Merry Christmas!

In the Congo, Christmas Day begins with carolers going through the village singing praise to God. The most important part of their worship service is the love offering given in honor of the Christ child. In Alaska children wander from house to house carrying a star on a long pole and singing carols. Christmas comes to Australia in summer, so many families enjoy Christmas dinner on the beach. "Silent Night" was first sung in Obendorf, Austria. Today they tell the story of how Christmas was almost spoiled there because the church organ was broken. The priest showed the organist Fritz Bauer the Christmas hymn he had written. Bauer quickly set the words to music played on a guitar, and "Silent Night" was played and revered. Farmers in Holland blow Longhorns each evening during the season to announce the coming of Christmas. In Spain after the midnight Mass, people dance the Jota, a special dance with song lyrics people have been singing for a hundred years, accompanied by guitars and castanets. In Switzerland, a tinkling bell announces the arrival of Christkindl. Christian children in China have what they call "The Tree of Light," adorned with paper flowers, chains and lanterns.

All over the world there are Christians celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior. Let us pray that Jesus' message can bring peace to this troubled planet, so that nations may live together in love and harmony according to God's plan for his children.

Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of good will. Luke 2:14

“Prayerful Living” devotional messages are written by Jane Douglass White and Rev. Ryan T. Nace.

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Fashion Trends - Gone to the Dogs

Neck scarfs are the latest must-have fashion accessory. We saw all the celebrities with them all winter long - and gauzy cotton versions all summer.

It is important to remember that our four legged friends want to be "in" as well. And while they might have a hard time defending themselves from a jealous peer-dog who wants their 3' long pashmina, doggy bandanas are the perfect pooch accessory .

Doggy bandannas, aka pet triangles, make great, inexpensive give-away items. Available in two sizes and 23 colors, we can help you create a design that will enhance your image and promote your business.

They are perfect for dog spas and ranches, pet salons, veterinarians, dog parks, dog-friendly hotels, resorts and restaurants - and any other business that welcomes Fido along with the rest of the family.

Promo-Mojo is offering FREE shipping to the continental U.S. with your order of only 144 dog bandanas. Contact us or visit our website to see color choices, stock dog paw and dog bone borders and complete pricing information.

Merry Christmas!

In the Congo, Christmas Day begins with carolers going through the village singing praise to God. The most important part of their worship service is the love offering given in honor of the Christ child. In Alaska children wander from house to house carrying a star on a long pole and singing carols. Christmas comes to Australia in summer, so many families enjoy Christmas dinner on the beach. "Silent Night" was first sung in Obendorf, Austria. Today they tell the story of how Christmas was almost spoiled there because the church organ was broken. The priest showed the organist Fritz Bauer the Christmas hymn he had written. Bauer quickly set the words to music played on a guitar, and "Silent Night" was played and revered. Farmers in Holland blow Longhorns each evening during the season to announce the coming of Christmas. In Spain after the midnight Mass, people dance the Jota, a special dance with song lyrics people have been singing for a hundred years, accompanied by guitars and castanets. In Switzerland, a tinkling bell announces the arrival of Christkindl. Christian children in China have what they call "The Tree of Light," adorned with paper flowers, chains and lanterns.

All over the world there are Christians celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior. Let us pray that Jesus' message can bring peace to this troubled planet, so that nations may live together in love and harmony according to God's plan for his children.

Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of good will. Luke 2:14

“Prayerful Living” devotional messages are written by Jane Douglass White and Rev. Ryan T. Nace.

Business Cards: Staying Alive

"You can use your business card to get the other person's business card. As far as I'm concerned, this is the one truly legitimate benefit of business cards." ~ Bob Burg

Are Business Cards Dead?
After shaking hands, one of the rituals of meeting in business is to exchange business cards. It's almost a reflex reaction. But in the world of electronic communication are business cards now dead? Have the e-mail signature line and smart phone apps replaced a card? Most people say that a business card is still necessary even just because it is a tough habit to break when meeting new people. So what information should still be on a business card or in an e-mail signature line?

