Keychains and Key Tags Buying Guide

Posted September 28, 2010

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Why Buy Promotional Keychains and Key Tags?

Your promotional keychain can be your customers’ lifeline that won’t be forgotten.

As we say often, the most effective promotional items for your business or brand are the most useful, the ones that get daily use and daily visibility. The more useful your client finds his or her promotional item, the more impressions and brand loyalty that item generates. Nothing is more useful or ubiquitous than a keychain. Aside from keeping our all-important keys in one place, a keychain makes the small items we use every day — nail clippers, store loyalty tags, flashlights, bottle openers, flash drives — handy and accessible, so if one doesn’t have one’s keychain at hand, he or she is looking for it.

A few things to keep in mind when we discuss InkHead’s wide selection of keychains and key tags. Keychain refers to any small object that connects to a key ring, which is the split metal ring to which one actually attaches one’s keys, by means of a chain or link. Key tags are specifically those items, usually made from acrylic or soft vinyl, that have a key ring threaded through a loop at one end (these are also called key fobs).

Types of Promotional Keychains

Standard Keychains

What we refer to as “standard keychains” is a general category incorporating key tags and various novelty items such as zipper pulls and floatables. The advantage of key tags as that the acrylic variety incorporates a durably laminated image while the vinyl kind comes in a virtually limitless selection of stock shapes. These options make key tags ideal for businesses that lend keys, such as hotels, gyms, and auto rental agencies, to mark their keys in a bright and clearly identifiable fashion. Key tags also make terrific promotional giveaways and souvenirs at very low cost, and we offer some punchable key tags for redemption programs.

Carabiner Keychains

Carabiners are thick metal loops used initially by climbers to attach and detach lines quickly and securely. The long clip that permits one-handed operation made the carabiner an ideal belt hook for keys and small gear off the mountain. The utility of the carabiner caught on and now it is a popular option, albeit in lightweight aluminum, for carrying keys among non-climbers. The carabiners we offer are great for promotions with an outdoor theme, such as sports events and camping and hunting supply outlets, especially as several of these come with mini-compasses and/or flashlights. The sheer usefulness of these keychains, however, make them attractive for just about any promotion. But not for climbing.

Flashlight Keychains

The increasing use of LED (Light Emitting Diodes) instead of incandescent bulbs in flashlights has resulted in a light that burns longer and brighter, and is easier on the eyes. It also means that flashlights can be much smaller, enough to make a flashlight keychain practically indispensable — and indispensably practical. This category is large, basically incorporating the many shapes that LED pocket flashlights can take, and no wonder. It’s an item that just about anybody can and will use again and again. The utility of the flashlight keyring makes it a perfect promotional item, no matter what your cause is, and is inexpensive enough to offer an incredible ROI.

Metal Keychains

While there is much to say about keychains as a promotional item for their usefulness and universality, keychains can also be beautiful, and our selection of metal keychains includes many artful pieces that, after engraving, make great wedding favors, executive gifts, and employee rewards. Another advantage of metal keychains is that many models lock and unlock with unusual and interesting mechanisms, adding to the perceived value of the gift or giveaway. These would also make a great addition to corporate swag bags.

Screwdriver Keychains

Keychains are designed to keep essentials close by and easily accessible, and every one of us has at one time or another found ourselves in need of a screwdriver for an emergency on-the-spot repair. These keychains ingeniously incorporate flat- and Phillips-head screwdriver bits for handy use without unnecessary bulk. These keychains would work very well in any promotion involving hardware or tools — home improvement events, auto shows, or open houses.

Stress Reliever Keychains

As your customers make their way through their complicated day, they’ll thank you for the gift of a handy promotional stress ball to give a good hard squeeze whenever stress rears its ugly head. And you’ll be glad for a promotional item that carries your brand or logo wherever your customers go. Our selection of custom key chain stress balls has items appropriate for just about any field, including key-chain versions of some of our most popular stress balls.

Unique Keychains

This category is a collection of keychains that don’t fit in easily with the other categories, which means that some of the most interesting promotional items may be found here, with something to meet just about any campaign need. A small sample of the keychains to be found here are those that dispense plastic bags, clean eyeglasses, hold handy dental floss or golf tees, incorporate levels and compasses and thermometers, wi-fi finders and mini digital photo frames.

How to Buy Promotional Keychains and Key Tags

There are a couple of considerations to bear in mind when selecting the right keychain for your promotion. Aside from finding a keychain that fits in with your business or event, it’s important to consider the size of the keychain. Although many people have begun to carry their keys on carabiners, belt hooks, and lanyards, most of your customers will still carry theirs in pockets and purses. A large or bulky keychain, such as a stress reliever, may be too unwieldy for a pocket and end up sitting in a drawer where it does your promotion no good. Similarly, one should consider the weight of the keychain that will not only travel with the user but will also hang from a car ignition.

It’s also important to remember that, like many small promotional items, keychains generally require a large minimum quantity to make production cost-effective. The price of keychains in bulk is relatively inexpensive per unit, but the initial print or engraving run may prove daunting, so it is advised to make an ROI assessment before ordering promotional keychains.

Ready to order some promotional keychains? Have a question about this product? Please contact us. We can take your order over the phone or answer any questions you may have.

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