SpeedPro Imaging, the Bold Cure to Fight Summertime Boredom in the Workplace

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School is out. Family reunions are in full swing. The grill is fired up and the beach homes are filled to the brim with vacationers. It’s summer time – for many, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s also the peak of daydreaming inside office buildings across the country.

July, not surprisingly, is National Anti-Boredom Month. Connecting the dots doesn’t take a Ph.D. It’s hard to stay focused on the task at hand as the summertime doldrums settle in (in fact, workplace productivity drops 20%). That’s where SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted interior graphics provider, steps in. Let us help you fight boredom in your office with awe-inspiring visual displays that will keep the mind active, the ideas flowing, and the productivity strong.

Boredom can creep quickly inside a workplace. It can be mentally draining to be productive when summer time vacation is just around the corner…or if you’re just coming back from vacation…or if your favorite cubicle-neighbor is off and away. No matter the scenario, the last place many of us want to be on a bright, sunny July day is stuck inside in the office.

In addition to SpeedPro’s game-changing interior graphics, here are 4 ways to overcome boredom at work, presented by Monster.com:

  1. Change your commute: Start and end your day in a different way by making changes to your commute. You should even consider a new mode of transportation if possible.
  2. Find a new way to work: Shake things up at the office by changing how things get done. Re-arrange when you complete your favorite tasks. Start interacting with coworkers face to face as opposed to via email and instant messaging.
  3. Get and set a goal: Identify a goal and set an “achieve by” date for it
  4. Switch your seat: Change your outlook at the office by changing your office—literally. Switching desks with a neighboring coworker can offer a fresh perspective.

Let’s elaborate further on the final point about offering a fresh perspective. The cure to boredom is curiosity. How can you spark curiosity within the confines of your office space? SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted interior graphics provider, can help you do so by providing vivid graphics that will stimulate curiosity, creativity, and ingenuity.

Mood rings aren’t just a childhood item. Color changes how we feel and interact while at work. Consider this anecdote from Entrepreneur Magazine:

“A recent University of Texas study found that bland gray, beige and white offices induced feelings of sadness and depression, especially in women. Men, on the other hand, experienced similarly gloomy feelings in purple and orange workspaces.  Similar scientific studies have shown that colors don’t just change our moods, they also profoundly impact our productivity, for better and for worse. That’s why it’s best to decorate your workplace with a vibrant medley of stimulating hues that increase output and spark creativity.”

Science tells us colors are the way to go. But we at SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted interior graphics provider, don’t settle for the simple. We like it BOLD. So, let’s crank up the office interior decorating a few notches by displaying graphics that will leave your employees mesmerized and clients in awe.

  • Window Graphics: Our studio owners have the capability to show off what customers 12 Interior Design (18 Window Graphics_Interior Design)see on your windows from the exterior. But our solutions also allow a story to be told on your windows for those inside looking out! Whether it’s a short-term cling or a permanent decal, we’re there to help you get what you need.
  • Wall Murals: These colorful display graphics can transform any space with vivid colors while not only conveying your message or brand to customers, but also reemphasizing it to employees.
  • Indoor Signage: SpeedPro Imaging produces a full range of custom signage. Coordinated wall and floor graphics that provide motivational quotes? We can do that! Single day signs that direct employees to the ice cream social? We’ll make sure they all POP off the walls!
  • Decals: This fresh and vibrant method of advertising draws the eye and gets noticed. It’s another quick and vibrant option to change up your office workspace.
  • Elevator Wraps: Communicate your brand or even your summertime theme in big, bold graphics. Transform an ordinary elevator into art in motion that will create a buzz in the building and leave employees in a good mood as they depart for the day.

Summertime is here, but let’s freeze out the boredom. Consult with your local SpeedPro Imaging studio owner to determine the best course of action to take part in national anti-boredom month.  There’s nothing boring about what we have planned for you! Find us online at speedpro.com or give us a call at (844) 274-4784 to get started.

Vehicle Wraps in Focus with SpeedPro Imaging of Denver Owner, Darin Schneider

Schneider and SpeedPro Imaging Owners Across the Country Offer Best-In-Class Vehicle Wrap Solutions for Companies and Fleets of All Sizes

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Show and tell. Do you remember it from childhood? It’s the elementary activity in which a student brings in an object and talks about it. Now that we’re all grown up, we still dabble with show and tell, only adults refer to it as marketing. Communicating the value of your product or service remains an integral aspect of marketing. So, how do you communicate your message to your intended audience? Darin Schneider, our Denver-based SpeedPro Imaging owner, has a proven and customizable solution for businesses and fleets big and small—vehicle wraps.

Even in today’s increasingly technological world, business owners can still struggle to reach and influence their intended audience. With the internet, smartphones, and social media, attention spans are short and breaking through the content noise can be a tall order.  However, vehicle wraps, like those offered by Schneider and all SpeedPro Imaging franchisees, literally ensure a company’s marketing message is visible while their customers are driving – one of the few times when they aren’t consumed by their phone, computer or another digital screen.

And yes – the numbers back up the power of vehicle wraps.   According to an Arbitron study, 71 percent of Americans “often look at messages on roadside billboards.” Now take those same billboards, and make them mobile – ensuring they reach more people throughout the community. That’s what you’re doing when you invest in SpeedPro Imaging’s vehicle wraps.  Vehicle wraps are an effective advertising method for cars, trucks, motorcycles, and boats. From an ROI standpoint, vehicle wraps have the lowest cost per impression.

For Schneider, his studio excels in single vehicles as well as full fleet wrap projects. Vehicle graphics helped lure Schneider from his IT consulting job into large format printing. He purchased his SpeedPro Imaging studio nearly six years ago.  Schneider told Sign Builder Illustrated when he took over, vehicle wraps represented 25 percent of their revenue stream.  “Over the past five years, vehicle graphics have increased to 50 percent of our revenue,” says Schneider.

Like many SpeedPro Imaging owners across the country, Schneider and SpeedPro Imaging of Denver are fully equipped to handle vehicle wrap projects of all shapes and sizes.  Specifically, once he saw the consistent flow of vehicle wrap projects, Schneider invested in a 40-by-14-foot bay to accommodate larger vehicles.

His portfolio of vehicle wrap clients reads like a “Best of” among Denver-area businesses. Schneider has wrapped vehicles for the Denver Broncos, Rocky Mountain Custom Landscapes, Swingle Lawn, Tree and Landscape Care and Lifehouse Construction.

“I used SpeedPro’s creative studio services to come up with stand-out graphics for my first company truck,” says Marty Harrison of Lifehouse Construction. “It has worked so well I have gotten comments that it may be a little on the obnoxious side but in a good, memorable way-which is exactly what I wanted! They are the one stop for design, printing, and installation.”

Two recent projects bagged both local and national attention for Schneider’s team. They are responsible for outfitting 600-plus Denver-area Comcast vehicles. The SpeedPro Imaging studio also takes credit for the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) new “Bustang” fleet of buses. Schneider told Sign & Digital Graphics magazine:

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“For this round of Comcast work, the client came directly to us,” Schneider says. “We have become the preferred Denver/Mountain region vendor. Initially, Comcast was a cold sales call. We were initially auditioned for a few of the upgrades but quickly supplanted the other vendor. CDOT was a sealed bid (request for proposal).”

While fleet wraps may be old hat for Schneider and his installation team, it’s not always easy…but he and his team find ways to deliver great work, on time.

“The Comcast work presented a huge logistical challenge,” Schneider told Sign & Digital Graphics. “Not only did a huge number of vehicles need to be completed in a short (under two months) time frame, but another primary requirement was minimizing their techs’ downtime as to not affect quotas. We were able to accomplish this using a few different techniques and best practices.”

The sweet science of marketing is ever changing. But one thing is certain, you can’t generate business if potential customers don’t know you exist. Darin Schneider and all other SpeedPro Imaging owners are doing their part to help their clients grab attention.

No matter where you call home, there’s a SpeedPro Imaging studio owner ready to tailor your fleet-wrap solutions to your specific details and budget. You can start the process now. Reach out to us online, at speedpro.com, send an email, or call us at (844) 274-4784.

Use the Warmth of Bold Window Graphics to Generate Business this Summer and Beyond

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There’s that old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” If that is the case, what is the lack of a compelling window graphic saying about your business? Nothing, that’s what. Enter SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leader in large format imagery. We specialize in providing bold window graphics for business owners because, quite simply, human beings are visual beings.

We love putting all our senses to work, but there’s something about visuals that prompts us to act. Informational graphics are primarily in hot demand because 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual. Posts on Facebook featuring pictures elicit 39% more engagement than links, videos or text-based updates. 40% of people respond better to an image than 1,000 words.

What works online and in social media also works as people travel around town.  SpeedPro Imaging understands the importance for bold window graphics for business owners. Consider this game-changing data on the effectiveness of outdoor signage:

  • Signs attract half of a start-up business’ new customers
  • 35% of passerby wouldn’t know your business was there without a sign
  • The value of on-site signage is equal to 24 full-page newspaper ads every year

SpeedPro Imaging can transform your plain storefront into a powerful marketing tool. Our amazing graphics will get that coveted second look, whether we install simple cut lettering, logos, or some interior conference room doors.

