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Lady Banks Bookshelf for June

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Saturday, May 23, 2020

SIBA promotes six new books every month to readers, the customers of our member stores, in our Lady Banks Bookshelf promotion.These titles appear at the top of our weekly Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter, which has a circulation of over 60k. We also feature them above the fold on the homepage of Authors 'Round the South and as the cover image of the ARTS facebook page, with buy links promoted to our 15,000 Facebook friends. Plus, we boost these titles on our Facebook page for thousands more views. A different member store is featured with the titles every week.

 

For publishers looking to promote their new titles out to readers across the South, Lady Banks Bookshelf is our greatest value because of high visibility and engagement across multiple platforms. To support the efforts of publishers launching books during this challenging time, we're offering this, and all of our other promotions (except the RAMP holiday catalog) for half-price through July 1st. Contact us for more information or to get your titles on "The Shelf" in coming months.

 

June Titles:

Sunflower Dog by Kevin Winchester, ISBN 9781970137750

The Nature of Remains by Ginger Eager, ISBN 9781936970643

100 Things to Do In Savannah Before You Die by Lynn and Cele Seldon, ISBN 9781681062501

Charleston Green by Stephanie Alexander, ISBN 9781647040505

Eastbound from Flagstaff by Annette Valentine, ISBN 9781642793345

A Leader’s Guide to Giving a Memorable Speech by Donald Palmisano, ISBN 9781510755277

 


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THIS! Jill Hendrix on Trello 5/28/2020

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Thursday, May 21, 2020

On Thursday, May 28 at 1 PM EDT, Jill Hendrix, owner of Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC will demonstrate how she uses Trello. Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes projects into boards, lists, and cards. In one glance, Trello tells you what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process.

Jill's presentation is part of THIS! Thursday Inspiration with SIBA, an informal virtual club on Thursday afternoons at 1 pm, where booksellers share what's working for them. Less formal than a webinar, more fun than figuring it out by yourself, THIS! encourages conversation and the exchange of good ideas. Put this event on your calendar and we'll send you the zoom link next week.

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New Voices, New Rooms: SIBA and NAIBA Partner for a 2020 Virtual Show!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, May 19, 2020

New Voices New Rooms

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) are coming together to produce a combined virtual conference and tradeshow. In a nod to Truman Capote, the acclaimed writer with roots in both territories, this year’s theme is New Voices, New Rooms. Booksellers, publishers, authors, and other industry partners will gather in intimate and larger virtual rooms offering creative, customizable programming not possible at in-person shows.

New Voices, New Rooms will feature a fresh format spanning five days, crafted with care to answer the community’s call for shared spaces, networking, discovery of new titles and bookselling best practices, and plain old fun! Mark your calendars to join us September 21-25.

Registration for the fall shows have been temporarily suspended while the conference is reconfigured to its new format. Attendees who have already registered will be contacted to convert their registration to the new platform

A new format means new opportunities!

Eileen Dengler, executive director of NAIBA, and Linda-Marie Barrett, executive director of SIBA, are brainstorming new and creative ideas for programming and want to hear from booksellers and publishers. Everyone is welcome to share their desires, expectations, and possible challenges with a virtual show format. Feedback and ideas can be submitted here.

Visit sibaweb.com or naiba.com for up to date information as it is confirmed.

Tags:  discovery show  naiba 

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Reader Meet Writer Update

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Sunday, May 17, 2020
Reader Meet Writer's Original Endeavors

First Event at 7pm:
May 28th - Kristy Woodson Harvey interviews Lisa Wingate & Diane Plauche

Diane Plauche is a volunteer with the Historic New Orleans Collection museum. In 2015, she began assisting the museum in creating a database of historical Lost Friends advertisements, through which formerly enslaved people desperately tried to find their lost families in the decades following emancipation. After reading Lisa Wingate's 2017 novel, Before We Were Yours, Diane wrote to Lisa about the Lost Friends ads, saying, "There is a story in each one of the ads." To date, Diane has entered over 2500 unique ads, and tens of thousands of names in the museum's database, preserving the histories of thousands of families. Diane's work, and the stories of the real-life Lost Friends inspired Lisa's newest novel, The Book Of Lost Friends.

Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the author of numerous novels, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Before We Were Yours, which has sold more than 2.2 million copies. The co-author, with Judy Christie, of the nonfiction book, Before and After, Wingate is a two-time ACFW Carol Award winner, a Christy Award nominee, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, and a Southern Book Prize winner. She lives with her husband in North Texas.

