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Pop-ular Idea The Pitch: It has been raining cats and dogs here lately and there's nothing better to do on such a day than curl up on the couch and watch back-to-back movies on either the Hallmark Channel or Lifetime Movie Network – take your pick; those channels really suck you in (well, me at least). Of course, you should have a good supply of popcorn on hand. A La Carte (asi/30350) has a gift box with five packs of microwave popcorn that is just popping with possibilities. Think: College recruitment, movie theater promotions, special events and more. Pricing starts at: 50; $10.25-R. Click here: http://www.alacarteline.com/. The Bottom Line: Business is bursting.
Goody Basket The Pitch: It's Bastille Day, folks, and the French are celebrating like crazy. Maple Ridge Farms (asi/68680)has something perfect for any celebration, in France or anywhere else. Item CRH2309 is a large food basket that's great for a larger group. It includes: milk chocolate almonds, smoked salmon, garlic and herb pita chips, pecan brittle, Virginia peanuts, Ghirardelli chocolate squares, white chocolate amaretto wafer cookie, Scottish shortbread, cinnamon wafer cookie and chocolate raspberry cookies. Plus, you can get a 10% discount for early orders, which ship later (order by October 15). Make sure you write "10% early order discount" on your purchase orders. Think about your holiday promotions now! Click here: http://www.mapleridge.com/. The Bottom Line: Feed the masses.
Bucks in Bloom The Pitch: The financial market is bouncing back and Numo (asi/74710) offers a fun, new Money Tree mug. It's temperature-reactive, so when hot liquid is poured into it, the leaves disappear and, voila! Money! (If only it was that easy.) Pitch this to insurance and mortgage companies, banks, credit unions, and any market that can help your money grow or help you save money. This would also be a unique idea for employee recruiters ("watch your career blossom," you get the idea). Pricing starts at: 72; $3.44-R. For more information on item 356-MAG-090, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Bottom Line: Contrary to what your dad said, money does grow on this tree.
Save the Planet The Pitch: A tree grows in the rainforest, with Groline's (asi/58295) new Rainforest Plant a Tree Certificate (item 24B2). It's a colorful announcement that a new tree will be planted and it can be framed. Of course, this is ideal for any eco-related promotion. But also think about nurseries and farm markets and this would be a nice volunteer gift too and a great way to commemorate a special occasion, such as a birth. Pricing starts at: 300; $1.49-R. Email: email@example.com. The Bottom Line: See the forest for the trees.
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