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Ploughing Championship Exhibitors Checklist

The National Ploughing Championship 2017 takes place in September (19th-21st) in Screggan, Co. Offaly. This event is one of the largest outdoor events in Europe with over 1,700 exhibitors and attendances of over 283,000 visitors.

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Things we can help you with

If you are an exhibitor you need to get your skates on in final preparation for this three day outdoor trade show event.

  • You have the stand organised at this stage so it’s time to get some final preparation in…
  • Trade stand graphics like signage with strong clear branding and messaging. Remember there are thousands of people a day attending this massive trade show so make it attractive and inviting to your stand.

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  • Branded clothing for your staff on the trade stand, plus name tags. This helps the attendees easily identify your staff and is also good advertising as your staff walk the show on lunch breaks etc.
  •  Printed Flyers, brochures, leaflets, postcards for your intended target market
  • Building on that database for your business at this trader show over the three days, you need a simple form for customers to fill on and maybe some encouragement also in relation to a competition for this as it entices your audience to take part!
  • Video demos for screens or tablets on your trade stand
  • Business cards for your staff to hand out
  • Branded promotional give aways (freebies) like branded memory sticks, pens, bags, notepads, hats, rain ponchos, again its down to budget. These type of promotional giveaways also come into play in relation to competitions held throughout the trade show days.
  • Competitions at your trade show – online or print – again it’s all about brand awareness.
  • Highlighting that new business offering at the stand, whether it’s a new machine or it’s a new app or it’s a news service offering. Here is a great stage to launch this and get great PR in relation to this for your business.
  • Specific photography area (mobile) at your trade stand, in relation to social media and again brand awareness

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  • Refreshments for your visitors to your trade stand, either branded coffee cups or water bottles or sweet treats to boost the energy level
  • Social media about your brand, your products your service offering…
  • Social media before the event to promote what stand and row number location you are in, plus daily updates on social media also throughout the trade show.
  • Converting leads to sales… that’s what it’s all about. All this hard work has to pay off so make it work for you and your audience.
  • Maybe catching the attention of the crowd in the car park before they enter into the show, again you need some bodies to assist you here…Or maybe as the crowds exit the show into the car park areas is another consideration

 

Things we can’t help you with
  • Start by getting a copy of The Irish Farmers Journal a week in advance, as they have will have a handy printed map of all the trade exhibitors, so you can get your bearings…
  • The best pair of waterproof walking shoes you can get! As your feet will be walked off you..
  • Rain gear just in case – as you never know what the weather will be like at the Ploughing Championships. Umbrellas are a bit of a nuisance at the ploughing as the tracks throughout the ploughing are so busy on a daily basis.
  • Knowing where the “nice” toilets are at the National Ploughing Championships!
  • Knowing the best place to get lunch is – where they serve good quality Irish food
  • If you are travelling a long distance it might be a good idea to hire out a campervan for the weekend to avoid those early starts
  • Knowing the best time to leave so you do not get stuck in traffic jams on the way home and also planning that route in advance
  • Remember where you parked your car!
  • Ready for day two of the ploughing…

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Tips for Successful Ribbon Cutting Events, Product Launches and Promotional Events for your Company

Tips for Successful Ribbon Cutting Events, Product Launches and Promotional Events for your Company

So you are organising an event for your company, and you are thinking that it will be overwhelming, expensive, time-consuming … the list goes on.

However despite all of the hard work involved, these events are a very effective way to connect with your customers and suppliers. You can use events such as product launches to promote your new product successfully by ensuring that everything runs smoothly so that you make the best possible first impression. You can also use the event as a way of generating publicity and press coverage which can include social media mentions, online articles, printed reports in local or national newspapers and of course local and national TV. When you consider what a great opportunity for publicity your event can be you will want to make sure that you get all elements of the event to look fantastic and AKGraphics can help you with that.

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So, what can we help you with? We think it’s a good idea to really focus on the most important elements of your event. Within the last 8 weeks we have worked with a number of our clients to make sure that their launches are a success and you will see some examples of our design work for them in our tips below.

TOP TIPS TO MAKE SURE YOUR EVENT IS A SUCCESS & LOOKS GREAT

1. Set the tone with INVITATION DESIGN

Your invitation design will set the tone for your event and it should depict the atmosphere of your event. AKGraphics will also discuss your options on the different types of invitations that are appropriate for corporate events.

