KD Gifts for Under Your Tree

We wish we could say that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Denver area but all the snow has been flying west of town, in the mountains. Either way, storefronts are looking festive, toys are filling the shelves & we have an idea (or 3) about what can go under your tree this year. Especially for those loved ones who enjoy promoting their business or like to show off their team spirit. In the spirit of the holidays, here are 3 of our favorite KD gift ideas.

Our Table Covers are sure to enhance your set up, whether you are at a tradeshow or a tailgate. Just imagine how much better it would look to put your products or your snacks on a table cover that is coordinated with the rest of your space. Customize it with your logo or team mascot with the choice of screen or full-digital printing.

A Pop-Out Banner will easily fit under the tree and is sure to get you noticed at your next event. It looks cool with double-sided printing, works great for both indoor & outdoor events and talk about an easy setup. All you have to do is remove it from its storage bag and voila! It pops up and attracts people walking by your display area in no time.

Already have one of our canopies? Luck you! Our Chalet Top is calling your name. Give your 10’x10’ canopy frame a quick makeover with this one-piece fabric skin that extends the entire length of the frame legs covering them with eye-catching fabric colors or full-color digital printing. It’s made from the same fabric as the rest of our regular canopy tops and it just as durable. Add some flair to your next set up.

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3 TIPS FOR TAKING CARE OF YOUR CANOPY THIS WINTER

Your canopy has gotten a lot of activity the last little while and has held up well. You’ve taken it to your outdoor networking events, local farmers markets, big games and tournaments. With winter weather quickly approaching, now is the time that you might decide to give your canopy some rest (unless you are part of the Big Sky team!)  If you don’t end up getting much use out of your canopy during the winter months, here are a few tips to make sure it is ready to go once the weather warms up.

1. DRY THE TOP

Just think. Would you keep your wet clothes in the washer all winter? We surely hope not. Same goes for your canopy top. Make sure it is entirely dry before you pack it up.

2.REMOVE THE TOP FROM THE FRAME

This is a really important tip to keep in mind. You spent a good amount of money on your canopy, make sure you show it some love. Take your time at the end of your event to put it away, the right way. We are sure you don’t want to have to replace or repair any parts when you pull it out after winter.

3. STORE IT IN THE PROVIDED BAGS

We will provide you with a sturdy bag for you to store your canopy in at the end of any event. They come with each canopy order, use them! They will protect your canopy frame and top while you aren’t using them.

These tips will help your canopy last a long time & that’s our goal. Your canopy is an investment for your business, take good care of it! Looking for a way to stand out in the crowd? Check out our lineup of unique canopies & other branding tools.

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THANK YOU & HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at KD Kanopy. We hope that you find yourself with a full plate of gratitude this year (and of course, a full plate of everything that completes your Thanksgiving meal). There are so many reasons to be thankful every day and today is the perfect day to slow down our lives and reflect on them.

Of course, our company is forever grateful to our clients who trust us to help them show off their brand or product. Thank you. We love getting to see their businesses thrive and of course, enjoy getting to know them on a personal level. It is because of our customers that we can continue leading this industrry and do what we love most.

Over 25 years ago, KD Kanopy created a portable event tent that changed the industry forever, the StarShade. Now, there are other companies who produce single-pole tension canopies but nobody matches our quality.

Doing our job right is important to us and our quality control is an area we strive to excel in. All of our printing, both digital and screen, is done in-house, creating a high standard for our products. By using the latest materials and technology, our products are easy to use and reliable. We guarantee a smooth operation, our products won’t bind. And of course, on the rare occasion that a part breaks, we are happy to replace it.

This CYBER MONDAY we can’t wait to introduce our new Samba material. Made from polyester, this material is lightweight, fade resistant and it won’t crack or peel. It is also NFPA 701 fire resistant & water repellant. This Monday only, choose from a 10×10 PartyShade, Majestic or XTF style canopy with this new material that will be printed with a UV ink, all at a discounted price.  Customize your printing to include your branding logo, team name or other desired graphics.

