New Options for Your Promotional Stress Balls

One of the things we are most proud of here at 1001StressBalls is our ability to provide promotional stress balls for just about any marketing campaign, no matter how unusual the company, organization, or specific marketing effort is. That means maintaining an enormous catalog with wide-ranging stress ball designs, colors, and printing options. And if a customer absolutely can’t find the precise design that they have in mind, we can custom-design a brand new stress ball for them—it just takes a little more time and back-and-forth to create a unique design like that.

Starting this month, we’ve also added two exciting new categories to our catalog of promotional stress balls. If you’ve used our products for your organization’s campaigns in the past, you will love changing things up with these new offerings. If you’re looking at incorporating stress balls into a giveaway, conference appearance, or marketing push for the very first time, these two categories will be sure to make your initial effort a smashing success.

Slo-Release Promotional Stress Balls

Our new “Slo-release serenity squishys” are a fun and strangely fascinating variation on our traditional stress bass designs. As with all of our stress balls, these items are soft, squeezable, and durable, giving the stressed-out office worker or college student a simple way to channel some of that tension and get themselves focused on the task at hand more effectively. But our new slo-release stress balls react a little differently to that squeezing motion—rather than popping back to their original shape immediately, they slowly regain their form after you let go of them. Everyone seems entranced by this feature, and we bet you’ll catch yourself squeezing hard, then staring at the stress ball in your hand as it goes back to normal.

Our new full-color printing option is incredibly eye-catching!

Our new full-color printing option is incredibly eye-catching!

As a not-so-coincidental point, staring at your stress ball is exactly what you want your business contacts and potential customers to do after you hand them one of your promotional stress balls! The more fun, distracting, and useful your stress ball design is, the longer it will continue representing your organization to them in a powerful way. You can check out all of our special slo-release squishy designs in the special category listed on the home page of our website. Choose the one that best matches your organization, then customize it with your logo, company name, and message printed in durable, high-quality ink.

Full Color Printing

The various colors in your company logo may be an integral component of its recognizability with the public. Now it’s easy for you to incorporate all of those distinctive branding elements, including highly specific color shades, with our full color printed promotional stress balls. We offer over a dozen stress ball designs, representative of a wide range of generic and specific industries and purposes, for full color printing using a revolutionary new imprinting method. This method makes it possible for your stress balls to accurately and beautifully convey your logo to your audience, no matter how complex and colorful it is. Just check out the examples in our catalog, and you’ll get an idea of how the new full color printing option makes these promotional items pop out and grab attention like never before!

Of course, our full color printing is just as durable as our other black-and-white and two-color imprinting. When you place your order with us, you don’t need to worry that your colors will fade, flake off, or get rubbed out soon after your potential client takes your promotional stress balls back to work and sets them on his desk. We’ve been achieving fantastic customer satisfaction for decades with our products, and you don’t do that by offering stress balls that are cheaply made and get tossed into the closest trash can! Our clients come to us again and again to order our high quality items for their various marketing efforts, because they know that they can trust them to act as great-looking billboards for their organizations long after the initial face-to-face meeting. Our full-color printing offering, with an incredibly short order turnaround time of about 15 days, takes the eye-catching properties of our stress balls to the next level.

What Does Your Marketing Campaign Need?

Of course, these two new categories are very exciting, but they’re just the “tip of the iceberg” in terms of what’s available in the 1001StressBalls catalog for your next marketing project. No matter what design you select, from basic to highly unusual, from simple black-and-white imprinting to a beautiful full-color logo, we are certain that you’ll be able to perfectly reflect the mood and mission of your campaign with our products. Our expert staff is always available to help you find the right design, and our online system allows you to submit your logo and message, then benefit from our experience as we recommend any changes that can make your design as successful as possible. We have learned what will look fantastic and what may not work as well; what fonts and sizes are best for communicating your message; and whether your logo will look the way you envision it before you pay for your order. This can save you a lot of money and headache, getting your design exactly right the first time rather than going through a frustrating and expensive trial-and-error process.

With conference season fully under way, you won’t want to hesitate to place your order for high quality, impressive-looking promotional stress balls. Rush ordering is available on most designs, so you can count on having your promotional items in time for your next event. Check out the discounted designs on our home page, look through our new full-color and slo-release stress balls, and choose the items that will perfectly remind your new contacts about the great experience that they have talking with you and your organization’s representatives. If you have any questions, we will be more than happy to provide assistance and make your campaign a stress-free stress-ball success!

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Custom Stress Balls Head Back to School

Around the country, backpacks are being pulled out of the corners of closets, where they were tossed after the last day of school back at the beginning of summer. Students are heading back to high school and college, and for the next nine months or so, schools and school-connected organizations will be working hard to get those students’ attention for all sorts of different reasons. If you’re in charge of promotion for one of those organizations, we have a great list of ideas for using custom stress balls throughout the school year to connect with students, supporters, and others to get your message to them!

Students are back at school

Students are back at school! Reach them with our custom stress balls.

You may be part of an official school organization or department, with authority to use the school’s logo and colors. With our long history of success in the promotional items industry, we can deliver imprinting that is accurate, high-quality, and reflects your school’s name, fonts, and logo in a way that you can be proud of. If you represent a company that serves a local university community, you’ll find our catalog to be full of options that allow you to tap into that school’s branding and link it to your organization’s own unique identity.

