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About Dale

Geiger CIO Dale Denham, MAS+ provides practical insights on how you can benefit from technology in no nonsense terms. Follow him on Twitter: @GeigerCIO.

 

Compliance Chat

Jeff Jacobs
Promotional Products: If It Ain’t Broke, Leave It Be
Apr 18, 2014

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....



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...



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...



Timely Travel Tips

 
As a seasoned travel veteran who has held some level of status with airlines for essentially the last 15 years, I've learned quite a few things that make travel easier for me. And recently, some really cool tools make traveling less burdensome.

Make your travel smoother with these timely travel tips.

1.  Hotel -- How to remember your room number
For many of us, we will be in 3 or more hotels in the month of January. For some, even 1 hotel room number is easy to forget (some due to a little too much fun...). When you check in, take a picture of your room number. As long as you don't lose your phone, you'll remember your room. :) (PS This works for parking too).


Yes, my room is 938. Charge all you want to it. :)

2.  Calendar
If you are crossing time zones (like most of us will for the PPAI Expo), set up your meetings in the proper time zone. Once you land, your phone will switch to the new time zone and mess you up especially if you have lots of meetings.  So do 2 things:
A. Put the time in the title of EVERY meeting. So instead of saying "Maximize Mobile Seminar", make the title "Maximize Mobile Seminar 11am-12am". If you accidentally schedule it wrong, at least you'll see the time it is supposed to be.

B. Schedule the time on the proper time zone. For me, I am on EST so my 11am MAXIMIZE MOBILE seminar is scheduled for 2pm EST.  When I land in Las Vegas, it will show up at 11am. (If you want to get fancy, message me and I'll show you how I have both time zones on my calendar.)

3.  Electronics

A. Stop what you are doing and order a ZAGG charger http://www.zagg.com/accessories/zaggsparq.php. This will let you charge your phone and your ipad at the same time WITHOUT needing an outlet. Works great for phones but will only partially charge your ipad unless you are near an outlet.

B.  Lose the Bluetooth. Seriously, it's hideous and it doesn't sound good. Get a good headset (Zagg makes one) that doesn't tangle. Sound is way better and you can listen to music on the plane to avoid the annoying person next to you. (Unless you are that annoying person).
C.  Buy a month long pass to gogo internet. If you are going to Vegas and your flight has wifi, it's a good value. We can play Words With Friends together (but no streaming of videos so be sure to download your video's before departing).


4.  Food tips.
Whether everything goes smooth or not, you'll need nourishment. And if you get delayed, this will really come in handy.
A.  Bring an empty Gatorade or water bottle in your carry on. Unless you are a water snob, it's a great way to avoid paying $4 for a bottle of water. Many airports now offer filtered water stations and those that don't still have water fountains.
B.  Pack a couple of your favorite snack bars. $1 at the grocery store or $4 in the airport, you decide.
C.  Don't pack a banana in your carry on. It's very messy. I know from experience.



5.  Apps
You do have tripit don't you? No? Get it. Very cool app makes it much easier to keep your flights organized and if you buy premium helps you when things get messed up.


6. A great check point friendly carry on bag --
I have to give a plug to Leed's who provided me with an incredible backpack that holds everything. And I mean everything. Checkpoint friendly and a really cool "TechTrap" to keep all the many cables and items from getting lost. (Unpaid, unsolicited, I love this bag.)

Did I miss a great tip? Please leave it in the comment below.

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