.

Buy one of the first four products listed (including the ever popular permanent Sharpie marker), then choose the FREE product you would like to recieve in addition to your order!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Doodads Quarterly Promotions

Looking for new products or a sweet deal?  Look no further than our quarterly promotions!

These 25+ items are either new to the industry or some of our current favorites on an additional discount from the supplier.

Take a look.  Let me know if you have any questions.  If you'd like a copy of our current 2009 idea catalog, go here.  If you want a custom proposal, I'm happy to put together some items for your next event or campaign.  Just give me a call!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Take an additional 10% off Until the 10th

For my next special celebrating my 10 years in business, I wanted to give you an ADDITIONAL discount off already discounted or low prices.  The following 7 items are already on sale AND you can take an additional 10% 0ff.  THESE DEALS ARE ONLY GOOD FOR 3 DAYS (specials good until April 10th, 2009).

You can get more details by clicking on the title of the item highlighted. 

If you are interested in taking advantage of these great specials (or if you'd like a custom promotional products proposal), give me a call at 801.592.1101 or email me at michelle (@) doodadspromotional dot com

Minimum Quantity: 500 Regular Price: $.99 each Buy 500 get 500 FREE (Making your pen only $.485 each) AND you get an additional 10% off!

Minimum Quantity: 100  Regular Price: $3.91 SPECIAL PRICE $3.03 - 10% off

Squeeze Bottle 22oz.

Minimum Quantity: 200 Regular Price: $2.13 each SPECIAL PRICE $1.75 each - 10% off

Hercules Pen
Minumum Quantity: 300 Regular Price $.85 each - 10% off

Minimum Quantity: 300 Regular Price $1.29 SPECIAL PRICE $.96 each - 10% off

Colored Dispensers with Standard Bandages
Minimum Quantity: 500 Regular Price $.80 each SPECIAL PRICE $.56 each - 10% off

Minimum Quantity: 250 Regular Price: $1.20 each - 10% off

Additional charges may apply.  Let me know what deal you want to take advantage of and I'll let you know what the screen charges are, if any.  Shipping and tax not included.

Let me know if you have any questions!  Happy 10 year anniversary DOODADS!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

41 Random Promotional Items Under $1.00

I am frequently asked about promotional product ideas under $1.00. I have compiled a list our most popular products for less than a buck.

key chain

bike bottles
stadium cups
can coolers
piggy banks
wooden nickels

business card magnets
magnetic calendars

wall calendars
letter openers
nail files

gum ($.21 each and less depending on quantity)
ice scraper
bag clips

plastic bags
plastic business card cases
adhesive notepads

microwave popcorn bags
crazy putty eggs
rubber duckies
golf tees
bag tags

shaped fly swatters

Remember that that REALLY is just the beginning. Remember that we imprint on over 850,000 products. We have items by industry like gardening, automotive, banking, manufacturing, education and more!

If you'd like a custom proposal for your business or upcoming event, give me a call! 801.592.1101!

Hercules - THINK BIG

Meet the Hercules. One of the largest pens we have. It really stands out against it's standard pen competitors and if you want a pen to promote your business thats unique, this is the pen for you.
Hercules was the Roman name for the greatest hero of Greek mythology, have the Hercules pen be the greatest hero of your next promotion!
300 $0.85 each
500 $0.82 each
1000 $0.77 each
2500 $0.71 each
5000 $0.65 each

Mechanism: Retractable
Ink Color/Point Style: Black ink with medium point

Price Includes: 1-color imprint, 1-location

Product Size: Approx. 7-1/4"

Item Colors: Blue, Green, Purple, Red

Production Time: 4 Business Days

Standard Imprint Method(s):

Screen Print: Back Side of Barrel, 2-1/8"w x 1"h, 1 color(s) max

Monday, March 16, 2009

Celebrity Apprentice Featured "MY" Bag!

If you watch Celebrity Apprentice and saw last Sunday night’s (March 8th) episode, you may or may not have recognized a promotional product they used. The task for the night was to design a comic book character for How exciting was it to see that each of the celebrity team members received an Atchison by Bic NAP3200 A Step Ahead Messenger Bag to use for their task! Each messenger bag was imprinted with the logo.

