Advertising doesn’t have to be expensive to be effective. A lot of in-store book sales come from walk in traffic. Even if you’re in a high traffic area getting people in the door isn’t always easy. Just because they’re there doesn’t mean they notice your store. To up the odds people do notice your store, or get them to travel the block over from the high traffic area to your quieter location, pull out the chalk.
Really, it CAN be that simple. Draw them a little path to your door. Make sure when you’re standing at an arrow, you can see the next one.
This probably isn’t something you want to do everyday since locals will quickly tune out your advertising if its ALWAYS there. But if you’re having a special or there’s an event going on nearby generating lots of foot traffic, a little chalk may help bring people in.
A bucket of sidewalk chalk will cost around $2-$5 depending on the size of the bucket. Chalking a block will take around 5-10 minutes depening on how spry you are and how quick you can get up and down. You’ll use around a half stick per block. Remember, get the big sidewalk chalk, not the tiny little blackboard chalk! . Keep your message simple! No more than can be read at full stride as people step over it. Keep it to one line. Bigger letters are better. Chalk lettering will last anywhere between 1-3 days depending on the weather, so you can do this the night before an event so long as you’re not expecting rain or wind.