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Direct Printing & Graphics http://directprinting.net All your printing and marketing needs Thu, 07 Jun 2018 01:45:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 Patriotic Promotions http://directprinting.net/patriotic-promotions/ Tue, 05 Jun 2018 15:55:44 +0000 http://directprinting.net/?p=4356

5 Tips to Kick off your Your Independence Day Campaign

The 4th of July is the perfect holiday to get together with family and friends, light off fireworks, celebrate with barbecues and parades. It is also a perfect time to let your employees and clients know how much you appreciate them. What better way to show off your patriotic spirit than with a targeting marketing campaign surrounding this holiday.

Direct Printing and Graphics has created five quick tips for you to start your campaign with a bang.

Create light up swag to show off patriotism and your brand

Light up your logo with these novelty items. These affordable and fun promotional products will sure have your clients talking about you at their beach side bonfires.

Give your workplace a Independence Day makeover

Create some buzz within your office and encourage employees to show off their patriotism with a “Red White and Blue Day”! Encourage your colleagues to show off their most patriotic gear and create a parade to view desk decorations. If you have a pet friendly workplace, plan a Patriotic Pet Parade. Prizes for the winners could include a custom tote bag or a Sportula with your logo.

Get involved with the community

Encourage a service day with an organization that is dedicated to helping veterans in your community. Is your local Habitat for Humanity chapter working on a home build? Are they accepting volunteers? Or, reach out to a local organization that is dedicated to supporting Veterans, such as Veterans Count. Encourage your clients and partners to sponsor the service day and create T-shirts displaying your logos. Post on your social media accounts and share the good vibes. 

Give unique summer kick-off gifts

Even though Memorial Day may be the official kickoff to summer, the warmer weather in New England doesn’t come around until July. With the kids out of school, summer is just starting to get into full swing until after July 4th. Here are a  few of our favorite summer items.

Partner with another local business to create twice the buzz

Create a partnership with a local business that pairs well with your business and create a co-branded summer item. See below the project from one of our clients, Monument Mortgage. Monument Mortgage partnered with Remax on the River this easy and affordable beach ball.

Start your Independence Day Campaign Today

Five Valentine’s Items under $5 http://directprinting.net/five-valentines-items-under-5/ Mon, 08 Jan 2018 20:47:18 +0000 http://directprinting.net/?p=4335

5 Valentine’s Day Products Under $5

Celebrating Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to connect with your clients. Show them some love with these five products under $5. Place your order by January 12th to guarantee delivery by early February.

Click on the links below to learn more.

Custom Candy Shaped Hearts with your message on the hearts and packaging.

Heart Shaped Seed Paper Bookmark that your clients can plant into wild flowers.

Soy Candle in Heart Shaped Tin with your logo on the tin.

Remain stress free with this heart shaped  stress ball. 

Take Note with this Magnetic Heart Chip/Note Clip.

Fang-tastic Promotional Ideas for October http://directprinting.net/fang-tastic-promotional-ideas-for-october/ Tue, 26 Sep 2017 20:41:57 +0000 http://directprinting.net/?p=4292

Fang-tastic Promotional Ideas for October

Halloween is only one month away!

With so many promotional products to choose from, DP&G is ready to help you select the perfect item for your timeline and budget. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for spooktackular promotions this October.

Trick-or-Treat Safety

Branded Baggage

Costume Party Must Haves

Treats and Giveaways

I‘m Scared, Let’s Talk

Top Items for the Summer http://directprinting.net/top-items-for-the-summer/ Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:13:22 +0000 http://directprinting.net/?p=4261

Top Items for the Summer

Summer is here and schedules are packed with 5K races, barbecues, and company outings. Choose an item that fits your budget, and matches your brand. Below are a few of the top items for the summer that can work within any budget.

How Far Should You Plan Ahead? http://directprinting.net/how-far-should-you-plan-ahead/ Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:53:43 +0000 http://directprinting.net/?p=4240

Planning Ahead – When to Start the Ordering Process

Your biggest event of the year is two months away and you’d like to order branded items.  With your busy schedule we know it can be overwhelming to organize special events.  When do you start to think about items?  How long will it take? What do I need to provide DP&G to get it done in time. Today, we will provide a guideline to ensure successful production.

