Keep your brand in front of your clients with logo mugs.
Feb 18, 2020
Any good salesperson knows that planting the first seed of interest in a prospective customer is half the battle. Most people instinctively say “no” to sales pitches, which doesn’t make it easy to break through to new customers.
Introducing people to your brand in a friendly, approachable manner can help you get past this obstacle. Have you tried using promotional coffee mugs to speed up business growth? Mugs are functional and cost-efficient, and they provide an attractive canvas for your brand message.
When done right, promotional products drive awareness in a way that makes customers want to invite your brand into their lives. The Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) estimates that 53 percent of U.S. consumers own promotional drinkware. And 50 percent of people who own logo-ed drinkware use it two to three times a week.
Promotional mugs become part of your customer’s everyday routine, exposing your brand to a wide audience. Make your mark this year by using branded drinkware to spread the word about your business. Have you ever noticed that every popular morning show and sport news coverage set has logo mugs on their desks? There is good reason for that. In your business every employee who works directly with your client should have a logo mug on his desk, keeping your brand in front of your customer at all times. This is especially important if your business attire is more formal, preventing employees to wear logo shirts. Keep your brand in front of your customer.
4 Reasons to Give Promotional Mugs
Giving away something for free in hopes of winning new business may seem like a risky move. Yet, promotional products consistently lead to better results than other types of advertising. Here’s why you can’t go wrong with custom coffee mugs.
1. Customers Appreciate Value
Unlike ads, promotional products aren’t obtrusive, and they don’t take away from the customer experience. Everybody loves a warm beverage from time to time, whether it’s coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Promotional mugs offer something of value, which encourages your audience to trust and admire your business.
2. Freebies Provide Incentive
It’s no coincidence that diplomats give gifts before diving into tense negotiations. A thoughtful gesture sets a positive tone for the rest of the conversation. Give customers a reason to let their guard down, and you won’t have to work as hard to get a “yes.”
Customers who aren’t in buy mode quickly shut down when they can tell you’re after a sale. Freebies have a disarming effect. They help you keep a customer interested long enough to achieve your desired goal, such as gathering email addresses or survey participants.
3. Marketing Reach Is Above Average
Every marketing campaign raises the question, “Am I really reaching my audience?” In marketing, we often focus on creating the ideal conditions to make customers more receptive. Your message only reaches your target audience when the timing and motivation are just right. With promotional products, you aren’t asking people to spend money or make any substantial commitment. Customers have little or no reason to turn down a freebie, so your promotional message is more likely to reach its intended audience.
4. Branded Products Boost Recognition
If you think customers forget your business name the moment you hand over a freebie, you’re wrong. Nine in 10 people recall branding on promotional products, and seven in 10 remember the call to action.
Promotional mugs have high potential to get customers invested in your brand. Avid coffee and tea drinkers enjoy gathering a diverse mug collection. And every time they brew up a hot beverage, your branding is on display for other people to see. Not to mention, attractive or interesting mugs make great conversation starters.
Tips for Marketing With Promotional Mugs: Promotional coffee mugs work much like a business card. They provide an introduction and a way for prospects to remember you long after the first point of contact. But unlike business cards, drinkware doesn’t get shoved into a drawer or a Rolodex.
Mugs stay out in the open where all eyes can see them. Use this visibility to your advantage by creating products with the potential to attract inbound leads.
Consumers hang onto promotional drinkware for an average of eight months, according to ASI. Make sure your mugs have a long shelf life by designing drinkware people actually want to keep.
Use crisp, legible artwork in your design. You want promotional mugs that are attractive, easy to read, and fade-resistant. Your mugs won’t have much impact if the branding looks unprofessional or starts wearing away after a few rounds in the dishwasher.
In a PPAI study, 83 percent of consumers said they are more likely to do business with brands after receiving a promotional product. And 79 percent are motivated to research the brand.
Loyal customers, vendors, partners, trade show attendees, and non-competing business owners also make good brand ambassadors. Many of these people are invested in your success and benefit from bringing you more business.
Mugs also make great gifts for simple social media giveaways, since they’re low cost while providing long-term value. If your mugs have a compelling design, promoting them on social media may make it easier to sell your branded drinkware to a wider audience.
If you’ve never tried to market your business with promotional products, it’s probably daunting to invest in personalized mugs. You might have a limited budget. You might have little or no room for trial and error. And you have no way of knowing whether this marketing strategy will lead to more income. Mugs are among the most popular promotional products, with good reason. As long as there are thirsty people, you can find consumers who are happy to receive attractive drinkware that showcases your brand. Use promotional mugs to send a positive message about your brand and reel in new business.