You’ve presumably seen poor signage decisions on the television, or on Facebook posts with pictures of terrible signage, or even in physical locations and you may have felt that you can tweak it to be an a much more convincing sign. All things considered, what would be a good idea for us to do about poor signage?
Glad you asked because some from the best sins in retailing are the absence of signage, their absence of identity and the confounding message they regularly pass on to clients.
Signage ought to be up front when you are making a window showcase or an item showcase. You don’t need a client looking at a hidden picture where they need to evaluate what you are attempting to offer them. Good retail signage tells clients what or why they are taking a gander at a determination of stock.
A great retail sign has to capture the customer’s interest enough to read it; just like a great email subject line gets someone to open it, a great headline in a newspaper gets someone to read it or a great magazine cover makes someone buy it.
Here are 7 tips to make convincing retail signage:
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, edit,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.
What to avoid?
Just like your merchandise, you don’t want to be generic. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen retailers bastardize the award-winning California Milk Advisory board, “Got Milk?” into Got weeds? Got kids? Got bed bugs? You get the idea. Be creative.
Creating memorable signs that sell your merchandise is truly one of the most fun aspects of retailing. Using these seven tips, you can create retail signage that not only engages your customers but moves your product almost as well as your best trained salesperson.