Vehicle Branding By #SignForce

Vehicle Branding

Vehicle branding = silent, mobile sales

Vehicle Branding by #SignForce

Do us Humans OverComPliCate?

What do Vehicle Branding and Over complicating (life?) have to do with each other?

When branding a vehicle, whether a simple line of text or a full wrap, one wants to make sure the vehicle looks as good as possible, and that YOUR branding ENHANCES your business IMAGE.

This should be simple.

Produce a decal that is a great representation and reproduction of the business’s branding, apply said decals to the vehicle and off you go. Client is happy. Signage business is happy. All nice and neat.

BUT, what happens when the vehicle being branded is a modern vehicle with lots of SEXY CURVES, and lines that are neither straight, nor consistent.

Yes, SEXY lines make for very interesting challenges – and maybe complexity – of vehicle branding.

The reason for this is that if your vehicle branding is text in a line or has straight lines, when these STRAIGHT lines are applied to the vehicle, they may site above or below or on top of a SEXY, CURVED line of the vehicle. This means that the text will most likely not look straight, but will instead look SkEw as the lines do nont ‘line up’.

So, one would imagine a simple solution is to follow a different line. Be it the line of the window, the line at the bottom of the vehicle, the door line, the window line, the ground or any other line you may SEE. All of these are correct – yet possible WRONG at the same time, as whichever line you choose to follow, if THAT line is inconsistent with and laying in different directions to ANY OTHER line – as is common with SEXY vehicles (this includes cars, utility vehicles, delivery vehicles and even a pantechnicon).

It is for this reason some vehicles can be EXTREMELY challenging to brand.

If you are looking for a professional team to brand your business vehicle or fleet, look no further than SignForce. We have over 20 years experience in vehicle branding and will be happy to get you an obligation free quote.

Contact SignForce now on +27 (0)11 440 7525 or info@signforce.co.za or WhatsApp your enquiry to +27 (0)82 558 6413.

For more information on SignForce visit our website at http://www.signforce.co.za

Also, if you are looking for TRUCK PARTS, SignForce encourage you to contact the team at ERP TRUCKING COMPONENTS. Call +27 (0)11 397 8881 or email http://www.truckingcomponents.co.za

Surviving a Black Swan Event

SignForce 'invisible' sign

Partially Invisible Sign

How does your business survive and thrive a Black Swan Event?

Ever heard of a Black Swan?

Ever seen a black Swan?

Do you understand the concepr of a Black Swan Event?

For more on Bl;ack Swan Theory visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_swan_theory

In short, bl;ack swans do exist, but are more rare than white swans, and their arrival always seems to be a surprise. It is not a planned event.

Covid arriving in 2020 is one such event almost EVERY business in the world has had to deal with. For some it was a death knell, for others a Godsend.

From my research there doesn’t seem to be a common thread that has made one business succeed and another fail during these interesting times, in that some businesses do the same thing yet some have gone up while others have gone down.

Traditionally times like this call for a boost in one’s marketing. The greater one’s visibility in these times, the higher the likelihood of success and thriving. The more markets one can reach, the greater the chances of surviving and thriving. And from SignForce’s experience, the more one can collaborate, the higher the chances of success.

SignForce has always worked with our competitors in order for us all to do better. SignForce’s philosophy is that a cent earned from someone else’s work is a good cent. The theory behind this is that if you are a doctor, you almost always have to be at work to earn a good living. In industry, this is not necessarily the case. One can earn while being remote. This has been emphasized and highlighted in the modern work from home environment where unless one HAS to be face to face with your client’s, one can provide services from a distance.

At SignForce we believe in upliftment. Yes, we strive to be a profitable and sustainable business, so we believe in making sure the TEAM is always taken care of. Sure there are differences in take home pay but before anyone makes a profit the TEAM must be taken care of. SignForce operate on the premise that if you are hungry you will not give of your best, so we provide food. We have to cook it, but the food is there, and all our cooking skills are tested, and hopefully improving.

