What is guerrilla marketing and how can it save your business?


In a volatile economic climate, where up to 80% of small businesses fail each year according to Moneyweb, companies need a lot more than just a fantastic product, service and online presence to compete with bigger brands and stay alive. They need to think outside of the box, and this is where guerrilla marketing hits the ball right out of the park.


When conventional strategies don’t deliver, you send in the guerrillas 


Conjuring up images of guerrilla warfare, the word “guerrilla” seems quite ominous and threatening. But, put it next to the word “marketing”, and you’ve got yourself an unusual form of marketing that implements killer strategies to defeat the enemy and get your brand noticed and remembered. In short, guerrilla marketing is all about implementing unique, interesting and creative marketing strategies that rely on time, energy and imagination, rather than a big marketing budget.


How to go, guerrilla


Because the primary goal behind guerrilla marketing is to take people by surprise, make a great impression, create social buzz and boost revenue, to go, guerrilla you need to be bold, be assertive and not be afraid to take risks. That’s right. If you want to move up the food chain and get your name out on the streets, you have to be fearless.


Thriving on original thinking and creativity, where imagination and ingenuity beat out big budgets, guerrilla marketing is all about taking a traditional marketing form that people are accustomed to and turning it on its head, and out-store and in-store poster stands are an excellent example of this.


Working best in urban spaces with prevalent foot traffic, or dense, slow-moving automobile traffic, by creating an unexpected, whimsical or beautiful change to an area with a captivating poster stands display; you can effectively gain the attention and “own” the eyes of passers-by’s. But remember, for your guerrilla marketing campaign to be effective, it has to be humorous, shocking or mysterious. The more creative and unorthodox, the more compelling and memorable it will be!


The benefits


Crucial to the success of any business, especially new and smaller brands that can’t compete with bigger budgets, guerrilla marketing is a niche, risky, disruptive and mesmerising marketing strategy that has gained traction with organisations of all shapes and sizes.


A fun, innovative and exciting form of marketing for those who want to bootstrap their business without breaking the bank, not only is guerrilla marketing often inexpensive, but it can be far more memorable than traditional marketing. Last but not least, guerrilla marketing works. If you do your research, plan your campaign and stick with it, you will end up gaining the attention your brand deserves? – not sure great marketing = with a better and more profitable business.


So, where do you start?


If you’re a small business ready to go wild on your on your competition and grow your sales, then the team at Scan Retail can assist you. We bring brands to life. Allow us to help you stretch your imagination and save your business with our bespoke in-store and out-store retail displays and poster stands.


Here’s a showcase of some amazing examples of Guerilla marketing

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Patricia Cornwell

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2012 Movie Advertisement

2012 Movie Advertisement

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Go Back To Pompeii

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Alfa Romeo

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Nivea Bench

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Nikon Guerilla Marketing Campaign

Image Credits: creativeguerrillamarketing

The EuroShop 2017 in-store marketing trends

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Breathtaking and visionary, EuroShop 2017 showcased cutting-edge product developments, innovations and instore marketing trends in the global retail world, and was once again an inspirational success.  Yes, when the biggest, most important event in the international retail world comes to Düsseldorf, the industry sits up and takes notice, and this year 2 368 exhibitors from 61 countries and 113 000 visitors from 138 countries did more than take notice – they gained a glimpse into the future of retail.

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Scan Team at EuroShop

We are only in the first quarter of 2017, and already our Scan Retail team has been super busy. Recently we attended EuroShop in Düsseldorf, Germany. Hailed as the world’s number one “Global Retail Trade Fair” for retail and exhibition spaces, EuroShop is the international exhibition platform where marketers go to grow. Here are some of the instore marketing trends we discovered.


#1 Digital alterable signage


Until recently, retailers addressed customers at the shop window or point of sale primarily with eye-catching posters or displays. But in a smartphone world, retail has moved ahead at a fast pace. With customers were accustomed to looking to screens for information, the crossover between in-store design and digital display features has become even more prominent. It’s a natural choice for aiding content retention, spreading a message, building a brand, improving customer service and experience, and increasing profits. EuroShop 2017 showcased a powerful combination of motion effects and dynamic animated digital signage, paired with high quality printed images, which together created an exciting new sensory in-store experience.


