Helping You Deliver Your Message

5 Reasons To Increase Your Direct Mail Spend

By Erik Haug

jaguar-1.jpgSavvy marketers know the best allocation of their budget is a mix incorporating multiple channels. It could be a mistake to neglect the use of one particular channel over another, and eliminating one entirely could hinder your ability to effectively reach your target audience. Success or failure of a marketing campaign can mean rapid growth or calamitous loss of money. 

Using Incongruity in Direct Mail to Maximize Response

By Erik Haug

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Take a moment to think about which TV ads you remember most from years past. Chances are the ads you remember most are either the funniest or out of the ordinary. Two of my favorite ads both debuted during Super Bowls. One is the Betty White Snickers commercial created by BBDO North America from 2010, You’re Not Yourself When You’re Hungry. Betty White is playing a rough game of football and turns into a young man after eating a Snickers bar. The other is Cat Herders, made by Fallon in 2000 for Electronic Data Systems (EDS). In this one grizzled cowboys herd thousands of cats like cattle. My all-time favorite is the Quiznos commercial from 2004 which featured two rodent-like creatures, dubbed spongemonkeys, singing about loving Quiznos subs. One is wearing an old fashioned bowler hat and the other is wearing a seafaring hat and playing guitar. The ad created by the Martin Agency in Richmond generated a huge amount of buzz. People were divided, either loving or hating the ad. Quiznos saw a 400% increase in unique visits to its website in the month the ad aired on TV and the campaign is considered one of the first to go viral.

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.

A Print Buyers Introduction to Web Offset Printing

By Erik Haug

web-offset-pressroom.jpgMaybe you have been wondering if that brochure you’ve produced a few times with your sheetfed print vendor could be printed for less money using web offset printing. Perhaps you already know it can but have been reluctant to make the change because you don’t know much about web offset printing. Maybe you’ve even heard horror stories of web print jobs gone wrong, or been given contradictory advice by printers. Whatever your trepidation, the following information will help ease your mind. I will cover the basics of web offset printing, explaining the press, what types of print work are best suited, and essential tips for success.

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.

7 Practical Tips for Variable Data Printing Success

By Trish Witkowski, foldfactory.com

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Many months ago, I sat down with the data team at John Roberts and I grilled them about variable data printing. I wanted to understand how variable data works. And, no, I didn’t need a basic overview of what variable data is, and the components that were needed to make it happen.

I understood the principles of the process, what I needed to know was how a normal human being can start using variable data from scratch for the first time. I needed the practical tips and strategies for the common man, so to speak. Luckily, I was talking to the right people.

Innovative Folded Self-Mailer with Scodix Coating [Free Sample]

By Kyle Kennedy

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Every interaction your customers have with your brand is an opportunity for you to connect and engage with them.  Your customers have come to expect your marketing to be relevant, timely and ultimately useful.  Deluxe Corporation understands this and designed a self-mailer that is visually striking, highly interactive and personalized for every recipient.  

We’ve chosen to showcase this project because we love the creative self-mailing format, skillful data-driven personalization, cutting-edge print, coating (including Scodix), and finishing techniques.  Learn more about out how Deluxe Corporation partnered with John Roberts to create this project.

Print Enhancement 101: Aqueous Coating [Free Sample Kit]

By Kyle Kennedy

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When you are planning your next print communication project, don't forget to think about a few key project elements:

  • Who will be using the print piece?
  • How will the piece be used?
  • Where will the piece be used?
  • How long does the piece need to last?

If you can answer these questions - then you are ready to make an educated decision about your print protection needs.  As you can imagine, there are quite a few options out there - one of the most effective and low-cost options is aqueous coating.

How NATUZZI Used Print and Coating Techniques To Enhance their Marketing [Free Sample]

By Kyle Kennedy

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While the prevailing theme for the NATUZZI Re-vive recliner is “LOVE DOING NOTHING”, the NATUZZI team has done much more than nothing with their design for the Re-vive Consumer Brochure.  The design team needed to create a brochure that would not only represent the craftsmanship and beauty of their product, but would also enhance and support their marketing and sales goals.    

Check out what they've done with a few design, print and coating techniques to create an amazing brochure.  Grab a sample while you're at it.