Affordable, Eco-friendly Banners and Yard Signs

Banners

  • Mary Poppins Play Back Drop

    mary poppins back dropBanners can be useful for so many different things, whether it is to advertise a brand or for any event. Here at Banner4sale, we have the ability to print custom school banners in all different shapes and sizes. Cheap banners come extremely handy because they can vary in size; the larger the banner the more noticeable it is for people.

    mary poppins back drop1We have created many large banners for various reasons such as, large leasing signs for an apartment, the backdrop to a university's graduation, and the rear end of a tent for an event. Recently, we created a huge backdrop banner for a local playhouse. It was for their production of Mary Poppins. This one was definitely not the ordinary banner projects we usually get, so it was nice to be making something new. The bright colors on this banner will definitely stand out on stage with all the production lights. We can't wait to see what it looks like in full action!

  • Patriotic Banners

    One more month until the Fourth of July!

    Break out the grills! Bring on the fireworks! Sit your butt down in a lawn chair with an ice-cold lemonade and just snooze until it’s nighttime! Now, that’s my kind of Fourth of July.

     

    It’s not too early to start thinking of what your plans might be: concert in the park? How about a beach barbecue? Or perhaps just a nice quiet day before the nighttime festivities commence?

    My grandparents have a tradition of honoring servicemen on the Fourth of July. After all, it is Independence Day, and also honors those in our military. Well, if you’ve got a loved one coming home for the Fourth of July, or want to show some small-town appreciation, consider creating an outdoor banner that you can hang in a public space.

    Now, other members of my family like to party. Hard. Not ‘hard’ as in drinking, but ‘hard’ as in a mile-long buffet stuffed into someone’s living room for over 40 people.

    This year, we’re thinking of holding it in a park somewhere. You know, rent a gazebo, get all dolled up in matching shirts (embarrassing), and stuff ourselves until we can’t fit down the slide.

    However, since we’ve got family coming from all across Southern California, it’s going to be a little difficult for them to find us, especially in an unfamiliar area. So, I’ve got a plan to make a Fourth of July banner that we can hang along the gazebo. Also, we’ll procure some yard signs to point the way from the parking lot. It’s a big park.

    So, if you’re planning an extra-large shindig this Independence Day, or want to show your love for our armed forces, say it with an outdoor banner this July!

     
  • And On the Seventh Day of Christmas...

    Well folks, we've got seven more days 'til Christmas! But instead of seven swans-a-swimming, I'm going to give you seven tips to make sure your holiday party goes a-ok, along with some additional things to keep your party eco-friendly for this holiday season.

    1) The Guest List

    This may be a no-brainer, but unless you want your party to rival the frat down the road, keep a list of who's coming. Even better, please notify them at least three weeks in advance, so that they can plan other events around it.

    2) Not a Solo Venture

    Please, please, please....it doesn't matter if you're Paula Deen or Martha Stewart, and even those ladies don't do this, but DON'T PLAN ALONE. Get some family involved with ordering food, deciding on decorations, and playing referee for all the little kids and their squabbles. You might be hosting the party, but it's less a strain on yourself, as well as your wallet.

    3) According to Taste

    When planning the menu, try to make it favorable for everyone who's coming. If that's too much for you or there's too many tastes in the audience (don't be ashamed to admit it), then make it a potluck!

    As an extra tip, pick foods that won't heavily stain your carpet (like soups and stews). should it fall on the ground by accident. Many a carpet has been lost to such sadness...

    4) Game Warden

    Not all parties have to be boring, black tie affairs with cocktail glasses and champagne. Have some games handy, even board games or Apples-to-Apples. There's other games like Guess that Christmas Tune, or Christmas Pictionary.

    5) Where's the Party At?

    Ah, one thing I forgot to address. If there are people coming to your home (or other location) for the first time, what can you do to direct them to where you are? With an outdoor banner, of course. Or a yard sign! Either way, a banner showing where the party's at will not only help your guests navigate, but also make a snappy decoration for your party.

    6) Eco-Tip #1: Dinnerware

    There's two ways you can go about with more eco-friendly dishes and utensils: buy the bio-degradable brand or go all glass and metal. The bio-degradable brands are, unfortunately, not always available in every grocery store. However, they are the best choice if you'd like to save on washing duty and just toss out the trash. They compost within 2-3 months.

    On the other hand, not using plastic or paper plates at all can also be helpful to the environment. Use your traditional glassware plates and metallic utensils for easy cleaning duty...although it might take a little while longer to clean with all those dishes.

