Our most popular winter promotional items

Our most popular winter promotional productsDuring the winter months there are some promotional products that become more popular. There are numerous reasons as to why this is, but the main reason is that they benefit their customers and/or business in a positive way during the coldest time of the year. There are several items that come to mind but there is bound to be more than those that are mentioned in this article. Do not hesitate to contact us for any further information about getting some promotional products for your business this winter!

Travel Mugs

The go to gift during the winter months is usually a travel mug. There are a large selection of travel mugs available from Promo Parrot. The most popular travel mug at this time of year is the Americano Mug. The Americano is a great mug with a thermal cup that is double-walled meaning that the heat stays in and the cold stays out. There are a large number of colour variations that are available.

Americano MugThere is also the Brite Americano Mug. The Brite Americano Mug steps it up to a whole new level. With a in-mould labelling wrap around print allowing for you to put almost anything onto one of these branded mugs. With a choice of different screw fix lids and grips, which are able to mix and matched to accompany your branding to boast your promotional message.

Brite Americano MugThere are also other options of travel mug to choose from including the Polo Plus and the Marco travel mugs range.

Polo Plus & Marco

Promo Parrot’s Marco (Left) & Polo Plus (Right) Travel Mugs

They are both great travel mugs that are very versatile and great for all businesses. Coming with an ergonomic black plastic handle that makes it easy to carry and hold, these travel mugs are a great way to ensure that your brand is getting the recognition that you are looking for. Along with that comes a large selection of colours. This selection allows for you to choose one that will suit your branding and logo.

Umbrellas

Promotional umbrellas are a great addition to any marketing campaign, with their large canvas to add you branding to there is bound to be a style to suit your needs. During the latter stages of the summer many businesses overlook printed umbrellas. However, this is the best time to be looking for them so that you are able to avoid the rush when winter is beginning to fully set in.

We have 3 ranges of umbrellas available here at Promo Parrot: Telescopic Umbrellas, Walking Umbrellas and Golf Umbrellas.

In our telescopic umbrella range there is a large selection of umbrellas to choose from allowing for you to find the best possible style to suit your branding. These small and compact umbrellas are great for those on the go.

Telescopic Umbrella

Promo Parrot’s Essex Folding Umbrella

Our collection of walking umbrellas is a great way to promote your brand to city professionals. Many people ask what the difference between a walking umbrella and a golf umbrella is, so here is our explanation: A Walking Umbrella has the frame of a golf umbrella but with a canopy the size of a telescopic umbrella. This makes them a great hybrid promotional gift.

Walking Umbrella

Our Classic Walking Umbrella

Finally, our range of golf umbrellas are great to have in any office. As well as that, they are a must have for any corporate golf event that you are hosting. They have a large canopy which allows for you to ensure that your logo is displayed to all. You don’t want to miss out on your chance to advertise with a printed umbrella.

Budget Golf Umbrella

Promo Parrot’s Budget Golf Umbrella

Promotional Mugs

Promotional mugs are a great way to advertise during the winter months. They are a perfect addition to any desk and are a great way to promote your brand within any office. With a large selection of styles available, you are guaranteed to find one that will suit your marketing needs.

The most popular style of mug is the Cambridge Mug, coming in a large range of colours which can be branded in a large variety of ways allowing for you to achieve a finish that will represent your brand. With its straight edges and simple design, it means that it can be added to any marketing campaign with ease.

Cambridge MugsAnother popular mug is the Sparta Mug. This mug is slightly smaller than the Cambridge Mug and is a different style too. With a slight curve at the top of the mug and a square cornered handle, this mug is a quirky addition to all promotions.

Sparta Mugs

For more information about great winter promotional products or promotional products in general, don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated sales team on  0113 3221010 or drop us and email at sales@promoparrot.com.

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What makes a great free promotional gift?

What makes a great free promotional gift?Back in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, many companies would put a free promotional gift inside items such as cereal packets, crisps and a wide variety of other products. Most households around the country used to take great pride in the gifts that they were ‘winning’ from their weekly shop. Many siblings used to push and shove each other on the stairs every morning to ensure that they were the first person to use to the cereal, myself included!

