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Fleet Vehicle Graphics for NOCO Party Bus

We’re always thrilled to do the more unique vehicle graphics and vehicle wrap projects, and no doubt one of those times was when Shane, the owner of NOCO Party Bus in Fort Collins approached us recently to create some eye-catching graphics for one of the buses in his fleet!

NOCO Party Bus is Northern Colorado’s premier party bus company for all your event needs! They specialize in concerts, weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties, sporting events, girls and guys night out, birthdays, corporate, airport transfers, private event transfers, brewery tours, golf outings and day and night trips.

NOCO Party Bus currently serves all major cities in Northern Colorado including: Fort Collins, Windsor, Loveland, and Greeley. They’ll also make trips to Denver and Red Rocks for concerts or sporting events. They basically go wherever your party needs to go!

Shane understands the importance of effective fleet vehicle graphics. His newly wrapped bus with flashy graphics, not only provides the lucky party-goers with loads of fun while they safely enjoy their special event, but the bus is also attracting the attention of future customers that will remember to call them for their next event. Bottom line is that fleet vehicle graphics get noticed, and drive brand awareness more effectively than all other types of advertising!

For the NOCO Party Bus, we chose a premium metallic black vinyl for the base layer, and applied a custom-designed graphic over it. Shane was able to stay engaged with our designer as the design took shape, and we always feel great when the customer sees their own touch in the final product. Here’s what Shane had to say on some Facebook pictures we posted soon after it was done:

“Wow is all I can say!! Bruce, Steve and Lindsay did an awesome job on my wrap!! Project design to timely completion they did great!! Thank you so much for our new head turning wrap we are so excited! Will recommend to everyone I know!”

Thanks Shane and NOCO Party Bus! We look forward in helping you out with your entire fleet of buses!

Let the team here at Connecting Signs help transform your company’s fleet of trucks and vans into “rolling billboards”! Fleet graphics in Fort Collins and Northern Colorado are here to stay, and there’s no better way to get noticed than with effective fleet vehicle graphics!

HOLD ON and watch your brand get noticed!!!

Vehicle Graphics FAQ

Vehicle graphics and vehicle wraps are showing up all over Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Denver, and Cheyenne. Their popularity is taking off because of a couple reasons a) Vehicle wraps look great! And b) they absolutely work! In the process of consulting, designing, printing, and installing car, truck, and van wraps, we get asked quite a few questions – here’s some vehicle graphics FAQ:

  • How long will the vehicle graphics last? With the proper prep and premium wrap vinyl and laminate, you can expect your vehicle wrap to last 3-5 years and longer. To get maximum life out of your wrapped vehicle, care for it as you would a new, top-quality paint job.
  • Are car wraps just shrink-wrapped? Yep, it’s just loosely placed on the car and sent it into the oven and voila! Just kidding! Wrap vinyl is a very specialized product made for the purpose of wrapping vinyl on flat, convex, and concave surfaces of a vehicle. The installation process should be left to experienced personnel.
  • How much does it cost? Ballpark estimate for a full wrap would be $2000-$3000 for a sedan, $2500-3500 for SUV or van. Partial wraps can be a great alternative for those on a tight budget.
  • Will it damage, or protect the paint? Properly installed wrap vinyl applied over OEM paint will not damage the paint, in fact it can protect the paint somewhat from fading. The wrap vinyl and laminate does not provide the same protection as a clear bra material, but may provide a little protection from light chips and scratches.
  • Can I wrap my car myself? Not recommended, unless you just want to find out how hard it is! Installers go through extensive training and are capable of handling the most intricate surface situations. The process is very precise and time-consuming.
  • Can I remove the wrap vinyl myself? Yes, but how hard or easy it comes off depends on lots of variables. It’s best left up to an experienced sign company.
  • Can I change a phone number on a vehicle wrap? Not a problem. We’ll help you with an overlay that matches the surrounding area. If the background is complex, like a photograph, you’ll need to probably go to the sign company that originally designed the wrap in order to get a good match.
  • Is a vehicle wrap the same as painting a car? No, not even close. Painting is a more permanent solution, and the creativity of the paint design will most likely be limited by your budget. With a vehicle wrap, the cost is going to be determined by the area to be covered, not the design printed on the vinyl.
  • Can I wrap my car if there’s body damage? Yes, but check with your sign company to explain specific situations with your particular vehicle. Rusted areas should only be wrapped over for very short term applications. Non-OEM painted areas should be allowed to completely cure before applying vinyl. Baked-on paint finishes allow the quickest turnaround in being able to wrap newly painted areas.
  • How do I take care of my truck wrap? A couple key items would be to keep your new wrap clean, and stay away from any aggressive scrubbing or power washing. Keeping your wrapped vehicle garaged will obviously help delay sun fading, especially in places like here in Colorado.

