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Why Do Signs Matter? Business Sign Statistics – Signs Are Your First Impression

Why Do Signs Matter_ Business Sign Statistics - Signs are Your First Impression

 

will-rogers-401259_1920Stage actor, vaudeville performer, and nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, Will Rogers, said it best when he stated, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.”  Based on his success, this is a mantra that he lived by because by the time the 1930’s rolled around, he had made 71 movies, wrote more than 4,000 newspaper columns, and was the highest paid Hollywood film star of his time (Source).  Adored by the public and sought after by directors, editors, and even the world-renown Ziegfeld Follies, Rogers knew how important it was to make a first impression that would turn into a lasting impression.

So what does all of this have to do with your business sign?  You already, no doubt, make a great impression upon your potential clients.  As soon as they enter your business, they tie-690084_1920are greeted by a warm, friendly receptionist who directs their attention to water or coffee available while they wait.  They happily sip their coffee while flipping through a Star magazine to catch up on who Taylor Swift is dating now in your lobby that feels more like a relaxing, welcoming spa than a cold, matter-of-fact business.  Soon, they are introduced to your best salesman, dressed for sales success in a tailored, navy blue Armani wool and single-breasted suit, and led back to a professional office with a mahogany desk and dark green leather chairs.  You have set up the perfect environment to give your potential customers the first impression that not only are they going to be taken care of, but that you are successful as what you do and your business is here to stay.

A business like that would have a harder time getting their customers to leave than getting them to stay.  However, for many possible customers this is not actually their first impression of you.  Their first impression of you is usually long before you have the chance to wow them with your personality and your professionalism.

Business Sign Statistic # 4: “When it comes to local 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).

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Gold Leaf Monument Sign Designed and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

What this tells us is that many of your potential customers are actually getting their first impression about your company from your sign. Furthermore, they see your sign again and again, which means that whatever first impression they get of your company will most likely be solidified again and again. A study done by Bertram Gawronski, social psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, found that the “results support the common observation that first impressions are notoriously persistent.”

Potential customers are actually getting their first impression about your company from your sign. Are you proud of the first impression that your company makes_

Think about your sign. In fact, you may even want to step outside for a minute and take a look at your sign.  Remember that much of your business comes from customers who see your sign first and that first impressions are notoriously hard to shake.  Consider what type of first impression is your sign making upon your potential customers. Are you proud of the first impression that your company makes?  Would you enter your own business based on your sign alone?  Does your sign tell of a business that is successful and longlasting?

If your answer to any of these questions is no, it is time to give Landmark Signs a call to make your best first impression. You will never be able to show your customers how valuable your services and products are if they do not even step foot in your door.

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Why Do Signs Matter? Business Sign Statistics – Customers Refer Based on Signage

Why Do Signs Matter_ Business Sign Statistics - Customers Refer Based on Signage

 

“Word-of-mouth is the primary factor behind 20 to 50 percent of all purchasing decisions” (Source).

In last week’s blog, we briefly touched on the changing role of the marketer from production centered businesses to brand-based strategies and finally to today’s modern consumer-focused industry.

The current consumer is sharp, savvy, and even slightly suspicious of your company initially.  There pexels-photo-696218 (1)are many unfortunate instances of businesses making promises to their customers and failing to keep them. In the past, many were powerless to do anything about it because of limited choices or the lack of a platform to express their upsetting experience.  But the tides have turned and now a customer not only has the place to vent their frustrations for all to see (Yelp-a business’s best friend or worst enemy ), they also have more options than ever before.  Which also means that you have more competition than ever before.

pexels-photo-331989.jpegToday, the customer is in charge.  Gone are the days of the door-to-door salesman, the convincing catchy jingle (at least not the ones we wish were not stuck in our heads; most of them are worse than the small world song), and intrusive sales calls (why do they always come during dinner?).  They decide if they want to learn about your business, try your business, and whether or not they will recommend it (or strongly advice against your services) to their friends and family.

Think about it?  How often do we try a new company without a recommendation from someone that we trust?

So what does all of this have to do with your business signage?  Well, according to the following statistic, 75% of your customers think it has a whole lot to do with signs.

Business Sign Statistics #3: “Three out of four consumers saying they have told someone about a store based simply on its signage” (Source).

