Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New LED Scrolling Name Tag Has Arrived!


The new LED scrolling name tag is now here!

At present the red name tag is the only one in stock, but as pictured above, other colors are available.  And, the biggest benefit, besides the easy programming on a Windows 7 computer, is the rechargeable battery.  These batteries will last up to 8 hours after being charged.  (The previous badges needed replacement batteries after 4-6 hours.)

Other features:

  • Holds 6 messages at one time, each message 140 characters long
  • High bright SMD type LED color
  • On board speed and brightness adjustment (8 speed and 8 brightness settings)
  • Magnetic connection on the back of the badge allows easy attachment
Do you have questions or are you interested in quantitie discounts?  Contact us:  sales@signsseen.com

Friday, December 9, 2011

Making your own 10" Letter Black Sign




After a customer who was building their own Black Sign for 10 and 20 inch Black Sign letters called, I had they send this picture. And, my email response follows:

After our call, I spoke to the manufacturer. With the smaller letters (8 inch and 16 inch on 4 mil coroplast), the letters can snap in. With the 10" and 20" which are on 5 mil coropolast, the track is just a "guide" to keep the letters straight. In the winter time, the letters are too cold to "snap" in. So, he recommends getting a small washer and screw for each letter. And, attaching the screw/washer to the top left corner of each 20" letter. The 20" letters will NOT be "snapped-in" at the top and bottom--only at the bottom. And, then at a minimum, on the 10" letters, the far left and right letters should have a screw in them to keep that row of letters from blowing off the sign face.

Interested in making your own sign?  Find the Black Sign track and letters here.

Other questions?  Email us.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

More info on new modular sign product, the MegaTile


This was a response to a customers email:

  • Are custom fonts available for an execution like this? If not, what font(s) are used? The manufacture said he will develop one custom font for you. If you want 16" or 18" or 21" for the 21 inch tall modules, he will develop one. Already, there is a 14", 12" and 7" font.
  • Can you customize or regulate the scrolling speed? Can you keep the letters static if needed? I have attached the programming guide to help with these questions.(If requested I can send to whoever is interested)
  • How wide is the seam between the panels? The manufacturer used the words "seamless". They edges do butt right up against each other with VERY minimal seam.
  • How are these usually hung? Are their places to drill or hang off hardware in the back of the panels? We only need the front side to be lit. There are bars on the back that customer can screw to the surface.
  • What are the time and usage limitations of these panels? Can they run non stop for weeks/months at a time without overheating or wearing out? The signs have a 3 year warranty. I know he honors this warranty. I had a customer in Canada who used the sign outdoors. And, one of the tiles went bad. The manufacturer stood behind the tile and replaced at no charge to the customer.


Need more answers? Please contact us.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Customizing your Magic Master Changeable Message Sign


As businesses are still trying to use their dollars more effectively to bring in MORE customers, they continue to want ideas as to how they can do this.  And, the Magic Master product line lends itself very easily to this.  The Magic Master product line consists of the Swingers, Springers, Tip 'n Rolls, & QLAs.   The biggest benefit of purchasing signs within the same "family" is the letters are interchangeable.  The 4 inch letters from one sign are the same as the 4 inch letters are on the other signs.  But, I lured you into this article with the promise of customizing....

The picture above is of the Deluxe QLA sign.  I have told many customers that purchasing a Deluxe Magic Master sign is a good start.  The deluxe sign panel is a sign panel that "jumps a track".  Instead of taking up one track space, it takes up 2 track spaces.  And, if a new Magic Master sign owner takes their deluxe sign panel to their local sign shop, he can tell the sign shop, "I want a panel just like this with my logo and phone number on it."  Even though the new panel will take up two slots, it allows extra info to be packed into a smaller area than it would be otherwise.  And, if your local sign shop does not have the blank Magic Master panels, they are available here.  These sign panels only will work for the 24 inch X 36 sign faces.

If you have a XL or Roadside Swinger Magic Master sign, you can also do the same type of customizing.  The blank panels are not available from the manufacturer, but your local sign shop should be able to provide these for you.  And, if the custom header is done correctly, it will bring some nice color to your sign and ensure that your sign catches the eyes of your would be customers.

Still have questions?  Contact us so we can help!


