Marketing Budgets Rise in 2011

The Chief Marketing Officer Council, a global network of 6,000 chief marketers, recently released the results of a global survey conducted on 600-plus marketers. The report indicates that approximately 60% of the participants intend to shell out more for marketing initiatives, including brand building, promotional items, and promo products. A significant 26% of those surveyed intend to increase spending by 1%-5% in 2011 alone.

Marketing Budgets On the Rise

Another report, the 2011 State of Marketing: Outlook, Intentions and Investments, found that marketers are now beginning to focus, and accordingly spend more, on digital media and online marketing. Comparative research by the CMO Council revealed that of the marketers surveyed, a majority planned to increase their social media budgets by more than 5%. This budget increase could also be allotted to other forms of online marketing such as search engine optimization, mobile initiatives, online videos and banners, and brand building and promo products.Despite these increases, the report states that increased spending on digital media will still make up only a maximum of 10% of marketing expenditure. According to the CMO Council, it is of critical importance that marketers implement an approach that takes advantage of both digital and online marketing tactics. With the effects of these strategies capable of measurement, it’s no wonder these approaches are becoming increasingly popular for brand building and increased sales. This was reinforced by CMO Council’s Executive Director, Donovan Neale-May: “Today’s successful marketing organization is unifying its extended ecosystem, aligning more effectively with business and sales groups and integrating campaign components to drive efficiency and more measurable outcomes.”

In addition to the enhanced brand building tactics and increased use of promotional items, the report also revealed the participants’ plans to enhance customer segmentation and targeting. The CMO Council concluded by saying that marketing, has evolved from simple branding and now impacts many aspects of business operations, including strategic planning and forecasting, business development, pricing, channel management, and even product design.

Swag Up Your Company Picnics

Are you tired of same old boring company picnic? There’s an easy way to spice things up, and leave a lasting impression on your employees. rushIMPRINT carries several products that add some much-needed excitement and enjoyment to the mundane picnic. Use them to liven up the atmosphere or even to promote a little competition by raffling off some of these quality products. Friendly competition through drawings, or even giving swag away as a gift to your employees, is an effective way to boost morale. These exciting products are imprinted with your company logo, a valuable method of marketing your company to your employees’ friends and family.

For example, the Koozie Picnic Kooler is a stylish way to cool off those sodas or other beverages. It gives a professional look and feel to the bags’ intriguing style, and can hold 18 beverages to cool off even the hottest of picnics. Plus, there are several colors to choose from. A well-insulated front compartment on the watertight main compartment holds even more picnic items. There are several promotional coolers to choose from!

We also carry the very sleek custom picnic basket cooler. It’s distinctive design allows storage for up to 24 12oz. cans at a time. These baskets spruce up any picnic with their professional appearance. External pockets provide easy storage of accessories, and a dual snap enclosure supplies a tight seal for those beverages.

Let your employees sit in style!

How many company picnics just don’t have enough seating for everybody? A fun, polished way to fix this problem is a branded folding chair. These chairs are made of a high-quality tubular steel support and nylon for the seating with mesh cupholders in each arm. There are more than 10 colors to choose from, so you can pick the best fit for your company’s picnic. These chairs also have a carrying bag equipped with drawstring for easy travel.

The sun is often the enemy hot summer picnics. What better way to combat the sun’s brightness than a pair of custom aviator sunglasses? These provide a unique style and excellent eye protection. They’re also lightweight and comfortable to wear. Choose from 3 different frame colors.

Custom Imprinted Back to School Gear

Back to school is a huge selling season, and with the right tools it can be the perfect season for cheap and effective marketing. Students of all ages are returning to school, and they need school supplies. With imprinted promotional items, you’ll have lasting brand awareness. To take advantage of this incredible opportunity, visit rushIMPRINT, where numerous promotional items are offered specifically for this purpose.

Great back-to-school lunch caddies!

Parents won’t want to miss out on free supplies for their students, and you shouldn’t miss this incredible opportunity for a free and effective marketing campaign. At rushIMPRINT, you can find just about everything students need. For maximum product placement, try consulting a checklist of items parents are on the lookout for. A good checklist can be found here. On rushIMPRINT you can find most of these items, including promotional backpacks, imprinted notebooks, lunch caddies, Ipad sleeves & promo pens.

