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Don’t Buy Trinkets and Trash–Be Sure to Buy Only Branding Solutions

trinkets and trashTrinkets and Trash are Not a Wise Branding Strategy

Austin, Texas: I got a call today from a company asking for “trinkets and trash” for their up-coming trade show.

I asked him why he would want to give away trash — and he replied that he just needed something with his name and didn’t care whether or not it ends up in the trash or not.

I told him to save his money and just throw one dollar bills down the trash.

I was being facetious, of course, but why would anyone want to give away an item with their logo that they couldn’t care less about?

If it has your name and logo on it–then it is a branding piece–whether you want to look at it that way or not.

A cheap plastic 29 cent pen with your logo that leaks ink after the second use brands your company has shoddy with no attention to detail.

A tote bag with the wrong shade of orange or blue in your logo brands your company poorly.

Think about your audience and what makes them tick .. and try to think about what they’d want to get at a trade show, convention or event.

I bet they are not thinking ” I would love to receive a trinket or trash”.  Nor would you.

I tell my clients that they are better off ordering a smaller quantity of high quality, properly imprinted promotional gifts than a higher quantity of crap.

Think about the lifetime value of a client and how you want to be remembered.

Every promotional product with your logo represents your brand.

They are part of your marketing mix.

Think about this next time you consider ordering “trinkets and trash” — and stay away from them.

Be sure to order only branding solutions and remembrance marketing that will showcase your brand and your company for a long time in a positive light.

Rethink quantity to stay closer to your budget and give gifts that your clients and prospects will say “thank you” to…not trinkets and trash that will end up in the trash.

Happy Promoting!


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Robert Piller is President of GeekTechBranding.com, the leader in high tech promotional products for all occasions and events.–including custom packaging and custom promotional products.

Geek Tech Branding is a third-generation company that began in 1956 selling imprinted calendars and writing instruments and has grown to become one of the largest suppliers of imprinted technology and promotional electronic gifts in the country.

Robert Piller has been working with companies of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies, law firms, non-profit organizations, financial institutions, startups and other organizations to market and promote their businesses  and improve their branding.

He is a frequent writer and speaker on marketing and technology topics and loves to share and exchange ideas. Feel free to reach him through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, by email (robert [at] geektechbranding.com) or through this blog

GeekTechBranding.com offers the latest high-tech promotional products –including imprinted power chargers and power sticks, imprinted Bluetooth speakers and promotional ear buds, custom printed tablet sleeves,  branded iPhone cases, imprinted USB car chargerspromotional stylus pens, promotional USB drives and hubs and more — all imprinted with your company’s name and logo.

How to Add Creative Flair to Your Promotional Products

Are You Creating Custom Promotional Products or Just Using Off-the-Shelf Swag?

Austin, Texas: Promotional products have gotten much more creative over the past few years– with all types of customization options.

But are you taking advantage of the customization possibilities?

In my last post I wrote about how creating custom packaging can make your marketing campaigns and promotional products really stand out.

Now I want you to consider the  wide variety of customization now available on promotional products due to new equipment and production methods, improved ability to match Pantone colors and lower molding costs.

Here are just a few examples of custom promotional products that you can consider–with as few as 4-6 weeks for turnaround time…just to help you think outside the traditional box.

For the first example, these promotional USB wall chargers were designed in custom Pantone colors to match the exact color scheme of these famous brands.

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Rather than to just settle for a 2 color logo on a white wall charger, we can now customize the entire product in your exact color scheme–making them better for overall branding.

Another area where we are doing a great deal of customization is with promotional power chargers.

Again, rather than to use a standard promotional power stick, we now have the capabilities of creating 3D power chargers to match your logo, iconic building, mascot or symbol– or anything else…in as few as 100 pieces.

Here are a few recent examples of custom 3D promotional power chargers to help generate some ideas for you:

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A final example is custom 3D selfie sticks.

Promotional selfie sticks are one of the hottest gift items around–and we now have the capabilities of customizing the handles in 3D – plus do a custom sleeve–in quantities as few as 250 pieces.

