School Spirit Items, Sports & Outdoor / 16.09.2015

Sports Spirit Items for Cheering LoudlyIf you have ever watched golf or a tennis match, then you know the etiquette is for the fans to stay quiet. A muted version of clapping is encouraged after a great swing or play. You don't find golf or tennis fans yelling through megaphones or banging together noisemakers such as thundersticks or hand clappers. You'll notice them very calmly observing and paying attention to every detail of play. Now, switch gears and think about a football or basketball game and you have the complete opposite reaction from the fans. They are loud during all times of play. As a matter of fact, if you asked them to quiet down, there would likely be uproar like what happened when the
School Spirit Items, Sports & Outdoor / 14.09.2015

Volleyball Promotional Ideas to Promote Your TeamHave you ever received any promotional products that you just didn't dig? It's not uncommon. Many companies give away promos with no plan of how to use them in an effective and useful way and they end up in your hands with no value to you. However, I'm speaking literal here about products that you can really dig. The Fall season is when high school and middle school volleyball begins. The sport of volleyball is often overlooked by most sports enthusiasts, being shadowed by football, basketball, baseball, and soccer. However, volleyball has become a very popular sport within high schools.
School Spirit Items, Sports & Outdoor, Trendy Tuesday / 18.08.2015

Trendy Tuesday - Football Helmet Shaped Yard Signs

Football Helmet Shaped Yard Signs

With high school football starting now, it's time to begin promoting the Friday night games and filling the stadium. These football helmet shape yard signs are great to use in the medians of the roads on game day to promote attendance. They are also great to sell to the football players as fundraisers to proudly promote their team by displaying the sign in their front yard. These signs are not individually printed with each player's name; however, we do have other yard signs with that option. Football Helmet Shaped Yard Signs
Promotional Product Ideas, School Spirit Items, Sports & Outdoor / 11.08.2015

Trendy Tuesday - Custom Large Cow Bell

Large Cow Bell

Cow bells are loud, which means they are sure to get you noticed whether you are at the big game or whatever event you happen to be attending. These cow bells comes with a top handle for easy carrying and ringing. With football season starting for most high schools in just a few weeks, these are great spirit items for your booster club to sell at the games for fundraising. Custom Cow Bells for Football Games
Beach Promotional Items, Marketing, Promotional Product Ideas / 07.08.2015

Promotional Products for Hot DaysI live in Florida and the summers can be brutal. The temps are typically in the mid-90's. However, when you combine the humidity nearing 100% and temperatures in the mid-90's, it makes for a very uncomfortable situation when your home air conditioning unit goes out. As I sit here in the house trying to cool myself by being half-naked under a ceiling fan, it makes me think of several great promotional products for the hot, summer months. The products below are great giveaways for use during outdoor festivals, company picnics, concerts, political rallies, and other outdoor venues to help keep everyone cool. And, of course, they would also be nice for those who have an AC on the fritz!
Buying Guides, School Spirit Items, Sports & Outdoor / 15.12.2014

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First of all, let's answer this question for those who are new to buying school spirit items, "What are thundersticks?" Thundersticks are a pair of inflatable sticks that are banged together to make a loud booming noise. They are most commonly used as school spirit items to cheer on a sports team. They are one of the most popular spirit items sold to schools. Other names used to refer to these noisemakers include the following: ThunderStix, BamBams, boom sticks, cheering sticks, and banger sticks. When shopping for thundersticks, it's easy to be overwhelmed by all of the options and the price points. One common reason these are bought is to sell at games to raise money for a booster club or organization. Because of the low individual price of thundersticks, they are great for fundraising. Options for thundersticks include reusable vs. one-time use, LED light-up, and many other options from which to choose. Below you will find a quick reference buyers guide for the top-selling thundersticks.
School Spirit Items / 26.09.2014

College basketball starts in late November and many high school basketball seasons begin in early November, so it's time to order your thundersticks early to save money and make sure you receive them in time for the start of your season. These ever-popular stadium noisemakers go by many different names, includes thunderstix, BamBams, and just the plain English spelling "thundersticks." However, they are all very similar and essentially the same (except for our domestically printed thundersticks, which are reusable). There are; however, many different styles to choose from as shown below. Also, production time can vary depending on which ones you choose. The longer production time...the cheaper the price. So plan ahead and order early to get more "bang" for your buck!

