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What Font is Best For Me?

Whether you’re a blogger, editor, copywriter, or a designer you can learn all about the different type faces and which will work best  for you. We thought this article Decoding the Secret Lives of Typefaces –  courtesy of the fine folks at Cartridge Discount, would be a very insightful and useful tool to go by.

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NJC Printing provides quality digital and offset printing to businesses in St. Louis, Missouri and throughout the Midwest. Please visit our website at www.NJCPrint.com to learn more about us or to Request An Estimate.

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“Radiant Orchid” Pantone’s Versatile Color of the Year!

2014_Color_trends_radiant_orchid_1Pantone is a company best known for its Pantone Matching System, which allows for standardized color reproduction and easy color communication between printers, designers, retailers and consumers. But Pantone has increasingly become a trendy household name. People love buying Pantone’s home goods in specific shades, and magazines and news organizations feature articles on Pantone’s Color of the Year. For 2014, Pantone’s chosen color is Radiant Orchid, which the company describes as “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” You may or may not think that a color picked out by a company has anything to do with your marketing, but incorporating Pantone’s Color of the Year shows that your brand is relevant (and has darn good style.) Here’s what you need to know about Radiant Orchid:

How It Was Picked
To pick the color, Pantone begins searching in the spring of the previous year. They look to high-end fashion brands, films that are in production, popular travel destinations, circulating art collections and other incredibly timely inspirations. The company said they chose 2014’s color because “Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

What to Pair It With
Believe it or not, Radiant Orchid is an incredibly versatile color. Pantone recommends pairing it with other vibrant colors, such as turquoise, teal, royal blue and light yellows. If these palettes are a little too outside of your comfort zone, consider tying it in with neutrals like gray, beigeradiant-orchid-pantone-2014-color-53-int and taupe. Though a light pinkish purple color may seem inescapably girly, when used in small doses and paired with basic colors, it can have mass appeal.

How to Use It
You still might be thinking that Radiant Orchid has no place in your branding, but even the most masculine and minimalist of companies can find a tasteful way to use it. Try it out as a border on your next direct mail piece or promo poster. If you’re handing out promotional t-shirts, order some in the shade. Have you updated your social media profile photos lately? Play around with your logo to see if you can incorporate it in some small way. If you love to be up on the latest trends in design, you’ll probably enjoy figuring out how to use 2014’s favorite color. But if it’s not your cup of tea and seems a little unnecessary, remember that Pantone holds a lot of power, and one color can make your company seem modern and trendy.

NJC Printing provides quality digital and offset printing to businesses in St. Louis, Missouri and throughout the Midwest. Please visit our website at www.NJCPrint.com to learn more about us or to Request An Estimate.

Print and Digital Both Have Positive Effects When Used Together!

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Don’t listen to those “all or nothing” folks out there. You’ll be hard pressed to find a customer out there who prefers to receive all forms of communication digitally. Heck, maybe you’ll find one—but everyone’s different, and that’s what you need to plan for.

While over the past few years you’ve probably spent less and less money on print and more towards digital—that’s normal, and doesn’t necessarily mean print is being phased out altogether. There are positive effects of having printed materials working with your digital space in your marketing efforts.

A nice benefit of keeping printed materials in your marketing mix is that a physical marketing piece doesn’t change. Something you post on social media will disappear into the abyss, but that printed piece will stay there as a constant reminder. While it’s still important to use social media, you just have to shift your focus a little bit. You can’t expect to use print and digital in similar ways and see results. Acknowledge their unique features in a way that still sends the same message to build your brand.

Be sure to keep personalization at the top of your mind when using print and digital in your messaging. Clients and prospects like it when you take that extra step. Tailor your messages so they cater to the recipient’s preferences. In a digital campaign, pictures and text can be altered to fit your audience. Once you get initial contact with them, you can always follow up with a printed piece that has more information or a special to bring them into closer contact with your business.

Because of print being physical, you have that ‘touch’ aspect that you can’t take lightly. This is a powerful part of your marketing where you shouldn’t take the cheap option. Make sure the right amount of time is spent on design, paper and how it’s printed. Creating a quality printed item will lend more credibility to your business.

Experiment with how your business can use print and digital together in your marketing mix. Leaving one or the other out is a recipe for a marketing disaster.

NJC Printing provides quality digital and offset printing to businesses in St. Louis, Missouri and throughout the Midwest. Please visit our website at www.NJCPrint.com to learn more about us or to Request An Estimate.

