Christmas Marketing Ideas to attract more business!

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When the calendar ticks over into September, it’s time to put your Christmas marketing ideas into action. Not to start thinking about them but start doing them. That means that most of the thinking should have already happened, and September is the time to start acquiring the things you will need for the Christmas Marketing campaign. That might sound crazy, but it isn’t if you run a business. That’s just the way the marketing calendar works.

Why are we saying this? Because we make a range of tested and proven Christmas marketing materials for businesses of all sizes, and we hate to see people in a last-minute rush. We make them quickly enough – about a week from call to finished product on average – but often the calls come in during November or even December, and we find ourselves making things for stressed businesspeople who know they should have thought of their Christmas marketing ideas much earlier in the year.

What things do we make and how can they help with Christmas marketing campaigns? Here is a quick rundown.

Promotional Christmas Cutouts (standees)

Christmas promotional cutouts for marketing
Got any festive ideas for this type of standee? Talk to us and we’ll make them into a reality!

These are simply free-form, stand-up shapes that represent a product, a mascot, or anything you want as part of your Christmas Marketing efforts. We can make literally anything you ask for in terms of shape, size, design and colour. Get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Roller Banners for Christmas promotions

Roller banners for Christmas marketing ideas
Let everybody know about your Christmas marketing ideas with roller banners.

These are best for messages containing some text for the public to read (but not too much or they will lose interest!). Perfect for product promotions, Christmas messages, seasonal discounts, Black Friday deals etc. They can be placed anywhere and then rolled up for easy storage and used next year. See the roller banner options here.

Christmas Photo Boards

Christmas photo board marketing
An off-the-peg photo board with a space to add a company name.

These are proven to attract business. People can’t resist them when they are out Christmas shopping. Grab a seasonal ‘selfie with an Elfie’ in one of our off-the-peg Christmas photo boards or have your very own design that we will make for you, featuring your own product, brand or message! For a quick win, an off-the-peg design can be personalised to your brand by adding a name or logo. Have a look at Christmas photo boards here.

Christmas trail shopping centres
A Christmas Trail: shoppers had to find all of the Nutcracker boards and send photos of themselves in them.

For large venues like parks and shopping centres, a Christmas Trail featuring a series of photo boards can be a big hit with the public. Here’s the story of a Christmas Trail we made for an events company promoting Christmas shopping in town centres around the country:

All you need is an idea and we can make it a reality. How about a photo board for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas, related to your business? We love helping with the ideas and design, so give us a call and we’ll create something based on your idea!

Giant Christmas Cards

Giant Christmas card
Promote your business with a Giant Christmas card up to 6 feet tall!

We make huge, oversized Christmas cards than can be ‘given’ to your customers as a thank you for their custom. They will stand up on their own and can be placed strategically so that customers see and read them. You can of course send one to each of your most valued suppliers or customers too. They will never forget it!

Create more visual impact this Christmas with one or more print products from Ideas made reality. Call 01842 337 100, use our contact form

Mega Greetings Cards, Now Even Bigger

Giant jumbo greetings cards are the way to go when the occasion demands something truly memorable. When you absolutely, positively have to say it big … not just quite big but really, properly big, you send a mega card. With sizes from 50x75cm to 100x150cm and an almost infinite choice of designs and colours, plus high-res printing and made out of a durable material, a mega card leaves no doubt about how loudly you want to say your message.

100x150cm is more than most people need when it comes to a giant greetings card. It is big enough to blow pretty much anyone’s socks off. But for the very determined, very brave, or very foolhardy card-giver, there is now another size up from that.

Yes, you read that right.

We give you … the SIX FOOT MEGA CARD!

Mega cards 6 foot giant greetings card

122x183cm, or 4 foot by 6 foot if you prefer, is now the largest of the mega cards we make. We have invested in some new print technology that now enables us to produce this absolute stonker of a card. It’s as tall as a fairly tall man.

It costs a bit more because of the amount of material required to print such a large greetings card and the increased cost of postage. But if sheer size is the ultimate goal and if the one-time cost is worth it for the occasion, this monster card does not disappoint.

