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Top Clearmount and SIGG North America Trends You Missed at PPAI 2017 Las Vegas

PPAI Expo is one of those promotional product events that you shouldn’t miss, but we can understand if you missed us if you were there. There was a great deal to take in at the convention, what with all the bright neon signs outside and the many amazing suppliers inside. It is too difficult to cover all of the delightful new promotional industry trends, ideas and products that were featured at the show and/or are coming out over the next year in one blog post, but what we can cover off are the trends that Clearmount and SIGG North America featured at the show and the ideas we will be focusing on in 2017.

sigg bottles canada commonsku1. 3-D Printing

3-D printing gives new meaning to, ‘making your logo pop.’ With our new printing techniques we can add texture and actual depth to designs. Our machine lays down the textured ink in layers so that a variety of heights can be reached. Each layer may only be one millimeter or less, but the ability to use layers of textured ink adds so much depth to our bottle designs! A recent design for the commonsku conference inspired our intrepid designers to utilize a different height for each color sigg bottle commonskuof the robot logo in order to mimic the real-life parts of the robot, as well as create a textured barcode.

Whether you want to utilize 3-D printing to make your logo even more eye-catching or want to mimic real-life textures, such as sprinkles on a doughnut, geographical landscapes or the nuts and bolts of a robot, your audience will not be able to keep their eyes or hands off these SIGG bottles.

2. Digital Printing

Our new digital printing technologies enable your personalized corporate awards, appreciation gifts and promotional products a very crisp, clean and polished look. By using CMYK colors, we can print any color imaginable to give your logos and designs a stylish finish, far beyond the old technique of screening. If you want to match PMS colors, we can use PMS color matching to provide you with an even closer match. An additional benefit of digital printing is lower set up charges!

We are not limited to printing only on our bottles or on our Lucite items, we can print on almost any item you can think of. A recent project had us printing a logo onto hockey pucks, which were then put on a Lucite base. We can’t get any more Canadian than that!

3. New product launches

While we would love to have a SIGG bottle be part of all of your everyday activities, we know that the average water bottle is designed to contain room temperature water. Luckily, with our new 2017 product line we have a variety of hot and cold bottles designed to carry more than just water AND keep your beverages as cold or as hot as you want, coming your way!

sigg bottle patrick hunter designsMake sure to keep a close eye on shopsiggnorthamerica.com for future collaborations with Canadian artists. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out our Queenie Cards and Patrick Hunter SIGG bottle lines. These beautiful and delightful designs can be customized by adding your logo or special graphic.

2017 is revving up to be a busy and exciting year for Clearmount and SIGG and we hope that you can join in on some of the excitement. Contact us today to find out how we can make your 2017 as exhilarating as winning the jackpot!

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How to Clean Your SIGG Water Bottle

Prolong the Life of Your SIGG by Keeping it Clean

We have to say this: SIGG fans truly love their bottles. We hear so many stories of how the bottles are glued to their sides. They get used every day – for coffee, water, juice, tea, wine (yeah, we know about you!), and so much more. Check out some of our favourite SIGG fanatics on our last post: SIGG Stories about how they don’t want to give up their SIGG.

Naturally, if you love something, you want to make it last as long as possible. One of the most frequent questions we are asked is how to keep SIGG water bottles in tip-top shape.

Our answer is pretty simple – clean your SIGG properly. Most reusable water bottles can fall victim to mold and other deposits. You’re going to want to make sure that you clean your SIGG thoroughly and regularly and keep it dry when not in use to keep it at peak performance.

How to Properly Clean and Care for Your SIGG Bottle

First things first, always hand-wash your SIGG bottle. The dishwasher is not your SIGG bottle’s friend! Those heavy duty detergents used in dishwashers will affect the exterior paint and internal coating of the bottles. While they are built tough, that detergent is meant to go up against Nonna’s baked-on lasagna. Our cool SIGG designs don’t have a chance against that!

Also, keep in mind that the SIGG warranty does not cover damage to the bottle as a result of dishwashing. The other important reason to avoid the dishwasher? That narrow opening of the SIGG Classic Traveller doesn’t allow for the best cleaning results in a dishwasher. Hand washing is the way to go.

You’re going to want to start by rinsing out the bottle and bottle top with hot water after every use. Leave open to dry and always store with the top off. Try to avoid using any harsh cleaning abrasives or brushes on the outside of your bottles as well. This can wear away the covering and any design on the outside and ruin the look of your bottle.