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Look, we love off the shelf promotional products as much as anyone.  They are perfect for last minute or low minimum orders.

But if you have the time, let’s discuss how we can make your next promotional product campaign unique only to you… and make your swag the talk of your event and on social media.

Happy Promoting!

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Robert Piller is President of GeekTechBranding.com, the leader in high tech promotional products for all occasions and events.–including custom packaging and custom promotional products. Since 1981, Robert Piller has been working with companies of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies, law firms, non-profit organizations, financial institutions, startups and other organizations, to market and promote their businesses using the latest and most cost-effective marketing strategies and incentives.

He is a frequent writer and speaker on marketing and technology topics and loves to share and exchange ideas. Feel free to reach him through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, by email (robert [at] geektechbranding.com) or through this blog

GeekTechBranding.com offers the latest high-tech promotional products –including imprinted power chargers and power sticks, imprinted Bluetooth speakers and promotional ear buds, custom printed tablet sleeves,  branded iPhone cases, imprinted USB car chargerspromotional stylus pens, promotional USB drives and hubs and more — all imprinted with your company’s name and logo.

Proven Custom Packaging Ideas to Make Your Promotional Gifts Stand Out?

Think Custom Packaging to Make Your Corporate Gifts Stand Out

Austin, TX   Question: When is a promotional item not just another promotional item?

Answer: When it becomes a gift worthy of being shown around to others. Like a swag bag.

We were thrilled to provide some swag bag items for the Grammy Awards this past week and it seems like rock stars and celebrities will go onstage in front of their peers and read a teleprompter- just to get a cool and limited edition bag of promotional gifts.

Imagine what your clients, prospects and employees will do to get an awesome swag bag that you offer.

Custom packaging really does matter.

For your next event (trade show, conference, business meetings, etc.) try to create some sort of exclusivity around your swag to enhance the appeal of your promotional gifts.

Think about custom packaging.

One way to do custom packaging is to bundle and assemble your promotional items into a unique package (and I’m not talking about a brown corrugated box).

We have created metal lunch boxes for many clients with die cut foam inserts to hold their items and to make the appeal second to none.

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We have also created tons of custom mailing boxes for clients.

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We have even created full color graphics on the boxes and designed custom packaging that holds a single item.  All in the name of creating a magical moment.

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Custom packaging can create a memento.

Custom packaging can create a memorable gift that has immense visual appeal and shows your brand’s creativity and out of the box thinking.

So…what will it be next time?  Standard power charger or a power charger in custom packaging?

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Will you be handing out a bunch of promotional items like a juggler – or as a single presentation piece that you can be proud of—and one that will be received warmly and enthusiastically?

Will your custom packaging be so exciting that it will be shown to others (both internally and on social media)?

The choice is yours.

Can we help you to create magical packaging?

Happy Promoting!

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Robert Piller is President of GeekTechBranding.com, the leader in high tech promotional products for all occasions and events.–including custom packaging. Since 1981, Robert Piller has been working with companies of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies, law firms, non-profit organizations, financial institutions, startups and other organizations, to market and promote their businesses using the latest and most cost-effective marketing strategies and incentives.

He is a frequent writer and speaker on marketing and technology topics and loves to share and exchange ideas. Feel free to reach him through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, by email (robert [at] geektechbranding.com) or through this blog

GeekTechBranding.com offers the latest high-tech promotional products –including imprinted power chargers and power sticks, imprinted Bluetooth speakers and promotional ear buds, custom printed tablet sleeves,  branded iPhone cases, imprinted USB car chargerspromotional stylus pens, promotional USB drives and hubs and more — all imprinted with your company’s name and logo.

Should You Choose Quality or Quantity When Ordering Promotional Products?

Choosing Quality vs. Quantity When It Comes to Promotional Products

Quality vs. Quantity When Choosing Promotional Products

Austin, Texas: With over 500,000 different promotional products to choose from, narrowing your selection can be a bit intimidating.