SignForce also believe in keeping the team happy. Yes, there are disagreements and people are not always happy, but we strive to make sure people are happy as much as possible. This leads to a work environment where people can strive, thrive and improve themselves – both financially and from a skills perspective. We believe in up-skilling, because we are never sure when a crucial cog in our tightly run machine will break down, be removed or stop performing. As such we believe EVERY PERSON should be able to do EVERY JOB.

This is not always easy, and often people resist being trained because it is beyond their comfort level, but we continue with training ALL THE TIME, as an insurance policy in order to maintain sustainability.

If you are looking to thrive in these interesting times, maybe some of the idea’s mentioned above will be of assistance. We hope so, and when you are expanding, allow SignForce to assist you with making your brand VISIBLE.

For an obligation free quote contact SignForce not on +27 (0)11 440 7525 or WhatsApp +27 (0)82 558 6413 or email info@signforce.co.za

Is Marketing Important For YOUR Business?

OK, the title is a little rhetorical.

Maybe a better question is: How Important Is Marketing for YOUR Business?

This is not a rhetorical question. This question is based more on the time and budget one allocates to marketing, especially the time factor.

This allocation is very simple for large firms as they tend to have HUGE departments filled with MASSES of people who’s single job is to MARKET the business.

For a small to medium business this task is much more challenging, both from a budgetary perspective.

Fortunately, in the modern world of the internet, the BUDGETARY factor can be reduced because online marketing can be done by an individual and does not require an entire team.

Time, on the other hand, is often not as simple to budget.

This is because for small and medium businesses the marketing person is the same person that as for production and or finance and or human resources and and and.

It is because of the need to multi task that small businesses find it so challenging to put in the time to do marketing. That and the fact that clients and sales come first, and on top of that, not all businesses know, understand and enjoy marketing.

It is for this reason that SignForce do what we can to assist small and medium businesses to improve their marketing abilities. While SignForce’s main focus is on custom PHYSICAL marketing devices – aka SIGNS – we are also well placed [from an experience and team perspective] to assist your small to medium business with your ONLINE MARKETING.

If you find marketing a drag, have a low budget and need to improve sales, why not partner with SignForce to let us improve your turnover.

For further information contact us on INFO@SIGNFORCE.CO.ZA or call and chat to Arnold on +27 (0)82 558 6413

Find out more about SignForce by visiting our website at http://www.signforce.co.za

 

Signs Make Your Businees Successful

Signs Make Your Business Successful

OK, apologies up front for the click baiting, as we all know (WE referring to intelligent business folk) this statement is not entirely true, as there are MANY factors that make a business successful.

In general, from what this writer has observed, success in business is more often than not a result of doing the slog work, doing the same correct (that is imperative) behavior over and over and over and over and over – you get the point – beyond the point of boredom, beyond the point of repetition, to the point where one can literally do the task in one’s sleep. This is sometimes referred to as achieving efficiency at the task, and it is said this takes 10,000 HOURS of the same task.

Another part of the success of a business is MARKETING and SELLING. Without sales there is no money for product development, no money to train and pay staff (someone may want to point this out to the current anc leaders who have reportedly managed to bankrupt their 109 year old organization) and no money to grow your business.

Now marketing and sales a re multi faceted and not entirely the focus of this blog, but I would like to focus on #SIGNAGE – the one part of that marketing puzzle that SignForce sells. We do advise on signage in order to ensure your spending on signage is an investment, but we tend to do this for free (not great for our business turnover in the short term, but we never claimed to be great sales people). If anyone wants to take me for a drink I can explain the difference between TECHNICAL SELLERS (SignForce’s sales staff) and GREAT SELLERS (who tend to sell on emotion).

Signs SELL! So does collaboration 🙂

I have known this for many years and have seen many examples from our own billboard on the M1 highway to what happened with STAX (many years ago) when they upgraded their signage at a loss making store that was being prepped for closure, but I was reminded of this a few weeks ago when one of our clients informed the writer that he spotted SignForce when he passed out pylon.

