National Pencil Day

We’re celebrating here at BMT! Because on 30th March, it’s National Pencil Day!

Every year on March 30th, National Pencil Day is celebrated because it’s when Hymen Lipman received a patent for a pencil with an attached eraser on this day in 1858. Therefore, the pencil is almost 160 years old!

And even after almost 160 years on, the pencil is still a tool that we use today.

As you can see, we’re big fans of pencils and love creating the most powerful of branding on the most simple, yet useful of products. Pencils are always needed at hand when you’re in the office, which is why they are great for increasing your brand awareness as they won’t be shoved in a drawer! Therefore, they make a for a fantastic free gift to give to clients to boost your brand recognition.

Because it’s National Pencil Day; we’ve come up with prime examples of when a pencil can be most useful:

Writing notes – The most obvious use for a pencil is for writing. Pencils are useful for when you need to make a quick note on a sticky note, in a notepad or perhaps you use a pencil for your everyday to-do list to check things off? There’s always a pencil lying around when you need it most; so if you add a brand message or logo on one, you’re instantly getting the attention you want.

Drawing and sketching – A pencil is the first choice of stationary to use when it comes to drawing and sketching. Unlike pens, depending on how soft or hard you press on paper, you can determine the intensity of what something will look like drawn or sketched on. Whether you’re just doing the odd doodles on a notepad to pass the time at work or if you’re a budding artist, a pencil is your best friend for this type of activity.

Placed on your ear – A pencil that’s placed on top of the ear can be a handy place to keep it when you need it most. Have you ever seen someone in your office who always has a pen on their ear? Or perhaps you’re one of those people who always has a pencil on them? So when you need somewhere to keep a pencil, stick it on top of your ear!

Erasing mistakes – The beauty of most pencils, compared to pens, is that most of them will have an eraser attached at the end of them. This means anything that you’ve written down accidently, or made an error with whilst drawing; you can erase those mistakes straight away.

Want to celebrate National Pencil Day with us? You can order your promotional pencils from our online catalogue, see our page on why promotional pencils make the best free gift or call us for a free quote on 01933 409489.

Celebrating St Patrick’s Day at BMT

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Every year on March 17th, the Irish, Irish at heart and people from across the globe celebrate St Patrick’s Day. What started as a religious feast day has now grown and become an international festival of celebration of Irish culture with parades, lots of food, dancing, lots of green and LOTS of Irish beer! Some people only know St Patrick’s Day for being a day where the Irish all go out and drink loads of Guinness. But believe it or not, St Patrick’s Day (or the Feast of St Patrick) is still celebrated as a religious event, as well as a cultural one.

Did you know that St Patrick was a 5th century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland? According to Declaration, at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland where he spent six years working there as a shepherd and during his time there he is known to have “found God”. The Declaration says that God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting for him to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick became a priest.

Tradition holds that he eventually died on March 17th and following many centuries, many legends grew up around St Patrick and he became one of Ireland’s foremost saint.

Over the years, St Patrick’s celebrations have become worldwide traditions amongst Irish people or just Irish lovers. Celebrations normally include public parades and festivals, traditional Irish music sessions and the wearing of green. More recently, famous landmarks have turned green on St Patrick’s Day to celebrate and Christians attend church services.

So why green? Why do the Irish wear green on St Patrick’s Day? It is customary to wear shamrocks on St Patrick’s Day and/or green clothing and accessories, which is also known as “the wearing of the green”. The colour green has been associated with Ireland since the 1640’s, when the green harp flag was used by the Irish Catholic Confederation. Green ribbons and shamrocks have been worn on St Patrick’s Day since at least the 1680’s, therefore the colour green has been associated with Ireland since.

When it comes to promotional branding, we love adding something different to products that people have never thought of before. Whether you’re celebrating St Patrick’s Day or not, you can get the luck of the Irish by adding the colour green to your promotional products. We’ve previously done branded St Patrick’s Day hats, glasses and even beer bottle holders for the special event. AT BMT, we love a good celebration!

If you want to add the luck of the Irish to your promotional products, or you just really love the colour green, have a look at our catalogue or give us a ring for a free quote on 01933 409489.

BMT Promotions Thinking Outside the Box

You’ve all heard the phrase ‘content is king’…well we hadn’t but apparently it’s a thing. So in keeping with that motto, we’ve decided to invest even more time in our social media efforts.

In addition to our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages, we have created a vine account and we’ll be updating our Instagram on a regular basis. In doing this we’re hoping that we can give our customers a closer look at what we do and how we create some of our most popular products.

We’ve had a bit of a brainstorm, and we were thinking, ‘how can we make our social media different from the rest?’ Well we’ve got a few ideas that we’ll be rolling out over the next few months, but our first, is our monthly comic strip. Our first effort is now on our Facebook and Twitter, go on check it out…we’re not going anywhere…in fact here’s a link: http://on.fb.me/1iVHeIc. We’ll be rolling a new one out every month with clever puns that focus on our products, and your feedback would be very much appreciated.

We’re full of good ideas here at bmt but if you have any ideas of your own, then feel free to give us a shout. If you have an idea for a new comic strip or even a new product, then give us a shout on our social media pages and we’ll happily give it a review.

In the meantime, keep an eye on our social media channels and we’ll keep you updated on the goings on in the world of bmt promotions.