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Published 22 June 10 02:50 PM

Want to make the crowd around you 800 percent more annoying?

I'll admit it. I was the little instigator that got these bad boys, custom vuvuzelas, added to the ADVANCE Custom Promotions website. After (a little too closely) following all the memes floating around the Internet, like the vuvuzela Twitter account and this amaza-great homage to the vuvuzela featuring another favorite meme of mine, "Surprise Kitten," and this article on satire site The Onion about the South African Vuvuzela Philharmonic, I did a little search to see if custom vuvuzelas are a real live thing. Well they are, and now we have them. Put that in your horn and say Bzzzzzz (zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz)(zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz).

But what could you use custom vuvuzelas for? I mean, yes, the horns are hot right now thanks to the World Cup and their omnipresence at the matches. I think they'll stay in the spotlight for quite some time though because as cowbells, rally towels, giant sombreros, air horns, itching powder, insane sound systems, Indian food on airplanes, giant signs at professional wrestling events, car horns that play "La Cucaracha" and those noisemakers with that crazy strip of crepe paper attached to them all show, we humans can't get enough of making everyone around us pretty darn uncomfortable.

In case the large plastic one-note horns do go out of style, I put together a quick list of why they'd make a great promotional item. Here we go (bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz).

  1. VH1. Yes, yes, I know. It seems like a random reason. I assure you, it's not. I've watched my share of "I Love the [‘70s] [‘80s] [‘90s] [New Millennium]" shows on VH1 to know that those kinds of shows will outlive even cockroaches after a nuclear detonation. I can guarantee you that there will be an "I Love 2010," and when there is, the vuvuzela will be front and center, discussed by B-list comedians you haven't even heard of yet. When that moment comes, the recipients of custom vuvuzelas can proudly glance over at the big old custom noisemaker and say to their offspring, "Hey, son/daughter, check it out. I'm part of history, all thanks to that company that handed out custom vuvuzelas. Your dad/mom is pretty cool, right? Also, let's go shop there/do business with them right now."
  2. Brand recognition. Let's talk about exposure when it comes to custom vuvuzelas. There's no better way to get your brand name out and about than by shoving it in people's faces - literally. The logo goes on the fat bottom part of the custom vuvuzelas, so as the recipient is blowing the horn in a crowded place, your logo will literally be in the face of the sad sack who gets to stand near the guy/gal blowing the vuvuzela. Custom vuvuzelas get your name out there in a way that other promotional products might not. I mean, no one's going to put a mug four inches from someone else's noggin, but with a vuvuzela, that's not only acceptable - it's encouraged.
  3. Other uses. Custom vuvuzelas are more than just one-note ponies. Well, sort of. But they could conceivably be used for other things besides driving everyone around you to the edge of reason. Need to get something out from behind the couch? Simply extend the custom vuvuzela to its full length, 28 inches, and you should be able to retrieve whatever it was that got stuck. In addition, they also make charming (yet slightly unstable) hats for kids, very inefficient funnels and perhaps even super wobbly planters.

There you have it. I think I might've actually made a case for custom vuvuzelas. And not once, not even one time, did I use the silly phrase "create buzz for your business with custom vuvuzelas." Oops. Sorry about that. I won't drone on any longer.

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7 comments

Looking for a quote for 100 vuvuzelas that would be one color and have a custom logo.

Thanks

Daniel, Sports Marketing - Intern, Virginia Tech June 24, 2014 4:54 PM
Blacksburg VA

Please send us a quote for 500 with single color logo

Beth Jamieson February 22, 2013 8:41 PM
Greenville SC

Id like to get pricing on 500 with custom logo on it. Could you email me please?

Dave Huff, Mtb - Team manager March 22, 2012 9:14 PM
Ky

Hey!

These look great for one of our pep-rallies. Will you please email me regarding the cost for about 600 personalized. Thanks!

Emily February 15, 2012 7:01 PM
FL

Hi Lynn,

I saw this post, and I was wondering how much it would be to order a single vuvuzela and whether or not it could be ready by August 17th. If possible, I would want it to be yellow with an image in red ink. You can reach me at the email I provided - look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks,

Joanna

Joanna July 30, 2011 9:32 PM
Des Moines IA

Hi Jamie!

I'm having someone here contact you via e-mail to discuss. Congtratulations on the wedding!

Thanks!

Lynn

ADVANCE Custom Promotions

Lynn Jusinski, , Community Marketer Advance Custom Promotions November 15, 2010 4:27 PM
King of Prussia PA

I'm looking to buy 100-125 Vuvuzelas for my wedding, I'd love to have them personalized, but it's not necessary. Can you help?

Thanks.

Jamie Zorbanos November 15, 2010 1:43 PM
Dallas TX

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About Lynn Jusinski

After an internship at a home magazine where she wrote about media rooms and $500,000 pool renovations from the comfort of a teeny, cluttered dorm room, Lynn Jusinski graduated from a small college in Pennsylvania and then moved on to write for two weekly newspapers in suburban Philadelphia. A column she penned for the papers won an award from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. In 2007, Lynn moved back to the magazine world, and worked full-time as an associate editor for ADVANCE for Health Information Professionals. Her work on the magazine led to “Rookie of the Year” honors and a second place feature award in the annual Editorial Excellence Awards presented by Merion Publications Inc. In her free time, Lynn is typically stuck in traffic, shopping, reading, constructing poorly made crafts and hanging out in and around her hometown.
You can reach Lynn at ljusinski@advanceweb.com

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