2014

SAGE Announces Management Changes And Promotions
September 22, 2014
SAGE adds new management position and announces several key promotions.

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SAGE Announces Management Changes And Promotions
SAGE adds new management position and announces several key promotions

Addison, TX (September 22, 2014) SAGE is happy to announce several management changes and promotions.

Jarod Thorndike, formerly Director of Distributor Sales, will be transitioning into a new position as Director of Strategic Relations. In this role, he will handle all relationships with SAGE's largest clients, regional associations, and other strategic partners. David Natinsky, President of SAGE, said "Given our commitment to our largest clients, the regional associations, our technology partners, and other strategic relationships, we felt it was important to have one dedicated, long-time, senior-level person responsible for continuing to build, foster and grow these critically important relationships. We’re excited that Jarod has agreed to take on this new position. Given his depth of knowledge in the industry as well as with our products, we have no doubt he’s going to do an excellent job in this new role."

Blake Bozeman, formerly Director of Supplier Sales, will take on the new role of Director of Sales, where he will oversee both the supplier and distributor sales teams and manage SAGE's overall sales strategy. Natinsky continued, "Blake has already been a huge asset to our team in the short time that he has been with the company. We're excited to see him take on this new role and we know he is going to continue to excel."

Ryan Hanchey has been promoted from Distributor Sales Team Lead to Distributor Sales Manager, and Teri Cragle has been promoted from Supplier Sales Team Lead to Supplier Sales Manager. They will both report to Blake Bozeman and are responsible for distributor and supplier sales teams, respectively, including sales training, goals, and incentives.

"These management adjustments will help us continue to grow as a company and provide our customers with the tools and resources they need to succeed. Congratulations to all; we look forward to what the future holds," Natinsky concluded.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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RMRPPA Becomes A SAGE Affiliate™
September 15, 2014
Rocky Mountain Region Promotional Products Association Members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

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RMRPPA Becomes A SAGE Affiliate™
Rocky Mountain Region Promotional Products Association members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

Addison, TX (September 15, 2014)- The Rocky Mountain Region Promotional Products Association (RMRPPA) and SAGE are pleased to announce that RMRPPA has become a SAGE Affiliate. As a SAGE Affiliate, members of RMRPPA are entitled to discounts on a variety of SAGE services, including:

  • SAGE Online™, the industry's leading product research and business management tool for distributors.
  • SAGE Mobile™, the first ever mobile research solution for promotional products, suppliers and tradeshows.
  • SAGE WebExpress Pro™, a dynamic user-customizable website offering a turn-key, modern web presence.
  • SAGE PromoSearch™, a complete product research module for distributor websites to provide end-user research and e-commerce capabilities.
  • SAGE Company Store™, a fully-customizable turn-key company store module for distributors to provide modern online storefronts for their customers.

Current SAGE subscribers may contact SAGE to apply the RMRPPA discount to their current subscriptions, effective as of the next renewal. RMRPPA members who add SAGE services can obtain the discount by noting RMRPPA membership on the application.

In addition to discounts on SAGE services, SAGE will also provide RMRPPA members with a variety of services, including an association website and access to SAGE's marketing resources.

We are constantly striving to provide the best possible benefits to our members. The cost effectiveness of SAGE, and their dedication to providing industry-leading solutions to the promotional products industry, made this partnership the obvious move to continue to create profitable business for RMRPPA members," said Nicole Plese, Executive Director of RMRPPA.

"We are thrilled to have partnered with RMRPPA and we are looking forward to providing their members with great discounts on SAGE services as another valuable benefit of RMRPPA membership," said Jarod Thorndike, Director of Strategic Relationships at SAGE. "The SAGE Affiliate Program is just one way we can show our support for RMRPPA and all of the industry's other regional associations. Please consider joining your regional association today, if you are not already a member!"

About RMRPPA

The Rocky Mountain Region Promotional Products Association is Suppliers and Distributors – including executives, management or sales representatives therein - who come together to exchange industry knowledge and business opportunities during association meetings, seminars and special events. RMRPPA is a regional affiliate of PPAI and covers membership throughout Colorado and Wyoming. Approximately 50 percent of the current RMRPPA membership consists of distributor companies, while the other 50 percent consists of supplier companies. The goal of the association is to bring its members networking and education opportunities as it relates to the promotional products industry. For more information on RMRPPA, please visit www.RMRPPA.org.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE Show Returns To Dallas Area In August 2015
August 26, 2014
SAGE announces the return of its popular tradeshow to the Dallas area in August, 2015 along with a fresh, new format to maximize the overall event ROI for suppliers, distributors and clients.

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SAGE Show Returns To Dallas Area In August 2015
SAGE announces the return of its popular tradeshow to the Dallas area in August, 2015 along with a fresh, new format to maximize the overall event ROI for suppliers, distributors and clients.

Addison, TX (August 26, 2014) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, announces today that the SAGE Show will be coming back to the Dallas area August 12 to 13, 2015. The show will be held at the beautiful Irving Convention Center, which is centrally located for easy accessibility from all parts of the DFW area. The show will replace the SAGE Show that was previously held in Fort Worth in the spring.

David Natinsky, SAGE’s President, said "We’re very excited to be bringing this show back to the Dallas area in August. We produced the MAPPS by SAGE show at this time for many years and we’ve definitely heard the suppliers, multi-line reps, and distributors who were craving the return of a similar show to help them prepare for the all-important fall selling season. We’re really excited about the new venue, new dates, and some other new twists that you’ll see at SAGE Show 2015."

The SAGE Show 2015 will kick-off with a brand new, multi-faceted full day event devoted to relationship-building, education, and networking. As part of the event, suppliers will have the opportunity to schedule meetings with key distributors in a one-on-one format, or present to pre-registered groups of distributor personnel in focused sales and education sessions. PPAI will also be hosting professional education sessions during the day. In addition, SAGE will host a conference for users of its popular research and business management services.

The second day will be a traditional tradeshow day for both distributors as well as hosted end-user clients, enabling distributors to invite their clients to join them on the show floor to create a one-on-one enhanced sales experience geared towards identifying and satisfying the needs of key advertisers. Natinsky continued, "SAGE Show remains the only show in the area that clients can attend. It gives distributors a unique opportunity to enhance their relationship and increase sales with key clients. And with hundreds of corporate clients in the immediate vicinity, Irving is the perfect, convenient venue for this type of event."

The SAGE Show will be in the same week as the Houston Promotional Products Association’s popular Hot Stuff Show, with Houston’s show kicking off the week on Tuesday and SAGE Show on Wednesday and Thursday. SAGE and HPPA will be working together to provide a caravan service between the two cities to make it as convenient as possible for suppliers to attend both shows to maximize their return on investment. Ted Dennison, MAS, Tradeshow Chair for HPPA, said "We’re extremely happy to be working with SAGE to be able to bring back a fantastic opportunity for suppliers to hit the two largest Texas markets in the same week."

D’Anna Zimmer, Business Development Manager with Bag Makers, said "We are thrilled that SAGE is bringing their show back to August to join with the HPPA Hot Stuff Expo. This will provide the best opportunity to hit one of the top markets in the country in one week."

Deanna Becker, President of Peak Promotions and Vice President of Promotional Products Association of the Southwest (PPAS), said "As a distributor in the DFW area, having a quality tradeshow in August, especially one I can invite my clients to, is an invaluable tool going into the fall and holiday selling season."

SAGE expects the show to sell-out quickly and encourages exhibitors to sign-up as soon as possible to lock-in a space reservation. Space will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Exhibitors who pay in full with their contract submission will receive a discounted rate before November 21, 2014. For more information on exhibiting at or attending SAGE Show 2015, please visit www.SAGEshow.com.

About SAGE Show

The SAGE Show is a promotional products tradeshow and conference held in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The 2015 show will be held August 12-13 at the Irving Convention Center. The two-day event includes a brand new day-long forum focused on learning, relationship-building and networking, and a booth show featuring over 250 supplier lines. For more information, visit www.SAGEshow.com. The tradeshow day welcomes qualified distributors as well as their invited clients for a unique, business-building experience.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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Staples Promotional Products Selects SAGE For Industry Research Solution
May 5, 2014
SAGE announces that Staples Promotional Products, the largest distributor of promotional products in North America has selected SAGE Online as its exclusive promotional products research solution.

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For Industry Research Solution
SAGE announces that Staples Promotional Products, the largest distributor of promotional products in North America has selected SAGE Online as its exclusive promotional products research solution.

Addison, TX (May 5, 2014) – SAGE announces that Staples Promotional Products, the largest distributor of promotional products in North America has selected SAGE Online as its exclusive promotional products research solution. Staples Promotional Products is part of Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples Inc.

Through the partnership, Staples Promotional Products’ sales associates will receive SAGE Total Access, including SAGE Online, SAGE’s flagship research and business management service, as well as SAGE Mobile, SAGE’s industry-leading mobile application. Staples and SAGE will also implement integration services to Staples’ back-end systems in order to improve efficiencies and provide enhanced reporting to Staples’ sales associates.

"We are very excited to be working with Staples," said David Natinsky, President of SAGE. "As the industry’s largest distributor, Staples Promotional Products consumes a vast amount of product and supplier information and they demand the best. We couldn’t be more honored that Staples has chosen us to provide these services to their sales force and we are very excited to be working with them as part of this new relationship."

SAGE has already rolled out SAGE Online and SAGE Mobile to all of Staples’ sales associates and integration work is underway between SAGE and Staples’ back-end systems. SAGE has also launched an education and training program for Staples’ sales associates that will be ongoing.

About SAGE Online

SAGE Online is the industry’s #1-rated and most popular product research service in the promotional products industry. Serving the majority of promotional products distributors, SAGE Online provides complete product and supplier research, impressive presentation capabilities, order management, customer relationship management (CRM), email campaigns, electronic catalogs, supplier specials, tradeshow information, SAGEim™ instant messaging, order tracking, and much more.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces Renowned Speaker For SAGE Show 2014
March 10, 2014
"America’s Top Humorista" Christine Cashen promises laugh-and-learn lesson on how to succeed both personally and professionally.

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SAGE® Announces Renowned Speaker For SAGE Show 2014
"America’s Top Humorista" Christine Cashen promises laugh-and-learn lesson on how to succeed both personally and professionally.

Addison, TX (March 10, 2014) – SAGE and Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) are proud to announce Christine Cashen as the keynote speaker for the SAGE Show, April 24, 2014 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Christine Cashen delivers a fast–paced, hilarious program with useful content that makes her a sought after speaker worldwide. For more than 15 years, she has presented to an amazing variety of audiences throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa and Australia. Christine is an authority on sparking innovative ideas, handling conflict, reducing stress and energizing employees.

The SAGE Show is a three day event, beginning on Wednesday, April 23, with a full day of education sessions hosted by PPAI Professional Development and sponsored by Bulova Corporate Sales. Christine will kick off the exhibits opening on April 24, immediately followed by two full days of exhibits. Registration for the SAGE Show is now open and details are available by visiting www.SAGEshow.com.

"Attending the SAGE Show is such a great opportunity for distributors and suppliers to grow in the promotional products industry and we are honored to have Christine educate and entertain our attendees as our keynote speaker," said David Natinsky, SAGE’s president. "If you enjoy listening to someone who’s dynamic and funny with something beneficial to say, then you’ll enjoy Christine. She’s one of the most passionate and effective speakers I’ve ever seen."

During Christine's session, "Get What You Want With What You’ve Got", she will explain how to successfully use our assets within to do the best with what you’ve got. Attendees will also learn how to:

  • Communicate effectively by understanding different personality styles
  • Learn the secrets to defuse anyone and handle conflict like a pro
  • Create a better day with more energy and time-management tools
  • Discover how humor can increase job satisfaction, improve morale and reduce stress

She is the author of The Good Stuff: Quips & Tips on Life, Love, Work and Happiness, which was named motivational book of the year by the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Her learning resources also include: Get What You Want With What You’ve Got DVD; The Fun Factor DVD; The Good Stuff CD Audio Book; and Why Can’t Everybody Just Get Along CD. Christine currently lives in Dallas, Texas.

About SAGE Show

The SAGE Show is a promotional products tradeshow in the central United States. The show is April 23-25, 2014, in the beautiful, state-of-the-art Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. It features two full show days, a full day of professional education hosted by PPAI, networking receptions, a first-rate party, and much more. The Fort Worth area is home to hundreds of local attractions and is in close proximity to DFW International Airport for convenient access from anywhere. The Education Day and exhibits are both free to attend. For more information or to register, visit www.SAGEshow.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces Email Campaigns Service
March 5, 2014
SAGE introduces a brand new way for distributors to stay engaged with their clients and prospects using professionally-designed email campaigns.

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SAGE® Announces Email Campaigns Service
SAGE introduces a brand new way for distributors to stay engaged with their clients and prospects using professionally-designed email campaigns.

Addison, TX (March 5, 2014) – SAGE announces SAGE Email Campaigns, a brand new service for designing, scheduling, and sending dynamic email campaigns to distributors’ clients. The new email campaigns service, part of the brand new SAGE Online™ 10.5, is a full-featured email design and distribution system that includes the following features:

  • Professional templates to get started, or create from scratch
  • Select products directly from the SAGE product research area or ability to add your own
  • Hyperlink products directly to your PromoSearch website
  • Complete customization of all text and images
  • Select clients using SAGE Online CRM groups or add a manual list
  • Mail merge support
  • Campaign scheduling
  • Automatic response filtering and processing
  • Tracking of deliveries, opens, clicks, and bounces
  • Automatically adds tracking data to client history in CRM
  • Full reporting including exactly what each client clicked
  • Unsubscribe management, including auto-unmarking in CRM
  • An optional ready-to-go email each month designed by SAGE for those who want a completely turn-key solution

David Natinsky, SAGE’s President, commented, "Until now, it’s been very difficult for distributors in our industry to create effective email campaigns for their clients and prospects. Some distributors have been using generic email distribution platforms to send emails, which meant they were spending a lot of time and energy to create something that looked somewhat decent. Others were paying a lot of money for pre-crafted emails with minimal customization options and the inability to link back directly to their websites. And still others were trying to send campaigns out of Outlook. SAGE Email Campaigns solves all of these needs in a flexible, simple-to-use solution."

SAGE Email Campaigns integrates directly with SAGE Online’s product search and CRM areas, allowing distributors to easily pull products from their Project Center or directly from a product search. For distribution lists, distributors can configure groups in CRM and then setup an email campaign to send to those groups on a schedule. As group members are added in CRM, they are automatically added to the distribution. Natinsky continued, "The integration between the email campaigns service and the rest of SAGE Online, as well as our WebExpress Pro and PromoSearch websites, makes it simple for distributors to create powerful email campaigns, send them out, and get results in the most efficient way possible."

SAGE Email Campaigns is being offered in several price tiers based on how many recipients you are sending emails to each month. The first tier offers up to 250 emails per month for just $15 per month. All active SAGE Online subscribers will receive 25 complimentary emails per month to try out the service. SAGE Online 10.5, which includes this new email campaigns service, is being rolled out now. All customers are expected to have the new version within the next few weeks. There is no additional charge for the upgrade.

SAGE will be hosting a live webinar demonstrating SAGE email campaigns on March 19, 2014 at 10:00am Central Time for current and prospective distributor customers. Visit www.sageworld.com/emailcampaigns for more information. The new email campaigns service will also be demonstrated at the SAGE Show in Fort Worth, TX on April 23-25, 2014. Visit www.sageshow.com for more information. SAGE encourages distributors who are not already SAGE Online subscribers to take advance of its complimentary 30-day subscription to SAGE Online to give it a test drive.

About SAGE Online

SAGE Online is the industry’s #1-rated and most popular product research service in the promotional products industry. Serving the majority of promotional products distributors, SAGE Online provides complete product and supplier research, impressive presentation capabilities, order management, customer relationship management (CRM), email campaigns, electronic catalogs, supplier specials, tradeshow information, SAGEim™ instant messaging, order tracking, and much more. SAGE Online starts at just $49 per month with reasonably priced additional user licenses to fit organizations both large and small.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® & PPAI Announce Education Day Schedule And Speakers For SAGE Show 2014
February 25, 2014
Promotional product industry leaders come together at the SAGE Show, April 23rd, for a full day of education at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

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SAGE introduces a brand new way for distributors to stay engaged with their clients and prospects using professionally-designed email campaigns.

Addison, TX (February 25, 2014) – SAGE and PPAI announced today the speakers for the 2nd annual SAGE Show Education Day, held at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The SAGE Show Education Day will be followed by two full show exhibit days, April 24-25, 2014, with the last day being open to distributors’ end-user clients. All education sessions are available for CAS and MAS credits towards attendees’ certification. The Education Day and the exhibits are both free to attend and registration is now open at www.SAGEshow.com.

"We are very excited about the level of enthusiasm we have received from the speakers, sponsors and attendees for our education day," said David Natinsky, SAGE’s President. "We look forward to bringing the industry together for a day of learning, growth and tools distributors need to succeed in this ever changing industry."

Session topics include:

  • Prop 65 and State Regulations
  • Blueprint to Success: Powerful Strategies to Build the Foundation of Your Client Base
  • Get Started with SAGE Online
  • SAGE Online Advanced Features & Hidden Gems
  • Manufacturers' Representative Line Card Profitability Analysis Workshop
  • Creative Cook-off
  • Seize the Day! Tech Tools for a Simpler Life and Greater Productivity
  • Go on the Road with SAGE Mobile
  • Increase Your Web Exposure Using SAGE Websites
  • Product Safety Basics
  • How to Bill For Your Time
  • Moving Beyond Likes, Pluses and Retweets
  • Building a Perfect Presentation in SAGE Online
  • SAGE Order Management and QuickBooks Integration
  • Advertising/Marketing Overview
  • Undue Influence Training
  • Think Big, Spend Small: 10 Marketing Ideas for Teensy Budgets
  • Do You Know Your ABC's? (Always Be Closing) – Master Closing Skills
  • Maximize Your Client Experience with SAGE CRM and Email Campaign Modules
  • Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan: Put Together Your Marketing Plan
  • Keep Your Company Secure Online
  • How to Start a Company Store for Your Clients

Education speakers include:

  • Charles Cohon, CEO and President, Manufacturers ‘ Agents National Association (MANA)

    Charles Cohon earned an MBA with honors and with concentrations in strategic management and entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he currently serves on the admissions committee. He founded thriving rep company Prime Devices Corporation in 1984, and has been featured in numerous articles in magazines like Selling Power, Sales & Marketing Management, and CRM Magazine.

  • Danny Friedman, Vice President, Added Incentives

    Danny Friedman has been in the promotional products industry for over 12 years and is a multi-million dollar producer. Mr. Friedman’s clientele includes some of the top companies in the Fortune 500. He has been a sales manager and sales trainer for the last nine years. He combines his promotional products industry experience along with other industries he has been in that include office products, real estate and being a multi-line representative in the sporting goods industry.

  • Paul Kiewiet, Founder, BrandKiwi, LLC and Executive Director, MiPPA

    As the founder of a sales promotion agency, Paul Kiewiet has over 28 years’ experience in the premium incentive and promotional products industries. The former Chairman of PPAI, Mr. Kiewiet has also served on the boards of the Association of Incentive Marketing and as a Trustee of the Forum For People Performance Management and Measurement. He has earned the Master Advertising Specialist and Certified Incentive Professional certifications and has won six PPAI Pyramid Awards and the SNAP Excel Award for writing excellence. He has also created sales promotion, marketing and incentive programs for some of America's finest brands, including Kellogg's, Borden, Whirlpool, Krylon and Elmer's.

  • Bobby Lehew, Chief Branding Officer, SwagExpert.com by ROBYN

    Bobby Lehew is the Chief Branding Officer at ROBYN, a branded products fulfillment company that creates and distributes promotional products, corporate apparel and collateral printed materials through private-label, e-commerce company stores. ROBYN was recognized three years in a row by Inc. Magazine as one of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the U.S. Mr. Lehew is a frequent speaker on topics related to marketing, social media, content development, blogging and company stores and was recognized as one of "41 people who are shaking up the market with new and innovative approaches" (2010 Hot List) and in OKC Biz magazine’s "Forty Under 40".

  • Eric Natinsky, CEO, SAGE

    Eric Natinsky is Chief Executive Officer of SAGE/Quick Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of business services for the promotional products industry for the past 20 years. In addition, from 2000 to 2010, Mr. Natinsky was an attorney in the technology transactions group of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich, and Rosati working with a variety of technology companies from the largest to the smallest with respect to technology licensing deals, patent strategy, open source compliance and strategy, IP counseling, IP and technology aspects of M & A deals. Mr. Natinsky has a BS Business Administration, Management and Marketing from Washington University in St. Louis and a JD, Law from The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Natinsky is also a licensed patent attorney.

  • Joseph Scott, Vice President, Scott & Associates, Inc.

    Joseph Scott is responsible for Scott & Associates business development. With over 21 years in the promotional products industry, Mr. Scott provides consulting on overall marketing strategies, and on fine-tuning of organizations’ message. He is also one of the few Google AdWords Certified Professionals.

The SAGE Show Education is presented by PPAI Professional Development and sponsored by Bulova Corporate Sales. For more information, including the education day schedule, exhibitor or distributor information, exhibitor listings, show schedule, and registration information can be found at www.SAGEshow.com.

About SAGE Show

The SAGE Show is a promotional products tradeshow in the central US. The show will be held April 23-25, 2014 in the beautiful, state-of-the-art Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The show features two full show days, a full day of professional education hosted by PPAI, a top-notch keynote speaker, a networking reception, a first-rate party, and much more. The Fort Worth area is home to hundreds of local attractions and is in close proximity to DFW International Airport for convenient access from anywhere. For more information, visit www.SAGEshow.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Conference Draws Customers Nationwide To Vegas With Record-Breaking Attendance
January 27, 2014
SAGE Conference, the promotional product industry's premier technology conference for distributors and suppliers, breaks the highest attendee record in its history with over 700 attendees.

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SAGE® Conference Draws Customers Nationwide To Vegas With Record-Breaking Attendance
SAGE Conference, the promotional product industry's premier technology conference for distributors and suppliers, breaks the highest attendee record in its history with over 700 attendees.

Addison, TX (January 27, 2014) – A record-breaking crowd of more than 700 distributors and suppliers joined together for this year's annual SAGE Conference during the PPAI Expo in Las Vegas, representing almost 30% more attendees than the 2013 conference. Current and prospective SAGE customers came from across the nation to attend SAGE Conference 2014, which has become the largest technology conference in the industry.

"We are so appreciative of the continued support that SAGE has received from the industry over the years and this year's event has surpassed our expectations with a tremendous increase in attendance," said David Natinsky, President of SAGE. "Thank you to everyone who attended and we hope the education sessions and personal trainings were very beneficial to you and your company's growth for the upcoming year."

During the SAGE Conference attendees viewed the latest innovations in SAGE products and services, learned about the industry trends, received business guidance, attended personal training sessions and more.

Steve Levinson, President and CEO of Water Promotions, Inc. and SAGE Conference attendee commented, "SAGE Conference was invaluable before the PPAI Expo. It's a great way to stay on top of SAGE offerings, but even a better way to bring your company's staff and have them trained directly by SAGE."

"We enjoyed the SAGE training sessions and also everyone we spoke to from SAGE was delightful, full of energy and knowledgeable. The best overall part of the PPAI Expo, to us, was the full day of SAGE training," said Derrick Martin, Owner of Merchpoint Marketing.

In addition to the SAGE Conference, SAGE will also be providing live education and training at the SAGE Show (April 23-25 in Ft. Worth, Texas), Expo East (May 19-21 in Atlantic City) and many of the regional tradeshows around the country. Visit www.SAGEworld.com for a complete list of education and training opportunities.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces New Subscription Plan
January 6, 2014
SAGE Total Access gives distributors access to both SAGE Online and SAGE Mobile for one low per-user price.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Mobile 4.0
The latest version of SAGE’s mobile app includes new search capabilities, new tradeshow planning features, a fresh new design, and more.

Addison, TX (December 19, 2013) – SAGE announces the release of a new version of its industry-leading mobile app, SAGE Mobile™. SAGE Mobile 4.0 adds a number of powerful new features, including:

  • Brand new Clients area based upon the new CRM area in SAGE Online 10.0
  • Search products and suppliers from the home page
  • Search for products by supplier location and shipping point
  • Tag favorite products and edit product ratings
  • New smoother catalog page viewing
  • Search and view suppliers’ personal IDs
  • Search for exhibitors directly from the tradeshow floor plan
  • Tag exhibitors to your walk list or set as visited directly from the list
  • Walk order sort for tradeshows
  • View product pavilions for tradeshows
  • Mark education sessions that you want to attend
  • Process credit cards using a card reader
  • New slide-out menu and fresh new design

The new Clients area in SAGE Mobile 4.0 follows the recent addition of full CRM capabilities to SAGE Online. Now distributors can access all of their client information on-the-go, including full company information, contact details, and client history. Users can even add history notes for a client while on the road. All data is instantly synced with SAGE Online for a seamless user experience.

David Natinsky, SAGE’s President, explained, "The new CRM area of SAGE Online is giving distributors a convenient, powerful way to manage their client interactions from their desktops and laptops. With this update to SAGE Mobile, distributors can now view all of that information while on the go."

This latest release also includes several new features in the tradeshow planning area. Users can now completely manage their tradeshow experience from the graphical floor plan, including the ability to easily search for exhibitors anywhere on the floor plan. Users can now also identify education sessions that they want to attend, view online versions of the product pavilions, and much more. SAGE has also added a new, innovative feature called "walk order" that orders walk list exhibitors based upon the order that a person normally walks a tradeshow. Natinsky continued, "With PPAI Expo right around the corner, this is a great time for users to get these new features that will make it easier than ever before to manage their tradeshow experience, especially at a show as large as the Expo."

SAGE Mobile 4.0 is available now. Current customers can download the new version for free from the Apple App Store (for iOS devices) or the Google Play Store (for Android devices). Distributors who would like to try out SAGE Mobile, and particularly the tradeshow planning area, at the upcoming PPAI Expo tradeshow should contact SAGE today for a complimentary 30-day evaluation subscription.

About SAGE Mobile

SAGE Mobile is the mobile companion to SAGE Online™, the industry’s most popular product research and business management service. As a native app for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, SAGE Mobile provides product research, supplier research, client contact information, access to projects, full tradeshow planning and management, payment processing, and much more. Just like SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile accesses data in the cloud so that everything remains completely in sync. SAGE Mobile is available on a monthly or annual subscription plan and is licensed per mobile device.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Mobile 4.0
December 19, 2013
The latest version of SAGE’s mobile app includes new search capabilities, new tradeshow planning features, a fresh new design, and more.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Mobile 4.0
The latest version of SAGE’s mobile app includes new search capabilities, new tradeshow planning features, a fresh new design, and more.

