It's Photo Booth Season!!! (Plus Country Music Wrap-up)

I am back at Autzen Stadium this year in support of Guaranty's photo boot. We have a new mannequin and will be getting an even newer mannequin soon. So far my favorite mannequin has to be the  one we used at Oregon State University last year. He just looked buffer, and most like a football player. Who would have thought that I would have a preference in mannequins? And how many times can I say mannequin in one post?

I will be with Eggie in the Moshofsky Center before every home game this year. Come by, give Eggie a high five, and make sure you get your picture taken with that day's game jersey. We will print you a copy on the spot. Go Ducks!


There's not much to say about Willamette Country Music Festival that hasn't already been said. I went and worked the photo booth, did my Eggie thing, installed signage and had a great time. I had an epic sick day. I think it was bad fish, a gas leak or something. It was awful.

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Country Crossings Music Festival

I spent August 25 - 30th in Medford at the Country Crossings Music Festival (CXFest). It was super fun, really hot and a lot of hard work. I was doing so much dancing and walking that my shoes melted.

Guaranty arrived on the 25th to set out all of our signage. We setup our marketing materials and fine tuned the displays. I wasn't staying onsite at this festival. I was staying at a local hotel. I go to spend the bulk of my time off (what little there was) at a pool.

There is always a lot that goes into these festivals. I know I have written about this before, so click on the "Country Music" label above if you want to learn more. To the right is a picture of me wading through the crowd by the main stage.


Read more to get a general recap of what was done and I will post links to festival photos.


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Come on Down to Mohawk Tavern!!!



by Jamie Bennett

Here is a commercial we put together at a local tavern in Springfield, OR. It's based on footage we acquired during the Guy Reporting business. I think it turned out well. It's garnered over 2k views on Facebook. There was lot of organic traffic through shares. 2k is a good bit of traffic in my experience. There were also a ton of shares.

Click to Go to Mohawk Tavern on Facebook


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Pear Blossom

by Jamie Bennett

Every year I head down to the Pear Blossom festival in Medford, Ore. This year was no different, but it was easily our best showing. I went down Friday afternoon and installed some incredible decals along a Roadtrek Versatile. This Roadtrek pulled Eggie dancing in a SylvanSport Go. I followed Mr. Peanut in his peanut mobile, and as such everyone already had their cameras out... ready!!!

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Guy Reporting

by Jamie Bennett

During the month of March 1 was doing a mock news report at Mohawk Tavern in Springfield, Ore. I was Guy Reporting and the whole thing was a lot of fun. I was going to post this sooner but as usual I am slammed. I am editing a final rendition of Mohawk's video now that will be a generic commercial for electronic promotion. It should be out sometime April or May. It was fun shooting these. Just a world wind style of shooting in an attempt to gather assets for this future commercial. I am hopeful to have a video for Cascade Colour in the near future. 


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Supper with Santa 2016

by Jamie Bennett

So this year I only got to play Santa once, and to mix it up, we decided to make it a dinner party. It was great! It lasted a little more than an hour. All the kids showed up in that time, got something to eat and were well behaved. To the left is a picture of my family with Santa (me). Everyone who participated received good food, special treats and a printed photo. 



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Kickoff to Bad Sport Puns

by Jamie Bennett

Photo both season is underway. This means I get to spend a bunch of time photographing manikins. This year we are adding the University of Oregon to our regiment. We are still doing Oregon State University, and this year our pictures will appear on the Jumbotron at both stadiums. We get mobbed at Autzen Stadium. The traffic of people is heavy the entire time. I live close to Autzen, so I can skateboard in and out during game days, and this makes the whole thing so much easier on weekends..
Here is a link to the photos we took at the first game. People come and take photos with the manikins, we post the picture and we print them a copy. 

Read on and you'll see some of Eggie's extended family.
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Country Music Video Extravaganza

by Jamie Bennett

I am tired, so this will be short. I included my favorite videos from this weekend for filler. To the right is a number of sandwich boards I brought to the festival. The neon decal ones were in the Rising Star area, and the four color signs were at the display. I spent today cleaning our marketing trailer, and sorting the collateral materials. It was a great weekend. It was especially awesome to see people enjoying the hats, other promotional items, and it was great to get to know my colleagues better. I am exhausted, so there you have it.


