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How to Celebrate and Recognize Your Sales Team

2 days ago

Your sales team is a vital part of your organization. However, it’s also easy for organizations to overlook these individuals - or assume financial incentives like commissions are enough to keep...

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Follow the Trends: A Guide to 2023 Promo

Mar 02

Promotional items have always been a popular way to show appreciation to employees and clients, as well as boost brand awareness. With new tech, styles, and innovations emerging each year, it can be h...

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How Can Employer Branding Help Your Business?

Feb 17

No matter the size of your company, branding helps create an external reputation. This includes opinions on your products, services, employees, logo, and more. How you present your business, and its o...

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Surefire Strategies to Keep Employees Engaged

Jan 31

The last few years has presented the workforce with many challenges, including the increasing difficulty of keeping your employees engaged and motivated. With societal and individual pressures hanging...

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Increase Productivity with Merchandise Incentives

Jan 26

One pain point that many companies are currently experiencing is figuring out how to keep employees motivated. In today’s remote work era, productivity has been challenged to the point where org...

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Why Are First-Year Impressions So Important?

Jan 24

Think back to your first job. You were probably a little nervous about what to expect, and whether you’ve made the right decision to being working for that company. This is how millions of Ameri...

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How to Increase Customer Loyalty in 5 Steps

Jan 18

Customer loyalty can be easy to define. Think of it as your clients’ likelihood of doing repeat business with your company and recommending you to others. You want to provide enough value to kee...

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5 Tips to Ensure Your Print Marketing Stands Out

Jan 10

Marketing takes on many different forms. Today, it’s critical to not only have a strong digital presence, but a thoughtful print marketing strategy as well. When thinking of where printed mater...

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How to Utilize Recognition Programs in the New Year

Jan 04

Employee recognition is an effective way to keep your work environment engaging and employees feeling motivated and appreciated. While important to a positive company culture, recognition does not nee...

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Promo Trends to Look for in 2023

Dec 29, 2022

Out with the old, in with the new! With the growing amount of promotional products created each year, it’s best to stay ahead of what works. New products, new ideas, and a new year to provide v...

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6 Hot Sauces Sure to Blow Your Socks Off

Dec 09, 2022

Finding a new, good hot sauce nowadays is almost like when Indiana Jones triumphantly grabs the idol at the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark. It may have taken you traversing through the aisles of...

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Employee Engagement, Recognition, & Retention Trends for 2023

Dec 06, 2022

The last couple of years has brought about some undeniable shifts in the workplace. The switch to remote work, virtual meetings, and fluctuating schedules has taken corporate culture by storm. And unl...

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10 Meaningful Branded Merch Ideas for Employees in 2023

Nov 29, 2022

Creating meaningful branded merch, especially for your employees, is one of the best ways to show appreciation as an employer. Making a lasting impression on your employees helps both parties – ...

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How to Create Buzz Around a Launch With Promo Products

Nov 25, 2022

So, you’re launching a new product or service? Congratulations – what an exciting time for your business! We understand that your next step is to develop your action plan to make this laun...

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How to Incorporate Print into your 2023 Marketing Plan

Nov 21, 2022

There are many people that are under the false impression that print marketing is dead. In fact, it’s still a proven way to create positive customer relationships and improve your overall reach ...

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How to Choose Custom Company Apparel

Nov 18, 2022

Choosing the right custom apparel for your company is essential for many reasons. Clothing can create a culture of inclusion and consistency for your employees. It can set the tone for how your compan...

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Case Study: It’s a Date!

Nov 10, 2022

Description: Desk Calendar Industry: Insurance What it was purchased for: A local insurance agent wanted a way to connect with customers, and capture new leads, with a useful promotional item that w...

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How to Choose Uniforms the Whole Team Will Love

Oct 27, 2022

If you’ve been in the workforce for a couple of years, you’ve probably had to wear a company uniform at one point or another! Across all industries, trades, and professions, uniforms are c...

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Big-Top Promo Products!

Oct 13, 2022

Come one, come all to the best party in town, the circus! Step on up to find neat promo products that are sure to wow a crowd! Toy Elephant At a Big-Top Circus, you are sure to see some amazing...

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Case Study: Make a Spectacle

Sep 28, 2022

Description: Rubberized Sunglasses Industry: Broadcast Media / Telecommunication What it was purchased for: A vampire-based television show hosted blood drives at outdoor events. These were given ou...

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Case Study: A Gift to Build a Dream On

Sep 14, 2022

Description: Medium Pillow Box Industry: Healthcare Personalization The pillow box was modeled after designs used at a charity golf tournament benefitting the hospital. Because children at the h...

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Case Study: Improve Sales and Traffic

Aug 30, 2022

A hotel wanted to promote its amenities to guests in a personable, yet non-intrusive manner. The goal was to encourage guests to utilize hotel amenities instead of going off-site to fulfill their need...

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Case Study: Wheelie Important Paperwork

Aug 16, 2022

Market: Automotive Objective: A motorcycle dealership wanted professional, branded document pouches to hold important paperwork for new customers to take home after their motorcycle purchase. They ...

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Case Study: Adventure Awaits

Aug 02, 2022

An event promoter was compiling a gift box for top-tier ticket holders for a large-scale national summer concert tour. The Koozie® Adventure Dry Sack 10L was a natural fit for the outdoor lifestyl...

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Case Study: Time for a Rebrand

Jul 18, 2022

Objective: A university had just completed a major rebrand complete with a new logo and wanted to make sure they had all the necessary branded items for functions throughout the year. They had previou...

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Drive Traffic with These 6 Trade Show Ideas

Jul 04, 2022

Tradeshows are important opportunities for your company to reach out to customers and prospects face-to-face and make lasting impressions. Make sure you’re prepared with the proper supplies to e...

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Case Study: Promoting Positive Finances

Jun 20, 2022

Products Industry Application Javalina® Classic Pen Finan...

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6 Things You're Missing by Not Using Promotional Products

May 23, 2022

Promotional products aren't just for niche industry operations. Whether you are a small organization looking to grow your business or an established company wanting to reach a new market, a product br...

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Case Study: Practice Putting

May 08, 2022

2 Ball Pillow Pack – Titleist® TruFeel for Non-Profit Event When a non-profit had to cancel their annual fundraising dinner due to Coronavirus, a golf course donated their clubhouse patio a...

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Case Study: A Golfer Giveaway

Apr 24, 2022

Objective An event organizer wanted consistent branding for everything from their tournament save the dates to golfer giveaways. Products Custom Tri-Fold Calendar, A2 (4-1/4" x 5-1/2") Folded Print...

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6 Reasons You Need a Company Store

Apr 10, 2022

As more and more companies turn towards e-commerce, shopping online has never been easier or more enjoyable. Ordering branded products is no exception! Company stores give you a convenient and complet...

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5 Men's Wearable Promotional Products for the Office and Beyond

Mar 26, 2022

It’s fun giving out promotional products like fidget spinners and stress balls, but sometimes you need an option for the guy that likes to keep it a bit more professional. These business casu...

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Branding 101: Let’s Talk Logos

Mar 12, 2022

A logo is often a company’s first impression and it can impact a customer’s perception, purchase decisions, and overall attitude toward your company. A logo is a symbol or graphic element ...