Too often deadlines are the main decider in which promotional products to select.  Other times it is your assistant or a staff member.

However, keep in mind: the choice of your promotional products reflects your brand and image.

An inexpensive piece of swag that breaks or gets tossed out quickly will not put your company’s image in the best light.

A promotional product that is used often and is built well also reflects your business in a positive light.

If a gift has your name on it, you should be proud to hand them out or distribute them.

In my 30+ years in the promotional products business, I have always advises handing out fewer high quality promotional products vs. higher quantities of a poorly made products.

How do you want your customers, prospects and employees to think of your brand?

Your choice of promotional products should ALWAYS reflect that perceived image.

For the same budget you can go fewer but better and improve your brand image.

Happy Promoting!

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Robert Piller is President of GeekTechBranding.com, the leader in high tech promotional products for all occasions and events.–including year-end Holiday gifts. Since 1981, Robert Piller has been working with companies of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies, law firms, non-profit organizations, financial institutions, startups and other organizations, to market and promote their businesses using the latest and most cost-effective marketing strategies and incentives.

He is a frequent writer and speaker on marketing and technology topics and loves to share and exchange ideas. Feel free to reach him through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, by email (robert [at] geektechbranding.com) or through this blog

GeekTechBranding.com offers the latest high-tech promotional products –including imprinted power chargers and power sticks, imprinted Bluetooth speakers and promotional ear buds, custom printed tablet sleeves,  branded iPhone cases, imprinted USB car chargerspromotional stylus pens, promotional USB drives and hubs and more — all imprinted with your company’s name and logo.

Why You Should Care About the Safety of Your Promotional Power Chargers

Promotional Power Chargers and Safety: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

safety and promional power chargersAustin, Texas: We sell hundreds of different models of promotional power chargers and power banks for giveaways at trade shows, conferences and as gifts.

With so many different options, how do you know which ones are safest–and why should you care?

After all, they basically all look alike on the outside–right?

Lithium ion batteries tend to run very hot – and unless they are constructed with the necessary safeguards they run the risk of catching fire.

In fact, there have been many product recalls lately from imported power chargers and power banks from companies skimping on use of proper parts and assembly techniques. So many that the airlines are considering some type of bans on carrying these batteries in bulk in their cargo bins in the future.

The main component of a power bank is a lithium ion / lithium polymer battery. Although these types of batteries are commonly used, the safety of battery product is always the utmost concern.

Power Bank safety can be addressed on two fronts:
1. Battery Quality Grade A is a general concept used to denote a very good quality battery. The real test is whether or not the battery has a UL Certification. Though our power banks have many certifications, our most popular power bank batteries have passed the UL 1642 test which is a set of rigorous Electrical, Mechanical, Environmental, and Fire Exposure Tests. UL is the most widely accepted certification that denotes a battery’s compliance with recognized safety requirements in North America.

2. Protective Circuitry The Protective Circuitry or PTC is considered a “Safety Valve”. It protects the equipment, the charged device, and user. PTC prevents Internal and External Short Circuit, Abnormal Charge/Over Charge, forced Discharge, and more.

It’s easy to reduce the costs of power banks by cutting out the cost of battery certifications and protective circuitry.

The potential risk of fire and the added product liability that using non-certified chargers presents to businesses and organizations makes it imperative to pay a little bit extra for peace of mind and insist only on chargers that are are FCC,CE and RoHS certified.

Does this certification cost extra?  Sure.  Testing is not cheap.

is it worth every penny? You bet–especially from a potential litigation point of view. We also run UL testing on many of our batteries for even more assurances.

It goes back to the cost vs. value scale.  Do you want the cheapest power charger or the best value?

These certifications show that they have passed all necessary tests to ensure your promotion is a success — and not a fiasco.

Be sure your promotional power banks have been tested and are FCC / CE / RoHS certified. (We have certificates available upon request).  This means they have built in short circuit protection systems and are tested to meet the standards for air transport.

