good-lookin.’ Whatcha got cookin’?
How’s your shortened week going? So far, so good
over here … we even have a fun pool party planned
for the editorial department tomorrow, although there is
no way I will be wearing a bathing suit in front of my
publisher and coworkers. I’ll have to make a splash
in some other way. Hope these ideas help you make a splash
with your clients.
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To Top It Off The Pitch: If
you haven’t been tuning into our Internet radio show on
Tuesday mornings (10:30 EST), you really should. Yesterday, for
instance, ASI’s President and CEO Tim Andrews was our special
guest (you can hear it at: www.asicentral.com/radio).
Tim talked about his recent vacation in Estonia, where he did
not participate in the wife carrying contest. He did, however,
scout out some cool promotional products, and noted that the
fashion color of the moment is white, white, white from head
to toe. If you want to help your clients keep up with Estonia
fashion, check out item #FP565 from Fersten Worldwide
(asi/53974). It’s a jersey knit solid tuque cap
with cuff, made from 100% acrylic. It’s ideal for embroidered
and knitted logos and you can get it in solid white, the color
all the Estonians are buzzing about. Plus, call 800-565-7462
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and
ask for a free sample with your
Web address: www.fersten.com. The Bottom Line: Turn heads.
Cheese, Please The Pitch: The Chicago Tribune declares
Hills 90210” is “back and cheesier than ever.” I watched
it in the 90s and will have to check it out because, frankly, Ryan Eggold
plays a hot, young teacher and I really don’t mind the cheese.
In fact, it’s a guilty pleasure. Something else that’s cheesy
in a good way is the 1-lb., 12-oz. offering of cheese popcorn in an imported
canvas duffel bag from Sweet Nut Tree (asi/90392 … I
almost typed “90210”). Great for holiday gifts because, after
the snack is gone, the bag remains to be used and carries around your
client’s message. Item #DCD-3 starts at: Qty.-50; list
price-$23.50; price code-R. Web address: www.sweetnuttree.com. The Bottom Line: Eat it on the run.
Banner Year The
you’ve been watching convention
coverage, you’ve definitely seen this next product, because it’s
all over the place. In fact, Joe Scarborough, host of “Morning
Joe” on MSNBC (my favorite morning show), said it’s the
coolest and most compact political sign he’s ever seen. The standard
size Rollabana is a banner with two custom-printed sides suspended between
retractable handles. Pull the handles apart, you see the banner; push
handles together, it folds up easily. It can also be used as a map, for
new product launches, sporting events and more. BamBams’ (asi/38228) item
#RB-101-P starts at: Qty.-250; list price-$3.73;
Check it out at: www.bambams.com. The Bottom Line: Open-and-shut case.
Bundle Up The Pitch: Hold
onto your snowballs; it’s going
to be a frigid winter! So predicts the Farmer’s Almanac,
forecasting weather with astonishing accuracy (80-85%) for the last 192
years, which is even longer than Willard Scott. You can get the 2009
almanac, with weather forecasts, fishing calendar, gardening ideas, entertaining
short stories, cooking recipes and timely household tips from Plannerstore
(asi/78279). This would make a fun holiday gift
and pricing for item #FA96 starts at: Qty.-250;
list price-$2.37; price code-P. Web
address: www.plannerstorepromo.com. The Bottom Line: The iceman cometh.
Brush It Off The Pitch: Given the forecast mentioned above, the super deluxe
ice scraper and snow brush (item #Brush-HP230SD) from Beacon Promotions
Inc. (asi/39250) would be ideal. Plus, you can talk your client into
giving out the Farmer’s Almanac along with this item! I know
you weren’t expecting another “plus,” but there is one: The
supplier has a great deal on this … buy 250 at $6.30 each and
get another 250 for free. Yes, that’s right, a 2-for-1 special,
just in time for winter preparations. Make sure you use promo code 762. Web
address: www.beaconpromotions.com. The Bottom Line: Defrosting dynamo.
MP3 Players (iFX-180 and iFX-168) Exclusively from Corporate
Key - asi/63053
Gorgeous MP3 player that makes great gift for executives!! Minimum quantity 100 pcs.
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