Custom Yard Signs for Election Season

Whether you turn on the TV, sign-in online, or drive down any main road, one thing has become exceptionally clear: it’s election season in the United States.

In just a few months, millions of Americans will go to the polls to cast their vote for candidates they like and issues they support – and millions more will stay home, uninformed about what issues may be facing their community.

But whether it’s the general election coming up in November or the countless number of local elections, primaries, and special elections that happen all year, no candidate, issues, or piece of legislation will be successful in any election without the proper exposure, marketing, and word-of-mouth support it takes to win. 

But with the skyrocketing costs of airtime on both television and radio putting that kind of advertising out of reach for many candidates and the headaches caused by some forms of online digital advertising, how do those candidates and groups who want to drum up support for their cause really stand out?

The answer is yard signs. 

Since the early days of our country, yard signs have been used to spread the word and help show support for candidates and causes, and raise awareness within communities about what is at stake in the coming election.

This timeless tradition continues today, with yard signs playing an even more important role thanks to the hugely visual presence on social media and the opportunity for supporters to share on social media. 

With that in mind, we thought, with election season just on the horizon, we’d go over a few reasons why yard signs have remained so popular for local, state, and national politics and how they might benefit a cause you believe in:


Yard signs help keep election topics top-of-mind

We live in a time with more distractions than ever, and it’s as hard as can be to grab the attention of potential voters and keep it. But high quality yard signs help to do just that by performing that all-important marketing function of repetition and recognition.

It’s no secret that name recognition is absolutely essential to voters showing a certain candidate their support, and yard signs, with their simple message and repetitive nature, can help do just that. The more yard signs displayed for a certain candidate or issue, the more voters will take notice and remember to vote a certain way.

That kind of exposure is essential for winning over voters who may be less informed or simply vote for what they recognize. If they see a candidate’s name that sounds or looks familiar on a ballot, voters are much more likely to vote for that person than someone who is totally unfamiliar.

Yard signs help encourage positive peer pressure

Peer pressure isn’t just a high-school phenomenon – it’s something many of us experience every day. And though it has its negative side, it can also be used for good, like encouraging people to vote for a person or a cause that will work tirelessly to improve their community.

Custom political yard signs can be a great motivating factor in positive peer pressure. For an uninformed voter, the more of your trusted neighbors and friends you see displaying their support for a certain policy or party, the more likely you’ll be to check out exactly what they may be supporting for yourself. 

This leads to not only a more informed electorate but also an increased turnout and interest in politics and policies that impact the community. It’s truly a win-win.

They’re a Great Giveaway for Donations

Politicians and causes are always looking for new ways to raise money from their supporters and reward their most ardent fans’ loyalty – and custom yard signs can help there, too. While many campaigns simply give yard signs away as a promotional tool, campaigns looking to raise a little money often offer their yard signs for a small donation – giving their supporters a reason to donate to the campaign. 

One of the most creative ways we’ve heard of campaigns utilizing this method is implementing a “donate what you wish” system for their yard signs. Most people who are willing to step up to the plate with financial support will most likely donate more than a suggested limited donation of a few dollars. For campaigns who depend on donations, this can be a real winning strategy. 


So, now that you know why yard signs are an essential tool for this upcoming political season, here’s why Printastic should be your go-to printer.

Why Printastic is your go-to printer for custom political yard signs

  1. We print right here in the United States. All of our custom yard sign printing is done right here in the United States, which means you’ll be showing your pride in small business just by ordering. 
  2. Our signs are tough and can be used both indoors and outdoors. By using only Coroplast plastic, our signs are both weather and UV proof for outdoor use up to 2 years in proper conditions. That means they’ll continue to look great all throughout the election season.
  3. Full-Color HD Printing. Our yard signs are digitally printed in the highest quality – meaning you won’t have to sacrifice color, images, or logos for a cheaper price. You’ll get the best of the best every time you order. 
  4. Optional H-Stakes. Unlike many other printers who just assume you want H-Stakes to accompany your signs, we give you the option to include them in your order or not. If you want them, H-Stakes will help hold your sign 18 inches from the ground for maximum visibility. Made of galvanized wire, our H-Stakes are sturdy and steady, and ready to hold up your yard signs. If you don’t want them, no worries. Simply select your preference at checkout.

For Americans all across the country, nothing is more important than getting involved in the political process and voting. Custom printed yard signs are a great way for any candidate or cause to help raise awareness and secure their path to victory come election day. Plus, with discounts for the more you order, yard signs are good for both politics and your pocketbook.

Ready to get started on your custom yard sign designer? Check out our online tool now. 

Top Three Holidays for Church Banners

Churches aren’t just places for the faithful to worship – they’re also gathering places where congregants can come together and truly experience what being part of a faith community is all about.

But people are busier than ever these days, and with more things to do and more devices and experiences fighting for each person’s attention every day, it can be hard for churches and other faith-based groups to get their messages out quickly, easily, and with limited investment. This is especially true during what should be their busy time: the holiday season.

That’s where custom church banners come in.

There’s a reason we have a whole section on our website dedicated to church banners: they really work. Whether they’re hung inside your chapel to announce upcoming events or used within the community to invite people to “Come As You Are,” Church banners grab attention, inspire retention, and can help make a difference in any community. 

Though churches can find uses for banners throughout the entire year, we’ve found that there are several important holidays that seem to be really popular with our church-based customers.

So here’s our list of the top-3 holidays for church banners and how you can use them to your advantage this coming season:


Holy Week

Though it might not be as instantly recognizable as Christmas, Holy Week marks one of the busiest weeks of the year for churches of all types.

Beginning with Palm Sunday and ending with Good Friday and Holy Saturday, Holy Week is one of the most popular and meaningful periods in the yearly church calendar.

