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4 Steps to a Total Business Transformation

Total Business Transformation

 

Enter to win a $25,000 business makeover from AlphaGraphics! Enter to win one of three makeovers being given away to deserving businesses across the country.  Entries are due by November 21, 2021.  Enter at AlphaGraphics.com/MakeItHappen.

What business couldn’t use an update every now and then? AlphaGraphics will be making that happen for 3 lucky businesses.  But even if you don’t win the makeover, we’ve got 4 simple steps that can refresh and revitalize your business.

#1 Update Designs

Ever feel that your brand is a little outdated or stale? A graphic design refresh can put a modern spin on your brand to help you stand out and feel current. Skilled graphic designers can work with you to accentuate what makes you unique then communicate it visually in ways that captivate and leave a lasting impression.

Good branding is more than just an eye-popping logo. Branding includes fonts, colors, imagery, even the tone of voice you use in written marketing materials.  Even the biggest companies occasionally update the elements of their brand. Refreshing the elements of your brand will allow you to keep your business materials consistent.

#2 Refresh Print Collateral

Once your branding is cohesive, it’s important to make sure that it’s reinforced at every customer touchpoint.  Start by auditing your printed pieces.  Things like business cards, brochures, flyers, menus, even forms, all need to be consistently branded. Pieces that look (or sound) outdated are ripe for a refresh.

Maybe all that’s needed is to update the elements of your printed materials (things like logo, colors, fonts).  Or maybe it’s time to create entirely new pieces that more effectively represent your business and communicate your value proposition in contemporary ways.  Refreshing all printed pieces is a key component of any business makeover.

#3 Rethink Signage

How attractive and effective is the signage for your business?  Are your exterior graphics faded or damaged?  Are your interior graphics eye-catching and informative?  If not, a signage refresh may be needed.

Signage that is well thought-out, beautifully designed, and properly installed can enhance your customers’ experience and reinforce your brand. An experienced sign expert can help you identify the best types of signs for each part of your business to ensure that every inch of your space is being used to strengthen your branding and drive sales.

#4 Spread the Word

Once you have your brand revitalized and have refreshed your printed materials and signs, it’s time to let the world know.  There are lots of digital marketing tools available to help you connect your business with prospective customers.

Depending on your business goals, your digital strategy might include display ads, multi-channel marketing campaigns, or a ramped up social media presence.  The marketing pros at AlphaGraphics have teamed up with Marketing 360® to offer a bevy of digital marketing services to complement your print and mail campaigns.

Give Your Business a Fresh Start

After nearly 2 years of business disruption due to COVID-19, there’s no better time to breathe new life into your business.  Following our 4 simple steps to business transformation is a great way to start.  And don’t forget to register to win a complete business makeover.

How to Show Appreciation to Your Staff This Holiday Season

The holiday season is fast approaching.  For some businesses, this is the beginning of their busiest season.   For others, this is a time of year for reflection and planning.  For almost everyone, year end and the associated holidays are a time to reconnect and strengthen relationships, including with employees.

If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught businesses anything, it’s just how vital good employees are to the survival of any company.  Showing gratitude to employees is always important but this season is an especially good time to acknowledge employees and thank them for their hard work.

If you’re an employer who wants to recognize and reward employees this holiday season, start planning now. Here are a few things to consider before we get into the thick of the holiday season.

What if I Can’t Afford Gifts for Everyone?

Can you afford to give a bonus?  If so, have you determined your budget? If cash is not an option, are there affordable alternates that your employees will value?

Employees gifts don’t need to be flashy or expensive.  In fact, a heart felt note accompanying even a small gift or gesture can improve morale.  Giving employees a little extra time off is always appreciated but not always practical, especially if the holidays are your busy season.  Maybe a company luncheon or a small outing is more affordable than providing gifts to every employee.

If you can afford personal gifts, take the time to determine what employees really want or need.

Should I Give Cash?

Holiday bonuses and cash gifts are a time-honored tradition for many companies.  Everyone can use a little extra money during the holidays.  Some companies base bonuses on annual performance.  Some base bonuses on length of service.  Still others give every employee the same amount.

