Thursday, December 19, 2013

Custom Jackets Make the Season Warm and Bright

Custom jackets are warm and great for a sports fan!
This style has many great features, including 

  • 100% nylon shell with fleece lining
  • water-and wind-resistant
  • nylon zipper with storm flap
  • elastic cuffs with self-adhesive collar stays
  • underarm gussets
  • nylon-lined sleeves
  • two inside pockets
  • Available at

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

EmbroidMe or I will help promote You!


Monday, November 18, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

Dog T-Shirts and Cat T-shirts are Great Pet Lover Gifts

Soft cotton rich doggie tank in a baby rib with double-needle rib binding on neck, bottom and legholes.
5.0 oz., 100% combed ringspun cotton 1x1 baby rib (Heather is 93/7 cotton/polyester)
White is sewn with 100% cotton thread
Double-needle stitched rib binding on neck, and armholes.
Sizing: XS (0-4 lbs), S (5-10 lbs), M (11-23 lbs), L (24-45 lbs), XL (46-70 lbs), 2XL (71-85 lbs), 3XL (86+ lbs)
**For breeds with larger chests, purchase one size up from weight range.

To order visit

Friday, November 8, 2013

Personalized Buttons are Great Promotional Products!

Round campaign button, tin backing with safety pin. Personalized buttons can help win an election, advertise a cause or show school spirit. Our campaign buttons are affordable and can be imprinted with your logo, message, or image. This makes any promotion, cause or candidate a recognizable brand!
To order, please visit

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Pens are the Most Popular Promotional Product

  • Always in stock
  • Break-resistant pocket clip
  • Most popular retractable in promotional products!
  • Over 400 possible color combinations

Get your pen today!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Most Popular Promotional Items

1. Writing Instruments

2. Shirts

3. Bags

4. Calendars

5. Desk/Office Accessories

6. Caps/Headwear

7. Drinkware

8. USB Drives/Flash Drives

9. Health & Safety Products

10. Outerwear

Get your promotional items at

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Squeezer Advertising Specialties

Save paste and avoid waste! Don't dread the bottom of the toothpaste anymore. Our plastic toothpaste squeezer will ensure that nothing gets wasted and that the toothpaste flows efficiently. Practical, easy to use, and multi-purpose, Very handy for many household items (lotions, ointments, glues, or other items that come in smaller tubes). Available in white, green, red, and blue. Ideal for trade shows, health clinics, dental offices and schools.
for more promotional ideas

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Corporate Holiday Gift Idea Excellent Jacket Tri-Mountain 4800 Pathfinder Jacket EmbroidMe Catonsville

Do you need a great holiday gift?

Give your client a wonderful jacket!

The Tri-Mountain 4800 Pathfinder Jacket is warm functional and looks great!

The Pathfinder features a heavyweight 12 oz. cotton canvas shell with 6 oz. Polyfill® quilted lining in body, 4 oz. Polyfill® quilted lining in sleeves. Also features two front pockets with one right chest zippered pocket, and one inner low left pocket with zipper. Corduroy collar. Adjustable snaps on waist and cuff tabs.
Visit to order your embroidered jacket today!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Corporate Gift Idea - VFM Sheaffer Pen - Easy Gift Idea

Do you need a corporate gift idea?
Look here, for a great gift that comes already boxed and ready for gift giving!
This is a sleek, ball point pen, that we can personalize for you!
We love to help you promote yourself and your business.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Cowbell - Everyone Needs More Cowbell - Sports Marketing Fever!

Cowbell - A great way to show spirit!
Get your marketing game on with embroidme catonsville!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Embroidered Beanies are a Great Gift Idea

Embroidered beanies are a great gift idea!
Need embroidery in Baltimore? Choose EmbroidMe Catonsville!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Embroidered Fleece / Customized Micro Fleece / Look Great in a Fleece Jacket

Product Description

Men’s Value Embroidered Fleece Jacket by Port Authority® in 10 Colors SKU F217
Exceptionally soft fleece jacket for men that will keep you warm during everyday excursions and it’s offered at an unbeatable price in 10 different colors. This custom embroidered fleece jacket comes with embroidery in one location up to 10K stitches.
  • 13.8-ounce, 100% polyester
  • Twill-taped neck
  • Reverse coil zipper
  • Zipper garage
  • Bungee cord zipper pulls
  • Front zippered pockets
  • Interior pockets
  • Open cuffs
  • Open hem with drawcord and toggles for adjustability

