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Mike's Blog

By Michael Cornnell

About Michael

Michael Cornnell is Associate Editor for Promo Marketing Magazine.

 

Jeff's Rant

Jeff Solomon, MAS
Are You Too Old to Rock?
Sep 2, 2015

I love music. From the days of 4-track and 8-track tapes, music has played a key role throughout my life. For those of...



Selling Smarter

Rosalie Marcus
Gotta Love These Supplier Best Practices
Sep 1, 2015

I’ve been in the promotional products industry for more than 25 years, both selling products and programs, and coaching and...



Kiwi's Coaching Corner

Paul  Kiewiet
But How Can I Be Different?
Aug 27, 2015

You sell the same stuff from the same suppliers to the same people the same way, and then you complain...



Lights, Camera, Promotion!

Brittany Hahn
Product Videos Take Over Cyberspace
Aug 26, 2015

In the promotional product world, product videos are a beautiful combination of one or more promotional products and some sweet,...



Not So Technically Speaking

Dale Denham
The Simple Solution to a Complex Problem
Aug 25, 2015

It's not usually very simple. Beware of people telling you they have the answers, especially when it comes to technology....



Guest Blogs

Guest Contributor
Ask the Accountant
Aug 7, 2015

Question: I use the order system in QuickBooks Premier. Why don’t the customer sales order and supplier purchase order appear...



Million Dollar Mindset with Greg Muzzillo

Greg Muzzillo
11 Keys to Great Success in Life and Business: Key 4: Start Now
Aug 3, 2015

Many people have big dreams and lofty goals. Big dreams and lofty goals are easy. But there is one key ingredient...



Be Bold, Be Different, Be Memorable

Rick Greene, MAS
A Cycle Of Engagement
Jun 10, 2015

In 2015, the journey of the promotional products professional in shifting prospects to clients is more challenging than ever. With...



Beyond Words

Rebecca Kollmann, MAS+
Swing All the Way Through
Apr 20, 2015

From time to time, I’ve written about a situation involving one of my kids, and after observing something recently, it’s...



Compliance Chat

Jeff Jacobs
The Exact Cause Was Never Determined
Apr 3, 2015

If you read what normally is in this space, you've seen a lot about the protocol it takes to manufacture...



Quick Thoughts by Cliff Quicksell, MAS

Cliff Quicksell, MAS
Measure the ROI at Trade Shows (Using the Right Mix of Creative and Promotional Products)
Dec 30, 2014

Every year more and more products are being introduced into the market, and after a while it all looks the...



Editor's Notes

Nichole Stella
The Perfect Match
Mar 5, 2013

The Super Bowl has also become the Ad Bowl, where brands duke it out to see who has the funniest,...



Embellished

Kyle Richardson
The Best Laid Plans
Jul 11, 2014

Why it's always smart to keep a planner with your schedule and important documents, and why it's never smart to...



Promotional Fashionista

Colleen McKenna
5 Soccer Promotions for After the World Cup
Jul 1, 2014

Studies show that Americans prefer soccer to NASCAR. Here are five items to sell to soccer fans....



The Hot Button

Mary Ellen Sokalski, MAS
"How It's Made" Can Make You More
Jun 11, 2014

The show "How Its Made" is celebrating its 22nd season on television. How can we be a hit, season after season,...



Be Dazzled

Elise Hacking Carr
Got Control Issues?
May 14, 2014

Does chaos define you? How you respond to certain situations says a lot about your character. Here are five quotes...



Big Picture Promo

Matt Kaspari, CAS
Meeting Clients Where They Are
Oct 24, 2013

Promotional marketing is at its best when it empowers a client’s brand, meets his or her objectives and fits within...



My Two Cents

Rick Brenner
For Promotional Product Sales, Protect Your Client's Brand
Jun 3, 2013

Whether you are selling to a global brand like Nike or to your local YMCA, no single asset is more...



Friday Sales-thought of the Week!

Dale Limes, MAS
Reverse Engineer Your Sales Success
Mar 18, 2013

Steven Covey reminds us that when setting goals ... "Start with the end in mind." That is to visualize the...



The Sales Challenge

Bill Farquharson
Think and Succeed
May 29, 2012

What would happen if you woke up in the morning and your first thought was, "I am never going to...



Creating More Purposeful Sales Conversations

Lisa Leitch, CSP, MAS
Under 100 Days to Achieve 2011 Goals
Oct 20, 2011

It's hard to believe, but there are fewer than 100 days left to achieve 2011 goals! Are you on track...



3 Saint Patrick's Day Promotions

 

Interesting and topically convenient fact for you: I'm one-quarter Irish! Now, normally I don't do much with my heritage other than enjoy better-than-average luck and the ability to eat potatoes with everything (cereal, birthday cake, dirt, whatever), but today I'm going to put my ¼ green blood to use: Today we are going to talk Saint Patrick's Day promotions, i.e., the pot of gold at the end of the green-beer, bar- and 20-something fueled rainbow.

1. Felt St. Patrick's Tall Hat from Jacobson Hat

Saint Patrick's Day is all about parties, and if your party doesn't have fun hats, it's pretty much the worst. Don't be the worst. Get some fun hats from someplace like Jacobson Hat and watch as your bar/restaurant client's party goes from zero to "OH MY GOD WE'RE WEARING FUNNY HATS??? TIME TO BUY ALL THE BEERSSSSSSS!!!"

2. 16 oz. Pint Glass from Moderne Glass Co.


Pint glasses: These should be your foul shot, your extra point, your can't-miss putt. They're already an amazing promotional item (seriously, who doesn't appreciate a nice pint glass?), but combined with a holiday that's more-or-less dedicated to drinking pints of things, selling these should be like getting money to spontaneously manifest from thin air.

3. Shamrock Beads from WOWline


See reasoning behind product #1.

That's it for this week guys. Thanks for reading, and see you all next week!

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MONDAY MIKE FACT: In a vaguely related coincidence, I had some Irish potatoes over the weekend. (Those weird coconut, cream cheese and cinnamon flavor-balls you eat once maybe every two years?) I also had about 4,000 Girl Scout cookies, which is less a vague coincidence and more, "If you put Girl Scout cookies in front of me, I'm going to eat all of them."

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