If you were leading a mid-sized distributor company right now, what immediate action would you take to scale the business?

Poll posted on 9/22/2020

What actions have you taken to assist your employees in reducing anxiety and depression?

Provided counseling services
0 votes (0)
Offered extra days off
0 votes (0)
Checked in with them personally
12 votes (12)
Asked company managers to check in with them frequently
2 votes (2)
All of these
5 votes (5)
None of these
5 votes (5)
Poll posted on 9/17/2020

Do you think your business might grow through acquisition this year or be acquired?

I anticipate acquiring another company this year.
7 votes (7)
I anticipate that my company will be acquired this year.
4 votes (4)
I'm interested in acquiring a company but think it will probably happen next year.
5 votes (5)
I'm interested my company being acquired but don’t think it’s likely this year.
3 votes (3)
I don’t think my company will be acquired or acquire another company this year.
12 votes (12)
Poll posted on 9/15/2020

Distributors, what is the state of your largest client?

It has reopened for business and is buying.
18 votes (18)
It has reopened for business but not yet buying.
4 votes (4)
It has not reopened but I am in touch with my client frequently.
1 votes (1)
It has not yet reopened and I am not in frequent contact.
0 votes (0)
Poll posted on 9/10/2020

How would you rate your current productivity level?

Better now than six months ago.
8 votes (8)
Worse now than six months ago.
8 votes (8)
It's the same as always.
12 votes (12)
Poll posted on 9/8/2020

As a distributor, what aspect of a virtual trade show is most valuable to you?

Seeing new products
4 votes (4)
Finding new supplier sources
3 votes (3)
Networking with existing suppliers
5 votes (5)
Feeling a part of an industry event
3 votes (3)
All of these
21 votes (21)
None of these
3 votes (3)
Poll posted on 9/3/2020

What sales/prospecting approach is proving most successful at this time?

Direct mail
2 votes (2)
Personalized emails
10 votes (10)
General emails
2 votes (2)
Phone calls
9 votes (9)
Self-promo
3 votes (3)
Spec samples
5 votes (5)
Texts
1 votes (1)
Social Media
0 votes (0)
Nothing is working
6 votes (6)
Poll posted on 9/1/2020

If you’ve used PPAI’s Promo Connect, how did you hear about?

The PPAI website
12 votes (12)
Social media
1 votes (1)
A friend or co-worker
2 votes (2)
Other
10 votes (10)
What's Promo Connect?
3 votes (3)
Poll posted on 8/27/2020

How can Promo Connect offer more value to you and the entire membership?

Provide more organized forums for important industry discussions
6 votes (6)
Provide more opportunity to promote companies and their products and services
3 votes (3)
Offer more communities focused on specific topics or job functions
10 votes (10)
Nothing, I think it offers enough value as is.
4 votes (4)
Poll posted on 8/25/2020

If you use Promo Connect, to what degree does it benefit you?

I consider Promo Connect a major benefit.
2 votes (2)
I consider Promo Connect a standard benefit.
5 votes (5)
I consider Promo Connect a minor benefit.
13 votes (13)
I’m unfamiliar with Promo Connect
2 votes (2)
Poll posted on 8/20/2020

For what purpose do you use Promo Connect?

To seek referrals and best practices from peers
1 votes (1)
To discuss industry business such as, challenges, successes and advice
3 votes (3)
To meet new industry professionals
0 votes (0)
I only use Promo Connect for volunteer committee work.
5 votes (5)
All of the above
2 votes (2)
None of the above
12 votes (12)
Poll posted on 8/18/2020

Do you use PPAI Promo Connect?

Yes, I use it regularly
2 votes (2)
Yes, I use it occasionally
3 votes (3)
I have used it a few times.
6 votes (6)
No, I have never used it.
3 votes (3)
Poll posted on 8/13/2020

Which of the following PPAI deliverables would be most useful to you at this time?

News and information
8 votes (8)
Virtual trade shows
3 votes (3)
Online/virtual education
4 votes (4)
Research and data
5 votes (5)
Information/communications to send to clients
6 votes (6)
None of these
0 votes (0)
Poll posted on 8/11/2020

Which client industry segment is most active for your business right now?

Health care
7 votes (7)
Financial
3 votes (3)
Education
8 votes (8)
Manufacturing
1 votes (1)
Non-profit
1 votes (1)
None of these
10 votes (10)
Poll posted on 8/6/2020

What topic would you be most interested to listen to on a PromoTalks podcast?

Forecasting and preparation for 2021 and beyond
6 votes (6)
How companies are refocusing to drive business
8 votes (8)
Tips for job seekers in today's economic landscape
0 votes (0)
Attitudes about sourcing offshore and domestically
3 votes (3)
Innovation and inspiration for new product development
4 votes (4)
Poll posted on 8/4/2020

Are you anticipating hiring any new employees this year?

Yes, definitely
5 votes (5)
Maybe
10 votes (10)
No, definitely
10 votes (10)
Not sure yet
1 votes (1)
Poll posted on 7/30/2020

Where are you spending most of your time right now?