There’s nothing at all titchy about our usual range of mega cards. They are still just as huge and impressive as ever. It’s just that our large-format printer just got an upgrade and we want to offer the ultimate option in giant greetings cards, for those who want to make an  unforgettable impression.

Our third-largest card is whopping. Our second-largest card is mahoosive. But for when even that is not enough, there’s this one (we’ve run out of adjectives).

This is so new we don’t even have any photos of this behemoth of a card yet. Why not be one of the first to order one? (Warning: no letterbox is big enough.) You’ll have to call or use our contact form because we don’t even have this size on our online ordering options yet!

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Face in hole boards for family attractions

Summer 2021 is seeing the return of the public to family attractions around the country. With it comes a desire on the part of operators to make up for lost time and give visitors the best experience possible. One good way to achieve that is with a branded face-in-hole board from The public can’t resist putting their faces in and taking photos. Then the operator’s branding gets shared on social media! It’s a simple and effective way of boosting brand exposure and giving visitors an extra fun and interactive thing to do.

Here are some examples of face in hole boards we have made for family attractions around the UK. We create designs that project the attraction’s main message and help to convey a professional image.

Extra attractions for piers

Here is one we made for Brighton Pier. The mod on a scooter is part of the town’s history and has become iconic. It was commissioned by VisitBrighton, the official tourism organisation for Brighton & Hove.

Face in hole boards for family attractions

Extra attractions for water parks

This fun mascot, designed by Aardman, featured in a children’s attraction at the London Wetlands Centre, operated by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. Water parks can have a board with their mascot or a cartoon picture with children having fun. A great photo opportunity for visitors!

Extra attractions for country parks

The great outdoors is the theme here. This design was suggested by the client, Cairngorms National Park.

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For holiday parks

We made this board for Pontin’s. The design was discussed with the customer and several drafts were made before the final result.

UK family holiday parks marketing

For museums

The National Museum of Scotland asked us to make this one for a ‘70s-themed show called Rip It Up. Boards can be commissioned for one-off events as well as for more permanent everyday use at the attraction.

Marketing for UK family attractions

For heritage sites

We have made numerous boards for the National Trust. This example is for Wordsworth House near Keswick in the Lake District and the client chose this 18th century period flavour for this board.

National Trust face in hole board

For hotels and spas

This board was for Crieff Hydro, a well-known hotel and spa in Perthshire, for its 150th anniversary. The design is classy and retro, in line with the hotel’s aesthetic.

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Order a board for your own family attraction!

We make professional quality boards for all types of family attractions including the above plus:

  • Theme parks
  • Cinema and bowling chains
  • Holiday parks and resorts
  • Country houses, manors, estates and castles
  • Gyms, hostels, BnBs, campsites, glampsites and more!

Commissioning a board is simple and easy. Call our friendly team of creative designers on 01842 337 100 to give an idea of what is required, and we will do the rest. Proofs are provided at every stage until the ideal design is arrived at. Then we print it onto weatherproof, semi-rigid PVC board, add sturdy metal feet, and ship it out within a few days.

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Trade show and expo booths: first impressions count! is the UK’s one-stop shop for visual elements at trade shows and exhibitions. We design and create striking branding props, face in hole boards, and promotional cutouts to maximise a trade stand’s visual appeal. Each item is created bespoke for each customer to build trade show and exhibition stands that really pop and project exactly the required image and message. Exhibitors up and down the country rely on us to make their trade show and exhibition stands look as good as they possibly can and draw in more business.

This is a quick run-through of the options available to anybody planning a presence at a trade show or expo this year.

Trade show face in hole boards

Quirky and different, a face in hole board can attract high levels of engagement from the public at trade events. A really fun board can draw attendees in who can’t resist having a photo memory of the event – and it will have your logo and artwork all over it!

Trade shows signage face in hole board

Trade show promotional cutouts

These are free standing boards that we cut to any shape required. This one happens to have a face hole in it, but they can be created without face holes and placed anywhere for maximum effect.

Trade shows branding props

Trade show photo stand-ins

These are like magazine covers with a large aperture to make it look as if the people behind have been ‘edited in’.