Orientation

Freshman orientation is always an exciting and hectic time. The college freshmen who walk past your table at the orientation fairs usually have a bit of a glazed-over look in their eyes, as they try to process all the important information coming their way in a short amount of time. Whether you are trying to tell them about counseling services, study abroad opportunities, a fraternity, or an academic club, you have a very limited time and attention span in which to do it. But if you can put custom stress balls in the hands of those freshmen with your organization’s details imprinted on them, you will establish a great foothold in their minds…and their backpacks.

Football Season

Everyone loves football season, and it’s one of the best times of the year for your school-connected organization to capitalize on the power of custom stress balls for promotion. Our online catalog has plenty of stress ball designs that you can use during the fall, catching the eyes of football fans and guaranteeing you an audience. Footballs, mascots, and color schemes to match your school’s spirit form the perfect backdrop for your logo and message. Be sure to order plenty, though—miniature footballs tend to disappear very quickly from event tables! People love spending time before, during, and after the game tossing these great promotional items back and forth.

Important Causes

High school and college students face a lot of challenges, and fortunately there are a lot of organizations in place to help them meet those challenges. Drug prevention and healthy living advocates work hard to maintain visibility on college campuses, making sure that students know where to turn when they need help. Custom stress balls are both fun and extremely effective in giving a student a constant reminder that there are people available to help them out when they’re in need, and the more creative those stress balls are, the more likely they are to find a home on a student’s desk, car dashboard, or hanging from their backpack’s zipper every time they walk to class.

Counseling Centers

Let’s not forget the biggest defining feature of custom stress balls…they help relieve stress! Students heading to college for the first time face quite a bit of stress, and any counseling center that has the mission of helping students deal with that stress in a healthy way should have plenty of squeezable stress balls on hand. There’s no more inexpensive or enjoyable way to help students take their mind off their academic, social, and financial challenges than to hand them a stress ball and let them talk it out and squeeze it out at the same time. On a more serious note, some of those students that stopped by your table at freshman orientation may need counseling beyond the “normal” pressures of college life during their time at the university. Believe it or not, custom stress balls could form a much-needed link between a student in trouble and the counseling center that could help them pull things back together. Choose a stress ball design from our catalog that is fun and whimsical enough to win a spot on the desk, but that also warmly invites that student to call your counselors if they start to feel like life is getting out of control.

Parties and Launches

College is about hard work and academics, but it’s also about having a great time with friends! Your organization will no doubt host a few parties, mixers, get-togethers, and other events for students, and if you plan ahead, you can maximize the benefits of those efforts by combining them with custom stress ball giveaways. Remind your guests about the great time they had at your event with a quirky, hilarious stress ball, and you’ll be sure to have a bigger turnout at your next one. Christmas parties, studies for finals, spring break kickoffs, and other special events can all be made even better with a few custom stress balls to toss around.

Get Creative!

All you have to do is spend some time browsing through the categories in our huge online catalog, and you are sure to come up with some great ideas for promoting your organization among the students who populate your local college or high school campus every school year. Who wouldn’t love a stress ball cell phone holder to help them stop dropping their phone behind their desk? Why not commemorate a quirky holiday like Talk Like a Pirate Day with a custom stress ball giveaway that suddenly gets the campus talking about your organization? Now is the time to plan your promotional activities for this school year and the following one, and we’ve got plenty of great ideas to help you do just that.

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Making It Yours: Stress Ball Logo Printing

The beauty of using stress ball logo printing as an important element of your organization’s next promotional campaign is that it is simple. On our end, we provide a stress ball that is made from high quality materials, holds up with time, and catches the eye of everyone who sees it. You, our customer, provide us with your company name, a logo, and any other information that you want to communicate on a long-term basis to the folks that you meet in the course of business. Put those two together and you have a great marketing tool that’s fun, effective, and inexpensive—perfect for a wide range of different corporate events, conferences, customer interactions, and other publicity efforts. It’s that specific process, putting your information and our products together, that this blogpost is focused on. Stress ball logo printing is a tricky process, and getting it wrong is a marketing disaster. So here’s how we at 1001StressBalls.com get it right.

Stress Ball Logo Printing Basics

Printing a company or school’s logo and name on a stress ball is much different from printing it on a sheet of paper. There are certain things you just can’t do on the surface of a stress ball, and there are other things that you shouldn’t do—that is, they are technically possible, but the results will not be what the customer has in mind. We do our best to provide each customer with the information they need to upload a logo and text that will be successful, helping them achieve the end goal that they want: a stress ball logo design that communicates their message with simplicity, memorability, and a lot of fun.

Less is More

If there’s one thing we would like our customers to keep in mind when brainstorming on what type of text and logo they want to upload for their customized stress ball, it’s the idea that “less is more.” A stress ball is a small item—that’s why it’s so easy for a customer or business contact to drop it in their briefcase or purse and hang onto it. But that also means that there is a very limited area on which your message can appear. If your company’s standard logo has an intricate design, shading, or other fine details, it probably will not translate well into stress ball logo printing. Likewise, coming up with a long, comprehensive message for your stress ball recipients will backfire. The small font size necessary to fit that long message onto your stress ball will make it illegible, and while the stress balls will still be fun to play with, no one will remember where they picked them up or what company they represent!

Our pros will help you finalize the perfect logo design for your stress balls.

Our pros will help you finalize the perfect logo design for your stress balls.

The most successful stress balls are those that have a brief message—we recommend three lines of text, in general. Larger stress balls with a greater area for imprinting may be able to accommodate four or even five lines of text, but that usually pushes the boundaries a bit. As far as logo images, simple graphics with a single solid color come through very well and continue to remind folks about your organization years after you have that first conversation with them.

