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Trend Alert: Best Promotional Items, Giveaways and Swag for 2017


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Recently, our staff from ePromos attended the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) Expo in Las Vegas. We had our eyes peeled for emerging trends and innovations in custom logo merchandise. This includes identifying the best-of-the-best products, and new decoration methods to help our customers’ brand look amazing and be effective with their marketing spend. ePromos helped you find the best promotional items in 2016 – now check out our top ten trends in promotional products for 2017 below!

1. Retail Appeal – Products Plucked from the Store Shelf

It’s referred to as the “retail effect”: the products you see on the shelves when you go shopping are now available as promotional products. Not only will you find popular brand names at ePromos, you’ll also find lower priced retail lookalikes that may better fit your budget. To garner more brand awareness, look to this latest trend. Retail-related products have a high perceived value and quality — and the quality of your product has never been more important. Even better, you can add to your logo to put your personal, unique touch on it. Take it one step further with retail packaging, which is a practical way to get more eyes on your logo! Aesthetically pleasing packaging will increase the perceived value of the gift you are giving.

 

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2. Refined Look of Copper

One of the biggest trends right now is copper. Try promotional products made entirely out of copper, or with copper accents and lining that adds to the performance of products. Copper used in drinkware adds insulation for extended thermal retention, keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for longer. Brand names to look for using the insulation qualities of copper are Grizzly®, and Pelican®. For the tasteful look of copper, check out our Copper Moscow Mule Mug, Copper-Insulated Tumbler to enhance the aesthetic of your at-home bar. Your customers will love Copper-Colored Water Bottles, which are a stylish piece to tote around the gym or town on a hot summer day. These trends are likely to remain for their fabulous look, their ability to fit any budget and their functionality.

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3. Matte Finish Credibility

Not all that glitters is gold! Look for products that have this aesthetic — sometimes called powder coated. It’s an elegant, soft matte look that everyone is loving! This look is a new trend in promotional products, and an original idea that will help you successfully promote your brand. A powder finish absorbs light rather than reflecting it, so this finish reduces highlights and you can see more of the branding. Customers with discerning taste will appreciate these items because with a powder polish, you get the appeal of a different texture. Many hot promotional items are getting a makeover with this trendy appearance.

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4. Bluetooth Earbuds Make Great Corporate Gifts

Today everyone is connected and dependent on gadgets, continually upgrading to current technology. That’s why useful technology products remain on our Top 10 list, especially Bluetooth-enabled products. Wireless earbuds allow the recipient to listen to their favorite music, book or podcast with cord-free convenience. Some features our collection of Bluetooth earbuds include: hours of playback time, volume control, built-in microphone, power switch, charging cable and earbuds easily pair with another device. Some of the best corporate gifts are ones that recipients can use both inside and outside of the office. New gear and gadgets are a valuable product that recipients will appreciate for a long time, keeping your brand on hand every day.

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5. Outdoor Inspired Promos

Some of the best giveaways are when you keep your client, customer or employee’s personal interests in mind. For nature lovers and adventurers that often head outdoors, gift promo products that fit well into a rugged environment. Even products that simply remind one of the great outdoors are slated to be extremely popular in 2017, as they were showcased at the Expo. If your customers and employees lean more toward the rugged side of recreation, you can effectively advertise to those enjoying activities and relaxation that are a bit more robust. Fishing excursions, field days, team building expeditions, camping and boat shows, sporting games and more are perfect events to reach those individuals with a passion for the outdoors. Forget your run-of-the-mill standard promo items – outdoor gear are unique corporate gifts that will be sure to impress. Gear up the people you most appreciate with binoculars, coolers, survival products, chairs, picnic blankets and more.

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6. Go for Full-Color Full-Wrap Printing for One of the Best Promotional Giveaways

Endless printing will spice up your marketing efforts. To wonderfully represent your brand, try the newest way to create stunning full-color images that wrap 365 degrees around your product. The illusion created is that the image has no beginning and no end. ePromos offers this unique option, so you can design your promotional products with artwork that wraps around the entire cylinder-shape of tumblers, bottles, glasses and more. Full-wrap printing creates an opportunity to expand on your overall marketing communication by using imagery that is seen no matter which way the product is turned. You can tell more of your story both visually and with text using this exciting new decoration method of printing. This seamless and continuous 360-degree design will change the way people are looking at your logo.