Trade shows branding photo stand in

Trade show photo walls

Large format walls with or without face holes, these create a great impression where there is enough space to display them.

Royal Albert Hall photo board

Roller banners

Portable roll-up banners that are a sensible use of space at trade events. 3 types to choose from according to requirements of space, flooring and portability.

Roller banners for branding and marketing

Vinyl banners

Tough, durable and weatherproof, vinyl banners can be taken to any event and set up in a couple of minutes. A-frame or wall-mounted with a choice of sizes.

Vinyl banner a-frame

All of the above equipment is durable and weatherproof and printed with the highest quality, fade-resistant inks in the industry. Got a trade event or expo on your calendar? Get in touch to discuss your needs.

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Our biggest ever cheque: £57m for Children in Need!

Anyone who has ordered one of our giant cheques will know how big they are. They are the largest presentation cheques available on the web in the UK. But here is one that is not only big, but for a BIG amount for one of the country’s leading charities: Children in Need.

This whopper was featured on BBC Breakfast and represented the sum of £57,119,501 – the total raised for the Children in Need 2020 Appeal. The massive amount was the culmination of the efforts of fundraisers and donors across the UK who supported the annual Appeal in November 2020. The feat was all the more remarkable as it happened in a pandemic that affected everybody.

Children in need cheque

We are enormously pleased and proud to see a giant cheque being presented for such a vital charity.

Here is footage from the live BBC Breakfast broadcast where the cheque was unveiled by Children in Need representatives and Matty, who receives care at Rainbow Hospice and said the donations help children like him to thrive. 

A segment of BBC Breakfasts’s live broadcast of the £57 million cheque presentation.

A full-hearted Thank You from the BBC Children in Need Appeal.

Below is a post from our blog earlier this year about our giant cheques in the context of prizegiving ceremonies. The same applies to charity cheques when it is desirable to make a big impression.

The biggest cheque we make is 200 x 100 cm, which as far as we are aware is the largest presentation cheque available online in the UK today. We try to cater for all needs, though, with a range of three sizes: Mini (100cm x 50cm), Maxi (150cm x 75cm) and Mega (200cm x 100cm).

Need a charity presentation cheque like the one we made for Children in Need? Call our friendly team on 01842 337 100 or use our contact form!

Keep Scotland Beautiful use Photo Cutouts for awareness campaign

We were asked recently to create a dual-purpose face in hole board for an anti-littering campaign by Keep Scotland Beautiful. In preparation for the beach season, it is being used in partnership with ScotRail to raise public awareness of the damage done by littering and to encourage people to bin their litter or take it home.

Our board is mainly used in high footfall areas of Glasgow Central Station as part of the public awareness campaign. The aim is to catch travellers on their way to the beach and give them a robust reminder to tidy up after themselves. The tone is light-hearted and cheerful, and somewhat less litter-shaming than Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Don’t be a tosser’ litter campaign.

Keep Scotland Beautiful Awareness Campaign

Litter awareness board

Dual-purpose branded signage

This freestanding photo board was a first for Photo Cutouts. The client asked for the face holes in the cutout to be optional. We call this a dual-purpose board because the face ovals are cut out but can also fit back in and blend in for when it is not being used as a face in hole board. The eye-catching artwork serves as both an interactive photo cutout but also as information/backdrop signage.

The campaign also includes a beach cleaning station where the public can take pickers and bags and have a clean-up on the beach, under the #mybeachyourbeach social media hashtag. Travellers are reminded at multiple points about their public duty to clear up after themselves and leave the beaches clean for others.

Beach litter cleaning station

We developed the board in collaboration with the customer to get the artwork and logos just right. It stands on sturdy metal legs so that even a Glasgow breeze and high footfall won’t tip it over. Everybody going through Glasgow Central Station will have seen the board, the plastic bottle mascot, and a team of volunteers brandishing litter pickers. This is a powerful way to convey a message in a public campaign. The board makes it immediately clear what the campaign is about.

Keep Scotland Beautiful also have a stand near the beach where they encourage people to join and raise funds for the charity.