Size Chart for Men’s Value Embroidered Fleece Jacket by Port Authority


Care Instructions for Port Authority’s Men’s Value Embroidered Fleece Jacket

  • Machine wash cold
  • Gentle cycle with like colors
  • Non-chlorine bleach when needed
  • Do not iron
  • Tumble dry low
  • Remove promptly
  • Visit
  • to order your warm, stylish customized jacket!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Las Vegas T-shirt Look Awesome While Losin' Money

Look awesome while losin' money! Ha!
We are the best graphic designers making custom t-shirts that will wow you and them.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Vogue - The September Fashion Issue - Ads Like You've Never Seen

Do you want to see the best advertising ever?
Pick up this issue, and see how a picture is worth 1000 words!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Old Guys Rule = amazing Harley Davidson 74" Knucklehead

Check out this amazing Knuckhead!
What do you think about this embroidery on a cap?
I'll keep you posted on how it turns out!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Back to School? Carry a Tote that is Practical, and Shows School Spirit!

Hello there!
Are you back to school?
Or maybe you just want to promote your own business?
A branded tote is a great answer to practical and powerful business / school promotion. Think of how often you travel by other people. What if your own brand or school or business name was being featured over your shoulder, instead of that other designer? This tote is strong because it is 100% cotton canvas. The shoulder loops come in several colors, and we can print it so you can represent what you want. It will last you for many seasons too.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

3 Tips for Improving Your Sales Methods

Yes I can and here is how:
1) try something other than cold calling. Yes cold calling can work but there are other options, for instance starting a blog, making an instructional youtube video, and hosting a talk.
2) edit down your presentation, so that you are focusing on what your client wants. What is most important to your client - is is budget basics, or quick delivery, or made in America? Make it your business to know so that you don't waste anyone's time.
3) maintain a thorough follow up procedure. There is much lost business because a sales person didn't follow up. Make up your guidelines, e.g. call 2 days after the proposal / quote, with a phone call that is short and sweet. Can I get your business, if not, why not? If yes that is great, let's roll!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Self Control = Hidden Attribute for Leadership by Mark Luterman

Self-control is the hidden attribute to real leadership via @BaltBizOnline

I really enjoyed reading this article by Mark Luterman.

Mark has taken a valuable life lesson and made it fun to read, and easy to share.

Thank you Mark for your helpfulness. I know that others will benefit from this great article too.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

How Can I Tell if My Site is Improving in Search Engine Results?

There are metrics, or ways to measure your ranking, and they are offered for free by Google. You can track hits, demographic info, sales goals, and even mobile performance. You can search "google analytics" for info. Remember, don't hire aggressive marketers to promote your rankings. It can backfire and your site can be blacklisted or sandboxed.

Friday, July 19, 2013

5 Reasons To Buy American Promo Products

#1 Reason to buy American made promo products
You have a tight deadline that doesn't allow for the long production and shipping times that are required when you purchase items overseas.

#2) A client that has a need for political or brand association reasons - so that the client's audience will approve of goods made by only U.S. workers, and made of U.S. parts.

#3) Your client has to meet strict safety guidelines and / or regulatory guidelines.

#4) You can have a more reliable inventory of goods, and the ability to replenish stock is faster.

#5) You and your client are concerned about fair treatment of workers, and about keeping jobs in the U.S.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

3 Ways Sports Teams Score with Promos

Here's 3 ways sports teams score big with promotions:
1) Make your audience part of your marketing team! Encourage your clients to take their promos with them, and then snap a photo of themselves with the promo in an exciting location. Run contests for the best, strangest, farthest, etc. location or for significant locations or events. All photos posted on social media, and announce the contest winner on social media, with the prize in hand!
2) Get megaphones that are designed to also be used as popcorn holders during the game or event. Dual duty helps cut promotional costs. Saves green, goes green!
3) Helping to fuel that fervor is the fan gear that brings color and solidarity to sports-loving crowds. Prime examples are rally towels, megaphones, pennants, big foam novelties, t-shirts, jackets, and hats.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Why Do You Want to Buy Promotional Products?