Very often there was a whole range of different goodies to collect from these cereals, which just added to the ‘healthy’ competition. This is a great promotional marketing technique and the bane of many parents’ trips to the local supermarket.

Kellogg’s Magic Straw

The Kellogg’s Magic Straw is the first free promotional gift that I remember seeing from a box of cereal. I remember that there were 3 different sections to collect and once you had all 3 it made a rather cool bendy straw. There were several different things that attracted people towards this one, the first influence being the brightly coloured sections of straw. Another factor was that the straws were colour changing, which back in 1993 was revolutionary! Even though there were 3 sections to collect it didn’t stop people from buying more and more boxes of Coco Pops to make the longest straw they possibly could.

When doing some research for this article, I came across an interesting figure from this campaign. When Kellogg’s originally launched this promotional campaign in 1993, they saw their sales almost double within the first week of the promotional packs of cereal being out. This gives a huge indication to any brand that if you are to choose the right product and market your brand in the correct way, you can gain huge traction and support for your brand.

However, this isn’t the only thing that you should be thinking about. There are a number of different factors that should be taken into account when choosing your free promotional gifts. The most important thing that you should be thinking about at the very start, is the number of people that you are going too be giving them away to. If you don’t have those figures, then you are not going to purchase the right number of promotional products which could drastically affect your brand. If you don’t have enough gifts, then you are missing out on a huge marketing possibility.

When it comes to selecting the right gift there are more factors to consider other than the figures. For example, what are your products for? Do they follow the branding of the business? Are they practical? These are all important questions.

What are the products for?

Twist USB Flash DriveOne of the largest factors that should be considered is what are the products going to be used for. You don’t want to have the wrong gift for the wrong event. If your business is based in the technology world, the best promotional product for you would most likely be a USB Flash Drive.  You wouldn’t want to be showing up with a product that is not related to your industry.

Do they follow to branding of the business?

This is an important factor for any marketing that is taking place, if the advertising does not match up with the company branding then you are essentially wasting time and money to promote your business. All of the promotional materials should follow the branding guidelines that have been set by the business. If the product is of a different colour or has a different logo on it compared to the standard one of the business, you could be generating awareness for a different logo.

Are they practical?

Essex Folding UmbrellaAll promotional gifts should be practical, if they are not of use to anyone then they are never going to get used. Many brands opt for a product that will last for a long time, but one that will also be used. If you are looking to generate a lot of brand awareness at an event, a great product for you to use is a promotional umbrella. With many different styles to choose from, including telescopic, walking and golf umbrellas, there will be one that is perfect for your event. Also, once you have finished with them at the event, you could either give them away or keep them in the office for a rainy day.

For more information on what makes a great free promotional gift, don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated sales team on  0113 3221010 or drop us and email at sales@promoparrot.com.

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How to find your ideal order quantity…

How to find your ideal order quantity...This is one of the biggest questions to consider when you are purchasing promotional products, “What is the ideal order quantity?” It is a difficult question for anybody to answer. But this article will try and help you to identify your ideal with some handy tips and simple questions.

The first thing that should come to mind is “How many do I need?” This is one of the vital questions that needs to be answered closer to the start of the process.
But before you can work out how many you need there are a few more questions you need to ask. Below are some examples:

Is it for an exhibition or event?

If you are going to be using your promotional products at an event, then you would need to know the rough numbers of people that are going to be attending. Without these numbers you are essentially going into the event blind. You never want to be guessing at the number of people or you may under or over order, both of which could be avoided.
With having the numbers then comes into play what the minimum order quantity is from your promotional products supplier. Here at Promo Parrot you are able to see the minimum order quantity on every product page.

Promotional products being used at an eventAre they for the office?

More times than not, people are looking for products to have in their office. With this comes a number of questions to help you work out how many you need to order. If there are 20 people in your office, you will need at least 20 units. However, do you order your products more than once a year? As if you do, it will be worth ordering all your products for the year. This allows for you to benefit from the economies of scale, as the more you buy the cheaper the unit cost becomes.

Promotional products in the officeAlso, if you are going to have them in the office but give them away to those that come in to visit you, then you are going to need more than 20. In this case, you would need to assess how many people are going to be visiting your office. Sometimes, it may be worth ordering a few extra just in case you get a few last-minute visits.

