In the current economic climate competition is tough between retailers. An increase in prices combined with a decrease in disposable income has meant that a large number of retailers have become bankrupt with the rest vying for the relatively little trade that is available. Therefore it is essential that businesses take advantage of any competitive edge that they can achieve. Such an edge may be achieved by active means such as marketing and advertising or it may be achieved by more passive means such as clean and well maintained stores or eye-catching signage.
The impact of the appearance of a shop front should not be underestimated. The overall appearance of the store as well as the shop signage can have great power to pull in new customers. Conversely, if a shop appears to be run down or neglected, this will deter potential customers considerably. Shop window signs can ensure that commercial premises appear eye-catching, modern and invested in. Combined with imaginative and appeal window displays, external signs can have a real impact on the overall image of the business and make the difference between potential customers entering the store and simply walking on by.
Internal signs can be of equal importance in a large store with many departments or facilities. If customers cannot navigate the store easily the will become frustrated and may not be able to find what they are looking for. Internal signs can direct customers to the appropriate department or facilities that they are looking for and ensure that they can always be in the right place for the products that they desire. Such signs can also add to the aesthetic appeal of the store if the image is well thought through and in keeping with the store’s image.
Internal signs can also be used for promotional purposes, ensuring that customers are well aware of any sales, discounts or promotions that are currently ongoing. If shop signage is positioned correctly it can potentially be seen from every area of the store and draw customers to particular products or departments. By making use of internal signage, the store can complement shop window signs in channelling customers toward particular items and enhancing the overall image of the shop.
The aesthetics and overall image and appearance of a shop can make a large difference in today’s economic climate when appealing to customers to spend their hard earned disposable income in a particular shop can be difficult. However, by focusing appropriate attention on the appearance of the store through use both internal signs and external signs the store can draw customers in. Attractive shop window signs can captivate the attention of passing people and arouse their curiosity or desire to take advantage of a bargain. While external signs direct the customers into the shop, internal signs are just as important to ensure that the customer can successfully locate what they are looking for. Signage is essential for any modern business seeking to attract new custom.