In this weekly podcast - available in both audio and video formats - industry thought leaders Kirby Hasseman and Bill Petrie share their unfiltered thoughts on the world of promotional products, sales, marketing, and branding with a heavy dose of reality and humor. Tune in every Friday at 7:00 AM Central!

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It’s the last Friday of September which means it’s time for episode 117 of the Promo UPFront Podcast with Kirby Hasseman and Bill Petrie! This week the platoon leaders of the podcast talk about Apple Music taking over sponsorship of the halftime show at “The Big Game,” A huge brand fail from Central Michigan University, the viability of podcasting as a content marketing vehicle, the impact of sleep deprivation on high school kids and what one state is doing about it, weekly football picks for PPEF, and so much more!

 

Huge thanks to our friends at PXP Solutions who are poised and ready to help you reduce your stress by working with you to plan for apparel gift giving this season. Contact PXP President Bruce Jolesch at 214.380.1883 or bruce@pxpsolutions.com.

It’s a Triple F Day (First Friday of Autumn) which means it’s time to drop episode 116 of the Promo UPFront Podcast with Kirby Hasseman and Bill Petrie! This week the admirals of awards share an inspired promo project and why it’s good to take the time to be creative, congratulate the 2023 PPAI Icon Award winners, discuss how to plan for event attendance and avoiding FOMO, chat about some interesting promo collaborations, reveal their weekly football picks for PPEF with a guest picker in Josh Robbins from Vault, and so much more!

 

Let’s give a big thanks to our friends at Shepenco for sponsoring this award-winning broadcast. When you’re looking for creative, cost-effective, and memorable merchandise for your clients, visit Shepenco.com.

It’s Friday which means it’s time for episode 115 of the Promo UPFront Podcast with Kirby Hasseman and Bill Petrie! This week the commanders of the keyboard discuss why the recycled Fast Company article about promo makes little sense, share ways they both relieve stress during the work day, applaud the Brand Together event from Brand Chain for fostering collaboration over competition, make their weekly football picks for PPEF (and share how you can get involved), and much more!

 

Platinum-level content like this wouldn’t be possible without the support of great companies like Evans. Distributors, if you’re looking to make your lives easier, look no further than our friends at Evans. Check them out at evans-mfg.com!

It’s Friday and definitely time for episode 114 of the Promo UPFront Podcast with Kirby Hasseman and Bill Petrie. This week the captains of condiments talk about the idea and execution of the Heinz “Vintage Drip” apparel campaign, discuss how Apple has reversed course and will now sell online advertising, dive deep into creating a next generation customer experience and how that could look, share their picks for week 2 of their football pick ‘em competition, and much more!

 

HUGE thanks to our friends at Blue Generation for sponsoring this autumn-inspired podcast. When you’re looking for amazing autumn apparel like fully custom sublimated hoodies, micro fleece outerwear, and fashion-forward UNTUCKED shirts, look no further than Blue Generation!

It’s Friday which means it’s time to drop episode 113 of the Promo UPFront Podcast with Kirby Hasseman and Bill Petrie! This week the Lieutenants of Lemonade talk about employment volatility in social media companies and what it means, the State and Regional Sales Report from ASI, whether it’s truly a goal if accomplishing it requires outside help, the ingenious Chipotle Water Cup candle and lessons marketers can learn from it, share a contest between the two where the loser will donate $100.00 to PPEF, and so much more!

 

HUGE thanks to our friends at PXP Solutions for sponsoring this holiday podcast. When you’re looking for a decorator that you can trust and will go the extra mile, give PXP Solutions a call at 214.380.1883 – you won’t be sorry you did!

It’s (already) the last Friday of August which means it’s time to drop episode 112 of the Promo UPFront Podcast with Kirby Hasseman and Bill Petrie. This week the purveyors of poutine talk about the new PPAI Board slate and something they both feel is missing, the exhaustion over the continual outrage over everything, the candidate for the best promotional product ever – and a fun little game to go along with it, share a couple of teases for the next episode, and so much more!

