Custom Inflatables

Effective Visual Marketing with Inflatables for Themed Events

Inflatable Pig at Cormac Themed EventUsing Inflatables for Themed Events Makes Visual Marketing More Effective

Want to know the one thing that causes themed events to fail miserably? Not carrying the theme throughout every aspect of the affair. If your charity is hosting a Mexican night, you’ll want to do more than simply serve tacos and play mariachi music. You’ll want to infuse every element of the event with all things Mexican.

That means forfeiting the ordinary in exchange for the memorable. Using inflatables for special events built upon themes is one surefire way to make your visual marketing more effective. That’s because inflatables offer characteristics not found elsewhere.

Bigger Than Life

Inflatables are custom-made and can be any size you desire. Want a 25-foot tall bullfighter? Done! With giant inflatable sombreros hanging from the ceiling and an inflatable green, white and red national flag standing tall in the corner, your guests will soon feel as though they’ve stepped into a restaurant in Cancún.

3-D Captures Attention

Unlike ordinary signage or posters, inflatables are three dimensional: a huge advantage with visual marketing. It’s hard to ignore a message encouraging you to give generously when it’s on the front of a 15-foot tall, inflatable burrito.

Color Is Eye Catching

Add color to size and shape and you have a triple threat that’s hard to beat. Inflatables for special events get noticed.

Displays

Let’s say that you decide to allow exhibitors at your Mexican-themed charity event. Because of their visual marketing characteristics, those exhibitors will have greater success with drawing guests to their booths when they use inflatables.

Logos

No themed event would be complete without a little branding. Giant inflatable logos get the job done by identically replicating your logo in whatever size fits your needs.

Mascots & Costumes

Whether you want a friendly face your guests will immediately recognize or a real-life, walking mascot to shake hands and greet attendees, inflatable mascots and costumes make a big impact. Wrap your mascot or costumed character with a charro jacket to play into your Mexican theme.

Giveaways

Balls, key chains, picture frames, punching bags and more. These mini-inflatables make excellent giveaways your guests will appreciate and use. Branded with your logo, they’ll also serve to remind attendees about your business or organization.

Thanks to the visual marketing elements of inflatables, your special events can be all the more successful. Make sure to carry the theme all the way through – from inflatable signage to giveaways – for added impact. Your guests will be thrilled at how festive your affair is… you’ll be excited at the results you achieve.

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10 Tips for Standing Out in a Crowd with Inflatables

10 Tips for Becoming the Center of Attention at Any Event

Custom inflatables truly give you enormous flexibility during marketing events. Because they can actually work in different capacities or simply stand steadfast and attract attention, the possibilities in design and function are practically limitless. Here are 10 clever ways these giant marketing balloons make you the center of attention.

Oakland County Fair Custom Inflatable ArchTip #1 – Undergo a Transformation – Turn a local park into a playground. It’s easy with inflatables. From inflatable archways that draw attention and help you organize the attendees to inflatable batting cages and more. Leave room for customizable banners and earn additional revenue through sponsorships.

Tip #2 – Turn Heavyweights into Lightweights – When you hit a logistical brick wall with trying to display something of great size or weight, don’t give up. The answer is simple: create custom inflatable replicas that look just like the real things, but weigh significantly less and are much easier to ship from location to location.

Tip #3 – Encourage Graffiti – Talk about consumer interaction. Inviting guests to write messages on your inflatable product opens the door to some great feedback. All it takes is a custom inflatable product replica and a few paint pens to pull it off.

Tip #4 – Become a Corporate Role Model – With so many worthy causes to choose from, it should be easy to pick one that holds special significance for your organization. Tie into their events and use inflatable arches to spread the word throughout your community.

Tip #5 – Take It to New Heights – Put your mascot on the rooftop of the convention center, retail location or restaurant. Sure, it’s a classic marketing technique, but one that has never lost its effectiveness. Be sure to keep your idea fresh, however. We’ve all seen more than our fair share of gorillas.

L2129-George Bush InflatableTip #6 – Create a Celebrity Lookalike – Create a caricature of a famous animal, celebrity or politician and watch the cameras come out. Fun, exciting and a super way to encourage photographs.

Tip #7 – Throw Your Mascot a Birthday Party – What a wonderful way to celebrate. Mascots create such a great, emotional connection with customers, so it’s only natural they’d want to celebrate special occasions with them.

Tip #8 – Host a Benefits Party – Benefits are rarely a popular subject with employees. Often difficult to understand (especially insurance), workers can walk away unsure of what’s available to them or which choices would be best for their circumstances. Using custom inflatables to communicate company offerings and benefits is a wonderful way to ease anxiety and help employees make the right decisions.

