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

starstage shade canopy

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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KD Kanopy Takes 2015 By Storm

This year is looking bright for KD Kanopy. Not only are we off to a great start planning our annual charity golf tournament, but we have a ton of conventions to attend throughout the year as well. These events bring together some of the biggest companies and organizations in America, as well as people from all walks of life . Also, it doesn’t hurt that they are held in some pretty fun places! Take a look at what we have coming up.

2015 International Franchise Association 55th Annual Convention

The IFA Convention, held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas takes place on February 15, 2015 and ends on 18 February, 2015. The IFA Convention is one of the biggest events for franchising, franchise management, franchise and distribution, distribution commerce, merchandise, business and entrepreneurship spots. This is an annual event that we often attend and it always proves to be great for networking and building upon the relationships we have with our current franchising clients. In 2015, there are about 2,000 people expected to attend. Below is a picture of our booth at last years IFA.

2015 National Restaurant Association: Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show

The NRA Show will be held May 16-19, 2015 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. The NRA show is a four day showcase of all things culinary. There will be education sessions as well as keynote speakers consisting of world famous chef’s including Elizabeth Falkner, Robert Irvine, Maneet Chauhan and many more! The hospitality industry brings their A game to this event by showcasing up and coming trends in the food/restaurant, and hotel/motel industries. KD Kanopy is no exception. We are proud to show off our canopies and marketing accessories, as well as meet some great people in the process. Check out the NRA Show in action last year here. We are more than excited to attend this show!

United Franchise Group World Expo 

The 2015 UFG World Expo will be held June 14-17th in beautiful Las Vegas, NV. This Expo is another great franchising event we get to attend in 2015. Along with the IFA, the UFG brings together some of the biggest franchises in the world into one giant room in the grand Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino. This three and a half day expo allows us to speak with clients directly and see their canopy in action, as well as address any needs that come up during these events such as set up and teardown time. This helps us to refine and perfect our products even further.

A professionally done tent at events like these goes a long way. Our clients and their custom KD Kanopy tents always stand out from the crowd and make a lasting impression on the participants. We cannot wait to attend all of these events and to show the participants exactly what KD Kanopy can do for them!

 

 

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KD Kanopy Customers Give Us Feedback

We love when our customers send us testimonials. We most often hear how pleased people are with the quality and look of the tents and how easy they are to set. To see just how easy make sure to beck out our You Tube channel where we showcase how to set up several of them with just two people.

Here are some recent testimonials from our customers. Thank you to everyone for sending these over. We would also love to hear from you!

 

From the Junior Wolverines:

We have been very pleased with the tent!  The Junior Wolverines is a middle school cross country club, so the tent is mostly used in the fall during cross country season.  The kids and parents LOVE the tent!  It has been much better than our previous 10×10 tent.  I’m so glad we got the side wall as that turned out to be great for blocking the sun during the hot summer/early fall afternoons and blocking the wind during the late fall/early winter mornings.  The tent went with us to all our meets around the ATL Georgia area, as well as to the USATF Junior Olympics XC Region 4 and National meets in Myrtle Beach, SC!  We had 17 kids compete at Nationals.

From Gecko Hospitality

“The tent is awesome. I’ll certainly let you know if I need anything else”

From: Big Sky

We set up the tent and love it! It was super easy for just 2 women to set up and it looks great.

From Oskar Blues

“We’ve been using KD Kanopy tents for ten years at a ton of events through the Colorado Sun, Wind, Rain & Snow and these babies hold up.”

From Abita:

I just wanted to let you know that it is one of the best purchases I have ever made for our business.  It looks great, is easy to set up and take down, and is very good quality.  It has also given us a professional appearance that we really needed.  Thanks again!!

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Q&A With KD Kanopy Client: Sweetwater Brewing

We continue our Q&A Feature with some of our customers. This week we are profiling Sweetwater Brewing. We talk with the company to learn about how the company got started, what it’s like working with KD Kanopy and challenges and rewards. Now, start readin’ .