Monday, November 28, 2011

LED Sign + Windows 7 = Easy to set up



Unfortunately, even anti-virus software does not keep you from getting a virus.  And, a couple of weeks ago, this is what happened to me.  I did that fatal click that made my life chaotic for a few days.  And, when I got the computer back, I had a brand new clean version of Windows 7 installed on my computer.  Although this is good, it meant I had to reload ALL of my programs.  And, installing the programming software was somewhere near the end of the list.  And, as stated above, the software set up VERY easily!

  1. Although setting up the sign using the serial port has always been pretty easy, hardly anybody does this anymore.  That is why a USB-adapter is always included with all of the signs that hook up to a computer.
  2. After installing the Windows 7 driver for the USB, most of the hard part was done.
  3. I needed to make sure the port assigned within the software matched the port that was assigned when the USB driver was installed.  (Troubleshooting Guide)
  4. And, I had to right click on the LED programming program and run as administrator. 
  5. Once the cables were ALL connected and the sign was plugged in, I was programming messages with my Indoor LED sign pretty quickly. 
Yes, I know I may have some knowledge that made me skip a couple of steps, but REALLY it was quite easy to do.  Vista is a little tough, but Windows XP and Windows 7 should both go pretty smoothly.

Questions?  Email me!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Velcro Banner with Full Sheet of Velcro


We haven't talked about this much, but we are convinced that if we did, we would sell more of them!

We have sold velcro banners in the past that had the velcro attached in strips to the banner.  But, that prevents the letters from going on in angles.  AND, it limits the spacing on the banner.  Our new and improved banner removes all of those barriers.  The new velcro changeable banner has the WHOLE front of the banner covered in velcro.  And, whether you want 4, 8, or 12 letters, the banner can accommodate ALL of your curves and letter variations!

The letters are all on coroplast like the Black Sign products we also sell.  The coroplast color will match the banner face.  And, if velcro dots were put on the back of standard Black Sign letters, they would work perfectly fine on the banners as well.

Sound interesting?  Check out the full line.  Want something custom?  Give us a shout!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Discount Promotion on Guerilla Pole


I have just started carrying the Guerilla Pole spinning sign handle.  The manufacturer is excited to get it used out there, so through the end of the year, the Guerilla Pole will sell at 15% off the normal list price.

What can you do with the sign?  What advantages does it have?

  • Convenient out of the package and ready to go installation anyone can accomplish.
  • Reduces sign spinning fatigue and allows longer time periods of use per  employee with sustained eye-catching movements.
  • Reduces impact on the employee’s body, cutting down on risk of tendonitis, carpel tunnel, and other weight impacted repetitive motion injuries.  It will pay for itself immediately in workers compensation costs that would otherwise rise from the first injury.
  • Increases the size possibilities that can still accomplish the motions.  Larger and more effective signs are now possible. 
  • Eliminates learning curve as any employee can spin like a pro from the beginning.
  • Can be mounted in off-center positions to add wobbling effects to the spinning.
  • Combining with a longer pole will allow it to be risen above crowds and by mounting near the top of the sign will allow a swinging motion while maintaining upright orientation.
  • Allows the creative spinner to go from simple street corner advertising to a true street corner pole dance.  (hopefully they use someone attractive)
  • Included spin lock allows the sign to be stationary mounted in a ground base or flag pole holder to get effective use of advertising media even when there are no employees available to manually operate.

And, if you have any questions, please contact us.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Guerilla Poles Now on SignsWork





Just started working with a new supplier.  They sell a "spinning sign" that has quite a few advantages over some of the other spinning signs out there:


  • Convenient out of the package and ready to go installation anyone can accomplish.
  • Reduces sign spinning fatigue and allows longer time periods of use per  employee with sustained eye-catching movements.
  • Reduces impact on the employee’s body, cutting down on risk of tendonitis, carpel tunnel, and other weight impacted repetitive motion injuries.  It will pay for itself immediately in workers compensation costs that would otherwise rise from the first injury.
  • Increases the size possibilities that can still accomplish the motions.  Larger and more effective signs are now possible. 
  • Eliminates learning curve as any employee can spin like a pro from the beginning.
  • Can be mounted in off-center positions to add wobbling effects to the spinning.
  • Combining with a longer pole will allow it to be risen above crowds and by mounting near the top of the sign will allow a swinging motion while maintaining upright orientation.
  • Allows the creative spinner to go from simple street corner advertising to a true street corner pole dance.  (hopefully they use someone attractive)
  • Included spin lock allows the sign to be stationary mounted in a ground base or flag pole holder to get effective use of advertising media even when there are no employees available to manually operate.
Interested?  Check out the newest addition to our website, the Guerilla Pole Spinning Sign!

