Gold foil-edged plastic cards – perfect for Xmas events, VIP members, gift cards…

Fotodek have just brought out a rather special range of premium ice white blank cards.

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Now you’d think these have been brought out for Christmas, but we believe it’s just a happy coincidence.

The gold foil edge lifts an ordinary plastic card to a different level. They really stand out, and give a bespoke and high-quality feel to your printed cards.

They’re perfect if you’re printing gift cards for customers, or if you want to invite guests to a Xmas themed event. Of course if you use gold in your branding, then they’ve been made for you.

Blank plastic cards holographic silver edgeSilver holographic edge plastic cards 

Prefer silver to gold? These silver holographic edge blank cards shine in different colours when you tilt the card. These are unusual, and a real talking point.

 

Ideal for different levels of membership

If you have different levels of membership at your club or association, like gold or VIP, and you want your cards to really stand out in your members’ wallets, these are ideal.

And the best bit is they’re totally affordable

100 of these blank cards will only set you back £30 + VAT. Which means they deliver an impression much bigger than their cost.

They’re same size and thickness as a standard credit card, and because they’re made by Fotodek, you can be assured of quality.

We use Fotodek for our own card projects for their premium quality and reliability.

So the next time you’ve got a special card project, or you want some printed plastic cards that really stand out, go for Gold. Or holographic.

 

What’s the difference between Screen Print and Dye Sublimation Printed Lanyards?

If you’re looking to order some branded lanyards, you’ll need to make the choice between dye sub printing and screen printing.

When all you want is some colour lanyards, right?

The difference really lies in how many colours you’re looking for, how detailed your design is, and how important clarity and colour matching is to you.

Screen printing

Screen printed lanyards
Screen printed lanyards are best suited to simple designs

Screen printing has been around for centuries, and is still regarded as the best way to achieve a high quality print finish. In contrast to digital printing, ink is ‘forced’ through a screen of fine mesh when screen printing onto the lanyard.

Each single ‘Spot’ colour is applied separately, therefore the cost increases the more colours you choose. With screen printing, you can choose exact Pantone colours for printing, rather than making do with the less accurate CMYK breakdown.

Your logo or text is literally ‘layered’ onto the material – which means you feel it as a raised design when you run your finger over it.

Screen printing is best suited for simple designs, or text-only. It also achieves brighter, more vivid colours; and a greater contrast between material and print.

So if your logo is single colour, or you want to use your brand’s exact Pantone colour (on both the material itself and the printing), this is the way to go.

Dye Sublimation

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Dye Sublimation lanyards allow you to use multiple colours

Dye sublimation printing uses 4-colour process digital printing, breaking down each colour into a CMYK (Cyan, Magento, Yellow and Black) split, much in the same way as your inkjet printer does.

This means there is no restriction on the number of colours you can have.  It also gives you the freedom to include whatever images you want. You could use a photograph for example, or an illustration using all the colours of the rainbow.

The rub is that what you gain in flexibility, you lose a little in terms of quality of print compared to screen printing.

Printing through 4-Colour process means that the final print finish won’t be quite as sharp, and text won’t be quite as clear.

When to choose one over the other

If you have a simple design and exact matching of your brand’s Pantone colours and clarity of your message or name is critical, you’ll probably want to go down the screen print route. This way, your lanyards will stand out from a distance.

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Screen printed lanyards give greater clarity of print

However, if you have a stand at an exhibition and want to include multiple colours and images, dye sublimation printing is really the only option open to you.

Breakthroughs in printing processes in recent years means that both printing options are similar in terms of cost until you hit the larger quantities, so your decision really rests in what you want them to achieve.

All our lanyards pricing includes colour print on both sides. You can also split the order into multiple designs; ideal if you have different delegate levels at a conference for example. Minimum 50 per design.

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New ‘Hangers’ design Cloakroom Tags now available

No time to order Custom Cloakroom Tags, or budget won’t stretch?

Want something a bit more colourful than just black and white numbered tags?

Ta-Dah!

Cloakroom Tags Hangers Design

Introducing our new plastic Cloakroom Tags with a bright hangers design, available off-the-shelf for next day delivery.

You can snap up a set of 100 matched, numbered pairs of credit-card sized tags for just £54.72 + VAT.

 

Ideal for events, restaurants, conferences and clubs

With the nights fair drawing in, coats will be coming out of wardrobes all over the country. And rather than being given a paper ticket when they hand them over to you, customers would much rather be given a professional looking plastic tag.

They’re also much less likely to lose it, making life easier for you, especially at the end of the night.

All our plastic Cloakroom Tags are durable, reusable and ideal for coats, bags and other types of luggage.

We have a range of ‘off-the-shelf’ Cloakroom Tags available, including our mini Cloakies™.

New mini Cloakroom Tags now in stock

mini plastic cloakroom tag

We’ve just launched a new range of pre-printed Cloakies®, hurrah!

