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There are few marketing investments that will have a better return on investment than vehicle graphics. Done right, they can get your business’ name in front of hundreds of people a day, day after day, year after year. You will be marketing to people who live and work in your community.
Here are some of our Frequently Asked Questions for vehicle graphics in Hawaii:
If you mean full vehicle graphics on vertical (sides and back) AND horizontal surfaces (hood, roof, trunk), the answer is no. The UV rays and heat in Hawaii virtually guarantee and short lifespan for graphics mounted on hoods, roofs and trunks. The sun is just too brutal on even the best of materials, and we don’t want to sell anything that will not give the owner a good return on investment. There was a company called Kona Wraps that tried to make a business out of wraps. They went out of business in a year and left town suddenly.
We make magnets, cut vinyl, printed and laminated vinyl and see-through materials. This covers about 90% of the vehicle graphics you see in Kona. If you have seen anything short of a full vehicle wrap, we can probably do it!
There are three costs for vehicle graphics: 1.) design, 2) materials, and 3) install. All things being equal, a large, complex design will make all three of these costs higher. Most of the projects we have completed are less than $1,000 (though some have been higher); vehicle magnets are $100. We do not price our projects low, because we need to have the budget/time to do the job right, with quality materials.
We have three recommendations: 1) bigger is almost always more visible, 2) contrast (dark text on light background or light text on dark background), and 3) avoid clutter. Think about your essential message: what do you want someone who will see you for a few seconds to remember?
Absolutely! We are happy to do the setup work and give you the install-ready materials. Things like PUC numbers, simple graphics and smaller stickers are relatively easy to install, by yourself. Larger graphics or strips of cut vinyl require more skills, but if you’re on a budget and want to give it a shot, we’re happy to sell you install-ready materials.
Cut vinyl will last many years; printed and laminated graphics less. It’s impossible to give an exact number, as a vehicle parked at the harbor all day will get a lot more UV and heat than a truck used up mauka on a farm. Most of our material is rated 4-7 years on vertical services by the manufacturer.
How often do we do the same behaviors day in and day out? Do we take the same route to work? Do we do the same tasks in the same order ever day? Do we the same marketing activities year after year?
Of course we do! People are creatures of habit, and it is these habits, if perfected over time, that help us become productive and focused. Imagine having to do everything different for a day? It would be chaos.
What I have been trying to do the past several months is do something, one thing, that I have never done each week. It might be something as mundane as trying a food I’ve never had before, or it might be a more transformative experience.
About two months ago I joined the cast of “Inherit the Wind” at the Aloha Theater. In 47 years I had never felt the desire to act on stage. I was very comfortable seeing nearly every Aloha Performing Arts Company production over the years, when we traveled, we always tried to make theater part of our itinerary.
In the six weeks of rehearsals and three weeks of shows, I experienced a lot. I was not in my comfort zone until opening nights, so it was a challenge for me to figure out what I should be doing when.watch Demolition 2016 movie now
By stepping outside of my everyday routine, I was able to learn the following:
My call to action is not to encourage everyone to try out for a theater production; instead, it is to encourage readers to try something new, something completely different.
Whether it is stand-up paddle boarding, dance lessons, visiting a church from a different faith, sign waving for a candidate you support or something else. It does not matter: try something new. Commit to doing it once!
I’ve been online long enough to remember the famous 1993 cartoon, where one dog is “talking” to another dog. He says, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” It’s an internet classic . The joke is that the anyone can post anything online.
Well, 26 years later and we still (and always will) have people who take to their keyboard and write without thinking. Fortunately complete privacy is no longer (and probably never was) possible.
Last weekend, we received a one-start Google + review from Anela Bonafede. Her review is attached to her name, so I did not have to do any detective work. I have never met her, nor have we provided business services to company any for which Anela works.