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The History of Promotional Products

Feb 26, 2022

If you've ever been to a music festival or convention and walked away with a bag full of freebies, then you know that promotional products work! But did you know that those quirky logoed products have...

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Case Study: Don't Run from this Promo!

Feb 11, 2022

Description: Running Belt Fanny Pack Industry: Sports / Fitness What it was purchased for: A nationwide gym chain was looking for an item to give away with the purchase of yearly memberships. Th...

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Customer Experience + Branding: The Relationship Goals of Marketing

Jan 28, 2022

Customer experience can make or break your company. How you and your employees treat customers directly reflects your brand’s values. But the truth is, positive customer experiences can be diffi...

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Lead a Healthier Lifestyle With These 6 Promotional Products

Jan 13, 2022

Eating healthy. Weight management. Working out five times a week. There are many health-related resolutions we set at the beginning of a new year. But, do we follow through with them? Many times, the ...

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Case Study: 3D is the Key

Dec 30, 2021

A company in the automotive industry was looking for unique items to commemorate the celebration of its 45th year in business. They wanted to incorporate a new logo they had created that communicated ...

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Get Ready for Game Day! 5 Promotional Products for Sports Teams

Dec 16, 2021

Having high-quality equipment and gear is an important part of every team, no matter how big or small. When your team walks out onto the field, you want them to stand out from the crowd and show off t...

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Tasty Products to Satisfy a Sweet Tooth

Dec 02, 2021

If you’re looking for a crowd-pleaser of a promotion, consider candy! Few people can resist the delicious charms of a tasty treat, and giving someone a sweet gift is a great way to have them rem...

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5 Unique Holiday Gifts to Beat the Boredom

Nov 18, 2021

When it comes to gift-giving, there are always the same things people go for: blankets, socks, cheese baskets, candles... and it can get a little repetitive! We wanted to help defeat the boredom of gi...

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6 Promo Products for a Turkey-Tastic Thanksgiving

Nov 04, 2021

Thanksgiving may be frequently overlooked during the holiday season, between Halloween and Christmas, but it’s many folks' favorite holiday. On Thanksgiving, families get together to share a mea...

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Case Study: Enhancing Company Initiatives with Branded Promotional Items

Oct 20, 2021

Wondering how branded promotional products can help your business achieve both internal and external initiatives? Check out this quick excerpt about a company's use of branded promotional products, in...

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Trending Fall and Winter Apparel

Oct 06, 2021

Seasons are changing, and it’s time to pack away your tank tops and shorts and bring the sweaters, boots, and scarves out of storage. Wardrobes need a little refreshing to match the new colder w...

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8 Promotional Products to Win Game Day

Sep 22, 2021

From Friday night lights, Saturday morning tailgating, to Sunday watch parties, show support for your team with some promotional products for the win! Touchscreen Gloves Add your logo to these tou...

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Pro Tips for Envelope Printing

Oct 05, 2020

An envelope can be so much more than simply a covering of some sort for your correspondence. The right envelope can instantly convey a wealth of ideas before its intended recipient even opens it up. T...

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Gift Season Simplified

Sep 30, 2020

​The big trends that'll help you find the perfect gifts. It's been a whirlwind year: Employees are working from home, people are social distancing, and virtual events have become the norm. With ...

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Win Customers With Colorful Packaging

Sep 28, 2020

When you consider the packaging that you will use for your clients' products, remember that color is one of your channels that communicates instantly. There are thousands of shades of each color, and ...

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The Difference Between CMYK and PMS

Sep 21, 2020

The complexity involved in color and how big of a difference various color profiles can make on your print project is something you'll want to pay attention to. Is there a specific shade of orange or ...

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Make a Splash With Creative Overprinting

Sep 14, 2020

Creating dimension in a one-dimensional print project can take some serious creative brainpower. Generally, printed items are planned with colors that do not go on top of each other, as this can somet...

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How to Run Awareness Campaigns in 2020

Sep 09, 2020

When it comes to awareness campaigns, standing out is key to spreading the message. With so many events and fundraisers being canceled due to COVID-19, this year looks different when it comes to inspi...

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Maximize Your Print Mailing with a Well-Written Cover Letter

Sep 07, 2020

Whether you’re sending direct mail or proposing a new business partnership, your presentation is always significant. Including a cover letter with your printed pieces is a compelling way to make...

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Tailgating Goes Virtual

Sep 02, 2020

Tailgating is a time-honored tradition that hits its peak every fall during the football season. And really, what’s not to love? Food hot off the grill, good-natured jabs at opposing fans and de...

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6 Factors to Help You Find the Right Print Provider

Aug 31, 2020

When you need print products (such as brochures, letterhead, and large-scale marketing) to build and strengthen your brand, you need a print provider. Between graphic design, production presets, and...

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Introducing Rocketbook

Aug 27, 2020

Pretty cool, right? Now that you know how it works, it's time for a closer look at your options. Shop Now!

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Maintain a Germ-Free Zone

Aug 21, 2020

DID YOU KNOW? It’s been reported that every square inch of your phone has around 25,000 germs. That's more disgusting than a toilet seat. That makes your phone one of the dirtiest objects you c...

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Welcome Students Back While Keeping Them Safe

Aug 20, 2020

The new school season is rapidly approaching and college students are itching to get back to school before their parents can ask them to do their own laundry again! Last year’s school season wa...

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The Fanny Pack is Back!

Aug 13, 2020

It may be hard to believe, but the fanny pack might just be the oldest fashion accessory in the world. It first appeared about 5,000 years ago as part of the wardrobe of Ötzi, aka the Iceman. The...

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Timely Topics for Direct Mail Campaigns

Aug 12, 2020

If you're not already spending your marketing budget maximizing direct communications to prospects and customers, you need to. But first, explore these four customer trends: 1. Empathy Matters More t...

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Face Masks 101

Aug 05, 2020

Traditional promotional product sales have taken a backseat to PPE this year as events have been canceled and businesses have temporarily closed due to Coronavirus. Nearly every vertical market is buy...

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Beyond the Box

Jul 29, 2020

A custom box will help you build your brand, but what happens beyond the box is what helps you create lasting value. Sometimes, finding value in your brand, or even defining your brand, can be elusive...

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The Ultimate Virtual Conference Swag Bag

Jul 09, 2020

Around the world, people are avoiding large gatherings. While some trade shows and training workshops are being canceled or postponed, many are going "virtual" through videoconferencing and other tech...

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How To Host An Awesome Virtual Event

Jul 08, 2020

Considering how social distancing has completely changed the event landscape, virtual conferences and tradeshows represent the "new normal" – keyword being "new." So if the concept is new to you...

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Maximizing Brand Impact During Virtual Events

Jul 07, 2020

If you've ever attended a tradeshow or conference, you understand the role that event sponsors play. Their branding is everywhere you look – signage, booths, merch. They help fund and promote th...

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Creating Brand Visibility in Virtual Meetings

Jul 06, 2020

Video meetings have become the new norm. Team meetings, doctor visits, and client appointments have all gone virtual, and as the moratorium on in-person events continues, the need for brand visibility...

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Welcome Them To Campus With Gifts For The 'New Normal'

Jun 25, 2020

It's the middle of summer. People are having fun outside. And the smell of smoky grills fills the air. It can only mean one thing: Time to think about back to school! Like a lot of things, educationa...

