Feb 10, 2016
Tips on creating professional quality brochures

Creating a brochure is something anyone can do now with the many brochure making software available on the Internet. Those who do not have the time or the inclination of making their own brochures can always hire one of the many online and offline printers who will print brochures for you at a price. However, it is the tips to create a professional quality brochure that has to be kept in mind when making a brochure.

The first and best thing to do before creating a brochure is to collect and study brochures found around you. Find out what it is that sets one design to be more appealing than another is. By carefully studying the other designs, you can very well develop your sense of good design to create a good-looking brochure. Once you have got an idea of what the brochure should look like, you have to decide which group of people you are catering your information to. Choose a font that best expresses the voice you desire, like perhaps a professional, humorous or casual one, and still manage to keep your message clear. It is not advisable to use more than two fonts in the brochure, as in doing so; you distract the reader from your message. Instead, to get your message through, you could vary the font size of individual parts of the design according to its importance in the brochure. It is of no use underlining matter for prominence as it only causes clutter and makes the text harder to read.

Next comes the part of placing the right information in the respective pages of the brochure. Decide which information is necessary, and arrange this information in order of its importance. The clearer you are about the order of importance in the brochure, the better the brochure will be. To get the best placing for your matter, it is better to make sketches and move the matter around till you get the best layout. If you have to use boxes and bars in the brochure, use them sparingly as although they work well for directing one’s attention and separating busy areas, too many of them makes your brochure look cluttered and confusing. You could try other options for grouping and separating like making the more important information being larger, bolder or brighter than other information.

Make sure to promote your company in the brochure, as this is the main aim of a brochure! People are always more comfortable dealing with a known entity. So if you promote you and your company with it’s credentials and credibility, the customer feels more comfortable dealing with you. Make sure you include such information in the brochure that speaks for you when you are not there. Don’t forget to stick to general terms of quality and leadership when promoting the products of your company instead, state what it is that you have and no one else has. This is bound to increase sales to your company. When promoting service and warranty in the brochure, make sure that it also relates to reliability, as people need reliable and loyal services when dealing with a company. You could also consider including testimonials or client lists in your brochure. You will be surprised at the wonders good references make! There is no point on including cliches and trendy jargon in your brochure, as not everyone can understand this jargon. The prospective of the brochure is lost if not everyone can understand whatever it is that you print in the brochure.

Try to keep some negative space in the brochure to create a relationship between the contents and the page and bring specific information into focus. Having some empty or white space in the brochure affects the overall tone of lightness and heaviness of the brochure. Whatever design or layout you choose for the brochure, it is always better to keep the brochure as simple as possible. Place only the necessary ingredients for communicating your message in the brochure. If you feel like placing graphic elements in the brochure for ornamental reasons, first ask yourself if they help in directing the reader’s attention or only serves as a distraction.

There are hundreds of paper colors available for using on the brochure. However, the most effective brochures are usually done in only one or two colors. Sometimes, black and white brochures prove to be more dramatic than colored brochures. Remember that the cost of printing has to be taken into consideration when choosing colors for the brochure. The more colors there are, the more expensive will be the printing costs. Paper too comes in a wide range of colors, sizes and textures. You could also consider using recycled paper which adds an interesting flair to your brochure design and also reduces the impact we make on our natural resources. However, recycled paper is more expensive than regular paper, and could make the printing of your brochure more expensive.

After completing the layout and choosing the font and paper for the brochure, it is important to proofread your brochure. Proofread it several times before having it printed, as once printed, it is impossible to fix an error not spot. Reading lines backwards is a good idea for checking errors. Once all this is done, stand back and look critically at the overall layout of the brochure. If needed, you could also get someone else to look at the layout to give his or her views on it. If everyone, including you, is happy that this is a great brochure, then go ahead and print it!

