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Defining Promotional Products and Advertising Specialties

November 10, 2017

Promotional products and advertising specialties are items that are used to endorse a product, service or company agenda and can include executive and business gifts, event giveaways, awards and other imprinted or embroidered items such as custom mugs, pens, Koozies, bottled water, paper items such as letterhead and business cards and over 1,000,000 products with your logo.

PRODUCTS AND USES

Promotional and advertising specialties are used to promote products, brands and corporate identity. Promotional merchandise is used globally to promote events, exhibitions and product launches.

Almost anything can be branded with a company’s name or logo and used for promotion. Wearables such as embroidered caps, polo shirts and jackets, screen printed t-shirts are in the largest product category, which makes up more than 30% of the total for promotions and advertising branded product sales.

Other advertising products include small giveaways such as key chains, pens, pencils, Koozies, coolies, coffee mugs, sunglasses and stress relievers. Paper products such as business cards, folders and letterhead are often used for promotional purposes as well.

Brand awareness is the most common use for promotional and advertising specialties. Other uses include lead generation, distributor and dealer marketing programs, new products, safety education, marketing research, employee awards, and non-profit programs.

DISTRIBUTION

Most industry manufacturers sell exclusively through promotional products and advertising specialty distributors only. Distributors interface with manufacturers, suppliers, printers and embroiderers and often help end-users design and create artwork to be used on promotional products. Distributors have the ability to supply thousands of products from many manufacturers across the globe. Distributors help the end-user with product selection and make sure the artwork is submitted in the correct format.

Industry manufacturers prefer to sell through distributors and rarely sell to the end-user. Distributors save the end-user money and time by searching for a qualified printer or manufacturer who can produce and ship quality products efficiently and on time. Distributors are experts in selecting branded products that fit the end-users budget, promotional purpose and time frame.

Most qualified distributors prefer to communicate with the end-user via phone or email. The details required to brand products such as art specifications and ink colors make it difficult for distributors to offer the ability to order and pay for products online. Many distributors will offer an option to request for more information or a quote online, but prefer personal contact with the end-user prior to finalizing their custom order.

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