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

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

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.

Photo Cutouts book related photo boards are a hit!

It was National Reading Day this week and World Book Day is creeping up in March, what better time to revisit some of the book-themed Photo Cutout boards that we have produced for authors, publishers, events and reading initiatives.

At Photo Cutouts we have had the pleasure of working on several projects from the publishing sector on custom made photo boards for various book-themed events.

Here are a few examples:

Ulverscroft launch of Jina Bacarr’s audiobook at #FutureBook19Ulverscroft #FutureBook19 photo board

 

The FutureBook Live conference is The Bookseller’s annual conference which addresses the digital content revolution in the world of publishing.

The 2019 event on 25th November saw speakers from Pearson, Hachette, Waterstones, Bonnier, Springer Nature, Faber, Booker, the BBC, Penguin Random House, Blackwell, and Lonely Planet come together to review today’s audiobook and podcast markets.

Ulverscroft Publishing embraced the conference to promote the launch of Jina Bacarr’s audiobook Christmas Once Again, Photo Cutouts created a face-in-the-hole style photo opportunity for delegates to get into the book cover. The book cover design was positioned within a smartphone frame to reflect the audio.

As the author was unable to attend the event herself, the photo board acted as a great, engaging marketing prop in her absence.

Ulverscroft_#FutureBook19

Magic Light Productions, David Walliams T-riffic Takeover

Magic Light Productions specialise in bringing imagination to life with theatre shows and events.

Back in 2018, they ran a David Walliams book-themed tour of schools in Denbighshire, North-East Wales. Their T’riffic Takeover days saw schools filled with actors dressed as characters from Walliams’ fictional world for a day.

Their Photo Cutout board was the centrepiece for photo opportunities during the T’riffic Takeovers. We did a mashup of characters from David Walliams books and added hashtags and the Magic Light Productions insignia.

Magic Light Productions_David Walliams book-themed photo board

 

Peter James photo board entertains guests at book signing

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_book signing

Event’s company, Sharky and George, Paddington book-themed photo cutout board

Sharky and George run and host private parties and events. One of their many talents is children’s parties.

One young client of theirs was a great lover of Michael Bond’s, Paddington books, so a Paddington book-themed party was the perfect way to make the party special.

Children love face-in-the-hole boards, they enjoy posing as the characters and having their photo taken. A photo cutout board for a book-themed event aimed at children is a winning combination and whilst we cannot share photos taken at the event, here are some of our big kids enjoying the photo board before packaging.

Paddington Cutout - Sharky and George Party Planners

 

 

Get in touch

If you have a book-themed event planned then get in touch. Our team would be happy to discuss your design and your requirements to come up with the best solution. We do offer face-in-the-hole boards in a variety of formats, as well as photo walls, selfie frames & other props, so give us a call and we can talk you through.
Tel no: 01284 848330
Email: office@connectedshopping.com

TI Media Christmas Roadshow

The events team at TI Media have been busy little elves this year. Before the Christmas rush set in, they took time out of the workshop to visit some of London’s top advertising agencies for some festive fun.whats on tv logo

The TI Media portfolio includes the well-loved ‘What’s on TV’ magazine. An essential for households over the festive period. To promote this top-selling edition, TI Media & ‘What’s on TV’ went on a roadshow across the capital to visit ad agencies The Grove Media, OMD, Carat, Mediacom, Wavemaker & Vizeum to get the planning teams into the festive spirit.

TI Media created many a photo opportunity for the agency teams, including Instagram frames, photo walls and our (unbiased) favourite – photo cutout board. Agency staff were invited to take part in the mince pie challenge and enter the photo competition by sharing photos with the hashtag #timediachristmas.

#TIMediaChristmas_Twitter collage

As the team were continuously on the move, they needed a photo board that could be easily transported. Our folding photo board design fitted the bill. The folding board design has extendable legs that are easily attached on-site with included nuts and bolts and the finish is seamless, you can barely see the join!

#TIMediaChristmas_Twitter2

Photo Cutout boards look great when used for magazine covers. People can put their face in the hole and literally become a magazine cover star. Include a hashtag and run photo competition and see photos with your branding trend across the socials.

#TIMediaChristmas_Instagram2

Here are some other magazine cover photo boards that we have produced in the past.

Magazine cover promotional board

Get in touch

Our team would be happy to discuss your design and your requirements to come up with the best solution. We do offer face-in-the-hole boards in a variety of formats, as well as photo walls, selfie frames & other props, so get in touch and we can talk you through.
Tel no: 01284 848330
Email: office@connectedshopping.com

Summer makes me think of…Christmas!

The last month of summer stretches before us, with the sun shining, and the bees still buzzing. However, here at Photo Cutouts, locked in our windowless offices, we are thinking about Christmas, and us worker bees are buzzing with excitement about some new photo cutout boards!