Impressive Digital Signage


#2 Illumination for creative store design


Dynamic and intelligent, lighting can be a shop’s best friend. Thanks to the latest LED technology, lamps are nowadays capable of much more than simply lighting up an interior.LED lights are the perfect tools to design an appealing atmosphere that draws the customer’s eye. They can change moods, create ambience, modify lighting scenarios and enable precision product staging, all while offering enormous potential energy savings.What was quite evident at EuroShop 2017 was that spotlights are getting smaller, recessed downlights are nearing the point of non-existence, and track systems are shrinking, all in the name of retail display lighting.

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Creative Illumination


#3 Fabric graphics, sustainable materials, and textural experiences


Dimensionality is a key theme for 2017. Yes, today’s retailers are making things bigger, as was clearly evident at EuroShop 2017; larger backlit fabric prints with high-resolution printing, impressive 3D elements, huge monolithic tiles (tiles inspired by a blend of stone and earthy qualities), and sleek surface materials in white, black and shades of neutrals, all created engaging, eye-catching displays.

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Sustainable Materials


Sustainable materials were also in the spotlight. Lightweight materials have become hugely popular, and offer not only crisp, vibrant images, but also the benefit of a minimal transport-related carbon footprint (and the associated cost reduction). And, proving that unexpected materials can take a product to another level, retailers and design agencies were utilising recycled, repurposed and reinvented materials and objects in new and innovative ways, showing that conscientious waste-free craft is valid in-store.


Another design trend that stuck out was textural experiences, witnessed in the choice of materials and their unexpected positioning alongside each other.


In order to hold their own against the online competition, there is considerable pressure on retailers to come up with new ideas. In a world of constant change, if retailers want to adjust and survive, they need to ensure their store meets the needs of today’s consumer. You see, with today’s customer approaching the buying process more knowledgeable than ever, and with more available options online at their fingertips, one thing has become apparent: the client determines in-store design.


Yes, today’s customers want experiences, not things. And if the shopping experience is not personal and bespoke, ‘the disconnected customer’ will swap their footfall for clicks. If you are looking for the right retail display to help you achieve this, speak to us. Specifically, our customised and off-the-shelf modern modular retail kiosks, paired with the latest developments in digitalisation and intelligent lighting, offer wide-ranging possibilities for your brand instore marketing.


As a leader in the Southern African exhibition and display industry, specialising in bespoke modular retail kiosks, retail displays and event and exhibition infrastructure, our team can’t wait to incorporate some of these trends into our display architecture. To find out more about who we are and what we offer, contact us today.

How we built exhibition Infrastructure with a tight build time of three days

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Exhibition Infrastructure Installation

The fifth edition Cape Town Art Fair showcased a diverse selection of International and African art at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from Friday, 17, until Sunday, 19 February 2017. The Art Fair is produced by Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa of the Fiera Milano Group, one of the world’s leading events companies. The show is designed for art dealers to showcase their work to art collectors and investors.


For this year’s event, Scan Display was appointed to build 1.4-kilometres exhibition infrastructure seamless 3,6-metre-high walling displaying thought-provoking and desirable, beautiful work from top artists. The project was an Innovative, significant achievement for the Scan team, as it was built with a tight build time of only three days before the fair.


Attendees were not only able to visit the participating galleries, but they also popped into specially curated exhibits and took part in a series of talks about Africa’s art scene.  The aim of these talks was to explore the history, origins, cultural heritage, geographic beauty and global relevance of our art, with the intent of further entrenching Africa as an important creative influencer.


Our clients praise us for our great results, customised products, expert knowledge and on-time delivery. Checkout the video below to see how our team created Cape Town Arts Fair’s exhibition infrastructure in record time, We are proud of how we all pulled together to make this project a reality.



If you’re interested in finding out more about our events and exhibition services, do get in touch via our contact page or give us a call 021 409 1200. We’re able to assist you.


Image & Video Credits: Cape Town Arts Fair 

Some Things You Should Know About Scan Retail

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Scan-Retail-Collage-02If you never heard about Scan Retail before and you are already reading this, we have listed some of the things you should know about us:

  • Scan Retail is a division of display specialist and was formed in 2011 and specialises in point-of-sale display products and services which enhance in-store branding. Scan Retail offers both off-the-shelf and custom-crafted products, including interior signage and branding, retail kiosks, shop fittings, bespoke displays and modular, mobile meeting rooms.
  • Scan Retail takes pride in offering our clients the best personal and professional service. We ensure our customers feel confident that we understand their requirements and that their expectations will be
  • Our production team has a wealth of retail branding experience as well as technical aptitude. What makes us different is that our account executives have extensive knowledge of their field of speciality, ensuring an understanding of their markets.
  • We believe in delivering tailored solutions for our clients’ retail requirements and building long-term partnerships, achieve results that make a difference.
  • We are the member of The Event Greening Forum; we encourage our clients to work with suppliers that support sustainability. With our commitment to greening, we can provide our clients with high eco-conscious retail.
  • Scan Display is our parent company and was found on the 1st October 1996, this year we will be celebrating our 21st birthday. More details to follow, stay tuned.
  • These are just some of brands that are we’ve done work for Woolworths, Discovery, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), Creative Council, Varpe Cartel, Somerset Mall, Fragrance Boutique and much more.
  • Check out below gallery showcasing our recent work for a happy Cybertronics Cell, at Somerset Mall.