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7. Smart Technology

Considering how everyone today is connected and dependent on gadgets, the trend of giving away Technology items is here to stay. In 2017, technology is still strong trend and “smart tech” is the favorite for B2B marketing. Technology that comes in handy when people least expect it reflects well on your brand. For useful items at work, home, play and information, look to the favorites: Power Banks, Bluetooth Earbuds, USB Drives, Stylus Pens and Bluetooth Speakers. You can plan on the tech trend to remain a trend because they are becoming more cost effective and “smarter” by the day. You can guarantee your brand will be seen because these products have the potential to be used on a daily basis. Virtual Reality is still hot for a smart tech gift. Hand out these goggles and you’ll transport your customers to anywhere in the world. You can speak to one of our Brand Consultants about making your very own VR application featuring your brand! If you’re looking for one of the best trade show giveaways, look no further. Attendees will flock to your booth for quality smart tech gadgets.

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8. Soft-Sided Special

The next big trend that is sure to build a stronger relationship with customers and show your appreciation to employees is a soft-sided backpack. One of the best in the world is Engel…a legend in reliability®! These rugged 23-quart personal carrying coolers can be a backpack or a tote and they have an endless amount of quality features. First, this cooler keeps anything cooler longer with one-inch thick foam insulation. Its interior radiant barrier liner reflects the sun’s long-wave heat radiation to further enhance the backpack cooler’s cooling capabilities. Under typical conditions, the backpack cooler will hold ice for up to three days. In addition, the liner is removable so you can get food easier and clean the bag. Made of 500D tear-resistant polyester, these totes can carry almost anything you want to keep cold. Plus, the waterproof TPE coating easily cleans up after any adventure. The reinforced bottom is flat with non-skid feet. These backpacks are unique gifts for employees, and a thoughtful way to remind them you care about easing their commute and making their lunch breaks more convenient. These backpacks are available in white or Realtree Camouflage for an additional fee. You also get to co-brand with a brand of excellence — Engle® is printed on the front pocket.

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9. A Neon Touch

We love electric bright colors and we’re happy to see that neon-colored promotional products are still a hot trend. No matter what product you want to promote your business, there are options that feature this neon trend and style to make your company stand out it a crowd. We encourage you to jump on the trend with bright fluorescent-colored pens, ceramic mugs, sunglasses, markers, drinkware, t-shirts, caps and other apparel. Brighten up your employee’s or client’s day with any one of these stand-out items.

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10. Trendy Cork Elements

If you’re looking for cool giveaways and swag ideas, there was a ton of buzz at the show for Cork. Cork is the emerging trend of the year and one that is likely to remain in high demand in 2017. The great attributes of cork make it appropriate for promotional products. Cork is eco-friendly, durable, anti-microbial, doesn’t absorb moisture, and the shades of cork display beautifully. If you’re dying for an upscale look, check out our dyed cork custom merchandise. Uncork your imagination because your logo could be on drinkware, journals, USB drives, pouches and more. We offer a variety of cork-accented products at different price points, so this trend fits into any marketing budget.

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Take a tour of our promotional products to see all the products taking off in 2017. Choose any of these trendy products, and it’ll be a unique trade show giveaway that will certainly attract people to your booth. Whether you’re looking for a memorable, unique client gift, or want to get your brand name out there with personalized promotional products — you’ll find affordable, unique, colorful and universal ideas for your customers at ePromos. Shop our selection of 2017’s hottest, trendiest products today!


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5 Water Safety Promotion Ideas


All over our planet, people enjoy beautiful waters and beaches – canoeing, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, surfing, jet skiing, swimming. Fun on the water is always an amazing adventure; however, remember with sun, sand and surf, you need to be safe on the water and in the water!

You can bet if you are dusting off your flip flops and heading to the water, your customers and employees are doing the same! So, why not give your promotional campaign a water safety refresher? As a business, one of the best things you can do for a customer is to show them that you care about them and their families’ well-being. A gift of safety is a very good reminder of those feelings and a gift for water-front activities is just the ticket because they are appropriate gift all year long.

Security for Customers and Employees

The United States Coast Guard has requirements for safety equipment – basic items crucial in emergencies. However, there is other “equipment” that is not necessarily required by law, but may certainly keep the people we love safe or even save a life on the water. Here are water safety promotional products that should be a part of every adventure on or near the water.