Giant Inflatable Polk Audio Ultrafit 500 Headphone ReplicaTip #9 – Do the Unexpected – Tradeshow booths are typically grounded. It’s what’s expected when attendees walk through the exhibition hall. In a sea of eye-level displays, what could grab attention better than something no one expects? Hang your inflatable display from the ceiling above your booth. Not only will it get greater visibility, it will also encourage visitors to stroll over to your location to see what’s up.

Tip #10 – Break the Silence when You Break Ground – Looking for a refreshing twist to the old standard shovel pictures that typically are taken at groundbreaking events? Custom inflatables give journalists something worthy of their time. Interesting and entertaining, an inflatable product replica is the perfect addition to every press event.

Any way you slice it, custom inflatables are flexible enough to accommodate any type of event with a fresh approach. From tradeshows to internal corporate functions, you’ll find inflatables to be affordable, functional assets for all your event-marketing needs.

How does your brand stand out in a crowd of competitors? Share in the comments below or get in touch with the author on Twitter @Stephatto.

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Landmark’s Best of 2012 Inflatables

Landmark's Top 10 Inflatables of 2012Trying to choose our favorite inflatables from an entire year’s worth of projects is a bit like picking a favorite child. But after hours of agonizing over every aspect of what made these balloons ultra-special, we were able to accomplish our task.

Pay attention to what the best of the best have to offer… it might just give you some brilliant ideas for your own marketing.


Heidelberg Engineering Lens – Now here’s a sight for sore eyes. The ingenious use of video projected onto inflatable lenses at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting wins Heidelberg honors in our top 10.


Alexander Wang Igloo – Kudos to Alexander Wang for the creative use of this inflatable igloo which slipped over their existing display for the holidays. Glitz, glimmer and curiosity brought customers inside.


Minnesota Historical Society Bull – Here’s a new one for the history books! Inflatable Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox characters officiated the grand opening of the new exhibit “Then Now Wow.” A true photo opp, for sure.


Zombie Pub Crawl – For its sheer remembrance qualities, “Phil” the inflatable zombie made our list. The Zombie Pub Crawl broke the world record for the largest gathering of zombies and broke our top 10 for serious originality.


Desi Santiago – Inflatable Dog Head – Participating in a project that would turn a hotel into a giant dog named “Gypsy” is a first for us. We liked the creativity of this inflatable sculpture and the fact that it’s sort of cute (in a “The Black Lords” kinda way).


Smashing Pumpkin’s Inflatable Sphere – This unique stage prop was suspended above the stage during every performance of the band’s Oceania tour. We liked it for three reasons: (1) It’s pretty darn cool! (2) It functioned to illuminate the stage. (3) It worked as a screen to show images that were projected throughout the concerts.


Sesame Street “The Count” Giant Inflatable Character – To help celebrate “The Count’s” favorite holiday (Halloween), we had the sheer pleasure of creating a 20-foot inflatable that stands at the Sesame Place theme park in Pennsylvania.


Inflatable Finn Dive-In Movie Screen for Atlantis – Movies by the pool? We loved the idea! Especially when it involved creating an inflatable movie screen shaped like a cartoon character’s head.


Jeffrey Einhorn “Deflatable” Head – While most of our clients buy inflatables to, well… inflate, artist Jeffrey Einhorn had another vision. His deflatable head wins a coveted spot in the top 10 for its interesting and unusual take on life.


Dos Equis Inflatable Beer Bottle – Tell the truth… if you saw a giant beer bottle in the grip of a squid’s arm floating in the river would you get in? The athletes, professional surfers and celebrities of the SEAPaddle race did and all to benefit two very worthy causes. Two thumbs (er… tentacles) up!


And there you have it. Looking to secure your spot in 2013’s top 10? We’re here to talk!

View images of our top inflatables from 2012 in our Facebook album

View images of our top inflatables from 2012 in our Facebook album

10 Tips for Making Custom Inflatables Pay Off

10 Tips for Marketing Custom Inflatables Pay Off10 Ways to Achieve Event Marketing Success with Custom Inflatables

Mobile. Attention-getting. Emotional. Functional. These are just a few of the many attributes custom inflatables offer event marketers as they travel the country. Over the years, we’ve worked with some of the best in the industry as they’ve mastered the art and science of attracting traffic in the midst of a flood of people. Want to know what we’ve found works best? Here are 10 tips for making custom inflatables pay off for you.

Tip #1 – Think Outside the Booth

Sure, everybody knows inflatables are an excellent addition to any tradeshow booth, but what about outside the main exhibition space? Ask about placing a custom inflatable in the lobby, outside the building by the door or even on the roof. Use an attachable banner to direct attendees to your booth inside.

Tip #2 – Add Banners & Bucks

Leave room in your design for interchangeable banners. This opens the door for advertising and sponsorship opportunities that bring in additional revenue as you attend various events.

