The Surprising Power of Promotional Products

The Surprising Power of Promotional Products

From can note pads to stress balls to your basic ink pen, promotional items are an integral part businesses advertising and marketing plans across the globe. Millions of promotional items, also known as “swag” “Stuff We All Get”, are given out every year.  Promotional items first appeared in the early-18thcentury, when George Washington used small bronze pins to promote his re-election campaign in 1789.

According to the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), there are more than 28,000 promotional item distributors and 5,200 manufacturers. These manufactures are successful for one reason: promotional items work. In a PPAI study, 94 percent of respondents said they could successfully recall a promotional product they had received in the past two years; 87 percent said they liked receiving promotional products; and 72 percent said they kept promotional products in their homes or offices. Compared to other forms of advertising, 24 percent said they made a purchase after receiving a promotional item whereas only 4 percent said they purchased after viewing an ad online!

Now that you are aware of the importance of promotional items in marketing, here are some guidelines for choosing the right promotional product for your business or brand.

Link Your Brand with Each Promotion

Almost any product can be turned into a promotional item, but make sure the item you choose is connected in some way with your brand. If you’re a tech company, think branded card readers, USB, mug warmers or smart phone cases. Magnet clips, pizza cutters or tape measures might be the perfect fit for a real estate business. Health care and hospitals could go with pill dispensers, first aid kits or hand sanitizer. Choosing a product that reflects your industry can help your customers connect with your brand.

Choose Functional Items

People keep promotional items that they can use. To successfully market your brand, your promotional item has to be of some use to your consumer. Ink pens tend to stick around in offices, and refrigerator magnets with helpful information in addition to your branding (such as a directory of local numbers associated with your industry.) If you have the budget, think about a bigger item that’s used frequently, like an umbrella or high-quality tote. Choose a product that feels like a useful gift rather than a throw-away advertisement.

Go for High-quality Small Items

While it may be tempting to order 5000 pencils or key chains emblazoned with your logo for next to nothing, think twice before placing that order. Choose smaller (or smaller quantity) high-quality items in lieu of larger (or larger quantity) low-quality items.  If you give away cheap or poorly-made promotional items, people may associate the quality of the items with the quality of your business – a huge negative from a branding perspective.

Make it Pop

Promotional items should have a great design and colors, but should also be unique and interesting. What products would you keep around? What would you show to your friends? Eye-catching and unique promotional products are more likely to stick around and be shown off, which increases the prominence of your brand – and the likelihood other customers will see it.

Consider Your Promotional Item’s Exposure

Along with being functional, tied to your brand, high quality and eye-catching, your promotional item needs to have maximum exposure. Think about how long your item can be used. Avoid perishable or food items because they will be gone quickly. Fragile or glass items can break easily, and seasonal items may only be used a short amount of time.  Also stay away from extremely personal promotional items. The goal of using promotional items to market your brand is so that each piece can be seen — and that won’t happen if your promotional item is tucked away in a cabinet or drawer!

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Cost Effective Ways To Market Your Business

Cost Effective Ways To Market Your Business

Many small businesses struggle with the investment required to distribute marketing materials. Though they know every marketing effort should be considered an investment with an expected return, limited budgets mean they can’t risk the entire business by hinging it on the success of any given campaign.

Marketing distribution is one of the biggest barriers to small business success. Sure, you can print postcards cheap, but you’ll still have to pay postage to deliver them to your target audience. Fortunately, several marketing tools can be distributed without postage costs. When you employ these marketing tools, you only need to invest a bit of your time to reach a potentially-enormous number of people.

By taking a little time to distribute your own marketing materials, you can save money and increase your return on investment, helping to ensure your marketing campaign yields outstanding profits. Here are five marketing tools you can distribute on your own.

 

·        Business Cards

Printing business cards is a must if you want to have a powerful business networking presence, but not all business cards are created equal. In fact, after networking events most business cards end up thrown in the trash. Turn the back of your business card into a coupon or coupon code. Make it time-limited to motivate fast response. If your offer is good enough, qualified prospects will want to take advantage of it before your expiration date.

·        Flyers

Flyers are mini-posters, perfect for community bulletin boards and to hand directly to passers-by, such as with club card flyers. Since they’re smaller, flyers aren’t quite as attention-getting as posters; however, they’re able to be placed nearly anywhere, which gives them greater reach. Blanket your community with flyers, and you’ll get the message out cheap and easy.

·        Door hangers

Door hanger marketing is the perfect way to pack the punch of a postcard with none of the postage fees. In fact, door hangers can be even more powerful since they’re placed directly on door knobs and not in mailboxes with the rest of the mail. You can distribute door hangers to selected neighborhoods that meet your target demographics.

 

 

The best promotional products are going to be ones that people use every day. Sticky pads, note pads, and pens are the most effective promotional products for most businesses. People need them, use them daily, and they are relatively cheap. Unless you have something very unique that people will use very often, or you have a budget that allows you to purchase really cool promo products like USB memory cards, go with pens, notepads, and sticky pads.

 

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How to Design a Business Card

How to Design a Business Card 

Business cards are still the most widely used form of marketing there is. Even with social media and cell phones, the business card is the quickest and most transportable form of information around. So what should you advertise in such prime real estate to be noticed? Just like any other strong marketing material you need to keep in mind the basic principles of design when laying out your business card.

