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Rain for Rent is a leading provider of temporary liquid handling solutions.  It is family owned and operated since 1934; serving all 50 states, Canada, the UK and Europe. Read more about this company here. Connecting Signs has been working with this business for a little over a year and have done some work locally (northern Colorado) and nationally. We have provided everything from vehicle decals to dimensional signage for the company.

Explore the photos and descriptions of the different storefront signs for this fast, expanding company!  

Greeley, Colorado signs:

fleet truck graphics

Stockton, California storefront signs:

Illuminated building sign

Charlotte, North Carolina storefront signs:

monument sign

  • Monument Sign (flush face)

Connecting Signs is proud to partner with Rain for Rent for all their storefront sign needs here locally and across the country! How do we do make a sign for their out of state locations?  We partner with excellent sign companies and installers that we trust and depend on to get the job done to our expectations which meets our customer’s expectation!  Our contact at the North Carolina location was thrilled at how quick and easy the job went – especially since we are over a thousand miles from the job site!

Any kind of signage; anywhere! Get started by requesting a quote or Call us 970-493-0133 for your all of your signage needs – local, statewide, and nationwide.

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How to Increase Brand Awareness with a Vehicle Wrap

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Vehicle wraps for brand awareness

Vehicle wraps are a unique and interesting way to showcase your brand, elevate your company’s prestige, and increase your brand’s awareness. Vehicle wraps, generally, have the same benefits that billboard advertising does, however, there are some major differences that sets them apart from standard billboard advertising. A vehicle wrap that is intentionally designed with thought-out placement of graphics and professionally installed can generate tons buzz and awareness about your brand. With standard billboard advertising, there are placement restrictions and no guarantee that your advertisement will be noticed. A vehicle wrap allows your ad to be seen by thousands on the road with no permitting or placement restrictions. Understanding your target audience is important and with a branded vehicle you can park in a strategic location to ensure that the intended audience is seeing your brand. A well-kept vehicle wrap can last for years and are easily removed when you want to re-brand your vehicle.

Custom partial radio station vehicle wrap

Designing a Vehicle Wrap

Creating an effective vehicle wrap design can be challenging. To start, you need to make sure that you are using an accurate template to design from and that all the graphics in the vehicle wrap design on the computer are high-resolution or, even better, vector-based. A simple, clean design is usually the most effective way to make a lasting impression. Minimizing the amount of copy and call-to-actions is also important when you’re designing a commercial vehicle wrap. Only feature the most important message because the vehicle wrap will be viewed very quickly, and a busy design will not be read or noticed!

Service Van Wrap

Printing and Installing a Vehicle Wrap

The next important phases of a vehicle wrap project are the printing and installation phases. If you’re taking this project on all by yourself and you’re new to vehicle wraps, it might be a good idea to partner with a credible sign company to ensure that your vehicle wrap is printed and laminated correctly. Locating an experienced installer will also save you lots of frustrations and re-prints. The wrap installation process can take up to three days, longer depending on how detailed you want your vehicle wrap to be. Properly caring for your newly branded vehicle is also important and ongoing. A maintained vehicle wrap can provide years of effective, impressionable advertising!

Contact Connecting Signs today to get started on your vehicle wrap project! Call 970.493.0133 or click here to request a quote

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

Mesh fence banner colorado and storefront signs

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

Partial Truck Wrap

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!

Radio Station Custom Vehicle Wrap

Recently, a local radio station in Northern Colorado came to us to help them re-design their 2015 Nissan Pathfinder to reflect their new branded logo. We were lucky enough to work with them on their first wrap. They changed their logo quite a bit to reflect their new sound. We wanted to help them keep to their budget as well, so this new wrap needed to be a custom partial vehicle wrap.

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Tri 102.5 full vehicle wrap

The color scheme to be used in the wrap was changed to a simple blue, and red based design. We decided to design this with the logo in mind. It’s highlighted by the angled lines with the blue and red sampled from the darkest blues and darkest reds. The website address and corporate logos also needed to be clearly shown on the wrap. We also installed perforated window vinyl on the side and rear windows for additional coverage. But, the best part about perforated vinyl is that you can see out of it from inside the vehicle.

