4 Effective Promotional Merchandising Strategies

Investing in promotional merchandise is a great tactic for a variety of marketing initiatives. When used strategically, merchandise has the ability to create lasting impressions and boost brand exposure and awareness. Below we have outlined 4 highly effective promotional merchandising strategies to keep your investments successful and efficient.  


1. Communicate Your Brand Voice 

Whether you are choosing promotional materials for a tradeshow as an exhibitor, hosting an event, or creating an on-boarding kit, making sure your brand voice is woven into each merchandise element. Your brand voice represents who you are and how you communicate with your audience. Below are a few examples of types of brand voices and items in our online promo store that coordinate well with each. 





candle, oil diffuser, plush blanket, journal 

beach towel temporary tattoo, fanny pack, pop socket 

luxury pen, padfolio, Yeti tumbler, power bank 

luxury sunglasses, Apple AirTag, noise canceling headphones  



2. Tune to Your Industry  

Your promotional merchandise doesn’t have to be just generic note pads, pens and magnets, you can tailor yours directly to your industry! Each industry has its own characteristics and value sets. Education, construction, agriculture, sports, hospitality, and healthcare are just a handful of industries that can all benefit from having a great lineup of merchandise options.  


For example:

one industry we at Think3 work with frequently, is the agricultural industry. The ag industry encourages sustainability, stewardship and thrives in innovation. Merchandise that is often appreciated and is valuable to them, is high-quality, rugged apparel, knives, seed depth tools, multi-tools, on-the-go tech gear and sustainable items.  

Things to think about: 

Is it relatable to this industry? 

Does it reflect the industry’s values? 

Would it help members of this industry’s work environment? 

Is it a trending item for this industry?  


3. Coordinate Your Marketing Campaigns 

Promotional merchandise is an effective component to elevate a variety of marketing campaigns such as product launches, brand awareness or recruitment. An effective and successful marketing campaign hinges on the coordinated efforts woven into each component. Your promotional merchandise should match the look and feel of the campaign artwork, design, messaging and tone.  


Take your product launch to a new level by creating branded launch kits. Design a custom box and kit all your coordinated promo items. You can use these to send to customers, sales reps and influencers. 

4. Enhance Your Event Marketing 

Whether your business is exhibiting at an event, hosting an event or sponsoring an event, promotional merchandise makes an excellent tool to increase awareness both in your brand and products. If you are an exhibitor or sponsor, make sure your merchandise is unique yet useful. Be mindful of airfare restrictions if your audience will be traveling by plane (i.e., avoid pocket knives). Common functional items are the most coveted. For example: We sourced these stress relievers that are also cell phone holders at a conference we exhibited at. They were a huge hit and we couldn’t keep the table stocked fast enough. 

If you are hosting an event, promotional merchandise gives you the opportunity to add a tangible element to your theme. You can customize your merchandise with event colors, shapes, and logos. These items can be used for welcome bags, table décor/giveaways, team apparel, games prizes and more. The possibilities are endless with event merchandise. 


Finding the right promotional items for your business doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. Shop our promo site We also offer our services to research and source customized products tailored to your company and marketing initiatives.  

Feel free to give us a call anytime to get started! 


10 Ways to Infuse Your Unique Flavor into a Consistent Brand Across Social Platforms 

In the digital realm where social media has taken over a huge portion of marketing and advertising, success lies not just in having a brand account for users to search, but in crafting a plethora of reliable content that resonates simultaneously and uniquely, across all platforms. I’ve mentioned before that your brand is more than just a logo; it’s something that should linger in the minds of your audience.

Here are ten heartfelt ways to infuse your personal touch and maintain harmonious brand identity across the diverse landscape of social media:

1. Create a Brand Style Guide:

Lay down the law—brand law, that is! A style guide is your brand’s rulebook and the holy grail for design and aesthetics. From colors to fonts, tone of voice and types of imagery, it keeps everyone on the same page.

What to think about:

Develop a rulebook that echoes your brand’s personality – from the colors that make your heart sing to the tone of voice that feels authentically you. Authenticity is important, as viewers can tell when something is forced.


2. Visual Cohesion Is Key:

Whether it’s your logo, graphics, or images, keep them in sync across all platforms. A consistent visual builds an easily recognizable identity and brand personality. Give your brand a signature look that stands out in the crowd, creating an easy way to differentiate yourself from competitors.

What to think about:

Let your visuals tell a story that’s uniquely yours. Whether it’s your logo, graphics, or images, inject your personal flair to create a visual identity that stands out.