Be sure to buy your promotional power chargers from a company that understands safety and certifications.

– See more at: http://blog.geektechbranding.com/2014/08/determining-right-mah-promotional-power-bank-chargers/#sthash.8OFF4xhe.dpuf

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Robert Piller is President of GeekTechBranding.com, the leader in high tech promotional products for all occasions and events. Since 1981, Robert Piller has been working with companies of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies, law firms, non-profit organizations, financial institutions, startups and other organizations, to market and promote their businesses using the latest and most cost-effective marketing strategies and incentives.

He is a frequent writer and speaker on marketing and technology topics and loves to share and exchange ideas. Feel free to reach him through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, by email (robert [at] geektechbranding.com) or through this blog

GeekTechBranding.com offers the latest high-tech promotional products –including imprinted power chargers and power sticks, imprinted Bluetooth speakers and promotional ear buds, custom printed tablet sleeves,  branded iPhone cases, imprinted USB car chargerspromotional stylus pens, promotional USB drives and hubs and more — all imprinted with your company’s name and logo.

Quality vs Quantity For Your Next Promotional Products Order

How to Determine Whether to Choose Quality or Quantity for Your Next Promotional Products Purchase

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Austin, Texas: One of the biggest dilemmas many people have when choosing promotional products for their next trade show or event is: Quantity or Quality.

Here is a simple thing to keep in mind: Your promotional products reflect your brand and your image.

Promotional products that are of poor quality, that are defective, that are printed poorly all showcase your brand in a negative light.

Now cheap does not always have to mean poor quality.  If you are talking about low cost refrigerator magnets, paper products such as bumper stickers and decals–you can get away with both quantity and quality.

However, if your are choosing most any other type of promotional product that you want the recipient to use for more than one time– always choose quality over quantity.

Think of your promotional products as you would any other advertising vehicle.  Then consider cost per impression and cost per use.

Cost per Impression: The cost of the product divided by the number of times that your message will be seen. For example, If you are handing out a $1.25 imprinted tote bag and it is seen 6000 in a year (which is typical according to industry studies) — your cost per impression is a 2/100th of a penny per impression!

Cost per Use:  The cost of the product divided by the number of times that your recipient will use your product.  For example, if you are handing out a promotional phone charger that costs $10 and it is used by your client 100 times– your cost per use is a dime.  Wouldn’t you pay a dime each time to have a customer use your product and think positively about your company and your brand?

The more time your product is used and seen, the lower your cost per impression and usage will be– and the higher the return on investment your promotional products budget will yield.

If you still aren’t sure what to do to reach a wider scale audience then hand out inexpensive paper decals to the masses with a url on them- and have them register for a chance to win bigger and better quality gifts.

But never sacrifice quality.

Do not buy any more 15 cent pens.  No more $4 power chargers that don’t work.

People don’t want junk. And the promotional products you choose represent your brand–so make it work in your favor.

Quantity vs. Quality.  The choice is simple.

Only give poor quality promotional products when you are willing to potentially harm your brand’s reputation.

I think that simplifies the debate enough.

Happy Promoting!

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Robert Piller is President of GeekTechBranding.com, the leader in high tech promotional products. Since 1981, Robert Piller has been working with companies of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies, law firms, non-profit organizations, financial institutions, startups and other organizations, to market and promote their businesses using the latest and most cost-effective marketing strategies and incentives.

He is a frequent writer and speaker on marketing and technology topics and loves to share and exchange ideas. Feel free to reach him through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, by email (robert [at] geektechbranding.com) or through this blog

GeekTechBranding.com offers the latest high-tech promotional products –including imprinted power chargers and power sticks, imprinted Bluetooth speakers and promotional ear buds, custom printed tablet sleeves,  branded iPhone cases, imprinted USB car chargerspromotional stylus pens, promotional USB drives and hubs and more — all imprinted with your company’s name and logo.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

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As a 3rd generation family business that started in 1956, our goal is to continue to make ordering our promotional items as simple as possible – while delivering the highest value to you… and keeping you as a loyal, long-term customer that refers other business to us.

