The Power of Color

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One of the most powerful tools you have when creating brand recognition is color.  The right color selection and placement will stick with customers, and forever be associated with your name.  However it can be tricky to select the colors that best suit your business, so here are a few tips to help you get started.

First, keep it simple.  Too much color will be overwhelming and completely lose its effectiveness.  You want the customer to associate the color with your brand so limit it to 2 main colors and 1 accent color.  The 2 primary colors should have similar tones and go well together, while the accent color should be different thus causing it to really pop off the page.  Your primary colors should both be either warm or cool.  Browns, tans, blacks, golds and beige are considered warm while white, silver, gray and ivory would be cool colors.

Second, be consistent.  Once you’ve settled on the colors you’re going to use they should be everywhere.  Your signage, website, logo, literature, company shirts, and advertising should all use the exact same colors.  You don’t want to have one set of colors for your website, but a different set for your building signage if you’re trying to build brand awareness.  Keep the colors, even the hues of the colors, the same across the board.

Third, consider your personality.  There are some key areas to look at for the personality type of your business, and thus the colors that will best reflect that to your customers.  Take a look at the break down below to help you sort it all out.

Feminine (pink) vs. Masculine (dark blue/brown)

Playful (orange/yellow) vs Serious (green)

Luxurious (purple) vs. Affordable (light blue/white)

Modern (black/white) vs. Classic (brown)

Youthful (pink) vs. Mature (black/brown)

Loud (red) vs. Subdued (gray)

Finally, know your audience.  While it’s important that your colors reflect your company, it’s equally important that they speak to your potential customers.  Give some consideration to the personality type your most likely to find in your customers and whether that’s reflected in your color choice or not as well.  Choosing your color scheme is a big decision and the designers at Infinity Signs NW are here to help.  We can work with you to make sure your colors will help establish your brand, speak to your customers and reflect your business personality.  Infinity Signs NW can take you through the whole process from choosing colors to turning that into signage, literature and employee shirts.

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Window Graphics Marketing

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The windows on the outside of your business are a unique opportunity to advertise to potential customers, without reducing visibility for employees.  Window graphics allow you to still see out, but customer’s to see your message.  There are a tremendous number of benefits to taking advantage of this marketing space.

Nearly anything can be printed – photos, logos, text, product information, directional details, etc.  Often your store front will have multiple window panels allowing for the opportunity to display several different items.  This is a great way to put a significant amount of information into your customer’s hands in just a few seconds.  Let them know who you are, what your business offers, and current deals all in the blink of an eye.  Using bright colors will attract attention from a substantial distance and make buyers curious to see what the display is about.

Window graphics are also temporary.  They can easily be removed and replaced as your needs change.  The professional installers at Infinity Signs NW can come swap out one graphic for another and instantly you go from your summer specials to what’s new for the fall. In addition they allow you to constantly present a modern, trendy look rather than a more permanent sign that will look out dated at some point. While easily removed, they look far more professional than putting up posters or using window paint.  A beautifully designed window graphic lets customers know you’re a serious business, with a product they should check out.

At Infinity Signs NW we can create custom window graphics in whatever size, shape, color, style, finish, or quantity you need.  We can assist with the design & layout, printing, installation, and when needed removal/replacement.  Window advertising is one of the most cost effective ways to reach your customer base.  Your windows are essentially a large, low-cost billboard that you have unlimited access to.  Windows can be a great opportunity to set the mode for your business as well.  If you offer services for children, the windows can be decorated in a kid-friendly way to excite them to come inside.  Maybe you’re focused on travel, set the mood with images of far away places.  The options are truly limitless.  Contact our design specialists at Infinity Signs NW to get started and begin using your windows to drive sales.

The History of Signage

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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.

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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.

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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.

Times Change, So Do Signs

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People and businesses are constantly changing – the average time people stay in a home = 7 years; the average time someone stays at a job = 5 years. With the only constant being that things are constantly changing, why would you want signage that never changes?  Many people think of changeable letter signs or electronic signs as the only option for something that’s easy and affordable to update, but there are many different options within printed signs as well.  Especially if you have a message that doesn’t change daily or weekly but annually or bi-annually you’ll still need the ability for a quick change.  There are a number of other reasons for purchasing changeable signs, but here are a few examples to help you see the vision for your company.

Directional – maybe you’re trying to direct customers to a specific location, or you need people to find your booth at a tradeshow, or you need interior directional signs to guide people to the correct location in a large building.  In any of these scenarios you need signage to get people to the right destination, but what if that destination changes?  Many times people change from one office to another within the same building, or the women’s clothing department relocates within a store. Being able to quickly and easily change the signs to point to the new location can be extremely helpful.

Directory – in many buildings there are multiple occupants which can change pretty frequently.  That will require regular sign changes to list the current tenants and their location.   Even within one company there may be changes necessary as services get added or dropped. In any case, having an affordable way to keep directories accurate is important.

