Custom boards: get people into your brand

Custom face in hole boards

Custom face in hole boards steal the show across the country

Want to get people into your brand? You can – literally – with the ultimate marketing tool: a custom branded face in hole board. The public love to interact with it and take memorable photos that get shared online – with your brand all over the board. It’s a simple idea that time and again has proven highly effective. What’s not to like?

Here are a few of the custom boards we’ve made recently. These are all now out there in use, promoting brands and causes for a small financial outlay. They are weatherproof and hard wearing, so they can be brought out again and again for multiple events.

Custom branded face in hole board

… but sometimes events are one-offs by their very nature. We made this one for a major book launch in Brighton: Bestseller Peter James’s Want You Dead. The location was appropriate for a book launch: The British Airways i360 tower on Brighton’s seafront. While they waited for their copy of the crime thriller to be signed by the author, fans could step into character and be photographed in the board.

Spaceman photo cutout board

This one was for fire and security systems company Schrack Seconet to use at an industry expo. The boards are brilliant at conferences and exhibitions because they draw visitors to your stand.

Rollercoaster face in the hole board

We made this board to support a promotion by Cussons Carex, who were offering half price entry to Alton Towers Resort with special packs of their product. The hashtags for the promotion are featured on the board to get people sharing on Twitter and Facebook.

Mammoth face in hole board

Sea View Beach Cafe on West Runton Beach in Norfolk have been getting a lot of marketing mileage out of this board. Customers and public love to pose in it and get their photos taken. West Runton Beach has just been awarded Blue Flag status. They are proud of it and not afraid to make lots of noise about it to attract visitors! We’re happy to have helped promote their business.

That’s just a small selection of the boards out there right now promoting businesses. Tell your marketing department about photocutouts.co.uk or call us on 08450 570321 to start designing a promotional board for your company.

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office@connectedshopping.com

 

Smile, you’re on Photo Cutouts!

If you’re appy and you know it …

The BBC ran an article recently about FaceApp, a smartphone app that changes faces in photos. A Twitter user called Olly Gibbs visited the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and thought the faces in the portraits looked too solemn and grumpy. So he brightened them up with FaceApp!

FaceApp smile generator
Photo: OLLY GIBBS

You can see the rest of the results in the BBC article.

FaceApp can make the person in the photo smile, increase or decrease their age, and even change their gender! The results are usually very good, but can be frankly disturbing if you change gender or make an old person young. So its best and most reliable use is to add smiles to photos.

It might be useful if your face in hole board photos don’t quite work or were captured at the wrong moment. Since our photo cutout boards are all about faces, we thought we’d try out the app!

The original photo is on the left and the processed version is on the right.

Smile photo cutouts

The subject here might not have smiled because the man in the painting (American Gothic) isn’t smiling and he’s acting as his stand-in. But a smile usually win over a grumpy face! (Thought: what would happen if you used the app on Grumpy Cat?)

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Oh dear. The girl on the right looks like she needs cheering up. Let’s give her a grin!

 

Smile grin beam

That’s better!

Of course most people are smiling anyway in our photo boards because they are so much fun. But you never know when this app will come in handy to make it smiles all round.

 

Now here’s an image of three more grumpy people we cheered up with the app.

face in the hole boards make you smile

No, wait, that’s the original image! They were just really enjoying themselves.

See our range of photo cutout boards at www.photocutouts.co.uk

Call us on 08450 570321

Email office@connectedshopping.com

Face-in-hole technique: getting it right

As you know, we make boards with holes cut out so people can put their faces through them. This creates an illusion in which they magically become a character in a funny scene. What we have found over our many years in this business is that the photo results can vary depending on how you put your face in the hole. But, you may ask, why should this be? Is there a special technique? Putting your face in a hole isn’t hard, is it?

Well, no. But there are various factors to consider in trying to get the best overall effect. To illustrate these, let’s look at a few face-in-hole photos that didn’t quite work out, and think about why this might be.

  1. face in hole board techniqueOkay, the clue is in the name. Face-in-hole board. You put your face in the hole. In this case somebody has gone AWOL. Nul points.
    face in hole board face technique not quite right
  2. This is progress. The face in the right is in the hole, but it isn’t in the hole. You can see a lot of daylight around it and the angle is wrong. A kneeling position would have worked better here. Sometimes what goes on behind the board can be as funny as what goes on at the front!

face in hole board hole too big

3. This is not his fault. He’s doing it right, with his chin resting in the bottom of the hole. But the hole is much, much too big (we didn’t make that one). What kind of face would you need to have to fit in that? I mean he’s got his hands in there as well! Does that look like he’s a pirate? No, it looks like a child’s little head in a massive hole where an unfeasibly massive pirate’s face should be.

We try to cut our face holes just right, with smaller face holes if appropriate, and at a suitable height for children.

