Today we had a case pretty close to the one I wrote about over a month ago. Once again the people who are supposed to receive the promotional gift are hi-tech professionals, and once again they do not just work with one computer in one office. In case you’ve been reading this blog, a month ago you might remember we decided on a nice USB memory stick, but this time the situation was a bit different, the budget of this campaign would not allow anything that costs more than $10 per item.
But, the client liked the original idea of making it something to carry the data around. Of course, we all prefer flash memory or things like iPods to carry around the files, but for some occasions you still have to use CD-Rs and DVD-Rs. Hence we decided on giving a CD case. I’m not really sure why we chose this model, they all look fine, but here we go with an item that can help you to carry around up to 204 GB of data (if you use double-sided DVDs and use all the 24 pockets of this case). I have not seen a flash drive that big yet, have you?
Gadgets are nice, everybody loves them. Anything electronic will definitely wake up the kid in every man. But when it comes to anything on battery power, it will sooner or later run out of batteries. It’s no problem with things used frequently, but if it’s something used from time to time, like a flashlight for example, looking for the new batteries is so annoying. The problem becomes even more acute with cheap things. There is always a temptation to just get a new item rather than search for the batteries for it. I can see it in how my neighbor’s kids are changing their watches: since it does not seem easy to them to replace a battery in a watch and since there are so many kinds of watch batteries to make finding the right one not a trivial task, they would have a new electronic watch every year or even sooner. When I ask them what happened to the old watch, it’s always: “Oh, I liked it, but then the battery died, and getting a replacement is such a chore!”
That’s why there are always some technology items being developed on human power. I’ve heard about mobile phones and even laptops you can crank to give them power. And we have several things of the kind in our catalog: here comes a wind-up torch, for example. And this wind-up feature not only makes the life-span longer, it also makes it interesting. It brings back the joy of having something unusual and high-tech, something you would not really expect from a flashlight.
In my previous posts before I was trying to give you advice on what your logo should be imprinted on, but I just realized that I have absolutely overlooked the question of what exactly should be printed. Of course, for most occasions a simple logo will do. Or logo plus phone number or web site address if just a logo is not enough. But sometimes some creative idea could not only make the impact of your message bigger, but also get your message further than any simple promotional product would get.
Look at this picture. It’s supposed to be promoting some plastic surgery clinic in Canada, but over the past few weeks I’ve seen it in many places, starting from sites that write about advertising in different languages and are read by people from Brazil to Russia and ending with personal blogs of people who found this idea to be creative.
Today I received a call from a worried client who wanted to put his logo on pens and send them to many different locations. What worried him was that he heard somewhere that some pens are rejected by the post office because they break through envelopes when mail sorting equipment bends them or get broken when they stamp the envelopes at the post office. I’ve never heard about anything similar happening to any of the pens that we sent to clients, but to calm down this client and to make sure we play it safe with his pens, we chose a pen to which anything like that would never happen.
This trim click pen is extra thin which makes it the best choice for sending by mail. You can clip your special message to the person who receives it straight to the pen. And no worries; it will come out of the envelope exactly the same as we put it there.
Some might prefer writing on paper to keyboards or PDA styluses. Well, there are many reasons for that, and we wrote about them already. Others would already hardly remember how to use a ballpoint pen and are tapping all the information to the screen of their PDA. And I just realized that we have a gift that would nicely fit into the pockets of both types of people.
This pen combines a traditional ballpoint pen (in fact, 2 of them, a red one and a black one) and a PDA stylus. And has a light as an extra function.
It is also more comfortable to use than an original stylus: most styluses are designed too thin to make using them for long periods of time comfortable. For many PDA users there is always a temptation to grab a common pen and tap with it’s point, not with stylus, which is of course not good for the fragile PDA screens. So, give this pen for a PDA owner and he will be happy. And if you give this pen to someone who hates PDAs – well, he gets a pen with a light, and might not even notice the stylus function.
There have been many successful marketing campaigns that have used our products. I have also seen campaigns that could have been even more successful. When choosing promotional products there are a few keys to consider:
1) A product might work because it is useful. Or at least it stays where it is easily seen and attracts some attention. Even a mouse in your hand might carry your logo.
2) Another way to make your promotional gift work is to choose something unusual, or funny, or weird. Or a product that does something unexpected. Even if this gift will not be used, it still will be remembered. Or may be even shown to everyone around to share the fun. What about a calculator that you can roll up, for example?
3) The product that you choose might also be important just as a sign of attention to the person who receives it. Add some emotion when you give it (or make it more expensive than the common set of mug, t-shirt and pen) and the person who receives it will feel distinguished. You can work this out with almost every gift except the cheapest ones. There are too many to even start giving examples.
Once you have figured out how the promotional gift you chose fits in any of the above mentioned categories, you are on the right track. Good luck!
If you are here to choose the next fine product to put your logo on, then I guess I gave you some additional ideas during the last few days. But maybe you are not, and other tabs of your browser are open looking for some other ways to reach your target audience? Well, who am I to persuade you, and yes, a good marketing campaign would use several different forms of media. The question is how to distribute the marketing money. So, here come some figures on how most Americans spend it. And some figures that explain why.
In my last post I was mentioning photo frames, saying that they might be quite a dull thing to be embellished with your logo. Alright, people would look at photos in photo frames, and would look at them attentively, but not as often as you might want them to look at something with your logo on it.
There is nothing else you can do with a photo frame, just look at it. Or may be move it around the desk. Sounds pretty dull. Well, this applies to most photo frames except the one I’m going to tell you about right now. This one has some built in interactivity. You load it with 6 pictures, but it shows only 2 at a time. Want to see more – push the button and photos will be rotated. No curious person can stand not pushing that button till the last picture is shown. And I bet the person who sees this photo frame will remember it. So the trick here is not to overuse it and not make it so popular it will not surprise people any longer.
And yes, I seem to be really in love with all the products from the Robot Series™. They are all very creative, and appear in many categories, so you might want to head to the main page of the shop and search for them before I pick up the next one and tell everyone how useful it might be.
It’s fine when your target audience grabs your gift and eagerly uses it in their daily activities. But what if they are all office-workers? From some modern office where they don’t use much paper for business activities any more and spend most of the day using just the mouse and keyboard. This leaves most desktop accessories overboard, but still leaves us some solutions to choose from. A mug is a classic solution, but I bet if you are still reading this, you think a mug would be too commonplace. A photo frame would be welcome to most desktops. Nice try, but together with many other static things it only gets seen when people are not busy with their current tasks and their attention is wandering.
What if this desktop thingy would move and catch people’s attention? We have something that does exactly this. However, it does not move by itself, which might make it a bit annoying. This rocking memo holder really rocks and also has 2 imprint areas, which leaves space for some message to go together with your logo. Or may be you are also into co-branding these days?
Today’s client was a representative of a bookstore. They are getting close to an anniversary of running their business and wanted something to give to their best customers as a thank you for staying with them during all these years. And of course they wanted something somehow connected with books. Bookmarks? They are giving away bookmarks with their logos all the time and of course they had a special anniversary design. Thus, they wanted something more lasting, because a bookmark is quite an easy thing to loose.
Here is what we finally chose: a book light. This is not the only design that we have, but they liked this one because of its modern look. And this model also weights less than any other in our catalog. Looks perfect for reading at night when you do not want to disturb people around you both at home and while traveling.
What surprised me is that this bookstore seems to be doing surprisingly well regardless of the decline of book sales that is reported everywhere. And even all these people downloading books and reading them on their PDAs has not hurt book sales for this shop. May be some part of their success is due to their wise use of promotional items?