customer appreciation ideas

50 Memorable Customer Appreciation Ideas

You SHOULD(n’t) have!

We all like to feel appreciated and there’s no better way to turn customers into repeat customers than by saying, “Thank you.” Without “them” there would be no “you.” (It also doesn’t hurt to provide good products and services!) We’ve put together some customer appreciation ideas, including a guide for giving great gifts for valued customers.

We know you’re busy, so we’ve included customer appreciation ideas that don’t take too much time to execute, but go a long way in expressing gratitude.

You appreciate your customers, but showing your appreciation is also good for your bottom line. Brand loyalty is important because if buyers have “perceived indifference” to a company, 68% of those customers will switch brands. A Gallup poll shows B2B companies with higher customer engagement have 50% more sales and are 34% more profitable.

I [Heart] You

Back in the “good ol’ days” when most people shopped at locally-owned brick-and-mortar stores where the shop owners were their neighbors, loyalty seemed second nature. Now business owners need to work harder to establish a special connection with customers. With online customers and increased competition, you want to retain as many customers as you can.

For the service industry, customer appreciation is even more important since it emphasizes relationships. Quality customer interaction is key.

A gift with spill-off benefits

Also consider giving gifts that serve the dual purpose of advertising your brand. For example, print custom logo T-shirts that are soft and stylish. Your customers will love them and you’ll get your name out there at the same time.

What’s the right time to give customers a gift?

Randomly

Select a random day, week, or month dedicated to customer appreciation. Advertise that you love your customers. Tell them ‘Thank You!’

At the holidays

Send a card on a holiday and holidays related to your business if they exist. Someone probably had to lobby congress to get that obscure holiday related to your industry, so take advantage of your good fortune if you happen to have a day dedicated to your product. Your card is also more likely to get noticed as people get more cards during the holidays from November through January.

If you don’t have an obscure holiday celebrating you, don’t worry. You can still celebrate Groundhog Day or other holidays that are mail-lite. Or, you can find a clever way to relate your business to the holiday. In October, celebrate Name Your Car Day, Physician Assistant Day, National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day, or Mother-in-Law Day. Great for selling cars and cake! If you’re not a baker, give cake to customers as a gift.

What if I’m on a budget?

We’ve included customer appreciation ideas that are inexpensive as well. Presents to customers and clients don’t need to be expensive. Less expensive gifts can also be a good idea because they seem more genuine rather than a calculated transaction to try to manipulate them.

Customer appreciation month is January. But anytime is a good time for saying ‘thank you.’ The holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, or a day just because. Consider sending flowers, a plant, or a small gift.

50 customer appreciation ideas for valued customers

These customer appreciation ideas are sure to bring a smile to your client’s face.

  1. Congratulate customers for special events in their lives, such as having a baby or a child’s graduation.
  2. Send a holiday card. Make sure it’s general or you know their specific faith.
  3. Give gift cards.
  4. Subscription gifts are great because you make the purchase once and each month someone else does it for you and your customer gets a positive feeling about your business.
  5. If your business partners with other businesses, why not partner to give branded swag to your customers of your business and your business partners’?
  6. Have a prize drawing for a vacation or other prizes big and small.
  7. Gift concert tickets.
  8. Organize a customer-appreciation event. Bowling, dancing, food … who wouldn’t feel appreciated?
  9. Throw a rooftop party at your office – especially if you have a great view!
  10. Host a picnic in the park.
  11. Gift baseball or football tickets.
  12. Rent a boat and host an event.
  13. Paper coupons.
  14. Digital coupons.
  15. Cover a customer’s bill every now and then.
  16. Donate a percentage of your profits to a good cause. People like doing business with ethical companies.
  17. Send a “Happy Birthday” email and offer a discount or a small free gift. Make it valid for the week so they have time to act but no so much time that they forget or don’t feel an urgency to act.
  18. Give a book directly or loosely related to your industry.
  19. Give a post-transaction gift related to what the customer purchased.
  20. Offer free samples.
  21. Provide free upgrades to customers. They’ll feel appreciated and won’t be mad if they bought your product the day before the launch of the new one.
  22. A surprise. The element of surprise is great. Even people who hate surprise birthday parties love spontaneous gifts. The surprise could be a gift card, flowers, or anything you think they would appreciate.
  23. Sponsor local causes.
  24. Make special products just for your most loyal customers. For example, if you make wine, produce a limited small-run edition.
  25. Place a bowl of candy at the front desk. It shows good hospitality.
  26. Give away candy. You will be popular.
  27. Send cookies or donuts (basically anything sweet!).
  28. Teach customers a new skill. If you own a cooking supplies store, why not host a chef each month to teach customers a new recipe? It offers you a way to connect and people might purchase something while they’re there. It also gives customers a good feeling when they think about your store and makes them more likely to give you their business.
  29. Throw a party anywhere. Why not?
  30. Take $50 off your customer’s bill at the point of sale or retroactively if online, just to say thanks.
  31. Offer a photo booth at company events. It’s become a novelty and a fun one.
  32. Fun office supplies.
  33. Monogrammed notebooks. It’s personalized and classy.
  34. Themed coloring books. Not just for kids anymore!
  35. Free stickers. Who doesn’t love stickers? Put your logo in small print at the bottom of each sticker and they promote your business too.
  36. Donate to a charity in honor of a specific customer.
  37. Give customers an unexpected discount at the checkout.
  38. Free car wash.
  39. Feature customers’ pictures with short bios in-store.
  40. Host a before- or after-hours sale.
  41. Offer beverages such as water, coffee, or tea at your store.
  42. Take a customer out for dinner.
  43. Take a customer out for coffee.
  44. Take a customer out for drinks.
  45. Make a thank you video with the staff for email marketing.
  46. Handwritten notes stand out when people are used to receiving communication through email.
  47. Handwritten thank-you card. Can you remember the last time you received a handwritten thank-you card? Depending on the context, pass the card around and have staff sign too.
  48. Handwritten letters. (See a pattern?) They’re time consuming, but consider doing one a day or doing a marathon – whatever will give you a feeling of accomplishment.
  49. Write a note (digital or handwritten). Be specific and personal.
  50. People LOVE free things and it advertises your business at the same time.

T.R. McTaggart provides gifts your customers will surely love!

For decades, T.R. McTaggart’s expertise in providing quality and affordable customer appreciation items has helped our customers treat their clients right. Contact T.R. McTaggart  for all of your promotional item needs. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff looks forward to preparing your gifts. We take pride in creating great gifts for valued customers!

Customer appreciation ideas

Here are some swag items that are always a hit!

  • Mugs
  • Tumblers
  • Umbrellas
  • Tote bags
  • Keychains
  • Water bottles
  • Pens
  • Coasters
  • Stress balls
  • Mouse pads
  • T-shirts
  • Hats
  • And more!

Gift categories

At T.R. McTaggart, we offer a lot of choices in terms of great gifts for valued customers. If you can think of it, we can probably supply it! Take a look at these product categories.

Be authentic

The bottom-line best approach for customer appreciation ideas: be genuine. No one likes it when someone feigns interest in baby pictures, doesn’t listen or seem distracted during a conversation, and then hands you their business card. Make real connections with people. People appreciate authenticity, and it’s fun getting to know customers!

Contact us

T.R. McTaggart provides custom branded items that make perfect gifts!

Still not sure what would be the best gift? Contact us to talk to our staff about customer appreciation ideas. We are happy to help you brainstorm what would be most appropriate for your business, clients, and budget.

For your convenience

Swamped by all the other aspects of your business? We hear you! Talk to us about set up a convenient online store to make purchasing customer appreciation gifts quick and easy. No need to deal with money or merchandise! We do it all for you.

Plus, if you’re not sure which customer appreciation ideas would be the biggest hit with your customers, this is a safe way to avoid purchasing too much or too little of an item. Some customers always use our online store option. It can also be used as a testing ground to see what your clientele respond to. Then, next year you’ll know what customers like so you can purchase gifts to hand out in person. It’s all up to you!

 

 

 

Links:

https://trmctaggart.com/products/promotional-items/

http://blog.accessdevelopment.com/40-inexpensive-ways-to-show-customer-appreciation

https://www.helpscout.net/25-ways-to-thank-your-customers/

https://www.helpscout.net/blog/9-unique-inexpensive-ways-to-thank-customers/

https://blog.fivestars.com/18-customer-appreciation-ideas-to-help-retain-customers/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnhall/2013/06/10/5-gifts-that-keep-you-at-the-top-of-clients-minds/#56752bb35617

https://justworks.com/blog/38-customer-appreciation-ideas-budget

http://www.bloomtools.com/blog/68–of-all-people-leave-a-business–because-of–perceived-indifference—-what-are-you-doing-to-keep-your-clients-

http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/october.htm

 

color interaction

Using Color Interaction for Effective Design

Pick a color, any color

You’ve decided that you’re going to get T-shirts for your team, tote bags for your store, or stress balls for your tradeshow. Now the fun part begins, but navigating color interaction can also be daunting. There are a million micro decisions involved in the design with the interaction of color being a vital one. Color sets the tone, which makes design and color interaction important.

Humans can see over 2.8 million colors. So, where does one begin?

The power of color interaction

Color interaction is such a powerful thing that color schemes used in marketing products can be copyrighted. Color can increase brand recognition by up to 80%.

The interaction of color

Color used to be thought of as something mysterious and color theory was simply how a color made someone feel. Luckily for us, color has been studied extensively since then and we can select colors using science. These parameters help us immensely, though we should still take a cue from the past and give our stamp of approval based on taste and, yes, if it feels right.

