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Notice to All Employees: How to Use Signage to Solve Branding Problems in Business Part 4

“There’s barely a product or service on the market today that customers can’t buy from agreement-3489902_640.jpgsomeone else for about the same price, about the same quality, about the same level of service and about the same features.” This insight provided by Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why tells us that although you may offer a wonderful service or product, chances are what you are offering is not unique. 

This may be discouraging for employees and employers alike, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, it can provide you with a clue as to why your customers come to you and continue to come to you in the first place. 

One saleswoman sat down with a potential client and explained the services that their company offered, how they could help that client, and how the services would make a difference for him. However, the conversation was not just a list of details and services. It was more than just making a sale, getting a commission, or adding another customer to the list. More than anything the saleswoman focused on making friends with the customer and genuinely caring about who they were and what they needed. At the end of the conversation, the customer looked at the saleswomen and said, “I want to work with your company. It’s not because of your services or your prices, it’s because of you.”

What does this story tell us? Well, like Sinek’s analysis, this story too tells us where to look for why our customers work with us. You see, with customers it’s all about the connection. 

Problem

While this understanding can make a difference, just having this knowledge is not enough. It must be applied. When customers are in the store, there are some simple ways to make this connection. Just read any number of inspirational books like How to Win Friends and Influence People or How I Raised Myself From Failure to Success in Selling for a number of powerful in-person tools. 

But what about those who have yet to cross your threshold? What about those pulling up to your store or business for the first time? 

Solution

If customers don’t believe in you,Chris Brady, New York Times bestselling author, CEO, and speaker advises that in order to connect with your customers, you must figure out their problem and sell them the solution to their problem. How do you do this? Well, he says that step one of selling your solution is selling yourself. They have to believe in you and that you know what you are doing. If customers don’t believe in you, they certainly won’t believe in your product. 

How Can Sign Solve This Problem?

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

A top sign can improve your branding by showing that you are credible, knowledgeable, and dependable making it easier to connect with your customers. Let’s see how:

Signage: Connects with Customers

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The Martin Luther King Jr. Sign by Landmark Signs Inc.

If it’s important to sell yourself, then you have to make sure that everything about your company echoes that your company is valuable. Signs can tell a story of who your company is and what it values. Like we have discussed before, each sign type sends a different message. And if you have the right sign, your sign can send virtually any message you want. You can show that you are an expert in your field, that you are trustworthy and reliable, that you are caring and kind, and a variety of other messages that will directly connect with customers. 

How important is signage in connecting with customers? A recent study showed that a large majority of your business will come from within 5 miles of your store. Furthermore, if found that “the average person will see your sign about twice per day, or about sixty times a month.” That’s sixty chances a month to make a connection with your customers! Opportunity after opportunity to show customers what your business stands for.

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Zae’s Boutique Business Sign by Landmark Signs Inc.

Take a second and put yourself in the perspective of a consumer. Now, go stand outside and look at your sign. And when you do, ask yourself, what would I think of this business based solely on its sign? Would you trust them? Do they look like experts? Do they care about their customers? Or does the sign make you feel like the business is flaky, cheap, or unreliable? If so, that’s sixty negative impression made on customers every month. Or, if you don’t have a sign at all, that sixty missed opportunities to make a connection with customers!

Conclusion

Using signage to connect with customers is a powerful way to improve your brand. Often, a sign is the first impression your business makes upon customers and can be the deciding factor for whether or not a customer will use you services or buy your products. If you want to improve your own sign of put one up in the first place, call of email Landmark Signs today. 

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Notice to All Employees: How to Use Signage to Solve Branding Problems in Business Part 2

document-3268750_640.jpg“The heart of your business success lies in its marketing. Most aspects of your business depend on successful marketing. The overall marketing umbrella covers advertising, public relations, promotions and sales.” (1) This means that any job that falls under one of the above categories is directly affected by the success of their marketing department. 

