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Creative Ways to Repurpose Adco Marketing Mint Tins

So, you are out of those fresh mints that help freshen your breath and now all you have left are those little metal tins. WAIT, don’t throw them away. Those tins that held your tasty mints can in be reused for a multitude of creative ideas. You can start by cleaning your tins thoroughly, with some warm water and mild soap. Once you have removed all the residue from them and make sure you dry them, you’re ready to reclaim them into little creative cool boxes.

First things first, thoughts on decorating your mint tins:

Paint, paper, or polish and with a dash of patience you can give these cool little mint tins a new creative and unique look. Listed below are several ways to customize and personalize your mint tins and give it a special exiting new appearance.

The materials you’ll need decorating your mint tins:

Paint – Acrylic paint is the best to use. Available in many colors. Acrylic paint can be purchased from any craft store (Testors paint for models), paint stores, and home improvement stores. Use a small bristle or foam brush and make sure to get the paint dry before proceeding of paint again.

Stickers – Do you remember when you were little, and you collected those funny little stickers mainly from those sticker books? We’ll stickers are for decoration, not for collecting, and will stick to your mint tins. If the adhesive on those stickers isn’t very strong or you have to shape your stickers around the tin, try using some hot glue on the back of the sticker to help stay in place.

Jewels, Gems and Colored Beads – Little colored beads, gems, or jewels will add a 3-d texture and a shine to your little boxes. These items can be purchased at a craft store. Also, you’ll need a hot glue gun to adhere them to your mint tins.

Let’s put them to good Use:

Now that you’ve decorated your mint tins, there are countless ways that you can use them. Below are just a few ideas.

First Aid Kits – We all know the importance of having an emergency first aid survival kits, but we don’t carry these around with us daily. What if you’re at work and you get a cut that really won’t stop bleeding? Or your child falls and scrapes their knee at the playground and you're left your first aid kit at home? Well, now you can carry a mini kit with you always. Simply fill your decorated tin with band-aids and Neosporin (antibiotic ointment), Q-tips, dental floss, a sewing needle, pain relievers, tweezers, lip balm and some sterile gauze. You can even place some paper money, just in case you need to Uber ride to the hospital.

Jewelry Boxes – These are great when going on vacation and trying to figure out where to keep your rings, earrings, cufflinks and a necklace? Use your decorated mint tin to safely carry your precious belongings without getting lost in your carry-ons. Secure a rubber band around your tin, so it doesn’t open while traveling.

Button Boxes – Everyone has extra buttons in their home. Usually scattered or mixed with other little things. Now you can organize all those spare buttons in your awesome little personalized mint tin so the next time a button falls off your favorite shirt or blouse, now you can save time by finding the exact button (or close to it) in your tin of buttons. Just keep some thread and a few needles in as well so you’ll ready to mend anything in a dash.

Hold extra game pieces – Create a custom and personalized look for holding your extra game pieces. Like Monopoly, Chess, Checkers pieces.

Repurposing old used objects can be exciting and a great way to eliminate waste. Just make sure that your materials are non-toxic, and always be careful when you use a hot glue gun. Metal mint tins are great for organizing small items and creating tiny to go kits in addition to just holding mints. Make them for yourself or give them as gifts. Tell us how you like to use your old used mint tins.

Thanks for reading!

Posted by Darren Duffy

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Categories: General | Tradeshow Giveaways

Backpacks are all-American, sure, we didn’t invent the concept but we did coin the term around the turn of the century. Before the “backpack” was common lingo, the German-derived name was “rucksack.” “money bag” or “packsack” was widely used. While the history of the backpack is an extensive one, the American chapter of its evolution is rich and varied

Backpacks are so useful, so sublimely functional, that most of us assume they’ve been around forever. There are many different styles and color choices when it comes to backpacks and picking the right backpack plays an important part for your day to day tasks or activity. Too big, and you’ll have too much extra weight. Too small, and you’ll never fit anything in. Pick the wrong material and your stuff will be soaked in the rain or discovering that your books are laying out all over the ground and your important papers blowing carelessly everywhere. Let’s face it, there are so many options out there that it can be confusing.

