Monthly Archives: July 2014

Thinking about Colour

We often take colour for granted, until we see something that is so vivid or beautiful that it stops us in our tracks! In the world of display, it’s an incredibly important tool for drawing attention to your product or service.

Colour can be used through lighting effects or more simply through the graphics used within an exhibition stand. Use it to create an atmosphere or to present your brand in a certain way.

To begin, let’s consider a few scenarios.

D2G - Earthy

 

Use earthy neutral tones if you want your brand to be associated with eco-friendliness or with organics.

Using these colours can create a more natural theme to a stand, and emphasise the eco qualities of the brand being displayed.

Using colour like this works subliminally to create an overall impression and feel.

 

 

D2G - Vodafone

Clever use of lighting can dominate an event or stand. Lighting up a stand in your signature colour – Like Vodafone and its vibrant red – makes a powerful statement, and cuts through any other ‘noise’ in the room.

 

At Displays 2 Go, we can light a display case with a particular brand colour to draw the eye to it and emphasise the connection of the product to the brand. We can also use our Plinths with lighting which are very effective and can change colour at the click of a button.

D2G - surf-shop-plinth      D2G - illuminated-tower       D2G - plinth-perspex-lighting      D2G - plinth-with-lighting-5

 

funky fabric structure 1If you’re not restricted to a particular colour for your stand, consider how different colours affect people. Pantone publishes a useful guide to colours and responses that they illicit. Orange tends to represent fun, happiness, tang, juiciness and friendliness where as light green is more trustworthy, refreshing, cool, restful and traditional. Navy is perceived as authoritative, credible, classic and conservative.

 

D2G - Neon catwalkColours also go through trends. You only need to take a look at fashions on the catwalk to see how colour trends change each season. Whether it’s neon, neutral, pastel or monochrome, colour conveys tone and helps visually illustrate a story by evoking mood and feelings. Right now neon seems to be back in trend, so if you’re appealing to a fashionable crowd consider using this to generate appeal.

 

Think about your target market when designing your display, as colour appeal can also depend on gender. For instance we know that – traditionally – blue tends to appeal more to males but that pastel shades are largely the preserve of females. Monochrome black and white has a timeless appeal and simplicity that creates impact and tends to transcend gender.

Our SuperWall Display System features dye-sublimated printing onto fabric to ensure the most vivid colours are presented. The fabric is stretched over any shape of frame to provide a seamless and wrinkle free surface. We used the system to create a Heineken branded wall for the Rugby World Cup, capturing perfectly that rich Heineken green.

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Fabric Displays – Can you tell the difference?

fabric_1Fabric display systems not only set the benchmark in flexibility and portability but give an exceptional finished appearance that is second to none.

Fabric displays have been used at the majority of trade shows in the US and Europe for many years. It’s fair to say that in the Southern Hemisphere we’ve been a little slow to take up this wonderful technology, but we have certainly caught up now and the industry has seen an explosion of ideas and design concepts.

At Displays 2 Go we believe the concept represents a genuine revolution in portable display and we would like to share with you the key benefits.

Portability

Who needs an exhibition stand that is heavy and cumbersome to move, takes hours to put up with boards and panels and comes with a book of instructions? No thanks! As an example of the new wave of portable displays, our SuperWall is built with simple, light weight aluminium tubing that’s incredibly strong. It’s also a snap lock system that folds up into a bag and is easily transportable. The fabric graphic slides over like a pillow case and presents superbly.  You can throw it in the back of your car or take it on the plane as carry-on luggage. Watch this video to see how easy it is to construct.

Seamless

Mainland Cheese RoadshowBeing fabric means the graphics do not need to be printed onto separate board or panels.  Instead, a huge graphic can be printed and supplied in one large piece – with no seams!  Anyone with experience in exhibitions or visual merchandising will tell you how time consuming and cumbersome it can be trying to line up separate graphic pieces to achieve a seamless display.