Our best tip is to fill your SIGG halfway with hot water. But be sure to be careful because the bottle can heat up quickly. Add one teaspoon of unscented dish soap and shake. Let sit for a few minutes then rinse with lukewarm water until the soapy water runs clear.

Remember to always make sure that the lip of the bottle is thoroughly cleaned in the same way as the bottle as this is the part that comes in the most contact with your mouth.

Clean Your SIGG Bottle Top

It’s not just the bottle that you have to take care of. Make sure to stay on top of your top – see what we did there? To make sure that it’s clean, rinse it with hot water and leave it to dry naturally. It is also important to keep an eye on the bottle seal and replace it as necessary. For SIGG children’s and sports tops, as well as the New Active Top, the individual pieces should also be washed regularly by hand. Find out how easy it is to take the tops apart. If you’re looking for a replacement, SIGG bottle seals are available as a spare part.

If you need to bring in the big guns for cleaning – don’t fear! We have something for you. Try using our SIGG Bottle Clean cleaning tablets and the SIGG cleaning brush (coming soon in our store).

There are lots of great videos online to help guide you to clean your SIGG. For starters, here is a great one from the manufacturer of SIGG for Hot & Cold bottles cleaning:

A Few Other Tips and Tricks to Keeping Your SIGG in Tip Top Shape

If you are noticing dark spots or corrosion in your SIGG bottle there are a few reasons for this:

  • Discolorations can be caused by sugar deposits.
  • Hard tap water could also result in a build-up of mineral deposits which could leave a metallic taste.
  • Not adequately rinsing out your bottle and/or not allowing it to air dry after each use could cause unwanted deposits.

To treat these dark spots or discolorations, follow a few simple steps:

  1. Fill your bottle with hot, soapy water.
  2. Place a cloth inside the bottle and with the handle of a cleaning brush or any long utensil (not sharp), move the cloth along the bottom in a circular motion.
  3. Pour the water and cloth out.
  4. Rinse and repeat, if necessary.

For stubborn mineral deposits, you should soak your SIGG bottle overnight with a mixture of warm water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. If those deposits are really obstinate, instead of water, you can fill your clean dry SIGG bottle with distilled white vinegar and let soak for 24 hours. Make sure you use distilled white vinegar as no other kind will work. After soaking, rinse with warm water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Allow to air dry with the top off each night and use good filtered drinking water in your SIGG to keep those deposits at bay.

We hope this helped! Now, go clean your SIGG and then get back out there to drink more water!

Remember, SIGG cleaning brushes will be available in the SIGG North America Store soon.

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Be the Booth that Gives Out the Best Conference Swag

SWAG = Stuff We All Get

best corporate swag trade show swagThere is something wonderful about that sentence. How democratizing! All that cool gear can be everyone’s!
I have to say I’m a bit of a swag snob. I will unabashedly ask friends and family about the swag they receive from conferences and tradeshows. It is really intriguing to me if a company has gotten their promotional products right.

  • Have they thought about their intended target audience?
  • Have they worked on the design to showcase what they’re all about?
  • Or have they gone the budget route and produced a cheap widget that is headed straight to a landfill?

Before planning your corporate swag, think about this: 47% of millennials go to a branded event because of the swag. What does that mean to you – the creator of said-swag? It means you better get it right if you want your brand to be memorable, for the right reasons.

Let us help you steer the way on getting the most bang for your buck when producing trade show swag.

Ideas for Trade Show Swag that Attendees will Actually Like

Practical and the Most Bang for Your Buck!

SIGG-Classic-Bottle-207x300 2A recent study by Splash and published in Adweek, What Millennials Want to See (and Take Home) From Branded Events, showed that the most coveted branded product that millennials want from events is a water bottle. That’s right – 24% said that the coolest piece they had received was a reusable water bottle.

But before choosing just any bottle, think about what you want your water bottle to say about your brand. You want to make sure you hit the quality quotient on your swag and a water bottle is a particularly important piece of corporate swag. Why? Because it is a practical gift that will be used frequently by the recipient for the long haul – if you create a good quality bottle that people want to keep.

I once watched an entire table leave behind their bottles at an event because it smelled “weird”. What a terrible use of marketing dollars! This is where our SIGG water bottles really stand out in a crowd. SIGG’s EcoCare liner means that there are no odours in the bottle in the beginning or even with repeated use. Your branded bottle recipient is not going to get a metallic or plastic taste from SIGG bottles, which means that it will be used again and again.

