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QVC Hottie Rick Domeier Tells Us About Life Makeovers In His New Book, ‘Do I Get A Do Over?’

December 9, 2010

QVC’s resident heart throb, Rick Domeier, has a book coming out in January. Jeez, this guy gets a publisher, and this poor Homeshoppingista doesn’t have one? But actually, it’s not much of a surprise.

Months ago when Domeier mentioned on-air that he was going to the Book Expo with an idea, we e-mailed him and asked what he was up to and to keep us apprised if he got anywhere. We believe he said that he would. Screwed again!

We were on Facebook Wednesday night, contentedly eating our hot and sour soup, when we saw that Domeier had posted — for his 1,000-plus friends — that his book was coming out. It’s called “Can I Get A Do Over?: Unforgettable Stories of Second Chances and Life Makeovers,” with Domeier borrowing that phrase from his son.

The Homeshoppingista, and all your hundreds of Friends, thank you for the “exclusive” tip, Rick.

Here’s what the butterscotch beauty posted:

This just in! OK, here’s the scoop. Some months ago, I came up with an idea for a Book. Yep, a BOOK… Real stories of Real people, told first person, who have ‘reinvented their lives’. My sons inspired the title. Took the proposal to BEA (Book Expo America) in big ol’ New York city. The Craziest thing happened: It Sold! With a forward by Joan Rivers, quotes from Suze Orman and friends, and stories galore…l

The book, which launches nationally Jan. 3 in outlets such as Barnes and Noble, Borders and Amazon.com, already has a page on Facebook, with a video of Domeier flogging his tome.

Here is the description offered:

In Can I Get A Do Over?: Unforgettable Stories of Second Chances and Life Makeovers (HCI Books, $14.95, January 3, 2011), multichannel retail giant QVC’s senior host Rick Domeier and inspirational author Max Davis take an up-close look at the amazing

So Domeier is a “senior” host, heh? We never heard that phrase before.

In the video, he says, “This book is bursting with positive energy.”

It appears that Domeier put the stories of several familiar QVC vendors, such as Lori Greiner and Jeanne Bice, in his book.

Domeier’s Facebook Friends were panting about his new book.

And his fellow hosts came through for him, with Lisa Robertson and Dan Wheeler posting complimentary comments On the “Do Overs” page.

From Robertson:

“In the fifteen years that I have known Rick, he never gives up, he always finds a way. I don’t know if he was born with it or learned it from necessity, but his book is a living example of what you can do with a ‘do over.’”
—Lisa Roberston, television personality and host of PM Style

No mention of QVC.

And from Dan Wheeler:

“We learned the ‘do over’ at recess but never in the classroom. This book offers ‘real life’ lessons on one of the most important subjects for successful living in the 21st century.”
—Dan Wheeler, television personality and author of Best Seat in the House

No mention of QVC.

One person asked Domeier if QVC will be selling his book. No answer on that yet.

HSN Has Something Cooking With ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ It Just Won’t Say What

June 1, 2010

HSN host Callie Northagen let the proverbial cat out of the bag last weekend about some plans that the home shopping network has regarding “Eat, Pray, Love,” the bestselling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Northagen was with Joy Mangano, who gets blonder and blonder each time we see her, discussing some bedding that the in-house inventor had created. Mangano mentioned that she loved to curl up in her bed and read, and Northagen agreed.

The host said that she was currently reading “Eat, Pray, Love,”  blurting out, “We ( HSN) have a big event coming up” regarding “Eat, Pray, Love.”

Then Northagen, looking a bit sheepish, added, “I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that.”

Probably not, Callie, but we’re glad you did.

Northagen mentioned a date, we believe it was August. The “Eat, Pray, Love” movie, obviously based on the book, will be released Aug. 13. It stars Julia Roberts playing Gilbert, with Penelope Cruz’s babe, Javier Bardem, as Roberts’ love interest.  

It seems likely that HSN’s “event” will be tied to the film’s release.

We contacted HSN’s PR department Tuesday to find out what specifically is going on with “Eat, Pray, Love.”

Here is the illuminating response we got back.

“We have new announcements and events all the time so stay tuned,” HSN said in an e-mail.

Thanks guys.

We have a special place in our heart for “Eat, Pray, Love” (we can’t figure out if it takes commas or not), because we read it the last time we were on vacation (pre-layoff) in Arizona, which was in October 2008.