4. This one isn’t bad at all, but look at the fellow top left. That’s one of the challenges of putting your face in a hole: knowing which way to face. A quick look at the front of the board would have helped here!

Now let’s look at a few good ones to see how it goes when it’s done well.

awesome technique for face in the hole1. Okay, the beard helps and the hair colour happens to be the same, but he has managed to a)  face the right way and b) get his face well into the hole to stop any daylight getting through.  This is face-in-hole technique perfection. Well done that man!

Vintage face in the hole board

2. Here’s a vintage one. Is the hair theirs, or have they just positioned their faces perfectly? Answers on a postcard.

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3. Which of these has the better face in hole technique? The lady on the left, of course! She has her chin in there and her face is poking right through. That will look a lot better from the front than the chappie’s effort, which is sort of a half-hearted crouch. Bend your knees and get your chin in there, man!

head in hole board technique

4. These two are doing their best with what they’ve got. On the left, it’s a perfect face -in-hole with no light leakage, the whole face is in there and the illusion works. On the right, the hole is a bit small for him, but he’s at least got as much of his face in there as he can.

Gross out face in hole board

5. Technique here is mostly good, but people come in different shapes and sizes so the perfect face in hole photo is an elusive thing. And we’re sorry about the board. We hope you get over it quickly.

For all your face in hole board needs, email office@connectedshopping.com or call 08450 570321.

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Face in hole boards: get your pets involved!

We’ve always made face in hole boards mostly for human beings to put their faces through. The humans have always responded by being amused and enjoying the experience. But who’s to say that furry people can’t also get into the whole face in hole thing as well?

We were inspired to speculate on this by a recent video of cats in wigs. Wigs stuck to face in hole boards, to be precise. The ‘boards’ are somewhat more tubular than our photo cutout boards generally are, but this seems to be necessary to tempt the felines in. Maybe treats were used as well. Or it could just be the legendary liking cats have for cardboard boxes. Anyway, here’s the video.

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This got us to thinking, why not make face in hole boards for pets? We’ve already come close to it with our face in hole board for River Dart Country Park, in which a dog got the right idea. All right, maybe the people were holding the dog but still, the face in hole for pets idea has potential.

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That’s it, boy! Pirate dog, arrrrrrr!

As well as pets pretending to be people, there’s scope for people to pretend to be pets with our boards. Our board for the Dogs Trust got plenty of human action when in use.

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Sometimes a face just fits. Maybe it’s the beard

… as did our series of boards for World Animal Protection.

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Somebody liberating his inner dog in one of our World Animal Protection boards

Let’s face it, a dog will poke its nose through any hole to see what’s on the other side. If it’s at the right height, a doggy face in hole board could result in some memorable photos. Watch this space while we work out the backgrounds that will give maximum comedy effect!

For all your face in hole needs, including custom photo cutout boards for events, promotions, weddings, charity fundraising, product launches and awards ceremonies, call Photo Cutouts on 08450 570321 or email office@connectedshopping.com today.

Plan Bee create a buzz with a photo cutout board

Bees need all the help they can get at the moment. And if we help them we are helping ourselves. As essential pollinators, their decline in numbers is a threat to whole ecosystems. And that’s not to even mention the delicious honey they make.

Plan Bee Ltd. are a company who offer beehive adoption, management and educational services. They are an ethical, sustainable eco-innovation business who help organisations to enhance their green credentials. Their customers include Highland Spring and construction giant Balfour Beatty.

Plan Bee offers companies a way of growing their Corporate Sustainability profile by establishing and managing honeybee hives at their chosen location. Hives can also be situated at golf courses, grouse-shooting estates, hotels, farms and in urban environments. They also run community projects and offer hive adoption for individuals.

They asked us to make a promotional photo cutout board featuring their logo and hashtag. It was used at a ‘Go Wild in the Spring’ event an the National Museum of Rural Life Scotland, where Plan Bee’s byproducts were tasted, including lots of that lovely honey.

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This is the Plan Bee board before the face holes were cut out

The artwork was supplied by Shirley Lochhead of Tea And Type. Here’s her page about the artwork. We love it because it projects Plan Bee’s ethos of constructing and building to bolster bee populations in the countryside.

Promotional face in hole boards are a tried and tested way to attract attention at public events. That’s because people love to interact with them by sticking their faces through the holes and having their photos taken. The photos tend to get shared on social media, too, and if the organisation’s web address, phone number or hashtag is prominently displayed on the board, then photo sharing offers more free publicity!

Our bespoke promotional face in hole boards create a focus for people to interact with staff and have a bit of fun. Why not order one for your organisation?

