Boston Red Sox and PI Gumby – The Journey

PI Gumby’s Trip to Boston to See the Red Sox

Having a strong presence and involvement in the Boston Red Sox Children’s Charity Classic, PI Gumby became a devotee of this fan-loved team this spring when PromoLucy’s brother Kevin announced he was satisfying his bucket list by going to one of the World Series games at Fenway.

Promotional Incentives Promotional Bag for Red Sox ClassicSince the trip was a quick overnight, Kevin traveled with the commemorative event duffle, and the flexible green guy; a perfect culmination of Promotional Incentives’ participation in the 20th anniversary event. After all, PI Gumby met former Bo Sox player Pedro Martinez, and played golf with rookie Ruby DeLarosa.

And then PI Gumby had a chance to go to Game 2 in the World Series in Boston.

Only one major wrinkle:  somehow, there was no PI Gumby in my brother’s house in SC.  “Really?!” I asked in disbelief & disappointment, and texted my nieces thinking surely one of them had a Gumby.

A series of texts ensued as I tried to enlist my mom, niece or brother to get the lovable green mascot to Kevin’s for an early AM departure. It wasn’t looking good. My brother was embroiled watching Game 1, my niece who can drive was doing homework, and my mom had received sad news about a friend, and didn’t have the energy to go anywhere.

After pouting for a spell, I shared the news with my husband who and began to resign myself to accepting it just wasn’t meant to be. A few minutes later, my mom called and said triumphantly, “Mission accomplished. PI Gumby is in the hands of the lifelong Red Sox fan. Now I’ve done my part it’s his turn.”

Boston Red Sox Statues at Fenway Park PI Gumby

After spewing forth emphatic appreciation I called my brother. “It’s all taken care of,” he boasted. “I’ve got Gumby in my pocket.” Not letting him know that I knew mom had been the hero, I gave him the very important task of taking photos of the green guy inside Fenway.

It was all very exciting…like a roller coaster! The next afternoon, trying not to be overly anxious, I texted my brother and asked if he was there. “I am here,  but I left Gumby at the hotel.”

My heart sank and I whined at him, “But I really wanted him there, and was excited to post fun photos of you and your buddies at the game with our mascot! Who knows, maybe you’d even have a brush with one of the coaches or players!”

Though I wanted to tell my brother he changed the Mojo for the outcome of the game, not much could be done, and I knew he’d be bummed about the loss.  After all I’d come up with it in the 9th inning and we just couldn’t pull off the victory before the end of the game.

At least he made the trek and maybe made some friends on the plane. Today my brother redeemed himself and sent a photo of Gumby in the arms of the legends in front of the stadium. Let’s hope they pull off a win and become World Series champs again.

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Great Promotional Idea by Terry Wynter Auto Service Center

Terry Wynter Auto Service Center’s recent promotion combines helpful auto safety tips with a free ID key tag.  This is a great marketing strategy designed to  get maxiumum results from a branded promotional product.

Look to Promotional Incentives, Inc for more ideas promoting your brand through functional giveaways. And here are the helpful tips from Terry Wynter Auto:

“You may be familiar with that frustrating feeling of losing your car keys. It’s not only expensive to replace your car keys, but an inconvenience.”

Here are 5 tips on preventing your car and keys from being lost or stolen:

  • Make a habit of always placing your keys in the same place. Try placing your keys in your purse, pocket or on a key rack when you get out of your car. This way you will always know where to find them.
  • Never leave your spare keys by the front door or in an obvious location, as this might encourage thieves.
  • Always have a spare key for your vehicle. Some dealerships charge $200 or more to replace a key for a newer vehicle.Fort Myers Auto Company
  • Never leave your car running, unless you are in the driver’s seat. This is not only an easy way to lock yourself out of your car, but also an easy way for someone to steal your vehicle.
  • It’s also not safe to have your name and address on a key chain attached to your home keys, as this makes it too easy for a burglar to locate and enter your home.

Terry Wynter Auto is offering a FREE and safe way to protect your keys!

The Terry Wynter Auto Service Center key tag will feature a specific customer ID number and our service center address and phone number. When keys are turned into Terry Wynter Auto Service Center, we will contact you to pick up the keys.