Guided by color interaction

Color theory principles as we know them started in the 18th century. You may have studied color theory in elementary school when your art teacher talked about the color wheel: Primary colors and secondary colors. Tertiary colors may have filled your box of crayons if you got the big box. 

Additive and subtractive color mixing

You can create color by using additive or subtractive methods.

Additive color refers to when light is mixed, like at a rock concert or club. This is why objects look different colors under different colored lighting. Think of the picture of the dress that people couldn’t agree on if its colors were black and blue or white and gold!

Printing on clothing and other fabrics uses the subtractive method. When a medium, such as screen printing on a T-shirt, is applied onto a surface it is subtractive because the surface color is absorbing the light of its inherent colors and reflecting the light of everything it doesn’t absorb. For example, if an object is green, it absorbs all colors of light except for green, reflecting the green into our eyes and making it appear to us as green.

Additive versus subtractive color

Additive color

Courtesy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AdditiveColor.svg

 

Subtractive color

Courtesy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subtractive_color

 

Why does this matter?

When you’re designing your apparel using a screen printing application it’s important to keep in mind how your final product will look if you have different layers of color overlapping. 

Colors’ subtleties

Do you ever go shopping for pants to match your sweater at home, only to find out that it doesn’t quite match? There are three main ways that color subtly shifts.

  1. Lightness
  2. Saturation
  3. Hue

Lightness refers to light versus dark. To change lightness, either white or black is added respectively.

Saturation refers to intense versus dull. Perhaps you’ve taken a photo that’s underexposed and you’ve changed the saturation on the computer to make it easier to see – to give it more punch!

Hue refers to the combination of colors that make up that specific color. For example, a greenish-blue and how green or blue it is.

Complementary colors

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Primary, secondary, and tertiary colors

Conceived by a French chemist, Chevreul’s law of color contrast suggests that yellow on a blue background will appear tinted orange, because blue and orange are complementary colors.

Warm versus cool

How do you want your design to feel? Warm colors look like a fire or the sun during the day. Cool colors look like a glacier or snow on a cold night. Warm colors range from red to yellow. Cool colors range from green to violet.

Warm colors appear to come forward in pictures, while cool colors tend to recede.

Color schemes

A color scheme is the colors chosen for a design. It is important to consider design and color interaction in order to select the best color combination for your project. There are a number of approaches to selecting pleasing colors, including:

  • Basic
  • Complementary
  • Split complementary
  • Triadic
  • Tetradic
  • Analogous
  • Accented analogous
  • Monochromatic
  • Achromatic
  • Polychromatic

Basic

A basic color scheme uses two colors.

Complementary colors

Complementary colors are opposite of each other on the color wheel and are good if you want strong contrast.

Complementary colors:

  • Yellow and violet
  • Orange and blue
  • Red and green

Split-Complementary

Also referred to as compound harmony, this color scheme uses complementary colors but adds on two analogous colors (colors adjacent to one of the complementary colors).

Triadic colors

Triadic color schemes use three colors equally spaced around the color wheel. They are vibrant.

Tetradic colors

The tetradic color scheme uses double complementary colors. That is, four colors comprised of two sets of complementary colors. This scheme typically selects one of the colors to be dominant to achieve balance.

Analogous

Also called dominance harmony, this color scheme uses several colors next to each other on the color wheel, such as red, orange, and yellow. Usually one of the primary or secondary colors is chosen to be dominant. Analogous looks similar to monochromatic, but more colorful. Typically only warm or cool colors are chosen to be in the scheme.

Accented analogous

An accented analogous color scheme is an analogous one that introduces a complementary color. For example, adding blue as an accent color to the analogous color scheme of orange, red, and yellow. This scheme often uses a warm accent color with a cool pallet or vice versa.

Monochromatic colors

Monochromatic color

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Monochromatic colors are a group of colors with the same hue but with different tints, tones, and shades. Monochromatic colors range from light to dark. For example, white, light gray, gray, dark gray, and black are a monochromatic color scheme. Light greenish-blue, greenish-blue, and dark greenish-blue would be another monochromatic color scheme. Take a color and add white, black, or gray!

Achromatic colors

Colors with a subtler chromatic look are referred to as:

  • Achromatic
  • Unsaturated
  • Near neutral
  • Neutral

Pure achromatic or neutral colors include black, grays, and white.

Near neutrals include browns, tans, pastels, and dark colors. Near neutrals are made by mixing a color with white, black, or grey; or by mixing two complementary colors.

When placing a color next to a neutral, the neutral color will often appear to have a slight cast of the adjacent color’s complementary color. For example, when placed next to red, gray appears greenish.

Polychromatic colors

Polychromatic means having several colors.

Color theory at the Bauhaus

Joseph Albers studied color theory at the Bauhaus, an art school in Germany.

Josef Albers’s interaction of color

In 1963, Albers published his seminal book Interaction of Color. Albers argued that color is seen relationally. Found in the book, the green screen shape below looks like two different shades of green, even though they are exactly the same green. The green is interacting with its respective backgrounds, with each background color influencing the green differently.

Interaction of Color plate

Courtesy: http://cs.brown.edu/courses/cs092/VA10/HTML/AlbersExplanation.html

 

Another plate in the book, below, shows how our minds work when observing pictures. The image appears to be four squares with a folded transparent square on top. Albers did not use transparent colors. Instead, he chose colors to give the illusion of transparency. Again, with color interaction, everything is relative!

 

Interaction of Color plate

Courtesy: http://cs.brown.edu/courses/cs092/VA10/HTML/AlbersExplanation.html

 

One Color Appears as Two

Courtesy: http://cs.brown.edu/courses/cs092/VA10/HTML/Plate1Explanation.html

 

Above is an example of Albers’s color interaction exercises.

Albers devised color interaction exercises for his art students where they used swatches of color. Students picked a color, cut it into two pieces, and found two other color swatches to put behind each piece.

The goal was to make the original color swatch look like two different colors just by changing its background. Colors set next to other colors can dramatically change how a specific color looks simply by its relationship to other colors. Depending on the colors, the color interaction can have negligible to dramatic effects. 

Color interaction ideas for your design

Classic color combos

Black and white

It’s classic and sophisticated.

Red and gold

Create a warm palette.

Green and yellow

A classic pair evoking nature.

Pink and green

Another classic.

Pink and brown

Give your design an earthy feel.

Green and blue

A versatile duo. 

Color inspiration tips

Three is key

Unless you’re going for a tie-dye look or are creating a Rainbow Brite costume for an 80’s dance party, it’s best to stick with three or four colors. Not only will it be cheaper to print, limiting colors can spur you to come up with more creative solutions. It also doesn’t overwhelm the viewer.

Balance color and shape

Designers say that color schemes for rectangles are successful with a dominant color and squares are good when all colors are equal. Keep this in mind when designing your shirts. Do you want one dominant color? Are your colors balanced in equal parts? What does your design demand?

Coordinate color with content

What mood do you want to convey that would add to the shirt’s message? Maybe a ballet group has more subtle colors and a retail company uses bright colors so employees can stand out to customers. If the event is serious, such as raising an awareness of health concerns, you might not want loud colors.

Also make sure the colors aren’t already associated with something else. Certain hues of bright orange and blue are associated with laundry detergents. Put together certain shades of green and red and people will ask you if you’re celebrating Christmas in July.

Look at paintings and find one that evokes the mood you’re after. What colors did the artist use?

Write down words that you want your design to convey and ask if the colors are serving that purpose.

Color swatches

Look at a physical color swatches rather than a screen so you get a better sense of what it’s really going to look like. If your computer isn’t calibrated to online color swatches, you could end up with a color different than the one you thought you were selecting.

Take pictures

With cameras built into nearly every device, there’s no excuse not to snap a picture of something you find beautiful. What makes you attracted to it? When you answer that, you gain insight into what you would appreciate in a T-shirt design.

Look to nature

Nature is wonderful. Take a closer look at the landscape, foliage, and animals around you. Does a flower have an interesting color combination?

Learn from interior design

You don’t want to blend in with your sofa. You don’t want friends to ask if you’re hard up for cash because your fashion inspiration came from the Sound of Music’s clothes made from curtains. However, good design is good design and there is plenty you can learn from other design disciplines. Check out magazines of home interiors or interior design makeover shows. 

Note: Interior designers typically use 60% of a dominant color, 30% of a secondary color, and 10% of an accent color in their designs. Don’t hold it as a hard and fast rule, but keep it in mind.

Keep what inspires you

Look for inspiration everywhere. Whether it’s old or new, online or tactile ephemera, there are millions of things in the world sure to inspire you.

Pinterest

Pinterest has hosts of color palette examples. Why not take a look? You’ll probably find something you like! 

Pinterest sites of interest

  1. Summer pastels
  2. Icy nature
  3. Purple sunset
  4. At the beach
  5. Pastel rocks
  6. Understated flowers
  7. Fall leaves
  8. Old building inspiration
  9. The sea
  10. A gray day

Go forth!

Color interaction can transform a design. Be aware, intentional, and ask for second opinions.

We can help!

At T.R. McTaggart, we pride ourselves on making aesthetically-pleasing quality apparel. Our designers are happy to discuss how color interaction plays into your design, palette choice, and ultimately what will make your apparel and promotional items give the right impression and have the highest impact. Contact T.R. McTaggart today to discuss all your design and color interaction projects and questions!

 

 

 

Links:

http://cs.brown.edu/courses/cs092/VA10/HTML

http://albersfoundation.org/teaching/josef-albers/interaction-of-color/publications/

https://designschool.canva.com/blog/color-tips/

https://www.ndsu.edu/pubweb/~rcollins/242photojournalism/colortheory.html

http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/color/8-classic-color-combos-pictures

http://www.housebeautiful.com/color-schemes/

http://www.pinterest.com

 

offline marketing tips

25 Offline Marketing Tips for Your Small Business

Analog for the Digital World

In a world where everything, including marketing, is becoming increasingly “digital,” marketing your small business or organization in unique ways that don’t involve social media, blogging, or online display can be refreshing. We love technology, but nothing can fully replace the charm of “analog.” So if you are seeking some tips for marketing your business offline, you’re in luck because we’ve put together a list of 25 offline marketing tips that are sure to inform and inspire.

