Last fall we installed a chalkboard on the side of our building with the words MY BEST MEMORY IS... at the top and lines for people to fill in the blanks.
We did it for three reasons.
1. Because we knew it would generate talk. It did, too. Lots of it. We got press for it. We got a lot of customers talking about it. It it was the kind of Over-the-Top Design that generates Word-of-Mouth.
2. Because we wanted more reasons for customers to visit and engage with our store. Sure, it was outside, but it still got people into the neighborhood. As a destination store on the outskirts of downtown, we have to get our own traffic. There is no mall or DDA or anyone else out there trying to draw us a crowd.
3. Because we believe in art, imagination and creativity. And we're on an official "art walk". The sidewalk along our building is part of the River Art Walk that connects the downtown to the Armory Arts Village north of town. Now some might argue (correctly) that until we put the board up, there was no art along the art walk. So we're just doing our part to make the walk what it should be.
Mostly, however, we did it because it fits into our Character Diamond of Fun, Helpful, Educational & Nostalgic and our motto of We're here to make you smile.
One board definitely did that. We think three will do it even better.
We just put up two more boards to compliment the first. Within minutes people were writing on them.
Over-the-Top Design that gets people to talk about you, visit you, and engage with you is worth the investment. When it fits with your Character Diamond, too, it's a grand-slam-dunk-no-brainer.
PS Yes, it helps that we own the building. It also helps that we call it art and not a sign because they would definitely be in violation of our city's overly strict and business-unfriendly sign ordinance. But that's a post for another day.