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Charity Competition Voting 2016

Vote nowThe time has come to cast your vote to decide which charity will win £300 Marler Haley displays.

Voting closes at 12pm on Friday 7th October 2016. The voting form can be found at the bottom of this page.

We’d firstly like to thank every charity that submitted a competition entry – we’re always amazed at the response we receive and every year the entries become more creative and engaging. This year we’ve been especially impressed by video submissions. Of course with so many submissions, it’s hard to select just three finalists, but we’re always happy to help charity’s do more. In fact we’ve now launched a free banner offer for charities.

It’s now over to you, to decide who will win from our three finalists: (more…)

10 ways marketers can do more for less

How to do more for lessAs marketers, we’re sometimes tasked with what seems like the impossible.

We’re asked things like: “I want you to do more, with less budget!”

“Impossible!” We might think. “I can’t do it.”

But is it really impossible? Probably not.

Whether the ‘less’ refers to money or time, it’s all a necessary resource and one that every business constantly battles with.

Doing more for less isn’t impossible, it’s just about clever planning.

Here are a few ways you can do more for less: (more…)

Office Games – Olympic Game Edition

As everybody around the world is avidly watching the Olympic Games, we thought it would be a fun idea to think about how we could use displays and items you’ll find around the office to create your our own Office Olympics… (more…)

Marler Haley’s Annual Charity Competition 2016

MH charity competitionThis competition is now closed for entrants… voting is now open until 7th October here.

We’re excited to announce that our sixth annual charity competition is now open for entries.

One prize is available for a charity or community group of £300 to be used toward Marler Haley display equipment.

To enter, registered UK charities are being asked to say what impact winning the competition would have to their charity on social media.

All entries that fulfil the terms and conditions of entry will also receive a complimentary 10% off their next purchase to be used until 31st December 2016.

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We Love Wimbledon

It’s that time of year when us Brits pour a glass of Pimms and tuck into a bowl of strawberries and cream.

Yes, it’s time for Wimbledon.

So to celebrate, here’s a look at a recent campaign run by the Wimbledon Foundation with a little help from one of our display stands.

Tennis fans pose with replica trophies whilst at the Wimbledon Foundation Tent during the Wimbledon Guild Village Fair. Wimbledon Common, Wimbledon.  Day -9 Saturday 18/06/2016. Credit: AELTC/Jon Buckle

Tennis fans pose with replica trophies whilst at the Wimbledon Foundation Tent during the Wimbledon Guild Village Fair. Wimbledon Common, Wimbledon. Day -9 Saturday 18/06/2016. Credit: AELTC/Jon Buckle

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Celebrating our first birthday banner

First birthday bannerFirsts are always important, momentous occasions worthy of celebrating.

So for my daughter’s first birthday, we decided to have a party – and to have a party we needed a birthday party banner.

I wanted something that was big enough to act as a centre piece for our entire party theme of fairy tale /princesses.

Luckily enough, we’d just created a few banner designs using our online artwork creator tool so I was eager to try one out.

With a mixture of designs, I could have chosen pirates, bunting, dinosaurs and more… but my heart and party theme was set on pink princesses.

So, I gave the tool a test drive to design my very own birthday banner. (more…)

Are we ignoring younger exhibition visitors?

A few weeks ago we visited Autosport International. It’s the ‘go to’ exhibition for car aficionados and our own Guy Wenham was raring to visit as a racer himself.

As well as going for his own enjoyment, we also set him with a few missions. We asked him to measure how long it takes for on-stand staff to approach him – a young guy aptly named Guy – versus someone older with ‘MD’ on his badge.

On three stands, it took an average of 1 minute 3 seconds for Guy to be approached, compared to the MD, which took 38 seconds.

This tells us a little about prioritising visitor’s on-stand and suggests that staff are de-prioritising young visitors versus those with suspected higher purchasing power.

Ignore young exhibition visitors? Think again

Deprioritising younger visitors

When you’re really busy, this may seem like a sensible decision for most exhibitions. Opt for the people with buying power, who are going to be more likely to follow through on a lead.

But is that right or is it an outdated view?

With younger team members, interns and apprentices being sent out to exhibitions to meet potential new suppliers on behalf of their managers, should we really be ignoring younger visitor’s on-stand?

Should we be making them wait for nearly double the amount of time? Or are businesses missing out on potential leads by making them wait too long?

Value of younger visitors

They may have youthful grins and not be as experienced as more senior members of the team but what they do have is excitement.

New in the industry, they’re eager to make their mark, to help their teams make great decisions. That includes scoping out new suppliers, which could be you.

By ignoring less senior members on a whim that they don’t have buying power, businesses could be missing out on leads.

They may not hold the purse strings themselves, but if they don’t bring your brand back to the table then you may not even be in with a shot.

Next steps…

We’re on a mission to find out whether the above findings are true at the next event Guy attends by visiting more stands.

Stay tuned for our findings. But in the meantime, if you’re starting to plan for exhibition season, take a minute to think about whether you’d treat younger visitors to your exhibition any differently with the above in mind.

School Design Competition

This competition is all about encouraging children to be creative

School kid drawingDeadline for entries  31st March 2016

Do you have a school anniversary coming up? Think it would be nice to recreate the school’s logo through the eyes of your school kids? Or perhaps you want to show that you’re a champion for children’s creativity at your next open evening?

Whatever the occasion or reason, we encourage you to help the children to produce a creative eye-catching design that will leave a lasting impression on all who see it in your school.

The winning design could be printed onto a choice of materials to create anything you can think of!

Here are a few ideas of designs and finished products we could make to get your creative juices flowing:

  • A large printed, backlit acrylic featuring pictures of what the school means to the kids (friends, books, smiles etc)
  • A stunning fabric display giving a high-quality canvas-feel featuring drawings from all the children (a big step up from a standard tea-towel!)
  • How about being really inventive and asking for your chosen design to be replicated onto sashes to use for sports days, or even tutus!It’s really up to you how inventive you want to be with your design and what finished product you’d like us to create.

We’ll look at all of the designs we receive and will pick our favourite. We’ll then recreate the winning design for you for free so that you can display it at your school.

What do I have to do?

Simply encourage the children to be creative. You can submit design ideas by age, class, gender… it’s completely up to you! We will accept entries from Infants, Primary and Secondary schools.

Each school can send up to 5 design ideas too!

When you have your ideas ready, send us an email at info@marlerhaley.co.uk. Please make sure your subject line says ‘School Design Competition’.

freestanding-designWe have a choice of four materials for the designs to be printed onto which are fabric, acrylic, rollable PVC and foam board. Please let us know which material you would like to use with your entry – if you’ve got a more creative use of material other than standard printed displays (such as sashes, tutus or your own ideas) please tell us!

Please also let us know if you’d like your design to be wall-mounted or freestanding. Not sure? Please include this in your email and if you’re picked as the winner, we’ll discuss these two options with you.

What’s the catch?

There isn’t one. Some of us here at Marler Haley have young children and it’s nice to celebrate their work.

All you have to do is supply the design and we’ll choose our favourite and will recreate it – all costs will be covered by us. We only ask that we can display your lovely design on our website once it’s finished!

We’ll let all entrants know the verdict by Friday 14th April 2016.

What can you expect from us?

A high quality finished design.

A choice of four materials to print on: Fabric, acrylic, rollable PVC and foam board.

We look forward to receiving your entries.