If you choose to give cash gifts, be consistent.  Employees often discuss and compare bonus amounts and discrepancies will be noted.  What you intended to be a reward or sign of appreciation can turn into a point of contention if employees don’t feel their bonus measured up to that of their coworkers.

Unique way to give cashA cash (or check) bonus doesn’t just need to be a bump in your employees’ paychecks.  Most company gifts, including cash, are taxable but giving employees a bonus separate from their usual paycheck makes a bigger impact.

You can find creative ways to distribute a gift of cash that will add to the seasonal merriment.

What Type of Gifts Are Appropriate?

If you opt for something other than cash, consider a gift card and gift certificate alternative.  These make great gifts if they are for businesses that your employees will use.  Some companies will offer you a discount if you purchase certificates or gift cards in bulk, which will help you stretch your budget even farther.

If you decide to purchase actual gifts, take time to think about your business culture and your individual employees.  What types of gifts will your team appreciate and use?   What gifts are appropriate for your entire staff.  We’ve compiled a list of some ideas to consider.

A Holiday Care Package

Holiday care packageA gift box filled with snacks, seasonal gifts or personal care items are fun ways to show appreciation.  A holiday “care” package might be filled with warm gloves or a scarf along with sweet treats and even some company swag.

Gift boxes don’t need to be expensive but should show you gave some thought as to what went into them.

Useful Items

Branded pens or stationery sets may not seem like a holiday gift.  Add apparel with your company logo, an upscale padfolio, or even a custom keychain and you’ve created a company kit that employees will actually use.

Practical giftsCompany apparel is always a popular gift.  But skip the usual t-shirts in favor of more popular wearables like trucker’s caps, rain jackets or fleece vests.

If your employees spend time in the field, on the road, or working from home, consider a branded travel mug or product specific to your industry.  Almost anything can be branded with your company logo or message.  But shop early!  Supply chain disruptions may cause delays in the delivery of certain types of products.

Company Collectables

How to Show Appreciation to Your Staff This Holiday Season-4Did your business reach a milestone during 2021?  Commemorate any achievement with a specialty gift like a collectable medallion, trophy, or lapel pin.

Service awards are also great holiday gifts and acknowledge individual accomplishments.  Special packaging can create a great presentation and keepsake.

Tickets to Local Sports, Events or Entertainment

If you’re not working with a tight budget, giving employees tickets to local events could be, pardon the pun, just the ticket.  Be sure tickets are to events your employees will attend and enjoy.  You can often get a discount if you buy tickets in bulk, especially if you purchase them for the same event on the same date.

Bear in mind that childcare needs and other situations at home may make it difficult for some employees to attend an after hours or weekend event.  What you think of as a fun outing, may be a logistical nightmare for some employees.

Start Planning Now

Whatever you decide to do for your employees this season, start planning now. Supply chain disruptions may cause shortages or delivery delays this year.  If your holiday plans include custom-printed cards or any import products, the time to place those orders is before the end of October.  Don’t miss an opportunity to show your employees a little love and appreciation this season because you waited too late to get started.


AlphaGraphics Franklin can help with your holiday card and corporate gift needs. We have a team of talented designers who can create the perfect season card.  Our sales and marketing team can help you match the right gift products for your team and your budget.  We can even handle the mailing, kit assembly, shipping or distribution.

Get Ready for the Holidays: 5 Things Your Business Can Do Now

Get ready for the holidaysIt might still feel like summer where you live, but the start of the holiday season is only a few weeks away.  The key to having a successful and stress-free season is planning ahead. Working through the details of what you’ll need in the upcoming season can keep the “Grinch-y-ness” at bay.

As you start to think through your business initiatives for the holidays, determine how you’ll want to show appreciation to your loyal clients and also your valued employees.  Here are a few things to consider.

1. Order Your Promotional Products Early

Branded promotional productsPromo gifts are a holiday season staple. Custom, branded gifts are great ways to thank special customers.  Clients will be reminded of your company each time they use a product branded with your info.  The large variety of promotional products available means there’s sure to be something to fit any budget or industry.  There have been supply chain disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s more important than ever to over early.

