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Increase Your Business Sales

HOT IDEAS TO HELP KEEP YOUR BUSINESS SALES FROM COOLING DOWN

For many businesses, the weather may heat up, but sales cool off in the summer. While summer may be a few months away, it’s never too early to start thinking about a summer marketing plan.

New businesses and those that are struggling to grow are faced with many challenges in terms of self-promotion. One of the biggest challenges these businesses face is the question of how much to spend on marketing and advertising, and what will give them the most bang for their dollar? Summer and the warmer weather presents a bounty of opportunities for inexpensive and very personalized marketing activities that most small businesses can utilize.  These ideas are well suited for companies that provide service in the homes or offices of their clients, such as heating and cooling, pool care, realtors and landscape services, but the practices can be adopted and used by almost any small business.

 

WePrintQuick.com, a service of Eveready Printing wants to share some relatively inexpensive and simple ideas that you can use to promote your business and attract customer loyalty.

 

As the weather warms, options such as door hangers and printed flyers become a way to reach potential customers. Selecting targeted neighborhoods based on the products or services you offer and the demand for those products and services is a very important step.  Once you have identified your ideal market, visit these neighborhoods and enjoy the warmth of the day as you meet potential customers and leave information behind for them. For service based businesses, sending a stack of door hangers with technicians creates an opportunity to boast about the good job you’ve done in a neighborhood.  Have the technicians spend just a few minutes hanging door hangers on the doors of close neighbors, or placing flyers in the mailboxes or doors.  This says, “Hey – we did a great job for your neighbor, and we’ll do the same for you.”

 

If your business is one that doesn’t have service technicians going out into the community, another great idea for summer marketing your business is to personalize and distribute cold bottles of water. Create a marketing message for your ideal customer and have labels printed up. Distribute cold bottles of water in areas where your research indicates you might expect to find your target customer.  Be sure to include your contact information, including a QR code if possible, and keep the labels simple and eye catching. Have your labels printed professionally for the best impact. Only apply labels to what you think will get used up in a day, so that the moisture doesn’t damage your printed labels..

 

If these methods don’t meet your needs, another method that works well depending on your product or service is to visit yard sales and flea markets in your spare time with a pocket full of business cards.  Talk to everyone about what you, your business and the services you provide. Offer them your business card. Business cards are inexpensive and a very cost effective method of spreading the word, about yourself and your business, particularly when purchased in large quantities. Business owners, you should always talk yourself up, because if you don’t, who will? 

 

Joining forces with other small businesses to cross promote your products and services can help ease the financial burden of advertising. Seek out partners that compliment each others’ business and that won’t put you in a situation of having to make hard choices or stepping on the toes of your partner.. Announce your partnership in both companies newsletters and mailings, write a press release and tell the community that you’ve teamed up to offer 2 (or more) great products or services. Combine your marketing dollars and send out postcards offering special summer savings, or team up to purchase flyers or door hangers together, creating more bang for your marketing buck.

 

Summer festivals, fairs, and carnivals are great opportunities for small business owners to develop their brand and promote the company to prospective customers. A review of city websites, community newspapers and flyers, and visit to the local Chamber of Commerce will identify opportunities suitable for the business to participate in, sponsor, or both. Some well-placed advertising and a vendor booth should add new customers to the roster.

Warm weather provides the chance to take customers out for lunch, fishing, or a round of golf. A ticket to a sporting event or show is tax-deductible if the outing is designed for promotional purposes. Vendors and business partners should be given an equal amount of quality time. Send them greeting cards with an invitation for a day on the greens or a nice lunch in the sunshine.

 

These are just a few ways to embrace the heat of the summer and draw customers to your business. WePrintQuick.com is here to help.

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PRINTING 101

The decision to order printed material to represent your business is a big one with much thought and time involved.  What printer should I choose?  What should my budget be?  How can I know that I am getting professional product at a reasonable price?  What kind of customer service should I expect to receive?  What do terms such as 4 over, cmyk and proof mean?  This column is intended to introduce new entrepreneurs, as well as those who haven’t ventured into the realm of professional printers, to concepts they should know and understand when attempting to enter into a printing relationship.

 

My name is Lisa Blevins, My expertise is in Marketing and Advertising. I currently work for WePrintQuick.com, a division of Eveready Printing. I am new to the printing industry and in the last few months I have enjoyed a crash course in Printing 101.  I have gone from knowing very little about the printing world to being able to function at a reasonable level. I wanted to share what I have learned with you in the hope that my knowledge will help you advance your marketing skills as a new entrepreneur, and maybe — just maybe — bring you to weprintquick.com when you are ready to start your printing relationship.

