Imprinted Pens

2014 pen

We have the unique honor of providing pens for Agape France, a Campus Crusade for Christ ministry. It tickles my heart and blesses me tremendously that these pens will end up in Paris (maybe i should volunteer delivery service?) helping spread the message of Christianity!

We are also fortunate in supporting a young family dedicated to reaching the college youth of Paris who are part of the Agape family. Know that every dollar you spend with Alpha helps us support them and the Kingdom!

Can Koozies-Advertising that gets Around!

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One of my favorite promotional products has to be can koozies! They are graphic, affordable and most of all people love them! Here in Minnesota it is boating/camping/cabin season and you can never have enough koozies to keep your favorite beverage cold! They come in a regular size can, taller monster style size and of course zippered bottle holders.

This particular koozie also has a great feature, printing on the bottom. Summer special includes one set up for all three locations and your choice of koozie color and imprint color!

Think outside the box and advertise your message at the lake or cabin today!

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Decorated MicroFiber or Soft Shell Jackets

It is still summer here in Minnesota but already we are working on fall jackets!  The microfiber or softshell jacket is by far the most popular option.  They come in a variety of styles and colors and oftentimes offer both a mens and ladies version.  We have several clients who are using these jackets for their “Awards” Jacket for their summertime sport.  Racing, Horse, Rodeo, 4H and Ball Sports to name a few.  They also make a GREAT! corporate gift either for your own staff to unify your brand or for your top tier of clients.

We wanted to highlight one client in particular who took the decorating process to the extreme which is really fun to do and maximizes the advertising potential for the client.  The jacket below has embroidery, rhinestones, applique and metallic embroidery.  The ladies look awesome in them don’t you agree!  They are a show stopper!

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Dye Sublimated Jerseys

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This is one of my favorite decoration methods.  You can go high buck and have the material printed and then sewn into a jersey which is a great option for a totally custom look.  This option is quicker, less expensive and carries most of the impact the other does!  The process is pretty simple, a design is made and approved, shirts are ordered and printed and all of that in under 3 weeks!  This option is great for volleyball teams, softball and baseball, landscaping and lawn care companies.

These are super affordable and the shirts are uv 30 and moisture wicking!

 

 

Event Tent or Canopy

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This is a perfect time to think about  your spring tent needs!  Plenty of time to design and coordinate all of the items you may need for your special event.  Tents and canopies come in many different shapes and sizes, one to fit every need. Need something arched?  How about side panels or banner sails?  Regardless of your need, there is probably a product for it. Most commercial kits come with easy to erect frames, warranties and convenient travel bags.  Need tie downs for those windy conditions?  We can help with that as well!

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Retractable Banners

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Retractable banners are a highly visible and highly affordable way to professionalize your business!  Available in a variety of lengths and widths from cute little table top retractors to mega 8 foot ones!  They all come with necessary hardware and a warranty.  Nice too that you can change your graphic as your business needs change.  These are perfect for trade shows but also very convenient for a stand alone in the office or storefront!

Pricing starts as low as $52.00 for the tabletop to an average of $300 for the standard 31 inch wide.  Why wait, upgrade your image today!

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Spring Tradeshow Display

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It was my pleasure to work with Twin City Theater on their Spring Trade Show Booth.  As he is local we were able to visit the showroom of my factory and touch and feel all of the displays that were available. In the end this display, the 10 foot Echo suited his needs the best:

Kit Includes:
(1)Frame
(21)Channel Bars
(1)Hardware Bag
(4)Mural Center Panels
(2)Fabric End Panels
(1)Graphic Case-to-Counter Kit
(1)Display Hard Case w/Wheels
As you can see from the photo we ended up with wrapping his graphic around the end panels.  He saw a proof of what the finished product would be and when done we went in together and had a one on one lesson on the nuances of setting up the display so that it will last for years to come.  The beauty of this product is he can change the graphics at any time to suit his business needs without investing in the hardware again.
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Dog Tags

The history of the dog tag is an interesting one.

During the American Civil War of 1861–1865, some soldiers pinned paper noteswith their name and home address to the backs of their coats. Other soldiers stenciled identification on their knapsacks or scratched it in the soft lead backing of the army belt buckle.

Manufacturers of identification badges recognized a market and began advertising in periodicals. Their pins were usually shaped to suggest a branch of service and engraved with the soldier’s name and unit. Machine-stamped tags were also made of brass or lead with a hole and usually had (on one side) an eagle or shield and such phrases as “War for the Union” or “Liberty, Union, and Equality”. The other side had the soldier’s name and unit and sometimes a list of battles in which he had participated.

Since then dog tags have become standard military issue and in some arenas a fashion statement.  They are a sure fire fun way to promote an event!

Challenge or Collectible Coins

Challenge Coins are an American tradition that date back to World War I. The coins originated within the Military as a symbol of the organization that made it become easily recognizable if they were asked to present their coins. The very first unit in the US Military known to have a coin was the oldest Special Forces Unit in the US Army. The coins were and continue to be given out by Military Generals and Commanders as well as all of the other branches of the armed forces such as Army, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and the Navy.

The “challenge” comes from making sure that each member of the unit is carrying their coin. The challenger will challenge everyone to slam their coins down on the table and the last one to do so has to buy a round of drinks. However, if everyone produces the coins, the challenger is the one who has to buy the round.
Today, it is not uncommon for Police and Fire departments to distribute challenge coins to increase morale or build spirit within their ranks and departments.

These coins can also be used as collectible or commemorative coins.  AA uses coins to designate and celebrate your years of sobriety.  Pricing is based on overall design and quantity along with materials chosen and remember they do not have to be round.  Shield shaped or state shaped are an option!

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Buttons oh Buttons!

Buttons are a great way to share a message.  The first photographic image on pins or buttons dates to 1860. Abraham Lincoln and his various opponents used the tintype or ferrotype photo process.

The first mass production of metal buttons dates to the 1896 William McKinley campaign for president with “celluloid” buttons with one side of a metal disk covered with paper (printed with the message) and protected by a layer of clear plastic.

Since 1916, buttons have also been produced by lithographing the image directly onto the metal disk.  A celluloid-type button is fastened to a garment using a pin on the back side of the button (in recently-produced buttons, the pin generally fits into a safety-pin-style catch). A lithographed button may fasten with a pinback or with a metal tab which folds over a lapel or pocket.

One of the most famous uses of campaign buttons occurred during the 1940 U.S. presidential election, when Wendell Willkie‘s campaign produced millions of lithographed slogan buttons in rapid response to news items about President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Now that we have a history of buttons, let’s look at what options we have for today!

Our custom buttons are an inexpensive and effective advertising tool. We offer nine different sizes and styles ideal for any campaign, even or function!

Buttons come in various shapes and sizes.  The company I use is located in the USA (Made in the USA) and does not charge a set up fee which makes these one of the few items in the industry to do so.

If you are thinking that a pin back is the only way to go, think again. Buttons now come with mirrors on the backside (great for ladies), magnetized for fridges and even have a bottle opener on the back!  Some other unique options are zipper pulls and key tags.

And if you think round is the only shape, think again!  Square, rectangular, oval are all available!  With prices starting at just .21, these are an affordable way to help get your name out there!