Beach litter campaign

Our boards have been used in numerous public awareness campaigns. See this blog post for more examples of boards in use at awareness-raising events:

Planning a public awareness campaign? Call our friendly team to talk about options for display boards that boost the message!

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Branded signage for Cornwall FootballGolf

Here is an example of how we can create a custom branded photo board package to suit a unique venue. It is all fully bespoke and our design team worked closely with the customer to create custom photo boards that met their needs.

Cornwall FootballGolf is a recreational park near St Austell that welcomes members of the public all year round to play the increasingly popular game of football golf. They wanted to boost engagement and add visual appeal with some additional permanent signage that was informative and fun.

After exploring a few options including calling us, they decided on 3 branded photo board formats for their footballgolf course.

  1. Branded face-in-the-hole board
  2. Custom made photo standin
  3. Player card design photo board

The customer wished to position the photo boards throughout their venue to engage with as many players as possible on their visit. The result was a mix of freestanding & permanent photo board formats. Our fabulous design team was able to meet the client objectives, by adapting our traditional freestanding photo board design and produce a solid board, ready for mounting onto permanent fixings at the venue.

And here is the result: 3 branded photo boards, and one happy customer!

Face-in-the-hole board design

Branded signage footballgolf

This is the design for a face in hole board to boost customer engagement and get social shares and likes.

The venue is popular with all ages, so we have placed the two face holes at heights we hope are an ideal balance for an adult and a younger player. The aim was to create a board that the greatest number of visitors can use.

Branded photo standin

Footballgolf branded photo standin

This is what we call a photo stand-in. It has a much larger aperture for several people to get into. The effect is like a picture frame. With the right background, it can look really convincing, like a magazine cover photo. With company branding all around the frame, it is good for getting shares online. In this instance, the customer has chosen to use their own fixings instead of our usual metal legs, because they wanted a permanent fixture.

Player card photo board

Custom branded scorecards

This is a custom player card photo board we created for Cornwall FootballGolf. Visitors to the venue can pose behind the photo board to create their very own personalised player card photo. We can also print packs of branded scorecards for sports venues like golf and crazy golf courses.

Social sharing

Photo cutouts and photo walls are ideal for engaging with visitors at venues, especially in a competitive environment where winners want to share their success! Branded photo boards not only add to the visual appeal at your venue, but can also help to boost awareness across social media.

Cornwall Football Golf branded photo standin

Cornwall Footballgolf have seen great success in social sharing of customer images at the venue. If you are looking to build customer engagement and brand awareness across the web, get in touch with our friendly team to discuss your needs.

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Photo boards for sport promotions

Photo cutout boards from are popular with sport clubs, teams, sponsors, tournaments and venues to add an interactive visual element to matches and events.

The idea is that a colourful, fun photo board will encourage fans and the general public to take photos of themselves at the sport event, with the club or event’s name all over the board. Photos get shared on social media along with relevant hashtags, which increases exposure, interest and support.

People seem to find photo boards irresistible, so they are a good investment for boosting public engagement at sport-related events.

Here are a few examples of how they have been used by various sports organisations. We make bespoke boards with artwork provided by the customer or created by our in-house designers.

Sport: Tennis

The Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading set up a Fan Zone for shoppers to watch the tennis action on a big screen. They used a hashtag to help create a buzz on social media. This helped to raise awareness of the Fan Zone and draw in extra shoppers who chose to visit the shopping centre rather than watch Wimbledon at home that day.

Wimbledon photo board

Sport: Rugby

Cardiff University Students’ Union ran a photo competition with a photo board at their Fan Zone during the Six Nations Rugby tournament. Again, there was creative use of hashtags and social media handles to spread the word.

Sport photo board rugby

Sport: Cricket

Membership club Boundless sponsored the Sussex Sharks Cricket Club and used a photo board as a perk for members at the club’s T20 matches. Members could have their photo taken with star members of the team on a photo board displaying the sponsor’s name and social hashtags.

Sport cricket sponsorship

Sport: Football

We created a super-sized double board for the German Embassy in London, featuring the men’s and women’s teams. It was a good year for German football, with the men winning the World Cup and the women winning gold at the Olympics. So they celebrated with a giant photo wall at their Embassy reception!

