In a hurry? Get your banner stand within 24 hours

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 No Comments

We can now provide a faster, next day delivery for most banner stands!

Roller Banner Stand - GenesisWe know that there are times when a quick delivery is needed. When an event is around the corner and you realise you need a new banner stand, we’re here to help.

If you have your print-ready artwork ready to go by 12pm, then we can deliver your banner to you the very next day.

So if you’re in a hurry, and need to take advantage of this option, just tell us that you need a fast delivery and we’ll do the rest.

Banner stand sizes we can deliver in 24 hours

Our 24 hour service is available on all standard sized indoor banner stands up to a maximum width of 1000mm. An average banner stand width is between 800-850mm so this covers the majority of banners that we provide, but does not include extra-wide banners or outdoor banners, which can be delivered within 48 hours after receiving print ready artwork.

Don’t have print ready artwork?

If you don’t have print ready artwork for your banner stand then there are a few options available to you. You could:

  1. Design your own banner using our online artwork design tool – available on Genesis and Junior banner stands. This service is free.
  2. Have minor design amends suing our artworking service – send us your logo, text and images and we’ll put it all together. This service starts from £28.50.
  3. If you don’t know where to start, then we can provide a full graphic design service. For this service, we take your ideas and messages and create a display that suits you. This service is available from £126.00.

If you’re still in a hurry and want to use the above services, then tell us when you need your finished banner stand for and we’ll always try our utmost to deliver to your deadline.

Not in a hurry?

We know you won’t always be in such a hurry, so our quick delivery service has to be requested, else our usual delivery service will apply.

Delivery for other displays

We can deliver all print-based display stands within 48 hours of receiving your print ready artwork, depending on the quantity needed. This includes banner stands over 1 metre wide, pop up stands, outdoor displays and tablecloths.

Display boards can be despatched within 3-5 working days from ordering – although a few colour options can be delivered within 24 hours – ask us about this!

Literature stands and other accessories can normally be delivered within 24 hours, if the item is in stock.

How to gain a good return on investment from display stands as a charity

Posted on: July 23rd, 2014 No Comments

Choosing the right display as a charity can be tough. When funds could be used directly toward charitable aims, it can seem like a hard decision as to whether to invest in display stands.

But, we know that displays can provide an exceptional return on investment to help draw attention from afar, gain new supporters and vital funds to continue your important aims.

Here are my five top tips to help you maximise the potential of your displays for your charity:

Charity display stands provided by Marler Haley

1. Keep it simple

A great way of making sure you get the most value for money out of your display is by making sure you can reuse it time and time again, rather than for one off occasions.

Think about the design of your display. Some charities choose to use display boards to have a long lasting solution to interchange their messages and photos on a regular basis.

Other charities choose to use simple branded stands with a logo, which will only need to be changed when your branding does.

2. Weather proof

Does your display need to be weatherproof in case you want to take it outside?

Flags are designed to cope with weather, but most banner stands should only be used indoors. If you want to display a banner stand outside, consider using an outdoor banner which has extra stability to cope with breezes.

3. Replacement graphics

For banner stands and pop up displays, replacement graphics are available so that you can update your display without changing the supporting base. Not only is this a more eco-friendly option to updating your messages, but it’s also cheaper than purchasing a brand new display.

Not all banner stands can have replacement graphics, so check before purchasing your first display to see whether it is compatible.

4. Quality= reliability

If you’re looking to reuse your displays without having to purchase new displays every time, then look out for quality before purchasing.

Look for high quality materials on banner stands that will not curl or delaminate over time.

For tablecloths and flags, look out for those that are printed using a process called dye-sublimation that prints the design into the fabric, rather than transferring a print ontop.

These quality assurances will make sure that your display will look top-quality time and time again without fading or cracking.

5. Charity perks

Whether your budget is big or small, we know the work that charities do is important and we’re keen to support as many charities as possible. We are pleased to provide additional discounts on website prices for most products, so call us for special pricing if you are looking for a charity display.

Take part in our charity survey to tell us how you maximise ROI. Survey closes September 2014.

You can also enter our charity competition to be in with a chance of winning over £300 worth of Marler Haley vouchers to use on displays! Closes for entries in September 2014.

5 best kept event secrets to increase the lifespan of your marketing flags

Posted on: July 15th, 2014 No Comments

Promotional_flagsPromotional flags make great displays to gain attention from afar. Whether you’re using them every day on a garage forecourt, or occasionally at outdoor events, knowing how to properly care for your flag will not only increase their longevity, but will also help make sure you are maximising your return on investment.

