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New Product Spotlight: “The Cup”

Trends in promotional drinkware are always changing. In the last year, mason jars and mason jar-style drinkware have become hugely popular, and there are plenty of fun options to consider. We’ve seen acrylic wine “sippy cup” tumblers. Ever-changing water bottle styles in BPA-free acrylic, glass, and stainless steel. Ceramic and acrylic coffee cups styled to […]

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Hot Item: Stylus/Pen Combos

Pens are a perennial favorite among promotional products. Sure, almost everybody gets customized pens — but a pen is ALWAYS a useful takeaway item. I mean, who turns down a free pen? No one, I tell you. No one. Even myself — I get gobs of pen samples all the time from our manufacturers, and […]

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Best New Products for Summer 2013

Summer is officially here, and I don’t know about you guys, but here at Jag, we are SO ready! Bring on the sun, a lazy boat ride on the Willamette River, and a backyard barbeque. This warm weather also offers a chance for some really fantastic seasonal promotional products. Last year, we shared some of […]

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The Padfolio Grows Up

For years, the “padfolio” (also called a portfolio) has been a standard in the business world. Companies often would purchase custom-imprinted padfolios as gifts for employees or as thank yous for favorite clients. The standard padfolio was an easy way to transport notes from meeting to meeting, in one place. But as the business world […]

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Product Spotlight: Phone Charging Case

We’ve all been there. You’re only partway through a very busy day — and your cell phone is dying. There isn’t an outlet to be had. Or you left your charger at home. Now the task becomes trying to figure out how to eke out the last little vestiges of power before your battery completely […]

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Product Spotlight: Credit Card USB Drives

These are one of our favorite new products this year: credit card-style USB drives. They are the size and shape of a credit card, just slightly thicker — with a fold-out USB drive attached. USB drives have been an extremely popular promotional product over the last few years, and for good reason: they are modern, […]

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E-mail vs. Direct Mail Marketing

These days, with budgets so tights, many businesses are cutting corners by eliminating direct mail marketing campaigns in lieu of email-only. While this sounds like a sure way to save some moolah, it’s not necessarily the best course of action. In fact, studies have shown that while email marketing campaigns may be less expensive — […]

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Product Spotlight: Gel Highlighters

Pens are a perpetually popular promotional product (wow, say that five times fast!) — but there are a few alternatives to pens that offer similar value. One of these is highlighters — and a fairly new product that we think is all that is the gel highlighter. These breakthrough highlighters feature a gel stick that […]

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QR Codes: Yay or nay?

Here is an interesting perspective on the negative aspects of QR (quick response) bar codes for marketing products and services: Perhaps the biggest crime with QR codes is that most do not include any kind of call to action. They’re just there, with no further information or incentive. It’s marketing 101: define your value proposition […]

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More U.S. Manufacturing: What it Means to Jag & Our Clients

Recently, The Atlantic posted an interesting article about why manufacturing may be returning soon to the U.S.: As wages and shipping costs rise abroad, unemployment stays high at home, and strategic discontent with offshoring grows, U.S. Manufacturing finds itself facing its best chance at staging a comeback. American companies are considering a reversal of offshoring […]

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