It’s summer, schools are out, people are enjoying vacation. We’re not participating in our normal routines. Many of us are visiting different towns for family reunions, weddings and Independence Day celebrations. That means thousands of new eyeballs that could be fixated on your business. How can you effectively capture their attention? With a GREAT, BIG, SpeedPro Imaging window graphic, of course!

An investment into signage just makes good business sense. SpeedPro Imaging, the source for bold window graphics for business owners, is devoted to capturing your imagination and making it a captivating work of art for all to see.

Here are just a few examples of businesses we can help:

  • Restaurants and Breweries: Americans apparently have no issues with traveling long distances to eat and drink. Let SpeedPro Imaging help make your restaurant and/or brewery a go-to destination with imaginative graphic displays that will draw visitors from all over.
  • Colleges and Schools: School may be out for summer, but the learning never ends. Now’s the perfect time to add some new pizazz and flair to a facility for the recruiting/retention season that never ends. You can also use temporary window graphics to prepare to say goodbye to the class of 2018 or welcome the class of 2021.
  • Retail Shops: The fight for consumers’ dollar has never been more intense. Shoppers are trying to make their dollars stretch. Let our vivid and hypnotizing graphics help you lure customers inside to help loosen their grip on that cash.
  • Auto Dealerships: You have your convertibles front and center on display. Help accentuate those awesome deals with a graphic display that will drive car buyers into your lot.

Our graphics don’t just entice visitors. We have 2nd surface solutions (inside looking out) that will inspire your employees within the office. Examine this anecdote from a recent Daily Nation report entitled “Window treatments that help improve workers’ output”:

“Window graphics are a clever way to attract attention in an office,” says Mr. Lucas Mwangi, the managing director of Suntint Interiors. “Most businesses use window graphics on the exterior windows. This makes sense due to their properties and compatibility with natural light,” he says.

“Window graphics can easily be used to brand the wall of an office or business and they are best done on glass surfaces. Besides, window graphics stick well on the frames of aluminum and steel profiles holding the glass,” notes Mr. Mwangi.

Window graphics can also reduce the amount of light entering an office. More bang for your buck!

There is no end to the impact big, bold window graphics can make on your business.  For more information about SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted source for bold window graphics for business owners, and to contact your local SpeedPro to get started, please visit speedpro.com/locations/.

SpeedPro Imaging – Committed to the Community

 

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We’re looking ahead to the fireworks, glitz, and glamor that comes with the Independence Day holiday. It also allows us to look back at what makes America so great. Our country is built on everlasting values of freedom, equality, democracy, family, and religion. What also stands tall and makes America so great, is our commitment to the community. We’re there for our neighbors in time of celebration and time of need. SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, shares the same commitment to the community.

SpeedPro Imaging is a nationwide network of more than 120 large format graphic printing studios owned and operated by members of your community. The men and women who assist you with your graphic needs are the same you’ll rub elbows with at the food truck event, at your place of worship, and in the stands at your child’s tee-ball game. SpeedPro Imaging’s commitment to the community is unwavering because our franchise family is comprised of dozens of local owners who love their neighborhood.

Commitment to the community is personal for our SpeedPro Imaging studio owners. Their devotion is defined multiple ways, mainly because of different passions, struggles, and circumstances:

Bruce and Dru Benson are the charismatic owners of the Des Moines, Iowa, SpeedPro Imaging studio. Dru is a breast cancer survivor who was first diagnosed in late 2008. Both are now are extremely active in breast cancer based engagements in the Des Moines area. Dru participates in activities designed to help and boost the morale of cancer patients and survivors. She is particularly fond of Susan G. Komen and Race for the Cure. Bruce says, “if any organization wants banners or point of purchase displays, and your cause is to fight cancer, consider it a donation.”

Edward Owens, Ed as he likes to be called, has a passion for philanthropy, particularly if art is involved. His SpeedPro Imaging studio in Alameda, Calif., consistently supports the “2nd Friday Art Walk” as a local host.  He helps give kids a rare opportunity to put their talents on display in front of their parents and the public during the events.

Ed is also a big environmentalist and does his best to avoid using the landfill. Normally misprints, foam cores, end of rolls and other non-usable items wind up in the trash. In Ed’s case, he donates the products to Alameda Arts Program, an after-school program that teaches children in the community how to make art. Those children are literally transforming trash into treasure. “The ‘2nd Friday Art Walk’ is a great community building event,” says Owens. “It gets people in the community out to support art, education, and kids. It also provides a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate ‘reduce, reuse, recycle.’”

Those are just two of the wonderful examples our SpeedPro Imaging studio owners are committed to their community. We have several instances of studio owners giving their time and services by offering these products to events and programs close to their hearts:

  • Banners: Simple but effective with big, vibrant graphics, the donation of banners help event organizers draw attention to their programs.
  • Flags: Many of our SpeedPro Imaging studio owners take part in 5k races that raise money for charities. These flags help put a special spotlight on the events.
  • Event Tents: Some of our owners are also supporters of the boys and girl scouts and will use these tents to provide relief from the sun as they help distribute those sweet treats.

