Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone suffering through the horrific hurricanes which have been storming through the states. Sometimes mother nature isn’t fair, but it’s important during these times we stand together and help our neighbors, which is exactly what America has been doing.
In emergencies such as hurricanes or floods, having a kit with basic necessities could make life a little easier for those being affected by these storms. Here are some helpful items that could benefit you during these difficult times.
Hand Crank Radio with Flashlight
Screwdriver Set with Flashlight
Matches with Waterproof Case
Help Whistle with Compass
Local Road Map
We hope everyone stays safe during these hard times, and out tool kit can help you be prepared.
Being able to skip out on a day at the office to travel sounds like a dream to some, and a nightmare for others. Having to catch flights, book car rentals, endless security, navigation, and keeping tabs of it all can end up causing a lot of hassle. Also, the fact you have to live out of a suitcase for your time away.
Thankfully, carry-on bags were invented to keep the frequent travelers sane. Carry on bags are a vital part of traveling and give mobility to bring what you’d like.
Check out this list of travel items you should never leave for a business trip without.
Portable Hotspot – for when the airport wifi is too expensive
Filtration Bottles – for when you want more than a cup when you are on the plane
Small Medicine Holders – for when the headache kicks in or you need some good sleep
Power Bank – for when your phone dies in the middle of your streamed movie
Neck Pillow – for when it’s time to sleep
Headphones – for when it’s time to tune out the world
Throw a couple of snacks in your bag along with everything else and you are good to go! Travel with your company and get all of your items personalized by Stran.
An ideal Summer for any college student would be to not work at all and hang out at the beach all day. But since it’s time to be a grown up, interning is the next best thing on my list.
Throughout my experience interning at Strän this Summer, I compiled a list of the main things I learned while spending my Summer with such an amazing organization.
Teamwork LITERALLY makes the dream work.
Teamwork was relevant in 6th grade when your classmates and you had to think of ideas to make sure an egg didn’t crack after dropping it out of a 4 story window. Teamwork can also be relevant when you’ve graduated from college and are trying to figure out how to pitch your business to a potential client.
During my interning period at Strän, I witnessed teamwork to the max. We had a lead from a company, which would be an amazing addition to the many clients already in the files. The task of putting together a pitch, an answered questionnaire sheet, and many other things didn’t faze the Strän team at all. Everyone put their heads together, worked together, and was able to come up with an incredible pitch. In the end, this team effort won over the company and lead to Strän gaining a new client. Teamwork finished everything that needed to be done in the allotted time given. Without everyone giving an ample amount of teamwork, and effort, the job probably wouldn’t have been completed. So thank you, for teaching me not every task is a one man show, and of course, teamwork makes the dream work.
Don’t be afraid to speak your mind.
Although everyone knows this is true, you don’t really understand it in a business setting until you experience it. Weekly Monday meetings would definitely be the place where speaking your mind excelled. These meetings would cover anything that needed to be talked about for the prior and coming week. Sometimes there would be a cross road, and it was the constant input from co-workers speaking their mind and putting their ideas out there that would eventually lead to a decision being made. Speaking your mind can lead to great ideas and conclusions that may have never been thought of. So thank you, “Monday morning meetings” for helping me to understand it’s good to speak your mind and not hold back.
Free lunch can brighten your mood no matter what.
Strän introduced me to something I didn’t even know existed: vendor lunches. This is when one or more sales managers from a vendor comes to our office, brings a whole bunch of product to show us, and explains everything and anything there is to know about the products. Now, what excites people for these vendor lunches is the free food the vendor buys for us (and of course the cool product). You can have a bad day, not want to work, or feel tired, but once you step in that conference room and smell the fresh Italian cuisine, your day can turn around in an instant. So thank you, to all of the vendors that fed me this summer.
Listening, observing, and sitting in on things can teach you a ton.
The more you listen, observe, and sit in on things, the more you learn. One of my first days interning, I sat down with an account director and observed everything she was doing. As complex as the position is, I learned a ton just from watching what she does daily, while she gave commentary on what she was actually doing.