Despite all the advantages technology lends to advertising, most companies still utilize both digital and traditional marketing strategies. After all, there’s nothing saying you have to choose one over the other! Keep your website, but consider implementing some of these offline marketing tips.

25 offline marketing tips include:

  1. Business cards
  2. Print ads
  3. Give your print materials a twist
  4. Speak at events
  5. Present at a tradeshow
  6. Attend conferences
  7. Team up
  8. Submit entries for awards
  9. Establish relationships with printed media
  10. Popup spaces
  11. Chalk art
  12. Make cold calls
  13. Celebrate success
  14. Celebrate holidays and birthdays
  15. Send mail
  16. Target discounts
  17. Group discounts
  18. Donate gift certificates or products
  19. Sponsor an event
  20. Provide non-financial benefits to the community
  21. Free consultations
  22. Customer referral cards
  23. Offer prizes
  24. Update your branding
  25. Go for the unconventional

Your Offline Marketing Tip Guide

  1. Business cards

Cost effective and easy to make. They are still one of the best ways to get your name and brand out into the community. There’s no reason not to have them!

  1. Print ads

Traditional but still highly effective, especially when targeting the Baby Boomer demographic.

  1. Give your print materials a twist

Pamphlets and brochures are great, but why not get inventive? Is there a way to make your printed material special? Have fun or make something beautiful so the customer is more likely to hold onto it. Thicker paper stock can help with this.

What if your catalog had a popup? Just don’t get so crazy that it becomes impractical for the consumer to hang onto your materials, and print can prove expensive, so you want to be sure the desired ROI is attainable.

Also, throw in some stickers – these can include your branding. When someone buys from you, add a little something extra. It will give customers a positive view of your company, they’ll likely become repeat customers, and the stickers or branded items will help you advertise.

  1. Speak at events

This will establish you as an authority in your industry and help you build connections. If you’re at the beginning of your career and not ready to take that leap, look to attend industry events. You can still network, which can be invaluable. Then offer to speak at events when you feel comfortable.

  1. Present at a trade show

It’s a great opportunity to reach new customers and raise awareness of your business. You will be able to see your competition and take note of their business strategies. Plus it’s an opportunity to network with others in your industry. 

  1. Attend conferences

Become an authority in your field and network with your peers.

  1. Team up

Find another business to collaborate with on a project. You can expose your company to their clients and vice versa. 

  1. Submit entries for awards

If you win an award, it creates publicity and it’s something you can tout in your advertising. It’s also nice to be recognized by peers.

  1. Establish relationships with printed media

If your business reached a milestone, is involved in a community program, or is doing something related to a current event, reach out to newspaper and magazine editors. Write a compelling press release and call reporters to follow up.

If they choose to write a story about it: Great, free publicity. If not, be cordial and try again when you have another story idea. Also, let reporters know you would be happy to be interviewed to answer questions about your industry should the need arise. Your business might not be the headline, but you could be cited as an expert providing useful information to a related story.

  1. Popup spaces

Create a buzz by selling at a popup shop; this creates an urgency in a potential buyer.

  1. Chalk art

A creative and fun way to introduce your brand to potential customers. Just make sure you ask the city’s permission. 

  1. Make cold calls

It’s not the most comfortable thing to do, but by making calls to potential clients they might … well, become actual clients! Or, you might not gain a customer right away, but if you’re pleasant, show you’ve researched their company, and are considerate of their time, you could be the first company that comes to mind when they need your services.

  1. Celebrate success

If your business is doing well, celebrate it! Your employees will appreciate it and it’s an opportunity to notify the press.

  1. Celebrate the holidays and birthdays

Everyone loves a holiday card or a discount on their special day. Another option is to donate to charity on behalf of your clients.

  1. Send mail

That’s right, not e-mail. Email is great, but many people respond better to snail mail. Physical mail feels more personalized to the customer.

  1. Target discounts for a specific demographic

This makes the potential customer feel special and lucky to get the discount. It also communicates that your company wants that demographic as customers. If you know you’re having a difficult time reaching certain demographics, this is a great way to pull them in.

Maybe you’re a venue that sponsors opera events and want to get more young people to attend. If you offer a discount to students it could signal to them that this is a place where they would fit in. Even if it’s not a huge discount, students and seniors appreciate discounts.

  1. Group discounts bring people in

If you offer discounts to larger groups it can get people to recruit their friends to become customers too. Whether it’s pitching in to buy peanut butter in bulk at the local co-op or going on a group tour at a museum, group discounts can encourage word-of-mouth advertising.

  1. Donate gift certificates or products

It builds good will in the community, raises your visibility, and people will sample your products and might even tell their friends about you.

  1. Sponsor an event

Get involved in the community by sponsoring an event, such as a local race for charity. Partner with a nonprofit. You’ll have an audience to distribute branded merchandise to, your name will be promoted, you’ll create a positive image in the community, and you’ll do some good along the way!

  1. Provide non-financial benefits to the community

For example, offer nonprofits and organizations office space for their meetings. They’ll tell people where they meet, giving a positive impression of your business.

  1. Free consultations

The potential customer may figure they have nothing to lose and become your regular customer.

  1. Customer referral cards

If a customer brings in a friend they each get a discount – and you get a new customer.

  1. Offer prizes

Organize a drawing where customers and potential customers provide you with their name and email in order to enter. Offer smaller prizes in addition to a big prize. More people will enter because their chances of winning will go up.

Plus there will be more people with branded merchandise and more people providing word-of-mouth advertising when they share what they won from you. Just make sure you don’t bombard people with emails once you get their addresses. Inform but don’t annoy.

  1. Update your branding

This doesn’t mean changing your logo necessarily. However, it’s a good idea to periodically re-evaluate how you present your business and package your goods and services. Ask yourself if your presentation is sending the right message. It’s hard to sell your products or services as state of the art if your branding looks outdated.

  1. Go for the unconventional

Don’t be afraid to think beyond TV and print media. What could you do to capture the public’s imagination? If you are creative, guerrilla marketing can differentiate you from the competition, connect you with potential customers, and leave a good impression.

Come up with projects that are fun and uplifting – chalk art is one example, or a flash mob that introduces your brand. Don’t do anything illegal. The last thing you want is to get arrested. Bottom line: Make it non-traditional, unexpected, and memorable.

Bridge the Analog to the Digital

  • Use whichever offline marketing tips work for you. Don’t abandon your online marketing strategy, but augment it with some of these ideas. When marketing your small business the bottom line is to get creative and pursue what you think will connect with customers.
  • Ask yourself: Which offline marketing tips could best benefit your business? What would your customers be attracted to?

Take Action

Are you ready to put these tips for marketing your business offline into action?

Promotional items and custom apparel are a great way to connect with customers, promote your brand, and boost business because customized items increase brand awareness and build customer loyalty.

Our staff at T.R. McTaggart is ready to help you find the perfect promotional items and custom apparel for any marketing initiative that you have in mind.

Contact T.R. McTaggart Today

Want to promote a contest and need custom T-shirts and tote bags? Presenting at a tradeshow and need branded pens? Looking for a special gift for loyal clients? T.R. McTaggart has you covered with high-quality products to help promote your business and increase brand awareness.

Our staff would be happy to discuss which offline marketing tips would best suit your business strategy. T.R. McTaggart has decades of experience and will work with you to create custom products sure to make a positive impression. Call us today at (800) 433-0983 or Contact Us to tell us about your needs.

We look forward to working with you!

 

 

 

Links:

https://trmctaggart.com/products/promotional-items/

https://trmctaggart.com/products/custom/

https://trmctaggart.com/products/corporate/

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http://www.creativeguerrillamarketing.com/guerrilla-marketing/21-kick-ass-offline-marketing-ideas/

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/206202

embroidery

Using Embroidery to Bring Your Design to Life

Breathe Life Into Your Design

While the typical go-to option for shirt embellishment is screen printing, embroidery is a form that might be perfect for your design. Since the thread is raised above the shirt to create the design, it has a physicality that brings the design to life. While one could argue that screen printing has the ink applied on top of the shirt, embroidery uses thread to make the design sculptural. The direction of the thread can adds detail. Custom embroidered apparel is not to be overlooked!

Filled with Inspiration

Embroidery is ubiquitous. Anya Hindmarch, Gucci, and Clio Peppiatt have all featured embroidery on the runway.

Today’s embroiderers find inspiration from nature, animals, and even Russia tsars’ clothing and French samplers displaying the alphabet. In other words, just about anything!

Make It Special

Custom embroidered apparel stands out. Although it is still an image, embroidered images look more tangible. The rounded bumps you can touch give embroidery a 3-dimentional look. People walking down the street can see it more vividly. This multidimensionality makes the design pop.

Things to Consider

Where do you want it?

You’ve chosen a design and picked out the garment(s) to feature your embroidered design, but where will you place it on the garment(s)? Embroidery can be conducted full-back (duck-cloth jackets only) or via chest sized logo that can go on the right or left chest, sleeves, or locker patch (i.e. under neck line, etc.).

One of the key benefits of embroidery is that offers unique placements for designs that you can’t always accomplish through screen printing?

What Fabric is Right for My Design?

It depends. Some designs are better paired with particular types of fabric. Find out the fabric’s weight and weave and consult with T.R. McTaggart for any questions you may have.

