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Creating Multi Sensory Brand Experiences

Let’s say you are looking for a hotel online and while clicking around you see an enticing web banner for the Westin hotel.  You click through and after scrolling through amenities and pictures, you book your stay.  Months later, when you arrive there is a welcome kit that includes a Westin branded lavender essential oils kit and a card that invites you to sit back, relax, and enjoy your stay.  After a long flight, a luxurious soak is just what you need, so you draw a warm bath, close your eyes and let the lavender scent lull you into a state of relaxation.

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This is what you call sensory marketing, and promotional products are the only form of advertising that can engage all of the senses at once.  So it may have been an ad placement online that first got your attention, but long after your stay it is the smell and memory of the relaxing lavender bath that is going to be what really solidifies your opinion of Westin as a brand. In the digital age, traditional advertising isn’t working on its own. More and more companies are employing stimuli such as scent, sound, touch, taste, and hearing to build stronger emotional connections with the customer and drive preference for their brands.  For a very minimal cost, you are immersing your customer in a multi-sensory and memorable experience that has the potential to forge some serious brand loyalty.

So, how important is sensory branding, and does it really work?

According to the 2005 book “Brand Sense” by branding expert Martin Lindstrom, 83% of current advertising appeals to the eyes only.  Visual advertisements (think billboards, print ads, web banners) are being processed in the cortex of the brain, which is responsible for a person’s thoughts and actions.  Smell and taste, however, are linked to the limbic system which is responsible for forming memories and emotions.  If a brand can integrate smell and taste into their advertising efforts, they are going to make an unforgettable impression and can even influence a customer’s purchasing habits.

The science behind sensory marketing is solid and increasingly more and more marketing firms are including the discipline in their media offerings.  As for its effectiveness, Nike increased purchase intent by 80% just by adding scents to their stores, and gas stations that emitted the smell of coffee near their pumps saw coffee sales increased by almost 300 percent!  Appealing to the senses is proven to be effective, and branded merchandise is the most cost efficient way to do so.

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I am incredibly passionate about promotional products and truly believe in their effectiveness to spread what we like to call those “Brand Love” moments.  At the same time, it is not my intention to cannibalize other forms of advertising and instead want to encourage you to add branded merchandise to your media mix to add value and increase ROI on advertising spend that is already in place.

With traditional advertising, you are acquiring impressions as long as your advertisement is running. When your contract ends, so does your reach.  With promotional products, you continue making impressions and spreading Brand Love long after your campaign has ended.  For example, a single backpack can generate 5k+ impressions in its lifetime, essentially making it a walking billboard for your brand. A bag is also something you can see and touch and can become a part of your customer’s everyday life. You can extend the life of your advertising campaign by adding branded merch that appeals to all of the senses to the mix.

So, what can your company do today?

I encourage you to take a hard look at your marketing plan and assess your current use of sensory branded products.  Could you promote an upcoming new flavor of ice cream by giving out a custom flavored and scented lip balm?  Or maybe you really want to push a new jingle with liquid soap that plays your song every time you dispense it?  Brands that appeal to multiple senses will be more successful than brands that only focus on one or two.  At Boundless, we specialize in creative branding and can assist you in identifying which branded products will best suit an overall sensory branding initiative. Let’s face it, to be memorable in the digital age you have to stand out and immerse your customers in an experience and a feeling.  Let’s create a sensory journey your consumers can go on with your products and services!

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Tipping the Scale – How Promotional Products Compete in a New Era of Advertising (*Reference: PPAI.Org)

How Promotional Products Compete in a New Era of Advertising 

Promotional products US Impressions

Excerpts from the article:

Earlier this year, PaigeFair reported that mobile ad-blocking software has grown to an estimated 380 million users and 236 million active desktop devices, indicating “interruption” as the leading reason for consumer use. PaigeFair also reported a staggering 74 percent of consumers will abandon websites that require them to disable their ad-blocker software...Promotional products not only allow brand messages to effectively reach their intended audience, they also spread the
word to anyone who sees the product displayed, used or shared. Promotional
products are used daily, and 83 percent of consumers use them more than once brands to engage with consumers without forcing unsolicited advertising. The race to win the consumer path to purchase is contingent on consumers being able to actually remember the brand at the point of purchase. If they can’t recall a brand, they are less likely to
buy the brand. 