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Feb 8, 2016
Communicate With Full Color Business Cards

To get attention, you have to be different from all the rest. Just imagine this: so many business cards strewn all over your target client’s table and even the floor. And all of them have one thing in common- almost all the business cards are in black and white. Except for 2 or 3 business cards. These few business cards are printed with a smattering of color. Which do you think would be able to catch your target client’s attention?

It is a well known fact that color makes anything look better, especially if you use it in your marketing medium. Astute business owners know the power that color can provide your promotional tools. Rather than the standard black and white in your business cards, full color business cards look better and yes, even smarter. It draws your target client’s interest and helps them become aware of you and your business.

Full color business cards even ensure that your information will be read and better understood by your target audience.

In addition, color gives your business card printing pieces the chance of getting recognized and remembered even after your initial meeting.

And these are not just creations of an overactive mind of a graphic artist trying to sell you to the idea of using full color business cards for your marketing tools. Studies actually show that people in general are twice as likely to be attracted to colored materials rather than the regular black and white. In fact, research proves that those who use color in their materials, such as business cards, tend to portray a more professional, more prepared, and more enthusiastic identity than those who deliver monochromatic ones. Hence, color almost always can persuade a target reader to become a potential buyer.

Nevertheless, as with any printing projects, full color business card printing also needs proper application and restraint on your part when you decide to use color. As always, having too many is simply too much for your target audience to take in. In fact, too much color tends to annoy your target clients, as well as distract them from what is really important – your message. Always remember that color is a tool to help you convey your message to your target audience clearly and concisely; and in turn help them to better understand what you want to say to them.

So keep everything at a minimum. Don’t get excited and go overboard with the use of color in your business cards. Practicing simplicity in your full color business cards can often lead to a more successful project than anything done with over zealous designs and layouts.

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Feb 7, 2016
Promote With Postcards

Postcards have been consistently one of the more popular collectibles and used as promotional materials. More and more business owners are turning to color postcards as a good way of promoting their products and services. This is simply because postcards don’t have to be opened. It won’t get lumped in with all the mail envelopes that people usually toss without opening.  

Business owners can’t afford to make mistakes when it to comes to their promotional materials. They spend a considerable amount of money in it so they would want them to bring greater sales and profits to their business. Thus, if the postcard reveals a glossy, professional attractive picture, the recipient will likely look at the picture and turn it over to see who sent it. Then before putting it aside they might think of visiting your store on their next shopping spree.

If you do not have an idea on how to design and create your own postcards asking the help of professional printers can help in creating attention-grabbing and effective postcards. These professionals have experience in advertising and printing so they can give advice on how to go about with your postcard printing.

But what should you look for professional printers? First off, understand that reputable printers have time frames in completing their jobs. So ask the printer that you are considering how long it would take for them to finish your project. Have some guarantee from them about the work that will be carried out. Also, know the exact price that you will pay as often there are discounts for large print jobs. This can save you a lot of money so ask the print shop about this. Ask also for a sample of how the finished product will look like for your approval before the entire order is processed.  

Printing services are increasingly becoming more affordable these days. With new technologies used in printing, each print job costs cheaper as production volume increases. The speed of turnaround time has also increased with modern printing machines. Most printing companies can print hundreds and even thousands of pages every hour. Additionally, with the selection of printing techniques available today, whichever technology you use you will find that these printing services will meet your printing needs. It is just a matter of finding the right printing service for your print job.

Thus, to create an arty promotional material for more effective business advertising, turning to the professionals is a good idea. If you want to earn more profits always remember your business purpose – that is to sell your goods and services. With your people-pleasing postcards, your prospects can easily be reminded of your store.

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Feb 6, 2016
Effective Postcard can Drag you to Success

You probably wanna ask how simple postcards can make your business endeavor spicy and full of zest. Well, you may not be aware of it but postcards nowadays are among the most proficient and easy to use marketing tools. Aside from the fact that they catch instant attention because they are impossible to ignore, postcards also save money. They cost less than other marketing tools however, they can generate immediate sales. This is the reason why we should never forget the call to action in order to result to sales.