Joy Mangano Sells 30,000 Of Her New Performance Sneakers In Their Debut

May 4, 2010

HSN’s in-house inventor/entrepreneur Joy Mangano in only three hours Monday sold out 30,000 pairs of her new performance sneakers, which give you a workout when you walk, according to the home shopping channel.

“I’m always striving to find innovative technologies and products that offer more to the consumer, and who doesn’t want to tone and get a secret workout with every step you take?” Mangano said in a canned statement Tuesday.

“My goal was to design a foot flattering silhouette incorporating this ground-breaking Get Fit technology, and I just knew our HSN customers would fall in love with them. They are the most comfortable sneakers I’ve ever slipped into!”

But Joy, you’ve got to getter a snazzier name for those sneakers, not the current Performance Platforms with Get Fit Technology by Grasshoppers.

“Our goal was to create a product that would provide toning benefits and at the same time offer a stylish look,” Keds president Kristin Kohler Burrows said. “We are excited by the consumer response and look forward to continuing to collaborate with our great partners Joy Mangano and HSN.”

Beyond Huggable Hangers: HSN’s Joy Mangano To Add Exercise Sneakers To Her Repertoire

May 1, 2010

Joy Mangano

HSN calls her its Mother of Invention. Known for selling millions of Huggable Hangers (I’ve got a closet full of them), Joy Mangano is now doing sneakers that tone your butt and legs when you walk in them.

The New Yawk-accented Mangano will unveil her new footwear collecton, Performance Platforms, May 3, when the shoes will be the Today’s Special. The line, which uses Get Fit Technology by Grasshoppers, will be exclusively available at HSN and HSN.com.

“I’ve reorganized closets with Huggable Hangers, revolutionized kitchens with GreenPan, and freshened homes with Forever Fragrant,” Mangano said in a canned statement Friday. “Now I hope to enhance every step in Performance Platforms with Get Fit Technology by Grasshoppers. It’s finally time to be stylish, comfortable, and active.”

Like a number of similar shoes on the market, Performance Platforms are designed to promote muscle activity, while you walk, and tone muscle groups like your calves, quads, hamstrings and butt.

“Joy’s innate ability to highlight an everyday item like sneakers with an advanced patent pending fit technology is what has kept her at the top of her industry and an HSN customer favorite for the past ten years,” Lynne Ronon, HSN’s executive vice president of merchandising, said. “The introduction of this new footwear reinforces our commitment to provide our customers with innovative product assortments and technologies.”

The shoe’s patented Celliant Lining is supposedly formulated to help increase the complete comfort of the shoe. Additional features include a removable comfort insole; a soft compression heel uniquely designed to help return energy with every step; and the muscle activating outsole that helps to tone key muscle groups and benefit your body while walking.

The Performance Platforms with Get Fit Technology by Grasshoppers will come in a lace-up style and a slip-on style both in your choice of colors: Champagne Beige, Silver Grey and Classic White with a Today’s Special (one-day only) price of $59.95 (regular price of $74.95)

“We are thrilled to be presenting this exciting new collection to the HSN audience,” Keds president Kristin Burrows said. “The Performance Platforms collection is designed with our breakthrough Get Fit technology by Grasshoppers to help activate and tone key muscles groups. It is a unique offering in the toning footwear market combining style and comfort with distinct health and wellness benefits — a combination consumers have come to expect from the Grasshoppers brand.”

QVC PR Department Lands Two Puff Pieces On Vendors In Philly Inquirer

April 4, 2010

Looks like QVC has a special “in” at The Philadelphia Inquirer. Within the span of a few days, the paper has done two features — or what in the newsroom are usually called “puff pieces,” or worse — on two QVC vendors.

Sunday there’s a lengthy story on QVC’s Topsy Turvy tomato planters and their “folksy inventor,” Bill Felknor.

It’s just like it sounds, folks. The hanging tomatoes grow from the bottom of planters that have soil in them, and you water them from the top.

But this Friday, The Inquirer did a feature on QVC’s resident inventor, Lori Greiner.

The Inquirer says that Felknor’s upside-down tomatoes are top sellers, and the story has a news hook.

Four new Topsy Turvy planters are coming out this year, “including ones for strawberries and hot peppers. Later this year comes a Topsy ‘patio terrace,’ comprising six plastic plant-platforms on a stand,” The Inquirer said, proud of its scoop.