If you consider working with us on your next project, start with a free quote request or just get in touch here.

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Ideas to enhance your shopfront display for the month of love

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Now that your small kiosk business has recovered from the manic Christmas-New-Year’s season, are you ready for the most romantic month of the year? Representing a celebration of love and affection, the month of February offers retailers an opportunity to kick it into high-gear and rocket their sales. But if you don’t have a marketing campaign yet, here are some ideas to enhance your shopfront display… not only on Valentine day but for the whole month of love.


#1 Be a Beacon of Love and Light up your Kiosk with a Lightbox

 Your shopfront display is your brand, and since there are so many marketing rands vying for your customers’ attention, your campaign will need to outshine your competitors. A brilliant way to do this is to light up your kiosk with a lightbox.  A marketing superstar that can be ceiling mounted, wall mounted, freestanding or positioned to fit your mall kiosk best – whether you’re selling books, clothing, tools, fragrances, chocolates or jewellery – a Lightbox is an excellent way to be creative.


#2 Put Cupid to Work with a “We Love Our Customers” Promotion

 All businesses love their customers (well, most of them anyway), but for customers to believe you care, your efforts must come out of authenticity. Why not show them how much they mean to you by doing something unique this month? Whether you dress an employee as Cupid, offer an exceptional service like gift wrapping, give your customers a free gift with every purchase or hand out candy or chocolates, your customers will never forget how you went out of your way.


#3 Sell Your Brand with a Story

Amidst all the cupid-fuelled chaos, you have to be super creative and authentic to get noticed, and if you want to make your customers fall in love with your brand then sell your brand with a story. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Easter, Christmas or any other special occasion, many retailers believe cramming their kiosk with loads of items provide choice, but is easy for shoppers to become overwhelmed and leave. Rather keep your shopfront display simply by engaging your customers with a theme that showcases your personal identity. An emotive display that tells a story can generate curiosity appeal to your target market.


#4 Don’t Forget Your Employees

While we know that good shopfront displays increase customer traffic and sales dramatically, it’s important to understand that your shopfront display is not always enough. Behind every successful business, you will always find happy employees who love what they do. Happy employees lead to happy customers! Yes, your customers are much more likely to feel ‘loved’ by your business when your employees do, too. you need to show your appreciation to your employees this month of love.

Your brand is everything, and in today’s competitive marketplace, small business owners need to pull out all the stops. A great place to start is with your mall kiosk shopfront display. While these ideas may be Valentine-centric, with a few tweaks, they can be used for just about any special occasion.

If you’re interested in finding out more about shopfront displays, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Image Credits: Pinterest

9 Ways Retail Kiosks Can Boost Revenue and Build Buzz for Your Brand

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Today, running any retail business is a challenge, and while branding strategies have certainly evolved over the years, two things that haven’t changed are competition and brand awareness. Yes, your brand is your biggest selling point, which is why it needs as much exposure as it can get. Whether you’re a small start-up trying to get your brand out on the streets, a large retailer is introducing new products or a mall trying to attract shoppers and boost revenue – it’s time you embraced the future of retail with retail kiosks.


A Unique, Sophisticated, and Intelligent Hybrid Marketing Genius

A hybrid marketing genius that is unique, sophisticated and intelligent, modular retail kiosks have become a booming trend that has revolutionised the typical traditional shopping experience. A shopfront display that has grown beyond fashion products to encompass food, makeup, books, and art – enabling hundreds of small businesses to get off the ground – these modern retail shopping kiosks are a stepping stone trading device.


A one-stop shop that blends retail with event marketing, the role of retail kiosks is not new, with brands and retailers utilising them in increasingly innovative ways. A sufficiently flexible, modular option for in-line retail activities that boasts full-colour interchangeable lightweight prints, LCD screens, hanging solutions, shelves, and digital tablet enclosures. These famous marketing superstars can be found for all stand configurations and can even be added to or broken up into sections to suit your mall space or tenant needs. A mall kiosk that comes with countless benefits – here are nine ways a retail kiosk can boost revenue and build buzz for your brand.


