Second Story Blog

Back-to-School Tips for Parents

Whether we like it or not, school will be here in just a matter of weeks — and with that reality can come anxiety for many parents. Do my kids have everything they need? Will they be able to handle the more difficult work? Will they like their new teacher and get along with new classmates? It’s a...
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Common sunscreen mistakes — and how to avoid them

With summer fast approaching, many of us are looking forward to spending days soaking up the sun, but before you buy your sunscreen for the summer, we wanted to give you the lowdown on sunscreen and how to protect yourself.Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States affecting one in...
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Help Reduce Waste One Bag At A Time

Reusable tote bags, have you ever received one? Chances are most of you reading this have. Reusable grocery tote bags and promotional totes are rising as one of the top products in the promotional industry and for good reason. Not only are custom tote bags perfect, memorable, and an inexpensive way...
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How SSP is more than just lip balm?

Who doesn’t love lip balm and its usefulness? We sure do, but lip balm is not for everyone. Which is why here at Second Story Promotions, we are more than just lip balm. We have thousands of practical and trending items for all your promotional needs. Our experienced staff can help you find a...
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Save us to Your Favorites!

The internet is full of fun and interesting websites (like ours). Favorites are a great way to quickly navigate back to the websites you love the most. To add a favorite or bookmark to your web page, simply follow these instructions for desktop and mobile below to keep us a click...
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Inspiration from PPAI

A group of us from Second Story Promotions attended classes during The PPAI Expo in Las Vegas last week, and we were inspired by what we learned! Take a read through some of our notes to see how you can improve your business relationship with your customers.Intro to Strategic Foresight Playbook –...
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How to Cater to the New Patient

No matter the industry, people today expect more from their customer experience than ever before. In the dental industry, like others, a good patient experience isn’t enough — patients want to feel like their provider truly values their business. In other words, they want to be treated like a...
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Finding Work-Life Balance

It’s refreshing to have a clean slate, isn’t it? Many of us relish the chance to reset our priorities, goals and primary focus in our life. Doing so renews our energy, keeping us excited about the future rather than bogged down by distractions and frustrations.It’s the start of a new year, and with...
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Tariffs and the Promo Industry

Tariffs. China. These two words don’t have complicated meanings separately, but together, they’ve presented a complicated issue when it comes to product prices in light of tariffs established this year on goods from China. While we don’t have all the answers, we want to help make sense of it all...
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Throwing a Holiday Party?

Are you planning a company party for the holidays this year? Whether your staff is large or small, getting together to celebrate the season should be a highlight of every year.Here are some ideas for making your celebration one that people will tell others about:Raffle tickets with prizes. Hand out...
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Boost Your Name with Brand Association

A brand is a customer’s perception of a business, and great brands are often recognized instantly by consumers when they see the company logo. If you’re trying to build your own brand, associating with one that’s already well known is a smart strategy, as it’ll make you more top of mind for people...
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Holiday Travel Tips

Planning to travel during the holidays? You’re not alone — roughly 107 million Americans have plans to travel 50 miles or more in the December 23–January 1 time frame. About 90% of that travel is on the road, but no matter the travel medium, holiday travel can be synonymous with a major headache....
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Your Holiday Gift Guide

Deciding on the right gift for your customers, co-workers or peers is one of the challenges of the holiday season. Not to worry — we’ve compiled a little gift guide to make things a bit easier for you! Whether the people you have in mind err on the side of minimalism or extravagance, there’s a...
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Festive Stress and What to Do About It

Festive stress: It may be a new phrase to some, but it’s a phenomenon that’s all too familiar to many. The holidays can be downright hectic sometimes, causing undue stress between shopping, maneuvering big crowds, choosing gifts for others, worrying about money, cleaning, cooking and dealing with...
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Knock Their Socks Off

Everybody wears socks. They’re a daily essential — which brings up a relevant question: Have you thought about trying them as a promotional item for your company? They’re made to be used and serve as a creative way to get your name out there for others to see. Usefulness is huge, considering that...
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What Thanksgiving Teaches Us About Promotions

With only eight days left in October, Thanksgiving is approaching — and it’s one of those holidays people love for the amazing food, great company and lively conversation it brings. There’s nothing quite like a big turkey and some pumpkin pie to bring people together. Beyond that, what’s one of the...
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Last-Minute Halloween Promotions

What’s spooky and frightful yet full of delight? Our Halloween-inspired products! If you don’t have anything to promote your brand for the season yet, not to worry — you still have time to order a promotional item that’ll get others screaming about you (in a good way, of course).Get creative with...
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Need Help With Promotional Ideas?

Need help finding ideas for your next event? Well you came to the right place. Our Idea Center offers hundreds of ideas for over 40 different events! Not only does our website offer tons of ideas, it also offers a Design Tool that will allow you to upload your personal or company logo directly to a...
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Celebrate Be Kind to Humankind Week

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.We believe this statement said by Aesop more than 2,000 years ago still holds true today, and Be Kind to Humankind Week is the perfect opportunity to let kindness win the day. This week-long global observance occurs every August 25-31 and...
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Pair Promotional Items with Social Media

It’s certainly no secret that social media has a huge presence in people’s lives today. It involves daily interaction for many, offering a place to share a wide variety of experiences. In fact, there are 2.2 billion actively monthly users on Facebook, 1 billion on Instagram and 328 million...
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New Look, New Function

Have you noticed the new look of our website? We love it and hope you do, too! We’re constantly working to make your customer experience better, and one of the biggest elements we’ve been developing lately is our sitewide design tool. Now you can add your own customization to nearly every...
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Free Experiences for Your Summer Vacation

Going on vacation this summer? Visit one of the nation’s most-visited cities and choose activities you’ll love that don’t cost a thing. Here’s the scoop on what free experiences you can enjoy in each place! Chicago, IL Lincoln Park Zoo: Explore, learn and connect at...
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July is Ice Cream Month

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! July is National Ice Cream Month!This fun celebration was established in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan, with the third Sunday of the month being National Ice Cream Day. He recognized that more than 90% of the U.S. population enjoys this sweet...
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Top Summer Promotional Products

Kick off summer with great promotional items! The official start of summer is still 17 days away, but it already feels like the season has turned for many of us thanks to warm weather, longer days and plenty of outdoor events. With more community events like parades, concerts, festivals, outdoor...
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Sun Safety Tips

Did you know that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month? As we unofficially kick off the summer season with Memorial Day next week, it’s important to understand sun safety guidelines and prioritize them during the hot months when the sun’s rays are the strongest.  Skin cancer is the...
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