But a question remains: what is the best way to let your flock know all about your upcoming Holy Week agenda?

Simple – a Holy Week Church Banner.

With Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday all included among the celebrations of Holy Week, many churches feature different services, celebrations, workshops, classes, and more during each day of this special week. That’s where banners can really come in handy.

Easily visible by all who enter your church and customizable with tons of different information about classes, traditions, and more, a Holy Week Banner is perfect for displaying what’s going on in your congregation to maximize attendance and impact. Plus, if your church enjoys the same traditions each year, Holy Week banners can easily be reused, making them even more of a bargain. 

Whether you order a banner for each individual day of Holy Week or simply announce its coming with one centrally located banner, there is no better way to celebrate this all-important yearly event than with an eye-catching banner.

Easter

Easter is not only the holiest of all Christian holidays, but it’s also one of the most popular. Many believers who may not attend Church on a regular basis do so at Easter to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

Easter is also one of the most popular holidays for church events, activities, performances, and festivals – bringing in people from not only the congregation itself, but from the community as a whole to celebrate and learn more about what makes it such a special time of year. With so much going on and many new faces in and around your church, Easter is the perfect opportunity to utilize a high-quality church banner

We have seen countless numbers of our faith-based customers use their Easter church banners to announce days and times of special services; the details of a fundraising drive; drive sign-ups for brunches – and so much more.

So, if you’re trying to get more interest in your special once-a-year Easter egg hunt, or simply want to tell the masses more about what kind of programming you have going on surrounding this special day, an Easter-themed church banner can be a powerful tool for a minimal investment.

Christmas 

It probably wasn’t hard for you to guess that Christmas would be on our list of top holidays for church banners, but that doesn’t make it any less important. It’s truly the reason for the holiday season.

Christmas is the busiest time of the year for stores, for travel, but also for churches, which means you’ll need to get your Christmas-themed services and events out into the public’s schedule as soon as possible. That’s where banners come in.

If you’re announcing an upcoming live nativity scene, toy drive, midnight mass, or any other special event, a beautifully designed high-quality Christmas church banner is the way to go! Ensure that your flock knows exactly when and where to be this holiday season to celebrate the birth of their lord and savior.

Bonus Note: 

We know that many churches and faith organizations hold toy and food drives around the holidays to help the less fortunate. Our banners make an easy and affordable way to identify donation sites for your drive so you’re able to inspire the public to give back and support your efforts. 


Why Choose Custom Banners for Your Church?

  1. They’re affordable. Starting at just $20 for our 2×2 banner, you can find exactly the kind of size and material you’d like for your banner without breaking your budget. 
  2. They’re totally customizable. If you’ve got an in-house graphics person who can help you design your customer banner – great! Our online tool allows for a quick upload of completed art files. If you’re starting your design from scratch with just a logo – we’ve got you covered there too! Our online design tool allows you to start with a blank canvas or one of our time-tested templates. 
  3. They’re fast. Because we do all of our high-quality printing in-house, most of our banners ship in just 24 hours – meaning you’ll have your high-quality banner in-hand in no time, even if your order is last minute.
  4. They last. Unlike other types of advertisements, our high-quality banners will last season after season if stored and handled correctly. This means you can re-use your banner to get the most bang possible for your buck.

These three holidays are just a small sample of how congregations throughout the United States can use our custom high-quality church banner printing service to their advantage. Make sure you make the most out of your coming events by designing and printing you customized church banner with Printastic today! 

Ready to get started? Check out our many church banner options now.

Three Creative Ways to use Magnetic Vehicle Signs with Independent Contractors

Ask any member of the business world and they’ll tell you that things have changed more quickly over the last few years in business than ever before.

Unlike traditional employee/employer relationships, ore and more companies are finding ways to incorporate independent contractors and members of the “gig economy” into their business model to help maximize profits and pass competitive pricing on to their customers. 

A common theme among gig economy businesses is the utilization of non-company vehicles to help execute a business plan. Whether it’s home cleaners moving from job to job or local delivery routes of a major retail conglomerate, the need of businesses to utilize the vehicles of the independent contractors they employ is an essential piece of the puzzle.

But hiring and working with independent contractors while continuing to build a company and increase corporate branding is a challenge many businesses in the gig economy have faced – and the answer isn’t always easy. But at Printastic, we’ve found that the more creative you can be with your branding, the stronger your impact will be on your customer. 

In this article, we’re going to show off three creative ways gig economy businesses have utilized our awesome magnetic vehicle signs to help brand and build their business while maintaining their relationship and work with independent contractors. 


To Ask “How’s My Driving?”

If you’ve ever driven on any interstate or major road, chances are you’ve seen a semi-truck sporting a sign asking you the single most important question in the delivery business: How’s my driving?

This simple question is essential for any business that’s on the road for a variety of reasons. To start, it gives the general public a chance to interact with your brand and provide feedback as to how they think your employees are doing on the road. Secondly, it can help companies head-off any ongoing problems with unsafe or distracted drivers in their employ that management might not be aware of. 

Whether you have a company fleet of cars or trucks that you’re looking to install this all-important question on, or you simply want to attach it to your contractors who are out on the road in their own cars, using a magnetic vehicle sign to ask “how’s my driving?” can really positively impact your business.

Collect the feedback you want from others on the road without having to worry about expensive paint jobs or peeling ugly bumper stickers. Magnetic vehicle signs are truly a win-win for any business who values value and customer feedback. Plus, unlike stickers or paint jobs, magnetic vehicle signs allow you to remove your “how’s my driving” question whenever you might need to like during off-hours or special assignments.

