Theme of the Week: Animals!

Animals
Tiger and panda in a promotional board for Animalz face masks.

 

Looking back at the photo cutouts we’ve made, we’ve realised that they often feature animals. The reasons for this are as varied as our clients, but it seems that many charities, brands and products have chosen to feature animals in their photo cutouts. It’s the same in advertising. Think how many brands have an animal as their mascot. So this week we’re featuring our animal friends. Welcome to the Photo Cutouts zoo!

Horses

A four-legged friend will never let you down – and neither will we! Here are some equine boards from the last year or two.

Animals horse Liverpool
A horse in this board for the Liverpool International Horse Show.
animals horses
This board for Retraining of Racehorses features … you’ll never guess.
Animal board horse
This three-hole board was used at Chepstow Racecourse.
Animals horse
More horses – this lovely board was for Sense charity to use at the Badminton Horse Trials.
Donkey ride seaside
All right, this is a donkey. But it’s an equine, right? This traditional seaside board was used by The Sun newspaper.
Seaside donkey animals
More seaside donkey rides – this time for the Sandgrown Family, part of Blackpool Better Start’s campaign.

 

Dogs

Man’s Best Friend has featured in quite a few of our boards. We like to do tricks for our customers!

Animals photo cutouts dogs
Detail of one of our boards for the Dogs Trust. Good boy!
Photo cutout board animals dogs
This one was for Xero, featuring their actual office dog Jinty!
Animals dog full fact milk
Full Fact Milk’s campaign featured a sheepdog. And a cow, obviously.
Dogs board animals vets
A rather naughty woofit running off with sausages in this board for Vets4Pets.
Sheepdog animals Yorkshire Day
A trusty sheepdog features in this board for Yorkshire Day 2018.
RSPCA animals dogs board
A cartoony dog is one of the animals in this board for the RSPCA.
Huawei Chinese New Year animals dragon dog
A Chinese New Year board for Huawei featuring what we think is a Shi Tzu.

 

Animals dogs face in hole boards
Does this one count? This board for the RAF gives a new meaning to ‘dogfight’!

 

Fish and other aquatic life

Our aquatic friends have also graced several boards. Check out these fin-tastic images of fish! You’ll be hooked! (I’ll get my coat – Editor.)

Fish animals
Don’t be Koi, take a look at this lovely board for the Japanese Water Gardens!
Fish board charity
This board was for the For Fish’s Sake campaign, run by Hubbub.
Dolphin Octopus animals
This board for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has a variety of marine life.
Animals shark
Sharks are fish, right? This one was for Nuts Go Row, who rowed the Atlantic for charity!
Animals crab
Don’t forget the nippy crab in our traditional seaside board of Skinny Jim!

Bees

Where would we bee without bees? Here are two boards that have helped to create a buzz.

Bees animals photo cutouts
BeesNeeds used this board at their week-long campaign on London’s Carnabee Street.
Bees animals promotional board
This is a client design by Plan Bee, before we cut the face holes out.

Other animals

Here’s a smattering of other members of the animal kingdom who have featured on our boards. Noah would be proud!

oinkfest pigs animals
Three little piggies in a board for Oinkfest!
Animals cows ice cream
Cows grace this board for Isle of Arran Ice Cream.
Bat Halloween
There are bats in this Hallowe’en board.

 

Animals rooster board
Dusty The Rooster, designed by Aardman, features in this board for the London Wetland Centre.
Animals face in hole board
Bunny, chick and lamb in one of our Easter boards!

That’s it for now, but there are sure to be plenty more animal boards leaving our production facility. Do you have an idea of how to use animals to promote your product, brand, cause or business? Got a ‘pet’ project you’d like us to turn into reality? Get in touch to throw us a ball, and we’ll fetch it!

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Big cheques made to your specifications

We’re always going on about our face in the hole boards, but don’t forget we also make big cheques for a range of events. They are bigger than competitors’ cheques and can be single-use printed or dry-wipe for multiple use! They are made out of the same material as our face-in-the-hole boards and stand-up props: waterproof, lightweight, weather-resistant PVC foamex board. No floppy, soggy cardboard cheques here!

Big cheques uk
Now THAT’s a giant cheque!

 

Photo Cutouts big cheques come in three sizes: Small (100cm x 50cm), Medium (150cm x 75 cm) and Large (200cm x 100cm). We could make a custom cheque for you that’s bigger or smaller, but these are our standard sizes and are the quickest to order. Call us for the current turnaround time. It’s always only a few days, but the number of days can vary at different times of year depending on demand. Whatever happens, we’ll get your giant cheque out to you as quickly as we possibly can, and agree on a delivery date before you place your order.

We print them up with any logos, names, web addresses and hashtags the customer requests and ship them out quickly in time for your presentation event. We aim to provide the best quality and value giant cheques available in the UK.

Big cheques sizesOur big cheques really make a splash as a photo opportunity at a variety of events. Charity donations from companies, fundraising presentations, sports league prize presentations (snooker, darts, racing, etc.), big bingo wins, birthday cheques, wedding gift presentations, corporate awards, and any event where the focus is on money being given or received. They are light enough to hand around  from one person to the next for photos is it’s a team event – in fact the biggest one is big enough for several people to hold at once, so a small team can get behind it for photos.

