Elements of an Effective Business Storefront

An effective storefront is one that utilizes many kinds of signage. These business signs (indoor signs and outdoor signs) engage customers and attracts new customers. It is so important to appeal to your customers and meet their needs. You will also want to stand out among your competition. There are many things that you must consider when mapping out your signage structure. Here’s an example of effective storefront signs for your business.

Pre-Opening Signs

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If your business is being built from the ground up, you will want to inform the public of what is happening as well as information about when you’re opening. You can also take this opportunity to inform your potential customers about the services you offer. Vinyl banners or mesh fence banners are useful in this instance because they are made to be temporary and cost-effective.

Outdoor Building Signs

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Next up, you will want to get permanent building signs mapped out and planned. This includes the design and attaining the required permits from the town or city offices. Monument signs provide great visibility from the road. If you’re located in a business park, your property management company should already have a monument sign by a nearby road that has multiple tenant panels. For your building sign, it’s a good idea to consider investing in dimensional letters. Backlit dimensional letters or an internally lit channel box are great options.

Window Graphics & Indoor Signs

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The following signs are also very important to your business. Window graphics, in the form of cut vinyl, applied to the front door are great opportunities to inform your customers of your business hours as well as a helpful identifier of your location. This is especially true if you share a space with other businesses. Indoor signs, like lobby signs or wall graphics are also effective tools to enforce your brand. Menu boards are also a form of indoor signage that we can design and manufacture. If you’ve ever been out to eat, you know how important a well-designed menu is!

Vehicle Wraps & Vehicle Graphics

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Finally, if you want to reach out to your customer base even further, you should seriously consider getting graphics on your company vehicle. Vehicle graphics, box truck graphics and trailer graphics are always very customized; no two projects are the same! With digitally printed graphics you can have your full color logo printed or you can choose from a variety of colors and finishes in ready-to-cut cut vinyl. Vehicle graphics stand out as one of the best methods for advertising. A full wrap may be pricey, but the return on that investment is one that you cannot pass up!

Custom Matte Truck Wrap and Boat Wrap Graphics

Heads will turn to get a better look at this Custom Matte Truck wrap with matching bass fishing boat wrap!  We wrapped this sweet package so the client could travel in style to participate in professional bass tournaments.

The client wanted his 2015 F150 truck and 2015 25 ft. Ranger Bass Fishing boat to match in a crazy digital camo pattern to be noticed and he wanted his sponsors’ brands to get some exposure. A Camo Truck Wrap is more popular than ever, and we really enjoyed designing this particular one!

This was a totally custom designed project from start to finish.  Our team at Connecting Signs worked closely with the client in the initial design phase guaranteeing that his most important concepts would be met.  The digitally printed design used 3M premium IJ180 vinyl wrap and 3M 8915 Ultra Matte was used to laminate.   The Matte Truck Wrap and Custom Boat Wrap also involved wrapping the truck topper, the trailer, and the inside of the boat including the windshield and the motor.   The sponsorships are big, bold and stand out getting them noticed for their support.

Vinyl boat wraps can help protect from minor scratches, and the laminate acts as a barrier against water and UV rays, maintaining the integrity of your vessel’s hull. We use top quality 3M vinyl films that come with up to 7 years lifespan, so you can be sure your boat wrap will last at least as long as a normal paint finish.

We couldn’t be happier with the final product and the reaction from the client, “The boat and truck graphics turned out so much greater than what I expected when I was working the design and approving the proofs!”

Connecting Signs has the experts to get you noticed with custom graphics for any vehicle anywhere! Parked, traveling on a busy highway or floating, contact us to get started and together we will create a vehicle wrap that stands out – 970.493.0133

 

Vehicle Graphics Printer and Installer Certifications

You invest your marketing and advertising dollars in a sign company to produce the very best graphics and large format print vinyl. When talking about high performance print vinyl used in products like vehicle graphics, vehicle wraps, and textured wall graphics, certifications are a factor for consideration when choosing a sign company for printing and/or installation of the graphics. Sign companies that invest in proper training of their employees by obtaining a preferred status show they are serious about providing the very best quality solutions to their customers.

Be sure to find local shops with accredited installers for making educated choices in trusting your vehicle graphics to. The following are two of the main certifications available in the vehicle wrap industry and vinyl graphics applications in general:

3M Commercial Graphics

3M, in conjunction with other providers, offers professional graphics training to improve the skills and prepare for testing for Certified, Preferred or Endorsed installation training. Typical training consists of a rigorous three day program taught by 3M Preferred Graphics installers. The training contents covers hands on training in vehicle wraps, discussions and demonstrations for fleet graphics, boat wraps and wall graphics as well as floor graphics and other printed vinyl applications. Upon completion of the training or based on the applicant’s previous experience in the industry, the participant can then enroll in a two day testing program during which they can achieve the status of 3M Preferred Graphics Installer. Find 3M Preferred Installers in your area.

Lowen Certified Installer

Lowen Certified is a graphic installer testing and certification program designed by Lowen Corporation and 3M to give individual graphic installers a portable, industry recognized certification that proves they have taken and passed the industry’s most demanding graphic installation testing. This program consists of training and testing on vehicle graphics, fleet graphics, rough wall graphics, window graphics, and floor graphics. Becoming Lowen Certified allows the installer to have access to some of the biggest brands in the country with their fleet graphics.

Boat Wraps in Northern Colorado – CS Wraps

Boat wraps, boat graphics, and watercraft wraps are a great way to update the look of your boat and make a big splash out on the open water! We recently did a boat wrap here in Fort Collins that we wanted to share some details about. First and foremost was that the customer was pleased! We here at CS Wraps / Connecting Signs pride ourselves in taking care of our customers and making sure the statement their watercraft makes out on the lake, is the one that they helped put together and are happy with.

 

Here’s what the owners of this red ski boat had to say about the process, and the final product:

“YOU’RE THE BEST! John and I heard about your company from a custom airbrush painter in town…wishing we could afford to airbrush our red boat. We took it over to Connecting Signs and Lindsay took pictures, had great talks w/ Bruce and started our vision of flames on our “RED BOAT”… Lindsay was up for the task and did she ever come through, the shadowing and flames from light to black coming around the back of the boat is “AWESOME” to say the least. It is like having a NEW boat.  The looks we get driving down the road are pretty crazy but out on the water is even better…. I think it really gets people thinking about what they could do to personalize their own watercrafts. At a fraction of the cost and when you want to change it up in a few years No Problem….you can take it off and do another one.
Thank you sooo much!”

We can take care of your boat graphics from design, installation, and a test drive… (only if you insist!). The process is basically the same for watercrafts, that we do nearly every day on vehicles – we start with a walk-thru with you and your boat, getting an idea on what you have in mind. We’ll point out any areas that shouldn’t be wrapped – like the hull, or possibly high traffic spots like diving platforms. After taking several photographs, which we’ll use for proofing the design, we’ll have you sit down with a graphic designer to put your ideas onto the boat using the latest in graphic design tools.

After the design is complete – the printing, lamination, and install process only takes 2-4 working days to make the transformation complete. We also take great care to seal the edges of the vinyl that might be susceptible to lifting, and help make your wrap last a long time.

Let CS Wraps / Connecting Signs help give your watercraft a new look. Don’t go looking for a new boat – just wrap it!  The pictures below show before, during and after the wrapping: