The Wizardry of POP displays – The right one can increase sales 60% or more!

If you’re a manufacturer of products sold through retail channels, you know the challenges you face getting your product noticed over the competition. One only has to survey the retail landscape to realize what a daunting task it can be!

Consumers experience sensory overload as they walk the aisles of their favorite store, bombarded with product advertisements seeking to be noticed

And, why not? 

 Seth Godin, best-selling author and marketing guru summed it up this way – Marketing is a contest for people’s attention.

So, what’s a good way to get your product noticed? Midwest Graphics has the perfect answer –  an attractive POP display.  A well-fashioned, strategically-placed POP display can rocket the sales of even the most mundane of products.

 Types of POP displays could include the following:


 Large floor displays, often called dumps, have been shown to increase sales by as much as 64-fold over the same item sold on the shelf. But, the downside is that these large displays may come with a large set-up placement fee and the store may ask for an additional “discount” in pricing. Also, stores usually will only allow such displays to stay up for a short time period.

  • POSTERS- they are ok, but…

Posters can pull in customers to buy, particularly if the product is something they already have knowledge of. However, many retailers will throw they away and not use them.


Shelf talkers are signs that appear alongside a given item on the shelf. They are inexpensive and can grab a consumer’s attention.

  • COUNTER DISPLAYS- they can be the sweet-spot in POP displays for smaller companies!

 Counter displays have advantages over large floor displays. Retailers are more likely to set them up and they will keep them up longer. Design your counter display as a pre-pack to be its own shipper. The product itself is inside the display, and the retailer only has to place the display on the shelf with the product already showing inside.

At Midwest Graphics, our design team will design whatever POP display you desire.

Working in-house, we can create a prototype, production mock-up, and then produce, assemble, pack and drop-ship your displays. With full four-color printing directly to your corrugated material, your POP will be sturdy, colorful and sure to stand out from the pack.

Call us and let’s talk about ways to make YOUR product “win the contest for people’s attention!”




The four critical points to consider when designing your POP displays!

At Midwest Graphics, our in-house graphics design team is experienced in creating eye-catching display and point of purchase (POP) products. Working closely with the customer, we are committed to designing a display that is so attractive it instantly becomes a revenue machine, silently working to move product off the shelf and into the customer’s shopping cart as they head to the check out.

We know how effective a custom point-of-purchase display and signage can be in influencing buyer decisions and increase sales. That’s why we handle every step along the way.

From your first call to our design team, we’ll work quickly to create the perfect display you want, handling everything from prototypes and mock-ups to production, assembly, packing and drop-shipping the displays for you.

An article by Allegra Marketing highlighted four “musts” when considering the use of POP displays:  They are as follows:

  1. Location, location, location

Like any good Realtor knows, location is KING. End-of-aisle, floor stands, cardboard sidekick and power wing displays are effective in making the display stand out and get noticed.

  1. Creative design

Bright colors are needed to contrast against the surroundings. First impressions are everything, as consumers make 90% of their purchasing decisions based on visual appearance alone!

  1. Relevancy

Grab the consumer with a catchy offer, special event or holiday promotion. A relevant message makes the buyer feel the offer is personal and attractive.

  1. The message should be direct and to-the-point

Studies show any display only has .9 seconds to convince the consumer to look at it. The magnet drawing them in will be smart copy that is direct, clear and persuasive enough to create a quick understanding by the buyer.

At Midwest Graphics, we know how to make fantastic POP displays! With our ability to print in full four-color directly to your corrugated material, your next display will be sturdy, colorful and sure to stand out from the pack.

If you need help creating a plan for your custom point-of-purchase displays, give us a call to put our graphics design wizards to work for you!




Cardboard versus Corrugated – there ARE distinct differences

At Midwest Graphics, we pride ourselves in being able to print directly to various substrates.  While corrugated is the most commonly requested substrate, many other options are available and used by our customers. This could include substrates like PVC, Transilwrap, Foam Corr, Tile, Magnetic, Mylar/Acetate and Acrylic among others.

While corrugated is the most popularly-used substrate, there is a tendency for people to confuse corrugated with cardboard.  Many people will use the two terms interchangeably, thinking they are referring to the same thing.  That’s simply not true.

So, what is the difference between corrugated and cardboard?

While it’s common for people to refer to corrugated and cardboard interchangeably as “paper packing material”, any professional in the packing industry will tell you there are distinct differences.

Cardboard typically refers to a thick paper stock or heavy paper-pulp This could apply to the material used to make greeting cards or playing cards, for example. It could also apply to the thin cardboard that is used to manufacture cereal boxes.

The secret to corrugated strength lies in its fluted center.

Corrugated is made up of three layers of paper that includes an inside liner, an outside liner, and fluting with a ruffled shape, which runs in between the two. This substantially increases the durability, alleviating the worry that your products will be damaged during shipping.

Some of the characteristics that makes corrugated so attractive as a packing medium include:

  • Durability
  • Lightweight with a high strength-to-weight ratio
  • Provides for greater product protection
  • Cost-effective
  • Environmentally friendly

Any manufacturer desires to minimize the risk of damage when shipping their product. Corrugated is always the right choice over cardboard when seeking to reduce the possibility of damage during shipping. Corrugated sheets formed into boxes are ideal because they are very strong and durable, and are easily recycled.

At Midwest Graphics, we can print onto corrugated flat substrate up to 1 3/8” thick. Give us a call for your next printing need.