I was also able to sit in on what I would call the “party planning committee” (The Office reference). This is a group of about five people that would meet every Wednesday and plan the yearly Strän Open House. I thoroughly admire all of the thought, and contacting, and deliberating that went into this process. Just sitting through a couple months of meetings taught me endless things that I can carry with me in the future. So thank you, to the party planning committee for allowing me to sit in on your meetings and soak up your endless information.
The people are what make your experience great.
I can’t even put words together to describe the phenomenal group of people I was able to work alongside this summer. Of course, coming in as the intern I wasn’t expecting to become friends with everyone. But over the course of a couple months, I was welcomed into the Strän lifestyle with open arms, and I couldn’t be more grateful. The genuineness of everyone in the office is remarkable. Yes of course, people have their good and bad days, but at the end of the day, I didn’t see Strän as a company, but as a family. The way in which everyone interacted, and treated each other was what you’d wish to see anywhere you go. The jokes, the humor, the support, and the love throughout was something I definitely won’t forget. I sincerely enjoyed working at Strän this summer, and am thankful for everyone I got to know and learn from. So, thank you Strän for helping me grow, and giving me a great summer I am sure to never forget.
I went into this Summer not knowing what was going to come out of it, but come to find out it was the greatest thing that could have walked in my path of opportunities. I am thankful for all I was taught, and all I learned. If you’re not sure what you want to do with your Summer, or what you want your kid to do with their summer, have them do an internship. I swear it’s worth every second of missing the beach. And in all seriousness, not just because I’m supposed to write about product, but if you have any requests for your business, Strän is the company to go to. I would know wouldn’t I? I interned there.
“I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite” –Buddy the Elf. I think everyone could learn a lot from the iconic character Buddy the Elf, from the classic Christmas movie “Elf”. Although it’s not quite time to break out the Christmas classics, it is time to take advantage of national smile week.
The second week of August is dedicated to everything smiles.
I challenge you this week to smile at a stranger. Gallivanting through life could be so much more enjoyable by spreading joy every day with a simple gesture. Smiling has been proven to make you feel better because the motion of smiling affects certain muscles in your body that make you feel joyful or happy.
If that’s not enough to persuade you to smile at a stranger, take a look at some random facts that may get you to turn that frown upside down.
- Smiling is contagious.
- It gets others to trust you.
- It makes you sound friendly.
- Increases productivity.
- Produces empathy.
- Those who smile, live longer.
- You are more likely to get a promotion if you smile.
- People tend to smile more when surrounded by people than alone.
- Smiling is a universal sign of happiness.
Stran has been smiling for picture day the past couple weeks. Here’s a sneak peak of some of the fun pictures we were able to capture!
Don’t forget to smile this week, and hopefully every day after!
Let’s take a flashback to 2nd grade when your parent/guardian brought home pens from TD Bank. You most likely had no idea what TD Bank was, but it stuck in your mind and you didn’t mind getting a free toy. You proceed to bring those pens to school with you the next day to give to your classmates, and everyone is curious about your lime green pens that have a silly name on the side of them. This pen was able to spread TD Banks brand, without any sales people, just a simple 8 year old.
Now flash into the future when you’re 30 years old. You may have chosen to join TD Bank because as a child you were exposed to the company without even knowing what it was. This may not be every case, but the point to be made is promotional products to this day have a lasting impact from anyone that receives them.
Once a promotional product has been placed in the hands of someone, it doesn’t only reach the initial audience; its reach often extends to those around them as well. Products can be simple items such as pens, to more exquisite products like portable speakers. The power of promotional products is an endless, growing, 23 billion dollar industry that doesn’t plan on slowing any time soon. They have been chosen as a top ten marketing trend of 2017, and it couldn’t be more accurate.
Promotional products are a simple, affordable way to spread messages effectively, and to help advertise your brand or company. The recognition of a brand is highly influenced by its visual presentation so effective brand identity is important. Whether you’re trying to connect with customers on a personal level, or trying to spread the word of your company, promotional products effectively do both.
Positive brand image can also be represented through promotional products. An increase on a brands image can set a positive perception of its business. This may lead to a higher likelihood of recommendation towards the business, or further business with current or potential clients. Promotional products life extends much longer than using digital marketing, because promo items don’t just go away or disappear. Unless you happen to lose them of course.
