What are QR Codes and is Anyone Using Them?

Maybe you've seen the little boxes with squiggly lines and dots on packaging, print materials, advertisements, billboards and even promotional items. What PMG Microsoft Tagare these cryptic pictures and how do we use them? They are 2-D barcodes called QR Codes or Microsoft tags and they can contain many types of information that can be useful to you. To use these barcodes, you must have a smartphone and have downloaded an app that can read them. There are several applications that read QR Codes, but Microsoft Tags have their own app that you must download. After you snap a picture of the code using the app on your phone, you will be sent to a URL, given contact information or other information. The URL might have more information or reviews about a products, pictures or a video. With 2-D barcodes popping up everywhere you look, you may be wondering if anyone is actually using them. Here are some stats:

  • 52% of mobile users have seen or heard of QR codes and 28% of those have scanned one.
  • iPhone users scan codes the most at 68% followed by 26% of Android users and 4% of Blackberry users.
  • QR-code scanning grew quickly 1,200% from July to December 2010.

Are you ready to dive into the world of 2-D barcodes? You can make your own Microsoft Tags here and QR Codes at Kaywa, Qurify and Delivr. Ask us how you can incorporate them into you brand and promotional items. Find out more here or call 800-737-0919 or e-mail pmg@phoenixmark.com today!



Planning a Golf Event?

Check out these tips:

Many nonprofits use golf tournaments as fundraising events. They aren't difficult to put together, but organizing teams and actually making money at the event can be a challenge.

How can you have a financially successful and fun event?

1. Add some exclusivity to your event by choosing a course that the public doesn't often get to play. This will encourage a variety of players to sign up.

2. Want to try a fun twist? Add a 5th player to each team who is a local celebrity. Teams can sign up to play with their favorite player, newscaster or DJ.

3. Station a pro at one hole and let him drive each player's ball for a $50 donation. This is a great way to earn some extra cash.

4. Recruit as many sponsors as possible to optimize your revenue. Consider adding tee sponsors, golf cart sponsors, registration sponsor, lunch sponsor, etc.

5. Ask local organizations for donations and host a silent auction with golf and sports items and gift cards. To keep your players in good health throughout the day, provide snacks and enough water to keep everyone well hydrated. Above all, make sure everyone is having fun!

After the event, send every player and sponsor a thank you letter to let them know how well the event did and how much you appreciate their participation. This will set the stage for success for your event next year.

Need golf balls, tees or towels for your event? Find these and more in our online store, or call 800-489-0910.


Download our Golf Tournament Planner today to make your event a success!



Supervalu Retailer Incentives and Rewards Reusable Bags Are Safe for Consumer Use

The latest reports in the media have indicated that many non-woven polypropylene reusable bags in the market place contain unhealthy levels of lead. Supervalu Retailer Incentives and Rewards is proud to state that our bags have been tested for lead by an approved CPSA Laboratory down to 10 parts per million (ppm) and no lead was found at this level.

Supervalu Retailer Incentives and Rewards products are lead-free and compliant with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The CPSIA has recently introduced US legislation that establishes maximum safe levels of lead content in various consumer products, and establishes a certification process to ensure those products are safe for use by children.

Supervalu Retailer Incentives and Rewards strives to only use the safest and best quality products available. If you want documentation or have any questions, please call us at 866-269-9678 or e-mail us with any questions you may have.

Ink Testing Report

2009 Thermal Bag Testing Report


The Holidays are Fast Approaching...

Holiday Bag

The upcoming holidays are a great time to say thank you to your customers. Offer them a free tote with the purchase of that holiday roast or a complimentary wine bag when they buy multiple bottles of wine. Let them know you're thinking of them this holiday season.




It's Back to School Time!

Lunch Bag

School time is fast approaching. Why not tie in a free lunch bag promotion for customers who buy a set amount and brand of back to school snacks and/or lunch food? A great way to show them you are ready to get them prepared for school!

These back to school bags are a steal at only $1.65 each, including your logo imprint.




Celebrate Mom!

Help your customers celebrate Mom and give Dads a hand with a free or low-cost activity. Invite Dads to sign up for a Mother's Day event in your store!

Pick a day for your event in advance and require advanced registration so you will know how many mousepad kits or buttons to order. Order well in advance so you will have them on hand the day of your event.

Craft Button

With these fun crafts and crayons, kids can decorate or write messages to Mom for Mother's Day! Provide other fun print outs and they can design an entire gift package for mom.

Craft Mousepad

Your SUPERVALU Retailer Incentives and Rewards team will provide all the print-outs and ideas needed to make this event a success. Here are a couple of ideas on how to present this at your stores:

Invite Dads to sign up for a fun Mother's Day project with their kids. You provide the mousepads, bags and buttons to decorate, fun print outs and crayons to color with. Put a limit on the number attending and require registration or make it a first come, first served event.

Crayons

You could also sell the crafts and provide the decorating materials at your event. When they purchase a craft on the day of the event, they can decorate it using crayons, markers and stickers that you provide.

Make sure you put out other fun gift ideas for Mom. They can purchase other products to give to Mom such as flowers, chocolates, lotions or fun gift packs from your store.

Download some free printout activities!
Mother's Day Card
Mother's Day Coupon
Note to Mom


Planning a Golf Event?

Check out these tips:

Many nonprofits use golf tournaments as fundraising events. They aren't difficult to put together, but organizing teams and actually making money at the event can be a challenge.

How can you have a financially successful and fun event?

1. Add some exclusivity to your event by choosing a course that the public doesn't often get to play. This will encourage a variety of players to sign up.

2. Want to try a fun twist? Add a 5th player to each team who is a local celebrity. Teams can sign up to play with their favorite player, newscaster or DJ. more...


Download our Golf Tournament Planner today to make your event a success!




Hand Sanitizers are Cleaning Up!

Foam Hand Sanitizer

Amid flu concerns, sales of logoed sanitizing products have surged. According to the Advertising Specialty Institute, hand sanitizers now rival pens as one of the most popular logoed items given away. more...




Have your bags?

With the environment on the top of mind for many consumers, the answer is to not use paper or plastic, but a reusable bag. Reusable bags can cut down on waste if they last for a long period of time. However, if the bags are cheap and do not last long, they will end up in the landfill and defeat the purpose of your purchase. The key is to buy the right kind of reusable bags.

Plastic Bottle Bag
Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE or plastic #1)
– Approximately 31 percent of plastic bottles produced in the U.S. are made from PETE, and it is one of the most highly recycled plastics. more...