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Notice to All Employees: How to Use Signage to Solve Branding Problems in Business Part 1

digital-marketing-1433427_640Marketing and sales jobs are made to work hand in hand. If the marketers are accomplishing their goals, then salesmen will experience more success and vice versa. However, these two are not usually copasetic the way they were designed to be. Sometimes this is due to corporate decisions (or lack of decisions) that are made. Perhaps it has to do with the company’s culture. Or maybe it is because of a bad manager. Regardless of the reason, the truth remain that division exists in these two fields. In fact,  “a Forrester study found that only 8% of B2B companies have tight marketing and sales alignment” (1). Yikes! That is an extremely low number and is reflective of a disappointing trend. 

Landmark Signs Inc Sales and Marketing.pngFor those employees that are involved in the fields of marketing and sales at their workplace, like we discussed in last week’s blog, you have a choice. Even though the company you work for is most certainly dependent upon your success, you may not have a lot of say in how these departments are run. So, you can put your hands up and think that since you are not the owner, CEO, or even a manager, it’s not really your problem. But as we learned last week, if your company struggles, no jobs are immune from taking the hit right along with the business. The other option is that you can get involved and recognize that your company’s success or lack of success will directly impact you. So you better take this business seriously and help contribute to the positive growth of your company.

The Problem

One of the ways we recommend this is to find solutions for the problems your company is dealing with. As we have already identified, 92% of business to business companies are struggling with maintaining unity between two of their most important divisions. 

The Solution

So how can a business solve this problem? One of the ways is to make sure that both departments are telling the same story to those that they communicate with. In order to do this, of course, everybody has to know what that story is. This is where branding comes in. Author of “Consumer Behavior for Dummies”, Laura Lake, advises that companies “think of branding as though your company or organization were a living, breathing person. Imagine this person explaining who they are, why they’re valuable, and what they specifically have to offer. As consumers begin to identify with you, your brand will live in the hearts and minds of customers, clients, and prospects, and they’ll connect on an emotional level.” She also adds that a good brand will do the following: 

“Clearly deliver a message

Confirm the brand’s credibility in the marketplace

Emotionally connect target prospects with a product or service

Motivate the buyer to make a purchase

Create user loyalty” (2).

How Signs Can Solve this Problem

First American Monument Sign by Landmark Signs Inc.
Monument Sign by Landmark Signs Inc. 

Having been in the sign industry for over 40 years, we have seen signs come to the rescue for many company problems. Our business owner learned the sign trade from his own father the old fashioned way, through hand-painted letters. And even a business investing in this type of signage, whose impact would be low next to some of the top sign technology of today, saw an improvement in their business. What passer-by doesn’t feel something when they drive by and see the sign of their favorite coffee shop or restaurant? A well-made sign can not only send the right message to your consumers, but it can also get your sales and marketing departments on the same page. 

Conclusion

Signs, from Monument Signs to Retail Signs and more, all have the ability to solve the problems that most businesses face. Whether you are an employee that makes major decisions that affect the company or you are merely beginning your journey at that business, caring about how your company does means caring about how you do. Branding is just one area that you can concern yourself with.

Check back in with us next week to learn specifically how your company can use signage to improve branding. 

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Top 5 Blogs to Make The Most Out of Your Signage

Those who are not familiar with what that means think that having your own business means independence, opportunity, and flexibility. They have visions of business owners getting into work whenever the way, taking vacations at the drop of the hat, and getting to run their business exactly the way they desire.

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What they don’t realize is the reason we didn’t get into work today until 10 AM today is because we were still up working until 2 AM last night. They don’t notice that while we were on vacation we were still answering business calls and emails the whole time, while taking work days in the middle of our vacation just to make sure we get a job done by the deadline. They don’t know that all of the burden falls upon our shoulders as to whether or not our business succeeds.

But we know. And we want to make sure that we support your efforts by giving you the best opportunity to use signage for all of it’s advantages. Over the past year, we have been posting a large number of blogs written with the business owner in mind.

Since you probably do not have the time to scroll through a whole year’s worth of blogs, we wanted to summarize some of our top blogs so that you can make the most out of your signage.

#1: Top 10 Sign Mistakes to Avoid

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This blog is usually a good place to start. It is a comprehensive overview of the mistakes many people make when purchasing signage and how to make sure you don’t do the same. It can help you avoid mistakes before purchasing signage, when approving a sign design, and when getting it installed.

Read more here.

#2: Why Do Signs Matter? Business Sign Statistics – Signs are Worth the Investment

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For those of you are wondering if signs are really worth it, this blog discusses just how beneficial they are based on actual statistics that support this finding. For example, did you know that roughly 68% of people believe that a sign is directly reflective of the service or products of that business? We think this statistic and blog proves the importance of signage.

