Road signs are an example of signage. These are a group of signs designed to help drivers perform carefully. Signage helps people that travel a particular road daily and those that are just visiting the area. Pictures are popular on road signage and are used with wording. It helps get this important road message across quickly and properly to motorists. Road signage includes different information, but each one is important. Motorists find guides, warnings, directions, services and identification on road signs. Even within these categories there are different elements printed on road signage. These types of signage are made with outdoor material because they are located outside and need to be strong even during windy, rainy, snowy and other weather conditions.
You would think that all signs designed and built for the purpose of attracting business are the same; however, there are many different types of commercial signs. Here’s a quick breakdown of various kinds of advertising signs.
Much sign terminology is based on where the sign is physically located on the business establishment. A very common location sign is a window sign, which is a sign that is placed directed onto, behind, or within the direct vicinity of the store window. There is the canopy sign which is a sign above any type of protective awning or cover located over entrances or exits of businesses. There is the roof sign, which obviously is a sign placed onto the roof of an establishment or any of the servicing buildings of the establishment. There is the wall sign, which can be commercially printed or painted. It’s generally considered commercial if there are any types of logos, trademarks, locations, phone numbers, or any other business-related markings. Walls signs made for artistic purposes are generally considered murals. A projecting sign is a sign that extends from a building and is typically targeted at passer-by foot traffic. The billboard is a raised, off-site sign, typically roadside and much larger than other types of signs. People also advertise on mobile vehicular signs.
Advertising signs also differ in size and shape and are hung in different ways. There are commercial banners, flags, and pennants which are usually made of fabric, plastic, or paper. These are usually less permanent and are attached on poles, vehicles, or buildings with nails, rope, or adhesive.
It seems every day brings a new announcement in the digital signage arena -the release of a whiz-bang technology, a new vendor entering the market, some huge sale or formation of a new strategic business alliance.
While news of this sort is interesting and relevant, it can be a bit overwhelming. In fact, it can lead to a bit of paralysis in implementing a digital signage plan. Fear of premature obsolescence, or missing out on the next important development to come along, can retard progress and direct energy and attention away from the true mission, specifically, communicating effectively with clients, constituents or employees to advance the marketing or informational goal of the enterprise.
But rather than sitting on the sidelines waiting for some never-to-be-attained zenith of technological development to be realized before making the decision to proceed, wouldn’t it be better to find a framework within which a digital signage deployment can be made that lets you respond and if necessary assimilate the changes that inevitably will come along?