Ideal characteristics of promotional items

Ideal Characteristics Of Promotional Items

There has been a lot of hue and cry lately on promotional product marketing. Many companies have been resorting to this marketing strategy to boost sales and to create brand awareness. This is bringing the costs of advertising campaigns significantly down. But, what makes gifting promotional products a better option than print or TV advertisement?

Strengths of Promotional Products
The reason why promotional gifting has become the order of the day lies in its strengths –  

*    Targetability: As compared to other advertising alternatives, promotional products work well when the target audience is specifically defined. In traditional mass media (television advertising, newspapers, magazines, etc.), the target audience is not specific. But this is not so for promotional product marketing and that is why promotional products are able to generate early responses than other advertising alternatives. Take for instance if one wants to market hair oil for bald men. Distributing hair oil as gifts at trade shows and other events will attract bald men. One can note down their contact details or ask them to fill a form for gathering their contact information. In this way target specific database for that locality is ready. Similar exercises in other localities can help collecting important data significantly. Achieving the same objective via a print ad would have been quite difficult.
*    Greater Impact: Promotional products make a greater impact on the minds of the customers. Unlike TV advertisements that skip from the mind in a while, a promotional product stays with the customer for a longer time. They are viewed time and again, are talked about and also carried to places. Take for instance promotional apparel. People sporting promotional apparel will carry the company’s name to all places where they go to. Thus, promotional product is unbeatable when compared to other advertising methods in terms of impact.
*    Flexibility: Another major advantage of using a promotional product is its flexibility. They can be used at several opportunities whether it is a felicitation ceremony, a trade show, a product launch or a sales meeting. Not only that they can be distributed on a number of occasions, they can be gifted to number of people like employees, customers, clients, etc.
*    Easy Customization: Whatever be the occasion or whosoever the recipient be, promotional products can be customized easily. There are companies that are solely engaged in manufacturing promotional products. One can contact such companies and can customize their promotional products as per their wish. For example, if you have selected promotional apparels, then you can select color, fabric, design, etc, as per your choice. For other occasions, you can change the color or the item completely.
This is not all. Using promotional products turns out to be an economical affair when compared to its benefits and other traditional advertising methods.

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