SpeedPro Imaging is a national company, but we operate in the same places you call home. We’re proud members of our community. If you’re in need of graphic solutions, don’t hesitate to connect with us at www.speedpro.com.

And if you’d like to learn more about how you can give back to your own community as a thriving SpeedPro Imaging franchise owner, please visit www.speedprofranchising.com.

SpeedPro Imaging – The Nation’s Leader in Large Format Imagery Has Great. Big. Capabilities.

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The Three Musketeers have a famous motto, “one for all, and all for one.” That’s exactly our line of thinking at SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leader in large format imagery. SpeedPro Imaging studios are franchise locations independently owned and operated by men and women who live in your community, send their children to the same schools, attend the same places of worship and cheer for the same local sports teams.

However, while each business owner is firmly committed to his or her community, that does not mean their studio’s capabilities are limited to local resources.  While we are comprised of individual studios, SpeedPro Imaging is also a thriving and collaborative national franchise network of more than 125 studios located in 31 states. That means we have an unequaled national presence that gives each of our independent studios Great. Big. Capabilities. as all owners can work together to tackle any large format printing job of any scale anywhere.

When you visit your local studio, know that you are walking into a studio that boasts the best technology in the industry. And we’re proud to say, each of our studios coast to coast are equipped with (or can access) the new HP FB550 UV Flatbed printer. This game-changing printer allows your local SpeedPro Imaging owner the ability to print a wide array of graphic solutions on a diverse list of materials.

Sure, we’re “humble-bragging” a little here. We take pride in the fact that we embrace industry leading technology and possess a network of franchise owners who love helping each other succeed. But we also want to drive home the point that no job is ever too big for your local SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leader in large format imagery, to handle. On the off-chance the local studio in your community isn’t equipped with the tools to complete your specific request, our owners will collaborate with one another to get the job done in a swift and timely fashion.

SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leader in large format imagery, our reach and scope is boundless.

  • No matter the size or scope, we can tackle any large format printing project and our quality and timeliness are unmatched by any local or national competitor.
  • Need a project completed/delivered to other locations/states? No problem – we can help you save time and cut costs by working seamlessly with partner studios across the country.
  • On the road and need help in a pinch? We have your back – our national presence means your local studio can connect you with a resource wherever you are, giving you peace of mind wherever and whenever you need our support.

From Boston to East Bay, Miami to Mesa, there’s never a place where SpeedPro Imaging can’t address your needs. We don’t operate on a “one-size fits all” business model. We are a solution-based company, we have thrived for more than 20 years as the nation’s leader in large format imagery because of our Great. Big. Capabilities!

Here are just a few examples of how these capabilities can help YOU!

  • Vehicle Wraps: Your company is headquartered in Rochester, New York, but you have a fleet of vehicles that need to be wrapped in Pittsburgh. One simple call from the Rochester store will have your vehicles dressed up in Big. Bold. Graphics. in Western Pennsylvania in no time!
  • Trade Show Displays: You’re just a few days from the annual conference in San Diego that makes or breaks your fiscal year. And what do you know? The airline has lost/damaged your flashy, portable display that you checked in on your flight from Orlando. Don’t panic. One call and we’ll have your brand-new display ready for you in time.
  • Elevator Wraps: You’re the operator of a multi-level building in Dallas. You place an extremely large order to add some pop to each of the elevator doors. Our SpeedPro Image studios will work together to produce mesmerizing graphic displays faster than you can imagine.

Our goal here at SpeedPro Imaging is to transform your wildest dreams into an inspiring and impactful reality, no matter the size or scope.   Please visit www.speedpro.com to find the studio closest to you and allow us to make those dreams come true.

The HP UV Flatbed Printer – The Difference is in the Technology

SpeedPro Imaging, the Nation’s Leading Printing and Graphics Franchise Introduces More Game-Changing Equipment to Empower their Franchisees

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SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, is embracing its role as the industry’s technology leader with the inclusion of the HP FB550 UV Flatbed printer in the newly updated and more robust franchise startup package. As the market leader in large format imagery, SpeedPro Imaging has the knowledge, vision, and foresight to adopt technological advances aimed at boosting quality, efficiency and overall customer satisfaction before others.

SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, prides itself on adopting technology that allows all franchise owners to provide the best services and products to customers. The delivery of the HP FB FB550 UV Flatbed printer to SpeedPro Imaging studios across the country emphasizes that commitment. Features include:

  • High-quality applications
  • Improved high-density photo print modes and high white opacity
  • Multi-image-multi-size capability
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Your local SpeedPro Imaging studio owner has even more capabilities to transform your wildest imagination into reality with this advanced equipment. Simply put, the HP FB550 UV Flatbed printer is revolutionary within the industry. Here’s why:

  • Increased Efficiency – This large-format printer enables studio owners to load, print, and collect media simultaneously, allowing a continuous workflow, saving both time and money.
  • Reduced Labor and Material Costs – Rigid materials are no longer a cause of concern with this HP UV flatbed printer. Your local SpeedPro Imaging Studio can print directly to your rigid and flexible substrates, eliminating the need for two materials and eliminating the additional labor involved.
  • Unique Product Opportunities – SpeedPro Imaging studio owners can print on a wide range of substrates. Aluminum, wood, glass, mirror or acrylic, anything up to 2.25” thick, are possibilities. That opens up more options to provide a variety of high-quality large-format printing applications for wall murals, event graphics, and window graphics. The printer allows your local SpeedPro franchisee to even take a door off its hinges and run it right through!

“We take pride in our ability to train and integrate our hard-working franchise owners in a manner that positions them on a path toward success starting on day one,” says Steven Brown, SpeedPro Imaging’s Chief Operating Officer. “With the integration of the HP UV Flatbed Printer, our franchise owners remain equipped with the absolute best technology the industry has to offer. That allows studio owners the ability to deliver the bold graphic solutions and dependable service our valuable customers have grown to expect from SpeedPro Imaging.”

As the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, SpeedPro Imaging can handle any printing project on behalf of their clients, including:

  • Banners, Decals, Digital Signage, Directional Signage, Elevator Wraps
  • Event Graphics, Event Tents, Flags, Fleet Wraps, Floor Graphics
  • Indoor Signage, Outdoor Signage, Point of Purchase Displays
  • Retractors, Signs & Graphics, Table Coverings & Table-toppers
  • Trade Show Displays, Vehicle Wraps, Wall Murals, Window Graphics

Become a Master Event Planner When You Collaborate with SpeedPro Imaging, The Nation’s Most Trusted Trade Show Partner

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Organizing and hosting a successful trade show is a daunting task. While you’ve stepped up and accepted the challenge, you still sometimes struggle to ‘hit it out of the park.’ And that’s where SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted trade show partner, comes into play. Producing a trade show can be a lucrative business. The top 10 trade shows in the U.S. drew more than three-quarter of a million attendees in 2016.

We here at SpeedPro Imaging are committed to helping you succeed with your next endeavor. That’s why we’ve created the Event Planners Guide for you. It’s six tips from the nation’s most trusted trade show partner designed to boost attendance and sponsorships at your next event. Consider it a blueprint to “see exactly how other event planners are making their events more successful than ever.”

Tip #1: Planning Far Enough in Advance:  Event shows are not built for those who tend to procrastinate. The larger the function, the more time it takes to plan. Typically, events can be planned up to a year in advance and no later than 3 months. This is also the time you should be asking some critical questions that can make your break your event. Questions include: What is the objective? What date/time will it be? What is the venue’s availability? What is the demographic of attendees?

Tip #2: Having Booths and Events Clearly Labeled: Being an event show organizer is just that, being organized! One essential component of planning a trade show involves navigation. Start laying out the floor plan and think of the signs that will direct attendees to the location their seeking. The good news, directional signs is where SpeedPro Imaging shines. We offer a wide variety of signage options including:

Tip #3: Selling More High-Level Sponsorships: It’s no secret, trade shows can be an expensive operation. One way to potentially offset those costs involves the tried-and-true method of sponsorships. SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted trade show partner, specializes in helping you attract more high-level sponsorships. How you ask? Over the years, we’ve developed a three-step formula that you can easily follow to sell more high-level sponsorships:

  1. Prepare a list of potential sponsors
  • Be sure to include any previous sponsors
  • Research similar events and make note of all the high-level sponsorships
  1. Develop sponsorship packages that include maximum value
    • Clearly demonstrate what is included in their sponsorship package
    • Be creative with what is included
    • The higher the level of the sponsorship, the more exclusive the package needs to be
  2. Develop sponsorship presentation boards
    • Allow sponsors to see exactly what their logo will look like at the event on an assortment of items
    • Show creative ideas
    • Use 3D mockups to clearly visualize how much value sponsors are getting

Tip #4: Increase Attendees by Promoting Your Event: If you build it, there’s no guarantee they’ll come. Especially if you haven’t followed proper promotion protocol. We can’t put enough emphasis on the importance of making attendees aware of your event. How will you draw people in if they don’t know it is happening? SpeedPro Imaging has found some great ways to promote events – including Radio, TV and Newspaper Advertising. Social Media plays an integral role in promotion – and event planners can use it effectively at little to no cost. Good old fashion posters at local businesses always remain effective (and we can help you make them!). And of course, partnerships with local organizations is an efficient way to get publicity.

