SPPA eNews
Jul. 17, 2015

Registration open for SPPA Fall Showcase and End-Buyer Show
Registration is now open for the SPPA Fall Showcase in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jackson, Mississippi, and Birmingham, Alabama. Now in its third year, the show has quickly become the largest tabletop show in each of the states it visits. Distributors who register for the Alabama Fall Showcase will also be given the opportunity to invite their clients — instructions on inviting clients are on the website and a webinar will be held on Friday morning, July 24. Email mark@sunbeltppa.org if you would like to attend the webinar. For more information on the shows and to register, go to www.sunbeltppa.org and click on Trade Show. More

SPPA Board adopts policy for conduct at shows; fees for end-buyer show
The SPPA Board of Directors has adopted a Code of Conduct for all SPPA-sponsored shows. The policy is intended to ensure an enjoyable experience and fair marketplace for all attendees. The policy also includes items that are intended to protect distributors who bring clients to the end-buyer show in Birmingham. Click here to see a copy of the new policy.

"Most of these are common sense things that our members are already doing," says Mark Farrar, SPPA executive director. "The Board wanted to put it down in writing so if the policy is violated they can take swift action to protect our members."

The Board also approved the fee structure for the Alabama Fall Showcase, which is different from the others since distributor members can bring their clients to the Alabama event.

These fees only apply to the Alabama Fall Showcase ONLY:

SPPA Distributor members can attend the show for free and can invite clients.
Small Distributor members can invite one client for free and pay $10 for additional clients to attend.
Medium Distributor members can invite two clients for free and pay $10 for additional clients to attend.
Large Distributor members can invite three clients for free and pay $10 for additional clients to attend.
Non-Member Distributors can attend the show for $25 each but cannot bring clients.
There are no fees for any distributor to attend the Fall Showcase in Baton Rouge or Jackson, however, clients/end-buyers are NOT allow at those shows. More

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Bad marketing campaigns are a goldmine for machine learning
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What's the use in continuing to run a marketing campaign that doesn't work? It turns out that there might be gold hidden in that dud of a campaign —' you just haven't found it yet. The treasure usually stays buried. Traditionally, marketers don't have the time or the money to even think about retesting unsuccessful campaigns. In a typical campaign process, marketers decide what to test — and then determine which is better, A or B?More

4 reasons an online business is a solid investment
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