Selfie boards: for when less is more

Let’s go walkabout with selfie boards!

As always at Photo Cutouts, we’ve been listening to our customers and coming up with creative solutions that suit their events. For three of our recent customers – AmEx, Vaillant and NowPressPlay, a large static face in the hole board wasn’t quite what they needed due to their events’ formats and the other promotional materials they were using. What they asked for was a smaller board that people can hold and pose for photos with as they walk around the event, and can easily be passed from one person to another. This led to Selfie Boards, which are proving popular with other event organiser customers as well.

With no feet required to keep them standing upright, selfie boards are very light while giving a similar impression to a full-size board in photos. 100cm x 80cm is the standard size for a selfie board and this can be portrait (usually 1 face hole) or landscape (there can be 2 face holes). To help maintain the face-in-the-hole illusion, we put a pair of handles on the back so that the board can be held without the holder’s hands showing at the sides (otherwise it looks like the cover of Vanity Fair or similar Photoshop disaster.) Despite all our care and attention, though, what people actually do with our boards is beyond our control, as you can see here: 😉

Promotional selfie boards
Well, we tried

But as long as selfie boards help to get the brand message across and people have fun with them, that’s the main thing. Just don’t show the photos to our designer, Jim. He’d have kittens.

Here’s a selfie board we made for American Express to promote their Global Business Traveller programme. The 100 x 80cm format makes it easy to hold up and pass around.

Selfie board for event marketing

And finally, we’ve heard of bunny boilers, but this is a boiler bunny! Vaillant, the boiler company, have a bunny mascot called Johann, and here he is not quite filling the human-sized face hole on the board we made for them. As we said, what people (and bunnies) do with our boards is beyond our control!

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PhotoCutouts rock the Royal Albert Hall!

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We have made a face in hole version of the famous mural inside the Royal Albert Hall.

Photocutouts is proud to have made a large board for the Royal Albert Hall. Here’s the story behind it!

Visitors to the Royal Albert Hall in London will have seen a large mural in the cafe bar made up of the faces of over 400 stars who have performed there over the last 143 years. It was designed in 2013 by ‘Godfather of British Pop Art’ Sir Peter Blake, who famously co-designed the cover of the classic Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Sgt Pepper's face in hole board

The mural is a mashup of faces in a similar vein to the iconic album cover. With so many faces, it represents a great opportunity for some face-in-hole action!

We took a section of the mural that features famous faces such as the Spice Girls, Andre Previn, Stevie Wonder, Kylie, Meatloaf and Seal. Then we cut two face holes out and put it on metal feet. The idea is for visitors to the venue to interact with the board and take photos.

Royal Albert Hall face in hole board
Here is the board we made being used by the RAH’s team on social media. Can you see which two faces are real people?

It’s quite a large board at 3m by 2m and is taken from a section of the mural. Can you find the section we used to make the board?

Royal Albert Hall, mural
How many of these Royal Albert Hall performers can you name? Try the interactive version by clicking the image.

Fancy some fun trying to recognise all the famous faces in the original mural? Check out this interactive image of the mural which reveals the name when you click on a face. Or for a challenge, here’s a quiz where you have to name the faces. Try it, it’s fun! (Warning: you can spend hours doing this. We did).

How many famous people can you name?

 

 

Go big with a full-size Photo Wall!

When you want to go big and make a real impact … a photo wall is the way to go.

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That’s our lead designer and board maker Jim in the middle, visibly proud of his handiwork.

What do we mean by a photo wall? Basically it’s an extra-large photo cutout board that goes beyond our standard sizes and makes for a bigger impact. Above is a pair of photo walls we made for the German Embassy in London, featuring the World Cup-winning German football teams. Guests at the event could step into the boots of star players for a photo not to be missed!

These oversized boards can dominate a function room or even an outdoor event because they are taller and wider than usual and can be seen from further away. There’s no danger of one of these getting lost in the crowd!

If your event calls for making a big visual splash, then call us on 08450 570321 for a quote on a giant photo wall!

We’ve used the concept of large boards in two other areas as well: the wedding photo wall and the National Self Portrait Gallery.

Wedding photo wall

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This large board recreates a vintage living room and comes with a chest of props for guests to play about with for relaxed and genuine photo moments. There are large cutouts with picture frames for guests to be silly through. You can even hang your own photos on the rest of the wall to personalise it and make it feel like home. We even provide a chaise longue for the bride to drape herself on. It makes for some memorable wedding photos – much better than everybody standing in stiff poses!

