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It's winter up north yet it's still mid 70's in Florida. Get a spiker personalized and come on down. 

October 2013 Monograms Today Newsletter

Posted on October 9, 2013 at 10:27 AM Comments comments (189)

     Hello and a Spooky Happy Halloween and Fall to YOU!! And an especially warm welcome to all our new Authorized Dealers!
*****NOTICE*****REMEMBER:   The Spooky Spiker Contest ends October 24, so get those entries in now! Winners get new Christmas packs! Details are here:
     We just posted a Breast Cancer Awareness photo on FB, please like and feel free to share, it’s here:
     Thank you always for your continued support and for reading this month's issue – enjoy :)
1. Will you help us win, please???
2. Game Day Spikers!
3. Kelly Green is here
4. An Easy Winter Garden
5. Catch up with me on Facebook
6. New website
7. Be inspired
8. Contact us
1. Will you help us win, please? We really, really, r-e-a-l-l-l-l-l-y need your votes! We’re in the running to win a commercial during the Super Bowl – how cool would that be?!? BUT – we need your help – and you can vote every day – it’s quick! it’s fun! it’s a way to win our undying gratitude! Seriously, we’d sincerely appreciate it if you followed this link and cast your vote for us: Thank YOU!!
2. Game Day SPIKERS! Yes, it’s official – Game Day Spikers are all the rage! We love seeing your favorite teams all over your Spikers, ready for the drinks and snacks! We also post a Game of the Week photo on the blog and elsewhere. You can see this week’s here:
3. Kelly Green is here. Kelly Green is one of our newest colors, and it’s a beauty – if you haven’t already, you can see a photo here:  . It’s included in our Christmas pack and looks great with lots of other colors too!
4. An Easy Winter Garden. Spikers are great when you have no time to garden – just spike ‘em in the soil, sand or even snow and then add those little plants you get already potted in the little black or white cups – then you have a colorful garden and it’s easy to switch out the plants when they grow too big or wilt – no weeding, no digging, just fun! Kids really enjoy these Plant-N-Spikes year-round.
5. Catch up with me on Facebook. Please follow along with new stuff and share your photos and ideas with me here: Are we friends yet???!?
6. New Website.  Yes, we feel like we’ve been waiting forever, too, but it won’t be long now until our new wholesale site is up and running – we’ll let you know the moment it goes live J
7. Be inspired.  "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” ~~ Robert Louis Stevenson
8. Contact us:  [email protected]  |  800.790.5409  |  850.654.4094
* * * FAQ. We try our best to anticipate your questions and provide you lots of information to help guide you through the ordering process and keep you up to date on new developments. Check this page regularly for new information:    And keep in touch here:
Thank you for reading! 
God bless,
SPIKER:  Made in America, Guaranteed for Life


September 2013 Monograms Today Newsletter

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 3:14 PM Comments comments (2)
 Hello and thank you for taking a moment to read our newsletter – or more like a news-note this month :) 

THANK YOU so much for continuing to be supportive and patient with us as we work to make improvements every day to our ordering and delivery systems. We value your partnership and will keep doing our best to provide you and your customers with fun, creative products.

     Here are just a few announcements in this abbreviated issue:

** We’ll re-introduce our Garnet Red Spiker very soon – it’s a great football color for the Comfy Couch Coaster, check it out: !

** We’ll also introduce another new color in time for the holidays . . . stay tuned!

** We can now accept your credit card payments over the phone. Our new website – that’ll be password protected just for you, our boutique dealers – will be ready soon, but we have this capability now, so if you’d rather pay with credit card, please feel free to call us and we’ll take care of it:  850.654.4094 or 800.790.5409.

** Because so many of you like the 48-pack option, we’re continuing to make it available. Check out the options here: 

** Feel free to tag me {thanks, Michelle!} with your Spiker photos on facebook: 

Be inspired:  "The best way to predict your future is to create it.” ~~ Peter F. Drucker 

* * * FAQ. We try our best to anticipate your questions and provide you lots of information to help guide you through the ordering process and keep you up to date on new developments. Check this page regularly for new information:    

Thank you for reading!  
God bless,

SPIKER:  Made in America, Guaranteed for Life

August 2013 Newsletter

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 11:16 AM Comments comments (202)
 Hello and happy approach to fall! We’re still enjoying our summer while we look ahead to new and exciting developments for the fall and winter. We’re working hard to bring you new items, too, and will have lots to announce in the upcoming weeks.

