Embrace Outdoor Marketing in the Winter!

The official start of winter is still a few weeks away but we are already feeling the temperatures drop and the season beginning to change. We are hoping those cooler temps don’t have you running inside. Make sure you are ready to market yourself while braving the conditions. Here are a couple of our most reliable branding products that are sure to tolerate the wind, snow and cold temps, all while looking good & getting your product in front of people.

Banners

Our banners are a great option, regardless of the weather. Both the Teardrop and the Bow Banner are ideal for outdoor events (indoor too) and are ready to use in a matter of seconds. Don’t let a snowy and cold ground scare you away from using these banners. Both come with ground stakes and a stand made especially for hard surfaces. Plus, the EverTex fabric used to create your banner is strong and lightweight. The wind doesn’t stand a chance. The colors you choose for the full-coverage digital printing are sure to jump out and catch people’s eye on a cloudy, snowy day.

Majestic Pop-Up Kanopies

Our pop-up kanopies are made with commercial-grade aluminum frames, built to withstand all of the winter possibilities, even rust. And trust us, it’s hard to miss a Majestic in a crowd. The durability, versatility and its excellent visual appeal make the Majestic one of our top-selling kanopies. The frame is strong enough to withstand the winter conditions and the top of these kanopies do the same thing. They are not only meant to catch the eye of passing consumers with multiple color and printing options but let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. The water-resistant polyester is ready to live up to its name. If the Majestic style doesn’t fit your needs, our other kanopy options are sure to be winter loving, crowd pleasers too.

Marketing outdoors may be easier in the warmer months but where’s the fun in that? With the right products, you don’t have to worry about the possible challenges winter may bring. We at KD Kanopy are happy to help you get equipped with the right branding tools so that you can have a warm and inviting setup, even if the conditions have something else in mind.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Today, and every other day, we want to say thank you. Our KD Kanopy team hopes you are feeling as grateful as we are, especially today. Day in and day out, we strive to help you as a business, show off your product or brand. Thank you for trusting us to help your business be known. We love watching your business thrive & we are beyond grateful to create positive, lasting partnerships along the way.

Our past posts featuring testimonials from happy customers show what this business is all about. We could not be more grateful for our customers. For the next week we have a great deal for all of our current, past & future clients, you don’t want to miss out on this one.

Now through December 2nd 2016 we are giving 40% off all printed tops with frames. It’s the Black Friday deal that keeps on giving. Our innovative products are reliable & easy to use. By using the latest materials & technology, this investment is sure to last over time. Plus, you are guaranteed smooth operation with no binding.

 This deal doesn’t come around often, take advantage while you can. And don’t forget, it’s never too early to start planning for your spring & summer events. Thanks for choosing KD for your kanopy & other branding tool needs. From all of us to all of you, Happy Thanksgiving!

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Testimonial Thursday: Brookside Community Play

It’s Thursday! You know what that means. Time to spread some happiness by sharing some happy words from one of our clients. Lately, it is easy to express gratitude as we approach Thanksgiving week. We at KD Kanopy are grateful every day for the clients we have and those we will have in the days ahead. Thank you for choosing us to put your brand in front of others. Time to play.

“We love our tent! It worked perfectly, was simple to set up and tear down, plus it stood up to the elements really well!”- Brookside Community Play

When was the last time you got out and played? Maybe work and other adult obligations have been getting in the way but we have a feeling that if you have children close by, play is a big part of your life. And if it isn’t, it should be! Plato once said “you can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation”. It’s true, the more kids can play, the better they become at thinking about different possibilities. The research & the science behind play is one thing, making it happen is another, and that’s where Brookside Community Play comes in.

Brookside Community Play is “using the power of play to change lives and (their) neighborhood” in Indianapolis, Indiana. We love what they’re doing to engage both kids & their families in healthy play. It is becoming easier & easier to get wrapped up in the negative influences within communities. Instead of families living in that fear, BCP makes it easy to enjoy time together in a positive way.

