Thursday, May 20, 2021

Keeping it Cool with Summertime Branded Merch

 The weather's heating up, and so too should your branding efforts!  Here are some of our favorite promotional products to help beat the heat and keep your brand front and center!


The Rainier Cooling Towel

Simply wet this branded cooling towel and take it with you on hikes, jogs, sporting events and other outdoor activities this summer!












Flex 12 Can Cooler

Pack up a picnic and drinks inside this Flex Cooler!













The h2go Easton Water Bottle

With copper vacuum insulation technology, this awesome water bottle will keep your drink cold for hours on end.  Hydrate in style!












Foldable Nylon Fan

A compact, clever way to keep your campaign cool!












Port & Company® Tri-Blend Tee

Unbelievable softness and breathable material!












For more awesome summertime swag, contact Red Canoe Promotions Denver today!

Monday, April 26, 2021

Branded Merch for the Class of 2021!

 Looking for the perfect branded gift to celebrate the class of 2021?  Grads will love a high quality drinkware piece with your custom logo.  Now available with stock graduation art!



Contact Red Canoe Promotions Denver today for your for mockup!

Friday, March 19, 2021

Why Branded Employee Merch is Important

Branded company merch has always been an important part of brand building. Here are three benefits employers should think about:

 

1) Morale: Unexpected gifts are a great way to boost spirits, especially when times are tough.

 

2) Loyalty: Letting employees know their work is valued builds loyalty – and loyalty is an incentive to do good work.

 

3) Brand Impressions: Giving employees branded gifts they’ll use when they’re out and about, like an umbrella, tote or jacket, creates awareness for the employer’s brand.

 

Top Picks for Employee Gifts:


Gearhartt Softshell Jacket












Skullcandy Indy Evo True Wireless Bluetooth® Earbuds











Recycled Cotton Grocery Tote












CamelBak Chute® Mag 25oz












Miami Auto Open Folding Umbrella











For more great ideas to keep your employees engaged and build brand loyalty, contact Red Canoe Promotions Denver today!

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Healthy Planet, Healthy Life: How to Reduce Plastic Waste with Easy Product Swaps.

2020 has changed the way we live. And during this pandemic, people everywhere are shifting focus to the things that matter most, like their health. But to care for our own health isn’t enough. We also must do our part to protect the planet. After all, we’ve only got one, and it’s important that we take advantage of this opportunity for progress in the fight against climate change.

In honor of the everyday eco-friendly decisions we can all take, we've put together a list of some easy ways to send a message of eco-friendliness and actually be eco-friendly at the same time. Amplify your brand with these reusable products that can easily replace their disposable counterparts.

Swap: One reusable water bottle can save 167 plastic water bottles per year (Fast Company).

CamelBak®Pivot 25oz Echo

 

Swap:  One reusable straw can save 594 disposable straws per year (National Park Service).

ReusableStretchable SS Straw

 

Swap: One reusable cup can save 115 disposable coffee cups per year (Freedonia Group).

DagonWheat Straw Mug

 

Swap: One reusable grocery tote can save 500 plastic bags per year (Reusethisbag.com).

RecycledCotton Grocery Tote

 

Swap: One reusable food container can save 250 disposable takeout containers per year (Huffington Post).

Plastic and Wheat Straw Lunch Box Container

 

Swap: One reusable cooler can save 200 plastic or paper bags per year (Huffington Post).

rPETNon- Woven 6 Can Lunch Cooler

Here are the numbers:



Friday, February 19, 2021

Product Spotlight: Wheat Straw Swag


Wheat straw is what's leftover after wheat grains are harvested. It has typically been treated as a waste. We reclaim this material and use it to make our wheat straw promotional products. With Earth Day quickly approaching, wheat straw swag is the perfect marketing tool to build brand affinity while reducing environmental impact. The best part? Our wheat straw collection is on sale through 4/30/21!  Contact Red Canoe Promotions Denver for more info.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Umbrella Myths Dispelled: Forget everything you thought you knew about branded umbrellas!

 



Custom branded umbrellas are the perfect promo item. Think about it: One size fits all, it rains just about everywhere, and everybody uses them. If you're not taking advantage of umbrellas as a promotional product, you're missing out on a whole lot of brand impressions.

It's time to look at umbrellas in a whole new way while we put to rest some common misconceptions!

Myth #1: 

Umbrellas are boring.

Truth:

Thanks to a big selection of fashion-forward looks, with fun colors, cool patterns and new fabrics, branded umbrellas help you make a splash without jumping in any puddles. And if it's a trendy style in retail, we have brands like Totes, Cutter & Buck and Slazenger.

