Friday, September 13, 2019

Emerging Trends in Branded Merch: Buffalo Plaid

Buffalo plaid is an emerging retail trend, and we've got some great promotional products and corporate gifts that incorporate this popular pattern.  Looking for the perfect branded gift for clients and employees?  Look no further than our our Buffalo Plaid Collection.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Emerging Trends in Branded Merch: Iridescent and Holographic Swag

Iridescent and holographic promotional products are one of the latest emerging trends in branded merch.  Add some color and interest to your marketing today with one of our popular branded iridescent or holographic promo products.  The recipients will be left with a lasting (and favorable) impression!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Emerging Trends in Branded Merch: Cool Product Colors!

Unexpected product colors are a great way to make a statement. Heathered colors, pastels, earth tones, and deep blues and reds and are all trending and in demand.  Check out a few of our favorite uniquely colored branded merch ideas here.  These retail inspired pieces will make perfect gifts for the upcoming branded gift season!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Branded Breast Cancer Awareness Merch

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it's fast approaching!  It's time to "think pink," and we're here to help!  Check out our pre-selected collection of pink promotional products to add your logo to and support this important cause.  Don't see what you need?  Not to worry!  Contact Red Canoe Promotions today and we'll find the perfect swag to fit your needs.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Best Race Swag for 2019

Looking for the best giveaways for your race, 5K, or marathon?  Look no further than Red Canoe Promotions of Denver!  Race season is in full swing in Colorado and will continue for the next several months, and we've got you covered with the best promotional products to promote your brand.  From on-trend sunglasses to t-shirts & sunscreen, we have the branded swag your race participants will be excite to pick up!  Click here to check out or list of the Best Race Swag for 2019!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Branded Gear: Campus Trends

Looking for branded gear that's sure to resonate with the new generation of college students?  Look no further!  Here are five promotional products for 2019 that every college student will hold on to and use.

A Backpack that Makes a Difference

Parkland branded bags and backpacks have exteriors made completely from recycled plastic bottles.  Plastic waste reduction and recycling issues are front and center on nearly every campus.

A T-Shirt that Stands Out From the Crowd

No student can resist a free t-shirt, and that's why they remain a supremely popular giveaway on college campuses.  You can't lose with the trendy, ultra-soft Monroe T-Shirt with v-neck and contrast pocket.

A Wireless Device Charger

College students live on their phones, so give them something they'll use daily like a branded wireless charger.

A Lanyard with a Twist

College students already love lanyards to help keep their keys and IDs handy, so our branded charging cables lanyard is a no-brainer. 

Tumbler & Beverage Insulator Combo

The Sherpa branded vacuum tumbler and insulator keeps coffee hot and cans cold!  Remove the lid from this tumbler and voila!  You now have a high-performance can cooler.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Effects of Chemical Sunscreens on our Coral Reefs

As a Denver distributor of branded lip balm and sunscreen, today I'm sharing a blog post that was written by Raining Rose.  They're one of the top lip balm and sunscreen suppliers in the promo industry, and  their recent blog post sheds some light on recent studies that are showing negative effects of sunscreen on coral reefs:

Posted on 04/15/2019
With summer fast approaching, many of us are already looking forward to spending days on the beach and getting in some much-needed vitamin D. But before you buy your sunscreen for the summer, we wanted to give you the lowdown on sunscreen ingredients and ocean health.
Recent studies have found that sunscreen chemicals in many popular sun care products actually hurt corals. In fact, over the past three years, one-fifth of the world’s coral reefs have died off. Sunscreen is playing a roll and the main chemical culprits are oxybenzone and octinoxate, which convert sunburn-causing UV rays into harmless heat on human skin. But once these chemicals are in the water, they actually decrease corals’ defenses against bleaching, damaging their DNA and hurting their development.
To protect Hawaii’s precious coral ecosystems, the state’s lawmakers passed a bill in May 2018 that prohibits the sale and distribution of sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. Even if you aren’t on the beach in Hawaii you can still make a difference. By putting our awareness into action, we can make different choices that lessen our impact on the ocean.
1. You’ve taken the first step – becoming informed
2. Choose mineral sunscreens, especially lotions with non-nano  particles
3. Look for reef safe sunscreens, that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide
4. Look for broad-spectrum products, so you gain protection from both UVA and UVB rays
5. Avoid aerosol sunscreen
6. If you can, apply less personal care products before you go swimming
Here at Raining Rose, we are doing our part by offering an entire line of mineral sunscreen products that are all reef safe. The main ingredient in our mineral sunscreen is zinc oxide that offers broad-spectrum coverage, reflecting UVA and UVB rays.
Take time to care for the ocean while you enjoy carefree time on the beach and in the ocean by using our reef safe mineral sunscreens.