Expert Help with Stress Ball Logo Printing

That advice on logo and text imprinting is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the advice that the experts at 1001StressBalls can provide for you as you put together your stress ball order. We don’t intend for you to figure it out as you go along—if your project has special factors that make it a little more complicated, or if you have a question about how your proposed imprint might look on the final product, just pick up the phone and give us a call. We’ll be happy to discuss your project and put our years of experience to work to make it the very best it can be. The experience represented at our company really shines during the proofing phase of a project. Once we have your submission, we email you a proof image, which shows you clearly how your message and logo will look on the stress ball design you choose. You might spot an issue that you hadn’t anticipated, in which case we can help you resolve it and get the best result. Or we may be able to anticipate that your imprint may be less than successful and recommend minor alterations to the design that will really make it “pop” the way you want it to. Of course, there is also always the possibility that your uploaded message may have a misspelling or other mistake that you don’t want in the final product. Our proofing experts will help you catch those small mistakes, which can translate into big problems if they escape detection!

The Disadvantage of Rush Ordering

A big topic in stress ball logo printing is rush ordering. If your trade show or community event is coming up more quickly than you realized, you may be looking into placing a rush order rather than a standard one. It’s important to remember, however, that a rush order doesn’t always allow for a detailed proofing process and the back-and-forth between us and the customer that is sometimes needed to get stress ball logo printing just right. Whenever possible, it’s best to take the time to create the perfect stress ball, rather than hurrying the process and getting something in hand that doesn’t really represent your organization the way you had hoped it would. We love helping companies, schools, healthcare organizations, and other groups build fantastic, fun, and successful marketing campaigns around stress ball logo printing, and we hope that you will be our next customer! Check out our easy logo upload process, browse our hundreds of effective designs, and let our expertise make your next campaign your best one yet.

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Support Your Promotional Stress Balls!

There are a few important facts to keep in mind when you are imprinting and ordering promotional stress balls for a marketing campaign, and we’ve told you all about those facts on this blog in the past—insisting on high quality products; ensuring accuracy in logo, color, spelling, etc.; reliable shipping time estimations, and others. But it is possible to follow all of those guidelines and get your shipment of incredible promotional products, only to have your campaign fall flat in the end. That’s because promotional stress balls aren’t the driving force behind your marketing effort; they’re just a powerful supporting tool for it. Here are the ways that you and your team can support your logo stress balls, making sure that your audience both gets your message in the first place and remembers it in the future.

First Impressions

Ideally, the success of your promotional stress balls begins before an individual even notices them. Psychologists estimate that our first impressions are formed much more quickly than most people realize—within about four or five seconds of meeting someone for the first time. If you apply that information to a trade show context, you should expect a visitor to your table to begin forming a positive or negative opinion about you, your company, your brand, and your offerings during your initial greeting, before you’ve even had a chance to tell that visitor anything about the company you represent. This is why a big smile and a warm welcome are so important, even if it’s been a long day and the trade show is wearing on into the afternoon! If a visitor’s first impression of you and your company is that you are tired and not too enthusiastic, it won’t help much to give them a stress ball, however well designed it may be, to remember you by.

Support your promotional stress balls with great interpersonal communication.

Support your promotional stress balls with great interpersonal communication.

Remember, as well, that a visitor to your table may actually begin forming an impression before they even see your smile. The appearance of your table, signage, and other materials says something about your company as a whole, whether you intend it to or not. A wrinkled tablecloth and a haphazard pile of promotional stress balls suggest a lack of planning and attention to detail. A beautifully organized, simple, and attractive display with high-quality signs and banners shows that you know how to put together an event and relate to your clients, customers, and colleagues in a very professional way. Check your table frequently from the visitor’s side and make sure it looks the way you want it to!

Solid Information

While the first impression is critical, you also need to follow that up by providing plenty of valuable, helpful, and engaging information for the individual. A great first impression will get you “in the door,” but it’s the concrete benefits and value offerings you talk about that will come back to that person’s mind when they see your promotional stress balls a few weeks later. This is incredibly important at a conference or trade show, where the average individual is talking to dozens of representatives from different companies throughout the day. In order to stand out in that person’s mind, your company needs to deliver a concise, easy-to-remember, value-filled message for that him to take home along with your stress ball.

It’s best not to try to come up with that message as you’re talking to a visitor to your table! Obviously, you’ll want to pull together the marketing expertise at your business before the conference, holding meetings and teaming up to frame a message that you’ll deliver consistently to everyone that stops at your table. Of course, you’ll talk about other things as well, tailoring your conversation to the personality and specific needs of each visitor, but your priority should be tying that memorable, simple message to the physical reminder that you place in his or her hands.

Strategic Delivery

Which is more effective: to toss a stress ball to your visitor as an afterthought as they’re walking away; to have them absent-mindedly pick one up and drop it in their bag as you’re talking; or to deliberately hand one to them at the moment that you’re telling them about the great value that a partnership with your business could bring to them? The answer is obvious. The beauty of promotional stress balls is their ability to represent your organization and its strengths in a physical form, and you can most effectively establish that representation by thoughtfully introducing the physical item at exactly the same time that you introduce your company’s strengths. Once again, this takes a lot of planning and talking about the best strategy for distributing your promotional stress balls to your audience, but the payoff is worth it! Rather than just being one more small item brought home from a busy conference in the bottom of a tote bag, your stress ball will be a constant link to all the best qualities of your company.

