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What are Customers Saying about Landmark Signs?

Did you ever wonder how to help your clients realize the value of your service without sounding like you are bragging?

Or how to get your company to stand out in such competitive areas like Orange County, Los Angeles County, or San Diego County?

At Landmark Signs, we sometimes feel the same way. We believe in our products and can confidently say that we provide a quality of service that many of our competitors don’t. However, we often hesitate to say this because as a sign business, we aren’t really in the business of building ourselves up, but rather making our clients look good with elegant signage.

Plus, with so much local competition (a quick sign business search found over 60 other sign companies in the Orange/Anaheim area alone) why would you take our word for it?


As a savvy consumer, you wouldn’t trust that we are a great sign business without some sort of proof. And just like in a courtroom, some of the best evidence is given through first hand accounts. So, we encourage you to take a few minutes to see what our customers are saying about us. We greatly appreciate their feedback and hope that you will too.

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


 “I am very satisfied with the prompt and complete service Landmark Signs provides.” – Ann Johnson, Word and Brown Companies

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

“Landmark Signs did a wonderful job at designing and installing our signage for our new office in Beverly Hills.  We couldn’t be happier.” Yolanda Cunningham, Heritage Auctions

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

“John was very helpful with design ideas, options and pricing.  John was very informative regarding new signs, city permits, etc.  John made the whole process stress free!  John personally came to my business on the day of the install and WOW!  IT LOOKS AMAZING!” – Paul Boparai, Owner, Nailspa

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

“I’ve been working with Landmark Signs and have been VERY pleased with the quality of service, quality of products, installations and repairs . . . which isn’t easy for someone handling 14 commercial buildings!” Kathy O’Brien, Property Manager, Mission Hospital

Jondo Custom Channel Letter Sign
High Rise Sign Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc. 

“Extremely helpful and responsive . . . I highly recommend them for any and all sign work in the Los Angeles area.” – Ken Quigley, Blue Pond Signs

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

“Once you use Landmark you’ll never want to use anyone else.” – Jacob Kulik, Property Manager, 4G Verizon Wireless

We live in a world that has more options than ever before. The benefits of this are certainly vast – we no longer must settle for whatever is handed to us, we can shop around to get the best deal, and we can obtain virtually whatever we need.

However, this can sometimes be overwhelming. Too many choices can make it hard to determine what opportunity is best for us. Hence, we have an entire generation of people who struggle with FOMO (the fear or missing out). This is no doubt due to the endless choices at are our fingertips.

So where do we turn when we want to find the right answer? Many consumers are looking to people who have first-hand experience in order to make a decision. Which is why we have taken the time to show you what our clients are saying about us.

We believe that we provide top-notch services. So don’t just take our word for it! Listen to those who have experience working with Landmark Signs.

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Top 5 Ways Get Your Brand Noticed With Signage

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Since the earliest days of advertising, brand awareness has been a top priority. In fact, during the Mad Men days of advertising in the 1960’s “advertisers began to differentiate individual brands by giving them a personality” (1). Suddenly as company’s attempted to connect to a generation that was all about freedom of expression and love, Campbell’s soup was “groovy”, Pepsi was thinking young, and Coca Cola just wanted peace, man.

While the approach has shifted in today’s advertising world, branding is just as important as businesses recognize that “your brand reflects your identity as a company. That’s why you want it to convey a sense of who you are and what you do” (2).  In modern marketing, it is less about telling your customers what you think they want to hear, and more about being honest and authentic in the representation of your company and what they stand for.

Signage has its earliest beginnings in ancient Greece and Rome and has been a

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trusted part of branding ever since. While other methods of branding have shifted over the years, along with the goal of branding, signage has stayed just as reliable as ever. In fact, a recent survey found that “68% of consumers believe a store’s signage is reflective of the quality of its products or services” (read more here). More than two-thirds of those that are out there buying your goods, believe that your sign is the ultimate representation of your brand. Let’s take a closer look at the top 5 ways you can get your brand noticed with signage.

Light up the Night

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

Illuminating your signage is an extremely effective way to get your brand noticed. This is especially true during the winter months when signs that are not lighted will lose all visibility once the sun sets. At this time of the year, the night comes much earlier and right around the time when most commuters are coming home from work (learn more here). Getting your brand noticed at all times of the day is an absolute must if you want to continue to make a strong impression.

Signs of all types can be illuminated, from Channel Letter Signs to Pole Signs to Awning Signs and more. To check out more reasons to illuminate your sign, click here.

Hit the Streets

Kelvin Court Apartments Monument Signs by Landmark Signs Inc.
Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

Businesses set back from the street are missing out on branding opportunities by not incorporating a Monument Sign into their marketing campaign. These substantial and long-lasting signs get you noticed by those driving by on the street. Without them, it is very easy for your company to get lost in the complex and lose an opportunity for brand awareness.

Monument Signs can be made of a variety of materials and can be illuminated as well. Click here to learn more about the power of Monument Signs.

Soar in the Sky

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

Signs that get your brands noticed from afar take your brand to new heights. They get your company noticed from long distance and catch the attention of passers-by for miles around. They substantially increase the consumers that will see your business by adding a range of visibility that you would otherwise be missing out on.

Use High Rise Building Signs or Pole Signs to take your brand to new heights. Check out more examples of these signs here.

