Helpline

Joe Thomas takes the hassle out of finding the right product or service - you ask the question, he'll provide the answer.

PERFECT GIFTS

Q: We would like to create a selection of gifts that complement our product. Who will be able to create this for us?

A: Give All Bagged Up a call (0118 930 2835). A premier supplier of goodie bags for events, promotions, incentives and gifts, it will be able to source products that will suit your event.

Bags and boxes can be branded with your company logo, and individual items can be branded as well, depending on your needs. Clients include Chelsea FC, the BBC and Toyota.

IRISH CHARM

Q: We are looking to expand our small brand into Northern Ireland, but would like to see whether our product has a place in the market. Could you suggest anyone for our research?

A: Give Millward Brown Ulster a call (028 9023 1060). Established in 1965, the agency specialises in goal-oriented research, combining marketing expertise and the essential local knowledge you're looking for.

There are a host of services you can choose to suit your product, from opinion polls to qualitative and social research.

STAND FOR IT

Q: We want to set up a stand for an event we are attending, and would like something modern and attractive. Who can help us with this?

A: Why not get in touch with Octanorm (020 8545 2945)? The company has specialised in the manufacturing and distribution of aluminium profiles and systems for the exhibition, retail and display industries for almost 40 years. It will be able to help you create something eye-catching.

From a classic exhibition format to two-storey set-ups, Octanorm offers a wide range of contemporary designs to suit different needs. It also offers presentation systems to help with your brand identity.

THE TEXT STEP

Q: As a small bar, we want to be able to tap into local customers and inform them of upcoming event details. What sort of marketing is available?

A: How about trying the simple but effective method of SMS marketing? Give Txt Local a call (0845 009 3180). With more than 15,000 customers, it has experience to deal with a project of any size.

SMS marketing is the primary tool used by clubs and pubs for marketing - you will be able to promote events, increase brand loyalty and run sales-promotion activities.

Your messages can be sent out easily to a wide audience, and with such a boom in the mobile market, this audience is likely to be responsive. Txt Local's clients include Lloyds TSB and Kremlin nightclub.

- Tel 020 8267 4305 or email marketing.helpline@haymarket.com.

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