Discounts available for multi-unit sales and for sign companies.






Saturday, October 22, 2011

It keeps you on your toes....

The fall can sometimes be a challenging time of year when selling signs on-line.  And, this week had its normal ups and down.  If problems are going to happen, it might as well happen on one of these weeks.  And, unfortunately, this week chose to be accommodating....

  1. My virtual 800 number company was purchased:  I have been using My1Voice.com for a number of years.  It allows my staff and I to work even though separated by 1200 miles.  Earlier in the week, the phone calls did not seem to be making it to me when my staff "pointed" the 800 back to my line.  And, I just attributed it to a "whoops".  But, when it happened again Tuesday, and when customers emailed and complained of odd phone noises, it seemed something needed to be done.  And, after tracking down the new company, eVoice, the issue did get resolved.  Yes, I gave an ear full, and yes, I pointed out an email on Wednesday saying, "Welcome to eVoice" was a bit presumptuous.  Because, I also stated how I did NOT want to be welcomed, I liked what I had before.  Hopefully, the rest of the relationship will be smooth.  Change is good.
  2. Websites with databases down:  Fortunately, this waited until Saturday (now) to happen.  When ever a message is display that states anything like this, "Unable to connect to database server!", you know it is a very BAD thing.  My consultant is not available on weekends, so I am relying on the technical support of the hosting company to pull this together for me.  He has promised me that if I am patient, a directory can be moved and ALL issues will be resolved.  And, based on the Rangers game on the radio (down 6-3), the Rangers need all of the support I can provide.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Attaching Signs to a Chain Link Fence



Sometimes a website is a good place to sell certain products, and sometimes it is not.  Well, that has been my excuse up to this point with the Sign Link product.  But, after my supplier keeps telling me they are a great product and I really should be selling more, I occasionally have to reevaluate my excuses.  And, this post is my attempt to do so.

Sign Link is a plastic injection part designed to install signs or other items to ANY grid sized chain link fencing. Chain Link  fencing is made in many grid sizes like  2.5”, 2.25, 2”, 1.75”, 1.5 and even 1”. The protrusions allow Sign Link to locate itself in the center of all the different grid sizes.   Sign Link is also used to install signs on sign channel posts, like stop signs. The round protrusions on the back side fit into the holes of the channel post to prevent it from turning while installation of signs.







Questions?  Contact us or visit the website, www.SignsSeen.com










Friday, September 23, 2011

Programming Services for LED Scrolling Signs

Multi Color Scrolling LED Sign


Often when a scrolling LED sign is ordered, the biggest concern is being able to program the sign.  Most of the signs do come with a remote, but often programming with a computer is really the only practical way to do the programming.

Through the end of the year, the SignsSeen family of sites will offer the programming of ONE free message onto your sign.  The specifics follow:


Minimum Quantity: 1 Unit
Maximum Characters: 100 Characters
Product Series: Formula, Basica, Ultimate, Dable

Project: Multiple Units / Identical Programming
Minimum Quantity: 10 Units
Maximum Characters: 150 Characters
Product Series: Formula, Basica, Ultimate, Dable

Note: For Multiple Units, we can take the video and send it by email to confirm the programmed message.  However, we can only change it maximum of 3 times.

Interested in this service?  Want to find out more, give us a call or email us.

Monday, September 5, 2011

To Those Who Toil....

Many thanks to all those who labor!  Specifically, to those who labor in North America! 

SignsSeen tries to bring you the best products available regardless of their origin.  And, although our LED products are largely from overseas (some manufacturers bring the parts to the US and assemble here), most all of our other products are manufactured in the US with a little help from Canada and Mexico.

