Conference gift ideas
If you attend a conference, you always research speakers and prepare which areas you want to visit. Another favourite part of conference attending is the freebies that you receive throughout the days. Mugs and pens branded with relevant company logos are a key part of the day. Conference gifts are not only fun for the receiver, but if you’re holding a conference, gifts or “swag bags” are an important part of your marketing strategy. There you want to ensure they’re worthwhile and something your delegates will keep. At Kents Hill, we are highly experienced in hosting conferences and have a wealth of experience in all aspects. Our team have come up with some of our favourite gifts which you can brand and give away at your next conference.
What makes a good conference gift?
Often conferences are busy and if you are running a single stand, it can be hard to attract guests to speak to you. Having a good piece of merch will encourage people over and trigger a conversation. During this engagement, you will be making connections which lead to potential sales. This is why it’s so worthwhile to have merch people actually want. The general consensus is that delegates want something reusable and high quality. Although this may be less economical for you, it means you can reap more potential benefits and avoid waste. Here are some of our favourite ideas:
A mug is probably one of the most simple but effective conference gifts. The majority of people spend their time, particularly at work, sipping tea and coffee. Create some branded mugs which catch peoples eyes and hand them out. They’re great advertising for future conferences and give delegates a souvenir to remember the day by. Mugs can be reused and are fairly economical to make.
Depending on your conference, you may have certain apps and programmes that are related. This means you can invest in some free trials for your guests. Not only does it keep them happy, but advertises the product for the creator. In theory, the user should be getting excited and enjoying their use of the product so much they convert to a paying customer, therefore it benefits everyone.
With the rise of the plastic reduction movement, more people than ever are investing in a reusable water bottle, particularly the ones which stay cool all day. Utilise this and give delegates one which advertises your event. Guests can use them all year round and be consistently advertising your event. Think about all the places someone would use a water bottle. At work, at the gym, on the train, and every time they do, the public gets a mini promo of your conference. Even small things like this can generate big interest and sales.
It’s the general consensus that any type of food is a great gift. It’s something delegates can snack on throughout the conference and the stalls handing these out are always very popular. Consider using a hashtag for your conference food to encourage delegates to post their snacks on social media. Any way you can get the name and details of your event passed around is good advertising. If guests use the hashtag, that means every person that follows them will see your event. Times that by the number of people who will post and you have a simple campaign going.
With so many of us using our phones, laptops, iPads and whatever else on the go, power banks always come in handy. Charge your devices on the go, use at festivals, on trains, at conferences, the list is endless. Useful tools are always the most well-received so adorn a power bank with your conference branding and you’re good to go. Click here to have a look at customisable power banks which range in price to suit you.
Smartphone card holder
People value convenience and often want to leave the house with just phone and car keys. Smartphone card holders are ideal, you simply peel the sticker off and attach to your phone case. Then you can slot in your driving license, debit card and whatever else you need. These are something delegates will keep hold of and will be showing off every time they pull their phone out.
Another handy phone item which is all the rage at the moment. As phones get bigger they get harder to hold and that’s where PopSockets come in. Another easy phone case attachment which gives you an easy grip and ensures the delegates have a useful keepsake.
At Kents Hill Park, we’re experts at holding successful conferences, with years of experience and a wealth of knowledge. Located in Milton Keynes, we offer hi-speed Wi-Fi connections, climate-controlled air conditioning, refreshment stations and business centre facilities for delegates and trainers. We are dedicated to training, conferencing and learning so you can be sure our spaces are perfect for you. Please don’t hesitate to speak to our team today for any information you need, special requirements, or to book. We look forward to hearing from you.