2. Don’t Forget About Your Employees

The past two years have demanded a lot of flexibility and perseverance from your employees. The holiday season is a good time to show appreciation for their hard work.  Customized products can help boost moral and build pride in your brand while showing your employees that your value their contributions.

3. Send Out Seasonal Greetings

Holiday CardsHoliday cards are a beloved tradition that helps strengthen relationships with clients, partners, and vendors. Custom cards created with special inks, contour cutting, or foil embossing can ensure your cards stand out.

Cards can be customized with photos of your business or employees.  Cards can also be designed to reflect your industry, geographic region, or local flair.  A little creativity and a great design can leave a lasting impression.

4. Prepare for Holiday Promotions

If your business relies heavily on the holiday season for a large percentage of annual sales, now is the time to brainstorm ways to get customers in the door or to your website.  Promotions are always great ways to motivate consumers.

Planning your promotions in advance allows time to explore ways to link printed pieces (flyers, point-of-purchase signs, mailers, etc.) with digital marketing.  As more people shop online, making it easier for customers to find you online becomes imperative.  Consider things like QR codes linking to specific products or services on your website.  Remember, print and digital can work together to drive business both online and at your brick-and-mortar location.

5. Deck Your Halls

Get festive! Create a holiday atmosphere that will energize employees and excite customers.  Removeable window and wall graphics are great options for turning your business into a winter wonderland. Branded holiday signage can also reinforce the festive mood and promote your services.

Get Professional Help

The holidays can be stressful.  AlphaGraphics Franklin can remove some of the pressure by helping you plan for the season.  Our team is ready to assist with:

  • Holiday Card design & printing (we can even address & mail your cards!)
  • Promotional product selection & design
  • Seasonal marketing campaigns (both digital and print)
  • Holiday Signage design, printing & installation

Don’t let the holiday season creep up on you or steal your joy. AlphaGraphics Franklin is ready to help you make the most of the season without the bah-humbug.

How to Create a Brand Experience Using Print and Signs

Create a brand experience with print and signs

 

 

 

 

Print and signs are everywhere.  They are a fundamental part of our daily lives, from the products we purchase to the ways we navigate the world.  We interact with printed materials and signs routinely, often without even realizing that we’re doing so.

Print and signs are the primary ways businesses communicate with customers.  These elements define the customer experience by relating information about products and services.  Menus, flyers, point-of-sale counter signs, window graphics, billboards – all are ways business or brand tells part of its story.

When handled poorly, print and signs become part of the background noise.  When used appropriately, these materials create memorable experiences and forge deeper connections that resonate with consumers.

Break through the Noise and Create a Connection

As consumers, we see thousands of marketing messages every day and most barely register in our consciousness.  Breaking through to consumers and prompting them to take a desired action is a challenge every brand faces.  The key to success it to know your audience.

Targeting your message to your ideal customer means understanding what they value and what challenges they face.  Are they short on time and need a solution that is quick and easily accessible?  Do they need actionable information to help them reach a buying decision?  Your print materials and signage should offer a solution to the consumer’s needs quickly, with your value proposition clearly illustrated and easily understood.

Bridge the Gap from Message to Experience

Print material and signs go beyond just relaying the right message.  These also set the tone for an immersive brand experience where every piece of print material and signage reinforces your brand messaging.

In a retail setting, consider all the places consumers look for information: Exterior signs about location and parking, interior signs and product packaging, counter signs, handouts, rewards cards, and more.  Each of these is an opportunity to “sell” your brand to consumers and to create a visual impression of your business.

Immersive experiences aren’t only for brick-and-mortar businesses.  Even companies without a consumer destination (like real estate agents and service companies), any business can create engaging experiences by using vehicle graphics, printed flyers and brochures, promotional products and more.  Even business cards and forms reinforce your brand.

Bring Your Brand to Life in Meaningful Ways

Think about the ways your printed materials and signs can help create unique customer experiences.  Are your messages aligning with your customers’ needs?  Are you making the best use of all your printed materials?  Are you signs communicating effectively?

At AlphaGraphics Franklin, we can help you review your brand messaging to look for opportunities to create a more immerse experience for consumers.  We can guide you through choices for signs and print materials that will connect with customers in new and unexpected ways.