Why do you want to buy promotional products?

Please consider your why, before you run and buy! Careful consideration of your why, will save you money and help in choosing the right product.
Here's are some possible reasons why
to make our logo visible on the tradeshow floor
to encourage people to buy from us
to thank customers for their business
to get the word out about an upcoming event
to get people to vote for me

Friday, July 5, 2013

Ways to Generate Leads with Inbound Marketing

We who sell want leads now. Remember cold calling is an interuptive waste of time.

Inbound marketing is actually earning people's interest, instead of buying it, or annoying them to try to get it.

One way to get leads is to create a blog. Make your blog lively, interesting, full of value, encourage comments, and at the end of the post, make a call to action - do you want the reader to contact you for more info on marketing, visit your youtube channel, sign up for your newsletter, or email you for a personal meeting?

Create interest using social media, and make an entry daily. Post your current project on Pinterest, use linked in to connect with a client, and tweet about your chamber's activities.

Last but not least, start using video. Video is the new facebook. Make a video a week, and promote it on the other social media sites. Encourage new and prospective clients to watch videos to learn how to get a discount on a project. Create quick videos with info about your industry, sharing bite size nuggets of info so that no one is bored or overwhelmed. Have fun watching your online world expand!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

5 Easy Peezy Daily Steps to Build Your Brand

Today I'm going to help you by suggesting that in addition to your morning home routine, add these easy steps into your morning office routine.Social media is here to stay, and grow. So let's get busy, use the new medium, and have fun at it too.

First, visit your linkedin and post something of value. Second, repost on twitter. Make another twitter post after lunch.Facebook is not just for cat lovers. Put something up there that will help others, on a topic that you love.Youtube is the new darling. Yes you can make a little video, on a helpful topic.Blog or website or both - the more value, the better!Have fun with it!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Tips for Being The Next Big Media Favorite

Do you want to be a media favorite?
Here's some easy tips for you:

Dont wait for someone to find you, apply or nominate yourself now

Promote what you believe in, not yourself and that will make it easier. What words do you want people to think of when your name is mentioned? Those words will be the cornerstone of your brand.

Associate with a worthy bunch, promote worthy, give value before you receive.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Monogram Car Mats

Monogram Car Mats are a fun way to express yourself. They are waterproof and help keep your car clean too! You could put a name instead of the monogram.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Do You Have a Summer Passion for Grilling? How about Camouflage Gear?

Yes it's true!

You can own a Camouflage Gilling Set!

The guys on Duck Dynasty would go crazy for this.
Discover the perfect gift for the outdoorsman with a passion for grilling. Features: 28 pc stainless steel tools with camouflage pattern, aluminum carry case.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Get Creative = Save Summer Memories, Show Your Logo, Love this Tumbler!

Here's an easy way to add some summer fun to your next promotion!

The walls of the Laguna Twist Apart Tumbler are separated, so you can decorate inside any way that you like. Just think, your company logo can be prominently displayed behind their favorite picture.

This tumbler is decorated with duct tape!

What can you think of?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Guess What - You Can Use Pinterest for Business Now!

