Use Custom Banners to Make Election Day a Success

Though elections are held every year in the United States, a presidential election, which only comes around every four years, is a whole different ball game. The stakes are higher, the turnout is bigger, and all eyes turn to local municipalities who bear the responsibility of helping citizens in their area to cast their vote for who will make up their next government. 

2020 is a presidential election year, and though the calendar has seemingly just turned back to January, before we know it, November will be just around the corner. That’s why it is so important that all who are involved in making the electoral process run smoothly throughout our country begin planning now to make sure everything goes off without a hitch. 

And while half the battle is getting voters to show up at the polls, the other half is making sure they know exactly what they’re doing when they get there. Here’s how our custom banners can help make the upcoming election day a real winner:

Custom Banners to Identify Which Precinct Votes Where

When most of us show up to vote on election day, chances are it is at an elementary school, government building, church, or other public space. And because many different voting precincts can end up sharing the same space, the need to properly identify which precinct votes where is incredibly important. Many of our municipal clients have found that using custom banners can provide the perfect solution to this common problem. 

Whether you want to hang the custom banner above an entrance to identify where voters of a certain precinct should enter, or use it to adorn the wall behind a registration table, banners make it easy to quickly communicate to voters which precincts vote where – reducing confusion at the polls and speeding up what can easily become a slow process. Plus, because precincts rarely change and our banners are durable and long-lasting, they can easily be used year after year, election after election, to great efficacy. 

Custom Banners to Let Voters Know Where to Vote

Election day can be hectic, and for many long-time and first-time voters, a change of their voting location can throw a hitch into their plans. That’s why cities, especially after a location change, need to do their best to show voters exactly where they need to go to vote. For many cities and counties, custom banners help achieve this goal in an effective and cost-friendly way.

Both our 8oz mesh banners that are great for high-wind areas and our 18oz heavy duty banners which are designed specifically for large banners intended to be used outdoors are great options for letting your voters know exactly where to vote. When hung on the side of a building or suspended from stakes in a lawn, a big, eye-catching custom banner that says “Vote Here Today” or “Polling Place” will leave no doubt as to your voters destination – and will help you maximize turnout each and every election day. 

Custom Banners for Voter Registration 

Though making voting as easy as possible is the ultimate goal for any city or government that helps to organize an election, equally important is making sure all who are eligible and interested in registering to vote are able to – and, again, banners can play a huge helpful role.

Whether you’re manning a table at a local community gathering months before the election or running a same-day voter registration effort at a local polling place, making sure your audience knows exactly who you are and how you can help them is truly paramount to your success. A beautiful high-quality banner will go a long way to helping you achieve your goal.

Though these are three great ways custom banners can be used to help make your community’s election day a success, there is truly no end to the potential these affordable yet universally adaptable pieces have. Check out all of our great banner options on our banner page, and get started designing your banner now!

Tips for Starting Your Custom Vinyl Banner Design the Right Way

On our blog, we’ve spent quite a bit of time talking about one of our favorite products: vinyl banners. That’s because, not only are vinyl banners exceptionally affordable and can be used in just about any situation, but they’re also incredibly effective at grabbing your potential customer’s attention and keeping it – wherever the banner is hung. 

When it comes to banners, we’ve talked about the importance of choosing the right material for your custom vinyl banner and the best way to hang your banner both inside and outside. We’ve covered how double-sided banners can be the perfect choice for the right situation and how wholesale banners can give you the best bang for your marketing buck.

Today, we’re going to cover something a little different, but trust us: if you’re in the market for banners for your business or group, you’ll want to read on.

Today, we’re talking all about the right way to start your banner design to grab your customer’s attention and keep it! 

Starting Your Design: Size

Designing a custom vinyl banner is just like designing any other piece of marketing material. You have to think of exactly what you’d like to say, how you want to say it, and find the best way to fit it into the medium you’re working with.

When it comes to vinyl banners, our selection of different sizes – from 2×2 to 10×50 – gives you as much flexibility as you need to get your design as large and as visible as possible. 

So, when you’re starting your design and thinking about grabbing the attention of your customers, think about size first. If you pick the right size for your space, you’ll be much more apt to grab and keep attention. 

Starting Your Design: Logo

Your logo is an essential part of your business and should be included in just about every marketing effort you make – and banners are no different. Including your logo will help not only grab attention but also with brand recognition – which has shown to be one of the most important factors driving consumer choice in the market today. 