You use to have to consider how much money you were willing to spend before you could figure out how many colors you were going to use in your business card design. But with digital printing presses becoming the norm it’s much more economical to print a four-color process card. With four-color process the sky is the limit with colors; however, you can still get a really clean and memorable design using only two colors and really nice paper stock.

A picture is worth a thousand words

You could just put some words on your card but that would mean someone would have to read it to know who you are and what you do. If you have a well-thought out image to go with your information, then someone could take one glance at it to determine what it is for before getting close enough to read the type.

Three questions to answer when choosing an image:

  • What image will convey what you do with one glance?
  • Does it look good at a small scale?
  • Does it have a clean area for text if you are planning to use it on the whole card”

Sample scenario: Victoria Miles is a wedding planner. When you think of wedding planners you could think of many things that go along with the idea of a wedding: cake, flowers, a dress or rings. So as not to be confused with a cake maker or a florist, Victoria has decided to go with wedding rings for her image. Let’s take a look at a couple of images she found.

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Both images feature two wedding rings and both images have a similar pallet of colors; however, one is a better image to use than the other for a couple of reasons. While you could extend the white space on the right in picture 2 to make room for Victoria’s information, it would feel cramped and would be overshadowed by the image. Picture 1 on the other hand has a lot of unencumbered space that text would lay nicely on top of, allowing Victoria’s name to take center stage. Another reason picture 1 is the better choice for a business card is the impression it gives from a distance. Picture 1’s image is strong and from a distance still comes across as a pair of wedding rings, while the rings in picture 2 do not stand out as much and are upstaged by the box they are resting in. From a distance it is hard to distinguish immediately that it is a pair of wedding rings.

Say it like you mean it
Now that we’ve chosen the image for Victoria’s cards we need to add her information to the card. Easy enough, right? First, let’s go over a few key design points:

The result
Take a look at Victoria’s card below. Notice even though we had the option of using every color under the sun because she is getting a four-color process card we went with black text because it stood out the best on the photo. We even put a little bit of a glow around her name to help it stand out from the background. We put emphasis on her name and how to contact her by varying the font style and size.

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Clean, elegant and effective is what Victoria got with this business card design. Remember your business card can be the most effective advertising tool if designed properly.

 

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Unique Marketing Tools To Bring In Business

Unique Marketing Tools To Bring In Business

Summer has finally arrived, business owners are looking for new ways to draw customers in. Waterproof Menu’s, Repositional Window Clings and Peel N Stick Postcards are popular ways to advertise. However, in the past, many business owners – especially small independents -, have found marketing this way to be cost prohibitive. Not so today, as new synthetic digital substrates have become available, allowing any business owner to use their creativity to produce unique marketing pieces.

Some of those solutions are waterproof menus / paper products and custom repostional window clings. These printable promotional products are the tools business owners have been waiting for.

  1. Waterproof Menus

The Waterproof Menu’s / Paper Products are the solution to restaurant’s, salons, bars or any business owner who conduct a lot of business outdoors having to constantly replace their menus. Have your menus custom printed on a Waterproof Synthetic Paper created to withstand the harsh, every day restaurant elements. We offer several manufacturing options including: Spiral Bound Menus, Bi-Fold or Tri-Fold Menus, and Single Page Menus. Our menus are available in numerous sizes, formats and thicknesses. The Waterproof Menu is washable and tear resistant. Having your menus printed on this type of paper are sure to be the solution to all your menu needs

  1. Window Clings

We offer Crystal Clear Cling as a solution to business owner’s promotional needs. The optically clear polyester film applies to any clean glass surface. This cling is neither white nor “frosty” clear, it truly is optically clear. Thus, promotional messages can be communicated while customers are still able to enjoy the views and the public walking by your shop can see the inviting atmosphere inside.

  1. Peel N Stick Postcards

While old-fashioned postcards can be easily misplaced or discarded, Peel N Stick Waterproof Postcards are designed to be posted/stuck on a variety surfaces for long lasting use. They are durable, waterproof and tear resistant, and their unique repositionable adhesive means they will stick to virtually any surface, including painted walls, wood cabinets, glass, metal, and even the a laptop. Plus, they can be easily removed and reapplied multiple times. So your marketing message gets posted where the customer wants and is a constant reminder of your marketing message.

  4.   Be Creative

In order to effectively attract customers, business owners need to make a statement that can help differentiate them from their competitors. Waterproof Menus and Waterproof Paper Products let’s customers know that you are a true professional. Window Clings and Peel & Stick Postcards help business owners reach potential customers and retain their current customers.

  1. Place the promotional piece where it counts

Windows and glass doors are not the only valuable piece of real estate in the business and restaurant. Every wall offers an opportunity to tastefully communicate with customers. Business owners now have a great new way to make their company unique and do promotions that suit them best. All it takes is to unleash their passion and creativity and the right professional commercial printer.

One of your company’s biggest marketing tools should be a reflection of your love and passion for your business. Today, a new type of paper gives you the ability to make your marketing piece as unique as your company, at a price point that is affordable.
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