YESCO Fabricates, Installs New Delta Center Signage
Delta Center Signage in Progress

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YESCO recently completed the fabrication and installation of 10 new signs for Delta Center in Salt Lake City – home of the Utah Jazz NBA franchise and more than 320 days of sports and entertainment events each year. As part of the new partnership between the Jazz and Delta Air Lines, which officially kicks off on Saturday, July 1, guests can now view the airline’s nostalgic return to the iconic venue.

The project encompassing more than 500 man-hours over a nine-week-long period included the addition of 5,000 white LEDs inside the building’s 72 exterior letters and cabinets. Made from aluminum material, the six exterior signs feature the Delta Air Lines colors painted on perforated vinyl. During the day, blue and red colors are visible, and at night, all letters illuminate white. The largest exterior letters are over six feet tall.

As part of the interior signage project, YESCO fabricated and installed four 17-foot-long LED illuminated signs.

Prior to the Delta Center signage project, YESCO also partnered with the airline to provide signage for Delta at the Salt Lake City International Airport. YESCO has also previously collaborated with the Utah Jazz on a variety of sign projects over the years.

"With Jazz games and world-class events held at this arena, the Delta Center signage will have the most TV and media coverage of any other signs in Utah and YESCO is grateful to have been entrusted with manufacturing and installing the Delta Center rebranding project,” said Brian Brown, senior account executive, YESCO.

YESCO Installs Netflix Rooftop Display

When Netflix released its new logo, the new identification caused a sensation. Its vertical beams of light are meant to suggest “thumbnails” which represent the company’s house-made shows: “The spectrum of stories, languages, fans and creators that make Netflix beautiful.”

Taking “beautiful” as our mandate, YESCO Los Angeles worked with Netflix to create an iconic, two-sided rooftop display atop the Metropolitan in Hollywood. Each side of the sign is comprised of 990 linear feet of RGB LED tubing, mounted within open channels. The channels are painted an array of Netflix branded colors. The trademark initial “N” is also comprised of open-channel fabrication; it is painted in two differing hues of red and filled with ruby red and clear neon tubing.

We are proud of our role in making the Netflix skyline “Spectacular” come to life!

YESCO Designs, Fabricates, Installs Signage for the J Resort in Reno, Nevada

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YESCO recently completed the design, fabrication and installation of new exterior signage for the J Resort in Reno, Nevada.  The project included a large LED video band, LED video wall, border cabinets, lighting bands and the property's signature illuminated letter "J" icons.

More than 93 feet long and over 14 feet tall, the J Resort's new video band is Northern Nevada's first LED display to wrap around multiple sides of a building.  The three-sided Daktronics band also included a high-definition 8-millimeter display.

In addition, the J Resort project also included a colossal 65-foot-tall by 65-foot -wide Daktronics video wall with a 10-millimeter display.  Fabrication and installation for the video band and all other LED displays took more than 6,700 hours to complete.  Combined the two Daktronics LED video display feature more than 7 million pixels.

YESCO was also tasked with removing all existing cabinets as well as creating new border cabinets and the property's three 19-foot-tgall illuminated letter ""J" icons with white flex faces.  Additionally, the project included the installation of a 2,200 foot-long light band that was completely manufactured in Reno.

"With Northern Nevada's first LED display that wraps around multiple sides of a building, we know the J Resort will stand out among the competition in Reno," said Adam Keefer, custom account executive, YESCO.

Five Ways Signage Supports Your Brand

For people driving on interstates and rural highways or walking on busy urban streets, your signage is your brand. Same goes for the indoor signs that your customers see as they move about your premises. People are making snap judgements about your business based entirely on the visual clues they pick up. About 80% of what we humans learn about the world around us is due to visual perception. How your audience sees you matters.

There is tremendous opportunity with the way you use the visual and material elements of your signage to make dramatic and, just as importantly, subtle impressions on your customers. The signs you deploy are more than just words or pictures on a board. They are that very important first impression. A 2012 by the Economic Center of the University of Cincinnati  found roughly 60% of businesses reported that changing the design or enhancing the visibility of their signage had a positive impact on sales, number of transactions and profits, with an average increase of about 10%. 