The point of this ramble is that if you want your business to succeed, especially if you are a business that has physical products or a physical premises, you should certainly consider SIGNAGE as an integral – and initial – step in promoting your business.

SignForce LOVES assisting new and small businesses. This does not mean we are going to give you your signs for free, but we will do what we can to make your business visible in a manner that can help your business grow – both to pay us AND to help you grow.

For more information on how SignForce can assist your business contact us now on info@signforce.co.za or call +27(0)11 440 7525

Find out more about #SignForce at http://www.signforce.co.za

SignForce’s invisible sign – well almost

SignForce’s Magic, Invisible (almost) Promotional Sign

SignForce 'invisible' sign

Partially Invisible Sign

Partially Invisible Sign

The header may be a little misleading, as it isn’t the entire sign that is invisible, only the one section, the section that allows the comma to the top right to seem as though it is suspended in mid air.

X – the 24th letter in the English alphabet.

On it’s own an X says nothing, but it can also say much.

The symbol X (also known as a cross from your association with an X in school) has many connotations, from the X in the alphabet to the cross at school to the depicted X which is the associated marketing symbol for The Mix Waterfall (https://themixwaterfall.co.za)

For the SignForce team this X that is displayed facing north on the west of the roof of the Mall Of Africa shopping center in Midrand, Gauteng is a great showcase of our experience, talent, technical skill and ability to put into practice the ‘magic‘ we so often tell our clients and prospects we are capable of creating.

What is the first thing you see when you look at the X in the picture?

From what we are told the first thing most viewers see when they see the X in the photo is the visual illusion of the ‘suspended’ comma on the top right of the red X sign.

Visual open space or unattached elements on a logo or graphic is simple to create and reproduce when looking at a piece of paper. The ‘open space’ helps enhance the graphic and add impact to the visual.

For signage – something that is physical, something that can be touched, this is not always easy to create.

Have you ever heard of a SKY HOOK?, something that helps one suspended something, anything, from the sky?

This may be simple when one looks at a helium balloon or something similar, however the game seems to change when the ‘suspended’ element consists of painted steel which is over 1,000 millimeters wide. How does one ‘hang’ a piece of steel from the sky?

The photo above is testament to the illusion SignForce successfully created for our client, and we know SignForce can do the same for your business and your promotional campaigns.

If you or anyone you know are a looking for signs that may require special effects, SignForce is available to assist.

Contact SignForce on +27(0)11 440 7525 or info@signforce.co.za

Find out more about SignForce by visiting http://www.signforce.co.za

Is there a limit on the sign job that SignForce will take on?

High Rise Large Format Banner Removal

High Rise Large Format Banner Removal by SignForce

The quick answer to the question “Is there a limit on the sign job that SignForce will take on?” is YES, and NO.

Being in the custom sign business, #SignForce is in the business of taking on some really small and drastically LARGE sign work. So in reality, YES, there are some limits to the work that SignForce will take on – you can read that ‘some’ as very few :-), and NO, we will not limit our creativity and will generally take on any PAYING job if the sign will achieve the client’s objectives and there is money to be made.

These photo’s are intended to show the size of sign as well as height work that SignForce will gladly take on.

One fascinating thing about signage is that the visual on a sign gets smaller and smaller (to the naked eye) the higher it is installed. Put simply, the higher the sign the larger it needs to be in order to be legible, and more so to be legible from a DISTANCE.  It is for this reason that even though a sign looks MASSIVE when one stands close, the same MASSIVE sign will almost look small when it is installed AT HEIGHT, and needs to be viewed from a distance.

With our years of experience SignForce is well placed to help you make sure your investment in your sign pays off, in that it can be VIEWED and READ from a distance.

Contact SignForce now to assist with your signage. We are available at +27 (0)11 440 7525 or you can email SignForce at info@signforce.co.za

You can find out more about SignForce at http://www.signforce.co.za

 

Do FIRST IMPRESSIONS count?

