5. Why Do Signs Matter?, Advertisting, Business, Customers, Marketing, Signage, Uncategorized

Introduction: How To Use Signage to Solve the Small Business Problem # 3: ​Getting the Word Out About Your Business

“The largest marketing challenge small businesses face is that they don’t have enough leads, and getting more leads is also their number one wish list item” (Source). Every small business owner has found themselves in this position at some point; and all they really want for Christmas is to keep their company growing and profitable. And any business, especially a small business, simply cannot do this without new customers.  

Trying to Find a Marketing Solution

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We wrack our brains, ask our friends, and do research to figure out the best way to get the word out about our business. Our friends tell us that the best low-cost way to market is networking: get around the right people, attend the right events, and make the right impression and you will have new business in no time! Except it does take time. Your time. You have to invest the time to go to the events and build the relationships. And if there is one thing we know small business owners are running short on, it’s time (see how signage can be a time saver for your business).

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Our research online tells us to utilize the exact tool we are using right now to market our business: the internet. And after digging a little bit more we find out that the avenues are endless: social media, blogging, Google ads, email marketing, oh my! And bonus, they are also relatively cost effective. However, once again all of these paths require time, or the money to pay someone else for their time.  Plus, they need constant upkeep to be successful including writing daily posts, creating weekly blogs, and designing monthly ads and email campaigns. Sounds like a headache.

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Well, we think, what about the more tried and true form of advertising.  Marketing materials like flyers, coupons, direct mail, and ads in newspapers or magazines have been around for long enough. They must do the trick! They might. But, it will still cost you. You or someone you pay has to create these marketing materials. More time and more money. Plus, it is something you would have to run again and again in order to see a return on investment. And have you have seen a parking lot after some company has planted their flyers on the windshield of every car? What is it littered with? Flyers. And really we do the same thing.  Because our daily lives are busy and distracting enough without being bombarded by more information or someone else wanting us to buy something from them.

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People done with being told what to buy and who to buy it from.  And most forms of marketing, even the more recent ones that can be found online, do just that. Consumers have no control over when they will receive the next unsolicited text message or hear the next obnoxious jingle on the radio.  In fact Bob Gilbreath, author of The Next Evolution of Marketing”, presents some revealing facts in his book when he explains that a whopping 76% of Americans are on the National Do Not Call Registry to avoid intrusive sales calls, most people will fast forward through commercials while watching TV to bypass commercials, and the software called Adblock Plus which blocks banner ads and pop-ups online was voted the “best product” and won an award from PC World. This signals a real and deep-seated annoyance and dislike of advertising.

Signage: The Marketing Solution

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First American Gold Leaf Custom Monument Signs by Landmark Signs

So what is a small business to do?  We have to get the word out about our business somehow.  And we grow weary of spending a lot and only seeing a small return.  Plus, finding the time to put it all together or hiring the right employee to take care of advertising for us, isn’t always the best, or even feasible, option. And we definitely do not want to be associated with the type of advertising that our potential clients are sick of.

We here at Landmark Signs have a solution for you and it’s, yes you guessed it, signage.  To discover why, check out our blog next week to find out exactly how signage can solve your small business problem of getting the word out about your business.

Already know you are ready for you a Landmark Sign? Call us today! 714-637-9900.

Experience and innovation have been the backbone of Landmark Signs for more than 35 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 2018

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5. Why Do Signs Matter?, 6. What Can Signs Do For My Business?, Advertisting, Business, Design, Gold Leaf Signs, Marketing, Monument Signs, Sign Type, Signage, small business, Uncategorized

How To Use Signage to Solve the Small Business Problem #2: Finding Reliable Employees

As business owners, we have all struggled on occasion to find employees that we felt like cowboy-hats-3265970_1920we could truly depend on to be a part of our small business.  There are a number of reasons for this. First of all, because we are small businesses, employees are often required to juggle multiple tasks and wear several different hats.  Sometimes our marketing team of one or two, also needs to be writers of blogs, salesmen of products, and customer service reps. This is often a part of the job that employees are not prepared for and can be an overwhelming aspect of working for a small business.

