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Posted by Kristina Hublar on May 28, 2019 7:06:00 AM

Estimated Read Time: 5 Minutes


There are forms of recognition that are classics.

We all know these recognition award classics – each have their own time and place best received.

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Tags: Sales tools for distributors, Benefits for the distributor

Honoring Our Heroes: The Annual SSG Alex Viola Memorial Car Show

Posted by Kristina Hublar on May 27, 2019 7:51:00 AM

Estimated Read Time: 4.5 Minutes


In honor of Memorial Day, we wanted to share a story with you that has touched all of us here at Bruce Fox.

SSG Alex Viola

Staff Sergeant Alex Viola was born in the suburbs of Long Island New York in 1984.

As part of a job transfer, his family moved to Texas in 1993; where, soon after, Alex was struck with an unknown virus that attacked his muscular system.

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The Recipe for Print On Demand Plaques for Company Stores

Posted by Kristina Hublar on May 21, 2019 1:04:00 PM

Estimated Read Time: 4.5 Minutes


The recipe for success can be a tricky one. Those creative recipes can be disastrous when not done right. We’ve all seen those “Nailed It” photos, right?

That’s why bringing in a professional is vital.

At Bruce Fox, we have experience creating seamless programs utilizing online company stores.

The most popular due to its fast turnaround time and ease of use?

Our print on demand plaques.

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Tags: Sales tools for distributors, Benefits for the distributor, Benefits for the end clients

How To Be Your Client’s Hero

Posted by Kristina Hublar on May 14, 2019 1:02:00 PM

Estimated Read Time: 9 Minutes


You don’t need super powers to help your clients. Although we all have those days when having super powers wouldn’t hurt.

However, despite us all wishing for telekinesis, teleportation, or time control, you don’t need any of those things to be a hero to your clients.

You just need these 5 skills – each will make you look awesome and leave your clients in admiration.

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Tags: Sales tools for distributors, Benefits for the distributor, Challenges faced by distributors

The Future of Promo

Posted by Kristina Hublar on May 7, 2019 9:23:00 AM

Estimated Read Time: 12 Minutes


As the industry propels forward, we have seen countless changes. 15, 50, and 80+ year anniversaries, companies growing and closing, and mergers and acquisitions are plentiful.

Yet, despite the changes that are now, this industry will only continue to keep moving. So, it is our duty to look beyond the questions of tariffs and the latest trends. Like all businesses and industries, you must take the time to look to the future – where is this industry going?

ASI has released a few articles with some promo leaders’ predictions which we will discuss first. Then we’ll throw our two cents into the hat. You can keep the change.

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Tags: Sales tools for distributors, Benefits for the distributor, Challenges faced by distributors

Traditional Recognition

Posted by Kristina Hublar on Apr 30, 2019 7:09:00 AM

Estimated Read Time: 4 Minutes


As a promotional products distributor, you are familiar with trophies, awards, and other forms of recognition.

You know that there are plenty of options, so it comes down to picking your supplier partner  - who you trust to deliver on product and service.

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Tags: Sales tools for distributors, Benefits for the distributor

Global and Local Promo Fulfillment

Posted by Kristina Hublar on Apr 23, 2019 12:09:00 PM

Estimated Read Time: 13 Minutes


At Bruce Fox, we have a wide variety of services that we provide, but one such service that has increasingly become more popular and utilized is our Fulfillment service.

A Summary of Our Fulfillment Services

Need the product to be 100% made in the USA? We can do it – right here in our New Albany, Indiana facility.

Need something shipped from overseas and stored here? We can do that, too.

Our Capabilities Include:

  • On-site, dedicated warehousing facilities which allows us to manage and maintain your inventory.
  • Utilize a stock and release method to take advantage of quantity pricing for custom products.
  • Most release requests, or “callouts,” are typically shipped within five business days; many in 48 hours or less.
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Tags: Sales tools for distributors, Benefits for the distributor, Challenges faced by distributors, Benefits for the end clients, Challenges faced by companies

Trend Alert: Performance-Based Recognition

Posted by Kristina Hublar on Apr 16, 2019 12:57:00 PM

Estimated Read Time: 9 Minutes


Did you know that Years of Service is the number one type of recognition organizations have in place?

Yet, employees are no longer staying at companies for 30 plus years. Gone are the days of our forefathers when employees would get one job and stay there for their entire careers.

Now, employees regularly change jobs due to poor management, better benefits, more pay, flexible hours, and other personal or career opportunities. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the average person holds 12 to 15 jobs in their lifetime and that number is only projected to grow.

And with the demand for qualified employees thriving, who can blame them?

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Tags: Sales tools for distributors, Challenges faced by distributors, Objections posed by distributors, Benefits for the end clients, Challenges faced by companies

Why Giving Recognition Is Necessary

Posted by Kristina Hublar on Apr 9, 2019 12:13:00 PM

Estimated Read Time: 11 Minutes


I stumbled upon this article recently – How to Identify When an Employee Is Becoming Uninterested – and it struck a chord with me.

What they discussed was all correct. An employee might become uninterested due to things like getting a new team member, dealing with a new manager, adjusting to new procedures, an employee leaving the company, or even a disagreement in the workplace.

However, there was an obvious missing piece that echoed in the silence.

Where was recognition in this?

Employees want to be recognized, but rarely are.

Especially since only 14% of organizations provide managers with the necessary tools for rewards and recognition.

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Tags: Sales tools for distributors, Challenges faced by distributors, Benefits for the end clients

14 (Mostly) Free Marketing Tools

Posted by Kristina Hublar on Apr 2, 2019 1:11:00 PM

Estimated Read Time: 11 Minutes


I’ve noticed an uptick in Promotional Products Professionals saying they want to start investing in their marketing. They want to start promoting themselves.

Which makes sense, right?

But outside of handing out a lot of promotional product samples, what else can you do to promote yourself?

There are plenty of elements to that the equation, but an ever-growing answer is digital marketing; which is where my expertise comes in. So, here are some tools I’ve picked up throughout the years and, as an extra bonus, most of these marketing tools are free or mostly free.

I should note that we made a marketing tools list a while ago, which people having been asking for more tools since then, so here’s my version of the requested follow-up.

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Tags: Sales tools for distributors, Challenges faced by distributors