Catch their Eye

Window Graphic
Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

Window Graphics are an excellent place to get creative and get your brand noticed at the same time. They are an often underutilized space where you can either introduce a new element of your brand or reaffirm one already displayed. Window Signs are eye-catching, bold, and unique.

Choose from frosted vinyl, chipped glue, and more with Window Graphics. Click here to learn more.

Mine for Gold

first american silver leaf lobby sign
Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

Gold has been recognized as a valuable and rare commodity for thousands of years. When you choose a Gold Leaf Sign to represent your brand, you are sending a message that your company is as valuable and rare as the material of your sign. This type of signage sends the message that your brand is as good as gold.

Monument Signs, Lobby Signs, Window Signs and more can be Gold Leaf Signs. Check out more about Gold Leaf Signs here.


Any company that wants to get their brand noticed can use a variety of sign options to do so. A brand can light up the night with illuminated signage like LED Signs or Neon Signs. A business can hit the streets with elegant and impressive Monument Signs. By using a Pole Sign or High Rise Building Sign, a brand can soar in the sky. To catch the eye of passers-by, a brand can utilize Window Signs. A company can even mine for gold by relying on Gold Leaf Signs to stand for their brand. No matter what message you want to send, use signage to get your brand noticed.

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How to Avoid Common Sign Mistake #6



“The possibilities for signage are limited only by imagination and budget.  In fact, many businesses will benefit from using more than one type of sign as part of their overall strategy” (1).


startup-594091_1920When businesses think of purchasing signage for their company, they are often considering just one sign type. They might have just moved into a location and need a new sign above their store, so they stay focused on purchasing just a Channel Letter Sign. Or maybe a property owner sees the need for a Monument Sign so that his or her tenants can advertise on it from the street. And there are those that want to capitalize on having a business right by the freeway so they get a Pole Sign to be seen from far distances.

While all of these investments are worth it, a business does itself harm when it gets hyper focused on just one sigh type and does not see the other opportunities that different sign types can provide them. This is often the result of companies wanting to fix the immediate problem. However, in an article entitled Why Great Business Leaders Must Address the Big Picture, it states that

big picture thinking means strategic thinking. Brand strategy and business strategy are all about seeing the whole picture. Considering things in a silo never creates impactful strategy. And often leaders get hung up on tactical details that stall powerful, strategic thinking” (2).

Signage is a critical part of your big picture business strategy, and if it isn’t already, now is the time to make it a part of your brand strategy. There are many reasons that signage is an integral part of marketing a business (click here to learn more), including the fact that 75% of consumers have said that they have referred a business simply because of its signage (3). The value of that word of mouth marketing cannot be overstated. So it is vital that when purchasing signage, a business thinks long term and examines all the sign opportunities they have.

Common Sign Mistake #5: Only Having One Sign Type

It is important that in order to capitalize on the benefits of signage, a company invests in several sign types since each sign type has its own unique advantage. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the different sign types and what they can do for your business.

Wall & Building Signs

High Rise Building Sign by Landmark Signs

These are some of the most common sign types, since Wall & Building Signs go directly above a store’s door or right on the building. While they most obviously provide the opportunity for a customer to identify your company and its location, it also provides other benefits.

First of all, a Wall Sign, like a Channel Letter Sign, if it is done well and is of high quality, often makes the first impression upon your customers. They usually see this sign before even being greeted by your receptionist. Additionally, a company that takes the time to put up a Building Sign shows those passing by that they are a company that is there to stay. And like with most signs, if you illuminate your Wall Sign, then you will stand out even more from all the other signs in the area (to learn about the other benefits of illuminated signage, click here).

Monument Signs

South Coast Neon Monument Sign by Landmark Signs
South Coast Neon Monument Sign by Landmark Signs

While you may not know what they are called, you have most definitely seen a Monument Sign. They are the ones that are located right by the street.

What is the point in having a Monument Sign? Well there are many reasons. One of which is the fact that they get your business to be seen by people driving by on the street. This is vital if your building is set back from the street and further in the complex. This is also helpful if your building is blocked by trees, another building, or some other obstruction that makes your building hard to see from the street.

Furthermore, a Monument Sign, made out of substantial materials and large in size, tells your potential customers that your business is substantial and permanent. Click here to learn even more about how Monument Signs can help your business grow.

Directional Signs

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Interior Directional Signage by Landmark Signs

Directional Signs are located within a building and outside of it around a complex. For schools, malls, hospitals, and more these signs are a must. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to find the location of a company and not being able to. Directional Signs can ensure that your customers arrive at your company easily and in a good mood.

In addition to helping your customers quickly find your building or office, Directional Signage also shows a consumer that you care about them and want to make sure that they are taken care of. It also sends that message that you are a legitimate company and have invested in not only your business, but also in your customers. Click here for even more information about Directional Signage.


These are only three of the many different sign types that are necessary for most, if not all businesses. In order to make sure that you take advantage of all the benefits that signs have to offer, contact Landmark Signs today. Check out this blog to learn about even more sign types.

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How to Avoid Common Sign Mistakes #2

Related image“There are two surefire methods to fail financially…The first is to spend when one should be saving and the second is to save when one should be investing” (1).

