Implementing Merchandise Marketing into Your Strategy
In the modern world, technology influences everything that we do. For most of us, from the moment we wake up right until we fall asleep we’re on our devices- we use phones, computers, smart technology and gadgets for everything from work to play, shopping, healthcare, organising our lives in every way and so much more. So when it comes to advertising a business, it’s easy to believe that it’s only digital marketing that matters, after all, being online and having a presence to customers who are all engaged in their devices and the internet is important. However, there are other methods that are worth incorporating too, it all depends on the type of business that you run but good marketing strategies are multifaceted, and that could mean offline methods too. Marketing merch is one such method, not only can it be effective but it’s fun and can be a great way to build a positive buzz around your company. Read on to find out more.
Marketing merchandise- what is it exactly?
Marketing merchandise involves products designed to be given away. They tend to be inexpensive but useful products- drinking cups and mugs, pens, umbrellas, even clothing items like hats. These items are branded with your company logo and information, the idea is to get them seen by others as well as the person using the item. The more customers are exposed to your brand through advertising, the more likely they are to recognise and trust your company which can lead to a positive brand reputation and more sales. When people need to find a business like yours, it’s likely that yours will spring to mind due to the regular exposure, even on a subconscious level.
Handing out marketing merch
Having branded products manufactured does come at a cost to you, and so it makes sense to try and hand them out to those who are more likely to want to use your business. For example, if your target genre is student then you could look into setting up a stall at a freshers fair. If your target market is other businesses, then expos could be a great place to set up. This gives you a chance to answer questions and chat about your business as well as hand out products. Look into printing services for things like flyers too and you could hand these out at the same time. Alternatively you could host your own event, or you could give away products free with purchases when shipping out customer orders.
Why does this method of marketing work?
When you want to make a profit, giving away things for free might not seem like the most sensible option. However, it can be so beneficial so it’s important to look at the bigger picture. The word ‘free’ is very powerful when it comes to marketing and can generate buzz. Getting something for free can also improve a customer’s experience of your business and the way that they view you.
Consumers appreciate these useful products that add value to their lives. It might seem counterintuitive giving away something for free when you’re trying to make a profit, but any kind of marketing will have a cost. Depending on the types of products you give away, it can be cheaper than many forms of digital marketing so is something not to overlook.