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Top 5 Sign Services: Each Sign Tells a Story

File:Van Gogh - Starry Night - Google Art Project.jpgTake a look at any well-known and influential piece of art. The Thinker by Rodin, The Last Supper by Da Vinci, or Starry Night by Van Gogh. Upon viewing any of these masterpieces, one would not think that they were overly complicated to create. Because once finished, they look so natural, almost like it was easy for the artist. However, nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, months or even years of preparation, planning, and training went into producing these pieces. Every curve, every color, every detail was thought out and carefully added.

Like art, signs are more than they appear. They are not simply words placed above one’s store. They are detailed and intricate. Furthermore, they are a powerful marketing tool that when designing, preparing, and installing, signage should be treated with the potential they have in mind. A sign can get your business noticed, increase your sales, and send a message about your business and what it represents. That is why it is enough to settle for businesses that produces a “fast sign” or a “quick sign”. Instead, rely on Landmark Signs, a business that has sign services designed to treat your sign like a piece of art.

Custom Design Sign Service

With an award-winning sign design team and over 45 years of experience in custom sign design, we have the ability to create a unique and quality sign. A custom sign design, whether for a Monument Sign, High Rise Building Sign, Pole Sign, or more, has the potential to set your business apart from the competition.

Don’t settle for an average design which will surely lead to an average sign. Instead, start the sign process off right with our custom design sign service. Whatever your custom sign need, Landmark will professionally design a unique and beautiful sign, tailored just for you.

Click here to read more about our custom sign design service.

Sign Program Sign Service

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An often-overlooked part of sign services is sign programs. However, without a sign program that meets city requirements AND reflects well upon the businesses, stores located within a complex will be severely limited.

We can create sign programs for retail, commercial, office, and industrial center sign programs. These are necessary for any Developer, Property Owner, or Property Manager. Landmark has many years of experience working with City Planning Departments and Landlords to design and develop highly useful, effective and comprehensive Sign Programs that work for you!

Click here for any more examples of Sign Programs by Landmark Signs.

Permits and Variances Sign Services

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Dealing with the city and its requirements can be a frustrating and time-consuming process. Especially, if one is unfamiliar with all the rules, red-tape, and the gridlock that comes with government affairs.

Fortunately for our clients, we are experts at getting through the paperwork and at dealing with city personnel in order to get the sign you really want.  Experienced in dealing with Design Committees, Planning Commissions and City Councils at Landmark no department or sign issue is too difficult for us.

It’s never too late for us to help you get a permit for your sign. Contact us today so we can get past the red-tape for you.

Identity Standards Sign Service

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Making sure your image is consistent and your brand stays on message is essential for any growing and expanding business. Corporations need Standards Manuals to keep their graphic image and sign identities uniform.

Landmark is your expert in making sure your company’s image will shine, no matter where or under what conditions it is displayed.

Check out some Landmark Signs examples here.

Manufacturing and Installation Sign Service

After a sign has been designed, it needs to be manufactured and installed. And no matter how beautiful your design is, if a sign company cannot produce the sign it promised, all plans will have been in vain.

Thankfully, Landmark Signs sees your sign through until the end and makes sure that every detail is paid attention to along the way. We will only manufacture quality signs and we install nothing less.

Check out some of our finished sign jobs here.

Conclusion

For all your sign service needs, choose Landmark Signs to make sure that your sign is treated like a piece of art.

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Experience and innovation have been the backbone of Landmark Signs for more than 40 years.  Located in Orange and servicing all of California, our services include sign design, sign manufacturing, and sign installation.  Choose our specialized sign expertise to turn your ordinary sign into a Landmark!

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Top 5 Custom Sign Designs: Each Sign Tells a Story

“If you think a good design is expensive, you should look at the cost of a bad design.”.png“If you think a good design is expensive, you should look at the cost of a bad design.” – Dr Ralf Speth

German automotive executive and the current CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, Ralf Speth (1), has a great deal of experience with the power of a graceful design. He also has experience with just how damaging a terrible design can be. Any company that takes the time to invest in a top design for their products will surely see long term benefits and avoid the costly effects of rushing a design simply to get the project done.

