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As 2013 comes to a close, PPAMS would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the PPAMS eNews a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Friday, Jan. 3.


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Kenny Chesney's T-shirt typo still manages to make buzz for concert
CTV Atlantic
From June 21: A mistake on a promotional T-shirt is gaining a lot of attention on Canada's Prince Edward Island which, according to the T-shirt, is located in Nova Scotia. Country star Kenny Chesney is one of the headline acts at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival this summer and the back of his T-shirts list all of the places he's touring.
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Missouri State University misspells name on more than 8,000 promotional bags
Springfield News-Leader
From Feb. 22: The Missouri State University bookstore, already trying to recover from having a longtime director resign in August over missing funds, 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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Controversial T-shirt destroys business
CNN Money
From June 28: A tiny company in Worcester, Mass., has paid the ultimate price for posting offensive T-shirts for sale online. Fierce public backlash brought down Solid Gold Bomb, which made headlines in March for offering shirts that said "Keep Calm and Rape a Lot." Recently, the company closed its doors and let go its remaining three employees.
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12 phrases to avoid in sales e-mails
Inc.
From Sept. 13: If a prospective customer actually opens your e-mail, the last thing you want to do is irritate or bore the customer. Geoffrey James discusses 12 very common phrases that should be avoided in your sales and marketing e-mails .
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2013 Boston Marathon promotional items already up for sale on eBay
TIME
From April 19: In the days after the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, all sorts of marathon-related medals, jackets, keychains, bottle openers and other gear has shown up for sale on eBay. The Boston Globe reported that at one point there were five active auctions for 2013 Boston Marathon medals at eBay, with bids ranging from $114 to $306. More medals have since surfaced on the site. At least one has already sold for $400, and several others have been bid up over $350.
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Chattanooga, Tenn., gets its own font
The Atlantic
From Nov. 22: Chattanooga, Tenn., has the distinction of being the first city in the United States to have its very own typeface: "Chatype." Designed by Chattanoogans Jeremy Dooley and Robbie de Villiers with support from fellow designers D.J. Trischler and Jonathan Mansfield, the Kickstarter-funded typeface was released on Oct. 31. “Every city needs a brand, to highlight its own distinctive offerings,” Dooley says. “Typefaces are ideal for such a large and diverse organization such as a city.”
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You're invited to the PPAMS holiday party
PPAMS
Join us after work on Tuesday, Dec. 17th at the Sunset Grill in Nashville to celebrate the season and enjoy some holiday merriment with your fellow PPAMS members. The critically-acclaimed food is just one reason to attend. The friends you’ll see and the contacts you’ll make are the best reasons to celebrate with us.

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The complete list of NCAA bowl game swag
Promo Marketing
It's the most wonderful time of the year. No, not the holidays — the start of college football bowl season, a 35-game slate beginning Dec. 21 and stretching almost a week into the new year. And while the games should be killer, they're nothing compared to the swag athletes will receive for participating.

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10 killer promotions from some of the world's best-known brands
Everything PR
Some might say that promotional products such as t-shirts, pens and tote bags aren't made with quality materials — the product's purpose is thrown out the door when cheap products are used to represent a brand. Promo materials don’t have to be super cheap, though.

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White House looks to invest $200 million in 3-D printing
Technorati
From May 17: It's been hard to escape the furor surrounding the popularity of the first operational gun released via 3-D printing. More than 100,000 copies of the weapon have already been downloaded.
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The fastest-growing promotional products companies on the 2013 Inc. 5000
Promo Marketing
From Aug. 23: Inc. Magazine recently published its prestigious Inc. 5000 list of the country's fastest-growing companies, and as in years prior, a number of industry suppliers and distributors have made the list. The number of promotional products companies on the list increased by one to 38 businesses, divided between seven suppliers and 31 distributors.
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Which one typeface would you eradicate forever?
The Austin Chronicle
From March 8: No formal education necessary. You don't have to be a graphic designer to be disgusted almost to the point of blowing chunks when confronted with certain overused or, especially, egregiously ill-used typefaces; you just have to be a human with a hint of aesthetic sense.
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Online clip art: How to avoid getting sued
Promo With Purpose Today
From Feb. 15: Heidi Thorne from Promo With Purpose Today writes: "I get an inquiry from a new prospect for a promotional products project. Located a suitable product and then asked the prospect to send the artwork for imprinting. My heart sank to the floor ... another online clip art headache to deal with. What was the problem? Actually, it had two problems and one of them could have become a legal issue."
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    10 killer promotions from some of the world's best-known brands (Everything PR)
The complete list of NCAA bowl game swag (Promo Marketing)
3-D printing materials market worth $408.5 million by 2018 (Go Print and Promo)
Is the customer service experience your top priority? (PPAI)
'Webrooming' this holiday season's biggest shopping trend (Consumer Affairs)

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