Plastic Roll Banners: The Ultimate Buyers Guide

Plastic roll banners have so many uses and can be utilized across industries. We’ve done the legwork to collect all the most important information and answers to burning questions about these great roll banners!

What are plastic roll banners?

First things first! Plastic roll banners go by many different names:

  • plastic banner rolls
  • disposable roll banners
  • perforated plastic roll banners
  • perf banners
  • tearaway banners
  • wraparound banners

Yet they all refer to the same amazing product! These banners are the perfect solution for anyone looking to cover an event with a logo or branding message, while adhering to a budget.

These banners are multi-purpose and even recyclable! You can cut or perforate roll banners and distribute sections to be used as a sun shade, mat, memento, or sign.

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KGIM-FM utilized plastic roll banners to create a backdrop for an in-store promotion

How much do roll banners cost?

The great news is that plastic roll banners are quite affordable! Because there are just two main factors that affect cost, it is easy to work out your ideas and still fit a budget.

The Two Main Cost Factors:

  • The number of colors in your artwork
    Each color requires one printing plate. For example, the KNBR logo pictured below is white on a blue background. Since white does not count as a print color, this specific logo required three (not four) plates: red, blue, and yellow.
  • The length of the banner (print run)
    How many feet do you need to cover for your event? A 2,000 foot run might cover one event, but if you host several events a year, you may opt to put in a larger purchase order at once. The cost savings go up as your order size increases, because once a print run is started it is easiest to just keep it running at that time.
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Bay Area sports radio station KNBR utilized plastic roll banners to cover fencing at an outdoor event for San Francisco Giants baseball fans

There is one more, smaller consideration regarding banner roll pricing: size (height) of the roll.

Typically, banners come in sizes 18″, 24″, and 36″. Make sure you think about what your needs are and order accordingly!

Overall, plastic roll banners are an incredibly cost-effective choice. How cost effective are they? In most cases, plastic roll banners are just 1/10th the cost of traditional vinyl and screen-printed banners. Sometimes even less!

So you can expect to pay anywhere from about $0.20 cents per linear foot to $0.30 cents per linear foot, depending on the order size. Oftentimes we can deliver plastic roll banners for less than $0.15 per square foot!

How can I get cheap banners? 

If your budget is really tight, here are some tips to make your purchase more affordable:

  • Simplify your artwork to minimize colors
  • Opt for digitally printed roll banners

Since the number of colors greatly impacts printing costs, simplifying your artwork can be a money-saver. For example, if your artwork has color gradients, simplifying it to fewer colors can make a big difference.

However, if the color variety in your artwork is very important, you may want to consider digitally printed plastic roll banners. There are two main benefits to this product:

  • No cost difference based on number of colors
  • Significantly less expensive when ordering in small sizes

For example, when ordering the traditionally printed roll banners (Flexographic print plates), the minimum order is 4 rolls at 500 feet each. However, the minimum order for digitally printed banners is just 1 roll at 250 feet. If you’re uncertain what length you should order to meet your needs, please reach out to our team of experts for guidance!

*Note: Unless your artwork is REALLY complicated and uses a lot of colors, the most cost-effective choice if you need to make a bulk purchase is still the traditional Flexographic-printed roll banners.

I need a rush order. How fast can I get my plastic roll banner?

The typical chip time for standard orders is 2-4 weeks for 4 or more rolls. The timeline is based on the time to make the Flexographic print plates and then ship them to the printer, then printing time, and finally the shipping to the customer.

We can oftentimes move faster than the 4 week window, but if you are planning for an event it’s best to get your design in with extra time.

Digitally printed roll banners have a quicker turnaround time of about 1-2 weeks.

The FASTEST option, if you are truly in a bind, is to order a vinyl roll banner. The benefit is that this option is absolutely the fastesr, however since they are much heavier the shipping costs will go up. Because of the weight of the vinyl, the longest cut we provide is 50 feet.

Drop us a line if you have a specific, quick turnaround need! We are happy to work with you to find a solution with the best product, price, and shipping method.

How much do roll banners weigh?

It’s super easy to remember how much plastic roll banners weigh! An 18 inch high, 500 foot long roll will weigh 18 pounds. A 24 inch roll would weigh 24 pounds, and a 36 inch roll would weigh 36 pounds. Just keep in mind that the weight (per 500 foot roll) will be equal to the height of the banner in inches.