Business owners, property managers, CFO’s, and other money-conscious careers are often looking for ways to effectively cut costs in order to increase profits and save money. There are several areas of a business where this can be effective and should be pursued whenever it makes sense in the long run. However, trouble comes when businesses begin to prioritize saving money above all else and actually end up losing money down the road.

Take, for example, a decision the electronic services company, Circuit City. Back in 2007, in an attempt to cut costs, the company terminated over 3,000 of its best salesman. They then replaced these experienced salesmen with newer employees whom they could pay less money. Yes, in the short term, they saved a lot of money. However, their sales dropped significantly and by November 10, 2008, they filed for bankruptcy (2).

The cutting cost strategy is not only used with salaries and employees, but also with the products and items companies spend money on. As a sign company, we have seen time and time again when a business was much more concerned with getting the least expensive sign possible than with investing in a quality sign that would reflect well upon the business and draw in new customers. Because, “the fact is that cheap items of inferior quality might have to be replaced more often, a fact that could negate any savings potential. You might even find yourself paying more to buy a new product than if you’d purchased the more expensive, high-quality one the first time around” (3).

Last week we looked at a common sign mistake that is often made when a company does not purchase a Monument Sign, effectively cutting down on their company’s visibility. Today, we will look at another common sign mistake that occurs when a company attempts to save money at the expense of investing in a quality sign.

Sign Mistake #2: Not Investing in a Quality Sign

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3D Sign by Landmark Signs

In our experience, often people fall into this sign mistake trap because they do not realize how powerful and effective a quality sign can be for a company. They understand the importance of having a sign in order to be easily identified and found, but struggle to believe that investing in a top sign by a top sign company will not only save them problems down the road, but will also greatly benefit them today.

But the reality is that “Poor signage can deter consumers from entering a store, with over half (52%) saying they are less willing to enter a store with . . . poorly-made signs” (4). This statistic takes the theory that quality signage is vital for a business and turns it into fact. If a business, in the interest of cutting costs, purchases a low-costing sign, the finished product with reflect that and over half of their potential customers will see this is as a direct reflection of what type of company you are.

This is true even if the sign “looks” well-designed. Because while it may initially be visually appealing, the low-quality of the materials the sign is made out of, will get you a sign with good looks that fade quickly and will need a refurbishment sooner than you would think. And let’s be honest, consumers can tell the difference between a sign made of top materials and one made of inexpensive ones. Low-quality signage is much like buying an extremely inexpensive car that will save you money in the moment, but cost you a lot down the road when it inevitably has problems.


Well-made signs with an elegant design and the highest quality of materials will give you a sign that is visually appealing and lasts your company for years without you having to spend another dime. Whether you are purchasing a Monument Sign, Wall Signs, Pole Signs or any other Landmark Sign, investing in a quality sign now will save you money in the long run and bring new business right to your door.

Avoid making this common sign mistake by calling or emailing Landmark Signs today and getting your own quality sign today.

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Your Business Name in Lights: Sign Lighting Option #1

The last several blogs, we have discussed not only the different types of signs that are commonly illuminated like Monument Signs, Pole Signs, and more, we have also gone over the reasons why a sign should be illuminated.  A sign that is illuminated will be more visible at night, will help your company stand out from the competition, and advertise your business even while you are away.

With an understanding of what illuminated signage can do for your business, it is also important to know what your sign lighting options are. Because the truth is, not all sign lighting is the same. Depending on your goal and the impression you want your business to make, each sign lighting option will have a different impact on potential and current customers.

This is not an area to take lightly since a study found that “More than two thirds (68%) of consumers believe a store’s signage is reflective of the quality of its products and services” (read more here). Which means that you have the opportunity to significantly increase your sales if your sign sends the right message. It also means that if your sign poorly reflects upon your services and products, you might be losing two-thirds of your potential customer base.

But you do not have to determine which sign lighting option is best for your business on on your own. Not only will our sign expert with over 40 years of experience guide you when it’s time to upgrade your own sign with illumination, we have also taken the time to break down the different sign lighting options that can make all the difference for your business.

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Standard Lit Through Channel Letter Sign by Landmark Signs

Sign Lighting Option #1: Standard Lit Through Signage

The Basics

Standard lit through signage is exactly how it sounds: a sign that is illuminated internally and shines through the signage it is found in. This sign lighting technique is used to make the face of a sign light up and be seen from far distances. They can be illuminated using either Neon lights, the more traditional type of internal and external illumination, or through LED lighting options, which are generally more environmentally friendly.

The Impact

This is a very common form of sign lighting that is usually found in a Channel Letter Sign. However, just because it is common, does not mean it is boring and ordinary. In fact, research was conducted in which the effectiveness of internal illumination was tested. It was concluded that  “internally illuminated on-premise signs have been shown to significantly increase the distance at which these signs can be read.”

This is because standard lit through internal signage is the ideal option for business looking to get their signs noticed from afar. This lighting option helps a business stand out from its competition and make a powerful impact on those passing by. For a business wanting to make sure that their name is seen in lights, this sign lighting option is a great way to achieve that affect.


Standard lit through illumination will be sure that your sign is seen from a distance and will draw your customers to you. If you want to learn more about this sign lighting option, shoot us an email or give us a call and we’d be happy to give your more information so you can make sure that your business name is seen in lights.

