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By Colleen McKenna

About Colleen

Colleen McKenna is Production Editor for Promo Marketing Magazine.
 

Quick Thoughts by Cliff Quicksell, MAS

Cliff Quicksell, MAS
Accountability Begins with You
Aug 1, 2014

Accountability—the very mention conjures up feelings and thoughts of stress, being under a microscope or micro-managed. Accountability is imperative to...



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...



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...



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,...



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...



How to Add Shimmer to Any Promotion

 

I can now say it is officially the holiday season. Not because Thanksgiving and its many delicious leftovers have come and gone, but because retail stores have told me with their litter of glitter products. Sequins, rhinestones and powdered sparkles have coated malls, department stores and probably some of your orders. It's OK though, because glitter is awesome. I'm not talking Vegas-showgirl glitter. I'm talking Beyonce glitter talons awesome. Mindy Kaling knows that I mean.

Bright gold glitter is not for everyone, but every promotion could use a bit of flash. See below:

Stress Reducers:
What calms someone down like reliving their princess-loving youth or their Disco-hopping twenties? Try the Silver Glitter Ball from ALPI International.

Wristbands:
You know you feel slightly more VIP when entering a party with a glimmering wristband. That's where Liquid Glitter Wristbands from Fields Manufacturing come in.

Travel Mugs:
Is that an Oscar you're holding? Oh, no, it's just my FOXYWEAR Travel Mug from Vegas Golf/Foxyware. It glistens and keeps my coffee warm. Oh yeah, and that imprint, it's in rhinestones.

Lamps:
Whether you are working with an air and space camp or on a school science promotion, try the Imprintable Glitter Rocket Lamps from Alight Promotional Products. They are like lava lamps, but with more twinkle.

Temporary Tattoos:
These were obvious and not just because they could be sold at pop-star concerts year-round, but because they could also be given out at Twilight viewings. 2 Roses with Glitter from California Tattoos.

Sunglasses:
You don't have to be Lady Gaga to wear glitter sunglasses. You just have to accept that you may have glitter dandruff for the rest of your life. Probably most tween girls are more than OK with that risk. Try these: Glitter Heart Sunglasses from WOWLine.

One final note on shimmer: be careful when using glitter imprints on apparel. Glitter/shimmer imprints are difficult to wash because they can crack or shed so make sure to tell your client of these possible difficulties. If your client still wants some sparkle without taking the risk of a cracked imprint, suggest a metallic imprint, which has longer-lasting appeal but with the same impact.

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