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3 Reasons Your Business Can Fight Back at Amazon with Signage

cleveland-1936108_1920.jpgBrick and mortar stores are no strangers to competition.  In fact, roughly ten years ago, small businesses were in trouble whenever a new Walmart would pop up in a town. Studies found that the closer a small business was to a Walmart, the more likely it was to end up closing. For every closer a mile was to Walmart, it was 6% more likely to close, while a whopping 35-60% of stores that were located the closest would go out of business. (Source).

Walmart was certainly an entity to be reckoned with.  However, this was mostly a threat smartphone-2995676_1280.pngfor smaller businesses that did not have the same marketing budget as the bigger companies, like Best Buy, JC Penny, and Toys R’ Us who managed to weather the Walmart storm cloud.  Fast forward to today though, and these brick and mortar stores are quaking and folding in the force of a much more formidable foe, one whose omnipresence makes it a threat no matter where a store is located. Being that most of you are business, you most likely have already guessed that I am referring to the online giant, Amazon.  

JC Penney closed 140 of its stores in 2017 and announced that it will continue to close stores this year.  Best Buy plans to close all 250 of its mobile phone stores.  Toys R Us just recently released a statement saying that it will close or sell all 735 of its stores bringing an end to the only store that really seemed to be ours as children as we strolled happily through aisles and aisles of dolls, games, and action figures (we are in intentionally leaving out the countless temper tantrums that could easily ruin the nostalgia we’ve reminded you of).  Even Walmart is not immune, which will close 63 of its Sam’s Club locations impacting 9,400 employees.

So what does all this mean for you and your business?  Well, whether you are a small business like ours, or a Fortune 500 company, upping and adjusting your marketing strategy and making the in-store experience more authentic for customers seem to be the direction many are recommending. We concur with these strategies and luckily, we are in a business that provides a solution to both of these methods. Let’s break down a few reasons why signage can be the answer to fighting the competition.  

#1: Gives Consumers Back Some Control

Research has found that customers go to brick and mortar stores because they are looking for authentic shopping.  In a world where they are bombarded by constant in their face marketing, customers are tired of being aggressively sold to.  We cannot even look at our cell phones without getting a text from some company advertising their products even though we have no memory of signing up for these messages.  When we reply to this communication with STOP in all caps, we really mean it!

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Zadig & Voltaire 3D Signs by Landmark Signs

Signage, like Monument Signs or Store-Front Signs, gives consumers the chance to take back some control of when and where they choose to learn about a store and its products.  If they see your sign and are interested, they will come to you and if not, they can move on without their day being disrupted. Furthermore, according to the research, with a brick and mortar store, most of your consumers come from within a 5-mile radius, which means that potential customers will have the chance to see your company twice a day or roughly 60 times a month.  That gives them plenty of time to decide if they want to check your business out without the frustrating experience of being bombarded wherever they go. Don’t be just another company that tries to aggressively convince consumers to give them a try with the next “best deal”.  They get enough of that. Let them see your impressive signage and come to you.

#2: The Original Form of Marketing

rome-1948384_1920.jpgIt does not get much more authentic for customers than signage, which is a form of advertising that dates back to the ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks.  The Romans used stone or terracotta signage to announce public events. Later, during China’s Song Dynasty, people started using signage for effective branding.

Signage continued to develop and from the late 1890’s to the 1960’s, when chipped- glue

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The Chili Pepper Gold Leaf Chipped Glue Window Display by Landmark Signs 

 window displays, gold leafing, and sign painting were the norm for signage advertising (our owner actually learned to create signage with his dad painting by hand).  We can still see hints of these past signs today!  Then in the 1980’s the emergence of neon signs took center stage and since then, this more permanent, long-lasting type of signage continues to dominate the sign industry today.  

In a world of online businesses and temporary, ambiguous marketing that floats through the internet like a cloud in the sky, advertise your long-lasting, permanent business with signage that dates back to ancient times.  What can be more authentic than that?

#3: Enhances the Customer Experience

Bloomberg Businessweek survey revealed that “delivering a great customer experience” has become the new imperative: 80% of the companies polled rated customer experience as a top strategic objective. This is different than simply providing great customer service, which is an aspect of a customer’s experience.  

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First American Title Gold Leaf Lobby Sign by Landmark Signs

But what exactly is the elusive customer experience?  Well, according to the Harvard Business Review, it is “the sum-totality of how customers engage with your company and brand, not just in a snapshot in time, but throughout the entire arc of being a customer.”  It is said that all the little things add up in the end, and this is another way of looking at the customer experience. It is all the ways that a customer interacts with your company from the coffee and snacks that are served in your lobby to the day they sign on the dotted line.  And one important component of a customer’s experience is your signage. With more than two-thirds of consumers believing that the quality of a business’ signage is directly related to the business itself, it is imperative that the signage component of the customer experience (from Monument Signs to Lobby Signs) make the right impression on your customers.  

To stand out to your potential customers, choose not just any sign, but a Landmark sign.  Call us today at 714-637-9900!  Or shoot us an email to get a quote.

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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!

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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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