PM Podcast

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!...

Facilis Group's Chuck Fandos on the Promo Industry's Tech Gap, Putting Relationships First and More
June 14, 2018 at 10:13 am

Are promo companies ahead of or behind other sectors in tech adoption? How does the widening tech gap between large and small distributors affect the latter's ability to compete? Is the industry over-relying on tech? In episode 5 of the Promo Marketing Podcast, Chuck Fandos joins the show to chat on those questions and more, with some surprising answers! Plus, we kick off summer blockbuster season with a look at some memorable movie marketing over the years. Do we talk in detail about that awful 1998 Godzilla movie? You know we do!...

PPAI's Paul Bellantone on Mergers and Acquisitions, Embracing Competition and Facebook Whining (Positivity, People!)
May 29, 2018 at 10:37 am

On episode 4 of the Promo Marketing Podcast, PPAI's Paul Bellantone joined Sean and Brendan for a wide-ranging discussion on mergers and acquisitions, outside competition, Promotional Products Work! Week, Legislative Education and Action Day, and why it's time for the promo industry to grow up and start respecting itself, dangit! Plus, have you seen those apology commercials from Uber, Facebook and Wells Fargo? Man are they bad!...

Hong Kong Gifts Fair: The Magnet Group's Dan Jellinek Talks Pricing, Weird Lack of Tech Products and 13-Hour Flights With No Power
May 17, 2018 at 11:20 am

In episode 3 of the Promo Marketing Podcast, Dan Jellinek of The Magnet Group gave us the inside scoop on pricing, products, color trends and much more from his trip to the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair. Plus: a shipping change the promo industry should steal from Amazon, the perils of 13-hour flights with no way to charge your electronics, and terrible meeting advice from Elon Musk...

Talkin' Tariffs: Source Abroad Founder Caro Krissman on How Much the Promo Industry Should Really Worry
April 30, 2018 at 4:39 pm

Tariffs, trade wars and other scary-sounding words have been all over the news, but how much will the proposed tariffs actually impact the promotional products industry? In episode 2 of the Promo Marketing Podcast, we try to answer that question as we chat with Caro Krissman, former CEO of Source Abroad, and the gang from INLT, Caro's new customs brokerage firm. Plus, an update on the surprise closing of Nationwide Promotions LLC, and a topic we hold very dear—SPACE HOTEL!