Another reason small businesses have to be picky when hiring is because they, as stated by  Holly Wade who is the director of research and policy analysis at the National Federation of Independent Business, “have less ability to absorb unexpected financial blows, making them more cautious when it comes to hiring anyone who doesn’t match the job description completely” (benefitspro.com).  This means that in the face of an employee wanting to sue a business for any number of subjective matters, a small business may not have the resources available to fight back, leaving them vulnerable to legal pursuits that could lead to them having to close their doors in order to save their name.

Still, others argue that colleges are not properly preparing their students for the library-1400313_1920.jpgworkforce.  “ ‘There’s definitely a gap between what we’re training people to do and where the jobs are,’ said John Arensmeyer, founder of Small Business Majority, an advocacy group based in Washington DC” (Source).  While we can all agree it is important to show new employees grace when adjusting to the demands of the business world, it can prove to be very frustrating when it, except in rare cases, seems like even the most basic skills are overlooked.

Regardless of the reasoning, small businesses are suffering in their struggle to find employees they can depend on to stay loyal, work hard, and be trainable.  In fact, a recent report found that “More than 80% of small businesses that were hiring said they had few or no qualified applicants for their open positions.”  Eight out of every ten small businesses are looking for solutions to the employee problem. While we here at Landmark Signs cannot find those employees for you, (Although if we could…nah who are we kidding? We would hire them for ourselves) we can provide impressive signage that can help lighten this load.

#1: Signage is a Great Representation for Your Company

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Commercial 3D Sign Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs.

We’ve all been there before: one of our employees steps up to help a new customer while you are dealing with an IT issue on the phone.  Phew! You think, grateful that Daniel took the initiative to support you while you are occupied. As you return your focus back to your phone call, you stop and your throat drops into your stomach in horror.  Did Daniel just say what I think he said? Perhaps it was a well-meaning, but rather blunt piece of advice that did not go over well. Maybe it was that silly joke he thought the customer would enjoy but REALLY did not.  Or he might have misquoted a service at a lower rate than what you actually charge and you are stuck with either having to be the bad guy and charge the actual price or honor the quote and lose money.

It is a situation that every small business owner has found themselves in.  And in a people business, which is every business whether you are a service or product based business, it is an unavoidable situation.  However, with the right sign, you can trust a sign to shout proudly (an illuminated sign) or quietly suggest (a Gold Leaf Sign) that you are a top company.  The impression a sign makes will never be something that you cannot control, because with the help of an award-winning sign design team, you decide what your sign is going to look like.  A quality sign sends a message loud and clear about who your company is and what service or product it provides. Make sure you choose a sign that will tell the narrative you want it to tell.  Check out this blog to learn more about how a sign can make the best first impression.

#2: Let Signage Do the Work for You

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First American Gold Leaf Custom Monument Signs by Landmark Signs

Did you know that if you are a brick and mortar business most of the customers you get will come from within 5 miles of your store?  This means that “the average person will see your sign about twice per day or about 60 times a month” (Read More). Those are a lot of opportunities to get exposure for your company without you having to say a word or lift a finger.  Once you invest in a top sign, you can count on that sign to keep working for you, even when everyone else has gone home.

Furthermore, studies have shown that “3 out of 4 consumers…have told someone about a store based simply on its signage” (Learn more). So not only does a sign serve as a salesman by proudly displaying your company to customers that pass it on a daily basis, it will also work as a marketer for you helping you build a loyal customer base through the most powerful type of marketing in existence today: word of mouth marketing.

So go ahead, take an extra long lunch break. As long as you have an impressive sign, there will always be someone working at your business (don’t forget to get an illuminated sign to keep the work going well into the night!).

#3: Rely on Landmark Signs to Get the Job Done For you!

