Promotional products were out in full force last weekend for Record Store Day.
1. KOOZIES AND KEYCHAINS FROM DECATUR CD
First stop for Record Store Day was Decatur CD on West Ponce. We got there at about 2:00 in the afternoon after dropping my roommate off for work. It was early and there were only about 20 people milling around, which gave us room to navigate the tight space and browse some special releases. I ended up buying a 7″ from a band I’d never heard of, simply out of impulse. It was on the front counter and the curly-haired employee recommended it. My friend bought a special release EP he already owned in CD format, just because that’s what Record Store Day does to you.
Ticket Alternative, who books shows at 529 and The Earl among others, quietly sponsored the event. Instead of a team of people in matching t-shirts and lanyards smiling too much and throwing flyers at you, there was simply a cooler of good microbrewed beer surrounded by promotional koozies and bottle opener keychains. That’s a promotion I can get on board with. Plus, beer donations went to a friend of the store’s with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
I popped the beer open with my new keychain, then squeezed it into the handy koozie and proceeded to enjoy Record Store Day with a smooth stout.
What they did right: Gave promotional products that were useful and relevant.
2. PBR WRISTBANDS AT CRIMINAL RECORDS
Next stop was Criminal Records in Little Five Points. In true L5P style, the store was raising support for, well, itself by giving away cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon and asking for donations. PBR sponsored the event with branded wristbands, a tablecloth, and a standing cooler for the beer.
What they did right: PBR has embraced their acquisition by the hipster community and developed a solid presence at events like the Plaza Theatre’s showing of Blue Velvet. Since tidy gifts like t-shirts and koozies don’t match the grit of Pabst’s image, they did right by sticking to wristbands — the hallmark of any grimy festival-goer’s wardrobe.
3. PROMOTIONAL RETAIL MERCHANDISE FROM YAK PAK AND ADULT SWIM
What they did right: Yak Pak and Adult Swim reached their target audience with high-value promotional products. All it takes is one houndstooth tote bag or Squidbillies t-shirt to turn a luke-warm consumer into a raving fan.
In all the festivals and events going on last weekend, did you see any promotional products? Let us know in the comments.
Images from Criminal Records’ photostream.