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Most businesses are already well aware of the fact that a customer will make a decision whether or not to continue working with you based on their overall experience.  This is why we go above and beyond to make their time at our company the best we possibly can from the friendly greeting as soon as they enter our building to the follow-up calls after they have used our services to make sure we did everything for them we possibly could.  For example, Trader Joe’s actually delivered food to an elderly man who was snowed in after his daughter called worried that he would not have food to endure the storm.  Delivery is not a part of their service.  Talk about amazing customer service! (Read more about other amazing customer services here).

With a quality, custom sign (see what a gold leaf sign can do for your business), you are Landmark Signs Quotesadding to the customer’s experience from the very start. However, you will never have a chance to impress your customers with your stellar service if they do not give you a try.  For many consumers, their first impression of you is you store front sign, monument sign, or pylon sign (more on that in next week’s blog).    Before they even have the chance to speak with you, they may have already made a decision about your services based solely on your sign.  A poorly-made sign (read more about that here) reflects on the quality of your service.

It is essential that we, as business owners, utilize every resource we have available to create the best customer experience possible, and that starts with our sign.

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SlideShare Presentation: Five Creative, Practical Signs Solutions For Your Company

Advertising and marketing are extremely powerful and important tools that every business should utilize in the most effective way possible.  The way to make the most permanent, impressive impact in this area of expertise is signage. However, the term “signage” can be a little vague and could mean a variety of different things.  For companies who know that they need to use originate, renovate, or expand their sign needs but struggle with knowing which type of signage is best, I have compiled a list of the 5 most effective sign types and why they might work best for you and your growing company.

 

Retail  Signs

Retail Signs can be lit by neon, but they can also be illuminated by LED.  Not only can both of these lighting options be lit in a standard-lit through method, but they can be used to display halo lighting, standard lit through with halo lighting, and neon can even provide exposed neon lighting.  See examples of each lighting option below.

All of which, depending on the message you are trying to convey to your customers, can be custom designed to make a beautiful and powerful product to place proudly over your store, office or building.  Retail Signs are a great option for those that want to make a beautiful, bold statement that will literally draw customers right to your door.  These signs are especially helpful when a company is located right on the street and desire to get noticed even during the evening and night hours.  They can be placed on high-rise buildings as well.  Plus, for those who want to have an illuminated sign placed above their door but do not want to overwhelm their clients with too much attention, halo-lighting is a classy and subtle choice for your Retail Signs.

 

Lobby Signs

Another type of signage that makes an impression to customers literally in your store or office is Lobby Signs.  Lobby Signs are the informational signs that can be installed on the interior walls of your office, artistically and confidentially displaying your company name.  Although these signs can be illuminated, they are usually not lit because it is best to keep Lobby Signs understated and delicate.  When deciding what type of material to make your Lobby Sign out of, choose from several high-quality materials like metal, acrylic finished with baked enamel paint or even gold leaf (a personal favorite of mine)!

Lobby Signs give the impression of dependability and elegance of your company when clients enter your office.  They also let people know that you are here to stay and can be made in a way that shows the permanence and reliability of your company.  They are ideal for corporate offices, retail stores and even restaurants and assist with identification making them a practical option, but most importantly they can establish your company as important, trustworthy and permanent.

 

Directional Signs

Directional Signs are essential for any space that has several buildings and suites.  These are the types of signs that point the way to parking entrances, a particular office, identify the names of the building, and are overall used to make your property more navigatable for clients.  There are many options for the look of Directional Signs; they can be created out of sandblasted wood, carved wood, stone, metal & much more.  Able to be made out of many different materials with a variety of color choices, beautiful and attractive Directional Signs can be custom-made to enhance your property and make it easy for your customers to come to you!

When clients are trying to find you, nothing can be more frustrating than arriving somewhere with several buildings and offices that are not properly identified.  Driving or walking around with little knowledge of how to find your company or a particular suite can leave your clients with a bitter taste in their mouth, already irritated before you have even had the chance to talk with them in person.  This is why it is extremely important to make getting around your property as easy as possible with Directional Signs.

 

Monument Signs

Monument Signs are a permanent and substantial way to advertise your business at street level. They can be substantially constructed of materials such as aluminum, steel, concrete, stone and other long-lasting components. They can also be illuminated externally or internally with neon, fluorescent or LED lighting options in creative ways that will get your sign noticed even at night!