Addison, TX (December 19, 2013) – SAGE announces the release of a new version of its industry-leading mobile app, SAGE Mobile™. SAGE Mobile 4.0 adds a number of powerful new features, including:

  • Brand new Clients area based upon the new CRM area in SAGE Online 10.0
  • Search products and suppliers from the home page
  • Search for products by supplier location and shipping point
  • Tag favorite products and edit product ratings
  • New smoother catalog page viewing
  • Search and view suppliers’ personal IDs
  • Search for exhibitors directly from the tradeshow floor plan
  • Tag exhibitors to your walk list or set as visited directly from the list
  • Walk order sort for tradeshows
  • View product pavilions for tradeshows
  • Mark education sessions that you want to attend
  • Process credit cards using a card reader
  • New slide-out menu and fresh new design

The new Clients area in SAGE Mobile 4.0 follows the recent addition of full CRM capabilities to SAGE Online. Now distributors can access all of their client information on-the-go, including full company information, contact details, and client history. Users can even add history notes for a client while on the road. All data is instantly synced with SAGE Online for a seamless user experience.

David Natinsky, SAGE’s President, explained, "The new CRM area of SAGE Online is giving distributors a convenient, powerful way to manage their client interactions from their desktops and laptops. With this update to SAGE Mobile, distributors can now view all of that information while on the go."

This latest release also includes several new features in the tradeshow planning area. Users can now completely manage their tradeshow experience from the graphical floor plan, including the ability to easily search for exhibitors anywhere on the floor plan. Users can now also identify education sessions that they want to attend, view online versions of the product pavilions, and much more. SAGE has also added a new, innovative feature called "walk order" that orders walk list exhibitors based upon the order that a person normally walks a tradeshow. Natinsky continued, "With PPAI Expo right around the corner, this is a great time for users to get these new features that will make it easier than ever before to manage their tradeshow experience, especially at a show as large as the Expo."

SAGE Mobile 4.0 is available now. Current customers can download the new version for free from the Apple App Store (for iOS devices) or the Google Play Store (for Android devices). Distributors who would like to try out SAGE Mobile, and particularly the tradeshow planning area, at the upcoming PPAI Expo tradeshow should contact SAGE today for a complimentary 30-day evaluation subscription.

About SAGE Mobile

SAGE Mobile is the mobile companion to SAGE Online™, the industry’s most popular product research and business management service. As a native app for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, SAGE Mobile provides product research, supplier research, client contact information, access to projects, full tradeshow planning and management, payment processing, and much more. Just like SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile accesses data in the cloud so that everything remains completely in sync. SAGE Mobile is available on a monthly or annual subscription plan and is licensed per mobile device.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Extends The Capabilities Of Its Lead Retrieval Service
December 12, 2013
SAGE ShowLink 5.5 adds prospect ratings, business card scanning, improved PDF-417 scanning, repeat visitor alerting, and much more.

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SAGE® Extends The Capabilities Of Its Lead Retrieval Service
SAGE ShowLink 5.5 adds prospect ratings, business card scanning, improved PDF-417 scanning, repeat visitor alerting, and much more.

Addison, TX (December 12, 2013) – SAGE announces the release of the latest version of SAGE ShowLink, the only lead retrieval service built specifically for the promotional products industry. The new version, 5.5, adds support for scanning business cards in addition to show badges. Using the camera on a smartphone or tablet, users can quickly scan business cards to record and track leads for a tradeshow or event that does not use barcoded badges.

David Natinsky, President of SAGE, commented, "We know that there are a lot of industry shows and events that don’t use barcoded badges yet. Now, exhibitors can use ShowLink at all of those events as well as the larger shows. It makes ShowLink a truly universal lead retrieval service that exhibitors can use all year long."

The latest version also includes a prospect rating field allowing exhibitor sales staff to rate the prospect on a simple five-star system, giving exhibitors valuable information about which leads are warmer than others. SAGE has also added a feature to ShowLink called repeat visitor alerting. This unique feature will tell suppliers which attendees have been scanned in their booth at a prior show.

Natinsky continued, "Suppliers in the industry often tell us about the importance of lead follow-up in order to fully realize the value and potential of a tradeshow. Collecting valuable information onsite, along with correlating lead data with the supplier’s prior data from previous shows, gives suppliers critical information they need to effectively follow-up on their leads post-show."

SAGE ShowLink 5.5 is available now from the Apple App Store or Google Play. It is a free update for existing ShowLink subscribers. New customers are encouraged to contact SAGE for more information and to purchase prior to PPAI Expo in January. For more information, visit www.sageworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

About SAGE ShowLink

SAGE ShowLink is an advanced lead retrieval service designed specifically for the promotional products industry. Using an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android device, or Windows-based laptop, suppliers can scan badges at industry tradeshows to collect leads and schedule follow-ups. ShowLink can even collect sample orders and detailed notes. Custom qualifier capabilities are built right into ShowLink at no additional charge. In addition, ShowLink can take pictures of attendees, sync between multiple devices in the booth, scan business cards at shows that do not have barcoded badges, and much more. All leads are automatically securely sent to the cloud for easy post-show management, reporting, and statistics. ShowLink subscriptions are $295 per year per device. The optional Bluetooth® scanner is $495.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces New Tool For Suppliers To Manage Their Information
December 5, 2013
SAGE’s new Supplier Integration Toolkit enables suppliers to directly integrate with SAGE’s backend systems for automated product updates, order tracking updates, order downloads, distributor verification and more.

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SAGE® Announces New Tool For Suppliers To Manage Their Information
SAGE’s new Supplier Integration Toolkit enables suppliers to directly integrate with SAGE’s backend systems for automated product updates, order tracking updates, order downloads, distributor verification and more.

Addison, TX (December 5, 2013) – SAGE announces the Supplier Integration Toolkit, a first-of-its-kind interface that allows suppliers to tightly integrate their own backend systems with SAGE’s platform. Suppliers can now transfer information to and from SAGE in real-time without any human intervention, providing the most efficient, timely, and accurate data flow that the promotional products industry has ever seen.

The Toolkit allows suppliers to download, review, and update all of their product information that is being provided to promotional products industry distributors through SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, and SAGE PromoSearch. A vast majority of promotional products distributors use SAGE research systems to perform their product research.

David Natinsky, President of SAGE, commented, "We know that suppliers spend a lot of time keeping their product data up-to-date. Now, with the Supplier Integration Toolkit, once the initial integration is done, we’ve cut that time down to zero going forward. Automating the product update process not only saves suppliers time, but it also means we can provide even more accurate and timely data for distributors, as well as much more data. It’s a clear win-win for everyone."

Suppliers can also use the toolkit to post order tracking information so that it is accessible to distributors in real-time using SAGE Online, saving countless phone calls to suppliers’ customer service departments to check on order status. Natinsky continued, "We routinely hear from suppliers that order status is ranked at the top of the list of reasons that distributors call in to a supplier. Some suppliers provide order status on their own website, but with SAGE Online, a distributor can see the order status of all of their orders across all of their suppliers, regardless of whether or not the supplier has a separate automated order status system. We can also provide customizable alerts and push notifications to distributors when order status changes."

Another feature of the Toolkit allows suppliers to validate contact information to determine whether or not the company is a legitimate promotional products distributor. Suppliers can use the validation results for their internal systems or for "distributor only" sections of their websites. Natinsky commented, "This is the first tool to give suppliers a simple, modern, automated way to actually validate distributors. Not only will this save suppliers’ countless hours doing manual verification, but it also allows suppliers to validate distributors in real-time 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We have a large number of suppliers who are really excited about this part of the toolkit."

The Toolkit will also give suppliers the ability to process payments automatically through SAGE Payment Processing, obtain orders in electronic format from the SAGE Order Management System, and much more.

The Toolkit is based on leading technology standards, making it simple for developers to implement using the development platform of their choice.

SAGE will continue to offer all of its other methods for providing product information as well, including the SAGE Supplier Center as well as SAGE’s full staff of in-house content specialists who are constantly working to ensure that the SAGE database remains the most up-to-date, accurate database in the industry.

The Toolkit is available for no additional charge to all SAGE Supplier Advantage Members. For more information, suppliers are encouraged to contact their account executive or visit www.SAGEworld.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces 2013 Supplier Rating Award Winners
October 23, 2013
SAGE presents rating awards to 1,479 suppliers based on distributor ratings from SAGE Online and SAGE Mobile.

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SAGE® Announces 2013 Supplier Rating Award Winners
SAGE presents rating awards to 1,479 suppliers based on distributor ratings from SAGE Online and SAGE Mobile.

Addison, TX (October 23, 2013) – SAGE announces its 2013 supplier rating award winners. Each year SAGE presents industry suppliers with A and A+ rating awards based on distributor ratings collected from SAGE Online and SAGE Mobile. For 2013, 939 suppliers received the top ranking of "A+", while another 540 suppliers received the second highest rating of "A". A total of 73% of rated suppliers in SAGE Online received an award this year. As part of the Power of Two relationship between SAGE and PPAI, the SAGE ratings are also incorporated into the eligibility for the industry’s annual PPAI Supplier Star Awards Competition.

David Natinsky, SAGE’s President, commented, "We’re proud to acknowledge our award-winning suppliers for their outstanding achievements this year. Being awarded with an A+ or A rating from SAGE is something to be very proud of and shows that our industry continues to move in a positive direction with a strong focus on quality, service, and product safety."

Awards are based solely on the distributor rating system that is part of SAGE Online, the industry’s most popular research and business management service, and SAGE Mobile, the industry’s leading mobile app for product research, supplier information, catalogs, tradeshow planning, order management, payment processing, and more. The SAGE rating system is widely known among distributors for providing the most accurate and reliable supplier ratings in the industry.

Distributors can rate suppliers at any time using SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, or via a "Rate us now" link provided by the suppliers. Distributors can only rate each supplier one time, but may change their ratings at any time. Rating awards are given each year based on the aggregate distributor ratings. Suppliers with an "A" or "A+" aggregate rating are given an award. SAGE does not participate in any way in choosing suppliers for awards, other than tallying the aggregate distributor ratings. Distributors will find full award information for each supplier (including all industry awards), as well as the supplier’s current, real-time SAGE rating in SAGE Online and SAGE Mobile.

Supplier award winners will have access to a variety of marketing collateral to promote their award status, including logos for their catalogs, websites, email signatures, etc. For more information, suppliers should contact their account representative at 800.925.7243.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Online™ 10.0
September 12, 2013
A complete customer relationship management (CRM) system is now available as part of the latest version of the industry’s most popular research and business management service.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Online™ 10.0
A complete customer relationship management (CRM) system is now available as part of the latest version of the industry’s most popular research and business management service.

Addison, TX (September 12, 2013) – SAGE announces SAGE Online™ 10.0, the latest version of the industry’s most popular research and business management service. As one of the company’s most significant updates yet in the 21-year history of SAGE Online, 10.0 includes over 150 new features, including:

  • Brand new look and feel
  • Faster performance and extended multi-tasking capabilities
  • New complete customer relationship management (CRM) system
  • New sample inventory management system
  • Product list updates to make searches easier than ever before
  • Product personal information report
  • Presentation publisher enhancements
  • Order management enhancements

David Natinsky, SAGE’s President, commented, "The new CRM area in SAGE Online is something that we’re very excited to get into our customers’ hands. It was the main missing piece towards making SAGE Online a complete business management tool for distributors in our industry." The new CRM area gives distributors the ability to keep track of all of their clients, including full contact information, account information, groups, ratings, sales potential and more. A complete tasking system is also included that gives customers the ability to create tasks, track their progress, and complete them. All activity in the CRM area is logged in a convenient history area so that distributors have complete access to the entire historical picture for a client. Users can even attach or scan documents into the system to eliminate paper files and to eliminate potential risk of loss at your office. Best of all, the CRM system tightly integrates with the rest of SAGE Online for seamless interaction among product research, order management, and presentations. Natinsky continued, "Now, for no extra charge, distributors can manage all of their client interactions within SAGE Online. That means customers that previously didn’t have a good CRM tool now have a built-in solution and those who may have been using a third party tool can now hopefully save some money."

SAGE Online 10.0 also includes a brand new sample inventory management system, the first of its kind in the industry, as well as several new search features, further solidifying SAGE Online as the most advanced product research tool in the industry.

SAGE Online 10.0 also includes a number of new order management features that have been requested by customers. Natinsky commented, "Besides the big new stuff, we always spend a lot of time in our updates to focus on the little things that customers have been asking for that can make their daily lives easier. These sometimes aren’t big fancy features, but little tweaks that can still make a big difference."

SAGE Online 10.0 has begun rolling out to all SAGE Online customers. Customers will receive an "Update Available" message as soon as the new version is available to them. SAGE expects the roll-out to be complete by mid-October. There is no additional charge for the upgrade. SAGE encourages distributors who are not already SAGE Online subscribers to take advance of its complimentary 30-day subscription to SAGE Online to give it a test drive.

About SAGE Online

SAGE Online is the industry’s #1-rated and most popular product research service in the promotional products industry. Serving the majority of promotional products distributors, SAGE Online provides complete product and supplier research, impressive presentation capabilities, order management, customer relationship management (CRM), electronic catalogs, supplier specials, tradeshow information, SAGEim™ instant messaging, order tracking, and much more. SAGE Online starts at just $49 per month with reasonably priced additional user licenses to fit organizations both large and small.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® and HPPA Announce Partnership
August 19, 2013
SAGE has partnered with Houston Promotional Products Association (HPPA) to manage their 2014-2016 Hot Stuff Expo.

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SAGE has partnered with Houston Promotional Products Association (HPPA) to manage their 2014-2016 Hot Stuff Expo.

Addison, TX (August 19, 2013) – SAGE is pleased to announce a partnership with Houston Promotional Products Association (HPPA) to manage their annual Hot Stuff Expo in 2014-2016.

Christine Leard, HPPA’s President, commented, "Through our partnership with SAGE, our doors are opened to new opportunities that would not be possible without SAGE’s tradeshow management experience and marketing expertise." Leard continued, "Through this partnership, we will be able to reach more industry professionals, which will result in additional booth sales, attendance and our members will benefit greatly from the growth of this show."

With this partnership, SAGE’s Tradeshow Management Services will help market, sell and grow the HPPA Hot Stuff Expo. SAGE will also be responsible for show management, online and onsite registration services, complimentary lead retrieval for all exhibitors using SAGE’s industry-leading ShowLink™ lead retrieval service, and sponsorship sales.

SAGE Tradeshow Management Services Manager, Jennifer Bingham, said, "We are extremely excited about our new relationship with HPPA. HPPA is already a SAGE Affiliate Partner and this new relationship expands how the two organizations will be working together. The Hot Stuff Expo is one of the largest regional trade shows in Texas and we are looking forward to being a part of such a great event."

The HPPA Hot Stuff Expo, located in Houston, Texas, is an annual booth show for the promotional products industry. The Hot Stuff Expo attracts over 700 distributors from Houston and the surrounding area as well as more than 230 exhibiting suppliers.

About Houston Promotional Products Association (HPPA)

Established in 1958, Houston Promotional Products Association (HPPA) is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization comprised of over 300 firms engaged in promotional products and specialty advertising in the Southeast Texas area. Our membership includes suppliers, distributors and their sales personnel, as well as select business service companies. HPPA is dedicated to professionalism in the promotional products industry within our region and strives to promote the highest standards of business ethics among its members by creating a meeting place for education, exchange of ideas and fellowship.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces 2014 SAGE Showcase Dates
July 25, 2013
The Top Promotional Products Traveling Tradeshow For Texas Secures New Dates In June

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The Top Promotional Products Traveling Tradeshow For Texas Secures New Dates In June

Addison, TX (July 25, 2013) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, announces today the release of its 2014 SAGE Showcase dates. SAGE Showcase is a traveling tradeshow through Texas for professionals in the promotional products industry. SAGE Showcase will kick off in Dallas, TX on June 16, 2014 and travel to Fort Worth June 17th, Austin June 18th, San Antonio June 19th and end the week in Houston on June 20th. This week includes education and training on SAGE products in addition to a top notch table top trade show featuring some of the industry's top rated suppliers.

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, said "We're very excited about continuing the SAGE Showcase for another year! The 2013 SAGE Showcase exceeded expectations with a record number of attendees and great response from our exhibitors and attendees alike. Unlike the big national shows, SAGE Showcase gives distributors the opportunity to spend time with each supplier to learn about new products, exchange ideas about particular promotions and build relationships which is a perfect set up for our customer base."

SAGE Showcase provides distributors and their salespeople the best possible traveling show experience by bringing over 70 industry lines to Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and Houston. SAGE Showcase is free to attend for all distributors. PPAI Professional Development MAS/CAS credits will be available for all education sessions. For more information please visit www.SAGEshowcase.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Mobile 3.7
May 14, 2013
Social media sharing and a new interactive tradeshow floor plan make SAGE Mobile 3.7 an impressive upgrade to SAGE's industry-leading mobile app.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Mobile 3.7
Social media sharing and a new interactive tradeshow floor plan make SAGE Mobile 3.7 an impressive upgrade to SAGE's industry-leading mobile app.

Addison, TX (May 14, 2013) – SAGE announces the release of a new version of its industry-leading mobile app, SAGE Mobile™. SAGE Mobile 3.7 adds a number of powerful new features, including:

  • Social media sharing for products
  • Social media sharing for tradeshow pictures and videos
  • Interactive floor plans for tradeshows showing your walk list, booths you have visited, and booths with multimedia content that you have captured
  • Filter product list to only show tagged products
  • Sort projects by name and date
  • Search projects by name and date
  • Add show education sessions to your calendar
  • Real-time sync for tradeshow data with SAGE Online or other devices
  • Push notifications for instant alerts of important information
  • Easier to use client mode

Social media sharing is a key aspect of SAGE Mobile 3.7. Distributors can easily share a product on their Facebook or Twitter pages with the tap of a button. In addition, distributors can post pictures and videos that they capture in exhibitors' booths directly to social media as well. David Natinsky, SAGE's President, explained, "Social media continues to become a more popular and powerful way to get business and interact with customers. With this new version of SAGE Mobile, we're providing distributors another tool that they can use to leverage social media as part of their sales and customer retention efforts."

Dana Zezzo, Chief Marketing Officer for industry supplier Jetline, said "I'm very excited that SAGE Mobile now includes the ability to share products and tradeshow content on Facebook and Twitter. As many people know, I am a big believer in the power of social media and these new features will allow distributors to take advantage of that right from their mobile device."

The interactive tradeshow planner has also been a focus for SAGE Mobile in the recent past. This new version takes the interactive tradeshow floor plan to a new level by showing the user their entire walk list in a graphical view. Natinsky explained, "This new feature is an amazing tool for distributors to manage their tradeshow experience. Suppliers that you want to visit show up as red on the floor plan and turn to green as you visit them. You can also see which suppliers have notes, pictures, or videos. We're excited for distributors to be able to experience this for the first time at the upcoming Expo East show."

Natinsky continued, "The tradeshow planning area of SAGE Mobile is a really powerful asset for distributors. No other tradeshow planning app offers the advanced features that SAGE Mobile has. And the best thing is that distributors can use all of these features at every show they attend. It works the same everywhere and distributors have the same features no matter if it's PPAI Expo or a small regional show."

SAGE Mobile 3.7 is available now. Current customers can download the new version for free from the Apple App Store (for iOS devices) or the Google Play Store (for Android devices). New subscriptions to SAGE Mobile are $5 per month per device. Distributors who would like to try out SAGE Mobile, and particularly the tradeshow planning area, at the upcoming Expo East tradeshow should contact SAGE today for a complimentary 30-day evaluation subscription.

About SAGE Mobile

SAGE Mobile is the mobile companion to SAGE Online™, the industry's most popular product research and business management service. As a native app for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, SAGE Mobile provides product research, supplier research, client contact information, access to projects, full tradeshow planning and management, payment processing, and much more. Just like SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile accesses data in the cloud so that everything remains completely in sync. SAGE Mobile is available on a monthly or annual subscription plan and is licensed per mobile device.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces New Dates for SAGE Show™ 2014
May 7, 2013
The Premiere Promotional Products Tradeshow for the Central U. S. Changes Dates

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The Premiere Promotional Products Tradeshow for the Central U. S. Changes Dates

Addison, TX (May 7, 2013) – SAGE announced today new dates for the 2014 SAGE Show™, a national promotional products tradeshow in the central U.S. SAGE Show will kick off on April 23, 2014 with an education day hosted by PPAI; followed by two full show days, April 24-25, 2014, with the last day being open to hosted end-user clients. The hosted client day enables distributors to invite their clients to join them on the show floor to create a one-on-one enhanced sales experience geared towards identifying and satisfying the needs of key advertisers. The three-day event will take place at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

David Natinsky, President of SAGE, explained, "The inaugural SAGE Show in 2013 met expectations for the first year of a brand new show. But our vision is to grow the show to be much larger. Our industry research indicates that an April show would allow us to grow the show at a much faster rate. In fact, a spring show in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area was overwhelmingly preferred over February." Natinsky continued, "Our team is excited to continue to build on the 2013 SAGE Show to deliver an even bigger and better experience in April 2014."

The show will remain at the state-of-the-art Fort Worth Convention Center, allowing attendees to take advantage of the hundreds of local food, shopping and entertainment options in the area. The Convention Center is also in close proximity to DFW Airport for easy travel from anywhere.

Paul Bellantone, President and CEO of PPAI, commented, "The member feedback we received was clear that moving the SAGE Show to April would provide for the best show experience given the calendar, weather, and other factors. As an organization, we are constantly looking at ways to reach more members. One way to do that is by providing world-class tradeshows in convenient locations at convenient times. The SAGE Show, along with The PPAI Expo and Expo East, form a three-show package that allow suppliers to cover the United States in a convenient, hassle-fee manner to reach as much of our membership as possible. We are extremely excited to continue our relationship with SAGE on this important industry tradeshow."

Kippie Helzel, Vice President of Sales, of Keystone Creative Product Solutions said, "CPS is excited about the April SAGE Show. The timing is perfect to showcase our best items as the busy spring and early summer sales period begins!" Multi-Line Representative Chris Dollar from Chris Dollar Marketing Group explained, "The 2013 SAGE Show was a great show for us. We received multiple orders at the show equaling thousands of dollars in new sales. We are really looking forward to exhibiting at the 2014 show."

Exhibitors can lock in their 2014 trade show booths at The PPAI Expo, Expo East and SAGE Show, with a three show package which includes free shipping from The PPAI Expo to the SAGE Show, then from the SAGE Show to Expo East. It also includes a 15% discount on material handling at the SAGE Show and Expo East plus a one-time $500 discount per booth applied to Expo East. The three show package will be available until May 31, 2013. To signup, exhibitors should contact PPAI at 888-I-AM-PPAI. Exhibitors and attendees are invited to get more information on the SAGE Show by visiting www.SAGEshow.com.

About SAGE Show

The SAGE Show is a promotional products tradeshow in the central US. The show will be held April 23-25, 2014 in the beautiful, state-of-the-art Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The show features two full show days, a full day of professional education hosted by PPAI, a top-notch keynote speaker, a networking reception, a first-rate party, and much more. The Fort Worth area is home to hundreds of local attractions and is in close proximity to DFW International Airport for convenient access from anywhere. For more information, visit www.SAGEshow.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE ShowLink 5.0
April 12, 2013
The latest version of SAGE's lead retrieval service includes the ability to scan badges with iOS and Android devices without requiring a separate scanner.

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The latest version of SAGE's lead retrieval service includes the ability to scan badges with iOS and Android devices without requiring a separate scanner.

Addison, TX (April 12, 2013) – SAGE announces SAGE ShowLink™ 5.0, SAGE's lead retrieval service designed specifically for promotional products suppliers. As a native app for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android mobile phones and tablets, SAGE ShowLink provides tradeshow exhibitors with a complete lead retrieval and management solution without the cost, hassle and learning curve associated with getting a lead retrieval unit at each tradeshow. This latest release includes dozens of new features and updates, including:

  • Scan all barcode types using the device's camera
  • Custom questions/qualifiers
  • Real-time show statistics
  • Push notifications

ShowLink 5.0's ability to scan all barcodes using the device's camera means that the Bluetooth scanner is now optional equipment. Previously, ShowLink required an external scanner in order to scan PDF-417 barcodes, which are used at some shows. The new version also supports custom questions and qualifiers, allowing suppliers to ensure that all of the most important information is captured for effective post-show lead management.

David Natinsky, President of SAGE, commented, "This new version of ShowLink reduces the entry cost for a supplier by 63%. Now, for just $295 per device each year, suppliers can have a proven, cutting-edge lead retrieval solution for all of their tradeshows. We've already seen explosive adoption of ShowLink in the past year, but we think this latest innovation really make ShowLink a complete no-brainer for suppliers. You can go to each tradeshow and rent an archaic lead retrieval unit for upwards of $300 or more at most shows, or you can get ShowLink for $295 per year and use it at every show you go to. We think that's very compelling."

In addition to the new features, ShowLink already had a number of exclusive features, including the ability to pull a product list from the SAGE database, hot lead support to instantly send leads back to the office, the ability to sync leads among all devices in the booth, and the ability to take pictures of attendees for easier post-show recognition.

ShowLink 5.0 will be available in early May prior to the Expo East show in Atlantic City. As always, current customers as well as those who subscribe before the release will receive a complimentary upgrade to the new version as soon as it is released. In addition, suppliers who subscribe now will receive free service up until May 20, 2013, meaning that the one year subscription will extend until May 20, 2014. The same offer is available for customers adding additional licenses.

About SAGE ShowLink

SAGE ShowLink is an advanced lead retrieval service designed specifically for the promotional products industry. Using an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android device, or Windows-based laptop, suppliers can scan badges at industry tradeshows to collect leads and schedule follow-ups. ShowLink can even collect sample orders and detailed notes. All leads are automatically securely sent to the cloud for easy post-show management, reporting, and statistics. ShowLink subscriptions are $295 per year per device. The optional Bluetooth® scanner is $495.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces New Websites
March 28, 2013
Brand new modern themes, complete customization capabilities, and a host of powerful new features take SAGE websites beyond all of the rest.

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SAGE® Announces New Websites
Brand new modern themes, complete customization capabilities, and a host of powerful new features take SAGE websites beyond all of the rest.

Addison, TX (March 28, 2013) – SAGE announces a powerful suite of upgrades to its web services designed for distributors and suppliers who are looking for a new, ultra-modern web presence that is fully customizable yet easy to maintain. Some of the exciting new features include:

  • Brand new modern themes
  • Featured product on home page
  • Product carousel on home page
  • Image rotation on home page
  • Social media links
  • Share products on social media
  • Newsletter sign-up
  • Unlimited custom pages
  • Rich text editor to fully customize pages without HTML coding
  • Shipping charge calculation from FedEx, UPS, USPS, and Canada Post
  • New footer navigation
  • Client login
  • Order history
  • Account credit support
  • Coupon code / promocode support
  • Optimized for maximum SEO

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, commented, "This marks the biggest upgrade to our web services since we first started offering websites 16 years ago. We've been asking for and listening to feedback from our customers – what they like about our sites, what they wished was different, and what they don't like about our competitors' offerings. We've packaged all of that feedback into this upgrade and we're really excited to be giving both our customers the ability to have a world-class, modern web presence at a reasonable price."