Generating new business
8 votes (8)
Working with current customers
14 votes (14)
Just trying to keep the doors open
8 votes (8)
Strategic planning for 2021 and beyond
6 votes (6)
None of these
1 votes (1)
Poll posted on 7/28/2020

Once trade shows reopen, what priority will end-user shows have on your priority list as an exhibitor or attendee compared with industry trade shows?

High priority
7 votes (7)
Medium priority
6 votes (6)
Low priority
18 votes (18)
Poll posted on 7/21/2020

Where should PPAI focus most of its attention over the next 12 months?

Trade shows (virtual and/or live)
17 votes (17)
Education (virtual and/or live)
20 votes (20)
Research
6 votes (6)
Legislative advocacy
9 votes (9)
None of these
2 votes (2)
Poll posted on 7/16/2020

When live shows do return, what protection standards do you expect regarding face masks?

Masks required for everyone
45 votes (45)
Masks required for exhibitors only
0 votes (0)
Masks required for distributors only
0 votes (0)
No specific mask requirement
14 votes (14)
Poll posted on 7/14/2020

When will distributors be ready for in-person sales calls from suppliers?

Now
14 votes (14)
September 2020
9 votes (9)
December 2020
10 votes (10)
February 2021
18 votes (18)
Later than February 2021
24 votes (24)
Poll posted on 7/9/2020

If the coronavirus infection rate is no better but no worse than the current situation would you attend The PPAI EXPO in January 2021?

Yes, definitely
30 votes (30)
Not sure yet
41 votes (41)
Definitely not
83 votes (83)
Poll posted on 7/7/2020

What percent of your previous face-to-face sales calls are now being held on Zoom or another virtual conference platform?

Less than 50 percent
19 votes (19)
About 50 percent
10 votes (10)
More than 50 percent
57 votes (57)
None
34 votes (34)
Poll posted on 7/2/2020

How interested are you in participating (either as an attendee or an exhibitor) in a digital trade show?

Very interested
37 votes (37)
Somewhat interested
27 votes (27)
Not at all interested
21 votes (21)
Poll posted on 6/25/2020

What percentage of your sales have shifted to personal protective equipment (face masks, medical gowns, face shields, etc.)?

At least 50%
20 votes (20)
About 30%
19 votes (19)
About 10%
8 votes (8)
Less than 10% or none
48 votes (48)
Poll posted on 6/23/2020

If your employees have been working from home, are you considering allowing them to continue on a semi-permanent basis instead of returning to the office?

Yes
21 votes (21)
Yes, for certain positions
22 votes (22)
No
15 votes (15)
Poll posted on 6/18/2020

How has working from home affected your personal productivity?

My productivity has increased
22 votes (22)
My productivity has decreased
14 votes (14)
I haven’t noticed any change
25 votes (25)
Poll posted on 6/16/2020

Have you taken advantage of any government support programs?

Yes
27 votes (27)
No
19 votes (19)
Not yet, but planning to do so
0 votes (0)
Poll posted on 6/11/2020

Which one of these positive changes for your company has emerged from the pandemic and ensuing shutdown?

It revealed new talent and new leaders within my company
2 votes (2)
It made my company re-think and improve our marketing and company image
11 votes (11)
It made my company re-think the way our office and staff are organized
6 votes (6)
It made the company repurpose and change the type of product(s) we offer
7 votes (7)
I have not seen any positive changes in my company since the shutdown.
11 votes (11)
Poll posted on 6/9/2020

Have you had to make any staffing changes as a result of the pandemic?

Yes, some employee layoffs
20 votes (20)
Yes, some employee furloughs
8 votes (8)
Not yet, but layoffs or furloughs are still likely
5 votes (5)
None at all
12 votes (12)
Poll posted on 6/4/2020

When do you see your sales returning to pre-lockdown levels?

Q1 2021
21 votes (21)
Q2 2021
34 votes (34)
Q3 2021
31 votes (31)
Later than Q3 2021
28 votes (28)
Poll posted on 6/2/2020

When will you feel safe to travel by air?

September
71 votes (71)
November
14 votes (14)
January
16 votes (16)
Not sure
98 votes (98)
Poll posted on 5/28/2020

Which, if any, would affect your attendance at a trade show?

Crowds on the show floor
130 votes (130)
Cleanliness of convention center and hotel
28 votes (28)
Flights and car services in the show city
38 votes (38)
None of these
46 votes (46)
Poll posted on 5/26/2020

When do you think you’ll be comfortable going to a trade show?

September
146 votes (146)
November
22 votes (22)
January
103 votes (103)
Not sure
188 votes (188)
Poll posted on 5/21/2020

Where do you think we are on the timeline of COVID-19’s impact on our industry?

Still in the beginning
141 votes (141)
In the middle
188 votes (188)
We've hit the bottom and are close to starting to climb out of it
109 votes (109)
Not sure
28 votes (28)
Poll posted on 5/19/2020