5 Ways to Safely Secure Banners

Secure Banners

Banners can be used for many applications both inside and outside of a building.

Here are some of the most common methods for safely securing banners in different environments:

  1. Suction Cups

If the banner needs to be positioned over glass, suction cups are an excellent way to hold it in place without making permanent changes to the building. They are a quick and inexpensive way to suspend lightweight banners. Suction cups are gentle on surfaces and are easy to move if necessary.

  1. Zip Ties

For construction projects with fencing, zip ties allow the banner to attach to the fence securely. Zip ties have a strong hold, which can protect the banner from flying away during windy weather. If the banner is larger, multiple grommets and zip ties might be needed to keep it in place.

  1. Velcro

Often at trade shows a banner needs to attach to a fabric-covered table. Velcro brand hooks and loops can stick to many fabric surfaces and provide a simple solution for this situation.

  1. String

When weather isn’t a concern or the banner will be placed inside, using a heavy-duty string will work just fine. Simply thread the heavy-duty string or thin roping through the grommets and tie it to an appropriate support.

  1. Bungee Cords

In areas with high winds, bungee cords can be used to securely fasten the banner while allowing it the flexibility to move with the wind. Since bungee cords have some give, while banners do not, putting the extra tension on the bungee cord instead of the banner will help prevent the banner from tearing.

No matter how your banner needs to be secured, Infinity Signs NW can accommodate it during the design process. Learn more about applications for banners and see Infinity Signs NW’s previous work on our website or give us a call at 208.473.2913 to get started on your next business banner.

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5 Tips for Compelling Retail Signage

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Retail signage is crucial in bringing in new business. Good retail signage tells customers what or why they should be looking at your merchandise. It draws interest and makes the customer want to know more. To help retail owners know what makes compelling retail signage, here are five tips:

  1. Concise Messages

Attention spans are short, so the message the sign is portraying needs to be as well. Get to the point with as few words are possible, while still making the message understandable. Keep the design concise too. If there’s too much surrounding the text, it can become difficult to read.

  1. Fonts

While fun fonts can match a store’s personality, they aren’t always easy to read. When trying to gain a customer’s attention through signage, use clear, easy-to-read fonts that are large enough to see from a distance. Clean fonts will get the message across much better than fancy fonts.

  1. Call to Action

Signage that gives the customer a reason to buy the product will work more effectively. Using phrases like “surprise her with flowers” is more motivating than a “fresh flowers” sign. Also including “you” and “yours” will help customers visualize themselves using the product.

  1. Use Colors

Colors, especially red, are great in a retail environment. They catch the eye faster than black and white. Just be careful not to go overboard. The text needs to contrast from its background and too many colors can confuse the eye.

  1. Test the Sign

Do a few test runs with the sign. Make sure it can be seen from a good distance, it’s noticeable, and that people can tell what it’s advertising. Ask customers or friends to help test it out. If it isn’t working, edit it using the feedback and try again.

Talk to Infinity Signs NW about creating the perfect retail signs for a display, clearance sale, store window and more.

 

Updating Business Cards

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Business cards are a great way to reach out to potential clients, spread brand awareness, and make community connections. However, out-of-date cards might send the wrong message. That’s why it is recommended to update business cards when any of your information changes or when you have new business services or a new logo.

While some people might recommend updating them yearly, that may or may not be often enough. Here are three instances when updating business cards is necessary:

  1. New Information

When information changes, so should the business card. A change in information could be any of the following:

  • New Address
  • Name Change
  • New Phone Number
  • New Email
  • New Website
  • New Social Media Networks

If any of these changes occur, the card needs to be updated to reflect the change. Someone calling the wrong number or going to the wrong office won’t be happy when they do reach the business.

  1. Design

Over the years, logos are should be updated to look more modern and clean. When there is a change to the logo, the business cards need to be redesigned to match the new logo. Also, font preferences are constantly changing. Keep cards looking modern with a font update if necessary. Lastly, consider updating the color scheme of the card, or adding color if none is currently present. This will make the new cards stand out more to current clients and prospective new clients.

  1. Materials

Business cards today look nothing like they did 20 years ago. With technology and design capabilities constantly advancing, there are more options for creating business cards than ever before. They can be finished with gold leaf, aqua foil, embossing and more. The designers at Infinity Signs NW can add many little touches to make your business cards stand out.

Updating business cards ensures the business is giving a good first impression. Learn more about the design options available through Infinity Signs NW on our website.

 

Teardrop and Feather Banner Benefits

Teardrop and feather flag signs can draw a lot of attention to an event or business and can be seen pretty commonly around Boise and the Treasure Valley. Businesses and organizations are realizing that these are a great option because they are:

  1. Easy to Transport

When compared to other styles of banners, they are much easier to transport due to their size and weight. Easy transportation is essential for many businesses or events that set up on their own or move around frequently.

2. Easy to Set Up

Forget ladders and stringing a banner up on a building. With feather or teardrop flags, simply set up the easy-to-assemble banner stands and attach the flags. Or, some prefer to simply push the bottom of the feather banner pole directly into the soft ground. It’s a quick and painless process.

3. Affordable

This type of signage is very affordable, but the quality is still high. For short-term events, an affordable banner like these makes sense. They can also easily be stored and re-used for reoccurring annual or monthly events.