In May 2012, Pinterest had almost 10 million active users and was valued at $1.5 billion. By February, 2013, its valuation jumped to the $2-2.5 billion range. 
Before pinning
  • Audience. Your business’s role on Pinterest is determined in large part by your target audience, or your customer base. What does your target market want to see?
  • Boards. How shall you define the boards?
  • Sharibility. Don’t forget to ready your website (and your blog!) by snagging and integrating the Pinterest share buttons.
Begin to pin
Develop a strategy to go with your Pinterest activity. For instance, what kind of time should be devoted and how often should the person behind your business on Pinterest engage with your followers? 
  • Check sources. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that what we’re sharing belongs to someone else. Take a look at the source before you repin something to determine if it’s valid. And, if you pin something original, you may want to add a watermark specific to your business to preserve the image’s origins.
  • Product placement. If you’re going to be displaying pins of your products, don’t forget to add the price to its description as well as backlinks to a purchase page.
Tracking pins
Your business will have a very real “Pinfluence” so it’s important to track your impact. You can use basic tracking tools like PinReach, Pinalytics and Reachli—all of which are free! Keep an eye on who is pinning and repinning your images. This is especially exciting when you notice new customers engaging with your content. Here’s how to capitalize on each new interaction:
  • Thank you shout-outs. Use the @Tag to mention other users that have repinned your business images. It’s always nice to be recognized!
  • Use special offers to drive pins and repins. Draft a blog that highlights your new place on Pinterest and allude to special offers that come with new interactions and repins. You can note special offers in the image description or you can house the special offers on your site. When you’ve matched people with Pinterest profile repins, include some fun promotional products in their order, things like a fun mood frame magnetcan cooler or beanie.
  • Offer promotional codes and reduced rates. Instead of gifts, you could also offer a one-time reduced rate.
Celebrate pins
Up your engagement by engineering a contest for your customers and followers on Pinterest. Ask them to snap a photo of something they created with products from you. 
Ask followers to vote on winners by repinning submissions. Then, when the votes—or repins—are all in, send some applause the winner’s way with a cool gift like a digital photo frame so they can continue to enjoy their photos—and think of you!
Thanks to Mark for all of his great ideas!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Resilience - Do you have it?

Jeffrey Gitomer has an amazing new ebook about resilience and being a resilient leader.

Here's a great 1 sentence definition of a resilient leader = You have to be the teacher, the conductor, the coach, and the encourager.

Here's the paragraph definition of it = Resilient Leaders also have an internal capacity to motivate and inspire up, down, and across the organization. They have a personal foundation of purpose, passion, and tenacity
that helps them bounce back from adversity quicker, and higher, than others. One of the most powerful
characteristics of a resilient leader is that he or she knows their strengths, and chooses to consistently build
upon them. No matter where they are in their careers, resilient leaders never stop evolving their ability to
lead, even if it means changing or adapting their leadership style.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Impression Mag Online is Amazing!

R U in the promo products business?

If yes please visit for your trade education.

Not only education, impressions does it all in style and with a sense of humor too!

custom imprinted shirt = you will get noticed!

Here are somethings I want to view
strengthen your customer service and sales teams

impressions awards and design galleries

the art of the good deal

imp mobile app = for the future!

impressions sourcebook

impressions tech tips

impressions product guide

impressions newsletter

impressions digital edition

Friday, May 10, 2013

Now's a Great Time to Promote with Removeable Picture Frame Decals!

Everyone loves to put pictures and announcements on the fridge - but what if your fridge isn't metal?

What if you want to put a picture up again in different places?

Consider ............ Removeable Picture Frame Decals!

Contact us for your great photo frame - remember they will use it, and see your company logo, forever!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Apple's Top 25 Most Downloaded Paid Apps

I want you to know - it's mostly games - say what? That's right! See the list

  1. Angry Birds
  2. Fruit Ninja
  3. Doodle Jump
  4. Cut the Rope
  5. Angry Birds Seasons
  6. WhatsApp
  7. Camera+
  8. Words With Friends
  9. Tiny Wings
  10. Angry Birds Space
  11. Pocket God
  12. Plants vs. Zombies
  13. The Game of Life
  14. The Omoron Test
  15. Where’s My Water?
  16. Draw Something (Premium)
  17. Monopoly
  18. Angry Birds Star Wars
  19. MotionX GPS Drive
  20. Skee-Ball
  21. Scrabble
  22. Uno
  23. Minecraft – Pocket Edition
  24. Color Splash
  25. The Sims 3

Sunday, May 5, 2013

How to Make Money Blogging #1

When I ask other bloggers how they make money blogging, they usually reply "Adsense."

Adsense is an advertising program. Blog publishers add some code to their blogs so that Google can analyze the page and produce ads that make sense appearing on that page.

AdSense also provide a variety of other income streams to bloggers including a site search tool (you make money by people searching your site) and referral tools (where you can make money by recommending Google products).

Monday, April 22, 2013

Do You Have These Success Forces from Joseph Sugarman?

Do You Have THESE Success Forces?