Just the Right Promotional Stress Balls

With this high level of planning and communication skill supporting your logo stress balls, you’re well positioned for success. Now you’re ready to actually shop for the right stress ball, select the right colors, and upload your logo and company name to be added to your stress balls. Because we understand how critical it is for your stress balls to be closely tied to your company and often to the event at which you are using them, we offer an enormous catalog filled with promotional stress balls of all different types. You’ll have no problem finding a style that fits your needs, ranging from the simple and classy to completely off-the-wall. And our decades of experience in imprinting and shipping customized promotional products means that you won’t have to worry about silly mistakes delaying or sabotaging your order. Check out the available designs, call or email us to talk to an expert about any questions you have about the process, and get started on your company’s greatest marketing push yet.

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Choose Your Stress Ball Supplier with Care!

There’s hardly an industry that hasn’t been deeply, and perhaps permanently, impacted by the digital revolution. In the promotional products industry, we have seen complete transformations in areas like shipping, production efficiency, and automation of all sorts of critical processes. In many ways, of course, these changes have caused things to happen more quickly and inexpensively, saving customers money. But in other ways, they can actually hurt customers if they are implemented incorrectly. In today’s blogpost, we tell you about some of the pitfalls that you can fall into if you buy stress balls online from the wrong suppliers.

Devastating Delays

When you buy stress balls online, you need to know that you can depend on your supplier to get your order to you within the time frame that you provide. Obviously, this becomes much more important when your order is connected with a time-specific event, like a trade show or a community 5k or health fair. If your order gets lost, shipped to the wrong address, or delayed for any other reason, you could end up getting your box of event-specific stress balls delivered to your business the day after the event itself! Unfortunately, all it takes for that to happen is something as minor as two numbers in your shipping address being mistyped by an agent, along with the lack of a quality control system to catch mistakes and correct them. This kind of disaster can happen all too easily, and it has the ability to undermine your entire marketing effort. Read customer reviews carefully when choosing a promotional product supplier; any stories about devastating delays or carelessness in handling orders should be a red flag for you.

Incorrect Order Fulfillment

If your order does arrive at your door on time, you still could have a surprise in store when you open up the box. Matching a customer’s company logo, name, and especially colors on promotional products is more difficult than it may seem, and without strict protocols for checking and double-checking accuracy, those details can easily end up incorrect after you buy stress balls online. A giveaway product that has your company name misspelled, shows an inaccurate phone number, or uses colors that don’t match the rest of your marketing campaign, will be all but useless for your special event. Worst of all, if you failed to read the fine print before making your payment, you could be stuck paying for all those useless stress balls anyway.

Price Problems

It’s easier than you might think to overpay when you buy stress balls online. As you know from shopping at online retailers, there are all sorts of surprisingly high shipping rates and hidden fees—extra charges for services that you probably assumed would be included in the basic price that you saw advertised on the supplier’s website. If you have the misfortune to buy stress balls online from a supplier that is skilled in quietly raising the price tag leading up to the final charge, you might find that your marketing budget has taken a hard hit by the time the process is complete. Of course, the two other factors that we considered earlier can also contribute to price increases; if you have to have pay for one-day shipping or rush-order a replacement for an order that didn’t turn out correct, the final cost for this part of your advertising campaign will quickly skyrocket.

Automation Issues

A bulk stress ball supplier that automates its processes might make things easier for its own agents, but automation in the wrong areas can take a toll on the customer. The bottom line is that when you buy stress balls online for a marketing campaign, it is very beneficial to have a human agent with a lot of experience handling your order personally. An experienced human notices things that a machine doesn’t, and is also able to provide valuable advice that could make your campaign much more effective.

The 1001StressBalls.com Difference

At our company, we are highly sensitive to all of these potential issues, and for every customer order that comes in, we put forth 100% of our effort to ensure that the shipment of stress balls arrives on time, matches all of the customer’s expectations, and costs what the customer expected to pay based on our advertised price. How exactly do we do that?

Great customer service is just as important today as it was in 1977 when we started.

Great customer service is just as important today as it was in 1977 when we started.

Our team has been providing promotional products like stress balls since 1977. Since that time, we have experienced the digital revolution just like the other companies in our field, but we have been very careful to maintain the high standards of customer service that were our priorities back when we first started our business. Sometimes, that has meant balancing the efficiency advantages of automation with the human, personal touch that we want to continue giving our customers. As the number of companies offering competing online ordering services has grown, we’ve tried to combine the best of what technology has to offer with the timeless value of human interaction in customer service.

Over our 40+ years of service in a highly competitive industry, you could say that we’ve learned a thing or two about what works in promotional product marketing! When you buy stress balls online from us, you can be sure that you’re getting products that have been tested, carefully considered, and approved by experts in the industry. We understand the intricacies of marketing budgets, and one of our goals is to help you fit your stress ball promotions into your budget—not to try every trick in the book to maximize your invoice when you’re not looking!

We invite you to take a look at the current specials on our home page, explore the categories in our huge online catalog, and contact us if you need help planning your next marketing push. When you buy stress balls online from 1001StressBalls.com, you’ll quickly recognize the same difference in customer service that our satisfied customers mention in their testimonials. It will be our pleasure to meet you and work with you on your next campaign!

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How to Customize Your Bulk Stress Balls

If you’re going to place an order for bulk stress balls for brand promotions, obviously you are interested in getting the best possible return on your investment. That means designing stress balls that do several things at the same time: First, attracting the attention of a member of your advertising audience. Second, maintaining and/or regaining that attention each time that individual sees the stress ball sitting on their desk, car dashboard, or wherever they keep it. But the third goal of your stress balls is the critical one: they must clearly and attractively communicate the name of your organization and encourage the individual to get in touch with you directly. The cutest, most eye-catching stress ball will be useless if its owner has to ask “Now, who gave that to me?”