Her review was, “Refusing business because of possible competition with kayak businesses.” (one star)
I quickly connected this review to a call I had last week. A guy called and said that we were highly recommended by another business. He said he was in the kayak rental/tour business in Kealakekua Bay. I stopped him right away and told him that I probably couldn’t help him because I was already working with a tour company at the Bay. I had a handshake agreement that I wouldn’t work with competitors of my client for marketing work, but I would for signage.
My client has become very successful, partly because of the work we have done for him. He also runs a great business. Given that there are only a few businesses working (legally) in that area, growth can only come from taking customers from another business. That is, the pie is only so big and to get a bigger piece of it would require someone else getting a smaller piece.
Helping a competitor would mean taking business away from an existing client.
We are unwilling to do that. We agreed—for good reason—not to do that. End of story.
So, our one-star review from Anela Bonafede (who I don’t know) is because Kona Impact will not engage in unethical behavior. I am very proud of this one-star review.
I ask Ms Bonafede the following:
A life well lived, a game well played: David Bowie (1947-2016, RIP)
It’s hard not to imagine anyone from my generation, the one before it, and perhaps current generations, who has not been inspired and touched by a David Bowie song. For me, it was “Changes,” which I played incessantly as an early teen. It spoke to me.
Now, some thirty years later, I look at Bowie a bit differently: a trendsetter who figured out how to stay relevant and wealthy throughout his fifty or so year career. He knew the business of art, and, yes, he played the game well, very well.
There are few recording artists who continue to grow throughout their career. There was Bowie the “space oddity,” “glam rocker,” “the Thin White Duke,” “the New Waver,” “the pop star,” and “the experimental/electronic”—all this over fifty years. Few can match that level of change. Michael Jackson had his childhood period and an adult career that (in my mind) didn’t evolve much. When you go to a Rolling Stones concert, admit it, all you want to hear is “Satisfaction.” Mariah Carey and Britney Spears are essential the same as they were ten years ago. The only musical performer that reaches the level of Bowie’s level of change is Madonna.
At Kona Impact, we have gone through a gentle metamorphosis over the years. Of the six initial pillars of our business, we no longer have three of them. They have been replaced by five new areas of business. In 2016, we hope to add two more pillars to our business. Change to us is not scary in the least bit; it is essential for our growth.
When we think of change, we think mostly of expanding and contracting things we do. It’s not an upheaval of our business model on a whim; in fact, every change comes from information we receive from customers. It’s not what we want to do; it’s what our customers tell us (in various ways) what they want us to do. Business to us is not self-indulgent; it’s customer-centric evolution.
Another thing Bowie did was to realize that his business, the music business is a business. In 1990, he gave up the royalties on his music catalog for ten years, creating “Bowie Bonds.” In return, he received a cool $55 million. I can’t help but think of Picassos going for hundreds of millions of dollars these days, more than Pablo could have imagined earning in many lifetimes. He led a good life, for certain, but most of the value of his work has been realized after his death.
My point is that innovation, protecting assets and knowing when to capitalize assets is part of what every business should do, whether it’s a construction company finding innovative ways to lease and maintain heavy equipment or a small mom and pop shop clearing out the storage locker and converting inventory to cash.
Like any small business, we seek ways to improve our financial position. We would love to see more clients pay with checks, as they save us 3% credit card processing fees. Ideas how to make this happen, including not accepting credit cards for large purchases, come up now and then, but this type of change is perhaps too bold. My point is that small businesses (and medium and large for that matter) need to focus on money; how to make more and spend less. Bowie, at least, figured out how to make more by securitizing his music catalog.
Bowie, the artist, will be missed, but we can always revisit the feelings of love, angst, introspection and joy by listening to his music. Bowie, the businessman, is someone we can study and emulate. How can our businesses stay relevant for years? How can we change? How should we change? What can we do to keep more of what we earn?
I heard an interview with a termite tenting company on Oahu this morning. His business seems to be much like Kona Impact’s in that we are a provider of quality, professional services, and we almost never use price cuts as a ruse to get clients.