SAGE WebExpress and WebExpress Pro, SAGE's website and content management platforms, now include a set of modern new themes, complete with social media capabilities, newsletter sign-up, featured products, new footer navigation, and much more. Distributors and suppliers can also create an unlimited number of custom pages, all designed with an intuitive rich-text editor that makes editing your website as simple as editing a document in Microsoft Word.

Natinsky continued, "A lot of the feedback we got was that companies in our industry are looking to stand out and be different and they want their website to reflect that. So we've spent a lot of time ensuring that our new sites are fully customizable with literally hundreds of options and settings. This allows each of our customers to design a unique web presence that suits them without having to incur the cost and headaches involved with developing a completely custom site."

The e-commerce functionality within WebExpress Pro and PromoSearch, SAGE's online search engine for promotional products with full e-commerce capabilities, has also been enhanced to include client login and order history support, coupon and promocode support, shipping methods with integration directly to FedEx, UPS, USPS, and Canada Post, and much more.

SAGE has thousands of customers using its existing websites and expects most of those customers to move to the new, upgraded sites in the very near future. The upgrades are provided at no additional charge and SAGE has implemented a unique one-touch upgrade process so that existing sites can be converted in seconds without losing any prior customizations or content. SAGE also continues to offer its popular maintenance packages for customers who are looking for a professional, hassle-fee service to manage their SAGE website.

Potential customers can view a live demonstration site showcasing the new SAGE websites by visiting www.TryWebExpressPro.com. More information can also be obtained by visiting www.SAGEworld.com, emailing sales@sageworld.com, or calling SAGE at 800.925.7243.

About SAGE Websites

SAGE website services include a comprehensive suite of web-related services, including:

  • SAGE WebExpress (free), our complimentary, entry-level website that is provided to all SAGE Online subscribers
  • SAGE WebExpress Pro ($39/mo), our powerful website content management system providing everything a company needs to have a powerful, modern, fully customizable web presence
  • SAGE PromoSearch ($39/mo), our promotional products search engine module with full e-commerce capabilities, for our websites or third party sites
  • SAGE Company Stores ($19/mo/store), turn-key company store solutions with complete e-commerce support and advanced features

All of SAGE's web services are managed through SAGEmember.com, SAGE's intuitive backend management platform. Services are hosted from SAGE's own state-of-the-art network operations center. For more information and to see demo sites, please visit www.SAGEworld.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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Signworld Selects SAGE® For Product Research And Business Management Solution
May 7, 2013
SAGE and Signworld, announce that Signworld has selected SAGE to provide product research and other business management solutions for its owners

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SAGE and Signworld, announce that Signworld has selected SAGE to provide product research and other business management solutions for its owners.

Addison, TX (February 12, 2013) – SAGE and Signworld, a sign organization with over 270 affiliated companies, announce that Signworld has selected SAGE to provide product research and other business management solutions for its owners. SAGE will offer Signworld owners a special corporate discount which gives each location the ability to have the promotional product industry's most popular product research and business management tool, SAGE Online.

"We're excited to be providing SAGE products and services to Signworld owners. We recognize that the sign industry and the promotional products industry have many synergies, and are excited to provide the Signworld network access to this additional revenue stream," said Jarod Thorndike, Director of Distributor Sales of SAGE.

Dan Werner, VP of Operations for Signworld, said, "Promotional products have been an increasing percentage of our business. Having our locations include promotional products to their list of services makes our Signworld locations a one-stop shop for customers. We are thrilled to be working with SAGE and to able to provide their impressive set of products and services as an additional resource to our owners. SAGE's various tools and resources will be a great asset to our locations and we anticipate that they will benefit from this opportunity."

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

About Signworld

Signworld is a turn-key business opportunity offering a complete start-up package for those wishing to enter the sign and graphics marketplace. With more than 270 independently owned sign companies, which provide commercial custom signage and graphics, Signworld is the 4th largest sign franchise in the world. The Signworld business model is personable, creative, rewarding and ideal for people-oriented individuals who have the desire to learn how to manage a sales and production business. Signworld affiliates are a cut above traditional sign companies. Ongoing support and training is provided along with state-of-the-art equipment. Best of all, the Signworld business model runs on a no royalty concept. You can learn more about Signworld at www.signworld.org.

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FASTSIGNS® Adds SAGE® For Promotional Product Research And Support
February 4, 2013
SAGE and FASTSIGNS International, Inc., announced that FASTSIGNS has selected SAGE to provide promotional product research and other support for its franchise partners.

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SAGE and FASTSIGNS International, Inc., announced that FASTSIGNS has selected SAGE to provide promotional product research and other support for its franchise partners.

Addison, TX (February 4, 2013) – SAGE and FASTSIGNS International, Inc., the world-class sign and graphics franchisor of FASTSIGNS® centers, announced that FASTSIGNS has selected SAGE to provide promotional product research and other support for its franchise partners.

SAGE will provide FASTSIGNS franchise partners a special corporate package which gives each location SAGE Online, the promotional product industry's most popular product research service and SAGE PromoSearch, a promotional products search engine with full e-commerce for their websites, along with membership in the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). PPAI is the world's largest and oldest international not-for-profit promotional products association. In addition to the corporate package, FASTSIGNS franchise partners will receive a discount on SAGE's other products and services. FASTSIGNS will also be incorporating PPAI's professional development resources into their franchisee training programs.

"We're exceedingly pleased to be providing SAGE services to FASTSIGNS franchise partners. We look forward to a long relationship with such a well-known and growing company," said Jarod Thorndike, Distributor Sales and Strategic Accounts Manager of SAGE.

Matt Miles, Director of Technology for FASTSIGNS, said, "We're very excited to be working with SAGE and PPAI to provide their impressive products and services as an additional resource to our franchise partners. SAGE's various tools and PPAI's professional development offerings will be a great asset to our network."

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

About FASTSIGNS

FASTSIGNS® is a sign, graphics and visual communications company that helps customers of all sizes – across all industries – meet their business objectives and increase their business visibility. Some of the products and services that FASTSIGNS uses to provide comprehensive solutions include vehicle, floor and window graphics, point of purchase signs, digital signs, labels and decals, architectural and interior décor signs, printing, promotional products and wearables, mobile marketing and other related marketing services. To learn more, visit www.fastsigns.com or call 800-FASTSIGNS for a location near you.

About PPAI

Promotional Products Association International is the world's largest and oldest international not-for-profit promotional products association with a 110-year history of serving a membership that has grown to more than 10,600 corporate members; and advocating for the $17.7 billion promotional products industry with its more than 31,000 businesses and 432,000 professionals. The multi-billion-dollar industry includes wearables, writing instruments, calendars, drinkware and many other items, usually imprinted with a company's name, logo or message. PPAI offers education, tradeshows, publications, business products and services, mentoring, technology and legislative support to its members. PPAI created and maintains the UPIC (Universal Promotional Identification Code), the industry's only free identification system and universal company database. For information regarding PPAI or to learn more about the proven power of promotional products (including research and case studies), visit the PPAI website at www.ppai.org.

For more information on FASTSIGNS visit www.fastsigns.com.

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Barbara Corcoran To Speak At SAGE Show
January 25, 2013
ABC's "Shark Tank" contributor Barbara Corcoran to speak at the SAGE Show next month.

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ABC's "Shark Tank" contributor Barbara Corcoran to speak at the SAGE Show next month.

Addison, TX (January 25, 2013) – Barbara Corcoran, a real-estate mogul who is also one of five "shark" investors on ABC's "Shark Tank," has been tapped as the SAGE Show's keynote speaker. She will share her experiences as one of America's most successful businesswomen and entrepreneurs on the show's opening day of exhibits—Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 9:00am – 10:00 am at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The session is free to all promotional products distributors and suppliers.

Corcoran started New York-based real estate company The Corcoran Group in the 1970's and grew it with an initial investment of $1,000 before selling it for $70 million. Today, she's one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs, a syndicated columnist, investor, speaker, business consultant and author of three books including Shark Tales: How I turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business.

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, commented, "We are really excited to have Barbara Corcoran as the Keynote Speaker for the 2013 SAGE Show. She isn't just another celebrity speaker who lacks real substance that you too often see at events these days. Rather, Barbara is a proven entrepreneur and businesswoman with a really interesting story. Given that distributors and suppliers in our industry are mostly entrepreneurs themselves, everyone who attends will be able to relate to Barbara's story and message and should walk away with something to help make their business better."

The inaugural SAGE Show, which replaces the long-running MAPPS by SAGE Show usually held in August, also features a full education day on Tuesday, February 26th, with programming designed by PPAI from 9:00am – 3:00pm and the SAGE Conference from 10:00am – 4:45pm. The tradeshow floor is open on Wednesday from 10:00am – 4:00pm and on Thursday from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Distributors may bring their clients to the show on Thursday. The SAGE Show is free to attend for all distributors and clients. More information, including exhibitor information, exhibitor listings, show schedule, and registration information can be found at www.SAGEshow.com.

About SAGE Show

The SAGE Show is a promotional products tradeshow in the central US. In 2013, the show will be held February 26-28 in the beautiful, state-of-the-art Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The show features two full show days, a full day of professional education produced by PPAI, networking opportunities, a first-rate party, the SAGE Conference and much more. The Fort Worth area is home to hundreds of local attractions and is in close proximity to DFW International Airport for convenient access from anywhere. For more information, visit www.SAGEshow.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Mobile 3.5
January 3, 2013
The newest version of SAGE's iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android app expands the capabilities of the industry's leading mobile research solution.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Mobile 3.5
The newest version of SAGE's iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android app expands the capabilities of the industry's leading mobile research solution.

Addison, TX (January 3, 2013) – SAGE® announces a new version of SAGE Mobile™, a native app for iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, and Android mobile phones and tablets. SAGE Mobile 3.5 adds a number of powerful new features, including:

  • New mobile presentation format for giving impressive, high-tech presentations to clients from your mobile device
  • Interactive tradeshow floor plans
  • Search products by tradeshow to find items from suppliers at a particular show
  • Education listings for industry tradeshows
  • Featured exhibitors for industry tradeshows
  • Supplier information, full catalog and products can be easily accessed for each exhibitor
  • Add notes and email content from the tradeshow exhibitor area
  • Email images, catalog pages, and notes from the Projects area

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, commented, "There is no doubt that the world is becoming increasingly mobile, and distributors in our industry are no exception to that trend. Basic apps with limited functionality just won't cut it anymore. That's why we are investing a lot of our R&D efforts in mobile. We're very pleased to release this new version with a number of new features that don't exist anywhere else in our industry."

With SAGE Mobile 3.5, distributors can create presentations in SAGE Online as they have in the past, but now distributors can access the presentation on their mobile device and give clients a stunning, high-tech presentation that is sure to make an impression, especially on an iPad or Android tablet device. Distributors can also email PDF versions of the presentation to the client directly from their device. Best of all, presentations remain completely in sync with SAGE Online via the cloud.

SAGE Mobile 3.5 also includes a number of new features to the tradeshow planning area of the app. Using the tradeshow planner, distributors can access show information, exhibitor lists, education events, and more for any show in the industry. In addition, distributors can plan their walk lists for the show, take pictures or videos of cool items seen in a supplier's booth, and add notes as they walk the show floor. Now, with 3.5, distributors can also access interactive floor plans for all of the major shows, as well as search SAGE's massive product database for items from exhibitors at a particular show.

Natinsky commented, "The tradeshow planning area of SAGE Mobile is a really powerful asset for distributors. No other tradeshow planning app offers the advanced features that SAGE Mobile has. And the best thing is that distributors can use all of these features at every show they attend. It works the same everywhere and distributors have the same features no matter if it's PPAI Expo or a small regional show."

SAGE Mobile 3.5 is available now. Current customers can download the new version for free from the Apple App Store (for iOS devices) or the Google Play Store (for Android devices). New subscriptions to SAGE Mobile are $5 per month per device. Distributors who would like to try out SAGE Mobile, and particularly the tradeshow planning area, at PPAI Expo should contact SAGE today for a complimentary 30-day evaluation subscription.

About SAGE Mobile

SAGE Mobile is the mobile companion to SAGE Online™, the industry's most popular product research and business management service. Designed specifically for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, the SAGE Mobile app provides product research, supplier research, client contact information, access to projects, full tradeshow planning and management, payment processing, and much more. Just like SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile accesses data in the cloud so that everything remains completely in sync. SAGE Mobile is available on a monthly or annual subscription plan and is licensed per mobile device.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Showlink 4.5
December 19, 2012
SAGE announces a major new release of its popular lead retrieval software, SAGE ShowLink.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Showlink 4.5
SAGE announces a major new release of its popular lead retrieval software, SAGE ShowLink.

Addison, TX (December 19, 2012) – SAGE® announces the release of SAGE ShowLink™ 4.5, a native app for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android mobile phones and tablets. This latest release includes over 40 new features and updates, including these powerful new features:

  • Take pictures of attendees so you can remember what someone looked like
  • Email lead list from the device
  • Auto-selects the show based on your GPS location
  • 2-way syncing with the cloud and other devices
  • Dim on inactivity to save battery-life
  • Adjustable volume option
  • Show statistics
  • Rotate to scan (when using device's camera)
  • Number bar for scan sheet
  • iPhone 5 & iOS 6 support

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, commented, "Effective lead retrieval is becoming more and more critical to suppliers so that they can get the most value out of each tradeshow. That's why we continue to heavily invest in ShowLink. Simply put, ShowLink blows away the competition in terms of features and functionality, and this new version extends the power of ShowLink even more. Being able to use a technology-leading, powerful lead retrieval solution and also save a ton of money by not renting lead retrieval units at every show makes ShowLink a no brainer for any supplier doing more than one tradeshow in our industry."

The latest release of ShowLink allows exhibitors to take pictures of attendees. This can be helpful to remember who an attendee was when reviewing leads after a show. In addition, the new version includes full 2-way syncing for suppliers who are using multiple devices in their booths. A number of other new features, such as adjustable volume control, dim on inactivity, rotate to scan, and more are a direct result of customer feedback over the past year since ShowLink 4.0 was first released.

This new version of SAGE ShowLink is available now. SAGE ShowLink is $295 per device per year, plus a $495 one-time cost for each wireless Bluetooth® scanner. SAGE will be demonstrating SAGE ShowLink in its booths at PPAI Expo and at the SAGE Conference.

About SAGE ShowLink

SAGE ShowLink is an advanced lead retrieval service designed specifically for the promotional products industry. Using an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android device, or Windows-based laptop, along with a wireless scanner, suppliers can scan badges at industry tradeshows to collect leads and schedule follow-ups. ShowLink can even collect sample orders and detailed notes. All leads are automatically securely sent to the cloud for easy post-show management, reporting, and statistics. ShowLink subscriptions are $295 per year per device, plus $495 for the one-time purchase of the wireless scanner.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Online 9.5
December 11, 2012
SAGE announces the latest version of SAGE Online, the industry's most popular research and business management service.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Online 9.5
SAGE announces the latest version of SAGE Online, the industry's most popular research and business management service.

Addison, TX (December 11, 2012) – SAGE® announces SAGE Online™ 9.5, the latest version of the industry's most popular research and business management service. Version 9.5 includes over 75 new features and updates, including these powerful new additions:

  • New Best Match default sort algorithm
  • Use PPAI member discounted rates for FedEx shipping estimates
  • Support for USPS and Canada Post for shipping estimator
  • Veteran-owned search for suppliers
  • Woman-owned search for suppliers
  • New product compliance standards
  • Packing list form added to order management
  • View file attachments from within an order
  • Specify or change suppliers for specific items in a client-facing order forms
  • Support for SAGE Technology Partner push integration

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, commented, "This new update is packed with updates that were a direct result of customer feedback. We spend a lot of time talking to customers to find out what we can do to make SAGE Online more powerful and easier to use. Sometimes it's very small tweaks that really make the difference. We pay attention to those details and this new version is a testament to our ongoing commitment to providing the best user experience possible."

SAGE Online 9.5 includes a number of enhancements to the shipping estimator, including the ability to use discounted rated that are offered to PPAI members for FedEx shipping estimates. Shipping estimates are now also available for USPS and Canada Post. Natinsky commented, "We introduced the shipping estimator at the beginning of the year with 9.0. It gained instant popularity among users. So we focused on extending it for 9.5 to make it even more useful to users. Now any PPAI member who is using the FedEx program for discounted shipping can see the actual PPAI discounted rates instead of the published rates."

SAGE Online 9.5 also includes several new search features, further extending SAGE Online's lead in terms of search capabilities as compared to other industry research services. New search options include the ability to search for veteran-owned and woman-owned suppliers.

The new version also includes a number of new order management features, including support for packing lists and the ability to change suppliers on a per-item basis.

SAGE Online 9.5 has begun rolling out to all SAGE Online customers. Customers will receive an "update available" message as soon as the new version is available to them. There is no additional charge for the upgrade.

About SAGE Online

SAGE Online is the industry's #1-rated product research service. In 2011 alone, the number of industry distributors using SAGE Online grew 62% over 2010. Serving thousands of promotional products distributors and producing over 10 million searches per year, SAGE Online provides complete product and supplier research, impressive presentation capabilities, electronic supplier catalogs, supplier specials, tradeshow information, SAGEim™ instant messaging, order tracking, and much more. SAGE Online starts at just $49 per month with reasonably priced additional user licenses available for larger organizations.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Seminar Series Releases 2013 Schedule
November 26, 2012
SAGE® announces today the release of its 2013 SAGE Seminar Series schedule.

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SAGE® Seminar Series Releases 2013 Schedule
SAGE® announces today the release of its 2013 SAGE Seminar Series schedule.

Addison, TX (November 26, 2012) – SAGE®, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, announces today the release of its 2013 SAGE Seminar Series schedule. The 2013 Seminar Series schedule has been extended to provide more targeted and specific training sessions for existing customers as well as introductory sessions for potential customers looking for new options for their product research and business management services.

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, said "We're very excited about continuing the SAGE Seminar Series for another year. We are dedicated to providing our customers with continuous education and training on all of the SAGE products so they can get the maximum benefit out of our services. Our products are continuously being upgraded with new features and functionality and SAGE Seminar Series is a great way to learn about those new features!"

In addition to the great SAGE training, PPAI, in support of the Power of Two Partnership between PPAI and SAGE and as part of the SAGE Seminar Series, will offer a special edition of its very popular PPAI Town Hall meeting. This is your opportunity to learn more about PPAI, its benefits and why PPAI membership is so important to you, your business, and the future of the industry. You'll also gain access to an exclusive product safety overview—covering one of the most important topics of the day for any promotional products business.

SAGE Seminar Series is a traveling education and training series for distributors in the promotional products industry. SAGE Seminar Series provides distributors and their salespeople the opportunity to learn how to get the most out of their SAGE products. Seminar Series is free to attend for all qualified industry distributors. SAGE Seminar Series will be visiting 48 cities throughout the country and sessions will be available for PPAI Professional Development MAS/CAS credits.

For more information or to register, please visit www.SAGEworld.com/seminars.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.


SAGE Seminar Series Schedule 2013*

April 9 – April 11
Vancouver · Seattle · Portland

April 16 – April 17
New Orleans · Baton Rouge

April 23 – April 25
Charlotte · Raleigh · Richmond

May 21 – May 24
San Diego · Santa Ana · San Bernadito · Santa Clarita

June 11 – June 13
Jacksonville · Tampa · Ft. Lauderdale/Miami

June 18 – June 20
Pittsburgh · Cleveland · Detroit

June 25 – June 27
Houston · San Antonio · Austin

July 9 – July 11
Denver · Salt Lake City · Phoenix

July 16 – July 18
Boston · New Haven · Long Island

July 30 – August 1
Newark Area · Philadelphia · Baltimore

August 20 – August 22
St. Louis · Kansas City · Oklahoma City

August 27 – August 29
Minneapolis · Milwaukee · Chicago

September 12
Calgary

September 16 – September 17
Buffalo · East Toronto

October 1 – October 3
Atlanta · Nashville · Memphis

October 8 – October 10
Columbus · Cincinnati · Indianapolis

October 16 – October 18
Sacramento · Foster City · Modesto

* All cities and dates subject to change

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SAGE® Announces 2012 Supplier Rating Award Winners
October 24, 2012
SAGE presents A and A+ rating awards to 1,401 suppliers based on distributor ratings from SAGE Online and SAGE Mobile.

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SAGE presents A and A+ rating awards to 1,401 suppliers based on distributor ratings from SAGE Online and SAGE Mobile.

Addison, TX (October 24, 2012) – SAGE® announces its 2012 supplier rating award winners. Each year SAGE presents industry suppliers with A and A+ rating awards based on distributor ratings collected from SAGE Online and SAGE Mobile. For 2012, 820 suppliers received the top ranking of "A+", while another 581 suppliers received the second highest rating of "A". Thirty-five percent of SAGE's suppliers received an award this year, which is up from 22% receiving awards in 2011. As part of the Power of Two partnership the SAGE ratings are also incorporated into the eligibility for the annual PPAI Supplier Star Awards Competition.

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, commented, "We're proud to acknowledge our award-winning suppliers for their outstanding achievements this year. The fact that so many more suppliers received awards this year as compared to last year is a great indicator that our industry continues to move in a positive direction with a strong focus on quality, service, and product safety."

Awards are based solely on the distributor rating system that is part of SAGE Online™, the industry's most popular research and business management service, and SAGE Mobile™, the industry's first and only full-featured app for product research, supplier information, catalogs, tradeshow planning, order management, payment processing, and more.

Distributors can rate suppliers at any time using SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile, or via a "Rate us now" link provided by the supplier. Distributors can only rate each supplier one time, but may change their ratings at any time. Rating awards are given each year based on the aggregate distributor ratings. Suppliers with an "A" or "A+" aggregate rating are given an award. SAGE does not participate in any way in choosing suppliers for awards, other than tallying the aggregate distributor ratings. Distributors will find full award information for each supplier (including all industry awards), as well as the supplier's current, real-time SAGE rating in SAGE Online and SAGE Mobile.

Supplier award winners will have access to a variety of marketing collateral to promote their award status, including logos for their catalogs, websites, email signatures, etc. For more information, suppliers should contact their account representative at 800.925.7243.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Mobile 3.1
October 16, 2012
The newest version of SAGE's iPhone, iPad and Android app expands the capabilities of the industry's leading mobile research solution.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Mobile 3.1
The newest version of SAGE's iPhone, iPad and Android app expands the capabilities of the industry's leading mobile research solution.

Addison, TX (October 16, 2012) – SAGE® announces a new version of SAGE Mobile™, a native app for iPhones, iPads, and Android mobile phones and tablets. SAGE Mobile 3.1 extends the capabilities of the app with a variety of new features, including:

  • Timely ideas and fresh ideas product showcases
  • Product ratings shown from SAGE Online
  • Add multiple products to the Project Center from the product list
  • Easily save products to the last Projects folder that you used
  • Rename folders in the Project Center
  • Edit notes in the Project Center
  • Email receipts from the payment processing area
  • Void and credit payment transactions and charge authorizations
  • Tradeshows can now be fully accessed while offline
  • iPhone 5 support
  • iOS 6 support

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, commented, "This new update to our mobile app includes a number of exciting new features that our customers have requested. We spend a lot of time talking to customers about how our products are used and what can make them even better. Sometimes small tweaks or enhancements can make a huge difference in terms of the user experience. We're happy to be able to deliver on our customer's requests and make SAGE Mobile even more user-friendly and powerful."

One new feature is timely ideas and fresh ideas product showcases. SAGE has also added product rating information to SAGE Mobile. Both of these areas will complement the equivalent features already found in SAGE Online, the industry's leading research and business management tool.

SAGE Mobile 3.1 also includes a number of new features to expand the capabilities of the payment processing area of the app, which was recently introduced in v3.0. New features include the ability to email receipts, void and credit transactions, and charge authorizations. SAGE Mobile's payment processing system interfaces with the rest of the SAGE Payment Processing service, which provides competitive rates for credit card processing.

SAGE Mobile 3.1 is available now. Current customers can download the new version for free from the Apple App Store (for iOS devices) or the Google Play Store (for Android devices). New subscriptions to SAGE Mobile are $5 per month per device.

About SAGE Mobile

SAGE Mobile is the mobile companion to SAGE Online™, the industry's most popular product research and business management service. Designed specifically for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, the SAGE Mobile app provides product research, supplier research, client contact information, access to projects, full tradeshow planning and management, payment processing, and much more. Just like SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile accesses your data in the cloud so that everything remains completely in sync. SAGE Mobile is available on a monthly or annual subscription plan and is licensed per mobile device.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces Updated Company Store System
September 19, 2012
The newest version of SAGE's web-based Company Store platform includes a number of new features to provide the ultimate turn-key company store solutions.

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SAGE® Announces Updated Company Store System
The newest version of SAGE's web-based Company Store platform includes a number of new features to provide the ultimate turn-key company store solutions.

Addison, TX (September 19, 2012) – SAGE® announces a new version of its SAGE Company Store platform, a turn-key, e-commerce enabled platform for building impressive company store solutions. The new version of the Company Store platform includes a number of new features and enhancements, including:

  • Client logins
  • Client account management
  • Client order history
  • Account credit support
  • Promocode/discount support
  • Full credit card processing through SAGE Payment Processing
  • Keep products in sync with SAGE database
  • Shipping charge estimator
  • Ship via selections
  • Ability to create demonstration stores before you buy

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, commented, "We've started to see a surge in demand for company store solutions. We're really excited to be able to offer a high-end company store solution for distributors to offer their clients at a reasonable price point."

The new client login support in the Company Store platform allows clients to login and manage their individual accounts and order history, streamlining the ordering process and eliminating the need to re-enter information for each order. Distributors have complete control over the configuration of the client login support. For example, distributors can setup client users and prevent the client from making any changes or allow clients to create their own accounts on demand.

SAGE is now also offering the ability for distributors to setup and configure an unlimited number of Company Stores to demonstrate the platform to their clients, free of charge. Previously, distributors had to purchase the module before configuring and demonstrating the store. Once the store is paid for, store visitors can begin placing orders. These new features and enhancements are available now to all SAGE Company Store customers. For more information, distributors are encouraged to visit www.SAGEworld.com or to contact SAGE at 800.925.7243.

About SAGE Company Store

SAGE Company Store is a turn-key, web-based platform for providing electronic company stores to clients. Each store is fully e-commerce enabled with a variety of configuration options. Products can be added to the store from the SAGE database or from scratch. Demonstration stores can be configured to show customers before purchasing. Company Stores are just $19/month per store.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces The SAGE Conference 2013
August 29, 2012
SAGE has announced 2013 dates for its popular customer conference, to be held in conjunction with three national industry shows.

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SAGE has announced 2013 dates for its popular customer conference, to be held in conjunction with three national industry shows.