Moumita Das, author, is
research coordinator at PPAI.

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Smart Phones are sticky for Promotional Products

Our increasing attachment to our smartphones has caused a market for sticky wallets that stick onto the back of phones or phone cases to hold credit cards and cash. Since these wallets are inexpensive, it makes it easy for companies to offer these card sleeves as promotional products. Now every time someone pulls out their phone or goes to pay for something, they and the people around them are seeing your logo and design, as well as making the connection between utility and your brand.

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Enlighten the Attendee’s Senses

The longer a promotional product is kept, the more impressions it makes on the recipient and anyone else who is exposed to the recipient using the product. The majority of consumers keep a promotional product between one and five years. Women may keep a promotional product up to 10 years, whereas men may keep a promotional product for 11 or more years. I know that I’ll be hanging on to my personalized branded items from https://lnkd.in/ePsGP4f #brandlove #sensorybranding

 

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2017 Tradeshow Survival Guide

Happy Friday,

I had the opportunity of contributing a few best practices regarding trade-shows – knowing that we’re entering the trade show season right now and figuring out how to prepare, which exhibitors to see and who to set up appointments with so we get the most from our investment and the show – this article will be a helpful resource to you throughout the 2017 trade show season.

So, sit back where ever you are and absorb the terrific ideas in this article 

If you’d like to connect with me directly about any of the information shared in this article, please email me and I’ll respond and schedule some time with you.

The image is showing you how the @mandalaybay uses their #brandedmerchandise – items sourced at a recent trade show and then presented to the #hotel for them to create a memorable experience for their guests!

Have a restful weekend and a prosperous trade show season!

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Create Your Space

create-space-bookI have to share with you a book (a resource) titled Create Your Space by Said Baaghil – you’ll learn how, as a business owner, to create your own space and most importantly understand how the dynamics of brand and marketing are changing and evolving…break through to the other side of conventional marketing and disrupt your competition. Said provided me an early excerpt of his book and I was fortunate to have my review included in his book. http://tinyurl.com/za7vfw6

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Promotional Products’ Impact on Brand/Company Image

Promotional Products are effective in reaching and influencing people – An experiment conducted by Georgia Southern University show that recipients of promotional products have a significantly more positive image of a company than consumers who do not receive promotional products.

Promotional products can be used alone or integrated with other media, there are virtually limitless ways to use them. Popular programs cited most often by promotional consultants are business gifts, employee relations, orientation programs, corporate communications, and at tradeshows to generate booth traffic.

Tradeshows for example – including a promotional product with a pre-show mailing or an offer of a promotional product increases the likelihood of an attendee stopping by a tradeshow booth.

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Where do you want to say it?

So by now, you know I work in the promotional products industry and our clients look to us to find the most effective way to increase their brand’s loyalty with their current and prospective clients as well as help build their employees loyalty to their brand via providing them company branded products.

We like to ask our clients, if you had complete control of your brand where would you say it? I am lucky because most of the clients I’ve worked with have very colorful logos so why wouldn’t you want them on products that are used on a daily basis? I ask this because there is evidence that suggests a strong relationship between my client’s logo’s color and how it’s emotionally perceived.

So, whatever your logo’s feeling you’ll be able to say it bold or calm with the most advanced imprinting method the promotional products industry provides via your preferred promotional products consultant and be able to choose the right products. Doing this will insure a good return on your investment but most importantly increase your brand’s visibility and attract new clients and retain your current clients.

If you were to start out using promotional products to communicate your brand and support the other advertising mediums your company uses to market with; I’d recommend is placement on wearables. Why? Well, where a logo appears can determine whether it’s displayed daily or destined for the trash.

Like so many things, location, location, location is crucial in determining the likelihood of a logo getting a high degree of exposure.

Fact: Apparel/Wearables and bags account for more than 38% of all promotional product sales.

So, WHERE do you want to say it??

  • T-shirts, Caps, Or an Umbrella?
  • Coolers, Backpacks, Leather bags
  • Technology accessories – like laptop sleeves or tablet cover