Kristy Woodson Harvey is the bestselling author of Dear Carolina, Lies and Other Acts of Love, Slightly South of Simple, The Secret to Southern Charm and The Southern Side of Paradise. Kristy is the winner of the Lucy Bramlette Patterson Award for Excellence in Creative Writing, and a finalist for the Southern Book Prize

First Interactive Event:
June 4th @ 5pm: Which Fork Do I Use With My Bourbon? by Peggy Noe Stevens & Susan Reigler
Join Peggy and Susan for a tasting and demonstration.  Learn how to make an Old Fashioned and a Mint Julep.
Ingredients: Old Forester 86 Proof, dried cherries or cranraisins, roasted pecans, caramel candy, squares of dark chocolate
Watch the trailer!

Peggy Noe Stevens is founder of the Bourbon Women Association and a master bourbon taster. A lifestyle expert, she is also a professional speaker. As a Bourbon Hall of Fame inductee, she has planned hundreds of events globally over the last thirty years, often working with distilleries and master distillers.

Susan Reigler is a former restaurant critic for the Louisville Courier-Journal and a current correspondent for Bourbon+ and American Whiskey magazines. She has also authored or coauthored six books on bourbon, including Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide and The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book.

First Tour Event:
June 9th @ 3pm: How Not to Get Away with Murder in the 1940s
Join Beverly Bell, author of The Murder of Marion Miley, as she traces the path the killers took: how they got in, how they got out and made their escape. 

Beverly Bell is an award-winning magazine and crime writer whose work has appeared in Arizona Highways, Indianapolis Monthly, Keeneland Magazine, and Kentucky Monthly. Bell is also a featured consultant in Kentucky Education Television's recent documentary Forgotten Fame: The Marion Miley Story.

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THIS! Using Zapier to make life easier

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 14, 2020

What if every time you added an event to your calendar, it created a post for your facebook page?  What if every time a customer ordered a book on your website, a shipping label was generated in you shipping account?  Angela Trigg from The Haunted Bookshop demonstrates how to use Zapier -- an app that connects apps to each other -- to automate tasks and streamline your workflow.

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Reader Meet Writer: Kristy Woodson Harvey and Marie Benedict

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 14, 2020

The RMW Kristy Woodson Harvey (Feels Like Falling) and RMW Marie Benedict (The Other Einstein) events are now available to view online. All SIBA member stores are invited to link, post, or embed them on your websites, in your newsletters, or your social media feeds, and to include your own store branding and purchase links:


You can also link to the Reader Meet Writer playlist

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SIBA’s Show Goes Virtual for 2020

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 14, 2020

In a time of uncertainty, one thing’s certain: The SIBA Fall Discovery Show will go on!

SIBA is taking advantage of this unique opportunity to innovate, partner, and create knock-your-socks-off programming not possible at an in-person show. Publishers and other industry partners, authors, and booksellers will be brought together in both intimate and larger virtual rooms devoted to a wide variety of interests. The show will feature a fresh format spanning five days, crafted with care to answer the community’s call for shared spaces, networking, the discovery of new titles and bookselling best practices, and plain old fun! More details soon!

Registration for #SIBA20 has been temporarily closed while the show is reconfigured to its new format. Attendees who have already registered will be contacted by SIBA to convert their registration to the new platform.

A new format means new opportunities!

SIBA is currently seeking input from booksellers, publishers, and authors who are interested in the show.  They are looking for new and creative ideas about programming, and want to hear any concerns or questions about the challenges a virtual show will present. Please contact lindamarie@sibaweb.com or enter your comments here

Visit sibaweb.com for up to date information as it is confirmed.

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Indie Bookstores' "Go The Distance" Social Media Campaign

Posted By Douglas Calhoun, Social Media and Marketing Intern at SIBA, Wednesday, May 13, 2020

SIBA is hoping to test and share the kind of aspirational content we think might serve our communities virtually. It's a a good time to uniformly share a message we can all agree on. It's a challenge, but we're going the distance while we socially distance.

We are really excited that a few bookstores were able to contribute to this short video we put together to share throughout social media. Snail On The Wall, Bookmarks, E. Shaver, Story on the Square, Copperfish Books and Hub City Bookshop all shared some short video of the new "day-in-the-life" of bookstore operations.

