3 Ways to use your KD Kanopy tent

There are so many uses for your KD Kanopy tent, it’s hard to name just three. But these are the areas where folks need canopies most often. From the biggest trade show of the year, to your kids outdoor soccer game, you can never go wrong with a custom canopy. Read on for more canopy inspiration!

  1. Trade shows

Trade shows are a great way for your brand to be seen. Get out there and make sure you have the best looking branding materials at the show. A customized canopy with digital printing of your logo will surely differentiate you from the competition and the crowd will be flocking to you to see what your company is all about. Building brand awareness is a huge part of a successful business, and we love having a role in that.

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  1. Outdoor gatherings of any kind!

One of the best parts about the warm weather seasons is the festivals and being outdoors. There are plenty of reasons to get outside and shake things up! But the warm and often, unpredictable,  weather can also have you running for cover. Why not just get a tent that protects you from the elements? It provides shade when you need it, and protection from getting drenched by rain or snow! Not only will it keep you nice and dry, but it will also keep your product in good shape for say, a farmers market.

  1. Sports Events

Parents around the world gather for their kids sporting events and need shade while out in the elements all day. The athletes need a place to recoup during and after a hard game. No matter who is using it, a custom canopy is very much a useful item at any sporting event. Set up the water cooler under a canopy on a hot day for a refreshing break or set up on a rainy day for shelter when needed. It is also a great way to showcase your team name and logo and make the other teams jealous with how professional you look!

These are only a few of the uses you can get out of a KD Kanopy tent. What are some of the ways you use yours?

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It’s Farmers Market Season. Are you Ready?

If you are anything like us, you are a farmers market fanatic. There is something about a beautiful weekend morning and fresh produce that makes us willingly jump out of bed. Whether you’re a local farmer, a vendor or even a baker who wants to showcase your goods, the spring and summer months are prime times for farmers markets. Getting ready for the farmers market season induces many questions. And one common thing you see at farmers markets across the country is canopies. Why is that? See the reasons/benefits below:

  • A shady place to wait. If you’re stand is a popular one, patrons might have to wait a few minutes to make their purchase or they might even spend a bit of extra time mingling with you. Whatever the case, you’ll want your stand to be inviting and comfortable.

  • Promote your business. These days, farmers markets are more than just local farmers selling their extra produce. Some of them may be part of a local co-op or some may even own a local storefront. That means there’s likely a name, logo and a website behind the group to promote. To help you stand out in the crowd, consider a custom canopy with digital printing of your brand.

  • Shelter from the elements. Weather is unpredictable and you never know what you are going to have to endure throughout the summer months. Thunderstorms, extreme heat, you name it, a canopy can cover your back when you need it most. Not to mention it will protect you and your product from the unpredictable weather!

Farmers markets are becoming a popular option in cities and suburbs. If you’re looking to make a name for yourself, consider all of the benefits a canopy from  KD Kanopy  can provide.

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Digital Printing and KD Kanopy

Make your brand stand out with bright colors and high quality imagery! It’s hard to miss a KD Kanopy tent due its size and quality digital printing. Don’t you want to be the focal point of your next big event?

Using digital printing, every square inch of your canopy can be covered. Your logo can be as large as your tent, whether it’s a StarTwin or a PartyShade, and the colors at your disposal are limitless. Looking for a “blood orange” to perfectly match your logo or “lime green” to compliment your brand colors? Whatever color you’re looking for, digital printing can reproduce. With digital printing, your custom canopy can truly be customized to your specifications.

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We use the EFI VUTEk GS5000r Digital Printer to get that perfect digital imagery every time. It takes skill, precision and an amazing piece of machinery! The EFI VUTek GS5000r’s  quality and accuracy ensures we get that flawless finish every time. Watch it in action, it’s pretty cool.

Since 1984, KD Kanopy has manufactured high-quality, custom pop up canopies and digital signage for a wide-range of corporate and individual clients. Our products are easily customizable with digital or screen printing. Looking to stand out in the crowd? Go to KD Kanopy for your custom canopy needs.

