Permanent or Temporary POP Displays-Which is Right for Your Products?

Few retail experts dispute idea that POP displays hold a powerful potential to increase sales and build brand awareness. There is some disagreement, however, as to which type of display is most effective and cost-efficient at the point of purchase: permanent or temporary. Which kind of displays will work best for your point of purchase promotions? The following post will shed some light on the subject and hopefully help you decide what’s best for your products.

Temporary Displays
Displays made of corrugated cardboard are generally thought to be more temporary (i.e. built to last approximately 3 months). The main benefits of temporary displays are their low unit cost, and their seasonality, both of which make them very appealing. To be able to switch out displays based on the time of year is a huge advantage, allowing retailers to remain fresh in the eyes of their customers. Beyond this, they can also take more risks with these affordable temporary displays, because if one display doesn’t work out, then they can just order a new display a few months later. POP display companies regularly offer convenient options to reorder new point of purchase displays throughout the year, so when the seasons change, vendors can be ready with a fresh, new look.

Temporary Cardboard Display

While temporary displays serve many purposes and can be useful for their flexibility and low cost per unit, distributors and stores must weigh the pros and cons in comparison to permanent point of purchase displays.

Permanent Displays
Permanent displays (those that could last up to a year) are considered to be a long-term investment. A permanent display might be made from many combinations of materials, ranging from plastics to metals to woods. Thick cardboards may also be used in the construction of semi-permanent displays, which last longer than temporary displays but also come with a higher price tag. Price is one of the biggest deterrents to choosing a permanent display rather than a temporary one. In some cases, the start-up charges are lower thanks to advances in technology and machinery, and over time the investment may be worthwhile, but there is a lot of risk involved as well.

Here are a few factors to consider when weighing the pros and cons for any point of purchase display:

  • the need for continuous, unrevised brand presence
  • designs, graphics, and choice materials
  • lifespan of the marketing campaign
  • the needs of your retail partners

The point of POP displays is to increase sales and bring distributors the most return from their initial investment. Temporary displays are typically a better value, although there are some unique circumstances where permanent or semi-permanent displays may be a sensible, long-term solution. If you’re trying to make the most of your retail sales with a big boost to the point of purchase area, you’ll want to consider which of these options (or if a hybrid option) is right for you. Choosing the displays that will best suit your products in the point of purchase environment where they’re being sold is one surefire way to increase sales.

Short List of Today’s Leading Custom Retail Displays

If you want your custom retail displays to boost sales and build brand identification, you need to be on the cutting edge of the latest display options. Unfortunately, the problem for many is that keeping up with the trends can be hard with all the responsibilities and challenges inherent to the retail industry. The New Year is always a great time to brush up on the latest options available, though, so you can consider whether your current display methods are best suiting your needs and goals. Here is a short list of the leading custom display options currently available:

Good Ol’ Signs and Displays
While there are many new ways to creatively package and place products in retail environments, there are still a variety of situations where the tried-and-true sign or display is still most appropriate for marketing to consumers. From case cards and aisle violators to signs and standees, there are many new and innovative ways to do what retailers have always done.

Cardboard Counter Displays
If you’re looking for a temporary display to roll out new products at the point-of-purchase – and you’re on a budget – corrugated cardboard counter displays may be your best option. These lightweight racks are popular in convenience stores, pharmacies, and grocery stores; and they can be designed and customized to suit your needs.

Cardboard Counter Display

Cardboard Floor Displays
If you have a larger product to showcase, but are still looking for something lightweight and temporary, a cardboard floor display might be ideal. These structures can be designed for durability with attention-grabbing text and images. Whether you’re innovating the way you market an old product, or introducing new products to the market, cardboard floor displays are always a good idea.

Pallet Displays
There are a variety of retail environments where pallet displays may be appropriate. There are a range of options, from low-cost “pallet displays” to more complex structures including full support.

Pallet Display

End-Cap Displays (and More)
Whether you’re looking for an end-cap display, power-wing display, or side-kick display, you can now turn to leading display manufacturers for a custom design that works perfectly for your products and brand identity.

