Expert bookkeeper needed?

Proubo BookkeepingPromo Parrot is proud to share that we have recently outsourced our entire bookkeeping department to Proubo Bookkeeping.

The decision to outsource our bookkeeping came down to several factors:

  • Reduce bookkeeping costs

The cost of having an in-house bookkeeper was extremely high. We wanted to find a professional company who could offer a great quality service but at an affordable price. Proubo Bookkeeping are not only low cost, but their service is second to none.

  • Limit staffing issues

When our in-house bookkeeper was off sick or on holiday, the entire department shut down until they returned. Proubo have allocated us a bookkeeping team who deal with our account daily. They have a team of over 40 trained professionals. Therefore, staffing is not an issue. Should a member of their bookkeeping team be off sick or on vacation, another member of the team picks up our work and tasks always remain on track.

  • Business growth

As our business grows, so does our need for more professional advice. Because Proubo’s team is so large and all they do all day is deal with bookkeeping and accounts, they are at the cutting edge of knowledge and technology. What they recommend for other customers they recommend to us also; therefore, we gain vast amounts of experience from other companies’ resources.

Proubo Bookkeeping manage all our day to day bookkeeping tasks, from Customer Invoicing and Supplier Payments, all the way to our more time-consuming task like Bank Reconciliation and VAT.

We are happy to recommend their service and if you want to find out more about Proubo, how they work and the services they offer, Promo Parrot would be happy to discuss further.

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Are printed tote bags still effective in 2019?

Are printed tote bags still effective in 2019?Many businesses are beginning to look for ways in which they can promote their business this year, and marketing departments are looking for the next big thing and looking to reach new heights with their marketing. But many are overlooking the simple solutions that can aid with this.

Promotional bags are one of the most effective promotional items that are available. This is down to many reasons, including cost and branding area. At Promo Parrot, we stand by the motto “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it!”. Printed tote bags are a promotional product that have been around for years and has always worked. When you are looking for the next promotional product that you are going to use, ensure that you are looking for products that have been on the market for a while and that have proven results.

Horizon Tote Bag

Promo Parrot’s Horizon Tote Bag

With ample branding area available, promotional shopping bags are a great way to get your logo and contact information in front of those who matter most to your business. With the ability to print from 1 colour to full colour, the branding opportunities are endless. By displaying your logo and/or contact information on a product that is useful allows for your customers to have a constant reminder about your brand.

Branded tote bags are a great addition to the marketing campaign of any business, with a large array of different uses there are endless opportunities for you to add them to your marketing arsenal. They work well on their own or accompanied by other promotional items or materials. In general, a promotional tote bag is able to withstand use for years, meaning that your investment is sure to generate extra leads for your business.

Rainham Tote Bag

Promo Parrots Rainham Tote Bag

Printed cotton bags are a great giveaway due to the amount of uses that they have. Any promotional product that has a practical use is bound to stay in the hands of your target audience for a much longer period of time. Eco-friendly printed bags are a great way for your brand to be remembered for years to come.

Are printed tote bags here to stay?

Promotional tote bags have been around for several years now and have always been popular. This allows for many companies and organisations to invest their time and effort into promoting their brands through the use of promotional shopping bags.

Branded cotton bags are going to be around for a long time allowing for you to rest assured that your brand will benefit from using them as a part of your next marketing campaign. With many companies turning to the internet more and more for inspiration, lots of marketing departments are forgetting about the large variety of offline marketing techniques that are available to them.

Camden Tote Bags

Our Camden Tote Bag

Promotional bags are highly effective and are here to stay. Make sure to take full advantage of this by including them as a part of your next marketing campaign or event. They make a great giveaway at a number of events as they are great for carrying around all of the other goodies that you receive. This allows for any company to take full advantage of an event to promote to all that are in the venue.

