The truth about loyalty programs is that not all of them will work for your business. You need to find a program structure that aligns with your business’s needs and your target audience’s desires and behavior.

Once you have a good understanding of who your customers are and what motivates them, you can then begin designing an effective loyalty program. Let’s look at the 7 most common customer loyalty program structures.

Points Program

Point-based customer loyalty programs are among the most popular, common types of loyalty programs. They are incredibly useful because they offer low barriers of entry  and are low commitment. Customers can immediately start earning and redeeming points for credits toward their next purchase, discounted services, free shipping, and more. Customers can keep track of their points through an online account, mobile app, or loyalty card, keeping them continuously engaged, connected, and committed to benefiting from the brand’s added value.

Since points programs are so common, customers recognize the format and understand how to take advantage of the rewards, making for an uncomplicated experience. As a result, people don’t need to be “sold” to see the value of a points program. However, some downfalls of points programs are: they are purely transactional and acquisition-focused without much differentiation between members.

Tiered Program

Tiered loyalty programs are similar to points programs because they usually allow customers to gain points with their purchases. However, the key difference between the two programs is that tiered loyalty programs offer customers status. Tiered programs create an aura of exclusivity and competition among customers, generally motivating members in lower tiers to make an effort to get to the next level of spending and rewards. The more restricted the reward, the greater the appeal. Moving up the loyalty ladder is exciting and makes customers feel elite.

Unlike points programs, tiered loyalty programs work better for businesses that want high commitment and frequent purchases from their customers. Tier programs focus on creating high-value customers and reserve the best rewards exclusively for the best customers. However, tier programs also require a certain level of commitment from consumers, and the program will not be as attractive to lower-tier members who aren’t willing to spend to increase their status and rewards.

Game-Based Program

Who doesn’t love a fun game? Game-based loyalty programs play on human reward-seeking behavior, natural competitiveness, and the fear of missing out on something fun or valuable. Customers are motivated to earn virtual badges, accumulate points, or advance levels. Like a video game, they can then “trade” points for rewards or unlock new benefits when they earn new badges or advance into a new level. Gamified loyalty programs are vibrant and highly engaging (even addicting) to customers, encouraging them to frequently “play” and purchase with the brand.  However, before implementing gamification, businesses must determine if their audience is willing to engage in it and determine the right rewards to motivate them.

Coalition (Partnership) Program

Do you want to team up with another business? Coalition loyalty programs use strategic partnerships with other businesses to acquire new customers and grow. In these programs, customers can earn rewards more quickly and have more choice on where to use them. As a result, each business gets access to an expanded customer base. Another benefit is that the partnered businesses can split the operational costs of running a joint rewards program.

However, some downsides to coalition programs are: an inability to stand out and differentiate the loyalty program from the partner, no distinct competitive advantage, and the risk of customers redeeming points more so with partner brand. Coalition programs may work best as short-term solutions for businesses who want to quickly access a new customer base and gain increased brand awareness.

Fee-Based, Paid Program

More and more businesses are implementing paid loyalty programs. Whether it is an annual fee or monthly subscription, these programs require customers to pay upfront to unlock rewards and benefits. Paid loyalty programs offer customers instant gratification; customers do not have to wait to accumulate rewards.

However, premium paid loyalty programs are not for everyone. These programs create a high barrier of entry for the average customer and convincing customers to pay a membership fee can be challenging in the beginning.

Value-Based Program

Value-based customer loyalty programs are less about monetary rewards and more about connecting with your customers on a deeper level. It usually involves donating a percentage of purchases to charity or welfare programs your target audience is interested in helping. Although this program doesn’t actually reward customers with discounts or cash back, the donations hold emotional value for customers. Customers appreciate that  their purchase can benefit society.

Hybrid Program

There is no one right way to build a loyalty program. Many businesses will combine two or more loyalty programs until they have a structure that works for them. A common hybrid is one that involves points, tiers, and gamification. Picking out the loyalty strategies that best suit your business helps you customize and create a unique customer experience. This mix-and-match approach allows for increased personalization, control, and flexibility.

