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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

7 Things You Need for 

Your Real Estate Yard Sign

Branding Technology may have given several advanced methods for marketing. However, when it comes to real estate, yard signs are the most popular and simplest choice for marketing. Real estate agents love them for the fact that they always work. Whether you want to sell a house, rent it out or organize an open house, real estate agents use yard signs for all these purposes. 

Whether you have an established business or are a new agent, it is essential to include your brand in your marketing collateral. Whether you are using decals or banners, always add the name and logo of your business.

If you are a reputed business, seeing your familiar logo will automatically attract the crowd. By implementing and using a singular logo/name for your business, buyers will know a specific property is a part of your business instead of a random landlord. Adding your logo to the yard signs is a simple yet effective way to establish yourself as a trusted real estate agent.

Experiment With Shapes

Do you want your yard signs to stand out from others in the neighborhood? Look for a shape different from the usual rectangular ones. For instance, you can get a new design by simply turning your sign by 45 degrees. You will get a diamond shape that will instantly attract the attention of the drivers passing by. If you don’t like that idea, maybe choose a circular or oval shape instead.

Remember to select a shape that can contain all the information you wish you display. You do not want to make your email id run into the following line. Ask the vendor to give you different digital options to give you an idea of how it will look. This can help you make an informed decision on how you want your sign designed.

Modern Designs

When someone thinks of a yard sign for real estate deals, the image of a smiling agent clad in a blazer comes to mind. However, you do not have to stick to this idea. You can design a graphic to go in the place of the standard agent photo. To stand out, get creative and have fun with it.

Instead of using the traditional designs, you can choose a bright or minimalistic layout. Include your logo with easy to read yet stylized text. You can easily create a template on Canva or any other similar tool. 


Most real estate yard signs only have text on them. You can go the extra mile and add pictures to yours. For example, you could have an image of one of your agents shaking hands with a client on your sign. There are no set-in-stone rules when it comes to marketing. The more unique you are, the more memorable you will be.

You can include a picture of the interior of a house to let the sign speak for itself. Potential customers can never make out how a property looks from the inside. Including a picture on the yard sign will give them a glimpse of the house and pique their interest.

Commercial Signs

If you are selling a commercial property or land, the usual yard signs may not work for your marketing. The standard size, which is about 24 inches, may look very small on a massive piece of land. Instead, try to customize the size to a much larger one to justify the size of the land.

Large signs will also have more visibility, considering the property’s sheer size may be overpowering. So consider getting a larger banner or flag to place on the property. Have it facing the road or sidewalk, that way people passing by will be more likely to read it.


Technology can be your biggest ally when used wisely. Instead of classic yard signs, try to make them high-tech for maximum ROI. The easiest thing you can do is add a QR code to access the information about the property. With these QR codes, you will also be able to maintain an automatic log of interested buyers.

Another option is to use LED lights instead of clamp-on lights, which look high-tech and welcoming. Not to mention, the lights will make the sign visible in places with low-light or at night time.

Open House Signs

When you are organizing an open house, it is essential to have a separate sign. You may think you will be inviting nosy neighbors this way, but the more the merrier. Interested buyers are uncomfortable walking into an unknown property alone. An open house allows them to walk in confidently and explore the possibility of buying the house.

You can either use banners or a classic yard sign for an open house. You can go minimalistic, have an elegant monochrome color scheme, or even use your team picture on the open house sign. Just make sure it stands out from your usual yard sign to advertise that it is an open house.


Even in this age of social media and television commercials, yard signs are the best choice for real estate agents. The advantage of using yard signs is that they are long-lasting and you can use them for all your deals. By incorporating these marketing methods, you can grab the attention of your potential customers while standing out from the competition.

For More Information on Any of Our Sign Products Call: 516-561-1468 or Visit Our Website at:

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Your Comprehensive Guide 

to Choosing the Right Banner Size

In the world of display advertising and print banners, the first and most important thing you need to know is standard banner sizes. It plays a vital role in attracting interest in your ads and driving customer engagement. Right size banners are also an excellent way to communicate with your clients while maintaining specific messaging and required brand standards.

Questions to Ask When Determining Right Banner Size

  • What will your banner be used for?
  • For instance, will it be used to make your space attractive, grab people’s attention, or simply announce something important? What you will be using the banner for exactly will be the key factor in determining the right banner size.

