Promotional Summer Fun

Summer Beach Fun
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promotional sunglassesMalibu sunglasses are the perfect promos to protect those peepers while playing out in the strong summer sun. rushIMPRINT offers a large selection of Malibu sunglasses manufactured from recycled durable plastic. These sunglasses come in several different styles and colors. For a softer feel, rubberized Malibu sunglasses offer more flexible frames and are available in heap of different colors – any of which are sure to complement or contrast your company’s logo.

Half frame sunglassesPrefer frames that don’t take up all that space on your face? Scope out the Blues-Brothers-inspired half-frame sunglasses. Apart from their distinct style, the UV400 protection on these sunglasses provides a fantastic shield from the sun’s harmful rays. The on-trend look makes them the perfect party accessory and will set yours apart as a business that keeps its pulse on today’s fashion. Ideal for outdoor events, schools, travel agencies and event planners, these shades are a great giveaway option.

For summertime fun in the pool, at the beach, or in the park, rushIMPRINT offers a wide selection of colorful and inflatable custom beach balls. Some of these beach balls resemble balls used in other sports like baseball, basketball and soccer. These attractive inflatable balls convey a message and are available in a variety of color schemes. Smaller six-inch two-tone beach balls are great for outdoor summer entertaining and parties and are available in an assortment of two-tone colors. These little promotional beach balls are unique items to distribute at tradeshows.

custom beach towelAfter playing in the pool or in the ocean, it’s time to dry off in the sun with a custom beach towel from rushIMPRINT. A Malibu beach towel would not only complement the Malibu style well, but is also perfect for spreading out on a warm, sandy beach. Some towels even come with their own carry-around drawstring bag. These attractive beach towels are perfect for college parties or other events at the beach or pool.

Custom Imprinted Padfolios

custom padfoliosMany businesses acknowledge that promotional giveaways are one of the best ways to keep their businesses in the forefront of their customers’ minds. Some brands have become so popular that the promotional products have become a revenue source themselves. Careful analysis of your customer’s needs and preferences can help you select the absolute best product solution that keeps your business in the forefront of their minds.

In today’s business climate, companies that are clearly organized and efficient are the real moneymakers. Cutting edge technology, instant communications, and a demonstrated ability to make things happen right now can mean the difference between a sale and a fail. Give your clients a boost and make a difference in their performance at the same time you advertise your own business.

These promotional padfolios look smart, and your customers will love carrying these padfolios with your business logo wherever they go. Custom padfolios make a great addition to any professional’s array of business tools. They are fantastic, functional accessories that allow one to make the most of their time.

Padfolios with logo ensure that you have all the tools you need for a meeting right at your fingertips. There’s nothing more embarrassing than fumbling for a pen or a business card when you’re trying to negotiate a deal or close a contract. When you’re conducting business, it is imperative to convince your client that you’re competent and efficient. Our promotional padfolios enable your clients to put their best foot forward with your logo in plain view. Spaces and pockets for pens, pencils, flash drives, notepads, calculators, and spare business cards are organized into a compact portable office that looks professional and impresses clients with your efficiency. Vast amounts of information, even complete, professionally produced sales presentations can be stored on CDs or flash drives, both of which can be carried unobtrusively in one of these custom padfolios.

rushIMPRINT offers a wide selection of these valuable quality advertising tools and great quantity discounts. We offer a free art proof of your business logo or the message you want conveyed within one business day of your order and an on time shipping guarantee.

Imprinted Pong Balls Are Great For Your Brand


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Since the dawn of time, necessity has always been the mother of invention. Are those mammoth steaks too raw, fella? Try some fire! Having trouble lugging all those rocks back and forth? Say hello to the wheel! Feel the need to both slap and chop something? Vince’s gotcha covered.

However, until the early 1950’s, college students everywhere were thirsty for an entertaining party game. Surprising as it may sound, standing around and socializing about Eisenhower’s latest policies wasn’t exactly the most enjoyable pastime. So a few innovative minds at Dartmouth college decided to shake things up a bit.

