So the Pope was in Philly this weekend, which meant that Pope-themed promotional products were spotted everywhere in the city. Of course, T-shirts and hats were the most popular items, but our reporters on the scene saw everything from Pope-on-a-Rope soap to some very realistic Pontiff bobbleheads.
Besides all of the great swag, the Pope's visit left many, no matter what religion, feeling inspired with his hopeful messages. Perhaps now is an ideal time to showcase some of the great items with inspirational messages that our industry has to offer.
–Melinda Ligos, editor-in-chief Follow me on Twitter: @ASI_melinda
My Hero! The Pitch: All companies have hero-status employees and clients. Help them celebrate these folks with this Good Life Series: Hero gift book from The Book Company (asi/41010). The hardcover book is filled with thought-provoking quotations and conversation-starters. Pricing as low as $4.75 (R) per book. The Bottom Line: A thoughtful holiday gift for employees, teachers, those in the Armed Forces, and all of the other heroes among us.
Inspiring Accessory The Pitch: Help a company's top salespeople or customer service reps keep their corporate values top of mind with this Icon Inspiration Cube from Leed's (asi/66887). Each side of the cube delivers a motivating sentiment: integrity, quality, attitude, excellence and teamwork. The sixth side has space to include a personal message or company logo. Pricing as low as $10.78 (R). The Bottom Line: This item is sure to occupy valuable real estate on any recipient's desk.
Jot It Down The Pitch: I carry a journal practically everywhere with me to write down story ideas for Advantages (OK, and sometimes reminders to myself to buy more rawhides at the pet store for Daisy and Charlie). Whatever you use it for, this personalized Inspiration Journal from Drum-Line (asi/50873) is a great way to keep your thoughts together in one place. Comes with 100 sheets of paper and black heavyweight pen. Pricing as low as $4.81 (R). The Bottom Line: Great for graduations, anniversaries and busy salespeople.
Save the Date The Pitch: Calendars are one of my favorite promo items, because people keep them displayed for a whole year, especially if they have attractive photos or artwork. This Inspiration Appointment Calendar from Unicorn West Inc./Century Calendars (asi/92479) fits the bill with beautiful imagery. Pricing as low as $1.35 (S). The Bottom Line: Now is the time to sell 2016 calendars.
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