I remember, I spent a good hour picking out my first mountain bike backpack, this of course of after the hours spent researching online. Well, I’m happy to say that I found the right one and it lasted me several years, well until my girlfriend decided that she wanted to use my backpack for school, and shove heavy college course books in it.

At Adco Marketing we have 100’s of different custom backpacks with your choice of colors and styles. We have the best backpacks for school, popular backpacks for college, cute backpacks for young women, drawstring backpacks, backpacks for hiking and traveling also fashion laptop backpacks. We also have the one arm “sling backpack” these are great for being “quick on, and quick off” one shoulder use. We also carry promotional Adidas, Nike, Under Armor, High Sierra, and Ogio branded backpacks all available with your own personalized or company brand logo.

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Our backpacks are great for promoting your company branded logo. Hand these out to prospective clients and vendors. These are also great for tradeshow and marketing giveaways.

Posted by Darren Duffy

Power Banks – What best describes you?

As part of society, we have an infinite possibility for personalization of what we use and do. If you think about it; your coffee order in the morning, you pull around to the drive-thru and give the attendant your custom coffee order. What about the clothes you were? And for the tech-savvy building your own custom-built computer, infinite custom possibilities. But what about portable power? You do use a mobile device, right? Well like most users you’ll charge your device at night when heading off to go to sleep right? You wake up to pull the phone off your charger and rush to get where you’re going.

If you’re a power user like myself, your usually around 40% towards mid-morning, but what’s your battery power like towards late afternoon? 20% or lower? I’m sure your thinking to yourself I’ve got plenty of battery left. Well, what if your night just doesn’t end at the office? What if you decide to meet up with some co-workers or friends after work? So, you’re at your favorite sushi place getting your Mac on with dragon roll sushi and suddenly you hear the cell phone of death; beep beep!

At Adco Marketing we don’t want this to happen to you! Have we the latest custom portable power banks to fit your type of lifestyle? Need help deciding which power bank is best for you?

I’m a fashionista

You love looking good. High-quality clothes, just right hair, you follow the latest trends, have many who follow you on Instagram. People that want to dress like you. You probably have a small dog as a fashion accessory. But how are you going to update the world on your style without a charged phone? What you need is a portable power bank that will make all your followers gawk. We have a small stylish power bank that will fit in just about anywhere our custom power bank emergency battery charger it has a 2200 mAh rechargeable lithium battery.

Are you a traveler?

The world may be filed with power outlets, but they’re very difficult from your own, electrical currents differ too, depending on the country you’re visiting, as a traveler, you need reliable backup power for your electronics without overloading cumbersome weight of your carry on. For you, your best bet is either the Dual power bank with 5,000 mAh or Mega Jolt power bank with 8,000 mAh

I’m Tech Savvy

“Nerds”, as quoted from “Revenge of the Nerds” well, they rule the world. But to do so, they need their gear charged and ready to go at a moment notice. Access to a ton of amazing devices features is never a bad thing. You brilliant folks need either the Mega Vault Dual power bank with 8,800 mAh power or our High Capacity power bank rated at 10,400 mAh backup power. Both offer as well as our other battery backups a quality battery that will ensure safe true power and longer life. Provides protection from over current, over-voltage, or short circuit mishaps. These would keep the power flowing on even the longest trips. Throw one of our power banks into one of our Mission Smart Pack backpacks by Origaudio These are great because they fit most 15” laptops, made with durable water repellent 600d snow canvas. There’s even a RFID lined pocket to protect your sensitive materials like credit cards and your ID card strips.


I’m a beach/get together with friends Enthusiast

Nature is meant to be enjoyed. And with the latest mobile devices, you’ll never have to worry about finding your way back home. To keep those great moments going, in the sun with our Solar USB Market Umbrella with its flexible cell panels it can charge up to two cell phones or tablets at once. These are great for the weekend beach or camping events.


