New! 2020 Christmas Photo Cutout Boards

It looks as if much of the country is going ahead with Christmas preparations that aim to preserve most of the festive fun whilst doing everything possible to reduce transmission of a certain little spiky gremlin that’s doing the rounds at the moment.

Santa’s grottos are a good example of such forward planning. Santas nationwide have been attending the Ministry of Fun’s Santa School and learning, among other things, how to sport their special Santa masks. This seasonal safety item cleverly blends in with the Santa costume to cover the great man’s nose and mouth but keep him looking beardy and full of Christmas cheer. Kids are getting used to everyone wearing masks now, so why should Santa be any different?

Christmas Photo Stand-ins

Here at Photo Cutouts, our contribution towards keeping Christmas 2020 a cheerful affair is our new range of Christmas stand-in and photo cutout boards. They have just gone up on our website and are brand new designs, so be the first to grab one!

Christmas photo stand-in props

Visitors to your venue or guests at your Christmas party can take a Selfie With Elfie, try their hand at doing a penguin impression or help Santa’s elves to make toys in his workshop. Some of our boards remain popular year on year, so you could pick one of our evergreen Christmas classics like the Snow Globe. All our Christmas boards are available to hire or buy. Hire one for a one-off event or buy one to bring out year after year.

Santa's workshop photo stand-in board
Santa’s Workshop, with elf and safety being observed.

 

Christmas photo board stand-in
Selfie With Elfie

 

A proven marketing tool

These photo boards are a firm favourite and proven marketing tool for tourist attractions, garden centres, conferences and exhibitions, retail stores, charity events, awards ceremonies and corporate events. Customise our existing designs with your company logo and hashtag to create a branded photo opportunity for visitors. Or our design team and create a fully bespoke design to your specifications.

Read our case study to see how Klondyke and Strikes Garden Centres used branded festive photo boards in their stores nationwide to run a “Show Us Your Best Festive Face” photo competition.

Klondyke and Strikes festive photo competition case study

All boards are printed in high resolution, vibrant colour onto industrial PVC board that is weatherproof, UV-resistant and wipe-clean. They are attached to a sturdy metal frame and strong legs that keep them upright in anything except a gale.

Choose between a stand-in board with a single large hole or a face-in-the-hole board with several individual face holes. Either way, the illusion works a treat and makes for memorable photos.

Get in touch:

If you would like to discuss your requirements for a festive photo cutout, then please get in touch:

email: office@connectedshopping.com

Tel: 01284 848330

Plumpton Racecourse plumps for branded hand sanitiser stations

In order to follow government guidelines on COVID-19, Plumpton Racecourse have positioned a number of our branded hand sanitiser stations at various entrances throughout the venue. Rather than using bottles of hand sanitiser on tables or generic hand sanitiser stations, Plumpton wanted to show the public they care and keep their brand image strong with their own branded dispenser stations. Here are some photos of what they look like in action!

Branded hand sanitiser station at Plumpton Racecourse
Branded hand sanitiser station ready for use at Plumpton Racecourse
Branded hand sanitiser station
Plumpton’s hand sanitiser stations are double-sided and they opted for castors for ease of moving them around.
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For a clean, professional image
Branded hand sanitiser stations
Branded hand sanitiser stations come in a range of sizes and configurations

To get the most mileage out of each station (or should that be furlongs?), Plumpton asked us to double the number of dispensers on the smaller stations from one to two. This will prove to be a good decision when the public are allowed back in and the queues start working their way through.

See our range of hand sanitiser station sizes here.

As you can see with this example, our hand sanitiser stations are bespoke and we are happy to make them to custom specifications. They are a great option for following government guidelines and promoting your brand at the same time.

They come with mounted heavy duty dispensers that can be filled with any suitable sanitiser gel. The dispensers are bulk-fill, to reduce the need for regular refilling.

How to order a branded hand sanitiser station

Find out more and get in touch on our hand sanitiser stations page!

When a customer gets in touch, our team of expert designers work with them to create a bespoke design that looks great and carries the logo, URL, hashtag or any other insignia the customer wants. It is then printed onto sturdy industrial PVC in premium matt laminate print that is UV-resistant and weatherproof. It’s also wipe-clean for a clean appearance and further hygiene.

Get the most out of your hand sanitiser station with the double-sided option. This gives you longer between hand gel fill-ups and faces two ways so that people can use it whichever way they are headed. You can also choose to have the station mounted on castors for easy wheeling around your venue, night time storage, and quick repositioning.

