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How are Promotional Products Made from Recycled Materials?

Promotional products exist in a huge variety of types – from free clothing such as t-shirts and hats to the more extravagant promotional items given to the rich and famous – watches, perfume, luxury hampers. There is no limit to what can be given as a promotional product, and thanks to recycling, it is also true that there is no limit to what these promotional products can be made from. This article will detail how these recycled items are made.

Delivery

The waste that is collected is delivered to the recycling center and unloaded from the truck. The driver will check that there are no overly large items in there that cannot be recycled.

Drum feeder

The mechanical claw then picks up a load of material and puts it into a spinning drum feeder, which then evenly distributes the materials onto a conveyor belt.

Initial sorters

Items that won’t fit through the sorter, like coat hangers, for example, are removed by hand to avoid clogging up the machine.

Large star screens

A series of offset star-shaped discs called star screens remove corrugated cardboard. Smaller items pass through onto the conveyor belt.

Second sorters

At this stage, smaller contaminants are removed, such as valuables like wallets, or items that cannot be recycled that might still slip through on the conveyor belt.

Glass

Glass is sorted by colour to ensure that it can be repurposed correctly – it is cleaned, crushed and mixed with sand and limestone before being heated, liquidised and turned into new products.

Paper

Paper is pulped when it is delivered to the recycling centre – pulping is achieved by soaking the paper and then heating it, while the chemicals in the soaking liquid help separate the ink from the paper. The pulp is then screened so the glue can be removed, as well as any remaining ink or other materials, before being refined and beaten to prepare it. Once refined, the pulp is placed on a flat screen that shapes it into sheets, where it is then dried and rolled, ready to be used again.

Plastic

The first action after the plastic has been delivered to the recycling centre is to wash it and inspect it. It is then cut into flakes, which are then separated, dried and melted into a liquid. The liquid undergoes a cleaning process that requires it to be fed through a screen, at which point it comes out in long strands. These strands are cooled and cut into pellets, and then distributed to manufacturers to be made into new items.

Aluminium

When cans are delivered to a recycling centre, they are shredded, melted, then cooled and shaped into a block, called an ingot. The block is then made into sheets, and the new products are made from this. All in all, this is the quickest recycling process – an aluminum can is typically recycled in a 2 month period.

So next time you receive a plastic keyring or a glass, it is highly likely that it once lived a life as something else, so you can enjoy the knowledge that your promotional item is as eco-friendly as possible.

At Banaman, we are proud to provide promotional materials of all kinds to businesses of all sizes. If you would like to know more, please feel free to get in touch with us today.

Importance of Colour in Marketing Materials

Colour is an important part of online marketing. If your logo has intense colours such as yellow or red, it announces something to the customer. When you create the perfect logo, make sure you pay particular attention to the colours you use. To analyse human behaviour more closely, extensive research has revealed that predicting customer response to colour appropriateness is much more important than the actual colour itself.

According to the recent studies on picking the right colours, personal experiences, cultural differences, and context were all found to have an effect on consumers. So when you want to evoke some sort of emotion in your readers, you may choose purple or yellow for your brand.

The role colours play in branding

When it comes to branding, one of the most important issues tend to relate to colour branding. For years, psychologists have been studying the link between colours and brand identity. Their studies revealed that our brains prefer unique brands so if everyone else is using blue, you may want to stand out by using purple.

To create a successful brand, you must use the right emotion, mood, and image. Start by identifying which colours are appropriate for matching your brand’s desired personality. For example, if your website is of simple design, you may consider white; however, selecting one colour over the other doesn’t always make people buy the product more often.

People most often believe that the most popular colours (black, white, and gray) work better than the rest. But according to research, purple is just as powerful. For instance, using colour increases brand recognition by up to 60 per cent, improves readability as much as 50 per cent, and increases response by 70 per cent. Some brands tend to work better with their colour schemes even if their company names aren’t visible.

 

The link between colour coordination and conversions

If you are debating whether there is a single best colour for conversion rates on websites, you’ll be surprised to hear that this theory has already been debunked. The Isolation Effect (a psychological principle) states that a product standing out over the others is more likely to be remembered than its text or image colour.

