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The John Roberts Company joins Take Your Dog to Work Day!

By Ann Marie Keene

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Today is Take Your Dog to Work Day. The 17th Annual National Event, always held the Friday after Father's Day, was created by Pet Sitters International to celebrate companion dogs and encourage employers to understand how wonderful it is to have pets in the workplace everyday. 

Are you ready to nourish your creative soul?

By Ann Marie Keene

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The John Roberts Company and Sappi Fine Paper are excited to launch the UNLIMITED Summer Camp Series! Give us an hour, a room and an audience, and each month we will bring these power-packed sessions to you.

What if you could predict what people are likely to see in the first 3-5 seconds they look at your design?

By Ann Marie Keene

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In our visually cluttered world, you have about 3-5 seconds to get your design noticed or lost in the shuffle. What if you could predict what people are likely to see in those critical seconds and than could use that knowledge to make your design or offer stand out even more? 

UNLIMITED - Content for You! Design Great Mail Guide 1.0 with Print Enhancement Techniques

By Ann Marie Keene

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The UNLIMITED - Content for You! publication kicks-off our Direct Mail(Simplified) Series with content from Trish Witkowski, foldfactory.com. We are excited to also introduce two print enhancement techniques - Scodix Coating and motioncutter® digital high-speed laser die cutting to our suite of product offerings. Both of these new additions are showcased on the cover of the UNLIMITED publication. 

Made You Look! Made You Buy! Workshop with Trish Witkowski - foldfactory.com and The John Roberts Company

By Ann Marie Keene

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This Thursday, May 14th, 2015, The John Roberts Company presents the Made You Look! Made You Buy! Workshop with industry "rock star" Trish Witkowski of foldfactory.com. 

2015 USPS Postal Rates APPROVED - Downloadable Rate Chart

By Ann Marie Keene

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On May 7th, 2015, the Postal Regulatory Commission(PRC) approved the rate increases for Standard Mail, Periodicals and Package Services. The new rates will be implemented on May 31, 2015. 

Google Algorithm Rewards Mobile-Friendly Sites: Here's What You Need to Know

By Ann Marie Keene

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On Tuesday, April 21st, 2015, Google made a massive change to the way it ranks websites. The change comes down to one very important criterion: whether your website, landing pages, and blog are fully optimized for mobile. 

Earth Day 2015

By Michael Keene, President - The John Roberts Company


HOW THE FIRST EARTH DAY CAME ABOUT:

In 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day. The idea of Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962 when Senator Gaylord Nelson thought to put the environment into the political "limelight" once and for all. He flew to Washington to discuss the proposal with Attorney General Robert Kennedy and President Kennedy whom both liked the idea. The President began a five-day, eleven-state conservation tour in September 1963. The tour was the germ of the idea that ultimately flowered into Earth Day. 

Is Direct Mail the Devil?

By Trish Witkowski, foldfactory.com

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In an eco-conscious day and age, the trend is to denounce print as evil and wasteful and bad for the environment. The argument is of course that it’s a physical thing, so why make something and send it, right? Save the natural resources—communicate digitally, and think before you print your email, too! 


Match Mail and Mail Merge

By Trish Witkowski, foldfactory.com

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When you get a letter in the mail with your name on the outside of the envelope, and your name in the greeting of the letter, do you ever wonder how it got there? Before you open it, do you ever question if what’s in the envelope is actually for you? If you’re like most people, the answer is no. That’s because the process of creating personalized mail components—and the technology behind it—is so good that almost no one gets the wrong mail.

USPS Rate Change - April 2015 (DELAYED)

By Ann Marie Keene

USPS Delays Postage Rate Increase

 

Email Design: 50 of the Best Email Designs Ever Seen - A Must Share Post!

By Ann Marie Keene

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We loved Mary Stribley's blog post entitled "50 Of The Best Email Marketing Designs We've Ever Seen(And How You Can Create One Just As Good)," SO much we wanted to share some of the highlights from her blog and a link to the full post here

Within her post she discusses 50 of the best email designs and the fact that email is not dead. By the end of next year, it's expected that the total number of worldwide email accounts will increase to over 4.3 billion. Like it or not, we live in a time where people like to email. To learn more about integrating mail and technology, visit our blog post "Mail + Technology - Are You Ready?" authored by Trish Witkowski. Below are a few of the suggestions Mary lists: 

NEW April 2015 Postal Mailing Rates

By Ann Marie Keene

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Download a copy of the NEW APRIL 2015 Quick Postal Rate Reference Chart* for First-Class, Standard and Non-Profit Mail by clicking on the button below. 