That being said, our legal department requires this legalese below:

The use of the GeekTechBranding.com website (this “Website”) and the sale of products offered on this Website are governed by these terms and conditions, disclaimers, guidelines, and policies appearing on this Website. Your use of this Website in any manner, whether browsing, activating an account with us or making a purchase, constitutes your acknowledgement that you have read the Terms and Conditions and that you agree to follow and be bound by them. Geek Tech Branding reserves the right to modify or change the Terms and Conditions at any time without prior notice to you. Therefore, we recommend that you please read them carefully each time you use this Website.

 

Submissions to GeekTechBranding.com

Any remarks, suggestions, ideas, messages and data submitted by you to Geek Tech Branding through this Website shall be and remain the exclusive property of Geek Tech Branding. Therefore, Geek Tech Branding discourages you from submitting Messages that you do not wish to assign to Geek Tech Branding, including confidential information or any original creative materials such as product ideas or original works. You represent, warrant and accept responsibility for, the accuracy, appropriateness and legality of the Messages. Your submission of such Messages shall constitute an assignment to Geek Tech Branding of all worldwide right, title and interest in and to all copyrights and other intellectual property rights in the Messages. Geek Tech Branding is entitled to use, copy modify, disclose, distribute and make derivative use of any of the Messages for any purpose without restriction or compensation in any way to you.

 

Orders and Payment

First-time orders from GeekTechBranding.com require prepayment in full unless prior arrangements have been made. We recommend the use of a credit card to facilitate rapid fulfillment of your order, but you may also use a company check, money order, or wire transfers if you choose. Please be aware that forms of payment that require funds to clear into our account can delay your order. We will not ship orders until our bank has cleared your funds.

 

Credit Cards

The majority of our customers prefer to pay for their orders by credit card. GeekTechBranding.com accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. We do not recommend submitting your credit card information via email.  You can call in or fax your card information to us, or use your credit card online on our secured server when placing your order. When providing credit card information, please include your order number, the type of card, the card number, the expiration date and your full name and billing address as it appears on the card.

 

When paying by credit card, you will be charged 100% of the amount stated on your Order Acknowledgment plus an estimate of the shipping charge and set up charges. Once the order is shipped, any balance due or credit owed will be charged or refunded to your card as appropriate.

 

Information regarding account number and expiration dates as well as authorized signatures will be held entirely confidential by GeekTechBranding.com and its representatives.

 

Credit Card Fraud Prevention Policy

Credit Card Fraud is one of the fastest growing financial crimes in the United States. Because of this, GeekTechBranding.com has put in place this fraud prevention policy, to protect both the cardholder and Geek Tech Branding, Inc.

 

Individuals and/or companies ordering services should be aware that GeekTechBranding.com captures certain information concerning orders for service, including but not limited to time, date, IP address and other information which may be used to locate and identify individuals attempting to commit or committing theft of service by means of Credit/Debit Card fraud.

 

Geek Tech Branding, Inc. reserves the right to require photo identification and signature confirmation, etc., before we process any credit card order. If we request a valid form of photo identification or any other piece of necessary information, and do not receive it back within a specified amount of time, we will terminate your order.

 

It is the policy of Geek Tech Branding, Inc. to report all forms of Credit/Debit Card fraud and/or attempted Credit/Debit Card fraud to the appropriate legal authorities, regardless of country of origin, and to vigorously prosecute individuals and/or companies that commit Credit/Debit Card fraud by means of charge-backs, use of fraudulent Credit/Debit Cards or other forms of Credit/Debit Card fraud.

 

If we notice any unusual activity on your account, we’ll attempt to contact you to verify the charges and get your approval before allowing any additional activity.

 

If you suspect that fraudulent charges have been placed on your credit card, or someone has used your personal information to commit theft, you are encouraged to please call.

 

Once received and verified, all hard copies of the documents will be shredded and disposed of in a secure facility.