  • The area where the banner will be placed?
  • For instance, will it be placed indoors or outdoors? What area will be optimal enough for people to see your banner? Where and how do you want to display it for best results? 

    Answering these questions helps you determine the necessary size of your banner. If you plan to hang the banner on the front of your building, determining accurate measurements of the space will help for the best positioning.

    Most Commonly Used Banner Sizes

  • Banners come in a wide variety of sizes, and there is no one-size-fits-all option. The below table shows a few of the most common banner sizes to give you a sense of what dimensions you might want to go for.

                             S                                      S/M              M/L L

2 Feet3 feet4 feet5 feet
2’ x 4’ 

(24” x 48” Inches) 

3’ x 6’ 

(36” x 72” Inches) 


(48” x 72” Inches) 


(60” x 72” Inches) 

2’ x 6’

(24” x 72” Inches)

3’ x 8’  

(36” x 96” Inches)


(48” x 96”inches) 


(60” x 96” Inches

2’ x 8’ 

(24” x 96” Inches)

3’ x 9’

(36” x 108” Inches)


(48” x 120” (Inches)


(60” x 120” Inches

2’ x 12’   

(24” x 144” Inches)

3’ x 12’ 

(36” x 144” Inches)


(48” x 144” (Inches)


(60” x 144” Inches


2’ x 16’ 

(24” x 192” Inches)

3’ x 16’ 

(36” x 192” Inches)


(48” x 192” (Inches)


(60” x 192” Inches

2’ x 20’ 

(24” x 240” Inches)

3’ x 20’  

(36” x 240” Inches


(48” x 240” (Inches)


(60” x 240” Inches

 To understand banner sizing better, let’s discuss these in more detail.

  • Small size banners (2 to 3 feet)
  • This size is often great for either small spaces or as supporting signs due to their limited sizing and visibility. For instance, you can use them in yards, pop-up tents, in-store, or other small spaces.

    Apart from offering precise information, small banners are perfect for adding a certain visual appeal or decorative aspect.

    • Medium size banners (3 to 4 feet)

    Medium size banners in the three- and four-feet range expand your options for use. These banner sizes are ideal for trade shows, expos, festivals, or similar events where you have an individual booth. This is simply because these banners are big enough to capture people’s attention but small enough to fit many occasions and settings.

    For instance, a medium-sized banner is a great option for the front of an audience-facing table or hanging behind/in front of a display. They allow you to easily advertise your brand, highlight an event, or simply deliver information about your product or service. 

    • Large size banners (5 feet+)
    • The key advantage of a large size banner is that it ensures your display gets noticed even in busy areas with huge crowds. In sizes of five feet and up, large banners are great for advertising in front of your store, on the sides of buildings, or as a beacon drawing people to a specific event or activity.


      There are endless customized options available in terms of how large your banner can get and no limit as to what they can accomplish and be used for.  

      Other Types of Banners and Common Dimensions

      Now that we know some of the most common sizes of banners let’s discuss some of the other types of banners available and their typical sizes.

      Type of Banners by Usage

      • Outdoor/Indoor Banners
      • Banners can be used for both outdoor and indoor purposes interchangeably. However, for outdoor use specifically, it is best to use a slightly bigger sign, so it is visible easily by more people. In general, horizontal outdoor banners are around 3’×10′ feet, while vertical ones are closer to 6′ × 2′ feet. 

        • Retractable Banners
        • A retractable banner is ideal to use if you are planning to reuse your banner many times on the ground, in different locations. These types of banners are quite easy to set up and take down. They typically measure around 7’×3′ feet for standard signage. 
        • Custom Table Top Banners
        • If you are looking for an advertising banner for your event display table, custom table top banners (specially created for your table) make a perfect choice. They typically measure around 4′ x 3’, 6’ x 3’, or 8’ x 3’. The sizing of this type of cover will largely depend on the table you are using. 

          Types of Banners by Solutions

          • Promotional Banners

          Ideal for retail outlets, strip malls, and shopping malls, these large vinyl banners (such as 5’× 10′ or 5’× 12′) promote happenings such as sales, grand openings, and discounts. Using them in high-traffic locations helps attract both repeat and new customers.