The pest control guy had some great observations:
I thought those reasons were pretty compelling. With a several hundred thousand or a million dollar (or more) investment for your home, why would you go for cheapest? Obviously, there is a reason they are inexpensive.
The same is true for design and marketing services. There are, of course, less expensive options than Kona Impact. On occasion, they might just be a better overall deal because they have certain efficiencies or very low-cost structures.
I would argue, however, that the inexpensive providers will have many of the following characteristics:
Kona Impact has been in business for almost nine years. A big reason we are still here, even after the Great Recession, is that we have always tried to deliver exceptional value at fair prices. We have seen tens of like businesses in Hawaii come and go, and, unfortunately, we have heard many stories of businesses that have lost a lot of money with the low-cost providers.
We also “walk the walk” when dealing with our suppliers and vendors. We don’t mind paying more for supplies and services if we know the business does great work. We also patronize businesses that we want and need in our community.
So, the next time you find a way to save some money, ask yourself this: What is the cost of the low price?
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When I used to train teachers, I always told them: You have one default way of teaching, and that is how you were taught and learned. Many good teachers get by with this; a great teacher, however, seeks new ways and is not afraid to innovate and change. If you don’t want to change, you should consider a different field.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)
The same is true for online marketing: we all have a default way of looking at and practicing online marketing. These ideas and actions might not be fruitful. There might be many new opportunities that will grow your business better and faster, but you have to look for them.
Here is my list of “old” and “new” for online marketing. If you find yourself stuck in the old, you need to start exploring some of the new.
What is a smart business to do if it finds itself with a stagnant online marketing plan? Or worse, what can a business do if it has no online marketing plan? The answer is obvious: learn and change! If you want to do other things with your time, find a skilled marketing person or team to help you help. Doing nothing will guarantee no progress.
Back in the office on Tuesday!
We all like to say that we support our local economy and want to keep our money in Hawaii. In principle, it makes sense to buy locally as the money spent at a local business tends to stay on the island and make for a more vibrant and dynamic local economy.
Here are five locally-owned businesses that you can easily patronize instead of the big box retailers or the off-island owned chains. I’d contend that the prices are about the same or less and the service is far superior.
Gas – One my favorite local gems is the Queen K Tesoro, located across from the harbor entrance. Owned by a local family that does a huge amount of good in the community by supporting local athletics and several non-profits, this is my go-to gas station. I like the E-free gas and the store is always stocked with great snacks and even a salad bar.
Propane – Alii Gas and Energy Systems is the easy choice for home propane. Pick up your BBQ propane at the local hardware store; you’ll want to call Alii Gas for residential large tank systems and off-grid power options. The service is awesome and the prices can’t be beat. Best of all, your money will stay on island as the business is locally owned and operated.
Office Supplies and Furniture – Kona Coast Office Supply is not one of our clients, but we rely on them for specialty paper, general office supplies and office furniture. Their selection for many items is often much better than the big box stores, and they deliver their furniture set up and ready to use. If you have ever bought inexpensive office furniture at a big box store and then spent hours assembling it, you know that a low initial cost will result in a big cost of your time to set it up.
Auto Repair / Mechanic – Other than a visit to the dentist, taking your car into the shop is typically a high anxiety activity. The costs can be high, and since the modern car engine is inaccessible to most people, we feel helpless when our cars need servicing. Raymond at Precision Auto has been my mechanic for years, in fact, since the day I met him. Honest, budget conscious and very detailed are what I like about him and his staff. Another great alternative to a chain or off-island owned business.
Pest Control / Termites – One of the things that come with our year-round great weather is a whole bunch of creepy crawly things. If you’re a homeowner, plan for termites making a meal on your structure. Mason Termite and Pest Control is a great family-run business on the island. With years of experience and an abundance of aloha, they should be high on your list.
At Kona Impact, we are all about helping small and medium-sized local businesses thrive. The big box stores and franchises almost never buy locally, and the profits from these businesses are repatriated to the Mainland. We know that the big box stores and franchises will never support us, so we choose to buy from and promote businesses that will strengthen our community.