Caring for my vehicle wrap

Vehicle Wrap Care Now that you have your car back from the wrap shop, how do you care for it? Paint and vinyl share many care tips. First, crashing, rubbing parking poles, and backing into trees is extremely bad. You knew that already, right? Frequent washing – dirt, chemicals, and grime play havoc on adhesives and shorten the life span. Get that crap off there. You cared enough about your ride to invest in wrapping it, spend a few bucks at the car wash. While we’re at it, hand-washing is best, and there are wrap specific soaps. Hand-washing also gives you a chance to give your car a once over looking for potential failures. Next, brushless washes are the next best choice. Never use a high pressure washer, unless you are ready to remove it. Outdoor Elements – sun, wind, and hail are bad. Believe me, I love the sun and beaches and salt water, but wraps don’t. Ideally, your graphics will last longest if your car is always garaged. Not really the point of a car, huh? Try to park in the shade; the interior will thank you, too. Wind carries dirt and sand that are abrasive and wear away your vinyl. Park a little farther out in the parking lot. You’ll avoid door dings and get some extra steps in, too. Expecting extreme weather? Uber, or find a safe place under cover. A call to your insurance agent to make sure your wrap is covered is also a great idea. These tips will help extend the life of your vinyl wrap, and paint for that matter. No wrap will last forever. Much like taking jewelry in to the store to get checked out for potential issues, swing your car by your wrap professional to have them give you a check in. This doesn’t need to be done monthly, but every 6-12 months should be good. Now, get out and show that sweet ride off, rubber side down and between the lines. Sarge