The key to being effective with your promotional marketing campaigns is to understand your goal in giving out a promotional product. This is where Stran excels. Allow us to help you find your perfect giveaway. From the beginning of your idea, to the product in your hands, Stran can assist you with the promo products you need.
Social media has blossomed into a new era of technology. In today’s business world, social media is an easy, effective, and affordable tool to engage your target audience and generate brand awareness. No matter the business you are in, the benefits of social media is something that should no longer be ignored.
There are numerous benefits of being involved in social media for your business.
Posting online for your company can help increase brand recognition and brand loyalty. This means customers who frequently see your brand on social media are more likely to be loyal towards your company. Brand loyalty can enable rapid growth depending on how often you’re posting, and how many followers you have. Showing recognition and following other businesses on social media platforms can help your brand grow and attain new, hopefully loyal, customers.
Social media is also very cost effective. Traditional media can be very expensive, but signing up for social media platforms is completely free. The only cost added is the time you spend updating your profile and interacting with contacts. Having decreased marketing costs means there are endless possibilities of platforms or ways you can reach your customers.
Integrating into social media is simple, flexible, and easily measurable. For people with basic IT experience, all that is required is internet connection and a computer. The platforms are simple to use, and don’t take long to adjust to. Social media’s adaptability makes updating and altering content generally flexible. Information can be changed daily, unlike traditional advertisements such as magazine articles or television ADs. Measuring online media stats and interaction is immediate, so there are no longer long periods of time spent monitoring media figures.
There are also a couple things to be aware of when joining social media:
Make sure you’re setting the image you want to represent your brand. It can be easy to stray from where your brand or business needs to be, so keeping a handle on the path you want to take is important.
Be aware of your audience. We live in a hyper-sensitive world, and it can be very easy to offend your audience. Have a grasp of consumers and companys following you, and avoid material that could offend some.
In case your audience become upset or offended by your material, be ready to respond or handle customer criticisms in a professional manner. If online commenting or interaction doesn’t go as planned it is always good to be prepared.
An example of an interactive social media platform includes Twitter. Twitter allows you to post updates called “tweets”. You are able to tweet as frequently as you like, but your tweets are limited to 140 characters. It is a continuous stream of communication, and has lots of room for opportunity.
Twitter can help you discover what’s happening, grow your brand awareness, and connect with potential customers.
Whoever you follow, you see their posts, and whoever follows you, they see your posts. It is a great way to build relationships and develop reliability and trust.
There has been recent research conducted that shows about 67% of people access the internet for social networking. With millions of users and more signing up every day, the power of social media is limitless.
Some popular social media platforms include:
If you haven’t integrated social media into your company yet, it’s time to take the next step with your business. Whether you sign up for one, or all of the platforms, social media can help your business in ways you would have never thought. Just keep a firm grasp on all platforms, be aware of your audience and you’re ready to join.
A long holiday week/end can put a damper on the healthy eating habits you were trying to keep up with. If your Fourth of July festivities went as planned, you probably scarfed down on hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, pasta salad, and so much more! The possibilities were endless. Then the festivities end, and you come to the realization that you’ve eaten your body weight in junk food. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I bet about everyone in your office is thinking the same thing.
During your time off from the office, it was likely not a top priority to get to the gym either. Instead, you took the needed time off and relaxed with family, friends, or even by yourself.
But, if your team is ready to get back on track, Strän is prepared to help.
Whether you’re headed to the gym, or to a group workout, it’s nice to have accessories that make working out easier.
Workout gear for your business such as:
- Arm Bands
- Gym Bags
- Water Bottles
- Shaker Cups
Anything your group could potentially need for the gym, Strän has you covered.
Don’t let your long weekend off stop you from being healthy! Grab your co-coworkers, stock up on gear, and head back out there!
From all of us at Stran, we’d like to wish you a happy Fourth of July weekend! Today we are able to recognize our independence, and the birth of the United States as a nation. We hope you are able to sit back, relax, and enjoy some time with family and friends.
