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22Jul

Professional printing service for photographers

As a photographer, you understand the importance of a well produced photograph. You spend time composing the perfect shot, capturing it, then editing it in your photo editor. Should you want to make prints of the photograph you need the right professional printing services for photographers. You don’t want to simply go down to the corner drug store and have this location print off your photographs. Instead, there are specifics you need to work with to make sure your photographs are beautifully displayed and produced with your professional printing for photographers.

Proper Monitor Color Balance

Before you even start editing photographs, you do need to make sure the color levels on your monitor are accurate. All monitors are set at different color spectrums, which cause problems with printers as these printers may not be set up to the same color spectrum levels. Correcting your monitor color balance ensures everything is accurate. This way, when you go to the printer, the colors do not come out incorrectly, darker or lighter than you want.

Printer Resolution

Printer resolution is essential for your high-definition prints. With all of these different photographs, you need something that can handle a considerable amount of information during the print job. While the printer may not be able to produce the full resolution of a 30 megapixel camera, look over the resolution to make sure this fits your particular needs. The larger the print size, the greater the resolution you need.

Printer Works With You

Above everything else, when looking for the right professional printing for photographers, you need someone who is able to work with you. Never just hand off your print and expect it to come out perfectly. You need test prints and examples to make sure everything will come out perfectly. The last thing you want is to order 100 prints, only to have everything come back incorrectly. A professional printing service should work with you every step of the way. If they don’t, you need to look and find a different print service.

Professional printers should be able to handle a host of print services. Always double check this first.

As a photographer, quality of your print matters. You are use to seeing your photograph at a high resolution. Your print job should reflect this. By finding the right professional printer for photographers, you’ll always be happy with the final result.

20Apr

What Are The Best Vehicle Graphics For Your Business?

Did you know that your company has a story to tell? And did you realize that you can do this on your company vehicles? Visual communications is the most effective way of advertising today. Everywhere you look, you see enticing and appealing pictures and cleverly placed words. Choosing images and graphics that speak louder than words will give you an advantage over your competition every time.

Here are some tips to help you to decide what the best vehicle graphics for your business are.

  • Make your logo graphic, big, and bold. Don’t be afraid to see your name and logo out there where it’s never been there before. You’ll get used to it, especially the more your business picks up. Beautiful, well placed graphics and designs are what turn heads and attract attention, and this is best done when you advertise on your car. Logo design services are available if you need a new logo design or would like to update your existing one.
  • Advertise on every vehicle. Does your business have a fleet of trucks or cars, or an RV, or just one truck? Put these all to work for you. Your vehicle wrap team will work with you to create the most effective message it can to bring your business into the community and beyond. Just think of everyone who will be able to see your message!
  • Graphics come in all shapes and sizes. Always stick with your basic business information when designing your vehicle wrap. Wraps can be all inclusive of your vehicle or just something on the back or the sides, it’s all up to you. Advertising vehicles in this way is very cost-effective, and you will be so surprised at how word about your business and your services can spread when you advertise on your car. Isn’t that exactly what you want for your marketing dollars?
  • Be like the big businesses, because now you can. With state-of-the-art vehicle wraps in colorful, bold designs, you’ll be on your way to bringing your business into a whole new light.

Whether you are a landscape company, an athletic team, food truck, service vehicle, mobile pet salon or more, there is a vehicle wrap waiting for you. Make vehicle wrap designs an integral part of your overall business marketing strategy. Who doesn’t want to turn heads all day and all night?

06Apr

Are QR Codes a good idea on Vehicle Wraps?

QR Codes on Vehicle Wraps

Whether you recognize them or not, you’ve seen QR codes.  They’re those square shaped puzzle like things that you’re supposed to scan with your smartphone to find out more.  But first you need to download an app that will scan the code…

First the most obvious thing that comes to mind is:  How do you scan a QR code on a moving vehicle without getting in a crash?  Next is:  Why would you scan a QR code?  If you see a wrap for ABC plumbers and you’re thinking you need to contact them, why wouldn’t you just “Google”  ABC plumbers and get the phone number?

Scanning QR codes while driving is a bad idea!

Scanning QR codes while driving is a bad idea!

Here’s the thing about QR codes, in America.  They’ve already been “ruined by marketers” as marketing genius Gary Vaynerchuk says.  For the most part QR codes have directed people toward the homepage of a website.  If we wanted to goto the homepage of a company’s website we would have just done it, not scanned a code and then waited.  It used to be that QR codes would take you to a unique URL, not the homepage.  So there was at least a little mystery involved and people might have scanned it just to see.  But marketers came in and said “Hey this is a great way to send people to our homepage”.   And so now the feeling is “why should I scan that, it just takes me to the homepage” .