Our popular mini plastic Cloakroom Tags now include a blue raffle ticket design and a more traditional cardboard ticket design.

Both are available off-the-shelf as a pack of 100 pairs, numbered from 001 to 100, for just £45 + VAT.

We know that you wanted some more options for pre-printed Cloakroom Tags, so we’re more than happy to oblige. We’ll also be adding some new full-size Cloakroom Tags in the following weeks.

Made from durable, wipeable plastic, they can be reused time and time again – making them perfect for cloakrooms everywhere, plus events and offices.

The benefits of plastic cloakroom tags versus paper or raffle tickets

If you haven’t ditched the paper yet, here are a few reasons you should:

  • They look a lot more professional than raffle tickets.
    It goes without saying really that a quality plastic tag says a lot more about your company than a ticket you’d normally get in the school tombola.
  • They’re harder to lose.
    Plastic Cloakroom tags are unlikely to be thrown away or lost in the way a scrap of paper is. Good news if you run a club and want to avoid a queue of disgruntled people at the end of the night that have mislaid the ticket needed to get their coat back.
  • You can reuse them time and time again…
    …and they stay looking good over time. If you’re an Events Company for example, it means you can use them for multiple events.
  • They’re not just for coats.
    Our Cloakies® are flexible little things. Use them with our flexible plastic luggage loops and they’re ideal for tagging bags and luggage. Some accommodation providers use them for labelling sets of keys (one to the customer, the duplicate stays in the office).

Our Cloakies® are half the size of a standard credit card (54mm x 43mm).

We can also print branded Cloakies® to your own design requirements.

 

2016: A review in Cloakroom Tags

Cloakroom Tags Restaurants Rocksalt

As we look back on a year of some cracking Cloakroom Tag orders, we wonder what’s in store for 2017.

Here are just a few of our favourites.

We’d happily have any one of these looking after our coats. Must organise a road trip for later in the year…

JanuaryPontio, Bangor Pontio Cloakroom tag

Pontio, Bangor University’s Arts and Innovation Centre, opened its doors at the tail end of 2015. We proudly printed the Cloakroom Tickets for all the lovely people who’ve visited since.

FebruaryRocksalt, KentRocksalt cloakroom tag

This is by far one of our favourite Cloakroom Tags, ever. Beautiful branding, quirky messaging – exactly how it should be. We hear tell that the food is knock out, too.

 

MarchJamie’s Fifteen, London Jamie Oliver Fifteen Cloak Tag

Doesn’t need much by way of introduction. Suffice to say, we were pleased as punch to send these beauties down to London.

 

 

AprilBirmingham Hippodrome hippodrome cloakroom tags

Simple, yet brilliantly effective. The bold colours make a collection of Cloakroom Tags that really stand out.

MayRoux at the Landau, London

It was a run of Cloakies® for Roux at the Landau, the gourmet French restaurant based in the Langham Hotel. This is one order we really wish we could have delivered in person.

JuneFairway Village in Wimbledon Wimbledon Cloakroom Tag

More Cloakies® – this time for Sports World and their hospitality offer at the Fairway Village, during the Championships at Wimbledon. Very jealous of the people who got their hands on one of these. And the strawberries and cream.

JulyThe Langham, London Langham Cloakroom tag Cloakie

Cloakies® again (can you spot a theme)? We’ve worked with the Langham for a number of years and just love their iconic pink, which is to be found across their wallpaper, teddy bears, crockery … and now their mini Cloakroom Tags.

Sky Garden Restaurant coat tagAugustSky Garden, London

Delighted to have printed more Cloakroom Tags for the spectacular Sky Garden with its breathtaking views across London. The only question is, which restaurant to choose?

 

SeptemberOxo Tower, LondonOxo Tower Cloakroom Tags

Why have one Cloakroom Tag when you could have four? It’s the first time we’ve ever printed a separate tag for coats, bags, mobiles and umbrellas – and since then, we can’t help wondering why everyone else doesn’t do it. Genius.

Dabaar restaurat cloakroom tagOctoberDarbaar, London

Next time you’re in London, we highly recommend you hang up your coat and get hold of one of these. Great food. Great elephant.

 

John Soane museum cloakroom tagNovemberSir John Soane’s Museum

If you’re on the road trip, you’re probably full up by now and in need of some culture. So go and pick up one of our full size tags or mini Cloakies® and enjoy all that the Sir John Soane’s museum has to offer. We think they look great together.

December – Santa’s very own cloakroom tag Christmas Cloakroom tag

This one formed part of our Christmas Card last year. Let’s hope the big man didn’t forget to pick up his red coat…

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The cost-effective way to order your golf bag tags

Custom golf bag tags

It’s nearing membership renewal time again. With budgets increasingly tight, Golf clubs all over the Country are looking for ways to increase sign-ups and maximise cost efficiencies.