“Where will it end?” the once-venerable paper then asks.

When indeed.

One thing is clear: Someone in the QVC PR department woke up.

QVC Inventor-In-Residence Lori Greiner Gets Profiled By The Philadelphia Inquirer

April 3, 2010

QVC vendor Lori Greiner, who has 99 patents, was profiled by The Philadelphia Inquirer Friday.

Greiner, who comes up with inventions like purse organizers and antitarnish jewely cabinets, has taken in $350 million in sales with her brand, For Your Ease Only. She’s been in business for 13 years, and she has been on QVC for 10 years.

So far, Greiner has created 250 products.

The story isn’t really that revealing, but it does say that her top seller in West Chester, Pa., is one if her antitarnish jewelry cabinets, with 300,000 gone so far.

HSN’s Joy Mangano Breaks Record With Orders For 180,000 Of Her Home Fragrance Product — Two Weeks Ago

February 17, 2010

Mangano's Forever Fragrant

Joy Mangano, HSN’s so-called “Mother of Invention,” is doing well with products beyond her Huggable Hangers.

Maybe they’re taking a cue from QVC PR, but HSN waited two weeks to finally put out a press release on inventor-entrepreneur Mangano making HSN history Jan. 31 by selling 180,000 units of her home fragrance product, Forever Fragrant, in one day.

She surpassed her previously held record, for Huggable Hangers, by more than 50 percent.

Here is Mangano’s canned quote.

“I am thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive response to Forever Fragrant. I believe in the product, but didn’t know just how many people would be as excited about it as I am. HSN, once again, has been the perfect platform to allow me to enter the homes of 93 million Americans and share with them such a remarkable new household item.”

Forever Fragrant are fragrance-releasing sticks and discs that last up to two years.

Mangano introduced six new scents to the collection during her January appearance: Blackberry Grape (deep purple); Coconut Colada (golden yellow); Country Home (red); Couture Powder (pink); Eucalyptus Desert (dark green); and Lavender Fields (lavender). Fresh Linen (white) and Vanilla Amber (amber), two of the original best-selling scents, were also reintroduced.

Yummy.

Mangano’s claim to fame is her Huggable Hangers. Laugh if you will, but our closet is full of them. They really do free up a lot of space in your wardrobe. There’s a reason more than 260 million of them have been sold.

HSN owns Mangano’s company, Ingenious Designs LLC, making of the Huggable Hangers, My Little Steamer. IDL is now also
managing and designing product for the guitarist Esteban, Iman, Serena Williams, Paula Abdul and chef/restaurateur Todd English.

“Joy epitomizes the creative, entrepreneurial spirit that thrives here at HSN and we couldn’t be happier about her latest accomplishment, especially as it coincides with her 10th anniversary,” said Lynne Ronon, HSN’s EVP of merchandising. “Her ability to take practical home solutions to the next level is unmatched. She has an innate talent for creating products that people need and want to have in their homes.”

We Guess Imitation Equals Flattery, With ShopNBC Doing Its Take On HSN’s Huggable Hangers

January 27, 2010

Call us crazy, but isn’t ShopNBC’s Top Value Tuesday, the “Hold Tru Velvet-Flocked Universal Hangers,” a dead ringer for HSN’s Huggable Hangers from Joy Mangano?

Don’t laugh at those Huggable Hangers. We swear by them, and 257 million of them have been sold.

Here’s what ShopNBC said about its version with 100 pieces:

“Our first hanger set Our Top Value, Hold Tru hangers will help you streamline your closet and make the most of your space! Each hanger features a slimline design, velvety flocked finish, and integrated nesting hook for vertical cascading. This 100-piece set has everything you need to keep your clothes hanging neatly while freeing up additional space. At only $0.57 a hanger, don’t miss out on this great value!”

ShopNBC Reports 4 Percent Revenue Drop In Third Quarter, But The Home Shopping Network Cuts Losses In Half

November 18, 2009

New ShopNBC vendor Suzanne Somers

ShopNBC saw sales slip 4 percent in the third quarter as it shifted its product mix and lowered its average selling price, but the beleaguered No. 3 home shopping network substantially cut some of its losses, the company reported Wednesday.