Cardboard Brochure & Literature Holders
Whether you’re selling books or offering brochures, you can introduce the message, story, or information to consumers with a literature holder or brochure display. With the customizable nature of corrugated cardboard, it’s easy to get your message across and market to consumers at the point of purchase or elsewhere with a personal touch.

Case Stackers and Display Bins
From beer and wine to soda and energy drinks, case stackers and display bins are the leading solution for today’s competitive retail environments. There are a range of design, graphic, text, and display options available.

Club Store Displays
If you’ve ever considered marketing your products in club stores, now may be the time to do it. There are many new well-built, customizable, and versatile display options for both floor and pallet layouts in today’s club store environment.

Now that you know which custom retail displays are available, are you ready to boost your sales with a new in-store marketing campaign for 2015?

Top 5 POP Display Ideas for 2015

The New Year is upon us, and it’s time for retail businesses to consider new POP display ideas that will invigorate their product sales into 2015. Grabbing customers’ attention with the perfect POP display isn’t always easy, but with a few creative ideas you can map out the year with room to adjust as you go along. Here are five ideas that will help get you started:

1. Focus on Solving Consumers’ Problems
The best product displays remind consumers of a problem – or create a problem they hadn’t thought of before – and instantly offer a solution. This requires careful consideration of the consumers’ needs, and what they need to know in order to change the purchasing intentions they walked into the store with. Ask yourself:

  • What message do you need to get across to influence consumers’ buying decisions?
  • How will they need to see, read, or hear it?

2. Individualize Depending on Environment
If your POP displays don’t work with the environment they’re placed in, they will not boost your sales in 2015. So think carefully about how you can customize your displays based on where they’re found – whether it’s a warehouse club, a large chain store, or a tiny boutique –and how they are placed – whether it’s on a wall, the floor, or a countertop.

POP Pallet Display

3. Do Your Homework and Find Inspiration
Many businesses have already started implementing new display ideas for the New Year, which is a great place to look for inspiration. The key, however, is to take these ideas and add a unique and personal touch to keep you on the cutting edge. Studying and then building upon others’ graphic, layout, copy, and color scheme ideas – as opposed to copying their ideas – can leave consumers with your design as the freshest in their mind.

4. Map Out Your Products By Season
While you may have an idea of some products to showcase during the preliminary months of 2015, there’s no time like the present to plan all the way to the end of the next holiday season. So sit down and create a consistent timeline of which products to focus on during which season, how to market them, how many of each product you’ll need to place in each display, and how they will be arranged. But make sure to leave some room for adjustment as you go along, so you’re always on top of the trends.

5. Don’t Let Consumers Forget Your Brand
Whatever you do, you can’t let consumers forget which brand they’re looking at when they encounter your product at the point of purchase. Even if a customer doesn’t decide to purchase your product the moment they see it, they should still remember the brand later on. The way your logo is designed, and how it appears in the display, will not only affect purchasing decisions but will also help build brand awareness throughout the year.

If you haven’t updated your POP display ideas in a while, 2015 is the time to do it. Are you ready for a New Year of point-of-purchase sales?


Top 5 Examples of Winning Point of Purchase Displays

Point of purchase displays are used to serve a variety of purposes: reflecting the latest holiday or season, making special offers, promoting new products, announcing pertinent information to customers, and more. They may be supplied by the manufacturer, which is often the case with small-to-medium sized businesses, or supplied in-house to maintain a unified theme and layout. The most effective point of purchase (POP) displays used by retailers are those that increase the number of products being sold and ultimately boost profits. The following list includes five of the most effective types of displays designed to reach customers at the point of purchase:

5. In-Store Banner Displays
In-store banners can be used to display a variety of messages through text and graphics. Banners may be used to announce upcoming sales and promotions, create a seasonal mood or celebrate the holidays, or inspire last-minute shopping decisions. They can even simply communicate a brand name to keep it in customers’ mind so they’ll be more likely to return when they’re searching for that brand.
In-Store Banner Display

4. Modern-Day Mobiles
In addition to banners, retailers and manufacturers also rely on mobiles to send promotional messages to customers. Just as the mobiles above infants’ cribs are designed to capture the baby’s attention and make them smile, the mobiles in retail stores are designed to capture customers’ attention and make them buy more, return sooner than later, or remember a carefully chosen branding message.

