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Embellished

By Kyle Richardson

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A look at the daily impact of promotional products.
 

Compliance Chat

Jeff Jacobs
Draw Your Attention to Drawstrings
Oct 17, 2014

I guess it has something to do with the time of year. The weather in much of the U.S. begins...



Jeff's Rant

Jeff Solomon, MAS
I Could Have Slept In But Why Should You Care?
Oct 16, 2014

Something strange has happened to me. On a recent three-day holiday weekend, I had the opportunity to sleep in. But...



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,...



Selling Smarter

Rosalie Marcus
How Appreciative Are You? 5 Easy Ways to Stand Out and Say Thank You: Part One
Oct 14, 2014

In today's highly competitive promotional products business environment, you have to distinguish yourself from the competition. Here are five ways...



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...



Kiwi's Coaching Corner

Paul  Kiewiet
Why Are You Doing This?
Oct 9, 2014

Do you have a clear understanding of why you are in this business? And please, don’t tell me you’re in...



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...



Be Bold, Be Different, Be Memorable

Rick Greene, MAS
Setting Annual Sales Goals are a Waste of Time
Sep 24, 2014

How about that shocking headline? Did it grab you? Well, there is some meat behind the sensationalism. Buckle in and...



Quick Thoughts by Cliff Quicksell, MAS

Cliff Quicksell, MAS
Playing the Price Game: It’s a Choice. Choose Wisely
Sep 22, 2014

The Internet, the obvious low barrier to entry, unskilled salespeople, the economy—each of these drive price wars and ultimately erode...



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,...



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...



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...



The Best Way to Use Virtual Samples. Ever.

 
Last week we announced that Promo Marketing has incorporated Technologo's virtual sampling technology into our free product search. Everyone here's been very excited about it, and no one more so than me. It's a big deal for a number of reasons. Yes, it's the fastest and easiest virtual sampling tool available. And yes, it can seamlessly remove logos from images. And yes, it offers numerous decoration options. And yes, as with our entire search engine, it's completely free and usable on the more than 300,000 items available. But none of that is why I'm excited.

This is why.
Yes, that's right. After all these years of hoping and dreaming, I give to you... LOGOFACE™.

Thanks to Technologo, now you too can have the pleasure of seeing my face every morning when you're having your morning drink. And before you ask, yes, we make LOGOFACE™ drinkware for every member of your family.

But that's not all. Because Technologo's software allows you to select varying decoration types, we're able to print my mug on more than your mug.

Like embroidered patches. I fully expect to be able to buy a Porche once this catches on.


Need a pen? No problem. Technologo's allows you to create virtual samples of my face as a laser engraving. But what if you want to have text on your virtual sample? Don't worry, we've got you covered.


I've literally wasted hours of working time the past week messing around with this tool. You could even use it for purposes other than putting my face on products, like creating samples to mail to prospective clients. I'm not sure why those prospective clients wouldn't want my face on something, but it's a strange world.

If you're reading this, you probably have a PromoMarketing.com account, which means you're ready to start creating free virtual samples. Search for any product on our site, click the green "Virtual Sample" button on the right, and before you know it you'll be sending proposals with customized images to all your clients.

Oh, and I've found one more amazing use for this tool:


Yeah, do you see how tan and jacked I am now? I've been working out.


 This is my new Facebook profile pic.


Uh... listen, I wanted to see how I'd look with long hair. Don't make this weird.

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