Category: Print Works!

Back to Print Basics Part I: 5 Tips to Remember

With more time dedicated to design destined for electronic consumption in both formal education and work application, there is room for training on how to best design for print.  Whether you're new to designing for print or a seasoned veteran, remembering these basic tips can save you time and money. Chris Hageman, an industry veteran andOperations/Sales Manager for JMaxx  shared a few...

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...

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...

Just the Facts, Ma’am. 5 Stats on How Print Magazines are Growing in 2017

We’ve already established how much I love print magazines in Brand Storytelling: 3 Brands Leveraging Print Magazine Strategies. And as an Editor of Blueline Magazine, I am a tad partial to the power of print magazines and how they can be used to tell your brand story. However, personal opinions and biases aside, the popularity of print magazines cannot be denied. Let me give you just the facts,

Chasing Speed Custom Book: How Print Design Commemorates Team Penske’s 50th Anniversary

With the most Indianapolis 500 victories of any team in auto-racing history, Team Penske has been chasing speed since 1958—and when its sponsor, Pennzoil, wanted to commemorate the team’s 50th anniversary, they needed a winning idea, fast. The company’s agency, J. Walter Thompson of Toronto, could have ordered trophies or filmed a video to mark the milestone—but instead, they turned to...

Informed Delivery: How the USPS Service Can Impact Your Direct Mail Campaign

In February 2017, the USPS introduced a new feature that gives consumers the ability to see a daily digital preview of their incoming mail. The program is called Informed Delivery and was initially piloted in 6 states. It is now available throughout the U.S. I’ve been curious since hearing about this, so I recently signed up to see how the program works. ...

What’s My Name! How Personalization Campaigns Up Your Direct Mail Game

I was recently out of town on vacation and returned to a pile of mail. As I was sitting and sorting my mail, I put a postcard in the recycle pile. However, in that one instance, I saw something that grabbed my attention. It made me stop and interact with the postcard. Was it a deal? A Pottery Barn Catalog? No, it was my first name in big, bold type. I definitely did a double-take. Let me tell you...

Do You Digital?

It is probably an understatement to say that Digital Printing has evolved over the years. ...