You’ve been brainstorming ways to get your message out to customers—from promoting an upcoming event to advertising a monster sale to simply saying “Hey, we’re here, drop by.” Obviously, signs are one way to say what you want to say without getting hoarse from yelling your news. And you’re thinking signs seem like a good choice for your business. However, you know Detroit won’t simply let businesses advertise whatever, wherever. So you want to boost your knowledge of the city’s do’s and don’ts regarding signage.
Maybe you remember the episode from a few years ago of requiring compliance with Detroit’s existing policies for building signage. And, maybe sticking out in your mind are those tickets that rose as high as $1,500, according to the Detroit Free Press. With that in mind, you figure you should research before you get your signs rolling. That way, you hope to stay on the right side of the law, saving yourself headaches and perhaps money, too.
To do or not to do, that is the question
Let’s start with some things you may need to attend to when it comes to signage. Then we’ll follow the do’s up with some don’ts.
Do – determine if you need to post a sign in your construction zone
Check out Ordinance No. 35-17. It reads in part: “A properly posted development notification sign is required for any construction site that is at least 10,000 square feet in area and that otherwise requires a building permit.” Of course, imagine how you’d feel if you lived in the area and wanted to know what was going on in the nearby lot.
Do – get proper permissions for inflatables
Thinking balloons would be just the thing to attract attention? Before you dive in, make sure you’re in the clear, and you know what’s allowed. Check out Ordinance No. 38-14. Part of it says,
Additionally, rules may apply to how long they can be there, where they’re placed, and how many permits you can get annually.
Digging into some “don’ts”
Let’s explore a few things you may need to steer clear of doing when it comes to signs.
Don’t – cover up anything you aren’t allowed to cover up
Here, we admonish you not to assume that you can tack up a sign wherever you deem appropriate. Be sure you research and understand if there’s anything you’re not allowed to cover over.
For this concept, we turn to Ordinance No. 38-14 which reads in part: A business sign (including an identification sign) shall not cover or conceal architectural features of a building including, but not limited to, windows, arches, sills, moldings, cornices, and transoms”.
Don’t – distract from traffic signals with your lighted signs
Obviously, traffic signals have important work to do, keeping traffic flowing and preventing accidents. Certainly, you don’t want your sign impeding this work. In this vein, check out a further statement of Ordinance No. 38-14, “No sign shall be illuminated in a manner that interferes with the effectiveness of an official traffic sign, traffic signal or traffic control device.”
Don’t – run through rotating images too quickly
If you’re a driver you may be able to relate to seeing an electronic message that flashed by just a bit too fast. You really wanted to read it next time it came up in the rotation. But the streetlight you were waiting for turned green before you got another chance. You’re driving away with the other cars and perhaps straining to see the message as you take off. Distracting!
Perhaps protecting its motorists is what Motor City has in mind with this statement, again from Ordinance No. 38-14 “Messages on an electronic message board may be a continuous scroll or may be intermittently changing static messages. Where messages are intermittently changing
and static, then each message must be displayed for a minimum of eight (8) seconds before changing.”
Don’t – let your illuminated signs be a nuisance to people who live nearby
This one relates to two statements of Ordinance No. 38-14. First, “…flashing signs are permitted only where farther than one hundred (100) feet from existing developed residential property…” Additionally, “Illuminated signs shall be arranged to reflect light away from residential structures.”
Really, take a moment to reflect on this one. If you lived nearby a business with a flashing sign that was lit up at night, might you find it irritating? Likely, you can visualize flashes of red (or any color) illuminating the sides of your window shade as you’re trying to sleep at night. If you wouldn’t like it, you can see why residents who live near your business sign wouldn’t like it too close either.
Check before you do
It’s important to realize that this is a sampling of ordinances that may apply. Of course, you need to check what applies to your particular situation. Be sure you’re clear before you go ahead. Because it would likely be more pleasant to figure out something is a no-go before you spend time, work, and money on it as opposed to after. In short, let’s say that what you need to know about Detroit’s sign policies and ordinances is check before you do.
When it comes time to get your outdoor sign up and off the ground (figuratively speaking), be sure you or your contractor get any sign permits you need. Additionally, check out what requirements apply if it’s a contractor getting the permit.
