When you are looking for the right branded product or swag, it’s hard to go wrong with high tech promotional items. They are novel, cool, and, most importantly, highly functional.
People use tech products every day for a variety of different reasons. Giving them out as promotional items helps you stand apart from the competition. According to a 2019 Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) study, tech items are among the most influential promotional products throughout the globe.
“There’s little doubt that nearly everyone who comes in contact with the Internet has difficulty disconnecting: People everywhere are glued to their devices.” – TechCrunch
But, what is the best tech swag that you can offer to prospective clients? There are certainly a lot of items out there. But, if you are looking to cash in some of the hottest trends for 2019, then you came to the right place.
Below, we’ll give you a rundown of all the best high tech promotional items that are sure to give you a big return on your investment.
Promotional Power Banks
Mobile power banks are becoming increasingly important to general consumers of all walks of life. Mobile phones are now staples of everyday living, and keeping them charged is all but a necessity.
Providing clients or employees with promotional power banks is a great way to show that you care. It also allows you to give out a highly functional product that will be used time and time again. No one says “no” to a device that can charge their phones with or without an electrical outlet. In fact, power banks are often used by:
- Outdoorsy types
- People who attend all-day events
- Literally anyone with a smartphone
The fact that these power banks are often pulled out in public also increases the amount of impressions you will receive. According to the ASI study cited above, power banks receive about 900 impressions over their lifespan.
This number only increases when you realize that many power banks are given away once the original recipient upgrades to another model. On average, custom power banks are kept for about a year, but they typically continue to live on well after that.
There is also a large selection of different types of power banks ranging from simple devices to high-end options from brands like Anker or mophie. When it comes to technology, we have you covered. Whether you want to woo a few customers with top-of-the-line selections or make your presence felt to a larger group of prospects.
Regardless of what you choose, it’s clear that power banks are some of the best high tech promotional items because they fill an almost universal need: the ability to charge a smartphone without a convenient electrical outlet around.
Custom USB Flash Drives
Despite the fact that USB technology is over 20 years old, flash drives continue to be used for a variety of reasons. Obviously, the most important reason is the storage and transfer of valuable data.
You may also be surprised to learn that, like mobile power banks, promotional USB flash drives are some of the most influential promotional products available. They produce 700 impressions over their lifespan and provide functionality for both you and your intended recipient.
In fact, you can load up any custom USB flash drive with data, documents, photos, or any other information you think will be important to your prospective client. For instance, photographers may deliver a client’s photos via branded flash drive while businesses could provide new product information or brochures.
The possibilities for how you might want to use custom flash drive are endless. There are also a lot of options at your disposal when choosing what kind of flash drive to use. These selections include:
- Standard capped flash drives
- Capless flash drives
- USB flash drive business cards
- Wood USB flash drives
- Custom-shaped flash drives
It’s clear that clients enjoy these little devices. As promotional products, they show no signs of slowing down in 2019 and beyond. Indeed, 43% of flash drive recipients keep the devices for 2 or more years.
With so many options available and a wide variety of functional uses, it is almost impossible to go wrong with a campaign that employs promotional flash drives.
Custom Bluetooth Speakers
Bluetooth technology has revolutionized the way we interact with our world. The ability to wirelessly connect your phone or other device to an entirely separate device is invaluable. With custom Bluetooth speakers, your clients can connect their phones and have a pop-up party virtually anywhere.
Bluetooth speakers are often used in social settings, meaning that your branding will likely be seen at parties, meetings, or other events by a wide swath of people. Having a much more voluminous sound is also simply practical in many instances. No one wants to listen to a song or a podcast from a standard smartphone speaker, especially when there are multiple people listening.
The proliferation of smartphones and their attendant Bluetooth compatibility makes these devices valuable to almost anyone. If the device isn’t really the initial recipient’s “thing,” then, like other high tech promotional items, it will simply be handed off to someone who will use it. This ensures that your branding will always be seen as long as the device still works.
On top of all that, Bluetooth speakers are just cool. The gift will certainly be appreciated by the younger demographic, and your branding will always be at the forefront of their minds when they use it.
Promotional Battery Pack Phone Cases
As you may have guessed, one of the bigger trends in promotional products is mobile charging. We’ve already discussed power banks above, but promotional battery pack phone cases provide the added convenience of literally being attached the phone.
The primary company that offers these phone cases is mophie (which is deliberately lowercased). Their branded phone cases are called “juice packs.” While they are only available for a selection of different iPhones, they are still unique and useful gifts. Again, if the initial recipient doesn’t want it or doesn’t have an iPhone, they will likely just give it to someone who does.
Because these devices are virtually indistinguishable from standard phone cases, they will be highly visible to the general public. This ensures that your branding will be front and center for even strangers to see.
Mobile chargers like this are also very convenient because you don’t have to carry around a second device. The charger is connected to the phone, making it easier to bring anywhere.
Custom Qi Wireless Chargers
Another charging option involves Qi technology. Custom Qi wireless chargers use resonant inductive coupling to charge devices rather than standard plug-in wires. Resonant inductive coupling is when power is transferred to a phone when it is in close proximity to the charger.
The most common examples of Qi wireless chargers are those round charging pads. But, Qi technology can be found in a variety of charging implements including power banks and phone case battery packs.
Of course, in order for promotional Qi wireless chargers to work, they need to be paired with a Qi-compatible mobile device. Recent iterations of the iPhone have implemented Qi technology, but many types of Android phones have been Qi-compatible for years.
With Qi power banks, you could have truly wireless charging, and Qi-enabled battery cases allow you to charge your phone with the most ease. It may not be too long before all phones are charged with Qi technology or something similar.
When thinking of promotional products, it’s always a good idea to look at the most cutting edge products. If your intended audience is tech-savvy, then you can probably infer that many of them use Qi-compatible devices. Obviously, when they use the device, it will only increase the number of impressions your brand receives.
Custom Headphones and Earbuds
Everyone likes to listen to their music or podcasts without outside distractions. The ability to tune out the rest of the world and focus on whatever they are listening to is important.
Custom headphones and earbuds provide that while also giving your brand a little marketing boost. Many options are Bluetooth-enabled to further amplify convenience and do away with pesky wires. Apple notoriously nixed the audio ports on their newer iPhones, anyway.
In any event, custom earbuds and headphones are a great way to engender favorability among your target audience. They also get your logo out into world. Obviously, headphones have the upper hand when it comes to available branding space. But, earbuds come with carrying cases that can help advertise your logo.
Again, these are among the best tech swag because they will be used by their recipients. This is especially true for younger demographics that are more likely to use headphones or earbuds in their day-to-day lives.
Branded Amazon Echo Dots
Amazon Echo Dots are smart speakers that act as a virtual concierge helping keep track of events, answer questions, play music, and do a wide variety of other tasks as well. Custom Amazon Echo Dots are ideal high tech promotional item. They provide the novelty of a voice-activated speaker that ends up having quite a bit of utility.
There are two main categories of Amazon Echo Dots: the second generation and third generation. When it comes to the software (often referred to as the “Alexa” software), the two generations are identical. The only differences between them are their aesthetics and the improved speakers and microphone on the third generation.
Both provide value to recipients whether they use it directly or give it to someone else. Obviously, Amazon is a trusted brand and the Echo Dot is one of the top-selling smart speakers on the market. So, people want it and they will likely use it.
It is important to note that all of these promotional items are standouts. That is to say, your recipients will absolutely not forget them and they will almost certainly improve their opinion of your business.
These are also all cutting-edge tech products that won’t simply be thrown in the trash. There are plenty of tech products out there to choose from. However, if you really want to make a splash, one of these will probably be your best bet.