Postcards are perfect for both small and huge mailings. You can use postcards for your whole mailing list or to only a few or specific products and services. Postcards printing and mailing come in a wide variety of options. With regards to printing, there are different designs and sizes available. They are now allowing personalization or customization to give their customers a chance to create their own design and to enliven their very concepts in their choice of postcards. In fact, they are also preparing it in a quick yet efficient manner. In mailing, printing companies are assuring a fast turnaround to keep the confidence of customers.

To give you a hint on how to make postcards customizations, here are some valuable tips and tricks:

1.  Plan ahead of time. The key to a successful marketing endeavor is a good planning strategy. Thus, prior to your postcard design, be sure that you have conceptualized and planned on every detail even the minutest of the details.

2.  A bang on the design. Your design must have impact to catch everyone’s attention. To boot, you can use Publisher New Publication Wizards to have a stunning design that will surely capture the interest of its readers.

3.  Edit to the bone.  Postcards can only accommodate few words. Therefore, you must remove unnecessary words for easy reading and for the words to fit the space intended for the texts. Focus on large graphics or pictures instead of texts to catch reader’s attention in a spur of the moment.

4. Be consistent with your primary goal. The message, color, typeface and graphics must reflect the primary goal of your business. All these stuffs must go hand in hand in order to achieve the common end.

5.  Be wise in choosing your print and mailing options. There are a lot of printing options. You can use two-color printing if you want a budget-friendly design. You can also opt for full color postcard printing, if you want a more colorful and vibrant postcards. Further, to explore more colors, you can use six-color printing and other printing options available for your printing needs. Mailing is also flexible nowadays. Your postcards can now be delivered at your choice depending on its quantity and printing technique used.

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Feb 4, 2016
Get more results from Promotional Products

In today's high-competitive market, it is hard for businesses to attract potential customers. Promotional products offer a unique opportunity to spread your company's name to your niche, and stay there for a while.

The promotional items you select are limited only by your own imagination. They range from market-proven goods such as T-Shirts, Pens and Planners to innovative items such as Soap Films, Stress Relievers, Pill Boxes, Medical Spoons, CD/DVD Cases, Lunch Bags and Car Plates, all bearing your logo and company information. Statistically, over 500,000 different products could be used as promotional items.

There is a promotional product for every event, campaign, or celebration in your business. But, no matter what promotional products you choice... make sure you maximize your investment to get more results. Here its some occasions to use these marketing resources and what type of product use.

Advertise your products and services -
Promotional products are excellent to promote your products or services at trade shows relative to your industry, but you may also consider those trade shows, events and appointments that are not related to your company.
BRENDA BIERI, DDS - Dr. Bieri realized that a simple advertising tool such as the stock molar-shaped tooth magnet would be an excellent reminder and help advertise her clinic. She realized that participating in the "Career Day Event" at the local Middle School as a volunteer, and giving away a molar-shaped to each student, they will appreciate her consideration! God knows our community helpers rarely have the money to spend on goodwill tokens! This community advertising produced excellent results to her practice.

Promote goodwill -
If you are involved in your community and you do exhibit at the community trade shows, expos, health fairs, community service events, fundraising events, etc, you need to provide your audience with a tangible reminder that you were there for the good of the community. Promotional products like pens, magnetic calendars or post-it-notes could do a great job for you in such cases.
Build store traffic -
Building store traffic is something cannot be achieved in one day. Building store traffic is a daily task to be performed, and where each event, show, social or community program counts in building a store traffic efficiently and inexpensive. Whatever is the event you participate, bring something interesting for your audience that they will not only hang onto, but also carry out home or office.

Grand Opening and Anniversary Celebration -
Grand Opening or Anniversary Celebration is present in every community. At your celebration, not only you must properly bring the attention of prospects, but also get them inside your business. Once inside, take this opportunity to give them something to carry out home, so they can remember you later. Celebrating opening is a way to show people you intent to stay in their community for a while. Refrigerator magnets, pencils, erasers, beach balls, and jar openers are good promotional items for such events.