When Wall Signs don’t have the visibility your growing company needs, Monument Signs are an often over-looked option to let customers locate you from the street.  They are also helpful when there are several tenants in a piece of property that would like to be identified in a manner that draws the attention of passers-by.  Monument Signs can quite literally turn your marketing strategy into more than just a sign, they can literally become a landmark of your company.

 

 Pylon Signs

When people think of the most dependable, impressive type of sign, Pylon Signs are usually the first sign that comes to mind.  Like Monument Signs, they are a great option when your Wall Signs do not have the exposure you desire.  Furthermore, they are perfect for letting your customers know where you are from afar and ideal when you have the opportunity to draw attention of those driving by on freeways.

With a Pylon Sign from Landmark Signs, take your company to new heights with a sign mounted in the air 15 feet or sometimes as high as 100 feet! Pylon Signs are the most substantial and impressive sign product you can choose and usually have internal illumination options. To impress and attract clients, there is no better sign option than a Pylon Sign.

Choosing a Sign Type

Knowledge is empowering and can enable to use the tools you have been given the most efficiently.  Choosing a sign that best fits not only your company but with clients as well can be the different between getting the sale or getting passed by.  Do everything you can to display the right message and advertise the way you want, starting with the type of sign your company uses.

For more information about different sign types, their functionality, and what sign is best for you go to www.landmarksignsinc.com.

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Which Sign Type Should I Choose? Window Graphics

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First impressions can tell you a lot about a person.  For example, someone’s name can tell you about his or her parents in the name that they chose and possibly a person’s cultural background.  How they introduce themselves can give you more information too.  Is this individual confident?  Is he shy?  Is she outgoing?  Furthermore, how does this person dress?   Is he or she fashion conscious?  Or is that individual more business minded and professional?

As helpful as these first impressions are, they may or may not be accurate.  It is in the details, the information we learn as we get to know a person even better that confirms or disaffirms our initial impression.  Sometimes, we come to find that we were spot on.  This person is very much like who we originally assumed them to be.  But more often than not the details we learn about a person after that first impression,  surprise us or greatly expand upon that person we thought we had all figured out.

The same can be said of signage.  That Channel Letter Sign above your store, the Monument Sign by the street, or the Directional Signage around your property are usually the first impression a customer will have about your company.  It tells a client what your company name is and the design of that signage reflects your business’ priorities.  But where do the details come in?  These types of signs do not generally give you the chance to tell a potential customer about specific details.  That is where Window Graphics come in.  Let’s learn more about this sign type:

Large Advertising Space

Windows are usually a large surface ideal for advertising; display your company name, logo, store hours, motto, or more information with Window Graphics.

Variety of Materials

Window Graphics are available in a wide variety of materials and can be applied vinyl, hand-painted, a full-color print, gold leaf and even illuminated.

Affordable Signage

Depending on what materials you use, Window Graphics are not only a convenient place to advertise, but they can also be a relatively inexpensive way to get your message across.

It’s all about the details.  And windows are an ideal and convenient location to advertise your business and its details.

Window Graphics can be applied vinyl, hand-painted, a full-color print, gold leaf and even illuminated.  With a Landmark Signs Window Graphic, you can advertise conveniently and creatively for an affordable cost.  Confirm the already positive impression you have already left through your Monument Signs, Channel Letter Sign, or Directional Signs.

Call Landmark Signs to learn more about your Window Graphic options!

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A Sign Becomes a Key to the Past

A couple of months ago, Landmark Signs made a trip up to Sacramento to put up a First American sign, a Channel Letter Sign with halo lighting.  Because we are avid travelers, once our sign was installed and we realized were ahead of schedule, we decided to go explore some of the surrounding areas a little bit, deciding to turn our work trip into a mini road trip as well.  It wasn’t long before we turned down a little road off interstate 160 and were intrigued by this neon sign we came across that read “Chop Suey”, pointing down to the street below.  From the looks of it, it appeared to be old, possibly very old since neon signs were first used as early as 1937. Upon closer inspection we discovered not only an antique sign, but a 3-street town that once house was established in 1915 by Chinese immigrants who moved there after a fire had destroyed their previous town: the town of Locke.