Tip #3 – Distribute Coupons En Cognito

Dress an employee in an inflatable costume then cut them loose. As they are roaming about the convention center or fairgrounds, they can hand out flyers, coupons or samples to attendees.

Tip #4 – Design a Central Hub

Rather stay close to your exhibition area? No problem! Custom inflatable kiosks make the perfect spots to distribute samples, conduct demonstrations and more.

Tip #5 – Click a Pic

Create irresistible photo opps using custom inflatables. Scenery, product replicas, caricatures and more scream, “journalists look over here!” They have a strong social media pull as well meaning the tweets and Facebook postings will keep on comin’.

Tip #6 – Project a Whole New Image

Video is all the rage. Get in on a trend in a whole new way when you use inflatable movie screens or other displays to project videos or cool effects that instantly pique the interest of passersby.

Tip #7 – Give Tiny Takeaways

Put the theme of your corporate event right into the hands of your attendees using miniature, sealed inflatables. Cruise lines may choose a beach theme and give each person a small beach ball or ship-shaped keychain to take home. Manufacturers may opt for smaller versions of inflatable product replicas that match the 30-foot-tall replica that takes center stage. Whatever the case, attendees get something fun that helps increase brand loyalty.

Tip #8 – Create a Sportsman’s Playground

Use inflatable sports cages to create a fun environment for visitors. Batting, soccer or pitching: it’s fun to watch or participate. Working in conjunction with sponsors, you may be able to do more for less and make some additional revenue in the process.

Tip #9 – Offer an Oasis in the Crowd

Custom inflatable tents offer a sanctuary from the weather as well as being a resting place for weary walkers. Whether you opt for a fully enclosed model or one that’s open for full view, sponsorship opportunities exist when you use attachable banners. For meet-and-greets, demonstrations, or just a convenient place for attendees (a.k.a. your captive audience) to relax, inflatable tents are multipurpose wonders.

Tip #10 – Mix & Match for Maximum Impact

Think outside the box. Using different types of custom inflatables in conjunction with one another can result in the biggest payoff. For example, hand out samples of your food or beverage via an inflatable kiosk then invite recipients to relax and enjoy their snack under your inflatable tent. As they do, representatives can engage them, hand out coupons for future purchases and perhaps get visitors to complete surveys while they unwind.

Any way you slice it, custom inflatables are a perfect match for event marketing. The creativity they display, the emotional connection they make and the enormous visual appeal they have pay off for you in more visitors wherever you exhibit.

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Inflatables Give 3 Powerful Advantages to Mobile Marketing Tours

If you’ve participated in mobile marketing tours for very long, you’ve seen what it takes logistically to be successful. Booths or exhibits that are all two-dimensional and the same height become invisible once the room fills with a crowd of attendees. Stagnant displays of pictures or ordinary signage fade into the background in a sea of exhibits that only offer static imagery. But inflatables naturally overcome the biggest roadblocks in promotional marketing: mobile or otherwise.

Here are 3 Powerful Advantages Giant Inflatables Offer

1. High Visibility Even in Large Crowds

Three-dimensional, colorful and as big as you want: inflatables can be seen clear across exhibit halls or fairgrounds. Towering far above the average display, people can’t help but take notice and gravitate toward this interesting sight.

Which would catch your eye more quickly in a crowd? A 10-foot long banner hung above a display booth or a 15-foot tall, full-color, inflatable product replica? Even better, bring your mascot to life and let him/her greet guests in front of your booth. That’s sure to garner the attention of passersby.

2. Interactive Displays

Giant inflatables that “do” something pique way more curiosity than displays you just look at. Think about the last time you attended a local festival. As you walked through the grounds, you might have come across something of interest. You said hello to the booth workers, took a business card and spent maybe a minute looking at the photos in their display. Then off you’d go to the next booth.

That doesn’t happen with inflatables. Get your visitors involved with inflatable soccer goals, surf simulators, shooting galleries, video theaters, inflatable tents, kiosks or other super cool displays and watch lines form full of people who are willing to wait to enter your booth. In the meantime, make the most of this captive audience. Mosey on over, introduce yourself and tell them all about your company.

3. Easy Transportability

While the events themselves are fun, setup and teardown can be a bear. Even though giant inflatables are large, they are simple and quick to inflate and deflate, significantly reducing pre- and post-event time. You get in, set up, tear down and get out. That’s the way to handle promotional marketing: mobile made easy.

And because inflatables can be rolled to fit inside small plastic boxes, they don’t take up much space in your vehicle. Marketing across country? Inflatables can also be shipped from location to location.

If you’re finding wood and cardboard are no longer pulling their weight, check into inflatable displays and interactive booths. When you stand apart from the crowd, you open the door for floods of prospects. Lead generation, information distribution and many other tasks are completed much easier because people magically want to know who you are and what you do. Who would have thought vinyl and air could hold so much power?

