PM Podcast

BAMKO's Phil Koosed on Creating Taco Bell's 'Instagrammable' Branded Merch, Promo's Unrivaled ROI, Private Equity Pros and Cons
February 5, 2019 at 12:16 pm

Phil Koosed, president of BAMKO, joined the show to take us inside its immensely popular and successful branded merch campaigns for Taco Bell, including how the distributor created "Instagrammable" promotional products designed to reach younger demographics online. We also talked about promo's powerful ROI, corporate social responsibility, private equity. Plus, Sean and Brendan finally discuss Weezer, and ask Phil for help getting Elon Musk on the show...

Starline's Brian Porter Talks Tariffs' Impact on 2019 Pricing, Streamlining the Ordering Process, PromoStandards
December 10, 2018 at 9:08 am

It's clear the tariffs are going to impact the promo industry in the new year. We asked Brian Porter, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Starline Inc., about what we can expect for 2019, how promo suppliers are handling pricing and much more. Plus, Sean and Brendan discuss a totally crazy insane morning hack from Jeff Bezos, and Sean asks the tough questions everyone's afraid to ask about Pantone's Color of the Year...

HUB Promotional Group Team (Plus Debco's Alex Morin) Talk Acquisitions, Future, What Moves Mean for Distributors
November 13, 2018 at 11:40 am

Joe Fleming, Trina Bicknell, Mike Fleming and special guest Alex Morin joined the show to talk about HUB Promotional Group's recent acquisitions, how HUB selects suppliers to buy, what distributors can expect from HUB Promotional Group moving forward, and more. Plus, Sean and Brendan dig into that Fast Company article that called for the entire promo industry to shut down...

Spooktastic Special! Jay Busselle Talks Branding Nightmares, Halloween Promotions and #PromoChat
October 29, 2018 at 12:13 pm

In the spirit of everyone's favorite haunted holiday, Jay Busselle joined the show to discuss branding nightmares, his favorite Halloween promotions and scary marketing in general. Is your promo business making any of the branding mistakes Jay mentioned? Listen and find out! Plus, Sean and Brendan discuss Burger King's gross new nightmare sandwich, terrifying VCRs and much more. Don't listen alone!...

Jeff Laniado, Promo Buyer for CBS, on His Distributor Past, Landing Large Accounts and the Dreaded Suitcase Full of Samples
October 2, 2018 at 11:12 am

Jeff Laniado, who worked for distributor Axis Promotions before moving to a promo buyer role at CBS, gave us the inside scoop on what it's like making the switch, what he and other promo buyers are looking for, landing large accounts like CBS and some common mistakes distributors make when pitching prospects. Let's just say Jeff isn't a fan of the suitcase full of samples. Plus, Sean and Brendan get Gritty!...

iClick's Taek Sung on PopSockets, Content Marketing and the Unexpected Pitfalls of 275% Growth
September 18, 2018 at 10:03 am

Taek Sung, senior vice president of sales and marketing for iClick, joined the show to talk about PopSockets, content marketing and the unexpected speed bumps that accompany 275 percent year-over-year growth. (Such as: Do you have enough parking spaces? What about bathrooms?) Plus, Sean and Brendan discuss Colorado Timberline's sudden closing due to a ransomware attack...

BrandVia's Sam Brown and Eric Nelsen Talk Organic Growth, Company Culture and Getting Sh*t Done
September 4, 2018 at 12:06 pm

BrandVia Alliance was a big riser on our 2018 Top 50 Distributors list, jumping eight spots from No. 31 in 2017 to No. 23 this year. Sam Brown and Eric Nelsen joined the podcast to talk about that growth, plus a look at company culture, customer experience and (a recurring theme) getting sh*t done. Plus, Brendan and Sean discuss the fake Warren Buffett Twitter account that captivated the internet...

Goldstar Pens' Parker Melvin on Switching From Distributor to Supplier, How Both Sides of Promo Work Together
August 2, 2018 at 10:50 am

Before joining Goldstar Pens, Parker Melvin spent his entire promo career on the distributor side of the industry. That makes him uniquely qualified to talk about the state of collaboration and communication between distributors and suppliers—what's working and what needs work. Plus, Sean and Brendan discuss Disney's move to eliminate plastic straws at its theme parks, and analyze the most important and exciting story of the summer: SHARK HEIST 2018!...