I’m a Nomophobe

Nomophobia is an abbreviation for no-mobile-phone phobia, it a common anxiety disorder in this super-connected society. Simply it’s a fear of being out of the phone, text, and social media contact. This can cause stress, panic attacks, and exacerbate existing other health issues. You can alleviate this by ensuring your battery doesn’t die while away from home or out on the town. You need reliable, large capacity power like our Wavy Power Bank it has a whopping 15,000 mAh with dual USB outlets and a built-in LCD Power indicator. Use this baby for your charge on the go and you’ll never miss another opportunity to connect with your friends or family again.

We are unique individuals that don’t conform or compromise. With all the incredible options that are available, there is no longer any need to make your life your technology. Instead, take control and make your technology items fit your life and style. You’ll be glad you did.

Thanks for reading!

Posted by Darren Duffy

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Categories: General | Tradeshow Giveaways

15. October 2017 15:32

It's All About The Halloween Candy


“When the witches start riding their brooms and when you start to see black cats more than the normal. When the witches moon appears and laughs and whispers, ‘it’s all hallows eve (Halloween).”

Halloween is one my favorite holiday (other than Christmas, of course) Now I know I’m certainly not Morticia or Endora but I just may have some tricks up my sleeve this Halloween for our Lil tricksters and a whole lot of delicious candy they’ll howl about!

Let me let you on a secret; I’m a child of the 70’s Yes, that’s right the 70’s bell bottom Jeans and funky large lapels jackets and shorts and platform shoes. And a lot of my childhood memories are about Halloween. I grew up applauding the good witch and booing for the bad ones. What I would give to pop into a room like Endora or twitch my nose like Samantha Stevens did on Bewitched and my house instantly clean itself!

I have read Casper the friendly ghost and Wendy the good little witch comic books. And let’s face it; it was always Halloween at the Munster’s and of course the Addams Family’s house. My best friend and I could stay up late and watch Creature Features with Bob Wilkins on Friday’s we would always have a contest to see who can stay up the longest.

I danced to Thriller by Michael Jackson so many times, I think I removed the grooves from the record. Yes, those were the days. I remember my Dad and I would make my Halloween costumes usually make out of paper mache and cardboard. We would always go to this pumpkin patch in our little city by the Bay and pick up a few pumpkins Be Picking out a pumpkin would always remind me of Linus from the Peanuts looking up in the sky and trying to find the great pumpkin…

But the best part of Halloween was going trick or treating through our neighborhood. Trying to get all the candy was the goal, M&M’s Chocolates, Chocolate coins, Andes Thin Mints I really think Hershey Kisses were my favorite. We would always have those orange plastic bags the would have a pumpkin on them and collect all those delicious candies! We get to the front door and YELL “Trick or Treat” Then our neighbors would try to guess who we were and most of the time they couldn’t figure it out.

When our bags got too heavy to carry, we’d head home to count all that glorious treasure. My best friend and I would separate our candy into piles on the living room carpet and trade each other for the ones we liked the best!

Halloween is creeping around the corner, and it’s time to stock up on those long-standing favorites and try some of the new candies from Adco Marketing just out for Halloween. These are also great for Tradeshow Giveaways with your Branded Logo or Marketing Giveaways.

There’s our custom chocolate squares, sea salt chocolate caramel, Zagasnack snack packs, Ferrero Rocher Chocolates, custom chocolate squares, custom chocolate cookies, Mrs. Fields Custom Chocolate Chip Cookies, hard hat chocolate and gourmet brownies.

I’ve shared some of my favorite Halloween memories, and I’d love to hang around, but now it’s your turn to tell me some of your favorite Halloween candy memories…

Happy Haunting!

Posted by Darren Duffy

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Categories: General | Tradeshow Giveaways

13. October 2017 08:44

National Umbrella Day is Coming

Happy Friday Everyone! Did you know that February 10th is Umbrella Day!

Did you know that Umbrellas fate back to over 4 thousand years ago? They were originally called parasols, umbrellas were not invented to protect us from light to heavy rainstorms, but they were to protect us from the harsh Sun’s rays. In fact, the word “Umbrella” comes from the Latin word “Umbra” means “sunshade”.

The Asian culture was the first to take their paper umbrellas, and apply wax and lacquer to them to help protect them from the rain. Umbrellas were used solely for Women until a Persian traveler broke the trend and carried one with him, making the umbrella as part of an accessory for both Men, Women, and Children.