To Equip Contractors with Company Signage

With the rise of the “gig economy” where everyday people are turning their free time and personal assets like cars, bikes, and homes into money-making ventures, the need to easily equip contractors with company swag and signage has never been higher. That’s where magnetic vehicle signs can make an affordable and easy branding device for your business.

If you’ve got employees out on the road doing anything from making deliveries to providing transportation, customized magnetic vehicle signs that sport your logo and contact information are absolutely essential to establishing corporate branding and consumer trust.

And, because of their ease of use and longevity, magnetic signs can easily be passed from vehicle to vehicle day in and day out. Much cheaper than a custom vehicle wrap or paint job, and much more professional looking than stickers or other types of signage, magnetic vehicle signs are the perfect choice for any kind of independent contractor-run business. 

To Recruit New Contractors

As we said at the opening of this article, the gig economy is bigger than ever. But, there are only so many contractors out there to fill the many gigs currently on the market right now. Recruiting is an essential part of building any business that wants to boom in the gig economy, and magnetic vehicle signs can play a big part in making that happen.

Just like using them to advertise your business, magnetic vehicle signs can be used to recruit new contractors into your company. Thanks to the generous canvass area and high-quality printing of our magnets, you can include a variety of information that will entice potential new employees including compensation details, responsibilities and hours, and, of course, contact information as to how they can apply.

Your company’s contractors are seen every day on the road by a countless amount of people – why not take advantage of this incredible audience to continue helping to build your workforce? At such a low cost, magnetic vehicle signs are truly a no brainer.

Bonus Tip: Use More Than One Sign for Maximum Impact

Vehicles on the road today, especially sport utility vehicles and trucks, offer tons of great real estate for you to display your signage – so don’t be afraid to mix and match several magnetic vehicle signs on one vehicle. This will allow you to communicate more of what you want your customers or potential new contractors to know about your business, without the high cost of other traditional advertising methods.  


Magnetic vehicle signs are one of our most popular products for a reason. They’re so easy to apply and remove, they’re incredibly versatile and can be used on just about any type of vehicle, and, best of all, they are amazingly affordable for the impact they can have on your business. 

If you’re looking for ways to build up your fleet of contractors, give your customers a way to give feedback on your business, or simply brand your business out on the road, custom magnetic vehicle signs are definitely the way to go. 

Not sure where to begin with your design? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Our online template library offers hundreds of free designs that allow you to simply plug in your information and send to print. Or, if you’ve got a custom design in mind, you can either upload your own design file or use our advanced online design tool.

If you’re using magnetic vehicle signs in a fun and creative way to help build your gig-economy business, let us know in the comments below. We look forward to hearing your success stories!

Your Guide to Wholesale Banners

At Printastic, we know that a large portion of our customer base is small and medium-sized businesses looking for single banners to help their business grow. However, there is a whole additional side of the banner landscape that we service that doesn’t get quite as much coverage: wholesale banners. 

Wholesale banners are exactly what they sound like: banners that are ordered by companies at a large volume and sold for a discounted rate for wholesale use – and it’s one of our specialties.

Our wholesale banner program couldn’t be simpler. We offer organizations, businesses, franchises, and manufacturers the opportunity to order large volumes of high-quality vinyl banner printing at a price they won’t find at your typical one-off banner printers. That’s what makes our wholesale banners unique.

The many benefits of Wholesale Banner purchasing from Printastic

Do you think that wholesale banners might be right for you? Here’s our guide to what makes wholesale banners an ideal choice for large volume orders.


Pricing and Payments 

The first question anyone asks when it comes to businesses purchases is “what’s the price?” Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered right upfront.

Our wholesale banners are priced at just $1.50 per square foot, which makes them extremely economical for even the biggest orders. This unique pricing structure makes banners of any size more affordable in large quantities.

We also offer special payment options for our wholesale customers as well. We currently accept a full complement of credit and debit cards including Visa, Mastercard, and American Express, and we also accept online payments via PayPal. We can also work directly with your organization to arrange payment by company check.

Print Quality

As with every product we offer at Printastic, our wholesale banners are printed in the highest possible quality on the best possible material.

For our wholesale banners, we utilize the latest latex print technologies to craft single-piece banners up to 10’x50’. These large printing systems allow us not only to print in extremely high photographic quality but also turn around orders much faster than any other banner printer on the market today. 

Shipping Options to Meet Your Priorities 

Whether you want your entire order of wholesale banners shipped directly to you, or you have agents or locations across the U.S. whom you’d like to ship directly to, our shipping department makes it easy and fast to get your wholesale banners into the hands of exactly the right people as quickly as possible.

Free Super Saver Shipping

If all of your banners are heading to the same place (e.g. your corporate headquarters), our wholesale banners will be shipped free thanks to our Super Saver Shipping Program – making your order as efficient and affordable as possible.

Blind Drop Shipping

If you have multiple franchise locations or varying corporate destinations for your order, our shipping department will help by offering blind drop shipping services for just a small shipping and handling fee. All you have to do is provide us with the addresses and quantities, and we’ll drop ship your banners directly in a plain brown box with a return shipping address of your choice on the label and no paperwork inside. Our blind drop shipping services are perfect for trade shows, pop-up stores, festivals, or anywhere else you might want to ship your banners. 

Added Benefit: We know that most companies who have relationships with major carriers like UPS or FedEx often receive benefits for using their accounts, which is why we’re happy to use your account number at no additional cost. 

Production and Proofing

Just like our customers who purchase custom-printed vinyl banners for commercial purposes, we want our wholesale customers to be completely satisfied with everything they order. That’s why, exclusively for our wholesale customers, we offer a free by-request printed proof of your design before we send your entire order to print. This will ensure your banners will look exactly the way you want them to before they leave the door of our production facility.

If you’re interested in your free proof, be sure to let your our customer service team know when placing your order.