As well as that, printed tote bags are one of the best products to use if you are looking for a high return on investment. They are essentially a walking billboard, meaning that more people are seeing your logo or message, compared to that of a singular leaflet. Thus, allowing for your brand to gain both traction and awareness.  The main reason that many companies use printed tote bags is down to the fact that they are a cost-effective marketing medium. With the ability to take advantage of the economies of scale by purchasing larger quantities, you are reducing the cost per impression drastically.

For more information about promotional products, don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated sales team on  0113 3221010 or drop us and email at sales@promoparrot.com.

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Top 5 promotional products trends for 2019!

Top 5 promotional products trends for 20192018 was an amazing year for everyone involved in the promotional products industry. According to sales data that was submitted by PPAI, there was an increase of 5.9% in the number of companies that are purchasing promotional merchandise. For this number to keep on rising throughout 2019, organisations and businesses need to see the trending products. But what are the promotional products trends for 2019?

It is vital for businesses to know what is trending for this year as they may not be popular next year. This is due to constantly shifting consumer behaviour and preferences. A great example to look at is Fidget Spinners. Back in 2017, they were great for trade shows and business to business marketing. However, they soon went out of trend. Businesses, therefore, need to spot and capitalise on high-trending products at the earliest possible time.

Let’s take a look at some of the latest promotional industry trends so that you can stay ahead of the game and attract more customers!

Top 5 promotional products trends

Eco-friendly products are on the rise

Consumers have been moving on to eco-friendly products that are not only biodegradable but are also manufactured sustainably. By incorporating natural and eco-friendly products into your marketing strategy, your brand will become increasingly popular among consumers. There are some great eco-friendly products available in the market today. Here are some of the most popular:

Printed Tote Bags

Printed tote bags are a great eco-friendly product, with multiple uses and a long-lasting design they are perfect for promoting any brand.

Horizon Tote Bag

Promo Parrot’s Horizon Tote Bag

Promotional Travel Mugs

Branded travel mugs eliminate the need for single use plastic and paper takeaway cups. Making them a great addition to any marketing campaign.

Americano Mug

Our Americano Travel Mugs

Branded Notebooks

Although, not instantly eco-friendly promotional notebooks are a great product to giveaway. With them being widely recyclable they are almost guaranteed to be recycled.

Medium Noir Notebook

Promo Parrot’s Medium Noir Notebook

Wireless will continue to be in

A trend that started in 2018 that will continue through into 2019 is promotional technological products that are wireless. Many brands, such as Apple and Samsung, have begun the switch and are making lots of their accessories wireless. This indicates that the future is becoming increasingly wireless! Items such as wireless charger hubs are great items that will get your brand on your client’s desk. But the most important factor here is they are a great way to show off your brand’s logo with a digital imprint.

Wireless Charger Hub

The Wireless Charger Hub is a great addition to any desk in 2019. With more and more phone supporting wireless charging this is going to become a must have.

Wireless Charger Hub

Our Wireless Charger Hub

Unique colours will give better results

Promotional products with unique colours are a great way to make your brand stand out. Not only are these products aesthetically pleasing, but they will also attract more customers. Since purple was the colour of 2018, we have listed a few colour predictions for 2019.  Bright colours such as coral and electric blue will catch the eye of your customers. Also, having product boast your brands colours is also a huge benefit.

We have a range of Pantone Matched Products to allow for them to boast your brands colours.

Pantone Matched Cambridge Mug

The Pantone Matched Cambridge Mug is a great addition to any marketing campaign. It is the best-selling mug that can be matched to your brand colours.

Pantone Matched Cambridge Mug

Our Pantone Matched Cambridge Mug

Pantone Matched Marrow Mug

Our Pantone Matched Marrow Mug is a stylish mug that can be matched to your brands colours. Allowing for you to have a product that is truly unique.

