Creative Uses for Notepads

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When you need to jot something down quickly, what do you grab?

If you’re like a lot of people, you’re not quite sure. Your note may end up on a napkin, a receipt, or a page of newspaper. You may even grab an entire piece of paper from your printer to make a simple, small note!

That’s why branded notepads are such a powerful giveaway. They help people answer the question, “Do you have something to write that on?” with a confident yes!

What you might not realize is that notepads are also very effective in other ways. Here are some creative options for using notepads to build your brand!

Create a Social Media Challenge

Social media challenges are a fun way to promote your business and they often go viral. You can incorporate your notepad give away into a challenge.

Step one is to build interest. Begin giving away your notepads with a special note writing on the top page – “Keep this pad to win a fun prize!” Also include that they can follow your Facebook page (or other social media account) for details.

You can give notepads at a local event, during popbys, and more. The key is to get them out to as many people as possible quickly!

Once you’ve done a distribution blitz, it’s time to make it fun. Create a challenge that involves people answering a question by writing the response on a page of your notepad. They need to post a photo (and maybe tag three other folks) to enter.

The randomly-drawn winner can get a prize can be related to the question. “What’s your favorite coffee” is a great lead-in to a coffee gift card. Or, you can ask any question and reward the winner with a regular cash gift card. Why not, “Where would you vacation if you could go anywhere?”

Use the Notepads Yourself

Another key for using notepads to build your brand is to share images of yourself using them! Make sure they are prominently on display in social media photos or videos.

You can also use them any time you need to communicate with a client or prospect. Stick a quick message inside a book using the notes, or affix it to a document.

The notepads we offer at PrinterBees are adhesive, so you can literally use them anywhere!

Guerrilla Marketing

When you have sticky notepads, you have the opportunity to leave notes anywhere you like. 

Why not go to your public library, find books on house hunting or real estate, and put a note inside? You can write something simple, like, “Need help finding the house of your dreams? Call us!”

You can create these secret messages in a variety of relevant places, or even in random spots around your community.

People will definitely find the notes memorable because they’ll be so unexpected!

Offer Several Notepads to Area Businesses

A cashier or someone at the front of a local business probably needs to make small notes regularly, but may not have the right kind of paper handy. Why not solve the problem by offering your notepads?

When you give several notepads to a cashier at a gas station, retail store, or other establishments, you’ll be boosting their productivity and making things easier for them.

When the employees and customers see your notes in businesses around your city, your brand will be building up in your mind. Plus, you’ll get extra points for being helpful!

How Will You Use Your Notepads?

Having notepads with your branding is convenient in your office and daily life, but you can also use them in a variety of ways to reach out to others.

Now that you have several ideas, how will you use notepads in your marketing?

To get started, order affordable, customizable branded notepads today!


This post originally shared on PrinterBees' Real Estate Marketing Magazine.


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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Nadine- cute tips for marketing!  Love the idea of incorporating the notepads into a social media contest. 

Sep 12, 2019 06:22 PM #1
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

What a fun idea ... I have bookmarked this post for another day when I have more time to think of how I would put this into practice for my business.  I like your way of thinking!  Nadine Larder 

Sep 12, 2019 06:59 PM #2
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I love notepads -  and your creative ideas.

One year when I was a broker I ordered a box of notepads, but made a big mistake. The size I ordered woudn't fit into a standard envelope.

I had intended to include them in letters, but that didn't happen. I did give a whole lot of them away in person, however!

Sep 12, 2019 08:32 PM #3
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

Your brand will be in front of all that see it.  It will get you known and I like your ideas.

Sep 13, 2019 05:02 AM #4
Robert Hicks
United Country River City Realty - Savannah, TN

A little “out of the box” thinking.. Love it...

Sep 13, 2019 05:51 AM #5
Graziella Bruner
NCS Premier Real Estate - Detroit, MI
Associate Broker - Serving Wayne & Oakland County

I love notepads, I'm always looking for something quick to jot down a note or two, especially for my husband.  He'll say, quick - write this down for me.  I become his personal secretary especially when he's driving. I have bookmarked this and will get a few notepads to keep in our car too.  Thanks!

Sep 13, 2019 06:07 AM #6
Clay Greathouse
Tombstone Real Estate - Tombstone, AZ
Off-Grid, Alternative,Rural, Solar,Cochise Arizona

I was reading E-Notepad at first, and thinking this would be real expensive. Then it dawned on me that she was talking Paper.  Now it sounds like some good ideas!

Sep 13, 2019 11:51 AM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


Sep 14, 2019 07:10 PM #8
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

One of the best branded giveaway ideas I've seen in a long time.  Everyone could use a notepad!!  Congrats and thanks for the great idea!

Sep 15, 2019 04:14 AM #9
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I've used notepads for donkey's years... and I like to send out holiday themed ones as well. Who couldn't use a notepad or two?

Sep 15, 2019 05:33 AM #10
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Brilliant! I would not have thought of any of these uses. Well done!

Sep 15, 2019 06:46 AM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Great blog Nadine and hope you get some business out of it.  If these people knew how great your company does, they should buy from you and Nicole.


Sep 15, 2019 06:58 AM #12
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I too appreciate this tip Nadine, it makes sense.  And, like Nina Hollander , the holiday theme is resonating with me this morning. 

Sep 15, 2019 07:14 AM #13
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Branded note pads are great. I've used them in the past, but never thought about the contest aspect - love it!

Sep 15, 2019 08:33 AM #14
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Nadine Larder -  I have consider this for marketing.  Thanks for the suggestions.

Sep 15, 2019 03:25 PM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Funny but, I just put two and two together, Nadine! I have Will Hamm's notepad at my desk and didn't realize that PrinterBees was your company! I will be in touch! 

Sep 15, 2019 11:07 PM #16
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

What a great idea and some follow up marketing tips as well, thank you.

Sep 16, 2019 05:29 AM #17
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

I must admit I use my iPad Pro for one taking. I carry it everywhere! I never lose notes that way

Sep 21, 2019 11:04 AM #18
Brian DeYoung
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ithaca, NY
Brian DeYoung

simple, yet brilliant

Sep 30, 2019 07:31 PM #19
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