Still important: Name, Company Name, E-mail Address, Website address, Office phone and cell phone, Mailing Address (List a real street address, even if it is the home office. P.O. boxes are creepy), Slogans (Your slogan separates what the company does from the rest of the market. Think of it as your unique selling proposition)

Newly important: Social media handles for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn: This makes it easier for customers and prospects to connect with you; QR codes: a great way to tell a bigger story right on the mobile device.

Not important: Fax number: Almost as dead as paper stationary; Titles: Be careful of being a one-man band and having the title of CEO. It looks pompous; Pagers: Unless you are a doctor or a bicycle messenger, leave it off.


Gotchas: Misspellings: Ask someone to proofread your card. Handing out a card at a networking event where the person’s title is printed as “principle” instead of “principal” is a fatal mistake; Print that is too small: 95 percent of the population over age 35 needs reading glasses. The reader shouldn’t need to put glasses on to read your business card; E-mail: It’s fine to use a free service such as Yahoo! as a back-end mail server, but spend some money to get an account that looks more professional. While barry1995@yahoo.com may be functional, it is amateurish. Get an address that includes the company’s domain name and forward it to your Yahoo! address if necessary; Home numbers: It sets a bad precedent.


Remember that the business card is not an art installation. Don’t reinvent what has worked for years. Grab 10 favorite examples of business cards. Study them by noticing their font choices including type size and color combinations. Although the logos and paper stocks vary, good business cards are very simple. Forget the gimmicks. Simple business cards still work.


And when you are ready to order, contact 1st Coast Printing for great prices on full color business cards and expert design assistance. sales@1stcoastprinting.com 904.716.4800 www.1stcoastprinting.com



Compiled by Cassandra Johnson & sponsored by:PPEF
Provided by Tina Berres Filipski: Promotional Consultant Today
Source: Barry Moltz is a small business speaker, consultant and author. He gets business owners growing again by unlocking their long-forgotten potential. He is also the author of You Need to Be A Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business, Bounce! Failure, Resiliency and the Confidence to Achieve Your Next Great Success, and BAM! Delivering Customer Service in a Self-Service World. Â He hosts his own radio show, “Business Insanity Talk Radio”, and writes regularly for the American Express Open Forum, Allbusiness.com, The Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune’s Chicago Now and Crain’s Chicago Enterprise City.
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Deal of the Day!

Act quickly to take advantage of super specials posted daily! Order information including payment and clean artwork must be received by 2:00 p.m. EST. You can also take a sneak preview at tomorrow's Deal of the Day!


Great Close-Out Specials!

....another link to more great savings! Check back regularly for closeouts on more promotional products!

Clearance Promos

Many of our suppliers have product specials and clearance times on sale all the time. Click on the image to shop from one of our favorites! Choose from totes, desk products, travel products, bar-b-que and outdoor products, coolers and drinkware, games and flashlights, eco-friendly and high tech.....it's all here, all available with your logo and all on sale!

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High Cotton

The inexpensive custom printed t-shirt continues to be more expensive. Don't' misunderstand - it is still a great bargain that delivers long term exposure and great visibility. But with the ever increasing cost of cotton, the price continues to inch upwards.

We have all gotten used to low clothing prices over the past 10 years. Lower overseas prices and little inflation have kept cost low. But, cotton prices doubled in 2010 and surged another 20 percent in January, with U.S. cotton prices hitting a 150-year high just last week. Bad weather, import restrictions and rising global demand are expected to raise clothing prices up even more in 2011.


Polyester, which used to be a cheap alternative to cotton, is also rising in price. Polyester is a petroleum product, and the price of oil has been rising. Bamboo, once considered the "it" eco-material, has lost some of its' luster once it was realized that the processes involved in transforming it into fabric and then transporting it halfway around the world are not so green after all.


