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They Laughed When I Suggested Promotional Stress Balls – But When The Event Started…

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

It would be fair to think that promotional stress balls are low cost promotional gifts. They are. Promotional gifts do not need to be expensive to achieve excellent results. Stress toys – cheap – yes!

That is exactly their strength and here I will show you why.

A few months ago I was contacted by a friend of mine who is a lawyer. He was looking for promotional gifts to promote his law firm at a ritzy event his firm was sponsoring.

As the event was being held at the Ritz in London the gift had to be good. The cost of the venue had already eaten away substantially at his budget so he did not have a lot of money to spend. They were expecting 500 guests.

Now being invited to such a nice venue with complementary canapes, dinner and drink was a gift in itself. Who wouldn’t want to be part of such a nice evening? Realising this and the fact that he was low on funds I recommended promotional stress relievers.

He and his colleagues laughed. They couldn’t possibly hand out promotional stress relievers to their guests! Nice metal clocks, cufflinks, promotional gift pens – maybe, but stress balls?

I pushed my idea further. Promotional stress toys were inexpensive, metal clocks and personalised cufflinks weren’t.

“What if you were to place a mobile phone holder stressball at each dinner place setting.” I suggested. “Each could be of the highest quality, printed with your firm’s logo and tagline along with your telephone number and web address.”

He and his colleagues were not convinced but as money was an issue they agreed.

When the big night arrived, the stress balls were all in place. By the time the guests sat down to dinner they had already had a few canapes and cocktails. The stressball mobile phone holders soon caught their eyes.

People were deep in discussion squeezing their new gifts as they did. The stress toys were both eye-catching and fun. They were much more entertaining than a couple of cheap cufflink and as they were made to hold a mobile on the desktop, they had a much better chance of promoting my friends firm daily for a long time.

Have you ever considered promotional mobile phone stress balls? Have you ever held a good quality stress ball in your hand? If not, why not ask for a sample and see for yourself why these fun promotional items are so popular.

By Dan Toombs

Promotional Gifts-No Detail is Too Small-Or So Some Think

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Often corporate print policy should be put to the the side and forgotten for the sake of the job.

Unfortunately, contrary to professional advice, this often does not happen. Just three weeks ago I received an order for 2500 promotional stress balls. There were two logos to be printed, two web addresses, two telephone numbers and about ten lines of text both in English and in Welsh.

Having worked quite hard to get the order in the first place, I could feel my mouth drop when confronted with so much to print on these 70mm diameter stress balls.

I went to work right away to prove that it could be done. Our company designer separated the two logos, placing one on one side of the ball and the other on the opposite side. He then typeset the text in a more readable font than those supplied and placed the text under the correct logos.

Everything was quite small but we did it! Or so I thought…

I had already decided to give my customer the additional print position free of charge and very confidently emailed a visual to her to approve.

In less than five minutes I received her emailed reply which was – ‘What have you done with our design? Please print everything as we supplied it!’

I spent the next ten minutes on the phone trying to convince her that printing the two logos side by side with all the text under it was a bad idea because nothing would be legible. She wouldn’t budge and I did as she asked. I supplied a revised visual which was signed off immediately just under the large red text that state – SOME OR ALL OF THE PRINTED TEXT WILL FILL IN AND MAY NOT BE LEGIBLE.

My customer received her stress toys just the other day. It didn’t take long before I received an email from her boss complaining that the text and logos were too small to read.

Really?!?! – You don’t say.

As the job had been signed off there was little more he could say. I have been in the promotional gifts industry for over 20 years and I know what will and will not print well. I can give advice but at the end of the day it is up to the person ordering the goods who has the final decision.

Let’s hope company policy doesn’t get the best of your next promotion.

Have you ever been in the position where you had to stick to corporate print guidelines against your supplier’s advice? What happened? Please feel free to share your comments and experiences by leaving a comment.