Some marketers found that when they changed the purchase button to red, their conversions boosted by 20 per cent. But this doesn’t mean that the colour red prompts people to take action. It can be incorporated with a green background in order to complement each other and blend in with the surroundings.

Another example is when you use black and white rather than grey, you are in fact creating a tone. You may often hear people saying that a colour is too intense so they add black and white in different amounts in order to lessen the intensity. When picking colours for your website, make sure you carry out a little test. There is no way of knowing how your audience will respond to your chosen colours in the content page and the layout within, but by testing different colour combinations, you can generate the most traffic to your website as well as determine what works and what doesn’t.

Banaman are specialists in providing high quality promotional materials and printing for businesses of all sizes. If you would like to know more, please get in touch with us today.

Personalised Stocking Fillers

Christmas is coming, which for many people means that it is time to head to the shops or frantically add items to virtual baskets before they sell out, so your family and friends can open the gifts they want on Christmas Day. While there might be some large gifts that you buy for people – games consoles, gadgets, clothing – you can never go wrong with some well thought-out stocking fillers, and this article will look into the best ones around.

Personalising your gifts is an excellent way to show you have put real thought into what you are buying. Choosing a gift that is specific to somebody and then adding their name to it means they have something that they know you have put thought into, and not just a generic item that you have bought in bulk.

Mugs

There is a huge range of mugs available that can be personalised with a graphic or text of your choice. As they are simple to make, you do not have to pay over the odds to purchase a personalised one. Whether you want several mugs with the same message, for a team or group, or you want individual names on each mug, at Banaman we can provide high quality printing that ensures you get a durable, long lasting product at very competitive prices.

Notepads

You might be a budding writer, or your job might require you to take many notes throughout the day, in which case, a notepad is the perfect gift. Notepads come in all shapes, sizes and styles, and it is this variety which means that you can choose one that is perfectly suited to the recipient. Personalising it adds an extra touch of class as well as showing that you have thought about the gift you are buying.

Photo Frames

The importance of photographs is often understated – without them, we would often have little to remind us of important moments or good times in our past. By giving someone a personalised photo frame, you can help them treasure a certain moment, friend or loved one with a frame that is specific to the photograph. At Banaman, we provide engraved wooden photo frames that house your photos elegantly, so you can buy a special gift or gifts for someone without breaking the bank.

While some stocking fillers may literally be just filler gifts, the importance of a well-thought out present is always high. It can make people feel valued and provide them with a gift that will stay appreciated for a long time.

At Banaman, we are proud to provide high quality printing and personalisation services for  a wide range of items, in any quantity. If you would like to know more, please feel free to get in touch with us today and we will be happy to help

Useful Mug Designs

From homes to offices, mugs are stored in cupboards and on desks in order to provide people with a warm drink on a cold day or a morning pick-me-up for those particularly difficult early starts. Whether it’s related to the design, the sentimental value or a unique aspect of the mug that makes it special – there are a number of reasons that certain mugs are favoured by people.

If you choose a mug with a unique design or a special feature, then the chances are it is likely to get used more often. Although it may seem trivial, there is a wide range of different designs and features that can enhance the look and functionality of a mug. This article will look at some of the most unique and useful designs that are on the market today.

Thermal mugs

Taking a sip of your tea or coffee only to discover it has gone cold is an unpleasant surprise, and it can happen all to often, especially if you get engrossed in your work or leave your desk for a short while. With a thermal mug, however, that problem is eradicated and your drink will stay hotter for longer. Thermal mugs are often quite easy to tell apart from usual mugs, as they are often metallic and slightly taller than their ceramic counterparts.

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Self Stirring Mug

Stirring a mug of tea or coffee is hardly the most strenuous task in the world, but if you don’t have a spare hand (if you’ve got an especially large tea run to do), then a mug that takes care of this small task for you can be a great help. They work by having a tiny motor at the bottom that stirs the tea, ensuring you can have your drink mixed to perfection at the touch of a button.

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Plug Mug

In many offices, a pet hate of employees is when other members of staff take the wrong mug out of the cupboard and use it, leaving you without a mug or having to use a different one. With a plug mug, that problem is no more! Simply take the plug out of the side of the mug, rendering the receptacle useless – no more mug theft!