Why You Should Keep Your Branding Consistent Across the Customer Journey

Customer interactions build brand awarenessLoyal customers are essential to the success of any business.  These customers are your repeat business and often advocate for your brand with their recommendations, reviews, and referrals.  To help build and maintain that base of customers, you need to ensure you deliver a positive customer experience every step of the way.

Every interaction with a customer should be reliably “on brand.”  Strong branding reflects a confidence in your company and helps solidify consumer trust.  To help ensure consistency, consider how your brand is represented at each stage of the customer journey.

What is the customer journey?

While every business is different, the process that consumers use to decide when to make a purchase follows a remarkably similar roadmap.  This framework of consumer experiences is the customer journey.

The main steps in the customer journey are:

  • Awareness – consumers become aware of your brand
  • Discovery – consumers research your brand (and others)
  • Purchasing Decision – consumers make the decision to purchase
  • Retention – your brand continues to engage consumers
  • Advocacy – loyal customers advocate for your brand

Why is consistent branding important?

Typically, it takes 6 to 8 interactions for a consumer to consider your brand when making a purchasing decision.  Brand recognition and trust for your business are more easily accomplished when your branding is consistent through each touchpoint of the customer journey.  Each stage in that journey has its own considerations.

Awareness

At this stage, consumers are just becoming aware of your business and your brand promise. It’s extremely important in this stage to establish your brand clearly and to use customer-centric messaging that is appealing and concise.  As you build awareness, don’t forget to include your logo and contact information in all marketing.

Discovery

Once consumers are aware of your business, they’ll likely research you online to learn more.  Consistent design across all online channels, including all your social media, is extremely important.  Stay on brand with your colors, fonts, imagery, and all other design elements.

During the discovery phase, consumers are exploring your value proposition to determine how you can help them.  Make sure your brand promise is explained and that you have someone ready to respond quickly to any inquiries.

Purchasing Decision

Once a consumer decides to make a purchase from you, they move into the next stage of the customer journey.  You want customers to feel good about their decision to buy from you and confident that they made the best choice. At this stage, you want customers to recognize that your business delivers on the brand promise made during earlier stages.

If your business has a brick-and-mortar location, all on-site branding needs to be consistent with what consumers saw during their online research.  All in-store signage, exterior signs, even packaging, should match your branding.

Your sales and customer service teams need to be using fresh, up-to-date collateral.  All your brochures, flyers, rack cards, catalogs, and stationery need to be consistently branded.

Retention

The sale might be final, but the customer journey doesn’t end there.  It took several stages and multiple touches to get to the purchase, so you’ll want to leverage all those efforts to ensure customers come back for more.

A negative or inconsistent experience with your brand can destroy all the good will you’ve created.  Pay close attention to any follow-up communications.  Make sure any additional touches (whether digital or printed) stay true to your branding.  Each contact should reinforce your value proposition and build trust.

Sending a thoughtful, branded Thank You card after the sale is always a nice touch.  Make sure any follow ups (written or digital) are on-brand.

Advocacy

Focusing on customer retention creates happy, repeat customers.  These are exactly the people you want advocating for your brand.  Make it as easy as possible for customers to sing your praises by directing them to places where they can leave reviews and feedback.

Be sure you’re responding to all comments, especially any that are negative.  Bad reviews happen, but they are an excellent opportunity to demonstrate your customer-focused approach by apologizing and working with customers to regain their trust.

Great customer experiences start with great branding

Building brand loyalty is a multi-step process.  It begins with the very first impression a consumer has of your brand and continues long after a purchase is made.  Reinforcing your brand at every step of the customer journey builds trust and results in repeat customers who are happy to recommend you to others.  Don’t neglect any step in the customer journey and you’ll likely be rewarded with a loyal customer base that will help your business grow.

Learn more about our brand identity services.

Learn more about using content to create customer loyalty.

The Resurgence of QR Codes

The Resurgence of QR Codes

There’s no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic collapse disrupted business.  Large and small companies struggled to find ways to connect, communicate, and serve their clients.  Apps like Zoom and ecommerce platforms like GrubHub and Postmates helped many businesses stay alive.

