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Remember the ad from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority? The one that says, “What happens In Vegas, stays in Vegas."

Not so in our case. We just got back from Sin City and the Promotional Product Industry's premier annual show, and we can’t wait to tell you what we saw and what we think are some dynamite ideas that can help you with your branding and promotional needs in the upcoming year.

We loved the Smart Button, a cute little USB-powered sphere that plugs into any PC. Push it and it will automatically activate your browser and open your organization’s website. Carrying your logo, the Smart Button can go anywhere - and so can your company’s message. Choose from cheerful red, green, blue or color-changing LED.

Found a great clear vinyl collapsible bud vase. It folds flat for easy use, perfect for a mailer. (Flowers/water not included!)

Unisex garments: think about a stylish zipper fleece jacket, ideal for the (way too many) chilly days in the year. The jacket even has a zippered sleeve pocket for the now de rigueur iPod. One lap around the park in this and your company’s name will reach out and touch many. Colors range from Plum Rose/Magenta to Lime Sherbert. Yummy!

And just so your business can truly shine, why not combine reflective, metallic and high-density vinyl materials rather than traditional embroidery? With these you’ll be able to create eye-catching clothing that sports your image and sends the message that you are a company to be noticed.

For the eco conscious, consider a line of deskpad jotters, journals and folios made entirely of recycled consumer materials. The jotters can be refilled with white paper from your recycle bins. The folios are made from recycled imported board and ecological inks and varnish, and the memo journals have covers of imported recycled linen finish board and contain paper made from a high quality de-inked milkweed. Some even have wooden tube bindings carved from traditional French pipe manufacturing scraps! You can do good for the environment. You can do good for your company!

For the golfer, there’s Callaway’s collection of folding, rimless, black-framed glasses for reading that small print on your scorecard. To energize your promotions, we suggest a popular libation called the Custom Energy Drink that comes in a silver can with custom color wrap. And we also offer up what we think must be the choicest tumbler around – a fusion between durable acrylic and handsome stainless steel. Organic in shape, its upper two thirds is wrapped in a band of bright color, the perfect backdrop for the name or logo of your business.

For our retail clients, we’ve found what we think is the pitch perfect promotional gift item – the new download card, that allows your customer to download his or her favorite tunes from the internet for free! And for a totally chic item that your executive client will love (and keep), how about a full grain, buffed cowhide, 100 percent leather pillow? Colors include brick red and a warm terracotta. That pillow will look great on that corporate jet!

Finally, we adore the oh so spiffy Mini Madison 1.3M digital camera, one of the top selling products around. Available in a range of colors from candy pink to swanky silver, it comes with a neck lanyard and keychain clip. Just think of it as jewelry! (Kim does!)

Give us your thoughts on all or any of these items.

Until then, Happy New Year! We look forward to working with you in 2007.
From everyone at KK Promotions

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