Whether you place an order that reaches our minimum of 50 banners for wholesale customers or you need a number of banners that puts you well into the triple digits – don’t worry: you won’t have to wait long to get your stunning banners in-hand.

Because we do all of our own printing in-house on state-of-the-art machines, we can beat the turnaround time and price of just about every other printer on the market today. Plus, our customer service team will give you a realistic and accurate shipping timeline when you place your order – so you know exactly what to expect and when to expect it. This way, you can plan accordingly and feel confident you’ll receive your order on time.

Account Manager

We want to make sure each aspect of the wholesale banner printing process – from your initial design setup to shipping and delivery – is as easy as possible, which is why we have a dedicated wholesale account manager, Steve K., on our team to ensure each aspect of the process goes as smoothly as possible. 

Steve is available Monday-Friday to answer your questions and is always ready to help any of our customers get their questions answered in a timely fashion.

Steve K.

248-859-4008

steve@printastic.com

In addition to Steve, our customers can always use the ‘Live Chat’ feature on our website which will put you right in touch with a customer service specialist whenever you’d like.  


While coordinating wholesale banners may have been a headache in the past, our state-of-the-art printing service and customer-first ordering process make things as easy as possible for our customers.

To get started creating your wholesale order, start uploading your design now or contacting Steve with any additional questions you may have.

Magnetic Vehicle Signs: The Essential FAQ

Magnetic car signs are one of our most popular products, and we are always happy to answer our customer’s questions about them. In this post, we’ve compiled some of the most common questions we receive about magnetic signs for vehicles and answered them here.


Are all custom magnetic car magnets printed the same size?

This is one of the most common questions we get when it comes to custom car magnets. In short, the answer is no. Because there are so many different sizes of cars, vans, trucks, and other vehicles on the road, we really strive to present custom magnetic sign options for each and every one of them – which means offering our custom car magnets in a variety of sizes.

And though the final choice of which size will work best for your specific vehicle is yours, here is our general rule of thumb when it comes to choosing the right size magnet for you.

Remember: For a magnet to fit securely onto your vehicle and not fall off during operation, it is absolutely imperative that it lay flat on a surface with no air pockets, moldings or hinges beneath. The numbers and measurements below are simply a guide and you should definitely measure your vehicle’s size before ordering your custom car magnet.


What kind of magnetic material is used to make your customized magnetic signs?

This is actually one of our favorite questions to answer because we work really hard to bring our customers the best possible products for the most reasonable prices.

The truth is: Despite what some printers may tell you, not all customized car magnets are built quite the same, and the thickness of the magnet material plays a role in not only how well the magnet itself will adhere to the vehicle surface, but also how long the magnet will last. A customized car magnet is an investment in your business, and you deserve only the best for your money.

All of those reasons and more are why we only print our custom vehicle magnets on 30mil thick Magnum Magnetic material. This professional-grade magnet is magnetized with 12 poles per inch which means you’ll find absolutely no dead spots across the whole surface area of the magnet. This is imperative for a secure hold.

About the thickness of two stacked credit cards, Magnum Magnetic material has an exceptional pull strength of 85lbs/ft2. This means that even at highway speeds, if your magnet has been installed properly to a flat area with no air pockets, your custom magnetic sign will properly adhere to its surface and resist peeling off. This kind of pull strength is only found in high-quality 30mil magnetic sheeting – another reason why it is our material of choice.


Are your custom magnetic vehicle signs printed in high quality?

Not all companies who print custom magnetic car signs are as obsessed with quality as much as we are, but we believe in processes and procedures that give our customers the best results. This is why we use a three-step process to print our magnets to ensure the highest-quality colors and prints.

Unlike many printers who print directly onto the magnetic material which can results in less-than-stellar-looking artwork and a limited lifespan, all of our custom car magnets begin with a high-resolution print onto adhesive vinyl. That vinyl is then laminated in a clear protective coating with a luster finish that delivers an extra layer of protection from both abrasions from flying matter and common chemicals found out on the roadways. Finally, we use a wide-format laminator to permanently adhere the vinyl to the magnetic backing material – creating a high-quality durable custom vehicle magnet that can stand up to some pretty harsh conditions.

Virtually no printer on the market times the time, energy, and equipment that we do to make sure your printing comes out perfect every time you order – and our custom vehicle magnets are no exception. You will no-doubt see the Printastic difference.


What kind of businesses can benefit from a custom magnetic vehicle sign?

Instead of answering this question directly, let us put it this way: what kind of businesses can benefit from low-cost high-visibility advertising in and around their target market? If you’re a business owner, we bet you’re salivating at the very prospect.

The reality of who a custom magnetic vehicle magnet can benefit is this: if your business could use more exposure, a widening of your customer base, and way to get in front of more potential customers, a magnetic car sign is definitely for you.

Perfect for businesses of all sizes – from a sole proprietor who wants to add their logo and contact information to their car without paying for an expensive wrap job, to a medium-sized business that wants to outfit their entire fleet of vehicles in matching artwork, custom magnetic signs are a low-cost high-impact way to get your marketing message out to the masses. And thanks to their low cost and lengthy lifespan, even seasonal businesses like lawn services and snow removal can get countless uses out of their vehicle sign.


Do I need an art degree/graphic designer to create a custom design for a magnetic vehicle sign?

Not all of us have a professional designer on staff or the creative juices to work expensive graphic design programs, but that’s perfectly okay. You don’t need either of those things to design an amazing looking sign.

Our design online option has literally hundreds of templates separated into all kinds of categories to help you select something that’s right for you and your business and create your custom magnetic sign in no time. You can also add in your contact information, logo, and any other graphic elements you may want to include.

