Our boards brighten Winter events!

It’s Winter, and it’s cold out there. Are you suffering from exposure? We hope not. But our photo cutout boards give your business all the exposure it needs – in a good way.
Photo Cutouts face in the hole boards are brightening up Winter around the country.  Here are three examples of how they are adding festive cheer to venues at their Christmas events.

1. Lee Valley White Water Centre

The 2012 London Olympics water sports venue have 3 Photo Cutouts boards in action at their Ice Rink & Christmas Market:

snow globe, ice skating, lee valley
Our gorgeous Skating Snow Globe, perfect for Lee Valley White Water Centre’s ice skating rink!
Oktoberfest face in the hole board, bavarian, beer
A modified version of our Oktoberfest board, perfect for Lee Valley WWC’s Bavarian-themed market!
Santa's grotto face in the hole board
A custom version of this Santa & Child festive photo board to give kids something extra to do while they wait to meet Santa in his grotto!

2. The Elveden Estate Winter Experience

This well-known venue in Suffolk, on the edge of a large pine forest, is famous for providing Christmas trees to locals. The trees are delivered on carts by big fluffy Newfoundland dogs! How cool is that?

They went for our Snow Globe as well – it’s proving popular this year. It is currently gracing their outdoor Winter Experience, proving that our boards are weatherproof and can withstand event the recent weather with no problem.

3. Thetford Garden Centre

Our Christmas boards are popular with garden centres who hold Santa’s grotto and Christmas events.

Thetford Garden Centre is busy during the festive season selling stoves and firewood to keep homes warm. We made them a custom Christmas board which they are using in a promotional campaign with the hashtag #thetfordgcselfie.

Here are some customers’ photos from social media as they get their post up under the #thetfordgcselfie hashtag to try and win a Christmas hamper!

Winter fun with face in the hole boards at Christmas Face in the hole board Christmas fun Winter face in the hole Thetford

It’s a good example of a social media campaign using a face in the hole board from Photo Cutouts. It generates exposure and awareness for the brand out there on the internet, as well as fun and engagement at the actual event itself!

Have a look at our Christmas range here, our custom photo cutout board page here or give us a call on 0845 0570321.

Email: office@connectedshopping.com

 

Promotional Cutouts for branding and events!

Promotional cutouts and standee props
We make it big, bold and larger than life!

Alongside face-in-the hole boards, we make standees, also known as promotional cutouts. They are made of the same durable, weatherproof material as our face-in-the-hole boards, but are designed without face holes as more of a static attraction to look at rather than interact with. They have a multitude of uses including trade shows, product advertising, event signage, exhibitions, office parties, marketing events, and as wedding, stage and party props.

The boards are tough and weatherproof so are ideal for sustained indoor or outdoor use. Made of foamex PVC, they will not get soggy if it rains and can be wiped clean with a cloth.

We can create literally any design and shape, and will produce custom promotional cutouts for you that are truly unique. We work with you to create exactly what you want, and mount the promotional cutouts on sturdy feet. They can be countoured to the shape of the image – see the photos above!

Promotional standees, promotional cutouts,
Add some colour to your promotion or event with a bright, fun promotional standee!

They are also the perfect addition to one of our photo cutout boards, helping to create a co-ordinated brand image for your organisation. Combine a standee with a set of hand-held speech bubbles for the perfect branded photo opportunity!

We can produce standees in any size up to 1.5m tall. They come to you flat-packed and assembly couldn’t be simpler. Just slot the board into its two slotted feet and it’s ready!

Send us a design of your own or let us do the design. We can include any logos, hashtags, web addresses etc that help to promote your brand, if you request them.

So, how could you use promotional cutouts for your brand, business, campaign or event? Get in touch with us with an idea and we’ll turn it into a colourful, larger-than-life, fun marketing prop!

Visit our promotional cutouts page

Call us on 0845 0570321

office@connectedshopping.com 

PhotoCutouts sponsor UK Charity Week!

UK charity week starts on the 4th of December

UK Charity Week 2017
The Photo Cutouts team are proud to be sponsoring UK Charity Week 2017!

People are statistically at their most generous at the beginning of December, as thoughts of Christmas gift-giving enter their heads and wallets tend to open wider. That’s why UK Charity Week is held during the first week of December every year.

UK Charity Week charities we have worked with
Some of the UK charities we have worked with

After a very successful year providing the UK’s charities with the bespoke fundraising face in the hole boards we’re so good at, we thought we’d give something back. So Photo Cutouts are an official Corporate Sponsor of UK Charity Week! Here we are on their Corporate Friends page.