The Problem

However, as we learned in last week’s blog, most B2B companies are struggling with the unity of these departments. For a company to experience continued success, which should be a concern for all employees, this disconnect must be solved.

The Solution

One way by which to achieve this is through branding. According to businessdictionary.com, branding is “the process involved in creating a unique name and image for a product in the consumers’ mind, mainly through advertising campaigns with a consistent theme” (2). And in order to do this successfully, a company must make sure that their brand does all of the following: 

Sends a clear message

Displays company credibility

Connects with consumers

Inspires customers to buy products or services

Encourages customer loyalty (3).

How Signs Can Solve this Problem

A well-made sign has the capability of meeting all of the successful branding requirements. Today, let’s dive in deeper to how signage can be used to send a clear message.

Signage: Sends a Clear Message

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

Like any organization or department, a large part of the struggle with sales and marketing unity is due to a lack of or poor communication. Because successful communication requires both the speaker and the receiver to understand the same message, confusion is a common occurrence.  In fact, “Poor communication is frustrating in the workplace and can lead to poor performance, lack of teamwork, low morale and reduced profits” (4). This is true for both the employees within the company and the customers outside of the company.

So, just how exactly can signage come to the rescue? Well, when a company comes together to make a sign purchase, it forces a discussion of what type of message they want to send with that sign. And signs have the capability of sending any number of messages. A Monument Sign tells a story of a business that is substantial and long lasting. A Gold Leaf Sign says that your company is as good as gold and you treat your customers the same way. An illuminated sign can be used to catch the viewers attention and send the message that your business stands out from the crowd. 

Landmark Signs Inc Signs First Impression (1).pngOnce this is established, it is infinitely less complicated to get both your sales and marketing department on the same page about your branding. Your sign sends the first message and makes the first impression upon your customers. Your sales and marketing department merely have to reiterate this message. Whatever is emphasized through your signage, can influence all your marketing strategies and sales tactics moving forward. Once all employees are receiving the same message through the signage, they can then send the same message. This helps employees have a stronger idea of the company’s goals and where they are headed, which most certainly creates teamwork within a company. 

Conclusion

As Abraham Lincoln faced attempting to solve the major problems facing the United checkmate-1511866_640.jpgStates in the 1860’s, he rightfully pointed out that “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” Had he not had the foresight as the leader of this country to solve the problems causing division among our states, who knows where our country would be today or if it would even exist as an independent nation. 

The same goes for any company. If there is not unity within the departments, particularly between sales and marketing, longevity will be unattainable. All employees will be affected when a company struggles. Therefore, it is up to all employees to see that their business is unified. Signs can contribute to this by sending a clear message, a necessity for any successful brand. 

To start taking control of the message your company sends through branding, contact Landmark Signs today for your own sign. 

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Notice to All Employees: How to Use Signage to Solve Problems in Business 

In Your Best Interest

Don’t think that because it is not your business, then it is not your business whether or not it succeeds.pngDon’t think that because it is not your business, then it is not your business whether or not it succeeds. You might not be the owner, a boss, or even a manager, but the success of the company you work for directly affects your livelihood. You might be just starting out at the company loading boxes in the warehouse or are still working at the cash register. Regardless, if that company takes a tumble, no one is immune from sustaining an injury or two. 

Looking around, we can see that the business field is fraught with challenges and pitfalls. There is an old statistic that says that many businesses fail within ten years, even more fail within five, and even greater amounts fail within one year. Even if your business, or the business you are working for, has been around for more than ten years, the chance of failure is still existent.

Businesses Are Struggling

In a world full of technology that is constantly changing the way people do business and how consumers make purchases, many mega giants that have been around for decades are crumbling under the pressure. Payless, which has been around for over 60 years, has closed “2,100 of its locations in the United States and Puerto Rico… [and also] plans to shut down its online store… Payless is the latest brick-and-mortar retailer to suffer in the age of Amazon (AMZN), joining Toys “R” Us, Brookstone and clothing store Charlotte Russe” (1). 