CYBER MONDAY only happens once a year, be sure to take advantage of this great deal. And don’t forget, it’s never too early to start planning for your spring & summer events. Thanks for choosing KD Kanopy for your branding needs. From all of us to all of you, Happy Thanksgiving!

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TESTIMONIAL THURSDAY: DENVER SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL

It’s Testimonial Thursday and you know what that means. Time to share a little something from a happy client. We are always excited to hear that our clients are pleased with their purchase and we are proud to keep leading this industry. We would love to see your pictures of your canopies in action!

This week we shine our spotlight on another hometown client, our friends at Denver South High School, one of the iconic directional schools in the capital city, with a rich history & a promising future.

“I can say that the KDs are super impactful graphics on indestructible frames”.-Denver South

 As they mentioned, their KD frame is “indestructible”, we make them to last. That means Denver South’s canopies are ready to help them show off their school spirit for years to come. The bold white & purple colors of Denver South catch everybody’s eye as they pass by at local events.

Denver South’s history dates back to Denver’s earliest days. Opening in 1883, it was originally built to serve elementary through high school students. It wasn’t until 1926 that Denver South High School was built separately by a prominent Denver architect.

Ever since, Denver South has produced numerous successful graduates including former Archivist of the U.S., Robert Warner &  Congresswoman Diane DeGette. South’s success obviously doesn’t stop there!

2017 was a very exciting year of graduates for Denver South. They earned nearly $6.5 million worth of scholarships, had the most college signees in school history,  they raised Denver Souths graduation rate by 11%, had the highest Advanced Placement scores in school history and they earned three Boettcher Scholarships (a prestigious CO based scholarship that allows winners a “full ride” to any in-state university). On top of all of this academic success, their athletic department had a year to remember as well. Their track athletes broke the Denver Public Schools records & qualified for nationals, the girls’ soccer team had the highest GPA among high schools in the state, and the cross country, track, football teams and cheer squad were all DPS League champs!

Their school pride runs deep & for a good reason. We are proud to have them as a client & look forward to another successful year. Go Rebels!

 

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TESTIMONIAL THURSDAY: YO COLORADO

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At KD Kanopy, we are all about your image. Your tent, banner, sign or other accessory reflects who you are-it’s your brand. We love to lead this industry. Working with a variety of businesses is the cherry on top. And of course, we always love a hometown client. Whether you live in Colorado or just dream about it, you’ve probably heard about how awesome this place is, yo. Colorado has become increasingly popular over the recent years and so has it’s iconic state flag. Our friends (and clients) at YO Colorado are ready to help you deck out & show off your Colorado pride, whether you’re lucky enough to live here or not.

“We’ve worked with the folks at KD Kanopy for several years, and have purchased several tents from them.  I can’t imagine a company with better customer service.  Anytime we’ve had an issue with so much as a velcro strap, they’re on it right away, no questions asked.  Their repair service is great to have at our fingertips as well.  High-quality products and 5-star customer service means we’ll be using KD Kanopy for years to come!”-YO Colorado

Our number one priority is always customer satisfaction. Our team is excited to help put your brand in front of customers and we will make sure that happens, all within your budget of course. There are many benefits to choosing a KD Kanopy product and our world-class customer service is definitely one of them.

Back to YO Colorado,  a company who provides the “best selection and highest quality of Colorado gear”.  Their Colorado pride runs deep. Golden, Colorado, a town settled into the foothills west of Denver, is home to their facility (as well as their neighbors at Coors Brewery). It doesn’t get much more Colorado than that.

Actually, it does. These guys take the crazy-popular Colorado flag (as well as other Colorado inspired designs) and creatively use them on anything from beanies to trucker hats to kids apparel. You will see the classic Colorado flag that boasts 1 white & 2 blue stripes with a red ‘C’ & a golden circle on many of their products. But they don’t stop there. The vibrant and bold colors they use certainly make their brand come alive (as does their fabulous pop-up canopy) and help you show off your Colorado pride!

