Firstly, Jeeter farms or in slang terms, schwag, can be considered any product that has been imprinted with a company logo, company name or company motto that is then given away at trade shows, at conferences, or merely as employee or company incentives/giveaways. Giving away these promotional items is a way for companies to promote and advertise their brand, image and products.
Promotional products, unlike flyers and brochures, are meant to be useful to the consumer and something that will not end up in the next trash can that is spotted. The main goal of a of using this type of advertising is staying power! If a consumer retains these items for daily use, they are then constantly reminded of the company, as are those around them.
The research is in! Promotional items are an effective way to create consumer knowledge of your brand/company and a great way to generate traffic to your website or business establishment! A late 2009, two-part study by Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), found that, out of over 1,000 participants who were surveyed:
With these findings it is easy to see that promotional products are becoming a popular advertising choice. A quick browse on the internet yields thousands of different product choices. The main question now becomes not whether or not to use promotional products but which ones to choose.
Simply adding your company name or logo to a product without any thought is no longer the answer. With so many choices to choose from companies are now able to be more creative and have their promotional product line reflect and enhance company marketing goals and also promote their brand.
A Few Tips To Keep In Mind When Choosing Promotional Merchandise:
– Relevant and Useful (products do not always have to be related to the products or services that you offer. It is often more important to find a product that your target market would find useful or interesting)
– Keep your budget in mind (important when thinking about relevance and usefulness, if you go too cheap the product may be thrown away or company image could be hindered.)
– Scope (try to find a product that can reach a lot of people all while keeping the other tips in mind; going too expensive on products could yield fewer products and reaching less people)
– Find something that allows you to give as much information about your company as possible (a plain logo on a chip clip for example sometimes gives too little information)
– Find something that stands out! (Eye-catching products are key! Not only does the owner of your promotional product notice it but so will others who are around it! Do try to reflect your brand image as well though, if your company is not all about what’s funky and retro then find something that is more sophisticated and sharp)