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Notice to All Employees: How to Use Signage to Solve Branding Problems in Business Part 3

Signage to Solve Branding Business Problems Landmark Signs Inc..pngCredibility is defined as “the quality or power of inspiring belief” (1). Some of the word’s synonyms include believably, honesty, integrity, truthfulness, authenticity, and genuineness. The undercurrent connecting all of these phrases and definitions together for a company is their ability to truly deliver on who they say they are. Whether a company guarantees the best customer service, the number one products, or one-day delivery, a business needs to keep its word every time in order to maintain credibility with their customers. 

Problem

However, this is not always easy to do. Just a quick web search revealed some big name companies, that have some of the worst reputations

For example, Wells Fargo promises on its website that: “We place customers at the center of everything we do. We want to exceed customer expectations and build relationships that last a lifetime” (2). While that may very well be the intention, many one-star reviews reveal otherwise. One customer complained that the bank never has “merchant tellers and the lines are always long. Terrible customer service: (3). 

Another instance of a company with poor credibility is Sears. While it promises on its website for finding jobs to be an “integrated retail company that provides superior value through trusted brands, great products and convenient, reliable services” (4), customer reviews tell a different story. One review said that after her experience she was “done with Sears and I will let all my friends and family know my experience today.” Another claimed that she was “not at all surprised reading about horrible customer service” (5). It seems that, unfortunately, Sears’s poor reputation preceded them.  

The problem with having a hard time living up to a promise is that when a company grows large enough, it can be at the mercy of its employees. And if those employees aren’t dedicated to living up to a company’s vision and promises, then the reputation of the company will suffer. Which, as we discussed in the previous blogs, will affect everyone in the business. 

Solution

achievement-3612401_640.jpgWhile the problem of building or rebuilding a company’s credibility can most certainly not be solved overnight, focusing on maintaining a positive brand identity is certainly a step in the right direction. Last week, we discussed how positive branding can help a company send a clear message about the company. Furthermore, branding can also help display and confirm a company’s credibility.

How Signs Can Solve this Problem

A creative sign that reflect positively on a company’s brand can most certainly impact a company’s reputation and nudge it in the right direction. Let’s take a look at how:

Signage: Displays Company Credibility

It may be hard to imagine how a sign can help send the message of credibility to your customers. However, a recent study found that “more than two thirds (68%) of consumers believe a store’s signage is reflective of the quality of its products and services” (6). That means that two out of every three potential consumers who view your sign, believe that what they see on the outside of your store, will reflect what they see on the inside. 

That’s because for many people, a company’s sign is the first impression that they will have of that business. It’s the first thing that greets them when they pull up into your parking lot or head into your store. And as the old saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

There are many signs that can send the first impression of credibility and dependability.

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For instance, a Monument Sign tells passers-by that your business has longevity and is here to stay. A Gold Leaf Sign shows customers that your company and all its customers are as valuable and solid as gold. And an elegant Wall Sign shows consumers that you have a reputation for class and quality. 

The right sign can help transform your brand by setting a tone of trustworthiness, dependability, and credibility.

Conclusion

One of the founders of our country, Thomas Jefferson is credited with saying that “honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” If a company and its employees expect to experience long-lasting success, they must first prove that they can be trusted. A company that is establishes itself through false promises might as well have built its foundation upon sand. With a solid base of trust, it is only a matter of time until their walls will crumble. 

Whether you are a new business looking to establish a reputation of trust or long-lasting one looking to rebuild your brand as a credible, using a well-made sign will send the right message about your company from the very start. Call or email Landmark Signs Inc today, to display your company’s credibility. 

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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 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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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 Pole Signs: Each Signs Tells a Story

“Big thinkers are specialists in creating positive, forward-looking, optimistic pictures in their own minds and in the minds of others. To think big, we must use words and phrases that produce big, positive mental images.”  – The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

For any business looking to let others know that they think big thoughts, have big goals, produce big results, and provide big satisfaction, it is important to give them an image that confirms these truths. Customers will only take you as seriously as you take yourself, so it is important to tell the right story in everything you do. Especially, when it comes to a sign – which sends subliminal messages to anybody passing-by.