 

Light Reflection

You arrive at the exhibition show and are quickly taken to your spot which is right next to a bright sunny window. Your initial thoughts are “great, some fresh air” but as you start setting up you realise that you cannot even read the company logo due to the light reflecting off your stand! Well, luckily this is not the case anymore as fabric displays have the added benefit of minimal reflection of lights and camera flashes so they are very versatile and can be positioned in a greater variety of environments than traditional stands.

Re-skinning

Re-skinning an existing fabric display is simple to do and very cost effective. Simply unzip or otherwise release the original fabric and replace with a new skin, keeping your content up to date and fresh. You can even print different messages on each side, so no need for your stand to be shy and pushed against a wall; enjoy the freedom of exhibiting in the best areas, not merely the areas that are suitable for your stand.

Weird and Wonderful Shapes

funky fabric structure 1The beauty of fabric displays is that they can be used in all manner of shapes and sizes, from portable plinths, to tables, and other massive display structures.  They can even be used to disguise unsightly hardware you may need to hire for an event. If you have an unusual shape that needs branding, then Lycra fabric could be the way to go – its stretchiness and ease-of-use means it can be cut-to-size and wrapped around almost anything.

 

Print Quality and Colour

D2G - Dye Sublimation2Using fabric allows the user to access print technology known as dye sublimation, which can deliver extraordinarily vibrant, impactful graphic reproduction. It’s perfect for throwing in your washing machine as the inks are permanently part of the fabric, making it both colour fast and colour safe. Dye sublimation uses water-based inks, and fabrics are up to 90% recycled, making it one of the most eco-friendly display solutions available.

Damage

When products leave our production workshop we know they may need to withstand some harsh treatment, and that’s where fabric can be your friend. It will not peel, scratch or dent in the same way traditional graphics can, meaning it can withstand a high level of mistreatment from your staff or freight forwarders without compromising the finish of your display.

Love Lycra!D2G - Cyclists

Most people have a pre-conceived notion when it comes to the the word LYCRA, but this is simply way off the mark these days.  Sure, cyclists in Lycra don’t necessarily show off the fabric to greatest effect but portable displays in Lycra are another matter entirely, and the colour reproduction on this fabric can be stunning. Our Lycra skins are designed to slide over our range of pedestals, portable tables and towers, giving our clients the flexibility to change the graphics on-site and in seconds! Lycra is not only stretchy and very hard wearing, but it’s very easy to use and gives an exceptional finished appearance.  It’s so good that you probably would not be able to tell the difference between traditional display boards and a Lycra display. Take a look below – which one do you think is Lycra?

 

 

HELP! A beginners guide to in-store sampling

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As one of the foremost suppliers of sampling trays and demonstration tables in Australia, we want to help you get the most you can from your in-store sampling campaign. There are a few things to consider, so here’s a helpful round-up.

Research

Both Coles and Woolworths have extensive guides on what you can and can’t do in their stores. It’s best to do your research early as these stores are important to your business and your brand.  Don’t blow the relationship in the early stages by not following the rules.  Grab a coffee, your iPad, a comfy chair and then click these links!

Coles Instore Demonstration Guide

Woolworths Instore Demonstration Guide

Objectives

Think about what you want this campaign to achieve. Take a look at the options below and pick ONE primary objective then focus on delivering against it. Here are your choices:

  • Sales
  • Awareness
  • Trial

You’ll desperately want to pick more than one, but that can get confusing. By knowing what you want from this campaign, you’ll be able to measure your success and make certain choices much easier.

Optimising Sales 

D2G - Supermarket in-store Make sure you have sale product on or near the demonstration table; you’ll want your sampling staff to encourage shoppers to select it then and there as part of their script. We recommend you include a coupon in your planning.  We find this works better than an in-store special, because you physically give the shopper a coupon and they feel they need to use it there and then! Make sure you count the number of products on the shelf at the beginning of the in-store shift and the products on the table, and then count them at the end so you can measure just how amazing the shift has been! Make sure everyone does this for every shift and then start a competition to really drive those sales up!