National Self Portrait Gallery

Historical photo wall NSPG

Classic paintings from the 18th century to the present day are brought to life with a face-in-hole twist! The NSPG is a set of large photo wall boards that can be arranged like an art gallery. Here it is in use at the University of Cambridge. Your guests can become Henry VIII, the Mona Lisa, the Laughing Cavalier or a number of other famous paintings, just by putting their face in the hole! There are photo opportunities galore with the National Self Portrait Gallery, available to hire for events around the UK.

To talk to us about any of the above large boards for you next event, call 08450 570321 or email office@connectedshopping.com

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Anglian Water make a splash with our boards

Anglian Water
Which uses the least water – a bath or a shower?

When Anglian Water needed some props to attract the public’s attention, they came to photocutouts.co.uk.

H2OMG is an event run by the East Anglia water authority at The Forum, Norwich which aims to educate the public about water consumption in the face of population growth. It is also a free public consultation event where people are encouraged to make their views heard on how they want the company to spend its money and how they think the future of water use in East Anglia should look.

East Anglia is the driest region in the UK, so it’s a pretty important subject, especially with half a million new homes expected to be built in the region in the next 15 years!

H2OMG Anglian Water
Educating the public about fatbergs. Don’t tip oil and fats down the sink, people!

H2OMG is a really fun event with numerous fairground-style attractions, games and activities all centred around water and how we use and abuse it. Visitors can try their hand at the Water Wheel of Fortune or play Beat The Bog, where you throw beanbags into toilet bowls to bring the lids down and reveal fascinating facts about water use in the ‘smallest room’.

Here’s one of our boards in use in this H2OMG promotional video.

Anglian Water liked our photo cutout boards so much they also featured one in their blog.

We thought of suggesting a wet sponge throwing contest because our photo cutout boards are waterproof and perfect for that – but we decided not to because the emphasis at this event is on not wasting water! Anglian Water’s motto is ‘love every drop’.

Our colourful, high-quality photo boards are the perfect way to literally get people into your brand. The public can’t resist interacting with them and they appeal to all ages.

For more info on our custom photo cutout boards, email office@connectedshopping.com or call us for a friendly quote on 08450 570321.

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Schools love photo cutout boards!

Remember your school open days? Were they fun? Did they bring the school together? More importantly, did both pupils and teachers – and even the head! – get properly involved and have some fun? What can schools do to make sure their open days are memorable?

A brilliant way of creating a sense of unity at school events is to have a face in hole board with a fun, relevant theme and the school logo, social media addresses and hashtags on it. Here’s an example we’ve just done for a new independent school in Surrey, which they have told us was a ‘huge success.’

Schools face in the hole boards
The children must have loved seeing their teachers-to-be showing their fun side. As they say in their comment here, ‘even the senior management team got involved.’

Here are some of the prospective pupils enjoying the board on Banstead Prep‘s Open Day. Schools love photo cutout boards!

Images reproduced with kind permission from Banstead Prep School.

Head in the hole boards for school open days

The board has turned out to be a great marketing tool for the new school, helping to promote it on social media and create a sense of belonging and togetherness.

wet sponge throwing, schools open days
Wet sponge throwing at people with their faces through the board is guaranteed fun . It needs to be well organised though.

One popular idea – among pupils at least – for established schools is to have a wet sponge session. Because our boards are made of waterproof foamex PVC and printed on acrylic, wet sponges will not cause them any damage. Sometimes even teachers will allow themselves to be wet sponged with their face in the hole!

Everybody has smartphones these days, which means photos of the board will get shared on social media and photo sharing sites like Instagram. The school can post them to their own social media profiles as well, as Banstead Prep have done. What better advert for a school than to share pictures of teachers and pupils having fun?

With Summer fast approaching, it’s time to consider a photo cutout board for your school. It’s a great promotional tool that will create lasting photo memories – and can be used year upon year.

To find out more about our custom photo cutout boards, please visit http://www.photocutouts.co.uk/create-custom-photo-cut-out-boards.htm, email office@connectedshopping.com or call us on 08450 570321.

 

Pop up art gallery a hit at Cambridge University!

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The Gallery set up before the event

Our pop up face in hole portrait gallery continued its tour of the country last week with a hire at Jesus College, University of Cambridge. The event was organised by Meet Cambridge, a networking and venue-finding organisation. It was filled with event professionals who thoroughly enjoyed the pop up portrait gallery. It was a great icebreaker and made for some memorable photo opportunities.

Cambridge university face in hole pop up art gallery
It’s a bit tricky to get the head angle just right, especially when you can’t see yourself in the painting! We’re working on this. We plan to put a photo of each painting on the back of the board so that users can see which way to face.

