Selling today is a lot harder than it used to be, your prospects are being bombarded with more disitractions and messages every day. Breaking through the static and getting their attention is difficult to say the least. Everyone seems to have an opinion on the best way to get through and get noticed – create a unique subject line, provide a call to action, offer something free, make it easier for them to buy. All great advice but first you have to win their attention in order for them to read your subject line, see your call to action or want your free item.
Promotional products offer you the advantage of not only gaining their attention but in keeping it for days, weeks and even years. Promotional products were ranked the #1 most effective form of advertising to prompt action across all generations. What this means to you is, no matter what the age of your target prospect you can connect with them with the use of promotional products.
Now you’re asking yourself how? This is where your unique subject line, call to action and free offer come in. By combining these items with the power of a promotional product you can gain your prospects attention and keep it. It goes beyond just sending them a pen or notepad, what you want to do is create a theme, tell a story with your introduction. By tying in the right promotional product, you can create an anchor with this product that creates a connection with the prospect and they with your message. This connection is made again and again every time they see or use the product you tie in to your message.
A simple “bumpy” mailer or a custom mailing will get that connection started. Bumpy mailers are just that, envelopes that are bumpy from the promotional product inside. Everyone opens a bumpy mailer, it’s like a box of Cracker Jacks, you have to see the prize inside. Custom mailings can include special boxes or packaging that help present a more high-end offering.
We have worked on both scales and each are equally successful.
Below are a few examples of how a “bumpy mailer” might look, you only need to add a business card, envelope and a stamp.
These mailers incorporated what I like to call Anchor Cards, cards that contain a message or offer that you want to convey to the recipient. We tie the promotional product to the message, this way every time they use your “gift” they will remember why you sent it to them. This creates a more powerful connection than simply adding a letter and the item.
For higher end offers you can opt to go with custom packaging like the examples below. Here we created custom boxes with messaging on the inside and out. Anchor cards were utilized with these mailings as well. The one in the middle even included a sound card that was activated when the box was open, even the promotional item was used as part of the introduction. The item featured was a voice recorder that each salesperson recorded a personal message on and a note inside requested the recipient simple press the Play Button.
As you can see by both styles, you can do a lot more with promotional products than just hand them out. You have the opportunity to make valuable connections, connections that will keep you in touch with your prospects and clients long after they open their mail.