Which loyalty program is right for your brand?

Ready to Build a Unique Loyalty Program?

Just like other marketing efforts, there isn’t a one-shoe-fits-all solution. If you’re ready to craft a unique marketing strategy that builds loyalty while fitting your business’s needs and goals, contact Sun Sign Designs for a consultation. We love solving difficult marketing challenges.

A hard reality for businesses to swallow is this: customer satisfaction doesn’t always equal customer loyalty. A happy customer may contribute to a good review or two, but it doesn’t guarantee repeat business.

Satisfaction is fleeting. Loyalty is enduring.

A satisfied customer may enjoy your product, but they’re still interested in experimenting with different brands. A loyal customer is more than just temporarily satisfied—they are devoted to your product and your entire brand identity. They are not swayed by your competitors’ marketing efforts despite convenience or pricing.  They choose your business over and over again and encourage others to do so as well.

Loyal customers are high-value customers that sustain businesses and keep them growing. These types of customers are priceless. How do you create them?

What is a customer loyalty program?

A customer loyalty program is a consistent marketing effort designed to encourage repeat purchases and engagement with a certain business. At its most basic level, it is a continuous connection between a brand and a consumer. It is a long-term mutually-beneficial relationship, in which businesses are constantly nurturing their customer base and developing meaningful customer relationships.

These programs reward loyal purchasing behaviors by offering consumers increased value and spending power. The rewards could include: exclusive products or offers, special discounts or pricing, promotions, money rewards, and more.

These money-savings benefits motivate customers to return to the brand again and again. As a result, these customers not only feel valued and appreciated by the brand, they also implicitly trust the value of the business. Customer loyalty programs are most successful when businesses focus on building a consistent loyalty lifecycle. Customer loyalty programs fall short when businesses treat them as a short-term solution with one-off giveaways or promotions.

Loyal customers aren’t easy to come by, but they are worth investing in. Where should your business start?

What does your business want to achieve?

First, business’s need to understand and define the goals they wish to achieve by introducing a customer loyalty program. You want to create loyal customers, but what else? What is your business’s reason or need for creating a loyalty program? Does your business want to increase sales, boost website traffic, enhance brand experience, or all of the above? Whatever your business wants to achieve through the customer loyalty program, it’s important to understand these goals prior to developing a specific plan.

Who is your target audience?

Before starting any type of customer loyalty program, your business must know its target audience. Is your business attempting to engage a new audience or attract a segment of your current audience? If your target audience is too broad, your business runs the chance of creating a generic loyalty program that engages no one. The more segmented your target audience is, the more tailored and unique your customer loyalty program can be.

Study your customers’ behavior

Once you have locked in your target audience, you need to gauge their expectations and their willingness to participate. Analyzing your consumers’ behavior plays an important role in understanding what they want from your business and how your business can provide it. Whether you undergo a series of surveys, interviews, or rewards test-runs, businesses need to understand the purchasing behavior, needs, and wants of their target audience.

What actions do you want to reward? What rewards do you want to offer?

Actions businesses commonly reward include: making purchases over a certain dollar amount, buying a specific product, referring a new customer, leaving a review, or mentioning its product or brand on social media.

The actions a business incentivizes will determine what kinds of rewards are offered to its customers. Discounts and coupons are the bread-and-butter of customer loyalty programs, but they may not be the right fit for a business if its focus is on increasing website traffic and content engagement. For example, if a business wants to reward customer site engagement, they may offer experience-driven rewards like virtual badges, points, or advancing tiers. If a business wants to increase purchases over $50, they might offer free shipping once the purchasing threshold is achieved.

Choose a type of customer loyalty program

Find a structure that aligns with your business’s needs and your target audience’s desires. Do you want a “members only” mentality that creates an atmosphere of exclusivity with “insider” benefits? Or do you want to gamify your program with points, tiers, and badges for a fun customer experience?