A sign for every occasion
Now, that you’ve started thinking about Detroit’s sign policies and ordinances, be sure you get “in the know” about each particular situation you’re considering. Maybe you’re getting the word out about your business event or company party. Or you’re letting the community know how many years you’ve been in business. Or perhaps it’s time to announce your grand opening. Whatever it is you’re doing, research the requirements adequately and head over to see how we can serve your sign needs.
Are you looking to celebrate something in or around Detroit? Maybe you’re planning a surprise birthday party, or it’s time to celebrate an anniversary in a big way. Perhaps it’s a baby shower or time to honor the retirement of a longtime employee. From graduation parties to company milestone celebrations to fundraising dinners, time to get started planning your event!
Out & about
Regardless of what you’re celebrating, you’re looking to create a great environment. Many times, parties can take place at someone’s house. Other times, if you’re planning a party for your business, you may be able to use the conference room or some other company area. But what do you do when your home isn’t the appropriate venue and hosting at the business isn’t a good option either?
It’s simple — you find a party venue. You locate a restaurant, hotel, etc. that can help you host your event. They provide the space (and sometimes the food) and you provide the celebration. When you decide not to celebrate at your own location (home, work, etc.), there may be pros and cons.
Pros & cons
Possible pros of an outside venue: It might be easier to host a surprise party. Plus, holding your party at the separate location could also be less work when it comes to setup and takedown.
Possible cons of an outside venue: One negative could be the extra expense associated with renting a location. Plus, there’s the additional legwork that may be involved in finding a place you want.
Here to help
The good news is we may be able to help you when it comes to one of those cons. And no, we won’t be paying for your party. What we do want to do today is help eliminate some of the legwork when it comes to finding your party location.
Let’s dive into some of the options for making your party a great occasion.
1 – The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit
Let’s say you’re looking not just for a place to host your party. You’d also like something that can accommodate out-of-town guests who’ve traveled in for the occasion. Consider hosting at The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit.
2 – Firebird Tavern
What if you’re hosting a retirement or birthday party, and you’re looking for more of a rustic feel? With its brick and wood, Firebird Tavern might be a great option for you.
3 – Planterra Conservatory
Rustic coziness not what you had in mind for your party? When your event calls for the freshness that living plants and natural light provide so well, what’s not to love about the Planterra Conservatory?
4 – Rust Belt Market
In the market for a venue with a unique feel? Rust Belt Market may be what you’re looking for.
5 – 3&UP
Calling for an outside-the-box party for your group? Consider the game-playing opportunity that 3&Up offers. It may make for some memorable fun celebrating.
Of course, choosing a location isn’t the only thing you need to do before the day of your party. Get started thinking about other tasks with our planning checklist.
- Mastermind the party program and other elements. Will you have speakers or a toast? Do you need to find a way to pull the party off as a surprise for a guest of honor?
- Determine what amenities you’ll need. For instance, you may need audio/visual capabilities if you plan to display a slideshow.
- Buy gifts. Or if it’s a group gift, select the gift item, then solicit contributions from others — as in the case of a retirement gift.
- Plan decor. You can get others to help you brainstorm or do an internet search for inspiration. Do you want to go with a theme color? Or perhaps you’ll choose a focal item or concept related to your guest of honor and plan your decor around it. Also, you may need to remember some or all of the following:
- Tablecloths & napkins (especially if you need them to match with or support your theme)
- Party favors
- Streamers & balloons
- Purchase signs. We love the idea of a standup cutout of the guest of honor or even a personalized banner
- Plan menu
- Purchase & send invitations
- Coordinate volunteers
- Prepare food. If you’re cooking/baking yourself, you may want to try to work in advance to minimize pressure on the day-off
A good time was had by all
Once you have your party planning underway, don’t forget to use our sign options to help you mastermind an event to be remembered. In a bid to stay calm and enjoy the whole event and planning process, begin your work in advance. Try to have as much planned and taken care of ahead of time so you can enjoy some socializing alongside your guests.
It can be a challenge to promote fundraisers successfully. You have to compete to be noticed between thousands of other advertisements. If you want to draw attention to a charity, the stakes are even higher.
