Gas Station Signage: Setting Your Stations Apart



In an industry as competitive as the C-Store/petroleum space, it is critical that your brand is able to stand out and rise above the competition. A great way to get there is by ensuring your stores and stations have top-notch digital signage. Believe it or not, your signage plays a massive role in both how your customers act and how your brand is perceived. Let’s dive into how your gas station signage can help set your business apart.

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How Does Digital Signage Take Your Gas Station to the Next Level?

Your signage, when done right, has a massive impact on your business and its performance. Here are just a few of the ways that digital signage can power results for your business.

Shorter Perceived Wait Time: A plethora of studies have shown that digital signage can decrease the perceived wait time for customers waiting in lines, leading to a better overall store experience. This makes all the sense in the world when you think about it. When your customers have something to occupy their minds while they wait in line inside the store or at the gas pump, the wait isn’t going to feel as long as it would if there was nothing to occupy their attention. Having something eye-catching to look at is going to subconsciously drive a better perceived in-store experience, and make customers want to come back to your location, even if they have to wait a bit.

Dynamic Content and Offers: One of the premier advantages of digital signage is the ability to display engaging, customized content while pivoting strategies and visuals rapidly. Your convenience store or gas station can simply swap out its ad creatives with the click of a button, enabling you to run time-sensitive promotions and influence customers to make certain purchase decisions. For example, if your store is located near a school that lets out at 3 p.m., you can simply run time-sensitive ads promoting certain products or offers to speak to that inflow of customers and their needs.

Building Your Brand: Digital signage is an invaluable way to build your brand and position your business as an industry leader. Run-of-the-mill gas station signage is not particularly memorable. You are at the gas station to fuel up your vehicle, or maybe run into the store to pick up a snack or drink. You typically aren’t paying attention to the signage. Digital signage can transform your business into a modern, interactive environment that will keep customers coming back. Your brand benefits from being on the cutting edge of technology, and whenever someone thinks of your brand they will immediately associate it with a high-quality experience. That is exactly what any business wants to be associated with.

Cost Savings and Waste Reduction: The days of the old “Print-Ship-Hang-Trash” model are over. Investing in digital signage today enables your station to save money and effort on replacing print signage, while also drastically reducing the amount of waste in the signage process. Instead of ordering new print signage whenever you are in need of updates, simply replace your gas station's signage with the click of a button, saving time and headaches, as well as the environment.

Data Collection: Data-driven decision-making is what every business should strive for. Unfortunately, most businesses do not follow this methodology when it comes to their signage. Many times, this is due to a lack of technology/ability to evaluate performance. A major benefit of digital signage is the ability to easily analyze the performance of your ad campaigns to see their true impact. Your store will be able to see the actual impact of ad creatives on sales and revenue, enabling your business to evaluate what works and what doesn’t. By integrating your signage with your sales data, your business unlocks a world of opportunities to optimize advertising initiatives, better connect with customers, and ultimately drive more revenue.

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Getting The Most Out of Your Signage

When rolling out digital signage at your gas station, it is critical that you are getting the most out of your investment. Here are some tips and tricks for how you can get the most out of your digital signage:

Have Clear Goals: Understand what you are trying to accomplish with your digital signage, and have a clear path marked out as to how you will get there. Is your goal to maximize revenue? What about pushing a particular promotion? Without an understanding of what you are testing, and what your goals are when it comes to your signage, you will have a very difficult time evaluating results and performance.

Ensure Strong Placement: If your signage is not placed in the right location, it will not have the desired impact. When it comes to in-store signage, make sure it is visible in high-traffic areas, and from multiple angles. Something else to consider is how to drive more customers from the pumps into your store. In-window digital signage presented to the pumps can be a tremendous tool to promote special in-store offers and bring more customers into the store.

Triggers at the Pump: Your signage/screens at the pump provide a massive opportunity to delight your customers. At the pump, you should provide useful information like local traffic, weather, and news. Additionally, don’t be afraid to share discounts and promotions taking place in your store. The pump is a valuable “trigger point” for driving folks into your store. Your signage and screen displays should take advantage of this opportunity.

Next-Level Content and Customization: When it comes to your signage, you should settle for nothing but the best. Digital signage provides you with a tremendous opportunity to engage and delight your customers with eye-catching displays and motion graphics. Be sure you are taking advantage, and not settling for” good enough” with your displays. Additionally, take advantage of the customization opportunities digital signage affords. Run time-sensitive or seasonal promotions that might be harder to pull off without digital signage. This will provide a better experience for your customers and demonstrate your business understands them and their needs.

If you are struggling to put together great content on your own, we can help. The DEEL Media content studio works with industry leaders on projects ranging from motion graphics and animation to food photography and footage. We’d be thrilled to help your team tackle its creative challenges.

Test and Make Data-Driven Decisions: We touched upon this earlier, but when you have access to great data, you’d be foolish not to use it to your advantage. Run campaigns, measure results, and note what works for your business and what doesn’t. Over time this will result in effective signage strategies and displays rising to the top, while also establishing what kind of messaging and approaches do not work as well for your business. Remember, if you don’t test anything, you won’t learn anything.

Choosing a Digital Signage Provider

Choosing a gas station signage provider can be a tall order. Here are some things you should look for when selecting the digital signage provider for your gas station:

Scalability: Your signage solution should be able to grow alongside your business. If you work with a partner that is not able to scale to meet your needs, you will either bottleneck your own growth or need to switch providers. Ensure the provider you partner with is ready and willing to meet your changing needs.

