4imprint, LLC

| Updated: October 20, 2021

Like so many great inventions, PopSockets® started as an idea dreamt up in the back of a garage just a short decade ago. Today, the company has sold more than 100 million Popsockets. They’re one of the greatest phone attachments everyone loves. It’s hard to go wrong handing out PopSocket giveaways to clients, prospects and employees.

So, what exactly is a PopSocket? It’s an accessory that attaches to the back of a smartphone, serving as a mount, stand and grip. The smart design of the product allows users to make a call, send a text or scroll using just one hand. Considering all the uses it offers, it’s easy to see what makes promotional PopSockets such a popular gift.


The story behind the PopSockets brand

PopSockets started when creator David Barnett was looking for a solution to tangled ear buds. He used two giant buttons glued to the back of his phone to cleanly wrap the ear bud cords, leaving them both accessible and tangle-free.

Over the next 18 months, he created 60 prototypes. In 2012, Barnett’s product was perfected, and he launched a Kickstarter® campaign to procure funding. (Check out the entertaining campaign video featuring Barnett’s impressive dance skills.)

Unfortunately, that same year, Barnett’s home was destroyed in a wildfire. With insurance money he received from the fire, online donations and gifts from friends, he was able to raise enough money to fund his business.

The rest is history. In 2014, 30,000 PopSockets were sold out of the back of Barnett’s garage. The company saw a three-year growth of 71,424 percent! By 2018, Popsockets brought in $169 million in revenue.


PopSockets popularity

What exactly is it about PopSockets that makes it such a popular smartphone accessory? First and foremost, it’s important to remember just how many people use smartphones. An impressive 97 percent of Americans own a mobile phone of some kind, and 85 percent of people have a smartphone. So, there are a large number of people who could use a branded PopSocket phone grip.

They are especially useful when it comes to preventing smartphone drops. Using the PopSocket grip on your phone case makes it easier and more comfortable to hold a smartphone while using it. In the selfie-taking world we live in, PopSockets make capturing the perfect snapshot simple. Thanks to the grip, anyone can easily reach the shutter button while holding the phone with one hand.

These clever accessories also work as phone stands for hands-free talking and viewing. Finally, PopSockets can be used as originally designed: a tangle-free ear bud organizer. With all that this one tiny phone accessory has to offer, it’s easy to see why it is such a hot item.


Personalized PopSockets gifts and giveaways

In addition to being useful, PopSockets gifts are a unique way to represent yourself or your brand. For individuals, custom PopSockets can be printed with an image as a personalized gift. For brands, promotional PopSockets can be ordered in bulk to leave a marketing message and build brand awareness.

We offer a variety of promotional PopSockets. The popularity of this product makes it a great choice as a promotional giveaway. Plus, the constant use reminds recipients of your message every time they use their phone.


A variety of PopSockets giveaways

The classic PopSockets Phone Stand can be personalized with your brand.

PopSockets PopGrip


In addition to this standard look, there are a variety of finish options to choose from.


For an executive look, choose the PopSockets Phone Stand – Aluminum.

PopSockets Phone Stand – Aluminum


The clean sheen and laser-engraved imprint add a professional look.


For a natural finish, your logo can be imprinted on a PopSockets Phone Stand – Wood Grain in bamboo or rosewood.

PopSockets Phone Stand – Wood Grain


The real wood design adds a look that is both trendy and earthy.


Finally, there’s the PopSockets Phone Stand – Marble Print.

PopSockets Phone Stand – Marble Print


This promotional PopSockets’ clean and stylish design will get your brand noticed.


Don’t forget the PopSockets PopClip Set.

PopSockets PopClip Set


This PopSockets gift makes it easy to mount their smartphone to a dashboard, mirror or wall.


Looking for something really impressive? Check out our Exclusive Diamond PopSockets Phone Stand.

Diamond PopSockets Phone Stand


This stylish phone stand, featuring your logo, is sure to stand out and get you noticed.


Say it with PopSockets giveaways

PopSockets’ innovative design and impressive popularity combined with your logo turn this well-loved phone accessory into a memorable promotional product. For your next marketing giveaway, choose a branded Popsockets giveaway. For other top tech accessory ideas, check out our post on branded tech accessories.


Suzanne Worwood

Suzanne Worwood

Suzanne Worwood is VP of Merchandising and has been with 4imprint for 23 years. Inspired by the retail environment and her own world travels, Suzanne writes about all things product: trends, uses, colors, designs.

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