How much does it cost to ship roll banners?

Shipping costs for plastic roll banners depend on weight of product ordered, distance being shipped, and how fast you need it. We use UPS to ship, so faster shipping times will be more expensive.

Is my artwork in high resolution for my banner?

Digital images are stored as vector or raster files.

The best logos and art files are vector images. For example, PDF, AI, and EPS files. These can be any size without losing quality, since the computer just scales the image based on existing information.

Raster images can be trickier to adapt, and thus cannot be used for plastic roll banner printing. These include JPEG, PNG, PSD, and PSB files.

However, if your logo or artwork is currently in one of these formats, don’t despair! One of our talented designers can help get your logo modified to a usable file.

Can I perforate my roll banners?

We can perforate plastic roll banners so that each banner piece can be torn off like a paper towel or a check from a checkbook.

Some details about perforated roll banners:

  • skip perf is when your banner perforations skip over banner instances. In other words, the perforations occur every two, four, six etc. banner instances.
  • Skip perfs must occur in even multiples and can be as long as 120 inches.

Perforations are helpful if you plan to tear many small segments of the banners to give away as mementos, signs, or for decoration. If you plan to wrap a large area, such as fencing, you may not need perforation.

While these perforations can be helpful, keep in mind that the perforation increases the odds of tearing. For example, if you plan to put your banner up in a very windy outdoor space, or plan to stretch it around a broad area, it is slightly more apt to tear at the perforated edge.

If you’re uncertain about adding perforation, keep in mind that it’s very easy to cut the roll banners into smaller sections with any ordinary pair of scissors.

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ALT 105.7 had their roll banners perforated for easy tearaway sections

Plastic roll banners have so many uses and applications. From nonprofit marketing, to large outdoor events, and more, these banners can be the perfect addition to wow your crowd.

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How Plastic Roll Banners Optimize University Branding

When you think of Plastic Roll Banners, your mind might not immediately jump to Arizona State University (ASU). But maybe it should!

For the last five years in a row, Arizona State University has been named “the most innovative school in America. As such, the school is known for its programs, its online educational reach, and its emphasis on sustainability. But during this five year stretch of recognition, ASU has also maximized another asset: branding.

Read on to see how ASU has utilized Plastic Roll Banners to leverage their brand awareness and opportunities.

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ASU is Ranked #1 for Innovation

Brand Awareness

As a Division-I school, football is a huge part of ASU life during the fall semester. This creates a great opportunity for tailgates and outdoor events from August through December.

Of the many ways that you can create effective brand awareness at large outdoor events, few are as cost effective as Plastic Roll Banners. At just $0.15 per banner, roll banners, also known as “tearaway banner,” can have a huge impact at any size event. And that’s without breaking the bank!

It’s especially important to keep your brand in focus in today’s hyper-distracted, phone-addicted consumer world. Thus roll banners that completely surround the event can be a real game-changer.

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Plastic Roll Banners at Sparky’s Touchdown Tailgate, Arizona State University

How ASU Uses Plastic Roll Banners

Arizona State University (ASU) uses roll banners to maintain a strong focus at every angle of Sparky’s Touchdown Tailgate. The event draws ASU alumni and their families, who come to support the school’s football team and reconnect with friends.

Plastic Roll Banners provide ASU with an efficient way to support their official sponsor and brand the event in a clean but ever-present way.

Co-Branding with Sponsors

As you can see in the the example of ASU’s tailgate event, the banners offer an opportunity for sponsor promotion.

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Example of Co-Branding with Sponsor

Coco-Cola is one of the main sponsors of Sun Devil Athletics and ASU Football. The tearaway banners ASU designed for Sparky’s Touchdown Tailgate remind us of this partnership with cohesive co-branding.

The subtle repeat of the logos creates a memorable look without making attendees feel like they are being hit over the head with advertising.

Branding Benefits of Plastic Roll Banners

Behind the stage setup and around the venue, Plastic Roll Banners keep ASU’s branding clear and impactful, wherever the participants or onlookers may gaze.

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Plastic Banners Rolls Visible Behind Performers

Around concessions area, lines of guests keep focused on the brand and look and feel of the event, with roll banners lining the fencing.