Dense Designs

If your design is dense and you can barely bend it, the embellishment will put stress on knits and lightweight or loosely-woven fabrics. A dense design might also look strange on fabrics that drape (unless you’re going for an avant-garde look!). Medium or heavyweight fabrics would be your best bet for offering the proper support to your design.

Delicate Designs

Pairing a delicate design with fleece or terry cloth might work well for dense designs, but not small spacious ones. The design can become lost in the fabric, and what’s the point of adding an embellishment if you can’t see it? However, apply this design on a smooth plain-weave fabric and your effort will show.

Plain weave is the most popular textile weave. Filling yarn weaves over and under each warp yarn, alternating rows. This process produces a lot of intersections.

How It’s Done

The steps for monogram underlay stitching include a central running stitch to form the backbone.

Another running stitch follows the outline of the letter’s shape, about 0.5 mm from the edge. This added structure makes the final stitching you see when you look at the garment looking smooth.

An open column stitch of approximately 10% density ties the rest of the underlay together and gives the finished satin stitch a the rounded quality you see on embroidered shirts.

Lock Stitches

A lock stitch is small group of stitches, close together and crossing each other. This is important to finish off the product.

Color

At this point, your design is perfect. So, you’re all good to go, right?

Even at this stage there are more important decisions to make. The color of the fabric is vitally important.

The background color of your apparel can either complement or detract from your design. A bold color can drown out a subtle pastel design. A color similar to color in the design will showcase that part of the design. The background color will determine how the design itself looks.

Artist Josef Albers studied the interaction of color and found that the same color on different backgrounds makes it appear that the colors are different. We don’t see colors by themselves, but rather in relationship to one another. Change one color in the design or the background and you can radically change the look of the outcome.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  • Will the design’s density significantly affect the fabric?
  • Does the fabric’s color, weight, and texture work together?
  • Could altering the design’s color resolve a discordance?
  • Would a reinforcement help or make it work?

Always using a backing is best, but certain designs might work without a backing if you choose stable, tightly-woven fabrics like organza or terry-cloth toweling.

Puckering and Distortion

Puckering and distortion occur when designs are too dense for their fabric. A large design is not compatible with knits or lightweight fabrics that drape. Since knits stretch horizontally, a vertical design will pull the knit up and down along its horizontal axis, causing the sweater to pucker. Add a backing to prevent this fate.

The Embroidery Process

In the Digital Age

Once you have your artwork ready, the design is then digitized. At T.R. McTaggart, we use a third part source that specializes in translating your 2-dimensional design into a sequence of stitches, taking into account speed, sequencing, color, and stitch length. This ensures complete accuracy in the embroidery process and is typical practice within the industry.

Starting Production

The process is a combination of machine automation and hands-on craftsmanship by our experienced staff. We load a spool of thread for each color and program the machine to sew the design. We hoop the garments to ensure the embroidered design is clean on the fabric, and re-loaded it into the machine. Then, we un-hoop the apparel and remove the stabilizer if applicable. Finally, we hand steam the hoop rings out of the garment.

Our Experience

At T.R. McTaggart we offer myriad thread colors, employ cutting-edge embroidery technology, and charge our experienced staff with producing the highest quality embroidered products in the industry. Our quality control processes ensure you don’t have to sacrifice durability for creativity. Our embroidery techniques will keep your logo in place for years to come.

This explains why for decades we have supplied high-quality embroidery items for a variety of businesses, organizations, and groups across the nation.

So, let’s get started! Make a big statement using simple thread to achieve your desired look!

Let’s Get to Stitching!

T.R. McTaggart follows a rigorous quality-control process to ensure precision in making your design come to life.

We provide custom embroidery on apparel and gift items, including:

  • T-shirts
  • Polos
  • Sweatshirts
  • Jackets
  • Hoodies
  • Fleeces
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Tote Bags
  • Handbags
  • Towels
  • Blankets
  • And more!

Count on us for all your custom embroidered apparel needs! Contact us or call us today at (800) 433-0983 to get a quote. We look forward to working with you!

 

Links:

https://trmctaggart.com/embroidery/

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/design/embroidery-how-to-bring-designs-inspired-by-history-into-your-home-a6691106.html

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4411/machine-embroidery-a-marriage-of-fabric-and-design/page/all

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http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4631/making-sense-of-stabilizers/page/all

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http://cs.brown.edu/courses/cs092/VA10/HTML/Plate1Explanation.html

http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4160/know-your-knits/page/all

 

 

golf outing

Effectively Promoting Your Golf Outing

Create a checklist

There’s a lot that goes into promoting your golf outing, so we’ve created a guide to help you achieve your desired outcomes from the event! Think of it as your checklist for success.

Who can benefit from a golf outing?

A golf outing is a great and time-proven nonprofit fundraiser, while a corporate golf outing is a great vehicle for raising money for charity.

On a side note: If you can’t afford to sponsor a golf outing, consider sponsoring a golf outing. You’ll get a smaller banner and your logo will be smaller on printed materials, but it’s a good way to get in the game and raise brand awareness.

Reasons to organize a golf tournament:

  • Client entertainment
  • Fundraising
  • Public relations
  • Competition
  • Networking

Promotion

The importance of effectively promoting your golf outing to achieve your events’ goals cannot be overstated. A lot of planning goes into it, so you want sponsors to get involved and people to show up!

A golf outing also provides an opportunity to advertise to a demographic with a disposable income. This can be a great way to secure future donations for your charity or gain customers for your business.

Your company or organization’s name will appear on programs, banners, and signs. If there’s an awards ceremony, your name will be mentioned. TV and newspaper journalists covering the event present another opportunity for recognition and brand-building.

Identify your goals

A golf outing is a great way to drum up publicity and raise funds; but how do you get the ball rolling?

First, develop a clear focus and devise a specific plan to execute your vision. Define your purpose and put it in writing. This way questions and intensions can be resolved immediately and the committee is on the same page before the execution of the event starts.

Set a specific goal for how much money you want to raise. Be sure that the goal can realistically be reached or surpassed, but you should also not be afraid to challenge your team to reach a “stretch” goal. Determine and define how the money that is raised will be used. Donors want to know where their money is going and that it will be spent efficiently.

If this is your first time planning a golf outing, consider making it a smaller affair and growing it each year so you can maintain a reputation of putting on a high-quality event. It’s always wise to list all of your successes and failures for each event so that you can learn from them and build on those for each subsequent event.

Devise a timeline

Make sure to allot yourself enough time to plan and promote your golf outing. A timeline helps you stay ahead of the game. An event calendar that lists what needs to be done and who is responsible is a helpful tool to keep you on track.

Reasons to plan ahead:

  • More pledges
  • More golfers
  • More corporate sponsorships
  • More prize donations
  • More publicity in paid and earned media
  • Golf course facilities usually book events 8-12 months in advance
  • Possibly better rates for the golf course (also inquire about group rates or discounts for charity events)
  • And more!

Game plan

Plan your marketing strategy for players and sponsors.

  1. Set up a committee and sub-committees
  2. Schedule committee meeting dates
  3. Identify financial goals
  4. Determine sponsor prices
  5. Determine player price
  6. Organize volunteers to handle spotting, beverage carts, registration, silent auctions, etc.
  7. Devise a way to register applicants (preferably online)
  8. Set up a website, or at the least, an event page on Facebook
  9. Update the golf facility about the number of golfers as it changes

Setting up a committee

The committee’s role is to help you organize and execute the event. Putting together a committee is a wise move because you have more people helping and a variety of skills to tap into. Some committee members might have planning experience and can share what they know from past failures and successes.

Locating committee members

Consider these ideas for finding prospective candidates. Make sure to put together a diverse group.

  1. Business people with contacts outside your organization’s network (leading to more sponsorships)
  2. Your board members
  3. Your supporters
  4. Employees
  5. Suppliers
  6. People suggested by your board members and supporters
  7. Individuals with specific talents needed to organize the event

If you are planning a large or complex event, the committee can be split into sub-committees to plan out the specific details needed to make the event a success.

Also consider consulting golfers for ideas.

Committee assignments include:

  1. Money and finances
  2. Scouting to locate a site to hold the golf tournament
  3. Marketing to players and sponsors
  4. Planning event activities and social functions
  5. Food and beverages
  6. Auction items and other prizes
  7. Logistics (including parking or transportation directions)
  8. Additional aspects of the event, such as selecting a good date for the event

Choose committee members who are passionate about the event and committed. Serving on the planning committee can be a lot of work, so you want people who will be dedicated.

Setting a fundraising goal

The majority of the revenue will likely come from sponsors. Reasons sponsors agree to participate include:

  1. The sponsor believes in your cause.
  2. The sponsor wants to maintain or establish a relationship with you or a committee member(s) or player(s) who are current or potential clients.

Decide how many players you would like to recruit The U.S. average is 120 players, but most golf courses accommodate 144 players.

Charge a reasonable entry fee. The amount should cover the cost of the golf course and a player welcome gift or goody bag. A rule of thumb is to multiply the total cost by 1.25 to set the price.

While this isn’t fundraising per se, it could save you money: Select a weekday for the golf outing because this is when courses and large blocks of time are easier to reserve. You might get even better rates by dropping by and talking to staff or the manager in person.

Make the day about having a good experience so that people tell their friends and come back next year.