So what to do? We continue to shop for the best available prices for our inprintable apparel, without sacrificing quality. At the same time, many of our suppliers are offering lighter weight t-shirt options which are lower in price and also appeal to a younger consumer.

I will always prefer 100% cotton over any synthetic blend. It may cost a little more, but it is still a quite a bargain.

One Word: Plastics

"One word. Plastics. There's a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about?"

Mr. McGuire in The Graduate

When looking at today's trends in advertising specialties, there remains an ongoing emphasis on utility, with drinkware, bags and things that you use in your everyday life....products that are "useful". While we see more and more upscale products being branded with our client's logo, products priced under $2.00 each remain most popular.
Which brings me to plastics. It can be molded into so many fun and functional products that are sure to keep you business name in front of your clients for years to come.
Click on the image and take a look at a small sampling of what's available.

Promotional Products Beat Prime-Time TV

ASI (Advertising Specialty Institute) recently released the results of a landmark study that proves advertising specialties beat out prime-time TV, radio and print advertising as the most cost-effective advertising medium available.

The most significant findings show advertising specialties are less expensive per impression than most other media – just a half a cent! – and are very affordable and effective when compared to other forms of media.

Among key findings, results show:

  • Cost per Impression. In the U.S., the cost per impression of a promotional product stayed virtually the same from 2008 to 2010, at .005 cents.
  • Product Usage. Bags have the highest number of impressions in a month, over 1,000, and over one-third (36%) of those with incomes under $50,000 own bags.
  • Gender Preferences. Males are more likely than females to own shirts and caps, while females are more likely to have bags, writing instruments, calendars and health and safety products.
  • Identifying the Advertiser. Eighty-three percent in the U.S. say they can identify the advertiser on a promotional item they own.
  • Influencing User Opinions. Forty-one percent of U.S. respondents say their opinion of the advertiser is more favorable after receiving a promotional product.
  • Popular Products. The most commonly owned promotional products among U.S. respondents are writing instruments (46%), followed by shirts (38%) and calendars (24%).
  • Promo Product Capital. Los Angeles has the highest average number of items owned, at 12.7.

    This study shows us is that even smaller companies can deliver the kind of high-impact punch enjoyed by multi-million-dollar companies.

    It’s also important to note that the pass-along rate has actually increased 11 points from just two years ago – which speaks directly to the global recycling trend. Not only do ad specialties make impressions on everyone who sees them, but messaging is reinforced every time the item is used. No other form of media can allow the advertiser to so closely tie a benefit to the recipient.

Krazy in the Kitchen



Make routine food prep duties the happiest part of your day! These light hearted conversation-generating kitchen utensils will put a smile on your face as you create the next masterpiece.

Every kitchen and cook will enjoy the company of these new whimsical and krazy measuring cups, measuring spoons, cheese slicer, pizza cutter, vegetable peeler and pasta server. Available with your logo in February!

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Don't Lose The Dreams Inside Your Head

Yes, my blog is primarily about promotional products (swag, if you will), marketing and advertising. But, the “marketing umbrella” covers a whole lot of things, so really, this might be a little bit relevant.

Any one that know me knows that I am a HUGE fan of the Dave Matthews Band. My iPod is loaded with 5.5 GB and 850 tunes and they are all Dave Matthews or the Dave Matthews Band with the exception of a few tunes from Bonnaroo and a favorite local musician, Billy Buchanan.

Yes, you may think I may be one dimensional when it comes to music but not really. First of all, through DMB's guest, shared performances and cover songs, I've been introduced to music I would have otherwise never known. Secondly, the Dave Matthews Band has it all.....a little jazz, a little country, a little blue grass, a little hip hop, a little – make that a lot of – jam and rock & roll. There is something for every one of my personalities and every one of their moods. I can be tense and stressed, hop on my bike with my iPod and come back with an entirely new outlook. I may be down or worried, and listen to their more upbeat songs and gain fresh optimism. I can be in a mellow mood and wrap myself in softer, bluesy DMB tunes. Even when I need to do housework, a little DMB in the background makes me dance my way through my chores. They never perform the same song the same way twice. There seems to be something fresh and unexpected with every song and with every show.

