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Common Business Sign Issues That Drive Customers Away

Posted by John Grigoli

Apr 17, 2018 8:30:00 AM

We typically talk about signage that helps drive business on the blog, so we decided to change things up a bit today. While there’s no doubt that signs and graphics are an integral part of brand awareness, marketing and communication, signs can also serve to deter potential clients and customers.

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Not only do potential customers stray away from signs they can’t read, cluttered or busy signs are skipped over and businesses are bypassed. Less is more, so keep your sign and message clean and simple, and opt for an easy to read font -- while scrolling, handwritten-type fonts may be pleasing to you, customers will likely have a difficult time reading your sign as they quickly speed by in their car. We see this often with truck wraps.

Size matters

One of signage professionals’ cardinal rules is that signs must be of sufficient size or height to be seen from the location in which it’s placed. If a sign is too small, or the lettering too small or crammed together, you’ve wasted your money on signage. Keep it simple, make it large enough to be read easily, and make sure that your sign is placed high enough for optimal visibility (and away from any obstructions).

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Let’s consider that the Sign Research Foundation (SRF) reports that 34 percent of North American shoppers associate sign quality with store and product quality. If your signs look unprofessional, hastily put together, or worse -- misspelled -- what does that say about your business? Make the investment to work with a sign professional to ensure that your business signage has a clean look and is devoid of any embarrassing misspellings.


Using a hard-to-read font is only the start to featuring signage your customers can’t read. When you work with a sign professional, they’re experts in proper letter proportion and spacing; we’ll work with you to create signage that both fits your aesthetic preference and will be easily readable. And last, but not least, sign professionals and designers can work with you to make sure that your color preferences work for you, not against you.


Sign maintenance is of the utmost importance to attracting and retaining customers. If sign quality is equated with store and product quality, consider what your exterior sign is communicating with a lighted letter (or more) out. If your business features an illuminated sign, what’s the point if a bulb is burnt out? Even worse, what is being communicated when signs -- either interior signs or exterior signs -- are grimy, covered in dirt or dust?

Not sure if your current business sign or fleet graphics is turning away customers? Contact us for an audit, to see how we can help your signage properly communicate your business to customers.

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Topics: Truck Graphics Cleveland, wall signs, Cleveland business signs

4 Tips For Creating A Winning Truck Wrap In Cleveland

Posted by John Grigoli

Jul 3, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Truck Wraps Parma, OhYou would think the concept of creating simple to read messages for truck wraps in Cleveland would be difficult to understand judging from the truck wraps you see on the roads around the city. However, once you understand the basics of what makes a good wrap, it really is not that hard to do. Epic Signs & Graphics has the experience necessary to do it right the first time. Below are our tips for creating winning truck graphics for Cleveland.

1. Stand Out with Superior Designs

You may be under the impression that carbon fiber, tribal flame, or diamond plate patterns will make your vinyl stand out, but these often turn out to be more of a distraction than an attraction. You are more likely to have truck wraps for Cleveland that stick out by eliminating noisy bevels, backgrounds, glows, or photos. There is so much visual noise in the wrap industry. You can stand out from the visual clutter with graphics that are easy to read and remember.

2. Good Branding Is Essential

Truck Decals Cleveland,  OhA bad logo or poor brand identity cause wraps to fail to effectively market a lot of businesses. Unless you already have brand recognition across the country, the primary message from your truck wrap should be your brand. The message is always about the brand for small companies trying to make a name for themselves. When you begin with a sloppy branding job, you miss a huge marketing opportunity, and the money you spend on your wrap will be a waste.

The graphic designers at Epic Signs & Graphics can help you brand with your track wrap. Or, if you do not have a logo or company colors, we can create these for you based on your vision, mission, and goals.

3. It Is Good to Be Obvious and Simple

You are losing a prime marketing opportunity if onlookers need to work too hard to figure out the brand message you are trying to convey. With stationary advertising, viewers can take their time absorbing an advertisement and trying to understand the message. Since your vehicle is typically on the go when most people see it, this is not true with vinyl graphics. Instead, you need to consider the primary takeaway you want the viewer to leave with. Does your wrap effectively communicate this? If not, what can you do to improve it?

4. Use Minimal Advertising Copy

A good wrap only needs about three or four things. At the top of the list is strong brand implementation with your company name, logo, and colors. Then, you will likely want to include the URL for your website, a phone number, and a tagline message. It is rare for people to have time to read any bulleted lists on your vehicle.

Epic Signs & Graphics has been creating winning vinyl wraps throughout the Cleveland area for years. We create designs that grab attention and effectively communicate your message. With our cutting edge wide format digital printers, we can print sharp, vibrant graphics directly onto high quality vinyl. And, we install the vinyl for maximum impact.

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