Promoting Your Seasonal Business

promoting your seasonal business

As the snow begins to fly you may be switching over from a summer business, such as landscaping, to a winter one, such as snow plowing.  If this is the case you have a very short window of time for your customers to find out about you, and get locked in with you for the season.  So how do you make sure you cast the widest net possible and attract as much business for the year as you can?

Existing Customers – of course your biggest stream of potential revenue will be from previous customers.  Order some professionally printed flyers and get them in the mailboxes of all of last year’s customers.  Maybe even include a magnet with your company information that they can stick on their fridge to remind them of what you offer for both winter and summer as their needs change.

Vehicle Wraps – wrapping your vehicle is a great way to attract new customers.  People will certainly see the giant snow plow on the front of your truck, but they’ll have no way of knowing your company information.  Get your truck, or other company vehicle, wrapped with all the details on who you are and how they can reach you.  Make it easy for them to see your snow plow going down the road and get in touch with you.  Getting that first call after a big snow storm could lead to years of business with that client.  Since your truck will be out there working for you either way, you might as well get the most out of it with low cost marketing in addition to snow removal.

Lawn Signs – seasonal winter business can still be promoted effectively through the use of lawn signs.  Think of all those people driving around slowly looking at Christmas lights right now.  They could easily see your sign for snow removal and write down the phone number.  Include in your flyer to your existing customers an offer for a small discount this year if they agree to the placement of a lawn sign to help you further grow your business.  The most efficient way for you to operate your business is to get as many customers in the same geographic area as possible.  Promoting through lawn signs increases the chances of people who live in the same neighborhood reaching out to you.  No need to spend all of your time driving back and forth across town between customer locations.

There are many low-cost, easy ways to grow your seasonal business this winter.  Infinity Signs NW is here to help you promote your company and market more efficiently.  Give us a call today to get your signage taken care of.

The History of Signage

historical sign

Signs have been around far longer than you might imagine, just not in quite the way you might be thinking.  According to Wikipedia signage is defined as “the design or use of signs and symbols to communicate a message to a specific group…Signs are any kind of visual graphics created to display information to a particular audience.”  Using this definition the first “signs” were cave drawings such as those done by the Egyptians and others to pass information on to future generations.  These signs were a way of keeping track of history, but also providing useful information about potential danger as well as opportunities for food in the area.

Fast forward a few hundred years and other types of signs emerge.  Religious groups began to use signs, such as the cross or the moon, to indicate religious affiliations. The first commercial signs are found in about this same time period with examples having been recovered from the Greek and Roman peoples.  They used stone to create signboards to put on shop fronts as well as for officials to announce public events.  In addition there have been examples recovered from the outside of shops where there were white areas which would then have symbols painted on them to indicate what type of building it was.  Some of the earliest still exist today such as the red and white pole for the barber’s shop and the three balls which indicate a pawnbroker.

english pub sign

In the 14th century King Richard II of England made signage a law.  He required shops to put up signs on their property with his legislations that stated “whosoever shall brew ale in the town with intention of selling it must hang out a sign, otherwise he shall forfeit his ale.”  Given that no one wanted to forfeit their ale, signs became common.  As time went on and more and more shops went up, the shop owners had to get more elaborate in their signage to differentiate themselves, thus we move in to the more modern versions of signs.

Many shop owners thought the answer was bigger signs, this became a hazard to the public as well as an eye sore, which is when government began to get involved with legislating the size and location for sign placement.  In the 19th century painting of signboards became so popular that local artists were able to support themselves just from this type of work. In addition, some inventions came along that really helped the industry – gas lighting, the industrial printing press, and electricity.

neon sign

The next major sign developments came in the early 1900’s.  Lights began to be added to signs, initially just for businesses that operated after dark but eventually to nearly all signs.  In the 1920’s came the invention of the neon sign.  This provided signage that could be easily customized and highly visible. For many years neon signs became the standard.  In addition, the creation and widespread adoption of the automobile led to the need for street signs and street safety signs at about this same time.  From here plastics were introduced which allowed for large scale production of signs with the flexibility to make changes easily.

