Branding is everything, especially when it comes to my daughter’s efforts to raise money through her ribbon barrette sales benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Fund. What started out as a small venture where my personal Facebook page and Instagram account shared proud mama moments of the cool thing my girl was doing has ballooned into a full-blown fundraising effort with a brand identity. Ribbon Barrettes for Research now has a logo, website, Facebook page (Please like it! Thanks!), partnerships, the honor of being the cause for the upcoming KidVuz Holiday Party in New York City, and signage for other holiday events where she and her friends will be selling ribbon barrettes for charity.
It probably sounds like we’ve invested a lot of money in Ribbon Barrettes for Research but we haven’t. We’ve found a way to do things on the cheap to ensure that the money that my daughter and her best friend raise goes directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
We’re lucky that free tools like PicMonkey made it easy to create a logo while Wix allowed a website to be built quickly. Avery business card templates on Microsoft Word enabled me to pull the logo into the template, add a few words, and print them at home on our color printer. And while I was concerned about the cost of a vinyl sign for our booth and table for upcoming holiday shows, I also found an affordable option that could help us with that cost too.
BestofSigns.com contacted me back in early August with an offer to create a custom vinyl banner for review. While I didn’t have a need then, I was interested in what they called “high quality cheap advertising banners and sign printed products and services on the web.” High quality and cheap are not two words I usually associate with each other but Best of Signs proved me wrong. They really do provide awesome signs at an unbelievable price. Perhaps their marketing department should stick to their tagline when doing outreach because it’s a far more accurate description of their product!
I used the highest resolution logo I could create in PicMonkey to order a 6’ x 3’ horizontal vinyl banner. I wasn’t sure how a 2 MB image would translate on to a banner that size. I was concerned that the banner would be cheap and the image would be grainy but trusted in the designer and took a leap of faith that it would be ok.
I ordered our custom Ribbon Barrettes for Research banner on October 9 and it arrived this past Friday- one week and one day after I placed the order. I couldn’t have been more thrilled with how it turned out!
The banner arrived from India shipped in a sturdy tube. Both ends were taped up and when I unfurled the banner, I was amazed at the clarity of the image and the thickness of the vinyl. Study gold grommets are securely attached at each corner and in the middle for easy hanging. BestofSigns.com provided a UPS tracking number so I could know exactly when our banner would arrive.
Not only am I thrilled with the quality of our Ribbon Barrettes for Research banner but I’m also really pleased with their prices. Sure, I got this banner for free in exchange for my review but if I had paid for it out of pocket, our 6’ x 3’ custom banner would have only cost $38.94 with Priority Delivery. I compared prices for printing the same size custom banner through local print shops in area office supply stores and the price exceeded $100 every time!
Having the luxury of time and being able to plan ahead to take advantage of other delivery options offered by BestofSigns.com would have made the price even less. Our banner with 3 week Standard Delivery would have been $30.44. To get our banner in 2 weeks via Express would have cost $34.44.
Would I personally pay for a banner from BestofSigns.com? Absolutely! I’m already thinking that Ribbons Barrettes for Research might need a step and repeat to serve as the backdrop as girls model their ribbon barrettes purchased in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!
BestofSigns.com provided a custom vinyl banner in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.