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Conclusion: How To Use Signage to Solve the Small Business Problem # 3: Getting the Word Out About Your Business

“Never forget that you only have one opportunity to make a first impression – with investors, with customers, with PR, and with marketing.”Natalie Massenet, Fashion Entrepreneur and Founder of Net-a-Porter

Over the last several weeks, our series of blogs have focused on the reasons that signage is a highly effective marketing strategy to solve the small business problem of getting the word out. First of all, signage is the type of advertising that has no risk of annoying your potential clients with pesky pop-up ads and unsolicited phone calls since it allows your customers to come to you. Secondly, studies have shown that 75% of customers have told others about a company based on its signage alone, making it a reliable referral tool. Finally, signage gets your company great visibility as it is seen by local customers everyday to the tune of 60 times a month. Not bad for just one marketing strategy.

While there are many other reasons that prove signage is a great marketing solution for getting the word out about your business, today we want to focus on a theme that kept coming up as we discussed this marketing strategy. That is, the impression theses signs make. You see, all of the above results that come from using signage as productive advertising depends upon your sign making a good impression. If it doesn’t, then these results will not come. It is kind of like buying a treadmill and never using it. It’s not the treadmill’s fault that you aren’t losing weight.

So it goes with signage. It is not enough to just have a sign. It’s about having the best sign option for your company. One that is well-made and long-lasting. Plus, it needs to send the right message about who you are and what your company does. Let’s break down five different types of signage and the impression that they make upon others about your company. Don’t forget, Landmark Signs can help you with all of these requirements so that your sign will make the best first impression.

#1: Monument Signs

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

Monument Signs are a great option for making sure that your business is visible from the street. This is especially important if your company is set back away from the street or is in an office complex.

This type of signage reflects what it is named after – a monument. It is solid and substantial, made with long-lasting materials like wood, acrylic, gold leaf and more. Monument Signs give off the impression of a company that is stable, permanent, and strong. When we see a Monument Sign, we think of a business that is reliable and here to stay.

#2: Gold Leaf Signs

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Gold Leaf Chipped Glue Window Display by Landmark Signs Inc.

Like the Gold Leaf accentuating the delicate exterior of Versailles, Gold Leaf Signs are made from real 23 ½ carat gold. We can even make one of 9 carat gold for a silver look. Gold Leaf Signs can be used on any number of sign options including a Monument Sign, Window Graphic, Lobby Sign, and more.

Because this type of sign literally turns your sign into a piece of art, it send the message of beauty and elegance. It tells those who gaze upon your exquisite sign that your company is worth its weight in gold!

#3: Channel Letter Wall Signs

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Couture Salon Studies Channel Letter Wall Sign by Landmark Signs Inc.

Channel Letter Wall Signs are typically displayed right over your store. Whether illuminated or non illuminated, this type of sign literally draws customers right to your door. They can be externally illuminated, internally illuminated, illuminated with a halo glow, or a combination of halo and externally or internally illuminated.

These eye-catching signs boldly and creatively display your company. They make a powerful impression upon those who can’t help but notice your sign. Your business will look exciting and interesting with any of the Channel Letter Wall Sign options.

#4: 3D Signs

Zadig-Voltaire 3D Sign by Landmark Signs
Zadig & Voltaire 3D Sign by Landmark Signs Inc.

3D Signs can be placed on walls outside above your doors or inside your office. They can be made of acrylic, metal, stainless steel, finished with gold leaf and more.

The dimension and perspective they provide make an impact on viewers. The impression they make is understated, and these signs are a great option for letting customers know that your business has class and is full of innovation.

#5: Lobby Signs

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First American Title Silver Leaf Lobby Sign by Landmark Signs Inc.

Clients will notice your Lobby Sign right away when they walk into your office. It is a great sign to let customers know they are in the right place.

Lobby Signs show others that your company is proud of who you are and what services you offer. Not only do they show company pride, but they are also welcoming and let customers know that you are a dependable business.

Conclusion

No matter what sign type you choose, it is vital that it sends the right message about your small business. Making the best impression with the best materials and design is a significant factor in whether or not your sign will be a marketing solution for you.

Landmark Signs: 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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Part Three: How To Use Signage to Solve the Small Business Problem # 3: Getting the Word Out About Your Business

Gary Shouldis, founder of the web marketing company 3Bug Media, reached out to small businesses to ask them: “what is your biggest struggle?” There were many answers ranging from cash flow to hiring employees (see our answer to the struggle to find reliable employees here). Of the many answers received, there were several consistencies including trying to advertise their companies. Here are of few of the answers he received:

work-2005640_1920.jpg“I’m struggling to find customers.  I’m advertising, networking and trying everything else I can think of, but there aren’t enough people coming through the door.  I’ve been open for 6 months and am getting worried.”