Is a vehicle graphics wrap a DIY project?

Seems like you can do just about anything yourself now days, watch a few online videos and you’re off and running… I was just looking at some videos on vehicle wraps, car wraps, and truck wraps, and some brave souls attempting to do it all by themselves. I’ve got to admit that it’s tempting to tackle big jobs yourself and being able tell your friends of your accomplishment. On the other hand, unless you have a lot of time and patience on your hands, some extra cash to buy the proper tools, and a friend or two to help you out during the process, you might want to find something other than a vehicle wrap as a DIY project.

Installation of wrap vinyl can prove to be a difficult and frustrating task. If not done correctly a vehicle wrap will look extremely amateur and unprofessional. It’s very easy to mess up when cutting around the cracks, body panels, wheel wells, fuel doors, and crevasses of the car. Other DIY struggles with a vehicle wrap include removal of all air bubbles, and stretching the wrap vinyl to the point of discoloration of the print. The ability to conform vehicle wrap vinyl into contours and concave areas of the vehicle’s body panels is a skill that comes from specialized training and years of experience.

A clean, climate-controlled facility is also a key element to a successful vehicle graphic wrap install – too warm, and the vinyl will be too soft. Too cold, and you’ll likely have issues with the vinyl becoming brittle and even cracking, rather than stretching. Of course, having a clean indoor facility makes sense – ever dropped an adhesive-backed decal or bumper sticker on bare ground and try to clean off the dirt? …you get the idea!

Let the team here at Connecting Signs in Fort Collins help you out with your vehicle graphics wrap project. It’s true you can’t say you did it yourself, but we’ll keep you involved every step of the way. From working your personal touch and ideas in with the design, to professional advice in the type of vinyl and laminates that will work best. You will end up with a professional vehicle wrap that you can be proud of!

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Partial Vehicle Wraps and Graphics can work!

For the money a full vehicle wrap in Northern Colorado is simply the best marketing money you can spend! That said, a great designed partial wrap can get close to the same impact at a lower cost. Studies show that vehicle graphics need to be a part of your marketing campaign and with today’s premium vinyl wrapping vinyl and large format printing, it’s so very easy to do!

So, back to partial wraps!…. Our design team will be able to blend in a wrap design with your vehicle’s original paint. A typical option is to wrap the back half of the vehicle while leaving the original paint in the front – the transition from paint to wrap is key in the design. An effective partial wrap can have the appearance of a full wrap, especially if your vehicle’s paint matches one of your corporate’s colors. Keep that in mind whenever you‘re buying company vehicles – A neutral color such as white or black will leave many options for doing a partial wrap, but it might ultimately end up being a little boring. If you have a more exciting color such as blue in your corporate identity, consider getting a vehicle with that color. It will lead to a partial wrap design that makes a larger impact.Another cost-effective method is for our design team to design custom printed and cut graphics all over the vehicle to give that full-wrapped look.  This method is particularly useful in fleet graphics, where the cost needs to be spread over a larger quantity of vehicles.

One downside to a partial wrap has to do with resale of the vehicle and the UV rays hitting the bare paint vs the covered areas of the partial wrap.  Most times this is not a concern, but something to think about nonetheless.

As in a full vehicle wrap, a partial vehicle wrap from Connecting Signs is completely able to be customized and printed on an adhesive-backed vinyl that’s sealed and protected with an UV laminate film for long wear and bright colors.

Ready to take the next step in getting your brand effectively noticed?  Schedule a consultation with Connecting Signs right now by calling 970-493-0133!

Vehicle Wraps instead of Painting?

Ever since 3M, Avery, and other leading manufacturers of premium vehicle wrap vinyl started offering many stunning varieties of color-change, and specialty wrap vinyl, inquiring consumers want to know if they should wrap their car vs. painting it.

I’m definitely no expert when it comes to vehicle painting, and I’d say if you have a classic car that you’re restoring or maybe have your eye on a one-of-a-kind custom color for your pride and joy, you would probably are best served by going to a reputable vehicle paint shop to get it professionally done.

