Building Brand Awareness with Brand NamesUser Rating: / 1 PoorBest Offline MarketingWritten by Lee Eldridge Saturday, 24 April 2010 14:50 Utilizing promotional products is a great way to build brand awareness for your organization. There are thousands of products available at virtually every price point imaginable. So where do you start? How about leaning on somebody else's brand to help build your own brand awareness. When a name brand product is used as part of your promotional campaign, the good will of the name brand will help support your own brand. And a name brand product typically provides for a higher perceived value than other promotional gifts. Here are a few of my favorite brands available through promotional marketing. 3M Post it Notes This is a company with a great history of innovation beginning in 1902. 3M invented a number of interesting products from waterproof sandpaper in the early '20s to Post it Notes in 1980. You know that a product has achieved a great level of success when the name of the product is ingrained into our consciousness like Post it Notes. We offer some less expensive alternatives such as BIC Sticky Notes, but in our opinion, 3M's Post it Notes are still the best adhesive notes on the market today. They come in all shapes and sizes, and can be imprinted with your company information. Nalgene and Camelbak Water Bottles Two of the most recognizable brand names in drinkware, Nalgene and Camelbak produce the best water bottles available. They're nearly indestructible and are now made from BPA free materials. Durable water bottles are also eco friendly. Did you know that 8 in every 10 plastic water bottles end up in a landfill? And that we use more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually to make these water bottles? Just imagine if we all started using refillable water bottles instead. And then imagine if everyone had a refillable water bottle with your logo on it. Buck Knives and Swiss Army Knives There are a number of name brands available, but when it comes to knives, give me a Buck or a Swiss Army every time. Buck makes a great assortment of hunting knives and folding pocket knives that can be engraved with your logo. And haven't we all had a Swiss Army Knife at some point in our lives? Their multi function knives make awesome gifts. I've got a couple of them. I wear a Fossil watch, as does my wife. At my last business, we used to give to our employees on their fifth anniversary with the company. They offer a nice variety of high quality watches. The makers of Coleman coolers! Coleman was founded more than 100 years ago in Wichita, Kansas. Originally a manufacturer of lanterns, Coleman expanded into leisure and camping products when they introduced a galvanized steel cooler in 1954. By the '60s, Coleman had become the biggest name in the camping business. A great and trusted brand. The brand carries more oomph than virtually any other brand on the market today. The Nike swoosh is possibly the most recognizable logo ever created. And there are a number of Nike products available to the promotional products industry including apparel, golf balls, golf bags, sunglasses, golf shoes and golf clubs. M Edibles are often overlooked as promotional gifts, but there's typically no faster way to a client's heart than through their stomach. And it doesn't stop with the M Other options include Skittles, Jelly Belly, LifeSavers and much more. Yum. Great packaging and decoration ideas make M are fun promotional gift. All of this is just the beginning ideas for marketing promotions. More ideas include Alicia Klein, Baden, BIC, Case Logic, Cutter Buck, FootJoy, Jockey, Munsingwear, Pinnacle, Prang, RCC Koozie, Sharpie, Slinky, Tervis Tumbler, Thermos, Titleist, uni ball, Wilson, Zippo and much more. Venom Green 10s ,Oreo 4s Taxi 12s Low Bel Air 5s Bel Air 5s Last Shot 14s Black Toe 1s Photo Blue 9s Gamma Blue 12s Steel Grey 10s TO mark the start of Japan's whaling season, workers in the coastal town of Minamiboso, 62 miles south of Tokyo, carved up one of the animals before a crowd of school children and residents and handed out free samples of its fried meat.The annual event took place in the town's Wada district, a week into Japan's first coastal whaling season since a global court halted the better known Antarctic whaling in March.Though environmentalists condemn whaling, Japan maintains it is an important part of its food heritage. Wada is proud of its centuries old traditions and takes pains to hand them on to its children.A class of 10 year olds from the town's primary school stood transfixed as workers hauled a nine metre whale, killed the previous night, up a concrete ramp."This part is the fat. If you're scared, close your eyes," said Yoshinori Shoji, president of the Gaibo Hogei whaling company, as one of the workers sawed off the whale's skin and fat, exposing the dark meat and entrails."They're so skilful," some of the children said. But others gasped in horror.Whale is a rarity on most Japanese tables, but Wada residents regularly eat it at home and in school lunches."It's so good," said Taishi Makino, one of the pupils.In Wada, souvenir shops, restaurants, supermarkets and whale speciality stores line the streets, selling whale meat products and dishing up everything from whale sushi to fried whale."Here in Wada we eat whales. Every family eats whale at least once during the summer whaling season," said Michiyo Masuda, the students' teacher. "If we are eating whales, we have the responsibility to see and learn how they're prepared."At her school, 10 year olds study the biology of whales, the history of whaling and how to cook the meat."For us, whale is food. Whaling is a good tradition, and I want to pass on the trade before I die," said Mr Shoji, who gives talks in schools and whose firm processes and sells whale.Japan's international whaling programme suffered a blow when in March the International Court of Justice ordered a halt to its "scientific whaling" programme