Theme of the week: Healthcare

There’s a theme developing this week …

We serve all industries that need face in the hole boards and marketing props for their events. But some weeks, there seems to be a theme. This week it’s healthcare. Three of the boards we’ve sent out this week have been healthcare-related: two major cancer charities and NHS Wales! There’s probably no rhyme or reason to it (like the time we got three requests for boards featuring horses in the same month), and all we can say is we’re happy to be providing the service and helping these great organisations promote their message.

Macmillan Volunteer Conference

Macmillan Cancer Support relies on a network of volunteers to provide support to those with cancer, and once a year the charity holds a Volunteer Conference for networking, volunteer awards, volunteer support and development opportunities. This year’s conference was on the 17th & 18th of May in Blackpool, and Photo Cutouts delivered some traditional face in the hole boards for a bit of extra fun for the delegates.

The boards obviously did their job!

Healthcare conference photo cutout boards

NHS Wales

This is a general purpose board for NHS Wales that they are going to use at a variety of events and locations. It’s a folding board, which means it can be carried about easily and even transported in a small car to wherever it is needed. Perfect for a mobile awareness message!

NHS Wales healthcare board

Cancer Research

Cancer research are doing a roadshow in Scotland, and one of the props they’ll be using is a pair boards that let the public step into the shoes of a cancer-busting super scientist. Lord knows we need these people, so promoting their efforts is one thing we have absolutely no problem helping with.

Photo cutout boards for healthcare charitiesWe’ll blog about it again next time there is a series of orders for boards from a particular sector or industry or cause. For now, whether you are a healthcare organisation or something completely different, if you have an event coming up and would like something extra to drive engagement and promote your message, get in touch with Photo Cutouts on:

08450 570321

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Selfie boards: for when less is more

Let’s go walkabout with selfie boards!

As always at Photo Cutouts, we’ve been listening to our customers and coming up with creative solutions that suit their events. For three of our recent customers – AmEx, Vaillant and NowPressPlay, a large static face in the hole board wasn’t quite what they needed due to their events’ formats and the other promotional materials they were using. What they asked for was a smaller board that people can hold and pose for photos with as they walk around the event, and can easily be passed from one person to another. This led to Selfie Boards, which are proving popular with other event organiser customers as well.

With no feet required to keep them standing upright, selfie boards are very light while giving a similar impression to a full-size board in photos. 100cm x 80cm is the standard size for a selfie board and this can be portrait (usually 1 face hole) or landscape (there can be 2 face holes). To help maintain the face-in-the-hole illusion, we put a pair of handles on the back so that the board can be held without the holder’s hands showing at the sides (otherwise it looks like the cover of Vanity Fair or similar Photoshop disaster.) Despite all our care and attention, though, what people actually do with our boards is beyond our control, as you can see here: ūüėČ

Promotional selfie boards
Well, we tried

But as long as selfie boards help to get the brand message across and people have fun with them, that’s the main thing. Just don’t show the photos to our designer, Jim. He’d have kittens.

Here’s a selfie board we made for American Express to promote their Global Business Traveller programme. The 100 x 80cm format makes it easy to hold up and pass around.

Selfie board for event marketing

And finally, we’ve heard of bunny boilers, but this is a boiler bunny! Vaillant, the boiler company, have a bunny mascot called Johann, and here he is not quite filling the human-sized face hole on the board we made for them. As we said, what people (and bunnies) do with our boards is beyond our control!

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New Photo Cutouts game: Beat The Goalie!

Meet our new penalty shootout game

With the World Cup coming up soon, this new board from Photo Cutouts might be just the thing for football-themed garden parties and outdoor match screenings this Summer. We expect the nation’s gardens and pubs to ring with cries of ‘Hold my beer and watch this!’ as everyone tests their football skills against the Photo Cutouts goalie. He will ‘save’ your shot unless you can place it perfectly. Curl it into the corner or go through his legs, it’s your call. But give it your best shot!

Football goalie board
He’s a pretty good goalie – are you accurate enough?

Beat The Goalie is a 2.4m x 2m board made of weatherproof PVC mounted on sturdy metal legs. It comes with a foam football that’s got enough weight to make controlled shots but won’t damage the board, things behind it, or fellow guests. It can be delivered along with an astro grass area to simulate a pitch and make it look more like a football match. The board takes about 10 minutes to put together upon delivery. It comes in 4 sections that we ship to you flat-packed and comes with the small number of bolts necessary to put it together.

If requested we can brand Beat The Goalie with messages, hashtags, logos and other insignia to personalise it or to promote a brand, product or cause. It adds some fun action to events, parties, weddings, and corporate functions. This is not a custom board so there’s no design work to go through with you – as an off-the-peg product, we can get one out to you quicker. Ideally we’d need a couple of weeks’ notice before your event, especially if you wish to add some branding or personalisation.

So add some football fun to your Summer event with Beat The Goalie! Here’s a bit more about him.

