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By Colleen McKenna

About Colleen

Colleen McKenna is Production Editor for Promo Marketing Magazine.

Ask the Accountant

Harriet Gatter
Do I Have to Collect Sales Tax for Out-of-state Sales?
Oct 2, 2015

Question: Do I have to collect sales tax for out-of-state sales? It depends, and it's complicated. State governments would like...

Jeff's Rant

Jeff Solomon, MAS
What Can We Learn from The Artist Formerly Known as Prince?
Oct 1, 2015

Since I recently wrote a commentary titled 'Are You Too Old To Rock,' I thought I would share another thought from the...

Kiwi's Coaching Corner

Paul  Kiewiet
So What's Holding You Back?
Sep 24, 2015

Are you afraid to fail? Or are you afraid to get started because you might fail? The late TV preacher...

Lights, Camera, Promotion!

Brittany Hahn
The Mayor of Funkytown
Sep 23, 2015

Each Power Box has its own personality. Power Box 1 is really into dubstep music. He raves hard all weekend long. On...

Not So Technically Speaking

Dale Denham
Think About What You Just Did
Sep 22, 2015

My son did something wrong, and I want him to learn so he doesn't repeat the same mistake. I hear...

Million Dollar Mindset with Greg Muzzillo

Greg Muzzillo
11 Keys to Great Success in Life and Business: Key 5: Find Great Mentors
Sep 16, 2015

The most amazing thing I have found about massively successful people is that they both credit other people who mentored...

Guest Blogs

Guest Contributor
Ask the Accountant
Jul 24, 2015

Question: I am starting out as an ad specialty distributor. Is it better to set up my books on a...

Selling Smarter

Rosalie Marcus
Gotta Love These Supplier Best Practices
Sep 1, 2015

I’ve been in the promotional products industry for more than 25 years, both selling products and programs, and coaching and...

Be Bold, Be Different, Be Memorable

Rick Greene, MAS
A Cycle Of Engagement
Jun 10, 2015

In 2015, the journey of the promotional products professional in shifting prospects to clients is more challenging than ever. With...

Beyond Words

Rebecca Kollmann, MAS+
Swing All the Way Through
Apr 20, 2015

From time to time, I’ve written about a situation involving one of my kids, and after observing something recently, it’s...

Compliance Chat

Jeff Jacobs
The Exact Cause Was Never Determined
Apr 3, 2015

If you read what normally is in this space, you've seen a lot about the protocol it takes to manufacture...

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...

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...

Zombies Need Promotional Goods Too

Happy Halloween! I hope everyone on the East Coast got through Hurricane Sandy in one piece. Now that we are back in the office, we need to get down to important business: Halloween. Last week we received some ghoulishly great promotional items from Harcos Labs. So in honor of imprints and All Hallow's Eve, here is a review of some of the spookiest promotional items in the industry.

Personal Care: Every good costume-wearer knows to scrub up before heading out to trick-or-treat. That is where the Bath from the Dead bar of soap comes in. The herb-filled soap (rosemary and lemongrass are the most fragrant) will give users a "refreshing flesh scent" before eating brains or whatever they do for fun.

Trick-or-treating can bring as many germs as candy, so Halloween-loving end-users may want to bring the Anti-Zombie Spray. The anti-bacterial spray works and smells like other anti-bacterial sprays, but has the added benefit of being zombie-proof (very important on Halloween or if you plan on reenacting Thriller anytime soon).

Walking around for a few hours gathering candy (or supervising your children while they gather candy) is tiring so end-users can relax in a bath with Zombie Bath Salts. The packaging encourages users to add the salts to a bath and "watch what happens." Scenes from The Walking Dead might follow, but in a fun-filled, haunted house way.

Candy: The purpose of Halloween for most children (ahem, and adults) is candy. Free candy. Lots of it. Now end-users can couple their need for sugar with their love of Halloween spooks. The Brain Bits taste like Nerds (fittingly, I suppose). I'm not sure if they made me smarter, but I sure did finish this blog quickly during the sugar rush that followed consuming them.

There are energy chews for runners, so why not have them for zombie hunters? Harcos Labs introduces the Dead on Zombie Target red licorice-flavored candies to "help your aim and shoot down zombies," because no one wants zombies messing up a perfectly good night of trick-or-treating.

Finally, the Foaming Zombie Candy does in fact make you foam at the mouth, especially if you consume all of it at once. I don't think I am a zombie (yet), but the foam is scary fun. Note: DO NOT use foaming zombie candy at work and then go talk to a coworker. They may think you are ill (mentally or otherwise). DO use foaming zombie candy if you want to startle trick-or-treaters.

Food: OK, so maybe your clients are not candy people or they want to spread their love of Halloween to main meals as well as candy desserts. For those end-buyers, try some devilishly delicious salty treats like Crusty Zombie Toenails, Zombie Pea Brains, Dried Zombie Skin and Zombie Jerky. Don't be fooled by the gruesome names, the toenails taste like sesame seeds, the brains like wasabi peas, the skin like dried seaweed and the jerky like…jerky with teriyaki seasoning (apparently zombies are zesty).

These personal care items and edibles can be used year-round, not just around Halloween. Maybe your client wants to throw a zombie-themed holiday party, is looking to add something unexpected to a current program or knows their end-users will get a kick out of the unconventional products. To summarize my review: Spooky soap and zombie candy from Harcos Labs is scary good!

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