Signage is no exception. Businesses that are more interested in getting the job done as quickly and as cheaply as possible will no doubt face the problems that arise from a poorly-made and poorly-designed sign. When this is the case, companies will have to deal with repairs and maintenance much sooner than if they had invested in a quality sign. Additionally, a sign that does not look well-made “can deter consumers from entering a store, with over half (52 percent) saying they are less willing to enter a store with misspelled or poorly-made signs” (learn more about this statistic here).

At Landmark Signs, our award-winning sign designer, John Myres has over 45 years of experience with custom designing signs of all shapes and sizes. From Lobby Signs to Pylon Signs and Business Signs to Gold Leaf Signs, Landmark Signs has designed it all. Let’s take a look at the top 5 custom sign designs by Landmark Signs.

Jondo Custom High Rise Channel Letter Sign

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This custom design was made to get the business noticed from afar. The nearly 5 foot high aluminum dimensional letters are illuminated to get the sign also noticed at night (click here to learn more about the importance of illuminating your signage). The colors are prominent enough to attract those passing by. With an original design by Landmark Signs, this Custom High Rise Building Sign shows viewers that their company is as creative and unique as their sign.

The Groves Custom Double-Face Monument Sign

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This elegant Monument Sign is made of a variety of materials including a redwood sandblasted surface with a Satin White solid wood stain finish on which the Dark Brown Gloss raised graphic sign lettering stands out proudly. This one of a kind design reflects the company that it represents showing those seeking their services of assisted living that their customer service will be of the same quality that their sign is made of.

Nailspa Custom LED Illuminated Channel Letter Sign

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This custom designed Channel Letter Sign is created with the goal of getting the business noticed from others within the same business complex. The colors of the aluminum letters outlined by a strong white trimcap retainers make a strong impression on anybody passing by and is sure to help the business stand out from any of its other nearby competition.

Essex Skyline Custom Double Face Monument Sign

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Like so many of our other custom sign designs, this Monument Sign is internally illuminated. Its painted semigloss acrylic enamel background and push-through clear acrylic dimensional letters are a unique take on a classic look. With a custom Monument Sign design like this, the company makes an impression of permanence and sophistication.

Berri’s Custom Illuminated Wall Display Sign

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A Wall Sign like this will surely stand out from the many other restaurants in the area. Taking on the look of a Canopy Sign, this custom sign is made of brushed aluminum letters and illuminated with a fluorescent uplight fixture. Shining brightly at night with a spotlight, this sign will draw customers in with its unique and powerful design.

Conclusion

For your own custom sign design, trust Landmark Signs to make a design that will get your noticed for all the right reasons.

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Top 5 Lobby Signs: Each Sign Tells a Story

Related imageAmerican art director and graphic designer, Paul Rand once said that “Design is the silent ambassador for your brand” (1). There are many factors that determine the way people view your company. The way you interact with your clients tells lets them know if they will have a pleasant or difficult experience with your company. When they call you with a problem, how that complaint is received can be the difference between keeping a client or losing one. And of course, the appearance of a company lets consumers know whether or not they should value your company based on whether or not you do.

Appearance comes across in the way your employees dress, the layout of your offices or stores, and in everything that has your company’s name on it: including, and especially, your signage. And like Rand observed, the design of those signs, from Wall Signs to Monument Signs and Pole Signs to Directional Signs, sends silent messages to your customers about who your company is and what it represents.

Lobby Signs are no exception. In fact, since they are the signs that a customer sees upon entering your building, they can often send one of the strongest messages. Depending on your Lobby Sign, this can either work for you or against you. Even if your receptionist or store manager greets your clients with the friendliest of welcomes, if the Lobby Sign behind them is not well-made, elegantly designed, or updated, a negative story will be the one your customers remember.

Let’s take a look at 5 Lobby Signs by Landmark Signs and the positive story each one of these signs tells.

The Word & Brown Lobby Sign

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Lobby Sign Design, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

This elegant sign is a great representation of the company whose wall it is located upon for several reasons. First of all, a wood Lobby Sign sends the message that this company is valuable because of its gold lettering. This classic style on a background designed to look like wood also lets customers know that this company has been around for a while and will continue to be so. With a beautifully designed Lobby Sign like this, a customer will feel like this business is dependable and trustworthy.

Via Vitae Lobby Sign

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Lobby Sign Design, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

This uniquely designed Lobby Sign makes a strong impression right away. Not only are the colors strong and vibrant, the image makes it clear what the business prioritizes – their client’s health and heart. Choosing to display what the company’s focus is on their Lobby Sign will put their client’s minds at ease, knowing that they will be taken care of.

