Thursday, October 25, 2012

Name-In-Image Calendar Users

What is a Name-In-Image Calendar? It is a calendar where we insert the recipients first name and sometimes last name into each of the 12 images. 

Who's using this unique personalized calendar?

Universities and Colleges are using our calendars in fund raising, offering them to alumni for a $25.00, or higher, donation. They also could be used for holiday gifts for staff. Students would buy a calendar with their name.

Non-profit organizations send our calendars to all their top donors, with the donor name in each of the 12 images. Keeps your organization first-in-mind all year long.

Companies, large and small send our calendars to employees to customers and the best prospective customers they're trying to reach. Might be the way to get your foot in the door.

Real Estate Agents can keep their name in front of past customers and potential customers for the entire year.

Nobody throws away their calendar - when their name is in each of 12 monthly images. Many will keep the calendar beyond the calendar year and show it over and over. We've even heard of some who are framing the images.

Since every one of our calendars are printed specifically for you, we provide the ability to develop a calendar unlike any other. We place personalized names, that you submit, into each image of the calendar. Each calendar you order will be personalized with the name of your customer, employee, donor or prospect. 

Name-In-Image Personalized Calendars!

Name-in-Image Personalized Calendars!

We place your recipient’s name into each month’s picture.

These are very unique calendars. They will not be passed on, they will stay all year long on your customer/employee/donor's desk or wall. 

Each calendar will be personalized with the name of your customers, employees, or prospective clients right in the image.

Since every one of our calendars are printed specifically for you, we provide the ability to develop a calendar unlike any other. We place personalized names, that you submit, into each image of the calendar. Each calendar you order will be personalized with the name of your customer, employee, donor or prospect. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

TOP 11 Industries that purchase Food Gifts

Every year hundreds of thousands of companies and organizations use Food Gifts as a Thank-You during the holidays and at many other times during the year. In fact, according to American Express Small Business Services, 50% of corporate gifts purchased during the holidays are food gifts.

Here are the top 11 industries that purchased Food Gifts last year:

ELEVEN - Law Firms. We're seeing more Law Firms using food gifts for clients, employees and other people that refer business to them.

TEN - Commercial Real Estate and Property Management Companies. Prospects, clients, and tenants at move-in or the holidays.

NINE - Energy Companies. Employee gifts and thank-you gifts in repair areas. 

EIGHT - Manufacturing Companies. Employees, sub-contractors, feeder companies, customers.

SEVEN - Business Services. Smaller companies offering all kinds of services use food gifts for their customers and employees.

SIX -  Freight and Transportation Companies. Drivers, loaders, mechanics all are good prospects for food gifts.

FIVE -  Construction Companies. Employees, sub-contractors, suppliers, they'll love your food gifts.

FOUR - Insurance Companies and Insurance Agents. Lots of prospects here from company employees, agents, customers and local officials.

THREE - Hospitals, Medical Offices and Other Medical Providers. Nurses, Doctors, volunteers, and other employees deserve food gift consideration.

TWO - Financial Services. From stock brokers to CPA's, all using food gifts for employees and clients.

          and the top buyers of Food Gifts are...

ONE - Banks and Credit Unions. From tellers, clients, commercial customers, local officials, you'll see why this is the largest user of food gifts.

As you can see, all kinds of businesses and organizations use Food Gifts. What about your business?