Reliability: Your signage is only effective when it is working properly. Look for a provider with well-developed technology that ensures consistent uptime and reliable performance. There is nothing more important than quality, and you need to be certain of your provider’s commitment to delivering a 99.9% uptime solution.

Best-In-Class Support: This ties directly in with reliability. At some point in your digital signage journey, you will need help. Timely response to your support inquiries is incredibly important. Many providers may take days or even weeks to get you the help you need. When you submit a support inquiry, you need help now, not two weeks from now. Ensure that your digital signage partner has a strong commitment to support and customer service.

At DEEL Media, we pride ourselves on our industry-leading response times and our commitment to your success. If you’d like to learn more about how we support your business, click here.

Intuitive Content Management: Managing the content at one of your locations should be as easy as managing it at five hundred. The CMS powering your signage is the engine powering your advertising strategy. Again, do not settle for less. Ensure the CMS you decide on is robust, user-friendly, and makes it simple to schedule out content across a variety of locations. Keep an eye out for features like screen synchronization, dynamic text, multiple template options, and remote global. They can make your life much easier.

Comprehensive Analytics and Reporting: Your signage solution should come complete with comprehensive analytics and reporting features that provide valuable, real-time insights into audience engagement, content performance, and display effectiveness. These analytics will help your business determine what signage is most effective, and ultimately fuel revenue growth in the long term.

End-to-End Coverage: When you select your signage partner, look to work with an organization that offers soup-to-nuts coverage for all of your digital signage needs. Partnering with different organizations for software, hardware, content, etc. can lead to confusion, potential integration issues, and inefficiencies in your digital signage projects. Your business should look to partner with a provider that delivers a complete solution, not just one piece of the puzzle.

Expertise and Experience: This one should go without saying. It is critical that your signage partner has a nuanced understanding of the industry and a wealth of experience driving results in the space. Look for an impressive list of clients and work specifically in your industry to demonstrate this expertise and serve as proof of concept.

Be sure that your partner has a strong grasp on things like construction etiquette and is comfortable working with site superintendents, ensuring power and networks get where they need to be, and how to schedule and run a smooth installation process. The installation process, if mishandled, can cause a lot of headaches for your customers, so be sure the process will be handled properly.

Industry-Specific Solutions: Something else to keep in mind is whether your signage provider has any industry-specific solutions that can drive results for your business. In-store/at-the-pump audio systems that can stream live music and radio stations can greatly improve customer experience. In-window signage is also a great way to drive folks into your store. Lastly, custom in-store audio advertising is another great way to reach your customers. A great gas station signage provider should be able to help your business with these initiatives, and more.


We hope you’ve been able to learn a thing or two about signage for gas stations, and how your business can set itself apart by going digital. Let’s recap some of the learnings:

1. Digital signage enables you to completely transform your gas station/C-store’s in-store advertising strategy. From shortening perceived wait times to positioning your brand as an industry leader, to taking advantage of data-driven learnings to drive more revenue, going digital enables your business to truly reinvent itself.

2. To get the most out of your signage, make sure you have clear goals, continue to test signage, and don’t settle for less when it comes to your actual on-screen content, signage placement, and content customization/personalization.

3. When selecting your partner, look to work with an organization that provides end-to-end coverage for all of your signage needs. Your signage partner should have a great deal of industry experience and high-quality support to ensure you have nothing but the best in your corner.

If you are curious about how your business can benefit from digital signage, we’d love to speak with you. DEEL Media has been at the forefront of the digital signage industry for over a decade, working with industry leaders to power signage initiatives of all shapes and sizes. Grab some time to meet with our team to learn more about how we can help you.

Meet The Author


Bill Clapes


In the 1990’s Bill pioneered the use of Internet technologies in the restaurant industry and in 1996 was cited as “Innovator of the Year” by Internet Week Magazine. Co-founding DEEL in 2009 marked the culmination of years in film, television, audio visual, interactive, Internet and restaurant technologies experience. As President & CEO Bill currently leads DEEL’s blueprint for growth and strategic business partnerships.

What is Digital Signage, And How is it Different From Regular Signage?

What is Digital Signage, And How is it Different From Regular Signage?

In technical terms, digital signage refers to the use of digital displays or screens to present information, advertisements, or other forms of content. It involves the use of technologies such as LCD, LED, or projection screens to display multimedia content, including images, videos, text, and interactive elements. Simply put, it is a more engaging way to display messages than traditional signage. 

You can find digital signage everywhere, from retail stores, to airports, to hotels, to restaurants, to schools. It serves as a dynamic and flexible communication tool that allows businesses and organizations to deliver targeted messages to their audience.

The first key difference between digital signage and run-of-the-mill signage is the ability to display crystal-clear, dynamic content. This can completely transform the experience of a shopper, visitor, or whoever is viewing your signage. The bright display is hard to ignore, especially when it is in video format. Digital signage is simply more effective at attracting attention than conventional signage. Think about your personal experiences. Which menu board do you think commands more attention, a chalkboard with the day’s specials, or a visual display with bright colors and real, moving imagery showcasing one of the day’s specials?

Beyond higher engagement, another major difference between digital signage and traditional signage is the flexibility provided by digital signage. Rather than taking down your signage every time you want to communicate a new message or make an edit, digital signage enables you to store all of your content in one centralized location, and make changes to display with the push of a button. This makes life considerably easier for any organization that runs promotions or is frequently making tweaks to its offerings.