Help us improve rushIMPRINT and you could win $200 of free promos

by Dan Broudy, CEO of rushIMPRINT

I want to make the rushimprint.com online experience faster and more user friendly for our customers.

Hello everyone. I need your help. While we have made many upgrades to rushIMPRINT this year, I want to make the user experience easier and faster, and I am hoping you will help us to do that. Every aspect of what we do at rushIMPRINT has to do with speed. We love getting orders done faster than expected, getting art proofs out in record time, and we love making our customers experience as quick and easy as possible. I liken our inside customer service reps to gunslingers. They need to be quick on the draw for any rush scenario, and be relentless in their pursuit of customer satisfaction.

In the immortal words of Jerry Maguire: “Help me help you”. All I ask is that you don’t laugh at me the way the character Rod Tidwell laughed at Jerry Maguire. If you could please submit to me your best ideas of what upgrades to our website or tweaks to the ordering process that would make the overall user experience better and faster, any changes that get implemented, I will give you $200 worth of promos with your logo on it. Post them on our blog, tweet us, make a comment on our Facebook account or just email me dbroudy at rushimprint.com.

If you can get back to us as quickly as possible, it would be much appreciated. Thank you for your patronage, and for sharing your ideas.

Dan Broudy

15 Fun Clocks to Help You Keep Track of Time

Time is something that everyone needs to keep track of sooner or later. Therefore, a clock is an essential item that is in every household. Being that everyone has a clock, then why not have fun with it and get a wacky, kooky one that will make your houseguests trying to figure out where you got it. Here are 15 fun clocks that will give some style to telling time.

1. Spirit of St. Louis Desktop Clock Radio

15 Fun Clocks - Clock 1This clock was made for world travelers who want an AM/FM clock radio that also tells time.  It looks like one of those old-school suitcases that you would stick stickers to show where you have been.  The clock’s minute and hour hands glow in the dark, so you can even use it as a night light.

2. Record Player Clock

15 Fun Clocks - Clock 2 Music lovers will rejoice when they see this clock.  It’s a clock that looks like a record player that is actually made out of one.  Made from a recycled Motorola record player, this clock even has an actual record that it uses, “I’ll Be Around” by Tommy James and the Shondells, which is replaceable.

3. Ying Yang Clock

15 Fun Clocks - Clock 3 This clock redefines that feng shui feel by balancing time with a picture that will make you stop and smile.  You do not have to search around for the perfect picture that is the right size to stick in the photo frame.  Instead, you can upload the image you desire, and you have your perfect ying yang clock.

4. Lego Radio Alarm Clock

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This is a great clock for children and lego-lovin’ adults.  It has a AM/FM radio that allows you to wake up to your favorite music, or just listen to it whenever you want.  There are some clocks that make it hard for you to hit the “Snooze” button.  With the clock’s big buttons, you will never have to worry about that.  This could be a good or bad thing because you might just stay in bed.

5. The Gizmo Clock

15 Fun Clocks - Clock 5If you are someone who is constantly knocking your clock on the floor, then the Gizmo Clock is the right one for you.  It has suction cups on the bottom of the feet, so it will be stuck to wherever you place it.  You can place this clock wherever you want.  For instance, your bedroom, office, kitchen, living room, and the keeps going.

6. Uomino Tavolo

15 Fun Clocks - Clock 6 Everyone has heard that expression that “time is running out.” Now, there is a clock can say it for you.  This clock will be a constant reminder to not procrastinate because you will look at it, and see time passing you by.  It’s a great gift for someone who never seems to be on time.

7. Aspiral Clocks

15 Fun Clocks - Clock 7 A unique clock that comes in all different colors and designs. The red ball keeps going and going until it reaches the 12th hour. Like a pinball, it goes through the hole in the middle, and it starts right back up again.

8. Elements Water Powered Clock

15 Fun Clocks - Clock 8For the environmentalist in you, this clock actually runs on water for 1.5 weeks.  It helps you keep track of the time and date without needing to use a battery or power charger. Great way to teach people that you can make a difference even by telling time.

9. Retro Alarm Clock

15 Fun Clocks - Clock 9 This clock will make you think about all the beach movies you watched growing up. Where everyone starts dancing and singing out of the blue, and use words like “Cowabunga.” If you are into retro designs, then you will love this clock that looks like it’s on an old-school surfboard.