Cut out, illuminated reception sign

Illuminated reception sign on a corporate blue backing with halo illumination and a cut out RECEPTION sign

How many chances do you get to create a first impression

Picture these two scenario’s.

Scenario 1.

You are introduced to a person who is wearing shorts and a t-shirt and looks like a billboard for a tatoo parlor. You cannot see a single square millimeter of uninked skin. The person is introduced as a marketing genius who runs a multi million marketing organization. Before they open their mouth, what is your FIRST IMPRESSION? Is this the same impression you would have if the person looked differently?

Scenario 2.

You are introduced to a person who is dressed in formal business attire. They look well groomed. They stand proud. They are introduced the same way as the person in scenario 1 above.

From your FIRST IMPRESSION which person do you think you are more likely to listen to? Which person would you think is more likely to impress you? Which person will you JUDGE more, no matter how inaccurately or unfairly?

This may seem like a loaded question – because it is. That said, it is also a true ‘experiment’ I was a party to.

An individual who I had great respect for introduced the above two people to a group that I was a member of. They were both introduced as marketing experts. They both gave a five minute talk about FIRST IMPRESSIONS and marketing. They were then taken out the room and the audience were asked to vote on which person made the most sense.

Any guess as to who was seen as the expert? I will tell you. It was the individual dressed in formal business attire.

Once the votes were counted we were re-introduced to both parties again. This time THEY did the introductions. The tatoo’d individual was in fact a marketing expert and business person who ran a multi national business.

The second individual was in fact a homeless person who was ‘coached’ on what to say but had no clue whatsoever on how to market anything – not even themselves, as one has to assume if they could market themselves they would not necessarily have been homeless.

The difficulty changing the perceptions of the group after their FIRST IMPRESSIONS was palpable. People believed that the two individuals were lying the second time around. People has already made up THEIR MINDS and this is what they were going to BELIEVE – REGARDLESS OF THE FACTS.

Why am I mentioning all this when it comes to SIGNAGE? Can there be any relevance?

To me the common ground is glaringly obvious.

If your SIGNAGE is damaged, non-existent, dirty or simply OLD FASHIONED (and you are in a ‘modern’ business), your sign may well be creating an incorrect, inappropriate and misleading FIRST IMPRESSION.

Imagine you are a seller of LEADING EDGE TECHNOLOGY and your sign is old fashioned bulbs on an old, rusted frame (picture a long closed, old style movie house) how could your sign possibly convey the message of modern technology? And once that FIRST IMPRESSIOIN is made, what would it take to ALTER your prospective client’s first impression?

A business that understands FIRST IMPRESSIONS is BOLTGAS INDUSTRIAL MINING SUPPLIES. This well run and managed mining supply business is in the process of creating VERY IMPRESSIVE first impressions. From the moment one enters the premises you get the impression of a well run business. The modern reception area is warm and inviting with the wall signage and blue desk cover with illuminated signage making one feel at home – and this is only the reception area, where the signage and blue tinting on the windows create a feeling of warmth and professionalism.

Reception signage and window tinting by #SignForce can change any old area to an inviting, professional space that is welcoming to all that enter, especially unknowing prospective clients.

For reception signage and window tinting contact #SignForce now on +27 (0)11 440 7525 or +27(0)82 558 6413 or email us on info@signforce.co.za

For further information on SignForce visit our website at http://www.signforce.co.za

FAQ regarding Brass Plaques and Plaques in General

Brass Plaque

Solid Brass Plaque, etched and filled for exceptional long life outdoors.

We at SignForce are often asked excellent questions regarding the plaques we manufacture.

We generally work with SOLID metals, Brass, Stainless Steel, Aluminium, Mild Steel. Our plaques are etched and filled so the plaques have a long outdoor life, even in the harsh African sun.

Below are a number of questions which may aid you in making a decision if you are in the market for a plaque.