Tip #5: Preparing for Last Minute Changes: In Tip #1, we discussed the virtues of planning ahead. That’s because no matter how precise you are, something is bound to pop up. We encourage you to prepare for last minute changes.

  • Utilize Volunteers
  • Have on extra staff on hand
  • Hire a local large format graphics company, like SpeedPro Imaging, to manage your last-minute booth changes or printing of additional directional signage

Tip #6: Grab the Attention of Attendees: Know that you’ve gotten attendees to your show, you must keep them there. After doing this for several years, SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted trade show partner, offers you these three proven ideas to grab attendees’ attention.

  1. Fish Bowl Raffle
    • They get a chance to win stuff. You get their contact info. It’s a win-win.
  2. Attractive Booth
    • You should be able to clearly tell what product or service you sell from 10 feet away
  3. Digital Signage
    • Moving images always manage to be an eye-catcher.

You’re on the right track. Let us help you take your event over the top. With your hard work and our expertise, your event could very well end up in a future ranking of one of the country’s most attended trade shows.

 

Kickstart Your Summer with SpeedPro Imaging, The Nation’s Most Trusted Marketing Resource

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Your customers are gearing up to spend money. As the thermometer heats up, so does our spending habits.

“We hibernate quite a bit during the winter months and I think we have a tendency to come out swinging,” says Silvio Stroescu with Tangerine.

He adds more than half of us aren’t as concerned about our budgets over the next few months. “People tend to spend a lot more on food, drinks, and entertainment. I would suggest patios have a lot to do with that. The second highest answer would be people taking vacations over the summer months.”

SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted marketing resource, wants to make sure business owners are in the right frame of mind as summer approaches. Think about what Silvio Stroescu is saying in that previous paragraph. People see the summer as a season to be a little bit more nonchalant about their spending habits. Need more proof? In a 2015 report from Experian, 72 percent of millennials surveyed revealed they knew they were going to overspend on vacation before their bags were packed (meaning local business owners in those towns benefit greatly).

What are you doing to accelerate awareness and ultimately sales as your target audience prepares to spend more three weeks from now? Here’s the encouraging news; your business doesn’t have to be linked to tourism to cash in on the season of fun…and SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, can help.

Let’s explore six industries that can truly benefit from SpeedPro Imaging’s customizable graphics solutions this summer season:

Apartments – When it comes to moving, Summer0 is the hot season. Between college graduations or families transitioning to a new role in a new city, Americans are on the move this season. Reel in those potential new residents with astounding outdoor signage that promotes your fantastic leasing options.

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  • Auto Dealers -The summer season is traditionally strong for auto dealers. Our bold window graphics will highlight the “can’t miss” specials inside your showrooms along with the service department deals aimed at keeping drivers safe and sound while driving to their vacation destination.

Breweries –There’s no denying the popularity of breweries. Let us help you strike while the iron is hot. You’ve built that gorgeous outdoor patio. Now it’s time to show it off. Our vivid and graphically intense banners will help accentuate that party atmosphere that will keep the beer flowing for all four seasons.

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  • Festivals – We’ve previously discussed what the warmer weather means for festival event organizers. The sun will be blazing, but you’ll be protected from the elements with your dynamic and customizable event tents. No matter the size or shape, your beautifully branded event tent will attract the audience and attention you are seeking.
  • RestaurantsAmerican’s love to grill. 75% of U.S. adults own a grill. But it’s safe to assume they won’t be behind the flame every single night. Just as they were on Cinco De Mayo, local residents will be searching for great places to eat all summer long. Let’s take advantage of their senses. We’ll allow you to capitalize on smell and taste. Let us focus on sight with imaginative teardrop flags that will capture the essence of your brand.
  • Schools & UniversitiesSchool may be out for summer, but learning is year-round. There’s freshman orientation on the collegiate level. Our stunning event graphics will help welcome the Class of 2021. For primary and secondary education, let us show you how our wall murals and decals can spruce up your schools and increase recruitment/retention without breaking the bank.

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From the $18 billion-a-year summer camp industry to the movie theaters playing host to the lucrative summer blockbusters, to the air conditioning repair service technicians who will be in hot demand, SpeedPro Imaging can and will help any kind of business and business owner looking to capitalize on the summer season. The categories are endless, just as the graphic solution possibilities when you team up with SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted marketing resource.

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.  But on Tuesday, let’s talk business. Summer is fast approaching, but it’s not too late to build a successful plan that will have your profits heating up faster than the feeling of hot sand on the sole of your feet.