If you need a large presentation cheque, call us on 08450 570321 for prices, turnaround time and design options. Alternatively email office@connectedshopping.com. Find out more on our site.

 

 

5 examples of public awareness campaigns with photo cutout boards

Getting people into awareness campaigns – literally!

It’s been a hot year so far for public awareness campaigns by causes, nonprofits and social enterprises.
Many of these campaigns have used our face in the hole boards 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 recently.

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.

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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 08450 570321 or email office@connectedshopping.com to talk about getting a board made.

Environment charities using our boards

World Environment Day 2018

Today is the 5th of June and it’s World Environment Day, the United Nations’ flagship day for promoting worldwide awareness and action for the environment. There’s probably something going on near you related to #WorldEnvironmentDay, whether it’s a beach cleanup, a tree planting day or a group of people getting together to lobby your MP for change. Today is the day to get involved and make an impact. If you’re at work and can’t ‘get out there’ and do anything, actually the workplace is a great place to start. How much disposable plastic does your business get through, for example, and how much does it really need to? Do something to close the gap. The motto here is ‘If you can’t reuse it, refuse it.’ Share a photo of your effort on social media to inspire others. There’s even an app to help you organise a cleanup called Litterati – see what they did there? There are plenty of other ideas and resources over at the World Environment Day website.

Here are some of the face in the hole boards Photo Cutouts have made recently to help promote environmental campaigns. Most of them are simple, straightforward awareness-raising props that ask people to pick up litter and not leave it lying around where it can hurt wildlife and make our surroundings look depressing.

Keep Britain Tidy

Littering environment Keep Britain Tidy

This well-known charity needs no introduction. They chose Photo Cutouts to make a set of three boards to promote their campaigns in early 2018. Here’s the design for one of them:

Keep Britain Tidy marketing board

Keep Britain Tidy also commissioned some Blue Flag boards to promote clean beaches. Blue Flag is managed by Keep Britain Tidy on behalf of the Foundation for Environmental Education. Here’s one of the Blue Flag boards in action:

Blue Flag clean beach award

World Animal Protection

#SeaChange #ghost fishing environment

Ghost fishing is what happens when fishing gear from trawlers and other fishing operations gets lost or abandoned at sea. It creates havoc for sea life. We’ve all seen images of sea creatures tangled in nets – well, that’s ghost fishing. World Animal Protection campaigns against it as part of the #SeaChange movement.

Hubbub

Environmental charity Hubbub have used Photo Cutouts for several of their awareness-raining campaigns.

Environment littering London Thames Hubbub

For Fish’s Sake London is a campaign by Hubbub. It raises awareness about littering, particularly in and around London, where plastic and other pollutants end up in the Thames and have adverse effects on fish. We made some boards for this campaign which aim to educate the public about littering.

And here’s a board for another of Hubbub’s campaigns. This one is about saving water.

Hubbub save water campaign

 

We’re proud to be helping these charities to promote their messages using our face in the hole boards! And remember: don’t drop litter!

Need a board for your campaign or business? Give us a tinkle on 08450 570321.

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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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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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Keep Britain Tidy sweeps up 3 boards!

Have you read about ‘Trash Girl’? Nadia Sparkes, 12, of Norwich, has been in the news lately for her commitment to keeping her neighbourhood spick and span. She simply picks up all the litter she finds on her way to school and bins it. Well done Nadia!Keep Britain Tidy

The story has developed, though, because of the bullying she has had about it – including being dubbed ‘Trash Girl’ by sneering classmates – and her ignoring their taunts and refusing to stop picking up litter. Now she has the last laugh because she is a media hit. She has already been immortalised in a cartoon as a superhero:

Keep Britain Tidy Nadia Sparkes Trash Girl
Keep Britain Tidy Nadia Sparkes

… and had a tribute from van artist Ruddy Muddy:

Keep Britain Tidy Trash girl Nadia Sparkes
Nadia Sparkes has even had a tribute from dirty van artist Ruddy Muddy

… and now a Photo Cutouts blog post! Trash Girl, we salute you!

Nadia has been approached by Keep Britain Tidy for an interview and looks well set to become a spokesperson. Which leads us neatly into the reason for this blog post: Photo Cutouts have supplied a board to Keep Britain Tidy and two boards to Blue Flag, the clean beach organisation.

Keep Britain Tidy

Blue flag, Keep britain Tidy

Blue Flag are clearly happy with their boards, which will be used at the forthcoming Keep Britain Tidy Network Conference and Awards at the Hilton Metropole in Brighton.Blue Flag England

Photo cutouts are a proven attraction at trade shows, conferences and events. They create a focus for public engagement and a great photo opportunity. If you wish. we’ll include hashtags for social sharing.

You can get involved with keeping Britain clean by picking up litter yourself, and if you want to take it further you can get into Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean from the 2nd to the 4th of March 2018. Join the growing army of #LitterHeroes who have had enough of other people’s litter and are willing to do something about it.

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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