While my usual circle of co-workers, acquaintances and reprobates often (usually) give me more than enough fodder with which to populate this blog, today I’m only talking about me and I do so to make clear that without regard for my talents and accomplishments, I generally walk among you and am subject to the same foibles as everyman. And it’s been an interesting week. Monday night we went out for sushi and I cut my lip with the pointy end of an edamame bean because I forgot the basic tenet of eating. You’re supposed to open mouth…then insert food…but I can’t remember if my timing was off or I forgot the order. And earlier this week I broke a blood vessel in my eye and no matter how often or how many people ask, I have no idea how I did it. I can’t feel it but my left eye looks like I was beating up Mike Tyson and he got in a lucky punch. Or, since I have green eyes, the one that is now ½ green and ½ red looks like a traffic light that can’t make up its mind. Then, a couple of days ago I awakened, performed my morning ritual of washing my face, brushing what teeth I have, wandering through a mist of Paco Rabanne, dressing for the office, watering the dogs, feeding the cats, kissing the wife, etc. Now, because I rise and work early so as to not come into contact with people, all these activities were performed in the dark so I was only mildly shocked when I got to the office and noticed that each of my feet was sporting a different colored shoe. So, many of you might assume, perhaps accurately, that it was a senior moment and while this may be possible, even probable, I would like to put forth some sort of a defense. In deference to the lovely lady that has slept on the other side of the bed for more years than either of us would like to tell, I generally dress in the dark so as to not disturb her or any of the 4 cats and dogs that think they sleep on the bed also. And unlike some of my friends, while I can still bend over, I don’t have any shoes that require such an action. They all just slip on. Also, my feet are original equipment and I’ve had them for some time now so all my shoes feel the same to them and since I know where everything is, I really have no reason to look down. It’s not like I have to follow a trail of bread crumbs leading to the garage. My feet know where they’re going. When I leave the dark house and enter the dark car, I depend on my unusually smart feet to know where the gas and brake pedals are, so the first time I noticed that black and brown didn’t quite match was when I opened my office building and turned on the lights. Now, I’m quite comfortable working in my socks but occasionally I have to talk or meet with someone even if I hate doing it but thankfully, I had a pair of white golf shoes in my trunk, so I made it through the day. Although with my bloody eye, cut lip and white shoes, I looked like a Good Humor man who had been beaten up by an irate gang of second graders because I ran out of fudge pops.
It’s not really that different in business. Sometimes, because of your price point or logo or delivery, you have to compromise. For that reason IMC has thousands of products to make you look and feel good. We know our products and what we can do with them and how you can use or market them. We also know our products are here to support your event and we’ll be honest about what we can do in terms of pricing, decoration and shipping so you won’t have to worry about your deal being mismatched. These are some of the reasons that IMC campaigns to continuously bring new brands and decorating options to the promotional product industry. The brands and options are developed with an eye toward the latest trends so we can continue to offer a wide realm of choices and options in both traditional and unusual promotional product categories. And we deal with some great distributors who have seen our finished product and are sharp enough to bring these new and exciting products to their clients. So we are always happy to offer ideas, suggestions and case histories to help you present the items to your client. IMC is the recognized leader in the introduction of new retail brands to the promotional product industry and has multiple design awards from both ASI and PPAI. Our in-house family of decorators will turn your selection into a winner that will enhance your end-user’s event or ceremony. And IMC will take your order, deliver it on time, and on budget. We treat every order with a practiced professionalism so the things that happen will be what you expect from an award-winning supplier. As well as continuously expanding the available product in our 6 Collections, IMC continues our industry-leading practice of bringing new retail brands to the promotional products industry. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 30 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. These include world renowned designers like Nina Ricci and the unique offerings from Umbra and Finelife. And take a look at our newest retail brand Filter2Go because it’s great for summer promotions. We invite you to browse any of our 2,450+ products on the NEW IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. We have promotional products for every event, show, convention, corporate store and company program that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas. What do you think? Let us know with a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter. IMC wants to know…how did your week shape up?