However, with the introduction of the newest-technology in vehicle wrap vinyl, there is a great alternative to painting in many cases. Here are 5 reasons why you might wrap your car vs. painting it:

  • Cost and Resale Value – A good quality paint job on an entire car can range from $2,000-$10,000+, while a good quality color-change vinyl wrap can range from $2,000-$3,000+. And unless a potential buyer of your car has the same taste in color as you, being able to easily return to the factory paint color give a “resale” advantage to wrapping vs. paining.
  • Protection – Premium vehicle wraps protect your paint by taking the UV light hit. The vinyl film provides a barrier to your vehicle’s paint underneath. Things like sand, insects, and dust have to first go through the vinyl before it hits your paint. Understand that thin layer of vinyl won’t protect against rocks, deep scratches (like “keying”), and vandalism. Anything that dents or scratches vehicle paint will do the same to vinyl wrap. However, you could always re-wrap the damaged area of the vehicle in the same way you can “spot repair” a paint job
  • Time to Install – When you choose to paint your vehicle you are probably going to be without it for a couple weeks. When it comes to vehicle wraps you’ll be waiting only 2-4 days before you have it back.
  • Maintenance – If you want your paint job to last, you might want to keep it waxed. Not an easy job by any stretch… Vehicle graphics on the other hand are very easy to maintain. The most important thing with a wrap (same with paint), is to keep it clean. Hand washing with a mild dish soap or baby shampoo is a great way to keep it clean. Another effective form of caring for your wrap is to use a microfiber rag and diluted isopropyl alcohol to wash away fuel spills, dirt or smudges.
  • Safe Removal – Premium wrap vinyl that is taken care of will last many years. The vinyl’s life will be dependent on whether it’s maintained well, garaged, etc. Make sure the vehicle wrap you use is made with removable (not permanent) adhesive. This allows the vinyl to be safely removed between the 5-10 year period without affecting the existing paint underneath.

Stop by, call, email, or fill out our Vehicle Wrap Quote Request and let CS Wraps / Connecting Signs advise you on your vehicle wraps decision.

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CS Wraps partners with Silvertip Services for Vehicle Graphics

Silvertip Services is a newly-opened for business cleaning service, and even though they are just starting up their new company – they GET IT! Chris, the owner of Silvertip Services approached Connecting Signs (CS Wraps) with his recently purchased GMC Savanna van, and wanted to turn it into a rolling billboard has he starts up his cleaning services company that specializes in getting your carpet, tile, hardwood, and stone looking great!

Give them a call today at 970.775.4580 and let Chris and his team, along with brand new, latest –technology cleaning equipment get working on the dirt.

Here at CS Wraps / Connecting Signs, we love it when the door to our store opens with a customer (like Chris) that already knows the importance and true value of vehicle graphics, fleet graphics and vehicle wrap advertising. Lindsay, one of our graphic designers, worked closely with Chris to understand his companies brand, logo, and message that he wanted to incorporate in to his moving billboard. The process was simple, easy, and the end-result was great looking van graphics, featuring two layers of complimentary colors in premium 3M cut vinyl.

Silvertip Services van and it’s fresh look is out on the road right now. The good looking vinyl lettering design is working 24/7 and showing potential customers that Chris is serious about his business.

What about your vehicle graphics – are they outdated and tired looking? Using a couple of small door magnets?  Maybe you spent your marketing budget on a radio ad – ever realize that there’s an entire generation of potential customers that don’t even listen to radio? Or maybe you listened to the countless Yellow Pages salespeople, and now you have your ad printed in thousands of big thick books sitting in the bottom of a recycling bin.

Have no fear, CS Wraps is here!… You can call us today or simply fill out an on-line vehicle graphics quote request. Either way, we’re here to help get your company fleet looking great and working 24/7!

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Vehicle Graphics – CS Wraps IS Connecting Signs Wraps

Throughout Northern Colorado including Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland, Windsor, Denver, Longmont, and Boulder, CS Wraps was created specifically for creating leading edge vehicle graphics and vehicle wraps. We partner with each customer and take a highly consultative approach to fleet vehicle branding and car advertising in Northern Colorado, and will take the time to fully understand your needs, your brand, and your vision.

