Custom printed paper cups; they’re not just for coffee shops anymore

cups11We print a lot of paper cups – millions over the years, and and something interesting about them that many people many not know – while they are used for coffee and cold drinks, they aren’t all printed for coffee shops. Yes, we print for many coffee shops all over the country, but we also print for schools, churches and offices.

One of our largest clients is a law firm. They order 5000 12 oz. custom printed paper cups every two months; that’s 30,000 cups a year! And all of the cups are used for clients who pass through the office. They brand their paper cups with their law firm office. We have been printing these for them for years. It first stared with the name of the firm in plain type and then a logo and then when the law firm changed names and added a partner, it went to another logo and a full color wrapped cup! I’m sure their clients appreciate the extra effort when they grab  cup of coffee at the law firm.

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From our double wall cup line.

We recently printed 10,000 paper cups for a church, which orders them a few times a year. They also have a logo and it’s printed on the cups. It’s a small gesture, but it is noticed by congregants and folks passing through. They use them at meetings and for coffee and cake every Sunday after services. A few realtors order from us on a regular basis and use the cups at their offices, but mostly at open houses.

We also do custom printed paper cups for schools who use them for parent-teacher events and also family reunions and even brides order them for weddings.

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They are inexpensive and they leave a lasting impression. Auto shops, banks, doctor’s offices, stores, clubs, even pharmaceutical companies order custom coffee cups; and many ad agencies order custom printed paper cups to promote their clients’ new products, we do lots of those. We also do many paper cups for the fashion industry which are used at offices and at fashion shows and events.

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We have standard paper cups and just recently started printing full color double wall cups, so you don’t need to worry about java jackets, although we custom print java jackets and coffee sleeves, too.

Check out our line, we print all sizes and you can have one color printed or have a full color printed cup from top to bottom: thediscountprinter.com/papercups

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We streamlined our new 2020 calendar line

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Our new 2020 calendar line is up and available for your custom imprint! We’re ready for the new year!

We pared the calendars down this year to make it easier to order. In the past there just was too much to choose from. What we did was take our most popular calendars, the ones people buy the most often and we set up one page, rather than the various pages we used to have. This will make it easier to scan the images for the theme you prefer and you can order that way.

6102We still have all the other styles and if you would prefer one of them, just ask. We’ll pull it out of storage and custom print that up for you.

We have all the favorite styles – wall calendars, planners and desk calendars.

You can see our new improved page here: thediscountprinter.com/Calendars/

You can start ordering now! The new 2020 line is all available and ready to go.

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Are your pens Naked & Afraid?

pen11Why are your pens naked and afraid? A naked pen is so sad.

Why not add your logo and message to custom printed pens? They cost pennies each, can be purchased at wholesale prices through TheDiscountPrinter.com and they are appreciated when handed out to clients and friends.

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Mix and match colors, enjoy the popular Bic Clic Stic and get free shipping on all orders in the U.S.!

Check out thediscountprinter.com/pens-pencils for a wide assortment of styles and options. It’s easy to order and all we need is your logo!

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Saved by the pen

pens2I was in New York for July 4th week. My cousins and I had gone out to the beach for the weekend. When we got back to the city after the long weekend, one cousin dropped me off at the subway station in Queens, where I would take a quick subway ride back to the city (Manhattan). I jumped out of her car at about 10 pm and ran into the subway.

Just then, I realized I left my cell phone in her car. I ran out again but she had driven off. No problem I thought, I’ll just Uber over to her house, but how could I do that without my phone? And how could I even hale cab and go there since I don’t remember her address?

I realized, I didn’t remember anyone’s address or phone number. It was all in the phone! After I got back to my hotel I realized I had a pen she had given me. A pen my own company had printed for her. On the pen was her company’s logo and a couple of phone numbers – one being her cell number! Saved by the pen.

I called from the hotel and arranged to get my phone the next day.

So many people are using custom printed pens as business cards these days and I can see why. I don’t know if I would have saved her business card, but I had saved the pen and was using it in the hotel!

We sell all sorts of custom printed pens at our website here: thediscountprinter.com/pens-pencils

Check them out, they will come in hand for so many reasons!

In the Millennial Pink

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We changed up our pink. Regarding 3M Post-it Notes. Our Cherry Blossom Pink has been made a bit brighter and lighter and is now “Millennial Pink,” which is a throwback to the original color.

So many of you asked for the original and now it’s back!

Millennial Pink is one of our standard 3M post-it note colors along with canary and white. We also offer recycled papers – Spring Green, Canary Yellow, White and Sky Blue and with the Neon and Ultras, we have Ultra Yellow, Neon Orange, Neon Lime and Neon Pink.