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

“Never forget that you only have one opportunity to make a first impression – with investors, with customers, with PR, and with marketing.”Natalie Massenet, Fashion Entrepreneur and Founder of Net-a-Porter

Over the last several weeks, our series of blogs have focused on the reasons that signage is a highly effective marketing strategy to solve the small business problem of getting the word out. First of all, signage is the type of advertising that has no risk of annoying your potential clients with pesky pop-up ads and unsolicited phone calls since it allows your customers to come to you. Secondly, studies have shown that 75% of customers have told others about a company based on its signage alone, making it a reliable referral tool. Finally, signage gets your company great visibility as it is seen by local customers everyday to the tune of 60 times a month. Not bad for just one marketing strategy.

While there are many other reasons that prove signage is a great marketing solution for getting the word out about your business, today we want to focus on a theme that kept coming up as we discussed this marketing strategy. That is, the impression theses signs make. You see, all of the above results that come from using signage as productive advertising depends upon your sign making a good impression. If it doesn’t, then these results will not come. It is kind of like buying a treadmill and never using it. It’s not the treadmill’s fault that you aren’t losing weight.

So it goes with signage. It is not enough to just have a sign. It’s about having the best sign option for your company. One that is well-made and long-lasting. Plus, it needs to send the right message about who you are and what your company does. Let’s break down five different types of signage and the impression that they make upon others about your company. Don’t forget, Landmark Signs can help you with all of these requirements so that your sign will make the best first impression.

#1: Monument Signs

South Coast Neon Monument Sign by Landmark Signs
South Coast Neon Monument Sign by Landmark Signs Inc.

Monument Signs are a great option for making sure that your business is visible from the street. This is especially important if your company is set back away from the street or is in an office complex.

This type of signage reflects what it is named after – a monument. It is solid and substantial, made with long-lasting materials like wood, acrylic, gold leaf and more. Monument Signs give off the impression of a company that is stable, permanent, and strong. When we see a Monument Sign, we think of a business that is reliable and here to stay.

#2: Gold Leaf Signs

Gold Leaf Chipped Glue Window Display by Landmark Signs Inc.

Like the Gold Leaf accentuating the delicate exterior of Versailles, Gold Leaf Signs are made from real 23 ½ carat gold. We can even make one of 9 carat gold for a silver look. Gold Leaf Signs can be used on any number of sign options including a Monument Sign, Window Graphic, Lobby Sign, and more.

Because this type of sign literally turns your sign into a piece of art, it send the message of beauty and elegance. It tells those who gaze upon your exquisite sign that your company is worth its weight in gold!

#3: Channel Letter Wall Signs

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Couture Salon Studies Channel Letter Wall Sign by Landmark Signs Inc.

Channel Letter Wall Signs are typically displayed right over your store. Whether illuminated or non illuminated, this type of sign literally draws customers right to your door. They can be externally illuminated, internally illuminated, illuminated with a halo glow, or a combination of halo and externally or internally illuminated.

These eye-catching signs boldly and creatively display your company. They make a powerful impression upon those who can’t help but notice your sign. Your business will look exciting and interesting with any of the Channel Letter Wall Sign options.

#4: 3D Signs

Zadig-Voltaire 3D Sign by Landmark Signs
Zadig & Voltaire 3D Sign by Landmark Signs Inc.

3D Signs can be placed on walls outside above your doors or inside your office. They can be made of acrylic, metal, stainless steel, finished with gold leaf and more.

The dimension and perspective they provide make an impact on viewers. The impression they make is understated, and these signs are a great option for letting customers know that your business has class and is full of innovation.

#5: Lobby Signs

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First American Title Silver Leaf Lobby Sign by Landmark Signs Inc.

Clients will notice your Lobby Sign right away when they walk into your office. It is a great sign to let customers know they are in the right place.

Lobby Signs show others that your company is proud of who you are and what services you offer. Not only do they show company pride, but they are also welcoming and let customers know that you are a dependable business.


No matter what sign type you choose, it is vital that it sends the right message about your small business. Making the best impression with the best materials and design is a significant factor in whether or not your sign will be a marketing solution for you.

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3 More Reasons Your Business Can Fight Back at Amazon with Signage

“You can’t build a consumer brand in 2018 and ignore the 800-pound Gorilla that is Amazon” (Sophie Baker, How to Beat Amazon). Amazon has exploded onto the business scene the last few years and it has become a force to be reckoned with for any product, consumer-based company.  They provide any number of products, from the largest like a 1,325-pound gun safe to the tiniest item like the world’s smallest Bluetooth speaker that can fit in the palm of your hand.  There’s the clever product (a mug that won’t tip over for all those clumsy drinkers), the helpful item (IFetch – your dog can play fetch all by himself), and the downright bizarre (a Nicolas Cage pillow because why not?).  Virtually Related imageanything a consumer can think of, Amazon can provide. And to top it all off, a shopper can order any of these products without even having to get out of bed. How can any other business possibly compete?  Amazon literally has it all.

Well like any Titan, there is an area where they are vulnerable.  Achilles had his heel, Macbeth has his blind ambition, Marie Antoinette had her cake, and Amazon has its customer experience.  And by that, we mean it doesn’t have the customer experience.  How can it possibly create an experience for its customers when the customer is in control of all of that (will Michelle buy her Shea Moisture Curl and Shine Shampoo from her iPhone 8 sitting on her green velvet sofa or on will Brian purchase his Sony Extra Bass Wireless Headphones on his Apple MacBook Pro on his lunch break?).  