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5 Ways XPRESSLink Stores Increase Efficiencies

Jun 23, 2020

If you're an organization with multiple sales reps, sales offices, distributors, dealers, or locations all needing marketing collateral, business printing, branded merchandise, and/or identity apparel...

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Top 10 Trends in Branded Merch

Jun 11, 2020

Staying informed of trends in the ever-changing world of branded merch can be daunting. But it's our job and we love it! We've pulled together the top 2020 trends our merchandising experts are seeing ...

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8 Great Father's Day Gifts

Jun 09, 2020

Is your dad as hard to buy for as ours are? Yeah, we figured. Even though our dads are our best friends, when Father’s Day comes around we always seem to be stumped, and conversations with the s...

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Returning To The Office

Jun 04, 2020

Much of America is returning to work this week or next as the country opens back up. If you've spent the past 10+ weeks getting comfortable working from home, returning to the office might take a litt...

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How to Relax and Grow Sales this Summer

Jun 02, 2020

Summer is the perfect season to enjoy time with friends and family while relaxing in the sunshine. Taking some time to unwind is not only good for mental and physical health but can also help people r...

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The Dos and Don’ts of Purchasing PPE

May 26, 2020

With all of the sudden changes that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought, nothing has been more impactful to our industry than the proliferation of PPE. At QRG, we've been...

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Bundling Simplifies Gifting

May 21, 2020

Our carefully curated bundle sets contain all the essentials, so gifting has never been easier. Even better, all bundle sets will be offered with a simple, single setup fee and discounted bundle prici...

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Understanding Masks

May 12, 2020

According to the Aerosol Science and Technology Journal, "ordinary speech aerosolizes significant quantities of respiratory particles," and recent studies are finding the Sars-CoV-2 virus to be e...

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A Brief History of National Nurses Week

Apr 30, 2020

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th – which is actually Florence Nightingale’s birthday. But it wasn’t easy for Nurses to gain the recognition they ...

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Flexible Work is Functional

Apr 27, 2020

With the landscape of how Americans work changing quickly, workplace flexibility is more important than ever. So, what exactly is “flexible work”? The term can include all types of part-ti...

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10 Products to Help Boost Your Work From Home Productivity

Apr 24, 2020

With all the shelter in place and social distancing rules to help flatten the curve of COVID-19, more people are working remotely than ever before. It’s important to make sure your at-home workp...

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Earth Day Reminds us to Reduce Our Plastic Waste

Apr 23, 2020

Another spring has sprung and things are getting greener outside our windows. Earth Day reminds us it's important for us and our brand to be eco-friendly every day. After all, there is no planet B. H...

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Let WFH Employees Know They're Appreciated

Apr 22, 2020

Five million people are working from home at least half the time (, and that number has shot up exponentially the past month. While we're all grateful to have the flexibil...

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Recognize Healthcare Workers for National Hospital Week

Apr 21, 2020

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Tools for Creating Work-Life Balance at Home

Apr 20, 2020

The world has been full of twists and turns lately. We’re experiencing things that nobody ever has before. Social distancing has resulted in the majority of the workforce working from ...

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Making Graduation Day Special

Apr 17, 2020

About 3.7 million students are expected to graduate from high school during the 2019–20 school year. Unfortunately for many of these students, the age-old tradition of walking across a stage and...

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5 Benefits of USA-Made Products

Apr 16, 2020

We started off 2020 with unpredictable pricing due to tariff changes, and now COVID-19 has caused disruptions to the supply chain. This uncertainty has led to the search for impactful and affordabl...

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Supporting Our Healthcare Heroes

Apr 15, 2020

Healthcare workers are on the front line of the struggle against COVID-19. Whether treating Coronavirus patients or promoting ways to help slow the spread, healthcare personnel are working tirelessly ...

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Six Most Effective Promotional Products for Small Business

Apr 14, 2020

Now more than ever, keeping customers engaged is important for small businesses. With the impacts of the COVID-19 public health crisis, businesses are seeing a drastic drop in foot traffic and/or lead...

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Work-from-Home Transitions Promo Trends

Apr 13, 2020

Understanding trends will help ensure your gifts and giveaways are desirable and social media worthy. Being in-the-know helps you stay one step ahead of your competitors while showing off your brand's...

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Promo Tools Can Foster Community and Culture in a Virtual World

Apr 10, 2020

We've embarked on a national month-long quarantine, due to the rapid spread of COVID-19. Our lives are moving further into the digital realm. A completely digital world is quickly becoming more of a r...

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Have You Been Active Lately?

Apr 09, 2020

When you’re stuck at home, it becomes tempting to relax and let yourself go a bit. But now more than ever, we need to make sure we stay active. According to, regular exercise can:...

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Protecting Your Privacy with Webcam Covers

Apr 08, 2020

Last Wednesday we joked about not being an "April Fool" because you failed to use your webcam cover. But it's not just Zoom fails that you need to worry about. With people spending increased amounts o...

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Thank the People on the Frontlines

Apr 07, 2020

We've all heard a lot about working from home. But for some people, that's simply not an option. Nurses, doctors, and other health professionals are on the frontlines working harder than ever. Police,...

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CDC Recommends Americans Wear Masks

Apr 06, 2020

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director On Friday the CDC encouraged Americans to wear face masks when in public to help slow the spread of coronavirus. The US joins China, South Kora, Austria, the...

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Best Practices for Virtual Meetings

Apr 03, 2020

Shifting to home offices is the new normal, and if you are new to working from home it can be difficult figuring out how to stay connected in a different environment. When you dial-in to virtual meeti...

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A Gift Guide For Health Professionals

Apr 02, 2020

World Health Worker Week is April 5th-11th. Thank a frontline worker today! Source: DiamondViewStudios We all know healthcare professionals are working harder than ever. Doctors, nurses and m...

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14 Ways to Increase Productivity while Working from Home

Mar 31, 2020

As the American workforce changes to working from home, this new normal may take some getting used to. In the past, remote employees often listed benefits like no commute, more family time, less s...

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Top 10 Most Awesome At-Home Activities

Mar 19, 2020

Spending more time at home doesn't mean you can't have any fun. Considering what's happening here at home and abroad, we're all be spending more time at home. Concerts have been postponed indefi...

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A Starter Kit for Working from Home

Mar 17, 2020

How To Set Up Your First Home Office Perhaps you've heard? Lots of people are working from home these days – many for the first time. While nobody minds sleeping in and skipping the morning com...

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How to Navigate Event Cancellations

Mar 10, 2020

Due to the coronavirus, events are rescheduling or canceling causing concern about what to do with the branded product purchased for those events. Here are a few ideas you might want to consider if y...

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Coronavirus Prevention Tips

Mar 02, 2020

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director CNN reported yesterday that there are confirmed cases of coronavirus in California, Rhode Island, Oregon, New York, and Flordia, and two patients, both with u...

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Impact of the Coronavirus on the Promo Industry

Feb 21, 2020

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director According to The Guardian (2/19/20), the recovery rate from the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China is between 15% and 40% depending on the province. Of th...