10. Helice Clock

15 Fun Clocks - Clock 10 Colors are a great way to bring light to a clock and your room.  This clock tells the time, date, and temperature.  The colors are brought out by the minimalistic design.

11. 3-Port USB Hub with Clock 15 Fun Clocks - Clock 10

If you want to keep track of time, while connecting your electronics, then here is this clock for your enjoyment.  You can connect three different gadgets (i.e. laptop, PDA, etc) at the same time.  The clock comes in green, pink, or blue.

12. Amone World Time Clock

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This clock tells time in 18 cities all over the world.  It displays the time, date, calendar, and thermometer in three tiers.  It helps in reading the information, and not having it be in the same window.  Definitely a clock with style.

13. Starbust Clock

15 Fun Clocks - Clock 13 This clock will brighten any wall.  There are different color schemes, depending on your preference.  It may take awhile to tell the time, but it’s definitely worth it when you have everyone exclaiming how fun your clock is.

14. Beer Fly ClockFine Clock

15 Fun Clocks - Clock 14 Beer drinkers, now here is a clock for you. It is a custom image of a beer drink that will make you daydream while you watch time go by.  According to the makers, the print will last 100 years without fading.  So drink a beer, and enjoy your clock.

15. Impress Clock/Organizer

15 Fun Clocks - Clock 15 Time management and organization go hand-in-hand, so why not have a clock that helps you do this?  This clock will keep your supplies in order while you know what time it is.

rushTSHIRTS Battles Against Cancer

Just a few weeks ago, an incredible event occurred. In an indoor cycling event, more than 30 participants biked over 6,000 miles collectively in a 6 hour period to raise money for cancer.

What’s the status? Wendy from Howley Bread tells us, “WOW, what an event…8 teams equals 40 Panera employees on spin bikes working out and raising $9.578.00 plus $2k in donated food! The event itself raised a total of $81,575 for CSFAC!”

Incredible. rushTSHIRTS provided some great apprael for the events. You can tell that the event was a huge success.





St. Patrick’s Day: Items to Show Off Your Irish Pride

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most recognized holidays around the world. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years. It slowly changed to the festivities that we hold today. In the mid-1990′s, the Irish government wanted use St. Patrick’s Day as a way for the Irish to embrace their history and culture. St. Patrick’s Day has now turned into a holiday that is enjoyed world-wide, and by a variety of people,some who are not even of Irish descent. People celebrate by wearing greens, eating Irish food, and drinking beer. Therefore, you have to make sure that you are ready to venture outside your home wearing some St. Paddy’s gear. If you don’t wear green, you will have a sore arm from all these pinches you are going to be receiving. There are so many ways to represent your Irish (even if you’re not) pride by having a few items.

Definitely have a t-shirt says a famous saying, such as “Kiss Me, I’m Irish.”  If you want to be more original, then why not create your own St. Paddy’s shirt with your own saying it on it. You can start with a green shirt, and you can either add shamrocks all over it, or make the saying stand out. on its own. Add a green cap to the ensemble, and you will not have to worry that someone will pinch you for not wearing green.

You should add a St. Patrick’s necklace or two the ensemble.   This can be a quick and easy way to show other people that you mean business. Necklaces can be a way to bond as well because you can take one off of your neck, and pass it out to your friends, or a complete stranger, who is at the same Irish pub as you.  Definitely a great conversation starter, especially when you have a unique one.

This can also be a great way to connect with your clients, if you are an entrepreneur and/or business owner.  You can hand these to your clients whenever you see them.  This is a great way to have your clients remember you because you will be one of the only, maybe the ONLY one, who will send something out during St. Patrick’s.

There are buttons, magnets, and even wigs to show your Irish spirit.

Customizing gear to fit what you want is the best way to go because you will get stopped while walking around the pub by people asking where you got it because they have never seen it before. Don’t wait til March 17th to get all your St. Paddy’s day swag!

rushIMPRINT’s Charity Commitment: Milestone Centers Inc.

rushIMPRINT is devoted to the non-profit organization, and this week, we’ve taken the plunge to help a local Pittsburgh organization, the Milestone Centers Inc.. Milestone is based out of Southwestern Pennsylvania and provides services to individuals with behavioral and intellectual challenges. Milestone offers counseling, rehabilitation and training, information and referral services, consultation, education and prevention services, developmental activities programs, and a whole lot more.

This past month, we donated some promotional t-shirts from rushTSHIRTS to acknowledge Milestone’s commitment to community:


As you can tell, they’re super excited to wear it!