#1 Markets merchandise around a season, sale, or holiday

#2 Tests new products or concepts

#3 Enhances customer buying experience through personal interaction

#4 Encourages spontaneous purchase of merchandise

#5 Increases customer base and brand extension

#6 Generates brand exposure and boosts sales

#7 Facilitates the collection of leads, feedback, and loyalty programmes

#8 Cost effective with low overheads

#9 Grow shoppers experience and mall visits


A temporary to a permanent retail & shopping kiosk, create unique, memorable 3D experiences that align with the brand’s values – a retail kiosk is a short-term investment for what could be a long-term gain. The newest trend in guerrilla marketing to hit the streets nationwide, a modular retail kiosk has proven to be an effective prize-winning marketing tool that can be strategically placed just about anywhere.


Exclusive modern showrooms that bridge the online and offline gap, not only do they have the power to draw attention in crowds, generate brand buzz, create opportunities for marketing, and ultimately, boost higher sales. These sleek, simple, portable, cost effective and interactive marketing superstars are also the perfect avenue to make flash appearances and take any business on the road.


Fuelling the retail revolution – with many retailers and malls jumping on board – a retail kiosk is simply a marketing tool. If you’re interested in finding out more about how a retail kiosk can boost your revenue and build your brand, download our Modular Retail Kiosk (MRK) brochure and contact us.

Six tips for starting a retail kiosk business in 2017



According to research conducted by euromonitor.com, kiosk businesses continue to experience positive growth in South Africa: current value sales in the channel increased by 10% in 2015 to reach R7.4 billion. A kiosk business can offer fantastic business opportunities. Whether you rent or buy your kiosk, you should start with a small and work your way up to a larger, more permanent kiosk. Whatever you choose, ensure your location is in a high-traffic area and has adequate space. Shop around before deciding exactly where to locate your kiosk. If necessary, apply for business loans at your bank or South African government funding and grants.


1. Decide what you want to sell


Kiosks can accommodate almost any kind of business. Fragrances, food and electronics — especially mobile phones — are some of the most common kiosk businesses. Whatever you choose, try to be versatile and offer variety.


2. Figure out how much space you need


The product you’re selling will determine not only whether you want a showcase style display or a kiosk, but also the size of the kiosk you need. Check other showcase style display and kiosk businesses either online or in person to get an idea of their sizes. Think about what style is most appropriate for your business.


3. Start small – Small showcase style display, with custom elements


Try starting out with just a small showcase style display. If your business meets with success, graduate up to a larger kiosk. This way, you’ll be able to negotiate the learning curve that comes with any new business on a smaller scale. This will save you time and money and help you learn how to operate most efficiently. Use this period to iron out any potential problems and streamline your business processes.


4. Hire experienced staff


Advertise open positions at your kiosk online and in your local newspaper or community bulletin. Look for people with a background in your industry. For instance, if you’re setting up a cell phone accessories kiosk, try to find someone who has worked in a retail store, electronic goods store or sales.


5. Get business insurance


Like a traditional storefront, kiosks need to be covered appropriately by insurance. You will need to be covered for property damage and depending on what you are selling; you may require further coverage. Meet with your insurance agent to determine what coverage is necessary for your business.


6. Scout out potential locations


Take a walk around your local shopping malls for spaces that could accommodate a cart or kiosk. Keep an eye out for empty space in malls or unused space near sports arenas, parking lots and public parks. Try to envision how your kiosk or showcase style display might look in each space. Leasing managers are based at most shopping centres and will be able to advise on sizing, availability, restrictions and pricing or talk to other kiosk owners to get a sense of what they’re paying each month in rent.


Other considerations


Make sure whatever kiosk manufacturer you decide to work with is clear and upfront about all costs associated with your new kiosk. If you request any additional modifications or services, don’t forget to ask for a quote again, so there aren’t any unpleasant surprises. Scan Retail provides potential customers with a free quote form so you can get an estimate of what your ideal solution would cost.


Our Modular Retail Kiosk (MRK) is a fully flexible, modular option for in-line retail activities, allowing for multiple configurations to suit your mall space and tenant needs.


Scan Retail offers both off-the-shelf and custom-crafted products, including interior signage and branding, retail kiosks, shop fittings, bespoke displays and mobile meeting rooms.


For more information, download our Modular Retail Kiosk brochure, or Contact us and we will gladly assist you.