Previous logo design and full vehicle wrap

Previous logo design and wrap

Even custom partial vehicle wraps can be versatile and can increase your visibility to your audience. You can also think of vehicle wraps as a moving billboard! If you are on the road, driving your company van or truck around, you can take all those views you’re getting on the highway or parked as a way to engage potential customers. Small businesses can benefit greatly from vehicle wraps, especially if your business is new in town. The cost saved by shifting your marketing budget to include a vehicle wrap or vehicle graphics (like side door decals, or rear window graphics) is great after you look at the cost of an actual billboard.

Are you interested in a vehicle wrap? Do you want to see the difference between a quarter, half or full vehicle wrap? Give us a call today or click here to request a quote!

Fort Collins Local Business, The Feet Delivery Service and Logistics, New Ford Transit Van Fleet Graphics

The working relationship we have with The Feet, Inc. as well as many other businesses with fleet vehicles is always very good partnerships.

Vehicle Wraps

Fleet vehicle graphics for HVAC companies

Fort Collins fleet graphics

We’ve worked with lots of great businesses all around Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. We’d love to work with businesses all over the country, though! One of those great businesses is the locally owned (to Colorado) and operated Heating and Air company, IMS Heating and Air. They are known all around Colorado for their awesome customer service and knowledgeable technicians. We were excited to partner with them for the design and production of their fleet of service vehicle graphics. We have the unique perspective and privilege to have re-designed our own fleet design!

Fort Collins fleet graphics for HVAC companies

The first design of the fleet van graphics for IMS was simple, but bold enough to stand out on the road and at job sites. The concept was, red on the driver’s side representing heating and blue on the passenger’s side representing cooling. Along with the important information, the design was an effective advertising tool considering the amount of traveling they need to do in-order to provide their award-winning service their customers. With dozens of vehicles in their fleet, the graphics also needed to be cost-effective. We were able to design a custom partial wrap for their vans. The graphics fade to white towards the front of the van, so there is no material going over the hood or front fenders. This cut down on, not only material but also installation time.

Fleet graphics

In recent times, though, the van design became a little dated and after IMS over-hauled their marketing strategies and slightly updated their logo, it was time to re-visit the van graphics for an update to accommodate their evolving brand. We took apart their logo and re-designed the placement of the tagline text, “A World of Possibilities in Home Comfort Systems”. The phone number and website were updated with a modern font and enlarged for greater visibility. The concept of the cool and hot colors on the sides did make it to the new design, though! This new look also showcases their achievements in customer service and integrity as a company with the logos of the awards they’ve won over the years. We were also able to keep the material usage to the same as the old vans, which was very important to the owners at IMS.

Fleet graphics for businesses

They were so happy with the new vans, that they asked us to wrap one of their pick-up trucks and compact cars with the new “look”.  It took some revisions to successfully transition the design elements from a van to a truck and car, but we were able to nail down a design. We wrapped the truck and car right after the other.  This project was such a success that we set up a photoshoot at the IMS headquarters in Berthoud, Colorado to showcase the car, truck and van designs!

Fort Collins fleet graphics

Fleet Vehicle Graphics

When The Feet calls for installation of vehicle decals, it’s never just one vehicle – it’s many!  Recently we got a call to help out with installation of their company graphics on 10 Ford Transits.  The back of our shop has a great parking lot that is perfect for the 10 vehicles.

We like to do things fast here at Connecting Signs, so we tried to get in as many vehicles that the inside of our shop would hold to do the installation.

The vehicle graphics used for The Feet are cut vinyl decals that are applied to the vehicles.  When we do work for The Feet, everyone in the shop helps out because of the amount vehicles they bring in at one time and the process used to create the decal.  Their logo is cut out of 3M premium vinyl royal purple and sunflower yellow and applied by layering the logo on top of each other.  When the purple graphics is laid on top of the yellow, it makes the finished logo as seen below:

The layered logo and text is then applied by using transfer tape.

Their fleet is made up of multiple vehicle types depending on the delivery – getting the work done more efficiently for their customers.  We have installed graphics to Ford Transits, Toyota Corollas and Tacoma, Ford E250s, Ford Focus, Ford Ranger, and a Nissan!