Check out the selection of reef-safe sunscreen and lip balm here, and then send your logo on over for some mockups!  These can all be branded with a full-color custom label featuring your logo.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Five Great Giveaways for your Next Outdoor Event

The season for outdoor events is finally here, and we've got the swag to help you drive profits and make your outdoor event as memorable as possible!  Boost your brand with these five great branded products you can sell or give away at your event:

Product: Branded Stuffed Animals.
Great for: Company picnics and BBQ's.

Product: Branded Hand Sanitizers.
Great for: Farmers markets and food & drink festivals.

Product: Branded Water Bottles
Great for: Marathins, 5Ks, fun runs.

Product: Branded 3-in-1 Adventure Blankets (use as a blanket, poncho or sleeping bag)
Great for: Music festivals, concerts, outdoor movies.

Product: Lunch Coolers & Insulated Totes
Great for: Golf outings and tournaments, farmers markets.

Honorable Mention:  Branded Frisbees, Branded Cooling Towels, Custom T-Shirts, Logo Sunglasses, and Custom Koozies are all great for any summertime event!

Ready to take your next outdoor event to the next level with branded merch?  Call Red Canoe Promotions today and we'll put together some ideas specific to your company and your event!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Leveraging Swag for a Successful Golf Tournament

Spring is in the air, and that means it's time to get ready for golf season!  Here are a few pointers to help you get started with planning your tournament!

Choosing the Right Branded Golf Ball
Choosing a golf ball that will work for everyone can be a tall task!  There are many good brands and several different types of golf balls.  Golf balls can be manufactured as two-piece, three-piece, or four-piece golf balls, which refers to the inner construction.  They may all look the same on the outside, but the inside determines which golf balls are best for different skill levels.  For golf tournaments where there will be players with varying skill levels, I recommend Titleist Pro V1, Pro V1x, or AVX golf balls.  They're great for highly skilled players, but the spin and control that they provide can also help beginners execute the short game shots necessary to play their best.

Utilizing Branded Golf Kits
Golf swag can transform an ordinary golf tournament into a memorable one!  Individual branded products are great, but branded kits are what generate the "wow" factor.  Choose from one of our pre-selected golf swag kits, or create a customized kit with the golf swag of your choice, containing everything you need for a fun tournament that everyone will remember! 

Golf Tournament Planning
Golf tournaments can be a great resource, but they require lots of planning.  Feel free to contact us today for a free golf tournament planning guide, but here are a few general pointers:

  • Establish and plan around a budget
  • Find the right mix of cost vs. value
  • Raise as much money as possible 
  • And most importantly, make sure it's fun and memorable for all attendees!
Proper planning with the right leadership and team, combined with good promotional items and sponsors, will no doubt lead to a great tournament experience.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Trending for Tax Season: Anti-Fraud Ink Promotional Pens

With the April 15th tax deadline quickly approaching, a large number of checks are being written and sensitive information is being exchanged through the mail.  With identity theft at an all-time high, it's important to protect yourself against fraud.  Our great selection of promotional pens with anti-fraud ink are a perfect giveaway during tax season.  Recipients will appreciate the peace of mind of knowing they're taking steps to protect against fraud and identity theft.  The ink in our anti-fraud pens penetrates paper, making it resistant to most forms of check washing (a process that uses chemicals to erase ink from checks, allowing identity thieves to replace your information with their own).  The anti-fraud ink is great for accountants, because it also helps prevent UV fading, erasures and re-entries.  Check out our most popular anti-fraud ink promotional pens and contact Red Canoe Promotions Denver for free mockups with your company logo!

