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  • The Sales Challenge

    Bill Farquharson

    Summer Sales Checklist

    By Bill Farquharson | July 29, 2014

    It’s coming. In fact, it’s almost here. The three most important selling months of the year are just five weeks away. Get busy! Make ready! Follow...

  • Success.In.Print

    Kelly Mallozzi

    Five Marketing Ideas for the U.S. Postal Service

    By Kelly Mallozzi | July 23, 2014

    I fancy myself a person that is full of ideas. Now, I am not going to claim that they are GOOD ideas, but I have lots of ‘em, and I’m pretty ...

  • Perception IS Reality

    Ryan Sauers

    In Sales, Face It...It All Comes Down to Price

    By Ryan Sauers | July 22, 2014

    In 2014, printing sales is quite simple as it all comes down to who has the lowest price. If you get your pricing tight, then you have a chance of...

  • SpeakingDIRECT

    P&C Insurance Direct Marketing: The Art of Acquiring and Retaining Customers

    July 25, 2014

    Property and Casualty insurance marketers are responsible for acquiring and retaining customers. Easy, right? Wrong. Very few new customers are...

  • Dreaming in CMYK

    My Top 5 Favorite Fold Factory Videos

    July 29, 2014

    Sometimes, it takes just one piece to drive that creative engine that turns a great piece into an inktastic one. No stranger to Dreaming in...

  • DME Marketing Blog

    Rebranding Essentials: Part Two

    July 24, 2014

    Thanks for joining me for part two of our mini blog series on rebranding. If you missed “Why Rebrand: Part One” take a peek back at it...

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  • M&A Directions

    Your Business: What’s It Worth to You?

    July 21, 2014

    By Frank D. Steenburgh As we’ve seen more than once in recent...

  • Systemic Success

    Philip Beyer

    Too Many Wimpy Bosses

    By Philip Beyer | July 28, 2014

    What is it in many people today that makes them feel so ENTITLED to equal status, even as a new hire, that they seem to lack the ability to show...

  • Bill Prettyman

    Take Time to Reflect

    July 29, 2014

    Do you ever feel as if you do not have time to reflect on your life and the direction you are going? I know that I feel that way at times. There...

  • Rock Around the Block

    Ten Amazing Things to Do After Selling Your Printing Business

    July 23, 2014

    Why do many business owners refuse to sell their businesses?  It’s not because they don’t want to retire.  It’s because they don’t know...

  • Business Sense & Sensibility

    Carl Gerhardt

    Seven Words You Can’t Say

    By Carl Gerhardt, Chairman, Alliance Franchise Brands | June 30, 2014

    I’ve heard the following seven words a time or two when visiting our franchise members: "We have never done it that way." It’s human nature to...

  • Mr. Magazine

    Coming Home: God Bless Magazines…One. A Magazine and Bella Grace: Two Blessed Beauties

    July 28, 2014

    As some of you may know, I took a much-needed vacation during the month of July to visit family (and newsstands) in Lebanon. It was nice to find...

  • The Target Report

    June 2014 –Mergers, Acquisitions & Restructuring in the Printing, Packaging & Related Industries

    July 06, 2014

    The newest old company, Time Inc., was very busy in June. The venerable publisher of magazines, including household names such as Time, Fortune,...

  • Ussery Printing Blog

    Impressive Examples Of Creative Print Ad Campaigns

    June 20, 2014

    Our printing colleagues at SaxoPrint, in the UK, came up with this wonderful, exhaustive, list of ‘Impressive Examples Of Creative Print Ad...

  • Cup-a-Joe blog

    The Cost Vs. Price Conundrum

    July 10, 2014

    My associate in Southern California, Bob Lindgren, has been extremely vocal through the years/decades about the myths of budgeted hourly rates,...

  • Management Counts

    Ray Chambers

    Adapting to Change

    By Ray Chambers | May 28, 2014

    If you ever set type by hand, if you’ve ever operated a Linotype or a Ludlow, if the terms “slug” or “chase” or “foundry” or “Hell Box” bring...

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  • InkOnDaPaper - All things PRINT all the time

    Is it really all about PRICE?

    July 29, 2014

    PRICE. It’s all some buyers choose on. Now they could be justified if lets say they selected a group of vendors to utilize on their work. They...

  • Against the Grain

    Dustin LeFebvre

    Lunch and Sterling Premium Paper

    By Dustin LeFebvre | April 22, 2014

    I was enjoying my pastitcio when the conversation turned to Sterling Premium, as it seems to more often than I’d like. In the company of good...

