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PPAMS distributors select favorite new products
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During the PPAMS MidSouth PromoShow, distributors in attendance cast their votes on their favorite new products in Promo Man's Gadget Garage. There was a tie! This year's favorite new products were the Robo Cup (submitted by Hal Kaufman Co.) and Bamboo Spoon and Spatula Gift Set (submitted by Molenaar).
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3 members to be honored at Nashville Advertising Awards
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On March 2, when the 48th Annual ADDY® Awards are handed out in Nashville, Tenn., three PPAMS members will be honored for creative uses of promotional products. Dragonfly Screen Graphics, Goldner Associates and Sunrise Identity will each be receiving awards. This is the third year that PPAMS partnered with the American Advertising Federation Nashville to give promotional products companies in the region an opportunity to be recognized. In addition to the awards ceremony, the winners will also be featured in a special insert to the Nashville Business Journal that is mailed to more than 8,000 subscribers on March 8.
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Are bans on plastic bags making people sick? Not so fast.
The Washington Post
Everyone loves counterintuitive studies. They make for catchy headlines. And so, last fall, when two academics posted a working paper suggesting that San Francisco's eco-friendly ban on plastic bags might actually be killing people, it was too good to ignore. The paper, by Wharton's Jonathan Klick and Joshua Wright, found that food-borne illnesses in San Francisco increased 46 percent after the bag ban went into effect in 2007 — with no such uptick in neighboring counties.
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Investor: 3D printing explosion a long way off
Channelweb
The next big thing may not be 3-D printing — in fact, current hype is based on exaggerated overvaluations of the technology, according to a U.S. stock market researcher. The market watcher, Citron Research, is so concerned that it has put out a full statement warning of a stock bubble, which in due course will obviously burst.
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Missouri State University misspells name on more than 8,000 promotional bags
Springfield News-Leader
The Missouri State University bookstore, already trying to recover from having a longtime director resign in August over missing funds, last month suffered the embarrassment of handing out 6,000 free book bags with the word "university," as in Missouri State University, misspelled.
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No marketing budget? 5 easy solutions
American Express OPEN Forum
You know you need to market your business, but how do you get the most from your hard-earned dollars? Try these five free or inexpensive tactics to help attract customers.
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Why meetings never accomplish anything — and 3 ways to fix them
Fast Company
There's a problem that's perplexed everyone from Miles Davis to Thomas Edison to LeBron James: how to make teams actually work. Writing in Behance's 99u blog, psychologist Christian Jarrett gathers new research on the common problems teams face and offers solutions for them.
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The most successful leaders do 15 things automatically, every day
Forbes
Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time. For example, leaders can make several important decisions about an issue in the time it takes others to understand the question. Many people wonder how leaders know how to make the best decisions, often under immense pressure.
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Social media trends, real-life examples you should know about
Business 2 Community
Although B2B companies have a complicated relationship with social media, most organizations have already opened their budgets to this marketing tactic. According to the Content Marketing Institute, 78 percent of B2B organizations are currently active on social media, while another 19 percent plan to develop a social media strategy within the next year.
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The power of huge goals — and how to achieve them
Entrepreneur
Just as the president wants to inspire Congress and Americans in general to tackle the tough tasks that confront us, it's also up to young entrepreneurs and startup founders to project equally ambitious ideals. After all, who knows what we can achieve if we set our sights high enough, right? To put this plan in motion, here are five ways to both set and achieve outsize goals:.
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