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It's Hip to Be Square (golf umbrella) The Pitch: Let me ask you, why exactly was Huey Lewis, not to mention The News, so popular? Now that I put that horrible ‘80s song in your head (you know you're singing it), let me get to the point: Gold Bond Inc. (asi/57653) has special pricing on a new 60-inch square golf umbrella. Item SGU starts at: 50; $17.50 (R). Think about it for tournament prizes, employee incentives, and logoed golf-shop inventory. It comes in six color combos. Check it out right here: www.goldbondinc.com. Expires 1/1/2010. The Bottom Line: It's over your head.
Play It Safe (campus safety CD) The Pitch: When I was in college a couple of years ago (shut up), I had my purse stolen. What's even more interesting, though, is that it wound up in Canada of all places. Yes, it's true…the Canadian police called and said they had my driver's license! At any rate, college will be starting up again very soon and all the clueless kids could use some safety tips. Well, Soundline (asi/88241) has just what you need to present to your campus clients. I love this supplier and their "Campus Safety & Security" CD includes tips from law enforcement experts on various safety topics and specific school information can be added. Pricing starts at: 500; $2.10. E-mail the supplier for more info at: email@example.com; Web address: www.soundline.com. The Bottom Line: Life-saver.
Comic Genius (sales comic book) The Pitch: Did I ever tell you about the time my husband, a salesman in the telecom industry, and his boss/friend were meeting with clients and the boss/friend's false teeth (bridge) fell out? Needless to say, they had a hard time keeping it together. Well, Advantages' very own columnist and sales coach, Dan Seidman, has compiled similar stories in The Sales Comic Book. He has collected more than 600 hilarious selling blunders which will help any sales rep find the humor in their often stressful careers. The book, item PBC188, is available from The Promotional Bookstore (asi/79369) and it starts at: 48; $14.45 (R). It would be a fun idea for any company's sales team. For more information, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Bottom Line: Funny business.
Hero Worship (lapel pin) The Pitch: Nerd alert: Comic-Con, possibly the nation's largest gathering of geeks, opens tonight and there will be lots of superhero-worshipping going on. In real life, there are plenty of everyday heroes who should be recognized for their super efforts. Marken Industries (asi/68760) offers a meaningful memento for any volunteer organization. Item AC5025-414) is an "Everyday Hero" lapel pin with a military clutch. It starts at: 125; $2.24 (P). See it at: www.markenind.com.
The Bottom Line: To the rescue.
Rock-n-Roll Fantasy ("Guitar Hero" skin) The Pitch: On the subject of heroes, DecalGirl (asi/48901) has a pretty cool product, which is right on-trend these days and would be perfect for your tween- and teen-related markets: Skins for all versions of the guitar for the videogame, "Guitar Hero." They are made with UV-resistant inks and are repositionable upon application. Pricing starts at: 1; $10.42 (R). Check them out at: www.decalgirl.com. The Bottom Line: Please apply.
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