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KW Kiwanis Cash Calendar – Giveaway

KW Kiwanis Cash Calendar - The Sign Depot

Community Involvement

In earlier posts we suggested everyone should be preparing for 2019 now.  Here at The Sign Depot we have been getting ready for the new year for quite a while now.  One of the first things we did to prepare for 2019 was to sponsor a spot in the first annual KW Kiwanis Cash Calendar.  We learned about it through Greater KW Chamber CPN Group member Ian Inglis.  This fundraising calendar is raising money for local community organizations and we are glad to be a part of this inaugural calendar campaign!

Grab You Calendar

Now is the time to grab your CASH CALENDAR! The cost is $20 and there is a chance to win money every day of the year!  To order you own calendar 2019 KW Kiwanis Cash Calender be sure to contact IAN before they are gone.  Then keep watch at https://kwkiwaniscashcalendar.ca to see if you are a winner in 2019. Don’t worry about checking everyday.  If you win they will contact you. It will also make a great gift to give someone.  The timing is perfect for the holiday season as Christmas present, a stocking stuffer or a Secret Santa gift. Because it is affordable and helps the KW Kiwanis Club help others our community, you may want to get one for everyone on your Christmas List. Once you get your calendar we hope you flip it open to MAY 2019 to see our ad. We are so excited about it and want to giveaway a KW KIWANIS CASH CALENDAR to one of readers!

Enter To Win

Enter the rafflecopter contest below (it may take a minute to load).  Make sure leave us a comment with your plans for 2019 and it may just win you your very own KW KIWANIS CASH CALENDAR! What a great way to start off the new year.

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Pantone Gets Lively as it Introduces Living Coral as the 2019 Colour of the Year

Living Coral in Living Colour

In a stark contrast from last year’s Ultra Violet, this year Pantone has chosen Living Coral as their 2019 Colour of the Year.  They describe it as

An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge
 

The video above shows how well it can flow into living world under the sea.

They go on to say

PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color

This makes the colour easy to implement into colour schemes and designs.  If you are looking to mix this trend into your branding, then signage is a great place to start.  As mentioned in our earlier post, 2019 will be the year to #StepUpYourSignage and choosing this lively colour is great way to refresh your brand in the coming year.  Here at The Sign Depot we are thinking of it as a mix of 2012’s Tangerine Tango and 2015’s Marsala.  This makes Living Coral the perfect cross section of orange tones to add vibrancy to your signage.

Ways To Add Living Coral To Your Signage Mix

There are two ways to go about adding new colours to your signs.  You can either start subtle by changing some of your window graphics, vehicle decals and/or A-frame signs then changing the rest as you see fit, or you can be bold and rebrand your company signs all at once.  The first choice makes for a smooth transition, while the second choice makes a big impact.  When you decide the choice that best suits your business we are hear to help. All it takes is a visit to our CONTACT US page to connect with one of our sign experts. They can provide you with a free quote and get your company on trend for the upcoming year.  Want to know what else we think is trending? Follow our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest feeds to find out.

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2019 Will Be The Year to #StepUpYourSignage

New Year Marketing Mix - Business Sign - The Sign Depot

Start Planning For 2019 Now

One month from now we will already be into 2019 which makes it the best  time to start planning your signage for the new year.  The City of Kitchener has already posted that their sign permit regulations will change effective January 1, 2019 so you will want to get your sign permit application in within the next few weeks in order to adhere to today’s standards.  We think this makes it a perfect time to #StepUpYourSignage.  Our expert sign designers and sign fabricators are here to help you through the process.  Whether you need interior wayfinding signs or exterior business signage we can help with sign permits, sign design and all of your  OOH advertising.

What’s The Buzz Around OOH Advertising

The term OOH Advertising has had quite the buzz recently.  The meaning of OOH advertising is Out of Home Advertising.  In other words it is advertising that reaches people after they leave their houses each day.  Signs play a big role in the OOH advertising mix.  They are a critical part of your business branding and are a necessary component of your marketing plan.  In a recent article by THE DRUM it was mentioned that brands that chose to spend 15% of their marketing budget on OOH advertising had a significant increase in their social media channels and improved brand trust.

 

Crafting unique signs that leave a lasting impression is what The Sign Depot is known for.  We can create memorable signs that will keep your brand top of mind with potential clients. Your exterior business sign serves as a 24 hour advertisement for your establishment and is often the public’s first impression of your company.

