Here are seven tips to create an effective sign to your company:
Be short and to the point.
We used to think it was tough to come up with an update for Twitter that was under 140 characters or to edit a YouTube video down to under two minutes. Attention spans have shortened even more – check out the new mobile sensation Vine where people create 6 second videos. Customers are in hurry; respect that.
Make sure the fonts you use are easy to read
Some retailers can get away with crayons on a chalkboard, but getting away with and driving sales are two different things. Clear font characters – without curly-cues and multiple colors – let the customer’s attention first gravitate to your message and then to your product. If customers can’t quickly read it, they’ll move on. And as Baby Boomers age, smaller signs are harder to read.
State the customers’ reasons for buying your product or service.
What is the customer buying this for? To be a hero to his son? To look fabulous for a date? To have easy-to-manage hair? Then tell them, “Be a hero tonight with this.” “Make heads turn!” “Manage curly hair with this.”
Use the words you or yours.
Customers buy when they start visualizing themselves using your products. One way to help them is to incorporate the words you or yours. Notice how much stronger the above signs become with the addition of you or your. “You’ll be a hero tonight with this.” “You’ll make heads turn!” “Manage your curly hair with this.”
Less is still more.
A recent article in the WSJ said people were shortening text messages down to a of couple words, a couple of initials, or a single emoticon. We are all getting used to short, succinct messages. Edit your copy ruthlessly until the meaning remains but the fluff is gone.
Test your sign.
It’s fun to have a new sign on the top of a window display that you feel is perfect … until you notice it is too faint to be seen through your tinted window, or the font is too small to be seen by cars going 25 MPH. If you are on a busy street, have a friend drive by and tell you what your sign is about. If they can’t get it – edit.
Boring signs are, well, boring. Remember, your goal is to grab a casual browser’s attention. Double entendres, puns and jokes are great ways to show you are a fun business.Yes, some people will say you’re not funny or whatever, but the bulk of your customers will appreciate it. They might even take a picture and post it on Facebook like these two below.