For a better understanding of why QR codes are not going to work in the United States ready Gary’s post HERE

03Mar

The Complete Guide To Vehicle Wrap Marketing

3 Keys to Vehicle Wrap Marketing

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If you’re considering a vehicle wrap marketing consider this:  When you’re out on the road, what catches your eye? Is it a billboard or is it a creatively designed ‘sign’ on a vehicle? Your eyes have probably been drawn towards images, logos, and designs that are splashy and eye-catching, but not tacky or overdone.

Vehicle wraps can be an extremely cost effective way to promote your business and build brand recognition.  When measured against other forms of advertising, the cost per 1,000 impressions on vehicle wraps is way lower!  Check out this infographic we created to see a comparative cost analysis.

Here are 3 things you should be thinking about when it comes to vehicle wraps:

  • Keep it short.  We can’t stress this enough!  Your main aim is to build name, or brand awareness right?   Your professionally designed logo needs to be the star of the show.   Your tagline and contact info should be secondary characters. There is absolutely no need for other copy such as a list of services or your locations.  People are more than capable of digging deeper and using Google to find your website and learn more about you.  But they WILL NOT do that if they don’t remember your name because there’s too much information on your wrap!  Remember, when it comes to vehicle wrap advertising, you have only about 3 seconds to get your point across!
  • Make it clear. Don’t be mysterious or use words in a playful way if it doesn’t suit your business needs. This rule also goes for any images or colorful designs that you incorporate. Everything should point to a direct message that everyone understands when they see it. This is where correct logo development comes into play. Remember, the key to an effective vehicle is all in your logo design, and you may even wish to have your logo redone before you embark upon a vehicle wrap marketing campaign.
  • Be bold. Boldness may not be something you have considered right off the bat. You might be thinking a bold design is not professional or that the message will look less than business-like.  This is not true. A well-designed colorful, bold message and logo with your appropriate business information will be the magic you’ve been looking for. Use designs that fully embrace your vehicle and that are visible from all angles.  Sometimes business owners are uncomfortable with going bold.  This is because they themselves are more low key.  It’s fine to be low key in your personal appearance and life, but low key when it comes to marketing and branding will get you low key results.  If you’re ok with not standing out, not being remembered, then low key is for you.  If you want to stand out, be noticed and remembered, then you have to be bold.  You have to be the needle in the haystack, not the haystack.

When you are ready to put your marketing dollars to good use, whether you are thinking about a new company logo design or not, consider the effectiveness and visibility of vehicle wrap marketing.

02Mar

How Can Vehicle Wrap Advertising Help Your Business?

As a small or medium-sized business owner, you’re always looking for effective ways to market your business.  Traditional forms of media such as television, print and radio can be effective, however you’ll need a significant and ongoing budget to make it work and to be memorable.

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Advertising using vehicle wraps is one of the best ways to make your business name shine above all the others. Aside from online advertising, it’s the only offline marketing that works for you 24/7, 365 days a year. Furthermore, vehicle advertising can reach many people you would never reach in the online world.

Here are a few things to consider if you’re thinking about vehicle wraps:

  • Vehicle advertising is an extremely cost-effective way to reach 1,000’s of people.  CPM is a measurement advertisers use when pricing their reach.  For example, the average cost to reach 1,000 people on television is $17.78.  The average cost to reach 1,000 people using a truck wrap is just 77 cents!  We’ve created this handy infographic showing you a cost comparison, click HERE to see it.
  • Vehicle wraps are great for brand development. When people see your company name consistently, they’ll start to remember your name.  When it comes to brand development, recognition and memory are everything.  In todays hyper competitive crowded market you just can’t afford to blend in, you have to stand out!  A visually stunning, memorable and large logo on  vehicle is a great way to get people’s attention.  If your company needs logo design assistance to maximize the effectiveness of your vehicle advertising, now would be a great time for that!
  • Vehicle wraps give your business the greatest visibility for the least amount of money.  This is exactly what you want from a marketing campaign – visibility in the areas where you do business

So, if you’ve been thinking about putting a vehicle wrap on your car, RV, van, truck or fleet, don’t hesitate another minute. Get some great ideas about company logo design from our team of experts. We’ll help you take your business to a whole new level.

