Elise Carr

Be Dazzled

By Elise Hacking Carr

About Elise

Elise Hacking Carr is Managing Editor for Promo Marketing Media Group.

Guest Blogs

Guest Contributor
Which Version of QuickBooks Is Best for Ad Specialty Distributors?
Mar 27, 2015

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

Kiwi's Coaching Corner

Paul  Kiewiet
Mar 26, 2015

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

Jeff Solomon, MAS
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

I recently watched the Academy Awards and was amazed at Lady Gaga’s tribute to “The Sound of Music.” If you...

Selling Smarter

Rosalie Marcus
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)
Dec 30, 2014

Every year more and more products are being introduced into the market, and after a while it all looks 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,...


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...

Distributors, Can You Handle This: Capturing the Looks of Destiny’s Child

After all the build-up, Super Bowl XLVII is over. It was a night filled with emotional performances, stadium blackouts and a Baltimore Ravens’ victory. However, my Twitter feed was all about the “Beyoncé Bowl.”

Beyoncé has been creating a buzz ever since she was announced as this year’s halftime act. Critics speculated about a possible Destiny’s Child reunion. It was on; it was off. Who could really say? In reality, it was probably one of the worst kept secrets of the Super Bowl.

The performance began as Beyoncé appeared on a raising platform. Dressed in a leather jacket with padded shoulders and a short puffy skirt (no gold in sight!), Beyoncé commanded the stage. She quickly shed the jacket and tore off the skirt, which revealed lacy ruffles that looked almost doily-like. Backed by an all-female band, the bootylicious singer did a lot of hair whipping, shaking and sangin’. 

If you blinked, you missed the big reveal of her former Destiny’s Child cohorts, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. And even if you didn’t blink, you probably didn’t hear them thanks to low microphone volume. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Destiny’s Child was one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. On Sunday night, many fans were reminded of the special role the women played in their lives. Really, who else are you going to listen to for tips on dating, being independent and other important stuff?

To celebrate the Destiny Child legacy, The Cut compiled a slide show of the group’s greatest style moments (note: bedazzled bikini tops and cowgirl hats included). If your clients want to incorporate some of these looks into their promotional wardrobe, here are some suggestions.

Go for the Gold
The “fun question” on many Super Bowl pools asked participants to guess if Beyoncé would sport a gold ensemble (or at the very least, a gold accessory). While the singer opted for black, gold is a longtime staple in her wardrobe. Not ready to dip yourself in gold from head-to-toe? Start out small with the Teramo Metallic Tote from Logomark. (For the record, I got that question right.)
Hats Off to You
Why choose between sequins and fedoras when you can have BOTH? Pair Jacobson Hat’s Sequin Fedora with some blinged out gloves for a classic Beyoncé-Michael Jackson-influenced look.
Calm, Cool and Collected
The members of Destiny’s Child occasionally evoked their sporty side. Your clients can do the same with the Bella Baby Rib Raglan Cap Sleeve Tee from Imprints Wholesale. The shirt features contrasting cap sleeves and set-on narrow binding around the neck. For the complete Destiny’s Child feel, make your own “V-neck” with a pair of scissors.

A United Front
Nothing screams “Girl Group” more than matching denim ensembles. There are photographs to prove it. Establish some unity with Custom Jeans from Macro Industries. If you want to get crazy, there are plenty of promotional denim bucket hats to go with it.

Suit Up
Destiny’s Child often touted “girl power.” For dramatic effect, the girls did so in a suit. Be seen and heard at your next meeting in Edwards Garment’s Stripe Suit Coat Poly/Wool.

(Editor’s Note: Beyoncé gave it a good shot, but no one will ever top Prince’s halftime performance—except maybe the Bissel Kitty Halftime Show on Puppy Bowl. MAYBE.)

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