Luckily, there are many strategies that coordinators can turn to that will help get their fundraiser the recognition it deserves. There are hundreds of platforms and approaches for you to choose from. It is crucial that you find the method that is right for you.
This guide will help you get your fundraiser noticed. These tips will help you to spread the word and to convince people to give their support.
Tips on how to get your fundraiser noticed:
When you are trying to get support for your fundraiser you should contemplate both the platform and the nature of the promotion. There are plenty of tried and true methods that can help you to get results.
No matter the platform, here are some general principles that you should keep to mind:
- Keep it simple: In trying to make their promotions, exciting coordinators often overcomplicate things. But balance is essential. They need to see with a glance what the advert is about. Less is more.
- Grab their attention: Promotional material is more prolific than ever before. So to be successful, yours should stand out from the crowd. One potential way to do this is by using compelling imagery. And to make sure that any text stands out.
- Clear call to action: Even if the promotion has been noticed, this is nothing without support. The advertisements should clearly state how they can contribute to the fundraiser. Therefore, it has to have a call to action which is a prompt for the audience to take action.
- Make it memorable: It is not enough if your fundraiser is noticed, you want people to remember it as well. Try to think of ways to make your promotions unique.
- Be transparent: An unfortunate consequence of scammers is that people are often suspicious of giving money to causes. This is the last thing that you want. You can help to gain the audience’s trust by being open and honest in all your communication.
- Exposure: You should consider which platform will reach the most people and get their attention. Additionally, look for the platform that will reach the people who are most likely to give their support to your cause.
Know your audience
Throughout these tips, you’ll notice that your target audience is an essential factor. These are the people at which your promotions need to be aimed. In terms of a fundraiser, your target audience is those who will give their support by donating to the cause.
The first step in building a relationship with them is to ask yourself who they are.
The following are aspects to consider:
- Their age
- Where they live
- Their lifestyle
- What appeals to them
- What media they consume
- Where they get their information from
- What their concerns are
- What their interests are
One way to do this is to assess who has supported your fundraiser in the past. While you do this, consider if there are more people who you would like to reach.
If your fundraiser is new, a good idea is to research the supporters of similar causes.
Once you have this information, we recommend you write out a description of the target audience. Make a profile of typical members of your supporters.
Your promotional campaign should always be designed with them in mind. Take a look at this overview of identifying your target audience.
Now let’s look at some of the most popular platforms and methods you can use to get your fundraiser noticed.
Social media marketing
Social media marketing is a game changer when it comes to promoting your fundraiser. These pages are indeed some of the most popular platforms that are available. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others can all be vital tools in your toolbox.
The different social platforms each have their own strongpoint that you can use to your advantage. But some strategies are useful across all of them.
One useful strategy is to post updates on your page regularly. This will keep the campaign fresh in your audience’s memory. People are more likely to contribute if they feel a fundraiser is making progress.
Make sure that you create a catchy hashtag for the fundraiser. It should be something that is easy to remember.
Hashtags are all the rage. They are an excellent way to create awareness and will give your supporters the chance to share your fundraisers with their own followers and friends.
Facebook, Twitter, etc. give coordinators a way to communicate with their supporters. It is a place where you can thank them for their contributions and encourage them to get involved. Creating events on Facebook are also a very effective way of spreading the word about the fundraiser.
It is an understatement to say that the internet has revolutionized how we promote products, services, and campaigns. Websites have become an essential part of any business or ventures repertoire. It is no different with fundraisers.
A web page can have hundreds of uses. You can use them for the following features among others:
- Websites are a fantastic way to provide people with information on the campaign.
- A place to share updates about the fundraiser. For example, you can use a progress bar to show how much funds you have gathered.
- The page should have a contact page that gives the necessary contact details. It can also possibly have a way that they can directly connect with you.
- You can provide supporters with a feature to donate funds on the web page. Or at least list how they can contribute.
You can place this link on any of your promotional material to let people know where they can find more info.
Logos and branding
Branding isn’t typically associated with non-profit ventures or fundraisers. But they can be another great way to get your campaign noticed.
You should build a brand that is coherent and that suits your fundraiser.
A crucial part of branding is to design a logo that packs a punch. Keep in mind that you want it to stand out and be unique. You should also decide on a color scheme that matches the logo.
