Why Moms Love Paper

As a mom, I’m always surrounded by paper. Some of it I don’t love such as the never-ending supply of permission slips and forms. However, as Mother’s Day approaches, I can tell you that paper is the medium of choice for children and how they illustrate their love and creativity for their mothers. ...

How Print Can Appeal to Multiple Generations

The Marketing Mix. Omni-Channel. Online. Offline. Digital. Print. The list of marketing options is endless. Nowadays, marketers and creatives have a vast array of tools at their fingertips, and with that have come ever-increasing expectations. ...

3 Ways Direct Mail is Reshaping Your Marketing Strategy

A direct mail marketing strategy has never been more relevant in today’s marketing mix. It’s a valuable tool in the marketing tool box that may not get the full respect it deserves. The fact of the matter is that direct mail’s response rates are at their highest point in over a decade. Statistically, we are seeing direct mail evolve with more dynamic content courtesy of variable data and...

Creative Spotlight: Capital One Canada In-House Design Team

Remember when an international corporate rebrand would be back page news? Those days are gone. Now, design is everywhere. In a time when individuals showcase their own lives like well-maintained brands, manicuring each post with precision, actual brands have to keep pace. That’s where in-house design departments, like Capital One Canada, come in. Get ready to have your eyes opened. ...

4 Tips for Selecting a Print Shop

It’s the start of a New Year. A natural time of change. One of those changes may include selecting a new print shop for your projects. As a marketer and creative, there are several factors that I look for in a print shop. What should you look for when selecting a new print shop? ...

Print Perceptions: A Look Back On Print in 2017

If I can give you one takeaway on the state of print in 2017 it’s this: Printing is in a constant state of evolution. We’ve come a long way since Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press in 1450. Whether it’s technology, equipment, paper or marketing, I think it’s safe to say we saw some interesting trends in print this past year. Here’s my take on the what stood out in...

3 Relationship Building Rules for Working with Printers

By nature, I’m in the business of relationship building. It’s hardwired into my DNA and this particular trait has been invaluable as I’ve worked with printers on my many print jobs over the years. I’ve always considered printers to be a valued partner that can make the difference between a project being good or great. Over the course of many print projects, I have developed the...

Celebrities Expand Their Empire with Another Tried and True Method: The Magazine

Time and time again this year, I’ve seen celebrities expand their brands with a tried and true method: The Magazine. We’ve already discussed that print magazines are growing in 2017 and it’s a trend that is not slowing down, especially with celebs. It’s like there is some four-step process that goes something like this: ...

Dear Marketer, Drive Direct Mail Response with Handwriting

I.LOVE.MAIL. Ever since I was a small child one of my favorite activities has always been going to the mailbox to see what awaits. If it was hand addressed with a stamp on it then my happiness increased tenfold! Granted, I’m not a kid anymore but I still get excited about what arrives in the mail each day, especially if it is personalized directly to me. You may think, in today’s...