 

Platinum level content like this wouldn’t be possible without the support from amazing companies like Hirsch Gift. Whether it’s retail brands, an impactful give-back program, or just the knowledge of working with an amazing group of people who truly care about your success, Hirsch Gift has got you covered. Check out all their amazing merchandise at hg-promo.com.

It’s Friday morning which means it’s time for episode 111 of the Promo UPFront Podcast with Kirby Hasseman and Bill Petrie! This week the Field Marshalls of the FTC talk about the surprising closing of Tri-Mountain, whether influencer marketing is a fad or here to stay, when and how small suppliers should consider hiring multi-line reps, discuss a possible solution for where the value is when it comes to promotional products (manufacturing vs. design/decoration), and so much more!

 

A HUGE thanks to our friends over at Shepenco for sponsoring this platinum-level podcast. As a 4th generation owned and operated business that STILL sells exclusively to promotional products distributors, they truly care about the success of every client. Visit them at Shepenco.com.

It’s Friday morning which means you know it’s time to drop episode 110 of the most popular podcast in the promotional products industry: Promo UPFront with Kirby Hasseman and Bill Petrie. This week the purveyors of promo discuss the ASI Counselor Awards with a focus on a specific category, where and how they consume news, how to apply lessons from the sharing economy to strengthen business relationships, how PPAI is changing the game by including end users, and so much more.

 

Huge thanks to our magical friends at Evans who are dedicated to granting the wishes of distributors. Head over to evans-mfg.com to learn more or email their customer service genies at info@evans-mfg.com to see how they can grant YOUR distributor wish!

It’s the first Friday in August and time for episode 109 of the Promo UPFront Podcast with Kirby Hasseman and Bill Petrie. This week the platoon leaders of promo discuss how CEO’s are cracking down on swag, applaud HALO for being inclusive in hiring key senior executives – and how DEI has a branding problem, hand out some tips on time management, discuss the change at PPAI with Bob McLean leaving and the promotion of Alan Peterson, and much more!

 

A HUGE thanks to Blue Generation for sponsoring this fine broadcast. When you’re looking for fashion-forward apparel that combines style, comfort, quality, and cost-effectiveness, look no further than Blue Generation. To see their UNTUCKed collection – and all their amazing styles – visit them at bluegeneration.com.

You know it’s Friday when Kirby Hasseman and Bill Petrie drop ep. 108 of the Promo UPFront Podcast! This week the mavens of marketing talk about the continued movement of associations hiring promotional professionals into key roles (we’re looking at you, John Cudahy), muse on whether product placement in content works, debate the merits of receiving texts from advertisers, applaud the Coors Light/Patrick Mahomes workaround to sell beer, and discuss the best ways they have embarrassed their children.

 

Platinum level content like this wouldn’t be possible without the good people at PXP Solutions. If you have a large order that requires many different colors, look no further than PXP Solutions and their digital squeegee. Learn more at pxpsolutions.com!

When it’s Friday during the dog days of summer there’s only one way to keep it cool: drop episode 107 of the Promo UPFront Podcast with Kirby Hasseman and Bill Petrie. This week the captains of clickbait talk about how to share bad news with clients, Lindsey Davis and new her role at PPAI, the relative merits of clickbait as a marketing tool, what it means for advertisers now that Budweiser is no longer the exclusive alcohol sponsor of the Super Bowl, and so much more!

 

A HUGE thanks to our friends at Shepenco for sponsoring this fine broadcast! When it comes a supplier that cares about YOUR success, you’d be hard pressed to do better than Shepenco. If that weren’t good enough (and it is), when you put the code “SHEPENCO22” on your next order and Shepenco will hook you up 10% free goods or free GROUND shipping!

It’s Friday which means it’s time to drop episode 106 of the Promo UPFront Podcast with Kirby Hasseman and Bill Petrie. This week the dynamic duo of drinkware talks about the very bold (and NSFW) marketing strategy of the “new” Radio Shack, whether the paywall model for content works, the changes at brandivate and what the future looks like for the organization, the value of Moonpie sunscreen and other unexpected collaborations, and much more!

