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Promotional Products as Ways to Say Thank You

Promotional products are frequently used as ways to say thank you to very important people.  They are used to recognize an employee achievement, participation in an event, or simply thank staff, volunteers, or even customers for their loyalty and support. We’ve created many promotional items over the years to serve as an appreciated “thank you” that has more staying power than a simple note. If you’re looking for unique ideas for your own organization, check out these case studies to learn how these companies thanked tennis tournament participants, employees, alumni and donors.

Higher Ed: A Useful Gift that Says Thank You

 

UWM Smartphone StandThanking important donors and alumni by providing a small gift is commonplace for alumni and development offices. The Alumni Relations Director and Development Officer from the School of Dentistry at the University of Minnesota was on the search for a unique and useful donor recognition gift. Her requirements were:

 – Convenient to use at Events

 – Easy to mail as a thank you

 – Useful, and unique item

  The Smartspot SmartPhone stand was the ideal promotional item for their needs.  Learn more about the product and its uses on the case study page.

Tennis Club: Unique Promotional Items for Athletic Events

Tritan Tervis Style Tumbler

Western Racquet Club wanted to find something unique and different that tournament participants would enjoy, while staying within their budget. This unique Tervis style tumbler fit the bill.

To read more about this project, including product details, click through to the case study page.

 

Hospital / Medical College: A Fun, New Employee Appreciation Gift

Pieladium Bluetooth Speaker

Each year the Medical College of Wisconsin Center for Patient Care and Outcomes Research hosts a year-end luncheon meeting for its faculty and staff. To demonstrate appreciation, each individual receives a gift. Our client was looking for something that was good quality, affordable, and something that would have a wide appeal to all of their faculty and staff.

Michael and the account manager discovered the Pieladium Bluetooth Speaker, a fun, technology related item, which is a very popular and fast growing category of promotional items.  Read more about product features, the easy buying process, and how recipients liked their gift in the case study.

 

 

 

Want MORE Ideas?

Each company needs to say thank you with a targeted, relevant promotional item, so contact us for additional recognition ideas.

You can also browse our Idea Gallery for a few other suggestions.

How to Find the Right Promotional Item

One of first questions that comes to mind when selecting promotional items is:

What are we going to give our target audience?

With over 24,000+ items available, this can be a daunting question.

As promotional Idea Explorers, we love to investigate options to help you answer this question.  With a little background information on the your audience and desired distribution, we go to work discovering the best promotional products for you.

There are MANY Right Answers

We discover and present several options for you to review, selecting items that can effectively target the lifestyle, needs, values, and aspirations of your audience.  The better you know your audience, the more tailored the promotional item can be. While still being brand-related, promotional items should be relevant and useful.  In almost every case, promotional products are appreciated, as a tangible “gift” from your organization. Nevertheless, the right idea and quality does impact usage and effectiveness, so it’s important to select and invest wisely.

Consider these two statistics from PPAI industry research:

  • 53% of consumers use promotional items ONCE a WEEK or more!
  • 47% of consumers KEEP promotional items for ONE YEAR or longer!

Promotional items have a high potential frequency and longevity! The right item can be used again and again, exposing your brand to your prospects or customers on a regular basis.  Compared to other media, promotional products have a relatively low cost and provide repeated exposure to a message, since items are kept for so long – that’s effective advertising!

Case Study: Finding a Prized Tech Item

To illustrate how well-selected promotional ideas help promote your brand, we share a case study from the University of Minnesota’s Student Unions & Activities. They needed an item to increase awareness of their brand and encourage involvement from college students, faculty, and staff. Learn how Magellan Promotions account manager shared a top tech product idea that became the perfect prize for the Student Unions & Activities contest. Read Case Study.

 

 

Integrating Social Media into Campus Tours – NEW Case Study

Integration.

It’s a key component of any and every marketing plan to make your school more memorable.  A common message woven through print, online, social media, TV radio, direct mail and promotional items can effectively increase exposure and the likelihood of recall.

Lately there’s been a lot of social media integration with promotional products.  Here are a few examples:

This custom frame with the hashtag #FutureBadgers was created for the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Admissions Office.  It was used to integrate social media into campus tours, allowing prospective students show their excitement and actively endorse UW Madison to their own social networks.

Future Badgers Custom Frame

Learn more about the marketing goals, product details, application and results of the custom #FutureBadgers frame by visiting our case study library.

How has your school integrated promotional items into social media or other elements of the marketing mix?

Case Study and Special Savings: Music Download Card

We continually strive to recommend promotional marketing products that are relevant, useful, and exciting to our client’s target audience: prospective college students.  Having worked with two-year and four-year institutions and private and public colleges across the country, we have learned a lot about effectively incorporating promotional products into higher education programs.  Music Download Card

One product that has caught our attention is the Music Download Card.  This is an excellent promotional item for student recruitment activities including direct mail, college fairs, or campus visits.  Complete customization of the card can help communicate key messages and drive traffic to a specific campus website.  Clients can also setup registration to collect valuable data from students before they download music.

Want to learn more?  Click on our link below to read our case study:

Music Download Card Case Study

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Supporting Admissions with Promotional Marketing

As with anything in life, sometimes it just comes down to timing.

We sent a mailing to our professional contacts with a sample of a unique product: the web key. Though at first glance they don’t look too exciting, web keys are cool and useful for several reasons:

  1. Targeted: web keys drive traffic to a specific URL when plugged into a USB port
  2. Measurable: use web metrics to track results
  3. Cost: web keys are less expensive than USB drives

Dana Grennier at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) received our mailing and sample web key at just the right time. She was part of a team that was launching a new social network platform called Bridge, developed in partnership with 7Summits. The web key was the perfect promotional item to promote Bridge to prospective students.

Beyond traditional marketing tactics, MSOE staff handed out web keys at college fairs, high school visits, open house events, and other higher education meetings.  Read the full story on how promotional marketing supported MSOE admissions’ goals in our case study library.  

Web Key promoting Bridge

Front and back of the Web Key used to promote the new Bridge website: a platform for high school students to interact with admissions.

Ripon College Class of 2017 Water Bottle Photo Contest

After researching, presenting, and helping our clients select the best promotional items for their projects, we really enjoy receiving feedback on the item and the results of our client’s overall program.  It is truly rewarding to know that we have played a part in an organization’s efforts to meet their goals.  This positive feedback is what makes our jobs fun and exciting each and every day!

Side view of Ripon College water bottle with mascotSide view of Ripon College water bottle

When we reconnected with our friends at Ripon College, we were thrilled to hear about their Class of 2017 Water Bottle Photo Contest program.  This was the first time they incorporated promotional items in their strategy to encourage newly admitted and deposited students to interact with the Class of 2017 Facebook page.  They mailed students a stainless steel water bottle packaged in a red mailing tube, so it would definitely stand out.

This contest was successful in creating engagement with the new class, leading to new interactions and conversations in the social media space.

water bottle mailing tube

 

Want to learn more about the contest and featured water bottle?  Click on our link below to read our case study:

Ripon College Class of 2017 Water Bottle Photo Contest