P.C.A. Lobby Sign

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Lobby Sign Design, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

This is a creative Window Graphic that is unique because of the frosted vinyl on the glass background. Adding texture and contrast on a design is a great choice for a company looking to stand out and get noticed. This Lobby Sign draws the eyes of customers and will let others know that it is a company worth paying attention to.

BrightRoll Lobby Sign

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Sometimes, a simple design is exactly what a company needs to send the right message. Instead of looking to stand out, a design like this is best for company’s looking to remain elegant and understated. This Lobby Sign says we are here, so that customers know of our location and our business name, but we will let the work do the talking for us.

First American Lobby Sign

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Lobby Sign Design, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

Gold Leaf Signs are a classic option for any company wanting to let their customers know that they are as good as gold (learn more about Gold Leaf Signs here). This Lobby Sign with Gold Leaf lettering sends that same message and ensure customers who have walking into the business’s building that the company intends to live up to the quality impression it is making.

Conclusion

For your own Lobby Sign, whether elegant, simple, creative, or bold, trust Landmark Signs to make a design that will send the message you want.

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Experience and innovation have been the backbone of Landmark Signs for more than 40 years.  Located in Orange and servicing all of California, our services include sign design, sign manufacturing, and sign installation.  Choose our specialized sign expertise to turn your ordinary sign into a Landmark!

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Top 5 Gold Leaf Signs: Each Sign Tells a Story

“The desire for gold is the most universal and deeply rooted commercial instinct of the human race”(1).

— Gerald M. Loeb

Gold has been the pursuit of men for thousands of years. As far back as 3,000 BC, was tutankhamun-1038544_1280.jpgcherished in Ancient Egypt by priests and pharaohs alike, even being used to adorn their sacred pyramids and temples (2). Later on, the Aztecs built their religious ceremonies around this treasured commodity, driving the Spanish conquistador, Cortes, and his men to plunder and destroy the village of Tenochtitlan in their lust for gold (3). And one can hardly have a discussion of gold without recalling the gold fever that captivated an entire generation of individuals, driving some to risk their lives and even abandon their families during the California Gold Rush of 1849.

Just what is it about this glittering gem that has driven people to ravage, pillage, and murder in order to obtain it and defend it? Surely its beauty beckons us forth to experience its allure and wonder first hand. But its attractiveness alone would not be enough to fascinate us to the point of destruction for so many years.

More than anything else, gold is valued for its rarity.

Gold is so rare that according to author Daniel M. Kehrer, that “if you could gather gold-513062_640 (1)together all the gold mined in recorded history, melt it down, and pour it into one giant cube, it would measure only about eighteen yards across. That’s all the gold owned by every government on earth, plus all the gold in private hands . . . the gold in rings, necklaces, chains . . . in tooth fillings, in electronics, in coins and bars” (1). Talk about rare!

So what does all this talk of gold have to do with signage? Well, believe it or not there is a type of sign that can be made from this precious metal: Gold Leaf Signs. When a company utilizes gold in its signage (and therefore, its marketing), it is telling its customers that the business, like the gold on their sign, is a rarity too. Rare in the services or goods its provides, rare in its treatment of its customers, or rare in its ability to deliver its promises. Let’s take a closer look at 5 different Gold Leaf Signs by Landmark Signs and the unique story they each tell.

The Chili Pepper Gold Leaf Window Graphic Sign

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Gold Leaf Signs Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

This is a favorite method of ours, as its unique design through the used a chipped glue and gold leaf creates a very dimensional and one-of-a-kind look. The colorful display is attractive and eye-catching. This Gold Leaf Sign tells those looking to dine at the restaurant that not only are they in for a delicious treat, but they can also look forward to an entertaining time.

The First American Silver Leaf Lobby Sign

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Gold Leaf Signs Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

This sign is rare because it uses a gold leaf that has fewer carets in it, thus creating the appearance of a Silver Leaf Sign. As silver and gold are both precious metals, your customers do not have to know that your Silver Leaf Sign is actually made from gold, in order to receive the message that your company is solid, dependable, and first-rate.

