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  • Who You Gonna Call?

    Does our title ring a bell? “Ghostbusters” may be the song that gets stuck in your head, but hand sanitizer will be the product you’ll want in your hands. With six brand-new hand sanitizer SKUs and six current hand sanitizer products gaining at least one new scent, our 2019 trade show theme embraces busting those germs…it& … read more

  • Prop 65 Explained

    Prop 65: If you’re in the promotional industry, you’ve probably heard this term, but you may have questions about what it means and why it matters. Proposition 65, which is short for the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, became law after California voters approved it in November 1986. It requires companies that do … read more

  • Giving and Winning

    Another year of business at Raining Rose has meant another fundraising campaign for United Way. Serving five counties in Iowa’s eastern region, United Way of East Central Iowa strives to break the cycle of poverty and build stronger communities, focusing on three main areas: education, financial stability, and health.

    United Way has meant a … read more

  • Labeling at a Whole New Level

    Raining Rose is very excited about the purchase of our new HP Indigo WS6900 Digital Press! Considering all the labeled items we produce on a daily basis, we’re thrilled about this enhancement. The press was installed in our facility on October 10, and we’re not looking back! 

    Here are just a few of the benefits offered by our new … read more

  • New Products for 2019

    It’s all about hand sanitizer in 2019! We’ve got a handful of exciting, brand-new products that are coming your way. Here’s a breakdown of what you have to look forward to: 

    Essential Oil Hand Sanitizer SprayPetite and practical, this sophisticated hand sanitizer spray is infused with an essential oil to create a sense of … read more

  • 2019 Trade Show Sneak Peek

    It’s that time of year again — the time when we’re very close to revealing next year’s trade show theme! Our gears have been turning as we’ve been pulling ideas together, and we’re excited to share the results with you…but not quite yet! 

    To whet your appetite, though, we wanted to give you a sneak … read more

  • Don’t Waste that Budget

    “Don’t tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I’ll tell you what they are.” –James W. Frick

    It’s important to spend your money wisely, especially when it comes to your company’s marketing efforts. Because we’re getting closer to the end of the year, it’s a … read more

  • Increasing Industry Knowledge

    Our sales representatives Lisa Waggoner and Mason Linn just took their credibility up a notch by earning their CAS (Certified Advertising Specialist) certification! A program offered through Promotional Products Association International, this certification requires at least three years of industry experience, 75 hours of industry-related classes, … read more

  • Go Pink!

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means event planning and promotions are in full swing. How do you garner support for this cause? Traditionally, the swag handed out at breast cancer walks or fundraising events consist of branded items that are meant to portray a certain message, while exposing the recipient to the name logoed on the … read more

  • Our Favorite Moments from ASI Chicago

    Last week we had the privilege of exhibiting, presenting and entertaining in the Windy City for ASI’s annual promotional products show. Being seasoned veterans of the trade show floor, we fell right into stride during show floor hours. Off the show floor, we had the pleasure of experiencing a few new things this year – none of which … read more

  • SPARK Recap (guest blogger, Lindsey Davis, MAS)

    When registering to attend a conference, you answer all sorts of questions about your age, designation, preferences, and experience. In doing this, I recently realized that I’ve officially jumped to the next (and the last) box on the form in one category. I am now a proud member of the 11+ year’s in the industry box.

    When you are part … read more

  • New Catalog Items

    Have you heard? The second edition of our catalog for 2018 is now available! It includes a number of new products that we’re really excited to offer our customers, and we want to take the opportunity to share more about them by product type.

    Lip Balm: Our EOSTM Lip Balm boasts a new flavor, Tropical Mango, which bears an orange sphere for … read more

  • Our Top Golf Promos

    “Golf is the closest to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots — but you have to play the ball where it lies." –Bobby Jones

    August is National Golf Month, a time to celebrate one of the oldest sports around. It's a frustrating but lovable game for many, and we've got the … read more

  • Meet our Experts at ASI Chicago

    We are just one month away from the ASI Show in Chicago happening July 24-26! Not only are we exhibiting again this year, but Nate Robson and Mason Linn will also be presenting at this year's Meet the Experts event.

    The lunch session allows distributors to enjoy a roundtable discussion with other distributors and sponsoring suppliers. The … read more

  • Socially Responsible

    Our customers may or may not know about one of the new updates offered by SAGE Online 14 — so let's talk about it! Subscribers can now search for products from suppliers that are involved in social responsibility programs or are giving back to the community in some way. It's been found that in today's market, people are willing to pay a … read more

  • Dads on Camera

    The role of a father in a person's life can be hard to describe. When we're young, we often look up to our dad as our role model — someone we want to be like when we grow up. We see him as our leader, protector, and encourager. Fathers invest a lot in their children, and the impact their children have on them is often just as great, if not … read more

  • Three Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue

    O say can you see by the dawn’s early lightWhat so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fightO’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in airGave proof through the night that our flag was … read more

  • Welcome, Weckerle!

