Wooden spoons at the ready, people: Great British Bake Off is returning to our TV screens next week.
Returning for its tenth series and hosted by Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig, this year's edition of the cult baking show will see a new batch of budding culinary superstars compete to impress Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.
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It's interesting to note that the 2019 contestant line-up is tipped to be the show's most 'millennial' ever, with the average age of this year's 13 participants sitting at 31 years old; unusually, there are just two contestants who sit in the 40+ age bracket.
Whether you're a hardcore fan or completely non-plussed (for there are no in-betweens when it comes to Bake-Off), we have a whole range of ways your business can rise to the challenge and get involved in the baking frenzy that's set to swipe the country.
Why Should Your Business Get Involved In the GBBO Hype?
Involving your brand in a hot topic will help your business appear relevant and current, with its finger on the pulse of what's going on. Ensuring your organisation is a part of those water-cooler conversations in the office, for example, keeps your brand a part of the excitement.
On a more fundamental level, baking is also a very positive activity to align your business with. Recent research has shown a third of Brits use baking as a means to help them destress after a long day at work, with the soothing process of mixing ingredients and kneading dough combining with the satisfaction of making something resulting in happy cooks across the country.
The influence of the so-called 'Bake-Off effect' is huge and not to be under-estimated. For example, a study shared in May 2017 revealed there had been a 9% surge in the number of UK households buying home-baking products, whilst the number of independent cake-makers launching across the country increased by 1,500% between 2012 and 2016.
Why Should Your Business Plan Marketing Activity Around Pop Culture?
Whilst it's an obvious fit for foodie brands, a Bake-Off tie-in can also have a positive impact for a whole range of businesses. After all, most people like - nay, love! - cake, with GBBO offering a positive, feel-good pop-culture buzz for your business to get involved with.
So with that in mind, precisely which type of business can make the most of tying in with GBBO and the excitement surrounding the show?
- Companies that target customers with an interest in home-based hobbies: Budding bakers who are feeling inspired by the show will relish the opportunity to whip up their own edible masterpieces, inspired by Paul, Prue and the gang.
- Kitchen brands: Whether you sell or fit beautiful kitchens, or related appliances, a TV show that's set within the cook-space is a no-brainer to get involved with.
- Younger audiences: Tap into that millennial market by providing a younger-facing demographic with the kitchen tools they might not have the budget to stretch to otherwise. You could even pair your giveaways with branded recipe cards to encourage them to whip up their very own culinary storm!
Anyway - prepare yourself for a quintet of tasty ideas to get your branding deliciously on point.
Ready, set, bake...
#1 Help Customers Mix-Up A Storm With A Branded Wooden Spoon
"A wooden spoon?" we hear you cry. "That's not sexy. That's not cool. Who cares about a spoon?" Sure, feelings about spoons are few and far between - but the reality is this. A wooden spoon is a highly practical kitchen essential, which your customers will turn to time-after-time in their kitchen-based pursuits.
With that in mind, the humble promotional wooden spoon becomes a powerful marketing tool when it features the name or logo of your business printed on to its handle. The result? Brand awareness every time your customers reach for it - clever, we know.
#2 Appeal To A Younger Demographic (And Smaller Kitchens)
Weighing scales are a kitchen essential, and these clever foldable scales can be a proverbial godsend for customers with smaller kitchens.
With this year's series of Great British Bake-Off tipped as the most 'millennial' yet, appealing to a younger demographic - who, odds are, will have smaller kitchens if they're living in their own homes or rented accommodation - with your marketing can make a great way to appeal to new customers.
#3 Become A Kitchen Staple With Logo-Printed Timers
Want to provide an endlessly useful kitchen gadget that your customers can use over and over again? Search no further than our branded timers, which offer a generous amount of space for your artwork.
#4 Your Branding, To A Tea
Tea towels! Whether you're a baking pro or a butter-fingered wannabe, they're a cook-space essential. Our promotional tea towels offer dazzling awareness potential for your business, with your artwork printed in beautiful full-colour.
Whether they're used for sweeping up crumbs or wiping up spilt milk, one thing is for sure: your customers won't be able to ignore your brand message with these vibrantly printed tea towels!
#5 If All Else Fails, Use It As An Opportunity For Cake!
Want to provide a sweet treat for your colleagues that can also add a flourish of corporate pride to your office? Look no further than these logo-topped cupcakes.
Whether you order them in for an office party or want to add an impressive sweet touch to an industry event your business is holding, these tasty treats will go down a storm - and there's no baking required. (Well, from yourself, at least.) Let them eat cake and all that, no?
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With over a decade in print and digital journalism, Katie possesses a wide skill-set that incorporates everything from SEO to PR. Joining the team in early 2019, her expertise lies in writing sparkling copy about promotional merchandise and related topics, as well as managing social media activity and developing creative solutions to keep the Total Merchandise brand at the forefront of people’s minds. With a background that includes event-planning and volunteering for charitable organisations, she has a first-hand appreciation for the needs and questions a customer might have when acquiring promotional products for their organisation. In her spare time, she loves reading, going to the cinema and learning to cook.