Helping You Deliver Your Message

Kyle Kennedy

Why PURLs are Marketing Gems for Your Business

By Kyle Kennedy

ScreenShot2015-03-12at12.53.26PM.pngIt's all about smart marketing these days. You can have the classiest looking website with all of the latest bells and whistles, but if no one is visiting, or if most of your visitors take flight in less than a minute of hitting your site, something is not working.

Even if you have studied search engine optimization (SEO) and email marketing, it is important to realize that thousands of others have read the same papers and guides and are likely applying the same tactics that you are trying. This is truly a case of following the crowds and feeling left behind in the dust.

There is a better solution, almost a hidden marketing treasure that few people have uncovered so far.

Careful Direct Mail Data Processing is Essential for Success

By Kyle Kennedy

mail-letters.jpgAn eye-catching design and enticing offer are only part of the total direct mail package. Many “behind the scenes” processes contribute to its success, including prepress, mail list processing, variable data composition, printing and delivery. Of course, the success of a direct mail campaign can only be measured when responses start pouring in but keep these tips in mind so your campaign is handled properly before and after it drops.

Should you BYOP? (Buy Your Own Paper)

By Kyle Kennedy

The cost of paper is one of the most important considerations for any print project. In fact, paper can account for 50% or more of the total project cost. If your marketing budget is slimmer than ever, you may be tempted to buy your own paper from a paper mill or distributor as an alternative to buying it through your printer. But does buying your own paper really save you time and money?

Print Buyers Guide: How to Choose the Right Paper for Your Project

By Kyle Kennedy

paper-options.jpgIf you’re overwhelmed when choosing paper for your next job, you’re not alone. Paper options abound. Project uses vary. Mistakes are expensive.

In our experience, a few rules of thumb can simplify things. As you move your project from concept to print production, the time you take to review its purpose influences the success of your decisions. These basic questions can help state your objective, then help you analyze your options and costs.

6 Essential Tips to Execute Stress-Free Print Projects

By Kyle Kennedy

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It happened again...the deadline that once seemed light-years in the future is now breathing down your neck. How can you keep an already stressful project free from surprises and delays at your printer? We asked our top print account managers to provide insider tips that will guarantee smooth sailing on press.

Protect and Enhance Your Print Marketing with Varnish Coating

By Kyle Kennedy

jaguar-1.jpgVarnishes and coatings offer a multitude of ways to add impact, durability, and pizzazz to printed materials. Varnishes are routinely used to protect a printed piece from fingerprints, smudges and wear and tear. But they also lend sophisticated nuance when applied selectively, as a design element.

While varnish is a relatively common print technique – it can provide some seriously uncommon enhancements to a print project.

3 Web Offset Printing Myths Demystified

By Kyle Kennedy

web-offset-printing-press.jpgYears ago, printing on either a web press or sheetfed press was a clear-cut choice – your project was a fit for one or the other. With today’s technology and state-of-the-art equipment, such distinction between web and sheetfed printing has been erased. Now you can glean the efficiencies and advantages of both processes – often on the same project – while enjoying optimum results.

Postage Rates Going Down April 10, 2016!

By Kyle Kennedy

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The United States Postal Service (USPS) filed a notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) that it intends to remove the exigent surcharge currently in place.  Assuming no legal intervention takes place, the postage rate changes will go into effect on April 10, 2016.  The average savings will be about $0.0125 per piece or about 4%.

2016 USPS Postal Promotions Approved by PRC

By Kyle Kennedy

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On Thursday, December 10, the Postal Regulatory Commisions (PRC) approved the USPS's 2016 proposed postal promotions sparking direct mailers to use advanced print techniques, A/B testing and mobile technologies to increase engagement and response in their mailing campaigns. 

The approved promotions offer a 2% upfront discount on qualifying mailpieces, with the exception of the Earned Value Reply Mail Promotion, which offers mailers a rebate credit on qualifying reply mailpieces.

USPS Proposes Postage Rate Increases for 2016

By Kyle Kennedy

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On Friday, October 16th, the United States Postal Service (USPS) filed a notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) for a proposed rate increase. The PRC has since approved the request and the postage rate changes will go into effect on January 17, 2016.

A few things to note:

  • The changes are primarily for Priority Mail and Parcel Services.
  • There are no changes for First-Class Mail or Standard Mail rates of letter or flat sized pieces.