Ways to raise money:

  • Sponsors’ cost to advertise on signs and banners
  • Advertising space in the event program
  • Players’ registration fee
  • Mulligans (an extra shot or a redo that can be used at anytime throughout a round)
  • Contests at the event
  • Raffle tickets
  • Live auction
  • Silent auction
  • Door prizes
  • Gift bags for sale
  • Dinner before or after the event

Advertising to sponsors and players

Marketing options include:

  • Flyers
  • Ads in the sports section of the local paper
  • Local media coverage from newspapers and television stations
  • Multiple press releases
  • Spokesperson to respond to media and the general public’s questions
  • Newsletters
  • Email blasts
  • Social media
  • Organization or company website

Your web presence

Your website should include:

  1. The mission statement for the event
  2. Information about your organization
  3. Description of event activities including contests, auctions, and food
  4. Event details including date, time, cost, and location
  5. Information on the golf course
  6. Directions
  7. Online registration that accepts credit cards
  8. The sponsors’ logos
  9. A link to share information with a friend via e-mail or social media

Event signage

Signs and banners will guide your guests, making it a frustration-free experience navigating the set-up; and it will make your sponsors happy to see their names and logos displayed throughout the event space.

Ideas for signage include:

  • Welcome banner
  • Thank you banners
  • Charity facts
  • Sponsor board
  • Directions
  • Clubhouse entrance
  • Golf cart signs
  • Indicating the first tee
  • Reminders for fans to remain quiet during play
  • Contest and hole sponsor signs
  • Contest announcements
  • Post-tournament awards ceremony
  • And more!

Eye on the prize

Consider what promotional items and prizes you’d like to offer or distribute. Make sure to have gift bags for players. Prizes are a great way to add to a festive atmosphere and make people feel connected to the event and the organizations sponsoring it.

Items to consider for a golf outing:

  • Apparel
  • Coasters
  • Golf towels
  • Key chains
  • Logo apparel
  • Mugs
  • Pens
  • Posters
  • Tote bags
  • Umbrellas
  • And more!

Ways to win golf prizes

You’ll gain more golfers with cool prizes. Consider some swag for:

  • Longest drive
  • Closest to the hole
  • Hole- in-one
  • Lowest actual score
  • Best adjusted score
  • Lowest team score

Ask sponsors to donate golf-related items as well.

Establish a new tradition

Follow up with sponsors, participants, and committee members after the event. Personally let them know how much money was raised.

Contact T.R. McTaggart!

T.R. McTaggart provides promotional items and prizes that will be perfect for your golf outing. Our expertise in providing the right items to fit the occasion goes back half a century!

Contact us for all of your promotional item and sports apparel needs. We are happy to brainstorm with you and discuss promotional ideas to make your golf outing a success!

Call us at (800) 433-0983.

Visit us online at: https://trmctaggart.com/events-and-fundraising/

We look forward to working with you!

 

 

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http://golftips.golfweek.com/ideas-promote-company-golf-tournament-20730.html

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http://www.pga.com/pga-america/pga-information/tips-organize-golf-tournament

https://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/sports-golf.htm

custom t-shirts

Using Custom T-Shirts to Boost Fundraising

So You Want to Put On a Fundraiser

Custom T-shirts are a great way to bring in money for your organization. When you boost fundraising with custom T-shirts you gain a host of benefits you might not have considered. You want to quickly raise money and then devote the majority of your time to achieving your organization’s mission, custom T-shirts can help you do both.

Key uses of custom T-shirts:

  • Sell to raise funds
  • Promote a cause
  • Promote an event
  • Raise awareness about your organization and the issues it supports

Nearly any organization can benefit from custom T-shirts for fundraising efforts.

Who can benefit:

  • Athletic departments
  • Athletic booster clubs
  • Nonprofits
  • Charity events

If you run a nonprofit or are athletic director or involved with boosters for an athletic department in need of subsidizing unmet school sports costs, you know that fundraising is an important part of your job, a non-negotiable. However, instead of being overwhelmed because it’s fundraising time, why not embrace it?

Goals

First, define your goal for the T-shirt fundraising initiative. Be specific and write it down. Break down the large goal into smaller chunks that will lead to fulfilling your ultimate goal.

Make sure to decide on a timeline as well. If you’re like most people, procrastination can come in the way of finishing and accomplishing what you set out to do. Make sure the timeline is realistic as well. You want to push yourself, but you don’t want to get frustrated.

Finally, look back at what you set out to do and reflect on it for your next fundraiser. You will learn something new every time.

Determine Your Target Market

Keep up with your target market’s current tastes. Especially if your target market is young, they can be fickle about style. Consider demographics such as:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Income
  • Geography

Research to find out your target market’s other tastes so you can cater to what they are apt to like. For instance, if your audience is mostly women, consider adding tank tops as an option. Or consider the cost of the wholesale shirts if your customer is younger with less disposable income. You should always think about the season. If you are in a region that experiences long winters, you might choose a T-shirt that’s thicker, or possibly even long sleeve garments. On the other hand, if the T-shirt is going to be worn at a charity racing event, you might select a thinner, synthetic fabric.

Get Creative!

People are willing to pay for something special. So make your custom T-shirts something your potential buyers don’t have in their wardrobes, but would want to have. Customers are more likely to make a purchase if they don’t already have three T-shirts in the same color. In addition, if they’re looking for a shirt of a certain color to wear that day they won’t overlook yours, costing you brand exposure.

Do temper your creativity though; don’t get too crazy. You may want people to actually wear these shirts in public beyond the charity event or outside of baseball practice to increase brand exposure. However, even if people are sympathetic to your cause, they likely won’t buy the shirt if they don’t want to wear it!

Tell (and sell) a story

People love stories. Most people don’t buy things based on facts, but rather on an emotional feeling the advertiser is selling. This approach seems to be especially effective when a purchase is a want versus need.

Though raising funds is the goal, you want people to connect with and remember your cause. People remember stories. Look at other campaigns that have been successful and ask: Why they worked? How did they tell their story? How can you tie-in your design to convey your story?

Making Connections

T-shirts help people feel a connection with your cause. They are literally wearing it – and advertising it. The shirt connects them physically with the idea or cause. They’ve committed to it.

Custom T-shirts can also take on symbolic meaning. At the Tour de France a yellow or polka dot shirt isn’t just a yellow shirt or a shirt with a pattern; the shirt is transformed to symbolize winning and the sacrifice and dedication that led up to it. Further, pastel pink is immediately associated with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s efforts to fight breast cancer. Creating symbolic meaning takes time and effort, which begins with a design that captivates.

Lastly, T-shirts produced specifically for fundraising make people feel a sense of community with others wearing the T-shirts. They will wear your garments as a badge of honor so make them great in doing so.

Incentives

People love giving to good causes. Incentives make it even better! While the cost of custom T-shirts must be subtracted from the amount donated, adding T-shirts into the equation carries a lot of advantages.

You raise your organization’s visibility. A donor purchases a shirt and then other potential donors see it and ask about it, and the message spreads. A conversation is started. Or, donors post selfies on social media, such as Facebook or Instagram, and people see it and then Google it to find information about the cause.

Some people, though they probably wouldn’t admit it, like to show others that they are charitable. A T-shirt provides them an opportunity to accomplish this! In one study, offering to publish names of donors in a newsletter if they donated a certain amount increased the likelihood of donations by 24.5% and increased the amount given by almost 14%.

This suggests that an incentive such as a custom T-shirt will likely encourage people to donate more. Say they were going to donate $20 but a shirt is $30. You’ve just raised a contribution by 50% (less the expense of the shirt)!

Consider your margins

Don’t lose sight of your primary goal: profiting from the sale to raise funds. Make sure you consider the cost of each shirt, including the cost of screen printing or other applications, when you determine the price you will charge to consumers.

Deliver on the goods!

At T.R. McTaggart, we have myriad styles and colors so you can be as specific as you want when designing how your product(s) will look. Our custom T-shirts are also high quality, so customers are always satisfied. This also means the T-shirts last a long time, extending the life of the T-shirts’ promotional value for your organization.

Marketing

The approach to marketing that will be most effective for your nonprofit can be unpredictable, but do as much research as you can to make an educated guess about the best strategy to pursue.

One option to boost fundraising with custom T-shirts is creating a Facebook ad aimed at your target demographic. Post it on your website and social media pages even consider purchasing an ad in a local newspaper or magazine to reach readers who may be interested in your cause. Consider organizing an event such as a fun run or golf outing. Through these, you engage the community and have an opportunity for publicity. A press release to your local newspaper to get earned media wouldn’t hurt either.

Be sure to pay attention to the medium you’re communicating through. Sending emails to potential donors is something you should do, but if you’re trying to reach potential donors on social media it is better to engage in a dialogue. Don’t just cut and paste your email blast. Ask your followers on Facebook to post your message on their wall or share it with their friends. Not only is this strategy more effective in raising money, it spreads the word about your organization along the way.

Consider reaching out beyond your usual base support. It is best to use multiple approaches to reach multiple audiences.

Fame

If you are able to do so, another factor that entices people to donate is getting a well-known person to either donate to your nonprofit – or possibly provide a PSA in support of. This increases the chances that someone will donate by 22%. If you get a big name to sponsor you, make sure others are aware! People are busy and there are a lot of charities. A famous name makes people assume their job is easier – they don’t need to research the charity closely because it’s already been evaluated as a worthy organization. If you can get the celebrity to wear your custom T-shirt in public, exposure will skyrocket, and so will sales!

Get out the word!

There are numerous ways to approach your campaign and feature your custom T-shirt.

  • Promote on your Facebook page
  • Find similar groups on Facebook
  • Connect with groups on LinkedIn
  • Advertise your message on Twitter
  • Attend local events
  • Organize a local event

Be proactive about your marketing campaign. If you aren’t sure how to go about this, enlist someone who can help.

Reach out to like-minded groups

Are groups and organizations with similar missions aware of your campaign? Consider teaming up and cross-promoting with them. By helping each other out, you can both increase your base of support.