If you are an established brand, or trying to become one, keeping all your branding the same throughout all of your promotions. This allows for you to create one recognisable brand that is running multiple campaigns. If you are not planning to change the branding for a long time, then you might be able to order a larger quantity that will last a long time but be very cost-effective in the long run.

Some events just pop up out of nowhere! All lead times vary depending on the number of colours that you are looking to print on your items as well as the detail involved in the artwork. It can be hard to find promotional items at such short notice; however, you can combat this by purchasing larger quantities. If you order larger quantities, then you are able to reserve some of the products, so you always have some to hand for any events that just spring up.

So… What quantity should I order?

After reading this article, you will be able to make a better decision about how many products you should order. Just as a reminder here are a few hints:
• The number of people
• What are the products for?
• How often do you buy them?
• Are you going to be changing you branding in the near future?
Those are the 4 tips that will help you to make a very informed decision about what your ideal order quantity is.

Our standard minimum order quantities

Throughout our online store we have all of our minimum order quantities displayed in every products information. This allows for all of our customers to see what quantity must be ordered if they would like that product.

The minimum order quantity on the majority of our Promotional Mugs is 72, the reasoning behind this is that all of our mugs are packaged in boxes of 36 but 72 mugs need to be printed to make it viable to run the necessary machinery.

Promotional Mugs. Standard Minimum Order Quantity: 72The minimum order quantity on the majority of our Printed Tote Bags is 100. This is as the machinery could cost too much to run if we were printing less than this. Also, this makes it easier for them to be packaged up and sent out to you!

The minimum order quantity on the majority of our Printed Pens is 500. This helps for us to give all of our customers the lowest possible price. The cost of running the machinery is kept to a minimum and it allows for us to easily package up the pens and get them delivered to you as soon as possible.For more information about our promotional products or for a quote don’t hesitate to contact us. Call us on 0113 3221010 or email sales@promoparrot.com

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Why promotional keyrings are a great promotional product!

Why promotional keyrings are a great promotional product!Promotional keyrings are a promotional product that is normally forgotten about, however they are one of the best promotional products to use. As we move further into the digital age, more and more businesses are looking for a way to engage with their clients in the offline environment. There is no better way to do this than to give them a promotional gift that is both small and practical.

Why use promotional keyrings?

Promotional keyrings are great for generating brand awareness, once they are on some keys they are not likely to be taken off. This allows for you to target more people for a lower overall cost. This makes promotional keyrings one of the most, if not the most cost-effective promotional item to use.

Printed keyrings also come with a large branding area, allowing for you to display your logo in a very lucrative location. With this comes the added value of having your logo on display for a very long time. Many estate agents use promotional keyrings as when they sell or let a house they are able to put their keyring on those keys, allowing for them to have their logo on display.

Custom printed keyrings are also very cost-effective. They are cheap but of high quality allowing for them to be used in mass. With this being so cost effective you cannot afford to miss out on this opportunity to promote your brand.

Key advantages of using promotional keyrings:

  • Printing area – Keyrings provide a large surface area where you are able to display your logo and other business details
  • Durability – Promotional keyrings are a highly durable item, this makes them perfect for any promotion as they are bound to withstand the test of time.
  • Wide range – Printed keyrings come with a huge range of styles to choose from, this means that there is one to suit every marketing campaign.
  • Great for offline marketing – Custom printed keyrings are great for promoting your brand when looking to get away from the internet. Promotional keyrings are a great way to do just that.
  • Variety of materials – Promotional keyrings are made from a variety of different materials, allowing for you to find the one that is right for you.

Our range of promotional keyrings

House KeyringOur promotional House Shaped Keyring is perfect for any event. With a full colour printed insert you are able to display your logo and/or message. With a large branding area of 50 x 40mm, this printed keyring is simple and effective.

House KeyringNew 12-Sided £1 Trolley Coin KeyringMany people are looking for promotional gifts that are practical. Well look no further, our 12 Sided New £1 Trolley Coin Keyring is the promotional product for you. With a branding area of 22mm diameter, it allows for you to essentially brand the entirety of the coin. With the use of hard enamel your logo is there to stay.