This is the chance to get the upper hand.  In our last blog, we explored why signage can help you fight back at Amazon because of this very reason – that it helps create a better customer experience.  Furthermore, because signage is the original form of marketing and it gives consumers back some control, it is the ideal way to stand out from the Amazonian giant.  Today, we will look at 3 more reasons your business can fight back at Amazon with signage.

Signage Can be Made of Quality Materials

First American Gold Leaf Custom Monument Signs by Landmark Signs

This may seem like an odd place to start. Isn’t something concrete like material usually something you get to after you have gone over all the fluffy, vague reasons like “draw your customers to you” or “tell your best story”? While it is important to emotionally appeal to our readers, we know that you are in a business and so you need to literally get down to business.  And you may be reading this blog sitting in an office that has a sign hanging right outside your store. Which means you need a reason to keep reading.

Well, here it is.  Excuse me while we get emotional for a second.  Take a look at your sign. What type of message is it sending?  Does it tell of a quality business that takes its customer’s needs seriously or does it look like a sign that was quickly ordered and quickly made?  Was it a priority marketing tool that you invested in just like you will invest in your customers or was it an afterthought that might lead your clients into thinking that they themselves might become an afterthought?  

It is not enough to just have a sign.  A business must have a sign that reflects with its quality of material the quality of the service.  Especially since “three out of four consumers say they have told someone about a store based simply on signage” (Source). Your company provides the best service it can, so make sure that your sign reflects that.  Choose from quality signs made out of the best materials like Gold Leaf Signs, Internally LED Illuminated Storefront Signs, or Wood Lobby Signs.  

Signage Sends A Powerful Message

Zadig-Voltaire 3D Sign by Landmark Signs
Zadig & Voltaire 3D Sign by Landmark Signs

Once you have a sign that tells of the quality company that you are, your sign will show potential consumers that you are a company that takes itself and its customers seriously.  Your sign can send any number of powerful messages. A strong Monument Sign tells customers that you are reliable and dependable.  A custom-made 3D Sign shows consumers that you are are creative and interesting.  A Gold Leaf Sign sends the message that your company is literally “as good as gold”.

Why is this important?  Studies have been done that explain that when it comes to new business “a vast majority of what you’ll get comes from people who live within 5 miles of your store.  That means the average person will see your sign about twice per day, or about sixty times per month” (Source). Those are a lot of opportunities to send the right message or the wrong one.  Which one does your business sign send?

Signage Impresses Clients

Word & Brown Lobby Display
Word & Brown Lobby Sign by Landmark Signs

“Your business can survive only if your customers feel attracted to your products and services” (successstory.com).  You can have the best Chinese food in the whole city, the Related imagemost helpful college consultant anyone has ever met, or even be a part of the famed Michael Scott Paper Company, but if your potential consumers don’t feel drawn to your businesses, you will never get the chance to close the deal.

Signage is a powerful tool to make the best first impression because for many of your customers, it is their first interaction with your business.  Whether it is your powerful Monument Sign that they see when driving by your business on the street or the graceful Lobby Sign they see hung on your wall when they walk into your store, signage gives you the opportunity to sell your company without having to utter a single word.


While Amazon may have an advantage in its range of products and its speedy delivery, there are several areas in which you can beat them.  Signage provides the chance to fight back at Amazon because it gives customers back some control, it is the original form of marketing, and it enhances the customer experience.  Additionally, if your sign is made out of quality materials, it will send a powerful message to potential buyers and impress your clients.

Fight back at Amazon your own quality sign. Call Landmark Signs today! (714) 637-9900.


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The Sign Expert Says: “Wall Signs – What You Need to Know”, Blog Four

Dorsey & Whitney Channel Letters

A great Wall Sign is essential to your business success.

A Wall Sign is a good way to get your business recognized very effectively.  At the very least it can identify you and tell others what you do.  More importantly it can set the tone, telling your potential and existing clients what positive experiences they can expect in doing business with you.  It can sell your business as being superior and preferable to other businesses nearby or in competition with you.  If you have the opportunity to have a good Wall Sign, you would be remiss in passing it up.

But the questions remain.  How much should I spend?  Do I need something great or is “just enough” going to work?  Are there any issues such as codes or regulations that I need to consider?  How do I know what is best for me and what I have to do to get it?

Codes and Regulations

In most metropolitan cities there are specific codes that regulate how large a Wall Sign can be, what it can be made of and where it can be located.  On top of those, there are often “Sign Programs” or documents required by the city from landlords that give more specifics on how signs can be done in developments such as shopping centers and complexes.  And often, apart from a formal Sign Program, owners will have some language in your lease that tells you what you can and cannot do.

So, the first thing that needs to be done is to determine what restrictions there are, either from the city and / or from the property owner.  At this point I’d like to suggest two things:

1. Find an honest and reliable sign company to research and interpret these for you.  Not everyone is an expert in everything so it’s okay to be a great lawyer and not understand the city or landlord regulations in regards to signs.  An experienced sign company should have the ability to find creative and effective ways to get the best possible Wall Sign for you through these obstacles.  If you try this yourself though, you may miss some opportunities that you could not be expected to recognize.