By Dan Toombs

See How Easily You Can Promote Your Eco Friendly Message With Promotional Stress Balls

Sunday, August 29th, 2010
globe stress balls

The globe is just one of many shapes in our recycled eco range.

What do you think of when you picture eco friendly promotional gifts?

I bet you think of the most popular eco gifts such as recycled and biodegradable pens, desktop gifts and organic non-woven clothing.

Am I right or at least partially right? These gifts are all very popular and increased demand for such products has ensured that many more are produced for business promotion.

But what about the stress ball? These popular promotional items are not always perceived to be eco friendly though there are now quite a few shapes that promote eco issues such as recycling bins, wind turbines, and the eco sign.

But let’s go one better. How would you like to give your customers excellent quality promotional stress balls that are manufactured from recycled Polyurethane?

You can and these excellent quality gifts are available to you regardless of where in the world you do business.

A manufacturer in North East England has become the first stress toy manufacturer to produce stressballs from recycled polyurethane. The company is the only factory in the western world that manufactures stress balls. The quality is better than 90% of those produced in the Far East.

These new eco friendly stress toys are all made to order. They are not available off the shelf so you will need to wait from four to six weeks for delivery. I can assure you that the wait will be worth it! You are going to love these stress toys.

The fact that they are made to order means you can choose from over 300 shapes. Choose a shape that represents you corporate image or perhaps even what you do.

There are medicals shapes, industry shapes, food and drink shapes and many more.

There could be one downside which should be pointed out. When purchasing promotional merchandise that is also eco friendly, it is best to order products that do not need to travel long distances from the factory to you. You need to consider the fuel that will need to be used so that you can have your eco friendly promotional gifts.

Therefore, these eco stress balls will be much more eco friendly for a business in England or Europe than they will be for a business in the US.

That said, if you live and work in the US, your stress balls are going to need to travel long distances whether you purchase standard Chinese manufactured stress toys or if you purchase eco friendly UK manufactured stress toys.

So then… would you like to see a sample of these exceptional eco gifts? Have you used them before for promoting your brand? Are you interested in using eco stress toys in the future? Please feel free to share your thoughts or experiences by leaving a comment.

By Dan Toombs

Warning: Promotional Stress Balls Are Not All The Same

Saturday, August 28th, 2010
promotional  stress balls

Promotional stress balls are best when purchased from CompuGift

Every day I get the same type of enquiry. I receive an phone call or email from someone looking for the lowest prices for promotional stress balls. I submit a quotation and then ensure that they know they will also be receiving a few samples in the post.

Why do I do this? Because stress balls are not all the same! There are many substandard products on the market that look exactly the same when viewed online or in a printed catalogue as the high quality stress products on offer.

My company has been importing promotional stress balls from the Far East for over ten years. The majority of promotional stress toys are manufactured in China and it takes a lot of time and effort to ensure we are using the best suppliers. it is important not only to look at the service and products supplied by these Chinese factories but to ensure they are ethical companies who do not use child labour and treat their adult staff well.

This can only be done by meeting with them and seeing how they run their businesses.

I feel confident that the Chinese suppliers I work with on a daily basis are good people who supply superior product and service.

At the end of the day, you as a marketer are not looking for products but excellent end results. It is your supplier’s job to get the product side right so you can enjoy the excellent results of a successful marketing campaign using these fun promotional stress relievers.

I always recommend asking for samples. Compare them with those of several other suppliers to ensure you are getting the best value for your money. Handing out inferior hard, poorly printed stress relievers to your customers will not do your business any good even if they are cheaper.

This is important! Many promotional gift suppliers are trying to compete with those companies that actually import stressballs themselves by selling low cost, poor quality products purchased through wholesalers.

Try looking for suppliers that actually have websites dedicated to promotional stress relievers. This will at least be an indication that they take the products seriously and there is a better chance they will import themselves.

Ask for samples, get prices and then make a decision. If you hold the best products in your hand, you should be able to visualise just how successful and fun your next promotion with stress toys will be!

Have you had a bad experience with poor quality promotional stress balls? Feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts.