Many of you may remember colors we had in the past, which frankly were not great sellers. There were black and purple at one point! They were not very easy to read when printed, but would be great with metallic pens if you wrote on them!

But if you’re feeling in the pink, try the Millennial Pink on your next order. Spice it u pa little!

All of our post it note sizes and shapes can be seen and priced here: thediscountprinter.com/post-itnotes/

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10 ways to increase your Etsy sales

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We have an eclectic mix of items on our site.

I‘ve been experimenting with Etsy sales. I’ve added items from our main printing and promotional business to raise awareness as well as to make sales, but I’ve also placed items on the site that can be purchased as a single item – t shirts, coffee mugs, shower curtains and such.

And in a short time, I learned these 10 ways to increase Etsy sales.

Fill in the whole headline and don’t be afraid to change it.
There is room in the headline for each item for a lot of words, use up the space, this area is just as good as keywords and tags for your items. The more words you use, the better chance of being seen.

Use proper keywords on Etsy and tags on each item.
If selling a coffee mugs on Etsy with fish images, use all sorts of tags property like “fish” “coffee” “housewarming” “housewarming gifts,” etc. Vary the keywords, don’t just stick to one single theme when many themes fit the item.

Don’t be afraid to change the Etsy tags or the headline for the item.
If Father’s Day is coming up, add that to the keywords or item title, same with Christmas or Easter or St. Patrick’s Day or any keyword that will fit in with the item you are selling. But only add these words if they are accurate. If selling a t shirt that says, “I love Dad,” that is perfect for Christmas and Father’s Day, but of course would not fit property for St. Patrick’s Day.

Sell Etsy worldwide.
The more places you sell, the more people will see your items. Many countries as well as U.S. States and sections of the world do not have access to many items. They don’t have a Target or Wal-Mart in their town perhaps, so open up your world to their world. Share your products with the world, you’ll be amazed where people are who are interested in your items.

Ship your Etsy items free if possible.
If you can add the price into the item and not bring up the price very much, it’s  good idea to use free shipping. That is always a draw and it makes people want to purchase.

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People “favorite” this shower curtain a lot. So we put it on sale.

People will “favorite” or “like” items you have on your Etsy page.
Make note of it, especially if one or two particular items are getting noticed more than others. It’s a good idea to lower the price or put the items on sale that people are interested in. The best part of this is that the person who liked or favorited an item will be notified that the item was marked down and in many cases, people will purchase in order to get the lower price while the item is on sale.

Put Etsy items on sale frequently.
It’s easy to have sales on certain items or every item in your Etsy shop. Put items on sale. Experiment. Simply marking down items will attract attention.

Experiment with items if possible.
Mix things up in your shop. While it’s great to have a theme to your shop, many people will find you and items by doing searches so if someone is looking for a bathrobe and you have that, you may also find someone who is looking for a star-shaped earrings if you have that too. Be eclectic.

Give a discount on Etsy for abandoned shopping carts.
That is when someone goes to purchase an item but they have second thoughts. There is a feature on Etsy where you can send out a coupon code for a person who is about to leave the shopping cart before finalizing the sale. This is an excellent feature and it works very often. It’s worth the little discount you offer (10 to 15% maybe), in order to get the sale. A discounted sale is better than no sale.

And finally, be part of the Etsy community.
“Like” or “favorite” other people’s items, like their shops, follow them, read their blogs, comment, be part of the whole experience, the more you give, the more you get. Don’t just be stagnant. Be friendly and engaging.

So these are some tips I’ve learned as a newbie on Etsy. It didn’t take long for me to figure these things out. There are obvious things to do like participate in social media, share your items with friends and of course have people review your items after they buy, but these 10 items above seem to be overlooked most of the time. I hope you take them into consideration to help your Etsy shop make more sales.

My shop is called Fabu Stuff, you can check it out here: etsy.com/shop/FabuStuff

Paper Mouse Pads; all the rage!

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Paper Mouse Pads are the newest thing in our product line. Surprisingly, it seems as if most people use their cell phones to browse the internet, but desktop computers are still the main instrument for that in offices. Millions of people all over the world use their desktop computers to conduct business and of course, mouse pads are used along with the computers.

Our new concept is the best of two worlds – mouse pads and writing pads. They come 50 sheets per mouse pad, are the standard mouse pad size – 8.5″ x 7.25″. The paper is 60# Offset and contains 30% Post-Consumer Recycled Fiber. There is a chipboard backing.

The paper mouse pads are great promotional items and are used daily. They’re convenient and fun and you can anything you like printed on them in full color with a full bleed, all included in the cost.

There are no set-up fees and like all of our products, shipping is fast and free.

Check the paper mouse pads out here: thediscountprinter.com/mousepads1, we think you’ll like them.