2. Consider finding out first before you lease!  “Location, location, location” is often the first order for many business people, but what good is it if you find what seems to be the perfect place for your business, only to find out after signing the lease that the restrictions for signs are too severe?  You may have a beautiful building in a lovely spot but can’t even sufficiently tell people with signs that you are there.

We at Landmark Signs have many decades of experience in successfully interpreting and finding ways through the maze of regulations to get our clients great Wall Signs.  In fact it’s the first thing we do – check out the codes and landlord restrictions – and then we fight for you to get you the best sign you can have.  We even offer a service to check out the restrictions in advance of your signing a lease, so that you are completely informed before you commit.  Call or email us today and we can help you avoid a potentially bad decision!

Berris Lighted Dimensional LettersThe Type and Cost of a Great Wall Sign.

We are of course advocates for signs – it’s how we make a living!  But the facts supported by scientific findings are that there may be no greater, more efficient and cost effective form of business advertising than a good sign!

Especially in these days when “millennials” are traveling less far from home, your potential clients are most likely going to be those nearby, the ones passing by your business right now.  You can spend thousands on a continual basis advertising on the internet, radio or TV and yet most of those impressions are going to people who because of distance will never use you!  But almost every dime you spend on your Wall Sign is being seen by people who can use your services.

Also, a lot can be said about the quality of your business, how much you care and how well you conduct it by your location.  But far more positive things can be expressed by a good, properly designed, correctly executed and maintained Wall Sign.  Since it is “artistic” it can be designed “demographically” like a logo or advertising, to make an intentionally targeted positive impression upon your most likely or most desired client base.  Using the right materials and design, you can tell people that you are “substantial and secure” or “creative and exciting” or “helpful and friendly”, etc.  Before your clients ever enter your door, they can already have an encouraging idea of what to expect from you!

And lastly, though a good Wall Sign can be expensive, it is typically a “one time” cost.  Qualified sign companies will typically make signs that can last 10-20 years or more, with relatively low maintenance.  Comparatively, many other forms of advertising may not cost as much initially, but over the same amount of time those costs will add up many times the price of a good sign.  And since a great Wall Sign may be a more effective way to make yourself known, why not “bite the bullet” if you can and get what really works?

What Landmark Signs can do for you.

As mentioned, at Landmark Signs we have the experience to determine the best way to get a great Wall Sign for you through the codes and regulations.  We also, because of expertise and great “sign knowledge” are able to help you determine what types of designs, colors, typefaces, materials, etc. would be the most effective in making a positive, intentional impression upon your potential clients.  And because we are top-notch, award winning sign designers, we can create a custom sign that’s perfect for you — and with an emphasis on cost effectiveness if you need it!

In manufacturing, we know how to fabricate great signs, using the right materials and processes that last and make the best impressions.  While other sign companies typically give a one year warrantee, Landmark Signs offers warranties for 2-3 years or more!

I encourage you to contact us today and let us work to get you the great Wall Sign you need and deserve.  Call us today at 714-637-9900 or email us at sales@landmarksignsinc.com.


Sign ExpertJohn Myres, The Sign Expert



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The Sign Expert Says: “Wall Signs – What You Need to Know”, Blog Three

NailSpa Channel Letters

In any discussion about Wall Signs, the issue of Channel Letters just has to come up.  Channel Letters are by far the most common form of wall sign for several reasons: (1) they illuminate, making them just as effective at night as in the day, (2) they are versatile and can be made to replicate a wide range of custom logo styles, fonts and have many color and type variations, (3) and they are often specified as the only option in many shopping center Sign Programs and even by some city codes.

What they are

Channel letters are called that because the letters are formed with a metal back or face in the shape of the letter or logo.  Then an thin metal edge is welded around that piece from 2″ – 5″ wide (called a “return”), forming a c-shaped or u-shaped channel.  That is the basic piece of a channel letter.

From that point, in times past a neon piece, very similar to the ones you see in lighted window signs, was formed in a shape that made it fit right down the middle of the channel.  It was fixed in place with glass or plastic “standoffs” that kept it centered and distant enough from the channel to keep it’s electrical charge from “arcing” to the metal where it would build up heat and cause damage.  These days, flexible strips of LED (light emitting diodes) are placed inside instead which only require 12 volts of electricity rather than the up to 15,000 volts that neon sometimes required.  LED channel letters are therefore much less dangerous and much more cost efficient as far as electrical usage is considered.

Now you have the metal channel formed into the shape of a letter or logo and a lighting element that is flexible enough to fit right down the middle of the channel.  Next you will have a “face” or a plastic cover that is typically added to the front of the channel.  This is held on to the channel by means of a plastic trim glued around the edge of the face in which a screw is placed, holding the trim to the metal channel.  The plastic face being translucent allows the light of the neon or LED modules to pass through, giving that distinct and clear night time image we all have seen.

This the basic construction of a Channel Letter but there are many variations we will now discuss.

The Standard Channel Letter

Verizon Standard Channel Letters

A standard Channel Letter is what I just described.  During the day it looks nice on a wall being very individual and dimensional, with the face color very often being a pleasantly contrasting color to the exposed metal returns.  At night the letter glows out very crisply (if done properly) and is easy to read.  A simple, not too decorative or complicated standard channel letter is the least expensive of all the possible channel letter alternatives.  So why would you want anything else?