Your mother always said “quality over quantity” and your mother was right. When you want to make your marketing dollars count, make sure you’re choosing the best way to get as many impressions of your product as possible. Don’t misrepresent your brand with a throwaway item.

Branded – It’s the Bottle they were going to Buy Themselves anyway

My favourite line from a marketer: “Always give what they would buy themselves.”

Take a look at the recipients and ask if this would be something they would buy for themselves in a store. While you may have an audience that is incredibly broad, it’s still a good rule of thumb.

One story that stands out from a family friend was an important conference for big shot CEOs and CFOs of larger financial organizations in Canada. When I asked what their swag was (honestly, it should have been kick ass swag), I didn’t see it because it never made it home. The cheap water bottle with the design flaking off was tossed and the stuffed animal (yes, a child’s toy) was left at the table. These sad misfit corporate swag items didn’t even make it to the conference tote because the recipients saw no use for them.

The SIGG water bottle has been around for over 108 years and has a strong brand following. We regularly hear from customers who have had their bottle for decades so you know that it’s worth keeping. As well, based on Splash’s survey results, we know that millennials love their reusable water bottles. Anyone can create a logo’d water bottle, but is it one they really want? Does it tick off all the boxes that an educated consumer expects?

  • Technologically superior
  • Stylish while practical
  • Reusable and recyclable – generally a good choice for the planet and for the user

Design it Well

If you’re not the Apple’s and GAP’s of the world, it’s hard to get participants to carry your brand around in their everyday life. So, get creative with the design! Pick the right color and design choices that make your water bottle swag the one to watch. SIGG has a great selection of colours and styles that can be tied into your brand. They can be printed or laser engraved. We can even have full colour images printed on the bottles. For that additional POP, think about 3D printing – the ink is raised and gives the bottle great dimension visually, while making the bottle a tactile experience, too. Want to read more? Find other great ideas for designing your SIGG swag (digital printing and UV inks) by reading the blog, Technological Advancements in Awards and Recognitions Production.

SIGG Bottles Make Great Corporate Swag

Now that we have shared some ideas on how to create the best water bottle conference swag, reach out to our SIGG specialists and let us assist you in finding the best fit for your brand so you can have the best conference swag!

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Unique Ideas for Wedding Favors

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Impress Your Wedding Guests with One-of-a-Kind, Memorable Gifts Commemorating Your Special Day

The best weddings are the ones that are celebrations of love, friends and family. You have planned so hard to create a party that brings all the best people in your life together to help you celebrate your special day. You also want to create an event that you will all remember.

Have you thought about one of the most important items? It harkens back to our childhood. It’s the loot bag! I mean, now we’re all adults and call it a wedding favor, or if we’re really classy, a bomboniere, but the idea is the same. It’s a gift to your guest to commemorate your special day. In the past, sugared almonds were given but with the rise of Etsy and Pinterest, it’s not hard to find something unique. We’re happy to share some of our favourite creative wedding favor ideas.

One creative wedding favor idea that I loved involved a family friend’s destination wedding. The bride and groom had chosen a beach vacation with their friends and family and wanted a way for everyone to know who was with the wedding party. The bride designed a unique graphic and had it printed on beach totes. With everyone using these fun and functional totes, everyone on the beach could spot each other. These great gifts led to camaraderie and bonding before and after the ceremony. They were also useful – helping to bring all those necessary items like water bottles, sunscreen and a good book to the beach! It was something so practical and distinct that brought everyone together.

Another great, unique idea was one we worked on with a client. Their wedding was taking place in California wine country and not only did they want their guest to have a beautiful keepsake from their special day, but they also wanted to make sure everyone stayed hydrated while dancing up a storm at the reception. They had been big fans of SIGG water bottles for years, so it was a no-brainer when it came to selecting the gifts for the wedding guest. They thought of what they use every day and wanted something just as great for their guests.

When we were talking with them about their project, they asked if we happened to have SIGG bottles available to match their wedding colours: orange and white. My response: “We have a Fabulous one!” We took our orange bottle from our SIGG Fabulous line and printed it with their artwork and the words “Love & Happiness” and created a beautiful personalized gift for everyone to use for years to come.

