Marketing is any activity that furthers the cause of your business. Pretty much everything you do in business is either influenced by your marketing actions and / or has an impact on them.
Whether you take advantage of paid advertisements, publicity, trade shows, event marketing, social media, or any of the other myriad of marketing outlets, there is one strategy that can help boost the performance of all the rest – promotional products.
No matter the method of distribution: if you mail them out, hand them out at a trade show or event, or leave them behind on a sales call, imprinted items are the one form of advertising that people will keep, use and, maybe even , pass onto someone else. It is also the only form of advertising that people will actually thank you for getting! (When's the last time you know of someone that thanked an advertiser for their clever TV ad or billboard?)
In a 2005 survey of travelers at Dallas / Ft. Worth Airport commissioned by PPAI, the following concludings regarding promotional products' impact on brand awareness were reached:
Take a look around your desk, or check your pockets or purse. What advertising specialty items do you have with you at all times? What item do you pick up or look at over and over that keeps some company's name or message front and center?
Promotional products can be used in conjunction with any other form of marketing to entice people to complete your desired call-to-action. Whether it's the promise of a gift when they've done what you want, something that you give to trade show attendees to reinstate the message behind your display, or an item that makes your mailing bumpy which causes someone to open it who might otherwise have just tossed it, promotional products can amp up your marketing.
If you'd like to learn more about promotional product marketing, I recommend reading The Power of Promotional Products by David Blaise and Maria Carlton ( http://www.amazon.com/Power-Promotional-Products-David-Blaise/dp/ 0974100315 / ref = sr_1_1? Ie = UTF8 & qid = 1330455577 & sr = 8-1 )