There is no one right way to build a customer loyalty program. Check back with Sun Sign Designs as we continue exploring loyalty and how to build it.

Ready to Build a Unique Loyalty Program?

Just like other marketing efforts, there isn’t a one-shoe-fits-all solution. If you’re ready to craft a unique marketing strategy that builds loyalty while fitting your business’s needs and goals, contact Sun Sign Designs for a consultation. We love solving difficult marketing challenges.

Even when customers find a product that meets their needs, they may still be interested in trying out and experimenting with other brands. What can your business do to make them stay?

What is Brand Loyalty?

Simply put, customers who are loyal to a brand will continue purchasing from the business and will likely try new products from the brand. Customers who are loyal to certain brands will be more likely to leave positive reviews, to encourage others to try the brand, and to be an invaluable word-of-mouth brand ambassador. Customers who attach positive experiences to a product or brand are devoted and unlikely to be swayed by your competition’s marketing efforts. In the day and age where customers have endless choices, it is priceless for businesses to have customers who repeatedly choose their brand over others, regardless of convenience and price.

Brand Loyalty vs. Customer Loyalty

Though closely related, there are key differences between brand loyalty and customer loyalty. Customer loyalty is the commitment from customers to continue purchasing from the business based on the value and money-saving benefits received from their purchases. Customer loyalty is largely dependent on price, money benefits, and rewards as opposed to positive experiences and relationships.

It is chiefly based upon value and customer spending power; the more value the customer receives, the more they will shop with your brand. As discussed in the last section, brand loyalty is built upon positive experiences and positive perceptions of the brand. These customers will return again and again because they value the positive experiences and the subsequent gains from their relationship with the brand. Brand loyalty is based upon emotion while customer loyalty is based upon tangible or quantifiable value.

However, both brand loyalty and customer loyalty can cause customers to eschew other brands and stick by yours. Brand loyalty and customer loyalty are equally important. As a result, businesses should aim to target both in their marketing strategy. Why?

The Power of Loyalty

Businesses are often unsure whether they should invest more in customer retention or more in new customer acquisition. Which is better for their business? Far too often, businesses choose to focus on attracting new customers rather than nurturing their relationship with existing ones. It is completely understandable for businesses to want to grow their customer base. However, by focusing all their attention on new customers, they lose the opportunity to build lasting loyalty—which sustains brands for a lifetime.

At its core, a powerful brand is built upon loyalty. Loyalty builds a solid foundation for long-term, sustainable success. Businesses with loyal customers can withstand just about anything. Not only do they continue their operations, but they continue to grow and thrive. Brand loyalty and customer loyalty retain current customers, create lifetime customers, increase the lifetime value of each customer, and turn customers into invaluable brand advocates. Loyal customers will invariably attract new customers as they spread positive word-of-mouth and social media reviews of your products and services, majorly reducing marketing costs and giving your business more leads.

How is Your Business Building Loyalty?

Loyalty isn’t easy to come by, and it can easily evaporate if you aren’t nurturing customer relationships. What is your business doing to build meaningful relationships with customers?

Are you ready to learn ways you can invest in your customers? Check in with Sun Sign Designs next week as we continue exploring loyalty and how businesses can build it.

Just like other marketing efforts, there isn’t a one-shoe-fits-all solution. If you’re ready to craft a unique marketing strategy that builds loyalty while fitting your business’s needs and goals, contact Sun Sign Designs for a consultation. We love solving difficult marketing challenges.

Inventory management can make or break a business. It is much more than simply having the right products and maintaining accurate stock counts—it is having the right products at the right time in the right amount. For product-based business owners, this is a difficult tightrope to walk. Not having enough stock on hand runs the risk of losing sales while having too much stock ties up funds and can cause business owners to lose money.

There is no shortage of challenges when it comes to inventory management, but business owners introduce more problems when they manually manage it. Manual stock counts and spreadsheets may work in the early days, but as sale volumes and inventory increase, it becomes unfeasible for a business’s long-term growth and success.