Use of QR Codes increased during COVID-19 quarantines

While newer technology may have grabbed the spotlight, a bit of throwback tech from the early 2000s steadily made a comeback.  The innocuous QR code started popping up again for a variety of uses.  Short for Quick Response code, this little square of code was introduced in the late 1990s to provide more information than a traditional bar code.    First used in manufacturing, it slowly spread to other applications but never really got much traction.  Until recently.

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As smartphone cameras and technology improved, the QR code became easier to access. Without the necessity for special apps, those little blocks became easier to read, making it possible to quickly link consumers to online sites like product videos, menus, signup forms, and more.  In fact, when the Connected Commerce Council conducted a survey in 2020, 76% of U.S. small businesses indicated that they relied more on digital tools and software than before the COVID-19 crisis and economic downturn.

QR can be used in new ways

QR codes provide another way to connect to consumers for a variety of purposes.  Just recently, PayPal announced payment processing through their platform using a Scan/Pay QR code.  As more people worked remotely during quarantines, some WiFi providers began using QR codes as a way for users to easily scan for access without requiring them to type in lengthy domain names and passwords.

As retailers and other businesses begin reopening post-pandemic, many rely more frequently on QR codes to continue to connect, communicate, and educate consumers.  QR codes are great ways to encourage online engagement, to provide additional product information or to suggest related products.  Cross-selling and upselling using QR codes can be an extremely effective way to increase sales without high-pressure selling.

Uses for QR Codes

  • Point of Purchase Signs
  • Product Packaging
  • Catalogs & Sales Sheets
  • Rack Cards & Handouts
  • Posters & Banners
  • Menus & Mailers

QR Codes don’t have to be boring

As QR codes evolve, they no longer need to be the simple black and white block we’ve grown accustomed to.  Designers who know the QR code “rules” can create unique codes that will get noticed.

QR codes continue to demonstrate their utility.  As their popularity grows so will their impact.  Far from being a novelty, QR codes will become an expectation of consumers and a way for businesses to augment their sales and marketing efforts.

AlphaGraphics Franklin has a team of design and marketing professionals who can help any business find creative and effective ways to use QR codes.

4 Ways for Your Business to Support the Community

Support your communitySometimes it takes a pandemic or natural disaster for a community to truly come together.  The Nashville and Middle Tennessee area learned this firsthand last year. The year 2020 brought with it devastating tornadoes, the spread of COVID-19 and the accompanying economic slump, and ended with the Christmas Day bombing in the very heart of Music City.

Local businesses often play a big role in recovering from challenges. As a member of the community, your business and employees are uniquely situated to get involved and offer help.  Lending a helping hand is not only the right thing to do morally and ethically, but it also further knits your business into the community and helps forge deeper connections to other individuals and businesses.

We’ve outlined four ways to use your brand to plug into your community and offer support.

Call Attention to Milestones

Throughout the pandemic, a lot of milestones that would normally have been celebrated didn’t get much recognition.  Acknowledging and celebrating those special occasions can show your awareness and support.  Use storefront signage, yard signs, and banners to thank essential workers, to celebrate graduations, acknowledge local events, and to show support for other local achievements or milestones.

Small in-store giveaways (like stickers, mini posters, pens, etc.) are fun ways to spread the celebration and are tangible reminders of your brand and your support.

Sponsor a Local Cause or Event

There are a lot of small businesses and non-profits in your community who need extra support right now.  Bolstering these organizations provides them the help they need and also gets your brand in front of potential customers.

Monetary support (in the form of donations to non-profits or purchases from small businesses) is always welcome but in-kind offerings of products and services can also be helpful.  Organizing a volunteer day with your employees is another way to help.  Remember to keep your brand name front and center, whether with branded t-shirts for your team or with branded signs or giveaways.  Doing so will reinforce your involvement in the community and build awareness for your brand.

Share Your Expertise

Demonstrate your value by sharing what you know.  Perhaps that means offering small workshops or lunch-n-learn events to share information (you can also do this by Zoom).  Consider creating how-to videos to share on your website or social media.  Maybe your business can offer your services to community members pro bono or at a discount.