Whether you are a franchise business or a local contractor in Fort Collins, CS Wraps vehicle graphics and vehicle wraps take your brand our where it will be seen big-time! Everyone’s always on the go. Shouldn’t your brand be, as well? Give the professionals at CS Wraps a call today, they will make your companies fleet stand out and look professional.

We recently had a bad hail storm at our house in Northern Colorado. As the roofing contractors rolled up and down the streets soliciting for business, some of the pickup trucks had their companies proudly displayed with truck graphics while some contractors rolled in with door magnets… Which contractor would you guess was taken seriously?

According to the American Trucking Association – Even a single intra-city truck with graphics can generate up to 16 million visual impressions in a year. CS Wraps in Fort Collins will give you the power to impress!

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Vehicle Graphics for Heating and Air Company in Northern Colorado

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IMS Heating and Air is a successful and respected HVAC company in Colorado, and with their long list of customer testimonials they know a thing or two about treating customers with top-notch service. I met Daren, one of the owners at IMS, and he indicated he sees many service contractor fleet vehicles with full-color vehicle wraps and was interested in updating the van graphics on their fleet. While IMS’s existing vehicle decals and lettering served it’s purpose for many years, it was time to update their corporate image with some fresh, new vehicle graphics for their entire fleet!

With the growing number of vehicle wraps on the road today, it can be a challenge to come up with something original, fresh, and cutting edge. We also had directions to maintain their corporate colors, logos, and general “look”.

Our lead designer and our lead installer did an initial “walk-thru” with IMS. This included talking through several design ideas with the customer and one of their fleet vehicles. All design aspects were discussed – colors, logo placement, taglines, website URL, and phone numbers. The value of this initial vehicle graphics walk-thru is to get us “tuned-in” to what is important to our customer and the message they want to convey. We’ve found that not having this one-on-one relationship with our customers is a recipe for mis-communication and a lengthy design cycle.

The final vehicle wrap design included the unique look of having one side of the fleet graphics red -representing the “heating” side of the business, and blue for “cooling”. For vehicle advertising you only have 3-5 seconds to get the viewers attention, so we included the IMS globe to first grab the eye. The placement of the globe was important as well since people look at images first and read left to right. If you’ve ever seen a sign or vehicle graphic that violates the “focal point on the left” rule, you’ll understand what we mean… put it on the right-hand side and the text on the left, and the eye will go right to the image and miss the text.

An established and successful business like IMS understand that the most impressive part of vehicle graphics is is that it’s less than nearly all other forms of advertising. The average vehicle wrap costs $1,500—$3,000 and lasts 3-5 years. So if you paid $2,000 and your wrap lasts 5 years, that equates to $33 per month! Savy business owners know there is no other adverising that cost $33 per month, while generating between 30k – 70k impressions daily.

Oh, and just how much do radio and TV ads run now days?!…

The pictures below show the company’s old van graphics, a proof of what our designer came up with and the final pictures that are driving all over northern Colorado!

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Vehicle Graphics – 3 Questions to Ask About Your Advertising Campaign

How is your small business’ advertising going? Maybe the marketing dollars you’re spending isn’t translating to customers, or even “lookers”. Jumping into vehicle graphics and vehicle wrap advertising just might be the answer that you have been looking for. Chasing after premier spots in print media, TV, or radio come at a very hefty price. After reading these 3 reasons for utilizing vehicle advertising, you may want to switch at least some portion of the company’s marketing budget there.

When is a good time?

There are at least four key indicators for a business to know that it’s time to advertise

      1. In the first months of a new business you need to create brand identity.

 

 

    • After sales have stabilized to a significant level, which allow for enough dollars for advertising.

 

 

    • Competitors marketing efforts decrease.

 

 

    • Customers are seeking bargains and are more willing to change suppliers

 

 

Where to put my advertisements?

Start a new business here in Fort Collins or Northern Colorado and your phone will ring as soon as your service is turned on. The problem is that the calls will be from advertising salespeople. Sure, Yellow Pages sounds good and they’ve been around a long time. You add your logo and maybe an image and before you know it, you’re spending $2K and up annually for that small ad – and no one sees it. Ever been told you absolutely must advertise on the radio and notice even your own employees either listen to streaming music stations over the internet, satellite radio or have MP3 headphones on? Ever been told local TV would be a great way to really get your campaign going then realize that most families either stream shows over the internet commercial-free or DVR them and skip over the ads? The only time you can be reasonably sure that you will get your potential customers watching your TV ad is during the Super Bowl, but you probably don’t have $3.5 Million to run your 30 second spot. Other factors that affect this would be the kind of product being advertised and how you want your market to recall your brand. In terms of placement, this would be determined by the level of exposure and time of exposure of the target market on the said media.

