Sign Tips

Cleaning Your Coroplast and Vinyl Signs

Author: Timothy Howard   |  Published: February 22, 2021

The best way to clean your coroplast and vinyl banners is to use a sponge and dishwashing soap like Dawn. Do not scrub to hard and definitely do NOT use a pressure washer. I learned that lesson the hard way; a pressure washer will definitely clean your sign as well as taking off all of the ink :(.

Quick Tip: Installing 18"x36" Banners with Pole Sleeves

Author: Timothy Howard   |  Published: March 19, 2018

When it comes to installing vinyl banners, think boot camp hair cut: High and Tight!

Sign Tip: Make sure sign is easily read from a distance

You can't make it too easy to read!

Author: Timothy Howard   |  Published: March 13, 2018

In our 'Bigger is almost Always Better' blog on December 18th, we discussed the need to test font sizes to make sure the sign lettering is big enough to read. This blog expands on the tip of how to test font size BEFORE you pay for a sign.

Create a Signage Sales Funnel

Use various sign types and sizes to increase sales

Author: Timothy Howard   |  Published: March 5, 2018

Your Garden Center is competing with anyone or anything that takes your customers' time and/or money. If your customer runs out of time or money or worse yet, both, they will not be spending either with you. Good signage addresses the time constraint as shoppers can quickly find what they’re looking for, pay and get on with their day.

Use the 40/60 Rule to Have Signs that Rock!

Yes, math can be useful

Author: Timothy Howard   |  Published: January 20, 2018

If you are not careful, a sign can be transformed into an article very quickly as you keep thinking of things you want to tell your customer. The more you try to say, the less is heard.

Bigger Is Almost Always Better

Ensure text on your signs is big enough to be easily read

Author: Timothy Howard   |  Published: December 18, 2017

One of the biggest sign mistakes is using lettering that is far too small. There are three primary reasons people make this mistake.

Use Contrasting Colors to Draw Attention on Your Signs

Author: Timothy Howard   |  Published: December 2, 2017

It is quite common for people to be disappointed with the lack of “pop” on their actual signs versus what they approved on the monitor. Similar to font size, approving color choices based solely on what you see on a computer monitor can result in signs that are difficult to read.

Good Signage is Not Optional

Simple ways to improve your signs and make shopping easier for customers.

Author: Timothy Howard   |  Published: August 15, 2017

Target does it. Home Depot does it. “It” is using signage effectively to help their customers quickly find the products they are looking for.

If successful retailers spend money on signage, it must make financial sense. With today’s printing costs and available technology, even small garden centers can implement a cost-effective signage program.

Create a Buzz! Pollinator Friendly Plants

Use 'Attracts Pollinators' signs to increase sales

Author: Timothy Howard   |  Published: May 5, 2015

To state the obvious, there has been a lot of news about the importance of pollinators. Take advantage of heightened consumer awareness with our new 'Attracts Pollinators' signs.

Group your pollinator attracting plants with these signs to make it easy for customers to find plants that address this need.

Lead the Way with Great Garden Center Signage

Author: Timothy Howard   |  Published: October 24, 2014

Nikki Weed wrote a great article on signage and her 'PIE" (Price, Information & Eye-Catching) theory. Nikki is a horticulturist and professional adventurer who uses her experiences and knowledge to manage a successful garden center in Greenville, S.C.

7 Tips To Create Compelling Signage For Your Retail Store

by Bob Phibbs

Author: Timothy Howard   |  Published: June 20, 2013

This is a great article with takeaways you can apply in your garden center. There are also a couple of great pictures near the end of the blog.