“I don’t have enough money for marketing.  I’ve spent so much money advertising over the past year and it’s done nothing to bring new business.  I’m at a loss right now as to what to do next.”

“I can’t find any good places to advertise my business.  I don’t know how to reach my customers as I feel everything I spend money on is a total waste.”

These are the types of problems that keep small business owners up at night. Perhaps you too, have tossed and turned over a marketing problem. In an attempt to provide a resolution to this small business challenge and several others (read more about how signage can give you back some of your time) we have spent the last several blogs exploring how signage is a great solution for businesses who need to get the word out about their company but are lacking in time, energy, or employees to effectively do so.

Not only does signage allow the customers to come to you which helps you appear confident and less pushy than annoying advertisements, it also encourages customers to tell others about you since studies show that 3 out of 4 customers have referred a business based solely on their signage. And today, we are going to look at another reason why signage is the marketing solution you’ve been looking for.

Marketing Signage Solution #3:

Your Signage is Seen by Local Customers Everyday

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Word & Brown Lobby Sign by Landmark Signs

It seems fairly obvious that your sign will be seen by local customers regularly. However, the numbers reveal that they see your sign much more often than you might think. Studies conducted show that “the average person will see your sign about twice per day, or about sixty times a month” (read more here).

That number represents opportunities – 60 opportunities to be exact – to make an impression about who your business is and what it can do for passers-by. When you combine this number with the fact that 75% of people refer based on the signage alone, it becomes clear that signage is an excellent marketing strategy. Not only is it guaranteed to be seen by local customers, which is where much of our business comes from, but it also serves as an excellent referral tool.

Rather than spending time trying to convince you about the importance of having a sign, let’s assume that you are already aware that a sign is necessary for your business (should you need that convincing, read our recent blog on this topic here). This means that you most likely already have a sign (if not, give us a call). If it isn’t too much trouble, take a second and step outside to look at your sign.

While you are out there ask yourself, “If I was a customer, what would I think about my business if I saw this sign?” “Is my sign even visible from the street or for customers walking by?” “Does my sign accurately reflect who we are and what type of service we offer?” Go ahead–we’ll wait.

If your answer to any of these questions is “No” you are still making an impression upon business-2884023_1280.jpgpassing customers. However, you are in danger of making a bad impression upon them – not just once, not twice, but 60 times!

With all the things you have to worry about, having a sign that makes a bad first impression should not be one of them. You work hard to represent your company in the best possible light. Shouldn’t your sign do the same?

Landmark Signs: Experience and innovation has 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!

Check out our blog next week to find out which sign is the best marketing strategy for you.

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Part Two: How To Use Signage to Solve the Small Business Problem # 3: Getting the Word Out About Your Business

On an evening when the kids don’t have any school projects, soccer practices, dance demonstration-767982_640lessons, or friends over, you and your spouse decide to go on a date night together. At the last minute (as these things often happen) your spouse suggests going to see a movie. But how are you going to decide which movie to see from the plethora of choices?

You don’t have time to sit down and do some research since you need to be at the movie theater in an hour. This is the first time in months that you have found the time to squeeze in a date night, so you do not want to risk just picking something that “sounds good” (you will never get back those two hours when you watched Snatched).  Plus, with $30 dollars for the tickets, $20 worth of snacks for you and your spouse, and the $50 you spent on the babysitter for the evening, the movie that you will spend your precious time watching is no small investment.

Then you remember Rick, your friend from work, talking about a movie he had seen over the weekend. He and his wife both had loved it. A quick check on your phone shows that it is playing at 8:00 at the local theater. Sold! “Honey! I found a movie for us.” Bonus, if it turns out to be awful, you can always blame Rick!

In our modern world of too many choices and not enough time, one of the best ways todoors-1767562_1280.jpg help us decide on whether or not to try something new is through recommendations, also known as “word of mouth” marketing.  Think about it, when was the last time you tried a new restaurant without checking Yelp or hearing about it from a friend? What about which dentist to go to? Or a plumber you can trust to get the job done without ripping you off?  

Because let’s face it, people are suspicious of what businesses have to say about themselves (read more here).  They have tired of pushy salesman and false promises. That is why they have turned to review sites like Yelp or their friends to avoid wasting both their time and money.  

In fact, word of mouth advertising is “one of the most credible forms of advertising because a person puts their reputation on the line every time they make a recommendation and that person has nothing to gain” from making these recommendations (entrepreneurship.com).