For example you might not want or need to send physical invitations by post. In that case an online custom invitation is an ideal solution. They allow you to send and track the invitations quickly and easily. Plus once the digital invitations are received your intended delegates can rsvp immediately online. If you are organising an event whether large or small, online email invitations are a great tool to consider. Recently, AKGraphics designed an email invitation for UCD, which greatly helped the success of their event.

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However if your event has a more formal feel a beautifully designed printed invitation may be a more appropriate option. AKGraphics will design your bespoke invitations and we will also present options on print finished such as foils and custom or unusual shapes. These special touches will ensure that the recipient of your invitation is eager to attend your event. Paper types and coloured envelopes can also add a special feel to your custom designed invitation. Below is our invitation design for Walsh Whiskey Distillery ribbon cutting event. You can read more about this event invitation design here.

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Of course if your event is open to your entire target market an open invitation in the form of a flyer, newspaper advert and online adverts will ensure that you reach a large audience. In this case the newspaper advert or online advert design needs to catch your target market’s attention and it needs to tempt them to attend your event. An effective example of this type of engaging and informative invitation design can be viewed below, where AKGraphics designed this invitation for Keenan’s Open Day.

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2. Give out branded items that your attendees will take home with them

Although your event may only last one day or a few hours you will want the positive impact of the day to stay with your target market for longer than that.

It might be essential to give the attendees something, for example at a recent seminar for UCD Bord na Gaelic each delegate needed a printed schedule to follow the times and topics of each speaker. AKGraphics designed this booklet so that it was clear, concise, welcoming and informative. UCD were also able to use the design on a large presentation on a screen as a backdrop at the event. Read more about our bespoke branded items that helped make UCD’s event a success.

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Another nice option for events is to give the attendees a gift to take home. For the Walsh Whiskey Distillery ribbon cutting, AKGraphics designed a custom gift bag which were given to each attendee after being filled with a variety of branded gifts, including a custom designed box with whiskey tasting glass. Gift bags can be designed by AKGraphics to be any size and to match to your branding, in the case of Walsh Whiskey the bag also featured a copper foil to add a touch of luxury and prestige.

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3. Brand your event with a range of DISPLAY SOLUTIONS these will all appear in photos / videos taken at the event

Of course items used to dress your event space will make the area look nice but the true role of these display items is to brand your event. You must remember that there will be many photographs taken at the event and possible even videos. It should be your aim that your company branding comes across in these photos and that the overall look of the event is memorable for all the potential customers attending.

At the recent ribbon cutting for Walsh Whiskey Distillery working alongside a PR company AKGraphics designed many of the display solutions that enhanced the launch day. These included large branded flags, temporary signage for the ribbon cutting, permanent signage which featured custom crafted oak elements. Also used were displays featuring the many different Whiskey box packaging designed by AKGraphics also. The ribbon cutting event received heavy press coverage which is always important when promoting a new product or service.

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If your event is taking place in a venue other that your own premises it will be important to focus your display solutions on portable options that you can use multiple times at different events. This means that you will get more use out of these display options. At the Keenan open day event that we worked on we designed flags and display boards. These are an ideal solution to add instant branding to any area and the  flags and boards could be seen on the coverage from the RTE News.

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If your event was carefully planned and executed well you will see the benefits in a stronger relationship with your target market, better brand awareness through the press coverage you will receive and increased product or service sales. Take for example the press received by the Keenan Open Day event which featured on the Six One news and Nine O’Clock News on RTE. The Walsh Whiskey Distillery ribbon cutting event also received impressive world-wide press coverage and publicity from a number of different outlets.

AKGraphics is a graphic design agency with over 22 year experience and because of this we are the ideal company to help you with some or all aspects of your event. From start to finish we will ensure that your event looks great and your attendees are left with positive memories associated with your brand. Contact us now on +353 59 9133633 or email Anne to discuss the different design options for your event.

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Billboard Design for Tullys Travel. New website promotion

With the re-design of Tullys Travels website, AKGraphics were asked to design a billboard as a means of promoting the new site. To promote this the people at Emirates sponsored 2 tickets and an overnight stay to one lucky person who booked a holiday online with Tullys Travel.

A colourful billboard design was created to catch the eye of commuters on their daily journeys. When designing for billboards it is important to grab the instant attention of people passing by. You might imagine you could not see your company advertised on a billboard but by contacting us here at AKGraphics in our offices in Carlow and Dublin we can guide you through the process.


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Tradeshow Graphics – Custom PVC Graphics for Irish Lime

Our custom Tradestand PVC graphics for Irish Lime (Clogrennane Lime) can be seen below. This included marquee design and custom  display design for their stand at Ploughing 2015.