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Branded Merchandise Featured in Top Super Bowl Ad

Feb 05, 2020

Avocados From Mexico teamed up with Molly Ringwald to create a Home Shopping Network style Super Bowl ad devoted to branded merch. They even went as far as creating an online store! The Avocados From...

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7 Top Branded Merchandise Trends for 2020

Jan 22, 2020

The 2010’s have come to a close. It was a momentous decade full of innovation, change, and shifting trends. Now it’s time to set our sights forward. Let’s look at where your attentio...

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Jan 02, 2020

With Valentine's Day coming up next month, a lot of companies are looking at ways they can do BrandGood. Often time, partnering with a nonprofit is the easiest way to give back. If this is something ...

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Print+Promo Calls on QRG for Industry Leading Ideas

Dec 03, 2019

Print+Promo's Joseph Myers interviewed QRG Marketing Director Christina Fiebich for his article "Self-made Success: 5 Proven Ways to Enhance Your Industry Standing". See how QRG's winning combination ...

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Think Green to Earn Green

Nov 13, 2019

Climate change continues to draw attention around the world, and students are having a big impact on the environmental movement. Young people involved in environmental issues see the value of strength...

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Top 6 Reasons Custom Mints are the Perfect Promotional Product

Sep 30, 2019

Custom mints are an incredibly cost-effective way to build your brand and your business. According to Promo Marketing, here are the top 6 most creative ways businesses are using them. 1. Strengthen...

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Custom Gifts for Employee Appreciation

Sep 27, 2019

When’s the last time you showed genuine appreciation and gratitude toward your employees? Say thank you to staff members by shining a spotlight on their hard work and contributions throughout th...

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Eco-Friendly Materials 101

Sep 25, 2019

From wheat straw to recycled PET, here's the scoop on the amazing stuff that makes up our eco-friendly products. The feedback has been loud and clear – interest in eco-friendly products has ...

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Trend Watch: Gift Season 2019

Sep 23, 2019

"I love it!" There's nothing like finding the perfect gift…and by "perfect," we mean something they'll use again and again. You're in good hands this year. Behind the scenes, our product devel...

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Branding from Top to Bottom

Aug 28, 2019

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Make it Stand Out! When you choose a lid imprint, you aren't just're creating a lasting second impression. And it's such a new trend it will...

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Picking the Right Water-Resistant Jacket

Aug 21, 2019

Spring and summer showers are not only good for the flowers, but for your rainwear sales as well. Whether commuting or hiking, it’s not enough for customers to simply tout around an umbrella, es...

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Celebrate Truck Driver Appreciation Week

Aug 16, 2019

September 8-14, 2019 is Truck Driver Appreciation Week. It's the perfect time to honor professional truck drivers in your organization and/or to reach out to your trucking clients to let them ...

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Back to School Tech

Aug 14, 2019

As summer comes to a close, give back to school gear that will really get used. Instead of the traditional supplies that are given to students, dish out something they want. Do this with new tech pr...

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2019 Summer Tech Trends

Aug 07, 2019

Discovering what is trending can be one of the most significant sources of competitive advantage. To help unlock that power, here are some trends in technology for this summer so you will know what p...

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QRG Acquires Kelty-Best, Inc

Jul 31, 2019

Minneapolis, MN (August 1, 2019) QRG proudly announces that Kelty-Best, Inc. of Madison, Wisconsin has joined the QRG family of companies. With the addition of Kelty-Best, a full-service promotional m...

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Great Products for Groups

Jul 30, 2019

Make sure you're prepared next time you have a group of friends or family around. Try out these group gathering tech products that are great for modern meet ups. They will help you create and captur...

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Take Camping to the Next Level

Jul 23, 2019

Camping, as both an activity and an industry, is enjoying unprecedented growth at the moment. People are enjoying the outdoors in every style imaginable, and in record numbers, too. According to the...

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Awareness Campaigns Worth Promoting

Jul 17, 2019

One of the most rewarding aspects of working in the promotional products industry is helping organizations spread the word about worthy causes. Throughout the year, key months are designated to help t...

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2019 Summer Fashion Trends

Jul 10, 2019

Fashion is like a boomerang: trends and styles always come back around. This is undoubtedly the case for the summer 2019 lookbook, from old-time grungy favorites to sporty-turned-chic statement pieces...

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Branded Barbecue Buddies

Jul 03, 2019

With the 4th of July approaching, barbecuing is on everybody's' mind. It is the ultimate meal option for meetings with friends and family. It is also the perfect fit for the outdoor eating that is s...

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Spare Key's Groove Gala Helps Families Bounce

Jun 28, 2019

Video courtesy Spare Key. By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director QRG is proud to have been an in-kind and financial sponsor of Spare Key's 2019 Groove Gala. TitleSmart, Groove Gala Title Sponsor...

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Happy Pride Month!

Jun 28, 2019

While June's Pride Month is wrapping up, we recognize that the celebration and fight for equal rights aren’t over on June 30th. 2019 is important because it marks the 50th Anniversary of the Sto...

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Branding the Fitness Boom

Jun 27, 2019

A variety of factors are contributing to the health and fitness boom in the US including health insurance costs, wearables, budget-friendly gym options, and streaming services. This $30 billion indust...

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Trending with Students in 2019

Jun 20, 2019

Trying to impress the college crowd? Need great ideas that will resonate with a new generation of students? You'll want a strategy that both creates initial impact and significant impressions over tim...

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Tariffs, Pricing, and Next Steps

Jun 04, 2019

To Our Client Partners, I am writing to provide an update regarding the China tariff situation and QRG’s approach to pricing for the balance of 2019. With June 1 having arrived, the 25% tari...

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Trade Show Experience

May 21, 2019

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Trade shows can be cutthroat environments. While people are typically courteous, there are plenty of fights. Not physical altercations, but fights to get atte...

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Tariff Increase and QRG Pricing

May 16, 2019

To Our Client Partners, After weeks of progress and growing optimism around an end to the U.S.-China trade dispute, there was a sudden reversal late last week. On several key issues, the U.S. interpr...

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QRG's Approach to Online Company Stores

May 08, 2019

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Presenting some quick tips (and product ideas) to help you make the most of your company merchandise store. When done well, an online resource for orderin...

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Outdoor Event Merchandise

May 01, 2019

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Spring has sprung and it's time for outdoor events! 'Tis the season for festivals, parades, concerts, fairs, marathons, and races! Don't miss out on the ...

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2019 Golf Shirt Trends

Apr 29, 2019

Color-ways, Prints and Reimagined Necklines for 2019 Golf Shirts With the sunny spring season comes new beginnings, growth, and serene vibes. Fully inspired by nature, get ready to embrace a fresh ...

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Apr 25, 2019

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director While many people want to wish away winter altogether, there’s no denying that everyone will continue to feel its force. The season figures to help cont...

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The Clickability of Color

Apr 15, 2019

WHAT IS ‘THE CLICKABILITY OF COLOR’? It’s actually becoming a very important concept in the way we think about shopping in the digital age. Everyone who has something to sell should...

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RFID Technology

Apr 10, 2019

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director The type of personalized advertising seen in the 2002 sci-fi classic Minority Report is now a reality! Through QRG's partnership with Threadfast Apparel, we...