Coming Soon new christmas designs

My dear readers, I am well aware that there was a collective eye-roll when you read that the theme for this week is Christmas. After all, we are still in the hot, hazy, lazy days of summer, and one does not wish to think of the cold, the possible snow, and the chaos of Christmas shopping.

Whilst I agree, allow me to also explain our (or at least my) reasoning of broaching the Christmas topic. Shopping for the holidays can be stressful and frantic. We are bound to be grumpy when stressed and overwhelmed. But, some fun and giggles can certainly alleviate that stress. What is a good way to have a bit of a lark? A nifty face-in-the-hole board of course! Just think: in that frantic shopping, you pause because some genius business has an awesome Christmas-themed photo board prop – it draws you in, and you simply cannot resist that fun photo opportunity. Suddenly, holiday hecticness turns into some holiday merriment.

Christmas Photo Boards

Yes, I have simplified things a little bit, and have added my own special brand of logic – but, as usual, I am correct. I would also like to add that we at Photo Cutouts are like magical Christmas elves helping everyone out. We are actually doing more than providing some striking piece of eye candy for a storefront. We are helping businesses attract more customers, and we are helping customers have a good time…. And in our spare time, we are still working on world peace.

Anyhoot, back to our Christmas theme. Christmas is certainly a time for photo opportunities and Photo Cutouts has helped to create some memorable ones. Last year Klondyke & Strikes Garden Centres ordered Snow Globe boards for their stores in England, Scotland, and Wales. (Did I mention that they suddenly became our favourite garden centre?).

Garden Centre Christmas Snow Globe

Odin Events used our Nutcracker boards to organise Nutcracker Trails with the aim of promoting Christmas shopping in town centres around the country.

Christmas Nutcracker Trail photo board

The Natural Christmas Tree Company and Thetford Garden Centre have also been our Christmas fans.

Christmas face in the hole Thetford

So, why not jump on that Christmas bandwagon (or sleigh), and start thinking about how you would like us to help you with creating buzz-worthy Christmas peep board prop. (As always, contact details below.)

In the meantime, do keep reading our blog, since, very soon, our Fun Think Tank Team will be revealing those new and exciting Christmas-themed boards!

https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/
Tel: 08450 570 321
Email: office@connectedshopping.com
Online form: https://www.photocutouts.co.uk/contact.htm

Photo Cutout Boards at Countryfile Live

BBC Countryfile Live returned this year to showcase the best of the British countryside. The event runs across 2 weekends in August, the first at Blenheim Palace and the second at Castle Howard. Visitors are treated to presentations from the shows’ presentations, theatre productions and food demonstrations, all surrounded by stands and food outlets from a range of exhibitors.

Photo Cutouts have proudly supplied bespoke face-in-the-hole boards to some of the exhibitors at this year’s Countryfile Live event, including Rohan Clothing and London School of Tropical Medicine for their Bug Off campaign.

Countryfile Live Exhibitors

A great engagement tool…

The exhibitors were looking for a great visual engagement tool to attract people to visit their exhibition stand.

Photo Cutout boards are perfect for trade stands. An interactive marketing prop with an eye-catching design which includes the company logo, creates a great photo opportunity and makes the stand memorable for visitors.

Countryfile Live_Rohan stand

Encourage social sharing with a competition

Rohan chose to use their board as part of a competition mechanism. The design called for people to snap and share their photos on social media using the hashtag #RohanBestinShow. This is a great way to encourage visitors to share their branded photographs across the web and become advocates for the company, brand or cause. The theme of ‘Best in Show’ was in line with the agricultural nature of the Countryfile Live event and generated some humorous photos of dogs in the face holes (which we always love to see!)

Rohan_BestInShow

You can view posts from the Rohan Best in Show photo competition on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, searching for the hashtag #RohanBestinShow

Photo Cutouts offer marketing props for exhibitions stands

Visit our Exhibitions page to see how Photo Cutouts can help increase footfall to your exhibition or trade stand.

If you are exhibiting at a similar show and are looking for a great portable engagement tool to attract people to your stand, then please get in touch and we would be happy to work with you on a great design.

Website: photocutouts.co.uk

Mail to: office@connectedshopping.com

Tel no: 01284 848330

Standout at exhibitions with Photo Cutouts

Summer time means county shows, outdoor expos, and exhibitions. If you have a stand at an outdoor event, then no doubt you want to stand out – and we at Photo Cutouts can most certainly help! Not only do we have some memorable marketing props, but we also have tips and tricks to boost the footfall at your booth.

