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By Michael Cornnell

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Michael Cornnell is Associate Editor for Promo Marketing Magazine.

 

Kiwi's Coaching Corner

Paul  Kiewiet
Where Am I? Where Am I Going? (Ask “Where” Three Times) Part 4 of “Get Curious About Your Business?”
Jul 31, 2014

“If you don’t know where you're going, any road will get you there.” said the Cheshire Cat to Alice in...



Not So Technically Speaking

Dale Denham
7 Truths About Electronic Communication in the Promotional Products Industry
Jul 29, 2014

Suppliers and distributors are finally moving forward in improving electronic communications. While there are plenty of hurdles still to overcome,...



Compliance Chat

Jeff Jacobs
So You've Got a Recall. What Now?
Jul 25, 2014

It wasn't very long ago, working as a promotional products end-user client that I thought of product safety as pretty...



Jeff's Rant

Jeff Solomon, MAS
Maintaining Profitability—Part 1
Jul 24, 2014

The news of a well-known supplier with a long history closing their doors stunned the industry recently. This isn’t the...



Selling Smarter

Rosalie Marcus
What's in Your T-shirt Drawer?
Jul 22, 2014

The imprinted T-shirts that you keep and wear can tell a lot about your life, your interests and your priorities....



Beyond Words

Rebecca Kollmann, MAS+
Group Text
Jul 14, 2014

Group texts fall into the same category as "reply to all" in an email. They have their place, but should...



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...



Million Dollar Mindset with Greg Muzzillo

Greg Muzzillo
Are You Suffering from Calculator-itis?
Jul 7, 2014

Are you suffering from calculator-itis? Calculator-itis is a common symptom among salespeople. Most of us suffer from this more than...



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....



Be Bold, Be Different, Be Memorable

Rick Greene, MAS
Source Your Inner Iron Man
Jun 11, 2014

Be a hero. Look for opportunities to swoop in and save the day. Source your inner Thor or Wonder Woman....



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,...



Quick Thoughts by Cliff Quicksell, MAS

Cliff Quicksell, MAS
Presentation Keys are Essential to Your Ultimate Success
May 29, 2014

As a speaker, it is imperative to follow a certain set of standards to stay on top of my game....



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...



Guest Blogs

Guest Contributor
The Anatomy of Emotional Marketing
Apr 11, 2014

You've probably heard the old adage: "It's the thought that counts." This could not be any truer, especially in business. When...



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...



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,...



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 Things I Learned In Vegas

 
Another year and another PPAI Expo conquered. Miss out on the show? Here are a couple things I learned from this year's exhibitions:

1. Color is going to be big for 2013
I talked to a bunch of exhibiting suppliers, both at Vegas and Orlando, and I was surprised how many were focused on promoting new colors. Not sure I can figure out why this is a big trend besides the obvious "more colors equals more sales," but it's definitely a trend. Small companies, average companies, huge companies-just a ton of suppliers are focusing on offering more colors, mostly in brights but also a lot of neat stuff like crisp semi-pastels.

2. More stuff is made in the USA than I realized
For the last couple years, PPAI has done a "made in the USA" section in its new product pavilion in Vegas. Browsing through it this year, I was surprised to see a lot of items I didn't realize could be purchased from American manufacturers. There were some quirkier items like nail polish, but also some standard stuff like apparel basics and uniforms from suppliers I had no idea manufactured stateside. Definitely interesting if USA-manufacturing is something you're into.

3. Don't eat salmon in Las Vegas
Two out of my last three trips to Vegas, I've gotten food poisoning from eating salmon. The first time was from a salmon steak from a "Chili's Too" in the airport, so granted I probably deserved that one, but the second was from Burger Bar. Burger Bar! A place where people actually eat out of choice rather than sad, waiting-for-plane desperation. So, I vow next year I'm going full veggie in Vegas, and by "full veggie," I mean "massive bags of candy and ice-cream where the closest thing to a nutrient is chocolate sauce."

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

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MONDAY MIKE FACT: A cutting epiphany I had this weekend was realizing I suck at picking playoff football winners. Not only was I tremendously wrong at every bracket level, I never in 1,000 lifetimes would have picked the Ravens to go to the Super Bowl. I guess a lot of people are in the "crap pick" boat after this weekend, but still, the Ravens? Even after they won and made it in, it still seems like it's impossible and we're actually living in a shared dreamworld where a reasonably crap team is able to make the Super Bowl purely by throwing long bombs/having a defense whose solution to everything is "headbutt it till it dies."

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