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Shouldn't I Be Able to Do My Own Accounting?

Harriet Gatter, owner of Accounting Support LLC

My husband, Steve, consults with small businesses that he calls "underdogs"—businesses that rely primarily on the skills and efforts of their owner/operators. He helps them identify their "super powers" that they bring to their businesses. Read More >>

 


Kiwi's Coaching Corner

Paul  Kiewiet

They Won't Buy Your Stuff

They’ll buy the results that they’ll get. They’ll buy the feelings they can create. They’ll buy the outcomes. They’ll buy the chance to feel like a creative marketer. They’ll buy the opportunity to look good to their boss and their co-workers. But they won’t buy your stuff.
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Lights, Camera, Promotion!

Brittany Hahn

The Worst Part of Waking Up

If you're a caffeine addict, there is nothing joyous about getting out of your cushy bed to cope with the first few minutes of the day prior to your first sip of coffee. What's even worse is going into the office to find an empty pot of coffee, because the person before you didn't take 14 seconds to start a fresh one. Read More >>

 


Not So Technically Speaking

Dale Denham

3 Ways to Get Your Email Under Control

Email marketing works. It works so well, everyone is doing it. The low cost of sending emails has flooded our mailboxes with junk, which is getting harder and harder to avoid. Read More >>

 


Beyond Words

Rebecca Kollmann, MAS+

Swing All the Way Through

From time to time, I’ve written about a situation involving one of my kids, and after observing something recently, it’s a huge metaphor for what every one of us does in our busy lives. Read More >>

 


Jeff's Rant

Jeff Solomon, MAS

Fido, Felines, Fitness, Family and Friendships

Those who know me know I love my dogs. Spud, our precocious miniature dachshund, has been featured in many of my FreePromoTips.com videos. Read More >>

 


Selling Smarter

Rosalie Marcus

What Creates Customer Loyalty?

Did you know that April is International Customer Loyalty Month? Think about the businesses you consistently patronize. What have they done to capture your loyalty?
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Million Dollar Mindset with Greg Muzzillo

Greg Muzzillo

The No. 1 Ingredient for Business Success

What’s the No. 1 key ingredient to business success? Some might say sales. Others might say marketing, technology or access to capital. Read More >>

 


Compliance Chat

Jeff Jacobs

The Exact Cause Was Never Determined

If you read what normally is in this space, you've seen a lot about the protocol it takes to manufacture safely and with social responsibility. You've heard about the changing regulations enacted to try to keep promotional products safe, and the fines, penalties and recalls enforced when they're not. Read More >>

 


Be Bold, Be Different, Be Memorable

Rick Greene, MAS

My Best Promotion: Infusing Bold Solutions & What We Do Do

This year, the Be Bold, Be Different, Be Memorable blog postings will have a common theme. Promo Marketing has asked me to focus on the topic "My Best Promotion."

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Quick Thoughts by Cliff Quicksell, MAS

Cliff Quicksell, MAS

Measure the ROI at Trade Shows (Using the Right Mix of Creative and Promotional Products)

Every year more and more products are being introduced into the market, and after a while it all looks the same. What if a program was developed that helped generate a true (ROI) return on a trade show investment? During my tenure as a promotional products consultant, I was absolutely amazed at how ineffective most marketing managers were at effectively managing the results of their trade shows. Read More >>

 


Editor's Notes

Nichole Stella

The Perfect Match

The Super Bowl has also become the Ad Bowl, where brands duke it out to see who has the funniest, stickiest ad in the land. Read More >>

 


Embellished

Kyle Richardson

The Best Laid Plans

Why it's always smart to keep a planner with your schedule and important documents, and why it's never smart to take photos with your cell phone on a boat. Read More >>

 


Promotional Fashionista

Colleen McKenna

5 Soccer Promotions for After the World Cup

Studies show that Americans prefer soccer to NASCAR. Here are five items to sell to soccer fans.

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Mike's Blog

Michael Cornnell

Interview with Jason Black, CEO of Top Distributor Boundless Network

Ranking #19 on the Top 50 List, Black shares his thoughts on the future of the industry and what has made Boundless so successful. Read More >>

 


The Hot Button

Mary Ellen Sokalski, MAS

"How It's Made" Can Make You More

The show "How Its Made" is celebrating its 22nd season on television. How can we be a hit, season after season, for our clients and prospects in the apparel trade? Read More >>

 


Be Dazzled

Elise Hacking Carr

Got Control Issues?

Does chaos define you? How you respond to certain situations says a lot about your character. Here are five quotes to help you keep it real and get inspired.

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Big Picture Promo

Matt Kaspari, CAS

Meeting Clients Where They Are

Promotional marketing is at its best when it empowers a client’s brand, meets his or her objectives and fits within a specified budget. It is at this point that the focus shifts from offering options to providing solutions, which goes hand in hand with solving a client's problems—some of which they might not even know they have.

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My Two Cents

Rick Brenner

For Promotional Product Sales, Protect Your Client's Brand

Whether you are selling to a global brand like Nike or to your local YMCA, no single asset is more valuable to your client than the client's good name. Read More >>

 


Friday Sales-thought of the Week!

Dale Limes, MAS

Reverse Engineer Your Sales Success

Steven Covey reminds us that when setting goals ... "Start with the end in mind." That is to visualize the end result that you hope to accomplish and start your planning process from there ... "With the end in mind." Read More >>

 


The Sales Challenge

Bill Farquharson

Think and Succeed

What would happen if you woke up in the morning and your first thought was, "I am never going to sell anything today. Why would anyone buy anything from me? I'll be lucky to even survive." Read More >>

 


Creating More Purposeful Sales Conversations

Lisa Leitch, CSP, MAS

Under 100 Days to Achieve 2011 Goals

It's hard to believe, but there are fewer than 100 days left to achieve 2011 goals! Are you on track to achieve your sales goals? Read More >>