Vehicle signage has been around for as long as there have been advertising vehicles, right back to the days of the horse and cart when a sign writer would paint on the name and location. It’s a method that has proved incredibly long-lasting: at least until the advent of vinyl.
Now it’s possible to add QR codes, website urls and social media information to basic contact details. You can outfit your fleet in a livery that matches your corporate colours without the need for a respray and can even minimise depreciation by using a protective vinyl car wrap. So, which is a better choice for your vehicles: lettering or a full or partial wrap?
What is vehicle lettering?
There are hundreds of different coloured vinyls, with a range of different finishes, including reflective and metallic, to create eye-catching effects. A good designer will create some fantastic designs using lettering and cut vinyl effects, meaning that they’re a good choice for a temporary marketing campaign, as they’re more affordable than a full or partial vinyl wrap.
What’s a car wrap?
By using large sheets of printed vinyl to wrap a vehicle you can radically alter its appearance. As well as providing contact information, you can create a real brand presence with an innovative design. Wraps can also create consistency across a fleet of vehicles of different shapes and sizes.
Wraps can incorporate graphics, images and much more to create a stunning first impression that makes your vehicles really stand out and that reinforces your brand identity.
Wraps versus lettering
There are benefits to both wrapping and lettering depending on your circumstances and the type of campaign that you want to run. Lettering can be particularly useful if you’re running a one-off campaign or if you wish to add seasonal decals. Lettering is also the more affordable choice, although it is not necessarily more cost effective: if you’re planning on keeping the same look and feel on vehicles across your fleet then wrapping may be the better option.
If you’re an established B2B company that has a pre-existing customer base, then you may only need to invest in lettering to provide a smart corporate appearance to your vehicles. However, because lettering doesn’t have the same level of impact as a full or partial wrap, your message may not appear as professional as that from a vinyl-wrapped fleet.
Although lettering and decals may be the perfect choice if you simply want to add your company name and contact details to the rear of your van, there’s no doubt that a well-wrapped car or van will create 360-degree visual views in a way that lettering alone can’t match. You may find that the impression created by professional graphics and a durable car wrap has the greatest return on your investment per impression of any of your marketing channels.
Another benefit of choosing a full vinyl wrap over a partial wrap or lettering and decals is that the vinyl will help to protect your vehicle, meaning a higher trade-in or resale value when you come to upgrade your fleet.
What information should I include?
Your choice of included information depends on whether you use lettering or wrapping. Vinyl lettering can be an affordable way to include your company name and contact details. However, wrapping gives you the freedom to add QR codes and more information. However, you should be careful not to make the design too cluttered or potentially confusing. Your design should include the most important information in a clear and concise way. Below we list the essential information to include in your design.
Your logo and company name: your brand is your biggest asset and as such should appear consistently across all your marketing materials from letterheads to car wrap. Your logo and company name need to be larger than any other information on your design, to drive brand identification.
Your phone number: if you have an office and a mobile number, list the one that will definitely be answered.
Your website: your url needs to be as memorable as possible to capture attention. Ensure that it is included in your wrap design.
Your services: choose a maximum of three services that your company provides that are the core of your business, and choose simple and effective wording to clearly get the point across.
Ask the professionals
It might seem obvious that a vinyl wrap is the way forward if you really want to harness the power of mobile advertising. That’s why, if you’re looking for vehicle sign writing in Arundel, it’s important that you choose a company that will advise you on the best choice for you and your business: if you’re a man with a van then cut vinyl lettering may be more than adequate to inform potential customers about what you do and to provide your contact information. If you’re a bigger business with more than one vehicle then vinyl wrapping may offer a wider and more flexible branding choice for your fleet.
At the Sussex Sign Company, we offer a fully integrated service that will take your ideas from conception to execution, thanks to one of the best vinyl wrap and lettering installation teams in the country. Whatever your needs in terms of vinyl lettering or wrapping, contact us today via phone or email and we’ll be happy to advise you on the best options for your business.