How to Design a Business Card

How to Design a Business Card 

Business cards are still the most widely used form of marketing there is. Even with social media and cell phones, the business card is the quickest and most transportable form of information around. So what should you advertise in such prime real estate to be noticed? Just like any other strong marketing material you need to keep in mind the basic principles of design when laying out your business card.

You use to have to consider how much money you were willing to spend before you could figure out how many colors you were going to use in your business card design. But with digital printing presses becoming the norm it’s much more economical to print a four-color process card. With four-color process the sky is the limit with colors; however, you can still get a really clean and memorable design using only two colors and really nice paper stock.

A picture is worth a thousand words

You could just put some words on your card but that would mean someone would have to read it to know who you are and what you do. If you have a well-thought out image to go with your information, then someone could take one glance at it to determine what it is for before getting close enough to read the type.

Three questions to answer when choosing an image:

  • What image will convey what you do with one glance?
  • Does it look good at a small scale?
  • Does it have a clean area for text if you are planning to use it on the whole card”

Sample scenario: Victoria Miles is a wedding planner. When you think of wedding planners you could think of many things that go along with the idea of a wedding: cake, flowers, a dress or rings. So as not to be confused with a cake maker or a florist, Victoria has decided to go with wedding rings for her image. Let’s take a look at a couple of images she found.

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Both images feature two wedding rings and both images have a similar pallet of colors; however, one is a better image to use than the other for a couple of reasons. While you could extend the white space on the right in picture 2 to make room for Victoria’s information, it would feel cramped and would be overshadowed by the image. Picture 1 on the other hand has a lot of unencumbered space that text would lay nicely on top of, allowing Victoria’s name to take center stage. Another reason picture 1 is the better choice for a business card is the impression it gives from a distance. Picture 1’s image is strong and from a distance still comes across as a pair of wedding rings, while the rings in picture 2 do not stand out as much and are upstaged by the box they are resting in. From a distance it is hard to distinguish immediately that it is a pair of wedding rings.

Say it like you mean it
Now that we’ve chosen the image for Victoria’s cards we need to add her information to the card. Easy enough, right? First, let’s go over a few key design points:

The result
Take a look at Victoria’s card below. Notice even though we had the option of using every color under the sun because she is getting a four-color process card we went with black text because it stood out the best on the photo. We even put a little bit of a glow around her name to help it stand out from the background. We put emphasis on her name and how to contact her by varying the font style and size.

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Clean, elegant and effective is what Victoria got with this business card design. Remember your business card can be the most effective advertising tool if designed properly.

 

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Build Your Business with Door-Hanger Marketing

I have written several blogs about door-hanger marketing and I feel the need to stress how important this little piece of advertising can be to boost your business sales. Doors are everywhere–neighborhoods houses, office buildings; hotels, etc. … why not take advantage of them as an idea for a marketing campaign?

Door-hanger marketing is an effective yet inexpensive way to reach an audience. Because your advertising message must physically be removed from the doorknob, it is very likely to be read and make an impression that lasts beyond a brief glance. And unlike other advertisements your prospect receives, door hangers typically stand alone without competition.

Here are a few ways to take advantage of door hanger marketing

Introduce a new business

Spread the word in local neighborhoods about your new company or services. Be sure to include a phone number, street address, and company website address.

Target a specific market

For example, if your company provides lawn service, you can deliver your message just to the homes that look to need lawn card. Or if you sell renter’s insurance, you can target apartment complexes.

Create name recognition

A consistent door-hanger campaign trains your prospect to think of you when the need arises for your product or service. Want to ensure the recipient keeps your hanger around longer? Distribute hangers with an affixed magnet, especially if the hanger includes your company’s hours of operation or other pertinent information.

Offer Money Saving Coupons

Track the success of your campaign with a special perforated tear-off of a discount coupon or business card.

Spread information, service reminders, etc

In addition to promotional advertising, door hangers can be used to provide information, serve as service reminders, or even to let your customers know you paid them a visit. If you’re interested in seeing what door hangers can do for your business, visit our website or give us a call today! We’ll help you develop a creative design to achieve the results you need.

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Unique Marketing Tools To Bring In Business

Unique Marketing Tools To Bring In Business

Summer has finally arrived, business owners are looking for new ways to draw customers in. Waterproof Menu’s, Repositional Window Clings and Peel N Stick Postcards are popular ways to advertise. However, in the past, many business owners – especially small independents -, have found marketing this way to be cost prohibitive. Not so today, as new synthetic digital substrates have become available, allowing any business owner to use their creativity to produce unique marketing pieces.

Some of those solutions are waterproof menus / paper products and custom repostional window clings. These printable promotional products are the tools business owners have been waiting for.

  1. Waterproof Menus

The Waterproof Menu’s / Paper Products are the solution to restaurant’s, salons, bars or any business owner who conduct a lot of business outdoors having to constantly replace their menus. Have your menus custom printed on a Waterproof Synthetic Paper created to withstand the harsh, every day restaurant elements. We offer several manufacturing options including: Spiral Bound Menus, Bi-Fold or Tri-Fold Menus, and Single Page Menus. Our menus are available in numerous sizes, formats and thicknesses. The Waterproof Menu is washable and tear resistant. Having your menus printed on this type of paper are sure to be the solution to all your menu needs

  1. Window Clings

We offer Crystal Clear Cling as a solution to business owner’s promotional needs. The optically clear polyester film applies to any clean glass surface. This cling is neither white nor “frosty” clear, it truly is optically clear. Thus, promotional messages can be communicated while customers are still able to enjoy the views and the public walking by your shop can see the inviting atmosphere inside.

  1. Peel N Stick Postcards

While old-fashioned postcards can be easily misplaced or discarded, Peel N Stick Waterproof Postcards are designed to be posted/stuck on a variety surfaces for long lasting use. They are durable, waterproof and tear resistant, and their unique repositionable adhesive means they will stick to virtually any surface, including painted walls, wood cabinets, glass, metal, and even the a laptop. Plus, they can be easily removed and reapplied multiple times. So your marketing message gets posted where the customer wants and is a constant reminder of your marketing message.

  4.   Be Creative

In order to effectively attract customers, business owners need to make a statement that can help differentiate them from their competitors. Waterproof Menus and Waterproof Paper Products let’s customers know that you are a true professional. Window Clings and Peel & Stick Postcards help business owners reach potential customers and retain their current customers.

  1. Place the promotional piece where it counts

Windows and glass doors are not the only valuable piece of real estate in the business and restaurant. Every wall offers an opportunity to tastefully communicate with customers. Business owners now have a great new way to make their company unique and do promotions that suit them best. All it takes is to unleash their passion and creativity and the right professional commercial printer.

One of your company’s biggest marketing tools should be a reflection of your love and passion for your business. Today, a new type of paper gives you the ability to make your marketing piece as unique as your company, at a price point that is affordable.
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What do you mean you haven’t been reading my blogs on wordpress and my website? You should check out my blogs for some great marketing advice.  Even if you don’t purchase print products for me, my blogs educate on how to effectively use print marketing.

 

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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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