Using Banners Profitably For Your Business
Question: What are some profitable ways to use banners for my business?
Answer: There are a lot of ways you can use banners profitably in your business. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can accomplish what you need to do with banners. Before I start, though, I will mention that there are two major types of banners that are used in most businesses – vinyl (PVC) and cloth, or fabric, usually polyester. Vinyl banners are typically printed digitally or screen printed. As digital printers have gotten larger and faster, printing of vinyl banners is now done, in a majority of cases, with digital printers. Up until recently, vinyl banners were the favorite material to use for out-of-door banners, but that is starting to change. Long runs of vinyl banners are still less expensive to print using screen printing, but most companies need a few or hundreds, not thousands of banners. The digital printing age has also ushered in personalization of banners to various locations or branches of a chain of stores that was not available 15 years ago. Polyester fabric banners are printed using a dye sublimation process, which is about as close to photoreprographics as you can get in the large format print industry. The printers are either “direct-tosubstrate” dye sublimation or heat transfer. The direct printers are gaining popularity because they are easier and quicker to operate. The heat transfer dye sublimation process is done utilizing several steps, whereas direct dye sub printing is a single step process. That’s the basic primer on printing banners and what’s available for use to advertise your product, business, or service. Now, on to effective and profitable uses for your banners, whichever type you prefer. When using outdoor banners, you may choose between vinyl and cloth banners, and though most companies opt for vinyl as it’s still marginally less costly, outdoor fabric banners are becoming more common as the dye sub process makes the ink virtually indestructible, and quite frankly, fabric just looks better. But if you’re driving by a 100 foot by 8 foot banner, it’s unlikely that the quality of print is going to be a significant factor in what the banner says, so most clients are still opting for vinyl banners for this usage. If you have a sale, for instance, on breakfast cereal, that you need to feature to passing motorists, you may not need a 100 foot long banner, but a 4 foot by 12 foot banner might fit the bill if traffic is passing your grocery store at 35 MPH.
Or, if you have a new business selling computer repair services, and traffic whizzes by your location at 50 MPH, you might want to consider a larger banner, say 5 feet by 20 feet, to let potential clients know youâ€™re in business. Inside your store, I would almost insist that fabric banners or posters will lend a much classier look to your store, which should, in turn, give your potential clients a sense that you care about how your store looks and how you are going to look over their computer. These in-store banners may announce specials, new services offered, or anything else you want to feature that will tell your storeâ€™s customers what youâ€™re up to and how it can help them out of their bind. If you are interested to see actual banner options, visit this page www.visigraph.com/fabric-vinyl-clothbanners