Myth #2:

Umbrella design innovation stopped years ago.

Truth:

Exciting developments are happening all the time. The all-new, super-cool inversion umbrellas close so that the outside of the canopy is pulled inward, trapping the inside and making it easier to close from a car seat or doorway. Also, custom printed windproof umbrellas feature vented canopies and special flexible frames. 

Myth #3:

Umbrellas are too traditional to make an impact.

Truth:

Branded umbrellas leave a big impression. The average promotional umbrella generates 1,100 impressions during its lifespan. Plus, umbrellas give you more for your money. The cost-per-impression is less than one cent (ASI).

Myth #4:

People won't hold on to them.

Truth:

A promotional umbrella is definitely a keeper. On average, a promo umbrella is kept for over a year - 14 months, to be exact. They're often kept in the car and at the office just in case.


We've got you covered.

Umbrellas keep us dry on rainy days, but that big round canopy is also the perfect canvas for a brand. Golf umbrellas, inversion umbrellas, fashion umbrellas - no matter what you need, Red Canoe Promotions Denver has the right umbrellas at the right price.

Shop Umbrellas

Monday, February 8, 2021

Staying Visible In A Virtual World: A Big Boost To Your Brand

Video meetings have become the new norm. Team meetings, doctor visits and client appointments have all gone virtual, and as the moratorium on in-person events continues, the need for brand visibility in the virtual world is at its peak. One way to achieve this: high-impact branding on your team's apparel.


Choosing a highly visible imprint location puts your logo front and center, where everyone can see it. It also gives your team a professional and cohesive look for the camera. A traditional left chest logo may be cut off by the camera, but imprinting your logo somewhere higher up will attract more attention.

Market research shows it takes between five and seven impressions to be remembered. Collar and shoulder imprints generate more impressions and are more likely to be seen on video calls. I can offer these unique locations standard, so there's no added cost for that extra visibility.

Another critical element in creating brand visibility? The decoration. We recommend a high-impact method for a bold and modern look. Our eye-catching HXD can be customized with metallic, texture or backgrounds to help bring your logo to life.


Want to make your logo stand out in the video call? Contact Red Canoe Promotions Denver today to talk about options.



Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Eco 101: The Scoop on our EcoSmart® Custom Branded Merch Collection



Sustainability is more than a trend – it's a long-term shift in thinking. With EcoSmart®, we've made it easy to find the best sustainable products and make good choices for the planet.

And what makes these promotional products better for the planet? Most often, it's the unique materials and fabrics. Each one has an interesting story about how it became part of a branded umbrella or backpack. Here's a quick primer: 

 

1. Recycled PET


Polyethylene terephthalate, better known by the abbreviation PET, is the most common type of plastic used for water and soft drink bottles, food containers such as peanut butter jars and containers for household cleaners. It's a favorite of the food and beverage industry thanks to its strength, durability and transparency. Unfortunately, these characteristics also mean that it takes about 450 years for a plastic water bottle to decompose (Popular Science). 

It's not all bad news, though. PET happens to be the most recycled plastic in the world. Used PET containers are sorted, cleaned and ground into pellets that are reintroduced to the manufacturing process that produces our EcoSmart backpacks, umbrellas and even journals that can be customized with your company logo.

Want to feel good about what you're wearing? Our eco apparel is made with a blend that includes more than 30% recycled PET, taking plastic waste and turning it into something you can feel good about wearing. But it's not just good for the planet – it's high-quality fabric that feels good and looks good, too.

 

2. Bamboo


Pandas love bamboo and so do we. We use it for everything from custom logo lunch boxes and cutlery to branded photo frames. Aside from being 100% biodegradable, bamboo is durable and highly renewable. Incredibly, it grows several feet in 24 hours and requires 30% less water to grow. Plus, we think it looks pretty classy too!




3. Wheat Straw


Ever wonder: After all those wheat grains are harvested to make your favorite baked goods, what becomes of the rigid stalk that's left over? Believe it or not, it ends up in some of our EcoSmart swag.

When added to the barrel of a promotional pen or a lunch box, wheat straw greatly reduces the amount of plastic in the product. And no need to worry about allergies. Since there is no wheat grain in these products, they are totally gluten-free.


4. Recycled Cotton


According to the Council for Textile Recycling, annual textile waste is estimated to equal 25 billion pounds. Once in landfills, all that material can take hundreds of years to decompose.

 






The Bottom Line

We believe that big change begins with small steps. Choosing eco-friendly products is your way of making a difference.  For every purchase of EcoSmart products, a portion of proceeds is donated to nonprofits dedicated to protecting the planet. For more earth friendly branded merch ideas, contact Red Canoe Promotions of Denver today!