Find out more about Plan Bee Ltd. at www.planbeeltd.com/

To ask us about a photo cutout board for your organisation, call Shelley on 08450 570321 or email office@connectedshopping.com

Crufts season: helping marketing for dogs charity

 

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With Crufts coming up this weekend, the nation’s thoughts are with man’s best friend. The world’s biggest dog show will be on our screens showcasing the finest and best-groomed dogs in the country.

It’s the perfect time to also spare a thought for the dogs who are not in the limelight and who are down on their luck. Charity organisations like the Dogs Trust take homeless dogs in, take care of them and find them new homes.

PhotoCutouts are proud to have worked with the Dogs Trust for the last two years to create promotional materials for the charity. Our photo cutout boards have helped in their fundraising efforts around the country. Here’s a glimpse into how we worked with the lovely folks at the Dogs Trust to create their photo cutout boards.

First our artists did a concept sketch based on ideas from the charity’s marketing manager. From the start we included the organisation’s logo and gave their hashtags a prominent position on the board.

Crufts, dogs, charity, rehoming

This went through a couple more stages with amendments to minor details. Then our designer added colour and made a few more tweaks to produce the final board which the charity approved and accepted.

charity marketing board dogs trust crufts

We printed the design in high resolution onto weatherproof, durable foamex PVC boards, cut out the face holes and added wide, stable feet to stop the boards getting blown over in the wind. These features are standard on all our boards.

We also made some roll-up banners with the same design. These are great for carrying around and unrolling wherever they are needed. They come with lightweight telescopic stands that are easily transportable and can be set up in moments. Here’s a roll-up banner in action.

Charity fundraising board marketing dogs

Photo cutout boards are a proven way to attract people to charity fundraising stands, trade show stands, and other types of promotional or fundraising event. The public like to interact with them and share their photos on social media. If you are a charity fundraiser, get in touch with us now to discuss a photo cutout board for your next campaign.

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08450 570 321

Easter face in hole boards – everybunny loves them!

We are very egg-cited about the Easter season this year because of all the Easter parties people will be having. Our Easter face in hole board is great for creating memorable photos. Your guests can be the fluffy Easter Bunny or a hot cross bun, surrounded by a colourful seasonal scene with chicks, a church and eggs on a tree for the egg hunt. Don’t have egg on your face when your Easter party turns out to be a bore! Hire or buy this board to really bring your party to life!

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Bunny and Bun make Easter fun!

It is also available as a roll-up banner with a stand that can be set to different heights. So if most guests are young and not very tall, they can get in on the action without having to stand on anything.

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Another way to use our Easter board is as a roll-out banner

We of course also make custom face in hole boards by demand. Call us with an idea or send us a photo or design sketch and our professional designers will mock up a bespoke board for you. We’ll work with you until it is to your liking, then print it in high resolution onto waterproof foamex board or a roll-up banner. Any image that is meaningful to you can be made into a high quality, durable photo cutout board that you can keep and bring out every Easter!

Here’s a little video about the process of making a bespoke photo cutout board, from initial customer enquiry to a finished and shipped board.

So go for it. Easter is an important seasonal festival and we should be celebrating it in style. Make your Easter party guests happy bunnies with a face in hole board – they’re 24 carrot gold!

Call 08450 570 321 or email office@connectedshopping.com

2016 retrospective – our best boards

Our photo cutout boards were all the rage in 2016 and orders are already pouring in for 2017. For each month of 2016 we’ve picked our favourite photo board hire for this retrospective look at a bumper year.

January

Le Boat boating company – a bespoke board design for an exhibition they attended.

Photo cutouts retrospective

February

A custom board for Autoglass which they used for an industry exhibition in London. We even made up a jingle for this one:

Autoglass repair

Autoglass replace

They love our photo cutout boards

Through which to stick your face!

No Nobel Prize for literature, then, but it’s a lovely board and Autoglass were very pleased with it. One of our favourites in this 2016 retrospective.

Face in hole board for autoglass - 2016 retrospective

March

The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association bought this board from us for their Spring Fling at the Norfolk Show. Here you can see it being shared in Twitter.

Face in hole board for Norfolk Show

April

We really enjoyed making this board for the River Dart Country Park. As you can see, they chose to use a hashtag on the board and also included their web address for photo sharing on social media. face in hole boards from photocutouts.co.uk

May

May saw us create a very successful board for Charity The Dogs Trust, which we featured in a blog post about using hashtags on your photo cutout board.

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June

Travel agent Thomas Cook used a photocutouts.co.uk seaside photo cutout board for a Summer travel campaign.

2016 retrospective seaside photo cutout board

July

The Week Junior Magazine bought a board from us for a promotion. Here it is in use at the event, with a very serious-looking Queen.

The Week Junior Magazine face in hole board

August

We loved this one, and so did the public. Black Cat Fireworks (Standard Fireworks) worked with us to design 2 bespoke boards for use in the run-up to Bonfire Night. Here they are in all their glory, being used by the public and driving forward Standard Fireworks’ seasonal marketing campaign.