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KD Kanopy Charity Golf Tournament to Support Kids Mobility Network 2nd Year in a Row

We are holding our annual Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Kids Mobility Network again this year and we couldn’t be more excited! Last year was such a success and we know we can top it this year. KD Kanopy sat down with Kids Mobility Network for an interview  last year and in the spirit of this years tournament, thought we would share the interview again.  Enjoy and we hope to see all of you out on the green July 13, 2015!

Raising a child with disabilities is a challenge, but often the hardest thing for parents is to come up with the money for expensive medical equipment. This motivated parents Christy and Pete Kopp to launch Kids Mobility Network in 2005, a local organization that recycles durable medical equipment. Today they have helped over 1,000 families and counting, enabling greater safety, mobility and independence for their children with disabilities.

Learn more about the golf tournament we are hosting to benefit Kids With Mobility Network . We sat down to learn more about Kids Mobility Network and how the organization has relied on community support to grow.

Q:  How did the idea for KMN come to be?

Christy and Pete Kopp wanted to donate their daughter’s walker and found that there was no organization recycling children’s durable medical equipment. After some research, Kids Mobility was launched to help children with disabilities get the equipment that they need to live healthy, active lives. Children outgrow their equipment and then it sits idle. We knew that if there was a “network” of families helping each other that we could put these pieces back to work.

Q: What has been one of the most memorable moments in your your business?

Well there have been so many. We have seen children take their first steps in our office, ride a bike for a first time and sit upright without a parent’s support. We are so happy to provide supports to help children to be able to go to school, church and community activities.

Q: What is one of the biggest challenges of your business?

All of our operations are run on community donations. That is why community partners, like KD Kanopy are so important to keep our services running. We are able to serve more children with this support.

Q: Have you seen the support for KMN grow over the years?

Yes but there are always more families who need help. As we serve more families our name is getting out into the community creating more demand. Kids Mobility Network is the only organization providing this service in Colorado.

Q: What is something readers would be surprised to know about you or your business?

I think that most folks think that things like wheelchairs would be covered by insurance. This equipment is very expensive. A child’s manual wheelchair (without power) costs about $7,000. Insurance, (if a family has insurance) pays a fraction of the cost. The family must come up with the rest of the funds. This can be out of reach for many families. That is where Kids Mobility Network comes in.

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Calling All Party People: The Partyshade Canopy

Spring has officially started and mother nature is already  acting up. From blazing hot temperatures to snow to gusty winds, it can get difficult to plan for your outdoor events.

Unless, that is, you’re prepared. We know you like to get outdoors, spend time with friends, family, and maybe even co-workers! But how can you plan for all of these weather elements at your next gathering? No need to worry, we’ve got you covered.

You’ve probably seen or used our StarShade 400 canopy orStarTwin 685 for your events with bigger numbers: weddings, grand openings – maybe even a county pie eating contest. They did a good job of saving that outdoor wedding on a rainy day, right? The good news is, aside from making our unique and larger tents for companies and groups to stand out in a crowd with, we also make smaller tents for everyday use. These are are budget friendly, everyday kind of tents. The one’s for your outdoor gathering or party! It is party season after all. This is where the  PartyShade canopy shines. And the best part? It only takes 30 seconds for two people to set up.

Sure, having a StarShade 400 for every occasion would be great, but maybe you just don’t have the space for it in a small backyard or on the sidelines of the little league game. Maybe you’re a business going to tradeshow with only a small booth space allotted. Either way, the PartyShade uses water resistant, fire retardant and UV Protected treated fabric, so you can use it anywhere and anytime you want.

Go ahead, let out your wild side and get your own PartyShade.

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April Showers Are Coming: Waterproof vs. Water Resistant Tents

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You know the saying,  April showers bring May flowers. So that means  now is the time to plan ahead when it comes to your tent and the weather. Spring is just around the corner and rain likely in the forecast over the coming months. It’s time to think about your canopy’s top. But, what’s the difference between being waterproof and water-resistant?