Does your business need a company vehicle for making deliveries like The Feet or do you need multiple vehicles for salespeople, carrying equipment or traveling to construction sites?  If you do decide that fleets will be a value to your business, there are many things to keep in mind like what type of vehicle (van, passenger car), to lease or buy.  Read more here to find out about lots of information for leasing.  Of course, don’t forget about identifying your fleet with a full vehicle wrap, partial vehicle wrap or vehicle decals.  Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Be consistent with your design (wording, graphics, color) on all vehicles
  • Keep it simple
  • State what you do and how you can be contacted (website, phone number)
  • Add your tagline
  • If you add a new vehicle, schedule it for installation of decals or wrap as soon as possible

The Feet’s fleet vehicle graphics does all of these things with their vehicle decals.  Give them a call for delivery service from Casper, Wyoming to Castle Rock, Colorado.  Connecting Signs uses them for many of our deliveries of banners, posters and other signage.  It’s a great partnership!  Give us a call 970-493-0133.  We would love to partner with you and park your fleet in our huge parking lot!

 

 

 

truck graphics from Conneting Signs in Fort Collins

Snap-on Tools Truck Graphics Fort Collins

We just finished installing graphics on the back lift gate of a local Fort Collins Snap-on Tools truck operated by Jon Kunz. We got the call from him in the morning, and they needed it installed that same day for the Snap-On Tools Championship Night at Colorado National Speedway the very next day. As you can see, the graphics really grab the attention and help promote the Snap-On brand!

Vehicle Graphics and Truck Graphics are one of the most cost effective ways to promote your company’s brand and create a rolling billboard for your services. They are not governed by city sign codes, so you dont need to worry about how big the sign is. Eye-catching vehicle graphics are seen by more people than any other form of advertising on the road today – they really do get your phones ringing!

If you need the best tools around Fort Collins – contact Jon and he’ll get you setup with tools that will last a lifetime. And if you’re looking for installation, design, or advice on turning your company vehicle in to an advertising machine, give Connecting Signs Vehicle Graphics a call at 970.493.0133. We are your choice for vehicle graphics in Northern Colorado!

Car Wraps Fort Collins

A car wrap is the most effective form of advertising in the market today. One car wrap will get between 30,000 and 70,000 impressions per day. That’s huge from a small business marketing standpoint.

In competitive environments like here in Fort Collins and Northern Colorado, it isn’t easy to create customer awareness by using traditional advertising like yellow pages. You have to “stand above the crowd” and be out-of-the-ordinary to be seen in today’s market. You also want your brand to be in front of your potential clients daily if you want your brand to be recognized and be at the top of people’s minds when they are in need of your product or services.

We finished off this eye-catching car wrap for Ken’s Muffler in Fort Collins. Car wraps like this partial wrap get noticed! Ken’s Muffler is serious about expanding their business to include the growing market of green vehicles. We’ve done a truck wrap for them in the past, and Scott, the owner of Ken’s Muffler knows full-well the benefits of advertising on company vehicles while out on deliveries, driving from home and work, and even sitting in a highly visible parking space in old-town Fort Collins during lunch!

Car wraps boast the lowest cost-per-impression rate compared to any other form of advertising media. Large brands like Walmart, McDonalds, and Pepsi use vehicle graphics as a large part of their marketing strategy – Small businesses should do the same! No one can “shut off” the message on a vehicle like you can on a TV or radio, it is displaying your message and providing valuable advertising 24/7.

Check out some facts about vehicle wraps from the Outdoor Advertising Association of America:

  • Mobile advertising can be the most effective and efficient form of outdoor advertising, reaching more consumers at a lower Cost Per Thousand Impressions (CPM) than any other form of outdoor advertising.
  • More than 95% of Americans are reached by media targeting vehicle drivers and passengers.
  • The average American has traveled 302 miles in the past 7 days.
  • One vehicle wrap can generate between 30,000 – 70,000 impressions daily.
  • Federal Highway Administration study forecasts a sharp increase in the amount of time spent in personal vehicles and the number of trips per household
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