Read on and you'll see video that Cappelli Miles made for the jumbotron (Eggie included), video of me dancing (in real life) and the most Amaerican clip of all time.
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And I Still Went to Cape Blanco!


by Jamie Bennett

I broke my arm before the big show. After months of preparation, I fell and received a hairline fracture on the radial horn in my left arm, but I still went to the Cape Blanco Country Music Festival. We were a hit as usual, didn't miss a beat. Here is a photo of me wearing my heavy egg suit, featured on the festival's Facebook page. It was great. Eggie had more name recognition then ever. I didn't have a cast. I didn't need one, which stinks because I broke my arm. I deserved a sweet cast to paint on! I have never broken anything in my life to warrant a cast, and I feel a little sad that I missed out this time.

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The Worst is Over... :)

by Jamie Bennett

So this is just a quick update about how our show season has been, and a run down of what is coming in the next couple months. The title of this blog post is in reference to nothing... lol... In advertising, the worst is never over, it's just lying dormant. It just felt good to say that the worst is over because, I have been working really hard the last several months.


To begin with, on the left you will see the artwork for this year's festival shirts. It will be printed on neon shirts, using bright neon inks. I can't wait to get my hands on one of these bad boys.

Second, the paper cutter is holding it's own and so if my new printer. Over the last month I have printed, cut and shipped over 80k direct mailers to promote our various shows around Oregon. This has arguably been our most successful show season to date.

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The Big Sale

by Jamie Bennett

So I have been running various collateral materials out of Guaranty's marketing for well over a year, but I have only recently taken on producing all of our direct mail in-house.  I have embedded a video showing my setup, and you can see the oversized postcards that I am producing for our various shows. So far the paper cutter has paid for itself. We are paying 70% of what we once spent on production, and we have doubled our direct mail footprint in the local markets.


I love having the tools to produce these materials in house. It gives us a great deal of flexibility, and allows for a shorter turnaround on these materials. It seems as though the time I use to spend ordering certain materials, and arranging for delivery has been neatly folded into this production time. The reward for all my efforts, is having marketing materials in house within hours, as opposed to days.


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Pear Awesome Parade

by Jamie Bennett

Every year, I participate in the Pear Blossom Parade in Medford, Ore. This year was no different, except that I was again walking the whole thing, and it was hot. Having been raised in the Nevada desert, it was no big thing. It was a two hour walk, but easy compared to what I went through last year. You can use the labels above to read about that experience.


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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas

by Jamie Bennett

So every year I get to play Santa at Guaranty. This year we used our photo booth printers, and were able to send all the children home with their own printed picture copies. This process use to take 24 hours, but now we send people away with branded mementos. How cool is that? To the right is a photo of me sitting alone in the designed template.

Jamie Claus also made the rounds to a local shelter, and hospice center... I <3 spreading the Christmas spirit, and delivering cheer this time of year.
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How to Create Entry Forms and Notepads Quickly

by Jamie Bennett

Alright, who is ready to learn? Not me! But I am ready to show you how to pad entry forms and notepads. One thing, I don't have is a jogger, but that is an important piece of equipment. I recommend getting one if you have the money. It will help make sure all your paper is line up perfect.


1) You will see my cutter. I use a Come 2270ez cutter to cut all my entry forms down to the right size. I originally had these stacked three up on a sheet of 8.5x11, with a piece of chipboard behind each stack of 100. My goal is to have each book padded with glue across the top, and with 100 sheets in each pad. The chipboard provides stability, and a visual guide for the quantity breaks. Note that this cutter cuts only 300 sheets of generic 20lb paper at a time. Paper cutters are dangerous so be careful.

2) Martin Yale made my padding press. You can make your own press if you understand the principle of padding, but I find that it's just as easy and cost effective to buy one. They aren't all that expensive. But in this step you want to push the side that you plan on glueing up against the far wall of the padding press. This wall is removable, and you will use it to make sure all the pages are lined up flat for gluing.

3) Blake Shelton may stop by to check out your padder... Just ignore him, but do notice how I use the screws to put pressure onto the pads. You want to use pressure across the top so nothing moves, everything stays straight, and you want to keep the pads from warping too much during the process. Glue, being a liquid can cause the paper and chipboard to warp slightly. If you add pressure to the top while drying you can help combat any warping.


4) Now you can rotate the padding press,  and open the back hatch, exposing the area that you wish to apply the glue to.
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SPOOKY, Back Dated Stories!!!

by Jamie Bennett

I have been waiting to post a number of smaller projects that I have been working on. The reason for this is that I wanted to continue to promote My RV Business award (above the fold). It's older news now, and I am stacking blog stories at this point. I currently have two blog entries, in addition to this one to write.