Tip 1: Plan Ahead and Tell Us About it

If this is a yearly event, let us know.  We will mark it in our calendar and reach out to you with new ideas  and deadline in plenty of time.

Tip 2: Necessary Details – Tell us your requirements

When you need these items by? This is known as your ‘in hands’ date.

  • How many items will you need?
  • What is your budget?
  • What logo do you want to imprint on your item? Often times your logo can drive the decision making process for an item. Some promotional items are best suited for a one color logo verses a full color logo.

Tip 3: Know The Process – Production Schedule

Idea Generation and Item Selection- At least one week

Depending on your direction, your approval process, and event, this can take from one email or up to three weeks of communication. Our best advice is to be clear in your request and give us continued feedback during this process.

Preparing the art – Approx 1 to 3 Business Days

Art can be prepared by your organization or by DP&G. In order to place the order, we must have print ready vector art. To learn more about vector art, read our blog post here.

PDF Proof Approval Process – Approx 1 to 2 Business Days

If time allows, a pre-production sample is a good way to see what your item will look like before we proceed. Pre-production samples can take 5 to 7 business days.

For most orders, a PDF proof is all that is required for approval before we proceed with production.  The review process can take a few days for approval, depending on who within your organization needs to review and give feedback.  

Production – Approx. 2-14 Business Days

Some items can be processed in one business day, while other items can take up to two weeks. See below for a general production time guide for popular items.

  • Pint Glasses and Drinkware: 5 to 10 business days
  • Affordable Promotional Items (pens, sticky notes, small ad specialty): 3-5 business days
  • Print Materials: 5 business days
  • Apparel: 5-10 business days

Shipping – 2-7 Business Days

We ship with the most affordable option possible to meet your in-hands date.

DP&G is here to help you starting with idea generation to completed project. The more time you allow for planning, the more affordable and stress-free the process. 

Let’s Think Ahead

Bike to Work Week May 15-19 http://directprinting.net/bike-to-work-week-may-15-19/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:01:58 +0000 http://directprinting.net/?p=4226

May is National Bike Week!

Did you know that May 15-19 is National Bike to Work Week? Encourage your employees to take alternative modes of transportation to work. Not only does this improve employee’s health, but it also has a positive impact on the environment and your community.


  • The number of U.S. workers who traveled to work by bicycle increased from about 488,000 in 2000 to about 786,000 in 2008–2012, a larger percentage increase than that of any other commuting mode.
  • The combined rate of bicycle commuting for the 50 largest U.S. cities increased from 0.6% in 2000 to 1.0% in 2008–2012.
  • The Northeast showed the highest rate of walking to work at 4.7% of workers, while the West had the highest rate of biking to work at 1.1%
  • At 0.8% the rate of bicycle commuting for men was more than double that of women at 0.3%.
  • At 0.9% , the most educated workers, those with a graduate or professional degree, had the highest rate of bicycle commuting, followed by the least educated workers, those who did not graduate from high school at 0.7%.
  • Among large cities, Portland, OR, has the highest bicycle commuting rate at 6.1%

For more facts on biking to work, read the entire US Census study from 2012.

McKenzie, Brian, “Modes Less Traveled: Commuting by Bicycle and Walking in the United States,” 2008–2012, American Community Survey Reports, ACS-26, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC, 2014.

Encourage healthy lifestyle and celebrate your employees with these promotional products.

Let’s Get Rolling on this Promotion!

Stand Out in Today’s Real Estate Market http://directprinting.net/stand-out-in-todays-real-estate-market/ Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:24:31 +0000 http://directprinting.net/?p=4190

Stand Out in Today’s Real Estate Market

The real estate market is booming, and real estate agents are competing to connect with new clients, close on properties and look ahead to new business. Whether you are an agent, a mortgage broker or an insurance professional, you are not short on competition. How will you stand out against your competitors? We have compiled a few ideas to make sure that you are the first person that comes to mind when a client is ready to buy or sell.

New Client Outreach

Promotional items are a great way to follow up with new contacts or reconnect to clients you’ve worked with in the past. It’s proven, that personalized marketing items are more effective than emails.

