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In the case of most small businesses, brand awareness may be driven solely by the logo on their storefront. Owners of these businesses often don’t know any other way of doing business. Traditional marketing such as TV spots and mailers are far outside the budget.
Coffee shops and similar businesses have long used the chalkboard as their primary way of communicating with the outside world, often employing talented chalk artists or witty, relevant messages. These strategies have proved useful to countless small businesses. So why do you need a digital sign at all? Couldn’t you just go out and purchase a chalkboard and a set of chalk for next to nothing? The answer, of course, is: Yes, you could. However, chalkboards don’t come with all of the advantages of digital signage. On the other hand, digital signage comes with all of the advantages of a chalkboard, and much more.
Showcase Your Brand on Your Terms
Digital signage provides the ability to showcase your brand on your terms. You are in complete control of the content without the limitations that go along with traditional marketing materials such as posters, flyers, pamphlets, etc. It goes without saying that these outdated marketing platforms don’t support moving text, video, flash, html, or RSS, and they certainly don’t connect to the internet. Digital signage removes these limitations and puts tools in your hands to increase brand awareness and positive perception.
If used correctly, digital signage can reduce perceived waiting time by providing something for the customer to engage in while services are being rendered. Sit a customer in front of a flat screen, and he or she will be right at home. Many companies pipe movies or cable into their waiting rooms, so how is digital signage any different? Not only will the patience of the customer increase, this waiting time can be valuable advertising time because the customer is a captive audience. Especially if they only have to wait 15 minutes or so, most customers will choose to wait rather than leave and come back.
Relaying information to customers has been a battle since business was born. Companies have spent countless dollars in an attempt to capture consumer’s attention and communicate their message. Traditional marketing has required companies to print newspaper ads, mail ads, flyers, posters, and billboards, all of which have a significant impact on the environment. In the old days, consumers tended to be either unaware or uncaring, but in the last 15-20 years, an environmentally conscious movement has been making its way to the masses. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact they have on the environment, and many are electing to support companies who show environmental responsibility.
Small business is important to the economy. Nearly 60 percent of the private workforce is employed by small business, and they are responsible for 39 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Economic uncertainty and low sales plague small businesses throughout the country. Many customers feel more comfortable with larger retail chains and big-box stores. With looming giants like Amazon and Walmart, small businesses have been struggling. But certain advancements in technology may shift the way consumers view small business. Digital signage, though still relatively new, is a formidable weapon in the hands of small business owners. The growth of digital signage may even accelerate small business growth in 2013 because digital signage acts as an equalizer of sorts. It places sleek, professional marketing back into the hands of business owners at a fraction of the cost of traditional marketing.