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With your busy schedule, we know the last thing you need is another job to do.  Which is why, we here at Landmark Signs, provide every service of the sign job.  After consulting with you on your goals and conducting a survey of your site ourselves, our award-winning sign design team will get to work creating a sign that is just right for you.  Then our expert negotiators will get the permits you need by cutting through the city’s red tape. After that, we will carefully manufacture your sign with the best materials and install the it with care and expertise.  

And unlike when you hire an employee, you will not have to worry about your us not taking your business as seriously as you do.  You see, as a small business, we treat your company’s sign as if it was our own because keeping your businesses doors open keeps ours open too!

Conclusion

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A sign is a great problem solver for small businesses who are facing the difficulty of hiring reliable employees.  With a sign from Landmark Signs you will have a sign that represents your company in the best light and keeps working even when you are not. Additionally, at Landmark Signs we take care of every aspect of your sign job and treat each job as if it was a sign for our own business.

Trust Landmark Signs with your sign!  Call us today at (714) 637-9900.

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Experience and innovation have been the backbone of Landmark Signs for more than 35 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 2018

5. Why Do Signs Matter?, Advertisting, Business, Customers, Design, Marketing, Monument Signs, Sign Type, small business, Uncategorized

How To Use Signage to Solve the Small Business Problem #1: Not Enough Time

“Thirty-three percent of small-business owners reported working more than 50 hours per week, while an additional 25% said they work more than 60 hours a week, according to a poll of readers of the New York Enterprise Report” (Source).

fashion-1853294_1920.jpgOne of the reasons people go into business for themselves is because they long to experience freedom.  Freedom to make their own choices, freedom to be their own boss, and freedom to use their time the way they want.  However, what begins as one of the motivations for entrepreneurs starting their own business, getting back more time, often ends up being the most difficult thing to come by once that business is underway.  And even though the numbers mentioned above are not unusual for small business owners, it reflects one of the most difficult challenges of owning your own business.

As business owners ourselves who serve other business owners, we understand this struggle on a personal level.  However, we want to let you in on a little secret. A well-made sign can actually give you back one of the most precious commodities on the planet: time. You may be thinking, how can an inanimate object hanging above the door, in the lobby, or on the street, give me back something like time?  Well, the first step in allowing signage to free up your time is to stop thinking of signage as an object. Instead, think of it as a key to success that is alive with potential and profit, and is an employee that will work for all day every day, without asking for a raise.

How Can Signage Give You Back Your Time?

That is what you really want to know right?  Well if you invest in your signage, you will most certainly see that investment returned to you exponentially.  If you are still not sure why any type of signage at all is even necessary for your business, much less a well-made sign, check out our blog here to learn just how valuable signage can be for your company.  

One of the things you will see is that over two-thirds of consumers see a direct correlation between your sign and your products and services (see more).  What this tells us is that if you have a poorly-made sign, than you risk losing 2 out of every 3 potential customers due to the fact that they will think that what you provide is of poor quality just like your sign.  If you step outside and see an unappealing Wall Sign, Monument Sign, or Pylon Sign, you are most likely losing 68% of your potential customers.

Time Saver #1: Stop Chasing Down Potential Customers

This statistic shows us that businesses may be wasting a lot of time chasing down potential sales all because their sign does not live up to the quality of their company.  Investing in not just any sign, but a well-made, quality sign will allow you to spend less time cold-calling and more time focusing on the product or service that only you can provide.  Because while a poorly made sign can deter customers, an elegant sign can draw in 2 out of every 3 customers saving you loads of time that you can devote to doing what really matters, making your business a success.

Time Saver # 2: Market Your Business Without Lifting a Finger

According to the website smallbiztrends.com, “a small business owner — along with another employee — will spend an average of 20 hours per week on marketing, the-eleventh-hour-3410476_1920according to the survey.”  Assuming that you are working a 40-hour work week, although most likely it is at least 10 hours more than that, you are spending about half of your time as a business owner marketing your business.  Not only is this eating up an enormous amount of your time and energy, it is most likely also causing undue stress due to the fact that their are so many ways to advertise your company (Facebook, Google Ads, blogging, etc).  Whether or not you are a company who does most of their marketing through LinkedIn or you prefer to use Instagram to send your message, all of these types of marketing require your time.