When you’re deciding on how to put together the best banner design for your business, be sure to make your logo front and center in what you do. Your customers will love you, and recognize you, for it. 

Starting Your Design: Colors

Chances are if you’ve had a professional logo made for your company, you also have an idea of what kind of colors work best for your business. And while there are many colors that, according to conventional wisdom, are perennial winners in the attention-grabbing category like red and green, we think a significant splash of ANY color will do as long as it is used correctly in your design.

So, when you’re going back and forth on how to make your design look the best it possibly can, considering using a significant amount of color to make yourselves stand out. White writing with a black background just isn’t as exciting as bright, bold, and beautiful colors.

Starting Your Design: Messaging 

Very few people will stop to read or retain the information in a very busy banner. And though we can make banners of many different sizes, it’s always best to use the space to get your message across as simply as possible.

Whatever message you want to get out via your banner, figure out the best way to say in just a few words or statements and your banner will have a bigger impact. Remember: less is more!

Starting Your Design: Images

There’s a reason the old adage says that pictures are worth 1,000 words – it’s true! 

No matter how concise and direct your messaging is, no words will ever compare to the power of pictures. If you have high-quality images of what you do or what you’d like to sell, it doesn’t hurt to include them in your banner design as an extra attention-grabber. People like to know what to expect before making a purchase or attending an event – so give them what they want! 

When you arrange pictures in a tasteful way, it can make all the difference in your banner design. 

Starting Your Design: Use a Template

Sure, there are some simple rules for getting your banner design started the right way, but why start things from scratch if you don’t have to?

At Printastic, we pride ourselves on offering one of the best libraries of templates anywhere in the printing business – and they’re all free for you to use. 

No matter what your industry or your banner’s purpose, we’re sure that you’ll find something you’ll love. And, these templates are plug and play, which means you can upload your logo, change the colors, and in just a few short minutes, you’ve got a fully customized banner ready to go.

If you’re ready to get your banner project off the ground, start with our online design tool and template library. We’d love to help you design something spectacular!

Custom Banners for Car Dealerships

For the better part of the past century, one of the most quintessential American businesses has been car dealerships. Whether selling the latest and greatest models from the Big Three or introducing brands and benefits from other parts of the world, customers continue to flock to dealerships to test drive, trade-in, and upgrade their vehicles.

But despite a banner (pun intended) year in 2019, with new car sales in the United States topping 1 billion dollars according to the National Automobile Dealers Association, dealerships everywhere have the ever-increasing challenge of attracting new customers, communicating their specials, and putting new cars in the driveways of people and families across this country.

Dealerships and car salespeople attempt to accomplish this in a variety of ways. Many spend a majority of their advertising budget on television commercials – but with more than 30% of American households dropping traditional TV service, commercials have little impact on the buying public.

Some marketing departments try newspaper or magazine ads – but their subscription trends are also falling at an alarming rate. 

So, for dealerships across the country, one seemingly simple marketing question remains: how do you distance yourselves from the competition, grab the attention of the marketplace, and, most importantly, use your budget as wisely as we possibly can?

Well, we’ve got a banner answer for you:

Banners for Auto Dealerships

Banners are one of the most versatile marketing products on the market today, and their ease and convenience of use simply can’t be overstated. This is what makes them perfect for auto dealerships of all types and sizes.

Banners are affordable, reusable, easy to install, and most importantly, work well to help grab customers’ attention and communicate your marketing message in just a few short seconds.

We’ve worked with dealerships across the United States, and we’ve seen what kind of custom banners have the biggest impact for their businesses.

Here is a short list of a few ways we’ve seen our customers utilize custom banners for their car sales business, and bring in new customers and sales that they hadn’t seen before.

Announce Seasonal Sales or Specials

This one seems like the most obvious but it’s also the most powerful. Let your customers know when a sale is on!

It seems like car dealerships are always running some kind of special, and it’s important that your customers know when it’s the best time to buy. From Labor Day sales to Tax Day celebrations, your specials are the lifeblood of your business – and can be a very lucrative time for your bottom line. This is where custom banners can really impact your business.

Using banners on the inside and outside of your business to announce an upcoming or current promotion is an inexpensive but powerful way to give your customers that insider knowledge that if they come in now, they’ll get the best deal possible. Plus, as an added benefit, our banners are high quality and durable, which means you can run the same sale or promotion year after year without having to purchase brand new promotional material.

No matter at which holiday or time of year your customers will save the most, make them feel like they’re getting the best deal by announcing it loud and clear via a custom banner. 