So, there. I love music and most of all I love DMB. I think you either get it or you don't. They either get inside of you in a way that is very personal – or, for reasons I will never understand, I guess they just don't.

This brings me to the reason I had to write about DMB. Their closest regular tour stop for me is in Tampa, which was this past July 28th. It has become an annual tradition to meet up with my concert companion, Julie, in Orlando and head over to the show. Since I first met Julie (at a DMB concert), she has had her first and second novels published. In the first, she included the Dave Matthews Band in her acknowledgments for providing inspiration while she was writing. I thought I was a huge fan until I met Julie.

For the Tampa show, Julie bought two tickets and I bought two tickets. Neither of us were bringing anyone else so we picked out the best seats and sold the other two on the Warehouse (the Dave Matthews Band fan club that offers benefits to loyal fans including early purchase of concert tickets, fan networking and exclusive merchandise..... another benefit is that you can buy, sell and trade tickets at face value). My seats weren't bad...dead center in the pavilion, but Julie always gets the best tickets – I suppose since she's been a member for longer and goes to a lot more shows. This year, they were in the Orchestra Pit! It doesn't get better than that – or so we thought.

The afternoon before the concert, I answer the phone and there is a voice from Music Today asking me “How would you like to meet Dave?” Thank goodness for caller ID, or I would have never believed it. Even still, I needed a little convincing. I knew that Dave Matthews has frequent “meet and greets” before shows, but what are the odds? Pollstar just listed them in their top ten concert tours in 2010 .....and as the #1 band in 2010 in North America tickets sales...1.27 million to be exact. Julie and I had discussed it before.....how it would be a dream come true, but also that the likelihood of being one of the 'chosen few' was pretty slim.

I completed my call with Music Today and immediately called Julie. She didn't believe me. However, my excitement could not be contained nor manufactured. Her poor daughter was in the car with her while we were screaming and acting like teenagers! (read her blog about the event). I had forgotten what it felt like to get that excited! We decided then that if we had to die that day, let it be after the show and we would be okay.

We weren't alone..we had to share our time with a few other lucky fans – but Dave was very gracious and considerate with all of our requests for autographs and photos. He also seemed very moved by Julie's acknowledgments in her book (he signed a copy for Julie and of course, Julie gave him a copy to keep). It all seems like such a blur now and I still can't believe it.

It is amazing – after so many years of touring and so many shows every year, they still really seem to truly love and enjoy what they do and seem to genuinely love and appreciate their fans. In return, they have an intensely loyal fan base.

Earlier this year, DMB announced that they were taking a break and not touring next year – a first, in over 20 years. They pacified anxious fans already worried about withdrawals with a few extra shows this winter. The “last stop” was where it all began in Charlottesville, Va on November 21. No, we couldn't miss it....Julie and I were there (in the Orchestra Pit again, no less) singing and dancing the night away with joy and appreciation – and wondering just how we'll get by without our DMB fix in 2011.

To bring this back around to business, I think the core to DMB's success is their 'customer' loyalty. Wouldn't it be great if we could all generate this same kind of passion, loyalty and enthusiasm for our own business? Of course, it would help if we all had the same talent, drive, creativity and love for what we do as DMB. If there are steps to success that all of us can replicate, they include:

  • Love what you do and do what you love – your customers will know.
  • Always, be grateful and appreciative.
  • Be accessible, regardless of how successful you become.
  • Reward your best clients with added benefits.
  • Don't get stale or function on “auto-pilot” – mix it up, try new things, keep it fresh.
  • Dream. Always dream - and never give up on your dream.

Cheers! Happy 2011!

Lipstick Diaries

.....or anything else you want to write. I don't know how many times I have dug around in my purse searching for a pen...and the only thing close that I can come up with is a tube of lipstick or a lip liner pencil. This little cutie might better my chances. It just looks like a tube of lipstick - but under that colorful cap is a pen that writes with a little bit finer line than the real stuff!

