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When Should You Consider Utilizing Promotional Items?

January 15th, 2017

Ever wonder why promotional items are so effective? A study performed by the British Promotional Merchandise Association reported that those consumers who received promotional bags were more likely to keep those items for an average of 8.5 months. In today’s competitive digital market, an item that is promotionally branded can truly differentiate you from the rest of your competitors. Not only do they cost much less than traditional marketing methods, but your audience is less likely to throw out any useful item that you brand than if you were to hand out simple brochures or paper marketing. So when should you consider utilizing promotional items?

1. Will your customer need the product?

If your potential audience is simply going to toss the product into their “junk drawer” or worse- the trash, then this route of marketing would be both a waste of time and money. But, when it is an item used daily, it becomes effective and memorable.

2. Does the promotional item reflect your brand or services offered?

Your main goal is to aim for something relevant to your own products and services. If you sell camping items, branded flashlights would be a great idea for your audience.

3. Is your product easily customized?

You want your company name, contact information, and/or slogan to be clear and easy to read. Select a color scheme and product that remains true to your logo and reflects your company in a positive light.

4. Would you be excited to receive the product as a free gift?

This simple question is key in helping you select something that you would be happy to receive, while filtering the lackluster items that you’d likely toss out.

5. Is it a reliable product?

There is nothing worse than receiving a unique, free gift only to have it break or stop working after just a few short days. Quality is key when selecting promotional items because they are an extension of your company and allow your potential buyers to see if they can rely on your products or services.

6. Is your product unique and innovative?

Prior to investing in a massive order of promo items, take some time to research what your major competitors are offering as branded giveaways. Spend some time brainstorming before you select a unique, unexpected product that will set you apart from your competitors.

Lastly, a recent internet marketing company revealed that the average U.S. household owns around 10 branded products. So, to become a part of this statistic, you should additionally consider how effective your item is at remaining in plain view once the consumer brings it home.

Some key places to consider are:

In the kitchen - A reported 84 percent of customers claim that if they are given a branded calendar, they will use it multiple times a day.

Office or desk areas - Over 50 percent of U.S. households contain at least one branded writing instrument. Even more, the fastest-growing trend in pens are those with a stylus because they can double for use on all smart devices. This idea takes the normal, expected, branded pen to a much higher level with more use, as well.

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