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Landmark’s Going to Rock the Balcony at Alphabet Bash 2012!

Landmark at Alphabet Bash '12

We’re stoked to announce that Landmark Creations will be sponsoring a balcony at Alphabet Bash 2012!

Alphabet Bash (ABC Bash, or “The Bash”) is an annual event where Twin Cities’ marketing, advertising, communications and creative pros come together to hear speakers, mingle with friends & make new connections.

If you’re going to ABC Bash, be sure to give the Landmark crew, Stephanie & Caitlin, a shout! Oh, and while you’re there, get a balloon animal & take a snapshot for a chance to win some stellar “Minnesota Nice” prizes!

3 Ways You Can Win Prizes from Landmark Creations at The Bash:

  1. OLD SCHOOL: put your name in our fishbowl outside the balcony.
  2. TWEET: Tweet a photo at the bash to @Landmarketer using the hashtag #balloondogbash (It could be a photo of yourself, your balloon dog, or anything interesting really.)
  3. PHOTOS: Tag yourself in one of the photos on our Facebook page after the event. (We’ll be taking photos inside the balcony.)

Going to Alphabet Bash ’12? Leave a comment & let’s network!

Topeka Police Department Dog
Topeka Police Department Dog
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World Dog Awards (WDA) Clouds
World Dog Awards (WDA) Clouds
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Shaw Industries T-Rex
Shaw Industries T-Rex
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Landmark Creations posted a photo: Can your current flooring handle the damage a T. Rex can infl… Read More

 
Pronto Insurance Inflatable Mascot
Pronto Insurance Inflatable Mascot
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Landmark Creations posted a photo: In an age of superheroes, Pronto Insurance decided to re-crea… Read More

 
InQuest Marketing Bass With Lure
InQuest Marketing Bass With Lure
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Landmark Creations posted a photo: This comical exaggeration is sure to turn a few heads for InQ… Read More

 
Demi Lovato Cherries
Demi Lovato Cherries
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Bud Light Fire Hydrant
Bud Light Fire Hydrant
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Bombay Gin Hot Air Inflatables
Bombay Gin Hot Air Inflatables
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MTV Movie Awards Cat Head Inflatable
MTV Movie Awards Cat Head Inflatable
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Custom Inflatable Angry Snowman for X Games Aspen…
Custom Inflatable Angry Snowman for X Games Aspen…
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Landmark Creations posted a photo: This custom-designed inflatable angry snowman was a perfect l… Read More

 
Gorilla Replica
Gorilla Replica
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Landmark Creations posted a photo: In a creative play on stuffed animals, the Delaware AeroSpace… Read More

 
Pearl Seas Exhaust Plume
Pearl Seas Exhaust Plume
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Landmark Creations posted a photo: What's the most iconic symbol of a cruise ship? The exhaust p… Read More

 
Oak Island Creative Pumpkin
Oak Island Creative Pumpkin
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Landmark Creations posted a photo: Looking for something new to use for its client at a Hallowee… Read More

 
Badger Mining Mascot
Badger Mining Mascot
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Landmark Creations posted a photo: Cute and easy to transport; the Badger Mining inflatable masc… Read More

 
L4549: Carrot Costume, Organic Veggies Carrot Cost…
L4549: Carrot Costume, Organic Veggies Carrot Cost…
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Landmark Creations posted a photo: If real-life dancing veggies won't make kids eat up, what wil… Read More

 
Organic Veggies Beet Costume
Organic Veggies Beet Costume
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Landmark Creations posted a photo: If real-life dancing veggies won't make kids eat up, what wil… Read More

 
Letter G Display
Letter G Display
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3 Best Places to Use Inflatable Product Replicas

Life-like Inflatable Product Replicas

While custom inflatables are used in a wide variety of ways to attract attention and increase sales, there are three distinct places we see marketers effectively using product replicas: trade shows, product launches and outdoor promotions.

CEO Rick Malagodi (Right) at Toy Fair 2012 in NYC

1. TRADE SHOWS

Create Buzz at Trade Shows with Large-Scale Versions of Your Product

Want to make a lasting impression at your next trade show event? Try using a custom replica of your product. Not only do inflatable replicas attract attention and create buzz, but they can be easily designed to integrate into an existing trade show booth.