In fact, here are a few other major businesses that have had to close many of their stores. Note that each of these stores listed have been in business for over 50 years. 

Abercrombie & Fitch – in business since the early 1900’s

Has already had to close hundreds of their locates and will continue this downward trend by closing three more major stores, including one in New York City. 

CVS – founded in 1963

Has had to close over 70 store locations in order to cut their costs and maintain their business. 

Gymboree – founded in 1976

They have plans to file for bankruptcy a second time and will close 900 of their stores. 

J.C. Penny – founded in 1902

Closed 138 stores in 2017 and will close at least 24 more this year. 

Macy’s – founded in 1851

The oldest store on our list has had to lay off about 5,000 workers as a result of shutting down some of its stores (2). 

As can be seen by the numbers above, it does not matter how long a company has been in business. Any business can struggle and have to close its doors. 

Jobs Lost

Even more powerful than the doors that are closing, are the jobs that are lost. Each one of these stores closing represents thousands of jobs lost. In fact, as of April 2019, more than 41,000 jobs had been lost in 2019 alone as a result of retail stores closing (3). That, of course, does not include the hundreds of thousands of jobs that have been lost in the last several years. 

And guess what? All those jobs lost included managers, salespeople, clerks, stockers, and more. When a business collapses, everyone suffers no matter how high or low up in the company their position is. 

Conclusion

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Monument Signs by Landmark Signs Inc.

So why do we, a sign company, bother telling you all of this? Well, as a business service oriented company, and business owners ourselves, the achievements of our fellow businesses is an area of concern. We have written many blogs directed at business owners, some helping owners avoid making common sign mistakes, others focused on using signage to compete with Amazon, and other still meant to encourage owners to use signs to solve major business owner problems

However, if all employees take personal responsibility for the success of the business they work for, then they have an advantage over many other companies. Of course, management and the ownership is responsible for inspiring this in their employees through strong leadership. But there is no guarantee of this. Despite the leadership or lack of it in upper management, it is in everyone’s best interest to care about the fate of their business no matter what their position. 

Signage is one way to inspire the success of a business and its employees. We hope this introduction blog helped all our readers to see the importance of caring about the place they work for. Check in with us next week to learn specifically how signage can make a positive impact on a company that all employees can care about. 

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Top 5 Exterior Directional Signs: Each Sign Tells a Story

maze-919271_1920.jpgJoanna just dropped off her son at his basketball practice at 4:15. With her 3-year old daughter in the backseat, soon she will need to pick her eldest daughter up from her after school yearbook class across town before turning back around the other way and getting her son from his practice. Since street traffic is beginning to increase moment by moment, she figures she has about 15 minutes to run into this new store she found online that has the exact vanity that she has been trying to find for weeks.

The only problem is, she can’t find the store. The address was listed on the website, and she knows it is somewhere in this complex, but is not sure exactly where. There is nothing to direct her path and she has been driving around this large complex for almost five minutes. By the time she finally finds the business, a small, obscure spot hidden around the corner, her fifteen minutes are up. In her frustration, she drives away deciding instead to buy the vanity through Amazon. As her thoughts turn to the rest of her day, the new shop she was excited to visit leaves her mind and won’t be given a second thought (except maybe when relaying her annoying experience to her friend over coffee tomorrow).

A customer, and any of her potential referrals, lost.

If that business had invested in exterior Directional Signage, they would have been easily found and been given the opportunity to impress Joanna with their excellent customer service and high-quality products.

This story details why exterior Directional Signage is extremely important for any business located within a large or complicated complex or a company that has several different buildings that customers will need to navigate in order to get to the right place.

Let’s take a look at the top 5 Landmark Signs exterior Directional Signs to learn more about the story that each sign tells.

#1: Queen Mary Exterior Directional Sign

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Exterior Directional Sign by Landmark Signs Inc.