Friday, January 15, 2021

3 Keys To Getting Employees Excited About A Wellness Program


Almost a year into the pandemic, there's renewed focus on personal health and wellness. And from a corporate perspective, the benefits of a healthy workforce are well-established – lower healthcare costs, reduced absenteeism and better productivity, to name a few.

But you can't have an effective corporate wellness program without broad participation. And that's where we can help.



1. Marketing Magic

Create a catchy name for the wellness program, and a logo too. That sort of branding gets people's attention and lets them know the company truly believes in the program.

 

 






2. Cool Giveaways

 Create an incentive to sign up with special giveaways. (Just make sure they reinforce a health and wellness theme – no vending machine vouchers!)

 

 






3. Awesome Prizes

 

Once they're signed up, rewards will help them stick with it and reach their goals. A multi-tiered approach for different levels of achievement will keep even more people involved.

 

 





From budget-priced to signup incentives to achievement awards they'll love, we've got lots of great ideas for corporate wellness programs.  Contact Red Canoe Promotions Denver today to get started with your branded merch today!

Thursday, January 14, 2021

On The Front Lines: Thank The Women And Men Working Harder Than Ever


We've all heard a lot about working from home. But for some people, that's simply not an option. Nurses, doctors and other health professionals are on the front lines working harder than ever. Police, EMTs and public safety personnel are doing what they always do – answering the call when we need them.

And there are plenty of other people working otherwise thankless jobs who, well, deserve some thanks, from the maintenance workers keeping our buildings clean to the women and men making sure grocery store shelves are stocked.

If you're looking for ways to show appreciation, we've got some ideas.

 

Wireless Power Banks

Power banks have always made an excellent gift because they're so practical.

Well, wireless power banks are even better. The Fad10,000 mAh Wireless Power Bank combines style and function in a whole new way – trendy fabric exterior, UL listed and enough juice to charge a laptop via a Type-C port.

Oh yeah, it comes in a premium gift box too.

Looking for a more affordable alternative? The Halley5,000 mAh Wireless Power Bank packs plenty of juice at a lower price.

 

Backpacks

With backpacks, style is always a major consideration. The Parkland Kingston has that and more: retail quality, lots of pockets and, like all Parkland bags, fabric made with recycled bottles. (As you know, sustainability's a big deal these days.)

For something at a budget price with a trendy look, the Graphite Deluxe 15" Computer Backpack is a great option, with plenty of pockets for computer cables, power cords, chargers and more for people on the move.

 

Apparel

Remember, it's a thank-you gift. So you want something they'll love wearing out and about, not just for work. Lightweight jackets and half-zip pullovers offer exactly that kind of versatility

The Tamarack Full Zip Jacket combines a sporty, stylish look (check out those color pops!) with the everyday wearability of snag-resistant fabric. (Pro tip: Healthcare professionals love full-zips because they can be worn over scrubs.)

Prefer a pullover? The Dege Knit Half Zip is a standout – but style and comfort are just the start. The Dege fabric is made with more than 30% recycled polyester, taking plastic waste and turning it into something you can feel good about wearing.

 

Bluetooth® Speaker

Want something fun with a little 'wow' factor? The Wells Outdoor Waterproof Bluetooth® Speaker definitely makes a splash. Along with great sound and four hours of playback, you've got a great opportunity for high-impact branding on the front grill.

 

Drinkware

Drinkware has always been a go-to gift – and now more than ever, with so many people making an effort to avoid single-use plastics like bottled water. We love the Vector Leak Proof Copper Vacuum Insulated Tumbler, particularly because of the leak-proof lid with a built-in loop for one-finger carry or hooking to a carabiner. Plus it's got a durable powder-spray coating and is designed to fit most cup holders.

For something with a completely different look, the slender Casanova 22oz Tritan™ Sports Bottle also has a lid conveniently designed for one-finger carry or hooking to a carabiner.

 

Stationery

Didn't think we forgot about stationery, did you? We've got lots of options, depending on who it's for and how much you're looking to spend.

For starters, the FUNCTION Bound Notebook has a smooth, hard cover with 40 sheets of lined paper and 40 sheets of blank. Or take a step up with the Cross® Classic Bound Journal, featuring a faux-leather UltraHyde cover, colored-edge paper, document pockets and a premium gift box. 

Of course, you know we saved the best for last: The Zoom 4,000 mAh Wireless Charging Zippered Padfolio is exactly what it sounds like – a deluxe padfolio with integrated wireless charging to give your phone a boost while you're taking notes.

These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg.  Contact Red Canoe Promotions of Denver today for all the latest branded merch ideas to thank our frontline workers!