Success Forces, written by Joseph Sugarman back in the 80’s, is unfortunately out of print.  But if there is a way for you to get your hands on this book, you will greatly benefit from one of the most brilliant business minds of our time.  He achieved great success in the direct sales marketing business, selling millions of dollars worth of Blublocker Sunglasses, digital watches, and was even the pioneer of using the “800 number” to have customers call in to give their payment information.
Sugarman saw that every “force” he encountered in business could be learned from and utilized in a positive way.  Here are the main “forces” he pegged as key pillars in guiding his growth in business.
Always Be Honest  
Sugarman employed this principle by always telling the truth, no matter what embarrassing position he may be put in.  He explains that honesty is the best policy, even by acknowledging what might be the challenges of your particular product and finding a way to turn it into an opportunity.

Cherish Your Failures  
Failures are what most of us (especially in business) seem to avoid at all costs.  We see our successes as what we must focus on, so that we can repeat them.  However, Sugarman said in one of his talks that he was probably the one in the room who had failed the most.  He cherished his failures because he saw them as opportunities to create “success forces” for future possibilities.

Relish Your Problems  
Most of us look at problems as inconveniences or roadblocks keeping us from reaching the goals we desperately want to reach.  But Sugarman viewed them as opportunities to take a difficult situation and see what could be improved for the next time.  

Concentrate Your Powers  
Sugarman encourages you to focus on one particular aspect of your business that you need to improve.  The point is to not get sidetracked by other things that you need to improve on; otherwise, your attention is divided by too many things which ultimately prevent you from making any real change.  Focus on one aspect, one day at a time until you have mastered it.

Do It Differently 
This addresses the fact that many entrepreneurs are great at “copying” ideas from others, but Sugarman says that there will always be copycats.  The people you should be concerned about are those who are innovators, those who are taking steps to improve what is already a great product or service.  Be an innovator, he says; not a copycat.

Clean Your Desk  
Sugarman had an early experience of interviewing presidents of various companies his father did business with.  What stood out most to him was the fact that these companies were well organized at every level, but most importantly, it started from the president’s desk.  He admits that his own desk is messy and piled up all day long; but he adopted the discipline of cleaning off his desk at the end of every day and putting every item in its own place.  He even went as far as requiring his employees to do the same.  He recounts having had people write to him about this “force” saying that this one discipline changed their entire lives.

The last "success force" presents a challenge to all of us.  Whether you have a desk or area of your home that you work from day in and day out, what would happen if you purposed to clean it at the end of your work day, every day for the next 30 days?  We'd love to hear the results of incorporating this simple discipline into your life.

Friday, April 19, 2013

How To Shop Frugally

Reblogging parts of a great article

Check this out!

I’d like to expand on this a little bit. What makes a frugal purchase, versus a cheap purchase? First determine your budget. Making sure you don’t blow your budget is very important in shopping frugally. There’s no sense in spending time making sure you get the best buy, if you’re going to pay interest because you have to whip out the credit card.
Begin researching your item. I usually begin by checking out Amazon, Walmart, and Target. I pay special attention to the customer reviews at Amazon. I try to shoot for something that has really good reviews. Once I have a good idea of what I can afford, I’ll often look at other online stores likeLinens n ThingsJcPenney, and Sears. I make notes of what stores offer what prices.
Check price comparison sites. I like and epinions. Once you have your item narrowed down to a couple of models, you can see what different online stores are asking for the item. I like epinions, because you can check more customer reviews.
Do a search for coupon codes. Once you know what you’re going to buy, and you have narrowed down the two or three least expensive online stores, you can do a google search for “store name + code”. Often you can find codes for 20% off the original price. Dealcatcherfatwallet,Rather-be-Shopping, and Moolanomy Coupons are all great places to find coupons.
Participate in rebate programs. Sites like Ebates and MyPoints give you cash or points back when you shop through their program. With MyPoints, you can redeem your points for gift cards. It’s not that hard to earn enough points for a $10 gift card. There are a lot of annoying emails, but I just delete them, and I still find the program worth it.
Figure out how much you’ll save using coupons/rebates/online shopping vs. Walmart. Buy from the least expensive source. At this point, you should have enough information to know that you’re getting the best quality you can afford for the lowest price. If you find that the item is less expensive at Walmart, know you’re getting decent quality. If none of the quality items that came up in your search are offered at Walmart, you know that Walmart’s product is probably cheap and not worth buying. I know that sounds like a lot of time and effort, but it is the best way to make sure you’re getting the very best deal. There is another option when you don’t have time to do a lot of research, though.
When all else fails, ask. One of my favorite bargain hunting sites is Fishing For Deals. They have a special forum section called “Fishing for a Deal” where you can ask if anyone has seen a deal on a particular item. You have to join the site to post, but let me tell you, the ladies there can find great deals! So if you’re short on time and want to make a frugal purchase, go to the forums and ask!
There are many other options when looking for a great deal. I’ve focused on buying new items today, but you can also check for secondhand items on FreecycleCraigslist, or Ebay. I try to have fun with finding bargains. I find that the more time I spend researching a purchase, the better my purchase tends to be. More time gives me an opportunity to consider how badly I need the item. Sometimes I just decide not to buy. But if I do buy, I know my money is well spent.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Digital Printed T-Shirts are a Great Promotional Product