3 Marketing Trends To Make Your Business More Competitive

competition1While individuals brainstorm their New Year’s Resolutions, we’re dreaming up how to make businesses better in 2013. Perhaps your company has a great product line but little marketing to spread the word. Or maybe you need to work on your relationships with customers.

Whatever changes you sense are due for your business in 2013, the projected marketing trends for the New Year can make you more competitive. Keep reading for a few suggestions on 2013’s top marketing trends and how to make them work for your business.

At Your Service
Your consumers are finally coming into their own. The ability to voice complaints about major brands on social media or price shop online, demonstrates that consumers now have more power than ever. Instead of dealing with minor or major annoyances about the brands they do business with, consumers can simply move on to another provider.6a00e54ee3905b8833016301066f4f970d-320wi

Make sure that customers never abandon you for something your business can control. Customer service is your chance to develop long-term relationships with loyal customers.

Provide extraordinary customer service and your customers will be far less likely to leave you. Treat customer care as an afterthought, however, and you’ll soon be one too.

Pleased and Pandering
You don’t have to pander to your prospects to persuade them with your marketing. But in 2013 developing technologies makes personalized marketing a must instead of a bonus. Set your company apart with marketing materials that show prospects they’re worth the extra investment.

pizzaslice-zDevelop direct mail pieces that take advantage of customer data. Subtly show that your business and your prospects are perfect for one another by using their personalized information and copy that emphasizes what you have in common.

For example, a baker might mail a piece about a “wedding cake” as an anniversary gift. Save money by only sending the piece to households with married couples.

Upward Mobility
Social media drives sales—mostly it gives happy customers a mouthpiece to recommend their favorite brands to friends. We saw that trend play out this past year.

But 2013 will be the year of mobile commerce. The amount of money consumers spend via their smartphones will absolutely skyrocket in 2013. Take advantage with an upwardly mobile marketing plan.mobile-trends-2-300x234

Create marketing materials that reach prospects at multiple points, then drive them to your mobile website. Print QR codes on your mail pieces, any signs where pedestrians will have access to them and even your business cards.

You don’t have to be a trendy business to develop marketing that’s on-trend in 2013. Prep now—before your competitors do—so that 2013 will be as profitable as December is merry.

NJC Printing provides quality digital and offset printing to businesses in St. Louis, Missouri and throughout the Midwest. Please visit our website at www.NJCPrint.com to learn more about us or to Request An Estimate.

Technology and Marketing’s Constant Evolution

Everything’s changed since we first broke into this business. Today’s marketing strategies are nothing like they were twenty, ten or even a year ago. Marketing’s constant evolution relates mostly to developing technology.

How well adapted is your marketing strategy to the consumer, whose tech-heavy environment changes daily?

The key to keeping your business relevant, and to stay in the public conversation, is to modify your tactics as consumers and the market changes. Keep reading for our thoughts on how your business’s marketing strategy can keep evolving and keep converting leads.

Print, and Then Some
People respond immediately to printed marketing materials, and they tend to make a greater impression. And lately, people spend so much time online that printed items such as flyers and direct mail pieces command their attention.

Think of recipients’ receptivity to print as the Digital Overload Effect. Targeted leads tune out digital advertisements now because the web is flooded with them. So think twice before investing in pay-per-click and instead consider a campaign consumers can really get their hands on.

Socialize
Back when marketing was simple, reaching out to your customers was the only rule of the day. But with the advent of social media came a new necessity in marketing. Not only does your business need to reach out, you have to be interesting enough that customers want to respond to you.

Get customers to talk back on social media through LinkedIn, Facebook or blogging. If the content your business creates is compelling and relevant, customers and targeted leads will respond favorably to your bid for conversation. Before, marketers did all the talking. Now it’s a two-way conversation.

Mobility’s Might
Hands down, a solid website is crucial to your business’s adaptation to marketing and technology’s changes. And until very recently, that was enough. But nearly all of your leads have smartphones now. You know what that means. You need a mobile website.

You can take your mobile marketing strategy one step further to really get ahead of competitors. Accommodate and cater to consumers with mobile phones by printing QR codes on marketing materials. Your response rates will increase and prospects will be delighted to connect with a marketer who finally understands mobile’s prevalence in his or her life.

Focus on being flexible in your marketing strategy so that your business can quickly adopt these and other advanced marketing techniques. How have your business’s marketing tactics changed in the last few years?

NJC Printing provides quality digital and offset printing to businesses in St. Louis, Missouri and throughout the Midwest. Please visit our website at www.NJCPrint.com to learn more about us or to Request An Estimate.

Changing the Color of Marketing…….GO GREEN!!!