  • Making the Grade

    Sabine Lenz

    Why Augmented Reality is Doing You a Disservice

    By Sabine Lenz | July 30, 2014

    Some marketers want to use technology whether it makes sense—and thus provides a good user experience—or not. A good user experience takes work....

  • RISI Blog

    Overheating investment activity in North American tissue business

    July 11, 2014

    After the Great Recession of 2009 and the recovery in 2010, North American tissue supply and demand have been well balanced, and from time to...

  • ImageBlog

    Auto Generate QR Codes with Data Merge in InDesign CC 2014

    July 18, 2014

      The Data Merge function in InDesign is a powerful, versatile tool for integrated marketing. We use it for variable data printing to personalize...

  • Printing Industries Blog

    The More Things Change, the More Things Stay the Same

    July 15, 2014

    The following is a guest blog post from Kevin Cooper, author of Lean Printing: Cultural Imperatives to Success and coauthor of Lean Printing:...

  • Graphicstart

    How to Identify Your Goals for Success!

    July 14, 2014

    How to Identify Your Goals for Success! * Would you like to be more successful?* Would you like to improve the net profit for your company?* ...

  • Blognosticator

    I can stop griping now – Adobe has finally fixed Photoshop!

    July 17, 2014

    For eight years I have been complaining loudly (the blogger’s “pen” is mightier than the sword, but much slower) about the “feature” in...

  • Print Stories

    Consultative Selling

    February 18, 2014

    Consultative selling has been around since the 1970′s and refers to the technique a sales person uses to discover the needs, trends and opinions...

  • Insights blog

    What does “media” mean to you?

    December 09, 2013

    We’re always interested in helping college students coming into the graphics and imaging world. We were recently asked to participate is a short...

  • Printing by Design blog

    Understanding The U.S.P. For Effective Marketing

    June 24, 2014

    Before you start your marketing campaign for your book, magazine or other, you must first layout the particulars of your […]

  • the web and print

    How Sales Creates Web-to-Print Disasters

    April 30, 2014

    The sales process sets up the critical transition period from lead to customer. Customers remember what was said in the sales process and they...

  • LabelValue Label Blog

    How to Remove Jar Labels for Canning

    July 14, 2014

    Can you believe the summer is halfway over? That means if you have a garden, you’re probably thinking ahead to canning season. If you don’t...

  • Color Clarity Blog

    They Never Go Out to Lunch Together

    March 17, 2014

    I was talking about press and prep issues the other day with my friend Larry Erwin, a trade veteran with 40 years of experience in and around...

  • Printing Knowhow Blog

    Bring Your Photos to Life

    July 23, 2014

    Just like the awesome folks at Shiner, we are equally amazed by our digital age, and believe that art and technology should evolve together. From...

  • Matreks Printing blog

    Is Your Digital Printer Selling to You or Consulting with You?

    May 01, 2014

    Your local Minneapolis digital printer has a lot of outside competition. Online companies based in other cities or states promise cut-throat rates...

  • Velocity Print Solutions Blog

    Custom Promotional Products – from Sourcing to Fullfillment to Shipping

    December 10, 2013

    Our team excels at custom projects. We recently handled a special project for a Fortune 500 client to create a series of gifts for an executive...

  • Digital Nirvana Blog

    State of 1:1 Printing 2014

    July 29, 2014

    If I had to summarize the state of 1:1 printing for 2014, what would it be? This morning, I released the 2014 update to my state of 1:1 printing...

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  • Blog

    FOLD of the WEEK: “Tweaked” Tulip Fold Event Invitation

    May 15, 2014

    What should a company do when it wants to change its name? Throw a great party, of course! This week’s selection, designed by Prismatic and...

  • The Finish Line

    Don Piontek

    Simpler Is Better

    By Don Piontek | July 28, 2014

    After a long career helping to configure fairly complex mailing and finishing systems, I have learned to reduce complexity wherever I can. In an...

  • Bindery Success

    How to Eliminate Dog Ears on Buckle Folding Machines

    July 25, 2014

    This is, without a doubt, my all-time favorite bindery tip. I say that because I struggled with this particular issue for many, many years. Then...

  • Company Folders Blog

    Which Print Graphic Design Career is Right for You?

    July 22, 2014

    Which Print Graphic Design Career is Right for You?So you’ve got a talent for print graphic design and an interest in the print industry—you may...

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