How often do you post or browse on social media for business?

Almost hourly
0 votes (0%)
More than once a day
2 votes (11%)
Once a day
4 votes (22%)
Several times a week
5 votes (28%)
About once a week
4 votes (22%)
Less than once a week
3 votes (17%)
Never
0 votes (0%)
Poll posted on 11/24/2020 - Total responses: 18

Are you working more hours now than before the lockdown or fewer hours?

Substantially more hours
8 votes (26%)
Slightly more hours
3 votes (10%)
About the same number of hours
11 votes (35%)
Substantially fewer hours
3 votes (10%)
Slightly fewer hours
5 votes (16%)
None of these
1 votes (3%)
Poll posted on 11/19/2020 - Total responses: 31

Has your company replaced an in-person event with a virtual event this year?

Yes, an employee event
0 votes (0%)
Yes, a client event
2 votes (9%)
Yes, an industry-related event
2 votes (9%)
Yes, some or all of these
6 votes (26%)
No
13 votes (57%)
Poll posted on 11/17/2020 - Total responses: 23

Which type of holiday gift would you prefer to receive this year from a client or vendor?

A useful item for my workspace
2 votes (14%)
A food gift
4 votes (29%)
An apparel item
2 votes (14%)
A personal item
0 votes (0%)
A product for my home
4 votes (29%)
A product for on-the-go or travel
2 votes (14%)
None of these
0 votes (0%)
Poll posted on 11/12/2020 - Total responses: 14

How are you budgeting revenue for 2021?

Flat compared to 2020
0 votes (0%)
Slightly down compared to 2020
0 votes (0%)
Strongly down compared to 2020
1 votes (10%)
Slightly up compared to 2020
6 votes (60%)
Strongly up compared to 2020
2 votes (20%)
Don’t know yet
1 votes (10%)
Poll posted on 11/10/2020 - Total responses: 10

How are you planning to recognize or reward your employees at year-end?

A holiday event in person or virtual
1 votes (8%)
A year-end bonus
2 votes (17%)
A physical gift
4 votes (33%)
An event plus a bonus
1 votes (8%)
An event plus a physical gift
1 votes (8%)
An event plus bonus and gift
0 votes (0%)
A bonus and gift only, no event
2 votes (17%)
Something other than these options
0 votes (0%)
Unable to provide any reward to employees this year
1 votes (8%)
Poll posted on 11/5/2020 - Total responses: 12

In what ways has your company changed its service offerings since the pandemic began?

Altered current service offerings
0 votes (0%)
Added new services
5 votes (45%)
Reduced number or level of services
1 votes (9%)
All of these
2 votes (18%)
None of these
3 votes (27%)
Poll posted on 11/3/2020 - Total responses: 11

What method do you use most often to lessen stress and anxiety?

Taking deep breaths
2 votes (9%)
Going for a walk
10 votes (43%)
Meditating
1 votes (4%)
Listening to calming music
3 votes (13%)
Exercising
5 votes (22%)
None of these
2 votes (9%)
Poll posted on 10/29/2020 - Total responses: 23

Suppliers, are you planning to produce a product catalog for 2021?

Yes, in print
6 votes (40%)
Yes, but not in print—digital or electronic only
5 votes (33%)
No, I will produce new product flyers or something else instead
4 votes (27%)
No, I will not be producing any type of catalog or flyer
0 votes (0%)
Poll posted on 10/27/2020 - Total responses: 15

Distributors, what is your preference for supplier catalogs?

I prefer print catalogs
13 votes (42%)
I prefer digital catalogs
8 votes (26%)
I prefer print catalogs but only if I request them
8 votes (26%)
I prefer digital catalogs but only if I request them
0 votes (0%)
None of these
2 votes (6%)
Poll posted on 10/22/2020 - Total responses: 31

Distributors, in client conversations, what is the most frequent reoccurring topic?

Lack of budget to make a purchase
4 votes (13%)
Overall slow business
12 votes (40%)
Where and how a product is manufactured
0 votes (0%)
Pricing
6 votes (20%)
Credit terms
0 votes (0%)
Turnaround/shipping
4 votes (13%)
None of these
4 votes (13%)
Poll posted on 10/20/2020 - Total responses: 30

If you are still working from home, how are you handling mail (catalogs, magazines, checks, invoices, etc.) arriving at your office?

