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  • Craig Fry posted an update 1 month ago ·

    #PINspiration!!!This is what they said….“Aren’t pins feminine”“Pins don’t fit our clientele”I have my work cutout for me to educate the world.Custom pins tell a story, your story.90% of all lapel pins are not even worn on clothing.Check out the hat and the variety of custom pins!!What would your business pin look like?What image would it contain?How could it be used?What story would it tell?Remember the clerk in the grocery store and their pins. You wanted to know about each one – didn’t you.That is the power of the pin.

  • Craig Fry posted an update 1 month ago ·

    A business associate is coming to town and you agree to meet him at 7pm at a restaurant.You arrive and wait. He never shows.The next day in conversation the associate indicates he got tired and decided not to come. You agree to meet that night at the same restaurant.You arrive and wait. He never shows.You call the associate and he says oh sorry, I met up with someone else so I couldn’t make it. You agree to meet tomorrow.You arrive and wait, and once again no show.How do you respond at this point?I’m sure we all respond with irritation and lose trust in the person. We probably think, I would never do that.Then why do we treat ourselves the same way. Sometimes we promise ourselves we will do this or that and fail over and over to do it.Over time we lose confidence in ourselves much like losing confidence in the business associate,Things happen, but as we practice keeping commitments with ourselves our confidence grows, and good things happen.Something to ponder as we grow our businesses.

  • Pins pins and more pins. Sometimes it is hard to visualize how pins can be used, or even who uses pins or how many pins are actually made in the world.

    Well, everyone uses pins and hopefully this video helps you visualize this.


      • Wow thanks for sharing this. I learned so much. Would someone rather do business with a company that believes in transparency? I think so!

    • A Lapel Pin: Memory Trigger

      A lapel pin can’t speak or even make a noise; but it can tell quite a story. Best of all, it’s your story, your experience, your emotion.

      How did I discover this?

      Well, I knew it all along, but it became more real as I started using LinkedIn.
      The idea of a daily LinkedIn lapel pin post surfaced in my mind.

      PinProsPlus makes thousands of different unique pins every year, so why not post a picture of a different lapel pin every day. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then showcasing images of pins should speak volumes about what we do. More importantly, it allowed me to be different, stand out, and promote pins in a non-pushy salesman sort of way.

      So, each day I looked through my pictures of sample lapel pins and always settled on one that made me think of a story, a thought, or an idea. In other words, the pin resonated with me. I would then post the picture and tell the story. And people responded.

      How did people respond?

      They didn’t respond in the way I thought. They responded with emotion and unique stories of their own, which of course were triggered based on the picture of the pin.
      I realized more so than ever that pins tell good stories or conjure up emotions in people, and that was a powerful insight. A single pin has multiple stories to tell, because each person has different experiences.

      Over time as I looked through my lapel pin pictures, I realized that the ones I skipped over were ones that had no effect or no story for me personally. So, I didn’t post them. But occasionally, when I had no choice, I would post them and was amazed at the stories they elicited in others.

      Do You Feel the Power of the Pin?

      I have always believed my slogan, “I help promote your story with Custom Lapel Pins.”, but that belief was becoming even more real as I was hearing the stories being told by you.

      I posted a “SKIS” pin and heard:

      “Me and skis have a love/hate relationship….”
      “sounds exactly like my experience skiing! Snow plowed….then slow.”

      Or the “Vienna Sausage” pin.
      “I hate them. My husband buys them to snack on and I secretly feed them to the dog LOL”
      “I LOVE Vienna sausages!!! Yummy!!”

      Or the “Golden Gate Bridge” pin

      “it was a symbol (to me) that I was where I wanted to work and live”
      “I know that bridge well”

      Or the number “9” pin
      “In numerology, my life path number”
      “I love the number 9, always had it on my backpack, just seemed to be the right number”

      Or the black cat sitting on a stack of books pin

      “Books and 4 legged friends, I couldn’t live without either”
      “My granny had a black cat always sitting on the books”

      Those are snippets of stories and emotions that individuals began to remember in their mind. You begin to see the power of the pin.

      I have examples in my personal life. My wife has 2 pins sitting on the dashboard of her car – “ELF” and “I Love My Husband”?

