What do you do?
Apr 24, 2020
About the author - Matt Fischer is the Co-Founder and CEO of Probitas Promotions - a Promotional Products distributorship in North Dakota. He will be entering his 16th year in the Industry.
A few weeks ago my friend Matt Wagner put out a wonderfully hilarious video describing the day in the life of someone who sells in the world of Swag. I have been in this industry since 2005 and still have close family members who really don't know "what I do".
This song - BY FAR - defines what we do as Swag Pros. Yes...it is funny...yes...it is a little cheesy...but I would like to pull out 8 lines from his "tribute" that really define what I do every day.
1) Do you need some stuff with your logo on it?
Literally...Stuff is all you can say to define the items. There are so many categories, brands, styles, colors....almost limitless. When you can't define the "what"...the only word you can use is stuff. OK....let me define stuff with few examples - Lanyards, Shirts, Decals, Pens, Tumbler, Tote Bag, Blanket, Candy, Power Banks, Charging Cables, Trucker Caps, Golf Balls, Hand Sanitizer, Mouse Pads, Calendars, Post It Note Pads and...there is no AND...it just keeps going!!
2) I believe I know a guy who knows a guy to get the job done.
I'm that guy! And I've been with many kinds of guys. I'm a T-shirt guy, a pen guy, a bag guy. Seriously...call me whatever guy you want....just call.
3) Don't worry...I can get you Anything
As mentioned in #1...a lot of stuff....literally anything! And yes...a lot of the time I say "yeah...I can get that" knowing full well that I do not know where I can get that. However...since we literally can get anything...I find it and get it.
Seriously I've helped create everything from a NHL Approved Replica of the Stanley Cup to masks to help curb the COVID-19 spread.
4) It needs to be new, unique and different.
I've got a little secret to let you in on (seriously...shhhh). There are like 250,000 "new" items that come out every year...however....about 225,000 of them are just a recycling of something that has been around forever. Seriously...I think there are like 100,000 new pens and coffee cups. However...that still leaves 25,000 products that are New / Hot / Trendy - we love these words... tell us about your favorite gadget / new item and we can probably find a way to put your logo on it.
5) My event is next week and my butts on the line.
Yes....you are correct. we are your TRUSTED Swag Partner and LOVE when we can help you WOW everyone.... I may have been described as the Superhero of Swag a time or two ;)
6) I will match your PMS color!
Do you know what a PMS Color is? Do you know or care what your PMS color is? Not everyone does but if you do - we are here for you! PMS Color matching is no sweat with our swag. PMS 347? UND! PMS 343? NDSU! PMS187? MSUM! PMS 222? CONCORDIA!
7) (Harmonica Music)
No...I don't really think there is any meaning behind the harmonica solo. I just wanted to give a shout out to Matt. He can really rock that little instrument!
8) I appreciate any referral business.
Our team at Probitas Promotions appreciates you. It is a pleasure to work with all of you and I consider this "job" to be the greatest one out there. We get to create together and I look forward to coming into work every day.
Jake and Josh (my 2 brothers)...if you have made it this far I thank you for taking the time to really grasp what I do for a living. For everyone else...Thank you for allowing me to share a little of my joy.
For those of you who have not seen the song...I will not keep you in suspense any longer...LINK.