The Joe Show: Tech Gadgets
In this episode of The Joe Show, Managing Editor Joe Haley shows off some of the newest high-tech items released in the ad specialty market. Looking for a couple of unique gadgets that plug into USB drives? Need some ideas on who to call on with the latest in digital photo frames? Check out the video.
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Blue-Ribbon Bake-Off The Pitch: There's no time like the present (and every day after that) to order fresh-baked goodies from Fresh Beginnings (asi/55439). As my coworker Chuck Zak would say, "It's good for what ails ya."Right now, I'm loving (and craving) the gift tin of 12 double-dipped chocolate chip cookies. They are hand-dipped twice in thick rich milk and white chocolate, and hand striped for a special finishing touch. Send them to all your favorite clients and let them know you have lots of sweet ideas for the coming year. Pricing starts at: 24; $26.95. See them here and tell me if your mouth does not water: http://55439.asisupplier.com/. The Bottom Line: Chips on.
Dive In The Pitch: They're gonna need a bigger boat … or any boat at all. Did you read about the two scuba divers who were left stranded in shark-infested waters in Miami by a scuba-diving tour boat? Thankfully, they were rescued by a private yacht two hours after they emerged from under the sea to find everyone gone! Can you imagine? So, I'm thinking these types of tour companies are going to need more self-promotion after this. If you're local to them, why not pitch this cool crystal key tag with a laser-engraved diver design? It's from Crystal Gifts and More (asi/47768)and it would also be a nice giveaway for diving instructors, gear shops, etc. Pricing starts at:100; $12.36. For more information, you can email: email@example.com. As far as I can tell, they don't have the item up on their website, but you can get a taste of their laser-etching and the scuba design here: http://www.thebestcrystal.com. The Bottom Line: Everybody in the water.
Why So Glum? The Pitch: I just received a report that small business owners in PA are less likely to be optimistic about the future of their businesses than the rest of the Northeastern states. Where's that can-do spirit? I think every business owner should have a copy of Good to Great, a business guide book available from The Book Company (asi/41010).The supplier says, "It is sure to be a business book that will be consulted and referred to for years to come." Blank pricing starts at: 50; $27.15. Check it out: http://www.thebookco.com/. The Bottom Line: A real page-turner.
Mobile Home The Pitch: If you're like me (and my kids), your cell phone goes through the ringer (ringer, get it?). I recently traded my cracked-screen, waterlogged version in for an upgrade. The new Mobile Guard from Waldor Products (asi/94770) would be perfect protection for it. It's made from soft-cushion vinyl/neoprene and has a tuck-flap top, sewn seams and edging. This is a great idea for colleges, job fairs, telecom promotions and more. Pricing starts at: 250; $1.39. See it here: http://www.waldorproducts.com/. The Bottom Line: Safe and sound.
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