Manual inventory management not only takes immense time and effort, it is also prone to error, slow to update, and doesn’t give business owners analysis on performance. Even the smallest mistakes or misjudgments cost valuable time and money when it comes to inventory.

What is the solution for business owners who need to unlock more time and money to invest in their business?

Automated inventory management software can help businesses majorly optimize and streamline their entire inventory process and easily integrate into their accounting software.  Not only do businesses benefit in terms of time and money saved, there are now opportunities to improve every phase of your inventory’s lifecycle.

Keep Accurate, Real-Time Counts

Inventory is constantly changing. Throughout each day, there are sales, returns, exchanges, and damages to log. Keeping accurate counts of all your stock and balancing orders with returns can quickly become time-consuming and error-prone with spreadsheets. Irregular inventory management and human error leads businesses to lose track of the units they have. This can result in ordering too much or too little, which are both costly in their own ways.

Using an automated inventory system keeps accurate counts of your stock for you, updates your inventory as soon as orders are placed, and notifies you when you need more. Business owners can quickly see what products they are running low on, see what’s been selling well, and place orders before they run out. As a result, businesses can detect problems and opportunities early on.

Prevent Excess Stock and Dead Stock

No business wants to see their products languishing and collecting dust on their shelves. Automated inventory management alerts businesses to low-turn stock early on and gives them the best chance to sell it before the product becomes outdated or expires. For example, businesses can employ sale strategies, such as special promotions, and give the product extra marketing attention to turn the stock without incurring a loss. This improves the lifecycle of every product, saves money, prevents waste, and avoids costly cuts into profit margins.

Avoid Missed Opportunities

Nothing hurts more than missing a profitable opportunity, especially for growing businesses. A business finding itself in a stockout situation hurts for many reasons. Not only do they lose valuable revenue, they also risk backorders, canceled orders, customer dissatisfaction, and their customers turning to competition. Maybe the business missed a reordering point or didn’t realize how fast units were turning over. Either way, a simple mistake can lead to a domino effect of problems and loss. Automated inventory management helps business owners stay on the pulse of consumer demand and aware of popular products that need to be reordered.

Forecast and Anticipate Needs

Demand forecasting is an important part of successful inventory management. What do your customers want and when do they want it? Sales statistics and analytics allow businesses to make more data-driven decisions. With easy and quick access to reporting and metrics, businesses can anticipate customer needs, forecast their sales trends, and make strategic decisions that give them an invaluable competitive edge.

These actionable insights are priceless for growing businesses. Knowing the seasonality of your products and leveraging the customer trends unique to your business ensures that your investment pay off.

Improve Cash Flow

Cash flow is especially important for small-to-medium-sized businesses and emerging businesses. Having cash tied up and sunk in dead stock can, unfortunately, be the beginning of the end. An optimized inventory management system ensures working capital is not restricted, so these businesses can continue to keep up with costs and grow.

Plan and Be Ready for Growth

Spread thin by spreadsheets? Spreadsheets are outdated and will not be able to handle the demand and complexity of your inventory management. Plan and be ready for your business’s growth. Contact Sun Sign Designs to discuss and find an automated inventory management software that will work best for your business.

Business owners know all too well how a pile up of back office work can provide serious setbacks for them. Instead of getting to focus on core business activities, they are forced to pause and complete all the necessary operational work that still exists behind the scenes.

Accounting and bookkeeping activities are fundamental to every e-commerce business, but business owners manually managing them can quickly become frustrated, especially as their business grows and their financial data becomes increasingly more complex. While this work is vital on an operational level, there is a problem if business owners find it is consuming all of their time.

From basic invoicing, billing, and expense sheets to more complex financial analysis, reporting, and tax prep—there are many facets to accounting that need to be consistently and meticulously updated daily, weekly, and monthly. What’s the solution for business owners who want to unlock more time to invest in their business?