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September

The German Embassy in London ordered two large boards to celebrate their football prowess: the World Cup and Olympic gold. Here they are just after we completed them.

German Embassy football olympics world cup face in hole boards

October

Another board for the Dogs Trust, with a snowy Christmas background and some cold weather features added.

Dogs Trust face in hole board 2016 retrospective

November

The National Trust got festive with a photo cutout board from us for their Christmas publicity campaign.

National trust face in hole photo board 2016 retrospective

December

Internetmatters.org is a not-for-profit organisation backed by leading internet providers BT, Virgin Media, Sky and TalkTalk that provides advice on e-safety issues.

They commissioned two boards from us for their #ChristmasSharing campaign aimed at keeping kids safe online. We blogged about it here. Here they are in use at TalkTalk’s offices and being shared on Twitter to spread the word about the campaign.

Internet safety face in hole boards from photocutouts.co.uk im-3

So that was our retrospective of some of the highlights of 2016. Are you planning an event, wedding or fundraiser in 2017? Do you think a face in hole board would work for you?

To find out more about our boards, call 08450 570321 and ask for Shelley or email office@connectedshopping.com.

Using a photo board to support a cause

Some lucky kids will be getting smartphones and tablets for Christmas. It’s essential to teach young people to be safe online, so they can enjoy their childhoods and also to help them build an online identity that does not come back to bite them when they are older. We are proud to be supporting a cause that promotes internet safety for young people.

Internetmatters,org is a not-for-profit organisation backed by leading internet providers BT, Virgin Media, Sky and TalkTalk that provides advice on e-safety issues.

They are running a Christmas campaign to help children stay safe when they are sharing Christmas messages on social media. As part of the campaign they commissioned two photo cutout boards from us bearing the campaign hashtag #ChristmasSharing.

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One of the boards in use at a campaign event at TalkTalk

The Santa & Elf and Snowman & Gingerbread boards were a hit because few people can resist the urge to put their faces in the holes and have their friends take and share photos.

A good cause: Christmas internet safety campaign
When a photo gets shared, the hashtag gets shared too.

The boards prominently display the hashtag and the web address of the organisation, which raises awareness of the campaign. For example, you have seen it now, so you are aware of the campaign. That’s how internet sharing works!

These boards have really created a buzz, and now more parents know where to go for advice on how to keep their children safe online.

Kids can be hurt by seeing inappropriate content, posting embarrassing selfies on photo sharing sites, cyberbullying, grooming, gaming with strangers and sharing too much personal information online. The digital world is a jungle, and nobody should let their kids enter it without the best possible advice on staying safe. We are proud to have contributed to internetmatters.org’s campaign.

Photo cutout boards are proven to be effective for promoting a cause or charity campaign. To order one or more for your campaign, call 08450 570 321 or email office@connectedshopping.com.

See more at our custom photo cutout boards page at http://www.photocutouts.co.uk/create-custom-photo-cut-out-boards.htm

Our elves are hard at work

As our production ramps up to capacity for the Christmas run of photo cutout boards, we have recruited some extra Christmas elves to keep the boards going out on time. They’re best at doing jobs like cleaning the boards and cutting out the face holes.

Here’s Buddy the Elf in an elfie selfie with the jigsaw as he carefully cuts the face holes to the right size. He’s trying hard not to use his magical powers to speed things up because we pay him by the hour. And don’t worry, he’s had full Elf & Safety training before we let him loose with the jigsaw.

Elves make Christmas photo cutout board
Buddy the Elf is doing overtime

We’ve managed to secretly get photos of some of the boards Buddy and his colleagues have been making.

Here’s one for the National Trust in use at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire. It’s got their hashtag on it for use on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If people use the hashtag when they post their photos of the board, it will make them easier to find and help the National Trust’s cause.

Face in hole board Christmas elves

This next one was used at the recent zip line event across the Thames to raise funds for Evelina Children’s Hospital. The event was a great success and saw celebrities and London firefighters flying across the Thames from the roof of St Thomas’s Hospital to the gardens of the Palace of Westminster. It was the first time this has ever been done.

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Here’s a board for Rotosound Strings featuring Jimi Hendrix. Not especially festive, but we get orders for custom boards all year round so sometimes the elves have to swallow their yuletide pride and get on with it. This one was used at a marketing event in Germany.

Jimi Hendrix photo cutout board

When the elves have packed up their tools and gone back to Lapland, it’ll be time to start thinking about the next big event in the calendar: Valentine’s Day. Why not ask us to create a board for the one you love? Have a look at our wedding boards for inspiration. We’ll be happy to make you a photo board with two face holes for your special one, and we’ll include any special message you want to say.

Wishing you an elfy and happy Christmas, and see you in the New Year!