Clear Treat Bags
Only 99 cents per pack of 50 at Goodwill!
I used identical plastic bags when I created a low-cost promo for the Living Dead Horror Convention in Portland, OR last month.
Small plastic sleeves
Artwork (printed on my home printer)
This was to promote my documentary Heart Attack.
I was going to print business cards with Vista Print. (I love Vista Print). But I decided to do this at the last minute. And didn't want to pay for RUSH shipping. Most modern printers provide plenty of detail. But you have to watch those big blocks of color. Because they can drain your ink cartridge.
I printed them to fit in the plastic sleeves. So they were right around the size of the business card. I put Heart Attack artwork plus film festival lurels on the front. And more detailed info on the back. Including a website link. When you do a handout/promo, it's good to include a call to action.
And behind the cards, if you look closely at the picture, you can see that I slipped in some candy. In some bags I put gummy bears. In others it was Hot Tamales, sour worms, or Swedish fish. So when people walked by my table I said, "Here's something to keep up your blood sugar. What kind of candy would you like?"
So instead of people feeling like I was trying to sell them something, they all responded favorably. And it put people in a good mood. (Let's face it, who doesn't love free candy?)
Having the candy in the plastic sleeve kept it clean. And when they were done eating it, they could keep my handout. Which was small enough to slip in their wallet or pocket.
And the total cost, including plastic sleeve, printing/ink costs, and candy (which I bought in bulk) was about fifteen cents per packet. Which I think is a great price for a memorable handout. And much less than what you would pay if you ordered branded trade show trinkets online.