Saturday, August 30, 2008
With all of the "firsts" going on this within this Presidential cycle, I felt compelled to to bring this video to your attention.
Kaboodle Gifts Owner Runs For Office
In the meantime make Kaboodle Gifts your online stop for your personalized products!
Have a safe and fun Holiday weekend!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Our discount has been more successfull than we anticipated and therefore we will keep offering this discount at our website only.
Although this is a great offer it will not last so take advantage of this offer soon because it will dissapear without notice. So use this code; kg10 to get your discount when you checkout.
We would like to take this time to wish everyone a safe and pleasant holiday weekend.
Monday, August 18, 2008
March 6-9 TransWorld's International Halloween, Costume & Party Show. This show is in Las Vegas, NV at the Sands Expo & Convention Center.
March 11-13 Amusement Showcase International. This show will be held in Las Vegas, NV. at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
September 9-11 AMOA International Expo. This show will be held in Las Vegas, NV at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
If there is a trade show category that you are looking for that you can't find or I haven't listed get in touch with me and I'll see if I have it in my lists.
I know that this is short and sweet this week, due to my schedule this week this will more than likely be the only post.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Ahhhhh you remember don't you. Do you know what E.T.'s favorite candy was? Reese's Pieces®, that's correct. This wonderful M&M like peanut butter filled hard candy was created in 1978. After it was seen in the movie E.T. The Extra Terrestrial sales took off in a huge way. Here is the time line for Reese's Pieces.
This is what product placement can do for a product. It's the subtle way of a business advertising its product without making you feel you have say through a commercial.
Another example of product placement is The Apprentice. This show as we all know that watched it featured "The Donald". Several individuals competed for a position in the Trump Organization. One had to be voted off, fired if you will each week until the final two people remained that did the best over the run of the episodes. One was picked to head a project for Donald Trump. Did anyone notice the clock that was shown in the board room in a few episodes? This clock as well as others that were shown on the few episodes were made by a company in Zeeland, Michigan called Howard Miller Clock Company®. The largest floor clock manufacture in the world.
Product placement can launch a product into the galaxy as it did for Hersey's® Reese's Pieces in the 80's. The next time you see a Coke® can in a movie or television show think of how many millions of people just saw that with you. That's the power of product placement.
Monday, August 11, 2008
No matter what niche or type of item that you sell , more than likely there are trade shows that have several vendors that represent your type of item that you sell. For instance there are trade shows for crafts, automotive parts and supplies, apparel,footware,computers,furniture,furnishings, and housewares just to name a few.
Owning your own business has its advantages. Trade shows are where buyers go to see what is hot and selling in any particular segment of the industry that they represent. Now that I have answered the first question of this article , what is a trade show? Let's move on to the next part of the title question, how can I attend a trade show?
Attending a trade show starts with first finding them. There are several shows in different states running all the time. One way to find them might be dong a search on Google for your specific niche category.
Here is a Google search for Food Service Trade Shows. Although I searched for a specific category the search is all over the place and may not give you what you are looking for. That brings me to the next way that you can find trade shows; Trade Publications.
Doing a search for trade publications in Google turns up several hits for different trades. One in particular that I like is this one. Trade Pub has several good magazines that they will mail you for free. I had to complete a qualification page to get my magazine. If you meet their target market it took about 3-4 weeks to get on their system and receive my catalog.
The last way to find trade shows is keep following this blog. I have in front of me the 2009 trade show calendar so you can plan for your next years business. You are planning for next year ?
Before I post a few trade show names and links I want to add a personal note. I know how hard it is to find good sources of information when it comes to sourcing products. In the few years that I have been sourcing products for Kaboodle Gifts ,I have come across internet sources that want your money before they will show you the goods. I have paid for one source that I continue to use today. My whole point of this blog post is to help those that are like me, Hungry! That being said here are a few sources for trade shows:
March 22-24 Smoky Mountain Spring Gift Show- Gatlinburg TN- Gatlinburg Convention Center
This show is geared to the souviner and gift industry.
June 2-4 Licensing International Expo - Las Vegas, NV- Mandalay Bay Resort
Want to license that favorite character, team logo, original artwork?
January 7 The Heratige Cash & Carry Wholesale Market- Gettysburg, PA.
Traditional new ideas for the home and garden.
So here is just a few samples of trade shows. What you will need to do is provide the contact person for each show and give them your business information. Usually this means that you need to fax, pdf, or snail mail your business card and sales tax license. Each show is different and may or may not require more or less information. Then you should receive a buyers packet of information in the mail containing items like a layout of the convention center and vendors. Be preparied to write your purchace orders because the vendors will be prepaired to sell you their merchandise.
One last item. A cash and carry trade show is just that. You bring your cash and carry your product out with you. This type of trade show is geares more to the small business owner that doesn't write purchase orders.
I hope that this has helped you in your search for product sourcing. I'll be posting more trade show events in the future so be sure to bookmark this blog. Feel free to leave a link back to your blog when you comment I have removed the rel="nofollow" tags in this blog so that the posts will get indexed better in the search engines.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
We have no become part of the "Do Follow" movement and look foward to seeing more comments about this subject as well as many others.
In the article that I have linked to there is instructions on how to edit several popular blog templates. The instructions for the Blogger template suggests that you use ctrl +F to find all the instances of " no follow". When you use this method use a single quote mark vs. a double quote mark. This will save you lots of time in your edit process. Below is the sample that the article give and the correct sample to use in your search within your blogger template.
As the article suggest : rel="nofollow"
Blogger template : rel='nofollow'
Monday, August 4, 2008
Tonight as I was doing some searches in Google I came across another blog that had linked to us. Curiosity got the best of me so I'd thought that I would check it out. When I clicked on the link to this blog I got a screen telling me that this particular blog had been deleted. Low and behold there was a Contact Us help page to reactivate the blog.
What I did was used this link then I followed the links that were provided. I had to sign into blogger and verify my old blog address, my first and last name that I registered my blog with, and my email address that I used for that blog. In my case the email is not functional anymore. So what I did then was in every text box that I could type information into I said send old blog to new email address and gave my new email address.
I don't know if this will work but I thought , hey, it's worth a shot. So I thought that I would share this information with everyone that might come across this post that is trying to get an old blog back. I'll post back if I hear anything from this with the results if any.
Our Personalized Pokersets
Our Personalized Pub Signs
Our Personalized Picture Frames
Our Personalized Monogram Cufflinks
Our Personalized Cigar Humidors
Our Personalized Steins
Hope this helps those of you that have been looking as hard as I have.