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There is no better medium than promotional products for advertisers looking to create meaningful experiences resulting in long-lasting brand loyalty.


by Matt Wagner

Through most marketing channels, especially promotional product advertising, the goal is to create an experience for the audience. Advertisers who achieve this often evoke an emotion simultaneously and subconsciously establishing a connection between the customer and the brand. 

An excellent example of this can be seen using sustainable and plant-able products. These items not only make for a healthier planet but also serve as an experiential item with more touchpoints and a longer life cycle than many traditional marketing solutions.

Increased interactions with imprinted merchandise strengthens brand recall ultimately improving an advertisers business, organically.

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The promotional products industry is shining a spotlight on sustainable products and environmentally friendly products are being developed at a rapid rate bringing more and more options to marketers.

One company in particular has demonstrated the value of investing in eco-friendly products eco-friendly that offer these experiential marketing solutions. 

Sprout Tyme seeded promos creates an experience for audiences. One that evokes emotion and establishes a connection between the customer and the brand. Recipients bring Sprout Tyme products inside their home and/or office to plant, nurture, grow and even harvest, all while engaging with the brand displayed.

Features:

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
According to the 2019 Counselor Ad Impression Study, 42% of end-users have a more favorable opinion of an advertiser if the item received is eco-friendly, therefore resulting in higher positive brand association. 

APPEAL TO MILLENNIALS & GEN Z
Cone Communications found in a recent survey that 94% of Gen Z and 87% of millennial respondents believe companies must address environmental issues. 

MADE IN THE USA 53% of end-users reported have a more favorable opinion of the advertiser when the product received was USA made, according to the 2019 Counselor Ad Impressions Study. Most seeded promos are made domestically resulting in stronger inventory and faster lead times for your most demanding projects.

BRANDS ON DISPLAY
Recent trend reports demonstrate more people desire products with multiple uses and products that give back.  Sprout Tyme products and many others designed for sustainability are held onto,  put on display in prominent areas like an office desk or kitchen windowsill receiving far more impressions, touchpoints and more experiential interactions than many other marketing solutions.



Grossman Marketing Group Acquires PCI Creative

10 Mar 2021 5:54 PM | Dana Geiger (Administrator)

Grossman Marketing Group (asi/215205), a Somerville, MA-based promo products distributor that counts the Boston Celtics and Harvard University among its household name clients, has acquired PCI Creative Group, a Stamford, CT-based distributor. Financial terms of the deal were not released.

Ben Grossman and David Grossman in warehouse.

Co-Presidents Ben Grossman and David Grossman of Grossman Marketing Group, in one of their warehouses. Photo by Len Rubenstein.

A fourth-generation family-owned business, Grossman Marketing provides multifaceted marketing solutions, including promotional products, to clients in industries that range from financial services, law and biotechnology, to education and the arts.

The acquisition of PCI Creative, a company with 35 years of experience, expands Grossman’s footprint in Connecticut through a firm that already provides everything from graphic design, image and branding to web and digital design, direct mail, printed communications and branded merchandise.

“Adding decades of marketing experience, along with an amazing reputation and legacy, in a region of New England into which we continue to see a steady influx of growth is truly an asset and another defining moment for our company,” said David Grossman, co-president of Grossman Marketing Group. “Broadening our relationships within the Connecticut market, a state in which we’ve had a presence for over 40 years ourselves, is a major priority for us, and we will continue to pursue that goal when ideal opportunities, such as this one, present themselves.”

Anne Chiapetta, principal at PCI Creative, said company leaders felt it was time to take a less active role in day-to-day operations and were looking for a great partner to which to “pass the torch.” Grossman was it.

“Their stellar reputation and the prestigious clients they have served, many for decades, ensures that our clients will continue to receive the same level of excellent, reliable and high-touch service to which they have grown accustomed,” Chiapetta said.

Grossman Marketing Group’s acquisition of PCI Creative Group marks its third acquisition in the state of Connecticut within the last decade. Grossman previously acquired Fleet Business Products of East Hartford in November 2015, along with ASAP Inc. of Norwalk, in January 2013. The firm has combined its Connecticut operations into a Hartford office established in the mid-1970s. Grossman’s other recent acquisitions include the purchase of Advantages in Marketing (AIM) of West Springfield, MA, in 2019 and Manchester, ME-based Premier Marketing Group in 2017.

Beyond the Celtics and Harvard, Grossman Marketing’s clients include the Boston Bruins, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, athenahealth, Novocure, Columbia University, Tufts University, Hewlett-Packard, John Hancock, L.L. Bean, Zipcar, CVS, and the International Academy of Arts and Sciences (Emmy Awards).


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