A late 2009, two-part study designed by Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), Irving, Texas, and fielded through independent research company MarketTools Inc., evaluated a cross section of the American consumer population about television, print, online and promotional products advertising. The study surveyed more than 1,000 consumers who recalled receiving a promotional product in the past 24 months.
The first part of the study, titled “Effectiveness Of Promotional Products As An Advertising Medium,” focused solely on promotional products and evaluated the action, reaction and relationship of products and their recipients. The study found that:
94 percent could recall a promotional product they had received in the past two years
89 percent could also recall the advertiser
83 percent reported that they liked receiving promotional products
48 percent would like to receive promotional products more often
69 percent generally keep the promotional product
The study also looked at which promotional products are most popular and where popular items are kept. According to consumers, the top five items that would motivate them to take a particular action and/or lead them to have a more favorable impression of the advertiser were food baskets, MP3 players, clocks/watches, digital picture frames and luggage. Consumers also reported the kitchen and the office as the two most common places to display these items.