Q1: Do SignForce’s plaques survive in direct sunlight and rain, (all kinds of weather conditions), especially when the plaque will be placed outside the building.

Yes, SignForce’s solid Brass or Stainless steel plaques survive VERY WELL outdoors. When outdoors they have an expected life of between 10 and 20 years, even when exposed to the harsh South African sun. 

Can plaques be multiple colours (colors) and will the colours remain intact regardless of the weather conditions.

SignForce use 2K automotive paints for the fills. As a result the colors will last very well outdoors. SignForce’s plaques are also coated with a clear lacquer which extends the life of the paint and protecting the plaque material at the same time. 

Do SignForce have any warranty on their plaques?

SignForce’s plaques carry a 12 month guarantee and because of the process used, the plaques can be refurbished in the future to keep the, by then old, plaque looking fresh.

How long is a SignForce plaque expected to last outdoors in the harsh African sun?

Depending on the material the plaque can last many many years. Brass and Copper plaques are known to last many hundreds of years (as can be seen when visiting may old cemeteries or church yards), although the colour fills are definitely not expected to live that long. It is also important to remember that with time (more than 10 years) the metal will tarnish so it will not lose the shine it has. Brass tends to oxidize to black and Copper tends to oxidize to green. Stainless steel plaques should do the same although they will tarnish and become dull with time, especially in then harsh African sun.

Does SignForce include installation in our quotes?

You can choose for us to quote with or without backing boards, with or without deliver and with or without installation. If you want SignForce to quote to include installation we will need to know (1) where the plaque will be located – both area and height above the ground. We also need to know what the plaque will be fixed to – dry wall, plastered brick wall, concrete, etc) and how easy or difficult access will be.  If you only want the quote to include installation we need to know where the plaque needs to be delivered to so we can calculate the most cost effective option for yourselves. SignForce often use POSTNET and PEP for outlying deliveries.

What size plaque can SignForce produce?

Since SignForce make custom plaques we can make almost any size between 10 x 20 mm ( 1 x 2 cm) to 1,000 x 2,000 mm (1 x 2 meters). The standard size for doctors plaques tends to be A4 and building opening plaques tend to be A3, but you can pretty much choose the size you want.  

What is the difference material do SignForce use to make their plaques?

SignForce can use almost any material – from granite and glass to acrylic, stainless steel, mild steel, aluminium,. Brass and Copper. If you want a silver finish STAINLESS STEEL, mild steel or Aluminium will be recommended, the difference being the location of the plaque.

The short answer is Can SignForce make ALL logo’s in full color.

The short answer is YES. That said, not all full color logo’s will have a long expected outdoor life. For certain logo’s, especially those that have half tomes, the logo will need to be printed and domed, making them ideal for indoor use as they will have a very short life outdoors.  While we can produce FULL colour logo’s, for them to last outdoors they cannot have half tones and they will need to have separations so that each colour paint can fill it’s own section. Please also be aware that the cost for the plaques increase with more complex artwork / logo’s and more colours.

In order to provide an accurate quote SignForce need the following information:

1. Material you want the plaque to be? – Brass (gold), Copper (pink gold), or Stainless Steel (silver), Aluminium (silver) or whatever other material

2. What size should the plaque be? (Please approximate if you are unsure)

3. What wording and what logo(s) would you want to have on the plaque. This is very important if SignForce are to give accurate quotes.

4. Would you want the plaque (a) delivered or (b) installed. For delviery please advise l0ocation. For installation please advise where, and height above the ground and if you know what the wall is made of, the type of wall.

5. Do you want a hard wood backing board? 

Once SignForce have all these answers we will gladly get you an obligation free quote

Contact SignForce NOW to get your obligation free quote by emailing info@signforce.co.za or call us on +27(0)11 440 7525

You can find out more by visiting the SignForce website at http://www.signforce.co.za

What VLAUE does your SIGN and your Signage provider ADD to your BUSINESS?