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ASU Banners Create a Border Around the Concessions

Plastic Roll Banners also hide the bare, industrial look of barricades around the event, ensuring a cohesive and attractive experience. It’s also a handy way to disguise crowd control as an aesthetic of the event!

Because the ASU tailgate event is outdoors in a public area on campus, the banners serve dual roles. The banners designate the area for guests, who will feel like VIPs, but they also advertise the event to the tens of thousands of people attending the game.

Conclusion

Arizona State University is one of the largest schools in the world, and the most innovative in the country. As they continue to be industry leaders, we anticipate that others will continue to follow in their footsteps.

Seeing this example of the impact of Plastic Roll Banners, we hope you will consider ordering some for your next event!

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7 Tips For Nonprofit Marketing On A Budget

Nonprofit marketing is constantly changing and adapting. Stay on top with these 7 proven tips, tricks, and ideas for nonprofit marketing at little or no cost.

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Looking to make a social impact without breaking the bank? These tips will help you utilize proven tools to create a nonprofit marketing plan and get your name out there.

1. Design A Unique Logo to Optimize Nonprofit Marketing

The first step in nonprofit marketing is to design a unique logo for your organization. Your logo is what people will see and remember. It’s what you will put on your materials, your building, and more! Your logo can tell people who you are, what you do, and why you matter. 

Think about colors, symbols, words, and images associated with your mission and values… But avoid cliches (e.g. hearts, holding hands)! Consider long term costs associated with your logo – you may want to limit the number of colors in your artwork, as printing this logo later on vinyl and plastic roll banners, shirts, etc. (see step 2) will be less expensive if you limit it to 1 or 2 colors. 

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Starlight Children’s Foundation uses just 2 colors, a whimsical font, and clear imagery in their logo

Note: White does not count as a color for printing costs. North Coast Banners has a helpful blog with art requirements to consider when you create your logo. There are lots of low-cost design tools available (check out Tailor Brands or Looka) to help you create a high quality logo in-house, without paying top dollar for a commercial design pro. 

2. Create Cost-Effective Marketing Materials

Once you have a solid brand logo, you are ready for nonprofit marketing and getting your name out there! Consider what will be the most effective materials to create and distribute. A fantastic, affordable option is Plastic Roll Banners. At just $0.15 per banner, roll banners can make a huge impact at any size event without breaking the bank! 

It is especially important to keep your brand in focus in today’s hyper-distracted, phone-addicted consumer world, so roll banners that can easily and affordably cover an event or space can be a gamechanger. 

Additionally, as a nonprofit, you’ll want to be socially/environmentally conscious – and many plastic roll banners are biodegradable, recyclable, and reusable. You can use roll banners for large scale events, fundraisers, tabling at community events, and even around your offices!

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The ALS Association utilizes Plastic Roll Banners for signage and easily distributed collateral for walk attendees

3. Cultivate Brand Ambassadors

Branding isn’t only about slapping your logo on mugs, t-shirts, or pens. While much of the brand and marketing focus in the nonprofit sector has been about fundraising and communications, times are changing – quickly! Nowadays, truly progressive nonprofits see the potential of branding to increase visibility, gain support, and enlist brand ambassadors. 

A smart nonprofit marketing plan will leverage these ambassadors to deliver its mission and promote its programs. Once you’ve found some dedicated volunteers and supporters, make sure they understand your mission and values and have an “elevator speech” prepared to share about your nonprofit. 

You will also want to be sure to equip them with the necessary materials to get your name out there. This is another great use of signage and plastic roll banners. Your ambassadors can help splash your logo all over their photos shared on Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram by keeping these inexpensive, easy-to-store banners on hand. 

4. The Value of Events for Nonprofit Marketing

One of the most critical aspects to nonprofit marketing is putting yourself in the shoes of the public. Think about what your supporters want to see when they engage with your nonprofit and go from there. What kind of events would the general public be interested in? What would appeal to your existing supporters?

You can start small – consider hosting an open house or event in your community to allow people to get to know your organization and the work you do. You can have guest speakers, perhaps people who have been served by your work, and an opportunity for people to learn about topics related to your mission. 

The goal is to give people a reason to attend your event and see what you’re about. 

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute promotes their brand at major events such as their Marathon Challenge

Reach out to organizations who serve similar populations and find out what community outreach opportunities are out there. Most events hosted by cities, schools, and libraries are free to attend and can be an easy way to promote your nonprofit. 

