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Do You Know the Promotional Industry?



Because we love statistics and cool charts, we decided it would be fun to put together and infographic about the promotional products industry. “An info-what?” you ask – “An infographic!“, we reply.

In the event that this is a new form of media to you; allow us to explain:

Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. These graphics present complex information quickly and clearly, such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writing, and education.

We took the best information we could find from PPAI and ASI, and put those little tid-bits into colorful, fun little graphs and charts for you consumption. We hope you’ll take a moment and peruse this offering and if you like it or find it useful, feel free to redistribute or use for your own marketing efforts.

See it HERE, in all of it’s glorious glory!

We really enjoyed doing this and are hoping to do more very soon. Got any great ideas for our next infographic? Drop us a line here on our blog, follow us on twitter or message us on facebook – we’d love to hear from you!

Finalists Named For 2011 PPAI Web Awards

Fifteen finalists have been selected for the 2011 PPAI Web Awards. Distributor and supplier members were chosen based on creative and effective promotional products websites in five categories.

Leashables has been nominated for the 2011 PPAI Web Awards under the category – Technical Innovation/E-Commerce

The winners will be announced during an online presentation. Both nominees and winners will also be recognized at The PPAI Expo 2011 awards presentation on January 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Promotional Professionals Pay It Forward Day Names Logo Contest Winner

Promotional Professionals Pay It Forward Day Names Logo Contest Winner

Max Quattromani, electronic media specialist at Leashables by Oralabs, Inc., created the winning design.

WORLDWIDE (October 8, 2010) – Last month, Promotional Professionals Pay It Forward Day (PromoProsPIFDay) held a contest to design a logo for the November 6, 2010 event. The goal was a design that incorporated the organization’s mission of bringing all facets of the industry—from suppliers, distributors, service providers and regional, national and international associations—together through volunteerism to build a sense of community within the industry and to make a positive impact in the process.

Nine industry designers took the challenge, and logos were posted on the PromoProsPIFDay Facebook page where fans voted for their favorite designs. Additionally, submissions were judged by the PromoProsPIFDay steering committee on the basis of creativity, incorporation of mission and ability of logo to be used digitally as well as for decoration on promotional products.

Max Quattromani, electronic media specialist at Parker, Colorado-based Leashables by Oralabs, Inc., created the winning design. “When I became aware of a logo design contest that would have a positive impact through the volunteer efforts of promotional products industry professionals, it was a no-brainer; I started sketching designs immediately,” he said. “The objective of the design is to convey the act of charity; the two open hands represent the open hands of the volunteer/giver as well as the receiving hands of those who benefit directly.”

Mark Shinn, MAS, president of Newcastle, Washington-based Incentives West, said, “Max captured the essence of what we wanted the logo to convey—people helping people through simple acts of paying it forward. He joined a number of others who gave their time and efforts to help jump-start our initiative and get industry professionals involved. We appreciate Max’s talent and congratulate him on being selected as this year’s logo contest winner.”

About Promotional Professionals Pay It Forward Day:

Promotional Professionals Pay It Forward Day (aka PromoProsPIFDay) was created by a group of promotional products professionals with the mission of bringing all facets of the industry—from suppliers, distributors, service providers and regional, national and international associations—together through volunteerism to build a sense of community within the industry and to make an positive impact in the process.

Individuals, companies or groups can participate by simply selecting a charity that is meaningful to them (can be local, national or global organizations) and perform a needed service on November 6.

For more information, visit the PromoProsPIFDay Facebook page at or follow @PromoProsPIFDay on Twitter.

A Huge Deal

Leashables by OraLabs is offering a 3 percent discount to all of their customers on all of their online orders. This is a huge incentive for their customers to utilize their user friendly online ordering system on their website, Leashables Web Developer, Danny Chrastil, says “We want to encourage our customers to order online and see just how easy and simple it is.”

To help their customers get their 3 percent discount, they have launched an online tutorial on how to order. This tutorial takes its viewers step-by step through the process with a recording of someone placing an actual order online. They will also be holding several webinars in the beginning of October for a live demonstration and question and answer segment.

Courtney Jordan, Leashables Marketing, stated, “The promotional products industry is becoming more advanced in technology. This is our way of helping our customers keep up and save them some money along the way.” To see how you can save 3 percent on your order with Leashables, visit their website at

Where Have You Gone Carrie Bradshaw?

In case you haven’t heard (and I hadn’t until just this morning), ‘Sex and the City’s‘ Carrie Bradshaw is no longer a loyal Mac user.  That’s right, she made one of the toughest switches known to man, she changed operating systems!

From 1998 to 2004, 94 episodes in all, Ms. Bradshaw, arguably the most famous single women in the history of history was fiercely loyal to her MacBook.

As evidenced by her new commercial for HP she is not only no longer a Mac user, but she is already ecstatic with her new Windows machine. It’s almost like watching her break-up with a long-time boyfriend; not only will she get  a new man quickly, but he will be so over-the-top wonderful that she will shout it to the rooftops.  All in the effort to show how ‘happy’ she is now (making sure the ex hears it, of course).

How can you retain loyalty among your followers?

Now that you are the proud owner of this useless knowledge, the question is ‘what can you do with it?’

Well, you can start by taking an inventory of your customer base and examining who your best customers are. The tendency will be to look at those big ticket clients; what we want to examine is the “Longtail” of your customer list.  Which customers have been quietly faithful to you? The customer that consistently places their orders is your tortoise in this race.  That unassuming client is the one I want you to focus on.

Let’s go back to the boyfriend/girlfriend scenario – make a surprise call to at least three of your smaller, but loyal, customers today.  Just a simple “Hello, thank you for your business.”  No selling! Resist the temptation to engage them in your most recent promotion. Just be thoughtful and appreciative, keep it simple and let your gratitude be the only reason for your call.  There is a very good chance that your competition is not taking the time after orders or between orders to say kind things.

Why am I focusing on my smaller clients?

The chances are good that you already show a great amount of ‘love’ to your big customers, if you aren’t then you better start. The reason we need to take an inventory of those customers that are below the fold is that you may not realize when they shift their loyalty to your competition.  If you ignore enough of them and fail to notice their departure, eventually they’ll all be gone.

Your customers and your bottom-line will thank you. The last thing you want to see is your customer out one night with your competitor.

Take these steps to be a better supplier/distributor:

  1. Take an inventory of your customers, look at loyalty over dollar amount
  2. Call at least three of them today, repeat tomorrow with three more
  3. No selling!
  4. Call your mother, she misses you!

The Daily Lip

Leesh’a•bul(s) blog is now “The Daily Lip”. After months of market research, demographics testing and tens of dollars spent, we decided that “The Daily Lip” was both relevant to our industry and products, as well as our daily commitment to bringing you information about promotional products sales and marketing….Okay, actually one of our salespeople came up with it. Enjoy!

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