Why do you require branded promotional items during events?
An event is an important occurrence in a corporate company calendar because it helps advance companies visibility agenda during and after the event with merchandise.
It is one of the many ways to promote a business image to the target audience niche. Whenever a company sets out to engage the customer at a personal level, it must brain storm on ways to actively engage with the audiences.
Many companies have outsourced these services from Below the line activations companies whereas others have internal marketing teams that plan, organize, and implement the activities. One of the important question that comes to mind is how the customers will benefit as they introduce the products or services on the ground.
It is at this point that branded visibility giveaways come to play. Branded visibility materials are items that the company chooses to be branded for promotional activities. Among them includes; Pens, Caps, Mugs, Umbrellas, T-shirts, Masks, Polo-shirts, Water bottles, Keyholders, Notebooks, Calendars, Bags, Gift sets, Diaries, Jute bags, Flash drives among others.
What is required to Brand promotional items?
First and foremost the company must schedule an event that will prompt the budget committee to plan on resources to be spent before and during the event. After the date is set and a budget put into place, a branding company is engaged to provide all the required branded merchandise and on time.
Among the requirements needed to enable the branding process are the company logo, tagline and a hashtag for charity events. These elements can be branded in single color, 2 colors or in full color. It is important to note that the more the colors, the more expensive it becomes. Also, the more the quantities the cheaper it becomes.
How long does it take to brand promotional merchandise?
I know this is the first question activations companies in Kenya ask when they call to enquire about branding services. In fact, almost all the companies engage a branding firm a week to the event mounting pressure on the branding team to the point of burning the midnight oil fixing the short notice contract. However, this is manageable when working with a branding consulting firm because huge orders can easily result in a crisis.
At Designhub ltd, besides having a branding shop, we work with other partners to deliver efficiently and effectively without any disappointments on quality, quantity, and beating deadlines. Over time, we have created a quality proof guarantee that whatever is approved at the sample submission stage, is delivered without cutting corners due to delivery pressures. We also advise on what is possible and by when to expect the branded giveaways.
What should I do to ensure timely delivery of Branded Merchandise?
When planning the event, ensure to notify the branding company of an upcoming event so that they keep track of the stage that they should plug in to provide branding services. I usually advise event planners to onboard a branding company team member to the committee so that they can provide branding expertise that the rest of the team lacks.
Secondly, all the branding budget should be released in good time to avert a possible crisis in a scenario whereby the down payment is required. Remember, events budgets are utilized prior to the event not after the event. This is because every event supplier needs money to sort out all the costs planned in preparations for the event.
Lastly, the company should provide all the required support asked for by the suppliers. For instance, a branding company may experience delays in artworks submissions such as logos, print artworks, drawings e.t.c. This may affect the delivery timelines that in return derails the event outcomes.
In conclusion, it is important for the marketing department, finance department, and the event planner to ensure all the artworks are ready, event timelines are well set and finances are also available before engaging a branding agency for a smooth branding process.