No matter the season, BCP gets kids and their families to gather in a near by park to play.  Basketball, soccer, t-rex tag, kickball, jump roping, hula hooping & other forms of play take over the park 1 day a week. They know that this time helps build character, develop healthy competition & puts their neighborhood to good use.

We are incredibly proud to have them as our clients and look forward to watching play change lives. If this program inspires you to give back, they do accept donations.

 

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Colorful Companies!

At KD Kanopy we love helping you make a bold statement with your brand’s colors. We are eager to help you put your business in front of your customers and your choice of vibrant colors will help you do this the bold way. Grab their attention and put your product on center stage.

Making a bold statement with color will help your business be seen. It’s a competitive world out there, stand out from the crowd! Color has been known to influence people & their buying trends.  Here are 3 companies who have used color to help them stand out.

The Home Depot

They cover just about everything they do with the color orange. Next time you are in your neighborhood Home Depot, check out how they use orange throughout their store. Orange is a cheerful color, it promotes optimism and according to them it “stimulates activity & is often associated with affordability”. Home Depot orange has, over time, become one of the most ubiquitous colors in the retail world.

Starbucks

Their famous green siren hasn’t always been green but since 1987 it has become another instantly recognizable brand. Green is often associated with health, power and nature, Starbucks chose green for their logo to “imply growth, freshness, uniqueness and prosperity to a brand that was rapidly developing”.

Barbie

Femininity is often associated with pink and it is usually associated with brands that are targeted to women. There is a sweetness, a fun and a sense of playfulness connected to pink. When we hear pink, we think Barbie, whose logo has been pink since the company started in 1959. Since then, their logo has been modified 6 different times but the minimalist style & the color has stayed the same.

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TESTIMONIAL THURSDAY: Southeast Missouri State University

Football season is in full swing and we wanted to take a quick time out to showcase one of our wonderful, football loving, clients, the athletic department at Southeast Missouri State University.

Matt and the KD Kanopy team were great to work with. We had a large job on a deadline (21 different pop-up canopies for our Touchdown Plaza area at home football games), and KD Kanopy was able to help us through the process. The tents are exactly what we needed to add a polished look to one of the most unique tailgating areas in all of college football. We also ordered two 10×10 canopies in the XTF model for regular use – the quality and sturdiness of those tents are tremendous, and at a great value! We would definitely recommend KD Kanopy to other athletic departments for their tent needs, and look forward to working with Matt again in the future.” —Southeast Missouri State University

Just as they mentioned, SEMO utilizes their pop up kanopies in their unique, fun & eye-catching tailgating area. It’s a great way to get noticed, especially if it is where your fans are gathering to support their team. Not sure if anyone would want to miss out on the fun here!

The Redhawks are having a pretty good football season with a current record of 3-5. They’ve had some big wins against Murray State, Austin Peay & Eastern Illinois. Their quarterback, their punter, an outside linebacker, their kicker, an inside linebacker, and one of their running backs have been given honors from their respected conference throughout the season & they have plenty of football left to play.

The mission of the SEMO Athletic Department is to provide a first class, student-athlete centered collegiate experience emphasizing the core values of academic excellence, social development, and competitive success. This university has been recognized as one of the best in the Midwest and ranks 29th in the 2017 US News & World Report’s Best College rankings for top public schools in the Midwest.

An athletic program at the university that really stands out to us is the Redhawk BRIDGE Program, a leadership program that teaches student-athletes while helping them to develop & use their leadership skills by learning about the culture in the Southeast. In turn, the student-athletes transfer these skills to help them succeed outside of the athletic arena. The program is divided into levels based on their academic year and then broken down into fall & spring semesters, each having a different theme or topic that skills revolve around. We love to see students and in this case, student-athletes, devoting time to making their community even better.

We are proud & happy to have Southeast Missouri University’s athletic department as a client and are looking forward to a successful finish to all of their fall sports seasons, go Redhawks!