          • Event Banners
          • From trade shows, expos, concerts, business conferences to fairs & festivals, every big or small event require a well-planned system of signage, tents, and more. Medium or large size banners are quite effective here because of the size and visibility they offer to spread your message to attract customers. In some instances, small banners can be placed in strategic locations to guide people to your location.
          • Announcement Banners
          • These banners are best to announce changes in services such as business hours, opening or reopening a location, or changes in operating procedures. They typically measure around 4′ x 3’ or 6’ x 3’.

            Types of Banners by Material

            • Vinyl Banners

            Vinyl banners are known for their durable and heat-resistant material and are perfect for both indoor and outdoor usage. Since they are quite heavy compared to their cloth counterparts, they need to be appropriately stored to avoid creasing.

            • Fabric Banners

            Made up of polyester or satin, fabric banners provide excellent full-colored graphics to entice your audience. Unlike vinyl banners, they are crease-resistant and machine washable. These displays make an ideal solution for any business needing a good-quality banner with little setup time. However, fabric banners are prone to a shortened lifespan if used outdoors, so they are best for indoor applications. 

            • Mesh Banners
            • Made up of a more permeable weave, mesh banners allow wind to pass through the banner. This allows the banner to withstand harsh winds and extreme weather outside while doing the heavy branding or advertising lifting simultaneously. They make an ideal choice for large signage applications on building sides, fencing, and storefronts.
            • Importance of Text Sizing and Design in Choosing Banner Size

            • Another factor that determines the size of your banner is what you want to include in the design. If you want to include more text and images, you need a bigger banner. If you are using fewer or smaller text and images, a small banner will serve the purpose, but you will have to remember that people will have to be closer to read it.

              Ideally, the banner text and image size should be based on how far away people will be viewing it from (on average).

              For instance, a 3-inch tall line of text will be legible within 100 feet of the banner, whereas 12 inches text line can be read from as far as 500 feet. Hence, it is recommended to find a size that easily fits everything you want to include in your banner design. The viewers should be able to comfortably read and see from the average distance away they are standing.

            • For More Information or Pricing on Any of Our Banner Products Call:516-561-1468 or Visit Our Website at:

    Tuesday, January 24, 2023

    Before Working With a Commercial

    Printing Company Here Are a Few 

    Important Questions to Ask Them

    1. Should I Go With Offset Printing or Digital Printing?

    When it comes to your printing project specifications, your commercial printer will have two options: offset printing or digital printing.

    Offset printing uses plates: Think of an old-school printing press and you’ll be going in the right direction.

    Digital printing uses toner or liquid ink, no plates.

    If you need a quick turnaround, digital will usually serve you best. It is great for shorter print runs and when the print pieces have variable data. Offset printing is better for larger print runs and provides the Pantone Matching System, so the color will be exactly what you need to support your brand.

    2. Which Type of Paper Should I Use?

    The paper you choose for your commercial printing project will be greatly influenced by what you’re printing and how you’re using it. There are plain, coated, synthetic, premium, and recycled papers, as well as varying weights.

    commercial printer paper sample book Artisan Colour

    Some options include:

    • Uncoated text
    • Coated text: gloss or matte
    • Uncoated cover
    • Coated cover: gloss or matte
    • UV coating
    • Aqueous coating

    It’s definitely a lot to consider! The best commercial printers will walk you through this process and discuss your project to ensure your paper is a great fit for what you’re printing.

    3. And what size?

    If you can be flexible, it's always worth speaking about the size you want your piece to be. Quite often a difference of a few millimetres can mean you can plan up more pages per sheet and have a much more economical print. This might leave you with extra budget to get that metallic.

    4. Can I use folds or unusual formats?

    Your printer will also be able to advise on any unusual folds or die-cuts. Different printers might want artwork adjusted to allow for folding, so go through how you want your final piece to look and they will figure out how to do it.

    5. Can I see a proof?

    Crazy things can happen when work goes to print, so even if it's just a PDF proof, make sure you see something.

    6. How fast can you do it?

    Find out from your client when they need the finished items and where they want them delivered. Your printer will then be able to work backwards from that time and give you a deadline for the artwork. It's always best to do this sooner rather than later in a project.

    7. Can I call you at any time?

    Check in with your printer on a regular basis. If there is a problem your printer should get in touch, but it's always good to call up and hear that everything is running nicely and delivery will be on time. If you're aware of everything at every stage, it can't go wrong.