      The ELF pin is her initials and how can you not get excited about your own initials and also the fact that she loves the movie “Elf”. And the “I Love My Husband” — well enough said.

      Lapel pins really do tell a story; because, they remind us of experiences, events, stories, and memories from our own life.

      Like a song, a sound, a smell, a location, a pin triggers memories. Memories that come to life just by looking at the lapel pin.

      How do you use lapel pins in your business?

      Is it just another promotional give away? Or, is it viewed as a tool to create a memory for a customer about you and your business?

      Real Life Examples.

      I’ll finish with two specific examples of customers using lapel pins to create a memory unique to their business.

      First, is Kimberly Hambrick and her podcast: “Leave the frustration. Take the cannoli”. Kimberly invites guests to participate on her podcast and tell their story. At the end she thanks each guest and presents them with a custom made “Cannoli Pin”. The pin depicts an image of a cannoli with the words “Leave the Frustration. Take the Cannoli”. That pin will always trigger memories of Kimberly and their experience on the podcast. You begin to see how Kimberly has created a memory trigger for her business.

      Second, is a California company A-C Electric. They have created a tradition of giving a uniquely designed pin for each of their company events such as Christmas parties, Halloween parties and summer picnics. Employees enthusiastically look for the pin at each event and collect them all. You can imagine the positive feelings this generates about the company and the memories and fun times they have with each other. It is a simple offering, but a powerful trigger for positive memories and feelings. The employees love it so much they won’t allow the company to end the tradition.

      So, do lapel pins tell stories?

      I say yes, and hope you believe it too. How can we tell your story in a lapel pin?

      Visit our website: http://www.pinprosplus.com

    • @spnlocal Mike, still in West Africa for another year. I try to check things out every now and then, but for the most part, I try to stay focused on my purpose. Thanks for noticing. Hope you have a great day, looks like things are growing slowly but surely.

    • It\’s not a Pin. It\’s a Patch.

      It\’s our softer side of promotional products. You want some patches. we can help.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sE6TYrjCfOU&t=25s

          • Craig Fry posted a new activity comment 1 year, 6 months ago

            We are full of surprises. Thanks for your constant support.
            • You may not like Vienna Sausage, but it makes a fun pin. What things in your work to you like or don\’t like that might make a great pin. Pins are discussion starters.
              Give it some thought. 50 pin minimum is all it takes.

              Checkout http://www.pinprosplus.com and request a free quote.

              https://www.dropbox.com/s/q95n02j2e8hq7ld/Vienna%20Sausage.mp4?dl=0

            • Meet the PinProsPlus Team. Sometimes it helps to know who you are dealing with. Just like SPN, PinProsPlus doesn\’t work without a lot of people to make it run.


                  • Craig Fry posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

                    Thanks Katja.
                    • Sometimes knowing the process, makes all the difference.

                      Here is an inside look at how the Photo dome style pin is made.


                          • Craig Fry posted a new activity comment 1 year, 7 months ago

                            No we’ve had it for many years, well before I knew Ira
                            • Baseball season is upon us and baseball pin trading is huge.

                              https://www.pinprosplus.com/play-ball-custom-baseball-trading-pins/

                            • Craig Fry posted a new activity comment 1 year, 10 months ago

                              is it supposed to be directly over the cover picture?

                            • @spnlocal2017 Mike,
                              The fixes you did to Chrome seem to have worked. Thanks
                              One other thing I am seeing is on everyones background image text shows up over the front of it?

                            • Craig Fry posted a new activity comment 1 year, 10 months ago

                              Yes google chrome. It has been doing weird things for a couple weeks. I did finally get a post to take but I did it on the wall instead of the activity section. Still trying to really understand how to navigate most effectively.

                              • For some reason people using Google Chrome have been issues since one of my last updates. I have fixed a couple google chrome issues over the last couple days, but it’s been a pain. Every other browser seems to be working right. I considering a few changes in regards to themes and layout.

                            • @spnlocal2017 Mike,
                              Having trouble adding posts. I paste text in the box, post it and it says the link you are trying to use has expired? It\’s been doing it for days. What am I doing wrong? Is it broken?

