BILLBOARD CHATTER BLOG

How to Install a Billboard

Jun 28, 2021

Billboard installation can be tricky. Not only is it dangerous it can be downright scary. It is best to leave it to the professionals. However there are some independent billboard companies or single sign owners that like to do it themselves. If that sounds like you then please read on to see some helpful hints to installing your own billboard. Hardware You need ratchets every 4′. There are available in a number of lengths in both standard and heavy-duty configurations, making them ideal for virtually all flex face sign applications. Purchase ratchets that have a large tightening handle. The small metals ones are more difficult to use. You will use gripper rods to slide through the billboard pocket. Solid PVC piping and hollow rods can become conductive. We only recommend fiberglass rods because metal rods can electrocute you if it touches electrical lines. Non-conductive Light-weight Easy to transport Long lasting It is imperative that installers are wearing a safety harness. Wearing safety harnesses provide the best fall protection. Weather can have a huge factor whether a billboard surface is slippery. Make sure to wear an OSHA required harness. They are lightweight and fully adjustable to any installers body type. This can be the difference between life or death. Some billboard installers use bucket trucks and some use ladders. Bucket trucks may be the most common way to install a billboard. This is often chosen because it provides a clear view of where you are going and what you’re doing, but this method can…

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Western Fairs Association Conference

Jun 25, 2021

Western Fairs Association Conference Billboards Etc had a wonderful time at the Western Fairs Association Conference! Have you ever gone to a conference and walked next to man on stilts? Or practiced your axe throwing? Well we are proud to say….WE HAVE! We met with several members and acts within the Fair industry. It was impressive to see how much work it takes to bring a state fair together to make it perfect for the public.  Most importantly, the new exciting relationships made are vital in choosing a print partner. The WFA conference was a great experience and we look forward to growing our relationship with WFC and its members! Experience We have partnered with several fair organizations. Assisting fairs with their many of their printing needs including vinyl banners, mesh banners, and billboards.  Secondly, we deliver on-time in order for the fairgrounds to have a successful opening day! We set up a custom order process that makes it much easier for file uploading and detailed instructions. This custom process is completely unique to the exact fairground ordering. Your fairground does not have to stand for a cookie cutter ordering process.  Thirdly, we send proofs within 24 hours and freely assist with graphic design issues. And lastly, dates are given to you when your expected order is set to ship and deliver. The communication process is excellent from start to finish. We can help your fairgrounds! Are you associated with fairgrounds and need help with printing for your next big…

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Large Banners Made Easy!

Jun 15, 2021

Large Banner Printing or Big Banners We specialize in large banner printing and are a large format printer. We’re not just a billboard printer but we print all things large. We print any size banner and you have no restrictions on size! First thing is first, measure your location. We can not get started on your print project without have adequate measurements. Billboards Etc offers a variety of sizes, shapes and styles that are perfect for your needs. We can print any size from small business to large scale billboards. Our banners may be printed on vinyl materials or mesh material depending on the project requirements. You have a choice of Matte or Semi-gloss finishes. All our materials are designed for both indoor and outdoor billboard and wall mural advertising applications. We use UV, Solvent and or Latex inks for our printing projects. Anti-mildew, anti-UV, and flame retardant. Finishing Do you have special requirements for the edges of your banner? We offer a variety of different ways we can finish out the edges of your banner. Grommets Use fender washers and screws and directly screw into your building or a wooden frame. If your wall is brick then use masonry screws. banner zip tie Zip Ties Perfect for chain link fences. Quick, cost effective and is just a plain easy way to install. Pockets Pockets on the top and bottom will need pipe in order to get a level hang. Bungee Using Bungee cords allows the banner to give a little…

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How to Rent a Billboard

Jun 1, 2021
Rent a Billboard

Information guide on Renting a Billboard Although we’re a billboard and large banner printing company, we’ve worked with tons of outdoor advertising companies during our time in business. So we know all the ins and outs of billboard rentals. If you’re looking for billboard space and need to know the steps of securing the right spot, here are a few tips to keep in mind: JUST LOOKING Contact the advertising company that owns the billboard (usually posted on the skirt of the sign or a contact number on the billboard face). You can ask the billboard company a lot of questions on the phone, however, we would recommend you giving them your email address and having them email you all the specifics about the location in question. Email is a great way to negotiate with billboard companies! Be careful though….high demand billboards need to be snatched up quick and there is not a whole lot of room for negotiation.   WORK A DEAL When renting a billboard determine your budget. Depending on size and location, expect to pay from $75 to $250 per month for rural sites, and from $900 to $2,500 per month for city and interstate signs. If you’re renting more than one billboard, negotiate a discount. The billboards on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood run $10,000 per month, whereas the monthly tab for the billboard in Paris, Texas, is $525 entering town and $375 on your way back out. You might get discounts for signing two-year contracts. Or maybe…