One area where savings can be found is in your custom golf bag tags printing and membership card printing.

Don’t pay over the odds for your new golf bag tags

Rubber, leather and hard plastic golf bag tags are expensive. As well as the inflated unit price, you have to pay set-up fees and year stickers to go on them. And when a member doesn’t renew, you lose the potential costs savings you might have recouped by just handing out a new sticker.

Our full colour plastic golf bag tags start from £215+ VAT for 250, including straps

Our custom golf bag tags are made from quality, durable plastic, and are very slightly thinner than a standard credit card for flexibility. All our quoted prices are for full colour on both sides – you don’t pay per colour.

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Sponsorship can pay for the entire print run of your golf club bag tags

Many golf clubs use the reverse side for a sponsor’s message or branding, which often pays for the cost of the printing.

We share some more ideas on how to cover the costs of your membership card printing here.

Clearly label all of your members, so you can see immediately what membership they have

Having different tags for each membership is ideal in terms of visibility, particularly for Week-Day, IMP and Full members, but doing so is often cost prohibitive as it requires a new run of tags.

With our golf bag tags, you can have any number of designs in the same run for an extra £25.00 per design.

So if you ordered 500 cards for £320 for example, but wanted three different designs in total, you would only pay an extra £50.

You can also personalise them with members’ names or barcodes for just 5p per card.

Maximise the reverse of your bag tags

Many clubs don’t maximise the potential of the back of the cards, even though it doesn’t cost any extra to do so. If you don’t want to include a sponsor’s message, how about reminders about etiquette, or club rules?

Or you could include the new handicap conversion calculator as a handy ready reckoner.

Our Golf Bag Tags come in two sizes: standard credit-card size and oversize, at 75mm x 105mm. They are durable, wipe clean and keep their good looks over time.

Why have one Cloakroom Tag when you could have four?

Oxo Tower Cloakroom Tags

The cost effective way to print different tags for your Cloakroom & improve your guest experience

We’ve just printed some cloakroom tags for the prestigious Oxo Tower on London’s South Bank. We were absolutely delighted to look after the coats of guests in this well-known London landmark.

And mobile phones.

And umbrellas.

And bags.

Four tags for (nearly) the price of one

Rather than create just one tag for all of their customers’ belongings, the Oxo Tower have gone for four different cloakroom tags. But they haven’t had to pay four different set-up fees for each run.

So if you order a pack of Cloakroom Tags from us (for example 400 matched pairs), you can have as many designs as you like in that pack for just £25.00 per additional design. You can divide up the quantities however you like.

So if you wanted four different designs on your tags, you’d only pay an extra £75.00, rather than paying for an entirely new run, as is the case with some plastic card printers.

Which is what the Oxo Tower did. Hand in your bag or your mobile phone to the cloakroom, and you’ll be handed an appropriate Cloakroom ticket. Which doesn’t just make it easier for cloakroom staff to find items on a busy day, it also makes for a better customer and brand experience (not forgetting that they just look great).

Hippodrome Cloakroom Tags
Theme cards to each cloakroom or area

If you have different Cloakrooms within your establishment, you could have Tags printed for each, like Hippodrome Casino did.

Or if you have a number of different events coming up, why not include the name of each one with your own branding on a run of Cloakroom cards?

Time to embrace the plastic?

If you’re still using cardboard tags or dare we say it, raffle tickets for your Cloakroom, perhaps now is the time to reconsider. Cloakroom Tags can be a very effective tool in your overall branding and customer experience. After all, who really wants a ticket that looks like it’s from the school tombola in exchange for their designer coat?

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Fed up of playing coffee roulette in a meeting?

Coffee pot labels
Do away with the guesswork with our coffee pot labels

Introducing our new Bevvies

There’s nothing worse than getting Decaf when you need a caffeine hit. Or pouring coffee onto your tea bag.

With our new Bevvies, you need never suffer that fate in a meeting or conference again.

Bevvacuum flask labelsvies are durable and wipeable plastic beverage labels, designed to fit around jug handles with a plastic loop. Attach them to a flask or jug, remove and then reuse them again. They’re available as Coffee labels, Tea, Decaf and Hot Water labels.

They’re perfect for meeting rooms, events and for those who cater to large number of people regularly, like outside caterers.

You can get a pack of 8 Bevvies (containing 2 Coffee pot labels, 2 Decaf, 2 Tea and 2 Hot Water labels with loops) for just £6.13 + VAT.

Or you can buy them individually.

Want them branded?

Decaf coffee pot label
Make sure you get Decaf when you want Decaf

We can also custom print our drinks labels with your own branding or details, for a more professional image – ideal if you have a large conference coming up. As winter approaches, maybe you’d like some bespoke mulled wine tags for an outside event?

