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NY NOW Adds Showcase of Impulse and Point of Sale Gifts

NY NOW announced today the launch of IMPULSE at NY NOW in August 2014, offering buyers more than 100 suppliers of impulse and point of purchase specialty gifts. IMPULSE at NY NOW will showcase best-selling, high-margin impulse and point of purchase merchandise. Specialty gifts, affordable fashion accessories, travel/leisure products, and health and beauty items will all be represented.

Blogger
I Market, Therefore I Blog

Changes in search engine algorithms over the last few years have made generating useful web content a vital component of marketing your business. And it’s not just any content; it’s content your target customers want. But, how do you build a successful blog? Timing, persistence, and compounding, or as Jim Collins, author of Good to Great describes it, the “flywheel effect.”

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Independent Books Honored

The winners of the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards were announced today. The nonprofit awards program identifies independently published books that the judges—leaders in the independent book publishing industry—feel merit reaching a wider audience.

Says the awards program chair, Catherine Goulet, “We like to think of our awards program as the 'Sundance' of the book publishing world.”

COVR Announces Winners of 17th Annual Visionary Awards

The Coalition for Visionary Resources (COVR, www.covr.org) recently hosted the 17th Annual Visionary Awards in June at the International New Age Trade Show (www.inats.com) in Denver, Co. Awards are given for books, music, and gifts, as well as for retailer and vendor of the year and an overall product of the year.

Back to School
Head of the Class

Nearly 90 percent of all back-to-school shopping will be done in brick-and-mortar stores this year, according to a new consumer tracking survey from ICSC-Goldman Sachs (www.icsc.org).