Addison, TX (August 29, 2012) – SAGE® will be hosting the SAGE Conference for the second year in a row. Due to the popularity of the first SAGE Conference at the 2012 PPAI Expo, SAGE will be expanding the SAGE Conference for 2013 to be in conjunction with three national industry tradeshows across the country. The SAGE Conference will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 in conjunction with the PPAI Expo in Las Vegas, on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the SAGE Show in Fort Worth, TX and finally on Monday, May 20, 2013 during Expo East in Atlantic City.

The conference will include several sessions for distributors and suppliers. In part, distributors will learn about the latest SAGE innovations and product features. Suppliers will also find out about SAGE's many products and services for suppliers, including vital information on how to maximize exposure on SAGE distributor research tools. There will also be sessions designed to provide interaction and collaboration, as well as information on technology trends as they relate to the industry.

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, said in connection with the announcement, "We're very eager to be able to bring many of our customers together in one location to discuss their challenges and share information. Being able to have three SAGE Conferences at the industry's three premier national tradeshows will give us the ability to cover the country and reach our entire customer base with greater ease."

The conference is free of charge and will include complimentary breakfast and lunch for attendees. Complete schedule and registration information for the conference is located at www.SAGEworld.com/conference2013.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Mobile 3.0
August 1, 2012
The newest version of SAGE's iPhone, iPad and Android app adds more than 50 new features to the industry's leading mobile research solution.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Mobile 3.0
The newest version of SAGE's iPhone, iPad and Android app adds more than 50 new features to the industry's leading mobile research solution.

Addison, TX (August 1, 2012) – SAGE® announces a new version of SAGE Mobile™, a native app for iPhones, iPads, and Android mobile phones and tablets. SAGE Mobile 3.0 adds over 50 new features and enhancements, including:

  • Full screen tile view on the iPad
  • Process credit card payments directly from your device through SAGE Payment Processing
  • New advanced search area to search by item name, dimensions, made in country, product ratings, supplier ratings, and verified only products
  • New sorting options to sort by supplier name and shipping point
  • Publications area to access the latest industry publications while on-the-go
  • Project Center management to delete and move files and folders
  • Add photos and notes to the Project Center from the road
  • View and delete photos, videos, notes and other content uploaded at a tradeshow
  • View tradeshow floor plans
  • Email multiple products at one time as well as catalog pages directly from your device

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, commented, "Mobile continues to be a very strong focus for us. We know distributors are spending more and more of their time out of their offices and we want to make them as productive and efficient as we can in that environment. It was only a year ago that we launched SAGE Mobile for iOS, the industry's first fully-featured native mobile app. Since then, we've been listening to the thousands of distributors who are using SAGE Mobile on a daily basis to perform tasks that were unthinkable just a year ago in our industry, like finding a product and emailing it to a customer from your phone, giving hightech presentations to clients using an iPad, or uploading photos of cool new products they see at a tradeshow. This new version adds a number of new market-leading features that will give distributors even more functionality and features when they are on-the-go."

SAGE Payment Processing is one new feature in 3.0. Now distributors can process payments from their mobile device through SAGE's Payment Processing service. Like the rest of SAGE Mobile, all of the data is stored in the cloud so it's readily available and fully in sync with SAGE's other services such as SAGE Online and SAGEmember.com.

SAGE also extended its tradeshow management functionality in 3.0 by adding the ability to manage photos, videos, notes, and other content that is uploaded from the tradeshow floor, as well as the ability to view the tradeshow floor plan. Content uploaded from SAGE Mobile is readily accessible in SAGE Online when users get back to their offices. Distributors can even limit searches in SAGE Online to those suppliers that they visited at a particular show.

SAGE Mobile 3.0 is available now. Current customers can download the new version for free from the Apple App Store (for iOS devices) or the Google Play Store (for Android devices). New subscriptions to SAGE Mobile are $5 per month per device. SAGE will be demonstrating SAGE Mobile 3.0 in its booths at SAAC in Long Beach, CA and MAPPS in Dallas, TX.

About SAGE Mobile

SAGE Mobile is the mobile companion to SAGE Online™, the industry's most popular product research and business management service. Designed specifically for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, the SAGE Mobile app provides product research, supplier research, client contact information, access to projects, full tradeshow planning and management, payment processing, and much more. Just like SAGE Online, SAGE Mobile accesses your data in the cloud so that everything remains completely in sync. SAGE Mobile is available on a monthly or annual subscription plan and is licensed per mobile device.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Data To Integrate With iPROMOTEu's Order Management System
July 19, 2012
SAGE® and iPROMOTEu announce that they have entered into a relationship that involves the integration of SAGE data to populate iPROMOTEu's back end Order Management system Xebra.

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SAGE® and iPROMOTEu announce that they have entered into a relationship that involves the integration of SAGE data to populate iPROMOTEu's back end Order Management system Xebra.

Addison, TX (July 19, 2012) – SAGE® and iPROMOTEu announce that they have entered into a relationship that involves the integration of SAGE data to populate iPROMOTEu's back end Order Management system Xebra, a product of industry service provider Xetex. Xetex and SAGE have built an interface that will allow iPROMOTEu Affiliates who are SAGE subscribers to have easy access to SAGE's product and supplier data directly from Xebra, making order processing faster and easier.

"We're extremely pleased that iPROMOTEu has selected SAGE as a data provider. In today's market, increasing efficiencies is not just a desire, it's a requirement. For a distributor, having integrated industry product data is a huge asset from an efficiency standpoint. We look forward to a long relationship with such a dynamic, growing company," said Jarod Thorndike, Distributor & Strategic Accounts Sales Manager of SAGE.

Mark Harmsworth, COO of iPROMOTEu, said, "We're very excited to be working with SAGE and to be able to provide our Affiliates with accurate and reliable data to assist them in growing their sales. We feel that this combination of the back-office integration and the forward facing SAGE Online will significantly increase Affiliate efficiencies."

iPROMOTEu Affiliates will have a number of options to search for products using SAGE Online and then automatically populating Xebra with that data, thus eliminating the need to re-key information. This will save time and ensure consistent, reliable information.

"We are committed to making our Order Management system an open platform and the relationship with SAGE will help us deliver a faster, more streamlined way to conduct business," Harmsworth continued. "We look forward to being able to better serve our customers through these added benefits."

About iPROMOTEu

iPROMOTEu is one of the largest and fastest growing distributor support organizations in the industry. More than 850 experienced independent promotional products distributors and their sales reps are affiliated with iPROMOTEu. iPROMOTEu offers back-office support, order financing, sales and marketing support and preferred supplier pricing to its Affiliates. iPROMOTEu affiliates own and operate their distributorship, and they do so using their own company name and identity. For more information visit www.iPROMOTEu.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE is also the exclusive technology provider for the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry's non-profit association. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Show™
July 11, 2012
The Premiere Promotional Products Tradeshow For The Central U.S.

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The Premiere Promotional Products Tradeshow For The Central U.S.

The MAPPS by SAGE Tradeshow, now known as the SAGE Show, expands to serve the entire central U.S. with a new location, a new date, a full day of professional education, new networking events and parties, a hosted client day, and an expanded partnership with Promotional Products Association International (PPAI).

Addison, TX (July 11, 2012) – SAGE®, the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions for the promotional products industry, today announced the SAGE Show™, a larger version of its long-running MAPPS by SAGE tradeshow. The new event, to take place February 26-28, 2013 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, will replace MAPPS beginning in 2013.

The SAGE Show will include two full show days, a hosted client day, a full day of professional education, a top-notch keynote speaker, a networking reception, a first-rate party, and much more. The hosted client day enables distributors to invite their clients to join them on the show floor to create a one-on-one enhanced sales experience geared towards identifying and satisfying the needs of key advertisers.

David Natinsky, President of SAGE, commented, "Over 33% of the industry's distributors are located in the central US, but there hasn't been a national-scale show in this area in quite some time. We've spent a lot of time studying what changes we could make in order to make the show the best it can possibly be. We are excited to be able to deliver an event like the SAGE Show to the central United States without adding another show to an already overcrowded calendar. It's definitely going to be a must-attend show for suppliers, distributors and clients in 2013."

As part of the transition, SAGE is moving the MAPPS show from August to February to allow suppliers to show off their new products to distributors in the central US at the beginning of the year. The show will also be relocating from the Dallas Convention Center to the beautiful, state-of-the-art Fort Worth Convention Center, allowing attendees to take advantage of the hundreds of local food, shopping and entertainment options in the area. The Convention Center is also in close proximity to DFW Airport for easy travel from anywhere.

SAGE's MAPPS Tradeshow is one of the longest running tradeshows in the industry, beginning 22 years ago. With the announcement of the SAGE Show, the MAPPS tradeshow will cease operation after this year's show in August. Natinsky explained the move, "MAPPS has always been a very successful show that everyone enjoys. Now we intend to take what worked with MAPPS and just enlarge the scale so that we can provide more education, more events, more exhibitors, and more attendees to make it an even better tradeshow experience all around."

SAGE has expanded its existing Power of Two relationship with PPAI to include the SAGE Show. PPAI will market, sell and help grow the SAGE Show alongside The PPAI Expo (Las Vegas), and EXPO East (Atlantic City), a collaboration between PPAI and SAAGNY. In addition, PPAI will be producing the professional education at the SAGE Show.

Paul Bellantone, PPAI's President and CEO, said, "This past year has been one of listening to and learning from our membership. The SAGE Show is further evidence that we're taking strong, decisive, forward-thinking actions based on that feedback. With our recent launch of Expo East in Atlantic City and this expanded relationship with SAGE, we're creating a simple, convenient and powerful opportunity for suppliers and distributors to cover the United States in the first half of the year. Clearly, the expanded Power of Two relationship with SAGE makes sense for PPAI and the industry, but I am especially pleased that we were able to create these member-focused opportunities without adding another tradeshow to an already overcrowded calendar."

Natinsky added, "PPAI has been producing tradeshows in our industry longer than anyone else. The PPAI Expo is the largest show in our industry hands-down. We're excited to be working with such a great partner and we're looking forward to leveraging PPAI's tradeshow experience to make the SAGE Show the best it can be."

The second show day will be a hosted client day, where distributors can invite their clients to join them on the show floor. Clients' badges will identify them as such and list their associated distributor's information. Natinsky commented, "While we are the first national-scale show to add a client component, 16 of the 28 regional associations currently have client shows which are very successful and appreciated by suppliers, distributors, and clients who attend. We think the DFW area is a particularly good fit for this type of event due to the hundreds of large corporations headquartered in the area."

Exhibitors at the 2012 MAPPS by SAGE Tradeshow will have the opportunity to lock in their 2013 SAGE Show booths at the 2012 price of $850 per booth for booths purchased by November 1, 2012. Exhibitors and attendees are invited to get more information on the SAGE Show by visiting www.SAGEshow.com.

About SAGE Show

The SAGE Show is a promotional products tradeshow in the central US, formerly known as MAPPS by SAGE. In 2013, the show will be held February 26-28 in the beautiful, state-ofthe-art Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The show features two full show days, a full day of professional education produced by PPAI, a top-notch keynote speaker, a networking reception, a first-rate party, and much more. The Fort Worth area is home to hundreds of local attractions and is in close proximity to DFW International Airport for convenient access from anywhere. For more information, visit www.SAGEshow.com.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ and SAGE Mobile™ research and business management services, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE ShowLink For Android
April 17, 2012
SAGE announces a native Android version of its popular lead retrieval software, SAGE ShowLink

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SAGE® Announces SAGE ShowLink For Android
SAGE announces a native Android version of its popular lead retrieval software, SAGE ShowLink

Carrollton, TX (April 17, 2012) – SAGE announces the release of SAGE ShowLink™ for Android, a native app for Android mobile phones and tablets. SAGE ShowLink for Android provides the following features for industry suppliers that have Android devices:

  • Works with badges from popular industry shows
  • Eliminates need to rent lead retrieval units
  • Supports badges with 2D barcodes (with scanner) and QR Codes (with scanner or internal camera)
  • Offline or online mode (Internet connection not required during show)
  • Add items, notes, salesperson and other information for each lead
  • Schedule leads for follow-up
  • Show items can be pulled from the SAGE product database
  • Scan from multiple devices in your booth at once
  • Send hot leads back to the office in real-time during the show
  • Leads automatically uploaded to SAGEmember.com for easy management, statistics and reporting

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, commented, "We recognize that effective lead retrieval is a critical piece of a supplier's trade show experience. That being said, many of the industry shows offer no lead retrieval. And for those that do, it's often terribly archaic and very expensive. ShowLink fills that void. It's low-cost, technologically advanced, and was designed specifically for the promotional products industry. And this new version extends ShowLink to Android users."

Using SAGE ShowLink for Android, suppliers can scan badges at popular industry trade shows without having to rent scanners or take business cards. Leads are automatically uploaded to a central management site for post-show management and reporting. ShowLink interfaces with an external wireless scanner to make scanning effortless. The new app gives booth personnel the ability to scan from their own mobile devices without the need for external electricity or laptops.

This new version of SAGE ShowLink is available now. SAGE ShowLink is $295 per device per year, plus a $495 one-time cost for each wireless Bluetooth® scanner. SAGE will be demonstrating SAGE ShowLink in its booths at Promotions East and SAAC.

About SAGE ShowLink

SAGE ShowLink is a lead retrieval service designed specifically for the promotional products industry. Using a Windows laptop or an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android device, along with an external scanner, suppliers can scan badges at industry tradeshows to collect leads and schedule follow-ups. ShowLink can even collect sample orders and detailed notes. All leads are automatically sent to a central site for easy post-show management and reporting. ShowLink subscriptions are $295 per year per device, plus the one-time cost of the scanner.

About SAGE

SAGE, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ research and business management service, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, ecommerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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PPAW becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
April 16, 2012
Promotional Products Association of Wisconsin members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

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PPAW becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
Promotional Products Association of Wisconsin members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

Carrollton, TX (April 16, 2012) – The Promotional Products Association of Wisconsin (PPAW) and SAGE are pleased to announce that PPAW has become a SAGE Affiliate. As a SAGE Affiliate, members of PPAW are entitled to discounts on a variety of SAGE services, including:

  • SAGE Online™, the industry's leading product research and business management tool for distributors.
  • SAGE Mobile™, the first ever mobile research solution for promotional products, suppliers and tradeshows.
  • SAGE WebExpress Pro™, a dynamic user-customizable website offering a turnkey, modern web presence.
  • SAGE WebStore™, a complete product research module for distributor websites to provide end-user research capabilities and e-commerce.
  • SAGE Company Store™, a fully-customizable turn-key company store module for distributors to provide modern online storefronts for their customers.

Current SAGE subscribers may contact SAGE to apply the PPAW discount to their current subscriptions effective as of the next renewal. PPAW members who add SAGE services can obtain the discount by noting PPAW membership on the application.

In addition to discounts on SAGE services, SAGE will also provide PPAW members with a variety of services as part of the relationship, including an association website and access to SAGE's marketing resources.

David Natinsky, president of SAGE, said, "We're very excited to have partnered with PPAW and we are looking forward to providing their members with great discounts on SAGE services as another valuable benefit of PPAW membership."

"We are constantly striving for the best possible benefits for our association and its members. The cost effectiveness of SAGE, and their dedication to providing cost effective programs to the industry as a whole, will surely be a stepping stone in creating profitable business for PPAW members," said Frank Popp, Executive Director of PPAW.

Natinsky continued, "The SAGE Affiliate Program is just one way we can show our support for PPAW and all of the industry's other regional associations. Please consider joining your regional association today, if you are not already a member!"

About PPAW

The Promotional Products Association of Wisconsin is a professional organization in the Promotional Products-Advertising Specialties industry that provides their members with regionally focused professional development and social opportunities. Founded in 1988, PPAW encourages professional synergism and social camaraderie among our distributor and supplier members. Their efforts are devoted to promoting activities that strengthen and empower members by offering a range of business and educational opportunities. For more information on PPAW visit www.ppaw.org.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE Names Supplier Sales Manager
April 2, 2012
SAGE hires experienced sales and marketing veteran to manage supplier sales department

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SAGE Names Supplier Sales Manager
SAGE hires experienced sales and marketing veteran to manage supplier sales department

Addison, TX (April 2, 2012) – Jay Stifolter, a sales veteran, has been hired to manage SAGE's supplier sales department.

"When we began our search for a Supplier Sales Manager, we had a long list of qualities that the right person would need to possess. We were looking for a candidate with all of these qualities as well someone with the right personality to fit with our company culture." says David Natinsky, President of SAGE. "Jay encompassed everything we were seeking and more. We are excited about him joining SAGE."

Stifolter joined the SAGE team in March and will begin managing the supplier sales department at SAGE immediately. Stifolter was born and raised in Nashville, TN and attended the University of Memphis. He began his career at Clear Channel Communications as an Account Executive and quickly was promoted to Senior Account Manager. Stifolter grew his knowledge of TV advertising, digital media and online advertising while holding positions at ION Media as Sales Manager and The Commercial Appeal as Online Sales Director. His years in the advertising and digital media industry will provide crucial experience for Stifolter in his new position given the continued growth of SAGE's online advertising and marketing services for industry suppliers.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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PPAMS Provides Complimentary SAGE Showlink
February 16, 2012
SAGE ShowLink, the industry's only lead retrieval service, was provided to exhibitors at the recent PPAMS tabletop show

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PPAMS Provides Complimentary SAGE Showlink
SAGE ShowLink, the industry's only lead retrieval service, was provided to exhibitors at the recent PPAMS tabletop show

Addison, TX (February 16, 2012) – Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South (PPAMS) was the first regional association to provided exhibitors with complimentary SAGE ShowLink lead retrieval for use at their tabletop show on February 7-9, 2012.

SAGE ShowLink is the only lead retrieval system available that was specifically designed for the promotional products industry. The cutting edge system is completely portable. Exhibitors can bring their laptop computer or Apple iOS device and a handheld scanner from one tradeshow to the next. The software application gives exhibitors the ability to scan badges and manage tradeshow leads, including downloading reports and statistics after the show.

The complimentary light version of SAGE ShowLink lead retrieval software was provided to all exhibitors that had access to an Apple iOS device including iPhone®, iPad® or iPod Touch®. "For some time now, I have been on the fence whether or not to purchase a SAGE ShowLink scanner and software. During the PPAMS show in Nashville earlier this month, SAGE was on site and just happened to have the device I had been waiting on. A Bluetooth® scanner that would link right to my iPhone® and the ShowLink application SAGE also offers," said John Hill, Senior Sales Executive at STUFFED TEES. "For many years now STUFFED TEES has rented a lead retrieval device and we can now say, 'No more renting for us.' Thanks SAGE for showing and selling me the device and offering such great customer service."

Mark Farrar, Executive Director for PPAMS said "We are constantly looking for new ways to serve our exhibitors and set our show apart. Including SAGE ShowLink as part of their booth fee was a no brainer. Only a handful of shows give their exhibitors complimentary lead retrieval -- they loved it!".

For more information on how to use SAGE ShowLink, please call your SAGE Account Representative today.

About PPAMS

The Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South (PPAMS) was formed in 1995 as a meeting ground for suppliers and distributors in the industry. Their mission is to meet the rapidly evolving needs of our members while enhancing sales opportunities and profitability. PPAMS offers lucrative networking opportunities with industry colleagues, the chance to increase your business knowledge through education programs, plus the opportunity to see the latest products at their annual PPAMS MidSouth Promo Show and Road Shows, which attract over 1,000 attendees annually. For more information, please visit www.PPAMS.com or call 615.465.8109.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE Celebrates 20 Years In The Industry
February 14, 2012
SAGE celebrates its birthday on February 18th, marking 20 years providing cutting-edge business services to the promotional products industry

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SAGE Celebrates 20 Years In The Industry
SAGE celebrates its birthday on February 18th, marking 20 years providing cutting-edge business services to the promotional products industry

Addison, TX (February 14, 2012) – SAGE, a leading research and business services provider for the promotional products industry, will celebrate its 20th birthday on February 18th. SAGE will be hosting a reception at its offices for employees to mark the occasion. David Natinsky, President of SAGE, commented, "We are really excited to be celebrating such an historic event. It's hard to believe that it's been 20 years, but when we think about what the industry was like and what technology was like back in 1992, you start to realize how much has changed in two decades."

The company's roots in the promotional products industry began in 1992 when SAGE introduced its first product, QuickCredit, to the industry. QuickCredit was software designed to save suppliers money when using dial-up credit services. But the software never caught on, which caused SAGE to turn its focus to providing a cutting-edge research service that it called the SAGE Information System™. It was a text-only, dial-up service that allowed distributors to obtain real-time supplier and product information through a dial-up modem. Eric Natinsky, CEO of SAGE, recalls, "The system was way ahead of its time back then. There was no Internet and no Microsoft Windows. We would explain to people at shows that they needed to use their modem to dial-in to the service and they would look at us like we had eight heads."

But things changed in the mid-1990s when people started to learn about, and connect to, the Internet. By then, the SAGE Information System had become known as SAGE Online™, and the industry's first online research service was now available to everyone via the Internet.

Over the years since that time, SAGE has become the industry's leading provider of research and business services, expanding into a variety of areas and bringing a number of technology "firsts" to the industry. David Natinsky explained, "Our goal is to provide businesses in the industry with all of the tools and services that they need to effectively run their businesses." Today, in addition to its flagship SAGE Online™ distributor research service, SAGE also provides mobile research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, marketing and advertising services, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, the MAPPS™ show, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE Introduces SAGE QuickCodes
January 27, 2012
SAGE QuickCodes allow distributors to easily find suppliers' information and products in SAGE Mobile

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SAGE Introduces SAGE QuickCodes
SAGE QuickCodes allow distributors to easily find suppliers' information and products in SAGE Mobile

Addison, TX (January 27, 2012) – SAGE introduced its new QuickCode technology to the industry at the PPAI Expo in Las Vegas. SAGE QuickCodes are barcodes that uniquely identify each supplier in the industry. The QuickCodes were displayed on signs in each supplier's booth. Distributors used SAGE Mobile, SAGE's market-leading mobile application for research and business management, to scan the QuickCode and easily locate the supplier in the exhibitor list. Distributors could then mark the supplier as visited and even upload pictures, video and audio notes from the booth. All of this content is then accessible in SAGE Online when the distributors return to their offices.

David Natinsky, President of SAGE, commented, “QuickCodes are a key new development to make it easier for distributors to identify and find suppliers who are listed in SAGE. At the larger tradeshows like PPAI Expo, distributors really need a tradeshow planning and management tool in order to make the most of the show. Otherwise, it's pretty overwhelming. QuickCodes are an integral part of SAGE Mobile 2.0's tradeshow area.”

Suppliers can download their QuickCode signs from SAGEmember.com. SAGE offers a booth sign that is designed to be put in the supplier's booth at every tradeshow. There is also a smaller QuickCode “bug” that can be put on any marketing material, such as catalogs and flyers.

In order to scan a QuickCode, distributors use SAGE Mobile, which is available as a native iPhone/iPad app as well as the just released Android version. SAGE offers a free 30-day trial of SAGE Mobile for distributors who do not already have a subscription. Distributors can find out more at www.sageworld.com or by calling 800.925.7243.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ research service, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE has offices in Addison, Texas and Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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First SAGE Conference Is A Huge Success
January 12, 2012
SAGE hosted the inaugural SAGE Conference at 2012 PPAI Expo

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First SAGE Conference Is A Huge Success
SAGE hosted the inaugural SAGE Conference at 2012 PPAI Expo

Addison, TX (January 12, 2012) – Over 450 people attended the inaugural SAGE Conference held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV in conjunction with the PPAI Expo on January 3, 2012.

Attendees were greeted by a complimentary breakfast as well as a welcome message from David Natinsky, President of SAGE. “We were so excited about hosting our first Conference,” said Natinsky. “The SAGE Conference is an event where distributors and supplier, alike, can really get to know SAGE products and all the features we offer that can benefit their company.”

Throughout the day, guests attended the following sessions:

  • SAGE Distributor Overview
  • SAGE Supplier Overview
  • SAGE Online 9.0 Presentation – What Are The New Features?
  • Extreme Marketing – How to Market Your Company in SAGE
  • Customer Appreciation Luncheon & Technology Discussion: TDD: Technology Distraction Disorder
  • SAGE Distributor and Supplier Open Forum
  • Maximizing Your Web Presence
  • SAGE Supplier Center Training
  • SAGE Beta Group Discussion

Leena Rinne, International Business Partner at FranklinCovey spoke during the technology discussion, and presented on TDD: Technology Distraction Disorder. Rinne guided attendees through a self-reflective presentation on how to use technology as a rocket booster to improve productivity in their company throughout 2012.

“Technology Distraction Disorder is exactly what most of us suffer from — the overwhelming influx of emails, texts, IM's and overall technology that inhibits our ability to function efficiently,” said Jennifer Sullivan, President of Your Partner Promotions and SAGE Conference attendee. Sullivan continued, “She offered great tips on combatting this challenge in order to be more productive in business and focus on the more important things in our life.”

“It was great to have this opportunity to meet and interact with so many of our customers. Everyone learned a lot and had a great time visiting with one another. It was definitely a success and we couldn't be more pleased with the results.” said Natinsky.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ research service, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE has offices in Addison, Texas and Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Online™ 9.0
December 28, 2011
SAGE announces the latest version of SAGE Online, the industry's most popular research and business management service

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Online™ 9.0
SAGE announces the latest version of SAGE Online, the industry's most popular research and business management service.

Addison, TX (December 28, 2011) – SAGE announces SAGE Online™ 9.0, the latest version of the industry's most popular research and business management service. Version 9.0 includes over 100 new features and updates, including these powerful new additions:

  • Custom suppliers supported in order management
  • Product ratings
  • Supplier award information
  • Search by imprint area
  • Search by and view shipping point information
  • Shipping cost estimator
  • Fresh ideas and timely ideas
  • Search by PPAI Code of Conduct
  • Client reminder alerts
  • Tradeshow pictures, video and audio notes (uploaded from SAGE Mobile)
  • Over 40 new order management features

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, commented, “People often ask us what we could possibly add to SAGE Online. Even though it has been nearly 20 years since SAGE Online was first introduced, we're constantly evaluating customer needs and taking advantage of the latest technology to make SAGE Online even better. SAGE Online 9.0 is packed with new features that we know our customers are going to really appreciate and be able to utilize.”

One of the new features in SAGE Online 9.0 is product ratings, allowing distributors to easily rate specific products on a familiar 5-star scale. Ratings can be changed at any time. Distributors can search and sort by the average product rating to benefit from other distributors' experience. This new area compliments SAGE Online's existing supplier rating area.

SAGE Online 9.0 also includes many new order management features, including the ability to add custom suppliers and a number of new QuickBooks integration features. Natinsky said, “We introduced full order management last year and it's been hugely popular. Distributors using SAGE Online for order management are seeing the benefits of having a unified product research and order management service. With SAGE Online, everything you need to run your business is in one system, increasing efficiency and minimizing mistakes and re-keying of information.”