Reflect Your Brand In A Magic Media Lightbox Display


LED Fabric Lightbox

Add power to your product presentation with massive cost-effective, accurate colours with a vibrant quality statement by our led lightbox display

Versatile and eye-catching in our extensive range of presentation methods! Suspended, Free standing and wall mount are just a few possibilities!

The Scan Slim Line (65mm profile) lightbox in any size configuration, allows fantastic, compelling illumination through the LED lighting system.
Our LED system with full heat sync technology gives years of trouble-free usage (20 000 hours) and maximising (Green) energy savings.

This fabric technology is a seamless Scan exclusive product with true colours, best skin tones, real blacks and no fading.

Switch your message in minutes to run with your campaigns. Easy to change, with a 48-hour print service!

Use our Graphic design team to get you print ready!

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LED Fabric Lightbox Innovates Retail Display

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Scan Retail Lightbox at Somerset Mall

The LED Fabric Lightbox is a product that can be used in multiple ways in retail spaces. It has been installed for many of Scan Retail’s clients to create compelling in-store branding.

The LED Fabric Lightbox has been specially designed using the best quality aluminium profile and components. This backlit box can be wall mounted or used as a freestanding unit. The LED Fabric Lightbox can also be hung from the ceiling to create an eye-catching display.

Alex Hawes, Chairman of Scan Retail, says: “Our Lightbox is incredibly adaptable. It can be used in a variety of applications and integrated with an existing display system to enhance retail displays.”

The best features of the Lightbox include its attractive slim line aluminium frame, its low maintenance LED light bulbs that can last up to 30 000 hours, and it’s seamless fabric graphics which are interchangeable.

Graphic reprints are cost effective, and an easy way to switch out graphics whenever necessary, making the Lightbox the ideal product for annual campaigns.

The Lightbox is energy efficient too, making it a great option for promoting environmental sustainability in the retail space, as well as for reducing electricity costs.

The LED Fabric lightbox has been used in many stores, bringing product displays to life. These boxes can be seen in the Sinotec section at Hi-Fi Corporation Woodmead, Vape Cartel outlets in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and in the cosmetics section of several Woolworths stores.

Scan Retail can assist you with in point-of-sale display products and services, which enhance in-store branding. Talk to one of our specialists today and learn how to improve your shoppers experience this festive season.

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Connect with Scan Retail at the 20th Annual Shopping Congress in Sandton

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Yes, it’s that time of the year again – it’s the 20th Annual Congress of the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) and its taking place from Wednesday, 7th to Friday, 9th September 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre. Two thousand professionals in South Africa’s rapidly growing retail industry have signed up to exhibit their products and connect with others. We will be joining them and we couldn’t be more excited.
The Congress, which rotates between South Africa’s three largest cities, is the premier annual shopping centre and retail industry event on the African continent. With simplicity as the theme of this year’s congress, the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) is going to be featuring a superb line-up of presentations by the industry’s brightest minds who will take a look at the opportunities and challenges of the current market.
Committed to providing an effective platform for networking, creating opportunities and facilitating growth, the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) is a flagship event that gives members exposure to the latest ideas, trends, innovations and information in South Africa and across the globe. Providing insight, engagement and international and local speakers – Shopping Congress is set to host another memorable event this year with Scan Retail a part of it all.

We Bring Retail Stores and Brands to Life

At Scan Retail, we believe that when it comes to exhibiting your brand there is only one rule and that is to be noticed. With years of experience and unrivalled innovation and growth in the exhibition industry, our DNA is about making an impact through design. We have translated this knowledge to our retail offerings with cost-effective elements reflecting state-of-the-art products for retailers. Extending from businesses, conferences, exhibitions, fashion shows, galleries, in-store promotions, and shopping centres to shop window displays, we deliver cutting-edge architectural engineering, digital and print technology, and ultra-lightweight portable display solutions. Our products include mall kiosks, shopping kiosk stands, lightboxes, and more.
This year we’ve decided to go back to basics and we are shining the light on our Modular Retail Kiosk range, multiple configuration Quickwall range, and our LED Fabric Lightbox range. We are excited to showcase our innovative range of products next month, as well as to be collaborating with some great brands like Vape Cartel, Ferrari, L’Occitane, and Fragrance Boutique.

We Have Some Exciting Prizes Up For Grabs

Make sure to visit stand E16 & E18 at the Sandton Convention Centre to meet up with the Scan Retail team. There are some exciting prizes up for grabs. For a more detailed product portfolio, visit our website at www.scanretail.co.za.