Q: I need a small, manageable stand that is portable, but also good looking, that I can use as a mobile showroom at various shopping centres to help promote my product and gain public awareness. They seem to be everywhere and I'm not sure what to put my faith in. Can you help?
A: It can be difficult to choose what stand will suit you best. It will also surprise you to see the possible impact your stand could have, in either attracting custom or, to be blunt, scaring it off. Stands send powerful messages.
Display Max on 01256 768899 and Creative Solutions on 0800 389 3951 can supply pop-up displays, banner stands and folding kits. Cost is obviously very much down to the exact spec of the stand, but both offer competitive prices. Also worth contacting is SupaLite on 01283 561196.
Q: I have been thinking about organising a promotion that would see various vehicles branded with our logo. What are our options? It would need to be based in London with the possibility of going to other major UK cities.
A: Options include branded buses that can be arranged through The Bus Business on 07931 791 937.
Inchmere Graphics on 01295 711801 can arrange mobile publicity and outdoor branding on virtually anything.
A new product is its Glo-Van, which is mobile advertising, but also back-lit and ultra-visible for club or product launches, Christmas shopping lead-up campaigns, album or theatre ticket promotions and other evening or late-night publicity.
It's in the bag
Q: We want to send out a small 'thank you' gift bag to some clients this Christmas. We have all the necessary goodies, but need to get some branded glossy bags. Who do you suggest?
A: Freebies are a great way to show appreciation and get people on your side. If you have decided on all the various constituent parts, you just need the bag.
I would contact the likes of Aura Branding on 023 8056 0000 and Stokes Packaging on 01633 815555.
Aura offers various types including laminate, rope handle, paper and clip close. The cost depends very much on the type of bag and the run you would need.
You could also try Club Unique on 020 8319 7459.
Q: I would like to do regional distribution of a newsletter/brochure targeting young families with primary school-age children who would take days out to leisure attractions. Do you have contact details for companies that could deliver a mailing like this?
A: A targeted newsletter featuring the information your consumers really need could prove to be a winner. Kids love day trips and the easier it's made for parents, the better. You could find uptake extremely high.
To make sure you're getting to the right people you need to speak to Advertise Limited on 01932 231506 and Arden on 01455 852242. Both can organise a mail-out for you and have data processing and management abilities so they could help you be more targeted in your approach.
Q: I would like to source some balloons for a company event we have coming up. Ideally they would be branded. Where do you suggest I go?
A: There are numerous places you could turn to, but I would suggest you speak to B-Looney on 0800 0688 588 or Pioneer on 0800 281215.
They can both supply high quality branded balloons of various shapes and sizes, be they latex or foil.
Q: I recall earlier in the year you recommended a company that could provide various items made from recycled goods, or possibly vending cups. Is this still the case and can you tell me how I get in touch with it?
A: Your memory serves you correct. It was indeed featured and the company was Remarkable on 020 8741 1234.
It now produces a wide range of stationery and promotional items from recycled products, including mouse mats made from tyres, pencils from vending cups and pens from bottles.
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