by Bryan Kilpatrick
There is no denying that holiday events, trade shows, job fairs, and other corporate occasions can—and often do—present awkward situations and make for bland interactions at best. At worst? The environment can be downright intimidating. But, it doesn’t have to be like that, and a great mitigator for keeping your event light while inserting a little spice is to provide photo opportunities.
The benefits of a photo backdrop—or selfie station, as it has lovably come to be known—can be two fold. This simple addition can bring much-needed levity to gatherings that are often, let’s face it, wound a bit tightly. At the same time, because photos are usually shared across multiple social media platforms, it presents a great opportunity to get your brand out there by taking advantage of the graphic space on the backdrop to draw people into your space and get them to start snapping.
Here are a few options for adding a selfie station to your event or trade show booth:
Retractable banner stands
If cost, convenience, and utilization of smaller spaces are at the top of your wish list, using a retractable banner stand equipped with an eye-catching graphic—like a life-size image of a famous figure on a clear banner—is a great option. These stands are available in a variety of widths, most of which would be suitable for a photo backdrop. For selfies and smaller groups, stands in the 30- to 36-inch range will have you covered; retractable stands also come in widths of 60 inches and up, making it easy to pack a whole crew into a pic.
Telescopic portable banner stands
Though they aren’t quite as easy to pack up and move, telescopic portable banner stands are a straighter, more stable option than retractable stands—especially if you’re looking for a larger graphic and display. This type of stand provides flexibility, with some models adjustable up to 120 inches both in width and height. Plus, the extra space on the graphic allows for added color and flair—or even to use the display to mimic a well-known location such as the Hollywood Sign.
Fabric pop-up displays
Much like retractable banner stands, these displays are built for convenient assembly, disassembly, and transportation. The major difference with fabric pop-up displays is that no degree of quality is spared. These displays can be large—widths of up to 30 feet are available—and, since the graphic is printed using a dye sublimation process allowing the fabric to be washed if necessary, they’re durable. Additionally, with the availability of backlit options, the graphic on fabric pop-up displays can have eye-popping effects (think: a recreation of the world-renown “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign).
Contact a Power Graphics representative for more information on how to bring these and other photo backdrop options to life.