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March 23rd, 2009 · Random Stuff

This is another filler post. I don’t have any new trade show wisdom to share this week, but if you need a trade show marketing fix you can read about trade show zombies, trade show giveaway pens, or green trade show displays. So for this week, it’s just filler, but at least it’s funny filler (at least I think so). I hope if I can’t make you laugh, at least I can get you to crack a teensy weensy smile. [Read more →]

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Remember When

March 16th, 2009 · Random Stuff

I was going to title this post, “A Lack of Appreciation“, but I decided that sounds too crotchety and negative, so I’ll go with “Remember When“. This post is really just a funny video, with a few introductory comments from yours truly. I’ve never heard of the comedian in this clip, and I’ve never watched the Conan O’Brian show, but the comedian is very funny and the video clip is well worth watching. [Read more →]

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Green Trade Show Displays

March 9th, 2009 · Trade Show Marketing

Back when Kermit the Frog first sang, “It isn’t easy being green,” he was probably right. The only green people back then were Kermit, the Incredible Hulk (I loved that TV show with Bill Bixby), and the Jolly Green Giant. Nope, back in the day, nobody and no company wanted to be green. But today that is different. Today is seems that everyone and every company is claiming to be “green.” I see this happening in the trade show display industry as well. What used to be just “trade show displays” are now “green trade show displays.” But are they really green? Or was Kermit correct when he said it isn’t easy to be green? What makes a trade show display a “green” trade show display? [Read more →]

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Respect Authority

March 2nd, 2009 · Random Stuff

DEA badgeI’ve got a new post about trade show marketing on the way, but it’s still stuck in my noggin. It has yet to make it out through my fingertips and into my computer. So if you need a trade show marketing fix, you’ll have to read about trade show giveaway pens or trade show zombies. If you’re OK with a minor rant and a bit of humor, continue reading this post. [Read more →]

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My Kids Are Smart… cockle shells

February 23rd, 2009 · The Joy of Fatherhood

I realized I haven’t written anything for my “Joy of Fatherhood” category for a while, so I am writing this post. My kids are smart. I know all parents claim their kids are smart, and it can get tiresome to listen too, but my kids are different. I think if you will bear with me and read this, you’ll have to agree. I’m also going to discuss cockle shells, and what they have to do with my kids being smart. [Read more →]

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Do Trade Show Giveaway Pens Work?

February 16th, 2009 · Trade Show Marketing

One of the most popular trade show giveaways is custom-imprinted pens. Pens are actually probably one of the most popular freebie giveaways in general. I’m going to guess that there are billions of custom-imprinted pens produced every year. Probably if you stacked all of the trade show giveaway pens and other custom-imprinted pens produced every year, I’d guess that end on end, they’d reach to the moon and back. You can find custom-imprinted pens at banks, restaurants, doctors offices, dentists offices, tax accountants offices, pizza parlors, and car washes. They are everywhere! With all the free pens floating around out there, I’m not sure why anyone would ever pay money and buy a pen. [Read more →]

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Watch This Video Or Else…

February 10th, 2009 · Random Stuff

Since I just wrote a post about trade show zombies, and not too long before that wrote about trade show booths, I figure I can have a little fun and write about a few things again that have nothing to do with trade shows or trade show marketing. With that in mind, I recently saw a completely, totally, amazingly, seriously, off-the-top, 11-on-a-scale-of-1-to-10 video called Bubblicious by someone that goes by the name Rex The Dog. Take my word for it, you’ve got to watch this video. [Read more →]

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Trade Show Zombies

February 3rd, 2009 · Trade Show Marketing

Although I enjoy writing about my famous wife and winter snow, because I call myself the trade show guru, I think that I ought to, at least occasionally, write about trade show stuff, like trade show booths and trade show display design mistakes. However, because I tend to not take myself or this blog too seriously, I figure I can write about trade show zombies as well. So what are trade show zombies you ask? Well, they’re a bit like regular zombies (I’ll discuss real zombies and necrosledges at the end of this post). And, as should be obvious, you find trade show zombies at, of all places, trade shows. [Read more →]

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It Snows in the Winter

January 27th, 2009 · Random Stuff

downhill racerIt snows in the winter. “Duh”, you say? Well, for some of us living on the coast in Southern California, we tend to forget there are four seasons. It’s really not that hard to forget that there is something called “winter”, especially when one has a tomato plant in the backyard that never got pulled out last fall and now has a dozen green tomatoes on it. Fortunately, thanks to the internet and blogging, our friends in colder climates can remind us that it snows in the winter. [Read more →]

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My Wife is Famous

January 20th, 2009 · Random Stuff

Just like when you’re designing trade show booths and it’s critical to pick a clear and compelling tag line, when you’re writing a blog post, it’s equally important to pick a clear and compelling post title, preferably with your targeted keywords in it, and with a twist or teaser that will make a reader or searcher want to click through. Well, based on that, I’m not sure I picked a good title for this post (maybe I should stick to just writing about trade show booths). My options for the title were, “My Wife is Lucky”, “We Won”, “Some People have all the Luck,” “We’re (not) Going to Disneyland”, “Why Do I Always Pick the Wrong Line”, and “My Wife is Famous.” [Read more →]

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