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ASI Education Gets A Makeover

Filed under: Education, site updates

For those of you who frequent our Education pages on ASICentral, you might’ve noticed that we’ve recently revamped some of the sub-pages, like Distributor Success, Sales and Marketing. Here’s why …

For instance, each of these sub-pages — which directly correlates to Education Tracks offered at our 5 annual ASI Shows — appeared very similar, almost identical upon first seeing them. Solution: Change the color of each page. Now, each one has an identifiable color associated with it. So if you see the color green, you know you’re in the Distributor Success page. You see blue? You’re now in Sales City, baby!

Next, our on-demand content was useful, but unaccredited. Solution: Offer users the same content, but give them the opportunity to get credit for it. By participating in our Advertising Specialty Institute Certification Program users can achieve their BASI/MASI degrees, which can only enhance their expertise and standing in the industry. Now, each page’s “On-Demand Courses” section offers a Featured Course as well as several links to other online courses, which links directly into our Online Learning Center (if you’re not a member, you’re prompted to join) where you can receive credit for watching/listening to our courses!

And as an added bonus, all of our content in the On Demand Courses section lets the user know how long the time investment will be and how many credits they will get for it (1 or 1/2)!

We’re really excited our new Education pages and how you are too. Let us know what you think by posting a comment below or emailing us at feedback@asicentral.com.

— Vinnie.edu

Wanted! Dynamic Speakers for ASI Education

Filed under: Education

From guest blogger Dana Reaume, Manager, Professional Development of ASI Education …

August is the month to savor the last days of summer, to admire our tans and to take that much-needed vacation we’ve been dreaming about all year long. For the ASI Education team, August is also the month we put our noses to the grindstone to create the upcoming ASI Show education programs. If you’ve heard the news of our star-studded 2011 keynote lineup – which includes Michael J. Fox, Laura Bush, Wayne Brady and Mike Ditka – you know we’ve been working hard!

Now we’re looking for a few fresh faces to join our roster of highly-rated education-day speakers – professionals who can deliver compelling presentations on the most effective tools and techniques used in business today.

So, if you’re a thought-provoking sales, marketing or business-building guru interested in showcasing your talents at the 2011 ASI Show education programs, please fill out a Call for Presentations form! This is a priceless opportunity to help brand yourself as an expert in your field – and also take advantage of amazing networking opportunities to grow your bottom line and your career.

Click here to fill out a Call for Presentations form. We’d like to hear from you by Friday, August 20, 2010.

ASI Education Update: Webinars Page Redesign

Filed under: Education, site updates

The value of education within the promotional products industry cannot be emphasized enough, and success greatly depends upon your knowledge of everything from the latest sales and marketing trends to negotiation strategies. Our ASI Education folks — in particular Nicole Rollender and Dana Reaume — do a terrific job every month presenting Webinars geared toward the education of promotional products professionals.

(For those of you who don’t know what a Webinar is, let me elaborate. It’s a free 60-minute online course that you take simply by logging onto your computer at a predetermined time. The presenters and moderators do all the work – all you need to do is show up and pay attention! From informative discussions and slideshows to interactive discussion rooms, our ASI Education Webinars are really a great way to learn how to succeed in this industry. Best of all, Webinars are archived so you can learn any time, 24/7.)

And now we’ve given the ASI Education homepage a nice, new snazzy look so you can register and access archived Webinars more easily. Click here to see the page, and use the tabs above the calendar to toggle between the upcoming and archived Webinars. (NEXT WEBINAR: Become an Eco-Apparel Selling Expert, Weds. April 14, 2-3 pm EST – Register now!)

Got questions or comments about the new Webinars homepage? Feel free to email us at feedback@asicentral.com.

Shout out to Sr. Web Designer Craig Veltri for the design!

— Deez

Calling all ASI Distributors and Industry Consultants

Filed under: Education, The ASI Show

A special announcement from guest blogger Dana Reaume, of ASI Education:

Do you have what it takes to be a top-notch industry educator? Do you have a passion for sales, marketing or business management? If so, the ASI Education team is looking for you!

We’re holding our first-ever, open-call video auditions for ASI Distributors and Industry Consultants – we’re looking for new talent to join our roster of highly rated ASI Show presenters. 

One talented winner will be booked to present at the upcoming ASI Show Chicago education program where they’ll debut their brand-new seminar. This is a priceless opportunity that helps brand you as an expert in your field, and provides amazing networking opportunities to help you grow your bottom line and your career. 

Auditioning is easy. First, create a fun 3-minute video introducing yourself to us, summarizing your industry expertise and showing off your dynamic presenting style. Next, visit www.asicentral.com/castingcall to download the application form and upload your video. All entries must be submitted by April 5, 2010.

One winner will be selected to work with the ASI Education team to develop a brand-new 60-minute presentation that will make its debut on education day at the ASI Show Chicago. The winner will also receive one round-trip ticket and hotel accommodations for the ASI Show Chicago.

We’re looking forward to meeting the next star presenters for ASI Show Education!

If you have any additional questions, please send me an email at Dreaume@asicentral.com.

On-Demand Learning Is Here!

Filed under: Education

Distributors and Decorators, listen up!

ASI Education has launched an online campus that provides educational courses and information for the promotional products professional. Our Online Learning is the most convenient way for you to get educated, and the on-demand, self-paced courses are the perfect way to learn more about the advertising specialty indstry. You get to learn when you want at your own pace!

The way this works is you go to the following link (http://www.syberworks.com/asicentral/) and register (must be an ASI member) an account, then follow the directions. The lessons are planned out neatly and the interface is extremely user friendly, so you never lose your way. The first track, New Distributor Education, has commenced and the following course and lesson are now available.

Course: Getting Started in the Advertising Specialty Industry.

Lesson 1: Researching Products and Suppliers.

So what are you waiting for?! Log on and learn now!

For more information, including upcoming Lessons, click here.



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