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Here at Banaman, we are proud to provide a wide range of promotional materials for our clients. From mugs to stationery and clothing, we offer the highest quality printing and delivery for excellent prices. If you would like to know more about us, please get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to help.

What Your Logo Says About Your Business

ets, cars – almost anything we use. There are certain logos that are known the world over thanks to the ubiquity of the product or service they represent – but what was the reasoning behind the design of these logos? Ensuring that your logo conveys the right message about your business is essential – a well designed logo can work wonders for your reputation, just as a poorly designed one can project a negative image of your company.

Simplicity

Logos needn’t be spectacular or complex in their design – in fact, this can often have the opposite effect and make it seem cluttered. For example, the biggest, richest company in the world has one of the most simple logos; Apple’s logo is just that – an apple. With the bite taken out of the logo, it is an icon that is synonymous with quality and the simplistic, minimalist nature of the design mirrors that of Apple’s products. Work out what the key USPs of your business are and see if they can be incorporated into the design of your logo. It shouldn’t be too forced, and sometimes it may not be possible, but it can certainly help to have a symbolic factor to your logo.

Innovation

There are many tricks you can use to add an extra layer of inventiveness to your logo. Courier company Fed Ex utilises negative space to add a white arrow into their logo – while this may go unnoticed to the untrained eye, once you are aware of its existence, it is difficult to ignore and makes for an impressive logo. What’s more the arrow symbolises movement, which is the ideal symbol for a courier company. Seek out original ideas that you can use for your logo – originality coupled with innovation is a recipe for success.

Colour

Striking colours can play a big part in helping you get noticed. The term ‘striking’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘bright’ or ‘garish’, either. Clever uses of contrast can ensure that important areas of your logo stand out. Certain colours provoke feelings and emotions, so consider the relevance of these feelings and whether or not they relate to your business. Bright colours may not suit a logo for a tax company, for example, but for a restaurant or clothing shop they may be the ideal theme.

Choosing the right elements for your logo will ensure that you catch the eye of potential customers and ensure it stick in their minds, perfect for when they need the services of a company in your sector.

Here at Banaman, we provide the highest quality promotional printing services for companies of all sizes, from independent businesses to large corporations. If you would like to know more about what we do, please get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to help.

Tips for Encouraging Repeat Custom

Getting customers to return to your business is one of the key tasks that any customer-facing company has to conquer if they are to be successful. There are a number of ways you can help entice customers to use your business again, and this article will look at the most effective ones.

Exceed customer expectations

The first time someone uses your company, the level of service they receive will inform their decision to use your business again or find somewhere else. Make sure that aside from the quality of your product, the service itself is top notch and makes the customer feel valued. Customers are much more likely to tell their friends or family about your business if the service they received has gone beyond the usual standard, so make sure everything is done to the highest order.

Regular contact

Rather than just accepting your customers’ money and then waiting for them to come back, keeping in regular contact with them can be a fantastic way to make them feel like more than just a source of income. Newsletters, emails, competitions and social media usage can all help in this regard.

Promotions

Everyone loves a chance to save some money on a purchase, so by offering promotional deals to your customers, you can be sure that they will come to you to benefit from your decreased prices. Whether you’re offering multiple items at a discounted cost or a lower price one product/service, it will be sure to attract people to your company.

Respond to feedback

Showing your customers that you are actively responding to their feedback and acting on it where possible or necessary is one of the best ways to show yourself as something other than a business focused entirely on profit. Implementing customer ideas and helping to ease concerns, if they have any, can go a long way to encouraging them to return.

Reward Loyalty

If you do have customers who regularly use your business, then make sure they are rewarded for doing so. Offers such as discounts, promotional deals or incentives such as rewards for recommending your company to their friends or family. Using a referral scheme such as this can create a knock on effect where people recommend friends and their friends recommend their friends and so on.

Here at Banaman, we are experts in providing high quality promotional products for businesses of all types and sizes. Whether you own a small or large company, our range of products from t shirts to stationery is ideal for your promotional needs. Get in touch today to see how we can help you promote your business.