If you do have a designer on staff or want to put together your own design, you can easily upload a high-quality file in a variety of formats including PDF, JPG, or PSD. Because we will only print artwork that will turn out high-quality and beautiful, we will let you know if there is a problem with what you’ve uploaded and will get it corrected before we go to print.


So there you have it – answers to the most frequent questions we receive about our custom magnetic car signs. If you have additional questions about what we offer or are ready to start designing your sign, be sure to check our magnetic vehicle sign page for more information.

Service Companies: Build Your Business with Custom Yard Signs

There has never been a more competitive market for service businesses. From window cleaning to roof repair, home cleaning to mobile car repair, any industry that services the general public is up against intense competition right in their neighborhood.

In fact, we’re willing to bet that next time you’re looking a hire a service in your own life, you’ll be hard-pressed to differentiate between those outstanding contractors who have a great reputation around and within your community and those hobbyists who may end up charging you less but forcing you to have the job redone anyway – every homeowner’s nightmare! 

Not only do the best service industry professionals manage their digital reputation and image online by monitoring and generating positive Google and Yelp reviews and maintaining an updated website, but they also know how to spread the word about what they do out in the real world. And one of the best, easiest, and most affordable way to accomplish this is with the versatile and multi-useful yard signs. 

Easy to install but hard to miss, custom printed yard signs are a service-industry small business’ most powerful weapon when it comes to getting their name out in the community. They’re not only attractive and affordable, but they’re also reusable and durable – giving even the tightest budget enough wiggle room to accomplish everything they want without breaking the bank.

In this blog post, we are going to examine a few different ways service industry businesses can use yard signs to their advantage – helping even new businesses stand out amongst the crowd. Here are some of our favorites:


On a Customer’s Lawn

This one may seem the most exceptionally obvious, but we’d be hard-pressed to leave it off the list because of just how impactful it can be.

Just like the logic behind political yard signs, when you see a trusted neighbor advertising the company they’re using on their lawn before, during, and after the project, it builds trust and brand recognition – two essential elements of both growing a business and cornering a stake in the marketplace.

If the service work is being done on the outside of the structure where it is visible to the general public, the exposure is even more important as those passing by who admire the work will know exactly who is responsible for it. By utilizing something as simple as a logo and contact information, yard signs are a simple way of maximizing exposure at a job site and can help build your customer base, bring in new business, and get your name out to the masses. 

Pro Tip: Because displaying yard signs on a customer’s lawn can be such a powerful marketing tool, we’ve heard that many of our clients offer their clients a discount just to display their branded yard sign. While most customers are happy to promote your business by displaying a sign without any compensation, it may be worth it to consider offering this perk to customers who might be a little uneasy – you’ll be surprised at how many minds might change.


Yard Signs As a Sponsors Tool 

Just like displaying a yard sign at your worksite can lead to increased awareness and revenue, so to can using your custom yard sign to show off your generous community sponsorship.

The lifeblood of many local fundraisers, events, golf outings, and contests are the neighborhood businesses who step-up to sponsor by either donating money, product, space to use, or other essential items to help guarantee the initiative’s success. And while the altruistic nature of donating is more than enough to justify the expense, you can also put these opportunities to work to your advantage by displaying your sponsor sign in a highly visible location.

Oftentimes, when you sponsor an event, featured promotion or signage display is part of the compensation, and by offering your own high-quality custom yard sign to represent your company, you’ll be guaranteeing that your logo and signage looks great – and helps you stand out from the sponsorship crowd.


To Advertise a Discount

Whether it’s a coupon in a magazine or a coupon code on a website, customers are always looking for the best deal before they commit to buying an item or hiring a service – and yard signs are a great advertising medium to show off the savings you are offering! 

Whether you want to display a certain coupon code, a tracking phone number, a special website, or any other advertisement of a discount or deal, a yard sign offers not only the perfect space to display such content, but are also versatile enough and small enough to put on street corners, in front of brick and mortar office buildings, or just about anywhere else you can think of.

By using custom yard signs to bring your discount to your customers instead of forcing them to search through leaflets or a website for them, you’re circumventing the typical and often frustrating coupon process and letting your customers who know will bring them the most savings off of the top: you. This will encourage them to choose you instead of going to one of your competitors – and that’s always good for business.


Use Our ‘Design Online’ Tool to Create Outstanding Sign Designs

Some estimates put the number of service-based businesses in the United States at over 20 million – and growing every day. For businesses big and small, it’s not always easy when trying to differentiate yourself from your competitors or break into a new market, but with great quality work, great word of mouth referrals, and beautiful custom-printed yard signs, you can do just that. 

And before you think you need to be a graphic designer to put together eye-catching custom yard signs, allow us to ease your mind. Our Design Online option not only allows you to put together a great sign from your own elements and graphics, but it also comes with a variety of proven templates that will give you professional look with just a few clicks of a button.

From Handymen to Locksmiths to Interior Designers and everything in-between, we’ll help you make the most of your investment with a beautiful design for your stunning custom yard signs.

Our Three Most Popular Restaurant Banners

Though we are lucky enough to have customers from across the business world (and the actual world), one of the industries for which we do the most work is the hospitality industry – and, more specifically, restaurants.

Our banners hang in countless restaurants throughout the United States, and the feedback we get as to why they’re an essential marketing and communications tool for restaurants everywhere has been fairly universal: they’re easy to hang and move; they are eye-catching and communicate well; and, most importantly for many restaurants, they’re affordable and fit in even the slimmest marketing budget.

With that in mind, here are three of the most popular ways our customers have used banners in and around their restaurant with great success:

Under New Management

There’s an old saying in the restaurant business that goes like this: “Any restaurant, no matter how large or how small, is only going to be as good as its general manager.” For those inside and around the restaurant business, this makes quite a lot of sense. A manager is the one who is responsible for the quality of the employees in the eatery; the quality of the food ordered. They’re also the problem solver, customer-satisfier, and support system to ownership that may not always be present in the building.

