Anglian Water make a splash with our boards

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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!

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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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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.

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… 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.

www.photocutouts.co.uk

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.

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February

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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!

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.

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.

Calling all Wedding Suppliers: add these to your business!

Add some interactive fun to your next trade event with a wedding-themed face in hole board from photocutouts.co.uk.

Evolution Discos did just that when they attended the Fling Festival in Chelmsford, and these were the results! They told us they did more business when they used one of our boards.

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Face in hole boards are great for social media photo sharing of your event or trade stand.
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The boards just make people want to interact, and then they are easier to talk to!

All you have to do is ask us to put your logo and/or web address, social media handle, etc., on the board, and it gets shared when someone shares the photo with their friends on social media! And they do share them.

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Here come some more people who can’t resist the photo board!

See the full range of wedding-themed photo cutout boards here: http://www.photocutouts.co.uk/buy-wedding-themed-photo-boards.htm.

Call Shelley on 08450 570 321 for more info on photo boards and how you can use them to boost your wedding business!

 

New adult themed photo opportunities!

The boards are back in town! We’ve expanded our range with a new adult party-themed product line. Not only that, but our website now has a new look – and the prices stay the same.

As well as the much-loved range of traditional seasonal and seaside photo cutout boards, we’ve given in to our more permissive times with a new range of adult-themed boards. Don’t worry, we don’t mean THAT sort of adult material – we mean fun and hilarious party-animal boards for 18+ parties, club nights, hen and stag parties, and anywhere you want your grown-up crowd to be in a froth of giggles.

So it’s time to reveal … Party Man!

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We’re sorry, but you can never un-see this image.

Did that get your attention? That’s the idea: to add an extra element of eye-catching fun to any 18+ party or event and get people peeping through the hole, snapping away, and sharing photos.

Party Man is not alone. He can be hired or purchased with Big Bunny Girl to make a duo board with two face holes:

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Aren’t they a lovely couple? (Don’t answer that)

Party Man’s best buddy is Mervin. He’s had one or two Mars bars too many, but he doesn’t care. He’s here to party, and nobody is getting in his way.

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He does not have body image issues, he just wants to party.

Mervin has a female sidekick to complete the pair on this duo board:

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Aren’t they a lovely couple (don’t answer that!)

When they all get together, you have the Full Monty: the four-hole Party Squad. No party can be the same after they show up! Hire or buy Party Squad or its members over at our Adult-Themed Boards page. It’s going to be a night to remember!

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Lawks! It’s the Party Squad!

Our Foam Party board is a slightly naughty giggle generator for foam parties. Get it on! Or get it off, whichever you prefer. This board adds a special element of fun as the suds fly.

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No foam party is complete without a foam party face in hole board!

Check out all our ranges – for all ages and tastes – on the website by clicking the image below.

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Browse the full range – click on the image

Photo cutout boards to present your Awards!

A fun new twist to the glitz and glamour of awards ceremonies

Peep boards are a popular feature at awards ceremonies because they add an interactive element of fun. Most recently, the Isle of Wight Awards run by myisleofwight.com used a photo cutout board at its awards ceremony on the 19th of January 2016. The ‘Ethel and Ernie’ board from our range set the seaside theme perfectly and here are two of the awards winners proudly showing off their medal while disguised as the saucy seaside characters.

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How often we see award recipients posing for a photo, being handed their award by an official and wearing an awkward, frozen smile! Why not make your awards ceremony different? One way to do it is to have photocutouts.co.uk make a mockup of the award itself that winners can poke their faces through for a photo opportunity. This is known as a standee or photo op board. Photocutouts.co.uk are happy to create this type of board for you. Just let us know your requirements and we can create a bespoke board with logos and custom lettering.

In addition to awards ceremonies, face in the hole boards are a great marketing tool at any business event. We work with you on the design until it says exactly what you want to say about your business. The boards help to create a buzz around your brand at trade shows, promotional events and of course awards ceremonies. Here are a few we’ve made that have worked brilliantly:

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Can you imagine having a photo cutout board for your business? How best to communicate what your company stands for and has to offer? The options are limitless, and photocutouts.co.uk works with you to create the perfect photo op board that you can use time and time again to make your events fun and memorable. Not forgetting that because it’s a photo board, people will tend to take lots of photos of it – with your company branding all over it! And of course in this day and age photos get shared a lot. So photo boards not only create a buzz at the event itself, but keep on giving in the form of shared online photos.

Get in touch with Shelley or Richard at photocutouts.co.uk for details on how to create a photo cutout board.