Trade Shows in Leeds 2015

For promoting your business and expanding your client base, there are few better places to go than trade shows. Leeds is home to many trade shows, catering for a wide range of sectors and this article will provide an overview of the best exhibitions for you to take your business to.

Conference and Hospitality Show

This one day event is geared towards the events and hospitality industry, bringing together people connected with these sectors to talk about the latest technological developments in their fields. This is an ideal event for professionals in these industries, with the demonstrations and information on offer providing an excellent chance for you to stay at the forefront of the advancements in the conference, events and hospitality industries.

Trade Tech FX

Trade Tech FX is taking place in central Leeds over two days in May, with over 200 FX professionals offering expert advice and demonstrations to attendees. It has a wide variety of people from the buy side and sell side, as well as technology vendors and leading industry figures. Featuring the leading technological advances in the trading industry, from bots to apps and even some algorithmic trading programs, there is sure to be something to help your business get ahead in the trading industry.

Care Roadshows

Showcasing the latest care products and processes, the Care Roadshows travel all over the country, passing through Leeds on the 12th May. This is the perfect opportunity for care home owners, managers and staff members to learn about the latest developments in the care industry, allowing them to provide the best possible care for residents and patients.

Skills Yorkshire and the Humber

These events bring together young people, careers advisors and employers in order to help the attendees develop their skills and potentially find employment that is suited to them. Founded in 2007, one of the focuses of this event is to allow for attendees and exhibitors to interact with each other in order to achieve a high level of progress – exhibitors offer apprenticeships, training, jobs, as well college and university courses.

Lighting Fair

A chance for university students and graduates as well as scientists, professors and engineers to present their research to a wide audience of their peers and like-minded people. Taking place at the Leeds Corn Exchange on 26th August, the aim is to help create research networks between Universities and others in the Industrial Products industry.

Here at Banaman, we have dedicated ourselves to providing businesses with the perfect materials to promote themselves to current and potential clients alike. From stationery to baseball caps and t shirts, we can print your company logo or slogan to the highest quality, at excellent prices with no minimum order. Whether you’re a large business or a small independent one, get in touch with us today to see how we can help.

 

Three Offline Methods to Advertise Your Business

Despite the almost universal usage of the internet for businesses and consumers alike, and although the internet is admittedly the quickest and widest-reaching method of advertisement, it is not the be all and end all of advertising tactics. There are ways to promote your brand without logging into the world wide web, and this article will look at the most effective ways to utilise your presence in the real world.

Vehicle Branding

Wrapping your vehicle in the branding of your business is a fantastic way of spreading the word about your company, especially if you are a frequent traveller. It makes your vehicle stand out from the rest of the traffic, and as you will be on the move it means your logo and contact details will be seen in a variety of areas. If you have a fleet of vehicles all adorned with the same eye-catching wrap, you will soon see people take notice of you and your business.

Promotional Products

A tried and tested promotional tactic, gifts for clients and potential clients from your business can go a long way to enhance your reputation and increase your customer base. Items like stationery, keyrings, even items of clothing like hats and t-shirts are cheap to produce and easy to distribute. As they are so cheap to produce and order, it means that you can give them away at no cost without much financial loss to your business. Banaman provide a superb printing service with no minimum order amount, so whether you operate a big or small business you can benefit from promotional items.

Community Presence

By making your business known in your local area through community work or sponsorship, you can create a great reputation for your company and establish yourself as a cornerstone of your local community, making you a more attractive prospect to clients in that area. Methods such as sponsoring local sports teams or events can be a fantastic way to help out local clubs and raise your profile at the same time.

Exhibitions and Shows

Visiting exhibitions, either as a consumer or as a business, can be a valuable way to create new relationships with other businesses. This can help expand your reputation, not just amongst potential customers, but with other companies as well. By operating a well run, effective stall or booth at an exhibition, you can make yourself stand out amongst your competitors and stick in the mind of potential clients.

Banaman are experts at providing high quality promotional products for clients of all sizes. If you would like to know more about us, please feel free to get in touch today and we’ll be more than happy to help.

 

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