the twist: havin’ fun all summer long

i don’t know about you, but i am ready for summer.    tying promotional products into the warm-weather activities of summer is an excellent way to heat up sales.  products that come to mind include sunscreen, lip balms, pails and shovels, flip flops, beach towels, a personal mister and drink cups. 

more twists:  company picnics, sporting events, outdoor concerts or beach days lend themselves to a variety of branded products.  summer offers a great time to make personal connections with customers.  don’t be afraid to use eco-friendly products such as the reuseable drink cup.  create summer packs filled with a beach towel, flip flops and sun screen.   run a facebook promotion and ask your fans how they like to relax.  the possibilities are endless. 

do the twist:  i am working with clients to beat the mindset of a summer sales slump with creative self-promotions that play on warm weather themes.  research shows that colorful, fun products go a long way in building loyalty to your brand.  make creative-crossroads your promotional headquarters.  email for summer specials and grab a discount on your order.  i’m ready for some summer fun…how about you?

                        creative-crossroads, always creative, always promotional. 

the twist: je ne sais quoi

2011 the year of the flood, tornado, earthquake, terrorist, the unexpected and the inevitable…and yes, people are flocking to a small town in southwestern france to await the end of the world in 2012.  the lucky town is burarach.  it is a small village with a population of less than 200 under the mountain pic de burarach.  so you’re thinking some survival kit, i’m thinking wine survival ..hey it’s france after all…with some of the finest vineyards in the world. 

more twists:   the grigio 4-piece wine set is a classic way to carry around all the wine survival tools you will need for 2012 and beyond.  the dark, mysterious spray rubber wine bottle case includes a waiter corkscrew, pour/stopper combination and a drip ring.  and just in case all the end of the worlders have to return home to the usa, the set meets fda requirements.  but just in case it all ends, and archeologists find your bottle, your logo will be on display for posterity.  now that’s a win win. 

do the twist:  at creative-crossroads we create lifestyle promotions for all of your events.  whether you are showing up in france for the end of the world, or planning the next international conference,  add  some  je ne sais quoi to your promotional products.   always creative,  bon appetit, always promotional,  bon buvons…world without end…creative-crossroads.

the twist: got fresh?

mints are a very popular branded give-away at trade shows and conferences.  and the packaging is very unique.  from the classic mint card and domed tins to a zipper tin that also features jelly beans,  i wanted to show you some clever ways to brand your logo and keep it fresh. 

do the twist:  take a step in the right direction with the sneaker tin full of mints.  great for youth programs, charity walks.  the zipper tin is perfect for recreational events.  you can attach the tin to your gym, golf or favorite bag.  nothing like a little treat on the run.  the larger than life dice tin  will get your sales program on a roll.  finally the home sweet home tin isn’t just for real estate.  think of all the industries that center around the home.  alarm company, electrician, plumber, roofer, banker or candlestick maker?  i’ve got you covered. 

more twists:    creative-crossroads is full of fresh  promotions that will drive your sales and grow your business.  spearmint, peppermint wintergreen, hey, it’s good to be fresh.

the twist: “Y”

the “Y” project  landed on my desk  a few weeks ago.  find a product under $ 2.00 that will help maintain a healthy lifestyle and it must not leave the house.  well there are lots of products on the market that i included in my initial presentation.  but as i got to thinking what is the most important message we hear over and over…eat your fruits and vegetables.  mother was right and research has proven her point.  5 a day is the healthy way.  so off  i went to my client with the “Y”. 

do the twist:   the deluxe “Y”  is  fruit and veggie peeler made from fda approved food grade plastic.  it’s  non-toxic, lead free and dishwasher safe.   kitchen accessories are excellent choices to keep your brand  name in front of your clients. a great promotion for many different industries, realtors,  construction,  caterers, nutritional advocates, school fairs, and the list goes on. 

more twists:  my client loves the “Y” and is developing a great marketing strategy to go along with her facebook and social media outreach. it will include a few tips and  recipes about  the 5.   i love happy clients and healthy ones too.  so if you are ready to slice, dice, scoop, measure, whisk  or just peel away creative-crossroads is your place to find the most interesting promotions to get your brand on the move.  email jodie@creative-crossroads.com if you would like my favorite green drink recipe.  yes you will need the peeler but worth it.

creative-crossroads, always creative, always promotional.

the twist: tow trucks and cary grant

i love tow trucks, i love cary grant,  i love tow trucks driven by cary grant.  well almost,  so welcome to my thursday afternoon. truly there is nothing worse than the car stalling on the way to an important client meeting in busy traffic.  i found myself completely freaked out as this has never happened to me before.  what’s a girl to do.  triple aaa, i let that expire, but mark my great mechanic sent the tow truck.  and emerging from the flat-bed truck comes the cary clone.  i felt like i was in one of those movies when the action goes slow motion while reaching for your lip gloss, like that will help.  let me put it another way, this guy was his own 13 month calendar.  which brings me to my point.  promotional products  reduce stress.

do the twiststress relievers have always been popular trade show gifts.  they started out with simple shapes and designs but today the stress comes in themes and shapes for every industry on the planet and into the wild.     

more twists:  it’s a new year and the right  time for you to let creative-crossroads introduce new and clever promotions that will increase your sales, introduce your new product, get the herds to stop by your booth and reduce your stress.  kick the 2011 plan into gear.  in the next few weeks hundreds of new products will be available. watch the web site.  now back to the car.  almost fixed…minor glitch.  on my way….namaste

creative-crossroadsalways creative, always promotional.