There are several options for changeable signs.  Many A-Frame signs offer panels that can easily slide in and out, which can be very useful as directional signs.  A plastic sign channel can be useful for occupancy directories.  For a sign channel a new employee or business name is simply printed out and inserted.  Another option for directory signs that are more resilient are the plastic options.  Text can be printed on a plastic strip which can snap in or out of the directory as needed.

No matter what your budget or timeframe Infinity Signs NW has an option for an easily changeable sign that will get the job done. We’ve printed countless signs for businesses in the Boise area and continue to be their trusted supplier every time their sign needs change.

The Power of the A-Frame

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An A-Frame sign may just be the most powerful and effective way to promote your company.  These sidewalk and yard signs allow you to convey critical information in a concise way, direct people to a specific location, and grab the attention of the impulse buyer.  It’s pretty amazing that you can get all of that from one of the most affordable and portable sign options on the market.  There is truly an A-Frame sign for every budget.

There are countless uses for the A-Frame sign.  Is your business difficult to find or located inside another building?  Use an A-Frame to make sure people know you’re there and how to find you.  Do you have specials or discounts on products you need to move fast?  An A-Frame sign will stand out to any bargain hunting buyer.  A strategically placed sign is impossible to miss.  It’s right at ground level where people will be walking or driving.

Looking to further capitalize on the affordability of the A-Frame sign?  Consider that you’re really getting two signs in one.  You have two different sides to work with and market from.  In addition many have two panels (a front and a back) which are both reversible.  Now you’ve got 4 different sign options!  They also fold flat for easy storage and are light weight for portability.

What should you put on your sign?  The key to an effective A-Frame sign is to keep it simple.  Use bold letters and colors with a clear, simple message.  When possible substitute an image for text. For example if you’re an ice cream shop put an image of an ice cream cone rather than the wording for that on your sign.  Other items to be sure you include on your sign are your company name, logo, phone number and website.

The best sign is the one that fits your specific need.  An A-Frame sign can definitely deliver your message and attract buyers but working with an expert sign designer will make sure that happens. Infinity Signs NW will work with you, and within your budget, to design the perfect A-Frame sign.

Out of Home Advertising

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Out of Home advertising refers to marketing directed at hitting consumers when they’re “on the go”.  This can include billboards, vehicle wraps, transit signs, and anything else that a consumer may come in contact with when away from their home.  As a business owner are you aware of the benefits of out of home advertising?  The numbers put out by the Outdoor Advertising Association of America make a pretty compelling argument for the value of this type of investment.

  • Consumers are traveling record numbers of flight and driving miles which has made out of home advertising the second fastest growing ad medium in the U.S.
  • Consumers spend 70% of their waking hours away from home.
  • Out of Home marketing is especially effective for local businesses with 7 out of 10 ads promoting a local company.
  • For every $1 spent on out of home marketing approximately $5.97 in sales is generated which is better than digital display, print and radio.
  • 83% of consumers believe that the out of home advertising that they consume is informative.
  • There are currently over 7,800 digital billboards in the U.S. which is more than double the number in 2011.

So with all of these great reasons to use out of home advertising why are most businesses spending only an average of 5% of their advertising budget on these mediums?  As the shift has gone to online marketing many companies have lost sight of the value of out of home advertising.  Consider though that it works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week generating revenue; it can’t be blocked or skipped, it often gets viewed multiple times a day by the same consumer, and it can be highly targeted based on location and demographics.

Maybe it’s time to take a look at where your company is spending it’s advertising dollars and what type of ROI you’re really getting for each dollar you spend. You may be surprised how affordable many of these forms of advertising actually are.  Infinity Signs can help select the right medium for your business and help you take full advantage of this powerful tool.

Businesses That Benefit from a Wall Graphic

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A well-designed full wall graphic can transform a space and provide many benefits for a business. Full walls graphics might not be right for every business, however. To determine if a full wall graphic could be beneficial, businesses need to look at these factors:

  1. Audience

As with every other marketing or advertising decision, businesses first have to identify their audience. Is the wall graphic, intended for the general public, a specific market segment or is it being used for the benefit of employees? A wall graphic meant for employees may have a completely different style than one directed at potential customers.

2. Staff Motivation

Instead of a wall graphic aimed at customers, it can be aimed at motivating the staff. It livens up the workspace, can increase energy, and make everything a little less drab. Including company mottos and mission statement also helps everyone remember what their company stands for.

3. Enticing Customers

A large, colorful, wall graphic can create interest, making new potential customers want to come in and learn more about the business. It conveys the company’s personality, it’s mission, and more. Using the right colors for a specific business can boost revenue by enticing the emotions connected to a certain color.

Full wall graphics created by Infinity Signs NW are more efficient than a painted wall mural. Graphics are easily and quickly installed by professionals, which means no drying time like paint.

Wall graphics can be installed in many areas of the business such as the lobby, sales floor, conference room, and more. They truly transform a space into a statement.

The team at Infinity Signs NW can help businesses decide if a wall graphic would be beneficial, where it should go, and the design. Visit our website to see some examples of wall graphics projects we’ve done.