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Let’s get physical – promotional gifts win the race to attract customers

Consumers and business customers are continually bombarded with advertising messages. From TV and digital to print advertising and billboards, advertisers are always trying to attract your attention. But, which form of advertising is most effective at attracting a potential customer?

Let’s get physical – promotional gifts win the race to attract customers In a survey contacted by Relevant Insights and published by PPD (Issue 37, p22), the impact of various forms of advertising was researched. Promotional gifts came out on top as the most effective marketing product for achieving brand recognition and customer action.

Everyone loves a freebie and by giving potential customers a tangible product you will gain their attention, improve their brand recognition and they will be more likely to become a customer in the future.

Some facts about the effectiveness of promotional products: 

  • 50% of us would take action after receiving a promotional product
  • 94% of respondents said that they remember the advertiser who gave them a promotional item, or the product advertised six months after being given it.
  • Over half of respondents said usefulness and like-ability was a key driver and they would go out of their way to pick up a promotional gift if it was useful to them and/or they liked it.
  • Promotional merchandise delivers a higher (or equal) ROI than most forms of advertising
Compare those stats with other forms of advertising:

  • 73% of us found banner ads annoying
  • 19% said they react to TV advertising
  • 11% said they respond to online adverts
  • 10% said they respond to print
  • 9% said they respond to direct mail

These figures show what an effective marketing tool promotional products can be. They have a direct influence on the decision making process as they keep your brand in a customers mind – ready for when they want to take action and make that purchase!

Interesting stuff. Let’s get physical and give our customers something they want and something they’ll remember…..


PPD, Issue 37

Promotional merchandise can deliver higher or equal ROI than most forms of advertising

Promotional products vital to marketing

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