Meet Cambridge love the gallery so much they have shared lots of photos from the event on their social media, and included it in a blog post about using social media at events.

How to use social media at events

 

National Self Portrait Gallery in Cambridge
People just can’t help themselves.
Cambridge University National Self Portrait Gallery
Fun fun fun – and a few conspiratorial looks between historical royalty!

We call it the National Self Portrait Gallery, as a tribute to the selfie craze. It would be quite hard to actually take a selfie when you’re in the picture, but you can always use the timer on your camera, or one of those selfie drones. Most people are content to have their photo taken by someone else. And of course it’s such an unusual thing to have your face in a classic portrait. That’s what makes the photos so good for social media sharing.

We’re very pleased the National Self Portrait Gallery created a buzz at Meet Cambridge’s event. Where will it pop up next? That would be telling! But you’ll surely read about it here.

To find out more about hiring it for your own event, drop us a line at office@connectedshopping.com or call 08450 570321 and ask for Jim or Shelley.

Businesses go photo cutout crazy!

This Spring we have had more orders for photo cutout boards than ever before! Businesses, charities, sports teams and organisations are adding our face in hole boards to their marketing and fundraising activities because of the fun they bring, the photo opportunities, the social media sharing … in short, the buzz. Here are a few examples of the work we’ve done in the last several weeks as the nation’s businesses go photo board crazy!

Autoglass

After a successful board last year, Autoglass asked us to make them another one for the Fleet News Awards at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. With a racing theme timed to coincide with the Grand National, this is the design we settled on with them.

photo cutout board for businesses

Royal Veterinary College

The RVC commissioned a board from us for their 2017 Open Day. It encouraged prospective students to ‘step into’ the role of vet, helping them to imagine themselves in the job.

head in the hole board for marketing businesses

And here is the board in action on the RVC’s Twitter feed.

Photo cutout board for open days

Seabrook Crisps

A good example of a hashtag promotion. Seabrook Crisps run a #seabrookselfie campaign and chose us to supply face in hole boards to promote it.

Selfie head in the hole board for marketing

And here it is in use on their social media.

photo cutout promotion, social media

British Psychological Society

The BPS went for a seaside theme for their annual conference in Brighton. Here we’ve taken one of our stock boards (Doris and Dick) and added some branding. That’s a simple way to create a custom branded board.

Doris and Dick traditional seaside face in hole board

 

Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training

Step into the shoes of dancers with a board used to promote this performing arts school at the Brighton Fringe.

face in the hole board for businesses

Here it is in use at the festival.

marketing, photo cutout boards

So that’s just a handful of the boards we’ve made this month for businesses and organisations. There are plenty more under wraps until after the event has happened.

To promote your business or organisation with photo cutout boards, find out more today by calling 08450 570321 or emailing office@connectedshopping.com 

 

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.

Event marketing with face in hole boards

Photocutouts are proud to have helped get the message out for yet another organisation. This week’s Board of the Week is a marketing board we made for Cohabitas, a company that matches people together for house-sharing.

We think it’s a brilliant idea, because why should people live alone, paying all the bills themselves and with nobody to eat dinner with, when they could be sharing a home with one or more others, living as friends, sharing the bills, and being happier?

face in hole board, marketing, publicity, experiential, content marketing

Here’s the board we made for Cohabitas, to their design specifications. The waiter is meant to be George Clooney. Cohabitas is mainly geared towards women between 45 and 55, who might enjoy having a dishy Hollywood star serving them cupcakes and champagne.

Cohabitas are using the board to promote their business at the WI Fair, Alexandra Palace, London, which runs from the 29th of March to the 1st of April 2017. The WI Fair celebrates everything about the great British institution that is the WI. It brings together four fabulous days of craft, cooking, creativity, shopping, learning and travel. This makes it a perfect showcase for an organisation like Cohabitas.

At shows and exhibitions like this, a face in hole board can be a crowd-puller. It provides a focus, people naturally want to interact with it and take photos, and it bears your organisation’s logo, insignia, phone number, web address, hashtag or anything else you want to put on it to promote your organisation.

When people share their photos with friends and family or on social media, there is your organisation’s logo and other information in the picture. On the internet an image can go far, and if it carries your message, it means a bit more publicity for you every time it is shared.

For full information about our bespoke photo cutout boards for fairs, trade shows, fundraising and marketing, email us at office@connectedshopping.com, call us on 08450 570 321 or visit our website at photocutouts.co.uk!

 

Crufts season: helping marketing for dogs charity

 

rehoming dogs, charity, crufts, face in hole board, photo cutout board, fundraising

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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