Start 2019 Off Right

The best way to start off 2019 right is to visit our CONTACT US page and let our expert sign-makers know that you want to STEP UP YOUR SIGNAGE with a custom sign from The Sign Depot in 2019!

   

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Custom Cabin, Cottage and Farm Signs Made from Canadian Cedar

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Creating Your Custom Signs

When it comes creating a custom sign for your cabin, cottage or farm we have two different methods to suit your needs. Each option has its own advantages when it comes to western red cedar signs.  The first method involves a template for those not sure where to start and the second method works well for those that know exactly what they require.  Either choice gives you options that work within your budget and creativity.

Sign Templates for Custom Wood Signs

For those wanting to create a custom sign but needing a little assistance when it comes to the look of their sign we suggest choosing our Template option.

Just pick one of the sign designs at https://thesigndepotcottagesigns.com/collections/all and click on the preferred image.  When the webpage for that sign loads, fill in the Text on Sign field with the name and/or words you wish to have on that sign.  Above that choose the option of the Single Sided sign price or the Double Sided sign price and then click Add to Cart.  Finish the shipping and payment info and your sign will be shipped to you soon.  This is also a great option for gifts! Whether it is for Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day or a Wedding Gift, a custom Canadian cedar sign is always appreciated for any occasion.

Fully Customized Signs

If you need a more customization than our template signs offer, then we suggest our custom crafted western red cedar signs as a better fit.  While they are a higher price-point than our template signs, a fully customized sign can be manufactured by our expert sign makers to fit your needs.  You select the size, shape, colours, images and text that you require on your wood sign and it is made to your specifications.  These signs are fantastic for cottage or cabin signs or for family farm signs to carry on tradition and highlight heritage.  To get started visit our CONTACT US page and email us your request.

       

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Celebrating 25 Years of Cottage Signs With New Digital Strategies

25 Years Creating Custom Wood Signs

This year marks the 25th anniversary of The Sign Depot.  Through the years we have made quality signage and customer service a priority which makes us valuable partner to our clients.  We provide them with signage that best fits their brand and assists with making them recognizable in their industry.  Of all the different materials we use to fabricate signs, the most popular has been our western red cedar signs.  They are a popular choice for exterior signs for our business clients and as cottage signs for our residential customers. They can be spotted across Canada and into the United States.

Innovative Signs and Strategies

With over two decades of sign making experience we have always been on top of sign trends and choose modern day methods to market them.

It began in 2009 when we incorporated a digital strategy to engage current and potential clients through our social media channels on twitter and facebook. That sparked a fresh website and blog.  As new networks came online we found pinterest to be a valuable tool to display our work and company culture. Whether it’s signs or strategies we are always looking to innovate in our industry that is how we connected with Digital Main Street.

The Sign Depot Meets Digital Main Street

Earlier this year we attended a Digital Main Street info presentation at the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre.  There we spoke with Sara Bingham the Entrepreneurship and Technology Advisor for the centre.  We discussed how we could bring our cottage signs to the masses through E-commerce.  Sara understood what we needed and set it all up.  She brought in Digital Main Street representatives to assist with this project. Mansi was the rep. that customized a Shopify E-commerce site for us

Cottage Signs Shopify - The Sign Depot

and Felipe created a Google 360 of our showroom.

Google 360 Sign Depot

Sara, Mansi and Felipe were fantastic to work with and they really listened to our needs for this project.  Working with the Digital Main Street team was fun and inspiring.  It made us see how can bring our custom wood signs into a modern marketplace and change the way we do business. We believe that our new COTTAGE SIGN site will streamline the process of ordering a custom cottage sign. See how easy it is by following the steps below.

Simple Steps For Cottage Signs

All it takes are a few simple steps to order a personalized cottage sign.

  1. Visit https://thesigndepotcottagesigns.com
  2. Pick from one of the choices available at https://thesigndepotcottagesigns.com/collections/all
  3. Enter the text you would like on the sign
  4. Complete payment process
  5. Look forward to receiving your cottage sign

We think this new way of ordering will make it us a ONE STOP SOLUTION FOR COTTAGE SIGNS!

 

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Carving Out A Spot In Our Community

Bring On The Buddy Benches

After the success of the Buddy Bench project last spring, 91.5 The Beat approached us to once again be part of their next round of School Tour Buddy Benches.  We were so happy to see how well received they are at the local schools and gladly accepted the chance to sandblasted the cedar with donor recognition names and the BUDDY BENCH text for this next round of school visits.

