Marketing professionals are given many choices to increase brand awareness and responsiveness including print advertising, digital advertising, TV, radio, social media content and event sponsorships. Does branded merchandise work for fundraising? Consider the following:
- 76.2% of recipients of logoed giveaways recall the product, advertiser and message from items received within the past two year period.
- Of the recipients of promotional products who were surveyed 91% had at least one item in their kitchen, 74% in their work area and 55% in their bedroom closet or storage area.
- 55% of those surveyed kept their logoed items for one year or longer.
- Brand impressions are considerably higher for logoed merchandise than conventional advertising.
Not-for-profit case study: Heartland, a national parenting ministry mails a $3-$5 item every year 2 months ahead of the December 31st year end giving deadline. It’s a coordinated and strategic activity which has proven to be a very effective part of their development campaign accomplishing several things:
- Provides a tangible and useful reminder of the brand and business or ministry that will be seen throughout the year
- Demonstrates a willingness to ‘invest’ in donors
- Differentiates the brand from those competitors who only solicit using email or US Mail.
- Communicates dedication and commitment to the mission or enterprise.
- Uses a touchpoint to move a candidate from prospective donor to committed donor.
Promotional products are an effective marketing tool. They compliment more traditional forms of advertising by creating awareness for your brand and engendering good will with your donor base.