 

Purchase Orders

A purchase order (PO) is a commercial document issued by a buyer (your company) to a seller (Geek Tech Branding), indicating the type, quantities and agreed prices for products or services the seller will provide to the buyer. Sending a PO to a supplier constitutes a legal offer to buy products or services. Acceptance of a PO by a seller usually forms a one-time contract between the buyer and seller. No contract exists until a signed PO is accepted by the seller (Geek Tech Branding).

 

Purchase Orders are generally issued by large corporations, schools, and government agencies or clients that we have had a continued working relationship with.

 

By submitting a PO, you are merely stating that you are agreeing to pay for the products you are ordering. The PO itself does not constitute payment.

 

Corporate Accounts

We will be happy to set up a corporate account. Credit review may take 7 to 10 business days and production will not begin on orders until the review process is complete. If your order is urgent, please use a credit card or call us to make other arrangements.

 

Check Returns

In all cases where we have a check returned for insufficient funds we will assess a $35.00 NSF fee.

 

Net 30 Terms

If you are granted payment terms, you agree that if you are late paying your invoice, a 1.5% finance charge or the maximum charge permitted by law may be assessed against all accounts with past due balances. You agree to pay all the company’s reasonable attorney’s fees and all collection agency fees incurred in the collection of any amount owed hereunder and not paid when due.

 

PMS Matching

PMS or Pantone Color Matching is available on many Items for an additional fee. Factory will make every effort to closely match any PMS color. Due to item materials an exact match cannot be guaranteed, especially on metallic and non-white products.

 

Rush Service

If you are working on a very tight deadline, please check out our rush service section, which lists a wide selection of products that can be produced and delivered to a carrier for shipment within 3 business days. You could also call us for personal assistance. Please note that you must consider delivery time when figuring out when you will receive your order. We will work to ensure that your order will leave the factory on time according to the shipping method that you specify. Rush orders often incur additional charges and you may be required to limit the complexity of your artwork. For rush orders, you must submit your art by email, and it must be in vectored EPS or AI file format with text converted to curves.  That will prevent any issues in case we do not have your specific font in our library.

 

If your item is not available in our section, we may still be able to produce the item by your deadline. Rush orders and going beyond the call of duty are our specialty and we enjoy the challenge of delivering the impossible. If you are interested in placing a rush order please contact us at robert@GeekTechBranding.com or call us at 512-507-4709. In most cases, there will be an additional rush charge added to your order.

 

Shipping Information

We endeavor to ship your products to your desired destination by the most economical means given your specified date and production limitations. This is typically UPS Ground or Fedex Ground. In some cases where product is extremely heavy, another common carrier may be used.

All orders are shipped FOB (freight on board) factory. All goods become your property at the time they are accepted by the carrier. We guarantee that your items will leave the factory on or before the ship date specified on our Order Acknowledgment. Once the goods leave the factory, we cannot be held responsible for loss or delay by common carrier, international or US Customs departments or by “acts of God”, acts of terrorism, or any other cause beyond our control. We will typically notify you with tracking information within 24 hours of shipment. If you have any questions or problems, please call customer care at 512-507-4709 for assistance.

 

We are able to ship to most locations in the US and abroad, although individual carriers have restrictions regarding PO and APO boxes.

All orders will be shipped using the GeekTechBranding.com account and billed with your order at rates for that carrier. If you prefer to use your own account, we can accommodate you. Please provide us with the carrier name and your account number either via email or in the ‘additional instructions’ section of the order form. If you choose to use your own account, you will be solely responsible for insuring your shipment.

Factory shipment or delivery dates are the best estimates of our suppliers, and in no case shall GeekTechBranding.com be liable for any consequential or special damages arising from any delay in delivery. If your shipment is damaged or lost in transit, you will be responsible for the full invoiced amount of the items.

