Volume 300!? That means I have been writing Hot Deals for how long now? I'm not mathematically inclined, but I know it's pretty long. We should celebrate (unless you're one of the people who writes, "Unsubscribe me or I'll report you!" For real, someone wrote that to me last week). I don't want to be reported so, for the record, if you want to unsubscribe, go all the way to the bottom and you'll see a little link to do so. If you do, however, enjoy my ramblings and recommendations, please go right ahead and enjoy this edition too. Send
The Joe Show: Rain, Rain Go Away
In this episode of The Joe Show, Counselor Managing Editor Joe Haley shows off the latest in promotional umbrellas. Have clients looking for the newest in rain-protection gear? Check out this episode.
Click here to see this umbrellas edition of The Joe Show.
Brand Recognition The Pitch: So, tonight is the finale of this season's American Idol (Crystal or Lee; who will it be?). If you pay attention, you know I mostly love that show. However, tonight is also Andrew's high school symphonic band concert. If I'm lucky, they might have AI on the TV at Red Robin when we're there for a late dinner afterward.Yes, as many of you well know, parenting is all about sacrifice. That's why there are two special days for parents (when we usually do all the work for the BBQ), and Father's Day is coming soon. Regardless of the day, dads of all ages would get a kick out of the steak branding irons from The PromoSpot.com (asi/91112). The "Inter-Dad" version, for instance, comes with interchangeable brands that say things like, Dad's BBQ, Grill Master and Bite Me. Pricing for this one starts at: 5; $16.67-R. Click here for other options: http://www.steakbrands.com/. The Bottom Line: Leave an impression.
Patriotic Pride The Pitch: With Memorial Day a few days away, let's stop for a minute and think about all the veterans and those who are serving in our military right now and give thanks for their service and sacrifice. It's always a good time to show your patriotism and Artform Fine Collectibles (asi/30230) offers item #290, the America the Beautiful jeweled trinket box shaped as USA flag. Pricing starts at: one for $19.90-P. This is a nice idea for military gifts, veteran awards and more. This would also be a special memento for military families. See it here: http://www.trinketcollection.com/. The Bottom Line: A salute to the flag.
Just Super The Pitch: Hey, football fans! It's official: 2014 will be the year the Super Bowl is held at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ (don't even try to claim it New York!). Being from North Jersey, that's one of my old stomping grounds. In fact, I saw U2 there in September, back before poor Bono had back surgery and canceled this summer's North American tour (my condolences to my fellow editor, C.J., who had tickets). But I digress. Sports fans everywhere will love the patented, multi-color, cosmetic grade, face color that functions the same as black-out patches only in your team colors. Game FX is a winner for athletes, fundraisers, fan appreciation, special events etc. It's from Maximum Performance LLC (asi/69702) and pricing starts at: 48; $7.072-Q. Check it out: http://www.maxperformancellc.com/. The Bottom Line: Put on your game face.
All the Essentials The Pitch: Even those of us who are having staycations this summer, occasionally have an overnighter. That means everyone could use a handy toiletry bag, if even to stash the makeup on our vanities (you never know when a girl will have to make a quick getaway with her makeup). Troy Sunshade (asi/92252) is offering EQP all summer (until 9/30) on item #2226, an all-purpose nylon bag that can be used for toiletries, medical supplies or whatever your little heart desires. That means you can pitch it to whatever type of client your little heart desires too. Click here for all their offerings and to read the cool story of how they began in the days of horse-and-buggies: http://www.troysunshade.com/about.html. The Bottom Line: Take your stash.
Get Tucked The Pitch: My parents, sis, bro-in-law, niece and nephew are staying with us for the weekend, as my niece Megan has a 2-day softball tournament in our area. I'm thinking this product from WOV-IN Group (asi/92980) would be perfect for softball teams. Custom-woven-fabric sleeve tucks (item VSJ07) are just right for showing team spirit. Pricing starts at: 50; $4.48-P. Don't know what they are? Take a look at them here: http://www.wov-in.com/products/index.php/sleeve-tucks. The Bottom Line: Roll up your sleeves.
ASI Online Learning Center
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