Happy anniversary to my sis Colleen and bro-in-law Buzz! I was their maid of honor only 21 short years ago and boy, did we have some fun at that wedding. If you only have one iota of such fun reading this issue, I will be content. Enjoy and send your feedback directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org. It may be published in a future issue of Advantages magazine. For free information on products featured in Advantages, click here: www.advantagesinfo.com.
In conjunction with the Hot Issue of Counselor this August, Managing Editor Joe Haley is dedicating The Joe Show over the next few weeks to showing off the hottest products in the ad specialty market. Broken into fun categories, each week he'll focus on a different theme – and then each of the items will be shown in the August Hot Issue.
In this episode, Joe goes back in time to see why retro products have become cool again. Jump into The Joe Show Time Machine and see how the sixties and seventies are impacting product design today. Want promotional ideas for your hippest clients? Check out this episode.
Horn In The Pitch: If the vuvuzelas didn't already clue you in, let me tell you that people love to toot their own horns. Chemical Light Inc. (asi/44888) offers new collapsible stadium horns (they expand from 15 inches to 28 inches).They are just perfect for any sporting event and school or team fundraiser. They would also be great for the company Field Day we are having here next week at ASI. For real, we are and I don't even own a pair of sneakers and I'm not kidding. Tim Andrews says he can't wait to throw water balloons at me (isn't he sweet?). Pricing starts at: 216; $4.15-R. You can check them out here: http://www.asi44888.com/product.asp?ID=15825&CatID=0. The Bottom Line: Make a whole lotta noise.
Heat Beater The Pitch: Luckily, the AC is cranking here at ASI, as it's another balmy 90-something-degree day. While it's cool enough on the inside, the adorable flower-shaped USB fan that plugs right into your computer from Blossom (asi/40649) would make my workspace even cooler, both temperature-wise and looks-wise. Item CA10007 would be fun for any office-related promotion, and also think about college bookstores, as I'm sure students would eat this up. Pricing starts at: 1,000; $4.23-T. Email: email@example.com. The Bottom Line: A cool breeze.
Let Me Entertain You The Pitch: My 9-year-old nephew is coming to stay with us tomorrow for 10 days. I'm going to need to find a lot of ways to keep him entertained. One thing I know boys can't resist is remote control vehicles (trust me, my husband asked for a remote control helicopter for Father's Day, and he got one; they never grow up). Premium (asi/79370) offers a 7-inch remote-control Lamborghini (item 190-RCLAM), which I'm thinking would also make a good executive gift. Pricing starts at: 50; $31.98-P. Web address: http://www.premiumasi.com/. The Bottom Line: Go, speed racer!
Hydration Station The Pitch: Anytime of year and this time of year especially, it's important to stay hydrated and 99centpromos.com (asi/73967) has a brand-new 32-oz. water bottle. They say it has an "impossible to lose" lid to boot and it's made from PETG polypropylene. Think about summer camps, hiking clubs, boating enthusiasts and more. Pricing starts at: 96; $3.59-R. See it here and also check out this supplier's 99-cents deal of the day: http://www.99centpromos.com/. The Bottom Line: Water on the go.
Advantages Seeks Your Input! You know one of the best ways to brand yourself as an expert, and make more sales as a result, is to get your name in print. On that note, we are seeking your input, ideas and advice for the following upcoming articles in Advantages magazine:
Have you figured out specific ways to identify the perfect client for you? For our August issue, we are looking for pointers on recognizing who your best clients are. If you have the right idea, send an e-mail ASAP to Staff Writer Jennifer Vishnevsky:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you a souvenir-selling success? Advantages wants to know about opportunities that exist for promotional product distributors to sell souvenirs to clients for resale at places like museums, hotel shops, coffee houses, zoos, golf shops, and everywhere else! Please contact writer Shane Dale at email@example.com with your success story.
Advantages is bringing over 60 top suppliers to a city near you. Come to the industry's largest and most popular traveling show, the ASI Advantages Roadshow. For a list of cities and dates, visit http://advantagesroadshow.com/. Admission is free for all distributors and salespeople!
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