Types of Thundersticks

Thundersticks printed in the USA Reusable Thundersticks These are printed in the USA, so they can typically be produced in about 1 week. Also, a 48 hour rush is available for these top-selling thundersticks. If you need them quickly, this is your best option. Choose from 8 different colors. These have a valve similar to a beach ball or a pool raft for easy inflation and deflation. They can be used game after game all season. There is only a 100 pair minimum, so these are great options for selling in your school booster club to raise money for your team or your organization.
  Traditional BamBams Traditional BamBams These are the traditional BamBams with no frills. If you are looking for a loud noisemaker with a low price point, these is your best choice. These start off white and can be printed any custom color that you want. Only 100 pair minimum order. Depending on your time frame and budget, choose from 3 different production speeds and save yourself a little money if you can order early! 9 Week Traditional BamBams  5 Week Traditional BamBams  3 Week Traditional BamBams
LED Light-Up BamBams Light-Up BamBams These noisemakers are great for indoor stadiums with a planned black-out time during a game. They are also great for the fan sections of your arena that are fairly dark. These have LED bulbs that illuminate the thundersticks to create a fun spirit item for your team. These light up options are great to really make your logo stand out for additional recognition. 9 Week Light-Up BamBams  5 Week Light-Up BamBams  3 Week Light-Up BamBams
School Spirit Items, Sports & Outdoor / 10.09.2014

We often are asked the question about the differences between the various stadium noise makers generally known as thunder sticks. Below we will explain the differences between each of them so you can decide for yourself, which are right for you. The truth of the matter is that they are all extremely similar, but since we are frequently asked the question, here are the answers!

Fan-ta-Sticks

Fan-ta-sticks thundersticksThese are our personal favorites for thundersticks. We sell this brand the most, because they are domestically printed in the USA and they can be shipped in about 1 week with the option of a 2-day rush, if necessary. The product itself is made in China, but inventory is stocked in the U.S. and printed on demand to fulfill orders. The best feature about these thundersticks is that they are re-usable. They have a valve, just like beach balls and pool rafts have, so you can inflate and deflate, as necessary. You can use these over and over again at football games. If your company is buying these thundersticks to giveaway, these are great options, because the recipients will get more use out of them, thus giving your business more marketing exposure. These noisemakers are made of durable vinyl. The size of the thundersticks is 23" x 4". Minimums are as low as 50 pieces are available.

BamBams

BamBams thundersticks noisemakersThe name BamBams is simply a brand name of the ever popular noisemakers. They are sized at 23.5" x 4 1/4". They are one-time use products. Once they are filled with air and sealed, you can not add more air. The material is 100% recycled polyethylene. They start out white and can be printed any PMS color you desire. They are produced overseas, so production time options include 9 Week Super Saver, 5 Week Economy, and 3 Week Priority, with the cost increasing as the production time gets shorter. BamBams brand does offer
School Spirit Items, Sports & Outdoor / 29.08.2014

Every year millions of dollars are spent buying football spirit items to promote teams and schools. Items such as stadium seat cushions, pom poms, sports balls, stadium noisemakers, stadium cups, and much more are printed and bought with the school or team mascot and oftentimes business sponsor information. The majority of these are used for fundraisers for the team or various organizations within the school. Each year at the beginning of high school football, we get the same question, and that is:

What is the top selling football spirit item?

[caption id="attachment_724" align="alignright" width="250"]Vinyl Mini Footballs Vinyl mini footballs are softer than plastic footballs and are a great choice to throw into a crowd.[/caption] Mini footballs. Maybe not by dollar amount, but by quantity, they are the most frequently purchase item for the football season. It is unlikely that you have been to a football game in the last decade without seeing the miniature footballs flying around the stadium. They are commonly thrown into the crowd by cheerleaders during halftime or timeouts and sometimes after big scores. It is very easy to get businesses around your town to sponsor a certain amount in exchange for having their logo printed on the footballs and thrown into the crowd. The cost of the sponsorship is set based upon the number of footballs you are offering the local businesses, plus typically a little bit extra to raise money for your organization.

Mini Football Options