To the right you will see some packing that I created for the good people at Bear Mountain Honey. They will soon be selling these "stix" all over Lane County in various healthy food stores. This is really good stuff, uncut, and great on everything.

If you haven't yet expanded the story you should! I got a laundry list of interesting projects, and accomplishments to review.
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Bi-Mart Country Music Festivals are a Wrap

by Jamie Bennett

So Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival was wonderful this year. The acts were great. Our Rising Star area didn't have power for the most part, and my generator kept shutting down. It would be on for an hour, and then it would shut off for three or four hours. It kept overheating. It was rough, but at least the weather wasn't as hot as it was in years past. I had a great time. The signage was looking great. In the next section I will show you what out Rising Star area looked like (the area where our guests would gather for dinner, and to party after nightly concerts).


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Cape Blanco Country Music Festival 2015

by Jamie Bennett

Cape Blanco, 2015 was probably the best time that I have had at one of these country music festivals. I  use to couch my appreciation of music with platitudes about how "I like just old country," and "how new country is too much like pop." I don't think I will do that anymore. I really had a great time at this festival, and will admit to rocking out (slightly). To the left is a photo of me with the marketing team. My wife and daughter are there too. I painted all the signs hanging there. This was our FREE, old-timey photo booth.

Llew (my daughter) met Amy Clawson after her show, and Amy was incredibly sweet to her (Llew was star struck). Llew was also boot scootin all weekend, high on sugar.  I got incredibly close to the main stage during the Florida Georgia Line performance. I also think someone from Florida Georgia Line put on the egg suit when I was backstage. I wasn't allowed to take pictures of/with them (completely understandable), but they put on one hell of a show.



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Pear Blossom Parade

by Jamie Bennett

This past weekend I woke up at 5 am and headed down to Medford, Ore. for the 2015 Pear Blossom Festival. We currently have a show going on at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, where Guaranty wound up selling it's giveaway trailer. I had to arrive in Medford early enough to install fresh decals on the new promotional trailer, so that it could be in the parade. I love driving around Oregon, especially before the sun comes up. The drive between Springfield and Medford is especially gorgeous. I was rocking out to Coachella the whole way down via satellite radio (what a time to be alive).


It was wet and wild. I had to keep drying the surface of the give away trailer, while installing decals. It was a time crunch, but I made it.


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PAC 12 or Bust!


by Jamie Bennett

So I have two plotters that I run almost continuously. One at work and one at home. Work purchased me one because they saw a benefit to being able to create large decals on short notice. I can't say I blame them and it was I that suggested it. Anyways, here is a coach that I decorated with all manner of Duck symbols. I purchased about 20 yards of yellow and green vinyl and just went to town. To the right is a photo of myself on a scaffold behind the rig. I am adhering a helmet. Expand the rest of this post for additional photos.


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The Eggman's on the Move

by Jamie Bennett

So in 2014 I have already had some fairly high profile Eggie appearances. The image to the left is a radio remote in Junction City but I have also made appearance so far at the Pear Blossom Parade and McMinnville's UFO Festival. I will hopefully be making an appearance at the Cape Blanco Country Music Festival and you know you'll find me at Willamette Country Music Festival.

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Christmas in Retrospect

by Jamie Bennett


This Christmas the family and I went to visit the in laws down in Southern California. Anne came with us and we all had a marvelous time. We towed the Airstream down the I-5 behind our Chevy conversion van and it was so much fun. We visited the Winchester Mystery Mansion which was incredibly bizarre and simultaneously intriguing. All the old textures and artwork was most impressive. I don't want to give to much away but if you are ever in San Jose it is totally worth stopping in. This vacation was a most welcome adventure after a long year of advertising and I am now totally refreshed.



I played Santa three times this year.  I was Santa at the grand opening of the brand new Guaranty RV travel center, at the Chevy dealership and finally I again delivered warm socks to underprivileged families. I had a blast. When I play Santa I give 110%. I have the voice down and I stay in character regardless of who I am speaking to. I even deny playing Santa when I am out of character. I tell people that I was at home sick all day.



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Light Parades

by Jamie Bennett


This year I did the Junction City (12/07/12) and Harrisburg (12/08/12) light shows as Eggie. I gave out some SWAG and was mobbed. People were shacking me. I got separated from the RV but it was a lot of fun. I even got a really nice email from a customer saying that her son wouldn’t take our glasses off.

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