|About the Industry of Promotional Products
Promotional Products began to surface about 1881 and have since grown to be the hot advertising and branding medium for the new millennium. You are probably using at least one product every day - maybe that pen you write with or the calendar you use to schedule your meetings. We all have at some time been given something with a logo on it. That's because promotional products are powerful tools that can solve your marketing, public relations and internal problems and motivate your targets- be they consumers, businesses, volunteers, benefactors, employees, communities, etc.- toward your objectives and enable you to achieve your goals.
In its simplest form, the term "promotional product" is a catch-all phrase for products that are used to affect a behavior or convey a message. They are really a sophisticated tools. Some examples to use promotional products include:
Trade Shows Convention & Conference Planning
Special Events Fund-Raising Events Safety Awareness
Improve Store Traffic Introduce New Products
Thank You Gifts Relationship Builders
Corporate Identity Motivate Staff
Employee Recognition Award Programs
Promotional products usually, but not always bear an appropriate logo, slogan or saying - known as the imprint. There are many different ways a product can be imprinted, depending on the material from which it is made. Some common methods of imprinting include printing, screen printing, embossing, hot stamping, pad printing, laser engraving and die-casting. The message itself can be as simple as a company logo or as complex as a mission statement.
Certain products have traditionally been used for promotional purposes and are the products most typically associated with this market. Some of these products include pens, apparel, key tags, calculators, note pads and many more. There is really no limit to the type of product that can be used to fit your promotional needs.
These types of items are usually distributed in large quantities for an advertising-type purpose such as creating awareness/remembrance of a company, encouraging goodwill between a company and its clients or calling attention to a special benefit of a company or its products; usually without obligation. Virtually every type of business - from large corporations to small businesses use promotional products from time to time. They are also used a great deal by nonprofit organizations like schools, churches, clubs and amateur sports leagues and others.
These types of Business Gifts are given by a company to its customers, employees, friends or other influentials for goodwill and without obligations. The imprint on such products is frequently the giver's company name or logo and sometimes they are personalized with the recipient's name as well.