T.R. McTaggart provides custom T-shirts

At T.R. McTaggart, we create custom T-shirts using your design or we can create unique designs to help you promote your brand and achieve your organization’s goals. Our expertise in designing and providing custom T-shirts has come from 40 years of experience. T.R. McTaggart creates custom T-shirts using screen printing, embroidery, or dye sublimation. We will work with you to make sure you have the colors, styles, and most importantly that your message gets across effectively. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

Custom T-shirt online store

We also offer a free online store that can be created for custom T-shirt sales.

Setting up a custom store also has the benefit of meeting demand and not over or under estimating that demand.

Custom online store advantages include avoiding:

  • Up-front costs
  • Risk
  • Worry about collecting and keeping track of money
  • Dealing with shipping and handling
  • Keeping inventory
  • Logistics of distribution

We look forward to working with you on your custom T-shirts!

 

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https://www.nakaapparel.com/fundraising-t-shirts/

https://blog.placeit.net/how-to-make-a-t-shirt-fundraiser/

http://www.socialbrite.org/2011/09/15/goodthreads-custom-t-shirts-as-a-fundraising-tool/

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-charities-can-get-more-out-of-donors-1418598068

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/10/thinking-vs-feeling-the-psychology-of-advertising/247466/

https://trmctaggart.com/products/custom/

https://trmctaggart.com/online-stores/

custom screen printing

4 Reasons Why You May Need Custom Screen Printing

A Versatile Option

There are many reasons for custom screen printing. Screen printing is versatile because it is appropriate for a variety of personal, organizational, and business needs.

There are a variety of choices when applying graphics and branding to your apparel.

Options include:

  • Screen printing
  • Embroidery
  • Sublimation and heat press
  • Digital full-color imprints

Before choosing screen printing, consider the process that would best serve your concept. The design team at T.R. McTaggart can help you with that.

Why Screen Printing?

Screen printing is the most popular method of garment decoration. It’s also very affordable and is a highly economical and efficient method for printing in bulk.

Color and Design

When choosing the color of your shirt, think about it in relation to the colors of your design that will be printed on it. This will affect how stiff the print is, as well as the price.

It’s cheaper to print on light fabrics, such as white or heather grey, because the ink is more visible. If you select a dark fabric, you have to print a white under base so the colors in your design can be seen despite the dark background. This additional layer increases both the price and thickness of the print.

Each color adds to the cost because a new screen is made for each color. So, think about how many colors you actually need. Is there a way to get the same message across (and still make it look cool) with minimal colors? Could you strategically use the fabric’s color as part of the artwork? You want to consider cost versus effect gained.

On the other hand, maybe you have a design that demands a lot of layers to meet your vision. Sometimes this is the case. Just make sure you’ve weighed the alternatives first before you come to that conclusion.

No worries, though, because the design and sales team at T.R. McTaggart are here to assist you every step of the way. We can make your ideas come to life, and at an affordable price!

So what are the four main reasons why you may need screen printing services from T.R. McTaggart?

1. Outfit Your Sports Team

Custom screen printing is a great option for outfitting your sports team. At T.R. McTaggart, we offer screen printing on garments for nearly any sports teams, including:

  • Baseball / Softball teams
  • College intramural
  • Church leagues
  • Youth soccer
  • And more!

2. Boost School Spirit

Screen printing is great for apparel worn at school events and can boost school spirit through pride in school colors and showing off a beloved mascot. Whether you’re outfitting the math club or robotics team or want to give the glee club or the band a unified put-together look, screen printing is a fun way to accomplish that goal.

Order shirts with your school’s logo or mascot and students will be proud to wear it – and maybe even hang onto it as memorabilia. Custom screen printing is a great way to build and preserve memories.

3. Outfit Your Organization or Business

Whether you are a nonprofit or fortune-500 company, screen printing is a great option.

Maybe you want to show pride as a member of the PTA or show unity at a fundraiser. Perhaps you want to add to the festivity of your company’s or organization’s picnic. Or, maybe you have a trade show coming up and want shirts for employees to wear and for promo items to give away.

There aren’t many instances when screen printing wouldn’t be a good option.

4. Merchandise for resort and gift shops

We also screen print on merchandise designed for resort and gift shops. We create custom designs or print your designs.

Apparel and other items available with print include:

  • Flags
  • Umbrellas
  • Tote bags
  • T-shirts
  • Hoodies
  • Jackets
  • Youth garments
  • Large and tall garments
  • And more!

Why trust your custom screen printing to T.R. McTaggart?

T.R. McTaggart is an industry leader in custom screen printing design. We have the knowledgeable and experienced team to get it done right, in a timely manner, and at a reasonable price.

From design to fabric, we use one color to eight colors and four-color processes. No project is too big or too small for our screen printers. We are equipped with manual and automatic presses, a large selection of ink colors, and Douthitt advanced computer-to-screen imaging technology.

At T.R. McTaggart, our dedicated team prides itself on making fashionable apparel and promotional items. We service clients nationwide, including resort retailers, souvenir shops, and a variety of gift markets.

We’ve provided quality screen printing for almost four decades and have completed over 66,000 projects and served more than 5,000 satisfied clients. We guarantee satisfaction with every order.

There is no job too big or too small and we give all jobs equal attention.

We also provide a free online store service that allows employees or teammates to buy your company’s branded apparel 24/7.

Bring in your design or have our designers work with you to make something great!

Our screen printing designs are featured at:

  • Athletic departments
  • Family gatherings
  • Fundraising events
  • Holiday parties
  • Promotional campaigns
  • Resorts and gift shops
  • Special events
  • Team building functions
  • And more!

Reasons to choose T.R. McTaggart:

  • Dependable
  • Durable
  • Economical
  • Experienced
  • Knowledgeable
  • Professional expertise in screen printing
  • High impact
  • One of the largest selections of apparel
  • Versatile
  • Gets it done on time

Contact us today to discuss your needs in greater detail or to request a quote. We welcome clients from all industries!

 

 

Links:

https://trmctaggart.com/screen-printing/

http://nearsay.com/c/222159/80213/the-top-3-reasons-to-purchase-custom-screen-print-tees

http://t-biznetwork.com/articles/screenprinting/basic-screen-printing-techniques-101/

http://www.mcloone.com/blog/how-your-company-can-benefit-from-screen-printing/

http://www.blankstyle.com/blog/2015/11/printing-tees-for-your-non-profit-5-life-changing-tips/

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/screen-printing/?lp=true

corporate apparel

8 Things Your Boss Needs to Know About Corporate Apparel

Establish an Identity

The importance of corporate apparel cannot be overstated. It presents a unified front, shows professionalism, and promotes brand awareness. These benefits make it paramount for your boss to know what corporate apparel can do for your business and brand. So, what exactly should your boss know about corporate apparel?

People have strong reactions to “uniforms.” Doctors in white lab coats garner respect. The police establish authority with their badges and octagonal hats. We wave to mail carriers and we nod to soldiers wearing camouflage and thank them for serving our country.

The apparel garnered in these professions has established identities synonymous with the service the people who wear them provide. In these professions, the work apparel conveys an image representing the larger organization and has become iconic.

These apparel/brand relationships took time to develop, but ultimately they became memorable.  In the same sense, corporate apparel can help brand your business and establish or strengthen your relationship with customers, especially with repeated, consistent exposure. Likewise, corporate apparel can bring a group of employees or teammates together.

Indeed, whether you work for a business or are part of a non-profit organization, the benefits of corporate apparel apply to businesses and organizations of any size.

Here are 8 things corporate apparel can do:

  1. Promote your brand
  2. Allow others to advertise for you
  3. Support employee unity
  4. Encourage employee collaboration
  5. Foster a work environment of equality
  6. Assert professionalism
  7. Synergize brand identity
  8. Contribute to an effective strategy

1. Promote your brand

Consumers today are savvy to advertising and don’t like to feel manipulated. This makes the word-of-mouth approach to business all the more important. A Nielsen study revealed 92% of consumers trust word-of-mouth marketing more than any other form of advertising.

If you do it right and develop a compelling brand logo with corresponding corporate apparel, people will seek out information about your company instead of the other way around. A compelling story also doesn’t hurt. Get people talking about your brand and reinforce it with exposure through corporate apparel. Clothing functions similarly to word-of-mouth advertising in that an actual person vouches for the brand, rather than an actor or a slick ad. Word of mouth creating a buzz paired with clothing to support the buzz is key to getting your brand recognized.

Keep in mind that, besides your brand name sewn or printed on the clothing, the apparel itself communicates a message. Polo shirts suggest professionalism, while T-shirts are more appropriate for brands with a casual image. You don’t want to confuse potential customers about who you are by having an inconsistent identity.

Uniforms also reinforce trust and establish familiarity with customers. People like knowing what they’re going to get. Just look at McDonald’s and Starbucks across the globe. People appreciate consistency.

The bottom line, however, is that the more people who see your brand, the better – and the more impact your brand will have.

2. Allow others to advertise for you

Corporate apparel promotes your business outside of the company. If you already have a fan base it lets your brand advocates, also known as brand ambassadors, promote your company for you. Make their job as easy as possible!

Offer corporate apparel that can start a conversation about your business. Get creative. All the thought that goes into making Super Bowl ads pays off as the next day people talk about them at the water cooler. People who haven’t seen the ad might even seek it out on YouTube and post it on their Facebook page. Putting careful thought into your brand strategy might seem time consuming, but it can also pay off big time.

As with fans of the brand, when employees walk around they are promoting your company’s brand. Exposure leads to brand recognition and ultimately brand loyalty. So, why not seize every opportunity to get more exposure for your business?