What goes best with alcohol consumption? A game of hand-eye coordination, of course! Thus, beer pong was born. In its infancy, the game was played with paddles and a net, much like standard table tennis. However, because a drunken individual and a blunt object may not be the best companions, some changes had to be made. Around about the 1980’s, the game was simplified to the red-cup-pyramid version we see in campuses and garages across America today. Renowned among frat guys and tailgaters alike, beer pong is the cornerstone of many celebrations.

What would any game of beer pong be without the ping pong balls? Well, probably not a much of a game at all. Just a bunch of cups on a table. Luckily, we don’t have to worry about pong ball shortage. rushIMPRINT offers an enormous variety of custom ping pong balls onto which you can imprint whatever logo you need. Think about it – boatloads (yes that’s the scientific estimate) of people across the country play beer pong every day. As a company, would you rather they use a plain, white ball, or one with your logo screen printed all over it? Though their memory of last night’s party might be forever lost, the morning after spent cleaning up garbage, pizza, bottles and ping pong balls is sure to stick with them. With rushIMPRINT’s custom pong balls, so can your brand.

Aside from their collegiate uses, custom ping pong balls are great to help raise productivity and promote healthy activity in the workplace. Many offices have a lounge or break room with a ping pong table. With your company’s logo imprinted on each ball, your brand will be showcased with every serve. Our regulation-size balls come in a variety of colors and can be coordinated to perfectly complement your company’s logo. Great to giveaway for corporate wellness programs or to youth and community centers, ping pong balls make excellent promotional products.

Not sure what branded merchandise would best work within your marketing mix? Get a hold of one of our helpful product specialists at 1-866-277-7874 or chat live directly on our site. We’re here Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Rally Towels, Not Just For Football

In just a few weeks, that magical time of year will be upon us. As the leaves begin to turn, football season will be in full-swing. Crowds will flood stadiums in a sea of home-team color. Men and women will gather around the couch with tablets and phones in-hand, shouting in victory or sobbing in defeat as the players of their fantasy leagues face off against each other.

But no matter if your team is the Bills or the Broncos, the Cowboys or the Redskins, one thing remains constant; you want to show your support. What better way to do this than by waving a custom-imprinted rally towel?

Aside from pumping up the crowd with a twirl and a shout, rally towels serve to promote brand recognition for football franchises. Everyone who sees these colorful tokens are being exposed to the message the franchise is trying to convey; “Our Team is the best!” Your business can benefit from rally towels in much the same way.

custom rally towelsPeople can always find a good use for custom rally towels . This makes them a great choice for a promotional product. From sports to weddings, their application versatility allows for a great deal of exposure in a wide variety of areas. Not only will your logo be in front of customers’ eyes on a repeat basis, but all of those surrounding them will also learn to recognize your logo and associate it with quality products.

Don’t let the low price fool you. Even cheap rally towels such as our best-selling model #TRU-18, are made of high quality materials and crafted with care. At rushIMPRINT, we strive to provide a promotional item on which you will be proud to display your company’s logo. These towels are made of 100% cotton, and the large 15” by 18” area is designed to quickly absorb moisture. Customers who’ve ordered this towel have expressed their satisfaction directly on the product page:

When choosing a promotional item for your branding campaign, you want something that will be used on a regular basis, and will receive continued exposure over its lifetime. Promotional rally towels such as the Go Go Rally towel, with its large 10” x 8” imprint area to showcase your logo, will give you a great return on your investment, and provide your company exposure in areas where you would not ordinarily have access.

When you prefer something a little different to stand out either as a giveaway or as a gift, a selection such as the Sport Towel in a Bag, made of 100% polyester microfiber, or the Jewel Collection fingertip sport/stadium rally towels may be just what you are looking for. Rather than a cheap throwaway item at your next convention or tradeshow, concentrate your branding efforts on an item that is sure to please all who receive it.

