When one thinks of the word bespoke, it’s a sure bet there are few who would associate promotional merchandise with that very-British term. According to the Merriam-Webster definition, bespoke means “custom-made”. And, although we generally associate that term with tailor-made suits for affluent gentlemen, it is also commonly used when referring to anything that is made-to-order … from furniture to a traveler’s hotel design experience.
In that light, for companies that want to create an unforgettable product giveaway that will be completely unique and built to represent their exclusive brand, a custom-made promotional product is the perfect solution. The John Deere toy tractors, Aflac plush duck and the many different original-design Starbucks coffee cups are prime examples of companies growing and extending their brand visibility with original products that are used every day.
A few examples of common items that can be custom-designed:
- Flash Drives: Custom cases designed to duplicate a logo shape or company mascot
- Sunglasses: Frames using custom corporate PMS colors and/or custom graphics
- Packing Cubes: Custom color fabric and zipper; custom shape and size
- Toys: Small-scaled vehicles that duplicate the company truck, van or car
- Socks, Hats, Headbands: Full color, all-over print designs using custom colors and graphics
Higher minimum order quantities and longer overseas lead times are common – although there are a growing number of USA manufacturers that offer custom product production and shorter lead times. On the positive side, the pricing is generally more attractive and the custom options are endless.
In many cases, promotional products ordered for a new product launch or the multiple trade shows during that busy time of year are purchased in quantities that meet those order minimums, and at prices that are at, or above, the cost of a custom-made item. So the only remaining potential roadblock between you and a completely custom promotional product is timing.
With the new year approaching, it’s time to look ahead three to four months, and decide to incorporate at least one bespoke promotional product into your stash of brand swag. It’s a proven way to showcase your company creativity and engage your target audience.