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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.
 

Guest Blogs

Guest Contributor
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There are five versions of QuickBooks, each designed for specific applications, and the ad specialty business was not one of...



Kiwi's Coaching Corner

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Hone
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What are you doing to hone your skills? Hone. What a funny word! Abraham Lincoln said, “Give me six hours...



Lights, Camera, Promotion!

Brittany Hahn
In a Relationship: The Bachelor and Power Meetings
Mar 25, 2015

My mom often tells me, "Brittany, you should apply to be a contestant on the show 'The Bachelor' to find...



Not So Technically Speaking

Dale Denham
Industry IT Innovation
Mar 24, 2015

A small group of IT leaders is beginning to change the technology dynamics in the industry. Two years ago, a...



Compliance Chat

Jeff Jacobs
Want to Know Who's Really Influential? We’re Going to Use Data to Find Out
Mar 20, 2015

Starting today, we are embarking on the most comprehensive search of the promotional products industry's top content providers ever done....



Jeff's Rant

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How Does Amazon’s Business Model Affect Ours?
Mar 19, 2015

Our evolving industry business model continues to be a hot topic. Recently I started wondering how an online purchasing mentality,...



Beyond Words

Rebecca Kollmann, MAS+
Spring Cleaning
Mar 16, 2015

It’s that time of year when the world looks fresh and clean—for those of us with winters of snow, we...



Be Bold, Be Different, Be Memorable

Rick Greene, MAS
My Best Promotion: Infusing Bold Solutions & What We Do Do
Mar 4, 2015

This year, the Be Bold, Be Different, Be Memorable blog postings will have a common theme. Promo Marketing has asked...



Million Dollar Mindset with Greg Muzzillo

Greg Muzzillo
Wisdom from Lady Gaga
Mar 2, 2015

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Selling Smarter

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Feeling Reluctant?
Feb 17, 2015

Have you ever felt reluctant to make a sales call, follow up with a client or attend a networking event?...



Quick Thoughts by Cliff Quicksell, MAS

Cliff Quicksell, MAS
Measure the ROI at Trade Shows (Using the Right Mix of Creative and Promotional Products)
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Every year more and more products are being introduced into the market, and after a while it all looks the...



Editor's Notes

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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

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The Best Laid Plans
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Why it's always smart to keep a planner with your schedule and important documents, and why it's never smart to...



Promotional Fashionista

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Mike's Blog

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

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The Hot Button

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"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

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For Promotional Product Sales, Protect Your Client's Brand
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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!

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Reverse Engineer Your Sales Success
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Steven Covey reminds us that when setting goals ... "Start with the end in mind." That is to visualize the...



The Sales Challenge

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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

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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...



My Favorite Promotion ... "You Know What It Is"

 
Happy (early) Thanksgiving, everyone! To mark the official start of the holiday season (in two days, it will be acceptable to listen to holiday music if you’re into that), I thought I’d write a little blog about one of my favorite promotions.

I was born and raised in the Philadelphia area, but I am a fan of Pittsburgh sports teams. It’s not a random decision—my father grew up in the Steel City. This past weekend, I had the opportunity to make the six-hour drive to visit family and take in the Steelers/Ravens game at Heinz Field. Even though the game didn’t end in my favor, it was still a great time. The stadium is beautiful and filled with old relics, Vince Lombardi trophies (sorry, Eagles fans) and a spectacular view of the Pittsburgh Skyline.

When attending a Steelers game in November, there are several items to bring along:
• Layers of clothing (e.g., coats, hats, scarves, gloves, etc.)
• Your game face
• Your Terrible Towel

Even if you support another team, I’m fairly confident you’re familiar with the Terrible Towel. For those of you who are not, the Terrible Towel is a black and gold rally towel created in 1975 by then Steelers radio broadcaster Myron Cope. It is arguably the most famous sports rally towel in use and has undergone some slight redesigns since its inception including the release of a pink version in October 2009 to promote Breast Cancer Awareness. For a complete history of the Terrible Towel, visit the Steelers website.

I own two towels. One is the original black and gold towel; the other is still black and gold (our team colors), but commemorates the Steelers Super Bowl XIV victory over the Arizona Cardinals in 2009. I made sure to pack both of them before I left for my big trip. The Terrible Towel is more than just a promotional item—it’s a symbol of unity, identity and fun. It was an awesome sight to see thousands of towels being waved during the game under the bright lights on Sunday evening. We waved them in celebration, we waved them as a sign of encouragement and we waved them as friends (we did not wave them when Jacoby Jones returned a punt for a touchdown). In my opinion, this is the true definition of a successful promotion. It’s more than a rally towel bearing a logo; it carries emotional significance. What are some of your favorite promotions?

For your viewing pleasure, here are a few pictures I wanted to share:

The Original Terrible Towel


Super Bowl XIV Terrible Towel


Terrible Towel Camaraderie at Heinz Field (11.18.12)


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