Feature Your Financing Options

Not all car dealerships are built quite the same, and not all financing is either. Customers are smart, and in today’s market, they do their research. They always want to ensure they are getting the best deal possible when they part with their hard-earned cash. Many dealerships provide this by passing along the savings to their customers via low financing rates and waived fees.

If your dealership makes deals by giving your customers a little something extra in the financing department, it’s time you let them know about it. Use a customized banner to announce your current APR rates or special interest financing. For the well-researched and versed customer out there, this will bring them one step closer to choosing you as their dealership of choice and putting a new car in their driveway. 

Invite Customers to Come Test Drive

In sales, there is no more powerful way to close the deal than to ask for your customers business – and car dealerships are no different. But with car sales, you have the benefit of letting your customers get behind the wheel of the car of their dreams and letting the fine machine sell itself.

Using a banner to invite new customers in to test drive your vehicles gives even just casual shoppers a reason to stop in and browse. More often than not, these kinds of “lurker” customers have been eyeing a certain vehicle for quite a while but never really had a good reason to stop in and check them out. When you put up a banner that invites them to come in and test drive, they’ll have found all the excuse they need. 

Announce Awards or Dates of Significance

Did your dealership win an award from the Chamber of Commerce? Or maybe you’ve been serving the same city of 25 years? No matter what competitive advantage your business has, it’s time you show it off to your customers using a custom banner.

While this might not be a “direct marketing tactic,” this kind of brand-awareness marketing can be a really powerful way to keep your business top-of-mind for those who live in your community.

So remember, if you don’t sell yourself, nobody will. Don’t be afraid to celebrate your accomplishments with a custom banner.


According to the National Automobile Dealers Association, there are over 16,700 car dealerships in the United States alone – how are you going to make yourself stand out from the pack?

Don’t waste time with expensive ad campaigns or glossy paper prints that are just going to be thrown away. Instead, invest in custom banners for your automobile business and start seeing the returns you want for a fraction of the investment. 

To start designing your custom banners for your dealership, browse our banner page.

How to Use Banners to Secure Success at Trade Shows

With summer coming to an end and fall soon to be upon us, businesses from across the country, and the world prepare to attend some of the biggest trade shows of the year. Whether you’re buying, selling, browsing, or just attending, these trade shows represent some of the biggest and best opportunities for commerce for businesses large and small. 

But with hundreds, even thousands, of booths and displays at many of these trade shows, one question remains key to any business looking to make an impression: How do you stand out from the crowd?

A winning strategy that many of our customers use are customized trade show banners. Extremely affordable, very versatile, and about as time-tested as marketing strategies can get, banners are easy to fit in your budget and even easier to customize for your business. 

Of the many different ways our customers use our customized banners at trade shows, here are some of our favorites:


A Simple Introduction Banner

Half the battle when launching a new product or entering a new market is getting your name out there and your products in front of the right people. That’s why many of our customers who are planning out their trade show attendance for the year order a simple introduction banner to adorn their trade show booth.

Introduction banners are as simple as they sound. They can feature as little as your logo and your business name, or be as complex as showing off a picture of our flagship product and your contact information. Either way, utilizing a simple introduction banner to share your name and claim to fame with potential buyers is a great way to utilize your tradeshow booth space and encourage people to find out more about your company and what you do.

Show Off Your Special or Sale Banner

Many of our corporate and business customers use banners to share with potential customers a sale or special they are currently running. Using banners to make this kind of product-centric announcements are a time-tested way to make the most out of the banner real estate. But the effectiveness of these banners isn’t just limited to storefronts or restaurants – they’re also very impactful for trade shows too.

When a customer walks by your booth and sees a banner announcing a sale or special, they’ll know instantly what you’re offering and for what price. This kind of to-the-point marketing can be especially effective in a trade show setting – as attendees are often overwhelmed by the number of vendors they have to interact with.

A simple message that shows off exactly what you’re offering can go a long way towards setting you apart from your competition and making you memorable in the minds of just the right people. 

Popular Products Available Here Banner

It seems that in every trade show season in just about every industry, there is one hot product or service that stands out above the rest. Many call this the “It” product of the season.

If your business has found that once-in-a-season product and want to show off to the rest of the industry where they can get it, a “popular products available here” banner is a perfect choice.

Just like a special or sale banner mentioned above, announcing that your booth is the place to buy exactly what the masses are looking for will help cut through all the distractions and let your potential customers know exactly where they can get what they want. Chances are, if you use a banner to position yourself as the place to buy the “it” product, you’ll get all of the business you need to make the show a success. 

