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How to Get a Better ROI on Your Custom Printed Graphics

custom printed graphicsWhen it comes to print-based marketing, custom printed graphics are one of the best ways to build your brand image and give a creative, high-end impression of your company. But it’s likely you’re not using custom graphics to their fullest potential if all you’re doing is having some signs made up with your logo. Here are some strategies that could give you a better payoff:

  1. Going Much Bigger
    Wide format printing can take your custom printed graphics to the next level. That could be in a fairly traditional format, such as a vinyl banner — popular because they’re lightweight and durable, and therefore easy to hang and re-hang in a variety of places in or outdoors — but you can also think in terms of building wraps or any other super large format projects.
  2. Off-the-Wall Thinking
    When you’re thinking about how to use custom printed graphics in branding company space, such as a storefront, your thoughts might immediately turn to walls and windows. Those are great choices, but you shouldn’t forget about horizontal surfaces — essentially, your floors and ceilings — either. The point of great marketing is to be memorable, so it’s good to think outside the box when it comes to the placement of your custom printed graphics.
  3. Expanding Distribution
    If you’ve created some interesting custom printed graphics, then it shouldn’t be too hard to turn your customers into an extension of your marketing plan. Once you have a great design, experiment with putting it on items that people like to wear, carry with them or decorate with, such as hoodies, travel coffee mugs or vinyl decals. Custom printed items have been shown to be a great brand-builder; 84% of Americans will retain a company’s name after receiving a promotional gift bearing its logo.
  4. More Personalization
    Everyone likes personalized items, and digital printing is now making that even easier: Digital printing offers a very affordable way to customize any type of marketing material, whether they are letters and direct mailers or something more creative.
  5. Better Design
    If you’ve tried all these strategies in the past but haven’t seen the return you’d like on your custom printed graphics, then it may be time to face a hard fact: that the design simply isn’t as compelling as you think. The good news is that there are many professionals out there who can help you come up with a better design. Your print company may even offer in-house designers so that you can get your custom printed graphics designed and produced with a minimum of fuss.

Do you have any tips on designing custom printed graphics, or on how to get a better ROI for custom printed graphics? Join the discussion in the comments.

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8 Printing Terms That Can Help You Make Smarter Decisions for Your Business

banner printing serviceBusinesses use many types of print projects in their marketing efforts and everyday operations, ranging from fliers and business cards to posters, billboards and banner printing services. But choosing the right company to handle these projects — and getting a good deal on them — can rely heavily on knowing the terms that printers use to discuss printing techniques and pricing models. Here are the top eight printing terms all businesspeople should know, whether they’re looking for internal training materials, promotional banner printing services or something in between:

  1. Offset Printing
    Offset printing, also called offset lithography, is the traditional printing process in which custom plates and printing blankets are used to transfer ink onto the paper or other printing surface.
  2. Digital Printing
    Digital printing is a process that does not use analog media to transfer ink, but rather creates prints directly from digital files. This means that it can insert unique information, making it the best choice for products using codes, names or addresses.
  3. Minimum Run
    Some printing companies will set a minimum quantity of prints for each project. This number is generally much lower for digital printing than it is for offset printing, which is why the former is becoming such a popular choice in the business world.
  4. Setup Fee
    A setup fee is generally charged for offset printing jobs to cover the creation of the custom plates and blankets.
  5. Price Per Piece/Unit
    This is the price that is applied to each individual print of a project. It may be the same no matter the size of the run, or be lower for higher runs. The price per piece is generally higher for digital printing than for offset printing.
  6. Large/Wide Format Printing
    Large or wide format printing generally refers to any projects between 18 and 100 inches in size. Projects even larger than this are often referred to as “grand” or “super wide” format.
  7. Banner Printing Services
    Banner printing services are a subset of large format printing that deserve extra mention due to their many uses in business applications. Vinyl banners allow for a high degree of freedom, being customizable in design, colors and sizes. The term “banner” covers not only hung banners, but also pop-up banners fitted onto frames.
  8. CMYK
    CMYK printing indicates a four-color process (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) used to produce an entire spectrum of colors. The k stands for “key,” referring to black.

What kind of project or banner printing services are you looking for? Use the comments to discuss these and any other terms you’ve come across.

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3 Ways Vinyl Banners Can Increase Your Brand’s Visibility

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Even if your business is small, you shouldn’t discount custom printing as a powerful branding tool; more than three-fourths (76%) of small businesses say that ideally, their marketing strategy would combine both digital and print communication strategies. And if you’re looking to brand your business while getting the most bang for your buck, banner printing services deserve your consideration. Vinyl banners are highly customizable, with commercial printing companies generally letting you choose your own size, color and design, allowing you to get the look you want for less than standard fixed signs.

Vinyl banners are also appropriate for many situations, and can be moved from place to place and easily hung both inside and outside due to their light weight. Here are three situations in which you might consider using a vinyl banner, and why:

  1. Corporate Events or Exhibitions
    When your business attends busy trade shows or hiring fairs, a well-branded booth can draw higher-end clients or more qualified applicants to your table. While a hanging banner across the front of your table might be effective for those who are quite close, the crowds can obscure something displayed at waist level. Instead, consider vertical pop-up banners that sit on either side of your display. And since such pop-up banners are easily packed away and stored, you’ll be able to use them at event after event.
  2. Campaigns or Temporary Sales
    If you’re working on a specific campaign or one-time sales, other types of large-scale print media may be too expensive to justify the investment. Vinyl banners, however, can give you a sleek and professional look at a low cost, making them a good choice even if you don’t intend to reuse them time and time again. They also hold up well to outdoor conditions; if your locale is particularly windy, you might consider custom printing your banners on vinyl mesh, rather than standard vinyl.
  3. Special or Formal Social Events
    Large vinyl photo backdrops can be used to give any event some red-carpet glamour — even if you’re on a tight budget. Depending on the tenor of the event, you can go for a classic step and repeat banner branded with your logo, or you can mix it up with a more whimsical themed design. Either way, your brand will get attention every time the photos are shared (and there’s nothing more popular now than sharing photos).

How do you use custom printing to give your brand a boost in visibility? Share your ideas in the comments.

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