Maximising Awareness

D2G - Weis Yoghurt Retail Demonstrator In-StoreUse a good sized table, perhaps with a banner over the top. You want to grab attention and get your brand in people’s faces. Think about how you ‘cut through’ the clutter of brands and people in the supermarket. People tend to shop on auto-pilot so you need to work extra hard to get noticed. Think about doing something different or quirky. Perhaps have your sampling staff dress up a little differently or consider some giveaways that get your brand in people’s homes.

Gaining Trial

Displays 2 Go - Vendor TraysWhy not consider not having a demonstration table at all! This is where our Vendor trays come in really handy. Instead of passively waiting for shoppers to approach your table, with a vendor tray or mobile trolley you can actively target the right demographic with your product.

If you have to have a table, then consider a secondary ‘hand off’ stand, which is a simple branded plinth where you place your tray of samples. This allows you to keep your main table as working space while your prepared product sits close-by, yet easy for shoppers to get to.D2Go - CarryBag  This hand-off stand can have shelves included so as to provide an extra space for off-location merchandising.

Sampling Kit

You want your sampling staff spending all their time actually in-store with your product, not walking backwards and forwards from the car park. So, keep your kit well packed and easy to transport. Most of our tables are designed to fit into a supermarket trolley and be quick to set up and dismantle – no fiddly screws and no tools required!

Site Safe

Most supermarkets require sampling staff to have Site Safe passes. After you’ve spent hours booking your shift, don’t fall at the first hurdle by not having accreditation or by leaving your pass at home. Generally it’s an easy online course, so there’s no excuse!

Functionality

Think about the size of your table and what you’re doing at the table. If you’re sampling dry goods, then you might not need much space. Go for a smaller table because you’ll have more flexibility over where it can be set up. Remember that if you need electricity, then your location and the timing of your shift will be severely limited. Most stores only have a couple of ‘powered D2G - Cooking Instoresites’ so book early to avoid disappointment!

If you’re cooking on your stand, then think about how ‘on display’ you want this to be. Perhaps the microwave can go under the table if it’s not a key feature of your product. We can tailor our tables to your requirements, adding shelving and heat retardant materials where necessary. We can also conceal cables too so that everything looks neat, well organised and appetising!

Graphics

Investing in sampling equipment is a big step. Don’t go for permanent graphics which can’t be changed. Instead, invest in hardware once and then change out the graphics panels when you need to. Consider our new fabric graphics panels which are easy to use, super lightweight and can be washed over and over again so your table always looks brand new!

Measuring Success

D2G - Measure successThink about how you measure your campaign – don’t just rely on hearsay. If you want to count how many people you spoke to, then count your coupons at the beginning and end and be sure to give everyone you speak to a coupon! If your campaign is all about sales, then count the products on the shelf before and after. If you want to know what people think about your product, then have two bins for their paper plate, one marked LOVE IT and then the other marked YUK perhaps! If you want to grow your database, then run a Free Prize Draw, inviting people to fill in a card and post it in the box – but make sure the prize is worthwhile because generally people don’t stop for long when they’re on a shopping mission.

Timing

Think about your target market and think about when they go shopping. If awareness was your initial objective then make sure you’re in the supermarket at it’s busiest time – perhaps a Friday night or a Saturday morning. If your target market tends to be older and retired then they often avoid the supermarket at these times, preferring a mid week.  Do some research and ask the store manager to make sure you’re in the right place, on the right day at the right time. If kids are your target, then go for the after school slot around 3pm onwards.  Twenty-somethings will often go shopping on a Thursday or Friday evening after work because they have other, way-cooler stuff to do on the weekend!  D2G - Timing

It’s tempting to agree to any in-store slot that is offered to you by the supermarket, but why waste the opportunity – better to wait for the right time and day so you optimise your shift.

Marketing in Shopping Malls.