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Our World-Class Customer Service

At KD Kanopy, we pride ourselves on helping you get your brand or business in front of people. Beyond that, we are proud to provide world-class customer service. All week, we have been featuring clients on our social media who have been satisfied with both our high quality, durable, and easy-to-use branding products as well as our customer service.

Here are some quick Did You Knows about our customer service & our products.

 Did You Know…?

-Our team will help you make your vision come to life by helping you pick a product within your budget.

-We have a dealer program for organizations that want to expand their product offerings by selling our products.

-Our warranty is world-class too. Warranties vary depending on the product.

- Turnaround time for production is 14 business days + shipping depending on the product you pick.

-You can call our customer service team if you have any problems before you send anything back. Here is more info on returns.

-We sell replacement parts for every part of the frame.

-Your kanopy is designed for years of use & enjoyment, make sure to follow these rules to get the most out of it.

-We have a FAQ section on our website. You can find answers to other questions you may have there.

We are looking forward to helping you create your next kanopy. Our products & our customer service lead this industry, thanks to our current & future clients who continue to use us for their needs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our love fore golf & the rest of the sports industry!

The sports industry is one of our biggest clients. We are always excited to create fun and eye-catching branding tools for both local sports teams and professional sports teams to use at events. Of course, being a fan or a coach is important too and our pop-up kanopies are perfect for tailgating or setting up to watch a game. They protect you from all types of weather and are a great way to show your team pride.

Not only are we active in sports through creating exciting branding tools for teams but we also sponsor & put on golf tournaments for a couple of very inspiring foundations.

Every July, KD puts on one of our favorite events, the Annual Charity Golf Tournament for Kids Mobility Network. It’s always heart-warming to see friends and partners that are willing to take time away from their jobs and families to help others. With over 100 participants this last year, we know that our community supports Kids Mobility too. In fact, this year we helped raise $50,000 at the golf tournament & dinner! The Kids Mobility Network is a non-profit organization that helps provide children who have disabilities with the medical equipment they may need. This includes wheelchairs, walkers, etc. In 2014, we got the chance to sit down with Kids Mobility Network to ask them all about what they do. Mark your calendars for July 17, 2017 & come out to support them with us, it is sure to be another great time!

The Veteran Golfers Association is another organization that is devoted to making the lives of other people better. We are a very proud sponsor of this one-of-a-kind foundation. They promote the game of golf to veterans & their family members through creating ways to compete, socialize & remain physically active in the game. The VGA Tour keeps their members busy with several tournaments throughout the year. This last spring, some of these war heroes even got to experience The Masters, the most coveted golf tournament of the year. It is humbling to support these men and women. This video still gives us a huge dose of inspiration. Thanks for making us proud!

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Testimonial Thursday: Community Beer Company

Our hometown city of Denver, Colorado wrapped up another successful weekend of the Great American Beer Festival October 6th-8th 2016. All things beer have been buzzing around town and it has been fun to be so close to the action. At KD Kanopy, we make some exciting branding tools that the beverage industry uses frequently. In fact, breweries, both big and small, are some of our most common clients. Here’s a testimonial from one of our beer loving clients, Community Beer Company.

“KD Kanopy has been an absolute pleasure to work with.  In our industry customer service and attention to detail are every bit as important as the final product.  KD Kanopy not only has a fantastic product, their level of customer service has truly been above and beyond.  We won’t be looking anywhere else for our future festival needs- that’s for sure!”  

Community Beer Company came out to Colorado this last weekend and took a bronze medal from the Great American Beer Festival back with them to Dallas, Texas. Their Witbier, a Belgian-Style Witbier, helped them win the honorable award. Congrats to them and thanks for sharing your talents!

Just as their name mentions, this brewery reflects the way beer has brought people together. They know how to positively influence local culture and help people enjoy their experience. It’s a great place to hang out as they host all kinds of different events and are supporting charities whenever they can. No wonder they call it “Beer for the Greater Good”.