Build Customer Loyalty -
In this competitive market we all live today, the price to pay for getting a customer is high. To keep a happy returning customer is a top priority for every one of your staff. If you have customers to recognize for being with you for several years, personalized promotional products could make the trick to reminder your customer how important is for your business. Desk clocks, high-value pens, jackets and others personalized promotional products could do a good work for you.

Incentives for Safety and Incentive Programs -
Have your employees kept your company injury-free for a while? Does your driver have kept good records thru the year driving your company's trucks? Consider one of our hundreds of reward and incentive program products to recognize their effort. Personalized mantel clocks, caps or executive travel bags are great for these special occasions.

Promote your Company's Website -
Getting your website online is easy. Driving customers and prospects to your site is different. Beside many options to promote your website online, you may also work to promote your site offline. First at all, don't miss a single piece of paper leaving your office without your complete web address, and yes, this includes business cards, envelopes, letterheads, catalogs, brochures, etc. You should also use a direct mailing to customers to promote your new site. Magnet mailers are extraordinary products to create a dynamic direct mailing, which includes a small magnet to keep close at hand for getting in touch when they need.

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Feb 3, 2016
How to choose a graphic designer without loosing your mind

If you haven't already experienced it yourself, then you've probably heard some of the horror stories about trying to find or work with a graphic designer. It can be difficult, time consuming and frustrating to say the least, but in all fairness it's no different than any other profession. Think about how some people must feel when they have to work with some of your competitors.

You'll want to evaluate some basic things first - things that are vital in any industry. Is your potential designer on time to meet with you? Do they treat your staff with respect or do they treat them they like they don't matter? Did they do their homework before coming? Once you've nailed down the basics, your list of potential designers will probably be a lot smaller. Now you can start to look at some of the things that are more specific to our industry.

Presentation - Everything from how a designer dresses to how they package their sample work will tell you something about them. Take a look at their clothing but avoid basing your opinion on your personal fashion preferences. Instead, look at details that will tell you how much effort they put into their own appearance. Clean shoes are a great indication of someone that pays attention to details. Trimmed fingernails are another. You'll also want to pay attention to whether the work presented in their portfolio is straight. Though these may seem like little details they will mean a lot in determining the attention to detail that your designer will take in your project.

Preparation - Did your designer run up to your office door chasing his wind blown papers across the parking lot or did he stride confidently to your door, materials in hand? Did he show up with a pen and notebook? This is important unless you want to spend a lot of time later reminding them many of the things that you've already told them. A designer that isn't prepared for the initial meeting is not going to conduct day-to-day business any differently.

Point of view - Everyone has a different view of the world and it's a given that those with a similar point of view will work better together. With that in mind, it's important to find a designer that shares your beliefs. The advertising for your multi-million dollar SUV dealership will never achieve spectacular results as long as you are using a designer that believes that all corporations are big evil things bent on destroying society for a buck. If your designer doesn't understand where you're coming from they will never be able to tell your prospects.

Portfolio - This is really a classic case of "size doesn't matter - it's how you use it!" When considering designers you may be loosing out if you dismiss a designer because of a small portfolio. The designer that came by in a 3-piece suit with a three inch thick portfolio isn't necessarily the one for the job. Maybe the girl that has no college degree and a portfolio with nine pages of work that she did at home is a better fit for you. The most important thing really is quality. The designer that brings everything may not be able to decide what to present and what not to present which could mean that they will have the same problem in delivering a clear message to your audience.

There is one more thing to consider when you choose a <a href="http://www.wildfiremarketinggroup.com/graphic-design.php">graphic designer</a> - they know what you don't when it comes to design. When you say "let's add more colors" or "make the text bolder" there is usually a good reason that they're rolling their eyes. We recommend that after you've done your homework and choosen a competent graphic designer you let them do their job. Graphic design is a lot more than just making something look nice. There are a lot of technical details that have scientific backing that you may not know about. In most cases it's in your best interest to focus on what you are an expert in and let them focus on what they are an expert in. You will see far better results that way.

