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Christmas Stickers and Labels

Christmas Stickers and Labels

Stickers can be useful in many areas of your workplace, from labeling products, to elevating marketing materials, and beyond. As the holiday season kicks it into full gear, however, you have the opportunity to use stickers to generate even more customer satisfaction and build your brand awareness. Here are a few ways you can use stickers this holiday season:

  • Order Christmas labels that people can use to label their gifts. These are a relatively inexpensive item to purchase and are one of the best give-away items for this time of year. Make sure you order several different designs to give customers variety.
  • Use stickers that have a holiday design and your company name to label marketing materials and make your normal materials more festive. This helps save you from having to order a whole new set of materials from brochure makers or booklet printing services, but still allows you to get into the spirit of the season.
  • Order new, Christmas themed labels for postcards or other marketing materials you send to your customers. These labels will help take your materials past standard marketing materials, and will help you stand out this season.

One of the keys to successful marketing is being different than your competitors, and what better way to accomplish just this while being accessible and festive at the same time than ordering stickers? Whether you are using them yourself, selling them or giving them away, your customers will notice and appreciate the extra effort on your part.

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The Best of 2013 Continued

The key to successful marketing is creativity, as we demonstrated with two particularly successful 2013 ad campaigns in our previous blog. Here are several more campaigns that took the standard duratrans ads and vinyl signs to the next level of emotional connection:

  • Senador Volstead is a beer company in Spain that started a very innovative marketing campaign themed around 1920s prohibition. The theme for the marketing campaign arises from the name’s origin, as Senador Volstead was the Spanish senator who decreed the beginning of 1920s prohibition. To capture this theme, the website first appears to sell teddy bears, and there is a theme that reads “Shop where nothing is what it seems. Yes, you are where you have to be.” Once you resize the browser, you get the real beer website. This ad campaign is certainly different, and draws customers in with the novelty and the feeling of doing something forbidden.
  • The #lowesfixinsix campaign is similarly innovative. This campaign uses Vine videos to demonstrate simple solutions to regular problems that their customers have. The solution videos are only six seconds long, and use products that can be purchased at Lowes for low prices. This campaign is particularly innovative and successful, as it uses popular social media to connect with customers. By using a forum that is not typically associated with advertising, Lowes is able to connect with customers on a whole different level. People are less likely to write off their marketing material as ads, because they reach them on a more personal level.

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Should You Rebrand?

Should You Rebrand?

Establishing your brand can take a lot of time, effort and money, initially, and once you have a solid brand, you may not want to start all over again by re-branding yourself. Here is something to think about, though: Since you already have a brand that is established, you aren’t starting from scratch. While the appearance and platform may change, the company and products or services will stay the same, so your loyal customer base will remain, but it will most likely change when you reveal a new, attractive upgrade.

Think about some big name companies that are well established, and think about how many changes they’ve made in the past few years. Take Windows, for example. They recently updated their image to include sleek new stores that resemble Apple stores; their new operating system is entirely different; and their advertisements have an entirely different, younger mood. Underneath the branding, Windows still offers the same basic products, but their re-branding has allowed them to revitalize their company and attract a whole new set of customers, thus expanding their customer base.

If you are going to rebrand, make sure you get creative. Make sure you use postcard printing services, brochure makers and custom posters, like usual, but also make sure that your new image is young, timely, and fits in with current marketing trends. If you rebrand yourself with the trends of the early 2000s, you will still look outdated. Look at clean designs, simple challenges, bright colors or warm fall colors, and try to make your ads and brand interactive for a younger crowd.

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Tips for Creating Effective Print Ads

Tips for Creating Effective Print Ads

People see literally hundreds of print adds a day on Duratrans, vinyl signs, custom posters and more, which means many people are now all but immune to the power of print advertising. To break through their mental filters, you need to be sure that your ad is dynamic, powerful and different. Here are a few tips to help you reach the audience you want, in a manner that will be effective:

  1. Headline: It starts with the headline; the largest piece of text on your ad. Make sure the headline has stopping power, so that people stop what they are doing to read it, and then, hopefully, read the text below it to find out more. A good way to do this is to issue a broad challenge — challenge a commonly accepted belief, or ask a thoughtful, but short question.
  1. Focus: Make sure the ad focuses on your consumer, not your company. People are inherently selfish, meaning they want to know how your product or service will affect and improve their life, not how long it took you to develop it.
  1. Uniformity: Make sure the entire ad is uniform and presents one message. If it stretches in three different directions, your potential clients will walk away confused, with no single, focused message or product in mind, and will forget your ad. Your text, images and overall design should all work together toward one, clearly-articulated end. If you are having trouble with this step, take your ad back to the drawing board, and choose a focus for the campaign, which you can then keep in mind while writing.

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More Successful Marketing Campaigns

In our last blog, we outlined three of the most memorable marketing campaigns from the 2000s, onward, and the elements of each that made them remarkable. Here are three more campaigns that have qualities you may want to emulate in order to have a particularly successful campaign:

  • The Man Your Man Could Smell Like campaign from Old Spice in 2010 was particularly successful because it used sex appeal and humor to reinvigorate an older brand. The spokesperson appealed to both men and women, and was able to engage with them on and offline, and the ads were shown frequently, since they were shorter and were very shareable, which encouraged people to send the ads to their friends. Even though they sent them for the humor, the brand was still promoted.
  • The Mini Cooper’s Let’s Motor campaign took the Mini Cooper from having a brand awareness of only 2% in the US, and made it one of the top-selling cars in the US. The campaign focused on a single point that made the car different and better than the other cars that were available, namely the gas-efficiency, and cleared a new path in marketing by declaring it was a sexy, cool car, instead of appealing to people to give it that status.
  • Brand Artisan Entertainment’s Blair Witch Project campaign was one of the first viral marketing campaigns online, and was much more successful than if the producers had stuck to more traditional custom posters and custom banners. Even though it was shot on a small budget, the film ended up making more than $250 million, because it convinced people that the horror stories were real. Like the True Blood campaign, this one used great storytelling to make up for a low budget, and brought people further into the fictional world that had been created.

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