Power Direct Marketing: The Book
Specialties, Premiums, and Your Offer
Direct response is a large user of advertising specialties and premiums. Here are just some of the ways they are put to use:
For the very reasons they are used for these and at least a score of other activities, they are important to consider when you plan your offer. Specialties and premiums get you attention. They get you some consideration when its time to buy.
Lets define advertising specialties:
Premiums are a little different:
Direct response lead generation programs use both specialties and premiums. A specialty up front to get your attentiona premium on the back end when you make a buying decision.
Many traffic-building programs offer a specialty for visiting their store or show booth. Mail-order marketers offer premiums for buying within a set time. Or for purchasing a minimum amount. Even fund-raisers have found premiums effective to increase donations.
Advertising Specialty Premium Categories
There are five advertising specialty/premium categories. Every one of the over 25,000 items that are used as specialties or premiums falls into one of these categories:
These include wall or desk, watch, wallet or purse, large, small, pop-up, by the month, quarter, year or multi-year, multi-page with beautiful pictures or artwork, or on a single page with a simple message. They are printed on paper, plastic, cloth, wood, film, and just about everything in between. Businesses use calendars in countless ways; the average home has four.
These include pencils and pens of all types, shapes, sizes, styles, colors, and descriptions. They may come in singles or in sets, by the dozen or gross, and are of a wide variety of quality and value, from a few pennies to hundreds of dollars. Some are premiums; some are specialties.
Business Gifts and Awards
These are usually upscale items worth a little more, things of "keep" value. They include functional desk sets and award/wall plaques. They may or may not carry the advertisers name, logo, design, or other sales message. Used as a reward, for goodwill, as a "thank you," or as a gift for patronage.
Clothing covers everything from head to toe. From hats and caps to dress shoes and sports socks, and almost everything in between. T-shirts and dress shirts, neckties and scarfs, sports coats and team jackets, belts and belt buckles, sweaters, sweat suits and sweat bandsplus dozens of other ideas.
All Other Ideas
A wide variety of products fall in this catch-all category, such as beer and coffee mugs, rulers, baggage tags, key chains, notebooks, luggage, briefcases, personal appearance items, and literally thousands of other ideas. All used to meet an objectiveto be remembered.
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