And remember the key to any event – plaster you name/logo EVERYWHERE! Keeping budget in mind, the versatility of plastic roll banners can save money and effort. For example, even industry giant Subaru utilized plastic roll banners to create a quick photo backdrop or logo wall area (scroll down to the second image for reference). 

5. Create A Marketing Budget – And Stick To It

Start with a plan and timeline detailing how much money you will need to enact your nonprofit marketing strategy, and where these funds will be used. Consider staff costs, materials, and if you will incur professional expenses. 

Make sure there is a specific individual taking a leading role in managing the budget to ensure that there is accountability to get the job done. 

Don’t spend beyond your means. Although we know the phrase, “you have to spend money to make money,” as a nonprofit you need to be very cognizant of how you are spending donor funds. If you are going to introduce an expense, consider how it will benefit it your nonprofit and how you can maximize the use. 

Keep in mind that the Better Business Bureau recommends that at least 65 percent of a nonprofit’s total expenses should be for programs – and the best nonprofits allocate even more than that.

6. Leverage Partnerships for Nonprofit Marketing

You don’t have to go it alone to create a strong nonprofit marketing plan. In fact, it shouldn’t be a solo venture at all! Strategic partnerships can expand the reach of your organization and your marketing efforts. 

Look for ways to work with the people and organizations who share goals and can lend resources to help advance your work. These might include other nonprofits with similar or objectives, local volunteer groups, businesses looking for philanthropy opportunities, or local and federal government agencies.

And don’t forget media coverage! Promote yourself and your nonprofit –  send a press release about your organization’s accomplishments to local media outlets. Utilize your brand ambassadors to make connections, as well. This step alone can create a substantial marketing opportunity.

7. Be A Treasure Hunter – Utilize Talent for Nonprofit Marketing 

Start digging and getting to know the people are your organization! Never underestimate the talents that lie within your employees, volunteers and even yourself. When you’re first diving into nonprofit marketing, you will find that many of the folks on the team anticipate wearing multiple hats to help get things off the ground. 

Reach out and see what your staff, donors, volunteers, and supporters are capable of. You may find that you don’t need to hire expensive pros for every aspect of your marketing plan – with some training and software, you might be able to do it at a fraction of the cost. 

Plus, if you assume that every member of your staff or volunteer team has something to contribute to your marketing strategy, you will have the bonus result of invigorating and engaging your base! 

There’s no one trick to nonprofit marketing, but following some of the suggestions above will start you down the right path. Do your homework, research, and reach out. 

About the Author: Shoshana Simones has dedicated her career to the nonprofit sector, program development, volunteerism, brand strategies, and social media management. She holds a degree in Art History with a minor in Design, and a Master’s in Art Education with an emphasis in Museum Studies. Shoshana has worked with many local and national nonprofit organizations in roles including volunteer management, program management, grant writing, marketing, and fundraising. She has worked within the for-profit sector with businesses looking to optimize their marketing and social media reach. 

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What Is A Tearaway Banner?

Your event is coming up and your sponsor is pushing you to find a creative way to deck out the place with their branding (Hint: you haven’t yet discovered a tearaway banner). You’ve taken your nose to the grindstone but you can’t find a way to get it done without buying more vinyl banners.

Enter the tearaway banner, the cost effective solution to getting your brand, sponsor or company logo plastered around any event area. Produced as a Plastic Roll Banner, they are often called tearaway banners because you can simply cut off a banner, two or 50, to cover any amount of space.

Here’s some innovative ways brands are using tear away roll banners:

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Tito’s vodka cuts off their tearaway banners (AKA plastic roll banners) and wraps them around the water barrel and deadweights used to tie down a tent.

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Subaru puts them together, lined up, then tears away the excess to create a quick photo backdrop or logo wall area.

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At a festival, traffic barricades control the flow of attendees, but they don’t do much in terms of branding with their unsightly, dry metallic sheen. Rent King covers them with tearaway roll banners across the festival.

Don’t be afraid to throw a roll of plastic roll banners in the back of the pickup truck before heading out to an event. It will come to use in more ways than one.

Got another way you tear away your plastic roll banners? Send us a photo, we’ll feature it on our Instagram and Facebook page!

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Crowd Control with Plastic Roll Banners

Techno Glaceau Festival Banner Fence Line

Crowds can get a bit out of hand sometimes. After all, everyone benefits from boundaries. Lucky for you, plastic roll banners can be used for crowd control while spreading your branding message.

