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Forum: Print Advertising 8th December 2010, 11:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 38,611
Posted By DBeavers
Coffee cup advertising

If your post was directed to me, my business is going well.

I have sold both disposable and ceramic/porcelain coffee cup to individual businesses to use in their promotions. The disposable cups...
Forum: Print Advertising 2nd November 2010, 08:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,742
Posted By DBeavers
It sounds like you aren't going to get any...

It sounds like you aren't going to get any assistance in cracking a brand new market for the paper.

I think the correct analogy would be going to a gun fight armed with a printed picture of a...
Forum: Print Advertising 2nd November 2010, 08:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 38,611
Posted By DBeavers
No Bill, Many people are doing the imprint...

No Bill,

Many people are doing the imprint on the long-term ceramic/porcelain coffee mugs.

With the basic white mugs, they can get 144 mugs with a one-color imprint on both sides or wrapped...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 8th July 2010, 02:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 32,430
Posted By DBeavers
Promotional Product Uses

Just have to ask Dan.

Has your company used any screen printed t-shirts or embroidered shirts, caps, or jackets to provide employees with a 'uniform' look? Even if you use the more upscale...
Forum: New Member Introductions 19th May 2010, 02:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,008
Posted By DBeavers
From one new group member to another, "Welcome!" ...

From one new group member to another, "Welcome!"

We've got a double connection. I'm also in marketing, and Houston is part of my service area.

Dennis
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 12th May 2010, 10:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 10,495
Posted By DBeavers
There's more than one way to expand. I assume...

There's more than one way to expand. I assume you hope to expand and service more clients and sell more t-shirts.

Alternately, you could expand the range of products you offer and get far...
Forum: General Online Marketing Information 12th May 2010, 09:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,590
Posted By DBeavers
Online Market - Why?

Since it sounds like you'll be servicing the vast majority of your clients in person, why focus all your marketing online.

There are several things you can do to differentiate yourself from the...
Forum: What Type of Business Should I Start? 12th May 2010, 11:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,863
Posted By DBeavers
Your location?

If you are located in a medium to large city in the United States, look for and take advantage of SCORE - Service Corps of Retired Executives. They will pair you up with a retired business person...
Forum: Trade Shows, Conferences & Expos 12th May 2010, 03:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,441
Posted By DBeavers
Door prize

She won the keg (empty), along with a nice Leed's padfolio ($30 value), an executive Roller Ball Pen (Value $15) and a $25 gift card to a local Mexican restaurant - over $100 in merchandise .

And...
Forum: New Member Introductions 11th May 2010, 08:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,211
Posted By DBeavers
Promotional advertising

A bit of follow-up.

What percentage of the $3500 for "their" marketing package is for self-promo advertising of the products you hope to sell.

I spend very little on marketing my business for...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 10th May 2010, 09:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 32,430
Posted By DBeavers
I think it was PPAI (Promotional Products...

I think it was PPAI (Promotional Products Association International) who commissioned a study. They surveyed travelers passing through Chicago's O'Hare airport. Of those who responded, 60% of...
Forum: New Member Introductions 10th May 2010, 12:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,211
Posted By DBeavers
I would be very hesitant to purchase any...

I would be very hesitant to purchase any advertising package sold by the company you have joined. Many companies sell their own advertising package to increase their profits - whether their package...
Forum: Trade Shows, Conferences & Expos 9th May 2010, 01:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,441
Posted By DBeavers
Trade shows

I just exhibited at my first trade show in a couple years. It was a Small Business Expo hosted along with a Golf Tournament - both at the local golf course in Orange, TX. The combo tournament/expo...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 9th May 2010, 12:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 32,430
Posted By DBeavers
Thumbs up Yes, The shrimp peelers have been an...

Yes,

The shrimp peelers have been an excellent item for me - based on the Gulf coast, with extra large shrimp available several months out of the year. I've probably given out close to 10K in...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 13th April 2010, 03:32 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 44,144
Posted By DBeavers
Advertising on your vehicle

A lot will depend on your product line/target audience. Selling real estate or providing automotive repairs or service, nearly every vehicle passing is a potential customer.

But, if your product...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 10th February 2010, 02:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 32,430
Posted By DBeavers
I have to disagree with you FB. I started...

I have to disagree with you FB.

I started my promotional advertising sales business (home-based) over 25 years ago. Then I went full-time in the business in Jul '87, nearly 23 years ago.
...
Forum: Success Stories and Profiles 1st August 2009, 02:48 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 115,811
Posted By DBeavers
I assist others...

I help businesses improve their business - increase sales, reduce on-the-job accidents, introduce new products/locations, boost employee morale, and with lots of other business solutions.

In the...
Forum: Success Stories and Profiles 1st August 2009, 02:42 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 25,746
Posted By DBeavers
Successful - very!

I just celebrated 25 years in business in July. And it's been 22 years since I had my last full-time job.

My business is doing quite well currently, in spite of the US economy, and has allowed my...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 1st August 2009, 02:29 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 44,144
Posted By DBeavers
Where do you live, drive, and park your vehicle?

The odds a business will want to advertise on your vehicle, and the amount they will pay, will depend a lot on where your vehicle is seen.

If you live in a subdivision where most cars are parked...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 8th April 2009, 03:29 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 44,144
Posted By DBeavers
Any expense related directly to a business...

Any expense related directly to a business operation is deductible from the business income, whether it is for office supplies, travel, advertising, telephone service, business miles driven in your...
Forum: Trade Shows, Conferences & Expos 12th March 2009, 02:05 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 24,979
Posted By DBeavers
New promo products

I spotted a neat item from Evans Mfg at the Houston PPA meeting last month.

It's a specialized bottle cap opener, aimed at the child-proof caps on medicine bottles, both prescription and OTC....
Forum: Trade Shows, Conferences & Expos 30th December 2008, 06:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,112
Posted By DBeavers
Non-woven polypropylene totes

NightTide,

As a full-time promotional advertising salesperson, I have access to dozens and dozens of companies with the non-woven bags. If you can provide the dimensions, I'll be happy to check...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 30th December 2008, 06:02 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 44,144
Posted By DBeavers
Car advertising

If I was in the business of selling retail, I might consider it.

But, as a promotional advertising consultant, selling primarily to business and industry, I have never put any advertising on my...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 30th December 2008, 05:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 32,430
Posted By DBeavers
Randy, As you stated, it largely depends on...

Randy,

As you stated, it largely depends on the target audience. What my hospital gives away at a public health fair set up in the local mall will be completely different from what a chemical...
Forum: General Offline Marketing 3rd June 2008, 12:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,716
Posted By DBeavers
Thanks Logan

Since you asked - I've been selling promotional advertising for nearly 24 years, and have been very pleased with how competitive the prices are with Kaeser & Blair. I've been affiliated with them...
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