It wouldn’t be a parade without the big-brass bands, unicyclists, local dignitaries shaking hands and parade giveaways.
Nonprofits and entrepreneurs are spreading the word about their products, services and organizations with more than the customary candy toss. Distributing promotional parade favors is a terrific way to share your information with the awaiting crowd. If you’re looking for inspiration, set yourself apart from other parade entries with these show-stopping ideas.
Parade giveaway ideas for themed parades
Have you ever attended a Fourth of July parade? One for St. Patrick’s Day? Or for a school’s homecoming?
Everyone’s Irish at a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Give attendees a long-lasting memory of the event with a Shamrock Soft Key Tag. Parade goers venturing out in the evening might appreciate the added visibility of attaching a Flashing Shamrock Pin to their jacket.
Themed parades are a great opportunity for you to get in touch with the crowds. For added memorability, pick favors that keep with the theme. When accompanying your float through an Independence Day parade, stick with the red, white and blue décor, and hand out Patriotic Beach Balls and Stars and Stripes Lip Balm for surefire summer fun in the sun.
Other clever giveaways for parades
You don’t always have to tie into the parade theme to get your brand noticed. Choose unique parade giveaways that reflect your organization and (literally) put them in the hands of your prospects.
Hand out promotional products that link back to the services your business or organization offers. For example, if you’re a dentist or orthodontist, putting your brand on a mouth-shaped Mighty Clip is a handy way to be remembered by the crowd (especially when it’s clipped to their refrigerator or favorite bag of chips). A travel agency could give out Balsa Gliders, or a beauty salon could share Nail File Key Tags for convenient, portable fingernail fixes.
Parade spectators always need something to hold their candy and swag. A basic tote bag with your high-visibility logo on the front is a perfect parade favor. With bags generating more impressions (PDF) in the U.S. than any other promo item, your logo will get lots of exposure.
Other great parade giveaways tie in to current weather conditions. Walk along a summer parade route with a cooler full of logo’d Bottled Water to help keep people cool and hydrated. Attendees will appreciate Foam Sun Visors to shade their eyes and Paper Fans to generate a breeze. If the forecast calls for rain, you can be the hero when you hand out branded Pronto Ponchos.
To really distinguish yourself from the competition, selectively hand out the ever-popular KOOZIE® 6-Pack Cooler. This portable insulated bag is just the right thing for your newly minted brand champions to tote around all summer long.
Keep your parade giveaways relevant and useful
Keep this in mind: When people are deciding whether or not to keep a promotional product, the item’s usefulness outweighs attractiveness by at least five to one (PDF). Why does this matter? Your brand won’t be remembered long if your giveaway ends up in the morning trash. Keep your name around by opting for giveaways that blend uniqueness and usability.
Have fun at your next parade!