in the Antarctic. Venom Green 10s,Consumers are increasingly engaging in reading reviews, browsing products, locating stores, using or requesting coupons, checking prices, and comparison shopping online to get the best deals (including by mobile). Twenty nine percent of smartphone owners use their devices for shopping related activities. for people of all ages, especially for people in the 18 44 age bracket. subscribers for mobile, according to Nielsen. In December 2011, this was 47.8%. Among people aged 18 34, 80% of those who bought a phone in the first quarter of this year opted for a smartphone. The largest increase in smartphone ownership was seen among people aged 25 34 rising to 74%from 59% in July 2011 which means that most e commerce gains can be realized by retailers who target young adults. would be $20.3 billion this year, almost double the level in 2011. Shopping anytime and at any place is an attractive proposition for retail customers. According to the National Retail Federation, mobile usage for buying decisions is going to continue to play an important role in the holiday season shopping. According to a Neilsen survey in March, retail websites are more popular at present than apps. In a survey of 5,000 people, Nielsen analyzed that top retailers' (Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), Target (NYSE:TGT), Wal Mart (NYSE:WMT) and eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) apps and websites reached 60% of smartphone owners during the holiday season. According to a Neilsen survey, the majority of consumers termed online shopping their "overall favorite," "easiest" and "most convenient," while brick and mortar stores were termed "safest" and "most reliable." Mobile shopping came in second after online shopping for "most convenient" and "easiest," which shows that the acceptance for mobile commerce has just started, and will boom in the future. Retailers and marketers who quickly adapt to this growing trend will have a clear edge. used mobile commerce/shopping apps in June 2012 (17 times, on average). eBay's app got 13 million unique visitors in June, while Amazon's got 12 million. They are at the top of the Neilsen list for popular shopping apps. Target, a discount retailer, has been getting attention online as well as offline as shoppers look for the best deals available. It had more than 2 million unique visitors for its apps, and was the seventh on the list compiled by Nielsen. Daily exclusive deal sites like LivingSocial received significant visits as well, along with Shopkick and Out of Milk. Owing to the impressive e commerce sales of online companies like Amazon, brick and mortar retailers of apparel, shoes, electronics and other items are all stepping up efforts to include online operations in their current business model. Choices are being added for delivery and pick up of items that are ordered. Online sales can also be helpful for entering new markets where it is either expensive to have physical stores, or where retailers are unsure of the profitability and demand. Macy's (NYSE:M) and Neiman Marcus have web partnerships for sales in China instead of stores. According to Nielsen, consumers prefer mobile websites of retailers over apps, and mobile shopping has reached "scale," and will grow with increased smartphone penetration. Investing Recommendations:Target remains a good buy, even though it is trading near its 52 week high. It has a dividend yield of 2.2% and is in favor because of economic worries. The company offers a mobile version of its website in addition to mobile apps. Its offline business is fully integrated with its online presence, as customers can buy items online as well as locate them in one of many Target stores. The merchandise offered online and offline is almost the same, excluding food and some household items. The comparable store sales, which include online sales, were up 4.2% in the first months of 2012, as compared to 2.9% last year. For more details about our bullish stance on Target, read our article. Comparable store sales have been beating analyst estimates by larger margins than other retailers in the last couple of months. In August, same store sales came in at 5.1% (analysts expected 3.3%). Much of this was attributable to online sales. While overall sales increased by 5.7% in August, online sales were up 37.4%. YTD, the increase in online sales is 35.2% over last year. The company has announced that it will use its physical stores as fulfillment centers for online orders too, to increase efficiency. Some 292 stores were to be used for this purpose by expanding store room space and using new technology that keeps tabs on the availability of an item in stock. For more details on our buy recommendation for Macy's, read our article. Investing in Amazon, the largest e commerce company whose top line growth is around 29% (quarterly), is not advisable at the moment, since it is trading at very high valuations. Investors should look for a better entry point in Amazon. Best Buy is an example of a retailer that has not been able to capitalize on its online presence that much. It is facing tough competition from Amazon based on prices and customer service. It had to cancel some online orders at the last minute before Christmas last year, though online sales were up 15% in the all important holiday season, while total sales were up a mere 2.5%. Incidents like these force customers to look elsewhere for better shopping experiences, and undoubtedly benefit Amazon and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). For more details on Best Buy, read our article. Source: 2 Stocks To Buy As Mobile Shopping Overtakes Brick And Mortar Only Retailers Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. (More.) Business relationship disclosure: The article has been written by Qineqt's Retail Analyst. Qineqt is not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). Qineqt has no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.