Pole Signs, which are sometimes called Pylon Signs, are signs that send a big message. They are powerful and let customers know that you have the biggest and best ideas available. Their towering size can be seen from far away, from the freeway, down the street, and above the surrounding buildings. They are an ideal choice for any business looking to make a big impact with their sign.

Let’s take a look at the top 5 Pole Signs by Landmark Signs Inc.

The Belle Spese Pole Sign

Belle Spese Pole Sign
The Belle Spese Pole Sign by Landmark Signs Inc.

This sign is created to advertise the center and all the businesses located within the complex. Its design is created to make sure that all the tenant’s names can be seen clearly and boldly, as well as reflecting positively on the center with a classic, elegant look. The big message with this Pylon Sign is that we provide a big variety of quality services that are as elegant as our sign.

The Hyperion Pole Sign

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The Hyperion Pole Sign by Landmark Signs Inc.

This sign has the benefit of not only being a sign that is larger than life because of its size, but also has the advantage of lighting up the night sky by also being an Illuminated Sign. When a Pylon Sign is illuminated, it sends the big message that it represents a business that stands out from the rest of the competition.

The Super A Foods Pole Sign

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The Super A Foods Pole Sign by Landmark Signs Inc.

With a design that is comprised of a red background and bold letters, this sign will be sure to get noticed as it towers over the other buildings surrounding it. As a retail business, the owners of this Pole Sign recognize how important it is to make a big impact on any customers driving by. With this big message, a Pylon Sign like this will draw in customers and get them noticed from very far away.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Pole Sign

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

As a hospital, it is not only important, but absolutely necessary that its sign gets noticed quickly and from a distance. They are quite literally responsible for life and death, so having a big Pylon Sign can make all the difference. The big message sent here is that our customers are the most important because we want to make sure that they get where they need to get quickly.

The IPC Church Pole Sign

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The IPC Church Pole Sign by Landmark Signs Inc.

One of the goals of a church is usually drawing in more people to here their big message. So having a big sign to help them deliver this message is very helpful. This design makes the church look like it has something worth listening to with it’s modern and exciting look. A Pylon Sign like this is sure to draw in more listeners and get this church noticed.

Conclusion

With Pole Signs you can get to send a big message to your customers everyday. Get noticed with your own Pylon Sign by calling or emailing Landmark Signs today.

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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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What are Customers Saying about Landmark Signs?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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High Rise Sign Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs Inc. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Top 10 Common Sign Mistakes to Avoid

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Any major investment has pitfalls that can be avoided with insider tips. For example, Matt Jones, a former car salesman, recommends that those looking to buy a new car give themselves an advantage “when you’re trying to negotiate a lower sales price, [by] giv[ing] the dealership a reason to discount the price. If you’ll use the service department, say so. If you’ll refer friends, be sure to say that, too.” (1). For those wanting to cut down on expensive flights, the Airlines Reporting Corporation advises that travelers “book seven weeks in advance. Passengers pay the lowest price, nearly 10 percent below the average fare, if they buy 50 days before their flight” (2).

It is impossible to be an expert in everything. But sometimes it feels like you need to be one in order to get the best deals and avoid major mistakes. While, we cannot ease the demanding process of purchasing a house or booking a hotel, we can certainly make the business of investing in a sign much easier. Avoiding these top ten sign mistakes will help you get the sign you want, when you want it and where you want it.

#1: Not Obtaining a Monument Sign

Monument Signs are a must for any business that is set back from the street or within a complex with several other stores and businesses within that center.

To learn more about why you need a Monument Sign for your business, click here.

#2: Not Investing in a Quality Sign

It can seem wise in the short term to opt for a cheaper sign if you are looking to save a few bucks. However, this usually causes problems a lot sooner than one might think. Investing in a quality sign will make a positive impression right from the start.

Learn how to avoid this sign mistake by clicking here.

#3: Only Having One Sign Type

This often has to do with a business wanting to save money or not thinking about the long term. But this can lead to a company missing out on reaching different types of advertising, like the far-away marketing Pole Signs offer or the street advertising Monument Signs provide.

Read more about avoiding this sign mistake here.

#4: Not Having Directional Signage

Directional Signage is a must for any business that has a large complex or several interior spaces. It will not do a company any good if their customers arrive frustrated because they could not find their center or even worse, if they simply give up because they can’t find it.

