By Charlie Brown

Cardboard cutouts have been in fashion for several decades now. Just like the cutouts, their popularity refuses to budge. They are impossible to miss, and they grab a lot of eyeballs. Whether it is a conference or convention, life-sized cardboard cutouts can make a lot of difference for your brand. You are most likely to see a cardboard standee right outside movie theaters and music shows. These are the life-sized cutouts featuring celebrities and characters. You are also expected to find them at bachelorette parties, birthday parties, and graduation events. No matter what you are celebrating, a custom cardboard standee adds a unique touch to the occasion.

How do custom cardboard cutouts help businesses?

It is one of the smartest budget-friendly marketing techniques brands use right now. Although cardboard cutouts have been famous for decades, the rise in social media marketing has added a new dimension to the old-school standee marketing strategy. In several events, brands position celebrity cutouts around their kiosks and products. It lures more visitors to their stalls. People love to pose for pictures with life-sized celeb standees and movie character cutouts. Once they post this on social media with the brand name and event in the tags, they not only generate personal views, but they also create higher visibility for the associated brands. It is a lot cheaper than traditional celebrity endorsements and social media influencer marketing.

Have you ever set up a kiosk at trade expos and conventions? Chaotic is not enough to describe the situation and events that precede an exhibition. Putting up signs, realizing that the signs are of the wrong size, creased stickers, torn corners, and the occasional overshadowing neighbor are all realities every business wants to avoid. LED screens and LCD signage are available options that can help you stand out, but they are not easy on the pockets. Firms competing in trade shows or participating in conventions need enough budget to showcase their brand, but that should not be at the cost of their operations or production budget. The only other option is by taking your signage game another step forward and investing in custom cardboard cutouts. Placing one right in front of the kiosk will increase the visibility of your business, and it will help you garner the visitors’ attention more effectively.

Why do entrepreneurs love customized cardboard cutouts?

Customization of these cutouts means you can opt for several types of standees. Apart from life-sized cutouts of people, you can go with automobile models, mobile phone model cutouts and other products on standees to attract attention. Additionally, most standees for exclusive business purposes have space for holding information including business name, location and contact numbers. It saves a lot of your employees’ time since your potential customers can refer to the signage for your business information. Your helping hands can focus on other essential things like scoping the new market, speaking with representatives or giving live presentations to an interested crowd.

What are some of the other cool uses of custom cardboard standup?

They are the personal touch to birthday parties, bachelor parties, anniversaries and other occasions. Add a standee of the person with funny fonts, cool hats or other celebratory messages to turn any drab celebration to a fun party. Custom cardboard cutouts are a hit with the younger crowds. Add standees of pirates, Disney princesses, video game characters and cartoon characters to a kid’s birthday party to turn it into a memorable event. You can also opt for photo props with the faces cut out for a funny photo-booth experience for the guests. Attach a dry-erase board with the standees to people can leave messages for the anniversary couple or the birthday boy!

What should you know before designing your customer cardboard standup?

Many people worry about leaving the cardboard cutouts outside all day. Poolside parties, lawn parties, and barbecue events call for particular attention to those cutouts. The water, moisture, heat and direct sunlight do not always take kindly to the standee prints. That is the reason you should still work with a signage printing company that can offer you weather-proof and UV- resistant prints. Flatbed printers work marvelously for creating these prints, ensure that you will be getting 1440 DPI resolution for the best results. More significant sized standups demand a higher resolution since lower resolution will cause the fine lines to pixilate visibly. Pick an image that will at least be 200 DPI. Be very careful while choosing an image from Facebook or Instagram. Most of the photos here are of sub-par quality, and the web-based image resolution is around 72 DPI. That is not enough to produce life-sized displays. Always remember that larger the size of the cutout, higher the resolution of the image. A good signage printing company will provide you with in-house editing options, but that will not help you much when the source image is of lower quality.