New 12 Sided Trolley Coin KeyringTalon Bottle Opener KeyringThe Talon Bottle Opener Keyring is a great promotional product to have. With a selection of colours available there is always one to suit your brands needs. Also, with the option to print this with your logo it is a great way to promote your brand.

Talon Bottle Opener KeyringFor more information about our promotional products or for a quote don’t hesitate to contact us. Call us on 0113 3221010 or email sales@promoparrot.com

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5 things you need to know about BPA-Free Sports Bottles

Sports bottles, whether reusable or plastic, are used everyday by millions of people around the world. Liquid that comes into contact with these bottles is being ingested on a consistent basis on a large scale. This means that any loose BPA particles within the water bottles can be carried away an ingested too.

Studies have shown that some of these particles are potentially harmful. One in particular is BPA, which you may have seen in the news.

What is BPA?

BPA is short for Bisphenol A. a chemical that is quite often found in consumer goods. It is a solid material that is colourless, it is soluble in organic solvents, but it is poorly soluble in water. BPA has been in commercial use since 1957 (around 60 years) and is used to make various resins and plastics. BPA plastic gets turned into CDs, DVDs, sports equipment, sports bottles and other goods. BPA epoxy resins are often used to line food and beverage cans.

An estimated 10 billion pounds of BPA was produced for plastic manufacturing in 2011, making it one of the highest volume chemicals produced worldwide. BPA is potentially harmful chemical, and because it is so widely used, the concerns surrounding it are severe.

To help you understand more about this chemical, and particularly how it affects your sports bottle use. Below are 5 things that you need to know about BPA and BPA-free Sports Bottles.

1. The health benefits of BPA-free sports bottles

A growing amount of research links BPA with some major health concerns, such as a higher risk of certain cancers, reduced fertility, diabetes and birth defects. These concerns even lead to a California ban on BPA. The state also added it to its list of toxic chemicals.

This is raw BPA Resin

BPA-free sports bottles reduce these concerns by eliminating the chemical from its material. BPA-free sports bottles can be used without the risk of BPA consumption.

2. Are BPA-free sports bottles more expensive?

BPA-free sports bottles can be purchased for the same prices as bottles containing BPA these days.

As scientific evidence continued to mount over the last decade, more and more companies were pressured to remove BPA from their products. Some of the more well-known reusable sports bottle brands recalled all of their bottles that contained BPA and removed it from all future products. With big companies removing this, it has prompted others to follow suit.

3. How to determine whether a bottle contains BPA

There is no definitive way to determine whether a sports bottle contains BPA without testing it. However, with a quick look there are a few signs that can indicate its presence.

First, look for all the arrows with numbers in the middle that are typically stamped on plastic items, like these:

A number 7 or the letters ‘PC’ (polycarbonate) will often indicate that the product contains BPA. Again, this is not 100% true, but most products made with polycarbonate contain Bisphenol A.

4. Where to buy promotional BPA-free sports bottles

BPA-free sports bottles are available throughout the UK. They are not as readily available as those that contain BPA, but awareness has grown to the point where many companies have either pivoted to BPA-free bottles or have started up in order to specialise on creating these products.

Here at Promo Parrot, we sell 100% BPA-free sports bottles. Our sports bottles are safe for drink consumption and come in a range of styles. View all of our BPA-free sports bottles here.

5. What about other products containing BPA?

Other products that could potentially contain BPA include:

  • Food cans
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Contact lenses
  • Baby Bottles
  • Electronic devices
  • And more

If you are concerned about any of these products that may contain BPA, please read the packaging or contact the manufacturer for further details.

For more information about our promotional products or for a quote don’t hesitate to contact us. Call us on 0113 3221010 or email sales@promoparrot.com

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Is it the end of the road for plastic bags?

This is one of the questions that we are hearing more and more. Well in short there is for definitive answer to this question. There are many reasons as to why the Government didn’t ban plastic bags totally, but why do shops still sell them over more durable, higher quality bags?

The honest answer behind this is the fact that the shops are not making very little money, if any, from these bags any more. For every single use 5p carrier bag that is purchased the shop gives that money to charity. This then helps to raise awareness for the sheer volume of plastic waste that we are seeing in our Oceans and in landfills.

