adopDo you want your business details to be remembered and stand out from the rest?  your business card is probably just one of many gathering dust in offices across the country..

Here at we know what works when it comes to being remembered

So, here are 7 reasons (there are many more, but we know you’re busy!) why you should be using promotional gifts to promote your business…


  • Build Your Brand


Your brand and its market position must be regularly reviewed and promoted – simple fact. This doesn’t need to involve costly marketing campaigns – the drip feed of building your brand through promotional gifts can be just as effective, if not more so. Customised products that are used by your clients and prospects in their daily business lives ,are a  constant reminder of your logo, who you are and what you can offer. What’s more – your contact details are extremely easy to find so there is more chance of a spontaneous call if they don’t have to go hunting round for that card.



  • Targeted Marketing


When you have a ready stock of promotional merchandise you can choose who to send it to and when, so your marketing becomes targeted, and therefore  a highly cost effective way of making a first impression. The right product has longevity of use so  your target prospects will keep it for a long time to come. Most promotional gifts have a much longer life- span than other media or marketing formats. You may want to buy particular customised gifts for a specific exhibition audience profile, knowing that the kind of businesses you want to attract will respond to a relevant promotion. By thinking ahead and keeping it targeted you can open many doors that may otherwise remain closed.



  • Happy Clients Stay Happy


Of course it’s not only new clients that appreciate a promotional gift. As a high percentage of business comes from existing customers, giving them gifts is a wise investment. Be mindful of 3 R’s – Repeats, Referrals and Recommendations! A promotional gift can act as a great prompt for a happy client to recommend you to their associates. Again, your contact details are easily available because they’re printed on the gift, so referring your services is effortless. Keep it varied too – with so many different types of gifts available,  you can mix it up  and keep your choice of gifts fresh – ensuring you always stand out. Using promotional gifts to promote your business in this way is flexible, relevant and highly effective.



  • First Impressions – We All Love A Freebie!


Let’s be honest – we all love to get value for money, even better to get something for free. It’s also good for the soul to give, so using promotional gifts creates an all-round feeling of bonhomie which shouldn’t be underestimated in forging new business relationships. When interacting with total strangers – maybe at Expos and Trade Shows offering promotional gifts is a great ice breaker – conveying  goodwill and a memorable first impression.



  • Company Incentives


Within the workplace promotional gifts can be used to incentivise staff. This can be done in two ways; gifts can be used for targeted incentives or awards for effort. They can also be used to create team spirit and company pride with the likes of branded clothing, desk items and corporate stationery. Recognition leads to a sense of fulfilment, inspires company loyalty and creates a workforce that feels appreciated.  This all helps the bottom line!



  • Incentives To Buy


Promotional gifts can be used more blatantly as an enticement to buy,  particularly effective in retail point of sale, but also used in less “sexy” areas such as insurance and banking where customers are often offered quality pens, originally done so- to help fill in proposal forms. Historically it has been proven that the offer of a free pen can significantly increase the number of quote requests. The practice of giving an incentive in return for the opportunity to quote continues today, despite the fact that all the information required is now more likely to be given over the phone or entered online.



  • Buy Time


Whenever a gift is given and received there is an opportunity to talk and network .People pause to receive a gift, and in most cases simple politeness deters the recipient from just walking away. This is your chance to say a little about what you do and then listen carefully to what they do, triggering your radar for opportunities, referrals and buying signals. This is all made so much smoother when offering a relevant promotional gift and works with all types of encounters, not just formal networking events. Has anyone got a pen…..


Using customised gifts to promote your business is a fantastic way of maximising your marketing mix. Gifts are a proven catalyst to other activity. Well targeted advertising promotional gifts enhance and support all other marketing activity. They’re also an effective way of bypassing the competition on Google by keeping it simple and direct.

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Stephen Ward, Managing Director

Ad-Options Ltd t/as