What is digital printing?
Direct to garment printing, also known as DTG printing, digital direct to garment printing, digital apparel printing, and inkjet to garment printing, is a process of printing on textilesand garments using specialized or modified inkjet technology. The two key requirements of a DTG printer are a transport mechanism for the garment and specialty inks (inkjet textile inks) that are applied to the textile directly and are absorbed by the fibers.
Basically it a fun, low minimum way to get your word out there. Just need 1 t-shirt? No problem!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Towels are Great Promo Products

One of the largest imprint areas of any promotional product.


No sizing requirements means hassle-free ordering.


Your logo will last for many years on a towel

When was the last time you threw away a beach towel? They last for 10-15 years!

There are few promotional products truly as useful as a towel.

Contact me to order your imprinted towel!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Getting Customers from Bigger Fish

Guess what? We are a hungry little company, and we are agile and very focused on our customers! What do we offer? Lower minimums, great customer service, samples for trying on and color proofing, and great phone, too!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

How To Avoid The Price Cutting Trap

My my as God is my witness I swear that is the #1 problem I hear! The problem of so many distributors, that they are up  against competitors who are all too willing to cut prices.

Thank goodness for an article by Andy Cohen, who put the price war in perspective, by looking at Harley Davidson. How does H-D charge such high prices for their motorcycles and their apparel? That company has really connected with its customers! The customers are truly in love with the brand! Not just H-D, but think of the other companies who charge a fortune because their logo is on the item somewhere. Remember all the people who will buy something branded, and pay a lot more, because of it.

The only way to get consumers to pay more is to foster a close personal relationship. The purchaser of your item has to feel that the connection is more than just a buyer - vendor, that there really is something in it for them. Otherwise they will just fall back on who has the lowest price. You need a message that makes consumers forget about price, and focus on the service and the relationship that they have with you.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Forget the Sales Pitch & Use Story Telling

Once upon a time there was a great story in your fav magazine, with big full color pictures to boot advertising a great shirt. The next page featured a nice picture of the shirt, and a bullet point paragraph featuring all the benefits of this shirt.
Which advertising would stick in your head? Great story or facts & figures?
So, forget your sales pitch. Let your passion for your product come through, whether you are selling a tie dye t-shirt or a gutter protection system.
Then if your client wants the facts and figures, you can pull out your handy dandy spec sheet.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Why There is Lousy Customer Service by Gitomer

So let’s get back to the question at hand. Why does lousy service exist?
Who is responsible to make great service possible?
Who is responsible to make great service happen?
I always ask people in service positions, “How’s it going?” Most people respond in some negative fashion. Statements like, “Well, tomorrow is Friday!” or “I’ll let you know in two hours when I get off.” or “You’re kidding, right?”
These are losing, self-defeating statements. Statements made by people who fail to understand that doing their best, having a great attitude, and having a high sense of personal pride have nothing to do with the job. They have everything to do with who you are as a person.
Most of the front-line servers are in low-paying positions. When you combine that with our “feeling of entitlement” workforce and with training that’s all about the company, with a smattering of, “smile, greet the customer, thank the customer,” you have a perfect setting for mediocre or lousy service to occur most of the time.
About now, you want answers to this dilemma. I have them. They revolve around four words you already know: positive attitude and personal pride. But there is way more to these four words than your known definition.
Positive attitude and personal pride hold the key to your success, and they will be discussed in-depth next week.
Thanks to Jeffrey Gitomer, and who I totally agree with about personal pride and positive attitude. 