    7) Eco-Tip #2: Table Decorations

    It feels pretty good, knowing you're making a difference. For your table sets, forgo those plastic santas and melting candles. Try to make something beautiful. Collect flowers or pine cones and put them in your decorative vases. You can fill the vase with water or seeds, and once the party is done, have the children takes the seeds home for planting in springtime.

  • Decorating Ideas for Winter Weddings

    Winter Wedding Decorations

    Nuptials are beautiful, whenever you have them. But not all weddings are June occasions. There’s a special place in my heart for winter weddings: something about the snow and sparkles, scarves and mufflers...I’m getting ahead of myself.

    Well, I’ve researched some clever Winter Wedding Decorations that caught my eye, and I present them to you!

    Color Options

    Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean everything has to be white and plain. To keep that winter feel, incorporate shades of blues and teals, maybe some purples.

    If you’ve got a wedding closer to Christmas or Valentine’s Day, don’t feel afraid to splash it with red. Red is regal and pops really well with the white.

    The Entrance

    We all love a grand entrance, and the best entrances are the most thoughtful. If you’d like, you can have a custom banner with the happy couple, welcoming guests to the wedding.  Utilize props that the couple share: a pair of crossed oars for boat-lover’s, or a wall of hung photographs of evolution of their romance.

    If you really want to WOW your guests, line the aisles with plants or trees for that ultimate winter or nature feel.

    Winter Table Decorations

    Put aside the cliched snowflakes and santa hats. For a truly out-of-the-box centerpiece, look to the forest! Use petrified wood or budding tree branches in a vase instead of flowers.

    Still want your beloved blossoms, with that forest look? Check out the rustic styled vase below:

  • "Thinking Greener" Banner Images

    In this day and age, it's just cool to be "green". And that's great! Even here at banner4sale, we are always striving towards greener printing methods and materials. But, here's an idea: have you thought of adding some more green to your images?

    Now, I don't mean adding text about recycling or something, but actually adding some trees to your backdrop image. Some bushes. Shrubs. Flowers!

    Pictures of nature can make all the difference in the world, especially in recent ad trends that picture streamlined vehicles, towering glass structures, and sleek new devices. Every once in awhile, it's a breath of fresh air (literally) to see a bit of nature in your advertising.  If you Google search "advertisements" or something equivalent, chances are you won't find many ads with pieces of nature in them, maybe not even on the first page. We've gone "urban" with our advertising, but it doesn't hurt to try something new. Since nature is inherently part of our lives, we do have an emotional connection with it, even if we don't want to admit it.

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    Check out the one above: looks like an eye, right? It's a tree with a sawed-off branch, but the similarity is striking.

    Now, here's ad that's sort of related: it has to deal with water shortage and conservation for the summer months. But in the background is a nice green grass field, instead of a drab grey sidewalk. Kind of gives you a different feel.

    Mmmmm, yummy Watermelon. Not a tree, but same difference. It's not a picture of the farmer's market itself, but of one of the products they care about: the everlasting watermelon! It's green, it's pink, and on a blue background. It definitely leaves the feel of freshness and new beginnings.

  • Location, Location, Location

    It's that phrase you chant when you're looking to buy a home, pick a school, or even go grocery shopping! Location, location, location...

    And it's the same for Banner ad placement. So, you've printed your banners, your sale or event is ready to go, but you've got a problem: where can I put my banner where it will get the most visibility?

    Here are a few ideas for some fantastic areas for exposure:

    Freeway Overpasses

    You mostly see a lot of political or protest signs on freeway overpasses, or holiday banners during the winter season.

    Here's the deal: NOT all freeway overpasses are available for hanging signs. For big metro areas, or even towns, it's advised that you check out the city website, or ask for the department of transportation for hanging sign permits. This is to avoid having your banner torn down or harassed by police.

    Should you get a permit to hang your banner on a freeway over pass, here's why it's amazing:

    • Freeways are filled with drivers almost 24/7.
    • That's thousands of eyes seeing your sign every hour!
    • If your sign/message is short and sweet, you will get a response
    Just don't forget about that permit!

    Building Walls

    There's a variety of wall banners we can print for you:

    Side Wall Signs, OR......

    Flat Hanging banners. Either one can get your business noticed. Creating a wall-size banner, especially on your storefront and/or event location, will not only let your potential customers know what's coming up, but also where it is! Simple.