The first answer is, everybody’s got them.  Being the least costly and simplest to produce, they are everywhere.  And if you are in a line of shops that all have the same basic thing, how are you to stand out?  That’s why some savvy retailers and restaurants such as Rubio’s and Verizon are using more sophisticated and colorful types of channel letters, with rear (halo) lighting and front (direct) lighting at the same time, placed upon some creative backgrounds.  If you want your business to stand out from all the rest, you should definitely consider paying the extra cost for all these “bells and whistles” because the letters will last a many, many years.  Determined over time your sign will be the single most effective and least costly form of advertising you can do even if you spend a lot more than usual.

Secondly, they are a little too bold and unabashedly commercial – meaning they can cheapen the appearance of your business by begging too brightly for people’s attention.  If you have a professional office or a business that caters to an upper class clientele, you may want to consider more conservative and less blaring types of channel letters such as the halo (back or rear) lighted letter.

The Halo Channel Letter

Landmark Signs Halo Channel Letters

In construction, the halo channel letter is very much like the standard, front illuminated letter, except that it is turned around.  In other words, the solid metal that forms the back of a channel letter is now facing forward, with the channel and it’s lighting elements facing the wall.  There is a plastic piece, but it’s now hidden from view and only acts as a seal to keep dust and water out of the letter.  This letter is now installed with a space (generally about 1″) between itself and the wall.  When the lights go on, you see a halo glow of light on the wall, putting the letters themselves in a dark silhouette.

What’s great about these is their understated, classic appearance.  The metal faces and returns can be made of brushed aluminum or stainless steel for that extra classy daytime look, or use any nice color.  At night they don’t blare as if to say “Look at me!” but they give your business that very professional and impressive understated appearance that says “I really am awesome and I don’t need to prove it to you.”  High end clientele want to think they are dealing with businesses that are exclusive and don’t need to beg for clients because they are better than all the rest.  And if you show confidence in your abilities as indicated by your sign advertising, you give people a sense of security which is especially important for the legal or medical professionals.

Halo Channel Letters are fractionally but not exceptionally more costly than standard ones.

Exposed Neon Channel Letters

Jazz Exposed Neon Channel Letters

On the other hand, if you want to make your sign a “star” so that it looks different than all the rest, you can use an exposed neon letter.  This is made just like a standard channel letter but with either a clear plastic face or none at all, so that the colorful neon piece is entirely visible on purpose. You do this when you really want to stand out – but be careful – it’s the opposite of a halo channel letter because it can scream rather than quietly state your message.

As mentioned, the main benefits are it’s uniqueness and brightness.  It also has a very “old fashioned” appearance that is great with businesses that rely on nostalgia.  So it can be used for theme restaurants and theaters, etc., where that idea is desirable.  But it has also become dated so that you should avoid it if you want to appear contemporary.  Like halo letters, they are somewhat more costly than standard channel letters.

Mixed Lighting or Direct / Indirect Channel Letters

Couture Mixed Lighting Channel Letters

The most expensive (often twice the cost of standard letters) are those of mixed lighting effects.  Often called “Direct / Indirect”, they both light through the face and on the wall.  And it doesn’t to stop there.  These types of channel letters can use every one of the above lighting effects and more, include exposed, halo or standard (front lighted).  Yes they are a lot more costly, but if any type of channel letter sign can be called “sexy”, this is it.

If you have a restaurant or any business that wants to really stand out and look impressive, you may want to use mixed lighting effects in your channel letters.  Though they are usually very bright, the fact that they obviously do things everyone else’s sign doesn’t adds a touch of class.  They say you can afford to do better than everyone else, possibly care more, and are very likely to be successful since you probably paid more.  And people like to do business with a successful companies.

What people often get confused about when buying signs is the initial cost.  Signs typically cost many thousands of dollars.  But here’s the rub: the on premise sign is proven to be the most effective and least costly form of advertising you can do (click here for a good study on this).  It advertises only to people that are in your neighborhood or passing by so you aren’t paying for advertising that is sent by means of print, radio or video to a lot of people that will never do business with you.  It’s typically a one-time cost that over the time is very inexpensive as compared to the over and over, month after month hundreds of dollars other advertising that adds up to tens of thousands of dollars over the same period.

So, if you are spending less over time, getting a better share of attention, and only pay for it one time (with some maintenance along the way) why not make the best of it and get something that really works?  It’ll still cost a lot less over time and will be a permanent, standing and obvious “sales person” that will over and over again tell people your business matters.  What can be better than that?

The Bottom Line

Whether you purchase any of the several types of Channel Letter signs, you need a professional, knowledgeable sign company.  Your sign is an extremely beneficial and important part of your business success.  Channel Letters make a great wall sign but if they are done just as an afterthought, you will lose the opportunity to really represent your company well with an appearance that can enhance your business and even set the tone for it.  If you are in need of a great wall sign, whether using channel letters or not, give us a call at 714-637-9900 or email us at sales@landmarksignsinc.com today!

Next time in “The Sign Expert Says:  Wall Signs – What You Need to Know, Blog Four” we will wrap up and talk about all of the options and what you will need to take into consideration in purchasing your wall sign.

Best wishes!

