Managing Editor

Promotional Fashionista

By Colleen McKenna

About Colleen

Colleen McKenna is managing editor for Promo Marketing. She blogs about apparel trends, fashion news and industry events.

Compliance Chat

Jeff Jacobs
No, I Don't Need A Receipt
Aug 22, 2014

just when you think you're out of the woods on an issue, it pops up in a most unexpected place....

Jeff's Rant

Jeff Solomon, MAS
Where Are Trade Shows Going?
Aug 21, 2014

In our first article on What’s Happening with Trade Shows, we covered the SAAC Show, a strong regional association event,...

Selling Smarter

Rosalie Marcus
My Very Personal Connection to the ALS Challenge
Aug 19, 2014

You’ve probably seen the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge all over social media and TV. Perhaps you’ve taken it. For me,...

Kiwi's Coaching Corner

Paul  Kiewiet
When Will It Happen? (Ask “When” Three Times) Part 5 of “Get Curious About Your Business”
Aug 14, 2014

Time. It’s here and it’s gone. There are lots of clichés about time and there ain’t no time like the...

Not So Technically Speaking

Dale Denham
5 Problems With Promotional Supplier Videos
Aug 12, 2014

Dear promotional product supplier: That video you made has a great soundtrack. The special effects? Nice touch. I even like...

Beyond Words

Rebecca Kollmann, MAS+
Connecting—Not a New Concept
Aug 11, 2014

We’ve all seen ways to buy and sell—from brick-and-mortar to online shopping; from receiving letters to being deluged with email....

Million Dollar Mindset with Greg Muzzillo

Greg Muzzillo
Live the Charged Life
Aug 4, 2014

Are you caged, comfortable or charged? I believe that if you understand what phase of life you are in—caged, comfortable...

Quick Thoughts by Cliff Quicksell, MAS

Cliff Quicksell, MAS
Accountability Begins with You
Aug 1, 2014

Accountability—the very mention conjures up feelings and thoughts of stress, being under a microscope or micro-managed. Accountability is imperative to...


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...

Be Bold, Be Different, Be Memorable

Rick Greene, MAS
Source Your Inner Iron Man
Jun 11, 2014

Be a hero. Look for opportunities to swoop in and save the day. Source your inner Thor or Wonder Woman....

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...

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...

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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Feathers for Spring & Other New Trends

Last night was The Met Gala and the fashion stars in attendance displayed new trends for spring and summer.


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3 Ways to Style an Imprinted Tee

Imprinted T-shirts are in with the fashion elite. Here's how they are styling the tees.


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How to Tie Fashion to Fitness

Fashion brands are introducing gym gear lines. Here's how to add style to your workout and wellness promotions.


2 Cross-promotion Ideas for Spring

Providing cross-promotion products increases the brand exposure for your client(s). Here are two cross-market promotion ideas to celebrate warm weather.


5 Trends from Fall 2014 Fashion Weeks

Fashion month (New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks) has come to a close. Here are the top five trends to know as you sell apparel for next fall.


5 Wearable Promos for Baseball Season

Five apparel pieces fit for any stadium, team or any baseball-loving client to give away.


How to Market a $1,500 Pair of Socks

They're made from Cervelt, so they are worth the money. A lesson in extreme price markup.


4 Ideas for Women's History Month

This March will be one of the coldest and snowiest in recent memory. Here's how to warm up your women's history events.


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5 Products to Sell Before the Winter Olympics

Each of the 98 events at the 2014 Winter Olympics has a promotional product fit for it. Here are five of them.


Styles Seen at the 2014 PPAI Expo

Suiting- and performance-inspired apparel for your spring and fall programs.

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9 Ways to Use Pantone's Color of 2014

Pantone chose Radiant Orchid as the color of 2014. Here are nine ways to use the floral hue in the New Year.


4 Advertising Ideas for 2014

Edible, awareness, school and fitness promotion ideas for the New Year taken from some of the most popular campaigns of 2013's fourth quarter.


4 Unusual Thanksgiving Products

Celebrate turkey-day with products that stray from the normal thank-you cards and seasonal gifts.


Industry Supplier’s Campaign to Support Producers of USA-made Goods

Paper supplier Mohawk shows support for small businesses that source and create American-made products. Here's the why and how.


Cotton or Nothing?

A new movement demands 100 percent cotton in all garments. What about high-quality synthetic tech fabrics?


Review of Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week

What to look for in spring 2014: purple, blue, cubism and metallics.


How Philadelphia and San Francisco Are Supporting USA-made Goods

The PHLMade and SFMade campaigns reward companies that source American-made goods by branding them as local supporters. Will the movements help bring manufacturing back to the U.S.?


4 Promo-friendly Styles Having a Moment in the Fashion World

How to include them in your fall promotions.


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3 Labor Day Promotion Ideas

How to find potential Labor Day clients and implement a promotion before September 2.


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How to Avoid a Decorating Mistake Like Nike's

Last week, Sean Norris wrote a piece about Nike's Carolina Panthers' shirt misprint. Here's how to avoid similar mistakes in your sports team programs.  Read More >>

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Revisiting the Apple Logo Effect

A high-end fashion brand's CEO moves to Apple. What it means for luxury goods and logo use.


Style Terms You Need to Know

If you've never known what "slub" is or why organic cotton matters, here is a rundown of the top terms for apparel in 2013.  Read More >>

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Sports Marketing Lessons from Wimbledon

Nike outfits tennis stars for Wimbledon. Here's how to use the styles in your next tennis promotion.


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Do You Consider Ethics & the Environment When You Sell Apparel?

6 tips on how to ensure that the garments you're selling are safe and ethical.  Read More >>

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