Using an automated accounting software allows all financial processing to proceed faster and become less demanding to the business owner. Automation unlocks valuable time for business owners to focus on new projects, products, or service offerings they have long put on the back burner due to the toll of administrative work. Let’s look at the major ways automated accounting can improve every business.

Major Time Savings

Perhaps the greatest benefit of automated accounting for business owners is the time saved. Automation eliminates those time-consuming, repetitive bookkeeping tasks, such as recording transactions, sending invoices, creating detailed spreadsheets, managing and storing important financial documents, and more. These tasks are critical to the success of every business but become low-value in comparison to the work that advances a business’s mission and growth.

As a result, these business owners have much more time to focus on high-value activities, such as meeting with clients, researching and developing new products or services, or creating content that engages their audience.

Increased Productivity and Efficiency

Accounting tasks that may have previously taken business owners hours, days, or weeks to complete can now be done for them to save considerable time. Time-consuming but necessary activities like month-end reporting or expense reporting can now be expedited with automation. With more time freed up to focus on core business tasks, owners can optimize their workflow. Instead of putting off new projects to complete administrative accounting tasks, business owners can now prioritize and actually accomplish the creative projects that add value to their business.

More Accurate Records

Completing accounting work manually opens the door to human error, which can cause timely and costly mistakes. These mistakes can lead to hours of work pouring over finances and correcting the errors, which can result in lost revenue or even fines. Automated accounting eliminates the potential for human error. A computerized system inherently means fewer mistakes and more reliable bookkeeping, so business owners can rest easy.

Unlock New Data and Valuable Insights

Financial data fuels the modern business, but it can be increasingly difficult to unlock, especially when financial analysis and interpretation isn’t your expertise. However, knowing this data is essential to understand what is the driving force of your business’s success or what is the obstacle that is blocking progress.

Automated accounting helps business owners unlock these answers quickly and easily. There is more data to review and understand, which gives business owners more context to learn and grow. Perhaps most importantly, it saves business owners the headache of compiling data and analyzing it themselves. Instead, the data, numbers, and financial insights are readily available. Business owners then have more time to formulate strategies and put them into action.

Your Business is Ready to Benefit from Automated Accounting

Manual accounting and bookkeeping is only putting more work on your plate and slowing down your productivity. Harnessing automation in your accounting and bookkeeping lifecycles will save your business valuable time and give you the opportunity to move forward with creative projects that will grow your business. Are you interested in automation and what it can do for your business? Contact Sun Sign Designs today.

Nonprofits are made up of passionate, dedicated people who want to make a difference in the world. These organizations have big goals to achieve and complex problems to solve, but they often work with a limited pool of resources. The staff of these incredible organizations knows all too well how repetitive manual tasks can take time and effort away from mission-driven activities.

Instead of devoting time to high-value, mission-critical work, staff members, volunteers, and even executive directors are forced to wear many different hats and complete time-consuming, repetitive tasks, such as performing data entry, sending invoices, sending donor emails or newsletters, requesting information for forms, and more.

How can nonprofit organizations get more time back for mission-focused work while still completing these necessary tasks? Many nonprofits are now turning toward automation to streamline routine tasks and focus on what really matters for their nonprofit: their service offerings and their relationships with clients, customers, donors, and the community.

Automation tools increase the resources available for a nonprofit’s core mission. As a result, nonprofit staff members are supported and empowered to complete higher value activities, such as improving current service offerings, developing new products or services, or meeting with potential clients, customers, donors, or community leaders.

Prospect List Management

Nonprofits depend on their list of donors and volunteers. In a nonprofit’s early days, managing all the information about contacts, client lists, and customers isn’t too difficult. But as the organization continues to grow and acquire more donors, volunteers, and clients—it can get increasingly chaotic and confusing to manage. Automated list management can save nonprofits from major headaches by organizing all of this for them. In addition, these automated systems can also filter through customer interactions to find quality leads the nonprofit should spend time on.