Customization is the key to making your bulk stress balls instant, constant reminders of your company’s unique brand identity. Today, we’ll describe the full range of customization options that are available to you as you assemble your company’s next successful promotional campaign. With our help, you’ll be able to pinpoint that perfect balance between our customization choices and your marketing budget.

Basic Bulk Stress Balls

If you know at the outset that cost will be the primary factor in your stress ball design selection, you will want to focus your attention on our most basic customization options. First, you’ll browse through our huge online catalog, which is filled with stress ball designs that reflect a dizzying range of industries, interests, sports, activities, and other topics. Once you have found a design that reflects your organization, the special event you’re targeting, or both, you will have the option to upload the logo, artwork, and/or text that you would like us to add to it. The flexible, easy-to-use logo upload system and wide range of color options make this our most popular customization strategy. It’s extremely easy to build your customized design, select the quantity you need, and submit your order, getting your bulk stress balls on their way to you with minimal time and hassle.

Many of our designs can be fully color-customized.

Many of our designs can be fully color-customized.

More Detail

A corporation with a bigger budget and more time to spend on customization may want to take it to the next level. A decal imprint, which is not a decal at all but rather a durable, permanent heat transfer image, provides more flexibility in logo size, positioning, and color range. Because decal imprints cannot be applied with the streamlined system that we use for normal imprints, these bulk stress balls typically require several additional weeks for shipment. However, the result is a stunning, brightly colored, attractive logo that represents your company in a very effective way. Our customers that invest in decal imprints for their bulk stress balls are consistently delighted at the way people gravitate toward them at trade shows and other marketing events.

If your company or organization’s identity is closely tied to color, you may want to consider having a batch of bulk stress balls colored to specifically match your brand. Most of our stress ball designs are available in several different standard colors, but with enough time we can also fully customize a design to fit in perfectly with your other marketing products and signage. Just select the stress ball design you want from our catalog, then follow the steps to tell us what colors you need the final product in. The best method is for you to tell us the PMS numbers of your brand’s colors, but if you don’t have that information, not to worry. Our detailed proofing process includes computerized renderings for you to review, as well as digital photos of the sample design once we have printed it with your colors. By the time your shipment of bulk stress balls is on its way to you, you can be confident that it represents your company in an exceptional way that is true to your brand identity. As with decal imprints, custom colors require quite a bit of lead time to accommodate the design and approval of proofs and to execute special print runs.

Full Customization

For clients who are ready to “start from scratch” and design every aspect of their bulk stress balls from the ground up, we offer a complete customization option. It starts with your submission of photos, drawings, sketches, or other representations of the stress ball shape and colors that you have in mind. Based on those ideas, our partner factory (or factories, depending on the specific process we decide on with you) creates a wax sculpture for you to review, request revisions, and ultimately approve. The next step is a stress ball sample, specially made for your project with the colors that you requested. As with custom color stress balls, you receive digital photos of the final sample, but there’s one more step as well: air shipping the sample itself to you so that you can get a firsthand look at it before approving it for final production.

There’s no doubt that the full customization option provides an absolutely unique and striking promotional stress ball that represents your company or group with perfect accuracy. The trade-off, however, is a process that can be quite expensive and takes a minimum of four to five months. It’s a great option for companies that are looking to launch a long-term, heavily invested marketing campaign in the future that requires fully customized giveaway items, but most of our customers find that our existing designs, colors, and basic customization options are sufficient for their needs.

Bulk Stress Balls for Every Project

Whichever design process you choose, you can count on quick responses and great advice from us as we help you work through it. We’ve been customizing and printing bulk stress balls for customers of all sizes and types for many years, and our agents are ready to guide you through our efficient, secure online ordering system. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have about the designs in our catalog or full customization of your next stress ball order.

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Custom Stress Balls Are Good for Health

You might not have thought about custom stress balls as relating to health. Of course, there’s the fact that squeezing a stress ball can help calm you down during a stressful day at the office, benefiting your mental health and perhaps even lowering your heart rate a bit! But that’s not what we want to focus on in this blogpost. Instead, we want to tell you about a few of the ways that promotional stress balls can encourage healthy behaviors and promote organizations that serve the public in the area of health care. While hospitals and doctor’s offices are the most obvious organizations that might engage in this activity, there’s also great opportunity for high schools and even businesses to use custom stress balls to get students and employees moving—especially as the spring temperatures warm up and we can get outside more often!

Custom Stress Balls for Healthcare Providers

Most businesses value custom stress balls primarily for their ability to keep their brand name, and therefore the products or services that they sell, near the front of potential customers’ minds. If you work with patients at a hospital, doctor’s office, or clinic, your promotion needs are probably slightly different. A chiropractor, dentist, or other private practice may order a batch of stress balls featuring their office’s name and contact information, but doctors and hospitals also often use stress balls as reminders to their patients to maintain healthy habits—while, of course, reminding them about the facility where they recently received excellent health care at the same time.

Reward the runners in your company’s sponsored 5K with a fun stress ball trophy!

Reward the runners in your company’s sponsored 5K with a fun stress ball trophy!

There are a few stress ball designs in particular that are favorites among our health care industry clients. There’s “Doctor Bert,” a lovable, portly, and squeezable stress ball figure that may or may not bear a resemblance to someone in your office! If you want to get even more whimsical, you can choose our dog, bear, or cow figure, all neatly dressed in a doctor’s uniform. Fruit and veggie stress balls are great for reminding folks to follow healthy eating recommendations, and there’s even a design shaped like a single vertebra that’s perfect for offices that specialize in back and spine issues.