My mail is being handled by someone else at my office
2 votes (18%)
My mail is being forwarded to my home
0 votes (0%)
I am going to my office to check mail on a regular basis
3 votes (27%)
My mail is not being checked regularly
1 votes (9%)
A and C
0 votes (0%)
A, B and C
0 votes (0%)
None of these
5 votes (45%)
Poll posted on 10/15/2020 - Total responses: 11

Have you attended or exhibited at an industry virtual trade show?

Yes, I’ve attended one or more virtual trade shows this year
19 votes (79%)
No, but I plan to attend one or more this year
0 votes (0%)
No, but I plan to attend one or more next year
1 votes (4%)
Yes, I’ve exhibited at one or more this year
3 votes (12%)
No, but I plan to exhibit at one or more this year
0 votes (0%)
No, but I plan to exhibit at one or more next year
0 votes (0%)
No, I have not attended or exhibited at a virtual trade show and do not plan to
1 votes (4%)
Poll posted on 10/13/2020 - Total responses: 24

Which of these attributes has been most important in helping your company survive this year?

Diversity of clients/markets
5 votes (11%)
The team’s sales and service skills
5 votes (11%)
Quality products
3 votes (7%)
Competitive pricing
1 votes (2%)
Creativity and innovation
10 votes (23%)
Customer relationships
19 votes (43%)
None of these
1 votes (2%)
Poll posted on 10/8/2020 - Total responses: 44

What is your preferred method of reading business-related, long-form articles about people, products, markets, trends and other non-time-sensitive topics?

Print
13 votes (39%)
Digital publication such as a flipbook
4 votes (12%)
Articles published on the web
16 votes (48%)
None of these
0 votes (0%)
Poll posted on 10/6/2020 - Total responses: 33

How are you handling business development during the pandemic?

I am using video conferencing to connect with prospects
1 votes (5%)
I am sending out spec and random samples to engage prospects
3 votes (14%)
I am using traditional methods like email and phone calls
9 votes (43%)
I am not doing any business development during this time
3 votes (14%)
I'm doing A, B and C
5 votes (24%)
None of these
0 votes (0%)
Poll posted on 10/1/2020 - Total responses: 21

How are you incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) into your business?

I am looking for suppliers who are diverse
0 votes (0%)
I created a committee within my company to create a DE&I plan
2 votes (11%)
I am educating myself through reading and podcasts
3 votes (17%)
I am not interested in incorporating DE&I into my business
3 votes (17%)
I'm doing A, B and C
2 votes (11%)
None of these
8 votes (44%)
Poll posted on 9/29/2020 - Total responses: 18

Distributors: How are you dealing with virtual events and work from home kits?

Providing kitting and fulfillment in house
2 votes (15%)
Using suppliers to do drop shipments
3 votes (23%)
Hiring a third-party logistics partner to do kitting and fulfillment
0 votes (0%)
I am not doing virtual events or home kits
5 votes (38%)
All of these
1 votes (8%)
None of these
2 votes (15%)
Poll posted on 9/24/2020 - Total responses: 13

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

Hire professional coach
1 votes (4%)
Tighten up processes
12 votes (50%)
Hire additional resources
0 votes (0%)
Invest in technology for order processing, CRM and research
9 votes (38%)
None of these
2 votes (8%)
Poll posted on 9/22/2020 - Total responses: 24

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 (50%)
Asked company managers to check in with them frequently
2 votes (8%)
All of these
5 votes (21%)
None of these
5 votes (21%)
Poll posted on 9/17/2020 - Total responses: 24

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

I anticipate acquiring another company this year.
7 votes (23%)
I anticipate that my company will be acquired this year.
4 votes (13%)
I'm interested in acquiring a company but think it will probably happen next year.
5 votes (16%)
I'm interested my company being acquired but don’t think it’s likely this year.
3 votes (10%)
I don’t think my company will be acquired or acquire another company this year.
12 votes (39%)
Poll posted on 9/15/2020 - Total responses: 31

Distributors, what is the state of your largest client?