This Directional Sign is located over the walkway of this historic ship, The Queen Mary. Its purpose is to allow touring visitors to easily find their way to the different components of the ship. With its elegant and clean design, this exterior Directional Sign sends the message that your time traveling back into history will be just as nice.

#2: Essex Skyline Exterior Directional Sign

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Exterior Directional Sign by Landmark Signs Inc.

This Banner Sign helps potential customers quickly locate the leasing office, a necessity for any apartment complex, especially one as large as this one. With this exterior Directional Sign, this company will help a customer realize that they will be taken care of from the moment they step onto to their property and beyond when renting one of their apartments.

#3: First American Exterior Directional Signage

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Exterior Directional Sign by Landmark Signs Inc.

Like all signage, exterior Directional Signs should reflect the values of the company. This Gold Leaf Sign is meant to tell the story that our company is not only as good as gold, but that they have all the resources available to make your time within their business complex a positive one.

#4: Rreef Exterior Directional Signage

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Exterior Directional Sign by Landmark Signs Inc.

Although most companies hate to see their clients leave, when it is time for them to depart, their exit should be as smooth as possible. If they have a hard time exiting your site, then you risk having their last thought about your business being a negative one. An exterior Directional Sign like this, will ensure that the taste left in their mouths about your business is a positive one.

#5: Parking Exterior Directional Signage

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Exterior Directional Sign by Landmark Signs Inc.

When a center is large enough to have a parking structure, Exterior Directional Signage can make all the difference. Make sure that your customers can efficiently navigate every part of your property like this sign does.

Conclusion

Taking care of your customers from the start can be the key to separating your from the competition. Get your own Exterior Directional Signs from Landmark today by giving us a call of sending us an email.

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Top 5 Blogs by Our Sign Expert

The sign industry is a complicated one, filled with many facets, details, and steps. Just trusting anyone with something as important as your sign will rarely work out in your favor. And despite the popularity of DIY, signage is not the place to Do It Yourself (don’t believe us, check out our blog here). Sometimes, you need to call in an expert to help you. Because purchasing a sign is a complex process including surveying the site, designing the sign, getting permits for the sign, manufacturing the sign, and installing the sign, it requires an expert touch.

John Myres, our sign expert, is a long-standing sign professional with over 45 years’ of experience. He has been a licensed electrical sign contractor since 1987 and a Design Director for one of the top three major sign corporations in the United States. He has been awarded first place for his sign designs in the State of California and achieved honorable mention with the International Sign Association. John is a true “sign veteran” who literally started by sweeping the floors in his father’s sign shop and over the years has had hands-on experience in almost every aspect of sign sales, design, project management, construction and installation.

Let’s take a look back at some of his top blogs to get a better understanding of the sign industry and what sign options might be the best for you.

#1 – The Sign Expert Says: What Do Signs Really Do For My Business?

In this blog, John breaks down the benefits of investing in quality signage even in an increasingly online world. He explains that…

“…while it is true that it is imperative that any successful business take advantage of and

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spend a significant amount of their time and resources on social media and internet marketing, it is also true that through these mediums we are becoming inundated with advertising so that in many cases a good message is just going to be drowned out.  So how can you, Mr. or Ms. Business Owner, really make your company stand out in such a crazy environment?

A well designed and attractive sign just may be more key to your success than ever!”

To read more from this blog, click here.

#2 – The Sign Expert Says: Pylon or Pole Signs, What Are They and Why Would You Need One?

While reading this blog, you will learn about what Pylon (Pole) Signs can do for your business. John writes that…

bella spese pole sign“…the main benefit of Pylon / Pole Signs is that they can be seen from greater distances.  Monument Signs by contrast, are much more intimate, being valuable to advertise at eye level to passing street traffic.  But when your location can be seen from a distance, Pylon / Pole Signs make it possible for your business to be noticed over the top of ground obstructions such as trees, trucks and even buildings, far in advance of a driver arriving at your location.”