Learn more here.

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

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Like we alluded to earlier, we know how challenging it is owning your own business. Major issues like not having enough time, struggling with marketing, and finding reliable employees are some of the top issues business owners face. This blog discusses how to use signage to solve these common problems.

Click here to read more.

#4: Your Business Name in Lights: An Overview of Illuminated Signage

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This blog dives even further into one of the very common sign mistakes people make: not illuminating their signage. Maybe they do not think it is necessary or don’t think it is worth the investment. Here we discuss just how vital illuminated signage is not only because it makes your sign more visible, but also because it sends a powerful message.

Read the rest here.

#5: 3 Reasons Your Business Can Fight Back at Amazon with Signage

Like Walmart used to threaten small business in the area they would appear, Amazon has become major competition to many small business no matter where they are located. This online super giant may have resources small businesses don’t. However, there are many services you offer that they don’t and you can use signage to show that to your customers.

Check it out here.

Conclusion

We know your time is precious so we hope this blog helped you to determine which blogs will be the right ones for you to read so that you can use signage to support your business. Ready to get your own sign? Call or email Landmark Signs today!

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Top 5 Ways Get Your Brand Noticed With Signage

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

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

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

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

Light up the Night

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Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

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

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

Hit the Streets

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Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

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

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

Soar in the Sky

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Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

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

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

Catch their Eye

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Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

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

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

Mine for Gold

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Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc.

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

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

Conclusion

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

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Experience and innovation have been the backbone of Landmark Signs for more than 40 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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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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Experience and innovation have been the backbone of Landmark Signs for more than 40 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 Avoid Common Sign Mistake #6

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Common Sign Mistake #5: Only Having One Sign Type

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

Wall & Building Signs

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High Rise Building Sign by Landmark Signs

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

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

Monument Signs

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

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

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

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

Directional Signs

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Interior Directional Signage by Landmark Signs

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

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

Conclusion

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

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How to Avoid Common Sign Mistake #5

Several years ago, Landmark Signs worked with a nationwide distributor of dental supplies, Benco Dental. They were looking for signage for their Costa Mesa, CA office. Their building was located on the corner of the street, which meant that they had two sides of their building that would face the street. In a desire to cut costs, they very easily could have been satisfied with one Store-Front Sign, assuming that that one singular sign would increase their viewership and sales enough.

And it is true, signage does result in an increase in sales. In fact, a study found that “Three out of four consumers say they have told someone about a store based simply on its signage” (1). This shows that signage leads to a 75% increase in their word of mouth marketing, which is one of the most significant forms of advertising in today’s world (click here to learn more about advertising with signage). Your sign, its existence and its quality, make a substantial impact on your visibility and consumer reach.

With such an boost in visibility, many businesses stop with just one sign because they think it is enough. However, they are often missing out on an even larger jump in sales by not thinking big enough. David J. Schwartz, author of the “The Magic of Thinking Big”, advised that people “look at things not as they are, but as they can be. Visualization adds value to everything. A big thinker always visualizes what can be done in the future. He isn’t stuck with the present” (2).

Benco Dental certainly personified this quote when they thought long term, looked ahead, and realized that an extra investment now would pay off ten-fold down the road. Not only did they purchase a high-quality Building Sign for one side of their building, they also took advantage of the extra store front space, and purchased a second Channel Letter Sign. Plus, to reflect even more positively on their company, they also bought a sleek Monument Sign to send a message of permanence and class. Check out their elegant signage below:

Settling for one sign, when you have the opportunity to have several, is missing out on a great opportunity to grow sales and viewership.

Common Sign Mistake #5: Having One Sign, When You Need Several

Depending upon your building, there are often several places where additional signage can be placed. Sometimes a building has an interior face within a complex, while the back of the building faces the street. This is an excellent place to put another Store-Front Sign in order to be seen by passers-by on the street.

Or perhaps you have the chance to add a Monument Sign to your property that already has a Channel Letter Sign. Adding a Monument Sign pulls in people driving by who would otherwise not realize that your business is inside that complex.

Or maybe you have a Store-Front Sign, but have additional wall space within your building for a Lobby Sign. A well-designed Lobby Sign warmly greets customers walking into your store and solidifies the positive impression they have of you after seeing your Business Sign.

What about also having ADA Signs to make your interior easier to navigate? Or adding Directional Signage to make your complex more customer friendly? Or placing a Pole Sign on your property to also be seen from far distances?

There are endless possibilities for almost every space in which additional signage can gain new customers and sales for your business. Think big, take advantage of your location, and capitalize on every chance to increase your business’s presence. Email or call Landmark Signs to learn how your business can avoid this common sign mistake.

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Experience and innovation have been the backbone of Landmark Signs for more than 40 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!