That’s why a change in management in your restaurant isn’t just something to celebrate internally, it’s something to make sure you communicate to your customers loud and proud. Using a banner to help announce the news that your restaurant is “Under New Management” shows your customers that you are serious about making sure the restaurant runs smoothly and are investing in continuing improving or maintaining the high standards they’ve come to know.

If your restaurant has been suffering from negative online reviews or a dip in your on-the-street-reputation, whether it be for food quality, bad service, or a poorly run establishment, an “Under New Management” banner may just inspire customers you have disappointed or lost to give your eatery another chance. When they know that new management is in charge, they know they can expect a brand new experience.

Under New Ownership

Restaurants are one of the most common businesses that are bought and sold – and it usually happens under one of these two scenarios:

  1. The original proprietor of a legendary and well-established neighborhood eatery has decided to retire or sell or call it quits, and another restauranter has decided they want to keep the institution alive by purchasing the restaurant outright.
  2. A newly opened restaurant isn’t quite making the grade, and investors sell to another experienced restauranter who intends to turn things around.

No matter which situation applies to a restaurant experiencing new ownership, one thing is for certain: announcing the news via a banner is the easiest and best way to get the word out.

Just like an “Under New Management” vinyl banner, an “Under New Ownership” banner will communicate to your customers exactly what they want to hear. Loyal customers who frequent the business will see the “Under New Ownership” banner as a sign that their favorite local eatery is here to stay. It will inspire them to continue patronizing the establishment.

For customers who felt the restaurant’s better days were in the past, an “Under New Ownership” banner may inspire them to come in and try things again – just like in our previous example. Either way, communicating that your restaurant is under new ownership is a win-win and may inspire customers – former, current, and future – to come in and dine.

Specials/Events/Trivia/Happy Hour

Though we know it’s kind of cheating to put all of these different banner categories into one section, it’s a fact: restaurants of all kinds, shapes, and sizes announce many of their goings-on via vinyl banners to great success. That’s why they’re so common in many restaurants you visit.

Have an Easter Brunch on the horizon? A special tasting from a specific winemaker? Or maybe you just have a great burger special on Thursday nights that you want to make sure your regular bar crowd knows about. Now, instead of dingy flyers that look anything but professional and polished, you can use a vinyl banner to communicate to your customers about the many offerings you have – and even reuse it year to year.

Restaurant Wrap-Up

A restaurant’s two great marketing advantages are the amount of people who walk through the door and the amount of people who pass by both in cars and on foot. This kind of traffic, if motivated properly, can become a base that keeps a restaurant successful for years to come.

Because banners are easy to hang and remove, can be properly branded, and are exceptionally affordable compared to permanent signage or expensive collateral printing, they’re the perfect choice for restaurants of all sizes who want to get the word out about changes in staffing, ownership, specials, or just about anything else.

Double-Sided Banners – A Guide

Listen, we know we may be a bit biased when we say we love banners – what can we say; we’re passionate about what we do! – but it’s not without good reason. Banners are exceptionally useful, very affordable, and are a tried-and-true method of advertising businesses, events, and sales. And though we sell many different kinds of banners suited for many different purposes, one of our favorites is also one of our most popular: the double-sided banner.

Double-sided banners are one of our most innovative, durable, and popular products, and this is our guide to help you learn everything you need to know about this great marketing tool.

What exactly is a double-sided banner?

Before we get into all of the specifics of what make double-sided banners great, let’s first establish the basics of exactly what they are. A double-sided banner is a single banner that is printed back-to-back. This serves two purposes: you can either share the same message on both sides for maximum exposure when its placed in a location viewable from both sides or you can utilize the back and front real estate of the banner for two different messages. Because of this option, double-sided banners really are one of the most versatile products in the banner world.

Are all double-sided banners created equal?

In short: absolutely not. A double-sided banner’s look and longevity are directly related to the quality of the material used for printing and the printing process used to create the banner’s artwork. We have heard too many horror stories to count from customers who’ve purchased double-sided banners from other printers before coming to us – and we are delighted to say there is virtually no comparison to our double-sided banner printing process and product.

Many banner printers who sell double-sided banners online are still stuck in the past using an older printing process that neither looks good nor lasts long. Their method for double-sided printing is actually printing two different banners and sticking them together with glue to create a “double-sided banner.” You can imagine that a product this flimsy would be incredibly vulnerable to wear and weather even when hung in non-stressful environments.

For all of us at Printastic, we know that double-sided banner printing can be done better which is exactly why we’ve perfected the double-sided banner printing process. We start with one layer of unique, durable 18-ounce block-out heavy-duty 1000×1000 denier vinyl. Then we run that vinyl through our special printing process so both sides of the material are printed to look great.

This unique 18-ounce block-out vinyl helps create spectacular double-sided banners in several ways. First is its durability. 18-ounce vinyl is one of the heaviest vinyl options we offer, which also translates directly to its exceptional life and longevity. 18-ounce vinyl will last longer and look better than many other banner vinyls on the market. It’s heavy and reusable, and will not surrender to trying environmental factors that other banners may.

Secondly, the 18-ounce block-out vinyl is perfect for double-sided banners because it literally blocks out the other side of the banner from showing through – even when hung in direct sunlight. This helps keep the viewing side of your banner crisp and free of any kind of distractions that might show through on incorrectly constructed double-sided banner. This block-out technology is exactly what allows Printastic to be one of the few printers who are able to print a double-sided banner on the same sheet of high-quality vinyl instead of the old process of attaching two lesser-quality vinyl banners back-to-back.