If you are interested in having custom Tradestand Graphics designed to showcase your product, contact Anne in AKGraphics at: anne@akgraphics.ie or call 059 913 3633

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What is an infographic?

Infographics are visual representations of information that you see everyday without realising. The washing instructions on your clothes tag, following the illustrated instructions for building your flatpack furniture, reading a map and even crossing the road at the light of the green man – these are all infographics.

Infographics are used to communicate information quickly, clearly and attract and maintain attention. They are particularly effective when you have a lot of text or number heavy content.

Without knowing the term infographics you might refer to these as; graphs / piecharts, illustrations, clip art, icons, symbols or information design but it’s up to us to understand that you mean infographics!

Goboof – The Alfa Portable Vaporizer 

Instructional infographics were designed for Goboof – The Alfa Portable Vaporizer, to be found within the designed User Manual to visually describe how to use this product.

AKGraphics designed the full packaging suite for Goboof. Our infographics illustrated the product’s many features; using the product, cleaning the product etc. The infographics for the downloadable User Manual were simplified to be used as web icons on www.goboof.com also.

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University College Dublin

In AKGraphics we often design infographics for various Annual Reports to make complicated information or statistics visually attractive and easier to comprehend.

This is evident in our Annual Report designs for UCD Report of the President; 2013 and 2014. By using well designed infographics, important facts and figures quickly communicate a strong message. Condensing text content and applying good design with strong colourful graphics makes an annual report more digestible for its intended target market. We’ve also created information graphics for the Annual reports of UCD College of Business (UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School) in 2013 and 2014.

Infographics can have other uses like for web graphics, added to powerpoint presentations, email newsletters or on social media – and even many more!

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Irish Lime, Clogrennane Lime Ltd (CRH Group)

Illustration infographics were designed to graphically visualise the complex step-by-step production process for Irish Lime, Clogrennane Lime Ltd.

This design request was part of a large display graphic stand AKGraphics designed for Clogrennane Lime for the National Ploughing Championships.

By designing an illustrated infographic solution of how Clogrennane Lime production works step by step this resulted in an eye catching graphic display for the audience attending their stand at the NPA Show.

Clear, effective well-designed communications makes a salesman’s job much easier at a busy trade show where high volumes of traffic exist, plus it can be a great talking point for a sale also. Strong infographics can captivate an intended audience quickly.

This particular infographic has been used for web graphics and also in a poster display, making the infographic very worthwhile for the client as it had multiple uses.

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 The Department of Social Protection

The Department of Social Protection requested AKGraphics simplify text heavy statistics and a year’s worth of facts and figures regarding the full spend within each Department for 2014. The request from the Department was to illustrate an easy-to-read two-page solution of these statistics for the 2014 downloadable Annual Report.

The result from AKGraphics was a friendly colourful A3 sized infographic to portray all the information in a simplest way that made the information understandable for all ages. Key to the design of this detailed infographic was to illustrate all the different types of people that the Department of Social Protection assists on a daily basis in Ireland. Additional individual statistics were also created as infographics for The Department of Social Protection for use in house in powerpoint presentations or on social media.

Click here to see the annual report and our ‘2014 in review’ infographic on the Department of Social Protection’s website.

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Carlow Warehousing

Colourful, impactful website infographics were created for Carlow Warehousing, a logistics and e-commerce fulfilment company, to visually present the smart technology offered within their vast expanding company.

AKGraphics designed the new website and also a promotional brochure to market Carlow Warehousing to a wider audience. These infographics were used as a web banner on the new website. AKGraphics also created other web graphics used on the site.

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Infographics are great for your business because they have so many varied uses, in reports, promotional material, web graphics, display graphics, apps, online newsletters, powerpoint presentations or even PDF presentations.

AKGraphics apply strategic thinking to develop an effective infographic by working as a team. We make sure everything fits together seamlessly as demonstrated within all of our work. If you would like to discuss infographic design in more detail, please do not hesitate to call Anne on 059 9133633. To see more samples of AKGraphics’ work click here to browse through our portfolio and check out our infographics section.

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Duckett’s Grove Design

Presenting Duckett’s Grove Design – Craft & Gift Emporium, Carlow’s premier showcase for the collective work of talented craft makers. Officially launched by Minister Phil Hogan and we are very proud of our design work. Thanks to all at Carlow County Development Partnership and spread the word about Duckett’s Grove Design.

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