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Giving away free banners and stands.

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by JgS, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. JgS

    JgS Member

    Dec 8, 2012
    I have some family friends that sell locally grown foods (cheese, wine, candies, salsa, and things like that). Every week they set up tables at grocery stores and farmers markets. As of right now they don’t have a budget for signs.

    They get a lot of traffic at their table and I am considering giving them free banners and stands in hopes to boost my marketing. The plan would be to give them the top 4’ of the banner and use the bottom foot to advertise my shop.

    Has anyone done anything like this? Does it work, or am I opening a can of worms? What should I say? “This sign donated by”, “provided by”, “friends of”, or nothing at all? Thanks.
  2. night eagle

    night eagle Active Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    Crowley tx
    if you want to donate to a worthy cause, just donate to it, dont try to make money off it by advertising on their stuff, its bad form. and it wont work, you wont make enough to justify doing it.

    mark galoob
  3. ddarlak

    ddarlak Trump Hater

    i don't think it's cheesy at at....

    give them what they need and then give them a banner for you. they can hang both, great exposure for you.

    i wouldn't say anything about donated, you don't want to advertise that you donate signs...

    your payment is their lugging around and displaying your advertisement.
  4. Mosh

    Mosh Major Contributor

    Oct 19, 2009
    Here is what I have found...people will see that and want you to "sponsor" them too...
    Are you just going for the low-end customers at the Co-op, hippies ain't gots any money fool....
  5. SD&F

    SD&F Very Active Member

    Oct 4, 2009
    I do donate signs to local charities or organizations(veterans, police, humane society....) that come to me asking for donations($). I don't see any referrals from it, but I'm doing a little bit for the cause.
  6. Tim Aucoin

    Tim Aucoin Very Active Member

    Agree with ddarlak AND mosh...
    Good idea, but separate your "ad" from their banner. Give them a separate banner that is strictly YOU. If you have your ad on their banner, people will definitely assume you donated it and bug you to do the same for them. A separate banner is different. For all anyone knows, you are paying them to have your banner there... but it's less likely they will think it's a donation thing. :rolleyes:
  7. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

    Oct 10, 2006
    Vaughan, Ontario
    I see nothing wrong with splitting the banner up and running a blurb about yourself....heck they won't argue with free banner stands!!! do it...just don't put donated on it or you will be looking for freeloaders
  8. JgS

    JgS Member

    Dec 8, 2012
    Mosh, you made me laugh.

    I guess I should mention that even though these are good friends I don't consider this charity. I am just trying to find a way to advertise in different markets.
  9. mgcustomgraphics

    mgcustomgraphics Member

    Jul 18, 2012
    yeap sponsoring will get nothing but more sponsor requests... ( just reality ) self experience
  10. MikePro

    MikePro Major Contributor

    Feb 3, 2010
    Racine, WI
    +1 to if you say "donated by" you're just increasing your donation requests.
    if you do it, just make an ad, and make it a good one... 18"/42" sounds better. 1' isn't much. also make sure to stop-in and see if they haven't "accidentally" stacked cases of product in front of your ad space :)
  11. Craig Sjoquist

    Craig Sjoquist Major Contributor

    Jun 18, 2004
    A big word here was family & friends.
    Meaning doing a sign advertisement for them is all on you, your commitment to there hopeful success.
    That's family & friends sticky together, glad you are even thinking of it.

    But I would also make a good sized sign advertisement for self, placed in secondary prime spot, after all you are family & friends.

    Not to worry friends of mine are glad to have me advertise on there trucks & property fences, it helped sell a truck for one & got me a few paid jobs within 3 months, with 2-12" X 24" magnetic's.

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