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2024 promotional products trends

As 2024 approaches, brands need to stay ahead of the game and leverage the latest promotional product trends to capture the attention of their target audience. This blog post will explore five key points that will dominate the promotional product market in 2024.


1. Name Brand and Retail Quality Products

custom solo stove
Solo stove with custom imprint

The key to success lies in personalization and forging connections with your audience’s values. Brands must understand their recipients’ preferences and lifestyles, ensuring the creation of meaningful promotional items that connect with the target audience. Leveraging retail brands that already hold appeal and trust within your audience is a savvy move. Take, for instance, the widespread popularity of Stanley Tumblers, North Face jackets, Moleskine notebooks, Carhartt beanie, Theragun massagers or the Solo Stove—these brands make for fantastic gifts that seamlessly align with your audience’s tastes. By tapping into these brands, your promotional efforts become more than just giveaways; they become cherished connections with your audience.




2. Environmental Sustainability

Recycled aluminum bottle
Recycled aluminum bottle
recycled canvas duffel
Recycled canvas duffel








Going green isn’t just a passing trend—it’s a global shift. We are witnessing a surge in client requests for eco-friendly options, and this momentum is set to define 2024. The idea of “quiet luxury” intertwines seamlessly with eco-conscious products, emphasizing quality, sustainability, and conscientious consumer decisions. While some sustainable options may come with a slightly higher price, it sends a message that the brand values the environmental impact and in a way will build better brand loyalty with their target audience.

Recycled and sustainable materials such as wheat straw, bamboo, recycled plastics are helping to make eco-friendly products more accessible, allowing companies—even those with budget constraints—to champion responsible consumption. Each step toward promoting sustainability in promotional goods echoes a brand’s commitment to a greener, more thoughtful future.


3. Social Media Integration

kcrw custom bike giveawaySocial media integration presents a goldmine for businesses aiming to leverage their promotional products effectively. We suggest brands create a custom campaign with their branded merchandise, and encourage the recipients to showcase their branded items on platforms like Instagram, Facebook, or TikTok. It is proven to exponentially expand the company’s brand awareness through user-generated content (UGP), which not only generates buzz but cultivates an authentic sense of community around the brand.

Another winning tactic involves hosting online sweepstakes, and inviting followers to participate by taking simple actions like tagging a friend or signing up for a newsletter for a chance to win high-quality branded products.  Great way to utilize your social media following and keep them engaged with your company.








4. Experiential Marketing

It holds the key to capturing hearts, and carefully curated promotional products are the secret sauce. Customers long for meaningful experiences amidst the digital noise, whether it’s at a workshop, trade show, or a brand-hosted in-person event. By involving customers in the design process or adding interactive elements, businesses can craft unforgettable moments tied to product launches, leveraging their social media presence for maximum impact.

When exhibiting at trade shows, invite attendees to engage in activities or games for a chance to win a branded product—a strategy that not only fosters interaction but also fuels marketing efforts (Don’t forget to capture the leads!). The goal is to create “A taste of the experience” with your brand. Use the brand product ​​that offers a taste, a smell, or a touch of the experience your company embodies. It’s a fresh approach that acknowledges the hunger for real, physical encounters in a world dominated by screens, elevating marketing beyond the ordinary into the realm of unforgettable, real-world connections.


5. Limited Edition and Scarcity Marketing

Tap into consumers’ fear of missing out (FOMO) mentality, and use it to create engagement and response rate of your company’s predefined goals and objectives. Flash buys and online pop-up shops have become a hit, offering a swift way to distribute branded merchandise across various locations. Custom kitting is the secret to creating unique and limited-edition items. People love the “unboxing experience”, and ​​​​pairing custom kitting with limited edition offerings opens doors for brands to deliver something truly one-of-a-kind. 






So there you have it! Our take on the top promotional product trends in 2024.

Aligning your efforts with these trends is key to strengthening connections, boosting brand exposure, and driving revenue growth. Now’s the time to dive into planning your strategy for the year ahead. The possibilities are endless, and we’re here to make this journey smooth for you. Whether it’s custom kitting, limited edition items, or experiential marketing, we’ve got the expertise to elevate your brand. 

Let’s team up and craft a standout promotional strategy for 2024 that resonates with your audience and achieves remarkable results. Reach out, and let’s bring your vision to life together!

About the Author

Swire Ho

Swire migrated to Los Angeles in 1996. He is a proud Chinese American who speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English. He trained as a sound engineer, working at recording studios and entertainment agencies before starting his own firm, Hellman Production, Inc, 2003 in Los Angeles. Swire and his team successfully produced attractive, personalized DVD and CD cases and custom merchandise like T-shirts, earning a Score award in 2009, for small business success. His business eventually grew so popular, he decided to sell Hellman Production in 2013 to focus exclusively on the promotional product industry.

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