1. Waterproof Cellphone Pouch

Recently, a waterproof promotional product was in the news when two young men called 911 after one of their kayaks sank on Lake Michigan. The call was possible because the cellphone was in a Waterproof Cellphone Pouch. Help arrived soon after the call and the young men were rescued. Many items you bring to the waterfront, besides your cellphone, need to stay dry. Giving a useful gift such as a Waterproof Dry Sack will keep towels, clothes, documents and cameras safe from the water. You can start your summer promotion off right with these perfect ideas for attracting customers.

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PVC Custom Waterproof Pouch

 

2. Safety Whistle

Another personal safety tool that is simple and extremely reliable is a safety whistle. The U.S. Coast Guard regulations state that if a paddle board is operated outside a surfing, swimming or bathing areas, they are “vessels” and operators must have a life jacket and a whistle. A safety whistle is an effective way for customers to be listening to your promotion while making sure they are heard in case of an emergency or to warn boaters in the vicinity. Whistles fit into any type of budget and could be the perfect choice for your customers. In addition, to stay legal on the water, the U.S. Coast Guard regulations state that if you’re on the water after sunset, you need to have a flashlight, or similar lighting device.

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3. First Aid Kit

Safety also includes being able to easily handle small injuries, scrapes and cuts with the help of a first aid kit. Gauze, bandages, tweezers and antiseptic should make the trip every time you venture to the beach. So, if you’re looking for an easy gift appropriate for water safety and more – problem solved! This is an affordable idea with a collection of protection that can be found in a variety of first aid kits customized with your logo.

Functional Promotional First Aid Kit

Functional Promotional First Aid Kit

 

4. Sun Protection

Fun on the water usually means sunshine. Too much sun can result in a painful sunburn or lead to more serious health issues including premature aging, eye damage and skin cancer. More than one million cases of skin cancer are reported in the United States each year. Your customers are free to enjoy time in the sun because you are helping to protect them from overexposure with a variety of carefully chosen giveaway ideas including: SPF30 sunscreen, lip balm with SPF, baseball caps, bucket hats and also UV protection/performance clothing.

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SPF 30 Promotional Sunscreen Spray – 1 oz.

Keeping your eyes safe from the sun is important. The bright summer sun is a great time to bring out summer promo gear to protect your customers! Shield your customer’s eyes from harmful rays, whether they are on a summer vacation or simply spending the day in a boat. Give sunglasses away as a picnic favor, inside a summer festival gift bag or at a sporting event. Or, how about the wide canopy of an umbrella to keep away from the sun at a golf event, celebrity baseball game or field day excursion.

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Gradient Tinted Lenses Custom Sunglasses

 

5. Water

Sometimes safety is as simple as staying hydrated. When it’s warm, people head outdoors to enjoy the weather. Dehydration can creep up quickly on hot days full of fun and action. Giving away water bottles will be a simple reminder to stay safe during outdoor activities. Drinkware is a practical and durable safety gift that will be used by customers and seen for months, providing you with repeated brand exposure.

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Matte Double Wall Custom Tumbler w/ Straw – 16 oz.

 

These innovative products are simple and effective, plus they are an amazing way to show your appreciation for customers and employees. Wherever there is water and recreation, your brand will be in front of people who are in “enjoyment mode”…the perfect way to positively connect with your target audience with greater impact.

 


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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.

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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.

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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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How To Run A March Madness Promotion In Four Simple Steps


Hey, HR managers: Are you planning a March Madness promotion? More than 50 million Americans participate in March Madness office pools, according to MSN.

This year might just draw more participation than ever – there’s $1 billion on the line if you have a perfect bracket.

Warren Buffet, who ranks 4th on Forbes’ list of top billionaires, is kicking in $1 billion to anybody that correctly picks the winners of all 63 games in this year’s NCAA men’s college basketball tournament.

How’s that for some March Madness?

Instead of staffers having to slink around to stream games and check scores (which they’re going to do anyway), why not organize a March Madness promotion for your basketball-enthused employees?

OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service, says it’s smarter for managers to acknowledge the appeal of March Madness than to ignore it.

Robert Hosking, Executive Director for OfficeTeam, said in a Forbes article: “When enjoyed in moderation, there are potential benefits to March Madness activities at work. They can be a morale-booster and bring out team spirit in the office. It provides an opportunity for employees to bond as they talk about scores and root for their favorite schools.”

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You can even eliminate the gambling aspect of traditional office pools by allowing people to participate for free – no buy-in required. Instead, winners score some awesome promo items as prizes – gifts such as custom Beats-style headphones or Bluetooth speakers.