Friday, March 1, 2013

3 Tips for Presentations by Jamie Dunn

PowerPoint is dead
Stop using PowerPoint, seriously. I’ve never used slides in my life. Maybe it is just me but I instantly switch off when people are presenting with the same old PowerPoint templates that I’ve seen a thousand times before. Personally, I am a big fan of using a flipchart and coloured pens. It allows me to be creative, think on the spot and most importantly of all, react to what the audience is doing.
There is nothing worse than having a presentation all prepared but then seeing the audience switching off and using their phones whilst you’re presenting. You need their engagement and so doing things differently will get it. If you are a fan of having technology in your pitch, then use “Prezi” instead.
Know your audience
It is important that you spend some time finding out who is in your audience, what their main interests are, why they are coming to listen to you and most importantly, what value you can add to them. People are coming to listen to you for a reason so when they leave, you want to have given them 100 reasons to want to come and listen to you again, or send you an email, or follow you on Twitter or even pay you to work with them.
It’s important that you provide your audience with value, but always leave them wanting more. Your presentation/speech is the perfect opportunity to market what you do and develop your business so make sure you are demonstrating your value to your audience every step of the way. For me, if I am speaking for one hour, I will spend 15 minutes discussing my background and then the other 45 minutes on sharing advice, knowledge and adding value to my audience.
Call to action
So, you’ve delivered a presentation to a room full of great people and they are really impressed and love what you do. What now? What happens next? Whilst you have your audience hooked and listening to what you have to say, that is the perfect time for you to make sure something develops afterwards. There is no point in speaking to a room full of 50 people, but you don’t give them information on how they can contact you next.
Make sure your twitter, website and email address is given in your presentation. Make sure you wait around afterwards for people to talk to you, always leave five minutes in your presentation time for questions and answers and most of all, enjoy it. When you’re enjoying it, your audience will pick up on this and naturally enjoy it more to. There is nothing worse than a nervous speaker as it makes the audience question how confident you are in the content that you are delivering. Confident presentation = confident business.
by Jamie Dunn Entrpreneur

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Reading for Business Builders

Who wants to read?
You do! If you want to build your business, you want to read and learn how to do it.
Here's 3 book recommendations:
The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman, Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill, and How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling by Frank Bettger.
These great book ideas are from another Blogger, their account is Promotional Products Distributor Marketing. Thank you guys!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

5 Great Marketing Tips for 2013

5 Great Marketing Tips for 2013

1. No more boring websites
Instead have a website that changes, and offers value - what can we do for you, our clients. The website must also make clear who we are, and how we can be contacted easily. Who wants to search for your email address?

2. Fresh content for your blog and website
Consider a plan - what do you want to achieve? How will you deliver fresh content that is timely and interesting? What is the competition featuring?

3. SEO is key
What is currently important for SEO, both for your website, blog, facebook, and linked in profiles. Remember the future is online, and what worked before for SEO probably doesn't work now.

4. Mobile Website? Yes you need one now. Most people go online with their phones. Make sure that your website is easy to navigate on the go.

5. Email marketing is another great tool. Make sure that you have an opt-in feature on your website so that interested people can sign up. Promote your eNewsletter on facebook, twitter, and linked in. Can you develop an useful eBook that you can give away for little or low cost, to have something of great value, to encourage subscribers?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

5 Ways Your Clients Can Use Pinterest!

Happy Pre Super Bowl! We are so excited that the Baltimore Ravens are playing!