How to Design the Perfect Flyer

10 Design Tips To Boost Your Flyer Campaigns Flyer printing is a simple and cost-effective way to advertise your business. The most effective marketing is simple, affordable, and trustworthy, and flyers are exactly that. A strong flyer design will portray your business in the best light to the right set of potential customers. Flyers work because you can touch them. It engages on a physical level. This helps to create a tangible connection with the consumer. Blending quality printing, impeccable design, and compelling storytelling, effective flyers engage and inspire people to take the next step. Whether you hire a graphic designer, or do it yourself, design is paramount to ensuring a positive return on investment. In this guide, we take you through ten flyer design tips to help you create the perfect flyer. 10 Design Tips To Create The Perfect Flyer Function Over Form Your flyer should be functional, easy to read, and clear Although your flyer needs to be eye-catching, aesthetically pleasing and memorable, we’ll come to the design side later. First and foremost, your flyer must be functional. You’re not Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel; you’re a business trying to sell a product. You need to make sure your marketing is concise, readable, and clear. Ensure that the flyer looks professional, and meets the basic requirements; it should have the correct print resolution and it should show an awareness of current print marketing trends – otherwise it may make your business look amateur. Ensure that the information on your flyer is easy to read and presented without visual clutter. Remember, effective marketing is about effective communication. A flyer-reader has little time and even less attention-span. Keep it concise. Make essential information (e.g. contact details) easily accessible; try using a bold color or enlarging the text. Adopt a conversational tone that will draw people in, and make them keep reading. If you’re selling a specific product, show an image of it. It might seem simple, but people buy with their eyes. Give the reader something visual and your flyer will convert to sales much more effectively. Know Your Audience Understanding who is buying makes it easier to sell to them  As with any effective marketing, you need to know who you’re trying to reach. Who is your target demographic? What are their likes and dislikes, their interests and tastes? How do they speak? What do they relate to? And what’s going to catch their attention? Do your market research first, then construct the ideal flyer with your target reader in mind. When you are figuring out the tone of your text, keep in mind the type of person you hope will be reading it. If you are trying to tap into a new market, the flyer should be catchy and enticing, not overly pushy. If you are consolidating an existing group of customers or clients, try to strike a tone that suggests a sense of friendship, trust, and personal connection. Always use direct pronouns like “you” and “your” rather than generalized words like “we” or “our’ – this will make your flyer speak directly to the reader, and grab their attention, letting them know that they come first. If you’re able to reach your target audience, your flyers will be much more effective.   Use Space Effectively Flyers are small, they should not read like a book One of the defining features of flyers is that they are small. Flyers are between 1/4 and a full 8.5×11″ sheet. You will always be faced with very limited print space. You’re going to need to think creatively about how to lay out your design, in order to get across your key information. Much like designing posters, flyers need to use space carefully. A great technique to create more space is to gridify – that is to divide the page into a grid, with each square containing a different patch of text, an image or a logo. With a flyer you should aim to be experimental with your use of space. Think along the grid. Dividing your flyer up into perfect squares can look overly rigid and formal. Try using irregular sized sections to really make your content pop off the page. You could have one large square of text, next to an image, with a small square of text underneath. Or, if you’re looking to really shake things up, why not try experimenting with diagonal compositions? There’s really no end to the possibilities of your design, just make sure to use space effectively. Don’t let your flyer get crowded or messy. The ideal design packs in loads of content, but still looks minimal, clean and balanced.   Be Eye-Catching A striking visual image can really grab the attention of your potential customers   The more eye-catching your flyer, the more likely it is going to be picked up and read. Whether you’re going for subtlety or boldness, you certainly want to avoid the curse of dullness at all costs. Understated and professional designs can be completely transformed from blah to brilliant with attention to color. Use your business colors to reinforce your brand, and make sure you use a balanced palette. If you’re advertising an event, or a product that’s more attention-seeking, such as a club night, exhibition or festival, you simply can’t afford not to be eye-catching! You want to inject your flyer with the spirit of the product itself. Your flyer should capture, and be an extension of, the experience. The most eye-catching flyers use color effectively; a palette of complementary and bold tones will make your content jump off the page. Try to balance a trio of bold elements – one striking visual image, one attention-grabbing headline (in a legible but bold font) and one colored element (such as a logo). By sticking to this three-element rule, you can avoid overcrowding, and ensure your flyer remains easy on the eye. Most importantly, make sure your design is fun and optimistic. Your main aim is to make a flyer that people will hold on to. They’re far more likely to do this if the design makes them feel good.   Be Cool By using a minimalist design, your flyer will appear more professional   Attention-grabbing doesn’t mean noisy, pushy or needy. A flyer can be eye-catching and enticing even if it’s understated. Sometimes a more subtle flyer design can be perfectly-pitched, especially if you’re targeting a more demure, intelligent or corporate consumer. Aim for an aesthetic that is minimal, serene and calm. Remember less is more, and sometimes it’s effective to play hard to get. If you’re advertising a corporate service or a product with a sophisticated image, your flyer should reflect that. An effective marketing strategy can be one that says “We’ve got this great thing going on, you need to come to us in order to get it.” Now imagine that message in flyer form; a flat, understated design style will attract your target consumer with very little effort. Try keeping it simple. Use a black, white and grey palette, and restrict yourself to a careful use of color; one splash of bold color is enough. Teals, mint greens, silvers, mustards, and lilacs are innately engaging and deftly corporate. You don’t want to seem like you’re trying too hard to impress, so remember, be cool.   Be Friendly Adding a picture of your smiling employees or self can make your flyer seem more friendly   Being understated shouldn’t be confused with being aloof. You want your flyer to make your company seem charming, friendly and approachable. There are a number of ways of achieving that. First, strike an informal, conversational tone with your text. Second, choose images that make a good impression. Don’t underestimate the power of a smiling human face when it comes to making people feel at ease. Imagine a university prospectus, corporate brochure, or a shampoo ad; they’re full of people smiling. Especially if you’re marketing a service, it’s super important to present the viewer with a friendly face. Imagine how you would greet a client in your office, then put that face on your flyer. When they interact with your company down the line, they will keep the image of that smile in their mind, making them feel at ease. A word of warning would be to avoid using stock images on flyers (unless forced by budgetary constraints). Many stock photos of “smiling business people” actually look soulless, forced, and overly staged. Hiring a professional photographer might be expensive, but it’s worth it to ensure authenticity. Moreover, once you have an image that’s truly yours, you can use it across your marketing channels, on websites and social media, to create a lasting brand image.   Font Your font needs to match your brand. For creating trust, try using more serious fonts   How many websites or memes are dedicated to the bashing of Comic Sans? Don’t use it. Or the many others that make your business look like a childcare facility or clown service, unless possibly if you have a childcare facility or are a Read More