    Indoor Banners

    For indoor events, such as conventions and trade shows, we can create travel banners that you can roll up and take anywhere. It comes with a retractable stand and a bag.

    However, these portable banners are not just for conventions and trade shows. They actually make pretty amazing lobby ads as well. Take a look:

    Hanging banners can also be hung from the rafters of your location: they can be used as directions, aisle instructions, or just plain ads for things coming up in your event.

     

  • Beyond the Banner: Design for Booklets & Brochures

    We talk a lot about banners and signs, designs, and inspiration ideas for your next ad. But let's take a step back and get a look at some other common forms of marketing, such as.....

    THE BROCHURE!

    They're everywhere. In the airport, at the universities, in the front lobbies of hospitals and businesses. Brochures are like interviews: it's the first impression of a service or place that you'll be paying for, and you want to see it's worth. But like the airport brochure racks, these little booklets have to compete for your attention! So, you may be thinking: what kind of designs are we talking about here?

    Brochure Design Ideas

    Similar to an earlier post about business card design, you are not limited by an 8 x 11 piece of paper. Just take a look at TVNZ's triangle brochure below:

    The full brochure actually unfolds about 6 times. That might be a little too much information (not to mention, kind of bulky), but the idea is still pretty stellar. So, you see, you aren't hindered by standard printing. We have the technology!

    The Front Cover

    So, what to put on the front...

    Start with your company name, your logo, perhaps a slogan. Include a title about what your  brochure is all about, and a picture would be nice.

    With comparing the two above, notice how the tone of each brochure's approach differs right away from the front cover. Fruitylicious is more fun with bright colors, and wanted their logo (which clearly states it's purpose: fruit products!) up front and center on that brochure.

    Reynolda Village has a more classy, vintage look. With dark colors like black and olive, they retain that sense of elegance, and an enviable lifestyle. In short, you want to shop there!

    The Content Pages

    Of course, this section of a brochure is going to be vastly different for everyone. Information brochures include tons of text and statistics; entertainment brochures would most likely include images of the place or service with minimal text. Image is everything.

    In recent trends, brochures are starting to mimic Infographics, with large cartoonish images that illustrate the statistics that the company is trying to convey. Consider the water company brochure above.

    The above brochure is for a spa. With the large images, and minimal text, it definitely conveys the cool and calm of a peaceful spa. There is beauty in the images and the choice of typography for the text: the fancy design has been stripped away.

    Not all brochures are created equal. They are distinct to each individual business, and should be designed in the same way. To grab a customer's attention, make your brochure stand out: the same technique that you apply to every branch of your company.

  • The Seven Deadly Sins and Advertising: Techniques to Draw New Customers

    Alright, this is fascinating to me. Over at Smashing Magazine, a group of designers and writers known as ZURB, submitted an article about utilizing the legendary Seven Deadly Sins to turn site visitors into customers. This is a clever article about legitimate marketing techniques, and it's a fun and easy way to really think about how you want to sell your product. Not only can this be applied to banner and sign design, but in any other media of advertising that you're leaning towards.

    I'll summarize the gist of the article below, but if you'd like to read the whole enchilada, cruise on over HERE.

    Pride

    Pretty simple. By showcasing the pride you have in your products, especially with sales numbers, etc.  a customer can fall in love with the legitimacy. Another way is to showcase brand names and well-known companies associated with your business or who have used your product. Big names like FaceBook, Costco, or AT&T...you get the picture. Their names will hold up yours on a higher pedestal above your competitors, and for some customers, success like that is attractive.

    Gluttony

    Everyone is thrifty: we like it cheap, we like it packaged, we like it instant. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. This technique is all about putting your best offers up front: sign up and get "this", here's a new 2-for-1 package, etc. Giving visitors an instant opportunity to catch a good deal can guarantee returning customers down the road. Don't be ashamed to exploit that new deal you've got going. Make it loud, make it awesome, make it once-in-a-lifetime and we will come flocking.

    Sloth

    This one is kind of difficult, but it's more to the effect of the opposite of laziness: constantly updating blogs, Twitter and RSS feeds, a solid stream of updates, anything to make you look like you're constantly on the move and updating new things.  You appear cultured, in tune with news of the day, and knowledgable with what you're trying to sell. A technique like this is especially great for websites.

