Retro With Modern Twist

wood speakerIn the era of #ThrowbackThursdays and #FlashbackFridays, retro-inspired products are more popular than ever.  The nostalgic emotion of times past triggers the happy feelings that retro products inflame.

In response, corporate marketing departments are capitalizing on this trend with branded products that resonate with that audience – and those products are created with the modern consumer in mind.  Check out a few of the more popular merchandise trends below.

  • Classic radio styles equipped with bluetooth capability
  • Metal coolers with retro design and modern stay-cold features
  • Full color metal lunchboxes
  • Playing cards with custom fronts and backs
  • Customized board games like Scrabble and Monopoly featuring corporate graphics and messages
  • Coffee mugs; bottle openers; and coasters that look like vinyl records
  • Hoodie sweatshirts, sweatpants and skater-style sneakers are even making a resurgence

There is a wide range of products that reflect the retro craze without sacrificing the present-day features we have all come to expect.  Consider retro with a modern twist for your next promotion – those items are having a moment.

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Enjoy The Holidays – Plan Early

plan“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  Benjamin Franklin   This quote could apply to just about anything – preparing for a college exam, an important job interview, or a new corporate product launch.  Planning takes time and more than one contributor to prepare for the desired end result, but the level of eventual success is nearly always in direct correlation to the amount of thoughtful planning at the beginning of the process.

In consideration of this fact, now is the time to begin planning for your holiday promotion.   With enough time, samples can be ordered and reviewed; custom pieces can be produced domestically or overseas; and print materials like personalized thank-you cards can be created.  You avoid product inventory shortages, holiday plant closures, and extended production times.  And then there’s the WOW factor!   Planning ahead provides time for consideration of unique gifts that will represent your brand in creative ways that rarely happens with a last-minute thought and rush ordering.

Some creative gift ideas and their lead times:

4 – 5 months:

  • Custom-built car, truck or plane with company markings and retail packaging
  • Tailor made clothing item like fleece jacket in corporate PMS color-matched fabric and contrasting zippers

2 – 3 months:

  • Game sets like bocce ball or horseshoes customized in the logo colors; or sport balls like baseballs with unique corporate images
  • Scarves or blankets with knit-in logo, lush fabrics and custom labels

30 days:

  • Custom cover, book jacket or promo page in any popular gift book (photography, architecture, travel, business, dining, etc)
  • Wood-carved items such as boxes, carving boards, and executive puzzles designed to reflect the corporate logo, truck fleet or city skyline

Regardless of the budget, there is a unique gift solution for every holiday promotion.   But the closer we get to that December ship date, the choices become more limited.  Plan early this year, and enjoy the holidays with less stress and increased client recognition of your creative thoughtfulness.