Form Management

If there is one thing all nonprofits are familiar with, it is forms! Whether it is an application for membership, volunteering, or participating on the board, it will most likely require some tedious data entry. Using an automation tool that specializes in data entry can smooth the entire management process, reduce manual error, and save staff members valuable time.

Email and Marketing Campaigns

With automated email marketing, nonprofits can prearrange settings that trigger email communications after a certain action is completed on the part of a donor or customer. For example, if someone signs up for your nonprofit’s newsletter, they may automatically receive a welcome email. Or, if a customer leaves an item in their cart, they will get a reminder email. In addition, nonprofits can break their audience into segments and customize their communications, send out different content based on each subscriber’s preferences. Automation means much less time spent on formatting emails and more time spent on improving your nonprofit’s service offerings or meeting with clients.

Personalized Communications

Receiving a birthday message or a special thank-you after making a donation is an easy way to make donors and members feel special. However, without an automation tool, this is a task that quickly becomes unmanageable and time-consuming. Using a software that does this for you can help your organization make thoughtful personal connections with your donor base and community without detracting from your core mission.

Social Media Scheduling

Nonprofit organizations can save major time with automation tools that schedule their social media posts and automatically deploy them. This hands-off approach allows nonprofits to curate all the appropriate content in advance, schedule it out for the right times, and sit back and relax. As a result, nonprofits do not have to manually post the same content across all of their social media channels, which can save them up to 6 hours per week! Scheduling posts on service offerings, special announcements, or industry news means nonprofits can stay in continuous conversation with their audience and stay in the forefront of their mind.

Data and Analytics

Analytic tools are essential to measure the success of communications and campaigns. With automated analytics, nonprofits can obtain fast and accurate reporting on the impact of these communications. These analytics provide crucial guidance on what is and isn’t working for the organization. Data and analytics tools allow nonprofits to easily manage their database, build relationships with members, non-members, and donors based on the data collected, and ensure each relationship is being approached in the right way.

Platform Management

Is your nonprofit ready to benefit from automation but concerned by the prospect of managing these tools? We understand. With so many new ways to engage your audience, it can be overwhelming. But your nonprofit doesn’t have to do it alone. Sun Sign Designs personally consults and manages these automation platforms for your nonprofit, so you can focus on the work that matters.

Is Your Nonprofit Ready Benefit from Automation?

Running a nonprofit organization requires a lot of manual work, but implementing digital tools that automate this manual work is what takes the excess work off your staff’s plate. Automation tools improve nonprofit efficiency and help organizations overcome resources barriers. As a result, your nonprofit can focus on mission-related activities and explore meaningful avenues of growth.

Having a consistent marketing strategy in place is essential to the success of every business. Industry leaders with unforgettable brand names, tag lines, and products know the importance of sustained, ongoing marketing.

Though their sales would likely continue even if they halted their marketing, these businesses know they should never stop because it helps them maintain their growth, retain brand presence, reach new markets, and continue as a leader in their industry.

Marketing is not a one-time solution only used to fix problems or achieve a specific goal—especially for small to medium-sized businesses. Businesses that abruptly halt their marketing efforts once they accomplish their objective will immediately lose momentum.

Don’t Let Your Business Lose its Pulse

Without regular marketing engagement, a business’s number of new leads, customers, and clients will plunge. Suddenly, the business finds itself back to square one. Why? Because without sustained, ongoing engagement, a business basically ceases to exist.

Once You Lose Momentum, It’s Hard to Catch Up

Businesses that halt email campaigns, social media posts, or content creation become invisible in the eyes of their current customers and potential customers. When customer acquisition and new cash flows stop, businesses will find themselves going into crisis mode and scrambling to implement effective marketing strategies that reopen customer communication.

Momentum is hard to gain in the first place. By consistently marketing, businesses won’t put themselves in the stressful position of trying to quickly build it all back.

