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About Dale

Dale Limes, MAS, is Senior Vice President of Sales for HALO Branded Solutions. He is an industry veteran of 27 years, a frequent trainer at industry events, and consults with distributors at every level to help increase sales and efficiency. Dale and HALO are committed to helping industry salespeople by openly sharing top producer sales secrets for professional betterment of our industry.
 

Compliance Chat

Jeff Jacobs
Promotional Products: If It Ain’t Broke, Leave It Be
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I wrote recently in this space about swag that went wrong for Goldman Sachs at a conference for women in...



Jeff's Rant

Jeff Solomon, MAS
A "Condemned" Supplier Shares the Truth!
Apr 17, 2014

There clearly are companies who operate in ways that are contrary to the traditional supplier/distributor model we are comfortable with....



Selling Smarter

Rosalie Marcus
Speak Now and Sell More!
Apr 15, 2014

How would you like a powerful marketing strategy that can position you as a leader in your field, put you...



Promotional Fashionista

Colleen McKenna
3 Ways to Style an Imprinted Tee
Apr 15, 2014

Imprinted T-shirts are in with the fashion elite. Here's how they are styling the tees....



Beyond Words

Rebecca Kollmann, MAS+
Adapting Your Style
Apr 14, 2014

Many of us have taken a behavioral style inventory at some point in our careers. While the intent of these...



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...



Kiwi's Coaching Corner

Paul  Kiewiet
Without People, Brands Have No Meaning
Apr 10, 2014

Brands are built over time but can be destroyed in an instant. This is why is it critically important to...



The Hot Button

Mary Ellen Sokalski, MAS
Even Retirees Are Doing It
Apr 9, 2014

Even older clients who grew up with the "one-size-fits-all" adult T-shirt as their world are choosing to buy FASHION TEES....



Not So Technically Speaking

Dale Denham
Go Mobile or Go Home
Apr 8, 2014

I am, without a doubt, the most mobile CIO in the USA. Name one other CIO that is so committed...



Million Dollar Mindset with Greg Muzzillo

Greg Muzzillo
"Free Crab Tomorrow"
Apr 7, 2014

Joe's Crab Shack offers free crab tomorrow. That's because it's never tomorrow. All we have is today. I've talked to...



Quick Thoughts by Cliff Quicksell, MAS

Cliff Quicksell, MAS
6 Reasons Why Marketing Fails and How to Prevent It
Mar 31, 2014

When it comes to marketing, there are no guarantees. A great marketing idea that is poorly implemented or incorrectly presented...



Be Dazzled

Elise Hacking Carr
Go Green or Go Home
Mar 26, 2014

Earth Day is right around the corner. Need ideas for upcoming promotions? Here are three products that scream "I <3...



Be Bold, Be Different, Be Memorable

Rick Greene, MAS
5 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Land New Business
Feb 26, 2014

LinkedIn is a happening place. It is the unsung hero of social platforms and it can indeed be used to...



Mike's Blog

Michael Cornnell
Ads on NBA Jerseys: An Inevitability?
Feb 24, 2014

The NBA may be stating that they're no closer to on-uniform ads than they were in 2011, but that doesn't...



Embellished

Kyle Richardson
New Year, New Site, New Magazine
Jan 31, 2014

This week, we announced the redesign of our home page and magazine. Let us know what you think about the...



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...



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
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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 Build Your Natural Creativity

 

Have you ever used creativity in a benefit statement or explained to your clients that you can provide creative solutions for their business problems?

But you were not sure if you could pull it off after you made that statement?

We all like to hear stories about clever ideas from creative people with a vivid imagination and how they were able to put together the perfect promotion.

But do you sometimes wonder how you could ever do something that great?

Well... you are not alone. Most people think they are not very creative but actually they are; they just don't know it.

Did you know that we all possess about the same amount of creativity? It's true, and studies have proven it.

The difference is that some people never learn how to tap into or utilize their inherent creativity. Creative thinking is a skill that needs to be practiced, and polished on a continual basis or it will be kept bottled up never to be used to the full potential. How is this done?

First, you have to think about your business in a proactive manner... not reactively. Proactive thoughts and actions are creative while reactive thoughts are more task-oriented.

Second, you must schedule creative think time. Yes, you need to schedule undisturbed time in your office where your only thoughts are centered around business-building concepts, and money-making ideas. One way to do this is to have a key web site where you can view creativity that will get the juices flowing.

The good news is that the creative spirit can grow in those who have not adapted yet by training yourself to think outside of the box.

Those who schedule think time, and become good at this exercise are known as the "deep thinkers" and "situation analysts."

Here is a simple test you can take to evaluate your current level of creativity:

  1. Do your customers call you for ideas instead of products?
  2. Do you think about your client's marketing campaign and artwork first, and items to present last?
  3. Do you regularly send wildly creative spec samples to your clients?
  4. Do your clients view you as a source for products, or a valuable extension of their own marketing team?
  5. Would your clients recommend you to a friend who is opening a new business and looking for marketing ideas to help them get started?

If you answered yes to these five questions, you are already a deep-thinking, creative consultant. Everyone has creative talents; the most successful learn how to use them!

Best of Success!

Dale Limes, MAS, is Senior Vice President of Sales for HALO Branded Solutions. He is an industry veteran of 27 years, a frequent trainer at industry events, and consults with distributors at every level to help increase sales and efficiency.

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