Find the needs in your community that are the best match for the products or services you provide then find ways to help meet those needs.

Partner with Local Businesses

With very few exceptions, most other businesses in your community faced the same challenges you faced in 2020.  Partnering with other local businesses provides the opportunity to make a bigger impact in the community.  A mutually beneficial partnership, especially between businesses offering complementary services, can provide extra exposure for everyone involved.  Co-branding sales materials and signage is a great way to save money and drive customers to each other’s business.

Community Participation is Key for Your Business

As a local business, it’s important to stay involved in your community. Supporting your neighbors through tough times benefits everyone.  Your involvement not only helps other businesses and individuals, it also strengthens bonds and demonstrates your investment and support of others in your area.  Gaining recognition for your brand is a beneficial by-product of your efforts.  Your participation is a boon for everyone.

Direct Mail in 2021

Mailboxes

2020 is finally over and we’re well into 2021.  To say 2020 was a year of challenges would be an understatement.  As rough as the year was, however, there were some valuable lessons to be learned.

One of the revelations for a lot of businesses in 2020 was how difficult it was to reach new and existing customers during lockdowns and when budgets were tightened.  Marketers learned that social media offered great ways to keep their brand in front of customers but was not so great at converting those eyeballs into dollars.

Digital marketing via email, Facebook ads, Google advertising, etc., can be effective but can also be unpredictable and costly.  Plus, as businesses were forced to pare back their marketing teams, it became more difficult to manage and monitor all those digital channels.

Surprisingly, one of the biggest lessons of 2020 was how impactful and cost-effective direct mail could be.  While digital marketing may have become the “go to” medium for building brand awareness, printed direct mail still had a vital role to play.

Consumers are inundated with marketing emails – too many to read each day.  And email filters are better at spotting and flagging marketing messages as spam.  Direct mail, however, gets directly into the homes and hands of consumers.

Print is tangible – it engages with consumers in both tactile and visual ways.  And print still provides the most robust form of customer engagement.  ROI for direct mail remains higher than other forms of marketing.  Even with recent postal rate increases, direct mail is still a bargain.

When planning a direct mail marketing campaign, there are three important elements to consider.

LIST

Your list is the most crucial piece of any marketing campaign.  Whether you need to saturate an area near your business or target a specific subset of consumers, the right list is imperative.

OFFER

Once you have your direct mail piece in someone’s hands, you must prompt them to respond.  Your Call-To-Action is the offer you’re extending.  Whether that’s a coupon, a discount, an early-bird special, or some other incentive, your offer needs to be clear and compelling.

DESIGN

Never underestimate the creative elements of your direct mail.  Does the verbiage you’re using match the visual images on your mailer and does it speak to your target audience?  Do the graphics grab attention and compel someone to read the piece?  Your design can include specialty treatments like foil, metallic inks, soft touch lamination, or other embellishments that make your piece stand out.

LEVERAGE PRINT WITH DIGITAL

Combining direct mail with digital marketing can create more memorable experiences for consumers.  The interactivity between print and digital marketing allows you to customize marketing efforts.  Print can drive traffic to your digital channels, adding more touchpoints to the customer journey.  More touchpoints in varying formats can boost brand awareness and improve engagement.

When done well, direct mail will reinforce your brand’s message and create a lasting impact.

Learn more about combining direct mail with digital marketing.

As we move through the uncertainty of 2021, every business needs to plan for the unexpected.  While we all hope business will be back to “normal” by mid-year, the future remains unpredictable.  Including direct mail in your marketing plans can help you reach customers throughout the year in ways that engage and drive business.

How to Capitalize on Big Events and Holidays for Your Marketing Campaigns

Event Marketing

It’s a new year and time to start looking for new ways to market your business.  Connecting with customers may have proven difficult in 2020.  In 2021, it might be time to try new tactics to stay relevant with consumers.  Building your marketing campaigns around events, like major sporting events, national holidays, and awareness campaigns can, align your brand with things your customers care about.

Embracing big (and smaller local) events in your marketing and advertising keeps your business top of mind.  This type of marketing can create spikes in demand for your products and services.  Showcasing your business in support of events that are of importance to your customers builds engagement and can lead to increased sales.