We really couldn’t believe our luck, not only did we come across a unique and interesting sign, one that piqued our interests and inspired ideas and enthusiasm for our work, but we also came across a whole other world that we never knew existed.  It felt like a portal to a secret world, full of past lives and stories that we might never have the pleasure of hearing.  Walking down the main street, much of the buildings were deserted, dilapidated, abandoned or simply too old to really paint a clear picture of the town’s history.  So we made our way to the visitor’s center, a restored building that was once the town’s boarding house.  Inside, we were treated to a tour of the house, a detailed history of Locke (originally Lockeport), and images upon images of the people and buildings of old.  Some of my favorites were images of an all-women’s basketball team and two young women from the 1920’s dressed as flappers standing in front of the theater.

Also, upon further investigation, we found an image of the building the “Chop Suey” sign was pointing to that was taken in 1939.  Although, because of the layout of the town (there is a street a level up with the upstairs portions of the shops, where we found the sign, while the mains street is one level down) we weren’t able to see the sign in that image, it lead us to believe that it is very likely that the sign we found is at least as old as the photo, how exciting!

As we discovered, there is so much more to a story than what meets the eye.  What started out as a work trip became a pleasant memory and a journey into the past, one filled with stories and images that we might never have discovered if we hadn’t been curious about that little “Chop Suey” sign.

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A Sign or a Work of Art?

From the Lobby SignOne of the most exciting aspects of signage, and one of the most interesting components of the job, is that what we are creating is multi-functional.  When I sit down and design a sign, at Landmark Signs, I get to think about the client.  Who they are, what their business represents, why they went into the business in the first place.  I strive to make sure that the signs I design reflect the owner and/or the company.

I also process through aesthetics.  Lighting, sizing, color, materials: all of these are factors that must be considered thoughtfully.  If the sign is a Channel Letter Sign going to go on a very tall building, what colors, materials and size will make sure that this sign is seen even from extreme heights?  For a Monument Sign, would subtle, classic halo-lighting work in this instance, or is making a splash more important and therefore lit-thru lighting would be best?  Then, I think through the manufacturing process, so that I am able to deliver the sign I designed.  And installation, the nuances that need to carefully planned so that this beautiful sign that has been designed, manufactured, and delivered can stay beautiful for a long time to come.

It is not a simple job, seeing a sign through from its conception to its creation, but it is one that I love doing.  Because, at the end of the day, my job is a creative job.  It is not just cut and dry.  I get to visualize a concept in my mind, transfer it to paper (or nowadays a computer screen), build it into life and see it hanging on the wall, an emblem for all to see. It’s art.  And like a sculptor or painter, I take great pleasure in the completing of these sign projects. Furthermore, I enjoy seeing others in the sign industry create their own works of art.

Like Airpark Signs in Phoenix, Arizona.  Their company created a unique and artistic sign that upon first viewing looks like a drawing instead of an actual sign.  But upon further examination, what you see is an extremely creative sign made of zinc came, a type of metal that is more commonly used for stained glass frames.  Take a look for yourself at this innovative Lobby Sign.

This sign was created with the client in mind, who “asked for a lobby-entry sign that looked more like a work of art than a sign.” (Sign Web).  We think that is exactly what the client received.  Because of sign is more than just a form of advertisement, it is a work of art.

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Sign Industry Article: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Football season kicks off in just two days. The season is right around the corner with the opening game taking place between the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers . It is the start of a season of the year that has become an integral part of American culture. During this time, it is difficult to find a house where a football game is not on the TV either emphatically being watched or as a part of the home’s background noise. Saying you are busy every Sunday from Kickoff Day until the Superbowl is an absolutely acceptable reason not to make an event or outing. And, Thanksgiving, another staple of American society, would hardly be Thanksgiving without turkey, yams, pumpkin pie and of course, a Dallas Cowboys game. As a country, we cherish this pastime, perfectly content to watch let our fall Sundays (and Thursday evenings and Monday nights) pass us by in a haze of helmet crackling tackles, elbow-nudging rivalries, and liquid cheese soaked chips. Football: we love to watch it and we also, love to commemorate it.

Which is where signage comes in. It is a chance to tell their fans that this year, this year is the year. A year that promises to be full of potential and victory. What better for a franchise to display their faith in football than to reflect this certainty in their signage? Signage is the triumphant touchdown dance to a stadium looking to upgrade their look.