Even Kermit the Frog knows that it’s not easy being green. But when you’re marketing, who says it can’t be easy? Besides being friendly to the environment, using green approaches in your marketing could help you gain recognition and support from audiences you haven’t reached before. And besides that, your company can feel great knowing that you’re helping preserve the environment. Maybe you’re just not sure how to go about changing your ways, or you don’t know if the risk of changing tactics is worth the reward. Here are some simple strategies to help your company start utilizing sustainable marketing. Because by starting small, you could later turn your green campaign into something big.

The Three R’s
We’ve been hearing this statement for some time now. “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.” Maybe you utilize the slogan at home, but at work you think it’s too difficult to make the change. However, you could attract a variety of customers by advertising the green approaches you’re using.

Reduce If it’s habit to print something for each round of edits, see if employees are willing to change their ways. Although it is important to see how the product will actually print on paper, many times employees will print out unnecessary documents. Encourage employees to cut back on clicking print and reduce paper usage.

Reuse Maybe you have leftover flyers or other materials that aren’t time sensitive. Before tossing them in the trash, think of ways to repurpose them. Your printer may have an idea to make modifications to incorporate them into another marketing campaign. You could turn this venture into a fun exercise for employees by rewarding the person who comes up with the most creative idea to reuse the materials.

Recycle This one’s simple, and you might already be doing it. Set up recycle bins around the office for all of those papers that you printed with a spelling error, and would have just thrown in the trash. You can also recycle leftover advertising materials in the office. While you’re implementing a paper recycling program, consider other recyclable materials such as aluminum, plastic and glass.

Paper
It’s probably not a good plan to convert to an online only marketing approach. Much business can be gained through printed materials. But you can still use a sustainable marketing approach. For starters, use paper that has been recycled and is labeled “processed chlorine free.” Not only is this paper recycled, but chlorine in paper has been found to have a negative impact on the environment.

All Aboard
Take advantage of what the company as a whole is doing to go green as a unique selling point in your marketing endeavors. If your products are somehow considered “green” customers will want to know. Also, get the entire office on board with possible energy saving or other green practices. Many customers appreciate hearing about what you’re doing to help the environment.

Be Authentic
Once you’ve implemented sustainable marketing strategies by going green, let your customers know about it. Come up with a simple logo to put on all of the materials that lets them know the materials they are receiving are good for the environment. Be sure that you are completely honest about the practices that you have established. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it can be easy to want to embellish the practices you’re implementing to make your company look better. This could damage all the other good you’re doing for your marketing efforts, not to mention the Earth.

NJC Printing provides quality digital and offset printing to businesses in St. Louis, Missouri and throughout the Midwest. Please visit our website at www.NJCPrint.com to learn more about us or to Request An Estimate.

Direct Mail Keeping It Short and Sweet!

Direct mail is an often under-appreciated form of advertising. Let’s face it, our first instinct is to quickly toss it away so we can get on with our day. But direct mail shouldn’t be so quickly discounted in a marketing strategy.

The possibility for direct mail with good response rates is promising, especially because it stands out as different from all the online advertising we now consume. But competition is still tough—in between the other coupons, bills and magazines, people don’t make much time for leisurely mail reading. Keep your message short and sweet to increase the chances of recipients reading your entire mail piece.

And what do recipients’ mail reading habits mean for you? It means you have a couple of seconds (maybe less) to get noticed. So do just that. Here are our favorite tips for creating delightful, must-read direct mail pieces.

A little humor goes a long way. Add some human spark to the voice of your direct mail. Dare to be funny. But don’t let your humor get in the way of the original purpose of your mailing.

Make your offer up front. Don’t make readers dig for the benefit you’re offering—put it up top and prominent. Oh, and make it something of value to your audience. Turn the focus away from your business and back to the prospect.

Direct mail is strongest when partnered up with another form of marketing. Whether that’s a QR code, landing page on your website, or even making a traditional follow-up phone call, don’t rely on a single direct mail piece to do the whole job.

What’s more important than what you’re saying is who you’re saying it to. Make sure you have a reliable list of recipients and that you’re sending to a segment of your audience that will be interested in your offer.
Personalization helps response rates. Consider employing variable text and images based on the information you have about your prospects. If you know their gender, for instance, you can select appropriate photos for either a man or woman.

Follow these tips and your direct mail will have a fighting chance. Channel your inner Godfather and “give them an offer they can’t refuse.” (Sorry, we had to.)

NJC Printing provides quality digital and offset printing to businesses in St. Louis, Missouri and throughout the Midwest. Please visit our website at www.NJCPrint.com to learn more about us or to Request An Estimate.

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