Even When You Accomplish Your Goals, Keep Moving Forward

Consistent marketing not only keeps your business visible, relevant, and growing—it also gives your business the space it needs to experiment and innovate. If a business has a steady marketing strategy that maintains their current growth, they have the opportunity to test out new marketing techniques that may or may not work for their audience. Instead of focusing on making ends meet, businesses can securely conduct marketing trials to see what works best for their customer base and to see what can reach new audiences. Businesses that consistently market better learn their marketplace, discover what works best, and build strong brands that are continually optimizing.

Savvy business owners know marketing is ongoing and always changing. Most importantly, they know it must be sustained.

Does your business need help navigating its marketing strategy?

Marketing strategies that work at one point for a business may not work later on, especially when managing new growth. Contact Sun Sign Designs to set up a consultation and discuss marketing strategies that will keep your business moving forward.

MS Affordable Home provides a wide variety of special-needs populations with all-inclusive, affordable housing. They provide clean, safe, and accessible group homes and residential care homes to demographics in need of housing, such as veterans, seniors, low-income individuals, those seeking sobriety, and disabled or special needs individuals.

MS Affordable Home turned to Sun Sign Designs to create a beautifully designed website that speaks to their mission, backs their professionalism and credibility, and increases their visibility to their target demographics.

MS Affordable Home can’t advance their mission assisting those in need of accessible living environments without the ability to be found online. Developing MS Affordable Home’s SEO footprint was an essential element to helping them find local leads.

Since quality content is the cornerstone of relevant traffic, Sun Sign Designs performed extensive research in the affordable housing industry to write the keyword-rich homepage copy, articles, and resource materials needed to appeal to in-need demographics and convert leads.

As a result, health care providers or family members searching for housing for a patient or loved one in need can connect to MS Affordable Home’s solutions through a variety of content access points. This high-value, foundational content will be invaluable to increasing website traffic and local awareness of their services.

In addition to creating the foundational, cornerstone content needed to reach their audience, Sun Sign Designs built an aesthetically-pleasing, clutter-free website design that is easy to navigate, learn about their services, and fill out their housing application. Sun Sign Designs also wanted to visually emphasize MS Affordable Home’s sincere desire to support in-need demographics in their area. The imagery Sun Sign Designs carefully selected shows why it is important to seek support for special-needs individuals—because everyone deserves a place to feel safe, comfortable, and cared for.

Please visit MS Affordable Home’s new website at to view their new design, imagery, and content. Let us know what you think!


Does your business need quality, foundational content to strengthen your SEO strategy? Would your business benefit from relevant traffic and increased local awareness? At Sun Sign Designs, we don’t just implement generic SEO tactics. We work with you one-on-one to develop a successful SEO strategy that is unique to your business. Contact us now to learn more.

RVR Horse Rescue is a nationally-accredited, non-profit horse rescue facility located in Plant City, Florida. They are dedicated to saving and rehabilitating horses that have suffered from neglect, abuse, or injury. RVR believes every horse’s life is valuable and worth fighting for. Their top priority is healing horses in both body and spirit so they can live full, happy lives in the forever homes found through RVR’s adoption program.

RVR is run entirely by generous volunteers and relies on donations to help the horses in need. To effectively convey their mission and story to others in the community, RVR recruited Sun Sign Designs to redesign their entire website.

Sun Sign Designs knows every organization can benefit from custom photography. With only seconds to capture people’s attention, specialized images can really help non-profit organizations shine and stand out to their audience. Sun Sign Designs went on-location for RVR’s custom photography shoot and captured beautiful images of the facility’s horses and volunteers.

These custom photos empower non-profits to tell their story without saying a word. This type of visual storytelling successfully captures the essence of the organization’s mission and message. Custom photography allows people to get a close-up look and accurate depiction of an organization, which boosts their authenticity. In addition, when potential volunteers or donators are able to view team members as well as the horses on-site, they are able to put a face to a name and form personal connections with the organization.

While website visitors are likely to scroll past huge chunks of copy, creative, custom imagery will hook and anchor them. The visuals convey enough necessary information to get them interested in reading some copy and further exploring the site.