3. Support employee unity

Not only does corporate apparel present a united front, it also makes employees feel united. This is especially important if you hold an event for employees and your business has multiple locations with staff who haven’t met each other. If employees are dressed similarly they feel a sense of belonging. This lifts team spirit and inspires a positive attitude among employees as well as company loyalty. The result is colleagues working together to achieve business goals.

When people wear their own clothes, the clothes function to define the person wearing the attire. The clothes highlight the person’s individuality. However, donning the same clothing puts the attention on the group. For example, orchestras wear all black so audiences concentrate on the music rather than individual musicians’ fashion statements.

Corporate apparel can also be used as one of the perks of the job. In some organizations, receiving a uniform is an honor. It signifies that an employee has reached a high achievement and is well regarded enough to represent the company. More practically, corporate apparel saves employees time and money, as they do not have to spend money or decide what to wear every day.

4. Encourage employee collaboration

This unity creates an environment for collaboration to thrive. When employees feel more unified, they are more apt to feel comfortable communicating and collaborating on projects.

5. Foster a work environment of equality

Corporate apparel creates a caring environment. It functions as the great equalizer, putting employees on a more equal level. Employees feel a greater sense that they are in it together, which ultimately benefits the company.

Similar to the debate over school uniforms, consultants debate corporate apparel’s effects on employees. Many experts view identical clothing as an equalizer. Without clothing sending messages of hierarchy, there is more focus on conversation and ideas rather than rank. This outcome is one of the best reasons for investing in corporate apparel.

6. Assert professionalism

Corporate apparel promotes professionalism. When a person wears clothes they often transform. Like an actor wearing a costume, employees step into the professional roles their work demands.

This is especially important in industries such as retail stores, hospitals, and restaurants which demand brand exposure that puts customers at ease.

When customers see the uniform it also lends an authority to your employees. Customers view your employees differently. By wearing corporate apparel, employees appear more official, both to customers and the employees themselves. For practical purposes, it also makes staff easily identifiable so customers can efficiently ask for assistance.

7. Synergize brand identity

Corporate apparel promotes brand identity. Ultimately, your brick-and-mortar store, your online presence, and any printed materials should coordinate with your corporate apparel to promote a consistent message across your brand. Keeping this in mind, when you select apparel, make sure it ultimately suits your particular business. Our designers here at T.R. McTaggart can help you through this process.

8. Contribute to an effective strategy

So, you’re convinced that your business should invest in corporate apparel, but what clothing items would be most effective?

Ask the employees. Whatever they will wear out and about the most will give you the most mileage for your money.

Whether your uniforms are formal or informal, consider providing a variety of corporate-branded apparel items to employees to fit their sense of style, their body type, and the weather conditions in their geographical area.

If you are also planning to give away apparel at a tradeshow or other promotional event, consider past consumer behavior. According to a Global Advertising Specialties Impression Study by the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI), promotional products kept by U.S. recipients breaks down as:

  • 58% T-shirts
  • 50% Outerwear
  • 41% Caps and headwear
  • 33% Polo shirts
  • 27% Performance wear

This list is consistent with industry trends.

Common corporate apparel includes:

  • Shirts (polos, t-shirts, oxfords)
  • Outerwear
  • Hats or visors

Note, a recent trend is “Made in the USA” products, so consider the country of origin label when choosing corporate apparel.

Make the brand identity yours

Work apparel can establish authority or be fun and link that fun to the brand. For example, firefighters have functional apparel that immediately communicates who they are to the public. On the other hand, clothing stores might have employees wear clothes the store sells. Bars and restaurants often have T-shirts with the brand’s logo that bartenders and wait staff wear.

The logo that is worn on corporate apparel is just as important as the style of the apparel, if not more. Make sure to be thoughtful when you establish a logo; once you establish a brand it’s easier to keep it and promote it than to try to re-brand yourself.

McDonald’s, Mickey Mouse, Coca-Cola… these are powerful brands. The combination of their colors, typography, and logo make them instantly recognizable to millions of people worldwide. This brand recognition, and the emotional reaction people often have to them, didn’t happen by accident. It took a lot of planning and years of fostering a brand image. So, now it’s time to get to work!

The take away

Corporate apparel with your logo on it serves as advertising to reinforce brand loyalty with your customers. You can cross promote your website with your work apparel, forming a cohesive message defining your brand.

Corporate apparel plays a big role in advertising your business. If you tell your boss these eight cases for investing in corporate apparel, he or she will be glad the office door was open!

Trust T.R. McTaggart for all of your corporate apparel needs

T.R. McTaggart has been providing quality corporate apparel for nearly four decades. Let our expertise in providing corporate apparel support and improve your brand by contacting us today!

We also offer a free online store service that allows employees to buy your company’s branded apparel 24/7 from your very own custom online store. So don’t forget to also tell your boss about this valuable service (okay, so we slipped in a ninth).

Contact us today to discuss your needs in greater detail or to request a quote. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Links:

http://inkbotdesign.com/how-corporate-clothing-benefits-your-brand-identity/

https://www.kayesmith.com/3-reasons-to-encourage-your-team-to-sport-branded-apparel/

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-branded-apparel-important-your-company-jamie-douglas

http://www.karmaclothing.co.za/corporate-clothing/5-reasons-why-wearing-corporate-uniforms-is-important/

https://trmctaggart.com/products/corporate/

https://trmctaggart.com/online-stores/

http://media.asicentral.com/resources/impressions-study-2016.pdf

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kimberlywhitler/2014/07/17/why-word-of-mouth-marketing-is-the-most-important-social-media/#4b2ef6a854a8

custom online store

Why You Need a Custom Online Store for Your Employees

Stop the Hassle

With a busy workplace, the last thing you want to do is add another thing to worry about. However, like rain in the spring and snow in the winter (at least in Michigan), some things never change: Employees still need uniforms. So, instead of passing out a catalog to employees once or twice per year and collecting their style, color, and size as they hand you money or a check – why not have a custom online store that employees can shop from? An online store simplifies the process and frees you from the hassle of organizing the clothing order. An online store provides easy access to employee uniforms where employees can purchase corporate branded merchandise on demand.

Starting a traditional online store, however, takes a lot of work and money. You would need to hire a web designer, find a host for your website, and hire someone to manage packing and shipping of merchandise. You would also need an accountant and you would want to hire a lawyer to write your privacy policy, terms and conditions, and returns and refunds policy.

If only there were an easier way…

What Is a Custom Online Store?

A custom online store is an online platform that allows members to purchase branded items on demand directly from the store that provides them.

At T.R. McTaggart, we can set up a custom online store to provide branded merchandise and handle your distribution needs.

Technology

Amazon, Airbnb, Uber … Customers, especially the younger generation that grew up with computers, expect shopping to be at their fingertips and on demand. A custom online store caters to this market. Goodbye paper forms; it’s time to embrace change.

The 21st century has seen an extraordinary amount of innovation in technology – so take advantage of this and use it to improve your company.

Easy to maintain

You never even have to come into contact with the actual product. A custom online store is easy to set up and then we handle the rest, including stocking, taking orders, processing payments, and shipping. This will save you a lot of time. We worry about the details so you can concentrate on what you do.

Many types of businesses can benefit:

  • Sports teams
  • Athletic departments
  • Corporations
  • Small businesses
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Churches
  • And more!

Benefits for sports teams

A custom online store is useful for sports teams. Instead of keeping track of paper order forms and collecting and counting the money to put in a lock box, you can pick what items you want to offer in your online store.

No more hounding students to remember their order forms!

Players pay individually online and you sit back and focus on strategy for the upcoming game. In fact, coaches spend 78% less time managing orders by using a custom online store.

Friends and family of organizations

A custom online store also makes it easier for parents and friends of the team to get their branded apparel to support the team. If there is a school spirit store at your school, parents’ and friends’ schedules might not align with business hours. It discourages sales if people have to make an extra effort to make purchases.

However, with a custom online store, if fans want to get decked out for the big game, they don’t have to worry about a long wait before they get their gear as orders are physically collected. In fact, they don’t even have to wait in line at the store! This can increase purchases and lift team spirit. It’s a win-win-win.

Fundraising

Better yet, you can also use the custom online store to fundraise for your team or nonprofit organization by selling your branded apparel and allocating some of the money to the cause.

You can also decide if you want your virtual store to close and when. Sometimes deadlines motivate people to act and make their purchases, rather than putting it off to a later date.

Work uniforms

Once per year you get a catalog, take orders, and collect money. You get all your employees outfitted in branded-wear for your business … and then next month you hire another team member.

A custom online store will provide easy access to employee uniforms. This makes it easy for new employees to get up to speed with not just the work culture, but the clothes that go with it. Further, veteran employees can purchase corporate branded merchandise to replace old items at their leisure. Everyone fits in and looks polished.

Increase Your Business Presence

Employees wearing branded clothing and other gear outside the workplace can serve as a form of advertising. If workers wear their uniforms outside of work or carry around branded merchandise it expands your business’ presence. Offering useful items increases the likelihood of your employees wearing branded items in public.

One way to encourage employees to buy more branded items is to consider subsidizing the cost. If a polo shirt in your custom online store costs the same as a regular polo shirt, most employees will probably buy the unbranded one. The exception is if your company is a hip record store, a coffee shop, an iconic brand, or a nonprofit.

There are other exceptions too. However, think realistically. If you deal business to business, it is less likely that employees will buy logo wear. However, if employees can get a good deal, they might be willing to be a walking billboard for your business.

Also consider using branded merchandise as a gift or reward to increase your presence around town.

You can offer a variety of items for purchase in your custom online store:

  • Jerseys
  • T-shirts
  • Hoodies
  • Jackets
  • Hats
  • Visors
  • Scarves
  • And more!