At Adco Marketing we carry all types of umbrellas to the traditional umbrellas to the large vented golf Umbrellas, Market Umbrellas, Café Umbrellas, SOHO Fashion Umbrellas, Portable Totes Umbrellas, and the Retro Totes Bubble Umbrellas. With different styles and colors to choose from.

Need a custom Umbrella? What about getting your umbrella personalized or customized?  We got those too! Choose your style and choice of color and get your own company logo printed right onto it.

Our promotional umbrellas are a great way to show off your company pride. Use our umbrellas for tradeshow giveaways, they also they make a great handout for your employees for those who don’t have a way to protect them from the sun or rain walking out to their vehicle.

For such as unique day, look at our new stock.

Posted by Darren Duffy


Categories: General | Tradeshow Giveaways

Why?  From Las Vegas trade shows to rural Montana school yards to retail resale shops throughout the nation, pop sockets and figit spinners seem to be everywhere.  Of course those of us that bought the pet rock can only snicker now.  However, the difference is that these are functional, and actually have a use beyond the drawer.

Our custom trade show giveaway pop sockets can be used in a variety of ways.  Admittedly the figit spinners mainly spin and look cool, but also help with focus for figity folks.

These sockets expand out from the back of the casing when required, and in so doing open up a range of different modes and functions. For example, using one or both of the sockets you can position your iPhone in a number of “modes.” These include:

  • Surfing mode
  • Theater mode
  • Texting mode
  • FaceTime mode
  • Gaming mode

The logoed popsockets also make it easier to hold your iPhone on your shoulder, operate it securely when held in one hand, and secure it on a belt, pocket, or trouser top. But probably one of the most useful and likely popular functions is the ability to use the sockets for holding your earphones while keeping the cable away from the display.  Yep, even with the new blue tooth ear buds, we are still a cabled society!  See this cool video as well.  


Thanks for thinking of Adco Marketing for these unique promotional products

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For customer service week are you thinking of employees who work in customer service, who want to :
1.  Be reminded how much you appreciate them
2.  Be reminded what doing good customer service is all about.
So I would offer one item that is a high quality thank you type item that they could use everyday in the office -  our copper insulated tumblers is what first comes to mind.  Second item  - similar but for water is our s'well style bottles.  
‚ÄčThen something with words on it, reminding them - Smile when on phone (it makes their voice sound more peppy), prompt service, etc - I would offer something with a mirror that would be fun like these mirror phone stands:
Or a custom cube with various pro service slogans on the sides:
Finally since it will be October - how about an umbrella?
We've got this amazing new one on our site which lets you jump in your car without getting the seat wet:
Give our experienced sales staff a call at Adco Marketing for more customer service week ideas.  Or here is an service week article with fun links.  If you are doing a big customer service party, then we also offer custom plates, frisbees, and toys like our new figit spinners - helpful when we are stuck on long phone calls!

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Backpacks aren't cool, I know.  I can't tell you how many times my daughter refused to carry her backpack to school especially once middle school was done.  However, they are the best way to make sure you actually can find all your books, pens, cell phone, calculator and more.  So the tradition continues of summer backpack purchases for back to school.  Let's talk a bit about kinds of backpacks with your logo that can be purchased, then we can go into the "stylish" types too, known as fashion backpacks.


The least expensive backpack is called a drawstring bag.  It's lightweight, holds your PE clothes, maybe some items for a sleepover, or a day hike.  They are actually our most popular backpack.  There are a few different materials to choose from, from nylon to non woven to cotton.  I like the nylon the best.  Below are some photos and links for these drawstring backpacks.  Lots of room for logos, so people really like them!

High Strength Custom Drawstring Backpacks in Polyester, String-A-Ling


The next backpack most often purchased are our smaller backpacks, perfect for elementary age students.  Anything shorter than 17 inches in height fits the bill.  We like the light weight nature of this backpack particularly.  The smaller kids have enough trouble carrying their books, a super crazy Jansport probably wont' get a lot of use.