Select the design of promotional rally towels that best suits your advertising needs, and give one of our helpful agents at rushIMPRINT a call at 1-866-277-7874. We’re here Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.

Not a phone person? Prefer to use your fingertips rather than vocal chords to communicate? Hey, that’s no problem. Shoot us an email at info@rushimprint.com or live chat us directly through the site. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Why Your Business Needs Team Builders

“Team Builders, huh?”

Yea, I know. But humor me for a moment, ok? Suspend the eye rolling and smarmy scoffs – you know, the ones that usually follow shortly after someone mentions the words “team” and “builder” in short succession. Keep an open mind and I promise by the end of this post you’ll think about it in a different light.

Within the dregs of nine-to-five monotony, it’s often easy for employees and employers alike to become complacent; satisfied in the same comfortable routine, day in, and day out. Sure, productivity isn’t suffering, so why change?

Well, because it’s not improving, either.

Consistency can be great when it comes to things like punctuality, assembly line manufacturing, and remembering to call your gram on her birthday, but if you’re seeking advancement rather than plateaus (and you should be), it’s time to mix it up a bit. Crush that office stagnation with a Team Building day.

What are the Benefits of Team Building Exercises?

They break the ice like a massive Arctic Ship.

ice breaker

Everyone has those first conversation insecurities. We try small talk.

“So, how about this rain, Jim? It’s quite a thing when water falls from the sky is it not?”

“Our home team achieved more points than their opponents. We should feel victorious by association, no?”

“Coffee is good at making one feel less tired, would you not agree?”

“Monday is certainly a day of the week.”

Not much substance there. These types of conversations are great for robots, but do nothing to encourage coworkers to connect on a deeper level. It’s understandable, though. Often, the fear of not knowing what to say or saying the wrong thing (or maybe just lack of coffee) leaves many people avoiding office dialogues altogether.

Instead of just going through the motions, try putting together a team building exercise. This will provide a means of conversation to those employees who may not, under normal circumstances, have the opportunity to talk to each other. It’s hard to feel disconnected to your fellow coworker when a three-legged race has the two of you literally bound at the shins.

By facilitating workplace communication with hands-on activities, you’ll get all the members of your team talking to each other and working like a finely-oiled machine.

They Jump-start employee morale

Sometimes, it’s great to be rewarded beyond a paycheck. Everyone loves being told they’ve done a great job. Helping your employees feel inspired and motivated outside of the office can help boost morale. As corny as it may sound, participating in team building activities can give employees the sense that they’re part of a winning team.

And of course, they’re fun!

It’s work. You can’t expect to have the time of your life from Monday through Friday. You get in, do your job and come home. Home is where you enjoy yourself.

At the same time, there’s no rule that says you can’t inject a little fun here and there, especially when that fun is productive. Games are a great way to break up the tedium. When people are enjoying themselves at work, they become more productive, creative, and motivated.

How Facebook Likes Could Be Doing More Harm Than Good



Having tons of likes on Facebook is the goal for just about any social media manager in the business, but those big numbers may be hiding a dark tincture that’s slowly poisoning your online presence. What am I talking about? Allow me to explain.

I was scrolling through my Twitter feed and stumbled on an interesting video. Produced by Veritasium, a popular YouTube science channel, this 9-minute research piece digs deep into the legitimacy of Facebook likes. If you’re unfamiliar with Veritasium, don’t worry that it’s going to be some boring lecture. They put out well-presented and engaging content that’s thoroughly worth watching in its entirety. (The graph at 3:10 into the video does well to help illustrate the points being made.)

Didn’t want to watch the video? Fair enough. I’ll summarize…

Buying likes

As you may or may not already know (I didn’t), there are two ways of purchasing likes through Facebook:

  • The Illegitimate Way:
      Paying a click farm X amount of dollars for Y number of likes. Employees of these overseas click farms are paid roughly $1.00 per 1,000 clicks. This method is explicitly forbidden by Facebook.
  • The Legitimate Way:
      Using Facebook’s built-in Ads; Paying Facebook X amount of dollars for a targeted campaign to reach an audience as defined by you.
  • Now while it may seem like the 2nd option may be a better way to grow an audience that actually cares about and engages with the things we share on social, the sad and unfortunate truth is, these targeted Facebook ads are also getting clicks from overseas click farms.

