February 28, 2013
If you know that line and who uttered it repetitiously in the famous 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, then you know the deadpan humor of Ben Stein. The actor — who’s also an economist, best-selling author, attorney and professor — will be giving an exclusive ASI Radio interview on Tuesday, March 5 at 10:30 am EST.
Ben, who will also be the keynote speaker at the ASI Show Long Beach in March, will be discussing everything from small-business challenges to political predictions, and everything in between. So if you’re up for a lot of good business advice and a little humor to boot, then you don’t want to miss this show!
February 26, 2013
Filed under: Tip of the Day
If you’re a distributor in this industry, you probably already know that education, financial and health-care are some of the top markets. But what are some of the up-and-coming markets gaining steam that you should be targeting?
That’s the question Counselor magazine asked in its March issue for the article “Hot New Markets“. Read on to find out about five new markets that offer big sales opportunities in 2013. And in the meantime, here are the 10 fastest-growing and slowest-growing sectors in the U.S. between 2010-2020.
February 21, 2013
Filed under: Tip of the Day
When you think of the word “pop”, what comes to mind? For me, several things, like a type of music, “Snap, crackle”, and an odd term some use to call carbonated beverages. Oh, and Michael Jackson.
But as an acronym, POP really doesn’t resonate. Until now!
Advantages magazine’s “Advantages University” feature for March is chock full of interesting advice and facts about point of purchase advertising — or POP — which is defined as: The point where products meet the consumer who has the capability and desire to buy. Want to learn more? Then don’t miss this article! And in the meantime, here are five powerful POP products:
February 19, 2013
Just a few days ago, I never heard of The Harlem Shake. Now, I can’t go a few hours without hearing about it!
Featuring a song by Baauer of the same name, The Harlem Shake is basically an Internet meme that went viral earlier this month where groups of people film themselves emulating a funky dance style. Lasting no more than 30 seconds, The Harlem Shake begins with one individual — usually masked or helmeted — dancing alone for 15 seconds and surrounded by people who seem quite oblivious. Then, as the music kicks in, everyone joins the convulsive dance. It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever seen. Well, not really, but you know what I mean.
How or why this has become such an Internet sensation is befuddling, but it’s so pervasive that some of the folks in the industry — including ASI — have jumped onto The Harlem Shake bandwagon. Check them out below, and if your company is doing one, we want to know! Post a link here, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 13, 2013
Queue Barry White’s Greatest Hits and get the wine chillin’ … it’s that time of year again, when lovers young and old exchange heart-shaped Hallmark greetings, drop ridiculous dough on fancy restaurants, and overdose on chocolate. Yep, Valentine’s Day 2013 promises to be all that and more for those of us with significant others. (For those of us without, like yours truly, there’s always a hockey game on and cold beer in the fridge.)
And in keeping with his annual tradition, Joe Haley of The Joe Show fame presents his top sexy promotional products of the year. Watch this year’s video here, and in the meantime here is the list of the 6 Sexy Products for Valentine’s Day:
February 12, 2013
Filed under: Tip of the Day
Looking for a new market to target? Try technology.
One of the few bright spots in the 2012 economy, not only are tech sector jobs growing but they’re driving secondary job creation as well. This month’s Advantages’ magazine cover story “What It Takes to Win the Tech Sector” explores this hot market in depth and provides great tips and advice on how to take advantage of the wealth of opportunity here. So what are you waiting for?! Read this article now! And in the meantime, here are 10 interesting tech facts:
February 6, 2013
Filed under: Awards
If your company has been experiencing incredible growth over the past few years, then ASI wants to hear from you! Why? Well, you could be recognized by Counselor magazine in its annual Top 10 Fastest Growing companies in the industry award.
To be eligible for this category, your company must meet all of the following criteria:
Both suppliers and distributors are eligible. So … does your company have what it takes? Then click here to nominate it now! And in the meantime, here are the fastest-growing distributors and suppliers of the past 6 years:
February 4, 2013
Filed under: Poll Results
I, like the rest of the country, seemed to be on the San Fran/Colin Kaepernick bandwagon, predicting the 49ers and their young, upstart QB would win Super Bowl XLVII over the Baltimore Ravens. Las Vegas had the odds leaning toward San Fran (-3.5 points), and every poll result I read was overwhelmingly in favor of the NFC champs. The underdog Ravens — who improbably knocked off not only Peyton and Denver, but Tom and the mighty Patriots in the playoffs — had to be out of steam by now, right?
Baltimore and MVP Joe Flacco came out of the gate quickly and never looked back — despite a head-scratching power outage — defeating San Fran 34-31 and in the process left me eating crow. But thankfully I have a lot of company to help consume it.
On Monday, January 28, I posted our Super Bowl poll asking who would win. Of the 232 total votes we received, 126 (54%) voted in favor of San Fran, with the remaining 106 (46%) going for Baltimore. Not a landslide, but definitely on par with the rest of the popular concensus.
Here’s the complete breakdown, including chart, to this poll: (TOTAL VOTES: 232)