Third-quarter revenue was $119.4 million versus $124.8 million in the same period last year, as ShopNBC intentionally lowered its average selling price by 49 percent and increased unit volume by 90 percent. Net average selling price was lowered to a record $95 during the quarter versus $187 in the year-ago quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $5.6 million compared to a loss of $13.3 million in the year-ago period. The net loss for the third quarter was $12.9 million compared to a $20.8 million for the same quarter last year.

Customer trends continued to improve with new and active customers up a record 118 percent and 64 percent, respectively, in the third quarter.

Increased customer demand in the quarter led to a 4 percent growth in net orders over last year, the company’s first increase in seven quarters. This is an acceleration of the company’s first half performance of new and active customer growth of 60 percent and 29 percent, respectively.

Return rates for the quarter were 21.9 percent versus 29.2 percent in the year-ago quarter, reflecting improvements in delivery time, customer service, product quality, and lower price points. The customer service contact rate decreased 24 percent in the quarter.

ShopNBC’s Gross profit margin was 33.2 percent, 130 basis points lower compared to last year, driven primarily by increased promotional activity. These promotions contributed to the significant new customer growth the company achieved in the quarter.

ShopNBC noted that it had added a record 122 new vendors to the new and existing merchandise categories of home, fashion, beauty and jewelry.

ShopNBC CEO Keith Stewart

The company launched 58 new show titles, product categories and brands in the quarter, such as Suzanne Somers, Esprit Outerwear, Laundry by Shelli Segal, Sensual Solutions by Dr. Robert Rey, Sensa Weight-Loss System, Brilliante Purely Platinum, the Culinary Institute of America and Griot’s Auto Care.

And a record 103 new guests, 90 of those being experts in their field, were added to the network’s talent ranks, including the hottest celebrity hair stylist Ted Gibson, chef Marcus Samuelson and shoe expert Meghan Cleary.

Operating expenses were trimmed $12 million year-over-year or 20 percent in the quarter. This decrease was driven by broad-based reductions in the company’s cost structure, including lower cable and satellite fees, lower headcount versus the prior-year period, and a significant decline in transactional costs in the areas of order capture, customer service, credit and fulfillment.

In the quarter, ShopNBC successfully concluded all of its carriage agreements that were up for renewal in the last year while preserving 100 percent of its distribution footprint of 73 million homes, leading to a cost savings of about $24 million in 2009 and improved channel positions in many markets.

“Merchandising efforts to unlock our customer growth potential showed real signs of progress in the third quarter, as we build new businesses in strategic product categories,” ShopNBC president and CEO Keith Stewart said in a prepared statement.

“Record gains were made in new and active customer counts,” he said. “Net shipped units were at record levels. E-commerce is proving to be a powerful complement for additional growth. With a focus on delivering a premium shopping experience across our multichannel platform of TV and the Web, the customer is reacting strongly to our initiatives.”

Stewart added, “Year-to-date EBITDA, as adjusted, is $18.2 million better than last year. We are highly focused on delivering the high expectations that have grown during the turnaround of ShopNBC. I remain confident about our fourth quarter plans.”

Celebrity Chef Todd English Returns To HSN This Week After Bride-Jilting Brouhaha

October 25, 2009

Boston restaurateur and celebrity chef Todd English will be back on HSN Tuesday, his first appearance since he jilted his bride-to-be. That has been a nasty, much-publicized break-up.

English has a line of “green” pots and pans for HSN, and it looks like one of his items will be the network’s Today’s Special Tuesday.

English made headlines in New York and Boston during the past month for leaving his fiancee, Erica Wang, at the alter. She went ahead and had a get-together, to replace the cancelled-wedding reception, at the ritzy St. Regis in Manhattan. Why not, since no way you could get your deposit back at such short notice.

But Wang did not take being ditched lying down. She dished to the New York Post about what a rat English was, claiming he called her the afternoon of the wedding to say it was off.

A few days after that Post story, English stuck back. He filed assault charges against Wang, claiming she had hit him in the head with his own watch way back in September. You can’t make this stuff up, folks.

We wonder if any callers will try to ask English about his aborted nuptials.

English, once voted one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautfiful People, always appears on HSN with Joy Mangano, of “Huggable Hanger” fame. We’ve got a closet filled with her hangers, which are actually great.

But why she is always paired with English when he demonstrates his GreenPans is beyond us. They are the oddest pair since Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow, Cher and Tom Cruise…Well, you get the idea.