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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