Hand sanitiser stations are fast becoming the new norm throughout the UK. So why not use one to promote your brand?

Get in touch:

If you would like to discuss your requirements for a branded hand sanitiser station, then please get in touch:

email: office@connectedshopping.com

Tel: 01284 848330

 

Businesses: bounce back with a stand in photo board

Now more than ever, a little bit of showmanship goes a long way for businesses. Which is why our stand-in photo board is proving so popular. It offers a classic photo opportunity for brands. People can’t resist stopping and taking photos of themselves, their friends and their families in a bright, colourful, memorable stand-in photo prop – with a business’s brand all over it.

This gives the business owner or salesperson a chance to chat to them if appropriate, and even if they don’t buy anything there and then, they have those photos on permanent record, and they might come looking for that business again next year or next time they pass by. Plus they are quite likely to share them on social media. Quite simply, stand-in photo boards are a proven marketing tool.

With exhibitions re-opening on the first of October unless the government says otherwise, it’s also time to think about presentation for trade shows and expos. A stand-in selfie board that screams a brand identity can be a big pull at events like these. People don’t just look at it, they interact with it and take photos. This quite literally gets people ‘into’ a brand. A little extra like a stand-in photo board goes a long way for driving customer engagement.

Stand in photo board
Seabrook Crisps love our photo stand in photo boards!

What are they made of?

Not cardboard! We print your bespoke design onto durable, weatherproof PVC board and add sturdy metal legs to keep it upright. A stand-in photo board is a one-time investment that can be used again and again. We’ve made them for all kinds and sizes of business, from small shops to the BBC and Tesco.

How do I get a stand-in photo board?

All you have to do is call us or send us an email, then we can talk to you about whether you have your own artwork or whether you’d like us to do a design for you. In the latter case, we would just ask for your logo and some measurements for the board. We can make a huge range of sizes, from a one-person selfie frame stand to a ginormous photo wall with multiple holes. Also, they don’t have to be square or rectangular – they can be any shape you like. So, for example, an ice cream parlour could have a stand in photo board shaped like an ice cream cone. There’s no limit to the imagination and fun you can have with these colourful marketing props!

Coming soon!

Our new range of Christmas stand-in photo props are coming very soon! Our customers have reported great results with their Christmas–themed boards. Bookmark this blog and follow our website for updates so you can snap one up as soon as they come out, and get ready to boost your business this Christmas.

Get in touch

If you would like our design team to work on a bespoke photo stand-in for your business then please get in touch:

email: office@connectedshopping.com

Tel: 01284 848330

Giant cards make a huge impact for special birthdays

With large gatherings on hold, our giant cards have been an ideal way to make a BIG impact for birthdays, anniversaries and other important events. We’ve had so many requests for customisation that we are working on expanding the range that you see on the website.

In the meantime, here is a glimpse at some of the designs we have produced for customers recently – to show you what is possible and just how much of an impact the huge cards make on those special occasions.

Giant personalised 21st birthday card

Giant personalised card for 21st birthday
5 foot 21st Birthday card, personalised with name on front and printed message on the inside

Photo collage giant birthday card

Photo collage giant card for 30th birthday
Photo collage giant card for 30th birthday. Individual messages from friends and family were printed on the inside.

Giant cards – a great centrepiece for garden parties

Customised giant card with photos, suitable for outdoors
Giant card makes a great focal point

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our cards are not made of floppy card but rigid, lightweight PVC board (Correx) that stands upright and is waterproof – making them an ideal centrepiece for small gatherings in the garden.

Giant card sizes

Our Mega Cards are just like a normal card but WAY bigger: sizes start at 50 x 75cm and go up to a whopping 100 x 150cm – that’s nearly 5 feet tall!

We have a range of off-the-peg designs to choose from for occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and other important events. But we can also customise with a photo or collage of photos and any message you send us.

On the inside, we can print your own message, or a series of messages from family members, or leave the inside blank to write your own.

Giant card sizes

How to order

If you would like to place an order for a Customised Giant Card – you can visit our website and place an order for a “Custom Mega Card”. Our design team will then pick up and get in touch to discuss how you would like it personalised. We will work with you until you are happy with the design before printing to the highest of quality and delivering to you by courier.

