The Power of Press Releases

SHARE COMPANY NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.

While social media has transformed how many businesses communicate, the press release continues to be an essential way to share company news and announcements. Here are just a few reasons to use press releases:

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    • They can boost your company’s visibility and increase your chances of getting media coverage in newspapers, trade journals, magazines, blogs, podcasts, and other publications.
    • Press releases with industry and company-specific keywords give your SEO a boost and can increase your website traffic.
    • They allow you to control your story and highlight important details and quotes.
    • Press releases can help your organization build trust and credibility and help you be perceived as an expert in your industry.
    • They can be used for proactive reputation management, such as alerting the public to recalls, safety concerns, security breaches, and more.
    • There are many free and paid press release distribution services that can help your newsworthy updates spread across multiple channels, including traditional news outlets and blogs.
    • Published press releases are indexed and searchable, and provide a historical record of your important announcements.

If you’d like help promoting your business in print, remember, other printers may be nearby, but no one comes close. Give us a call today at 856.429.0715

Tri-Fold Announcements

SHOWCASE DETAILS FOR AN UPCOMING EVENT

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Exciting events deserve special announcement cards to honor the occasion. Tri-fold announcements and invitations are a high-impact way to showcase details for an upcoming event, whether personal or professional.

When printed front and back, tri-folds offer six panels of display area for photos, event details, achievements, maps, inspirational quotes, scripture, and other relevant information. The tri-fold design provides organized sections and makes it easy to display a memorable announcement on a table or shelf.

Tri-fold announcements can be designed to fit USPS mailing guidelines as a convenient self-mailing, all-in-one card. Another creative option is adding a perforated tearaway panel, which can be great for an RSVP card or even a coupon.

You can also customize your tri-fold announcements with embossing, foil stamping, custom die-cuts, and more. If you’d like more ideas or samples of announcement cards, our print professionals are here to help! We look forward to hearing from you. Visit us ar http://www.sjprinter.com or call: 856-429-0715

Track Competitor Marketing

IDENTIFY COMPETITOR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES

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By keeping an eye on your competition’s marketing efforts, you can learn more about them from a customer’s point of view and identify their strengths and weaknesses. You can also see how their marketing materials, promotions, engagement, and prices compare.

Here are a few ways to gain insight on your competition:

    • Explore competitor websites and take notes on ideas for improving your website.
    • Attend competitor webinars. Be sure to stick around until the Q&A session at the end to hear questions from the audience.
    • Sign up for competitor newsletters and follow them on social media. This is an easy way to learn more about their new products and services, promotions, and events they are attending.
    • Consider Hootsuite Streams to track keywords, competitors, and hashtags across every social network on an easy-to-use dashboard.
    • Visit competitor booths and pick up their literature. See how your booth design, marketing materials, products, and customer engagement strategies compare.
    • Inquire about a product or request a quote so you can become a lead. You will receive targeted emails and phone calls, allowing you to see how they handle the customer journey.
    • Subscribe to competitor YouTube channels to get alerts for new videos.
    • Set up free Google Alerts to track competitor products and announcements that appear on Google.
    • Learn about areas that need improvement on your website, as well as your competitor’s website by visiting Website Grader.
    • Consider a paid service such as Mention, which enables you to monitor the web and listen to your audience talk about your business/industry, as well as your competition.

If you decide your marketing materials could use a facelift, we would love to help! Visit our website or give us a call today at 856.429.0715.

5 Reasons to Consider a Rebrand for Your Business

TIME FOR A WHOLE NEW LOOK?

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Is rebranding just a marketing ploy, something time consuming, or simply cliché? Perhaps you think rebranding sounds fun but isn’t worth the time or hassle.

You may want to think again.

The truth is, everything changes over time, even some of our most treasured cultural icons. Think how far St. Nicholas has come: from a “patron saint of children” to the lovable “Coca- Cola Claus” who dominates our economy each winter!

In the right hands (and done well), rebranding can raise millions in donations or billions on the stock market. Rebranding your business can increase sales, bring a more relevant message, or create a new niche for your products and services.

Is Now the Right Time to Rebrand Your Business?

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Considering a professional update? Here are several reasons rebranding may be a wise investment:

1. A Corporate Change or a Structural Realignment

At times, companies need to differentiate between one part of themselves and another.

