Sarah Merrill named Industry ‘Rising Star’ by PPB Magazine

 

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Twelve up-and-coming industry pros were selected from more than 40 nominees as this year’s PPB Rising Stars. The annual recognition program seeks out and spotlights the industry’s budding leaders based on their accomplishments, leadership potential and involvement in their industry and community.

PPB started the program in 2010 and since that time it has become one of the most sought-after recognitions in the industry.

Sarah Merrill, Mercury Promotions and Fulfillment and MiPPA Board Secretary was chosen to receive the 2016 honor. Sarah will be recognized at the PPAI North American Leadership Conference in San Francisco on August 14 and in the September issue of PPB Magazine.

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Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces 2015

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Detroit Free Press has recognized 135 Companies and Organizations in Michigan as Top Workplaces 2015. These companies have been recognized as Top Workplaces based solely on surveys about the workplace completed by their employees.

Mercury Promotions and Fulfillment was honored as one of the Top Workplaces in the small business category. Feedback from Mercury employees included:

 “I feel as though I am a part of the decision-making process.”

“It makes me want to do my best!”

“It’s a great company that stands by their word.”

Mercury is a unique Marketing Services Company dedicated to enhancing & extending the brand experience. We work as a brand partner to help our large & small clients create brand experiences through Branded Merchandise & Premiums, Fulfillment & Warehouse Services, Digital Storefront Solutions, Sweepstakes, Contests & Game Promotions, Loyalty, Incentive & Recognition Management and Trade Promotion Management.

In The New

IN THE NEW
After years in the industry, I still look forward to seeing suppliers take risks. I was very impressed with my favorite suppliers and the exciting new products they introduced at this year’s PPAI Expo in Las Vegas.

TRENDS TO WATCH
Inspirational patterns and geometric designs offer new and fun ways to brand the classics. New imprint methods put a spin on brand essentials. Advances in mobile technology items. Retail brands and retail lookalikes everywhere.

Here’s your first look at everything newsworthy in the world of branded merchandise.


 

THE NEW TECH

GIGA CHARGER WITH POWER CHECK 
PRICE AS LOW AS $24.98

LOVE THE LED DIGITAL POWER INDICATOR THAT SHOWS EXACTLY HOW MUCH CHARGE REMAINS WITHIN THE POWER BANK.


WIRELESS WATER RESISTANT SPEAKER 
PRICE AS LOW AS $22.00

MUSHROOM USB COMPACT CAR CHARGER 2.4 
PRICE AS LOW AS $6.99
THE NEW SHADES

MIRRORED SUNGLASSES
PRICE AS LOW AS $2.25

BOTTLE OPENER SUNGLASSES
PRICE AS LOW AS $2.50
THE NEW OFFICE
DESK SET
PRICE AS LOW AS $15.00

 UP YOUR STANDARD WITH THIS FUN DESK SET. BRAND THE COMPLETE SET OR BRAND ONE OF THE ITEMS.  SET INCLUDES TAPE DISPENSER, TRAY, STAPLER & PEN CUP. ITEMS ARE ALSO SOLD INDIVIDUALLY.


NEON EDGE NOTEBOOK
PRICE AS LOW AS $2.99

WOODGRAIN COVER JOURNAL
PRICE AS LOW AS $4.95
BUILD YOUR OWN BALLPOINT STYLUS PEN
PRICE AS LOW AS $3.50

WITH OVER 1700 DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS POSSIBILITIES, YOU CAN BE AS CREATIVE AS YOU WOULD LIKE. FIRST, CHOOSE YOUR GRIP COLOR, THEN CHOOSE YOUR DOT COLOR, THEN YOUR CAP COLOR. LASTLY, APPLY A CUSTOM LOGO TO YOUR PEN. NOW, ADMIRE YOUR MASTERPIECE!

THE NEW DRINK
GLASS MASON JAR WITH COLOR LID
PRICE AS LOW AS $5.19

25 OZ. SINGLE WALL GLASS SQUARED MASON JAR WITH COLOR LID & SOFT STRAW.

VORTEX STAINLESS
PRICE AS LOW AS $10.99

16 OZ DOUBLE WALL COPPER LINED VACUUM INSULATED PILSNER.


11 OZ SQUARE MUG
PRICE AS LOW AS $3.25

CERAMIC MUG W/ SILICONE HANDLE
PRICE AS LOW AS $7.50
LITTLE BUDDY
PRICE AS LOW AS $1.53

 ADD A POCKET TO YOUR KOLDER KADDY! CHOOSE FROM 31 NEOPRENE COLORS, STOCK PATTERNS, OR SEND US YOUR OWN!

THE NEW FUN
WHIZZIE™ SPOTTERTIE™
PRICE AS LOW AS $0.39

GET CREATIVE WITH THE SILICONE WHIZZIE™ SPOTTERTIE™. THEY ARE GREAT FOR ORGANIZING CABLES, CORDS & WIRES OR EVEN KEYS. USE THEM AS WINE GLASS MARKERS OR LUGGAGE SPOTTER TAGS. CHOOSE FROM MINI & MAX SIZES IN DIFFERENT SHAPES. CLEVER AND PRACTICAL!