     We’re still working on the details of our next contest, and we’ll have some facebook giveaways too. This is a bit of a shortened newsletter this month, but be on the lookout for all these updates and announcements coming soon! 

     If you need to check on how to order or have other questions:  
     Monograms Today Blog:

     Thank you always for your continued support and for reading this month's issue – enjoy :)

1. The Spiker RUSH
2. New ways to market 
3. New vinyl patterns!
4. Remember the 48-pack
5. Celebrate September
6. New website
7. Be inspired
8. Contact us

1. The Spiker RUSH. Many of your customers are probably getting ready for college and that all important Rush season! We’re promoting you and Spiker products with our “Spiker Rush” campaign . . . check out this page: or and copy if you like.

2. New ways to market. When your customers are changing their activities for the fall, they can still use their Spikers – or get new ones! They’re great for football season – see the Comfy Couch Coaster page here for some ideas {and check out Johnny’s video} . 

Spikers also make fun and easy additions to even the most unaccomplished gardener’s garden -- see how these Plant-N-Spike ideas will inspire your creativity and help you market to your customers year-round: .

3. New Vinyl Patterns!
 Designer vinyl is just the beginning of our new brand, and we’ll introduce you to everything about it soon. But for now, see these 8 new patterns that’ll be available in 12x12-inch vinyl, just for you! *And we’ll have a special introductory giveaway too!!* More patterns and products are on the way. Take a peek at the first patterns here:

4. Don’t forget the 48-packs! We’re glad you’re enjoying the 48-pack option we introduced a couple of weeks ago – packs are here for easy choosing:

5. Celebrate September. We’re almost to the final third of the year . . . let’s celebrate fall ! September is:

International Strategic Thinking Month
National Coupon Month
National Prosper Where You Are Planted Month
Passion Fruit and Peach Month 
Self Improvement Month 
Women's Friendship Month

Special Days:
September 5:  Be Late For Something Day
September 8:  National Grandparent's Day
September 13:  International Chocolate Day
September 18:  National Cheeseburger Day
September 28:  National Good Neighbor Day 
September 29:  National Coffee Day – isn’t *every* day National Coffee Day?!!!

6. New Website.  Our new site is coming along, and soon we’ll have easier ordering, credit card processing and photos of all our products – in a secure place just for you! It’s all to help automate things for you and us, but we’ll still be only a phone call or email away 

7. Be inspired.  "Energy and persistence conquer all things.” ~~ Benjamin Franklin 

8. Contact us:  [email protected]  |  800.790.5409  |  850.654.4094

* * * FAQ. We try our best to anticipate your questions and provide you lots of information to help guide you through the ordering process and keep you up to date on new developments. Check this page regularly for new information:    And keep in touch here:

Thank you for reading!  

God bless,

SPIKER:  Made in America, Guaranteed for Life

July 2013 Newsletter

Posted on July 12, 2013 at 3:38 PM Comments comments (112)
July 2013 Newsletter

     Wow, it’s been more than a busy time since our last newsletter! We’ve moved into our new office space, moved ourselves into a new place, been working on tons of new projects and almost got washed away in the Florida Panhandle floods – but all is well and we’re so grateful to have YOU as part of the Spiker family.

      I delayed this issue a couple days because I know many of you have gone to the Atlanta market – with all our moving, we couldn’t make it this summer, but we plan to be at the fall event in September. And we’ll be eager to showcase so many of our new products…more about that in a moment.

      We’ll announce another contest soon – and always, we appreciate your photos – it's amazing work you do, and I’m happy to add your photos to our blog --  – just send ‘em to me at [email protected] !

      If you need to check on how to order or have other questions: 

     Thank you always for your continued support and for reading this month's issue – enjoy :)

1. New Division of Spiker
2. Let’s get tossing!
3. S.O.S. Cajun Blues Fest
4. School – not yet!
5. Rush Time
6. We don’t want to miss your message!
7. Celebrate August
8. Can we be friends?
9. Be inspired
10. Contact us

1. New Division of Spiker. A new division of Spiker International Corporation will launch soon with original vinyl wraps for your Spikers and so much more. The division will grow to include fabric, clothing, accessories and more. Stay tuned for the reveal of the first patterns in the next few weeks. You’ll be able to use the vinyl wraps alone or add a monogram – hope you’ll enjoy and I’m really anxious to see all the creative ways you’ll use them!

