How can sign fixtures and fittings make a difference to your display?

In today’s day and age we all know that image is everything and what’s classed as trendy is an ever changing thing. It’s very important to make sure you grab your customer’s attention from the very first moment they set eyes on your business and even the finest of details such as your sign fixtures & fittings really do matter. If it’s done right you can have a display that is seamless and will have a flawless finish that will never be untrendy and be sure to catch their eye.


What is it that sets BHMA apart when it comes to fittings?
Well with over 27 years of being securely positioned in the industry, we can safely say that we really do know the industry inside and out. We have a lot of experience in pointing out new trends to our customers along with really understanding what our customers brand is about, their needs and wants and what  their potential customers would be looking for.

We have an extensive catalogue of retail signage solutions for example, our stand-off fixings finished in anodised aluminium is an easy to use wall fixing. Our 13mm is a professional support system that will definitely enhance your sign. These are great when combined with our easy access poster holders or our aluminium, acrylic and chalkboard panels.

These fixtures are all quick and easy to install fixtures and fittings and come with simple step by step instructions on how to install each product.

 

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How To Deliver Your Message With A Power Flag

A line of feather banners to grab the attention of passing customers

Power flags (sometimes called wind-chasers & blade flags) are perfect for outdoor events because it is hard to ignore a sign that is standing tall and proud above the crowd!  But how do you ensure your message will be delivered and your flag will do its’ very best for you and your business?

Simple, follow our simple steps below!

What is your goal?

Before diving in with excitement take time to write down what you want to achieve at your next event.

Do you want your potential customers to:-

  • Make a note of your name & address to return later?
  • Find your stand at a busy event?
  • Enhance your presence on the high street?
  • Promote your latest marketing offer?

To Provide Directions & Address Details

If this is your main objective then make sure the main focus of your message is your location!

At an event, unless you have a floor plan, navigating around can be boring and tedious.  Using a flag at the entrance to advise on where your stand is located may be all you need to gain the interest of customers and see your footfall increase.

To Promote Your Brand

Brand recognition is extremely important no matter what industry, business or country. Make sure your flag is flying high with your logo and corporate colours to ensure instant recognition. Customers who recognise your brand will come thick and fast.

To Promote a product, competition or deal

When your advert stands about 3 meters higher than your crowd it is unlikely to be missed! With a promotion make sure you increase the number of flags you display and keep the message the same on each flag. Garages use this marketing tactic for every new registration period to promote new sales.

The design.

When you have the killer strap-line to blow the competition out of the water it’s time for the design!  WHIP it!

  • Wording
  • Hues & Colours
  • Image
  • Placement

Each one of these headers must be taken into account and individually developed to make sure you have a power flag that delivers the perfect message and image to your customers.

Wording

Decide carefully on what you want to say to your customers, always get a second opinion and listen to criticism.

Use the “Who What When Where Why How” approach if possible as it hooks the interest of readers.

After you have decided on your strapline or your message, you will need to make a choice on how it will be best represented:

  • If you work with children then try using a fun chunky font, which is multi-coloured and easy to read like Comic Sans.
  • Building services, tradesmen, or industrial goods suppliers should use strong bold/defined fonts, which promote strength and reliability, Arial Bold is a good choice.
  • Formal businesses such as Estate Agents, Accountants or Solicitors should use a classic font in a single consistent colour similar to Times New Roman.

Hues & Colours

Ideally, these need to be in your corporate brand colours to increase brand recognition.

If you are promoting an event you will need to think about a colour scheme and all aspects need to seamlessly integrate to form a coherent and effective marketing masterpiece.

Blue can be a cold colour and is often associated with sadness, orange creates warmth and high energy and red can give the impression of a sale or urgency.  Ideally, pick colours that match your branding and goal ideals.

Always keep in mind that there are a number of colours which are hard to separate and distinguish at a glance.  The combination of lemon and lime may be a healthy fruit combination, but a light green text on a yellow background is very difficult to read from a distance.

Try using a colour pallet creator to gather complementary colours that are perfect for your business and your overall identity!

Images 

Grab the attention of your viewers with an image to really boost the impact your flag will have on a crowd. Always use a high-quality image to avoid any blurriness or pixelation, if you cannot create an image that you would like to use on your flag, you can find vast libraries of images and photos online to suit your needs.

Placement

This is mission critical, everything needs to be in the correct place to convey the correct message.

  • Logos: Logos are normally at the top of the flag and then repeated further down if required.
  • Text: If the logo does not include the company name it should be set sideways, reading from the bottom to the top. Vertically aligned text can work if you are in close proximity to the passing customers, but it is not always effective and best to avoid.
  • Strapline: Straplines should be parallel to the main line of text and in a smaller size or a different font.
  • Photos: Try and stick with one powerful eye-catching image to avoid making your flag too busy and ensure it relates to your message.
  • Website URL: Usually placed horizontally at the bottom of the flag.