These products will be seen in every aspect of the school day. Your logo will be seen on backpacks in the hall, and many students even use them as their travel bags. They’ll be on lunch trays every day in the cafeteria, where they’ll be the envy of the students stuck eating cafeteria food. They’re even on iPads, and on the pens and notebooks used daily in virtually every class. All of this means the mosts exposure for you and your business, with little to no effort or expenditure on your part. These products will help to generate revenue and foster lasting brand awareness.

These Back to School Promos get an A+! With their help, your marketing will, too, so don’t miss out on this opportunity for enormous exposure!

Swag Done Right

Corporate Swag refers to the trade show giveaways a person receives for walking aisle after aisle in a conference center looking at the wares and services of the vendors. What makes for good Corporate Swag? Does item functionality reign supreme, or can a creative, unique design transform an otherwise regular item into marketing gold? Personally, I think that both functionality and design can make Promotional Products that will be spared the trash bin.

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Let’s look at what functional means when it comes to Promotional Stuff. Functional is something I can incorporate into my day regardless of the logo or corporate saying. However, if the trade show giveaways are an article of clothing, the artwork really needs to grab my attention, or be odd or quirky. A double meaning for a saying is fun on a promotional company t-shirt. Uninspired artwork is not.

When a company takes the time and effort to design artwork that represents the industry and the featured event well, I could argue that whatever the Promotional Stuff is, the company will be positively remembered. Even inconsequential artwork can have a big advertising impact.

Promotional company backpacks and custom duffel bags often are Custom Promotional Items given away at a trade show. I really like to receive these types of Promotional Stuff, especially when it is well made. One of the worst mistakes a company can make is to hand out badly made items. I would equate the cheapness of the product with bad quality control of the company whose name is on the gift.

Another bane of Corporate Swag is handing out old technology. If the Promotional Products that are given out are company logo USB and promotional thumb drives, make sure they are made with the latest technology. If I put the drive into my USB and it can’t be read, or there is little storage capacity, I again will look with question on the company whose logo is stamped on the casing.

Other Custom Promotional Items that are common novelty items are blinking noise making balls or yo-yos. While neither of these items are very useful, they are fun. My dog loves the balls; my cats hate them. A custom yo-yo is fun if you know how to run one. My dogs love them if they are thrown, and my cats love the string.

Bottom-line, quality swag is made up of two parts; useful, quality products and creative design. It’s important to always order from a quality manufacturer. Remember that your promotional swag is a reflection on your company, and in the mind of the consumer, a poorly made item is usually associated with poor business. But just as important is the use of quality artwork. A promotional backpack with a poor design can be outdone by something as simple as a company shirt with a unique, creative look. So, always try to achieve a balance of the two.

QR Codes as a Marketing Tool

Quick response codes (QR) are flat little squares of black and white dots that are cropping up across the mobile marketing field. Smartphone users simply snap a photo of these dots and a QR code reader app connects to an Internet landing page, revealing a world of useful information. For those who market with promotional products, QR codes could be the most prescient, agile and robust way to appeal to the burgeoning mobile market.


Try it, it works!

The growing trend toward QR codes for marketing is already well established in Japan, where 25% of shopping takes place on mobile devices. The US market has been slower to catch on to the QR trend, but forward-thinking marketers are beginning to sit up and take notice. Promotional products are the perfect platform for quick response technology. A QR code reader app can make a product perform all sorts of Internet tricks that can keep consumers entertained and engaged for years to come.

The ways advertisers are able to use QR codes for marketing is limited only by imagination. These little black and white dynamos are more than just two-dimensional barcodes, they can really pack a marketing wallop. They can be stamped on almost any flat surface or digital location, and linked to all sorts of Internet destinations, from functional to frivolous. Landing pages can include product information, reviews, discount coupons, online shopping pages, social media platforms, music, videos, games, surveys, polls, and much more.

