Archive for December, 2010

Merry Xmas to the marquee industry

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to everyone in the marquee industry (and anyone else who reads this).

No advice today, just a thank you to everyone who takes time out of their day to read my ramblings on here.  I started this blog two and a half years ago because I like helping people and I miss hiring out marquees, I am always shocked and humbled by the number of people who have actually found and read it all. Yes I can see the number of visitors in analytics but that doesn’t necessarily mean much – A friend of ours sells hardcore and receives a lot of hits from google, they don’t stay for long when they see hardcore brick rubble rather than hardcore porn though!

I realise the quality of the posts varies, I write about what I’m thinking at the time which is sometimes useless, sometimes repetitive but hopefully there’s enough useful bits to keep your interest.

So thanks for reading, thanks for visiting, and let’s all hope for a successful 2011 🙂


SEO for your marquee hire website

Monday, December 13th, 2010

You might be busy with Xmas & New Year functions but once they’re out the way it’s generally pretty quiet until the spring. The perfect time to update and improve your marquee hire website.

If you want your website to work for you and generate business rather than just be a tool for existing enquiries then it needs to appear near the top of the search rankings. I’ve discussed SEO (search engine optimisation) previously but a good SEO guide can be found here.

This guide explains what you need to do to help your search rankings. Please don’t think you’re suddenly going to appear at number 1 for ‘marquee hire’, that takes the work of a professional and a lot of time. Getting on to the first page for local searches (‘marquee hire Dorking’ for eg) should be achievable for us unprofessional types.

Remember it does take time to get up the rankings so start working on it now in preparation for the summer.

It’s also worth updating your website with new photos and scan through all of the text to make sure it’s all still relevant, for example seeing special offers that expired 6 months ago is a real turn off for viewers .

Thanks for reading.


Marquees in the snow

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Apparently there’s been a bit of snow recently. As someone who lives in Reigate it sounds like we had our fair share.

So what does this mean for marquees?

1. Obvious but make sure no snow is allowed to build up on ANY marquee roof. Marquees are not designed for snow loading, if they were they’d be designed with much steeper roofs and look like Austrian ski chalets. Scrape it off and/or put heaters on to melt it/stop it settling.

2. Gutters are going to be problematic in the snow, snow will build up in any gulley so gutters can overflow if you’re not careful. Scrape as much snow away and keep it warm.

3. If you’re putting a marquee up in the snow scrape as much of it away as possible before erecting the marquee but don’t put a heater on until you’ve got the flooring laid otherwise lawns turn in to mudbaths.

4. Remember your winter clothing including gloves – I can remember to this day forgetting my gloves and putting up a marquee with the metalwork sticking to my fingers!

Thanks for reading.