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Five times when you really should have your own merchandise

Initial impressions count, so make a good one with the right merch

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Whether you’re a business looking to set yourself apart from your competition, a band hitting the road, or you're just looking to outdo a frenemy in the wedding stakes, the extras you sell or give away become a touchstone for people’s memories.

You've started your own band
This one almost goes without saying – but it doesn’t have to be confined to the traditional T-shirt (although, if you do, please make sure that you stock ladies’ sizes too). We’ve seen tea towels, yoyos, coasters, post-cards and stickers. People will cough up for a good bit of merch!

You're getting married 
Does anyone actually like sugar-coated almonds? We didn't think so. Be creative – some of our favourite wedding bonbonniere has included key rings, mini-succulents, tiny terrariums and cookies.

You need to expand your reach
Have you been to a careers fair recently? Company merch is way more sophisticated than a notepad and pen these days. That said, everyone loves a good bit o’ stationery. Do yourself a favour and invest in something useful and cool: a pad of mini post-its, a brolly and a bottle opener were way more fun (and, importantly, not turfed).

You’ve started your own business
Number one – you need a sharp looking business card. Think about branded invoices, letterhead and sophisticated packaging. Even if you’re just starting out, it looks classy and sets you apart from small fry. 

You want someone to notice you
We’re pretty spoiled at Time Out – we get presents on a weekly basis and while we appreciate everything we get, some gifts stand out more than others. For instance, beers on ice in a branded Esky (chilly bin for our NZ mates), a spatula, an apron and super-sturdy shopping totes with pretty but still branded imagery made one hell of an impression. 

Feeling inspired? Hit up our pals at Cubic Promote for your merch needs. Cubic Promote, an Aussie-owned and Sydney-based business, has over ten years experience supplying businesses and individual punters with merchandise. Its range includes more than 10,000 plus items and Cubic Promote can embroider, screen-print, laser engrave and emboss your handle across everything from nail files and glow sticks to Ernest Hemnigway's notebook of choice, the Moleskine. Using local products, it has a quick-splits turn-around time and, while it'll lavish just as much love on small enterprises, there’s a level of comfort in knowing that it'll supply merch to the all of the big players, including AGL, Aussie Post, Woolies, Monash Uni and Telstra.