Google re-organized its structure under a newly created umbrella brand (called Alphabet), while a different brand (called PRODUCT) allowed for multiple members of the PRODUCT brand family. Whether a company splits or wants to differentiate between departments, rebranding can be the easiest way to communicate change.

2. In Response to the Competition or to Present a New Approach
In competitive markets, rebranding can provide an extra edge on the store shelf, in your ad campaigns, or propel fundraising efforts. Highlight core values and shine the spotlight on new products!

3. To Save a Failing Brand or Change Public Perceptions

Why do some cities or countries develop themselves as a “destination” tourism brand?

To build excitement and present themselves in a fresh light! Whether a product line is failing, or your company needs a boost, clearing the slate can provide the jumpstart you need.

4. To Highlight a New Product or Fill a Gap in the Market

Sometimes rebrands are timed to reveal an innovation or to create a new market.

Some of the greatest products created markets for items people didn’t even know they needed, such as the Walkman and the iPod.

5. To Simplify or to Signal the End of a Product Lifecycle

At times an idea or a product reaches the end of its useful life.

Whether you abandon it or reshape it into something new, change is inevitable. If you are merely simplifying, make small tweaks by eliminating colors, updating fonts, or even shortening words. What happened when Federal Express and Pan American Airways wanted a refresh? FedEx and Pan Am were born!

Relevant, Relatable, Rebranded

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Whether you’re revealing a structure change or creating a more flexible identity, rebrands and design updates show the public you are relevant and relatable.

Ready to get started? We’re here to help! Reach out to us and get started with your fresh, new look today! Visit us online: http://www.sjprinter.com or stop by: 1400 Berlin Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

Marketing S.W.O.T. Analysis

IMPROVE YOUR MARKETING STRATEGY AND MESSAGING

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If you’re looking for a way to gain a better understanding of your business and marketing strategy, conduct a S.W.O.T. analysis.

S.W.O.T. is an acronym for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. By recognizing both positive and negative factors that affect your business, you can compare your business to the competition and use the results to improve your marketing strategy and messaging.

Here are a few guides to keep in mind when creating your S.W.O.T. analysis:

    • S. – Strengths describe the positive attributes to your organization, such as an experienced team, reputation, patented products, lifetime warranty, and established customer base.
    • W. – Weaknesses are factors that are within your control that reduce your competitive edge, such as poor location, inferior products, lack of technology, or limited resources.
    • O. – Opportunities refer to external chances for your business to grow and prosper. Opportunities can include market growth, lifestyle changes, or the ability to offer greater value that will create a demand for your services.
    • T. – Threats include external factors beyond your control, such as competition, political decisions, economic downturns, consumer trends, or government regulations.

After completing your S.W.O.T. analysis, you should not only work to improve your weaknesses but also ensure your marketing materials highlight your strengths.

If your marketing materials need a facelift, our creative team would love to help! Remember, other printers may be nearby, but nobody comes close. Call us today to discuss your next printing project: 856-429-0715

Put Google Alerts to Work for Your Business

AUTOMATED UPDATES BY EMAIL OR WEB FEED

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Google Alerts is a free online service that can help support your marketing strategy and give your organization a competitive edge. Google Alerts can be used to monitor your own company online, as well as gather ideas for content marketing, stay current on industry trends or news stories, and help you keep an eye on what’s new with your competition and key customers.

Google Alerts allow you to receive automated updates by email or web feed of the latest relevant Google results available regarding topics or keywords you choose.

To create your own Google Alerts, visit www.google.com/alerts. Make sure you’re logged in with a Google account. Enter unique keywords that you want to monitor, such as a business name or topic. If you are searching for a phrase or set of words, use quotes (such as “Grand Opening Denver”) to ensure your words will be searched together as a phrase. To make your alerts more effective, avoid generic or common keywords. You may also consider including common misspellings of your business name or keywords.

Google Alerts can also help you stay aware of compliments or complaints. For example, create alerts that include your company name and keywords, such as “company name + terrible” or “company name + amazing.”

Select the type of results you are looking for (news, blogs, videos, discussions, groups, or everything) and choose how often you want to receive notifications (as it happens, once a day, or once a week).

Paper Coasters

A FUN AND COST-EFFECTIVE MARKETING TOOL

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Custom printed paper coasters are a fun and cost-effective marketing tool that can be used in a variety of creative ways. In addition to placing them in areas such as restaurants and bars, paper coasters can add a personalized touch to corporate anniversary parties, tradeshows, and conferences, as well as waiting rooms and lobbies. They can also be a popular event souvenir.

