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  • M&A Directions

    Growth by Acquisition: It Works Both Ways

    August 29, 2014

    By Paul V. Reilly For a long time now, the U.S. Army has been recruiting volunteers with the slogan, "Army Strong." It’s a message to our young men and women that they can grow in strength, skill, and character if they’re willing to become part of...

  • Systemic Success

    Philip Beyer

    Daily Routines—Not So Routine

    | August 25, 2014

    As a business grows, the complexity of the operation often multiplies exponentially. This happened to Linda, owner of a thriving commercial printing company, who was seeking a solution to get a handle on the daily operations. I remember the day Linda and her husband Ron flew down to Tennessee to pay us a visit.

  • Bill Prettyman

    Six Steps for Preparation for Growth

    August 28, 2014

    If you have the desire to grow your print revenue as a principal, salesperson or customer service representative, have you ever thought about the importance to prepare for that growth? Before launching a new product or new capability or capturing a new type of customer, it is important to be prepared prior to going for [...] The post Six Steps for Preparation for Growth appeared first on Bill Prettyman.

  • Rock Around the Block

    Sell Your Business Before You Hit the Dreaded Third Stage

    August 27, 2014

    Business owners pass through three stages before they sell a business. Here’s a breakdown of each of them, including the dreaded third stage, which any owner is well-advised to avoid. Within each of the stages listed here, we’ve included the reasons why business owners are compelled to sell. As the stages progress, you’ll note that the reasons grow more intense, and not surprisingly, more painful. What’s most surprising is that despite the pain, the business owners deny the inevitable. We’ll tell you why that happens, but first, let’s take a look at the three stages. Stage 1: Thinking About Selling This is the early

  • Business Sense & Sensibility

    Carl Gerhardt

    How to Hire and Keep a Dynamo Salesperson

    By Carl Gerhardt, Chairman, Alliance Franchise Brands | August 26, 2014

    I believe that there are many firms that are unable or unwilling to pay the price to hire and attract the caliber of person that can succeed in today’s marketplace. Many more sales hires fail than succeed. I set up an equity program for a young person and eventually sold the entire business to him. The entire process took about 15 years. He had no cash but lots of talent and willingness.

  • Mr. Magazine

    Proving Legacy Media Can Flourish In A Digital Age – The Mr. Magazine™ Interview With Bob Cohn, Co-President & Chief Operating Officer, The Atlantic

    August 28, 2014

    “I think that it would be Pollyannaish to say that print will never disappear. I do think that someday print will not be around, but I’ll have to say that it’s much farther into the future than many of us were talking about four years ago. And I don’t see it coming in the near […]

  • The Target Report

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

    August 08, 2014

    Forbes landed the big fish, achieving an estimated $475 million sale price, after much skepticism that the company could find a buyer that was willing to ante up the $400 million that the company was seeking. The buyer, a Hong Kong-based investor group improbably named Integrated Whale Media Investments, apparently wanted to make sure that this one did not get away. According to Forbes’ projections that were prepared for prospective buyers and circulated earlier this year, the company estimated that revenues for 2013 would be $144.6 million and EBITDA of $20.8 million. If true, the reported purchase price represents a

  • Ussery Printing Blog

    Color Makes The Difference In Printing

    July 31, 2014

    Using color effectively for your print advertising is very important. Readers are 9 times more likely to remember what they see in color, versus something printed in just a single color like black. They are also 70% more likely to remember the details of what they’ve read if printed in color. Most companies find that full […]

  • Cup-a-Joe blog

    Print IS Everywhere, But . . .

    August 11, 2014

    I recently received a link on a blog by Mark Vruno, editor of Quick Printing, which spoke about the pervasiveness of print and the size of our industry. I did have a bit of a problem with him stating that print is a $640 Billion industry – unless he’s including EVERYTHING under that umbrella (USPS, […]

  • 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 back thoughts of “back in the day,” you may relate to this story. No, this isn’t a story of nostalgia, and I won’t try to convince you how great things used to be. In fact, if you are familiar enough with a letterpress shop to remember the heat and the noise, I don’t have to tell you how much things have improved as we evolved into today’s digital print technologies.