To read more from this blog, click here.

#3 – The Sign Expert Says: Comprehensive Sign Programs – How Can I make Sure I Get the Right One?

Here, John discusses the importance of sign programs and why it is vital to let a Sign Program by Landmark Signsprofessional handle do the work for you. He tells that…

“…comprehensive Sign Programs also often need to go through a process that includes thorough research of city codes and possibilities, engaging and negotiating with city planners and attendance and representation of your interests before a Design or Architectural Review Board or City Council.  You’ll need a company who can handle your project with professionalism and tact, with the right mix of assertiveness when necessary to protect your interests.”

To read more from this blog, click here.

#4 – The Sign Expert Says: Reception and Lobby Dimensional Signs – Do I need one? How nice should it be?

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In this blog, our sign expert details what a lobby sign can do for your business and how important it is to have an elegant one. John explains that…

“…having either no identification on your wall or a poor one wastes all of that effort, cost and thought.  Having no Lobby Sign wastes the opportunity to show that logo and get the positive impressions that were intended.  It feels unnatural and makes people uncomfortable because it’s not there.  It makes them suspicious.”

To read more from this blog, click here.

#5 – The Sign Expert Says: “Why Refurbish an Old Sign?  Is it Possible?”

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While reading this blog, you can learn about when it is best to refurbish your sign instead of replacing it. Our sign expert details that one reason to keep an old sign is…

“…identity.  Sometimes a sign has such a long history and presence that it “becomes” the business in people’s minds.  Perhaps it’s unusual and iconic such as the Peppertree Lane Awning Sign above.  If the sign is removed and / or changed, that valuable presence in the mind of clients can be lost, causing negative reactions that can harm the business – even if the new sign is “better” or more “fashionable”!

To read more from this blog, click here.

Conclusion

Looking to speak with the sign expert directly? Give us a call today and he can help you work through any complicated sign issue you are facing.

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Top 5 Sign Services: Each Sign Tells a Story

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

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

Custom Design Sign Service

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

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

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

Sign Program Sign Service

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

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

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

Permits and Variances Sign Services

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

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

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

Identity Standards Sign Service

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

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

Check out some Landmark Signs examples here.

Manufacturing and Installation Sign Service

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

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

Check out some of our finished sign jobs here.

Conclusion

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

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How To Avoid Common Sign Mistakes #9

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

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

What a difference location can make!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How To Use Signage to Solve 3 Small Business Problems: An Overview

For the past several blogs, we have taken the big picture problems that all small businesses face, and zoomed in on how signage can solve those problems. Although there are many challenges business owners face, we chose to focus on the top three that can really bog a business down if it does not come up for a solution for dealing with them.  We encourage you to go back and take a look at those blogs for a comprehensive coverage of the challenges. However, today, we will briefly go over all the elements to give you a panoramic view of the following small business issues and how signage can be used to alleviate them: not enough time, finding reliable employees, and getting the word out about your business.

How Signage Can Solve Small Business

Problem #1: Not Enough Time

Solution #1 – Stop Chasing Down Potential Customers

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Couture Salon Store Front Sign by Landmark Signs

Did you know that 2 out of every 3 consumers see a direct link between your company and its sign? That means if they like what they see, it will imply positive connotation and therefore, positive beliefs about your business.  That also shows that the opposite is true – a poorly-made sign in the mind of a consumer indicates a poorly-run company.

With Landmark Signs’ help, you can have a sign the sends a positive message to your customers. One that doesn’t yell at them from the TV screen, send them an obnoxious text during dinner time, or distract with annoying ads while they are reading an article online. Signage saves you time because it lets the customer come to you.

Solution #2 – Market Your Business Without Lifting a Finger

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First American Gold Leaf Custom Monument Signs by Landmark Signs

If you are working a 40-hour work week (although as a small business owner, it is most likely at least 10 hours more than that) you are spending about half your time marketing your business.