Get Your Message Across in a Big Way

To communicate effectively, you need to be big, bold, and undeniable.  Create a value proposition for your business with an event-themed message.   Custom, eye-catching signage grabs attention and generates excitement for the event.

Signs in various shapes and sizes can create bold visual images that associate your business with the event.  Flags and A-frame sidewalk signs can draw attention, as can banners and yard signs.  Window and wall graphics do the same.  Table tents and point-of-sale signage will help drive home your message.  A well-coordinated signage package makes a big impact. (Learn more about different sign options here.)

Align Your Marketing Campaigns

Aligning your marketing campaigns with an event can help harness the excitement surrounding it.  Your campaign messaging should be personalized for your target audience.  Use images and verbiage that tie in with the event.  Your marketing messages should be relatable.  Try sharing stories that convey what that event means to you, your employees, and your business.

Coordinate the timeline for your marketing campaigns to lead into the event and be sure to select the right delivery method.  Email campaigns provide a low-cost way to communicate directly with customers,  Direct mail marketing is still the most effective means to grab consumer attention (especially when you don’t have a clean, organic email list).

Social media remains the best tool to engage in two-way conversations with consumers, before, during and after an event.  (Learn more about coordinating print and marketing campaigns.)

Share Freebies and Promo Products

Everybody likes swag!  Branded promotional products add a tangible element to any event-related marketing campaign.  Plus, those freebies keep your business top of mind long after the event.

Promo products that relate in some way to the event are the most effective, as are items that are unique or useful.  There are promotional products available for almost every budget, but some take longer to produce than others.  Plan ahead to time the availability of your giveaways with the event you’re promoting.  (Search our catalog of promotional products here.)

Tie in Charitable Giving

One of the best ways to make a big impact in event marketing is to tie in charitable giving.  People are more likely to participate in a campaign that benefits a good cause or gives back to the local community.  Show consumers that your business is involved locally and demonstrate that you care about more than just profits.

Choosing a nonprofit cause to promote humanizes your brand and empowers customers to play a role in something bigger than a simple sales transaction.  Working locally also helps you build relationships with other individuals and businesses in your area.

Big Events Mean Big Opportunities for Marketing

Event marketing provides ample opportunities to communicate in relevant ways.  These campaigns build real and lasting relationships with your customers and community.  Plan ahead and look for events, both national and local, that you can build a marketing campaign around.  Strategize with your team and ask what events, charities, or local activities they think would find broad appeal in your area.

Harness the power of event marketing to get noticed and get business while also connecting you in meaningful ways with your community.

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How to Leverage Signage for Marketing Your Business

How to use signs to market your businessEvery business has signage.  It’s the simplest, most accessible form of advertising.  Signs are a big part of how we interact with the world as consumers. The types of signs we’re exposed to and the messages we see cause us to act and react with the brands delivering them.

Signage is important

Signs are powerful and multifaceted marketing tools and a visual representation of your brand.  But signs do much more.  They inform.  Signs can:

  • Inform, direct, or entice a customer to take a desired action
  • Attract attention, create intrigue, and promote interest
  • Expose people to and educate them about your brand
  • Strengthen your brand’s awareness and customer recognition
  • Stand out from the competition

If your signage sends a good message and creates a positive emotion, there’s a good chance your business will benefit in some way.  You’ll attract new customers.  You’ll introduce your products and services.  You’ll convey your brand’s value proposition.

Make Signage Part of Your Marketing Strategy

Signage is one of the best ways to interact with people in the physical world.  Like all your marketing, you want to reach the right people, at the right time, with the right message.  The signs you choose for outside – and inside – your business convey a lot about the type of company you are.  Sloppy signage may indicate a lack of attention to detail.  Signs need to look professional and represent your brand in a positive way.

What Signs are Best for Your Business?

Whether you need building signage, window graphics, or banners, it’s important to choose the right type of sign to grab attention and convey your message. Talk to a signage experts at AlphaGraphics Franklin to learn more about the many types of signage and the infinite customization options available, so you can bring your message to life in the most effective way.