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Elise Carr

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By Elise Hacking Carr

About Elise

Elise Hacking Carr is Managing Editor for Promo Marketing Media Group.
 

Compliance Chat

Jeff Jacobs
Draw Your Attention to Drawstrings
Oct 17, 2014

I guess it has something to do with the time of year. The weather in much of the U.S. begins...



Jeff's Rant

Jeff Solomon, MAS
I Could Have Slept In But Why Should You Care?
Oct 16, 2014

Something strange has happened to me. On a recent three-day holiday weekend, I had the opportunity to sleep in. But...



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,...



Selling Smarter

Rosalie Marcus
How Appreciative Are You? 5 Easy Ways to Stand Out and Say Thank You: Part One
Oct 14, 2014

In today's highly competitive promotional products business environment, you have to distinguish yourself from the competition. Here are five ways...



Million Dollar Mindset with Greg Muzzillo

Greg Muzzillo
The Dash Between Two Dates
Oct 6, 2014

Let's face it. We're all busier than ever. Most of the busyness is dashing—dashing here, dashing there. Sadly, many people's lives...



Beyond Words

Rebecca Kollmann, MAS+
Going Direct
Oct 13, 2014

I thought that would capture your eyes today because it’s a perennial hot topic in our industry. Today, we’re going...



Kiwi's Coaching Corner

Paul  Kiewiet
Why Are You Doing This?
Oct 9, 2014

Do you have a clear understanding of why you are in this business? And please, don’t tell me you’re in...



Not So Technically Speaking

Dale Denham
Yes, We Should Be Scared About Bad USB Drives
Oct 7, 2014

Due to recent USB exploits available online (although not yet proven to cause any damage), sales of USB drives in...



Be Bold, Be Different, Be Memorable

Rick Greene, MAS
Setting Annual Sales Goals are a Waste of Time
Sep 24, 2014

How about that shocking headline? Did it grab you? Well, there is some meat behind the sensationalism. Buckle in and...



Quick Thoughts by Cliff Quicksell, MAS

Cliff Quicksell, MAS
Playing the Price Game: It’s a Choice. Choose Wisely
Sep 22, 2014

The Internet, the obvious low barrier to entry, unskilled salespeople, the economy—each of these drive price wars and ultimately erode...



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....



Mike's Blog

Michael Cornnell
Interview with Jason Black, CEO of Top Distributor Boundless Network
May 19, 2014

Ranking #19 on the Top 50 List, Black shares his thoughts on the future of the industry and what has...



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,...



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...



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...



Let’s Go to the Movies: 5 Award-Winning Ideas for Oscar’s Big Night

 

The nominations have been announced. On February 24, the Who’s Who of Hollywood will congregate at the Dolby Theatre for the 85th Annual Academy Awards.

A lot of preparation goes into the award season’s grand finale. As you read this, celebrities are agonizing over which designer should create their red-carpet stunner. Acceptance speeches are being written with the hope that “the little people” will hear them ... you know, the kind that begin with: “I’m shocked ... I can’t believe this is happening!" *Insert tears and intermittent gasps*. And nominees aren’t just dreaming about a steamy night with George Clooney. They’re hoping to go home with another special guy—the gold statuette named Oscar (don’t think I can’t feel your eyes rolling at that line).

If your clients are like me, they will be tuned in to the show. Perhaps they have a friendly wager going to see if anyone can take down Daniel Day Lewis. And maybe they’re even planning an Oscar-themed party or event.

This is where you can be of service. Share some ideas to ensure their party receives top billing. Seriously, is there an award for “Best Oscar Party?” After all, sound mixing gets its own category. If you’re not sure where to start, read on!

1. Movie Theatre Tub from Mid-Nite Snax

Popcorn is the perfect movie snack. So why not chow down on a few kernels while watching an award show all about movies? The Move Theatre Tub from Mid-Nite Snax features a four-color process label on the lid and a body wrap. If you decide to forego the lid, that leaves more hand room for popcorn picking.

2. Audrey Hepburn Mug from Tiffany Leonard & Co.


Nothing represents old hollywood glamor like Audrey Hepburn. The stunning beauty lends her timeless image to this 12 oz. tribute Audrey Hepburn Mug from Tiffany Leonard & Co. A must-have for any classic movie buff, the mug is microwave and dishwasher safe.

3. Movie Slate Highlighter from AP Specialties

The Movie Slate Highlighter from AP Specialties helps users keep their Oscar pools organized (and colorful). The eye-catching movie clapboard case includes pink, yellow and green highlighters. 

4. Microphone from Ariel Premium Supply
A special tribute to movie musicals of the last decade is planned for this year’s ceremony. Belt out those high notes with your very own Microphone from Ariel Premium Supply.

5. Movie Director Metal Sculpture from Corporate Keepsakes


While Hollywood’s elite take the gold in their chosen category, hand out awards to your party guests. Think “Best Dressed,” “Best Fake Acceptance Speech,” “Best On-Demand Crying,” etc. The Movie Director Metal Sculpture from Corporate Keepsakes fits the bill. And while you’re at it, you deserve an award for “Best Party Host.”

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