First Time Sign Buyers Guide: PRICE vs QUALITY TIPS

February 11, 2020

"The price/quality relationship comprises consumers' perceptions of value. High prices are often taken as a sign of quality, especially when the product or service lacks search qualities that can be inspected prior to purchase.“ Wikipedia 

 

With that statement, it should be noted that not all custom signs are built the same, and not all are built to last. Many sign companies will quietly skimp on materials to save money on their end, resulting in signage that warps in extreme temperatures or fades after repeated direct sunlight exposure. This isn’t even the lowest some “manufacturers” will stoop to; some are merely shell fronts and only deal in imported, shoddily made parts and even completely built signage from overseas that don’t meet CSA standards. But they won’t tell you this, using deceptive language like “Designed in Canada” to deflect the truth of their actions. If you’re paying Canadian prices, you should ensure you’re receiving wholly Canadian made signage 

When dealing with quotes from multiple sign companies, ask their representatives to detail what materials will be used, where from, and what measures will be taken to remedy these issues if applicable. But also ask your fellow business owners (if possible) what sign companies have given them the best results most recently. If you're still unsure, Google Reviews can often be a helpful source of info as to which sign companies are most reputable, and whose signs will stand the test of time. 

It is important if you are investing in new custom signs for your new business to do your research, so you are getting the best value for your money and time. 


 

Electra Sign is a full service custom sign company located in Winnipeg Manitoba. We offer professional sign design, skillful manufacturing, experienced installation, and quality sign service. 

First Time Sign Buyers Guide: BUDGET TIPS

February 5, 2020

When discussing potential custom sign with your salesperson, it's important to have some sort of a budgetary number in mind from the beginning. Even the most "ballpark" of numbers will prove more valuable than no answer at all and help you to avoid the pitfall of assuming you have the funds available no matter the outcome. Your salesperson should know the basic ins-and-outs of signage pricing (although the final amount will typically be calculated by an internal signage estimator) and they can give you a rough idea of the best way to leverage your funds for maximum signage potential up-front. Many people vastly underestimate the sticker cost of custom high-quality, lasting signage, and end up disappointed or frustrated when their first estimate returns. 

 

An effective sign should be considered as an advertising investment, not an afterthought. A high percentage of your business will come from people that live in the vicinity and who drive past your business signage daily. A smart business owner will understand and budget for an effective engaging sign that gets noticed. Sure, big companies like McDonald's spend millions on advertising on TV and online but try to imagine if they did not have effective signs. McDonald's did an experimental study where they raised and lowered the visibility of their signage. They found that when the signs were raised higher and made more visible, sales were higher and vice versa when the signs were lowered. From that study, McDonald's learned the value of investing in effective business signage and budgets accordingly. 

However, don't take this to mean that all custom signage is unnecessarily expensive! Not all signage needs are equal, and a limited budget doesn't mean your storefront sign's impact must be diminished. Your salesperson from the sign company you are dealing with should be equipped to provide you with the insight you need, matching your business signage needs with the right product to satisfy them. 

 


 

Electra Sign is a full service custom sign company located in Winnipeg Manitoba. We offer professional sign design, skillful manufacturing, experienced installation, and quality sign service. 
 

3 Simple Tips for Designing Cost Effective Mall Pylon Signage

January 2, 2020

This past year Ens Properties Ltd. reached out to Electra Sign to help them with updating the look, design, and visibility of their existing pylon signage at the 166 Meadowood Mall located here in Winnipeg. The mall and the pylon sign are situated very close to St. Vital Centre and see's a high amount of pedestrian and vehicular traffic so it was important the existing businesses in the mall be visible to those passersby.

After assessing the needs of the mall the design team at Electra Sign proposed the new sign take on a clean monochromatic approach that would look much more modern than the original pylon sign. It was also important that the new design was timeless so it would not need updating for many years. As part of the new design, the individual tenant panel signs remained monochromatic but their individual logo colors were retained to help them with a pop and glow at night in conjunction with the new LED lighting system. A new clean top header sign incorporating the 166 Meadowood Mall's name was also added and as a cost-saving feature, it was decided that the existing base and underlying structure could be used as well.

Overall the project looked and turned out great and we were able to help revitalize the look of the mall in a cost-effective manner that stayed on budget.

Some of the tips we used were:

1. Re-use the Existing Structure: The bulk cost of any pylon sign comes from the underlying structure that supports it. More often than not you can save money and engineering costs using the existing structure.








2. Consider a Monocramatic Look: Mall pylon signs with many tenants can sometimes be very busy and unreadable given the multitude of logos and colors needed to be displayed. If you ground the design with a monochromatic look it won't be as flashy but it will be more readable and effective.




3. Keep the Design Timeless: Try not to follow trendy designs and the signage will not have to be refreshed nearly as often saving the mall thousands of dollars over many years. You won't sell as many signs but you'll have happy clients.





Electra Sign Ltd. will work with you to create signage that looks beautiful, matches your brand, and catches the attention of customers. We have been creating high quality, effective signage for over 40 years. With award-winning, certified, and full-service solutions, we are your expert signage partners.

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