When walking down a city street, Ann Arbor in our case, the senses are inundated by diverse sights, sounds, and even smells. We're fortunate to be a part of community with plentiful activity and culture, but from a marketer's viewpoint, it isn't an easy task standing out in the crowd. Sure choosing an appropriate font is important, but the first goal must be to grasp your target audience's attention long enough for them to actually stop, read, and get further information.
Selecting a central color or limited color palette is maybe the most important thing to decide upon. After that, narrowing your artwork down to one central image is a good strategy to ensure that the viewer's eye, at least initially, is only required to focus on a single thing. In some cases it is okay, or even preferable, to have a handful of complementary figures. But be careful and selective; chaos can muddle the message you're trying to convey.
Once everything is designed and you send it to Dollar Bill for printing, mounting, and/or laminating, I found the following useful advice for where to display the finished product:
"You can hang multiple posters in one location to increase brand visibility...Bombarding people with imagery will ensure the message is going to sit in their heads long after they have viewed the poster.
The biggest advantage of using posters is that they can be put just about anywhere and seen by almost anyone. Posters can be strategically located to target a particular market sector. For example, take-out restaurants might prefer to situate posters near busy bus stops or train terminals to target hungry commuters."
Read entire article. Courtesy of the Houston Chronicle.
I was looking over different sites today which highlight the value of posters and the impact they can have on the viewer/consumer. I thought this sample of guerrilla marketing posters was the most powerful.
Your poster doesn't need to be this provocative, of course, but they certainly are rather inspiring for the risks that can be taken, and how effective those leaps can be!
Courtesy of weburbanist.com:
"Guerrilla marketing has perfected the technique of catching people’s eyes and grabbing their attention, targeting consumers in unexpected ways and unconventional places. That, of course, is the point of this once-fringe form of advertising, which has now been taken up even by large corporations like Adidas and Microsoft. These 10 posters show just how powerful guerrilla marketing can be, whether trying to solicit donations for charitable causes or provoking you to join a gym.
See all 10!