If you need more info on the origin of our products OR on a really good sign to meet your needs, contact us!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Building Your Own Outdoor Changeable Sign



Often I will get calls from customers who want to buy a large sign face to make their own sign.  After we discuss the modification they will need to make to the sign face to support it (let alone the shipping cost), we often come to a point where they are VERY receptive to building their own sign.  And, hopefully, after reading this, you can have the knowledge of eavesdropping on one of those conversations.



Black Signs:



What you'll need:

  1. After the sign face is cut tot he proper dimensions, the face should be painted.
  2. Put the first track in the middle (or whatever location fits your lettering scheme)  Confirm the track is level by putting down a chalk line or whatever other method you are comfortable with.
  3. To attach the track you can use staples or screws or whatever else you are comfortable with using.
  4. For the additional pieces of track, you can use the letters as a "jig" to make sure spacing is correct.  Or, a jig can also be purchased to be used for the same purpose.
  5. If you are creating a sign face with 4 rows, then 5 pieces of track will be necessary.  (The top and bottom pieces of track will only be used on one side, but the middle three pieces will be used on both sides.)
  6. This is the typical letter recommendations I give:  If you are a company that wants your sign to grab your customers attention, order two sets of 8 inch letters.  (220 total)  And, then choose the "key" words you would use to grab customers like "FREE", "SALE" and whatever else is appropriate for your company.  Make sure you order TWO sets of the keywords if you have a double-sided sign.  Pink and Yellow are the most common colors ordered.  But, white, orange/red, and green are also available.
  7. This is a rough guideline, I will be glad to answer any questions you may have about building/ordering your own sign.

 


Clear Track

  • Track - both 030 and 060 track available (Track is available for Gemini letters, but due to varying lengths available, please call)
  • Letters - match 030 letters or 060 letters to the same type of track
  • Sign Face - a variety of sign material will work for this.  It depends on a variety of factors:  indoor or outdoor, sign face color, and, of course, availability.  Coroplast can be a good choice.
The above method pretty accurately describes the method used for this track.  However, if indoors, gluing the track to the sign face might work fine.  If outdoors, then screws or pop-rivets would be the best choice.

Still questions?  Let me know, and we will help with all of your sign building questions.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Use the Track Correctly When Creating Sign Messages


A customer sent me this image today claiming their sign doesn't work. Fortunately for her, the sign is working fine. When placing letters on the sign face, the letters must be inserted into the groove provide on the track face. If the letters are placed behind the sign track, the results are certainly going to be disappointing.

The folding sidewalk sign can be a very effective sign, but only if you agree to properly place letters on the sign face.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

FlexBollard© Will Reduce Maintenance Cost!




FlexBollard will prevent 'bent sign post'!

FLEXBOLLARD BENEFITS
  • FlexBollard flexes 360 degrees when hit
  • FlexBollard uses a galvanized post on a durable torsion spring
  • Reduces Mainteneance cost
  • Rigid bollard appearance
  • Protects vehicles and parking lots from damage
FLEXBOLLARD SIZES & CUSTOMIZATION

32" - 52" - 72" FlexBollard
  • 7" x 32" - 7" x 52" H - 7" x 72" H
  • Available in 10 different colors
FlexBollard with Handicap Symbol
  • ADA Compliant
  • Available only in 7" x 72" blue bollard cover
FLEX BOLLARD WITH SIGNPOST
  • 52" FlexBollard with 8' Sign Post
  • 7" x 52" Bollard cover
  • 8' Steel 1-5/8" round galvanized post
  • Overall height is 102"
  • Eliminates the need for parking curbs
These signs and MANY others are available at SignsSeen. Stop in for a visit!


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New Sidewalk Spinning Sign


The supplier has changed, but the functionality has not!

Why do we have a new supplier? The previous quality was fine, but the shipping was sometimes a little slow. Now the spinning sidewalk sign will ship within a couple of days! Once you receive it, take it to your local print shop and get the design on the sign face, and you have a VERY effective sign to attract customers!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

OPEN Chart Shows Open Sign Options

Do your customer know you are OPEN? Consider adding an "OPEN" sign to the front of your business. This Open Sign chart shows you that they come in LED, NEON, Simulated NEON, and just "backlit" Let us know of questions.

Pedestrian Crossing Decal for Bollards


Pedestrian Crossing Decal for Bollards

Flexpost's newest offering is a flexible "Ped-Xing" bollard that is available in either 52" or 72" lenghts with a 7" diameter.