If you’re like me, after a long work week you enjoy a nice drive home with music playing and the windows down. Especially when the sun is bright and the wind is warm. But, if you plan to be in the car longer than a couple hours, you’re going to need more than some music.
Taking road trips has been a summer time staple since the invention of cars. It is an exciting experience if it’s your first time getting on the road to travel somewhere far. There are so many sights to see and exciting things to do you might otherwise miss.
Whether you’re traveling by yourself, or have a roadside companion, it’s always a good idea to be prepared for anything. Having the right necessities will help make your road trip a safe, stress-free environment.
Why not be as prepared as possible for your road trip experience so it flows as smoothly as your drive?
Here are some helpful tips to keep your road trip moving along.
Keep Hands-Free: When driving to unknown places you always want to be prepared with a GPS. Having your hands-free and on the wheel is important to stay safe and keep your full attention on the road. A dashboard phone holder is perfect to keep your directions in sight without having to mess around with your phone.
Stay Charged: Make sure you have enough USB ports to keep your electronics alive for your long drive. Keeping your phone or GPS running is an important part of any road trip, particularly if you are using them for directions.
Control the Uncontrollables: Even though you don’t want to think of it, accidents happen. Make sure you’re prepared for anything with a four in one keychain. This keychain has a glass breaker, seat belt cutter, key light, and key ring.
Be prepared: For a dead car battery, or a necessary pull-over to stay awake, always be equipped with a road side equipment kit. This kit includes a collapsible funnel, 10 gauge jumper cables, warning triangle, gas siphon, blanket, 50 PSI tire gauge, one pair of rubber grip gloves and flashlight with 2 AA batteries.
Allow Organization: As thrilling as it sounds to throw all your belongings into a trunk and head out of town, it is important to keep your car organized for the long drive. Either to store food, clothing, electronics etc., using a trunk organizer will give your items their own spot.
Most Importantly: Sit back, put on some tunes, prepare for the long haul, and have fun!
The best way to quench your thirst on a hot day is an ice cold glass of water. But, is one glass enough to keep you hydrated for the day? The simple answer is no. You need a minimum of nine cups (72 oz) a day to stay moderately hydrated. Another way to estimate your required water intake is to take your weight, divide by two, and that is how many ounces of water you need to drink a day.
Staying hydrated will help you stay active, awake, and alert. It can also help promote healthier skin, better health, more efficient blood flow and overall positive body functioning. 85% of the brain is made up of water, so taking sips throughout the day can lead to more brain flow, which eventually could lead to efficiency at work.
If you are concerned about our environment, consider 60 million plastic water bottles in the US are thrown into landfills every day. These bottles don’t easily degrade, and will be in our landfills for generations. Make a small change and help save the earth by forgetting about disposable plastic water bottles, and switching to a simple re-useable bottle. It’s convenient to carry a water bottle or travel mug, so why not get you or your company personalized or branded ones? You will feel better and so will Mother Earth!
How hydration will help you:
- Maintain an active lifestyle
- A hydrated brain is an efficient brain
- Leads to better skin and overall better health
- You will save money – tap water is free and is the same quality, if not better, as bottled water
Dehydration is bad because:
- Increases levels of fatigue
- Leads to early aging, less resilient skin and reduction in overall physical health
- Makes it harder to lose weight
Tips for drinking water:
- Drink it before a meal. It will fill you up and you will eat less
- Find a water bottle you like and use it more
- Carry a water bottle with you everywhere you go
Stran has an endless array of water bottles, to-go cups, glass cups, and mugs to choose from.
Just see for yourself:
17 Ounce Steel Bottle
20 Ounce Glass Single Wall Bottle
24 Ounce Copper Vacuum Insulated Bottle
16 Ounce Vacuum Insulated Travel Mug
24 Ounce Tritan Single Wall Bottle
17 Ounce Confetti Stadium Cup
16 Ounce Ceramic Two Tone Mug
16 Ounce Ceramic Stainless Steel Base Mug
As the hot summer weather continues, your body will be thanking you for giving it water.
Rely on Stran to personalize your water bottles, mugs, and cups to keep you hydrated throughout the day.