    “Why is this happening?”

    Well, as the video explains, apart from clicking “like” when explicitly paid to, overseas clickers in places like Egypt, The Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Pakista, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Nepal also click “like” for free on just about anything. They do this to seem more genuine and avoid detection from Facebook’s fraud algorithms.

    “See, we’re also liking X, Y, and Z, we must be actual Facebook users!”

    I know what you’re thinking…

    “No big deal, we have a lot of likes that don’t engage, so what?”

    Well, A major downside to having tons of likes with zero engagement is that Facebook uses this metric to determine whether or not to show your posts on your followers’ news feeds. This would explain why some of rushIMPRINT’s posts weren’t showing up on our news feeds, even though we had liked the page. No matter how you slice it, buying likes (whether through click farms or targeted campaigns) is a sure-fire way to kill your engagement on the spot.

    “Alright, so how do I get genuine likes?”

    Figure out what questions your customers are asking. Create content that revolves around answering those questions. Share content from influencers in your field that address these issues. Post about topics that not only help your customer base, but also include things they want to view and share. No matter what type of business you’re running, the principle of content creation remains the same. Starting a new clothing company? Try creating posts on the hottest fashion trends of the season, how to wear the trendiest new attire, or maybe ways to revive your wardrobe using old hand-me-downs or clothes from the back of your closet. The possibilities are plentiful.

    What Facebook posts have garnered the most likes for you? Which ones have gained the least? Have you attempted any unconventional or whacky tactics to try and go viral? Did they succeed or flop?

    6 Habits We Could All Easliy Adopt to Better Our Earth



    Although I have no nifty studies to reference, nor do I have a fancy, eyeball-dazzling infographic, I’m not sure I need either to safely say that the vast majority of us definitely care about the environment and our impact on it.

    That being said, I also believe that it’s part of human nature to want to do things in the easiest, quickest, and most convenient way possible. No matter how strong the desire is to do the right thing, bad habits tend have a way of gettin’ all Bruce Willis on us and dyin’ hard.

    While it may seem financially sound, logic such as: “Heck with buying reusabable grocery bags, they’re free at checkout!” tends to work against the best interests of the environment. Sure, you save a handful of bucks using disposables, but the environmental cost, as I’m about to explain, is much greater.

    Here are 6 Habits We Could All Easily Adopt to Better Our Earth:

    Every year, Americans use roughly 100 billion (with a “b”!) plastic bags. Shopping with reusable grocery totes is great way to reduce this massive number. Apart from being eco-friendly, the Hercules Shopping Bag is as strong as its namesake.

    reusable grocery tote

    Thirsty for another statistic? Sip on this: It takes 3 liters of water and about .25 liters of oil to manufacture a 1 liter plastic bottle; all for a product that gets tossed out regularly. Americans use about 70 million plastic water bottles every day, which breaks down to about 2.5 per hour. Refillable tumblers are a much more efficient and eco-friendly option. As an added bonus, many are even biodegradable.

    custom tumblers

    Due to its strong fibers, cardboard can be recycled several times over, which helps reduce the impact on landfills. Recycling one ton of cardboard saves 9 cubic feet of landfill space. Inside the pages of a recycled cardboard journal would be a great place to take note of this.

    recycled cardboard journal

    Repurposing materials saves an incredible amount of energy. The Eco Pen is made with 100% recycled paper, 98% recycled plastic, and has a natural wooden clip. Oh, and you can write things with it, too.

    recycled pens

    Clothing made with toxic dyes can taint the environment. Instead, consider shopping for clothes made with a more Earth-friendly method. The Eco Fleece is tailored using low-impact manufacturing, which eliminates environmentally-harmful chemicals and practices from the process.