Physical App’s Uses Inflatable “The O” Display to Create Buzz

Physical Apps, LLC showcased “The O” at Toy Fair 2012 in New York City. “The O” is a snazzy orange ball that works with smart devices, enabling fun games and activities to be played by children and adults alike  To get more visibility for “The O” at the show, CEO Rick Malagodi created a large-scale inflatable lookalike as part of their exhibit space. The result: the press, retailers, and suppliers flocked to their small sized booth on the show floor. With all this buzz it was no surprise “The O” won the Best of Toy Fair 2012 Award.

Replicas of GE Profile Washer & Dryer in Times Square

2. PRODUCT LAUNCHES

Get Extra Media Coverage & Attention by Unveiling a Gigantic Replica at a High Profile Venue

New product development is the heart of corporate expansion; a successful product launch can increase positive branding & strengthen customer loyalty. Because they’re enormous and unusual, custom inflatable replicas are guaranteed to draw attention to new products and increase brand remembrance at product launch events.

Inflatable Replicas of GE Profile Washer & Dryer Introduced in Times Square

To launch the GE Profile front-load washer and dryer system in 2008, a New York based creative agency placed 40-foot tall product replicas in the middle of Times Square. The guerilla marketing campaign was a success; bringing attention to the GE brand and earning more than 125 million press impressions. (Read more about this creative campaign: GE Appliances – High Profile Pair In The Square)

Inflatable Wine Bottle at Glassboro Vintage SJ Wine Festival

3. OUTDOOR PROMOTIONS

Reinforce Product Recognition at Outdoor Festivals & Events with Giant Versions of Your Packaged Products

As marketers look for innovative ways to win the hearts & minds of consumers, outdoor promotions are becoming an important part of the marketing mix. Custom product replicas allow brands to stand out among competitors at outdoor events by adding visual appeal and instant product recognition that can be seen from far and wide.

Inflatable Wine Bottle Replica for Valenzano Winery Stands Out Among Competitors

Valenzano Winery of New Jersey uses a 15-foot tall inflatable replica of their wine bottle to get noticed at festivals and various outdoor events. Standing several feet higher than most booths, the inflatable wine bottle attracts crowds with ease and creates a fun photo opportunity. Be sure to check out Valenzano Winery for a list of upcoming events including the Independence Day Fireworks Festival and WineFest 2012.

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Hangout with Landmark Creations

The folks of Landmark Creations will be video chatting using Google+ Hangout at 1 p.m. CST!

Join the “Hangout” and check out what face-to-face-to-face video chatting is all about, and learn a thing, or two, about custom inflatables and recent projects.

Connect to the chat by visiting > Landmark Creations’ Google+ Page

 

Take Your Inflatable Event Tents from Day to Night with the Flip of a Switch

Custom Lighting System for Inflatable Airtents Will Captivate Crowds

Seamlessly take your events from day to night by using inflatable Airtents with custom lighting systems. This brand new feature looks more professional  than hand-strung lights and is much easier to use. If you use inflatable Airtents at trade shows, you’ll also save on rigging costs. Landmark Creations can install custom lights inside your inflatable Airtent and with the flip of a switch, you can continue to use it into the evening hours. The end result: a polished and aesthetically pleasing structure that will surely impress crowds both day and night.

Looking for more information about lighting systems and inflatable AirTents? Contact Landmark Creations today!

American By Design: Custom Inflatables Made in Minnesota Since 1986

Our Customers Take Pride in Purchasing American Made Inflatables – We Take Pride in Manufacturing Them!

We are continually asked, “Are your inflatables manufactured in the United States?” and with pride we answer, “Yes, we manufacture right here in Minnesota.”  In the most recent Landmarketing Newsletter we focus on the improved U.S. business forecast and the new economic outlook starting to unfold. We believe the quality of American made products is one of the reasons we are the premier custom inflatable manufacturer.

A Minnesota-Based Inflatable Manufacturer with a Dedication to Quality

With over 25 years of inflatable manufacturing experience we believe in the importance of superior quality, custom solutions and comprehensive customer service.  We first began making classic hot air shapes and inflatable characters. We can produce complex shapes at any size with great attention to detail. Each passing year our customers help us to generate more creative ideas for promotional balloons and new inflatable products.

Our local customers benefit from the fact that we are located in the heart of the Midwest United States. Purchasing inflatables locally means minimizing logistical headaches and having control over your custom project.  Although we do have our ups and downs when it comes to weather in Minnesota, we are consistently providing the highest quality products and services to each of our customers.

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Check Your Inboxes, Landmarketing Issue 40 is Available Now!

Landmarketing Issue 40 is Hot off the Press!

Look to the current issue of Landmark’s eNewsletter: Landmarketing for inspiration and new creative inflatable ideas.

