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5 Direct Mail Marketing Myths


Snail mail gets a bad reputation for being outdated and unwanted. In reality, people love getting mail. Even in this digital age, no marketing strategy is complete without a good dose of direct mail promos. Here are just a few of the popular myths surrounding this valuable advertising channel:

Myth #1 – Customers prefer email.

Surprising as it may be, this is actually not true. In fact 77% of Millennials pay attention to direct mail marketing and nearly half completely ignore digital ads. Think about it… how many emails do you receive on a daily basis? Now think about how many pieces of mail you receive. Mail has become the thing that stands out in the crowd, the thing that is unique.

Yes, email offers targeted and timely promotions, but at some point it just becomes noise. Direct mail marketing rises above the noise. And the majority of people genuinely prefer receiving a physical offer over a digital one.

Myth #2 – I can’t track my success.

Direct mail marketing is just like any other form of marketing; when done right, it’s easy to track your success. Success is always determined by your end goal. If you’re goal is to drive people to your website, you’ll want to make sure that your URL appears somewhere on your direct mail piece. You can simply monitor traffic before, during and after the campaign, or for an even deeper look into your audience you can use QR codes that will take them to a specific landing page for you to track.

Sometimes success isn’t measured in traffic but in purchase rates. For this goal, create unique offer IDs that will allow you to trace the purchase back to the recipient. You can also include a phone number dedicated specifically to your direct mail campaign so you know anyone calling on that line is doing so because of your mail piece.

Myth #3 – No one really wants mail.

Mail is classic. There is something wholesome about going to your mailbox and bringing in the mail. It may seem like an antiquated tradition, but mail evokes emotion.

Almost half of all Americans look forward to checking their mail. And according to a recent study by the U.S. Postal Service, 98% of Americans bring in their mail the day it’s delivered and 77% sort through their mail immediately… That means your marketing is getting into the hands of consumers at a time when you have their full attention and they are really interested in what you have to say.

Myth #4 – Digital media is more engaging.

While digital media can be interactive, direct mail has a physical component that digital can never match. It provides a tactile experience and engages more of the senses, which creates a stronger connection to the material.

Plus, there are some really interesting ways you can engage people through direct mail marketing… Did you know that you can mail all kinds of items without any packaging at all? Just make sure the label is securely attached, and you can mail promos that are sure to be seen.

Myth #5 – Direct mail marketing is all oversized postcards.

We do love a good oversized postcard now and then, but no, that’s not the only option. There are tons of great ideas for direct mail promotional products… items like imprinted webcam covers, phone wallets, seed packets, bookmarks and calendars to name a few… but basically anything you can think of that’s lightweight and thin enough to fit in an envelop works well here.

You can also think outside the box – literally – and mail promos like frisbees and rubber balls with just a mailing label. This saves your customers a step and ensures your gift is seen. But if you choose to go the more traditional route and put your promo in an envelope, be sure to mark the outside to let them know there is a gift waiting inside!

One more takeaway…

It’s not all or nothing when it comes to marketing. Don’t think of it as a battle of digital versus print… it’s actually about finding the right balance in the relationship between pixel and paper. An integrated marketing strategy makes sure everything – print, web, social, mail, promos, tv, radio – is all working together to help you accomplish your goals. And now that we’ve busted some of these myths about direct mail marketing, let us help put the mail to work for you!

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Promotional Products Work! #PowerofPromo


Promotional products:

Useful, tangible items imprinted with an advertiser’s name, logo or message. The perfect medium to increase brand awareness, promotional products are an incredibly powerful marketing tool since they allow a brand to connect with consumers by engaging their senses. As one of the only forms of advertising that allows consumers to interact with a brand on a physical level, promotional products often create a more memorable brand experience. Here are just a few (of many) impressive statistics that were highlighted during Promotional Products Work Week. This annual event is created by the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), and is designed to shed light on the effectiveness of promo items.

Isn’t that amazing? Promotional Products should ALWAYS be a part of your marketing mix.

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Especially their favorites. Mine in particular: favorite pen, favorite bring-your-lunch-to-work bag, favorite t-shirt (for the past 7 years), and favorite umbrella.

They also happen to be surprisingly affordable – and, people love receiving them.

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This years note-worthy choice to include with your next Direct Marketing campaign: Webcam covers. They can be mounted directly to a post card (without much additional weight), and show that you value your clients privacy.

Still not convinced?

That’s right. People remember promotional items, more so (long-term) than any other form of advertising. That’s because when given a useful item, people connect with that item and remember what’s written on it. Promotional Products really do work. Call us today, The Promo Know-How People and let us show you how to choose the right item to support your brand.