The pedestrian crossing FlexBollard is the perfect tool to make drivers aware of the potential hazards of crossing foot traffic.

Like all FlexBollards, these will install in minutes with no special tools. They can be installed on concrete, asphalt or natural ground.

The colorful covers are guaranteed not to crack or break and the decals are guaranteed not to fade over time.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Still a few Special-Priced Battery Operated LED Signs Left


We have sold quite a few of these specialty LED signs at the special pricing, but a few left. If you would like to try one OR stock up on a few, now would be the time!

Friday, February 18, 2011

New Promotional sign image

One of the new images of the Promo Sign in preparation of an upcoming email campaign. If you are looking for a small, battery-powered LED sign that is programmable with a remote, you should give this sign a look!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sample Black and Magnetic Sign Letters




If you are a Sign Shop looking to provide Black Signs or Magnet Signs to your customers, we will send you a sample coroplast and magnet letter. Just choose "Free Sample Letters" from the email topic field when you fill out the form.

Any questions? We would be glad to respond to your emails!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Solar Signs - Made in the USA

LED signs continue to be a popular item. I get many questions, and help customers understand how the LED signs and solar panels can be an effectively sign solution for them. And, I always enjoy telling them, the solar LED signs from SignsSeen are made in the US. Yes, parts of the signs are made in other countries, but the final assembly of the signs takes place in the USA.

Want more information? View the note on Solar Signs just posted on my Facebook Fan page!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

New & Improved Case on Solar Powered LED Sign Cases


New Design Makes Sign EVEN Better
The Solar Powered LED signs already had a 5 year warranty, but now the sign is even better!! The improvement are in the diagram above. If you want a closer look at each of the improvements, see them on SignsSeen's Facebook Fan page.

Indoor Single Line LED Chart on SignsSeen


The Sidewalk Comparison chart has already helped a few customers. And, the single line LED chart is now available to help you understand the signs and the accessories available for your sign.

And, if you don't see it there, we will either help you find it, or tell you where else you can buy it!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Difference in PCB Boards in your LED sign


Do you own an LED sign? You may not want to take the cover off!! I have posted a few pictures on my Facebook Fan page to make sure you don't always think all of the LED signs are the same.

My supplier provides his view on the different types of PCB boards that are available, and you will have to forgive his bias....

And, if you have any other sign or LED questions, contact us at SignsSeen....

Friday, January 14, 2011

Plastic A-Frame with Erasable Face

I recently had a customer who was running into the need to spend some money at the end of the year. And, they knew the type of sign they wanted.

They wanted a sign with these features:
  • A frame style
  • Plastic construction
  • An face that would allow waterproof messages to be written.
Unfortunately, there was not a supplier that had this exact solution. So, we ordered in the product and created the sign pictured above. The plastic a-frame sign came from Gemini. And, the faces were the faces used on the WOWO signs.

The small challenge:

The sign frame allowed for a 24" x 36" face that was about 1/8" thick. Our sign material was close to 1/4" thick (10 mil). The sign frame had small "bump-ups" around the face to hold the thinner panels in place. And, our 10 mil panel would not easily fit in the sign space with these "bump-ups".

Solution:

The local shop I work out of makes the Black Signs and Velcro Changeable Banners. They have all of the necessary tools to easily cut 5 mil coroplast. And, although the 10 mil coroplast took more work, the removal of about 1/2" from both the length and the width allowed the WOWO faces to fit on the sign face. Once the faces fit, a deck screw and washer were used to attach the faces to the sign frame at all 4 corners. The original sign box was reused as the signs, faces and markers were shipped on to the customer.

Bottom Line:

SignsSeen prefers to work through its suppliers to provide a custom solution. But, as in this case, if it isn't possible, we will get the job done for you.

Let us know your sign needs!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Comparison Chart Arrives at SignsSeen



We are afraid this new feature is going to limit the phone calls we get!!

Often, there are the phone calls, "I can't find this product.". Now, with this (and others charts coming later) chart, customers can easily compare sidewalk sign styles and sidewalk sign types in an easily navigate-able table. And, if the type of sign does not exist, they will see a "N/A" in that spot.

We look forward to any feedback and suggestions for other charts that would help you understand the products available on SignsSeen!