Pantone Matched Marrow Mug

Promo Parrot’s Pantone Matched Marrow Mug

Millennials is where the market is

It’s no secret that millennials aged between 18-34 are a hugely sought-after market segment. Businesses that understand this early on will have a massive advantage in influencing the market. In order to understand the millennial market better, organisations are now relying on their millennial employees. That’s because they understand and relate to their fellow millennial customers and help analyse their buying decisions.

Sports and fitness will become more popular

Brands that appeal to the growing population of sports and fitness enthusiasts are bound to stand out. Items such as sports bottles and promotional tote bags are great items for this sector. This area of the market is largely untouched by many businesses but is one in which they are able expand into.

500ml Groove Sports Bottle

Our 500ml Groove Sports Bottle

It’s always interesting to see what new trends for promotional products will emerge from year to year. 2019 will see promotional items that are sustainable, well-designed, well-thought and visually appealing. We hope that these insights on the promotional products trends for 2019 will help you to achieve your marketing goals.

For more information about great winter promotional products or promotional products in general, don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated sales team on  0113 3221010 or drop us and email at sales@promoparrot.com.

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What are backlinks and what are the advantages of backlinks?

Backlinks The word “backlink” is one of the most used words in the marketing world. Many people who have not long started their own website, struggle to understand what is meant by the term “backlink”. This post is designed to give basic knowledge of backlinks and what the main advantages of them are.

What are backlinks?

In short, backlinks are incoming links to a webpage.

When a website links to any other page, it is called a backlink. Previously, backlinks were one of the largest metrics for the ranking position of any given website. Pages with lots of backlinks tended to rank highest on all of the major search engines, including Google. This is still true today, however, there are some new guidelines to follow.

Before we take a look at the advantages of backlinks, I am going to cover some of the history concerning backlinks over the last few years.

There was a time when low-quality links would help to rank a site highly, but Google quickly realised what was going on a released the Penguin Algorithm update in 2011. This changed the whole landscape of link building.

It is important to have backlinks from high quality sites, and that those backlinks should also be contextual. A great example to use is if you have a site about soft drinks, and you are creating links from sites of other niches about clothing, these links will not benefit your site. Your main goal should be to get links from relevant sites that are of high quality.

Now, we will take a look why it is important for you to be creating backlinks.

1)      Faster indexing

Backlinks to your site help search engine crawlers to find your site easier. This allows for them to crawl your site as soon as they find a link. For new websites, this is very important as the quicker that you site is crawled, the quicker it will appear in organic search results.

2)      Referral traffic

Referral traffic is a great addition to the traffic that you are already getting. This is a great way in which you are able to find new customers and get the most out of the backlinks that you receive. Referral traffic is usually more targeted and has a lower bounce rate, which is a huge benefit for any business.

3)      Improves organic ranking

Ultimately, this is the one thing that springs to mind when talking about backlinks. However, it is 1 of the 3 main reasons for acquiring backlinks. Any content that is getting organic links from other sites, that content will naturally rank higher in all search engines. Your goal here should be to create backlinks to individual posts/pages along with those leading to your homepage.

All of the above points are great reasons why you should be continuously gathering backlinks for your site. With more and more people looking for backlinks they are becoming harder and harder to get. However, if you reach out to the relevant people you are bound to find links that are relevant to you.

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The benefits of using promotional products

The benefits of using promotional productsThis article is going to cover the top benefits of using promotional products. Creating an advertising campaign that is that is both credible and relevant is a must for any business. The use of promotional merchandise can aid this process, as well as being able to take your campaign to the next level.

Promotional products are affordable items that can help to make your prospective customers and clients interested in your brand. Branded merchandise, such as bags, pens and mugs have multiple uses in and around the office whilst benefiting the business in a large variety of other ways.  The generic goal of promotional giveaways is to attract and appeal to customers and people that are grateful for a free product and consumers really appreciate useful products that add value to their lives.

Cambridge Mugs

Promo Parrot’s Cambridge Mug

Listed below are the top benefits of using promotional products!

