Marketing is something that every business needs.
There are hundreds if not thousands of marketing strategies that you can use to promote your products and services. There is traditional marketing and digital marketing, organic and paid. From all these strategies, promotional products seem to be one of the most effective ways to promote your business.
Whether printing your branding on a t-shirt or distributing useful corporate stationery there are lots of ideas that you can use to your advantage to raise awareness of your business.
There are certain products that perform better than others and it all depends on what message you would like to convey and to who.
If you are a business looking to enhance your brand presence or build awareness of the products and services you offer, there are certain types of promotional products that you should target.
It is these products that will help distribute your message and build your reputation most effectively.
If you choose carefully, promotional items will encourage the people who receive and use them to work with you over your competitors. When selecting promotional items, it is important to research which ones will work best for your business. It may be helpful to draw up a list of the most popular items that are available and from this, choose ones that would be a good fit for your business and clients.
Top Promotional Items
Promotional products are used around the world to promote a brand, event, company or corporate identity.
In research conducted by BPMA, they asked respondents to choose which promotional products were most likely to encourage them to take action or improve the overall impression they had of a particular business. The top five promotional products include:
- USB Stick
- Clock or a Watch
Let’s take a look at some of these in more detail.
Promotional hampers can be one of the best ways to meet the needs of several people because you can send a combination of products that you know the recipient will like. You can base your decision on what you know is popular in your industry or if you know the recipient well, what they actually like.
There are lots of different kinds of promotional hampers that you can choose from including picnic hampers, wine and crackers, spa hampers and more.
Tech and Gadgets
Traditional promotional products are making way for fresher, more creative ideas as technology features more prominently in today’s workplace. Clients will appreciate useful items such as custom power banks or memory sticks. You can even take this a step further and send a USB memory stick as a bracelet which is ideal for people who are on the go throughout the day.
Businesses frequently hand out promotional products to increase brand awareness and generate interest in their company and clothing is one of the best ways that you can achieve this. Logos and branding are an excellent form of advertising when they are used by your customers. Jackets, t-shirts and baseball caps are all great examples of branded clothing.
If you decide to opt for this promotional item, keep in mind the people who will be wearing them. Will the item of clothing be suitable for your audience i.e. would they wear it? Branded t-shirts for example would work well for a fitness business. With clothing, it is important to keep in mind your target market and what type of clothing they generally wear.
As we have mentioned previously, promotional items should be useful. If your business serves B2B clients, then stationery would be a great choice but don’t overlook the quality of the stationery items that you send out. Pens, for example, shouldn’t just be an ordinary pen, they should be something a little more robust and valuable to the recipient. Would you be happy to receive the same product from a business you worked with? It’s not going to leave a very good impression if you distribute poor quality products, no matter good your promotional messages are.
Even though you haven’t manufactured them it will be a reflection of your brand so keep this in mind when choosing your supplier. Other types of stationery that prove popular include post-it pads and mouse mats. All of these items are reusable and extremely shareable. A post it note handed to a business associate could help to expand your reach as they take the note back to the office, share it with colleagues or discuss the note with business contacts.
Mugs and Water Bottles
You can easily increase brand awareness using travel mugs or water bottles as an effective promotional item. These products provide quite a large area for you to brand and they are incredibly practical too. That being said, you want to make sure that the quality of the item is there. You don’t want a water bottle that leaks, or a travel mug that spills. As these products are designed to be used on the move, they will gain more exposure for your business.
Although notepads are great, you should think about some form of branding on each page rather than just on the front and/or back cover. Customers often leave their notebooks open and when they use it your branding won’t be visible. Print a logo, your slogan or a footer on each of the pages in the notebook for maximum exposure.
Business Card Holders
A great promotional product that will always be used in networking events is a business card holder. When distributing the holders, make sure that they are of a high quality, manufactured from the best materials so your clients want to use and display them. Business card holders that are made from plastic or faux leather are ideal and they are affordable. Wooden card holders or metal ones also work well but they will need to include your branding on it somewhere.
Use your creativity to provide products that offer clients real solutions to their problems. Today’s workers want things that keep their workstation minimalistic and clear from unnecessary items. When thinking of a product make sure it isn’t going to clutter up their desk or be something that they are always moving around because they don’t know what to do with it.
Choose products that are really practical that will help rather than hinder the recipient. Charging cables, miniature tins of confectionery or something along those lines would work well.
Health and Wellbeing
One of the growing trends is the health and wellness space so why not take advantage of this interest by providing some relevant promotional products. There are lots of opportunities in this area including gym bags, branded water bottles, sugar-free mints or something motivational.
There are literally hundreds of promotional products that you can work with, but these are just a few to give you some inspiration. The more unique, interesting and creative your product is the more it will get noticed, but of course it still must be useful in some way. Practicality always wins.