The current issue features Landmark Creations’ “Made in America” pride, Lady Gaga’s New York invasion, Cabela’s giant wildlife replica, inflatable art for David Byrne and more. Inside you will also find an invitation to our weekly twitter chat, #InflatableChat, and details about Landmark Creations’ upcoming events.

Not a subscriber of Landmarketing yet? Sign up today to receive new, creative inflatable ideas every three months.

Four Benefits of Working with Local Inflatable Manufacturers

Walker Art Center Sculpture GardenAs a creative company, we’re lucky to be located in a creative area like the Twin Cities. In fact, Minneapolis / St. Paul is one of the most prominent advertising, public relations, and marketing scenes in the country. Last week we attended Alphabet Bash for the first time and had the chance to meet a lot of these creative industry professionals who didn’t even realize they had a custom inflatables manufacturer right in their backyard. More importantly, many hadn’t even considered the benefit of having a custom manufacturer in town. So for the benefit of our newly acquired friends, we’ve complied a list of the four main ways companies can benefit from using a local, custom inflatable manufacturer.

1. Minimizing the chances of logistical headaches
Many inflatable companies online who appear to be manufacturing in the U.S. are reselling products manufactured overseas. Without the option of physically touring the company’s facilities, it’s difficult to know for sure. Whether you’re purchasing directly from an overseas manufacturer, or through a reseller in the U.S., an important factor to consider is the extra time it will take to ship. Unknown national holidays, cultural ideals, and language barriers mean that your project may not be leaving the warehouse when you think it is. Once your project leaves their warehouse, there’s still a risk of complications at customs. If you have access to a local manufacturer, you can mark these concerns off your list of headaches.

2. Keeping inflatable transportation costs down
With constantly rising fuel prices, freight costs are at an all time high. While custom inflatables are light weight compared to other giant displays, many can weigh 100 pounds or more; an expensive parcel to ship. If you have access to a local manufacturer, you have the option to transport your project personally. Most custom inflatables will fit inside standard sized vehicles like sedans, trucks and mini-vans. This means you can save money on freight to use on other parts of your budget, which is a real perk.

3. Staying involved with critical touch points
While most of our customers are located out-of-state, we still find value in having face-to-face meetings when we can.  Modern technology has made an incredible difference in how easily we can do business, but communication in person allows room for more synergistic thoughts to happen. Sometimes our customers are inspired by other projects they see being manufactured, or discussions with our group of designers.

4. Having control over your inflatable project
When we work with local clients, we like to invite them to our warehouse to have a look around. We want our customers to feel comfortable with their purchase and understand what we’re all about (we’ve been known to treat visitors with Abdallah chocolate!). In person, we can brainstorm, create design alternatives, tweak existing concepts and discuss project requirements in detail.

From logistics to project control, there are many benefits to having a local custom inflatable manufacturer. If you’re located in the Twin Cities and looking for a local inflatable manufacturer, make an appointment to visit us. We’d love to buy you a box of chocolate and discuss how custom inflatables can enhance your marketing, advertising, and PR campaigns.

Landmarketers Head to Alphabet Bash 2011 with Chocolate in Hand

Stephanie and AllisonEven though we’ve been making inflatables in the Twin Cities area for 25 years, some Minnesota companies are still surprised to learn there’s a custom inflatable manufacturer right here in town. We’re lucky to not only be located in the fine city of Burnsville, but across the street from a pretty well-known chocolate factory… you may have heard of them? Abdallah has been making amazing chocolate for over 100 years and we’re pretty sure some of our customers keep buying inflatables from Landmark for the chocolate “thank you” gifts alone. If you’re a marketing or PR agency in the Twin Cities area, it’s worth a trip to Burnsville to learn more about our offerings. We’d be happy to have you tour of our facilities; we’ll even send you home with a box of chocolates.

Stephanie and Allison

But, there is one more way you can learn about us and get your hands on some of Abdallah’s finest chocolates. With the intention of getting the word out about Landmark, we’re heading to Alphabet Bash in Minneapolis this Thursday, and we’re not coming empty-handed. Throughout the evening we’ll be tweeting Minnesota trivia questions using the #abcbash11 hashtag. If you know the answer, find one of us, and get your hands on some of Abdallah’s fine confections. If you’re looking for creative ways to boost your brands (or your clients’ brands) let’s talk at the bash. We’ve put together a sweet collection of great ideas in an eBook just for “Bash” attendees. Hungry for more? Follow us on Twitter and look for us on Thursday at the Bash!