PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL
It’s not all push button pens that say things like, “GrabCo: We Click With You!” and letter openers and be logo’d chocolates and other convention handouts. The industry also includes gifts like flash memory drives, iPods, Bose stereos, bicycles, chain saws and hot tubs.Yes, hot tubs. These premium giveaways go to valued clients or high performing employees. One of these premium item suppliers is Epic International, which works with clients such as investment firm Merrill Lynch.”You’ve got people earning at a level like that,” salesman Anthony Davis says, “and you can afford to give them a hot tub.”But don’t expect to find logos on those. “That would be tacky,” Davis says.(We just hope our bosses aren’t considering motivating us with a chain saw.)It’s all in h michael kors bag ow you look at itDropping housing prices. Buyers staying away. Woe. Despair.Well, maybe for Realtors. It’s great news for custom picnic basket manufacturers, says Carl Barnett, salesman for Spectrum, manufacturers of the Picnic Plus line of logo ready outdoor eating kits.See, with life getting harder for real estate agents, it’s more important for michael kors bag them to compete for customers and build up their reputation. That’s where the picnic baskets come in.You buy a house, enter it for the first time and there, on the kitchen counter, is a picni michael kors bag c backpack complete with plates, glasses and utensils. It reads, “Joe Rocksell, Realtor.” And then, of course, you’ll recommend Joe to your friends when they sell their house.”The funny thing is,” Barnett says, “you remember the basket, not the house yo michael kors bag u spent $400,000 on.”Right. Well, the real estate agents believe it, so he says.Car dealers are also fond of them, as well as the company’s first product a foldable, pocketed blanket called a “mega mat” that’s waterproof on the bottom side.”The idea came from going to my kid’s soccer game and getting a wet butt,” says Daniel Berkowitz, Spectrum president and inventor of the mega mat.It now comes in three sizes, including a one butt mega mat that clips to your belt.Product No. 1: Perhaps not the best “Thanks” to customers of your ecclesiastical supply companyCustom calenders, themes include “Naughty Girls” and “Men International,” $6.12 each in orders of 50, $3.67 each in orders of 5,000 or more. Those cost less.Product No. 2: It’s like having a blender right in the cowThe Moo Mixer, a battery powered 12 oz. cup with a cow print plastic base and joystick like handle, “Perfect for mixing chocolate milk!” Available with your logo for $11.45 each in orders of 50, and $9.40 each in orders of 2,500 or more. Also available are self twirling plastic ice cream cones (just stick your tongue out) and spaghetti forks.
Promotional products a specialty at Roberts Advertising
can put a business logo on just about anything.Its office is adorned with promotional products ranging from pens and T shirts to tote bags, piggy banks and wine bottles. These items are fun and functional, and they create impressions that outlast other forms of advertising.”Compared to everything else, it lasts forever. Very often people will have promotional products in their possession for many years if it’s thought of the right way,” said Martin Pahnke, partner at .It’s also a nice way for businesses to thank their clients and employees.Pahnke said helps clients create long lasting and cost effective marketing campaigns by using promotional products. It works with clients to find the right marketing item to michael kors bag meet their budget, objective and target audience.”We’re going to be consultants first, and then very often we have to find a supplier to do it that’s going to work in the right budget and going to work in the right timeframe for them too,” he said.Its most popular request is fo michael kors bag r apparel, followed by pens, tote bags and calendars. Cleaning cloths for phones, eyeglasses and computer screens are also trendy.Pahnke purchased with his wife Karen in April of 2008. The company was originally opened in 1990 by Thom Roberts in Bloomington, Ind. And before selling the business, Roberts had been running it from an office in Fort Myers while the corporate office remained in Indiana. Roberts is still involved as an account executive at the company.So the Pahnkes initially ran both offices. However, they realized the overhead was too much, and they had to draw on savings to live and to michael kors bag cover overhead expenses.”When we started, two was two too many,” he said.They shut down the Indiana office in 2010 though they still have clients up there and put their focus on Southwest Florida.And Pahnke said the business started doing better once closing the Indiana office. The company’s first good year was in 2011, and it has been getting better every year since thanks to repeat and referral business, networking and personal sales efforts.In 2013, grossed about $502,200 in sales compared to the about $391,200 collected in 2012, which is a growth of 28 percent year over year. During the first quarter of this year, it grossed $169,500.The company’s geographic reach has also expanded. is run under the parent company PCR Group LLC. And in February, PCR Group purchased American Promotional Products in Naples. This gives PCR Group owned by the Pahnkes two brands: and American Promotional Products. In additio michael kors bag n, the previous owners of American Promotional Products moved to the Jacksonville area, and one of them is promoting American Promotional Products in that region.”To have clients in Jacksonville, it’s great,” Pahnke said. and Canada.Tina Parsons, executive director of Gladiolus Learning and Development Center, said the nonprofit recently went through a name change and had to rebrand. She consulted with a few different companies but found to have the best pricing and services.And because Gladiolus Learning and Development Center is a nonprofit, it needs to watch its pennies. Parsons said is able to provide them with great and cost effective ideas.”They are very customer friendly, they are on the ball and they get the job done quickly,” she said.Pahnke said his business background helps him recognize clients’ needs. He has been self employed since 1983, and his wife has been working with him since 1989.