Sign ExpertJohn Myres, The Sign Expert


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The Sign Expert Says: “Wall Signs – What You Need to Know”, Blog One

Couture Wall Sign

Of all the varieties of sign types you may use, the Wall Sign is the most prevalent.  The problem is, there are so many kinds!  What’s going to work best for your particular circumstances?  Should it be lighted or not?  How much should I spend?  these are some of the questions you may have.  In this series of blogs, I will answer all of these questions and more.

To begin with, a Wall Sign simply means a sign that is placed upon an exterior wall, very typically right over your business entrance.  This should not be confused with the sign you may place on an interior wall in your reception area, or a small plaque mounted on the wall outside or your entrance.  But it does include those very large and very high signs placed upon skyscrapers, whether that wall is a solid one or made of glass.

So in this blog we will begin by discussing the various standard types of Wall Signs, from the simple to the sublime.  This will take more than one posting, so hang on and check back!  I know you will find this interesting, informative and possibly profitable, especially if it helps you to pick the right one, the one that advertises and represents your business best, drawing great clientele.

So we will start with the non-illuminated Wall Sign types, moving on to the lighted wall signs next time.  Here we go:

The Hand Painted Wall Sign

“Okay”, you may ask, “Why should I care about this outdated kind of Wall Sign?”.  Well, believe it or not, hand painted wall signs are making a comeback!  When you have a minute, check out this blog by a very skilled sign painter who is doing a new version of an old sign for people who want that nostalgic look.

When I was 15 or 16 years old, my dad (who was an “old school” sign painter) and I went and painted many Wall Signs of this kind.  Of course since that was before the invention of the camera (joke!), I don’t have any pictures.  And most of what is being done currently is restoration or imitations of old signs.  But just because most of what you think of are these older examples, that doesn’t mean a modern logo or current image can’t be applied to an exterior wall too, just as in the past.

What are the advantages?  Well for one, aesthetics.  If you have a business that is nostalgic in nature or longstanding and experienced, this may be just the right thing to do.  It immediately gives the viewer the impression that your business has been around for a while and gives it that very desirable classic image that is in vogue these days.

Another advantage is cost.  Now you should not think “cheap” because it’s definitely not.  There are few sign companies that can do this (Landmark can!), and so just finding a skilled sign painter is of course more and more rare.  And so “rare” often translates into costly.  But, the cost of materials is typically a lot less than any other sign type, and there are no mechanical installations necessary.

So, believe it or not, you may really want to consider a hand painted wall sign as an alternative!

Lincoln Cove Wall Sign

The Wood Wall Sign

This is another sign type that is a little more rare but still very effective in it’s own way.

Wood wall signs are typically dimensional, being either sandblasted (as the example above) or routed.  Sometimes they are flat or hand painted as a less costly but not nearly as dramatic or impressive option.  If well made of the proper materials such as redwood or cedar, and finished with the right high quality sign paints (we recommend 1 Shot sign enamels), they can last a very long time and give you a lot of bang for your buck.

Their advantages are also mainly aesthetic in nature.  Being dimensional, they have an impressive and custom appearance that tells your customer that you aren’t satisfied with just another sign, that you care and are a company of substance.  They are also very well suited for doctors, lawyers and professionals, residential  complexes, gift shops in tourist areas, any business or enterprise that wants to portray a beautiful and impressive image.

Since they are mainly hand made, they are not especially inexpensive.  But they have an undeniably classic and custom appearance that can’t be matched in any other wall sign.  And if designed and fabricated properly, they will last many, many years with a unique appearance that will represent your business well.

At Landmark, we specialize in wood signs and can design and manufacture a great one for you!

Title 365 Wall Sign

Non-Illuminated Dimensional (3D) Letters

Moving on to the more contemporary and business sign appearance, we come to these.  Dimensional Letters are a very modern and desirable type of wall sign that we here at Landmark have done quite a lot of.  They are best suited for new professional offices and buildings.

Good dimensional wall signs are those made of a variety of metals, and which are either mounted away from the wall or have substantial depth, giving them the appearance of substance that reflects well on your concern.  We have used anodized brushed aluminum,  polished plated gold aluminum, anodized bronze and stainless steel as examples of metals and finishes that last a long time and look great for years.

Their advantages are longevity and impressiveness.  They work well for any business concern that needs to look substantial and solid.  If made of the proper materials with the right anodized or stainless finishes, they will stand up well to almost any environmental condition and come away unscathed.  Some of the materials we offer actually come with a life-time warrantee!

A disadvantage is the lack of illumination.  They are less costly than lighted alternatives but don’t do well for retail establishments that need to draw clients to their locations day or night.  So keep this in mind when considering them.  If you are a 9-5 professional office that isn’t looking to pull in customers off of the street, then you will be served well.  But if you rely heavily on attracting and bringing in people from your local area such as a restaurant, clothing store, laundry, or any typical retail business, you should use an illuminated sign.

Contact us today if you think this is the sign type for you!

Next Time . . .

So as mentioned, next time we will deal with the various types of Lighted Wall Signs, including LED sign, neon signs and high rise wall signs.

I hope you enjoyed this and as always, if you have any sign need or question, let me know!  You can reach me at johnm@landmarksignsinc.com.  I’ll always be glad to help you!

Sign Expert John Myres, The Sign Expert