My First Name Badge

My First Name Badge

My First Name Badge

I came across this name badge in a memorabilia box over the weekend. It gave me pause to reflect on my early start at the importance of recognition products. I earned this badge while attending the University of Vermont where I was enrolled in the sports therapy department in a work-study program.

After floundering in pre-med science courses, I found comfort in the athletic training program which relied more on practical knowledge and simple science, not organic chemistry and advanced anatomy.

The work-study program was ideal for me. I was able to be in the gym for hours, which was where I spent a lot of time with sports practices and games anyway.  The building was practically adjacent to my dorm the first year and close to off-campus housing the second year.

Afternoons were spent with college athletes and learning how to tend to their injuries and help with self-maintenance.  In addition to earning credits toward my degree, which at best was nebulous and ill-defined, I was paid for the hours spent in the training room and loved the social aspect of the “job”.

Twenty seven years later, I still believe in the importance of recognition products, namely ID badges.

Professionally produced name badges are a critical component of promoting your brand to the public. For a nominal investment, you receive a great return with a finished, professional look wherever you or your staff are seen.

Florida Home Realty BadgePeople will notice a nicely done badge, and if properly laid out, will easily be able to read your name and company.  As opposed to squinting to try and read your hand written name in Sharpie scrawl on a badge that doesn’t adhere well to clothing…hardly impressive.

In the case of my college badge I reflected on the choice of my PT manager to go with an abbreviated last name and wonder what drove him to that decision.  Was it because:  a) It rhymed (Lu – cee Gee in Sports Ther – a – pee), or b) For protection of my last name as a college student, or c) At my request because my maiden name (Gobbi) was forever being mispronounced.

Trust me, when someone asks you to “Order name badges for everyone in the office”, it pays to work with a professional who will streamline the process.  All of a sudden you’ll find yourself dizzy with the details overlooked (metal or plastic, magnetic or clip, black or white, 3-1/2 x 2 or 3 x 1, and so on).

Janet Sheehan Name Badge

Promotional Incentives, Inc. provides a user-friendly name badge program that reinforces the quality of your brand while conveying a positive image for and about your employees. With our Badge Warehouse program, pre-printed badges are held in inventory for release as few as one at a time for the next several years.

The next time you have to fill out one of those adhesive name badges at an event, give us a call and we’ll make you look good the next time. Enjoy this vintage Hollywood clip showing an example of the importance of having badges. http://bit.ly/X3OWf

“It’s Just a Pen”

Imagine you are James, a busy executive doing the job of three people. You receive a pen engraved from a direct mail promotion with your business name. No logo, just three lines of type. You remember you’ve been meaning to use pens to promote your business and build your brand.

Without quality consideration, you order the pens that “look nicer than what you paid.” You give them to clients and key prospects with pride. The next week, your largest prospect, Angie is making a presentation and reached for a pen- yes, your pen, and it doesn’t write. Angie is noticeably embarrassed, she shakes the pen, draws squiggly lines frantically in a circle, and the pen explodes showering ink all over her suit.

How are you feeling about now?

This story illustrates what happens when you dip below a certain quality threshold. The pen potentially destroys, instead of builds your brand. Avoiding these types of situations is where a strategic partner comes in. We help you plan your budget, share value-added options, reinforce your brand image and focus on Getting Results.

Remember, how that pen performs is a direct reflection of the copy printed on the pen – that’s your company brand!

 

Pens make sense as a brand builder. Generally economical, efficient in maintaining a brand in the marketplace, they remain one of the top promotional items.  We recommend the best quality for every price point – but if someone insists on low quality for the price, we’ll refer them elsewhere.

 

                                    

Distracted Parking!

Jay Anderson knows a thing or two about the importance of persistence and promotion. As Executive Director of STAY ALIVE…JUST DRIVE! Jay has been pounding the pavement, airwaves, billboards and classrooms to send an important message of safety to the public.