    8. How will the job be delivered?

    There are probably many more questions to be asked depending on the type of printing job you may have. So for more information to help you along. Call 516-561-1468 or Visit Our Website Customer Service Page at:

    Thursday, January 19, 2023

    How Print Drives Traffic 

    for the Restaurant Industry

    Going out to eat is back in full swing. And more than 660,000 restaurants across the country are cooking up tasty fare for hungry foodies. That’s a lot of cafés, bistros, grills and diners. The landscape is a competitive one – patrons can only eat so much in a day. Restaurants have to balance keeping customers satisfied while dealing with skyrocketing prices on products and fuel. The bottom line: they need to have the highest return possible for every dollar spent. There’s no question how impactful the role of print communications is for restaurants to gain new patrons, engage their guests, encourage repeat dining and keep their eateries top of mind…and very visible.

    Restaurant marketing objectives include promoting specials and events, upselling menu items, and generating a buzz, just to name a few. Print remains the go-to medium when it comes to conveying personality, telling a story, welcoming visitors and developing an ambiance. Here are five big ways that print tastefully markets restaurants of all sizes:

    1. Signage

    There’s no better way to turn foot traffic into sales, and transform spaces into showcases than with indoor and outdoor signage. Getting customers in the door takes bold and innovative options. Durable Banners can be hung from buildings to attract attention from a distance and Sail Signs can be positioned near a building or along a busy boulevard. Using interchangeable sign inserts to update messages on the fly, list specials and advise of open/closed seating areas or special parking areas takes full advantage of the versatility of signs. Erasable signage used as a Menu Board in a central location can work together with individual menus at tables, and Communication Boards can be used for assigning tables to wait staff or posting work schedules.

    2. Labels, stickers and decals

    Restaurants can shape the atmosphere, clearly direct traffic flow, and show off specials and new items with bright, full-color imagery on WindowTable and Floor Decals. Using QR Codes on decals serves up quick reference and easy online ordering. Wall Decals feature seasonal specials and easily transform the décor. Branded Labels and Stickers create a marketing message on the go. Available in a wide variety of sizes, they are perfect to have on hand to dress up various restaurant provisions like take-out boxes, paper bags, coffee cups and giveaways.

    3. Print to hold on to

    Brochures, postcards, flyers and door hangers are just a few examples of tangible pieces that inspire action. Take-Out Menus and Rack Cards can be placed at nearby businesses and hotels to promote patronage. Whether boosting repeat business through direct mail Postcards, canvassing entire areas with Door Hangers, or offering loyalty program perks like Fridge Magnets, the tactile nature of print keeps brands front and center while prompting response.

    4. Table side marketing

    Table Tents are one of the best ways to promote special deals, recommend food combinations and show off food photography. Table tents are so prolific because they WORK! The most powerful complement to any menu, table side marketing elements bridge the gap between print and digital, and help maximize market share. Convenient, self-standing promotional powerhouses, table tents are an exceptional way for restaurants to encourage upsells, promote new items and special deals, attract repeat business, and market products and events.

    5. Branded apparel

    Sometimes used to show employee appreciation and create a team environment, sometimes used to generate additional revenue streams, branded aprons, shirts, uniforms and other Apparel always creates roving marketing opportunities. Cohesiveness in dress code can improve customer experience and enhance the setting. Selling branded restaurant merchandise is a fantastic way for eateries to strengthen their connection with customers and increase sales. Sweatshirts, jackets and hats decorated with a restaurant’s logo not only make great gifts, they also help the business stay top of mind whenever a customer puts them on.

    For More Information on Any of Our Marketing Products Call: 516-561-1468 or

    Visit Our Website

    Tuesday, January 17, 2023

    Offset and Digital:

              Cost vs. Capabilities

    At some point in the print-buying process, there is a question of what printing technology to use. Should it be printed on an offset press or a digital press? It’s an important question because both are capable of brilliant print quality, but there are differences in paper and finishing options as well as costs.

    Offset presses do most of the printing in the world. Magazines, commercial greeting cards, books, and mass-market collateral are printed in volumes that make offset printing cost-effective and efficient. The presses may print sheets or rolls of paper using printing plates that contain the print images for each of the ink colors, usually cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, but many presses also support additional spot and specialty colors. As the paper moves through the press, the plates in each printing unit pick up ink and transfer it to the paper. The paper moves from one color station to the next, building the image to create the final intended printed product.