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Here’s how to get people into your product

Product marketing
Photo Cutouts: getting people into your brand

If you have a product to launch or promote, then naturally you want people to ‘get into’ your product. But what does ‘get into’ mean, exactly? Understand its purpose? Appreciate its unique selling points? Become convinced that it’s the best on the market? Be overjoyed about how it solves a problem for them? Recommend it to others? Become loyal users of it?

Well, all of these, of course. But what we meant is quite simply to encourage people to, well, physically get into your product by putting their faces in a board with your product on it! The concept couldn’t be simpler, and you know what? It works. That is why photocutouts.co.uk has gone from an obscure maker of seaside Punch-and-Judy boards to Britain’s leading producer of face-in-hole marketing props, serving brands both big and small. Here are a few of the big brands who have used our boards for marketing:

  • The BBC
  • Unilever
  • Huawei
  • Autoglass
  • The Royal Air Force
  • Seabrook Crisps
  • The National Trust
  • Capital FM
  • World Animal Protection
  • American Express
  • Cancer Research
  • Anglian Water
  • King’s College London
  • Cussons Carex

Product boards from photocutouts.co.uk are the perfect marketing accessory at trade shows, conferences and exhibitions. One example this week is Wavegrip, a company who make hygienic, recyclable packaging for cans. They went all the way to Nashville, Tennessee to promote their products to the Craft Brewers’ Conference, and prepared well in advance by asking us to make them a promotional face in the hole board to take along with them. Here they are sharing board photos on social media.

product marketing tools

They were able to take the board along with them because it folds in two and is easy to carry and set up. Imagine taking the board in the photo on a plane – what a kerfuffle that would be! Well, we thought of that, so our conference boards have the option of coming as a folding two-piece that you can carry under your arm. Wavegrip are going to use their folding board at their next event as well (an expo in Germany), and the next one after that. For a small outlay they now have an excellent marketing tool that screams about their products and that people have fun interacting with and taking photos of (which they are likely to then share on social media, further promoting the brand).

We also make promotional cutouts without face holes to dot around exhibition spaces and use on stands – we can make any shape, size and design required and put whatever branding or message you ask for on them. A fun way of promoting your brand!

product promotion, product launch marketing tools

Got a product, brand or cause to promote? Call us to talk about how we can get people into it!

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Recent face in the hole boards March /April

Business at Photo Cutouts is never quiet, but it’s picking up quite a bit now for the Spring/Summer marketing and events season. We’re making bold, colourful custom event boards for more and more brands and causes every year, and the upward trend is continuing as we swing into the (fingers crossed) warmer months of 2018. In addition to our classic range of off-the-peg traditional wedding and seaside boards which are always popular, we really enjoy making bespoke boards for marketing events, product launches, TV and radio stations (BBC and ITV among them), weddings and fundraising events.

Here are a few of the ones we’ve made is March and April, though this is the tip of the iceberg because there are so many others we can’t tell you about because the events haven’t happened yet! Suffice it to say that Summer 2018 will be another bumper face in the hole board-filled year as brands and causes across Britain use our unique boards to promote their messages.

ITV Weather

ITV Weather rang us in early April to order 6 or our space-saving folding boards¬†for a series of mobile events inviting members of the public to be weather presenter for a day. These boards can be folded in half for easy transport and storage, which made them ideal for ‘roadshow’-type campaigns like this. Rather than design them ourselves, in this case we used a design provided by ITV.¬†
ITV Weather face in the hole board

Green Flag Wales

Green Flag Wales do a great job campaigning to keep Wales tidy. We are delighted to help them in their efforts to raise awareness of environmental concerns with boards like this:

green flag wales april boards

And we also made a Summer-themed board for Keep Wales Tidy which we designed ourselves with a few humorous touches:

Keep Wales Tidy April face in the hole board

Global 4 Communications

Global 4 Communications are celebrating 20 years in the business telephone systems market. This board for their celebration party is pretty straightforward: be king for a day!

Photo Cutouts April face in the hole boards

Fuller’s London Pride

This one was for the 2018 London Marathon, the hottest on record. No doubt more than a few pints of London Pride were quaffed after the race, especially with this board to remind them to imbibe!

London Pride April 2018

This is a one-hole board with the left and right faces already printed. A good photo opportunity at the London Marathon!

So that’s just a handful of the promotional boards out there at the moment. Want to have a board made for your event? Call 08450 570321 and ask for Shelley or Jim.

Alternatively, email Photo Cutouts for a design and production quote today!

 

Photo Wall: the ultimate face in hole board

Take things to a ‘hole’ new level!

hire photo wall photowall

 

An extension of the face-in-hole concept, our Photo Wall is the perfect tool to create unforgettable photos at weddings, significant birthday parties and family gatherings. It creates a warm and cosy atmosphere by mimicking a vintage living room, complete with picture frames to allow guests to peer down from the wall as if they were paintings or old photographs!