 

1. How did the idea for Sweetwater Brewing come to be? 

The company started in Colorado in the early 90’s when ideas started flowing from Freddy Bensch and Kevin McNerney. The two met at the Colorado University in Boulder but quickly learned that beer was more fun than books! Freddy visited Atlanta during the Olympics in 1996 and saw the opportunity for West Coast style brewery in the south. A little less than a year later, SweetWater Brewery was up and runnin’ on the west side of Atlanta and their beers were poppin’ up in Virginia Highlands watering holes. Seven years later, the brewery built their second, and current, brewery adjacent to Ansley Park. Fortunately, the brand kept growin’ and folks kept seekin’ out SweetWater brews. The brewery recently wrapped up its $19 million expansion and plans to flow into several new states further north and west this year.

2. What is the most challenging part of running a business? And biggest reward? 

Working for SweetWater really is a dream come true. The brewery is turning 18 this year and I’ve been around for 13 of those great years. Experiencing such success and growth with Freddy and the whole SweetWater team has been a sight to see and we sure have learned a lot. The ability to work closely with Atlanta and Georgia non-profits is one of the highlights as well as just making folks happy with our brews! Every day is different here at the brewery which is a great challenge!

3. What is something readers would be surprised to know about you or the business?  

SweetWater Brewing cranked out over 192,500 barrels of beer last year. That’s almost 48 million pints of beer!

4. What made you decide to go with KD Kannopy for your canopy? What was it like working with them?

We love working with KD Kannopy. We turn to KD Kannopy often for our needs and many of our most impactful festival pieces come from them!

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Meet One of the KD Kanopy Clients: Choonimals Clothing Co

Here at KD Kanopy, we have the pleasure of working with some amazing companies and people in our line of work. Which is why in our next series of blog posts, we are going to feature some of our clients so you can get to know them a little more too.

Choonimals founders, Matt Peters, Chris Theibert & Chad Long

One that tops that list is Choonimals Clothing Co. Founded in 2007, the Columbus, Ohio based company creates a unique twist on the animal kingdom we all know and love. We dive in a bit deeper in this Q&A with one of the founder, Matt Peters to learn more about how they got started and where they are going. As well as a look at how they use their custom KD Kanopy tent!

1) A bit of background

Founded in Columbus, Ohio in 2007, Choonimals Clothing Co. is its own creation of animals and creatures from an otherwise normal animal kingdom. Originating from sketches drawn to pass time and anger teachers during high school classes, the Choonimals artwork style was born. Each “choonimal” has fangs, crooked eyes and the occasional spiked tail. Apart from honoring animals through art, the brand is also  committed to raising awareness and support to prominent animal welfare causes, including recent partnerships with Sean Casey Animal Rescue in New York.

 

2) How did you decide to turn this into a business?

We didn’t mean to start the business… people just really loved the concept of Choonimals so it slowly grew over time and we learned along the way. So, the hardest part, is the unknown. With that said, I would say the biggest reward is also the unknown. We have lived on tour busses, travelled across the country multiple times and met a lot of amazing people along the way. We are excited to see where we go next.

 

3) How do you stay connected to your customers and fans?

Myself or one of my two co-owners are at every event. We love to personally connect with our fans. If you see our tent at a festival around the country, one of us will be there to say hello!

 

4) What is the best use you have gotten out of your KD Kanopy tent?

The Warped Tour is our main tour every year. It covers almost 50 cities in 50 days. We see a lot of tents break, crumble, and go to the tour graveyards. Our KD Tent has lasted two long tough years and it is still in great shape. We are only getting a new one for this year because we want to have 2 now!

 

For more information about Choonimals or to buy some of their apparel go to www.choonimals.com. You can also find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/choonimals, on Twitter @choonimals and Instagram @choonimals and #choonimals.

Check out this video from the founders showcasing the ease of ease of setting up the tent.

 

 

 

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