From there it was a quick jump to the sign industry of today which is estimated to be just over a $50 billion dollar a year industry.  Now signs are available in any color, size, material, or shape you can imagine and can be displayed in hundreds of manners.   Infinity Signs NW is a proud part of the history of the sign industry with our team’s creative energy helping to further advance signage and move it towards future development.

Why Utilize A Professional Sign Designer?

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You probably pass hundreds of signs every day – on your way to work, the gym, the grocery store, to get the kids from school – they’re literally everywhere.  Have you given any thought to the science that goes into signs?  There’s actually a tremendous amount of research that’s been conducted on all of the factors that make up effective, and ineffective, signage.  The United States Sign Council (USSC) has conducted several studies and put together recommendations for creating the ideal sign.

It’s important to partner with a sign company that is going to do more than just take an order for a sign, make it, and install it.  The sign company you work with needs to be willing to take the time to really understand your business.  It’s critical for the sign designer to understand the message you’re trying to communicate as well as the audience you’ll be targeting.  Factors such as letter size, color, and font are only a few of the factors designers will consider.  The USSC has gone well beyond these and put out recommendations based on the speed vehicles will be traveling at, the complexity of the driving situation, the amount of viewer reaction time & distance, as well as the amount of “negative” (unused space) on the sign.  With all these items impacting the effectiveness of your signage, having someone help guide the decision can be critical for the best end results.

Let’s consider just two of the areas that a sign designer will review: size and color of letters.  The size of the letters you select for your sign will vary depending on how close the sign is to the road, is it for foot traffic vs highway traffic vs city traffic, and how much time is your viewing audience going to have to take in the information.  Take a look at this chart that the USSC uses to make recommendations for letter sizing.

 

Viewing Distance – Minimum Letter Height

100’ – 4” letters

250’ – 10” letters

360’ – 16” letters

500’ – 22” letters

750’ – 33” letters

1000’ – 43” letters

1320’ – 57” letters

 

To give you a point of reference 360’ is roughly a city block.  So if you want drivers to see your signage from a block away when they’re stopped at a red light, make your letters 16” high.  Another interesting fact about sizing, that the USSC found through their research, is that letter height should be increased by 15% if the sign will be all capital letters vs a combination of capital and lower case letters, which are easier to discern.

Now let’s move into color selection for your signage. The USSC found in their research that changing the letter color and background color makes a major impact on visibility.  They found that the combination of a green background color with yellow letters was visible from the furthest distance, while the combination of a black background color with white letters had the shortest visibility distance. In both cases these were for external signs only.  Other combinations such as white background with black letters or blue backgrounds with yellow letters fell in between.

With so many things to consider, and so much research having been done, it’s worth the investment to utilize the skills of a professional designer.  Infinity Signs NW has designers who will take the time to get to know your business and make recommendations for all areas of your signage.  We value your business and don’t want to see you waste large sums of money on signs that simply won’t provide any ROI.

Advertising with Feather Flags

Feather Flags

Feather flags can be used for a variety of advertising events and purposes. Their many benefits have helped launch them into popularity in recent years. Some of these benefits include:

  1. Transportation

The size and weight of feather flags make them easy to transport. This is a huge benefit to those who use them at multiple events throughout the year.

  1. Set Up

While transporting them is easy, setting up and taking down feather flags is even easier. They simply need to be placed and secured in the stand. Often, the stand and hardware come in a convenient carrying case as well. When used outside they can often be secured directly into the ground without a stand. This saves a lot of time and hassle before events.

  1. Affordability

When compared to other types of signage for this type of advertising, feather flags are a great low-cost option. This can help companies stay within their budget, while still making an impact.

  1. Durability

These banners are built to blow in the wind and can outlast the ever-changing, unpredictable weather Idaho often experiences. When properly secured, businesses won’t have to worry about them falling over or ripping due to weather conditions.

  1. Flexibility

Feather flags can be used for events or sales both indoors and outdoors. They can have text on one side, or both, and in a variety of colors. This flexibility of use and design makes them perfect for many advertising opportunities.

Use feather flags at trade shows, for outdoor events, large sales, advertising a new housing development, and so much more. Their large size and movement makes them stand out and attract attention wherever they are used.

Talk to the team at Infinity Signs NW about creating feather flags for an event or sale. They can create colorful, eye-catching feather flags that can be used for years to come.