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All About Wireless Chargers

Apr 08, 2019

Wireless charging is the latest and greatest way to charge mobile devices. It’s easy to use, fast, safe, and fiddling around with cables is not required. But what is wireless charging? How does...

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What's New For Barbecue Season?

Mar 26, 2019

It's time to fire up the grill and nothing says spring and summer fun like cooking outside. When we start talking about two popular pastimes (ok, obsessions): grilling and tailgating, we see just how ...

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5 Things You Need to Know to Pick the Perfect Spring Jacket

Mar 22, 2019

Spring is a tricky time of year. Depending on where you live, the transition from winter chill to warmer temperatures can be incredibly unpredictable. Some flurries, a downpour, maybe just a cool bree...

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Bluetooth For Every Budget

Mar 13, 2019

Newsflash: People still love music. The future is wireless and here’s your guide to some of our favorite Bluetooth speakers and earbuds. According to Nielsen’s Music 360 2017 study, 93...

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Doing BrandGood for Gillette Children's

Feb 15, 2019

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director QRG has been a proud supporter of Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare for more than two decades. This organization has only become dearer to our hearts ...

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If Your Event Has a Seat, You Need a BackSac!

Jan 29, 2019

The BackSac is a new and completely original way to create a memorable promotion for your next event. A fully customizable, interactive, branding product that utilizes the seats in venues...

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3 Hot Trends from the Industries Largest Trade Show

Jan 22, 2019

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director As I walked the floor of the largest trade show in the promotional products industry several trends emerged. Many of then reflecting the world of fashion a...

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Trending in 2019

Jan 10, 2019

Whether it’s a color, pattern, material or an innovative function, product trends represent something new – and nothing captures our attention like something new. Using the same data ...

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The World of Charging Cables

Jan 08, 2019

The world of charging cables is more than just getting the right adapter tips for different phones. There are tons of added features like car phone mounts, cases, and carabiner clips. Here are just ...

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Happy New Year

Jan 02, 2019

I love the New Year! Right after the holidays–a joyous time of giving shared with family and friends–we’re blessed with the opportunity to reflect on who we are and what we appreciat...

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Jumpstart Your Corporate Wellness Program

Dec 20, 2018

Having trouble getting your corporate health and wellness program off the ground? Is the interest there, but you need to build some momentum? Here are 3 simple ideas to help you spread the word, drive...

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Materials Make the Difference

Dec 18, 2018

Following up on last Thursday's article about outerwear, we thought it prudent to discuss the materials we choose for our apparel. We're talking about fabrics that have special properties to keep you ...

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Outerwear Solutions

Dec 13, 2018

Outerwear is one of the most highly sought-after pieces of promotional apparel. According to ASI, 50% of consumers in the United States own a piece of promotional outerwear, and it’s easy to und...

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Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year: Living Coral

Dec 11, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Living Coral was announced as the 2019 Color of the Year by the Pantone Color Institute. "Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, Livin...

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Dec 06, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Bags are the unsung heroes of the promotional world. They feature a large imprint area, lend themselves to repeat use and are extremely functional. Not to m...

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Fountain Pens are Back in Fashion

Dec 04, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director According to various news reports, fountain pens are back in vogue. Millennials are said to be turning to handwriting because of digital fatigue. Market insid...

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Nov 29, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director U.S. manufacturing is one of the largest in the world, producing 18.2 percent of the world’s goods, according to The Balance. Safety, trust, person...

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Celebrating Corporate Anniversaries with Decorated Apparel

Nov 27, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Every year, nearly two-million companies reach a significant corporate milestone, such as five years, fifty years, or even one-hundred years in business. ...

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A Message of Thanksgiving

Nov 20, 2018

A Message of Thanks to our Clients Dear QRG Clients, Once again, it’s the time of the year when we gather around the table with our families and pause to reflect that which we are thankful. T...

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Trends with Company Holiday Parties

Nov 15, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director While December signals the end of the year, it does not mean companies should let consideration for their employees go into hibernation for the winter. R...

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Make a Giveaway a Gift with Packaging

Nov 13, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Combine the power of branded merchandise with the high-impact of custom packaging to strengthen your brand recognition. There's only so much room for y...

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How to Get the Best ROI from Your Holiday Food Gift Program

Nov 08, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director When you give a gift, you're giving an experience. Giving your recipients the best possible experience will boost your ROI and ensure that your gift and bra...

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Holiday Wine!

Nov 06, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Wine is the no-brainer solution to the yearly gift-giving dilemma! Nearly everyone loves great wine. Now decorate that wine bottle with custom art and a custo...

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Spamming and Spoofing are NOT the QRG Way

Nov 05, 2018

QRG does not engage in call-center telemarketing or spam calls. QRG learned in March of this year that unscrupulous telemarketers have been deliberately falsifying their Caller ID information to show ...

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Why You Never Need to Buy a Mailing Lists Again!

Nov 01, 2018

By Beth Ann Henning, Badger Graphic Systems (A QRG Company) Looking for an easy, effective, and affordable way to get your direct mail into the hands of your target audience? Forget mailing lists an...

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Give Back Contest Awards $500 to Achilles International

Oct 30, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director QRG is proud to announce that Account Executive Lynn Wood (QRG Milwaukee Branch) nominated client Achilles International for the Reciprocity Road BrandGood qu...

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Mark the Date for Year-End Planning

Oct 25, 2018

Year-end is right around the corner which means new calendars, appointment books and planners for many homes and businesses. Despite the rise of the digital age, paper calendars are still popular and ...

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Hardworking Clothes for Hardworking Heroes

Oct 23, 2018

Bouncing back after the recession, the construction industry is hammering out a bright future. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, construction spending in August 2017 was over $1.2 billion. Numbers...

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The Power of Name Brands

Oct 18, 2018

Give your gift that little something extra. In a recent article discussing brands and the benefits they deliver, Rob Wengel, senior vice president of global data analytics firm Nielsen, explained, "B...

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Are you a Sipper or a Chugger?

Oct 16, 2018

No matter what your style is, your drinkware BFF is waiting for you. We all have our favorite beverages. For some, the morning coffee is a completely non-negotiable must-have that only a true disa...

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WiFi Smart Home Accessories Trending

Oct 11, 2018

Wifi smart home accessories are one of the hottest trends in promotional products. The devices that turn your phone into a remote control for your lighting, appliances, and speakers are among the hot...

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How School Pride Creates Home Field Advantage

Oct 09, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Set your elementary school, high school, college, or university apart with high-quality, custom large-format printing. Reinforce your shared community val...

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5 Top Reasons You Should Have a Wellness Program

Oct 04, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director According to Forbes, poor health costs the U.S. economy $576 billion a year. That's more than half a trillion dollars! Poor health is bad for business. Cor...

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How Augmented Reality Brings a Brand to Life!

Oct 02, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Looking to really bring your brand to life, check out these amazing augmented reality Kool-Aid Man Summer Tour experiences we recreated at our QRG Twin Citie...

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Knock Your Socks Off!

Sep 25, 2018

Dress socks with bright colors and patterns are en vogue. Even in professional work settings, you are no longer beholden to the rules of matching socks to the color of trousers, pants suits,...

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A Halloween Gift Idea that's All Treats!