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Crowds line up outside The Lion King in New York, seen here in a television screenshot

Plastic roll banners make natural barriers that can direct crowds, regulate lines, or even barricade off specific areas. Attach them to fences, blockades, or trees. Roll banners will beautify your space, control your crowds and utilize free advertising space!

For more information about plastic roll banners and their uses, please give us a call at 800-231-4213 or check out our website at www.northcoastbanners.com.

Surrounding a Venue with 96.3 KSCS Roll Banners

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Caring for Your Vinyl Roll Banners

Air Force Reserve Vinyl Roll Banner on Printer

An essential part of getting the best value from your vinyl roll banners is keeping them clean and properly stored. Keeping your banners looking its best helps you prolong its life and maximize its effectiveness.

Using aggressive or harsh cleaners and detergents is not a good idea as they can harm or even destroy your banners. A non-detergent or soap and water solution is best, ideally used with a soft cloth. Any abrasive materials or paper towels are potentially destructive and should be avoided entirely.

After your roll banners are sparkling once again, then you’ll want to make sure you store them properly. The best and simplest way to store your banners is to re-roll them (it’s helpful to use a tube to roll the banner around). Make sure that you roll the banner with the graphic facing out and always wait for your banner to dry completely before rolling it. Finally, make sure that the banners are kept in a cool place to prevent any melting or distortion.

It’s important to note that vinyl roll banners aren’t meant to last forever. That said, proper care of your banners can extend their durability and lifespan, increasing the value of your purchase. We guarantee (in most cases) that the color on your vinyl roll banner will last for a year outdoors! So as long as you keep that banner clean and stored properly, it should stay looking bright and beautiful!

Read more about vinyl roll banners or give us a call at our offices: 800-231-4213.

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Plastic Roll Banners: Cost Effective Marketing

Marketing and advertising campaigns can run into the many hundreds or thousands of dollars.

Yet unlike many other areas in your marketing projects, plastic roll banners make a lot of noise about your company without making a dent in your bottom line.

Contact us today for the best pricing and high quality roll banners!

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How much will my vinyl banner weigh?

The weight of your banner will vary with size and type. Below I’ve outlined the different kinds of vinyl we carry:

13 oz. Vinyl

  • These banners weigh 13 oz. per square yard.
  • For a finished banner (grommets & hems) use this formula:
    total surface area in feet (length x height) * 0.12 = weight in lbs
  • An unfinished banner will weigh slightly less.

90/10 Vinyl Mesh

  • These banners weigh 10% less than 9 oz. vinyl.
  • For a finished banner use this formula:
    total surface area * 0.083 = weight in lbs

70/30 Vinyl Mesh

  • These banners weigh 30% less than 9 oz. vinyl.
  • For a finished banner use this formula:
    total surface area * 0.065 = weight in lbs

30/70 Vinyl Mesh

  • These banners weigh 70% less than 9 oz. vinyl.
  • For a finished banner use this formula:
    total surface area * 0.028 = weight in lbs

With any kind of banner, remember to add a few pounds for packaging.

Helpful Conversions

  • 1 lb = 16 oz
  • 1 yd = 3 ft
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What’s a Skip Perforation?

Plastic roll banners can be perforated so that each banner instance is torn off like a paper towel or a piece of notebook paper.

skip perf is simply when your banner perforations skip over banner instances. In other words, the perforations occur every two, three, four, etc. banner instances.

Skip Perforation in a Banner Example
Skip perfs must occur in even multiples and can be as long as 120 inches.

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Table Skirts

Skip perforations can turn your banners into table skirts, base wraps, or table covers.

For more information about plastic roll banners, perforations, or any of our other products, feel free to give us a call at (800) 231-4213 or visit the NorthCoast Banners website.

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Outlining Your Roll Banner Fonts In Adobe Illustrator

When making Plastic Roll Banners, vector art is required. It is common for artists to overlook the importance of fonts within their design. The way to ensure never having a font error in your file is by outlining. Outlining fonts converts the data type from a font to a graphic.

For more information on Artwork Requirements, Stage Banners, Digitally Printed Banners, or Plastic Roll Banners please feel free to call us at 1-800-231-4213 or visit the NorthCoast Banners website.

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