Part Two: 10 Best Practices in Personalized URLs - Whitepaper Download

By Ann Marie Keene

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Last week we highlighted the 10 Best Practices in Personalized URLs and this week we are going to look at the use of personalized URLs as a way to gather customer and prospect data, score leads, start conversations, and turn marketing into an interactive process. In this exclusive whitepaper, Best Practices for Personalized URLs, learn what PURLs are, how to use them and how they can bring your business success.

Part One: 10 Best Practices in Personalized URLs - Whitepaper Download

By Ann Marie Keene

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It started as a trickle and now it’s a flood – the promotion and use of personalized URLs as the latest way to grab attention, market products, and communicate with customers and prospects.

In the Best Practices for Personalized URLs Whitepaper, we dig deep into the top 10 best practices for implementing these campaigns PLUS provide many tips, case studies and even a chance to test drive creating your own PURL in a multi-channel campaign through the JR University demo.

Email Marketing Strategies That Increase Response Rates - (these strategies can be used for personalized variable direct mail too)

By Ann Marie Keene

email marketingHow many times a day do you check your email? Tomi Ahonen states that the average person stares at his/her phone 150 times per day. That works out to once every 6.5 minutes of every hour that the average person is awake. When checking emails from businesses, we can easily identify the emails that we find important to us from the ones we choose to delete instantly.

USPS Approves First-Class Mail Price Adjustments

By Ann Marie Keene

 

2015PromotionscalendarOn February, 24, 2015, the Postal Regulatory Commission(PRC) issued Order No. 2365 on Price Adjustments for First-Class Mail finding the Postal Service pricing proposals to be consistent with the Consumer Price Index based price cap under the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006. 

 

A must share post - Brochure Design: 25 Tips to Create Marketing Materials that Sell

By Ann Marie Keene

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We loved Caitlin Jordan 's blog post entitled "Brochure Design: 25 Tips to Create Marketing Materials That Sell," so much we wanted to share some of the highlights from her blog and a link to the full post here

Within her post she discusses 25 ways to step up your brochure design game to ensure your information will be shared. Below are a few of the suggestions. 

USPS Mail Anywhere Fact Sheet

By Ann Marie Keene

 

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The Postal Service has launched the new “Mail Anywhere” service that allows customers to use the same permit at every mailing location.

The John Roberts Company wins GPA Award + Ideas for Variable Print and Digital Marketing Personalization

By Ann Marie Keene

 

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The John Roberts Company is proud to be announced as a Best of Category winner for GPA's 2014 Print and Design Contest for their HP Indigo 10000 highly variable 2014 Wall Calendar. 

MAIL + TECHNOLOGY - ARE YOU READY?

By Trish Witkowski, foldfactory.com

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Introducing JR Crystal Clear Tabs

By Mark Kuehn

 

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At John Roberts we strive to couple our innovative spirit with active listening skills, in order to develop solutions to our clients’ business challenges. Producing direct mail provides ample opportunities for us to demonstrate these skills.

Mail piece tabs are an example of an instance where mail owners are searching for better options and the USPS rules seem to be making it more difficult. We are happy to announce JR Crystal-Clear Tabs as a solution to this problem.

The Saint John's Bible

By Ann Marie Keene

St. Johns BibleThe Saint John’s Bible is a hand-written and illuminated bible commissioned by the monks of Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. Celebrated calligrapher Donald Jackson and a team of scribes and illuminators completed the bible over a fifteen-year period employing techniques and materials that untold scribes before them used prior to the invention of the printing press. 

Made You Look! Made You Buy! - foldfactory.com and The John Roberts Company

By Ann Marie Keene

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Save the Date for May 14th, 2015 to attend the Made You Look! Made You Buy! Workshop with industry "rock star" Trish Witkowski of foldfactory.com. 

USPS proposes $900m rate increase

By Ann Marie Keene

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The U.S. Postal Service is seeking regulatory approval for a near 2% increase in its prices for monopoly services for business customers. If the regulator approves the price increase, it is scheduled to take effect on Monday, April 27, 2015. 

The U.S. Postal Service told customers that the 1.966% rate increase, restricted by its annual price cap to the rate of inflation, would bring in about $900m in additional revenue. The Federal Agency generated $67.8bn total revenue in 2014. 

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