This page will guide you to the right kind of printed balloons for your event or promotion. Take a minute to review the points below and you will know how to proceed. Feel free to contact us anytime with questions.
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Printing Custom Logo Balloons – Determine your requirements
The way you will use your balloons is an important factor in deciding what kind you need to order. Things we will ask you include:
What is the nature of the event where you will display or distribute your custom printed balloons? An outdoor event will have different requirements than an indoor event. For example, logo balloons for use outdoors must be inflated outdoors in order to ensure that they are not inflated at a different temperature. If you inflate your balloons in a air conditioned space and then bring them outside into the heat there is a risk that they will pop when the air or helium warms up and expands a bit.
Some logo balloons brand activations are targetted at children, and others at adults. Many factors should be considered in selecting your ideal balloon brand vehicle.
Promotional Objectives with your Custom Balloons
Are you going to be giving out hundreds or thousands of balloons in a brand activation exercise, or do you just want your booth to be more visible by decorating it with balloons? If your goal is to collect leads at your booth you will have different balloon requirements than if you want to get your brand out into the world on as many balloons as possible.
The Quantities to Print
How many logo printed balloons do you need? This ties back to your objectives and how you will employ your floating brand ambassadors. We will ask you to estimate how many logo balloons to print based on the expected attendance at your event. If you are decorating tables with balloon centerpieces a precise estimate is easy based on the number of tables and size of the décor piece you will create with custom logo balloons. At a festival, the attendance is less certain and will recommend that you print extra balloons to be sure to have enough. You can always save any extras for other events – as latex balloons can store well for over a year, and printed mylar lasts even longer.
What type of balloons to print your logo on?
A key decision is on printing latex balloons vs. mylar balloons. The two types of balloons that we print have different characteristics, and prices.
Logo printed latex balloons have a lower unit cost than mylar, and they are biodegradable. The lower cost makes biodegradable latex balloons the preferred option for high volume promotional giveaways and most applications where thousands of balloons will be inflated.
Latex Balloon Sizes
Latex balloons can be printed in 11” (standard), 17” (large), 24” (jumbo), and 36” (giant) sizes. The measures refer to the diameter. You would want 11” balloons for most situations where you are doing a balloon distribution, and the larger sizes are generally used for display and decoration. The jumbo and giant balloons can be used to draw attention to your retail location, booth, or event from a distance.
Custom printed mylar, or foil balloons, can carry your company logo anywhere you want it to go. Mylar balloons will hold helium for several days (and often weeks) and will be preferred where you will be using balloons for decorations that will stay up for multiple days – or where you are handing out small numbers of balloons – like in a dental office. Unit costs are higher. Despite the higher costs, we often print mylar balloons by the thousands for retail chains like Target and Walgreens.
Custom mylar can be printed in 18” and 36” sizes. For mylar balloons, the meaures refer to the diameter (distance across) the balloons when they are un-inflated. The inflated diameter will be a few inches smaller because when the balloon puff out they are a little less wide than when they are lying flat.
If you have multiple versions of your logo file please provide them all to us. We can help select a logo version that fits well onto the balloon and thereby maximize the imprint size. Our designer may suggest minor logo modification (with your approval of course) in order to render your logo more balloon-friendly. The proofing process will permit you to see different color options for your balloons and logo imprint, and well as the chance to understand and approve any modifications to your logo artwork. You may even add your phone number of web address along with your logo at no additional cost.
Balloon Inflation and Distribution – Getting your brand our thereUnderstanding how your balloons will be used we will be able to guide you in choosing whether to inflate your balloons with helium or with air, or perhaps some of each. You will also benefit from advice on inflation techniques and expected time to allow for balloon inflation. We want your event to be an on-time success.
Helium Logo Balloons vs. Air-Filled
Helium filled balloons have the advantage of floating. When you hand a magically suspended balloon to a child (or an adult) there is an element of wonder invoked in the balloon’s recipient. For this reason helium is often the first choice – except when the it is not permitted by the venue, cost is an issue, or sufficient helium is unavailable (unlikely except for a few very large events). Air-filled balloons distributed on cups & sticks are often preffered at very large events, and where limiting balloon released is an important concern. Kids love an air-filled balloon on a stick, and your only cost to inflate your balloons with air is the labor; and this is only important when you have hundreds or thousands of balloons to distribute.
The Team and Equipment
Whether you are inflating your logo balloons with air or with helium you will want to allow plenty of time for the task. If your inflation team is inexperienced volunteer plan on an extra hour for learning how to efficiently use the electric air inflators or helium dispensers. Folks may develop blisters after tying a few hundred balloons, so have band-aids on hand and have them change roles so that the same person doesn’t need to tie all the balloons.