When you have completed your design and are ready to go into production, call BHMA on 01353 665141 or e-mail sales@bhma.co.uk for great service from the start to finish!

How to Maximise Impulse Sales in Time for the Payday Rush!

Primark impulse sales display

Primark just before the checkout. A display of great impulse products.

Payday is great for your business; the end of the month brings about a smorgasbord of customers ready to spend their hard-earned cash!

Your customers will be wanting to freshen up their wardrobe with a new look; upgrade their home with stylish new furniture or meet up with friends and benefit from retail therapy.  So whilst your customers are in the mood to “spend, spend, spend!” make sure you “promote, promote, promote”.

Use discounted products to create sale opportunities that will bring your customers to the checkout; which is the perfect environment for up-selling!

Primark uses this principle very well.  Simple black retractable barriers are used at the checkout to manage their queues where smaller, affordable products are displayed in dump bins to encourage customers to add further items to their baskets whilst waiting.

Dump bins that are designed to fit on top of barriers posts are perfect for catching the eye and making the most of the available space in this area, they not only look good but with an effective marketing strategy, they can have a large impact on your sales growth too.

Include an eye-level and impulse campaign to see your sales soar.  This should consist of products that grab attention and relate to your hot spot (aisle end) areas to create hype and a need to have.  Fill your bins and keep them full to show abundance, there is nothing worse than an empty shelf or bin, it only has a negative impact and always research your market for upcoming trends, themes and events.

Being ahead will allow you to plan your stock for the demand.  For example if a holiday is on the horizon like Mothers’ day consider adding products which are likely to grab your customer attention as a quick fix gift.

Increase impulse sales and generate traffic with our marketing products, developed and designed by the sign & display solution experts at BHMA.

Email us at sales@bhma.co.uk or call us on 01353 665141 with your requirements.

Queue Management Solutions

Amazon go queue

The Brits find queuing second nature especially at large events, product launches & popular restaurants. However, in other parts of the world, this isn’t always the case!

Recently Amazon opened a checkout free concept store in Seattle designed to help eliminate queuing whilst removing cashiers at the same time.  The principle is that you help yourself to goods and as you leave the store your Amazon registered credit card is billed.

On opening day, locals flocked to the store to investigate the new idea and ironically had to form a queue because of the number of people that turned up!  Needless to say, Amazon had to pull out the barriers and start managing the queues!

When it comes to queue management there are a couple of options but they do the same job; to ensure your customers form an orderly queue and have access to designated areas only.

Classic rope and post barriers are the top of the range when it comes to appearance.  They not only look good but are also perfect for creating V.I.P. areas and are used predominantly in upmarket car showrooms, red carpet events and 5* hotels. These are available in polished silver and gold with a range of velvet and twisted ropes, offering an opulent appearance.

When it comes to retractable barriers make sure you pick a colour that stands out and is easy to recognise, especially if they are being used in an area where lighting is limited or a hazard needs highlighting. To maximise your brand image choose a printed belt with company colours and make sure there are no gaps when forming your lines. Perception is reality and if people think they can sneak through an opening to save time they will!

Whichever queue management method you choose it is important to ensure you are using the correct number of stanchions, posts and ropes. There is nothing worse than seeing an overstretched rope or belt and it can be dangerous.

Adopt the simplify to amplify technique, create a distinctive queuing system which is organised and purposeful, without gaps to amplify the importance of your chosen pathway and ensure the correct brand image is given to your business.

For any questions or queries on finding your queue management solution just email sales@bhma.co.uk or call 01353 665141.

5 Tips to ensure you have a successful exhibition

Follow our simple and sensible steps to ensure your next exhibition will be a roaring success!

1. Are you prepared, ready and hungry for an opportunity?

Make sure your sales team are briefed well in advance of the exhibition. Their main aim is to promote brand awareness, gather potential sales and generate leads. Ensure your staff are punctual, prepared and ready for when the doors open. Pop-up exhibition equipment can save time whilst promoting a professional image and reduce the chance of not being ready on time.

2. There is a time and a place for everything.

The sight of food, storage boxes and mobile phones will prevent customers from interacting and give the wrong impression. Nobody wants to stand next to a half-eaten chocolate bar or to be interrupted by a phone call whilst talking about their business ideas and investments. However as the hours roll by your staff will certainly need refreshments, so try to schedule breaks during quieter times and make sure food and snacks are kept well out of sight.

P.s. Make the most of company branded reusable water bottles, perfect for hydrating the staff and maximising brand awareness.