This new version of SAGE Online will be demonstrated at the SAGE booths at the PPAI Expo and at the SAGE Conference in Las Vegas. SAGE will be rolling out 9.0 later in January to all SAGE Online customers. Customers will receive an “Update Available” message as soon as the new version is available to them. There is no additional charge for the upgrade.

SAGE Online 9.0 is the fourth new product introduction for SAGE in the past month.

About SAGE Online

SAGE Online is the industry's #1-rated product research service. In 2011 alone, the number of industry distributors using SAGE Online grew 62% over 2010. Serving thousands of promotional products distributors and producing over 10 million searches per year, SAGE Online provides complete product and supplier research, impressive presentation capabilities, electronic supplier catalogs, supplier specials, tradeshow information, SAGEim™ instant messaging, order tracking, and much more. SAGE Online starts at just $49 per month with reasonably priced additional user licenses available for larger organizations.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ research service, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE has offices in Addison, Texas and Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Mobile™ For Android
December 23, 2011
SAGE announces a native Android version of its popular SAGE Mobile research and business management service.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Mobile™ For Android
SAGE announces a native Android version of its popular SAGE Mobile research and business management service.

Addison, TX (December 23, 2011) – SAGE announces SAGE Mobile™ for Android, a native app for Android mobile phones and tablets. SAGE Mobile for Android provides the following features for industry distributors that have Android devices:

  • Full product research, including a variety of search options, complete product information, product pictures, and catalog images
  • Full supplier research, including all supplier information, catalog images, and supplier ratings
  • Projects area to access content from SAGE Online's Project Center, including viewing SAGE Online presentations on your mobile device
  • Clients area with all client information, synced with SAGE Online
  • Access orders from SAGE Online's order management area
  • Tradeshow planner to see exhibitor lists for industry shows, full exhibitor information, and the ability to save pictures, video and voice memos as you walk the show
  • “Client mode” that allows distributors to use the app interactively with clients while hiding confidential information

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, commented, "SAGE Mobile for Android was a natural next step for our mobile initiative. Our research shows that a vast majority of our customers are using either iOS devices or Android devices, which is consistent with the general business population these days. SAGE Mobile for the iPhone and iPad has been a huge hit with our customers and we're really excited to now be able to bring the same functionality to the industry's Android users."

Using SAGE Mobile for Android, industry distributors have mobile access to many of the same features that they enjoy at the desktop using SAGE Online™, the industry's most popular research and business management service. The app seamlessly integrates with SAGE Online to provide access to all of the same data too, including preference groups, personalized product pricing, client information, orders, and more. Natinsky continued, "One of the greatest things about SAGE Mobile is the integration with SAGE Online. It's really neat to see how the two platforms work together. You can access all of the same information no matter where you are or what platform you are using, and you don't have to do anything to make it do that. It's all automatic."

A subscription to the SAGE Mobile service is $5 per month or $55 per year per device, whether being accessed from the new Android app or the existing iPhone/iPad app. The app itself is a free download. The Android app will run on all of the popular Android devices, including smartphones and tablets.

SAGE Mobile for Android will be released in late January. Customers or potential customers who are interested in a complimentary 30-day trial of SAGE Mobile for Android are encouraged to contact their account representative to sign up to be notified as soon as the Android app is available.

About SAGE Mobile

SAGE Mobile is the mobile companion to SAGE Online™, which is the industry's most popular product research and business management service. SAGE Mobile for the iPhone/iPad is a native app designed specifically for devices running Apple's iOS. In the short time since SAGE Mobile for the iPhone/iPad has been available, thousands of industry distributors have subscribed to the service to gain access to product research, supplier research, order management, client contact information, projects, and tradeshow planning on-the-go. SAGE also offers SAGE Mobile for the Web for distributors that do not have another type of mobile device. SAGE Mobile is available on a monthly or annual subscription plan and is licensed per mobile device.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ research service, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE has offices in Addison, Texas and Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Mobile™ 2.0 For iPhone/iPad
December 8, 2011
SAGE releases a brand new version of its native iOS app for the iPhone and iPad with many new features

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Mobile™ 2.0 For iPhone/iPad
SAGE releases a brand new version of its native iOS app for the iPhone and iPad with many new features

Addison, TX (December 8, 2011) – SAGE announces the release of SAGE Mobile#8482; 2.0 for iPhone/iPad, the latest version of the industry's first and only native Apple iOS app with full product and supplier research. The new version 2.0 of the app comes just six months after SAGE introduced the SAGE Mobile iOS app to the industry.

The new version of the app includes over 40 new features and updates, including:

  • Tile view for product lists
  • Upload pictures, videos, and voice memos as you walk a tradeshow and access them from SAGE Online back at the office
  • Email product information (including pictures) from the road
  • Email presentations from the Project Center
  • Create folders in the Project Center
  • Add and edit supplier ratings
  • Search by company or supplier name in product search
  • Alerts from SAGE Online show on home page
  • Search tradeshows using advanced filters

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, commented, “We continue to recognize that our customers are becoming increasingly mobile and there is a strong need to have a comprehensive research and business management solution that fits in your pocket. SAGE Mobile is the only tool in the industry that can provide that.” Natinsky continued, “This new version of SAGE Mobile is packed with features that our customers have asked for and it demonstrates our ongoing commitment to provide distributors in the industry with the best tools possible to run their businesses.”

Using SAGE Mobile for iPhone/iPad, industry distributors can have mobile access to many of the same features that they enjoy at the desktop using SAGE Online™, the industry's most popular research and business management service. SAGE Mobile for iPhone/iPad allows distributors to search for products, view full product details and images, flip through supplier catalogs, view supplier information, and plan tradeshows. Plus, the app seamlessly integrates with SAGE Online to provide on-the-go access to the Project Center, Client Address Book, Order Management, and Tradeshows areas. Products can even be added to the Project Center from the road, then seamlessly accessed back at the office from SAGE Online. The app's Tradeshows area provides the ability to access and manage your tradeshow walk lists, including tagging suppliers and adding memos, pictures, video, and voice memos as you walk the show. There is also a “"client mode”" that allows distributors to use the app interactively with clients while hiding confidential information.

This new version of SAGE Mobile for iPhone/iPad is available now in Apple's App Store. Current subscribers can update by visiting the Updates page in the App Store. There is no additional charge for the new version.

About SAGE Mobile

SAGE Mobile is the mobile companion to SAGE Online™, which is the industry's most popular product research and business management service. SAGE Mobile for the iPhone/iPad is a native app designed specifically for devices running Apple's iOS. In the short time since SAGE Mobile for the iPhone/iPad has been available, thousands of industry distributors have subscribed to the service to gain access to product research, supplier research, order management, client contact information, projects, and tradeshow planning on-the-go. SAGE also offers SAGE Mobile for the Web for distributors that do not have another type of mobile device. SAGE Mobile is available on a monthly or annual subscription plan and is licensed per mobile device.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ research service, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE has offices in Addison, Texas and Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE ShowLink 4.0
December 5, 2011
SAGE releases a brand new version of its powerful lead retrieval software, including a native iOS app for the iPhone and iPad.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE ShowLink 4.0
SAGE releases a brand new version of its powerful lead retrieval software, including a native iOS app for the iPhone and iPad.

Addison, TX (December 5, 2011) – SAGE announces the release of SAGE ShowLink™ 4.0, the latest version of SAGE's market-leading lead retrieval software for industry suppliers. Version 4.0 includes a brand new iOS app for the iPhone and iPad, in addition to the traditional Windows platform. New features include:

  • Available as native iPhone/iPad app or Windows version
  • Eliminates need for electricity in booth (for iPhone/iPad app version)
  • Works with badges from popular industry shows
  • Supports badges with 2D barcodes (with scanner) and QR Codes (with scanner or internal camera)
  • Offline or online mode (Internet connection not required during show)
  • Show items can be pulled from the SAGE product database
  • Leads automatically uploaded to SAGEmember.com for easy management and reporting
  • Scan from multiple devices in your booth at once

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, commented, “We recognize that effective lead retrieval is a critical piece of a supplier's trade show experience. That being said, many of the industry shows offer no lead retrieval. And for those that do, it's often terribly archaic and very expensive. ShowLink fills that void. It's low-cost, technologically advanced, and was designed specifically for the promotional products industry. And this new version extends ShowLink to a whole new level.”

Using SAGE ShowLink 4.0, suppliers can scan badges at popular industry trade shows without having to rent scanners or take business cards. Leads are automatically uploaded to a central management site for post-show management and reporting. ShowLink interfaces with an external wireless scanner (sold separately) to make scanning effortless. The new iPhone and iPad app gives booth personnel the ability to scan from their own mobile devices without the need for external electricity or laptops.

This new version of SAGE ShowLink will be available later this month prior to the PPAI Expo. All current customers will be notified automatically as soon as 4.0 is released. SAGE ShowLink is $295 per device per year, plus the one-time cost of the scanner. SAGE will be demonstrating SAGE ShowLink 4.0 in its booths at the PPAI Expo in Las Vegas.

About SAGE ShowLink

SAGE ShowLink is a lead retrieval service designed specifically for promotional products industry. Using a Windows laptop, an iPhone, or an iPad, along with an external scanner, suppliers can scan badges at industry tradeshows to collect leads and schedule follow-ups. ShowLink can even collect sample orders and detailed notes. All leads are automatically sent to a central site for easy post-show management and reporting. ShowLink subscriptions are $295 per year per device, plus the one-time cost of the scanner. Scanners range from $495-$1,195 depending on the model.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ research service, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE has offices in Addison, Texas and Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® and The Vernon Company Announce Relationship
November 29, 2011
SAGE and The Vernon Company announce that they have entered into an agreement that involves the integration of SAGE data to populate their customer website, online stores and Vernon's proprietary On Line Order Entry System (AccountPRO).

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SAGE® And The Vernon Company Announce Relationship
SAGE and The Vernon Company announce that they have entered into an agreement that involves the integration of SAGE data to populate their customer website, online stores and Vernon's proprietary On Line Order Entry System (AccountPRO).

Addison, TX (November 29, 2011) – SAGE® and The Vernon Company announce that they have entered into an agreement that involves the integration of SAGE data to populate their customer website, online stores and Vernon's proprietary On Line Order Entry System (AccountPRO). Vernon Account Executives will now have easy access to the most current, up-to-date product and supplier data available in the industry.

“We're extremely pleased to be providing product data to The Vernon Company. We look forward to a long relationship with such a dynamic and long standing company,” said David Natinsky, President of SAGE.

Dave Regan, Vice President of The Vernon Company, said, “We're very excited to be working with SAGE and to be able to provide our representatives around the country with accurate and reliable data to assist them in growing their sales.”

“The relationship with SAGE will help The Vernon Company continue to deliver a faster, more efficient way to conduct business,” Regan continued. “We look forward to being able to better serve our customers through these added benefits.”

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ research service, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE has offices in Addison, Texas and Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

About The Vernon Company

The Vernon Company was founded in 1902 and has been a leader in corporate identity through four generations of family ownership. As one of the largest and most successful marketing firms in the nation, The Vernon Company boasts a strong AAAA1 credit rating, the highest rating from Dun & Bradstreet. Headquartered in Newton, Iowa, the company has a nationwide sales force of 380 employee account executives and 230 administrative and production employees in its corporate office and manufacturing facility.

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SAGE® Seminar Series Releases 2012 Schedule
October 26, 2011
SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, announces today the release of its 2012 SAGE Seminar Series schedule.

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SAGE® Seminar Series Releases 2012 Schedule
SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, announces today the release of its 2012 SAGE Seminar Series schedule.

Addison, TX (October 26, 2011) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the promotional products industry, announces today the release of its 2012 SAGE Seminar Series schedule.

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, said “We're very excited about continuing the SAGE Seminar Series for another year. We are dedicated to providing our customers with continuous education and training on all of the SAGE products so they can get the maximum benefit out of our tools. Our products are continuously being upgraded with new features and functionality and SAGE Seminar Series is a great way to learn about those new features!” To continue the growth of the strategic relationship with PPAI, the promotional products industry's only international not-for-profit trade association, into 2012, PPAI will be traveling to each of the Seminar Series cities. By traveling alongside SAGE, PPAI will be able to educate distributors on what PPAI is doing for them and the benefits of being a PPAI member.

SAGE Seminar Series is a traveling education and training series for distributors in the promotional products industry. SAGE Seminar Series provides distributors and their salespeople the opportunity to learn how to get the most out of their SAGE products. Seminar Series is free to attend for all qualified industry distributors. SAGE Seminar Series will be visiting 49 cities throughout the country and sessions will be available for PPAI Professional Development MAS/CAS credits.

For more information, please contact SAGE by phone at 214.631.6000, e-mail info@SAGEworld.com, or visit www.SAGEworld.com/seminars.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ research service, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE has offices in Addison, Texas and Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® MOVES INTO NEW CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS
October 21, 2011
SAGE has moved into new corporate headquarters in Addison, Texas

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SAGE has moved into new corporate headquarters in Addison, Texas

Addison, TX (October 21, 2011) – SAGE, the leading provider of information, marketing, and business management solutions to the industry, announced today that it has completed its move into new corporate headquarters in Addison, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, said "We're very excited about this move. We were totally out of room at our previous location in Carrollton. Our new facility is much more efficient and will provide the space that we need for continued growth during the next several years."

The new 28,000 square foot location will be home for most of SAGE's employees. The new facility also houses a new, state-of-the-art, network operations center with redundant backup power systems, a Diesel generator, redundant air conditioning systems, an advanced security and monitoring system, and redundant connections to the Internet with significantly more bandwidth as compared to SAGE's previous facility. The new center is 400% larger than SAGE's previous primary network operations center. Natinsky commented, "We are dedicated to providing fast and reliable services to our customers. This new primary network operations center will give us the capacity and equipment that we need to continue that commitment as we grow."

Customers are encouraged to make a note of SAGE's new address, which replaces the Highlander Way address:

16301 Quorum Drive, Suite 200A
Addison, TX 75001

All correspondence should be sent to the new address effective immediately. SAGE's phone and fax numbers remain unchanged.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ research service, SAGE also provides the industry with other research services, order management, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. SAGE has offices in Addison, Texas and Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces New Content Management System for HPPA
October 12, 2011
Houston Promotional Products Association works with SAGE to develop new, fully customizable website

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SAGE® Announces New Content Management System for HPPA
Houston Promotional Products Association works with SAGE to develop new, fully customizable website

Addison, TX (October 12, 2011) – The Houston Promotional Products Association has worked closely with SAGE to become the first regional association to use the new SAGE Content Management System to create a unique website that is completely customizable.

In the past, HPPA has gone through several revisions of the HPPA website and, within the past year, found that they had outgrown their website's capabilities. Using SAGE's newly developed Content Management System, the website is now fresh and unique. The CMS feature allows HPPA to login and control the entire website.

“For years, HPPA took advantage of the no-charge website offered by SAGE but we outgrew its capabilities,” said Kim Reinecker, CAS, HPPA Membership Co-Chair/Technology. “Not only did SAGE create a wonderful website for us, they helped us streamline our payment processing system by suggesting MerchantFocus. Working with our new SAGE CMS website has been easier than we have ever dreamed.”

HPPA was able to pick from three different concept layouts designed by the SAGE graphic design team. SAGE integrated the selected look of the website into the Content Management System and now HPPA is able to control the navigation elements of the website, rotate images, add text and pages, and much more.

“It has always been a pleasure working with HPPA over the years on their website. We look forward to pushing the envelope with this new Content Management System,” said Chris Sumpter, Director of Web Development at SAGE.

For more information about the Content Management System and other website options, contact your SAGE account representative at 800.925.7243.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Addison, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ research service, SAGE also provides the industry with other research tools, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, payment processing services, end user catalogs, artwork services, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

About HPPA

Established in 1958, Houston Promotional Products Association (HPPA) is a 501 (c) (6) not-for-profit organization comprised of over 300 firms engaged in promotional products and specialty advertising in the Southeast Texas area. Our membership includes suppliers, distributors and their sales personnel, as well as select business service companies. HPPA is dedicated to professionalism in the promotional products industry within our region and strives to promote the highest standards of business ethics among its members by creating a meeting place for education, exchange of ideas and fellowship.

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SAGE® ANNOUNCES THE SAGE CONFERENCE 2012
October 6, 2011
SAGE has announced its first annual customer conference, SAGE Conference 2012, to be held in conjunction with the PPAI EXPO in January.

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SAGE has announced its first annual customer conference, SAGE Conference 2012, to be held in conjunction with the PPAI EXPO in January.

Carrollton, TX (October 6, 2011) – SAGE will be hosting the first annual SAGE Conference on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 in conjunction with the PPAI EXPO in Las Vegas. The conference will include several sessions for distributors, suppliers, and regional association leaders. In part, distributors will learn about the latest SAGE innovations and product features. Suppliers will also find out about SAGE's many products and services for suppliers, including vital information on how to maximize exposure on SAGE distributor research tools. There will also be sessions designed to provide interaction and collaboration, as well as information on technology trends as they relate to the industry.

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, said in connection with the announcement, “We're very excited to be able to bring many of our customers together in one location to discuss their challenges and share information. Since the PPAI EXPO is the largest tradeshow of the year, it only made sense to have the conference in conjunction with EXPO to make it as convenient as possible for our customers to attend.”

The conference is free of charge and will include complimentary breakfast and lunch for attendees. Complete schedule and registration information for the conference is located at www.SAGEworld.com/conference2012. To register for EXPO, please visit www.thePPAIexpo.com.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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NWPMA becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
July 26, 2011
Northwest Promotional Marketing Association members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

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NWPMA becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
Northwest Promotional Marketing Association members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

Carrollton, TX (July 26, 2011) – The Northwest Promotional Marketing Association (NWPMA) and SAGE are pleased to announce that NWPMA has become a SAGE Affiliate. As a SAGE Affiliate, members of NWPMA are entitled to discounts on a variety of SAGE services, including:

  • SAGE Online™, the industry's leading product research and presentation tool for distributors.
  • SAGE Mobile, the first ever mobile research solution for promotional products, suppliers and tradeshows.
  • SAGE WebExpress Pro™, a dynamic, fully-customizable website system offering a turn-key, modern web presence for suppliers and distributors.
  • SAGE WebStore™, a complete product research module for distributor websites to provide end-user research capabilities and e-commerce.
  • SAGE Company Store, a fully-customizable turn-key company store module for distributors to provide dynamic, modern online storefronts for their customers.

Current SAGE subscribers may contact SAGE to apply the NWPMA discount to their current subscriptions effective as of the next renewal. NWPMA members who add SAGE services can obtain the discount by noting NWPMA membership on the application.

In addition to discounts on SAGE services, SAGE will also provide NWPMA members with a variety of services as part of the relationship, including an association website and access to SAGE's marketing resources.

David Natinsky, President of SAGE, said, “We're excited to be partnering with NWPMA and we are looking forward to providing their members with great discounts on SAGE services as another valuable benefit of NWPMA membership.”

Stacy Garrett, President of NWPMA, said, “We are so excited to be able to offer our members another fantastic benefit. It is a win-win for everyone involved.”

Natinsky continued, “"SAGE is a huge supporter of regional associations and the SAGE Affiliate Program is one way we can show our support for NWPMA and all of the industry's other regional associations. If you aren't already a member of your regional association, please consider joining today!”

About NWPMA

The Northwest Promotional Marketing Association (NWPMA) is an organization that aims to create productive networking opportunities to enhance our members' professionalism and success through Professional Development, Tradeshows and Social Events. For more information about NWPMA, call 815.366.7972 or visit www.NWPMA.orgtoday.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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MAPPA becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
August 1, 2011
Mid-Atlantic Promotional Products Association members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

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MAPPA becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
Mid-Atlantic Promotional Products Association members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

Carrollton, TX (August 1, 2011) – The Mid-Atlantic Promotional Products Association (MAPPA) and SAGE are pleased to announce that MAPPA has become a SAGE Affiliate. As a SAGE Affiliate, members of MAPPA are entitled to discounts on a variety of SAGE services, including:

  • SAGE Online™, the industry's leading product research and presentation tool for distributors.
  • SAGE Mobile, the first ever mobile research solution for promotional products, suppliers and tradeshows.
  • SAGE WebExpress Pro™, a dynamic, fully-customizable website system offering a turn-key, modern web presence for suppliers and distributors.
  • SAGE WebStore™, a complete product research module for distributor websites to provide end-user research capabilities and e-commerce.
  • SAGE Company Store, a fully-customizable turn-key company store module for distributors to provide dynamic, modern online storefronts for their customers.

Current SAGE subscribers may contact SAGE to apply the MAPPA discount to their current subscriptions effective as of the next renewal. MAPPA members who add SAGE services can obtain the discount by noting MAPPA membership on the application.

In addition to discounts on SAGE services, SAGE will also provide MAPPA members with a variety of services as part of the relationship, including an association website and access to SAGE's marketing resources.

David Natinsky, President of SAGE, said, “We're excited to be partnering with MAPPA and we are looking forward to providing their members with great discounts on SAGE services as another valuable benefit of MAPPA membership.”

Larry Arntz, Board President of MAPPA, said, “MAPPA is thrilled to be the newest member of the SAGE Affiliate Program. We are certain this partnership will allow us to bring more resources to our membership and help to advance the promotional products industry throughout Virginia.”

Natinsky continued, “SAGE is a huge supporter of regional associations and the SAGE Affiliate Program is one way we can show our support for MAPPA and all of the industry's other regional associations. If you aren't already a member of your regional association, please consider joining today!"”

About MAPPA

The Mid-Atlantic Promotional Products Association (MAPPA) is an organization that through trade shows, social events and education, works to foster the relationships of Suppliers and Distributors to continue to grow the business in these areas. MAPPA also works to include our end-users in this process by offering end-user tradeshows. We want to help you build your business by offering Exclusive Tradeshows, Networking Opportunities, Industry Connections and Professional Development. For more information about MAPPA, call (757) 491-3114 or visit www.WhyMappa.orgtoday.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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NEPPA becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
August 1, 2011
New England Promotional Products Association members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

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NEPPA becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
New England Promotional Products Association members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

Carrollton, TX (August 1, 2011) – The New England Promotional Products Association (NEPPA) and SAGE are pleased to announce that NEPPA has become a SAGE Affiliate. As a SAGE Affiliate, members of NEPPA are entitled to discounts on a variety of SAGE services, including:

  • SAGE Online™, the industry's leading product research and presentation tool for distributors.
  • SAGE Mobile, the first ever mobile research solution for promotional products, suppliers and tradeshows.
  • SAGE WebExpress Pro™, a dynamic, fully-customizable website system offering a turn-key, modern web presence for suppliers and distributors.
  • SAGE WebStore™, a complete product research module for distributor websites to provide end-user research capabilities and e-commerce.
  • SAGE Company Store, a fully-customizable turn-key company store module for distributors to provide dynamic, modern online storefronts for their customers.

Current SAGE subscribers may contact SAGE to apply the NEPPA discount to their current subscriptions effective as of the next renewal. NEPPA members who add SAGE services can obtain the discount by noting NEPPA membership on the application.

In addition to discounts on SAGE services, SAGE will also provide NEPPA members with a variety of services as part of the relationship, including an association website and access to SAGE's marketing resources.

David Natinsky, President of SAGE, said, “We're very excited to have partnered with NEPPA and we are looking forward to providing their members with great discounts on SAGE services as another valuable benefit of NEPPA membership.”

Wanda Levy, President of NEPPA, said, “This partnership is a very valuable addition to our members and we're hoping that all of our members will all take advantage of it. We're also excited about using SAGE's marketing resources and other association benefits to help grow and strengthen the association.”

Natinsky continued, “SAGE is a huge supporter of regional associations and the SAGE Affiliate Program is one way we can show our support for NEPPA and all of the industry's other regional associations. If you aren't already a member of your regional association, please consider joining today!"”

About NEPPA

The New England Promotional Products Association (NEPPA) is an organization dedicated to enriching and professionally representing the New England promotional products industry through education, information, support and volunteerism. For more information about NEPPA, call 603-529-8400 or visit www.neppa.com.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Mobile™ for the iPhone and iPad
June 6, 2011
SAGE releases a native iOS app for the iPhone and iPad with many new features beyond the existing SAGE Mobile for the Web.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Mobile™ for the iPhone and iPad
SAGE releases a native iOS app for the iPhone and iPad with many new features beyond the existing SAGE Mobile for the Web.

Carrollton, TX (June 6, 2011) – SAGE announces the release of SAGE Mobile™ for iPhone/iPad, the industry's first native Apple iOS app with full product and supplier research. Using SAGE Mobile for iPhone/iPad, industry distributors can now have mobile access to many of the same features that they enjoy at the desktop using SAGE Online™, the industry's most popular research and business management service.

SAGE Mobile for iPhone/iPad allows distributors to search for products, view full product details and images, flip through supplier catalogs, view supplier information, and manage tradeshows. Plus, the app seamlessly integrates with SAGE Online to provide on-the-go access to the Project Center, Client Address Book, Order Management, and Tradeshows areas. Products can even be added to the Project Center from the road, then seamlessly accessed back at the office from SAGE Online. The app also integrates with SAGE Online's Order Management area to provide on-the-go access to orders. The app's Tradeshows area provides the ability to access and manage your tradeshow walk lists, including tagging suppliers and adding memos as you walk the show. There is also a “client safe” mode that hides confidential information.

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, said in connection with the announcement, “We all know that we're becoming an increasingly mobile society, in part as a result of all of the advancements in mobile device technology that we've seen in recent years. Many distributors spend a lot of time out of their offices and it makes complete sense that they want access to their critical business and research information on-the-go. With this new app for iPhone/iPad, we're fulfilling this need for our customers.”

Natinsky continued, “Although our SAGE Mobile web version works on all devices, we recognized that a majority of our mobile users had Apple iOS devices, so it was natural to build a native iOS app for those users.”

SAGE Mobile for the iPhone/iPad will be available soon in Apple's App Store. The app requires a subscription to the SAGE Mobile service, which is $5 per month per device. The app will be available to current SAGE Mobile subscribers at no additional cost for the number of devices currently licensed. SAGE will continue to offer SAGE Mobile for the Web for distributors with non-iOS mobile devices.

About SAGE Mobile

SAGE Mobile is the mobile companion to SAGE Online™, which is the industry's most popular product research service. SAGE Mobile for the iPhone/iPad is a native app designed specifically for devices running Apple's iOS. SAGE Mobile for the Web is a web-based platform for any mobile device that has a web browser. Regardless of the platform, SAGE Mobile is available on a monthly or annual subscription plan and is licensed per mobile device.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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AzPPA becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
June 1, 2011
Arizona Promotional Products Association members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

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AzPPA becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
Arizona Promotional Products Association members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

Carrollton, TX (June 1, 2011) – The Arizona Promotional Products Association (AzPPA) and SAGE are pleased to announce that AzPPA has become a SAGE Affiliate. As a SAGE Affiliate, members of AzPPA are entitled to discounts on a variety of SAGE services, including:

  • SAGE Online™, the industry's leading product research and presentation tool for distributors.
  • SAGE Mobile, the first ever mobile research solution for promotional products, suppliers and tradeshows.
  • SAGE WebExpress Pro™, a dynamic, fully-customizable website system offering a turn-key, modern web presence for suppliers and distributors.
  • SAGE WebStore™, a complete product research module for distributor websites to provide end-user research capabilities and e-commerce.
  • SAGE Company Store, a fully-customizable turn-key company store module for distributors to provide dynamic, modern online storefronts for their customers.