By Dan Toombs

Oil Drum Shaped Promotional Stress Balls-Who Can Benefit From Using Them?

Friday, August 27th, 2010
oil drum stress balls

Check our our high quality stress balls by asking for a sample today.

Refining crude oil is a complex operation that is responsible for creating the building blocks of almost every product we use in our daily lives.

Different types of crude oil are refined in different ways and the resulting products and bi-products are not just limited to the automotive industry as many people falsely believe.

I only know this because I have sold promotional oil drum stress balls to companies specialising in everything from grease lubricants to wax candles to cosmetics. You name it, if it is a physical manufactured product, chances are refining crude oil has played a part in its construction.

It is therefore little wonder that promotional oil drum stress balls are so popular.

Promotional oil drum stress toys can be manufactured to order in your company colours. Pantone matched colours could give your promotion that extra boost it need to really stand out. There are not many promotional products that can be manufactured to order in perfectly Pantone matched colours.

If these fun squeeze shapes are of interest to you, look for online suppliers that specialise in promotional stress toys. Your supplier should be an importer of these Chinese manufactured promotional products and not just a middleman.

Purchasing direct from the importer could save you up to 50% so it is important you find the right source.

Oil drum stress relievers offer quite a few different print areas for your logo and message. In fact I recommend you use as many of the print areas as possible as the end result looks fantastic.

Think about the way in which your products are produced. Do they include a crude oil product? If you are not sure, type your product into Google along with the words crude and oil and see what comes up. You could find a whole new way to promote your products to your customers just as many other marketers have.

Promotional stress relievers are easily sent in the post without fear of breakage. They also look great on exhibition stands and decorating displays at conferences. The oil drum shape has the added bonus of having two flat sides. This makes them perfect desktop gifts that could sit happily on your customers’ desktops for many years promoting your brand.

I hope I have given you a few ideas for you next promotion. Try to think of a way you can work these fun desktop gifts into your marketing. While you are thinking about it, why not order a sample or two and see first hand how addictive the stress products are to squeeze.

By Dan Toombs

Top Quality Promotional Stress Balls – Half Price!

Thursday, August 26th, 2010
pound sign stress balls

You will save up to 50% when you buy direct from stressballs.co.uk

Have you ever purchase promotional stress balls? These popular promotional gifts get results but if you are not careful you could be paying way too much. Up to 50% more than you should, in fact.

It is important to note that most promotional items are manufactured in the Far East, including stress balls. The majority of promotional merchandise suppliers do not import these gifts themselves but purchase through a wholesaler instead.

This is an excellent system for heavy and bulky gifts such as conference folder and executive metal clocks because they are mass produced. What you see is what you get. These gifts are purchased by wholesalers and imported in large quantities which they sell to promotional merchandise suppliers who then sell on to you to promote your business.

The promotional gifts industry is changing and changing very quickly. Some corporate merchandise suppliers have started dealing directly with the Far East manufacturers. This is not an easy process as there are a lot of things to consider before dealing directly with Far East manufacturers such as ethical issues and building trust.

Promotional stress toys and indeed many other business gifts are ideal products for promotional merchandise suppliers to import because they are usually made to order. There may well be wholesalers who keep large stocks but most companies want their stress ball manufactured to order. They like to have them manufactured in their own company colours or even order special shapes.

Here is how you save…

Don’t forget that a wholesaler needs to make a profit which is usually at least 30%. If your promotional gift supplier purchases from a wholesaler and then puts their markup on, you are paying way over the odds.

Purchase your promotional stress relievers from an importer and you will be cutting out the wholesaler and that other middleman.

Check it out for yourself. Try googling ‘promotional stress balls’ or ‘promotional stressballs’ and check out the sites on the first couple of pages. Compare their prices and ask for samples. You will soon see who is importing the goods themselves and who is not.

If they can back their low prices up with excellent quality stress relievers and exceptional personalised service, you have found yourself a good new supplier.

