Apr 23, 2009 at 04:19 PM
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Activation: Hottest Promo Items

If you've been in the industry long enough, you've had a lot of comps land on your desk. Foam fingers, stress balls, adhesive bumper stickers... My desk used to be covered in this stuff.

There's schwag - which we've all seen both good and very bad - and then there are premiums that really convey a brand's sense of relevance and passion for the shared experience. Brian Gainor's partnership activation blog does a great job of taking a look at the best of the best. Check it out:

The 100 Hottest Promotional Items in Sports

A few tips to keep in mind when buying...

1. Keep the message simple, but relevant (you should be able to convey your message in 5 words or less..the shorter the better)

2. Choose a promo item that echoes the price point of your product or service.

3. Get ALL costs and delivery times in writing UP FRONT (set-up fees, shipping, etc.)

4. Make sure your logo or image can be clearly printed (require a comp well before production!)

5. Spend for impact, not awareness.