Are you considering adding an outdoor banner to your advertising strategy? It could be a worthwhile investment. It seems other companies clearly think so, with over £3.7 billion is spent on outdoor advertising each year. Business is booming, and it’s understandable that you’d want a piece if the action – especially if your competitors are in on the action too.
For an outdoor banner to work, you must ensure that it has been designed to attract your target audience, and of course, positioned in the right location. Ask yourself, where will your customers be looking? It goes without saying that your banner needs to be in front of potential customers. Knowing exactly who your customer is, and where they’re likely to spend their time day-to-day is always a strong place to start.
Before you send your design to an outdoor banner printing company, you need to consider where you will position it. You have many options to choose from – some that you mightn’t have considered. Keep the following in mind when you’re making the decision:
- Outside your establishment – An outdoor banner can be a cost-effective alternative to replacing your company’s signage and logo, whist promoting the latest products and promotions for the public to see. Banners can be used to great effect outside your workplace.
- Inside your establishment – If you own a shop or leisure venue that’s open to members of the public, having a large display banner in your premises will help you to quickly and effectively promote any offers or products that you’re trying to push. An added bonus? If it’s on your property, you can change the banners as often as you feel.
- In public spaces – Whether it’s building wraps or scaffolding, getting outdoor banners in high-traffic public spaces is a great way to get a lot of brand exposure very quickly.
- At public events – This is a great way to acquire new customers that you haven’t worked with before. Public events such as marathons, festivals and more are usually highly populated with people, so you’ll be able to get your message to many very quickly. Make sure it makes sense for your business to be seen in affiliation with the event, and that the people who are attending it fit your customer demographic – otherwise they’re very unlikely to convert into customers.
- Exhibitions and trade shows – Outdoor banners can be utilised for the indoors very successfully at industry exhibitions and trade shows. Make sure when you’re setting up that your banner is in visitors’ line of sight so you can attract passers-by as they enjoy the exhibition.
Before you decide on a location, it’s wise to consider how far away it is from your venue. Keeping it close to your company has its benefits. This is important if you’re trying to attract new customers, as anyone who sees your sign and is interested in visiting is unlikely to travel far. Putting the sign near your premises gives your banner the best chance of success.
You should always be aware of what your competitors are up to. Where are your competitors advertising? This should inform your decisions for two reasons – it will give you a good idea of places that work in your market – but it also may be worth avoiding so you’re not advertising in the same place as your direct competitors.
Before and during the design stage, again you should consider who you’re designing it for, what their relation to your business is and where you’re going to put the banner. For example, a banner placed outside your premises to promote your most current offers is likely to be targeted at existing customers, whereas a banner placed in the wider area is more likely be there to attract new business. This will help to dictate the rest of your design. Is your aim to acquire new customers?
Whatever you decide, your banner should stand out and gain the attention of passers-by – especially if you’re trying to catch the eye of new customers. Make sure you consider the following five tips:
- The bigger picture. How will the banner look when it’s full-size and in place? Having an eye on the bigger picture will help you to work out the details.
- Keep things clear and simple. Try not to overcomplicate your banner with lots of different fonts or too many images. Instead, strip back as much as possible and keep the message simple.
- Your colour choices. Your colour choices should be eye-catching whilst simultaneously reflecting your brand. Keep them to 1-2 colours that are easy to read.
- A call to action. What do you want people to do after seeing your banner? Calls to action could include:
- A visit to your premises
- Contacting you
- Visiting your website to find out more
- The quality of the print and finish. You want precise printing and a high-quality finish to give your brand the best chance of a good first impression.