1) Promotional products invoke a sense of brand loyalty

One of the most important aspects of a successful business is to ensure proper engagement with new customers. What better way to engage with a potential customer that with a free gift? It has been shown in multiple studies that giving a free gift to your customer increases the chances of your customer choosing you over your competitors by invoking a sense of brand loyalty.

A clear benefit of a promotional gift is that it builds a sense of loyalty after a long conversation is over. A study shows that at an exhibition, people are much more likely to visit a stand and listen to a pitch if a promotional item is involved. Giving a gift to your potential customer is a great way to start a conversation that could lead to communication and ultimately a sale.

Walking Umbrella

Our Classic Walking Umbrella

2) Rewarding customers and building relationships with clients

Handing out branded gifts can set the steps in place to build relations with an existing client. Gifting a promotional product shows that you are a distinctive and attractive brand which benefits your brand integrity. Consumers get passionate about a brand when their emotions are triggered. This emotional response can be used in a variety of different marketing mediums such as branded merchandise which is a great way to reward a customer. Whether a brand is adventurous or creative, giveaways will create a fan base with strong levels of commitment. Just seeing the logo on a can of Red Bull can will some customers with a sense of passion and excitement.

Americano Mug

Our Americano Travel Mugs

3) Showing commitment to existing customer leads

Showing commitment to existing customers can have profound business results. A recent study claimed that “it costs five times as much to attract a new customer than to keep an existing one”, this shows that brand commitment is definitely worth investing in/ Providing existing customers with personalised, tangible products is a very effective way to keep them interested in your brand. The main benefit to these results is that you can focus on existing customers which can dramatically increase your return on investment.

Rainham Tote Bag

Promo Parrots Rainham Tote Bag

4) Advertising with promotional products is a cost-effective strategy

Promotional merchandise is cost-effective when considered in terms if impressions (an impression is a single view of a particular ad) compared to other forms of advertising media. Branded merchandise has a lower cost per impression compared to conventional forms of advertising such as newspaper, TV and magazine advertisements. Whilst conventional advertising is often more passive and indirect to specific users, the advantage of promotional products is they can often have much more active interaction with consumers.

Consider the number of times a consumer will be exposed to a conventional TV or magazine ad compared to a promotional gift such as bag or mug. The amount of money that is spent per impression on a promotional bag is guaranteed to be less than that of a television advert, making them a very cost-effective way of promoting any brand. Also, with the use of promotional products, there is a practical element involved which aids in getting your customers to remember your name. 

Twist USB Flash Drive

Our Twist USB Flash Drive

5) Most branded merchandise is passed along, boosting “cost per impressions”

Due to promotional merchandise being so useful, it tends to be passed along from person to person rather than being thrown away. Many people tend to pass them along as they have some value to others but not to them anymore. In the long run, this means that the overall cost per impression drops are more people are seeing your branded merchandise for the same price as buying the original products.

To conclude, all of the benefits that are mentioned above are only relevant if promotional products are used correctly within your marketing campaign. As a business, you can take some time to learn what your customers need as consumers and then give them a promotional gift that can add value and benefit to their day to day lives.

For more information about great winter promotional products or promotional products in general, don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated sales team on  0113 3221010 or drop us and email at sales@promoparrot.com.

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Our most popular winter promotional items

Our most popular winter promotional productsDuring the winter months there are some promotional products that become more popular. There are numerous reasons as to why this is, but the main reason is that they benefit their customers and/or business in a positive way during the coldest time of the year. There are several items that come to mind but there is bound to be more than those that are mentioned in this article. Do not hesitate to contact us for any further information about getting some promotional products for your business this winter!

Travel Mugs

The go to gift during the winter months is usually a travel mug. There are a large selection of travel mugs available from Promo Parrot. The most popular travel mug at this time of year is the Americano Mug. The Americano is a great mug with a thermal cup that is double-walled meaning that the heat stays in and the cold stays out. There are a large number of colour variations that are available.

