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

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.

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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.

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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!

Our creations on Instagram and Pinterest

We sometimes post photos of new boards we’ve made on this blog. But maybe you don’t know about the ones we share elsewhere online. photocutouts.co.uk has Instagram and Pinterest accounts where we post the new boards we make.

You can see our Instagram photos by clicking HERE.

If you have an Instagram account, you can follow photocutouts.co.uk to see all the photos we post.

You can see our Pinterest photos HERE.

If you have a Pinterest account, again you can follow photocutouts.co.uk or an individual board to see updates as we post them. You can also share photos from this blog by using the Pinterest button at the bottom of each blog post. Facebook and Twitter buttons are there too for social media sharing of our lovely boards.

Now, here’s Jim cutting the face holes out of a Doris and Dick seaside photo cutout board. You could say this is the moment a face in hole board is born.

Jim is a complete superstar. As our lead designer and board maker, he oversees the process of making a board from your initial enquiry through the design stage to creating a sturdy, weatherproof, durable photo cutout board for your event, wedding, party, fundraising drive or cause.

Here’s Jim posing between two big boards we made for the German Embassy in London as part of their German Unity Day celebrations. The boards feature the German World Cup winning team and the Women’s Olympic Games gold winning team.

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Our designer Jim is the man!

Here’s a link to a recent photo on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BNeQNGTBkz4/?taken-by=photocutouts

It’s a Christmas board for the National Trust for use at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire.

And here’s a link to a board of ours on Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/photocutouts/pop-up-art-gallery/

That board has some photos of our new and unique face in hole art gallery, the National Self Portrait Gallery.

So if you like what we do, remember to follow us on Instagram and Pinterest and share photos you find there. That way more people hear about us!

Thank you and have a very merry festive season!

Black Friday offer till Monday 28th!

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Black Friday photo cutouts face in hole boards offer

It’s here: the photocutouts.co.uk Black Friday offer, with 15% of all orders until the 28th of November!

The offer includes everything in the store and is as easy as entering the code ‘blackfriday15’ in the shopping cart at photocutouts.co.uk. That means all the following photo cutout boards are discounted, so now’s the time to grab a board for your next event! Click the links to go directly to that section of the site.

Seaside photo cutouts

Wedding photo cutouts

Christmas photo cutouts

Seasonal photo cutouts

Adult photo cutouts

We’re feeling generous, so if you need a custom-made board or are interested in hiring the National Self Portrait Gallery, give us a call on 08450 570 321 or email office@connectedshopping.co.uk and we’ll be extra nice to you and see what we can do on the cost.

Now is the time to order a board for your next event!

Wishing you a happy festive season,

The photocutouts.co.uk team

How to use a hashtag on your photo cutout board

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One of our customers using hashtags on their photo cutout board

Are you planning social media for your event? Then you’ll need a branded hashtag that shows the world your event, cause or message. In the above example, the Dogs Trust used #SponsorADog, which gets their intentions across well. They also linked it to something larger with #DigMyPhoto, which is a hashtag used for photo sharing. So the two hashtags together both showed people where to find out more about their cause, and helped to spread the message.

Good use of hashtags can create real momentum for your event or campaign. So how do you go about creating the most effective branded hashtag possible?

Keep it short. Hashtags with ten characters or fewer are best. #sponsoralovelyfriendlydoggie would not have worked so well for the Dogs Trust, because it’s difficult to remember and laborious to type.

Look for something memorable and relevant. It should clearly communicate your message, and if it’s memorable then so much the better. It doesn’t need to have your company name or charity name in it, but more importantly it needs to clearly get across the reason for this particular campaign. So include keywords relevant to the campaign. #SponsorADog is a good example.

Make it distinctive. It’s easy for hashtags to confuse people, and you don’t want to appear to be misleading anyone. It should not resemble any other hashtags too closely or be easily confused with them.

Capitalise the first letter of each word. You should always do this with hashtags. #sponsoradog would still work, but #SponsorADog is easier to read.

If your campaign is associated with anything current or trending, work it into the hashtag. Here’s an example: Mod Pizza had a promotion at the Breeze festival, so they stuck the two together and came up with #ModBreeze.

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Stick with the hashtag throughout your campaign. It’s the only way to grow social media interest because it’s a unique identifier that gradually gathers momentum.

When you have crafted the perfect hashtag, we’ll work it into the design of your photo cutout board and make it nice and big and clear so that it is easy to read on shared photos of the board. Photo sharing is the real power of photo cutout boards.

Find out how to get a branded photo cutout board here.

 

NEW popup art gallery!

Popup art gallery

At Photocutouts.co.uk we have created a brand new and totally unique face-in-hole experience: It is a mobile art gallery available for hire to add a special twist to corporate events, fundraising drives, product launches, PR and marketing events. It consists of a collection of classic paintings from the 16th century to the present day, arranged into a series of photo walls that assemble into an art gallery-like experience. The fun part is that visitors and guests put their faces through the holes to have their photos taken, just as with our very successful face in hole boards.

Welcome to the National Self Portrait Gallery!

