What Is ASI?
About the IndustryAn advertising specialty, also known as a promotional product, is any item imprinted with a logo or slogan and given out to promote a company, organization, product, service, special achievement or event. T-shirts, mugs, pens and key tags are popular examples, and just about anything can be imprinted. In fact, the ASI® database includes more than 750,000 ad specialties.
The advantage advertising specialties have over other media is that they often have a practical use, in addition to being effective advertising and branding tools. Recipients often keep them and the advertiser benefits from repeat exposures.
How big an industry is this?
The Advertising Specialty Institute's exclusive annual industry sales estimate for 2011 shows that promotional products sales were $18.5 billion, up 6.3% versus 2010.
Where does ASI fit in?
ASI is the largest media and marketing organization serving the advertising specialty industry, with a membership of 33,000 distributor firms (sellers) and 3,500+ supplier firms (manufacturers). Supplier firms market their imprintable products to distributors with our electronic research tools, catalogs, magazines, Web sites and trade shows. Distributors use many of the same vehicles to find suppliers’ products and make presentations to end-buyers (promotions and advertising buyers).
Promotions and advertising buyers who aren't yet working with a distributor can locate one at www.PromoMart.com.
In 1950, a grad student named Joe Segel was working his way through school selling promotional products. At the time, the industry had no central resource for finding products and the suppliers who made them. Segel researched and published his own directory, calling it the Advertising Specialty Register®. ("Ad specialty" is another term for promotional product.) He named his company the Advertising Specialty Institute.
Segel sold ASI in 1962 to Maurice Cohn, at the time the owner of the largest advertising specialty supplier. While Segel went on to found other companies, like the Franklin Mint and QVC, Cohn sold his supplier interests and dedicated himself to improving and expanding ASI. The Cohn family, now headed by Maurice's son, Norman, still owns the company, which has grown to 450 employees. For over 50 years, ASI has continuously led the industry in research, publications and developing marketing tools.
Meet the ASI Team
|Robin Smith, Account Executive, Distributor Services
Working at ASI you get continuous training, which makes you feel confident in your position. That confidence comes through when we speak to our clients. Everyone at ASI is helpful and friendly, which makes coming to work a pleasure.
Heather Roberts, Assistant Manager, Trade Show Services
Working at ASI has given me the opportunity to grow professionally while developing my skills as an event planner. ASI provides the resources to succeed as well as a great work environment in which to learn and travel. My co-workers are fun, and I’ve been able to see many new places and meet people from all over the nation thanks to ASI. I love working here, and I look forward to coming in each morning!.
|Angelica Arteta, Lead, Registration Team
Since the day I started, I knew ASI was a great place to work. Not only are the benefits wonderful, but the people are very helpful and the company appreciates its employees. ASI provides the tools you need to further your career, and it really supports growth and development.
Coming to work every day is a breeze, and I can honestly say that I have made some terrific friends here!
|Venus Antoine, Product Support Analyst
After 12 years I am still excited to come to work every day! Thanks to the educational training ASI offers its staff, I am constantly learning so that I may provide the best customer service possible for our clients. ASI's investment in employee education is something I've always appreciated.
The benefits are also wonderful. Finding a company that provides a good benefits package along with great perks is not easy. ASI is a great place to work!
|Rob Sholette, Manager, Warehouse Services
Having spent my entire career at ASI, I really don’t think I could have chosen a better place to call home. Starting out as a part-time employee in high school, I made my way up the ranks and now, 30 years later, I am the Manager of Warehouse Services.
Through good times and bad, ASI management has always been very supportive of me. It’s very rare these days to be able to say you’ve worked for the same company throughout your whole career, but I have and am very proud of that fact.
|Scott Norward, Product Support Analyst
Not long ago I moved into a completely new department, and ASI made sure the transition was a smooth one. The company was very helpful in making sure that I had all the resources and skills necessary so that I could effectively train our clients in ESP® and with their ESP Websites™.
The knowledgeable, friendly staff invested a lot of time in me so that I could educate others, proof that ASI really cares about its employees.
|Mary Adams, Member Services, Project Manager
Throughout the 31 years that I have been employed at ASI, I have witnessed many changes. One thing that remains the same is the constant goal to move forward, not only in technology, but with our products, productivity and customer service.
ASI gives its employees the right tools, training and education needed to help further their careers. The company also provides a great benefits package to its employees, along with added bonuses and perks. I enjoy coming to work and being surrounded by the wonderful and talented people who work at ASI. To put it simply, ASI is a great place to work!
|Christine Hess, Director, Distributor Services
I felt the warmth of the ASI family the day I interviewed as I walked a long hallway lined with portraits of smiling people who have been at the company for over 15 years. Now as an employee, I am greeted every day with smiles from my colleagues!
