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Getting The Right Signage for Your Business

Whether you are an established business that has been around for decades or a new business that is just in the process of establishing itself, the first thing you would need to attract customers to your office is signage. This speaks volumes about your business at first glance. Bystanders and passers by will immediately take notice if you have catchy or elegant looking signage. Your prospective customers get a sense of pride walking into an office where the signage outside spells success. 

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Types of Signs

There are several ways to brand your business. The signage industry has gone through significant innovation in materials, offering options for all budgets. Depending on the type of business you run here are a few options to keep in mind:

Window Decals

If your business has a lot of windows to the outside world, then this is a must-have. Decals make good use of your windows by applying a simple sticker material. It makes for great visuals and will ensure your premise is not missed by any customer or passerby.

Digital Signage

While you can have a traditional board and poster signage printed on acrylic to highlight the space above the doorway of your business, you can add a digital signage below it. Digital signages allow you to share easy updates or unique messages on a real-time basis. This makes it interactive for visitors and prospective customers.

Banners

These can be used all year round and can hold up larger standing banners. Their weighted bases allow them to withstand wind and extreme changes in weather and are easy to move around if you want to rush them indoors.

Vehicular Graphics

These can be all year round, as a lot of bright and eye-catching wraps on vehicles. They are easy to get done, relatively moderate on the pocket, offer mobile branding and are certain to raise a few eyebrows.

Vinyl

Given the durability and ease of use of vinyl, it is always one of the best choices. It can withstand extreme heat, rain and cold and hence is ideal all year round as well. It is relatively easy on the pocket as well.

A-Frames

A-frames or pavement signs can adorn your patio, sidewalk or be kept at your door. Depending on your ad or campaign, you have multiple shapes and sizes to choose from.

Materials used in signage

There are several options that exists in the market today. Some of the more common materials are wood, metal, acrylic and glass. Wood and metal generally are more long term and maintenance free. With an all-weather quote of polish on wood, it will last a lifetime. Metal comes in various shapes and forms and with powder coating, color options exist to liven a space up. Acrylic and glass may require a little bit more care from a cleaning standpoint to keep them looking new.

Conclusion

Several signage options exist in the market today. Depending on the budget, type of business and location, a good mix of signage can be extremely beneficial.

Interior Signage To Improve Your Brand Image

When it comes to signage, a lot of emphasis is generally given to exterior signage and branding. A key aspect in extending this brand recall memory and imagery, is the use of interior signage. Interior signs are a great extension of your brand and can do wonders to further add value to your company’s products or services.

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Interior signage options to increase brand visibility:

Floor graphics

Adding floor graphics to your stairs and hallways can do wonders to spruce up dull areas and add life and color to your space. You can use them to reinforce key messages or simply just as directional signs. The power of high-quality floor graphics and creatives is under-rated.

Wall murals

In case you like to add a famous quote, inspirational words or even wish to communicate key messages about your brand, wall murals can be extremely engaging for customers who visit your space. Transform the area with soothing images to create a warm atmosphere within the office space.

Table graphics

Every office space and storage facility has tables. These are great opportunities for you to showcase your brand and keep reinforcing your message. They also add life to otherwise dull tables and uniquely differentiate them from the others. Watch, as you start seeing Instagram posts of your tables! They also help identify specific areas of the office with tables, which can be personalized as required.

Window graphics

Window graphics can be used, to extend branding to the exterior décor and can have a practical use in blocking the sun, or areas which you do not want to be visible to outsiders. Displaying contact information and exhibiting product or service photographs in action ,can make your business look more appealing.

Glass graphics

The use of graphics on the glasses within the office offers you a lot of area to work with. Most office spaces or facilities have a lot of glass partitions which can be covered with graphics to showcase the brand or messages. They not only offer privacy but also make the space lively in the process.

Which interior signage works best for you?

So how do you go about choosing the best interior graphics for your space? Well the answer to the simple question, “What does my space mostly consist of? ” will help you . If you have more of solid walls than glass partitions, then wall graphics or wall murals might look impressive. Do you have a lot of open floor space or staircases within your facility? If yes, then floor graphics definitely should be  considered to make the space look cheerful.

Conclusion

Several options exist for interior branding and you need to understand the space available, in order to decide which form of interior branding you want. Think a bit about what makes up most of your space and then work towards filling them with engaging and lively interior branding.

