I am usually far to wasted at the bar to notice the bottle opener lol :thumbup:I like magnetic chip clips. You want things that people use and will be out as much of the time as possible. Pens are okay, but like it was said everyone gives them out. The way to do pens is to do nice ones that the ladies will keep in their purse and use all of the time. It has to be nice enough not to make it in the junk drawer.
Screwdrivers are okay, but they get lost, go in the garage or work bench and are quickly forgotten about.
I also picked up several key chain bottle openers for the man of the house. Yes they will go in the drawer, but hopefully it gets put in the bar drawer or at the bar and is used to open up a few bottles and is noticed. Conversation ensues and I get a call.
Anything will not work, but your premise is correct. Getting your name in front of them as much as possible is never bad, unless it crosses the line of pushy.This might not be any help,....but anything with your name one it will work! Have you ever saw a brick salesman drive up on the job and open his trunk and start passing out hats, shirts, lineblocks or pencils? it looks like a gang of young'uns around an ice cream truck :laughing:
In all seriousness, go to your local print shop or marketing shop, they can put your name on anything. I've done pens, pencils, note pads, calendars, shirts, 'bout everything. You might be surprised how much someone appreciates a good pen. :thumbsup:
What about small tape measures on key chains? If they're for HO at a home show, they might start using them right there at the show and think about how handy and thoughtful your company is. Another thought would be reusable bags. I'm always glad to get a bag at trade shows so I can carry my swag. I also like rulers but that's just because I'm always looking for mine to make straight lines.CQC said:Looking for suggestions of creative swag (small branded items given away free for promotional purposes) to give away at home show we will be exhibiting at in a few months. Any swag you have seen recently that would appeal to a homeowner audience?
I have nice hoodies made every year to give to all my GC's for Christmas. They really appreciate them, and I think it's pretty cool when people see a GC in town wearing my sweat shirts...Sweaters... I have a few from previous employers and wear them all the time, might be on the expensive side but depending on what kind of work you do it could work out well.
One of those sweaters is from a framing sub and they gave all kinds of clothing out to their guys, subs, site supervisors, other contractors, crane operators, truck drivers etc. A really good chunk of guys on the developments had the company name on their clothes. Made it look like the company was a pretty big deal.