Remember when receiving and trading baseball cards was a big deal? Back in the day baseball cards were THE ultimate game souvenir, but have they been moved aside by the likes of other sports-related promotional items? Where has the baseball cards’ popularity gone??
After talking about the place of promotional towels in professional sports, I was lucky enough to stumble on this video which gives a very brief history of the most famous example of the rally towel: The Pittsburgh Steelers Terrible Towel. The footage of entire stadiums waving their giveaways sure is awe-inspiring. I’m a big proponent of teams providing their fans with ways to get involved and show their support during the game, and the Steelers certainly know what they’re doing in this regard! Check out the video here:
Giving away stadium promotions does more than give fans an extra reason to show up at the ballpark. Fun stadium giveaways also engage fans in a hands-on manner and let them get involved in the outcome of the game! Back in April, Mets fans at Shea Stadium arrived to receive free promotional towels, a.k.a. “Rally Towels”, that they could swing around to show support for their team. There’s no doubt that thousands of swinging towels certainly has the ability to distract members of the visiting team!
The towels ended up coming in handy during this extra innings game played against the Phillies almost 7 months ago. The Mets did in fact end up rallying to defeat their division rival in 12 innings with a score of 4-3. Fans got to take home a fun souvenir that provides them with a way to instantly remember the fun they had at the ballpark, and increases the odds of them returning to see the Mets win more exciting games in the future.
Snow globes never seem to get old, and whenever they are given as gifts they tend to be displayed on bureaus or desktops for all to see and shake. With the holiday season approaching, how about jazzing your usual humdrum office photo up a bit? It’s as easy as 1…2… globe!
I love finding old school sports schwag featuring outdated logos, non-existent teams, and re-located franchises. This stuff really brings me back! Check out this promotional mug with the old Buffalo Sabres logo on it. Just seeing it makes me feel like I’m back in 1996 again! Modern logos sure have come a long way since the minimalist designs of the past, but I must say that schwag itself has evolved nicely. The difference between modern promotional sports bottles and the bottles of 10 years ago is pretty amazing. Do you have any old school sports schwag you’re willing to share? Send me an e-mail at email@example.com or post up some pictures in the comments section!
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How about using promotional products to help your favorite team win? Lots of teams understand that providing noisemakers such as promotional boom sticks to their fans can actually give stadium-goers a chance to influence the game! This engages fans and gets them more involved in the action and excited about coming to the stadium. Boom sticks are especially popular at basketball games, as fans go wild attempting to distract free throw shooters on the opposing team. Other items like the Pittsburgh Steelers’ “Terrible Towel” help fans display solidarity and support for their team at both home and away games.
When fans leave, they can take noisemakers and other promotions home as a free souvenir. The multiple imprint options on branded boom sticks also makes them great for co-sponsored promotions, which are popular at many sporting events.