Brand Marketing

Right now, the economy and market are tougher and more competitive than ever. With so many options, you have to be able to ensure that your company and brand stands out above the rest when customers are choosing where to take their business. Consumers are going to be conducting research on all aspects of your business and even if no one has time to investigate every single business thoroughly. This is where brand marketing becomes vital and powerful tool. Establishing your brand will inform your customers in moments of your reputation and integrity, thus passing on to your products or services. Through brand marketing, even the very mention of your brand or the sight of your logo will surface your customer’s perception and/or experiences with your company, regardless of it is positive or negative.

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Many small business owners and corporate powerhouses alike have a misconception of what “branding” is. It far supersedes just the products (i.e. “brand name” clothing) a business may provide. Your brand is your identity: who you are, what you do, what level of quality you provide, your reputation, and every other facet that could possibly be used to judge your company by the general public. Every purchase or interaction with a customer contributes to their perception of your brand, whether it is the purchase of a supermarket’s “generic” brand of Cheerios or the real deal.

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Brand marketing is most efficient and effective in creating repetitive business with returning customers. Customers who have had previous experience with your brand will be able to draw on their past experience as a guiding hand in future purchases since they have a general image of what your business is all about. For example, any parent who might be looking for a family friendly movie can safely rely on any Disney movie to be appropriate and entertaining for the entire family due to previous experiences and their exposure to the Disney brand. Many can safely agree. Brand marketing allows for you to be the forerunner in the market for returning customers since they already know the aforementioned aspects of business without having to do extensive research.

The only way to build an effective brand campaign is to establish and share a reputation with the consumer population. You will have to convey what your company does or sells and the quality in which you do it, all wrapped up in a way of that will instantly come to the forefront of the consumer’s mind instantly. One way of conjuring the connection in moments is through a sign, banner or slogan that will appear on everything that your company owns and sells, whether it ranges from an email to product packaging. This way whenever a customer sees this sign or slogan, it will automatically connect with their knowledge of your reputation. By establishing a brand, signage and other traditional forms of media become even more popular.

Above all, when you are pursuing a brand campaign, product and service quality is of high priority. This is because a customer’s perceived reputation of the company comes from their experience. Therefore, any lack in quality will remain ingrained in the consumer’s mind until is overridden by the contrary feelings. You must extend quality not only to your products, but the service by your employees and every other aspect of the customer’s experience in order to enhance public perception of your company and your developing brand.

When pursuing brand marketing, it is important to establish your goals and aspirations for your brand. Your brand is representative of what your company does, who you are, and your intrinsic personality. Do you want to be rugged? Sophisticated? State-of-the-art? You must make these decisions prior to exposing customers to your company. Your brand consists of your purpose, your values, and your culture. Why do you do what you do? What does your company pride itself on -- integrity, craftsmanship, family? How do your employees like working for you? This often times places a crucial role in branding. Note that you do not have ultimate control of your brand. While you may set out to be perceived this way, the public may perceive you differently and that will be your “brand” since branding lies in the hand of the perceiver not the communicator. Think of branding as an individual who is shaping who they are. Your brand is who you are. While brand marketing is simply portraying this to the general public, such as when you are applying for a job or even pursuing a friendship. Now, apply that to the business world.

Once you’ve established your brand, marketing becomes much more effective. It will permeate through your targeted consumer audience far faster since your company and logo sign will already be associated with a certain reputation as many large brands such as Apple, Disney, and Lucky Charms do. It is then your job to expose the general population to your brand as much as possible through a variety of marketing strategies including signage, social media, and public relations in order to bring the connections to the forefront. At the forefront of things to convey to your audience when marketing is your company’s purpose or mission statement, consumer’s benefits, values and platforms, and goals. These are appealing to the general consumer population and also allow them to easily derive your personality and formulate an opinion about your brand quickly.

 Like it was stated above, you do not have complete control of your brand. Branding greatly relies on a dynamic between the company and customers in order to create the reputation on which your company will work with to market. It is your job to provide your products and services to the best of your ability while shaping how you wish to be known from the inside out. Getting your employees to buy in and understand the values and goals of your company will greatly contribute to the positive brand you wish to establish, while the opposite will produce an equally adverse effect.

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In conclusion, brand marketing is a comprehensive marketing strategy that is highly effective in developing lasting connections with the consumer population. At the core of any good marketing strategy is a strong brand name molded by both the company itself and their customers.

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