The Lantern Bay Gold Leaf Directional Sign

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Gold Leaf Signs Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

As has most likely become apparent, Gold Leaf can be used on many different sign types, including Directional Signs. This subtler design adds just a touch of class with its touch of gold. It lets those visiting the premises know that while the business is practical and helpful (which is a tale Directional Signs often tell), below the surface is a company that is elegant and trustworthy.

The Peppertree Lane Gold Leaf Awning Sign

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Gold Leaf Signs Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

Awnings Signs are a great addition to a business looking to capture a nostalgic feeling and remind there customers that their business has been around for a long time, and will continue to be around for a long time to come. The addition of a Gold Leaf Sign to an Awning Sign, further solidifies this message and adds an element of sophistication that will impress passers-by.

The First American Gold Leaf Monument Sign

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Gold Leaf Signs Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

Gold Leaf can even be used on the substantial and monumental (pun intended) Monument Sign. A Gold Leaf Monument Sign is an ideal balance between strength and splendor. It tells a sign viewer that your company is dependable and valuable.

Conclusion

Gold Leaf Signs can come in all shapes and sizes, including Lobby Signs, Business Signs, Window Signs, Monument Signs and more. To let your customers know that your business is as good as gold with your own Gold Leaf Sign, call or email Landmark Signs today.

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5 Sign Resolutions for the New Year

With a week of 2019 already behind us, it is easy to see how quickly time can pass us by. Some may already be abandoning those New Year resolutions they made. Others may not even have gotten around to them. Still, others may not have bothered to make them in the first place. But if we truly want to see changes in our lives, then we must take advantage of the here and now.  As leadership and management expert, Orrin Woodward wrote “a person either hates losing enough to change or he hates changing enough to lose” (1). If one wants something different for their lives or their business, they have to do something different.

For a business looking to improve upon their marketing, become a more recognizable brand, or increase their customer count, investing in signage is an ideal resolution to make. Depending on your goals and current signage, there are several sign resolutions you can make this New Year that can bring about the positive changes that your business needs.

#1: Obtain a Monument Sign

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Monument Sign by Landmark Signs Inc.

Many people make the mistake of overlooking the powerful tool that a Monument Sign is. A Monument Sign lets your customers know about you when they are passing by on the street. This is especially effective during crowded rush hour traffic when thousands of potential clients are driving by.

Another way that Monument Signs can benefit the business they represent is through the message that they send.  A Monument Sign tells others that you are a substantial business that is here to stay. Why else would you bother investing in such a permanent, long-lasting sign? It must mean that you there for your clients now and will continue to be there for a long time to come.

#2: Upgrade to an Illuminated Sign

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Another commonly overlooked marketing strategy is sign illumination. If a business wants to fully take advantage of the customers that pass by on a daily basis, they must make sure that they can be seen during the entire day, not just when it is light outside. This becomes especially important during the winter months when it gets dark during one of the busiest driving times.

Illuminated Signs get a business noticed. They help a business stand out from other surrounding Business Signs and get attention in the dark. They also tell potential customers that you are a serious business who wants to be found.

#3: Invest in An Additional Sign

Why isn’t just one sign enough? Well, while sometimes it might be, in our experience it very rarely is. This is because the more you can get your businesses name out there the better. And only have a sign that is visible from one direction is not enough to capitalize on the customers that are passing by.

Whether you are a business set back from the street, one  with multiple store front spaces from which they can be seen, or one that requires more than just one sign type, purchasing an additional sign allows you to fully take advantage of the potential clients in your area.

#4: Acquire an Another Sign Type

Like we alluded to in our last point, some business have sign needs that require more than one sign type. This is because each sign type serves its own purpose and sends its own unique message.

Maybe a business already has an elegant Illuminated Sign above their door, but need a Monument Sign to get noticed from the street. Or perhaps they have a powerful high-rise Channel Letter Sign on their building, but want Directional Signage to make navigating their property easy for their customers. They might even have a Gold Leaf Sign that lets clients know they are as “good as gold”, but require a Pole Sign so that they can be viewed from afar. Whatever the need, there is a sign type that can get the job done, and it usually means having more than one sign type.

#5: Improve Your Current Sign

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Another sign resolution a business can make if they want to see a difference, is to improve the sign they currently have. We already know that a business is often judged by their sign. A poorly made sign reflects poorly upon the company it represents. If your sign does not send the right message, it is probably time for an upgrade.

