Keeping things fresh is key to engaging your customers, so how can small businesses with limited budgets hack rebranding?
In previous posts here at Tech Trends we’ve talked a lot about the convergence of the online and offline worlds and how that applies to shopping and the retail sector, where omnichannel marketing is proving the way forward.
A bit part of that is enabling businesses that do depend heavily on having a physical presence to remain competitive. Many of us love shopping in our “mom-and-pop” stores but whether we like to admit it or not, technology has changed our expectations of what a good shopping experience looks and feels like.
We want to support local businesses, for sure, but we expect them to cater to our newly found tastes for customized, on-demand, sleekly presented fare. We want to be able to engage with them on social media with compelling video content, and we want them to “look the business” and not like a tired relic from a bygone era.
But all of that costs money, right? Well yes, but not quite as much as you might think. Like with a lot of areas, technology has brought disruption, but also enabled hacks that mean small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) can achieve dramatic rebranding results with only a fraction of the budget a larger enterprise would spend.
One great weapon in that arsenal is the ability that companies like StickerYou offer to produce customized branding materials which literally enable a business to quickly don a new, fresh skin with no mess and very little in the way of resources.
Companies like StickerYou offer small businesses the ability to produce customized branding materials which enable them to quickly don a new, fresh skin with no mess and very little in the way of resources
To prove that point, the Canadian company ran a Make It Better contest across North America, inviting small businesses to enter and win a top-of-the-range makeover. Over 700 applicants applied for the prize (which had an estimated value of $10,000) From the 23 finalists, The Knight Butcher was finally crowned the winner, receiving a comprehensive makeover including with window decals, hours signage, floor decals, signs for fridges and freezers and true decals.
The Knight Butcher – a genuine mom-and-pop business owned by husband and wife team Terri and Chad Knight – emerged renewed from its improvements within a single day, highlighting the fact that revamping a bricks-and-mortar shop can be as easy as adjusting the design on your website, as long as you get the right people to help out!
For more information on how your business can also get a very affordable makeover, check out the StickerYou website, or if you’re in Toronto, be sure to check out their own brand new store, which is also the largest sticker store in the world.
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Alice Bonasio is a VR and Digital Transformation Consultant and Tech Trends’ Editor in Chief. She also regularly writes for Fast Company, Ars Technica, Quartz, Wired and others. Connect with her on LinkedIn and follow @alicebonasio on Twitter.