2. Let’s get tossing! Another new item we’ll introduce later in the fall is our game – it’s called Team Toss and it’s fun for 2 or more players of any age – and it comes with a patented twist. Because you toss from the same side as your opponent, be careful or you’ll have points deducted from your score! The game is great for friends and families to enjoy on the beach or lakeside, even in the back yard. More details and release dates are coming soon. And like the Spiker – Team Toss is made in America.

3. S.O.S. Cajun Blues Fest. We’re excited to announce the first annual S.O.S. Cajun Blues Fest, presented by Spiker, on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Special guests include Tab Benoit, Eric Lindell, some world champion jambalaya and some very special kids. Please join us here as we host this show, have a great time and best of all – benefit the Special Olympics. We’ll have Team Toss games and other activities throughout the day, along with one super event we especially hope you’ll be part of -- an auction of original Spikers from YOU – our amazing monogrammers and boutique owners! – and all proceeds will benefit this worthy cause. We hope you’ll come for the show, or if you can’t make it, please send us a Spiker created by YOU to include in the auction.  We’ll give you lots more details later, thank you

4. School – not yet! No matter how much we wish we could postpone it, kids of all ages will start thinking about going back to school soon – but not quite! Help your customers and friends as they plan a few more special summer activities. Load their personalized Spikers with some notecards and Crayons the kids can use for original postcards, or add some small “old fashioned” games like number slide puzzles and car bingo that’ll bring a nostalgic feel for a family trip. And don’t forget one last girls’ weekend get-away – gotta have matching Spikers to commemorate the occasion!

5. Rush Time. But yes, we *are* preparing for school . . . coming next month, we’ll introduce The Spiker Rush – a campaign for Sororities as they reunite and welcome new members. Almost every college and university has at least one lake on campus – and Sororities and other groups love to throw lake parties – so they need their Spikers – sporting their new letters, of course -- year-round, keeping their drinks, phones, keys, snacks, notes and other items within easy reach. Stay tuned for more.

6. We don’t want to miss your message! Please remember that group messages – like this one – go to hundreds of people, and if you reply to these messages, we’re very likely to miss your question or order, and even if we don’t lose it, it’ll take us a lot longer to find and keep track of your response. Please help us by always starting a new email message every time you contact us. Thank you!

7. Celebrate August. Wow, it’s hot – celebrate these days of fun and sun! August is:

American Adventures Month – let your customers know you’re proud to provide them with the made-in-America-guaranteed-for-life-Spiker!
Family Fun Month
Golf Month – how many can you fit in a Spiker?
Orange, Peach and Papaya Month
Picnic Month
Happiness Happens Month

Special Days:
August 2:  Ice Cream Sandwich Day
August 4:  International Forgiveness Day
August 6:  Wiggle Your Toes Day
August 9:  Booklover’s Day
August 10:  S’mores Day
August 16:  Tell-a-Joke Day
August 22:  Be an Angel Day
August 30:  Frankenstein Day

8. Can we be friends? Are we friends? Can I follow you? It seems we’re all social, in a virtual sort of way, lol. We love finding you and your photos on Facebook and Pinterest. If we haven’t connected, or if you’d like us to post your photo on our pages, like or share your stuff, please let us know or write us a message on our Facebook page. And when you do a give-away or special promotion, tell us so we can add your post to our pages. Please check out our Boards and visit us here: 

9. Be inspired.  "Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ~~ Abraham Lincoln

10. Contact us:  [email protected]  |  800.790.5409  |  850.654.4094

Monograms Today:    

* * * FAQ. We try our best to anticipate your questions and provide you lots of information to help guide you through the ordering process and keep you up to date on new developments. Check this page regularly for new information: 

Thank you for reading!

God bless,

SPIKER:  Made in America, Guaranteed for Life

May 2013 Newsletter

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 5:38 AM Comments comments (2129)
Welcome to all our new Spiker Authorized Dealers and hello again to everyone! 
We're so happy to have you with us and look forward to many years of partnership with you and seeing your business grow and thrive. 

I've been able to talk with a few of you on the phone recently and that's been a great joy. I love hearing your enthusiasm for the Spiker and can't wait to see how fantastic you make it look -- we're in awe of your creativity and skill. 

If you have any photos you'd like to showcase on the blog, Monograms Today , please send them along and I'll be happy to post! Send in a new email to me at:  [email protected] 

Thank you for joining with us. Now, on to this month's issue -- hope you enjoy :)

1. Please "Like" us
2. Yes, more...
3. Give a little, get a lot
4. The #1 Rule 
5. Tips
6. Celebrate June
7. Housekeeping
8. Be inspired
9. Contact us

1. Please "Like" us. We've finally joined the 21st century and have an official Spiker Brands Facebook page -- will you please visit us there, like and share? [we only have 1 like as I send this out – how sad is that?] Also please leave a message and link to your page or site so everyone can see your beautiful photos and know how to get in touch with you too. We’ll announce our contests on the Facebook page as well as the blog, and we’re planning a new contest very soon. Find us here:  Thank you!

2. Yes, more... You've asked and we heard you -- more great Spiker products are in the pipeline and will be coming your way soon. These items will be released exclusively through YOU, our premier dealers, so please stay tuned and look for more information soon!

3. Give a little, get a lot. Whether your business is a long-established store, a busy online shop, or a room in your home where you work alone, promotion works to reach more customers and build excitement about your products. When you get something new or want to try a new technique with a product, hold a promotion and give away a few of the items. 

Some of our Authorized Spiker Dealers have held give-aways on their Facebook pages and it's brought great attention and business to them. In just a few days of a give-away, one dealer garnered more than 30,000 shares that translated into more than 2 Million page views -- you just can't buy that kind of advertisement!

A couple tips when you hold a promotion: 1. make it short-term -- no longer than a week is suggested.2. make it easy for customers to enter -- "liking" or "sharing" on Facebook works, or if you hold a promotion in your physical store, prepare entry slips for your customers ahead of time.3. announce the winners as soon as you can after the end of the promotion. 4. if possible, showcase the winners with their prizes, get comments and photos.5. make plans for another contest as soon as the first one ends -- and above all, make it fun!

4. The #1 Rule. You grow your business one customer at a time. Everyone matters and great customer service lets your customers know how much you care. 
*LISTEN more than you talk. (probably a pretty good rule everywhere)
*BE CREATIVE. Sometimes your customer may need a little guidance. Do you have a product or service that will meet a need and solve a problem for her? Look at your products in a new way and help her get what she wants. Everything you learn in helping each customer will help you with others later.
*RESOLVE any problems quickly. Despite our best efforts, we all make mistakes now and then. Your customers will remember how you respond to a mistake way more than they'll remember the mistake itself. Take responsibility and make things right. As Johnny says, "we don't make many mistakes, but when we do, we make 'em good."
*APPRECIATE. Your customers don't have to be your customers. Let them know you appreciate them and want to provide the best products and services you can. We all want to connect with others. Enjoy the experience of working with your customers -- if you do it right, you'll build a long-term relationship that benefits you both.

5. Tips. [1]Look at your packaging. Would it make sense sometimes to pair like items and offer a special price? Think bigger. [2]Could you offer a 2-at-a-time deal -- finding products that you normally sell individually and marketing them as a set?Think convenience for your customer.

6. Celebrate June. We'll remember Flag Day on June 14 and Father's Day on June 16. Also in honor of all of you, did you know that June is "Entrepreneurs 'Do It Yourself' Marketing Month?" A whole month to celebrate you and your business! Also, June is: 
Beautiful in Your Skin Month Country Cooking Month Great Outdoors MonthRebuild Your Life MonthNational Camping Month Sports America Kids Month

Special Days:
June 1:  National Go Barefoot Day
June 8:  Upsy Daisy Day -- don't know what that is but sounds like fun :)
June 10: Iced Tea Day
June 12: National Peanut Butter Cookie Day
June 21: National Flip Flop Day

7. Housekeeping. 
Ordering and more. Please start a new email message EVERY TIME you place an order, reorder or have a question. If you reply to a lengthy email from us, it'll get lost in the pile and we'll not know what you need. 
Shipping times. Trust that we're getting your order out the door as quickly as we can -- we want you to have everything right away too. Please allow 5 business days for your order to arrive. If you don't get it AFTER 5 DAYS, please send us your Google checkout number and date of sale and we'll do our best to track it down.
Holidays. Please plan ahead and order early for special events, holidays or graduations – and consider ordering extra so you won’t have to turn customers away.

8. Be inspired. "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit" -- Aristotle

9. Contact us.  [email protected] 

Thanks for reading!
God bless,


Posted on May 10, 2013 at 12:36 AM Comments comments (8)