By following our step-by-step guide, you can be sure to maximise its use and extend the life of your flag:

1. Location, Location, Location
Consider where to position your flag to gain you maximum exposure but not at the cost of your flag! Air pollution will cause the white areas to become grey and UV can, over time, cause deterioration and fading to the fabric.

2. Maintenance
Life expectancy is entirely dependent on the climatic conditions and hours of flying. Realistically the maximum lifespan of a flag used regularly is approximately six months. After this time, you may wish to think about rejuvenating your flag with fresh graphics to make sure your display remains eye-catching and not tatty.

During the manufacturing process we bond our flags using a heat seal process, which minimises the chance of fraying. If any of the edges become frayed then a quick trick is to trim, reinforce and re-hem to extend its lifespan. This can be done on a standard sewing machine, but ensure that your needle is sharp. Standard cotton thread will suffice but a nylon thread will prove to be more robust if you are making your own repairs.

3. Wind and rain can be a pain
Dismantle your flag during adverse weather conditions, including strong winds over Beaufort Scale 6. Heavy rain combined with high winds can increase the weight of the flag and put extra strain on the pole. This can lead to damage. So if it’s blowing a gale, take your flag down.

4. Dirt be gone!
If your flag is looking a bit dirty then it can be washed. Wash it in a regular washing machine at 40°C with everyday detergents and air dry. Always allow your flag to completely dry out before storing as it may go mouldy. Your flag shouldn’t need ironing but if it does, iron it on a cool heat after testing a small patch first.

5. Give your flag space
Flags can often become damaged by being caught on other items. Ensure that your flag doesn’t catch or snag on its pole or any other surrounding objects. Do not place flag poles too close together.
If you have any questions a member of our team will be happy to assist.

Competition for Charities to Win £300 Display Equipment

Posted on: May 14th, 2014 No Comments

Our Annual Charity Competition for 2014 is now open for entries with a prize of £300 to be used toward display equipment.

Orpheus Centre display
To enter, registered UK charities are being asked to say what impact winning the competition would have to their charity.

All entrants that fulfil the terms and conditions of entry will also receive a complimentary 10% off their next purchase to be used until 31 December 2013.

 Key dates

  • This competition is open until 26 September 2014 at which point three finalists will be chosen.
  • The winner will be decided by a public vote for the three finalists in early October via Marler Haley’s blog.

Charity Competition Grand Prize

The winning charity for the Annual Charity Competition 2014 will be awarded with £300 vouchers to use toward any Marler Haley displays including banner stands, pop up displays, flags, tablecloths and display accessories.

 Enter our charity competition

 To enter:

  1. Say what impact winning £300 Marler Haley vouchers would have on their charity before 26 September 2014 on any website or social media site. Just make sure it’s one that doesn’t require a log in else we won’t be able to see your entry!
  2. Entries can include pictures, videos, vines, as well as links to the Marler Haley site with more information on products they would like to support entries.
  3. Email us a link to where you’ve entered to and we’ll enter you if you fulfil our terms and conditions!

After the competition has closed for entries, Marler Haley will choose three entries as finalists. Finalists will then be put to a public vote where people can vote for their chosen charity to win the prize.

Read our full terms and conditions here.

Impact of winning Marler Haley’s competition

This is Marler Haley’s fourth year running this competition to help charities to gain more funds and awareness for their cause through displays.

We have already helped three amazing charities – Camp Nibble, Pop ‘N’ Grow, and most recently, the Orpheus Centre.

The Orpheus Centre, which is an independent college for young disabled adults that specialises in the performing arts, won our competition in 2013. Jo Bega Head of Development at the Orpheus Centre told us that since winning, “We have been using the display materials as much as possible! They have travelled to football pitches, schools, colleges, magic shows, cake sales and rock gigs. This summer they will be even be camping at Redfest. They have been warmly received wherever they have been and the Orpheus message has been spread far and wide.”

Having a reliable display that you’re proud to show is at the heart of what we do at Marler Haley. We’re pleased that Orpheus has been making good use of their display at multiple venues and that it’s still going strong to help them raise even greater awareness of their fantastic charity.

We hope that many charities take advantage of our charity competition, and good luck if you are entering!

Charity Survey

Also, if you do work or volunteer for a charity, I’d greatly appreciate it if you could complete our short 5 minute survey on ROI from face to face marketing – we hope the results will help charities to determine which display equipment delivers the greatest ROI for different types of events.