With the holidays quickly approaching, YO Colorado has the perfect gift for your fellow Colorado loving friend or family member. Be sure to check out their website and all their good stuff!

 

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Testimonial Thursday: Kings of Tailgating

Football season is in full swing and you know what that means, tailgating. We, at KD, love a good tailgate & we wanted to take a quick timeout to showcase one of our tailgate loving clients, the Kings of Tailgating. Nobody does tailgating quite like these guys, trust us.

 We got the tent last week in time for our event. Everyone loved the tent and tables covers. We are very happy with how this turned out.” —Kings of Tailgating

Their latest event outside of a Penn State game was a showstopper. Thanks to their eye-catching pop-up canopy, their rail curtains and their table covers, the Kings of Tailgating were ready for an afternoon of what they do best. And to top off their stunning branding set up, they chose to have each accessory, as well as their canopy, custom printed. This definitely sets them apart but so does their service.

The best part of a good tail gate is the food/drink, the games, & the fun, right? Leave it to the Kings of Tailgating to provide all of that and more. From the start of your tail gate to the very end (and all the time in between), these guys have you covered. During the game, a staff member is there to make sure the food is stocked, the drinks are flowin’ & you’re having a great time. The end of the tailgate means it’s game time. You won’t have to worry about cleaning the pre-party up, a KOT staff member does it all for you so you’ll only have one thing on your mind: the game. Wow, could it get any easier?

KOT has an array of different packages to choose from to suit you and your party needs. Did we mention they bring everything? Their list of gear, games, and food seems endless. And just like at KD Kanopy, they can customize your tailgate to make sure your favorite team is noticed throughout the party.

Right now, KOT are available to take care of your tailgating needs in New York, New Jersey, & Pennsylvania. Hurry over to their website to start creating the tailgate of your dreams.

 

 

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HALLOWEEN MARKETING TIPS FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

It’s time to spook your customers (in a good way) with a few Halloween-themed marketing ideas. This is a great time of year to get the attention of your customers in a simple, fun & perhaps spooky way. Here are a few ideas for next week!

Offer a Discount

It’s not necessary to have a reason to offer a discount or a good deal but it’s always fun to attach one to a holiday. When you do this, the deal seems to stay with the customer & it makes it feel more special. Like the example below, try to “scare” your customers into a good deal.

Host a Costume Party

Everybody loves a good costume party, and holding one at your place of business could be a win-win. You could create a theme for the costumes or have a contest for ‘most creative’, etc. Offer snacks, drinks, & prizes to get people in the door. Advertising for this will boost your marketing and get the name of your business in front of people. Remember to use social media or hang flyers around the neighborhood.

Partake in Trick-or-Treating

We can’t think of a better way to increase the foot traffic to your business. Host a time (on Halloween or the day before) for customers to bring their kiddo over to your business for some trick-or treating. Hand out candy or small toys and of course, include some type of coupon or discount to give to the parents. This way, they’ll come back to see you soon.

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THE COOLEST TENT AROUND!

Our OptiDome  pop-up canopy is one of our most unique designs. Add elegance & class to your next location with the tent that boasts arches and curves. This tent is designed to stand freely and is ideal for your outdoor events or festivals.

Why look the same if you could look like this?

This tent is sure to set your company or team apart from the rest of the tents. Of course, like our other pop-up canopies, choose to have your canopy top covered in digital printing or opt for a single color. The OptiDome is sure to help you make a lasting impression on the people who attend your next event.

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Tips For Your Next Convention

For the earlier part of this week, we were at the The National Beer Wholesalers Association’s Annual Convention in Las Vegas. Conventions like this one are always a great way to bring in new business and connect with past clients. Now that we’re back from the hustle & bustle, we wanted to share 5 tips that we find helpful for each convention and think you will too. Preparing in advance will help you be more productive, things will tend to go more smoothly and efficiently. Make all of your time worth it!