 


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October’s Best Promotional Product


October Top Promotional Product of the Month

Put your logo in lights, literally. What more could you ask for? Introducing a 3-in-1 custom light-up pen where must-have technology meets a fantastic design. This unique pen is a bright new way to showcase your logo. As a giveaway, the pen is a promo classic! The Promotional Illuminated Curvaceous Stylus Pen is quickly becoming one of the most popular new pens on the market because of its multipurpose design. This slim, sleek tool functions as a writing instrument and tech accessory stylus as well as an illuminating billboard for your logo.

Top New Promotional Product: Illuminated Stylus Pen

These innovative pens feature an interior light that will have your brand shining bright. When customers push the capacitive stylus button, this light-up pen will brightly display your logo. One click and your laser-engraved logo imprint is lit up! By the way, capacitive is just a big word that means this stylus uses the same electrical properties as the human touch to detect the user’s touch, allowing much finer scrolling precision.

A stylus also reduces fingerprints on touch-screens, so it’s perfect for use on cellphones or tablets. These innovative pens work with cellphones including iPhones® and Androids™ as well as tablets such as the iPad®. This pen comes with a protective cap for the stylus, not only to safeguard the stylus, but also to prevent accidental light activation. A simple push of the soft stylus tip turns off the light. The light runs on one small lithium ion, non-replaceable battery. Please note that your logo will stand out on the pen whether it is illuminated or not.

To activate this novelty pen, simply push the side-action button. This precision ballpoint writing tool writes in SureWrite™ black ink. The click-action, medium-point tip is activated by a push button, retracting into the pen when not in use. Prospects and employees can take advantage of its ergonomic shape by grabbing the rubberized, textured grip for hours of writing comfort. And, if you want even more functionality, we have included a metal clip to keep the pen handy throughout the entire day. This pen can be securely fastened to a pocket, on a notebook or to a book cover or stack of papers.

This pen is made of plastic and has a shimmering metallic finish in five classic colors: metallic cobalt blue, metallic dark red, metallic black, chrome and silver. There is sure to be one that matches your brand. Its bright chrome accents give this pen an exclusive look. The total imprint area for your logo is 1.5”x0.25” on the 5.875″ barrel. And you have the option of imprinting on the front as well as the back!

Illuminate Your Brand with a Light-Up Stylus Pen with Logo

This is the perfect stylus pen combo for your tech-savvy clients. Or, you can hand out these budget-friendly giveaways at a tradeshow, convention, conference or college fair. These multi-functional promotional pens will certainly make a long-lasting impression on everyone!

Light up promotional items are a hot trend — whether you’re looking for a unique trade show giveaway or for a pen at reception when clients are checking into your office. Call a Brand Consultant today and get this flashy promotional tool at the low price of $1.49 per pen. Best yet, ePromos also offers Free Shipping on this 3-in-1!


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Top 10 Holiday Business Gifts for Clients & Employees in 2017


Ready. Set. Give.

We’re here to take the guesswork out of holiday shopping for your potential and current customers. Each year we compile a list of our 10 best holiday products to help you with today’s “now trending” promotions.

Why Should I Invest in Promotional Holiday Business Gifts?

Handing out holiday business gifts helps promote loyalty and sends good cheer for the holiday season. Promotional products are often cheaper than other forms of advertising such as commercials and billboards. In fact, the average cost per impression of an ad specialty is seven-tenths of one cent (beat that expensive TV ad)! Promos have proven time and time again they are loved, used and even reused.

Gifting during the holiday season helps your company or organization rack up potential customers while leaving your current clients with the “warm and fuzzies.” It’s also a great way to demonstrate employee appreciation. Basically, it can make your brand look like a rock star.

How Does ePromos Pick the Best Office Holiday Gifts for 2017?

We’re so glad you asked! Our collection of top corporate gifts for the holidays is brought to you by our very own merchandising team in their infinite wisdom and experience. Based on current trends, historical data and insight of the industry’s leading suppliers, we’ve sifted through thousands of products to deliver the top 10 for 2017.

And here they are:

1. Copper Insulated Water Bottle
Reusable water bottles are perfect for the eco-conscious consumer. This tumbler is insulated with copper and lined with stainless steel to keep cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to six hours. Its trendy, sleek and durable design features double-wall vacuum insulation to prevent condensation while the screw-on lid helps prevent spills.

2. Soft-Touch Power Bank
Smartphones and tablets are amazing pieces of technology we just love. Their biggest flaw is the battery never seems to last long enough for our needs. Power banks such as these are the solution to this problem – a must-have for anyone on the go! Customers can keep track of the lithium battery’s life with a built-in capacity light. Its sleek design makes it easy to carry for the convenience of anytime charging out and about. Available in three metallic colors, this vibrant power bank is sure to get noticed. Plus, the gray, soft-touch strip on the end complements the large plastic imprint area calling attention to your logo. Charging cable included.