Americano MugThere is also the Brite Americano Mug. The Brite Americano Mug steps it up to a whole new level. With a in-mould labelling wrap around print allowing for you to put almost anything onto one of these branded mugs. With a choice of different screw fix lids and grips, which are able to mix and matched to accompany your branding to boast your promotional message.

Brite Americano MugThere are also other options of travel mug to choose from including the Polo Plus and the Marco travel mugs range.

Polo Plus & Marco

Promo Parrot’s Marco (Left) & Polo Plus (Right) Travel Mugs

They are both great travel mugs that are very versatile and great for all businesses. Coming with an ergonomic black plastic handle that makes it easy to carry and hold, these travel mugs are a great way to ensure that your brand is getting the recognition that you are looking for. Along with that comes a large selection of colours. This selection allows for you to choose one that will suit your branding and logo.

Umbrellas

Promotional umbrellas are a great addition to any marketing campaign, with their large canvas to add you branding to there is bound to be a style to suit your needs. During the latter stages of the summer many businesses overlook printed umbrellas. However, this is the best time to be looking for them so that you are able to avoid the rush when winter is beginning to fully set in.

We have 3 ranges of umbrellas available here at Promo Parrot: Telescopic Umbrellas, Walking Umbrellas and Golf Umbrellas.

In our telescopic umbrella range there is a large selection of umbrellas to choose from allowing for you to find the best possible style to suit your branding. These small and compact umbrellas are great for those on the go.

Telescopic Umbrella

Promo Parrot’s Essex Folding Umbrella

Our collection of walking umbrellas is a great way to promote your brand to city professionals. Many people ask what the difference between a walking umbrella and a golf umbrella is, so here is our explanation: A Walking Umbrella has the frame of a golf umbrella but with a canopy the size of a telescopic umbrella. This makes them a great hybrid promotional gift.

Walking Umbrella

Our Classic Walking Umbrella

Finally, our range of golf umbrellas are great to have in any office. As well as that, they are a must have for any corporate golf event that you are hosting. They have a large canopy which allows for you to ensure that your logo is displayed to all. You don’t want to miss out on your chance to advertise with a printed umbrella.

Budget Golf Umbrella

Promo Parrot’s Budget Golf Umbrella

Promotional Mugs

Promotional mugs are a great way to advertise during the winter months. They are a perfect addition to any desk and are a great way to promote your brand within any office. With a large selection of styles available, you are guaranteed to find one that will suit your marketing needs.

The most popular style of mug is the Cambridge Mug, coming in a large range of colours which can be branded in a large variety of ways allowing for you to achieve a finish that will represent your brand. With its straight edges and simple design, it means that it can be added to any marketing campaign with ease.

Cambridge MugsAnother popular mug is the Sparta Mug. This mug is slightly smaller than the Cambridge Mug and is a different style too. With a slight curve at the top of the mug and a square cornered handle, this mug is a quirky addition to all promotions.

Sparta Mugs

For more information about great winter promotional products or promotional products in general, don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated sales team on  0113 3221010 or drop us and email at sales@promoparrot.com.

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What makes a great free promotional gift?

What makes a great free promotional gift?Back in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, many companies would put a free promotional gift inside items such as cereal packets, crisps and a wide variety of other products. Most households around the country used to take great pride in the gifts that they were ‘winning’ from their weekly shop. Many siblings used to push and shove each other on the stairs every morning to ensure that they were the first person to use to the cereal, myself included!

Very often there was a whole range of different goodies to collect from these cereals, which just added to the ‘healthy’ competition. This is a great promotional marketing technique and the bane of many parents’ trips to the local supermarket.

Kellogg’s Magic Straw

The Kellogg’s Magic Straw is the first free promotional gift that I remember seeing from a box of cereal. I remember that there were 3 different sections to collect and once you had all 3 it made a rather cool bendy straw. There were several different things that attracted people towards this one, the first influence being the brightly coloured sections of straw. Another factor was that the straws were colour changing, which back in 1993 was revolutionary! Even though there were 3 sections to collect it didn’t stop people from buying more and more boxes of Coco Pops to make the longest straw they possibly could.