Schools and Businesses

It’s becoming more and more common for high schools and even large businesses to encourage their personnel to develop healthy eating and exercise habits, particularly as we get into spring and summer. When your business sponsors a 5K run, holds a weight loss contest, or launches a healthy eating initiative, you can build excitement among your employees by making custom stress balls part of the fun. They’re great reminders to keep pushing toward the goal, and they also remind employees that their employers care about their good health enough to take concrete steps to help them achieve it.

For high schools, there are many opportunities for booster groups, clubs, student organizations, and athletic divisions to encourage healthy habits among the student body. Often these types of groups have limited budgets and are looking for a very low-cost way to promote their causes effectively. Custom stress balls fit the bill perfectly, and school groups have no trouble finding designs in our large catalog that reflect their school colors. With an easy logo upload and ordering process, your school group can begin handing out fun, attention-getting stress balls to students in no time.

Many of the same factors come into play with college groups—fraternities, sororities, student life organizations, and clubs of every size and focus find stress ball designs that perfectly reflect their interests, including health and exercise-related ones. In addition, freshman orientation, fairs, and other student life events are great places for clinics and healthcare organizations in the local area to get acquainted with students and establish a valuable connection with them. Health-related custom stress balls are incredible assets at these types of events; college students love “free stuff,” and a smile and a free stress ball can quickly lead to a great first impression at an orientation event.

Custom Stress Balls for Health and Fitness Events

Branching even farther out from the healthcare industry itself, companies and organizations that don’t typically have anything to do with health and fitness can enjoy great promotional value by getting involved in their community through benefit runs, walks, blood drives, flu shot events, free health checkups at work, and other efforts. When they do so, these companies make the most of their investment by ordering a special batch of custom stress balls that combine two critical features: the health benefits of the event itself and the company’s brand identity and contact details. Long after the cancer walk or blood drive is over, those who received your business’s free stress balls will remember that you made a significant effort to give back to your community and promote good health. In an age when customers expect more from the companies they do business with, that counts for a lot!

So, what stress ball design should you choose for a community health event? There’s a design in our catalog to match each one. For runs and walks, our running shoe, sunshine, and gold trophy stress balls are great choices. For flu shots and health checkups, a stress ball shaped like an adhesive bandage is a fun thank-you gift. And for blood drives, you can’t do better than a stress ball shaped like a big, squeezable red blood cell! It’s always a great idea to send participants in your company’s health and fitness events away with a smile and a reminder of the good time they had with you.

Endless Ideas for Custom Stress Balls

As you browse through the rest of our online catalog of stress balls, you will find many more designs to help your company, high school or college organization, or healthcare provider promote great health in a fun way. We know that you’ll love the results when you combine these designs with your unique logo—upload yours today and see how it turns out!

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Let the Logo Stress Balls Competition Begin!

This month, the United States joined many other nations of the world in cheering on their own athletes competing at the Winter Olympics. Sometimes our team wins the gold medal, and other times they miss out as another team puts forth a great effort and wins the day. Judging from the popularity of sports in general, there is something about competition that resonates deeply with us as humans, and we love watching it play out before our eyes.

Logo stress balls are involved in their own type of competition for the entirety of their existence, and not only in the ways you might instantly think of. If you want to think of logo stress balls as athletes (yes, it’s certainly a stretch!), they participate in at least three different “events” as you use them to promote your business or organization. If the design you choose wins the gold in all three areas, the result is a welcome increase in valuable contacts and sales leads.

Event 1: Logo Stress Balls vs. Visual and Print Marketing

This event largely takes place before your logo stress balls actually exist. It’s the process that you go through to decide how you want to allocate your limited marketing budget for its best possible effect. There are many different options available to you, such as traditional print ads in magazines, signage/billboards, video content, and digital media. Digital media is one of the strongest competitors here, as methods like email and paid online advertising continually increase in popularity.

Go for the gold: use logo stress balls for promotion.

Go for the gold: use logo stress balls for promotion.

Bulk stress balls, though, have an advantage that none of these competitors bring to the table, and that’s physicality. A stress ball is an actual object that you give your new contact, an object that will continue to promote your logo and message long after an email, commercial, or banner ad has faded from memory. Of course, there are some things that print and digital marketing methods can do that logo stress balls can’t, but getting these little physical reminders into the hands of your business contacts is a fantastic way to extend your organization’s influence into the future weeks and months.

There’s one more advantage of logo stress balls over other types of marketing. While ads communicate information, promotional items do something more: provide value. Giving someone a free stress ball doesn’t just ask the contact for something; it gives them a benefit and shows that your company has a genuine concern for its customers. We all know how popular free giveaways are, and the more value those giveaways offer, the more powerful they are in solidifying a long-lasting, positive message for your company.

Event 2: Logo Stress Balls vs. Logo Stress Balls

Once you arrive at the conference, set up your exhibit, and begin greeting visitors, you’ll notice that many of the tables around you also contain stress balls for logo promotion. The goal for you in this event is to make your promotional items stand out from the many others that each of your visitors will see in the course of the conference. Step one is to ensure that the giveaway items you order are high quality and don’t appear to be “cheap.” Factors like color consistency and brand accuracy are key here. It also doesn’t hurt to select a stress ball design that is unexpected, accurately reflecting what your company offers while bringing a smile to the face of your exhibit visitors. A stress ball that hits these goals just right has the power to start a conversation, send the visitor away with a smile, and remind them of that conversation many days later.