Downloading the video is easy! You can preview and download the video in social media friendly formats here:

  • "SIBA_Main" is for Twitter and Facebook posting
  • "SIBA_Square" is for grid on Instagram posting
  • "SIBA_Vertical" is for Instagram Stories posting

Our plan is to share the video on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at 2:00 PM EDT on Friday, May 15, and we're planning to amplify this positive message by providing all member bookstores with the file to share at the same time. We want to highlight just how resourceful and flexible indie bookstores are. The more everyone posts this, the more this will be seen by publishers, authors, and loyal customers; put smiles on their faces; and remind them that indie bookstores are here for them.

indie books stores go the distance

Here is the ask:

FOR INSTAGRAM:
Post the video to your Instagram stories and grid on Friday at 2:00 PM EDT. Find a suggested caption for underneath your Instagram post here (copy and paste, it's easy!):

Southern Indie Bookstores go the distance. Follow @siba_books to hear about ways to support, collaborate, and partner with the bookstore community and check out what @storyonthesquare @hubcitywriters @copperfishbooks @e.shaver_bookseller and @snailbooks are doing to ensure customers safely receive books. #gothedistance #SIBA20 #indiebookstores

FOR FACEBOOK:
We'll post the video at 2:00 PM EDT on Friday and you can simply share it from there. When you share we encourage you to write:

Southern Indie Bookstores go the distance. #gothedistance #SIBA20 #indiebookstores

FOR TWITTER:
Post video to your Twitter account on Friday at 2:00 PM EDT. When you share we encourage you to write:

Southern Indie Bookstores go the distance. #gothedistance #SIBA20 #indiebookstores

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Reader Meet Writer Update

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Future of Reader Meet Writer

It is SIBA's goal to continue Reader Meet Writer after a two week break from June 15-July 1.  Half of the books that have been featured on Reader Meet Writer have made the Southern Indie Bestseller List the week following their appearance.  That bodes well for the program if that keeps up, and we need to hear from stores who are participating. These virtual events have been well received by booksellers, publishers, and authors alike.

Beginning in July, SIBA is going to offer two virtual events a week, one in the afternoon on Tuesdays and in the evenings on Thursdays.  We have confirmed Kristen Harmel on July 21st, and Odie Lindsey on August 6th.  We will fill in the remaining dates over the next few weeks and keep the calendar updated at the Reader Meet Writer site for booksellers.

All SIBA member bookstores are invited to participate, and join this list of participating bookstores. Just email wanda@sibaweb.com to be added to the list.

Tags:  #readermeetwriter  authors  booksellers  Covid-19  online events  Zoom Meeting 

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Galleys & Giveaways: If I Were You

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 7, 2020
Galleys & Giveaways

Liked what you read? Let everyone know!

N.B. Any review copies offered are not for resale

Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.


If I Were You

If I Were You
by Lynn Austin

Tyndale Fiction, 9781496437303, 464pp.
Publication Date: June 2, 2020

From bestselling and eight-time Christy Award-winning author Lynn Austin comes a remarkable novel of sisterhood and self-discovery set against the backdrop of WWII.

1950. In the wake of the war, Audrey Clarkson leaves her manor house in England for a fresh start in America with her young son. As a widowed war bride, Audrey needs the support of her American in-laws, whom she has never met. But she arrives to find that her longtime friend Eve Dawson has been impersonating her for the past four years. Unraveling this deception will force Audrey and Eve's secrets--and the complicated history of their friendship--to the surface.

1940. Eve and Audrey have been as different as two friends can be since the day they met at Wellingford Hall, where Eve's mother served as a lady's maid for Audrey's mother. As young women, those differences become a polarizing force . . . until a greater threat--Nazi invasion--reunites them. With London facing relentless bombardment, Audrey and Eve join the fight as ambulance drivers, battling constant danger together. An American stationed in England brings dreams of a brighter future for Audrey, and the collapse of the class system gives Eve hope for a future with Audrey's brother. But in the wake of devastating loss, both women must make life-altering decisions that will set in motion a web of lies and push them both to the breaking point long after the last bomb has fallen.

This sweeping story transports readers to one of the most challenging eras of history to explore the deep, abiding power of faith and friendship to overcome more than we ever thought possible.

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THIS! Shari Stauch on metricool

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 7, 2020

THIS! Thursday Inspiration with SIBA is SIBA's new informal virtual club on Thursday afternoons at 1 pm, where booksellers share things that are working for them. Less formal than a webinar, the program encourages conversation and the exchange of good ideas. Last Thursday's inaugural program featured Shari Stauch from Main Street Reads in Summervile, South Carolina, who demonstrated how she uses the social media tracking and scheduling service Metricool to manage her social media presence and grow her audience. Email Linda-Marie to be notified of upcoming topics.