A dance the Kansas City Chiefs were eager to master. Not only was the new signage an opportunity to promise future victories it was also a moment to commemorate past legacies. Steve Aust, in the article “Fit For a Chief” writes that “as part of a $300 million renovation completed this year, team officials sought to honor the team’s legacy with an extensive sign and wall-graphic program for Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs’ home since 1972.” The full color Wall Graphics display the bold red colors reflecting Kansas City Chief pride with images of both current stars and former football legends. Fans can stroll through the stadium being reminded of the team’s former glory and anxiously anticipating it’s future glory, wondering what will happen next. Months of whistles and penalties and hail-Mary’s stand between the potential and the fruition.

In the meantime, the team’s signage delivers. Will the Kansas City Chiefs deliver? Well that, remains to be seen.

Check out their signage below.  To read the full article, click here.

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Sign Creativity Comes out on Top!

People don’t often stop to look at the beauty of a sign because it is often seen as just a marker; a place used to identify with words, letters, numbers, and maybe a logo.  Nothing exciting.  And in fact, many do not expect anything more from their signs and sign makers.  But at Landmark Signs, we understand that signs are works of art.  They can be iconic, classic, experimental and creative.

As the Signs of the Times Magazine, an Annual Reader’s Choice Awards recently took place.  Browsing through the magazine, we could not help but stop at the winners of this award.  They took creativity to the next level with a sign full of brightly, multi-colored neon, a beautiful design, and sure to make a lasting impression.  It certainly left an impression on us!

Check it out for yourselves!  And remember, a sign is the chance to show customers your creative side!

Read more about other sign winners here.

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Peacock Loop Diner at Night

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Signage: the Marketing Solution (Final)

Zadig-Voltaire.pngAs we have seen the past few weeks, there are many reasons to choose signage as the marketing solution for your company.  We are not suggesting that all other forms of advertising be abandoned, but we are saying that signage can eliminate many of the struggles of other forms of marketing.  Signs are a form of advertising that are extremely useful and should be the marketing solution for your company.  Here are just a few of the reasons why:

1.  There is no up-keep.  With marketing like social media, in order to stay noticed and relevant, it requires daily updates, bi-weekly blogs, and hash tagging several times a day.  Not so with signs.  Once it’s up, you won’t have to worry about it for 5-10 years! That’s how long lasting our signs are at Landmark Signs.

2. There is no time wasted.  When you are dealing with advertising, it almost always requires that you or someone in your company will have to invest valuable time researching the methods and maintaining them.  With signage, allow the sign experts at Landmark Signs to take their time on your sign project so you can get back to what you specialize in!

3.   They are permanent.  With other forms of advertising, you may be here today but gone tomorrow.  Just research what it takes to maintain being at the top of the list on Google.  But with signage, once it’s up it’s no going anywhere.  Tell your clients that you mean business, by choosing a permanent sign from Landmark Signs.

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Of course there are many other reasons why signage is the marketing solution for you company.  This includes incorporating a design that matched your business with a Lobby Signs, sending the right kind of message with a Monument Sign, and catching the eyes of passers-by with a LED Sign.  If signage is not a part of your marketing solution, it should be.

 

Thanks for reading!

For your own sign marketing solution, email Landmark Signs!

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Signage: The Marketing Solution (Part 4)

So far we have learned that using signage as a marketing solution is beneficial because it requires little to no up-keep, unlike marketing using other alternatives such as social media which can be a drain on your time management. Furthermore, it deciding to invest in a sign for advertising ensures that you can get back to the business you specialize in, and let the sign experts take over for you. Let’s take a look at another reason to choose signage.

Marketing using many other methods like social media, online advertisements, and more are all temporary. You may write a new blog that is featured for a little while on their site, but very quickly it will be replaced by another blog. And perhaps you have managed to catch a consumer’s eyes with an insightful post on Facebook, but with so many other options to grab hold of a consumer’s eye, it will only be a matter of time before he or she looks elsewhere. And once you post on Twitter, just wait a few seconds and somebody else with post too, meaning the focus on your company is only for a brief period of time.

This is not so with a sign. Once that sign is up, no amount of SEO content, hash tagging, or streaming will take its place. It’s there and that is where it is going to stay. And depending on your sign, it can stay put for over ten years! Choosing to advertise through signage sends a message to the consumer of permanence. You value your company and your clients enough to make a statement that says you are here to stay. A sign is the marketing solution that sends the message of a company that is solid and firm.

Want to market with a solution that is here to stay? Email Landmark Signs for you own permanent sign.

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