Make a good first impression!
Visitors expect to find helpful directions -- online and on
the ground. Orientation is key.
RULES OF GOOD SIGNAGE
Good signage obeys three simple rules:
1) The information is clear.
2) The information is accurate.
3) The information is where the traveler is looking.
Confusing, obsolete or hard-to-find information leads visitors
to question the entire enterprise.
Red flags are displaying a good sign where the traveler is
NOT looking or displaying ambiguous information where the visitor
Woe be the hotel that goes unnoticed because its own signage
is too wimpy.
Effective signage demonstrates a commitment to improved communication
Signage -- signs, posters, bulletin boards, highway markers,
restaurant menus, brochure racks -- educates and minimizes confusion.
Individual businesses need to promote themselves well and collaborate
with local and national government campaigns. This is a great
idea though sometimes difficult to make real.
Whether maintaining national parks or establishing information
kiosks or visitor centers, the best facilities are proactive.
They keep travel information up-to-date and acquire materials
from local businesses.
Educate the traveler with locator
maps. Do not assume they know where you are!. If you preparing
a brochure or website, show the visitor where you operate. You
can post a map online or link to Google
Maps or other online services which provide additional layers
PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERENT NEEDS
It's a simple fact. Travelers have different expectations and
desires. They speak different languages. And effective signage
needs to address multiple audiences.
What language do the signs need to be written? Ideally, the
signs should be multilingual, capable of being understood by
foreigners and locals alike.
For example, in the state of Oaxaca,
Mexico, archaeological sites have markers in Spanish, English
and Zapotec languages.
Tip for locals - If a visitor says that a sign is confusing,
listen without taking offense. Ask for suggestions. Implement
the changes that work best.
TIP -- Problems with graffiti? Place the sign where
it is less likely to be vandalized without compromising its
- Name of business
- Open hours
- Phone number, Facebook page Twitter id
- Slogan (optional)