Email: office@connectedshopping.com

Tel: 01284 848330

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Hand sanitiser stations for soft plays, nurseries and schools

At Photo Cutouts we often customise our existing designs to meet the needs of our customers. Since launching our hand sanitiser stations, we have worked with our clients to adapt the design for children. With the recent easing of lockdown restrictions to allow soft play centres to open, and the start of the school term on the horizon (hang in there parents!), here is some food for thought on customising sanitation stations for children.

Clear and simple artworkHand Sanitiser Station_1 dispenser with logo

Our current artwork is simple and easy to understand and has been a hit with several schools for that reason.

The design includes 3 clear steps:
1. Dispense alcohol gel
2. Rub into your hands thoroughly
3. Rub until gel has evaporated

If you have a slogan or rhyme that you are using to help children remember the importance of hand hygiene, then we can adapt these steps to suit your messaging.

Childrens Sanitiser stationBright and colourful designs

We are able to produce boards in the range of designs to suit the age range of children at your setting. We can also incorporate any company mascots that children may already be familiar with. Give us your brief and our designers can come up with a bespoke solution.

Dispenser height for children

Soft play centres, nurseries and primary schools can request a lower position for the dispenser units. Toddlers, pre-schoolers and Early Years children may find the sanitiser stations easier to use independently with a lower dispenser height.

Wheeled sanitiser stationsWheeled hand sanitiser station

Having castors on the sanitiser stations is useful for bringing hand washing to the children and reduces movement around schools, nurseries and soft plays.

At schools, children are most likely to be eating lunch in their classrooms. So having a wheeled sanitiser station will come in handy for teachers to take between classrooms.

At soft plays – the sanitiser station can be moved across to the party table for guests to clean their hands before eating.

Where one-way systems are in place, wheeled sanitiser stations can be moved from the entrance to exit points with ease.

Double sided hand sanitiser station for schoolDoubled-sided options

Keep socially distanced queues moving at the start and end of the school day, or between sessions with doubled-sided hand sanitiser stations. Children are not known for their patience when queuing so help reduce the stress of waiting in line with eager little ones.

Get in touch

If you are interested in using branded hand sanitiser stations at your school, nursery or soft play, then please get in touch with the team. We are more than happy to adapt our designs to suit the needs of your setting.

Tel: 01284 848330

email: office@connectedshopping.com

 

Seaside themed cutouts create a nostalgic photo opportunity

Seaside face in the hole boards

The seaside is the home of the photo cutout, or peep boards. Since the early 50’s face-in-the-hole boards have been a prominent form of entertainment at our seaside towns. More people than ever are spending their summer holidays in the UK this year for obvious reasons, and with this warm weather, trips to the coast are on the agenda for the 2020 staycation. (Although we advise steering clear of the busy hotspots, don’t want to end up on the 10 o’clock news!). So before the thunderstorms hit, let’s revisit to some of the seaside themed face-in-the-hole boards we have produced for a range of clients.

Seaview Beach Café

Situated directly on the seafront of West Runton beach, Seaview Beach Café wanted to create a memorable photo opportunity for beachgoers. This face-in-the-hole board has a fun design, fully branded with the café logo and hashtag. Easily moveable, the peep board can be positioned outside in low winds or within the café itself.

West Runton Beach Cafe seaside photo cutout board

Professor Shambles

A classic Punch and Judy board for children’s entertainer Professor Shambles. This is one of our stock seaside boards with the customer’s name, tagline and phone number added. Easy to transport, Professor Shambles can assemble the board at each party location. Face holes are positioned at an ideal height for children so party-goers return home with a fun, branded photo to remember the event.

Children's entertainer Punch and Judy photo cutout board

Berties Fish and Chip restaurant

Edinburgh’s “Place To Be” for the best fish and chips, chose to tap into the nostalgia of fish and chips at the seaside. Berties Fish and Chips brought the seaside to Edinburgh with a ‘Thin Tim and Big Bertha’ photo cutout board. The board captures the traditional humour of the peep board and engages with customers and passersby of the restaurant.

Bertie's Fish and Chips - Edinburgh - Thin Tim and Big Bertha seaside photo cutout

Blue Flag England

Keep Britain Tidy commissioned some Blue Flag boards to promote clean beaches and those awarded with a #BestBeaches award. Custom designed seaside themed cutouts are an engaging way to generate awareness of the clean beaches campaign. Here’s one of the Blue Flag boards in action:

Blue Flag clean beach seaside award cutout

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust

Sailing superstar Ellen MacArthur’s charity helps children and young people regain their confidence after cancer. This fun interactive board is used at their live events to promote the charity’s message with its Twitter, Facebook and Instagram handles.