By Charlie Brown

Did you know that getting a credit card is an achievement in itself for young college students? It is one of the biggest steps to establish your financial independence. Then, you must know how to build a good credit history when a post-graduation opportunity knocks at your door. Yes, maintaining a healthy credit score is as essential as achieving a good GPA. You might be wondering why strong credit history is so essential. Well, managing your student credit card well will help you gain financial success. If you have a strong credit score, you have opportunities galore when it comes to meeting your expenses. For example, you can pay rent for living in a decent apartment, buy your home, and get a car loan. To avoid messing with your finances, here are five tips to manage your student credit card the smart way:

1. Pick out a Card Carefully

Remember that not all credit cards are the same. They have their pros and cons. Therefore, take some time out and research on the internet. There is no need to rush. If a credit card agent forces you to opt for a card without giving you time to think or research, avoid such people at all cost. These sales agents want to meet their monthly targets. They are least bothered about you. Compare different types of student credit cards and choose the one that suits your spending habits, needs, and lifestyle. Pick a card that helps you establish a good credit history. Select a financial product that does not include an annual fee or a late charge if you default payment for the first time. Avoid credit cards that have hidden fees. You can opt for cards that give you rewards such as paying for your textbooks at merchant websites. You can also pick products that let you use rewards to pay for your dorm room necessities.

2. Avoid Spending More than You Can Afford

Some students overspend. They keep eating out at restaurants, buy movie tickets, or pay for cabs, all on credit. All these are unnecessary expenses that you must avoid. Make sure that you use your credit card for paying your apartment rent, food, and education. You think that after you graduate, bag a well-paid job; you can easily pay off the credit card charges. Wrong! You are sadly mistaken. If you carry over your debts month after month, the outstanding balances will accrue and inflate over time, damaging your credit score. Avoid this trap. Spend only on necessities and items that you can afford to pay off comfortably. Else, your financial stress will start affecting your lifestyle.

We recommend that you monitor your monthly income and expenses. Cut your coat according to your cloth. Once you reach the credit card limit, stop using the same until you clear all dues to the bank or any other financial institution. Avoid letting peer pressure to make you overspend. A spring cross-country vacation is no fun if you cannot pay for your traveling expenses.

3. Make Timely Payments

Your goal is to use your credit card wisely and build a good credit history. (more…)

By Charlie Brown

What are Canadian Oil Stocks?

These are stocks issued by companies that explore for, produce, and refine oil. Most of these companies have their headquarters in Canada but also get to explore for, produce, and refine oil in other countries too.

Canadian oil stocks, as well as the companies involved are subject to various regulations and royalties that either bring profits or losses. The best way to profit from oil stocks is to invest over a long period of time, by investing a reasonable portion.

The companies that offer these kind of oil stocks profit a lot during periods of high oil prices, and are able to offset price declines by producing more oil. Even as you invest in these stocks, you ought to understand that junior Canadian oil is highly risky and should only be pursued by aggressive investors.

If you do invest in the best oil stocks of the Canadian market, be sure to follow a well- balanced portfolio that has a three successful investor strategy at heart. This strategy involves:
– Investing mainly in the well-established companies

– Spreading your money out across most, if not all, of the five main economic sectors – consumer, finance, manufacturing and industry, resources and commodities, and utilities.

– Avoiding stocks in the broker limelight.

How do you gauge the peak oil?

Peak oil is the notion that the production of the world oil will reach a maximum rate and then go into a fatal decline. This kind of situation has happened in the past and caused millions of losses for people who did not look ahead.

Studying the past oil production is vital to help you make a possible prediction of the seasons that oil is likely to hit the maximum rate. Reputable oil companies always get good business predicting when the world is running out of oil. This helps them support their argument for a favorable tax treatment from the government so that they can have more money for exploration. (more…)

By Charlie Brown

If your gold jewelry is looking dull and lacks its luster, do not worry. A simple cleaning at home will save you a trip to professional jewelry cleaners in the market. You can use simple products at home to clean your gold jewelry and make it look as good as new again.

Affordable dishwashing soap method to clean your gold jewelry

Take some lukewarm water in a container and add a few drops of dishwashing soap. The brand of the soap should be good and credible in the market. Water from your tap is good enough however if you are looking for better results, you may use club soda or water that is sodium free. These liquids have carbonation that helps you loosen up the deep dirt and debris stuck in your gold jewelry.

Never use hot water when you are cleaning gold jewelry especially if it has precious stones. Some precious stones like opal crack when they are exposed to extreme heat. At the same time, never use water directly from the freeze as the dirt in the gold jewelry generally contracts and become tougher to remove. Lukewarm water works fine.

Take your gold jewelry and soak it in this solution for some time. Let the piece of jewelry soak for about 15-30minutes. This warm soap water finds its ways into the cuts of the gold jewelry to make loose the dirt for you to easily remove. (more…)