We have added two new products in our range designed for supporting charity fundraising efforts. They are so good at that, we’ve put them on their own page on our website, which we’re calling Charity Toolkit.

In addition to the classic face in the hole boards, fundraisers can now use our charity cheques and speech bubbles.

giant charity cheques
The big cheques come in three sizes and can be ordered wipe-clean (re-usable) or permanent (single use). The one in this photo is the smallest!

The big cheques help fundraisers make a memorable splash when they present their funds to their chosen charity. We offer a full in-house design service and can achieve a turnaround time of under a week. A wipe-clean big cheque can be used again and again, just changing the amount raised with a whiteboard marker.

Hand held speech bubbles

Our hand-held speech bubbles are good for photos at charity presentations and can be used in so many different ways. They can be dry-wipe like the cheques if required, for an infinity of possible messages. They come in a set of 6 in different shapes and are great for adding extra messages to charity presentation photos and encouraging others to give as well.

Corporate sponsors of UK charity week 2017
What will you be doing for #UKCharityWeek?

So we’re looking forward to #UKCharityWeek, and we’re going to donate £5 to Mencap for every big cheque, set of speech bubbles and photo cutout boards we sell.

Charity Toolkit Page

Water saving with photo cutout boards!

Board of the week: Affinity Water

Affinity Water photo cutout for marketing and public engagement

We have been working with green campaigners Hubbub for quite a while now and have produced 7 different board designs for them, including the #FFSLdn (For Fish’s Sake, London) campaign to stop littering in the Thames and help fish get on with their lives without having to deal with so much dangerous plastic and other waste that people tip down the drains and thence into the river.

This week they asked us for a board to raise awareness of water wastage for water supplier Affinity Water. Pretty cool isn’t it?

As you can see in the picture above, taken from Twitter, photo boards form a good basis for social media awareness campaigns because they are so visual and people participate readily by putting their faces in the board and snapping and sharing photos. We are happy to be helping Hubbub again in raising awareness of environmental issues.

We also make boards for a number of UK charities, including Sense, Dogs Trust, RSPCA, World Animal Protection, Poppy Scotland and the Penny Appeal.

It’s on every fundraiser’s wish list to get as much engagement with the public as possible, and custom-designed face in the hole boards are just the ticket. We add the organisation’s logo, images, hashtags, URLs, phone numbers and any other insignia they request to help their campaigns.

When people take photos and share them on social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook, the campaign’s logo and message is carried around the web, further increasing awareness and engagement.

This particular board is part of Affinity Water’s campaign to inform people about how they might be wasting water because of a leaky loo, a wasteful flush, and things like leaving the tap running while brushing their teeth. We all do something to waste water, don’t we?

Photo Cutouts are proud to be supporting this campaign and getting its message out in public and on the web.

Photocutouts.co.uk

 

Christmas Nutcracker Trail photo boards!

The Christmas Nutcracker Trail – coming to a town near you?

Christas nutcracker photo boards

We have really enjoyed making this group of boards for Odin Events, who are organising a series of Nutcracker Trails to promote Christmas shopping in town centres around the country. Featuring 6.5-foot tall Nutcracker Kings placed strategically around the town, the campaign encourages shoppers and their children to follow the trail and find all the nutcrackers and their names.

We are proud to be supporting this fun programme of festive promotions with specially made photo cutout boards. They present an opportunity to interact with a picture of a nutcracker and take photos to celebrate finding them and completing the trail. Kids and grown-ups alike can’t resist putting their faces in the holes and having their photos taken – and that’s the magic of how photo cutouts promote engagement with locations, brands, campaigns and causes.

Christmas nutcracker doll

Nutcracker dolls are associated with Christmas thanks to German stories like The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann, in which a young girl’s favourite Christmas toy comes alive and defeats the evil Mouse King before he takes her away to a magical land populated by dolls. Tchaikovsky’s Ballet of the same name is based on Alexandre Dumas’s adaptation of Hoffmann’s story.

Nutcracker dolls originated in 17th-century Germany and are traditional Christmas children’s toys there. They became popular outside Germany when World War II soldiers took them back to the United States and the rest of Europe as souvenirs.

For more about the Nutcracker Trail, see below.

Nutcracker trail

Photo Cutouts create gorgeous, colourful face in the hole boards for promotions, branding, marketing, charity fundraising, and special events. There’s still time for us to make one for you for the Christmas shopping season!