This is the SAME bag as my most recent promotional product for Doodads! (I gave them away at the Utah Valley Busniess & Technology Expo last week and I had one lady tell me that I shouldn't waste one on her. I asked her how much she thought it was, and she said $20! They are SO much cheaper than that. I've included the pricing below, with a promotion!)

This Messenger Bag is also in the 2009 Idea Catalog and is featured on page 33. Now is the perfect time to capitalize on a product used by celebrities and seen on TV by millions of viewers!
600D poly canvas messenger style brief with front flap. Features Velcro® closure on flap and main compartment, organizer pockets under flap (Pen and Business Card Holder), grommet on front flap for headphones, mesh water bottle pocket, adjustable shoulder strap and single carrying handle on top.
Quantity **Doodads Price Regular Price
50 $7.49 each $7.91 each
150 $6.69 each $6.99 each
500 $5.99 each $6.07 each

• SCREEN CHARGE: $50.00 per color/location. Exact repeat orders, no charge.
• SIZE: 13 ½" x 12 ¼" x 3 ¼".
• COLORS: Royal, Red, Charcoal, Burnt Orange, Apple Green.
• COPY: 1 color in area 5" x 3".
• ADD’L COLORS: .60 ea. running charge per color. 5 colors max.
• ABS MINIMUM: 25, $45.00 add’l charge.
• WEIGHT: 19 lbs/25. PACKING: Bulk.• FOB: Bic®/Atchison; KS 66002.

** Because of Doodad's volume purchasing, I am able to secure discounts for MANY of our products. This is one example. The Bic price is listed to the right, and my every day low price is in the second column. Just another reason to choose Doodads as your promotional product supplier!
ALSO, because I'm thrilled to see this promotional product on the big screen, and as my FIRST promotion to celebrate my 10th year in business, I'm going to give an ADDITIONAL 10% off this Messenger bag. It's a great, low cost, low quantity product that would be great for employees, client thank-you gifts and more!
Call me today to take advantage of this special offer. To get the addtional discount, all orders must be submitted, with artwork on or before April 8th, 2009.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Presenting at BNI - Tuesday, March 17

Have you ever heard of BNI?  I am member of the Pipeline Chapter that meets in Springville, Utah on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 AM at the Flying J Restaurant.

I'm speaking at our BNI chapter meeting on Tuesday, March 17th. I'm talking about how to use promotional products to enhance your marketing campaign - even during tough economic times.

But that part is not important (You're invited of course...).  This is an invitation to come and see me speak, but also to come see what BNI is all about and how it can help your business grow.

- Pest Control
- General Contractor
- Florist
- Advertising Agency
- Attorney
- Car Repair Shop
- Sign Company
- and more!

Meet our current chapter members!
- 1-800 Flooded (Restoration Company)
- Steve Baker (Accident & Injury Chiropractic)
- TRH Property Group (Real Estate)
- VIP Media (Media Production)
- Rocky Mountain Mortgage
- Isagenix (Nutritionists)
- Timberline Air (Air Conditioning and Furnace)
- Mission Ignition (Life and Business Coach)
- LMB Studio (Graphic Design)
- Wealth Management (Financial Planning)
- Guardian (Life Insurance)
- American Family Insurance (Property and Casualty)
- Wholesale Electronics
- AFLAC (Supplemental Insurance)
- Five Start Painting 
- Professional Accounting Solutions
- Checknet (Collections)
- Out-N-About Floor Coverings
- Image Cleaning Systems (Carpet/Tile/Upholstry Cleaner)
- HBW Insurance (Health Insurance)
- Cascade Collision
- Stuart Palmer Studios (Hair Salon)
- Doodads Promotional Products (That's Me!)

We are a great group!  We have a lot of fun and we are invested in helping others grow their business!  Do you want to join us?

Friday, March 6, 2009

Ladies Handbags

I know you can't see all the details on this picture, but I wanted to share with you the idea of handbags and totes for women's events.  They are useful, long-lasting and appreciated.  They also share a GREAT message of quality to the intended recipient.  

If you have an upcoming event or campaign, and you think these bags would be a good fit, give me a call.  I'll send you this electronic flyer so you can read it!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Event Marketing Still Going Strong

Many companies have made it no secret that they are cutting their advertising and marketing budgets. However, one area that appears to be somewhat insulated is event marketing. A recent study says events and meetings are playing an increasingly crucial role in the marketing mix despite the current economic conditions. This is good news for ad specialty distributors who are tapped to provide products for these events.

