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Specialty Market Spotlight

Kelly Glass

With the beginning of every new year, it pays to take a look at your promotional products business and see where you can cut back and where you can expand. These three specialty markets are trending right now and it’s important to consider if you can sell to them and ride those trends to new income streams.

​The Curious Case of the Koozie

Kelly Glass

In 2013, researchers at the University of Washington set out to accomplish a very scientific task: to see if can koozies really do keep our drinks cold. The project, which was eventually funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, proved what canned beverage lovers knew all along. We were absolutely right. It does keep canned drinks cold, mostly because the material in the koozie stops condensation forming on the outside of the can, preventing drinks from sweating away their chill.

2019 Graphic Design Trends

Do you know about “yesterday’s tomorrow”, “Memphis”, “digital brutalism and “augmented reality” in relation to graphic design? Not to worry, Idea Custom Solutions has you covered. To ensure we produce the best quality and creativity for our customers, we benchmark outstanding work and strive to teach and inspire our teams constantly.

 

​Cinnabon Joins the Branded Swag Revolution

Kelly Glass

Everyone, please welcome Cinnabon to the ranks of the branded swag experts. The cinnamon roll company has just joined other restaurants, such as Taco Bell, McDonalds, Arby’s, and Kellogg’s, in promoting their brand with deliciously clever clothing and products.

Everything You Didn’t Know About Producing Awards

Kelly Glass
It’s award season, everybody! Get ready to see your favorite celebrities up on stage, giving speeches and brandishing awards that we normal people would be lucky to even touch, let alone win. These fancy awards — think the Emmy, Oscar, Golden Globe and even MTV’s Moon Person — are one of the biggest money makers for any promotional products company, thanks to the small batches and extremely high price points.

Stay Safe from Cybercrime

Kelly Glass

By 2021, research firm Cybersecurity Ventures expects financial damages from cybercrime to small businesses will reach a cost of $6 trillion. We hate to break it to you, but promotional products companies and other small businesses are a prime target for malware.

​Dunkin’s Line of Fake Merch Mocks Promo Swag

Kelly Glass

No doubt inspired by the full slate of fun branded merchandise put out in years past by other big brands such as Taco Bell, McDonalds and Wendy’s, Dunkin’ (formerly Donuts) has released its own line of quirky branded swag . . . sort of.

​#PinGameStrong: The History of Enamel Pins and the Current Craze

Kelly Glass

One of the biggest trends right now among Millennials and people in their mid-30s hearkens back to ancient Egypt and battling soldiers: enamel pins. It’s not unusual these days to find a social media picture of a pin, with the hashtag #pingamestrong. On Instagram alone, there are more than 510,000 posts. Essentially, if you haven’t yet tapped the enamel pin market, you’re missing out.

Promote the Vote

Kelly Glass

The upcoming midterm election will likely be one of the most closely followed elections in a long time, punctuating a political term that’s been rife with debate and protest. But the problem remains that many of the eligible voters in the United States still don’t come out to the polls. According to FairVote, only about 60 percent of eligible voters show up for presidential election years and the number is even lower for midterm elections — hovering at about 40 percent. Primaries and local elections?

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