Monday, July 22, 2013

Signs.com Review and Giveaway!

One of the most exciting moments you'll have at BMT is the Airman's Run.  It's the first time you'll catch a glimpse of your loved ones (well, if you can sneak a glance), and the first time they'll see you in 8.5 weeks.  It's the first event in the graduation festivities and really sets the tone for the weekend.  It's all downhill from there!

Family members line the streets to look for you and cheer you on.  Many of those folks have banners made to support their Airman.  It's a great way to spot your family and for them to get in on the fun.  The good folks at Signs.com reached out to me to do a review and a giveaway, and I knew this would be perfect for those heading to BMT, those supporting an Airman at BMT, or for any other military event - homecomings, promotions, etc.

Signs.com has a series of military templates available for your use in the Military category on their website.  The designs are simple, eye-catching, and easy to customize.  If you're not a creative person by nature, you'll appreciate the simplicity of the Design Your Sign process.  I can be finicky about placement and centering, so I appreciated the "Center Vertical" and "Center Horizontal" buttons, as well as the grid when I was designing my banner.  The designer in me also appreciated the wide range of colors available for use.  You are able to utilize hex numbers for colors, if you need to match to a specific color.

Not having a specific event coming up in my own career, nor in DH's, I decided to make a "Thank You" banner that could easily be displayed on patriotic holidays, for any welcome home ceremony, or just general appreciation.





During the checkout process, I didn't see an option to add grommets, which was a concern of mine.  I'm familiar with other businesses making you pay additional fees to add grommets, which are essential for hanging.  When the banner arrived a mere seven days after ordering, [yes, you read that correctly, I received the banner in SEVEN days] - I was pleased to see that it didn't just have grommets in the four corners, but a whole slew of them!  Perfect for hanging your new masterpiece safely, without concern of it being torn up by the wind.  The speedy turnaround was fantastic, and perfect for those of you that have short notice for your event.  That was standard shipping too, folks, nothing expedited.  

The banner is a good, solid weight with the edges folded over, so the grommets are going through two layers of vinyl.  It's a great size, 3' by 6', and the printing is crisp and sharp.  The resulting piece looks professional and sturdy, ready to withstand the elements.

The design process was not without it's challenges, as least not for a fussy person like myself.  I found that I wasn't able to change the font size numerically, versus dragging the text box from the corner.  This may not affect you at all, but if you have multiple text boxes, it makes for difficult standardization of the text size.  I would also like to to see Signs.com make more of their clip art and templates available throughout the categories.  For example, the template and flag icons that I used were not available in the Military section, but in the Fourth of July category.  If you're graphically inclined, you can actually upload your own design and have that printed on the banner, which I thought was cool.  I know many people choose to upload photos of their Airmen for their banners.

Overall, Signs.com offers a great value for professional grade products with a speedy turnaround that fits the needs of the military customer.

The good folks at Signs.com have offered AHE readers a chance to win their own custom graduation or homecoming banner, complete with shipping!  Enter below to take advantage of this opportunity - you can always use another banner!  Even if you don't win, Signs.com has given AHE readers a 15% off code of AHI15 to use on their site.  Good luck!

     
    
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Disclosure: I have been compensated for this post by receiving a banner to review, a code for a free giveaway banner, and a promotion code to offer to readers.  Regardless of this fact, all opinions are my own and are based upon my personal experience with the company.

2 comments:

Mrs. Wookie said...

Yes! I need me a sign to welcome home my gorilla from USS Mustache City this fall (or whenever they actually get home!!!!).

Jillian Villanueva said...

YAY! Im a winner! :) Can't wait to have a shiny new sign for December!