Hitting the Target?

Businesses need to be asking “who is my target audience?” The answers might be something like “anyone over 40” or “anyone who loves animals” – while these answers might seem too specific, they’re not. Your business or advertising campaign may have several different types of a target audience and for each type you should identify a combination of these factors: • Demographics – by age, income, gender, occupation. • Psychographics – including hobbies, personal interests, preferences, music. • Geographic – this can be as general as worldwide or a specific city or country. • Use-based – how often the customer would want or need your product or service.

Frustratingly Simple!

Getting the “When”, “Where”, “Who” advertising factors correct can get frustrating. Our advice is to simplify and address all the key elements with vehicle wraps. We can tell you right here—without a chart or graph—that vehicle wraps will reach your target market. Vehicle graphics can achieve 70,000 visual impressions in just one day and 95 percent of people surveyed said they remembered the graphics they saw on vehicle wraps. They will reach your target market, and as far as demographics go, the young, the old, the poor, the wealthy, the students, the business owners, the married, the single see your ad as it turns your vehicle into a one-of-a-kind moving advertisement billboard It’s interesting when a business owner says to us “but if I have my logo and phone number on my car, I’ll have to drive safe because everyone will see it” …that statement really drives it home! Maybe sign companies should get credited more for keeping our roads safer by having people’s contact info on their vehicle. Vehicle graphics can be as simple as a $300-$1,000 vinyl lettering design to truck wraps, car wraps, or van wraps starting around $1600. Vehicle wraps are hot, trendy and it is in-your-face advertising people can’t help but notice. It is simply the way to remove your frustrations with your marketing campaign. Can’t make it through the article without this powerful chart (below) we’d like to share with you.  So here’s a couple more questions for you: Ready to get an answer to the “when”, “where”, “who” of advertising and marketing dollars? Want to forget about all those advertising ideas you’ve been “told” would work? We thought so too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay Consistent With Fleet Truck Graphics

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Fleet Managers, you know how important it is to have a consistent look with graphics across your fleet of trucks. Use more than one sign company, and you may very well have a slightly different font, or color, or quality of product from one truck or van to the next. That’s one of the biggest issues with continually shopping for a different wrap vendor instead of settling with the right one and allowing them to take care of all your universal fleet graphics needs.

Temptation to save money

No matter where you live here in the Front Range – Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, or Denver, you might see emails or direct mail from sign companies sometimes offering a discount to switch. Then later on, most times they will raise the price after getting your business. There are many great sign companies out there like Connecting Signs, you need to be certain a new company will take the time to match every logo, font, color, etc… things that are very important to a consistent message to your target audience whether its B2B or B2C.

Consistency matters

A company’s brand is critical – large corporations spend huge amounts on keeping their look consistent, everything from office interiors, uniforms, business cards, and of course vehicle graphics. Here at Connecting Signs we take color management very seriously, and develop custom profiles for the different vinyl types and not just use stock profiles. This practice sets us apart from over 90% of our competitors, and gives the most consistent color matching possible.

Your Fleet Graphics Partner in Fort Collins

We offer pricing discounts for multiple vehicle customers – it’s only right, once we have your fleet of trucks in our system, the up-front design and layout work is done, and we’re able to quickly and efficiently jump into printing the wrap or cutting the vehicle lettering.

Our team includes trained and certified project managers that have the ability to get your fleet wrapped in a timely manner—we follow a set plan approved by you to minimize downtime.

If you already have a design, we’re happy to be a partner in the background to print and install your fleet vehicle wraps, utilizing our large inventory of wrap films and heavy-duty commercial printers.

Then again, if you’re fleet is bare white and void of any graphics and you have no real design in mind, our team of experts can partner with you in developing a look that gets your brand noticed, and we don’t start printing or cutting until we get your 100% approval.

Convinced?

Well, there you go! …Jump around looking for the best price is rarely a best practice, and hopefully we’ve given you some solid advice and give you one less thing to worry about.

Forget the price shopping, looking for the cheapest sign company or trying to save a few dollars. In the long run, if your graphics are effective and your fleet matches then your quest is complete—all by Connecting Signs—the best choice for fleet vehicle wraps in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, and Windsor.