It's a fun little give away that is sure to get attention. Prices range from $1.40 to $1.70 each. And yes, I know....when I really need the lipstick, I will pull out the lipstick pen! But every time that happens, it is additional exposure for the custom imprint!

Tunes and Blooms

When you want it to grow...Seeded download cards are quickly becoming the promotional card industry's answer to "Going Green."

Your client can redeem the card by going online and choosing from millions of M3P downloads. The card is packed with handfuls of the highest quality seeds, when planted and watered, the paper biodegrades away and the seeds are left to germinate into a garden of growth. Yes, they really grow!

Seeded card printing is available as 4/1 color process. A hearty mix of annual and perennial wildflowers that is sure to grow across all growing regions.

Top 25 Promo Business Hot Spots

Yes! Jacksonville, FL made the list!

Advertising Specialty Institutes’s Counselor magazine today revealed its inaugural list of the 25 metro markets working the hardest to promote their communities and businesses via branded giveaways.

Bridgeport/Stamford ($316 million), Minneapolis/St. Paul ($484 million) and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale ($114 million) lead the exclusive list of markets where businesses are investing the most per capita in promotional products.

“The list unveiled some surprising hot spots,” said Counselor’s Editor, Andy Cohen. “While New York City is the advertising capital of the world, businesses in lots of unexpected places like Little Rock and Jacksonville (#4 on the list) are spending a lot of time marketing themselves using promotional products. In addition to providing a terrific snapshot of the ad specialties business, our list offers a real look at the economic health of cities across America.”

For the complete story, as well as an expanded listing of the top 100 markets graded A-F, along with interactive video reports, go to www.counselormag.com

Promotional products, also known as ad specialties, range from pens and ball caps to apparel and electronics. The items are imprinted with logos or slogans to market a company, organization, product, service, achievement or event.

Pop Up Post-It


Keep notes anywhere you need them - and keep your business name with them!

This new Post-it® Custom Printed Pop-Up Note with a wall mounted dispenser can be custom printed in up to 4 colors. It comes with a 3" x 3" 50-sheet Post-it Pop-Up Note Pad in Canary Yellow and includes two (2 sets) Command Picture Hanging Strips for easy wall- mounting.

Additional options include adding a Post-It Flag writing tool- and even custom printed Post-it notes.

Contact us now for free set-up and reduced pricing through August 2010!

It just looks like a paper cup...


Don't be fooled.

This is one of the hottest promotional products on the market. This double wall white Porcelain Cup comes with a Silicon lid which prolongs beverage temperature and prevents spills. It's available with your logo in spot color printing or sublimated for full color impact. It's Reusable and Eco Friendly....and it's on sale at below end-quantity-pricing! Contact us for details: promomojo@1stcoastprinting.com

Born In the USA

With the 4th of July just around the corner, it seems only appropriate to feature promotional products Made In the USA! Click on the image above to flip through our on-line catalog featuring awards, drinkware, sports bottles, koozies, mugs, glasses, golf products, frisbee type flyers, health and wellness products and a whole lot more swag available with your logo.

Or contact us:
promomojo@1stcoastprinting.com.

Come On Baby....

New for June, Bic is introducing three new lighters available with your logo and custom imprint....and along with their grand introduction is special introductory pricing!

The new Electronic Light provides reliable ignition and is available in blue, black and white. With a minimum order quantity of 200, it is priced at $2.34 each.
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The thin and elegant Slim Lighter comes in white, black, light blue and yellow and priced at $1.36 each.
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The convenient and portable Mini Lighter comes in light blue, black, white and green. It also has a mini price of only $1.28 each for a minimum order quantity of 200.
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Sale prices are good through December 2010.

The classic Bic lighter is still available ...in colors of forest green, blue, navy, orange, black, white, red and yellow. And don't forget the Multi Purpose Lighter, perfect for year-round use.