Current SAGE subscribers may contact SAGE to apply the AzPPA discount to their current subscriptions effective as of the next renewal. AzPPA members who add SAGE services can obtain the discount by noting AzPPA membership on the application.

In addition to discounts on SAGE services, SAGE will also provide AzPPA members with a variety of services as part of the relationship, including an association website and access to SAGE's marketing resources.

David Natinsky, president of SAGE, said, “We're excited to be partnering with AzPPA and we're looking forward to providing their members with great discounts on SAGE services as another valuable benefit of AzPPA membership.”

Bruce Perryman, President of AzPPA, said, “This is a really valuable benefit for our members and we're hoping that they will all take advantage of it. We're also excited about being able to use SAGE's marketing resources and other association benefits to help grow and strengthen the association.”

Natinsky continued, “SAGE is a huge supporter of regional associations and the SAGE Affiliate Program is one way we can show our support for AzPPA and all of the industry's other regional associations. If you aren't already a member of your regional association, please consider joining today!”

About AzPPA

The Arizona Promotional Products Association (AzPPA) is an organization made up of more than 200 firms engaged in promotional products in Arizona and throughout the United States. As an association, it is dedicated to increasing the professionalism of members engaged in promotional products sales. Included in our membership are companies representing all facets of the promotional products industry, including suppliers, distributors, multi-line representatives and sales personnel. For more information about AzPPA, call 916-722-8168 or email info@azppa.org.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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TRASA becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
May 3, 2011
Three Rivers Advertising Specialty Association members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

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TRASA becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
Three Rivers Advertising Specialty Association members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

Carrollton, TX (May 3, 2011) – The Three Rivers Advertising Specialty Association (TRASA) and SAGE are pleased to announce that TRASA has become a SAGE Affiliate. As a SAGE Affiliate, members of TRASA are entitled to discounts on a variety of SAGE services, including:

  • SAGE Online™, the industry's leading product research and presentation tool for distributors
  • SAGE Mobile, the first ever mobile research solution for promotional products, suppliers and tradeshows
  • SAGE WebExpress Pro™, a dynamic, fully-customizable website system offering a turn-key, modern web presence for suppliers and distributors
  • SAGE WebStore™, a complete product research module for distributor websites to provide end-user research capabilities and e-commerce
  • SAGE Company Store, a fully-customizable turn-key company store module for distributors to provide dynamic, modern online storefronts for their customers

Current SAGE subscribers may contact SAGE to apply the TRASA discount to their current subscriptions effective as of the next renewal. TRASA members who add SAGE services can obtain the discount by noting TRASA membership on the application.

In addition to discounts on SAGE services, SAGE will also provide TRASA members with a variety of services as part of the relationship, including an association website and access to SAGE's marketing resources.

David Natinsky, president of SAGE, said, “We're excited to be working with TRASA and we're looking forward to providing their members with great discounts on SAGE services as another valuable benefit of TRASA membership.”

Patti Ward, Executive Director of TRASA, said, “This is a really valuable benefit for our members and we're hoping that they will all take advantage of it. We're also excited about being able to use SAGE's marketing resources and other association benefits to help grow and strengthen the association.”

Natinsky continued, “SAGE is a huge supporter of regional associations and the SAGE Affiliate Program is one way we can show our support for TRASA and all of the industry's other regional associations. If you aren't already a member of your regional association, please consider joining today!”

About TRASA

Three Rivers Advertising Specialty Association (TRASA) is a promotional products association located in Pittsburgh serving the surrounding tri-state area (western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia) for promotional marketing professionals. TRASA membership is made up of 300+ distributors, suppliers and multi-line representatives. The association was formed in 1991. TRASA always encourages growth and support within their membership. For more information about TRASA, contact Patti Ward, Executive Director, at 724-779-3803 or email patti@trasa.net.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAAC becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
February 11, 2011
Specialty Advertising Association of California members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services

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SAAC becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
Specialty Advertising Association of California members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services

Carrollton, TX (February 11, 2011) – The Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC) and SAGE are pleased to announce that SAAC has become a SAGE Affiliate. As a SAGE Affiliate, members of SAAC are entitled to discounts on a variety of SAGE services, including:

  • SAGE Online™, the industry's leading product research and presentation tool for distributors
  • SAGE Mobile, the first ever mobile research solution for promotional products, suppliers and tradeshows
  • SAGE WebExpress Pro™, a dynamic, fully-customizable website system offering a turn-key, modern web presence for suppliers and distributors
  • SAGE WebStore™, a complete product research module for distributor websites to provide end-user research capabilities and e-commerce
  • SAGE Company Store, a fully-customizable turn-key company store module for distributors to provide dynamic, modern online storefronts for their customers

Current SAGE subscribers may contact SAGE to apply the SAAC discount to their current subscriptions effective as of the next renewal. SAAC members who add SAGE services can obtain the discount by noting SAAC membership on the application.

In addition to discounts on SAGE services, SAGE will also provide SAAC members with a variety of services as part of the relationship, including an association website and access to SAGE's marketing resources.

David Natinsky, president of SAGE, said, “We're excited to be working with SAAC and we're looking forward to providing their members with great discounts on SAGE services as another valuable benefit of SAAC membership.”

Brian P. Padian, President of SAAC, said, “This is a really valuable benefit for our members and we're hoping that they will all take advantage of it. We're also excited about being able to leverage SAGE's marketing resources and other association benefits to help grow and strengthen the association.”

Natinsky continued, “SAGE is a huge supporter of regional associations and the SAGE Affiliate Program is one way we can show our support for SAAC and all of the industry's other regional associations. If you aren't already a member of your regional association, please consider joining today!”

About SAAC

Specialty Advertising Association of California (SAAC) is a regional organization made up of more than 600 firms engaged in specialty advertising in California and throughout the United States. As an association SAAC is dedicated to increasing the professionalism of members engaged in specialty advertising sales. Included in their membership are companies representing all facets of the specialty advertising industry, including suppliers, distributors, multi-line reps and sales personnel. For more information on SAAC, please visit www.SAAC.net or call 805.484.7393.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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CPPA becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
January 6, 2011
Chesapeake Promotional Products Association members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

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CPPA becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
Chesapeake Promotional Products Association members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

Carrollton, TX (January 6, 2011) – The Chesapeake Promotional Products Association (CPPA) and SAGE are pleased to announce that CPPA has become a SAGE Affiliate. As a SAGE Affiliate, members of CPPA are entitled to discounts on a variety of SAGE services, including:

  • SAGE Online™, the industry's leading product research and presentation tool for distributors
  • SAGE Mobile, the first ever mobile research solution for promotional products, suppliers and tradeshows.
  • SAGE WebExpress Pro™, a dynamic, fully-customizable website system offering a turn-key, modern web presence for suppliers and distributors
  • SAGE WebStore™, a complete product research module for distributor websites to provide end-user research capabilities and e-commerce
  • SAGE Company Store, a fully-customizable turn-key company store module for distributors to provide dynamic, modern online storefronts for their customers

Current SAGE subscribers may contact SAGE to apply the CPPA discount to their current subscriptions effective as of the next renewal. CPPA members who add SAGE services can obtain the discount by noting CPPA membership on the application.

In addition to discounts on SAGE services, SAGE will also provide CPPA members with a variety of services as part of the relationship, including an association website and access to SAGE's marketing resources.

David Natinsky, president of SAGE, said, “We're excited to be working with CPPA and we're looking forward to providing their members with great discounts on SAGE services as another valuable benefit of CPPA membership.”

Jolie Porter, Executive Director of CPPA, said, “This is a really valuable benefit for our members and we're hoping that they will all take advantage of it. We're also excited about being able to leverage SAGE's marketing resources and other association benefits to help grow and strengthen the association.”

Natinsky continued, “SAGE is a huge supporter of regional associations and the SAGE Affiliate Program is one way we can show our support for CPPA and all of the industry's other regional associations. If you aren't already a member of your regional association, please consider joining today!”

About CPPA

Chesapeake Promotional Products Association (CPPA) represents and serves more than 200 promotional marketing consultants and promotional product manufacturing firms from our region as well as across the U.S. and Canada. We strive to be a source of information, education and shared learning for our members. We are dedicated to supporting the increased professionalism and expertise of industry professionals, while providing an environment that allows our members to exchange knowledge and ideas, allowing them to grow and prosper. For more information on CPPA, please visit www.CPPA.biz or call 410.562.0609.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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PPAI and SAGE® Announce Strategic Alliance
January 4, 2011
SAGE Online - the leading product search tool in the promotional product industry - now a PPAI member benefit

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PPAI and SAGE® Announce Strategic Alliance
SAGE Online - the leading product search tool in the promotional product industry - now a PPAI member benefit

Irving, TX and Carrollton, TX (January 4, 2011) – Promotional Products Association International, the not-for-profit association for the promotional products industry, and SAGE®, the industry's leading technology provider, announced today a strategic alliance to deliver one comprehensive membership solution to promotional products distributors. Under this agreement, new and existing PPAI distributor members will receive credit for an annual subscription to SAGE Online as a new PPAI member benefit.

PPAI leads the promotional products industry with the most comprehensive offering of networking, education, legislative and business savings benefit, while SAGE provides the most popular product research service with more than 4,300 suppliers and 850,000 promotional products in the industry's largest database. Distributors can now receive membership support and powerful research capabilities through only the low price of PPAI membership, supported by two of the strongest organizations in the promotional products industry.

“Our members have been asking for a robust product research service, and we listened,” says Steve Slagle, CAE, president of PPAI. “SAGE has the industry's leading product research service that will provide members with direct access to full product and supplier research and much more, and we are honored to have them as our exclusive technology partner.”

As part of this alliance, all new and renewing PPAI distributor members will receive a $495 credit that can be used to purchase SAGE Online or other SAGE services, such as additional user licenses, websites, e-commerce technology, company stores, artwork services, end-user catalogs and much more. The credit will be issued each year upon payment of PPAI annual distributor membership dues.

To show its strong support of this alliance, PPAI is also offering all current PPAI members who are not already SAGE Online subscribers immediate access to SAGE Online until their next PPAI renewal date. These complimentary subscriptions will be automatically activated just after The PPAI Expo, January 10-14, 2011. Each member will receive login instructions from SAGE via email when the member's service is active.

Additionally, PPAI members who are already SAGE Online subscribers will receive a credit prorated to their PPAI renewal date, which can also be applied to SAGE Online and other SAGE services. These members will also receive an email from SAGE notifying them of this credit just after The PPAI Expo.

“PPAI continues to prove itself as the leading voice in this industry,” says David Natinsky, president of SAGE. “By providing our subscribers with direct access to PPAI member benefits like legislative action tools, professional development and thousands of dollars in business savings, we are giving them the opportunity to develop as industry leaders.”

For current SAGE subscribers, a new membership in PPAI provides one stop for networking, professional development and legislative action on a local, state and national level, backed by an organization that has been dedicated to promotional products professionals for more than 100 years. Plus, PPAI distributor members save an average of $3,000 through business-savings opportunities.

“I'm already a huge fan of SAGE Online because of the detailed search options and links to supplier websites and catalog pages that are built into this product research tool. I can run a more efficient product search, tailor a presentation and be client-ready in minutes,” says PPAI member Eric Ekstrand, MAS, senior vice president for The Mort C. McClennan Co. (UPIC: MCMCC). “For the distributor community, this is also great news because access to SAGE Online, plus the current savings we already receive from our PPAI membership means we will more than cover our cost in dues, making it a profitable opportunity for us.”

For more information on PPAI's more than 40 member benefits and savings opportunities, including access to SAGE Online, please call PPAI at 888-I-Am-PPAI (426-7724) or go to www.PPAI.org/poweroftwo. For questions regarding the credit for SAGE Online or SAGE services, please call 800-925-7243 (SAGE).

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, marketing and business management solutions to the promotional products industry. In addition to SAGE's flagship SAGE Online™ research service, SAGE also provides the industry with other research tools, website and email services, e-commerce solutions, payment processing services, end user catalogs, artwork services, tradeshows, tradeshow management services, and lead retrieval software. For more information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

About PPAI

PPAI - the promotional products industry's only international not-for-profit trade association—offers education, tradeshows, business products and services, mentoring, technology and legislative support to its more than 8,000 global members. Promotional products are a multi-billion dollar industry and include wearables, writing instruments, calendars, drinkware and many other items, usually imprinted with a company's name, logo or message. PPAI created and maintains the UPIC (Universal Promotional Identification Code), the industry's only free identification system and universal company database. For information regarding Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) or to learn more about the proven power of promotional products (including research and case studies), visit the PPAI website at www.PPAI.org or contact PPAI at 888.426.7724.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Online™ 8.5
December 16, 2010
SAGE releases a new version of SAGE Online with complete order creation and management capabilities.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Online™ 8.5
SAGE releases a new version of SAGE Online with complete order creation and management capabilities.

Irving, TX and Carrollton, TX (December 16, 2010) – SAGE announces the release of SAGE Online™ 8.5, the latest version of the industry's most popular research and business management service for promotional products distributors. This version contains over 100 innovative new features and enhancements, including a brand new order management system to allow distributors to easily create, deliver, track and manage documents used throughout the order process.

The new SAGE Order Management System gives distributors the ability to create each form needed in the order process from start to finish, including requests for quotes, sample orders, catalog requests, customer quotes, sales orders, purchase orders, order acknowledgements, and invoices. Items can be easily added from a search or the Project Center, or items can be created from scratch. Supplier-facing forms can be delivered through the SAGE network directly to the supplier, with complete tracking and delivery confirmation. Client-facing forms are sent via email directly to clients. If the distributor has a question, one click will connect them directly to the supplier's representative through SAGEim. The system also has detailed modification history tracking for auditing purposes. Distributors can effortlessly move from one form to the other through the order process, without having to rekey any information. Once an order is complete, the information can also be exported via XML or directly to QuickBooks.

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, said “We're really excited to be able to offer full order management as part of SAGE Online. Now SAGE Online doesn't stop with the presentation. Your information continues to flow straight through the ordering process, without having to rekey anything. This new system is directly in line with our goal to give distributors tools to allow them to be as efficient as possible so they can focus on their customers and their business.”

SAGE Online 8.5 also includes a number of other new features, which Natinsky says come mostly from customer feedback. The new order management system is included in SAGE Online, for no additional charge.

SAGE has begun rolling out SAGE Online 8.5 to all of its current customers and expects the rollout to be complete in a few weeks. The rollout is done in phases and customers will see an “update available” message when they start SAGE Online as soon as their account is randomly selected for updating. As always, SAGE Online's update process is fully automated and there is no additional charge to receive this latest update.

About SAGE Online

SAGE Online is the industry's #1-rated product research service. Serving thousands of promotional products distributors and producing over 10 million searches per year, SAGE Online provides complete product and supplier research, impressive presentation capabilities, electronic supplier catalogs, supplier specials, tradeshow information, SAGEim&8482; instant messaging, order tracking, and much more. SAGE Online starts at just $49 per month with reasonably priced additional user licenses available for larger organizations.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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PPAI & SAGE Join Forces to Promote The PPAI Expo™ 2011
November 1, 2010
The Largest Tradeshow for Promotional Products Gears Up For Another Successful Year at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, January 10-14, 2011

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AI & SAGE Join Forces to Promote The PPAI Expo™ 2011
The Largest Tradeshow for Promotional Products Gears Up For Another Successful Year at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, January 10-14, 2011

Irving, TX and Carrollton, TX (November 1, 2010) – Two leaders in the promotional products industry - PPAI and SAGE® - have joined together in a marketing agreement to promote The PPAI Expo™ 2011, the largest and longest-running tradeshow for promotional products professionals. Under this agreement, PPAI will offer special incentives to SAGE subscribers who attend The PPAI Expo, January 10 - 14, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. In return, SAGE will actively promote its support of The PPAI Expo and its presence as an Expo exhibitor to its subscribers.

“We're extremely pleased to be working with PPAI to promote this tremendous show,” said David Natinsky, president of SAGE. “The PPAI Expo has a long-standing reputation for being the place in our industry for establishing relationships with new customers and growing existing relationships with current customers. Plus, with opportunities for extended education and exposure to the latest product trends, we encourage our subscribers to take advantage of this great opportunity. We hope that many will join us at The PPAI Expo in January.”

Steve Slagle, CAE, president of PPAI, said, “This agreement with SAGE affords PPAI an excellent opportunity to introduce thousands of SAGE subscribers to PPAI's member benefits through The PPAI Expo and to bring many new distributor clients to the exhibiting suppliers. SAGE has a long-standing reputation for being the innovative technology leader in the promotional products industry. We take a similar approach with The PPAI Expo and work hard to provide Expo attendees with new information and innovative concepts at the show each year. The support of SAGE as a marketing partner and as an exhibitor enhances the energy that we work hard to deliver on the show floor.”

For more information on special PPAI Expo benefits exclusive to SAGE subscribers, click here or call 800.925.7243.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

About PPAI

PPAI—the promotional products industry's only international not-for-profit trade association— offers education, tradeshows, business products and services, mentoring, technology and legislative support to its more than 8,000 global members. Promotional products are a multibillion dollar industry and include wearables, writing instruments, calendars, drinkware and many other items, usually imprinted with a company's name, logo or message. PPAI created and maintains the UPIC (Universal Promotional Identification Code), the industry's only free identification system and universal company database. For information regarding Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) or to learn more about the proven power of promotional products (including research and case studies), visit the PPAI website at www.PPAI.org or contact PPAI at 888.426.7724.

About the PPAI Expo

The PPAI Expo, is the promotional products industry's largest and longest running tradeshow dedicated to bringing distributors and suppliers together. New products, outstanding education, effective networking and creative business-building ideas are all experienced every January in Las Vegas, NV. For more information, please visit www.thePPAIexpo.com or call 888.426.7724.

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Facilis Group Integrates SAGE Online™
September 21, 2010
Facilis Group and SAGE today announced the integration of SAGE Online into the Facilis @ease CRM solution.

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Facilis Group and SAGE today announced the integration of SAGE Online into the Facilis @ease CRM solution.

Carrollton, TX (March 11, 2010) – Facilis Group and SAGE today announced the integration of SAGE Online into the Facilis @ease CRM solution. Facilis' award-winning @ease web-based software solution combines technology tools for CRM, order management, artwork management, job tracking and much more, into one easy-to-use system designed specifically for the promotional products industry. SAGE Online provides instant access to over 4,300 suppliers and 850,000 promotional products.

“SAGE Online has been ranked the #1 search tool by PPAI and DistributorTalk.com surveys. and Facilis is the fastest-growing network of some of the most sucessful promotional products distributors in North America,” said Jarod Thorndike, Distributor Sales Manager for SAGE. “By integrating our product search capabilities into the Facilis @ease engine, we provide hundreds of sales reps and thousands of clients with unlimited product options in a consistent format and branding for all product-related communications. Our combined approach puts everyone on the same page to make both the search and selection of products easy, simple and engaging.”

Presenting effective product proposals to clients has traditionally been a complex process due to the large number of suppliers and their differing approaches to artwork and approvals. The Facilis integration of SAGE Online simplifies this procedure across all suppliers by allowing sales reps to source and present products to clients in exactly the same way every time, every step of the way. Clients enjoy a consistent and uncluttered experience that facilitates the entire purchase process.

“The seeamless integration of SAGE Online into the Facilis CRM engine made enormous sense for our Facilis partners,≵ said Dan Rochette, Chief Technology Officer of Facilis. “Now our growing network of distributors and sales reps can access and present any SAGE Online products into their client proposals and communications in a manner consistent with our own Facilis Signature Collections products. Regardless of the product source, the client is assurred of a consistently branded and efficient experience.”

The Facilis Signature Collection is a carefully screened selection of over 2,000 top-ranked products all attractively customized to each distributor's brand. The Facilis Signature Collection concentrates sales efforts, and delivers more profits and vendor rebates, while maintaining the best pricing for all clients.

About Facilis

Facilis is the market-leading management consulting and technology services group dedicated to delivering business growth for promotional products distributors. Facilis provides the industry's only fully integrated infrastructure for web-based business automation, results-driven sales processes, high impact marketing programs, buying leverage, best practices consulting, graphics services and more. Facilis combines its industry expertise with leading edge technology to deliver significantly increased sales, improved profits and reduced operating expenses for its partners all under their own brand identity. Facilis is headquartered in St. Louis, MO, with offices in Ottowa, Canada. For more information, visit www.facilisgroup.com.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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PPAS becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
March 11, 2010
Promotional Products Association Southwest members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

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PPAS becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
Promotional Products Association Southwest members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

Carrollton, TX (March 11, 2010) – PPAS (Promotional Products Association Southwest) and SAGE are pleased to announce that PPAS has become a SAGE Affiliate. As a SAGE Affiliate, members of PPAS are entitled to discounts on a variety of SAGE services, including:

  • SAGE Online™, the industry’s leading product research and presentation tool for distributors
  • SAGE Mobile, the first ever mobile research solution for promotional products, suppliers and tradeshows
  • SAGE WebExpress Pro™, a dynamic, fully-customizable website system offering a turn-key, modern web presence for suppliers and distributors
  • SAGE WebStore™, a complete product research module for distributor websites to provide end-user research capabilities and e-commerce
  • SAGE Company Store, a fully-customizable turn-key company store module for distributors to provide dynamic, modern online storefronts for their customers

Current SAGE subscribers may contact SAGE to apply the PPAS discount to their current subscriptions effective as of the next renewal. PPAS members who add SAGE services can obtain the discount by noting PPAS membership on the application.

In addition to discounts on SAGE services, SAGE will also provide PPAS members with a variety of services as part of the relationship, including an association website and access to SAGE’s marketing resources.

David Natinsky, president of SAGE, said, “We’re excited to be working with PPAS and we’re looking forward to providing their members with great discounts on SAGE services as another valuable benefit of PPAS membership.”

Barbara Frank, Executive Director of PPAS, said, “This is a really valuable benefit for our members and we’re hoping that they will all take advantage of it. We’re also excited about being able to leverage SAGE’s marketing resources and other association benefits to help grow and strengthen the association.”

Natinsky continued, “SAGE is a huge supporter of regional associations and the SAGE Affiliate Program is one way we can show our support for PPAS and all of the industry’s other regional associations. If you aren’t already a member of your regional association, please consider joining today!”

About PPAS

PPAS (Promotional Products Association Southwest), based in Richardson, Texas, is organized to provide a vehicle by which members of the promotional products industry, all personnel interested therein, whether as a supplier or a distributor, executives, management or sales representatives can benefit and learn by association through meetings, seminars and special projects.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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HPPA becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
March 3, 2010
Houston Promotional Products Association members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services

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HPPA becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
Houston Promotional Products Association members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (March 3, 2010) – HPPA (Houston Promotional Products Association) and SAGE are pleased to announce that HPPA has become a SAGE Affiliate. As a SAGE Affiliate, members of HPPA are entitled to discounts on a variety of SAGE services, including:

  • SAGE Online™, SAGE's industry-leading product research and presentation tool for distributors
  • SAGE WebExpress Pro™, a dynamic, fully-customizable website system offering a turn-key, modern web presence for suppliers and distributors
  • SAGE WebStore™, a complete product research module for distributor websites to provide end-user research capabilities and e-commerce
  • SAGE Company Store, a fully-customizable turn-key company store module for distributors to provide dynamic, modern online storefronts to their customers
  • SAGE Mobile, the first ever mobile research solution for promotional products, suppliers and tradeshows

Current SAGE subscribers may contact SAGE to apply the HPPA discount to their current subscriptions effective as of the next renewal. HPPA members who add SAGE services can obtain the discount by noting HPPA membership on the application.

In addition to discounts on SAGE services, SAGE will also provide HPPA members with a variety of services as part of the relationship, including an association website and access to SAGE's marketing resources.

David Natinsky, president of SAGE, said, “We are so excited to be working with HPPA and we're looking forward to providing their members with great discounts on SAGE services as another valuable benefit of HPPA membership.”

Pat Pittman, Executive Director of HPPA, said, “This is a really valuable benefit for our members and we're hoping that they will all take advantage of it. We're also excited about being able to leverage SAGE's marketing resources and other association benefits to help grow and strengthen the association.”

Natinsky continued, “SAGE is a huge supporter of regional associations and the SAGE Affiliate Program is one way we can show our support for HPPA and all of the industry's other regional associations. If you aren't already a member of your regional association, please consider joining today!”

About HPPA

HPPA (Houston Promotional Products Association), based in Houston, Texas, is about networking, information, education, involvement and fun. HPPA offers members an opportunity to socialize and interact with peers, information on the changing industry, continuing education and industry involvement.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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PPAF becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
March 3, 2010
Promotional Products Association of Florida members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

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PPAF becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
Promotional Products Association of Florida members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (March 3, 2010) – PPAF (Promotional Products Association of Florida) and SAGE are pleased to announce that PPAF has become a SAGE Affiliate. As a SAGE Affiliate, members of PPAF are entitled to discounts on a variety of SAGE services, including:

  • SAGE Online™, SAGE's industry-leading product research and presentation tool for distributors
  • SAGE WebExpress Pro™, a dynamic, fully-customizable website system offering a turn-key, modern web presence for suppliers and distributors
  • SAGE WebStore™, a complete product research module for distributor websites to provide end-user research capabilities and e-commerce
  • SAGE Company Store, a fully-customizable turn-key company store module for distributors to provide dynamic, modern online storefronts to their customers
  • SAGE Mobile, the first ever mobile research solution for promotional products, suppliers and tradeshows

Current SAGE subscribers may contact SAGE to apply the PPAF discount to their current subscriptions effective as of the next renewal. PPAF members who add SAGE services can obtain the discount by noting PPAF membership on the application.

In addition to discounts on SAGE services, SAGE will also provide PPAF members with a variety of services as part of the relationship, including an association website and access to SAGE's marketing resources.

David Natinsky, president of SAGE, said, “We're thrilled to be working with PPAF and we're looking forward to providing their members with great discounts on SAGE services as another valuable benefit of PPAF membership.”

Deb Spears, Executive Director of PPAF, said, “This is a really valuable benefit for our members and we're hoping that they will all take advantage of it. We're also excited about being able to leverage SAGE's marketing resources and other association benefits to help grow and strengthen the association.”

Natinsky continued, “SAGE is a huge supporter of regional associations and the SAGE Affiliate Program is one way we can show our support for PPAF and all of the industry's other regional associations. If you aren't already a member of your regional association, please consider joining today!”