Award Winner or Special Designation Banner

Many industries, especially those that hold annual trade shows, give out yearly awards to vendors. These awards, often voted on by peers in the industry, designate those who stand out or bring stand-out products to the marketplace. These awards also become great marketing tools – think J.D. Power & Associates for automobiles – and build consumer trust. 

But these awards are also great marketing tools for trade shows. Displaying a banner that shows you’ve won an award or have even been named a premier vendor will help show off your credentials and set you apart from everyone else. If you’ve won an award, a prominently displayed banner is exactly the right way to let everyone know.

Similar to announcing an award, banners are a great way to show off any specific designation your business might hold. If you’re a female- or veteran-owned business, if you make everything in the USA or from organic products, be sure to use a banner to show this off. While it may not impact the buying decisions of certain customers, to others it could make all the difference. Don’t be afraid to be a bit boastful in these situations – if you don’t sell yourself, who will?


If you’re planning on attending a trade show in the coming year, it’s imperative that you plan your booth, and your budget, in a way that will provide maximum impact for your bottom line. And there is simply no better way to get the word out than using a customized banner.

Banner of all sizes and types are available right on our website. You can upload your own design or use our sophisticated yet easy to use online design tool. To get started designing your new trade show banner, check out our custom banner page 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.

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.

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.

Three Creative Ways to Use Church Banners to Reach Your Congregation

Churches have always historically always been a gathering place for communities to come together and worship, celebrate, and stand in reverence to the lord and his great work. And the role of churches in today’s world is no different.

However, more than at any other time in our history, there is more to distract and occupy the time and energy of people – leaving churches to compete with all kinds of other extracurriculars for attention. In a busy world of phones, TVs, and computers, it’s easy for the good word to get drowned out.

But there is still good news, and that is that there are still tried-and-true ways to help spread the word to the community around your church and get them interested in the goings-on inside: church banners.

Simple, affordable, and effective, church banners can be a fantastic way to advertise special services and classes, encourage fundraising drives, and bring the outside world in for annual special events and parties.

Let’s take a deeper look at those examples and more to see how church banners can improve your congregation’s participation for the better.


Advertising a Special Service

It’s no secret that there are several holidays each and every year that tend to bring the most people out to the pews. Easter, one of the holiest days of the year, just passed; Christmas, the biggest holiday of them all, is not too far away. In fact, it seems there is always a reason for worship and celebration right around the corner.

But, much like the announcements at the end of a sermon or service, spoken words and reminders can only go so far when it comes to reminding your flock about the exciting services you have coming up. That’s where church banners can truly make a difference.

For hundreds of years in every corner of the world, churches have used banners to get the word out for the biggest services of the year – and if your church isn’t doing that, you’re not doing all you can to spread the word.

Next time you’re preparing to celebrate the reason for the season, or trying to get an accurate count of how many copies of hymns and praises you have to make, consider hanging a church banner outside of your doors, over your parking lot, or even in the chapel itself. They can be a great way to grab attention and inform your public so you can increase your turnout during the most important days of the year.

Increase Your Fundraising Efforts

As non-profit organizations who serve their community and their savior, virtually nothing is more important than making sure the church is properly funded. And because many churches don’t charge membership fees or require tickets to attend services, it’s the donations of benefactors and churchgoers alike that make it possible for each church to continue doing good works. But, in the age of social media, 24-hour news, and bigger-than-ever economic asks, how can the neighborhood church truly stand out from the pack? The answer is obvious: by utilizing banners.

Whether they’re hung in the church itself, at events, camps, or other community spaces, fundraising banners can make a huge difference to those looking to raise money. You can inform your public not only why you’re raising money, but remind them of the most basic fact that is sometimes forgotten: churches run on their donations and support. In the days when tithes are no longer common-place, and many churches are working harder than ever to increase their presence in the community, bolstering your fundraising with a church banner can be a real difference-maker for churches of all sizes and belief systems.

Announcing Special Events

Just like special services are a part of every church’s annual calendar, so are special events, and now more than ever, it’s these community events that many look forward to each year and that are paramount to keeping churchgoers engaged and increasing traffic within the church itself. The more people you can reach and invite into your church’s walls, the more people you can bring to the lord and make part of your permanent church-going community.