See our range of Christmas boards

Find out more about creating custom branded face in the hole boards to promote your business, charity, cause or event.

Get your face in the ho-ho-hole!

This one is really popular …

Photo cutout boards are a proven way to increase public engagement at Christmas events. They create a focus for people to take photos and a branded board helps to promote your event and create a buzz.

Snowglobe christmas face in the ho-ho-hole board

This new snow globe design for 2017 is proving popular. Brands who have bought it include the Brecon Mountain Railway for their Santa Specials, the Elveden Estate for use in their Christmas-themed shops and courtyard, and Orchard Events for use at the Festive Gift Fair at the NEC. It’s a nice cosy design that makes people feel good, warm and Christmassy, and our customers are loving it.

Like all our Christmas boards, the Snow Globe can be personalised and branded with logos, messages, hashtags and other insignia on its large ‘brass plaque’ at the bottom. When the public put their faces in the ho-ho-hole, their shared photos carry the brand’s message far and wide on the web via photo sharing sites and social media. So as well as creating a fun atmosphere at the event itself, it publicises your brand on the interwebs!

Photo boards get people into your brand – literally!

National Trust Christmas photo cutout boards - get your face in the ho-ho-hole!
Any brand can use a photo cutout board to increase engagement – including the National Trust!

Any organisation can boost its PR with a custom-made photo cutout board. Above is a photo of a pair of Christmas boards we made for the National Trust last year. These were for their Hardwick Hall location, and they worked so well that since then they have come back to us and we have made boards for other Trust locations as well.

There are lots of new custom boards that we can’t tell you about because they have not yet been used in public – we don’t like to jump the gun on our customers, so we keep original custom designs under wraps until they are at large and people are engaging with the bran by putting their faces in the ho-ho-hole and sharing photos.

What design can we make for your brand? Ask us on 08450 570321 or email office@connectedshopping.com .

Visit our Christmas boards page here to find out more about festive options

Or check out our custom boards page to see how we can boost your PR!

We wish all our past, present and future customers a prosperous festive season!

Christmas face in the hole board

PhotoCutouts rock the Royal Albert Hall!

Standee royal albert hall
We have made a face in hole version of the famous mural inside the Royal Albert Hall.

Photocutouts is proud to have made a large board for the Royal Albert Hall. Here’s the story behind it!

Visitors to the Royal Albert Hall in London will have seen a large mural in the cafe bar made up of the faces of over 400 stars who have performed there over the last 143 years. It was designed in 2013 by ‘Godfather of British Pop Art’ Sir Peter Blake, who famously co-designed the cover of the classic Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Sgt Pepper's face in hole board

The mural is a mashup of faces in a similar vein to the iconic album cover. With so many faces, it represents a great opportunity for some face-in-hole action!

We took a section of the mural that features famous faces such as the Spice Girls, Andre Previn, Stevie Wonder, Kylie, Meatloaf and Seal. Then we cut two face holes out and put it on metal feet. The idea is for visitors to the venue to interact with the board and take photos.

Royal Albert Hall face in hole board
Here is the board we made being used by the RAH’s team on social media. Can you see which two faces are real people?

It’s quite a large board at 3m by 2m and is taken from a section of the mural. Can you find the section we used to make the board?

Royal Albert Hall, mural
How many of these Royal Albert Hall performers can you name? Try the interactive version by clicking the image.

Fancy some fun trying to recognise all the famous faces in the original mural? Check out this interactive image of the mural which reveals the name when you click on a face. Or for a challenge, here’s a quiz where you have to name the faces. Try it, it’s fun! (Warning: you can spend hours doing this. We did).

How many famous people can you name?

 

 

Prost! Oktoberfest board available now

Oktoberfest face in the hole board
Beer, beer, beer! Oktoberfest is here!

What’s the wurst that could happen this Oktober? Well the best that could happen is that you throw an Oktoberfest party and include one of our specially-designed Oktoberfest face in the hole boards, the latest addition to our seasonal range!

THE main events is held in Munich every year is the world’s biggest beer festival, with 6 million people attending from all round the world every year? It runs for 18 days and over 7 million litres of beer are served, almost all of them pale lager.

Oktoberfest events follow the main Munich event all around the world, through to late October. So there’s still time to have an Oktoberfest party here in the UK, and the quickest way to create the right atmosphere is with our special Oktoberfest board for guests to poke their faces through whilst quaffing industrial amounts of cold beer. The photo opportunities are off the scale!