Last, but certainly not least, because we are able to print on two sides of the same 18-ounce vinyl banner, your final product will remain lightweight and manageable – giving you the flexibility you need with the functionality that will best suit you banner investment.

Do double-sided banners require hanging hardware?

Just like the way your banner looks and where you choose to use it are totally up to you, the same is true with what kind of hanging hardware (if any) you want to add to your banner. At Printastic, we don’t believe in additional charges for standard banner hardware, which is why our #2 Nickel-plated metal grommets come standard on our double-sided banners installed at every two feet across the top and bottom.

However, if you have a specific use in mind or simply a preference for how grommets are attached to your banner, we can help! We can place grommets on just the four corners, just across the top and bottom of your banner, or simply leave the grommets off altogether. The choice is yours!

Do double-sided banners require hemming?

Hemming is a process we use often on smaller banners to reinforce a banner’s strength and structural integrity. In order to prevent fraying and increase a banner’s lifespan, about one inch of extra vinyl around each edge of the banner is heat welded to the back – creating a strong connection that virtually cannot be torn apart. Because of the strength of our 18-ounce block-out vinyl, hemming is not needed for durability or longevity on double-sided banners. Hemming would also obstruct any artwork on one of the banner’s sides, so it’s neither needed nor practical for our double-sided banners.

What about artwork? Do I need to design my own?

A double-sided banner is truly a blank canvass and can be utilized to communicate any kind of promotional or marketing message you’d like. But if you don’t have the tools to create those designs in-house, don’t worry: we’ve got you covered. Our easy-to-use online design tool is full of all kinds of fantastic templates to suit your needs and is yours to use without any additional charge. This tool will help give your banner a professional look without having to spend the time or money hiring a professional designer.

Alternatively, if you do have in-house design services or already have some designs created, you can easily upload your own design file or image in just minutes.


The Final Word on Double-Sided Banners

Double-sided banners are truly a unique and wonderful product for businesses, groups, and congregations of all sizes. If you think this awesome product may be right for your next banner purchase, you can find out more information on our double-sided banner page on our website.

Why Custom Car Magnets are Better Than Billboards

When small business owners and entrepreneurs begin to brainstorm about how to spread their marketing message as big and as far as possible, they often stumble upon an age-old idea they’ve seen time and time again: billboards.

While we certainly admire the desire to go big with a roadside advertisement of such epic proportions, we’re here to tell you that there are better ways to spend your dough that will both give you an overall more impressive impact and potentially save you ten of thousands of dollars of your marketing budget. That’s right; we’re talking about magnetic car signs.

A staple marketing tool for realtors, interior designers, window installers, and other service industries, magnetic car signs have been popping up in all kinds of businesses because, put simply, they work – and work well!

Whether you leave your car parked in a high-profile parking lot or intersection with magnets affixed, or simply drive around while doing your daily business, customized magnetic car signs are sure to give your business the meaningful exposure it needs to grow and thrive.

So, if you’re still considering gathering up the funds to purchase a temporary billboard out on the highway, here is a short list of why you should reconsider and invest in customized magnetic car signs instead:

Car signs are mobile; billboards are stationary

There is no doubt that billboards can make a big impact for the drivers who pass by them. But unless a driver is directly passing by your billboard investment and actively paying attention to what it says and retaining that information, billboards actually do little good. Many times, companies that spend big bucks on billboards see very little return on their marketing dollars – if any at all.

Magnetic car signs are a different story altogether. Because they instantly turn your personal car or company vehicles into mobile advertisements,  you can expose your marketing messages wherever you go to thousands of people for an unlimited amount of time. Compare that to the limited lifespan and month-to-month costs of a billboard and the numbers aren’t even close.

Plus, with custom magnetic car signs, you’ll find yourself advertising to a more diverse group of people. Most people follow similar routes each day, which means billboards will only expose your advertisement to a select group of people. With mobile magnetic car signs, you’ll be able to advertise to anyone and everyone who passes your car wherever you are – a huge benefit for a much lower cost than a billboard.

Size does matter – and bigger isn’t better

Many people think that because billboards are bigger than just about any other forms of advertising, they are instantly better – but that’s not quite true. Here’s why:

Roadside billboards are a fairly standard size and countless numbers of them exist alongside many highways and byways throughout the country. This, unfortunately for the many companies who have spent countless thousands of dollars on billboards in the past, makes them easy to ignore and forget.

Here’s a little exercise to prove our point: Try and think of the last billboard you passed on the highway. We bet you can’t do it. That’s because when you’re passing a stationary sign at 70 miles per hour, retention of a marketing message can be extremely difficult – especially if you’re trying to remember a website and a phone number along with a brand name.

Magnetic car signs solve all of those problems and more. During the normal flow of traffic, you tend to stay in and around the same cars – especially if you hit the same traffic light cycle. In heavy traffic, you can often find yourself positioned behind the same car for miles – and we bet you spend some time reading bumper stickers and memorizing vanity plates.

This situation is also what makes mobile magnetic car signs so valuable: time of exposure. When someone is next to you in traffic and you are displaying your mobile magnetic sign, you’re giving a potential new customer exposure to your brand, website, and phone number. A red light gives them more than enough time to take note of your web address or snap a pic to save your phone number for later use. Instead of dreading heavy traffic and stand-stills, you can now make them work for you thanks to magnetic car signs

Another benefit of adding magnetic car signs to your vehicle is legitimacy. Especially in the service industry, any kind of vehicle that interacts with customers will be better received when it is properly branded – so customers are comfortable with who are arriving at their home or office. In the service industry, better branding = happier customers.

The obvious: cost

Whether a small rural vinyl billboard or a high-tech digital sign in a major metropolitan area, all billboards have one thing in common: they’re expensive.