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#5: Having One Sign, When You Need Several

For some complexes, maybe one sign type if enough. Still, there is a big advantage to investing in multiple signs in order to capitalize on all potential customers.

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#6: Not Benefiting From Multiple Sign Types

Each sign type provides its own benefits and in order to reach all potential clients, it is vital that a company have several sign types in order to get every advantage.

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#7: Not Illuminating Your Signs

Again, this often happens because a business wants to save some money. However, by not illuminating their signs, they are missing out on many visibility options.

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#8: Making a Sign Yourself

In the age of DIY, it can be tempting to apply this to your signage. However, this rarely works out and can end up costing you more money down the road or eating up your sign budget all together.

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

This mistake can cost you big as you might end up in a building that does not allow you to have the signs you really want.

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#10: Not Getting a Permit For Your Sign

Permitting fees can seem unnecessary. However, since they city says they are, make sure to save yourself trouble down the road by getting a sign permit for all of your signs.

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How to Avoid Common Sign Mistake #10

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“Don’t ask for permission, ask for forgiveness.” This common utterance is often used when motivating someone to be proactive. Taking initiative is especially encouraged in business. In fact, Andy Robinson, the founder of Career Success Partners and a career coaching veteran for fifteen years, explains that “Initiative correlates strongly with personal achievement and professional development…it is a clear sign of your capacity to develop as a leader. So what are you waiting for? Take action today; don’t wait to be asked – be proactive” (1). In work environments where many employees wait to be given direction and miss opportunities to stand out from their co-workers, it is great to inspire people to step up to the plate and take a big swing. You may not always hit a home-run, but you will certainly get farther than if you just sat on the bench.

Business owners are certainly familiar with the need to take initiative. There are many day to day decisions that require a leader who is going to take action right away and get the job done. However, Laura Stack, a Leadership, Sales, & Team Productivity Expert warns that one needs to “consider the repercussions. It may be better to beg forgiveness than ask for permission in some cases, but not when you embarrass or damage the company. If there’s a possibility of causing havoc by taking initiative with something, back off” (2). This is because sometimes “just going for it” can backfire. If a business, or person, does not ever take the time to pause and reflect before making decisions, it can cause major problems down the road, costing a company, time, resources, and money.

When it comes to purchasing a sign, sometimes taking initiative can backfire. For example, if you decide to go ahead and make the sign yourself without letting a professional sign company do the job, you will probably regret that decision. Additionally, acting quickly without checking in with your landlord or the city before investing in a location for your property, might result in not being able to have the kind of sign you really want. Several common sign mistakes can be avoided if a company thinks about what problems could arise ahead, including the sign mistake of not getting a permit.

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Common Sign Mistake #10: Not Getting a Permit For Your Sign

Dealing with the city government seems to be fettered with meaningless logistics, annoying paperwork, and unnecessary costs. Sometimes, companies can be tempted to simply skip dealing with the city altogether. They think, why should I have to ask permission to put up a sign for my business? So out of principle, a desire to avoid a time delay, or simply wanting to save some money, they will forgo getting a permit before having their sign installed.

And we can’t say that we blame you. At Landmark Signs, we have years of getting sign permits and understand just how complicated the process can be. However, we have been around long enough to see that when a business avoids getting a sign permit, it usually comes back to haunt them. It may have saved them money in the short term, but when a landlord, property owner, or city employee eventually visits your business and sees a brand new Business Sign, Monument Sign, or Pole Sign, they are going to want to see the permit that goes along with it.

When you can’t produce that sign permit, a business is risking paying hefty city fines and having to pay additional fees to have the sign removed. Furthermore, because they already paid for a sign they may no longer have the budget for a new sign designed with the city requirements in mind. If they do, they have essentially doubled their sign costs by not getting a permit from the start. It will not matter to the city how much forgiveness you ask for; having failed to ask for permission in the first place means the damage is already done and you will have to pay for it.  

Avoid this common sign mistake by making getting a sign permit. But don’t worry, you won’t have to deal with the complicated city yourself. We are experts at getting through the paperwork and dealing with city personnel in order to get the sign you really want! With experience in dealing with design committees, planning commissions, and city councils, there is no department or sign issue too difficult for us! Call or email us for your own sign (with a permit) today.

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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!