In last week’s blog, we explored the small business problem of getting the word out about your business and how signage can help you do this since it allows your customers to come to you.  This time, we are going to dive into how signage can help your business with the ever increasingly important, word of mouth marketing.

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

Marketing Signage Solution #2: Customers Refer Based on Signage

With “3 out of 4 consumers saying they have told someone about a store based simply on its signage”, it is vital to your business that your sign reflects your company in the best possible light (read more). With 75% of your consumers telling their friends about your business based on your sign alone, this type of word of mouth marketing can make all the difference.  Furthermore, according to recent findings, “Customers acquired through word of mouth spend 200% more than the average customer and make 2 times as many referrals themselves.”

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

So what does this tell us about the importance of signage to our marketing campaign?  It tells us that customers see a sign as a direct representation of your company.  It does a whole lot more than just tell customers what the name of your business is.  It tells what type of business you are, the quality of service you provide, and even how you treat your customers. A well-made sign sends the strong message that you take your business seriously, while a poorly made sign signals to your potential customers that you do not take care of your things, and therefore might not take care of them.  

Make certain that your sign tells the right story. Not only will this draw in new customers

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Lobby Sign Designed, Manufactured, and Installed by Landmark Signs

to your store, it will also encourage them to tells others about your business. Plus, you will not have to lift a finger to get the word out about your business. The sign will do that for you! And if it is a Landmark Sign, you can be sure of a elegant, long-lasting sign that sends the right message all the time and every time.

Check back in next week to find out how else a Landmark Sign can solve your marketing problems.

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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Part One: How To Use Signage to Solve the Small Business Problem # 3: Getting the Word Out About Your Business

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What People Think About Advertising

Ask people what they think of advertising and they will usually respond with adjectives like manipulative, pushy, and annoying.  In fact, James Randolph Adams, an ad man himself who went on to start his own advertising company and who wrote two books on the subject observed that, “The most common trouble with advertising is that it tries too hard to impress people.”  

We can sense that can’t we? The desperation a company reeks of when they aren’t afraid to inconvenience consumers with obnoxious phone calls, intrusive emails, and irritating online ads.

Why We Need Advertising

Nevertheless, most people are aware of the necessity of advertising.  Henry Ford, an American captain of industry, once remarked that, “Stopping advertising to save money is like stopping your watch to save time.” He’s right.  As much as we would all like to live in a world where advertising is not necessary, if we ever hope to get the word out about our business, some form of it cannot be avoided.

Common Marketing Options

In last week’s blog, we discussed one of the problems that most small businesses struggle with: getting the word out about their business.  Of course there are options out there, like online marketing, print advertising, and networking. But often times these are not viable because as a small business owner you are usually lacking in time, and all of these alternatives will require constant upkeep.  Furthermore, even if you hire an employee to do the work for you, they will still need training and monitoring. That is if you find the right employee.  

Why Common Marketing Does Not Work

Additionally, we took a look at why people are tired of being advertised to and that most marketing options bombard the consumer, giving the consumer no control over when and how they are advertised to.  This annoyance can lead to a resentment of the brand that chooses one of these marketing tactics which is the exact opposite of what businesses are trying to do.

A Better Marketing Solution: Signage

However, there is another marketing option that can get the word out about your business without taking up your time or annoying your potential consumers: signage.  Let’s take a closer look at the first reason why signage is the marketing solution for you and your small business.

Marketing Signage Solution #1: Signage Lets Your Customers Come to You

When was the last time a salesman got you to stay on the phone with him longer by being aggressive and pushy?  What about the sales clerk who followed you around the store feigning assistance when you knew the whole time they were just after that commission? Or how about the amount of times a text message announcing a ONE TIME ONLY SALE got any response from you other than STOP?  

Heck, this same behavior displayed by an ex-boyfriend would get him charged with a restraining order.  In a salesman, this forwardness might get them a quick sale because the customer just wants to be left alone.  But it will not lead to a repeat customer.

Why?  Well, as Dale Carnegie, author of How To Win Friends and Influence People wrote that “A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still.”  If we have to corner, trick, coerce, or force people to use our product or sample our service, don’t expect anything other than a one-time sale.  People do not want to be told that they need something. They want to feel that they have come to that conclusion on their own.

Signage is an excellent way to subtly send a message about your business and your services.  

Looking to tell a customer that you are classic and elegant? That is where Gold Leaf Signs come in handy.  

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Gold Leaf Lobby Sign by Landmark Signs

Want your sign to say that you are here to stay?  A Monument Sign will do the trick.