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Feb 1, 2016
7 critical aspects of a fantastic logo design

When it comes to logo design, you ultimately want it to convey your brand in the best possible manner. At the same time you don’t want it to take up too much space. That is the greatest challenge – to be able to create a winning impact within the space constraints. Here are the 7 factors you need to consider to have a logo that spells success!

1.  Research always helps in effective logo design
Never make the mistake of rushing into creating a logo design. It will only make matters bad. You need to do a fair bit of research to understand the company, its objectives and mission as well as its business goals – both short and long term. You also need to know the demographics of the target audience.

2.  Attractive and unique: two elements of great logo design
You would obviously want your logo design to catch the attention of the customer. At the same time it should not be screaming for attention. It should test the intellect of the customer; make him or her think a few minutes after seeing the logo. If you notice some of the top logo designs each of them have a unique aspect to it that depicts something about the company.

3.  Simple and memorable logo design
One of things you need to really focus on is to make sure your logo design is not too cluttered or too fancy. This will just confuse the customer. Ultimately you want the customer to remember your brand. That will only happen if the logo is easy to remember. Also be sure that the logo sends out positive signals to the customer.

4.  Flexibility is a major issue in logo design
There are so many companies who invest a fortune on their logo design only to realize later that their logo doesn’t work on a product wrapper! What a waste of time and money! Your logo needs to be flexible enough to work and create a lasting impact on any medium whether it is a product wrapper, your company website or even any promotional materials you send out!  That means you need to consider the size of the logo and the usage of appropriate colors. The colors used need to match well with any background while also helping the brand to stand out.

5.  Never clutter your logo in logo design
One critical mistake people make is to cram in too much information in their logo design. This makes your logo look cluttered not to mention the fact that customers will fail to remember your brand!

6. Use fonts that promote readability in your logo design
You might select a font that looks great on paper but when you use it in the logo it hampers readability. There is absolutely no point using classy fonts in logo design if they are going to prevent customers from remembering you. Make sure fonts are easy on the eye.

7. Usage of color in logo design
Great logo design will always focus on using complementary colors that looks good against a black or white background.

You can find a great logo designer on Fiverr

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Jan 30, 2016
Business Card Printing Services

The simple black and white business card has metamorphosed into designer versions. Unusual business cards are made from wood, plastic, metal, magnets, glass, or handmade paper. And some are printed in four colors while others are made using embedding or imprint technology. The purpose is to be unique and different, and make a lasting impression.

Depending on your thoughts, budget, design, and needs, a business card service will tell you what kind of printing your card will need. They offer die-cut business cards, embossed cards, CMYK full color printing, bi-fold business cards, or thermograph print cards—different processes that produce varied results.

Most business card printing services will provide in-house design services if you let them have all the information you need on the card. Otherwise, you could design your business card yourself by using the online card design services. Print providers like GreatFX business cards offer a complete online design studio with which you can create a business card in minutes, using your web browser.

Printers today are innovative.  They club together to offer online business card printing services which offers a free estimate if you fill in a questionnaire. The questionnaire will go to different card printers, and the ones who can do the job will get in touch with you. There are other online sites where clients can post projects for which printers can place bids—the same concept like elance or guru.com.  

For a world-class product you need to ensure that you scan logos and other images in eps or bmp format. Specify how many cards you need, what kind of paper, black and white or color, whether it should be coated, whether you need a proof, and when you need the cards delivered.

Be wise and do your homework well. Contact at least three business card printing services. Comparison shopping is good business sense, not a waste of time. Check the reliability of the printers. Find out if anyone you know has used the service. Read up on design and how one can use a template to design a professional-looking, unique card. Seek the help of a computer-savvy friend or colleague, and find out if designing your own card is as easy as it sounds.

