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Shortlist From The Show Floor

Shortlist From The Show Floor

Year after year, The PPAI Expo show floor at Mandalay Bay Convention Center pulses with creative energy as distributors search for new products to wow their clients. This year’s 3,100 booths were filled with innovative, interesting promotional products and PPB’s editors navigated all 870,000 square feet of convention space to pick their favorites. Here are the products that stood out to each editor. Read More »

Grow Your Gift-Giving IQ

Grow Your Gift-Giving IQ

The right corporate gift, especially one that is useful, can keep a business top of mind all year long. And now that the U.S. economy has improved, businesses are increasing their gift giving. According to Incentive Magazine’s 2016 Corporate Gift IQ Survey, the number of businesses that reported spending more money on corporate gifts in 2016 than they did in 2015 increased to 27.4 percent from 20.6 percent. They’re giving gifts to fewer recipients but they are giving on more occasions and they’re spending more per recipient, sometimes way more. Read More »

Ready To Roll

Ready To Roll

In today’s highly mobile society, the right bag to carry and protect our many (expensive) technical devices—laptops, smartphones, tablets and e-readers—is essential. According to the U.S. Travel Association, U.S. residents logged 1.7 billion trips for leisure and 459 million trips for business in 2015. Read on to see some great bag options for gifts, incentives and promotions, and for tips on choosing bags for specific purposes as well as how to distinguish between good, better and best backpacks. Read More »

Variety Show

Variety Show

Health experts often say you should drink eight glasses of water per day to avoid the unpleasant effects of dehydration and reduce hunger pangs. Unless you’re drinking straight out of the faucet or garden hose, you’re using some sort of vessel to hold all the liquid you consume, even if you never quite make it to eight glasses. But with the endless choice of drinkware available these days, it’s easier than ever to provide your clients with distinctive options to enhance any brand’s message. Read More »

Spread The Message

Spread The Message

Think about where you spend the most time in your home—the kitchen, right? When you have guests over, chances are that everyone congregates around the cheese-and-cracker tray at the kitchen island even though there are perfectly good couches and snacks over in the family room. With the open concept design trend toward big kitchen islands, and Food Network-inspired home chefs cooking meals with ultra-fresh ingredients that need chopping and sautéing, the kitchen is where the action is. Read More »

On Point

On Point

While the growth of email communication and the digitization of the world may have increased the need for computers and mobile devices, it hasn’t decreased the need for writing instruments. Quite the opposite. In fact, a Technavios market research report predicts that by 2019 the writing and marking instruments market will have grown five percent annually since 2015. And the market for writing instruments is expected to reach $17.5 billion by the year 2020, according to Global Industry Analysts, Inc. Read More »

Shop-ortunity

Shop-ortunity

Employee turnover is expensive—costing as much as six to nine months’ salary in recruiting and training expenses according to the Society for Human Resource Management. That’s why successful companies know how important it is to keep employees engaged and motivated. Besides providing a great culture and good benefits, an important part of the employee engagement puzzle is an effective incentive program. Read More »

Sugar And Spice

Sugar And Spice

As you probably know from trying to plan meals with extended family members, personal tastes and preferences can make agreeing on a menu very difficult. It’s the same thing with food gifts. How do you know what will appeal to the recipient? Read More »

Day By Day

Day By Day

With the ubiquity of smartphones and cloud technology, you might assume that printed calendars are becoming a promotional advertising tool of the past. However, research shows just the opposite. Not only are printed advertising calendars still used in homes and offices today, they are highly valued. Read More »

Step By Step

Step By Step

U.S. businesses have a vested interest in helping their employees live healthier lives—it’s good for business. A 2010 Duke University study revealed that obesity costs American businesses $73.1 billion per year in medical expenses and lost productivity. So companies are increasingly interested in helping their employees choose healthy (and more productive) lifestyles that incorporate exercise, healthy eating, regular sleep and emotional wellness. And they’re incorporating a variety of physical items into their wellness plans to visibly incentivize and reward employees on the pathway to healthier living. Read More »

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