Event 3: Logo Stress Balls vs. Time

While starting conversations is a key responsibility of your logo stress balls at the point of contact, they need to do something else once the conference, trade show, or one-on-one meeting is over. They need to find a prominent place to live, in the recipient’s car, office, home, or briefcase. They might employ various strategies to do this. One is simply being so cute, funny, quirky, or popular that the stress ball demands to be placed in a high-visibility location where others can see and enjoy it and where its owner can get a smile from it on a daily basis. Another strategy is to serve a useful purpose, providing a service for its owner. This might not be the first function you think of for bulk stress balls, but our online catalog contains a number of useful designs. Cell phone holders and key chains are two of the major categories here, potentially creating a “hey, I need one of those!” moment and winning themselves a long-term spot in the forefront of the recipient’s mind.

Just as a coach wouldn’t send his athletes into the Olympic Games without the proper training and equipment, you should devote a good amount of attention to the logo stress balls that you ultimately choose to represent your business in the tough competition against other marketing tactics. A great place to start is the online catalog here at 1001stressballs.com. You’ll find shapes and designs to reflect an enormous variety of industries, interests, sports, tech categories, and other factors. You may be looking to promote a special event, a new product, the opening of a new facility, or a newly unveiled corporate logo. Whatever the promotion, there’s a stress ball design in our catalog to catch people’s eyes and give you a chance to talk about it with them.

While our stress balls are extremely affordable, you don’t need to worry that you are compromising on quality. We start with durable materials and offer a web-based customization process that ensures that your logo and message make it from your company to your stress balls looking exactly the same. Color matching and proof review help you make sure that everything is exactly right when you place your order for bulk stress balls in anticipation of your next conference or promotional event. Email us today to get started!

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Stress Balls and Buzzwords: It’s a No-Brainer!

If you work in a corporate environment, there are probably a lot of new words and phrases that have wormed their way into your vocabulary. You might not have even noticed it was happening until you unthinkingly used one of those phrases around someone outside your office—perhaps around your family over the Christmas season, for example. A funny look or snicker from someone who heard you may have alerted you to the fact that not everyone talks about “low-hanging fruit” or “disruption” on a daily basis. Have you fallen prey to the buzzword fad?

What better way to encourage ideation than with a light bulb stress ball?

What better way to encourage ideation than with a light bulb stress ball?

Whether you hate the idea of buzzwords or have wholeheartedly embraced them as convenient ways to express common corporate ideas, we thought it would be interesting to look at how stress balls and their benefits intersect with some of the buzzwords that can be heard every day in offices around the country. And if you hate buzzwords so much that they raise your blood pressure, you can always grab one of those stress balls and take your negative feelings out on it!

Fidgeting and Busy Work

Increasing understanding of psychology in the public sector has led to the development of many buzzwords and “fad” products intended to help people maximize productivity. You’ve no doubt seen kids playing with fidget spinners, the simple yet strangely addicting devices that give the fingers and hands something to do while the brain, ideally, focuses on something more important. Well, we’re proud to say that stress balls have been doing exactly that for a long time! Fidgeting with a stress ball helps an office worker keep their mind on actual work while they do something else physically.

“Busy work” is a buzzword describing tedious work that, while not mentally stimulating, is necessary. It’s exactly the kind of work that logo stress balls can help a worker accomplish more quickly! Entering numbers into a database, for instance, can cause an employee to get bored and make mistakes, but the simple action of squeezing a stress ball helps keep the mind on task and get that busy work done efficiently and accurately.

Mindfulness and Ideation

Both of these interesting buzzwords originated outside the corporate world, but managers everywhere wish that they could incorporate the concepts behind them into their teams’ activities more fully. We all know what it is to daydream, get distracted, and suddenly realize that we’ve spent quite a bit of time not really accomplishing anything of value. Mindfulness describes being very conscious of yourself, your emotional and mental state, what you’re doing, and how you’re affecting the world around yourself. Once again, stress balls can serve an important function in this area, giving the physical part of yourself something to do while your mental component concentrates on awareness, self-evaluation, and keeping on task until the job is done.

“Ideation” may be the most-hated entry in our buzzword list. The word itself can be traced back to 1818, but it’s only recently made its way into common usage. Although it’s become fairly popular in corporate offices, the general public still has quite a disdain for it, as you may have discovered if you dropped the term at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner with your family! Placing your feelings about the word itself aside for a moment, stress balls are used by lots of folks to assist with the “ideation” process. Forming an idea, refining it, and focusing it on a problem are all activities that are made easier by exerting some physical energy at the same time.

Thinking Outside the Box and Brand Identity

These two buzzwords are focused not on psychology, but rather on the advertising world. We’re shifting our focus from what custom stress balls actually do to how your organization uses them in marketing. “Thinking outside the box,” of course, means using ideas and tactics beyond the normal patterns of your company or organization to achieve new results. We’re proud to say that browsing the many promotional stress balls in our online catalog is a great way to come up with some out-of-the-box ideas for reaching potential clients and customers and keeping your services near the front of their mind for months or even years to come.

Brand identity might not even deserve to be considered a buzzword—it’s a critical, even necessary feature of any business that intends to give its products or services a unique place in the minds of its audience. Without brand identity, your potential customers will never remember your company’s name, recognize what you do, or get in touch with you directly. Where do stress balls come in? Well, the promotional materials that you distribute at conferences and other public events need to reinforce your brand identity by accurately reflecting your logo, colors, design, and even text font. If those factors are inconsistent across your signage, marketing materials, stress balls, and other promotional products, they won’t establish your brand identity in the minds of the people who encounter them.