Imagine getting back half of your work hours? That is 20 hours or more that signage can free up because signs, like 3D Signs, tell consumers what your business is all about like we learned in the last point. Market your business with a great sign without you having to do any of the leg-work.  

Want more info on how signage can help you get back your time? Check out our blog here.

How Signage Can Solve Small Business

Problem #2: Finding Reliable Employees

Solution #1 – Signage is a Great Representation for Your Company

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where an employee has unknowingly

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

offended a client or said something untrue about what you offer and you have to fix it? Yep, we’ve been there too. And even though those employees are well meaning, sometimes we end up spending a lot time dealing with the clean up.

However, once you have a sign that sends the right message about your company, you will never have to worry about it reflecting negatively upon your business.  Looking to tell a story of permanence and longevity? We’ve got just the Monument Sign for you! Want to let them know that you are creative and exciting? A LED Store Front Sign will do the trick! Want to appear as good as gold? Well, then a Gold Leaf Sign of course! There is a literally a sign for every company. And with a sign by Landmark Signs you can be sure it will say what you want it to say every time!

Solution #2 – Let Signage Do the Work for You

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

For most brick and mortar stores, the majority of your customers are going to come from within 5 miles of your store. Which means that many of your potential clients are seeing your sign 60 times a month! That is 60 opportunities to cement in their minds the image you want to project.

A unique, custom made sign can serve as a marketer for your growing business. It’s an employee that will never complain about the work, be there even when you are not, and can sell as good as any salesman!

Want to learn more about signage helping you with your employee problems? Click here.

How Signage Can Solve Small Business

Problem #3: Getting the Word Out About Your Business

Solution #1 – Signage Lets Your Customers Come to You

Between social media, online ads, print advertising, and more there are so many options

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Gold Leaf Chipped Glue Window Display by Landmark Signs

for advertising your company. The problem with all of these possibilities is that they are pushed upon the consumers and many people are growing tired of these traditional tactics.

With signage, you can advertise your company without overwhelming them and making them want to run. In fact, it puts them back in control so that they can choose to come to you. So make sure your sign make the right first impression with a sign from Landmark Signs.

To learn more signage that allows the customer to come to you, click here.

Solution #2 – Customers Refer Based on Signage

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Word & Brown Lobby Sign by Landmark Signs

Since a whopping 75% of customers say they have referred based solely on a company’s signage (see more here) it is extremely important that your sign be the best. While this statistic may be good news for some, for others it might have just lodged a lump right in your throat.

With so many people relying on word of mouth marketing today, a sign can be a perfect referral tool for those whose sign is top notch. And for those whose sign isn’t…here’s our number.

For more information on using signage as word of mouth advertising, click here.

Solution #3 – Your Signage is Seen by Local Customers Everyday

Like we learned earlier in the blog, local customers see your sign 60 times a month.

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Redondo Village Monument Commercial Sign by Landmark Signs

That’s a whole lot of chances to market to your local clientele.

And the wonderful thing about signage is that it does this every day, all day, even if you yourself are not at work. This is too good of an opportunity to miss out on! Make your sign is the best marketer in your business with a Landmark Sign.

Check out our blog here to learn even more about how many customers to your sign everyday.

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

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

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

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

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

#1: Signage is a Great Representation for Your Company

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

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

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

#2: Let Signage Do the Work for You

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First American Gold Leaf Custom Monument Signs by Landmark Signs

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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Experience and innovation have been the backbone of Landmark Signs for more than 35 years.  Located in Orange and servicing all of California, our services include sign design, sign manufacturing, and sign installation.  Choose our specialized sign expertise to turn your ordinary sign into a Landmark!

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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

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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

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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.

Conclusion

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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Experience and innovation have been the backbone of Landmark Signs for more than 35 years.  Located in Orange and servicing all of California, our services include sign design, sign manufacturing, and sign installation.  Choose our specialized sign expertise to turn your ordinary sign into a Landmark!

© Landmark Signs 2018