Something Extra

Are you looking for that extra edge after meeting a client that you want to work with? These high quality items will keep your name visible at a client’s office and home.

Homeowner gifts

When you close on a property, you want to say thank you.  Show your appreciation and give a gift the new homeowner will use.

Pair with a more personal item, depending on your client’s interests.

  • Spatula: Pair with a gift card to your local butcher.
  • Tool Bag: Pair with a gift card to a local hardware or home improvement store.
  • YETI® Cooler: Let your clients show off with this top brand cooler. Pair with their favorite local brew or wine.

Planning a Golf Tournament? http://directprinting.net/planning-a-golf-tournament/ Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:51:10 +0000 http://directprinting.net/?p=4154

Planning a Golf Tournament?

Warmer temperatures, greener grass and longer days are in store for spring.  Which means, time to plan golf outings.  Whether it’s a charity golf tournament or playing 18 holes with clients, don’t miss the opportunity for participants to leave with something to remember you.  Not sure what item to choose?  DP&G can help 

The Tee Package

Golfers enjoy, and expect, a giveaway when they arrive to play golf.  Golf balls, leather golf sets, and tees are a great way to remember the day.

Stay Hydrated 

It’s no surprise that crisp greens and cool drinks go hand in hand on the course. Stock each cart with a branded cooler, drink holder or tumbler. Keep drinks cold and your brand visible.

Look The Part

Golf hats are an easy, high quality item that your clients will appreciate and re-use. Pair customized hats with other high quality golf apparel. Add a year to your logo to make your items yearly collectibles.

Recognize your winners

High stakes tournament? Personalized trophies and branded items, such as a YETI® cooler are perfect for the ‘Closest to the Pin’ or ‘Putting Contest’ winners.

Let’s Talk Golf

Power of a Picture http://directprinting.net/power-of-a-picture/ Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:59:52 +0000 http://directprinting.net/?p=4105

Spotlight on: Great Bay Crossfit

Congratulations to our colleagues at Great Bay Crossfit for a successful campaign! For the last six weeks, the Coaches at Great Bay Crossfit asked members to commit to healthy habits in their campaign called “Levels”. This initiative encourages healthy eating and drinking in combination with a commitment to exercise, mobility and overall consistency. Members gained extra points for additional obstacles throughout their journey, including bonus fitness classes and other health habits like wearing your seat belt.

We partnered with Great Bay Crossfit to create a custom water bottle for participants of this challenge. Participants in the Levels challenge were asked to post pictures of their bottle throughout the competition and use the hashtag #gblevels17. Each week, members posted creative pictures with their bottle, sharing the GBCF mission and logo to their own social networks. We LOVE this idea! We are happy to share with you a few of our favorite images. The GBCF Levels Winner will be announced on March 11th. Good Luck!

Love this idea? Let us know!

Hot Off The Press! http://directprinting.net/hot-off-the-press/ Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:04:02 +0000 http://directprinting.net/?p=4076

Hot Items from a Recent Conference

We recently attended one of the industry’s largest trade shows of the year in Orlando, Florida. With thousands of vendors from across the country, we left feeling inspired to share ideas with our loyal partners and customers. Below are a few ideas that we could not wait to tell you about.

Stainless Steel Travel Tumbler

They’re everywhere! Keep your drink hot or cold for hours with this double insulated tumbler. Your logo will pop all winter and summer long.

Eco Friendly Journal Books

Paper isn’t dead. Make sure your clients remember you when they are making their daily notes. These eco-friendly notebooks are made with post-consumer waste and can be customized to fit your needs. Available in may colors, shapes and sizes.

Custom Trouser Socks

Socks are the new ties. We can create up to 5 custom designs for you to choose from on these breathable high quality custom socks.  

Ceramic Car Coasters

We love this affordable and useful promotional item. Keep this liquid absorbent coaster at the bottom of your car’s cup holder to reduce mess and keep clean. Your clients will love this gadget.

Plantable Greeting Cards

Earth Day is April 22, 2017. Surprise your clients with this unique idea, a greeting card that can grow flowers once planted. This unique Seed Paper Greeting Card is made by hand from 100% recycled material and is embedded with a mixture of wildflower seeds.