See our complete Food Gift selection at

Saturday, September 08, 2012

9 Facts to Know BEFORE Purchasing Food Gifts

According to American Express Small Business Services, 50% of corporate gifts purchased during the holidays are food gifts, but many of those gifts are not purchased within the promotional products industry.  Instead, they’re purchased from brick-and-mortar retail stores, direct sellers, and various online merchants.  In fact, many clients do not realize that a promotional products distributor is able to provide them with food gifts, in addition to any other products with which you purchase from us!
1 – Convenience!
When you purchase from a brick-and-mortar store, an employee has to physically visit the store to browse the merchandise, which can be an enormous time sink– especially when dealing with holiday crowds!  Although shopping from a direct seller or online merchant saves the employee from having to leave the office, there’s still time spent searching through an overwhelming number of options and dealing with restrictions and policies that they may not fully understand.
2 – Gifts from KelseyPromo promote your company and brand, not ours.
Many direct sellers and online retailers plaster gifts with their branding; the first message the recipient sees upon opening their gift is the company that manufactured it, not the sender’s company.  Actually, the option for branding it with your logo simply isn’t there in most cases, so that the manufacturer’s logo is all that the recipient sees!
3 – Value driven pricing.
Most retail stores, direct sellers, and online retailers have flat pricing– you pay the same price whether you’re buying 10, 100, or even 1,000.  At KelseyPromo, volume purchasing allows you to purchase gifts on a sliding price scale, adding up to an even greater value.
4 – Fresher gifts taste better (and say something nice about the sender)!
Many gifts from retail stores, direct sellers, and online retailers are made up far in advance and left sitting on the shelf until your client places their order.  Not at KelseyPromo  We pack everything fresh just before your client’s order is ready to ship.  Even if the order is placed months in advance of its ship date, the order is produced to be fresh upon shipment, so your client can order well before the hectic holiday season and still be assured that they’re getting the freshest, finest-quality food, leaving quite literally the best taste in the recipient’s mouth.
5 – Our gifts are jam-packed full of the finest premium chocolates, fresh-roasted nuts and other gourmet treats.
When you purchases a gift from a retail store, mail-order company, or online merchant, it is difficult to evaluate the quality of their gift before their purchase.  All items in our gifts are delicious gourmet food.  KelseyPromo does not compromise on quality, so every item in every gift is guaranteed scrumptious, and we don’t fill our gifts with the fluff, air, or inexpensive fillers that you’ll find with many of the retail stores, mail-order companies, and online merchants. 
6 – We can arrange shipment to you or directly to each recipient.
When you purchase your gifts through us, your shipping options are nearly limitless.  We are able to ship in bulk to your client, or directly to each recipient–or any combination thereof!  We have mastered the fine art of packaging and shipping our gourmet gifts to fit your needs.
7 – No catalogs or promotional literature in your gifts.
How often have you opened a shipment and had to dig through a pile of catalogs and flyers just to get to the actual item?  By ordering through from us, you can avoid this aggravation!  With gifts from KelseyPromo, you will never have this problem; we do not include catalogs or other promotional literature in any order, so the first thing the recipient sees will be their lovely gift, not our advertisements.
8 – We will build customized gifts to meet your taste, promotion or budget.
When you purchase your gifts through a retail store, mail-order company, or online merchant, what you see is your only option; you aren’t able to make changes or substitutions.  When you order through us, however, a world of possibilities opens.  Maybe you love our Tower of Favorites but would rather have more chocolate instead of nuts.  Maybe you want our Gourmet Sampler Tower but need only kosher items.  Or maybe you want to include another promotional item or unique packaging.  KelseyPromo is happy to help!  Our years of experience go into each custom request, ensuring that you are able to have all the options you want, whatever they may be.
9 – No risk… because all gifts come with a 100% Money-Back Guarantee.
You do not need to worry– KelseyPromo stands behind our products.  Should you be unsatisfied for any reason, we’re happy to work with you to do what it takes to make it right.
See our Food Gift selection at

Tuesday, July 03, 2012


The Power Failure Light is a powerful LED safety package, actually three lights in one...

- Brilliant, three-LED beams illuminate the darkness when the power goes out (no more fumbling in the dark to find a light)

- Auto-sensing nightlight component softly illuminates during periods of darkness (when the power is on)

- Emergency portable flashlight is always available and always charged with permanent Lithium-Ion batteries

Compact holder is safest available, with electro-magnetic induction charging (safe around kids and pets)

Use it as a power failure light, a nightlight or just a hand held flashlight. Its Induction Charging Technology uses no exposed metal conductors. Its AC plug rotates to allow for outlets of various orientations. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 7 hours of continuous light. Battery and LEDs never need to be replaced, so you’re always charged up!

Perfect as safety program gifts, these are favorites with financial institutions, lenders, title insurance companies (as the perfect gift for new home buyers). And for employee appreciation, the gift of family safety is always well-received!

Order as few as 25 pcs with your message and/or logo -
call me at 877-753-5739

Monday, June 04, 2012

Silicone Glasses - Unbreakable - BPA Free

Introducing the world's first, and exclusive silicone pint glass Silipint™ an1.5 oz. shot glass, Silishot™. This glasses are unbreakable! They are made of 100% food grade silicone and are FDA approved, BPA free and non-toxic. You can dish wash it, nuke it, freeze it, bake in it, bounce it and even run over it with your car. No more broken glass or throw away cups.

Available with a one-color imprint in colors: White, Black, Metallic silver, Metallic gold, Red 185, Yellow - pantone yellow, Blue 300, or Green 347. 

Silipint™ comes in Frost, Blue, Orange and Lime. Patent Pending.

Contact Ken at 877-753-5739 for more info.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

RFID Blocker - Credit Card & Passport Promo Sleeve

Protect your data!
Since 2006, all passports and many credit and debit cards, enhanced drivers licenses, etc have a RFID (radio frequency identification) chip embedded in the card. This chip contains personal and account information necessary to complete transactions. Identity thieves can merely pass you on the street and download your personal data. Our RFID blocker sleeves are made using a patented process and special alloy to protect your data. It is FIPS 201 Approved. All RFID blockers are printed in full color to communicate your high impact message. Perfect for retailers, financial institutions, government and travel agencies, schools, colleges and more! 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

BrandCharger© - Charge two devices with the dual ports

BrandCharger© has two useful USB ports and comes with a standard set of connectors that work with most popular mobile devices. And of course, you can always use the original USB cable supplied with your mobile phone or MP3 player.

The perfect travel companion on the road ensures your customer’s mobile phone, handheld computer or GPS is always powered.

LED powered logo display including 1M USB cable and 6 connectors. Available in any PMS color 
With dual ports, both driver and passengers are guaranteed to have a positive brand experience and can simultaneously charge their mobile devices.