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Why custom printed hotel key cards may be cheaper than you think

Quay Hotel key card

Don’t default to off-the-shelf hotel key cards when you could buy custom printed for a similar price

Another few weeks of guests failing to hand their key cards back in?

Before you default to ordering more cards off-the-shelf from your card lock supplier, take a look at custom printed.

If it’s the cost that puts you off, you might just be surprised at how they stack up.

The larger the order, the lower the unit price

As with any custom printed item, the set-up is where most of the cost is loaded. So the more you print, the less each card costs. And the more likely it is that custom key cards will work out cheaper than off the shelf ones.

So whereas 100 branded, double sided hotel key cards (with magnetic stripe) might not seem so attractive at £114 + VAT (or £1.14 each), 500 will only set you back £190 + VAT (or 38p each).

Order 1000, and they work out at just 27p each. And we believe that’s a similar price to what you’ll be paying for a non-branded version.

So if you tend to order smaller batches a few times a year, you could stock up for the full 12 months with branded cards for around the same price.

(Also we don’t charge extra for including a magnetic stripe like other companies do, it’s all part of the package.)

If you need RFID key cards, the same cost savings apply. We use Mifare Classic smart cards, which contain genuine NXP contactless chips.

The Langham hotel key card
The Langham Hotel, London

Why buy branded anyway?

A branded card is always going to make a greater impression on a guest than a generic one. And it can also play an important part of your promotional or branding strategy.

Your hotel key cards are capable of much more than just opening doors. They’re like a mini billboard in your guest’s pocket; a highly visible reminder of your brand and services, so make it count.

You could use them to:

  • Advertise a specific promotion within your restaurant
  • Promote an upgrade offer
  • Promote your spa or leisure facilities
  • Raise awareness of a sister establishment or partner
  • Offer discounts off their next booking within a specific timeframe
  • Provide guest reminders on the back, for example details of checkout time, breakfast and numbers for front desk, housekeeping etc.

Rugby world cup hotel key cardOr just use them as a branding opportunity and push out your key messages.

All our key cards are double sided and printed in full colour for the same price, so you should make the back count too.

You could also advertise a nearby attraction through a partnership deal, and have the partner pay for the production of the hotel key cards.

Worth doing a price comparison?

Printing branded plastic cards? Make the back count

Rocksalt cloakroom tag

Whether you’re getting some membership cards, cloakroom tags, loyalty cards or key tags printed, don’t miss out on the branding opportunity presented on the back.

Most plastic card companies will print on the reverse of the card within the same quoted price, or for a bit extra.

So when you’re thinking about your design, here are a few ways to really make the back count.

Cloakroom Tags – branding, a disclaimer and even sponsorship Benares restaurant cloakroom cloakie tag

The back of your Cloakroom Tags is the perfect place for your disclaimer and Ts and Cs, but also for a message in your brand’s distinctive tone of voice, like Rocksalt’s “If you’ve got this ticket, we’ve still got your stuff.”

Atul Kochhar’s Benares Restaurant uses the back as a sponsorship opportunity – with Cobra taking pride of place. Perfect partnership.

Membership Cards – Fixture lists, sponsorship and member benefits

Rugby membership cardThere’s loads of ways to maximise the opportunity presented by the back of your membership cards. We have a number of clubs that print their fixtures on the reverse and others that promote other club facilities.

It’s also prime advertising space. Offer it up to the right sponsor, and you can Printed membership cardeasily cover the cost of the cards, and enhance your own brand image at the same time.  Think about relevant local partners or national brands that would be interested in the profile of your membership, or even brands that you sell internally that may want extra promotion (for example food or drink providers).

You can also use the back to remind members of the benefits or discounts available to them.

Hotel key card
Or just give a simple instruction!

Hotel key cards

There’s loads you can do here. Promote other services available in the hotel like your spa or restaurant, raise awareness of a special offer or give a discount on a repeat booking.

Carden park hotel key card
Include checkout times, useful numbers and other guest information

You could also use it to remind guests of useful numbers or opening/checkout or breakfast times, like Carden Park in Cheshire does for example.

Loyalty cards

Discounts, offers and text relating to the loyalty scheme are all ideally placed on the back so you don’t have to mess up the branding and design on the front. Put your social media buttons on there too.Printed loyalty cards

Or you could include a guest message encouraging card holders to call to book or pre-order for example, like Kemps Bistro in Liverpool have done here.

Bar tab cards

We’ve all got home after a night out to discover a bar tab card in our pocket. Which can mean only one thing – your bank card isn’t. A message on the back of the bar tab card is reassuring, and can be as fun as you like.

Basically, the back of a plastic card is up for grabs, and if you’re going to the expense of getting cards printed, it’s worth maximising the potential of both sides. You could of course include a QR code, signature strips or include blank panels that you can write members’ details or expiry dates on for example.