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Skyline Push Thru Graphic Monument Sign by Landmark Signs

Need something that shows you are an exciting, innovative company?  We’ve got just the Wall Sign for you.  

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Couture Wall Sign by Landmark Signs

There is truly a sign type for every business and with our help you can market your business in an unobtrusive way that allows consumers to feel like they have control.  Let your consumers come to you with a sign that sends the right message every time. Once they voluntarily enter your store, we know you will provide them with exactly what they are looking for.

Check back in next week to find out how else a Landmark Sign can solve your marketing problems.

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 #1: Not Enough Time

“Thirty-three percent of small-business owners reported working more than 50 hours per week, while an additional 25% said they work more than 60 hours a week, according to a poll of readers of the New York Enterprise Report” (Source).

fashion-1853294_1920.jpgOne of the reasons people go into business for themselves is because they long to experience freedom.  Freedom to make their own choices, freedom to be their own boss, and freedom to use their time the way they want.  However, what begins as one of the motivations for entrepreneurs starting their own business, getting back more time, often ends up being the most difficult thing to come by once that business is underway.  And even though the numbers mentioned above are not unusual for small business owners, it reflects one of the most difficult challenges of owning your own business.

As business owners ourselves who serve other business owners, we understand this struggle on a personal level.  However, we want to let you in on a little secret. A well-made sign can actually give you back one of the most precious commodities on the planet: time. You may be thinking, how can an inanimate object hanging above the door, in the lobby, or on the street, give me back something like time?  Well, the first step in allowing signage to free up your time is to stop thinking of signage as an object. Instead, think of it as a key to success that is alive with potential and profit, and is an employee that will work for all day every day, without asking for a raise.

How Can Signage Give You Back Your Time?

 

 

That is what you really want to know right?  Well if you invest in your signage, you will most certainly see that investment returned to you exponentially.  If you are still not sure why any type of signage at all is even necessary for your business, much less a well-made sign, check out our blog here to learn just how valuable signage can be for your company.  

One of the things you will see is that over two-thirds of consumers see a direct correlation between your sign and your products and services (see more).  What this tells us is that if you have a poorly-made sign, than you risk losing 2 out of every 3 potential customers due to the fact that they will think that what you provide is of poor quality just like your sign.  If you step outside and see an unappealing Wall Sign, Monument Sign, or Pylon Sign, you are most likely losing 68% of your potential customers.

Time Saver #1: Stop Chasing Down Potential Customers

This statistic shows us that businesses may be wasting a lot of time chasing down potential sales all because their sign does not live up to the quality of their company.  Investing in not just any sign, but a well-made, quality sign will allow you to spend less time cold-calling and more time focusing on the product or service that only you can provide.  Because while a poorly made sign can deter customers, an elegant sign can draw in 2 out of every 3 customers saving you loads of time that you can devote to doing what really matters, making your business a success.

Time Saver # 2: Market Your Business Without Lifting a Finger

According to the website smallbiztrends.com, “a small business owner — along with another employee — will spend an average of 20 hours per week on marketing, the-eleventh-hour-3410476_1920according to the survey.”  Assuming that you are working a 40-hour work week, although most likely it is at least 10 hours more than that, you are spending about half of your time as a business owner marketing your business.  Not only is this eating up an enormous amount of your time and energy, it is most likely also causing undue stress due to the fact that their are so many ways to advertise your company (Facebook, Google Ads, blogging, etc).  Whether or not you are a company who does most of their marketing through LinkedIn or you prefer to use Instagram to send your message, all of these types of marketing require your time.

However, with a well-made sign, your business is being advertised for you without having to update a single status, post a new blog, or type of business hashtag.  Choosing a sign that reflects your business is an extremely effective way to get the word out about your business.adolescent-adult-beautiful-618544

Plus, over the past few years, the business industry has learned how important it is for a company to be referred through word of mouth marketing. Signage can help you out with that one too!  In fact, 75% of consumers have told of referring a sign to someone else based solely on a business’ sign (learn more). Through advertising that keeps on giving (our Landmark signs come with a 10 year warranty) and word of mouth marketing, a sign will free up loads of your time.

Time Saver #3:  Let Landmark Signs Do The Work For You

As an A-Z sign business, we handle every aspect of you acquiring a sign.  We handle your sign every step of the way. We will survey your site, design the sign for you, deal with those pesky permits, manufacture your sign, install it, and even create a sign program for you!  

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First American Gold Leaf Custom Monument Signs by Landmark Signs

With over 45 years of experience in the sign industry and an award-winning sign design team, let us give you back more of what you so desperately need: your time.

Get your time back today with your own Landmark 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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