This can mean illuminating it, using better quality material, getting a better design, or using a different sign type altogether.

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No matter what sign resolution you want to make for your business in 2019, Landmark Signs can help you fulfill it. Experience and innovation have been the backbone of Landmark Signs for more than 40 years.  Located in Orange and servicing all of California, our services include sign design, sign manufacturing, and sign installation.  Choose our specialized sign expertise to turn your ordinary sign into a Landmark!

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Top 5 Monument Signs: Each Sign Tells a Story

“Remember that your very first words, actions, and attitudes invariably sound the keynote.”

― Les Giblin, How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing With People

We make impressions without even realizing it. Others are making assumptions about us based on things about us like our clothing, our hair color, and even the way we smile. Strangers in coffee shops form quick snap judgments about us without us ever opening our mouths to speak. A blonde woman in high heels and flashy jewelry is making impressions on every one she passes by without having the opportunity to confirm or refute those assumptions. As a result, a narrative about her life and her personality is created without her consent. An unauthorized autobiography. And once those stories are written, they can be very difficult to rewrite.

And it is not just in our personal life where this applies. In business, the way we conduct ourselves with our employees, how we treat our clients, and what services and products we provide all make impressions upon those that interact with us. And as Giblin noted, the very first interactions set the stage. Oftentimes, the first impression we make upon customers is our signage. Signage is out front, either above a building, on the street, or in the complex and it tells a story about our company long before we ever have the opportunity to tell it ourselves.

Monument Signs, being out on the street, are usually the first sign that someone sees. Thankfully, when designed well and installed properly, they send a very positive message. One of confidence, permanence, and dependability. Any company that takes the time to invest in a substantial Monument Sign is not going anywhere. And those viewing this sign receive this message, just like when they stand before the monuments in Washington DC, reflecting upon the long-lasting American democracy.

Let’s take a look at 5 of Landmark Signs’ Monument Signs and learn about what story they tell.

Kelvin Court Apartments Monument Sign

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Like most Monument Signs, this sign tells those passing by that this particular apartment complex is here to stay. But with this elegant and classic design (the clean aluminum lettering on the solid black face) one gets the message that the apartment complex itself is elegant and classic. Upon viewing this sign, one gets the impression that these apartments are beautiful, well-maintained, and that those in charge of the complex can be depended upon. Most apartment hunters would turn into this apartment complex expecting that what they find inside will live up to what the sign promises.

 

Christ Lutheran Church & School Monument Sign

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Monument Sign Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

People do not always think of schools and churches as needing a powerful Monument Sign. These types of business do not come and go very often like some other businesses might. However, people that walk past these Monument Signs are entrusting those inside the building with their children, their worldview, and their education. With a Monument Sign like the above, proudly displaying the name of the business, individuals are opening a book with a story that they expect to end well because this place appears reliable and solid.

 

Park Del Amo Monument Sign

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Monument Sign Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

Complex, centers, and property with several tenants find Monument Signs to be very useful. This allows all businesses within the complex to make a substantial impression all at the same time. These types of Monument Signs work on two levels: first of all, it shows businesses looking to rent a space within the complex that they can trust the property will not be going anywhere; secondly, it allows the businesses within the complex to capitalize on this impression themselves.  

 

First American Financial Corporation Monument Sign

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Monument Sign Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

When it comes to business that we trust with our money, first impressions are crucial. If a customer gets even a hint of unreliability, they will look elsewhere for services. So, by using Gold Leaf lettering on this Monument Sign, not only does this sign tell others that they are trustworthy and dependable, but it also tells the story that their company, and services, are “as good as gold.”

 

County Line Animal Hospital Monument Sign

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Monument Sign Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

Any sort of business that is caring for people or animals has several impressions that it needs to make. They need to appear both reliable and supportive. In the service industry, knowledge is not enough. One must feel cared for as well. This Monument Sign with a comforting wood face and solid aluminum lettering shows customers that their sick or wounded animals will be looked after by not only a knowledgeable staff, but a caring one as well.

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Ready to tell a story that you have authorized? Call or email Landmark Signs today to make a powerful first impression with Monument Signs.

Experience and innovation have been the backbone of Landmark Signs for more than 40 years.  Located in Orange and servicing all of California, our services include sign design, sign manufacturing, and sign installation.  Choose our specialized sign expertise to turn your ordinary sign into a Landmark!