 Terrapin Custom Back to School Backpacks - screened or embroidered

Finally, kids today are asked to carry ipads, computers back and forth more and more often to school.  So our array of computer backpacks are perfect and fit any budget.  The Rangeley backpack has a funny name, but seriously was our number one selling backpack last year.  Great padded back to school backpack.   Charcoal is the new black, so that's all the range, and most school logos look great on this.  How about our lovely new backpack from gemline, great for back to school!


Charcoal Graphite Slim 15” Custom Computer Backpack

Got a fashion oriented school?  Our messenger style bags are perfect for back to school in high school.  These are not high school backpacks exactly, but with fewer books going back and forth these days, my daughter gets away with these styles no problem.


 elleven Transit Tablet Messenger Bag with custom imprint for iPads, tablets and computers.

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Conference and tradeshows have thousands of booths, (and dollars) at stake.  How to make the most from your booth experience? Adco Marketing provides items ranging from Table Cloths, Banners, and Popup Displays to assist with the look and feel of your booth.  Your colors should be coordinated, but not so bright as to distract from the actual product or service you are selling.  These are long term purchases, and we recommend thinking about future shows as well.  For example, we have a custom table cloth that is "convertible" from six feet to eight feet, offering much flexibility.

Second to consider after the visuals are in place, is the flow of the booth.  If it's a small 10 x 10 booth, you might consider putting your "table" off to the side, allowing for a more accessible relationship with the convention attendees, rather than the more intimidating, less welcoming "two people sitting behind a table" format.  Regardless, its going to be important to provide an interesting promotional product gift that is actually useful, and fun, not something to be thrown immediately into a drawer.  However the cononundrum is that those "throw away" items are the kind people gravitate to, thinking of their kids at home, or immediate needs of hunger - Like for example stress balls,  custom chocolates, a pen, etc.  

The more useful the item, the longer it stays with your client, reminding them over and over about your company.  When we studied the "marketing ROI" return on promotional products for trade shows, we got some amazing results.  Far better than say from handing out a brochure about your company product and services.

  • 94 percent could recall a promotional product they had received in the past two years
  • 89 percent could also recall the advertiser
  • 83 percent reported that they liked receiving promotional products
  • 48 percent would like to receive promotional products more often
  • 69 percent generally keep the promotional product


Promotional products are powerful, both as effective forms of communication and as useable, necessary tools. The following results reveal just how seamlessly promotional products integrate into life, impacting the daily routines of the recipients.

  • 91% had at least one promotional product in their kitchen
  • 74% had at least one promotional product in their work area
  • 55% had at least one promotional product in their bedroom closet/storage space

 So if you'd like a lasting presence whether in the home or the office, select your trade show giveaways wisely, and give Adco Marketing a call for ideas!  888-332-ADCO.


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My goodness where is my umbrella?  Winter and rain snuck up on me this year, and perhaps your customers as well!  Be the hero, save your clients from bad hair days with our custom umbrellas!  Indeed, it's time to choose your next custom promotional product.  We've had incredible success with our newest custom umbrella, the rebel.  When you are looking for unique umbrellas, and you don't want your seat in the car to get wet, check this one out!


Here is a video that looks pretty cool too of me attempting to demonstrate this custom umbrella in a storm!


But often we like to go back to basics and year after year our custom umbrella, the revolution has stood out from our competition.  This umbrella, purchased in bulk with your logo on it can stay in the brief case, purse or car.  It's got a nice soft rubber handle and feels terrific!

The Revolution Folding Promotional Umbrellas with Rubber Handle - Custom Umbrella

Often when people purchase custom umbrellas it's because they want their logo to be seen!  But what about the summer months?  Always pay a little extra to print the tie. That way when it's closed you are still getting that exposure.


Our custom umbrellas vary quite a bit in size.  Maybe in a big city, or planning for that next golf tournament, a large umbrella would be nice.  This mojo golf umbrella is one of our best sellers.  We take just a nice wide umbrella, but add things like "vents" which keep you and your umbrella from blowing away in that wind storm.


Call our dedicated staff at Adco Marketing to hear more about these promotional umbrellas or other winter giveaways like our custom beanies and see videos of that new rebel umbrella as well.  Our number is 888-332-ADCO.

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