Here are five ways you can optimize and execute cost-effective, high ROI strategies to make signage support your brand:

Put the Customer First

Your signage should give your audience the exact information they need to understand how you will solve their problem, while impressing your brand through visual cues from design elements, colors, and even the types of materials you use to create your sign. Your signs should meet the expectations of your audience and give them a reason to trust you with their business.  With a limited time to get their attention, if you’re not providing value with your messaging or your sign is cluttered, difficult to read, or fails to catch your customer’s attention, you may never have the same opportunity again. Professionally produced signs that look good make you stand out to your audience. A study by the Small Business Administration (SBA) found that effective signs can increase business by as much as 150%.

Integrate into Omnichannel

Signs can be big and bold declarations about who you are, and you can be sure your signage will be seen. However, you often have only moments to make it stand out from the competition and create a memorable impression. That’s why it’s important to understand your audience and how to communicate your value quickly and get them to engage with you further. When placed strategically your signage should impel your customer to take the next step, whether it’s a visit to your establishment or website. That’s one reason signage works so well as a component of omnichannel marketing strategies. According to a study by Nielsen, signage can increase the effectiveness of other media by as much as 42%. 

Use Quality Materials

You have a wide range of choices of materials to express your brand’s personality, style and commitment to quality. Your signage also must often endure and continue to represent your brand against the elements and be sourced and constructed following environmentally sound practices. This last point may be surprising, but sustainability matters to shoppers. According to a FirstInsight report, roughly two-thirds of Millennials and Generation Z shoppers surveyed prefer to buy from sustainable brands.

Whether you chose coreflute, foamcore, aluminum, acrylic, wood, or vinyl sheets for vehicle wraps depends on your goals, budget, and audience. However, it is not an area to cut corners. A four-year study by the International Sign Association found that an average of one-third of all shoppers say they have been drawn into unfamiliar stores based on the quality of their signs.

Be Brief but Effective

You might be familiar with the term ‘elevator pitch’, which describes the brief time someone has to get a point across in an elevator before it reaches the top floor. Here’s a new one to consider “signage pitch’, which describes the unique way you can blend graphics, colors, and text to sear your brand into the memory of your audience in a matter of moments. Some of the most memorable billboard marketing campaigns were no more than one compelling photo or graphic and a one or two-word catchphrase. It’s a good time to remember that a picture, or in many cases a great graphic, speaks a thousand words and it can simply and immediately tell your audience why they should spend their time and money with you.

Display Your Confidence

Promoting your brand with signage is no time to be shy. You’re putting it out there for the world, or at least your audience, to see. Use your signage to make a statement. You can project an aura of prestige and show your customers that professionalism matters through the quality of your signage. Come across as modern and creative with customized illuminated and digital signs that keep your messaging relevant. Your customers want to know that of all the choices they can make, your brand is the one they can trust. Use your signage to proudly proclaim what it is that makes your brand special and get off to a great start with your audience.

Signage is meant to communicate messages to audiences, but with a sound strategy, it can be so much more. It’s often the first instance your customer may come into contact with your brand, and making a great initial impression matters. The visual elements, as well as the materials you use, play a large role in the perceptions about your brand that will affect whether or not your customer believes you have the solutions they need.

Your Guide to Billboard Marketing
A well-strategized billboard and OOH marketing strategy is a proven way make your brand larger than life, and produce a dramatic, memorable impact on your audience. Placing your OOH signage where you know it will be seen, and using data to understand and predict movement patterns of your customers, will help your brand be remembered. The guide to billboard advertising can move you through the creation of an effective OOH campaign to increase brand visibility, share memorable messaging, and build trust and authority for your brand.

