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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
It's Tested, Right?
Oct 31, 2014

Trust, but verify. Three simple words that form the best advice I can offer when talking about sourcing safe product...



Jeff's Rant

Jeff Solomon, MAS
Common Characteristics of Businesses That Thrive...
Oct 30, 2014

Lately, I have been thinking about businesses that have had a positive effect on my life. These businesses are thriving....



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...



Selling Smarter

Rosalie Marcus
How Appreciative Are You? 5 Easy Ways to Stand Out and Say Thank You: Part Two
Oct 28, 2014

It’s the time of year when you may be thinking about gifts of appreciation to send to your clients. Rather...



Quick Thoughts by Cliff Quicksell, MAS

Cliff Quicksell, MAS
10 Tips for Creating Testimonials that are Compelling and Useful
Oct 27, 2014

One of the best ways to promote your business is with compelling end-user testimonials. Here are 10 tips for testimonials...



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...



Kiwi's Coaching Corner

Paul  Kiewiet
The Smart Way to Grow Your Business
Oct 23, 2014

How do you step up and begin moving your business to better results? Well, first of all, you need to...



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,...



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...



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...



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,...



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...



Relationship Building 101: Have you passed?

 

'Tis the season. I'm not simply referring to holidays—now is the time to start making travel arrangements for some very important trade shows. Have you booked your flights? Your hotel? Transportation? Have I put you in a total state of panic? Try to relax. As I’m often told, “It always gets done.” Instead, focus on what matters most: building new relationships and nurturing existing relationships with your clients.

When I started covering the print industry seven years ago for our sister publication, Print+Promo magazine, I had never attended a major show. I was very green, still learning the trade vernacular and who was who in this particular market. My first project was our Buyer’s Guide, which I coincidentally am working on now. While that definitely made me familiar with many suppliers, I still had no faces to put to the names. Soon enough, it was time to attend my first trade show in Las Vegas.

It was great engaging with my peers without my computer serving as a barrier to block face-to-face connections. I was only in Vegas for one night/two days, but that trip will always be remembered as a positive experience thanks to a particular public relations (PR) specialist. Now, I know what you’re thinking—of course a PR contact paid attention to you … that’s what he or she does. Yes, a good one. As an editor I have been on the receiving end of both positive and negative experiences, so it might be unfair to make a blanket statement (i.e., that’s what they do).

This particular person knew I had never seen the exciting things Las Vegas has to offer. We went on a business dinner and conversed over amazing food. We visited some of the tourist sites, which I enjoyed even though a Vegas native might disagree. I saw the city come alive.

Sure, having our own personal tour guide was wonderful; however, that is not the lesson to take away. My contact and I certainly talked business, but the nice part was that he expressed an interest in my role, my goals and how we could work together to achieve them. I mattered. Since that trip, we remained in touch and I learned a lot about the industry and every conversation felt like I was catching up with an old friend rather than a mere associate—a win-win situation.

Think about this as you plan your itinerary for the upcoming trade shows. Check in with old friends. Perhaps make lunch or dinner plans if time allows. Lose the “me, me, me” mentality and ask about THEM.

Finally, don’t forget to visit company booths that you’re unfamiliar with and introduce yourself. That person might just be your next best client.

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