 

HUGE thanks to Evans for sponsoring this platinum-level podcast. At Evans, they have created an entire ecosystem to make the lives of their distributor partners easier. Learn more at evans-mfg.com!

It’s the Friday of a short holiday week and there’s no better way to usher in the weekend than dropping episode 105 of the Promo UPFront Podcast with Kirby Hasseman and Bill Petrie! This week the promo pair remember Brian Jolin who passed away from colon cancer on Wednesday, talk about Mastercard dropping an album featuring up and coming music acts, give tactical advice on how to help your clients steer their brand though inflation, shame Burger King for their “gift” to an employee who hadn’t missed a day in 27 years, marvel at the partnership of Red Cross, Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, and amazing merch to drive blood donations, and so much more!

 

Today we give a huge thanks to our friends at Blue Generation for sponsoring this fine broadcast. When you’re looking for colorful apparel that truly pops, look no further than Blue Generation.

The correct way to kick off a long weekend is to drop episode 104 of the Promo UPFront Podcast with Kirby Hasseman and Bill Petrie. This week the Field Marshall’s of Fireworks talk about the launch of Better Business University, chat about the amazing influencer kit from SAAGNY and Promotions East, dive into the launch of Promocations, ponder the efficacy of KFC’s “finger sporks,” and so much more!

 

Patriotic content like this wouldn’t be free without support of great companies like PXP Solutions. From screen printing to embroidery to scented ink to digital squeegee, PXP Solutions will work with you to decorate apparel that will get your client noticed.

It’s the first Friday of summer and there’s no better way to beat the heat than by listening to episode 103 of the Promo UPFront Podcast with Kirby Hasseman and Bill Petrie! This week the Sultans of Summer talk about Kraft rebranding their iconic Macaroni and Cheese, discuss Biff Tannen (actor Tom Wilson) selling a VHS copy of “Back to the Future” for $75,000, review the worst return to office strategy out there (and Bill admits he was wrong about something), chat about a large University located in Columbus, Ohio trademarking the word, “the,” laugh at the ridiculousness of French’s Ketchup popsicle, and so much more!

 

HUGE thanks to our friends at Evans for sponsoring this fine broadcast. Due in large part to giving distributors their time back, Evans has been nominated for a Supplier Star award – vote for them by visiting ppai.org/supplierstar.

It’s time to drop episode 102 of the Promo UPFront Podcast with Kirby Hasseman and Bill Petrie. This week the captains of the coastline talk about the rebranding of former McDonald’s restaurants in Russia, preach the power of promotional products on vacation, define the difference between marketing and promotion (they are not the same), debate the merits of the 4-day work week, muse about Velveeta-scented nail polish…and share other collaborations they never want to see, and so much more!

 

Platinum-level content like this wouldn’t be possible without the support of our friends at Shepenco. They truly have a writing instrument for every occasion. Even more, use the code “Shepenco22” on your next order for free goods. You can email Alex Moltz at alex@shepenco.com for details and even some random samples!

It’s time to start a new century with episode 101 of the Promo UPFront Podcast with Kirby Hasseman and Bill Petrie! This week the fans of the freshwater lobster talk about Tito’s vodka offering grants for small businesses, applaud MiPPA for their intentional DEI work, discuss focusing on mission and vision statements when doing a brand refresh (great work Gold Bond), muse on increased marketing budgets while consumer confidence wanes – and how it presents opportunities in promo, debate whether they have found the dumbest promo product ever in the Hoagie Holder, and so much more!

 

HUGE thanks to our friends at Hirsch Gift for sponsoring this fine broadcast! Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn to see how you can win a Raycon Power Speaker Ultra! To get a second chance to win, simply share this podcast (June 10, 2022 only) on your social feeds with the hashtag #RockinWithRaycon!