3. Life-Size Display Stands
With a solid structure that mirrors the typical height of a human being, a display stand can’t help but stand out. A retailer or manufacturer can rely on the basic design of a display stand to grab customers’ attention with a freestanding unit that immediately often sparks memories and a general undeniable sense of interest.
Cardboard Display Stand

2. Posters for the Right Reasons
When used for the right reasons and designed with consumer behavior in mind, posters can also be very effective for communicating any number of messages to customers inside and in front of a store. Retailers and manufacturers often announce upcoming sales or let customers know that a new product is coming out with strategically placed posters. If you want shoppers to think about a product, but the product itself isn’t on the shelves yet, this is possibly your best bet.

1. Space-Saving Shelf Edging
One of the most popular options for placement is directly next to the checkout stand. Shelf edging is always a winning choice for selling small items at the point of purchase, especially impulse buys such as candles, cookies, playing cards, and more. Retailers and manufacturers can showcase each row of products with a catchy image on the “headboard” towards the back of the display. All you need is a shelf and you’ve got room for a few.

When it comes to point of purchase displays, these are certainly not the only options. If you stick with one of these “winning” POP display styles, though, you’re more likely to find success with increased sales at the point of purchase.


5 Fun Facts About POP Displays & Why They're So Popular

Point-of-Purchase displays, also known as POP displays, are probably the most popular type of in-store promotional tool in the retail industry. But why do these displays continue to be so popular? The following five facts should help explain a bit more about POP, and why these displays are so simple yet so effective for retailers across the nation and globe.

  1. They Come in All Shapes and Sizes
    One of the most convenient aspects of today’s cardboard point-of-purchase displays is that they come in all shapes and sizes. Cardboard is such a flexible material that you can commission a display in virtually any shape, from beverage bottles to soccer balls, ranging from a small countertop size to a full-length, bigger-than-life promotion. And since they’re made of flexible cardboard, they’re always going to take up a minimal amount of space and be easy to move around the store (assuming the products aren’t in them yet).
    Point of Purchase Display
  2. They Look Better Than Ever
    Point-of-purchase displays were once limited to the most basic of designs, but now it’s possible to imprint cardboard displays with a wide range of stunning graphics, bold colors, and eye-catching text that seamlessly conveys your brand identity and promotional message to customers. Retailers are also doing much more than selling impulse buys and last-minute purchases to customers as they wait in line. These stunning designs can be used to offer promotions, discounts, and more.
  3. They’re Exceedingly Affordable
    Not only is cardboard easy to mold, easy to move, and easy to design so it fits into tight spaces; it’s also one of the cheapest materials around, making most point-of-purchase displays very affordable. Whether you need displays for your store, a trade show booth, or virtually any location or event you can think of, you can get your point across with an effective display (or set of displays) at a low price.
  4. They’re More Durable than You Might Think
    While cardboard is known for being flexible and lightweight, the type of cardboard used in high-quality point-of-purchase displays is also more durable than you’d probably guess it is. Retailers are now able to put displays away in storage to use them again later, as they might want to do with holiday promotions, rather than having to purchase all new displays year after year.
  5. They’re Environmentally Friendly, Too
    Since most typical point-of-purchase displays are made out of corrugated paperboard material, they can not only be reused – they can be recycled, as well. Whether you’re recycling your old displays or purchasing new displays made from recycled materials, you’ll be doing your part to “go green.” This is not only good for the environment, it’s also good for customers who want see that you’re focused on sustainable business practices.

POP displays are a big part of today’s most successful retail operations. If you’re not maximizing your point-of-sale area, you’re missing out. Creative Displays Now can help set you in the right direction so you can make the most of this vital part of your store.