Hello! How's your week going so far? Instead of me in the Sales Tip spot this week, I thought I would feature my buddy, and ASI President and CEO Tim Andrews, with his tips from the recent Power Summit in CA. (He's also my boss's boss's boss... isn't he handsome? OK, I'll stop.) Anyway, hear what he has to say by clicking on the video to the left. Then, enjoy this edition and send your feedback directly to: email@example.com. It may be published in a future issue of Advantages magazine. For free information on products featured in Advantages, click here: www.advantagesinfo.com. Kathy
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The Joe Show: Restaurant Products
In this episode of The Joe Show, Managing Editor Joe Haley shows off some unique items perfect for restaurants. Need a new idea for a restaurant to use when they give checks to customers? Looking for totes targeted perfectly toward your restaurant clients? Check out the video.
Click here to watch this restaurant-products episode of The Joe Show.
Win $500! Calling All Superstars
We are looking for our next Advantages Sales Rep of the Year and Sales Support Person of the Year (from distributor companies only, please) to be spotlighted in our January 2012 issue of the magazine. Nominate yourself or someone else who has come up with an incredibly creative campaign; blown the sales quota out of the water; gone above and beyond for a client or a sales rep or stood out in some other way. Send me a 150-word-or-less email explaining your nomination ASAP: firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners receive cold-hard cash and cold-hard bragging rights.
On the Road The Pitch: My husband went to a function at his corporate headquarters on Monday and he happily reported to me that he received a logoed travel mug and when he turned it over it said, "Leed's." "That's your industry," he said. Well, I don't own it or any part of it, but yes, it is related to the industry I work in. Anyway, Steve sure did appreciate that travel mug. And I think your automotive clients would appreciate this set, including travel mug, tire gauge, flashlight and pen all in a gift box and also from Leed's (asi/66887). Pricing starts at: 36; $14.74. Click here: http://www.leedsworld.com/. The Bottom Line: A nice set.
No Distractions The Pitch: Sitting here writing this, I'm listening to my Adele station on Pandora.com (love her!). It's better than listening to whatever shenanigans are going on around me here in our lovely department (for instance, Joe Haley just came over here and pretend shot me with a noisy toy gun). Tim Andrews told me recently that noisy offices are the most creative. That may be true, but sometimes we all need to concentrate a little harder. Well, on that note, this is an excellent gift and would be perfect for loyalty programs and company stores: Logomark (asi/67866) brings you noise-canceling headphones that are ideal for air travel or the office. They are padded for comfort and have volume control, a standard and airplane plug and a black carrying case. Pricing starts at: 12; $42.95. For more info, email: email@example.com. The Bottom Line: Tune it out.
Odor Out The Pitch: You never know when you will have to eliminate an offensive odor, am I right? Snugz/USA (asi/88060)offers just the thing: A mini air freshener sprayer. It holds about 40 sprays and you can stick it on a keychain. Pricing starts at: 100; $1.35. This is great for any number of promotions; perhaps a self-promotion to lost clients when you're looking to "clear the air." Click here: http://www.snugzusa.com/. The Bottom Line: Take a whiff.
Cuckoo for Coconuts The Pitch: Here is a fun idea for any type of promotion: Coconut Greetings (asi/45521) will paint anything on a coconut. For instance, I like the coconut cup with two-color sunset and beach scene with two palm trees, which would be great for bar and restaurants, travel-related programs and special events. Pricing on this item starts at: 25; $17.63. But you can see all of their very-cool offerings right here (check out the reindeer coconut too): http://www.coconutgreetings.com/. The Bottom Line: The party is on.
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