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New online registration for End-Buyer Show to be unveiled next week
PPAMS
This year's PPAMS Road Show and End-Buyer Show, scheduled for Aug. 12-14, will feature a new and improved online registration experience for distributors and their clients. The online registration system, developed by SAGE, offers many improvements over past years, including:

  • Clients can now be invited through the system with custom links associated with distributor salespeople.

  • To ensure that no lead slips through the cracks, both distributors and suppliers will receive copies of their leads after the show for follow up (the supplier version contains the distributor contact information instead of the client's)

  • Suppliers will each be given a hand-held scanner to use during the show. When they scan the client's badge, it will allow them to make notes for the distributor to see (the client's contact information is not made available to the supplier).

  • Distributors can send a standard email or customize it through the online registration system. Once a client clicks on the link to register, they are associated with that distributor from then on.

  • Client name badges will now include their first name, distributor and industry.

  • There will be self-scan stations at registration to help get rid of the long lines at the Nashville show.

    Registration for all three shows opens next week and distributor training will be held in Memphis (May 14), Nashville (May 16), and Knoxville (June 18.) To participate in one of the training sessions, email mark@ppams.com or call 615-465-8109.
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    New coupon book offers benefits for suppliers and distributors
    PPAMS
    PPAMS has teamed up with nine other regional associations and Zoom Catalog to produce an online coupon book for its members. Supplier members can gain exposure by putting coupons in the book for no charge. The coupons will offer thousands of dollars in savings for distributor members of PPAMS and will be available after June 1. The coupons will be good until the end of the year. To make sure your coupon is included, contact the PPAMS office at 615-465-8109 or mark@ppams.com.
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    PPAMS Seminar and mixer comes to Memphis next week
    PPAMS
    PPAMS is coming to Memphis May 14 to meet with members about the upcoming End-Buyer Show in August and for a mixer with members and guests. Mark Farrar, executive director of PPAMS, will be training distributors on the new registration system for the end-buyer show and giving helpful tips on how to make sure the show ends in greater sales. The end-buyer show is scheduled for Aug. 12 at the Great Hall in Germantown.

    Following the seminar there will be a happy hour mixer for all members and guests — really anyone who wants to hang out with us can attend! For more information, visit www.ppams.com or check out our Facebook group.

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    PPAMS webinar: The 5 Biggest Threats Facing Distributors — and What to Do About Them!
    PPAMS
    Next Friday, May 17, is your last chance to take advantage of the PPAMS May Webinar from David Blaise. You can participate at either 10 a.m. or noon. Register online by clicking here.
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    SAGE
    SAGE announced new dates for the 2014 SAGE Show, a national promotional products tradeshow in the central U.S. SAGE Show will kick off April 23, 2014 with an education day hosted by PPAI; followed by two full show days, April 24-25, 2014, with the last day being open to hosted end-user clients.
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    Does branding really matter?
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    Promotional products makers: Sales are bouncing back
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    With blinking lights, swaying displays of latex balloons and business card holders that jangle like telephones when you open them, local promotional products companies are proclaiming that companies are spending again.
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    Creating an engaged community
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