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All American Marketing

by Susan Morgan on July 2, 2008


The 4th of July is nearly upon us, and this All-American holiday gives us a good opportunity to discuss patriotism in marketing. Before the 9/11 attacks, the majority of people thought it corny and old-fashioned to fly the flag any day, let alone on the 4th. I was one of those people. Today flags fly proudly everywhere (my house included) and stir the hearts of buyers of all ages.

But don’t think that patriotism is something to be trifled with… to be put into an advertising campaign and not supported by action. Patriotism stirs the soul and fires the blood… it inspires daring actions and heated debates… it holds a place in every consumer’s heart that won’t be bought or sold. And being such a cynical, seen-it-all bunch, we can spot a false flag waiver a mile away.

So… if the fervor of the holiday is taking hold, and you’ll like to be sincerely more patriotic in your business, here are some things you can do…

  • Proudly display “Made in America” on your products 
  • Fly the flag at your location, and be sure to do it properly  
  • Offer discounts to military families or veterans
  • Support our soldiers with collections of essential items
  • When they come home, hire a veteran if you can
  • Support community causes or relief efforts here at home
  • Encourage people to vote
  • Use themes in ads to show appreciation for our troops
  • Salute your local police, fire and rescue teams

There are some other simple, subtle ways you can mark the nation’s birthday. A qualitygiveaway really stands out at this time of year. It’s an unexpected gift that’s noticed, and remembered, for a long time. Consider these season appropriate promotional products you might give as you celebrate America’s birthday.

A national holiday might also serve as an excuse to invest in clothing that’s geared to the warmer weather and has that All-American look. The most affordable options are caps, but a smartly styled polo shirt or light fleece jacket are other ways to outfit yourself and your team. These items also make great gifts for your best customers — gifts that get noticed simply because of the time of the year they’re given.

Whatever you do on this 4th of July… stop for one moment and remember the brave group of patriots who took a chance so you could be free, eat hot dogs, slug bottled water and shoot off illegal fireworks. God Bless America.

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Susan Morgan
Creative, passionate and detailed, Susan brings 25-plus years professional writing experience to a variety of projects — get-noticed direct mail pieces, full line print catalogs, eye-catching color brochures and totally original. search engine friendly company blogs, web pages and online articles.

A lifelong love of storytelling has also produced a full-length novel (Out of the Ordinary published by booklocker in 2007). Susan continues to indulge her passion for fiction with a growing number of short stories (one an award winner in 2004, another in 2008) and finalizing a second novel.

In her spare time Susan enjoys gardening, studying astrology and tarot, being with family and friends and keeping up with politics and current events.

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