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« on: September 25, 2003 05:56:40 AM »

I'm always looking for trinkets (pencils, buttons, stickers or something different) that can be imprinted with my business name that I can include with my orders or give away at various functions.  I'd prefer ones that allow you to order in lots smaller than 1000 or even 500.

also, I look for companies that have above average customer service and are able to communicate the approximate lead time and shipping date on orders and/or reply to emails when I inquire as to the whereabouts of my order when it's past the estimated arrival date.  I've had some frustration with a couple of places in the past over this.

So let me know what's working for you!

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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2003 09:19:07 AM »

one inch buttons are greeeeat.

hehe i make them.

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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2003 07:41:29 AM »

Good question udandi!

I guess you could think of the purpose of these things as:

1. something the customer will enjoy and will therefore just get a good feeling about ordering from you
2. something that gets your name out to others

I wonder what items do both?

I kinda like the buttons that you get when you order from here:
They are something I'd put on my messenger bag anyway because the expressions are cute.  And if someone leans in to take a look at them, they see the company name.

I'll keep thinking about this 'cause I'd like to know for my own crafty biz...

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« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2003 09:05:13 AM »

ooh. I just had a thought while I was packaging up an order...

I wonder if there's a company that will make little pads of paper with your company name and logo on the pages.

You could throw one in with an order and then when your customers write little memos and hand the pages out, your name is out there!

I'll post the info if I find a company that does this.
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« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2003 09:40:08 AM »

hi!  you can definitely get little sticky note pads with your logo.  do a search for "promotional items"  or "promotional companies".  there are tons!  i used to work at a university and we had sticky note pads made up with the university name on them.  people love them and they are so useful!

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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2003 09:58:07 AM »

i saw yesterday (if you goggle search lip balm containers) there is a company that will make 100 lipbalms with your company logo with customized colored caps for i think $30
thought i would throw that out there - or of course you could make your own lip balms with your logo but i think this would be less time consuming!

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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2003 12:01:52 PM »

I used a company called Silver Screen Design http://www.silverscreendesign.com/  a couple of years ago when I needed appreciation geegaws for a group I worked with and they were very helpful and fast.  This was for a university program, though, and while their website says they do stuff for businesses of all sizes, I can't vouch for them that way.  They do have a whole lot of things to choose from, anyway.
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2003 12:17:52 PM »

http://www.showmylogo.com does note cubes and sticky notes, along with lots of other promo dealies.  Though I have no experience with them, so I don't know if they're decent or not.

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« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2003 06:16:29 PM »

thanks for the info!

I've got a local guy looking for good prices and stuff that's less than 500 pieces since even if it's $.50/piece that's $250!  Shocked

I've also contacted Contagious Graphics about stickers since they do 250 and up.

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« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2003 12:02:50 PM »

i was at a concert on sunday night and afterwards the record label was handing out chocolate flavored fortune cookies, with messages inside promoting the label's newest albums...

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« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2003 03:45:22 PM »

that's an awesome and memorable idea.

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« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2003 03:36:41 PM »

we have been making those little glass bead magnets with our website name in different funky little designs we created in illustrator, they're small, cute and useful and a contastant reminder of our web address Smiley   As mentioned earlier one inch buttons also an excellent idea and cheap!
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2003 08:22:48 PM »

^Are you talking about making the marble magnets?

because that could be a really cool/cheap/easy/memorable way of promoting yourself

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« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2003 10:44:21 AM »

www.busybeaver.net makes 1 in. buttons for really cheap and you dont have to buy a lot at once! We got glitter buttons made there (thats the getcrafty.com message board!) and they came out really awesome. you should check them out!

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« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2003 08:28:24 PM »

I've order buttons from busybeaver.com Busy Beaver buttons. They are great indie people who do all the work themselves. The prices are very affordable and they are also making little mirrors with your image on the back.

I've gotten stickers from thestickerguy.com. For $25 you can get 500 stickers that are one color and in a few smallish sizes. He says it can take up to 8 weeks to get your order, but it took me 4 weeks to get the last two orders I placed. Again it is an independent company.

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« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2003 09:45:27 PM »

It all depends on what your business is, but there are always bookmarks, postcards, and I'll come up with some more ideas later.

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« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2004 10:10:51 PM »

oreintal trading company ( sorry if i spelled it wrong)
they have stuff you can pesonalize and they are not that expensive
« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2004 09:11:31 AM »

I think it's a great idea to send along a personalized item when sending out a package.

I plan on doing this, and have been checking out prices. (I will be getting buttons as well!)

A good source might be a company that does promo items for local businesses. I've checked out one here in Toronto, and pencils and pens, in very cute colours, start at about 40 cents each (Canadian). There is a 500 minimum, but I think they will last you a while! Then you can also use them as a giveaway at craft shows and other events.

If you sell a product that is more expensive, you can  have something more expensive. I saw where you can have friendship bracelets made with your logo on them! Very cute, but expensive. Or just send a few pencils!

« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2004 07:02:19 PM »

www.Rhine-stone.com makes buttons inexpensively! i just found out about them on glitter!
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« Reply #19 on: February 10, 2004 08:26:11 AM »

cinnachick, I think the website is www.busybeaver.net, not .com - and you're the second person I know who has recommended it - I'm definitely gonna use them next time!  


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