I was looking over the posts I’ve done while trying to come up with something new and helpful, when I realized that I’d never mentioned Esigns.com’s ordering process. I normally try and post about industry-wide topics such as effective design tips, how to hang a banner, etc, and leave the “church banners,” “party banners,” and other blatant sales blogs to less literary folk. But enough is enough and I’m going to hype something specific today.
When ordering from Esigns, you eventually reach a spork in the online ordering road. A spork because, well, you end up with three choices (tuning forks have 2 tines, and food forks have three or four…salad, oyster, I dunno?).
The first option is to upload a digital file with your completed design. Piece of cake but you won’t be shown a digital proof of your file and for two very good reasons. One, if you’re ordering a 3×6 banner, will a 3″ by 6″ image on your computer monitor really do the actual file justice? Nope – you’re just seeing a tiny version and almost everything looks good at that size. Second reason – we’d be restricting what you, our customer, can upload. If you want to send us Word document, we want to be able to receive it, and not just turn you away at the ordering portal saying, “send us a jpg or pdf” instead…afterall, if you know what you’re doing in Word, you can make a darn spiffy banner. When uploading a file, you should always review a company’s file setup guide.
The second option (and this shouldn’t be construed as a lesser option on the above) is to use our Design Online with Text and Pictures software. This software was created by Esigns and after looking at all of our online competitors we could find (c’mon…everybody does it) we know that our design software is the best. Give it a shot – it creates a live, online proof while you work. You can upload your own files into it, use our backgrounds, text, layer items…just have some fun. It’s like Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for the banner industry. Fun and delicious.
The last option…yeah. Design Online, Text Only. Honestly, I’m not thrilled with this option. This option seems to have the biggest learning curve, despite being the easiest of the three. If you spend the time on it, you can get a good looking banner at a ridiculuous price, but most people rush through it. The big thing is what you see on the screen is what you’re going to get. Now, if you don’t like what you see on the screen, I suggest clicking on the “Live Help” link that is in the upper right-hand corner of our site (if this link isn’t here, that means we’re not available – if it is there, you’ll be talking to an actual Esigns Employee in a few moments after clicking on it).
So, the three design/ordering options – all are good for what they’re intended for, with the first two being the bestest to be found in this industry. If you’ve been reading our blog, either you’re a customer and know what we’re talking about, or you’re trying to make up your mind on ordering. In which case, give it a shot. You won’t be disappointed.