An image can capture emotion like nothing else. Think about all the iconic images of our time, which have cut through the mush and defined the moment. Photography is powerful. Sometimes the most effective advertising is nothing more than an image and a word. Give your message more weight, by saying less and showing more. We know how to help, just ask.
Low-cost stock photography has never been more accessible or of such high quality. Now you have 50 million images at your fingertips.
Sign in to your online account, search for images you like and add them to your lightbox. Your lightbox is securely shared with your studio – tell us when you’re ready and we’ll purchase the hi-res imagery to use in your next project, for less than you can buy direct.
First things first. The invites. For an intimate event, mail something fancy. For a VIP look, your invites should match the experience. Opt for Opuleaf gold or silver foil or StarMarque spot gloss highlights to impress. For a larger event, leaflets inserted into the local paper or pushed through letterboxes will be appropriate.
Be a social butterfly. Multiply your message by posting the event on social media. Get people interested and build the buzz.
Keeping track of who’s coming to your event is a faff. There’s an easier way. Online booking.
Whether you charge for tickets, or give them away free, ask attendees to register online. That way you know who’s coming, how many pies to buy and how many bottles of prosecco to chill.
If we’ve built your website, let’s design an event landing page. If your site is hosted elsewhere, let’s create an event microsite instead. Both cost less than you might think, can increase engagement and save time. We’ll set up an event dashboard so you can manage your event. Get notifications. Take payment online. Automatically send e-tickets with barcodes. Even download a phone app to check-in guests.
Right. Let’s do a little experiment. On your way home tonight, count the number of flags you see. They’re absolutely everywhere.
Why’s that? Well for around a hundred quid, you can get a three meter high wobbling, fluttering, piece of eye-catching marketing for your business. That’s such great value that it’s no wonder businesses are lining flags up in their car park, on their forecourt and outside their front doors
Cable-tie the flag to your railings, or buy a base or mount to have it freestanding. A water base or water ring is best if you’re going to use it outdoors at an event. And this summer all our flags are reduced.
Most of us sell to other people. More than ever, we have to create experiences for our customers. To give them what they can’t get online.
Exhibitions are great for finding new customers and expo season starts in September. But why wait ‘til then?
And what about existing customers?
Maybe it’s time to host a private event for them. The summer’s a great time to bring people together. To show how you can help. To make them more loyal. To encourage them to rave about what they’ve learned or what they saw. Heaven forbid, to sell something more to them.
But what kind of event? How about a talk from an industry expert? Or a cat walk of new styles. A tasting or sampling evening. A reveal of new technology. A family fun day. A ‘how-to’ class or tutorial. Even just a party to say thank you.
Not got space? Partner with a local café – maybe they’d welcome extra business after hours. Or talk to a local restaurant about doing a morning meeting, when they’re normally closed.
The comfort zone is a beautiful place. But nothing grows there.
If you want to get extraordinary results, you’ve got to do things out of the ordinary. Get out. Meet people.
Colour trends change like fashion. Be inspired and tweak your summer marketing to reflect this season’s fresh palette.
2017 brings memories of exotic holidays and a colour scheme to blow away grey days.
You may find yourself stocking up on paprika at a Moroccan souk, eating fresh mango on the streets of India or getting golden sand between your toes in Ibiza.
Adrenaline junky? Channel your inner kiwi in New Zealand. Looking for something more tranquil – like gazing across Tuscan fields or strolling around Santorini amongst the azure blue rooftops?
It starts with an idea. Yours? Great. Writer’s block? No problem! That’s what designers are for.
They’re used to working on all sorts of briefs. Be as detailed or as loose as you like. If you have absolutely no idea what you want, say so. You can always hire a designer by the hour. They’ll be delighted to create multiple ideas for you while you’re “on the meter”. Pick the ones you like or don’t be afraid to keep going until you get the look you want.
If your budget is tight, be straight with the designer. Be prepared to be flexible – best to get your likes and dislikes clearly stated before you start, since you might not want to pay for multiple revisions.
