Do you know who Bartolomeo Cristofori is? The name might not be familiar but his impact on the world is everlasting and continues to be a vital part – almost a necessity – of arts and culture. Cristofori is the inventor of the modern day piano, an instrument that plucks strings of varying frequency using a keyboard. He made this, thanks to the Medici family during Italy’s Renaissance Era.
Centuries later, we continue to acknowledge the piano as an influential instrument that have shaped every musical genre that has come and gone and continues to be used by popular artists. Millions of musicians such as Adele, Joanna Newsom and even Flava Flav are avid piano players that regularly use the piano for recording and live performance purposes.
So it is only appropriate that an entire month be devoted to one of the most widely-celebrated inventions in the history of Modern Man. September is deemed “National Piano Month” and there’s no better a spokesperson than fictional, lovable Peanuts character Schroeder. The sole purpose of this month is to celebrate the piano, learn how to play the famed instrument, buy a piano or just listen to famed musicians who chose keys over strings and chose a bench over a drum stool.
There are many promotional music products that would encourage your clients’/employees’ inner-Mozart out, including the promotional Mini-Note Keeper Combo – which is perfect for writing songs – or even a custom imprinted Musical Note Stress Reliever. This item is perfect for the pianist that needs something to do with his/her hands before performance time.
So, whether it’s Strauss, Glass, Wonder or Keys – pick up an album or take a seat and play the piano!
It is never too late to go on an adventure…
August was American Adventures Month – an opportunity to have an adventure, take time off and travel leisurely. And although August is closing out doesn’t mean we have to formally say “good-bye” to an awareness month with such a universally tantalizing philosophy. As a company, while it is important to promote a hard-working mindset, the hardest worker can be weak if overloaded. By promoting adventure, you promote healthier employees and growth of the mind and body.
For Labor Day, pretend it is August and head to the beach. Take out a promotional sand pail or even a promotional kite and see how far your imagination can go. Or see where 99,999 steps can get you on a promotional pedometer. Better yet, travel far by car – and leave behind your promotional cell phone accessories for a promotional camera.
For more information on American Adventures Month, visit the official website here.
Hispanic Heritage Month: Heritage, Diversity, Integrity and Honor.
From September 15 to October 15 2011, we as a nation salute the activists, politicians, pop-culture icons and everyday heroes of Hispanic heritage. People who have shaped the history, art and even technology of America and throughout the world.
Some of the people I idolize include Desi Arnaz, whose marriage to Lucille Ball made for one of the most famous sitcoms I Love Lucy; Salvador Dali, the most famous Surrealist painter of the 20th century and Severo Ochoa, the joint winner of the 1959 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work with RNA. Who do you look up to?
But this month is the time to celebrate those who are closest to us – the everyday heroes who won’t grace the pages of magazines and newspapers but have impacted our lives in many ways. The people who make a difference in our schools, offices, our businesses and even in foundations. For these great people, there are promotional products that are in the Spanish language. We have promotional coloring books in Spanish and promotional health guide wheels in Spanish. We even have a talking promotional pen that speaks Spanish. But whatever you might choose, keep those we idolize in our minds and hearts.
Friday, August 19 was World Humanitarian Day. The initiative, which is all about people helping people, is a worldwide one that seeks to reminds people that “there is never a year without humanitarian crises,” according to the United Nations (UN).
According to a message on World Humanitarian Day released by the UN, “From Japan to Sudan, from Pakistan to the Horn of Africa, aid workers help people who have lost their homes, loved ones and sources of income.” These individuals often travel far and brave real dangers in order to help, reports the UN.
World Humanitarian Day, therefore, is dedicated to honoring aid workers and appreciating their dedication to important causes. It’s far too easy to overlook and forget the suffering going on throughout the world. That’s why it’s so important to spread awareness about this important day of appreciation and remembrance.
If you missed out on World Humanitarian Day, there is no need to worry. Volunteering is a great way to reach out to people who need your help all year long. There are so many ways through which you can lend a helping hand, whether on World Humanitarian Day or any day of the year.
There’s nothing better than a discount. Sometimes you’ll save a few dollars on electronics or on a car but no one dishes out more discounts than food services. Restaurants and super markets hand out discounts all the time, in the form of paper clippings called coupons.
In celebration of discounts, September is National Coupon Month.
But just because super markets and restaurants hand coupons out regularly doesn’t mean your company has to miss out on the fun of National Coupon Month. Creating a coupon or promotional incentive is a great idea for any company. These will drive people to research your product and will make your product more of a hot commodity than similar items without an incentive. Motivators sells promotional incentive cards, including cards that give the consumer free DVDs, free songs or even a tree planted in their honor. Or for coupons, consider purchasing a custom imprinted coupon holder. Whether filled with coupons for your products or given as a gift, printing your company’s logo on the coupon holder is a way to show the consumer that you love coupons and love discounts.