Fifty-three percent of the 1,000 senior level marketers surveyed said event marketing "is the discipline that best accelerates and deepens relationships with target audiences." Slightly more than a quarter (26 percent), said it drives the greatest return-on-investment—up 4% from 2007. The EventView 2009: North America report was conducted by an independent third party research firm on behalf of the Meeting Professionals International Foundation, the Event Marketing Institute and George P. Johnson.

"The underlying theme of the 2009 EventView data is that smart marketers will answer the call of their bosses to drive business as soon as possible," says David Rich, senior vice president for strategic marketing/worldwide at the event marketing company George P. Johnson. "This is best accomplished by accelerating the shift away from passive and interruptive marketing tactics and moving as quickly as possible to the more targeted, direct and engaging strategy of brand experiences that in and of themselves deliver value to the prospect or customer."

About a third of survey respondents (32%) also said events are a vital part of their marketing plans.

What are your event marketing plans this year?

Kaleida Drawcord Backpack

Want a break from the usual event bag? This fun and fashionable alternative is inexpensive AND hip!

Turn simple drawcord styling into a fashionable accessory. 210D Polyester featuring a series of multi-color and mono-color patterns with reinforced corners and double drawcord closure.
100 $2.95 each
250 $2.65 each
500 $2.25 each

Setup Charge: FREE. Colors: Black/White/Red circles, Red/White/Orange circles, Navy/White/Lime circles. General Information: Vitronic Catalog.
Create Virtual Sample!
Additional Charges May Apply.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Celebrating 10 Years in Business

An old version of my Doodads Logo

This year, I'm celebrating 10 years in business.

I started Doodads Promotional Products when I was 19 years old. I was working at an advertising agency in St. George, Utah, and going to school full-time at Dixie College. I had a customer looking for imprinted brochure holders, business card holders, t-shirts and mugs. 10 years ago we didn't have the resources on the internet that we do now, but even still, I was searching online for a promotional products supplier that could get me all the products under one roof. I found a man by the name of Bob Spooner in the Mid-west who was willing to help. After rounds of quotes and samples, he did what I least expected: he encouraged me to start a company of my own and connected me with the distributor so that I could manage the orders and make the profit myself. He became a mentor and a dear friend. The agency, TenneyClemons Advertising, became my first customer, and they are still a customer today.

Times have changed. There are hundreds of promotional products suppliers on the internet now, and it would be easy for me to find one. Now I have to work harder to separate my business from my competitors (and I'm sure you are looking for ways to do the same for your business). I've made a lot of mistakes over the years - I'm not perfect, but my dedicated efforts to grow my business have been spent in client retention, not finding new clients. And it has paid off:

- On average, 97% of my business has come from repeat customers or referrals every year for the last 5 years. That last three percent is new customers that I had to pay for, meaning that I bought advertising or paid to be a member of the chamber of commerce. I've slowly learned I need to pay less money on getting new customers and more on keeping my current customers happy.

- Doodads Promotional Products has run profitably every year since it began back in 1999. I used my own money to start the business, made that money back in the first 6 months and have used that money to grow the business over the years. It was a very slow growth process, but it was worth the wait.

- Everyone is talking about tough times, but I'm grateful for a solid business structure and practices that will keep me afloat. In all honesty, it's been the slowest three months I have ever had. I won't lie, it's been painful. But I'll make it.

I wanted to do a post in celebration of 10 great years. Not to boast, but to give you an insight into Doodads Promotional Products and how we do business. We'll be celebrating on this blog over the coming months. Giveaways, events and more - stay tuned.

In the interim, if you want to know more about what we do, give me a call.

Health and Wellness Items on Tradeshow Special

Every quarter, Norwood, one of my preferred suppliers offers discounts on over 200 products in a number of categories: Health and Wellness; Bags and Meetings: Golf, Sports and Fun; Auto Tools and Flashlights; Drinkware; and Writing Instruments.

I wanted to highlight some of the Health and Wellness items for this post. Targeting your customer base, or choosing a product to match a promotion or marketing plan is essential to helping customers remember your company. Health and Wellness items are great for many industries because the customer or potential customer will find these items to be useful and sometimes everyday items. The great part, is that for the same low price as a pen, you can pass out something unique, useful and appreciated. What a great way to stand out at your next trade show or event!