Visit www.speedpro.com and check out our locations page.   Type in your zip code to find the SpeedPro Imaging franchise owner closest to your business and let’s get to work!

Festival Season In Focus: Turn Up the Volume for Festivals and Outdoor Events with SpeedPro Imaging

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We’ve packed up the parkas and scarfs and are donning dapper seersuckers and stunning sundresses. Winter is in our rear-view mirror, spring is in full bloom, and summer, summer, summertime is just around the corner. The temperature is rising, and so should your expectations to generate business as customers focus on the great outdoors. SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted festival, and outdoor events partner is ready to help you turn up and show out as the festive season kicks into high gear.

While there’s no scientific fact to prove it, it’s safe to say we’re a nation that likes to party. Miley Cyrus even wrote a song about it. And nothing, at this moment, defines summertime more than festivals and outdoor events. A whopping 32 million people attended at least one U.S. music festival in 2014. There’s been a meteoric rise in the popularity of music festivals this decade – Coachella, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits—are all must-attend events for hundreds of thousands of music fans.

Consider this write-up from data management platform Umbel:

After a decade of consistent growth in the music festival business, many cities are more than happy to host one. The local economies of the host cities benefit greatly as they are infused with millions of dollars in additional tourism-related revenue. Fans come for the music and the unique experience, and sponsors and advertisers love that they have a truly captive audience, not just for a few minutes but for multiple days. Which is why so many brands are willing to pay megabucks to sponsor them in multiple ways.

And the big-ticket festivals are paying dividends for the organizers responsible for them. The five biggest festivals grossed more than $183 million in ticket sales in 2014.

But it’s not just the big-name music events that draw people outside during these two climate friendly seasons. It’s your local street festivals, food truck rodeos, and renaissance fairs.

For instance, a weekly lunchtime farmer’s market in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina in the summer of 2015 generated more than 100,000 shoppers, resulting in $200,000 in spending.

Whether you’re in Memphis, West Virginia, or Charleston, SC, the country is hungry to congregate outside with their neighbors. And this is where SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted festival and outdoor events planner, is best suited to help you satisfy that hunger with BIG. BOLD. GRAPHICS.

Let SpeedPro Imaging, with our spectacular, high-impact graphic display options, make your festival the next “big thing.” Our customizable graphic solutions will convey your message starting with the promotional phase. Watch in amazement as your grand vision is brought to reality when you partner with SpeedPro Imaging to create dynamic stage banners and extraordinary signage that visually enhances the festive atmosphere.

  • Tents – Nothing says street festival more than a tent. And SpeedPro Imaging’s tents will speak your event’s language. Our versatile, portable and customized tents invite passersby to stop and discover what’s inside.
  • Flags – SpeedPro Imaging flags will get the word out on one or both sides. Blade or teardrop, feather or flutter, your local studio can help you design mesmerizing flags.
  • Floor Graphics – We aim to amaze and astound from the ground up. Let us provide an extra WOW with directional floor graphics. Exterior concrete or asphalt? No match for SpeedPro Imaging’s adhesive prints that are the true definition of durability.

 

  • Vehicle Wraps – Playing host to a food truck rodeo? Spice up that beat-up old truck with our customizable graphics that will drive home your messaging.
  • Digital Signage – Here’s a solution when you need to communicate multiple messages. We specialize in engaging signage limited only by your imagination.

As a festival organizer, you have enough to worry about. When you team-up with SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted festival and outdoor events planner, know that your graphics opportunities will be managed in a timely fashion.

For more information about SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s most trusted restaurant graphics partner, and to contact your local SpeedPro to get started, please visit http://www.speedpro.com/locations/.

SpeedPro Imaging: Inspiring Bright Young Minds to Pursue Creative Careers

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Nation’s Leading Printing and Graphics Franchise Celebrates SpeedPro Owner Mark Simmons for Valuing Customer Relationships and Building a Robust Internship Program with Local High School

“Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.” That inspirational quote applies to Mark Simmons, one of the newest SpeedPro Imaging franchise owners.  Mark joined the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise after spending more than 30 years in retail executive management, learning the ropes and learning how to deal with the ups and downs.

Mark learned the value of relationships early in his career and it factors into his early success as a relatively new SpeedPro Imaging studio owner. The studio in Apex, NC, a blossoming business and homeowner suburb of Raleigh, opened its doors in July 2016. Mark is capitalizing on the network he built during his career to leverage new connections and business. That includes substantial work with American Airlines, Leith VW of Cary, Leith Automotive Group, Coca-Cola,  and premier homebuilder Royal Oaks Homes.

 

vwAA CLT 1Blog 3One of Simmons toughest professional lessons came during The Great Recession when he oversaw chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings at a national retailer. Mark had to deliver unwelcome news about job cuts to a countless number of employees. While there is no joy out of being the bearer of a major life change, the process reinforced Mark’s values of compassion and relationship building.

