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Promotional Fashionista

By Colleen McKenna

About Colleen

Colleen McKenna is Production Editor for Promo Marketing Magazine.
 

Kiwi's Coaching Corner

Paul  Kiewiet
Have You Started Yet?
Jan 29, 2015

There’s only one sales day left in this month and just 43 left in the first quarter of 2015. Your...



Lights, Camera, Promotion!

Brittany Hahn
Funny Videos Sell
Jan 28, 2015

Adding humor to your video ads can be a profitable move. Bottom line: People buy from companies they like. Don't...



Not So Technically Speaking

Dale Denham
Windows 10 Announced and What Laptop to Buy Next
Jan 27, 2015

Windows 10 is scheduled to be released later in 2015. I am assuming a Q4 release date to be safe...



Compliance Chat

Jeff Jacobs
A Step in the Right Direction
Jan 23, 2015

One of the most frequent points of discussion with distributors this past week during the course of the PPAI Expo...



Jeff's Rant

Jeff Solomon, MAS
A Memorable Week!
Jan 22, 2015

You don’t realize the impact of some things until you have a few days to reflect on what happened. I’ve...



Million Dollar Mindset with Greg Muzzillo

Greg Muzzillo
It's Showtime
Jan 5, 2015

Happy New Year! It’s a new year, and time for the promotional product industry’s two major shows—the ASI show in...



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...



Selling Smarter

Rosalie Marcus
Year-end Tips to Increase Sales Now!
Dec 9, 2014

While some may be slacking off this time of year, savvy promotional products sales professionals know that it's not too...



Beyond Words

Rebecca Kollmann, MAS+
Taming the Monster
Nov 17, 2014

Today, we’re going to look at something very small, but also very important. It’s unseen by many, lurking in the...



Be Bold, Be Different, Be Memorable

Rick Greene, MAS
Setting Annual Sales Goals are a Waste of Time II—Sales Goals Strike Back
Oct 29, 2014

For some people, setting sales goals is not a waste of time. It's all about perceptions, really—perceptions that empower and...



Guest Blogs

Guest Contributor
How Can a 3D Printer Make You Money?
Oct 24, 2014

One of the most difficult parts of getting the sale is showing the customer exactly what they want when they...



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,...



Embellished

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...



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...



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...



What to Wear on Planes, Trains & Automobiles

 

Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and are now ready for a few whirlwind months of trade shows. Next week is The PPAI Expo in Las Vegas and as I have done in year's past, I am thinking about what to wear and bring. We listed everything you'll need for the actual show in the December issue's Trade Show Preview, so I thought I would focus on what you need while traveling to and from the shows. Dressing and packing for airplanes sounds easy enough, but jeans get scratchy after five hours in one position, sweaters can be too hot and T-shirts can be too light. Other than essentials (tickets, wallet, ID), here are the items that will make your trip easier:

Pants with Stretch: The first part of this is the most important: Wear pants. You may not get kicked off of a plane for wearing shorts, but it is just easier to move around comfortably in cramped areas if you do not have to worry about how much skin you have showing. (Also, nylon stockings or pantyhose are likely to catch fire if you are sliding down the emergency exit, so dresses and stockings are literally dangerous.) As for stretch, you don't need leggings to be comfy. Many jeans and dress pants for men and women include stretch materials to keep you comfortable and professional on long trips.

Book Bag: Book bags have many pockets so you can easily find things when you need to in a car, instead of dumping out your whole purse. They are less likely to bump into bystanders as you navigate your way down tiny aisles on planes and trains. They also are better for your back than putting all the weight of a purse or laptop bag on one side of your body.

Noise-canceling Headphones: You might be able to tune out a crying baby, the booming music of the person sitting next to you or loud conversation behind you, but not everyone has this ability. That is why noise-canceling headphones are worthwhile purchases for those who travel often. They allow users to sleep on red-eye flights (something I have yet to master).

Hand Sanitizer: The shared magazines on airplanes are germ-infested. The armrests, bathroom door handles and person sitting next to you might be too. Err on the safe side to avoid being sick on your trip by using hand sanitizer.

Bonus: All of these items have promotional versions. Search for them on www.promomarketing.com.

See you in Vegas!

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