When you think of water resistance, you might think of a top that can stand up against a torrential downpour.  That’s just not true! At KD Kanopy, our fabrics are coated with a water-resistant finish. Water will bead up on your tent top in a light rain without leaking through, but anything more could become a burden. Imagine rain water beading up on your pop-up tent top and pretty soon you have 20 lbs. of rain water puddling on top of it. That’s not great news for your tent frame.

A waterproof tent completely prevents water from penetrating the tent in any form. That’s the type of protection you would expect from your camping tent – not your event or party canopy. If you’re looking to use your pop-up tent at outdoor events where rain is in the forecast, know that your art or product will stay safe in the rain. But in the event of a torrential spring downpour, it’s best to pack it up for the day.

Feel free to contact us at anytime if you have more questions about our canopies and their functionality. We are happy to help!

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What To Look For In A Quality Canopy

 

Red Bull KD KanopySo you need a quality canopy for your business? But where do you start and what are some things you should be looking for in a tent/ pop up canopy? Let us help you out with your research! Below are some of the top qualities to look for when you are shopping around for a canopy.

Aside from the frame of your pop-up tent, the top is one of the most important components. It protects you from the elements and can even help you stand out in a crowd. But before investing in a canopy of your own, you’ll want to do some research on the quality of its top. KD Kanopy – the industry leader in custom canopies and pop-up tents – has a few tips on the “need to know” for tent tops.

  • Check the quality of the fabric. The fabric of your canopy’s top is one of the most important things to know before purchasing. Is it cheap and made of low-quality materials? Then it might not be the right product for you. At KD Kanopy, all of our tops are made from high tenacity polyester Oxford fabric.

  • Check to see if it’s water resistant? Depending on where and when you plan on using your canopy will determine what kind of resistance the top should have. Is this canopy primarily for outdoor use, like concerts or events? Then you’ll want to know if the canopy top is water resistant. Our tops are made with water resistant material. If a downpour is in the forecast, however, leave your canopy at home. Pooling water on any top can cause damage to the frame and fabric.

  • Can it be cleaned? It’s going to happen. Your pop-up tent’s top is going to get a spot of grease or food (or whatever else) on it at some point in time. This is when you’ll want to make sure it can be cleaned. Luckily, KD Kanopy has directions on how to get your canopy back to pristine on their website.

If your goal is to stand out in a crowd and make a statement at the next big event, then you’ll want a pop-up tent that can assist you with that. To view our entire line of canopies and see why KD Kanopy is the best option for your business, check out our website.

 

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How KD Kanopy Can Help Your Marketing & Branding

Marketing is an essential part of any successful business. But why is it so important and where does branding come into play? Here we explore the top 5 reasons why marketing and branding are so important for your business and how KD Kanopy can help!

1.    Deliver your message clearly

Branding and marketing are all about making you stand out from the crowd. Nowadays, people are so bombarded with ads and marketing that they start to tune things out as soon as they see them. The way around that is to create a brand and marketing strategy that current and potential clients will want to pay attention to. Use your business name, logo and slogan to help you out with that. And make sure it is consistent across every marketing platform you use. This creates brand awareness. If people can clearly identify your brand, you are on the right track. KD Kanopy prints high resolution digital images on all of our canopies so you can be sure your logo and business stand out!

2.    Makes you a credible and trusted source

If people see your business over and over again they start to feel a sense of trust, compared to a business in your same field that does not do ANY marketing. A strong brand is invaluable as the battle for customers gets more and more competitive. It’s important to spend time investing in, defining and building your brand. After all, your brand is  a promise to your consumer. Make sure you keep your promises and you will be well on your way to building a successful and trusted brand.