Monday, January 4, 2021

How to Build the Perfect Swag Bag for Virtual Events















Red Canoe Promotions is here to help you put together the perfect virtual event swag kit!  Contact us today to get started!

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Blue Light Glasses: A Branded Gift They'll Really Use!

 Blue light glasses lead to better sleep and better performance at work, according to a new study published in the Harvard Business Review.  Not familiar with blue light glasses?  The sun, digital screens (TVs, computers, laptops, smart phones and tablets), electronic devices, and fluorescent and LED lights all give off a specific type of light, called blue light.  Blue light glasses are designed to filter out this blue light, which can be unhealthy if we're exposed to too much of it.

Blue light glasses make great giveaways and branded gifts.  Everyone could use a pair or two!  Here are a few of our top sellers, all available with your custom logo or branding:


Good: Value Branded Blue Light Glasses












Better: Classic Branded Blue Light Glasses









Best: Malibu Blue Light Glasses




Friday, October 16, 2020

Up Your Game with Branded Drinkware!



Branded drinkware isn't just a promotional product, it’s an advertising medium (and a very effective one, at that). Custom printed drinkware can be used to convey company culture, identity, and appreciation. It’s like delivering a commercial right into your customer's hands. And choosing the right decoration method can make all the difference! Contact Red Canoe Promotions to get started on your branded drinkware project today!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Say Hello to the OPKIX Branded Video Camera!



Now we don't have to worry about what to get everyone on our Christmas list!  Finally, a fun-sized video camera designed to capture all of life’s adventures. The waterproof OPKIX One HD Branded Video Camera is designed and engineered to be versatile to fit your every need. Shoot, edit and share with ease; record with the simple push of a button, seamlessly transfer content to the smart device of your choice, and edit in minutes with the OPKIX Studio App. Your custom logo is printed in full color on the charging case.

Contact Red Canoe Promotions Denver today to get started on this awesome branded gift!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Heat is On!

The custom branded ZIPPO® HeatBank 9 Hour rechargeable hand warmer keeps you warm and also functions as a power bank to keep your devices charged. Dual sided heating, with 6 different settings. Rechargeable 5200 mah lithium-ion battery, with up to 9 hours of run time per charge!  Add your laser engraved or full-color digital imprint and you've got the perfect branded gift everyone will enjoy receiving this holiday season.  Check out the video:



Request your free mockup today from Red Canoe Promotions Denver!

Monday, July 6, 2020

Maximizing Brand Impact During Virtual Events

If you've ever attended a tradeshow or conference, you understand the role that event sponsors play. Their branding is everywhere you look – signage, booths, merch. They help fund and promote the event, so it's important to keep them happy. But how do you keep your sponsors' logos visible when your event is being held online?  Check out these tips and product ideas from our awesome supplier partner, PCNA!

1. Include sponsor logos on all branded gifts and merch.

Giveaways, attendee swag bags, presenter gifts – all great opportunities to get your sponsors front and center. Not only does this increase visibility among attendees, it'll continue to generate impressions as they use their cool new swag in public.

Here are a few of our top picks for conference swag:

Alta BPA Free Tritan™ Sport Bottle 25oz





















Sidekick Non-Woven Drawstring Bag





















Route Light Up Logo 3-in-1 Cable





















2. Encourage guests to share on social media using your official hashtag.

There's no underestimating the impact of social media on virtual conferences. We all use the internet to spread the word about events, and people who are excited to attend will do the same. Encourage them to post photos of their new swag on social media using the official event hashtag – and make sure they tag the sponsors. The extra traffic generates more visibility for everyone! (Pro tip: You can get more people to participate by offering a prize to one lucky person who shares on social.)

3. Make sure sponsor brands are visible on your presenters' apparel.

Your presenters' job is to command everyone's attention. So it makes sense to put sponsor logos on their apparel – especially somewhere visible, like the shoulder or collar. Branded apparel also ensures everyone's got a cohesive, professional look while reinforcing the event's identity for everyone participating from home. And one last point: anywhere the event logo is shown, it's a good idea to include the sponsor logos as well.

Styles like the Dege Eco Knit Half Zip and Tamarack Full Zip Jacket are great options for presenters.

Dege Eco Knit Half Zip




















Tamarack Full Zip Jacket






















4. Keep sponsors' branding visible in presentations.

Create a template for presenters to follow and include sponsor branding. By having speakers follow the same template, you can achieve the consistency and frequency needed to make a memorable impression. It's also helpful to explore a few different platforms before deciding which one should host your event. We recommend a platform that allows custom branding. It'll be worth your while to get those extra impressions.