Yes, lighters are good support for bad habits...but they also make great give-aways for grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants, bars, company safety programs, music and sports related business and colleges.

Contact us for a quote with your custom imprint....
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Flip-Flopping

It can be good, you know.......as long as you are not running for re-election!
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This version is good for your soul, good for your attitude and good for your clients....in fact, on a hot summer day, there are few things better than shedding the corporate attire and slipping your feet into a comfortable pair of flip flops. Okay, I can think of quite a few things better (like being in Key West when you do it), but you get my drift.
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With adult and youth sizes available, and a minimum order quantity of only 50 pair, why not put your logo on these products that are as hot as the temperature outside?

Design Your Own Seed Packet

Seeded paper and custom printed seed packets are some of my personal favorite promotional product...I love swag and I love gardening so I guess it only makes sense!

Now, you can design your own seed pack with 4 color custom graphics! You choose the variety of seed, you choose the packet size, and you tell us exactly what you want printed.

The seed packaging is made from recycled paper. These are easily mailed and easy to distribute.....and always appreciated.

Patriotic Petals

Memorial Day is around the corner and the 4th of July is not too far away either. Along with our patriotic celebrations, we have a slew of elections that mean plenty of candidate's campaign events. With these, come the opportunity to promote your name, your business or your message to thousands of attendees. An always appreciated and unique way to do this is to give out Seed packets designed with the American Spirit in mind!
We offer patriotic themed packaging with seed for a red, white and blue flower mix. The back side is available for your custom imprint. Your message will only grow, well after celebration.

and visit the Garden Center.

Do You Already Reuse?

Poor bottled water! It's not welcome anymore. Concord, Massachusetts has banned the sale of bottled water in their town beginning in 2011. My all time favorite, the Dave Matthews Band, uses more positive reinforcement by encouraging their fans to join along in conserving plastic by offering refilling stations at their concerts.

You too can pledge to reduce your plastic bottle consumption and encourage your clients to do the same. Switch to a reusable container. Better yet, let us customize your reusable water bottles with your business name and logo!

Shop online!
Go to www.promo-mojo.com and then to the sports bottles page.

Boost Health, Save Cash

And yet another article that talks about the benefits of growing your own........

Growing Veggies Can Boost Health, Save Cash

some excerpts:

Tending a garden helps the whole family improve nutrition.

"First, you are likely to eat more fruits and veggies, because they taste so good when eaten fresh from your garden," said Alice Henneman, a registered dietitian and extension educator for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. "It adds some physical activity to your life as you plant, weed, pick and prepare fresh produce. Just the fact of standing in your kitchen while you are preparing fresh produce versus driving through a fast food place for a quick meal (that may be high in calories) burns extra calories."

There are more health benefits to gardening. Colorado State Extension Service found that, "Gardening is also a key tool for improved health by providing exercise, stress reduction and relaxation. From the medical perspective, researchers have documented that people who interact with plants recover more quickly from everyday stress and mental fatigue."

Gardening gives you control of your "inputs," too, meaning fertilizer, pesticides and the like, according to Garrett. "With more food coming from all over the world, it becomes harder to know that food is safe," Garrett said. "For example, pesticides that were banned years ago in this country are commonly used in other areas of the globe."

Don't Have A Yard? Don't Feel Left Out

Community gardens are popping up in urban areas across the country. The American Community Gardening Association lists them on its Web site, and Garrett said her group is inundated with requests for help from people who want to start community gardens.

By taking a plot at these cooperative gardens, even apartment and condo dwellers can grow their own meals. Research from the National Gardening Association shows there are more than 1 million community gardens in the U.S. and up to 3 million people who would like to garden in a community garden if it were possible. NGA reported that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the goal of creating a community garden at every USDA facility worldwide.

In his book "Chef's Garden: Fresh Produce from Small Spaces," Terence Conran describes how to make even the tiniest spaces bear fruit.