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SPPA announces top nominees for member awards
SPPA
The votes are in and we are excited to announce the top nominees for our member awards. The winners will be announced on Jan. 28 at the SPPA Membership Luncheon, held in conjunction with THE Show of the South.

Supplier of the Year:
Crown
Hit Promo
SanMar

Factory Rep of the Year:
Eric Carr – Hit Promo
James DeBoer - Lanco
Drew Greer – SanMar

Multi-Line Rep of the Year:
Charlie Cochran – Cochran & Company
Jim Maddox – Maddox Company
Kevin Ridgway – Ridgway Marketing

To register for THE Show of the South and the Membership Luncheon: http://www.sunbeltppa.org/tradenbspshow.htm

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IMPORTANT SPPA 2014 DATES


Date Event Location
Jan. 28-29, 2014 THE Show of the South, presented by SPPA Birmingham, Ala.
Sept. 3, 2014 SPPA Louisiana Fall Showcase Baton Rouge, La.
Sept. 4, 2014 SPPA Mississippi Fall Showcase Jackson, Miss.
Sept. 5, 2014 SPPA Alabama Fall Showcase Birmingham, Ala.


For more information on these SPPA events, go to www.sunbeltppa.org.


Promotional product trends for 2014
Promo Marketing
Every year those of us in the promotional products industry cast about, trying to look at our magic eight ball and figure out what will be the best, most sought-after, and most effective promotional products. For this post, Jeff Jacobs went straight to the source: some of Promo Marketing's QCA colleagues for their thoughts and predictions on what’s hot for their clients in the coming year. The criteria was simple: which items are not only the most popular, but will also serve your customers the best as they look for compelling campaigns and promotional tie-ins in 2014.
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7 simple steps to writing product descriptions that sell
Entrepreneur
How seductive are your product descriptions? Does your product copy entice readers to click buy or try? Or do you simply describe your product and tell web visitors what it does? The secret to writing seriously seductive product descriptions is to follow a proven process to engage, persuade, and sell. To get started, you need to know exactly who it is that you want to buy your product.
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3-D printing: To believe or not believe the hype
Promo Marketing
Wearable devices such as smartwatches and head-mounted displays have generated buzz on the show floor for years. But, as The Boston Globe pointed out, an air of renewed excitement permeated the aisles of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Why? Manufacturers believe the field is finally gaining traction with consumers, according to the article. Something to think about, especially if you're sitting on an idea similar to French company Netatmo's UV-sensing wristband (the wristband includes a "gemstone" that measures exposure to ultraviolet light, a cause of skin cancer).
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Shoppers want emails with personalized product recommendations
Multichannel Merchant
Online shoppers want emails featuring merchandise selected based on their own shopping habits, according to according to results from a Listrak-sponsored Harris Interactive survey. Shoppers are willing to receive more emails if it makes shopping easier for them and they are willing to share information with retailers in order to receive more emails that are relevant to them, according to the survey. Shoppers are also willing to purchase items if the email has products based on their own shopping habits and preferences, according to the survey.
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SPPA announces top nominees for member awards
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The votes are in and we are excited to announce the top nominees for our member awards. The winners will be announced on Jan. 28 at the SPPA Membership Luncheon, held in conjunction with THE Show of the South. To register for THE Show of the South and the Membership Luncheon: http://www.sunbeltppa.org/tradenbspshow.htm



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13 signs it's time to leave a trade show
Trade Show News Network
You invest a lot in the trade shows that you exhibit at. How much? At 36 percent of the average trade show budget, booth space costs are your single largest expense. Plus, your choice of shows affects the rest of your entire trade show budget.
 
So which trade shows are worth your marketing investment?


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Shark Tank's Kevin O'Leary on why promotional products work
Orlando Business Journal
Thousands of promotional products labeled with various business names were everywhere inside the Orange County Convention Center Jan. 7. Everywhere you turned, there was a hat, a shirt or a whimsical, but still useful, marketing item with a company's name emblazoned on the product.

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2014 trends: The face of retail is about to change
Biz Community
With consumers searching for shopping experiences and not merely driven by products and pricing, the face of retail is about to change drastically over the next few years. Here are just some of the trends we will start seeing from 2014.
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Why local businesses need to be found on mobile devices
Business 2 Community
Mobile traffic is set to outpace PC traffic in 2014, but are you ready? The numbers are mind blowing when you step back and consider how quickly mobile has gained a huge market share. According to a Google Mobile Movement Study, “88 percent of consumers who search for a type of local business on a mobile device call or go to that business within 24 hours.”
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Charles River Apparel donates 3,000 garments to homeless in charitable campaign
PPAI
Charles River Apparel has announced that its third annual ‘Tis the Season for Giving charitable campaign donated a total of 3,000 garments to the homeless during the 2013 holiday season. The company invited social media users to become fans of Charles River Apparel on Facebook from Thanksgiving through Dec. 31. Every new "like" on the Sharon, Mass., supplier’s page equaled a new garment for The Bowery Mission, a New York-based organization that has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879.
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Products safety update from Capitol Hill
Mondaq
After Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act ("CPSIA") in 2008 and Public Law 112-28 in 2011, the product safety world turned its attention and focus to CPSC regulatory action — and for good reason. Over the past five years, the CPSC has implemented numerous product safety regulations touching upon recalls, testing and certification requirements, lead and phthalate limits in children's products, and the safety of infant products (among many others). But, we must not forget the important role that Congress continues to play in addressing product safety issues and driving the product safety debate.
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