I use the word relationship because the company you choose to handle your printing needs will be involved with your business as it grows and evolves. Choosing a printer that you can trust; one with excellent customer service and high quality products; will be very rewarding to you and your business as it grows.  They will come to understand your needs as well or perhaps even better than you understand them yourself, and they will help you create high quality promotional material that will reflect on your professionalism and impact the seriousness with which consumers will evaluate your products.

When you are shopping for a printer, no matter how big or small your project, take time and really research the company.  Search Google for feedback on product quality, consumer complaints or rave reviews.  If the printer is a division of another company, how long have they been in business?  What is the reputation of the parent company? Are they open during hours that meet your needs, or do they offer service through email?  This first step is as important as any you will take because if your printer offers a great product but no customer service, how do you resolve issues?  Or if others have received bad product and have written about it, perhaps you shouldn’t assume you’re going to get great product.  The BBB offers an accreditation for businesses that have a good reputation, so be sure your choice is accredited. 

Once you make your choice, then you must learn the lingo of printing.  This is where all the fun happens!  You must decide your paper weight, how much color you’d like and where you’d like to put it.  You must provide artwork in the correct format, and when you get it all together, you’ll have to look at the proof before it is printed and make any necessary changes then, because afterwards it is too late.

 Determining the weight you need your paper to be isn’t terribly difficult if you work with a printer who can give you advice.  Basically the weight refers to how much 500 sheets of a particular paper weighs.  So, smaller weights are thinner sheets, while heavier weights reflect thicker paper.  This can be complicated by the standard size of the paper and whether it is coated, uncoated, satin, glossy or any number of combinations.  I will discuss choosing the correct paper at another time, but if you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

 Color is also an issue in the printing world.  Most people think in terms of RGB (red, green, blue) but printers work with CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black). When sending art to your printer be sure that your files are converted to CMYK so that your color registers accurately.  You should check in advance to ensure that you know what file format you need to have your graphics in as well.  For example, WePrintQuick.com, accepts all types of commercial files including .pdf, .tiff, .eps and even high-resolution .jpg files , but that may not be true at every print shop.  When asked what choice of color you want, the term 4 over or 4/4 might be used.  This refers to the four colors (CMYK) on one side or both.  To clarify, if you only want printing on one side, you might see 4/0 – four colors on one side, zero colors on the other.  In contrast, 4/4 refers to 4 colors on both sides of your document.

When your order is ready to be printed, the printer will send you a “proof.”  This is either an electronic or actual physical copy of what your printed item will look like.  This is your final chance to make sure that everything is how you would like it to be.  When you receive your proof, check the spelling, examine the placement of text, and look closely at your colors.  If you see changes, now is the time to make those corrections.  Be sure to communicate closely with your printer at this time to ensure that you are happy with the product you are going to receive.  If everything looks good, be sure to communicate that to your printer as well, so that they know they are ready to print.

This should get you started towards a successful print marketing campaign, whether you are ordering business cards, postcards, brochures or other marketing materials.  I welcome your questions about how working with a good printer like Eveready Printing Inc., / WePrintQuick.Com can help build a reputable company image and boost sales. We are a full service commercial printer that has been supplying quality products and services since 1919. We offer offset and digital printing, variable data and personalization services, a complete in house bindery, mailing and fulfillment services and wide format printing. We are constantly expanding our list of capabilities and services. We are a family owned and operated company, big enough to handle the most demanding jobs yet small enough to care about each and every job we produce.

Anything I can do to help increase your odds of success in the business world, I encourage you to email me at Lisa@weprintquick.com and I would be happy to assist you.

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Print Marketing is Still Essential for Starting and Growing a Business

Print Marketing is Still Essential for Starting and Growing a Business

 

With the ever exploding options available to marketing professionals and the rise of “inbound marketing” why would you use a communication medium like print advertising anymore?

 

The Internet has set the path for marketing and taken a large share of market share from print advertising. Which can make the usual person say, why do print advertising, it’s dead!  I could not disagree more.  The print industry is still alive and thriving, print media will never die and there will always be a place for it, even in our social media Internet world.

For ways to help market and grow your business check out the blog below!

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Marketing Your Business During a Recession

 

Marketing Your Business During a Recession 

The world was such a more beautiful place before the evil “R” word came into all of our lives. Of course, by the “R” word, we mean recession. Unfortunately, both small businesses and major corporations alike have felt the financial pain of the recent recession. News outlets worldwide have reported that marketing and advertising budgets have been the first to be eliminated at many companies and corporations.

Many business owners and CEOs inaccurately identify marketing and advertising as a frivolous side expense in an economic crisis. However, it is extremely crucial to continue to invest in your marketing and promotional materials during an economic recession. Here are some quick ideas to consider when it comes to marketing during a recession.