the twist: a little kitsch

well the weather outside is frightful, if you are living in florida this week.  but as the song goes, it’s that time of year.  and in a couple of weeks, the new year will be upon us.  new year revelers always  bring out the kitsch, the feathered party hats, oversized glitzy eyeglasses emblazoned with the new year, sparkling noise makers, fireworks,  freezing tourists in times square, and lots of bubbly. so you have to admit these champagne sequined glasses are over the top kitsch and should really get the party started.

more twists:  these celebratory gold glitter champagne sunglasses are just the touch to greet 2011.  and here’s the bonus, each pair is manufactured with 400 UV protection from the sun or the morning of january 1.  aspirin.  your brand can be imprinted on the temple.  the best part, you can use these for any celebration or happy occasion in 2011.  a great promotion for restaurants, champagne distributors, wine bars, event planners, country clubs and anyplace people gather to celebrate.

 do the twist:  like you i hope for all good things in the new year. enjoy a little fun and be safe as we welcome 2011.   you definitely want to be part of the great year i have planned for you at creative-crossroads.  lots of new ideas to brand your logo and share the marketing love.  creative-crossroads, always creative, always promotional. 

the twist: now voyager

when i think back, i used to travel like a real goof ball.  truly remarkable how much stuff i used to pack for a trip including the hot rollers, the curling iron, the hair dryer, a bag of peppermint patties, and my ever trusty iron, yes my iron and niagra spray starch (full size).   now you’re thinking “real goof ball”.   5 star hotels were not always on the agenda.  and one must always look neat and tidy, no matter how many hours on the road.   fast forward, technology to the rescue.  i discovered this voyager travel iron with built-in sewing kit and thought  “genius”…and i had to share it with you.

more twists:  this unique mouse shaped 15-25 W travel iron has the following features, a non-stick sole plate, an integrated sewing kit, and its own grey cloth protection bag.  you can dry iron with a steady 170 degree celsius (338 fahrenheit) temperature.  for the sake of safety, the iron has  built-in heating safety protection, pilot light and a UL plug. 

do the twist:  my dream travel iron is great for your clients who need to look like a million for the big deal.  for this and more neatly pressed travel promotions visit creative-crossroads.  remembering the words of the great billy crystal, “it doesn’t matter how you feel, it only matters how you look”  and at creative-crossroads,  my promotions will make your brand  look marvelous.  always creative, always promotional.  give a call….

 

the twist: om

it‘s that time of year to practice radical relaxation.  holiday music  has started, the lines are forming, stress levels are trending up.  and bless you if you find yourself at the airport.  as your promotional specialist, i offer a few reminders:  imagine positive outcomes in all situations, use your great problem-solving skills, breathe, find a quiet place and just let go for a few minutes. 

more twists:  here’s a promo solution to put you and your clients in a new york state of mind.   consider the 12 oz. white frosted glass soy votive candle.  choose from over 12 soft fragrances and colors packaged in a black and white designed gift box.  your logo can be printed on one or two sides or a complete wrap around.  soy is environmentally friendly and this candle is made in the usa. 

do the twist:  now that you are relaxing and the stress is just melting away, close your eyes and repeat, creative crossroads, creative crossroads, creative crossroads, always creative, always promotional.  om…

 

the twist: fleece navidad

 

jodie's great travel blanket

i admit that i completely missed the turning of the clocks.  after i googled, “does anybody know what time it is”with a cup of java in hand, it hit me, the turkeys are not far off followed by the winter solstice.  marketeers it is time to order calendars,  cookies and the  more meaningful gifts that really showcase your brand.  and let’s add something soft and cozy like fleece.  

more twists:  fleece is fabulous, and why not give away a beautiful fleece travel blanket.  this one measures 50″ x 60″ , anti-pilling with whipstiching, available in so many colors.  i can imprint  or embroider your logo and for  a few more pennies you can add a carry strap.  and who doesn’t like a nice blankie soft and cozy with your logo after this crazy year.  wrap up some great new business for 2011. imagine the possibilities.  i think gifting this year will be more functional for the price conscious. and the fleece blanket is a perfect selection.  and believe me if i was traveling this winter, i would bring my own blanket.  no questions there.

do the twist:  fleece is fun,  fashionable, and washes like a dream.  and at creative-crossroads you won’t get fleeced.  just creative branding for you my exceptional clients at competitive prices.   and thanks to my new clients who are part of the experience, spread the word, creative-crossroads, always creative, always promotional. 

the twist: wrap it up

  the most important message i can share this week is the benefit of exercise and staying healthy.  whether you bike, run, walk, or just stretch out (and not on the couch)  make sure that you are visible to the world when you venture outside.  with the new time changes going into effect, and people staring at their smart phones and not paying attention to the road (you know who you are), a reflective armband is just what the exercise coach ordered

do the twist:  my reflective armband is a great way to let the world know you are out there, working it.  it comes in a variety of colors and will include a 1-color imprint of your logo and copy.  great for the teen, adult and senior market, anyone who ventures outside can be well equipped with a flourescent wrap band. 

more twists:  don’t wait until the  new year.  wrap your arms around a great exercise program and add an arm band to keep you visible.  reflective bands and stickers are great for bikes, shoes, even pets.  ask about this product and other safety ideas at creative-crossroads.  reflect your brand and make this product part of your corporate safety program, wise one.