Sep 20, 2018

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The Power of Bags

Sep 18, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Printed bags are one of the most powerful yet affordable categories of branded merchandise. Bags raise lasting awareness of your company's brand. Just a sin...

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Splurge or Save?

Sep 13, 2018

All prices and descriptions are subject to change without notice. If the price listed is different from the actual...

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Paper Prices to Increase Again in October

Sep 12, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Additional paper price increases are expected next month after receiving notification from the mills of prices increases of 8-10%. The soaring cost of pulp h...

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Trends in College Football Fan Merch

Sep 11, 2018

College football is back, and we’re pumped because of the opportunities it opens up for innovative marketing ideas. Think outside the box, because it's not just about advertising during the gam...

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How California Prop 65 Affects You

Sep 06, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Last week, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) begin enforcing the new California Prop 65 warning requirements. In the pro...

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The Gift of Better Business Travel

Sep 04, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Presenting five gift ideas from PCNA designed to make life on the road (or in the air) a little easier for you and your team. Business travel is tough. Ju...

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Keep Your Brand Top-of-Mind this Winter

Aug 29, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director It's never been easier to custom design beanies and stocking caps that will increase your company's visibility. In the U.S, the average branded headwear item...

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Raise the Bar!

Aug 28, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director New drinkware for every type of beverage was on view at the Tabletop Show, from tasting flights on wooden paddle boards to banded and cut crystal options to t...

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Retention and Career Satisfaction Program for Tech Professionals

Aug 27, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director The unemployment rate in the upper Midwest is at 3% or less right now. For the tech sector in the region, it's at less than 2%. If you work in the tech indu...

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Fall 2018 Fashion Trends by Sanmar

Aug 24, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Just in time for school, apparel provider Sanmar shares their look at Fall 2018 trends. Instead of school uniform, think "you-niform". This Fall's all ab...

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Giving on a Budget

Aug 23, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Budgets are a reality. Even if you don't have much to spend, you can still make an impact. The following tips from PCNA are worth the read. Tip 1: Trendy L...

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More Trending Tech Gifts for 2018

Aug 22, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Yesterday, I shared that the hottest tech gift item for 2018 is wireless chargers. Unsurprisingly, I got a lot of feedback asking, "What else is new in tech?...

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Hottest Tech Holiday Gift for 2018

Aug 21, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director If you've got techies on your gift list, wireless chargers are hands down the best gift of 2018. Apple and Android compatible, many of these chargers come wit...

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Performance Fabric for Smartly Dressed Female Professionals

Aug 20, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Like most professional women today, I work long hours, travel regularly, and want to look stylish and professional while doing it. Plus, I want the added ben...

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The Flannel Phenomenon

Aug 17, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director We reported Wednesday that "Flannel isn't going anywhere," which got us thinking, where did it come from? Promo Marketing reported that "The long-held joke in...

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What's Trending in Tees on College Campuses

Aug 16, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Bella+Canvas released their Sorority T-shirt Trend video update today. Take a look to see what's trending on college campuses.

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Major Apparel Trends Spotlighted in Supreme's Fall 2018 Collection

Aug 15, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director We work hard to stay on top of the apparel trends that make an impact. The New York streetwear company Supreme just this week unveiled its Fall 2018 collec...

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2017 QRG Twin Cities Product Showcase

Jul 19, 2018

Plymouth, MN - July 19, 2017 Join the QRG team at their Twin Cities corporate headquarters for the annual product showcase and open house. With more than 60 lines of on-trend products and innovative ...

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In Memoriam: Dave Floersch

Jul 16, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Dave Floersch, Account Executive of Quality Resource Group (QRG), Minneapolis, MN, lost his battle to cancer on July 16, 2018. He was 51. A father, husband,...

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Alert – Paper Supply Down. Prices Up.

Jun 25, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director The last couple years have been the calm before the storm as far as paper prices and increases go, but now it seems the storm has hit. Costs for all paper pro...

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QRG's Jody Barber Named to "2018 Women in Print and Promo"

Jun 11, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director QRG's own Account Manager Lead Jody Barber has been named one of Print + Promo's "2018 Women in Print and Promo". Jody is an exemplary example to all who work...

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QRG Donates Art Glass Awards for TwinWest Business Awards Luncheon

May 22, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director QRG consistently supports the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce. QRG provided the awards for last week's TwinWest Business Awards Luncheon. Special congratulations...

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QRG Proud Sponsor of the Ashley HomeStore's Hope to Dream Program

May 21, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director QRG is proud to be a sponsor of Ashley HomeStore's Hope to Dream program. This second year partnership with the Utah Jazz saw the donation of 40 beds and...

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CEO Denny Pottebaum Retires after 47 Years in the Industry

Apr 27, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director After 47 years of dedicated service, QRG founder and CEO Denny Pottebaum retires. In this video, he sends out a personal message of thanks to QRG employee...

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Creating the best online experience for customers

Mar 10, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Making the online customer experience seamless is critical to a brand’s digital success. Recent studies found that 75% of customer management executi...

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Spoofing Scam Hits Home

Mar 07, 2018

"Spoofing" occurs when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. Spoofing is often used as part of an attempt to trick someone i...

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The most sought-after employee perks

Feb 26, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Research tells us that for most American workers, the top three on-the-job benefits are health insurance, paid vacation time and a 401k retirement plan. There...

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Marketing strategies every small business can afford

Feb 09, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Creating a brand that stands out from the competition is one of the biggest challenges every marketer faces. Some of the common setbacks for small businesses ...

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Even if all your employees work in an office, you need a safety plan

Jan 26, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Think businesses that have primarily office workers don’t have to worry about workplace safety? Think again! This list of workplace injuries demonstrat...

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Online marketing tips for enhancing your business

Jan 12, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Maintaining a strong online presence requires staying on top of trends and staying active. On a quarterly basis, companies should update their digital marketi...

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QRG Part of $7.5K PPEF Donation

Jan 08, 2018

Plymouth, MN - January 8, 2018 Kicking the year off to a charitable start, QRG and other Reciprocity Road members pledged $7,500 to advocate for the Promotional Products Education Foundation, an esta...

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Hot New Products of 2018

Jan 01, 2018

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director The hottest new products of 2018 are now available for you to pursue in QRG's new 2018 Idea Book.

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Three reasons why the best employees leave their companies

Dec 22, 2017

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Think people switch jobs primarily to earn more money? Think again. Gallup studies have found that about 50% of 7,200 adults surveyed left a job “to ge...

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The keys to consistent marketing for small businesses

Dec 08, 2017

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Every successful small business owner will tell you that starting and running a business is no easy task. Between the day-to-day operations of accounting, mar...

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QRG Ranked #15 in Print+Promo's Top 50 Distributors

Dec 07, 2017

Plymouth, MN - December 7, 2017 QRG ranked #15 in Print+Promo magazine's Top 50 Distributors of 2017. In a subcategory of the same report, QRG ranked #3 for forms distributors and in the Top 10 for l...

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The art of successful telecommuting

Nov 25, 2017

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Nationwide, it’s estimated that 43 percent of all employees work remotely at least part of the time. Research shows that telecommuting has numerous bene...

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5 Ways to Create a Winning 2018 Marketing Calendar

Nov 10, 2017

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Planning for the upcoming year is one of the most important times for a marketing team. Although you can always alter these as you go, it’s most effecti...

