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Poll Results - First Quarter Sales Expectations

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With the industry’s first quarter wrapping up, it’s now time to present the results of our most recent poll, which asked the question “I expect my first-quarter sales to be:” with the following answer options:

  • More than last year
  • Less than last year
  • About the same

Of the 146 total votes, 98 (67%) said they expect their 2014 1st-quarter sales to be more than 2013, with 25 (17%) saying they think sales will be less. The remaining 23 votes (16%) said they expect sales to be about the same.

Here are the full results in graph form.

1st Quarter 2014 Sales Predictions


Poll Results: Social Media Is What?

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Since part of my job requirement is to maintain ASI’s social media, it’s no surprise then how I feel about the Facebooks and Twitters of the virtual world we live in. If you have a business you simply must must have a social media presence, period. Of course, that’s just my opinion.

But my perspective is different than a lot of folks in this industry, so we ran a poll question late last year about what our users thought social media was.

The question: Social media is a … (139 total votes)

With three answer options:

  • Great marketing tool (80 votes, 58%)
  • Necessary evil (34 votes, 24%)
  • Waste of time (25 votes, 18%)

Fortunately, nearly 60% of our users voted that social media is a great marketing tool, which makes me feel a whole lot better about what I do! Here’s the visual pie-chart breakdown.

–Vinnie

Social Media Poll Results


Poll Results: What’s Your Favorite Thanksgiving Pie?

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I love everything about pumpkins. The jack-o-lanterns, Halloween, the autumn season and even the beer. But nothing compares to the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie … at least, that’s my opinion.

Leading up to Thanksgiving 2013, we at ASICentral wanted to find out what others thought, did they feel the same love for pumpkin pies as I did? Or would some of the other traditional pies like pecan and apple be preferred? To be honest, I thought apple would kick butt and reign supreme, but what do I know about food? I still think frozen pizza is a taste sensation.

Much to my surprise, not only did the pumpkin pie win, but it got over 40% of the 231 votes. Apple? Well, let’s just say it finished a distant third.

Here are the full results to the question: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving pie?

Total Votes: 231

  • Pumpkin: 95 votes (41%)
  • Pecan: 58 votes (25%)
  • Apple: 49 votes (21%)
  • Sweet Potato: 17 votes (8%)
  • Lemon Meringue: 12 votes (5%)


Favorite Pen Ink Color? Black Rules

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This is the promotional product industry, and any veteran knows that pens are a staple product. So popular are writing instruments that, according to the 2012 Global Advertising Specialty Impressions Study, they are the most popular product in not only the USA, but Great Britain, Canada and France!

This industry sure does love its pens, but I got to wonderin’: what pen ink color is the most popular?

Of course, I knew the only contest would be between the colors black and blue, but I threw in a few fun colors to make things interesting, like green (y’know, for the eco-conscious), purple (’tweens anyone?) and red (a fave among school teachers).

Surprisingly, this wasn’t much of a contest at all. Black beat blue, and quite easily. The biggest surprise, however, is how many votes purple received!

The following is the breakdown for the question: Which pen ink color is your preference? (487 total votes)

  • Black, 239 votes (49%)
  • Blue, 189 votes (39%)
  • Red, 13 votes (3%)
  • Green, 12 votes (2%)
  • Purple, 34 votes (7%)


Poll Results: Facebook Rules the Ad Specialty Business World

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When I posted the June poll “Which Social Network Do You Use Most For Business?” I figured most of our ad specialty friends would vote for Facebook, and they did. Over 50% of the total votes went to the social network that now boasts over 1.1 billion users and growing. This definitely did not shock me …

However, what did shock me was that Pinterest, the social network that really lends itself to imagery, received just one measly vote! Given that this is an industry rife with new and interesting products, I personally believe that companies should be looking a little more closely at Pinterest as a platform to promote their products. But I digress …

The following is the breakdown of votes for the question: “Which Social Network Do You Use Most For Business?” (191 total votes)

  • Facebook, 103 votes (54%)
  • Twitter, 13 votes (7%)
  • YouTube,  7 votes (4%)
  • LinkedIn, 67 votes (35%)
  • Pinterest, 1 vote (0.5%)

Social Media Use In Promo Products Industry


Poll Results: How Much Vacation Are You Taking This Summer?

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Wow, we sure have some workaholics in this industry. I always knew promotional products professionals worked hard, but when it comes to vacations, I figured they vacationed hard too. According to our latest poll results, however, that doesn’t seem like the case.

On May 1 we posed the question: How much vacation are you planning to take this summer? Answer options, including votes and percentage, were as follows:

  • 1 week (60 votes, 20%)
  • 2 weeks (64 votes, 21%)
  • A couple long weekends (54 votes, 18%)
  • What’s a vacation? (125 votes, 41%)

Looks like a long, hard summer ahead for some of us. That’s too bad … I’ll be thinking of y’all as I hike Yosemite in August. Cheers!

Here is the breakdown of votes in a graphic. (Total Votes: 303)

Poll Results


Poll Results: Has Trust Between Suppliers and Distributors Improved?

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Is trust between suppliers and distributors Better, Worse or the Same today than five years ago?

That’s the question we posed to our users last month, and according to our results, the answer is bleak.

By a margin of 42% (93 votes) to 34% (76 votes), our users voted for “Worse” over “Better” with the remaining 24% (52 votes) saying “Same”. (Don’t miss Counselor magazine’s 3-part look at trust issues in the industry.)

Here’s the complete breakdown to this poll: (TOTAL VOTES: 221)

Trust between Suppliers and Distributors


Poll Results - Are Clients Asking for USA-Made Products? Yes!

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According to our poll results, looks like “Made in America” is back and thriving once again in the promo products industry!

In early February, we posted the following question to our users: Clients are asking for USA-made products: with the following answer options:

  • More
  • Less
  • About the same
  • They are indifferent

Of the 250 total votes, almost two-thirds (163 votes, 65%) said “more”, while less than 5% (12 votes) said “less”. Rounding out the remainder of the votes were “About the same” with 17% (43 votes), and “They are indifferent” with 13% (32 votes).

Here’s the complete breakdown, including chart, to this poll: (TOTAL VOTES: 250)

Poll: Made In The USA

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Poll Results - Who Will Win Super Bowl?

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Super Bowl XLVIII, 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?

Wrong.

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)

Ravens-49ers Poll Results


Poll Results: iPhone or Droid?

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For the past year or so, Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android have been trading the market-share lead for smartphones, with Blackberry (queue “Taps”) continuing to fade faster than my fantasy football team. Since this is the mobile age and everyone seems to use their phones to do everything, I was curious as to what mobile device our users preferred, so I posted this fairly obvious question on ASI Central in late October:

Droid or iPhone? (Answer options: iPhone, Droid, Other)

In just over a month, we received over 600 votes with the strong majority (57%, 373 votes) going with the iPhone. Considering Droid’s strong late-summer surge, I was a bit surprised with their results (36%, 236 votes). The “Other” option — presumably my colleague Michele Bell and other Blackberry users — accounted for just 7% of the results, or 43 total votes.

Here’s the complete breakdown, including chart, to that question: (TOTAL VOTES: 652)

  • iPhone (373 votes, 57%)
  • Droid (236 votes, 36%)
  • Other (43 votes, 7%)


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