Living Coral: Pantone Color of the Year 2019

Pantone Color of the Year Mug 2019

For 2019 Pantone has announced Living Coral PMS 16-1546 as the color of the year. A vibrant yet relaxing color. Living Coral is a pleasing tone that may remind you of your last tropical vacation or another playful memory. 

Pantone is a company that provides an industry standard for color. The Pantone system creates color values for every color imaginable. We often refer to these colors within the promotional products industry. You may have seen us refer to it as PMS colors on our website. PMS stands for Pantone Matching System. Many logos are designed with specific PMS colors. When specified, we use the PMS numerical value to match a specific color when printing products with your custom logo. Information on PMS matching on your next imprint can be found on our artwork requirements page. 

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Stuffed Animals are for Adults Too

Did you have a favorite stuffed animal as a child? Some of us hold on to such things for sentimental value. You might keep your stuffed animals in a spare bedroom or even on your bed. Families pass them down through generations.

Stuffed toys are fuzzy and cute but they are also comforting. They can be a child’s best friend or bring cheer to someone who isn’t well. A stuffed toy can remind you of a story, another time in your life or remind you that someone cares.

The Chicago Tribune reported that items such as stuffed toys are called transitional objects and as we get older we tend to continue to cling on to these items for comfort the same way kids do. And it’s OK! Because these objects help us transition from one state to another. Continue reading

International Kissing Day – Reduce stress and pucker up your lips!

Lips Stress Ball International Kissing Day

Kissing! A kiss is when one person’s lips meets another person’s lips, body or object. Kissing on the cheek or other places like the forehead can be between friends or family members as a greeting or a sign of endearment. In every culture kissing can have a different meaning. It can be respectful, loving or romantic depending on the context of the situation and the relationship between the people. Kissing can signify the health of your relationship or provide confirmation for emotional feelings. Kissing happens between all ages several times a day or week. A kiss can be sweet or sensual. Continue reading

Key Strategies to Promotional Networking Success

networking success

A major part of owning a business or owning your role in a company is knowing how to communicate well and get to know people in and around your business. Collecting new contacts is essential to the growth of your business. This brings us to networking, a key element to the success of your company. Beyond collecting business cards, networking is the pathway to building new customer relationships. You will make the greatest connection when you have something to offer and they have something to give. Continue reading

The Pantone Color of the Year for 2016


Serenity and Rose Quartz

The Pantone color of the year for 2016 is a blend of two refreshing and subtle colors; a huge contrast to last year’s Marsala. This is the first time they used two colors instead of one.

“With the whole greater than its individual parts, joined together Serenity and Rose Quartz demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. Continue reading

5 Tips for Writing Catchy Taglines and Slogans


Catchy taglines and slogans are so important to your brand. A tagline has a lot of weight to carry meaning it has to say such much in so little words. Your slogan or tagline has to say what you do, what makes you different and why you are great at it.

The Importance of Catchy Taglines and Slogans

Taglines are important because they are everywhere your logo is including printed promotional products. The right slogan can make anything go from appearing to be mediocre to extraordinary. Second to your logo your tagline is the next most noticeable component of your brand. A great slogan is important because it captures what you want your brand to look like, feel like and be about. The biggest challenge of a memorable slogan is that it has to be short, sweet and simple yet say it all. Successfully catchy taglines are so memorable that I bet if you thought about it you would be surprised at how many you know. Here are some examples from big brands: Continue reading

An Emerging Target Market: The Pet Industry!



My Dog Roxie when she was a puppy.

Pets! So many of us have them and so many of us love them. That’s why the Pet Industry is an emerging target market. An estimated $60 billion will be spent on pets alone in the US this year according to the American Pet Products Association. The most popular household pets are cats and dogs, of course, but freshwater fish are in third place.

Ideas on How To Market to Pet Owners

Another way to get social! Are you looking for a new way to connect to your clients and increase your ratings on social media? Encourage pet owners to share photos of their adorable animals to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. This is a fun way to engage in a new conversation.

Pet Promotions and Giveaways. Pet owners love their pets like they are part of the family. So, why not give them something they will appreciate. There are several custom pet promotions that you can use, imprinted with your logo, to market your business. Pet themed items can be specifically for the pet such as custom water bowls or they can be used by both pet and non pet owners such as paw shaped letter slitters. Frisbees and stuffed animals are fun giveaways for everyone including pets and non pet owners! Continue reading

Staying Productive During the Dog Days of Summer

The dog days of summer are here. It can be hard to stay productive during this season while co-workers and employees go on vacation, summer hours go into effect or maybe even your business slows down a bit. In this post we will look at ways to stay productive during the dog days of summer.

What are the dog days of summer, anyway?

What thoughts come to mind when you hear the phrase “the dog days of summer”? Warm weather, sunny beaches, pool side barbecues or family road trips? Or maybe you think of it in more of a literal sense like dogs lying around in the heat or playing around like this fun video from America’s Funniest Home Videos (AVF).

Sidney Hall [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Sidney Hall [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

While the term may mean many of those things to us today, I think you would be surprised to learn about its origin. It comes from the Greek belief about the star Sirius also known as the dog star in the Canis Major and Lepus constellation. Take a look at the image above. The Greeks believed that Canis Major was like a dog chasing a hare named Lepus. The dog star Sirius is at the tip of the dog’s nose. The dog days of summer occur when Sirius lines up with the Sun. These days are believed to be the hottest days of the year. However, we know now that this couldn’t be true. While the months of July and August are usually the hottest the hottest days can vary from year to year depending on where you live. We also know that a star could never warm up the Earth as much as our Sun already does. However the term “dog days of summer” has stuck and taken on a whole new meaning. Continue reading

Ways to Attract an Unfamiliar Audience


Have you ever had to speak in front of a large audience? So many people get nervous when it comes to public speaking. They might feel uncomfortable about their appearance, how they sound or it’s just an unfamiliar situation. Sometimes, this is similar to how if feels when you have to present your business to an unfamiliar crowd. So, here are a few tips on ways to attract an unfamiliar audience. Continue reading