Development of media strategy

Identify Goals

When you begin determining what role billboard advertising will play in your marketing plans, you should first clearly define its purpose. There are generally three categories where billboard marketing has proven extremely effective:
  1. Energize Brand Awareness. According to a 2023 study by Solomon Partners, billboard advertising generated an 86% recall rate with study participants. When you can showcase your brand with attention-grabbing design and a crisp, short message, billboards provide visibility that can’t be ignored.
  2. Generate Interest.  According to a November 2022 poll conducted by the OAAA and Morning Consult, 88% of adults notice OOH ads and nearly 80% of those viewers are inspired to take action. A well-placed billboard can be a reminder to stop and shop on the way to or from work or inspire travelers to visit your establishment.
  3. Establish Credibility. A billboard can help your business project an image of success and encourage trust by the very nature of its size and messaging. A recent OAAA survey determined that brands that included OOH in their marketing saw a trust rating growth of 24%. Billboards give your brand status and sets you apart from the competition.

Know the Audience You Want to Reach

Your billboard is going to be seen. You want to make sure it’s seen by your customers and the audience you want to attract. You have the opportunity to place your OOH in a location they pass frequently. Your data can help you build your messaging into a component of their daily commute or travel and help you know where they will be at a certain time of day. It’s effective. OOH advertising has been shown to have a lower Cost Per Thousand Impressions (CPM) than other forms of advertising.

Nail Down Cost and Budget

There are several factors that weigh into the costs of the most effective OOH advertising for your business. These include:
  • Location: It goes without saying that placing your billboards in high-traffic areas will cost you more.
  • Size: Another good rule of thumb to follow is that the larger the OOH, the higher the price to rent the space.
  • Unit type: Here the choice comes down to traditional static billboards or newer, innovative digital billboards.
  • Creative: Your design costs will differ based on your choice of unit type and the impact you plan to make with your billboard. Static OOH requires reprinting and replacing the message, while a digital unit, perhaps more expensive, provides for easy swap-outs of digital content for relevant messaging.

Integrate Your OHH into Omnichannel Marketing Campaigns

You will realize a greater return on your OOH spending when you base your decision on optimizing billboard placement and deployment in conjunction with other marketing channels – print, digital, and social media. According to a study by Nielsen, OOH can increase the effectiveness of other media by as much as 42%. You can use location-based targeting and data collection to precisely analyze data to gain a deeper understanding of consumer behavior and preferences and tailor fuller engagement across all the channels your customers use. 

Static Or Digital Billboards

At some point, you’ll have to decide between deploying traditional, static billboards or innovative digital billboards. Each is effective. The answer to which medium you’ll include depends on your audience, where they are seeing your OOH, the competition for eyeballs your signage faces, and, of course, your budget. Traditional Static Billboards create long-term brand awareness by casting a wide net and heightened awareness through repetitive viewing. It’s estimated that for an advertisement to become memorable, it must be seen at least 20 times. With a strategically placed billboard you can easily create unforgettable branding. Drawbacks include the cost of print and installation, and it can be expensive to swap out messaging.  Digital Billboards offer opportunities to use videos, moving images, 3D models, and interactive elements to immerse audiences in unique experiences. You can easily swap out content to keep messaging relevant and occurring in real-time. Digital billboards also have the benefit of measuring results more fully than static ones. Cost can vary widely, depending on the degree of technology, location, and when you want your ad seen.

Design For OOH Success

OOH is a distinctively visual medium, but to be effective the billboard design and messaging must immediately seize the attention of your customer and quickly convey your brand message. On most roads, the typical driver has no more than 8 seconds to scan billboard marketing, perhaps less on a busy interstate. Your billboard must be appealing and easy to read to make it memorable and impactful. Here are a few pointers to consider:
  • Show, don’t tell. Is there an interesting image that gets your point across with as few words as possible? Avoid long descriptions with text and use fonts that are easy to read.
  • Go Bold or Go Home. There’s no need for subtlety with your billboard advertising. Use bright, vibrant colors and large, full fonts that grab attention and get noticed.

Stand Out and Be Noticed

Your billboard should make a lasting impression on your audience and one of the best ways to achieve this is by creating a look that sets your brand apart from its environment and contrasts the colors surrounding it.