See Whats Happening With Venom Green 10s,Bel Air 5s Dance the night away as a '20s flapper girl. Flapper girls were easily identifiable with their short hemlines that hit just at the knee, free flowing fabric and bare shoulders. The dress, which can be found at vintage stores or created yourself, was a sleeveless, straight dress with a dropped waistline to the hips. It was made of silk and contained tiers of fabric that shimmied and shook whenever the woman moved. The flapper girl always wore silk or rayon stockings held up by a garter belt under her dress. Pair the dress with closed toe, kitten heel shoes, a newsboy hat and layers of beaded necklaces for the costume. Show off your gangster side by dressing like a female version of the typical '20s gangster. The basic gangster outfit consisted of a pinstripe suit, white shirt, tie, overcoat and hat. Bring femininity to the masculine role with a black or grey and white pinstripe jacket, tight pencil skirt, white blouse and coordinating fedora with a black feather. Wear white, black or nude stockings and tall black heels, preferably shiny. Pair your outfit with layered necklaces, a '20s staple on women, and bangles. Bring back the typical '20s woman in style with an era appropriate dress. Women enjoyed glamor and would wear dresses both in the house to clean and out to run errands. Choose a dress with a dropped waist that hits just at the hip line and has a boxy silhouette with a scalloped hem. The dress, which can be silk, cotton or rayon, can contain detailing, tiered fabric and a pattern. The dress should have a jewel, V neck or cowel neckline with a deeper than normal cut. Other options to wear with the costume include short driving gloves, newsboy hat, sash and bow around the waist, strands of pearls and a small purse. 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The demand for closers drying up, Madson settled in January for a one year, $8.25 million contract with Cincinnati. A tough break for Madson? Sure, but a stroke of genius for the Reds, who got a key piece for a potential division contender at a cut rate price. Free agency isn't just about who throws the most money around, though it often seems that way for teams such as the Angels, Phillies, Red Sox, New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers, who snagged Fielder with a nine year, $214 million deal. It's about value, getting bang for the buck and, as Papelbon Madson shows, the Phillies paid a premium in dollars and years for an asset that doesn't look like much of an upgrade over what the Reds got on the cheap. With that in mind, here's a look by position at the best and worst free agent values of the offseason: First base Best: Carlos Pena, one year, $7.25 million, Tampa Bay. No team stretches a $60 million budget like the Rays, who contend despite puny payrolls. In Pena, 33, they have another low cost, high impact player. Pena had a .357 on base percentage and 28 home runs for the Chicago Cubs in 2011 after averaging 36 homers with a .368 OBP in four seasons at Tampa Bay. He's also a Gold Glove caliber defender and a strong clubhouse presence. Worst: Albert Pujols, 10 years, $240 million, Angels. This contract will look great if the slugger leads the Angels to a World Series or two in the next five years. If not, it could become a financial albatross. Pujols, 32, will make $12 million this season. But starting in 2017, when he'll be 37, he'll make salaries of $26 million, $27 million, $28 million, $29 million and $30 million in the final five years of the deal. Only one player in 40 years has had multiple MVP caliber seasons after he was 37. His name: Bonds. Barry Bonds. Second base Best: Aaron Hill, two years, $11 million, Arizona. Hill, 30, slumped in 2011, hitting .246 with eight homers and 61 runs batted in, but he flourished after an August trade from Toronto to Arizona, hitting .315 with a .386 OBP. Hill has freakish power 62 homers, 176 runs batted in over the 2009 and 2010 seasons for a second baseman. Worst:Mark Ellis, two years, $8.75 million, Dodgers. The length of this deal made it attractive to the Phillies to retain their sparkplug, who was looking for a five year contract. Rollins, 33, has tailed off since his MVP season of 2007, when he hit .296 with 30 homers, 20 triples, 139 runs and 94 RBIs, but he bounced back from an injury plagued 2010 with a .338 OBP, 16 homers and 87 runs in 2011. Worst: Jose Reyes, six years, $106 million, Miami. The dynamic 28 year old switch hitter has game changing speed and had a .383 OBP to go with his NL leading .337 average in 2011. But who pays $17.6 million a year for a leadoff guy?
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