                              • Adding any type of post in particular? Are you on Chrome? I having issues with Google Chrome apparently the last few days. I have that issue isolated, so I working on a patch there. Are you having trouble adding links or posts in general?

                                • Yes google chrome. It has been doing weird things for a couple weeks. I did finally get a post to take but I did it on the wall instead of the activity section. Still trying to really understand how to navigate most effectively.

                                  • For some reason people using Google Chrome have been issues since one of my last updates. I have fixed a couple google chrome issues over the last couple days, but it’s been a pain. Every other browser seems to be working right. I considering a few changes in regards to themes and layout.

                            • Craig Fry posted an update 1 year, 11 months ago

                              A college student finished her undergraduate degree and desired to earn a masters.

                              She had worked diligently, earned good grades, and put herself in position to qualify. She was confident in the OUTCOME and submitted her application only to be DENIED.

                              Disappointed, she got a job, married, and a few years later was expecting a child.

                              She still desired a master’s degree. She decided to try again and was accepted.

                              Excited, she was certain she could handle the program and a new baby.

                              She soon realized the baby was due the first day of class. After a few days of self-pity and questioning WHY, she decided to trust that God knew best and declined acceptance. She felt peace and no longer questioned why. She was happy.

                              Two questions.

                              Do we put our trust in desired OUTCOMES?
                              or
                              Do we put our trust in God who knows us perfectly?

                              Desired OUTCOMES may happen, but if not, what? Discouragement and disappointment.

                              Trust in God, leads to trusting in His process of becoming our best, so if a desired outcome doesn’t happen, we still trust good things will come.

                              Does that mean we should not set goals, work hard, and have dreams? No.

                              Each step is important, and helps us along the way of becoming our best.

                              Is your trust in desired outcomes or God\’s process?

                            • Craig Fry posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

                              Definitely old enough! ha ha. Its a good idea to drill deeper, where good ideas exist.

                            • Craig Fry posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

                              My life is google rankings, not my name but my business pinprosplus.com We are constantly trying to improve rankings in a very competitive industry. Quality score, backlinks, page authority and on and on. Hope this sight becomes a great backlink as it grows. You are great at creating a movement Mike.

                              • Just checked you out a bit on Ahrefs! Impressive work, Craig! That is some tough competition too. Good score on your DR! It will definitely be a great backlink especially as I start writing some blogs on some of the businesses on here. You know it just takes time and content. I’ll adding backlinks and features daily, until we rank toward the top. :)

                            • Craig Fry posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

                              David, thanks for pointing this article out. It really is a good read and hits so many points. I agree with all of them.

                              • Thanks Craig! I thought it did as well. I am trying to make a habit of checking out the member of the Day here on SPN. If Mike is going to spot light them, there has to be a reason why. Inquiring minds want to know! LOL If your old enough to remember that saying, your my kind of people! LOL Thanks though, I am glad you got something out of it as well!

                            • Craig Fry posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

                              There are a few Craig Fry\’s

                              • Give it a little time. It’ll pop up there. I’m pretty confident. :)

                              • Page speed, links, content, social media bookmarks and a lot of other stuff goes into ranking stuff online. I’m pretty sure we are on the right track. :) :)

                                • My life is google rankings, not my name but my business pinprosplus.com We are constantly trying to improve rankings in a very competitive industry. Quality score, backlinks, page authority and on and on. Hope this sight becomes a great backlink as it grows. You are great at creating a movement Mike.

                                  • Just checked you out a bit on Ahrefs! Impressive work, Craig! That is some tough competition too. Good score on your DR! It will definitely be a great backlink especially as I start writing some blogs on some of the businesses on here. You know it just takes time and content. I’ll adding backlinks and features daily, until we rank toward the top. :)

                            • Craig Fry posted a new activity comment 1 year, 11 months ago

                              Very nice job.

                            • Craig Fry posted an update 1 year, 11 months ago

                              PinProsPlus instagram account. Check out pins pins and more pins. It will get your creativity flowing or bring back nightmares either way it is worth a look.
                              https://www.instagram.com/pin.pros.plus/

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