    The nature of the technology means that there is significant preparation before printing. Creative files are put through file preparation and color management processes to ensure the file is print-ready for offset. Color separation files are made for each color, which are then sent to a computer-to-plate (CTP) system that images the aluminum plates. After imaging, the plates are processed and mounted on the press. Many plate imaging systems require chemicals and clean-up fluids that add time, effort, and cost to the job.

    Offset printing produces very high-quality print, in print runs that often go into the thousands and sometimes millions of pieces. It is a technology that supports almost any type of paper, any weight, and any finish. This is the technology most often selected for static printing that requires long runs because the cost model is appropriate. Plates and the cost of makeready become a smaller percentage of the total cost when higher quantities are produced.

    The calculation changes when the print runs are short or when the work requires variable customization. That is where digital printing options are best suited. Digital devices use imaging modules that transmit information to inkjet print heads or electrophotographic modules that result in print on paper.

    The most striking difference is that digital printing does not require the physical makeready – color separations, plate making, hanging individual plates, and running tests to ensure color registration – required in offset printing. There are file preparation requirements, but no plates, no chemicals, and less time to get ready to print. The image file is delivered to the Digital Front End (DFE) of the digital print device for final imaging and for communication with the print engine.

    Digital technology is based on either inkjet heads that drop ink onto paper or imaging modules that transfer an image to a charged drum to attract toner that is transferred to the page. Each technology behaves differently and has slightly different color models because of the differences between toner and ink. Digital print also supports a more limited set of paper stocks.

    Variable data print products like bills and statements, where every page is different, are done on digital print devices. Direct Mail is often printed using digital devices, especially if there are variable offers to target recipients. By comparison, if you were doing big box store coupons that only vary the name and address, you might print using offset technology and then add the name and address using digital technology, which could also impact your costs. Digital printing is becoming the technology of choice for short-run static work, book-of-one or personalized books, and personalized training material.

    Understanding these elements will help you select the best print technology. Work with your Print Cafe team to understand which technology is best for your clients’ projects. Call us Today at: 516-561-1468 or Visit Our Website

    Thursday, January 12, 2023

    That’s a Wrap on Print 

    Technologies for 2022

    This year we covered printing technologies, each with unique processes and benefits, used to print the wide range of products offered by The Print Cafe of LI. The best print technology for a project depends on the quality, quantity, material, and how the print will be used. The number of finished printed products needed (quantity) and how quickly they are needed (turnaround time) greatly influence the pricing and, ultimately, the chosen printing technology. After you identify your customer’s need and use case, you can match it to the best product set and print technology.

    The 4over team uses the best print technology for each product to ensure the best mix of functionality, visual impact, quality, and cost. Let’s recap the three print technologies spotlighted this year: digital electrophotography (EP), offset lithography, and screen printing.

    Digital Electrophotography
    Digital EP uses an electrostatically charged metal drum to receive small particles of colored toner that are transferred to the substrate before the drum is cleaned for the next cycle. That means each image can be different from the next, which is ideal for any printing where variable data is required, like direct mail or personalized invitations. EP print quality can rival offset lithography but is better suited for smaller quantities due to costs and turnaround times.

     El  ElectrophotographyOffset LithographyScreen Printing
    • Lower quantities
    • Near offset print quality
    • Fast turnaround
    • Variable data printing
    • In-line finishing
    • Specialty colors
    • Enhancement options, including coatings, varnishes, and foil 
    • Higher quantities
    • Low cost per page
    • High image quality
    • Specialty substrates
    • Specialty colors
    • Enhancement options, including coatings, varnishes, and foil 
    • Lower quantities
    • Range of materials beyond paper
    • Single to multi-color printing
    • Durable


    Offset Lithography
    Offset lithography, commonly shorted to just offset or litho, is based on the fact that oil (in the inks) and water do not mix. Imaged areas of the metal printing plate receive the oil-based ink and transfer it to the paper. Offset printing is still the industry’s workhorse due to the range of materials it can print on and its efficiency, particularly for higher quantities. Offset is best used for run lengths at least in the thousands since additional processes, like plate making, are required compared to digital printing.

    Screen Printing
    Screen printing pushes ink through a stretched mesh screen onto the material below, leaving an image that sits on top of the substrate. T-shirts are often screen printed. The process can be used on a wide variety of materials, like fabric feather signs or coroplast yard signs, and is durable enough to withstand fading from UV light, weather, and other adverse conditions. For Information on any of these Processes Please give us a call at: 516-561-1468 or Visit Our Website at: