In the Mid-April edition of advertising specialty magazine Advantages, a special report broke down hot promotional products and emerging markets at the regional level. While promotional products in any shape or form are beneficial tools to enhance a brand’s marketing mix, basing product selection on the demographic characteristics of target audiences is a tried and true tactic to increase the effectiveness of a given campaign.
Here at Pinnacle, we have clients throughout the nation, placing orders from small towns and big cities across the country. So which hot promotional products are sweeping the marketplace in your geographic region?
While we typically think of plastic water bottles as the most popular packaging for promotional beverages, some creative individuals are breaking the mold to provide custom solutions for niche audiences. As demonstrated by Kim’s blog post about the collapsible water bag earlier this week, innovation in the promotional beverages sector is a great thing and can lead to improved hydration in users’ everyday lives. From beverage devices for football players to drinkware for mothers in Haiti and Japan, inventors are keeping this product category exciting by thinking outside of the box.
Two weeks ago, I participated in Walk MS, an annual 5K race sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to raise money for research to find a cure for multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating neurological disease that affects between 2 and 150 per 100,000 people, depending on the country or specific population.
I have been involved with the race for several years and have witnessed its evolution into a successful, well-attended event. From warm-up activities like yoga and dance-offs to closing ceremonies with prestigious guest speakers, each year has proven to be more exciting than the last, and the promotional products given away as prizes help spur fundraisers to raise more and more money for the cause. Read full article…
From a young age, we are taught that certain colors denote specific emotions and ideas. For example, red tends to symbolize anger, or sometimes power, while white implies innocence and naivety. As marketers, it is particularly important to take these symbolic meanings into account when we are promoting our organization with logo apparel. According to colormarketing.org, color can comprise up to 85% of the reason why people decide to make a purchase.
New information featured in this month’s issue of “Wearables” magazine elaborates about the powerful messaging inherent in the colors we choose for logo apparel items. For instance, the article references a study conducted in 2009 by the University of British Columbia comparing the effect of red and blue on peoples’ ability to perform detail-oriented vs creative tasks. Read full story…
The beloved Lollapalooza music festival celebrates their 20th anniversary this year, and they show no signs of slowing down any time soon. Although the 2011 concerts aren’t until August, early tickets have already gone on sale – and sold out. In fact, discounted 3 day passes that went on sale last week sold out in about an hour, a testament to how much fans truly love this event. And, Lollapalooza-lovers aren’t just limited to the United States. Bands played to an enormous crowd at the first annual Lollapalooza Chile concert in Santiago last weekend.
With hundreds of artists playing on almost a dozen stages, it’s easy to see why people love Lollapalooza. The better question is, why should companies care? Well, a captive audience presents the perfect opportunity for organizations to promote their message and enhance their brand loyalty. To effectively target Lollapalooza attendees, it’s important to think about the venue, as well as the crowd’s interests and ages. One idea is to distribute custom sunglasses, imprinted with your company name and logo. In addition to being affordable enough for mass giveaways, custom sunglasses are both fun and functional, so recipients will rock on with these products long after Lollapalooza season ends.
Normally when we blog about Starbucks here, we talk about how they effectively use promotional drinkware to promote their brand. By offering discounts to those who bring their own reusable drinkware items to hold their coffee, they not only increase brand awareness, but they also drive repeat business, which is especially important in today’s economy.
In addition to saving customers money, Starbucks also started helping customers to save time by paying for their lattes and cappuccinos via a smart phone app, which we discussed here back in the end of January.
Now, Starbucks is offering consumers promotional snacks as a way to celebrate their 40th birthday, promote their recent rebranding efforts, and advertise the introduction of their “petites” line. Customers will receive free promotional snacks item from the Starbucks petite treat line- which includes bite-sized treats such as cake pops and mini cupcakes- when they purchase a beverage between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., today through Saturday.
The Flaming Lips aren’t exactly known for being conventional, which is why their new strategy for creating and disseminating music – while innovative – comes as no surprise to fans. Despite the fact that the Lips have been making music together since the early 1980s, they’re far from becoming obsolete: as frontman Wayne Coyne explains in a recent interview with Mashable, the band has embraced the changes that have troubled members of the music industry and are using social media, smartphone apps, and other new technologies to release their latest album as it’s built, one song at a time.
Coyne points out in the interview that yes, the Internet has made it virtually impossible for artists to prevent their music from being distributed widely and free of charge, a reality that has been a constant source of conflict since the days of Napster and P2P filesharing – but he also encourages musicians to use this to their advantage. The Lips’ recent release of a new single did just that: the song, which is split into twelve different YouTube videos meant to be played simultaneously, is meant to utilize multiple devices and thus encourages collective experience in a way that’s antithetical to the negative spin the music industry has always put on the term “filesharing.”
In addition to using social media, the Flaming Lips will make three upcoming songs tangible by putting them onto promotional flash drives that will be embedded in the gummi brains of some custom-made, 7-lb. gummi skulls. The promotional flash drives can only be accessed by chowing down on the sugary skulls, which will likely result in a huge tummyache that I assume will immobilize listeners by the time they get to the music itself.
Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted an early spring this morning, but that doesn’t mean the cold weather is behind us. We’ve still got a few weeks of chilly temperatures to go, so there’s no need to pack your beach bags full of swimsuits and koozies just yet.
The bright side of this (and the side Phil was facing when he came out of his hole) is that you don’t even needkoozies to ensure that your brew will stay nice and frosty; Mother Nature will be doing it for you. All you have to do is keep your warm hands off of your cold can, and there’s no better way to do that than with the Can Grip.
The concept behind the Can Grip is one of those simple-yet-brilliant ones that we wish we’d come up with first, but it makes us so happy that we’re just glad someone invented it. The product adds a whole new dimension to your friends telling you to “get a handle on yourself” when you’ve had one too many celebratory drinks at the post-game party; it makes it easy to hold your drink without warming it up when you’re wearing gloves outside; it’s got a built-in coaster on the bottom to keep a can steady on any surface, from the tailgate to the sidewalk…the perks of this magnificent product are endless.
With snow and ice still blanketing much of the East Coast, many travelers remain grounded in airports waiting for their flights to be rescheduled. One of my coworkers, Kim, made it out of Atlanta safely yesterday, but for those travelers who have not had the same good fortune, an interesting slideshow on businessweek.com this morning titled, “Airport Semiotics,” may provide some comic relief, as well as a little bit of insight into why travelers act the way they do in waiting areas. Journalist Tim Murphy delves into the different personalities you may see at airport gates, complete with entertaining cartoon illustrations. His typology of airport behavior was derived from observations made by Bloomberg Businessweek earlier this winter, which were later analyzed by a panel of experts.
And Advertising Specialties Institute’s latest issue of Successful Promotions features an 11-page spread that aims to prove it through the examination of five recent marketing campaigns with sexy themes – and profitable outcomes. Perhaps they took a nod from their own assessments in their decision to put sexy ‘celebutante’ Kim Kardashian (whose ads for Carl’s Jr. feature her indulging in their salad in bed) on the cover.
If you don’t have the budget to hire a celebrity spokesperson to amp up your ads, you can still put a little sex appeal into your marketing efforts by incorporating sexy promotional products that will “add a little va-va-voom to your next promotion,” according to ASI.