For some reason it’s really, really funny to see your friends and relatives goofing about in picture frames, and the photos and videos you get are usually hilarious. The Photo Wall comes alive and it’s like something out of an old movie. We recommend a video or photo filter that makes the shots look grainy, like 1980’s VHS or 8mm film camera. Add a vintage soundtrack and you’ve got a classic film that family and guests can all enjoy!

To enhance the vintage living room feel, the Photo Wall comes with a set of vintage props: a mini chaise longue and some old distressed leather suitcases containing a variety of props like hats, glasses and handheld novelties for guests to improvise with.

The Wall comes with some actual pictures on frames (smaller than the ones your guests appear in), but you can replace them with real family photos of your own if you like. We’ve seen families and wedding guests screaming with laughter in the Photo Wall as they make up their own hi-jinks to amuse each other!

Here’s another photo of the Photo Wall in use, this time with our hand-held speech bubbles¬†that offer another layer of visual fun to still photos. They can be wipe-clean if requested, so that your guests can write their own messages on them. We bundle them in with the Photo Wall for free so you can have maximum fun!

photo wall with speech bubbles

Available to hire from Photocutouts.co.uk Рjust drop us an email or give us a call on 08450 570321

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Summer event boards

Get your Summer event boards designed soon!

Don’t laugh! Right now we might be scraping ice off our cars every morning, but the weather will be warmer before we know it, and the Summer events season will be upon us. Our first Photo Cutouts were born from the traditional idea of the Summer seaside face in the hole board, and they are still timeless classics. We started out with cheeky traditional boards like ‘Fat Lady on the Beach’ and ‘Skinny Jimmy the Lifeguard’. Now we’ve got a lot of varied designs that come at the classic theme from different angles. Here are a few of them. They might give you an idea for a design of your own (you can have logos, branding etc. on your board to promote your brand, cause, or event!)

Summer event boards, Summer marketing props, compact marketing props UK

We can make a totally unique custom board for you – find out how here.

Blue Flag England, Summer event boards

Our Summer event boards have all the fun of the seaside. We update the designs all the time to bring something new to the concept. The boards are printed with your own design or ours – if you have artwork to send over, we’ll print it for you onto durable, waterproof PVC board that’s sturdy and stands on stable feet so it won’t blow over or fall down in anything except a hurricane (not wishing to tempt fate!)

Summer photo opportunity board
Check out the super sturdy feet!

If you want to tell someone about Photo Cutouts, why not download the leaflet below and send it to them? It has all our contact details on it. Just right click, download and email it to them!

Photocutouts leaflet
In case you haven’t seen it, here’s our A4 leaflet. Share it with friends who might like a photo cutout board!

Start planning your Summer event board now – get in touch with Photo Cutouts at office@connectedshopping.com or call us for a friendly chat on 08450 570321!

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The perfect finishing touch to a wedding

Here’s how the lucky winner of a wedding photo cutout board used it at her wedding, with photos kindly provided by her.

In January 2017 whilst planning her December wedding, Lucy Bevan visited the Newmarket Wedding Show and and was lucky enough to win in the competition run by the organisers.

Imagine her surprise and delight when she was drawn to win a photo cutout board by us for her big day! She chose the gently humorous ‘Ball and Chain’ board and it got plenty of use at the reception, held at the beautiful Barrington Hall¬†and overseen by wedding coordinator Vanessa from Rocks and Frocks. The wedding photographer Daniela K Photography included the board in a number of artful shots.

Wedding photo cutout hire
The board in place before the reception …
wedding prop hire
… in the background as guests took their places …
Wedding standee
… and guests taking part!

Guests took photos of the couple posing in the face in hole board and shared them on social media.

Wedding photo board hire

Here’s what Lucy had to say to us about the board hire from Photo Cutouts and our service for the special day:

“Hiya.

Glad you liked the pics. So we are now Mr and Mrs Aveston-Viner.

We found the vendors really helpful at the wedding show, along with you guys we also booked our suits and the chair covers in with vendors we saw at the show.

We had the chapel hill duo play the violin and cello for us in the church along with the choir and red double decker bus take our guest too and from the church. In the evening we had our bridesmaid, Jenny Warnes, sing our first dance followed by 3 more songs, then a DJ from Pro Event Hire play for the rest of the evening.

I found you guys extremely helpful, you replied to my email straight away and organised everything with the wedding planner, I didn’t have to do anything! The board was delivered and collected without any problems at all. It was there ready the day before which gave us plenty of time to decide where we wanted it and to have a go in it first!

Would definitely use you again for other events and loved the garden games you also do, if ours had been a summer wedding we would have had the golf going on!

Married life is going great! We got married on our 11th year anniversary so was lovely to finally tie the knot and have the amazing wedding we ( I ) had dreamed about.”

So thank you Lucy for sharing your wedding photos with us! We wish you every happiness for the future as Mrs Aveston-Viner!

Lucy chose one of the boards from our wedding collection.  We also make custom photo cutout boards that are personalised with the names of the bride and groom and can carry any special message you want to communicate to guests.

Find out more at www.photocutouts.co.uk 

or give us a call on 08450 570321

or drop us an email at office@connectedshopping.com