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The Top 5 Promotional Items for Texas Companies

Texans love Promotional Products.  Texas businesses spent 2.9 Billion on Promotional Products in 2017.  According to a study done by the Advertising Specialty Institute, Texans are two times more likely to prefer promotional products over internet advertising and 54% of us favor American made products.

Overwhelmingly, Texas invests the most dollars in these five categories:

  1. USB Drives and Power Banks.

power bank promo itemsAccording to the New York Post, folks living in the United States check their phones every 12 minutes or an average of 80 times per day.   We use our phones for driving directions, connectivity to family, friends, and colleagues.  Our phones tell us how long to cook meatloaf, what time it is in Japan, and any other random topic that pops up over dinner.  And if our phone loses charge – anxiety sets in.  The medical community now recognizes a disorder that results from losing or damaging our phones.  It is called “Nomophobia.”   Companies who choose to put their brand on power banks, (designed to charge phones on the go) are making a great decision.  That logo is going to be seen multiple times a day and become part of the daily uniform.

flash drives promo items

USB Drives are pocket-sized storage devices for Powerpoint presentations, they can convey a marketing message or commercial, and they provide great storage once your cloud or hard drive is maxed out.

In this tech-crazed world, it’s no surprise that smart Texans choose these products to showcase their brand.

promo items charging station

  1. Desktop Accessories

Desktop accessories are a great way to keep your brand in front of customers.  Unlike a television commercial or radio ad (which require that you do not go to the restroom between 3:00 p.m. and 3:02 p.m.), a desktop accessory keeps your brand top of mind all day long.

  1. Headwearpromo hats logo merchandise

There is no doubt that wearables display a logo prominently.   Caps keep your brand in front of the person wearing it and everyone they pass by.  Caps can also be a cost-effective way to mass-advertise.  Decorated caps range in price from $5 – $30 depending on the brand you choose.

  1. Drinkware

Your customer’s new favorite coffee mug or tumbler is an excellent place for your logo to be.  Our favorite cup lives in our car, on our desk, in our cabinets.  Your logo will get exposure several times per week.  Drinkware has become very contemporary – fashion-forward – and there are thousands of great styles available.

  1. Bags

backpack promotional gearBags are a part of the official uniform at work and play whether you are commuting to work or hanging out at the Houston Zoo.  Like caps, t-shirts, polo shirts and button downs, your brand will be front and center wherever it travels.   From Polypropylene totes to Oakley, Adidas, and Ogio backpacks, the options and price points are endless.

Is your company based somewhere other than Texas?   Let us know, and we’ll give you a breakdown of YOUR state’s top five promotional products.


Five Travel Must-Haves for the Today’s Road Warrior

You’ve got a sales team and executives who live on the road. They have everything, they’ve tried everything. They have found something irritating about every branded travel product you have provided them in the past. Some of the team travels internationally, and others make short weekly commutes from Chicago to St. Louis. Your job is to find products that make travel easier, more efficient and solve the problems of the road.

This year’s top travel products will display your logo elegantly and impress the impossible to please. Even the guy you can’t believe is allowed to be on the sales team because he doesn’t like people. We’ve got him covered too.

Ifidelity Noise Reduction Warp Bluetooth Headphones

After a long week of presentations, the last thing a road warrior wants is a chatty passenger sitting next to him on a three-hour flight. Bluetooth headphones have become part of the official uniform for the traveler who is cooked. Nothing says, “I’m awake but unavailable” quite like a pair of these. Unlike earbuds, the over-the-ear design creates a social partition respected by even the boldest of seatmates. The noise reduction technology will enable them to ignore people guilt-free because they won’t be able to hear them anyway. They can answer a call, or change a song directly from the headphones themselves. Don’t know what you should spend? Ask the hermit in your sales department what he would pay for headphones that make him socially invisible.

The Elleven Axis 17″ TSA Travel Backpack


Those who makes short commutes via airline have their trip timed right down to the second. These folks know exactly how long it should take to get from the plane to the rental car. Baggage claim is the enemy of an efficiently timed departure from the airport. They need one bag that will hold a change of clothes for two days, shoes, a laptop, and paperwork. Problem solved. The Elleven Traverse does all of that, and it is checkpoint friendly too. The laptop stays in the bag and butterflies open on its ride through the x-ray machine. No tray required. Commuters cannot live without this one; they just don’t know it yet.

Relay 20,000 MAH Power Bank

For travelers, their smartphones and tablets are their lifelines. They rely on their devices to stay connected and any length of time without a phone could be dire. With this 20,000 MAH Power Bank, you can confidently tell your executives that they can go to Europe for an entire week and never need to plug into a wall outlet. 20,000 MAH means that you can charge a smartphone from a dead battery to 100% nearly ten times on a single charge. An output rate of 2.1 means you can power a tablet almost five times. Your team is no longer required to plug their many devices into the lamp at the Marriott. They’ve got the freedom to charge their phone untethered for several days. Your stock just went up. Big time.

Skross World Travel Adapter PRO World & USB

International travel means going to countries with outlets that don’t get along with American plugs. The Skross WorldTravel Adapter PRO will convert all over the world (150 different countries to be exact). Your executives will be thrilled to know that their Conair hairdryers and Sonicare toothbrushes will be operational from Cairo to Timbuktu.




ANKR Bluetooth Tracker

Frequent travelers tend to lose things. Important things. They misplace things like car keys and wallets. It’s not uncommon for an exhausted traveler to arrive in the airport parking garage ready for the weekend, only to discover that their car keys are sitting in a board room halfway across the country. The ANKR Bluetooth tracker is a game changer. Just attach the ANKR device to a set of keys (or anything else travelers tend to forget), and when you travel out of the zone, the device will alert your smartphone that you have left the object behind. Your salespeople won’t even have to remember that they forgot. The item they’ve left behind will alert them and give them walking (or driving) directions to find it. If that doesn’t make you the office hero, we don’t know what will.

We want to hear your stories from the road! The stories could be funny, tragic or just plain crazy. Give us your best one. The winner will receive a sample kit of each the items above. We will only publish your story with your permission.

Click HERE to submit yours.