Custom Signage: Cost-Effective Marketing

Custom Business Signs

When opening a new business, or revamping an already existing one, custom signage is an important part of the process. Working with a local company, like Infinity Signs NW, to create custom signage can provide a company many benefits. One of the biggest benefits is cost-effectiveness.

A well-designed sign, that is placed for prime visibility, can translate into more revenue. It is considered the most cost-effective means of marketing a brand. This is because signs are a one-time purchase and are visible 24/7, 365 days a year. Once installed, they continue to constantly work for as long as they are visible to the public.

In many studies, it has been shown that customers come into a store simply because of the outdoor sign. Signs have also been shown to increase sales for many businesses. Even making improvements to your outdoor signage can result in an average increase of 10% in sales. Improved signage could be a newly designed sign, moving the sign for added visibility, or an additional monument or pole sign.

Many new businesses will use a banner style sign until they have enough funds for a custom, permanent sign. Although banners are effective at drawing attention to the new business, they should be replaced with a permanent sign as soon as possible. One study found that 34% of consumers associate the quality of a sign with the quality of a store or product. Investing in a quality, custom sign from Infinity Signs NW early will help a new business send the right message, build their brand and let people know they are here to stay.

Whether opening a new location, revamping a current sign, or updating your brand, Infinity Signs NW can create a unique, custom outdoor sign for your business.

 

Questions to Ask About Signage

Business Signage

Investing in signage is a crucial step in opening a business. However, before jumping in and buying a custom outdoor business sign, business owners must ask a few questions:

  1. What are the codes and criteria for the space?

When putting up signage, city codes and the landlord’s criteria must be followed. There are likely to be rules about the type of sign, how large it can be, illumination, installation, and more. Knowing these guidelines beforehand will make the entire process easier and can prevent costly corrections later.

  1. What is the time-frame?

Infinity Signs NW can work with businesses to produce a sign within a specified time frame and within the budget. Depending on the type of signage, days or weeks may be required to prepare the sign, so be sure to contact Infinity Signs NW early in your planning process to allow plenty of time. A sign is important in getting customers to notice a new business so you will want the sign in place before the grand opening.

  1. How do I maintain the sign?

Knowing what it takes to keep the sign looking its best can be a factor in the type of sign chosen. After creating and installing the sign, Infinity Signs NW will also clean and service the sign if business owners choose that option. Having professional sign maintenance makes it easier for business owners and they can be confident their sign will stay in good condition.

These are just a few of the questions business owners should ask before and during the sign making process. The team at Infinity Signs NW can guide new business owners through the questions and any other sign concerns.

No matter the budget and criteria, Infinity Signs NW can assist businesses in creating and installing the perfect custom sign to get them noticed in the Boise area business community. Contact Infinity Signs NW today to get started on your business signs.

 

Using Electronic Message Center Signage

As people drive, they take in the sights around them, including business signage. This has a tremendous impact on the success of outdoor business signage, and the rising popularity associated with electronic message center signs. These signs have moving message displays of text, graphics, or a combination of the two.

Businesses planning to upgrade their signage to an electronic message center should take into consideration these benefits that come with this type of signage:

  1. Message Versatility

In addition to promoting your business location, electronic signs can easily be updated with flashy new messages.  They can display a wide array of text and graphic combinations to relay messages to customers about sales, special events, and more.

Business owners can update the content of the messages with the click of a button and tailor certain messages to certain times of the day with scheduling. It easier and cheaper than running different commercials on radio or television each time you want to send out a new message.

  1. 24-Hour Messages

The signs can run 24/7, reaching as many potential customers as possible. They’re visible in direct sunlight, and remain illuminated throughout the night. Even though the business may only be open from 9-5, its advertising efforts will be seen at all hours.

  1. Attention Boosting

Passersby already notice business signs, but a moving, illuminated sign will grab even more attention. An electronic message center sign will increase the visibility for a business. Some businesses like to include their catch phrase for additional business branding.

If your business has a message or messages that you want to display, Infinity Signs NW can create a sign to bring your message to life. Talk to the team at Infinity Signs NW about how your business can benefit from an electronic message center sign.