One really innovative way to use QR on promotional products is to embellish the code itself with a graphic or message. The codes are made up of black and white patterns that can only be read by a QR code reader app, but unused areas in the code’s design may be crafted into a simple picture or words. This is even more reason to put QR codes on promotional products.

Clearly the trend toward consumer use of QR technology is growing quickly and the mobile movement shows no sign of slowing anytime soon. Using QR codes to market promotional products is simply a smart business move. Advertisers can start by learning more ways for marketers to use QR codes creatively.

Hit a Hole-In-One with Promotional Golf Products!

For several decades, business professionals spanning a wide range of industries have chosen the links over the conference room. Golf courses afford a place where professionals can build the trust and understanding it takes to forge some of the most important business deals of their careers. There is a real art to doing business on the golf course and the use of promotional golf products brings your business to where business is done.

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All golfers need a bag for carrying their clubs and other essentials, so why not consider promotional golf bags to provide for this need while also promoting your business? rushIMPRINT offers promotional golf bags by Slazenger featuring multiple pockets and dual straps for comfort. Each bag is imprinted with your company logo and/or additional text.

As golf balls are either in hand or in front of the club during every round of golf, why not also use custom logo golf balls to promote your business? rushIMPRINT offers Titleist NXT Tour custom logo golf balls customized with a one or two-color logo and additional imprint text. As your customers are going to need to clean either a club or a ball at some point, why not provide them with custom golf towels to promote your business? rushIMPRINT offers custom golf towels in several colors with a one-color imprint of your company’s logo. Ensure they also stay dry with a custom two-tone golf umbrella from rushIMPRINT, customized with a one color imprint of your company logo and optional text.

Golf accessories see a lot of use out on the golf course – why not provide your customers with custom golf ball markers as well? rushIMPRINT offers a diverse selection of custom golf ball markers and tools. Hat clips with magnetic ball markers are available in gold or silver and engraved with your company logo. rushIMPRINT also offers golf stress balls imprinted with your company logo and optional text. They fit easily into a customer’s golf bag and are great for relieving stress while also improving concentration.

When you consider all of the areas of the game where you can make a substantial impact promoting your business, your choice to use promotional golf products makes sense. Customers’ golf bags, towels, ball markers, stress relievers and the balls themselves aren’t just necessary to playing the game; These are items that provide you with great opportunities to promote your business.

Get Cooking With Our Top Four Grilling Gifts

A truly great promotional item is one that works well and will be used often, building goodwill with every use. With summer grilling season in full swing, now is the perfect time to distribute promotional grilling items imprinted with your company’s logo. Customers will be excited to receive high-quality custom grilling kits or custom spatulas for free, far more so than if they received a pen or a magnet. The positive associations with your company will then be reinforced every time they fire up the grill for summer fun.

Promo Grilling Items

Great Grilling Options!

The best promotional grilling items are ones that are going to be used frequently and kept close to hand at the grill. Items like digital grilling forks and lighted bamboo spatulas are perfect multipurpose grilling tools that can easily find a place in any home grill master’s toolbox. Custom spatulas with logos are unusual and distinctive, so you don’t need to worry about your promotion blending into the crowd. The lighted bamboo spatula is an especially clever promotional item because it is a conversation piece in itself. Many cooks won’t have seen a spatula that lights up for evening grilling before, making your item even more noticeable and unique. Digital grilling forks allow for quick temperature checks throughout the grilling process, and will keep your company’s logo right next to the grill on the handsome carrying case.

For a truly memorable promotional gift, custom grilling kits are unbeatable. With all the most essential grilling tools in a single sturdy case, this is an item that will not only be used at home, but for camping, tailgating, or any grilling opportunity. Your 8″x3″ logo on the case will be clearly visible to everyone who assists in the grilling process, and the rugged, professional grade kit is sure to stand up to season after season of use. No matter what items you choose, though, you can’t go wrong with promotional grilling gifts this summer.