3. 3 Cubes of Gourmet Pretzels
Food gifts are always a big hit around the holidays. This beautiful presentation allows you complete customization – everything from the design of the sleeve on the box to the individual cubes and labels! And, with three different flavors of chocolate-covered pretzels as well as more “fill and cube” options available, your brand will be truly memorable this holiday season.

4. Tuscany™ Heathered Knit Beanie
Nothing keeps you cozy in the dead of winter like a beanie hat. Made of 100% acrylic knit, this beanie will impress not only with its warmth but also with your logo debossed on a classy, genuine leather patch. Its trendy, retail-inspired design will have your customers begging for more. One size fits most.

5. Carabiner Fidget Spinner
Fidget spinners are trending right now, which means everyone (of all ages) is sure to love this 2-in-1 gift! This “executive” fidget spinner is both a zinc alloy carabiner and a stress-relieving toy. The center disc is securely welded to provide optimal durability for two-minute spins.

6. Tremblant® Knit Jacket
Jackets are another winter favorite. The classic style of this knit jacket will please any of your customers with its comfort and warmth. This retail-inspired coat offers all of the great features they love at a fraction of the cost. Features include trendy thumb exits, an earbud port and a chest pocket – all in one affordable jacket.

7. Laptop Backpack
Timbuk2 does it again with this unique and stylish bag. Made of sturdy 400D polyester, it features a large main compartment, pockets galore, an internal organizer and an in-pocket key keeper. With a ventilated back panel and removable strap, it’s the ideal giveaway for both students and professionals.

8. Leather Journal
In this technology-driven age, hand-written notes are making a come-back, believe it or not. This hand-sewn, full-grain leather journal with 96 natural-lined pages comes in an individually packaged bag for a sophisticated look. Choose from 11 different waxed linen colors for the front cover “X.”

9. PopSocket Phone Grip & Stand
One of the hottest phone accessories will display your logo and allow people to talk hands-free because PopSockets give a grip to your phone. With so many uses it’s sure to gain your brand some recognition and thanks. Customers can use it as a media or video chat stand, texting, tablet or photo grip, and cord wrap – an all-in-one workhorse of a gadget.

10. Drawstring Bag Gift Set
This ePromos exclusive includes an infuser water bottle and lined notebook with pen all conveniently packaged in a heathered drawstring bag. The bag features a zippered pocket to keep valuables secure. The entire kit is available in a variety of colors to match your brand’s style. In addition, you can imprint each item in the gift set – all for just one low setup fee.

Now that ePromos has narrowed your search for the best office Christmas, Hanukah and holiday gifts for 2017, start your holiday-shopping engines, and let the giving begin!


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Glass Etched Wine Bottles – a Personalized Gift & Sophisticated Business...


Have you been looking for something to show customers or partners how much you appreciate their loyalty? Set yourself apart from the competition with etched wine bottles! Anyone can give out a pen or a stress ball, but those trinkets aren’t fit for repeat clients or generous donors. A nice bottle of wine is a sincere gesture that they can enjoy during a special occasion, while the bottle becomes a keepsake.

Our Process

We want to give you the finest quality decorated wine bottles that will be cherished by recipients. Our process is done by hand to provide a deep etching with luxurious texture for a one-of-a-kind design on every bottle. Add one color to create a branded message that catches the eye, or choose a full-color, vibrant design for a beautiful decor piece.

Select from LaTerre Cabernet, LaTerra Chardonnay, Monterey Cristal Champagne, and sparkling cider. For spirit or wine enthusiasts wanting a different selection, we invite you to work with one of our brand consultants to create a custom order.

Etched Promotional Wine Bottle - LaTerre Chardonnay - 750ml Etched Custom Champagne Bottle - Monterey Cristal Etched Custom Wine Bottle - LaTerre Cabernet - 750ml

Glass Etching On Bar Accessories

Our options don’t stop at wine and liquor bottles. We also have etchable bar accessories and packaging to choose from. Pairing a wine bottle with accessories that display a matching design is the perfect touch to make your business stand out from the pack. One of our brand consultants can help with putting kits together with various items, including some not listed on our site. Start brainstorming ideas with our list of example products below!