3.    Let people make an emotional connection with your brand

This one is huge. That emotional connection that most marketers strive for is the hardest one to build, but delivers the most in the end. Take the time to establish yourself as an industry leader and treat your customers like human beings. No one wants to do business with an off-putting company where they feel like just a number. Make sure this is coming across in your marketing. When people see your brand, how do you want them to feel? Determine that and then think of ways you can go about creating those feeling for people.

4.    Motivate people to buy

Of course you want to be seen as a leader in your industry and have a great reputation among your peers and customers. But you are still running a business and your bottom line matters. And that is exactly why branding and marketing matter. Brand awareness, a great product or service, amazing customer service and a strong marketing campaign all lead to sales. If someone is out shopping for a canopy, and they are comparing similar tents from two companies, one they have seen ads for and around town and one they have never even heard of, who do you think they will go with in the end? That’s why marketing is so important!

5.    Create loyalty

Once people see you as a trusted and credible source, they will start to become your biggest cheerleader. Your brand will start to reside not only in their mind, but their heart as well. You have created that strong emotional connection and people respond to that by referring you to their friends and spreading the word about the amazing experience they had with you. And you can bet that they will return to you over and over again when your services are needed.

Let KD Kanopy help build your brand awareness by making you stand out from the crowd. Having a professional canopy with your logo all over it at the next expo or trade show you attend is a great way to start making your business noticeable. Break out from the noise and clutter once and for all!

 

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KD Kanopy Expo Plans for 2015

We have so much going on in the next year or so, we couldn’t contain it to one post! KD Kanopy is excited to participate in the following expo’s. Building brand awareness is a huge part of a successful business, and we love having a role in that.  If you or your company is attending any of these, keep an eye out for us and stop by to see how we can help you or just to say hello!

National Beer Wholesalers Association Convention

The NBWA Convention will take place October 11-14th in Las Vegas. This is the 78th annual NBWA convention and we are so glad we are a part of it! This convention is a big one for the craft beer industry. Distributors, large and small, work with craft breweries all over the country to help them grow and build brand awareness. That’s where we come in. We can help provide the right marketing tools, such as a great looking canopy.

SnowSports Industries America Snow Show

The SIA Snow Show will take place January 28th-31st and February 1-2, 2016  at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO. The SIA Show always delivers and is  the largest, most concentrated trade event in the snow sports industry. Industry professionals meet to engage in business, networking opportunities, parties, brand events and seminars. If you are in Denver, we highly recommend you check this one out if you are into snowsports. You won’t be disappointed!

Promotional Products Association International

The PPAI Expo is the nations largest international promotional products tradeshow. The PPAI Expo 2016 will be held January 10-14, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. This five day event, usually brings in around 11,000 distributors from nearly 4,000 companies together under one roof. The PPAI Expo features more than 1,300 exhibiting companies showcasing more than a quarter million products.

We hope to see you there!

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Q&A With Gabe Thomas of Savannah Oatmeal Company

We are continuing our Q&A features with KD Kanopy customers this week. Next up, we talk to Gabe Thomas, the owner of Savannah Oatmeal Company. Be sure to check out the photos as well. One features an event from earlier this month at the Tybee Half Marathon, where the company was a vendor.

Q: How did the idea for Savannah Oatmeal Company come to be?

I had problems with digestion and started eating Oatmeal as a remedy. After practicing making Oatmeal for years I was sitting on the back porch one day and decided to it was time to turn this into a business.

Q: What is the most challenging part of running a business? And biggest reward? 

The most challenging part is organizing my time. The biggest reward is helping people start their day off right with a healthy breakfast.

Q: What is something readers would be surprised to know about you or the business? 

I think the readers would be surprised to see how many steps it takes in order to complete the Savannah Oatmeal Cooking process.

Q: What made you decide to go with KD Kannopy for your canopy?

What was it like working with them? KD Canopy offering us a good deal with a quality tent.

Check out our last Q&A Feature with Sweetwater Brewing Company

And our Q&A With Choonimals Clothing Company 

 

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