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Bookseller Chill, Week Six: How Far We've Come

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 7, 2020

Bookseller Chill with Bryan Robinson, Ph.D. is a six-week series that began on March 26 at 2 PM EST and continues each Thursday, same time, same zoom link, till April 30. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes and include concepts from Bryan's book: #Chill: Turn Off Your Job and Turn On Your Life (HarperCollins, 2019), followed by what Bryan calls simple, short "MicroChiller" meditations that will help us relax and restore during this time of great uncertainty. You can read Bryan's recent post at Forbes.com: The Psychology of Uncertainty: How to Cope with COVID-19 Anxiety.

See all six Bookseller Chill episodes

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Video: Keplers and the Future of Independent Bookstores

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 7, 2020

The May 6th event with the management team of Kepler's Books on the future of independent bookstores drew an unprecedented crowd of highly engaged booksellers, publishers, and book industry people from as far away as Italy and France. The Kepler's business model, which prioritizes paying living wages to its employees and community service in its programming, pulled the company from the brink of bankruptcy into a financially stable organization that has seen a 75% increase in employee wages across the board. The Kepler's team of Praveen Madan, Jean Forstner, and Amanda Hall describe the journey they took to re-invent the bookstore and offer some perspective on how others can apply the process to their own businesses. What they have to say will enlighten and inspire, even -- or maybe especially -- in these uncertain times.

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Reader Meet Writer: Lee Smith, Ruthie Lindsay, and What's Coming Up

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 7, 2020
Reader Meet Writer

Join this list of bookstores and choose from this list of events to present to your customers.  Stores are handling the events as they would handle their own virtual events -- it is left up to the stor. Some are selling the book as the ticket to attend.  Some are selling tickets for a flat rate that can then be used as a credit towards the book or any purchase from the store. Each store determines how they want to use the events to assist in selling more books. It is our hope that we are offering stores an easy way to sell books without the headache of managing a new tool.

The RMW Lee Smith (Blue Marlin) and RMW Ruthie Lindsay (There I Am) events are now available to view online. All SIBA member stores are invited to link, post, or embed them on your websites, in your newsletters, or your social media feeds, and to include your own store branding and purchase links:

You can also link to the Reader Meet Writer playlist

Paricipating stores, have you completed the events survey? This is a really important final step.  We need the data to carry this program forward.  Please complete this form for each event. 

May 8 at 5pm: Kimberly McCreight, A Good Marriage
May 12 at 5pm: Mary Kay Andrews, Hello Summer
May 13 at 4 pm: Katy Simpson Smith, The Everlasting
May 14 at 4 pm: Susan Beckham Zurenda, Bells for Eli
May 15 at 3 pm: Kristin Arnett
, Mostly Dead Things

Read more | Email Wanda to become a Reader Meet Writer Store

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Reader Meet Writer Recap: Lee Smith

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Lee Smith's appearance on Reader Meet Writer for Blue Marlin (an Okra Pick book) drew an audience of over 450 readers. The event is now available on video.  SIBA member stores are invited to embed the video on their own websites and use it in their own marketing efforts.

 
Born in the small coal-mining town of Grundy, Virginia, Lee Smith began writing stories at the age of nine and selling them for a nickel apiece. Since then, she has written seventeen works of fiction, including Fair and Tender Ladies, Oral History, and, most recently, Guests on Earth. She has received many awards, including the North Carolina Award for Literature and an Academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her novel The Last Girls was a New York Times bestseller as well as winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. She lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, with her husband, the writer Hal Crowther.

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Carousels of Paris

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, May 4, 2020

Galleys & Giveaways

Liked what you read? Let everyone know!

N.B. Any review copies offered are not for resale

Eat. Sleep. Read. Southern.


The Carousels of Parils

Carousels of Paris
by Kaye Wilkinson Barley, Donald Barley (photographer)

Publisher: Aakenbaaken & Kent
Pub date: 3/17/2020
Price: $29.99
Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780578600451
Available from Ingram

“Kaye and Donald Barley’s photographs of Parisian carousels capture the whimsy, wit, and charm of the raucous merry-go-rounds that pepper the cobblestone streets and manicured parks of the City of Light. So grab a copy of Carousels of Paris and let your imagination wander back to a world full of colored lights and painted horses, quaint carriages and playful tigers, fantastical griffins and endangered dodos.”
—Juliet BlackwellNew York Times bestselling author of The Lost Carousel of Provence and Letters from Paris

Kaye Wilkinson Barley has been fascinated by carousels since she was a little girl. She fell in love with Parisian carousels during her first visit to the city and returned home eager to learn more. Thus began her trip down the carousel research rabbit hole, enjoying every second of the journey.

Carousels of Paris captures the colorful motion of everyday life in the City of Light while chronicling the history and characteristics of these unique attractions.

Carousels are much more than amusement rides. They are emblematic of the fantastical and the fun, the wild and the tamed. With their varying degrees of ornamentation and craftsmanship, Parisian carousels have for more than a century signaled delight and merriment for children while igniting the still small spark of whimsy among adults.

“Simply enchanting! The carousels are delightful and the photographers manage to bring them to life. I half expected them to leap off the pages. I absolutely adored this book!”
—Jenn McKinlayNew York Times bestselling author and author of soon to be released Paris is Always a Good Idea

For more information visit www.kayewilkinsonbarley.com

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Bookseller Chill, Week Five: Mindful Awareness

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, April 30, 2020

Mindfull Awareness

Bookseller Chill with Bryan Robinson, Ph.D. is a six-week series that began on March 26 at 2 PM EST and continues each Thursday, same time, same zoom link, till April 30. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes and include concepts from Bryan's book: #Chill: Turn Off Your Job and Turn On Your Life (HarperCollins, 2019), followed by what Bryan calls simple, short "MicroChiller" meditations that will help us relax and restore during this time of great uncertainty. You can read Bryan's recent post at Forbes.com: The Psychology of Uncertainty: How to Cope with COVID-19 Anxiety.

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Lady Banks Bookshelf for May

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, April 30, 2020

SIBA promotes six new books every month to readers, the customers of our member stores, in our Lady Banks Bookshelf promotion.These titles appear at the top of our weekly Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter, which has a circulation of over 60k. We also feature them above the fold on the homepage of Authors 'Round the South and as the cover image of the ARTS facebook page, with buy links promoted to our 15,000 Facebook friends. Plus, we boost these titles on our Facebook page for thousands more views. A different member store is featured with the titles every week.

For publishers looking to promote their new titles out to readers across the South, Lady Banks Bookshelf is our greatest value because of high visibility and engagement across multiple platforms. To support the efforts of publishers launching books during this challenging time, we're offering this, and all of our other promotions (except the RAMP holiday catalog) for half-price. Contact us for more information or to get your titles on "The Shelf" in coming months.

  • Pale by Edward A. Farmer
  • Little Tea by Claire Fullerton
  • Hello Summer by Mary Kay Andrews
  • A Leader's Guide to Giving a Memorable Speechby Donald J. Palmisano
  • Harbor for the Nightingale by Kathleen Baldwin
  • The Inevitable Past by Carrie Jane Knowles

Link to the Edelweiss Collection | All books are listed at Indiebound.com and Bookshop.org

PaleLittle TeaHello, SummerA Leader's Guide to Giving a Memorable SpeechA Harbor for the NightingaleThe Inevitable Past

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SIBA Office Hours Update

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Beginning May 1st, SIBA is making some changes to its Office Hours schedule:

Office Hours will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00 pm, EST. Anyone can drop in, but for security purposes registration will now be required. The upgraded link to the Office Hours will go live on Monday, May 4th:

New SIBA Office Hours Link

Thursdays will now be reserved for THIS! (Thursday Inspiration with SIBA) on most Thursdays, from 1-2PM.

THIS! is an hour of sharing best practices and tips for surviving, maybe even thriving, during Covid-19. Each week a featured bookseller will discuss what's working at their store, and take your questions. More casual than a webinar, more fun than figuring it all out by yourself. Let's be there for each other so we can all rise together. Pour a cup of coffee, grab a snack, and join us on THIS!, most Thursdays at 1 PM EST.

Other ways to reach SIBA and the SIBA commnity:

SIBA Booksellers Facebook Group
SIBA Booksellers "Watercooler" Google Group
SIBA Staff & Board

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Reader Meet Writer Recap: Steven Wright

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Steven Wright's appearance on Reader Meet Writer is now available on video.  SIBA member stores are invited to embed the video on their own websites and use it in their own marketing efforts.

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