However, with a well-made sign, your business is being advertised for you without having to update a single status, post a new blog, or type of business hashtag.  Choosing a sign that reflects your business is an extremely effective way to get the word out about your business.adolescent-adult-beautiful-618544

Plus, over the past few years, the business industry has learned how important it is for a company to be referred through word of mouth marketing. Signage can help you out with that one too!  In fact, 75% of consumers have told of referring a sign to someone else based solely on a business’ sign (learn more). Through advertising that keeps on giving (our Landmark signs come with a 10 year warranty) and word of mouth marketing, a sign will free up loads of your time.

Time Saver #3:  Let Landmark Signs Do The Work For You

As an A-Z sign business, we handle every aspect of you acquiring a sign.  We handle your sign every step of the way. We will survey your site, design the sign for you, deal with those pesky permits, manufacture your sign, install it, and even create a sign program for you!  

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First American Gold Leaf Custom Monument Signs by Landmark Signs

With over 45 years of experience in the sign industry and an award-winning sign design team, let us give you back more of what you so desperately need: your time.

Get your time back today with your own Landmark Sign!  Call us today at (714) 637-9900.

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Experience and innovation have been the backbone of Landmark Signs for more than 35 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 2018

6. What Can Signs Do For My Business?, Advertising, Business, Marketing, Sign Type, Signage, Uncategorized

10 Quotes To Inspire The Small Business Owner

“Small business is the backbone of America.” – Chuck Fleischmann

Where would our country be without the contribution of small business owners?  As small business owners ourselves, we understand and appreciate those courageous enough to take the entrepreneurial leap because it is these brave men and women that provide the services, products, and jobs, that the each and every community so desperately needs.

In fact, entrepreneurship goes back to the founding of our nation.  Furthermore, according to J.D. Harrison and Sarah Byrne, authors at Free EnterpriseAmerica’s enterprising roots and enduring entrepreneurial spirit won’t be a surprise once you understand the backgrounds of our founding fathers–many of whom, it turns out, were successful small business owners themselves.”  Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and several others, all owned their own business as newspaper owners, founders of banks, farmers, and lawyers. These experiences profoundly influenced their ideas on freedom which they would bring with them when it came time to establish freedom for the country we live in today.

While owning your own business is most certainly something to be proud of, it is not without its challenges.  Due to the increased competition, taxes, and government regulations, it is more challenging than ever before to be a business owner.  However, it is vital that we continue to support and encourage our fellow business owners to keep on fighting.

Over the next several weeks, we will write a series of blogs that breaks down some of the biggest challenges that small business owners face and how Landmark Signs can provide the services and products (signage, sign installation, sign manufacturing, and more) to help business owners overcome these difficulties and provide a real solution for the problems you face everyday.

For today’s blog, though, we wanted to provide a series of quotes to encourage you in your small business and provide you with the stamina you need to continue your journey as the backbone of America.
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“More powerful than the will to win is the courage to begin.” Orrin Woodward

 

Chris Brady Quote Landmark Signs Inc

“Leaders lead for the joy of creating something bigger than themselves.” Chris Brady

 

Walter Cronkite Quote Landmark Signs Inc

“I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.” Walter Cronkite

 

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“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” Steve Jobs

 

Winston Churchill Quote Landmark Signs Inc

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill

 

Frederick Douglass Quote Landmark Signs Inc

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” Frederick Douglass

 

Karen Lamb Quote Landmark Signs Inc

“A year from now you will wish you had started today.” Karen Lamb

 

 Tim Ferris Quote Landmark Signs Inc

“Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.” Tim Ferriss

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“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Socrates

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“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas Edison

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Experience and innovation have been the backbone of Landmark Signs for more than 35 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 2018