3. Craft a Unified Brand Voice:

What does your brand sound like when it speaks? Is it formal, casual, or a mix of both? Is it knowledgeable, friendly, sarcastic, or loud? Define your brand’s voice and stick to it. Whether it’s an Instagram, X, or Facebook post, your brand should have a consistent tone that resonates with your audience.

What to think about:

Define your brand’s voice as if it’s having a conversation with a dear friend. Be it formal, casual, or a bit of both – let it act as its own person and use that tone to create its genuine self.


4. Maintain a Content Calendar:

Ever heard the saying, “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative”? Yeah, me neither. That’s because in the social world, planning is the first rule of thumb. Plan your content ahead of time, keeping in mind the overarching theme and messaging. Set up a strategy for the entire year and plan content around that. This will be your roadmap for your brand’s journey through social media.

What to think about:

Plan your content with an overarching theme that aligns with your brand essence. Think of holidays and campaigns you can work around and use your content calendar to paint your thoughts and aspirations to create a well-rounded, compelling journey for your audience into a social strategy that keeps them engaged with your brand.


5. Adapt, Don’t Transform:

While each platform has its unique quirks, don’t reinvent the wheel every time you post. Adapt your content strategy to fit the platform but maintain that core brand essence. Think of it as speaking the local language while keeping the global vibe alive so anyone from any country visiting can tell it’s you.

What to think about:

As you tailor your content for each platform, make sure you are still using the same tone of voice and brand elements. Though the content might be different, it should still look and appear the same if in a lineup.


6. Engage Your Team:

Your brand is a team effort! Ensure that everyone involved in creating and sharing content is on the same wavelength. Having regular team meetings, updates, and brainstorming sessions can help maintain brand vision. This is especially useful when multiple parties are working on different aspects of the brand.

What to think about:

Remember that your brand is a collaborative effort. Use these regular team meetings to not just discuss what is on the agenda but also as moments to share inspirations and ideas that are all essential elements of your brand’s voice and identity.


7. Monitor and Adjust:

When it comes to social, it is important to always keep an eye on analytics and audience feedback. If certain types of posts or content perform exceptionally well, understand why that is. What about it resonated with the fans? Same for if a post performs poorly. Learn from the data and adjust your strategy accordingly.

What to think about:

Analytics are not just about numbers, but thinking about and understanding the reasoning behind the content your brand creates. Don’t take posts not performing to heart. Opinions are subjective! Use the insights to inform future posts.


8. Educate Your Team:

Make sure that your team understands the importance of consistency. If needed, provide training sessions or workshops on the brand guidelines and the rationale behind them. Make it part of the onboarding process for new hires. When everyone is on the same page when it comes to the brand’s identity and voice, the chances of maintaining a harmonious brand image skyrocket.

What to think about:

Brands are built from the inside out. When educating your team, share not just guidelines but the soul behind them. Make every workshop a chance to allow everyone to contribute to your brand. Let them ask questions and see what new and out of the box ideas can come from these sessions.


9. Stay Agile:

Marketing has always been ever-changing, but the pace at which social media evolves can be instantaneous. So, in the back of your mind you need to always be ready to adapt your strategy based on emerging trends, algorithm changes, or shifts in your audience’s preferences. Being agile when these come about ensures that your brand remains relevant and fresh.

What to think about:

Allow your brand to adapt gracefully to change and remember to hop on trends when they are happening, waiting too long can backfire if you decide to adopt the trend once the hype is over. Move around your content if needed to fit in trending content when appropriate.


10. Encourage User-Generated Content:

Let your audience be part of the brand story! Encourage user-generated content (UGC) that aligns with your brand values. Not only does this promote a sense of community, but it also adds authenticity to your brand’s narrative. Remember trust is everything when it comes to social media.

What to think about:

Your audience is not just a group of spectators; they’re potential co-authors of your brand story. Encourage user-generated content that reflects their journey with your brand, but make sure to vet out those whose content you choose to use. While UGC can help build brand trust, picking the wrong content creator to share can hinder it as well.


Remember, building and maintaining a unique, consistent brand presence is an ongoing process. It’s not about conformity; it’s about creating a brand identity that resonates authentically with your audience across all social platforms. Ready to infuse your brand with personal flair? Contact us at Think3 Marketing for assistance in shaping your brand identity and creating a lasting impact on your audience. Embrace the journey to social success with a brand that is not just fitting into a mold!