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Top 10 Common Sign Mistakes to Avoid

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Any major investment has pitfalls that can be avoided with insider tips. For example, Matt Jones, a former car salesman, recommends that those looking to buy a new car give themselves an advantage “when you’re trying to negotiate a lower sales price, [by] giv[ing] the dealership a reason to discount the price. If you’ll use the service department, say so. If you’ll refer friends, be sure to say that, too.” (1). For those wanting to cut down on expensive flights, the Airlines Reporting Corporation advises that travelers “book seven weeks in advance. Passengers pay the lowest price, nearly 10 percent below the average fare, if they buy 50 days before their flight” (2).

It is impossible to be an expert in everything. But sometimes it feels like you need to be one in order to get the best deals and avoid major mistakes. While, we cannot ease the demanding process of purchasing a house or booking a hotel, we can certainly make the business of investing in a sign much easier. Avoiding these top ten sign mistakes will help you get the sign you want, when you want it and where you want it.

#1: Not Obtaining a Monument Sign

Monument Signs are a must for any business that is set back from the street or within a complex with several other stores and businesses within that center.

To learn more about why you need a Monument Sign for your business, click here.

#2: Not Investing in a Quality Sign

It can seem wise in the short term to opt for a cheaper sign if you are looking to save a few bucks. However, this usually causes problems a lot sooner than one might think. Investing in a quality sign will make a positive impression right from the start.

Learn how to avoid this sign mistake by clicking here.

#3: Only Having One Sign Type

This often has to do with a business wanting to save money or not thinking about the long term. But this can lead to a company missing out on reaching different types of advertising, like the far-away marketing Pole Signs offer or the street advertising Monument Signs provide.

Read more about avoiding this sign mistake here.

#4: Not Having Directional Signage

Directional Signage is a must for any business that has a large complex or several interior spaces. It will not do a company any good if their customers arrive frustrated because they could not find their center or even worse, if they simply give up because they can’t find it.

Avoid this sign mistake by clicking here.

#5: Having One Sign, When You Need Several

For some complexes, maybe one sign type if enough. Still, there is a big advantage to investing in multiple signs in order to capitalize on all potential customers.

Learn to avoid this sign mistake by reading more here.

#6: Not Benefiting From Multiple Sign Types

Each sign type provides its own benefits and in order to reach all potential clients, it is vital that a company have several sign types in order to get every advantage.

Read here to understand how to avoid this common sign mistake.

#7: Not Illuminating Your Signs

Again, this often happens because a business wants to save some money. However, by not illuminating their signs, they are missing out on many visibility options.

Learn more about this sign mistake here.

#8: Making a Sign Yourself

In the age of DIY, it can be tempting to apply this to your signage. However, this rarely works out and can end up costing you more money down the road or eating up your sign budget all together.

Read here to avoid this common sign mistake.

#9: Not Checking In With Your Landlord or City About Sign Restrictions

This mistake can cost you big as you might end up in a building that does not allow you to have the signs you really want.

Figure out how to avoid this common sign mistake by reading here.

#10: Not Getting a Permit For Your Sign

Permitting fees can seem unnecessary. However, since they city says they are, make sure to save yourself trouble down the road by getting a sign permit for all of your signs.

Avoid this common sign mistake by reading here.

Call or email Landmark Signs today to make sure every sign mistake is avoided and you get the signs you really want!

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How to Avoid Common Sign Mistake #10

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“Don’t ask for permission, ask for forgiveness.” This common utterance is often used when motivating someone to be proactive. Taking initiative is especially encouraged in business. In fact, Andy Robinson, the founder of Career Success Partners and a career coaching veteran for fifteen years, explains that “Initiative correlates strongly with personal achievement and professional development…it is a clear sign of your capacity to develop as a leader. So what are you waiting for? Take action today; don’t wait to be asked – be proactive” (1). In work environments where many employees wait to be given direction and miss opportunities to stand out from their co-workers, it is great to inspire people to step up to the plate and take a big swing. You may not always hit a home-run, but you will certainly get farther than if you just sat on the bench.

