Swag: an easy way to benefit your brand
Have you ever thought as swag as an easy way to benefit your brand? By definition, “swag” is branded merchandise that is made to promote your brand or unite your company, and then given away for free (Forbes, 2022). In the corporate world, swag is often misconstrued as cheap freebies that will eventually go in the trash, but that does not have to be the case – especially with Whale. As a full-service marketing agency, we could name countless reasons to have swag, but two of the most important to understand are brand recognition and company culture.
Swag can act as “free” advertising. Someone wearing a crewneck or backpack with your logo is a walking billboard bringing your brand to life. Unlike many forms of marketing, it is tangible, which means it can be more personal and valuable. Positive brand recognition is a result of being intentional with your swag. According to a study conducted by Promotional Products Association International, 72% of consumers surveyed believed that the quality of a promotional product equates to the reputation of that company. In other words, high-quality swag makes your brand seem high-quality, and low-quality swag makes your brand seem low-quality. Not all swag has to be basic, especially with Whale. How to stand out from all the other shirts and tchotchkes is through quality and design. Having your logo is a great start, but adding patterns and graphics to swag can showcase your brand identity.
Swag is great to hand out to prospects, but it can also help cultivate company culture in the workplace. As an employer, it shows your employees that you are investing in them and recognize them as valuable members of your team. Whether you are gifting swag to a new or existing employee or client, this simple gesture has the potential to spark a stronger loyalty and connection to your brand. Bundled kits are one of our favorite ways to deliver internal swag – for example, a custom card, shirt, tumbler, notebook, and pen. However, you can get more “outside of the box” with items like speakers, tote bags, and yoga mats.