    Many of our customers may not know about some news that folks here at Raining Rose have been excited about: We have a new lip balm machine! It’s called the Weckerle, also known as LB10 in our facility, and it’s considered one of the best lip balm machines in the world.

    This German-made machine is fantastic for its many characteristics. … read more

  • Advocating for the Industry at L.E.A.D.

    This week has been a significant one in the world of promotional products. For the ninth year, more than 80 PPAI members and staff are representing the industry in Washington, D.C. to participate in PPAI’s Legislative Education and Action Day (L.E.A.D.). The effort involves roughly 300 meetings with Congress members and staff to convey the … read more

  • Save the Dates!

    It’s looking to be an exciting summer: Our very own Kelli Denes and Lindsey Davis will be speaking at upcoming PPAI events! They are both honored to be able to share their insight about designated topics and can’t wait to engage with attendees.

        

    First up will be Kelli at the Women’s Leadership … read more

  • Meaningful Mother’s Day Surprises

    Mothers play an amazing role in our lives, often sacrificing much of themselves to help their children thrive. Even into a child’s adulthood, a mother serves as a role model and support system that continues to make an impact. Have you thought about how you will thank your mother this Mother’s Day?

    Whether your mom lives nearby or … read more

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Earth Day: It’s a day recognized each year as a time to consider our impact on the environment and how we use our natural resources. It’s also a day to take action in response to that impact by planting trees, picking up garbage, and learning how to reduce our carbon footprint in order to extend the life of what’s around us. … read more

  • 9 Ways to Destress at Work

    Most of us would agree that we want our job to make an impact on others, no matter the industry we’re in — but if we forget to take care of ourselves, our ability to make a valuable impact can be limited. 

    April is Stress Awareness Month, which makes it the perfect time to learn how to lower your stress levels during the work day. … read more

  • And the Survey Says…

    Some of our customers may remember taking a survey at the end of last year, which we created in an effort to get feedback for how we could improve and better meet customer needs. We had 171 total respondents — thank you so much if you were one of them! We thought we’d highlight some of the results of that survey and a few ways we’ … read more

  • 5 Reasons to Wear Sunscreen in Cooler Weather

    Let’s talk about sunscreen: We all know the importance of wearing it on hot days when the sun is shining, but what about in cooler weather? We’re a few days into spring, and it’s important to understand the role of UV rays and the value of wearing sunscreen most days of the year — even when it’s dreary, cold, and … read more

  • Alternative Uses for Hand Sanitizer

    If you’re like us, you appreciate when you can use a product — one that’s designed for a specific purpose — for many other purposes that you didn’t think of or know about previously. Maximizing your resources just feels good, and we want to help you do that with hand sanitizer.

     

    Of course, the primary use of … read more

  • Happy Birthday, Raining Rose!

    We’ve had a lot to be excited about this year, as we recently celebrated our 15-year anniversary! At our annual company holiday party in January, we stepped up our game to commemorate the occasion, with endless appetizers, gourmet cupcakes, a fantastic photo booth, raffle, DJ and dance floor, an all-new corporate band called the All Naturals, … read more

  • Lip Balm was Just the Start

    We love our lip balm and have gotten really good at making it over the years, which is the reason Raining Rose is known for it — but fortunately, we offer a variety of other products and packaging options as well! We want to meet all your personal care product needs. Looking for unique packs, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, or lotion? We have … read more

  • Why Raining Rose?

    Here is one reality we’ve come to realize: There are so many choices out there. Whether you’re deciding on a restaurant, shampoo, article of clothing, greeting card, hair salon, you name it — it’s amazing how many choices are at our fingertips. This means when it comes to promotional suppliers, we understand that we’ … read more

  • 8 Places Germs Gather in Your Office

    Germs tend to hide in some of the most obvious places in our office, but for most of us, it doesn’t cross our mind the majority of the time because those places are so commonly used. However, that’s precisely the reason germs gather: They’re used on a regular basis, often by multiple people.

    So in what places are germs the … read more

  • Tips for Upselling and Cross-Selling

    “Would you like fries with that?”

    We’re all familiar with this phrase, coined most notably by workers at McDonald’s who understand how the question helps them increase customer spending and, in turn, increase company sales. Similar strategies are asking if they want a drink with their sandwich or a larger size of any item. … read more

  • Perfect Packaging

    “Packaging can be theater; it can create a story.” –Steve Jobs

    Part of what makes a product great is how it’s presented, and in this case, how it’s packaged. Have you ever made a purchase decision primarily based on how the packaging looked? Yep, we have too. While your customers will be giving away personal care … read more

  • In 2018, I Resolve to…

    We’re all familiar with New Year’s resolutions, but do you participate? About 41% of Americans typically make at least one New Year’s resolution, and those who purposefully make resolutions are ten times more likely to achieve their goals than those who don’t. 

    You can probably relate to making a resolution and then … read more