Business Lessons Learned from Dr. Seuss

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
(Oh, the Places You’ll Go!)Dr. Seuss

Whether you are starting your own business or you are working your way up the corporate ladder, it is important to remain focused on your goals. During our careers we are all sure to encounter many people that will enrich your experience in various ways. At times we are faced with difficulty and those acquaintances can challenge our goals and beliefs. Other times we meet extraordinary people who inspire us to better ourselves and remind us why we pursue each of our paths. Regardless of those you find yourself working amongst currently, Dr. Seuss reminds us here of an essential point. We must remain true to who we are and allow each new experience to enrich our lives and create a better future each day. Everyone you meet has a lesson to be shared and sometimes the real trick is discovering what it means for you.

“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”
(Oh, the Places You’ll Go!) Dr. Seuss

Balance may be one of the hardest areas of life to conquer, and personally speaking, I’m not sure one ever truly can. Learning where to step as you move along in life can prove to be considerably more challenging than we all expected. Whether we are juggling professional requirements, social obligations, and personal interests, we are constantly looking to achieve a level of balance that can adequately please all of these areas. It’s possible that this ‘great balancing act’ brings out the best within all of us. The pressure to accomplish each of these commitments in our lives forces us to remain focused, sharp, and determined. Maybe the true lesson here is that we should not be afraid of the pressure of commitment, but instead embrace them as opportunities to better ourselves.

‘‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
(I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!) Dr. Seuss

This may be the most simple, yet most important of all lessons that a business professional could learn from the great Dr. Seuss. Life is in constant evolution and even more so within the marketplace. In today’s ever-changing landscape, it is never a bad idea to take a step in a different direction and learn something new and different, outside your typical daily routine. Spring is right around the corner, and as plants start to sprout, we encourage you to follow their lead and expand your repertoire.

What are your favorite lessons learned from Dr. Seuss?

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We’re Thankful for You – How do you say ‘Thanks’?

November is a month to celebrate being thankful for many things, including family, friends and workplace colleagues. It’s always a good idea to take a moment and thank those who have helped you in the past year. With that being said, we at are thankful for many things as well, most importantly you! Below are a few tips on how you can say ‘Thank You’ to your customers, partners or colleagues.

Be Creative
There are many ways to say ‘thank you’ but most of us have heard them all before, so it may take some creativity to come up with the best gift or expression that will really brighten up their day.

Surprise Them!
While this is similar to being creative mentioned above, take it a step further and really do something they don’t expect. Gifts that create a ‘WOW’ factor not only give the recipient a fun boost of excitement they will also walk away feeling as though you really took time to think about them.

Make it Personal
A freshly printed Holiday card with your imprinted message and logo is a crisp look, but instead take a moment and write out a letter or sign a card. If you’re saying ‘thank you’ to customers you may not be sending every one a card, but you might be able to offer them individual coupons or promotions that will not only cause them to buy more but will also feel tailored to their needs.

What We’re Thankful for…”

“I am thankful for the great relationships that I have built by being a member of the Clayton Kendall & rushIMPRINT team.”
- Luke
Online Merchandising Manager

“The simple things. It’s the smile from my youngest nephew that can totally put things back in perspective and make me realize what is truly important in this world, and to just let all the other nonsense go. So remember to smile, I guarantee you will make someone’s day and help them realize that things can always get better.”
- Chrissy
Administrative Assistant / Customer Service

“Thankful for being with Clayton Kendall for 13 years, the thrill of watching Clayton Kendall grow and experience the growth every step of the way.”
- Linda

“I am new to and have to say I am thankful for a great job. Getting to work for our terrific customers and with great suppliers and staff is an added benefit!”
Accounting Dept.

“I am thankful for Chrissy Wallace who handles all the details of an order so I can focus on business development.”
Regional Sales Manager

Staff Picked Items to say ‘Thank You’:

Cutter & Buck American Classic Document Compu-Case
Oil and Vinegar Fire Extinguisher Set

Oil and Vinegar Fire Extinguisher Set

Custom Fleece Blanket

Custom Fleece Blanket

All Time Favorites

All Time Favorites - Maple Ridge Assorted Treat Box

Silver Snowflake Ornament

Silver Snowflake Ornament

Shop Our Full Assortment of ‘Thank You’ Gifts!