Dolphin Octopus animals

#FFSLDN

For Fish’s Sake London is a campaign by environmental charity Hubbub. The message is clear: don’t drop litter in London where it can end up in the Thames, because it really gives aquatic life there a hard time. These underwater-themed cutout boards have been used down by the river to promote awareness.

Public awareness campaign board: For Fish's Sake London

Peter James book launch

When bestselling novelist Peter James launched his Roy Grace novel, Need You Dead, in Brighton, his publicist commissioned this cops and robber’s themed photo board. The board was used as a photo opportunity for fans at a book signing as they waited for his autograph.

Being by the seaside, a fun face-in-the-hole board was a fitting tribute to the location and the cops and robbers theme lent itself perfectly to the crime genre of the novel.

Peter-James_seaside cutout for book signing

Photo Cutouts’ seaside themed boards

At Photo Cutouts we have a range of seaside themed boards that are available to hire or to buy. Our designs can be customised with your own logo and hashtags if you wish. Alternatively, you can brief our designers with what you are looking for. We will then sketch out the image for you to feedback and add some colour to create your own custom-designed face-in-the-hole board.

TOWIE's Shelby and Sam in seaside photo cutout board
Seaside photo cutout featured on TOWIE

Covid safe

We can work with you to help you to come up with a Covid safe solution so the fun of face-in-the-hole boards can still be enjoyed. Whether that might be having a series of single hole boards spaced out 2m apart, or a larger board with 1m+ distance between face holes, or providing sanitising solutions, get in touch to discuss the requirements of your event or venue.

Get in touch

Photo Cutouts produce a range of customisable large format print options and event entertainment. We aim to create fun and engaging photo opportunities. Get in touch and our design team will work with you to come up with the best solutions for your next event.

Email: office@connectedshopping.com

Tel: 01284 848330

London Party Boats introduce Social Distance River Cruise

London Party Boats have reopened after lockdown with the launch of the Social Distance River Cruise. Prior to launch, the team at London Party Boats worked hard to meet the Government guidelines for reopening. They approached us for 2 branded hand sanitiser stations to position on the dock for guests.

London Party Boats Hand Sanitiser Stations
Hand Sanitiser Stations ready to welcome guests at Festival Pier

The reduction to 1m+ social distancing rules have helped make reopening more feasible for such businesses. Every effort has been made to keep guests of the floating party venue safe. Onboard, tables have been positioned at a safe distance, table service is in place and there is even a retractable glass roof (weather permitting), to keep the air flowing.

London Party Boats opted for singe dispenser hand sanitiser stations, complete with their logo and own messaging. The hand sanitiser stations are freestanding and portable so can be moved inside on closing up. Guests will find them positioned on the dock at Festival Pier to use to sanitise their hands on entering the boat.

Branded hand sanitiser station
All aboard! But do clean your hands first

Operating at 25% capacity, the Social Distance River Cruise is a great opportunity to get out but avoiding any crowded pubs and restaurants. The 2 hour cruises are running every Saturday throughout July and August, book here and don’t forget to “Clean Your Hands” when boarding.

Hand Sanitiser Stations

Our hand sanitiser stations are freestanding and portable. They can be positioned indoors or out. They also include universal, bulk-fill dispensers. The dispensers can be used with any alcohol gel so you will not be restricted to the product that you refill with.

If you would like a chat with the team about introducing our hand sanitiser stations to your business or venue, then give us a call.

Our lead time is currently 10-14 days. If you have a tight deadline, then let us know and we can do our best to meet your timings.

Email the team: office@connectedshopping.com

Give us a call: 01284 848330

Hand Sanitiser Stations help welcome pupils back to school

Our hand sanitiser stations have been popular with schools welcoming back pupils post lockdown.Hand sanitiser station in production The team have been busy this week producing boards in a range of variations, to suit each school’s needs.

As the country tries to adapt to a new normal, hand washing and hand sanitising are hugely important in helping to control the virus. Schools have had to make several changes to their settings to make staff, pupils and their families feel safe.

Hand sanitising at school

Providing hand sanitising facilities at the entrances to the school is one way that hygiene can be maintained. It is not always practical to have hand washing facilities and hand sanitising is the next best alternative.

The hand sanitising stations we have been producing for schools this week has been varied.

Some schools have opted for multiple, single dispenser stations – which can then be positioned at strategic locations throughout the building.