If you have read this far, you have already found the UK’s leading online suppliers of promotional stress balls. We import and can manufacuture your stress relievers to order.

Posted by Dan Toombs

Custom Colour Ideas for Promotional Animal Stress Balls

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
zebra stress balls

Why not have zebra stress balls manufactured in you company colours!

Did you know that promotional stress balls can be manufactured to order in your corporate colours? There are not many promotional gifts that are made to order. Parker Jotter pens, for example, are only available in three colours. Clothing, frisbees, clocks, calculators – all are manufactured in large quantities and are usually only available in one or a few colours.

Stress balls are different. Imagine how amazing your next exhibition stand could look with stressballs manufactured in your company colours. This is in fact a popular way of decorating an exhibition stand and attracting exhibition visitors.

But balls are balls – they are round and that is it! Many business are now trying to promote themselves with animal shaped stress balls in their company colours. These attention grabbing shapes sit nicely on the desktop and can remain there promoting your brand for years.

Tiger and Zebra shapes are ideal for promoting your company colours. The base colour can be the colour of your choice as can the stripes. Think about yellow and purples tigers or pink and blue zebras and you will see just how memorable these products can be. Both of these colour combinations left our factory floor just last week.

Do you have an animal mascot that you would like created as a stress toy? Many companies have found ways of including animal characteristics in their marketing.

Here are just a few ideas that you might be able to use in your own marketing;

Elephants never forget – Do you alway think of and remember your customers?

Quick as a leopard – Does your business offer a speedy service?

Cheeky monkey – Do you like to have fun?

Wise Owl – Do you offer a customer advisory service?
Lions are fearless and strong – Are you fearless in the face of the competition?

These are just a few ideas which you can use or come up with ideas that are closer related to your business. Using promotional stress toy animals and having them manufactured in your company colours will get you noticed. Your customers will remember you for your creativity and of course for the fun gift.

So then… what animal and colours will you choose?

By Dan Toombs

Eco Friendly Promotional Stress Balls Manufactured From Recycled Polyurethane

Monday, August 23rd, 2010
Promotional eco  stress balls

We can manufacture many shapes from recycled PU!

Is your company trying to be a little ‘greener’ these days?

Promotional merchandise is a great way to get the word out that you are eco conscious while promoting your brand.

As increasing numbers of people begin to demand new and improved eco friendly promotional merchandise many more new eco products are hitting the market.

Promotional stress balls are no exception. Many people have chosen not to use promotional stress balls to promote their brand because they are not seen as being ecologically friendly.

That is definitely not the case in North East England where the world’s only manufacturer of promotional stress balls in the West is manufacturing promotional stress toys out of recycled polyurethane materials.

In fact you can choose from hundreds of different shapes that can be made to order and shipped anywhere in the world. These stressballs are far better quality than those manufactured in the Far East.

When you squeeze them the return very slowly to their original shape. This make people want to squeeze them more. Many Far Eastern makes spring instantly back to their shape which is not ideal if you want to make a good impression.

These new promotional stress relievers are manufactured from up to 75% recycled waste. The British manufacturer has over 80 tonnes of the waste that was previously destined for incineration.

The benefits to you are many. You can promote your brand with promotional eco friendly merchandise that few other companies will have. Anyone can purchase cotton shopper bags or pens but stress toys are different. Stress toys are fun and command attention.

People love to receive them. What’s more, they can sit happily on your customers’ desktops for years, promoting your business all along the way.

I recommend asking for a few samples of British made and Far East manufactured stress relievers. This way you can test them for yourself. The British made squeezies are quite a lot more expensive but then they are better quality.

You need to allow at least 6 weeks for delivery of eco friendly stress relievers as they are manufactured only after an order is placed. Often this lead-time can be improved but order early to avoid disappointments.

You will be able to choose the colour of your stress relievers to make them truly your own. Pantone matching is possible at no additional cost.

So what are you waiting for? Ask for a sample and get started planning your next eco promotion. You will be glad you did and so will your customers.