It has reopened for business and is buying.
18 votes (78%)
It has reopened for business but not yet buying.
4 votes (17%)
It has not reopened but I am in touch with my client frequently.
1 votes (4%)
It has not yet reopened and I am not in frequent contact.
0 votes (0%)
Poll posted on 9/10/2020 - Total responses: 23

How would you rate your current productivity level?

Better now than six months ago.
8 votes (29%)
Worse now than six months ago.
8 votes (29%)
It's the same as always.
12 votes (43%)
Poll posted on 9/8/2020 - Total responses: 28

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

Seeing new products
4 votes (10%)
Finding new supplier sources
3 votes (8%)
Networking with existing suppliers
5 votes (13%)
Feeling a part of an industry event
3 votes (8%)
All of these
21 votes (54%)
None of these
3 votes (8%)
Poll posted on 9/3/2020 - Total responses: 39

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

Direct mail
2 votes (5%)
Personalized emails
10 votes (26%)
General emails
2 votes (5%)
Phone calls
9 votes (24%)
Self-promo
3 votes (8%)
Spec samples
5 votes (13%)
Texts
1 votes (3%)
Social Media
0 votes (0%)
Nothing is working
6 votes (16%)
Poll posted on 9/1/2020 - Total responses: 38

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

The PPAI website
12 votes (43%)
Social media
1 votes (4%)
A friend or co-worker
2 votes (7%)
Other
10 votes (36%)
What's Promo Connect?
3 votes (11%)
Poll posted on 8/27/2020 - Total responses: 28

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

Provide more organized forums for important industry discussions
6 votes (26%)
Provide more opportunity to promote companies and their products and services
3 votes (13%)
Offer more communities focused on specific topics or job functions
10 votes (43%)
Nothing, I think it offers enough value as is.
4 votes (17%)
Poll posted on 8/25/2020 - Total responses: 23

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

I consider Promo Connect a major benefit.
2 votes (9%)
I consider Promo Connect a standard benefit.
5 votes (23%)
I consider Promo Connect a minor benefit.
13 votes (59%)
I’m unfamiliar with Promo Connect
2 votes (9%)
Poll posted on 8/20/2020 - Total responses: 22

For what purpose do you use Promo Connect?

To seek referrals and best practices from peers
1 votes (4%)
To discuss industry business such as, challenges, successes and advice
3 votes (13%)
To meet new industry professionals
0 votes (0%)
I only use Promo Connect for volunteer committee work.
5 votes (22%)
All of the above
2 votes (9%)
None of the above
12 votes (52%)
Poll posted on 8/18/2020 - Total responses: 23

Do you use PPAI Promo Connect?

Yes, I use it regularly
2 votes (14%)
Yes, I use it occasionally
3 votes (21%)
I have used it a few times.
6 votes (43%)
No, I have never used it.
3 votes (21%)
Poll posted on 8/13/2020 - Total responses: 14

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

News and information
8 votes (31%)
Virtual trade shows
3 votes (12%)
Online/virtual education
4 votes (15%)
Research and data
5 votes (19%)
Information/communications to send to clients
6 votes (23%)
None of these
0 votes (0%)
Poll posted on 8/11/2020 - Total responses: 26

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

Health care
7 votes (23%)
Financial
3 votes (10%)
Education
8 votes (27%)
Manufacturing
1 votes (3%)
Non-profit
1 votes (3%)
None of these
10 votes (33%)
Poll posted on 8/6/2020 - Total responses: 30

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

Forecasting and preparation for 2021 and beyond
6 votes (29%)
How companies are refocusing to drive business
8 votes (38%)
Tips for job seekers in today's economic landscape
0 votes (0%)
Attitudes about sourcing offshore and domestically
3 votes (14%)
Innovation and inspiration for new product development
4 votes (19%)
Poll posted on 8/4/2020 - Total responses: 21

Are you anticipating hiring any new employees this year?

Yes, definitely
5 votes (19%)
Maybe
10 votes (38%)
No, definitely
10 votes (38%)
Not sure yet
1 votes (4%)
Poll posted on 7/30/2020 - Total responses: 26

Where are you spending most of your time right now?