When doing some research for this article, I came across an interesting figure from this campaign. When Kellogg’s originally launched this promotional campaign in 1993, they saw their sales almost double within the first week of the promotional packs of cereal being out. This gives a huge indication to any brand that if you are to choose the right product and market your brand in the correct way, you can gain huge traction and support for your brand.

However, this isn’t the only thing that you should be thinking about. There are a number of different factors that should be taken into account when choosing your free promotional gifts. The most important thing that you should be thinking about at the very start, is the number of people that you are going too be giving them away to. If you don’t have those figures, then you are not going to purchase the right number of promotional products which could drastically affect your brand. If you don’t have enough gifts, then you are missing out on a huge marketing possibility.

When it comes to selecting the right gift there are more factors to consider other than the figures. For example, what are your products for? Do they follow the branding of the business? Are they practical? These are all important questions.

What are the products for?

Twist USB Flash DriveOne of the largest factors that should be considered is what are the products going to be used for. You don’t want to have the wrong gift for the wrong event. If your business is based in the technology world, the best promotional product for you would most likely be a USB Flash Drive.  You wouldn’t want to be showing up with a product that is not related to your industry.

Do they follow to branding of the business?

This is an important factor for any marketing that is taking place, if the advertising does not match up with the company branding then you are essentially wasting time and money to promote your business. All of the promotional materials should follow the branding guidelines that have been set by the business. If the product is of a different colour or has a different logo on it compared to the standard one of the business, you could be generating awareness for a different logo.

Are they practical?

Essex Folding UmbrellaAll promotional gifts should be practical, if they are not of use to anyone then they are never going to get used. Many brands opt for a product that will last for a long time, but one that will also be used. If you are looking to generate a lot of brand awareness at an event, a great product for you to use is a promotional umbrella. With many different styles to choose from, including telescopic, walking and golf umbrellas, there will be one that is perfect for your event. Also, once you have finished with them at the event, you could either give them away or keep them in the office for a rainy day.

For more information on what makes a great free promotional gift, don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated sales team on  0113 3221010 or drop us and email at sales@promoparrot.com.

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How to find your ideal order quantity…

How to find your ideal order quantity...This is one of the biggest questions to consider when you are purchasing promotional products, “What is the ideal order quantity?” It is a difficult question for anybody to answer. But this article will try and help you to identify your ideal with some handy tips and simple questions.

The first thing that should come to mind is “How many do I need?” This is one of the vital questions that needs to be answered closer to the start of the process.
But before you can work out how many you need there are a few more questions you need to ask. Below are some examples:

Is it for an exhibition or event?

If you are going to be using your promotional products at an event, then you would need to know the rough numbers of people that are going to be attending. Without these numbers you are essentially going into the event blind. You never want to be guessing at the number of people or you may under or over order, both of which could be avoided.
With having the numbers then comes into play what the minimum order quantity is from your promotional products supplier. Here at Promo Parrot you are able to see the minimum order quantity on every product page.

Promotional products being used at an eventAre they for the office?

More times than not, people are looking for products to have in their office. With this comes a number of questions to help you work out how many you need to order. If there are 20 people in your office, you will need at least 20 units. However, do you order your products more than once a year? As if you do, it will be worth ordering all your products for the year. This allows for you to benefit from the economies of scale, as the more you buy the cheaper the unit cost becomes.

Promotional products in the officeAlso, if you are going to have them in the office but give them away to those that come in to visit you, then you are going to need more than 20. In this case, you would need to assess how many people are going to be visiting your office. Sometimes, it may be worth ordering a few extra just in case you get a few last-minute visits.

