Marketing Promotional Products

There has been a lot of hue and cry lately on promotional product marketing. Many companies have been resorting to this marketing strategy to boost sales and to create brand awareness. This is bringing the costs of advertising campaigns significantly down. But, what makes gifting promotional products a better option than print or TV advertisement?

Strengths of Promotional Products
The reason why promotional gifting has become the order of the day lies in its strengths -

Targetability: As compared to other advertising alternatives, promotional products work well when the target audience is specifically defined. In traditional mass media (television advertising, newspapers, magazines, etc.), the target audience is not specific. But this is not so for promotional product marketing and that is why promotional products are able to generate early responses than other advertising alternatives. Take for instance if one wants to market hair oil for bald men. Distributing hair oil as gifts at trade shows and other events will attract bald men. One can note down their contact details or ask them to fill a form for gathering their contact information. In this way target specific database for that locality is ready. Similar exercises in other localities can help collecting important data significantly. Achieving the same objective via a print ad would have been quite difficult.

Greater Impact: Promotional products make a greater impact on the minds of the customers. Unlike TV advertisements that skip from the mind in a while, a promotional product stays with the customer for a longer time. They are viewed time and again, are talked about and also carried to places. Take for instance promotional apparel. People sporting promotional apparel will carry the company’s name to all places where they go to. Thus, promotional product is unbeatable when compared to other advertising methods in terms of impact.

Flexibility: Another major advantage of using a promotional product is its flexibility. They can be used at several opportunities whether it is a felicitation ceremony, a trade show, a product launch or a sales meeting. Not only that they can be distributed on a number of occasions, they can be gifted to number of people like employees, customers, clients, etc.

Easy Customization: Whatever be the occasion or whosoever the recipient be, promotional products can be customized easily. There are companies that are solely engaged in manufacturing promotional products. One can contact such companies and can customize their promotional products as per their wish. For example, if you have selected promotional apparels, then you can select color, fabric, design, etc, as per your choice. For other occasions, you can change the color or the item completely.

This is not all. Using promotional products turns out to be an economical affair when compared to its benefits and other traditional advertising methods.

Why an Integrated Workplace Safety and Wellness Program Is Best

Employees are a business’s most valuable asset and keeping them safe and healthy should be a priority for any company. Many businesses have a workplace safety program and a wellness program, but the two programs operate independently of one another – but should they? There are some compelling reasons to integrate the two so that employees can benefit from a more global, holistic approach to staying safe and healthy on the job.

To adequately address health and safety issues, companies need to look not only at whether an employee is performing their job safely but whether they’re healthy and fit enough to do their job without a high risk of injury. Issues like obesity, poor physical fitness and inadequate nutrition make it harder for employees to carry out certain tasks in the workplace.

The link between health and safety

According to research published in the American Journal of Public Health, people who are obese are at higher risk for occupational health issues and injuries. When obese staff are exposed to chemicals on the job, they’re at higher risk for occupational asthma and heart and lung issues compared to a non-obese person. They’re also at greater risk for ergonomic issues and bio-mechanical problems including carpal tunnel syndrome. If companies focus on workplace safety without addressing the obesity issue, the bigger problem remains. A unified approach that integrates occupational safety measures with wellness initiatives that emphasize good nutrition and weight control provides a more effective solution to the problem.

There’s also the issue of back injuries. Back injuries are one of the most common workplace safety issues, and people who are overweight and physically unfit are at higher risk for injuring their back on the job. Most back injuries occur as a result of lifting objects at work and ergonomic issues. Although it’s not possible to prevent all work-related back problems, integrating wellness with safety by emphasizing regular exercise to strengthen muscles in the lower back can reduce back injuries. Integrating workplace safety and wellness offers a more well-rounded approach to preventing back injuries.

What part does wellness play in safety? Wellness programs that focus on stress reduction, smoking cessation and alcohol and drug-related issues are also important for workplace safety. According to a study published in a Canadian publication called The Daily, smokers are at greater risk for being injured at work compared to non-smokers. Among women, the risk was nearly double. Stress does more than just affect employees psychologically – it increases their risk of being injured on the job. Employees who are under stress at home or at work are distracted and less able to focus on doing their job safely. Integrating stress management into a workplace safety program can help reduce the number of injuries and motivate employees to be more productive. Nutrition is another factor that a workplace safety and wellness program should address. Employees who start their day with only a cup of coffee are more prone to blood sugar drops that can lead to workplace injuries. Good nutrition is an integral part of any safety program.

There’s another benefit of merging wellness and workplace safety. Employees are less likely to participate in programs that address workplace hazards than they are wellness programs that focus on personal benefits. Integrating the two makes it more likely that employees will take part.

The bottom line

Combining workplace safety with wellness has a number of benefits for both employees and employers. Most importantly, it helps to create a safer, healthier and more productive workplace – and that’s something every company should strive for.

Creative Ideas for Promoting Online Products and Services

There are lots of resources and e-books trying to help people promote their products online. Some of the advice found there is very good, while some is not very helpful.
In this article I have included a few ideas that try to adhere to online marketing best practices, yet attempt to suggest original ways for effective online marketing.

Hope these work for you if you are selling a product or service on the web, or if you just have a website or blog you’d like to promote.

Demo movie: In the virtual world, making people understand the benefits of your products, services or websites is a real challenge. One way to do so is to make a short movie that takes the viewer through the highlights of the product or service. This would make your product more tangible. You can put the movie on your website, but may also publish links to it on different discussion groups, upload it to internet video services (such as YouTube or Google Video) or even make copies of it on a CD and hand it out as a give-away to people you know or to existing and potential customers. If you are looking for a handy tool to easily produce such movies – check out the Adobe Captivate tool.
Funny/Shocking Viral Presentation: Getting people to laugh or shocking them are good ways of getting their attention. You can use this to promote a product or a service. Make a funny presentation involving your product or website, and send it over to your friends and your email list members, if you have one. The presentation should include a link back to your website. If it is funny or shocking enough, it should spread from one person to the next, bringing you more traffic and leads. If you need an idea how to make a presentation funny or shocking, read the Creative Tool called “Extreme Results” described in one of my newsletters.
A Competition to Promote you product/service/website: Instead of working hard by yourself to promote your online products and services, you can use the power of your visitors and costumers to do so with a greater impact. A good way to do so is to hold a contest that encourages them to promote your products or recommend your website. Although an advanced version of this approach is using affiliate programs, it is not always appropriate or desired. If, for instance, you don’t sell products online and can’t offer affiliates any commissions, you can use this simpler and less formal way to achieve these same goals.
Collectors’ Items: In most services or products, you should be able to find or define a group of fans that would be enthusiastic and highly supportive of your product or website. To make even more out of this group, try to think of a type of item or content that they may receive and keep as special collectors. This would keep them involved for a longer period of time and give them more to talk about as well as draw in other people to the scene.