Last week I asked some of our VERY BEST Industry Instructors to share their top tips and personal experiences on how to get the very best from attending a balloon convention, if you missed this blog you can simply click here - they have all given a great account of how they felt when they attended their first balloon convention and have offered some truly great tips and advice!
I thought that since I had their attention (sneaky me), I would ask them to share some more of their secrets...
Please will you tell us what your Top Selling Design or Decor is?
For long time on the top of the list was the composition, special for wedding, we called “The Magic Touch” that is the 3’ to pop with 6” Hearts inside which fly away. Now we are selling very well a composition called “Elegance Bouquet”.
It’s a bouquet which have like base a detail made using 15” Solid Colour Bubbles. - Alberto Falcone CBA
|Elegance Bouquet by Alberto Falcone - This design and many others using this technique is available on Alberto's new DVD - Bubbles Chain - The Evolution of 15" Bubbles Solid Colors|
My top selling decor pieces (I hate to say it) are columns and arches. I create them in different patterns but of course the spiral is the most popular. I think they are the most popular because it's what people see the most of, unfortunately. Oh, also I sell alot of 10 balloon bouquets because they are reasonably priced. - Amanda Armstrong CBA
|Columns & Arches by Amanda Armstrong CBA|
Azusa Ieizumi CBA says that "Balloon Dolls" for gifts is her top selling design!
|Azusa Ieizumi working on her Balloon Doll creations|
My 'funky' designs - Funky Buddies & Funky Dancing Men! I designed them in 2008 for my Aussie National Tour. David Taylor CBA
|'Mad' Dave Taylor with his 'Funky' Men.|
Our top seller has to be our balloon dolls. We make them for all sorts of occasions and usually make 1 or 2 every weekend - LIsa Swiger CBA
|Lisa Swiger's amazing Balloon Dolls|
Colin Myles CBA - "Just now our bestselling design is the thistle design".
|Colin's 'Thistle Design'.|
My Lootles have been some of my most top selling designs I have created over the years. These designs can be transformed to create the perfect centerpiece for almost ANY event. - Robbie Furman CBA
|'Lootles' by Robbie Furman|
What is your most profitable decor or design?
Every time I consider also the visual impact as value in my compositions. I think almost all the compositions including a 3’ are for me the most profitable items. - Alberto
Arches of course but also Outdoor Balloon Trees (that's what I call them), which consist of a 3' with 2-3 quads with ribbon on pvc. They are staked into the ground for stability. -Amanda.
|Balloon Tree by Amanda Armstrong|
|Garland Arch by Amanda Armstrong CBA|
|Azusa in one of her 'Photo Spots'|
|Colin Myles 646Q Elvis|
Tope's best seller "Floor standing arrangement with a 3ft pink foil (personalised) "
Classic balloon decor - to be sure! Arches and columns are the best when it comes to profitability! - Lisa
|Garland Arch by Lisa Swiger CBA|
|Cruise Captain! By Lisa Swiger CBA|
|5' Balloon with fabric and lighting!|
Robbie says "My most profitable designs are my large scale pieces. These designs are one of a kind and most of the time use one of the deco-twisting worlds most versatile balloons…the 321q. This balloon allows me to create large scale designs very quickly with a staff with very little experience".
|Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band! Robbie Furman|
For Alex Arroyo CBA & Pepe Posada CBA their top selling & most profitable decor is Toparies & Centerpieces !
|Centrepiece design by Alex Arroyo CBA & Pepe Posada CBA|
And finally just for fun... what is your favourite Qualatex balloon?
"My favourite balloons is... Qualatex!"I like and use in my job almost all the range of balloons. I don’t have preferences for round or non round: any way are balloons. What is important is the quality of them! Maybe easy to say what I like less... I don’t use very much Geo Donuts and Blossom, for example". - Alberto
Qualatex Catalog 2012
"260Q and 5 " standard tone". - Azusa
|Traditional Assortment 260Q #43956|
"I have so many! I really love the polka dots, agates and Bubbles. I love the new foil designs but being in California I have to be careful of my design work, so I'm trying to incorporate more of the Bubbles into my designs". -Amanda
|11" Rainbow SuperAgate Assortment #91544|
|11" Assorted Big Polka Dots #77146|
"That changes from time to time but at the moment I am partial to the tapers" - Tope
|Lime Green Taper|
"The 11’’ round balloon" - Colin
|11" Carnival Assortment #20915|
"In latex, my favorite color is Wild Berry. I love the brightness! For foils, right now, I am in love with Tapers! They are interesting and versatile".- Lisa
|Wild Berry Birthday Shining Star|
"5.5' and 8' balloons. Followed closely by the Tapers and Starpoints... having fun with big stuff this year"! - David
|Cloudbuster 4ft, 5.5ft & 8' Chloroprenes|
"The New Smile Face Bubble" is Alex & Pepe's favourite balloon!
|22" Bright Smile Face #35173 Bubble|
Wow... thank you! It's really great to find out what some of our great instructors love and a little bit about their business's too!
"Well at first I thought this was going to be an easy question, but than I kept changing my mind. But after much thought, I have to say the new 321q undipped balloons are my FAVORITE balloon. I use these balloons to create many of my large designs with. This Balloon to me is a true DECO-TWISTED balloon. Both Twisters and Decorators alike should be using this balloon much more in the near future. I feel it is one of the building blocks of deco-Twisting. I also, love 6” geo blossoms. These form the bases for many of my designs. Then again I also love 260’s…and 350’s. OKAY I REALLY LOVE ALL OF MY BALLOONS!!!! So I guess my favorite balloon has to be the one I am using at that moment". - Robbie
321Q un-dipped! #13717
So that just leaves me to say a huge thank you to Alberto Falcone, Amanda Armstrong, Lisa Swiger, Tope Abulude, David Taylor, Alex Arroyo & Pepe Posada, Azusa Ieizumi and of course Robbie Furman, I am looking forward to seeing you all at WBC next week! And Colin Myles who will be teaching at OnArt -Spain next week! I appreciate the time you have taken out of your busy schedule to help me with this blog!
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