Need creative ideas for your next mobile marketing tour? View mobile marketing tour inflatables in our online gallery!

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10 Ways to Get Giant-Sized Exposure with Advertising Inflatables

Advertising Inflatables Deliver Enormous Exposure

Whether you’re planning a grand opening, attending a trade show or undertaking a full-blown mobile marketing campaign, you want big results. Few marketing strategies deliver the giant-sized exposure better than advertising inflatables. Here are 10 proven techniques you can use to pull in incredible amounts of traffic to your location.

#1 – Take Over Times Square – With all the neon and noise, how could anyone possibly get noticed in the middle of Times Square? By using 40-foot tall product replica advertising inflatables. Their size alone will have people gawking even amidst all the honking, flashing and other commotion.

#2 – Take Billboards to a New Dimension – Wait… what is that? There’s something hanging from that billboard. Is it… the back end of Tweety Bird? Advertising inflatables make otherwise complex and massively expensive 3-D billboard campaigns much more logistically friendly and cost effective. (And certainly more eye-catching than the flat version.)

#3 – Send Foot Traffic Soaring to New Heights – In a remote location? Is your store difficult to find? Whether you’re out in the middle of nowhere or in a basement downtown, you can still attract foot traffic with ease. Set a helium-filled advertising inflatable blimp soaring above your building. Emblazoned with your logo, you’ll make it ultra easy for customers to locate you from blocks away.

#4 – Set Some Boundaries – On land or sea (or any body of water), inflatable pylons are easily noticed, making them excellent for marking boundaries. Triathlons, golf tournaments, charity poker runs, beaches and others are perfect uses for these mobile and brandable advertising inflatables.

#5 – Get Some Airtime – On the big or small screen, inflatables make creative props for TV commercials, movies or stage performances. Advertising inflatables are much less expensive than hiring actors or extras, or building props from hard materials. Plus, they don’t require dressing rooms or make petty demands.

#6 – Stop Busy Motorists – Located near a busy street, intersection or freeway exit? If people are zipping by without stopping, it’s likely because you aren’t giving them a good reason to slow down. Put an inflatable replica on your rooftop and watch the cars stop and your traffic levels pick up.

#7 – Increase Giving at Charity Events – It’s difficult to make a charity event successful if nobody sees you’re there. Hosting a food drive at a ballgame? Sponsoring a charity race? Get noticed and increase giving by including an advertising inflatable at your tent or display.

#8 – Compete for the Ink – Hosting a contest is always a thrilling event. The suspense as the competition unfolds attracts huge crowds anxious to see the outcome. All this excitement is a magnet for journalists in search of their next human interest story. Be ready. While your event may be a competition, you don’t want to have to compete for your 15 minutes of fame. Custom inflatable product replicas do that for you. They scream to reporters, “Hey! Come take my picture!” And they almost always will.

#9 – Pique Curiosity, Boost Registrations – If educating your target market is a goal you aim to accomplish, you’ll need something to pique visitors’ curiosity and draw them to you. What’s more, if your event is linked with registration requests (for an association, classes, etc.), you’ll need something that pulls double duty to encourage signups as well. Advertising inflatables are multitasking maniacs that regularly deliver the old one-two in attracting and retaining people at your location.

#10 – Give Your Ride a Facelift – Tired of the same old look for your company van, bus or … cruise ship? Inflatables are so highly customizable that they can be adapted to fit practically any vehicle. Add a logo or product replica to the top of your ride or install massive inflatable cattle horns on your cruise ship, as Royal Caribbean did. It’s sure to get you noticed.

When your marketing philosophy is “go big or go home,” advertising inflatables get the job done with giant-sized results.

Need creative ideas for your next marketing event? Check out our gallery of marketing inflatables!

 

 

Get Inspired! Landmarketing Issue 41 Revisited

As the Landmark Creations staff happily welcomes summer to Minnesota, we invite you to read the latest issue of our quarterly newsletter, Landmarketing (#41). Chock-full of customer success stories, Landmarketing can help marketing and event professionals get creative ideas for upcoming summer and fall events.

What Can You Discover in the Latest Issue of Landmarking?

In addition to our usual tips & tricks, you’ll:

See how Ronald McDonald House, the MS Society & Superhero Scramble all use inflatable arches to promote great causes at racing events.

Find out how VANS Canada’s footwear made a rad visual at snowboarding events.

Discover how Stroud’s BBQ restaurant uses their logo as an inflatable billboard at off-site events.

Learn how Colon Cancer Alliance is educating the public with their giant, inflatable colon and see how Jewelry Tools flies their helium blimp to get attention at Gem & Mineral shows.

If you’re not already a Landmarketing subscriber, sign up today so you can get creative inflatable ideas in your inbox every three months!

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!