March 5, 2019

Smart Cities Will Keep Customers Happy

According to Digital Signage Today, "As of 2018, 55 percent of the world’s population live in urban areas. This is set to rise to 68 percent by 2050. That's an extra 2.5 billion people looking for homes, services and jobs in our already crowded urban centers."

Imagine your favorite, local restaurant will now be flooded with more people, stores will have more traffic and your commute will likely increase.  In order to maintain a high level of customer service, the stores are going to have to make modifications to improve their work efficiency. How can they achieve these demanding goals?


According to wikipedia, a smart city is "an urban area that uses different types of electronic data collection sensors to supply information which is used to manage assets and resources efficiently."

Within the smart cities, more and more businesses will utilize self-service digital signage with touchscreen kiosks to improve customer service and promote an efficiently run organization.  These include: interactive wayfinding, self-service ticket machines, self-ordering displays and retail touch screens.

What steps does your business need to take to prepare for the rise in traffic? Contact BLR.



June 21, 2016

A Customer's Journey

The customer's Journey consists of 4 major stages: Discover, Explore, Buy and Use.

Discover.  Your store's signage can highlight a product, brand or promotion.  This will help your customers discover new products that they may have never heard of before.  This is perfect for building sales and growing brand loyalty.

Explore.  You've capture their attention and now it's time for them to explore the product or brand.  The customer may pick up the product, turn it over and engage directly with the product.  They begin to form an opinion and decide if this product will fulfill a need or solve a problem.

Buy.  Congratulations! Your signage worked and the customer is now purchasing the item. 

  Use.  Now the customer will take the product home and use it.  They form additional opinions about the product and tell their friends and family if they like the product.  If so, you have a new potential customer!

March 2, 2016

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December 20, 2011

Three Things to Know Before Making a Digital Signage Purchase

1. What are your communication goals?
In other words, what would you like to accomplish by implementing digital signage?  Is it to communicate information, to entertain, to "wow" your viewers?  This is where you have to decide what type of content you want to display.  Will it be static photos or moving video?  News tidbits, event calendars, famous quotes, people profiles or bios?  Do you want to include a clock, a live feed for sports scores, financial information or weather?  Should there be sound or music playing?  There are many other options and you have to know what you are trying to achieve with the communication in order to choose the right types of content.

2. Where will content come from?  
Look at what resources are available for the various types of content. Where will your videos, images, photos, calendars and other information come from?  Do you have a person who can develop content, create image files, Flash animations, video properties, slide presentations?   Is it someone with good design skills who can create content that is visually appealing, with good taste in fonts, colors, background images?

3. How easy is it to build and manage content on the signs?
Since the value of digital signage is in the flexibility of the medium and the ability to change content quickly and frequently, it's important that it comes with easy-to-use scheduling software.  Find out if the software is included with the media player, or is it only available at an extra cost?  Talk with someone familiar to find out if the software is intuitive and what kind of training is needed.  Ask to try it out. Finally, is there someone assigned to take on the role of learning the software and keeping the signs updated with fresh content going forward?

We strongly recommend you take the time at the start to ask the right questions to ensure you make the best choice when choosing a digital signage solution.  The above examples are not the only questions, but they are certainly very important ones.

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June 14, 2011

Transform Your Space from Dull to Lively

In a reception area, a waiting room or a lobby, customers and/or employees tend to dwell for short or long periods.  Why not create a place for them that is fun to sit around in?  Here you will see a big corporation that has brought life to their dull lobby walls at HQ.




The company's "emoticons" and "smileys" help to brand the space, while a variety of moods and expressions spring out of the wall in 3D.  Yes, folks, this is merely a sign— fabricated by a team of professional sign makers at BLR Sign Systems.  

If you want ideas for visual expression that you can apply to your own space or building, visit our signs and displays gallery.

April 8, 2011

Keep Focused

A confused, unclear and unfocused sign is one that includes more information than is necessary.


Sign "Before"

Take the care to edit your message to its essential minimum—and think about the "white space" so to speak.  Especially in a busy environment, such as a trade show or office lobby, you need to clear away a space so your message can be seen.  It needs to "pop out" from the background scenery.

Where communicating an announcement or featuring a product, design your sign for quick, brief attention.  Think about whether you want it seen at mid-distance or up close—or both.


Sign "After"

In the "After" example above, the product is more visible and flows right into the text message.  Before, it was sitting inside a white box by itself, not totally integrated with the whole.

As you can see, it's important to put some thought into how to best arrange any visual message.

March 1, 2011

First Step: Decide on Message

A sign must communicate. 

But in order for that to occur, one must first and foremost figure out what the message is.  When you've done that, it becomes a matter of putting things in that contribute to the message.

In this photo, you see an example of a sign that has the purpose to help point people in the right direction. The intended message was merely an informational one, to direct.  It can be as simple as that.  No additional content was added, not even ads—just the name of the event and arrows.

At the onset of any sign project, decide what the intended message is—and you'll find it easier to design and produce it.