What is great about using SIGG water bottles as wedding favors is that they work to match the different lifestyles that guests might associate with the bride and groom. The sustainability factor of SIGG reusable water bottles vs. disposable water bottles is a great fit for the environmentally-conscious couple. For the active and health conscious couple, SIGG bottles support having water on hand for that 9 cups of water a day. For outdoorsy folks, you can’t go wrong with a SIGG bottle for your camping and hiking adventures! Find out more about SIGG bottles as a lifestyle tool.

There are so many details to think about on your wedding day, make the wedding favors an easy one. Your family and friends want to celebrate your special day and having a functional, beautiful item that they will keep long after the wedding day is over will help bring back memories for years to come! It also helps that SIGG has a wide range of colours and styles to find just the right fit for you and your significant other.

Check out our SIGG shop and get a quote or contact our team today to see how we can help you with your wedding favors design and colour selection.

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A Water Bottle to Fit and Support Your Lifestyle

The Right Water Bottle can be a Great Lifestyle Tool

drink more water sigg water bottlesWater – you know you need to drink it. More than 70% of our bodies are made up of water and we lose quite a bit by breathing, sweating and other life functions. That is why it is important to consistently replenish this lost water throughout the day.

“Drink more water” is at the top of every “Get Healthy” list in your favourite websites and magazines. For many, it’s not easy getting in 9 cups or (2.2 Litres) a day; but it is important. So, make water a part of your lifestyle by carrying your own reusable water bottle everywhere you go.

Drinking your quota of water will make your joints move better and help your skin maintain its sparkle and elasticity. Studies have shown that drinking water regularly keeps your brain working faster and your energy up.

Always keep your water bottle with you

SIGG-Classic-Bottle-207x300 2Do you have a water bottle at your desk? If the answer is no, then why not?

Grab a reusable water bottle and keep it full. Keep our large 1.0L water bottle to make sure that you always have water on hand. Or use one of our smaller 0.6L water bottle to help ensure that you’re getting up regularly and walking to that water cooler. Get the gossip, talk about Game of Thrones or just take a needed break from the deluge of emails!

Our Classic Travellers are great as they come with SIGG’s Eco Care liner. Besides being BPA-free, the liners will never crack and will remain tasteless and toxin free for many, many years.

If you like your water really cold, our wide mouth bottles make it easy to put as much ice as you want in your water. However, if you love the smaller mouth version, you can get skinny ice cube trays.

Many companies choose water bottles as gifts for all of their employees. Not only do SIGG water bottles make a great gift, but they also help employees drink more water to stay healthier and perform better. A SIGG bottle is also a great gift for a new employee to find at their desk on their first day to make them feel like part of the team!

Mix it up!

Drinking water all the time can be boring for some people. But the right bottle can make drinking water easier by making it different each time. We are fans of using our 0.5L Hot & Cold bottle with its tea infuser used as a fruit infuser. Our suggestion is throwing in strawberries and mint for a refreshing drink.

The bonus about this bottle is that it keeps everything hot for over 18 hours and cold for over 24 hours. This means that you can keep your drink fresh and tasty all day.

If you are on the go, a 0.75L WMB Sports water bottle is a great option. It’s the best fit for your bike’s water bottle cage. You can toss in fruit and ice cubes with the wide spout and stay hydrated during spin class or when the mountains are calling!

Stay Green!

By purchasing and using a reusable water bottle, you are helping contribute to an environmental sustainable world.

According to statistics last year, to keep up with the demand for single use water bottles, it took more than 17 million barrels of oil to produce these bottles. The energy wasted on using bottled water is enough to power 190,000 homes.

Last year, the average American used 167 disposable water bottles but only 38 of them were recycled. These statistics are only for America; imagine the impact of the entire globe.

Using reusable bottles not only helps Mother Earth, but it also helps your wallet. Think of all the extra money you save by filling up your water for pennies a day rather dollars!

Some like it hot!

hot and cold sigg winterIt’s a bit chilly across the country right now, so staying warm is key. Don’t let your hydration decline just because it’s cold. A SIGG Hot & Cold bottle can keep your tea or coffee hot all day.

Our friend, Winston, from Brand Boulevard had a great idea – filling a 0.75L Hot and Cold with hot water when he hits the slopes. It keeps beverages toasty so when he and his daughter need a break, they share this refreshing drink from the detachable cup. They can fuel up without sacrificing some good snowboarding powder time!

This style of bottle has also been popular for several of our construction and outdoor clients. Fill it with your favourite coffee in the morning and stay warm all day long!

Still not sure what the best fit is for you? Reach out to our SIGG specialists to help us find a bottle you’ll have for years!