Paper 101: What Different Terms Actually Mean

When asked about the details of the paper stock you are choosing for a print project, do your eyes glaze over? Do terms like basis weight, points, and color cast sound like Greek to you? If so, here is a quick list of basic terms to help you better understand the process.
Basis weight:
is the weight in pounds of a ream (500 sheets) of a paper at its basic size, or the size of the uncut sheet supplied to the printer. For example, the basic size of book paper is 25 x 38 inches, so a ream weighing 70 pounds would […]

Digital Print: It’s Not Technology—It’s Marketing

Do you think of digital printing as an output technology or a marketing model? The reality is, it’s both. If you don’­t think of digital printing this way, maybe you need to think more broadly about digital print.

Traditionally, marketers have used digital presses to save money and “right size” their print volumes. Print on demand and just in time document management save companies tons of money every year. Marketers who are thinking only in terms of production, however, are missing opportunities to think from a strategic marketing perspective, as well.

Say you take a booth at four industry trade shows per […]

By |June 27th, 2018|Digital, Marketing, Printing, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tapping Your Envelope’s Most Powerful Real Estate

What is the most important real estate on your mailing envelope? It is the upper left-hand corner, the location of the return address. It is here that your prospect will often decide to open your envelope… or not.

Here are three reasons this space helps recipients decide to open your envelope:

Existing customer relationship: If the mailer is from a company the recipient already does business with, studies show that they will often open the envelope simply because of that relationship. Even if they do not have an immediate need for the product or service, they will often open it because […]

By |June 14th, 2018|Digital, Graphic Design, Marketing, Printing|0 Comments

Are You Short-Sighted? Or Long-Sighted?

 

When you are calculating the ROI of your print, email, or multi-channel marketing campaign, how long a view do you take? Do you stop tracking revenue after a month? One year? What about the lifetime of the customer?

Lifetime customer value (LCV) is an overlooked metric that should be part of how marketers measure success. Customers gained through personalized printing campaigns, in particular, tend not just to purchase more, but to be more loyal than customers acquired through traditional methods. Thus, real ROI should include recurring revenue as well as the immediate revenue generated.

How do you determine LCV? There are a […]

By |March 22nd, 2018|Digital, Marketing, Printing, Training|0 Comments

3 Areas Where Direct Mail Beats Email

Don’t get us wrong—we love email. Like every marketing channel, email has an important place in the marketing mix. But with the pressure that marketers often experience to go all digital, it’s important to remind ourselves of some of the unique benefits offered by direct mail.

Direct mail doesn’t require an opt-in.

Before you can send a marketing email, you need to get the recipient’s permission. If people don’t want to receive your emails, they can block them. If they have opted in and later change their minds, they can simply opt back out. Direct mail doesn’t have these […]

By |February 8th, 2018|Graphic Design, Mailing, Printing|0 Comments

3 Tips for Maximizing Your Print Investment

Are you tired of hearing people talk about the benefits of going entirely paperless? We are! Especially when it comes to marketing, that’s just not a smart move. When our inboxes are clogged with spam and any company can look big and successful online, print carries weight and inspires confidence in a way that digital channels do not.  People just trust print more.

While digital channels have their place, now is not the time to give up print. But smart marketers are making their print contacts even more powerful.  Let’s take a look at three strategies that can help you make […]

By |January 22nd, 2018|Digital, Marketing, Offset, Printing, Resources, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stretching the Budget with Smart Paper Choices

One of the biggest expenses in any direct mail campaign is paper, so planning wisely can help you stretch the dollars in your marketing budget. Here are some simple ideas for specing paper that can reap huge dividends in both creativity and cost.

When we think about paper, the first thing that often comes to mind is aesthetics: brightness, texture, and decorative elements. Watermarked linens convey gravitas. Less bright stocks with imperfections reflect environmental responsibility. Super bright whites and smooth textures convey a professional image.

Designers use these characteristics to elicit an emotional reaction from their audiences. However, many of these stocks […]

By |January 9th, 2018|Finishing, Graphic Design, Mailing, Printing, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Want More Trees? Buy Paper!

Did you know? In North America, it takes less than two seconds to grow the fiber for a standard #10 envelope. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. According to Two Sides North America, here are some little known facts about paper and trees.

The time required to grow the fiber needed for a #10 envelope is 0.3 to 1.9 seconds.

The time required to grow the fiber needed for a ream of 500-sheet office paper is 0.3 to 2.2 hours.

Growth rates are based on 100 acres of managed forest in North America.*

The fastest growth rates are for Loblolly Pine and Hybrid Aspen. […]

Best Practices in 1:1 Printing

Personalized printing, in which marketers personalize marketing text, images, and other content based on what marketers know about the recipient, gets better results than static mail. But by itself, just dropping in data-driven content doesn’t guarantee success. Let’s look at three best practices that need to be the foundation of all 1:1 print marketing.

Traditional marketing rules apply.

1:1 might be personalized marketing, but it is still good old-fashioned marketing, too. Ultimately, it is all of the elements—the creative, the message, the offer, the segmentation, and the call to action—that come together to determine success.

Focus on relevance, not “personalization.” […]

By |August 17th, 2017|Digital, Mailing, Printing|0 Comments

Inventory Management Driving You Crazy?

Struggling with your inventory of printed collateral and other documents? How about fulfillment items for your marketing kits? If so, you’re not alone, and if you’re not careful, it could hurt your bottom line.

According to Capterra, inventory numbers for most businesses are profit killers. In fact, Capterra finds that businesses keep $1.43 of inventory on hand for every $1 of sales. To make matters worse, the average inventory on hand for businesses of all sizes rose 8.3% between 2000 and 2015.

What’s a marketer to do? Unless you have a highly efficient inventory management system, you might be better off moving […]

By |May 23rd, 2017|Digital, Marketing, Offset, Printing, Training, Uncategorized|0 Comments