Promotional paper coasters offer a unique way to share timely information, such as exclusive discounts, new product announcements, happy hour specials, and much more. Customized coasters can also be a great conversation piece. For example, you can customize them with trivia questions, interesting facts, tips and tricks, or much more. Don’t forget to include a call to action. For example, ask your audience to like your Facebook page, enter a contest online, or mention the coaster for an exclusive discount.

Paper coasters provide an affordable option on cardstock with protective lamination on both sides. While the most common size for paper coasters is 3.5” round or square, they can be created in a variety of sizes and shapes. You may also print artwork on both sides or only the front.

If you’d like creative ideas for a coaster your audience will love, give us a call today at 856.429.0715. We’d love to help!

Ensure Staying Power for Your Business with Great Local Marketing

GettyImages-1145054296.jpgEarlier this year, Gerrit Curran and Emily Wessner opened a Jersey Mike’s Subs in Muhlenberg Township, Pennsylvania.

To gain traction in their township of 20,000, these entrepreneurs knew that their new business must be intricately tied to a community connection. Curran and Wessner chose to use print as their primary marketing channel. The Jersey Mike’s staff distributed nearly 7,500 sandwich coupons throughout the community, encouraging patrons to enjoy a free sub and also to donate the cost of that sandwich to the Muhlenberg Township Athletic Association.

In the end, the promotion helped raise over $15,000, and the franchise gained an admirable reputation as a devoted community partner.

Stand Out in Your Community

Print marketing can be especially effective in creating a local marketing presence, especially when combined with integrated campaign efforts.

Smart business owners know that catering to a local market can be a point of power. But how do you leverage this connection? Here are several ways to connect your on- and off-line presence in compelling ways.

Demonstrate Community Connection

Integrate your business into local festivals, sponsorship opportunities, and regional traditions.

Does your community host a lobster festival? Find fun ways to weave this crustacean into your flyers or sales. Share pictures or postcards about your brand participating in local fundraisers, theme weeks, or service drives. Start conversations on things that are happening locally and, whenever possible, relate them to your business.

Personalize Advertisements

When advertising for your business, highlight testimonies or quotes from real, local customers. Try before and after pictures, photos of your customers in well-loved parks, or advertisements featuring your content in front of an area mascot.

Another option is to tailor your ads to regional events. Is your city sponsoring a music festival? Offer helpful content like advice on cheap parking, a schedule of places where kids eat for a discount, or print coupons that correspond to a felt need of these visitors. Creating ads with local content will connect with your audience on a very personal level.

Invent Reasons to Make a Difference

Too often, organizations focus on community involvement with a selfish perspective: more profits, more marketing, etc.

Instead, take a “community in the front, business in the rear” approach. Whether you build a nature center with other businesses or create a contest for local charities, genuinely help people, and the benefits will follow. Plus, employees and volunteers will love submitting their photos to your company newsletter or your social media pages.

Tell Your Story

If you’re from the area you’re targeting, do your best to tell the story of how your business came to life.

Make a video, print inserts for your bags or envelopes, or have a brand story display onsite. Customers love to support local businesses, especially those founded or run by a hard-working local resident.

Find, Engage, Repeat

While your brand may serve customers beyond your region, an enormous 85% of business owners depend on word-of-mouth referrals, so it is vital to actively influence your friends and neighbors!

When satisfied local customers are committed to your success, your business can do more with less while continuing to succeed.

Need help giving your brand an extra boost in the community? We’d be happy to help with your local marketing needs. Contact us today to find out more!

5 Elements of an Irresistible Offer

ARE YOU SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE?

Want to take some new territory with your next marketing push?

The lifeblood of your business lies in your ability to sell your product or services, but many entrepreneurs struggle to craft a great pitch.

To shape a compelling offer, you need to know your customer, make ideas accessible, and pitch benefits that outweigh the perceived cost.

Here are five elements to include when structuring an irresistibly good offer:

1. Value

The heart of your sale lies in the value you bring.

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Before you package your message, ask yourself, “What is the most valuable thing I can do for my customer?”

How can you take your client from Point A to Point B in a way that creates a win? Sell the outcome, because this is really the crux of your offer.

2. Language

What style or slang terms do your customers use?