But bringing the outside inside isn’t the easiest task. People are busier than ever – especially young people and young families – and plans are made weeks and sometimes even month in advance – even for something as simple as a weekend luncheon. Most church calendars follow this pattern too, but though events may be planned early, many are not published until it is too late. A properly placed special event church banner can change that narrative.

Whether it’s hanging over main street or at the local baseball field, a properly placed special events church banner can let your town know all about the exciting event, party, or celebration you have coming up, and encourage them to put it on their calendar now. This kind of early and consistent exposure is essential for big crowds and sell-out events – which are two things no church has ever complained about having too many of. So if your events could use a boost, and your parties a little pick-me-up, a special events church banner is a great way to go.


From the early days of Jesus himself, his word has survived on true believers spreading the good word. And no church can continue to spread his good word without getting the message out to their community that attending church, donating to the church, and being an active member of a congregation is more important than ever.

If you’re looking to get your community’s attention, make church banners part of your marketing effort. They can really make a big difference.

Your Guide to Grommets and Banners

Though there are many factors that go into making your banner unique, there are two main factors that will determine the strength and stability of your banner once it is installed. The first, and biggest, is the material your banner is constructed from. In an earlier post, we talked all about which style of vinyl is best for which application, and how we only print banners on materials we know will both look great and last.

But outside of the type of material or vinyl you choose to print your banner on, there’s another large factor that goes into determining how long your banner will last and how well it will hang: grommets.

If you’re not familiar with the word, grommets are those little metal circles you see punched around the perimeter of a banner that are used to aid in the hanging of the banner. But grommets do more than just help your banner hang, they also help strengthen the vinyl material and keep your banner intact for as long as possible.

But, like banners themselves, not all grommets are built the same, which is why we’re going to give you a quick crash course on this must-have hardware to help you determine whether grommets are right for your next banner purchase.

Let’s start with the basics:

Are grommets only used in banners?

The short answer is: of course not. Though, and we may be a bit biased here, we do think grommets are best used on banners.

If you start to really think where you’ve seen this simple-yet-strong technology on display in the past, you’ll realize grommets are all around you. Think shoes, drapes, purse straps, lanyards – almost any place where a combination of strength and access is needed, you’ll find a grommet.

This is the same reason we use them in our banners. Grommets help provide extra strength, especially near the edges where a banner can be most vulnerable, and they also allow for easy access for hanging from string, chains, rope, or bungee cord. So, while grommets certainly aren’t only used for banners, we believe for banners they’re used best.

Do I need grommets on my banner?

Like we said before, not all banners are built the same, and there are certainly applications where grommets wouldn’t be the appropriate choice for what you’re looking to do with your banner. However, more often than not, grommets are a great compliment to your banner especially if you plan to hang them, suspend them, or display them in a way that will require them to be tied down.

How many grommets should each banner have?

Banners, like people, come in all shapes and sizes, and what’s right for one banner might not be right for another. However, we do consider ourselves experts on the subjects of banners and grommets, and after much printing and experimenting, we’ve come up with a go-to guide from grommets based on banner size that we believe helps every banner we produce look great.

For our smaller banners, like a 2×4’, we recommend one grommet in each corner. Because the banner size isn’t overly large, these four grommets will provide more than enough stability for the banner as well as varied hanging options. For our standard 3×6’ banners and 4×8’ banners, we recommend six and eight gromets respectively – one in each corner and one along the outside edge in 32” intervals.

These simple guides have proven to be the most effective for these banner sizes, and are what we recommend to all customers. However, we know that different instances call for different amounts of grommets, so we are happy to work with whatever is best for your banner.

Do grommets come in different shapes and sizes?

In short, grommets are like flavors of ice cream – there are two many in the freezer section to count. And though they come in every possible color, size, and material combination, we offer only what we know to be of exceptional quality and work best for our banners and our many customers all over the world.

We carry #2-sized metal grommets in three different color options: Anodized Black (our most popular), Nickel Silver. and Enamel White. The #2 metal grommets both look great for almost any application and are incredibly strong for their size – living up to the heavy task of keeping banners upright, strong, and looking great.


How are grommets installed on banners?

Grommets can either be installed manually on a banner using a manual hand press under the watchful eye of a skilled craftsman, or they can be installed by an advanced automatic grommet installation machine. We used both of these methods to install grommets on our banners.


Well, there you have it. Now you’re an expert on everything grommet related and are better equipped to choose what’s right for your next banner when it comes time to send it to the printer.

Still have questions or concerns about grommets or anything else banner-related? Don’t hesitate to reach out to our customer service team at any time – we’re always happy to help!