In fact, you can count on spending a major portion of your marketing budget and more if you’re planning on making billboards part of your arsenal. We say: spend smarter, not more.

On the flip side of the billboard situation is magnetic car signs. Staring at just $30 for a 12×18 vehicle sign, you’ll pay more for lunch next week than you will for a magnetic car sign that could last years and bring you big business. Plus, with volume discounts, you can outfit your whole fleet of vehicles for a reduced price – saving countless dollars on the much more expensive car wrapping process. Plus, unlike car wraps, you can simply remove your custom car magnets when you’re not on a business trip, leaving you with an anonymous vehicle when you need it.

Diversity of use

An often overlooked advantage of customized magnetic car signs is you can use them in other places that aren’t a vehicle. As long as the surface can hold a magnet, like a whiteboard in a boardroom or a fridge in a commercial kitchen, you can affix your custom car magnet for display. We’d like to see you try and fit a billboard in your boardroom.

While billboards do have their time and place for large companies looking for brand recognition, when it comes to bang for your buck and maximizing impact for low cost, nothing beats a customized car magnet. And for such a low cost per unit, you don’t have to worry about eating up the budget you’ve set aside for marketing and advertising.

We invite you to check out our custom vehicle magnet templates and start designing your next great marketing piece! Safe driving!

Make the Most Out of Yard Signs to Supercharge Your Summer

Summer is a time when many small, local, and independent businesses thrive. Kids are out of school, walking traffic is up in downtowns, and customers are in the mood to browse the latest and greatest from their local purveyors.

But even though increased activity in the marketplace is a good thing, standing out among your fellow business-owners can be tough. That’s why today we’re going to talk about one of our most affordable solutions for advertising, wayfinding, and so much more: yard signs.

Yard signs are a time-tested marketing tradition that are common for one simple reason: they work. Whether it’s to advertise a garage sale, Memorial Day discount, free parking, or anything in-between, yard signs are a great answer for a multitude of different business issues.

Before we get into the specifics as to how yard signs are the perfect summer solution for your business, let’s answer the big question: Why yard signs?

Why Yard Signs?

Size

Measuring 18×24, our yard signs are the ideal eye-catching size for drivers on the road or pedestrians on the street. They can not only fit logos, marketing messages, graphics, and phone numbers on both sides, yard signs are also the ideal size to fit in yards, on medians, or any other outside display place. You can also use them in shop windows and advertising boards.

Materials

No matter what other printers may tell you, not all yard signs are created alike – and many are made from cheap materials that simply don’t last. When the best materials aren’t used during the sign-making process, signs simply won’t look good and they won’t last. That’s why we only print our signs on fluted white corrugated plastic, also known by its manufacturer’s brand name Coroplast. This plastic is weather and UV proof for outdoor use up to 2 years in proper conditions – which means your signs will continue looking great for many seasons to come.

Printing

Our sign printing process is one-of-a-kind, which means you’ll get signs that outshine all of your competition. All signs ordered through Printastic are digitally printed in full color, which means you aren’t limited to what kind of colors, images, or logos you use in your design. Plus, if you’re not sure how you want your sign design to look, we offer our customers a whole library of free templates to get you started.

Durability

If the above reasons haven’t convinced you yet, maybe yard signs’ incredible durability will. When properly taken care of and stored, yard signs can last and look good for years – meaning your one-time investment can keep on giving and giving. That’s something you can’t say for flyers or one-time use posters.


So now that you know why yard signs are a great choice, here’s a few ideas how to use them to your advantage during the coming summer season.

How to Use Your Yard Signs

Announce a Sale

Everyone loves a sale, and with potential customers doing their homework more than ever before, it couldn’t be more important to let your crowd know about your awesome prices and selection. Whether you theme your sale around a holiday, a specific event, or one single product, yard signs are a great way to alert the public and invite them into your store.

Wayfinding to Your Store

Not every storefront or business is located right on Main Street, and even in these days of Waze and Google Maps, people still often need assistance locating places that aren’t quite on the beaten path. That’s where wayfinding yard signs come in.

You can fill your yard sign with all kinds of essential information, and still have enough room for logos, arrows, or anything else your customers may need to find you. Don’t forget: successful marketing is based on repetition, so don’t be afraid to put out more signs than you think you need – you can truly never have too many.

Sponsorships

Summer is the season of sponsorships – and for good reason. Now begins all kinds of outdoor community events and celebrations and they all need sponsorship. From charity softball games and county fairs to golf outings and fundraisers, whenever a sponsorship is purchased, a yard sign can be a great token of thanks and exposure for the generous business or individual. So, if you’re looking for the perfect promotional incentive to secure that donation, customized yard signs are the way to go.

Here’s a pro tip: If you’re thinking of printing yard signs for each sponsor at your event, be sure to print an extra copy of each one to give to your sponsor as a token of thanks. They may just display it in their store or office, which will help get you as much exposure as possible for next year’s event.

Advertising Your Business

This one might seem obvious to some of our readers, but we couldn’t help but include it because of how powerful it can be. Using yard signs to advertise your business is a low-cost way to yield high-impact results. No matter what you do or where you do it, some strategically placed yard signs throughout your community can be a great way to introduce your business to your neighbors and solicit new customers without a high-priced advertising campaign. Ever notice how window washers, construction companies, and realtors don’t hesitate to put their sign on their customer’s lawns? Again, there is a reason: it works!


Yard signs are one of the most universally and uniqely customizable print products that we offer. From the design you create on the front and back to the area and location you choose to display them, yard signs are an easy and affordable way to take your business, fundraiser, sale, or promotion to the next level.

Not sure where to start for your yard signs order? Check out our yard signs page for more information about when and where to get started.