By Cailyn Vogel
We’re thinking: hats, umbrellas, & totes
When choosing items for your next promotional campaign, it’s helpful to think of products as moving advertisements. What are some imprinted items you see on the streets? In subway cars? At the grocery store? Cold weather items, such as hats and outerwear, can act as the perfect canvas for your company’s logo because they appear on a mobile target. The next time you choose an item, ask yourself, “how many people will see this product?”
Everyday essentials: bottle openers, tech accessories, reusable bags, & pens
In a recent survey conducted by the Advertising Specialty Institute, recipients of promotional products reported usefulness as the most important factor in their decision to keep a product. Be mindful of functionality: ask questions like, “would I use this” and “how often would I use this?” If the answer is “infrequently,” reconsider and opt for everyday essentials.
Steer clear of disposable items, bottled water, toiletries, and food
Everybody likes food, especially cookies. But, the next time you order edible promos, consider the longevity of the imprint. If your logo is imprinted or affixed to cellophane, saran, or paper, there is a good chance it’s going to be disposed of. This concept also applies to toiletries; when packaged in small amounts, your clients are likely to quickly use the product and discard its wrapping. When purchasing these items, stick to more permanent packaging, such as tins, zippered pouches, and jars.
Keep your target demographic in mind
Promotional products should always be in line with your company’s mission. Period. While the average customer at your salon might love pizza (who doesn’t?) it doesn’t make sense to imprint your logo on a combination pizza cutter/bottle opener. The product should remind your clients of your services- a compact mirror or hairbrush would be a more suitable item choice.
Don’t gravitate towards products that scream “giveaway” or “freebie”
Retail-inspired accents and luxury finishes can go a long way in increasing a product’s perceived value. Some imprint methods, such as debossing, laser engraving, and embroidery boast a more luxurious look and feel. Additionally, recipients of promotional swag are more likely to use a branded item, or an item with a recognizable label.
Subtlety isn’t the name of the game
Make your statement, loud and proud. Choose a product with a large imprint area to maximize advertising exposure. Never substitute your logo for plain text, and use bright colors where possible. Think of your imprint like a billboard- make design choices that are eye-catching and visually impacting.