Stay Alive Just Drive Campaign GraphicHe is passionate about his cause and continually thinking of new strategies to get people’s attention on the important issue of distracted driving. Although focus tends to be on cell phone use, the primary culprit is texting while driving. There are numerous other distractions (eating, changing CDs, putting on makeup or shaving) that interfere with a driver’s ability to concentrate on…you got it, driving.

To help his message have staying power, Jay relies on Promotional Incentives for appropriate giveaways such as the very popular carabiner key rings to remind people, when they grab their keys, to be safe. Bumper stickers on cars including law enforcement and emergency vehicles give increased visibility and an important moving reminder, to be alert whenever you get behind the wheel of a car.

Promotional Incentive Stay Alive KeytagI consider myself an ambassador of this campaign, pleased to be able to promote the cause and increase donations. Yet even as strong an advocate as I consider myself to be, it’s a struggle for me to be disciplined enough to break the habit of talking while driving.

I’m okay about not eating or changing CD’s (though I will do that at a stop light), and I have no children to yell at in the back seat, but since my first car phone was installed in 1989, I have to admit to talking for many miles.

In an effort to decrease distractions, we have to be willing to view it as a work in progress. It’s unlikely that many of us will stop cold turkey, even after having seen the horrific scenes in the educational videos. That is an unfortunate side to human nature. So we have to be willing to chip away at it.

This week, I was humbled when parking for a meeting at the chamber of commerce and instead of scrounging for a few quarters in my car, I decided to park in one of the designated chamber spots. Not wanting to take up one of the two directly in front of the building, I opted to go around the corner and park in one of the two (or so I thought) spots. I even pulled up to the “front” one in case someone else might want to park.

For the sake of full disclosure, I have to admit the sign said ‘30 minute CoC parking’, but since it was early andPromotional Incentives Fire Hydrant there were many spots available, it seemed like it would be okay. Wrong. When I returned to my car 90 minutes later, there was a green ticket on my windshield with a $50 fine (or more if not paid in three days).

Incensed because I assumed the ticket was for being parked longer than thirty minutes, I went into the chamber office where the Exec Director Marietta Mudgett promptly called on my behalf to see if it could be minimized. When she read the violation code to Don at the CRA he asked, “Did she park against a yellow curb?”  So Marietta opened her window blinds as we both saw my car parked next to a fire hydrant and a yellow curb. “Sorry, due to state law there is nothing I can do about that, ” he explained.

What a way to start the day, but truthfully I was mad at myself for not paying more attention, and here’s where I have to eat crow, I was on the phone while parking. When I told Jay this story we both enjoyed a hearty laugh while realizing that this was in fact, an example of distracted parking.

Suggestion #4 for How to Help Your Local Economy

4. Be Proactive.

If you see a business, cause or effort you can help – just do something! Write that letter, contact your representative, company president, or politician. Let your voice be heard – not in your living room or car – but on the web, radio, mail and TV where it can make a difference.

My personal blog titled Whatever was about apathy.  Obviously there are people who care, but it’s more the exception than the rule. The way to conquer is a lot of people caring even a little. Could we reverse the 80/20 rule?  I believe we can.

There are so many ways to contribute to causes that touch your passion. Sure money is the first component, but giving your time and talent can sometime have an even greater impact.

A new and growing initiative called Generation BIG is leading the brigade to open wide the opportunities for giving and philanthropy. I’m sure there are many of us who dream that if we had more money all the good we could do with it. Here’s a great resource for your inspirations.

Most people are pressed up against a wall and feel they cannot give an inch, yet digging in to help others will make you feel better about everything else. It’s proven, it works, and I challenge you to stretch and experience the return on your investment.

Idea #3 on How to Help your Local Economy

3. Talk positive!

Who really wants more negative news? As bad is it seems out there in the world, nearly every day has a piece of good news worth sharing.

In conversations with best friends to complete strangers, it’s worth a try to come up with a few the good things or concepts, and say them out loud.  How helpful is the negative talk in a business environment? It’s not, and often it is destructive.

Admittedly, today was a formidable challenge to my own thinking. Though I did catch myself a few times, I also missed a few other opportunities to share a kind word or smile. Tomorrow I plan to do better.

Nearly every day we can find something positive to say, and though we may not know the effect it will have on others, we do know the impact it will have on us.