Original Colored Dispenser with Colored Bandages (Shown above)

Regular Price: $.80 each for 500 Quantity Sale Price: $.56 each for 500 quantity

Brightly colored bandages in a colored dispenser are a great way to spice up your safety promotion. Your dispenser comes with 5 assorted colors.

Great for safety and healthcare promotions

Price Includes: 1-color imprint, 1-location

Product Includes: 5 colored bandages in a refillable dispenser; a color assortment will be provided as standard; other combinations available upon request at no additional charge

Product Size: 4-1/8"w x 1-1/2"h x 1/2"d

Item Colors: Translucent Blue, Translucent Green, Translucent Orange, Translucent Purple, Translucent Red

Production Time: 5 Business Days (Does not include shipping, order creation, etc.

Standard Imprint Method(s):
Screen Print: Front, 2"w x 1"h, 4 color(s) max
Imprint color(s): black, gold, silver, white
Product is or contains a registered medical device

SPF-23 Lip Balm - With OPTIONAL 4 color process

Regular Price: $1.29 each for 250 quantity Sale Price: $.96 each for 250 quantity

One of our most popular products, this moisturizing lip balm offers extra protection from the sun. The 4-color process decoration option is sure to get your message noticed!

PABA-free lip balm contains both UVA and UVB protectors; contains aloe vera to soothe lips
Available flavors: cherry, spearmint, vanilla

Price Includes: 1-4 color process imprint

Product Size: 9/16"w x 2-5/8"h x 9/16"d

Item Color and Flavors: White (Cherry), White (Spearmint), White (Vanilla)

Production Time: 3 Business Days

Standard Imprint Method(s):
Screen Print: Front, 1-1/2"w x 1/2"h, 1 color(s) max
1 color printed directly on tube. 2-4 color process printed on white label. For 2-4 color process imprints, specify product information color; if not specified, we will use our best judgment

Assorted flavors available with a copy change charge of $30(g) for each flavor due to ingredient listing requirements; minimum quantity per flavor is 250 pieces
Exact PMS match cannot be guaranteed Product not available for shipment to Canada

Additional Health and Wellness items on sale at Norwood:

Stress Relievers, Sunblock Lotion, Pocket First Aid Kits, Pill Box, Instant Hand Cleaner, and more! If you'd like more information on these or other discounted items on sale, leave a comment or call me 801.592.1101.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

$.60 cents or less! - Specials on Pens from BIC

Hi there! Just wanted to share with you some great Trade Show Specials on pens. I have over 100 pens on sale as part of the Trade Show Sale, but I wanted to highlight BIC's new SOLIS line. I've always loved BICs quality, and the Solis line is fun and hip with unique pen design - they are sure to stand out!
Not only are they under a $.60 each, but they are keeping the catalog minimum of 300! Typically when pen companies offer discounts, they increase the minimum order so that their per order price stays about the same. Not BIC, and that's just one reason why I love them.
So why not stock up on pens, today? Give me a call. If you'd like to see more of the pens on sale during our Trade Show promotion give me a call. We also have Golf Items, bags, desk accessories and more. Over 500 products on special to get you ready for upcoming events! 801.592.1101
Some fine print. There is a screen charge of $25.00. Shipping/Handling and tax are not included but tax is based on your local tax rate and shipping is determined based on weight. And I have a coupon that I can give to one lucky customer for a FREE screen charge with the purchase of 750 pens or more!
This special is only good through March, 2009.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Lower Minimum Quantities

A question I get asked every day: What's the minimum quantity?

The minimum quantity depends on the product and typically the cheaper the product the higher the minimum quantity.  For example, pens that are under a dollar tend to have a minimum quantity in the 200-500 range (depending on the pen).  But if you're buying duffle bags around $20 each, then you can sometimes get only 24.

Though that's not a hard, fast rule it's good to know when considering your purchase. This information can be found in the Idea Book and Catalog or in any quote I send your way.  

Also know that when companies are clearing out a specific product they will often bring down the minimum for one reason or another.

Leed's is one such company.  Some of the products found here have quantities as low as 12.  Which is SUPER nice.  (In addition to the low minimum quantities, they also have products anywhere from 3-50% off!) Looking for a small quantity?  Check out Leed's.  I just used them to get a new promotional product for my own business (the cool steno book found above).

