Why Giveaways Are Good for Business

Use giveaways to get sales. Marketing Donut expert reveals how.

London, AR, July 19, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Making your most valuable customers feel valued with a carefully-selected gift could deliver the same return as a direct mail to 1000 people or an advert in the local newspaper, says a new expert article on free small business marketing resource (http://www.marketingdonut.co.uk/marketing/marketing-strategy/market-segmentation-and-your-target-market/marketing-through-merchandise) Marketing Donut.

“Merchandising might seem like an unnecessary cost during the recession, but if you set clear objectives and select the right merchandise for your target audience, it can generate a valuable return on investment,” says the article on Marketing Donut.

The article says merchandising delivers benefits such as: connecting with customers, raising awareness of the business, and driving sales.

Marketing Donut expert Andy Preston says that with merchandising it’s important to be clear about what you want to achieve. "For example, do you want customers to sign up to your newsletter and communicate with you more, or to drive new customers to your website and increase online sales?"

It’s also important to choose an item of merchandise that’s appropriate for your business.

"So if you're in financial services you could portray your reliability with something practical, and if you're in the leisure sector, you should create something fun. For example, a go-kart business could distribute wind-up mini racers."

The article also has advice about choosing suppliers and methods of distribution.

Marketing Donut is a free marketing resource that’s backed by Google and Royal Mail. It’s got thousands of expert tools and information covering all aspects of small business (http://www.marketingdonut.co.uk/marketing/sales) sales and marketing.

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* The Marketing Donut is at http://www.marketingdonut.co.uk

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Mick Dickinson
BHP Information Solutions
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BHP Information Solutions
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