With Sun Sign Designs’ custom photography shoot, RVR is able to communicate the suffering that abused horses have faced as well as the triumph of their healing and recovery. The updated website design condenses previous copy and refocuses RVR’s non-profit mission and services with updated images and a refreshed design.

Visit RVR Horse Rescue’s beautiful new website at and let us know what you think!

It’s the thing that can make us halt and do double-takes as we hurry through store aisles. It’s what determines if we put a product in our carts or back on the shelf.

Great label designs catch consumer attention, spike their curiosity enough to stop, and ultimately help them say yes to a product. Essentially, it can make or break a product’s success, regardless of the product’s quality or effectiveness. Strong label designs that speak to your brand identity are critical for getting sales and keeping your business running.

Shopping has dramatically changed over the years. In our world of chronic busyness, today’s shoppers are increasingly short on time and favor a grab-and-go mentality. They do not spend long periods mulling over different products in store aisles.  As a result, brands only have a small window of opportunity to capture their customers’ attention and influence their buying decisions.

It’s no secret that consumer purchasing decisions are often based on a product’s appearance. Though consumers will usually look out for familiar brand names, strong product designs have the ability to powerfully sway and influence buying decisions.

Capture Consumer Attention and Interest

Shapes, colors, textures, font choices, and other design aspects can ensnare even the busiest shopper’s attention—though, not for long. Once the design has captured the consumer’s attention and interest long enough for them to stop and inspect the product, the label has only mere seconds to influence their purchase decision.  Finding the right design for your product is critical. Some brands make the mistake that they need loud, busy designs in order to capture consumer attention, becoming a blinking sign of sorts. However, too much going on can turn a customer off. Sometimes in a sea of color, simplicity and minimalism is what stands out. Finding the correct balance in your product design is essential to securing that first look.

Bring Your Brand Identity to Life

Brand identity is comprised of a business’s core values and beliefs. A brand’s label should encapsulate this brand message and effectively convey it to the consumer through design. As a result, a product label can become a cohesive part of a brand’s identity and accurately tell a brand’s story. If the consumer identifies with those values and beliefs, they will be able to build a common connection and rapport with your brand. This is essential to building the beginnings of brand loyalty.

Evoke an Emotional Experience and Control the Conversation

Label designs have the opportunity to engage the consumer and build a memorable connection like no other aspect of the product. Label design is a pivotal opportunity for brands to have conversations with their consumers. What is your label design telling and showing them? Brand’s are in the driver’s seat here—where is your label design subconsciously taking the consumer?

Something as simple as color choice has the ability to evoke a subconscious emotional response that appeals to the consumer, whether they are aware of it or not. When consumers feel emotionally engaged, they act. Strong label designs should choose a deliberate message or emotion to attract their target audience and prompt them to buy their product.

Maintain Consistency

With label design, consistency is key. As your brand builds a portfolio of products, maintaining consistent designs across all the products is the foundation to building a cohesive brand identity. Using a consistent palette of colors, graphics, and other design elements across all labels ensures that consumers can immediately recognize your brand. Maintaining consistency in these design elements not only differentiates your product from other brands, but it builds product credibility, consumer recognition, and member loyalty.


It is never a bad idea for brands to reconsider and refresh their product packaging and label design. Label design is a customer’s first encounter with your brand, and it determines if they will take a chance on your product. Whether it’s a new product launch or a refresh of a current product, label design needs to effectively capture attention and convey your brand identity.

That’s why Sun Sign Designs refreshed Fawn Organics’ Laundry Detergent and other cleaning products label design. Instead of the previous bright blue label, Sun Sign Designs opted for a clean, minimalist design that is on-trend for organic products and that speaks to Fawn Organics’ core values of toxin-free products and environmental sustainability. The brown label evokes thoughts of biodegradability and instigates environmental awareness in the consumer, effectively communicating their brand identity.

Check out Fawn Organics’ new label designs at and let us know what you think!