What would you do to get a new customer or some more business? Just last week, while vacationing with my family in South Carolina, I drove by this sign.
I kind of view it as an interesting marketing effort. It certainly can increase the visibility of this company among all the other similar businesses along this somewhat rural, lake area street. I am not sure of the details or what exactly this tractor and boat shop was offering. It made me consider the various methods and or limits we all go to, to gain business.
I work with people that are interested in buying or selling a business, but recognize that all businesses need new business. I’ve hear it said “If you are not growing you are dying”, I’m not so sure it is that black and white but subscribe to the concept.
Today’s business climate encourages cost cutting measures. It is fairly easy to cut marketing/sales expenses, as these cost very often are not “fixed cost”, and can be readily modified or reduced if needed. Maintaining marketing sales effort now in preparation for a recovery is a sound approach. Ultimately gaining the attention of prospects or potential customers is one of the more critical parts of a marketing effort.
This Tractor/Boat shop through no real additional cost certainly grabbed my attention. (And I am not in the market for a boat a tractor or an AK-47.) While I pulled off the road and into the parking lot to take a picture of this sign, I saw no customers coming out of this place of business with a tractor and AK-47 over their shoulder. But, I do believe the effort and uniqueness of this sign did and will help bring more potential customers into the store.
Marketing efforts can be fairly inexpensive, and sitting back, stopping marketing efforts and waiting for recovery can prove to be very expensive as well.