    Envy

    Over in the original article, ZURB used FourSquare as an example of making others envious of your status. When checking-in, players can earn points and eventually become "mayor" or a real location. As mayor, you can get special offers and considerations. Other businesses create response sections that showcase customers' appreciation: "I love my new [blank], and I lost 35 lbs!", "Can't get enough of this!", or "Thanks to [insert name] for being an awesome customer! You've just won [blank]". Sentences like these can make visitors eager to try and win or gain that appreciation that others have been showered with.

    Lust

    Usually though of as something sexual, it can actually stand for something extremely attractive (like shiny or sexy), but is only attainable at a high cost. You see it on ads and websites all the time: glamor shots of that brand new iPad, new car models, or a fancy perfume or watch. So shiny....

    Greed

    This more aimed at services that require collecting something. For FourSquare, it's points, for Twitter it's followers, for Pinterest, it's that urge to pin as much as possible (of which I am guilty). It's a seemingly simple marketing technique that makes the customer come back for more and more of whatever is the goal, even if it's free. No play, no gain.

    Wrath

    Mostly used by review sites like Amazon or Best Buy, customers can rank their reviews on products and what hurts is that businesses can't delete these comments. Sometimes, "flamers" will pit two products against each other: "[blank company] makes a MUCH better tablet than [blank company]", "[blank] has terrible service, try [blank] instead". Vengeful and a little back-stabby, this less kind technique is to be used with caution. Bashing on other companies that you share competition with is not recommended (unless it's subtle...)

  • Branding Banners: Tips on Logos, Types, and More

    You're a brand new business, or at least thinking of re-branding to get more followers. Well, don't feel too overwhelmed by the flood of prospective ideas, or you'll drive yourself crazy with the possibilities! Instead, here's a few tips to get you started on the right path to brand new business.

    Doing Your Homework

    It seems silly right now, but do some research into your company or your most well-known products. What's the story behind the founding? What is it about your product that customers love so much? By taking what you learn and spinning it, you not only create a new sense of purpose, but you can take that history and transform it into a new logo or slogan. Say you found out that you're business was originally founded in Minnesota. You can say "Born in Minnesota, Raised in Success". Alright, that might have been cheesy, but you get the picture. It's all about the history.

    Loco for Logos

    So, after you've done your homework, it's time to think of a logo! This is the fun part. You keep what you have, or take all that research you've done and channel it into something creative. Remember, it should reflect who you are as a company and the level of professionalism you expect. Don't be a corporation with a logo of a penguin riding a skateboard. Make it fun, but make it relevant. You also don't to add too much detail: a logo should be simple enough that anyone can distinguish it from another's.

    Typography Troubles

    For those who don't know, "types" refers to the style of text you use for messages, like Arial or Times New Roman. There is a humongous plethora of types out there, or sometimes called fonts, and in most cases you can download ones you like for free. BUT, if you want a completely unique type just for your business, it's going to cost you some coin. For the most part, however, you can stick with what you have or download the freebies online.  Choosing a font is a lot like choosing a logo: make it fun, but make it relevant and above all, LEGIBLE. I can't even begin to tell you how illegible types can turn away customers.

  • Taste-Buds & Banners: Food Photography to Drool Over

    Oh, honey, we know what you're doing at lunch and dinner. Don't pretend like you don't take pictures of your food and then post it on Instagram. But don't worry, we aren't here to tease. In fact, we encourage it!

    Banners with images of food are great for:

    • Restaurant promotions
    • Food Fairs!
    • Festivals
    • Culinary School
    Take a look below, then grab your camera! It's about to get hot in this kitchen.

    Hungry yet? Me too *sigh*.

    And they all look so good, don't they? It's too bad professional food photographers often use substitutes like motor oil, blowtorches, hairspray, shoe polish and glue to make those tasty food photos look shiny, steaming, and appealing. But hey! They do what they're supposed to: make us want all those dang good foods so bad, we want to jump through the screen to get it.

    Carving Out a New Design

    Glamorous shots of your platefuls of plenty are nice and all, but what I especially like are the fruit & veggie carvers. They can turn any mundane-lookin' fruit and turn it into a masterpiece, like the watermelon below. I love this one, because take a look inside: it's not the outside of the melon that got a makeover!

    Juicy and artistic. Not bad. Here's a couple of other carvings that tickled my fancy.

    Now that those are all done, please excuse me while I go in search of sustenance. All of this food talk has made me hungry beyond belief.

    For more amazing food carvings, check out this article.

    For more professional food photography, here's an article just for you!

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