#1: Get a good map of the show floor.

Most likely, the trade show you are attending will offer a map ahead of time. Get one. Check out where each of your desirable vendors will be and plan the most efficient route for your time at the tradeshow.

#2: Make a schedule.              

It’s important. Before you make a schedule, be sure that all of your appointments [if needed] are set. Then, make yourself a schedule including each vendor on your efficient route. Always give yourself more time than you think. Extra time will come in handy if you run into someone or have conversations with vendors that run over. In your schedule, try to leave time at the end of the tradeshow/convention to perhaps grab dinner or drinks with fellow attendees…this is a great way to network! You might also use this time to do some homework after the show [comparing notes, reviewing each vendor you saw and getting ideas together for possible orders so that you can be sure to take advantage of those great tradeshow/convention specials].

#3: Set appointments ahead of time.

Depending on the vendor, you may need to set up an appointment. Make sure you do your research to find out if you do.  The earlier you do this, the better. That way, you know you won’t miss them and you can get a preferred time. It’s best to get the first or the last appointment of the day so that you can plan the rest of your time out. If you have to make more than 1 appointment, make sure to leave some time in between incase there is any run over.

#4: Create a checklist.

Plan ahead. With a checklist, you will have all of your must-see vendors and must-do events during the tradeshow/convention. This way you won’t miss out. Keep your checklist close by and refer to it periodically throughout the day to make sure you are keeping up. The night before the last day, review your checklist. You may feel the need to re-prioritize your day.

#5: Be prepared

Good things to pack for the tradeshow or convention might be: extra comfy clothes and shoes, an extra bag to carry products/catalogs/merchandise in, your own branded gear, business cards, a name badge, a budget and of course, pack a smile!

 

 

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Tips for the GABF!

Breweries & beer lovers alike join together this weekend for the biggest beer festival and competition in the U.S, The Great American Beer Festival. Just like the craft beer industry, this yearly event has grown tremendously. Back in 1982, when the festival was held at the Harvest House Hotel in Boulder, there were 24 breweries present and over 800 attendees. Last year, 2016, saw 780 breweries & over 60,000 attendees. This year is set to be record-setting. If you were lucky enough to get one of these hot tickets, make sure you are prepared to make the best of the weekend. Here a few things you need to know about.

 The Backyard

Don’t miss the “festival within the festival” that is the Backyard.  Here’s why you don’t want to miss it!

-Yard games. You can play Twister, corn hole or ping pong.

-The Heavy Medal Booth. You can try over 50 award-winning brews.

-The Karaoke Stage. You can sing our hear out while all of your friends cheer you on.

-DJ Brian. You can dance to whatever he may be spinnin.

-Live Music. What is a beer festival with out it?

It’s a Week Full of Fun

Of course, the GABF is the spotlight event in Denver this weekend but here are some other events going on you will want to plan for.

-Small Batch Thursday at Goed Zuur. You can sample from a variety of breweries and even a winery who make their product on a much smaller scale. This event is open to the public and will be held at Goed Zuur, located in the heart of Downtown Denver.

-Beer Trivia at Peak to Peak. You can show off your beer knowledge while you have the chance to win free beer. It’s open to the public and lasts from 7-9pm at Peak to Peak Tap & Brew in Aurora.

-The list of events goes on and on. Really, check it out here.

Helpful Hints

-There’s a new entrance this year. Make sure you use it. Unlike past years, it’s the only way in. Here’s a map to make sure you find it.

-The entrance will be equipped with metal detectors. Please be safe and smart. Don’t even think about bringing the following items.

-Will call is located in the lower lobby of the Colorado Convention Center.

-There are NO lockers and NO coat checks. Make sure you plan ahead.

-There will be an ATM available next to the Will Call booth in the lower lobby.

-Wheelchairs are welcome. If you head to the elevator in the lower lobby there will be volunteers to direct you.

-Get the app! Of course, it’s free & it will act as your tour guide all weekend. Download it here for your iPhone or Android.

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