Remember!  To be truly effective, it’s not an either or situation.  Vehicle wraps in addition to online/digital advertising can be extremely effective. Just think of your vehicle wrap as a banner ad of the roadways!

Remember! To be truly effective, it's not an either or situation. Vehicle wraps in addition to online/digital advertising can be extremely effective. Just think of your vehicle wrap as a banner ad of the roadways!

Remember! To be truly effective, it’s not an either or situation. Vehicle wraps in addition to online/digital advertising can be extremely effective. Just think of your vehicle wrap as a banner ad of the roadways!

18Feb

How to make your vehicle wrap stand out at 75 mph

How to make your vehicle wrap stand out at 75 mph

how to make your vehicle wrap stand out

When it comes to designing or having input into vehicle wraps, this is one of the biggest mistakes business owners make: Failing to understand or remember that most of the time the vehicle will be in motion.  Remember, people only have 3-5 seconds at best to mentally digest what they’re looking at.  Therefore, a busy vehicle wrap with lots of information is not going to be remembered, it’s not even going to be seen.  The worst part is that all of the extra information is going to be a huge distraction from their company logo, which is the most important part!  If potential clients don’t remember your company name/logo the wrap is a waste of money, but worse than that it’s costing you clients.  The cost in terms of lost potential revenue can be staggering, in the hundreds of thousands of dollars a year PER vehicle!

If you think of your vehicle wrap in the same way you think of your website or a brochure, you’re likely to make some big design mistakes.  As you start the design process, think of your vehicle traveling at 75 mph, even at 45 mph.  It will be in motion, amongst a clutter of other vehicles in motion.  There maybe some smaller vehicles blocking the bottom half of your van.  Your vehicle may be turning a corner as the potential client notices it, seeing the side and rear for a total of only 3 seconds.   With a website or brochure you have a much more captive audience.  Their computer monitors are not flying around the room, they’re not trying to navigate rush hour traffic and not rear end the vehicle in front of them.  Potential clients will spend minutes looking at your website, not seconds.  They’ll have time to read, in a vehicle wrap – they won’t.

The reason this mistake is easy to make is because when the design proof for your wrap comes out, you’re most likely looking at it on your computer.  The picture of your design concept is sitting still, and you’re staring at it for 10 minutes, analyzing every detail. That’s okay, as business owners, that’s what we do.  We obsess over the details like no one else.  But understand that nobody else is going to do that.  Nobody is going to invest that much time in trying to understand what it is that they’re looking at.  You’ll be lucky if they spend 1/20th of that time contemplating what it is you do and why it’s relevant to their lives.

What’s the solution?  How do you avoid this mistake?  Simple:  While looking at the proof, after 3 seconds close your eyes.  At this point try to recall the feeling you got from the wrap.  Do not try to recall the information.  If your wrap is to be successful it has to create a positive and memorable impression in the heart and mind of the potential client (we’ll be talking more on this in future posts).  If you’re purely focused on a list of services you provide, there’s no context for why people should even contact you.  You’re not creating the emotional catalyst for people to want to contact you.   A list of services and or product lines is definitely emotionally compelling stuff.  A graphic that sums up your professionalism, friendliness, trust worthiness will do infinitely more that a proclamation of information.

 

 

16Feb

Where to place information on a vehicle wrap

Where to place information on a vehicle wrap.

 

When it comes to vehicle wrap design,  a lot of designers and business owners make the mistake of poorly organizing and structuring the relevant information on their vehicle wraps.  Do not repeat these mistakes!

The most serious mistake that can be made in vehicle wrap design is to not focus on the brand first.  What does this mean?  The logo?  The graphic?  That’s part of it.  But not all of it.  The brand is what people think or more importantly feel about your company.  By not focusing on what you want people to think or feel on first impression,  you won’t know what is relevant and irrelevant.  Most of the time the messaging and overall look will turn out to look like a hodge podge of after thoughts and random images.

So now that we know we must focus on the brand first, what about the design, what should go on the wrap.  Here’s a handy hierarchy of information that should never be re organized:

  1. Logo
  2. tagline
  3. contact
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This vehicle wrap design follows the hierarchy of design and layout. Focus is on logo, logo is placed in the top half. Tagline is directly below logo. Point of contacts below tagline. Also, there are no bullet points and other confusing information.

Your logo should be as large as possible.  You want people to be able to read it from a distance while the vehicle is moving. If you have a van, the logo should on the top half center to rear.  You’ll want to make it as big as possible on the passenger side first, that way you’l see how it is broken up by the doors (slider or barn).  If you’re wrapping a pick up truck then the area below the cab windows and between the wheel wells is the sweet spot for your logo, same goes for cars.