You can maximize the effectiveness of your promotions by using your branding across all the platforms that you use. This will contribute to your audience building a relationship and with your fundraiser.
In other words, branding can make your fundraiser more memorable. This could help to increase long term support for the cause.
If you are wondering how to get your fundraiser noticed, a fantastic place to start is with outdoor signs. They can be a very effective way to get your campaign seen. It is recommended to hire a professional to help you bring your ideas and vision to life.
Signs are all around us. They are used for everything from directions to promotions. We become accustomed to looking at them for information wherever we go.
One of the best features of this platform is the variety of different options available. You can choose between sizes, shapes, and dimensions. Companies will offer signage at a range of prices so that you can select the ones that suit your budget.
The following are some of the main types of outdoor signs:
- Metal signs
- Neon signs
- Window graphics
- LED message centers
- Magnetic signs
- Correx boards
The key is to design these advertisements so that they will attract attention and to place them in a location where they will give you maximum exposure. Keep them simple so that people can read them on the go.
Companies like Signarama will be able to assist you in creating signs that are as attractive as they are useful.
Watching videos online has become increasingly integrated into our lives and our online experiences. It is no wonder that this has also become a valuable advertising platform.
It is estimated that videos will make up 82% of all consumer internet traffic by 2021.
Creating a video to market your campaign can play a huge role in getting your fundraiser noticed. Research has shown that visual content appeals to a variety of different audiences.
You should try to include footage about your project or cause. This will help to get people invested in the outcomes of your campaign.
You can upload the video to your website, youtube, social media or other digital platforms.
Nowadays, people tend to discount the potential for press releases. However, they can be a great way of getting the attention of news and media outlets. A successful one shows that your fundraiser is newsworthy.
Thanks to the internet, a press release can now reach more people than ever. Most contemporary news outlets have websites, YouTube pages, and social media pages as well as printed media. You can also often send pieces through to radio stations.
The typical process will involve you writing a piece of communication that describes your fundraiser, what it’s for, and how they can support or make contributions. Include the relevant contact details as well. Then you should send it through to potential outlets.
Here are some steps to writing a press release for your campaign.
Teaming up with businesses or other campaigns can help you to get your fundraiser noticed.
These type of partnerships are popular for a reason. It has benefits for both parties. It is an advertisement for both. And it will give them a chance to reach target audiences that they potentially would not have otherwise.
If your fundraiser is for a charity, you can ask local businesses to sponsor fundraising events. Look out for companies or brands that are aligned with the goals and values of your cause.
Another option is to ask them to advertise your fundraiser in their physical locations. They can also mention it on their online pages or any media.
Host a launch
One way to start your campaign off right is to hold a launch event. This can help get your fundraiser noticed before it even starts. Launches are an opportunity to get people involved in your campaign and to show them what it is about.
There are a variety of event types to choose from. From dinners to sponsored walks, try to opt for one that suits your fundraiser.
With careful planning, an event can keep on generating interest even after its over. Invite some journalists or bloggers who can possibly write a piece about the launch. Social media is also a valuable resource here. You can get more exposure by people sharing photos or writing posts about the event.
Remember to provide an opportunity for attendees to support the fundraiser at the event.
Because of the global nature of contemporary fundraisers, it might not fit every campaign. But it can still be a great way to get noticed and to gain local support.
This is another more conventional promotional medium. Printed material can include flyers, business cards, booklets, and newsletters. They all are relatively inexpensive ways to promote your campaign.
Another benefit is that there are a large number of places where you can distribute them. You can give them out at events or ask a business to keep some of them at their reception or pay points.
Don’t be afraid to get creative. Design and material can make this traditional medium more exciting. For example, make business cards from compostable material if you are running an eco-friendly campaign.
The end goal
Hopefully, this article has helped you understand how to get your fundraiser noticed and to maximize support. To sum up, success mainly boils down to choosing the right platform and using it effectively. This will give you the chance to get your message out there to your target audience.
Remember that the key to successful promotions is to use methods that are appealing to your audience, and more importantly, encourage them to take action. At Signarama we are dedicated to making signs that will help you to make your campaign successful. Take a look at our outdoor signs and our logos.