    eco fleece

    The air indoors isn’t exempt from pollution! A desktop plant can help reduce the presence of airborne dust, mold, and bacteria. Add a Mini Watering Can Blossom Kit for a greener, cleaner addition to both your indoor space and marketing mix.

    office plants

    Sources:
    http://www.techacker.com/advantages-of-plastic-recycling/
    http://topics.info.com/Recycling-Cardboard_4797
    http://www.indigenous.com/about-indigenous/clothes-made-using-low-impact-dyes/
    http://visual.ly/going-green-office

    InvisibleInk™

    Introducing rushIMPRINT’s new (and exclusive) imprinting method: InvisibleInk™!

    After months of intensive research, our ink development team has finally perfected a way of incorporating cutting-edge cloaking technology with our imprinting methods. The result? An imprint so innovative it has to be seen to be believed!

    See it in action

    Watch as our Imprint Engineers apply the proprietary ink to a garment.

    What is it?

      InvisibleInk™ is an embellishing method exclusive to rushIMPRINT. With InvisibleInk™, you’re able to customize promos with your logo like never before!

    What it means for you

    An expedited design process

    • Never worry about coordinating the perfect color with your chosen promo. InvisibleInk™ is always a match!
  • A more durable Imprint

    • InvisibleInk™ will not smudge, peel, fade, crack, or wear off your merchandise, guaranteed!
  • Faster turnaround than ever before!

    • With InvisibleInk™, your products are virtually ready to ship the moment you finish the checkout process.
  • Dramatic increase in brand awareness

    • By being early adopters of this groundbreaking technology, your company, as well as the recipients of your imprinted merchandise, will be seen as trendsetters in your respective fields. Similar to the way in which mobile phones rendered the landline obsolete, merchandise imprinted with InvisibleInk™ will soon become the new norm. People will come to trust your brand and respect you as the influencers you are.
  • Exponential ROI

    • Clients will be clamoring for merchandise imprinted with InvisibleInk™. As one of the first companies to incorporate these types of promos into your campaign, your sales will dominate the competition. View the chart below for reference:
  • Imprint your promos imprinted with InvisibleInk™ today!

    Choosing InvisibleInk™ is simple. Browse any of our thousands of products as you normally would. Once you’ve selected one that’s perfect for your campaign (might I recommend the Malibu Sunglasses), click the “Yes” option under “Use rushIMPRINT proprietary InvisibleInk™”. That’s it! Sooner than you know it, you’ll be opening your box of freshly-imprinted promos, hot off the presses.

    How to Grow Your Own Organic Vegetables – Even in a Small Apartment



    If you’re anything like me, you’re into living healthy. In addition to keeping active – or at least giving it the ol’ college try – a great way to stay in shape is to eat organic foods. However, delicious and nutritious though they may be, their prices are often hard to swallow.

    Healthy living definitely has a high cost-of-entry, but what can you do about it? Organic foods are more expensive than your run-of-the-mill, overly-processed muckity-muck, and understandably so. Their smaller volume, lower demand, larger and more diverse work force required, and inability to scale due to the diversity of numerous markets all account for their cost.

    So what’s a person to do? It’s not like we all have acres of farmland or copious amounts of expendable income. Are we supposed to just swallow our pride along with those GMOs and wash it all down with our hopes and dreams of staying fit? I vote nay, and so does startagarden.org!

    Imagine being able to grow your own kale in the same place you kick your feet up to binge watch the latest season of House of Cards. Well guess what. You can totally can do that, and Startagarden.org will hold your hand each step of the way.

    Their pot size selector helps you live out your old Macdonald fantasies with something as small as a plastic cup. Additionally, enter the dimensions of your own custom cup or container to proceed to the next step.

    Choose your container size, click next, and you’ll be given a selection of glorious and organic munchables that can be on your plate in as little as a few weeks.

    On top of that, they even tell you where other farm hopefuls goofed up so you can know what not to do! It’s really an incredible site, and can help you save money on your organic vegetables.