Friday, February 8, 2019

Emerging Swag Trends: NFC Technology

Near-Field Communication (NFC) is a type of wireless transfer which allows you to wirelessly send information such as images, videos, website URLs, audio files, presentations and more.  It's a super convenient and fast way to send information, and now we can integrate NFC technology into a growing number of promotional products.  Certain imprint methods such as full-color epoxy doming and some types of logo patches can have an integrated NFC tag which allows users to transfer your pre-programmed data wirelessly to their mobile device.  For a list of promotional products available with NFC technology, contact Red Canoe Promotions Denver today!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Trending in Denver: Branded Reusable Grocery Totes & Straws

It's no secret that plastic grocery bags and plastic straws are two of the largest contributors to landfill waste in Denver and across the US.  That's why Denver leadership is beginning to take the first steps toward a ban of plastic bags and plastic straws.  Legislation isn't yet underway, but if you're a company that would like to help reduce plastic usage, there are things you can do right now to make a difference and show off your organization's commitment to environmentally responsible practices.

Red Canoe Promotions in Denver has a great selection of customizable reusable grocery totes that can be printed with your custom logo or design.  Not only will you be helping alleviate the plastic waste problem, you'll also have the added bonus of what is essentially a walking billboard for your brand.  Promotional bags have the lowest cost per impression of any type of branded swag (by far), so you can feel good about having a positive impact on the environment while also promoting your brand in a highly visible yet economical way.

Branded reusable straws are another way you can promote your company or organization while having a positive impact on the great city of Denver.  Red Canoe Promotions offers branded reusable straws in both silicone and stainless steel.  Logo straws are a quickly emerging trend in the advertising industry, so it's a great time to get your company on board with this up-and-coming branding opportunity.

While bottled water isn't expected to be banned in Denver anytime in the near future, it's another large contributor to plastic waste across the globe.  Branded reusable water bottles are a perfect alternative to disposable bottles, and they're available from Red Canoe Promotions in many sizes, materials and price points.  We have customizable water bottles for every budget, so it's a great promotional product to add to your marketing mix.  Custom printed water bottles are yet another way your company can show its commitment to sustainability and waste reduction.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Tariffs & Promotional Products

As you're probably aware, Tariffs were imposed in September of 2018 on a vast array of products and materials coming from China.  With the next wave of Tariffs expected to hit in early 2019, many of our customers are wondering if swag prices will be affected by the tariffs.  Many of our promotional products will indeed have a price increase in 2019 as a result of the tariffs, but at the same time, there are thousands of promotional products made right here in the US that will not be affected by the Tariffs.  Check out our catalog of USA made promotional products and don't hesitate to contact Red Canoe Promotions Denver with any questions you might have.  As always, we're here to help you find the best branding solutions at prices that fit your budget!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Stadium Promotional Product Everyone is Talking About!

The GrubTub® is a branded food plate/container that fits neatly over your beverage, making your food and drink easier to carry and freeing up your other hand!  It fits on most 16-40 oz. souvenir cups, fountain drink cups, cans and bottles.  The custom printed GrubTub® is stackable, reusable, durable, BPA free, and meets FDA requirements.  It's the stadium swag everyone's talking about, and it's available now through Red Canoe Promotions Denver!  Check out the branded GrubHub container here, and contact us today for your free virtual sample.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Sustainable Promotional Products

Is your company committed to sustainability?  At Red Canoe Promotions Denver, we have a wide range of promotional products that will represent your brand's Earth-friendly culture.  Here are five great swag pieces to show your commitment to sustainability:

Plant these pencils when you're done and grow an herb plant!

Plastic straws are one of the biggest contributors to plastic waste on on our planet.  The solution?  Biodegradable paper straws.

These branded tote bags have the look and feel of leather, but they're made from washable Earth-friendly kraft paper. 