4. Sturdy

Since these signs wave in the wind, they are designed and made to withstand the elements that Idaho experiences. This helps them have a long lifespan and stay looking new for quite a while.

5. Customizable

Feather and teardrop flags can come in different sizes and colors for every type of event. They can also be personalized with a message to pique interest in the event.

The uses for teardrop or feather flag signs is endless. Some of the most common uses for them include sales, car dealerships, new housing developments, and flea markets. While most often used outdoors, they can also be utilized indoors as well. They are an excellent way to draw attention to a booth space at a large tradeshow.

Talk to the team at Infinity Signs NW to see if a teardrop or feather flag is the best choice for your next event.

 

Properly Cleaning Vehicle Wraps

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Proper cleaning and care of your Vehicle wrap  will protect your investment. It also prolongs their life and maintains a high quality of appearance. Read on to learn how to properly take care of vehicle graphics.

Do:

  • Wash with a mixture of water and a mild wash or detergent
  • Test the cleaning solution on a small spot before washing the entire area
  • Read warning labels on car care products

Don’t

  • Allow fuels to stay in contact with the wrap for extended periods of time
  • Use mechanical brush washing as it could dull, scratch, or lift the edges of the graphic
  • Use automated car washes that use caustic cleaners or pressure washers

If normal cleaning procedures fail to get difficult pollutants or debris off of the vehicle wrap, try these two options:

  1. Spot clean the area with Isopropyl Alcohol and a microfiber cloth, or
  2. Moisten the cloth with a citric-based cleaner and naphtha before wiping down the area. Rinse with water and soap immediately afterward.

The best way to wash vehicle wraps or graphics is as follows:

  1. Rinse with water to wash away any loose sediments or debris with a spray nozzle
  2. Mix the mild detergent and water in a large bucket
  3. Soak the sponge in the mixture and begin working from top to bottom
  4. Rinse with clean water again using the spray nozzle
  5. Allow the vehicle to air dry or use a microfiber cloth

Although hand washing is the preferred method, pressure washing the vehicle can be done following these instructions:

  • Water pressure is kept below 2000 psi
  • Water temperature is below 180 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Use a spray nozzle with a 40-degree wide angle spray pattern
  • Keep the nozzle at least one foot away from and perpendicular to the graphic

Talk to the team at Infinity Signs NW about creating a vehicle graphic, or repairing an existing one.

 

Advertise at Festivals and Fairs with Promotional Items

Festival and fair season is just around the corner, which gives local businesses a whole new way to market themselves. Take advantage of these opportunities with promotional items geared toward these events. Here are some ideas for festival and fair promotional items that Infinity Signs NW can help create:

  1. Water Bottles

With the weather warming up, it’s even more important to stay hydrated. Hand out branded water bottles to help attendees stay hydrated while advertising your company. Infinity Signs NW has many different styles of water bottles to choose from and can customize them too.

  1. Sunglasses

You can never have enough sunglasses, especially when attending an outdoor event. With a large variety of styles to choose from, Infinity Signs NW can make sure the sunglass style fits the business’s brand or the target audience’s style perfectly.

  1. Cooling Scarf

It can get hot out in the Boise sun, so help event attendees cool off with the CooLoop Active Water Scarf. It is put around the neck and cools the body down to reduce heat stress. There are many colors to pick from and the cooling scarf can be customized with a message or business logo.

  1. Coolie

Keep beverages cool with a branded coolie. In Infinity Sign’s promotional products catalog there are numerous different coolies to choose from, a wide range of colors, and each can be customized with a logo.

  1. Drawstring Bag

With all of the awesome promotional items they get, fair or festival attendees will need something to put them all in. Hand out drawstring bags to help out with this. When people wear them around to carry everything, it’s free advertising for your business.

Festivals and fairs draw huge crowds, making them a great advertising opportunity. Let Infinity Signs NW help maximize advertising potential with some customized promotional items. Visit the website or contact Kyle at 208.473.2916.

Using Electronic Message Center Signage

As people drive, they take in the sights around them, including business signage. This has a tremendous impact on the success of outdoor business signage, and the rising popularity associated with electronic message center signs. These signs have moving message displays of text, graphics, or a combination of the two.

Businesses planning to upgrade their signage to an electronic message center should take into consideration these benefits that come with this type of signage:

  1. Message Versatility

In addition to promoting your business location, electronic signs can easily be updated with flashy new messages.  They can display a wide array of text and graphic combinations to relay messages to customers about sales, special events, and more.

Business owners can update the content of the messages with the click of a button and tailor certain messages to certain times of the day with scheduling. It easier and cheaper than running different commercials on radio or television each time you want to send out a new message.

  1. 24-Hour Messages

The signs can run 24/7, reaching as many potential customers as possible. They’re visible in direct sunlight, and remain illuminated throughout the night. Even though the business may only be open from 9-5, its advertising efforts will be seen at all hours.

  1. Attention Boosting

Passersby already notice business signs, but a moving, illuminated sign will grab even more attention. An electronic message center sign will increase the visibility for a business. Some businesses like to include their catch phrase for additional business branding.

If your business has a message or messages that you want to display, Infinity Signs NW can create a sign to bring your message to life. Talk to the team at Infinity Signs NW about how your business can benefit from an electronic message center sign.