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Photos from the Republican National Convention in Tampa

Filed under: Fun

A few Editorial colleagues of mine — Joan Chaykin and Jennifer Vishnevsky — are on assignment at the RNC in Tampa, and they’ve snapped a few fun pics of the ad specialties they found. Enjoy!

 
Republican National Convention Promotional Products

Republican National Convention Promotional Products

Republican National Convention Promotional Products

Republican National Convention Promotional Products

Republican National Convention Promotional Products

Republican National Convention Promotional Products

Republican National Convention Promotional Products

Republican National Convention Promotional Products

Republican National Convention Promotional Products

Republican National Convention Promotional Products

Republican National Convention Promotional Products

Republican National Convention Promotional Products

Republican National Convention Promotional Products

Republican National Convention Promotional Products

Republican National Convention Promotional Products

Republican National Convention Promotional Products

Republican National Convention Promotional Products

Republican National Convention Promotional Products
 
Republican National Convention Promotional Products

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Steve Forbes To Be On ASI Radio

Filed under: asi radio show

Steve ForbesThis just in! On October 9, 2012, Steve Forbes will be a special guest on ASI Radio at 10:30 a.m. EST. Forbes, who will be giving the keynote speech at the ASI Show Orlando 2013 in January, is the chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media. According to the ASI Show website:

“As chairman of Forbes Media, Steve Forbes continues to head up Forbes, the most successful business news magazine in America. Throughout his tenure, his keen ability to provide economic and political insights on the most debated issues of the day has been trusted by business leaders around the world. Bringing together his experience as a renowned journalist, expert economist and former presidential candidate, Forbes will deliver thought-provoking analysis at the show.”

So save the date and don’t miss this show!


Counselor 2012 Hot List

Filed under: Awards

2012 Hot ListJust a few short weeks ago, Counselor magazine released its sizzlin’ annual Hot List of the 38 people who are shaking up the market with new and innovative approaches. But instead of releasing just one, long list, Counselor broke the list into 5 categories.

Get the complete list of all 38 Hot List’ers here. And for separate category lists — including newly released, expanded writeups — click below:

  • The Head Honchos (Fun Fact: Lion Circle’s Rich Carollo’s fave TV show is Arrested Development)
  • The Right Clickers (Fun Fact: Green Banana Promotions’ Charity Gibson has “a thing for hot, fast cars”)
  • The Sales Superstars (Fun Fact: WorkFlowOne’s Roger Burnett thinks Robert Downey Jr. would play him in a movie)
  • The Marketing Mavericks (Fun Fact: The favorite thing about the industry for Hit Promotional Products’ Jennifer Grigorian? The people)
  • The Next Wave (Fun Fact: Bruce Springsteen’s Hungry Heart best describes Jeff Hinds of Rainkist)

7 Habits of Successful Salespeople

Filed under: Tip of the Day

7 Sales HabitsIf you could figure out exactly what it is that makes some salespeople successful, then you could stuff it jar and sell that baby for big bucks! But since nobody really has a “magic bullet” for selling, the next best thing would be to listen to and take the advice of those who are successful at it.

In this month’s Stitches article “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Salespeople,” industry vets like David Blaise and John Resnick drop some knowledge on how they’ve been successful with selling and the winning habits they employ. It’s a great, quick read so check it out now! And here are the 7 habits, without detail:

  1. Remain Positive - No Matter What
  2. Set Goals and Make Plans for Achieving Them
  3. Be More Than a Catalog Tosser
  4. Keep Listening
  5. Always Network
  6. Prospect Agressively
  7. Manage Time Effectively

The 10 Families of T-Shirts

Filed under: Tip of the Day, Wearables

T-ShirtsThink a T-shirt is just a T-shirt? Not these days, as the folks over at Wearables magazine can attest. This month’s cover story, “For Variety’s Sake,” breaks down the dozens of styles into 10 families of tees. If you’re in the promotional apparel business, this is one article you won’t want to miss. PLUS: 3 tips on how to find the right shirt. Read on, and enjoy! And here are the 10 families of T-shirts:

  • Plain
  • Poly
  • Fashion
  • Pattern
  • Neckline
  • Eco
  • Color Blocking
  • Long-Sleeve
  • Tank Top
  • Pocket

Poll Results - How do you feel about the U.S. Olympic team uniforms being made in China?

Filed under: Poll Results

When news first broke that U.S. athletes would be wearing uniforms at the 2012 Olympic Games in London that were made in China, there was a storm of political backlash. How could the American unis be made anywhere else but the U.S.? In response, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) as well as Ralph Lauren — the company that outsourced production to China — promised Made-In-USA unis for the 2012 Winter Games.

Since promotional apparel is a big part of this industry, I thought this would make a great poll question. On July 12, we posted this question on ASI Central as well as the social networks, with the following results: Of the 395 total votes, and overwhelming amount of users (262, 66%) were “outraged“, with the remaining votes split between “neither here nor there” and “not concerned at all“.

Here’s the complete breakdown, including chart, to the question How do you feel about the U.S. Olympic team uniforms being made in China?: (TOTAL VOTES: 395)

  • Outraged - (262 votes, 66%)
  • Neither Here Nor There - (69 votes, 18%)
  • Not Concerned At All - (64 votes, 16%)


Dirty Jobs - Uniforms Edition

Filed under: Wearables

Sewage Treatment PlantWhen I think back to some of the jobs I’ve had in my life, none of them stand out as particularly dirty. Sure, as a paper boy, my hands would become black with printing ink, and there was a stint I did as a landscaper that lasted four hours (who knew you could be allergic to mulch?), but for the most part my hands have remained relatively clean.

And that’s why I think I find this month’s Wearables magazine article on dirty jobs so intriguing — not only are these people used to getting their hands dirty, they actually do it for a living! Titled “Dirty Jobs: Uniforms Edition“, the folks at Wearables present another down-and-dirty look at the toughest workers around, and the uniforms they wear to get the job done. In this edition, you’ll find:

  • General Contractor 
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Screen Printer
  • Sewage Treatment Worker

So the next time you get a little pen ink on your fingers and start cursing the heavens, think of these people (especially the sewage treament workers, oh lordy!).

VIDEO: Watch Wearables’ Editor C.J. Mittica interview paramedics/EMTs about their jobs.


Tip of the Day - Recruit Quality Interns

Filed under: Tip of the Day, Wearables

InternsIt should come as no surprise the value interns can bring to a company. Not only can they be a cheap and valuable resource, but they can also serve as key connections to new clients. This month’s “Business Toolkit” in Wearables magazine delves a little deeper into the employee-intern relationship and how distributors can really benefit from the right person. Check out the article now, and in the meantime here are 3 tips on how to find quality interns:

  1. Connect With Colleges: Talk to career services personnel at colleges about possibilities you have for students to intern. Participate in career fairs at local colleges and universities where you can talk to students directly about opportunities.
  2. Network Internally: Ask employees if they know about students looking for an internship. You can also inquire with people you know through your community and social connections.
  3. Online Postings: Post internship opportunities to online job/internship sites that universities often host specifically for their students. You could also consider posting on a service like www.internships.com, which connects employers, educators and students.

 

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