3. Make sure you dress to impress!

This cliché is mentioned at every event you will ever attend, because it is critical. You have just 7 seconds to create an amazing and inviting first impression; and unless you are promoting holidays or fitness equipment, shorts and T-shirt will not do! Ensure your team is given plenty of notice on their expected attire. A uniform or consistent clothing theme that is synonymous with your brand is what you should be aiming for. Staff should be wearing your brand with pride to make it clear to every attendee (and potential client) that you mean business!

4. Ensure your staff know what to do!

Organising your team and ensuring each member has an assigned role will produce the best results. Make sure your staff keep to their areas to ensure your stand is fully manned in each area at all times. Chatting in one corner will lose clients and promote an unprofessional appearance!

5. Review, Revise, Repeat!

Always ensure you have targets when attending an event or an exhibition and review these on your return. Sometimes success can only be really counted after several weeks of chasing delegates and attendees but you should be able to surmise on what areas can be improved for next time. Review your day, revise your plan and repeat. Your knowledge should grow with each exhibition, it is up to you to use this.

For support and advice on your upcoming exhibitions call us on 01353665141 or email us at sales@bhma.co.uk!

How to get the most from your Exhibition

If you’re exhibiting this year I am sure you are wondering what on earth you have signed up to and why!

First, why should you set up a physical exhibition stand instead of attending a webinar or large conference call? Easy! publicity, personal interactions and building a powerful brand image. Attending an expo and allowing attendees to interact and engage with you & your staff actively promoting brand awareness. When building a personal relationship with a potential client shaking their hand directly promotes a trustworthy and confident business arrangement. This is a feeling that cannot be matched at any online event or webinar.

Second, it is critical to build your exhibition stand beautifully in every aspect, prepare and present yourself well and know your stuff! First impressions are critical at exhibitions and events. Well presented staff promote interaction and generate an approachable atmosphere, and a well built and carefully designed stand will attract attendees from the other side of the room. Keep in mind that expos can provide a boost to business sales throughout the year and you are significantly more likely to generate long-term customer relationships when attending.

Finally, timing matters! Setting up a traditional exhibition stand can be time-consuming and often require an extra pair of hands to prepare before your sales team and representatives can start work. Always ensure that your exhibition stand is fully set up before the doors open to the crowds as bad time-keeping will greatly affect how customers view your company for the rest of the event. Investing in a lightweight and highly portable kit such as our exhibition combo pack can often save you time, manpower and money. Great low weight pop-ups require less staff to erect, deconstruct and still give the same great results!

At some larger events attendees will be unable to visit every stand their company would like to, so you need to make sure your exhibition display stands out from the crowd. Interested and intrigued clients are most likely to make time towards the end of their list, so you need to make sure you catch their eye. Your exhibition stand will have a large impact on your brand awareness, good or bad. When viewers of the event interact and chat they will continually spread that awareness. High quality, high impact and high enthusiasm are how you promote your brand best and how you want to be viewed.

Exhibitions can be stressful and chaotic, but we are always ready and willing to give support, product knowledge and friendly advice.

You can call us 01353 665141 or email us at sale@bhma.co.uk

How to Spot a Good Combo Pack & Why You Should Buy it!

I expect you have often seen a bundle of products sold together offering a saving but should you buy them and why? Or is it just a marketing ploy to get you to part with your hard earned cash?

A great time to purchase is when you have a specific marketing strategy and need to buy a few items at the same time or you have just started your business and need a little of everything! The products in the pack need to be relevant to your business and your marketing campaign and ensure they will do the job in hand.

Our combo deals are specifically targeted to ensure you get the most from your purchase.  For example Our “Counter Top Chalkboard Promo Pack” will drive impulse sales in your bar, restaurant, deli or foodstore. This kit contains 10 table top chalkboards and a pack of white pens, simply write the same message on your boards and display around your venue.  The duplicated message will ensure the hype is created and your sales will soar.

Our combo deals are created from researching what highly rated and reviewed products work with each other and customer feedback. You will often find that the best-selling products are added into a combo or multi-buy sale because customers have requested them as a pack and you can make your purchase with confidence knowing we have done the homework for you.

Another benefit for buying a combo deal is that you will save money! Kits, packs and bulk purchases mean more money in your pocket. Fewer headaches individually reviewing products and wondering which product is the best medium for your advertising.

A perfect example of a well-known bundle that hits the target for millions is the Meal Deal Bundle; it usually supplies a drink, a main, a snack or a sweet. This pack gives you everything you need to solve your problem, hopefully our combo packs will do the same.

We are always open to suggestions and welcome any combination pack ideas you may have or need. Please contact sales@bhma.co.uk with suggestions.

We love seeing happy customers!

We take pride in our products so when a customer contacts us to share a photo of their product it really inspires us.