 

Use of Trademarks

Logos shown on products on our web site appear only to illustrate the products we offer and the variety of ways in which they can be decorated. The use of logos that are trademarks or copyrighted work of other companies are never intended to suggest that GeekTechBranding.com owns the rights to those trademarks, or that GeekTechBranding.com would make those products featuring the trademarked logos of others available to any purchaser without the permission of the owners of the trademarked or copyrighted art or copy. By submitting any order to us you grant us permission to display and exhibit products containing your trademark or copyrighted material on our web site, in our catalog, in our offices, and in the usual course of business and to distribute the same or similar goods as samples of products available. We agree not to sell or offer for sale any products with your trademarks or copyrighted material without your prior consent.

 

Additionally, the contents of the GeekTechBranding.com website, including, but not limited to, the arrangement and assembly, text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio clips and software, are copyrighted materials owned by GeekTechBranding.com. You may use our web site and its contents as a shopping resource for non-commercial use only.

 

Customer’s Right to Use Trademarks and other Intellectual Property

By submitting an order for custom-imprinted merchandise from GeekTechBranding.com you represent and warrant to GeekTechBranding.com that you have the unrestricted right and authority to use, copy and distribute each copyright, trademark, service mark, trade name, logo, statement, portrait, graphic, artwork, photograph, picture or illustration of any person or any other intellectual property (collectively “IP”) in the way it is applied to your promotional merchandise. Purchase of merchandise from GeekTechBranding.com does not constitute a grant or permission to reproduce IP, nor does it transfer, grant, or lease ownership of any IP to a customer.

 

By submitting an order using any IP, you represent and warrant that you have written permission from the registered owner of the IP, or are an authorized agent or affiliate of the registered owner of the IP that your requested use does not infringe on the intellectual property rights of another.

 

No IP may be used in a vulgar, illegal, and/or unlawful manner. GeekTechBranding.com assumes no responsibility for damages or any wrong doing that the purchaser may cause using IP. GeekTechBranding.com shall not be held liable for the unauthorized, improper, or illegal use of any IP that is applied to promotional merchandise purchased through GeekTechBranding.com. GeekTechBranding.com will also not accept responsibility or liability for the actions of clients who have misrepresented their ownership of licenses or trademarks. GeekTechBranding.com reserves the right to refuse orders from any customer who, in Geek Tech Branding sole discretion, may or has violated or otherwise infringed upon the intellectual property rights of others. You agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Geek Tech Branding its directors, officers, employees, affiliates, successors ,assigns or other representatives from and against any claim, damage, loss or expense, including attorney fees, in connection with Geek Tech Branding use of any IP pursuant to your request or any misrepresentation by you related to IP.

 

Warranties

GeekTechBranding.com warrants that all goods sold are free of any security interest and will make available to you all transferable warranties made to GeekTechBranding.com by the manufacturer of the goods. GEEKTECHBRANDING.COM MAKES NO OTHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, AND SPECIFICALLY MAKES NO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR PURPOSE.

 

Merchandise Consistency

We encourage you to take the opportunity to review a sample of the actual product before you order in bulk quantity. It is important that you understand that these samples are representative in nature. While we are very careful about the suppliers and manufacturers we use, manufacturing variations are unavoidable and natural result of the manufacturing process. By choosing to place and order with GeekTechBranding.com, you are agreeing to accept merchandise with reasonable manufacturing variances in product material, color and packaging. The most common example of this is apparel dye-lots.

 

Acceptance

Your submittal of an online order and/or your signature on our Order Acknowledgment is a conditional acceptance by GeekTechBranding.com of your offer to purchase our goods and your acceptance of our terms and conditions. If your offer contains terms that differ from or add to those contained in your purchase order, should you have one, and to the extent that this is the case, GeekTechBranding.com hereby expressly conditions its acceptance of your offer on GeekTechBranding.com assent to the additional or different terms. Your receipt and retention of the goods shall constitute acceptance of these terms and any term contained on your purchase order. In the event of any inconsistency, the terms of the purchase order shall control. You and GeekTechBranding.com agree that any contract hereby entered into has been made and is to be construed in accordance with Texas State Law.

