Updating Business Cards

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Business cards are a great way to reach out to potential clients, spread brand awareness, and make community connections. However, out-of-date cards might send the wrong message. That’s why it is recommended to update business cards when any of your information changes or when you have new business services or a new logo.

While some people might recommend updating them yearly, that may or may not be often enough. Here are three instances when updating business cards is necessary:

  1. New Information

When information changes, so should the business card. A change in information could be any of the following:

  • New Address
  • Name Change
  • New Phone Number
  • New Email
  • New Website
  • New Social Media Networks

If any of these changes occur, the card needs to be updated to reflect the change. Someone calling the wrong number or going to the wrong office won’t be happy when they do reach the business.

  1. Design

Over the years, logos are should be updated to look more modern and clean. When there is a change to the logo, the business cards need to be redesigned to match the new logo. Also, font preferences are constantly changing. Keep cards looking modern with a font update if necessary. Lastly, consider updating the color scheme of the card, or adding color if none is currently present. This will make the new cards stand out more to current clients and prospective new clients.

  1. Materials

Business cards today look nothing like they did 20 years ago. With technology and design capabilities constantly advancing, there are more options for creating business cards than ever before. They can be finished with gold leaf, aqua foil, embossing and more. The designers at Infinity Signs NW can add many little touches to make your business cards stand out.

Updating business cards ensures the business is giving a good first impression. Learn more about the design options available through Infinity Signs NW on our website.

 

Logo Glassware for Breweries

Logo GlasswareIn the beverage industry, promotional products can play a huge role in boosting marketing efforts. While there are many promotional products breweries and bars can use, this article will focus on glassware.

Many breweries have custom glassware they use when serving beer. The most basic form of this is a pint glass with the brewery logo on it. It might be simple, but it reinforces the company brand each time a patron looks at or picks up their glass.

Some breweries take it a step further. They make glasses for each of their year-round beers. That brew gets poured in its corresponding glass. The goal of this is to not only reinforce the brand, but also the specific brew.

An even bigger branding impact can be created when breweries design glassware for a specialty beer and then turn this into a promotion or event. They may promote the event and have the customer take the glass home when they order this specialty brew. Now the glassware isn’t just creating brand awareness in one location, but it goes with the customer when they are sharing a beer at home with their friends and family.

An extension of glassware is the growler. This huge trend to hit breweries has made increasing brand awareness much easier. Customers fill it up and take with them for an event, or just to share with friends. The logo on the growler is seen by many other people as it is being used.

For both pint glasses and growlers with a logo, check out the logo glassware in our catalog on the website. The pint glasses allow for printing in six spot colors with a second side imprint included. The growler features deep amber glass to protect 64 ounces of beer. Both the pint glass and the growler have dishwasher-safe print so they will last a long time.

Talk to Infinity Signs NW about creating the perfect pint glass or growler logo for a special event or everyday use.

Advertise at Festivals and Fairs with Promotional Items

Festival and fair season is just around the corner, which gives local businesses a whole new way to market themselves. Take advantage of these opportunities with promotional items geared toward these events. Here are some ideas for festival and fair promotional items that Infinity Signs NW can help create:

  1. Water Bottles

With the weather warming up, it’s even more important to stay hydrated. Hand out branded water bottles to help attendees stay hydrated while advertising your company. Infinity Signs NW has many different styles of water bottles to choose from and can customize them too.

  1. Sunglasses

You can never have enough sunglasses, especially when attending an outdoor event. With a large variety of styles to choose from, Infinity Signs NW can make sure the sunglass style fits the business’s brand or the target audience’s style perfectly.

  1. Cooling Scarf

It can get hot out in the Boise sun, so help event attendees cool off with the CooLoop Active Water Scarf. It is put around the neck and cools the body down to reduce heat stress. There are many colors to pick from and the cooling scarf can be customized with a message or business logo.

  1. Coolie

Keep beverages cool with a branded coolie. In Infinity Sign’s promotional products catalog there are numerous different coolies to choose from, a wide range of colors, and each can be customized with a logo.

  1. Drawstring Bag

With all of the awesome promotional items they get, fair or festival attendees will need something to put them all in. Hand out drawstring bags to help out with this. When people wear them around to carry everything, it’s free advertising for your business.

Festivals and fairs draw huge crowds, making them a great advertising opportunity. Let Infinity Signs NW help maximize advertising potential with some customized promotional items. Visit the website or contact Kyle at 208.473.2916.

3 Ways to Use T-Shirts to Grow Revenue

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Embroidered Shirts and Hats

Many companies use T-shirts as part of their company uniform without realizing some of the other benefits T-shirts can bring to business marketing. Increase revenue and brand awareness by using t-shirts in the following ways:

  1. Client Appreciation

Businesses thrive by gaining and retaining clients. One way to demonstrate your appreciation for clients is with gifts. T-shirts with the company brand show customers they are an important part of the company’s success, and how much they are valued.

  1. Brand Buildingscreen-printed-t-shirts

T-shirts can be a cost effective way to build brand awareness. Having employees wear them, passing them out at events, or selling them at your storefront, creates a mobile billboard for others to see. The more people wearing your T-shirts around town, the more eyes see your brand. Including a creative design or catchy phrase on your shirts may even stimulate conversations which will further help to promote your business. This nearly free publicity may even open doors to other companies when the shirts are worn in the workplace.