Single dispenser sanitiser stations_multiple boards for schools

 

Others have gone for a double-sided, 4 dispenser board to help pupils maintain distance and keep the flow of children entering the school moving steadily.

Double sided hand sanitiser station at school entrance

Another school have opted for a 6 dispenser sanitiser station at the entrance, having multiple dispensers will reduce the need for refilling throughout the day and again help to keep the line moving on the way into school.

Hand sanitiser station_6 dispensers_school entrance

The clear messaging of the artwork is easily understandable for children. The artwork has also included the school logo, helping to reinforce the message that hygiene is very much part of the school’s ethos post lockdown.

Our hand sanitiser stations are freestanding and portable. They can be positioned indoors or out. They also include universal, bulk-fill dispensers. The dispensers can be used with any alcohol gel so you will not be restricted to the product that you refill with.

Get in touch

If you would like a chat with the team about introducing hand sanitiser stations to your school, office, store entrance, then give us a call.

Our lead time is currently 10-14 days. If you have a tight deadline (perhaps due to the ever-changing guidelines!), then let us know and we can do our best to meet your timings.

Email the team: office@connectedshopping.com

Give us a call: 01284 848330

5 examples of public awareness campaigns with photo cutout boards

Getting people into awareness campaigns – literally!

Many of public awareness campaigns by causes, nonprofits and social enterprises have used our photo cutout boards. They make a great engagement tool to educate their audiences and help keep their campaign messages top of mind. The boards help to create a focus for people to interact with as well as a photo opportunity, and with the campaign’s message and hashtag splashed all over the board, well … photos get shared, and that amplifies the message across social.
Here are five examples of the public awareness campaign boards we have supplied.

1. #FFSLDN

For Fish’s Sake London is a campaign by environmental charity Hubbub. The message is clear: don’t drop litter in London where it can end up in the Thames, because it really gives aquatic life there a hard time. These boards have been used down by the river to promote awareness.

Public awareness campaign board: For Fish's Sake London

2. #Beesneeds

This was just last week. #BeesNeeds is a campaign by DEFRA and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to promote awareness of bees and other pollinators. London’s Carnaby Street was renamed Carnabee Street for a week and our board was part of the campaign.

Public awareness campaign marketing

3. Affinity Water

Okay, this one was last November, but we’ve included it because we liked it! Here’s a slightly grainy shot from Twitter – but you can see people having fun with the board! The campaign message? Save water.

awareness campaign marketing

4. Keep Britain Tidy

This one needs no introduction. These boards are used extensively in campaigns around the UK. The message: be a litter hero. Be like Trash Girl.

awareness campaign marketing uk

5. Green Flag Wales

On a related note, here’s our board for Green Flag Wales, aiming to change perceptions about green spaces. The board is pictured with some of the campaign team.

Public awareness marketing

Are you involved in a charity or social enterprise? Would you like to raise awareness of your cause with a photo cutout board? Call us today on 01284 848330 or email office@connectedshopping.com to talk about getting a board made.

Future Beauty Labs entertain guests with branded table tennis

Earlier this year, before the Coronavirus hit, we worked with Future Beauty Labs to provide branded table tennis for their corporate event.

Future Beauty Labs were hosting an event at Edition Hotel, London, a luxury, boutique hotel on the edge of Soho. They were entertaining some key clients and stakeholders. They were looking to provide entertainment that allowed the guests to socialise, with a bit of light-hearted competition, surrounded by Future Beauty Labs’ tanning products – Tan Luxe; Isle of Paradise and Tanologist.

We produced a branded table tennis table, in Future Beauty Labs pastel pink branding and replicated the company logo as it appeared on their website.

The table looked great! but don’t just take our word for it, here’s what the client had to say and photos of the ping pong table in-situ, ready for action!

“We absolutely love it, it’s just exactly what we were looking for so thank you so much for your help!”
Zoe Quinn, Influencer Executive, Future Beauty Labs.

Branded table tennis

Branded table tennis_Future Beauty Labs_Edition Hotel

 


Future Beauty Labs branded table tennis

Get in touch

If you are planning an event later in the year, then why not consider adding table tennis to the guest entertainment.

Competitive socialising was set to rise massively in popularity this year. We anticipate the appetite for experiences to be bigger than ever once the current restrictions are lifted.

Photo Cutouts produce a range of customisable large format print options and event entertainment. We aim to create fun and engaging photo opportunities. Get in touch and our design team will work with you to come up with the best solutions for your next event.

Email: office@connectedshopping.com

Tel: 01284 848330