For an Oktoberfest party, you will need the following:

An awful lot of beer

A keg of beer to perform the ‘tapping’ ritual of opening the first keg of Oktoberfest beer

Some German sausages (You can find them in Aldi or Lidl)

Some huge glass beer mugs

Masses of pretzels, preferably giant ones called Riesenbrezen.

Some kind of tent or marquee

If they are willing, some busty wenches to wear the traditional Bavarian ‘dirndl’ dress and run around clutching an unfeasible number of glasses of beer

Food ideas include grilled chicken, Bavarian sausage of course, and grilled mackerel on a stick. You know, hearty fare to wash down with gallons of beer.

Breze oktoberfest pretzel
See if Aldi and Lidl have these too.

There’s still time to order your Oktoberfest face in the hole board from Photo Cutouts, just give us a bell on 08450 570321 or buy or hire directly from our website!

Enjoy Oktoberfest …
Oktoberfest
… but don’t overdo it!

 

 

Halloween boards: new for 2017

Halloween party boards to lose your head over!

Halloween party, halloween party ideas, dracula, pumpkin, trick or treat, ghost, witch, mummy

Fresh for 2017, we’ve brought our Halloween face in hole boards up to date by making them a bit more cartoony, with some cheeky little details. Hire or buy one to add extra fun and photo memories to your Halloween event.

As always they are made of weatherproof, durable foamex PVC board with a high-quality image printed onto it. The feet are sturdy aluminium and keep the board upright in moderate winds.

Halloween event planners can hire or buy these designs off-the-peg with rapid delivery to the UK mainland. They can also order custom boards with added features such as messages, slogans, logos, hashtags, web addresses, phone numbers or other information. We can adapt an existing design to include this branding information or do a completely new, one-of-a-kind custom design that will never be repeated!

spooky, halloween, face in the hole board, dracula, bat, ghost, pumpkin

The new boards in the seasonal range have three face holes.  If it is preferable to the customer we can cut out just two holes and leave the rest of the artwork intact.

As if creepy Halloween ghouls sneaking up on us wasn’t enough, Christmas is also sneaking up on us and will soon have us in its grasp. Well, we also have a new range of Christmas boards that we have re-designed for 2017. Get your face in the ho-ho-hole with our festive boards featuring Santa and his pals. Read about them in last week’s blog post. Maybe we should have blogged about the Halloween boards before the Christmas ones, but nobody’s perfect!

2017 polar bear, penguin, santa claus, Christmas scene
We’ve designed a fun new Christmas board with some new friends for Santa.

The ‘hole’ point of face in hole boards is to take photos – that’s why we call them photo cutouts. Our boards help to create great photo memories of Halloween parties and events!

Just don’t lose your head!

Discover our seasonal range, including the new Halloween boards, here.

For a friendly quote on a custom board, talk to Shelley or Jim on 08450 570321.

 

New 2017 Christmas designs for hire now!

Get your face in the ho-ho-hole!

Christmas face in the hole board

Christmas is one of the times of year when our photo cutout boards really shine. They add extra sparkle and fun to festive events and increase engagement. A colourful, vivid photo cutout board is ideal for interacting with the public at conferences and expos, corporate events, charity events, retail stores, marketing events, theatres, art galleries, awards ceremonies and the many other events that take place every November and December.

We’ve created some unique new designs for 2017 that you won’t find anywhere else. Boost the buzz at your Christmas event! The new designs are on our website and are proving popular, with hires going out as we write this. If you want to grow your presence and engagement with the public this Christmas, you need a photo cutout board. We’re ready to talk to you on 08450 570321! Or drop us an email at office@connectedshopping.com.

Christmas snow globe, marketing, experiential, events
Guests are going to LOVE our new snow globe board! Be the first to get it! There’s a nice big space on the plaque at the bottom for corporate messages, logos, hashtags and web addresses. Or anything you like!

We’ve given the Christmas range a makeover with a fresh and up-to-date design style.

2017 polar bear, penguin, santa claus, Christmas scene
We’ve designed a fun new Christmas board with some new friends for Santa. What do you think?

The choice of how many face holes is yours. In this new design below, you can have Rudolf or Elf cut out or both. Just ask us and we’ll make it the way you like. For children at a Santa’s grotto, for example, you might prefer to have just the elf cut out, because it’s at a better height for kids.

Santa reindeer face in hole board 2017


As for custom Christmas boards with your own design or one created by us, check out our custom boards page for more info. As an example, here’s a festive board we made for InternetMatters.org for use at TalkTalk’s offices over the Christmas period.

Christmas photo cutout board campaign