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Website script or program - Design your own sign

Discussion in 'Website Design' started by bois323, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. bois323

    bois323 Member

    Nov 24, 2011

    I was wondering what script or program does sites like signorama and speedysign use that allows you to design your own sign? They look identical so I'm thinking it's probably a script you can buy - Or is it a company that provides that service.
  2. Locals Find!

    Locals Find! Very Active Member

    Oct 17, 2010
    Fort Myers
    There are company's that sell the software(s) the ones I have looked at for the printing industry usually run $15,000 - $100,000 a year.

    Honestly, the general public isn't capable of using that software to achieve a decent looking sign.
  3. john1

    john1 Guest

    Yep, takes the artwork charges away from shops too. Then we are just selling materials pretty much
  4. garylyb

    garylyb New Member

    Mar 15, 2011
  5. Techman

    Techman Major Contributor

    Jun 24, 2003
    the problem is..
    Those online sales robots never lead the client to call.
    The priority is to get a call to make appointments.
  6. anotherdog

    anotherdog Very Active Member

    Sep 6, 2008
    I was involved with a company doing that for banners a few years ago.

    You let a client design the sign, you will end up with an unhappy client.
    The best thing is to talk to the customer and develop a relationship.
    Plus if it did catch on how long before your $1 per square competitor installed the same thing?

    In the race to the bottom, everyone loses.

    Ah dammi t, I have an earwig in my keyboard...! under the space key...how do you get rid of earwigs? plagues of them this year.
  7. signworldusinc

    signworldusinc Merchant Member

    May 16, 2012
    Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    I have seen this too and have wondered myself where to get it. Thanks for the information I know we get calls all the time about getting artwork done but have no knowledge of how to do it and do not want to pay artwork fees. This is a great alternative but does anyone have one especially marked for like banners not just t shirts?
  8. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

    Jun 7, 2006
    Cute............. very cute.

    Can I have you make this sign I designed on Jimmie's website ??

    It gave me all the information I needed and then I took a 'screen shot' and this is what I want.

    I did all the design work, so this should pretty cheap..... huh ??
  9. peavey123

    peavey123 Active Member

    Jul 25, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    I'm also looking for this plug-in but not for just anyone to use.

    You could say that, or it's a way to weed out the PITA customers who wouldn't pay for a design anyways. Depends if you are a glass half full or half empty type of person.
  10. Techman

    Techman Major Contributor

    Jun 24, 2003
    Anything that stand between your client calling you is bad. Anything that allows the bizz owner to turn a client into a paying member of the bizz is good.

    This play on the web self design type stuff stands in the way of the client making first contact. = BAD!
  11. ScottB

    ScottB Member

    Aug 22, 2009
    Moore, OK
    When I was developing my website, I found the company who sells customized websites using their online sign engine. The software is pretty automated. The order is taken, sent to a "machine" and the operator loads the material. You know the rest of the process. The software handles all the production based on the order, the accounting, and shipping. There just needs to be a body that will put tape on the box.
    The pricing at the time was either a yearly subscription ($15K+) or a percentage of your sales. I think the company was based in Florida, since I had numerous calls from salespeople wanting a commitment.
    If you're a large shop and want to do that quality of stuff, good luck! If you like dealing with clients and making their ideas better, and most of all, a repeat customer (the best type!) stick with what you know!
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  13. wedosigns

    wedosigns Member

    Sep 8, 2011
    I have tried this a couple years ago. It just did not work. My customers could not figure it out. It seemed real simple to me.
    The cost is about $80 per month to add to your website. You can customize your pricing, your backgrounds, and your clipart and sizes.
    It is a bit of a pain for figuring out the formula for quanity discounts.
    I tried it for 4 months with no sales from it, just a lot of customers telling me to do it the old way,"You design it"
    Here is the link to the website renting out the softwarehttp://www.nusignsupply.com/idesign-online-design-software-p-727.html
    Here is a link to a demo http://www.colorsxpress.com/
    If you do decide to put this on your website let me know if it does generate any business.
    Cheers Bruce
  14. Joe Diaz

    Joe Diaz Very Active Member

    Why on earth would you want to do that? It hurts your business by removing a profitable service you could be offering, and it hurts theirs by allowing them to create what will most likely be a crappy sign.

    You take design out of the equation, what separates you from the guy down the street? Price? You can't say service, because if you give a novice the tools to design their own sign, you doing them a disservice. A professionally designed sign is effective, an unprofessional looking sign is ineffective at best, and could send the wrong message at worst, in effect doing harm to that person's business. It's a lose, lose IMHO.

    The best way we weed out PITA customers who don't want to pay for design work, is to tell them we charge for our design work. :wink:
  15. SD&F

    SD&F Very Active Member

    Oct 4, 2009
    We offer our own quoting system. They need to put all their information in and if they have artwork they can enter and ask us to improve. This still gives us the opportunity to go in and quote and create the proof for them. I then have their information. I can call them back or email them. It works great for us, I don't think the design your own is effective.

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