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Billboard Installation

Apr 15, 2021
Billboard Installation

Watch our video to see a billboard installation take place. Some billboard installers use bucket trucks and some use ladders. There are various ways an installer might choose to install a billboard. However the best way is “safety first”! Always use a harness! This could save your life. Choose a billboard installer that carries his or her own liability insurance and make sure they add you as “named as insured” on the policy. If your installer is not an employee of your company please make sure your contract laborer signs a contract that includes safety practices and that they will always carry liability. We would recommend talking with your attorney about best practices when hiring an installer. This video is just an example of what a typical installation looks like. First step is ordering your billboard print! Contact us to learn more about billboard installation or click here!  

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Determining the Right Vinyl Printing Needs for Your Project

Mar 22, 2021

Vinyl banners are extremely popular for outdoor displays because of their durability and their versatility. They are resistant to water and UV rays so they can stay outdoors for a longer period of time without being damaged by the weather or the sun. Plus, vinyl banners are strong — it takes quite a bit of force to rip one. And you can hang them virtually anywhere!   But what type of vinyl banner works for your project? Well, it all depends on what you’ll be using the banner for and for how long.    Vinyl Weight: It Does Make a Difference! One thing you do want to keep in mind is how much weight you will need.   For example, many billboard companies prefer using a 7-ounce vinyl banner over 13 ounces because it’s lighter, more flexible, and has a nice stretch. However, a 13-ounce banner is heavier and has less tinsel strength than the 7 ounces material, making it more rigid.   Check the specifications of your project before ordering your banner weight. You can always contact us to find the best option!   Billboard Etc.’s Vinyl Printing Selection We have a large selection of vinyl printing options available for your project, such as:   Vinyl Flex Perfect for long-term use, our vinyl flex printing is designed for both outdoor and indoor use. Great for billboards and wall mural applications, it is made of a durable, semi-gloss, three-ply material with PVC on the outside layers and polyester scrim inside.…

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7 Tips For Creating An Effective Ad

Feb 17, 2021
Creating an Effective Ad

At some point and time, we all seem to struggle with our creative juice running on E whether it is because we have yet to have that glorious cup of coffee or because we are just lacking some inspiration. A good sale is only as effective as the creative design. Here are 7 tips and tricks to get your creative senses flowing and create an effective advertisement. 1) Know your targeted Audience: The first step of any sale is knowing who you are trying to persuade. This will help you communicate with them on their level and in a way that would meet their needs. For example, if you are trying to reach hungry commuters your ad would need to be something mouth watering like a big plate of food. 2) Emotional Triggers: Once you know your targeted audience, you can then begin to evaluate their emotional triggers. We see this played out a lot with the larger companies like Facebook, Netflix and Google even. They have learned our emotional and psychological triggers and are able to use that to capture our attention. Creepy… I know… But it works! A good example of an effective design that plays on the emotional trigger is seen below. You see a pool and a child having fun then begin to think about your kids or grandkids and how fun that would be for them too. 3) Utilize Key Search Words: What is your audience searching for if they were to google your business? If they are…

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Billboard Printing Guidelines: What You Need to Know

Feb 16, 2021

If you’re tasked with creating a billboard or large format banner design, there are a few billboard printing guidelines to keep in mind. Not only do you have to contend with creating a design that attracts customers, but how is that design going to translate onto the vinyl once it’s printed. If you’re new to billboard design, there are a few billboard printing guidelines to keep in mind before you start on your project. Dimensions and Resolution Must be Exact Unlike digital design, where you have some flexibility with your space, print banner design means you have a limited amount of space to work with. Everything your client wants to say in their billboard or large format banner needs to be placed in this specific space. Although this may seem like a drawback, it actually works in a designer’s favor. With the size restrictions, you know the content will look exactly as you have designed it once it’s printed. Before you start planning out your design, make sure your file has the right dimensions and resolution. Also, remember that any photos or logos you’re using are a high resolution image. This means the image should be at minimum 300 pixels per inch (PPI). If you’re using a lower resolution, the image will come out pixelated or blurry once it’s printed. What is a Bleed Area in Printing? A bleed area is an area found on the edge of your document that allows the billboard printer space to account for any…

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August: FREE Mini Billboard Month

Aug 25, 2020
Mini Billboard

Here Ye Here Ye! We have hereby declared that August is our free mini billboard month! All print orders received over our website will automatically get a free mini billboard shipped to them! Now go shopping! www.billboardprints.com

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Billboard & Apps

May 11, 2020
Billboard

Kwik Check convenient store developed a new app and uses outdoor advertising to promote it. We love when technology and outdoor advertising work together! Thank you KC for your business! #kwikcheck #kravethekwik

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