Kate of Milestone has said, “Thank you rushIMPRINT for helping us ‘help extraordinary people live ordinary lives.’” Thank YOU, Milestone, for making that happen.

Throw an A-List Academy Awards Party

If you are a movie fan, then you know that the Academy Awards is this Sunday on March 7, 2010.  This is where everyone in Hollywood will be strolling down the red carpet in their most glamorous gowns and suits.  You might not be there to join them, but you can celebrate the biggest night in Hollywood by getting all your movie-loving friends together and throwing an Academy Awards party. You can cheer and jeer at the movies, actors, directors, etc. that win Oscars this year.  These are the steps to throw an Academy Awards party fit for celebrities.

Send Out Your Oscar Invitations

Use Evite or Socialzr to send your invitees flashy invitations letting them know that the Academy Awards party is on.  The best time to send them is a month to six weeks before the party, so your friends have time to RSVP.  It will give you enough time to figure out the amount of food, drinks, and space you’ll need for the party to run smoothly.

Lights! Camera! Action! Decorate Away

Decorating for an Academy Awards party is very easy because your television will be the center star. However, you can make the rest of your place feel like an Oscar event by hanging star garlands around your house. There are decorations made specifically for the Academy Awards, so it’s easy to glam up your place without giving it much thought.  You can even have a red carpet leading to your door that will make your guests feel like they are being followed by paparazzi. Maybe snap a picture of them when they walk through your door, and/or have a microphone and announce their arrival.

Have All the Food a Movie Lover Would Want

You might want to make the party very ritzy and serve little hors d’oeuvres to your guests. However, the Academy Awards is a pretty long show, so you want to stick with food that will fill them up, so they are not starving. Buffalo wings, chip-n- dip, swedish meatballs, etc. The one thing that every Academy Awards party should have is popcorn. Why not create get an Oscars artwork, and create your own popcorn bin that you can give to your guests?  Get enough non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, or even tell your guests to bring their own, so that you are not scrambling for anything when they are announcing the Oscar winners.

Wear Something that Will Have You on the Best-Dressed List

There are so many ways to go with what to wear for your Academy Awards party. If you are going to make it trendy, have your guests wear evening dresses and suits. Another great angle is having your guests dress up as their favorite Oscar-worthy movie character. You will already have the one-up on having a successful party by doing this. If you just want your friends to be comfortable while you lounge around watching the Academy Awards, then ask everyone to wear their pajamas.

Make a Game of the Oscar Winners

Before the Academy Awards officially being, pass around Oscar Party Pool Sheets to your guests. Have them fill out their guesses as to who they think will win.  The person who gets the most guesses right should get his/her own Oscar.  Make your own version of the Oscar, and after the real Academy Awards are finished, present the Oscar to the winner.  Have the winner give a thank-you speech to all the people who really, really loved him/her.

There are so many ways to throw a successful Academy Awards party.  Whatever you decide to do, just remember to have fun and enjoy the Oscars.  Even if your picks do not win, you will still be a winner.

rushIMPRINT’s Commitment to Charity: VON Spotlight

As part of our charity initiative, our promotional products arm in Canada has donated graciously to VON, the Victorian Order of Nurses. VON is Canada’s largest charitable homes and community care organization. The goal of VON is to address health care and social needs and to provide solutions to address them. VON provides prenatal education, baby clinics, school health services, visiting nursing, coordinated home care programs, home-based palliative care, adult day programs, foot care clinics, respite care, primary health care clinics, and health care in shelters for women, children, and at-risk youth — among other things too! There are over 75 programs at 52 local sites staffed by 4500 health care workers and over 9000 volunteers! That’s pretty impressive!

To thank VON for their contributions to the Canadian community, rushIMPRINT.ca donated water bottles to help their mission, which they accepted graciously:


Here’s what they had to say:

I have had the most amazing experience working with Dan Broudy at Rush Imprint. From the very start, Dan was helpful, respectful and diligent about providing VON with products we were happy with. We ordered a number of products from Rush Imprint including pens, magnets and the water bottles seen in the picture. Our products arrived at our door step less than 24 hours after we put our order through to our surprise and they look fantastic!! I would recommend Dan and the rest of Rush Imprint to anyone looking for promotional products any time! Thank you so much for being a leader in this business!

-Becky Ahrens, Coordinator of Hospice Volunteer Program, VON

Thank you VON for all that you do!