Business owners are certainly familiar with the need to take initiative. There are many day to day decisions that require a leader who is going to take action right away and get the job done. However, Laura Stack, a Leadership, Sales, & Team Productivity Expert warns that one needs to “consider the repercussions. It may be better to beg forgiveness than ask for permission in some cases, but not when you embarrass or damage the company. If there’s a possibility of causing havoc by taking initiative with something, back off” (2). This is because sometimes “just going for it” can backfire. If a business, or person, does not ever take the time to pause and reflect before making decisions, it can cause major problems down the road, costing a company, time, resources, and money.

When it comes to purchasing a sign, sometimes taking initiative can backfire. For example, if you decide to go ahead and make the sign yourself without letting a professional sign company do the job, you will probably regret that decision. Additionally, acting quickly without checking in with your landlord or the city before investing in a location for your property, might result in not being able to have the kind of sign you really want. Several common sign mistakes can be avoided if a company thinks about what problems could arise ahead, including the sign mistake of not getting a permit.

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Channel Letter Sign Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

Common Sign Mistake #10: Not Getting a Permit For Your Sign

Dealing with the city government seems to be fettered with meaningless logistics, annoying paperwork, and unnecessary costs. Sometimes, companies can be tempted to simply skip dealing with the city altogether. They think, why should I have to ask permission to put up a sign for my business? So out of principle, a desire to avoid a time delay, or simply wanting to save some money, they will forgo getting a permit before having their sign installed.

And we can’t say that we blame you. At Landmark Signs, we have years of getting sign permits and understand just how complicated the process can be. However, we have been around long enough to see that when a business avoids getting a sign permit, it usually comes back to haunt them. It may have saved them money in the short term, but when a landlord, property owner, or city employee eventually visits your business and sees a brand new Business Sign, Monument Sign, or Pole Sign, they are going to want to see the permit that goes along with it.

When you can’t produce that sign permit, a business is risking paying hefty city fines and having to pay additional fees to have the sign removed. Furthermore, because they already paid for a sign they may no longer have the budget for a new sign designed with the city requirements in mind. If they do, they have essentially doubled their sign costs by not getting a permit from the start. It will not matter to the city how much forgiveness you ask for; having failed to ask for permission in the first place means the damage is already done and you will have to pay for it.  

Avoid this common sign mistake by making getting a sign permit. But don’t worry, you won’t have to deal with the complicated city yourself. We are experts at getting through the paperwork and dealing with city personnel in order to get the sign you really want! With experience in dealing with design committees, planning commissions, and city councils, there is no department or sign issue too difficult for us! Call or email us for your own sign (with a permit) today.

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Experience and innovation have been the backbone of Landmark Signs for more than 40 years.  Located in Orange and servicing all of California, our services include sign design, sign manufacturing, and sign installation.  Choose our specialized sign expertise to turn your ordinary sign into a Landmark!

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How To Avoid Common Sign Mistakes #9

door-1580861_1920“Location, location, location!” This is a phrase commonly reiterated when someone is buying property of any kind. Whether it be a house someone is buying for themselves, a piece of property a real estate agent is looking to sell, or a spot for a business to sell their goods and services.

Being a local Southern California sign business we certainly understand this. We are located in one of the most expensive places in the United States for buying property of any kind. For instance, in Orange County, there is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1566 square foot condo listed at $319,00 (1). Meanwhile in Snellville, Georgia $310,000 can make you the proud owner of 9 bed, 5.5 bath, 5,525 square foot house (2). And people pay for property in Orange County for one major reason. The location! In Orange County, most houses are no more than an hour from the beautiful beach. And let’s not forget that California is a place where the sun shines an average of 278 days a year! Plus, we are never lacking in things to do with an infinite number of movie theaters, shopping malls, restaurants, and more right around the corner.

What a difference location can make!

When investing in property for your business, it is extremely important to consider the location. Any serious business owner has to answer several questions before settling upon a location. Is it near major areas where my clientele can be found? Am I located by my suppliers? Is there a lot of traffic that passes by? If so, can they see my business from the street? (Read here to learn what to do if your business is located away from the street).

However, if a business focuses solely on the location of their business, they will be in danger a making another major sign mistake.

Common Sign Mistake #9: Not Checking In With Your Landlord or City About Sign Restrictions

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A business that is looking to increase their sales, grow their brand, and establish their presence must have quality signage (Learn more about how signage can increase sales here). In fact, studies show that people view the a company’s sign as a direct reflection of that company (3). It makes sense. If a company doesn’t bother to purchase a quality sign, why would a potential client think that they would be provided with quality services and goods?