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Redesigned QRG Website Launched

Oct 16, 2017

Plymouth, MN - October 16, 2017 The newly redesigned QRG website has a clean, uncluttered design and improved functionality. Content is focused on QRG’s services offering prospective clients a ...

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Benefits of account-based marketing

Oct 13, 2017

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Creating a strategy for your marketing team and overall plan is crucial for your team as well as business success. Many marketers get caught up in the day-to-...

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Todd Pottebaum Elected to PPAI Board of Directors

Oct 09, 2017

Plymouth, MN - October 9, 2017 QRG President Todd Pottebaum has been elected to the PPAI Board of Directors. Todd will begin serving his four-year term immediately after the January PPAI Expo. Todd's...

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Milwaukee Holiday Gift Showcase 2017 Receives Raving Reviews

Oct 04, 2017

Milwaukee, WI - October 4, 2017 Attendees loved the holiday decor and homemade Christmas cookies at the 2017 Milwaukee Holiday Gift Showcase on October 4th. Clients and prospects stopping by througho...

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Are you ready? Flu season has arrived early this year

Sep 28, 2017

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Flu season has officially arrived, and there are a number of signs that this year could be miserable — even deadly. The Southern Hemisphere — p...

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2017 Des Moines Product Showcase Great Success

Sep 27, 2017

Des Moines, IA - September 27, 2017 The Des Moines Product Showcase on September 27th had record-breaking attendance with more than 85 customers and prospects present. Thank you to all who attended a...

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Using e-mail to market your business, the right way

Sep 22, 2017

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director E-mail is one of the most popular marketing tools for small businesses today. But federal law requires that anyone sending out email for commercial purposes f...

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2017 Twin Cities Product Showcase Largest Ever

Sep 21, 2017

Plymouth, MN - September 21, 2017 The Twin Cities Product Showcase on September 21st was the largest and most successful event to date. More than 230 clients visited 30 booths highlighting more than ...

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Building an Effective Marketing Strategy for Sales

Sep 08, 2017

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Constructing a successful marketing funnel is an excellent way to maximize a strategy for increased sales and profitability. A marketing funnel is a strategy ...

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2017 QRG Hurricane Harvey Donations Reached the Rafters

Sep 07, 2017

Plymouth, MN - September 7, 2017 QRG played a small role in the Hurrican Harvey Relief sending boxes much-needed supplies to victims of the devastating natural disaster.

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2017 QRG School Supply Drive a Huge Success

Sep 05, 2017

Plymouth, MN - September 5, 2017 School's back in session across the Midwest and QRG is proud to have played a part in helping supply local students in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin with school supp...

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QRG's Todd Pottebaum on Common SKU

Sep 01, 2017

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QRG CEO Dennis Pottebaum Named to Ben Franklin Honor Society

Aug 28, 2017

Plymouth, MN - August 28, 2017 QRG CEO Dennis Pottebaum to be inducted by industry peers into the Ben Franklin Honor Society of Printing Industries of America. He was chosen from among many industry ...

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Have you claimed your Yelp business page?

Aug 24, 2017

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Does your business have its own Yelp page? Yelp is a social review platform that has 83 million unique desktop visitors, 74 million unique mobile visitors,...

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2017 QRG Milwaukee Holiday Gift Showcase

Aug 15, 2017

New Berlin, WI - August 15, 2017 Join us for the QRG Milwaukee Holiday Gift Showcase. Our expert team will guide you to customized solutions for your upcoming holiday gift giving and year-end recogni...

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Happy Chef Appreciation Week

Aug 15, 2017

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director To kick off Chef Appreciation Week, we wanted to take a moment and extend a huge ‘THANK YOU’ to all our favorite chefs out there! You make magic ...

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2017 QRG Des Moines Product Showcase

Aug 11, 2017

Urbandale, IA - August 8, 2017 Join the Iowa QRG team at their Des Moines office for the annual product showcase and open house. With on-trend products and innovative ideas, our expert team will guid...

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Common Marketing Strategies You Need to be Familiar with

Aug 10, 2017

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Marketing is constantly fluctuating towards new technology and cultural changes. While 95 percent of marketers know that multi-channel targeting is crucial to...

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How to Prepare for the Future of Marketing

Jul 14, 2017

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director New advances in AI technology are changing the way everyone looks at their industry, including marketing. Although it’s still a relatively new field, we...

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Tips on How to Market Towards Generation Z

Jun 08, 2017

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Comprising of 25 percent of the U.S. population, Generation Z is the country’s first all digital-native group. Gen Z tops out around age 20 outnumber th...

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Badger Graphic Systems Joins QRG

Jun 02, 2017

Plymouth, MN (June 2, 2017) Quality Resource Group® (QRG) proudly announces that Badger Graphic Systems™ of Madison, Wisconsin has joined the QRG family of companies. With the addition of B...

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Millennials and Entrepreneurship Go Hand in Hand

Jun 01, 2017

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director They are called Millennials, but according to a new study, they may more aptly be called members of the ‘entrepreneurial generation.’ More than on...

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Does Your Company Have a Mission?

May 17, 2017

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Here’s a surprising statistic from a recent Gallup poll. Only 41 percent of U.S. employees say they definitely know what their company stands for &mdash...

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The Benefits of Target Marketing

May 11, 2017

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director The key to marketing a brand is creating content that targets your audience. That means focusing on the right consumer with the right message. The result? Inc...

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Quality Resource Group (QRG) Named One of the 2017 PPB Greatest Companies To Work For

May 05, 2017

PLYMOUTH, MN (May 5, 2017) Quality Resource Group (QRG) is one of PPB Magazine’s Greatest Companies To Work For in 2017. Headquartered in the Twin Cities with regional and branch office...

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Are your employees putting your business at risk for a cyber attack?

Apr 27, 2017

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Cyber attacks are becoming increasingly common at small- and medium-size businesses. The source of many of these attacks? Employees. In many instances, employ...

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Congrats on 35 Years to the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Apr 19, 2017

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director A long-term supporter of the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce, QRG CEO Denny Pottebaum was honored to offer his well-wished in the above 35th Anniversary vid...

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Making your website a top organic search

Apr 13, 2017

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Improving your website is one of the best ways to achieve a better online presence and keep your brand interesting and relevant. Whether it's redesigning the ...

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How Working Too Much Can be Hazardous to Your Health

Mar 23, 2017

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Every evening, it’s the same. You are determined to leave on time. Yet again, you find yourself finishing one more thing, answering one more email, or t...

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Revamp Your Content Marketing

Mar 09, 2017

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Refreshing your marketing campaign is one of the best ways to improve your brand and increase awareness. Make the most of your material with these effective t...

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Social Media Tips to Having a Focused Marketing Strategy

Feb 10, 2017

By Christina Fiebich, Marketing Director Finding the perfect social media platforms for your brand is important to having a successful marketing strategy for the year. Although previous marketing new...

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Denny Pottebaum Presented PSDA's 2017 President's Award

Feb 01, 2017

Plymouth, MN - February 1, 2017 QRG CEO Denny Pottebaum was named the Print Services & Distribution Association's (PSDA) President's Award recipient at the 2017 CEO Summit in Coral Gables, FL. The Pr...