We also offer a variety of applications:

  • Screen printing
  • Embroidery
  • Dye sublimation
  • Laser etching

T.R. McTaggart’s custom online store service is also set up to make things personalized.

We offer:

  • Player names
  • Roster numbers
  • Branded gear

Sell non-clothing items emblazoned with your brand as well

For example, tumblers, umbrellas, and tote bags would be items people would be apt to carry around in public, increasing exposure of your brand. People carry tumblers to work and tote bags prominently display brand names.

In sum:

  • Tumblers
  • Umbrellas
  • Tote bags

The key benefits of having a custom online store:

  • Convenient for employers
  • Convenient for employees or team members
  • Processing orders is easy
  • Easier to keep up with demand
  • Employees or team members can order 24/7
  • Offers control, transparency, and visibility for fundraising
  • Limits financial liabilities by eliminating checks and paper order forms
  • Offers a wide selection of products
  • Promotes sales year round
  • You have the option to close the virtual store at a specific date
  • Employees can pay individually or with coupon codes
  • Detailed order reporting available to management
  • R. McTaggart provides all these services! Some companies charge anywhere from $10 to $700 per month to run a customized store. We do it for free!

In summary, having a custom online store with us is free and most likely to be faster and more convenient.

Contact Us Today

Contact T.R. McTaggart today to work with us to create your custom online store. Call us at (800) 433-0983 or visit the Online Stores page on our website.

We look forward to helping you set up shop!

 

Links:

https://trmctaggart.com/online-stores/

http://robynpromo.com/making-an-employee-branded-merch-store-work

http://customonlinecompanystores.com/give-your-employees-their-own-online-company-store/

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/227034

https://www.jimdo.com/2015/10/27/legal-essentials-for-starting-an-online-store/

 

 

Promotional Items

Using Promotional Items to Boost Your Organization’s Presence

Get Your Organization Noticed

For many organizations, particularly nonprofits that are running on a Spartan budget, using promotional items to boost your organization’s presence at fundraisers and exhibitions is the most effective way to spend your marketing dollars.

Ads are everywhere. On TV and newspapers. On the side of buses and on grocery store floors. When we surf the web pop ups momentarily prevent us from getting to the content. Digital ads follow us online. There are even digital video ads on bathroom stalls at restaurants.

The public is savvy about being manipulated by advertising. Yet, advertising is vital for promoting your organization or business. So, how does one reach customers without putting them off? And, better yet, is there a way to do it cost effectively?

While consumers might fast forward through TV ads or ignore banner ads while they are surfing the web, they love free stuff!

Some cite the first promotional product as a commemorative button for George Washington’s Presidential election in 1789. However, promotional products didn’t become prevalent until the twentieth century. It is puzzling that it took so long to catch on because promotional items have traditionally had a great Return on Investment (ROI).

Nonprofits

Nonprofits are one of the top ten purchasers of promotional items. One study found that 41 percent of U.S. consumers bought a product because it was “associated with a cause or issue,” so this shouldn’t be surprising. However, there are many reasons why promotional items that will promote your brand make sense for your nonprofit organization.

Some reasons include:

  • Helps fundraising for your organization when soliciting donors or offering products for purchase
  • Increases response rates to mailers soliciting donations when an item like a refrigerator magnet, key chain, or pen is included
  • Educates people who see others wearing shirts or carrying totes in public
  • Makes a nice “thank you” gift to volunteers and donors

Make a positive impression

Whether you’re a for- or nonprofit organization, promotional items leave potential patrons with a significantly more favorable impression of organizations that provide them compared to other forms of advertising. The following breakdown details the percentage of people who felt more favorably towards an organization after being exposed to various types of advertising:

  • 9% who saw online advertising
  • 7% who saw a television commercial
  • 2% who saw a print ad
  • 42-52% who received a promotional item

How cost effective are promotional items?

So, we know promotional items work, but how do they stack up cost-wise?

It turns out promotional products have the best ROI compared with the other main forms of advertising. Many companies calculate the Cost Per Impression (CPI) of their advertisements and research reveals these averages.

The CPI for various media buys:

  • $0.019 for prime time TV spots
  • $0.019 for half-page black and white newspaper ads
  • $0.006 for syndicated daytime TV spots
  • $0.005 for radio spots
  • $0.003 for billboards

The average CPI for promotional items? Just $0.004!

Why promotional items work

Promotional items are effective because, depending on the item, people hang on to them and use them; they might even use them every day. Each time someone uses a promotional item they are essentially advertising your organization to others who see the person using or wearing it.

In addition, promotional items work because when someone gives you something, psychology dictates that you will feel like you owe the giver a favor in return. In this case, buying the giver’s products or donating to their organization.

To sum it up:

  • People like free things.
  • Promotional items provide a lot of brand exposure at a low price.
  • People experience positive feelings toward an organization after receiving an item.

Social media

Why not go the extra step and have a little fun with it?

Pairing promotional items that will promote your brand with social media is also a good strategy. It’s a good way to both retain and gain patrons or donors.

People like to feel appreciated, so show your loyal clientele or benefactors that you appreciate their patronage with free gifts every now and then. Word of mouth is powerful. When people feel goodwill and appreciation from your organization and like your brand, they will speak kindly of you to their friends and colleagues.

On social media it is also easy for people to share your organization’s page with their friends. People like to be the trendsetter and find good deals so that they can be the one who shares them with their friends.

A trendy promotional gift can also be effective on social media. Take some of the excitement for the hottest new product and direct some of that excitement to your organization!

Why not extend the reach offered by social media even further by also requesting information from visitors? Besides, if people are asked to sign up for a newsletter they may be apt to buy or donate later, having remembered a good experience with your brand.

Ways to implement social media:

  • Offer promotional items for liking your Facebook or Twitter page.
  • Offer promotional items for signing up for an e-newsletter or giving you their email or mailing address.
  • Encourage people to post or send you pictures of them using your promotional products. This is good publicity for potential customers or donors to see the pictures of others using your products and it gets people actively engaged with your brand.
  • Print QR codes, twitter handles, or other social media sites on your promotional items.
  • Include a big-ticket item contest or drawing advertised in store, at a conference, at a trade show, or on social media.

Potential Pitfalls

Like any form of advertising, there are drawbacks and things to consider.

  • Some experts claim effective promotional items have at least a $5 to $10 perceived value. This can be an expensive investment.
  • Consumers will hang on to the item for varying lengths of time depending on the item. For example, food will expose your brand to the consumer for a shorter time period than other items.
  • This year’s hot colors might go out of style next season. How many T-shirts are do you plan to distribute? It’s OK if you give away all of them; however, if you buy in bulk for a discount and plan to pass some out next year, choose something more traditional that will still be in fashion.

The most effective promotional items

Pens. Pens. Pens.

While there are many options, pens are at the top of the list because they are used more than any other item. Everyone needs a pen and one study showed 40% of recipients used their pens twice per day. Pens also last a long time. This is a lot of brand exposure for such a small and inexpensive promotional item.

However, don’t make your pens so inexpensive that they are poor quality, as this will reflect poorly on your organization. Other than that, you really can’t go wrong.

Tote bags are another great option. Research shows bags are the most frequently used promotional items by consumers, averaging nine uses per month. Because consumers carry them around in public, each bag creates about 1,038 impressions per month. That’s huge!

Consumers also keep bags for nine months, a relatively long period for promotional items. Apparel is also kept around a while, averaging seven months.

The other promotional items people most often keep are items they find useful in the kitchen or the office.

In sum:

  • Pens
  • Bags
  • Kitchen gadgets
  • Office supplies

Effective promotional items are:

  • Used regularly
  • Kept nearby

The most preferred promotional items include:

  • Clocks and watches
  • Digital picture frames
  • Food baskets
  • Luggage
  • MP3 players

While these are the statistics, keep in mind what will work best for your organization’s budget. It is important that your promotional items relate to your brand. This makes it easier for potential patrons to remember you and make connections between the promotional item and your brand.

For example, if you’re a yoga studio and you take away people’s watches at the door to meditate without regard to time, a watch or clock wouldn’t make sense as a promotional item and would certainly confuse your brand’s message!

Promotional Items for Nearly Any Need

T.R. McTaggart provides promotional items that will promote your brand that are high quality and customizable. This reflects well on your brand. We can create items to your specifications to increase your brand recognition.

The products we provide include:

  • Automotive
  • Badges
  • Lanyards
  • Bags
  • Calendars
  • Computer accessories
  • Desk items
  • Eco friendly
  • Food and beverage
  • Games
  • Golf items
  • Healthcare
  • Key tags
  • Kitchen and home
  • Mugs and drinkware
  • Pens
  • Sports and outdoors
  • Stress balls
  • Tools and hardware
  • Travel items

Contact Us Today

T.R McTaggart has over two decades of experience and expertise producing promotional items. If you want to find out more about how we can work with you to design and develop promotional items for your organization that will make your brand stand out, call us today at (800) 433-0983 to talk to a friendly representative about your organization’s needs.

 

 

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http://www.socialfish.org/2015/06/how-you-can-use-promotional-products-to-boost-your-social-media-campaign/

https://finelineprintinggroup.com/how-to-be-effective-with-marketing-promotions-in-the-public-sector/

http://www.nonprofitpro.com/article/why-promotional-products-might-be-your-nonprofits-secret-weapon/

http://www.dexmedia.com/blog/how-to-increase-your-community-presence-and-your-bottom-line-2/

http://info.4imprint.com/wp-content/uploads/1P-13-0712-July-BP-Effectiveness-of-Promotional-Products.pdf

https://promosauruspromotionalproducts.com/promotional-products-cause-top-benefits-nonprofits/

http://www.sageworld.com/blog/index.php/2016/03/22/top-10-promotional-products-for-nonprofits/

 

 

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