For companies with smaller marketing budgets who can’t afford large advertisements, t-shirts can really get the company name out there. Prospective clients become aware of the brand due to the t-shirts they have seen, making them more comfortable with the brand and company.

  1. Improved Employee Relationships

boise-realtors-t-shirtsAs mentioned above, one way to help brand awareness is with employee t-shirts. However, that isn’t the only benefit that can come from giving employees company–shirts. These shirts can give the employees the sense that they are part of a team, which can lead to increased productivity and a positive work environment.

Talk to Infinity Signs about designing a company t-shirt and starting a t-shirt program. The team at Infinity Signs can design t-shirts, or add your business logo almost any other type of clothing to help businesses grow.

 

3 Tips for Creating a Company Logo

Creating a company logo is an important step in starting a new business. It helps to shape the identity and often is the first thing customers will see. This is why it needs to symbolize what the company stands for.

There are three types of logos:

  • Font-based logos: these are made up of a type treatment with a twist so they aren’t just simple print
  • Illustrative logos: this type is literally an illustration of what the company does
  • Abstract graphic symbols: these logos don’t necessarily have anything to do with the actual business, such as the Nike swoosh

Not everyone is a creative genius, which can make creating a company logo difficult. That’s where Infinity Signs NW comes in. Their graphic design team can help create the perfect company logo to put on signage, promotional products, and more. However, coming in with a few ideas is helpful. Here are some ideas to get started:

  1. Seek out the competition

Some logos might not fly in a certain industry. It can be a good idea to check out what other companies are doing and which type of logo is used a lot in that industry. It can also give companies an idea of how to make theirs stand out.

  1. The message

The logo is a direct message to customers telling them what the company is about. If the company is more conservative, the logo should reflect that. The target audience should also be taken into consideration.

  1. Concise

Logos can’t afford to be cluttered. They need to be clean and able to be put on anything from a business card to the side of a vehicle. The best logos are easily reproduced and distinctive.

While actually creating the logo oneself isn’t the best idea, brainstorming some ideas can really help expedite the process. Talk to Infinity Signs NW about creating the perfect company logo to go on any sign or product needed.

Different Font Uses

When designing a sign, the choice of font matters. The right font should help the customer to read and understand the message quickly, while the wrong font will leave them confused, or could cause people to not read the sign at all. With thousands of fonts available, it can make choosing the right one difficult.

Almost every font can be put into one of five categories: Serif, San Serif, Script& Cursive, Text, and Novelty.

Serif

These fonts are the easiest to read, which is why Times New Roman is commonly used in publishing. A serif is a small angled line projecting from the upper and lower ends of the letter. When dealing with large amounts of text, like in a book, newspaper, or brochure, a serif font is the best way to go.

San Serif

The word sans means “without” in French, which means the letters in this font are missing the serifs from the top and bottom. When there are few words and a large font is needed, san serif is easy to read. This type of font is commonly used for street signs. When creating large signage for a business, this is a great type of font to use.

Script and Cursive

There is a different between these two stylish and formal fonts. Script is when the letters do not touch each other. If the letters are touching each other, the font is considered cursive. These can be difficult to read, so be careful when putting them on signage.

Text

These are the most difficult fonts to read. Generally, these can be found on newspaper mastheads (the logo at the top) and company logos. It probably is not the best font for a sign, unless it is already part of a logo.

Novelty

Novelty fonts should be used for novelty signage, such as a holiday special or important promotion. These fonts are easy to go overboard with and should never be mixed together on a sign.

Keeps these font suggestions in mind when thinking of a new sign design. Still not sure which font to use? The team at Infinity Signs NW can help find the right font for any sign they help to create and manufacture.

Business Card Rules

Businessmen and women hand out hundreds to thousands of business cards each year. To make sure those business cards are making the right impression, be aware of how its format and information are coming across to potential contacts. Follow these five rules for an effective business card:

  1. Only Important Information

Not every single detail needs to be put on a business card. Cluttering it with a small font can make it difficult for people to read or lose their attention. The basics should be the only info on the front of the business card. These include: name, title, business name, phone, email and website.

  1. Legibility

The text on business cards should be simple and easy to read. While it might be tempting to add a fun font, it isn’t the best idea. The logo design can be a different, fun element that adds interest, while allowing the font to stay simple.

  1. Printing

While printing business cards at home might save a little money, they won’t make as good of an impression as professionally printed business cards. The team at Infinity Signs NW can print business cards, as well as help design them for customers.

  1. Keep the Audience in Mind

Business cards for a tailoring business will look different than those for a plumbing business. They will need to be designed thinking of the people receiving the business card and how they will receive the design.

  1. Call to Action

To make a card memorable and interactive, consider including a call to action. It can be a discount, a QR code, or something else interactive. It can help generate leads and get people to call or visit your website.

Not sure where to start? The graphic design team at Infinity Signs NW can design business cards for any kind of business. They can also help design a logo for new businesses. Contact Infinity Signs today.