Your business card represents you—it is your brand ambassador, so think before you leap. When it doubt, just choose a classy style instead of shiny brass or psychedelic varieties.

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Jan 25, 2016
10 Great Tips On How To Design A Card

1. There are many types of cards you can choose from . Design the ones that you need or that sound the most interesting to you. Try birthday, anniversary, cards for children, wedding, sympathy, holiday or get well.

2. To begin the design you will need good paper. Look for pre-folded cards or use cardstock and fold your own. Using a bone folder is helpful here because it makes a very nice clean fold. There are several sizes to choose from, make sure you have an envelope to fit or be prepared to make one. There are templates galore for this type of thing.

3. Next choose a sticker or rubber stamp for the image on the front of the card. If using stamps, try different color stamp pads until you get the design and color you like. You can layer the stickers or stamped image on other paper to create a more pleasing design. Try using a combination of plain and matching patterned paper for this step.

4. There are embellishments you can use instead of a stamp or sticker. These are often dimensional and add a lot to the design of your card.

5. Make certain you have appropriate glue. Carefully consider the adhesive you want to use. A glue gun works well for heavy items but will wrinkle most papers. Glue dots and strips are handy for many design gluing jobs. I really like the glue stick that says"heavy duty" on the label, it is good for almost any paper and dries smooth and clear.

6. Design the words next. Think about what you want the card to say. Do you want the greeting or message on the inside or on the front of the card? You can use rubber stamps for this, stickers or computer generated greetings. There are so many fonts available that every card can be unique.

7. Lay your design out on the card before you attach the different elements. Check to make sure it all fits and that you like the design. Glue everything down and making sure all pieces are secure.

8. Now look at the inside of your card. If you are going to put a message there think about layering it on other paper to match the design on the front of your card. Attach these pieces to the inside of the card.

9. Check out the whole card now. Are you happy with the design? Does it need anything extra like colored brads or buttons? Is there part of the design that would look nice colored in with marker, colored pencils, chalks or watercolors?

10. I believe a card is not finished until the fiber is added, both inside and out. Matching colors from the design, take two or three strands of coordinating ribbon, yarn, metallic thread or wire and tie into a knot. Trim the ends so it looks the way you want it. Attach with your glue gun and you are done with the card.The envelop please! To put a final touch on your design decorate the envelop to match the card. Use your markers, chalk, stickers and stamps to create an envelop that is as gorgeous as what’s inside!!

In very little time you can create a special and unique card and envelop using your own design.

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Jan 22, 2016
Business card’s Lasting First Impression

Simple, isn’t it? The first is a success and the second is a failure. The former entails more sales while the latter may mean waste of money, time and effort. Therefore, where do you think lies the demarcation line?

First impressions last. You may be a non-believer of this maxim but when it comes to marketing items like business cards, this maxim must be given a wider leeway. You do not want your business cards to rot like tomatoes, do you?

That best thing to do is to plan a catchy and functional business card. If the design requires, have it in full color to boost its potential to catch attention and be a head turner. Aside from that, never forget its functionality. Place in there the indispensable details of your company or yourself. After reading it, your information must be accessible to further guide them to your call of action. Whether you want them to purchase a product, subscribe a service or simply make yourself available for their queries, it is a must to give them the details that they will need in the future.

Business cards must leave a lasting first impression, that is. Before they can convince the potential readers to read them, they must invite them first to come closer and take a look at them. They must have captivating design and appearance to entice the receivers.

To complete the formula, you must entrust your would-be masterpiece to a master in business card printing. If you have doubts regarding the printing process, the colors and materials like paper and ink to be used, ask the pool of experts that the printing company has. They will help you solve your business card printing dilemmas.

To make your planned business card a reality, be sure that you use the right materials, printing process, ink, plus a dash of creativity and intent. Bear in mind that business cards are not just tiny pieces of paper. They may mean a lot to you and your business.

Make your business cards do what they are suppose to do. Make them capture your probable customers to your advantage!

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