Positive Community Involvement

Today the first of the fall Buddy Benches was awarded to St. Matthew Elementary School in Waterloo Ontario. One of our Sign Depot Facebook Fan Page members, Jennifer Beckett, sent us this emotional message regarding today’s presentation, along with a picture of her son sitting on the new St. Matthew’s Buddy Bench.

St. Matthew Catholic School in Waterloo had some sad times recently with the tragic passing of a student over the summer followed by the arson of the school’s only play structure a few days before school started. A visit from 91.5 The Beat and the donation of a Buddy Bench from The Sign Depot & Cedarland Lumber was just the warm hug this wonderful, caring school community needed! Thank you!
Community Involvement - The Sign Depot - Buddy Bench

To see that this is going to make such a positive impact on the school that has experience such hardship recently is exactly the reason why community projects are so important.  To learn more about this project and what exactly a Buddy Bench does for the school’s students, visit our post  COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT – THE BUDDY BENCH.  To give your school a chance to receive a Buddy Bench of their own, enter the contest at 91.5 The Beat.

Did your local school receive a Buddy Bench? We would love to hear about the positive impact it is making.  Leave a comment below so we can learn more about our locally Buddy Benches.

     

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Recognize Your Community of Donors With Donor Recognition Signage

Donor Recognition

According to LIFT PHILANTHROPY PARTNERS there are 3 strategies for proper donor recognition.

  • Thank them
  • Recognize them
  • Tell the story

Each of these areas can be covered by choosing unique signage for donor recognition. Recently we had the opportunity to fabricate a donor recognition sign structure for St. Paul’s University College, which is on the University of Waterloo Campus in Waterloo Ontario. This unique design was developed here at The Sign Depot with the assistance of ABA Architects, also located in the Region of Waterloo.  This sign structure has become a focal point in the building and incorporates the 3 strategies listed above.  First it thanks the donors for their community involvement.  Second it recognizes each donor and their contribution to St. Paul’s and third the arch structure conveys the message of the donors lifting up St. Paul’s and incorporating their spirit into the building.

Below you can see the beginning stages of the sign on the layout drawings and the final installation.

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As the donor recognition sign came together it was decided that the sign should light up as the students, professors and staff of St. Paul’s walk through the arch-way.  This signals how important their donors are to them by making them take notice of all those who chose to donate to St. Paul’s.

Donor Recognition Walls and Signs

Whether you are part of a University, a Social Enterprise or a Not-For-Profit, making the effort to recognize your donors is a great way to keep in touch with them and their community involvement efforts.  It may encourage them to become lifetime contributors to your organization.  We can create unique displays of for donor recognition walls, commemorative plaques and memorial signs. Visit our CONTACT US page to connect directly with the Sign Depot designers to see how your donor recognition project can be implemented into your establishment.

         

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DIY Backyard Games – Great Ideas For Your Cottage or Cabin

Crafty Ideas For Your Cottage / Cabin Life

DIY Backyard Games Cottage Cabin - The Sign Depot

Here at The Sign Depot we have become fast fans of Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman’s Making It competition TV show.  Each week the show’s crafters, known as the makers, take on challenges to create unique items for each competition.

In essence, that is what our signmakers do here on a day to day basis when they are creating custom cottage signs and other unique structures.  This show has inspired us to connect with some bloggers about their DIY projects that can add some family fun to your cottage, cabin or even your backyard.  Below is a list of do it yourself backyard games that we think you will enjoy making and playing in the great outdoors.

DIY Backyard Games

DIY Nerf Target

See how to tackle this target at https://the-gingerbread-house.co.uk/2018/04/23/how-to-make-a-diy-nerf-target

Outdoor Patio DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Game

Learn how to put this together at http://juliemeasures.com/outdoor-diy-tic-tac-toe

Ring Toss and other Carnival Themed Games

DIY Backyard Games Cottage Cabin - The Sign Depot

Check out this list of outdoor games like Ring Toss and Balloon Down at https://www.playpartyplan.com/fun-outdoor-games

More Outdoor Fun This Summer

For those that want to mix it up without too much crafting, check out these lists of outdoor games at https://www.onecrazymom.com/20-forgotten-summer-games-for-kids  and  https://www.playpartyplan.com/camping-games-for-kids-and-adults and https://thesoccermomblog.com/outdoor-games-for-kids

Even those with little ones can enjoy some outdoor activities with ideas from https://www.whatsupfagans.com/top-backyard-activities-for-four-year-olds

Many people can be put these games together with household items like tin cans, string, disposable cups, t-shirts, sidewalk chalk or even pool noodles to create obstacle courses.