Branded stainless steel water bottles like the Ascent bottle (pictured) are one of the best earth-friendly promotional products available.  You're helping eliminate plastic waste from bottled water, and many of our reusable bottles have a huge imprint area and they'll be used for years by the recipient.

Beetle kill is a huge problem with pine trees in the midwest, especially in Colorado, but the wood (also called blue stain pine) can be made into a variety of promotional products.  Branded swag made from beetle kill pine makes use of a resource that would otherwise be wasted.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Spread the Warmth (and Your Brand) with Branded Merch

Winter is coming.  But don't worry- you'll stay warm and get great exposure for your brand with these fully customizable and fun winter accessories:

For more winter swag ideas, visit Red Canoe Promotions Denver!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Where is your Next Promotion?

City skylines are now available on select branded water bottles and tumblers.  These are great for trade shows and other city-specific events, or just to show your brand's pride for the city you do business in!  And the best part: there's no additional charge to add a skyline imprint, as long as the skyline graphic is the same color as the rest of your artwork.  The following city skylines are currently available for printing on your branded drinkware:

Denver (pictured)
Los Angeles
New Orleans
New York
Salt Lake City
San Diego
San Francisco
Washington D.C.

Call Red Canoe Promotions Denver for a list of available products and to see a free mockup!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Classic Cap Styles to Promote Your Brand

Cap trends are ever changing, but there are a few tried and true styles that you can't go wrong with when choosing a custom logo cap.

#1: Trucker Caps
These caps have a mesh back and, typically, a snap-back closure.  The bill can be flat or curved and the front panel is often foam.  Trucker caps originally started out as giveaways at truck stops by companies advertising their products, but they have grown to be one of the top selling styles in not just the swag industry, but in retail as well.

#2: Dad Caps
These low profile, unstructured caps are nicknamed dad caps, but they're popular across all generations.  These cotton caps are great for a casual, laid back look.

#3: Modified Flat Bill Caps
Modified flat bill caps are a modern, trendy style that resembles a trucker cap but is usually a six panel cap with a cotton front instead of foam.  It has a slightly curved bill for those who aren't crazy about completely flat bills.  Like trucker caps, they have a mesh back and usually a snap tab closure.  It's not uncommon for this style to have bright mesh colors and contrast stitching.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Logo Apparel: 2018 Fall Trends

Fall is here and so is our on-trend collection of fall apparel.  Add your company logo using one of our many decorating techniques for a custom look that's sure to raise brand awareness!  Check out all styles here:

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

What's Your YOU-NI-FORM?

The tables have turned when it comes to trends. In today’s world of information overload and
social sharing, it’s our unique identities and styles that become our individual YOU-NI-FORMS.
What's your You-Ni-Form?

The Perfect Giveaway for Awareness Events

Awareness season is upon us, and branded Infinity Scarves are a great solution.  Contact Red Canoe Promotions Denver for more info or mockups!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Branded 2019 Calendars are Here!

We make it easy to stay in front of your customers all year round!  Stay ahead of the game and add your logo to any of our hundreds of 2019 Calendar options to stay top of mind.  Call Red Canoe Promotions Denver today and we'll get you set up!  Not convinced?  Here are the top 10 reasons you should be using custom logo calendars:

1. Visual appeal for your brand
2. Command of wall or desk space
3. Controlled, targeted distribution
4. Remarkable cost effectiveness
5. Creative design to fit your brand
6. Year long, high frequency visibility
7. High perceived value for gift giving
8. Useful for personal record keeping/scheduling
9. Business people use an average of 2.5 calendars
10. Versatile styles, colors, formats and designs

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Time to Tailgate!

Tailgating season is upon us, and what better way to gain valuable brand exposure than a custom tailgate package?!  Pick and choose branded tailgating components, or buy the full package and save.  And with all the traffic you'll receive with this attractive, attention drawing display, don't forget to order some tailgating swag to hand out to your visitors!  Custom Koozies, branded flying discs, sunglasses, sunscreen- all great choices just to name a few!  Call Red Canoe Promotions Denver today and we'll help you get set up with everything you need to build your brand during tailgating season.