At 1001StressBalls.com, our process for customizing stress balls is all about keeping brand identity absolutely consistent. We make it very easy for you to upload your artwork, imprint it on the stress ball design you choose, and review a proof to make sure everything matches the efforts you are already making to promote your organization. It’s never been more affordable or more efficient to get custom stress balls that tell your company’s story accurately and in a fun way that your audience is sure to remember for a long time.

Stress Balls: A Real “Game-Changer”

Sorry, we couldn’t resist using one more buzzword! The truth, though, is that stress balls have the potential to fill a significant gap in your marketing strategy. Media advertising and visual marketing materials certainly have an important place, but physical items like stress balls allow you form a unique connection with members of your audience. They build and maintain a positive impression of your organization as they help people achieve mindfulness, ideation, fidgeting, busy work, and whatever other buzzwords are floating around their office at the moment!

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How Do Promotional Stress Balls Fit into Your Marketing Strategy?

In the 21st century, the field of marketing has become unbelievably complex. Technological advances, such as the audience targeting capabilities offered by Google AdWords and other online advertising services, offer unprecedented opportunities for those who know how to use them effectively, and video/audio advertising continue to be important as audiences watch and listen to more media than ever before. With all of these and many more options available to your marketing department, where do promotional stress balls fit in? In this post, we discuss a few reasons why promotional products like custom shaped stress balls should continue to be a central element of your company or organization’s effort to reach more people. They’re far more personal than most marketing activities; they add an unusual layer of sensory reinforcement; and they last far longer than a TV commercial or online ad.

Promotional stress balls fill a unique role in your marketing plan.

Promotional stress balls fill a unique role in your marketing plan.

Promotional Stress Balls: A Personal Touch

When you think about the bulk of the marketing activities available to you, there’s at least one thing they lack: a truly personal element. Even targeted messages on Facebook and Google are simply efforts to reach out to a stranger and encourage an initial personal contact with you. Promotional stress balls, in contrast, have the power to remind an individual of a personal interaction that they have already had with someone at your organization. Those who have worked in the advertising industry for any length of time are well aware of the power that a personal connection has, and custom stress balls extend the effectiveness of such a connection long after it is created. A potential client who visited your table at a conference, for example, will be reminded of the solutions you suggested, the knowledge you displayed of his business needs, or simply how easy you were to talk to every time he sees that little promotional item sitting on his desk.

Promotional Stress Balls: Something You Can Touch

One of the reasons video advertising is so popular is that appealing to multiple senses in a single marketing message gives that message a much greater impact. Combining visual and audio content enhances an ad, but promotional giveaway items like stress balls add another sensory element: touch. At a very basic level, the ability to hold an item in your hand creates a different kind of connection with it and, by extension, with the company or organization that it came from. Promotional stress balls not only have this tangible quality, but are specially designed to encourage handling, stress relief, “fidgeting,” and other casual uses that continually reinforce the positive message and personal experience that they represent.

It takes a lot of effort for someone from your organization to achieve a face-to-face conversation with a potential client. Anything you can do to magnify the benefit of that experience is invaluable, and the low cost of promotional giveaway items makes them the perfect tool for the task. Adding the sense of touch to the experience is one more thing you can do to maximize your trade show appearances, sales visits, and other interactions throughout the year.

Promotional Stress Balls: They Stick Around

A major factor that marketing departments are forced to combat is the brevity of human memory. Even the most carefully crafted television commercial is doomed to quickly recede into the background of the viewer’s memory, as countless focus groups and surveys confirm. This is one area where promotional stress balls and other items shine: they don’t depend on human memory, but rather serve as a constant “billboard” in front of an individual, displaying your company’s name, logo, and even contact information so that they don’t need to remember them. Your squeezable sports ball or other design will roll around the desk, top drawer, home office, car dashboard, or even the kids’ toybox at home, always keeping that reminder of your company close enough to reach the potential client when they have a need for your services.

One great strategy for using promotional stress balls is to choose a variety of designs that will lend themselves to different areas of a contact’s work and home life. If a visitor to your trade show booth picks up a squeezable cell phone holder, a keychain stress ball, and a mini football, for instance, your small “billboard” has the potential to reach the office desk, the car, and the toybox all at once. With that kind of long-term visibility, it will be difficult for your contact to forget about you!

Order Promotional Stress Balls Now for Trade Show Season

With the start of the new year in January, you’ll probably be lining up plenty of appearances at trade shows and conferences in 2018. In last month’s blogpost, you read about some major developments on the production side that could delay shipments of promotional stress balls and similar items in the near future. Now is the time to coordinate your marketing efforts, determine your budget, strategize about promotional giveaway items, and place your orders. Attending a trade show and talking with dozens of great contacts without having something tangible, fun, and memorable to place in their hands misses a great opportunity, and that’s the position you could be in if you fail to order your promo items in time.

Make the most of your marketing budget in 2018! Whatever digital marketing, media, or other exciting advertising ideas you plan to pursue, don’t forget to include promotional stress balls. The tangible, enduring, and personal nature of this part of your marketing plan makes it one that you can’t afford to overlook. For more great ideas to boost your trade show season, browse our blog archives, check out our huge online catalog to see the great variety we offer, or give us a call to talk to the experts. Our promo items offer all the customizable features you need to make your promotional stress balls unique, true to your brand, and incredibly effective in solidifying a positive experience with current and potential clients.

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