Keep Your New Year Resolution: Lose Weight

One of the most popular New Year resolutions is losing weight. In January, the gyms are packed, and everyone seems to be on a diet. Usually around six weeks later, people lose steam and mentally scratch that resolution off their lists. The hardest part about exercising is starting. People tend to start working out too hard and much from the beginning, so they quickly lose interest and start eating food that they shouldn’t. Here are some ways to continue working out and successfully completing your New Year resolution to lose weight.

A great way to continue plunging forward on your goal to fit into your skinny jeans is starting and maintaining a food diary. You can either buy a notebook or use an online web site, like MyFitnessPal, to keep track of your progress.  The best method for keeping track of your food intake is writing down every time you eat something in this format: Type of Food, Servings, and a Note. If you use one of the online sites to track your food intake, then they will automatically calculate how many calories you have consumed. If you are forced to read what you are actually putting in your body, you will eventually stop overeating.

The best tactic to continue working out is attending group gym classes. There are so many to choose from, so mix it up. It’s good practice to start exercising by joining some of these classes because you are held accountable. If you start missing a day or two, your fitness instructor usually will come up to you to see where you have been. The more frequently you go, you will begin seeing the same people. If they start losing weight, then that will push you to want to do the same. Grab some workout gear and start getting physical.

Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. Water is essential for losing weight. It replenishes your thirst and your body. One of the great things about water is that it fends of hunger. People mistake thirst for hunger. Not drinking enough water is one of the reasons that people overeat. If you are not much of a water drinker, then start with flavored water to get used to it. When you are at the point where you are drinking plenty of flavored water, then start switching to regular water.

Keep your New Year resolutions. There is no excuse not to do something that you have been wanting to do.  Yes, life can sometimes get in the way, but if you eat right, drink plenty of water, and exercise (even if it’s only for ten minutes), you will be on your way in no time.

Marrow’s Sunshine Enema Album Now on USB Pill

A few months ago, rushIMPRINT was tasked with one of the coolest projects for Marrow: to imprint promotional products for their their newest album, Sunshine Enema. Lovely Package summarized their vision:

We started brainstorming knowing two things – we wanted our music on a USB drive and we wanted the packaging to be humorous – a bright, glossy coating to the darker themes of the music. After about an hour, the plans for ‘Sunshine Enema’ were fully realized – we would have a USB drive shaped like a pill nestled inside a pill bottle. Cotton and child proof cap, of course. The bottle would be sold inside of our own Marrow prescription bag, along with a t-shirt if desired.

Marrow is happy with the product, and so are we. Below, check out pictures of the USB drive and the bags that we made for them:



Essential Items to Keep Warm This Winter

In many areas, this has been the coldest and longest winter that people have seen in years. There have been feet of snow piling up on the streets; chilly, windy days that make you run inside as fast as possible; and neighbors coming together to shovel and clean their streets and cars. Therefore, you have to be prepared to handle all the cold, snowy days that makes you realize that summer isn’t coming fast enough.

An insulated coat is essential to keep warm. They also have a way of keeping out the wind and water that can sometimes accompany a winter day.  Dressing in layers underneath is something essential when dealing with the cold.  Depending on what you are doing, you can easily become warmer or colder in no time.  Layers are a great way to remove or add clothing to fit your needs.

Chapped lips are something that usually happens to the best of us in the cold, especially when the wind is kicking it up a notch. Therefore, you should always carry around some lip balm to smooth over your lips when they start feeling a little dry. Something people tend to forget is that sun can actually be stronger during the winter months than summer ones. If you can get lip balm with SPF protection, then that is the best way to go.

You’re probably going to spend a few hours shoveling snow to get your car out, so you want to ensure that your head, neck, and hands stay warm. When you go out, always bundle up by wearing a hat, scarf, and gloves. If you can find insulated ones, then go for those because you will not even realize that you are in 30 degrees (or less) weather.

While your waiting for your car to warm up, you want to have something that does the same for you. Make some coffee, tea, or hot chocolate that you can put in a travel mug. In this way, while you are seeing your own breath, you can quickly get your insides warm while you wait for the rest of you to catch up.

Warm blankets are a great way to cuddle up while you watch the snow falling outside. Fleece is always essential for cold weather. It doesn’t just keep you warm, but feels amazing on your skin.

You might be tired of seeing snow, but there is no excuse not to keep warm this winter.