Next your tagline should be directly below your logo.  You want people to remember the tagline and associate it with your company, not have it floating off by the front wheel well, randomly.  To build a successful brand, to have people remember it, and to have it mean something it’s imperative that the tagline be an extension of the logo.  Think of McDonald’s:  For many years “billions served”  or “You deserve a break today” would be the next thing you think of when you think of that brand.  Nowadays it’s “I’m loving it!”  but if this tagline was hidden away from the logo you’d never have put the two together.  This may go without saying for many of you, but it’s worth mentioning.  There should be only one tagline.

Lastly, you should have a point of contact.  Website or phone number.  You should not have more than one phone number on your vehicle.  A vehicle wrap is not a phone book.  It’s also not a website.  Which leads to the next point.

You should refrain from bullet points, from listing all of your services etc.  You should not have anything in your vehicle wrap design that does not support your brand.  The logo is the star of the show, the tagline and contact are supporting actors.  You absolutely do not need a whole bunch of extra’s running around on the set taking precious time away from the star.

If you follow these simple guidelines you should have a much more effective vehicle wrap design.

15Feb

Bad Ideas for Saving Money on a Vehicle Wrap

Bad Ideas for Saving Money on a Vehicle Wrap

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A vehicle wrap can be a significant expense for a small business,  averaging $2000 -$4000+ across the country.  I get it, who wants to spend more than they have to right?  The following are all real examples I’ve come across, and they’re really bad ideas.  One of the worst ways to save money on a vehicle wrap (and for your overall business for that matter) is to skimp on your logo.  So many businesses give so little thought and attention to their logo it’s really amazing.  Your logo is the face of your business, the first impression.  It’s SUPER important!  I can’t express that enough.  If you try to save money on your logo by having your friend’s nephew’s cousin who is a “designer” come up with something for $20, chances are it will be reflected in the professionalism of the finished product.  You can save money by using a standard font with no flare or no graphic to go with it: bad idea.  Now, you also don’t need to spend $500,000 on a logo and take a year to create it either, but you really should hire a professional to do this.   Putting an unprofessional logo on a vehicle wrap is not only a waste of money in terms of the cost of the wrap, it’s a massive cost when you factor in the cost of potential clients calling you.  In some cases this could be costing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in potential sales.  That’s not saving you money at all, it’s costing you.

You could also save money by putting graphics on a very small area of the vehicle, and just doing “cut out” lettering. Bad idea!  Here’s some of SmartWrap’s own research:  85% of people can remember the name of a company in a 75% wrap. 58% remember the company name in a cut out lettering design.  Tiny graphics and plain black and white lettering do not give the same positive impression that a graphic wrap does.  It looks like you couldn’t afford to invest in your business.  If it looks like you can’t afford to invest in your business, or don’t care enough to, what does that imply about how you’re likely to perform for the POTENTIAL client??  Big distinction here:  We’re talking people who don’t know you.  Not the people that already know you.  You many not be able to afford to invest in a 100% wrap, I’m not suggesting that you do.  A 75% wrap can be quite effective too.

Another bad idea for cost savings that I’ve seen:  Split the cost of the wrap between 2 companies, having 2 different brands on the same wrap.  People are going to be confused, the design will be cluttered.  It’s going to be a total waste of your money, and again the loss in terms of potential clients and their $ revenue is staggering.

I’ve seen the next bad idea more than you’d think.  Business owners buy a clunker with the hopes of putting a vehicle wrap on it and promote their business on the cheap.  Think about this:  What would you think about a company that appears to have clunkers for their fleet.  I recommend sticking to at the very least, model years released within the last 10 years.  Unless the vehicle is a considered a classic and is in good condition.  A broken down vehicle looks like a broken down business.  Avoid making that connection in the potential clients mind.

Another common mistake people make is going to a wrap shop that will give you the most coverage for the same or lower price. Invariably what you get is the worst in terms of quality and effectiveness for the cheapest price.  These cheap places are often just pushing vinyl by the square foot and have little understanding or interest in the outcome for you.  The vehicle wrap industry is not like Costco, where you can get the most for the least.  Their deal is to sell as much vinyl as possible.  Our deal is to design the most effective wrap possible, have you come back in 6 months with 6 more vehicles – because you’re absolutely crushing it – because everyone knows your brand!  Simply put, we want you to be successful!

 

 

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