Plastic Bags in the OceanSo why are shops not selling bags that are recyclable? I hear you ask, well to be honest, the answer is quite simple. It’s mainly down to the cost that is involved with purchasing bags that are both environmentally friendly but also reusable. The reason that they are so costly is down to material and the thickness of this material. Recyclable carrier bags are normally made from a weaker material so that it is able biodegrade quicker, but with this comes the risk of having weaker bags.

There are many other ways in which this issue can be solved. Including selling Cotton Tote Bags, only selling reusable bags or encourage customers to bring their own bags with them. Obviously, no shop is ever going to stop selling bags to their customers as it is a great promotion for them as they get to have their logo displayed on those bags. This is hugely beneficial to any business as they are able to increase their exposure, without actively spending lots of money on advertisements.

Branded BagsHere at Promo Parrot, we have a number of solutions to help businesses with this issue. We have a large range of environmentally friendly bags that are made from plastic to cotton. Below you can see 3 of our best-selling bags.

Horizon Tote Bag

The Horizon Tote Bag is by far our most popular bag. We put this down to a large number of reasons, with the biggest being the versatility of the bag. A bag needs to be able to hold many items and be used more than once, especially when it is a tote bag.

The Horizon Tote Bag comes in a variety of colours, and with the option to print your logo on them there is bound to be a colour bag to suit your branding. Along, with this comes the pricing, the Horizon Tote Bag is a well-priced for the quality.

Rainham Tote Bag

Our Rainham Tote Bag is another popular bag, however this one is slightly different to the Horizon. The main difference is that this bag is made from Non-Woven Polypropylene rather than Cotton. This means that the Rainham Tote Bag is a highly durable bag, that will last a long time. Along with the added of printing your logo, this bag is the perfect promotional gift for any company.With the use of a promotional bag, you are able to generate a ‘giveaway pack’ that will add value not only to your brand, but to the products that you are giving away as well.

Medium Reinforced Plastic Carrier Bag

If you are still looking to use a plastic carrier bag, then this is the bag of choice. This is the middle of the 3 bags in this range, coming in white as standard this bag will match any promotional campaign. This is one of the most effective ways to market any business. However, with plastic bags comes the addition of a higher minimum order quantity. This is down to the fact that to make it cost effective at least 1000 bags need to be produced.

For more information about our promotional products or for a quote don’t hesitate to contact us. Call us on 0113 3221010 or email sales@promoparrot.com

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Why your company needs brand recognition to thrive

Promoting brand awareness and the importance of one’s goods to an audience dates as far back as ancient Egyptian times when papyrus was used to makes sales messages and wall posters in order to convey a message. As well as having evidence of poems spoken orally in feudal China, in order to entice an audience to purchase confectionary from their stands. Without a doubt, brand awareness is critical to a company’s success, or else, how will anybody know about your company? In this blog, I will be going over the how and the why brand recognition is a great tool to let your company thrive!

A great looking logo:

A selection of popular company logos

It’s often said to never judge a book by its cover, however, how often is that saying adhered to? In the fast-paced society to which we have come accustom, data flies by us rapidly. As we have access to vast varieties of differing information at the ends of our fingertips, through our mobile phones and other wireless devices. So this highlights the importance to have a great looking logo that can stand out in the saturated market that exists. Logo creation in itself is a difficult task, it’s hard to encapsulate what your company may represent and stand for. Annotations and denotations of a logo are very important.

An example of Nike’s simplistic marketing slogan.

Simplicity often has a great effect. A very good example of this is the Nike Swoosh. Nike has a very secure foothold as a sporting brand in popular culture, with it being featured in countless amounts of other media. In Films such as “Forest Gump” and in popular music, with multiple references to the popularised trainer the “Jordan”. Its relative success came through countless marketing campaigns, often featuring the succinct taglines such as “Just Do It”. This emphasis on simplicity often highlights the success of a brand, having a unique and highly recognisable concept for a logo. Speaking from a merchandising standpoint, a simple logo is far easier to print and transfer across multiple iterations of promotional materials, this can vary anywhere from a humble pen, all the way through to something far more complex such as a wireless charger hub.