We have been known to put together some fun games as well.  We have made CUSTOM CORNHOLE BOARDS and even some BRANDED PLINKO GAMES for businesses.

Getting Crafty at The Cottage

Is there a backyard game you have made for your cottage, cabin or backyard? Post about it in the comments! We love to get inspired by our readers’ crafting abilities.  Don’t have a unique backyard game? That’s okay.  Try one of the ones above and tell us how it turned out.  Let us know if you invited extended family or neighbours to try them out too.  To ensure they find your cottage with ease you should consider an address/lot marker or a sandblasted cottage sign like the ones pictured below.  To learn more visit our CONTACT US page and send us a note!

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Collaborative Sign Design – Cambridge Pallet

Collaborative Sign Design - Cambridge Pallet - The Sign Depot

From Networking To Collaboration

Networking has always been a focus for The Sign Depot.  Through networking we build great business relationships within our community.  This is how the Cambridge Pallet reception sign came about.  Through connecting with Jorge Meneses we were able to refer business back and forth between our companies and learn more about our interests outside of our companies as well.  In fact we are now committee members for Movember KW, swap vacation stories and assist each other with community involvement fundraising events.  Because we have gotten to know each other well throughout the years, when it came to creating a sign for Cambridge Pallet, it became a collaborative effort.

Sharing Sign Design Ideas

Jorge had let us know that Cambridge Pallet was looking for an interior sign for their office area.  He envisioned steel letters in the reception area.  We suggested to take it one step further and have a replica wood pallet added to the sign design.  These sign ideas were put together to create a sign that reflects their company and their brand.  While this might not be the exact definition of collaborative design, we feel that this was a great way to work together to create a unique 3 dimensional sign.

Building A Pallet Sign

To create the pallet sign we began with MDF board, which is a great material for interior signage. It was cut and assembled to replicate a wood pallet.

Collaborative Sign Design - Cambridge Pallet - The Sign Depot

It was then finished to match the colour they use for their pallets.  After the paint finish was complete, the text portion was added to the sign project. The brushed metal letters were pin mounted to the sign to create dimension.

Collaborative Sign Design - Cambridge Pallet - The Sign Depot

Once the sign was fully assembled, our installers placed in the reception area of Cambridge Pallet.  Since its arrival both staff and clients have remarked with how much they like the new sign and that it is a great representation of the company.

Build A Sign Around Your Brand

Whether you connect with in person at networking events or online through our social channels, we want to collaborate with you to create a sign that reflects your company and brand. Visit our CONTACT US page to get the process started.

         

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Outdoor Dining and 3 Dimensional Signs at Dels

Dear Dels, We Love What You’ve Done With The Place

Approximately four years ago the expert sign-makers here at THE SIGN DEPOT were busy with the signage rebranding of Del Dente to the Dels Enoteca Pizzeria.  If you read our earlier post you know the change was quite significant, and you are aware that they were able to re-purpose the original 3 dimensional sign to different part of the building.  Fast forward to present-day and the restaurant has upped their game once again. They have created a very inviting outdoor dining space.  This Al Fresco dining area, known as #DelFresco, is a charming patio that provides a wonderful dinner spot for the summer.  It even has an area for you bring an extra special guest that normally wouldn’t be able to join you while eating at the establishment.

Pet Friendly Patio

The addition of pet beds and water dishes make it a welcoming spot to bring SPOT along with you!  This means you can now bring your dog to your fancy Italian dinner.

Outdoor Decor

Beyond the wood tables and the pet area, the Dels Patio is surrounded by bountiful flowers and plants and the signage provides great accents to this fresh air atmosphere.

The custom crafted utensils and dimensional signage serves as a backdrop for the new dining area and because it is a lit sign you can easily find your way to the patio during the evening hours.  Open air dining is great way to enjoy warm summer nights and we think the new Dels Patio is the perfect place to try before the summertime ends.

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If you are looking to add 3 dimensional signs to your establishment, we would glad to assist you.  Check out our DIMENSIONAL SIGNS GALLERY for inspiration and then head to our CONTACT US page to connect with us.

       

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