The Old Style Telephone Stress Ball - An In-Depth Look at This Popular Promotional Stress Ball
Promotional stress balls are very popular promotional gifts. They are low cost and very good value for money. Here we look at the telephone box shaped squeeze ball.
Over the past few years, many new telephones have come on the market and this has lead to the same shaped phones being reproduced as promotional stress balls. Mobile phones are big business but it is still the old style phone shaped stress ball that out sells the rest. This is most likely down to its shape which sits very nicely on the desktop and the fact that it has several large print areas. Here I would like to introduce you to or perhaps reintroduce you to this very popular stress shape.
The phone looks just like those used before cordless phones became the must have home item. It is 80mm x 70mm x 50mm and most promotional stress ball suppliers will either hold several different colours of these phones or be able to source them for you.
If colour is an issue, you may wish to seek out a stress ball supplier who can manufacture the phones to order. Such specialist suppliers could be difficult to find but they are out there. When searching for a supplier, ask if they can manufacture the phones to order in your pantone colours if this is of interest to you.
These phone have a round dial on the front that can be printed with a large logo and contact details. More often than not, however, people tend to print the dial with their logo encircled by their web address and then print across the top of the handle with their telephone number.
Telephone stress balls are one of the few shapes that can be used by businesses regardless of their industry. There are many industry specific shapes such as toilets and bath for plumbing companies and capsules and pills for pharmaceutical companies. Everyone business needs a phone and although these may look a bit old fashioned, they look fantastic printed and can add a lot to any marketing campaign.
I always recommend finding a supplier that can transfer print your logo, details and/or designs. Transfer printing is not done by all suppliers but it is the best print method available for stress balls. Many companies still pad print which looks OK for one or sometimes two colour prints but the quality of the print is inferior to transfer printing. To be safe, ask your supplier to see a sample of their printed stress balls so that you can ensure that they are up to the job.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dan Toombs (The Promotional Gifts Expert) is Managing Director of promotional merchandise supplier CompuGift Limited. Established in 1997, CompuGift is the UK's leading online source for promotional stress balls.