Communicating your brand message:

Having a brand ethos is very important. Knowing your companies goals and objectives and communicating that through your companies marketing materials, is a great way to express openness to potential customers and clients alike. A prolific example of this was in 2015 when Coca-Cola launched its “Share a Coke” campaign. Which featured various names from all around the world in a variety of languages. This is a great example of communicating a brand ethos to your audience, as it offered an element of personalisation to their audience, addressing them directly and being active and engaging in its nature. Now, in reality, this is a tough act to follow, as not every company has the budget to carry this out. The trick is it to reimagine it on a smaller scale. Say if the context were to be a trade show in your specific industry. You would very much want the appropriate promotional product to surmise your marketing campaign.

Why is promotional merchandise important?

Promotional merchandise acts as a great tool to communicate your brand message as a whole. It allows you to address your audience through the use of something tangible and acts as a great means of staying relevant to your audience.

A selection of Curvy pens available at promoparrot.com

One of the most critical things to consider in this regard is quantity or quality? In the realm of promotional merchandise both are important. The obvious thing to take into account is the budget your company may have. With a lower budget, it may be advisory to go for a lower cost product, this is not necessarily an issue, as the lower cost items tend to have high quantities. Referring back to the trade show example, you would be way more likely to reach more individuals with your promotional products, as you would have more to give away. This would allow you to resonate with a wider audience.

The Parker Jotter Pen available at promoparrot.com

 

On the flip side of that, going for a higher quality product is likely to leave a stronger impression with your customer, as they could be legitimately impressed by the product you may gift them with. To give a named example, the classic curvy pen and the parker jotter. The Curvy Pen being a great, cost-effective way to reach the said broader audience. Whereas the Parker Jotter, would be an investment, yet people are aware of the established quality of Parker pens. Both of these methods are very valid, it’s just a matter of how you’d want to communicate your message to your audience. It’s also a great method of staying in the customer psyche, as it allows your customer to possess a product with your logo on it, and if it provides some element of practical use it will gradually become ingrained in the mind of the customer and will be more inclined to consider your company for this reason.

In conclusion, creating brand recognition is very important to your company’s success as it allows you to stay prevalent and stand out amongst your competitors.

It’s very difficult to go wrong with whatever you select for your marketing campaign, but make sure to shop at Promo Parrot, for all your promotional merchandise requirements.

For more information about our promotional products or for a quote don’t hesitate to contact us. Call us on 0113 3221010 or email sales@promoparrot.com

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Are promotional items still a thing in this digital age?

Are Promotional Items Still a Thing in This Digital AgePromotional items have been used for many years to capture the attention of a target audience through elements that are linked directly or indirectly with the company. However, facing the advancements of new technologies and digital marketing, it is worth asking if they still have the same effectiveness as before.

Parker Jotter

Promo Parrot’s Parker Jotter Pen

Fortunately, companies that have not failed to deliver these gifts to their customers show that these items remain an excellent investment. Undoubtedly, the commitment of employer’s points to digital media, but this does not limit the power of promotional items. In fact, it is easy to see that both modern platforms like these, and  traditional advertising mechanisms blend seamlessly. This phenomenon is observed strongly in the process of memorising the name of a company, one of the most complex challenges for specialists in the area. A good example that I remember when think of this is the Sun Life Direct Advert where they offer a ‘Free Parker Pen’.

Although communication has become something of virtual character, experts insist that these products have not lost their importance. Even if the item is presented at a conference, a fair or any other circumstance that allows direct contact with the consumer, it becomes a powerful advertising weapon.

This strategy is still effective because it is tangible, that is, you can see and touch. It also covers a specific need. Compared to other tactics that apply in this field, there is no doubt that it provides a close between the two players in the marketspace and therefore generates an intense experience for both.

As times have changed, various promotional items also adapted rapidly. Only true specialists in distribution, import and manufacture custom items of all kinds offer a wide range of possibilities to win potential investors with textiles, household items or objects for the office amongst other products.

Obviously, it still depends on the budget for a certain marketing goal to be achieved. However, a well-structured strategic plan and the desire to succeed, may also contribute to the success of your program.