There's more where that came from!  Contact Red Canoe Promotions Denver for more great ideas to make the most out of your virtual conference or trade show.

Friday, June 12, 2020

How to Choose the Right Branded Hand Sanitizer

With a nationwide focus on stopping the spread of germs, there's never been a better time than now to promote your brand using custom logo hand sanitizers.  With so many types to choose from, where should you start?  Here are a few pointers to help you choose!  Once you've read all about the different hand sanitizer choices available, you'll be ready to browse our logo sanitizer store for the perfect sanitizer to complement your logo and build your brand.



Alcohol vs. Non-Alcohol Branded Sanitizers

When it comes to the active ingredients, there are essentially two main types of branded hand sanitizers.  Alcohol based hand sanitizer is what's used in the healthcare field.  It's more effective at killing germs, especially viruses.  Hand sanitizers containing at least 60% alcohol are recommended for best results when it comes to killing germs.  Non-alcohol based sanitizer can be effective against some types of bacteria, but it typically isn't effective against most viruses.  Some sanitizers contain benzalkonium chloride as a substitute for alcohol, which is not as effective at killing germs.  Bottom line: Purchase custom logo sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Scented vs. Unscented Branded Sanitizers

Custom logo sanitizer comes in both scented and unscented formulas.  If you'll be handing out your custom logo sanitizer as a giveaway at a trade show or other event, unscented sanitizer might be the best choice.  Some people are sensitive to certain smells, so while scented hand sanitizers might be pleasant for some people, it may leave others unable to use it.
Bottom Line: When in doubt, the safe bet is to buy branded sanitizer that's unscented.

Pumps vs. Squeeze Bottles vs. Spray Sanitizers?

When it comes to packaging, there are a few types of branded sanitizers.  The most popular style is a squeeze bottle of sanitizer with a custom logo label.  It's versatile and works in most any setting.  Sanitizer pump bottles can also be branded with your custom logo.  They're perfect for home and office settings as they typically contain a larger volume of sanitizer and can be stored on a desk or countertop.  Lastly, custom logo sanitizer can also come in the form of a spray bottle or spray pen.  These are great for when you're on-the-go, as they're small and compact and can fit easliy in your pocket, purse or vehicle.
Bottom Line: Unless the sanitizer will be placed in a permanent location like a desk or counter top, branded sanitizer spray pens and squeeze bottles are both great choices.  They're small enough to travel with and can be stored with ease.  Some of our custom logo sanitizer squeeze bottles can be purchased with a carabiner clip or travel sleeve for even easier transport and storage.  Which brings us to the next point...

Plain Custom Logo Sanitizer Bottle vs. Travel Sleeve

Branded hand sanitizer bottles can come with or without a travel sleeve.  Travel sleeves come in a variety of materials such as silicone or neoprene, and they also come in a variety of colors to complement your logo and to add an element of color to your promotion.  In addition to the increased brand appeal, travel sleeves are perfect for on-the-go hand sanitizing.  They can clip onto just about anything, like your keys or the rear view mirror in your car.
Bottom Line: If your budget allows, buying custom logo sanitizer that comes with a silicone or neoprene travel case with clip is the way to go!  Even when the sanitizer is gone, the travel sleeve can be reused over and over.

Custom Logo Sanitizer Best Sellers

Now that we've gone over the different types of branded hand sanitizers, let's take a look at a few of our top sellers, and don't forget to send us your logo for a free mockup!

Top Sanitizer Squeeze Bottle with Custom Logo:













Top Sanitizer Squeeze Bottle with Custom Logo and Travel Sleeve:













Top Sanitizer Spray Pen with Custom Logo:














Monday, June 1, 2020

Innovative Promotional Product Alert: The Branded Drink-A-Link



Inspired by equal parts stupidity and brilliance, the Drink-A-Link is here and ready to put your event back on the calendar!  Contact us today for a free mockup!

Monday, March 23, 2020

Branded Merch: Work & Study From Home Collection

Working from home was already becoming more common, but now it will be the norm even more.  And with most schools, colleges and universities closing down, the same holds true for most students who will be taking online classes at home.  During these unprecedented times, it's still possible to build and maintain company pride and stay connected with your work team.  Here are ten branded merch ideas to help your team stay productive and relaxed while working from home.

Wireless Mouse






















Mouse Pad with Gel Wrist Rest






















Security Webcam Cover




















Desk Kit with Charging Pad



















Skullcandy Truly Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds





















UL Listed Fast Wireless Power Bank Stand Kit






















Braided USB Cable




















Essential Oil Roller






















Desktop Vacuum






















Tech Taco




















Contact Red Canoe Promotions today to get started!