Our customer sent us this photo to let us know they are happy with the product and the resulting look. We have a variety of flat cut lettering colours to fit any colour scheme and this customer found a perfect match. It just goes to show that with a little bit of thought and creativity you can create an amazing show piece for a room!

We think it looks great, if you think so too you can find the same product here:

http://www.bhma.co.uk/flat-cut-acrylic-letters-3mm

How to create an enticing window display?

Well it’s been a while but after a hectic season we’re back!

Talking of hectic I was in Cambridge shopping at the weekend and was amazed by the amount of high street shoppers I saw. The city was booming.

I also noticed how poor the window displays were and wondered if the shops were as busy as the street! Have people forgotten that their shop window needs to be the epicenter of their business? It needs to encourage new footfall. It needs to build brand awareness. It needs to shout COME IN!

Your regular customer knows your style, your service, your brand, they are loyal, they do not need to be enticed, they will pop in when they are shopping because they trust you.

Your window needs to encourage new business, it needs to say look at me, it needs to say don’t miss out!

So how can you get the best from your window? There are a few ways to achieve this:

  1. Create a mystery! This works well when having a promotion or sale. Simply fill the windows with posters to block the view, this will create an interest and shoppers will be intrigued to see what’s on sale, the only way for them to do this is to pop inside.
  2. Create a peephole! This can be achieved with decorative spray snow at Christmas, or sand spray paint in the summer (just make sure you buy the easy to remove versions!). Passers by won’t be able to resist taking a peek to see what treats are in store, if they have stopped to browse the window display they are more likely to visit.
  3. Stick with the seasons. Everybody loves a change and the seasons are no different, we may moan about the cold but the thought of leaving Autumn and entering Winter fills you with thoughts of cosy fires, hot chocolate and jumpers! Use this to your advantage and create a seasonal display, add golden leaves to your mannequins feet in Autumn, pop Daffodils in your background at Spring or add a couple of suitcases to your sandals and flip flop display. With seasonal vibes being ever present your customer will feel you are in tune with them and your business will be buzzing in no time!
  4. Freshness also promotes a quick response. If your display is filled with foods ensure freshness is at your forefront. The amount of dusty cakes I have seen in a bakers window always makes me want to run for the hills! You want to make sure that your foods, cakes and preserves look like you want to eat them. Use artificial props to create a feeling. For example add olive vines to a deli display, add grape vines to a wine & champagne display and decorate your barrels with hops!
  5. Display one single item only. Premium products are often displayed in this way, how many times have you seen one Mulberry handbag in a large window? Give the impression the item is unique, create desire, create the want, create the need. Don’t be fooled though this will only work for a recognised premium brand, there is no point in displaying an economy pair of shoes in this way, customers will think it’s the pair nobody wants!

Remember your window needs to be eye catching. Use different materials and substrates, be creative, be seasonal and keep it colourful. With todays technology it is possible to print on almost anything, use this to your advantage. Create great dramatic back drops with printed corrugated plastic, metals and tiles and add materials to create layers and interest.

The world is your oyster so take the bull by the horns and get creative!

How to grab their attention!

Can you see potential customers walking past your window? Do you want to stand out from the crowd and beat the competition? Then you need to illuminate your message and create a window display with a wow factor!Our illuminated cable kits are perfect for grabbing the attention of potential customers and creating powerful displays.

We use low voltage LED’s in our kits with a life expectancy of 60,000 hours, making them suitable for 24 hour use without the need for maintenance (no bulbs to change).

The incredibly slim, 14mm thick, bevelled edge acrylic light panels give the appearance that your poster is glowing.  The LED’s illuminate any printed graphic printed from your own laser printer, although we do recommend Duratrans or Back Lit Paper for maximum illumination. Duratrans is a durable transparent paper that has a translucent base for illuminated displays. It allows the right amount of light to pass through from behind, illuminating your graphic and giving you a sharp photographic image.

Graphics are easily changed in seconds, simply slide in and out of the panels, no tools required.

Each kit comes complete with two 4m steel floor to ceiling cables, acrylic panels with 4 side clamps per panel, anodised aluminium fixings, one low voltage 12 volt transformer and a suitable allen key.

The light panels are suspended from almost invisible steel cables which are fitted between floor and ceiling. Complicated cables are not required, all you need is a 3 pin socket to simply plug in and illuminate your display.

Our LED Cable Poster Kits are double sided allowing your message to be seen both outside and inside, creating two displays for the price of one. The white back panel in the middle of the frame means you can have one print facing your window display and another facing inside the business and both will be illuminated evenly.

LED Cable Displays are perfect for estate agents, opticians, hairdressers and any high street retail business that needs to improve their window display.  This long term investment will add the edge to your business and take your point of sale displays to a whole new level.

For advice on which LED Cable Poster Display solution is the best for your business please call 01353 665141.

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