If you are looking for a fun, new way to market your business, why not try promotional products? Many traditional businesses use them, and for good reason: they work. As a online marketer, you may not have thought of using them.
Promotional products are everyday items, such as t-shirts, pens, magnets, USB drives, water bottles, etc that have been personalized with your business name, logo, website address, or any other message you want to send.
Most people love to receive free things. People will go out of their way to be one of the first in line if a store is giving something away to their first 100 customers or they will enter a crazy contest for a chance to win a prize.
When they get something for free, many people will keep the item for a long time. Every time they look at your promotional item, they are receiving an advertising message about your business. This is why promotional items are so cost effective. You only have to pay for the item once, but the advertising message is always there.
To be effective, try to find a promotional item that ties in closely with your business. What kind of item would your target market find helpful and what would they be likely to use on a regular basis? Many popular items are pens, t-shirts, umbrellas, key-chains, magnets and coffee mugs.
The owner of a website filled with content related to babies may want to give away a bib with their logo and URL printed on it. An event planner may choose to give away a calendar with various holidays or reasons to have a party imprinted on it.
You can distribute your promotional ideas in a variety of ways. You can include them in your orders, reserve them for your best customers, send them to the media, or use them as contest prizes.
You can even give promotional items to perfect strangers. For example, a personalized ink pen is relatively inexpensive and can be given out in lieu of a business card. You can even leave them behind at the bank, grocery store, or laundry mat. People are always looking for pens and will happily scoop yours up. Once they get home, they may decide to look up your URL.
Promotional items can serve as great marketing tools. There are many types of items to choose from, and they can be worked into any budget. You can perform a Google search to find items that relate to your business and target market. It is okay to start out slow and order what is within your budget. When you run out of items, you can always go back and order more.