If you find something you're interested in, give me a call!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Tradeshow Specials

It's tradeshow season!

Promotional products are a great way to make your product or service remembered long after the show is over.  Give your customers and prospective customers something to remember you by.

I know that times are tough and budgets are tight.  Lucky for you we have hundreds of products on sale 10-50% off during the month of February.

Here are just a few items on sale:
- Bags
- Pens
- Calendars
- Stress Relievers
- Bandage Dispensers
- Notepads
- Business Card Magnets (and other shapes as well)
- Executive Business Toys and Games
- Mugs 
- Waterbottles
- Balloons
- Mints

In addition to discounts, we are working with some suppliers to provide you with BOGOs (buy one get one free).  BIC has jumped on board and has four pens with this promotion.

I'd love to help you find the right product to fit your company or current marketing campaign!

Request an idea catalog here, or set up a time to meet with me on the phone or in person.   Anyone who schedules a time to meet with me will receive my Tradeshow Survival Kit (which includes some of our most popular products).  Call it whatever you want - I'm trying to make our meeting worth your while.  Schedule today by giving me a call at 592.1101 (area code 801) or email me at michelle at doodadspromotional dot com.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

ASI Study Shows Value of Ad Specialties Vs. Traditional Media

ASI recently released a study that they commissioned over the summer which shows, among other things, that promotional products are more cost effective than traditional forms of advertising (TV, radio, and print).

The study concluded that ad specialty products’ cost per impression is $0.004. That is 4 tenths of a penny for each time the item is used and the “advertisement” is seen.

Comparing this to Nielsen Media data shows that the cost per impression is below that of
- TV ($0.006-$0.019)
- Radio ($0.005)
- Newspaper ($0.0129)
- National magazine ads ($0.033)

Another interesting find is that among wearables, bags were reported to be used most often by the end user at an average of 9 times per month. They also deliver the most impression with an average of 1,038 per month. That means your logo and/or message is seen over 1,000 times a month by the end user or others.

Other interesting results include:·
- 84% of people remember the advertiser on the product they receive·
- 42% have a more favorable impression of the advertiser after receiving a product·
- 62% have done business with the advertiser after receiving the product·
- 24% are more likely to do business with the advertiser on the items they receive·
- 81% of promotional products were kept because they were considered useful

I'm not saying that you shouldn't have a balanced marketing effort, but here are a few statistics to consider as you evaluate where and how promotional products should be part of your marketing and event planning. I've seen a lot of customers cut out promotional products recently in an effort to cut back. We're all making cut backs, one way or another, in our businesses. Perhaps finding cheaper spiffs is the answer, instead of eliminating them all together from your marketing mix.

Please let me know how I can help you with your marketing needs for 2009. It's going to be a great year. Different than we had hoped maybe, but we'll make it!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Rubik's Cube - Top "Geek" product 10% off through 1/30/09

My favorite "Geek" product. Great for computer companies, websites, and companies that just want to be freaking cool. Looking for a way to put it to use? How about getting your employees excited about a product launch, and then also using them for hand outs at trade shows. How about a cool mailing to top partners/resellers? Just a few ideas to get you thinking. How would it work best for your organization?

The original Rubik’s® Cube, a stimulation puzzle that has captivated people worldwide since it was first introduced in 1980. The Rubik’s® Cube is known to have “43 quintillion” possible moves, yet only one solution.
Qty. Price
75 $6.59
200 $6.34
400 $6.09

• SETUP CHARGE: $55.00 (G) per color. Exact repeat $25.00 (G).
• SIZE: 2 ¼" cube.
• COLORS: Multi color.
• COPY: 1 color on 5/8" sq. on each of nine tiles or 2" sq. on the white panel. Imprinting available on any other color panel. Yellow panel contains the Rubik’s® logo.
• ADD’L COLORS: .55 (G) ea. running charge per color. Max. colors depends on artwork.
• ABS MINIMUM: 38, $55.00 (G) add’l charge.
• WEIGHT: 32 lbs/100. PACKING: Gift Box.
• FOB: Prime Line; CT 06610. (3C)
Additional Charges May Apply

Now, for one week only, you can get these Rubik's Cubes for 10% off. Order on or before 1/30/2009. Call me for details 801.592.1101.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Startup Princess Luncheon - Friday Jan. 23rd

As a member of Startup Princess, I'm happy to advertise the following event. I will be there and I look forward to meeting and networking with women entrepreneurs on Friday. I hope to see you there!