If you are an established brand, or trying to become one, keeping all your branding the same throughout all of your promotions. This allows for you to create one recognisable brand that is running multiple campaigns. If you are not planning to change the branding for a long time, then you might be able to order a larger quantity that will last a long time but be very cost-effective in the long run.

Some events just pop up out of nowhere! All lead times vary depending on the number of colours that you are looking to print on your items as well as the detail involved in the artwork. It can be hard to find promotional items at such short notice; however, you can combat this by purchasing larger quantities. If you order larger quantities, then you are able to reserve some of the products, so you always have some to hand for any events that just spring up.

So… What quantity should I order?

After reading this article, you will be able to make a better decision about how many products you should order. Just as a reminder here are a few hints:
• The number of people
• What are the products for?
• How often do you buy them?
• Are you going to be changing you branding in the near future?
Those are the 4 tips that will help you to make a very informed decision about what your ideal order quantity is.

Our standard minimum order quantities

Throughout our online store we have all of our minimum order quantities displayed in every products information. This allows for all of our customers to see what quantity must be ordered if they would like that product.

The minimum order quantity on the majority of our Promotional Mugs is 72, the reasoning behind this is that all of our mugs are packaged in boxes of 36 but 72 mugs need to be printed to make it viable to run the necessary machinery.

Promotional Mugs. Standard Minimum Order Quantity: 72The minimum order quantity on the majority of our Printed Tote Bags is 100. This is as the machinery could cost too much to run if we were printing less than this. Also, this makes it easier for them to be packaged up and sent out to you!

The minimum order quantity on the majority of our Printed Pens is 500. This helps for us to give all of our customers the lowest possible price. The cost of running the machinery is kept to a minimum and it allows for us to easily package up the pens and get them delivered to you as soon as possible.For more information about our promotional products or for a quote don’t hesitate to contact us. Call us on 0113 3221010 or email sales@promoparrot.com

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Why promotional keyrings are a great promotional product!

Why promotional keyrings are a great promotional product!Promotional keyrings are a promotional product that is normally forgotten about, however they are one of the best promotional products to use. As we move further into the digital age, more and more businesses are looking for a way to engage with their clients in the offline environment. There is no better way to do this than to give them a promotional gift that is both small and practical.

Why use promotional keyrings?

Promotional keyrings are great for generating brand awareness, once they are on some keys they are not likely to be taken off. This allows for you to target more people for a lower overall cost. This makes promotional keyrings one of the most, if not the most cost-effective promotional item to use.

Printed keyrings also come with a large branding area, allowing for you to display your logo in a very lucrative location. With this comes the added value of having your logo on display for a very long time. Many estate agents use promotional keyrings as when they sell or let a house they are able to put their keyring on those keys, allowing for them to have their logo on display.

Custom printed keyrings are also very cost-effective. They are cheap but of high quality allowing for them to be used in mass. With this being so cost effective you cannot afford to miss out on this opportunity to promote your brand.

Key advantages of using promotional keyrings:

  • Printing area – Keyrings provide a large surface area where you are able to display your logo and other business details
  • Durability – Promotional keyrings are a highly durable item, this makes them perfect for any promotion as they are bound to withstand the test of time.
  • Wide range – Printed keyrings come with a huge range of styles to choose from, this means that there is one to suit every marketing campaign.
  • Great for offline marketing – Custom printed keyrings are great for promoting your brand when looking to get away from the internet. Promotional keyrings are a great way to do just that.
  • Variety of materials – Promotional keyrings are made from a variety of different materials, allowing for you to find the one that is right for you.

Our range of promotional keyrings

House KeyringOur promotional House Shaped Keyring is perfect for any event. With a full colour printed insert you are able to display your logo and/or message. With a large branding area of 50 x 40mm, this printed keyring is simple and effective.