    Try starting your own garden in some of our custom tumblers or custom mason jars and hand out fresh produce to your favorite clients or employees!

    6 Facts to Clear up Your St. Patrick’s Day Ignorance




    As a child, I remember celebrating March 17th in a few fun ways. I’d wear my green crayon down to a stub on festive coloring books, cut out clovers from green construction paper, and if I was lucky, slurp a couple bowls of that toasted oats and marshmallow cereal – you know the one. As I grew older, I abandoned coloring books and green crayons, and the only thing I was slurping down was green beer. However, between the pots of gold, leprechauns, and rainbows, I never fully understood the history behind the day. Instead, I was content in my ignorance and let myself be ensorcelled by the magic of it all.

    However, as sites like paddynotpatty.com point out, ignorance isn’t always bliss. Irish heritage is something in which millions take pride; something that many of us may be unwittingly trampling all over. In order to clear up any ambiguity, allow me to offer 5 facts about St. Patrick’s Day of which you might not have been aware. (I sure wasn’t)

    1. St. Patrick was not born in Ireland.

    It may be shocking to find out that St. Patrick was not actually born in Ireland, but Roman Britain in the fourth century. His early years were spent living under the roof of his wealthy father, a deacon of the Christian church. However, when he was merely 16 years old, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken to Gaelic Ireland, where he would spend six years against his will working as a shepherd. It was during this time he “found God”, escaped from, and later returned to Ireland to convert Pagans to Christianity.

    2. There aren’t now, nor were there ever snakes in Ireland.

    Although the popular myth recounting St. Patrick’s heroic exile of all snakes from Ireland may be a great bedtime story to tell the wee lasses and lads, it simply isn’t true – at least not when taken literally. Currently, no species of snake inhabits the Emerald Isle, but research by National Geographic indicates that it was in fact the Ice Age, not St. Patrick, that’s responsible for Ireland’s snake-less nature. The “snakes” may be interpreted in a more metaphorical sense referring to St. Patrick converting Pagans to Christianity.

    3. It’s a 3-leaved clover, not 4!

    To help him explain the Christian Holy Trinity to the Pagans, St. Patrick used the three leaves of a clover to represent the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit of the Christian religion. Although it is considered lucky if you stumble upon a clover with 4 leaves, as they are fairly uncommon, it has nothing to do with St. Patrick.

    4. Wait, why are we wearing green?

    Great question. Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve always personally just associated the color green with St. Patrick’s Day and never really considered the meaning behind it. The whole idea that “Green=St. Patrick’s Day” has been ingrained in my mind since youth, and I imagine it’s the same with a lot of other folks as well. Sure, the shamrock’s association to this day might certainly be a reason behind the green-washing, though it goes a bit deeper. Initially, the color first adopted by holiday patrons was “St. Patrick’s blue”, a light, almost pastel color. It wasn’t until the late 18th century that green was adopted by the United Irishmen, a republican organization launched in rebellion against the 1798 British Rule. Ever since, the color green has been associated with Irish nationalism.

    5. Alcohol was forbidden!

    It might come as quite a shock, but until 1970, when it was officially recognized as a national holiday in Ireland, there wasn’t a single pub open on St. Patrick’s Day! This civic sobriety is a far cry from today, in which an estimated $245 million dollars is spent in bars worldwide on just beer alone. This doesn’t even take into account shots of liquor, tips for the bartender, or orders of corned beef and cabbage.

    6. This year will celebrate the 253rd Annual NYC St Patrick’s Day Parade

    One of the world’s largest, the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade is still celebrated in much the same way it was back in 1763 – no floats, automobiles, or any modern accommodations are permitted. Hundreds of thousands people march up Fifth avenue the same way the colonists did: on foot!

    Hopefully this helped to not only teach you a bit about the history of St. Patrick’s Day, but also get you pumped for this weekend’s festivities! In case I don’t see ya, happy St. Patrick’s Day! Erin go Bragh!