Without Customers, You Have No Business – This is an obvious sentiment, but it is deeply important to really consider this fact during an economic recession. Marketing is like gambling: you can indeed invest thousands of dollars, yet finish with no real profit. This is why it is crucial to be confident in your product before attempting to achieve any sales whatsoever. If you have firm confidence in the product you sell, then you should have a firm confidence in the fact that spending money on advertising will have a real turn around.

Without Advertising, You Have no Customers – It is really important to consider why you ever put money into advertising and marketing in the first place. In a recession, many businesses decide to try and float on word of mouth and current customers, rather than new acquisitions. However, it is crucial to consider what will happen without a constant flow of customers. Word of mouth is only so effective – but it is really vital to continue to acquire new customers regularly to keep your bottom line healthy.

To really effectively budget for an economic recession, be sure to carefully consider what “frivolous” spending is for your business or company. Even putting money aside for something as small as “we’re still here” flyers can give your company a lucrative boost in revenues. At the end of the day, it is important to put enough money aside for marketing materials – even if all you can afford is something small and inexpensive.

Here are a few inexpensive marketing products that can be used to continue marketing your business during a recession:

  • Business Cards – If you spend money on nothing else, you should always invest in business cards. Business cards allow you to share the identity you have created with everyone you meet. You can hand them out to people that visit your business, give them away to contacts you meet on the street, and stick them into every single envelope that leaves your business. They are inexpensive to produce, can start the brand recognition process, and provide the recipient with all the contact information that they need to reach you.
  • Postcards When you are operating on a tight budget you need to squeeze the most out of every dollar, then postcard marketing campaigns are a great way to brand your business to a target audience. With            a creative and colorful postcard that features your company logo, slogan and colors you have a promotional tool that will help brand your business to the people who matter.
  •  BrochuresBrochures are another marketing tool that are relatively simple to produce and not too expensive to have printed. Your brochure should highlight specific products or services that you offer and include eye-catching pictures. Text should be short, easy to read, and to the point, and the entire brochure should be visually attractive. Brochures can be sent in the mail to interested clients, set out on a counter for customers to pick up, or left behind after you have given a sales pitch.

With a little planning, an experienced printer, and some well thought out designs, you can have a marketing plan that is inexpensive to implement yet highly successful. We Print Quick offers a wide range of services to compliment our premium print production services. You can make your life easier by working with one reliable company for all your production needs.

To help your business succeed during this tough time, WePrintQuick.COM has put together some great coupon deals to help ease some of your marketing expenses.

Also, Please let me know what deals you would like me to offer and how it will help your business?

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Presentation Folders Help Build A Professional Image

Presentation Folders

Presentation folders are a great way to send multiple forms of communication. They can hold papers, brochures, slim products, DVDs, and a variety of additional promotional material. You might find presentation folders useful for the following:

l    Sales Packets

l    Promotional Information

l    Free Samples

l    New Product Presentation

l    Press Kits

But what exactly is a presentation folder, and how can custom presentation folder printing aid your business?

Certainly, any business has the option of purchasing generic presentation folders to use for any of the promotional ideas above. However, a generic folder does not project your business image or professionalism. Presentation folder printing allows you to design a folder with your business name, logo, and other stylistic additions so your business can not only present information, but also present a professional image.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you make your presentation folder printing order:

l    Size – Typical standard presentation folder printing size is 9″ x 12″. However, the size depends mainly on what you expect to include inside your folder. Will you use legal size paper? You might want to lengthen the folder to a 14.5″ size. You may also want to custom design a smaller size if you just include smaller note-size papers and brochures.

l    Paper – The type of paper depends on what you can afford and how professional you want to project your business image.You can use a single-sided coated paper, but a double-sided coated paper is much stronger and more durable.

l    Pockets – You will want to consider the number of pockets as well. Will you want a single pocket or a pocket on each side of your presentation folder printing order? If you are including multiple items in a promotional presentation folder, you may consider two or more pockets.

l    Accessory Slits – Accessory slits can be included with your presentation folder printing job. Slits can be useful for including business cards, envelopes, CDs, or DVDs. If you want to include additional media or papers, make sure your printer has the ability to include these accessory slits.

Custom presentation folder printing is a great way to keep your business image professional when you mail promotional materials, hand out information at meetings, or simply give to customers at trade shows. Make sure you consider the uses for your presentation folder, and what will be included so you can design your custom presentation folder printing order accurately.

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Affordable Marketing Products

 

Create and customize affordable marketing materials for your business…business cards, websites, postcards, banners and more. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.

 

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