 

Mambo's Chicken Individual Cut Out Sign

Internally Illuminated 3D cut out sign

What VALUE does your sign add to your business?

If your sign is a MAJOR tool in getting feet into your store (it is!) and thus placing you in the position to SELL to your prospects, what is your sign truly WORTH?

I ask this, not rhetorically, but because all too often we see businesses running on the lines of Best Value – choosing the cheapest supplier – which is great when comparing EXACTLY THE SAME PRODUCTS – but is extremely difficult and can be costly when one is comparing one SERVISE business (signage is a service business) to another.

Yes, when you, the sign buyer, are presented with an artist impression and a quote, you believe that what you are seeing from one service provider is the same as what you are seeing from the competitive service provider. Unfortunately this is SELDOM true. This is because of the nature of signage (meant in every positive way), the range of materials available, the nature (you can call it morals) of the signage company and the reality that even if all else was equal, because signage is as much – if not more – of an art than a science, and most signs are made by hand, every sign will most likely be made differently.

All this aside, even if all the sign company’s you assessed were using the same material, charging the same amount and doing the same job, what would or should YOUR chosen sign company be able to offer YOUR BUSINESS that goes beyond the sign you are looking for.

At SignForce (http://www.signforce.co.za) we have decades of experience in MARKETING and SIGNAGE.

At SignForce we believe in supporting OUR CUSTOMERS, which is one of the reasons SignForce regularly posts pictures and comments of signs we have completed. This may not seem like anything special, we assume ALL sign businesses ‘self promote’ and the self promotion entails ‘SHOWCASING’ THEIR WORK. This is true, but how many sign businesses get more than 80,000 views of a single client’s sign.

If one considers that traditional media base their fees on the number of views one’s insert (advert, post) will receive, how does one measure the added value SignForce is offering our client’s?

If you are looking for signs that WORK, that get feet into your premises, that look good and are value for money, together with the added value of being promoted on the SignForce website, contact SignForce now on +27 (0)11 440 7525 or email info@signforce.co.za

You can find out more about SignForce by visiting http://www.signforce.co.za

Signage – not a business of life and death – UNTIL IT IS!

Ripped Banner

Banner sign

Signage – not a business of life and death – UNTIL IT IS!

The image above is of a banner sign that has weathered to the point where it is disintegrating leaving the ‘bar’ exposed.

One advantage of being in the signage business is that unlike doctors, we don’t have to be on call 24 hours a day as we are NOT in the business of LIFE AND DEATH.

Generally, signs are not so important that a missed deadline will result in people dying or something similarly negative. Signs go up, they are part of a marketing campaign, they live, and people move on.

This is GENMERALLY the case, but not necessarily the case when one is building (or working with) PYLONS, BILLBOARDS or AT HEIGHT work.

Why can PYLONS, BILLBOARDS or AT HEIGHT work be life threatening.

Lets start with Pylons and Billboards. Both HIGH, HEAVY steel structures. Lets imagine a 14 meter tall pylon. 14 meters equates to just under five stories. Now imagine if that had to fall down. It would cause some SERIOUS damage, either to property or life. It is for this reason PYLONS and BILLBOARDS can be considered matters of life and death.

AT HEIGHT work refers to signs that are HIGH. Imagine a sign that is 10 stories up, or one that is 30 stories up, or even a sign that is 2 stories up. What COULD happen if a sign – or a piece of one – at that height falls.

Signs need to be insured and maintained, and certain signs need to be replaced at regular intervals. Some are six monthly, some five to seven yearly.

The one constant is that when a sign deteriorates, it will do so slowly and then like an avalanche, once it gains sufficient momentum, it will happen VERY FAST.

It is when signs deteriorate that suddenly, signage becomes a matter of life and death.

If you have signs that are aging and in need of removal, maintenance and / or repair, SignForce can assist.

Contact SignForce now on +27 (0)11 440 7525 or email info@signforce.co.za

Find out more about SignForce at http://www.signforce.co.za