Want to put a March Madness promotion into play at your office? Follow these four steps:

1. Get people pumped up about the promotion.

There are dozens of basketball-themed promotional products – from mini basketball hoops to notepads and stress balls – to introduce the promotion. Staffers already have basketball on the brain, and by handing out promo items, you’re building a buzz for the festivities.

2. Make a bracket.

Pass out copies of the bracket (here’s where you can print out the brackets) to employees who want to participate, and then gather them up before the tournament begins. You’ll also need a big bracket to hang up in a common area such as a break room or kitchen. It’s as simple as grabbing a ruler and sketching out the bracket on a poster.

3. Keep track.

After each game’s final buzzer, write it up on the big bracket. Everyone’s likely already keeping track on their own, but it fosters a sense of community when employees can gather in a central place to celebrate victories or lament defeats together.

4. Bestow the prizes.

Reward those with the most basketball prowess with some worthy prizes. Some of the biggest trends in custom logo merchandise now are custom audio gear and technology items. It’s important to select promotional products that participants actually want to receive. For help choosing the right prizes for your March Madness promotion, just call or chat with one of ePromos’ expert Brand Consultants.

Running a March Madness promotion can be a win in your workplace – and it can be done in just four moves. Don’t balk at your company’s basketball fans this time of year – give them a way to celebrate the season together.

You’ll be promoting camaraderie (and a fun company culture), and you’ll help boost employee morale. You know what that means – increased employee retention, lower turnover, more productivity in the long run, and most importantly, a jump in sales and profits.


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Are You Ready For Small Business Saturday?


If you’re a small-business owner, Small Business Saturday should be on your radar. It’s November 30 – the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Last year Americans spent $5.5 billion on the day dedicated to supporting small businesses around the country, according to the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

Though Small Business Saturday doesn’t draw the same crowds as Black Friday – 100 million shoppers compared to 247 million, respectively – it’s a shopping day that continues to grow in popularity.

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The first-ever Small Business Saturday was held in 2010. In 2011, 44% of consumers were aware of the new holiday. By 2012, that number jumped to 67%.

For customers, it’s a day to shop local merchants while scoring some great deals. For businesses, it’s the perfect way to get in on the Thanksgiving weekend shopping frenzy and ramp up for the holiday selling season.

Small-business owners: Are you ready? Here are six tips to make the most of Small Business Saturday:

1. Consider your audience.

Do you want to reward current customers or appeal to new customers seeking a great deal? Know who you want to sell to for Small Business Saturday. This allows you to tailor your offer to your intended audience and get the best results.

2. Let your customers know.

Now’s the time to alert customers about Small Business Saturday and what kind of special offers you have in store for them. Remind them it’s the Saturday to shop local and why they should visit your business. Talk to customers in store, use social media and send e-mails. You can also hand out promotional products to hype your business and make it stick in their minds.

3. Create a sense of urgency.

Let customers know how long your promotion will last. Is it Saturday only? All weekend long? When something is in limited supply or on sale for a short time, it makes it all the more appealing to shoppers. Just look at how retailers use the logic of supply and demand for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You can make it work for Small Business Saturday, too.

4. Get your branding right.

Every interaction with your customers is an opportunity to promote your brand. Everything from your store signage to your employees’ apparel should reflect your business’ brand. How do you want your business to be perceived? Kid-friendly? Elegant? Unique? Your branding should be consistent across the board. Also, instead of using plain shopping bags, make the switch to custom shopping bags. It’s an effective way to promote your brand while customers tote their purchases home.

5. Get to know other small businesses.

Don’t ignore the other shops down your street – you’ll miss out on valuable networking and relationship-building opportunities. You can also explore co-marketing for Small Business Saturday. By partnering up on your promotions, your marketing efforts are doubled while your expenses are slashed in half. For example, you could hand out promotional items featuring both logos. You’re able to reach a brand new audience while connecting with your own – all for half the cost when you split the promotional order with another small biz.

6. Put your best foot forward.

If there was ever a day for your store to be immaculate and your staff to bring their A game, this is it. Motivate your team to keep your shop looking its best. That means clean windows, a tidy, inviting sales floor, and all your best products on display. Remember: This will be many shoppers’ first glimpse of your business. Make it a memorable one so they’ll want to come back.

Small Business Saturday can be a big hit for your business. Take the time now to get your strategy and promotions in line. You’ll be setting yourself up to get a nice piece of the holiday sales pie, while cementing your brand in the minds of customers in your own neighborhood.