As Mark nurtures his budding SpeedPro Imaging business, he recognizes the value of building relationships with members of his community in Apex – something other SpeedPro franchise owners have told him is the key to success with the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise. Mark is a member of the Apex rotary club, has joined two local chambers, and supports several non-profits in the area. He also works with a crisis ministry in the county, where they provide food for the needy, and donates signage to the program.

That’s a lot of time and effort spent on relationship building and giving back…but Mark says it’s been the key to his success as he is more than doubling expected volume levels in his first full year (check out this recent blog post to see how one SpeedPro Imaging owner, Bruce Benson, made more than $750,000 in a single month!).

“I love the area,” says Mark, a Syracuse, NY native. “The Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) is a wonderful place to live and raise a family.  With more than a million residents, and more being added every day, it’s also a booming market to grow a business. There’s so much development all around the city, allowing me to make connections for clients in need for graphic and signage solutions.”

But Mark’s relationship-building focus only begins with potential community clients and business partners.   The connection extends to the local high school, Apex Friendship. The school is home to the Academy of Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing. The selective AP level program gives student exposure to hands-on experiences within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). It’s a program his daughter Kailea, a student at Apex Friendship, takes part in. When Mark learned the school was looking to partner with local businesses for an internship program, he jumped at the chance.

“School leaders do an excellent job building relationships with local businesses, small and large. SpeedPro Imaging has a commitment to community, and the high schools are a major part of the community here in Apex. It was an absolute no-brainer when I was approached to take part in this initiative.”

The students had to earn their way into his SpeedPro Imaging studio. He interviewed 4 candidates, each with unique traits. Mark ultimately chose a rising senior with a 3.7 GPA, interested in aerospace and automotive design. “His resume was polished, he was very accomplished. I was impressed by his maturity after our interview.”

While internships are typically associated with college students, ambitious high schoolers are gradually learning the importance of the work experience. The Society for Human Resource Management says both employers, and students benefit from high school internships. “By employing students, companies get exposure to talent early in their career journey and help support the well-being of the local community,” says Robin D. Richards, chairman, and CEO of Internships.com.

The student will assume a production assistant role at the SpeedPro Imaging studio – learning exactly what it takes to work for the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise. Day-to-day functions include handling the printing and finishing processes, along with exposure to graphic design. Once the intern is comfortable, he’ll have the ability for some level of customer interaction, both inside and outside the facility. The program is only seven weeks, but Mark believes this opportunity will be a win-win-win for the student, SpeedPro employees, and Mark himself.

“For the student, who is only 17, he’ll get hands-on exposure and experience in the design aspect that he simply would not get in school,” says Simmons. “This is an opportunity for him to implement classroom observation into real life scenarios and learn the ins and outs of a local small business and manufacturer.  He’ll be exposed to real world scenarios in a pressurized position that mirrors what it’s truly like to be a production assistant – something that rarely happens with internships.”

From a business perspective, involvement with this internship program serves as an informational session for Simmons. Later this year, he’ll use the lessons learned from the experience with his intern, as a blueprint when he hires a full-time production assistant. Simmons gets to test drive the position, without any of the associated labor costs.

“My whole team is excited because we get a chance to mentor an outstanding young man with a bright future.   This internship program gives everyone at my SpeedPro studio, including myself, the opportunity to grow and develop.   This is a rare opportunity for my employees to receive help from a highly motivated and intelligent intern who possesses skills that have real world impact.   Additionally, all of us will develop a better understanding of how to hire and what to look for in new employees while refining our delegation and training processes.   We can’t wait to get started.”

Mark and his team are excited about the upcoming summer lesson. He believes this venture is the start of a long-term relationship with Apex Friendship High School long after his daughter graduates. And Mark is thrilled his neighbors in Apex embraced him as much as he and his SpeedPro Imaging studio continues its growth.

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SpeedPro Imaging franchisees across the country are doing their part of cultivating America’s brightest minds with a meaningful opportunity.   A specific focus on hiring and developing hungry and passionate employees is one of the key catalysts that have fueled SpeedPro’s development into the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise that specializes in:

  • Banners, Decals, Digital Signage, Directional Signage, Elevator Wraps
  • Event Graphics, Event Tents, Flags, Fleet Wraps, Floor Graphics
  • Indoor Signage, Outdoor Signage, Point of Purchase Displays
  • Retractors, Signs & Graphics, Table Coverings & Table-toppers
  • Trade Show Displays, Vehicle Wraps, Wall Murals, Window Graphics

For more information on the SpeedPro Imaging franchise opportunity and what it takes to be a successful franchise owner like Mark, please visit http://www.speedprofranchising.com/.