House KeyringNew 12-Sided £1 Trolley Coin KeyringMany people are looking for promotional gifts that are practical. Well look no further, our 12 Sided New £1 Trolley Coin Keyring is the promotional product for you. With a branding area of 22mm diameter, it allows for you to essentially brand the entirety of the coin. With the use of hard enamel your logo is there to stay.

New 12 Sided Trolley Coin KeyringTalon Bottle Opener KeyringThe Talon Bottle Opener Keyring is a great promotional product to have. With a selection of colours available there is always one to suit your brands needs. Also, with the option to print this with your logo it is a great way to promote your brand.

Talon Bottle Opener KeyringFor more information about our promotional products or for a quote don’t hesitate to contact us. Call us on 0113 3221010 or email sales@promoparrot.com

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5 things you need to know about BPA-Free Sports Bottles

Sports bottles, whether reusable or plastic, are used everyday by millions of people around the world. Liquid that comes into contact with these bottles is being ingested on a consistent basis on a large scale. This means that any loose BPA particles within the water bottles can be carried away an ingested too.

Studies have shown that some of these particles are potentially harmful. One in particular is BPA, which you may have seen in the news.

What is BPA?

BPA is short for Bisphenol A. a chemical that is quite often found in consumer goods. It is a solid material that is colourless, it is soluble in organic solvents, but it is poorly soluble in water. BPA has been in commercial use since 1957 (around 60 years) and is used to make various resins and plastics. BPA plastic gets turned into CDs, DVDs, sports equipment, sports bottles and other goods. BPA epoxy resins are often used to line food and beverage cans.

An estimated 10 billion pounds of BPA was produced for plastic manufacturing in 2011, making it one of the highest volume chemicals produced worldwide. BPA is potentially harmful chemical, and because it is so widely used, the concerns surrounding it are severe.

To help you understand more about this chemical, and particularly how it affects your sports bottle use. Below are 5 things that you need to know about BPA and BPA-free Sports Bottles.

1. The health benefits of BPA-free sports bottles

A growing amount of research links BPA with some major health concerns, such as a higher risk of certain cancers, reduced fertility, diabetes and birth defects. These concerns even lead to a California ban on BPA. The state also added it to its list of toxic chemicals.

This is raw BPA Resin

BPA-free sports bottles reduce these concerns by eliminating the chemical from its material. BPA-free sports bottles can be used without the risk of BPA consumption.

2. Are BPA-free sports bottles more expensive?

BPA-free sports bottles can be purchased for the same prices as bottles containing BPA these days.

As scientific evidence continued to mount over the last decade, more and more companies were pressured to remove BPA from their products. Some of the more well-known reusable sports bottle brands recalled all of their bottles that contained BPA and removed it from all future products. With big companies removing this, it has prompted others to follow suit.

3. How to determine whether a bottle contains BPA

There is no definitive way to determine whether a sports bottle contains BPA without testing it. However, with a quick look there are a few signs that can indicate its presence.

First, look for all the arrows with numbers in the middle that are typically stamped on plastic items, like these:

A number 7 or the letters ‘PC’ (polycarbonate) will often indicate that the product contains BPA. Again, this is not 100% true, but most products made with polycarbonate contain Bisphenol A.

4. Where to buy promotional BPA-free sports bottles

BPA-free sports bottles are available throughout the UK. They are not as readily available as those that contain BPA, but awareness has grown to the point where many companies have either pivoted to BPA-free bottles or have started up in order to specialise on creating these products.

Here at Promo Parrot, we sell 100% BPA-free sports bottles. Our sports bottles are safe for drink consumption and come in a range of styles. View all of our BPA-free sports bottles here.

5. What about other products containing BPA?

Other products that could potentially contain BPA include:

  • Food cans
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Contact lenses
  • Baby Bottles
  • Electronic devices
  • And more

If you are concerned about any of these products that may contain BPA, please read the packaging or contact the manufacturer for further details.

For more information about our promotional products or for a quote don’t hesitate to contact us. Call us on 0113 3221010 or email sales@promoparrot.com

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