The job support and resources ASI provides allow me to be the best I can be professionally, and the benefits and convenient on-site amenities allow me to care for myself and my family.
|Joe Haley, Managing Editor
ASI has given me the opportunity to hone my craft as a journalist in a creative work environment. But, the work goes beyond simply putting out magazines. Traveling to meet the people in the industry that we write about puts us in the center of the action, giving us a better understanding of what makes it tick. Aside from that, ASI gives us the tools we need to be the best in the business. The company also provides a comprehensive benefits package and other amenities that help make the overall work experience a pleasant one.
|Liz Kennedy, Director, Product and Technical Support
Coming to work every day is a pleasure! ASI has given me the opportunity to travel to great cities, meet wonderful people and expand my knowledge of the Internet.
As for the benefits, you just can't beat them! Great health care at affordable prices, a full-service café, dry-cleaning service and many entertaining social events. I could go on, but there are just too many to list!
|Vince Bucolo, Chief Operating Officer
The secret of ASI's success is understanding the needs of its members, fulfilling those needs with quality products at a fair price and, most importantly, caring for its employees. I started my career at ASI over 30 years ago and have observed firsthand the professional growth of the organization and its ability to adapt to the changing needs of its workforce. ASI provides a dynamic and challenging business environment with unlimited potential for those wanting to be part of a leading organization in the growing advertising specialty industry.
|Lorianne Harris, Account Executive
The combination of an awesome work environment and lots of sincere smiles gives ASI a real family feel. You can sense the positive energy when you enter the building!
ASI celebrates not only its customers, but its employees as well. The benefits are excellent and the company really acknowledges staff accomplishments. My colleagues are amazing, talented people, and that has made all the difference. ASI truly is a great place to work.
|Tom Gao, Senior Web Administrator
There are many reasons why ASI is a great place to work for IT professionals such as me.
ASI applies cutting-edge technologies over a wide spectrum of Web and Enterprise applications. Having the opportunity to develop and support these critical applications is challenging and exciting, and to implement the most time-efficient and cost-effective innovations is a never-ending process.
ASI provides an excellent platform to develop careers and to stay motivated on the forefront of the IT industry. In addition, I enjoy working with our friendly and productive team. At ASI, both team collaboration and individual contributions are rewarded.
|Eugene Jones, Collections Specialist
What I wanted from ASI most of all was a chance, an opportunity to demonstrate I could not only take on additional responsibilities, but thrive on them. ASI gave me that chance.
Starting out as a customer service rep, I eventually climbed the ladder to senior rep, then supervisor, proving at every turn I could succeed. Instead of holding me back, ASI encouraged me to take advantage of opportunity … which is all I could ask for.
|Jolly Matthai, Project Coordinator
ASI helped me make the transition from recent college grad to 'real world' employee a rapid and enjoyable one. My anxiety to join the workforce was quickly overcome thanks to ASI!
The benefits here are incredible. ASI participates in various fundraisers for the less fortunate, and I am proud to work for a company that cares not only about its employees, but others as well. No wonder ASI was voted as one of the "Best Places to Work" two years in a row by Philadelphia Business Journal!
|Jake Krolick, Creative Director
From the day I set foot in ASI, it was apparent that this is a wonderful place to work. The company offers an extremely warm and inviting environment with emphasis on a family business feel. However, under the hood ASI is anything but a small 'mom and pop' operation. The company strives to be at the top of the advertising specialties world and leads the industry in every facet of the business. The company embraces new media and technology, offering a wonderful platform from which employees can learn, grow, and prosper freely. ASI also provides a strong benefits package along with other perks and amenities, making it a positive and thriving work place.
|Brian White, Account Executive
One of the first things I noticed about ASI was the friendliness of the staff. They made me feel comfortable and really went the extra mile to help me learn about this industry.
I have never been part of a company that offers as many professional and personal development resources as ASI. The way the company invests in its employees is the top reason ASI is such a great place to work.
|Andra Livingston, Account Executive
Coming from the financial and pharmaceutical sales fields, it was a challenge to understand the ins and outs of a completely new industry, but my colleagues at ASI helped make the transition seamless. In just a short period of time I not only learned the ropes but found myself making a difference, proof that the quality of staff here at ASI is top notch.
In an industry that's vital to the success of both large and small companies alike, it's nice to know that ASI is doing all it can to grow business in America, especially in a downward economy.