Join us on Friday, January 23rd for a Startup Princess Lunch. Come network with other women entrepreneurs and hear three great mini presentations from our speakers:

Tara MacCausland, owner of Joy Quest Consulting, is a life coach with enthusiasm and spunk and she'll be there to help us get control of our lives for 2009. Feeling hurried, harried, and completely out of balance? Learn how to make T.I.M.E. work for you, not against you. With T.I.M.E., you can achieve the life balance you desire, helping you to be all you can be in your personal and professional life.

Vicki Winterton, owner of Organizing Mind Over Matter, is a professional organizer and is the woman to know. Do you have places and paper in your house that need to be tackled so that you can improve your productivity? Vicki will be here to speak on how to get a handle on your paper and personal and professional space so that you can improve productivity and efficiency in your day.

Tina Beck, owner of Professional Accounting Solutions, is a money savvy maven and just what we need in today's shaky financial times. To address these timely concerns, Tina will be speaking on 'Building a Strong Business Foundation in Today's Economy'. With the Financial D-Day Lurking on every doorstep, it's important to learn how to protect yourself.


Date: Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Time: Noon to 2 PM

Where: Provo City Library at Academy Square, 550 North University Avenue, Provo Utah - 3rd Floor

Cost: $25 (please pay via Paypal to kelly at startupprincess dot com)

If you would like to pay via check, please call Michelle at 801.592.1101.
RSVPs and Paypal payments are due by Wednesday, January 21st.
A tasty lunch from Kneaders will be provided. Dessert will be provided by Cupcake Chic

Startup Princess is an organization for women entrepreneurs everywhere to network, learn, share, and mentor one another. We offer helpful resources and materials in one central location that will aid women entrepreneurs in starting or continuing their venture. We sponsor conferences and events to provide opportunities for interaction and networking, plus business discussion. When possible we aim to support mom entrepreneurs and are sensitive to nursing and new moms, infants are always welcome.If you would like to receive information about future events, please register with your email address at!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tweet Up During Sundance Film Festival - Don't Miss It!

Social Hat and Startup Princess are teaming up for a great charity event in Park City.
Date: THURSDAY, January 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Place: 3rd floor of the Legacy Lodge, Park City, UT*
Theme: Charity Tweetup (see below)
For more details go here.
In addition to the opportunity to chat with friends and collegues you twitter with, there will be a 20-minute panel presentation on ‘Creating Value For Your Social Audience‘.
Panelists include:
$5 cost for admission goes straight to charity (you will be able to vote during the night as to which Utah organization is most deserving).
We hope you can come! (and retweet it!)

Monday, January 12, 2009

Product Spotlight - Eco Friendly Messenger Bag

This product is one of my favorite new products for 2009.  It's hip, imprintable, and Eco-Friendly.

Made with organic cotton and a coconut button enclosure, this bag has a large zippered pocket and comes in your choice of colors.

Quantity   Price
50              $9.99 each
250   $9.49 each
500           $8.99 each

Screen charge $50.00 per color, per location.  $.50 each per additional color.  3 colors max.  Additional charges may apply.

Interested in this or other new products for 2009?  Give me a call at 801.592.1101 or request a copy of our 2009 idea book here.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

431 Promotional Products with a 24 Hour Turnaround

Yesterday I had the opportunity to look for some items that can be produced in a REALLY quick turn around.  I found Norwood, one of my preferred suppliers, who has a list of 431 items that can be produced with a one color imprint in 24 hours WITHOUT ADDITIONAL RUSH CHARGES.

Now, it's important to note that shipping time and cost is not included, as the 24 hour turnaround applies to production only.  However, when a lot of items are typically 1-3 week turnaround, this is a GREAT timeline for quick needs and perhaps last minute event needs.

They have a wide variety of items so check them out here.  Golf balls, piggy banks, pens, key chains, mugs, stress relievers, etc.  

As always, let me know if you have any questions.  I look forward to helping you with your promotional products needs.  If you would like a copy of the 2009 Idea Catalog, go here.