Their state-of-the-art brewery includes the best of the best brewing equipment from which they have created 14 delicious brews. You will find everything from an IPA to an ale, a porter, a trippel and even a Funnel Cake Ale, a creative English Summer Ale that is available in cans and is a Texas State Fair favorite. Find out where you can get a taste of their goodness in the Dallas area.

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Fresh, Fun & (almost) Free Restaurant Marketing Tips

All this week, we have been taking a peek at marketing products we have created for restaurants around the country. Our goal at KD Kanopy is to help you get your brand in front of customers. The restaurant industry is one of our biggest clients and we are happy to provide them with portable kanopies for festivals and other needs. Maybe our attention getting banners and other signs are calling your name. Perhaps your restaurant is looking to expand your marketing tactics or maybe you are in the beginning stages of starting a restaurant. Either way, here are 3 of our favorite & (almost) free ways to market your restaurant.

1. Grab the Attention of the Media, for free!

People love to eat out. In fact, for the first time in our country’s history, people are spending more money eating out than they are on their own groceries. If you have a restaurant, or plan to start one, people love to hear about a new, good place to fill their appetite.  If you send out a press release to your local news & radio station or your local newspaper, it will be hard for customers to miss you. Try this if you know you will be hosting an event. This way, you are increasing your chances of being seen. Here’s some tips on how to write a press release, it will only take you a few minutes and it’s totally free!

2. Host An Event

Ok, this one may not be entirely free but it doesn’t need to cost much. Hosting events is a great way to get people into your restaurant. Perhaps you have someone provide live music. This is a popular choice at many establishments but you can kick it up a notch by getting your customers more involved. You can have an open mic night to draw in the locals or create some type of singing contest. You can also host cooking classes. This is an exciting way to get people involved in the process of cooking. Maybe it’s a parent/child cooking class or maybe you gear it towards couples. It’s a good way for people to remember your restaurant and have a fun time. Here are some more events you could put on.

3. Polish up Your Customer Service

I don’t know about you but sometimes I remember the server at the restaurant I ate at, more than I remember the food. Yes, this could present a problem with the food side of the restaurant but it’s a good reminder that customer service sells. Coach your servers and other team members to treat their customers like rock stars. Teach them to be welcoming and friendly, but not over the top and annoying. Teach them to give their customers their attention while being able to multi-task. If your staff keeps your customers happy, it will keep them coming back. It’s a win win. Here are a few more tips on how to improve your restaurant customer service.

 

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More Industry Examples of KD Products

We  make the best of the best when it comes to quality pop-up kanopies. We have also created a number of exciting branding products that are sure to help you bring customers to your store or display. Here, we see a couple more of our products put to use by different industries.

 BEVERAGE DISTRIBTORS Let us put the fizz in your brand’s kanopy, no matter the size

Budweiser, Coors, Monster Energy, Red Bull, Miller and Coke are among some of the largest beverage companies and distributors in the world. We are proud to work with them, as well as many small craft brewers across the country.

We offer both screen printing and full-coverage digital printing to create recognition and help you promote your brand. Leave it up to our professional artists to help with the graphic setup and design if you need it.

SCHOOLS, FATERNITIES AND SORORITIES Let us educate you on the value of quality kanopies and banners for your school

No matter if you are part of a high school or a college, chances are that there are plenty of events and outdoor activities that take place. Make sure you are taking the necessary step to protect your team, colleagues, fans, or fellow students from the elements and the sun.

Our kanopies are perfect for this. In the last 30 years, we have created some great, custom kanopies for thousands of schools and colleges around the world.  Think of all the ways your school could put a KD kanopy to use!

GOVERNMENT AND MILITARY Let us provide a commercial-grade tent, shelter or banner to your military or government agency

Our company manufactures the most durable, long-lasting and fastest setup portable kanopies on the market today. We are proud to supply both government and military agencies with products they need. We are capable of global distribution and we are proud to fulfill orders and deliver them on time and on budget.

We have been manufacturing military tent and shelter production for both the Federal Governement, U.S. Armed Forces and commercial customers. Our strong and sturdy products are used throughout this arena.

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