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The Top 6 Promotional Products Ordered by College Students

Posted February 8, 2011  |  written by  |  Promotions by Theme or Event
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Today we will discuss the 6 promotional products college students order most often.  

Custom Laptop Bags

Custom Laptop Bag Buying a laptop has become a rite of passage for college students, making backpacks with a dedicated sleeve extremely popular. InkHead has several  Promotional Computer Bags available, but the Vortex Compu-Sling Bag—which features one large cross strap, a permanent sleeve that holds most 15″ laptops and a front zippered pocket for interior organization—is the most popular.

Backpacks are great for members of student media clubs like the college newspaper, literary arts magazines, or college radio station. Not only can they use the item, but they will also help spark interest in the student media groups on campus.

Promotional Flying DiscsCustom Flying Disc

What college green is complete without the Frisbee-style flying disc floating in the air? Be sure to check the InkHead catalog to see our full collection of Custom Flying Discs, but the Nylon Florida Flyer is very popular. Collapsible, this little guy can be tucked away whenever not in use.

Because of its low cost and portability, the Florida Flyer is a versatile promotional product for any college student looking to promote an organization. If you are active in a student government group, a fraternity, or an outdoor club, custom flying discs are for you.

Custom T-ShirtsCustom T-Shirts

Customized T-Shirts are sure to resonate with the other members of club, organization, or team. InkHead has hundreds of t-shirts from which to choose, but 100% preshrunk cotton and a number of color options make the Gildan Heavyweight Cotton Tee hands-down the most popular promotional product ordered by college students.

Since t-shirts are versatile and widely loved, they are ideal for almost any student group, ranging from the student theater to student activist groups to Greek organizations.

Custom Promotional Eyewear RetainersPersonalized Sun Glass Straps

Chances are that you know these items as Croakies®, the biggest name brand manufacturer of Personalized Sun Glass Straps and neoprene eyewear retainers. InkHead has a number of sun glass straps available, but the Peeper Keeper Neoprene Eyewear Retainers are the most popular promotional item among college students.

These items are extremely popular among fraternities and outdoor college organizations, such as intramural sports teams and student chapters of Habitat for Humanity.

Imprinted Plastic CupsCustomized Plastic Cups

Custom Plastic Cups (also known as stadium cups) are tried-and-true promotional products. There are hundreds of stadium cups available, but the 17 oz Smooth Stadium Cup is the hottest seller among university students and organizations.

Cups are so useful that just about any organization could use them in their promotional campaign.

Custom SunglassesCustom Sunglasses

Want to make a statement for your college organization? Perhaps a pair of Custom Sunglasses is just the thing you need. The Neon Recycled Rubber Sunglasses are the most popular. These wayfarer-style shades are available in many different colors and will make a bold statement whenever worn.

Custom sunglasses are popular with Greek organizations, outdoor clubs, and student theater groups.

The promotional products for college students featured here are subject to availability and may not be available in all colors at the time of your order. Please call us at 877.554.0127 to confirm sufficient stock is available.

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  1. Comment by Seth on February 8, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    I have to say that you have no idea what you are talking about…what about this demographic wants any of the items that you suggest?

    Focus group studies, already administered, showcases that this group is tech savvy, Eco friendly, and into fitness.

    Why would a college student want cheap sunglasses?

    Or a keychain?

    Do some research before talking about sonething you know little about…

  2. Comment by Michael W. Ollinger on February 9, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Thanks for the feedback, Seth. You’re right that most college students are active, tech-savvy, and interested in the environment. But we’ve based this blog post off what students themselves have actually bought when organizing a promotion for their college organization. Perhaps the studies you mention based their study on what students would like to receive as promotional items versus what they procure for their own promotions.

    Either way, your feedback is greatly appreciated. I have updated the post to make it more clear why these items were chosen in particular. Thank you!

  3. Comment by Kendria Smith on May 11, 2011 at 6:24 am

    I work for the promotional products industry and I think the ideas you raised in this article are fantastic. Thank you for sharing them.

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