By Dan Toombs

Promotional Stress Balls – Business Gifts That Are Fun!

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010
Frog shaped stress balls

Custom shaped stress balls are fun

“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” Mark Twain.

Have you ever seen the lively banter in an office when a few promotional stress balls arrive in the post? I have and I can assure you it is a major reason why stress toys are such effective promotional tools. Laughter and fun help break up the monotony of the day to day work week. Many studies have shown that a good laugh could actually make your work day more productive.

Forget the studies… you know this to be true.

Promotional stress balls are available in many different shapes from human anatomy to travel and Christmas themed balls. You will be spoilt for choice.

What shape would you choose to represent your company? Even if that shape does not exist, you can easily have your preferred stress ball shapes custom made. There is usually a minimum order quantity of 1000 custom shapes but the end result is a unique promotional gift that no other company will be handing out but you.

If you do happen to find the perfect shape for your promotion from the hundreds of stress relievers all ready available, you do not need to purchase off the page. Just because the picture show a blue globe with green land does not mean your globe stress toys have to look the same!

Many company choose their own corporate colours when ordering promotional stressballs. You could order pink elephants or blue apples or whatever you can dream up that will make your promotion that much more memorable.

It is important to find a supplier that deals directly with the Far East manufacturers of stress relievers. Promotional stress relievers are primarily manufactured in China. If you purchase your stressballs from a company that actually imports them from China, you will save yourself a lot of money.

Most promotional gift suppliers will not be in the position to offer you trade prices because they purchase their stock through a wholesaler and then need to put their markup on before selling them to you. Importers can and usually will supply these much loved and fun promotional gifts at trade prices.

You will find the lowest prices and best service from online suppliers with stress ball websites. If you are placing a large order, be sure to compare prices and ask for a sample or two to ensure your are getting the best value for your money.

Have you ever used promotional stress toys to promote your brand? What was your experience? Did you like the end result? Have I answered all of your questions? Please feel free to share your thoughts by leaving a comment.

By Dan Toombs

Promotional Delivery Van Stress Balls – Your Customers Already Know Your Van So Use It

Saturday, August 21st, 2010
van shaped stress balls

We can manufacture van shaped stress balls in any colour!

Everyday your delivery van is on the road delivering your goods or those of your customers. Everyday you van is seen by customers and future customers printed with your logo and contact details. Everyday you could be taking advantage of this even more with promotional van shaped stressballs!

Have you gone to a lot of effort to ensure your delivery van stands out? Why not have a miniature version of your delivery vehicle produced as a stressballs? Stress balls are fun promotional items that sit happily on your customers’ desktops displaying your logo and contact details.

Sit back and think about your delivery vehicle for a minute. Your customers know your van and will enjoy having a stress ball version of it. Recent advances in printing technology have made it possible to printed stress toys in full colour which looks fantastic. You really can make a piece of foam look amazingly like your van.

It is possible you find this hard to believe. Test me! Ask for a few samples of vans that have been printed for other companies and I am certain you will be suitably impressed.

Promotional stress relievers are manufactured to order. Unlike other promotional merchandise you can choose the colours of your vans. If you have a van that looks somewhat out of the ordinary you may need to have a custom shape made. This is easily done and will also mean you have a van stress ball that looks like no others on the market.

As with all promotional items, I recommend asking for samples. One shape could be manufactured by ten different competing Chinese factories. The best suppliers will only use the best manufactures. Believe me, I have seen some really poor quality stress balls so please play it safe and you won’t be sorry.

You will find the best prices and service from online suppliers who work directly with the Far East manufacturers. Most promotional gift suppliers do not and this will be obvious from their prices.

The suppliers who purchase their stock and work closely with the Far East manufactures will be in the position to offer your trade prices. This could save you up to 50% on your order.

I would imagine you have a few questions. Do you thing promotional van shaped stress balls are the right thing for your business? Why not take this one step further and email a picture of your delivery van.

By Dan Toombs

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