MOOD GRIP PEN
PRICE AS LOW AS $0.85

PLASTIC MOOD GRIP CHANGES COLOR WITH THE HEAT OF YOUR HAND.

FOOSBALL DESKTOP GAME
PRICE AS LOW AS $14.98

NO GAME ROOM? NO PROBLEM! THE LIGHTWEIGHT FOOSBALL DESKTOP GAME ALSO KNOWN AS TABLE SOCCER ALLOWS YOU TO MOVE THIS POPULAR GAME FROM ROOM TO ROOM AT HOME OR PLAY WHILE SITTING IN YOUR OFFICE.

THE NEW TOTE
RUME XPOSE CROSS BODY TOTE
PRICE AS LOW AS $3.00

MACHINE WASHABLE, WATER RESISTANT & HOLDS 50 LBS. UNLIKE OTHER TRADESHOW BAGS, XPOSE HAS LIFE AFTER THE EVENT AS IT BECOMES A MACHINE WASHABLE TRAVEL LAUNDRY BAG, GIVING 10X THE NUMBER OF IMPRESSIONS FOR THE SAME BUDGET. TRANSLUCENT WHITE RIP-STOP POLYESTER PROVIDES BRILLIANT CANVAS FOR FULL-COLOR DYE-SUBLIMATED BRANDING.

HORIZONS LAMINATED SHOPPER
PRICE AS LOW AS $2.68
THE NEW IMPRINT METHOD
FULL-COVERAGE DEBOSSED IMPRINT OPTION

DON’T LIMIT YOUR IMAGE TO A SMALL BRANDING AREA. WITH THE NEW FULL-COVERAGE DEBOSSED OPTION YOU CAN USE THE ENTIRE COVER TO GET YOUR MESSAGE ACROSS. CREATE YOUR OWN DESIGN OR PICK FROM ONE OF THE MANY PRE-DESIGNED TEMPLATES.AVAILABLE ON SEVERAL OF MY FAVORITE SPECTOR JOURNALS!


 

TIP # 53

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It’s the people, stupid.
Clients will always say it was the “thinking” or the “cost” or the “creative” that determined the choice of who gets the order because they feel like they need to make their selection based on “professional” measures. The reality is that they decide based on the people….

“I like them and trust them to do the job.” That’s why you always need to be the best to your current clients and future prospects. No exceptions. Sell new ideas to your clients. Share intelligence with your prospects. Let’s remember the most important way to a clients or prospects heart is to share things that will make their work lives easier or make them look better at their job. The more you learn about what keeps them up at night, the more you will be spot on with what you deliver to help them.

~ Jon Sloan


 

TIP # 52

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Relationships focus on getting to know your customer and giving them reasons to stay engaged… not just getting them to react.

Relationships are like muscle tissue, the more you engage them, the stronger and more valuable they become.

A Brand is what a business does, a Reputation is what people Remember.

Make this part your brand DNA… tell your story in a way people will care.

PATIENCE is the KEY to Social success. Patience is required to build Trust and Loyalty. ROR takes time.

Trust, Connection, and Surprise… these are scarce, but the golden triangle to success in today Social Media world.

Social media has revolutionized the way people produce content, consume content and connect with each other.

Clients trust recommendations from people they know more than any other form of media, and bloggers are one on the most influential sources for that information because they tend to be very honest and sincere.

Bloggers talk about both negative and positive aspects of a brand, and in doing so become a trusted source of information

~ Jon Sloan


 

TIP # 51

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Never take “no” for an answer.  When they lose, most companies want to see the client rot in hell, because after all, they were “rejected”.  But rise to the occasion and realize that the “marriage” with the company they selected may not work out.  Many don’t.  Wish the client good luck (even if you don’t really mean it) and find ways to stay in touch.  Your best prospect may be the one you didn’t win the first time.

~ Jon Sloan


 

TIP # 50

Don’t wait for the fat lady to sing.  Sometimes the client will meet and make a decision immediately after the last presentation.  Most don’t.  That gives you time (and time is a weapon  to react to issues that came up, time to add a new idea that maybe should have been considered, time to get influencers into action”.  Don’t be afraid to shoot for a basket from the other side of the court in the last second especially if you had “vibes” that you aren’t the “favorite”.

~ Jon Sloan


 

TIP # 48

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Speak “Interrogatory”
Smart questions have more impact than smart answers. Giving fast answers, even smart and correct ones, can make you look like you’re understanding and make the client feel inferior and uncomfortable. Asking insightful questions makes you look intelligent and them feel respected. Plus, it tends to create dialogue that makes the presentation into a much more exciting experience for them. Remember to listen to our clients and each other. God gave us two ears and one mouth so we would listen twice as much as we talk.

~ Jon Sloan