D2G - shopping mallsShopping malls are a very effective place to market your brand. They allow you to interact with customers on an engaging level while they are in the spending mindset. Whether it’s sampling, display, promotions or branding, experiential marketing is a powerful platform for reaching your customers. It allows you to choose where and when you will market and capitalise on successful retail periods, such as school holidays, Christmas, Mothers Day and more. Being indoor spaces, they’re also not weather dependant.

Many of the shopping centres are able to supply profiles of their shoppers so you can gain a greater understanding of their foot traffic enabling you to target your campaign more effectively. They can also give you seasonal trends which can help you plan the best time to promote your product.

At Displays 2 Go we have been providing companies with the tools and display stands to enable brands to give customers an unforgettable experience in shopping malls throughout Australia for over 7 years, so we thought we would share some of our tips and tricks with you.

Tip #1

Know your goal, and what you want to get out of the activation. Is it brand awareness, sales, new product trial or giveaway? Pick one and then deliver on it. The whole design of your stand should differ based on what you choose because each option requires a different motivation and a different focus.

Tip #2

D2G - FREEEngage your customer. You need to attract their attention and get them to stop at your stand, so what’s going to be your carrot? Your brand is suddenly competing for attention amongst hundreds of shops with their amazing shop windows so determine how you can differentiate yourselves!  Will your stand be intriguing, is it offering something new or different? We are all time poor these days so make sure there is something in it for the consumer; a small sample is often not enough so be generous with your product. Schwarzkopf recently promoted their new Salon range and were giving away full size bottles of shampoo and conditioner. There were queues at every stand and people were prepared to wait for their free product!

Tip #3

D2G - ipadTechnology is so dominant in our world it cannot be ignored. Mobile devices are always at hand, so ensure your stand is as interactive as possible. Stands can be designed to include an iPad counter or display, making it easy to capture data about your customers or simply have a QR code to scan with a promotion attached. Multi media displays and free WIFI also draw people in, especially if your target market is the younger generation.

Tip #4

Design and flow is a key factor when it comes to malls – so make sure you work with people who understand your concept. Designers need to consider the location of the stand, along with an understanding of the mall itself, and the shopper flow patterns. Once this is understood then a great 3d stand can be created which will give you the flow you require, enabling key messages to be read or experienced at the right time. Ensure your calls to action are visible to all potential customers from all directions, which can often mean taking advantage of double-sided graphics on your display collateral.

Tip #5

D2G - Superwall shopping centre height 1.95m wide  (2) copyStand Materials and products have changed a lot in the past 5 years. They are not only more impactful with the colour saturation and vibrancy of fabric displays, but they have also become easier to assemble and transport. The Superwall is  becoming a must-have in many clients’ stand portfolios due to its clean lines and ease of graphics changeover. Take a look at our range of demonstration tables, not only available in many shapes and sizes but also constructed from a multitude of materials, depending on usage requirements.

 

Tip #6

Staffing is often as important as the product on your stand, so make sure you have the right people for the job. Think about your brand’s target market then make sure the people on your stand are credible and believable. Will a 40 year old working Mum really believe what a 20 year old guy has to say about the latest washing powder?

Tip #7

D2G - SafetyKnow the rules.  Every establishment has rules and malls are no exception. When your activation is a success you want to be able to go back and lease space again, so abiding by their rules and those of OHS is imperative. They also have to be fair to all retailers that lease space in the mall, so try and understand that it’s not just about you. Of course, you want your stand to be the biggest and the tallest and the BEST, and it will be BUT all within the guidelines. Height restrictions are put in place for safety and security, and also because mall customers should be able to see retailers’ shop signage at all times.

Tip #8

D2G - OHSOHS regulations are there for a reason so make sure your staff understand these and are accredited to work in a mall. During the brand’s installation be sure that those doing the work understand the law and trust that they will be courteous to shoppers. As soon as your brand can be seen, those around it acting in an official capacity are naturally associated with the brand.

 

Tip #9

Capture the moment. We have all got cameras on our phones and iPads but getting a good photographer to come down to your activation and capture those smiles on camera is well worth the investment. Video footage and stills make great content for your social media, your PR department, your sales teams and of course your boss!