Here's 5 great ideas about how your clients can use Pinterest to promote their business (This is from a great article in Wearables Magazine, Feb. 2013 issue):
#1 Take pictures to show off great customer interactions, teamwork, people being productive, to let everyone see what a great work place it is!
#2 Create a lifestyle for the business brand. That means that instead of just pictures of wonderful completed projects, post pictures of associated topics that are relevant to your business.
#3 Use the pictures to support an incentive program. Yes a picture is worth 10,000 words!
#4 Encourage fans and clients to post pictures of them using the company product. This is called "crowdsourcing". Then they can tag the brand in the post. That tagged picture can be re-pinned on the company's pinboard.
#5 Create a contest. You could award prizes for the most creative pins related to the brand. Or you could ask for comments on a picture, and the person with the best comment is awarded a prize.

Happy Pinning!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

New Year, Get Ready for Trade Shows!

A happy and productive new year = trade shows!

We can help you decide which tablecloth is best for your next expo, get the art done for the front of the cloth, and get it ordered so that you will be ready in plenty of time.
Choices include size of cloth, cloth color, what art to use, fitted or not, and what about table runners?

Friday, January 18, 2013

Cold Calling Tips - Thanks to Jim Bennett!

I really like these cold calling tips by Jim Bennett, a great entrepeneur!

"To me, cold calling techniques differ depending on the size of the business you're calling. My focus is on local small business for promo advertising. My opening line for every call is "Hello. My name is Jim. I was wondering if you can help me find the person that handles your marketing?" There are 3 keywords here that I believe makes it easier to break through..

1. Help. Who doesn't like to help?
2. Handle. It's a nicer way to say "in charge of". Doesn't seem like you're asking for a person of authority.
3. Marketing. I used to say advertising. But businesses get advertising calls many times during a standard week. Changing it to marketing makes it seem less invasive, to me.

Another reason why I use this statement right up front is it already answers all the questions they may have for me.

After that, if I get someone on the phone of authority, I try to remember that I'm just trying to sell the appointment, not the product. While giving them a reason to take the appointment is necessary, overwhelming them with promotional product advertising can be off putting. So just keep it simple. Develop a good elevator speech of 15-30 seconds to explain what you do and why they need you. Spend 2-4 minutes building as much rapport as you can and another minute gaining the appointment.

Keep the initial call under 5 minutes. That's always my goal. I want my customers to know that I'm respectful of their time and that I know that I'm calling them at what could be an inopportune time, and I don't want them to spend a lot of their precious day talking to me."

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Useful Apps for Your Apparel Office on the Go

5D Thread Match
Instantly match a selected part of your project to show you the perfect thread out of over 15,000 threads! Take a photo of your fabric, home dec item or garment and find the perfect embroidery thread match.

Planet Embroidery Lettering Software
iPE produces embroidery designs for embroidery machines in several embroidery machine file formats. This program is useful for you, if you own an automatic embroidery machine (Brother, Janome, Singer, Elna, Melco, Happy, etc).
You will be able to create text designs using pre-digitized fonts, select the size, density and underlay. iPE sends those designs (attached) by e-mail to your e-mail account. Then you just have to save them (from the computer) on the apropriate media for your embroidery machine.
Don't worry if iPE doesn't include your embroidery file format. You may later convert the created designs using other standard application (stitch era universal, etc).
No need to learn about digitizing. Creation of embroidery designs with your custom text requires a few simple steps.
iPE uses some Internet services to process each design request, then it requires an Internet connection to run it.
If you like this application, or if you would like more free programs for iPhone, please recommend this program.
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Splashtop Remote Desktop
Splashtop enables me to connect to and control my computer from a mobile device. You can use it with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android and BlackBerry, find it at

Camcard reads and scans business cards. When you snap a picture of a card, it recognizes the contact info and saves it to the card holder or your phone address book. "One of the best and most useful apps out there. If you're a business professional, sales person, convention goer, or have to be some place where you're going to meet with other business people, take this app and avoid the hassle of a pile of business cards. It takes about 10 seconds to take a snapshot of the card, the app reads it, lets you review the info, and then add it to your contacts. VERY useful app."

SanMar created this app so customrs can search products, check stock/pricing, browse sale items and place orders from smart phones/tablets.

Dropbox allows you to take your documents, photos, and videos with you on the go. After you install Dropbox, any file you save to it will automatically store in your computer, mobile device, and the Dropbox website. You can exchange files with your team and clients.