sign of the times
why signage has never been so important
If there’s one thing that’s certain in 2020, it’s that there’s a whole lot of uncertainty out there. Basic rules, social norms and protocols are changing on a weekly, if not, daily basis. So, as we navigate this changing landscape together, what role does signage play?
Signage traditionally fulfils a number of roles; from marketing functions like brand awareness and recognition through to directional and wayfinding. 2020 sees people looking, more than ever, to signage for direction, information and guidance. Whether it's how many people are allowed in store, entry restrictions to a business or where to sanitise your hands, we are actively seeking certainty and guidance as the way we interact with businesses evolves.
So information we should provide then, right? Well, yes and no. As with our inboxes, there is risk of over-communicating with signage too. The danger is, that we bombard our target audiences with everything we want to say – hoping that something will stick. More often than not, this results in further confusion or no interaction with signage at all…because it's all a bit hard. Resulting in a confused, frustrated end-user and a potential lack of regard for the current protocols. And right now, we need to ensure that signage is being understood and adhered to more than ever.
For effective engagement and understanding, consider simple signage solutions:
What are you trying to communicate?
Keep it short, simple and 1 – 2 messages at most.
Where are you trying to communicate it?
Consider the time people have to read your signage when they see it; are they walking / driving / sitting (if allowed!) and tailor the length of your message accordingly.
How are you trying to communicate?
All comms should be in line with your brand. Now is a great time to build trust and confidence with your audiences so give them more of what they love you for. Informative signage doesn’t need to be shouty!
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Then consider the best signage for the brief – pull-up banners, lightboxes, flags, a-frames, floor / wall / door decals…there are huge possibilities so select the best tool for the job. The answer isn’t always the bigger, the better or the more the merrier. How can you most effectively deliver your message?
Consider lightboxes or Reframe signage where messaging can be simply and cost-effectively updated and the signage can continue to be used in-store or at your business...long after new protocols settle.
And once you’ve got your informative signage sorted – think about your customer and what they want to hear. Now is a perfect time to use signage to inspire, give hope and be the light that we’re all looking for. Whether that’s through new campaign images, inspirational product shots or positive and uplifting messages, now is a great time to connect with your audiences on an emotive level. Show them what life could look like on the other side of all this – and where your brand fits. Think about how you can build your brand through engagement…and with social distancing in place, where better to start than signage 😉
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If you need signage or want to chat to our team of signage experts about solutions for your business then get in touch today. We're here to help.