The footprint of these objects remains in the memory of those who receive them. The effect they have cause a sensational impact on the public. Invest without fear, do not doubt the power of this promotional merchandising mechanism.

Budget Golf Umbrella

Promo Parrot’s Budget Golf Umbrella

A promotional umbrella is still a great promotional item, although it isn’t a technological item. The reason that promotional umbrellas are still a big hit since almost every company uses umbrellas. With the above in mind, why do they choose printed umbrellas? The answer is simple, rain means people don’t have their eyes fixated on their phones whilst walking down the street, therefore, they are paying attention to their surroundings allowing companies to make the most out of the time that we are not spending with our eyes glued to our phones.

As the digital age takes a hold of the world, why not move with the times. There are numerous promotional products that are both technology based and practical. There are items such as power banks, with large printing areas and a practical use of being able to charge you phone whilst on the go.

The biggest seller in the technology category at this moment is most definitely USB Flash Drives. They have many uses and are not a product that will just be thrown away. With their long lifespan they are bound to have a good reception among the recipients.

Twist USB Flash Drive

Promo Parrot’s Twist USB Flash Drive

Along with the products mentioned above, promotional phone charger USB cables are a big hit. Not only do these allow you to server the need of you customer as they are bound to need to charge their phone, but there will always be a demand for more phone chargers. As you are able to brand these you brand will always be close to the heart of those using your lead to charge their phone. Not only because it’s got you name on it, but because your allowing them to be a part of the digital age.

For more information about our promotional products or for a quote don’t hesitate to contact us. Call us on 0113 3221010 or email sales@promoparrot.com

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Why water is essential to your marketing campaign!

 

It’s kind of a no-brainer, but water is an absolute summer essential. It’s fairly common knowledge that the human body is 60% water. However a lesser known fact is that your body loses water through perspiration. The most shocking factor is the fact that on average your body on a daily basis will secrete a total of 455ml from your feet alone. Personally speaking I feel this statistic alone highlights the overall importance of water, but I bet you’re asking “what are the other benefits of water” Well in this blog I’ll be doing a deep dive into the true value of water and how it can benefit you and your audience.

Water has a vast variety of health benefits. It has been proven to provide your body with a myriad of positive attributes. Namely, it acts as a great way to flush out toxins. Your body builds up a great amount of waste material, in the pores and skin. Familiar with the term “sweat it out”? Water is a great way to encourage your body to do so naturally and aids in helping to regulate body temperature. A great amount of beauticians also recommend water as a great way to improve your overall complexion as it naturally moisturises and keeps skin soft. Furthermore it is also a great way to prevent specific ailments such as neck and back ache, as well as other sporting cramps. Water acts as a natural lubricant for muscles and joints making it the ideal way to improve your body.

In 2017 the “sales of plain bottled water in the retail trade grew by 14%” and is set to be on the rise. This is due to a multitude of factors one of them namely being the fact the influx in healthy eating. Diets such as vegetarianism and veganism have soared in popularity and the so called “health-kick” has seen a surge in popularity for cleaner living as a whole. There are as many as 3.5 million vegans in the UK, according to a survey taken by comparethemarket.com, giving an insight on the social climate of the UK as a whole. Due to the overwhelming increase in the thoughts of healthy eating, bottled water is often prized over, sweeter or flavoured drinks, thus making it a safe pick when adding it to your marketing campaign.

Promotional Bottled Water – Available at Promo Parrot!

Water makes for a great marketable product also. With it being an essential item, it is very easy to sell, give away and brand to the widest possible audience, as everyone is required to drink water to live. When using water as a marketing tool it is very important to consider is the fact of how greater impression you can leave on your customers. Promotional water is a great way of doing that as it allows for you to hit your potential client with an item that is very difficult to refuse, with it not only being free of charge, but with it being a product they literally cannot do without. If the bottle in question is branded with your company logo or message, it allows you to resonate with your customer base directly. Here at Promo Parrot we offer bottled water sourced from artisan wells, bringing a fresh tasting water to your thirst clientele!

Speaking conclusively, bottled water is hard to go wrong in regards to a marketing technique, and is a sure-fire way to raise brand awareness for your brand!

