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By Colleen McKenna

About Colleen

Colleen McKenna is Production Editor for Promo Marketing Magazine.
 

Kiwi's Coaching Corner

Paul  Kiewiet
How Much Do You Care?
Dec 18, 2014

If you don’t care enough to figure out their pain, why should they care about you? Are you tired of...



Lights, Camera, Promotion!

Brittany Hahn
New-fashioned Writing Instruments
Dec 17, 2014

Writing helps me remember things way better than typing does. In "Write It Down, Make It Happen," author Henriette Anne...



Not So Technically Speaking

Dale Denham
Top Blogs of 2014
Dec 16, 2014

I have thoroughly enjoyed receiving emails and seeing comments on my different blogs in 2014. Hopefully, I have delivered some...



Compliance Chat

Jeff Jacobs
For Apple, It May Not Be the Money
Dec 12, 2014

You’ve probably heard the buzz created when Apple's attorneys contacted promotional products distributors last week. The issue is aftermarket charging...



Jeff's Rant

Jeff Solomon, MAS
I Could Have Slept In Too
Dec 11, 2014

Sleeping in may not be the most refreshing thing I could do early on a Saturday morning. In my first commentary, I...



Selling Smarter

Rosalie Marcus
Year-end Tips to Increase Sales Now!
Dec 9, 2014

While some may be slacking off this time of year, savvy promotional products sales professionals know that it's not too...



Million Dollar Mindset with Greg Muzzillo

Greg Muzzillo
New Year's Revolutions
Dec 1, 2014

You’ve heard many times that the definition of insanity is to continue to do the same things and expect different...



Quick Thoughts by Cliff Quicksell, MAS

Cliff Quicksell, MAS
Athletics and Business Intertwine to Show Life Lessons: Thoughts from an Athlete Parent
Nov 24, 2014

As I was growing up—and even to this day, I am very involved in athletics. As a high-schooler and through...



Beyond Words

Rebecca Kollmann, MAS+
Taming the Monster
Nov 17, 2014

Today, we’re going to look at something very small, but also very important. It’s unseen by many, lurking in the...



Be Bold, Be Different, Be Memorable

Rick Greene, MAS
Setting Annual Sales Goals are a Waste of Time II—Sales Goals Strike Back
Oct 29, 2014

For some people, setting sales goals is not a waste of time. It's all about perceptions, really—perceptions that empower and...



Guest Blogs

Guest Contributor
How Can a 3D Printer Make You Money?
Oct 24, 2014

One of the most difficult parts of getting the sale is showing the customer exactly what they want when they...



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...



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,...



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...



8 Ways to Use Pantone's Color of the Year

 
Last week, Pantone announced emerald green as the color of 2013. Fashion websites promptly created slideshows (and more slideshows) of appropriate emerald wear for the new year. Here is my promotional response. All I had to do was go to www.promomarketing.com and type "emerald" into the search field to find green-hued products for all of your promotional needs.

1. For business gifts and awards:

Nothing says, "You deserve a trip to The Emerald City" quite like the Emerald Square Optic Crystal from First Source Awards.

2. For drinkware programs:

Competitors will be green with envy when they see the 14 oz. Emerald Green/Black Trim Plastic Tumbler from Moderne Glass Co. imprinted with your client's logo.

3. For concessions or events:

The Colorware Emerald Green 2-ply Beverage Napkin from Tranter Graphics is best served with green foods like green cupcakes, green frosting and green M&Ms.

4. For rugged and outdoor:

Outdoorsmen love the color green. What other reason do they have for spending all day outdoors? Give them The Classic Translucent Emerald Victorinox Pocket Knife from Hard Hat Knives & Flashlights for cutting green things with a green thing.

5. For retail and storefront:

Holding jewelry in a jewel-toned bag is the dream of many women. Here's how to make their dreams come true: The Emerald Tote from Bag Makers.


6. For high school and college class rings:

Class rings are meant to be worn for a long time. Some loyal graduates even choose to wear their rings instead of wedding bands. Thats' why there is the Ladies' 10k Gold Emerald and Diamond Ring from Black Forest.

7. For awareness and other T-shirts programs:

Almost any promotion can use an imprinted T-shirt, so why not make it the color of the year and use Women's Triblend Deep V-neck in Emerald Heather from Heritage Sportswear Inc.?

8. For trade shows and corporate events:

The 4x1-5/8" Emerald Sponsor Stack-A-Ribbon from Meetings Direct literally says the word "emerald." Will these be at 2013's trade shows? I hope so.

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