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Flanagan wins PPB Multi-Line Rep of the Year
Starline
Starline is very pleased to announce that Tom Flanagan of Flanagan & Associates was awarded the honor of PPB's Best Multi-Line Reps for 2014. Flanagan & Associates represents Starline in Florida, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Puerto Rico. Tom is a veteran of the promotional products industry with 27 years of experience behind him, and he has spent the last 14 of those years as a multi-line rep for Starline.
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PPAMS members recognized With advertising awards
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Two PPAMS members were recently honored at the American Advertising Awards in Nashville. Dragonfly Screen Graphics won a Gold ADDY® for a t-shirt Bowell Bike Show t-shirt. The SAMCO catalogs that Barker & Christol Advertising designed for Sanders Manufacturing were winners of a Silver ADDY®.

The American Advertising Awards are the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local competitions. Their mission is to recognize and reward creative excellence in the art of advertising. Nashville’s competition is hosted by the American Advertising Federation Nashville. For more information visit www.aafnashville.com.


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Prime Line® announces national sales contest starting March 1
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Prime Line® (Prime Resources Corp.) announced that its Swing Away For Great Prizes sales contest begins March 1 and offers prizes such as flat screen T Vs, MAC ® computers, iPads ® and StubHub gift certificates. Prizes will be awarded based on cumulative sales booked by individuals between March 1 and June 30. Winners will be able to choose from four prize options at each tier starting at $5000. The contest is open to U.S. and Canadian distributor salespeople only. To see prize options and contest rules, distributors should go to www.primeline.com.
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The 4 best giveaways of the 2014 MLB season
Promo Marketing
Baseball is back! Well, sort of. Spring training has been underway for weeks, and exhibition games begin with a slate of Cactus and Grapefruit league action. There's still a ways to go until things get real, but it's enough to get us pumped up for Opening Day — we can practically smell the fresh-cut outfield grass, taste the Cracker Jack and hear the "steee-rike!" calls echoing through the ballpark already. But for as great as all that stuff is, there's one thing we're looking forward to most: the giveaways.
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5 unique ways containers can add 'pop' to retail sales
Retail Customer Experience
Greg Swistak's company, Ikoniq, loves to help retailers provide dramatic customer experiences with portable carts and kiosks, but of late they're seeing additional interest in pop-up style stores fashioned from recycled shipping containers. For retailers, price doesn't cut it anymore as a competitive tool. And given the rise of online shopping, location matters less and less. Providing a great, unique experience is the way to a shopper's heart. Dramatic, utilitarian, portable containers are an excellent tool for that very purpose.
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3-D printing 'ink' is way too expensive
CNNMoney
3-D printer prices are steadily dropping in an attempt to woo hobbyists, but there's still a costly barrier to mainstream adoption: 3-D printer "ink." Plastic filament, the standard material used by 3-D printers typically ranges in price from $25 to $45 for a kilogram depending on the quality and manufacturer. That's a huge markup over the $2-per-kilogram cost of the plastic pellets used to make the filaments. Manufacturing and research and development account for some of the filament's added cost over the original materials.
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10 ways to significantly boost your trade show results
Trade Show News Network
Trade shows are the largest single expense for business to business marketers. How can you boost your results, and ensure your trade shows are more of an investment? TSNN's Mike Thimmesch analyzes ten steps any business marketer can take to make sure their time spent exhibiting is organized and polished.
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OSHA proposes $91,800 in fines for Ohio printing company
Norwalk Reflector
Globus Printing & Packaging Co. Inc. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 24 safety and health violations, carrying proposed penalties of $91,800. OSHA initiated an inspection of the Minster-based manufacturing plant in August 2013 after receiving a complaint. “Workers were exposed daily to many dangerous hazards at the Globus Printing & Packaging Co.,” said Kim Nelson, OSHA’s area director in Toledo. “The company lacks adequate employee training on those hazards.”
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Flanagan wins PPB Multi-Line Rep of the Year
Starline
Starline is very pleased to announce that Tom Flanagan of Flanagan & Associates was awarded the honor of PPB's Best Multi-Line Reps for 2014. Flanagan & Associates represents Starline in Florida, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Puerto Rico.

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Striving shirt printer morphs his business into a film industry supplier
The Times-Picayune
Tim Baudier says he believes in holding multiple jobs. It's apparent from his service as an elected official on the Harahan, La., City Council, his work managing a custom guitar-making shop and his movie stuntman appearances. Yet another role, however, is increasingly drawing his focus.

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What Sochi can teach us about trademarks
Entreprenuer via Reuters
On any list of politicians who have transformed themselves into a discernible brand, Vladimir Putin would be near the top. Putin himself traveled to Guatemala seven years ago to personally pitch Sochi as the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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9 things every planner should know about swag
BizBash
Do you know if the gifts from your event are choking hazards? Should you label items even if the swag is given to adults? The issue of product safety and gifting is more important than event marketers and organizers may think — and when not taken into account can have a lasting impact on a brand's image. To get a quick crash course in product-safety essentials that every planner should know — whether you're doling out toys, screen-printed T-shirts, or even lanyards — BizBash spoke with reps from Axis Promotions, a marketing agency focused on brand development in promotional products. Here are their top tips.
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Fear and loneliness make branded products more memorable, study shows
Promo Marketing
Bloomberg Businessweek recently reported on an interesting study — one that claims feeling a combination of fear and loneliness makes branded products noticeably more memorable and perceived in a favorable way. The study, which tested consumer response and recall to branded products after watching movie clips from different genres of film (comedy, horror, etc.), found that when participants felt fear, they reported increased emotional attachment to branded items placed nearby. This feeling of attachment increased further when the subject felt alone.
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5 ways to grow your business without adding more resources
Entrepreneur
Everyone in business today is being asked to do more with less. There is constant pressure to improve performance, maintain growth and beat the numbers. From large multinationals to independent contractors, increasing efficiency is top priority. Here are five tips that you will help you grow your business, without adding more overhead.
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