 

Sales Tax

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Once an approved order is imprinted or embroidered, it cannot be returned to the factory

In the unlikely event of a product defect or if you have any problems with your order, please contact customer service at 512-507-4709 within 10 days of receipt. We advise opening your merchandise to review its quality even if you do not intend to use it right away.  All claims must be reported within 10 calendar days upon receipt of goods. Please have your order number available. WE DO NOT ACCEPT UNAUTHORIZED RETURNS. If any problem arises, please call customer service immediately. If appropriate, we will issue an RMA number (Return Merchandise Authorization) and provide you with a special shipping address.

 

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Special Offers

We enjoy providing valuable special offers to our customers. Unless stated otherwise, all special offers are subject to the following standard terms and conditions:

 

Each offer may only be used one time per customer.

Special offers may not be combined on a single order.

Each product purchased is considered a separate order, even when multiple orders are placed at the same time.

When qualifying for special offers, order size or total does not include shipping or tax.

Special offers and coupons may only be valid on orders purchased at web site pricing.

Special offers are valid only on quantities ordered between the lowest and highest quantities listed in the pricing matrix displayed on the product’s page.

Special offers may not be valid on certain items.

To redeem any special offer, the coupon code must be given at the time of ordering.

 

These terms allow us to create special offers that are valuable and simple. If you have any questions about these terms, please contact us at 512-507-4709.

 

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WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

 

Such a warning may be adhered to a product with stickers or tags depending upon the product material.

 

If you have any question about Proposition 65 warning labels please feel free to contact us.

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Your Choice of Promotional Products Reflects on Your Company and Brand

Choosing the Wrong Promotional Product Can Negatively Affect Your Brand and Image

choosing the right promotional products

Austin, Texas: How important are the promotional products that you choose to give away?

Well,  here are two quick examples:

I was invited to a wealth management luncheon the other day — and during the presentation was handed a cheap vinyl padfolio with a plastic pen that did not write.

This firm wanted a 6-figure investment from me on an oil and gas MLP they were pitching – and they spent only a few bucks on the promotional items and they poorly reflected on the firm.  The padfolio was so poorly made that I left it behind and the pen did not write.

I decided not to invest in that deal. The padfolio was not the only reason but it did plant some seeds of doubt that clouded my overall impression of the company and subsequently, its offerings.

Last month, I attended a crowd funding seminar with a new firm that wanted us to loan money to their platform in return for equity in speculative real estate projects.

Not only were we presented with top-notch snacks and beverages from a food cart – but we were all given a promotional power charger to charge up our iPhones and smartphones.

This useful device was nicely presented and it was a quality piece. ( I know because not only does my company sell these imprinted power chargers, but I use them frequently as my phone seems to lose its charge quite quickly when I travel).

I have looked into several of their funding projects since then and will most likely invest in some as the year progresses and I feel more comfortable with their platform.

These are just two recent examples of how a company’s choice of promotional products reflects on their overall brand image.

How do you want to be perceived?

Isn’t it time your promotional products reflect what you and your brand stand for?

Don’t be cheap when choosing your promotional products.

You also don’t need to spend the most money.

But look for useful promotional products that are constructed solidly and that will last.

Most of all, choose promotional products that reflect your company’s image.

Happy Promoting!

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Robert Piller is President of GeekTechBranding.com, the leader in high tech promotional products. Since 1981, Robert Piller has been working with companies of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies, law firms, non-profit organizations, financial institutions, startups and other organizations, to market and promote their businesses using the latest and most cost-effective marketing strategies and incentives.

He is a frequent writer and speaker on marketing and technology topics and loves to share and exchange ideas. Feel free to reach him through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, by email (robert [at] geektechbranding.com) or through this blog

GeekTechBranding.com offers the latest high-tech promotional products –including imprinted power chargers and power sticks, imprinted Bluetooth speakers and promotional ear buds, custom printed tablet sleeves,  branded iPhone cases, imprinted USB car chargerspromotional stylus pens, promotional USB drives and hubs and more — all imprinted with your company’s name and logo.