PPAI and SAGE Extend Power of Two Relationship
Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), Irving, Texas, and Addison, Texas-based SAGE announced the extension of their Power of Two strategic alliance to deliver one comprehensive association and business management solution to promotional products distributors.
The renewal agreement extends the SAGE credit for PPAI distributor members. PPAI and SAGE also will introduce a new, streamlined process for membership renewals and credit redemption to be announced in March 2016 and rolled out in April.
“The Power of Two alliance has been a significant benefit to our members,” said Paul Bellantone, CAE, president and CEO of PPAI. “SAGE has provided them with direct access to full product and supplier research and much more, and we are pleased to continue this relationship as our exclusive technology partner.”
Through this alliance, all new and renewing PPAI distributor members receive a $495 credit toward a SAGE Total Access subscription, which completely covers the cost of the first user for the year. Additional user licenses are $95 per year.
SAGE Total Access provides distributors with access to SAGE Online, SAGE Web and SAGE Mobile, SAGE’s suite of product research, presentation, CRM, order management and virtual sampling tools.
“PPAI has long been the leading authority, advocate and voice in this industry,” said David Natinsky, president of SAGE. “By providing our subscribers with direct access to PPAI member benefits, like legislative action tools, product safety initiatives, professional development and thousands of dollars in business savings, we are giving them the opportunity to develop as industry leaders.”
As part of the new agreement, SAGE Mobile will serve as the official show planner app for The PPAI Expo held in January in Las Vegas, and Expo East, held in March in Atlantic City, N.J. Attendees can view complete event schedules; create walk lists; navigate the show floor using an interactive floor plan; add notes, pictures, videos and voice memos as they visit booths; and more.
“I’m a huge supporter of both SAGE and PPAI, and I am glad to hear that the Power of Two relationship is continuing,” said PPAI member Suzan Bolski, president and CEO of Anything Goes Promotions Inc., San Diego. “SAGE’s technology has made my business more efficient, and PPAI’s resources and professional development have helped me bring my company to the next level. We know we can always count on both SAGE and PPAI for help and support. For the distributor community, this is great news, because access to SAGE Online, plus the unequaled value we receive from PPAI membership, means we will more than cover our cost in dues, making it a profitable opportunity for us.”