Promotional merchandise can be a form of promotion for a person or a business. The word promotion (in the marketing sense) is ‘the communication link between sellers and buyers for the purpose of influencing, informing, or persuading a potential buyer's purchasing decision’ (*).
There are many ways in which a company can promote a product or brand. A company could promote in mass media, i.e. TV, radio, newspapers, internet or mobile phones.
However, when promoting in mass media it can sometimes prove to be very expensive. Companies could take the promotion into their own hands, saving them time and money. A company can promote a brand or product themselves by investing in promotional tools, such as promotional merchandise.
Promotional merchandise can be branded with a company name or logo, and then given out at trade shows, conferences or events. The more promotional merchandise, branded with a company name or logo, is picked up by the public, the more the brand awareness will be spread. This is because potential clients pick up promotional items to remember the company name in future. The promotional item is then taken home, to homes all over the county; the promotional item then does its job by promoting the company name or logo to all those people in that home and the surrounding area.
A company needs to ensure the promotional merchandise they invest in relates to the business and its potential clients. The more the promotional merchandise relates to the business the more people will recognise what the company or business offers, in terms of products or services. For example a key ring is a popular promotional gift for an estate agent or a car sales man. This is due to keys playing a main part after purchasing a new home or car. A key ring proves to be useful to keep a new set of keys together.
On the other hand a company could invest in promotional merchandise that the client needs or wants. For example Promotional Bespoke PVC Ear Phone Charms, these charms can be attached to ear phones and made into any shape to suit the company. This would make a fantastic promotional gift if the company was in the music industry and wanted to target new customers, as earphones are desired by music lovers everywhere.
If you have any questions about promotional merchandise or what promotional items would suit your company, don’t hesitate to give us a call. (*)Wikipedia/Promotion