Social Media is again running amuck and if I knew who was in charge, a curt letter would follow. As you might imagine, I have several salient points to argue. I think we can all agree you should stop posting pictures of food. I’ve mentioned before that I don’t care where you are and care even less about what you’re eating. That thing you say is a pork chop still looks like a map of West Virginia and as much as I love bacon, even I’m tired of seeing it pop up on 2 of every 3 memes I see posted. It just makes me hungry. We already know that meals without bacon are usually not worth eating so there’s no reason to post it on Facebook. Bacon has made us smart enough to cook it, not look at it. I’m giving careful consideration to culling my friends list because right this second I’m looking at what is called a black-eyed pea salad that looks to me like somebody just threw up in my back seat. And please, no more pictures of bean and corn dips because every time I see one, I’m reminded of what I stepped in as I walked through the park.
Social Media is also rife with animals. These days you can’t swing a dead cat without seeing an animal on the internet and we could tone this down as well. Stop dressing your dachshund up like a hot dog. We get it. Leave that to professionals like Willard Scott. Yesterday, a soon-to-be ex-friend posted a video of her dog arguing with a piece of broccoli. If you have a pet that is an idiot, why are you advertising the fact? After all, pets take after their owners. Now, I’m a pet lover and while my cats certainly aren’t sitting in a lab deconstructing DNA strands, they’re smart enough not to chase a laser dot around the room. In fact, if you’re waving a laser pointer around to tease your cat, you should probably stop and study for your GED. My cats don’t chase anything that doesn’t taste like salmon and my dogs don’t chase anything that doesn’t taste like, well…cat. And stop painting, dressing or dyeing your pets in your school colors. I guarantee that St. Bernard doesn’t even want to live in Alabama, much less root for the football team.
Ashamedly, I must admit my family and friends are guilty of the following and that is, posting embarrassing pictures of their kids on the internet. While I’m a big fan of embarrassing your kids as sometimes it’s your only defense, I don’t need to see another picture of a kid asleep in a car seat. That’s what we do when they won’t sleep. We dress them up, buckle them in and drive around until they’re asleep so why are you shocked that they fell asleep? Looking at a kid sleeping in a car seat is like watching a rock. See, kids are only funny when they’re moving. That’s why there are no 5-year olds doing stand-up comedy in Vegas. One caveat with regard to your kids…if you posted a picture of your 16-year old with her new driver’s license, thank you for the warning. I’ll get off the sidewalk. Another friend, who is quickly sliding into the acquaintance category, posted pictures of her 6-year old on a rock climbing wall. A kid glued to a rock wall like a spider only makes me want to call Social Services. By the way, if you’ve ever wondered why your kids are like they are, just remember, you don’t plant corn and harvest carrots.
It’s not really that different in business. IMC uses Social Media to showcase products, advertising and to give you ideas as to how best use any of our thousands of products. Most are suitable for any event and we have fresh products and ideas all the time. We know it’s sometimes hard to find new and exciting products so visit our website to see four new brands (Filter2Go, Stewart/Stand®, Ten Design & Trendex) and new items from our collections and brands from our 2013 Holiday Flyer. You can download the flyer or we’ll send you some, and you can see all the new items in thesection of our website. We don’t make bacon but we have great ideas that can help your clients celebrate milestones, anniversaries, shows or launches and will keep the celebration foremost in their minds. From crystal awards and designer pens for anniversaries, retirements, speaker or holiday gifting to pens and keychains for product launches, giveaways and thank-you gifts. And we know your clients test you with price, delivery and detailed logos so we know what we can do with our products and how you can use or market them. IMC knows our products are here to support your client’s event and we’ll be honest about what we can do in terms of pricing, decoration and shipping so you can make your customer happy. IMC has products to make you look and feel good and we continuously bring new brands and decorating options to the promotional product industry. These 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. IMC is a 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 transform your selection into a promotional product that will enhance your end-user’s event or ceremony. 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 35 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. These include world renowned designers like Kikkerland and the unique offerings from Finelife and Nina Ricci. We invite you to browse any of our 2,500+ 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…have you gone through your friends list lately?