National Night Out is an annual event that takes place throughout the United States, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and throughout military bases worldwide. According to the event Web site, over 37 million individuals participated in last year’s event. This year’s National Night Out marked the awareness event’s 28th anniversary. Its purpose is to bring awareness to crime and drug prevention.
If you missed the August 2 program, there’s no need to worry. In reality, crime and drug prevention should be a high priority all year long. Every day is a good day to work toward strengthening your community’s spirit and helping to build partnerships between your neighborhood and its police officers.
You can therefore hand out National Night Out logo products at any community event. These products teach children and young adults to say no to drugs and alcohol– an important lesson indeed.
Other great items that will help reinforce National Night Out’s messages are promotional police and fire stress balls. With these promotional giveaways, you’ll notice your neighbors and police officers begin to come together and work as a team to prevent crimes and drug usage.
These are great causes that you’re going to feel good about getting behind. So, go ahead– distribute imprinted National Night Out products any time of the year. You’ll be so proud to say you support such an amazing movement.
September marks National Recovery Month. In its twenty-second year, this month raises awareness of alcohol and drug abuse while celebrating those seeking help for substance abuse. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website reads, “Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.”
If your company or organization is thinking about promoting awareness of alcohol abuse or substance abuse, look no further than Motivators. We have a promotional bookmark that is perfect for both school children and adults alike. The Drugs, Smoking & Alcohol Aren’t For Me Bookmark (#53852) is a cool-looking bookmark with techniques and reminders to help steer away from these bad things. Additionally, Motivators has some great promotional coloring books, promotional notebooks and promotional pens that could be very useful for such a positive message.
Earlier today, we discussed the importance of keeping children and young people safe from an early age by investing in promotional Baby Safety Month products. One of the easiest ways to keep your children healthy throughout their lives is to make sure they’re immunized. That’s why the month of August has been designated as National Immunization Month.
According to a Popular Mechanics article by Glenn Harlan Reynolds, many diseases for which vaccines were created in the ’60s are making a comeback. Why? Because “the percentage of parents vaccinating their children has fallen, perhaps because some parents see no point in warding off diseases they’ve never encountered,” states Reynolds.
But this lack of vaccinations has huge consequences. As Reynolds eloquently puts it, “…When people decide to forgo vaccination, they threaten the entire system. They increase their own risk and the risk of those in the community, including babies too young to be vaccinated and people with immune systems impaired by disease or chemotherapy. They are also free-riding on the willingness of others to get vaccinated, which makes a decision to avoid vaccines out of fear or personal belief a lot safer.” So if you’re considering abstaining from being vaccinated, please reconsider.
You can help to spread awareness about the importance of shots and vaccines in August and throughout the entire year. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, “National Immunization Awareness Month is the perfect time to promote immunizations and remind family, friends, and coworkers to get caught up on their shots.” There are many ways you can help promote vaccinations. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services suggests organizing clinics, creating tracking cards, and hanging flyers. You can also invest in and distribute National Immunization Month promotional products to help raise awareness for this important cause.
Although next month is Baby Safety Month, September shouldn’t be the only time we stay informed about keeping the next generation safe. With two new members of the Motivators family and a few on the way, safety should always be on the forefront.
Every year, over 100,000 people die in the safety of their home with an alarming percentage being children under the age of 4. Motivators has some great promotional Baby Safety Month products including some great and inexpensive products that can be used to promote Baby Safety Month, promote safety awareness or even cut down the numbers in the statistic.
As a corporation, you can associate your name with baby safety by adding your name and logo to a countless number of items, including the custom imprinted Expecting Mom Pocket Doctor and the promotional Baby Bath Thermometer. Your contact information will be seen by any parent or child who cares for or interacts with the child.
Printing your name and logo on a promotional product is a great way to show that you care about safety and children.
According to an article featured on WomensHealth.gov, “…babies who are exclusively breastfed for six months are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea, respiratory illnesses, and may be less likely to develop childhood obesity.” For these and other reasons, World Breastfeeding Week, which takes place August 1 – August 8, is an extremely important initiative.
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated in over 170 countries, and aims to encourage the experience of breastfeeding to mothers throughout the world. According to the campaign’s official Web site, this year’s theme is all about communication. The Web site states, “Communication is an essential part of protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding. We live in a world where individuals and global communities connect across small and great distances at an instant’s notice. New lines of communication are being created every day, and we have the ability to use these information channels to broaden our horizons and spread breastfeeding information beyond our immediate time and place to activate important dialogue.”
You can help support this cause by handing out world breastfeeding week logo products. When you print your company name on these imprinted breastfeeding week products, not only will you help to spread a crucial message about the benefits of breastfeeding, but you’ll also be promoting your organization at the same time. Mothers from all over will respect your organization when they receive one of your logo world breastfeeding week products.