Suitable for any car (universal) | Dual USB port 1000 mA | Perfect travel companion | Professional blister packaging | 360° branding | High quality look and feel |Air and waterproof | Alternative packaging available

Custom packaging with every order of 100 pcs or larger. Full color imprint on both sides of insert card.
Prominent logo visibility is paired with function and practicality. And with 90% of the handheld devices having USB connectivity, the car charger will be used more time after time!

Friday, January 27, 2012

SmashLight™ - It's a Smashed Flashlight (Flat not Round)

The SmashLight™ is made from a soft flexible vinyl material and features a magnetic back, wrist cord, and a momentary on/off switch (press to turn off, release to turn off). It's like a normal flashlight but it smashed flat.

  • 2 LED bulbs
  • 2 non-replaceable lithium batteries (battery shelf life lasts several years)
  • Momentary on/off switch (press on, release off)
  • Magnetic back
  • Wrist cord
  • Printing: spot color screen printing on entire light (up to 10 spot colors combined, front and back),  1 color pad print on front side (in white oval), full color offset printing also available
  • Product Size: 5" w x 1.5" h x .5" d

Custom SmashLight™ with your custom colors can be created for a minimum of 500 pcs.
Stock SmashLight™ with a one color imprint - minimum of 250 pcs.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

QR CODES 3-3-9

QR CODES 3-3-9
(3 DO’s – 3 DON’Ts & 9 SUGGESTIONS)

Three DO's
1. DO | create a Call to Action... give them a reason to scan your code, tell them what they'll get; view this video on You Tube (create a video about your product)...   join our mailing list… find our nearest location…  download this info article about… enter our drawing… like us on Facebook... follow us on Twitter.
2.  DO | always Test, Test, Test… before publishing, test your code on all smartphones (Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Win7) with different readers. There are many popular code readers available. I personally use i-Nigma on my Android (go to on your phone to download it free). I’ve heard that Qrafter for iPhone and iPad is good ( iTunes  store). When printing on a promo item, have the factory test the code after printing a few or get a pre-production sample to test the code yourself, this could save some problems later.
3.  DO | use a URL Shortener... this helps to increase the number of scans. Use a service like or their atternative (one character shorter) . Another is Both offer tracking with their use. Or use your own URL shortener like I do, KPQR.US. I then customize for each customer such as  KPQR.US/att, KPQR.US/teen.

Three DON'Ts
1.  DON'T |send them to your normal website... create a mobile-enabled version of the page you want them to see.  90%+ of scans come from a smartphone, make sure they can read your message.
2.  DON'T |make the code too small... the smaller the code the fewer phone that can scan it... phones without auto focus will have a problem, try to keep the code size to a minimum of ¾” square. The amount of data in the code affects scanability, the more data, the larger the code should be.
3.  DON'T | reverse colors to a white code on black or other darker color, reversing colors will work with some smartphones but many code readers will not be able to render it. If you have to print a code on a dark color shirt, put down a white background square and print the black code on it.

Nine Best-Use Suggestions
1.  Use error correction at the M lever, (most code generators have this option) this means that even if up to 15% of the code is blocked or dirty, it can be corrected and still be read.
2.  Save your codes as a SVG (
Scalable Vector Graphics) if possible, which is a vectored image XML file, it can be increased or reduced without losing resolution and makes for a better printed code. You can also put colors into the code using Illustrator or CorelDraw. Try out different colors and test, test.
3.  A good margin or white space is important to the proper rendering of a code. Most codes are 25 modules up and 25 modules across. I like to have at least three or four modules of white space. Do not print on black without having white space beyond the code itself around it.
4.  Not every target has a smartphone... it’s best to show the URL link the code renders to, next to the code when you print. This helps increase your scan rate. About 50% of mobile phones in the USA are smartphones, make sure the other 50% can respond to your promotion by showing the URL link.
5.  Show how to get a free reader. Print ‘get a free reader at your app store’ near to the code.
6.  Some URL shortener services will let you change the destination link without changing the code. You could then use the same code and redirect it to a different You Tube video or offer each week.
7.  Make sure you have color contrast... a dark and a light color... no less than 4:1 ratio (black/white is best). If there is not enough contrast, your code will be harder to read or not be read at all. Other colors can be used as long as you stick to the 4/1 ratio, brown/yellow or red/white would work.
8.  Create your code so you can track how many scans it generated... using analytics to improve your project. Both and offer free analytics when you use their service to shorten an URL.
9.  Finally, make sure any code you create for printing is not RGB, even when printing black and white, it should be changed to a grayscale or CMYK so only the black plate is used when printing. This will help the resolution and make scanning easier by more smartphones. Saving a SVG code as a jpeg will work if it is the actual size it will print at, if it is saved as CMYK and if it is saved at a minimum of 300 dpi.

QR Code projects make good sense for any kind of business. You’ll see more and more use of them for many years.

Ken Kelsey, MAS

Ken, a 40 year veteran of the promotional products industry, is a former board member and the former technology committee chairman at Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). He has owned KelseyPromo dba of in Livonia, MI since 1973.

You can view a PDF of the article online here KPQR.US/qr339

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