Innovation That Matters

More free love: notebooks for students


Last summer we wrote about FreeHand Advertising and its initiative to give free, ad-supported notepaper to college students, and now ABS Notebooks is going a step further and handing out whole notebooks instead. The Shadow Notebook is a five-subject notebook that gets cobranded with participating colleges and universities across the US and distributed by the school at the start of each semester. The university’s logo appears on the cover, and pages of school-related maps and information get included within. Thirteen four-colour, full-page advertisements, meanwhile, act as subject dividers in each notebook, giving advertisers the means to engage students while they are a captive audience in the learning environment. Students, naturally, carry the notebooks with them throughout the day over the course of the semester, which from the advertiser’s perspective amounts to 96 impressions over a four-month period, ABS says. So far, about 700,000 notebooks have been distributed to college students at campuses nationwide. College students spend some USD 198 billion per year, according to Harris Interactive, so it’s no wonder advertisers are going to new lengths to reach them. We’ve now seen free photocopies, free printing, free notepaper, free phone calls and now free notebooks—it all goes to show, there’s no such thing as too much free love!



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