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Treat your guests to an unforgettable journey through art history – where they become part of the art!

Our unique National Self Portrait Gallery brings the face-in-hole format bang up to date in a tasteful and amusing way. Book the Gallery for your next event – we’ll deliver and set it up quickly and efficiently, leaving you to entertain your guests with wine, nibbles and a timeless masterpiece or two!

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The portraits are arranged into six boards which can be arranged to fit your venue. Guests walk behind them and try to do their best Laughing Cavalier or Henry VIII. This creates unforgettable photo memories of your event!

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Six of these boards combine to give the effect of a real portrait gallery.

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Find out more at our website: www.photocutouts.co.uk/pop-up-art-gallery.htm

The NSPG is so special we’ve given it its own website too, which you can find at www.nationalselfportraitgallery.co.uk .

Hire the Gallery for your next event and make an impression – there’s nothing else like this out there!

Standard Fireworks choose Photocutouts for Bonfire Night campaign

In preparation for the 5th of November, Standard Fireworks have commissioned two face in hole boards from photocutouts.co.uk for their Factory Shop in Huddersfield.

Visitors to the factory can put their faces through the holes to be snapped as the Standard Fireworks #BeTheGuy or a passenger on the Standard Fireworks rocket, and get the chance to win some free fireworks! In this blog post we’ll see the boards in use during Bonfire Night preparations and see how they have created a social media campaign around them.

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A good example of a social media campaign with a photo cutout board

Standard Fireworks are using the hashtag #BeTheGuy for their social media competition. Visitors post photos of themselves or their friends and family with their faces through the boards on Twitter using the hashtag, and they will be picking some lucky winners from those posts at random. Those winners will be invited to the Factory Shop to receive free fireworks to the value of their receipt during their last visit. So if you’re going there, keep your receipts!

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Standard Fireworks face in hole board at Huddersfield Town FC

The boards were used at a Huddersfield Town FC fixture against Derby County at the John Smith’s Stadium (1-0 to Huddersfield), giving the brand increased exposure.

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Standard Fireworks face in hole board at their Factory Outlet shop in Huddersfield

The board have the company insignia prominently displayed: name, postcode, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram handles, and of course the hashtag #BETHEGUY which is instrumental in their social media campaign.

Photocutouts.co.uk are specialists in creating boards like these for use in brand awareness building and promotional activities. Contact us today on 08450 570 321 or office@connectedshopping.com to discuss a design for your company promotion or event.

Photocutouts.co.uk rock the German Embassy!

Photocutouts.co.uk have supplied two large photo cutout boards to the German Embassy in London for their German Unity Day celebrations. The boards depicted the German national women’s team, who won gold at the Rio Olympics, and the men’s team who won the World Cup, which coincidentally was also in Rio. Both celebrating teams dominated the room at the Embassy during the celebration.

Here is the board in action during the event – it is just about visible in the background! That’s the best photo we managed to get.

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Germans have a lot to celebrate in football terms

But here they are at our premises in all their glory, with their creator Jim looking on. Cool, aren’t they? (Click the images to enlarge!)

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Our designer Jim is the man!

German women's football team

 

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Schweinsteiger celebrates the World Cup win
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The German women’s team with their Rio gold medals

The German Embassy event was a resounding success and we have received thanks from Embassy staff for helping to make it memorable.

These boards are an example of our capability for making bespoke boards for organisations, charities, weddings and companies. Find out here how to go about getting a custom board designed for your event, whatever it may be: a marketing promotion, a product launch, a wedding, a charity fundraising event, or an embassy party!

Watch our video about how we make a custom-designed photo cutout board to fit your needs.

If you are planning an event and would like to add an extra special something with a photo cutout board that sums up your cause, brand, love, or message, give us a call on 08450 570 321 today to talk it over!

 

A little video about photocutouts.co.uk

We’ve made a little video to show you how we design and create a photo cutout board for your event, party, wedding or fundraiser. We design and make the perfect face in hole board for your occasion. Call us to discuss your idea, or if you don’t have an idea, we’ll think of one for you! (08450 570 321)

Our custom boards are one of a kind. We make them perfectly sum up your business, charity, event or wedding. We’ll happily add any logos, branding, hashtags, web addresses, phone numbers etc. you desire, so that when people share their photos of the face in hole action, your message is shared as well on social media.

It really is as simple as the video suggests! Give us a call or email, and tell us your idea for the perfect photo cutout board for your event. We can design it from scratch for you and work with you until you are happy with it, or you can send us a sketch or your own design and we’ll create and build the board for you!

Each board is made of washable, waterproof Foamex PVC mounted on a sturdy aluminium frame with stable legs that keep it steady, even in moderate winds.

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There are completed boards: sturdy, durable and stable.

Does this blog post spark an idea in your mind for a photo cutout board that could boost your charity fundraising, business presence, wedding fun or party atmosphere? Call us on 08450 870 321 or email Shelley at office@connectedshopping.com.

Browse the range of ready-made photo cutout boards and see the custom options at www.photocutouts.co,uk.