GLT Show Exhibition
Photo board in action at GLT Show

Exhibition stand tips:

#1  Use a bespoke photo cut-out board

Photo cutout boards are a fun and innovative way to engage people at trade stands.  We have designers in house who can create a bespoke design to meet your objectives, or advise on face holes
and placement for you to use your own awesome design. Our boards are printed onto industrial PVC Foamex with a high-quality print, and they are also waterproof, which makes them suitable for any outdoor events.

BCConference Selfie Board

#2  Make your stand memorable

Visitors will literally get “into” your brand, leaving with them a humorous and memorable photograph featuring your company.

#3  Use hashtags for social sharing

A display without hashtags is like a Kardashian without a reality TV show. People love hashtags, and adding them is certainly motivation for visitors to share photographs on social media from your booth.

#4  Handheld selfie boards

Create photo opportunities with handheld selfie boards: walk amongst delegates and pass them around for others to use.  The standard size for handheld selfie board is 100cm x 80cm, making it
light and easy to carry around. Two handles on the back help maintain the face-in-the-hole illusion.

Folding photo cutout board

#5  Folding photo cutout boards

Not only do we produce photo cut-out boards, but we designed some to fold!  A Photo Cutouts folding board is easy to carry around and can be put in the back of a car. And when it is time to store it, only half the space is needed.

#6  Team with other marketing props

What happens when you take a photo cut-out board and add some other marketing props?  Why, marketing magic!   How about a roller banner? Once again, our team can help design a banner for you based on your needs (or you can supply your own artwork).  Plus, we offer a choice of three different roller banner sizes.

Or add our dry-wipe speech bubbles into the mix!  Create your own personalised prop for your photo booth with our fun, whiteboard speech bubbles. Write on, wipe off, over and over again! Unlike other designs, ours come with handles on the back for ease of use and unobstructed messages.

Wellbeing exhibition stand at Norfolk Show
Wellbeing exhibition stand at Norfolk Show

 

Bigger, better, faster

It’s all go here at Photo Cutouts! We have just bought another brand new large format printer that enables us to print your boards in record time, and with the best quality and colour reproduction in the business. We’ve also invested in some more top-class cutting and laminating equipment to enable our experts to make an absolutely perfect board every time.

large format print promotional materials
Our awesome new printy thing

Why have we invested in this new machinery? Because we need it to supply the ever-growing demand for face in hole boards! More and more businesses, charities and campaigns are adding the simple idea of a face in hole board to their promotional arsenals because it’s a great way to draw people in and encourage them to interact with the brand.

Marketing promotional branding print
One way to distract children before they see the dentist!

It can be a simple as an off-the-peg board to help create an atmosphere – see the range of themes on our site. Or we can add some personalisation or branding to one of these boards, which is quick and easy. Alternatively we will use a design that you provide, or design it for you ourselves as a full bespoke service. We make space-saving folding boards, cutout props of any size and shape you want, and even AR boards that come alive with an app. If it’s large-format free-standing promotional props you need, we’ll print them for you and ship them out in a matter of days.

Promotional cutouts and standee props print
Make it big, bold and larger than life! (As you can see, it doesn’t have to be a rectangle)

Our success with face in hole boards has proven they are one of the best ways to get a public image across and communicate a message. Your design or our design – we’re happy either way, and now with our industry-leading new equipment we can print and deliver your board to you even faster than ever!

Face in hole board marketing
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Garden centre chain puts Snow Globe boards to good use

Snow Globe boards add Christmas cheer

This week’s blog post is about how a business used Photo Cutouts boards to promote its stores and gave customers a fun experience at the same time. It’s the story of how a garden centre chain boosted its public image with a co-ordinated set of our Snow Globe boards distributed across 22 of its branches. It’s also the story of how you can do the same to promote your business.

Snow globe christmas face in hole board
This is the Snow Globe board before being customised with the customer’s message.

Klondyke & Strikes Garden Centres like our Snow Globe board so much they ordered 22 of them – one for each of their branches in England, Scotland and Wales. For use during the festive period, the boards are placed strategically at each branch to encourage visitors to pose in them and take photos. The sharing hashtag for Instagram, Twitter and Facebook is #KlondykeSnowglobe.

To tempt customers to share their photos on social media, Klondyke & Strikes are running a ‘Show us your best festive face’ competition with a prize for the best snow globe photo. Customer have really gone for it – just look at the Instagram page for the hashtag #KlondykeSnowglobe and you’ll see how well the campaign is going!

Snow Globe scene
Some of the Snow Globe layouts are absolutely gorgeous.

We really love what Klondyke & Strikes have done with the snow globe boards. Face in hole boards have a vintage feel, and these scenes are examples of real old fashioned window dressing which has always been a vital part of retail but which so many other stores forget to do well. We wish them every success with their seasonal campaign and hope that these beautiful displays make customers feel like spending more! It just gives a nice warm fuzzy feeling for customers that their staff have gone to all that effort, doesn’t it?

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