Or you could do it yourself. But, even if you’re a pro, you might not have designed for fabric before. And designing a massive display can be daunting. Its different to designing for print. If you’re a competent designer, ask for a ready-made design template (or you can download an InDesign file from the item’s product page). These templates show all the printable areas and quiet zones.
Whichever way you go, your neighbourhood studio is there to help. They’ll be able to source ultra high resolution photography, good enough to print at such enormous resolutions. Or turn your dirty sketch into a striking display.
Even a traditional British summer won’t spoil your outdoor event.
Printed gazebos are all the rage at farmer’s markets, festivals and fairs. Our range now features new lower cost options, so you can make the most of your marketing budget.
In every case, the gazebo frame is the same. It’s compact for storage, then pops up and locks into place.
You’ve got a choice of a plain black canopy, your name or logo printed on the front fascia or your branding fully printed on all sides and the top too. Each canopy is a water resistant material that’ll keep you and your stock dry if it rains.
Clip on the number of sides you want. A full height wall hangs from the top, or you can choose half height walls, which come with a rail. Why not print a half height wall for the front too, to act as a cool branded counter?
Remember you can buy all the printed parts separately, so you can change your messages for each season or each event, and keep using the same frame. Neat!
Design your Gazebo
This Viceroy gazebo has a fascia printed canopy plus one half height wall and one full height wall – £620
Choose your CANOPY
The lowest cost gazebos have an unprinted black canopy. Upgrade and get the fascia printed or go all out and have the whole top and pelmet printed.
Black unprinted £283
Fascia printed £337
Fully printed £698
The add your WALLS
You might not want any walls at all, or mix and match half height or full height walls, printed on one side or double sided. Half height include a hanging rail.
Half height single sided £146
Half height double sided £202
Full height single sided £137
Full height double sided £257
Order online, or contact your local studio.
Maybe they’re just not that into you
You emailed or called a business you wanted to buy from. You asked for a quote. They said they’d get back to you. They didn’t. You chased. Nothing. How often does that happen?
Maybe they did email a quote. Then what? Never hear from them again? You’re wondering, how much did they really want my business?
It’s crazy. We all spend money on advertising and marketing to generate enquiries. If we don’t properly follow up on those enquiries, how do we expect them to turn into customers?
It started with a thump on the doormat…
What if that was your business taking the enquiry? Maybe your team answer calls in three rings. Perhaps you reply to email enquiries in a few hours. Great.
Chances are, the enquirer also got quotes from your competitors. How do you increase your chances of winning?
Follow up. Every time. Print your quote or proposal and mail it to them. Sure, it’ll cost a quid or so in postage. But what’s the lifetime value of that customer worth to you? Probably more than a quid.
But only one of them asked for the order…
Here’s the secret. If you follow up, you might be the only one who does.
Think about it. Would you choose a business who was disinterested at the quote stage? If they’re sluggish then, how responsive will they be when you’ve paid them to work for you?
A quote in the post is good. But it can work harder. Use a folder. A beautiful folder. It gives you gravitas. You’ll look impressive. Use the inside to sell your benefits. Why should they choose you? Fill with photos of other projects, awards or client reviews.
We’ve cut the price of our folders since last year. And in March, take an extra £50 off selected items in the range.
Tempted to send an ‘e-card’ instead of a printed card to your top clients? Think again.
Research shows your clients will hate it. If it’s the thought that counts, they’ll think you’ve given it no thought whatsoever. Better to send a traditional printed card, and send it early. Why send it on Christmas Eve and be on their desk for a day? Get it there for the first week of December and make the most of the month.
Premium Silk Christmas Cards are our most popular – on an elegant 400gsm board.
Want something a little bit more special?
WINDOPOP Your choice of simple shape is cut-out from the front panel to reveal part of your design inside 125 from £74.70
STARMARQUE Set your cards to sparkle with spot gloss highlights on the front panel 125 from £100.80
VOUCHER CARD Add an extra tear-off third voucher or discount panel to make your cards work harder 125 from £125.10
OPULEAF New this year – gold or silver foil on the front for a festive look and feel 125 from £311.40
SMOOTHWOVE An uncoated finish, looks classic and understated 125 from £53.10