Build Off Location

A well-designed billboard or other OOH can actually become an iconic element of a city’s identity. Taking things like local folklore or nicknames into account with your OOH message can make a greater and more memorable impression on targeted audiences.

Make it interactive.

Digital OOH gives you the opportunity to add interactive elements into messaging and engage audiences with fun and unique marketing content that can be accessed with smart devices and used for cross-channel call to actions. 

Create an Emotional Connection

You can create an immediate emotional connection with billboard advertising that uses humor, anger, or compassion and make a lasting impression on your audience. According to Forbes, 56 % of billboard viewers actively engaged in conversation about something funny they saw on a billboard.

Placement considerations

The same cherished rule that guides real estate decisions applies to where you should put your OOH for maximum effect: location, location, location. When your audience is exposed continually to your consistent messaging, it becomes part of their routine and journey and is emblazoned into their consciousness.   Of course, while important, that is just one of many issues to contemplate. Here are several other factors that you should take into account when deciding where to focus your billboard marketing efforts: Audience Demographics Use customer data to analyze additional demographic information that goes beyond age, sex, and income to also factor in when and where your customers will see your billboard. This requires analyzing traffic patterns and commuter schedules. Many drivers and commuters make purchasing decisions while away from home and your billboard can anticipate, recommend, and reinforce their shopping behavior. Competition In a perfect world, your billboard would be the only one in your chosen location. However, that is rarely the case. It’s often unavoidable yet vital to be seen where others are also competing for eyeballs, like busy urban areas, popular exit ramps, or tourist destinations. That places greater emphasis on your messaging and choice of using either static or digital billboards and creative elements to stand apart. Traffic flow How and when does your audience move? Are they stuck in morning traffic at the same bottleneck that happens every day? What time of day are they most active and will your billboard gain the most visibility? Understanding where your audience is along the path they take to reach their destination can help you determine the best place and messaging for your billboard. Regulations Get a thorough understanding of local regulations to make sure the spot you pick for you billboard meets all applicable laws and regulations. This is one of many reasons it is advisable to partner with experienced sign companies that have a grasp of permits and other requirements. Billboard Size, Type and Viewing Distance You only have a short time to attract and engage your audience with your billboard, so it’s important to consider its size and format so that can easily be read and enjoyed from distances for longer view times. If your audience is moving past your billboard at street level or in close proximity, you’ll have more time to get your message across. There are several OOH formats that are effective, either static or digital:
  • Bulletins - Typically 14’ x 48’ in size and are located along highways and busy roadways, bulletins are the most familiar type of billboard.
  • Posters -Smaller in size than a bulletin, these are most effective when used on local roads to appeal to slower traffic speeds
  • Mobile – Available in many shapes and sizes, mobile billboards are Ideal for taking your message on the road and setting up for special events or short periods of time.
  • Wallscape - An increasingly familiar sight in cities, a wallscape uses an entire side of building to make dramatic impressions on audiences.

How to measure effectiveness

You have several ways to determine whether your billboard marketing is paying off. In the past, it would have been possible to only measure outcomes when the campaign ended by measuring before and after KPIs. Today, technology gives you access to audience exposure in real-time by using anonymized demographic and mobile location data to determine why, where, and how often your audience will pass your billboard. This can be extremely important if you go digital with your signage and must bid on advantageous viewing times because your ad will rotate with other advertisers. Here are a few ways to measure your billboard’s effectiveness:
  • Monitoring web traffic to your site concurrent with peak audience viewing times or in conjunction with billboard-integrated omnichannel strategies.
  • Using social media hashtags and QR codes (for posters) that not only increase engagement across channels but also provide tracking and social engagement measurements.
  • Measuring sales revenue and store visitations that can be attributed to your billboard placement.
  • Tracking branded searches customers use to arrive at your website or mentions on social media.
You only have to look back at some of the most memorable marketing in your own personal history to understand the impact of strategic billboard marketing. Today, you have a wide variety of billboard and OOH signage to your spread brand awareness, build interest in your brand, and give your brand a prominence that engenders trust and encourages action.