Sport photo standees

East Anglian rivals Norwich City FC and Ipswich Town FC have both used our photo boards, and we tried very hard not to show loyalty to either team (which was hard).

Norwich City commissioned a board of a player in Norwich kit for their youth training events. Young soccer hopefuls queued up to have their photos taken in the boots of a grown-up player, and the board encouraged them to share the photos on social media.

Sport brand promotions Norwich City FC

Ipswich Town had a board featuring their goalie in their pre-match fan zone, along with their club logo and website URL. It helped to create a buzz in the build up to matches.

Sport marketing Ipswich Town FC

Industry-leading quality

All boards are sturdy and weatherproof so they can be used outdoors. The boards are made of industrial PVC which shrugs off rainwater. The print is the highest possible quality, with inks that resist fading in sunlight. Design work is done in collaboration with the customer, with drafts sent at every stage for approval or modification until the result is perfect.

Want to boost engagement at a sports event? Call our friendly team on 01842 337 100 or use our contact form.

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Great North Swim features WaterAid board

Great North Swim charity photo board

Our photo boards feature at all kinds of charity and public awareness events. With imaginative, attention-grabbing designs and high quality print, they add a touch of professionalism to campaigns and project memorable messages. The public love to engage with them and take photos – and this is proven to increase brand familiarity and keep the organisation’s name top of mind during and after events. WaterAid are a charity who promote clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene for the world’s populations – and the Great North Swim is an ideal place for them to raise awareness of their work as they raise funds thanks to the efforts of a lot of hardy and charitable open water swimmers.

This year’s Great North Swim took place on Lake Windermere from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th of June. As the Great North Swim’s official Charity, WaterAid needed to make a big splash, so they commissioned a photo cutout board from to display at the event and draw in the public’s attention. Here’s the board in action next to WaterAid’s stand. Our artist went for a cartoony style for this board which the customer loved. Hopefully there weren’t actually any piranhas in Lake Windermere that day!

Great North Swim charity photo board
Great North Swim charity photo board

WaterAid are going to use this board at future events too – so having a custom board from us is great value for them. We also make folding versions for easy transportation and storage, but WaterAid went for a non-folding model because they have somewhere to stash a full sized board until the next time they need it. are the leading supplier of face in hole photo cutout boards in the UK and a significant proportion of our customers are charities and organisations seeking to promote public awareness. Photo cutout boards are a proven way to achieve that goal. We work with the customer until they are happy with the design and then print it in high quality, attach it to semi-rigid PVC board, add a sturdy frame and ship it out to the customer within 5 working days.

Interested in a board for your charity or public awareness campaign? Call us on 01842 337 100 or send us an email!

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G7 Summit board grabs attention

The Summer campaign trail is heating up and we are proud to be contributing to the awareness-raising efforts of some leading charities. Our face in hole boards, selfie boards, photo walls and branding props are a proven way to attract attention at public events. Charities use our custom products year after year, either with a new one each year or a reusable one to bring out time after time.

Action Aid decided to use a custom face in hole board at the recent G7 Summit in Cornwall. The one-off design featured Joe Biden, Angela Merkel and Boris Johnson and it was used alongside a specially commissioned ice cream van giving away free ice creams with wafers that had various messages on to do with vaccines, climate and other pressing issues. Maybe the global leaders saw it and decided to rethink some of their policies – who knows? What is certain is that it helped to raise awareness among the general public at the G7 and sent a loud and clear message.


G7 summit photo board ActionAid

We serve the charity and public awareness sectors with colourful, fun, attention-grabbing face in hole boards that encourage participation from the public and help to get the message across. Face in hole boards, selfie boards and photo walls are fantastic engagement tools at public events because people can’t resist getting their faces in them and taking photos. The photos usually make it onto social media, which helps to spread the message even further. We use artwork supplied by the organisation and/or use our own in-house artists to design a bespoke board that sends a loud and clear message. Here are some more examples of our work with organisations running awareness campaigns.

If you are organising events like the above and want to find out more about our custom-made products, call us on 01842 337 100 or send us an email and we’ll get straight back.

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