About PPAF

PPAF (Promotional Products Association of Florida), based in Tampa, Florida, was founded in 1972 and has become one of the fastest growing regional associations in the country and is considered the industry's THIRD largest regional association. Supported by over 250 distributors, suppliers, supplier representatives and marketing member firms, PPAF has been designated a "model" association by PPAI. PPAF serves distributor member firms throughout the Southeast and Florida, and supplier members nationally.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Online™ 8.0
February 23, 2010
SAGE Online 8.0, the latest version of the industry's leading research and business management service, is released to customers.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Online™ 8.0
SAGE Online 8.0, the latest version of the industry's leading research and business management service, is released to customers.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (February 23, 2010) – SAGE announces the release of SAGE Online™ 8.0, the latest version of SAGE's flagship research and business management service for promotional products distributors. The new version contains over 75 innovative new features and enhancements, including new intelligent dimensions searching, a real-time alert system, a new specials area with product-specific specials and intelligent filtering, presentation publisher enhancements, as well as a newsfeed service.

David Natinsky, SAGE's President, describes the new alerting system in SAGE Online as a “game changing” feature. “In the past, SAGE and other industry research services have all made the information available to distributors and relied on distributors to go in and find what they want. With our new alerting service, distributors can configure alerts so that information they want to know is pushed to them automatically. For example, you can get a notification anytime your favorite suppliers post a special, or if a price changes on an item you sell often.” Natinsky continued, “With 8.0, distributors who use SAGE Online are going to be more productive and informed than ever before.”

SAGE is also the first industry service to introduce intelligent dimensions searching. Natinsky explained, “Imagine your customer wants a 7”x8” mouse pad. So you type in 7”x8”. SAGE Online 8.0 can find mouse pads that are exactly 7”x8” if that's what you really need, but it can also find mouse pads that are “close enough” such as a 7 1/2” x 8 1/4” mouse pad. We spend a lot of time making our search technology “smarter” and this is just one example of that.”

SAGE has also revamped SAGE Online's specials area to provide distributors with quick access to all of the industry's supplier specials. Specials are now product-specific and distributors can also apply filters so that they only see the specials they really care about. The specials area ties in with SAGE's unique SAGE Supplier Center that suppliers use to enter specials and product information in real-time without any delays. SAGE has begun rolling out SAGE Online 8.0 to all of its current customers and expects the rollout to be complete in a couple of weeks. The rollout is done in phases and customers will see an “update available” message when they start SAGE Online as soon as their account is randomly selected for updating. As always, SAGE Online's update process is fully automated and there is no additional charge to receive this latest update.

About SAGE Online

SAGE Online is the industry's leading product research service. Serving thousands of promotional products distributors and producing over 10 million searches per year, SAGE Online provides complete product and supplier research, impressive presentation capabilities, electronic supplier catalogs, supplier specials, tradeshow information, SAGEim™ instant messaging, order tracking, and much more. SAGE Online starts at just $49 per month with reasonably priced additional user licenses available for larger organizations.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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tsppa becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
February 18, 2010
Tri-State Promotional Professionals Association (tsppa) members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

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tsppa becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
Tri-State Promotional Professionals Association (tsppa) members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (February 18, 2010) – The Tri-State Promotional Professionals Association (tsppa) and SAGE are pleased to announce that tsppa has become a SAGE Affiliate. As a SAGE Affiliate, members of tsppa are entitled to discounts on a variety of SAGE services, including:

  • SAGE Online™, the industry's leading product research and presentation tool for distributors
  • SAGE Mobile, the first ever mobile research solution for promotional products, suppliers and tradeshows
  • SAGE WebExpress Pro™, a dynamic, fully-customizable website system offering a turn-key, modern web presence for suppliers and distributors
  • SAGE WebStore™, a complete product research module for distributor websites to provide end-user research capabilities and e-commerce
  • SAGE Company Store, a fully-customizable turn-key company store module for distributors to provide dynamic, modern online storefronts for their customers

Current SAGE subscribers may contact SAGE to apply the tsppa discount to their current subscriptions effective as of the next renewal. tsppa members who add SAGE services can obtain the discount by noting tsppa membership on the application.

In addition to discounts on SAGE services, SAGE will also provide tsppa members with a variety of services as part of the relationship, including an association website and access to SAGE's marketing resources.

David Natinsky, president of SAGE, said, “We're thrilled to be working with tsppa and we're looking forward to providing their members with great discounts on SAGE services as another valuable benefit of tsppa membership.”

Tom Elsbernd, Executive Director of tsppa, said, “This is a really valuable benefit for our members and we're hoping that they will all take advantage of it. We're also excited about being able to leverage SAGE's marketing resources and other association benefits to help grow and strengthen the association.”

Natinsky continued, “SAGE is a huge supporter of regional associations and the SAGE Affiliate Program is one way we can show our support for tsppa and all of the industry's other regional associations. If you aren't already a member of your regional association, please consider joining today!”

About tsppa

tsppa (Tri-State Promotional Professionals Association), based in Milford, Ohio, was established in 1979 to promote fellowship and education among those engaged in the business of advertising specialties in the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana tri-state area, and to offer a central location for meetings.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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CAPPA becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
February 10, 2010
Corridor Area Promotional Products Association (CAPPA) members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

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CAPPA becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
Corridor Area Promotional Products Association (CAPPA) members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (February 10, 2010) – The Corridor Area Promotional Products Association and SAGE are pleased to announce that CAPPA has become a SAGE Affiliate. As a SAGE Affiliate, members of CAPPA are entitled to discounts on a variety of SAGE services, including:

  • SAGE Online™, SAGE's industry-leading product research and presentation tool for distributors
  • SAGE WebExpress Pro™, a dynamic, fully-customizable website system offering a turn-key, modern web presence for suppliers and distributors
  • SAGE WebStore™, a complete product research module for distributor websites to provide end-user research capabilities and e-commerce
  • SAGE Company Store, a fully-customizable turn-key company store module for distributors to provide dynamic, modern online storefronts to their customers
  • SAGE Mobile, the first ever mobile research solution for promotional products, suppliers and tradeshows

Current SAGE subscribers may apply the CAPPA discount to their current subscriptions effective as of the next renewal by contacting SAGE. CAPPA members who add SAGE services can obtain the discount by notating CAPPA membership on the application.

In addition to discounts on SAGE services, SAGE will also provide CAPPA members with a variety of services as part of the relationship, including an association website and access to SAGE's marketing resources.

David Natinsky, president of SAGE, said, “We are excited about the opportunity to add CAPPA to our growing list of regional associations that are part of our SAGE Affiliate Program. More importantly, we're thrilled that CAPPA's members will continue to realize the benefits of their CAPPA membership by now receiving discounts on SAGE services.”

Debra Stovall, Executive Director of CAPPA, said, “We're excited to be working with SAGE and to be able to offer our members another benefit from which they can truly benefit. We look forward to continuing our mutuallybeneficial relationship with SAGE.”

Natinsky continued, “We have always worked closely with the regional associations in our market and especially CAPPA. We are glad that our two organizations will continue to grow and become stronger together.”

About CAPPA

CAPPA (Corridor Area Promotional Products Association) is a diverse group of distributor and supplier members from all over South/Central Texas! CAPPA is dedicated to fostering professionalism within the promotional products industry through building relationships, personal development and education.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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MiPPA becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
February 8, 2010
Michigan Promotional Professionals Association members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

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MiPPA becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
Michigan Promotional Professionals Association members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (February 8, 2010) – The Michigan Promotional Professionals Association (MiPPA) and SAGE are pleased to announce that MiPPA has become a SAGE Affiliate. As a SAGE Affiliate, members of MiPPA are entitled to discounts on a variety of SAGE services, including:

  • SAGE Online™, SAGE's industry-leading product research and presentation tool for distributors
  • SAGE WebExpress Pro™, a dynamic, fully-customizable website system offering a turn-key, modern web presence for suppliers and distributors
  • SAGE WebStore™, a complete product research module for distributor websites to provide end-user research capabilities and e-commerce
  • SAGE Company Store, a fully-customizable turn-key company store module for distributors to provide dynamic, modern online storefronts to their customers
  • SAGE Mobile, the first ever mobile research solution for promotional products, suppliers and tradeshows

Current SAGE subscribers may apply the MiPPA discount to their current subscriptions effective as of the next renewal by contacting SAGE. MiPPA members who add SAGE services can obtain the discount by notating MiPPA membership on the application.

In addition to discounts on SAGE services, SAGE will also provide MiPPA members with a variety of services as part of the relationship, including an association website and access to SAGE's marketing resources.

David Natinsky, president of SAGE, said, “We are excited about the opportunity to add MiPPA to our growing list of regional associations that are part of our SAGE Affiliate Program. More importantly, we're thrilled that MiPPA's members will continue to realize the benefits of their MiPPA membership by now receiving discounts on SAGE services.”

Donna Hall, CEO of MiPPA, said, “We're excited to be working with SAGE and to be able to offer our members another benefit from which they can truly benefit. We look forward to continuing our mutually-beneficial relationship with SAGE.”

Natinsky continued, “We have always worked closely with the regional associations in our market and especially MiPPA. We are glad that our two organizations will continue to grow and become stronger together.”

About MiPPA

MiPPA (Michigan Promotional Professionals Association) is a professional organization of distributors and suppliers dedicated to supporting the promotional products industry. MiPPA's goals are to promote integrity and professionalism through quality education and training, to increase the awareness of the industry in the marketplace, and to provide a forum for personal growth.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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OPPA becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
January 25, 2010
Ohio Promotional Professional Association members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services

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OPPA becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
Ohio Promotional Professional Association members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (January 25, 2010) – The Ohio Promotional Professionals Association (OPPA) and SAGE are pleased to announce that OPPA has become a SAGE Affiliate. As a SAGE Affiliate, members of OPPA are entitled to discounts on a variety of SAGE services, including:

  • SAGE Online™, SAGE's industry-leading product research and presentation tool for distributors
  • SAGE WebExpress Pro™, a dynamic, fully-customizable website system offering a turn-key, modern web presence for suppliers and distributors
  • SAGE WebStore™, a complete product research module for distributor websites to provide end-user research capabilities and e-commerce
  • SAGE Company Store, a fully-customizable turn-key company store module for distributors to provide dynamic, modern online storefronts to their customers
  • SAGE Mobile, the first ever mobile research solution for promotional products, suppliers and tradeshows

Current SAGE subscribers may apply the OPPA discount to their current subscriptions effective as of the next renewal by contacting SAGE. OPPA members who add SAGE services can obtain the discount by notating OPPA membership on the application.

In addition to discounts on SAGE services, SAGE will also provide OPPA members with a variety of services as part of the relationship, including an association website and access to SAGE's marketing resources.

David Natinsky, president of SAGE, said, “We are excited about the opportunity to add OPPA to our growing list of regional associations that are part of our SAGE Affiliate Program. More importantly, we're thrilled that OPPA's members will continue to realize the benefits of their OPPA membership by now receiving discounts on SAGE services.”

LaDonna Belcher, Executive Director of OPPA, said, “We're excited to be working with SAGE and to be able to offer our members another benefit from which they can truly benefit. We look forward to continuing our mutually beneficial relationship with SAGE.”

Natinsky continued, “We have always worked closely with the regional associations in our market and especially OPPA. We are glad that our two organizations will continue to grow and become stronger together.”

About OPPA

OPPA (Ohio Promotional Professionals Association) is a non-profit trade association whose membership is comprised of suppliers and distributors of imprinted promotional and advertising products. Membership is primarily located in North Eastern and Central Ohio but also includes members from across the nation.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Supplier Center™ 3.0
December 23, 2009
SAGE Supplier Center™ 3.0, the latest release of SAGE's one-of-a-kind management and information tool for suppliers, includes many new features and updates designed to give suppliers more control of their information

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Supplier Center™ 3.0
SAGE Supplier Center™ 3.0, the latest release of SAGE's one-of-a-kind management and information tool for suppliers, includes many new features and updates designed to give suppliers more control of their information

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (December 23, 2009) – SAGE announces SAGE Supplier Center™ 3.0, the latest version of SAGE's management and information tool for promotional products suppliers. This new version contains a number of new features and enhancements, including:

  • Add and edit special offers for SAGE Online in real-time 24/7
  • Ad statistics area that shows complete view and click data for ads
  • Ad history tracking that shows when your ads were modified and active
  • Monthly statistics archive to review statistics information from the past
  • Ability to setup users with either view only or catalog edit permission as needed for access control
  • Upload product pictures in batch mode to save time
  • Update pricing information using Excel for quick pricing updates
  • Upload PDF catalogs for distributors to view or download using SAGE Online
  • New product data fields, including a separate dimensions field
  • Stand-alone SAGEim client for communicating with colleagues and distributors

David Natinsky, President of SAGE, commented, “This latest version of the SAGE Supplier Center further fulfills our goal of providing suppliers in the industry with complete control of and access to their information. For example, now suppliers can add their own special offers to SAGE Online in real-time. And that's just one little part of what the SAGE Supplier Center does. It's really a one-stop shop for suppliers to interact with their SAGE services and information.”

The SAGE Supplier Center is provided as part of SAGE's Advantage membership for suppliers. SAGE Supplier Center 3.0 is already available. Current supplier customers who have not yet upgraded will be automatically upgraded the next time they login. As always, the update process is fully automated and there is no additional charge to receive this latest upgrade.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Adds QCA Accreditation To Search Tool
December 4, 2009
SAGE / Quick Technologies, Inc. is the first industry research provider to include the QCA Certified Icon in search parameters for its SAGE Online research tool.

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SAGE® Adds QCA Accreditation To Search Tool
SAGE / Quick Technologies, Inc. is the first industry research provider to include the QCA Certified Icon in search parameters for its SAGE Online research tool.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS and CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (December 4, 2009) – Finding and differentiating between suppliers whose processes are third-party audited and accredited as compared to self-certified has been a daunting task—until now. With the addition of the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) Certified Icon to the SAGE Online research tool from Carrollton, Texas-based SAGE – Quick Technologies, Inc., distributors can easily identify these suppliers with one click.

“Being the first research tool to offer distributors the ability to quickly and easily search for QCA Accredited suppliers is key to helping them make educated purchasing decisions,” said David Natinsky, president of SAGE – Quick Technologies, Inc. “Product safety compliance is critical in today's business environment, and providing accurate information to the promotional products industry about companies who have proactively taken the steps to become QCA Certified is of the utmost importance.”

Distributors and their end user clients all have slightly different requirements for product safety and social compliance, and they frequently address the topic via indemnification agreements rather than actual performance standards. In today's litigious society, however, these agreements are no longer sufficient. The creation of an industry standard gives both suppliers and distributors the ability to be proactive in addressing client requests by offering an independent, third-party-audited and often more-stringent standard of compliance.

“Distributors are asking how they can locate QCA Accredited member product offerings, and we are encouraged that SAGE is including the QCA Certified Icon in the SAGE Online research tool,” said Brent Stone, QCA executive director – operations. “We continue to hear positive feedback from distributors and clients alike on QCA's efforts to improve the industry's capacity to provide safe and compliant products. Being identified as a QCA Certified company will improve suppliers' ability to drive value for both distributors and clients.”

About QCA

Chicago, Illinois-based Quality Certification Alliance is an independent, accreditation organization whose mission is to elevate the standards by which industry firms that import and/or manufacture promotional products provide consistently safe, high-quality, socially compliant and environmentally conscientious merchandise. The QCA Seal of Approval is granted to member companies who complete an independent third-party audit and comply with stringent standards, which are based upon a combination of state and national laws, international standards and industry-accepted best practices that are recognized for their strength and effectiveness by QCA members, the promotional products industry and the end-user clients.

QCA was formed in July 2008 by 14 companies that import and/or manufacturer promotional products. Currently five companies have met the rigorous qualifications to achieve QCA Accreditation—Barton Nelson, Inc.; BDA Inc.; Gemline; Leed's; Logomark, Inc. — with the balance to complete the process before year-end. D E (Denise) Fenton serves as executive director – compliance, and Brent Stone serves as executive director – operations. For more information, visit www.qcalliance.org.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® and ASB® Announce Relationship
December 3, 2009
SAGE and ASB announce that ASB has selected SAGE to provide product research and other business management solutions for its owners.

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SAGE® and American Solutions for Business Announce Relationship
SAGE and ASB announce that ASB has selected SAGE to provide product research and other business management solutions for its owners.

Carrollton, TX (December 3, 2009) – SAGE and American Solutions for Business announce that American Solutions for Business has selected SAGE to provide product research and other business management solutions for its owners. SAGE will offer American Solutions for Business owners a variety of specific packages to give each office the ability to select the configuration of tools that it needs.

“We're extremely pleased to be providing product research and other business management tools to American Solutions for Business. We look forward to a long relationship with such a dynamic and growing company,” said David Natinsky, President of SAGE.

Sadie Schlief, Director of Promotional Products for American Solutions for Business, said, “We're very excited to be working with SAGE and to able to provide their impressive set of products and services as an additional resource to our distributor sales personnel. SAGE's various tools and resources will be a great asset to our sales personnel and we anticipate that they will benefit from this opportunity.”

SAGE will be working closely with personnel from American Solutions for Business to help educate the offices on utilizing SAGE products and services.

About American Solutions for Business

American Solutions for Business was founded in 1981 as American Business Forms and has become a nationwide leader in print distribution with sales volume in excess of $259 million. Through their network of 7,000+ suppliers, American Solutions for Business is the nation's premier provider of commercial printing, forms, labels and envelopes. Additionally, their 650+ sales associates offer clients unlimited options for quality promotional products, wearables, packaging, office supplies, computer supplies and janitorial/warehousing supplies. American Solutions for Business provides a variety of strategic solutions for healthcare, eCommerce and a wide range of earth-friendly alternatives.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® and Staples® Announce New Program For SAGE Customers
November 13, 2009
SAGE and Staples announce that SAGE customers can now take advantage of Staples Advantage™, a unique program offering great discounts and fabulous benefits on office supplies and equipment.

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SAGE® and Staples® Announce New Program For SAGE Customers
SAGE and Staples announce that SAGE customers can now take advantage of Staples Advantage™, a unique program offering great discounts and fabulous benefits on office supplies and equipment.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (Carrollton, TX (November 13, 2009) – SAGE and Staples, one of the leading office supply companies, announce that all SAGE customers are now entitled to become Staples Advantage members. Through the Staples Advantage program, SAGE customers can now get:

  • Savings of an average of 65% off of list price with the Unbelievable Book (3,000 custom priced items)
  • Custom pricing on most commonly ordered items
  • Easy online ordering
  • Free next day service ($30 minimum order)
  • Reporting features to help with budgeting
  • Dedicated Staples Account Manager
  • Online Print Services
  •     ...and much more!

David Natinsky, President of SAGE, commented, “We're thrilled to be working with Staples and to be able to offer this great benefit to our customers. Every business needs office supplies and equipment, so we're hoping that this new relationship will help all of our customers save a lot of money.”

Michelle Kiel, District Sales Manager of Staples, said, “We are very excited to be working with SAGE and to be able to provide this exciting program to all of SAGE's customers in the promotional products industry.”

There is no fee to join the Staples Advantage program or to receive these benefits. Current SAGE customers should visit www.sagemember.com to apply online. Industry companies who are interested in becoming SAGE subscribers may visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

About Staples

Staples, the world's largest office products company, is committed to making it easy for customers to buy a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2008 sales of $23 billion and 91,000 associates worldwide, Staples serves businesses of all sizes and consumers in 27 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. In July 2008, Staples acquired Corporate Express, one of the world's leading suppliers of office products to businesses and institutions. Staples invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and is headquartered outside Boston. More information about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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PPAMS becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
October 30, 2009
Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South (PPAMS) members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

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PPAMS becomes a SAGE Affiliate™
Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South (PPAMS) members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (October 30, 2009) – The Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South (PPAMS) and SAGE are pleased to announce that PPAMS has become a SAGE Affiliate. As a SAGE Affiliate, members of PPAMS are entitled to discounts on a variety of SAGE services, including:

  • SAGE Online™, SAGE's industry-leading product research and presentation tool for distributors.
  • SAGE WebExpress Pro™, a dynamic, fully-customizable website system offering a turn-key, modern web presence for suppliers and distributors.
  • SAGE WebStore™, a complete product research module for distributor websites to provide end-user research capabilities and e-commerce.
  • SAGE Company Store, a fully-customizable turn-key company store module for distributors to provide dynamic, modern online storefronts to their customers.
  • SAGE Mobile, the first ever mobile research solution for promotional products, suppliers and tradeshows.

Current SAGE subscribers may apply the PPAMS discount to their current subscriptions effective as of the next renewal by contacting SAGE. PPAMS members who add SAGE services can obtain the discount by notating PPAMS membership on the application.

In addition to discounts on SAGE services, SAGE will also provide PPAMS members with a variety of services as part of the relationship, including an association website and access to SAGE's marketing resources. In addition, PPAMS will travel with the popular SAGE Seminar Series for educational sessions located within PPAMS's geographic area.

David Natinsky, president of SAGE, said, “We are excited about the opportunity to add PPAMS to our growing list of regional associations that are part of our SAGE Affiliate Program. More importantly, we're thrilled that PPAMS's members will continue to realize the benefits of PPAMS membership by now receiving discounts on SAGE services.” Mark Farrar, Executive Director of PPAMS, said, “We're excited to be working with SAGE and to be able to offer our members another benefit from which they can truly benefit. We look forward to continuing our mutually-beneficial relationship with SAGE.”

Natinsky continued, “We have always worked closely with the regional associations in our market and especially PPAMS. We are glad that our two organizations will continue to grow and become stronger together.” The Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South (PPAMS) was formed in 1995 as a meeting ground for suppliers and distributors in the promotional products industry. This member-driven organization delivers quality education, tradeshows, networking forums and friendship to promotional product professionals in the mid-south primarily.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE™ Announces SAGE Online™ 7.5
October 27, 2009
SAGE Online™ 7.5, the latest release of the industry's leading research service, includes many new features and updates, including the ability to open multiple presentations at once.

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SAGE™ Announces SAGE Online™ 7.5
SAGE Online™ 7.5, the latest release of the industry's leading research service, includes many new features and updates, including the ability to open multiple presentations at once.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (October 27, 2009) – SAGE announces SAGE Online™ 7.5, the latest version SAGE's flagship research service for promotional products distributors. This new version contains over 50 innovative new features and enhancements, including:

  • Open and edit multiple presentations at once
  • Presentations are now integrated into the SAGE Online™ "tabbed" GUI.
  • Easily import presentation items from one presentation into another one
  • New search filters including union shop supplier search and unrated supplier searches
  • Publish presentations to WebExpress Pro
  • Significant search speed increases

David Natinsky, President of SAGE, commented, “This release expands upon our 7.0 release earlier in the year. With 7.0, we became the first research tool to allow full multi-tasking for searches. Now we've taken that to the next level by supporting the ability to open and edit multiple presentations at the same time. In addition, we've made a lot of smaller changes that are based mostly on customer feedback and suggestions.”

SAGE has begun rolling out SAGE Online™ 7.5 to all of its current customers and expects the rollout to be complete by the end of October. The rollout is done in phases and customers will see an “Update Available” message when they start SAGE Online as soon as their account is randomly selected for updating. As always, SAGE Online's update process is fully automated and there is no additional charge to receive this latest update.

About SAGE Online™

SAGE Online™ is the industry's leading product research service. Serving thousands of promotional products distributors and producing over 10 million searches per year, SAGE Online™ provides complete product and supplier research, impressive presentation capabilities, electronic supplier catalogs, supplier specials, tradeshow information, SAGE im™ instant messaging, order tracking, and much more. SAGE Online™ starts at just $49 per month with reasonably priced additional user licenses available for larger organizations.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE™ and SmartBlast Announce Reseller Relationship
October 20, 2009
SAGE and SmartBlast have expanded their existing marketing relationship by entering into an exclusive reseller arrangement in which SAGE will resell SmartBlast products and services.

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SAGE and SmartBlast have expanded their existing marketing relationship by entering into an exclusive reseller arrangement in which SAGE will resell SmartBlast products and services.

Carrollton, TX and Chicago, IL (October 20, 2009) – SAGE and SmartBlast.com, Inc. announce that they have entered in a reseller relationship in order to build upon the existing marketing relationship between the two companies. As part of the new relationship, SmartBlast has appointed SAGE as the exclusive reseller of SmartBlast blast emailing and DigiCatalog electronic catalogs for the promotional products industry.

David Natinsky, President of SAGE, commented, “This new relationship with SmartBlast adds the industry's leading blast emailing service and market-leading electronic catalog services to our existing supplier services portfolio. We are thrilled to be continuing our relationship with SmartBlast and we look forward to adding these products to our mix for our customers.”

SmartBlast President Michael Johnston said, “We are very excited about this new relationship with SAGE. Like many of the SAGE services, our blast emailing service is the leader in the industry. It was natural for us to work together to provide the best comprehensive solution of marketing services to the industry.”

Under the new relationship, SAGE will handle marketing and sales for the SmartBlast products, while SmartBlast will continue handling operations for the distribution of the blast emails and creation of the electronic catalogs.

Suppliers who are interested in blast emailing or electronic catalogs should contact SAGE at 800.925.7243 or www.SAGEworld.com. All customers with current SmartBlast contracts will be transferred to SAGE at the same prices and terms.

About SmartBlast

SmartBlast.com, based in Chicago, IL, is the leading provider of email marketing services to the promotional products industry. With a distribution to over 50,000 distributors, it is the only blast email provider in the industry with in-house blasting capabilities with a 100% Sender Score, a testament to its commitment to responsible list management. In addition to email, SmartBlast also provides direct mail solutions, list management services and eCatalog solutions.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE™ Announces New Credit Card Processing Service
September 3, 2009
SAGE, through Merchant Focus, offers competitive payment processing services for industry companies who are currently taking or wish to take credit cards.

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SAGE™ Announces New Credit Card Processing Service
SAGE, through Merchant Focus, offers competitive payment processing services for industry companies who are currently taking or wish to take credit cards.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (September 3, 2009) – SAGE announces that it has partnered with Merchant Focus Processing, Inc., a leader in payment processing solutions, to provide companies in the promotional products industry with ultra-competitive rates and unsurpassed customer service for credit card processing.

David Natinsky, President of SAGE, commented, “We're very excited about our new relationship with Merchant Focus. Not only are we now able to provide more competitive rates for credit card processing to the industry, but Merchant Focus has the same commitment to customer service as we do – and that was very important to us.”

“We are delighted to be working with SAGE and its customers,” said Sloane Bouchever, Merchant Focus President. “Merchant Focus is committed to providing Interchange-Plus pricing to SAGE's established clients, and low fixed rates to SAGE's new and midsize merchants. Coupled with our reputation for excellent customer support, we are confident we will have a very successful long term partnership.”

SAGE Payment Processing through Merchant Focus will be priced with two tiers. The first tier offers fixed rate pricing for new merchants or those processing less than $250,000 per year in MC/Visa transactions. The second tier is for those more established companies processing a minimum of $250,000 per year. The second tier will receive quoted pricing based on “interchange-plus” pricing, which has never before been offered directly to the promotional products industry.