Perhaps a company has visions of an elegant Storefront Sign proudly proclaiming its name and location, while also having a substantial Monument Sign to catch the attention of those driving by on the street. Or maybe another business wants a classic Blade Sign over its walkway to let those walking by know where they are and a powerful Pole Sign to get noticed from far distances or on the freeway. However, even if a company fully intends to invest in the most valuable and varied signage, their dreams may be stopped dead in their tracks if they are at a location that limits their sign options. Different cities, property owners, and locations have their own sign requirements and restrictions.

Some cities are very flexible with signage and allow a business to invest in multiple sign types and accepting a different sign designs. However, there are several cities that limit business signage severely, even to the point of only allowing that business one Business Sign that must look the exact shape and size of all the other businesses in the center. So much for standing out!

Taking the time to check in with both the city and the landlord before setting up at a location, can make all the difference for your signage. Avoid this common sign mistake and invest in the signage that will send the right message to your customers. Need help determining city sign restrictions and requirements from the experts? Email or call Landmark Signs today and we will help you get the sign you need for your business to grow.

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Experience and innovation have been the backbone of Landmark Signs for more than 40 years.  Located in Orange and servicing all of California, our services include sign design, sign manufacturing, and sign installation.  Choose our specialized sign expertise to turn your ordinary sign into a Landmark!

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How To Avoid Common Sign Mistake #8

DIY-Do It Yourself. This acronym has gained increasing popularity over the years as thrifty consumers are looking to save some money and take problem solving into their own hands. A simple internet search will result in DIY ideas for anything from nail art to halloween costumes to home repairs. There are an infinite amount of possibilities when it comes to DIY. After all, why pay the professionals money for something that you can do for yourself for much less money?

Well, here is one reason:

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And another:

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And one more just for fun:

Don’t get us wrong: we certainly applaud and understand those looking to take some of their needs into their own hands in order to save some money (we are business owners, of course we value thriftiness). If someone is looking to paint their nails a simple color, like red or pink, why not grab the nail polish at the store and paint your own nails? However, don’t expect to be able to complete a complex nail art design yourself. There is a reason we pay the professionals for the more complicated tasks.  They are the ones who are trained and specialize in their specific trade or vocation.

Sometimes, when you want a job done right, don’t Do It Yourself.

Instead, turn to those who have the skills, resources, and know-how to do the job right the first time. Yes, you will be paying more than if you do it yourself, but you will be paying for it to last a long time and to be done right the first time.

Common Sign Mistake #8: DIY (Do It Yourself) Signage

Signage is one of these areas where DIY will not cut it. These jobs are much too involved to be done by anyone but a specialist.  From surveying the job site, getting the permit, designing the sign, manufacturing the sign, to installing the sign every step of the job is detailed and takes an understanding of many factors that require a professional touch.

Most people do not try to tackle actually manufacturing a sign themselves. That requires materials, equipment, and expertise. Nevertheless, some think that if they cannot manufacture the sign themselves, they can at least handle creating the design that will be used on the sign. In fact, some insist on designing the sign themselves looking to save money. They have some graphic design experience or work in a creative field. How hard can it be?

Apparently, pretty difficult. Let’s take a look at DIY design attempts.

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Suddenly, I am not very hungry. What a difference the font choice can make! (Image Source)

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The truth is that there are many factors that go into designing a sign. It is not as simple as thinking up a beautiful design and putting it on paper (or on Adobe Illustrator). Instead, it is an intricate process that requires taking into account a number of factors such as city ordinances, materials used, color considerations, the building process, the installation, and more. All of these elements must be considered in order to make sure that the design will be able to come to life.

Now, let’s check out some Landmark Signs Design Attempts.

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Monument Sign Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc

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Illuminated Sign Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

Okay, we admit it. That last one is a Landmark Signs DIY project.

To avoid ending up with your own DIY sign fail by calling or emailing Landmark Signs today. Save the DIY jobs for home decoration and crafts.

Or maybe not…

Melted Crayon Art Attempt

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Experience and innovation have been the backbone of Landmark Signs for more than 40 years.  Located in Orange and servicing all of California, our services include sign design, sign manufacturing, and sign installation.  Choose our specialized sign expertise to turn your ordinary sign into a Landmark!

© Landmark Signs Inc 2018