If you have any questions relating to promotional products get in touch with our dedicated salespeople by contacting us on 0113 322 1010. Alternatively, you can email us at sales@promoparrot.com.

 

 

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The 5 Best ways to make an impression for your brand at Fresher’s week:

Fresher’s week. It’s the start of many young people’s journey into adulthood. Striving for the independence of living alone, and fending for themselves. It normally involves a vast amount of socialising, actively joining clubs and societies and to ultimately make new friends. This also acts as a great time to raise awareness of your brand, by offering freebies and giveaways in order to instil a sense of brand loyalty in a youthful audience during this time. It allows you to cement yourself in the hearts and minds of a new generation of clientele you could potentially miss if you don’t capitalise on this golden opportunity! So follow me as I delve into the 5 best ways to make an impression for your brand at Fresher’s week!

Get noticed:

An incredibly good way to get noticed is to have a stand set up. There’s nothing more enticing than a crowd generating a buzz and attracting attention. Several separate tools can be used in order to facilitate this effect. A great way to do this would be to have a promotional banner, displaying your company logo, or slogan. Using bright and attractive colour schemes make for a great way to entice your potential audience into seeing what you have to offer. The major thing to bear in mind that you are competing in a very saturated advertising locale, with all your competitors vying for the attention of your customer. Offering something eye-catching allows your brand to be discernable from the crowd.

Adding the Personal Touch:

Everyone enjoys a nice conversation. Being highly personable and engaging with your customer on a physical, empathetic level, makes for a great way of convincing potential customers to buy your product. Having the answers to all your customers’ potential questions rehearsed is overwhelmingly important. Positioning yourself as an expert in the field will make you appear educated on the subject. However, it is also important to not come across as being boring, or uninteresting and potentially scare away your clients.

Choosing the right product for the right time: 

Talon Bottle Opener Keyring – Available at Promo Parrot

A very good way to liven up your marketing campaign is to inject some fun into your pitch. Your clients will want something memorable, and appropriate for your audience. Some very effective products may include, the talon bottle opener keyring, this allows your clients to be around a familiar product of yours, which will inevitably be used (bearing in mind the youthful audience you are marketing toward). An alternative to this may include, a frisbee.

 

 

The White Curvey Pen

 

Another example of a great way to promote your brand to this demographic is through the use of promotional pensThree words that ring in a marketer’s ears: cheap, simple, effective. Pens act as a great keepsake for a multitude of reasons. The pen itself provides an ample location to display your brand upon. This allows for it to provide a constant advertisement to the peers of the user. In combination with it being frequent in usage, it allows your clients to spread the awareness of your brand subtly throughout the lifetime of the pen. Interesting Fact: businessmen often leave pens at external meetings or conferences as a means to spread awareness of their company or brand in that location.

Printed Silicon Wristbands

Wristbands act similarly to promotional pens in the sense that they are a great way to market your brand, however, the difference between the pen and the wristband is that a wristband is wearable branding. This means that your company branding is always on the wearers’ person, being in their eye-line a vast amount of the time, as well as being viewed by their peers. Like the pen, it is also a great product to produce in mass, due to its cheap yet effective nature.

 

 

 

Leave a good impression: 

One of the most things to consider is leaving a lasting impression on your audience. Besides getting noticed, highly personable and giving away promotional goodies, it’s important to try and resonate with your customers on a level and platform that they frequently use. The obvious way of doing this is by using social media strategically. Key ways of doing this can include: Launching a relatable hashtag associated with your product or company. Replying to any sorts of interactions on your social networks. Post appealing images on Instagram. – The obvious overall goal is to provide some sort of value to your potential customer or client.

Make your customers want to come back: 

The greatest way to do this, simply, is by knowing your field. If you provide the most useful information and sheer value to your customer. If you know you have the edge over your competitors, don’t be afraid to say why. If you provide immediate value to your clients, whether it be short term, with handing them a pamphlet or some verbal information. Or on the longer term by giving them a promotional product, to provide a lasting effect. Speaking conclusively, all of these aspects contribute towards a strong fresher’s marketing campaign.

All of the products listed are available at Promo Parrot!

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