Natinsky continued, “We've found that most companies don't know what they are really paying for credit card processing fees. Everyone thinks they are getting a great deal, but the reality is that most companies are not. Merchant Focus will analyze your bankcard statements and prepare a custom proposal to show you exactly what you'll save by switching. And we're not talking about just a few dollars here or there. The difference can be staggering in many cases.”

Payment transactions will be processed by Merchant Focus through the SAGE Virtual Terminal, a web-based terminal that can be accessed from anywhere, or SAGE's XML API, which is an interface for connecting back-end systems to our payment gateway. Back-end payment processing gateway services will now be provided by Authorize.Net, a global leader in payment gateway services. Customers who are currently using SAGE Payment Processing through First Data can continue to use their payment processing services as-is until they choose to transition to Merchant Focus. For more information or to apply for SAGE Payment Processing, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call SAGE at 800.925.SAGE.

About Merchant Focus

Merchant Focus Processing, Inc., a leading provider of merchant payment solutions, focuses on two distinct market segments, each of which has special requirements and challenges. Merchants transacting $250,000 or more annually in credit card sales qualify for Interchange-Plus pricing with no monthly fees of any kind, and brand new businesses encounter special merchant friendly terms and low fixed pricing.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE Online™ Identified as the Most Popular Research Method
April 20, 2009
Distributors responding to the 2008 PPAI Distributor Business Survey mentioned SAGE Online more often than any other research method.

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SAGE Online™ Identified as the Most Popular Research Method
Distributors responding to the 2008 PPAI Distributor Business Survey mentioned SAGE Online more often than any other research method.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (April 20, 2009) – According to the 2008 PPAI Distributor Business Survey, more distributors mentioned using SAGE Online for product research than any other industry source. The triennial study, executed for the Association by LJ Market Research in San Diego, enables distributors to compare their performance and practices against other similarly-situated distributors. SAGE Online was mentioned in 43% of the responses, whereas ASI's ESP Online was mentioned in 37% of the responses.

David Natinsky, President of SAGE, commented, “We are extremely pleased by the results of this survey. We owe a big thank you to all of our customers for supporting us and our products. We very much look forward to continuing to provide the industry with the tools that businesses in our industry need at an affordable price.”

For more information regarding the survey, please visit http://www.ppbmag.com/Article.aspx?id=4556.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces the SAGE Seminar Series
February 9, 2009
SAGE Seminar Series brings SAGE experts to your city for a morning of hands-on training and education specially designed for SAGE customers and prospective customers.

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SAGE® Announces the SAGE Seminar Series
SAGE Seminar Series brings SAGE experts to your city for a morning of hands-on training and education specially designed for SAGE customers and prospective customers.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (February 9, 2009) – SAGE® announces the SAGE Seminar Series, a new traveling training and education workshop. SAGE experts will travel the country to provide distributors and suppliers with hands-on training and education on SAGE products and services.

David Natinsky, President of SAGE, commented, “In this economy, we think it's critical for businesses in our industry to be using all of the tools at their disposal to maximize business opportunity and productivity. SAGE Seminar Series will help to achieve that goal by giving our customers and potential customers the information they need to get the most out of their SAGE products and services. Even our long-time customers will likely learn some tips and tricks to make it well worth their while to spend the morning with us.”

SAGE has replaced this year's SAGE Showcase traveling tradeshows with the new SAGE Seminar Series except for SAGE's immensely popular “Texas Week” of Showcase, which will continue to be held as planned. As a result, many of the SAGE Seminar Series seminars will take place at the same locations as SAGE Showcase was previously scheduled to be. SAGE Seminar Series will kick off in Phoenix, AZ on February 9, 2009. For complete information, please visit www.SAGEworld.com/seminars. For information on SAGE Showcase's Texas week, please visit www.SAGEshowcase.com.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Online™ 7.0
January 12, 2009
SAGE Online 7.0, the latest release of the industry's leading research service, includes over 100 new features and updates, including “tabbed” searching to perform multiple searches at the same time.

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SAGE Online 7.0, the latest release of the industry's leading research service, includes over 100 new features and updates, including “tabbed” searching to perform multiple searches at the same time.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (January 12, 2009) – SAGE® announces SAGE Online™ 7.0, the latest version SAGE's flagship research service. This new version contains over 100 innovative new features and enhancements, including:

  • The ability to perform multiple searches at once with “tabbed” searching
  • Tradeshow information and planning area
  • Several new search options, including search by decoration method and product origin
  • Basic keyword search mode
  • New sort options including sort by SPC and ascending/descending sort toggle
  • Industry magazines now available in the publications area
  • Standards and regulatory compliance information for products
  • New look-and-feel

David Natinsky, President of SAGE, commented, “We live in a multi-tasking world, but until now, the leading industry research tools were single-tasked. You could only perform one search at a time. But now SAGE Online works like you work. You can have multiple searches open at the same time and effortlessly switch between them. Once you use this new feature for just a few minutes, you'll wonder how you lived without it. And that's just one of many new things we've added to 7.0.” In addition to tabbed searching, the new version of SAGE Online also includes a tradeshow information and planning area in which distributors can access upcoming show information and exhibitor lists, as well as schedule visits with suppliers at upcoming shows.

Natinsky continued, “This is certainly one of the most significant new versions of SAGE Online. As always, we listen to our customers and, based on that feedback, we develop innovative ways to make our services more powerful and more useful. In fact, this new version has dozens of new features that are brand new to the industry.” SAGE has begun rolling out SAGE Online 7.0 to all of its current customers and expects the rollout to be complete mid-February. The rollout is done in phases and customers will see an “Update Available” message when they start SAGE Online as soon as their account is randomly selected for updating. As always, SAGE Online's update process is fully automated and there is no additional charge to receive this latest update.

About SAGE Online

SAGE Online is the industry's leading product research service. Serving thousands of promotional products distributors and producing over 10 million searches per year, SAGE Online provides complete product and supplier research, impressive presentation capabilities, electronic supplier catalogs, supplier specials, tradeshow information, SAGEim™ instant messaging, order tracking, and much more. SAGE Online starts at just $495 per year with reasonably priced additional user licenses available for larger organizations.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces Mobile Research Service
January 7, 2009
The industry's leading provider of research services announces SAGE Mobile™, the first ever mobile research solution for promotional products, suppliers and tradeshows.

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SAGE® Announces Mobile Research Service
The industry's leading provider of research services announces SAGE Mobile™, the first ever mobile research solution for promotional products, suppliers and tradeshows.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (January 7, 2009) – SAGE® announces the industry’s first complete mobile research solution, SAGE Mobile. SAGE Mobile allows anyone with a web-enabled phone to perform full research on the go. Features include product searching, supplier searching, product images, full supplier catalogs, tradeshow information, access to the SAGE Online Project Center, and much more.

David Natinsky, President of SAGE, commented, “This is a huge innovation for our industry. We all know that web-enabled mobile devices have become more popular in the recent past and we expect that trend to continue. When you combine this with the business demands for instant information and responses that exist today, you start to see why mobile access to your research service is so important. Telling a customer that you’ll respond to them when you get back to the office may cost you a sale in today’s time. We want to give our distributors all of the tools they need to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

SAGE Mobile is completely platform-independent, meaning that it will operate on any web-enabled mobile device, including the iPhone, BlackBerry devices, Windows Mobile devices, and others.

Natinsky continued, “Not only is SAGE Mobile a powerful stand-alone application, but it also fully interacts with the other SAGE services, opening the door to do all sorts of interesting things. For example, I can add a product to my SAGE Online Project Center while on the road so that I can create a presentation when I get back to the office. Or I can email my customer a link to an item on my SAGE WebStore-powered website. It’s really quite amazing what you can do from the palm of your hand using SAGE Mobile. It’s a powerful tool that will not only allow distributors to be more responsive and productive, but it’s also certain to impress their clients!”

SAGE Mobile is available now. It is available for a monthly subscription ($5 per month) or an annual subscription ($55 per year). SAGE mobile is licensed per user and SAGE offers discounts for additional user licenses beginning with 5 users. Since SAGE Mobile interacts heavily with SAGE’s flagship SAGE Online desktop research tool, a SAGE Online subscription is required in order to purchase SAGE Mobile.

SAGE also announced that all SAGE Online customers will receive a complimentary subscription to SAGE Mobile until March 31, 2009. SAGE will be providing further details to its customers in the coming weeks.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Online™ 6.1
September 15, 2008
SAGE Online 6.1, the latest release of the industry's leading research service, includes a new publications area, rating trends and history, many search enhancements, new Presentation Publisher features, and much more.

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SAGE® Announces SAGE Online™ 6.1
SAGE Online 6.1, the latest release of the industry's leading research service, includes a new publications area, rating trends and history, many search enhancements, new Presentation Publisher features, and much more.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (Carrollton, TX (September 15, 2008) – SAGE® announces general availability of SAGE Online 6.1. This new version of SAGE's flagship product research service includes a number of innovative new features and enhancements, including:

  • Rating trend indicator and historical charts to enhance distributors' supplier selection decision
  • Several new search options, including search for new suppliers, supplier search based on zip code radius, and the option to search for multiple suppliers' products at once
  • Sort by standard and rush production times
  • Fully customizable default search screen to be used for new searches
  • Publications area to view recent publications from SAGE and our partners
  • Many Presentation Publisher enhancements, including shipping and handling charge support, custom charge support, tax support, gross profit margin and total profit calculators, and new print customization options
  • Several SAGEim™ enhancements, including “quick message” support and group availability scheduling

David Natinsky, President of SAGE, commented, “We're excited to be able to provide our customers with hundreds of great new features to help them run their businesses even better. For one thing, SAGE Online now includes historical trend information for supplier ratings. We expect this industry-first feature to significantly help distributors make more informed supplier selection decisions.” Natinsky continued, “This latest update further solidifies SAGE Online's position as the industry's most feature-rich product research service. We try our best to listen to our customers' needs and deliver products that meet those needs. It's really that simple in our minds.”

SAGE has begun rolling out SAGE Online 6.1 to all of its current customers and expects the rollout to be complete before the end of September. As always, SAGE Online's update process is fully automated and there is no additional charge to receive this latest update.

About SAGE Online

SAGE Online is the industry's leading product research service. Serving thousands of promotional products distributors and producing over 10 million searches per year, SAGE Online provides complete product and supplier research, impressive presentation capabilities, electronic supplier catalogs, supplier specials, SAGEim™ instant messaging, order tracking, and much more. SAGE Online starts at just $495 per year with reasonably priced additional user licenses available for larger organizations.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Releases New Web Services Features
August 1, 2008
New features and updates enhance customization, functionality, and appearance of SAGE's popular web services.

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New features and updates enhance customization, functionality, and appearance of SAGE's popular web services.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (August 1, 2008) – SAGE announces several major new features and updates to its SAGE WebExpress™, SAGE WebExpress Pro™ and SAGE WebStore™ services. As part of the release, SAGE has introduced new, modern layout styles for WebExpress and WebExpress Pro with unlimited color and customization options along with category lists and “quick search” functionality for WebStore integration.

David Natinsky, President of SAGE, said, “These new updates reinforce our web tools' position as ideal solutions for promotional products suppliers and distributors. A lot of our competitors have template-based sites with minimal customization and lackluster appearance. Then of course at the other end of the spectrum are custom-designed sites that can look great but the implementation can be expensive and time-consuming, not to mention the challenge of trying to update the site on an ongoing basis. Our tools fall right in between these two extremes – they are turn-key solutions with easy maintenance but now provide appearance and customization options that allow our sites to rival the best custom-built sites. It's really the best of both worlds.”

In addition to the modern layout styles with customizable themes, the new update also includes:

  • Frameless home pages for optimum search engine optimization
  • Completely customizable navigation system
  • Quick search bar for WebStore
  • Category list for WebStore
  • New high-quality product images for WebStore
  • Full-text descriptions for WebStore products
  • Numerous additional search options

Natinsky continued, “It's not enough to have a generic-looking site anymore. Distributors and suppliers want sites that look great and have premium functionality but at the same time are reasonably priced and easy to maintain. We're the only ones in the industry providing a solution that hits the mark.”

All of the updates that are part of this release are available now for both current SAGE subscribers and new customers. More information and example sites are available at www.SAGEworld.com.

SAGE WebExpress™ is a standard website system that is provided at no additional charge for all SAGE Online™ subscribers. SAGE WebExpress Pro™, an upgrade from the basic WebExpress site, provides a dynamic, fully-customizable website system offering a turn-key, modern web presence for suppliers and distributors. SAGE WebStore™ is a complete product research module for distributor websites to provide end-user research capabilities and e-commerce on their own websites or on SAGE WebExpress or WebExpress Pro sites.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SPPA becomes a SAGE® Affiliate™
July 15, 2008
Sunbelt Promotional Products Association (SPPA) members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

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SPPA becomes a SAGE® Affiliate™
Sunbelt Promotional Products Association (SPPA) members now receive discounts on SAGE® products and services.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (July 15, 2008) – The Sunbelt Promotional Products Association (SPPA) and SAGE® are pleased to announce that SPPA has become a SAGE® Affiliate™. As a SAGE Affiliate, members of SPPA are entitled to discounts on a variety of SAGE services, including:

  • SAGE Online™, SAGE's industry-leading product research and presentation tool for distributors
  • SAGE WebExpress Pro™, a dynamic, fully-customizable website system offering a turn-key, modern web presence for suppliers and distributors
  • SAGE WebStore™, a complete product research module for distributor websites to provide end-user research capabilities and e-commerce
  • SAGE Company Store, a fully-customizable turn-key company store module for distributors to provide dynamic, modern online storefronts to their customers
  • SAGE ShowLink, the industry's only universal lead retrieval system that gives suppliers the opportunity to manage and control tradeshow leads

Current SAGE subscribers may apply the SPPA discount to their current subscriptions effective as of the next renewal by contacting SAGE. SPPA members who add SAGE services can obtain the discount by notating SPPA membership on the application.

In addition to discounts on SAGE services, SAGE will also provide SPPA members with a variety of services as part of the relationship, including an association website and access to SAGE's marketing resources. In addition, SPPA will travel with the popular SAGE Showcase™ traveling tradeshow for shows located within SPPA's geographic area.

David Natinsky, president of SAGE, said, “We are excited about the opportunity to add SPPA to our growing list of regional associations that are part of our SAGE Affiliate Program. More importantly, we're thrilled that SPPA's members will continue to realize the benefits of SPPA membership by now receiving discounts on SAGE services.”

Javier Galloza, President of SPPA, said, “We're excited to be working with SAGE and to be able to offer our members another benefit from which they can truly benefit. We look forward to continuing our mutually-beneficial relationship with SAGE.”

Natinsky continued, “We have always worked closely with the regional associations in our market and especially SPPA. We are glad that our two organizations will continue to grow and become stronger together.” Sunbelt Promotional Products Association (SPPA) is a member-driven organization delivering quality education, tradeshows, networking forums and friendship to promotional product professionals in the southeast primarily those located in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and the Florida panhandle.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Showcase™ revolutionizes the traveling tradeshow industry!
June 11, 2008
SAGE Showcase™, one of the most popular traveling tradeshows, releases 2009 schedule and new “Per Attendee” pricing.

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SAGE Showcase™, one of the most popular traveling tradeshows, releases 2009 schedule and new “Per Attendee” pricing.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (February 28, 2008) – SAGE / Quick Technologies Inc. (www.SAGEworld.com), a leading provider of business management and marketing products and services for the promotional products industry, announces the release of its SAGE Showcase™ 2009 schedule and new pricing plan for supplier exhibitors. In an industry first, suppliers will now only pay for actual distributors that attend each show, with an absolute cap equal to the flat fee price that SAGE® previously charged each supplier per week.

SAGE Showcase leads the industry in revitalizing the traveling tradeshow experience for suppliers. “In today’s economy suppliers are watching where they spend their money more than ever before. Suppliers want to see a direct return for their marketing dollars, and we don’t blame them. With the pay-per-attendee approach, suppliers will now only pay for distributors that attend the show, offering a safety net for exhibitors while still providing a cap on their ultimate marketing cost per show” said David Natinsky, President of SAGE®. Mike McKew, Tradeshow Manager, added “By only allowing fifty exhibitors per day, we will be able to keep a healthy distributor-to-supplier ratio and bring great attendance while helping the suppliers control and account for costs.” SAGE Showcase will charge suppliers $1.50 per attendee with a max of $850 per week. McKew continued, “We are the first show in the industry to offer this model and we are confident that exhibitors will appreciate our efforts. If you look at the competition, they are somewhere in the range of $3 per person if you assume their published attendance numbers are accurate. And of course they don’t give suppliers any downside protection.”

Along with the new pricing announcement, SAGE Showcase also released its 2009 schedule, which is available here. SAGE Showcase will be visiting 58 cities during its 2009 tour.

SAGE Showcase also has innovative plans to leverage its own marketing reach plus its marketing relationship with SmartBlast™ with a goal of obtaining record-breaking attendance in 2009.

SAGE Showcase is the traveling tradeshow for professionals in the promotional products industry. SAGE Showcase provides distributors and their salespeople the best possible traveling show experience by bringing industry lines to 58 cities throughout the country. Unlike the national shows, SAGE Showcase provides distributors the opportunity to spend time with each supplier to learn about new products, exchange ideas about particular promotions and build relationships. As always, SAGE Showcase is free for distributors to attend.

For more information, please contact SAGE by phone at 800.925.SAGE, e-mail info@sageshowcase.com, or visit sageshowcase.com.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Completes Rollout of SAGE Online™ 6.0
February 28, 2008
The latest release of the industry's leading research tool includes real-time supplier chat, full-text descriptions, live research assistance, order tracking, and over 100 other new features.

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SAGE® Completes Rollout of SAGE Online™ 6.0
The latest release of the industry's leading research tool includes real-time supplier chat, full-text descriptions, live research assistance, order tracking, and over 100 other new features.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (February 28, 2008) – SAGE / Quick Technologies Inc. (www.SAGEworld.com) announces general availability of SAGE Online 6.0. This new version of SAGE's flagship product research tool provides over 100 new features for distributors.

The SAGEim™ instant messaging system, an industry first, connects suppliers and distributors for real-time customer service and sales information. Distributors can easily request a chat session while searching for products in SAGE Online. In addition, SAGEim also allows distributors to obtain live research assistance from SAGE research experts and to instantly connect to colleagues and industry friends. Distributor users can even exchange SAGE searches with one another.

"SAGEim is the backbone of our new communications initiative to help suppliers and distributors in the industry communicate more efficiently,” said David Natinsky, President of SAGE. “A lot of people use instant messaging for personal use, but it can also be extremely beneficial for business communication. Now, instead of a distributor having to find a phone number and call a supplier to check on order status or to ask a questions, they can get the information that they need with the click of a mouse from within their SAGE Online research tool that they are already using every day.”

In addition to SAGEim, SAGE's brand new order status and tracking system is also integrated into SAGE Online 6.0, providing distributors with instant access to their supplier order status. Alerts can also be set to provide email notifications for hot orders.

SAGE Online 6.0 also includes many new product and supplier data fields, including full-text product descriptions, an environmentally friendly flag, product weight and carton information, and much more.

“With over 100 new features, including many features that are industry firsts, SAGE Online 6.0 is one of our most important new releases,” Natinsky said. “From our standpoint, our mission is pretty simple. We listen to what our customers need and then we deliver it. That's what we've always done and that's one of the main reasons why SAGE Online has become the research tool of choice for so many distributors, both large and small.”

SAGE Online 6.0 is already available to all SAGE Online subscribers at no additional cost.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® Releases New Supplier Tools to Improve Industry Communication and Information Exchange
February 14, 2008
SAGE Supplier Center™ 2.0 provides real-time chat with distributors, order tracking, multimedia, and new advertising opportunities.

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SAGE® Releases New Supplier Tools to Improve Industry Communication and Information Exchange
SAGE Supplier Center™ 2.0 provides real-time chat with distributors, order tracking, multimedia, and new advertising opportunities.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (February 14, 2008) –SAGE / Quick Technologies, Inc. announces the release of the SAGE Supplier Center 2.0. This update provides industry suppliers with a number of new tools that are already changing the way that the promotional products industry communicates.

The SAGEim™ instant messaging system, an industry first, instantly connects suppliers and distributors for real-time customer service and sales information. Distributors can easily request a chat session while searching for products using the newly released SAGE Online™ 6.0 distributor research tool. In addition, multi-session capabilities allow supplier representatives to multi-task and be more efficient in handling distributor inquiries.

Suppliers may also use SAGE Supplier Center 2.0 to upload order tracking information for distributor access from within SAGE Online. Thousands of distributors already using SAGE Online will be able to easily check the current status of their supplier orders and even schedule alerts when the status changes. Suppliers may also upload order tracking information in real-time using SAGE’s innovative XML application programming interface.

SAGE Supplier Center 2.0 also provides suppliers with the opportunity to upload multimedia audio and video presentations, all of which will be readily accessible by distributors in SAGE Online.

“Providing suppliers and distributors with better ways to communicate with one another benefits everyone in this industry. Now, instead of a distributor having to find a phone number and call a supplier to check on order status or to ask a questions, they can get the information that they need with the click of a mouse from within their SAGE Online research tool that they are already using every day”, said David Natinsky, President of SAGE. “This saves both distributors and suppliers a lot of time, making everyone more productive. We’re pleased to be the first to bring this innovative set of tools to the industry.”

With the release of SAGE Supplier Center 2.0, SAGE has also announced the release of keyword advertising opportunities in SAGE Online. These unique advertisements give suppliers the ability to target specific searches within SAGE Online for their advertising messages. In addition, the cost is based on the number of monthly impressions up to a pre-defined maximum set by the supplier.

SAGE Supplier Center 2.0 is now available at no additional charges to all SAGE Supplier Advantage™ members. For other suppliers, SAGE is offering a free trial period through March 31, 2008 to experience the new features as well as all of the other benefits of Advantage membership.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE® and SmartBlast® Announce Marketing Relationship
November 1, 2007
SAGE and SmartBlast announce that they have entered into a broad marketing relationship to build on their respective strengths in the industry.

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SAGE and SmartBlast announce that they have entered into a broad marketing relationship to build on their respective strengths in the industry.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (November 1, 2007) – SAGE and SmartBlast announce that they have entered into a broad marketing relationship to build on their respective strengths in the industry. Under the agreement, SAGE will be endorsed as SmartBlast’s Official Research Solution Provider and will provide SAGE with a variety of marketing and advertising support. In part, SmartBlast.com will provide marketing services for the popular SAGE Showcase™ traveling tradeshow through its 47,000 distributor network. Furthermore, SmartBlast will be a SAGE Licensed Email Marketing Provider and will assist SmartBlast in various marketing and sales efforts.

“SmartBlast is the clear leader in industry email marketing services and SAGE is the leading provider of information services, business management tools, traveling tradeshows, and other services for the industry,” said David Natinsky, President of SAGE. “Working together with SmartBlast was simply a natural fit given our respective products and services and mutual market opportunities,” he continued. Michael Ryan, President of SmartBlast, said, “The SAGE name is synonymous with best-of-breed tools and services for this industry. And of course, SmartBlast is the most recognized email brand in the industry today. Our relationship with SAGE will allow both companies to leverage one another’s strengths.” Ryan continued, “We’re particularly looking forward to providing additional marketing support for the SAGE Showcase traveling tradeshows to help drive even more attendance to their already-popular shows.” The parties plan to begin marketing efforts under the agreement immediately.

About SmartBlast

SmartBlast.com, based in Chicago, IL, is the leading provider of email marketing services to the promotional products industry. In addition to email, SmartBlast also provides direct mail solutions, list management services and eCatalog solutions. SmartBlast can be contacted at 866-499-8017 or visit SmartBlast.com.

Contact: Michael Ryan
President - SmartBlast
866-499-8017
mryan@SmartBlast.com
About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE Showcase™ Announces Travel to 59 Cities
August 27, 2007
SAGE Showcase™, SAGE's traveling tradeshow, releases 2008 schedule.

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SAGE Showcase™ Announces Travel to 59 Cities
SAGE Showcase™, SAGE's traveling tradeshow, releases 2008 schedule.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (August 27, 2007) – SAGE / Quick Technologies Inc. (SAGEworld.com), a leading provider of information products, services and traveling tradeshows for the promotional products industry, announces the release of its SAGE Showcase 2008 schedule.

SAGE Showcase™ is the traveling tradeshow for professionals in the promotional products industry. Showcase provides distributors and their salespeople the best possible traveling show experience by bringing industry lines to 59 cities throughout the country. Unlike the national shows, SAGE Showcase provides distributors the opportunity to spend time with each supplier to learn about new products, exchange ideas about particular promotions and build relationships. As always, SAGE Showcase is Free to attend.

For more information, please contact SAGE by phone at 214.631.6000, e-mail info@sageshowcase.com, or visit sageshowcase.com.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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SAGE Releases New Version of Industry-Leading Product Research Tool
January 15, 2007
SAGE releases version 5.5 of SAGE Online™ complete with Supplier Verified Data and Virtual Design Studio.

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SAGE Releases New Version of Industry-Leading Product Research Tool
SAGE releases version 5.5 of SAGE Online™ complete with Supplier Verified Data and Virtual Design Studio.

CARROLLTON, TEXAS (January 15, 2007) – SAGE / Quick Technologies Inc. (www.SAGEworld.com) has announced the release of SAGE Online Version 5.5. This update to the widely-used product research tool includes over one hundred additions, including Supplier Verified Data and a Virtual Design Studio for all of the 800,000 promotional products listed in SAGE Online.

Supplier Verified Data, one of the integral components in the new version, provides industry suppliers the ability to update, add, delete and verify product information. Products that have been reviewed and approved by the supplier will appear in SAGE Online with a Verified by Supplier™ logo. Distributors will know as soon as the search results return that the information is current and accurate.

Searching for a product and when we find it, seeing that the supplier has verified that everything from the price to the imprint method is accurate is an incredible step for product research in this industry,” says Clay Hughey, President of Footprint Marketing, a Dallas-based distributor of promotional products. “It is going to give us more time to do what we do best…sell the products.”

As part of version 5.5, SAGE is also incorporating the SAGE Virtual Design Studio™, which enables distributors to easily add their clients’ logos on any of the over 800,000 products listed in SAGE Online to create customized “virtual” samples.

In addition, this newest release of SAGE Online includes additional search and sort options, multiple sort capability, improved picture resolution, new Presentation Publisher layouts, spell-checking within the Presentation Publisher, and much more.

This update, like all SAGE Online updates, will be provided without additional charge to all SAGE Online subscribers. Subscribers will automatically receive the update by the end of January.

About SAGE

SAGE®, based in Carrollton, Texas, is the leading provider of information, business management, and marketing solutions to the promotional products industry. In part, SAGE provides product research tools, websites, e-commerce solutions, end user catalogs, artwork services, payment processing services, lead retrieval software, traveling tradeshows and tradeshow management services. For more information on SAGE, please visit www.SAGEworld.com or call 800.925.7243.

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