Generating new business
8 votes (22%)
Working with current customers
14 votes (38%)
Just trying to keep the doors open
8 votes (22%)
Strategic planning for 2021 and beyond
6 votes (16%)
None of these
1 votes (3%)
Poll posted on 7/28/2020 - Total responses: 37

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 (23%)
Medium priority
6 votes (19%)
Low priority
18 votes (58%)
Poll posted on 7/21/2020 - Total responses: 31

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

Trade shows (virtual and/or live)
17 votes (31%)
Education (virtual and/or live)
20 votes (37%)
Research
6 votes (11%)
Legislative advocacy
9 votes (17%)
None of these
2 votes (4%)
Poll posted on 7/16/2020 - Total responses: 54

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

Masks required for everyone
45 votes (76%)
Masks required for exhibitors only
0 votes (0%)
Masks required for distributors only
0 votes (0%)
No specific mask requirement
14 votes (24%)
Poll posted on 7/14/2020 - Total responses: 59

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

Now
14 votes (19%)
September 2020
9 votes (12%)
December 2020
10 votes (13%)
February 2021
18 votes (24%)
Later than February 2021
24 votes (32%)
Poll posted on 7/9/2020 - Total responses: 75

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 (19%)
Not sure yet
41 votes (27%)
Definitely not
83 votes (54%)
Poll posted on 7/7/2020 - Total responses: 154

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 (16%)
About 50 percent
10 votes (8%)
More than 50 percent
57 votes (48%)
None
34 votes (28%)
Poll posted on 7/2/2020 - Total responses: 120

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

Very interested
37 votes (44%)
Somewhat interested
27 votes (32%)
Not at all interested
21 votes (25%)
Poll posted on 6/25/2020 - Total responses: 85

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

At least 50%
20 votes (21%)
About 30%
19 votes (20%)
About 10%
8 votes (8%)
Less than 10% or none
48 votes (51%)
Poll posted on 6/23/2020 - Total responses: 95

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 (36%)
Yes, for certain positions
22 votes (38%)
No
15 votes (26%)
Poll posted on 6/18/2020 - Total responses: 58

How has working from home affected your personal productivity?

My productivity has increased
22 votes (36%)
My productivity has decreased
14 votes (23%)
I haven’t noticed any change
25 votes (41%)
Poll posted on 6/16/2020 - Total responses: 61

Have you taken advantage of any government support programs?

Yes
27 votes (59%)
No
19 votes (41%)
Not yet, but planning to do so
0 votes (0%)
Poll posted on 6/11/2020 - Total responses: 46

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 (5%)
It made my company re-think and improve our marketing and company image
11 votes (30%)
It made my company re-think the way our office and staff are organized
6 votes (16%)
It made the company repurpose and change the type of product(s) we offer
7 votes (19%)
I have not seen any positive changes in my company since the shutdown.
11 votes (30%)
Poll posted on 6/9/2020 - Total responses: 37

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

Yes, some employee layoffs
20 votes (44%)
Yes, some employee furloughs
8 votes (18%)
Not yet, but layoffs or furloughs are still likely
5 votes (11%)
None at all
12 votes (27%)
Poll posted on 6/4/2020 - Total responses: 45

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

Q1 2021
21 votes (18%)
Q2 2021
34 votes (30%)
Q3 2021
31 votes (27%)
Later than Q3 2021
28 votes (25%)
Poll posted on 6/2/2020 - Total responses: 114

When will you feel safe to travel by air?

September
71 votes (36%)
November
14 votes (7%)
January
16 votes (8%)
Not sure
98 votes (49%)
Poll posted on 5/28/2020 - Total responses: 199

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

Crowds on the show floor
130 votes (54%)
Cleanliness of convention center and hotel
28 votes (12%)
Flights and car services in the show city
38 votes (16%)
None of these
46 votes (19%)
Poll posted on 5/26/2020 - Total responses: 242

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

September
146 votes (32%)
November
22 votes (5%)
January
103 votes (22%)
Not sure
188 votes (41%)
Poll posted on 5/21/2020 - Total responses: 459

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

Still in the beginning
141 votes (30%)
In the middle
188 votes (40%)
We've hit the bottom and are close to starting to climb out of it
109 votes (23%)
Not sure
28 votes (6%)
Poll posted on 5/19/2020 - Total responses: 466