Every bubble has its lingo, and companies do well in using the common language of their people. Offering ski apparel? You’ll sell more if you throw in jargon like kickers, white rooms, throw downs, etc.

3. Reasons Why

Ever wondered, “what’s the catch?” or refused a deal because it seemed too good to be true?

People are so used to being short-changed that when they receive a value-filled offer, they find it hard to accept. Include a solid reason behind your offer (an overstock, warehouse relocation, or a once/year sales blowout), and clients will be more eager to engage.

4. Payment Plans

High-ticket items carry high risk.

People generally think of costs in terms of monthly expenses, so breaking a hefty price tag into segments can mean the difference between a customer balking or a prospect proceeding. Incentivize customers with payment plans, and it will make large purchases seem more realistic.

5. A Great Close

Many prospects consider buying but never pull the trigger.

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Use elements of scarcity (limited supply, time, or resources) to gain leverage. If you have a running countdown of time or available stock, spread the word to drive response. Add a bonus item (free frosting with your cake mix) or an outrageous guarantee (think 30-day, no-questions-asked return policy), and you may reverse the hesitation someone has about doing business with you.

Sell, Don’t Slack

Don’t slack when it comes to structuring an offer that sells. Before your next campaign, craft a compelling, thoughtful offer. Your conversion rate will skyrocket and so will your bottom line.

5 Ways to Make Your Newsletters Shine

newsletter-blog.jpgWhat’s so great about vacation? It’s a chance to cut loose and take a break from the ordinary!

But vacation just wouldn’t be as fun if it wasn’t anchored to the sense of consistent routine in our lives. In order to vacate, you have to have a place or a routine to break AWAY from.

A Foundation to Build From

The same is true in design.

To have the freedom to challenge the norm, some type of coherent foundation must first be established. This is particularly true in multi-page publications like newsletters. One of the most important features of multi-page publications is consistency. So, before you go rogue in design, first you need to ensure each page looks like it belongs to the whole.

How can you create this sense of cohesion? With repeating colors, icons, fonts, bulleted lists that repeat a formatting style, matching pull-out quotes, and more.

Here are five strategies for organizing your next newsletter so you compel viewers to read and respond:

1. Avoid a different typeface or formatting arrangement for every article.

Instead, create a strong, consistent structure throughout the pages and add flair with boxed photos, pull-out quotes, or just ONE free-flowing graphic per page.

2. Make headlines clear and bold.

Most people skim newsletters, so headline text should be straightforward and easy to read. Use leading questions or creative subheadings to build suspense and entice the viewer to read more.

3. Keep alignment consistent.

To build an organized page, choose an alignment and stick with it.

If everything is left-aligned, photos should be cropped to this sharp margin as well.

Does this mean you can’t ever break the rules of the system you’ve created? No! A firm set of columns actually creates MORE space to break out of the grid. But when you do this, do it with gusto! Items that are just a smidge out of the normal alignment will look like a mistake.

4. Avoid Helvetica and Arial

If your newsletter seems drab, juice it up with heavy sans serif typefaces that create a strong visual hierarchy.

Often people default to Helvetica or Arial, but these just aren’t bold enough to create a strong contrast. Instead, invest in a sans serif family that includes a heavy bold version as well as a light subheading complement (such as Eurostile, Formata, Syntax, Frutiger, or Myriad). You’ll be amazed at the difference this contrast makes.

5. Create a Compelling Call to Action

Printed newsletters are a great way to build goodwill and reinforce brand awareness, but at the end of the day, you want readers to take action.

When scripting your text, ask yourself, “if the reader was going to act on the content in this newsletter, what would I want them to DO?” Brainstorm many call-to-action phrases and places they can be used in your design, and make this journey easy for the eyes to follow.

Ideally, there should be a call to action on each page with one very prominent “next step” CTA near the end of your piece. Here are a handful examples:

  • Subscribe Now!
  • Sign Me Up!
  • Activate _____ Today!
  • Find Out How!
  • Claim Your Discount!
  • Try it Yourself!
  • Schedule (or Book) __________!
  • Register Now!
  • Call for a Free Estimate!

Make Them Look Forward to Your Next Newsletter

Time is a precious commodity, and the moments people invest in reading your newsletter are important.

To make the most of this unique privilege, build a strong design grid with a few spectacular deviations. Create visually engaging publications with helpful takeaways, and your newsletters will be something your audience looks forward to reading!