Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Custom Made Promotional Stress Balls - The Google Android Stress Toy

One thing that sets promotional stress balls apart from other types of promotional gifts is that they can so easily be custom made.

Unless you have been living in a cave for the past few years you have no doubt heard of the Google Android. Android is a mobile operating system that was created by our friends at Google. Android phones offer a nice touch screen interface with a host of Google applications from weather apps to headline news feeds to and assortment of free messaging systems.

Well I am not really in the telephone sales business so I will leave you to get more information about the Google Android. I will, however remind you of that now famous Android character.

People recognise the Google Android instantly so it was little wonder when a couple of months ago I received a phone call from a major mobile phone supplier wanting to order Android shaped promotional stress balls.

No problem! In fact, the Google Android loans itself very nicely to being manufactured as a stress reliever. It is quite pudgy with no long dangly bits.

This is what you need to consider when having made to order stress balls created. The stress balls that work the best and last the longest are those that are roundish or square with no long antennas or other extensions such as arms and legs.

This is why most animal and people shaped stress relievers have proportionately fat legs and arms. If they were any thinner, they would soon fall off or be torn off. Often legs and arms are brought in to become part of the main body of the stress ball for this reason.

It is important to note that in order to have made to order stress balls manufactured there will normally be a 1000 unit minimum quantity. You may also need to purchase a new tool for the shape. This is a small cost to pay when you consider you are getting a product that is manufactured for you that no other company will have!

Promotional stress toys can also be manufactured in the colours of your choice. This offers you a chance to promote your brand in its own Pantone colours without the need to spend a large amount of money. Stress relievers are still considered to be low cost promotional items.

If you are considering having a character created into a stress ball that is not your own, be sure to get permission first. You do not want to purchase 5000 Mickey Mouse stress balls in your own company Pantone colours just to be told by Disney you cannot use them!

Do you have a company mascot or other shape you would like to use to promote your brand as a promotional stress toy? Perhaps you have already done so. It would be great to hear about your experiences or any questions you may have so leave a comment here.

Would you like to see the Google Android we created for our customer? You can see it on my daily blog.

For more information on promoting your business with promotional merchandise and other low cost marketing methods, please visit my daily promotional gifts blog.

Dan Toombs is Managing Director of CompuGift Limited, one of the UK's leading online suppliers of promotional gifts.

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