Glass Bar Accessories

  • Wine Glasses
  • Stemless Drinkware
  • Stemmed Drinkware
  • Flutes
  • Brandy Tasters
  • Martini Glasses
  • Rocks Glasses
  • Beer Mugs
  • Pilsner Glassware
  • Decanters
  • Wine Carafes
  • Leather Presentation Boxes
  • Wooden Presentation Boxes
  • Glass Front, Wooden Presentation Boxes
  • Glass Wine Holders
  • Glass Wine Stoppers

Customized Wine Bottles as Party Favors

Etched wine bottles go beyond customer appreciation, including gifts for large celebrations. Attendees of weddings, anniversary parties, and corporate holiday parties will appreciate a remembrance bottle of wine to take home with them. You can engrave the date along with a special message that fits the special occasion. Take a look below at some example phrases:

Special Occasion Wine Etching

  • A Special Thank you
  • Thank You for Your Service
  • Happy Birthday
  • Aging Finer Than Wine
  • Season’s Greetings
  • Happy Hanukkah
  • Merry Christmas
  • Happy Holidays from the Private Wine Cellar of (Insert your name)

Increase Business with Etched Wine Bottles

Nothing says “congratulations” quite like a bottle of wine. Many businesses help their clients with major life changes, such as buying a home. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful gesture to show up with an etched bottle of sparkling wine, saying “Best Wishes on Your New Home,” with your logo and business information etched at the closing? They would admire that bottle for years, while their guests would see it proudly displayed every time they come over.

You can also achieve new deals and strike fruitful business relationships by using etched wine bottles as an out of the ordinary sales tactic. Often, if you want to do business with someone the only way to get to them is through their assistant. Sometimes those thoughtful touches are what help you get a foot in the door to land a big contract.

We hope these ideas make doing business and hosting events extra special. To start your etching, design a custom order, or build a unique gift set, give one of our brand consultants a call today at 844-768-0319!

Please Note: Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Utah prohibit shipment of alcohol by law. Non-alcoholic wines are available, please contact your Brand Consultant for details.

Our products’ prices include a one color/design imprint in any location. There is a setup charge per color/design. For each additional imprint or color added, an additional per-item charge will be added. The information below breaks out the pricing and available locations.


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4 Things To Learn From Petco’s Brilliant Promotion


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Petco has us officially excited for the holidays. We love it’s latest promotion – and not just because we’re pet people at ePromos. Petco’s Paw Prints event is an excellent way to draw customers into stores, give them a fun experience with their pets, and send them home with a tangible keepsake.

Here’s what Petco, the pet-specialty retailer with more than 1,300 locations, is doing: It’s creating some festive fun by offering shoppers the chance to make free paw print art in its stores.

People bring in their pets, paws get pressed into clay, fun gets had, and boom – Petco just created an epic brand experience. It’s suddenly way more enticing to stop into Petco than some other pet supply store.

Pet owners leave with a great promotional product – a logo tin containing their dog’s paw print smooshed into clay – and happy feelings about Petco. People love free stuff, and they naturally feel more positively about companies that give them this free stuff.

Let’s examine what makes this promotion so great. Here’s a look at the e-mail that Petco sent to customers.

Petco promotional event

It’s timely.

The holidays are on everybody’s mind, and Petco knows it. There are snowflakes on the promotional tin, snowflakes in the e-mail blast, and an overall festive feel to the whole promotion. Petco isn’t just handing out promotional products – it’s creating a holiday event at which people get to make cherished keepsakes.

What your business can do: Play into the holiday theme with something relevant to your brand. For example, bakeries might host a cookie-decorating party and give custom cookie cutters with its holiday treats. Think about something exciting that would draw your customers in. Don’t just hand out logo products – create an experience.

It’s tailored perfectly to the audience.

Petco markets to pet owners. So naturally, a paw print keepsake is something appealing to its target audience. Petco thought about who would be receiving its promotional products, and it gave items that recipients would actually want.

What your business can do: Always think about who will be on the receiving end of your promotional giveaways. What would they like to receive? And what makes sense for your brand to give away? These are two key questions to ask any time you’re planning a promotion.

It’s fun!

Petco isn’t afraid to get any hands (or paws) dirty with this promo. This isn’t some tired, ho-hum giveaway – it has all the makings of a lively, memorable in-store event. Petco is aiming to deliver an unforgettable experience for pet owners just in time for the holidays.

What your business can do: Kick up the fun factor of your promotion by getting your audience involved. Let your customers get hands-on in some way. Lowe’s does a great job of this with its Build and Grow workshops. If you want people to participate, make it fun.

It’s smart.

Petco is offering customers a coupon – $10 off $50 – when they participate in the Paw Prints event. Shoppers appreciate the savings, and Petco has just given them an incentive to spend $50. They’re already in the store for the event, and the coupon makes it enticing to browse for pet holiday gifts.

What your business can do: Round out your promotion with an appealing special offer. It doesn’t have to be a dollar-off discount, either. Coffee shops, for example, could give out coupons for free peppermint hot chocolate during the holidays. Always consider what would motivate your customers to come back.

Petco gets a lot of things right with its Paw Prints event. It’s an engaging, on-brand promotion just in time for the holidays. Your business can get in on the holiday fun, too. Just think about your audience and their interests, mix in a little fun, and you have the foundation of a smart holiday promotion.

Is your business planning a promotion or event for the holidays? Tell us about it!

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