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Top Marketing Trends for 2017

Jan 12, 2017

Marketing is constantly evolving, and with 2017 around the corner it’s the perfect time to spotlight the new trends and must know tips for the year. Here are our picks of the biggest marketing t...

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Helping reduce stress in the workplace

Jan 10, 2017

It’s estimated that on-the-job stress costs U.S. companies more than $300 billion annually in increased absenteeism, reduced productivity, increased health care costs and employee turnover. Stre...

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Ways to Improve Your Online Organic Reach

Dec 08, 2016

Almost everyone that has touched marketing knows something about SEO. Whether you’re a pro or small business owner trying to reach more people, we found some factors that can be blocking your ...

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A top source of business failures: Lack of online presence

Dec 05, 2016

For decades, the top reasons businesses fail have been fairly constant. Research tells us that businesses often fail due to a lack of capital, too much debt, poor leadership or when they expand too fa...

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5 Content Marketing Mistakes to Avoid

Nov 10, 2016

Almost all marketers will agree that content is king. Creating a strategy that successfully incorporates content marketing for growing businesses is critical, however, it’s easy for businesses t...

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Is there an ideal office temperature?

Oct 18, 2016

What is the temperature in your office? In workplaces nationwide, there is an ongoing debate over where to set the thermostat. Research shows that office temperature can affect mood, productivity and ...

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4 Overlooked Marketing Strategies That Pay Off

Oct 14, 2016

Marketing has evolved so much in the past decade, causing many in the marketing world to create and find new strategies at the drop of a hat. Most marketers will agree this is due to the rapid evoluti...

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How storytelling can help your business grow and succeed

Sep 22, 2016

Who’s the greatest storyteller you’ve ever met? Maybe it was your grandfather telling you stories from long ago or maybe you’ve been at a party and watched a natural storyteller in h...

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The 3 Best Tools to Help Digitally Promote Your Small Business

Sep 08, 2016

Keeping your business relevant online can be one of the more challenging, and costly, ways to attract a new audience – but it’s also one of the best and most effective. Transitioning your ...

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Money can’t buy workplace happiness … but what can?

Aug 12, 2016

We all know that happier workers are more productive. But did you know that for most people, money can’t buy workplace happiness? Research shows that making employees happy is more than just pay...

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Stay Active with Video Marketing

Aug 11, 2016

Video marketing has become a great way to engage with consumers and connect your brand in a creative way. To make it easier for you, we’re bringing you three ways to incorporate video marketing ...

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Are you making it easy for someone to guess your password?

Jul 28, 2016

How well do your passwords protect your private information? Probably not as well as you think. In one recent test by a security firm, more than half of 625,000 passwords were easily breached by using...

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How to Incorporate Guerrilla Marketing into Your Business

Jul 14, 2016

Guerrilla marketing is a creative and generally cost-efficient marketing tool to gain exposure and recognition. It has become increasingly popular and, if done well, is a unique and fun way to create ...

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Understanding data without being overwhelmed

Jun 09, 2016

Every day marketers receive new data about consumers and their shopping habits. It can get overwhelming to make sense of all the new data. Learn how to weave through the information madness like a pro...

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What are the biggest threats to your company?

May 26, 2016

What are the biggest threats to companies today? Take a look at this list of the top small business insurance claims. It’s a great way to identify some of the most common — and expensive &...

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The smart way to do some heavy (and not so heavy) lifting

May 26, 2016

Back injuries are one of the most common on-the-job injuries. But you work in an office at a computer. You don’t have to worry about hurting your back, right? Wrong. Even if you are picking up ...

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Clever Ways to Update Your Marketing Campaigns for Spring and Summer

May 12, 2016

Customers are antsy waiting for spring and summer new arrivals. We have a few simple tips to help your business transition into the season with a spring in your step. Social Media Consider upping you...

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More employers are telling workers: ‘Bring your own device.’

May 04, 2016

Increasingly, employers are telling workers, “Bring your own device.” Often abbreviated as BYOD, the term means that workers can use personal mobile devices — such as laptops, smartp...

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Are you driving while distracted?

Apr 28, 2016

Distracted driving is a growing cause of car accidents nationwide. Whether it’s on-the-go eating, putting on makeup or checking a text, distracted driving is a serious safety risk. We’ve ...

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The art of effective brainstorming sessions

Mar 30, 2016

When was the last time your team or company had a successful brainstorming session? Did everyone leave the meeting encouraged and recharged or did they leave feeling like they wasted the last hour or ...

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Is your business ready to handle a security threat?

Mar 24, 2016

Businesses face numerous security threats. Will yours be able to defend itself against the latest attack? Here are a few practical tips to take a proactive approach to potential security threats: Con...

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Help Your Business Thrive in 2016 with These Consumer Trends

Mar 10, 2016

2016 is in full swing and it’s quickly becoming the year customers dominate the marketing industry. From customer service to consumer insight and guest experience, marketers are relying on most ...

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The Benefits of Giving Back to the Community

Feb 22, 2016

Giving back to your community is not only the right thing to do. It can have valuable benefits for you and your company. That’s why many businesses — even ones with only a handful of emplo...

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3 Digital Marketing Mistakes to Avoid in 2016

Feb 11, 2016

Every year, marketing consistently plays a growing role in most companies’ marketing plans and budgets. Yet, many times, they may not fully understand what to expect from digital marketing or ho...

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Go to lunch! Why a mid-day getaway is so important

Jan 28, 2016

Time is a precious commodity. That’s why you almost feel guilty if you leave your work space and go to lunch. Who has the time for that, anyway? Well, you do. And if not, you should make some. ...

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Millennials are Bringing New Ideas to Management

Jan 26, 2016

Each generation brings a new approach to the art of management. Generation Y — more commonly called the Millennial generation — is no different. In the last year, Millennials have become ...

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3 Common Print Advertising Mistakes to Avoid

Jan 14, 2016

In today’s plugged-in world, an increasingly large number of companies have shifted their strategy and ad dollars from print to digital forms of media – and understandably so. Digital adve...

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Here’s Why Social Media Platforms are Important for Any Business

Dec 10, 2015

Social media has become a crucial part of daily business activities, especially for companies looking to attract millennials. Well over half of the American population is plugged into at least one soc...

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What is your definition of success?

Nov 26, 2015

How do you define success? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, success ‘includes not only the achievement of wealth, respect or fame but also the desired result of an attempt.’ Wh...

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Why Not to Skimp on Advertising Budgets for Your Business

Nov 12, 2015

Marketing is one of the most significant and underappreciated aspects of a growing business. When the going gets tough, many executives cut advertising budgets in an effort to save money. However, the...

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Using Social Media to Find New Employees

Oct 22, 2015

Is your company using social media to get the word out about employment opportunities? Those that aren’t could be missing out on an incredible way to discover great job candidates. Research sho...

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4 Steps to Branding Your Business

Oct 05, 2015

Branding is one of the most important aspects of your business. It’s what sets you apart from the competition. It’s how people identify and connect with you. It’s what you stand for ...

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A Simple Rule for Marketing Your Business on Social Media

Jul 29, 2015

Have you heard of the 5-3-2 rule? If you’re using social media to promote you and your business, it’s a great way to help you decide what types of content to post. The rule was proposed b...

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